Super Diamond headlines Summer Concert on the Green

Scheduled for July 5, Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green will feature Super Diamond with opening act performance by Angele and the Wildwood Band. San Francisco’s Super Diamond will bring the Neil Diamond experience to Tahoe Donner at the Summer Concert on the Green. Super Diamond transcends the label of tribute band by […]

Duty: 2nd Lt. Angela E. Silverbush

Angela E. Silverbush has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Senior cadets have the opportunity to serve as academy cadet officers who provide leadership, motivation and direction for the cadet wing and demonstrate effective officership in […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel 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 […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates Fourth of July

The Fourth of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 or a vintage diesel locomotive while being entertained by festive live music performed by local musicians. Train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are available […]

Amador Fair derby tickets available

Tickets for the big smash-up finale of the Amador County Fair always sell out, but if you act now you can still find seats for the Jackson Rotary Club’s Destruction Derby. The derby is held on Sunday night, July 27, the last day of the fair and the multi-car collision has a packed audience cheering […]

Do the bottling and save in Fair Play

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards will be celebrating Independence Day by hosting a bottle-your-own wine event and barbecue cookout. The event will take place on Friday through Monday, July 4 through 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the winery, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play. For this national celebration, Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards invites wine […]

State Fair announces entertainment

California State Fair is excited to announce the free entertainment every night during the 2014 State Fair, July 11-27 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. This year the Toyota Concert Series offers concerts from a multitude of genres including rhythm & blues, country, classic rock, Top 40 pop and tribute bands, with something for every […]

Go underground in Old Sac

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project during Old Sacramento Underground Tours starting at […]

Music and more at High Sierra Music Festival

The 24th annual High Sierra Music Festival runs through July 6 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy. The High Sierra Music Festival has been recognized for more than two decades for its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festival goers and music lovers. The picturesque location, wide variety of artists, unique musical settings […]

Normadene Carpenter — El Dorado Golden Rose

The 2014 El Dorado Golden Rose is Normadene Carpenter, an honor she was surprised and happy to receive since it means that she doesn’t have all the duties of the El Dorado Rose. “The Golden Rose doesn’t go to all the events during the year the way the El Dorado Rose does,” said Carpenter 87. […]

Women’s Fund awards 2014 grants

Nearly $52,000 in funding was awarded to five local nonprofits by Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED) at its annual Grants Gala, held at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills in June. The dinner event, which included updates from the previous year’s grant recipients, provides “a time for reflections and for celebrating the power of […]

‘Day After Disaster’ offers survival tactics

Book: “‘Day After Disaster” Author: Sara F. Hathaway Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2014, soft cover and e-book versions, 344 pages   After experiencing a cataclysmic earthquake, a toxic flood and the predations of violent factions of survivors, Erika uses skills she never thought she would need and finds the strength within herself to save […]

Railtown train rides run on Wednesdays

Back by popular demand, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at noon and 2 p.m. starting July 2 and running until Aug. 27. While the park is open daily, steam-powered excursion train rides are typically offered on weekends only except for holidays and special occasions. […]

At a glance: Happy Fourth

For those who have been thinking this is an odd weather year just think about this. On July 2, 1843 an alligator reportedly fell from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, S.C. It might have been a from a waterspout but whatever it was it had to be surprising for those on Anson Street […]

Families of El Dorado County No. 1 in reading

The El Dorado County Library was presented with a proclamation from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for its success in cultivating a community where families read to their young children. According to Children Now, El Dorado County led the state in 2013 with an estimated 79 percent of families reading to their children […]

Grow For It! Why a Garden Retreat?

