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Plant sale a big success

This year’s UCCE Master Gardener Annual Spring Plant Sale was a blowout according to Merry Campbell, coordinator of the event. While not having a final count yet, Campbell said they expect to net close to $19,000, which is the highest sales total ever. Some 6,500 plants out of 7,600 available were sold — more than 85 percent. This year’s plant sale also […]

Girl Scouts hope to promote literacy around the world

When it came time to choose a service project to earn their junior Girl Scout bronze award, three Troop 907 scouts in El Dorado Hills banded together through their mutual love of reading and decided to see to it people who may not otherwise get a chance to read get books. Katie, Natalia and Zini […]

Rare plant treasure hunting

California is a great place for plant enthusiasts. It offers a wonderful biodiversity of hotspot for plants — one of the top 25 places on the planet for plant diversity. There is something like 10,000 species and varieties of plants in California; 2,000 arrived from somewhere else, 8,000 are native to California and of those native […]

Scout Jacob Lacy helps spirits soar at Eskaton Lodge

To get his eagle wings, Jacob Lacy of Cameron Park decided to help make older folks’ spirits soar by adding color to a local assisted living facility, building raised planter boxes that are accessible to all. “Originally I had not planned on making raised planter beds, but when I talked to the director at the […]

Contestants invited to run for Miss Pollock Pines

Young ladies who grow up strong and lovely as the trees they call home might want to think about running for Miss Pollock Pines, a title being dusted off and held up proudly by the community. Two local women, Kim Sophia and Joyce Harris, got together recently to discuss the upcoming Fourth of July Parade […]

Maria Adams runs with a purpose

Maria Adams is going to pull her shirt over her head, tie her shoes good and tight and take off on an arduous run next fall in memory of her dad, a Marine who died a year ago at the age of 52. “The Marine Corps Marathon for me isn’t just a race, it’s also […]

As we were: Transportation needs more funding

25 Years ago May 25, 1990 Road chief seeks more upkeep $$ By JOHN SAMMON County roads are slipping by the wayside. The county’s new 1990-91 budget was the topic of discussion between El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and county department heads on Monday. Transportation Director Scott Chadd painted a bleak picture of the county’s […]

Foothill gourmet: Smoothies are easy to make and good to drink

Smoothies and fruit juice drinks are delicious all year but particularly irresistible in the heat at this time of year. They are so easy to make even a child can be taught how to make them. Even better with all the fresh fruits and juices available, it’s almost impossible to make a bad combination. Probably […]

Things to do: May 22, 2015

ONGOING put gold 522 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31, is featuring jewelry maker, Claudine Wright, who creates elegant necklaces, earrings and bracelets, including stylish watches, with Italian wire mesh and beads. The gallery is also showcasing photographer Mike Ryan and painter Jean Stiles. The new “Shared Inspirations” […]

A pleasant place to Rhône

The name of the event says it all — Rocks and Rhône. The Pleasant Valley area of El Dorado County has rocks and those rocks do a great job of nurturing the Rhône grapes. The Rhône varietals like the young volcanic soils found in Pleasant Valley and combine that with the rainfall, elevation, climate and […]

Foothill Foodie: Treats and travels

SactoMoFo I went to my first food truck festival last weekend!!! This event was organized by Sacramento Mobile Food Events, more hiply known as SactoMoFo. First thing about food truck festivals: lines. However food trucks are made to serve lots of people, lots of food — fast. Second thing about food truck festivals: there is more delicious […]

Curt Yagi to play at Wine Smith

Curt Yagi is proud to announce a music tour of both Placerville and Plymouth on May 23. The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 2008 Best of the Bay Singer-Songwriter and RAW Artist 2011 Musician of the Year has performed on various TV shows and at live venues including San Francisco’s The Fillmore. His song “Sweep Me” […]

McAvoy Lane spins ‘Tales of Tahoe’

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the “Tahoe Tales” of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel for a one-night only performance, Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trouble starting at 7 p.m. Seating for this exclusive presentation is limited to 50. Call 530-543-2113 or visit […]

