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Guess Who is coming to MontBleu

The Guess Who, Canada’s first international rock music superstars whose anthems “American Woman,” “These Eyes” and “Share the Land” rocked the charts in the 1970s and remain classic rock staples today on FM and Internet radio, brings its hard-charging guitar and vocals to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa on Saturday, Jan. 31 in […]

Wood shop becomes toy shop

Thirty children from Pinewood Elementary School entered the “Toy Shop” at El Dorado High School on Monday, Dec. 15 for a special evening. The wood shop classroom had been transformed into a toy wonderland, where they played with many amazing handmade wooden toys built by “student elves.” The toys in the shop ranged from a giant marble […]

Mitchell wines receive top marks

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is excited to announce that its 2012 Estate Grand Reserve received an 89 ­point rating in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast. The Grand Reserve joins three other Charles B. Mitchell wines that have recently received high marks from the national wine magazine — the 2012 El Dorado Syrah received 92 […]

Life as I know it: Fence building in Arizona

Last time I mentioned making a commitment about taking senior high students from our church group to Chinle, Ariz.. We would work for a week at an outpost church on the Navajo Indian Reservation. As the Easter vacation approached, we adults had to try to anticipate, and make provisions for two days of travel to […]

Home Instead hiring 180 caregivers to meet demand

As America’s aging population continues to grow, the need for caregivers has become increasingly apparent. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care, the leading global provider of home care services for seniors, has announced that its Rancho Cordova-based franchise anticipates hiring nearly 180 CAREGiversSM in 2015 across three franchises serving Sacramento, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado […]

Historic Old Sacramento now hiring

Looking for an interactive, engaging and fun part-time job in 2015? The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is currently accepting applications for paid tour guide positions for its popular Old Sacramento Underground tour program that will resume on April 4, 2015. HOSF is looking to fill a minimum of four paid tour guide positions to […]

California wines inspire menu choices

Looking for new recipes to transform traditional holiday fare this year? These delicious and sustainably-minded dishes from Wine Institute’s new book, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” will set the stage — and the table — for a holiday to remember. Your celebration can have a festive start with grilled […]

Visiting Angels are available to help at the holidays

While the New Year festivities are filled with fun festivities for most of us, this can be the most depressing of all seasons for the elderly. Many seniors pine for lost loves one and have families hundreds of miles away. It’s often a struggle for seniors to decorate, shop and prepare a meal, especially for those […]

Support group 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 […]

California State Fair accepting nominations for agricultural award

The California State Fair is accepting nominations for its Agriculturalist of the Year award. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, to California’s agricultural industry. Award criteria stipulates this individual must have demonstrated leadership and clearly represented the industry over a number of […]

Visit Smokey Joe’s Café

The 20th anniversary National Tour of Broadway’s longest running musical revue, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” rocks its way to Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom opening Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. This toe-tapping musical features some 38 Billboard hits from the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Billed as “the hottest joint in town,” […]

Fantasy authors unveil writing secrets

The Writers’ Bloc and Friends of the Library present “Fantasy Authors Unveil Writing Secrets” at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Fans of the world of fantasy in all its many forms, spectrums and realms and aspiring authors looking for advice from those who have […]

Hands4Hope’s dinner and ball fundraiser a success

Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference’s fifth annual Benefit Dinner and Costume Ball, dedicated to supporting the nonprofit’s youth development program and numerous outreach activities, was a success. The “Intergalactic Shindig at Area 51,” which took place at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills, promised to be out of this world and held true […]

A guide for thrifty fashionistas

The El Dorado Women’s Lunch Connection meeting is Monday, Jan. 12 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18. The luncheon will feature ladies modeling fashions they purchased from Snowline Hospice. They will show off their marvelous one-of-a-kind outfits with thrifty […]

Cal State Fair to offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at CAstatefair.org. Twenty-seven scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture and past exhibitors to the California […]

