Lake Tahoe Summerfest celebrates the arts

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A series of classical concerts and performances, fine arts and cultural events will complement Lake Tahoe’s spectacular natural setting with the inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest 2012 (, the first three weekends of August. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, nine concerts will comprise the festival and feature […]

Folsom jazz students win national acclaim

DownBeat Magazine, one of the country’s most highly regarded jazz publications, has awarded the Folsom High School Jazz Band “I” the 2012 Large High School Jazz Ensemble Winner and the Jazz Choir “I” the 2012 Large High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble Winner. The Folsom High School Jazz Combo won “Best High School Outstanding Performance.” The honors […]

Find unique treasures at rummage 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 […]

Summer concert to benefit KFOK

It’s time to break out the festival chairs and dust off those dancing shoes for a beautiful summer-sunset evening of music hosted by the American River Folk Society on the Georgetown Divide on Saturday, July 14. This fundraiser for KFOK Community Radio 95.1 FM will be a great evening of homegrown music. Northern California is […]

Fusion of Bhangra and Celtic at River Ranch

Renegade Productions presents Delhi 2 Dublin at the River Ranch on Highway 89 just outside of Tahoe City on Thursday, July 12 at 9 p.m. This is an outdoor venue on the beautiful Truckee River for 21 and older. Delhi 2 Dublin is non-stop world beat energy. Where else can you see a purple- haired […]

Come for breakfast at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Breakfast of Champions, California State Fair-style, usually involves something deep-fried and served on a stick. Like cereal? Try the all-new deep-fried Cap’n Crunch or deep-fried Fruity Pebbles, both on a stick. Does fruit sound appealing? How about the new deep-fried bananas and deep-fried pineapple? Don’t miss the deep-fried Pop-Tarts (first time a State […]

Mondavi adds ‘Hamlet’ to season schedule

Shakespeare’s Globe will bring William Shakespeare’s riveting drama “Hamlet”  to the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis. Presented as a just added event to the 2012–13 10th anniversary Mondavi Center season, “Hamlet” will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. There will […]

Three Stages One Night to benefit students

The community is invited to support Folsom Lake College students and enjoy an exclusive unforgettable evening at the same time, as a Three Stages, One Night benefit event will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 7 p.m. Three Stages, One Night: Tuxedo Junction will be both the party of the year and a benefit […]

Players earn tickets at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino is excited to announce the $165,000 Ticket to Ride Giveaway, exclusively for table games players, through Sept. 23. Table games players will enjoy endless ways to earn tickets into the weekly drawings and the grand finale on Sunday, Sept. 23 where one lucky player will win a 2012 Mustang GT. Drawing tickets […]

Masterworks of photography to close at Crocker

SACRAMENTO – The first survey of the museum’s photography collection in more than a decade, this exhibition showcases the history and artistic development of contemporary photography at the Crocker Art Museum. “Brought to Light,” on view through Monday, Sept. 3. This features more than 35 works from the 19th through the 21st century, with images […]

Festival Opera lunches third decade

On July 14, Festival Opera launches its third decade of artistic excellence with “Make Our Garden Grow,” a glittering evening of current and former favorite artists, special guests and the Festival Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a program of arias and ensembles benefiting the company’s 2012-13 season. The featured performers are Metropolitan opera mezzo soprano […]

Grow For It! Some not-so-famous herbs and spices

We’re all well acquainted with the usual culprits, the basils and mints, oreganos and thymes, parsleys and sages. In case you aren’t, these are some of the more popular herbs grown today. Dill, chives and catnip are also big favorites. Why do we grow herbs and spices in the first place? The answer is to […]

High school district announces registration

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2012–13 school year. School will start on Thursday, Aug. 9. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times of your school.   El Dorado and Vista high school students School location: 561 Canal St. in Placerville Telephone: 530-622-3634 […]

At a glance: A swimmingly good time

On July 11 in 1962 Fred Baldasare was the first person to swim the English Channel underwater. No, he didn’t hold his breath the whole way, he used scuba gear but you have to wonder why he even did it in the first place. There is no wondering why people are making plans to enjoy […]

Master Food Preservers: Start with a bang

The first class offered this year by the Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County went well. Everyone attending learned about safe food handling and how to correctly use a water bath canner. This will be handy for the next class, Jams and Jellies. If you missed the first class, don’t worry — on Thursday, […]

