Friday, February 27, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

Gold Trail district announces registration information

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2015-16 school year at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD) beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17. Current students do not need to be reregistered and registration information and forms will be available in school offices. Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through third grade) — 4801 Luneman […]

Rotary spreads the word

In January the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club celebrated the tradition of gifting local students with hardbound dictionaries. Every third grade student attending Pinewood, Camino, Gold Oak, Pioneer, Indian Diggings and Walt Tyler schools received their own personal copy of McMillan Dictionary for Children. Visiting schools, members of the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary individually inscribed each student’s […]

Metales M5 to spread infectious enthusiasm

What: Metales M5 Mexican Brass concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost: $25 at the door Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218 El Dorado County Community Concert Association members are in for a treat on Monday, […]

Fun and all that Jazz in Placerville

What: Jazz with Pizazz presented by the Placerville Shakespeare Club Who: U4ick Jazz Band Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Sunday, Feb. 8, doors open at 2 p.m. and music at 3 p.m. Cost: $20 Information: 530-622-4039 or 916-802-0186 The jazzy band that played at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville for […]

Health screenings coming to Shingle Springs

Residents living in El Dorado County can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, will host this community event on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Richard Bennet from Woodland Hills, participated in a […]

Seminar to focus on connecting to children

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering a workshop to help parents increase their capacity to connect to their children’s needs. This open-hearted approach helps parents empathize with their children and stay connected while parenting. LEC will be offering a Parenting From Your Heart Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 438 Main […]

Pink Floyd tribute at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents House of Floyd — The music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. The group is back by popular demand and offers great sound, great video, lasers, fog — this show has it all. House of Floyd, a reverent tribute to Pink […]

Entertainment rocks at Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is rocking the South Shore February with two eclectic bands performing in Vinyl, the resort casino’s new entertainment venue. The English Beat plays Saturday, Feb. 7 and Starset performs Friday, Feb. 13. Vinyl also features a free show with the Saddle Tramps on Thursday, Feb. 5. English […]

Russian National Ballet presents major ballets

Over a span of three days, the Russian National Ballet Theatre continues its mission of presenting major Russian ballets by performing “Giselle,” “Chopiniana,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Don Quixote,” at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “Giselle” tells the story of a peasant girl of the same name who dies of […]

Ballet tells story of romance and comedy

“Coppélia,” a ballet filled with romance and comedy, tells the tale of an eccentric Doll Maker, Dr. Coppélius, and his dream of bringing a beloved doll to life. The Hawkins Classical and Contemporary Ballet Company performs this story of love and enchantment with delightful music, colorful costumes and beautiful dancers. The amount of hours going […]

Enchanting tale ‘Mamma Mia!’ visits Harris Center

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good show. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is […]

Women’s luncheon

At the Monday, Feb. 9 El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection, Winterhill Farms will share the perfect olive oil. Enjoy tasting olive oil blends and getting cooking information. As a member of the California Olive Oil Council, Winterhill’s olive oils are guaranteed the very highest quality providing higher antioxidants and stability with wonderful taste and aroma. The […]

Talented Peter Coyote to appear at Harris Center

He’s a man of many talents — respected actor, Emmy award-winning narrator, distinguished writer and activist, along with being a songwriter, guitarist and singer. Now Peter Coyote comes to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, to share his reflections on a life that include “doing the ’60s” in San Francisco and […]

Spring exhibitions open at Fine Arts Museums of SF

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to bring two significant exhibitions to Northern California this spring, “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection” and “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.” Tracing the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980, “High Style” will feature seminal pieces by the 20th century’s […]

Comedian Lewis Black performs at MontBleu

Lewis Black, one of America’s prolific and popular performers on the comedy stage, will bring his scorching wit and hilarious commentaries to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in a one-night only show on Friday, Feb. 6. Known for his work on the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” numerous late night TV talk show […]

Poetry Out Loud season has arrived

The scent of poems is in the wind. This year, seven El Dorado high school programs are participating in El Dorado County’s sixth Poetry Out Loud season. During January hundreds of students are feverishly memorizing and reciting their poems, hoping to perfect their performances before school competitions, scheduled to take place in late January and […]

