On April 30, 1803 U.S. Minister to France Robert Livingston, Minister to France James Monroe and France’s minister of finance Francois deBarbé-Marbois agreed on the terms of the Louisiana Purchase — $15 million for approximately 827,000 square miles of territory west of the Mississippi. This culminated a lot of diplomatic meetings and not so diplomatic meetings concerning who might become a neighboring country west of the Mississippi. It could have been Spain or France but in the end the deal was struck to sell the property to the United States. Originally the U.S. negotiating team was in France to buy land east of the Mississippi but France was saber rattling with Great Britain and de Barbé-Marbois didn’t think Louisiana was worth all that much so the United States doubled in size with one real estate deal.
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For El Dorado County residents who are looking for ways to improve their property without buying a neighboring piece of land, there is the 34th annual El Dorado County Home Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The show opens Friday, May 2 from noon-7 p.m. and then is open Saturday and Sunday, , May 3 and 4 from 10-5 p.m. There are all kinds of home improvement products and services, crafts, yard art, great food and even home-brewing demonstrations at the show. Admission on Friday is free and on Saturday and Sunday is $3 per person. For more details call the home show office at 530-622-7166 or check edchomeshow.com.
The fun Marco’s Café, 7221 Highway 49 in Lotus, is opening for the summer season on Friday, May 2. To celebrate the season Clan Dyken will be playing. The café will open at 4 p.m. with dinner service featuring square pizzas, salads and specialty items until 9 p.m. Local craft wines and beers are also available. The music is from 7-10 p.m. This is a free show and Marco’s is a family friendly establishment open for everyone. For more information call Marco’s Cafe at 530-642-2025
The Cameron Park Community Services District is holding its third annual Spring Antique, Craft and Garden Show on Saturday, May 3 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Vendors will be set up indoors and outdoors and offer items for the garden, home and great Mother’s Day gifts. The El Dorado Dog Owners Guild will be sponsoring a wine tasting fundraiser and Bite Me Hot Dogs will have food and drinks available for purchase.The sale is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information visit cameronpark.org or call the Cameron Park CSD at 530-677-2231.
The Ponderosa High School auto shop program and the Rescue Fire Department are joining forces to put on a fundraiser on Saturday, May 3. It is the Rescue Road Test. Just bring your car to the Rescue Firehouse between 9 a.m.and 1 p.m. and auto shop students will do a service check. This is a great chance to get an unbiased opinion about anything car related by the legendary auto shop teacher Archie Taylor and fire department master mechanic Mark Bartlett. If you make a donation you get a discount coupon at a local car wash or oil change business. There will be Model T cars, hot dogs and sodas and T-shirts. This great fundraiser was developed, conceived and executed by Ponderosa High School junior Alistair Young.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is having a cooking demonstration by Melissa Arcona of Cuppa Coffee and More on Saturday, May 3 in the pavilion from noon-2 p.m. This will be a wonderful time with Arcona sharing super cooking tips and providing tasty menu items for those attending. It’s an education and lunch all in one – with wine. To attend go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-642-2021.
Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, is having a bowling tournament on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. to raise money for the Destination Dancers of Pollock Pines. These extraordinary dancers have been invited to Disneyland to dance in the Christmas parade down Main Street. The tournament will help raise the money to finance their trip. For more information call Katie at 530-417-7776.
The talented Dan Crary is playing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, May 3 from 7-10 p.m. The concert includes appetizers and dessert. Cost is $25. To make a reservation call 530-622-0516.