‘Peter Pan’ comes to Sacramento

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre has confirmed casting for the 65th Music Circus season. The stellar cast for the season is loaded with Broadway veterans, some of whom are making their Music Circus debuts, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus productions.   “Peter […]

Harris Center calendar features favorites and new entertainment

Harris Center for the Arts has released its fall lineup of entertainment and special events. Coming up on its fifth anniversary, the Harris Center for the Arts, at Folsom Lake College, is bringing back favorites from previous seasons, as well as introducing a number of new and exciting performances.   New to Harris Center “Bollywood […]

Classic cars cruizin’ in El Dorado Hills

It’s no mystery why John Clemens loves to manage the coordinating of all the classic cars and other gorgeous vehicles that come to Cruzin’ the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills — it gives him a chance to show off his bright red beauty, a 1959 Corvette. Clemens will be rolling the ‘Vette into the public […]

Twain Harte offers fun in the summer

“Hot Fun in the Summertime” returns for its 38th year on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 in Twain Harte in Toulumne County. This popular event draws 5,000 quality craft purchasers and music lovers. Nearly 100 high-caliber craft and graphic artists will display and sell their fine wares which include watercolors, landscape photography by […]

Clear Creek Tahoe ranked nationally

Clear Creek Tahoe, the exclusive Coore and Crenshaw designed golf course near Lake Tahoe was recently recognized by Golfweek Magazine as the No. 18 Best Residential Course in America in its 2015 ratings. The accolade reflects a private course now recognized as one of the nation’s top course designs. The only Coore and Crenshaw design […]

Life as I know It: Bike and hike again

Our daughter Karen’s first child was scheduled to be born in July of 1987. I said that if Peggy was willing, we would take the pickup with my bike and camping gear. The idea was that somewhere in Idaho I would get out and start riding the bike and she would drive on to Townsend, Mont. […]

Pretty in the Pines: New Royalty ready for duty

Long before Lauryn Roy and Lindsey Allan were born, Pollock Pines had closed the door on a local beauty pageant that for decades had drawn young ladies to put their best foot forward. Now, not only are Lauryn and Lindsey putting forth their best, they are using their pretty feet to dance up a storm […]

Grow For It! Growing great mums

We are still in the hottest part of summer, but it is time to start thinking about fall color in the garden, and chrysanthemums or mums are the go-to flower for beautiful fall bloom. There are so many hues and petal formations that it will be difficult choosing which ones to plant. Although mums are […]

Master Food Preservers: Spread the love: all about jams and jellies

Have you noticed that your store-bought jams and jellies just don’t taste like they used to? Too sweet? Not enough real fruit taste? Artificial flavor? Come and join the UCCE Master Food Preservers for a really fun and free class and learn how to make some distinctive jams and jellies in just a few hours. […]

Amador Fair showcases Sierra Foothill wine winners

Terra d’Oro’s Montevina Skyland Ridge 2012 Zinfandel was awarded Best of Show in the annual Amador County Fair Wine Competition. In all there were 21 double gold medals awarded, 62 gold, 166 silver and 131 bronze. The medal winners were selected from 445 wine entries in the competition. By the end of the day of […]

At a glance: Interesting trio

July 15 is the birthday for Clement Moore, born in 1779; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, born in 1606; and Linda Ronstadt, born in 1946. A birthday party for the trio and their friends would be an interesting affair.   Books and wine Maybe they could get together at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center […]

Event to keep Fat Kitty City fat

Three-year-old Riley is outgoing, dark-haired and friendly, who comes when his name is called and loves being around people. While he is not the most handsome of kitties, he has a very special soul that makes him more like a dog than a cat. Two years ago, he was abandoned by his family on a […]

Programs at the EDH senior center

Be aware of your finances On Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m., resident David Dondershine will present Be Aware of Your Finances at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Dondershine is a former financial advisor and will guide class participants on budget planning, debt reduction, asset protection and market volatility. The focus […]

‘Rusty: A Journey of Hope’ offers helpful tips on life

Book: “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” Author: Terry Sheppard Publisher: Xulon Press, 2015, paperback, hardback and e-book versions, 59 pages “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” is a children’s book, but not really. The brightly colored illustrations by Placerville artist Warren Dayton and the story of a dog and his owner, written in small chunks of […]

Linda Lockwood, how does your garden grow?

