Crocker to present Norman Rockwell collection

The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present a collection by one of America’s most iconic and beloved artists, Norman Rockwell, from Nov. 10 through Feb. 3, 2013. “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” offers a rare look at nostalgic and historic works from the Norman Rockwell Museum collection that explores the artist, his […]

Squaw Creek is grilling up a good time

Tahoe’s Resort at Squaw Creek popular Barbecue Weekend returns Friday, Aug. 24 through 26 with cooking demonstrations, culinary and beverage tastings, and an elaborate gourmet barbecue that includes a spit-roasted pig. Fresh, innovative cuisine and beverages galore await attendees, including menu items and cooking demonstrations geared towards children. The weekend festivities kick off on Aug. 24 […]

Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of roses

The Mother Lode Rose Society is honored to have Dr. John Shaw, an experienced rose grower, exhibitor and horticultural judge present a program on “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Exhibiting Roses” at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Shaw […]

Master Food Preservers: Make your own cheese

Most major supermarkets today proudly offer a wide array of cheeses from around the world, and some of these cheeses result from many months of processing by experienced cheesemakers. Making cheese at home, however, can be relatively simple. The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County offer a cheese making class on August 25th, to […]

At a glance: Classic chrome

On this date in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first United States President to ride in an automobile. He liked doing fun and new things and probably would have enjoyed the Thursday night car show in Placerville. The Placerville Lions Club and the Placerville Downtown Association are presenting the Hangtown Car Show on Thursday, Aug. […]

Madeleine Peyroux kicks off the jazz season at Three Stgaes

The enigmatic Madeleine Peyroux takes the stage at Three Stages on Thursday, Aug.23. Peyroux’s career has been marked by gold-certified records, awards and splendid reviews, but through it all, she has lost none of her compelling ability to reinvent a lyric and give it soul-shaking meaning, fueled by her nuanced vocal shadings and unforgettable voice. […]

‘Left for Dead’ is full of action

Book review Book: “Left for Dead” Author: Howard C. Jencks Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, April 2012, 242 pages Available: Hardback, softcover and e-book versions available at and Barnes& and Face in a Book in El Dorado Hill From homicide to human trafficking and drug cartels, Howard Jencks’ first novel, “Left for Dead,” moves from Tahoe to […]

Grow Fot It! Gardenias

Is there anything more gloriously fragrant than the lovely gardenia? Here are a few tips to keep your gardenias thriving throughout the year. Gardenias are evergreen and thrive in full or partial sun. Gardenias need heat to bloom and will bloom from May until the end of the warm weather. Plant the gardenia high, as […]

Fairytale Town celebrates grandparents

This September, Fairytale Town will highlight the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren with a new after-school program and a celebration for National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sep. 9. During Grandparents Month at Fairytale Town, grandparents and school-age grandchildren who visit Fairytale Town together after school will enjoy free admission. Activities, ranging from chalk art […]

Horsing around for perfection

The whistle blows and the dirt starts to fly. Deanndra Sather, Kassi Smith, Cathy Becker, Cindy Eichelbaugh, Shelby Eichelbaugh and Courtney Becker take off. Hooves prance through the air as The California Rhythm Riders Equestrian Drill Team starts practicing. The group of women of different ages choreograph and perform various maneuvers on horseback. They weave in and out […]

Sacramento goes untapped

To the delight of local beer and history enthusiasts alike, the Sacramento History Foundation is pleased to present a unique event titled “Untapped Sacramento History” on Wednesday evening, Sept. 5. At the special event, adult guests are invited to visit the Center for Sacramento History to indulge in special brew tastings from three local breweries […]

Trailside Readers are more than guides

Book review Title: “The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, California” and “The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, Oregon and Washington” Author: Various; edited by Rees Hughes and Corey Lee Lewis, illustrated by Amy Uyeki. Publisher: The Mountaineers Books, 2011, Seattle, Wash.1-800-553-4453. Price: $19.95 each; paperback; 6 x 9 inches, 304 pages (California). 285 pages (Oregon and Washington); […]

Cameron Park CSD to offer math classes

Cameron Park Community Services District is sponsoring “Ways that Work,” math classes offered by instructor Chris La Deaux to help teach children to use their brains rather than their fingers to learn the math facts. The math facts are the foundation for almost all future math skills according to La Deaux. There are two classes […]

Club offers classes for dogs

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 23, the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering its final six-week session for 2012 of obedience and conformation classes at the El Dorado Fairgrounds in Placerville. Classes offered include both breed and obedience training. For breed work, conformation handling classes focus on the finer points of handling your dog in AKC […]