Everyone needs a sanctuary garden, a place of respite from the cacophony of an overly busied life. Why a garden? It is there the symphony of sound, the compatibility of color, shapes and structures and the presence of all creatures great and small calm the frenzied busyness of life’s demands. The sanctuary garden is a […]

The party is on in EDH

El Dorado County residents love a party and when it comes to celebrating America’s birthday it is more than a one-day affair. El Dorado Hills gets a head start on the celebration of America’s birthday with its Independence Day fanfare set for Thursday, July 3. The public is welcome free of charge to the evening […]

Sac Choral Society and Orchestra opens auditions

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and music director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. Experienced choral singers with good music reading skills are invited to e-mail the SCSO directly at scso2005@gmail.com or to call the SCSO at 916-536-9065. The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra is celebrating its 19th year […]

Ice cream and fun at Fairytale Town

Shakespeare’s classic fairy play comes to life at Fairytale Town’s annual ice cream social event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy” on Saturday, June 28 from 5-9 p.m. The enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including live music, theatrical performances, fanciful arts and crafts activities, and all the Crystal […]

Sierra Rep holds open house

Sierra Repertory  will open its doors for an all-access open house on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-noon at the East Sonora Theatre. Visitors are invited to arrive at any time for informal tours and question and answer opportunities with staff and crew. The scene, prop and costume shops, as well as the “Pump Boys […]

Scholarship winners

Ten graduating seniors from local high schools received college scholarships totaling $25,000 at awards assemblies from the El Dorado High School Alumni Association. These scholarships will be used at accredited colleges and trade schools of the student’s choice. The alumni association recognizes high school seniors for their academic achievements, leadership skills, positive attitude, school and […]

As we were: Gold Beach under review

25 Years ago June 30, 1989 Gold Beach permit revocation continued by commissioners By DAVID RICHIE Possible revocation of the special use permit for the mobile home park and campground at Gold Beach on the Cosumnes River is still up in the air after the El Dorado Planning Commission decided June 22 to continue the matter […]

A new skin and a new lease on life

Things are looking up for Caddyshack, the gopher snake. On June 6 he become a permanent resident at the American River Conservancy (ARC), 348 Main St. in Coloma, to be doted over by visitors and staff alike. “Doting over a snake,” you ask? In this case, yes, the little fellow had lots of folks pulling […]

Reading program is Sense-Sational

The startling beauty of Shawn Weston’s cornflower blue eyes can’t hide the sadness that lies just below the surface, a despair born of raising a child who is autistic. Gabe was diagnosed four years ago and now the 6-year-old child and his younger brother live in a big, beautiful home that sports a swimming pool […]

Foothill gourmet: Wraps are the in thing

Wraps, instead of sandwiches, are the current go-to food. Easy and flavorful to make, plus you only need a hand to eat them. Lots of fiber in the greens and vegetables and using a tortilla, they are easy on the carbs. Eating a whole sandwich is difficult for me; it’s just too much bread. My […]

West Point cadet second in his family

When the Mountain Democrat caught up with Shelby Lee, he had only three days before leaving El Dorado County and beginning Cadet Basic Training at West Point Military Academy on June 29. The 2014 Ponderosa High School graduate already knows a little of what awaits him since older brother, Andrew, is beginning his junior year […]

Things to do: June 27, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder. Ryder works with acrylics, oils and woven forms. Also featured this month is photographer Mike Ryan and jeweler Annette Shachner. Upstairs in the gallery, there is a special invitational show of exceptional student paintings from Fine […]

Moon Alice in Truckee

Moonalice comes to the Salty Gebhrdt Ampitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians. The band mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. The audience is part […]

‘Tributo a las Divas Cubanas’ comes to the Harris Center

Cuban born vocalist Yordamis Megret kicks off the  “Tributo a las Divas Cubanas” at Harris Center for the Arts on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Fans of Afro-Cuban-Latin music who love high-energy performances will be treated to the exciting song stylings of  Megret, as she takes audiences on an electrifying musical journey backed by the […]

African American art on display at Crocker

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, the featured artists embrace themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the […]

Bo and Paul Parker return to Placerville for concert

Bo and Paul Parker will be appearing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 28 starting at 8 p.m. Their last appearance in Placerville was in June 2000. This rare performance will feature elements of folk, jazz and blues featuring Paul’s muscular lead guitar with Bo’s solid rhythm guitar and […]

