Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagination Theater audition workshop

Imagination Theater announces a free audition workshop on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The morning session from 9 a.m.-noon is for youth, ages 8-17 and the afternoon session from 1-3 p.m. is for adults. The workshop includes audition skills, stage etiquette, preparing […]

Food bank’s mobile food pantry to distribute food

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Placerville with its mobile food pantry on Friday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet, live […]

Bipolar Insights: New year resolution

Jan. 5 is Bipolar Insights second class of the new year. Although I love the holidays, it feels wonderful to be looking out at the many chairs before me as I am preparing for class; it feels familiar. As I write on the white board, I hear the door open behind me and the footsteps […]

Imagination Theater schedules auditions

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming audition for “See How They Run,” a British farce directed by Lanny Langston. Auditions are scheduled at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Parking will be in the upper tiers due […]

Chuck Brodsky returns to Garden Valley

North Carolina-based singer and songwriter Chuck Brodsky is returning to one of his favorite venues, the Marshall Grange in Garden Valley on Saturday, Jan. 24. Local banjo phenom Wesley Allen Murphy will open the show which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and $12 for grange members and […]

Grow For It! Living with fire and a drought

It was hard to live in El Dorado County last summer and fall without realizing the impact of fire on our neighbors and ourselves. Whether you were breathing smoke, watching the fairgrounds being transformed into a small city of firefighters, reading the daily fire updates, or packing your possessions in the event you had to […]

El Dorado County terroir and grapes are a perfect pairing

Want to try some different wine varietals and explore new tastes and nuances? El Dorado County’s wine region is thriving with more than 50 different grape varietals that are capturing the attention and palate of casual drinkers and connoisseurs. The region’s wine grape cultivation dates back to the mid-1800s, when discovery of gold in El Dorado […]

Artists take up residency at Fine Arts museums

Each month the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco hosts a different artist in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young as part of the Artist Studio Program. By inviting artists to install and demonstrate their art, this interactive program enables visitors and artists to meet and work together. Ian Everard is doing InsideOut/Work in […]

Sutter Creek to present Rigney and Flambeau

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the hot Cajun and zydeco sound of Tom Rigney and Flambeau on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Rigney is an electrifying violinist and composer and a true showman who commands the stage. Rigney returns to the Sutter Creek Theatre with his band Flambeau who are some of […]

Grow For It!: ‘Frozen’ — Not for those tender plants

Walt Disney Pictures hit another Academy Awards jackpot last year with the popular animated movie “Frozen.” A Snow Queen with cryokinetic super powers freezes and unfreezes her kingdom at will, while singing the movie’s theme song “Let It Go” with the words, “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway.” Not to […]

Author launches book at the Smith Flat House

Author Lizzi Tremayne will be at the Smith Flat House, Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. to sign her book “A long Trail Rolling.” Meet the author and hear passages from her book. The story tells of a young girl escaping her father’s killer. Aleksandra served as a Pony Express rider and […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s health and dental toolkit

Healthy children are better able to learn. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developing before the age of 5, it is important to identify and address health issues early. Children don’t come with health care manuals. Maybe the automobile industry had it right by including maintenance schedules in the glove box. Taking your car […]

Carson Valley Inn offers fun January specials

January dining at the Carson Valley Inn includes value specials and 24-hour convenience in Katie’s, a variety of dinner entrées and specials in CV Steak and quick-stop fare in Job’s Perk. CV Steak is open nightly from 4:30 p.m. featuring a selection of tasty appetizers, a bountiful wine list, specialty after-dinner drinks and a generous […]

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

What: 22nd annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $55 after Information: Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado […]

Peggy Depue to offer art collage workshop

Art On the Divide Cooperative gallery will host an instructional collage workshop with local artist Peggy Depue on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Garden Valley Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley. All who are interested are invited to pre-register at the cooperative gallery before Jan. 25. Class size is limited […]

