Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

SlugFest returns to the three wineries in the Slug Gulch area on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. This is not a wine party to honor the shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusk that crawls around the garden. It is a celebration of wines made from grapes grown exclusively in […]

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

Due to California’s drought conditions and the enormous amounts of water needed to put on the annual heritage event, the traditional Gold Rush Days activities in Old Sacramento have been cancelled for 2014. The decision was made by Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the city of […]

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

It’s tomato time! Whether you grow your own heirloom tomatoes, buy 20 pounds of paste-type plum tomatoes for sauces at the farmers market or just love to eat them warm off the vine, tomatoes are abundant at this time of year. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 5, […]

Build an author platform at the Library

Calling all writers! Have you had an editor, agent or publisher ask you about your “author platform?” Wondering what they mean by an “author platform” and why you need one? How do you go about building that platform? Find out all this and much more with guest speaker Rose Cooper at a workshop on “Creating […]

Grow For It! Fall and winter vegetables: It’s all about timing

The most important factor to take into account when planning a fall and winter garden is timing. An efficient resource to determine the preferred planting dates for cool season vegetables is the El Dorado County Master Gardener’s “Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide.” This guide will be available for purchase at the upcoming public class on fall […]

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

Book: “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps and Daring Drivers” Author: Cheryl Anne Stapp Publisher: The History Press, 2014, softcover and e-book versions, 144 pages Bumpy rides, highway robberies and stalwart drivers abound in Cheryl Stapp’s “The Stagecoach in Northern California,” a historical account of the first public overland transportation in California. […]

Help needed to make cool ties

Help our troops stay cool. It’s that time again to make cool ties neck coolers and helmet coolers for our troops serving abroad in hot countries, on our ships and for our veterans in VA hospitals. A special workshop is being held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, […]

Bargains can be found everywhere

The St. Patrick Ladies Society Rummage Sale is in its 77th year and will have a wide array of items for shoppers to pick up some fantastic bargains. The sale is Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish hall at […]

At a glance: Game time

The Games of the X Olympiad opened in Los Angeles on July 30, 1932. Los Angeles was the only bidder for the games and due to the Great Depression not as many athletes were sent to compete. One notable athlete was Babe Didrikson who a gold medal in the javelin and the hurdles. The use […]

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

Mount Aukum Winery, 6781 Tower Road in Mount Aukum, is hosting a barbecue fundraiser for the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 3-7 p.m. The Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms are active in communities and help organizations that give care and rehabilitation to those who have been injured in the current conflicts. They […]

Time to register for classes at Center Stage

Center Stage Dance Academy, 2203 Francisco Drive, Suite 150, in El Dorado Hills, is taking registration for fall classes. Register online for before Aug. 1 for $10 off of your family registration fee. Classes start Monday, Aug. 4. Center Stage Dancewear Boutique also carries all of the items dancers might need for class (leotards, tights, shoes, […]

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

When it comes to summer fun, think Sacramento Museums. There are plenty of activities, camps and more still happening.   Aerospace Museum of California, 916-564-3437,, Amazing Aerospace Camp, Aug. 11-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 13-17. The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp. This memorable summer camp […]

High-tech game gets kids moving

“It feels like a video game but it takes so much physical exertion,” said El Dorado Hills Community Services District Youth Development Coordinator Whitney Kahn of the NEOS 360, a deluxe piece of electronic play equipment installed behind the Teen Center earlier this month. “This is the perfect bridge between electronics and being outside enjoying […]

As we were: Recreation district grows

25 Years ago July 28, 1989 County transfers land to Georgetown Rec The Georgetown Divide Recreation District, formed last year, gained additional stature Tuesday with a series of property transfers from the county. The agreements were approved during the Tuesday morning session of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. A county Community Development Department staff […]

Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

With fresh corn abundantly available during the summer months, a column highlighting different flavors accented with a topping for fresh corn would be welcome. First, it’s helpful to know how to cook corn. You can cook it three ways: boiling, steaming or grilling. I have friends that love to grill corn, because grilled corn has […]

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

Why don’t you follow through with things that you start? If you would only listen, you wouldn’t have this problem. What are you going to do with your life? You will never change. How many times have you heard the above sentences uttered in reference to you? Were they family members or friends who felt […]

Cantare names new director

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is thrilled to announce the selection of its new director, Mariia Pechenova. Pechenova has a background that is impressive and well rounded. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, she has lived in the United States since 2012. Her short stay here has been punctuated by excellent references and performances. In […]

Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

The celebration of the cowboy culture and western living was a day filled with competitions, entertainment, demonstrations, food, drink and fun at Cowboys and Cornbread. Even the weather cooperated with a nice breeze keeping everyone cool at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The regional event brought out a talented field of musicians for […]

Nuns discover a pleasant place

The attributes of El Dorado County attracted a small community of Theravada Buddhist nuns to established a monastery for women. The quiet, wooded property in the Pleasant Valley area was a perfect place for them and in spring the move was made to the rural parcel. Practicing in the Thai Forest Tradition, the sisters pursue their […]

Things to do: July 25, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 3, is featuring painter Joyce Bahnsen. Also featured is fine art photographer, Doug Parks. This month the gallery has a special exhibit of paintings and photography of Main Street in celebration of “Main Street Matters.” For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website […]

Recording artist at Busby Cellars

Busby Cellars, 6375 Grizzly Flat Road in Somerset, is having a dinner concert featuring Zach Heckendorf on Saturday, July 26. Dinner is from 5-6:45 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. In recent years, singer/songwriter Heckendorf’s blossoming career has taken him coast to coast, playing in front of thousands of fans at Colorado’s legendary […]

