Wednesday night movies continue at the Cozmic Café

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with the film “A Fierce Green Fire” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The date is different from the usual second Wednesday of each month because the Buddhist monks were in residence at […]

66th season includes four Music Circus premieres

California Musical Theatre announced the 2016 lineup for Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 66th season for the venerable institution. The season includes four shows that have never been produced at Music Circus: The smash hit musical comedy “Legally Blonde,” based on the hilarious film starring Reese Witherspoon; the family favorite “Seussical,” […]

El Dorado Arts Council expands Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places began in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors chambers at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville two years ago. The program provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work in a solo show bringing art to the community. With the program’s success at the Board of Supervisors, El Dorado […]

Art Studio 360 is ready for Third Saturday

All fresh and ready-to-go for the new year, Art Studio 360 located at 360 Main St. in Placerville has a wide variety of art on display to delight the artistic soul. The studio is a co-op of a group of local artists, led by Joyce Bahnsen, artist and owner. Together the artists bring nearly 400 […]

At a glance: Funny mouse

The Mickey Mouse comic strip debuted in newspapers on Jan. 13, 1930. The strip was written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks and featured Mickey building his own airplane. Like all of the other Mickey Mouse stuff, the comic strip was very popular and soon it was in 40 newspapers in many countries […]

Grow For It! Brrrrrr, it’s cold outside

Some plants can tolerate colder temperatures more than others. These plants can go into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. They can take air temperatures in the 35 to 55 degree range. Many can put down roots early in the cooler conditions so they can be ready for the hot summer. […]

February’s forecast is for poetry and more poetry

El Dorado County has been participating in Poetry Out Loud — a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition since 2016. In its seventh year, the program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state and regional […]

Free education job fair offers many opportunities

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is partnering with Brandman University to host an education hiring event for EDCOE county-wide programs and school districts on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will receive information and application instructions for certificated and classified positions, including substitute opportunities. Individual programs and school districts will […]

Dynamic four-hands jazz piano concert

On Thursday, Jan. 14 El Dorado County Community Concert Association members will be treated to a four-hands jazz piano concert by Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi. Trick and Alderighi, award-winning pianists in their solo work, have combined their love of jazz and their talents to create a dynamic program of four-handed piano duets. The four-handed […]

Needs of nonprofits focus of Women’s Fund Forum

For nearly a decade nonprofits on El Dorado County’s West Slope have benefited from Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED), a collective giving organization that to date has pooled members’ donations to award more than $350,000 in grants. On Jan. 21, members and the general public are invited to attend the WFED Community Needs Forum to […]

Writers to meet in Cameron Park

The El Dorado County Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association is meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The group meets the second Tuesday evening of every month and welcomes authors anywhere on the nonfiction path. The owners of Two Square Books Publishing, […]

Robotics team receives grant from NASA

The El Dorado Union High School District robotics team Circuit Breakers 3189 recently received a grant from NASA to fund its entry fee to the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) that is scheduled for March 24-26 at University of California, Davis. The robotics program was established during the 2009-10 school year as an opportunity […]

Life as I know it: Family pageant

As Christmas of 1997 approached, I began to have an idea for a somewhat different surprise gift for Peggy. We planned to have many of the family here at our home and I thought that I might use most, if not all of the grandchildren and put on a Christmas pageant based upon the biblical […]

As we were: Permit process

25 Years ago Jan. 11, 1991 ‘Snow line’ may thaw By KRISTIN LANG Although they do not yet know where they will hold the anxiously awaited event, El Dorado County supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance establishing the first-come, first-served method of allotting building permits for the South Tahoe area this year. After discussing […]

Sierra Renaissance Society celebrates learning and fun

No friars, no wenches, just older adults teaching, learning and having fun. What’s not to like about learning new things, meeting interesting people and having fun? It’s called participatory learning and it’s the essential premise and promise of the newly formed Sierra Renaissance Society. Don’t be confused. The Renaissance Society isn’t a bunch of hormonal […]

