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As we were: Making a plan

25 Years ago Oct. 11, 1990 Supervisor Sweeney says stop Missouri Flat Plan immediately By JOHN SAMMON Supervisor Jack Sweeney made the announcement Tuesday that he would recommend that all work on the Missouri Flat Specific Plan be stopped immediately. Developed by QUAD Consultants and county staff over a two-year period, the study envisioned a possible […]

Steampunk Party happening in Tahoe

Dust off your bowler hat, lace up your high-heeled boots and attend the first ever Tall Timber Ball. On Friday, Oct. 9 from 6-10 p.m. visitors can style it steampunk or go grunge under the timber beams of Valhalla’s Grand Hall while the DJ spins from the massive stone fireplace. Cool prizes will go to the […]

CALICO goes country at Sutter Creek Theatre

CALICO the band, an award-winning California country group, is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Saturday Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. CALICO stands for California Country and is made up of Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher and Aubrey Richmond. All are great and dedicated musicians, each with accomplished and […]

WordWave splashes into Tahoe

WordWave is a three-day festival from Oct. 9 to 11 on the grounds of Valhalla at the Tallac Historic Site, 1 Valhalla Road in South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe’s first literary festival will kick off Friday, Oct. 9 with a Steampunk Ball, followed by a free day of readings, panels and performances featuring Garth […]

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner and support the troops

​​The Honor Our Troops Spaghetti Feed is at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, this year. The dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, soft drink and dessert is on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 4-8 p.m. Several El Dorado County wineries have donated wines available for purchase. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 […]

Learn about quilts for kids at Christian Women’s lunch

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, Oct. 12 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is “The Gift of Quilts” showcasing quilts for Court Appointed Special Advocate children by the Dorcas […]

As we were: Lawsuit dismissed

25 Years ago Oct. 5, 1990 Ewing lawsuit denied by MARY NEAL Undersheriff Don McDonald gets to keep his uniform and his money, because a judge decided Wednesday that sheriff’s candidate Bob Ewing’s lawsuit against McDonald was groundless. Visiting Judge Richard E. Tuttle refused to issue a restraining order against McDonald that would have forced […]

Experience Big Crush in Amador County

The 2015 Big Crush Harvest Festival in Amador County brings together more than 40 family-owned wineries, winemakers and winery members for a weekend of harvest celebration Amador style on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy an amazing selection of Amador wines, the harvest in action, food and wine pairings, […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball features more than 40 artists

Railroad Earth’s fifth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville is Oct. 22 through Oct. 25. The festival features a lineup of more than 40 artists including Railroad Earth (three shows), Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Beats Antique, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lettuce, North Mississippi Allstars, the Travelin’ McCourys, Rubblebucket, […]

El Dorado County Camera Club to hold print competition

A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. This month’s meeting will not be held at the usual location. The meeting will be at the Cameron Park Fire […]

Coat drive during October

For the fifth consecutive year, Lyon Real Estate will turn its Placerville and Cameron Park offices into a collection point for new and reusable coats in reasonably good condition during the month of October. Last October local residents donated a total of 291 coats through the 2014 Lyon Coat Drive, part of several charitable efforts […]

Grow For It! Native by design: landscaping with native plants

Are you one of the many gardeners turning toward native plants? Do you want to save water, have an easy care garden and stop spending so much on pesticides and fertilizer? But just how do you go about designing a beautiful garden with natives? It’s really not all that different from designing other gardens. It’s […]

As we were: A bridge to cross

25 Years ago Sept. 28, 1990 70-year-old Chili Bar Bridge to be retired By URSULA ROSE Chili Bar Bridge, built in 1922 to cross the South Fork of the American River in the canyon just north of Placerville, has linked the Georgetown Divide with the east-west route of Highway 50 for 70 years, but it appears […]

Gigantic gourds coming to Placerville

The monster pumpkins are coming! The monster pumpkins are coming! Set to roll into El Dorado County this weekend, here’s a chance to see pumpkins weighing a thousand pounds or more at the third annual Giant Pumpkin Festival of El Dorado County. A treat for kids and adults alike, the festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 […]

Leftover Cuties jazz it up in Sutter Creek

Leftover Cuties, a jazzy bluesy indie pop group, is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Leftover Cuties — Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) — have […]

Placerville Soroptimists to offer cash grants to women

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards). Applications are available at River City Bank or by contacting Tanya Moran […]

El Dorado Community Foundation opens grants to nonprofits serving EDH

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better fulfill that mission and benefit the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund. The foundation then gathered a group of El Dorado Hills residents to create the El Dorado Hills Cabinet whose […]

Grow For It!: Hope for rain, plan for drought

We’re all holding our breath — will the El Nino really come? Will the drought finally end? Can we return to our water thirsty ways? Maybe, maybe and no! This is not the first drought, nor will it be the last. In fact, let’s look for a second at California climate history, both the wet […]

