Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are recruiting adults (18 or older) interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. For those interested, a special, drop-in volunteer […]

Gallery at 48 Natoma features sculptures and paintings

Circles, squares, lines, primary colors; who would have thought these rudimentary symbols could become so fascinating? The two artists in the next interesting exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom will focus on these basic elements in a very surprising way with unusual art techniques. Metal and LED lighted sculptures by Kristen Hoard […]

Revolutionary War Days encampment and demos

As part of Nevada City’s 49th annual Constitution Day Parade and Celebration, the Delaware Regiment and the Brigade of the American Revolution will set up a Revolutionary War encampment with soldiers, musicians and civilians demonstrating drill and musket firing, uniforms and camp life, civilian clothing, sewing, weaving, spinning, surgery and medicine and fife and drum […]

Railroad Museum to debut new exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “California Railroad Landscapes: Original Oil Paintings by Rod R. Aszman” on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Lobby Gallery. This all new exhibit showcases 16 original oil-on-canvas paintings by California railroad artist Rod R. Aszman who specializes in painting […]

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation offers new Gold Rush Experience walking tours

Known for its popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to introduce new Gold Rush Experience walking tours in September 2015. Led by lively and knowledgeable tour guides, visitors who choose to take the new Gold Rush Experience tours will enjoy an experience that walks them through Sacramento’s unique […]

Two popular groups to play Saturday

The Shingle Springs Community Center Second Saturday Concert features a stellar lineup on Sept. 12 with Jenn Rogar and her band. Left of Cool will also perform. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and runs until around 10 p.m. Rogar is a prolific singer, songwriter and musician playing in the tradition of the great folk […]

One World Initiative illuminates the many aspects of ‘power’

Whether it’s a war, a political upheaval, a storm at sea or the energy that lights homes, humanity is subject to the whims of all sorts of “power.” “Power” is the subject of this year’s One World Initiative (csus.edu/oneworld/about-oneworld.html) at California State University, Sacramento. Each year, the initiative’s organizers select a topic that has many […]

View Point Gallery exhibits feature land and water

Landscape photographer Geoff Fricker has selected images from his book “Sacrament: Homage to a River” to exhibit as large format, black and white prints at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J St. in Sacramento, to Saturday, Oct. 3 in the main gallery. There will be a Second Saturday free reception on Sept. 12 from 5-9 p.m. […]

‘Heartland Art’ at Art on the Divide Gallery

“Heartland Art” celebrates Carol ‘Cj’ Nelson as a multimedia artist with a 40-year career as an accomplished and well-regarded artist, jewelry designer and photographer. Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is honored to feature one of the gallery’s fine artists this September. Nelson took four first-place and two second-place ribbons at the 2015 Cowboys and Cornbread […]

Mix it up in Sac’s Midtown

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. On Sept. 12, the Midtown Business Association will offer a special (ticketed) Mixer that is open to the public and […]

Shamanic Drum Circle is a place to meet

The animals were out in full force at the August Shamanic Drum Circle meeting in Placerville, as members danced their power animals. Members with their rattles and drums danced around the meeting room upstairs at the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. The drum circle meets the second Sunday of every month […]

Master Food Preservers: Your just desserts

Apple pie and ice cream sundaes — don’t they sound delicious? While the apple harvest is going on and the end of summer fruits are available, now is the perfect time to stock up on homemade apple pie fillings, sauces and other delectable delights to savor the taste of summer in your desserts all year long. […]

Visit vintage mercantile in Shingle Springs

Join bargain hunters on Saturday, Sept. 12 for the fourth annual Peddlers and Pickers Antique Faire — a vintage mercantile event at the Antique Depot in Shingle Springs. This is a great antiques and sundries sale and event that is akin to a mini-festival. Enjoy the day in a historic train depot setting, which is […]

Free community concert in Coloma

There will be a free community concert by the Random Strangers at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The concert is a gift to the community from the grange. Come listen and dance to El Dorado County’s popular band […]

Tall ship to visit Old Sacramento

The 103-foot, two-masted tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain returns to Old Sacramento on Monday, Sept. 21 for a 76-day stay. The ship makes an annual fall visit to California’s capital city, offering public tours and educational excursions for students in public and private schools, as well as home-school groups. The ship is scheduled to arrive in […]

