Grow For It! Year-round blossoms for the garden

For those who prefer gardens full of color, here are a few suggestions of plants and trees with extended flowering times. The white spiky gaura, sweet alyssum, Scabiosa columbaria — the pastel colored pincushion flower and hybrid gazania can bloom all year long. So too, can the Gerbera daisy. Its color really peaks in early […]

Mr. Dias goes to Washington

Noticing that classmate Christopher Dias was having his photo taken during the middle of the school day at Independence High School in Diamond Springs, one of his buddies quizzed him: “I saw you getting your picture taken — you OK?” Dias grinned then answered, “Yeah, it wasn’t a mug shot.” It might be a bit […]

At a glance: Beautiful fall

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. The leaves are turning and the sunlight is shining at such a nice angle, making everything look like a gorgeous landscape painting. Be sure to take some time and enjoy the spectacular scenery in El Dorado County.   Spectacular group It will be a spectacular time […]

Book drive a success

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills participated in Make a Difference Day on Oct. 25 — a national day of celebrating volunteerism. Assistance League chapters throughout the nation took part in this annual event. In 2013, Assistance League members collected more than 103,000 books for distribution nationwide to hundreds of nonprofit agencies all dedicated to improving […]

Farm Bureau reins handed over

The new El Dorado County Farm Bureau executive director has agricultural roots that trace back to the southern fields of Arkansas and to a ranch in Central America that supplied coffee beans to Folger’s. Reneé Hargrove’s grandmother was the one who had the coffee ranch, while her great-grandfather raised crops and critters not far from […]

SF wine competition accepting entries

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the World and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from […]

David A. Williamson opens new business

David A. Williamson announces the opening of his new business, Foothills Regional Insurance and Financial Solutions. Foothills Regional is an independent business offering insurance and investment solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Foothills Regional Insurance and Investment Solutions focuses primarily on the Sacramento region, yet has and welcomes clients throughout the state of California. The […]

Big bowling for Bigs and Littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of El Dorado County is gearing up for its Bowl for Kids’ Sake. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Knotty Pine Lanes on Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. There will be two lane times. The first portion is from 10 a.m.-noon and the second is from 1-3 […]

Christmas festivities in Sutter Ceek

Everyone is invited to participate in the annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk in Sutter Creek on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. which coincides with the merchants Christmas Open House weekend. The walk begins on Spanish Street near the Immaculate Conception Church where all are given candles and programs. They follow Mary on her mule, […]

Sacramento museums to honor vets

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. During November, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of […]

Son’s suicide prompts local mom into action

For a parent, losing a child can be so debilitating that it is impossible to move forward. But when Lisa Ford Berry’s youngest son, Michael, killed himself on his 17th birthday while at a high school in Sacramento, she was motivated to action. Ford Berry said that her son killed himself in response to relentless […]

‘Jersey Boys’ comes to Community Center Theater

Casting has been announced for the return Sacramento engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning hit musical,”Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing at Community Center Theater Nov. 5-22. The cast of “Jersey Boys” will be led by Nicolas Dromard (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), Hayden Milanes (Frankie […]

Movie focuses feeding the hungry

The documentary film, “A Place at the Table,” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The eye-opening film takes an unflinching look at hunger in the United States. Fifty million Americans — one out of every four children — do not know where their next meal is […]

Celebrated playwright brings world premiere to STC

California playwright Rick Foster has penned more than 25 plays since he began his journey as a writer. His award-winning original pieces, as well as his adaptations, have been staged across the nation. Recently, Foster’s “Love, Isadora” appeared at California Stage, as well as stages in San Francisco. In 2007, his one-woman-show “Vivien,” a play […]

Silver Screen goes film noir

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a film noir thriller from 1947, “Gilda.” In this violent, dark tale set in post-WWII Venezuela, wealthy casino owner Mundson hires shady gunman Johnny to watch out for his interests. Both men have secrets from each other. Soon, Mundson adds a third party to […]

