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As we were: Special race

25 Years ago June 1, 1990 BCRA midgets to compete at speedway The colorful winged midgets of Bay Cities Racing Association will join forces with Placerville limited sprint cars for a special doubleheader at Placerville Speedway tonight. This will be the only 1990 appearance of the BCRA on the quarter-mile clay oval, located at the El […]

Bike pointers for a smooth and comfortable ride

Biking season is in full swing for mountain and road riders alike. Here are a few pointers to keep riding smoother, safer and more comfortable throughout the season. Don’t wear underwear under bike shorts — I’ve had this conversation with several patients and it’s worth mentioning, loudly and boldly. Bike shorts are supposed to be worn […]

E-waste collection to raise funds for kids

The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace the more than 20 year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence of its young swimmers. An e-waste event will take place from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 on Highway 193 just west of Auburn Lake Trail’s first gate. Large item […]

Foothill Garden Tour features five stops

The Foothill Garden Club of the Mt. Aukum area is celebrating its 57th year of dedicated gardeners and community involvement by hosting another fabulous garden tour of five diversified and unique gardens nestled in the foothills. It takes place on Saturday, May 30 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nestled in the lovely Shenandoah Valley […]

Plant sale a big success

This year’s UCCE Master Gardener Annual Spring Plant Sale was a blowout according to Merry Campbell, coordinator of the event. While not having a final count yet, Campbell said they expect to net close to $19,000, which is the highest sales total ever. Some 6,500 plants out of 7,600 available were sold — more than 85 percent. This year’s plant sale also […]

As we were: Transportation needs more funding

25 Years ago May 25, 1990 Road chief seeks more upkeep $$ By JOHN SAMMON County roads are slipping by the wayside. The county’s new 1990-91 budget was the topic of discussion between El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and county department heads on Monday. Transportation Director Scott Chadd painted a bleak picture of the county’s […]

Excursion trains are running on Memorial Day Weekend

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23, 24 and 25 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a highlight on Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are […]

The important things: Am I content to be content?

I feel content these days, but am I actually content to be content? When I was in third grade I clearly remember reading the word content for the first time and learning the definition as an adjective. It meant “to be happy, comfortable, pleased, satisfied, at ease.” Lesson learned? I didn’t think much more about […]

Wild West railroad goes full steam ahead

When the whistle blows on Memorial Day weekend it will be full steam ahead this summer aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Nevada’s authentic train ride through the 1860s Comstock-era Wild West. Steam train enthusiasts can step back in time beginning Saturday, May 23, for round-trip and one-way rides. Running Saturdays and Sundays through […]

Festival celebrates barbera

The fifth annual Barbera Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year, the festival will be held at Terra d’Oro Winery, the original home of barbera in Amador County. Just a ½ mile down the street from the previous location, Terra d’Oro’s large meadow, nestled among the vineyards under […]

Life as I know it: Completion of the long bike ride

In the last article, I had reached Medford, Ore., on my 1,000 mile bike tour and stayed a day with relatives. As I left Medford, I took backroads toward the coast. I paused awhile in Jacksonville, for that was where my grandparents had lived and my mother had gone to school. She had taken piano […]

Grow For It! A new look at water in the landscape and garden

Have you been wondering what to do with your landscape because of California’s ongoing drought? We have an old and tired 30-year-old landscape in need of renewal. For nine years, I managed the Hope Community Garden located in El Dorado on property owned by Federated Church. It was a wonderful place and gardeners harvested lots […]

Girls’ Night Out — it’s the bee’s knees

What: Girls’ Night Out Who: Placerville Downtown Association: Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, May 16 from 6-9 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436   Speakeasies, flappers, yards of pearls — the Roaring ’20s comes to Placerville for Girls’ Night Out on Saturday, May 16. The free-wheeling, anything goes atmosphere of the ’20s is the perfect setting for an […]

Slow Ride to honor military veterans and soldiers serving

Thwarted last year by the massive King Fire in Pollock Pines that caused a cancellation of the Slow Ride for Veterans and Wounded Warriors, the event’s organizers are raring to go once again on Saturday, May 16. Steven Poindexter, 62, of Pollock Pines and others are planning to start the fourth annual slow ride in […]

