Friday, April 18, 2014

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

Temple Kol Shalom, a reform Jewish Congregation which meets near El Dorado Hills, invites the community to a community Passover Seder on Friday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. Jewish people worldwide celebrate Passover to recall their release from slavery in ancient Egypt over 3,300 years ago. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, led by […]

Student art featured for Third Saturday

Once again, Flowers On Main Street in Placerville is hosting El Dorado High School students as the featured artists for Third Saturday Art Walk on April 19. This is the third year that Judie Stewart, owner of Placerville Flowers On Main, has offered this opportunity to the young artists at El Dorado High School. The […]

Time out: A grand time at Grand China

Restaurant: Grand China Address: 4340 Golden Center Drive, Placerville Phone: 530-621-1882   There is a perception out there that, basically, all Chinese restaurants are pretty much the same all over North America. This is categorically not true. There are differences, sometimes very subtle and sometimes not so subtle, that make the real gems stand out. […]

The Spirit of Benny

3rd annual Spirit of Benny 10K and 5K Run and Walk in Placervill 3rd annual Spirit of Benny 10K and 5K Run and Walk in Placervill

Grow For It! Spring and the UCCE Master Gardeners of EDC Plant Sale

It’s hard to believe that not only has springtime arrived but that it is time for the semi-annual plant sale. The spring plant sale will be the 10th plant sale put on by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. The Saturday, April 19 sale is from 8 a.m. – […]

Team works to fight disease

Kiwanis Club of Placerville and Imagination Theater are working together to help eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus in third world countries The Eliminate Project is Kiwanis International’s global campaign to help eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth. The campaign will raise $110 million for the project.   Quick facts about the disease • One […]

Watercolorist Beverly Fields to demonstrate at PAA

The Placerville Arts Association is celebrating spring with guest speaker and teacher artist Beverly Fields. Painting and creating come naturally to her and the visual language of nature is the inspiration for her palette. The public is cordially invited to join PAA and be inspired at this Sunday’s, April 13 meeting at the El Dorado […]

Youth of El Dorado: A learning experience for everyone

The El Dorado High School Leadership Class teamed up with Pinewood School’s third grade class and invited the Pollock Pines students to El Dorado for a fun-filled day on Thursday, March 13. Activities included icebreakers, a third grade slideshow and puppet show, Lava Race, “Ro-Sham-Bo” contest, campus tour, snacks and a pizza lunch. These activities […]

The healing power of food and prayers

After a whitewater rafting trip on the American River, Greg and Mary Kemp thought El Dorado County might make a good place to retire. Mary laughs about the word “retire” now. With a successful restaurant and plenty of community involvement, retirement doesn’t describe her life at the moment. From one wine region, the Santa Ynez […]

As we were: Good appointment

25 Years ago April 5, 1989 Raffety promoted to editor Michael Raffety, 42, has been promoted from managing editor, announced Mountain Democrat Publisher Jim Webb. Prior to taking over as managing editor, Raffety served eight years as city editor of the Democrat. Raffety holds 18 state and regional awards for editing, writing and photography. Raffety […]

Find adventure in Old Sac

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style. Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on Saturday and Sunday with each program offering fun new twists […]

Beer competition returns to the El Dorado County Fair

More than 1.2 million people brew beer at home in the United States. That’s 2 million barrels of beer fermenting and bubbling in closets and cellars nationwide each year according to the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewer and co-owner of one of Park West’s newest businesses, home brew and winemaking supplier The Brewer’s Barn, Tim Daniel […]

Western Railway Museum celebrates arrival of spring

Rain? Drought? Wildflowers? Whatever the weather, the Western Railway Museum’s spring trains, Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet, will once again roll through the California countryside in April. Cookies and lemonade are served in the first class observation car of the Scenic Limited, making it perfect for an afternoon outing. If a sampling of local award-winning […]

Grow For It!: County fair: show off your garden bounty

It is time to think about this year’s El Dorado County Fair, set for Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. The fairgrounds are located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, north of Highway 50. Ample parking is available. The Master Gardeners are managing the flowers and plants department and have lots of exciting things […]

After 5 group meets on the second Wednesday

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 […]

