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Ask a care manager: Long term care insurance: Is it worth it?

Eleven years ago I was introduced to my husband’s grandmother. As a beautiful, loving and vivacious woman, she quickly became a very important person in my life. Throughout the years she was very involved in the lives of her family, regularly attended local beading classes to make jewelry and loved to shop. She was also […]

Yoga has come a long way

Remember the song “Escape” by Rupert Holmes with the classic line “if you’re not into yoga” and also performed by Jimmy Buffett? My how times have changed since 1979. Back then, yoga was still considered by many to be “weird” and on the fringes. Now, yoga is everywhere — and for good reason. Yoga’s popularity […]

Monument business rocks

It’s a pretty sure bet that Mike Tilson’s gravestone will say something clever, like “I told you I was sick,” but so far the monument-maker hasn’t nailed down his own epitaph. Perhaps it will be along a more serious vein, like: “He marked the passage of others with care and style.” That is, if the […]

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2015

ONGOING Pop Art Custom Framing Gallery, 433 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring a collection of hand-pulled silk screened handbills by well-known pop culture artist Emek. Over the last decade, Emek’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States, Berlin, London and Tokyo. He has painted album covers for Neil Young and Pearl Jam and […]

Things are cool on the set

Wow, Perry King has managed to find a great old guy to be in his new film, an actor with so much character in his face that you just can’t wait to see what part he’s going to play in “The Divide.” But I wonder where Perry is … “He’s been working several months, getting […]

September is Food Literacy Month in California

The Food Literacy Center announces a series of events and promotions to celebrate Food Literacy Month during September. “Food literacy is all about understanding how our food choices impact our health, the environment and our community,” said Food Literacy Center founder Amber Stott. “Forty percent of Sacramento children are obese and we believe that we […]

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash to perform in Sutter Creek

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash will perform on the Sutter Creek Provisions stage, 78 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Friday, Sept. 4 from 6-9 p.m. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure Americana heart and soul,” the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band […]

Folsom Symphony gala

The Folsom Symphony Gala is Saturday, Aug. 29 with Marie Mitchell serving as hostess at her El Dorado Hills villa. Co-hosts for the benefit are Tony Mansour and Kevin Nagle. The focus of the soirée will be the youth in the area and a desire is to continue the symphony’s outreach in Folsom and expand it […]

Secrets are revealed in silver screen classic

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a naughty screwball comedy from 1936. Theodora, an author in small town of Lynnfield, anonymously publishes sexy yarns that everyone in town privately loves but publicly denounces. When her illustrator arrives and spills the beans, the whole town is scandalized. She then discovers […]

Strawberry Music Fest returns to Tuolumne

After a two-year absence prompted by the 2013 Rim Fire, the Strawberry Music Festival returns to Tuolumne County Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-7. Landing for the first time at the historical Westside property in Tuolumne City, Strawberry continues to deliver the legendary programing, family-friendly atmosphere and incredible jam culture which have defined it for more […]

Luncheon offers a lesson in restoration and restoring life

The El Dorado Women’s Connection luncheon is Monday, Sept. 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is about Habitat for Humanity. Come learn how to donate gently used items and about […]

Exhibit brings nature to Cozmic Café

During September the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, presents abstract paintings inspired by nature in an exhibit called “Painting the Feeling of Nature.” This show of paintings by former Placerville artist Cherie Hacker brings a sense of naturalness experienced from a wilderness outing and will hang from Thursday, Sept. 3 through Oct. 4. […]

‘The Overnigters’ launches third season of Wednesday Night Films

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change kicks off its third season on Sept. 9 with a screening of “The Overnighters.” The films are shown on the second Wednesday of each month at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The issues documented in “The Overnighters” have […]

Free Medicare 101 class offered

A free Medicare 101 class, lunch and learn is being offered through September, once a week at two locations. Bring a lunch and learn about the ins and outs of Medicare at the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, every Friday at 1 p.m. at the chamber office, 4095 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, and […]