One of the cats that freely roam the gorgeous 5 acres that Linda and Paul Lockwood call home in Pleasant Valley is called Pinky because the feline has a pink nose. Another coal-colored cat goes by Blackie because it is … black. “I didn’t name the cats,” laughed Linda, “they were left by some neighbors […]

Master Food Preservers: The fickle pickle

The UCCE Master Food Preserver 2015 series of classes started July 7. The kick-off class was Of Course You Can! Food Safety and Basic Waterbath Canning. The next class, The Fickle Pickle, is on Saturday, July 18 in the board room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Learn to pickle […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago July 13, 1990 Road fees passed by supervisors By URSULA ROSE The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved of road improvement fees for Bassi Road in Lotus, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills at its meeting on Tuesday. All fees will be charged this fall, said Scott Chadd, transportation director. The Department […]

Charles B. Mitchell wines take top honors

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards and Winery by the Creek announced a successful run at the recent 39th Annual Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The two Charles B. Mitchell­ owned wineries combined to win three gold medals and five silver medals at the Costa Mesa-­based event. Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards’ 2012 Estate Grand Reserve, 2013 […]

Foothill gourmet: Fun cupcakes

Just last weekend, we had an enjoyable morning preparing banana cupcakes. You know those pesky bananas. They tend to get overripe real fast, especially in the heat of summer. It’s difficult to throw away food, unless it’s moldy. We decided to use the overripe bananas to make cupcakes instead of banana bread. We chose cupcakes […]

Things to do: July 10, 2015

ONGOING Banners on Parade art project is on display on the light poles along Main Street in Placerville to Oct. 14. This is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in downtown Placerville. The banners will be for sale at a silent auction at the October 2015 Art […]

Twisted Folk Concert Series presents Vishtèn

Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4 in Vallecito, presents the next concert of its 2015 Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring Vishtèn on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Concert goers will be admitted starting at 7 p.m. “Vishtèn plays a sort of French-Canadian Acadian Celtic style of both new and traditional […]

Things are looking Optimiztiq for music festival

What: Placerville Music Festival Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, July 12, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: $25 presale and $35 day of the event Information: placervillemusicfestival.com or 530-417-3093   Elyse Langford and her sister Ruth were enjoying an afternoon at the Reggae on the River music festival in southern […]

Summer art show sizzles

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Summer Membership Pastel Show will begin July 13 and run through July 19 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The society is honored to have Urania Christy Tarbet, a noted pastelist, teacher and author, […]

Anniversary sparks Shared Inspirations

Gold Country Artists Gallery is celebrating its 23rd anniversary during the month of July with a special exhibit called Shared Inspirations. This show runs through Aug. 2. The idea of shared inspirations was introduced by Randy Honerlah, one of the gallery members. His idea was received with great enthusiasm and has produced some amazing artwork. Each artist […]

Sacramento Museums to showcase variety at California State Fair

Back by popular demand, the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) will offer a fun and interactive booth at the California State Fair from July 10-26, in an effort to showcase the variety and diversity of offerings available in the region. State Fair guests are invited to imagine, explore and discover more about local museums and […]

Midtown galleries get artsy

Midtown Sacramento is an eclectic and vibrant Second Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. Home to approximately 25 art galleries, Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and […]

All aboard for Gallery at 48 Natoma exhibit

The railroad has long been an important part of Folsom’s history since the Gold Rush days. Now artwork that commemorates those historic connections will be displayed in an exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. “On the Right Track” will be on display from July 10 through Aug. 27. Three premier railroad artists’ […]

‘See How They Run’ opens at IT in September

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming show “See How They Run,” a British farce directed by Lanny Langston. The show opens on Friday, Sept. 11 and runs through Oct. 4. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress; a cockney maid who has […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes

Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes 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 […]