As we were: Looking for water

25 Years ago Sept. 24, 1990 County to pursue White Rock Water The county Water Agency and El Dorado Irrigation District now see eye to eye on the selection of an interim water project — White Rock penstock. Both the Water agency and EID have long sought a short-term water source in the wake of […]

Lawn facts

There are many reasons to replace a lawn, including: • Your kids have outgrown it • You want to save water, time, energy and money • You want to look at something more interesting and colorful • You want or need garden space for something else (edibles, fruit trees, patio, a path, a cutting garden, […]

Founders’ Day in Georgetown honors pioneer families

Celebrate Founders’ Day in Georgetown and participate in a Guinness World Record attempt. This year’s Georgetown Founders’ Day event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with the parade starting at noon. The event, sponsored by the Georgetown Divide Rotary Club, is celebrating “Generations on the Georgetown Divide.” Birthday Buddies, a […]

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed at Apple Hill Grower farms

Rumor has it that Johnny Appleseed has been sighted camping out in the orchards of the Apple Hill Grower Farms. His arrival anticipates his birthday celebration planned for Sunday, Sept. 20 at many of the Apple Hill Grower locations. Visitors of all ages are invited to tour around the hill and enjoy the variety of […]

A night with the stars

The public is invited to enjoy Astronomy Day, Family Space Night and International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. Attendees will have the chance to see the stars through various telescopes, follow planets or the Moon traveling across the sky and participate […]

Fun time at Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck, a fun, free family event will take place at Foothills United Methodist Church in Rescue on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The third annual transportation fair will be more than trucks. It will include all different types of vehicles such as construction, recreational, emergency, classics, antiques and much more. There will also […]

Grow For It!: The underappreciated grape

Garden grapes have been popular in El Dorado County since the California Gold Rush. These grapes not only supplied spirits to the gold rushers, they also supplied food and nourishment to local settlers. The appreciation of fine wines has fostered a great resurgence of grape growing in El Dorado County since the 1950s, but many […]

Master Food Preservers: Holiday gifts from the kitchen and garden event

There are some pretty hefty holidays just around the corner: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Do you ever find yourself in a “gotta run out for a present” situation for that last-minute gift need? Many have. Help is on the way. The UCCE Master Food Preservers and Master Gardeners of El Dorado […]

Club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Photographer Laura Twining “Dr. Marm” will be conducting a workshop demonstrating various lenses and optics from Lensbaby. Twining will be bringing several different lenses for participants to try. Attendees should bring their cameras for some hands-on fun. For […]

High school presents annual College Fair

The fair provides the students and parents in the community the opportunity to gather information for post high school education/training. Representatives from the University of California system, California State University system, California Independent Colleges, California Community Colleges, select out-of-state colleges, Career Technical Education programs, United States Military, ROTC programs, scholarship services and college admission testing […]

As we were: Meeting water needs

25 Years ago Sept. 14, 1990 Looks like it’ll be White Rock By JOHN SAMMON A county Water Agency draft evaluation report obtained by the Mountain Democrat Thursday recommends White Rock Penstock as the project of choice to meet the El Dorado Irrigation District’s short-term needs for supplemental water supplies. Both the county Water Agency […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Nonfiction writers unite and unblock

Got a book in you that needs writing but you just can’t get crackin’ without some pushing and prodding? Well filling that bill is a new group that is starting up in September called the El Dorado County Chapter of Nonfiction Authors Association. Sponsored by Barbara Thompson and John Roe, two Cameron Park based therapists, chapter meetings promise to […]

Grow For It! The grand opening is coming

Last-minute preparations are currently ongoing for the grand opening of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, the crown jewel of the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no entrance fee, parking is free and the garden is open to all. The […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

As we were: BOS fights for state funding

25 Years ago Aug. 17, 1990 Supervisors send ‘veto’ message to state Supervisors haven’t given up the fight for state funding of county-run mental health programs. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support an attempt to override Gov. George Deukmejian’s veto of $71.1 million in mental health funding to counties. The […]

Railroad Museum to present special trivia contest

As a highlight to the popular Thursday Night at the Museums program being offered by the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum during the summer months, the Railroad Museum will offer a special trivia contest on a Hot August Night on Thursday, Aug. 20. On this special evening, interested museum guests will […]

Placerville Shakespeare Club installs officers

The Placerville Shakespeare Club recently installed its new officers for 2015-16. The following women accepted the leadership of the club for the year: Merrilee Heffernan, president; Carole Burnley, first vice president; Joyce Francies, second vice president; Raelene Nunn, third vice president; Margaret Lockwood, secretary; Edna Knutsen, general fund treasure; Dianna Rowe, renovation fund treasurer; Betty Ackley, Mollie Hurd fund treasurer; and Dolores Hardy […]

Lobsterpalooza returns

Lobsterpalooza 2015 will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, from 4-8 p.m. A full lobster dinner is only $33. To go with the lobster will be live music and many exciting prizes to be won. Groups of eight are guaranteed their own table. Take out lobster […]

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