The important things: Am I content to be content?

I feel content these days, but am I actually content to be content? When I was in third grade I clearly remember reading the word content for the first time and learning the definition as an adjective. It meant “to be happy, comfortable, pleased, satisfied, at ease.” Lesson learned? I didn’t think much more about […]

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers perform new CD

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, touring in support of the latest Alligator Records album, “The Devil You Know,” will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday, May 30. Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. […]

Wild West railroad goes full steam ahead

When the whistle blows on Memorial Day weekend it will be full steam ahead this summer aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada’s authentic train ride through the 1860s Comstock-era Wild West. Steam train enthusiasts can step back in time beginning Saturday, May 23, for round-trip and one-way rides. Running Saturdays and Sundays through […]

Splash Day Club opens at Hard Rock

Summer 2015 kicks off at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with a splash — literally. The Splash Day Club, a rockin’ outdoor poolside day club, opens Saturday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Splash Day Club takes Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s high-energy nightlife experience and […]

Festival celebrates barber

The fifth annual Barbera Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, the festival will be held at Terra d’Oro Winery, the original home of barbera in Amador County. Just a ½ mile down the street from the previous location, Terra d’Oro’s large meadow, nestled among the vineyards under […]

Pageant participants win more than titles

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Take a walk into Gold Rush history at Gold Bug

The rare opportunity to take a walk into Gold Rush history is available Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 25, when Placerville’s Gold Bug Park opens up the seldom seen Priest Mine to the public. This hard rock gold mine, hand dug at the peak of California’s Gold Rush by Cornish miners, provides a unique […]

Tahoe South tourism rides a renaissance wave

Tahoe South is continuing its renaissance with more than $150 million of improvements and new construction. From total reconstruction of lodging properties to new restaurants and businesses, confidence in the Tahoe market is continuing to rebound. “An energetic vibe is obvious throughout town in the midst of Tahoe South’s transformation and change,” said Carol Chaplin, […]

EDCOE employees deliver excellence in education

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) presented the annual Excellence in Education Award to program coordinator Sheila Silan on Tuesday, May 5. The award is given to one person in the organization, regardless of their position, who exemplifies the award’s namesake by being the embodiment of teamwork, innovation, collaboration and commitment to the […]

Life as I know it: Completion of the long bike ride

In the last article, I had reached Medford, Ore., on my 1,000 mile bike tour and stayed a day with relatives. As I left Medford, I took backroads toward the coast. I paused awhile in Jacksonville, for that was where my grandparents had lived and my mother had gone to school. She had taken piano […]

At a glance: Spring rings

Get out the telescope for a spectacular sight. Saturn is showing off this May and the best night is Friday, May 22. The ringed planet rises at dusk and is at opposition with the rings almost wide open. Saturn is also brighter than it has appeared in more than a decade. Venus is another bright […]

Two new stops on the Quilt Trail

In April, the El Dorado County Farm Trails Association (EDC-FTA) acquired the Quilt Trail Project, which dovetails perfectly with the meandering and beneficial EDC Farm Trails philosophy and route. “It was the natural thing to do,” said Dr. John Roe, EDC-FTA board president, “It combines agri-tourism, art and adventure in a charming and global way. […]

Busy year for Delta Kappa Gamma

El Dorado County, Epsilon Chi members of Delta Kappa Gamma have had an enjoyable year with a wide variety of programs that focus on their international goals of promoting the professional and personal growth of key women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honor society with 84,000 members in 18 countries. In early September […]

Buckeye School student earns third-place award

An excitement exhibited by Julie Olsen’s fourth-grade class at Buckeye School in Shingle Springs to enter contests resulted in student Hannah Elzinga capturing third-place in a statewide farm water contest. This year marks the 16th year that the California Farm Water Coalition has sponsored the statewide contest that is open to all fourth graders. “The […]

Grow For It! A new look at water in the landscape and garden

Have you been wondering what to do with your landscape because of California’s ongoing drought? We have an old and tired 30-year-old landscape in need of renewal. For nine years, I managed the Hope Community Garden located in El Dorado on property owned by Federated Church. It was a wonderful place and gardeners harvested lots […]

Duty: Air Force Reserve Airman Jared L. Green

Air Force Reserve Airman Jared L. Green 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 […]

