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MajicKat to play at Sutter Creek

MajicKat is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. MajiKat, is a Cat Stevens tribute band ready to thoroughly entertain the audience with 28 of Stevens’ greatest hits as originally recorded in a high-energy show. Called one of the most “influential artists of the […]

Engagement: Madelyn Grace Esposito and Alexander Douglas Smith

Richard and Janie Esposito of Cameron Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Madelyn Grace Esposito to Alexander Douglas Smith, son of Tim and Cindy Smith of Mahomet, Ill. Esposito received a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and master of arts in marriage and family […]

Secret to 60 years of marriage: Shared laughter

Every time Jim would look in her direction, Barbara would take her eyeglasses off so he wouldn’t know she wore them. It worked, because he thought the 16-year-old looked just like Elizabeth Taylor, “but actually better looking.” Barbara thought the 19-year-old Jim looked like James Dean, “only better” — but then again, she didn’t have […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Cody M. Rea

Air Force Airman Cody M. Rea 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 earn four credits toward […]

Cap Stage presents dark comedy

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, will launch its 11th season: Brave New World with Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play.” Mr. Burns is a celebration of storytelling and will be directed by Michael Stevenson (“Ideation,” “Clybourne Park,” Mauitius,” “Erratica” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”). This production will also mark the beginning of Stevenson’s tenure […]

’50s dinner, dance to help women

Saturday, Aug. 15, Cornerstone of Hope, a nonprofit organization helping women coming from homelessness, addiction and domestic violence and abuse, will hold a ’50s dinner and dance fundraiser from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. The event features the band Look-N Back with Joe Kirkpatrick and Bobby […]

‘Hair’ brings sun shine to Music Circus

To round out its 65th season, Music Circus presents “Hair,” the groundbreaking musical that defined a generation and introduced rock ‘n’ roll to Broadway. Set against a backdrop of the Vietnam era, a group of late 1960s youth join a social revolution and “Let the Sun Shine In.” Featuring hit songs such as “Aquarius,” “Let […]

John Mellencamp delivers in return to Sacramento

John Mellencamp’s music doesn’t come from the east or west coasts, it’s from America’s heartland. In July Mellencamp, backed by a six-piece band, showcased his music at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater as part of his 80-city Plain Spoken Tour that wraps up soon in his native Indiana. It’s been awhile since Mellencamp played the River […]

Shingle Springs concerts continue to rock

In July of 2014 the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, started its second Saturday concerts —  the first featuring Achilles Wheel and Hickory Wind. The idea was to showcase local talent in a concert-style setting and create a monthly event that the community would enjoy and look forward to. […]

Master Food Preservers: Tons of Tomatoes and Zillions of Zucchinis

Do neighbors pull down their window shades pretending they are not home when they see you coming up the driveway bearing bags of tomatoes and zucchinis? Were your plants so wonderfully productive this season that even the moles, raccoons, skunks and deer didn’t finish them off? Great — the UCCE Master Food Preservers and Master […]

Grow For It!: Plant an herb or veggie garden

Looking for ideas for starting and maintaining an herb or vegetable garden? Well, the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have a deal for you. Perched in the Sherwood Demonstration Garden at the El Dorado Center, Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, is an herb and vegetable garden constructed by Master Gardeners […]

Music Circus presents ‘West Side Story’

With a cast featuring Music Circus audience favorites and Broadway veterans, several of whom have performed in the show on Broadway and on tour, “West Side Story,” the fifth production in the 65th Music Circus season, celebrates Broadway at its greatest. Performances are Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion […]

Tribe of the Red Horse plays Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, presents the Sacramento-based Tribe of the Red Horse on Saturday Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. The band celebrates the music of Neil Young and Crazy Horse with a resonance that is true to the music, not the shtick. Forget the long hair and mutton chops. Remember the […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard

Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard 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 earn four credits toward […]

Capital Stage presents annual new works festival

Capital Stage presents its annual new works festival “Playwrights’ Revolution” with staged readings of six brand-new plays. As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theater, Capital Stage created this series of staged readings to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions. Audiences are […]

Rick Estrin and The Nightcats to perform at FolsomFest

Sacramento-based rocking blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, touring in support of its latest CD “You Asked For It … Live!” will perform at FolsomFest in Folsom on Saturday, Aug. 8. Harmonica icon, vocalist and songwriter Estrin, along with The Nightcats — jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up), J. Hansen […]

