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Ride the ‘Movie Star Locomotive’ and celebrate Fourth of July

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. Railtown 1897 SHP first officially became a state park on July 4, 1983. Train rides behind the famous locomotive are available on Saturday, July […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 29, 1990 Omo Ranch residents relive memories By ALISA HICKS Hundreds of former Omo Ranch community members gathered recently to reacquaint themselves with old friends and relive old memories. The homecoming was loosely in honor of the retirement of Ben Moran, who had been a teacher at Indian Diggings for 34 […]

Summer art opens at Fausel House

Escape to the Fausel House for a Summer Holiday Art Show presented by the El Dorado Arts Council. Featured artists include: Kassandra Allen, Kritike Bala, Joey Cattone, Jennifer Eubanks, Agi Gillespie, Shirley Mandfredi, Donna Sisley, Teri Meyer and Sherry Young. Held at the historic Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, Summer Holiday runs from […]

Yosemite celebrates 125th anniversary

Join the communities of Madera County as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park with a day of festivities and meet Dawn Wall climber Kevin Jorgeson. When President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation 125 years ago creating Yosemite National Park, the nation’s third national park, the establishment preserved more than 1,500 square miles of […]

Best reggae comes to Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is the place to be this summer for the best reggae, hiking and swimming, gaming and dining and all-around Irie vibes. On Saturday, June 27 join the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the third annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival. Reggae favorites include Iration, Matisyahu, Don Carlos, the Expendables, The Green, Fortunate Youth, […]

Federated Church celebrates inclusivity

El Dorado County’s Federated Church will have a Worship of Celebration and Welcome on Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. This service is in celebration of Federated’s mission of inclusivity and invitation to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It also recognizes the church’s designation as a United Methodist Reconciling Congregation and a […]

As we were: No new tax on wine

25 Years ago June 22, 1990 Ag chief says wine tax would ruin wineries By JOHN SAMMON Passage of a proposed liquor tax on November’s ballot would be a disaster for local small wineries, said El Dorado County’s agricultural commissioner. Authored by District 6 Democratic state Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly, Assembly Bill 2051, if passed, would constitute […]

Local citizens to join Alzheimer’s event

Local citizens are joining the Alzheimer’s Association to honor those Living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers on the weekend of Sunday, June 21. The Longest Day is a team event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. Held annually on summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of […]

Grow For It! The new Master Gardener Handbook

Gardening books are like seed catalogs. There is such a variety, so many specialties and they often come beautifully illustrated. For Master Gardeners, however, the definitive gardening book is the California Master Gardener Handbook, now in its second edition. The handbook is the “textbook” for the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program in […]

Blueberries are the new apple

Blueberry — the new apple — according to members of the Apple Hill Growers. Big, blue, bursting with flavor berries are ripening at the Apple Hill Grower ranches signaling the beginning of the summer fruit season. With the bluing of the berries, berry-picking season is officially under way. Visitors are invited to grab buckets, hats […]

Imagination Theater to hold scenic workshop

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce a Scenic Painting Workshop for Adults and Children ages 10 and older to be held at the theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, in August. This four-session workshop will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4; Thursday, Aug. 6; Thursday, Aug. 20; and Thursday, Aug. 27. All sessions are from […]

River workshop

Come join El Dorado County Parks, the American River Conservancy and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park docents on Friday, June 19 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for a special tour of the South Fork American River in Coloma at the South Fork of the American River workshop. Staff and docents will lead participants on an […]

Amador Fair’s exhibitor entry guide available

Blue ribbons are waiting for the winners of hundreds of classes that can be entered in the annual Amador County Fair competitions. The exhibitor entry guide for the Amador County Fair, July 23-26, is now available offering a multitude of classes for anyone who wishes to enter their favorite handiwork and culinary creations, garden produce, […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers tree book

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees with a simple, step-by-step process. The book, “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. “What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of […]

Lavender harvest time at Bluestone Meadow

It’s “Lavender’s Blue (Dilly Dilly)” harvest time at Apple Hill Grower Ranch, Bluestone Meadow. At Bluestone Meadow visitors can now discover 5 acres dedicated to the cultivation of English and French lavender. To celebrate the 2015 lavender harvest, Bluestone Meadow is hosting a Lavender Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28 from 10 […]

Independence HS announces graduates

The following students graduated from Independence High School on May 29, 2015: Michael James Beebe Cody Russell Bell John Esley Bright Andre Joseph Buchanan Harris Matthew Joseph Budd Robert Scott Charles Burkhart Jackson Phillip Campbell Christian Martin Campos Esparza Juan Rodriguez Canales Dylan Bradley Casarez Morgan Laurel Cedar Chapman Selena Linda Lillian Chase Haleigh Marion […]

New dance classes at Senior Center

Pilates and body ballet/belly dance classes are being offered at the Placerville Senior Center. The two new dance classes are being taught by Marina Kalashnikova Messina. Messina’s background includes folk, ballet, fitness and choreography. Having owned a professional dance academy in Russia, her experience brought her to festivals and performances all over Europe. Starting on […]

Hear soulful music at the community center

This month’s concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center will feature Frankie Soul and No Control, along with the Balladier Fred Archer Wilson on Saturday, June 13. Frankie “Soul” Rodriguez has been playing music in the Northern California area for 30 years. Rodriguez has appeared on stage opening shows for such noted acts as Tower of […]

