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Step lively into new Placerville shoe store

Don’t you hate it, ladies, when you see your brand-new pair of red shoes walking toward you on Main Street, snug on the feet of a well-dressed woman who you know you shouldn’t resent — but you do? Don’t stare, don’t glare: Avoid foots-ticuffs by making regular visits to Placerville’s newest women’s shoe store, Sole […]

As we were

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, Dec. 6, 1990 Traffic thickens By Kristin Lang Traffic counts compiled by the California Department of Transportation indicate that peak-hour traffic along Highway 50 has increased by 2,000 cars west of Cameron Park Drive between 1986 and 1989. East of Cameron Park Drive, the peak-hour traffic increase along Highway 50 […]

Virtual Academy models ready to hit runway

What: Head to Toe Holiday Fashion Show Who: El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy Where: Virtual Academy’s Commons Building, 6540 Koki Lane next to Union Mine High School in El Dorado When: Saturday, Dec. 5, noon Cost: $3 Information: (530) 622-6212, ext. 7020 The second year of the El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy’s fashion […]

Things to do: Nov. 27, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1127 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Lisa Aikenhead, photographer, who’s beautiful scene “Iceberg Fantasy” leads into the gallery’s winter theme. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes and wild animals of Africa, Alaska and Tanzania and recently landscapes with horses in the wild. […]

Railroad Museum to showcase a ‘Small Train Holiday’

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum have exciting plans to dazzle, delight and engage post-Thanksgiving visitors with a special “Small Train Holiday” on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. For this special two-day holiday extravaganza, the museum brings together a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an […]

The Christmas Tree Lane that Bob built

Ever wonder whose idea it was to put Christmas trees all along Highway 50 in downtown Placerville, a cheerful and uplifting sight that has warmed travelers’ hearts for almost 45 years? Robert Conrad. No, not the Hollywood actor — Bob Conrad of Placerville, who owned the Ford dealership that conducted business in the 1970s and […]

Eating smart: Memorable meals

Fall is in full swing, so it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with our ovens and create delicious, memorable meals. I’m kicking off this season with acorn squash baked with rice, fresh spinach and apples (OK, let’s be honest, my favorite part is the sausage). It’s surprisingly simple to make; don’t shy away because there are […]

Charter Prep presents hauntingly fun play

What: “You Didn’t Say it Was Haunted” Who: Charter University Prep drama department Where: Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Del Road in El Dorado When: Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and a Saturday show, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for children Information: (530) 622-8594 ext. 2500 The Charter University […]

Cantare Chorale to ring in the holidays

El Dorado County Community Concert Association’s second concert of its season will feature Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Admission is with a Community Concert 2015-16 membership card or $25 at the door (seating is limited). A perfect way to kick off the holiday season, Cantare will sing […]

Mother Lode district seeks community help

The Mother Lode Union School District has identified $16 million in facilities needs. The district invites every member of the community to participate in a Community Engagement Committee on Facility Needs. All parents, students and citizens who live and/or work in the community are invited to serve on the committee. Committee members will attend four […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Christopher L. Dias

U.S. Air Force Airman Christopher L. Dias graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits […]

Three-time Mammo Man blushes pink

For the third year in a row attorney David W. Combellack blushed as the winner of this year’s Mammo Man contest was announced. Dressed in a white tuxedo with pink trim and raising nearly $5,000 in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Combellack’s determination and passion will benefit art therapy for local cancer patients. The […]

At a glance: Hard to swallow

The first performance by a sword swallower in the United States occurred on Nov. 25, 1817. Sword swallowing was quite the attraction by street performers. The skill originated in India before 2000 BC and spread throughout the world. It began to fade from popularity when audiences demanded more sophisticated entertainment.   Thanksgiving dinner Swallowing a […]

Thanksgiving community dinner moves to the Upper Room

Due to changes this year the annual free Thanksgiving Dinner will be offered at the Upper Room Dining Hall and not at St. Patrick Catholic Church as in years past. The volunteers who have so tirelessly worked on the dinner over the years are unable to continue working the event. The organizers and volunteers thank […]

Bakery among baker’s dozen buildings on Historic Holiday Houses tour

What: Third annual Historic Holiday Houses tour Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Parking $8, event $5 Information: (530) 622-3470 It would have been wonderful to live in Coloma in […]

