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Harvest Hoedown at Shadow Ranch

What better way to celebrate the fall harvest than a country hoedown on a historic homestead and vineyard? Shadow Ranch Vineyard will welcome the fall season with its eighth annual Harvest Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 1-4 p.m. This is Shadow Ranch’s time to celebrate the conclusion of the harvest season. It is a […]

Learn about the great flood

The Sacramento County Historical Society is presenting “Water Like You’ve Never Seen — The Great Flood of 1862″ on Tuesday, Sept. 23  at 7 p.m. A social time starts at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Building, 5380 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. While California is very dry right now, over New Years in […]

Plans to light Pink the Night

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor those who have been diagnosed with cancer and remember those who have passed. The second annual “Mammo Man” competition will kick-off the month by raising funds for art and movement therapy for cancer patients. Whether you are a physician, businessmen, student or retired, your are […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers cypress trees

Everyone from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is […]

Workshop to help with communication

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering an Introduction to Compassionate Communication class on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10-noon. The class will give participants an opportunity to learn about nonviolent communication (also known as compassionate communication), a process that was founded by Marshall […]

As we were: All shook up

25 Years ago Sept. 22, 1989 Quake centered in Truckee felt in El Dorado County By URSULA ROSE A mild early morning earthquake centered 16 miles west of Truckee was felt as far away as Pollock Pines and Placerville, but no one was reported injured and damage was minor, said a spokeswoman for the California Office […]

Foothill dining: Avacados are good

At our house, eating an avocado is a pleasure anytime one is ripe. Avocados are colorful and delicious additions to recipes and an excellent fresh accent to meat, fish, chicken and salads. We eat them because they are heart healthy. They also supply healthy monounsaturated fats, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Their monounsaturated fats help lower […]

Montessori students win at Nature Bowl

By Megan Woolsey Nature Bowl founder Bruce Forman presented the students at California Montessori Project Shingle Springs campus with the first place 2014 Nature Bowl champions trophy on Friday, Sept. 6. Four fourth grade students from the Shingle Springs school — Ethan Rezentes, Madeline Sweet, Dyeon Maeng and Ava Woolsey — competed against 23 other […]

Off to España

In September Kendall Hoy will begin a new, and undoubtedly unforgettable, chapter in her life. The Rotary Youth Exchange student will fly to Spain, where she’ll live and study for about a year. “I’m so excited,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m most excited to see Barcelona and all the beautiful churches and to eat real authentic paella. It’s […]

Things to do: Sept. 19, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Branda Corey, glass works artist and jewelry designer. Her appreciation of rustic finishes and patinas and love of nature acts as an inspiration for her flamework glass. Also featured is Linda Soos, stained glass artist and Lisa Aikenhead, photographer. The […]

Bands to play for peace

Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living is sponsoring the fourth annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 18 p.m. to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. The seven-hour event features five dynamic and diverse musical groups. Sacramento favorite, […]

Enter an artful world

What: Autumn Studio Tour Who: 28 Artists Where: Nine studios in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free Information: artists-studiotour-edc.com   You’d swear you hear the soft sound of a distant gong as you enter the Asian oasis called home by Placerville artist Valerie Bye and […]

Stunning acrobatic feats to wow audiences

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is appearing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway on Friday to Sunday, Sept. 19-21. The Friday show is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday’s showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday is 2 p.m. Established in 1951, National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of […]

‘Spamalot’ auditions move to Vets Hall

Due to the fire camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the location for the auditions for “Spamalot” on Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 20-23. The new location is the Veterans Hall located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” is the legendary tale of King […]

KVIE announces art auction winners at gala

During the KVIE Preview Gala, the kickoff event to the 2014 KVIE Art Auction, KVIE’s art curator D Neath announced the Best of Show and first place recipients in each category. The award winners are: David Best, Lodi, Best of Show for his piece “Venus on a Half Dome” (airs Sunday, Sept. 21 approx. 7 […]

Myra Cooper Holmes is enmeshed in her work

A few years back when Georgetown sculptor Myra Cooper Holmes was showing her work in Camino, she was thrilled when the world-renowned Bennett brothers, Bob and Tom, checked out her artistry and told her, “You are one of us.” Small wonder the Placerville sculptors of gleaming bronze figures that celebrate the beauty of the human […]

