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The 2014 Rose

A sensational smile and a life-time of community service earned Tina Sievert the title of 2014 El Dorado Rose at the El Dorado County Fair. Her smile was radiant as she waved to the crowd while Lisa Smith Collins serenaded her with the very appropriate song “When You’re Smiling.” The new Rose was overwhelmed when her name […]

Meet royalty

Opening day of the El Dorado County Fair last week found more than a dozen of the fairest young ladies vying for three titles in the second year of the revival of the Miss El Dorado County contest, an event brought back to the community by an accomplished beauty pageant winner who understands the importance […]

Things to get lively on the Boulevard

The weather is heating up and so is the action. It’s time for the popular concert series Live on the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The rocking summer event features a 12-show line-up, June 19 through Sept. 11. Every Thursday night in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. there will be live […]

Rawleigh croonin’ at Manzanita

Manzanita Kitchen and  Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs presents Croonin’ at Manzanita with Bob Rawleigh on Friday, June 20 from  7-10 p.m. Rawleigh is back by popular demand. He is described as the ultimate crooner by Teo Torres of KCRA News, delighting audiences everywhere with classics from the Great American Songbook. His style blends […]

State Fair announces 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of the state’s agricultural industry. The extraordinary contributions of many individuals and businesses committed to advancing the robust agricultural industry has resulted in growing public interest. In celebration of these accomplishments, the California State Fair annually presents a series of […]

Pollock Pines Community church remembers veterans

In honor of veterans, present-day military personnel and fallen heroes, Pollock Pines Community Church recently displayed war and peacetime memorabilia spanning many years beginning with the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq. Under the coordination of Candy and Rocky Rioux, more than 200 items were displayed, including uniforms, medals, […]

As we were: Cutting edge case

25 Years ago June 16, 1989 Chain saw dispute leads to shooting By MARY NEAL HANKS EXCHANGE — An argument over the mistreatment of a chain saw led to the shooting of a 24-year-old Placerville man Monday evening on Calamity Lane, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Ernie Hillman. The victim, Michael John Dillon reportedly […]

Setting the stage for future success

Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School teachers, parents and students rolled-up their sleeves and built a stage to complete their outdoor amphitheater to be used by the school for years to come. Much of the work was performed by teacher Boyd Holler’s mathematics class, where sixth, seventh and eighth grade student volunteers learned best […]

Sac museums celebrate summer

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In June, many of the 30 members of the Sacramento Association […]

Studying pays off with a degree

Gloria Scharer is a life-long learner. On May 21, at the age of 68, she graduated from Folsom Lake College with an associate of arts degree in general education after 22 years of taking classes, mostly one at a time … and she’s just getting warmed up. “I’m like a little turtle, but I arrive,” […]

Fashion show is about more than beauty

The polished abalone shell necklace worn by Mary Jane Ruggieri as she sat waiting for the annual Shakespeare Club Fashion Show to begin caught the light as she moved, causing the piece evocative of a butterfly to all but take wing. “I never had a chance to wear it until I joined the Shakespeare Club,” […]

Things to do: June 13, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring popular photographer, Mike Ryan. Also featured this month are jeweler Annette Shachner and abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder who works with acrylic, oils and ink tense watercolor pens and woven forms. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website […]

Two big shows at Carson Valley Inn

Dustin Lynch brings his up-and-coming country talents to the Carson Valley Inn on Friday, June 13, and Eddie Money performs on Saturday, June 21, with all revenues benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada, Carson Valley Branch. Both events are part of the summer concert series in TJ’s Corral, the Inn’s new outdoor […]

Sierra Rep presents ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’

The Double Cupp Diner sits on the side of the road “somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC.” but from June 13 to July 27,  the diner — the setting of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” — will relocate to East Sonora as Sierra Repertory Theatre stages another rendition of this popular musical. It’s the fourth […]

Railway Museum announces summer schedule

For those looking for something fun, relaxing and educational this summer, a visit to the Western Railway Museum is a perfect day-trip. Now through Labor Day, the museum expands its operating times and will be open five days each week, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum will also be open and operating trains […]

