Wedding Tami Van Veldhuizen-Kristof Christner

Tami Van Veldhuizen of Camino and Kristof Christner of Pollock Pines were married on Saturday, July 7. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Terri Van Veldhuizen of Camino. The groom is the son of Jim and Michelle Munson of Pollock Pines and John and Susan Christner of Kingman, Ariz. The wedding was held at the Sierra […]

Teen travels to Japan

EL DORADO — Emily Gudeman, 14, has a pretty good excuse for missing the first day of school at Union Mine High School on Thursday, Aug. 9. She is returning from Nagoya, Japan, that day. The incoming freshman left for Japan earlier this month for four weeks as part of the 4-H International Exchange Program. […]

Artist to share inspiring stories

On Friday, Aug. 17, four diverse and dynamic local artists will share their art and their stories at Act I Etcetera, 1224 Broadway, Suite D, in Placerville. Anne Roos will kick off the afternoon at 4 by performing on the harp and signing copies of her book, “A Musician’s Guide to Brides.” Acclaimed dancer Nolan […]

Guitarist to perform at David Girard Vineyards

David Girard Vineyards invites the community to see guitarist Michael Chapdelaine in concert at the hilltop amphitheater, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, on Saturday, Aug. 18. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Quinn Hedges will warm up the audience at 6 p.m., and Chapdelaine is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m. The show is […]

Placerville native returns to Cozmic

The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Graffiti Cathedral, in concert Tuesday, Aug. 21, in support of its debut EP “Honestly.” Graffiti Cathedral was founded by singer and songwriter, Blake Flattley, a former Placerville resident who moved to Houston, Texas. Surrounded by some of Texas’ most skilled musicians, Graffiti Cathedral is a […]

Douglas Parks shows work at Filoli

Filoli announces its final art exhibit of the year, “Handcrafted and Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted,” through Oct. 21. This juried, multiple-media exhibit features two dimensional drawings, paintings and photographs inspired by nature. This varied exhibit showcases a broad range of approaches, forms and materials that artists employ to uniquely interpret their world. The open […]

As we were: Cow census

25 Years ago Aug. 5, 1987 Cattle thrive, ranches die in subdivisions By KURT DAVIS There are two ironies in the local beef industry: Despite unprecedented residential growth during the past 20 years, there are more cattle being raised here now than 20 years ago, according to debated statistics from the El Dorado county agricultural […]

Special event to raise money for SPEAR

What: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Event Who: Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) Where: Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Drive in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple in advance. The day of the event it’s $25 per person. Information: Call Vivian […]

Panteon del Sacramento returns

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada, Sacramento’s non-profit Latino art and cultural center, is having its third annual Panteon de Sacramento, the two-day culminating event of the 2012 Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead program and festivities. Panteon de Sacramento returns to the Midtown location on Oct. 27 and 28 in the large parking […]

Things to do: Aug. 3, 2012

ON GOING put gold 803 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Aug. 6 through Sept. 2, will feature outstanding oil painter Bruce Gruenzel. His realistic style is influenced by the old Dutch and Russian masters. Donna Bamford, also featured creates original sculptural forms in mixed media using clay and natural materials. […]

Take a trek along the Placer County Wine Trail

AUBURN — From Lincoln to Loomis, Newcastle and up into Auburn, the Placer County Wine Trail will soon be buzzing with activity during the Grape Days of Summer celebration. The annual event, sponsored by the Placer County Vintners Association, is a tour through 15 Placer County wineries with wine tastings at each venue and food […]

Stepping out: Take time to find Taqueria Tepa No. 2

“Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worth while to make the game as pleasant as possible.” — Dorothy Draper   Taqueria Tepa No. 2 — Mexican Food Taqueria Tepa No. 2 is one of those small, shopping center restaurants that you can walk by […]

Greenwood is planning a night of education and fun

What: National Night Out in Greenwood Who: Greenwood Civic Organization, The Greenwood Divide and Drug Free Divide Where: Greenwood Schoolhouse, located Greenwood Road, between Greenwood Road and Highway 193 When: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: Admission is free Information: Call Gail McGonigle at 530-885-6790 or e-mail [email protected] A National Night Out is […]

Third generation Tillotson earns Eagle Scout award

William Tillotson felt the sign in front of the El Dorado County Search and Rescue site on Fort Jim Road in Placerville needed a touch-up. The recent El Dorado High School graduate, who was a member of Boy Scout Troop 460 in Pleasant Valley, decided to earn his Eagle Scout badge by rebuilding the worn and […]

