At a glance: Catch a falling star

The peak night for catching the Perseid meteor shower is Wednesday, Aug. 12 to Thursday, Aug. 13. The debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle could generate 100 meteors per hour in a clear, dark sky away from light pollution. The Perseids happen every August and are active through Aug. 26. Meteor showers are named after the […]

Grow For It! Yikes — bugs in my squash!

It’s been a long, hard week at work … at home, you meander out into the garden. Strolling along you admire all the plants, a testimony to your hard work. Suddenly you notice a sickly plant and are drawn to the squash with the yellow, wilting leaves. Concerned, you stoop to examine it and two […]

Writer to ‘whip’ up crowd

The whips, as stagecoach drivers of the Old West were called, all hung out together drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. How could one of them — for 30 years — keep secret the fact that “he” was actually a woman? Hollywood actress Karen Kondazian became fascinated with the story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst decades ago, […]

The important things: The 360 degree life

Why can it be so challenging to live at the speed of life? To live fully in charge while sitting in the driver’s seat of our lives takes courage, vigilance and our very best effort. Maybe we want to experience all that is good and beautiful in life while savoring every delicious moment, so we […]

Gold and Outdoor Festival celebrates Old West tradition

Grab your sense of adventure and your gold pans and head for the Gold and Outdoor Festival at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23. Presented by the Delta Gold Diggers and sponsored by Gold Prospectors Association of America this is an old-fashioned good time and the chance to bring […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band puts on free performance

The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 18th season with a free public concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 at the outdoor band shell in Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. The band’s performance is part of a summer series of outdoor concerts sponsored by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. Under the baton of […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Reaching all children

First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission’s vision is that all children enter school ready to learn. This vision is supported by a strategic plan that guides investments in children’s health, development, literacy, care and collaboration. According to research, the first five years of life are critical: • Early investments yield a high return. […]

Lifeline conducting screening in Shingle Springs

Residents living in and around the Shingle Springs area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, will host this community event on Sept. 4. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup […]

Banner year for Amador County Fair

Troy Bowers, CEO of the Amador County Fair, reported that revenue and attendance through the gates of the Amador County Fair was up considerably over 2014. While acknowledging that attendance last year was affected by the Sand Fire that started on Friday of the fair, this year’s numbers reflect more than a 6 percent increase […]

‘Mean Mom’s Guide’ is full of helpful tips

Book: “The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids” Author: Joanne Kraft Publisher: Leafwood Publishers, March 2015, paperback and e-book versions, 256 pages   Tiger Moms, beware! Mean Moms are speaking up, some 75 of them. Instilling boundaries in the lives of children. The Mean Mom “keeps her word when it’s hard; gives, models and […]

Class to offer parenting tools

Cold Springs Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is hosting Parenting the Love and Logic Way on Thursday’s from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 27 through Oct. 1. The course will offer “some practical ideas for raising responsible kids who feel great about themselves.” This six session parenting course, developed by the Love and Logic […]

Chess club has the right moves

It was 2:30 in the morning and Laurie Goodremote’s husband Peter still wasn’t home from playing chess in Placerville. She was just about to call the hospital when in walked hubby, apologetic and explaining that the game took a little longer than expected. She really couldn’t get that mad, because it was Laurie who saw […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago Aug. 10, 1990 Road maintenance draws discussion By JOHN SAMMON Budget talks appear to confirm that more workers soon will be available to battle the deteriorating condition of El Dorado County roads. Transportation Director Scott Chadd said the DOT is struggling to deal with an increased demand for services, and two areas in […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its mobile food pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need them. If you are struggling to make ends meet, […]

Time to register for Girl Scouts

As families start thinking about their children returning to school, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports […]

Foothill gourmet: Good tastes

Today’s column focuses on sweet and savory. Remember how mom always told you that you had to finish your meal before you could have dessert. So I’ll start with delicious savory toppings for toast. Then I’ll share some ideas for bar cookies. Toasts, cream cheese veggie — Purée 4 ounces cream cheese with 1 tablespoon […]