Mother’s Day beats Father’s Day in national survey

Move over Dad. Mom rules again. A new national survey reveals if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fell on the same day, 78 percent of adult children would choose to celebrate Mom over Dad. In fact, 83 percent of those surveyed said they plan to visit their mom on Mother’s Day. The national survey of […]

As we were: Money, money, money

25 Years ago May 4, 1990 Auditor says bonds affect General Fund By URSULA ROSE Buy now and pay later — it’s a way of getting something without feeling the pinch right away. But the pinch on the county’s General Fund because of the bond debt recently incurred now looks more like a punch, and so […]

Sac State promotes biking to campus

May is Bike Month, a good time to ditch the gas guzzler and those cruises around campus looking for parking. Try it for a day, maybe all month. Bike to California State University, Sacramento Day is Wednesday, May 6, with University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) hosting a special event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in […]

Olde Coloma Theatre opens 2015 melodrama season

Hear ye, hear ye, the Olde Coloma Theatre is proud to announce the opening of its 2015 season. This year is sure to be one of the best seasons in recent years with many experienced local writers contributing their talents to the melodrama stage according to theater personnel. “We are also excited to reveal a […]

Celebrating 90 years of working and giving

Anton “Tony” Schuh has lived in El Dorado County on the Georgetown Divide for almost 34 years and is turning 90 on May 3. He hand-built the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park and has given so much to family and friends and to the residents of the park. Family and friends are giving him a 90th […]

Baby bird classes offered Wednesdays

Sierra Wildlife Rescue always needs and welcomes new volunteers for the Baby Bird Nursery, which takes in many hundreds of nestlings and fledglings of all species each summer. SWR provides hands-on training at the Baby Bird Nursery. Attendees learn how to feed and care for the baby birds at the classes offered from May through July. […]

As we were: Tahoe appointment

25 Years Ago April 27, 1990 Vacancy on Lake Tahoe Conservancy Board filled Supervisor Pat Low’s retirement has created a vacancy on the Tahoe Conservancy Board, and board members decided Tuesday to fill it by appointing Supervisor Bob Dorr to the position. Chairman John Cefalu, who represents District 5 which includes part of the Tahoe […]

Ken Scanavino honored for volunteerism

AARP Services Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of AARP that oversees providers and the products offered to its members, recognized Kenneth Scanavino for his 50-plus hours of volunteer service in the community. Community involvement is an important part of the organization’s Mission and Kenneth Scanavino’s life. Scanavino has volunteered at Green Valley Community Church on Saturday […]

Grow For It!: Rain: Saving for a sunny day

Wow. What a dry year. And yet there has been rain. Were you prepared and able to store some of that precious rain for your parched garden? If not, it’s never too late to get set up for the future. Rainwater is a wonderful resource that every homeowner has but few take advantage of. Those […]

Visit the amazing Home and Garden Show

Spring is here and that means it is time for the 35th annual El Dorado County Home and Garden Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The amazing show features vendors offering everything for the home and the garden and is from Friday to Sunday, April 24 to 26. Admission to […]

Fiddlers bring high energy fun to Harris Center

Picture the Harris Center for the Arts stage filled with 50 fiddlers backed by piano, drums, cellos, guitars, harps and even a harmonica, projecting a sound as lively as a dance band and as majestic as a symphony orchestra. Front this merry group of music-makers with Scottish master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose humor, passion and […]

Talent at Wine Tree Farm

The public is invited to Wine Tree Farm Winery to enjoy a trio of musical talent on Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. Robert Monteleone, renowned jazz pianist, will be joined by Rose Borunda, Native American flautist and her daughter, Lilian, with vocals and percussion. Appetizers will be available and Corinne’s award-winning Rhône wines and blends […]

Help is available for those needing energy assistance

A young Garden Valley family of four and a 90-year-old World War II veteran are equally grateful for an El Dorado County program that helps them survive by defraying the cost of their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, this year is trying to reach more residents to offer a helping […]

Volunteers for Amgen needed

The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race at Lake Tahoe is seeking community members, businesses, service groups and cycling aficionados to volunteer during the two stages, May 8-9. This will be a historic occasion for the sport as this is the first time the competition includes women’s stage races. The local organizing committee is seeking […]

