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Girl Scouts hope to promote literacy around the world

When it came time to choose a service project to earn their junior Girl Scout bronze award, three Troop 907 scouts in El Dorado Hills banded together through their mutual love of reading and decided to see to it people who may not otherwise get a chance to read get books. Katie, Natalia and Zini […]

Rare plant treasure hunting

California is a great place for plant enthusiasts. It offers a wonderful biodiversity of hotspot for plants — one of the top 25 places on the planet for plant diversity. There is something like 10,000 species and varieties of plants in California; 2,000 arrived from somewhere else, 8,000 are native to California and of those native […]

Curt Yagi to play at Wine Smith

Curt Yagi is proud to announce a music tour of both Placerville and Plymouth on May 23. The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 2008 Best of the Bay Singer-Songwriter and RAW Artist 2011 Musician of the Year has performed on various TV shows and at live venues including San Francisco’s The Fillmore. His song “Sweep Me” […]

A night of exotic of food and wine

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards will be hosting Havana Nights, an exotic night at the winery where guests will enjoy a pig roast, premium cigars and hosted wine pairings. The Cuban-­themed event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 during the Memorial Holiday Weekend. Havana Nights was inspired by the winemaker’s travels to […]

El Dorado Disposal offers recycle for unwanted textiles

El Dorado Disposal Material Recovery Facility has partnered with USAGAIN to recycle all unwanted textiles to help reduce the carbon footprint. The average American trashes 68 pounds of clothing every year. This adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste. When recycling textiles, people are keeping valuable resources in use and limiting […]

Splash Day Club opens at Hard Rock

Summer 2015 kicks off at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe with a splash — literally. The Splash Day Club, a rockin’ outdoor poolside day club, opens Saturday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Splash Day Club takes Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s high-energy nightlife experience and […]

EDCOE employees deliver excellence in education

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) presented the annual Excellence in Education Award to program coordinator Sheila Silan on Tuesday, May 5. The award is given to one person in the organization, regardless of their position, who exemplifies the award’s namesake by being the embodiment of teamwork, innovation, collaboration and commitment to the […]

As we were: More drought news

25 Years ago May 18, 1990 Drought prompts arson measure SACRAMENTO — A measure by Assemblyman Norm Waters, D-Plymouth, which places additional penalties on repeat arsonists, has received final approval from the governor. Assembly Bill 1317 permits a judge to place additional enhancements of one, two, or three years on a repeat arsonist’s sentence. “With […]

Gold Country Artists features Shared Inspirations

Beginning in May, Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting a new feature, “Shared Inspirations.” Gallery member and award-winning artist Randy Honerlah has challenged the artists in the gallery to collaborate, with each artist creating an entirely new piece of art based on the work of a fellow gallery member. The paired artists may or may […]

Programs at EDH Senior Center

Buying and selling online The Computer User Group from the El Dorado Hills Senior Center meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 1-3 p.m. For more information call 916-358-3575.   Hand and neck/shoulder massage Yuko Nagahashi-Lee, certified massage therapist, of Natural Healing Hands will be offering 15 minute hand or head/neck […]

Time to enter Apple Hill recipe contest

The Apple Hill Growers Association invites chefs to enter the 2015 Apple Hill Association Pinterest Recipe Contest. Cooks 18 years or older are encouraged to submit favorite original recipes along with accompanying photos. Recipes should use a product typically found at one of the Apple Hill ranches. For example, recipes could utilize any of the […]

Learn about fundraising at luncheon

Are you the only person in your organization who has the fundraising responsibility? Or are you the only person in your nonprofit, period? Either way, you’re juggling so many responsibilities that it is easy to let fundraising tasks slip away, until you need contributions in your budget. Then, panic time. How can those fundraising tasks be […]

Sutter’s Fort presents ‘Hands on History’

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: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event will celebrate and […]

Heavenly Mountain gets ready for summer

Looking forward to the summer season, Heavenly Mountain Resort will operate the Heavenly Gondola during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 23 through 25, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Heavenly will offer sightseeing via the scenic gondola ride and the mid-station observation deck, with limited hiking trails and dining options at Tamarack Lodge, Café Blue […]