Making art out of trash

Four Sacramento State art instructors are making beauty out of trash bins. That’s right — trash bins. Joy Bertinuson, Mark Emerson, Brenda Louie and Robert Ortbal are participating in Art of the Dumpster, a public art project commissioned by Sacramento’s Power Inn Alliance, a nonprofit property and business improvement district, and curated by the Sacramento […]

Peter Rowan Band returns to Twisted Oak

Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to announce the continuation of the Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band on Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. “The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band was the most popular show last yea, and the most requested artists to have back this year,” said winery co-owner Jeff Stai. […]

Discover Isleton, food and music at fest

Each spring during Father’s Day weekend, the Isleton Chamber of Commerce brings a great music and food festival to the Delta.Thousands of festgoers experience the beauty of the land and waterways for the annual weekend event. Everyone celebrates with music and food. This year organizers are raising the awareness of the citizens of the state of […]

Horses talk and Mayes listens

He doesn’t call himself a horse whisperer, and in fact it’s quite the opposite: The horses do the talking and for Tom Mayes of Lotus, the message is loud and clear. “She’s talking to me now,” said Mayes as he ran confident, sure hands over the shoulder of a copper-colored chestnut Arabian mare standing in […]

Music, food and fun at Folsom Rhythm and Brews

Nothing brings people together quite like a festival featuring great music, good food, family-friendly atmosphere and the best in craft beers. Carrera Productions is proud to present the second annual Folsom Rhythm & Brews on Saturday, June 14 from noon-6 p.m. at the beautiful Palladio center in Folsom. This event will feature more than 40 craft breweries, a […]

Sign up for the Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic

The Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is sponsoring its second Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic on June 28-29. The registration deadline for this session is June 22. Rattlesnakes are common in El Dorado County, and reports of sightings and bites occur frequently. Treatment is extremely costly and their bite, if left untreated, is often fatal to dogs. […]

Raise your glass for a good cause

The Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills host Wine at Town Center on Saturday, June 14. This annual fundraiser showcases El Dorado, Amador and San Joaquin counties’ fine wineries, breweries and local restaurants and at the same time provides funding for Rotary projects and programs. Guests will also have the chance to […]

Fabulous Liars perform at the fair

The Fabulous Liars bring their hard-driving mix of rock ‘n’ roll to the El Dorado County Fair for three shows, Father’s Day, June 15, on the Red Hawk Casino Stage. “We’re really looking forward to being part of the closing day at the fair and it’s Father’s Day as well,” said Fabulous Liars guitarist, Ed […]

Special ‘Diesel Days’ activities on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day weekend, June 15, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are offering very special “Diesel Days” activities with train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives. On Father’s Day Sunday, the rarely seen Southern Pacific road switcher No. 5208 will be on special display for […]

History Museum offers free admission

The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2014. “We are proud to […]

Summer events at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento is having a Family Campout Friday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 14 at 7 a.m. Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up […]

Reggae in the Hills is a cultural showcase

Reggae in the Hills (RITH) is a three-day festival experience at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, 101 Frogtown Road in Angels Camp from June 13 to 15. The RITH experience will immerse the participants in an abundant showcase of reggae music, cultural art and dance. Bringing headliners from around the world, with state of the art […]

Discover Sacramento’s rich history

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the history-rich buildings in Old Sacramento that hold clues to California’s fascinating Gold Rush past during fun and intriguing above-ground walking tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays through June 29 at 11 a.m. In addition to the popular underground tours already underway, the Sacramento City: California’s Gold […]

2014 El Dorado County pageant

The El Dorado County Pageant returns opening night of the El Dorado County Fair on Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage. Come out and support the contestants as they compete for Junior Miss El Dorado County, Miss Teen El Dorado County and Miss El Dorado County. The contestants will be competing […]


After a day of swirling, sniffing, tasting and spitting a panel of 29 judges presented the winners competing in the 26th El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition presented by the Mountain Democrat at a special reception held at the fairgrounds. The El Dorado County Jody Gray, chief executive officer of the El Dorado County Fair, […]

Two new awards at the EDC fair

The El Dorado County Fair announces two new Golden Johnny People’s Choice awards recognizing Tammie Arwood and all she did for the fair. The Tammie Arwood Memorial Awards are special recognitions that will be chosen by fairgoers —  one from the Best of Show winners in foods (baked, preserved and goat by-products) and another from […]

