Monday, July 28, 2014

Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

Join Sierra Vista Winery for its new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series. The winery will have live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer. What’s better than listening to local artists, enjoying a breathtaking sunset and sipping on a favorite bottle of Sierra Vista wine? Julie and the Jukes will be playing at […]

Tractor Supply Store recognized

Placerville’s Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store was recently recognized for winning the Paper Clover Regional Champion award for being one of the top 5 stores to have the highest transaction percentage in its region during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion. The region included all TSC stores in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and […]

A sneak peek of art show

The 48th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition is Aug. 3-17. The word has gone out to hundreds of artists and art organizations as well as online Calls to Artists Websites. The show will feature 55 artists showing diverse two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art from realism to abstract and experimental. Art in a wide […]

Amador Fair honors cowboys

In recognition of the many contributions that the cowboy has made and is still making to Amador County and the state of California, the Amador County Fair, July 24-27, will feature special events and acknowledgements for “National Day of the Cowboy” on Saturday, July 26. The music and lifestyle of the cowboy will be featured […]

Authors to gather in Georgetown

Join American poet Kevin Trammel, along with other local authors, at the “Author’s Forum” on Saturday, July 19 at the El Dorado County Library,6680 Orleans St. in Georgetown, where he will be discussing his new book of poetry and art, “Gathered Rain.” “Gathered Rain”  is a first offering by this new American poet whose work […]

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Hands4Hope launches school supply drive

Hands4Hope is excited to kick off its first School Supply Drive to benefit children in need in El Dorado County. Many students in El Dorado County do not have access to essential school supplies for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Hands4Hope was approached by the Placerville Union School District to conduct a school supply drive […]

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Music fills the air in Coloma

The eighth annual American River Music Festival, Sept. 12, 13 and 14, will present more than 30 music performances by nationally renowned musicians in nine locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma. Performers include: Greg Brown, The Bills, Whitewater Ramble, Tommy Malone (of the Subdudes), Laura Love and Big Bad Gina, The Bastard Sons […]

Grow For It! Answers to farmers market gardening questions

By far the majority of questions asked of UCCE Master Gardeners at the farmers market booth concern water use and irrigation. Here are a few of the suggestions we make. Consider having lawn only where desired, for entertainment or play. Drip irrigation is one way to get water deep down to the roots of plants […]

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Golden Sierra receives WASC accreditation

After more than a year of self-study and reflection on programs by the staff of Golden Sierra High School, the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, announced that the 7-12 school received the highest honors for a secondary program with a six-year accreditation. According to WASC this honor means that Golden […]

Lions collecting glasses and hearing aids

The Placerville Lions Club is very active in collecting used eye glasses which are refurbished and sent to people in need all over the world. The Placerville Lions also collect hearing aids. The hearing aids are cleaned and refurbished to meet specific specifications then distributed by the Hearing Foundation, through Lions International, to persons who […]

Head Start and Early Head Start to continue

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is pleased to announce it will continue its 40-year legacy as the county’s premiere early childhood education provider, supporting children ages birth through 5 and families on their path to self-sufficiency and life preparedness. On June 17, EDCOE secured the necessary funding to continue the Head Start […]

Old and new at Amador Fair

Where else, but the Amador County Fair can you meet a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon and a rifle-toting Mountain Man shopping on the midway, then listen to music from the Eagles, George Strait and the Spazmatics. The Amador County Fair, July 24-27, is an amazing collection of old and new, […]

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My time is on Friday

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 […]

Lavender Festival will delight the senses

Come intoxicate yourselves with the scent of lavender dancing on the summer breeze at the Lavender Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. Mosey through the rows upon rows of lavandula at Bluestone Meadow while live acoustics performed by Jonny Mojo and special guest Lisa Bond travel through the valley. Bluestone Meadow, 2025 […]

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Cal Expo hosts free simulcast horse racing

The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center is open Wednesday through Sunday offering off-track wagering from local, out-of-state and international racetracks with approximately 50-100 races per day at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. The Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center offers food from the Winners’ Circle Grill and drink service from the Sports Bar. General […]

