Stopping wildland weeds of the foothills

Yellow starthistle (Centaurea sostitialis) is the poster child of a wildland weed, covering both pastures and wild meadows with spiny yellow flowers in the summer. The wide-scale expansion of yellow starthistle occurred during the 1920s and was due to the development of the tractor, according to Dr. Joe DiTomaso, University of California wildland weed specialist. […]

The right way to fulfill a promise

“Everything has fallen into place,” said Hannah Sanchez. Eleven years ago she was a pregnant 14-year-old with an abusive boyfriend, no home and few options. Now, Sanchez is happily married, with four children, two semesters away from her bachelor’s degree in social work, employed at New Morning Youth and Family Services and trying to make […]

What’s New in Medicare for 2016?

The biggest news in Medicare for 2016 is the Part B premium. For most people with Medicare, the premium will stay the same as it was in 2015: $104.90 per month. In fact, Part B premiums — which pay for doctor services, outpatient care and preventive health benefits, among other things — haven’t changed for […]

Lake County’s Valley Fire aftermath topic at forum

CalFire Forester Kevin Conway is the speaker at January’s Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Ponderado Road in Camino. He will be speaking about the aftermath of the Valley Fire at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest is an approximately 3,500 acre forest in […]

Winter Funtastic: Cameron Park concert series presents a variety of genres

In El Dorado County, folks are always on the lookout for hidden nuggets. One such nugget is the Winter Concert Series presented by the Cameron Park Community Services District at the Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The series offers a varied line-up with something for everyone.   DECEMBER Who: The Sierra Symphony Orchestra When: […]

Free My Time group to meet in El Dorado Hills

My Time — El Dorado Hills 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 will meet the fourth Thursday in January and […]

First 5: Is your child Ready? Baby blues

I have said many times that I have never met a parent that didn’t want what’s best for their child. Being a parent is hard work. There is plenty of focus on taking care of the child and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Jamie Bowman, a nurse with the Best Beginnings newborn […]

On Air pumps it up in Cameron Park

What: Winter Concert Series with On Air Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $15 each, two for $28 and $17 each at the door Information: (530) 677-2231 or visit The Cameron Park Community Services District continues its Winter […]

Latrobe School District wins Golden Bell Award

In December, the Latrobe School District became the proud recipient of the Golden Bell Award for the extraordinary curriculum and instruction used in its Real Game and Speech Contest. The California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Awards, now in its 36th year, promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs […]

Foothill dining: Winter delights

Nothing can beat warming up with a hearty bowl of soup on a cold day – and hearty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Here are some veggie-filled options that will keep diners warm all winter long.   Carrot-ginger soup Venable’s insider tip: “If you’re not a vegetarian or cooking for vegetarians, you can always add […]

As we were: New undersheriff

25 Years ago Jan. 16, 1991 Jim Roth is new undersheriff By PATTY SULLIVAN The suspense within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department subsided yesterday when Sheriff Don McDonald appointed Jim Roth as the new undersheriff. Roth, formerly a captain, is a 22-year law enforcement veteran. The 43-year-old Pollock Pines resident has served 15 years […]

Things to do: Jan. 15, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring the colorful dramatic photographs of Craig Koski. His photographs, the result of combining digital photography and post processing artwork, strive to create emotion in the viewer. Also featured, Leah Delmer of Miss Leah Dee Jewelry uses silver and semiprecious stones […]

Artists primed to paint Something MORE

What: Art and Wine With Something MORE Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 each, $50 per couple Information: (530) 622-4848   Randy loves to mug for the camera as he draws his brightly colored cartoon characters, called Uncle […]

Comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn

Live comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 20 starring Del Van Dyke and featuring Kelly Hilbert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Headline performer Van Dyke emerged from the San Francisco comedy scene in the ’80s where […]

Jewelry designer is fired up about her beads

Elena Tucker, jewelry designer, will be the presenter at the Sunday, Jan. 17 meeting of the Placerville Arts Association at the El Dorado Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Her exciting creations highlighting her brand known as Beads on Fire will be on display. The collection includes hand-made glass beads, necklaces, […]