Raley’s Food for Families launches campaign

This month, Raley’s Food For Families is launching a summer donation campaign designed to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at local food banks to families in need during the summer months. The campaign will run now through July 31 to help increase donations of fresh produce to local food banks. “Our vision […]

Prints and painting on dipslay

Gallery 2110, 2110 K St. in Sacramento, presents “Forms in Figure” by Northern California sculptor, printmaker and video installation artist Joanna Kidd in the Main Gallery. “I work in printmaking, sculpture and video installation, and I am interested in bridging the boundary between different media, as well as exploring the connection between verbal and visual communication,” […]

Grow For It! It’s fair time: hot dogs, herbs and gardening

At high noon on Thursday, June 12 the annual El Dorado County Fair opens its gates for a four-day run of family fun and entertainment. This year there are plenty of things to see and do: watch the 70th annual John M. Studebaker International Wheelbarrow Races; eat massive amounts of hot dogs and tacos; enjoy […]

Anita Young

It wasn’t long after the Placerville Shakespeare Club decided to nominate Anita Young to become the 2014 El Dorado Rose before she whipped out her sewing needle, whipped up a ball gown and whipped on a smile. Nothing pleases Young more than applying her considerable skills to sewing gorgeous gowns and costumes, and her handiwork […]

Tina Sievert

A day can only get brighter if one is graced with a smile from El Dorado Rose candidate Tina Sievert. The smile that lights up Sievert’s face, bringing dandy dimples to life, simply makes people feel better. Just ask the hundreds of folks who have dealt with the stressful, frustrating local courts system or found […]

Author visits Cameron Park

Join the New York Times bestselling author Gregg Braden, internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and ancient wisdom, at an all day workshop at the Spiritual Center for Positive Living on Saturday, July 12 . “From climate change and social change to peak oil and peak debt, the extremes of the world are creating a […]

Suzanne Ball

Suzanne Ball, an accomplished local volunteer who has enjoyed serving El Dorado County since moving here in 1994, is one of the trio of lovely ladies seeking to become the 2014 El Dorado Rose. The title will be bestowed on Ball or one of two others, Tina Sievert and Anita Young. Ball said she thinks […]

Fair food can be healthy and tasty

There’s new fair food in town — several, in fact. YoDots creamy and sweet, sweet potato fries, refreshing iced tea, crunchy salads, roasted corn on the cob and all-natural frozen bananas are just a few of the yummy foods offered this year through the El Dorado County Fair’s new healthy challenge. The idea is to […]

At a glance: Summer is here

June 11 is St. Barnabas Day and there are two sayings that seem to work for those living in California: “On St. Barnabas Day The sun is here to stay” and “On St. Barnabas Put a scythe to the grass.” It is definitely a good idea to clear the grass but just be careful to […]

Concert and dinner at Helwig Winery

The beautiful Helwig Winery, 11555 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth, is the site for the fourth annual Triumph Uncorked Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, June 20 from 5-10 p.m. Join winery personnel for a magical evening filled with great music, gourmet food and wine. We’re mixing things up a bit, with a brand new musical artist, The […]

Kids learn to preserve a tradition

The children buzzing around the Marshall Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, cups of sugar in hand, were preserving much more than jams and jellies on a recent Saturday. They were preserving a way of life that dates back to their great-great-grandmothers. “This reminds me of my grandmother’s house,” said Jeff England with El […]

Placerville Lions have a good outlook

1924 was a very good year — the nation was at peace between World Wars, the economy was booming and the first service club in El Dorado County, the Placerville Lions Club, was chartered in Placerville.

“The first Lions Club was chartered by Melvin Jones in Chicago in 1917, as a way for businessmen to connect and network,” said Michael Ocensak, past president of the Placerville Lions Club. “Helen Keller spoke at one of the meetings and called on the Lions to become ‘knights for the blind,’ so our mission …”

Free ‘After 5 Club’ support group gathering

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 […]

Foothill gourmet: Good gifting

Gifts in a jar range from soup options to brownies and bars. It is a colorful eye-catching gift, because as you layer each ingredient you and your recipient will see a range of different colors. Today’s column focus on brownies and bars. An additional advantage to preparing a gift in a jar is that as […]

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