Heavenly Mountain Resort offers summer fun

Heavenly Mountain Resort has upped the ante on summer fun, introducing new adventures at the top of the Heavenly Gondola for Summer 2014. Summertime guests will have the opportunity to swing through the trees and fly through the air on new experiences including the Boulder Cove and Black Bear Challenge Courses, the Discovery Forest Canopy […]

It will be a swinging time at Sutter Creek

Jazz Gitan is playing at the Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. Jazz Gitan is an acoustic jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt together with Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene in the […]

Charles Muench hosts open studio

Charles Muench will be opening his Gardnerville studio to the public for the first time since moving from the Sierra to Carson Valley five years ago. The beauty of the eastern Sierra and the high desert vistas have long been a source of inspiration for the nationally recognized award-winning artist. Muench frequently travels to remote […]

Get bluesy at Crystal Basin

The Jeff Watson band is once again bringing its style of contemporary blues to the Crystal Basin Bistro, 3550 Carson Road in Camino, on Saturday, June 28 from 3-6:30 p.m. The shows in the area last year were a great success and the band is looking forward to catching up with old friends and making […]

New Master Gardener meeting location

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class Foothill Gardening: Microclimates, Climate Zones and Weather set for Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m.-noon will be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique foothills environment. Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of […]

Harris Center presents the Jan and Dean show

Back in the ’60s surf music was riding the wave of success and among the most popular acts of the time were Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys. If you long for the day when radio stations played such memorable hits as “Surf City,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” plus hits from the Beach […]

Treat all the senses at Sierra Vista Vineyards

It will be a treat for all the senses at  Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, at the new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 28. There will be live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer long to go with the breathtaking sunset views. Swirl, sniff and sip […]

CP Spectacular gets the party started

There’s going to be a hot time in El Dorado County to celebrate America’s birthday and to get America’s party off to a grand start Cameron Park is having its Summer Spectacular celebration on Saturday, June 28 at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road. The gates open at 2 p.m. for a full afternoon and evening […]

Things are hopping on Main Street

What: Belltower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the event, nondrinkers free Information: placerville-downtown.org Cerevisaphiles, zymurgists and beer drinkers will have more than 45 breweries to sample from during the Belltower Brewfest on Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. The annual […]

Master Food Preservers: Canning safely at home en Espanol

The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County will kick off its summer and fall safe home food preservation classes and will offer a food safety and basic water bath canning class in Spanish on Saturday, June 28, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ board room in Placerville. The class is from 10 a.m.-noon and […]

Grow For It! Rhododendrons in the Gold Country?

“You grow rhododendrons here?” I smile because, yes, you can grow rhododendrons in Zone 7 Mediterranean climate — with some research on varieties, preparation of a planting space, some nurturing and patience. Like some “gentler clime” gardeners, I came to the Georgetown Divide (rocky, sun-drenched clay at 2,200 foot elevation) determined to create a cottage […]

At a glance: Main Street is looking good

Placerville’s Main Street sure looks great and the party to celebrate Benjamin Moore’s Main Street Matters project was a lot of fun. The new paint and spiffed-up signs really make a difference. Thanks to Benjamin Moore for doing the nation-wide contest and congratulations to everyone who voted to put Placerville in the top 20 to […]

Fair contest honors dad

The theme for the 2014 El Dorado County Fair was “Father’s, Photos & Fair” and to honor dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 the fair sponsored look alike contests featuring dad. The judges had a difficult time selecting the winners from the great entries in the special contest.   Winners Father/son: first Ian and […]

Smokey Joe’s finds early success

Many people sacrifice a lot to make their dream a reality. Not many people sacrifice a lot to make someone else’s dream a reality. Enter Kimberly Sophia. After the passing of her father in August, Sophia quit her job in the medical field to enter a much more uncertain field. She, along with her mother […]