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Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo bring their jaw-dropping guitar mastery to Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Calling Vignola a virtuoso is something of an understatement. Recognized primarily as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, his résumé includes work […]

Grow For It! Planning this year’s veggie garden

Hello — this is your garden calling. Now is the time to dust off those seed catalogs and figure out what is going into the vegetable garden this spring. According to the UCCE Master Gardener Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide (available for $5 at the Master Gardeners office at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville), mid-February is […]

Faith Episcopal youth to hold food drive

As many Americans anticipate the golden anniversary of the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, Faith Episcopal Church’s youth group is gearing up for a different kind of drive — not toward the end zone but to help battle hunger in El Dorado County. The JCrew (Jesus Crew) will celebrate Youth Sunday by […]

El Dorado Camera Club to hold print competition

A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. There are multiple categories for color, monochrome and alternative images. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third […]

‘Citizenfour’ shows at Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 the Oscar-winning documentary on Edward Snowden, “Citizenfour,” screens at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. “Citizenfour” is a behind the scenes look at Snowden as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass, indiscriminate and illegal invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency. In the film, […]

Special party to release Amador Four Fires Wine Festival tickets

Tickets for the Amador Four Fires wine event officially go on sale Feb. 1, but the Amador Four Fires Ticket Release Party at wineries in Sutter Creek and in Shenandoah Valley on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, is a great excuse to go to Amador County and secure tickets early at deeply discounted prices. […]

Learn about blending at Madroña Vineyards

For those looking for a more in-depth way of learning about wine and seeking a hands-on experience that will help explain what you are actually tasting, Madroña Vineyards is offering a special event. Paul Bush, winemaker, is conducting two sessions of Quintet Blending Classes on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. both […]

Three generations of blues harpists play at Harris Center

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowouts started as a single event in Berkeley in 1991 but have grown to be the premier blues harp event on the West Coast over the last 25 years — a mini blues festival on the road featuring a who’s who of headliner blues harp icons. Commemorating the 25th anniversary tour, […]

Tickets to explore wine country

The El Dorado Winery Association announces that tickets are on sale now for its 25th annual Passport Wine Event, Cheers to 25 Years. The Passport Wine Event is more than just wine tasting. In the 25th year, it has become widely known as a weekend (or two for the truly adventurous) dedicated to exploration, hands-on education […]

Food bank hosts free distribution in South Lake Tahoe

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in South Lake Tahoe to host a mobile food pantry distribution (weather permitting,) on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 10-11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it. The food bank will provide one allocation […]

Grow For It! Creative and sustainable ways to help the landscape be firewise

The last few years have been sobering ones for foothill residents. Between the King Fire in 2014 and the Butte Fire in 2015, it has become increasingly important that people understand what options they have to create a landscape that is attractive, water-saving and firewise. For 15 years, UCCE Master Gardener Robin Stanley and her […]

Free My Time group to meet in El Dorado Hills

My Time — El Dorado Hills 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 will meet the fourth Thursday in January and […]

First 5: Is your child Ready? Baby blues

I have said many times that I have never met a parent that didn’t want what’s best for their child. Being a parent is hard work. There is plenty of focus on taking care of the child and we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Jamie Bowman, a nurse with the Best Beginnings newborn […]

As we were: New undersheriff

25 Years ago Jan. 16, 1991 Jim Roth is new undersheriff By PATTY SULLIVAN The suspense within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department subsided yesterday when Sheriff Don McDonald appointed Jim Roth as the new undersheriff. Roth, formerly a captain, is a 22-year law enforcement veteran. The 43-year-old Pollock Pines resident has served 15 years […]

Comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn

Live comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 20 starring Del Van Dyke and featuring Kelly Hilbert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Headline performer Van Dyke emerged from the San Francisco comedy scene in the ’80s where […]

Photo exhibit at CP Community Center

Members of the El Dorado Camera Club are displaying their works at the Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Photographs will hang in the various rooms at the center. Burt Crismore’s black-and-white photographs are hanging in the 50-plus room and can be seen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 […]

