Friday, November 28, 2014

12 Days of Christmas in Placerville

There is no partridge in a pear tree on Main Street and probably not eight maids a-milking, but the 12 days of Christmas are alive and well in downtown Placerville. From Dec. 5-17, shoppers with purchases of more than $15 will receive tickets for a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with $250 worth of Main […]

Christmas trees are ready

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Apple Hill Growers’ farms as the Christmas Tree Growers are sharpening their saws for the annual holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas trees. Many of the Apple Hill Christmas Tree Farms opened the weekend of Nov. 22, while others open officially on the day after […]

Country’s queen sings at Sutter Creek

Spend an intimate evening with Lacy J Dalton, country’s queen, for the first Christmas show of the season at Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. Dalton is appearing Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. One of Sutter Creek Theater’s most requested artists, Dalton has a great presence with the audience and a […]

Federated Church to commemorate World AIDS Day

The Neighbors Group of Federated Church will honor World AIDS Day during the worship services on Sunday, Nov. 30. Shown during the regular services will be a short video interview with Dr. Doug Tustin who was on the front lines in El Dorado County when the AIDS epidemic hit in the early ’80s. Experts at […]

Grow For It! How to be a lazy gardener

Do you avoid gardening because you feel that you do not have the time or energy to get involved in yet another project? Well, you don’t have to be a bundle of energy and resolve to garden — you just have to take up a few gardening practices that will make your gardening life less […]

Arbor Day gifts for the holidays

Make a lasting, positive impact this holiday season by giving family and friends gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation. Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor […]

Coat collection to keep students warm

Colder weather is here. The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Coat Drive is making sure students stay warm throughout the county. Through its annual coat drive, EDCOE is accepting donations of new coats — infant to adult sizes. Coats may be dropped off before Dec. 12 to the El Dorado County Office of Education, […]

Final boarding call for Polar Express

Only 660 tickets remain for the family favorite trip to the North Pole aboard the 2014 Polar Express train, running to Dec. 22. Because of the demand, more trips and passenger cars were added to the month-long event, which has consistently sold out since debuting four years ago and is expected to draw record numbers […]

Enlightening family tradition returns in Old Sac

Known as a magical, electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento, the ever-popular and free Theatre of Lights performances return on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, following an official tree lighting ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The 2014 Theatre of Lights is proudly sponsored by Bank of America and […]

HolliFaire features holiday gifts

The annual HolliFaire holiday boutique is on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cameron Park Airpark, 3239 Baron Court in Cameron Park. There will be lots of signs to guide shoppers to the boutique. Admission and parking are free. The HolliFaire offers a great place to get a head start on holiday shopping […]

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crab at the fairgrounds

Saturday, Nov. 15 is opening day for commercial Dungeness crab on the West coast and to celebrate the occasion the El Dorado County Fair Association is having its ninth annual Crab and Chowder Gala at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this all-you-can-eat feast of the […]

Saxophone Ambassadors visit El Dorado

El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to present Mana Quartet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 as its second concert of the season. Hailed as Saxophone Ambassadors by “Chamber Music Magazine,” the Mana Quartet continues to provide an international audience with exciting and innovative presentations of classical music. The quartet members include […]

Jazz legends come to Harris Center

The “Oh Yeah!” tour featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint comes to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The celebrated Preservation Hall Jazz Band and one of New Orleans favorite sons, Toussaint, are touring the United States in a joint tour for the first […]

Learn about ‘The Cashmere Experience’

“The Cashmere Experience,” a lecture presented by Talibah Al-Rafiq will be hosted by the Angels Camp Museum on Thursday, Nov.13. in the museum’s Carriage House. California Cashmere Company founded in 1990, is located in the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County. The company does business internationally offering custom dehairing, brokering of fine cashmere, fiber grading, wholesale apparel […]

Helen Ward celebrates 100 years

Helen G. Ward celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 17. Ward was born and raised in Chicago of Irish parents. She was one of nine children in the Walsh family. Ward has lived in El Dorado County for 10 years, the last seven at Western Slope Health Center in Placerville. She married the love of […]

Special viewing of behind the scenes

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will offer just one more behind-the-scenes Shop Tour of the historic site in 2014. The unique and very popular tour will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) from 10 a.m.-noon. As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of exciting […]

Be a wine bottler and save

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is hosting a bottle­ your­ own wine experience from Saturday, Nov. 8 through Tuesday, Nov. 11 to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Guests will experience being a winemaker in the Sierra Foothills during its most colorful season. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Jason Marsalis to perform in Folsom

The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet comes to the very intimate 95-seat Scott-Skillman Recital Hall at the Harris Center of the Arts in Folsom on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8. Jason Marsalis is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and […]

SF wine competition accepting entries

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the World and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from […]

Son’s suicide prompts local mom into action

For a parent, losing a child can be so debilitating that it is impossible to move forward. But when Lisa Ford Berry’s youngest son, Michael, killed himself on his 17th birthday while at a high school in Sacramento, she was motivated to action. Ford Berry said that her son killed himself in response to relentless […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Parenting

Being the parent of a child with special needs or a disability is hard. As an advocate for your child, each day is spent trying to meet their individual needs in balance with the other family members. And that’s just at home. When going out in public, whether to the store or your other child’s […]

Time out: Sweet Score makes points across the board

Restaurant: Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts Address: 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville Phone: 530-642-9644 Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts is located at 4370 Golden Center Drive in Placerville and the phone number is 530-642-9644. Barbecue is a matter of taste and how you feel about it usually depends on where in the United States you grew up. […]

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Bipolar Insights: May I introduce Jon

