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Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be fought alone

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than 5.3 million people in America. This growing problem can leave family caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s disease feeling frightened and alone. El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is reaching out to share information about the many local resources and programs that can help those […]

Waste Connections donates $85,000 to Bigs

An organization that for decades has been intent on helping disadvantaged youth connect with older role models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County was the recipient recently of an $85,000 donation from Waste Connections Inc., which operates El Dorado Disposal locally. Waste Connections has donated money from its annual Golf Classic for Kids […]

As we were: Winning photograph

25 Years ago July 6, 1990 Democrat photog wins Sierra contest Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubery was among the winners of the 1990 Sierra Photo Contest sponsored by the Sierra Club. Her black and white photograph titled “Fawn” will be on display in the lobby of the Sierra Club in San Francisco and will be published […]

Good-bye weeds; hello garden at Blue Oak

Students returning to Blue Oak and Charter Montessori schools this August will have a new place to learn — the Blue Oak Garden. Leading the project is Blue Oak principal Paul Stewart and Blue Oak secretary/garden coordinator Kellee Sellwood. With the help of parent and community volunteers and donations, the 80-foot-by- 80-foot area has already been […]

Foothill dining: summer menu

Nothing is better than a classic backyard barbecue. Kick off summertime with some seasonal recipes. This summer menu is covered with refreshing beverages, grilled entrées and patriotic desserts.   Raspberry-lemonade daiquiri (Serves five-six) Insider tip: “To make this a non-alcoholic beverage, simply omit the rum and liquor. Make or pick up raspberry lemonade at the […]

Local man can’t wait to duck into annual waterfowl art show

Gary Vogds of El Dorado Hills knows the perfect way to relax after a stress-filled day, picking up a chunk of hardwood and turning it into a thing of beauty — a duck decoy. The pleasant time spent sketching a pattern, carving with a band saw and delicate painting makes the troubles of the world […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Choosing quality child care

In just a few weeks, summer will be coming to an end and families will be gearing up for another school year. For working parents, this means finding care for your child before and after school. Research has shown that parents often choose child care based on where it is located, how much it costs […]

‘Americana’ photographs on display

“Americana” images as seen through the lens of Stacy Pedri, will delight visitors to Art On the Divide Gallery during July. Photographer  Pedri has already created a niche in the gallery with her local images of Main Street, wildlife, flowers and vintage treasures. As the gallery’s featured artist for July, Pedri will have a special selection […]

Ride diesel trains on Wednesdays at Railtown 1897

Back by popular demand, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during July and August. Young guests can also take advantage of special Story Time activities in the Caboose happening at 10 a.m. and noon on […]

Bottle your own wine and celebrate

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is hosting a special Fourth of July celebration where guests will learn about the winemaking process and actively bottle their own wines — from filling to corking and labeling the finished product. Bottle Your Own Wine Weekend will take place at the winery Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6 from […]

Things to do: July 3, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 2, is featuring a special show called Shared Inspirations. Each artist is taking inspiration from another artist’s work to carry an idea to another dimension. One example is the watercolor painting “Torch Princess Planet” by Carlotta Tormey based upon the beautiful […]

Super Spectacular Fourth laser light show

This year’s Fourth of July celebration on Bass Lake welcomes a new kind of show. After dark, laser lights will illuminate the skies over Bass Lake in a spectacular display of bright colors and unique designs all choreographed to fun summer jams. A professional DJ will be afloat in the middle of the lake, radiating […]

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens at Music Circus

The next show in the 65th Music Circus season is the hit musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances are Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12. The spirited cast includes Broadway performers, Music Circus audience favorites and some fresh faces making their Music Circus debuts. Full of hummable hit songs by Charles Strouse, who wrote […]

Tanya Tucker in concert at the Carson Valley Inn

Country singer/songwriter Tanya Tucker will appear in concert on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. in TJ’s Corral Outdoor Concert and Events Center at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev. In 1969, legendary CBS Records executive Billy Sherrill signed Tucker to the Columbia label. At first, he planned for her to sing “The Happiest […]

