Spend a day at the Crocker

Susan Keale is having a guided tour of the Judy Chicago show at the  Crocker Art Museum on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will spend an inspiring day at the Crocker viewing the art of Judy Chicago, discussing how feminism and personal reflection influenced her art; considering what influences artists; […]

Crocker to present work by Mel Ramos

The Crocker Art Museum will present a survey of the work of internationally acclaimed artist and Sacramento native Mel Ramos in the exhibition, “Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes and Other Pop Delights.” This is the first major exhibition of Ramos’ work in his hometown and follows his recent solo show at the Albertina […]

Local youth musicians encouraged to apply for Classical Masters Festival

The Classical Masters Music Festival is pleased to announce its annual festival on June 9-10 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Exceptional local young musicians and an international competitor will perform during the festival. Music-lovers are invited to enjoy an impressive two-day event filled with concerts, competitions, and master lectures. Local youth musicians are […]

Downtown Truckee welcomes visitors

The ninth annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop event is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. Wine lovers, food connoisseurs and dedicated shoppers will once again indulge themselves with some of the finest vintages matched with delicious food samples as they shop and stroll in the town of Truckee. For […]

Quartets and choirs sing golden notes

What: “When She Loved Me” Who: The Gold Rush Chorus, the Ponderosa High School Chamber Choir and Quartets and Tenacious Q Where: Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Road in Cameron Park When: Saturday, April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $5 for students […]

Cuatro de Mayo — A night 4 fun

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with Cuatro de Mayo — downtown Placerville’s Girls’ Night Out on May 4. There will be margaritas, salsa dancing, free stuff and shopping. Is there a better way to spend a Friday night? The world famous scavenger hunt will be part of the action again. Sixteen downtown businesses are […]

At a glance: Venus is brightly shining

There has been plenty of action for those who like to gaze at the sky. The Lyrid meteor shower and a random asteroid attracted attention over the weekend and on Monday, April 30 Venus will be another show stopper. Venus’ orbit is moving closer to Earth and the crescent is growing so the planet reaches […]

Corbin Gomez takes first in state

On Monday, March 26, in the Senate Chamber of the California State Capitol, Corbin Gomez, a senior at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, took first place honors in California’s Poetry Out Loud contest. First runner-up was senior Mohammad Shehata from Clovis West High School in Fresno County. Jonathon Bermea, a senior at Sonora […]

Local teen enters regional pageant

Francheska Erika Cal of Greenwood has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Miss Junior Teen Sacramento Pageant. “I chose to participate for something different and to make new friends,” said Francheska, 14 and an eighth-grade student at Northside School. “I just moved here (from Destin, Fla.) in January. This is a great honor for […]

Saturday walk to raise awareness and fight mental illness

“Shredding Mental Illness,” the 2011 Top Team National Alliance on Mental Illness El Dorado County is taking part in the NAMIWalk on Saturday, April 28 at William Land Park in Sacramento from 9 a.m. to noon. The team captain is Jackie Gutierrez and co-captain is Derek Gutierrez. The NAMIWalk is the largest fundraising event for […]

Ponderosa graduate returns to speak about her book

Sherie Holbrook Labedis, author of “You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You,” will speak to students at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs on Wednesday, April 25. This talk shows that you can go home again. Labedis graduated from Ponderosa in the first graduating class in 1964. Her brother graduated in 1970 and two nephews […]

As we were: Trees represent the future

25 Years ago April 25, 1987 Arbor Day celebration planned for April 24 The bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution will be commemorated when the U.S. Forest Service and the local National Arbor Day promoter George Hood plant a bicentennial tree during a public ceremony at the Placerville Nursery on Arbor Day at 1 p.m. April 24. […]

Mistaken identity makes for ‘The Comedy of Errors’

What: “The Comedy of Errors” Who: Union Mine High School’s Drama Department Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28 and Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5. The Saturday, May 5 show will be a special outdoor performance at the school’s amphitheater at […]

Friends help in the ‘Wild Kingdom’

The opening performance of “Wild Kingdom,” an original musical comedy, is Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in Rescue. “Wild Kingdom” is the 19th annual Youth Theatrical Production presented at the Foothills United Methodist Church Theater, 3301 Green Valley Road. This year’s production follows the misadventures of a poor lad who gets himself into a […]

Campus corner: The Earth Week dilemma

Earth Week is often regarded as a time to raise awareness of the environment. People post pictures of hearts and the Earth and remind us to be “green.” Others offer workshops to teach “sustainable” practices. Some people, however, simply shrug their shoulders and roll their eyes — sure, Earth Week. It’s just another chance to […]

Sale to offer plants for every garden

Eve and Don Keener decided to become Master Gardeners after a trip to the dentist. Eve had a conversation with the dentist’s wife who is a Master Gardener and it sounded like an interesting program.

