Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride planned

The third annual Slow Ride will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 20. The event is dedicated to the return of all of our county’s military. The ride is to acknowledge the sacrifice that those who have answered the call of their country. The ride starts in Pollock Pines and winds down the the roads of the […]

Lake Hills Fire Safe Council makes strides

After “an enormous fire drill” in their Lakehills Estates neighborhood more than two years ago, and hearing from experts like El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts that their community is most at fire risk, residents formed the Lakehills Fire Safe Council in 2012. New signs installed earlier this summer mark the entrance to their […]

Grow For It!: Why does my fruit tree have no fruit?

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and fresh from the orchard.” — Walt Whitman How many times have you or someone you know planted a fruit tree in anticipation of harvesting fresh fruit, only to be disappointed when the tree fails to produce? Unfortunately, this is a common and frustrating problem for many backyard fruit […]

Tractors wanted for festival

The Lodi Grape Festival is seeking people who have old farm tractors, machinery and/or implements that they would be willing to display in “Tractor Town” at the upcoming Lodi Grape Festival, Sept. 11-14. ‘Tractor Town,” presented by Belkorp Ag, provides a look into the agricultural past but also has a tractor play area and pedal […]

Drop in for dancing at the academy

El Dorado Dance Academy in El Dorado Hills will open its doors to the community and host free dance classes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. Dance Jubilee classes are open to all ages and ability levels, offering free lessons in all disciplines: ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Polynesian, musical theater, modern and clogging. The entire […]

Concert celebrates the ‘Great Encourager’

Karen Ladd and her children Ryan and Sara often recite a Bob Marley quote because it reminds them of Rich Ladd, the father and husband they lost too soon when he unexpectedly died last September at age 56. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity […]

Two shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season

Two wonderful shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season: “Brigadoon” on Aug. 5-10, and “La Cage Aux Folles” on Aug. 19-24. Tickets for all 2014 Music Circus productions are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, by phone at 916-557-1999 or online at In the Lerner […]

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As we were: New lights — a bright idea

25 Years ago Aug. 4, 1989 School’s new lightbulbs to save $$ CAMERON PARK — Camerado Shingle Springs will save over $3,000 on electricity next year due to a co-operative effort between the Buckeye Union School District, the county Office of Education and California Conservation Corps. The project was organized by county Office of Education […]

‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

Ovation Stage presents “The Flu Season” by  Will Eno. A different kind of flu, this Sacramento premiere is directed by Maggie Adair Upton and runs now through Aug. 10. “The Flu Season,” winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, is a tour de force not only of emotion but of language. It’s frightening, […]

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

Due to California’s drought conditions and the enormous amounts of water needed to put on the annual heritage event, the traditional Gold Rush Days activities in Old Sacramento have been cancelled for 2014. The decision was made by Steve Hammond, president and CEO of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the city of […]

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

It’s tomato time! Whether you grow your own heirloom tomatoes, buy 20 pounds of paste-type plum tomatoes for sauces at the farmers market or just love to eat them warm off the vine, tomatoes are abundant at this time of year. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 5, […]

Grow For It! Fall and winter vegetables: It’s all about timing

The most important factor to take into account when planning a fall and winter garden is timing. An efficient resource to determine the preferred planting dates for cool season vegetables is the El Dorado County Master Gardener’s “Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide.” This guide will be available for purchase at the upcoming public class on fall […]

As we were: Recreation district grows

25 Years ago July 28, 1989 County transfers land to Georgetown Rec The Georgetown Divide Recreation District, formed last year, gained additional stature Tuesday with a series of property transfers from the county. The agreements were approved during the Tuesday morning session of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. A county Community Development Department staff […]

Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

Looks like “Hot Fun in the Summertime” returns for the 37th year at the Fire on the Mountain festival in Twain Harte on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27 starting at 10 a.m. each day. Featured this year are the works of many talented craft and graphic artists and live entertainment. Starting at the Twain […]

