Wine, brew and cheese raise funds for firefighters

Wine, Cheese and Brew to rock former golf course Hip Service, Sacramento’s favorite dance party, returns to the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. for the Firefighters’ Association’s 40th annual Wine, Cheese and Brew Festival. The Hipsters have delivered their butt-shaking mix of old-school soul, knee-buckling funk, […]

Texas singer returns to Marshall Grange

The great Texas singer/songwriter Eric Taylor will bring his anecdotal songs and stories back to the Marshall Grange Hall for an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. “Eric is the real thing,” said Steve Earle. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door and $10 for grange members and can be purchased […]

There is magic in ‘The Secret Garden’

What: “The Secret Garden” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Visit for dates and times for all shows Tickets: $10 for everyone on opening night and Saturday, Sept. 15. Then $17 for adults, $14 for 55 and over, and […]

Rhône Rangers are toasting grenache day

The Rhône Rangers organization is celebrating International Grenache Day, Friday, Sept. 21, with regional events in Paso Robles, Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. A live twitter tasting hosted by Rhône Ranger pioneers including Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard and Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard is also a part of Grenache Day. International […]

Fall fashions to ‘Razzle Dazzle’ season

What: “Razzle Dazzle” fall fashion show Who: Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club Where: Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville When: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Cost: $25 Information: Mary Lou Rock at 530-642-8412 or Shirley Riley at 530-626-1872 “Razzle Dazzle” is this year’s theme for the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club’s annual fashion show. The […]

Baroque soloists season opens in October

The Sacramento Baroque Soloists opens its 11th season on Oct. 13 and 14 with “Musick in the King’s Court,” an autumn’s evening of music played in royal chambers from the courts of Louis XIV of France to Queen Elizabeth of England and Queen Christina of Sweden. The soloists’ four-concert series continues Nov. 30, and Dec. […]

Tickets for Cowboy Poetry Gathering on sale

The 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will take place Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 in Elko, Nev. Ticket for the gathering are on sale now. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering features performances of poetry and music from the cowboy and ranching occupation […]

EDHS helps community and athletes

El Dorado High School athletes have been successfully “going green” to raise needed funds for athlete costs over the past two years. On Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDHS Athletic Boosters will host a combination free E-Waste and Document Shredding event at the El Dorado High School lower parking lot, 561 […]

At a glance: Good times

The first Continental Congress opened on this date in 1774. Maybe today’s members of Congress could take a few hints on getting things done. It would be nice to have elected officials actually accomplish something other than whining.   Good pairing For a really nice time Zac Jack Bistro, 3275 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, […]

Master Food Preservers: Deli meats and sausage making

So, how funny is this …  a vegan writing about meats and sausages? Actually, a former meat and sausage fan writing about meats and sausages, so things will work out fine. Better than fine, because when meats and sausages come from the market, the average home food preserver has no control over the ingredients that […]

Grow For It! Orchids in the home

Orchids have been a subject of human fascination for hundreds of years. Europeans began collecting orchids from Asia and the West Indies in the early 1700s, and they brought tons of plants to England, but few survived the long trip in the hold of a ship. There are plenty of orchids native to Europe, but […]

Engines rev to end domestic violence

What: Seventh annual Kacie’s Ride For Hope Who: Bikers united for an end to domestic violence Where: Ride begins at the Belltower on Main Street in Placerville and ends at the El Dorado Firefighter’s Memorial Hall, 501 Main St. in Diamond Springs When: Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Ride registration $25 per person […]

This Evening in the Orchard produces more than fruit

The forecast is for a perfect evening at the sixth annual Evening in the Orchard at Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Drive in Camino, on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. is sponsored by the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club. Guests will enjoy a tri-tip dinner, music and prizes and contribute to supporting […]

Enjoy Tractors and Truffles in Fallon

On Saturday, Sept. 22 renowned Reno Chef Mark Estee will feature Fallon’s thriving agriculture in a farm-to-table cooking style  at Fallon’s can’t miss culinary event of the year, “Tractors and Truffles.” Estee, the celebrity guest chef for this year’s event, is the executive chef and owner of Campo in Reno, and is known for his holistic, ingredient-focused […]

Childhood celebrated at Cedar Springs Waldorf School

For many families, the first days and even weeks of school can be filled with anxiety and stress, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Cedar Springs Waldorf School (CSWS) strives to present a balanced education that meets children right where they are at developmentally. Students at CSWS experience hands-on and inspiring academics in […]