As we were: Tanks but no tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 22, 1989 Gas tanks fuel controversy By JOHN SAMMON Bulk fuel storage tanks were removed from the site of former Toms Sierra petroleum company Thursday, the first stage in what El Dorado County Environmental Health officials say could be an expensive cleanup. The site is located next to El Dorado Irrigation […]

Grants beef up technology in the classroom

After a thorough application process last spring, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) awarded more than a dozen classroom grants up to $12,000 to help teachers enhance student engagement, provide innovative instruction and close the achievement gap. Building on a crucial partnership, funding for these grants came from EDCOE and the El Dorado […]

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Foothill gourmet: Wild recipes

Several years ago I made wild mushroom-shallot cream sauce. It is so delicious, that I now make it every year. It also provided me with an exciting new technique for peeling shallots, to add to my repertoire. Because the cream sauce is rich, I save the recipe for special occasions. While I’ve always loved the […]

Life as I know it: The big vacation

Two months after Peggy, Nancy and I took our first trip to Europe in 1968, Peggy said she thought it would be nice if we could take all the girls to Europe someday. I looked at her and said, “How about next year?” We began to plan. The girls ages would be from 9 to […]

Things to do: Dec. 19, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to bring their imagination and creativity to an old holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, textile art and mixed […]

Heavenly Holidays illuminates the season

Cheer and excitement are bringing the ultimate holiday experience to Heavenly Mountain Resort this season, where twirling ice skaters, chainsaw-sculpted ice displays and world-class fireworks will stir up the energy of the holiday season in Heavenly Village. Co-produced by Tahoe South, the fourth annual Heavenly Holidays will feature 12 days of festivities beginning with photos […]

Railroad Museum to debut exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a visually-exciting new exhibit titled “Sculpture With a RE-Purpose: The Found Art of Ray Carrington” on Friday, Dec. 19. This is a “part two” follow-up exhibit to one that was first introduced at the Railroad Museum in 2013, displaying other creative works […]

Fine Arts Museums of SF gets Guidekick app

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce their partnership with Guidekick — a mobile app that allows tourists and visitors the opportunity to be their own personal tour guide. The de Young Museum will be featured in Guidekick’s upcoming Golden Gate Park guide that will be available for download in January […]

Carson Valley Inn offers December dining choices

December dining at the Carson Valley Inn includes value specials and 24-hour convenience in Katie’s, a variety of dinner entrées in CV Steak and quick-stop fare in Job’s Perk. Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve dinner specials will be offered in CV Steak and Katie’s along with the regular menu choices. CV Steak is open […]

‘Dirty Dancing’ comes to Broadway Sacramento

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage,” an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, will play at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2015. Based on the popular classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On […]

Let there be lights

Tripping the light fantastic The fascination for Christmas light displays has grown like a snowball rolling down hill and this is peak viewing season to take in all the splendor. El Dorado County residents have been busy creating festive scenes to inspire awe and amazement for family, friends and neighbors and now is the time […]

Coloring contest winners wow judges

The winners in the 2014 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest used imagination and great skill with crayons, pens, glitter and other decorative elements to capture the judges’ votes to take home prize money, gift certificates and goody bags. The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op co-sponsored the contest for the fourth year. The talented winners and their families attended […]

Caboose leads the way

It’s rather unusual for a caboose — but this one has quite a following. Fans of the restored vintage caboose that sits near the old train depot in Shingle Springs will gather Saturday, Dec. 20 to see project volunteers honored with an award from the El Dorado County Historical Society. The restored caboose, painted green, […]

Smashing Pumpkins makes a stop at the Warfield

SAN FRANCISCO — With festive holiday lights outside and great music inside, San Francisco’s Warfield Theater on Market Street was the site last Thursday for an appearance by the Smashing Pumpkins to promote its new release “Monuments to an Elegy.” Out just two days prior, many in attendance probably hadn’t yet heard the new material. […]