Photo exhibit at CP Community Center

Members of the El Dorado Camera Club are displaying their works at the Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Photographs will hang in the various rooms at the center. Burt Crismore’s black-and-white photographs are hanging in the 50-plus room and can be seen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 […]

CIRCA and Patricia Racette added to Mondavi season

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis announces two new additions to the 2015-16 season: Australia’s acclaimed CIRCA brings its latest cirque performance “Beyond” for five performances from April 17-23; and soprano Patricia Racette will perform a cabaret program entitled “Diva on Detour” with accompanist Craig Terry on […]

Cap Stage presents Sac premiere of ‘Love and Information’

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its 2015-16 season with a poignant new play by legendary playwright Caryl Churchill. The Sacramento premiere of “Love and Information” will be the main-stage directorial debut of local theatrical talent Benjamin T. Ismail. The piece paints a kaleidoscopic picture of the digital, over-stimulated 21st century lives and leaves […]

History museum debuts new exhibit

The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to announce an all-new exhibit “Place and Replace: Making of Old Sacramento” will debut at the Sacramento History Museum on Friday, Feb. 5. The pivotal new “Place and Replace” exhibit is designed to illustrate how Sacramento transformed its derelict West End downtown in the 1950s and 1960s to create […]

Sierra Rep 2016 season includes favorites

Sierra Repertory Theatre announces its 2016 season, opening with a Feb. 27 gala performance of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” Other highlights include new productions of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” and “Beehive: The ’60s Musical Sensation,” a brand new musical from the “Church Basement Ladies,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair,” bluegrass musical “The Robber […]

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at Mondavi

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis announces “An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen” on March 25 at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are available online at, by phone at (866) 754-2787 and in person at the Mondavi Center ticket office on the […]

Discover the future of salmon in California’s Central Valley

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is kicking-off 2016 with a breakfast at the Auburn Elks Lodge on Jan. 15. This breakfast event is open to club members, spouses and non-member guests. Doors to the lodge open at 7 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. The Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California strives to bring […]

Wednesday night movies continue at the Cozmic Café

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with the film “A Fierce Green Fire” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The date is different from the usual second Wednesday of each month because the Buddhist monks were in residence at […]

66th season includes four Music Circus premieres

California Musical Theatre announced the 2016 lineup for Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 66th season for the venerable institution. The season includes four shows that have never been produced at Music Circus: The smash hit musical comedy “Legally Blonde,” based on the hilarious film starring Reese Witherspoon; the family favorite “Seussical,” […]

El Dorado Arts Council expands Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places began in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville two years ago. The program provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a solo show bringing art to the community. With the program’s success at the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado […]

Art Studio 360 is ready for Third Saturday

All fresh and ready-to-go for the new year, Art Studio 360 located at 360 Main St. in Placerville has a wide variety of art on display to delight the artistic soul. The studio is a co-op of a group of local artists, led by Joyce Bahnsen, artist and owner. Together the artists bring nearly 400 […]

At a glance: Funny mouse

The Mickey Mouse comic strip debuted in newspapers on Jan. 13, 1930. The strip was written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks and featured Mickey building his own airplane. Like all of the other Mickey Mouse stuff, the comic strip was very popular and soon it was in 40 newspapers in many countries […]

Grow For It! Brrrrrr, it’s cold outside

Some plants can tolerate colder temperatures more than others. These plants can go into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. They can take air temperatures in the 35 to 55 degree range. Many can put down roots early in the cooler conditions so they can be ready for the hot summer. […]

February’s forecast is for poetry and more poetry

El Dorado County has been participating in Poetry Out Loud — a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition since 2016. In its seventh year, the program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state and regional […]

Free education job fair offers many opportunities

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is partnering with Brandman University to host an education hiring event for EDCOE county-wide programs and school districts on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will receive information and application instructions for certificated and classified positions, including substitute opportunities. Individual programs and school districts will […]