Writer to share tips and experiences

Calling all writers. Looking for insights into the writing world? Writer Lori Moore shares her experiences and answers questions on writing to a faith-based audience at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. According to public speaker and writer Moore, the secret to speaking, to […]

Celebrity chef to cook free dinners for the public

Chef Mark Anthony will share healthful living principles and a full meal with El Dorado County residents on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. “The live cooking shows are fun and exciting — very surprising — not your normal boring seminar.” Anthony said. “I actually cook a whole meal for everybody right in front of […]

Learn how to grow beautiful roses

The Mother Lode Rose Society is presenting a program on “Growing Beautiful Roses Simply.” This is a program filled with interesting ideas on selecting, planting, feeding, deadheading and dealing with the problem that so many growers have with deer. The society is honored to have past president Beverly Rose Hopper as the speaker at the […]

As we were: No soup for Placerville

25 Years ago March 24, 1989 Pea Soup Anderson’s moving forward again By JOHN SAMMON Development of a local Pea Soup Anderson’s restaurant and hotel reportedly is back on track, after delays caused by Anderson’s bankruptcy reorganization under chapter 11. “We have a management contract with the developer and we’re waiting for a signature on it,” […]

Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer hold early registration

Early registration  for El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer will be Tuesday, March 25 at Pizza Plus, 4615 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. The El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer organizers have partnered with Pizza Plus this season. Twenty percent of the sales that evening will be donated back to the El Dorado Jr. Cougars Football and Cheer program. […]

Katchup with the Wienermobile

Cokie Reed, an Oscar Mayer Hotdogger, is driving the Wienermobile all across the country and will be stopping at stopping at the Food 4 Less, 3333 Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Sunday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to get your photo taken the Wienermobile, play some fun activities and get a […]

Old West Trio performs at the Wine Smith

The Old West Trio will be in concert Saturday, March 22 at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville. The concert is from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. The Old West Trio is comprised of Steve Ide, Leslie Ide and Steve Johnson. They perform Western-themed music from classic Sons of the Pioneers, Gene […]

Wine passports offer a journey for the senses

El Dorado wine country features a wide range of terroir, elevations and weather making it possible to grow and produce many varieties of grapes. Vineyards grow at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet and exist in many microclimates — some just a few rows of one plot of grapes to the next. They might […]

‘Beyond Pink and Blue’ explores understanding

Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville, presents “Beyond Pink and Blue: Pathways to Gender Understanding in a Changing World” on  Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In a culture that has clearly defined roles for boys and girls and men and women, perhaps no one completely fits the perfect image. Join the Neighbors Group of Federated […]

Marshall offers free talks with a health educator

Coffee with a Health Educator is a series of free talks offered on health topics of interest to the community. From  10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator, Jeanne Appell, RN, CDE from Marshall Diabetes and Nutrition Education, will present “How to avoid and reverse diabetes,” at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Drive, […]

Grow For It!: Harness the rain — use your greywater

Rain at last! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could store it for future use? Well — you can and without too much trouble. You can also look at the possibility of using your own greywater in the landscape. How wonderful that these water resources are available on your own property and free for the […]

Party with a purpose

Cedar Springs Waldorf School is having a party with a purpose on Saturday, March 15 at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills. Havana Nights will feature an auction, mojitos, salsa music, delicious food, a photo booth and prizes to raise funds for the teachers, students and programs at Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Placerville. The […]

Rewind returns to Wine Smith

Rewind is playing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Placerville welcomes back this high energy band for a special evening of music. Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for its uncanny ability to take […]

Artists and authors at Flowers on Main

Flowers on Main, 318 Main St. in Placerville, will be highlighting watercolorist Teri Meyer and local author and artist Michelle Salazar Flood during Third Saturday Art Walk on March 15 from 5-9 p.m. Meyer, an artist for more than 30 years, exhibits her art locally and has received special mention at the El Dorado County […]

Jeffrey Siegel returns to Harris Center

Distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns for his third concert of the season at Harris Center for the Arts presenting “The Glory of Beethoven “on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Siegel’s unique concerts are a joy for both the piano aficionado and novice alike with a brilliantly polished concert-with-commentary format. Captivating remarks precede the virtuoso performances of […]

