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Step lively into new Placerville shoe store

Don’t you hate it, ladies, when you see your brand-new pair of red shoes walking toward you on Main Street, snug on the feet of a well-dressed woman who you know you shouldn’t resent — but you do? Don’t stare, don’t glare: Avoid foots-ticuffs by making regular visits to Placerville’s newest women’s shoe store, Sole […]

Mother Lode district seeks community help

The Mother Lode Union School District has identified $16 million in facilities needs. The district invites every member of the community to participate in a Community Engagement Committee on Facility Needs. All parents, students and citizens who live and/or work in the community are invited to serve on the committee. Committee members will attend four […]

Grow For It! Perennial garden — Sherwood Demonstration Garden

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is composed of 16 individual gardens and is located at 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. The garden is currently closed for the winter but will reopen April 1, 2016. The mission of the garden is to provide a place where the latest University of California research is illustrated in the individual […]

Retired teachers enjoy annual picnic

On a beautiful fall day the California Retired Teachers Association held its annual picnic at Rainbow Orchards in Camino. More than 60 people attended the lunch prepared by the members of CalRTA and staff at Rainbow Orchards. It was a picnic lunch and included apple juice and wine produced by Rainbow Orchards. The guests at […]

As we were: Roy Scheiber honored

25 Years ago Nov. 23, 1990 Roy Scheiber awarded fellowship Roy Scheiber of Diamond Springs was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Mother Lode Lions Club president Michael Raffety on behalf of the club’s membership. The award was presented during a recent Marshall Zone social at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. Scheiber is a charter […]

Butte Fire Relief benefit concert features Wicked Sisters

Pioneer Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, along with Wicked Sisters, have teamed up to raise money for the friends and neighbors who have suffered greatly from the devastating Butte Fire in September. They will present a benefit concert at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, on Friday, Nov. […]

Amadeus shines in Mozart opera showcase at Sac State

Wolfgang’s best will be performed as part of California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience in the appropriately titled “Mozart! Mozart!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the campus’ Capistrano Concert Hall, 6000 J St. The University’s Opera Theatre will present arias, duets, trios and entire scenes from some of the composer’s best-loved works, […]

Amador winery raises money for firefighters

For the third year in a row the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has partnered with Distant Cellars in Fiddletown in Amador County to offer a special limited wine release to raise money and awareness for an important cause. The mission of the NFFF is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to […]

Grow For It! Sheet mulching 101

After four years of drought your lawn may be in the same condition as many others in this county: that is, dead or dying. Do you really want to go to the trouble and expense of reviving a moribund sea of grass or have you decided it’s finally time to switch to a truly drought […]

CP Sears participates in Make-A-Wish

With the holiday season right around the corner the Cameron Park Sears Hometown Store is joining more than 1,200 Sears Hometown Store, Sears Outlet Store, Sears Home Appliance Showroom and Sears Appliance and Hardware locations nationwide in supporting the 2015 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. holiday campaign with Make-A-Wish. Called “Season of Wishes,” the […]

Peace in the Home workshop just in time for the holidays

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering a Peace in the Home workshop just before the holidays. The workshop will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 438 Main St., Suite E in Placerville. The workshop will help participants learn to navigate conflict that arises and tension in the home. Attendees will […]

Siberian culture expressed through dance and dance

The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company is a visual masterpiece made possible not only by the technical abilities of the dancers, who perform each number with almost scientific precision, but also by the exquisitely embroidered costumes based on traditional regional designs. Created by Merited Worker in Art of the Tuva Republic Yelizavet Akselrod and Merited Workers […]

Good deeds get rewarded at Schnell School

It is a beautiful Friday afternoon at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School. The grass is green, the sun is shining and a cool breeze carries the happy voices of young children across a scenic campus. Students can be seen hurrying around tables of popcorn, shaved ice and other various snacks in a miniature marketplace. A blue […]

As we were: Final election results

25 Years ago Nov. 16, 1990 Gerwer wins District 2 by 103 votes By JOHN SAMMON After a week of waiting, the race for Supervisor District 2 is finally over and Vern Gerwer is the man on top. The Somerset vintner won by 103 votes over runnerup Bill Bergmeister after a final count of absentee ballots. […]

Sierra Repertory gives classic a local twist

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic with “A Columbia Christmas­ Carol” playing at the Fallon House Theatre Nov. 13 through Dec. 20. SRT co-founder Doug Brennan recreates the English tale in a heart-warming Gold Rush story set in Columbia during the 1860s. In Brennan’s version, Scrooge “takes supper” at […]