Grow For It! Brrrrrr, it’s cold outside

Some plants can tolerate colder temperatures more than others. These plants can go into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. They can take air temperatures in the 35 to 55 degree range. Many can put down roots early in the cooler conditions so they can be ready for the hot summer. […]

Writers to meet in Cameron Park

The El Dorado County Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association is meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The group meets the second Tuesday evening of every month and welcomes authors anywhere on the nonfiction path. The owners of Two Square Books Publishing, […]

As we were: Permit process

25 Years ago Jan. 11, 1991 ‘Snow line’ may thaw By KRISTIN LANG Although they do not yet know where they will hold the anxiously awaited event, El Dorado County supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance establishing the first-come, first-served method of allotting building permits for the South Tahoe area this year. After discussing […]

‘Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids’ returns

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids” explores the weird, wacky and unbelievable from chocolate lava and grocery gardens to kid inventors and creepy crawlies — plus tells one whale of a tale. The newest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids has 192 full-color pages of fascinating facts, cool activities and amazing stories that will […]

IT to present ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

Imagination Theater is presenting “Lend Me a Tenor” directed by Jody Klemens. The production runs Feb. 12 through March 6. Winner of three Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year, “Lend Me a Tenor” is a wildly entertaining farce. Set in 1934, Saunders, general manager of […]

Free support group 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. In January the […]

Lauren and Lisa to perform at Crystal Basin

Lauren Murphy and Lisa Bond are appearing on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Road in Camino. Due to popular demand two shows are scheduled at 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. This special evening features the performance of one of El Dorado County’s favorite duos Murphy and Bond. Murphy recently relocated to the eclectic […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue seeks volunteers

Sierra Wildlife Rescue is having an Orientation Class/Tour for anyone interested in volunteering or rehabbing with SWR. The class will feature a tour of SWR’s animals in rehab in videos, photos and discussions, as well as information on the wide variety of other volunteer opportunities with SWR. This is a chance to talk in person to […]

‘Shotgun Weddings’ tells the story of Colleen Batten Harris

Book: “Shotgun Weddings — The Saga of Grandma Cokey, California’s Serial Husband Killer” Author: Lloyd Billingsley Publisher: Centershot Books, published October 2015, paperback and Kindle versions, 228 pages Lloyd Billingsley’s third novel lays out clearly the story of Colleen Batten Harris, the El Dorado County resident who shot and killed two of her husbands. She […]

Placerville resident contributes to ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Who benefits the most from volunteering? The volunteers themselves — that’s the theme that runs through all the stories in the inspiring collection from “Chicken Soup for the Soul” — a book filled with stories about volunteering and giving back that will make readers check their calendars, pick up the phone and get out there […]

New exhibit at Angels Camp

Bring family and friends for a guided tour of the Angels Camp Museum’s spectacular collections. The knowledgeable docents are happy to tell visitors all about the Gold Country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region in the Gold is Where you Find it: the Rush to Angels Camp exhibit. The guided tours of […]

Grand reopening of the new old Owl Club

The Owl Club, 109 Church St. in Roseville, or as most call it the Owl, was originally opened in 1934 in what Roseville now calls Historic Old Town Roseville; but people around here just call it Old Town. The owners of the property are glad to announce that The Owl in Old Town will be reopening […]

Affordable health screenings in Pollock Pines

Residents living in and around Pollock Pines can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, will host this community event on Jan. 23. Screenings can check for: • The level of […]

Learn about making a difference at presentation

In a world that trumpets fear, calm voices offer peace and welcome to those displaced by war and poverty. Come and learn about Father Christoforos Schuff’s work with refugees in Greece and discover how El Dorado County residents can make a difference for those who have been displaced. The presentation “The Refugee Crisis and Illogical Mercy” […]

