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Life as I know it: Man cannot live on trout alone

Perhaps the most interesting backpack trip that my friend John and I ever had was in Idaho. I had read about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Salmon River was, and still is, called “the river of no return” because of the dangerous rapids. It also is famous as the river Lewis and […]

Thrift store offers heavenly bargains

Hand over the keys to that old clunker you no longer want in the driveway and you may well be unlocking a prison door for a man or woman headed back behind bars if not for the kindness of the world around them. Buy any of the bargain-priced quality merchandise at New Beginnings thrift shop […]

At a glance: Weather or not

On Feb. 25 in 1921 there was a record-breaking temperature of 91.6 degrees F in downtown Los Angeles and in 1914 in Society Hill, S.C. there was 18 inches of snow. The weather always provides plenty to talk about and no matter what the temperature there is someone somewhere who isn’t happy about it. Have […]

Bill Warns joins the century club

What’s the secret to living to 100 years old? Bill Warns had to think about it for a minute and then said, “Drink water … no whiskey and no cigarettes.” Thursday, Bill joins the century club. He was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Illinois and grew up on a farm in the Prairie State […]

Grow For It! But I don’t have a green thumb

Wish you could have a green thumb? Here are five of the most easy-to-grow houseplants — enjoy yourself and give them a try. Pothos (Epepremnum aureum) is a vine with long trailing stems that can grow to eight feet or more. The leaves are oval, pointed and 2-to-4-inches long; they are dark green, spotted with […]

Ladies keep it cool at Harris Center

Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award-winning songwriter and record producer who has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. On Thursday, Feb. 26 Kosins brings a multimedia concert salute “The Ladies of Cool” to showcase the extraordinary artistry of the […]

Baby Wyatt keeps smiling

On his best days, baby Wyatt’s smile is wide and happy. On a bad day, the tiny boy still smiles, but not with the degree of joy that parents Josh and Nicole Musil wish for their child. The Musils adopted Wyatt almost two years ago when it became apparent that the surrogate baby was not […]

Pinewood opens enrollment

Pinewood Elementary School is currently enrolling kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year. Pinewood is a school that provides unrivaled individualized student attention and an educational program that provides a challenging curriculum to students with all types of learning styles and levels. Pinewood received the 2014 California Distinguished School award based on […]

Military group presents speaker

Military Family Support Group is proud to welcome guest speaker Dr. Tim Thompson, chaplain, military and law enforcement veteran as he presents “What to Expect When Your Loved One Comes Home From Deployment.” All community members are welcome for this free and informative presentation designed for anyone interested in understanding what returning service members and veterans […]

El Dorado Community Foundation receives national recognition

The El Dorado Community Foundation executive director, staff and board of directors are proud to announce their recent national recognition and five-year accreditation from the Council on Foundation’s National Standards Board. The Council on Foundations is comprised of approximately 1,600 independent operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations and corporate giving programs in the United States […]

Film shows plight of Baha’i students in Iran

The documentary film “To Light a Candle” by Canadian award-winning Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari will be shown without charge on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Baha’i Center, 484 Main St. in Diamond Springs. Following the screening of the film there will be a panel discussion on the current situation […]

Make a deal at the Shakespeare Club

“Let’s Make A Deal,” the Placerville Shakespeare Club’s annual bridge party will be held Wednesday,  March 25. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The community is invited to a day of brilliant bridge, fabulous food and delightful door prizes. Both men and women bridge players are welcome. The entry fee […]

As we were: Roads and growth always a topic

25 Years ago Feb. 23, 1990 Silva Valley interchange plans advanced By URSULA ROSE Driving forward with plans for Silva Valley interchange, supervisors approved the final environmental impact report and picked the ridge design at their Tuesday meeting. But it will probably be 10 years before motorists will be able to exit Highway 50 between […]

Foothill gourmet: Soup with vegans in mind

Over a year ago, I found a recipe for wild rice and mushroom soup planning to use it when my vegan friend Wilma came to dinner. Recently, I found the recipe again and plan to make it for Wilma’s next visit. The soup base begins with an entire pound of sliced cremini mushrooms, a favorite […]

