Doughnuts can be deadly

Book: “Dying for a Donut” Author: Cindy Sample Publisher: CreateSpace, published November 2015, 284 pages, paperback and e-book versions El Dorado County soccer mom and would-be sleuth, Laurel McKay, is back again, this time in Apple Hill, where her doughnut munching leads to the discovery of a powdered-sugar covered corpse. Laurel has met up with […]

Grow For It! Masting in California native oaks

Masting in oaks is a fascinating phenomenon. It has nothing to do with sailing ships; mast comes from the Old English maest, meaning a bumper crop of nuts on the ground. Acorns and other nuts were important sources of livestock feed in the Middle Ages, so a maest year was good. Masting refers to reproductive […]

Empty Bowls raises funds for hungry

Hunger exists in every community and El Dorado County is no exception. Estimates are that 13 percent or one in every eight people in the county do not have access to enough food for a healthy, active life, according to national statistics from Feeding America. To help reduce local and global hunger invest in Empty […]

British music icon visits Harris Center

This intimate evening includes film footage and photos from Peter Asher’s considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller’s gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of ’60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast […]

Mobile food pantry distribution in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. The pantry and market are for those […]

EDAC to launch Veterans Road series

El Dorado Arts Council has announced the launch of Veterans Road — a triennial literary reading series by writers who are military veterans. Created as a fundraiser and companion program to EDAC’s Veterans’ Voices — a free six-week writing workshop series offered to all veterans — the first Veterans Road reading will be held on […]

WJU unveils new Veterans Resource Center

The William Jessup University Public Policy and Business Departments, in cooperation with the California State University, Sacramento Air Force ROTC; and the William Jessup University Veterans Club, will host the university’s seventh annual Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The annual event honors veterans from WJU and veterans from the surrounding community and begins at 7:15 […]

Ready for some Blues and Brews?

The sixth annual Blues and Brews for Vets returns to El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14 — another great evening to honor veterans while enjoying fantastic live music and great beer. “I think that I had more fun than anyone,” headliner Alvon Johnson said of last year’s event. “What a great group of people.” […]

As we were: Fire hydrants for the landfill

25 Years ago Nov. 9, 1990 Landfill to get water hookup The lack of a water supply at Union Mine Landfill, where fires break out occasionally due to careless dumping of smoldering debris, will soon be remedied. Both the El Dorado Irrigation District and the Board of Supervisors agreed to run an 8-inch water line to […]

Foothill gourmet: Stellar Thanksgiving

Here’s a few tips to make your Thanksgiving dinner stellar. It’s never too early to plan for the holidays. First is my recipe for wild mushroom-shallot gravy which is delicious. The aroma of shallots, while roasting in the oven, perfumes the whole house with a wonderful scent. If roasting shallots doesn’t get you salivating, nothing […]

Things to do: Nov. 6, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring photographer Lisa Aikenhead. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes and wild animals of Africa, Alaska and Tanzania and recently her camera has captured beautiful landscapes with horses in the wild. The gallery is also featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Hayne […]

Things to do: Nov. 6, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1106 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring photographer Lisa Aikenhead and Susan Hayne. For more information call (530) 642-2944 or visit the website Put pastel 1106 here The Sierra Pastel Society’s fourth Biennual Signature Member Exhibition is on display at the El […]

Take a trip down the rabbit hole at Theatre at the Mine

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Nov. 10, 17, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 9 at 3:45 p.m. Cost: $10 general admission $5 for children 10 and under Information: (530) 264-0144 or visit [email protected]   Throughout a […]

Festival features pomegranates

The fifth annual Madera Pomegranate Festival is Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Madera Municipal Airport from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is organized by the Madera Tourism Alliance, a committee of the Madera Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Madera Chamber, I would like to invite everyone to come out and join us for […]

Fiddletown fall breakfast raises funds for schoolhouse

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country. Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale Sunday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original one-room […]

