Monday, April 27, 2015

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

2 Kids + 6 dogs = 2 belt buckles

El Dorado County 4-H offers a county-wide project for Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the regular club meeting of El Dorado Second Sight Paws for the Blind, two outstanding puppy raisers were recognized for their exceptional services to the Guide Dog Program. Gina Phillipsen and Ali Bayard have each raised at least three guide […]

A day for the Earth

The 10th annual Placerville Earth Day Celebration is Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the green at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. The will be an art and crafts fair, activities for children, displays, face painting and an all day music festival. Performers will include Linda Michelle Hardy […]

Time to enter wine competition

The El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition gives wineries the opportunity to go for the gold. Wine competition is serious business and the staff at El Dorado County Fair continually refines the competition. The El Dorado County competition structures its judging by having the order of the flights poured based on residual sugar. There […]

Arts in Nature Festival has something for everyone

The Georgetown Arts in Nature Festival is Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Nature Area. Come for all or part of the day and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Headliner Joe Craven, will perform and sing with his talented daughter Hattie on the main amphitheater stage. Earlier in the day visitors can take […]

Author makes presentation at Railtown 1897

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer special meet-and-greet opportunities with Barbara Hettwer, author of “The Seamstress of Jamestown” on Saturday, April 25, a day when steam train rides behind Sierra No.3 are also available. Hettwer will be at the park from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to talk with […]

Tower Records film unveils story

The Tower Records Project, an effort by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH), will present a hometown party following the premiere of the documentary film “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records” on Saturday evening, April 25 at 9. The event will take place at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 […]

Tee off to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County is excited to announce the third annual Golf for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, Monday, April 27. This year’s golf tournament will be held at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. The community is invited to enjoy a day of golf and make a positive impact for at-risk […]

As we were: Campaign spending

25 Years ago April 20, 1990 Sheriff’s race draws big bucks By CHRIS DALEY Two candidates who want to tack their name plates on the sheriff’s door when Richard Pacileo removes his next January are collecting and spending campaign money on a scale that far out-strips that of any other candidate for any other office. […]

The Ramblin’ Years returns to its roots

Way before rock band The Ramblin’ Years’ was lighting up Seattle’s popular club circuit, lead singer Sean Clavere attended Oak Ridge High School, where he played in the marching band and led his first band The Late Chaps. Now Clavere and The Ramblin’ Years are coming back to El Dorado Hills to play at the Purple […]

Characters, dreams and story come together

Book: “In the Pockets of Dreams” Author: Wendy Schultz Publisher: Wendy Schultz, 2014 Available: Paperback at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, in print at and in ebook format on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and iBooks. A young man, an “ordinary Joe,” according to author Wendy Schultz, finds he can “read objects.” Through […]

It’s time to Give Where You Live

The El Dorado Community Foundation is rallying with local nonprofits in preparation of the second countywide give local campaign, Give Where You Live 2015. This year’s one-day of giving is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. The El Dorado County Office of Education is participating as a key partner, once again offering its expertise in the […]

As we were: The bridge is closed

25 Years ago April 13, 1990 Mosquito bridge closed By CHRIS DALEY Residents of Swansboro Country, Mosquito and points north may have gotten a shock yesterday if they tried to get home by their usual route over Mosquito Bridge, the last of the old-time suspension bridges still in regular use in the county. The bridge […]

El Dorado County Fair opens fun competitions

Bacon biscuits? Beach Ball Art? Selfies? These are just a tiny sampling of the ways El Dorado County residents can quench their creativity and have some fun entering the El Dorado County Fair’s many competitions. “We spent a lot of time this winter revising and updating the fair entry guide, adding some fun new competitions […]

New West Guitar Group at Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents New West Guitar Group on Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 the day of show. Call 916-425-0077 or go to for information. Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making its mark as […]

‘Images of Modern America: Folsom’ explores the city

Book: “Images of Modern America: Folsom” Author: Roberta Kludt Long Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Co., March 2015, soft-cover and e-book versions, 96 pages “Images of Modern America:  Folsom” is just what anyone interested in the city of Folsom would want: a bit of history, a wealth of what the town has to offer in the way of entertainment, […]

Rotary donates funds for laptops

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club awarded Camino School funds to purchase six Chrome Laptop Computers for use in language development programs at Camino School. The computers are part of the student support lab serving English Language Development students (ELD). Additionally the Chrome Laptop Computers are used for Special Education students and school based support for […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Status of young children

As a new member to the over 50 club, it occurs to me that young children in El Dorado County are critical to the senior population’s retirement. Successful employment will afford young families financial stability, resulting in their ability to support the tax system, invest and purchase homes. Each of these are critically important to […]

Applications open for LegiSchool internship

The LegiSchool Project is pleased to announce its Real World Civics Summer Internship. Apply online now at Sacramento-area junior and senior high school students interested in public service, the political process and government in general are invited to apply. The internship runs from June 17-July 24 at the Capitol. A $350 stipend is provided […]

Get discovered at the Sac County Fair

The 2015 Sacramento County Fair is now accepting applications for entertainers of all ages interested in performing at the 2015 fair. The fair encourages the submission of electronic press kits or promotional kits with the applications but they are not required. The packet could include the following: documentation citing past awards or recognition, letters of […]

Foothill Foodie: Sea food surprises

Mac ‘n’ cheese gets deep It seems like everyone has a macaroni and cheese dish on their menu these days. Truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, blue cheese mac ‘n’ cheese … So I wasn’t too thrilled when my date picked the mac ‘n’ cheese offering at Zack Jack Bistro. What I didn’t realize […]