Life as I know it: Good fishing

One year while we were in Montana, Peggy had an inspired idea to invite my two fishing friends, Ken and Lew, to come up and fish with me. She suggested renting a car so that, with my pickup, we could carry all our camping and fishing gear with us and still be comfortable. Ken and Lew flew […]

History comes alive at Sutter’s Fort

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties” event on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historical walls and gates plus have the opportunity to step back […]

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation now hiring guides

The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is now hiring part-time tour guides for its upcoming 2016 season of both the Old Sacramento Underground and Gold Rush Experience tour programs. Candidates interested in leading tour groups, meeting people from all over the world, sharing Sacramento’s fascinating history and working in the dynamic historical district in Old […]

As we were: Reservoir land approved

25 Years ago Dec. 28, 1990 Land purchase approved for Texas Hill SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – In an afternoon meeting in South Lake Tahoe Dec. 19, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve parcels of land for the Texas Hill Reservoir site south of Placerville. Supervisor Jack Sweeney was unable to attend the […]

School makes ‘golden’ contributions

Golden Hills School’s fifth-grade class sang Christmas carols at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last Thursday afternoon and then paired up with seniors to decorate stockings for foster children. Every month teacher Lisa Perry’s 14 fifth-graders work on outreach projects for the senior center, including making centerpieces for the center’s large round tables. Friday marked […]

The important things: Now is enough

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb I love this quote, but can’t help but be sad about “trees” that I never planted. It is appealing to indulge in a pity party, lamenting inaction in the past. If only … I had continued to […]

‘Pippin’ is coming to Sac Community Center

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical in a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3. The cast includes Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player; Brian Flores as Pippin; John Rubinstein, who played the role of Pippin in the original Bob Fosse-directed Broadway production, as Charles; Sabrina Harper as Berthe; Bradley […]

As we were: Land transaction

25 Years ago Dec. 21, 1990 Supes object to proposed plant reserve By KRISTIN LANG A proposed 40-acre plant reserve straddling the South Fork of the American River received criticism Tuesday from El Dorado County supervisors, who objected to the land purchase by the state Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) The land, which is in two […]

Restoration volunteers honored

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation honored 30 volunteers at a dinner at Spanky’s Pizza in Placerville in December. The volunteers have donated 496 hours and restored 11 acres of Eldorado National Forest lands, from Hope Valley to Rock Creek, since August. CSNC is a local nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1985 that cooperates with […]

Free My Time support group to meet

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 will meet the third Thursday in December and is facilitated by Jillien […]

Grow For It! Poinsettias year round

Once the holidays are behind us, there really is no reason to toss out those beautiful Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). With a little attention throughout the year, gardeners can get these tropical plants to re-bloom for next years’ holiday season. Growing poinsettias throughout the year is also a great way to involve children in calendar-driven activities, […]

Life as I know it: Making Habitat a habit

Peggy and I had really enjoyed our time spent with Habitat For Humanity in both Sacramento and New York City so we began to talk about making another volunteer effort with them. We heard about the Jimmy Carter Work Week (JCWW) and thought that we might try to participate in one. The format for the […]

The snow is falling at South Tahoe

NOAA forecasters call for the storm door to stay open and provide South Shore resorts with plenty of snow. “These weekly storm systems have been lining up perfectly and we’re ready for more,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “We love seeing the slopes and pine trees blanketed in snow […]

Straight Line Construction supports Food Bank of El Dorado County

The crew at Straight Line Construction came out in force in November in Cameron Park to support El Dorado County’s largest collaborative charity the Food Bank of El Dorado County. The ninth annual Straight Line event included a dinner and auction that not only included Straight Line management and staff but also customers and partners […]

As we were: County takes on Caltrans

25 Years ago Dec. 14, 1990 County trying to keep lodge open By URSULA ROSE Twin Bridges is where chain controls are usually required heading east on Highway 50, and for years the rest area at Twin Bridges Lodge has helped motorists stranded during snowstorms. But the building is in poor condition, and the owner […]

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