Monday, October 20, 2014

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Life as I know it: Texas and beyond

I closed the previous column by saying that my mother and father agreed that I could take a bus to Gatesville, Texas to see Peggy. It had been about four months since we had said goodbye. You may ask “why would a 17-year-old boy travel from California to Texas to see a 17-year-old girl?” After […]

Sutter Creek rocks

Bob Malone and his band New Orleans Blues is playing jazz, soul and rhythm and blues on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. Although Malone has performed several times at SCT, this is the first time he has appeared with his band. He currently tours […]

Benefit for King Fire victims

Residents of the El Dorado County are invited to celebrate the demise of the King Fire, raise funds for the displaced homeowners from White Meadows Road and mark the arrival of the harvest season that is critical to the economy of the county. An outdoor community gathering featuring speakers, music, food and refreshments will be hosted […]

Camp Richardson celebrates Oktoberfest

Beers, brats and music are on tap at Camp Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, as Oktoberfest returns to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Now in its 20th year, the annual event will showcase seven different autumn themed brews ranging from Drake’s Hefeweizen to Ninkasi Total Domination IPA. Camp Richardson offers fun for the […]

Indian Museum presents educational lectures

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to present educational lectures entitled “Rethinking California’s Missions: A Native Perspective” on Saturday, Oct. 4. The lectures are unique and important stories reflecting the true experiences of Native peoples in California’s famous missions. Special guest speakers that day include Andrew Galvan, Ohlone curator of San […]

See two exhibitions from the British Museum

Fathom Events and the UK’s More2Screen are presenting two extraordinary cinematic experiences from the British Museum in London that shine a bright light on two cultures – Viking and Roman – that have had a profound impact on western civilization. Anyone with a passion for history, culture or forces in the modern world will be […]

Apple Hill members ready for visitors

Progress is being made in the King Fire in El Dorado County encompassing more than 95,000 acres of steep terrain in the Eldorado National Forest, Tahoe National Forest and Desolation Wilderness. Many businesses have contacted the El Dorado County Visitors Authority to help get the word out that their towns and businesses are open for business. […]

Basetrack Live performs at Harris Center

Basetrack Live is a gripping multi-media theatrical event that grapples with the complex truths and ambiguities of modern military experience. It performs at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Basetrack Live is a unique and ambitious theatrical collaboration between award-winning theater company En Garde Arts and […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Josiah D. Sanders

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Josiah D. Sanders graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training […]

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 […]

Life as I know it: Summer of ’44

After graduation from high school and after Peggy and her family left for Texas, Norman and I  were, temporarily, at loose ends. With some discussion of alternatives, we agreed that working, for the summer, with the U.S. Forest Service, seemed to fit the occasion. If either I was called by the Navy or he decided […]

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 […]

Life as I know it: Two proms and a farewell to Peggy

On a Sunday in April 1944 Peggy and I were walking up Church Street in Grass Valley. (Every gold mining town has a Church Street). I happened to notice a bush, with blossoms, in the yard of the Methodist Church. I asked her to wait and then I went up, smelled the very nice odor […]

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 […]