Paulo Ruvalcaba to present art demo

Chroma Art Studio will feature a portrait painting demonstration in oils by award-winning local artist Paulo Ruvalcaba on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m. The demonstration will be held at Chroma Art Studio located at 3300 Coach Lane, Suite E6, Cameron Park. Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served […]

Good music at SS concert

The Saturday, Nov. 14 monthly concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs has a great double bill. Opening the show will be the duo Carson and Mike with dance band the Speedsters taking the headliner seat. The Speedsters were formed to provide some entertainment to the Sacramento Valley […]

Help write Cameron Park’s history

Area residents are invited to participate in recording the history of the development and growth of Cameron Park. Karen Guthrie and Bev Campbell, longtime residents of the community, are in the process of gathering facts, photos and shared experiences from the 1950s through the ’70s to be included in an upcoming publication, “Finding Cameron Park.” […]

Doughnuts can be deadly

Book: “Dying for a Donut” Author: Cindy Sample Publisher: CreateSpace, published November 2015, 284 pages, paperback and e-book versions El Dorado County soccer mom and would-be sleuth, Laurel McKay, is back again, this time in Apple Hill, where her doughnut munching leads to the discovery of a powdered-sugar covered corpse. Laurel has met up with […]

Fiddletown fall breakfast raises funds for schoolhouse

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country. Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale Sunday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original one-room […]

‘Poppins’ tickets selling briskly

Come see the popular nanny in the family-favorite musical “Mary Poppins” opening at Imagination Theater on Friday, Nov. 27 and running through Dec. 22. Directed by Peter Wolfe, everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in […]

Winery invites guests to bottle their own wine

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is celebrating the end of the harvest season with its annual Bottle Your Own Wine event. Held on Nov. 7, 8, 11, 14 and 15, the event will give guests the chance to learn about the winemaking process and actively bottle their own wines — from the barrel to the finished […]

Keith and Keith at the Gold Trail Grange

Keith Little and Keith Greeninger are appearing in concert on Saturday, Nov. 7. By popular demand Little and Greeninger return to perform at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. These two renowned musicians are combining their talents to provide an evening of unforgettable music. Tickets are available through Brown […]

Sacramento Blues Revue celebrates ‘Blues Night’ at the Cozmic Café

The Sacramento Blues Revue (SBR) is returning to Placerville on Friday, Nov. 6 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jonny Mojo’s “Blues Night” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Music starts at 8 p.m. SBR is a Sacramento Area Music Awards (SAMMIE) winner for Best Blues Band. Formed in 2006, SBR […]

Internet documentary screens at Cozmic Café

“The Internet’s Own Boy” screens Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The film is part of a movie series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change. The award-winning documentary tells the story of Aaron Swartz and his mission to bring open access and free speech to […]

Rebuilding Together Sacramento seeking El Dorado volunteers

Many residents in El Dorado County are seniors or adults with disabilities, who are at risk due to multiple safety and health hazards in their homes. Rebuilding Together Sacramento recently expanded its Safe at Home program to the Western Slope of El Dorado County and is seeking volunteers. The group is seeking both skilled and […]

HELP walk raises emergency funds

A walk to raise funds for Housing Emergency Lodging Program (HELP) was a success. On Sunday. Oct. 18 the 54 walkers and six dogs took off from the depot on Mosquito Road in Placerville. A unique factor for this fundraiser was several of the walkers were 80-plus years old and they have walked each year and […]

Nordic Ski Patrol seeks snowshoe patrollers

The El Dorado Nordic Ski Patrol (EDNSP) is a volunteer service organization that patrols backcountry areas of the El Dorado National Forest. The patrol prides itself on professionalism and preparedness in the wilderness. The members come from many different backgrounds and experiences, but the common bond is a love of the outdoors. The patrol works as […]

Grow For It! Citrus in the home garden

What do you look forward to eating in the winter months? Could it be tangy, sweet, tart citrus? Many of these delicious, evergreen fruit trees can be successfully grown in areas of El Dorado County creating a beautiful-year round view and delectable fruit full of vitamin C. Choosing citrus for your garden will depend on […]

Learn about technical tricks

The Sierra Renaissance Society presents iPhone/iPad Tips and Tricks on Friday, Nov. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. Tom Dillon, retired Silicon Valley high-tech executive, will make the presentation in the Community Room, C-102. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of tasks one can do with the iPhone […]

El Dorado Camera Club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The topic will be Member Slide Shows — 2015 Highlights. For this year in review members will be sharing slide shows of photos they have taken during the past year — either highlights of the year or a […]

Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk to raise funds

Support El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity and Young Life on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk at Cornerstone Christian Church, 931 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Registration for the family event starts at 10 a.m. and the 5K begins at noon. Costumes are welcome for the run that will take place along […]