‘Poppins’ tickets selling briskly

Come see the popular nanny in the family-favorite musical “Mary Poppins” opening at Imagination Theater on Friday, Nov. 27 and running through Dec. 22. Directed by Peter Wolfe, everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in […]

Winery invites guests to bottle their own wine

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is celebrating the end of the harvest season with its annual Bottle Your Own Wine event. Held on Nov. 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15, the event will give guests the chance to learn about the winemaking process and actively bottle their own wines — from the barrel to the finished […]

Silver Screen shows romatic comedy

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Nov. 7 with a romantic comedy from 1940. In this story of love, money, snobbery and scandal, an arrogant heiress needs lessons in being human. Happily she gets them from two very handsome men. This movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher […]

Activities to introduce Gold Rush history

The Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, is having a story time and art activity on Friday, Nov. 6 from 10-11 a.m. to introduce preschoolers to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history. Hear a delightful retelling of an authentic Southern Sierra Miwok legend “Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend […]

Elf comes early to Sacramento

NETworks Presentations announces the casting for the Broadway Sacramento engagement of “Elf the Musical.” The show will play through Nov. 15 at the Community Center Theater. Based on the  2003 New Line Cinema hit, “Elf” features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”), with a book by Tony Award […]

Fall fest features band competition

The region’s most highly anticipated High School Marching Band Competition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Folsom High School’s Prairie City Stadium, 1655 Iron Point Road in Folsom, from 3:30-10 p.m. It will be an exciting day of entertainment from some of Northern California and Nevada’s top marching bands and color guards. In addition […]

See scenes of fall at DSAA show

See “Fall Colors” at Diamond Springs Art Association Art Show and Sale through Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The show features portraits, florals, seascapes, still lifes and landscapes. Judge for this year’s show is Magdi Sefain from Rocky’s Art […]

Keith and Keith at the Gold Trail Grange

Keith Little and Keith Greeninger are appearing in concert on Saturday, Nov. 7. By popular demand Little and Greeninger return to perform at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. These two renowned musicians are combining their talents to provide an evening of unforgettable music. Tickets are available through Brown […]

Sacramento Blues Revue celebrates ‘Blues Night’ at the Cozmic Café

The Sacramento Blues Revue (SBR) is returning to Placerville on Friday, Nov. 6 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jonny Mojo’s “Blues Night” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Music starts at 8 p.m. SBR is a Sacramento Area Music Awards (SAMMIE) winner for Best Blues Band. Formed in 2006, SBR […]

Holiday buzz starts with the 45th Holiday Faire

Get into the holiday spirit and support community health at the 45th annual Holiday Faire on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the St. Teresa Grace Hall, corner of Lyons Avenue and Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Community members and visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend this merry event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Every year, […]

Internet documentary screens at Cozmic Café

“The Internet’s Own Boy” screens Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The film is part of a movie series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change. The award-winning documentary tells the story of Aaron Swartz and his mission to bring open access and free speech to […]

Photographs feature different viewpoints at gallery

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J Street, Sacramento, is pleased to present a retrospective of internationally renowned photographer Kerik Kouklis from Nov. 11 to Dec. 5 in the Main Gallery. The exhibit “Kerik Kouklis: The Alchemist’s Vision” features his hand-made images which he has created over the past 25 years. The work by the Placerville photographer […]

Red Moon Road travels to Sutter Creek

Red Moon Road, Canadian roots and alt country band is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. One of Canada’s most energetic and endearing folk harmony trios is back by popular demand. It is another “difficult to describe, you just have to […]

Medicare open enrollment season is here

When you shop for a new car, you don’t just buy the first one you see, right? Of course not. You shop around, looking for the best deal you can get on a vehicle that fits your driving needs as well as your pocketbook. Well, it’s the time of year when you should think about […]