Things get wild at Sutter’s Mill School

For two years the students and teachers at Sutter’s Mill School have been talking about the birds and the bees — no, not that — they’ve been working toward creating a wildlife habitat area that will provide a haven of learning while also serving as a home to native plants and flying creatures. Not only […]

As we were: Dogs get it done

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1989 Rescue dogs aid in quake search By JOHN SAMMON Judy Graham’s dogs Pepper and Roxie sniffed and poked through the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake, among the most courageous and dedicated of the emergency volunteers. The expertise two such valuable animals exhibited in the aftermath of the disaster came […]

Holiday Caroling Contest accepting applications

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m., in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. This year, the event will feature a Holiday Caroling Contest as part of the entertainment, with […]

Pollock Pines Church to simulcast of Women of Faith Tour

The Pollock Pines Community Church Ladies Ministries invites all women in the county to attend a live simulcast event of the Women of Faith Tour: “From Survival to Revival 2014” — America’s Leading Christian Event for Women — on Friday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. […]

Foothill dining: Apple treats

Don’t limit yourself to only an apple a day when you can incorporate the festive fall fruit into a variety of different recipes. It isn’t fall without the taste of apple, but before you turn your orchard harvest into pies and cobblers, consider these three unique takes on fall’s favorite fruit.   Homemade apple cider […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Parenting

Being the parent of a child with special needs or a disability is hard. As an advocate for your child, each day is spent trying to meet their individual needs in balance with the other family members. And that’s just at home. When going out in public, whether to the store or your other child’s […]

Fast-paced ‘Rumors’ is hilarious

What: “Rumors” Who: Ponderosa High School Drama Department Where: Ponderosa High School Theater, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: Nov. 6-8 and 13-15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Cost: $10 general for admission and $8 with student body card Information: 530-677-2281, ext. 2318 When’s the last time you laughed so much your cheeks started […]

It’s about speed, not age

Don’t tell Marc Hoover of Cameron Park that he’s nearing 60 because that means virtually nothing to him — unless you’re talking about the speedometer in his Mazda Miata race car, that is. There’s no slowing down the 58-year-old owner of European Performance automotive repair, who has made quite the name for himself in the […]

Hearing loss affects the spouse, too

If you are suffering from hearing loss, you’re not alone. While an estimated 36 million American adults experience some degree of hearing loss, those closest to you — your immediate family — are affected even if they don’t share your hearing impairment. Your spouse, in particular, may have a difficult time dealing with your hearing […]

Things to do: Oct. 31, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Nov. 2 through Nov. 30, is featuring watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. Her intricate, detailed story telling work is influenced by her Asian travels. Also featured are the beautiful and subtle pastel paintings of Judith Perry and the delightful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. […]

State Indian Museum offers November events

In honor of national Native American Heritage Month, the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento, is offering a series of special events and activities each weekend in November that celebrates and shares the lasting heritage, traditions and contributions of Native Americans. The State Indian Museum will offer notable Basket Weaving Demonstrations, a compelling […]

Diego El Cigala to captivate the audience

Appearing for the first time at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Nov.5, three-time Grammy-winner Diego El Cigala is often credited as being the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. El Cigala has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations of flamenco and […]

Irish treasure visits Harris Center

For more than a quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She brings the best works from both new composers and the treasure troves of traditional Irish material to the Harris Center for the Arts stage in Folsom on Monday, Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m.. Black has […]

Time out: Sweet Score makes points across the board

Restaurant: Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts Address: 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-642-9644 Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts is located at 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville and the phone number is 530-642-9644. Barbecue is a matter of taste and how you feel about it usually depends on where in the United States you grew up. […]

Wine and treat at Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Winery would like to invite the public to its annual Wine and Treats event Halloween weekend. The winery will be hosting free food, cheese and wine pairing along with some spooky good deals on wine. Wine club members, those in costume and those who buy wine will get a free chance to spin […]

Master Food Preserver: Pumpkin and winter squash fun

The Master Food Preserver classes are over for 2014, but the group is still in harvest season. Take the time now to seek out those wonderful little sugar pie pumpkins that are excellent for preserving. The following instructions apply to not only pumpkins, but winter squash as well. Puree: Puree pumpkin/winter squash using any of […]