Sierra Renaissance Society presents Art and Culture in El Dorado County

Sierra Renaissance Society is presenting Alisyn Gularte, director of operations and outreach at the El Dorado Arts Council, on Friday, Oct. 30 from 1-3 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, in the Community Room, C 102, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. Admission is free and parking is $2. El Dorado Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, is a bustling hub of creativity in El Dorado County empowering artistic visions at all stages of development and promoting a vibrant community, both culturally and economically. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Gularte present details about EDAC’s existence — why this organization is important to everyone in El Dorado County, what programs are available across a broad spectrum of the community and how community members can get involved. Raised in the arts world, Gularte has performed on stage and in film. She won the distinct honor of being named Kaucher Mitchell Event in Excellence in Oral Interpretation. After graduating from San Jose State University, she started working for the arts in the nonprofit world, which eventually landed her the director of operations and outreach at the arts […]

Grow For It! Putting your garden to bed

The tasks of putting your garden to bed and preparing for 2016 offers new beginnings with experience gained from a fourth year of drought. Gardeners can use what has been learned about drought for successful gardening next year. It’s the ultimate feel-good do-over. First, clean up the garden, composting and post-harvest vegetable crops. If plant […]

The important things: How to talk back

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, (or) a hell of heaven.” — John Milton What is your big crazy dream? Is it a dream that is almost too bold to articulate? Do you dare to speak it out loud? It takes train loads of courage to speak a […]

Bipolar Insights: Wounds

Frequently I hear the recommendation to simply “put the past behind you.” That would be such wonderful and welcome advice if only that comment came with an explanation on how to accomplish that task. Deep inside each of many is a wound that was placed there by someone else. Without warning — a word, a […]

Hundreds participate in the Run for the Gold!

More than 300 students from more than 30 El Dorado County schools ran 1K/2K/5K races on Saturday, Sept. 26, during the Run for the Gold! — a fundraising race benefitting the Boys and Girls Club Western Slope. Students in grades first through eight traversed courses plotted on Union Mine High School’s picturesque campus and were […]

Haunted house and carnival fun in EDH

The Scare4Hope Haunted Hills Asylum, a haunted house located in the Town Center in El Dorado Hills, is having a family­friendly carnival during the last two weekends the haunted house is open. There will be a variety of games, activities and tasty treats. On Saturday, Oct. 24 the event will also feature the Bay Area […]

Touring worship duo comes to Placerville

Seattle-based, award-winning guitarist Josh Snodgrass and his wife Sarah will be leading a night of worship at Calvary Chapel Placerville on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. The guitar and vocal combo brings a fresh acoustic approach to popular worship songs. Josh toured for several years as a solo guitarist before his wife Sarah recovered […]

Local author pens a tale of romance with a twist

Between the covers Book: “Demons, Imps and Incubi” Short story: “Dromtsiirin at the Tiki Lounge” Author: Nicole Blackwood (Cary Vandever) Publisher: Red Moon Romance, 2015   It’s a story about demons, yes — but it is also a story that will spark the reader’s first memories of youthful romance, of that special feeling that steals over and takes […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue holds fall class on doves and pigeons

Do you love seeing and hearing the unique coo of mourning doves in your yard or wonder at the thunder of wings when a group of band-tailed pigeons flies off? If you would like to learn more about these fascinating birds or to rehab them, plan on attending a class on doves and pigeons by […]

White Rock Village Knitting Team donates preemie caps

The White Rock Village (WRV) knitting team recently donated 143 preemie caps and 26 isolate covers to the Ally and Izzy Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to assisting families of premature or critically ill infants that are receiving treatment in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. “I think it is a great opportunity for us,” Aly […]

Vision Coalition to celebrate Food Day

Food Day is a national celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainable food. The purpose of Food Day (FoodDay.org) is to increase awareness about healthy food choices year round. The event culminates in a day of action on Saturday, Oct. 24. Led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and concerned citizens, Food Day aims […]

As we were: Great Race cruising to Placerville

25 Years ago Oct. 19, 1990 Great Race ’90 due in town next week By JOHN SAMMON The Great Race, 60 vintage cars on a timed contest run from Reno, Nevada, to Long Beach in Southern California, will arrive at Placerville’s downtown Bell Tower for a rest stop Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by Greatrace […]

Music at Art and Wine

The Lucky Losers Band is performing at this year’s Art and Wine Festival at the Bell Tower on Main Street in Placerville. The Art and Wine Festival is from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Lucky Losers are a male and female duet that fronts a six-piece band headed up by blues veteran Cathy […]

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