MORE celebrates the repeal of prohibition

What: Repeal Prohibition Party Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $20 per person or $10 for designated drivers Information: 530-622-4848 or Party in period style as you travel back in time to the days of the Prohibition Era. Join the folks at Mother […]

Artist demos continue at Art on the Divide Gallery

Saturday Demo Days are continuing at the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery on Dec. 1, 8 and 15. The schedule offers a talented line up showing different art techniques. Chris McClellan demonstrates beginning watercolor techniques showing how water and paint work together at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1. This is a lesson in basic […]

‘A Little Princess’ opens at IT

Imagination Theater production of “A Little Princess” opens Friday, Nov. 30 at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The play runs through Dec. 23. Tickets for this heartwarming story produced for the whole family to enjoy during the holidays are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (55 […]

Gold Country Artists Gallery offers gifts

Gold Country Artists Gallery announces its fourth annual “Small Wonders” special show for the holidays. This exhibit runs through Jan. 6. Every year the gallery artists devote a whole wall to a large panel made up of 6 inch by 6 inch small works or miniatures. Most of the 45 gallery members participate. Some works […]

Time out: Time for good comfort food

Restaurant: Forester Pub and Grill Address: 4110 Carson Road, Camino Phone: 530-644-1818 Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. I really covet comfort, especially when it comes to food and especially when the leaves of El Dorado County start to turn and it starts to get chilly outside. I know I’m not alone. I think almost […]

Weaver to create environmental textiles

Fourth generation Navajo weaver, Melissa Cody, will occupy the Kimball Education Gallery from Dec. 5 to 27, as part of the de Young’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Cody works in the Germantown Revival style, while simultaneously venturing beyond rules of traditional design to draw inspiration from contemporary multi-media artists. “By incorporating eclectic color schemes and bold, sharp […]

Rudolf Nureyev is featured at de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — “Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance” is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park through Feb. 17. Organized in collaboration with the Centre national du costume de scène in Moulins, France and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young is the exhibition’s exclusive U.S. […]

Snowline Hospice educates community about special care

Snowline Hospice is sharing what a valuable service hospice and palliative care are to the community and what services are available. “Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness is not easy. In fact, it might be the hardest work you’ll ever do. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out […]

Celebrate the holidays with the Crocker Museum

SACRAMENTO — This winter the Crocker Art Museum will celebrate the season with classic holiday music and a series of programs inspired by the exhibition “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.” Music lovers will be in for a treat as local singer-songwriter Ricky Berger performs holiday classics and her own original music on Thursday, Dec. […]

Sac State jazz band plays Monk, Brubeck

For six consecutive years, California State University, Sacramento’s Jazz Ensembles have been invited to the renowned Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Catch the ensembles’ music at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Music Recital Hall on campus, 6000 J St. The program includes works by Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Radiohead and more. Tickets are […]

Carson City wins travel award

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Travel Network, ( a travel and leisure Website dedicated to promoting visitor hotspots throughout the Silver State, has selected Carson City ( as its 2013 “City of the Year.” Publisher David Toll writes “… Carson has developed an almost metropolitan flavor, enhanced at last by the opening of the freeway […]

MontBleu offers a cool winter lineup

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa is on a roll ( presenting film festivals, comedy and holiday events. Ski and board season revelry continues with the 11th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival Saturday, Dec. 8 at MontBleu. This fast paced, high energy series of films covers a spectrum of heart-pounding sports […]

Learn about ‘Christmas in the Country’ at luncheon

“Christmas in the Country” is the theme of the Monday, Dec. 10  Christmas Women’s Connection luncheon at the beautiful Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. with the program following at noon. Local storyteller Penny Forpahl will enchant listeners with a masterfully told Christmas story to set the […]

Master Gardeners to offer training classes

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks […]

Grow For It!: Starting a backyard orchard

A couple of months after we finished planting our backyard orchard I remember dragging a plastic Adirondack chair up the hill and situating the chair right in the middle of it. I surveyed our creation. At first my imagination kicked in and I saw images of taller, greener trees laden with fruit and baskets overflowing […]

Robin Hood to steal the show

Robin Hood and his Merry Men are on their way to California State University, Sacramento. But this Robin is less an outlaw and more a tree-hugging redistributor of wealth. “Robin Hood,” written by Don Nigro and directed for Sac State by Professor Michelle Felten, is a slightly skewed version of the classic tale and has […]