Apple Hill wants happy families

The Apple Hill Growers Association is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. In tribute the association is producing a 50th anniversary Celebration Video. As part of this production, the association is including a “My Family’s Apple Hill Experience” video contest. The contest is designed to give Apple Hill visitors the opportunity to explain why […]

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Grow For It! Weed speak: What our weeds are telling us

We spend endless hours and funds trying to eliminate weeds from our gardens. But it’s important to understand “the enemy” and to intercept the messages. Here is a list of tell-tale weeds and their communications. If you have no problem with any of these, you are some sort of god among gardeners — and should […]

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

Everyone is invited to enjoy “Luau On Carson” — an Hawaiian-themed day of fun at the Carson Road Wineries in Placerville and Camino. Nine of the Carson Road winery venues are offering Hawaiian themed food sampling, wine tasting, music and fun from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.on Saturday, July 26. Try sangria and Hawaiian pizza at Beemer’s Winery, […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Indian Diggings School is a hidden treasure

Indian Diggings School may not be easily found on a map, but the stellar education provided to students by their dedicated teachers makes it well worth looking for. Nestled in south El Dorado County, a team of six staff help operate and teach at the school of less than 20 students ranging from kindergarten to […]

As we were: Govenor appoints judge

25 Years ago July 7, 1989 Deputy state AG appointed judge By DAVIDE RICHIE Georgetown resident Ed T. Keller is El Dorado County’s newest Superior Court judge. Keller confirmed reports about the appointment by Gov. George Deukmejian during a telephone interview with the Mountain Democrat Thursday afternoon. He was contacted at the state Attorney General’s office […]

After 5 Club to meet

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 is […]

Time travel to the past in Old Sacramento

Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento. For the fifth consecutive summer, visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively, fun and free street theater as part of the hugely popular “Time Travel Weekends” program beginning July 5 through Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-5 […]

Rewind returns to Wine Smith

Placerville welcomes back the high energy band Rewind this Saturday, July 5. The band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville. Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for their uncanny ability to take the audience […]

Cal Expo celebrates the July Fourth

Cal Expo and CBS Radio are joining the city and county of Sacramento to produce the largest pyrotechnics display in the area. The Independence Day Celebration is a family-oriented collection event focused around America’s birthday on Friday. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and features all kinds of activities including inflatable water slides, face painting, […]

Capitol Pops presents Fourth concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free public concert at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4 at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, in Roseville. The outdoor, patriotic performance is part of a full day of red, white and blue festivities in the park just north of Douglas Boulevard. Under the baton […]

Railtown train rides run on Wednesdays

Back by popular demand, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at noon and 2 p.m. starting July 2 and running until Aug. 27. While the park is open daily, steam-powered excursion train rides are typically offered on weekends only except for holidays and special occasions. […]

Grow For It! Why a Garden Retreat?

Everyone needs a sanctuary garden, a place of respite from the cacophony of an overly busied life. Why a garden? It is there the symphony of sound, the compatibility of color, shapes and structures and the presence of all creatures great and small calm the frenzied busyness of life’s demands. The sanctuary garden is a […]

Sac Choral Society and Orchestra opens auditions

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and music director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. Experienced choral singers with good music reading skills are invited to e-mail the SCSO directly at or to call the SCSO at 916-536-9065. The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra is celebrating its 19th year […]

Treat all the senses at Sierra Vista Vineyards

It will be a treat for all the senses at  Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, at the new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 28. There will be live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer long to go with the breathtaking sunset views. Swirl, sniff and sip […]

Grow For It! Rhododendrons in the Gold Country?

