Michael Martin Murphey in concert at Carson Valley

Michael Martin Murphey performs in concert on Friday, April 13 in the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn. Tickets are $29.50 and are available at the Carson Valley Inn’s Hotel Desk or by calling 775-783-6606. Acclaimed as America’s No. 1 Cowboy Singer and Songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey has made more than 35 albums and […]

Hospitality illuminates at Camino tasting room

Nice people with great wine Doug Noble After the recent “Bring out the Barrel” wine tasting event put on by the El Dorado Winery Association, a number of people commented that the winery that they enjoyed the most was one of El Dorado County’s smallest, Illuminare Winery. The winery’s tasting room featuring the great wines […]

Sac philharmonic to bring music to the library

Bringing Education to Life With Music at Your Library is back again this year at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a series of free programs. Musicians on the Move offers an up-close and personal look at the life and experiences of a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic […]

Music on the Divide presents Sierra Ensemble

Once again Music on the Divide brings world-class entertainment to Georgetown. On Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. the doors of the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown, will swing wide to introduce area residents to the Sierra Ensemble, whose motto is “creating community through the power of music.” Sierra Ensemble’s chamber music blends […]

Home Tour features Preston Castle

The 40th annual Home Tour sponsored by the American Association of University Women Amador Branch will take place in Ione. “Ione: A view from the Castle,” will be Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature five unique homes as well as the historic Preston Castle and Methodist Church. Tea will […]

‘Camelot’ to close Sunday

“Camelot” at Imagination Theater runs through this Sunday, April 15. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13 with matinees at 2 p.m. on April 14 and 15. All tickets for the Saturday matinee are $10. The show begins with King Arthur nervously preparing to meet his new Queen, Guinevere. […]

FLC offers summer curriculum project

Local kindergarten through 12th grade teachers — regardless of subject or grade level — are invited to participate in a summer 2012 workshop that will enhance teaching and help engage students with environmental and sustainability issues. Sunday, April 15 is the application deadline for the workshop, which is based on the Piedmont Project developed at […]

Rise to the baking challenge — end childhood hunger

Does your baking rise to the challenge? Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to end childhood hunger, invites all bakers to host individual or group bake sales in their communities during the ninth annual Great American Bake Sale’s National Challenge Weekend April 20 to 22. National Challenge Weekend serves up a goal of […]

Wood Heads are building school programs

The Society of Wood Heads Only in conjunction with the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento Area will be having their annual fundraiser to benefit the school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. The schools this year include El Dorado High School in Placerville, Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, Union Mine High School […]

Video offers preview of Sac State’s art festival

California State University, Sacramento students, faculty, staff and guests are all set for the April 14-21 Festival of the Arts. The festival celebrates all things arts at the university, including fine art, theater and dance, music, photography, design and literature. “Our campus, community and region have such rich and diverse creative talents,” said College of […]

Snowline Hospice salutes volunteers

April 15 to 21 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the caring individuals that give of their time and talents to organizations and causes that rely on the gift of service. Of particular note would be America’s hospice volunteers who support patients and family coping with serious and life-limiting illness. Many hospice volunteers […]

As we were: Placerville celebrates John Studebaker

25 Years ago April 10, 1987 Studebakers to be displayed for ‘John Studebaker Day’ The Sacramento Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club will bring several Studebakers to Placerville for display on “John Studebaker Day,” April 12. Al Faure, committee chairman for the Kiwanis-sponsored event, said, “I am very pleased by the response from the Studebaker clubs. […]

At a glance: Ring in some fun

Be sure to check out Jupiter in the twilight sky during the first part of April and then Saturn on Sunday, April 15. Saturn is closest to the Earth on the 15th and can be seen all night. The rings are also tilted for better viewing and can be seen through backyard telescopes. It will […]

Scholarships help pay for school

What: Seventh annual Fred Winn Democrat Party Essay Contest luncheon Who: United Democrats in Placerville, the Sierra Foothill Democrats in El Dorado Hills and the Central Committee of the Democratic Party Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 14 at noon Cost: $17 per person Information: Call Mel Chapman at 530-621-0409 Paige Roberts […]

