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 […]

Grow For It! Graywater in the garden

Picture your favorite shrubs green and healthy all summer with water from your clothes washer. Imagine several small fruit trees thriving with regular irrigation from your shower. Yes — that wastewater you and your family produce can actually be a resource. Two weeks ago we wrote about the wonders of harvesting rain water — today […]

Bacon-wrapped fun at Hog Days

The 2015 theme, “Hog Days of Summer” is proving to be a truly enjoyable theme for the El Dorado County Fair set for June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Jody Gray, the fair’s CEO said she and her staff had a great time researching ideas for the Entry […]

Baby bird nursery needs volunteers

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Baby Bird Nursery opened on May 2, but is so short of volunteers to feed the babies this year that it may have to close its doors before the end of the month. SWR has been feeding and caring for orphaned and injured nestlings and fledglings since its inception in 1992. The […]

Enroll now for EDCOE preschool programs

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) child development programs are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. These programs provide an enriching preschool experience for children ages 3 to 5 years. Both full-cost and income-eligible subsidized families may apply for children turning 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Nathan M. Fairchild

Army Pvt. Nathan M. Fairchild has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Women’s Amgen tours Tahoe

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling road race which for the first time boasts a new four-stage international women’s competition. Fourteen women’s cycling race teams from around the world have been selected to compete in the inagural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race. AGE sports […]

As we were: Money, money, money

25 Years ago May 4, 1990 Auditor says bonds affect General Fund By URSULA ROSE Buy now and pay later — it’s a way of getting something without feeling the pinch right away. But the pinch on the county’s General Fund because of the bond debt recently incurred now looks more like a punch, and so […]

Placerville Wienerschnitzel owner is a top dog

When he became the janitor at a hot dog restaurant in San Jose 40 years ago, Farouk Diab didn’t think for a second that he would still be working for Wienerschnitzel four decades later. But he took to the store like mustard to a hot dog and now owns 18 of the distinctive yellow, red […]

Crafting a perfect gift for Mom

OK, kids, don’t try this at home. Dumping gobs of paint on the dining room table is not allowed, nor is slinging the paint wildly about the living room — but you can do both and not get into trouble at the Craft Castle in Cameron Park. In fact, Mom might even say, “Thanks.” Kids […]

Electronic assessments help support student success

Students throughout El Dorado County have begun the new computerized assessments known as Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. The assessments are new, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards. These assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. Educators — from […]

Sac State promotes biking to campus

May is Bike Month, a good time to ditch the gas guzzler and those cruises around campus looking for parking. Try it for a day, maybe all month. Bike to California State University, Sacramento Day is Wednesday, May 6, with University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) hosting a special event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in […]

El Dorado Hills Senior Center offers guitar and ukulele lessons

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center is offering Intro to Guitar and Ukulele lessons specifically for seniors. Classes are four weeks long with a class fee of $42. Guitar lessons are held on Thursdays from 1-1:45 p.m. and begin May 7 and go to May 28. Ukulele lessons are on Mondays from 2-2:45 p.m. and […]

Foothill dining: Cinco de Mayo celebration

Throw the best fiesta around this Cinco de Mayo. QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the most flavorful Mexican recipes to celebrate. Below are some of his favorite finger foods perfect for this year’s fiesta.   Beef and cheese empanadas (Yields eight) Venable’s insider tip: “Don’t have time to make homemade […]

Hangtown Kennel Club wins AKC award

The American Kennel Club’s Public Education and Government Relations Divisions grants a special award for community achievement four times per year to honor exemplary public education and government relations efforts. Honorees receive a certificate of recognition and their club receives $1,000 to further public education and strengthen government relations efforts within their community. Nominations are […]

El Dorado Camera Club to have competition

A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. There are multiple categories for color and black & white prints. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and […]

El Dorado County Pageant accepting entries

The El Dorado County Pageant has returned. The pageant will be held Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, on opening night of the El Dorado County Fair. Young women ages 12-29 are invited to consider participating in this year’s pageant. This is a natural […]

New chess club forming

People of all ages are invited to participate in a new chess club sponsored by El Dorado Hills Community Services District. The club starts up Wednesday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. and will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The club will be under the leadership of local resident Wil […]