Camino takes action against crime

What: Nation Night Out in Camino Who: Camino Community Action Committee Where: Camino Community Church Park, 4205 Carson Road in Camino When: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free Information: Betty at 530-644-7421 The Camino Community Action Committee proudly announces its ninth annual Camino National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the […]

CEDAPP is fighting crime in the pines

What: National Night Out in Pollock Pines Who: Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines Where: Pinewood Elementary School, 6181 Pine St. in Pollock Pines When: Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Admission is free, school buses will provide transportation from the Pollock Pines Community Church at 6361 Pony Express Trail to the […]

El Dorado Dance Academy hosts annual Dance Jubilee

El Dorado Dance Academy in El Dorado Hills will open its doors to the community and host free dance classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Dance Jubilee classes are open to all ages and ability levels, offering free lessons in all disciplines: ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Polynesian, musical theater, […]

See classic movie at library

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Aug. 4 with “Without Love,” from 1945. Convinced they don’t need love, widow Katharine Hepburn and confirmed bachelor Spencer Tracy marry in name only and work on his inventions as a team. Of course the longer they live together the closer they become-in spite of themselves, to […]

Music by Brooke at the Snooty Frog

Music by Brooke is represented by the unique styling in the 15 original songs that she has written and performed at many venues around the El Dorado County area. Most recently, Music by Brooke has performed for the American Cancer Society, the chamber of commerce and at a full house at the Snooty Frog, 3330 […]

Wedding Rachael Van Veldhuizen-Jeremiah Smart

Rachael Van Veldhuizen of Camino and Jeremiah Smart of Rocklin were married on Saturday, June 16. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Terri Van Veldhuizen of Camino. The groom is the son of John and Lynn Smart of Pine Grove. The grandparents of the bride are Margaret and Ellsworth Rose. The grandparents of the groom […]

SlugFest is a golden event

The fifth annual SlugFest is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Colibri Ridge, 6100 Gray Rock Road, and dkcellars, 7380 Vineyard View Drive, invited neighboring winery Perry Creek, 7400 Perry Creek Road, all in Fair Play,  to pinch-hit in place of Oakstone/Obscurity Cellars, due to the […]

Schultz to speak about reporting at the library

Ever wonder what it takes to write for a newspaper? How do reporters write on such a strict deadline? Do they get to pick their stories or are they assigned? Find out all this and more when Mountain Democrat reporter Wendy Schultz joins the El Dorado County Library’s writing group on Saturday, Aug. 11 at […]

Cars rev up for Carson City car show

Classic car lovers by the thousands will roll, stroll and ride through Carson City, Nev. where enthusiasts and owners will swap stories about how they maintained their vintage cars and what kind of work went into them. From engines to parts to old time rock ‘n’ roll and great food by dozens of vendors, the annual show […]

Summer fun at the Carson City festival

The summer sizzles as the Mile High Jazz Band Association, Carson City, local businesses and jazz lovers proudly present the 2012 “Jazz and Beyond” Carson City Music Festival. The annual event began in August 2004. Performances at multiple venues in Carson City will feature more than 100 musicians in 50 bands, Friday, Aug. 3 to […]

Reno gallery to hold Marilyn Monroe party

Objectified while alive, Marilyn Monroe has become the ultimate object in death. The image has become the reality standing in for what was once a real woman. She always seemed a bit unreal, even when alive, but it’s even harder to get close to “who she was” as the years go by. One of the […]

EDMT to hold auditions

El Dorado Musical Theater will hold auditions for “Seussical the Musical” on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. Online registration for auditions will take place online at beginning Tuesday, Aug. 14 […]

Artist Tamar Assaf is August artist in residence

The de Young Museum will host Israeli-native visual artist Tamar Assaf through Sept. 2, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s artist-in-residence program. Creating paintings that offer a subtle social and ecological commentary on the environment, Assaf raises awareness of human impacts on the earth’s fragile and ever-changing ecosystems. As an artist-in-residence, […]

Black Irish Band to perform in Pioneer

The renowned Black Irish Band, who hail from Tuolumne County, will be presented by AmadorArts in a TGIF free concert on Friday, Aug. 3, starting at 6 p.m. When you take Celtic, Spanish and Italian music, and mix it up, you get the true nature of the Black Irish Band. For 22 years this band […]

