As we were: Hard work pays off

25 Years ago June 5, 1987 Bailey wins election By MARY NEAL Jackson Bailey swept Tuesday’s City Council election, winning all five precincts as well as the absentee ballot vote. Upon learning that over half the total vote count had gone to him, Bailey celebrated with a champagne toast among friends. “It’s really surprising ,” […]

See what lies beneath Old Sac

The Old Sacramento Underground tour program continues to grow in popularity and is expanding tour offerings for the summer months — including seven days a week beginning Monday. June 18. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Now, visitors have the unique opportunity to […]

Heavenly news: A date with Venus

The planet Venus has always held an allure for cultures throughout the world. Seen as a bright “wandering star” that alternately graces the morning and evening sky, Venus has played a major role in mythology, literature and modern science. The ancient Babylonians called Venus by the name Ishtar, the goddess of love. In the second […]

Service with an award-winning smile

POLLOCK PINES — Gabby Tackett has mastered an important formula for success in the business world. “Greet someone at the door with a smile on your face and make them feel welcome in a comfortable environment,” Tackett said. Tackett, 17, helps manage the family-owned Burger Barn at 6404 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. Tackett, […]

Things to do June 1, 2012

On going Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Dory Ann Schachner, June, 4 through July 1, as featured artist. Her beautiful pencil renderings of animals, and people are truly exceptional. The gallery is also featuring Joyce Burr’s fused glass art. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website […]

Reggae/Latin sound comes to Cozmic

Lainey Moon will be debuting with the band Mind’s Body with RaDanté Keyson Saturday, June 2 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mind’s Body is a reggae/Latin band with a rock edge. The recent addition of Moon to the group has further solidified the group’s stance […]

State Indian Museum honors Elders

SACRAMENTO — To honor and commemorate California’s Native Elders, the State Indian Museum will host the 35th annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” on-site at the museum on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the special event, sponsored by the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation, the State Indian Museum and California Indian […]

Red Hawk Casino is offering big rewards in June

Red Hawk Casino is offering Rewards Club members seven times points every Thursday in June. Guests can earn seven times points just by playing their favorite slot machines. Club members simply swipe their card at any Fortune’s Rewards Kiosk any time after 4 a.m. each Thursday in June to activate their point multiplier. All points […]

Adult summer reading club fun at the library

It’s summertime; hot days, camping trips, kids out of school, and visits to local swimming holes. Summer means it’s once again time to find solace from the heat and boredom with an array of fun events at the El Dorado County Library. Adults, 18 and older, lose themselves “Between the Covers” of a book during […]

The Sun and Venus to put on a show

The Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory, 6699 Green Valley Road in Placerville, will be open for the 2012 Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5. The viewing of the Venus passing in front of the Sun will begin at 2:30 p.m. with first contact at 3:06 p.m. and continue until sunset. There is no […]

Stepping out: Marshall Hospital is most hospitable

“Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.” — Erma Bombeck   Marshall Hospital I recently had the “opportunity” to spend a couple of days at Marshall Hospital, where, I must admit, I was treated royally, […]

A hot line up is playing at Coloma Blues Live!

Tickets are on sale for the seventh Coloma Blues Live! See five great performances on Saturday, June 9 at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Coloma. The line up for this year is Jackie Greene, the Laurie Morvan Band, the California Honeydrops, David Jacobs-Strain with special guest Joe Craven and the Sacramento Blues Revue. Enjoy a day of music, food and […]

Classic tale offers an inspiring message

What: “A Quest for Honor” Who: One Way Productions Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: June 8 to 14 Information: Knights in shining armor duel, pledge their loyalty and fight for honor and goodness in an inspiring and musical rendition of Howard Pyle’s classic King Arthur stories “A Quest for Honor.” Director […]

Summer fun at Reggae on the River

What: 28th annual Reggae On The River Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area When: Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 Information: 707-923-3368 With the 28th annual Reggae On The River set for the weekend of July 21 and 22, the Mateel Community Center is gearing up for another great year of festival fun and is […]

Jazzin’ it up in Jackson

The second annual “Jazzin’ It Up in Jackson” will be a not-to-be-missed event on three blocks of Main Street in Jackson on Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. AmadorArts, is planning an activity-filled evening to call attention to the local lively arts scene and the revitalization of downtown historic Jackson. With free parking […]

An extended family helps to nourish Rose candidate

If the 168 residents of the Gold Country Retirement Community, Independent Living Center could vote for El Dorado Rose, Claudia Bethke would be their pick. Bethke, 60, is sponsored by the Gold Country Retirement Community, and her candidacy brings joy to the residents of the Independent Living Center where Bethke works. The El Dorado Rose […]

