Help is available with taxing situations

The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, does taxes for free — and you don’t need to have silver hair to take advantage of the generous program.

Most of the volunteers, who are certified and trained in order to qualify to handle tax returns, seem to be older — but that’s only because retired folks naturally have more time to offer their services.

Take John Haller, local coordinator for the Placerville site located at the El Dorado …

Foothill gourmet: Fun with pesto

Pesto is a favorite flavoring for many foods; for example, pasta, rice, potatoes, grilled or braised chicken breasts or thighs, and fish fillets. Pesto can be made from greens beyond basil, cheeses beyond Parmesan and nuts beyond pine nuts. First, toast 1/3 cups nuts or seeds (varieties follow) in a dry skillet (a no oil-cast […]

Things to do: Feb. 6, 2015

ONGOING put gold 206 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 will present an all gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much the […]

Artists show love of El Dorado County

Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting “For the Love of El Dorado County,” a special all-member show running through March 1. “For the Love of El Dorado County” is a celebration of the people, places and history of the region, a visual Valentine from the artists of Gold Country Artists Gallery to the community. From […]

Carson Valley Inn poker action

The Carson Valley Inn poker room is adding a number of special promotions in February and continuing the regular offerings of ongoing tournaments and promotions. Carson Valley Inn poker players in live games between 6-9 p.m. on Friday nights will be eligible for hot seat drawings every 45 minutes. Each winner gets $25 in cash […]

A special delivery Valentine

How many ways can you say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day? Sacramento Valley Chorus says the best way to say, “I love you”, is a singing Valentine for that special sweetheart, husband, wife, mother, father or child. Quartets from award-winning Sacramento Valley Chorus make special memories for loved ones with a “Singing Valentine” delivered […]

Metales M5 to spread infectious enthusiasm

What: Metales M5 Mexican Brass concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost: $25 at the door Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218 El Dorado County Community Concert Association members are in for a treat on Monday, […]

Stray Birds land in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents great harmonies and musicianship with the Stray Birds on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. This is the group’s “Best Medicine” CD release tour. The Stray Birds are currently No. 9 on the Folk DJ Playlist, No. 35 on the Americana Radio Music Chart and tied […]

From the artists with love

What: Art from the Heart Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Where: El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion Room, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Judy Arrigotti at [email protected] The ice-blue […]

The wood talks to these crafters

Gathering every second Tuesday of the month for eight years now, members of Gold County Woodcrafters love to swap stories, trade tips, offer advice and even engage in the occasional spirited argument, letting the chips fall where they may. These guys enjoy nothing more than looking at a piece of wood and seeing what most […]

Cap Stage presents showcase

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its commitment to training the next generation of professional artists with the presentation of “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by David Mamet. The third annual Apprentice Showcase features the work of the 2014-15 Capital Stage Apprentice Corps and all aspects of the production — acting, directing, design and […]

Sac State celebrates Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento’s celebration of Black History Month will fill February’s days and nights with exciting and inspiring events. One of the most anticipated, coming Saturday, Feb. 8 is Super Sunday, an outreach partnership event with local churches to increase college-going rates among African American students. Other highlights of the month include campus favorite […]

Film explores the consequences of garbage

Jeremy Irons narrates “Trashed” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The documentary film focuses on his worldwide quest for garbage, how it affects the human race and what is being done to repair the extensive damage. Irons travels to several parts of the world to document the amount […]

At a glance: Planet gazing

Take a moment to check out the planet Jupiter. On Friday, Feb. 6, it is at its closest, biggest and brightest of the year and is out all night long. To get a really good look at the giant planet plan on visiting the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College, El […]

Informational workshop set for Women’s Fund grants

Nonprofit organizations located on the west slope of El Dorado County wishing to learn more about the Women’s Fund El Dorado granting process or to have specific questions answered are invited to attend the WFED Bidders Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be held at the El Dorado County […]