Crocker and Mondavi go Bohemian in the park

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis and the Crocker Art Museum will present a free screening of the San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s most beloved opera, “La Bohème.” The event is scheduled for Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m. in Sacramento’s Crocker Park, 201 O St. […]

The California State Fair offers big fun

The first week of the California State Fair, which starts Thursday, July 12, promises some stellar entertainment with world records, high flying talents and musical powerhouses. The Golden1 Stage Concert Series will feature the Fab Four at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Tickets are $13, Gold Circle reserved. The Happy Together Tour performs at 8 p.m. […]

Food co-op opens juice bar

The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op announced the grand opening of its new juice bar. The juice bar currently has six freshly squeezed, made-to-order juice blends created with local organic fruits and vegetables. One of the most popular blends is the Mickey, which includes fresh celery, carrots, beets, apple and ginger. The juice bar is located […]

The personal touch wins admiration

POLLOCK PINES — Most of the customers who walk through the doors at El Dorado Savings Bank at 6462 Pony Express Trail are known by their first names to Noreen Wilson and Diana Flambard. The two women are customer service representatives at the branch. The women work hard to make bank customers their No. 1 priority […]

Jessica Serné is a state finalist

Jessica Serné, 16, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss California pageant to be held in July at the Marriott in Santa Clara. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls 4 to 18 and have five different age divisions. Jessica will be participating in the 16 to 18 […]

‘The Little Mermaid’ makes West Coast premiere

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” the hit Broadway musical based on the popular animated film, will have its West Coast premiere at Wells Fargo Pavilion for a two-week run from July 10 to 22. This Disney family favorite, part of the 2012 Music Circus season, features the popular songs “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” […]

Philharmonic names new director of development

Sacramento Philharmonic President and CEO David Nystrom announced that Jasmin Hakes has been promoted to the position of director of development. Hakes previously served for two years as the Philharmonic’s development coordinator, managing the Philharmonic’s patron relations and coordinating a successful spring fundraising campaign to close an anticipated budget deficit of the 2011-2012 concert season. […]

Tahoe South Website welcomes visitors

“A walk on the wild side” is the promise to visitors from Tahoe South and the portal to get there is the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s Website, The area’s brand is being displayed with a vibrant, easy-to-use use, socially integrated Web/mobile site welcoming visitors to the wild side with up-all-day and-all-night activities set amidst […]

Web series features music by EDH artist

When Ryan McKinney made the decision to return to his Sacramento roots, it was with the intention of bringing Hollywood-style film productions to Northern California. After directing Lou Diamond Phillips and Pam Grier in “The Invited” in and around Placer County, McKinney set up shop teaching acting classes at It Factor Studios while he worked […]

As we were: Wagons keep on rolling

25 Years ago July 10, 1987 Wagon Train is state historic event By MARGIE McCORMICK Because of continued community support, the drive and persistence of the Highway 50 Association, the annual Highway 50 Wagon Train has become California’s only designated state historic event. The 23 annual merchant’s theme contest, “Golden Memories” salutes the pioneer spirit […]

Foothill gourmet: Salads are perfect in the summer

Hot summer days include an abundance of summer produce from the garden, neighbor’s gardens and farmers markets. What better way to use flavorful summer produce than in stellar summer salads. It’s perfect fare for hot days when appetites wane. Avocado and chicken salad is a unique, delicious salad. It features a delicious, subtle light green […]

Local family raises Guide Dog

Local residents Cary, Tessa, Lyndsey, Drew, Megan and Hannah Friar contributed time and love in raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and were proud to see the dog graduate as a guide in a formal ceremony at the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael earlier this year. The Friar family raised Harlene […]

History comes alive in Coloma

Visitors to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Highway 49 in Coloma will have a chance to see what life was like in the 1850s during Living History Days. The first Living History Day is Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Re-enactors will […]

Wine and food go together at Miraflores

Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, welcomes summertime with “Pairings” — four-course lunches, prepared by regional chefs and perfectly paired with award-winning Miraflores wines. Pairings lunches are served on the shady terrace overlooking estate vineyards of the Mediterranean inspired winery. The lunches are served on Saturday and Sunday from now […]

Orofino builds pathway for Eagle Scout project

CAMERON PARK — Spencer Orofino has left a path for Blue Oak Elementary School students and faculty to use for many years to come. A member of Boy Scouts Troop No. 193, Orofino recently earned his Eagle Scout badge as part of his beautification project by building a pathway at the north end of the […]