Classics come to Main Street

What: Hangtown Car Show Who: Placerville Lions Club, Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: Mike Ocenosak at (530) 622-1731 August nights bring out classic cars in many locales and Placerville celebrates that fall tradition with the Hangtown Car Show on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-8. Main […]

Priest Mine opens for Labor Day weekend

For more than 165 years the stone walls of the historical Priest Mine in Placerville’s Gold Bug Park have stood cold and silent. But if you listen closely to those walls today, the thousands of deep scars from miners’ picks tell an amazing story about the backbreaking work of the ‘49ers who swung those picks […]

Grow For It! Free seeds

Friends, the secret is out: You can “grow your own” garden seeds. Sounds simple, right? It is. Here are easy steps to selecting, collecting and protecting your own seed supply. But why, you query? Isn’t it a lot easier to just buy seeds? Or even easier to simply plant starts? Here’s what garden geeks say: […]

Free clinic gives anti-bully tips

From the beginning of time and recorded human history, the appearance of weakness is the first sign a bully looks for in choosing a victim. Time changes but bullies don’t, unless they are made to. According to Corona based SACK, these are five reasons to fight back with education and community awareness of bullying: • […]

Winery association donates cash to food bank

The El Dorado Winery Association (EDWA) is known for its high-quality red and white wines and for its community support to nonprofit organizations. EDWA donated nearly $3,000 to the Food Bank of El Dorado County from a portion of the tickets sales generated by its 24th Annual Passport Event last April. “This year’s event was […]

At a glance: See ball

On Aug. 26, 1939 Red Barber called telecast of the Brooklyn Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds doubleheader from Ebbets Field. This was the first major-league baseball TV broadcast. It was watched at the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair and the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on 9-by-12-inch television screens. Not a lot of […]

Combellack’s: 127 years and counting

As the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce gears up for its big party tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gold Country Retirement Community, a glance at the shops on Main Street in downtown Placerville affirms the chamber’s mission. Many of the venerable old stores have been in business for more […]

The county chamber welcomes public to 100th birthday party

What: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 100th anniversary Where: Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Golden Center Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5885 Keeping the community informed of all the local news, happenings, marriages, divorces, births and funerals, since 1851 the Mountain Democrat has been the glue that has held […]

Pass the chili sauce — or pass up on something special

Most people think, “What’s for dinner?” but those who have sampled Nancy Kam’s specialty have revised their daily plan: “What will go good today with my chili sauce?” If that seems like exaggeration, then you haven’t tasted Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce. The sauce, which consists of only five ingredients, comes in two flavors: “Sweet […]

Foothill gourmet: Yummy cupcakes

In recent columns, I have featured vanilla and chocolate cupcake recipes. Cupcakes are famously popular today. I have seen several local cupcake stores open recently. Today’s column arms readers with the ability to make their own cupcakes. It repeats the hints (in case you didn’t save them) to make delicious cupcakes. The column also includes […]

Top dog trainer comes to Placerville

The spring issue of Dog Fancy magazine named dog trainer Pat Miller as one of 45 people who changed the dog world. She shares that distinction with such notable names as Betty White, Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar, David Frei, Patricia McConnell, Karen Pryor and Sophia Yin. Miller, who is originally from the Bay Area, worked […]

Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary seeking grant applications

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants. Mini-grants are funded by Evening in the Orchard held on Thursday, Sept. 10. Any project or program that is designed to benefit local children and/or the residents of the local Pollock Pines and Camino communities will be considered for funding. Applications should deal with projects […]

Wine barrel art sure to please the pallet

What: Craft Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission or parking fee Information: (530) 672-3436 or visit placervilledowntown.com His tan face could be carved from the very oak he lovingly crafts into beauty, with life’s worries and cares set deeply in the lines […]

Things to do: Aug. 21, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring watercolorist Bonnie Williams during August. She recently returned to Placerville after several years absence painting scenes from Southern California. She is primarily self-taught with the addition of art workshops and enjoys painting watercolor en plein air. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Gold Country […]

Sierra Rep presents ‘Macbeth’