Book club takes a novel approach

If you’re walking downtown and you’re wishing you had something interesting to read, your wish has been granted. On Jan. 26, the 11 members of the Novel Lovers Book Club installed a two-shelf free lending library in the Courtyard Plaza behind the Cary House Hotel, 100 Main St. in Placerville. “We usually do some sort of […]

Community and palates benefit from chocolate

What: “A Chocolate Affair” Who: Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 7, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance and $45 at the door Information: 530-344-1476 It’s still a week before Valentine’s Day, but have a heart anyway. Have a heart […]

Grow For It! Square-foot gardening

Have you heard of square-foot gardening? It’s a system where the seeds or plants are planted in an area the size of a square foot. It is a way of gardening that requires less work, less space and less water. And, it provides food for the table. The garden is built in a series of […]

Fun and all that Jazz in Placerville

What: Jazz with Pizazz presented by the Placerville Shakespeare Club Who: U4ick Jazz Band Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Sunday, Feb. 8, doors open at 2 p.m. and music at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 Information: 530-622-4039 or 916-802-0186 The jazzy band that played at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville for […]

Railtown 1897 offers special

Before the historic locomotives start rolling along for a new season of train rides this spring, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are offering a behind-the-scenes “Roundhouse Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Park visitors will have the opportunity to watch important wintertime maintenance, cleaning and preparatory work […]

EDUHSD student board member shines bright

It has already turned dark outside and the El Dorado Union High School District school board members begin to file into the board room to join several dozen observers of a regular meeting. The members organize their papers to the sound of rain and proceed with the agenda. Everything appears pretty standard at first glance […]

The important things: Is your box shrinking?

Like many, I grew up in the pioneer West, minus a generation or two. Bedtime stories, stories around the campfire, stories from the pulpit were flavored with the rich folklore of cowboys, Indians, traders, pioneers, gold miners and boom towns. To actually live in the region of where so much of these stories originated still […]

Lecture and book signing by Sylvia Sun Minnick

Sylvia Sun Minnick will conduct a lecture and book signing on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Angels Camp Museum in the Museum’s Carriage House, 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Light refreshments will be served. Abandoned as an infant and raised as a refugee in Japanese-occupied Malaya during World War II, Sun Minnick’s inauspicious […]

Royal performance by Queens of Harmony

The talented LoveNotes Quartet, the Sweet Adelines International, 2014 Queens of Harmony will perform at the University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. This rare local appearance by LoveNotes will also highlight several quartets in a delightful Quartet Parade. Tickets are available at the door or in advance […]

‘Medically Speaking’ radio returns

The local entertaining medical talk radio show will return at its regular time of 10 a.m. every Saturday starting in February. It can only be heard live through the streaming feed found on the “Live” link at The show will continue with the same format of talk radio style discussion of medical topics as […]

Health screenings coming to Shingle Springs

Residents living in El Dorado County can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, will host this community event on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Richard Bennet from Woodland Hills, participated in a […]

Seminar to focus on connecting to children

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering a workshop to help parents increase their capacity to connect to their children’s needs. This open-hearted approach helps parents empathize with their children and stay connected while parenting. LEC will be offering a Parenting From Your Heart Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 438 Main […]

This decathlon is in the classroom

A celebration of the cerebral is taking place this week in El Dorado County, as students from four area high schools compete in the annual Academic Decathlon. Ponderosa High School will be defending its incredible title, 22 years in a row of taking home top honors in the academic contest. Students are tested in the […]

Tahoe vibe rocks at Hard Rock

It’s a shot in the arm for the Lake Tahoe action, a beacon for those who hunger for the glamour of Vegas and a blend of vintage and modern, but the newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has its own Tahoe vibe. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe held its grand opening party on Jan. 28 […]

Foothill dining: Cocktail recipes give whiskey an added twist

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks. Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether it’s syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea. A […]