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Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees with a simple, step-by-step process. The book “What Tree Is That?” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. “What Tree Is That?” is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of […]

Learn about lavender and its many benefits

The public is invited to attend lunch sponsored by El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection on Monday, Aug. 11 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is noon. Cost is $18. Former Master Gardener Joann Perry will share her extensive, interesting and practical knowledge about the […]

Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

Let history make you happy. As part of the Thursday Night at the Museums extended summer hours program, the California State Railroad Museum is offering a special “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, July 24. The happy hour is from 6-8 p.m. and the trivia game begins at 7 p.m. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, […]

As we were: Money for home repairs

25 Years ago July 21, 1989 FmHA raises home repair loan limits WOODLAND — The Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) has changed its regulations raising the loan limit for home repairs from $7,500 to $15,000, announced Richard E. Mallory, the agency’s California/Nevada state director. Funds are available for home repairs and weatherization/insulation in small towns and […]

Cartoonist visits State Fair

The California State Fair is proud to welcome Leigh Rubin, renowned cartoonist, to visit the fair from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 22. Rubin’s cartoons can be seen in more than 400 media outlets worldwide. Rubin’s art and cartoons will be on exhibit during the entire State Fair in the Fine Art Building, Expo […]

Master Food Preservers: Gifts from the kitchen

Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Tuesday, July 22, for a free class where the MFPs will share recipes and techniques for creating holiday gifts from the kitchen. Not all the ideas are canned foods; there are lots of different techniques and recipes that the MFPs will share. This special class will be held […]

EDCOE implements innovative grants

Classroom-level grants will soon help to bring more innovative and engaging learning experiences to the students of El Dorado County and a cohort of educators is working together to ensure successful implementation. The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) announced the Innovation Grant recipients on May 31 and provides guidance, training and tools to […]

California wine sales grow

California wine shipments within the U.S. were 215 million cases in 2013, up 3 percent from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $23.1 billion, up 5 percent. California wine sales to all markets, both domestic and international, increased 3 percent by volume to 258 million cases in 2013. “With two record winegrape […]

Tickets for the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival are available

Monterey Jazz Festival announces the star-studded line up for the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival to be held Sept. 19-21 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and Event Center. Arena and grounds package tickets and single day tickets are on sale. The 2014 Grammy Award-winning lineup includes arena headliners Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Gary Clark Jr., […]

As we were: Water is for fightin’

25 Years ago July 14, 1989 ‘No’ to 1/2 cent water tax By DAVID RICHIE Population figures for California’s already strapped rural counties are continuing to soar as water supplies dwindle. The disparity between what is available and what is required has the community leaders scrambling to find some way to finance new water project […]

Sign up for Virtual Run for a Cure

Leave impossible behind. Get off the couch. Be inspired. Be extraordinary. Be someone’s hero. Create a world without cancer. Change lives, starting with your own. Save lives one mile at a time and get some bling while you are at it. Join organizers in the first 13.1 Virtual Run for a Cure. This event benefits […]

State Fair announces home brew winners

The 2014 California State Fair proudly announces the award winners of the Home Brewed Beer competition. This year there were 665 entries and more than 290 registered participants, judges and stewards. For the 20th straight year entries included beers, specialty IPAs, ciders and perry (fermented pears). The California State Fair Home Brew competition is the […]

Julie Leconte to present lunch program

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection luncheon is Monday, July 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured guest is Julie Leconte, facilitator for Military Family Support Group, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting local […]

Free farmers market at vets memorial building

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Placerville to host a free farmers market on Wednesday, July 9 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute fresh produce to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet and live […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Snowline Hospice begins annual ‘Link-up’ campaign

Beginning Friday, Aug. 1, Link-up Poles will be located at all six Snowline Thrift Store locations and at the administrative office. These brightly painted poles will be housed at these locations until Sept. 12 to allow community members to attach a paper “link” signifying their encouragement and support of young people entering the Healing All […]

