Essay contest seeks entries

The El Dorado County Democrats Party announces its 11th annual essay contest for high school juniors and seniors attending the public schools in El Dorado County. The essay question is based on the six goals in the Preamble to the Constitution. • To form a more Perfect Union • Establish Justice • Insure domestic Tranquility […]

Caroling contest invites entries

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 4-8 p.m. in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Again this year, the event will feature a holiday caroling contest as part of the entertainment, […]

Sacramento History Museum is committed to hiring military veterans

With a staff comprised of more than 25 percent military veterans, the Sacramento History Museum is dedicated to seeking out, hiring and retaining capable and dedicated military veterans whenever possible. Currently, the museum employs eight military veterans who proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces as follows: two from the Army, three from the Navy […]

HELP walk raises emergency funds

A walk to raise funds for Housing Emergency Lodging Program (HELP) was a success. On Sunday. Oct. 18 the 54 walkers and six dogs took off from the depot on Mosquito Road in Placerville. A unique factor for this fundraiser was several of the walkers were 80-plus years old and they have walked each year and […]

Nordic Ski Patrol seeks snowshoe patrollers

The El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol (EDNSP) is a volunteer service organization that patrols backcountry areas of the El Dorado National Forest. The patrol prides itself on professionalism and preparedness in the wilderness. The members come from many different backgrounds and experiences, but the common bond is a love of the outdoors. The patrol works as […]

New Redbud Threshold Choir seeks members

The new Redbud Threshold Choir is looking for members. Threshold Choir is an international volunteer organization founded in 2000 in Marin County. Local Threshold Choir chapters send small groups of women to sing a capella at the bedsides of those facing the end of life or working through chronic disease or rehabilitation from illness or […]

Grow For It! Citrus in the home garden

What do you look forward to eating in the winter months? Could it be tangy, sweet, tart citrus? Many of these delicious, evergreen fruit trees can be successfully grown in areas of El Dorado County creating a beautiful-year round view and delectable fruit full of vitamin C. Choosing citrus for your garden will depend on […]

Join Ponderosa actors for ‘Breakfast’

What: “The Breakfast Club” Who: Ponderosa High School drama students Where: Ponderosa High School Little Theatre, 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs When: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. (matinée) and 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 14 […]

Safeway earns excellence in employment award

It was Safeway’s day to shine on Oct. 23 as the Cameron Park store received an award for Excellence in Employment from the nonprofit group, InAlliance. “Safeway was given the award because of its commitment to diversity in the workplace and for expanding job opportunities for those with development disabilities,” said Jeralynn Strong. Strong, who presented the […]

Learn about technical tricks

The Sierra Renaissance Society presents iPhone/iPad Tips and Tricks on Friday, Nov. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. Tom Dillon, retired Silicon Valley high-tech executive, will make the presentation in the Community Room, C-102. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of tasks one can do with the iPhone […]

El Dorado Camera Club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The topic will be Member Slide Shows — 2015 Highlights. For this year in review members will be sharing slide shows of photos they have taken during the past year — either highlights of the year or a […]

As we were: Past drought

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1990 Dry ’91 prospects mulled by experts By JOHN SAMMON Even money the current four-year drought will drag into a fifth year. If it does, the only consolation for local residents is that El Dorado County apparently will be in better shape than many areas of California. “What if?” —  was […]

Shingle Springs Montessori school celebrates expansion

If you didn’t have a happy feeling at the California Montessori Project school in Shingle Springs during its recent open house, check to see if you still have a pulse. As the youngsters sang, “I Get a Happy Feeling Here at CMP” to welcome their guests, not a face was left unsmiling as visitors wound […]

Foothill dining: Super staple

Squash is one of best staples of the fall season. The versatile vegetable can be used with pasta and salads or provides the perfect base for a soup or main entrée.   Butternut squash soup with pumpkin butter (Serves 4) David’s insider tip: “If you’re hosting a buffet or holiday meal, consider keeping this soup […]

Serious subjects explored in El Dorado fall play

What: “The Love of the Nightingale” Who: El Dorado High School drama department Where: Studio 81, on the El Dorado High campus, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Nov. 5 through Nov. 14 Cost: $12 adults, $10 students Information: (530) 333-7168 or visit   El Dorado High School senior Elizabeth Vaccaro couldn’t wait to see […]

