Amtrak Train Days at Railroad Museum

In a partnership with Amtrak, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a special Amtrak Train Days event at the Railroad Museum which  includes free admission on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. Taking the place of National Train Day, this expanded and free two-day event is one of […]

Fun nights at museums

Back by popular demand, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum are proud to announce extended summer hours for the two museums on Thursday evenings as part of a special “Thursday Night at the Museums” program running from May 28 through Sept. 3. Both museums located in Old Sacramento State […]

Railtown 1897 presents special Amtrak Train Days

All aboard for rail-related fun. In a partnership with Amtrak, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown are proud to present a special Amtrak Train Days community celebration on Saturday, May 16. Taking the place of National Train Day, this community celebration is one of many events and activities happening across […]

Carmichael festival features 15 bands

The Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association presents the annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival, Carmichael Park Amphitheater. With 15 concert bands, this is one of the largest community band festivals in California for more than 20 years. There will be music from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 , and 11 a.m. to 7 […]

Boz Scaggs brings soulful stylings to MontBleu

Grammy-Award winning singer and song writer Boz Scaggs will bring his timeless and soulful stylings of rhythm and blues, jazz and guitar rock to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa over the Memorial Day weekend with a one-night-only show Saturday, May 23. Known for his one-of-a-kind silky voice wrapped around soulful, often introspective lyrics […]

See gardens and more at Shakespeare event

The Placerville Shakespeare Club is hosting a Garden Tour on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The tour will feature two gardens in the charming Placerville historical district, the stunning Boeger Winery garden, two delightful gardens in the beautiful Camino area and one south county garden with forever views. In addition, the historic Placerville […]

Crocker Muesum showcases David Ligare collection

This summer, the Crocker Art Museum presents a major retrospective exhibition, featuring nearly 80 works by Monterey-based contemporary artist David Ligare. The exhibition, “David Ligare: California Classicist,” will be on view June 7 through Sept. 20. A self-proclaimed Classicist, Ligare creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic […]

Choral festival features many sounds

SacSings!, the second annual Sacramento Choral Festival, returns to the Harris Center for the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. The weekend event features 700 singers from 15 different choruses in three separate concerts. The three concerts will feature a variety of musical genres, including pop, jazz, classical, Broadway, sacred/spiritual, folk/Americana and […]

Festivals offer crafts, art and fun

Pacific Fine Arts Festivals, a producer of California’s highest quality art festivals since 1980, has announced its Lake Tahoe event schedule for 2015. The roster includes a variety of two- and three-day festivals providing family-oriented events in scenic settings located throughout the area. All of the events feature a dazzling array of fine arts and […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Monitoring your child’s development

According to the 2014 Children Now California report card, only 1 in 3 children with a developmental disability or delay are identified before entering kindergarten. My child was one of the two who started school without knowing he was delayed. I just thought he was smart. When he was 4 he told me, “My eyes […]

Winterhill’s Shakespeare olive oil wins gold

Every spring in New York City, a leading panel of international experts taste more than 700 extra virgin olive oils from around the world to determine which one deserves to be considered the very best. Winterhill 2015 Shakespeare’s Acre Tuscan Blend Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Winterhill Olive Oil of Placerville, won the gold […]

Stymeists love work and giving back

It wasn’t enough to just get the dings and dents out of their friends and neighbors’ vehicles. Steven and Lori Stymeist wanted to do more. And they did, with Stymeist Collision Center contributing so much to the community that the auto body repair shop came to the attention of the El Dorado County Chamber of […]

Beyond Leadership Development is about success

You’ve got a winning team in your amazing employees, even if each has strong opinions and ideas about how to run the company. If you could just get them to focus and become cohesive in working toward a common goal, this outfit could really go far. What to do? Take a tip from the El […]

As we were: Low snow

25 Years ago May 9, 1990 Sierra snow pack alarmingly paltry by PATTY SULLIVAN As of May 1, California still is experiencing dry conditions similar to the 1977 driest drought year on record, according to Pacific Gas and Electric forecasting officials. The snow pack water content for three Sierra sites was 11 percent of average […]

