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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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