Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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, now through May 15 at the Legion of Honor, will feature more than 60 works that span the […]

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 […]

Educational evening at farm dinner

Saturday, March 28, will mark the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s 98th annual dinner event — two more years and the 100th annual milestone will be celebrated. “We have an important and treasured working landscape and agriculture is at the center, providing a diverse array of products and services, from the food on our table […]

Food bank to thank community at grand opening

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is having a free grand opening and community appreciation night on Friday, March 20 at 4550 Business Drive in Shingle Springs. The food bank will partner with the El Dorado Winery Association to showcase the new facility and to say thank you to the community that made the […]

Assemblyman visits Eskaton Village

It was an exciting day for Eskaton Village Placerville, a senior living community that offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care for cognitive impairment. Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, 5th Assembly District, who was first elected to the State Assembly in 2012, and is primarily committed to protecting rural California, paid a visit to […]

Grow For It! Is that pesticide really necessary?

Are you the type of gardener that reaches for the handiest spray can sitting on a shelf in the garage when a garden pest is spotted? If so, stop. One of the most important roles we as UCCE Master Gardeners play is to impart to the home gardening public research-based information about pest management. This […]

Special class for budding young gardeners offered

The fun of growing plants and then showing them at the El Dorado County Fair, is the topic of a simple and engaging hands-on class being presented especially for school-age kids by the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County on Saturday, March 14 from 10-11 a.m. in the Floriculture Building at the El Dorado […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Investing in Early Childhood

The majority of brain development takes place before a child is 5 years of age. How that brain is wired depends upon the early experiences of children and families. The research on brain development in the last decade has given the early childhood field a better idea of how the brain is wired and how […]

‘Haunted’ is a modern ghost story with twists

Book: “Haunted: the Arnaud Legacy” Author: Lynn Carthage Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., Feb.24, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions “Haunted” is the perfect title for this new novel, the first in the Arnaud trilogy by El Dorado Hills author Lynn Carthage. A decrepit mansion, a hidden cemetery, a teenager haunted by her own actions […]

Grow For It! Rewards of shade gardening

Light shade, filtered shade, dense shade, open shade; what’s a gardener to do? The same things that make a gardener a successful gardener in sun: know the conditions of the garden. Whether planting in sun or shade, it is important to understand the type of soil: • Is the soil acidic, alkaline or neutral? • […]

Life as I know it: Church trips to Arizona

Two other trips to Chinle, Ariz., for work by our youth group at the outpost church had an absolute spectrum of things that were so different. There were several “one of a kind” experiences for all our family. First though, a word or two about Ned Bia and his family. Ned had become a Christian […]

Gold Trail Odyssey of the Mind heads to state

On Feb. 21, a group of Gold Trail students participated in the annual Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held in Sacramento and three of the teams placed high enough to move on and compete at the state level. Four teams from various grade levels spent the day solving different problems in a creative fashion. Odyssey […]

Old Farmer’s Almanac wants your recipes

For 223 years, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” has been breaking bread with its readers and now it has launched a continent-wide search for the very best recipes that their fans have to share for a new cookbook coming out in 2017. In addition to collecting recipes, the Almanac wants the stories behind them —how and […]

Fashion designers parade creations

On Sunday, March 1 the Park Ultra Lounge presents the celebrated fashion designer Richard Hallmarq and four fellow Project Runway alumni in “House: A Fashion Experience.” Hosted by America’s Next Top Model All-Stars winner Lisa D’Amato, “House” will be a cutting-edge fashion show featuring Hallmarq (Project Runway season 11 contestant), Melissa Fleis (season 10), Daniel […]

California State Fair names new chief wine judge

Mark Chandler of Lodi has been named the chief wine judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The State Fair competition is the oldest wine competition in California, dating back to the Gold Rush. It is also one of the most prominent and prestigious wine competitions in the country known for its integrity, […]

Grow For It! But I don’t have a green thumb

Wish you could have a green thumb? Here are five of the most easy-to-grow houseplants — enjoy yourself and give them a try. Pothos (Epepremnum aureum) is a vine with long trailing stems that can grow to eight feet or more. The leaves are oval, pointed and 2-to-4-inches long; they are dark green, spotted with […]

Make a deal at the Shakespeare Club

“Let’s Make A Deal,” the Placerville Shakespeare Club’s annual bridge party will be held Wednesday,  March 25. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The community is invited to a day of brilliant bridge, fabulous food and delightful door prizes. Both men and women bridge players are welcome. The entry fee […]

As we were: Roads and growth always a topic

25 Years ago Feb. 23, 1990 Silva Valley interchange plans advanced By URSULA ROSE Driving forward with plans for Silva Valley interchange, supervisors approved the final environmental impact report and picked the ridge design at their Tuesday meeting. But it will probably be 10 years before motorists will be able to exit Highway 50 between […]

Folsom jazz choir opens for Swingles

For more than half a century the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With their forthcoming album “Deep End” (due […]

Dinner celebrates agriculture

Saturday, March 28, will mark the El Dorado County Farm Bureau’s 98th annual Dinner Event — two more years and the 100th annual milestone will be celebrated. “We have an important and treasured working landscape and agriculture is at the center, providing a diverse array of products and services, from the food on our table […]

Project 44 helps find more foster homes

Two inspiring parents, 44 foster homes needed and a mission to help every one of those kids. That’s what Jo Herrera, 18, thought about when starting “Project 44.” Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a normal day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into […]

Camino School accepting kindergarten registration

Camino School will be accepting kindergarten registration beginning March 1, for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration packets can be picked up at the Camino School office located at 3060 Snows Road in Camino between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, […]

As we were: Vocational classes make it work

25 Years ago Feb. 16, 1990 ‘It Works’ is theme of education week Vocational Eduction Week with a theme of “It Works” is being celebrated in the El Dorado Union High School District and around the nation Feb. 11-17. The theme is an appropriate way to highlight vocational education and its importance to America’s future […]

Giving, gathering and granting is a powerful focus

Giving, gathering and granting — the three tenets of Women’s Fund El Dorado, were all in evidence at the Jan. 22 Women’s Fund annual Community Needs Forum. It’s a powerful and energizing thing when hundreds of women gather together with a focused purpose of giving. “It’s a great organization for busy women who want to be charitable,” […]

Discover art from the heart at PAA meeting

“If one has loved, then one has known fear. Yet one can fear and never love.” — Marisa Sayago Art is an ancient pathway to express the emotions of the human heart. Whether it’s ancient paintings on cave walls, Michelangelo’s “Pietà” or Picasso’s “The Weeping Woman,” emotion can be embedded in the art, and/or we […]

Shingle Springs concert is full of heart

The Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 Shingle Springs Community Center concert will showcase The Random Strangers and Tinge of Ginge featuring Sandi McCrossin. Tinge of Ginge will start at 7 p.m. with great harmonies and fun arrangements of popular songs as McCrossin opens this show. Her band 120 west is a favorite at the center and will […]