Hands4Hope hosts school supply drive

Hands4Hope launched a new drive this year, a School Supply Drive, which will benefit children in need in El Dorado County. The drive started July 14 and will end Aug. 3. The goal of this drive is to provide a backpack filled with necessary school supplies to each child in need before school begins in […]

Supergroup plays Harris Center

Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli and Annie Sampson join forces as The Blues Broads, a roots-music supergroup of the first order at the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Saturday, July 26. The Blues Broads welcomes another genre-free powerhouse, Deanna Bogart, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist, to open the show and […]

Suds entice the taste buds

The Lodge at Cordova Casino boasts “home of the 99 beers” but with beer pairing events and brew-inspired specials they bring much more to the table for the craft beer enthusiast. July brought burger and brew combos to The Lodge with novel takes on burgers and a suggested beer accompaniment through each week of the […]

Manzanita doubles the music

A double star-studded rockin’ evening of music with Jonny Mojo  and Cash Prophets

 with “The Gospel According to Johnny Cash,” will happen at Manzanita Kitchen and Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101 in Diamond Springs, on Friday, July 25 from 6-11 p.m. Cash Prophets is a family band consisting of Bobby Dickson, his two sons, Nate […]

Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

Join Sierra Vista Winery for its new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series. The winery will have live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer. What’s better than listening to local artists, enjoying a breathtaking sunset and sipping on a favorite bottle of Sierra Vista wine? Julie and the Jukes will be playing at […]

Artists invited to go western

The members of Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery announce an exhibit “Visions of the West” that will feature western- and Native American-themed art in association with the first Cowboy Gathering on the Georgetown Divide. Two- and three-dimensional art created by local gallery artists and invited artists throughout El Dorado and Placer counties will be […]

Visit Tahoe artists during tour

By Walt Stevenson The artist group Tahoe Art League, celebrating its 50th anniversary, announces its 2014 Artist Studio Tour for two weekends July 25, 26 and 27 and Aug. 1, 2 and 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Attendees will visit 20-40 local artists in South Lake Tahoe locations to talk with them and […]

See Chris Webster and Nina Gerber in concert

Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4 in Vallecito, announces its next concert in the Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring Chris Webster and Nina Gerber. The concert is Saturday, July 26 at 7:45 p.m. Concertgoers are admitted at 6:30 p.m. “Two amazing women on our stage at the same time,” said winery co-owner […]

Reggae on the River celebrates 30 years

Reggae on the River is celebrating 30 years and is back once again at the festival’s original venue — French’s Camp, 657 North U.S. Highway 101 in Garberville, on July 31 to Aug. 3. Featuring an incredible line-up to showcase the best and brightest of today’s reggae and world music talent, the 30th annual Reggae on […]

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Tahoe skyline to rock

After weeks of excitement and anticipation, the Park Family and Warner Hospitality announced that Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will join the Tahoe skyline this ski season. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will offer visitors a unique experience that is designed to capture the essence of Lake Tahoe while leveraging […]

Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

Looks like “Hot Fun in the Summertime” returns for the 37th year at the Fire on the Mountain festival in Twain Harte on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27 starting at 10 a.m. each day. Featured this year are the works of many talented craft and graphic artists and live entertainment. Starting at the Twain […]

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Duty: Army Pvt. William B. Tillotson

Army Pvt. William B. Tillotson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic […]

El Dorado wines win in Amador

After more than 40 years, the Amador County Fair commercial wine competition has evolved to become the showcase for Sierra Foothill American Viticultural Area wines. For the second year in a row a Mourvedre from Amador County was awarded Best of Show, from Morse Wines in 2014. By the end of the day of judging […]

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

“They’re coming. I see the buses,” Emogene Haller, event manager, announced over the walkie-talkies. Four schools with their students and teachers were arriving to participate in the second annual Okei-san Experience Field Trip at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm site in Placerville, near Coloma. “Places everyone,” Haller called out. The morning group of […]

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

Residents living in and around the Placerville community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. American Legion El Dorado Post 119, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, will host Life Line Screening on Monday, Aug. 25. Richard Bennet from Woodland Hills participated in a Life Line Screening event in […]

En garde at Silver Screen Classic

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Aug. 2 with an adventure that takes place during the French Revolution. Andre, a nobleman’s illegitimate son, vows revenge against the Marquis for murder. A wanted man, Andre hides out onstage, disguised as the masked character Scaramouche. He bides his time as he improves his sword […]

Billy Joe Shaver releases new album

Legendary Texas outlaw songwriter Billy Joe Shaver celebrates his upcoming 75th birthday  with “the best album I’ve ever done,” on Saturday, Aug.9 at the Country Club Saloon’s Back 40 Amphitheater, 4007 Taylor Road in Rocklin. Shaver’s first studio album in six years showcases a singular songwriter in absolutely peak form as he unearths his trademark truths around […]

Lee’s Feed appreciates customers

Lees’ Feed and Western Store is announcing its 2014 Purina Check-R-Board Days, a customer appreciation event. Stop by Lees’ Feed and Western Store, 4110 Mother Lodge Drive in Shingle Springs, on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to enjoy special store promotions, a chance to win prizes and more. Free products will be drawn […]

Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees with a simple, step-by-step process. The book “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. “What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of […]

My Time meeting in August

My Time 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 My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Tractor Supply Store recognized

Placerville’s Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the Paper Clover Regional Champion award for being one of the top 5 stores to have the highest transaction percentage in its region during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion. The region included all TSC stores in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and […]

Learn about lavender and its many benefits

The public is invited to attend lunch sponsored by El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection on Monday, Aug. 11 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is noon. Cost is $18. Former Master Gardener Joann Perry will share her extensive, interesting and practical knowledge about the […]