Pollock Pines heating up — in a cool way

When Pollock Pines residents Joyce Harris, Carol Steinbrecher and Maureen Julian point to their homes on a map of the King Fire, it’s startling to see how near those voracious flames came last year to each one of them. This year, for the Fourth of July, the three ladies are spearheading an effort to thank […]

Entertaining time at Family Blast

What: The Fourth of July Family Blast Who: El Dorado County Fair Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, July 4, gates open at 4 p.m. Information: 530-621-5860. Alincia and the Bandavelas will be thrilling those who choose to celebrate America’s birthday this year by attending the Family Blast at […]

Homewood festival features arts and crafts

Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival taking place Friday through Sunday, July 3-5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of media including […]

Tahoe Donner to host tribute bands

Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green returns this year with ‘60s and ‘70s flair as the iconic rock and roll era is recreated on Friday, July 3 with Beatles and Rolling Stones inspiration. Two all-star tribute bands will take the stage and transport guests back in time. Britain’s Finest brings the complete Beatles […]

Ride the ‘Movie Star Locomotive’ and celebrate Fourth of July

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. Railtown 1897 SHP first officially became a state park on July 4, 1983. Train rides behind the famous locomotive are available on Saturday, July […]

Wedding: Kristy Wilson and Michael Opresko

Kristy Wilson and Michael Opresko, both of Monument, Colo., were wed on March 28 at Crawford’s Barn in Sacramento. J. T. Grayson performed the ceremony. The reception followed at Crawford’s Barn with music provided by the Amazing Johnny B. The bride was given in marriage by her parents Kevin and Beverly Wilson of Cameron Park. The groom is the son of […]

Shingle Springs concerts celebrate first year

July is the first anniversary for the second Saturday concert series at the Shingle Springs Community Center. The July 11 will feature the Road Crew and the return of recording artist Sugar plum.   The Road Crew The Road Crew has been playing Americana music since 2010. The group has played at the Rescue Community Center, Elks […]

Grow For It! Summer Tree Care

This summer you may have chosen to water your lawn areas less or not at all — but don’t forget your trees need water, too. Trees often get their water along with the lawn. Trees and shrubs need years to mature and are costly to replace, making them the right choice to irrigate when water is […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: joy, […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in July and 10 Trees Will Be Planted in High-Need National Forests Forests across America are a prized natural resource and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will […]

All aboard for fun time

To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with KCRA news anchor Edie Lambert on Monday, July 20. With the help of Lambert reading the illustrated children’s book “The Little Engine that Could” at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading […]

Affordable health screenings coming to Placerville

Residents living in and around Placerville can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. First Lutheran Church, 1200 Pinecrest Court in Placerville will host this community event on July 31. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in […]

EDAC hosting National Dance Day event

El Dorado Arts Council is hosting National Dance Day on Saturday, July 25. The biggest dance event of the year, this free festival promotes dance and health in the community. Performances by local dance studios, including Jammin’ Dance and Fitness and Sarpika Tribal Dance, will showcase the many different styles of dance. Dance instructor Richard […]

Celebrate the tomato at Midtown’s Sacratomato Week

Get ready to savor the tomato when Midtown Sacramento’s Sutter District presents the second annual Sacratomato Week on July 20-25. New this year, the food-focused week will culminate with a free family-friendly festival that will take place on the grounds outside of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Saturday, July 25 from 4-8 p.m. […]

Mobile Food Pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, July 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. El Dorado County residents who meet the […]

Summertime tours at Angels Camp

The Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, is pleased to invite visitors to docent-led summertime tours for the month of July. Bring family and friends for a guided tour of the museum’s spectacular collections of wagons and carriages. The knowledgeable docents are happy to tell all about the gold country history of […]

Barton Auxiliary gives scholarships to local students

The Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $13,500 in scholarships to local students. The Barton Auxiliary recognized the eleven recipients from Lake Tahoe and Minden schools at its annual Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, June 8. Eight students received $1,500 each to pursue a college education in the health care field. Recipients included Ariah Barth and […]

Sultans of String fuses a tapestry of rhythms

Sultans of String, the JUNO Award nominees (the Canadian Grammys), is appearing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Sultans of String thrills audiences with its global sonic tapestry of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human […]

