The After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Grow For It!: Divide and multiply — the easiest propagation technique

Check around the garden. Do you see great crowded lumps of Shasta Daisies? Are your potted mums sending out an SOS? Overcrowding in the Aster department? Massive Panzer divisions of sedums threatening to overrun every other plant in their path? Artichokes the size of the Empire State Building? Time to divide and multiply. Autumn is […]

Discover the true gold in Coloma

The beautiful river gorge along the South Fork of the American that opens into a small valley enclosure called Coloma once saw a population of 10,000 harried souls digging in the dirt, blasting rocks and moving mountains as they clamored for gold. Today Coloma has fewer than 500 people who call it home, but they […]

Snowshoe gets new look

The Snowshoe Thompson mural on the building at 248 Main St. in Placerville is being restored. First completed in the spring of 2003, it reached its 10 year anniversary last May and had begun to show signs of fading. Pat and Beverly Blackwell, owners of the Snowshoe Thompson Building, decided to fund and move forward […]

Sac State goes happy

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz declared that “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but it can be a lot more complex than that. This year, the California State University, Sacramento community will delve into the many “Global Perspectives on Happiness” as its One World Initiative  topic. One World is a campus-wide initiative aimed at bringing students, faculty […]

Auto repair shops put on Brakes for Breast Cancer

For the Month of October, Autotronics Automotive Repair, 2544 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, and 104 other independent auto repair shops across the United States are giving away free quality brake pads or shoes and the client simply pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job. The shops then […]

IT postpones ‘Spamalot’ auditions

Due to the King Fire, the audition date for “Spamalot” has been changed to Saturday, Sept. 27. The location and the time is TBA. The audition schedule will also be adjusted. Check Imagination Theater’s Website and social media pages for current updates. Join the theater company for the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot,” the legendary […]

Humor and fiddling’ at Sierra Rep

Small-town antics, homespun humor and foot-stompin’ fiddlin’ come to Sierra Repertory Theater’s Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park from Sept. 26-Oct. 26 with Mark Twain’s  “A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage.” Set in Deerlick, Mo., the musical fits Columbia’s historic feeling and should delight audiences seeking a taste of the wit of legendary humorist […]

Enjoy art and wine at festival

The 2014 Arts and Wine Festival will feature more than 100 fine artists and the endorsement of the Association of Independent Artists. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Rancho Murieta Country Club, 7000 Alameda Drive in Rancho Murieta. In addition […]

Temple of Terror haunted house to thrill guests

Hands4Hope is excited to announce its haunted house tradition is back. Hands4Hope, a local nonprofit dedicated to developing youth leadership and community involvement through service learning and community outreach, has created and hosted a thrilling haunted house nearly every year in the El Dorado Hills Town Center since 2010. The haunted house is a fall […]

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ take to the stage

Runaway Stage Productions presents the Sacramento Regional Premier of the new musical based on the legendary outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde. Bob Baxter directs the production, playing through Sept. 29 at the Sierra 2 Center 24th Street Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Tickets are available online at or through the box office at 916-207-1226. At the […]

Book sale at State Indian Museum in Sac

On Columbus Day weekend, Oct.11-13, California State Parks and the State Indian Museum will proudly present a Native American Book Sale in celebration of the indigenous peoples whose ancestors had been living here for thousands of years before Columbus “discovered” America. During this extended holiday weekend, shoppers are encouraged to celebrate Native Americans and learn […]

IT presents an elegant evening of entertainment

Enjoy an elegant evening Saturday, Nov. 22, when Imagination Theater at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, hosts the Gala Premier of its holiday show, the award-winning musical “Oliver!” On arrival at 5:30 p.m., guests will receive a red carpet welcome and be treated to a commemorative photograph of the event. […]

See special collections during Archives Crawl

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the fourth annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, Oc. 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is “Having Fun in the Sacramento Region.” Showcasing […]

‘Gone with the Wind’ comes back to the screen

It’s beyond question — now that “Gone With the Wind” is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its release — movie fans everywhere still do give a damn about one of the landmark films of Hollywood’s original Golden Age.  Fathom Events, along with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Turner Classic Movies is honored to bring the […]

