Things get spicy in EDH

Like salsa? The public will get its fill Saturday, Aug. 30, when El Dorado Hills Natural Farms hosts its first salsa festival to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. All are invited to taste and vote on the best salsa from area restaurants, including Relish, Cascada, Chili’s, Casa Ramos, Jimboy’s Tacos, Mexquite, Adanberto’s, Freshmex […]

Things to do: Aug. 29, 2014

ON GOING Put banners 2014 c from weekend here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information:   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

Life as I know it: High school days

In my first article in this column I indicated that I was a seaman in the Coast Guard and I do have a few more stories about those days. However, I think that for me, as it has been for so many, the years spent in high school are the true beginning of “Life As […]

Washabaugh 50th anniversary

 Henry A. (Bill) Washabaugh and Ruthie M. Washabaugh celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and firends. They were married Aug. 22 in Carson City, Nev. The couple have two children — Rick Washabaugh and Stacey Washabaugh — four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill retired from Michigan Cal Lumber in Camino and Ruth retired from Bank of America in […]

Grow For It!: Time to divide iris

It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground stems of bearded iris are called rhizomes which look like […]

60th anniversary for Don and Joan Gubbins

Joan and Don Gubbins Sr. eloped in Reno, Nev. on July 3, 1954. They raised four children, welcomed six grandchildren and now have four great-grandchildren. As their 60th wedding anniversary their children decided to give them the wedding they never had and always wanted. In a beautiful ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church in […]

70th anniversary for Ed and Gladys Weaver

Ed Weaver and Gladys Weaver will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at a family celebration with their four children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Ed and Gladys were married Aug. 31, 1944 in Dowagiac, Mich. They were teenagers when they fell in love at Twin Lakes, Mich., café. Their children are Ed Weaver of Los […]

Grilled cheese extraordinaire: Hop House brews up great menu, atmosphere

New restaurants in El Dorado Hills have really raised the bar for local foodies and those looking to have a great time just minutes from home. Hop House in El Dorado Hills Town Center is no exception. Owners Jason Enyeart and Craig Badolian have created a winning combination — quality craft beers, a comfortable atmosphere and […]

Teen Court in Placerville invites new participants

The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. […]

UCCE programs are there to help and inform

Have you noticed a really strange worm shredding the leaves in your vineyard? Is the fungus on the stalks of your corn crop something that needs attention? Should you begin spraying pesticides or herbicides — and what’s the difference? In El Dorado and other counties statewide the University of California Cooperative Extension has become a […]

UCCE celebrates 100 years of service

As you drive past Boeger Winery on a hot summer day with the sun beating down and you notice the sprinklers are going — don’t get mad, get informed. There’s sound scientific basis for running the irrigation system at that particular time, despite the fact that it may seem frivolous and wasteful. “If you see […]

Apassionato—A toast to the arts

The El Dorado Arts Council will host its annual fundraising event  Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will go toward funding community art programs as well as funding arts in education. Ticket price includes a wine and […]

Grow for it: Time to divide Irises

By Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground […]

El Dorado Community Foundation announces grant opportunities

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet whose job it is to be the eyes and […]

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2014

Foodies and wine lovers alike will gather in South Lake Tahoe this Labor Day weekend as Sample the Sierra celebrates its fifth anniversary on noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in Bijou Community Park. For the past four years, this Farm-to-Fork event has supported regional talent by showcasing only locally grown and cultivated food paired with wine, beer […]

Masterworks of African figurative sculpture exhibit in January

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce gifts of African art from the extraordinary collection assembled over the past 30 years by Richard H. Scheller, a biochemist and the executive vice president of research and early development at Genentech. Selected works were gifted to the museums in 2013 and 2014, and the museums will […]

Sierra Rep 2015 season to include ‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Macbeth’ and more

Sierra Repertory Theater announces its 2015 season, beginning with the musical “Mary Poppins” and concluding with a brand new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Other highlights include new Broadway musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” starring SRT artistic director Scott Viets as the Man in the Chair, an exciting spring rock ‘n’ roll revue to be announced, everyone’s favorite […]

Stroll Through History in Woodland

Woodland will celebrate its 26th annual “Stroll Through History” on Saturday, Sept. 6. This popular community event features free docent-led walking and ticketed tours throughout Woodland’s historical neighborhoods and a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club. This year’s event will feature homes in Beamer Park in celebration of its 100-year anniversary. The program starts […]

Rescue USD announces staff changes

Rescue Union School District greets three new administrators and promotes two to begin another successful school year. The district is compromised of eight schools, including a virtual academy — four of which were honored as 2014 California Distinguished Schools. “Our district partners with families and the community and is dedicated to the success of every […]

L.A. Comedy ensemble to perform here

­ Wet The Hippo, nominated for Best Comedy in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, will perform for one night only in Placerville on Aug. 30. “This show should simply not be missed …transcendent …absolutely hilarious …beautiful …the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. […]

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Historical car races: As with humans, race cars improve with age

It was another gorgeous weekend at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway for the 40th annual Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Even though afternoon temperatures only reached 75 degrees, a hat or sunblock was essential. And the racing is just as intense. Drivers in vintage Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Cobras, Corvettes, open wheels, Can-Am, Trans-Am and even an […]

