It is fair time in El Dorado County

It’s so silent the day before the El Dorado County Fair gets going, the only sound being the constant hum of a generator that must be keeping the carnival rides powered and primed, ready to go with the flip of a switch. Wandering around the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon it’s hard to imagine that soon this […]

Local citizens to join Alzheimer’s event

Local citizens are joining the Alzheimer’s Association to honor those Living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers on the weekend of Sunday, June 21. The Longest Day is a team event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. Held annually on summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of […]

Tahoe City Wine Walk celebrates lakeside sipping

Tahoe City Wine Walk celebrates its 10th anniversary with a line-up of more than 30 wineries and 20 restaurants, numerous merchant discounts, live entertainment and a pre-event online Wine Walk Lodging Giveaway Contest. The event features both big name wines and a growing list of boutique varietals. New for 2015 are several award-winning wineries such […]

Things to do: June 19, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 5, is showing the award-winning landscapes in oil by Carol Quinn; the functional and decorative pottery, including cylindrical forms, pitchers, tea pots and bowls of Mary Peters; and the elegant floral photography, wild life, farm scenes of photographer Jack Nissen. The cooperative gallery […]

Boys of Summer to play EDH

Coming off a highly successful 2014 that saw the band tour throughout the country and perform at numerous major venues, top Southern California-based Eagles tribute The Boys Of Summer, will play in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 4363 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, on Thursday, June 25. The appearance is part of the band’s Summer […]

Duty: SPC Kayla Boardway

Sixty-one push-ups in 2 minutes, 84 sit ups in 2 minutes and a 14.40 2 mile run. These scores earned SPC Kayla Boardway a total of 328 points on the extended scale of her Basic Combat Training Army Physical Fitness Test, the highest score in her company, Company C, a group of approximately 140 men […]

Joyce and Vern Odlin celebrate 65 years of marriage

They are of a generation when divorce was the last resort in a marriage, not something entered into lightly. Maybe that’s why Joyce and Vern Odlin celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary June 18. “Sixty-five years …” mulled Vern as the couple looked through a photo album with their wedding pictures and other priceless memorabilia. “I […]

Sierra Nevada World Music brings a message of peace

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, June 19-21, promotes “conscious” music with a message of peace, unity and brotherhood, which transcends the divisions of race and culture. At the festival, people experience a unique sense of unity and belonging, a semi-utopian moment in time where love, generosity, joy and innocence can be reclaimed. Children 12 […]

E.A. Channon featured at Wizard World

When the doors open at Wizard World Comic Convention in Sacramento, fans will flock to get one-on-one question and answer time, autographs or even a selfie with fantasy writer E.A. Channon. Known for his detailed story lines combining elves, dwarves and humans, Channon has built up a large fan following for his “Flesh of the Blood.” […]

Entertaining time at the fair

There will be four stages featuring live music during the El Dorado County Fair, June 18 through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The theme this year is Hog Days of Summer. Visitors can find music playing throughout the day and all through the night on the Budweiser Stage, Wells […]

ARMF tickets available now

The ninth annual American River Music Festival scheduled for Sept. 18-21 will present more than 30 performances by nationally renowned musicians in nine locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma-Lotus. Performers include The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Dangermuffin, David Luning, Shook Twins, David Myles, […]

Dance Academy to perform at fair

From beginners to masters, Sacramento based Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes (IMBA) Center knows what it means to put its efforts where its heart is. One of IMBA Center’s main goal is to use performing art to enlighten and inspire audiences, transcending into a deeper appreciation of arts and the part it plays in strengthening the core […]

Red Shoe Rescue opens in Cameron Park

Red Shoe Rescue, a cell phone repair business, is opening a store at 3075 Alhambra Drive, Suite 105, in Cameron Park, on Wednesday, June 17. There will be free hot dogs, chips and soda from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Red Shoe Rescue has been doing repairs in Cameron Park for two years meeting customers at their homes, […]

Grow For It! The new Master Gardener Handbook

Gardening books are like seed catalogs. There is such a variety, so many specialties and they often come beautifully illustrated. For Master Gardeners, however, the definitive gardening book is the California Master Gardener Handbook, now in its second edition. The handbook is the “textbook” for the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program in […]