History Museum Sponsors Tours

The Folsom History Museum will be presenting a docent-led tour of St. John the Baptist Church Cemetery. The cemetery tour will highlight events in the lives of some of Folsom’s early day settlers. Buried in the cemetery is a vaudeville/silent screen star, professional baseball player and civil war veteran as well as many other interesting […]

Fairytale Town presents reading festival

Fairytale Town presents the ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, a two-day festival celebrating early childhood literacy, the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28. Now in its 14th year, the annual festival features readings and presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities and more. Admission to the Festival and Fairytale Town is […]

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce new curator of European painting

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced  the appointment of Dr. Esther Bell as its new curator in charge of European paintings. Bell, formerly the curator of European painting, drawing and sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has more than 10 years of experience at some of the country’s finest museums, including the Metropolitan […]

Harvest Hoedown at Shadow Ranch

What better way to celebrate the fall harvest than a country hoedown on a historic homestead and vineyard? Shadow Ranch Vineyard will welcome the fall season with its eighth annual Harvest Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 1-4 p.m. This is Shadow Ranch’s time to celebrate the conclusion of the harvest season. It is a […]

Learn about the great flood

The Sacramento County Historical Society is presenting “Water Like You’ve Never Seen — The Great Flood of 1862″ on Tuesday, Sept. 23  at 7 p.m. A social time starts at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Building, 5380 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. While California is very dry right now, over New Years in […]

Plans to light Pink the Night

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor those who have been diagnosed with cancer and remember those who have passed. The second annual “Mammo Man” competition will kick-off the month by raising funds for art and movement therapy for cancer patients. Whether you are a physician, businessmen, student or retired, your are […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers cypress trees

Everyone from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is […]

Workshop to help with communication

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering an Introduction to Compassionate Communication class on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10-noon. The class will give participants an opportunity to learn about nonviolent communication (also known as compassionate communication), a process that was founded by Marshall […]

As we were: All shook up

25 Years ago Sept. 22, 1989 Quake centered in Truckee felt in El Dorado County By URSULA ROSE A mild early morning earthquake centered 16 miles west of Truckee was felt as far away as Pollock Pines and Placerville, but no one was reported injured and damage was minor, said a spokeswoman for the California Office […]

Foothill dining: Avacados are good

At our house, eating an avocado is a pleasure anytime one is ripe. Avocados are colorful and delicious additions to recipes and an excellent fresh accent to meat, fish, chicken and salads. We eat them because they are heart healthy. They also supply healthy monounsaturated fats, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Their monounsaturated fats help lower […]

Montessori students win at Nature Bowl

By Megan Woolsey Nature Bowl founder Bruce Forman presented the students at California Montessori Project Shingle Springs campus with the first place 2014 Nature Bowl champions trophy on Friday, Sept. 6. Four fourth grade students from the Shingle Springs school — Ethan Rezentes, Madeline Sweet, Dyeon Maeng and Ava Woolsey — competed against 23 other […]

Off to España

In September Kendall Hoy will begin a new, and undoubtedly unforgettable, chapter in her life. The Rotary Youth Exchange student will fly to Spain, where she’ll live and study for about a year. “I’m so excited,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m most excited to see Barcelona and all the beautiful churches and to eat real authentic paella. It’s […]

Things to do: Sept. 19, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Branda Corey, glass works artist and jewelry designer. Her appreciation of rustic finishes and patinas and love of nature acts as an inspiration for her flamework glass. Also featured is Linda Soos, stained glass artist and Lisa Aikenhead, photographer. The […]

Bands to play for peace

Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living is sponsoring the fourth annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 18 p.m. to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. The seven-hour event features five dynamic and diverse musical groups. Sacramento favorite, […]

Enter an artful world

What: Autumn Studio Tour Who: 28 Artists Where: Nine studios in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free Information:   You’d swear you hear the soft sound of a distant gong as you enter the Asian oasis called home by Placerville artist Valerie Bye and […]

Stunning acrobatic feats to wow audiences

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is appearing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway on Friday to Sunday, Sept. 19-21. The Friday show is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday’s showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is 2 p.m. Established in 1951, National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of […]