Camino chooses veteran community experts for admin

On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]

As we were: Hose job rewarded with jail

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 25, 1989 Officers hosed down in ‘water attack’ COLOMA – A man who spent Sunday afternoon spraying water on rafters as they glided down the American River was arrested here when he sprayed water on sheriff’s officers working on the river patrol. The man, who sheriff’s deputies refused to […]

Make your own snacks

Snacks come in all kinds of flavors, savory, creamy, chocolaty, salty, crunchy and sweet. I like healthy, savory, creamy, and crunchy best. EVOO is shorthand for extra virgin olive oil. These recipes are for individual servings. Multiply the ingredients if you’re going to make additional servings. Mini Margherita Pizza — Top half of a whole-grain mini […]

Concorso Italiano — Italy in Monterey

The Road Beat Extra, August 20,2014 By Mitchell Weitzman The Italians may not get everything right; just look back at their recent financial crisis. But there are many other things that the Italians do as well, if not better than anyone else. Cars are one of them (though let’s not forget their penchants for art, […]

Remembering EDH columnist Millie Smith

By Jannet Kenneweg Village Life columnist and senior go-getter Millie Smith died Wednesday, July 30, at age 94. Smith moved to El Dorado Hills in 1990 and was a steadfast volunteer in the El Dorado Hills community. When the Senior Nutrition Program started serving lunches in 1998, she rolled up her sleeves and began volunteering for the program. For […]

Low-cost flu clinics announced

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division will begin conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics starting Sept. 24, with additional clinics offered through the beginning of November. The seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in nasal mist and flu shot forms at the clinics. The cost per vaccine is $10, […]

Things to do 8-22-14

Bracelets by Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork glass artisan, will be featured at Gold Country Artists Gallery through Sept. 1 The Sand Fire Benefit fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Tickets will be […]

Greatest hits of classical music due in Grass Valley

GRASS VALLEY — On Sunday, Sept. 21, the InConcert Sierra Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin will perform a program featuring some of the greatest hits of orchestral music. Maestro Ken Hardin designed a program of movements from a list of classical works submitted by audience members. The list represents some of the greatest hits of […]

Touch-A-Truck returns

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a fun, free family event will take place in our area. Foothills United Methodist Church in Rescue is hosting its second annual transportation fair, called Touch-A-Truck. There will be more than trucks at this event, including all different types of vehicles such as construction, recreational, emergency, […]

7 hours of music at Peace Festival

CAMERON PARK — Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living (SCPL) is sponsoring the 4th annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on 1-8 p.m. Sept. 20 to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. Last year’s concert was a huge success that brought the […]

At a glance: Aug. 20, 2014

This is not a good time for allergy sufferers. Ragweed is in bloom and it is a good idea to keep the tissues handy. Wear a hat A perfect place to find out about ways to combat allergies is the Hat Party at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park […]

Sacworldfest kicks off arts season

SacWorldFest, a weeklong celebration of the region’s diversity in music and dance, will highlight California State University, Sacramento’s autumn offerings of arts and entertainment events. The fall lineup includes a classic award-winning drama, the musical phenomenon that is FeNAM, the best offerings by Art Department faculty and contemporary dance featuring choreography by university faculty, students […]

Exhibition celebrates PPIE centennial

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce “Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition” on view at the de Young from Oct. 17, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016. Celebrating the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, this exhibition revisits a vital moment in the inauguration of the city as […]

Runaway Stage Productions presents its 2015 Broadway musical season

Runaway Stage Productions (RSP) announces its 2015 season, highlighted at a Season Preview Gala on Sept. 14. Starting at 6 p.m. at the 24th Street Theater in Sacramento, the gala will include a pre-show reception with light snacks, beer and wine, and 2015 season tickets will be offered at a substantial discount the night of […]

Master gardener: Roll out the pollinator welcome mat

By Alice Cantelow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County You need bees and butterflies. So do I. Why? Because over one third of our food is dependent on pollination — in which an insect or other animal moves pollen from one flower to another, enabling fruit production. Your garden will do better the more […]

Electronic Bassnectar at MontBleu

Electronic dance music icon Bassnectar will bring his driving signature dubstep sound, hypnotic light show and all the bass Nov. 6 to MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa ( for a one-night-only show as part of the coast-to-coast Noise vs. Beauty 2014 Tour. The critically acclaimed artist is internationally recognized for live shows that sweep contemporary […]

Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride planned

The third annual Slow Ride will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 20. The event is dedicated to the return of all of our county’s military. The ride is to acknowledge the sacrifice that those who have answered the call of their country. The ride starts in Pollock Pines and winds down the the roads of the […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band wraps up Fair Oaks’ park series

FAIR OAKS — The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, on the stage of Fair Oaks Village Park, 4238 Main Street, in Fair Oaks. The band’s performance will wrap up the 2014 Fair Oaks “Concerts in the Park” summertime series, presented by the Fair Oaks […]

Twisted Oak event

VALLECITO — John Jorgenson and his quintet will be at the Twisted Oak Winery Concerts 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Advance tickets are only $25 and can be purchased online. Concertgoers will be admitted starting at 6:30 p.m. —  please carpool — the show starts at 7:45pm. Admission is $10 for children under 12. All proceeds from […]