Gold Country Sons of Italy scholarships awarded

The Gold Country Lodge No. 2705 Sons of Italy in America awarded three annual scholarships at its recent dinner meeting in El Dorado Hills. For 15 years this lodge has selected graduating high school seniors attending El Dorado Union High School District campuses. This year was the first time that all recipients were from Oak […]

Retired teachers present scholarships

Each year Division 73 of El Dorado County’s CalRTA (California Retired Teacher’s Association) offers scholarships to young high school graduates interested in pursuing a career in education. Every year the selection committee must choose among the talented young people who apply. This year a $500 and $1,000 scholarship were awarded. The $500 scholarship was awarded […]

Soroptimist club grants awards

Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills held its annual Grant Awards Night on June 25 at Sierra Vista Bank in Cameron Park. Eleven worthy local projects received financial aid totaling $11,000. The 2015 award recipients were: American Association of University Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County, the Center for Violence-free Relationships, Choices for Children, Food Bank […]

Fun in the mud at Markham

Edwin Markham School hosted the first Markham Mud Run in April. The parents of Markham students said they were tired of participating in traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, See’s Candy, wrapping paper, etc. and decided that they wanted to do something different. Something the students could get excited about and an event that the […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 29, 1990 Omo Ranch residents relive memories By ALISA HICKS Hundreds of former Omo Ranch community members gathered recently to reacquaint themselves with old friends and relive old memories. The homecoming was loosely in honor of the retirement of Ben Moran, who had been a teacher at Indian Diggings for 34 […]

The Apple Hill Growers group announces scholarship winners

The Apple Hill Growers Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Norma Brubaker Scholarships. The honors go to Lexie Padilla and Mayra Aguilar. Padilla is a graduate of Ponderosa High School. Padilla will be attending University of California, Chico, with a projected major of bachelor of science in animal science. Her ultimate goal is to become a doctor of veterinary medicine. Aguilar is a graduate of El Dorado High School. Aguilar will attend Southern Oregon State University with a projected major in communication studies and a minor in nonprofit. Aguilar’s ultimate goal is to found her own nonprofit organization to help children and young adults create and achieve their goals. The Apple Hill Growers Association established the Norma Brubaker Scholarship in 1986 in honor of Norma Brubaker, the first secretary of the association. The scholarship is made possible by proceeds from the Apple Hill Harvest Run with matching funds provided by the Brubaker family. The scholarship is one of the ways the Apple Hill Growers give back to the community and support students who have worked at member ranches in their pursuit of  higher education.

Safe at Home comes to El Dorado County

For independent senior citizens and the disabled in El Dorado County, injuries from a single fall can trigger a downward spiral that often includes ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehab centers. Many require skilled nursing for the rest of their lives. The less fortunate can lie injured on the floor until someone finds them. They […]

Eating smart: Recipes for today’s carefree lifestyle

This Mediterranean Couscous recipe was created to showcase a healthy, flavorful salad at a recent fitness expo. It received the most accolades for both its flavor and nutritional value. Choosing couscous instead of pasta, I quickly discovered this modification still created the symphony of fresh, light and classic Mediterranean flavors everyone loves in Greek salad, […]

England’s splashiest Victorian-era painter comes to de Young

J.M.W. Turner, as he is widely known, has been hailed as an artist with a special view of the world around him. Often he is cast as a precursor to the Impressionist painters of the late 19th century. Because he bequeathed 100 paintings to the state they have remained for later generations to study and […]

Fun trips are available for seniors

The El Dorado County Senior Activities Program is announcing the following trips: Sacramento River Cats Game — Wednesday, July 22. Depart Raley’s in Placerville at 9:30 a.m. and Raley’s in El Dorado Hills at 10 a.m. to spend the day watching the San Francisco Giant’s affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, take on the El Paso […]

Tips for preventing wrinkles from top plastic surgeon

Reginald Rice Jr., MD has been helping people feel better about their appearance and take better care of their faces for many years. He’s the recipient of many positive reviews for his facial plastic surgery and aesthetic services, and is double board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery. Here, […]

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