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Busy year for Delta Kappa Gamma

El Dorado County, Epsilon Chi members of Delta Kappa Gamma have had an enjoyable year with a wide variety of programs that focus on their international goals of promoting the professional and personal growth of key women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honor society with 84,000 members in 18 countries. In early September […]

Brendon Sauer is going to West Point

One would think that when Brendon Sauer dressed as an Army guy for Halloween at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis a few years back — and didn’t get nearly as much candy as his sister in her Navy costume — he would have gotten a clue. But no, Brendon stuck with his dream of […]

Grow For It! Bringing pollinators home

Home gardens and yards come in all sizes and shapes: grass, trees, shrubs and flowers. But do you see the all-important bees and butterflies in your yard? Perhaps a hummingbird or two, among other birds? Garden and landscape ideas evolve over time, whether due to climate change, new ideas or new learning. Using native and […]

Fun nights at museums

Back by popular demand, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum are proud to announce extended summer hours for the two museums on Thursday evenings as part of a special “Thursday Night at the Museums” program running from May 28 through Sept. 3. Both museums located in Old Sacramento State […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Monitoring your child’s development

According to the 2014 Children Now California report card, only 1 in 3 children with a developmental disability or delay are identified before entering kindergarten. My child was one of the two who started school without knowing he was delayed. I just thought he was smart. When he was 4 he told me, “My eyes […]

Time to join Community Concert Association

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association’s membership drive for the 2015-16 season is now in full swing. Current members are being contacted by volunteer representatives during the coming weeks to renew their subscriptions. Early-bird memberships for the 2015-16 season will be $60 per adult and $20 per student for six fabulous concerts. After July […]

Contemporary ‘Cinderella’ comes to Sacramento

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of  “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” will play the Community Center Theater for a limited engagement from May 12 to 17. With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid […]

Luncheon meeting

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, May 11 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating and doggie viewing are at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is by Foothill Dog Rescue founder Kerry McBride who will share the ins and outs […]

Life as I know it: Anniversary surprise

One fall, as an anniversary surprise package, I arranged for two rather different short trips on the East Coast. One would be in Maine and the other in Vermont. In Maine, we would get on a sailing schooner for six days and sail around the numerous islands in Penobscot Bay. As part of the experience, […]

Seminar to help with love and relationships

The public is invited to an exciting evening workshop about love and relationships with relationship revolutionaries Sonika Tinker and Christian Pedersen on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Tinker and Pedersen open the door to a new paradigm to experiencing more joy, mastery and harmony in all relationships that will open the mind and the new tools […]

Grow For It! Graywater in the garden

Picture your favorite shrubs green and healthy all summer with water from your clothes washer. Imagine several small fruit trees thriving with regular irrigation from your shower. Yes — that wastewater you and your family produce can actually be a resource. Two weeks ago we wrote about the wonders of harvesting rain water — today […]

Bacon-wrapped fun at Hog Days

The 2015 theme, “Hog Days of Summer” is proving to be a truly enjoyable theme for the El Dorado County Fair set for June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Jody Gray, the fair’s CEO said she and her staff had a great time researching ideas for the Entry […]

Baby bird nursery needs volunteers

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Baby Bird Nursery opened on May 2, but is so short of volunteers to feed the babies this year that it may have to close its doors before the end of the month. SWR has been feeding and caring for orphaned and injured nestlings and fledglings since its inception in 1992. The […]

Enroll now for EDCOE preschool programs

The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) child development programs are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. These programs provide an enriching preschool experience for children ages 3 to 5 years. Both full-cost and income-eligible subsidized families may apply for children turning 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1. […]

El Dorado Camera Club to have competition

A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. There are multiple categories for color and black & white prints. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and […]

Local schools benefit from Amerigas program

Schools are perennially in need of money for equipment, new programs and repair. Funds aren’t always easy to find, especially for small things that could expand an existing program or enable an income-challenged family to send its child on a sponsored field trip. Amerigas, a propane company with nation-wide offices, has a School Days program in which […]

Sample and savor the first Chocolate Week in Old Sac

Sweet, satisfying and sinfully smooth — the first-ever Old Sacramento Chocolate Week happening May 4-10 will feature chocolate. It will be drizzled on fresh and warm mini doughnuts, made into spicy cayenne cocoa bites or even dripping in dark chocolate balsamic vinegar paired with blood orange olive oil. Coordinated by the Old Sacramento Business Association with […]

MacMaster and Leahy fiddle around at Harris Center

The “First Family of Fiddling” makes world-class music at the Harris Center for the Arts as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have created a new show featuring their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evenings of Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 will […]

All About Equine holds Help A Horse Day event

All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. will be celebrating the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals national Help A Horse Day on Sunday, April 26. The rescue program will be competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with its efforts to rescue and protect horses. […]

Mondavi announces 2015-16 season

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis announces its 14th season of performing arts, filled with the leading artists in music, dance and theater, speakers and a collection of films screened with live musical accompaniment. The season, sponsored by Western Health Advantage, begins on Sept. 21 with the […]

KVIE calls for artists for competition

KVIE Public Television announces the 34th annual KVIE Art Auction and is calling for emerging and established artists to enter their work in the KVIE juried art competition. Entry categories include California’s Gold, contemporary classics, figurative, photography, sculpture and still life and landscapes. Artists get the chance to win cash prizes, which include $500 for […]

El Dorado Center hosts Earth Day event

The community is invited to attend the annual El Dorado Center Earth Day on the Greens on Thursday, April 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. This year’s event involves more than 15 local vendors, campus clubs, participation prizes, poetry readings and tours of the […]

