Monday, November 24, 2014

Placer County discovers new gold in Mandarins

The new gold in Placer County California is growing on trees as the county has become known for the intensely flavored, sweet, Mandarin oranges. The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, Friday to Sunday, Nov. 21-23, will celebrate 21 magical years with the new crop of delicious, foothills-grown Mandarin oranges. Placer County growers will sell thousands of […]

Cheap Trick sings hits at MontBleu

Rock ’n’ roll’s very own “Dream Police,” Cheap Trick, will crank up the volume and belt out the hits that made the group famous at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, Friday, Nov. 21. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame,” Cheap Trick is an institution in […]

Campaign underway to fill the shelves

The El Dorado County Library in Placerville is busier than ever, checking out nearly 300,000 items last year — yet funds for new books and other vital materials continue to dwindle. In the face of this dilemma, the Friends of the Library — Placerville Chapter has launched a “Fill Our Shelves” campaign to raise some […]

Jackson Elementary Students read to raise money

Jackson Elementary school piloted a new read-a-thon program to raise money for critical education-enhancing programs. The programs include but are not limited to: music, computer lab, additional science programs, PE equipment, art and school supplies, library books, learning software and major technology upgrades. Jackson’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) plays a vital role in supporting these programs at Jackson […]

Camp Richardson offers unappy winter fun

Travelers seeking a digital free oasis this holiday season can find it at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina ( According to the U.S. data group Nielsen, Americans spent 34 hours using smartphone apps and on the mobile Web in December 2013, averaging at least seven sessions a day with their device. This trend has […]

Patchy Sanders in Sutter Creek

Patchy Sanders, a rootsy Americana folk blend of medieval to Americana, Celtic, Appalachia and more is appearing at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Patchy Sanders is a rootsy yet jaunty folk pop band from Ashland, Ore. Its latest album “Patchy Sanders and the Wild […]

Amador County Fair celebrates ‘Country Tunes and Midway Blooms’

Anyone who has attended the Amador County Fair will recognize the appropriateness of the newly designated 2015 Fair theme “Country Tunes and Midway Blooms.” The annual county fair is famous for the bountiful flowerbeds along the midway bursting with brilliant colors from thousands of zinnias. And being in the middle of ranch country, the country […]

Food for Families campaign to run through December.31

Join News10 for Raley’s Food For Families through Dec. 31 at all Raley’s, Bel-Air and Food Source locations to help in the fight to feed the hungry. Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 Americans. You may not think you know anyone that is suffering, but millions are. In California alone, nearly 27 percent […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Kevin M. Schnaidt

Air Force Airman Kevin M. Schnaidt 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 […]

Rocklin artists to show works during studio tour

Join six Rocklin artists for the 21st annual Autumn Arts Studio Tour, Nov. 7-9, at Finnish Temperance Hall. Many impressive credits follow this team of artists who bring Finn Hall alive for a full weekend. This is your opportunity to see demonstrations, purchase high quality art, be inspired and experience the passion these artists have […]

State Indian Museum offers November events

In honor of national Native American Heritage Month, the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento, is offering a series of special events and activities each weekend in November that celebrates and shares the lasting heritage, traditions and contributions of Native Americans. The State Indian Museum will offer notable Basket Weaving Demonstrations, a compelling […]

Diego El Cigala to captivate the audience

Appearing for the first time at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Nov.5, three-time Grammy-winner Diego El Cigala is often credited as being the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. El Cigala has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations of flamenco and […]

Grow For It! Citrus

The voice on the phone was tentative: “Hello, is this the Master Gardener?” “Well, I’m one of the Master Gardeners. My name is Petunia” (name changed to protect the author). “Did you have a question?” Anguished voice: “I think my mandarin tree is dying!” Racing thoughts on the MG’s end — Master Gardener to self: […]

Book expands knowledge about olive oil and more

Would you like to expand your knowledge on olive oil? Most people like the taste of extra virgin olive oil. Not all extra virgin olive oils taste the same. Early harvest extra virgin olive oils are fruity with a hint of green and ripe olives and usually have a peppery finish. This extra virgin olive […]