As we were: New president of school board

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1990 Bob Laurie will head county school board By JOHN SAMMON Attorney Robert A. Laurie has been elected president of the El Dorado County Board of Education. The announcement was made by Ken Lowry, county superintendent of schools. An attorney with Cameron Park law firm of Laurie, Maloney and Wheatley, Laurie has […]

Railroad Museum announces Tuesday train rides

As an expansion of the well-established weekday train ride program for local school groups, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are once again offering excursion train rides to the general public on 14 pre-determined Tuesdays in Spring 2015. Tuesday Train Rides are available on the following dates: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and […]

Pink Floyd tribute at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents House of Floyd — The music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. The group is back by popular demand and offers great sound, great video, lasers, fog — this show has it all. House of Floyd, a reverent tribute to Pink […]

Things to do: Jan. 30, 2015

ONGOING put gold 130 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Feb. 2 through March 1, will present an all-gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much […]

Paris Comes to Sacramento with ‘Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880–1910′

The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910” is on view Feb. 1 to April 26. This special exhibition is a journey into Paris in its most dynamic years, when the city was an incubator for artistic and literary movements. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec himself fits no category, but groups […]

IT takes two in ‘Red, White and Tuna’

What: “Red, White and Tuna” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 Cost: Tickets $15 Information: 530-642-0404 or Brilliant writing, sterling actors and an effervescent director — along with an absolutely hilarious plot line — guarantee you’ll forget your troubles for a while as you dive […]

Discover Ecstatic Dance in Placerville

Ecstatic Dance Placerville will host its first Friday night event Jan. 30 from 7:30-10 at the Odd Fellows Hall on 467 Main St. in Placerville. Attendees can move and be moved at this alcohol-free community event. Ecstatic Dance is a gathering for people of all ages and abilities to dance freely, move however they wish […]

Entertainment rocks at Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is rocking the South Shore February with two eclectic bands performing in Vinyl, the resort casino’s new entertainment venue. The English Beat plays Saturday, Feb. 7 and Starset performs Friday, Feb. 13. Vinyl also features a free show with the Saddle Tramps on Thursday, Feb. 5. English […]

Katherine Lee to speak

Discover needs, desires and legacy and learn how to overcome fear of failure and frazzled brain with dynamic speaker Kathrine Lee, co-creator of the Ultimate Source, a faith-based personal development system on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Lee is a life and business strategist. She is an internationally recognized speaker and has touched countless people with her […]

Visual artistry dazzles the audience

Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage — an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances of humor and poignancy, nimble speech and eloquent gestures have dazzled audiences of all ages for almost 30 years. Cooper brings his own special world to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on […]

Russian National Ballet presents major ballets

Over a span of three days, the Russian National Ballet Theatre continues its mission of presenting major Russian ballets by performing “Giselle,” “Chopiniana,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Don Quixote,” at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “Giselle” tells the story of a peasant girl of the same name who dies of […]

Super time at Carson Valley Inn

A Tailgate Party on Saturday, a Parlay Card with a guaranteed $5,000 prize and the marquee matchup of Seahawks vs. Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1 will highlight a Super Weekend on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Carson Valley Inn located on Highway 395 in Minden. The Saturday Tailgate Party in TJ’s Corral runs […]

New owners at Amador winery

Perched on top of one of the highest points in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley for more than three decades, Amador Foothill Winery in Plymouth has a simple charm all its own. That’s what attracted winemaker Tom Jones and his wife Beth to purchase the winery and vineyards in the fall of 2014 and allow a new […]

Ballet tells story of romance and comedy

“Coppélia,” a ballet filled with romance and comedy, tells the tale of an eccentric Doll Maker, Dr. Coppélius, and his dream of bringing a beloved doll to life. The Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company performs this story of love and enchantment with delightful music, colorful costumes and beautiful dancers. The amount of hours going […]

Enchanting tale ‘Mamma Mia!’ visits Harris Center

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is […]