Life as I know it: Senior year — gone fishing

 Norman was at my house on Sunday afternoon, March 31, 1944. It was the day before the opening of fishing season. We had just decided that we would go trout fishing despite the specific, rather forceful, admonition by the principal at the school assembly the week before, “not to skip classes and go fishing.” My […]

EDAC and Faith Episcopal launch Veterans’ Voices

The El Dorado Arts Council in partnership with Faith Episcopal Church is launching Veterans’ Voices-a series of writing workshops designed to help El Dorado County veterans heal through writing. Concerned about the escalating rates of suicide and PTSD for returning combat vets, Father Sean Cox, rector of Faith Episcopal Church and chaplain for the U.S. […]

Volunteers needed for tax-aide counselors

There are a few openings for Volunteer Tax-Aide counselors for the 2014 tax season to provide free personal income tax assistance in El Dorado County, for the elderly and low-income residents, under the AARP Tax-Aide program. The program operates Feb. 1 through April 15. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of four hours per […]

At a glance: Making milestones

Both Arnold Palmer and Roger Maris were born on Sept. 10. Palmer was born in 1929 and Maris was born in 1934. They both had beautiful swings in their sports and reached major milestones.   Good graduation Students getting ready to make major milestones will be graduating from high school in May and the Ponderosa […]

Hangtown Kennel Club gets agile

The final session of the Hangtown Kennel Clubʼs obedience and conformation classes are underway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, continuing through Oct. 9. For the first time, an Introduction to Agility will be offered. This is an exciting sport so popular with active dogs and handlers. Spots fill quickly, […]

Master Food Preservers: Not just canning

This is the time of year when gardens are really producing and it’s also a time to get great deals at farmers markets. The problem is, we can only consume so much fresh produce. Fortunately we have many different ways to preserve foods. UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County provides a series of […]

Grow For It! Plant your soup?

Don’t you just love savoring a delicious and nutritious soup during those cold autumn and winter months? Why not consider your favorite soup recipes and plant your garden accordingly? By planning your garden in advance and learning how to freeze or preserve your crops, you can put together a hearty soup in just about 15 […]

Have a hot time at cool event

What: Chili Cook Off and Classic Car Show Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises (MORE) Where: Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines When: Saturday, Sept. 13 starting at 10 a.m. Cost: $5 per person Information: MORE at 530-622-4848 Take two CCs — Champion Chili and Classic Cars — and you’ve got the perfect prescription for a day of family […]

Be a part of ‘Rebel Without Applause’

“Rebel Without Applause,” written and directed by David B. Atkinson, is a broad comic farce set in 1958 at the senior prom for the Elverta High Earwigs. As the show begins the audience learns there has been a murder and the school principal, Mr. P, is the victim. Suspects include Kimberly Goodbody, the class nerd […]

Blue Shield teams up with Hands4Hope

On July 25, Blue Shield of California team members from the El Dorado Hills and San Francisco offices, joined El Dorado based Hands4Hope’s Sacramento Homeless Outreach. A total of 23 Blue Shield team members and three Hands4Hope youth volunteers provided sack lunches, toiletries and clothing for more than 150 people in need in the areas […]

Youth Commission seeking 2014-15 members

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Office of Education are accepting applications for the 2014-15 El Dorado County Youth Commission, which provides students the opportunity to become involved with their community and make a positive difference. Students are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to help develop and […]

Young Marines to present colors at Cal Expo

In observance of the Sept. 11 attack of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. The memorial at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento, honors the victims lost 13 years ago. The Sacramento Young Marines […]

Workshops aim to care for caregivers

How do you talk to a loved one who can’t remember your name? How do you fulfill their wishes if they can’t communicate them? Caregivers who have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia encounter these emotionally draining questions and much more every day. That’s why Ginger McMurchie, facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s […]

Discover Southside Topnotch 4-h

By Kacie Watson Southside Topnotch photographer The time for the annual Southside Topnotch 4-H Club open house is here. Come Thursday, Sept. 11 to the Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Road in Placerville, to see what 4-H is all about. All of Southside’s project leaders will have booths so the public can see […]

