Friday, December 26, 2014

The important things: Figuring it out

The important things in life aren’t things — we have heard that before, ad nauseam, right? What if I told you that those important “things” are largely in our subconscious mind and yet they create nearly every aspect of our lives? I am not trying to make another stop-and-smell-the-roses or slow-down-and-get-a-kiss-under-the-mistletoe kind of point. Bringing […]

MontBleu begins major renovations

Renovations exceeding $24 million at MontBleu Resort that include the casino floor, convention center and all 437-rooms from the 17th floor and down began in mid-October. The comprehensive plan includes all 36 suites and 401 rooms. The designers describe the overall looks as “Scandinavian fantasy” with clean, contemporary aesthetics that will combine beauty, functionality and […]

SnowGlobe fuses music and snow

SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to the stunning landscape of South Lake Tahoe over New Year’s Eve, Dec. 29-31. Combining the world’s best live musicians with the world’s best snow conditions, SnowGlobe is a one-of-a-kind festival experience that seamlessly fuses music and mountains. Hosted each New Years in the heart of the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains, fans […]

Historic Old Sacramento now hiring

Looking for an interactive, engaging and fun part-time job in 2015? The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is currently accepting applications for paid tour guide positions for its popular Old Sacramento Underground tour program that will resume on April 4, 2015. HOSF is looking to fill a minimum of four paid tour guide positions to […]

Support group After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club 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 After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Holiday happiness for the whole family

Winter is here and with it comes some of the most memorable times of year — the holidays. Perhaps more than any other occasion, the holiday season is steeped in family tradition, with cherished elements that sometimes span generations. But when family members get older or have declining health, maintaining their involvement in those traditions […]

Next generation Monterey Jazz Festival announces deadline

Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce the 11th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in […]

Foothill gourmet: Reindeer Dust

Wishing for something fun and different to do with your family this holiday? Why not mix it up? Mix up some Reindeer Dust, that is! Making and sprinkling Reindeer Dust is a magical new tradition sweeping the nation and Kate Dwyer shares the special recipe below from her beautiful, interactive new book “Reindeer Dust.” It’s […]

Lowest Pair in Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the Lowest Pair on Friday, Dec. at 8 p.m. The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots-influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling in somewhere between. […]

Pickups to rock in SS

The Pickups, a local favorite band, will headline this month’s concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, on Saturday, Dec. 13. This popular band always is a hit whenever it performs. The band’s stylish approach to the song list has forged a loyal following of fans. Many of the Pickups’ shows are […]

Grow For It! Winter Dormancy— gardening for the fourth season

The winter holidays are just around the corner and you have your garden in order. Spring bulbs are planted. Garlic and potatoes are in the ground. Your garden has been “put to bed.” Tools sharpened and put away. Tender plants are mulched and waiting for the anticipated winter rains. Most plants are entering their dormant […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Screen time

Many families understand that the majority of a child’s brain develops by age 5 and it is exciting to see a growing interest in helping children get ready for school. Toy manufacturers have heard this message, too. While shopping the toy aisles last week, I was surprised to find the number of gifts that were […]

Comedy satire coming to IT

Imagination Theater presents the comedy satire “Red, White and Tuna” from Friday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Directed by Lanny Langston, “Red, White, and Tuna,” the much-anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town. […]

Celebrate holidays at Fairytale Town

Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days: Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-14 and 18-21. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1-7 p.m. The storybook park […]

Master Food Preservers: Gifts for the food preserver

Do you have a food preserver in your life? You know you do if you are receiving tasty homemade treats in a jar from someone special. There are lots of great gifts to give them in return. Maybe I can help you with some ideas. If your budget allows, go big — a new pressure […]

Grow For It!: Creating a remembrance garden

We are in the midst of a most joyful season. Holiday cards have evolved into yearly snapshots of a vast photo diary that allow me to stay connected with my friends and family from a distance and I relish each and every envelope when it arrives. It is also the time of year when I […]

Enter LegiSchool Project essay contest

The Center for California Studies’ LegiSchool Project is seeking entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s topic is “Climate Change.” Extreme weather events and warming temperatures have sparked global concerns about climate change. Some are calling on the government to do more to defend our environment. Others believe excessive government interference will have negative […]

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 […]

Hospice and Marshall help patients and families focus on quality of life

November was National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country reached out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for people coping with life-limiting illness. Snowline Hospice and Marshall Medical Center have come together to provide a comprehensive palliative care program for inpatients at Marshall Hospital. The program offers to patients […]

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 […]