Master Gardeners are community members trained through the direction of the University of California Cooperative Extension to provide practical gardening information to home gardeners of El Dorado County. The volunteers are required to complete more than 50 hours of formal classroom training.

The Bay Area transplants, who now reside in Cameron Park, applied to become Master Gardeners. They went through the 16-week course that prepares the volunteers to share gardening information with county residents so that they can become masters of their own gardens.

“I took some gardening classes when I worked but not nearly as much as I’ve done since I’ve retired,” said Eve …

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Foothill gourmet: Time for tacos

With Cinco de Mayo fast approaching, it’s a great time to think about new flavors for taco fillings. I have to admit, I love a taco encased in a soft flour or corn tortilla. I do avoid fried tortillas. Today’s column has several ways to heat taco shells/tortillas and awesome great filings for the tacos. […]

Bipolar Insights: Together

“Did you hear that Mary Jones died? She committed suicide. You probably know that she had a history of mental illness.” With those few sentences, each of us is capable of creating our own inaccurate story about Mary Jones and mental illness. Based on perception and personal beliefs, a misrepresentation of Mary and mental illness […]

Time to get wild for the Yuba

GRASS VALLEY — Are you wild for wine and beer? “Wild for the Yuba” at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall, on Saturday, April 21, showcases why the Northern Sierra Foothill Region is such a remarkable place to grow grapes and make wine. The tasting event features a dozen hand-selected wineries from Nevada, Placer and […]

Entertaining ideas, April 20, 2012

Art PLACERVILLE Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St., is featuring the works of Marjorie Dodrill this week. Her large scale floral paintings are very popular for home decorating, adding a contemporary flair in design. This Third Saturday Art Walk is going to be a perfect evening to brose the galleries on Main […]

Celebrate Italy at Burke Junction

The businesses in Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park are inviting the community to join in a special Italian Night on Friday evening, April 20. There will be a night of Italian friends, music, wine and complimentary pasta, appetizers and more. Gene Lane and Broadway Gypsy will entertain as visitors mingle and enjoy […]

Poetry, letters and journals weave an interesting story

Book: “Strong as Silk: The story of the Gold Hill Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony” Author: Brigit Truex Publisher: Lummox Press, 131 pages, published 2012, lummoxpress.com. Cost: $15 Through letters, journal entries and poems in traditional and contemporary Japanese form, Brigit Truex weaves the story of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony of 1869. The Placerville […]

Stepping out: Indian food is made with great spices

“I like food. I like eating. And I don’t want to deprive myself of good food.” — Sarah Michelle Gellar Chicago Pizza and Burgers, and Indian Food Okay, I know it is a different name for a restaurant, but that is the name of this very popular restaurant at 6246 Main St. (Highway 49) in […]

Crocker receives a promised gift

The Crocker Art Museum, which houses one of the country’s largest collections of California art, is pleased to announce it will be the recipient of a comprehensive collection by the Golden State’s foremost Impressionist painter, Guy Rose. “Guy Rose was as important to California as Monet was to France,” explained Scott A. Shields, the Crocker […]

Meet featured artist at Iron Willow

Iron Willow Gallery will be hosting an artist’s reception for this month’s featured artist, Garleanne Mason. Mason is a Native Californian who paints a broad range of subject matter including landscapes, still life, portraits, figures, Gold Country historical sites and Victorian houses. She is best known for her Mendocino cottages, water towers and gardens. She […]

Earth Day Celebration is for everyone

The 2012 Placerville Earth Day Celebration will be held this year on Saturday April 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the lawn at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. The day will have something for everyone. For the children there will be face painting, scarf dancing, a fire truck […]

Last day to see pastel show

The Sierra Pastel Society invites the public to view the Spring Member Show through Friday, April 20 and to join in honoring the award winners at a closing reception from 4 to 5 p.m. The show is being held at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. Over 40 […]

PAA announces winners

The Placerville Arts Association Spring Membership Show brought a splash of color to the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, in Placerville. Award-winning San Francisco-born artist, teacher, art show judge, demonstrator and calligrapher Sonja Hamilton was the judge for the show. The following winning artists were announced at the close of the show on […]

Engagement Chelsi M. Villa-Joshua J. Andres

Chelsi M. Villa and Joshua J. Andres, both of El Dorado, have announced their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of John and Yvonne Arthur of Ione. She is a 2003 Argonaut High School graduate. She works for the state of California. The groom is the son of Joel and Debbie Andres. He is a 2003 El […]

Find hope, love and the American dream in ‘Oklahoma!’