Things to do July 6, 2012

ONGOING Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, is featuring the art of painter Susan Polstra during July. There is a reception on Sunday, July 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information call 530-333-2787 or visit put gold 706 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in […]

Ride the rails and meet Mark Twain

All aboard for a summertime special train ride when the California State Railroad Museum presents “Riding the Rails with Mark Twain” on Saturday evening, July 7. Guests are invited to enjoy a warm summer evening in Old Sacramento State Historic Park along with Mark Twain, portrayed by local period actor Pat Kaunert, cool refreshments, entertaining […]

State fair is sponsoring a blood drive

Save a life by donating blood and receive a free California State Fair general admission ticket. On Friday, July 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, BloodSource and the California State Fair will celebrate Blood Donor Day at Cal Expo. Participants will receive a free California State Fair general admission ticket. Poppy, the California State […]

Amador artists welcome visitors on Saturday

The next Amador First Saturday Art Trek will be July 7, from 1 to 7 p.m. at nine galleries in Amador County and the north part of Calaveras. Take a trek and see what each gallery is currently featuring. It might be an artist’s reception, with cookies and punch, wine and cheese and music, or […]

Hear America’s music

Double Barrel Productions presents an evening concert to be held at Christ Community Church in Carmichael. The Friday, July 6, event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature traditional folk and western music by two fine acoustic groups, Riverbend Folk Band of Sacramento and the Old West Trio of Georgetown. Riverbend Folk Band comprises four […]

Time to sing a new song

What are your plans when summer is over — when the swim suit is dry and the hiking boots are back in the closet? Will you settle into the fall season with few outlets for your creative spirit? Cantare Chorale wants to challenge you to develop that talent you have hidden away in the shower or express in solitude […]

Stepping out: Blimpie has some good food

“The small businessman is smart; he realizes there’s no free lunch. On the other hand, he knows where to go to get a good inexpensive sandwich.” — Adam Osborne   Blimpie Subs and Salads “Blimpie, you say, where around here is a Blimpie?” Most of you walk right by it and don’t see it. It […]

Bagdonas to demonstrate oil painting

The Placerville Arts Association is pleased to have Mike Bagdonas, a nationally exhibited oil painter, share his expertise, Sunday, July 8 at the monthly meeting at the Placerville Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville. This month’s exceptional PAA get-together will be four-fold: the Mother Lode Show “sneak-peek” slide show from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; […]

Moonalice is playing at River Ranch

Renegade Productions presents Moonalice on Thursday, July 5 at the River Ranch in Tahoe City. The show starts at 9 p.m. with an acoustic set, and then moves into an electric set at 10 p.m. The River Ranch Lodge is located on Highway 89. This is a 21 and over venue with full bar. The […]

Master Food Preservers: Start with a bang

Start the summer with a big bang, and plan to attend the free public education classes offered by the Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County. These great folks have prepared all year to be ready for these classes and the trained volunteers hope to share all the tips, tricks and knowledge they have accumulated […]

Grow For It!: Poisonous plants and pets

Many of the plants grown in our yards are toxic to dogs and cats. Some can be fatal, but many cause nonfatal — but annoying — symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and drooling. Because of dogs’ indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, they are much more commonly poisoned than cats. For lots of good information on […]

At a glance: Celebrate America

Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. Have fun celebrating America’s birthday and remember there are always great things to do and to celebrate in El Dorado County.   Independent task Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in fair Play, is giving everyone a chance to toast America with […]

‘The Butterfly Silhouette’ is a book of healing

Book review Book: “The Butterfly Silhouette: a parable in verse” Author: Jeanne Marian Nangle Publisher: Jeanne Nangle Consulting, March 2012, softcover, 124 pages Cost: Available and Barnes and, $9.99. Almost four years ago, Jeanne Nangle’s husband, Mark, died suddenly of throat cancer. The El Dorado Hills couple had been married 23 years and […]

Learn about a loved toy

The public is invited to attend “Stories of a Loved Toy” on Monday, July 9 at noon at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive, Placerville. The meeting will feature Mary Schwind, who will share the history of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Rekindle childhood memories with her delightful collection and feel free to […]

Knitters send hugs to soldiers

The third successful season for “Hugs from Home,” a local project to send handmade afghans to a designated unit of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan — this year, Marines, was completed. In addition to the dedicated women — and men — who have knitted or crocheted afghans over the past three years, 10 members […]