At a glance: A bright sunny day

Wednesday, June 20 is the summer solstice. This is when the North Pole is at the nearest point to the Sun and everyone north of the equator experiences the most sunlight of the year.   Summer concert There will be plenty of sunlight to enjoy the free Summer Concert in the Pines at Pony Express […]

Chan House to showcase Chinese heritage

Visitors to the newly redeveloped Historic Sutter Street in Folsom notice that there is one building that seems to have been overlooked. It’s a small, yellow building near the Gold Line light rail station at 719 Sutter St. The building looks much as it did years ago. The building was not forgotten. It will soon […]

Grow For It! Make your own plants

Like just about everything, the price of plants is slowly inching up each year, so why not “make” your own? Propagation of favorite plants using cuttings is easy, costs nothing except time and gives a gardener great satisfaction — it is so exciting to see a mature plant in the landscape that began as a […]

Master Food Preservers: Summer snacks

“The kitchen is closed” sounds great, but never really works out when the kids, on summer vacation, seem to be hungry all day long. Home food preservers turn to healthy alternatives to chips and soda by using the stocks of dehydrated and canned goodies that have been put up during the year. Even those who […]

Teen earns second highest rank

Mary Barb, 18, has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for 5 1/2 years, and on May 10, she earned the second highest achievement in the CAP when she was promoted from cadet major to cadet lieutenant colonel. But this achievement is just a stepping stone to the highest CAP award of all, […]

Sierra Repertory presents ‘Carousel’

Sierra Repertory presents a musical treasure with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carouse,” June 29 to Aug.19, at SRT’s historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia. Glorious songs, a moving story of love and redemption and a robust, seaside setting have kept “Carousel” among the most beloved American musicals ever created. Sierra Rep Artistic Director Scott Viets directs the […]

Classical musicians perform at Tahoe Summerfest

Internationally renowned soloists and a world-class orchestra of 38 instrumentalists will contribute to an exclusive series of classical concerts and performances during Lake Tahoe SummerFest, the first three weekends of August. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, nine concerts  comprise the SummerFest Concerts program and feature artists from the New […]

Western Railway Museum expands interpretive ride

The Western Railway Museum’s interpretive ride is even better. The museum just opened a new 1-mile segment of track for its interpretive ride on the historic Sacramento Northern right-of-way. Visitors can ride authentic historic electric trains all the way from the museum to Birds Landing Road for an 11-mile round trip. “The view and the […]

As we were: City manager retires

25 Years ago June 19, 1987 City manager plans retirement Placerville City Manager Lee Yarborough has announced he plans to retire as of Sept. 23 … “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as Placerville’s administrator and shall take with me the satisfaction of knowing that I leave the city better in […]

Heavenly news: Sagittarius the centaur archer

A conversation with a frequent observatory visitor began innocently and pleasant enough but soon turned for the worse. I knew nothing about Sagittarius and by the end of the conversation I found myself having committed to write this article. The story of Sagittarius is an amalgamation of many stories from different ancient civilizations. As far […]

Community to honor Pastor David Morrison

The Pollock Pines Community Church is planning a special celebration to honor its beloved Pastor David Morrison’s 48 years of service in the ministry, 14 of those years at the Pollock Pines Community Church. Invitations have been extended to all those who have been a part of Morrison’s career path with the church. The list […]

It’s Dad’s turn at Railtown 1897

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to treat dads and granddads extra special this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, by pulling out the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and popular Caboose No. 7 for weekend excursion train rides (regular ticket prices apply) and also giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars […]

Things to do June 15, 2012

ON GOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Dory Ann Schachner, through July 1, as featured artist. The gallery is also featuring Joyce Burr. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, is exhibiting Emerging Artists in an […]

‘Diesels and Dads’ at Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum is gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day, by showcasing seven rarely seen diesel locomotives that will be on special display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The locomotives on display will include two stationed inside the museum: Foley Bros. No 110-1, […]

Luau at the Pines

Time to get your hula on. The Pines at Placerville Healthcare Center, 1040 Marshall Way in Placerville, is celebrating its re-grand opening and ribbon cutting with the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 21 by throwing a luau complete with a fire dancer. The luau is from 4 to 8 p.m. Attendees will […]

Stepping out: Taste of Thai has good food the way you want it

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” — James Beard   Taste of Thai A while ago a friend mentioned that he had enjoyed lunch at Taste of Thai, the restaurant at 1160 Broadway in Placerville. Then I received a call from another friend at the newspaper who said the owner, Minnie, wanted me […]