Newgrass band headlines bluegrass festival

Pioneers in the progressive bluegrass scene Greensky Bluegrass headline the inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 11 as part of the BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Winner of the Telluride Bluegrass festival’s band competition in 2006, Greensky Bluegrass fuses acoustic […]

Fore for charity in Tahoe tournament

The 26th American Century Championship is where NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB rivalries meet annually at South Lake Tahoe. At stake is a share in the $625,000 purse. A blockbuster lineup of sports legends, all-stars, Olympians and hall of famers plus Hollywood celebrities of film and television will go tee to green July 14-19 at Edgewood […]

Bayley House Barn Sale coming up

There is still time to make a reservation for the annual Bayley House Barn Sale, at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. The big sale is Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Some spaces are still available and there are always lots of good buyers. Bring unused and unwanted household items, antiques, […]

Amador County Fair implements no-wash policy in livestock areas

The Amador County Fair, in keeping with the water usage reduction programs for the state of California is implementing a no-wash policy in the livestock and horse show areas this year. While exhibitors will not be able to hose off their animals for shows and judging, they will be able to use one-gallon spray bottles […]

Meeting to cover ‘Volunteers – Recruit, Retain and then Rejoice’

Enjoy lunch on Tuesday, July 28 at the Sequoia Banquet Center in Placerville and obtain skills to assist with volunteer activities at the Association of Fundraising Professionals presentation on “Volunteers — Recruit, Retain and then Rejoice!.” Learning from traditional volunteer involvement and recognizing the trends and future of volunteerism, attendees can discover creative and relevant […]

FolsomFest music festival debuts in Folsom

Inaugural event features nationally known R&B, swing and Americana rock musicians and a music-themed art village The sounds of rhythm & blues, Americana rock, swing and funk will have people dancing into the evening on Saturday, Aug. 8 when five national acts take the stage during FolsomFest at Folsom’s Rodeo Park. The first-time music festival, presented […]

Grief support group in EDH

El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers a monthly Grief Support Group which provides a safe, supportive place to explore thoughts, feelings, questions and concerns. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. The program is facilitated by Julie Interrante, MA, who has more 25 years experience working with people who are dying […]

EDMT presents stirring tale of China

What: “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: July 10-19 Cost: Tickets range from $14.75 to $36 Information: harriscenter.net or (916) 608-6888   A teenaged girl who saves China — why not? Once you see the talented casts from El Dorado Musical Theatre present “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” all things are possible, even […]

Life as I know It: Snow days

Florence Lake, in the high Sierra, is in a very scenic area and is only accessible by a rather narrow road over a high pass that dead ends at the lake. I had been there two times previously — once to backpack 14 miles up to and beyond the Muir Trail and another time to hike […]

Fun time at Connection Luncheon

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, July 13 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Sharon Olson. She will be discussing the colors that […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

State Fair wine winners

The California State Fair is proud to announce the top wine awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the state exposition. The Best of Show red was awarded to the Grace Patriot Wines 2012 Tempranillo. It scored a double gold and 98 points. […]

El Dorado Arts Council welcomes new executive director

El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC) announced that it has hired Terry LeMoncheck as its new executive director. LeMoncheck has worked in arts management in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years, serving as executive director of the Pasadena Arts Council (PAC) since 2002. Prior to joining PAC, she held administrative positions at the […]

Grow For It! Welcome the beneficials

I am in search of the rove beetle; have you seen one or better yet — a dozen? Rumor has it that they devour snails and I do need that. They inhabit piles of decaying organic material. So, next I need to establish an insectary area near the vegetable garden where the snails are hard […]

Waste Connections donates $85,000 to Bigs

An organization that for decades has been intent on helping disadvantaged youth connect with older role models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County was the recipient recently of an $85,000 donation from Waste Connections Inc., which operates El Dorado Disposal locally. Waste Connections has donated money from its annual Golf Classic for Kids […]

As we were: Winning photograph

25 Years ago July 6, 1990 Democrat photog wins Sierra contest Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubery was among the winners of the 1990 Sierra Photo Contest sponsored by the Sierra Club. Her black and white photograph titled “Fawn” will be on display in the lobby of the Sierra Club in San Francisco and will be published […]