Party shows off new releases

On Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 Feist Wines will host its third annual Memorial Day Release Party from 1-4 p.m. Feist Wines will release its 2013 El Dorado Barbera and 2013 Amador County Primitivo for the weekend. The 2012 Feist Reserve Barbera received a best of class award at the 2014 Amador County […]

Oasis alum Gallagher plays Warfield

SAN FRANCISCO — To the chagrin of die-hards, Noel Gallagher is successfully making the transition to a solo career, making any anticipated Oasis reunion further back on the burner. For now, Gallagher, who, along with brother Liam front the immensely popular (but currently sidelined) English band Oasis, is traveling the globe in support of his second solo effort — […]

Northstar offers summer mountain biking

Beginning Friday, May 22 Northstar California Resort invites bike riders of all experience levels to the top-rated Bike + Hike Park, which offers some of North America’s best riding. With world-class mountain bike coaches and a wealth of training programs, Northstar provides a great introduction to mountain biking for beginners as well as skill-building lessons […]

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Acting workshop at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce an Acting Workshop for Adults (18 and older) at the theater this summer. This four session workshop will be held on Friday, July 31 from 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8 from 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. This is an […]

Cockrell showing at Studio 360

Paul Cockrell is the featured artist at Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, during May. He is showing his “Placerville at Night” collection of photographs. Cockrell photographed downtown Placerville numerous times in the very early morning hours during the winter and spring of 2014. The town had won the Main Street Matters contest and […]

A night of exotic of food and wine

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards will be hosting Havana Nights, an exotic night at the winery where guests will enjoy a pig roast, premium cigars and hosted wine pairings. The Cuban-­themed event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 during the Memorial Holiday Weekend. Havana Nights was inspired by the winemaker’s travels to […]

CSUS commencement to feature NBC anchor

President Alexander Gonzalez will officiate at his final graduation ceremonies as the university’s top Hornet and NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive an honorary doctorate when California State University, Sacramento holds its commencement ceremonies on May 22 and 23. Almost 5,000 students — including bachelor’s, master’s, credential and doctorate in education candidates — will […]

Southern Drawl brings unique presence

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents Southern Drawl Band, a melting pot of sound, attitude and entertainment on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. Defined in categories like country, southern rock, trop rock and bluegrass, the Southern Drawl Band attracts a range of listeners from a broad spectrum of music genre […]

Find locally-made products at Squaw Valley

While Lake Tahoe is often recognized for its iconic landscape, it’s the local artisans, chefs, performers and musicians who establish cultural diversity through a range of artistic practices and products. In a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate all things Made in Tahoe, The Village at Squaw Valley will host two days of festivities that showcase local […]

Excursion trains are running on Memorial Day Weekend

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23, 24 and 25 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a highlight on Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are […]

Railroad Museum gets in the jazzy spirit

Coinciding with the 42nd annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive. Festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the […]

Show Ponies ride into Davis

On Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m., the Davis Bike Collective, 1221 4th St. in Davis, presents the Show Ponies, a west coast Indie-folk group. The Show Ponies are a high-energy quintet with bluegrass, old-time country and rock influences. The groups third release, “Run For Your Life,” which features two collaborations with Punch Brothers banjoist […]

El Dorado Disposal offers recycle for unwanted textiles

El Dorado Disposal Material Recovery Facility has partnered with USAGAIN to recycle all unwanted textiles to help reduce the carbon footprint. The average American trashes 68 pounds of clothing every year. This adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste. When recycling textiles, people are keeping valuable resources in use and limiting […]

The important things: Am I content to be content?