High school college fair in October

The El Dorado Union High School District will hold its annual Regional College Fair on Monday, Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Union Mine High School in the large gym and cafeteria, with break-out sessions in the theater at 5:30, 7 and 7:45 p.m. Representatives from the University of California system, California State […]

PARTY prepares for school and golf fundraiser

EL DORADO HILLS — Parents, teachers, school administrators, police officers and students agree that PARTY and back-to-school go great together, especially when PARTY is defined as Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth. PARTY promotes injury prevention through reality education, enabling youth to recognize risks and make informed decisions about activities and behavior. PARTY reality […]

Soroptimist recognize Katy Peek

Soroptimist International of Placerville, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, presented its Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women to Kathleen “Katy” Watt Peek, of Placerville, at its recent annual awards dinner. The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women honors ordinary women, who through their professional or personal activities, make extraordinary efforts […]

Twain comes to life at Wine for Words

Scholar and editor, Robert  H. Hirst, Ph.D, will be the guest presenter at the seventh annual Wine for Words to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the El Dorado County Main Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Each year, the Friends of the Library puts on this entertaining event […]

Heavenly news:Dance of the constellations — Lyra the lyre

Visitor and students will excitedly tell me of their passion for learning astronomy but much of it is way over their head. My response: of course it’s way over your head. It’s way over all of our heads. This time of year we find the constellation Lyra over our heads around 9 p.m. Slowly crook […]

As we were: Logging industry recognized

25 Years ago Aug. 19, 1987 Camino Logging Day almost here Aug. 29 is the date set for the 2nd annual Camino Logging Day. Admission is free. Activities will start at 10 a.m. with a parade that features logging trucks from as far away as Oregon that have entered to show their drivers’ skills in […]

Mega goodtimes at the Mega Reunion

What: Mega Reunion for El Dorado, Oak Ridge and Ponderosa high school classes of 1983 to 1990 Who: Mega Reunion Committee Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: $35 for singles and $60 for couples Information: Scott McFarland at 208-389-9094 or 208-409-5794, or e-mail [email protected] […]

Fairytale Town presents ‘Sleeping Beauty in Space’

In its final show of the season, the Elly Award-winning Fairytale Town Troupers bring to a close the action-packed science-fiction fairytale “Sleeping Beauty in Space.” The show will be presented on Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In “Sleeping Beauty in Space: Episode 3,” the Sisterhood […]

Things to do: Aug. 17, 2012

ONGOING Put banner 810 here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street June 9 through Oct. 20. This event will feature painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end of […]

Enjoy ‘Wine in the Vines’ at Sierra Vista

Friends of El Dorado County Seniors is pleased to invite the public to the first “Wine in the Vines” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This fundraiser provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to support the efforts of Friends of Seniors, […]

Iron Willow shows diverse art

Iron Willow welcomes the artistic husband and wife team of Gloria and Bud Bradley for Third Saturday Art Walk. The Bradleys were longtime residents of El Dorado County before moving to Southern California to be nearer to their family. When they left the area, they continued to show their art at Iron Willow Gallery, 440 […]

Hear the blues at Crystal Basin Cellars

CAMINO — Award-winning blues guitarist Laurie Morvan and her band, the Laurie Morvan Band, will be performing Sunday, Aug. 19 at Crystal Basin Cellars, 3550 Carson Road in Camino. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m. Morvan, a nationally touring blues artist, plays blues guitar in the slashing style of Stevie Ray […]

Stepping out: Hanging around with the SIRS

“Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It’s a grain. It’s like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” — James Patterson   Here, there and everywhere Fifty Grand Steakhouse I was invited to be a guest speaker for the Pollock Pines SIRS (Sons In Retirement) last week. They meet for lunch one Thursday a month at Fifty […]

Local artists paint a ‘Secret Garden’

The world of art is a specialized place. Artists are compelled by their craft. They must create and they understand each other’s need to do so. A group of local artists, who work mostly in paint, joined forces to support the stage arts. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” artist Pam Findleton said. She […]

Mother Lode art show announces winners

What: 46th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Through Sunday, Aug. 26 open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. including Sundays. Closes at 3 p.m. the final day Cost: No charge Information: The 46th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition is on display at […]

Summer at the Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO – All aboard as the California State Railroad Museum celebrates summer in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, Aug. 18, when adult passengers will have the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy views […]