What: “Oklahoma!” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Opening Friday, April 20 through Sunday, May 6. All Thursday and Friday shows will start at 7 p.m. All Saturday and Sunday shows will run at 2 and 7 p.m. Cost: Tickets range from $15 to $29 per person Information: 916-941-7464 or […]

Craig Watson discusses art career

Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council, will discuss his work and career at a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Sacramento State’s Kadema Hall Room 145, 6000 J St. in Sacramento. Watson started his career at local arts agencies and was executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. […]

At a glance: Make some wishes come true

On this date in 1981 baseball fans got their money’s worth at the Rochester Red Wings vs. Pawtucket Red Sox game. The game went 33 innings. Sky watchers will have a chance to make wishes come true on Sunday, April 22. The Lyrid meteor shower could yield some good “wishes upon a star” chances from […]

A fun night with the Raspberry Jam Band at Union Mine

The El Dorado Community Concerts Association is pleased to bring to El Dorado County the fun-loving Raspberry Jam Band consisting of piano, tuba, euphonium, violin, flute and wash board. This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians will complete the series of six community concerts for the 2012 concert series with a rollicking good fun program. […]

New farmers and peddlers market to open

On Sundays from April through November, the beautiful Diamond Center in Diamond Springs will become the site of a new Farmers and Peddlers Market. “We’re hoping this market will become a staple for Diamond Springs and grow to be the biggest Farmers Market in the area,” said David Hough, marketing director. Opening on Sunday, April […]

Girl Scouting thrives in El Dorado County

Girl power thrived in El Dorado County before the pioneers but Girl Scouts were added to the list of strong women who were making a difference in 1927. A troop of girls in Camino started by Vera Woolridge and Bertha Burrows became the first unofficial troop. A year later an official troop began in Placerville. […]

Grow For It! Why an herb’s structure is important

Plants that provide us with herbs and spices can be grown very easily in many places in the garden. They do need some special attention, however, based on root needs and upper plant growing conditions. Giving them that loving care up front in your planting plan will help them produce that much more for you […]

As we were: Emily Ross receives 50-year pin

25 Years ago April 15, 1987 Organizing regent honored by chapter By ELTHEA PASCOE Regent Vira Cordano and several members visited the organizing regent, Emily Ross, of El Dorado Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently and presented her with a 50-year membership pin. Ross, 95, organized the El Dorado Chapter in 1978, when she was 86 […]

Future chefs get cooking

The Future Chefs of El Dorado County Culinary Competition was founded in 2002 by Mary Kemp, Jennifer Masse and JoAnn Fergusen to raise money for scholarships for culinary education. Over the past 10 years, the foundation has raised over $130,000 for El Dorado County students. Each year Future Chefs sponsors a teen culinary competition loosely […]

Sac State accepting summer camp applications

California State University, Sacramento’s academic talent search is now accepting applications for this summer’s session on the campus. The summer session offers educational enrichment and accelerated learning through fun and challenging classes for fourth- through ninth-graders. Classes include creative writing, animal science, chemistry in everyday phenomena, acting on camera, cartooning, forensic science and many others. […]

Retired educators to help out with World Book Day

A book giveaway is taking place on Tuesday, April 17 in Placerville to promote adult literacy. It’s part of World Book Day that actually takes place Monday, April 23. El Dorado County residents who have difficulty reading can enhance their reading skills by reading books that will be distributed on Tuesday at the Upper Room, 3109 Sacramento […]

Trafficking Awareness and Self Defense Day at Oak Ridge

After an extremely successful event last May, the Courage Project Club of Oak Ridge High School is holding the second annual Trafficking Awareness and Self Defense Day on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. in the Oak Ridge High School gym, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado […]

A Taste of Main Street to feed band coffers

“Because when he sings … even the birds stop to listen.” ― Suzanne Collins, “The Hunger Games” Music not only has “charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak,” according to William Congreve but it also is “a valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around […]

Heavenly news: Hear him roar

This spring the constellation Leo the lion strides overhead in company with the ruddy glow of Mars, the warrior. In most years the casual stargazer would search out Leo by finding its prominent sickle-shaped asterism, anchored by the bright star Regulus. Once the sickle was found, the triangular shape of Leo’s body would be apparent […]

Entertaining ideas for April 13

Art PLACERVILLE Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St., is showing the works of Anna Callahan. Capturing the essence of landscapes is what motivates her to paint. Pop Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 530-622-1235. […]

Library to celebrate John Studebaker

In the mid-1850s John Studebaker came to Placerville in search of gold. What he discovered here instead was the wheelbarrow-making business. He left his mark on El Dorado County from his blacksmith shop on Main Street, now registered as a California Historical Landmark. In 1858, Studebaker left Placerville to help his brothers with the wagon-making […]