Dynamic four-hands jazz piano concert

On Thursday, Jan. 14 El Dorado County Community Concert Association members will be treated to a four-hands jazz piano concert by Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi. Trick and Alderighi, award-winning pianists in their solo work, have combined their love of jazz and their talents to create a dynamic program of four-handed piano duets. The four-handed […]

Needs of nonprofits focus of Women’s Fund Forum

For nearly a decade nonprofits on El Dorado County’s West Slope have benefited from Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED), a collective giving organization that to date has pooled members’ donations to award more than $350,000 in grants. On Jan. 21, members and the general public are invited to attend the WFED Community Needs Forum to […]

Writers to meet in Cameron Park

The El Dorado County Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association is meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The group meets the second Tuesday evening of every month and welcomes authors anywhere on the nonfiction path. The owners of Two Square Books Publishing, […]

Robotics team receives grant from NASA

The El Dorado Union High School District robotics team Circuit Breakers 3189 recently received a grant from NASA to fund its entry fee to the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) that is scheduled for March 24-26 at University of California, Davis. The robotics program was established during the 2009-10 school year as an opportunity […]

Life as I know it: Family pageant

As Christmas of 1997 approached, I began to have an idea for a somewhat different surprise gift for Peggy. We planned to have many of the family here at our home and I thought that I might use most, if not all of the grandchildren and put on a Christmas pageant based upon the biblical […]

As we were: Permit process

25 Years ago Jan. 11, 1991 ‘Snow line’ may thaw By KRISTIN LANG Although they do not yet know where they will hold the anxiously awaited event, El Dorado County supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance establishing the first-come, first-served method of allotting building permits for the South Tahoe area this year. After discussing […]

Sierra Renaissance Society celebrates learning and fun

No friars, no wenches, just older adults teaching, learning and having fun. What’s not to like about learning new things, meeting interesting people and having fun? It’s called participatory learning and it’s the essential premise and promise of the newly formed Sierra Renaissance Society. Don’t be confused. The Renaissance Society isn’t a bunch of hormonal […]

Food bank’s mobile pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. The pantry is for those who are struggling to make ends meet, live in […]

Foothill gourmet: Get stuffed

A useful recipe that we have been using for about 35 years is stuffed French bread. Stuffed French bread is quickly and easily assembled. To many diners, myself included, it’s definitely reminiscent of pizza. Since it is full of complex textures, it is deliciously flavorful. It’s the perfect answer for a game day or party […]

Things to do: Jan. 8, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring Boni Canning, fine art photographer. Canning’s work is characterized by charming and romantic places from her travels in Southern Europe and also local scenes of towns and gardens. Craig Koski is also featured. His colorful dramatic photographs are the result […]

Union Mine grad filming documentaries around the globe

Union Mine High School graduate Spencer Bruttig has found his passion in filmmaking and it is taking him throughout the world — to the California coastline where sea otters and fishermen clash, to the jungles of Belize where an ancient Maya ruin has set his imagination afire, to the African country of Ghana where an […]

An evening with Keb’ Mo’ at Harris Center

Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ will be performing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, March 9 — a rare treat for the region. Keb’ Mo’ released his 12th studio album titled “BLUESAmericana” on Kind of Blue Music on April 22, 2014. […]

Dynamite concert to open 2016 season

What: Concert — Remedy and Tim Dierkes Who: Shingle Springs Community Center Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: [email protected] The Shingle Springs Community Center concert season opens 2016 with a dynamite second Saturday event featuring Remedy and Tim Dierkes. Remedy exemplifies a musical legacy. Not […]

‘Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids’ returns

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids” explores the weird, wacky and unbelievable from chocolate lava and grocery gardens to kid inventors and creepy crawlies — plus tells one whale of a tale. The newest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids has 192 full-color pages of fascinating facts, cool activities and amazing stories that will […]

Fabric and glass come together at Gallery at 48 Natoma

The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom presents “Through the Trees,” an art exhibit featuring fabric art by Marjan Kluepfel and glass sculptures by Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen, Jan. 22 through March 3. An opening reception with refreshments, wine and live harp music by Judy Phillips will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Kluepfel […]