See travel posters at Railroad Museum

While the Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” currently on display at the California State Railroad Museum is scheduled to move to a museum in Southern California after Sept. 28, the local component that includes a colorful collection of vibrant and nostalgic railroad travel posters will continue through May 31, 2015. Titled “American Journeys: Travel […]

Life as I know it: Summer of ’44

After graduation from high school and after Peggy and her family left for Texas, Norman and I  were, temporarily, at loose ends. With some discussion of alternatives, we agreed that working, for the summer, with the U.S. Forest Service, seemed to fit the occasion. If either I was called by the Navy or he decided […]

Local students honored with scholarships

The El Dorado County Division of CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association) honored two El Dorado County high school students with scholarships at its June barbecue. Lorna Perpall, head of the scholarship committee, introduced the scholarship recipients, Caitlin Bandera and Rosebud Campion. Campion enjoys working with children and strives to build their self-esteem so they can […]

Placerville Clayworks launches new Website

Placerville Clayworks is pleased to announce the launch of its new Website at placervilleclayworks.com. The Website features hand-built and pottery-thrown clay projects created by students as well as information about classes. Emily Bullock established Placerville Clayworks in 1996 and has introduced ceramics to hundreds of students since then. “I enjoy creating an environment where you […]

Come out for EDH summer finale

Say goodbye to summer at the annual Saturday Night in the Park from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the last concert at Community Park for the 2014 season. Cover Me Badd, an upbeat […]

Roll out the barrels at Oktoberfest

Beer, wienerdogs, beer, hot dogs, beer, dancing — did I mention beer? It’s all part of Placerville’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 20 from 3-8 p.m. on Main Street. Oktoberfest in Munich, where the tradition began in 1810, is always in September, not October. A special beer, Marzen is served. Before refrigeration came along to […]

Learn pirate speak at Fairytale Town

Families are invited to Fairytale Town for swashbuckling fun in celebration of international Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday, Sept. 19. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., adults and children can enjoy talking like a pirate plus pirate fun and games inside Fairytale Town’s storybook park. Young sailors can learn pirate vocabulary, songs of the seas […]

Tall Ship to arrive in Sacramento

Due to high demand for its educational programs, the tall ship “Hawaiian Chieftain,” a regular visitor to Old Sacramento in the fall, will arrive nearly one month earlier than usual. A growing number of bookings by Sacramento-area public and private schools led to a decision to bring the tall ship to Sacramento in mid-September, rather […]

ARC suspending school programs for 2015

American River Conservancy supporters received an e-mail from executive director, Alan Ehrgott that ARC was suspending its environmental education programs as of Jan. 1, 2015. “This is being driven by two things,” said Ehrgott. “First is the budget. Our environment education programs are not sustainable.” The cost of providing environmental education programs to the 4,000-5,000 […]

Find exceptional names and more

Book: “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” Author: Vickie Ward Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, published June 2014, 112 pages, paperback At a loss for a creative name for your new pet? Need a quick pick-me up? Want to contribute to local animal rescue organizations? You will find all that in “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” by  Vickie […]

Independent film in pre-production

Veteran actor and director Perry King (“Riptide,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) is pleased to announce the launch of pre-production for his new independent Western “The Divide” from Left for Dead Productions. “For years and years I’ve wanted to make a Western on my own land and finally I’ve got the script to do it,” said […]

FLC speaker series continues this fall

The community is invited to attend more engaging presentations in the Folsom Lake College Speaker Series. Darrell O’Sullivan is speaking about “Careers in Laboratory Science” on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon-2 p.m. on the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway, in the Peregrine Room (upper level of the Falcon’s Roost). O’Sullivan is a clinical laboratory scientist […]

Master Food Preservers: Butter up to conserves and marmalades

Butters, conserves and marmalades are not difficult to make, but they are full of flavor. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 27 for a free class and learn how to make fruit butters, conserves and marmalades. El Dorado County has a rich history in the cultivation of pears. […]

TechTrek makes a difference

When a person sees professional job titles of astronaut, computer scientist, physicist, biologist, astronomer or mathematician most think of — young career women — unfortunately, not immediately. In fact, only 14 percent of engineers are women, only 19 percent of software developers are women and they hold only 5 percent of U.S. patents. Recent statistics […]