Food bank’s mobile pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. The pantry is for those who are struggling to make ends meet, live in […]

Foothill gourmet: Get stuffed

A useful recipe that we have been using for about 35 years is stuffed French bread. Stuffed French bread is quickly and easily assembled. To many diners, myself included, it’s definitely reminiscent of pizza. Since it is full of complex textures, it is deliciously flavorful. It’s the perfect answer for a game day or party […]

Things to do: Jan. 8, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 31 is featuring Boni Canning, fine art photographer. Canning’s work is characterized by charming and romantic places from her travels in Southern Europe and also local scenes of towns and gardens. Craig Koski is also featured. His colorful dramatic photographs are the result […]

Union Mine grad filming documentaries around the globe

Union Mine High School graduate Spencer Bruttig has found his passion in filmmaking and it is taking him throughout the world — to the California coastline where sea otters and fishermen clash, to the jungles of Belize where an ancient Maya ruin has set his imagination afire, to the African country of Ghana where an […]

An evening with Keb’ Mo’ at Harris Center

Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ will be performing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, March 9 — a rare treat for the region. Keb’ Mo’ released his 12th studio album titled “BLUESAmericana” on Kind of Blue Music on April 22, 2014. […]

Dynamite concert to open 2016 season

What: Concert — Remedy and Tim Dierkes Who: Shingle Springs Community Center Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: [email protected] The Shingle Springs Community Center concert season opens 2016 with a dynamite second Saturday event featuring Remedy and Tim Dierkes. Remedy exemplifies a musical legacy. Not […]

‘Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids’ returns

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids” explores the weird, wacky and unbelievable from chocolate lava and grocery gardens to kid inventors and creepy crawlies — plus tells one whale of a tale. The newest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids has 192 full-color pages of fascinating facts, cool activities and amazing stories that will […]

Fabric and glass come together at Gallery at 48 Natoma

The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom presents “Through the Trees,” an art exhibit featuring fabric art by Marjan Kluepfel and glass sculptures by Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen, Jan. 22 through March 3. An opening reception with refreshments, wine and live harp music by Judy Phillips will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Kluepfel […]

Harris Center hosts world premiere of Fiesta Mexico-Americana

Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is privileged to offer the premiere performance of Los Lobos’ latest project as it begins its debut national tour. “Fiesta Mexico-Americana” is celebrated through song, dance, music and film highlighting the many notable achievements and contributions of Mexican-Americans throughout U.S. history in this new multi-media […]

IT to present ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

Imagination Theater is presenting “Lend Me a Tenor” directed by Jody Klemens. The production runs Feb. 12 through March 6. Winner of three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year, “Lend Me a Tenor” is a wildly entertaining farce. Set in 1934, Saunders, general manager of […]

‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ coming to Crocker Museum

Internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze” series will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum beginning Jan. 24. Artist, curator, architectural designer and social activist Weiwei is arguably the best-known and most successful contemporary artist in China. Born in Beijing in 1957 to the celebrated poet Ai Qing, Weiwei was […]

Free support group After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. In January the […]

Music boosters present Folsom Jazz Festival

The 27th annual Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. at Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Road in Folsom, and Rolling Hills Christian Church, 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills. This year’s guest artists include the Ron Cunha Big Band at noon in Folsom, the Sacramento […]

Two great bands for the price of one

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents a double bill featuring Houston Jones with Suzie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band on Saturday, Jan. 16. The virtuoso musicians in Houston Jones have accumulated several lifetimes of experience — from gospel revival tents to Irish pubs, from the Great Plains to the bayou, from a church […]

Lauren and Lisa to perform at Crystal Basin

Lauren Murphy and Lisa Bond are appearing on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Road in Camino. Due to popular demand two shows are scheduled at 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. This special evening features the performance of one of El Dorado County’s favorite duos Murphy and Bond. Murphy recently relocated to the eclectic […]

Camera club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The topic will be Gear Talk. This will be a time to share favorite gear and gadgets that enhance the photography experience; whether they are old-time favorites or something new from Christmas. The topic for this month’s photo […]

