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 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: 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 […]

Amador Fair recognized for community effort

When the lawns at the Amador County Fairgrounds were becoming brown and unsightly just a few weeks before the annual fair in 2013, there wasn’t much the staff could do. The famous street of brightly colored zinnia flowers was in jeopardy and green lawns for fair guests to enjoy were fading away. The Amador Fair, […]

Champs spell success

Organizers of the 34th annual El Dorado County Team Spelling Bee announced the winners. The spelling bee was hosted by the Pollock Pines Elementary School District. Thirty-three schools participated with a total of 80 teams. Each team consisted of five members, plus an alternate and a coach. The winners Division I, first and second grades — […]

Find Waldo in El Dorado Hills

Face in a Book and other participating businesses in El Dorado Hills’ Town Center are hosting a Where’s Waldo hunt during the month of July. Figures of Waldo and his faithful dog Woof will be hidden in local business establishments. Anyone who wishes can pick up a Find Waldo passport at Face in a Book, […]

Preschool is now open

After nearly a decade of providing loving childcare in her home, Monica Hobbs of Pollock Pines is finally seeing a dream come true with the June opening of a faith-based, full-fledged childcare center and preschool. Full of Love Preschool and Childcare is located at Christian Life Center, 5723 Pony Express Court in Pollock Pines. Children […]

Kiwanis announces officers and board

Kiwanis Club of Placerville announces its recently elected officers and board members for the 2014-15 year. The officers are: Karl Weiland, president; Charlie Wiglesworth, president elect; Rod Repshlaeger, vice president; Rita Timewell, secretary; Jerry Galloway, treasurer; and Paul Zappettini, immediate past president. The 2014-15 board members are: Sara Neal, Bob Verzello, Gerry Ulm, Bill Snodgrass, Kathy Forte, Taylor Landaker, Debi Harlow and Mike Pettibone. Placerville Kiwanis is “Dedicated to improving the […]

Runners raise more than $20,000 to help cure type 1 diabetes

More than 200 runners traversed the El Dorado County foothills during the third annual Coloma River Run benefitting the Northern California Inland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) — a global organization that efficiently networks volunteers and staff to generate over $1.7 billion for type 1 diabetes research. Type 1 diabetes is an […]

United Methodists approve declaration of inclusion

Earlier this year congregational leaders and members from a growing coalition of United Methodist churches working to eliminate gay and lesbian discrimination within the church announced the next steps being taken to challenge the denomination’s prohibition against same-sex marriages. Building on the individual church movement to formally declare full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, […]

Delta Kappa members meet

The local chapter of the Delta Kappa Society International recently held its annual banquet at a Placerville restaurant. Epsilon Chi Chapter, which was formed in El Dorado County in 1951, is part of a worldwide honor society for women educators in more than 18 countries, involving 84,000 members. The evening’s program included the initiation of […]

Have fun at ‘History Happy Hour’

Let history make you happy. As part of the “Thursday Night at the Museums” extended summer hours program, the Sacramento History Museum is offering its first-ever “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, June 26. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related […]

As we were: Fire is always a danger

25 Years ago June 23, 1989 First day of summer proves a sizzler By MARY NEAL MOSQUITO — High winds and low humidity kept firefighters running Wednesday when the two elements combined to make the first day of summer a day of critical fire danger. The first fire of the day started about 10:18 a.m. […]

Grow For It! Garden whodunnitts: Insect ID on the Web

It was a dark and stormy night. No, wait, it’s a bright sunny day and you are inspecting your veggie garden, fruit trees or some favorite plant in your yard. That’s when you see it: a bunch of murdered leaves. So, whodunnitt? You consider your list of causes: maybe I didn’t water correctly, maybe there […]

High school district announces registration

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2014–15 school year. School will start on Thursday, Aug. 7. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times.   El Dorado and Vista high school students School information: 561 Canal St. in Placerville, 530-622-3634 ext. 1029 or 1028, The […]

Enjoy quick and easy chicken pineapple kabobs

Just A Pinch Recipe Column By Janet Tharpe I love the mix of flavors in Luci Vieira’s chicken pineapple kabob. This is an easy recipe you can fix ahead of time. Then, slide on the skewers for a quick meal after work or a great entrée for the next cookout. You may want to double the […]

Strike gold in new Gold Rush-themed video game

Everything seemed fine next to the river. Gold was being panned, providing a steady income to a newly-emerging Placerville in the year 1849. But then, of course, fire struck — the gold panning stations, despite being right next to the river, went up in flames. And then an earthquake took out the gold mine in […]

‘A Chorus Line’ kicks off Music Circus season

The nine-time Tony Award-winning singular sensation “A Chorus Line,” conceived by Michael Bennett and featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch, kicks off the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are June 24 to 29. This emotional behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway world is a […]