Artist ‘learned from the best teacher’

Watercolor artist and president of the El Dorado Hills Arts Association Bonnie Williams is largely self-taught, attending a few workshops over the years that constitute her only instruction. Unless, of course, one counts Mother Nature. “Nature is the best teacher of all,” said Williams, standing in her small studio inside the home she and husband […]

Artist looks for peace and serenity

Phil Lachapelle’s high school teachers probably thought he was taking down every word of their fascinating lectures back where he grew up in Rhode Island, but the Pollock Pines artist today confesses why his pencil was flying over the pages on his desk. “I was drawing cars,” said Lachapelle, one of a dozen local artists […]

American River Music Fest formula: Sun+water+people+music=WOW

What: American River Music Festival Who: American River Music Inc. Where: Henningsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road, Lotus When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, gates open 10 a.m., music 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Walk-up tickets $50 per day Information:   The American River Music Festival returns to the Coloma-Lotus Valley this weekend, Sept. 19 and 20 at Henningsen-Lotus […]

The Infamous Stringdusters: mutant stringband music

The Infamous Stringdusters storms the stage in Lotus Saturday night with blazing bluegrass breakdowns, soulful harmonies and dazzling solos. It’s not hard to see why these guys are wowing festival audiences and selling out rock clubs this year. This is not a traditional bluegrass band. They start there, but quickly become much more, blending improvisation […]

Nicki Bluhm: vintage modern

Sunday’s headliner, Nicki Bluhm is best remembered locally for a guest appearance with her husband and musical co-conspirator Tim Bluhm in 2009. Thousands of tour bus miles later, she returns with a tight backing band called the Gramblers, a couple strong albums under her belt and a growing reputation as the next…big…thing. Nicki packs a […]

Second ‘Lessons on Islam’ to meet

On Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. there will be an open group entitled Lessons on Islam a Mutual Exploration at the El Dorado Baha’i Center, 484 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 6, in Diamond Springs. The facilitators for the program are Brandon Gagliardo and Linn Williamson. This will be the second of a six-part series, […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Chad J. Pugh

Air Force Airman Chad J. Pugh 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 […]

Auxiliary helps Marshall get to heart of the matter

When Julie Whitman heard that the Marshall Hospital Auxiliary was contributing a whopping $68,000 for the facility’s brand-new state-of-the-art machine, it really touched her heart. Whitman, director of Cardiac Services at Marshall, blushed pink when she admitted she “really didn’t know what the auxiliary did” for the 18 years she’s been there, but she’s happy […]

Gala raises funds to fight domestic violence

“In the early years the original founders were housing women in their homes and garages,” stated Mary Korkeila, CFO and unofficial historian for the Center for Violence-free Relationships. Formerly the El Dorado Women’s Center, the Center for Violence-free Relationships was incorporated in 1979 to meet the needs of displaced homemakers. In the 18-month period that […]

Plenty of fun for everyone at Placerville’s Oktoberfest

Dust off the clogs and put on the dirndl skirts, ladies, while your favorite gentleman gets his lederhosen twisted in a knot waiting for you to get ready. Because you’ll want to take your time and look your Oktoberfest best, even though it’s still September. Actually, that’s when Oktoberfest is supposed to start — the […]

Wiener dog races feature cutest contestants

The young dogs might think they’re teaching the old dogs new tricks at the Wiener Dog Races during the annual Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Placerville, but Putty has an ace up his seasoned and gray-haired paw. OK, actually Mom and Dad, Sandy and Dave Hoagland, came up with the trick, but it’s a good one: […]

National Acrobats and Circus to present amazing performance

Experience a jaw-dropping spectacle of Chinese circus, acrobatics and Peking Opera performed by China’s most revered circus artists at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. This family-friendly performance exhibits unparalleled grace, agility, flexibility and athleticism displayed by these highly trained artists that juggle, contort and balance their bodies in ways that […]

Special author presentation at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a special author presentation and book signing opportunity by Robert S. Wells, author of “Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea,” on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16. The compelling and illustrated nonfiction book by Wells highlights the largely untold story of […]

Fun time at Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck, a fun, free family event will take place at Foothills United Methodist Church in Rescue on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The third annual transportation fair will be more than trucks. It will include all different types of vehicles such as construction, recreational, emergency, classics, antiques and much more. There will also […]