Main Street is a ‘Merry Merchant Marketplace’

Placerville’s Main Street merchants are offering a new shopping and dining experience this year called the “Merry Merchant Marketplace” for the holidays. To help shoppers find the perfect give for relatives and friends to promote the buy/shop local philosophy, participating merchants are providing shoppers with a wish list postcard. After filling the cards out with […]

Town Center setting for romantic comedy

For two weeks this fall, El Dorado Hills Town Center became the set for the full-length independent romantic comedy film “Not Your Year.” Visitors to Town Center may have noticed film crews at a concert in the Steven Young Amphitheatre by indi-folk musicians Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes. The Austin, Texas-based couple received national recognition […]

Grow For It! Perennial garden — Sherwood Demonstration Garden

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is composed of 16 individual gardens and is located at 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. The garden is currently closed for the winter but will reopen April 1, 2016. The mission of the garden is to provide a place where the latest University of California research is illustrated in the individual […]

Find out what it feels like to be Santa

“During the holiday, my abuser had thrown away all of our belongings, including toys and clothes. We had to start over from scratch and I had no money to replace any of the items,” stated a former client of The Center for Violence-free Relationships. “For our clients, this time of year brings too little joy […]

Charter Home Study Academy’s Craft Faire brings delights

Students, families and educators came together and enjoyed beautiful crafts and tasty food produced by Charter Home Study Academy (CHSA) transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students at the 18th annual Craft Faire in November. The multipurpose room at CHSA, located at the Charles Brown Education Center, was buzzing with activity as student vendors sold their […]

Grammy Award-winner plays California’s Smallest Town

Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 Grammy Award-winner Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will play Feist Wines in Amador City. The show begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Watkins co-founded Nickel Creek when he was 12 years old, kick starting a career that’s taken him from the stage of the Grammy Awards to the […]

Placerville festival kicks off holiday season

The public is invited to celebrate the official Holiday Season Kick-off on Friday, Nov. 27 on Placerville’s Main Street. For more than 25 years, Placerville has welcomed the holiday season with a special holiday event that celebrates local entertainment, a traditional tree-lighting near the El Dorado County Courthouse at Main Street and Bedford Avenue, and […]

Retired teachers enjoy annual picnic

On a beautiful fall day the California Retired Teachers Association held its annual picnic at Rainbow Orchards in Camino. More than 60 people attended the lunch prepared by the members of CalRTA and staff at Rainbow Orchards. It was a picnic lunch and included apple juice and wine produced by Rainbow Orchards. The guests at […]

Life as I know it 45: A fish story and the Philippines

One year when ocean salmon fishing season opened, my son-in-law and I decided to give it a try. We got up very early one Saturday and drove to Sausalito and got on a party boat where we had made reservations. As we were chugging out of the bay and under the bridge, we were telling […]

Book offers a look into the past

Book: “A Lovely & Comfortable Heritage Lost” Author: Ellen Osborn Publisher: Pronghorn Press, September 2015, 288 pages, paperback Unhappy with our city and county roads? Worried about having to protect water rights? It’s nothing new for the residents of El Dorado County, according to Pollock Pines author Ellen Osborn. “A Lovely & Comfortable Heritage Lost,” […]

Divide gallery announces Peoples’ Choice Award winner

Visitors have been voting for their favorite piece of art and the activity picked up considerably at the reception on Sunday, Nov. 8 for Art on the Divide Cooperative gallery’s second annual invitational show “Visions of the Harvest.. The process started with a call to artists in the spring of 2015 then moved on to […]

‘Journey’ tells a real saga

Book: “Journey from Bondage to Freedom” Author: Marcia Rose Publisher: Page Publishing, July 2015, 172 pages, paperback and eBook versions “Journey from Bondage to Freedom,” is a story most people will identify with — a trek out of pain and lack of acceptance toward self-acceptance and belief in your own worth. It’s a journey many […]

Foothill dining: Thanksgiving treats

Don’t let the turkey steal the spotlight this Thanksgiving. Keep guests happy from the minute they walk through the door with some crowd-pleasing appetizers.   Bacon-wrapped blue cheese-stuffed dates (Serves 8-10) Venable’s insider tip: “Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is no easy feat so the easier the appetizer, the better. This three-ingredient recipe yields restaurant-quality results and […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal is really tweet