Amador to celebrate the arts

Music by the Tri-Tone Subs and the Patrons of the Arts Awards will be featured at the finale of AmadorArts TGIF concert series on Friday, Aug. 10. Explore the vineyard beauty of Shenandoah Valley on the way to the free event which will be at the Terra d’Oro Winery, 20680 Shenandoah School Road, starting at 6 […]

Railtown holds ‘Singing Rails’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring an upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. Known for iconic songs such as “Way Out West,” “Last Cannonball” and “Ghost Train” to name a few, the […]

El Dorado County artists in pastel show

The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn, presents the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Juried Membership Show from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 29. Held every other year, this year’s show includes 95 paintings by 59 pastel artists from around the West. The works of several El Dorado County artists have […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — Aquila the eagle

Aquila the eagle is one of nine constellations named after birds and is best viewed July through October, flying within the Milky Way. Aquila is well named, as it has the appearance of a bird with outstretched wings. Looking up at the eagle, you can see a perfectly straight line of stars. The center and […]

As we were: Bad checks

105 Years ago July 27, 1907 Fake Mining Operations The District attorney has entered a complaint against H. H. Fuller, who started work on the Pilot Knob and Round Out mines in this county some time ago, as a representative of a well-to-do Brokerage and Investment Company in Sacramento. There is about $1,000 of indebtedness […]

At a glance: A good time to celebrate

Happy statehood to all Coloradians, Colorado became the 38th state on this date in 1876. What better way to celebrate than to go shopping and a great place to shop is the St. Patrick Ladies’ Society annual rummage sale on Thursday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 4. The 75th sale is at St. Patrick Catholic Church, […]

Lake Tahoe garners No. 1 rating

Lake Tahoe ( was named the “Best Lake in America” in a recent readers’ poll by USA Today. Editors narrowed national nominations to the top 16; readers weighed in and the largest and most popular alpine lake in North America took home top honors by garnering more than 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter ( […]

Master Food Preservers: Tomatoes, basic and fancy

Look out into the garden and what can be seen? Tomatoes gone wild. Every summer, just about now, those innocent looking tomato plants become “TomatoZilla” and begin producing more tomatoes than ever imagined. Neighbors wake up to find bags full of tomatoes propped against the front door. The family begins to turn a peculiar shade […]

Grow for It! Kale and collards

Kale and collards are two of the easiest vegetables to grow and they are delicious to eat. They are both members of the cabbage family (cruciferae), along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard and other vegetables. They are two of the oldest known cultivated vegetables, having been grown by the Romans and Greeks more than 2,000 […]

Don’t be late for Rock ‘N’ Art

What: Rock ‘N’ Art Benefit Concert Who: New Morning Youth and Family Services Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 to 10 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $30 and $40 at the door Information: Call 530-676-7166 or 530-622-5551, or visit If you’re late to see Late For Dinner […]

This group is Reeling in the praise

Making music is more than simply an appearance on stage, a lot of fans and popularity, according to the members of The Reel, a band with local roots that recently won the “Say it with Skype” worldwide band competition. “We’re living out our purpose through our music,” said Placerville native and lead singer Cameron Stymeist. […]

Amador library schedules book drive

JACKSON — Do you have some nice books that are taking up room on your bookshelf? If so, why not sort through them and donate some to the Friends of the Amador County Library. The friends is holding a book drive on Saturday, Aug. 4 at its book storage facility behind the old courthouse in […]

Things to do July 27, 2012

ON GOING put gold 727 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 5, is featuring the delightful pottery of Leslie Chambers. Mike Ryan, is the other featured artist this month. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website Put banner 727 here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting […]

Capital Stage to feature four new plays

Capital Stage announces four new plays to be featured in the company’s 2012 Playwrights’ Revolution staged-reading series. “We’re very pleased to be resuming the Playwrights Revolution this year and are thrilled with the number and quality of submissions,” said Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte. “We received close to 200 submissions from all over the U.S. as […]

Plenty of new stuff at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Many new, novel, entertaining and educational attractions — most of which are free with fair admission — can be found at the 2012 California State Fair, which runs through July 29 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Wizard’s Challenge (air-conditioned tent in front of Bldg. A) — Explore the magic and wonder […]

‘Gifts from the Gods’ at Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — Opening Saturday, July 28 in Gallery 1 at the Legion of Honor, and coinciding with the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, “Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal” presents a selection of works from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection supplemented by […]