Versatile vegetable for the fall

Squash is one of best staples of the fall season. The versatile vegetable can be used with pasta and salads or provides the perfect base for a soup or main entrée.   Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce (Serves 8–10) David’s insider tip: “Dinner guests will think you spent hours making this elegant dish, […]

Things to do: Oct. 30, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Hayne studied fine art at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with a focus on printmaking. Her work is represented by images of iconic natural elements, flora and fauna in black and white with […]

Scrooge and the ghosts set to fly

What: “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 30 through Nov. 15 Cost: $14.75 to $37 Information: or (916) 608-6888 For the past five years, 17-year-old Kelly Maur of El Dorado Hills has been dying to be a ghost. When she […]

Get scared in Roseville

Get Bit! at Callson Manor ScarePark is an extreme haunted event in Northern California. Spread out over 2.5 acres, Callson Manor ScarePark 2015 has been supercharged with fear and five new attractions. There is new original special FX makeup by Alchemy FX and more scares and terrifying animatronics than ever before. Callson Manor ScarePark is […]

Pastels capture the brilliance of life

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Biennial Signature Member Exhibition is hanging at the El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, through Nov. 20. Judge for this year’s show was artist and teacher Waif Mullins from Chico. He recognized seven artists with awards. Best of Show went to Tina Moore for “Attitude.” Awards of Excellence […]

Railroad Museum presents photo seminars

Lights, camera, action! California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a two-part “Trains and Tripods Photo Opportunity and Lighting Seminar” for photographers on Friday evening, Oct. 30 and Saturday morning, Oct. 31. The unique program starts with an optional, fast-paced and information-packed seminar about existing light photography on Friday […]

Haunting time at EDH bookstore

In celebration of the spooky season, four accomplished authors of paranormal novels for teens are gathering at the indie bookstore Face in a Book for a night of haunting tales. The free, themed event goes from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Each author will share an eerie excerpt from her book, followed by a […]

Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk to raise funds

Support El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity and Young Life on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk at Cornerstone Christian Church, 931 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Registration for the family event starts at 10 a.m. and the 5K begins at noon. Costumes are welcome for the run that will take place along […]

Vampire Ball returns to Sac

Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball is back home in Sacramento, where the ball originated seven years ago. The public is invited to attend From Dusk Till Dawn on Halloween Night, Oct. 31 at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. near Old Sacramento. Guests can wind their way through the haunted museum while perusing the many antique cars, campers, trailers and […]

Learn about Calaveras wines

Tom Bender will speak about the “History of Wine” on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 2-3 p.m. at the Angels Camp Museum, 753 South Main St. in Angels Camp. Bender has been a culinary arts instructor at Columbia College for 38 years. He teaches introduction to wines, dining room management and restaurant business planning. Calaveras’ local wine industry got […]

Musical benefit for children on Halloween

A benefit for Rodney, 3 years old, and Luigi, 16 months old, is Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Gold Trail Grange, No. 452, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma. The children lost their mother in a tragic car accident. Their families have been longtime residents of El Dorado County and are blessed to have the love and support of […]

Sacramento area museums honor military veterans

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In November many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are […]

This year’s FeNAM includes Grateful Dead pair

With 10 days to fill, California State University, Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music has a lineup from Nov. 6 through 15 to please all music lovers with a variety of forms and artists and even includes a couple of former members of the Grateful Dead. FeNAM’s featured composer is Kurt Rohde, who will present […]

A harvest of art on Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is excited about the results of its call to artists for the second annual invitational art show. This year’s theme is “Visions of the Harvest.” This exhibit will display works depicting all aspects of the harvest and will include two- and three-dimensional art. Show dates are Oct. 30 through […]

At a glance: Terrific trio

Early risers will have a nice treat to look at from Nov. 1 to 3. Check out the eastern sky just before dawn to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter in close proximity. Mars is the dimmest of this trio.   Clothes tell a story Fashions dating back to the 1800s will be showcased at the […]

Sierra Renaissance Society presents Art and Culture in El Dorado County

Sierra Renaissance Society is presenting Alisyn Gularte, director of operations and outreach at the El Dorado Arts Council, on Friday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, in the Community Room, C 102, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. Admission is free and parking is $2. El Dorado Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, is a bustling hub of creativity in El Dorado County empowering artistic visions at all stages of development and promoting a vibrant community, both culturally and economically. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Gularte present details about EDAC’s existence — why this organization is important to everyone in El Dorado County, what programs are available across a broad spectrum of the community and how community members can get involved. Raised in the arts world, Gularte has performed on stage and in film. She won the distinct honor of being named Kaucher Mitchell Event in Excellence in Oral Interpretation. After graduating from San Jose State University, she started working for the arts in the nonprofit world, which eventually landed her the director of operations and outreach at the arts […]