For the past 16 years many individuals have attended the Bipolar Insights classes and many have stood out due to their amazing and compelling stories. Allow me to share one story that touched my heart and is certain to impact you, as well. This is his first person story.   Jon My name is Jon […]

As we were: Prints to help raise funds

25 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1989 Limited edition signed prints to be released “Christmas at the Courthouse” will be unveiled by artist Thomas Kinkade 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Placerville Inn, announced Mountain Democrat Editor Michael Raffety. Signed and certified limited edition prints of the new oil painting by Placerville’s nationally-known artist will be offered […]

Metal Dragonfly lands at Green Acres

Metal Dragonfly has found a new home for the Garden Studio at the Green Acres Farmers Market Place, 3400 Carson Court in Camino. This new location is a year round, indoor setting which allows the owner Carol Perry the opportunity to offer the community a great selection of indoor plants, fountains, garden art and many other […]

Sip and nibble at ‘Night at the Library’

The Friends of the Library invite the public to “A Night at the Library” on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Stroll through the stacks sipping wine and nibbling epicurean delights. Music to soothe, lovely artwork to behold and a drawing and silent auction await […]

Creepy time at Sutter’s Fort

For those looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this Halloween, check out the fifth annual “The Haunted Fort” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25. Back by popular demand, the historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours that are based in fact but with a […]

Master Food Preservers: Persimmons – the wonder fruit

If olives are the mystery fruit, persimmons are the wonder fruit. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 25, for a free class from 10 a.m.-noon to learn all about preserving persimmons, cranberries and nuts. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. This […]

Food Day looks at all things food

Chef, educator, cookbook author and activist Bryant Terry will be the keynote speaker at California State University, Sacramento’s Food Day 2014 on Friday, Oct. 24. Terry, who lives in Oakland and is an advocate for a healthy, just and sustainable food system, will speak at 7:15 p.m. in the University Union, Redwood Room. His topic […]

Old Sac continues Day of the Dead celebration

In honor of the 40th anniversary of “Day of the Dead” celebrations in Sacramento, Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation have teamed up to present the third annual “Souls of the City” Dia De Los Muertos series of events and activities in Old Sacramento that take place throughout October and culminate on Nov. 1. […]

Life as I know it: Getting married and graduating

My days at Purdue rather quickly settled into a fairly simple routine. During the week I would go to class, study, eat and sleep. I wanted to be certain I kept good grades because our class had been told that chemistry would take a heavy toll in the first semester. I chose to be in […]

Cowboy Gathering features two days of fun

The American River Folk Society’s Cowboy Gathering will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, throughout Georgetown. Some of the finest cowboy poets and singers will be performing throughout both days at the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main Street and the Georgetown Park  at South and Harkness streets. On Saturday evening there will be a western dinner, show […]

See ‘The Met: Live in HD’ in EDH

The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions returns to more than 650 select U.S. cinemas this fall with the ninth season of “The Met: Live in HD.” “The Met: Live in HD 2014-2015” series continues with “Le Nozze Di Figaro” (Mozart) on Saturday, Oct. 18. Music director James Levine conducts a spirited new production […]

Royal Opera House announces cinema series

Fathom Events and the Royal Opera House partner again to present the “The 2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season,” offering specially curated titles through May, four of which will be captured live from London. The season continues with “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Tuesday, Dec. 16, “Swan Lake” on Thursday, March 19, 2015 and “La Fille […]

Master Food Preservers: Olive U — tapenade or not to tapenade?

Olives, the mystery fruit — join the Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 18, for a free class from 10 a.m.-noon to learn all about preserving olives. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Make a delicious tapenade with home cured/preserved olives. Use it as […]

Grow For It!: Growing California native wildflowers

Blooming wildflowers are a little bit of natural California and looking ahead two seasons — signal that spring has really arrived after a wet and chilly winter. The seeds from annual California native wildflowers can be planted in fall or spring. If you plant in the fall you let Mother Nature do the watering and […]

Horse racing is going at Cal Expo

Harness racing has started on Saturday nights in October and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays in November at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Enjoy the night at the Cal Expo Sports and Wagering Center with drinks at the Sports Bar and casual dining available each harness racing night […]

El Dorado Camera Club to hold print competition

A photography print competition will be held by the El Dorado Camera Club at its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. The special guest judge will be well-known local photographer Paul Cockrell. There are multiple categories for color and […]

Animals to get special blessing

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville, will have a special service for the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 and 10:30 a.m. during both services. All pets are welcome to receive a blessing. Rev. Debra Sabino will have treats for cats and dogs and invites other pets […]

Life as I know it: Final months in the Coast Guard

  As I continued in the prep school in Connecticut and as Christmas 1945 approached, I began to feel somewhat depressed and very lonely. It had been a year since I had seen my parents and about 15 months since I had seen Peggy. I don’t remember any of the details, but somehow it worked […]

As we were: Saving history

25 Years ago Oct. 6, 1989 Local historical society to host state conference More than 120 members of the Conference of California Historical Societies will be welcomed today, Friday, by Heritage Association of El Dorado County which is hosting the three-day northern symposium of the statewide organization. Special events for the conference include a Grubstake Dinner […]

Life as I know it: CG Prep School

As I said before, the school at Groton, Conn. was designed to prepare enlisted men to take the entrance examination for the Coast Guard Academy. The school was part of a larger military base situated on what had previously been a private estate. There were several old large stone buildings and some fairly new barracks, […]

Life as I know it: Shakedown cruise

Last time I wrote about joining the Coast Guard, going aboard the USS General Muir and sailing down the Columbia River from Portland, Ore.  A pilot came aboard to take the ship into the ocean because there was a very dangerous sand bar at the mouth of the Columbia. From there, it was easy sailing […]