‘Spamalot’ auditions move to Vets Hall

Due to the fire camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the location for the auditions for “Spamalot” on Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 20-23. The new location is the Veterans Hall located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” is the legendary tale of King […]

KVIE announces art auction winners at gala

During the KVIE Preview Gala, the kickoff event to the 2014 KVIE Art Auction, KVIE’s art curator D Neath announced the Best of Show and first place recipients in each category. The award winners are: David Best, Lodi, Best of Show for his piece “Venus on a Half Dome” (airs Sunday, Sept. 21 approx. 7 […]

Myra Cooper Holmes is enmeshed in her work

A few years back when Georgetown sculptor Myra Cooper Holmes was showing her work in Camino, she was thrilled when the world-renowned Bennett brothers, Bob and Tom, checked out her artistry and told her, “You are one of us.” Small wonder the Placerville sculptors of gleaming bronze figures that celebrate the beauty of the human […]

See travel posters at Railroad Museum

While the Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” currently on display at the California State Railroad Museum is scheduled to move to a museum in Southern California after Sept. 28, the local component that includes a colorful collection of vibrant and nostalgic railroad travel posters will continue through May 31, 2015. Titled “American Journeys: Travel […]

Life as I know it: Summer of ’44

After graduation from high school and after Peggy and her family left for Texas, Norman and I  were, temporarily, at loose ends. With some discussion of alternatives, we agreed that working, for the summer, with the U.S. Forest Service, seemed to fit the occasion. If either I was called by the Navy or he decided […]

Local students honored with scholarships

The El Dorado County Division of CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association) honored two El Dorado County high school students with scholarships at its June barbecue. Lorna Perpall, head of the scholarship committee, introduced the scholarship recipients, Caitlin Bandera and Rosebud Campion. Campion enjoys working with children and strives to build their self-esteem so they can […]

Placerville Clayworks launches new Website

Placerville Clayworks is pleased to announce the launch of its new Website at The Website features hand-built and pottery-thrown clay projects created by students as well as information about classes. Emily Bullock established Placerville Clayworks in 1996 and has introduced ceramics to hundreds of students since then. “I enjoy creating an environment where you […]

Come out for EDH summer finale

Say goodbye to summer at the annual Saturday Night in the Park from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the last concert at Community Park for the 2014 season. Cover Me Badd, an upbeat […]

Roll out the barrels at Oktoberfest

Beer, wienerdogs, beer, hot dogs, beer, dancing — did I mention beer? It’s all part of Placerville’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 20 from 3-8 p.m. on Main Street. Oktoberfest in Munich, where the tradition began in 1810, is always in September, not October. A special beer, Marzen is served. Before refrigeration came along to […]

Learn pirate speak at Fairytale Town

Families are invited to Fairytale Town for swashbuckling fun in celebration of international Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday, Sept. 19. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., adults and children can enjoy talking like a pirate plus pirate fun and games inside Fairytale Town’s storybook park. Young sailors can learn pirate vocabulary, songs of the seas […]

Tall Ship to arrive in Sacramento

Due to high demand for its educational programs, the tall ship “Hawaiian Chieftain,” a regular visitor to Old Sacramento in the fall, will arrive nearly one month earlier than usual. A growing number of bookings by Sacramento-area public and private schools led to a decision to bring the tall ship to Sacramento in mid-September, rather […]

ARC suspending school programs for 2015

American River Conservancy supporters received an e-mail from executive director, Alan Ehrgott that ARC was suspending its environmental education programs as of Jan. 1, 2015. “This is being driven by two things,” said Ehrgott. “First is the budget. Our environment education programs are not sustainable.” The cost of providing environmental education programs to the 4,000-5,000 […]

Find exceptional names and more

Book: “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” Author: Vickie Ward Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, published June 2014, 112 pages, paperback At a loss for a creative name for your new pet? Need a quick pick-me up? Want to contribute to local animal rescue organizations? You will find all that in “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” by  Vickie […]

Independent film in pre-production

Veteran actor and director Perry King (“Riptide,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) is pleased to announce the launch of pre-production for his new independent Western “The Divide” from Left for Dead Productions. “For years and years I’ve wanted to make a Western on my own land and finally I’ve got the script to do it,” said […]