Grilling with grains

If your outdoor grilling menu calls for easy, gluten-free dishes to accompany your favorite flame-kissed foods, sorghum may be your secret to success. Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain, is a highly versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of preparations, such as leavened and unleavened breads, fermented and unfermented beverages and a […]

The ultimate guide for the smart traveler

With Americans traveling more than ever today, both domestically and internationally, it’s important to develop smart traveling habits. Whether you are venturing around the world or road-tripping across your home state, traveling smart is a must if you want to get the most out of your vacation without spending more. According to a Bank of […]

Home Care Assistance helps seniors thrive

When El Dorado Hills residents Glen and Monica Krakow considered a move to Texas to live near their aging parents two years ago, friends pleaded with the couple to stay. After all, the Krakows developed deep roots in the area while raising their two grown children and by virtue of owning the Pak Mail in […]

Inspiration at Anytime Fitness Cameron Park

Mary Ann’s story As Anytime Fitness in Cameron Parks celebrates two years of helping people get and stay fit, be healthier and feel better, I find myself touched by the personal stories of some of our terrific members. As an example, I’d like to share Mary Ann’s story with you. Mary Ann Harper, 73, was enjoying […]

Monthly senior orientation program

Are you 50 yet? If you are new to the area or have never been to El Dorado Hills Senior Center, here is an opportunity to learn all about it. The first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. the staff at the center invites the public for refreshments, a senior center tour and a […]

Senior of the Year nominees

The Senior of the Year award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 12 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, hosted by the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging. The Senior of the Year award […]

Help is available

A voice could be heard in the background as the woman spoke, her phone message urgent: “I’m really desperate. I just need help.” That one haunts the staff at El Dorado County Senior Peer Counseling because the caller never left a name or phone number so they could try to reach out and offer that […]

How to stop Medicare fraud

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers and people with Medicare lots of money each year. Most doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers who work with Medicare are honest. Unfortunately, some aren’t. One common form of Medicare fraud is when Medicare is billed for health care services or benefits a patient never received. Someone could have gotten access […]

CHP senior volunteer Robert Leon

Waking up before dawn to drive up and down the freeway as commuters pack the lanes might not sound like fun … but imagine doing so in a car that looks similar to a California Highway Patrol vehicle … in the carpool lane. “We just go up and down … and see how quick (violators) pull over,” […]

Things to do: May 1, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, May 4 through May 31, is featuring photographer Mike Ryan. His unique photography captures images and ideas in original and creative statements. Also featured this month is jewelry maker Claudine Wright. This month three pairs of artists are participating in the new “Shared Inspirations” feature […]

Olde Coloma Theatre opens 2015 melodrama season

Hear ye, hear ye, the Olde Coloma Theatre is proud to announce the opening of its 2015 season. This year is sure to be one of the best seasons in recent years with many experienced local writers contributing their talents to the melodrama stage according to theater personnel. “We are also excited to reveal a […]

UCCE Master Gardener plant selection

The UCCE Master Gardeners Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2 at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will have a wide variety of plants available. Payment is cash or check only. For more information call 530-621-5512, e-mail [email protected] or go online at Arrive early for the best selection. Take out […]

Folsom: Nimbus Fish Hatchery — a watery kingdom of wildlife

The speed limit on Highway 50 above the Nimbus Dam is 65 mph, so of course everyone’s zipping along at 80 — but just to the north of the freeway there’s a drama under the river where the traffic is every bit as daring in its own dance of life and death. There’s arguably more […]

Delta Wires blow into Sutter Creek

Delta Wires is coming to Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Take one talented Italian city kid with his harmonica and his boyhood bass-playing buddy, raised in the Oakland/East Bay Area — the heart of West Coast blues — add a virtuoso guitarist and talented three-piece horn […]

‘Disney’s High School Musical’ teaches life lessons

What: “Disney’s High School Musical” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: May 1-17 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information:   If you’ve always thought that the only thing wrong with “Romeo & Juliet” was that the star-crossed lovers died at the end of Shakespeare’s classic, then the play being […]