What: 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade — A McIntire Family Tradition Who: Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville Where: Broadway and Main Street, Placerville When: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Information: (530) 344-5088 Showing up for a recent photo shoot to publicize the upcoming Hangtown Christmas Parade, the dozen or so cute little kids in their […]

As we were: Roy Scheiber honored

25 Years ago Nov. 23, 1990 Roy Scheiber awarded fellowship Roy Scheiber of Diamond Springs was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Mother Lode Lions Club president Michael Raffety on behalf of the club’s membership. The award was presented during a recent Marshall Zone social at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. Scheiber is a charter […]

Things to do: Nov. 20, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Her work is represented by images of iconic natural elements, flora and fauna, with an emphasis on bold lines, textures and design. The second featured artist is photographer Lisa Aikenhead. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes […]

Perfect recipe for ‘A Hometown Christmas’ brewing

All the phones are abuzz in Baxter Springs, Mo., this Christmas season because Bobby is coming back to town. That’s Bobby Turner — the same young man who left sweet Donna Winters behind, even though absolutely everyone in town knows the attractive young people are meant to be together. Just ask all the guys at […]

Let ‘Mary Poppins’ open your eyes at Imagination Theater

What: “Mary Poppins” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive, El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 Cost: $13 to $17 Information: imagionationtheater.net, Brown Paper Tickets at letsgoflyakite.bpt.me or (800) 838-3006. Maggie Bush knew that if she was going to see her two daughters over the next few months, she […]

Scout’s Eagle project brings improvement to Wakamatsu

The hauntingly poignant story of Okei Ito, a young Japanese girl who lies buried on a knoll overlooking the Gold Hill area, intrigued Folsom Boy Scout Jake Snodgrass, whose love of history one day may find him teaching that very subject. For now, he contented himself with contributing to the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm […]

The Ten Tenors sing holiday hits at Harris Center

“The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays” is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” “White […]

Youth symphony plays Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, is hosting a free concert by the Mother Lode Youth Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The Mother Lode Youth Symphony, now in its 16th season, features youth musicians 7 to 19 from foothill counties. The MLYS provides these talented musicians […]

Placerville’s Papa Murphy’s Pizza is collecting toys

Placerville’s Papa Murphy’s Pizza store, 65 Fair Lane, is collecting toys for the annual FOX40 Holiday Toy Drive benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children. New, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted through Dec. 11. The staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California will wrap the toys just in time for Santa Claus to deliver Christmas morning. These toys […]

Butte Fire Relief benefit concert features Wicked Sisters

Pioneer Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, along with Wicked Sisters, have teamed up to raise money for the friends and neighbors who have suffered greatly from the devastating Butte Fire in September. They will present a benefit concert at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, on Friday, Nov. […]

Placerville artists announce winners

The Placerville Arts Association’s Fall Member Show is a spectacular collection of art hanging at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy works in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, digital art and mixed media in categories of seascape, landscape, […]

Amadeus shines in Mozart opera showcase at Sac State

Wolfgang’s best will be performed as part of California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience in the appropriately titled “Mozart! Mozart!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the campus’ Capistrano Concert Hall, 6000 J St. The University’s Opera Theatre will present arias, duets, trios and entire scenes from some of the composer’s best-loved works, […]

Railroad Museum to debut new exhibit

The California State Railroad Museum is proud to debut an all-new, interactive exhibit titled “Fast Tracks: The World of High-Speed Rail” on Friday, Nov. 20. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a high-speed train simulator with interactive controls and a digital projector that will allow museum guests to simulate the experience of piloting a modern […]

Amador winery raises money for firefighters

For the third year in a row the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Distant Cellars in Fiddletown in Amador County to offer a special limited wine release to raise money and awareness for an important cause. The mission of the NFFF is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to […]

‘An Irish Christmas’ returns to Harris Center

It just wouldn’t seem like the holidays at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom without the wildly successful “An Irish Christmas” making another welcome return. Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland and celebrate the great traditions of Irish mythology, enjoy superb music-making, singing of Christmas carols and great storytelling, all led by an […]

Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors Dick’s Carpet One owners

On Nov. 11 at noon representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, paid a special visit to Jared Sattler and Tim Botting at Dick’s Carpet One Floor and Home in Diamond Springs to personally thank them for their generous support of the foundation’s Building […]

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