Fine Arts Museums in SF to utilize Google Glass

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco today announced the first integration of Google Glass technology into a major art museum exhibition to create a rich tour experience. The tour augments the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” by providing museumgoers with images, audio and video relevant to select works of art. The Fine Arts […]

Book signing at bike shop

Atown Bikes, 934 Lincoln Way in Auburn, invites the public to celebrate the publication of “Project Vanlife” and to check out the first KTM bicycles to hit the United States on Saturday, Dec. 20 from noon-3 p.m. Authors Trevor DeRuisé and Sierra Davies will be available to sign copies of this story of inspiration and […]

InConcert captures holiday spirit

Capture the holiday spirit with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra on Saturday evening, Dec. 20 and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church,12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. “What sweeter music can be heard during the holidays than your favorite carols and joyful seasonal songs? My assistant Toon and I have […]

Nurse Next Door offers helpful services

By 2020, the number of people over the age of 60 in El Dorado County will increase by nearly 150 percent of its current population. The increasing senior population is fueling the demand for home health care and one of North America’’s fastest growing providers, Nurse Next Door, has launched a locally owned and operated […]

Museum gifts support the arts

The Museum Stores of the de Young and Legion of Honor are pleased to announce a selection of the season’s finest gifts, from classic to contemporary. Items include books, artisan crafts, jewelry, textiles, home decor, stationery and creative items for children, as well as other items that allow museum visitors to share their appreciation of […]

Holiday happiness for the whole family

Winter is here and with it comes some of the most memorable times of year — the holidays. Perhaps more than any other occasion, the holiday season is steeped in family tradition, with cherished elements that sometimes span generations. But when family members get older or have declining health, maintaining their involvement in those traditions […]

Next generation Monterey Jazz Festival announces deadline

Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce the 11th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in […]

Jean the ‘dancing machine’ turns 100

Family, friends and members of the jazz band gathered to celebrate Jean Dahlinger’s 100th birthday at the Barton Mountain Café. Hugs and smiles filled the room as the South Lake Tahoe High School jazz band kicked off the party with “America the Beautiful” and a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Dahlinger was born on Nov. 12, […]

Holidays are a good time to check on loved ones

Are you going home for the holidays? If you are, in addition to celebrating, take a moment to make sure your older loved ones are still capable of managing their daily lives on their own. Often older adults need some help to stay safe and healthy, but don’t like to admit it. To help determine […]

Holiday favorite returns to Sacramento

A “Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair” is on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Grand Ballroom of the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento — back for the 11th year running. Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun-filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year. This year, […]

Take a break for 5k and 10K walk/run

The first Christmas Carol Classic 5K and 10K Walk/Run, and Tiny Tim Fun Run is Saturday, Dec. 20. This is a holiday-themed event with the start and finish line and festival area at Lembi Park in Folsom. The 5K and 10K routes follow the paved Folsom Trails. Come and enjoy Christmas carolers, hot apple cider, […]

Book relates story set in El Dorado County

Jennifer Longo is a Gold Trail School Elementary School and El Dorado High School alumnus who published a tale set in El Dorado County. Called “Six Feet Over It,” it is a clever and heart-warming tale. The main character Leigh is a girl who works and lives at a cemetery in Hangtown managed by her family’s […]

CASA receives important gift from Wells Fargo

Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a “normal” day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into the mess they find themselves in and they desperately need help. These children need a CASA who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them […]

El Dorado County libraries offer many programs

Whether you are reading a book to your infant, researching periodicals for your school paper or scanning the Web to determine a career move, the El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited […]

Golden Sierra grad hopes to release film

Former Golden Sierra High School student and local resident Ben Toth, who shot his first film at the age of 10, is coming out with his latest production, “SooSoo Conquer Paradise,” a comedy thriller about a TV personality on the trail of her sister’s killer. “It’s a quirky name for a quirky character,” said Toth, […]

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