Deal yourself a brighter future — play bridge

They say playing bridge keeps your brain active and sharp — that it keeps you young — and judging from a recent posting on the website of the Foothill Bridge Club in Shingle Springs, it appears to be true. Inviting club members to a special event celebrating players aged 90 and older, the item states: […]

Hearing Loss: Separating facts from fiction

Myth exposed: The most common cause of hearing loss is advancing age. The truth is, exposure to loud noise is the number one cause of hearing loss; only 35 percent of people with hearing loss are older than 64. Nearly six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing […]

Try living life to the fullest

I admit I’m of that age that I found myself recently calculating how much of my life was already behind me and how much is hopefully still ahead. When I was young, I had this terrible fear that I would die young and miss out on important experiences and milestones. Let’s just say I no […]

New senior lunch site in Cameron Park

Cameron Park has its own county-run senior lunch program as of Nov. 2. The lunches are available to seniors 60 and older on Monday through Friday from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. A suggested donation for the meals is $3. The lunches are available to all seniors but […]

Wineries to celebrate the 21st Amendment

Get ready to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition with some of the El Dorado Winery Association members on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blind Barrel event will mark the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933. The ’30’s-themed party will take place at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 State Highway 49, […]

Dry Diggings Distillery and Amador Distillery join forces

Dry Diggings Distillery of El Dorado Hills and Amador Distillery’s Engine 49 brand in Amador County have joined forces — the two distilleries both operate independent tasting rooms which will now serve both brand’s products, providing the opportunity to offer an expanded product line, including several whiskeys, brandies, rum, vodka and gin, as well as a […]

Rita Hosking and band to release CD at concert

Award-winning songwriter Rita Hosking and band will take the stage at the Sutter Creek Theatre,  44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. to release her sixth album “Frankie and the No-Go Road.” The music of “Frankie and the No-Go Road” stands tall in Hosking’s impressive discography […]

Diamond Springs woman does well in Marine marathon

She did it! Maria Adams of Diamond Springs, determined to complete a marathon in memory of her late Marine dad, finished the course that wound past national monuments on Oct. 25, running 26.2 miles in his honor and that of other veteran family members. Adams finished the race in 3 hours 54 minutes and 2 […]

At a glance: Ship propels invention

On Nov. 4, 1879 James Ritty patented the first cash after some employees stole money from his saloon in Dayton, Ohio. The idea for a machine that could keep track of sales came to him when he was on a ship headed for Europe in 1878. There was a machine that counted the number of […]

Cal Expo seeking new cultural advisory members

Cal Expo is accepting applications for its cultural advisory council. The cultural advisory council (CAC) enhances the outreach efforts of the board of directors at Cal Expo and staff in cultural communities throughout the state. The CAC also advises the board on matters pertaining to fair programs related to education, entertainment and other activities at […]

Rebuilding Together Sacramento seeking El Dorado volunteers

Many residents in El Dorado County are seniors or adults with disabilities, who are at risk due to multiple safety and health hazards in their homes. Rebuilding Together Sacramento recently expanded its Safe at Home program to the Western Slope of El Dorado County and is seeking volunteers. The group is seeking both skilled and […]

My Time group to gather

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 […]

After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club 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 After 5 Club generally meets the second Wednesday of each month. In November […]

Essay contest seeks entries

The El Dorado County Democrats Party announces its 11th annual essay contest for high school juniors and seniors attending the public schools in El Dorado County. The essay question is based on the six goals in the Preamble to the Constitution. • To form a more Perfect Union • Establish Justice • Insure domestic Tranquility […]

Caroling contest invites entries

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 4-8 p.m. in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Again this year, the event will feature a holiday caroling contest as part of the entertainment, […]

Sacramento History Museum is committed to hiring military veterans

With a staff comprised of more than 25 percent military veterans, the Sacramento History Museum is dedicated to seeking out, hiring and retaining capable and dedicated military veterans whenever possible. Currently, the museum employs eight military veterans who proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces as follows: two from the Army, three from the Navy […]