Things to do: Aug. 7, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 6 is featuring Karen Hunziker, prolific painter in watercolor and mixed media whose work is influenced by Russian folk themes. Also featured in August is the unique watercolors of Diane Tharp. Her whimsical animal themes show great originality as well as a love […]

‘See Jane Sing’ pairs Jane Lynch with special guests

“See Jane Sing: Broadway with a Twist” is an evening of musical comedy, wit and the occasional show tune from Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Jane Lynch on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. at Mondavi Center Jackson Hall in Davis. Backed by The Tony Guerrero Quintet and with special guest Kate Flannery (NBC’s “The […]

Summer music series is winding down

El Dorado County’s ultimate crooner and local legend Bob Rawleigh brings the summer music series to a close at Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in the Pleasant Valley area, on Saturday, Aug. 8 evening. Rawleigh blends the style of legendary greats like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett with today’s favorites like Michael […]

Capital Stage presents a special performance

Capital Stage presents the return of Capital Stage favorite Katie Rubin in her one-woman show,  “Insides Out.” Rubin has entertained Capital Stage audiences with her hilarious performances in “The North Plan,” “In the Next Room” and “Hunter Gathers,” as well as with her other solo shows “My Spiritual Death,” “Death,” “Amazing and Sage” and “Why […]

Step back in time at Great Gatsby Festival

Step back to the fabulous, carefree days of the “Roaring ’20s” at the 30th annual Great Gatsby Festival on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tallac Historic Site on Highway 89 in South Shore, Lake Tahoe. This free annual event is the highlight of summer. Enjoy living history […]

Moe Bandy and TG Sheppard in concert

Both Moe Bandy and T.G. Sheppard sold out when they appeared in the Carson Valley Inn’s Valley Ballroom two years ago, so the inn is bringing them together on one night in the much larger TJ’s Corral for a special concert night featuring both artists on Saturday, Aug. 8. Bandy’s long string of hits include […]

Classical guitarist performs TV and movie scores

Classical music scores from the hit PBS TV-series “Downton Abbey,” Hollywood classics “Sense and Sensibility” and the Hitchcock masterpiece “Psycho” along with flamenco and dance-inspired symphonies will highlight the second weekend of Lake Tahoe SummerFest. Ana Vidović, premier classical guitarist of her generation, along with Jeremy McCoy, a critically acclaimed double bass player with the […]

Guitar champion plays at Sutter Creek

Michael Chapdelaine, national fingerstyle and national classical guitar champion is appearing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Only one person — Chapdelaine — has ever won the world’s top competitions in both fingerstyle and classical guitar, the 1998 National Fingerpicking Champion and the […]

John Mellencamp delivers in return to Sacramento

John Mellencamp’s music doesn’t come from the east or west coasts, it’s from America’s heartland. In July Mellencamp, backed by a six-piece band, showcased his music at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater as part of his 80-city Plain Spoken Tour that wraps up soon in his native Indiana. It’s been awhile since Mellencamp played the River […]

Music festival features nationally known talent

What: FolsomFest Who: Carrera Productions and Folsom Chamber of Commerce Where: Rodeo Park, 200 Stafford St. in Folsom When: Saturday, Aug. 8, gates open at 2 p.m. show 3-9:45 p.m. Cost: Adults $45, children 7-12 $10, children 6 and younger free Information: (916) 941-9001 or   The sounds of rhythm & blues, Americana rock and roots music will have people dancing into […]

Award-winning art on display at Shakspeare Club

The 49th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition presented by the Placerville Arts Association is on display at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville, with a stunning array of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art from realism to abstract and experimental in a variety of media. The categories include seascape, landscape, portrait, still life, animals, miniature […]

PAA presents Matt Sugarman art award

The Mother Lode Art Exhibition is proud this year to add the Matt Sugarman Memorial Award to its list of awards given out at its 49th annual national show. Placerville Arts Association thanks Allan and Celeste (Bunnell) Beilharz for sponsoring this special award in Sugarman’s name. This free art event is currently open daily from […]

Shingle Springs concerts continue to rock

In July of 2014 the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, started its second Saturday concerts —  the first featuring Achilles Wheel and Hickory Wind. The idea was to showcase local talent in a concert-style setting and create a monthly event that the community would enjoy and look forward to. […]