As we were: Vets honored

25 Years ago Sept. 1, 1989 World War 1 vet to be honored in parade By JOHN SAMMON The First World War is difficult to perceive for most of us, separated from the actual events by so many years. For Bert Young, the conflict is a vivid, personal memory. Young is a World War 1 […]

Miraflores wines make non-speaking movie debut

The staff at Miraflores Winery in El Dorado County is clinking glasses over a surprise cameo role by its wines in a movie that was filmed at Lake Tahoe. The movie is scheduled for release in West Coast theaters in September. The wines got their non-speaking acting debut during a lavish end-of-summer party scene at […]

Light of the Hills teams up with Food Bank

For almost a decade Light of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cameron Park has been a partner agency of the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Light of the Hills is the Food Bank’s Emergency Food Assistance Program distribution site for Cameron Park. On the first, second and third Tuesday of each month from noon-1 […]

Foothill gourmet: Helpful tips

Today’s column features tips for getting fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, a recipe for baked fries, tips for picking lean steaks and the best way to keep the steaks tender, while cooking. The column ends with a recipe for watermelon salsa, which you might be able to use before watermelons quickly disappear from […]

Group helps people learn to grieve

“Grief does us; we don’t do grief,” said Julie Interrante. The author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart” and facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s upcoming Grief Support Group said because we live in a culture that doesn’t often talk about dying, people who have lost a loved one struggle to pick […]

Things to do: Sept. 5, 2014

ON GOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Linda Soos, stained glass artist. Also featured this month is Lisa Aikenhead, photographer, whose recent work includes scenes of ice bergs in Iceland. Also featured is Branda Corey, glass works artist and jewelry designer. The cooperative gallery of 50 […]

Dinner highlights farm to fork

The 20th annual Farm to Fork Amador County Farm Tour and Dinner, on Saturday, Sept.6, highlights Shenandoah Valley wineries and kitchen gardens. Farms of Amador and the Amador Farmers Market again present the definitive farm to fork dinner in Amador County. Helwig Winery hosts the dinner catered by Lucy’s Spice Box at 4 p.m. The self-guided […]

Rose Festival is a bouquet of beauty

On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 from noon-4 p.m., the Mother Lode Rose Society will present its “Rose Festival Extraordinaire” in honor of the Silver Anniversary of the founding of the society. The Festival of Roses event will be held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road […]

Artists connect to water

During this historical time of drought, Californians are connected to the water in the Sacramento region now more than ever before. The Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay Area have a unique landscape with rice fields, pastures, orchards, vineyards, farmlands and wetlands juxtaposed to urban centers that emphasize the vulnerability of water issues in California. […]

Marc Maron at Nevada City Film Festival

Comedian, writer and podcast host Marc Maron will be performing two live comedy sets at the 14th annual Nevada City Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 5 at the  Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City. Maron’s hit podcast, “WTF With Marc Maron,” has featured interviews with comedy icons such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Amy Poehler, […]

Get items evaluated at Folsom Museum

On Saturday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., antiques enthusiasts are invited to bring family treasures and garage sale finds for informal evaluation and identification during the 17th annual Antique Evaluation Day on historic Sutter Street in Folsom. An impressive team of volunteer appraisers, covering a wide range of specialties, will offer collectors […]

Life as I know it: High school’s senior year during war

World War II fighting was heavy in many places in the world when, in September 1943, I started my senior year at Grass Valley High School. My friend, Norman, and I, as well as most other senior boys —  there were 26 of us — were trying to decide how to volunteer and get involved. […]

Get Bunkie at Sierra Vista

Visit Sierra Vista Winery for its new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series. With live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer long, what’s better than listening to local artists, enjoying a breathtaking sunset and sipping on a favorite Sierra Vista wine? The acoustic duo the Bunkies joins the staff at Sierra Vista on […]

Black Cedar plays avant garde music

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the award-winning avant garde classical trio Black Cedar on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Black Cedar is the only chamber ensemble devoted to the unique instrumentation of cello and guitar combined with a variety of flutes — wood flute, alto flute, bass flute […]

My Time support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Gold Bug Quilters piece it together

This years’ Gold Bug Quilters show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, on Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Show hours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 and includes all three […]