Sierra Repertory Theater, East Sonora stage, 13891 Mono Way in Sonora, presents Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”  through Sept. 13. Directed by Sierra Rep’s producing director Dennis Jones, the play tells the story of a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and encouraged by Lady Macbeth, […]

Let’s get ‘Weird’ at the Harris Center

“Weird Al” Yankovic brings his world comedy tour to Folsom in a show where the songs are parodies and the fun is mandatory. A musical parodist in the broad, juvenile yet clever tradition of Mad magazine, Yankovic is known for adding his own gently satirical lyrics to current hit songs. His shaggy, hangdog appearance, affection […]

MajicKat to play at Sutter Creek

MajicKat is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. MajiKat, is a Cat Stevens tribute band ready to thoroughly entertain the audience with 28 of Stevens’ greatest hits as originally recorded in a high-energy show. Called one of the most “influential artists of the […]

CP Newcomers to hold luncheon

Cameron Park Newcomers Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Snooty Frog in Burke Junction in Cameron Park will welcome new members and the faithful members, some who have been there for 36 years. Cameron Park Newcomers Club has been welcoming members from the area for 36 years. Club members do not have to live in […]

Free farmers market in Tahoe

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of South Lake Tahoe to host a free farmers market and mobile food pantry distribution on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 10-11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., to distribute emergency supplemental groceries and fresh produce to those who need […]

B Street’s Ladies of Sketch Comedy attack cancer with laughs

B Street Theatre, Sacramento’s resident new works theater, is excited to present an evening of original sketch comedy and improv to benefit Megan O’Neil, a B Street actor recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The Nitty Gritty Titty Committee will perform one show only on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at B Street Theatre, 2711 B […]

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ dishes out sci-fi humor

“Little Shop of Horrors” opens Friday, Aug. 21 at the 24th St Theatre at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento. Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop of Horrors” has devoured the hearts […]

Twisted Folk Concert presents the Waifs

Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4, Vallecito, announces its final concert of the 2015 Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring Australia’s folk-rock-blues export the Waifs. The concert is Saturday, Aug. 22. Concert-goers will be admitted at 6:45 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:45 p.m. “I first encountered the Waifs back in the 1990s,” […]

Celebrity chefs showcase talents

Sample the Sierra has announced an impressive schedule of celebrity chefs for a series of farm-to-fork events Labor Day weekend in Lake Tahoe. Up and comers Whitney and Josh Deri of Blend Catering have been added to this year’s lineup, as well as cookbook author Joanne Neft. Sample the Sierra will kick off Labor Day […]

Engagement: Madelyn Grace Esposito and Alexander Douglas Smith

Richard and Janie Esposito of Cameron Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Madelyn Grace Esposito to Alexander Douglas Smith, son of Tim and Cindy Smith of Mahomet, Ill. Esposito received a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and master of arts in marriage and family […]

After 5 support group meeting

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. The next gathering […]

Secret to 60 years of marriage: Shared laughter

Every time Jim would look in her direction, Barbara would take her eyeglasses off so he wouldn’t know she wore them. It worked, because he thought the 16-year-old looked just like Elizabeth Taylor, “but actually better looking.” Barbara thought the 19-year-old Jim looked like James Dean, “only better” — but then again, she didn’t have […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Cody M. Rea

Air Force Airman Cody M. Rea graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Free My Time support group to meet

My Time 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 My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Concerts, festivals, more at South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe South’s late-summer of festivals, music, homegrown food and fireworks will ride the hot August wave of indoor and outdoor adventures now through Labor Day weekend and beyond. With early talk of a blockbuster El Niño-fused winter, Tahoe South has packed the rest of its summer calendar with a slate of activities that will test […]

Stuff the Truck with Toys for Tots this Sunday

Come out and donate to a great cause to help kids have a wonderful Christmas, this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Stuff the Truck. Local law enforcement, including California Highway Patrol, the Placerville Police Department, STAR and Shield volunteers, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue will be collecting toys for the Toys for […]

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