District Church brings people close to God

“I always said I’d never start a church because it can be a tough profession,” CJ Hatlevig said. “You carry the weight of a lot of people on your shoulders.” Hatlevig watched his pastor father while growing up in Wisconsin and he spent the past 15 years involved in church ministries. But the pull was too […]

Foothill gourmet: Perfect paella

Today’s column features paella, the delicious Spanish rice dish that features meats, shellfish, saffron, broth and vegetables. Recipes include a quick riff on a traditional recipe since it is less work intensive and a slow-cooker paella with some prep, but even less labor. I’m looking forward to trying the slow-cooker one. I never thought it […]

Things to do: May 8, 2015

ONGOING put gold 508 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31 is featuring jewelry maker Claudine Wright, who creates elegant necklaces, bracelets, including stylish watches and earrings with Italian wire mesh and beads. The gallery is also showcasing the popular photographer Mike Ryan. His photography captures images and ideas […]

Best places to watch women’s Amgen Tour

Lake Tahoe’s natural geography of steep climbs and long descents against postcard views will offer plenty of sites to catch race action as the top women cyclists compete in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM, May 8-9. With the start and finish line at Heavenly’s […]

Time to join Community Concert Association

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association’s membership drive for the 2015-16 season is now in full swing. Current members are being contacted by volunteer representatives during the coming weeks to renew their subscriptions. Early-bird memberships for the 2015-16 season will be $60 per adult and $20 per student for six fabulous concerts. After July […]

Duck’s Unlimited raises funds for wildlife

Placerville’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a group known nationwide for its efforts in preserving wildlife habitat, is celebrating its 37th annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Friday, May 8 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. A 2015 Polaris Ranger four-wheel drive boonie-crasher valued at $10,400 will go to the lucky winner […]

Gold Discovery Park goes Victorian

What: Springtime in Coloma: A 49er Extravaganza Who: Marshall Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 Cost: Most activities free, Mother’s Day brunch $20, parking fee Information: 530-344-1895 or 530-622-3470   Mother’s Day brunch, which costs $20 per person, the activities […]

How does your garden grow?

What: Gardens of the Hills Tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Gardens in El Dorado County and Green Acres When: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults $25 and children 12 and younger $10 Information: Like any typical new yard, trial and error often dictate what will grow best. […]

Railtown gives Moms the star treatment

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat moms extra special this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 by offering excursion train rides, giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last) and more. With beautiful wildflowers still in bloom on Mother’s Day, the 6-mile, 45-minute roundtrip […]

Sutter Creek presents James Garner

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street in Sutter Creek, presents James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Garner and his band faithfully recreate Cash’s biggest hits and present historical accounts and personal anecdotes about America’s most beloved singing storyteller in this not-to-be-missed musical event. Garner celebrates the life and music of […]

Cantare Chorale presents spring concert

The Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills will present its 2015 Spring Concert “Give Me Music” on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. A second performance will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Placerville Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode […]

Contemporary ‘Cinderella’ comes to Sacramento

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of  “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” will play the Community Center Theater for a limited engagement from May 12 to 17. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid […]

Mother’s Day dining at the Carson Valley Inn

Katie’s and CV Steak provide two choices and ample availability for Mother’s Day dining at the Carson Valley Inn on Sunday, May 10. CV Steak, the Carson Valley Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse, is open for dinner on Mother’s Day starting at 4:30 p.m. offering a selection of steaks, chops, seafood, chicken, pasta dishes and more. In […]

Two events at the Western Railway Museum

Hot on the heels of a busy April that featured wine and wildflowers, the Western Railway Museum is gearing up for two back-to-back events on May 9 and 10. The Western Railway Museum will commemorate National Train Day (aka Amtrak Days) on Saturday, May 9 with a celebration of the Sacramento Northern Railway National Historic […]

Tahoe Honor Ride raises funds for veterans

On Friday, May 8, immediately following the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage 1 start, the Honor Ride Lake Tahoe begins at Heavenly Mountain Resort, 3860 Saddle Road in South Lake Tahoe at 11:30 a.m. Honor Ride Lake Tahoe is a 19-mile route that departs from Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge and takes participants […]