Businesses are generous siblings

Waste Connections, which operates El Dorado Disposal, really takes community brotherhood seriously — behaving as a generous older sibling to El Dorado County. “Waste Connections, through El Dorado Disposal, gave us $75,000 in a grant last year — they’ve always been fabulous,” said Brenda Frachiseur, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters locally. BBBS was […]

Happy new year

The artists of the Gallery at the End of the Hall invite the public to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special show during February. The artists have created Asian inspired art in addition to their regular collections. Come and enjoy photography by Tim Daviess, pottery by Kay de Lange, art by Patty Mckinney, […]

Bob Malone and Trysette perform in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Bob Malone and Trysette on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Malone, currently John Fogerty’s keyboardist, has an impressive list of CD releases, playing New Orleans style blues, rock and more. His high energy blues, ballads and rock, gutsy vocals, and amazing piano virtuosity have impressed audiences around the world for years. […]

Things to do: Feb. 20, 2015

ONGOING put gold 220 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 presents 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 of El Dorado County. Here the […]

50 Shades of Green

It’s a bit early for St. Patrick’s Day, but whether you are a leprechaun or not, you can be green, be healthy, have fun and help support local 4-H youth programs all at the same time on Saturday, March 7. The brainchild of five members of the 4-H Leadership Team, Alana Cardinalli, Brook Haynes, Nichole […]

Fleetwood Mac tribute at Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Fleetwood Mask on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. The Bay Area tribute band Fleetwood Mask is the ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Band members include Claudette Rodrigues (Stevie Nicks), Barbara Martin (Christine McVie), Mark Blasquez (Lindsey Buckingham), Paul Jones (John McVie) and Don Oberempt (Mick Fleetwood). The band formed out […]

Folsom jazz choir opens for Swingles

For more than half a century the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With their forthcoming album “Deep End” (due […]

Stone Foxes to rock at Vinyl

San Francisco’s the Stone Foxes perform its raw brand of rock ‘n’ roll at Vinyl on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Spearheaded by brothers Shannon Koehler, on drums, harp and vocals, and Spence Koehler, on lead guitar […]

See rare views of California landscape

“The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker,” on view Feb. 22 through May 17, features watercolors and block prints by artist and avid naturalist William S. Rice (1873-1963). He is best known for his depictions of the California landscape. More than 50 prints and watercolors illuminate the techniques and approaches […]

Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

What: “Singin’ in the Rain” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Friday, Feb. 20 to March 1 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information: harriscenter.net or the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888   A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely […]

Foothill Foodie No. 2: Yummy delights

Old Town Grill burger specials From the lightly toasted bun to the grass-fed beef and everything in between, Old Town Grill makes a perfect burger. Whether you go for the classic burger or one of the specials, you are in for a treat. What else would one expect from grill master John Sanders? Sanders has been greeting customers by first […]

International guitar stars to perform at Harris Center

International Guitar Night returns to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, with some of the world’s finest guitarists/composers performing their newest work and sharing musical ideas with their peers in a public concert. The evening of exceptional music is Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. International Guitar Night (IGN) is the […]

‘The Art of California Faience’ on view at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce “Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience” on view Feb. 22 through May 17. Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience’s most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, Hispano-Moresque, […]

Set A Fire concert opens 2015 season

Last September, a group of musicians and singers who attend various local Christian churches joined together for an evening of worship, prayer and praise outdoors at the Steven Young Amphitheater in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. The response from the community was overwhelming with more than 500 in attendance at the first Set A […]

Harpsichord duo to perform

Zweikampf, the harpsichord duo featuring Faythe Vollrath, a Placerville native, and Stephen Gamboa from Yale University, will perform an entertaining and eclectic concert comprised of rarely heard music for two harpsichords on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Inspired by the large and small entertainments of social gathering places, be it a coffeehouse, court or […]

Concert to benefit grange and music camp

Mamajowali, featuring Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss will perform at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma, on Saturday, March 7. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a benefit for the RiverTunes Music Camp scholarship fund and the Gold Trail […]

