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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 ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/. 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: edmt.info   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 […]

Plant sale seeds Demonstration Garden

What: Annual Spring Plant Sale Who: UCCE Master Gardeners Where: Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information: Call 530-621-5512 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. E-mail [email protected] or go online at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/   Drought or no drought, it’s spring and your garden beckons. Nowhere else will […]

Broadway-themed gala to benefit stage arts

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre’s annual fundraising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 2 starting at 6 p.m. at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. in Sacramento. The black tie optional evening is filled with the glitz and glamour of Broadway, including dinner and hosted bar, musical entertainment, dancing and a live auction. Memorial […]

Duty: Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Kyle S. Zwahle

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Kyle S. Zwahlen 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 […]

Fairytale Town presents performances for children

Fairytale Town will showcase a diverse selection of theater performances for children and families on the first weekend of each month through August and the second weekend in July. Performing companies include the Puppet Art Theater Company, The Puppet Company and Sean’s Shadows. “Fairytale Town is home to one of the oldest theaters in Sacramento […]

Teaching youth an appreciation for wildlife biology

Wildlife tracking By Shelly Blair Wildlife biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region It is approaching Thursday, April 16 and I am readying equipment for tracking deer. My capture pack is prepared, deer gps/satellite collars tested and working, receivers charged and antennae cables packed. Hobbles — check, eye covers — check, antlers […]

‘As You like It’ gets updated

What: “As You Like It” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Where: Carl Borelli Amphitheater, 651 Canal St., Placerville When: April 30 to May 16, gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Information: studio81.org You have to wonder what old Will would think of the hot-pink shiny boots hugging the legs of some of the […]

Local schools benefit from Amerigas program

Schools are perennially in need of money for equipment, new programs and repair. Funds aren’t always easy to find, especially for small things that could expand an existing program or enable an income-challenged family to send its child on a sponsored field trip. Amerigas, a propane company with nation-wide offices, has a School Days program in which […]

Lakehills Church actors to travel through time

What: “Back to the Cross” Who: Kids of the Kingdom Choir of Lakehills Church Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills When: Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free Information: 916-939-9300 or visit lakehillschurch.org/ Like, it’s totally tubular. Hop […]

Dramatic finale for Oak Ridge actors

What: “Twelve Angry Jurors” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School Theater, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, April 30 through May 10 Cost: Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for students with ASB cards, youth and groups of eight or more Information: 916-390-3727. Prejudice, […]

Makeup and mayhem on the road

Makeup artist Sarah Wolfe grew up in Placerville and cut her theater chops on local productions. Her father Peter Wolfe is one of the founders of Imagination Theater and her mother, Linda Furman, acted on local stages like Olde Coloma Theater and Theater El Dorado. “I grew up doing community theater with my parents,” said […]

At a glance: Zip it up

On April 29, 1013, Gideon Sundback improved upon an existing design and patented a new fastener. It had two rows of teeth on opposing cloth tapes that would interlock. Sundback founded the Hookless Fastener Company and sold the fasteners to the military. The Army Air Service and the Navy placed orders. In 1921, B.F. Goodrich […]

Grow For It! It’s almost here — 11th Master Gardener Plant Sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been really busy preparing for the big plant sale to be held on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Master Gardeners will again be open for business in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. In anticipation of the sale, […]

Celebrating 90 years of working and giving

Anton “Tony” Schuh has lived in El Dorado County on the Georgetown Divide for almost 34 years and is turning 90 on May 3. He hand-built the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park and has given so much to family and friends and to the residents of the park. Family and friends are giving him a 90th […]

Sac museums offering many summer programs

From learning more about art to archery or creepy crawlers to deep space, a dozen Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering special summer classes, camps and activities for Children. A comprehensive and continually updated listing of activities is available at sacmuseums.org/summer-camps/. Space is limited and camps are filling up fast. Parents are encouraged to […]

Baby bird classes offered Wednesdays

Sierra Wildlife Rescue always needs and welcomes new volunteers for the Baby Bird Nursery, which takes in many hundreds of nestlings and fledglings of all species each summer. SWR provides hands-on training at the Baby Bird Nursery. Attendees learn how to feed and care for the baby birds at the classes offered from May through July. […]

Festival season springs into action

It’s time to spring into festival season. The San Francisco Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 in Mountain View where cool, vibrant Castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents for the 19th annual A La Carte & Art. Presented by […]

See basket weaving at Indian Museum

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are pleased to present a special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration with Dixie Rogers, Karuk tribe, on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum guests will be mesmerized by watching Rogers as she skillfully demonstrates how to use a variety of materials and techniques while sharing Native American […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree-care booklet

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive “Conservation Trees,” a user-friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful photos and easily understood descriptions, by making a $3 donation to the foundation this month. “’Conservation Trees’ is an ideal resource for tree planters,” said […]

Top musicians to perform

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents its last concert of the 2014-15 season on Sunday, May 3 starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public. The program includes the Septet […]

Fundraiser features Capitol Pops

“Java & Jazz,” a free musical event benefitting Bella Vista High School’s bands and auxiliary programs, will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the school, 8301 Madison Ave. in Fair Oaks. The fundraiser in the school’s big gym will feature live performances by the Bella Vista Jazz and Concert Bands. Special guest, […]

