Carson Valley Inn offers Easter specials

With two restaurants, Katie’s and CV Steak, Easter dining options at the Carson Valley Inn on Sunday, April 5 offer a variety of selections. CV Steak, the Carson Valley Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse, is open for dinner on Easter Sunday from 4:30 p.m. offering a selection of steaks, chops, seafood, chicken, pasta dishes and more. In […]

Fairytale Town hosts Eggstravaganza

Celebrate spring with egg hunts, theater performances, hands-on activities and more at Fairytale Town’s annual Spring Eggstravaganza. The fun-filled family celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Egg hunts will be held promptly at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. each day and guests are encouraged to arrive […]

Foothill Foodie: Sea food surprises

Mac ‘n’ cheese gets deep It seems like everyone has a macaroni and cheese dish on their menu these days. Truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, blue cheese mac ‘n’ cheese … So I wasn’t too thrilled when my date picked the mac ‘n’ cheese offering at Zack Jack Bistro. What I didn’t realize […]

‘Pay2Play’ looks at money in politics

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, April 8 with “Pay2Play” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The John Ennis film connects the dots between big money and the election process. It utilizes interviews with economic and political experts, historical context and an […]

Life as I know it: Meeting a mountain lion

When Peggy and I became more settled and comfortable in Placerville we wanted to become more involved in the community, as we had been in Woodland Hills. I began to spend some time helping, in a small way, at New Morning. However, since we wanted to work together, we learned of a need that seemed […]

Dinner reaches new heights

El Dorado County wines are known for their food-friendly balance and a great way to experience the subtle complexities is at the winemaker dinners being presented by Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. The “Taste at a Higher Level” winemaker dinner is a gourmet, customized farm-to-table five-course dinner. The meals, […]

Passport elevates the tasting experience

The 24th annual Passport wine event in El Dorado County will present an elevated tasting experience for the wine aficionado and wine novice. Guests will be treated to the award-winning vintages crafted by nearly 30 members of the El Dorado Winery Association during the weekends of April 11 and 12 and April 18 and 19. The […]

State Fair offers free nightly entertainment

The 17 best days of summer at the California State Fair will once again include 17 free nightly concerts on the Golden 1 Stage at Cal Expo. The 2015 State Fair takes place July 10-26 with the Toyota Concert Series featuring a variety of music genres including country, pop, rhythm and blues, classic rock and a […]

‘Charlotte’s Web’ returns to Harris Center

Wilbur is an ordinary pig. That is, until he meets Charlotte. His friendship with the uniquely talented spider exposes him to kindness, fame and a love that is willing to make the greatest of sacrifices. With “Charlotte’s Web,” suggested for grades K-5, the nationally recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for the Arts […]

Railtown 1897 resumes rides

Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. While the park is open daily, on weekends beginning Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, guests will enjoy a memorable 6-mile, 45-minute round trip ride […]

Old Sacramento offers new experiences

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground holds more interest. Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 with each program offering fun […]

Grow For It! Plant sale, plant sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this past year. The group has put on lots of gardening classes, staffed information tables at the county fair and at farmers markets, given talks to various clubs in the county, worked hard to continue building the Sherwood Demonstration Garden and in the “spare” […]

Temple Kol Shalom to have Passover Seder

Temple Kol Shalom is having a Passover Seder on Saturday, April 4 at  the Spiritual Center for Positive Living, 3104 Ponte Morino Drive, Suite 101, in Cameron Park. The meal starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until the afikomen has been found, the last cup of wine has been drunk, the final blessings blessed and […]

A native way of life

The true harbinger of spring arrives this Saturday, April 4, with the annual Spring Native Plant Sale by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS). The biannual sale (there’s another in the fall) offers a tantalizing, even irresistible selection of California native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials from some of […]

At a glance: Total lunacy

There will be a total lunar eclipse before dawn for those in the western areas of North America on Saturday, April 4. Only the beginning phase will be visible before the Moon sets but it is still cool to watch the shadow start to shade the Moon. Besides the total eclipse phase will last less […]

The Healing All Together program needs volunteers

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where young people and their families could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one. Many youth, ages 5 to 18, have found a place of healing, […]

Mr. Ponderosa contestants are winners

Taking money in this election is perfectly acceptable and, in fact, is a big part of the campaign. The candidates for the coveted title of Mr. Ponderosa do their best to win the hearts and minds of the electorate and raise money for two important causes. The ninth annual Mr. Ponderosa pageant at Ponderosa High […]

Distillers evoke spirits of the past

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that and […]

As we were: Water woes

25 Years ago March 30, 1990 Maps on hold due to moratorium By URSULA ROSE “Until they take the moratorium off or find a way to resolve it, your tentative map is in suspense. I hate to tell you that, but I can’t read it any other way,” said Supervisor Jack Sweeney. Supervisors have already […]

FoodCorps supporters wanted

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Gardens to Grow In are seeking a FoodCorps service member to work in Calaveras and El Dorado counties to run a high school farm program, increase the marketing and procurement of local produce for the school cafeteria and assist two schools in developing sustainable school garden programs. Next […]

Haute cuisine comes home

It’s not that she’s a great cook — which she is — or that she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet — and she is — or that she goes out of her way to make sure her clients are happy — which she does. But put it all together and you’ve got […]

Lois Payne: Do you smile when you drive?