Publisher to offer tips to writers

The El Dorado County Library is hosting a series of special guest speakers, each with a unique perspective of the world of words on the second Saturday of each month, during the regularly scheduled Writers Bloc meetings at the main library. The first guest speaker, Ted Savas, comes from the publishing world. His publishing company, […]

A freedom of choice by Paige Roberts

If America wishes to promote, let alone assure, democracy, then we must examine things through a prism: in different lights and at different angles. There is a large difference between promoting one’s ideals and assuring that the ideals are implemented. Assuring democracy can be misguided and perilous, as it implies that a nation might be […]

Student to compete for teen title

Alexandra Diehl of Placerville was selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Junior Teen Sacramento pageant competition. Alexandra learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviews in the local Sacramento area. Alexandra submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this […]

Building a better community is important

Wells Fargo Bank has been helping small businesses go far since the mid-1800s and that dedication to supporting local economies earned the financial institution a special award. Last year, Kevin Barri, senior vice-president of community banking for Wells Fargo in Folsom, and Wells Fargo gave the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines a $2,500 grant to use […]

Grow For It: Getting started in the garden

Are you a novice gardener? Do you need a plan to get started in your garden? Here are some ideas and information to get you started on the right track this spring. To start the planning stage, take a look around and note the following in your garden: the elevation, slope, soil, sunlight, water availability, […]

Educator Cain makes beautiful music

When he was in fifth grade, Glen Cain wanted to play the saxophone. His band teacher felt the clarinet would be a better choice. “Maybe it was because I was small,” recalled Cain, 54. “My band teacher said to start with the clarinet and you can switch to the saxophone when you get older.’” From […]

Company helps Sober Grad Night

Stop by the Shingle Springs Coffee Company at 4056 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, on Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 to 11 a.m. to taste coffees roasted locally by the El Dorado Roasting Company. For each $3.75 purchase of a regular coffee with a bagel, a donation of $1.50 will be made to the Ponderosa […]

Foothill gourmet: Cooking with an exotic spice

Today’s column features information about saffron and a delicious saffron soup recipe. I chose to share saffron’s delightful flavor so that you can prepare an eye-popping and delicious repast. Saffron’s flavor is awesome for impressing family and guests. It’s perfect for a lovely weekend dinner. Saffron is the stigma of the fall flowering crocus. Inside […]

Spring at the Carson Valley Inn

The Carson Valley Inn spring concert lineup features Michael Martin Murphey on Friday, April 13, The Lettermen on Friday through Sunday, May 18 – 20 and Collin Raye on Saturday, June 16. Acclaimed as America’s No. 1 cowboy singer and songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey has made more than 35 albums and BMI has confirmed that […]

Railtown 1897 park offers a hoppin’ good time

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown has a variety of special activities planned for Easter weekend, April 7 and 8. Sharing the spotlight with the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance arriving in rail-related style aboard a locomotive on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. […]

Celebrate spring aboard the Wildflower Train

JAMESTOWN — On two Saturdays, April 14 and 28 Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from onboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. The special afternoon wildflower trains will depart from the Railtown Depot promptly at 4:30 p.m. Prior to […]

Stepping out: A memorable dinner at Snooty Frog

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” — Elsa Schiaparelli “Shocking Life” (1956) Snooty Frog Restaurant and Bar For many years one dish was the mainstay of French restaurants in America. Known as tournedos Rossini, it was right up there with beef Wellington, lobster Newberg and other dishes, all of which are […]

Tab Benoit coming to Three Stages

FOLSOM — Carrera Productions is proud to announce a very special evening with BMA and GRAMMY nominated Tab Benoit on Friday, May 25, at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Benoit is a unique and amazing blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, and is the No. 1 Cajun music export from Louisiana. His Cajun-spiced vocals […]

Silver Screen Classic Movie presents ‘San Francisco’

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, April 7 with “San Francisco,” from 1936. As the audience anticipates the spectacle of the 1906 earthquake, movie goers are treated to Clark Gable’s hard-nosed independence, Spencer Tracy’s wise, priestly intervention, and Jeanette MacDonald’s innocence and powerful singing. The movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 […]

Crocker director to speak at Sacramento State

Lial Jones, CEO and director of the Crocker Art Museum, is the next guest speaker in California State University, Sacramento’s Professions of Art free lecture series. Jones has led the Crocker for 13 years overseeing development of its expansion, which opened in 2010. She is also working with Sac State on its upcoming U-Nite presentation […]