2015 grape harvest begins at Amador Foothill Winery

​Harvest 2015 began in August as Amador Foothill Winery brought in 4 tons of sauvignon blanc grapes from its estate vineyard; destined to become an award­winning wine from winemaker and owner Tom Jones. This is the second harvest for Jones, the former winemaker and owner of Lava Cap Winery, in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Jones […]

Grow For It!: The underappreciated grape

Garden grapes have been popular in El Dorado County since the California Gold Rush. These grapes not only supplied spirits to the gold rushers, they also supplied food and nourishment to local settlers. The appreciation of fine wines has fostered a great resurgence of grape growing in El Dorado County since the 1950s, but many […]

Master Food Preservers: Holiday gifts from the kitchen and garden event

There are some pretty hefty holidays just around the corner: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Do you ever find yourself in a “gotta run out for a present” situation for that last-minute gift need? Many have. Help is on the way. The UCCE Master Food Preservers and Master Gardeners of El Dorado […]

Club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Photographer Laura Twining “Dr. Marm” will be conducting a workshop demonstrating various lenses and optics from Lensbaby. Twining will be bringing several different lenses for participants to try. Attendees should bring their cameras for some hands-on fun. For […]

At a glance: Support for vets

The American Legion was chartered by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. The organization was conceived to help improve services for veterans after World War I. Over the years it has grown to an important nonprofit group with membership in the millions with posts worldwide and getting benefits for veterans and creating many important programs for […]

BassJack Naves presents river salmon fishing seminar

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club’s monthly breakfast meeting will be held on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. in Auburn. The doors to the lodge open at 7 a.m. with a buffet breakfast served at 8 a.m. The Rooster Tails club is delighted to host Bassjack Naves, a fisherman extraordinaire, […]

High school presents annual College Fair

The fair provides the students and parents in the community the opportunity to gather information for post high school education/training. Representatives from the University of California system, California State University system, California Independent Colleges, California Community Colleges, select out-of-state colleges, Career Technical Education programs, United States Military, ROTC programs, scholarship services and college admission testing […]

As we were: Meeting water needs

25 Years ago Sept. 14, 1990 Looks like it’ll be White Rock By JOHN SAMMON A county Water Agency draft evaluation report obtained by the Mountain Democrat Thursday recommends White Rock Penstock as the project of choice to meet the El Dorado Irrigation District’s short-term needs for supplemental water supplies. Both the county Water Agency […]

Fundraiser to support Center for Violence-free Relationships

Merrily Melson today remains amazed at the number of local individuals and organizations that came to her aid in the wake of her baby boy’s death at the hands of his father. She is a firm supporter of the Center for Violence-free Relationships, which was formed as the El Dorado County Women’s Center in 1979. […]

Local woman’s journey through hell part of national movie

Remember a little over seven years ago when that little 2 1/2-year-old boy was taken by his homicidal father from the family home in Shingle Springs and the community held its breath waiting for the outcome? Think back on the collective heartbreak when we all learned that Andrew Bailey was dead, murdered by his father […]

Foothill gourmet: Know the difference

Readers have been asking about the difference between baking powder and baking soda and when to use each one. Today’s column gives important clues to know the difference and know when you should use each. One key in the difference of each is that baking soda needs an acid ingredient to produce the carbon dioxide […]

Community groups deliver student backpacks for school

The new school year has begun in El Dorado County and many students started off with a new backpack filled with school supplies due to the generosity of the Placerville Rotary Club, Placerville California Highway Patrol Senior Volunteers, and the Placerville Chapter of the Widowed Persons Association of California over the summer. Several hundred backpacks […]

Billy Joel makes it back to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Joel’s reached a point in his career where he can play when he wants, where he wants and what he wants. In that order, last Saturday, Joel and band performed at San Francisco’s AT & T Park in San Francisco and the set list was as expected — classic favorites. The […]

Sacramento Play Summit at Tsakopolous Library Galleria

Fairytale Town, the Sacramento Public Library and ScholarShare Speaks will present the third annual Sacramento Play Summit on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tsakopolous Library Galleria in Sacramento. The daylong conference aims to highlight the important role of play in child development and is geared for all adults who work with […]

Things to do: Sept. 11, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 4 is presenting Dory Ann Schachner, a self-taught graphics and digital painter and college psychology teacher. Her work includes beautiful pencil renderings of animals and people and photography combined with digital painting. The gallery is also featuring the amazing landscape photography of Doug […]

Trot on over for tickets as IT presents ‘See How They Run’