Duty: Patrick T. Irwin

Patrick T. Irwin has received an Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship to California State University, Sacramento. Scholarships are awarded on a merit system in areas such as academic achievement, extra curricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities and personal interviews. The scholarship entitlements include tuition and fees, an annual […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Henry L. Robinson

Army Pvt. Henry L. Robinson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

As we were: More drought news

25 Years ago May 18, 1990 Drought prompts arson measure SACRAMENTO — A measure by Assemblyman Norm Waters, D-Plymouth, which places additional penalties on repeat arsonists, has received final approval from the governor. Assembly Bill 1317 permits a judge to place additional enhancements of one, two, or three years on a repeat arsonist’s sentence. “With […]

Eating smart: Spring into cooking

Chef Casey Moore creates eating smart recipes for today’s care free life style at Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Center Court in Placerville. Broccolini springs into action with this simple-to-prepare, fantastic spring side dish with great flavors. What inspired this dish is a love for fresh produce. I can always count on fresh produce for […]

Students gain a touch of understanding

The students sit riveted to their seats, fully engrossed. After years of hearing “It’s impolite to stare,” it is awkward at first, but liberating to finally be able to fully take in the wheelchairs, immobile limbs and other forms of disabilities demonstrated and being discussed by the speakers. What the students discover looking into the […]

Farm Day cultivates understanding

The El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom program held its 14th annual Farm Day at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on Tuesday, May 12. This event hosts nearly 1,200 El Dorado County third grade students, their teachers and chaperones for a day long, fun, hands-on experience where lessons of agriculture and its […]

Things to do: May 15, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31, is featuring Jean Stiles, painter in water color, oil and pastel whose current themes include flowers and local scenes. Claudine Wright, fanciful stylistic jewelry maker, is also featured. Wright works with elegant wire mesh and beautiful beads and also specializes in fashionable watches. […]

Gold Country Artists features Shared Inspirations

Beginning in May, Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting a new feature, “Shared Inspirations.” Gallery member and award-winning artist Randy Honerlah has challenged the artists in the gallery to collaborate, with each artist creating an entirely new piece of art based on the work of a fellow gallery member. The paired artists may or may […]

Live On, Drive On! celebrates Scott

A love of cars, people, life and laughter summed up 17-year-old Scott Santana’s many passions. Now, his legacy is being propelled forward through the Live On, Drive On! campaign begun by his parents in the wake of his fatal car accident. Following his car crash on May 17, 2011, Scott’s family carried out his wishes […]

Girls’ Night Out — it’s the bee’s knees

What: Girls’ Night Out Who: Placerville Downtown Association: Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, May 16 from 6-9 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436   Speakeasies, flappers, yards of pearls — the Roaring ’20s comes to Placerville for Girls’ Night Out on Saturday, May 16. The free-wheeling, anything goes atmosphere of the ’20s is the perfect setting for an […]

Folsom Life 2015 Spring/Summer Calendar

Thursday Night Concert Series, will kick off on June 4. Dates are June 4, 11, 18, 25; and July 9, 16, 23, 30 in the outdoor amphitheater behind 200 Wool St. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Grab some dinner to go from one of the many restaurants in Historic Folsom and […]

Folsom: Points of interest

Cycling in Folsom Cyclists love Folsom and for good reason. With 32 miles of trails and plenty of options for riders of all levels, few places can rival the California cycling opportunities available in Folsom. Take a leisurely ride on the American River Bike trail or challenge yourself with trails that wind through the Sierra […]

Folsom: Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail has it all

It seems only fitting that the 19th century explorer Jedediah Strong Smith was 32 when he died and that the gorgeous biking and hiking trail that follows the historical path he blazed along the American River is exactly 32 miles long. Serendipitous, perhaps, but it’s one of the fun facts to ponder as you traverse […]

Folsom: Discover a powerful story

A technological marvel such as the world had never seen in 1895 came to Folsom and today lies almost unnoticed down a small hill near the sleepy Lake Natoma on the American River. The Folsom Powerhouse is a historical treasure that waits to be discovered by those who will appreciate its story. Thousands of electrical […]