I Street Bridge celebrates 100 years

It’s time to celebrate Sacramento-style when the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation presents “Rollin’ on the River” on Thursday evening, June 14. Saluting the 100th birthday of the iconic I Street bridge and honoring Sacramento restauranteur Lina Fat, the festive event begins with a VIP reception at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. at 5 […]

Young talent stars at Three Stages

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is proud to host the second annual Classical Masters Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. It is an impressive two-day event filled with concerts, competitions and master lectures. Exceptional local young musicians and an international competitor will perform during the festival. The  opening concert at […]

Create summer fun at the Crocker

This summer, families can beat the heat and keep children creatively engaged with new and exciting programs at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Two new programs for the whole family are free with museum admission and center on art and music. Family Fridays is a new weekly program where families enjoy art-making and music-making in […]

Creedence Clearwater Revisited to visit Thunder Valley

When was the last time you attended a concert in which you knew every song and spent about 90 percent of the performance on your feet dancing and grinning? Live music fans deserve the opportunity to see a non-stop, feel good show that is fun for multi-generations and they find this with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Parents, children and even […]

‘A View of Local History’ is the luncheon theme

The Shingle Springs Women’s Connection’s June luncheon is on Monday, June 11, at noon at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. The program will feature a virtual tour of the El Dorado County Museum and its exhibits. This is a great way to learn the stories behind some of the exhibited items. […]

Alison Warner loves teaching the art of music

From sunrise to sunset five to sometimes six days a week music plays a major role in Alison Warner’s life. The Union Mine High School music director teaches the marching and jazz bands, in addition to working with the choir and individual instrument learning. Warner, 35, estimates she has 220 students enrolled in her music classes. […]

Carol Kouklis’ musical dedication is rewarded

For the last 18 years, Carol Kouklis has been teaching music classes for the Gold Oak Union School District. Her original game plan in life was to teach Italian for the United Nations. “I majored in Italian, which is a form of music,” Kouklis said. “I thought I was going to work for the United Nations. […]

At a glance: Be sure to look up

More good stuff is happening skyward. On Monday, June 4 there is partial lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America between midnight and dawn. During this eclipse the Earth will cast its umbral shadow on the Moon. Then there is a really big event on Tuesday, June 5. Venus will pass in front […]

Artists welcome visitors to tour their studios

Annette Schachner never forgets a face — at least not the ones she creates The 61-year-old El Dorado Hills jewelry artist incorporates faces into her beautiful silver jewelry — faces with calm looks and closed eyes, smiling faces surrounded by the sun, even dragon faces with fiery, red eyes — small, simple and detailed. Guests […]

Book review: Extra good olive oil information

Book review Title: “Extra Virginity; The sublime and scandalous world of olive oil” Author: Tom Mueller Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. Inc. New York Price: List price, $29.95: hardback, paperback; 9 ½ x 7 1/2 inches, 238 pages, illustrated. Also available in an audio and Kindle versions. Available: Online and in bookstores Several years […]

Fair features fit and fun activities

El Dorado County’s second annual “Fit and Fun Fair – A Healthy Lifestyle Expo” is Sunday, June 10, at picturesque High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Road in the Camino area. The event is sponsored by Dr. June Scofield of Mother Lode Chiropractic Center and Foothills Health and Wellness Network to benefit Big Brother Big […]

Colossal fundraiser in Somerset

Members of Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mount Aukum Road in Somerset, will be holding the church’s second annual Yard Sale. This is not just and yard sale it has something for everyone, is colossal in size and has to be seen to be believed. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 it is […]

Master Food Preservers: Bug free barbecue

Bugs love a barbecue. Ant, yellow-jackets and mosquitoes enjoy sharing an evening with food and friendship. These bugs, however irritating, succumb easily to swatting and sprays. Not so with the bugs found in the food, the bugs that can cause stomach pains, illness and even death. Prevent these deadly food-borne bugs from attending the next […]

Grow For It: Enjoy flowers from your garden longer

The warm weather this spring has certainly helped flower gardens prosper. If you have roses, columbine, peonies, tulips, daisies, phlox, or other flowers in bloom, bring them inside to further enjoy them. Keep them fresh longer by following these few tips. Cut the flowers early in the morning. Select flowers that are just opening up. […]