Music rocks in Shingle Springs

The Shingle Springs Community Center concerts continue with an amazing showcase of talent on Saturday, Aug. 8 featuring the band Merry Mac along with opening act Christain DeWild. DeWild  is a charismatic performer as well as an accomplished songwriter. He is just as at home singing solo as he is fronting his own rocking band. DeWild’s […]

Moonalice brings San Francisco ’60s sound to Truckee

The band Moonalice, a psychedelic, roots-rock ensemble of seasoned musicians, is playing at the Salty Gebhardt Amphitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park, 10050 Brockway Road in Truckee, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Hailing from the Bay Area, Moonalice mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations. Moonalice was […]

Galleries in Midtown Sac offer eclectic Second Saturday

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. Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more. […]

See demo at Camera Club meeting

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. Our speaker this month will be Dana Gumbiner. She will be demonstrating the Lyve Photo Storage & Display system. The system is a home-based photo organizer that allows users to use several different devices to access pictures. For […]

‘Good Day’ to celebrate 20th anniversary at Railroad Museum

Celebrating two decades on-the-air in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto market, KMAX-TV plans to broadcast its 20th anniversary “Good Day” program from the California State Railroad Museum. The live broadcast is set for Friday, Aug. 14 from 7-10 a.m. Emblematic of the region and surrounded by an impressive collection of historic locomotives, railroad-related exhibits and prized artifacts, a […]

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ auditions at IT

Imagination Theater announces the upcoming auditions for the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” directed by Jody Klemens on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. This madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. All roles are available: Max — assistant […]

Free trees for new Arbor Day members

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. — Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and […]

But you can never leave: MORE boutique store has more

It was entirely appropriate that the Eagles’ “Hotel California” was playing through the sound system at the Something MORE Boutique on Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Because (with apologies to Glenn Frey and Don Henley) you can check out anything you like and if you had your way, you would never leave. Just try to […]

Rubik’s Cube is no puzzle for Speed Cuber

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

Skydiving great-grandma takes a giant leap

Proving that age is no barrier to an adventurous spirit, Placerville resident Ida-May Hicks and her son Mark celebrated their birthdays by skydiving together on July 25. A great-grandmother who turned 85 on Aug. 2, Hicks’ son was also facing a milestone birthday as he turned 60 five days earlier. “My son and I are kind of daredevils … […]

Quality child care matters to the community

  High 5 for Quality in El Dorado County is one of 17 model California counties in the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge quality improvement program, offered through First 5 El Dorado Commission, the Early Care and Education Planning Council and the California Department of Education. This program invests in quality child […]

At a glance: A base to stand on

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty pedestal was laid on Aug. 5, 1884 on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor. The gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, with the frame work designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, would be dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. “Liberty Enlightening the World” still […]

Master Food Preservers: Tons of Tomatoes and Zillions of Zucchinis

Do neighbors pull down their window shades pretending they are not home when they see you coming up the driveway bearing bags of tomatoes and zucchinis? Were your plants so wonderfully productive this season that even the moles, raccoons, skunks and deer didn’t finish them off? Great — the UCCE Master Food Preservers and Master […]

Grow For It!: Plant an herb or veggie garden

Looking for ideas for starting and maintaining an herb or vegetable garden? Well, the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have a deal for you. Perched in the Sherwood Demonstration Garden at the El Dorado Center, Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, is an herb and vegetable garden constructed by Master Gardeners […]

Series to explore tenets of Islam

Lessons on Islam: A Mutual Exploration is being presented at the El Dorado Baha’i Center, 484 Pleasant Valley, Suite 6, in Diamond Springs, starting on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Facilitators are Brandon Gagliardo and Linn Williamson. This six-part series, which meets once monthly, will be a respectful and mutual exploration into the basic tenets of Islam, to […]

DKGamma presents awards

Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, local chapter Epsilon Chi, completed a busy year by awarding scholarships and recognizing member achievements that focus on the international goal to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators. The $300 Edna Miller Continuing Education scholarships were awarded to Mary Ferrill, Behnaz Gangursky and […]