Grow For It! The resilient garden — being prepared for what Mother Nature brings

What do wildfires, droughts and floods all have in common? During the final days of February, all three were the topic of local newscasts. While they might seem a surprising combination, this year California has been, and may continue to be, at risk from all three. Year-round wildfires have occurred because drought has brought dangerously […]

Apple Hill photos wanted

In 2014 the Apple Hill Growers Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary and as part of the festivities the growers are sponsoring a photo contest. Photographers 18 years of age or older are invited to submit color photographs that show the appeal of the association members. Photos may include scenery, people, produce and products of […]

Art can be found everywhere

On Wednesday, March 12 the documentary “Waste Land” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The movie is part of an ongoing film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change. The organizations strive to bring award-winning documentaries to the community. “’Waste Land’ is an inspiring and uplifting […]

As we were: How steep is too steep?

25 Years ago March 10, 1989 Board requires agreement for steep driveways Before granting a variance of county encroachment standards for a driveway with a 35 percent grade in Marina Village Subdivision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is requiring both the property owner and the lien holder on property at 1998 Driftwood Circle to […]

Art and science fusion comes to Placerville

On Sunday, March 9 radio host, DJ/performance artist and cultural entomologist E. Emmet Brady arrives in Placerville for a two-part day-long event exploring the connections between mind, body and spirit. From 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Brady will DJ as “Eminent Bee” at the Ecstatic Dance Placerville, fusing energy onto the dance floor by weaving lyricism with […]

Crack crab with Rotarians and fund projects

Would you like to help a young person gain confidence and learn leadership skills? How about ensuring children all over the world are vaccinated to prevent polio? All this can be accomplished with a few tools: a ticket, a bib and your dancing shoes. The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hill presents its 21st annual […]

‘Riverways and Forests’ show at gallery

Art on the Divide Cooperative gallery welcomes back Barbara Gerard-Mitchell, featuring her as artist of the month for March. One entire wall is devoted to her current work, which she titles “Riverways and Forests.” An artist reception will be held on Sunday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m at the cozy gallery in historic Georgetown. Gerard-Mitchell, […]

SamulNori shares traditions at Harris Center

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. the master drummers and dancers of SamulNori, a renowned South Korean ensemble, share unique ancient traditions at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. SamulNori is the name of a group of four dynamic musicians dedicated to performing and preserving traditional Korean music and dance. […]

Laitinen teaches color mixing in watercolor

“Color mixing in Watercolor” with artist Dale Laitinen comes to the Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This workshop is for those who want to develop skills for practical color mixing in watercolor. Participants will learn techniques for color mixing and changing colors by using proper ratios of […]

How to solve the pruning dilemma

Do you want your rose to cover a certain area, such as along a wall, a fence or upright in a trellis? Do you find that your rosebush after the blooming season is a gnarly mess of crossing branches, too many canes and too many small canes? This doesn’t only look messy but the bush […]

Spring inspires artists at Sac State

Fine-art events are springing up at California State University, Sacramento. The university’s art department has scheduled several exhibits, lectures and other presentations throughout March. Former Sac State professors Steve Kaltenbach, Peter Vanden Berge and Jerry Walburg will share their memories of TB9 during a discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Kadema Hall […]

Blackwood Legacy Quartet presents a free concert

The Blackwood Legacy Quartet, direct from Nashville, will be presenting a special concert on Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St. in El Dorado. Admission is free and an offering will be accepted. Boasting an unbroken lineage to the Dove and Grammy-award winning Blackwood Brothers, the Mansion Records […]

El Dorado Rose applications available

The El Dorado County Fair is accepting applications for the honor to be the 2014 El Dorado Rose. Clubs, groups, businesses or individuals are invited to sponsor a candidate to participate in this year’s festivities and to honor her for contributions to the community. Qualifications to be nominated for the 2014 El Dorado Rose are: […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado accepting grant applications

The Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED) is now accepting applications for its 2014 grants from nonprofit and educational organizations on the western slope of El Dorado County. This year, WFED’s donor members voted to focus on the following areas-of-need: • $40,000 in providing solutions to mental health challenges • $15,000, divided three ways, to programs […]

My Time support group gatherings

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, a related dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease or Parkinson’s. The goal of this gathering is to share information, successful coping strategies and available options in an emotionally supportive and confidential setting. The […]