Volunteers: Giving back has plenty of rewards

As we get older and children grow up and move out, often we can find ourselves with extra time on our hands. One of the best ways to take that spare time and put it to good use is by volunteering. It not only helps the community and whatever organization you choose to help, but […]

AsK a caregiver: Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

The face of healthcare has changed rapidly over the past five years since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We often relate the ACA to healthcare insurance exchanges and employer mandates, but the benefits of the law affect every demographic. Most of the senior population continues to maintain coverage primarily through Medicare, but […]

How to cut the fat and keep the flavor

Reducing fat and calories key to health as we age By Kari Holmstedt, RD Marshall Diabetes and Nutrition Program You probably know that cutting calories and increasing your exercise are the keys to healthy weight loss. Reducing the fat in your diet is one way to reduce your calorie intake, as long as you don’t […]

Protect yourself against Medicare ‘gaps’

Medicare helps to pay for a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays to hospice care, but it doesn’t cover everything. And it doesn’t cover all out-of-pocket costs. Many services covered by Medicare require co-payments, coinsurance and deductibles. Supplemental insurance can be purchased to cover these “gaps” in Medicare. Such insurance […]

Class of ’95 reunion set

EDHS Class of 1995 will hold a 20th reunion on Saturday, July 25. Celebrate with classmates at Manzanita Kitchen & Events, 4232 Fowler Lane,  Suite 101, Diamond Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each (two per alumni maximum) and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 1. Pick up tickets at the door. For more information visit […]

Dementia 101 workshop

El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering “Dementia 101,” a workshop for family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pilot Hill Grange No. 1, 1701 Highway 193 in Cool. The workshop includes […]

Exercise is important for good brain health

I read an article the other day and this quote by Daniel Amen MD really caught my attention: “There are 140 studies indicating that as your weight goes up, the size and function of your brain goes down. Given that two-thirds of us are overweight, it’s the biggest brain drain in the history of our […]

Things to do: June 26, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring photographer and potter Agi Gillespie. She also makes 100 percent hand-sewn quilts in many sizes. The photographs at the gallery show her interest in desert and canyon shots plus close-ups of animals and flowers. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Gold Country Artists Gallery, […]

Safe living at home for seniors

There’s no place like home. About 90 percent of seniors today repeatedly express their desire to age in place, in the comfort of their own home. To fulfill these wishes, seniors need a safe, accessible home. Single-story houses with wide hallways and door entries are best, however there are many other factors to consider. Senior […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

It’s summer — it’s Spectacular

Rockin’ time at Summer Spectacular   What: 16th annual Summer Spectacular Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park When: Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate where cash only will be accepted Information: cameronpark.org or call (530) 677-2231   It’s gonna be rockin’ […]

STC season opens with ‘Sense and Sensibility’

Sacramento Theatre Company’s exciting new season announces a season of friends, foes and family. First up is “Sense and Sensibility” on Sept. 30 through Oct. 25 at the Main Stage. This beloved story, set in late-1700s England, follows the Dashwoods after they move to a small cottage owned by a distant cousin, Sir John Middleton. […]

Auditions open for the Sacramento Choral Society

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra with music director Donald Kendrick is currently holding membership auditions for the 2015-16 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good music reading skills call the SCSO at (916) 536-9065 or e-mail [email protected] The chorus rehearses September through May on Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. The […]

Twisted Oak presents night of music

Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Highway 4 in Vallecito, is pleased to announce the next concert of the 2015 Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring Chris Webster & Nina Gerber and Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Concertgoers will be admitted starting at 7 p.m. “Once again […]

For hearing problems, trust a licensed audiologist

There are many reasons to turn to a medical professional By Michelle Throp, MS, CCC-A Marshall Hearing and ENT Ear, Nose and Throat Inc. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you might be tempted to purchase hearing devices from a retailer rather than visit an audiologist. Doing so might save you a few dollars […]

Couple seeks to serve others

When the folks at Snowline Hospice in Placerville asked Lee Hill to volunteer to go to the home of those dying and offer them comfort, he declined. “They told me I would be good at it, but I said no,” recalled Lee, 75. “They said to try it once and if I didn’t like it […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Garrett D. Huffman

Air Force Airman Garrett D. Huffman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Rodney Atkins in concert at Carson Valley Inn

Country singer/songwriter Rodney Atkins will appear live in concert on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. in TJ’s Corral Outdoor Concert and Events Center at the Carson Valley Inn, U.S. Highway 395 in Minden, Nev. Whether he’s taking in a baseball game with son Elijah or entertaining thousands of fans with one of his many […]

Summer art opens at Fausel House

Escape to the Fausel House for a Summer Holiday Art Show presented by the El Dorado Arts Council. Featured artists include: Kassandra Allen, Kritike Bala, Joey Cattone, Jennifer Eubanks, Agi Gillespie, Shirley Mandfredi, Donna Sisley, Teri Meyer and Sherry Young. Held at the historic Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, Summer Holiday runs from […]

Activities galore at Tahoe

“Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,”  with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes. The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers […]

Fairest of the fair

El Dorado Rose 2015 A new El Dorado Rose and her court were named at the El Dorado County Fair last Thursday. The 2015 El Dorado Rose Bonny Robertson received the news with grace and as she waved to a cheering audience said, “I am so surprised. I am going to cry.” The beaming Robertson […]

New fair royalty named

Three happy young ladies were thrilled to take on the titles of Miss El Dorado County, Miss Teen El Dorado and Junior Miss El Dorado during the opening evening of this year’s El Dorado County Fair. The fairest include Lindsey Thomas, Miss El Dorado County; Kat Porter, Miss Teen El Dorado; and Morgan Young, Junior […]