Grace Patriot Wines 2013 Grenache named Best of Show

The oldest wine competition focusing on winemakers of Northern California, Sonoma-Marin Fair’s North of the Gate Wine Competition, has announced its Sweepstakes and medal winners. The annual wine competition is held in conjunction with the Sonoma-Marin Fair, June 24-28, when fair visitors will be able to taste the award-winning wines. Judging was held March 19 […]

Patrons Club serves up scholarship lunch

The El Dorado Center Patrons Club invites the community to its 47th annual Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, April 17 from noon-1:30 p.m. at Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. This luncheon will support scholarships for El Dorado County high school graduates and community college […]

Celebrity story time at Railroad Museum

To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with popular KOVR weather caster Dave Bender on Monday, April 20. With the help of Bender reading a children’s book at 11 and 11:30 a.m., parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of […]

Fabulous Liars playing at Lions Club opening

The Fabulous Liars join the Mother Lode Lions on Saturday, April 18 to perform at the grand reopening celebration for the newly-renovated Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. “The renovation of the building has been a year in the making,” said Fabulous Liars guitarist, Ed Wilson. “We’re excited to help the Lions give it […]

‘Cloud Nine’ offers surprises

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College closes its eighth season with Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud Nine.” In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Eye presents this dizzying send-up of gender roles, sexuality and personal identity. Churchill turned more than a few heads decades ago with this genre-busting allegorical farce. “Cloud Nine” still surprises with its […]

Grow For It: Choosing the right plant

Gardeners all over California are again faced with the dilemma of how to keep doing what they love — gardening — with the continuing drought. Many are wondering if they should even try growing anything due to the lack of water and restrictions on irrigation that are sure to be imposed. However, if your passion […]

Students try something new for WeCan!

Students in South Lake Tahoe wrapped up the last the week of WeCan! — a four-week fitness and nutrition challenge at the local elementary schools. Physical education teachers from Bijou Elementary, Environmental Magnet School, Sierra House and Tahoe Valley orchestrated the program by motivating students with weekly goals and the cafeteria staff served fruits and […]

Tony Award-winner ‘Once’ comes to Community Center

“Once” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Community Center Theater for a limited engagement from Tuesday to Sunday, April 14 to 19. “Once,” which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, […]

California State Fair accepting cheese entries

The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual commercial cheese competition to be held May 20. California cheese producers continue to stimulate California’s economy by creating more than 440,000 jobs and $63 billion in economic activity. Submitting entries through the online system makes it easy for cheese producers to be part of […]

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi to perform

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to present pianist Thomas Pandolfi in the final concert of its six concert series on Tuesday, April 14. The young American pianist Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide and showered with superlatives […]

Things are blossoming at Divide gallery

It’s spring and flowers and art are blooming at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown. This April show celebrates the season of growth with new art and artists. The community is invited to a reception in the gallery and the historic rose garden on Sunday, April 12 from 2-5 p.m. Come enjoy the […]

Chamber music concert features strings

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, presents a concert of chamber music on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. in Saint Katherine Drexel Catholic Parish in Martell. The concert includes the ‘Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet” of Amy Beach, America’s foremost woman composer, “Four Madrigals of […]

Grow For It! Missing March miracle means more mulch

Our prayers for another “March Miracle” rain went unanswered. We’re now officially and deeply entrenched in a fourth consecutive year of a severe drought. As water saving regulations, both voluntary and mandatory, are being implemented, there are some hard choices home gardeners need to make. Do gardeners give up on gardens and let the plants […]

Nominate a senior of the year

Do you know an outstanding older adult or married couple 60 years or older who have performed exemplary work in El Dorado County as a volunteer? Consider nominating them for the Senior of the Year award. The annual Senior of the Year award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on […]

Old Sacramento offers new experiences

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground holds more interest. 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, April 4 and 5 with each program offering fun […]

Grow For It! Plant sale, plant sale

The UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have been busy this past year. The group has put on lots of gardening classes, staffed information tables at the county fair and at farmers markets, given talks to various clubs in the county, worked hard to continue building the Sherwood Demonstration Garden and in the “spare” […]

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