Learn about Sierra Foothill perennials and shrubs

What: California Perennials and Shrubs for Sierra Foothill Gardens Who: El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Where: Planning Commission Room, Building C, El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-748-9365 or e-mail eldoradocnps@gmail.com El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) […]

Couple honors country, celebrates community

When an infestation plagued the upper branches of a 100-year-old oak tree in Len and Irene Martinez’ Cameron Park backyard earlier this year, inspiration struck. A jack-of-many trades, including woodcarver, 82-year-old Len halted the tree removal process once the trunk reached 9 feet. “When the contractor showed up and started removing the upper branches I got […]

At a glance: Enjoy life

There are a bunch of fun things to do in El Dorado County. Get out and support the local scene and have some fun.   Musical delights Two favorite entertainers, Rick and Jaime, are playing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. If you […]

Grow For It! Growing olives in the foothills

So you have planted all the usual fruit trees and even have a few citrus, but now you want to try something a little different. One tree you could consider if you enjoy a challenge is olive. Olives are native to the Mediterranean and have been cultivated for thousands of years. In the Mediterranean, they […]

Senior Room announces speakers

Cameron Park Community Center’s active adult 50+ group is attracting an audience interested in broadening its awareness about a range of subjects on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at the center, 2502 Country Club Drive In Cameron Park. Speakers are from all walks of life with exciting experiences, professional expertise […]

Keith Haring exhibition opens at de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Keith Haring: The Political Line,” which will open on Nov. 8 at the de Young. This is the first American exhibition to assess the political dimension and scope of Haring’s artistic concerns. Working across a variety of media, including subway drawings, paintings and sculptures, […]

CalRTA hosts Annual Harvest Picnic

The annual CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association), El Dorado County Division 73, picnic at Rainbow Orchards will be held on Monday, Sept. 23. Rainbow Orchards will supply those attending with “Lunch in a Bucket” with drinks included. Since it is the 50th anniversary of the Apple Hill Association, several very special guests have been invited […]

Conference features dynamic speakers

Life Application Ministries  Women’s Conference 2014 is Oct.24 and 25. The conference presents six dynamic speakers and will be held at  the Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Blvd. in  El Dorado Hills on Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. Speakers include: Linda Lange, president of Life Application Ministries, conference, radio and TV […]

Wining in downtown Amador City

Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Amador City presents Downtown Wine in the Streets of Amador City. More than 15 wineries will pour their award-winning wines on Old Highway 49. Guests will drink fine Amador wines to the backdrop of a charming old western town. Fine cheeses and artisan breads will be provided to complement […]

Life as I know it: Two proms and a farewell to Peggy

On a Sunday in April 1944 Peggy and I were walking up Church Street in Grass Valley. (Every gold mining town has a Church Street). I happened to notice a bush, with blossoms, in the yard of the Methodist Church. I asked her to wait and then I went up, smelled the very nice odor […]

Senior Day Care celebrates anniversary

The El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services Program is celebrating 25 years of service this year. The Health and Human Services Agency is delighted to invite the community to an open house and 25th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935A Spring St. in Placerville. […]

Gallagher comes to Sacramento

Humorist, rock ‘n’ roll raconteur and singer Jack Gallagher and his large rock band bring it to a Sacramento nightclub for the first time — Harlow’s in Midtown on Friday,  Sept. 26. Gallagher’s yearly one night only concert event, “The Joke’s On Me,” has sold out every single time in the past five years in […]

WorldFest moves to Sac State

SacWorldFest — the celebration of cultural diversity through music and dance — and California State University, Sacramento, announce a dynamic new partnership that will move the annual fall festival to the Sac State campus. Festival organizers are putting the finishing touches on the lineup of performances, vendors and demonstrations for their seventh annual festival, which […]

Run for Courage to raise funds for awareness

Run For Courage provides education in the classroom and raises awareness and funds to combat human trafficking. The organization’s fifth annual Run For Courage Race to End Human Trafficking will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Folsom. Funds generated from this event support a variety of education, awareness and restoration efforts and programs involved […]

Sactoberfest returns to the riverfront

Sacramento’s largest, most authentic Oktoberfest celebration, “Sactoberfest” returns bigger and better to the West Sacramento riverfront this October. Now a three-day weekend and open to all ages, Sactoberfest, presented by Spaten Beer and Sactown Magazine, is bringing all of the traditional delights of Germany’s beloved festival right to Sacramento. Prost! Cheers under the massive biergarten […]

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