Bipolar Insights: The brutality of aloneness

It began at age 5; she was so excited about going to school. Her mom had been preparing her for this big step for months by sharing stories of how kindergarten would be where she could play with other children her age, draw and paint, and be in a place were the days would be […]

Ironstone 2015 season tix on sale

The staff at Ironstone is working to make one of America’s most beautiful amphitheaters even greater for its patrons. The plans include expanding the stage and building a brand new stage roof, providing the ability to make productions bigger and more fun to see for the audience. There will be better sight lines and an […]

Mad Hatter parties at Fairytale Town fundraiser

Fairytale Town mixes the zaniness of the Mad Hatter with the glamor of “The Great Gatsby” in its third annual offsite fundraising event Mad Hatter Meets The Great Gatsby on Thursday, April 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Held at the elegant Masonic Temple in downtown Sacramento, the party will feature chocolate delicacies and desserts, wine and […]

‘Pirates’ command Sacramento Theatre stage

“The Pirates of Penzance,” one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular works, makes its debut on Saturday, April 25, as part of Sacramento Theatre Company’s upcoming Season of Legends, Epics and Icons. The comic operetta first premiered in New York City in 1879, where it was widely-received by both audiences and critics. The Joseph Papp […]

Life as I know it: Elk hunting

The first day on my first bike ride tour ended with an overnight stop in Brea at friends. The next morning I was off early and headed for Tijuana. I traveled back roads, not freeways, and after three days I was at the border. On this trip I did not camp out or have friends all […]

Walk a Mile goes along way to reduce sexual violence

This year marks the Center for Violence-free Relationships’ 13th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff recently reported that the incidents of rape in El Dorado County increased by […]

Popular acts return to Shingle Springs Community Center

Saturday, April 11, brings the return of two popular musical acts to the stage at the Shingle Springs Community Center. Local troubadour J. Woody will open the concert at 7 p.m. As a singer and songwriter Woody has been entertaining folks throughout northern California for decades. Pulling from his vast list of tunes and a […]

State Fair wine entries due

The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3-5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is […]

Jeffrey Siegel offers entertaining conversations

Internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Siegel brings the final segment of four new Keyboard Conversations to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Siegel has been a soloist with the world’s great orchestras, collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors and his ongoing series of […]

Life as I know it: Bicycle touring the coast

After several years, actually approaching five, of what I considered an almost constantly hectic work experience, I was feeling the strain. Added to this was my feeling that I was not spending enough time with the family. One day I asked an offhand question which was phrased as, “What are the requirements for retirement here […]

Fairytale Town hosts Eggstravaganza

Celebrate spring with egg hunts, theater performances, hands-on activities and more at Fairytale Town’s annual Spring Eggstravaganza. The fun-filled family celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Egg hunts will be held promptly at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. each day and guests are encouraged to arrive […]

Life as I know it: Meeting a mountain lion

When Peggy and I became more settled and comfortable in Placerville we wanted to become more involved in the community, as we had been in Woodland Hills. I began to spend some time helping, in a small way, at New Morning. However, since we wanted to work together, we learned of a need that seemed […]

Railtown 1897 resumes rides

Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. While the park is open daily, on weekends beginning Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, guests will enjoy a memorable 6-mile, 45-minute round trip ride […]

Lois Payne: Do you smile when you drive?

Have you ever looked at the expressions on the faces of people when they are driving? I do that just for fun. However, it isn’t always fun. Simultaneously humorous and jarring, most expressions are mug shot-worthy. Some are downright scowls. Now, as I am driving I catch myself. I hadn’t noticed that I was frowning […]

Cantare Chorale looking for new singing talent

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills invites interested singers to audition for an opportunity to develop and expand their singing talents. Join now to participate in the May performance. Mariia Pechenova joined Cantare Chorale as artistic director in 2014. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, she has lived in the U.S. since 2012. Pechenova’s background includes a master […]

Encore showing of ‘The Sacramento Picture!’ is scheduled

After an early sell-out of the March 25 premiere of “The Sacramento Picture!,” an encore showing of the film is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Sacramento History (CSH). The special showing will include a special introduction by host and co-producer Matías Bombal. Tickets to this encore presentation […]

A ‘Menagerie’ fills Gallery at 48 Natoma

A curious collection of wild animals: dashing horses, stealthy wolves, leaping rabbits, peaceful birds, and more are all included in the diverse and unusual group of images portrayed in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. In the show, “Menagerie,” Mariam Pakbaz will exhibit her hauntingly beautiful mixed media drawing/paintings with […]

Life as I know it: Moving to Placerville

While living in Alamo, new events and significant changes began to enter into our family life. One of the first was my being able to contact and to reestablish my friendship with Norman. He had lived in several towns in California and after about 25 years we met again in Burney. We spent several days […]

Give Love via Vintage Grace

Vintage Grace kicked off a month-long Give Love campaign with a visit from a movie director during March 1 services. The movie “Drop Box” may take place far across the world in South Korea, but Vintage Grace pastor Drew Sodestrom wants to drive home the message that its theme is just as relevant in El […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. “White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day […]

Camino Charter School to hold open house

The Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, 3060 Snows Road in Camino, invites families and community members to its open house on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet teachers, parents and students of Camino Charter and learn about the school’s offerings and unique educational experience. “I […]

Capital Stage premieres Pulitzer Prize finalist

Capital Stage continues its 10th anniversary season with the Sacramento premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo. “Rapture, Blister, Burn” marks the Capital Stage directorial debut of frequent Capital Stage collaborator Shannon Mahoney and will run from March 11 through April 12. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. […]

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