Quilt Trail travels to Shadow Ridge

  Shadow Ridge Ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by the Raffetto family who operated a store down the road in the mining camp of Newtown or Sunny Italy as the Italians later called it. The family sold produce raised on the ranch as well as wine and grapa made for the miners during […]

At a glance: Summer is here

If the thermometer wasn’t enough of an indicator, the calendar signals the beginning of summer with the summer solstice on Sunday, June 21 at 9:38 a.m. Two other signs of summer — children out of school and the El Dorado County Fair opening on Thursday, June 18 — really make it official.   Oink oink […]

Wining for gold at the fair

Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the 27th annual El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition. Windwalker Vineyard’s 2012 Barbera — Dick Cooper Ranch won the Best El Dorado County Winemaker and Best of Show awards. Illuminare Estate garnered the Frank Herbert Memorial Award sponsored by the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers for the […]

Placerville Arts Association celebrated 50th anniversary

Silently, car after car began to fill the parking lot on May 16. One by one the artists carried their precious artwork into the building. After a year of planning and anticipation, the day had arrived and history began to fill the walls of the Placerville Shakespeare Club. Every detail of the day was meticulously planned by […]

Kirkwood to open on weekends on July 3

Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department Barbecue on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well […]

Tickets are now on sale for 20 Mile Taste

On Saturday, Aug. 15, El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom will host its third annual 20 Mile Taste fundraiser at the Davies Family Inn at Shadow Ridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville, from 5-8 p.m. This event has sold out since its inception and is a celebration of El Dorado County’s bounty, showcasing local […]

Blueberries are the new apple

Blueberry — the new apple — according to members of the Apple Hill Growers. Big, blue, bursting with flavor berries are ripening at the Apple Hill Grower ranches signaling the beginning of the summer fruit season. With the bluing of the berries, berry-picking season is officially under way. Visitors are invited to grab buckets, hats […]

High school district announces 2015-16 registration

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2015–16 school year. School will start on Monday, Aug 10. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times.     El Dorado and Vista high school students School location: 561 Canal St., Placerville Telephone: (530) 622-3634, ext. 1029 […]

Imagination Theater to hold scenic workshop

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce a Scenic Painting Workshop for Adults and Children ages 10 and older to be held at the theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, in August. This four-session workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4; Thursday, Aug. 6; Thursday, Aug. 20; and Thursday, Aug. 27. All sessions are from […]

Women’s Fund awards grants to nonprofits

Six Western Slope nonprofits received nearly $60,000 from Women’s Fund El Dorado at its annual Grants Gala on June 4 at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. The recipient organizations were voted on by the membership of WFED, a collective giving organization that pools members’ donations. “United, we can accomplish so much for the […]

See California’s gold mining history

Collectors of mining artifacts or those simply interested in California’s gold mining history can visit the Western Mining Antique Show in the historic town of Sutter Creek. Mining artifact collectors from throughout the country will gather to show and sell artifacts from California’s rich gold-mining era. Scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at the Sutter Creek […]

Peter and Paul come to Harris Center

The iconic folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary made music together for nearly 50 years, arriving on the scene with a 1962 self-titled album and its hit “If I Had a Hammer.” Mary Travers died in 2009, but Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey continue to tour as a duo, continuing the band’s tradition of […]

Hands4Hope teens learn about media and health

Early last fall, Hands4Hope Youth Making a Difference was informed of a great opportunity to involve youth in a pilot program developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development called ​Media­Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active! The program is an interactive after­school education program for youth in grades fifth through eighth, designed to empower […]

Sutter’s Fort offers free admission

In conjunction with a large-scale Sutter Medical Center Community Day and a celebration to open its new Women’s and Children’s Center, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present special “Hands on History: Sacramento’s First Hospital” activities on Saturday, June 20. Courtesy of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, admission to […]

Folsom High School music wins top honors

Folsom High School’s award-winning music program has once again taken top honors in the 38th Annual DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards. While Folsom’s music program is consistently nationally-recognized, this year marks the first time all three of Folsom High School’s top performing jazz groups have won their respective categories. Jazz Band I was the winner […]

Enjoy ice cream and Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s classic fairy play comes to life at Fairytale Town’s annual ice cream social event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy,” on Saturday, June 27 from 5-9 p.m. The enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including live music, theatrical performances, fanciful arts and crafts activities and all the Crystal […]