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Pollock Pines man needs stem cell treatment

Marc Serchia, 56, is waiting on a miracle and if the doctors are correct he doesn’t have much more time. At the age of 39, Serchia suffered a massive heart attack, faced a 5-hour surgery to repair blocked arteries and died on the surgical table six separate times. Unbelievably, he survived, but with a severely […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Kurt Pearsall named new director of the Capitol Pops Concert Band

Veteran Sacramento-area musician and music educator Kurt Pearsall has been designated the new full-time director of the Capitol Pops Concert Band, assuming his conducting duties in September. He succeeds Jerry Lopes, who is retiring from the position in August after serving as the CPCB’s only director since the band was formed in 1997. “I am […]

Elder Options wins grant from chamber

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Elder Options Inc. a small business grant to be used to develop a series of educational talks focused on issues pertinent to older adults in El Dorado County. Older adults are among the fastest growing age groups overall (2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Play

When my children were little, the garage doors on the block rolled up about 9:30 in the morning. The big wheels came out roaring and a handful of moms met outside. Together, we guided the kids through activities: Lego building, dress up, playing house or just swinging. When we tired of the neighborhood, we walked […]

Sinbad delivers laughs at MontBleu

The hilarious comedy stylings of Sinbad, who has fused day-to-day life observations with in-your-face audience repartee for more than two decades, will deliver the laughs in a one-night-only Lake Tahoe standup performance Saturday, July 5, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. The actor-comedian is ranked as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all […]

Amador Fair derby tickets available

Tickets for the big smash-up finale of the Amador County Fair always sell out, but if you act now you can still find seats for the Jackson Rotary Club’s Destruction Derby. The derby is held on Sunday night, July 27, the last day of the fair and the multi-car collision has a packed audience cheering […]

Do the bottling and save in Fair Play

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards will be celebrating Independence Day by hosting a bottle-your-own wine event and barbecue cookout. The event will take place on Friday through Monday, July 4 through 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the winery, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play. For this national celebration, Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards invites wine […]

State Fair announces entertainment

California State Fair is excited to announce the free entertainment every night during the 2014 State Fair, July 11-27 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. This year the Toyota Concert Series offers concerts from a multitude of genres including rhythm & blues, country, classic rock, Top 40 pop and tribute bands, with something for every […]

Go underground in Old Sac

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project during Old Sacramento Underground Tours starting at […]

‘Day After Disaster’ offers survival tactics

Book: “‘Day After Disaster” Author: Sara F. Hathaway Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2014, soft cover and e-book versions, 344 pages   After experiencing a cataclysmic earthquake, a toxic flood and the predations of violent factions of survivors, Erika uses skills she never thought she would need and finds the strength within herself to save […]

New Master Gardener meeting location

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class Foothill Gardening: Microclimates, Climate Zones and Weather set for Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m.-noon will be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Join Master Gardener and retired meteorologist Steve Savage to learn about gardening in the unique foothills environment. Explore plant hardiness zones; effect of […]

Harris Center presents the Jan and Dean show

Back in the ’60s surf music was riding the wave of success and among the most popular acts of the time were Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys. If you long for the day when radio stations played such memorable hits as “Surf City,” “Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” plus hits from the Beach […]

Master Food Preservers: Canning safely at home en Espanol

The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County will kick off its summer and fall safe home food preservation classes and will offer a food safety and basic water bath canning class in Spanish on Saturday, June 28, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ board room in Placerville. The class is from 10 a.m.-noon and […]

Find Waldo in El Dorado Hills

Face in a Book and other participating businesses in El Dorado Hills’ Town Center are hosting a Where’s Waldo hunt during the month of July. Figures of Waldo and his faithful dog Woof will be hidden in local business establishments. Anyone who wishes can pick up a Find Waldo passport at Face in a Book, […]