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As we were: Winning photograph

25 Years ago July 6, 1990 Democrat photog wins Sierra contest Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubery was among the winners of the 1990 Sierra Photo Contest sponsored by the Sierra Club. Her black and white photograph titled “Fawn” will be on display in the lobby of the Sierra Club in San Francisco and will be published […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Choosing quality child care

In just a few weeks, summer will be coming to an end and families will be gearing up for another school year. For working parents, this means finding care for your child before and after school. Research has shown that parents often choose child care based on where it is located, how much it costs […]

Super Spectacular Fourth laser light show

This year’s Fourth of July celebration on Bass Lake welcomes a new kind of show. After dark, laser lights will illuminate the skies over Bass Lake in a spectacular display of bright colors and unique designs all choreographed to fun summer jams. A professional DJ will be afloat in the middle of the lake, radiating […]

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens at Music Circus

The next show in the 65th Music Circus season is the hit musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances are Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12. The spirited cast includes Broadway performers, Music Circus audience favorites and some fresh faces making their Music Circus debuts. Full of hummable hit songs by Charles Strouse, who wrote […]

Grow For It! Summer Tree Care

This summer you may have chosen to water your lawn areas less or not at all — but don’t forget your trees need water, too. Trees often get their water along with the lawn. Trees and shrubs need years to mature and are costly to replace, making them the right choice to irrigate when water is […]

Mobile Food Pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, July 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. El Dorado County residents who meet the […]

Gold Country Sons of Italy scholarships awarded

The Gold Country Lodge No. 2705 Sons of Italy in America awarded three annual scholarships at its recent dinner meeting in El Dorado Hills. For 15 years this lodge has selected graduating high school seniors attending El Dorado Union High School District campuses. This year was the first time that all recipients were from Oak […]

Soroptimist club grants awards

Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills held its annual Grant Awards Night on June 25 at Sierra Vista Bank in Cameron Park. Eleven worthy local projects received financial aid totaling $11,000. The 2015 award recipients were: American Association of University Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County, the Center for Violence-free Relationships, Choices for Children, Food Bank […]

Activities galore at Tahoe

“Lights on the Lake,” the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the west, continues the tradition at the “Best Lake in America,”  with enough dazzle to fill South Shore’s night sky for 25 minutes. The arrangement of color, light and sound over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada backdrop has mesmerized millions of viewers […]

Grow For It! Lawn gone

As my loyal readership (Hi, Mom) may recall, this humble author previously submitted an article about caring for a lawn in a low water year. But, with the fourth year of drought upon us, some friends are muttering imprecations about my “so-called advice” and plan to remove their lawns entirely. Their points are well taken: […]

Family Fun Summer Fest coming to Cielo Estate

Hands4Hope will be hosting its first Family Fun Summer Fest on Sunday, June 28 at Cielo Estate on Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. This community event will be a fun time for the entire family with live music, carnival games, a hay maze, fiber farm, bounce houses and activity booths. There will be barbecue, food […]

Steven Graves Band at Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents Steven Graves Band in concert on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Steven Graves’ unique and inspiring sound reflects his roots as a Californian, seamlessly blending elements of folk-rock, Americana, country, jazz and blues with his socially-conscious lyrical style. The influences of Dylan, Lennon, Marley, […]

Tickets are now on sale for 20 Mile Taste

On Saturday, Aug. 15, El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom will host its third annual 20 Mile Taste fundraiser at the Davies Family Inn at Shadow Ridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville, from 5-8 p.m. This event has sold out since its inception and is a celebration of El Dorado County’s bounty, showcasing local […]

String players wanted for community orchestra

Are you an amateur string player? Perhaps you play in a community orchestra? Maybe you have a child who performs a string instrument in a school orchestra. Whatever the case may be, the Sacramento Philharmonic invites interested string players to be part of the Sacramento Philharmonic return concert on June 27 at 7 p.m. This concert […]

Enjoy Italian Wines in California’s smallest town

To kick off the Barbera Festival on Saturday, Feist Wines will offer a flight of Italian barberas hand selected by food and wine expert Darrell Corti. The tasting will take place between 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, June 12. Guests can pre-order a special barbera centric dinner from Lucy’s Spice Box to pair with the wines. […]