Music on the Divide presents Bob Malone

Music on the Divide is offering a post-holiday gift for the community — the keyboard wizardry of Bob Malone in concert on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Georgetown Oddfellows Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown. Classically trained and with a degree in jazz, Malone plays a high-energy hybrid of rock, blues and […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue seeks volunteers

Sierra Wildlife Rescue is having an Orientation Class/Tour for anyone interested in volunteering or rehabbing with SWR. The class will feature a tour of SWR’s animals in rehab in videos, photos and discussions, as well as information on the wide variety of other volunteer opportunities with SWR. This is a chance to talk in person to […]

Free tax service is available

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 through April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and […]

Take a chance and find a ‘blind date’ at the library

Are you tired of the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year? Feeling adventurous and ready to try something new? Now through Feb. 29, the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, will be hosting “Blind Date with a Book.” Adults are invited to pick books from among potential […]

Free Aging and Caregiver educational series in Greenwood

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program is presenting a free Aging and Caregiver educational series in Greenwood. The educational series will be held Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193 in Greenwood. The series will provide instruction and support […]

Grow For it! Enrich your gardening knowledge in 2016

One thing all Master Gardeners share is a love of sharing gardening knowledge. Your El Dorado County Master Gardeners’ specific mission is to teach and effectively extend University of California Cooperative Extension research-based information through the use of trained and certified volunteers to address gardening needs in El Dorado County. Hold on to those gardening […]

Holy Trinity principal praises new role

Christopher Nelson hasn’t always been Catholic, but Holy Trinity School’s new principal has taken the reins to lead the school with gusto. “Catholic schools brought me into the faith,” he said. Baptized Methodist, Nelson said he wasn’t practicing when he became a teacher in his native Southern California. The University of California, Los Angeles grad […]

At a glance: Glance skyward

The new year starts out with the Quadrantid meteor shower through Jan. 10. Hopefully it will clear up so everyone can see this show of about 25 bright fireballs per hour. January is California Restaurant Month and there are some brilliant culinary adventures to enjoy at some of El Dorado County’s bright spots.   Some […]

Legal issues focus of Divide Women’s Club talk

Diana Steele from El Dorado County Senior Legal Services will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Divide Women’s Club on Thursday, Jan. 21. Steele will provide information on legal matters such as estate planning, public benefits, consumer issues, health care, real property and abuse and exploitation. DWC meetings start at 12:30 p.m. with […]

As we were: Holiday DUIs down

25 Years ago Jan. 4, 1991 DUIs down for New Year’s By MARY NEAL Despite the drunk-driving crackdown on the Western Slope, and although the number of drunk driving arrests nearly doubled during 1990, local drunk driving arrests declined over the New Year’s holiday, authorities said. In the city limits, a total of four people […]

Where there’s a Willow, there’s a way … to find joy

With her platinum hair and shapely long legs, not to mention her incredibly long eyelashes, Willow Mae is the type of gal who can light up a room just by walking in. That’s what happened Monday when the 4-year-old poodle-golden retriever cross — called a “golden doodle” by her pal, Betsy Christ — walked into […]

Phillipsen family has a wonderful life with Guide Dogs

In June 1998 the Phillipsen family attended a graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. They made the effort because a neighbor had raised a guide dog puppy and it was graduating with a seeing-impaired human partner. With three young children in tow, it seemed almost silly to be going to […]

Help for females with alcohol and drug problems

An alarming 73 percent of girls and women who experience domestic violence or other life-changing trauma end up abusing alcohol or drugs or both, according to statistics from Kristin Hunt of Tahoe Turning Point’s branch office in Placerville. Because of that depressing number, a grant was administered by the Women’s Fund of El Dorado in […]

Things to do: Jan. 1, 2016

ONGOING put gold 101 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Jan. 4 through 31 is featuring the stunning jewelry of Leah Delmer of Miss Leah Dee Jewelry. Using silver and semiprecious stones Delmer creates works inspired by Native American and Mexican silversmith traditions and techniques. She is also well versed in […]