“You grow rhododendrons here?” I smile because, yes, you can grow rhododendrons in Zone 7 Mediterranean climate — with some research on varieties, preparation of a planting space, some nurturing and patience. Like some “gentler clime” gardeners, I came to the Georgetown Divide (rocky, sun-drenched clay at 2,200 foot elevation) determined to create a cottage […]

Champs spell success

Organizers of the 34th annual El Dorado County Team Spelling Bee announced the winners. The spelling bee was hosted by the Pollock Pines Elementary School District. Thirty-three schools participated with a total of 80 teams. Each team consisted of five members, plus an alternate and a coach. The winners Division I, first and second grades — […]

Have fun at ‘History Happy Hour’

Let history make you happy. As part of the “Thursday Night at the Museums” extended summer hours program, the Sacramento History Museum is offering its first-ever “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, June 26. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, soft drinks and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related […]

As we were: Fire is always a danger

25 Years ago June 23, 1989 First day of summer proves a sizzler By MARY NEAL MOSQUITO — High winds and low humidity kept firefighters running Wednesday when the two elements combined to make the first day of summer a day of critical fire danger. The first fire of the day started about 10:18 a.m. […]

Tessa Evans opens concert season

Saturday, June 21, David Girard Vineyards invites the public to the first concert of the summer to hear some sensational music. Tessa Evans, an up and coming recording artist in Los Angeles, will be returning to her hometown for this exclusive concert. Known for her trademark whiskey growl voice, Evans’ music spans generations from sultry jazz to […]

Family Fit N Fun keeps everyone moving

Learn about the incredible array of health options available to foothill residents at the free Family Fit N Fun healthy lifestyle expo on Sunday, June 22 at High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Road in Camino. The fourth annual event is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and offers many alternatives to creating a stronger, more vigorous […]

Historian to address California’s natural resources

The Center for Sacramento History is proud to present a special Speaker Series event — “Mining California: An Ecological History” on Wednesday evening, July 16 at 7. The community is invited to attend this thought-provoking presentation by historian and Temple University Professor Andrew C. Isenberg, who will address the systematic exploitation of the Golden State’s […]

Market celebrates summer solstice

Downtown Placerville’s new SOL Community Farmers Market is hosting its first Summer Solstice Festival on Sunday, June 22 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Hupcey parking lot, 681 Main St. in Placerville. Celebrate the season’s harvest at the market that will run until Nov. 30 on Sundays from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring the family out to enjoy […]

Sign up for the Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic

The Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is sponsoring its second Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic on June 28-29. The registration deadline for this session is June 22. Rattlesnakes are common in El Dorado County, and reports of sightings and bites occur frequently. Treatment is extremely costly and their bite, if left untreated, is often fatal to dogs. […]

Raise your glass for a good cause

The Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills host Wine at Town Center on Saturday, June 14. This annual fundraiser showcases El Dorado, Amador and San Joaquin counties’ fine wineries, breweries and local restaurants and at the same time provides funding for Rotary projects and programs. Guests will also have the chance to […]

Fabulous Liars perform at the fair

The Fabulous Liars bring their hard-driving mix of rock ‘n’ roll to the El Dorado County Fair for three shows, Father’s Day, June 15, on the Red Hawk Casino Stage. “We’re really looking forward to being part of the closing day at the fair and it’s Father’s Day as well,” said Fabulous Liars guitarist, Ed […]

History Museum offers free admission

The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2014. “We are proud to […]

Discover Sacramento’s rich history

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the history-rich buildings in Old Sacramento that hold clues to California’s fascinating Gold Rush past during fun and intriguing above-ground walking tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays through June 29 at 11 a.m. In addition to the popular underground tours already underway, the Sacramento City: California’s Gold […]

Find it at the big Garage Sale

It is that time of year when Friends of Cameron Airpark (FOCA) have its neighborhood Garage Sale. The huge co-operative sale is Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy the day browsing through the many garage sales, all in one neighborhood. The participants may have just what you have been looking for. FOCA […]

Indie film premieres at Coz

The U.S. premiere of “Little Tibet 2″ will take place at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. A question and answer period with Tibetan director Nawang Sonam  Anja-Tsang will follow the film. The Placerville Friends of Tibet in collaboration with Sierra Friends of Tibet are presenting […]