As we were: Movie triggers memories

25 Years ago Sept. 4, 1987 Girlfriend recalls Ritchie Valens By MIKE PULLY Donna Fox-Coots was only 16 on Feb. 3, 1959. The memories of that day in her life still come back to her like the scenes of a movie. It was the day the teenage rock idol Ritchie Valens died in a plane […]

It will be a chili time at the junction

What: Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children under 10 and children under 3 are free Information: 530-622-4848 or visit There will be a feast for the senses at […]

Child care making changes to benefit families

POLLOCK PINES — Monica Hobbs, owner of Full of Love In Home Child Care, is making changes to her business. The daycare, currently located at 2271 Forebay Road, is moving to a new facility soon. Its new location will be the educational classrooms at the Christian Life Center, 5723 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. “We […]

Family fun day at Togs for Dogs

Togs for Dogs, 330 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, is having a free food and fun day on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is on the shaded and misted patio. There will be police dog demonstrations, free wheel spins for fun prizes, raffle drawings, free pet samples, discounts, […]

Master Food Preservers: Low sugar recipes

Fans are asking for low sugar recipes. The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County can accommodate. MFPs like requests. But first, a little information on low sugar recipes, especially low sugar jams and jellies. One must understand that there is always a compromise. Sugar is a preservative. It ties up water molecules and helps […]

‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ is playing in Fair Oaks

FAIR OAKS — Back by popular demand, the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival continues its season of musical theater under the stars with a revival of last summer’s hilariously naughty “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” This PG-13-rated musical has been described by “The New Yorker” as “more fun than a chair throwing episode of Jerry […]

Things to do: Aug. 31, 2012

ONGOING put gold 831 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Sept. 3 through 30, is showing the lively, colorful and dramatic watercolors of Joyce Bahnsen. Bahnsen’s career in the arts has spanned many years. She has taught interior design and has won numerous awards and commissions. Also featured is painter Blanche […]

Quilt exhibit opens at Sac State

A quilt is more than something to keep you warm at night. It’s part history, part art, part personal memoir — all lovingly crafted by hand. California State University, Sacramento will host two free quilt exhibits this fall, both from the collection of Carol Gebel, the university’s former library services specialist. “Artistry of the Traditional […]

Ride the rails on Labor Day at Railtown park

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is having steam-powered excursion train rides through California’s scenic Gold Country on Labor Day. Holiday visitors will enjoy a memorable 6 mile, 40 minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.” A vintage diesel locomotive pulls the train on Monday, Sept. 3. Guests are […]

Béla Fleck and Marcus Roberts Trio play at Three Stages

SBL Entertainment and HuskyShows present Grammy-nominated Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio, with Jason Marsalis and Rodney Johnson, in an exciting collaboration described by All About Jazz as “a diversity of pleasures … The fruit of these four musicians’ labor is as seamless as their approach is fearless.” Executive Director Dave Pier noted that, […]

IT auditions

Imagination Theater announces auditions for “Run for Your Wife” on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon with call backs at on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Lanny Langston is directing this clever, fast paced farce. It is an ensemble of six men and two women ages 21 and older. The […]

Celebrate California wine month with a tour

The Wine Institute has launched a new California Wines Road Trip video at that is a virtual tour of California’s scenic wine regions and iconic landmarks. It’s designed to inspire viewers to take advantage of dozens of special events, activities and offers to help celebrate California Wine Month in September. Consumer tastings in Los […]

Sac State presents an entertaining semester

Fall is almost here and things are falling into place for another season of entertaining and thought-provoking performances and exhibits at California State University, Sacramento, courtesy of the university’s arts programs. At the heart of the lineup is Sac State’s acclaimed Festival of New American Music. The November tradition is a 10-day series of free […]

Exhibit features treasures

For more than 60 years, Sacramento State’s art department has collected works of art, storing them in various places around campus. Now some of the artistic treasures from that cache are being brought into the light with, “Lost and Found: Selections from Sac State’s Art Collection,” in Kadema Hall’s Else Gallery. The collection includes limited […]

Local artists are featured in KVIE auction

Celebrating KVIE Public Television’s 31 years of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 2012 KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 300 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator, D Neath, announced that 12 El Dorado County artists, who submitted art […]

Anniversary: Olanios celebrate 50 years

John F. Kennedy was President of the United States, Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best behind the drums in the Beatles and the New York Yankees went seven games to beat the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. The year was 1962. In that same year on Aug. 4, Avelino Olanio and Sharon Kaia eloped to […]