Have you ever looked at the expressions on the faces of people when they are driving? I do that just for fun. However, it isn’t always fun. Simultaneously humorous and jarring, most expressions are mug shot-worthy. Some are downright scowls. Now, as I am driving I catch myself. I hadn’t noticed that I was frowning […]

Foothill dining: Simple seafood recipes for Lent

For those finding the recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes families will love. In fact, there may be new dishes to serve all year long. Seafood makes a delicious centerpiece of any meal and preparing seafood can actually be quite […]

Celio to cultivate a happy career

An old Chinese proverb says: “If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, plant a garden.” Planning for lifelong happiness is Tracy Celio, 42, who was recently hired as the new Master Gardener […]

Things to do: March 27, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring the lovely oil and acrylic paintings of Lori Anderson. Her vibrant and colorful pastoral scenes and still life themes are rich in color, light and brush strokes. Also featured are the dramatic large acrylic abstract paintings of Randy Honerlah and […]

Hilarity is nonstop in ‘Spamalot’

What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]

Light-amber liquid is golden

There’s a pretty slick little operation right up the hill east of Placerville, an olive oil ranch that keeps pouring awards into its owners’ hands. Ron and Judy Sbragia have been harvesting and milling olives grown at their Collina di Mela, just past Boeger Winery on Carson Road, for six years now. And each year, […]

‘The Whipping Man’ plays at STC

Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, is presenting “The Whipping Man.” This is one of the most widely-produced new American plays of the last several seasons. The play opens on Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the […]

Celebrate spring season with Folsom Symphony

Celebrate the return of spring with a spirited concert by the Folsom Symphony. On Saturday, March 28, as the season has barely begun, the orchestra presents “Rejuvenation,” an evening of inspiring works that evoke new possibilities and rebirth. Guest artist for this performance is Sacramento violinist Igor Veligan, the concertmaster for the San Francisco Choral […]

Savor the arts during April events

The fifth annual Napa Valley Arts in April will launch in Yountville on Thursday, April 2 with the “Napa Valley Collects” opening reception — the Napa Valley Museum’s annual exhibit that will feature noteworthy masterpieces from some of the valley’s most exquisite private collections. This rare art exhibit is the start of a month-long, valley-wide […]

Night Ranger plays Hard Rock

Night Ranger, the ’80s rock band, takes the stage two nights in a row at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. and both shows start at 9 p.m. Originally from San Francisco, Night Ranger debuted its album “Dawn Patrol” in […]

Audiences to appear magically at show

Harris Center for the Arts audiences have fallen in love with “It’s Magic!,” proven by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances. Now this show returns to Folsom on Sunday, March 29 with an exciting all-new lineup. “It’s Magic!” is in its 59th year; each season presenting the world’s top magic and variety performers […]

Cap Stage announces ‘Blackberry Winter’

Capital Stage’s 11th season begins to take shape with an early announcement of The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of “Blackberry Winter” by Steve Yockey. This addition to next year’s season is a new play that tells the story of a daughter doing her best to shepherd her mother through the memory loss […]

Flowers and recycled art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” gallery art show featuring a student juried show from participating El Dorado County high schools. “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” is a flower and recycled art themed exhibit, spotlighting local artists and students from […]

Pink Floyd Experience returns to Harris Center

Last year the music of Pink Floyd rocked capacity audiences at the Harris Center for the Arts with Greatest Hits and Rarities Part II. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, this year marks the third Harris Center presentation of The Pink Floyd Experience on March 30 and 31. This year, the group has crafted a […]

InConcert presents Alessio Bax

Every so often, a young musician comes along who has everything it takes to become one of the world’s foremost performers. On Tuesday evening, March 31, InConcert Sierra presents Alessio Bax, one of the young pianists on everyone’s radar. “We’re very excited to hear this young performer, whose name is certain to appear in music […]

Priceless performance at Harris Center

The Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” is inspired by the electrifying true story of the one night Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley were brought together for what is now known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. The national tour of this Tony Award-winner brings […]

Sacramento series to culminate in feature film

“Midtown Blue,” a new Web series produced by The Alternative Arts Collective (TAAC), is on YouTube at “Midtown Blue” is a 12-part Web series that will culminate into a feature-length film. The series focuses on three 20-somethings — Jack, Sam and Ben — as they navigate adulthood, addictions and their own realities. Jack (Brian […]

Spring trains ready to roll at Western Railway Museum

Warming weather has wine lovers and wildflower watchers looking forward to April. Tickets are now on sale for the annual Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet trains at the Western Railway Museum. Powered completely by clean electricity, both historic trains return in April. The Scenic Limited is an hour-long ride for all ages that focuses on […]

Lauren and Lisa in concert

The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, presents a very special house concert with Lauren Murphy and Lisa Bond on Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is 8-10 p.m. Camino resident, national touring artist and renowned songwriter Lauren Murphy has just released her new solo CD “El Dorado” centered around not only […]

Special concert at Capital Stage

Capital Stage continues its 10th Anniversary Season with a special one-night-only music concert with local and internationally acclaimed duo Misner & Smith on Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. For this very special concert at Capital Stage, Misner & Smith will be joined by Josh Yenne on pedal steel and electric guitar. Known for their […]

Foothill Foodie: An appetite for history

You can’t beat beets On a recent excursion to the fascinating Kennedy Mine down in Amador County my history-loving friends and I lunched in Sutter Creek on our way back home. Sutter Creek’s charming downtown takes you back in time — a tourist brochure even boasted it to be the best preserved Gold Rush town of the Golden […]

Dinner shows start in Diamond Springs

Enjoy monthly Friday night Dinner and a Show events at Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. On March 27, the show will feature the popular dance band Late For Dinner with acoustic duo Starhushed — Sarah Gautschi and JonnyPac — opening the evening. A gourmet organic farm to […]

Pierre Bonnard exhibition features 60 works

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,” the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition, Feb. 6, 2016 through May 15, 2016 at the Legion of Honor, will feature more than 60 works […]

Senior peer counseling available

Seniors, 55 and older, who are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger and/or anxiety are encouraged to contact the Senior Peer Counselors for help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304.  This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge. When possible a small donation can be made to […]