Folsom: Folsom LIVE has music for everyone

When Folsom LIVE began in 2004 the lively musical event quickly outgrew its infancy to the point that just one motto wouldn’t do. “We used ‘Sutter Street Rocks,’ along with ‘Folsom’s Favorite Night Out,’ and they both fit well, so over the years they both have applied,” said Mary Ann McAlea, director of tourism for […]

Brendon Sauer is going to West Point

One would think that when Brendon Sauer dressed as an Army guy for Halloween at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis a few years back — and didn’t get nearly as much candy as his sister in her Navy costume — he would have gotten a clue. But no, Brendon stuck with his dream of […]

Programs at EDH Senior Center

Buying and selling online The Computer User Group from the El Dorado Hills Senior Center meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 1-3 p.m. For more information call 916-358-3575.   Hand and neck/shoulder massage Yuko Nagahashi-Lee, certified massage therapist, of Natural Healing Hands will be offering 15 minute hand or head/neck […]

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer appear at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theatre presents internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer on Saturday, May 16 at 8 pm. The duo’s last album hit No. 1 for two months in 2014 on the EuroAmericana Chart. The album captures a moment in time and place from the couple’s seaside home. Together, McGraw and Fer’s exceptional vocal harmonies […]

Karmere Winery supports music and art

Saturday, May 16 at 6 p.m. Karmere Winery joins Drytown Cellars, Feist Wines and BellaGrace Vineyards to support art and music in the Sutter Creek Elementary Schools. The winery will share its award-winning wines al fresco at BellaGrace’s tasting room in Sutter Creek to the sounds of the Jack Tone Riordan Jazz Band. Karmère Vineyards […]

Once upon a dance

What: “Once Upon a Time” Who: Union Mine High School dance department Where: Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: May 14, 15 and 16, doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: Adults $6, students $5, students with ASB card and children 7 and under $4, all available at the door Information: 530-621-4003 […]

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 13, 1958, George de Mestral filed a patent application for his hook-and-loop fastener, Velcro, in Switzerland. The patent was finally granted in 1961. The fastener featured a fabric strip of tiny hooks that grab onto another strip of tiny loops. The first strips were made of cotton but those did not work all […]

Grow For It! Bringing pollinators home

Home gardens and yards come in all sizes and shapes: grass, trees, shrubs and flowers. But do you see the all-important bees and butterflies in your yard? Perhaps a hummingbird or two, among other birds? Garden and landscape ideas evolve over time, whether due to climate change, new ideas or new learning. Using native and […]

Judy Tapson

Judy Tapson wasn’t really a girlie-girl growing up, preferring riding horses to playing dress-up with her friends. But she’s willing to put on frilly dresses and even wear a bustle in vying to become El Dorado Rose for 2015. “I just think it’s time to give back to the community,” said the 72-year-old woman who […]

Bonnie Roberston

Once a week for the past 17 years Bonnie Robertson of Placerville has gone to the El Dorado County Jail to help women there learn to read. Seventeen years. Public service is one criterion for an El Dorado Rose and Robertson appears to have that one covered. Robertson, 69, is one of three local women […]

Three acts of comedy and romance take center stage

What: “You Can’t Take It With You” Who: “Charter University Prep” Where: The Charles Brown Education Center gym, 6520 Oak Dell Road, El Dorado When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16 Cost: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children Information: e-mail [email protected] Charter University Prep is pleased to announce the return of a celebrated […]

Slow Ride to honor military veterans and soldiers serving

Thwarted last year by the massive King Fire in Pollock Pines that caused a cancellation of the Slow Ride for Veterans and Wounded Warriors, the event’s organizers are raring to go once again on Saturday, May 16. Steven Poindexter, 62, of Pollock Pines and others are planning to start the fourth annual slow ride in […]

Carol McLaughlin

If the judges are influenced by the sheer talent shown in the creation of the gorgeous gowns worn by candidates for El Dorado Rose, then Carol McLaughlin is sure to turn a few heads. The woman who for 10 years was costume designer for the former Theatre El Dorado, already has made four outfits for […]

Time to enter Apple Hill recipe contest

The Apple Hill Growers Association invites chefs to enter the 2015 Apple Hill Association Pinterest Recipe Contest. Cooks 18 years or older are encouraged to submit favorite original recipes along with accompanying photos. Recipes should use a product typically found at one of the Apple Hill ranches. For example, recipes could utilize any of the […]