Placer County artists open studios for tour

Fifty-five Placer County artists are creating new work and readying their studios for PlacerArts’ 19th annual Autumn Art Studios Tour, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9, 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many artists will open their private studios for the weekend, while others will participate in group shows at […]

Parkyn, Hazelwood earn Girl Scouts’ Silver award

CAMERON PARK — Laura Parkyn and Natalie Hazelwood have published their first Website, yet they are not old enough to vote. The Ponderosa High School freshmen are members of Girl Scout troops. Parkyn is in Troop 1789 and Hazelwood is in Troop 1440. The duo published their Website as part of a scout project. The Website […]

Nevada Day festivities celebrate 148 years

CARSON CITY — Nevada Day festivities will celebrate the 148th year since joining the union with the theme, “Honoring Our Military and Families Past, Present and Future” (, Oct. 25 to 28. Most states celebrate their entry into the union with a few speeches and maybe some state capitol-flavored pomp and circumstance. Nevada, however, does things […]

Master Food Preservers: Cold nights, warm dinners

The chill of autumn nights seeps into empty houses waiting for the families to return home for the evening. After a long day of work, school or errands, many people feel too tired to cook, although a hot meal sounds heavenly. Home-preserved food to the rescue. Jars of soup or spaghetti sauce stand ready to […]

Grow For It! Compost tea should be brewed

For hundreds of years, farmers and gardeners have made compost extracts and manure extracts by suspending a bag of manure or compost in water for a couple of weeks, or by collecting the liquid from worm bins and compost piles. The use of these extracts especially on food crops is now recognized as dangerous due […]

At a glance: Very fashionable

On this date in 1939 nylons went on sale for the first time. This was a big fashion item and in the first year DuPont sold 64 million pairs of stockings. Nylon was also used for fishing line, surgical sutures and other stuff but the stockings made it popular. DuPont chose not to register nylon […]

Support fair to introduce new youth network

What: Foster Youth Support Fair Who: Foster Awareness Network Where: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission: Free Information: Call 530-626-0444 or 530-748-9835 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected] When she was 10 years old, Jeanne Hall and her family welcomed a foster child, […]

Rare Italian varietal ready for release

There is excitement at Nello Olivo Wines around a special and very rare variety of wine grape called sagrantino. Nello Olivo is the only vineyard in El Dorado County, and one of three in California to grow it. This month, Nello Olivo’s first wine to include sagrantino in its blend is going to market — […]

Dreams come true at Ponderosa

What: William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Who: Ponderosa High School Drama Department Where: Ponderosa High School Theater, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 25 to 27 and Nov. 1 to 3 Cost: $10 for general admission and $8 for students Information: 530-677-2281 ext. 2318 Love potions and fairies come to […]

It is a perfect storm of activities at Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Visitors to America’s favorite lake (USA Today, Aug. 2012) can expect a winter of major content as Tahoe South ( resorts are poised with prime attractions, sizzling special events and a combination of unmatched outdoor recreation and nighttime amenities. “The destination is on a major uptick with a record-breaking summer and […]

Diamond Springs artists paint pretty pictures

The Diamond Springs Art Association is presenting its Fall Art Show and Sale on Monday, Oct. 29 to Friday, Nov. 2  at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The hours of the show are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 3 […]

As we were: Tahoe fishing tales

25 Years ago Oct. 21, 1987 The whitefish of Lake Tahoe, going, going, gone? By GEORGE PEABODY Question: How did a Tahoe Basin fisherman during October of the 1920s, know when it was time to go to bed? Answer: When the light went out. Question: How cold was it? Answer: It was SO cold at […]

Comfort can be found at the Cancer Resource Center

“Art therapy is so important to the healing process, because people don’t just want to talk about their experience with cancer — they want to move ahead with some positive action.” — Wendy Goossen, Cancer Services Director Gorgeous quilts in bold colors and modern design fill the rooms with color; purple couches and chairs are […]

Foothill gourmet: Great tips and recipe

Welcome back, intrepid readers. Today’s column again shares time and money saving tips, plus a delicious recipe for parmesan peppers. It can be almost impossible to get the last remaining teaspoons of mustard from a jar or bottle. I usually use a spatula to scrape out the left-over. If that doesn’t work for you, try […]

Things to do: Oct. 19, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1019 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring the original jewelry of Lorrene Davis. Karen Hunziker is also featured this month. The gallery will be hosting Rugiada Winery for the Art and Wine Festival and Coon Hollow, Alan fuller and Jenny Rutherford will be playing music. For […]