Sugarloaf stampede registration open

On Saturday, April 18, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) will host the annual Sugarloaf Stampede 5K/10K/10mile race benefiting the Sugarloaf Station Foundation — a nonprofit organization that grants partial scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer. Beginning and ending at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville, enjoy […]

As we were: Children a concern

25 Years ago Jan. 19, 1990 Waters seeks child care relief for special children A measure with potential of providing millions of dollars for building child-care facilities for handicapped children, has passed the Assembly Human Services Committee. The measure, Assembly Bill 437, by Assemblyman Norm Waters, raises the fee of birth certificates by $2. Proceeds from […]

Veterans’ Voices presents workshop

The El Dorado Arts Council, in partnership with churches and veterans service organizations, is excited to announce that Veterans’ Voices II, the second in a series of ongoing writing workshops for foothill and El Dorado County veterans, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 5. The workshops are an opportunity for all veterans, especially those returning from […]

Little League Baseball announces changes

Last year Little League Baseball approved a few critical changes to the participation criteria which are now in effect. First, any player who will turn the age of 4 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in the local Little League program. Previously, a player needed to be 5 years old to […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf School to hold informational meetings

Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville, is offing a Waldorf Education Information Series and Tours in January for interested parents. Cedar Springs Waldorf School is a fully accredited Waldorf school providing a rich comprehensive education to children pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Located on a beautiful 5-acre campus,  the school has been […]

‘Space, Light and Pattern’ exhibition opens

Throughout the month of January, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in Davis, will be exhibiting “Space, Light and Pattern” by artist Joseph Bellacera. A special opening reception will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Bellacera devotes full time to the challenge of making art out of chaos. With […]

Soul Play opens concert series

The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, is opening its 2015 concert series with Soul Play on Saturday, Jan. 10. Opening the evening of music is local favorite Tamra Godey. Soul Play is one of Sacramento’s premiere R&B, soul and funk bands. A tight musical group, Soul Play features some of […]

Plenty of winter fun at Tahoe

Best-of-Tahoe Resorts highlights the best of what’s new for the 2015 season at Lake Tahoe. Heavenly’s high-energy atmosphere is guaranteed to reach a new level during winter with the opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe in early 2015 in South Lake Tahoe’s casino core. In addition to a 25,000 square-foot casino, […]

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ face off at Harris Center

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life from Jan. 19-21, on the Harris Center for the Arts stage in an all new production of the musical phenomenon “Jekyll & Hyde.” Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, “Jekyll & Hyde” is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant […]

Tahoe Hard Rock Hotel and Casino places new sign

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe met a major milestone in its $60 million renovation and redesign with the installation of a new monument sign along Highway 50. The new sign replaces the debilitated Horizon marquee and ushers in an improved property make-over and economic revitalization of Tahoe South and the Highway 50 […]

Grow For It! Master Gardeners help you grow healthy in 2015

So how are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? If you pledged to nourish your brain and body in positive ways for 2015, your local University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners have just the thing to help keep you on track. They are making some exciting additions to the class schedule and bringing […]

As we were: Here comes the judge

25 Years ago Jan. 5, 1990 Judge Riley seeks election Superior Court Judge Patrick Riley announced Wednesday that he will run as an incumbent candidate for the position of Superior Court Judge in the June primary election. As a judge, following his appointment to fill the vacancy of retired Judge Lloyd “Bud” Hamilton, he said […]

Luncheon is resheduled

The El Dorado Women’s Lunch Connection meeting originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12 has been rescheduled to March due to an unexpected outage at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating for the March date is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18. The luncheon will feature ladies modeling fashions […]

El Dorado County youth prove they are stars

From tutoring to volunteering to teaching kids how to play soccer, El Dorado County’s young people give thousands of hours back to the community each year. Many of those youth recently received Youth Star Awards for their tireless efforts. The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition hosted the ceremony on Dec. 14 at Lakehills Church. […]

California Vineyards and wineries to go for the green

California vineyards and wineries are encouraged to apply for the inaugural California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Applications are now being accepted at The California Green Medal was developed by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Wine Institute, Lodi Winegrape Commission, Napa Valley Vintners and Vineyard Team as a way […]