I feel content these days, but am I actually content to be content? When I was in third grade I clearly remember reading the word content for the first time and learning the definition as an adjective. It meant “to be happy, comfortable, pleased, satisfied, at ease.” Lesson learned? I didn’t think much more about […]

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers perform new CD

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, touring in support of the latest Alligator Records album, “The Devil You Know,” will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday, May 30. Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. […]

Wild West railroad goes full steam ahead

When the whistle blows on Memorial Day weekend it will be full steam ahead this summer aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada’s authentic train ride through the 1860s Comstock-era Wild West. Steam train enthusiasts can step back in time beginning Saturday, May 23, for round-trip and one-way rides. Running Saturdays and Sundays through […]

Splash Day Club opens at Hard Rock

Summer 2015 kicks off at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with a splash — literally. The Splash Day Club, a rockin’ outdoor poolside day club, opens Saturday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Splash Day Club takes Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s high-energy nightlife experience and […]

Festival celebrates barber

The fifth annual Barbera Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, the festival will be held at Terra d’Oro Winery, the original home of barbera in Amador County. Just a ½ mile down the street from the previous location, Terra d’Oro’s large meadow, nestled among the vineyards under […]

Pageant participants win more than titles

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Take a walk into Gold Rush history at Gold Bug

The rare opportunity to take a walk into Gold Rush history is available Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 25, when Placerville’s Gold Bug Park opens up the seldom seen Priest Mine to the public. This hard rock gold mine, hand dug at the peak of California’s Gold Rush by Cornish miners, provides a unique […]

Tahoe South tourism rides a renaissance wave

Tahoe South is continuing its renaissance with more than $150 million of improvements and new construction. From total reconstruction of lodging properties to new restaurants and businesses, confidence in the Tahoe market is continuing to rebound. “An energetic vibe is obvious throughout town in the midst of Tahoe South’s transformation and change,” said Carol Chaplin, […]

EDCOE employees deliver excellence in education

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) presented the annual Excellence in Education Award to program coordinator Sheila Silan on Tuesday, May 5. The award is given to one person in the organization, regardless of their position, who exemplifies the award’s namesake by being the embodiment of teamwork, innovation, collaboration and commitment to the […]

Life as I know it: Completion of the long bike ride

In the last article, I had reached Medford, Ore., on my 1,000 mile bike tour and stayed a day with relatives. As I left Medford, I took backroads toward the coast. I paused awhile in Jacksonville, for that was where my grandparents had lived and my mother had gone to school. She had taken piano […]

At a glance: Spring rings

Get out the telescope for a spectacular sight. Saturn is showing off this May and the best night is Friday, May 22. The ringed planet rises at dusk and is at opposition with the rings almost wide open. Saturn is also brighter than it has appeared in more than a decade. Venus is another bright […]

Two new stops on the Quilt Trail

In April, the El Dorado County Farm Trails Association (EDC-FTA) acquired the Quilt Trail Project, which dovetails perfectly with the meandering and beneficial EDC Farm Trails philosophy and route. “It was the natural thing to do,” said Dr. John Roe, EDC-FTA board president, “It combines agri-tourism, art and adventure in a charming and global way. […]

Busy year for Delta Kappa Gamma

El Dorado County, Epsilon Chi members of Delta Kappa Gamma have had an enjoyable year with a wide variety of programs that focus on their international goals of promoting the professional and personal growth of key women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honor society with 84,000 members in 18 countries. In early September […]

Buckeye School student earns third-place award

An excitement exhibited by Julie Olsen’s fourth-grade class at Buckeye School in Shingle Springs to enter contests resulted in student Hannah Elzinga capturing third-place in a statewide farm water contest. This year marks the 16th year that the California Farm Water Coalition has sponsored the statewide contest that is open to all fourth graders. “The […]

Grow For It! A new look at water in the landscape and garden

Have you been wondering what to do with your landscape because of California’s ongoing drought? We have an old and tired 30-year-old landscape in need of renewal. For nine years, I managed the Hope Community Garden located in El Dorado on property owned by Federated Church. It was a wonderful place and gardeners harvested lots […]

Duty: Air Force Reserve Airman Jared L. Green

Air Force Reserve Airman Jared L. Green 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 […]

Duty: Patrick T. Irwin

Patrick T. Irwin has received an Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to California State University, Sacramento. Scholarships are awarded on a merit system in areas such as academic achievement, extra curricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities and personal interviews. The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, an annual […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Henry L. Robinson

Army Pvt. Henry L. Robinson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

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