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 […]

The gift tag that keeps giving

A fine bottle of wine makes a good gift — even a questionable bottle of wine makes a good gift depending on the recipient. But you need to make sure the gift goes to the right person and that the person knows who gave the gift. Cameron Park inventor Jim Riordan has an economical and […]

Things to do: Aug. 10, 2012

ONGOING Put banner 810 here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 20. This event will feature painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. For more information call the Placerville Downtown Association at 530-672-3436. put gold 811 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in […]

Sunset sipping and listening at Boeger

For more than 22 years, local contemporary jazz musicians Tony Windle and Scott Reams have performed an annual concert in Placerville. The duo is back after a two-year hiatus and will be performing at Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville, on Friday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. They will be joined by […]

Stepping out: A dog day afternoon

“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” — Otto von Bismarck   Tale of the dog I spent much of last week in Carmichael, house-sitting for my daughter, and I always take advantage of my time there to check out various restaurants that people might like to visit. When […]

Photographer Mindling is featured at Art on the Divide Gallery

Local photographer, Tony Mindling, is the featured artist for August at Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery. The gallery is hosting a reception for Mindling on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. Come meet the artist, enjoy some refreshments and see his amazing photographs and the artwork of the other talented gallery members. […]

Jesse Kalin to showcase original music

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On Monday, Aug. 13, at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe, Jesse Kalin will take center stage performing his original music in an intimate concert setting. With over 20 original songs written, Kalin will share material that has not been heard before. “After many years of performing cover songs and […]

Award-winning photos featured at gallery

Chaos Glassworks in Sutter Creek is proud to announce an exhibit of photographs featuring select black and white and color photographs of Amador County and the west by Amador County photographer Larry Angier. The show is open and runs through September. The show contains both framed and gallery-wrapped canvas photographs. Angier who started photographing Amador […]

Celebrate the season at the Steiner Road Feast

PLYMOUTH — Everyone is invited to share the bounties of summer with the wineries of Steiner Road during Steiner Road Summer Fest. The festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 11 from noon to 4 p.m., starting at 12300 Steiner Road, located near Shenandoah Road on Highway 16, east of Plymouth in Amador County. The free food […]

Performers added to summer lineup

STATELINE, Nev. — Alt rock power pop band All-American Rejects and legendary reggae artist Jimmy Cliff are the latest performers added to the all-star lineup for MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa’s inaugural outdoor Summer Concert Series at Tahoe South. All-American Rejects band will appear on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Other performers are actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and […]

Monterey Jazz fest tickets on sale

Tickets for the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 21 to 23, are now on sale. Performing in the arena on Friday, Sept. 21, is Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Melody Gardot, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Friday’s single day arena tickets are $66 and include three arena performances and 13 additional grounds performances and activities […]

National art exhibit showcases the best

Enrich your summer with art and attend the 46th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition which opens Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Lane in Placerville. The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 26 at the spacious Placerville landmark close to Main Street. The Placerville Arts Association sponsors this very prestigious show and […]

Mondavi’s 10th season is star studded

DAVIS — The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis announces a 10th anniversary season filled with the finest artists from around the world. The center’s 2012–13 season runs from Sept. 18 to May 23. Subscriptions are on sale at the Mondavi Center ticket office, 866-754-2787 and online at […]

This garden seeds theatrical success

What: A Garden Affair Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $25 per person Information: 530-642-0404 or go to For those looking for a fun summer evening with great entertainment and delicious food Imagination Theater has the perfect event on Friday, Aug. 17 from […]

Book offers a pictorial history

Book review Book: “Images of America: Coloma” Author: Betty Sederquist Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, 2012 Cost: Softcover, 128 pages, $21.99 Through historical photographs and photos of paintings and sketches done by notable Gold Rush artists,”Images of America: Coloma” creates a pictorial history of the epicenter of the California Gold Rush, from the early days of the […]

At a glance: Make a wish

It should be perfect weather to view the Perseid meteor shower on the nights of Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug.12. This is one of the best annual displays and can deliver a spectacular 90 meteors per hour. Get those shooting star wishes ready and enjoy the show.   Rocking dance An other great night […]

Bands to rock at River Ranch in Tahoe City

Legendary Hammond B-3 wizard of Grateful Dead fame and Melvin Seals will perform at the River Ranch Lodge on the outdoor patio on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seals has done it again. He is introducing his new band along with a new CD release entitled, “Melvin Seals’ Melting […]

Master Food Preservers: Pressure canning at home

It really is all about the chemistry. Safe home food preservation boils down (ha ha) to the correct technique for the acidity level of the food. For instance, foods with a high acidity level present an unfriendly environment to most pathogens, and these foods may be safely canned at the temperatures reached by a water […]

Grow For It! To fertilize or not to fertilize

The good news is — California soils contain most of the nutrients required by plants. The bad news is — they are rarely fertile enough to supply all the nutrients plants need for vibrant growth. Because the area’s soil contains most needed nutrients, only the nutrients that are deficient are required. Few gardeners get fertilizing […]

‘Wilderness’ is a look at life

Book review Book: “Wilderness” Author: Denes McIntosh Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc., 2012, softcover, 381 pages Cost: $18.95, ebook version $5, or Barnes& “Wilderness: Where One’s Inner Wilderness Meets the Natural World” is Denes McIntosh’s first novel. “The Old Coyote,” as McIntosh, styles himself, is a songwriter, recording artist, poet and cultural blogger, but “Wilderness” […]