Art on the Divide revs it up

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is pleased to welcome back Jeffery Beckerleg as guest artist for the month of September. Beckerleg, an artist for more than 34 years, brightened the gallery a few years back with unique metal sculptures, paintings, fused and stained glass art. Quirky Ceramic Cars is now Beckerleg’s trademark. His current work takes […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua G. Deguzman

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua G. Deguzman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Engagement: Emma Olson and Nicholas Lea

Emma Olson and Nicholas Lea, both of Shingle Springs are planning a September wedding at Sierra Banquet Center in Camino. The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Peggy Olson of Placerville. She is a preschool teacher. The groom-to-be is the son of Scott and Linda Lea of Cameron Park. He does window and gutter cleaning. […]

Day of fun at Americana Music Festival

The second annual Highway 49 Americana Music Festival is Saturday, Sept. 6 and will feature a musical performance by world-renowned artist Chuck Mead of BR5-49 and his Grassy Knoll Boys. Other performers include the Palominos, the Slade Rivers Band, and the Brute Squad. There will be face painting for the kids, raffle prizes and more. […]

Mystery, mayhem and suspense at library

Autumn is approaching — time to curl up by the fire with a new mystery or suspense. If you love “whodunit” mysteries and suspense, you won’t want to miss learning “howdunit,” as four published local authors will speak, sharing their secrets for writing popular genres. One of the presenters is Sherry Joyce author of “The […]

Cynthia Renee returns to Sienna

Singer and songwriter Cynthia Renee will return to Sienna Restaurant for three additional dates as the summer series has been extended at the popular upscale El Dorado Hills restaurant. Renee’s acoustic duo will make its first return to the Sienna Outdoor venue on Friday night, Sept. 5 from 7-10 p.m. Following the Sept. 5 appearance, the […]

Water, water — depicted in art

“Celebrating Water” is the theme of a group show featuring flamework glass artist Branda Corey, stained glass mosaic artist Linda Soos and photographer Lisa Aikenhead at Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, during the month of September. These women artists, although they use three very different artistic methods, are united in their […]

Evil and good face off

What: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: September 5-28 Cost: $12 Information: or 530-642-0404 El Dorado County’s Imagination Theater begins a 14-show run of Jessie Braham White’s classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” Sept. 5-28. Directed by Peter Wolfe, the non-musical version […]

FLC presents ‘Spotlight Night’

Folsom Lake College’s “Spotlight Night,” a workforce training and career exploration fair, is on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Spotlight Night will feature information on Folsom Lake College’s career and technical education degree and certificate programs, industry partners showcasing employment opportunities and interactive demonstrations. Admission […]

Seniors get a room at CSD

Seniors finally have a gathering place at the Cameron Park Community Center. On Aug. 19 the Cameron Park Community Services District hosted a grand opening celebration. Fueled by the efforts of the Cameron Park Fifty Plus group, the newly created senior room is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Seniors […]

Grow For It! Drought tolerant California native plants

The definition of a drought tolerant plant is one that has adapted to dry conditions by changes in its stomata, water storage or root systems. These adaptations have produced plants that can survive and thrive in the present conditions. A California native plant is one that grew here before European explorers arrived, has evolved over […]

Regional choruses seeking singers

The fall choral season is about to start and at least 57 choruses throughout the Sacramento region are seeking new members. Most hold auditions in September, though many will accept singers without an audition. Some choruses only perform music in a particular style, such as classical, sacred, jazz or barbershop. However, most of the choruses […]

At a glance: Witty news

On Sept. 3, 1833 the first successful penny paper New York Sun started publication. The Sun was founded by Benjamin H. Day, a New York City printer, and was known for reports about police and court activities and its witty treatment of news. It published until 1950.   Music news Notice of the free Thursday concerts at […]

Master Food Preservers: Pucker up for homemade vinegar

Homemade fruit and herb vinegars give food an extra burst of flavor and condiments and chutneys dazzle and accent main dishes. Join the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 13, for a free class featuring vinegars, condiments and chutneys. Use these general guidelines to make herb […]

IT announces auditions

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming audition for the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot,” the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. The show features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, a flying cow, a […]