Buckeye’s Best Show showcases students

The fourth annual Buckeye’s Best Talent and Art Show is being presented by the Buckeye Union School District on Friday, Jan. 16. This wonderful event is an evening when talented students can showcase their talent. Ranging from singing to comedy acts, these students bring it each and every year. It’s a fun night for all. […]

Time to apply for El Dorado Rose

El Dorado County has received local, state and national recognition for the unique contest for mature women held each year at the El Dorado County Fair in June. Once again the El Dorado Rose Corporation is looking for Rose candidates to vie for the 2015-16 title. Candidates must be at least 60 years of age, […]

World-class entertainment at Harris Center

Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, prides itself on presenting superb talent from all over the world. On Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., the opportunity has arisen to introduce talent from the far reaches of the globe with an outstanding classical music performance by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra […]

Lake Tahoe Resort continues upgrades

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is investing in more than physical renovations in getting ready for 2015. The resort that celebrated a year of independence in April 2014 is putting into place a management structure that throws away the corporate mold and invests in the resort’s front line — its staff. “Since we are no longer […]

Carson Valley Inn offers giveaways and tournaments during January

Friday and Saturday night giveaway drawings totaling $50,000, expanded Ladies’ Nights, free Pepsi Tuesdays and the monthly blackjack tournament are all part of the January casino promotions at the Carson Valley Inn on Highway 395 in Minden, Nev. The inn’s January $50,000 Progressive Giveaways promotion features drawings every Friday and Saturday night at 5, 7 […]

Rubicon Trail fundraiser tickets on sale

The Rubicon Trail Foundation is proud to announce the seventh annual Black Tie and Boots Dinner and Auction, happening March 7 at the American Legion Hall in Placerville. By unanimous vote the foundation is honoring Daphne Green with the annual “Rock Award.” Green served as deputy director from 2004-11. She worked tirelessly to rally support […]

Railroad Museum needs volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

Grow For It! start a vegetable garden

“The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.” — Phyllis McGinley “Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If he does not own a garden tiller, suggest he buy one.” — Dave Barry This article is for […]

The important things: Figuring it out

The important things in life aren’t things — we have heard that before, ad nauseam, right? What if I told you that those important “things” are largely in our subconscious mind and yet they create nearly every aspect of our lives? I am not trying to make another stop-and-smell-the-roses or slow-down-and-get-a-kiss-under-the-mistletoe kind of point. Bringing […]

MontBleu begins major renovations

Renovations exceeding $24 million at MontBleu Resort that include the casino floor, convention center and all 437-rooms from the 17th floor and down began in mid-October. The comprehensive plan includes all 36 suites and 401 rooms. The designers describe the overall looks as “Scandinavian fantasy” with clean, contemporary aesthetics that will combine beauty, functionality and […]

SnowGlobe fuses music and snow

SnowGlobe Music Festival returns to the stunning landscape of South Lake Tahoe over New Year’s Eve, Dec. 29-31. Combining the world’s best live musicians with the world’s best snow conditions, SnowGlobe is a one-of-a-kind festival experience that seamlessly fuses music and mountains. Hosted each New Years in the heart of the breathtaking Sierra Nevada Mountains, fans […]

Silver Screen Classics presents a comedy

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 3 with a screwball comedy from 1934. Escaping her rich father on her mad flight to happiness, Ellie Andrews gets stuck with broke reporter Peter Warne. He knows a story when he sees one. She finds him a pest, he thinks she’s a brat. It’s true […]

Historic Old Sacramento now hiring

Looking for an interactive, engaging and fun part-time job in 2015? The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is currently accepting applications for paid tour guide positions for its popular Old Sacramento Underground tour program that will resume on April 4, 2015. HOSF is looking to fill a minimum of four paid tour guide positions to […]

Support group After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Holiday happiness for the whole family

Winter is here and with it comes some of the most memorable times of year — the holidays. Perhaps more than any other occasion, the holiday season is steeped in family tradition, with cherished elements that sometimes span generations. But when family members get older or have declining health, maintaining their involvement in those traditions […]