Jewish High Holidays services at Temple Kol Shalom

Jewish People worldwide will observe Jewish New Year 5776 starting the evening of Sunday, Sept. 13. The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, the New Year — and conclude 10 days later with Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. In Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the anniversary of the creation of the world. Yom […]

Birthday bash for Patsy Cline birthday bash

This will be a special birthday bash celebrating Patsy Cline’s 83rd birthday on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. The Carolyn Sills Combo with present the music of Patsy Cline. The combo plays western swing, rockabilly, blues and classic country. “Carolyn Sills makes the west […]

Chili Cook-off and car show amid the pines

What: 14th annual MORE Chili Cook-off and Car Show Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 Where: Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines Information: Fund-raising event featuring chili tasting and contest, car show, music and refreshments to benefit Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. Cost: $5 per […]

Grow For It!: What is a Master Gardener?

Here’s a little test to see if you might be a good candidate to become a volunteer in the Master Gardener program. Do you: • Enjoy sharing your knowledge and experience with others in the community and helping others do the same? • Like detective work — taking a problem and researching the cause and […]

At a glance: Happy birthday

Sept. 9 is California’s birthday. After several unsuccessful attempts by President James K. Polk to make California a territory, California was given statehood by Congress on Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in Coloma was a major factor in the motivating Congress to grant statehood to the 31st state. Happy birthday California.   Beautiful […]

Write historical fiction at the library

Are you a writer with a passion for history? Looking for advice on how to bring history to life? Join Nancy Herman, author of “All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party,” for her presentation “Historical Fiction: Fact versus Truth” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the El Dorado County Library, […]

El Dorado County 4-H awards scholarships

The El Dorado County 4-H Memorial Scholarship recognizes and financially assists 4-H members who have demonstrated the highest of achievements in scholarship and active 4-H leadership within the county. The successful 4-H member must have made outstanding contributions to 4-H during their academic years, have a desire to continue working in 4-H and have high […]

As we were: State is at it again

25 Years ago Sept. 7, 1990 Counties, schools unite to protest state budget By Kristin Lang As counties and schools each struggle to cope with massive budget cuts enacted by the state in July, a new law that pits the two against each other is instead bringing them closer together to challenge the state’s lawmakers. Ken […]

Kacie’s Ride for Hope powering up for 10th run

What: Kacie’s Ride for Hope Who: Benefit for the Center for Violence-free Relationships When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Bell Tower, downtown Placerville, Hope Valley Cost: $30 per rider, couples discounted Information: (530) 626-1450 or visit KaciesRideforHope.com Ever since Union Mine High School opened its doors in 1999, kids have thought it’s pretty darned […]

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, Sept. 9 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. If you are struggling to make ends […]

Quilt show pieces it together

What: Annual Quilt Show Who: Gold Bug Quilters Where: Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Sept. 11, 12 and 13, hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $7 for all three days with gentlemen and children free Information: goldbugquilters.org The Gold […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Early learning libraries

Close your eyes and picture the local library from your childhood. My earliest memories are of a quiet place with “shushing.” We would often collect a pile of books quickly and take them home to read. Today, El Dorado County libraries are vibrant, early learning centers that are inviting for families with young children. Each […]

Choices for Children initiates diaper drive

Choices for Children, El Dorado County’s nonprofit resource and referral agency, is kicking off the first diaper drive, through September. This is a community-wide effort to help families meet a basic need. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper needs. A baby needs 10-12 diapers a day, costing approximately $100 a month. This is […]

Thanks to festival partners

The American River Music Festival deeply appreciates the support of our partners. A huge thank you to you all! All Outdoors American River Conservancy American River Resort Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center Betty Sederquist Photography Bright Hope Designs Cal.Net Camp Lotus Clarity Sound EarthTrek Expeditions El Dorado Arts Council El Dorado County Supervisor Michael Ranalli […]

2015 Festival tickets

There are several ticket packages for the ninth annual American River Music Festival, Sept. 18-20 in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. Saturday or Sunday, Sept. 19 or 20, Main Stage entry Adults: $35 at El Dorado Arts Council and Placerville Foods Co-op, $50 at the gate Youth: 8-17, $15 Youth: 7 and under, free Saturday and Sunday, Sept. […]

2015 Festival schedule

Friday, Sept. 18 River Walk 2 p.m. — A Thousand Years at Sea Campgrounds: Camp Lotus, 3:30 p.m. — Jill Knight, 7:30 p.m. — David Myles Trio EarthTrek, 4:30 p.m. — Jill Knight, 8 p.m. — Shook Twins American River Resort, 5:30 p.m. — Jill Knight, 7 p.m. — Musician’s Showcase Hot Spots: Sierra Nevada […]