The action is at Apple Hill members

Apple Hill Growers are getting ready for apple harvest and most apple barns will be open Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 to 3. There is also action happening before then. Visitors can still find you-pick berries at Patrick’s Mountain Grown. There are early galas, Gravensteins and gingergolds at Boa Vista Orchards as well as lots […]

At a glance: Good things for the palate

Chop suey was supposedly invented on this date, Aug. 29, 1896 during Qing Dynasty premier Li Hongzhang’s visit to the United States. His chef was trying to create a dish suitable for both Chinese and American palates. The dish features meat (often chicken, fish, beef, prawns, or pork) and eggs, cooked quickly with vegetables such […]

Rebulican headquarters to open

The El Dorado County Republican Committee is having a grand opening and “Watch the Convention” party at the new El Dorado County Republican Headquarters at 621 Placerville Drive (across from Home Depot) on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. There will be refreshments, candidates, information, voter registration materials and Romney/Ryan goodies available. Committee members invite […]

‘Best lake in USA’ offers a great Labor Day Weekend

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The “Best Lake in America,” as recently designated by USA Today readers, revs up for Labor Day with a food and wine festival, Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, mountain run, outdoor and casino showroom concerts and fireworks spectacular (   Labor Day weekend The 20th Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race churns […]

Grow For It! From fruit to spice — the lowly pepper

Some herbs and spices may have limited uses, or we may only use them in one form, such as the leaves from a basil plant. We know what to expect and selecting a particular variety year after year produces consistent tasting results. Other spices we derive from the fruit of a vegetable and this can […]

‘American Pickers’ is looking for good pickings

Do you have a large collection of bicycles from the turn of the century to the 1960s? Maybe you have collected pre-1950s vending machines. Perhaps you have vintage 1940s Christmas cards sitting in storage tubs inside your garage. If it’s something you’ve been collecting for a long time, it could land you on the TV show […]

Josslyn Tonge is leaps and bounds over the competition

One shot left, give it everything you’ve got, goes the adage. To equestrian phenom Josslyn Tonge, that’s not just a motto, it’s the way she lives her life. Recently the 12-year-old El Dorado horse vaulter found herself in the Vaulting Nationals in Kentucky, heading into the final round of competition, the freestyle round in fifth […]

Ag Districts are important to the economy

What is an agriculture district and why should you care? Chris Flores, senior agricultural biologist/standards inspector and her boss, Charlene Corveth, El Dorado County Agriculture Commissioner, took the time to answer those questions and a few more recently. Agriculture Districts are specially identified areas within the county where agriculture is the primary use of the […]

Award-winning documentary ‘Bag It’ screens in Lotus

What: “Bag It” showing Who: Trevor’s Travles Eco Adventures Where:  Marco’s Café, 7221 Highway 49 in Lotus When: Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Cost: No charge, donation requested Information: Jennifer Jackson at 530-417-3188 The team at Trevor’s Travles Eco Adventures is hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at Marco’s Café, 7221 Highway 49 in […]

As we were: Big race at the Speedway

25 Years ago Aug. 28, 1987 Camino’s Whitney has largest Speedway lead Drivers in four classes will enter the homestretch at Placerville Speedway this Saturday night as sprint cars, modifieds, super stocks and street stocks tackle the quarter-mile oval. A series of heat races, trophy dashes, and main events will be held for each class. Warmups begin […]

Foothill gourmet: Yummy snacks

Today’s column features several recipe ideas for football watching, movie watching or pre-dinner snacks and a recipe for grilled portobello burgers. Kettle corn — Put 3/4 cup popcorn kernels and 3 tablespoons each sugar and vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed pot. Don’t use a thin alumium pot as the sugar can burn too […]

Five year celebration at Powell’s Steamer

On Saturday, Sept.1, Sheila Hill invites the public to celebrate her five years of ownership of Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub. The restaurant at 425 Main St. in Placerville features seafood and pasta with 24 draft beers and more than 20 different wines. “We’re going to have $5 beer and appetizer specials, a special band […]

Animal outreach needs everyone’s help

Something exciting is happening at Animal Outreach. Animal Outreach, the El Dorado County no-kill animal shelter and facility located at 6101 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs, rescues approximately 2,000 animals per year. The nonprofit is in a tough competition with other shelters in the United States to win a challenge. It is the $100 K Rachel […]

Things to do: Aug. 24, 2012

ONGOING put gold 824 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 2, is featuring Donna Bamford, a new artist in the gallery. Bamford creates original sculptural forms in mixed media using clay, painting and a variety of natural materials. Oil painter, Bruce Gruenzel is also featured. His realistic style is […]