Coat drive during October

For the fifth consecutive year, Lyon Real Estate will turn its Placerville and Cameron Park offices into a collection point for new and reusable coats in reasonably good condition during the month of October. Last October local residents donated a total of 291 coats through the 2014 Lyon Coat Drive, part of several charitable efforts […]

Grow For It! Native by design: landscaping with native plants

Are you one of the many gardeners turning toward native plants? Do you want to save water, have an easy care garden and stop spending so much on pesticides and fertilizer? But just how do you go about designing a beautiful garden with natives? It’s really not all that different from designing other gardens. It’s […]

At a glance: The Sultan of Swat

On Sept. 30, 1927 George Herman Ruth set a record that would stand for 34 years. He hit his 60th home run during the last game of the season against the Washington Senators. What’s kind of interesting is that everyone thought he would not break his record of 59 home runs set in 1921. He […]

Toast the arts and the creative process

What: Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts Who: El Dorado Arts Council When: Saturday, Oct. 3 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive, Placerville Cost: $60 per person Information: or (530) 295-3496   On Saturday, Oct. 3 arts supporters from around the region will gather at Cold Springs Golf and Country […]

Coalition for Change offers crash course

The Coalition for Change is sponsoring a Crash Course for the Community on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. The public is invited to listen and learn as six county leaders speak in 10 minute slots on their particular area of […]

Sacramento State celebrates the arts

California State University, Sacramento’s department of music is now the school of music and it’s preparing to celebrate the new designation as part of the University’s Arts Experience for Fall 2015. In addition, the season will include stage productions that explore African folklore and reveal personal revenge in the theater, the whimsical sculptures of Tony […]

Foothills Fall Festival to benefit Team Donate Life

Foothills Fall Festival to benefit Team Donate Life is a fundraising event filled with fun for the entire family on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Town Center in El Dorado Hills. Guests will enjoy live country music from well-known band Fred McCarty and Company, wine and beer tastings and a barbecue dinner. Activities […]

Free My Time group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

As we were: A bridge to cross

25 Years ago Sept. 28, 1990 70-year-old Chili Bar Bridge to be retired By URSULA ROSE Chili Bar Bridge, built in 1922 to cross the South Fork of the American River in the canyon just north of Placerville, has linked the Georgetown Divide with the east-west route of Highway 50 for 70 years, but it appears […]

Gold Trail School rings in the Constitution

In observance of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787, Gold Trail School invited members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to participate in its program. Bells were rung and the students were invited to show their enthusiasm. Superintendent of the Gold Trail Union […]

Nonfiction authors gather for tips

It was an eclectic group of authors and would-be authors who showed up on Sept. 15 for the first meeting of the El Dorado County Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Sponsored by Barbara Thompson and John Roe, two Cameron Park based therapists, the meeting attracted people as varied and interesting as the books they want to write. Many […]

Film star slips into high school unnoticed

Most of the young ladies at Ponderosa High School didn’t realize it Sept. 18, but there was a striking Irish lad with classic blue eyes and black hair, creamy complexion and winning smile hanging around the campus, a budding young star that soon may become a household name. Sean O’Donnell was in town in preparation […]

Foothill gourmet: Currying flavor

Today’s column is on Thai yellow curry. Our son fixed Thai yellow curry for dinner recently when we visited. It was so delicious we decided to prepare Thai yellow curry with potatoes for friends. First is the recipe for Thai yellow curry paste. The yellow curry paste recipe is included, because it’s difficult to find […]

Things to do: Sept. 25, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 4 is featuring Dory Schachner, graphic artist. Her beautiful drawings are rendered both with graphite on paper and also using an electronic pad with her computer. Also featured is Doug Parks’ photography of the Northern California landscape and Crista Dixon’s unique jewelry. For […]

Reggae in Placerville? Yah, Mon!