Sample and savor the first Chocolate Week in Old Sac

Sweet, satisfying and sinfully smooth — the first-ever Old Sacramento Chocolate Week happening May 4-10 will feature chocolate. It will be drizzled on fresh and warm mini doughnuts, made into spicy cayenne cocoa bites or even dripping in dark chocolate balsamic vinegar paired with blood orange olive oil. Coordinated by the Old Sacramento Business Association with […]

MacMaster and Leahy fiddle around at Harris Center

The “First Family of Fiddling” makes world-class music at the Harris Center for the Arts as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have created a new show featuring their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evenings of Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 will […]

Breakfast at a working ranch

Come and join the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Staff for the splendor of freshly made pancakes hot off the grill with a steaming cup of coffee at the eighth annual Cowboy Breakfast at Deer Creek Hills on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Returning this year is local cowboy poet Jeralynn Strong. She’ll share her clever […]

Merle Haggard performs at Carson Valley

Merle Haggard appears in concert on Friday, May 1 at TJ’s Corral, the Carson Valley Inn’s Outdoor Concert and Event Center. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. The word legend usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry and his […]

Mother Lode celebrates bus drivers

Tuesday, April 28 was California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day. The day officially recognized all school bus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the state and El Dorado County. These drivers are deserving of special public recognition and the highest commendations. This day is promoted by the California Association of […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Writing coach to present Voices for Veterans workshop

Veterans’ Voices, an ongoing writing workshop for veterans, will resume on Thursday evening, April 30 at Placerville’s historical Fausel House. This six-week workshop is an opportunity for veterans — in particular those who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to write their stories, whether service related or not, vis-à-vis memoir, letter, poetry, fiction or drama. […]

Foothill gourmet: Saffron is the star

Saffron has starred in several previous columns. I delight in the flavor and color of saffron, so my opinion is that everyone should have the experience of enjoying saffron. Saffron is presumed to be expensive. By weight saffron is the most expensive spice. Since it takes only a small amount to flavor dishes, actually it […]

As we were: Tahoe appointment

25 Years Ago April 27, 1990 Vacancy on Lake Tahoe Conservancy Board filled Supervisor Pat Low’s retirement has created a vacancy on the Tahoe Conservancy Board, and board members decided Tuesday to fill it by appointing Supervisor Bob Dorr to the position. Chairman John Cefalu, who represents District 5 which includes part of the Tahoe […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Shingle Springs Subaru shares the love

From Nov. 20, 2014 to Jan. 2 Subaru of America Inc. announced plans to donate $15 million to charitable partners in its annual Share the Love event. In 2013, Subaru donated $10 million to Share the Love charities and, over the course of this six-year program, Subaru has donated a total of $35 million. Subaru retailers […]

Volunteers love their job

Dick Lawson thought it was “safe” for his wife to volunteer for a horse rescue group because the big-hearted Sue wouldn’t be able to bring them home with her. Guess again, Dick. Sue now has a favorite horse at the sprawling and lovely All About Equine horse rescue ranch in El Dorado Hills and she’s […]

Things to do: April 24, 2015

ONGOING put gold 424 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, amazing watercolor artist. Also featured is photographer James Canning and raku potter Lisa Bone. The gallery is a cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

All About Equine holds Help A Horse Day event

All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. will be celebrating the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals national Help A Horse Day on Sunday, April 26. The rescue program will be competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with its efforts to rescue and protect horses. […]

‘Beyond the Conversation’ at Mondavi Center

TEDxUCDavis will be holding its biggest conference of the year, “Beyond the Conversation” on Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. The event is in partnership with the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and will be held at the center itself, located on the University of California, Davis campus. The Mondavi Center […]

Flowers and trashy art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience, a flower-and-recycled-art-themed gallery show featuring local artists Agi Gillespie, Audrey Keebler, Art Wendorf, Cindy Stephens, Joey Cattone, Joyce Mason, Lara Gularte, Oran Miller, Ramona Kaye Beckwith, Pam Henderson and Sue Costa. Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy […]

See wild flowers from Western Railway’s Scenic Limited train

Mother Nature saw fit to add some spring color to Solano County’s farms and fields this year, despite California’s ongoing drought and you can see them from Western Railway Museum’s Scenic Limited train. “We were quite surprised,” said Kristina March, the museum’s public programs manager. “We always get some flowers in our area, even in […]

Cruise into ‘Anything Goes’ at Union Mine

What: “Anything Goes” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: April 24 to May 2 Cost: $12 for general admission and $10 for students Information: [email protected]   Ocean liners, cabaret singers, public enemies, stowaways and the nobility are all part of “Anything Goes” —the light-hearted […]

Foothill Foodie: Celebrate spring

A berry good fish taco It’s a fun time of year to be a foodie. Spring means restaurants are starting to change up their menus to fit the season. Entrées of the equinox celebrate this moment’s fresh and bright flavors. The citrus spark of chopped cilantro; the peppery perk of garden-fresh arugula; a crunchy, spicy radish; […]

PAA announces winners

The Spring Member Art Show presented by the Placerville Arts Association is on display at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The free show will hang through Friday, April 24 from 8-5 p.m. A diverse collection of pieces represent art from realism to abstract and experimental in watercolor, […]

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