Tour gardens to grow a garden

What: Gardens of the Gold Country Who: Gold Oak Education Foundation Where: Begins at Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Pre-sale tickets are $30 each for tour only and $35 each for tour and lunch. Day of the event tickets are $45 for tour […]

Foothill Gourmet: Grilling tips

Summer is a family favorite grilling time. Grilled food is flavorful, keeps the kitchen cool and lets the grill chef receive lots of compliments about delicious food. However, be advised that grilling can not only burn you but also your home. The following safety tips are from the National Fire Protection Association to keep your […]

Campus corner: Inspiration has a face

When we think of inspiration, we generally think of lofty, philosophical statements or the resounding tones of a passionate speaker. Sometimes, though, inspiration is found in the simple things as well as the grand. Classroom interactions, for instance, seem rather common. Professors don’t often rouse students with stirring pronouncements. Yet they can influence students as […]

Tayler Creeks rides for state title

Tayler Creeks is twice a queen. Not a prom or homecoming queen, but a 17 year-old horse whisperer from Georgetown who found her road to royalty running straight through the rodeo. Pretty and peppy, she is the reigning (and repeating) queen from District 3 of the California High School Rodeo Association. Next up for her […]

As we were: A first in Pollock Pines

25 Years ago June 1, 1987 Rotary Club admits its first woman By PAT LAKEY POLLOCK PINES — The first local woman ever to become a member of the traditionally exclusively-male Rotary Club, was inducted into the Pollock Pines club last week. Irene Jessen, who for 18 years has played piano for the Rotary Club, […]

Heavenly to open gondola for Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy sightseeing and family adventure SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Heavenly Mountain Resort will operate the Heavenly Gondola for sightseeing, dining and limited hiking during Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A ride on the Heavenly Gondola transports sightseers to the mid-station observation deck, a 14,000 square-foot platform nestled among massive […]

Things to do — May 25, 2012

Art PLACERVILLE put gold 525 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St., through June 3, is featuring the outstanding photography of Paul Cockrell. He is well known for his landscapes of El Dorado County, the Eastern Sierra, Bodie, Mono Lake, Death Valley, buildings and architecture of the gold mining towns and other vintage and […]

Ride the rails —Virginia and Truckee railroad opens

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad ( launches its 2012 summer season with round trip trains between Carson City and Virginia City Memorial Day Weekend. The real deal and real feel of a clickety-clack, gentle-gallop departs from today and goes back in time to robber barons, miners, dance halls and saloon girls. Steam and diesel engines […]

It is about the terroir

The annual Fair Play Festival “From Barbera to Zinfandel … a Safari through Fair Play’s Exotic Wines,” is just around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. The winegrape growing area around Fair Play is different from other areas of El Dorado County, different enough that they were awarded a separate designation […]

Stepping out: A beautiful place to eat good food

“Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak we forget the view on the way up.” — Friedrich Nietzsche   Red Apple Café A couple of friends asked if I had recently been to the Red Apple Café (also known as the Apple Café) which is located at 2740 Highway 50 between Placerville and […]

Sutter Creek hosts street fair

Sutter Creek hosts the 10th Annual Trash to Treasures Street Fair Saturday May 26, 2012 8am to close Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, Ca Sutter Creek’s largest street fair, the 10th Annual Trash To Treasures event will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. What they say is true — “One […]

Discover treasures in El Dorado

The 16th annual El Dorado Town Bazaar, “Trash to Treasures” is happening in the historical township of El Dorado on Sunday, May 27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Present day seekers can enjoy a fun day of treasure hunting at vendors lining Main Street. Shoppers can check out antiques, collectibles and flea market items. […]

Wine dinner features international flavors

Enjoy a Sequoia Cellar Dinner at Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Friday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Continuing Sequoia’s 2012 Wine Dinner series, in May, Chef David Bagley has selected the best of Sequoia’s wine cellar collection for a hand-crafted wine paired dinner with international overtones. The five- […]

Montbleu features all-star entertainment

MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa recently added comedian Bob Saget and legendary reggae band, The Wailers, to its season of all-star entertainment, music, comedy, outdoor festivals and events at Tahoe South this spring and summer. Bob Saget is typically not thought of as raw, profane and risky, but the 1980s-90s icon family guy known for […]

Amador County Fair guide is available

PLYMOUTH — If you vaguely remember promising yourself that you would enter your work in the fair next year, well next year is here. The 2012 exhibitor handbook for the Amador County Fair is now available on-line and in hard copy. Looking through it for ideas is like looking at the new seed catalogs. Whether […]