At a glance: Amazing sites and things to do

If it is not storming on Wednesday, Nov. 28, take a peek at the night sky and see Jupiter and the Moon in a beautiful conjunction. Jupiter is at maximum brightness and is really stunning.   String along Beautiful music by harpist Anne Roos and Doug Adamz will fill the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. […]

On Duty Marine Corp Lance Cpl. Jessica Lynn Harris

U.S. Marine Corp Lance Cpl. Jessica Lynn Harris, a 2010 Union Mine High School graduate, is being deployed to Afghanistan in December. This is her first deployment. Currently, Harris is assigned at Camp Lejeune, N.C. After she graduated from Union Mine, she enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corp in September 2010. She has been stationed […]

Jim Dyer to lead barbershop chorus

Jim Dyer of Cameron Park has been elected president of the Placerville Gold Rush Chorus for 2013. The chapter is one of 780 chapters in the 23,000 member Barbershop Harmony Society. As president, Dyer is presiding over the 30th year of the chapter and a major celebration is planned in January. In 2013 the Barbershop […]

Arts Networking presents a holiday theme

Get ready for another Arts Networking Open House on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., at BellaGrace Wine Tasting Room, 73 Main St. in Sutter Creek. This quarterly event organized by AmadorArts is described as a mixer for the arts bringing everyone together. Guests mingle while enjoying complimentary sumptuous appetizers catered by Clark’s […]

Cantare Choral celebrates the season

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills formed by Bill Pearson and David Smythe in September 1992, is now celebrating 20 years of chorale performances in El Dorado County. Over the years the chorale has attracted singers with backgrounds in performing with the Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Symphony and other chorale venues. This year’s three Christmas concerts […]

Santa comes to town

Santa is very busy this time of year but he loves to visit with children in El Dorado County. He will be at Kiddlywinks Toy Store, 262 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 15 he will be at the Candy […]

Stagecoach rides deliver Christmas cheer

Davey “Doc” Wiser and his crew are giving stagecoach rides on the Wiser Overland Express throughout the holiday season. Wiser and the gang donate the rides on the stagecoach departing from the Belltower and heading down Main Street in Placerville during good weather. This year the rides continue on Saturday, Dec. 1; Saturday, Dec. 8; […]

United Way’s Women in Philanthropy seeks holiday stockings

SACRAMENTO – As foster youth in Placerville spend the holidays away from home, local residents can ensure they still have stockings to open through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy. New Morning Youth and Family Services in Placerville, a partner in United Way’s $en$e-Ability project, will distribute the stockings to local foster youth. “I cannot imagine […]

Last call to ride the Candy Cane Express

When the last call for tickets to board the V&T’s Polar Express came, more than 10,000 would-be riders answered. For the second consecutive year, tickets for the holiday train ride aboard the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad sold out prior to the 15-day run, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. If you didn’t […]

Foothill gourmet: Two excellent holiday recipes

Our family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving repast. Now, I have two excellent recipes to share for the Christmas holidays: sweet potato, pecan and cranberry surprise and Terri’s favorite cornbread-sausage stuffing with apples. My sister made sweet potato, pecan and cranberry surprise for Thanksgiving dinner and my good friend Terri shared with me a delicious cornbread-sausage […]

As we were: Railroads always a big topic

25 Years ago Nov. 27, 1987 Board seeks RR company By DAVID RICHIE Acquisition and control by El Dorado County of the 38.5 miles of track linking Folsom to Placerville might be a way to settle the on going controversy between El Dorado County and the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. Southern Pacific wants to abandon the […]

Burn off Thanksgiving fest at Santa Run

What: Fifth annual Santa Run Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Dec. 1. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. and run begins at 8 a.m. Registration: Pre-registration is $25 for adults and $17 for children 17 and under. The day of the race is $30, cash only Information: […]

Breakfast feeds explorers’ coffers

What: Third annual Pancake Breakfast Who: Cameron Park Fire Department Explorers Post 89 Where: 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon Tickets: $5 Information: 530-672-7350 CAMERON PARK — If you’re planning to go Christmas shopping on Saturday, Dec. 1, why not start the morning off with a […]

Snowline Hopsice celebrates life

Snowline Hospice’s Light A Life Remembrance Ceremony brings healing to grieving community members. For those mourning the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can be the roughest time of the entire year. For these people and for anyone who would like to memorialize the memory of someone who has passed on, be it […]

Holiday dining at the Beacon

Camp Richardson brings family tradition to lakefront holiday dining at The Beacon. Recognized for decades as a family destination, Camp Richardson is authentic Tahoe and its beachfront location, long tradition and hearty holiday menus help keep the meaning alive. Thanksgiving kicked off a series of meal celebrations. There is the inaugural beer pairing dinner with […]

