The United States Mint was established in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 2, 1792. Money was needed after the Constitution was ratified and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton got to work to create a national Mint. With the passage of the Coinage Act by Congress, the construction of the first federal building in the nation’s capital — Philadelphia — was underway. Ever since then congress has been spending money as fast as it is minted.
It would be a good idea to take some money to the annual yard sale put on by the Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mount Aukum Road in Somerset, on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. This is a colossal sale with all kinds of neat stuff and the proceeds from the sale will be used to finish the new youth center buildings by the church. The sale starts at 8 a.m. each day. For more information or to donate some items call 530-620-4859. By the way, if it rains, the sale will be postponed to Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13.
The UCCE/Master Gardeners of El Dorado are presenting a class about Tomatoes: From Seed to Table on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Nothing is better than home-grown tomatoes and Zac Dowell will show how to choose the right varieties, deal with insects and diseases, properly water, care for and harvest tomatoes and then Cindy Young and Judi Johnson will cover what to do with the harvest. Canning, dehydrating and freezing methods will be taught. to learn more contact Paula Bertram at 530-626-7348.
Donna Orth, an American River Conservancy volunteer, is leading a really cool hike on Saturday, April 5 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Red Shack Hike is a 3.8 miles round-trip walk to the river near Racehorse Bend rapid and lots of great BLM land. It is a steep road so caution is urged. Hikers will explore the old ditch that was in working order until the 1997 flood, which damaged it beyond reasonable repair. To sign up and get the meeting location contact ARC at 530-621-1224. A suggested donation of $5 for ARC members and $10 for non-members is requested.
Sign of spring
One of the signs of spring is the annual El Dorado Winery Association Passport Weekends and this year the wine sojourn starts Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6 and continues April 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. El Dorado County wineries present this fun event to showcase their wines and offer food, barrel tastings, art, music and fun. The theme for this year is Tales from the Cellar and each winery has selected a best-selling book to decorate around. For more information and tickets contact the El Dorado Winery Association at 1-800-306-3956 or visit eldoradowines.org.
Meet the author
Speaking of books Rachel Hawkins, bestselling author of the young adult series Hex Hall, comes to Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, In El Dorado Hills, to celebrate her new novel, “Rebel Belle.” on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. The book is the story of Harper Price, a southern belle who feels destined to be homecoming queen but instead finds her destiny elsewhere — as one of the Paladin, guardians with agility, super-strength and lethal fighting instincts. For more information call 916-941-9401.
A new business in El Dorado Hills Town Center, Talisman Collection, 4357 Town Center Blvd., Suite 118, is having an El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce mixer and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will feature live music, a karaoke contest — “sing for some bling” with jewelry to the winner — creative works from local artists, open bar and food catered by Selland’s Market Café. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the chamber scholarship fund. Please RSVP by calling 916-358-5683.