Governor’s Mansion to stay open

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks Capital District has proudly announced that, due to generous corporate partnerships and community support, the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park is now officially off the closure list and will remain open and operating during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The official announcement was made by Al Howenstein, California State Historic Governor’s […]

Elk Grove hosts Multicultural Festival

ELK GROVE — The city of Elk Grove is hosting the Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Elk Grove Regional Park. The festival will feature ethnic foods, music, entertainment, fashion shows and activities for kids. This day-long festival is Elk Grove’s premier community-wide celebration of diversity and is hosted by the city of Elk Grove’s […]

Polar Express returns to Carson City

CARSON CITY — Carson City ( is getting a big present this upcoming holiday season with the return of The Polar Express train that will roll through the frosty Northern Nevada landscape on 15 different dates throughout November and December. For the second year, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is one of the officially licensed […]

Jackie Greene in concert at Fairytale Town

El Dorado County favorite Jackie Greene will return to Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento for a fourth annual benefit concert on Saturday, Aug. 18. Taking place on the park’s Mother Goose Stage, the outdoor concert supports Fairytale Town’s education programs and park improvements. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will […]

Engagement Justy Rogers-Cody Holliday

Justy Rogers and Cody Holliday, both of Orangevale, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Garry and Gayla Rogers of Orangevale. She is a 1995 graduate of Victory Christian High School in Sacramento. She works in customer service. The groom is the son of Richard and Cindy Holliday of Antelope. The Hollidays lived […]

Engagement Samantha Leigh Gillmor-Matthew Michael Smith

Samantha Leigh Gillmor and Matthew Michael Smith, both of Placerville, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Tim and Mardelle Gillmor of Pollock Pines. She is a 1997 El Dorado High School graduate, and a graduate of Central Valley ROP Cosmetology. She works as a hairstylist. The groom is the son of Gloria Mullins of Placerville […]

Force Multiplied rocks at Sunset Strip Music Fest

What Does Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, Black Label Society and El Dorado County hard rock band, Force Multiplied, have in common? Playing the Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012, Street Fest, on Saturday, Aug 18 in Hollywood. Force Multiplied is one of Cameron Park/Sacramento’s hardest working and fastest growing hard rock bands. […]

At a glance: Have a chocolate

Christopher Columbus encountered the cacao bean on this date in 1502. He was on his fourth voyage looking for a route to the Indian Ocean. Old ships, bad weather and other problems made for a difficult trip. He ended up in Honduras and while exploring found out about cacao beans. He didn’t find a strait […]

Master Food Preservers: Fun with food

You may save a lot of e-mail messages, magazine articles and newspaper articles with recipes for meals and preserved foods. Every once in a while one might make you say, “I gotta try this.” Hopefully this recap of an experiment with Polka Dot Fruit Leather (fruit rollup) will initiate that response. It was inspired by […]

Grow For It! Master Gardener demonstration garden

The University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in El Dorado County are “growing” a demonstration garden. When completed, the garden will provide the community with a hands-on, interactive experience, demonstrating research-based, sustainable gardening practices specific to El Dorado County. The garden will have activities appropriate for all ages and will be reflective of a […]

Find unique items at sale

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of El Dorado County will be hosting its second Rummage Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 at The Barn in El Dorado. The Rummage Sale will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and on Sunday from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale […]

Butterflies grounded

Who knew a butterfly could create its own headwinds? Or, that uplifting community music could become so burdened that it simply stops playing? Ah well, despite singer Elton John’s assertion that “Butterflies are Free” the local and beloved Butterfly Concerts have been grounded, at least until a new flight support system can be arranged. In […]

Foothill gourmet: Tasty desserts

If you are thinking about preparing a great dessert or want to make an edible gift, I have several ideas that might tickle your fancy. These desserts require refrigeration. Keep the items refrigerated until serving or gift giving. While traveling be sure to add blue ice. Peanut butter fudge — Melt 2 sticks butter in […]

As we were: Wine labels win awards

25 Years ago Aug. 12, 1987 Local wine labels impress California state fair judges SACRAMENTO — Two of El Dorado County’s premium wineries, Lava Cap winery of Placerville and Madroña Vineyards of Camino, won Awards of Excellence for their wine label designs at the California State Fair. And Gold Hill businessman Al Veerkamp won a first […]

Toast the Canyon on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad

CARSON CITY — Back by popular demand, the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad will pour out and dish up its popular Toast of the Canyon wine and appetizer round-trip train rides from Carson City to the canyon on Saturdays through Sept. 1. Designed for train enthusiasts with a taste for the finer things, guests can […]