Things to do: Nov. 23, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1123 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Dec. 2, is featuring the unique and original pottery of Lisa Bone. Bone creates exquisite rake and other saggar fired pottery and uses intricate carving and glazing techniques. She also works with gourds, faux finishes and many other crafts. In […]

Irish Christmas returns to Three Stages

FOLSOM — After not one, but two sold-out shows at Three Stages last December, the return of An Irish Christmas to Folsom was all but guaranteed. Here for five shows is a celebration of Christmas in Ireland, with glorious music, traditional dance, lively storytelling and plenty of Irish soul. The show featuring Riverdance star Kevin […]

Sonora Christmas Festival offers a weekend of fun

The 38th annual Sonora Christmas Festival opens Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23 to 25, at  Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds. The Sonora Christmas Festival continues to be one of California’s finest arts festivals. All the preparations are under way for this picturesque Thanksgiving Weekend event in downtown Sonora — Santa’s special pre-Christmas stopover in the foothills of the Mother […]

Candy Cane Lane is brightly shining

Candy Cane Lane, a custom outdoor drive-thru holiday display at the Carson Valley Inn, will be lit-up for nightly viewing starting Thanksgiving weekend. In its third year, Candy Cane Lane features thousands of seasonal lights and a variety of scenes depicting traditional characters and images getting ready for Christmas. Accompanying music can be heard by […]

Holiday spirit fills El Dorado Hills Town Center with fun and joy

EL DORADO HILLS — In the next couple of weeks shoppers will see El Dorado Hills Town Center transform into a holiday wonderland with lights, holiday wreaths and more. November is just the start to a fabulous holiday event season at Town Center south of Highway 50. Here’s what’s coming up: Photo op with Santa […]

Artists demonstrate talent at Divide gallery

GEORGETOWN — Starting Saturday, Nov. 24 members of Art on the Divide Gallery are demonstrating their creative processes with art in action. The art demonstrations continue on Saturdays, Dec. 1, Dec 8 and Dec. 15. On Saturday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Doris Gorin will demonstrate some of the techniques she uses in […]

Time out: Zac Jack’s Bistro serves great food with great service

Restaurant: Zac Jack’s Bistro Address: 3275 Coach Lane in Cameron Park Phone: 530-676-2969 Hours: Open Monday through Sunday, with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m, lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. One of my very first newspaper restaurant critiques was at a new restaurant located in San Diego, billing itself as […]

There’s no place like ‘Homes for the Holidays’

What: “Homes for the Holidays” Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. Cost: $20 for adults and $12 for children Information: The “Winter Wonderland” month — December —  is nearly here. Soon, […]

Shop Small Saturday helps in so many ways

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is “Shop Small Saturday” on Saturday, Nov. 24. Shop Small is a nationwide movement to recognize and celebrate the contribution of small businesses to the national, state and local economy. People all over the nation are encouraged to support their local small businesses by shopping locally. “With the exception […]

Community makes wishes come true

The holiday season is upon us and for many, today is the starting gate for the race of holiday shopping. Every year everyone fusses over finding the perfect gifts for family and friends; wondering what the hottest toys are or what brand new electronics are on the market. Not to mention the ever-present laundry list […]

Engagement Karen Ann Adrian-Steven Lance Avilla

Karen Ann Adrian and Steven Lance Avilla, both of Lotus, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of the late Florian Borkowski and Helen Borkowski of Chicago, Ill. She works as a marriage and family therapist. The groom is the son of Steve and Carol Thomas of Lotus. He works as district manger […]

Let’s talk turkey

While stuffing the bird or stuffing yourself try stuffing a few fun facts into the Thanksgiving conversation. The National Wild Turkey Federation points out that today’s farm-raised turkeys are very different from the wild turkeys at early Thanksgiving affairs. Wild turkeys, now almost 7 million strong, were almost extinct in the early 1900s. Maybe it […]

Grow For It!: Lawn alternatives

There is much discussion these days on eliminating grass lawns, and unless your lawn gets a lot of use for play by kids and pets, it’s definitely something to consider. Grass lawns are heavy consumers of water and fertilizer and often require pesticides and fungicides to keep them looking their best. They are also maintenance […]

Holiday spirit gets enlightened

What:  Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street between Bedford Avenue and Sacramento Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 23 Cost: No charge Information: or 530-672-3436 The place to be after Thanksgiving is Main Street in Placerville. The holiday season gets officially turned on with the Festival of Lights on Friday, Nov. 23. Before […]