Monday, September 22, 2014

Master Food Preservers: What to do with that apple harvest

It’s apple time. Apples are wonderful; you can do so many things with them, and they stand up to it all so well. Freezing, canning, juicing, dehydrating, pickling — you name it, they can take it. We are lucky to live in an area where there are so many apple orchards if you don’t have […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers cypress trees

Everyone from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free Arizona cypress trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program. Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees that will benefit the environment and improve the quality-of-life. With one million members, the Arbor Day Foundation is […]

Workshop to help with communication

Life Enriching Communication (LEC) is offering an Introduction to Compassionate Communication class on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10-noon. The class will give participants an opportunity to learn about nonviolent communication (also known as compassionate communication), a process that was founded by Marshall […]

See travel posters at Railroad Museum

While the Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” currently on display at the California State Railroad Museum is scheduled to move to a museum in Southern California after Sept. 28, the local component that includes a colorful collection of vibrant and nostalgic railroad travel posters will continue through May 31, 2015. Titled “American Journeys: Travel […]

Placerville Clayworks launches new Website

Placerville Clayworks is pleased to announce the launch of its new Website at The Website features hand-built and pottery-thrown clay projects created by students as well as information about classes. Emily Bullock established Placerville Clayworks in 1996 and has introduced ceramics to hundreds of students since then. “I enjoy creating an environment where you […]

Find exceptional names and more

Book: “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” Author: Vickie Ward Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, published June 2014, 112 pages, paperback At a loss for a creative name for your new pet? Need a quick pick-me up? Want to contribute to local animal rescue organizations? You will find all that in “Exceptional Names for Extraordinary Pets” by  Vickie […]

Independent film in pre-production

Veteran actor and director Perry King (“Riptide,” “The Day After Tomorrow”) is pleased to announce the launch of pre-production for his new independent Western “The Divide” from Left for Dead Productions. “For years and years I’ve wanted to make a Western on my own land and finally I’ve got the script to do it,” said […]

FLC speaker series continues this fall

The community is invited to attend more engaging presentations in the Folsom Lake College Speaker Series. Darrell O’Sullivan is speaking about “Careers in Laboratory Science” on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from noon-2 p.m. on the Folsom campus, 10 College Parkway, in the Peregrine Room (upper level of the Falcon’s Roost). O’Sullivan is a clinical laboratory scientist […]

Master Food Preservers: Butter up to conserves and marmalades

Butters, conserves and marmalades are not difficult to make, but they are full of flavor. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 27 for a free class and learn how to make fruit butters, conserves and marmalades. El Dorado County has a rich history in the cultivation of pears. […]

Grow For It! Growing olives in the foothills

So you have planted all the usual fruit trees and even have a few citrus, but now you want to try something a little different. One tree you could consider if you enjoy a challenge is olive. Olives are native to the Mediterranean and have been cultivated for thousands of years. In the Mediterranean, they […]

Chorus to hold open house

Members of the award-winning Sierra Gold Chorus are having an open house to invite women to join them as they prepare for the annual Christmas Show. Come and visit on Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 11577 E. Ave., Burback Hall, De Witt Center in Auburn. Ladies of all ages are invited to attend […]

CSD offers baby sitting classes

Is your child looking to become a babysitter? Two classes for babysitters are being offered at the  Cameron Park Community Services District. The first is a two-day Certified Babysitting class for ages 11-14. Participants will learn the necessary information and skills to provide safe and responsible care for children. Participants will receive an ASHI certificate […]

Sign up for Show and Shine and Fly In

Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park Rotary are hosting the Silver Anniversary 25th annual Show and Shine and Fly In, benefiting local projects and programs, on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Cameron Airpark. This exciting family event is free admission (parking is $4) and activities will include breakfast by Rotary Team Pancake […]

Events inspired ‘Big Brother Revisited’

Book: “Big Brother Revisited” Author: John Landis Publisher: Page Publishing, September 2013, softcover and e-book versions, 414 pages Jeremy Barnes has grown up in the New World Order in which the United States is severely limiting its development of technology according to Resolution 2106, in order to allow its allied Third World nations to catch up. […]