Time to taste the best

More than 32 foothill wineries will offer samples of their award-winning wines inside merchant locations on Main Street in Placerville during the annual Art and Wine Fest on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. While sipping the wine enjoy the works of many local artists and check out the merchandise at the shops […]

Travis Latta hosts one-man show

CRIMSON FEATHER PRESS art studio is hosting a one man show title “The Boy In Me” by artist Travis Latta. The colorful, fun and happy one-man show titled “The Boy In Me” by artist Travis Latta premiers during the Placerville Art and Wine Festival at Crimson Feather Press Art Studio, 451 Main St., Suite 9, […]

Achilles Wheel turns up at Brick Oven

Jonny Mojo and the Brick Oven Pub presents An Evening with Achilles Wheel on Friday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. Achilles Wheel, based in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada, is a high energy fusion of world and American music played on numerous stringed instruments and a whole truck load of drums. Featuring the […]

European landscape drawings on display at rocker

The Crocker Art Museum will feature four centuries of European landscape drawings in “The Artist’s View: Landscape Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum,” on view through Jan. 6. Featuring works by artists as diverse as Herman van Swanevelt and Camille Corot, this exhibition celebrates the beauty of landscape drawings from the major European schools. Spanning […]

Time out: The fries have it

Restaurant: The Fountain Grill & Catering Address: 451 Main St. in downtown Placerville Phone: 530-626-7966 Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays. “Look at that burger. It’s ginormous!” “One third of a pound? Really?” “Good to see you’re seasoning it with salt and […]

McCoy Tyler returns to Coz

The McCoy Tyler Band is heading back to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Somewhere between Dylan and The Devil Makes Three, Townes Van Zandt and Railroad Earth, with a little Bill Monroe and Tony Rice thrown in for good measure, is the McCoy Tyler Band — a three-piece acoustic […]

Aftershock to rock

The popular band Aftershock will have the crowd at the Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 dancing on Main Street in Placerville. The nine-piece jazz-rock and R&B band features a four-horn section and powerful vocal harmonies. The band was conceived in the late ’90s. “Philly’ Joe Littel and Gerry Jonutz started what they […]

Art and wine are a perfect pairing

What: Placerville Art and Wine Festival Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Business on Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Wine tasting $30 per person Information: or 530-672-3436. Heralded by a parade of brightly colored art banners, the 15th annual Art and Wine Festival takes over Main Street […]

Banners go up for bid at the Art and Wine fest

Banners on Parade is a self-supporting, community art project that promotes the arts in Placerville. Every year, a new exhibit of beautifully painted banners is installed on the light poles on Main Street. After the exhibit, the banners are sold during a silent auction at the Placerville Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 […]

Disability Awareness Art Show to open at FLC

Folsom Lake College will host a community reception for its fifth annual Disability Awareness Art Show from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29 through Thursday, Nov. 1, in Falcon’s Roost FR-240 (Peregrine Room) on the Folsom Lake campus, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. The reception is free and open to the public. The winners […]

‘Romeo and Juliet’ find love at Three Stages

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre will showcase the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s classic tale of two feuding families when it presents “Romeo and Juliet” Friday, Nov. 2 through Nov. 18 on the City Studio stage at Folsom Lake College’s Three Stages Performing Arts Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Finding love in a dangerous time and […]

A penny for a thought is a good deal

What: 29th annual Rock and Gem Show Who: El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days Tickets: $4 for adults and children 12 and under are free. If an adult donates […]

Festival features mountain mandarins

The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival celebrates the new crop of delicious, foothills grown mandarin oranges, a mandarin recipe cooking contest, professional chef demonstrations, food, crafts and activities featuring the mandarin orange, free children’s area, a peel and eat contest, live music and entertainment. The 19th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16, […]

POV presents a compelling story of a couple’s stuggle

When a Navajo couple discovers their children have XP, a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal, they also learn their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? “Sun Kissed” follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: […]

‘Tahoe Trap’ is captivating

Book review Book: “Tahoe Trap” Author: Todd Borg Publisher: Thriller Press, 351 pages, published August 2012 Available: Local book stores, $16.95 soft cover or $4.99 Kindle version. It’s a long drive from Stockton to Tahoe, but with author Todd Borg at the controls, it’s a fast one. “Tahoe Trap,” Borg’s 10th and newest novel, […]