Next generation Monterey Jazz Festival announces deadline

Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce the 11th annual Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in […]

Foothill gourmet: Reindeer Dust

Wishing for something fun and different to do with your family this holiday? Why not mix it up? Mix up some Reindeer Dust, that is! Making and sprinkling Reindeer Dust is a magical new tradition sweeping the nation and Kate Dwyer shares the special recipe below from her beautiful, interactive new book “Reindeer Dust.” It’s […]

Lowest Pair in Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the Lowest Pair on Friday, Dec. at 8 p.m. The Lowest Pair is a quirky, old-time roots-influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. They perform both traditional and original music, often nestling in somewhere between. […]

Pickups to rock in SS

The Pickups, a local favorite band, will headline this month’s concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, on Saturday, Dec. 13. This popular band always is a hit whenever it performs. The band’s stylish approach to the song list has forged a loyal following of fans. Many of the Pickups’ shows are […]

Grow For It! Winter Dormancy— gardening for the fourth season

The winter holidays are just around the corner and you have your garden in order. Spring bulbs are planted. Garlic and potatoes are in the ground. Your garden has been “put to bed.” Tools sharpened and put away. Tender plants are mulched and waiting for the anticipated winter rains. Most plants are entering their dormant […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Screen time

Many families understand that the majority of a child’s brain develops by age 5 and it is exciting to see a growing interest in helping children get ready for school. Toy manufacturers have heard this message, too. While shopping the toy aisles last week, I was surprised to find the number of gifts that were […]

Comedy satire coming to IT

Imagination Theater presents the comedy satire “Red, White and Tuna” from Friday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Directed by Lanny Langston, “Red, White, and Tuna,” the much-anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town. […]

Celebrate holidays at Fairytale Town

Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days: Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-14 and 18-21. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1-7 p.m. The storybook park […]

Master Food Preservers: Gifts for the food preserver

Do you have a food preserver in your life? You know you do if you are receiving tasty homemade treats in a jar from someone special. There are lots of great gifts to give them in return. Maybe I can help you with some ideas. If your budget allows, go big — a new pressure […]

Grow For It!: Creating a remembrance garden

We are in the midst of a most joyful season. Holiday cards have evolved into yearly snapshots of a vast photo diary that allow me to stay connected with my friends and family from a distance and I relish each and every envelope when it arrives. It is also the time of year when I […]

Enter LegiSchool Project essay contest

The Center for California Studies’ LegiSchool Project is seeking entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s topic is “Climate Change.” Extreme weather events and warming temperatures have sparked global concerns about climate change. Some are calling on the government to do more to defend our environment. Others believe excessive government interference will have negative […]

12 Days of Christmas in Placerville

There is no partridge in a pear tree on Main Street and probably not eight maids a-milking, but the 12 days of Christmas are alive and well in downtown Placerville. From Dec. 5-17, shoppers with purchases of more than $15 will receive tickets for a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with $250 worth of Main […]

Christmas trees are ready

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at the Apple Hill Growers’ farms as the Christmas Tree Growers are sharpening their saws for the annual holiday tradition of cutting your own Christmas trees. Many of the Apple Hill Christmas Tree Farms opened the weekend of Nov. 22, while others open officially on the day after […]

Country’s queen sings at Sutter Creek

Spend an intimate evening with Lacy J Dalton, country’s queen, for the first Christmas show of the season at Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. Dalton is appearing Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. One of Sutter Creek Theater’s most requested artists, Dalton has a great presence with the audience and a […]

Federated Church to commemorate World AIDS Day

The Neighbors Group of Federated Church will honor World AIDS Day during the worship services on Sunday, Nov. 30. Shown during the regular services will be a short video interview with Dr. Doug Tustin who was on the front lines in El Dorado County when the AIDS epidemic hit in the early ’80s. Experts at […]