Welcome to the 2015 American River Music Festival

“Don’t miss this Awesome Festival” — Larry Hillberg, KVMR Radio host of Backroads Hillberg said it best. Thanks for joining us and welcome to the ninth annual American River Music Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18, 19 and 20. The festival presents the “finest in roots music” on the South Fork in the […]

Things to do: Sept. 4, 2015

ONGOING put gold 904 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Sept. 8 through Oct. 4, is featuring the amazing landscape photography of Doug Parks. He has a great eye for capturing the beautiful moments in nature. His work is focused on Northern California and his foreign travels. His camera is always […]

Be a part of Visions of the Harvest

A reminder that the final deadline is approaching for a special exhibition at Georgetown’s hometown art gallery. Art on the Divide Cooperative is excited to announce its second annual invitational art show titled Visions of the Harvest. A call is going out to local and regional artists, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, to submit work. The […]

Labor Day Tahoe fireworks extravaganza

What: Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza Who: Tahoe South When: Sunday, Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m. Where: Lake Tahoe Information: (530) 544-5050 This pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk and features a variety of patterns, shapes and designs. The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. […]

Gold Rush Days is back in Old Sac

It’s time to turn back the clock to the 1850s when Gold Rush Days returns to Old Sacramento over the extended Labor Day Weekend — Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. The wildly fun and free heritage celebration offers a variety of family-friendly special activities that take place throughout the historical district to help […]

Sierra BrewFest — an epic afternoon of sun, suds, fun

Music in the Mountains Alliance presents the 26th annual Sierra BrewFest on Saturday, Sept. 5. As one of the oldest, continuously running brewfests in California, the Sierra BrewFest is known for showcasing small microbreweries in Northern California and this year’s roster will feature more than 100 hand-crafted beers from some of the best microbreweries on […]

Cantina for the Con supports Rubicon Trail

The 11th annual Cantina for the Con is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 at the Loon Lake entrance to the famous Rubicon Trail. With close to $215,000 raised for the health of the Rubicon Trail over the last 10 years, the event originators TDO Club and now Rubicon Trail Foundation ask the public […]

All aboard at Railtown 1897 on Labor Day weekend

To celebrate the holiday in rail-related style, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer popular excursion train rides all three days of the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5, 6 and 7. On Saturday and Sunday, rides behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 are available; then on Labor Day Monday, […]

Take a walking tour of Markleeville

Join the Alpine County Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 5 anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a Historical Walking Tour of downtown Markleeville. The Footsteps through Time stars characters from Alpine County’s wild and wooly past. Mining baron “Lord Chalmers,” the most influential man in Alpine County, learned early in life to live well […]

Sample the Sierra returns to Lake Tahoe

What: Sample the Sierra Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and the Tahoe Chamber When: Sunday, Sept. 6, noon-5 p.m. Where: Bijou Community Park, 1099 Al Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe Information: Tahoe Chamber, (775) 588-1728 ext. 303 or e-mail [email protected] or visit samplethesierra.com Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival returns to Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe from […]

Italy on Wheels rolling in Folsom

The fourth annual Italy on Wheels Italian vehicle show takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Murer House Museum grounds, 1125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom. Growing every year, this fine show not only features Italian superstars — Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos — but everyday cars such as […]

Head for the heavenly haven — it’s Apple Hill time

As last year’s King Fire tightened its grip on El Dorado County, the members of the Apple Hill Growers Association suffered under its stranglehold. Not this time, vows Bodhaine Ranch owner Mei Lin Martini. “Labor Day weekend is going to be good,” she said, drawing a nod from husband Paul Martini. “Last year during September […]

Duty: Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez

Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez is a 1986 graduate of Ponderosa High School and the son of Betty McKenzie of Shingle Springs. The following is reprinted with permission from Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs Office. Pensacola Naval Air Station welcomes Cmdr. Shawn Dominguez as executive officer. Dominguez enlisted in the Navy in 1986 through the delayed entry […]

Life as I know it: Another bike tour

After talking to Peggy, we agreed that another bike tour could be part of our summer plans. I decided that my next trip would be a long one and start in Montana. We would drive to Montana, visit our family and then Peggy would fly to Indianapolis to be with her brother and other relatives. […]