At a glance: On shaky ground

San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics fans, and many others definitely remember Oct. 17 in 1989. The Loma Prieta Earthquake shook things up and postponed the third game of the World Series. The slip along the San Andreas Fault killed 62 people, caused major damage throughout northern California and left many people homeless. Hopefully the […]

Eliane Elias to appear at Three Stages

Eliane Elias is performing at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Born in São Paolo, Brazil, Elias was a child prodigy in her native country, transcribing solos of the great jazz masters by age 12 and teaching piano and improvisation at Brazil’s top school by 15. When […]

Grow for it! A little caution with these plants

Some plants, even though not on official do-not-plant or noxious weed lists should be put into a landscape using a bit of caution. The reason for this is that they tend to take over garden areas rapidly, reseed profusely in unwanted areas and generally outgrow their usefulness. The ones listed below are still attractive plants […]

Master Food Preservers: MFP classes wind up for the year

Cooler days and longer nights mark the turn of the season and the end of the El Dorado County Master Food Preservers public class schedule for 2012. From water bath canning to preserving game, from jams and jellies to cranberries and squash, the Master Food Preservers volunteer hundreds of hours to the community through their […]

Things are shaking at Oak Ridge High School

What: “All Shook Up” Who: Oak Ridge High School Where: Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Theatre, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. When: 7 p.m. on Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-28, with 2 p.m. matinées on Oct. 20 and 27. Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and children. Information: 916-390-3727 or online at Lace […]

Arts Incubator seeks new owner for big event

A premier event of the El Dorado Arts Council, Coloma Blues Live! has generated measurable funding for arts programs throughout El Dorado County. Now, there’s an opportunity for another business or organization to benefit from a seven-year track record. “Coloma Blues Live! has received the full force of the arts council’s dedication for seven years. […]

Symphony to open

The Folsom symphony’s 2012-13 opening concert on Saturday, Oct.20, “A Heart’s Jewel and Triumph,” presents Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and features a “heart’s jewel” and a “triumph,” along with two more pieces, one a mystery and one festive. The “heart’s jewel” of violin concertos, as described by Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, is Mendelssohn’s “Concerto in E […]

Carson Valley Inn offers free weekly football contest

The 2012 football season continues at the Carson Valley Inn with a free weekly football contest, a full-spectrum of sports betting, over three dozen HDTVs for game viewing, free drawings and bar munchies served 24 hours for Monday Night Football The Inn’s Football Free-For-All offers a free chance to win $1,000 each week by picking all […]

The Monsma family likes to help

POLLOCK PINES — Kevin Monsma and his family have spent countless hours volunteering in Pollock Pines. The big time committment earned the Monsma family the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines’ Best Community Service award. Jeanne Harper, of CEDAPP, said this was the first time a family has received the community service award. Monsma is Pollock […]

‘Kitchen Witches’ stew at Ovation Stage

“The Kitchen Witches” is back by popular demand at Ovation Stage at California Stage, 2509 R St. in Sacramento, continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov 18. “The Kitchen Witches” by playwright Caroline Smith is directed by Penny Kline and stars Deborah Shalhoub as Dolly Biddle, Michele Koehler as Isobel Lomax, Kevin Frame as Stephen Biddle and Erin […]

Sac museums get into the spirit

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In October, many of the 30 members of the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) […]

Crocker to feature Napalese art

The Crocker Art Museum will present a rare Nepalese exhibition that explores the art of the Newar people who have lived in the Kathmandu Valley for millennia. “Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal,” on view through Feb. 10, 2013, will highlight the richness of Nepalese culture and include paintings, ritual objects, and stone, wood, and […]

Day of the Dead activties in Old Sac

In honor of “Day of the Dead” activities celebrated each year in Mexico and in major cities around the world, Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation have teamed up to present a series of Dia De Los Muertos/“Souls of the City” events and activities in Old Sacramento that take place throughout October and […]

Darcie Swedelson earns first Accredited Bridal Consultant title

Darcie Swedelson, of A Dazzling Day by Darcie, has become the first California native to receive the prestigious title of Accredited Bridal Consultant. From her early days as Founder of Slip of Elegance Chaircovers, to the conception of A Dazzling Day by Darcie, and her many years of affiliations with the Association for Wedding Professionals […]

Miller discovers history in Texas

Steve Miller of Cool recently found a Feb. 26, 1888 issue of the Georgetown Gazette in an antique store while visiting in San Antonio, Texas. When he realized it was Georgetown, Calif. and not one of the many other communities with the name of Georgetown throughout the country, he purchased the document for $12.50. Inside […]