Placerville actor stars in ‘Alabama Bound’

What: “Alabama Bound” Who: Southern Discomfort Productions Where: Geery Theater, 2130 L St. in Sacramento When: Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, 8 p.m. Information: [email protected] or 530-409-8530 Southern Discomfort Productions announces the opening of “Alabama Bound: On the Backroads With Some Edgy […]

Take a walk through Old Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — In addition to the popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is adding to the fun with intriguing “above ground” walking tours as well. On weekends beginning Saturday, June 9, and continuing through August, two informative walking tours will be offered that include the following: Sacramento City: California’s Gold […]

Rafting trip to benefit the arts

The Sugarloaf Station Foundation is having its fifth annual Whitewater Happening Fundraiser. Take a thrilling 11-mile ride down the South Fork of the American River on Monday, June 25 to benefit the arts camp. Starting at Henningsen/Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus, rafters will meet at 11:30 a.m. The rafts leave at noon. This […]

Summerfest goes universal

NEVADA CITY — Music in the Mountains celebrates its 31st SummerFest season to July 3 and features concerts spanning the musical globe; from the great European masters to fresh-off-the-page contemporary works to classic rock. World-class musicians travel from around the country to join together and form the MIM Festival Orchestra under the baton of Gregory […]

Foothill gourmet: Ice cream is cool

We have always loved ice cream, but I do have to admit we eat less ice cream as we age (even though we still work out). An ice cream sundae bar is a festive dessert for any summer occasion. Provide 2-4 cartons of ice cream, a selection of fresh fruit, a cooked sauce and a […]

At a glance: Jeff is the best

Last Friday the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Agricultural Tour and it was a great glimpse of the vital economic force that agriculture is in El Dorado County. Making it an extra special day was Bus Driver Jeff. He navigates the county roads, public and private, with skill and makes the […]

Rolling Hills Pastor says good-bye

Sunday, May 27 marked the end of an era at Rolling Hills Christian Church, and though Pastor Jeff Bigelow delivered his last sermon he insists the church’s best days are ahead. After 17 years, the 57-year-old pastor stepped down and handed his congregation over to incoming Pastor Bill Search. Search, 40, who moved here with […]

Dance preserves cultures and health

Look up folk dancing in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Al and Teddy Wolterbeek. (Not really.) But around Northern California, especially in the foothills, folk dancing and the Wolterbeeks have much in common. They each have three syllables, have been around a long time, and each requires heart and soul. The distinction […]

Master Food Preservers: Amazing avocados

Mexico claims the distinction as the birthplace of the avocado but California jumped right in around 1871 with the first imported avocado trees planted in Santa Barbara. Since then, this luscious fruit, usually used as a vegetable, has made its way onto many menus throughout the state. The University of Florida IFSA Extension provides information […]

Summer is happening at the CP CSD

Cameron Park Community Services District is working with the El Dorado County Library in Cameron Park to host Movies by the Pool on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community and Aquatic Center, 2501 in Cameron Park. A nice movie poolside is great way to take a break from […]

Sweetheart tree is a foundation

When’s the last time someone carved your name in a tree? Is that the sign of true love? While some folks are trimming trees, Bob Gay had one built for Joan, his wife and sweetheart of 42 years. The Greenstone Country home now has a special tree built by Shane Grammer, theme park designer and […]

Pooches invited to plunge at CP Lake

The Cameron Park Community Services District in collaboration with El Dorado Dog Owners Guild presents the fourth annual Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake on Saturday, Aug.18. Bring your dogs and come have fun in the sun at Cameron Park Lake for a day of swimming, playing, or walking around the lake from 10 a.m. […]

Learn mindfulness tools at Georgetown retreat

Join the Ariadne Retreat Center in Georgetown for a weekend retreat with John (Chopel) Bruna and experience the mindfulness tools that can help lead a meaningful life in accordance with your personal values. The key to living a meaningful and happy life is to live in alignment with your own values. One of the most […]

Wines earn high marks

A panel of wine judges gathered in El Dorado County to select the winners in the El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition on May 18. The winners of double gold and gold medals, along with several special awards, including the Best of Show, were announced at a barbecue by guest master of ceremonies, TV […]

A Lady of the Court — Kowalski blossoms like a rose

At the Rose Ball recently, Sandy Kowalski, 70, of Placerville looked like a youthful, dainty and dignified Victorian lady. Her upswept hair, understated make-up and smooth, translucent skin seemed reminiscent of yesteryear. In fact, someone was heard to say that Kowalski’s delicate features are reminiscent of the cameo brooches that were so popular back in […]