Art exhibit examines PTSD

A traveling art exhibit coming to California State University, Sacramento examines post-traumatic stress disorder — its causes and symptoms, its stigma and treatment — through the art and words of those directly affected by it. “PTSD Nation: Art and Poetry From Survivors of War, Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse” will run Nov. 1-Dec. 13 in […]

Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Sq 85 recognizes Spaatz Cadets

Cadet Colonel Trenton Bromenschenkel and Cadet Colonel Sarah Gamble, both from Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 in Placerville, were both awarded the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, becoming the newest Spaatz Award recipients in the California Wing. The presentation was made in October at the Civil Air Patrol California Wing annual conference. Major General Joseph […]

Arts Council celebrates move with open house

After five years at 459 Main St. in Placerville, the El Dorado Arts Council has packed up ArtSpace and moved across town to 772 Pacific St. — the Fausel House — one of the most fetching buildings in downtown Placerville. Before its 2007 renovation, the Fausel House was Placerville’s oldest residential building, built by Frederick […]

Concert to feature patriotic favorites

The Capitol Pops Concert Band is playing at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 County Club Drive in Cameron Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The performance opens the concert season at the center. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, Capitol Pops’ performance will include a mix of some of the band’s traditional American […]

Musical boonanza

THE HANGTOWN Halloween Ball at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 provided festival goers a festival lineup of 30 diverse bands playing funk, soul, Americana and pure jam. The scene this year featured plenty of music plus yoga classes, morning meditation in a Zen garden, group pumpkin […]

‘Carrie’ presents an important message

What: “Carrie: the Musical” Who: Drama students at El Dorado High School Where:  Black Box Theatre, Studio 81, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 with 8 p.m. curtain times also on Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8, Nov. 13, 14 and 15. A special matinée performance is set for 1 p.m. Nov. […]

Grow For It! Citrus

The voice on the phone was tentative: “Hello, is this the Master Gardener?” “Well, I’m one of the Master Gardeners. My name is Petunia” (name changed to protect the author). “Did you have a question?” Anguished voice: “I think my mandarin tree is dying!” Racing thoughts on the MG’s end — Master Gardener to self: […]

Lenzmen are a hit in Hangtown

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: this is Part 4 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Placerville had a lively local music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Val Pease estimates he played in 18 different bands in the decade, but one in particular stands out. The Lenzmen were arguably the […]

At a glance: Spooktacular boonanza

The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a boonanza for music fans and with the number of people attending and performing it should be a spooktacular monetary bonanza for El Dorado County. Hopefully all the entertainers, crew and attendees will come back to Placerville for another visit and to see all the other great things going on […]

Rumor Has It for a fun show

What: Hangtown Cabaret and Review Barbershop Extravaganza Who: Gold Rush Chorus Where: American Legion Hall, 4561 Green Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Cost: $5 Information: The blending of the four mellifluous voices that make up the Rumor Has It barbershop quartet is remarkably pleasant, but what is perhaps even […]

Story discussion group to start

There will be a series of discussions in the Fifty-plus Room at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The Short Story Discussion Group will discuss a variety of famous short stories and their themes. The group will be facilitated by Carly […]

‘Aladdin’ makes magic happen

What: “Aladdin” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 31 through Nov. 16 with shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Cost: $18 to $26 with premium seats available for $36 Information: or Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 […]

Book expands knowledge about olive oil and more

Would you like to expand your knowledge on olive oil? Most people like the taste of extra virgin olive oil. Not all extra virgin olive oils taste the same. Early harvest extra virgin olive oils are fruity with a hint of green and ripe olives and usually have a peppery finish. This extra virgin olive […]

Bipolar Insights: May I introduce Jon

For the past 16 years many individuals have attended the Bipolar Insights classes and many have stood out due to their amazing and compelling stories. Allow me to share one story that touched my heart and is certain to impact you, as well. This is his first person story.   Jon My name is Jon […]