The Dry Diggings Festival brings 23 bands and a whole lot of Rastaman vibrations to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Dry Diggings is an offspring of the hugely successful California Roots and Art Festival, aka “Cali Roots,” which attracts 30,000 or so […]

Monterey’s Cali Roots arrives in Hangtown

Now in its seventh year, Monterey’s “Cali Roots” has quickly become the largest reggae music festival on the West Coast, providing a $4.1 million income boost to local workers and a $1.2 million bump in state and local taxes, according to a 2014 report by Beacon Economics. The respected Los Angeles research firm concluded that […]

Art ‘thief’ on the loose during Artists Showcase 2015 Tour

Don’t be alarmed, but you already may have been stolen by Rod Williams. The artist makes no apologies for his actions and in fact his fans think you should thank him for his thievery, since it no doubt resulted in an astonishing painting. “I do steal people,” smiled Williams, gazing with his visitors at a […]

Gigantic gourds coming to Placerville

The monster pumpkins are coming! The monster pumpkins are coming! Set to roll into El Dorado County this weekend, here’s a chance to see pumpkins weighing a thousand pounds or more at the third annual Giant Pumpkin Festival of El Dorado County. A treat for kids and adults alike, the festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 […]

Take an intimate look at one of the world’s beloved stars

In this unique, live one-woman show, described as “mesmerizing” and “a real treat” by Variety, Patricia Ward Kelly — Gene Kelly’s wife and – presents his story. Taking the Harris Center audience behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist who gave audiences such iconic works as “An American in Paris” […]

Engagement: Kelly Marie Ellis and Daniel Mark Robson Jr.

Kelly Marie Ellis and Daniel Mark Robson Jr., both of Pollock Pines, announce their engagement. The couple is planning an October wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of the late George Ellis and Barbara Johnson of Pollock Pines. She graduated from El Dorado High School. The groom-to-be is the son of Pamela and Daniel Robson […]

Music, food and fun at Italian Festa

The Italian Festa is bringing amore to Penn Valley, with music, food, wine and entertainment for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27. Events start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Western Gateway Park, off Highway 20, with a bocce tournament at the lawn bowling courts. The Festa’s main […]

Get stomping in Nevada County

Make plans to visit the grapes of laugh and see the Nevada County Grape Stomp, part of the annual Italian Festa Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. Prizes will be given for most juice, funniest name, best costume and Lucille Ball look-a-like. Two-person teams — a stomper […]

Railroad museum foundation offers Farm-To-Fork activities

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is proud to partner with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau as an official Farm-To-Fork sponsor in 2015 in an effort to showcase the rich history and deep connection between agriculture and the railroad. To celebrate Farm-To-Fork in rail-related style, the Railroad museum and foundation are offering a series […]

John Anderson mines musical gold at Harris Center

To put it simply, John Anderson is one of the greatest country music singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of the genre. On his latest album “Goldmine,” released on his own Bayou Boys label, Anderson has completed a long overdue record […]

Sierra Symphony presents pops concert at Smith Flat House

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Sierra Symphony will present its annual outdoor pops concert at Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. The concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults or a family special for $30 and can be purchased at the door. The program will feature Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare […]

Free literacy festival at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, presents the 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Laura Numeroff, the bestselling author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” will headline the two-day festival. Admission to the festival and Fairytale Town is free […]

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jacob Anderly

Navy Seaman Apprentice Jacob Anderly, son of Steve and Lori Anderly of Cameron Park, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Ill. He spent five years in El Dorado County’s Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol where he earned […]

Summer farewell celebrates art and music

On Sunday, Sept. 27 the Shingle Springs Community Center will host Farewell to Summer, an art and music festival welcoming local artists to show their artwork. Along with the art there will be a concert featuring some of the center’s past concert performers. The festival is the community center’s first concert event on its lawn and is […]

Capitol Pops presents concert in CP

The Capitol Pops Concert Band will play a fall concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, the Capitol Pops’ performance will include a mix of some of the band’s traditional American favorites that have entertained […]

Dug Waggoner to demonstrate for Sierra Pastel Society

The Sierra Pastel Society will present a pastel demonstration by native California artist Dug Waggoner at its general meeting on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. The demonstration will take place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 772 Lassen Drive in El Dorado Hills. After a short pastel society business meeting, Waggoner will conduct […]