At a glance: Steller events

The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look.   Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]

Grow For It! Lawn gone

As my loyal readership (Hi, Mom) may recall, this humble author previously submitted an article about caring for a lawn in a low water year. But, with the fourth year of drought upon us, some friends are muttering imprecations about my “so-called advice” and plan to remove their lawns entirely. Their points are well taken: […]

Troop 10 is going for silver

El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts with Troop 10 have Silver Awards in their sights. The Rolling Hills and Marina Village eighth-graders chose to spend the 50 required hours (each) to earn the award collecting personal care items for needy women and children. When choosing a community service project, the girls said they sought out Hands4Hope […]

Family Fun Summer Fest coming to Cielo Estate

Hands4Hope will be hosting its first Family Fun Summer Fest on Sunday, June 28 at Cielo Estate on Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. This community event will be a fun time for the entire family with live music, carnival games, a hay maze, fiber farm, bounce houses and activity booths. There will be barbecue, food […]

Railroad Museum to debut interactive experience

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an interactive and new STEM Learning Experience titled “A Shift in Power: Railroad History Meets Changing Technology” on Friday, June 26. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the hands-on learning experience is part of a joint effort with five other history […]

Yosemite celebrates 125th anniversary

Join the communities of Madera County as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park with a day of festivities and meet Dawn Wall climber Kevin Jorgeson. When President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation 125 years ago creating Yosemite National Park, the nation’s third national park, the establishment preserved more than 1,500 square miles of […]

Best reggae comes to Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the place to be this summer for the best reggae, hiking and swimming, gaming and dining and all-around Irie vibes. On Saturday, June 27 join the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the third annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival. Reggae favorites include Iration, Matisyahu, Don Carlos, the Expendables, The Green, Fortunate Youth, […]

Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials to appear in Winters

Alligator recording artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, touring in support of its latest Alligator CD, “Jump Start,” will perform at the Palms Playhouse in Winters on Wednesday, June 24. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil’ Ed Williams and his rip-roaring Blues Imperials — bassist James […]

Traditional bluegrass at Sutter Creek

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass will perform traditional bluegrass at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street in Sutter Creek on Friday, June 26. Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass is a five-piece bluegrass band based in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 2012, the group has risen quickly to be one of the most popular bluegrass […]

Steven Graves Band at Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents Steven Graves Band in concert on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Steven Graves’ unique and inspiring sound reflects his roots as a Californian, seamlessly blending elements of folk-rock, Americana, country, jazz and blues with his socially-conscious lyrical style. The influences of Dylan, Lennon, Marley, […]

Ballet Folklórico dances at Harris Center

Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento’s repertoire includes Mexico’s traditional folkloric ballet (folklórico) dance pieces, as well as indigenous Danza rituals that fuse elements of contemporary movement at the Harris Center in Folsom on Sunday, June 28. This performance by 40 dancers and musicians will take audiences on a journey through the fascinating folklore of the Mexican […]

Cast announced for Music Circus 2015

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for the 65th Music Circus season. The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans, some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions. The Mississippi […]

California State Fair honors best olive oils

The California State Fair held its inaugural Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in May at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Clubhouse with distinguished judges and experts analyzing and evaluating the best olive oils from the Golden State. The California State Fair is proud to announce the Best of Show winner for Extra Virgin Olive Oil […]

Taste best brews at State Fair brewfest

Tickets to the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair are on sale now. This is the only brewfest in the region that focuses on award-winning beer from the State Fair’s Commercial Craft Brew Competition. Beer fans won’t want to miss this special event on Saturday, July 18 at the Miller Lite Racetrack […]

Concerts, plays and superstars heat up Tahoe South

Internationally renowned mega-stars, Shakespeare, local theater, free concerts and bluegrass festivals — it all adds up to a spectacular summer under the stars at Tahoe South. Music headliners will light up multiple South Shore stages, including the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena: Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, July […]

Engagement: Natache Christiana Goncalves Menezes and Shane Douglas

Natache Christiana Goncalves Menezes of Guaraja, Brasil and Shane Douglas of Chula Vista announced plans to marry in July. The bride-to-be works in retail and is the daughter of Natahe Congalves of Brasil. The groom-to-be is in the United States Navy. He is the son of Doug and Colleen Douglas of Camino. The wedding ceremony will take place at Lake […]

Federated Church celebrates inclusivity

El Dorado County’s Federated Church will have a Worship of Celebration and Welcome on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. This service is in celebration of Federated’s mission of inclusivity and invitation to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It also recognizes the church’s designation as a United Methodist Reconciling Congregation and a […]

As we were: No new tax on wine

25 Years ago June 22, 1990 Ag chief says wine tax would ruin wineries By JOHN SAMMON Passage of a proposed liquor tax on November’s ballot would be a disaster for local small wineries, said El Dorado County’s agricultural commissioner. Authored by District 6 Democratic state Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly, Assembly Bill 2051, if passed, would constitute […]

Caregivers, give yourself a break before it’s too late

Sometimes you don’t even want to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed in the morning because you know your mom won’t be any better today. The Alzheimer’s has taken her down, turning the once vivacious lady into a virtual stranger … but a stranger who needs your help almost constantly. […]

Gym members flex charity muscles

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

Foothill gourmet: Good stuff for summer

Exciting and delicious news about chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce and some awesome ideas for making homemade soda. I thought, if you did the prep, the kids around the pool can make their own sodas. Can summer get any better than that? We made chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce recently for friends. It […]