Belly dancers compete in Placerville

Namira Productions will be hosting the 6th annual Jewel of the Sierra, a two-day belly dance competition on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Placerville Shakespeare Club. The competition runs Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and continues on Sunday from noon-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to come and enjoy the […]

Comedy stands up at MontBleu Casino

The San Francisco Comedy Competition, now in its 39th year, returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, Saturday, Sept. 13, with an outstanding group of future standup comedy stars picked from hundreds of applicants. Audiences are to be advised of potential health concerns: oxygen deprivation, and vein-popping hilarity, when preliminary round contestants offer […]

EDAC and Faith Episcopal launch Veterans’ Voices

The El Dorado Arts Council in partnership with Faith Episcopal Church is launching Veterans’ Voices-a series of writing workshops designed to help El Dorado County veterans heal through writing. Concerned about the escalating rates of suicide and PTSD for returning combat vets, Father Sean Cox, rector of Faith Episcopal Church and chaplain for the U.S. […]

Volunteers needed for tax-aide counselors

There are a few openings for Volunteer Tax-Aide counselors for the 2014 tax season to provide free personal income tax assistance in El Dorado County, for the elderly and low-income residents, under the AARP Tax-Aide program. The program operates Feb. 1 through April 15. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of four hours per […]

Youth Commission seeking 2014-15 members

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Office of Education are accepting applications for the 2014-15 El Dorado County Youth Commission, which provides students the opportunity to become involved with their community and make a positive difference. Students are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to help develop and […]

Young Marines to present colors at Cal Expo

In observance of the Sept. 11 attack of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Cal Expo 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.. The memorial at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento, honors the victims lost 13 years ago. The Sacramento Young Marines […]

Workshops aim to care for caregivers

How do you talk to a loved one who can’t remember your name? How do you fulfill their wishes if they can’t communicate them? Caregivers who have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia encounter these emotionally draining questions and much more every day. That’s why Ginger McMurchie, facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s […]

Marc Maron at Nevada City Film Festival

Comedian, writer and podcast host Marc Maron will be performing two live comedy sets at the 14th annual Nevada City Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 5 at the  Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City. Maron’s hit podcast, “WTF With Marc Maron,” has featured interviews with comedy icons such as Conan O’Brien, Louis CK, Amy Poehler, […]

Get items evaluated at Folsom Museum

On Saturday, September 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 historic Sutter Street in Folsom. An impressive team of volunteer appraisers, covering a wide range of specialties, will offer collectors […]

Life as I know it: High school’s senior year during war

World War II fighting was heavy in many places in the world when, in September 1943, I started my senior year at Grass Valley High School. My friend, Norman, and I, as well as most other senior boys —  there were 26 of us — were trying to decide how to volunteer and get involved. […]

Get Bunkie at Sierra Vista

Visit Sierra Vista Winery for its new Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series. With live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer long, what’s better than listening to local artists, enjoying a breathtaking sunset and sipping on a favorite Sierra Vista wine? The acoustic duo the Bunkies joins the staff at Sierra Vista on […]

Gold Bug Quilters piece it together

This years’ Gold Bug Quilters show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services District Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, on Sept. 5, 6 and 7. Show hours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 and includes all three […]

Day of fun at Americana Music Festival

The second annual Highway 49 Americana Music Festival is Saturday, Sept. 6 and will feature a musical performance by world-renowned artist Chuck Mead of BR5-49 and his Grassy Knoll Boys. Other performers include the Palominos, the Slade Rivers Band, and the Brute Squad. There will be face painting for the kids, raffle prizes and more. […]

Grow For It! Drought tolerant California native plants

The definition of a drought tolerant plant is one that has adapted to dry conditions by changes in its stomata, water storage or root systems. These adaptations have produced plants that can survive and thrive in the present conditions. A California native plant is one that grew here before European explorers arrived, has evolved over […]

Regional choruses seeking singers

The fall choral season is about to start and at least 57 choruses throughout the Sacramento region are seeking new members. Most hold auditions in September, though many will accept singers without an audition. Some choruses only perform music in a particular style, such as classical, sacred, jazz or barbershop. However, most of the choruses […]