Leftover Cuties jazz it up in Sutter Creek

Leftover Cuties, a jazzy bluesy indie pop group, is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Leftover Cuties — Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) — have […]

Bartenders collaborate with Barton Health to support hospital’s trauma center

Sample Tahoe’s newest cocktail creations at the sixth annual Signature Cocktail Contest. Hosted by the Barton Foundation, the community event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Riva Grill. Contest attendees can sample an assortment of cocktails created by Tahoe mixologists. These mixologists, comprised of bartenders from local establishments, each showcase a unique concoction […]

At a glance: Hello, autumn

The autumnal equinox is at 1:21 a.m. on Sept. 23. Another sign that autumn is here is the start of the football season and the baseball playoffs are coming up. Now all that is needed is for the weather to get the memo.   Healthy time The Ponte Palmero Community Health and Wellness Festival is […]

Animal Outreach sets record days before annual fundraiser

Record heat may be nothing to celebrate but a record number of feral cats being fixed one recent sunny Saturday is reason to rejoice. Weary staff and volunteers of Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode saved enough energy to celebrate after fixing a record-breaking number 72 feral cats during the nonprofit’s Free Community Cat Spay […]

Put a frame around your fun

The photo of the two guys digging for gold on Main Street in Placerville, back when the town was called Dry Diggings, is priceless. If you look long enough, you can hear the other guys standing around joshin’ with each other — you can smell the dust of the street and even find yourself anticipating […]

Placerville Soroptimists to offer cash grants to women

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards). Applications are available at River City Bank or by contacting Tanya Moran […]

AAUW luncheon to support Tech Trek

  Only 14 percent of engineers in the U.S. are women, only 19 percent of software developers are women and women hold only 5 percent of U.S. patents. Recent statistics show, however, that the numbers of female science and math majors are increasing and that women are excelling in academics and as business leaders. Clearly […]

Foundation announces Responsive Grants recipients

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation announced today that it awarded nearly $140,000 to 11 area nonprofits during the inaugural round of its highly competitive Responsive Grants program. Selected from more than 120 proposals submitted to the foundation by local nonprofit organizations, the awardees will use the funds to serve a variety of vital community needs […]

Cantare Chorale plans new season

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills has just returned from its fall rehearsal retreat at Zephyr Cove, Nev. The group led by Mariia Pechenova reviewed many new pieces of beautiful music for the upcoming winter concerts. “The group works hard to produce a fantastic variety of music styles from classical, traditional, jazz and contemporary. This […]

Food bank hosts free farmers market in SLT

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of South Lake Tahoe to host a free farmers market and mobile food pantry distribution on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. to distribute emergency supplemental groceries and fresh produce to those who […]

County food bank seeks mobile food pantry volunteers

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is in need of eight to 10 volunteers on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. to help with its mobile food pantry. Once a month the Food Bank of El Dorado County goes up to South Lake Tahoe with its mobile food pantry to distribute emergency supplemental groceries […]

El Dorado Community Foundation opens grants to nonprofits serving EDH

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better fulfill that mission and benefit the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund. The foundation then gathered a group of El Dorado Hills residents to create the El Dorado Hills Cabinet whose […]

Grow For It!: Hope for rain, plan for drought

We’re all holding our breath — will the El Nino really come? Will the drought finally end? Can we return to our water thirsty ways? Maybe, maybe and no! This is not the first drought, nor will it be the last. In fact, let’s look for a second at California climate history, both the wet […]

Master Food Preservers: Fruits, nuts and scurvy: Butters, conserves and marmalades and dress it up: vinegars, chutneys and condiments

There are so many ways to use fruits and vegetables in preserving that go beyond the typical jam or tomato sauce. A few different ways of preserving fruit include fruitful, spiced butters, complex conserves and zesty marmalades. Fruit butters are made by slow cooking fruit pulp and sugar to create a thick, smooth spread. Additional […]

As we were: Looking for water

25 Years ago Sept. 24, 1990 County to pursue White Rock Water The county Water Agency and El Dorado Irrigation District now see eye to eye on the selection of an interim water project — White Rock penstock. Both the Water agency and EID have long sought a short-term water source in the wake of […]