Placerville artists celebrate spring

What better way to celebrate spring than to go the Placerville Arts Association Spring Membership Show? The PAA has 180 members who are active in El Dorado County in various art projects, shows and local galleries. The show runs from Monday through Friday, April 9 to 13, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

Diamond Springs art show winners announced

The Diamond Springs Art Association Spring Art Show and Sale is at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, April 6. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Judge Sharon Galligan selected the following winners: Best of Show: Lee Holderman, “African Tiger.” Floral: first place, […]

Eggstra special dinner in Pollock Pines

On Saturday, April 7 the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Association, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines is sponsoring an indoor Easter Egg Hunt at the center beginning a 3:30 p.m. followed by the annual Easter dinner. All children 10 years-old and under are invited to join in this fun event. There will be lots of […]

New look for Mount Aukum Winery

Mount Aukum Winery recently took an industrious step by developing a new brand for their already successful winery. Recognizing that their brand is meant to be an indicator and visual representation of who they are in the market and noting that their former logo was far too plain to convey this, the popular family-owned winery […]

At a glance: Beautiful vistas

All the rain has sure greened up the landscape and ensures that the wildflowers will be beautiful. A stop by the El Dorado County Government Center, building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, also ensures a pleasant scene with the annual Diamond Springs Art Association Spring Art Show and Sale. The art is on display […]

Local Scout Troop performs solemn ceremony

On Feb. 26 at the Annual Blue and Gold Banquet in Shingle Springs, six boys crossed over into Boy Scouts after approximately five years of hard work in the ranks of Cub Scouts and Webelos. Along the way these young people obtained more than merit badges — they also started to grow up and become […]

As we were: Things speed up at race track

25 Years ago April 3, 1987 Speedway season kicks off tomorrow Promoter John Padjen has scheduled a full season of racing, including 22 point races, featuring sprints, modifieds, super stocks and street stocks starting tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway, weather permitting. Rounding out the 1987 season at El Dorado County Fairgrounds will be five special events, […]

Dream playhouse makes dreams come true

What: Dream Playhouse drawing Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. and El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity Where: Kids’ Expo at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. Cost: Prize tickets to win the playhouse are $5 each. Proceeds benefit Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. and El Dorado […]

April Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the April Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellation — Hydra the Serpent

The giant celestial snake, Hydra, is slithering into view in the night sky this spring. Look to the south to trace it during the early evening hours. This long and mostly faint constellation of Hydra, the female water snake, is one of the most extensive of all star patterns. Interestingly, there is also a much […]

Authors have their say at Authors’ Day

What: Authors’ Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Sunday, April 22, doors open at noon, program at 1 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: Betty at 530-642-9609 or Mary Jane at 530-676-8923 Humor, romance and mystery, history, conflict and friendship — this year’s Authors’ Day at the Placerville Shakespeare Club has […]

Entertaining Ideas: March 30, 2012

PLACERVILLE Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St., is featuring the art of Bob Masse this week. He has produced concert posters and album covers for bands like Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. In 2001 he was commissioned to do three logo posters for the California State Fair. For more information […]

Army Ranger Graduate Matthew Anderson McClary

Matthew Anderson McClary, a 2002 Ponderosa High School graduate and a West Point Military Academy distinguished graduate has recently graduated from the most rigorous training course the United States Army offers, Army Ranger School, and has been promoted to first lieutenant. More than 400 soldiers began but only 161 graduated graduated from the course at […]

Engagement: Heather Louise Esrey-Trevor C. Hughes

Heather Louise Esrey and Trevor C. Hughes, both of Shingle Springs, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Kelly and Cheryl Sanders of Shingle Springs. She is a 2010 Ponderosa High School graduate. She is currently enrolled at Folsom College. She works as an insurance agent for Prospector Insurance Agency in Shingle Springs. […]

Engagement: Angela Lang-David Allured

Angela Lang of Paloma and David Allured of San Andreas have announced their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Jim and Georgeann Lang of Novato. She is a San Marin High School graduate. She is also a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she earned a BA in […]

Diamond Springs artists open show

The Diamond Springs Art Association is presenting its Spring Art Show and Sale beginning Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Friday from 9 a.m. to […]