‘Haunted Lake Tahoe’ fits the Halloween season

Book: “Haunted Lake Tahoe” Author: Janice Oberding Publisher: Arcadia Publishing and the History Press, Sept. 14, 2015, 128 pages, paperback and e-book versions   Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe in the Cal-Neva Lodge, an old hermit in the depths of Lake Tahoe and mansions along the shoreline — hauntings all, according to Nevada author and […]

Addams Family scares up laughter at Oak Ridge

What:  “The Addams Family — A New Musical” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.; […]

Grow For It! Putting your garden to bed

The tasks of putting your garden to bed and preparing for 2016 offers new beginnings with experience gained from a fourth year of drought. Gardeners can use what has been learned about drought for successful gardening next year. It’s the ultimate feel-good do-over. First, clean up the garden, composting and post-harvest vegetable crops. If plant […]

Fill empty bowls in El Dorado Hills

Oak Ridge High School is hosting an Empty Bowls Dinner at Oak Ridge, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills, on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 4-8 p.m. Oak Ridge social science teacher Steve Seely and his students have been working on this event for quite some time. The Food Bank of El Dorado County will […]

The important things: How to talk back

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, (or) a hell of heaven.” — John Milton What is your big crazy dream? Is it a dream that is almost too bold to articulate? Do you dare to speak it out loud? It takes train loads of courage to speak a […]

Bipolar Insights: Wounds

Frequently I hear the recommendation to simply “put the past behind you.” That would be such wonderful and welcome advice if only that comment came with an explanation on how to accomplish that task. Deep inside each of many is a wound that was placed there by someone else. Without warning — a word, a […]

Hundreds participate in the Run for the Gold!

More than 300 students from more than 30 El Dorado County schools ran 1K/2K/5K races on Saturday, Sept. 26, during the Run for the Gold! — a fundraising race benefitting the Boys and Girls Club Western Slope. Students in grades first through eight traversed courses plotted on Union Mine High School’s picturesque campus and were […]

As we were: Water for the future

25 Years ago Oct. 29, 1990 Ditch is no ‘pipe’ dream By JOHN SAMMON To prove the Crawford Ditch is not a pipe dream, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) conducted a media tour Friday of the facility. Newspaper and TV reporters got a chance to see the project that will bring water from the North […]

Donations needed for fundraiser

Donations Needed – Soup, Bread, Baked Good and Home-made Bowls The Empty Bowls Supper is a fall tradition in El Dorado County. The supper is a fun and meaningful event to raise funds for the hungry, while raising awareness of hunger. The basic concept is simple. Professional and student artists create hand-made ceramic bowls. Guests […]

Night at the Library blends literature, art, music

Enjoy food, wine, music and artwork while strolling the book stacks at the Friends of the Library’s third annual Night at the Library event Nov. 1 from 4-7 p.m. Local wineries, restaurants and artists will be showcased and original art will be available for purchase. Artist Ramona Kaye Beckwith’s auction offering is “Out of the […]

Grow, preserve and craft — Masters offer knowledge

When Cheryl met Gerry almost 50 years ago, she was intrigued by a pressure cooker the bachelor had in his home. She’d been wanting to try her hand at fixin’ up a batch of beans … “We had beans on the ceiling and we were finding them in the strangest places for a long time […]

Foothill gourmet: Nutty tips

Last weekend we made and brought nutty pecan bars to friends for the dessert course. It was fun to try a new recipe and the nutty pecan bars were welcomed. Tips to make the recipe are also included in today’s column. For deep nutty flavor, don’t rely on baking to brown nuts. Always toast nuts […]

Things to do: Oct. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 1 is showing the elegant photography of Kelly Morris, a native Californian and a world traveler. His sweeping landscapes, filled with atmosphere and light, are printed on canvas. Also the colorful, harmonious oil paintings of Barbie Smith are being showcased. Her subjects are […]

Francis and Joy Carpenter celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Francis and Joy Carpenter of Rescue aren’t planning anything special for their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 28. They’ll just stay home, sitting in their favorite chairs, maybe watch a little TV. It will be comfortable, content and satisfying, because there is nothing they enjoy more than the company of one another. Francis and Joy like […]