Wednesday, September 17, 2014

‘Spamalot’ auditions move to Vets Hall

Due to the fire camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the location for the auditions for “Spamalot” on Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 20-23. The new location is the Veterans Hall located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” is the legendary tale of King […]

Come out for EDH summer finale

Say goodbye to summer at the annual Saturday Night in the Park from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the last concert at Community Park for the 2014 season. Cover Me Badd, an upbeat […]

TechTrek makes a difference

When a person sees professional job titles of astronaut, computer scientist, physicist, biologist, astronomer or mathematician most think of — young career women — unfortunately, not immediately. In fact, only 14 percent of engineers are women, only 19 percent of software developers are women and they hold only 5 percent of U.S. patents. Recent statistics […]

Senior Day Care celebrates anniversary

The El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services Program is celebrating 25 years of service this year. The Health and Human Services Agency is delighted to invite the community to an open house and 25th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935A Spring St. in Placerville. […]

Extraordinary Collections on display in Folsom

“Extraordinary Collections” opens at the Folsom History Museum on Saturday, Sept. 20. Included will be geodes, branding irons, Star Wars memorabilia, hippos, horses, donkeys, vintage bicycles and TVs, as well as a collection of original rock-n-roll posters signed by the artist dating back to Buddy Holly. In the heart of historic old town, Folsom History […]

OR students achieve national success

Oak Ridge High School students Shaheryar Ajmal and Sanjay Raavi earned 14th place in Public Forum Debate at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this summer. Public Forum Debate is the newest form of debate offered by the National Speech and Debate Association and features opposing teams of two […]

As we were: Water is always the topic

25 Years ago Sept. 11, 1989 Shifting Penstock to top EID agenda Moving forward on the White Rock Penstock-Small Alder water supply project appears to be the top item of business today during the regularly scheduled meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors. The EID board will consider designating the County Board of […]

Paint and sip the grape

Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having a Vino and Vignette Painting Class on Saturday, Sept. 13 on the patio. Local Artist Vicki Hough will guide students during a three-hour class in canvas painting accompanied with a tasting of the finest wines at Sierra Vista. No previous experience is necessary. Hough enjoys working […]

Groupo Enlace to play

The Shingle Springs Community Center will feature Groupo Enlace on Saturday, Sept. 13, as the concert headliner for Summer Concert Series. Groupo Enlace is a popular dance band in the local Hispanic community with great music and charisma. No stranger to the Shingle Springs Community Center, the group’s performances have previously been private for weddings or birthdays. […]

Master Food Preservers: Not just canning

This is the time of year when gardens are really producing and it’s also a time to get great deals at farmers markets. The problem is, we can only consume so much fresh produce. Fortunately we have many different ways to preserve foods. UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County provides a series of […]

Grow For It! Plant your soup?

Don’t you just love savoring a delicious and nutritious soup during those cold autumn and winter months? Why not consider your favorite soup recipes and plant your garden accordingly? By planning your garden in advance and learning how to freeze or preserve your crops, you can put together a hearty soup in just about 15 […]

Discover Southside Topnotch 4-h

By Kacie Watson Southside Topnotch photographer The time for the annual Southside Topnotch 4-H Club open house is here. Come Thursday, Sept. 11 to the Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Road in Placerville, to see what 4-H is all about. All of Southside’s project leaders will have booths so the public can see […]

As we were: Vets honored

25 Years ago Sept. 1, 1989 World War 1 vet to be honored in parade By JOHN SAMMON The First World War is difficult to perceive for most of us, separated from the actual events by so many years. For Bert Young, the conflict is a vivid, personal memory. Young is a World War 1 […]

Miraflores wines make non-speaking movie debut

The staff at Miraflores Winery in El Dorado County is clinking glasses over a surprise cameo role by its wines in a movie that was filmed at Lake Tahoe. The movie is scheduled for release in West Coast theaters in September. The wines got their non-speaking acting debut during a lavish end-of-summer party scene at […]

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

Mystery, mayhem and suspense at library

Autumn is approaching — time to curl up by the fire with a new mystery or suspense. If you love “whodunit” mysteries and suspense, you won’t want to miss learning “howdunit,” as four published local authors will speak, sharing their secrets for writing popular genres. One of the presenters is Sherry Joyce author of “The […]

Cynthia Renee returns to Sienna

Singer and songwriter Cynthia Renee will return to Sienna Restaurant for three additional dates as the summer series has been extended at the popular upscale El Dorado Hills restaurant. Renee’s acoustic duo will make its first return to the Sienna Outdoor venue on Friday night, Sept. 5 from 7-10 p.m. Following the Sept. 5 appearance, the […]

Master Food Preservers: Pucker up for homemade vinegar

Homemade fruit and herb vinegars give food an extra burst of flavor and condiments and chutneys dazzle and accent main dishes. Join the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 13, for a free class featuring vinegars, condiments and chutneys. Use these general guidelines to make herb […]

September is California Wine Month

California’s annual grape harvest is a time when a foodie’s fancy naturally turns to thoughts of wine. To launch the harvest season in September, wine regions and wineries across the Golden State are celebrating the 10th annual California Wine Month —organized by California’s Wine Institute. From innovative wine immersion experiences to cool wine events, September […]

Film series starts with ‘Inequality for All’

The second year of the popular film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 10 with “Inequality for All” screening at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The terms “income gap” and “inequality” are showing up more and more often in conversations and in the […]

Award-winning rosarian gives tips

In preparation for the upcoming Festival of Roses, the Mother Lode Rose Society has invited Duane Carlson, award-winning rosarian of the Sierra Foothills Rose Society to give tips on grooming roses for a show. He will present his demonstration at the monthly meeting of the Mother Lode Rose Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at […]