Free After 5 Club support group 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. The next gathering […]

Veterans Community Center to open

A weekly drop-in Veterans’ Community Center, sponsored entirely by local non-governmental organizations, will hold an open house Wednesday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the lower level dining room at the Veterans Memorial Building on Placerville Drive in Placerville. Veterans, family members and care-givers are invited to express their interest in a variety of possible […]

Food bank distribution in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet, live in El Dorado […]

Grow For It! Go hog wild and show what you grow at the El Dorado County Fair

The 2015 “Hog Days of Summer” El Dorado County Fair opens Thursday, June 18 for four-days of family fun and entertainment. There’s always lots of exciting things to see and do like the wheelbarrow races, consuming insane amounts of  favorite treats, mutton bustin’ and exploring the fair’s agriculture/horticulture exhibition coordinated by the UCCE Master Gardeners […]

As we were: Council election

25 Years ago June 8, 1990 Familiar faces returned to City Council: Tustin, Borelli, Bennett By PATTY SULLIVAN City Council candidates Karen Tustin, Jerry Bennett, and Carl Borelli led the race throughout Tuesday night, capturing the three council seats from the field of eight contenders by morning’s count. Karen Tustin won the most supporters collecting some […]

Grants approved by the El Dorado Community Foundation board

At a recent meeting of the El Dorado Community Foundation board of directors, the agenda reflected six separate grant approval items. After the presentation to the board of those items and subsequent approval by the board to issue those grants, board president Paul Zappettini did a quick calculation and announced that, in this one quarter […]

Create memories at CP CSD classes

New classes at the Cameron Park Community Services District include Family Stories Starting from Scratch and Grandmother’s Kitchen. Everyone has a story to tell. Janice Kelly will work with participants to create at least one finished story project by drawing out memories to create stories from selected themes, writing prompts, mind maps, favorite phrases and […]

Sunset Sippin’ at Boeger is back

Sunset Sippin’ at Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville, is every Friday through Aug. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Kick back and relax with friends every Friday night at Boeger Winery’s spectacular picnic grounds. Enjoy music, wine by-the-glass or bottle and a delicious array of snacks for sale in the tasting room. Parking is limited and […]

House concert features Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue will be appearing at a house concert in Shingle Springs on Sunday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. with an added show at 7:30 p.m. Grammy-winning fingerpicker Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis and Muddy Waters. A versatile […]

Free My Time support group is meeting

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 meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Celebrate the 26th Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby

Children 12 years old and younger and their families are invited to take part in the 26th annual Georgetown Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Walton on Saturday, June 6. The fishing competition starts at 8 a.m. with prizes awarded for the longest fish caught, first fish caught and the winners of […]

Elder Options provides many services

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is transitioning to Aging Life Care. The announcement came at the recent national conference in Denver, Colo. Members Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC, and Elizabeth Heape-Caldwell, BA brought the news home to Elder Options Inc. staff. Heape has been an Aging Life Care professional for more than […]

Runners stampede to raise money

More than 250 runners and volunteers participated in the second annual Sugarloaf Stampede on Saturday, April 18, benefitting the Sugarloaf Station Foundation — a nonprofit organization that grants partial scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer. Students, parents, teachers, community members and their families ran or walked 5k, 10k […]

Learn about cultural concepts and perspective

The Mature Leadership Counsel is pleased to welcome Azar Sadrian Elli, who will speak on Cultural Concepts and Perspectives, the internal and external elements of Culture, at its meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 1 p.m. Sadrian Elli is a retired language development specialist from San Juan Unified School District. During her more than 20 […]

Good time and good music

The Random Strangers will be performing at the monthly Friday night Dinner and Show at Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs, on May 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. The dinner and music by the opening band Hickory Wind are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The farm-to-table buffet menu will feature: Niman Ranch […]

Laura Meyer with David Martin to appear at Marshall Grange

A Marshall Grange benefit concert for the American River Folk Society and KFOK Community radio presents Laura Meyer with David Martin on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Laura Meyer is a poet. Whether she is writing about the loneliness of living on the road: “The phonebook, the Bible, and the Bhagavad-Gita An empty hotel room […]

El Dorado County top spellers

The 35th annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee was hosted by Pollock Pines Elementary School District on Friday, May 15. Thirty-four schools participated with a total of 81 teams. Each team consisted of five members, an alternate and a coach. The results were as follows:   Division I First and second grades First place, Lakeview Elementary School […]

EDH senior center classes

Driving program The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering the brand new CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart Program on Tuesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. This three-hour classroom program will get seniors thinking about experiencing functional changes or medical conditions that can affect their ability to drive safely. By carefully monitoring changes, […]

Grow For It! Edible flowers

Flowers from the garden were used for culinary purposes during the Victorian era. Cookbooks from that time contain recipes for salads and soups flavored by many different flowers. Today, serving edible flowers is a popular way to impress friends and family. But first, a safety guideline: never eat commercially-grown flowers. These flowers may have been […]

Third annual Folsom Brews tickets available now

Nothing brings people together quite like a festival — the day before Father’s Day — featuring great music, good food, family-friendly atmosphere and the best in craft beers. Carrera Productions and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce are proud to bring to present Folsom Rhythm and Brews on Saturday, June 20 from noon-6 p.m. at the beautiful […]

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” […]

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