Tom Russell to play Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents Tom Russell, an American legend, on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Russell’s country-western, Tex-Mex, cowboy songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among […]

River workshop

Come join El Dorado County Parks, the American River Conservancy and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park docents on Friday, June 19 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for a special tour of the South Fork American River in Coloma at the South Fork of the American River workshop. Staff and docents will lead participants on an […]

Amador Fair’s exhibitor entry guide available

Blue ribbons are waiting for the winners of hundreds of classes that can be entered in the annual Amador County Fair competitions. The exhibitor entry guide for the Amador County Fair, July 23-26, is now available offering a multitude of classes for anyone who wishes to enter their favorite handiwork and culinary creations, garden produce, […]

Beer tasting for Dads

Looking for something fun, relaxing and educational this summer? A visit to the Western Railway Museum is just the ticket, with expanded summer hours and a special Father’s Day event. A new event Beer Tasting for Dads will be held on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 21 from noon-3 p.m. This celebration of fatherhood features train […]

String players wanted for community orchestra

Are you an amateur string player? Perhaps you play in a community orchestra? Maybe you have a child who performs a string instrument in a school orchestra. Whatever the case may be, the Sacramento Philharmonic invites interested string players to be part of the Sacramento Philharmonic return concert on June 27 at 7 p.m. This concert […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree book

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees with a simple, step-by-step process. The book, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. “What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of […]

Life as I Know It: The Mexican border

One summer our minister in Placerville asked several couples if they might be interested in taking RVs to visit some of the towns along the U.S. and Mexican border where Presbyterian churches were working to help Mexicans to find jobs and not try to migrate across the border. Peggy and I decided to go even if […]

Lavender harvest time at Bluestone Meadow

It’s “Lavender’s Blue (Dilly Dilly)” harvest time at Apple Hill Grower Ranch, Bluestone Meadow. At Bluestone Meadow visitors can now discover 5 acres dedicated to the cultivation of English and French lavender. To celebrate the 2015 lavender harvest, Bluestone Meadow is hosting a Lavender Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 from 10 […]

Big award goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Nearly 40 years ago leaders in El Dorado County who recognized the need for a program that would reach out to troubled and needy youth created the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Just recently the BBBS learned it is the recipient of a national award recognizing the quality of the programs offered here, […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 15, 1990 Omo Ranch reunion this weekend to bring back childhood memories Hundreds of former Omo Ranch residents, friends and family will greet each other on Saturday, some for the first time in 40 years. That’s the date of the Omo Ranch Homecoming celebration set to be held at the old mill […]

Charter Career Prep continues extraordinary program

The El Dorado County Office of Education’s El Dorado Trade School has been renamed Charter Career Prep, effective July 1. Located on Pleasant Valley Road in the town of El Dorado, the school delivers high-quality, career-focused education to students in grades seven through 12. The program offers hands-on projects and vocational opportunities to make learning […]

Foothill dining: Food for Father’s Day

Give Dad the gift of food (and a very satisfied stomach) this Father’s Day. Show the special man how much you care with some of his favorite meals. From hearty sandwiches, to a meaty take on mac and cheese, to crowd pleasing buffalo chicken dip and a decadent dessert to top it all off, Dad […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

EDUHSD Virtual Academy class of 2015

The El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy Class of 2015 graduating seniors are: Sabrina Taj Andrus Gabriella Reina Arrostuto Lauren Elizabeth Baasch Nathaniel Arlen Lee Baleme Aaron Jacob Bernal Ashley Lynn Bolger Jacob Daniel Bourgeois Angela Denise Brown Julia Hope Careway Emily Alexandra Catron Patrick Alan Harold Fairbairn Nicholas Alexander Hearl Wayde Thomas […]

Independence HS announces graduates

The following students graduated from Independence High School on May 29, 2015: Michael James Beebe Cody Russell Bell John Esley Bright Andre Joseph Buchanan Harris Matthew Joseph Budd Robert Scott Charles Burkhart Jackson Phillip Campbell Christian Martin Campos Esparza Juan Rodriguez Canales Dylan Bradley Casarez Morgan Laurel Cedar Chapman Selena Linda Lillian Chase Haleigh Marion […]