El Dorado Community Foundation announces grant opportunities

The hallmark of the El Dorado Community Foundation is effective, knowledgeable granting. In order to better facilitate that process for the residents of El Dorado Hills, the foundation created the El Dorado Hills Endowment Fund specifically designed for that purpose and the El Dorado Hills Cabinet whose job it is to be the eyes and […]

Rescue USD announces staff changes

Rescue Union School District greets three new administrators and promotes two to begin another successful school year. The district is compromised of eight schools, including a virtual academy — four of which were honored as 2014 California Distinguished Schools. “Our district partners with families and the community and is dedicated to the success of every […]

Low-cost flu clinics announced

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division will begin conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics starting Sept. 24, with additional clinics offered through the beginning of November. The seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in nasal mist and flu shot forms at the clinics. The cost per vaccine is $10, […]

Touch-A-Truck returns

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a fun, free family event will take place in our area. Foothills United Methodist Church in Rescue is hosting its second annual transportation fair, called Touch-A-Truck. There will be more than trucks at this event, including all different types of vehicles such as construction, recreational, emergency, […]

Sacworldfest kicks off arts season

SacWorldFest, a weeklong celebration of the region’s diversity in music and dance, will highlight California State University, Sacramento’s autumn offerings of arts and entertainment events. The fall lineup includes a classic award-winning drama, the musical phenomenon that is FeNAM, the best offerings by Art Department faculty and contemporary dance featuring choreography by university faculty, students […]

Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride planned

The third annual Slow Ride will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 20. The event is dedicated to the return of all of our county’s military. The ride is to acknowledge the sacrifice that those who have answered the call of their country. The ride starts in Pollock Pines and winds down the the roads of the […]

Lake Hills Fire Safe Council makes strides

After “an enormous fire drill” in their Lakehills Estates neighborhood more than two years ago, and hearing from experts like El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts that their community is most at fire risk, residents formed the Lakehills Fire Safe Council in 2012. New signs installed earlier this summer mark the entrance to their […]

Grow For It!: Why does my fruit tree have no fruit?

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and fresh from the orchard.” — Walt Whitman How many times have you or someone you know planted a fruit tree in anticipation of harvesting fresh fruit, only to be disappointed when the tree fails to produce? Unfortunately, this is a common and frustrating problem for many backyard fruit […]

Tractors wanted for festival

The Lodi Grape Festival is seeking people who have old farm tractors, machinery and/or implements that they would be willing to display in “Tractor Town” at the upcoming Lodi Grape Festival, Sept. 11-14. ‘Tractor Town,” presented by Belkorp Ag, provides a look into the agricultural past but also has a tractor play area and pedal […]

Drop in for dancing at the academy

El Dorado Dance Academy in El Dorado Hills will open its doors to the community and host free dance classes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. Dance Jubilee classes are open to all ages and ability levels, offering free lessons in all disciplines: ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Polynesian, musical theater, modern and clogging. The entire […]

Concert celebrates the ‘Great Encourager’

Karen Ladd and her children Ryan and Sara often recite a Bob Marley quote because it reminds them of Rich Ladd, the father and husband they lost too soon when he unexpectedly died last September at age 56. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity […]

Two shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season

Two wonderful shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season: “Brigadoon” on Aug. 5-10, and “La Cage Aux Folles” on Aug. 19-24. Tickets for all 2014 Music Circus productions are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, by phone at 916-557-1999 or online at In the Lerner […]

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As we were: New lights — a bright idea

25 Years ago Aug. 4, 1989 School’s new lightbulbs to save $$ CAMERON PARK — Camerado Shingle Springs will save over $3,000 on electricity next year due to a co-operative effort between the Buckeye Union School District, the county Office of Education and California Conservation Corps. The project was organized by county Office of Education […]

‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

Ovation Stage presents “The Flu Season” by  Will Eno. A different kind of flu, this Sacramento premiere is directed by Maggie Adair Upton and runs now through Aug. 10. “The Flu Season,” winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, is a tour de force not only of emotion but of language. It’s frightening, […]