Rita Hosking Trio to play at Feist Wines

The Rita Hosking Trio will play at Feist Wines in Amador City on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The trio consists of Hosking on vocals and guitar, her husband Sean Feder on dobro and banjo and Bill Dakin on upright bass. Northern California’s Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working […]

Luncheon meeting

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, May 11 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating and doggie viewing are at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is by Foothill Dog Rescue founder Kerry McBride who will share the ins and outs […]

Sac Choral Society presents season finale

Conductor Donald Kendrick and the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra will team up with the California State University, Sacramento Chorus to present choral orchestral music by three modern American classical composers in a powerful season finale titled Songs of Eternity. “We hasten to assure our audience that the music for this concert is considered accessible […]

Things are heating up at Tahoe

Summer brings longer days and Tahoe South is using every extra minute with mega-star concerts, firework shows, food and beer festivals, athletic competitions and celebrity golf action to fill Sierra days and nights.   Sports and outdoors Celebrating 26 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf tournament in the U.S., the American Century Championship returns […]

Remember When Rock Was Young at the Harris Center

“Remember When Rock Was Young,” coming to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Monday and Tuesday, May 11 and 12, stars the multiple award-winning, multi-talented singer, actor and pianist Craig Meyer. He is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the world, one whose strong vocals, […]

Celebrate Mom at BerryFest

Celebrate the Harvest of the Strawberry on Mother’s Day weekend at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. In addition to loads of strawberry treats, shopping, cooking demonstrations and live bands, BerryFest is loaded with fun for the kids with a petting zoo, pony rides, a princess pageant, a strawberry shortcake eating contest, non-stop shows on the Kids Caboose Stage and […]

Learn about the life of bees at symposium

Internationally renowned bee biologist Marla Spivak is coming to the University of California, Davis, on Saturday, May 9. She will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural “Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy.” Spivak, the Distinguished McKnight Professor in the department of entomology at the University of Minnesota, is known for her creative approaches to hive […]

Mother’s Day beats Father’s Day in national survey

Move over Dad. Mom rules again. A new national survey reveals if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fell on the same day, 78 percent of adult children would choose to celebrate Mom over Dad. In fact, 83 percent of those surveyed said they plan to visit their mom on Mother’s Day. The national survey of […]

Life as I know it: Anniversary surprise

One fall, as an anniversary surprise package, I arranged for two rather different short trips on the East Coast. One would be in Maine and the other in Vermont. In Maine, we would get on a sailing schooner for six days and sail around the numerous islands in Penobscot Bay. As part of the experience, […]

Toy Tech strives for excellent customer service

When that knocking in the engine just won’t go away and you pull into the parking lot at the unassuming off-white metal building on Locust Street in Placerville, relax. You’re in good hands at The Toy Tech. Others obviously agree that the business that opened not even three years ago is fast building a solid […]

Seminar to help with love and relationships

The public is invited to an exciting evening workshop about love and relationships with relationship revolutionaries Sonika Tinker and Christian Pedersen on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Tinker and Pedersen open the door to a new paradigm to experiencing more joy, mastery and harmony in all relationships that will open the mind and the new tools […]

World-renowned leaders to be featured

Community and business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills on Friday, May 8 from 8 a.m-3:30 p.m. The Leadercast event is broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including El Dorado Hills. Leadercast exists […]

Urban Yogurt is a sweet success

They might call themselves “a couple of retired grandmas,” but there is nothing shy or retiring about the way Kathy Pastula and Nora Lehman have jumped in with four feet to open a frozen yogurt store in Shingle Springs. Urban Yogurt has quickly gained in popularity, becoming the cream of the shops in a corner […]

At a glance: A big hit

Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run on May 6, 1915. The home run by the 20-year-old pitcher came in the third inning at the Polo Grounds off the first pitch by Yankee right-hander Jack Warhop into the second tier of the right field grandstand. It was his 18th time at bat in the major […]

‘Planet Ocean’ completes Wednesday night film series

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, May 13 with “Planet Ocean” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. “Planet Ocean” is exquisitely filmed at various locations in and around the world’s oceans by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot with the help of […]