Cheers! Wine at Town Center raises funds, spirits

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

California Stage presents two world premieres

California Stage Theater Company presents two world premiere solo shows in the “SacSoloSeries4: Serious Detours” for four weeks from June 12 through July 5. “Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed” is written and performed by Richard Winters and directed by Gary Wright. “The Third Date” by Robert Lautz is performed by Gary Weinberg and directed by Maggie Adair Upton. Winters’ […]

Skip Matthews tells PAA: If you’re with it, go digital

The Placerville Arts Association is delighted to have Skip Matthews as the guest speaker on Sunday, June 14. This free event is open to all ages. The meeting opens with a brief business meeting, followed by a refreshment time of meet and greet and then the guest speaker, ending about 3:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged […]

Break free run raises funds to combat human trafficking

An organization established to combat human trafficking through sustainable employment, education and engagement initiatives, 3Strands Global Inc., announces the Break Free Run – “The Race to End Human Trafficking.” Folsom is celebrating its sixth year with more than 3,000 runners expected. The Oakland run began in 2013 with more than 1,300 runners anticipated this year. […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Summer safety

It’s summer. June is here and that means family outings including the El Dorado County Fair. When packing the car for the fair or other summer outings, don’t forget a few items to keep little ones safe from the sun: • Dress your baby in lightweight clothes with long sleeves and pants and wide-brimmed hats. […]

‘My Fair Lady’ kicks off 2015 Music Circus season

The musical theater masterpiece “My Fair Lady,” with music by Frederick Loewe and book/lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, kicks off the 2015 Music Circus season at Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 65th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances are Tuesday, June 9 through Sunday, June 14, kicking off the season two weeks earlier than usual. […]

Old Sac Underground Tours set to start for summer

Early summer is the very best time of year to experience what Old Sacramento Underground Tours have to offer. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic […]

Indian Museum presents ‘Gathering’

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to honor and celebrate California’s Native Elders with the 38th annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” event on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. With complimentary admission for this one-day-only, the community is invited to the State Indian Museum to celebrate the special day and […]

Quilts and vintage fashion on display

“Hot Fads and Cool Trends in Cloth” is this year’s theme for the popular summer quilt and clothing show in the Wells Fargo Gallery at Folsom History Museum. Antique quilts in hexagon, log cabin, crazy patchwork and other patterns will be on display at the 36th annual exhibit. Showcased are Victorian-era gowns and other clothing […]

Eskaton Mother’s Day tea party creates bonds

A cup of tea and a double helping of delightful company was all it took to bring residents and their families together to celebrate Mother’s Day at Eskaton Lodge Cameron Park. “Our patio was packed and everyone was all smiles,” said Carly Amatisto, activity director of the Northern California based, nonprofit organization. There were 18 residents […]

Civil Air Patrol Squadron holds change of command

Captain Timothy J. Martin of Georgetown will relieve Major Aaron P. Yanagihara as commanding officer of Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 during a change of command ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville in Placerville, at 6:30pm on Thursday June 4. California Wing’s Group 5 commander Lt. Col. Mike Prusak will officiate the […]

Ceremony to retire tattered flags

Old Glory, long may she wave — but not too darned long. Hundreds of American flags that have been placed into blue plywood drop boxes at the Veterans Memorial Building in Placerville waiting to be retired after becoming tattered and worn will finally be bidden farewell. A flag burning ceremony is set for Saturday, June […]

Soroptimist club to hold auditions for interactive skit

An exciting program sponsored by Soroptimist International of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills invites interested high school girls and young college women to audition for “Girls’ Talk,” an interactive live skit medley performances and discussion at area middle schools for sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls. Topics are centered on relevant girl issues such […]

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 […]

Innovative grants propel student achievement

During the 2014-15 school year, El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Innovation Grants helped more than a dozen classrooms across the county enhance student engagement, provide high-quality instruction and close the achievement gap. After a thorough application process last spring, EDCOE awarded grants up to $12,000 straight to classrooms. Teachers in El Dorado County […]

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 […]

Carmichael festival features 15 bands

The Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association presents the annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival, Carmichael Park Amphitheater. With 15 concert bands, this is one of the largest community band festivals in California for more than 20 years. There will be music from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 , and 11 a.m. to 7 […]

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