Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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 […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 14, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

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, […]

Runners raise more than $20,000 to help cure type 1 diabetes

More than 200 runners traversed the El Dorado County foothills during the third annual Coloma River Run benefitting the Northern California Inland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) — a global organization that efficiently networks volunteers and staff to generate over $1.7 billion for type 1 diabetes research. Type 1 diabetes is an […]

United Methodists approve declaration of inclusion

Earlier this year congregational leaders and members from a growing coalition of United Methodist churches working to eliminate gay and lesbian discrimination within the church announced the next steps being taken to challenge the denomination’s prohibition against same-sex marriages. Building on the individual church movement to formally declare full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, […]

IT to hold fundraiser

Imagination Theater will host its seventh annual Affair to Remember fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 15 from 7-10 p.m. at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. There will be a live and silent auction during the evening as well as a show preview from the theater’s holiday musical, […]

Rhythm Riders play in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main Street in Sutter Creek, presents the Rhythm Riders, a Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline tribute band, on Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Johnny Price’s uncanny vocal and physical resemblance to Johnny Cash has marveled audiences from California to New York to Ireland. Price captures Cash’s ability to deliver a story and […]

Rawleigh croonin’ at Manzanita

Manzanita Kitchen and  Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs presents Croonin’ at Manzanita with Bob Rawleigh on Friday, June 20 from  7-10 p.m. Rawleigh is back by popular demand. He is described as the ultimate crooner by Teo Torres of KCRA News, delighting audiences everywhere with classics from the Great American Songbook. His style blends […]

Setting the stage for future success

Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School teachers, parents and students rolled-up their sleeves and built a stage to complete their outdoor amphitheater to be used by the school for years to come. Much of the work was performed by teacher Boyd Holler’s mathematics class, where sixth, seventh and eighth grade student volunteers learned best […]

Railway Museum announces summer schedule

For those looking for something fun, relaxing and educational this summer, a visit to the Western Railway Museum is a perfect day-trip. Now through Labor Day, the museum expands its operating times and will be open five days each week, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum will also be open and operating trains […]

Making art out of trash

Four Sacramento State art instructors are making beauty out of trash bins. That’s right — trash bins. Joy Bertinuson, Mark Emerson, Brenda Louie and Robert Ortbal are participating in Art of the Dumpster, a public art project commissioned by Sacramento’s Power Inn Alliance, a nonprofit property and business improvement district, and curated by the Sacramento […]

Music, food and fun at Folsom Rhythm and Brews

Nothing brings people together quite like a festival featuring great music, good food, family-friendly atmosphere and the best in craft beers. Carrera Productions is proud to present the second annual Folsom Rhythm & Brews on Saturday, June 14 from noon-6 p.m. at the beautiful Palladio center in Folsom. This event will feature more than 40 craft breweries, a […]

Grow For It! It’s fair time: hot dogs, herbs and gardening

At high noon on Thursday, June 12 the annual El Dorado County Fair opens its gates for a four-day run of family fun and entertainment. This year there are plenty of things to see and do: watch the 70th annual John M. Studebaker International Wheelbarrow Races; eat massive amounts of hot dogs and tacos; enjoy […]