As we were: Rolls Royce rolls out

25 Years ago June 12, 1987 The American Rolls-Royce About three thousand Rolls-Royce cars were built in Springfield, MA. in the twenties. They were not just assembled from imported parts; according to Rolls the cars were exactly like the British 40-50 model, and most parts were made in America. The crankshaft and some ignition parts […]

Things to do June 8, 2012

On Going PLACERVILLE Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St., is featuring the delightful fused glass designs of Joyce Burr. These original, colorful hand-crafted pieces are mostly functional and often whimsical. Also Dory Ann Schachner is featured. For more information call 530-642-2944. The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street June […]

For some, Van Halen brings it all back

SAN JOSE — For those old enough to remember music television, “MTV” came to life Tuesday at the HP Pavilion in the form of Van Halen who blistered through two hours of classics, covers and new material to a near capacity crowd assembled for a jaunt down memory lane. Joined by original frontman David Lee […]

Engagement Leslie Reinhardt-Alex Duncan

Leslie Reinhardt and Alex Duncan, both of Rancho Cordova, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Mark and Marion Reinhardt of Placerville. She is a 2000 Ponderosa High School graduate and attended Sierra College in Rocklin and California State University, Chico. She is a customer service manager for Albano, Dale, Dunn, and […]

Divide celebrates art in the garden

The Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, will be celebrating another fun and creative year of sharing art with the Georgetown and surrounding communities. On Sunday, June 10, the gallery invites the public to join the artists for the group’s third annual Garden Party. Come see the excellent artwork and linger […]

Jackie Greene’s lyrics reveal local roots and talents

Oak Ridge High School graduate Jackie Greene grew up in Cameron Park. His non-musical résumé is light on responsibility. He recalled his days manning an automated recycling facility behind the Cameron Park Safeway. “The best part was that I didn’t really have to be there,” he said. When things got slow he’d drive down to […]

Catching up with the talented Jackie Greene

It’s been three years since Oak Ridge High School graduate Jackie Greene brought his unflappable cool to El Dorado County. The uber-talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bluesman and hipster anchors the Coloma Blues Live! lineup on Saturday, June 9 at Henningsen-Lotus Park. Greene and his band play at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the door […]

Coloma Blues Live! — Seven years of blues on the river

What: Coloma Blues Live! Who: El Dorado Arts Council Where: On the river in Lotus at Henningsen-Lotus Park When: Saturday, June 9, gates open at 10 a.m. and music starts at 11 a.m. Cost: Adult tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the gate; youth 8 – 17: $15; under 8: free. Parking: $5, cash only. Follow signs, […]

Stepping out: Good things are baking

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness — Oh, Wilderness were Paradise now!” — Omar Khayyam (1050-1123) I have two places to write about this week, both of which are bakeries owned by young ladies.   Sugar Lillie […]

TrailFest celebrate trails

The American River Conservancy and greater Coloma/Lotus Community is presenting the American River TrailFest on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is at EarthTrek Expeditions Camp, 7308 Highway 49 in Lotus. The ninth annual American River TrailFest celebrates and supports local trails. Funds raised from this event will go towards the development of […]

Cantare to present encore performance

It’s springtime and “Spring is in the Air.” Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills presents a another performance of choral music on Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville. “We’re very excited about this year’s spring concert with some very special treats for our […]

Alumni gather for Sac State art exhibit

A five-foot tall “ticking witch” made from kitchen items, 3D art, a house made of credit cards — all this and more will be on display during the free California State University, Sacramento Art Alumni Show in Kadema Hall’s Else Gallery on the campus, located at 6000 J St. This is a juried art show […]

Monterey Beer Festival celebrates beer

MONTEREY — Come to the Monterey Fairgrounds for the greatest assortment of Beer ever assembled on the Central Coast. The 2012 Monterey Beer Festival will be celebrating 11 years of great beer and be held on Saturday, June 9 from 12:30 to  5 p.m. at the Monterey County Fairgrounds located at 2004 Fairgrounds Road in […]

Fundraiser at Fairytale Town features fun

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy, Fairytale Town’s popular fairy-themed fundraiser and ice cream social, will return on Saturday, June 9 from 6 to 10 p.m. Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play, this enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including costumed performers, fanciful arts and crafts activities, live music, food […]