Things get spicy in EDH

Like salsa? The public will get its fill Saturday, Aug. 30, when El Dorado Hills Natural Farms hosts its first salsa festival to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. All are invited to taste and vote on the best salsa from area restaurants, including Relish, Cascada, Chili’s, Casa Ramos, Jimboy’s Tacos, Mexquite, Adanberto’s, Freshmex […]

Life as I know it: High school days

In my first article in this column I indicated that I was a seaman in the Coast Guard and I do have a few more stories about those days. However, I think that for me, as it has been for so many, the years spent in high school are the true beginning of “Life As […]

Washabaugh 50th anniversary

 Henry A. (Bill) Washabaugh and Ruthie M. Washabaugh celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and firends. They were married Aug. 22 in Carson City, Nev. The couple have two children — Rick Washabaugh and Stacey Washabaugh — four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill retired from Michigan Cal Lumber in Camino and Ruth retired from Bank of America in […]

Grow For It!: Time to divide iris

It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground stems of bearded iris are called rhizomes which look like […]

60th anniversary for Don and Joan Gubbins

Joan and Don Gubbins Sr. eloped in Reno, Nev. on July 3, 1954. They raised four children, welcomed six grandchildren and now have four great-grandchildren. As their 60th wedding anniversary their children decided to give them the wedding they never had and always wanted. In a beautiful ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church in […]

70th anniversary for Ed and Gladys Weaver

Ed Weaver and Gladys Weaver will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at a family celebration with their four children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Ed and Gladys were married Aug. 31, 1944 in Dowagiac, Mich. They were teenagers when they fell in love at Twin Lakes, Mich., café. Their children are Ed Weaver of Los […]

Teen Court in Placerville invites new participants

The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. El Dorado County students in eighth through 12th grade are invited to attend the Teen Court volunteer training from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in El Dorado County Superior Court, 495 Main St. […]

L.A. Comedy ensemble to perform here

­ Wet The Hippo, nominated for Best Comedy in the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, will perform for one night only in Placerville on Aug. 30. “This show should simply not be missed …transcendent …absolutely hilarious …beautiful …the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. […]

Greatest hits of classical music due in Grass Valley

GRASS VALLEY — On Sunday, Sept. 21, the InConcert Sierra Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin will perform a program featuring some of the greatest hits of orchestral music. Maestro Ken Hardin designed a program of movements from a list of classical works submitted by audience members. The list represents some of the greatest hits of […]

Master gardener: Roll out the pollinator welcome mat

By Alice Cantelow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County You need bees and butterflies. So do I. Why? Because over one third of our food is dependent on pollination — in which an insect or other animal moves pollen from one flower to another, enabling fruit production. Your garden will do better the more […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band wraps up Fair Oaks’ park series

FAIR OAKS — The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, on the stage of Fair Oaks Village Park, 4238 Main Street, in Fair Oaks. The band’s performance will wrap up the 2014 Fair Oaks “Concerts in the Park” summertime series, presented by the Fair Oaks […]

Sand Fire benefit Friday

The Sand Fire Benefit pasta dinner and entertainment will take place 5-10 p.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10, $25 per family. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist […]

STC Nunsense tickets Sept. 2

Nunsense is a musical comedy by Dan Goggin. Originating as a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant, the cards caught on so quickly that Goggin decided to expand the concept into a cabaret show and eventually a full-length musical. The original Off-Broadway production became the second-longest-running Off-Broadway […]

Antiques evaluation due

FOLSOM — On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., antiques enthusiasts are invited to bring family treasures and garage sale finds for informal evaluation and identification during the 17th Annual Antique Evaluation Day on Sutter Street in Folsom. An impressive team of volunteer appraisers, covering a wide range of specialties, will offer […]

25th annual Employer Seminar planned

The Foothill and South Placer Employer advisory councils, in partnership with the Employment Development Department, will present the 25th annual Employer Seminar – Silver Celebration —  Oct. 21 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Ridge Golf Club, 2020 Golf Course Road in Auburn. Topics include: Retaliation: The Looming Risk, Get Real, Work Less, Live […]

Boy Scouts enjoy ‘Philmont Experience’

By Jonathan Rogness Chief of Media for Venturing Crew 193  July 17-30, Venturing Crew 193 took a trip to the prestigious Philmont Scout Ranch, west of the small town of Cimarron, N.M. Scout Ranch is noteworthy for being the largest independent Scout camp in the world, attracting more than 20,000 Scouts and Scouters annually. While […]

First 5: Is your child ready? School readiness

Children that enter school “ready” are better prepared to learn. Ready children typically score higher on third grade reading tests, a predictor of high school graduation. In years past, “ready” was defined by age. If children were 5 before Dec. 2, they were ready for school. My children were October babies, eligible for school when […]

Musical surprises at Shingle Springs concert

What: Summer Concert Series Who: Jamie Faw, musician Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation Information: 530-626-6274   On Saturday, Aug. 9 the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, is presenting the second in its Summer Concert Series with appearances by the Shadow […]

Sutter’s Fort commemorates 175 Years

On Saturday, Aug. 16, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History” event commemorating John Sutter’s arrival to the Sacramento region 175 years ago that led to the building of Sutter’s Fort, the discovery of gold and the founding of the city of Sacramento. John Sutter […]

Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery welcomes new member, Stacy Pedri. During August, Pedri’s photographs may be seen at Art on the Divide Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown. Gallery hours are Thursday from 11 a.m-4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. As with many artists, life got in the way of Pedri’s creativity for […]

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

Book: “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps and Daring Drivers” Author: Cheryl Anne Stapp Publisher: The History Press, 2014, softcover and e-book versions, 144 pages Bumpy rides, highway robberies and stalwart drivers abound in Cheryl Stapp’s “The Stagecoach in Northern California,” a historical account of the first public overland transportation in California. […]