What: “See How They Run” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 4 Cost: $12 to $15 Information:, (800) 838-3006 or (530) 642-0404   She wasn’t sure how to take it when she was told she makes a great spinster, but after […]

New Museum of Wonder and Delight to open

In an already lush landscape of Sacramento area attractions, it is hard to imagine a uniquely new don’t-miss attraction on the horizon. But imagination is exactly what it is all about. What is “it?” The Museum of Wonder and Delight, 905 Leidesdorff St., Suite 100, in Folsom, is where wonders never cease. Starring the one-of-a-kind […]

Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are recruiting adults (18 or older) interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. For those interested, a special, drop-in volunteer […]

Gallery at 48 Natoma features sculptures and paintings

Circles, squares, lines, primary colors; who would have thought these rudimentary symbols could become so fascinating? The two artists in the next interesting exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom will focus on these basic elements in a very surprising way with unusual art techniques. Metal and LED lighted sculptures by Kristen Hoard […]

Revolutionary War Days encampment and demos

As part of Nevada City’s 49th annual Constitution Day Parade and Celebration, the Delaware Regiment and the Brigade of the American Revolution will set up a Revolutionary War encampment with soldiers, musicians and civilians demonstrating drill and musket firing, uniforms and camp life, civilian clothing, sewing, weaving, spinning, surgery and medicine and fife and drum […]

Railroad Museum to debut new exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “California Railroad Landscapes: Original Oil Paintings by Rod R. Aszman” on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Lobby Gallery. This all new exhibit showcases 16 original oil-on-canvas paintings by California railroad artist Rod R. Aszman who specializes in painting […]

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation offers new Gold Rush Experience walking tours

Known for its popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to introduce new Gold Rush Experience walking tours in September 2015. Led by lively and knowledgeable tour guides, visitors who choose to take the new Gold Rush Experience tours will enjoy an experience that walks them through Sacramento’s unique […]

Two popular groups to play Saturday

The Shingle Springs Community Center Second Saturday Concert features a stellar lineup on Sept. 12 with Jenn Rogar and her band. Left of Cool will also perform. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and runs until around 10 p.m. Rogar is a prolific singer, songwriter and musician playing in the tradition of the great folk […]

One World Initiative illuminates the many aspects of ‘power’

Whether it’s a war, a political upheaval, a storm at sea or the energy that lights homes, humanity is subject to the whims of all sorts of “power.” “Power” is the subject of this year’s One World Initiative ( at California State University, Sacramento. Each year, the initiative’s organizers select a topic that has many […]

View Point Gallery exhibits feature land and water

Landscape photographer Geoff Fricker has selected images from his book “Sacrament: Homage to a River” to exhibit as large format, black and white prints at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J St. in Sacramento, to Saturday, Oct. 3 in the main gallery. There will be a Second Saturday free reception on Sept. 12 from 5-9 p.m. […]

‘Heartland Art’ at Art on the Divide Gallery

“Heartland Art” celebrates Carol ‘Cj’ Nelson as a multimedia artist with a 40-year career as an accomplished and well-regarded artist, jewelry designer and photographer. Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is honored to feature one of the gallery’s fine artists this September. Nelson took four first-place and two second-place ribbons at the 2015 Cowboys and Cornbread […]

Mix it up in Sac’s Midtown

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting second Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. On Sept. 12, the Midtown Business Association will offer a special (ticketed) Mixer that is open to the public and […]

Shamanic Drum Circle is a place to meet

The animals were out in full force at the August Shamanic Drum Circle meeting in Placerville, as members danced their power animals. Members with their rattles and drums danced around the meeting room upstairs at the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. The drum circle meets the second Sunday of every month […]

Master Food Preservers: Your just desserts

Apple pie and ice cream sundaes — don’t they sound delicious? While the apple harvest is going on and the end of summer fruits are available, now is the perfect time to stock up on homemade apple pie fillings, sauces and other delectable delights to savor the taste of summer in your desserts all year long. […]

Visit vintage mercantile in Shingle Springs

Join bargain hunters on Saturday, Sept. 12 for the fourth annual Peddlers and Pickers Antique Faire — a vintage mercantile event at the Antique Depot in Shingle Springs. This is a great antiques and sundries sale and event that is akin to a mini-festival. Enjoy the day in a historic train depot setting, which is […]

Free community concert in Coloma

There will be a free community concert by the Random Strangers at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The concert is a gift to the community from the grange. Come listen and dance to El Dorado County’s popular band […]