Väsen and Darol Anger play Twisted Oak

Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Road at Highway 4 in Vallecito, announces the next concert of the 2015 Twisted Folk Concert Series featuring Väsen on Saturday, July 25 at 7:45 p.m. Concert goers are admitted at 6:45 p.m. Väsen is one of Sweden’s most prominent, critically-acclaimed acoustic instrumental ensembles with special guest, fiddle legend […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda L. Elsom

Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda L. Elsom 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 earn four […]

As we were: The road more traveled

25 Years ago July 20, 1990 Roads need more funds, says DOT chief By JOHN SAMMON More and more vehicles pound El Dorado County roads every year, roads that won’t be properly maintained if proper funding isn’t made available, County Transportation Director Scott Chadd told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday. “I would like the board […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Brandon N. Katt

Air Force Airman Brandon N. Katt 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 earn four credits toward […]

Railroad builds up steam with theme trains

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad will be steaming through summer with additional theme trains: Toast of the Canyon and “Run to the Roundhouse Nellie” murder mystery and barbecue. The Toast of the Canyon is a date night with a backdrop of Northern Nevada scenery that runs the last Saturday of each month. Passengers travel 45 […]

Mandolin Orange adds second show

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, together Mandolin Orange, are set to return to Feist Wines, 14173 Old Highway 49 in Amador City, on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The show sold out quickly so the duo has added a 3 p.m. afternoon show that will feature Mandolin Orange accompanied by Josh Oliver for an afternoon […]

Life as I know It: Bike and hike again

Our daughter Karen’s first child was scheduled to be born in July of 1987. I said that if Peggy was willing, we would take the pickup with my bike and camping gear. The idea was that somewhere in Idaho I would get out and start riding the bike and she would drive on to Townsend, Mont. […]

Grow For It! Growing great mums

We are still in the hottest part of summer, but it is time to start thinking about fall color in the garden, and chrysanthemums or mums are the go-to flower for beautiful fall bloom. There are so many hues and petal formations that it will be difficult choosing which ones to plant. Although mums are […]

Master Food Preservers: Spread the love: all about jams and jellies

Have you noticed that your store-bought jams and jellies just don’t taste like they used to? Too sweet? Not enough real fruit taste? Artificial flavor? Come and join the UCCE Master Food Preservers for a really fun and free class and learn how to make some distinctive jams and jellies in just a few hours. […]

Programs at the EDH senior center

Be aware of your finances On Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m., resident David Dondershine will present Be Aware of Your Finances at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Dondershine is a former financial advisor and will guide class participants on budget planning, debt reduction, asset protection and market volatility. The focus […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes

Air Force Airman Robert A. Oakes 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 earn four credits toward […]

Fore for charity in Tahoe tournament

The 26th American Century Championship is where NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB rivalries meet annually at South Lake Tahoe. At stake is a share in the $625,000 purse. A blockbuster lineup of sports legends, all-stars, Olympians and hall of famers plus Hollywood celebrities of film and television will go tee to green July 14-19 at Edgewood […]

Life as I know It: Snow days

Florence Lake, in the high Sierra, is in a very scenic area and is only accessible by a rather narrow road over a high pass that dead ends at the lake. I had been there two times previously — once to backpack 14 miles up to and beyond the Muir Trail and another time to hike […]

Grow For It! Welcome the beneficials

I am in search of the rove beetle; have you seen one or better yet — a dozen? Rumor has it that they devour snails and I do need that. They inhabit piles of decaying organic material. So, next I need to establish an insectary area near the vegetable garden where the snails are hard […]

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 […]

SS concerts celebrate first year

July is the first anniversary for the second Saturday concert series at the Shingle Springs Community Center. The July 11 show will feature the Road Crew and the return of recording artist Sugar plum.   The Road Crew The Road Crew has been playing Americana music since 2010. The group has played at the Rescue Community […]

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 […]

Retired teachers present scholarships

Each year Division 73 of El Dorado County’s CalRTA (California Retired Teacher’s Association) offers scholarships to young high school graduates interested in pursuing a career in education. Every year the selection committee must choose among the talented young people who apply. This year a $500 and $1,000 scholarship were awarded. The $500 scholarship was awarded […]

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, […]

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