Crocker presents ‘Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage’

On view from June 28 through Oct. 11, the exhibition “Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage” chronicles Hansen’s artistic legacy though nearly 100 paintings, etchings and other works on paper and rare decorative arts. It is the largest exhibition ever assembled to feature the artist’s work. Hansen (1886–1957), a native San Franciscan, painted lush still lifes, […]

KVIE Gallery features Winthers

KVIE Public Television announces the current exhibit in the KVIE Gallery, featuring new works from painter Laurie Winthers. An artist reception for “Three Trees: A Color Study” will be held Thursday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public. A fifth generation Californian, Winthers recently moved from Sacramento to […]

Crocker Muesum showcases David Ligare collection

This summer, the Crocker Art Museum presents a major retrospective exhibition, featuring nearly 80 works by Monterey-based contemporary artist David Ligare. The exhibition, “David Ligare: California Classicist,” will be on view June 7 through Sept. 20. A self-proclaimed Classicist, Ligare creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic […]

Winterhill’s Shakespeare olive oil wins gold

Every spring in New York City, a leading panel of international experts taste more than 700 extra virgin olive oils from around the world to determine which one deserves to be considered the very best. Winterhill 2015 Shakespeare’s Acre Tuscan Blend Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Winterhill Olive Oil of Placerville, won the gold […]

Duck’s Unlimited raises funds for wildlife

Placerville’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a group known nationwide for its efforts in preserving wildlife habitat, is celebrating its 37th annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Friday, May 8 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. A 2015 Polaris Ranger four-wheel drive boonie-crasher valued at $10,400 will go to the lucky winner […]

Cantare Chorale presents spring concert

The Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills will present its 2015 Spring Concert “Give Me Music” on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills. A second performance will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Placerville Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode […]

Tahoe Honor Ride raises funds for veterans

On Friday, May 8, immediately following the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Stage 1 start, the Honor Ride Lake Tahoe begins at Heavenly Mountain Resort, 3860 Saddle Road in South Lake Tahoe at 11:30 a.m. Honor Ride Lake Tahoe is a 19-mile route that departs from Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge and takes participants […]

Women’s Amgen tours Tahoe

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, a Tour de France-style cycling road race which for the first time boasts a new four-stage international women’s competition. Fourteen women’s cycling race teams from around the world have been selected to compete in the inagural Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race. AGE sports […]

Electronic assessments help support student success

Students throughout El Dorado County have begun the new computerized assessments known as Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams. The assessments are new, computer-based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts and mathematics standards. These assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. Educators — from […]

El Dorado County Pageant accepting entries

The El Dorado County Pageant has returned. The pageant will be held Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, on opening night of the El Dorado County Fair. Young women ages 12-29 are invited to consider participating in this year’s pageant. This is a natural […]

Lakehills Church actors to travel through time

What: “Back to the Cross” Who: Kids of the Kingdom Choir of Lakehills Church Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane, El Dorado Hills When: Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Cost: Free Information: 916-939-9300 or visit lakehillschurch.org/ Like, it’s totally tubular. Hop […]

Grow For It! It’s almost here — 11th Master Gardener Plant Sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been really busy preparing for the big plant sale to be held on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Master Gardeners will again be open for business in the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville. In anticipation of the sale, […]

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 […]

Flowers and trashy art

El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy Art Experience, a flower-and-recycled-art-themed gallery show featuring local artists Agi Gillespie, Audrey Keebler, Art Wendorf, Cindy Stephens, Joey Cattone, Joyce Mason, Lara Gularte, Oran Miller, Ramona Kaye Beckwith, Pam Henderson and Sue Costa. Flowers in the Fausel and the Trashy […]

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. […]

Handcar Derby benefits railroading

The 24th running of the Folsom Handcar Derby is set to take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 on the tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street in Folsom. This year’s event will kick off on Saturday with a day of practice and qualifying for all the teams competing in the handcar […]

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 amazon.com 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 suttercreetheatre.com for information. Featuring John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein, New West Guitar Group has been making its mark as […]

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