Dinner celebrates agriculture

Saturday, March 28, will mark the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s 98th annual Dinner Event — two more years and the 100th annual milestone will be celebrated. “We have an important and treasured working landscape and agriculture is at the center, providing a diverse array of products and services, from the food on our table […]

HOG ride to help CASA

Abused and neglected children need help. These children need someone who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them as a positive adult influence during a very difficult time in their lives. Three years ago, Folsom Harley Owners Group (HOG) contacted the El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and organized an annual poker […]

Find bargains at book sale

Shop for incredible bargains in thousands of gently used books, audio books, videos, CDs and much more in both children and adult materials at the Folsom Library spring book sale on March 13 to 15. The sale is at the Folsom Public Library’s Georgia Murray Building meeting room at 411 Stafford St. The early bird […]

Imagination Theater to present ‘Spamalot’

Imagination Theater is pleased to present the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” with performances March 27 through April 26. “Spamalot” pokes fun at the conventions of musical theater and popular culture as it lovingly “rips off” Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by Peter Wolfe, the show features a chorus line of dancing divas […]

Tanya Tagaq to perform at Mondavi

Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq will wrap up two days of events at University of California, Davis with a performance at the Mondavi Center on Saturday, March 14. That same evening, she will catch a red-eye flight to her native Canada to attend the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday, March 15. Tagaq, […]

Festival screens winning wild and scenic films

The 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival South Lake Tahoe combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Featured films will include exciting outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference. The Film Festival will take place on Thursday, March 26 at the MontBleu Showroom. The […]

Run the fastest and spill the least to win

Run. Balance. Win. Oh and attempt that in snowshoes. The next in a three-part series of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races, is set for Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Racers, cocktail trays in hand, navigate through obstacles and up and down the beach. The winner is the fastest and driest at the finish. Prizes […]

Project 44 helps find more foster homes

Two inspiring parents, 44 foster homes needed and a mission to help every one of those kids. That’s what Jo Herrera, 18, thought about when starting “Project 44.” 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 […]

Writing conference opens registration

Top publishing industry professionals and writers will gather in Citrus Heights for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 11th annual “Spring Spirit” Conference. The event promises to be a learning and networking opportunity for children’s book writers and illustrators, whether veterans or beginners. Speakers include professional literary agents, publishers and art directors […]

Seniors stay connected thanks to high tech

Many seniors live alone and can sometime feel isolated from family and friends. Grandkids are busy with activities, while parents balance work and family life. So in all the hustle and bustle, how can grandma and grandpa stay connected with family — especially if they don’t live close by? To help answer that question, Gail […]

On the road with ‘Quilt Trail’

“It all started when Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” gave a presentation to the Placerville Gold Bug Quilt Guild,” said Linda George of the local Quilt Trail Project. The California Farm Bureau had featured an article about the Lake County Quilt Trail in its magazine, “California Bountiful.” The article was […]

Enter Apple Hill photo contest

The Apple Hill Growers Association invites photographers to enter the 2015 Apple Hill Facebook Photo Contest. Photographers, 18 years or older, are encouraged to submit color photos that show the appeal of Apple Hill Ranches. Photos may include scenery, people, produce and products of Apple Hill Ranches in any season featuring unique perspectives, beautiful landscapes […]

Tractor Supply sponsors scholarship program

Coming off the heels of a successful second year in 2014, Tractor Supply Company has announced the third annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $447,671, resulting in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program […]

At a glance: Heavenly happenings

The glorious blue sky that has been brightening the days gives way to a dazzling Venus hanging out by a faint orange Mars from Feb. 19 to 21 at dusk. On Feb. 20, the crescent Moon joins the party for a heavenly trifecta.   Heavenly music Some heavenly sounds will be heard at Danette’s Brick […]

Grow For It! Bark beetles — The silent killer among us

There’s a quiet killer in our midst and its ability to attack gets stronger every day the drought continues. The victims are trees, which are weak and stressed from too many years without enough water. They’ve become defenseless against the deadly attack of diseases and insects. Insects like the bark beetle. Bark beetles are a […]

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