‘Pay2Play’ looks at money in politics

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, April 8 with “Pay2Play” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The John Ennis film connects the dots between big money and the election process. It utilizes interviews with economic and political experts, historical context and an […]

The Healing All Together program needs volunteers

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where young people and their families could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one. Many youth, ages 5 to 18, have found a place of healing, […]

FoodCorps supporters wanted

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and Gardens to Grow In are seeking a FoodCorps service member to work in Calaveras and El Dorado counties to run a high school farm program, increase the marketing and procurement of local produce for the school cafeteria and assist two schools in developing sustainable school garden programs. Next […]

‘The Whipping Man’ plays at STC

Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, is presenting “The Whipping Man.” This is one of the most widely-produced new American plays of the last several seasons. The play opens on Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the […]

Savor the arts during April events

The fifth annual Napa Valley Arts in April will launch in Yountville on Thursday, April 2 with the “Napa Valley Collects” opening reception — the Napa Valley Museum’s annual exhibit that will feature noteworthy masterpieces from some of the valley’s most exquisite private collections. This rare art exhibit is the start of a month-long, valley-wide […]

Audiences to appear magically at show

Harris Center for the Arts audiences have fallen in love with “It’s Magic!,” proven by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances. Now this show returns to Folsom on Sunday, March 29 with an exciting all-new lineup. “It’s Magic!” is in its 59th year; each season presenting the world’s top magic and variety performers […]

Flowers and recycled art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” gallery art show featuring a student juried show from participating El Dorado County high schools. “Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience” is a flower and recycled art themed exhibit, spotlighting local artists and students from […]

InConcert presents Alessio Bax

Every so often, a young musician comes along who has everything it takes to become one of the world’s foremost performers. On Tuesday evening, March 31, InConcert Sierra presents Alessio Bax, one of the young pianists on everyone’s radar. “We’re very excited to hear this young performer, whose name is certain to appear in music […]

Dinner shows start in Diamond Springs

Enjoy monthly Friday night Dinner and a Show events at Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. On March 27, the show will feature the popular dance band Late For Dinner with acoustic duo Starhushed — Sarah Gautschi and JonnyPac — opening the evening. A gourmet organic farm to […]

Pierre Bonnard exhibition features 60 works

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce “Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,” the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition, Feb. 6, 2016 through May 15, 2016 at the Legion of Honor, will feature more than 60 works […]

Senior peer counseling available

Seniors, 55 and older, who are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger and/or anxiety are encouraged to contact the Senior Peer Counselors for help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304.  This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge. When possible a small donation can be made to […]

Jazz diva René Marie to perform at Harris Center

René Marie — singer, actress, writer. Earth Kitt – singer, actress, writer. Now this devotion to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery, sensual and clever interpretations of songs and comes to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on March 26-28. With her incredible range of vocal ability, powerful emotional […]

Life as I know it: A fishing float trip goes awry

Placerville seemed like home to us from the very beginning. True, we were away from any of our family and friends, but we immediately began to enjoy the small town environment. We found a church home and made great friends there. Peggy and I had met the minister and his wife in another life so […]

Trees in Memory program to help reforest land

The Arbor Day organization is working with on-the-ground partners to plant 608,000 trees in California’s Tahoe National Forest through the Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration commemorative tree planting programs. This in an effort to accelerate the development of mature forest habitat in areas that experienced moderate to very high burn severity during the 2013 […]

Volunteers get up early to make lunch

One-hundred volunteers are eagerly waiting for Thursday, April 23, so they can pop out of bed at 4 in the morning, drive to Diamond Springs and tuck into turkey, tortillas and vegetables — all to help abused and neglected children. These kind souls are hoping the public will place their orders by Friday, March 27, […]

Hands on History takes a feminine approach

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In honor of “Women’s History Month,” fort visitors will learn about three important […]

Ladies of Laughter keep the jokes coming

Simply put, Ladies of Laughter is the biggest platform for women in comedy. Three of the funniest women to join this acclaimed group are now headed to the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m as part of their Funny and Fabulous Tour. From 1989-92, New York City […]

Day of discovery in Placerville

As part of a marketing and awareness campaign that coincides with the major construction phases of this year’s Main Street Rehabilitation Project (during March, April, July and August), the city of Placerville and the Placerville Downtown Association are working together to encourage the public to visit Main Street during the construction period. With the work taking place at […]

Knitting team gives back, one cap at a time

When Terry Wagner was asked to be part of the White Rock Village knitting team she jumped at the chance to knit caps for area newborns and cancer patients. “The reason I help is a selfish reason really,” the White Rock Village resident said. “It feels good to volunteer and help others.” That sentiment flows […]

Tenor Nathan Granner to captivate audience

What: Nathan Granner concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218   The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to welcome back operatic tenor Nathan Granner in the fifth concert […]

A wanna be artist to speak at PAA meeting

“€˜Here’€™s the skinny — I knew I was an artist by the time I was 7 years old.” — Frank Ordaz What were you thinking you were going to be when you were 7 years old? Many had dreams and aspirations at a young age but most of were not able €”for many reasons to […]

Discover pure Americana at concert

The Second Saturday Concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center will feature Cheryll Kent with Hickory Wind on the big stage on March 14. Hickory Wind is as free spirited and deeply rooted as its name suggests. Lead singer Cheryll Kent, is a local Camino girl with a rich history singing and performing throughout the California Mother […]