Local squadron recognized as best in California

Placerville’s Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 was recognized as the Cadet Squadron of the Year Saturday evening at the Civil Air Patrol California Wing annual conference. Seventeen Cadet Squadrons throughout California competed for this coveted title. Major General Joseph R. Vasquez, CAP’s National Commander and CEO, Brigadier General Larry F. Myrick, CAP’s Vice Commander […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Arthur Perez

Army Pvt. Arthur Perez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle […]

Anniversary: Neil and LaVerne Moore

Neil and LaVerne Moore celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3. The couple was married in 1959 in London, England. Their initial adventure started at California State University, Sacramento after a football game in 1954. The real adventure started in London in 1959 continuing through a number of foreign locations resulting in three children and seven […]

More Art and Wine activities

Another feature at this year’s Art and Wine Festival will be the Images of Hope project, a volunteer group that seeks to provide exceptional cultural and artistic events and resources in the local community and raise funds to offer art therapy for cancer patients and their families as part of the healing process. Festival-goers will […]

Discover the history of the olive’s golden oil

Discover the history of olives in California’s Gold Country with a lecture, book signing and olive tasting featuring authors Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is “Olives in California’s Gold Country” by Manna and Beaudoin. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of […]

Life as I know it: From Sun Valley to Indianapolis

In my last column, I told of going to Detroit, Mich., and being discharged from the Coast Guard. I immediately, with my few possessions, hitchhiked to Indianapolis to see Peggy. She was still in nursing school. I stayed near, or at, the hospital for several days and we spent as much time together as possible. […]

Grow For It! What are you going to do with a brown lawn?

It’s officially fall and we are still in a drought and we still have watering restrictions. Front lawns that are visible are in all shades of brown. Will those lawns be restored with a good rainy season, or, are they done for? If you are in this position, what is your plan for the area? […]

‘Snow White’ to play on

Although the King Fire is almost contained, Imagination Theater and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds are still closed to the public. The theater company is extremely grateful for the firefighters that arrived from across the state and country to help El Dorado County. Unfortunately, more than half of the scheduled shows of “Snow White and […]

Meet local author at party

Celebrate the highly-awaited launch of the book “The Red Chair” and meet the author Dänna Wilberg in person. Find out why people are talking about love and fear. Pretty Road Press will launch Wilberg’s new book “The Red Chair” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Reunion Night Club, 4370 Town Center Blvd. Suite 100, in El […]

Sac State celebrates Anthem

California State University, Sacramento’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Keys’ “In Defence of Fort McHenry,” the poem that became “The Star Spangled Banner.” Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Music Recital Hall on campus, 6000 J St. Pieces include the anthem’s source music, “Anacreontic Song” and John […]

My time group to meet

My Time 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 My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf School celebrates 25 years

What began 25 years ago as a small group of parents concerned about the quality of their children’s education has transformed into the Cedar Springs Waldorf School. The program offers a complete education from early childhood through eighth grade. Cedar Springs commemorates its 25th year on Friday, Sept. 26 with a play and annual Michaelmas […]

Wedding: Courtney Waldie and Erik Wiele

Courtney Waldie and Erik Wiele of Oakland were united in marriage on June 14 at Amador Cellars in Plymouth. The bride is the daughter of Jonathon and Kathleen Waldie of Placerville. She is a legal content manager with Google Inc. The groom is the son of Douglas and Carol Wiele of El Dorado Hills. He is a medical student. […]

Auto repair shops put on Brakes for Breast Cancer

For the Month of October, Autotronics Automotive Repair, 2544 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, and 104 other independent auto repair shops across the United States are giving away free quality brake pads or shoes and the client simply pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job. The shops then […]

IT postpones ‘Spamalot’ auditions

Due to the King Fire, the audition date for “Spamalot” has been changed to Saturday, Sept. 27. The location and the time is TBA. The audition schedule will also be adjusted. Check Imagination Theater’s Website and social media pages for current updates. Join the theater company for the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot,” the legendary […]

Bands to play for peace

Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living is sponsoring the fourth annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 18 p.m. to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. The seven-hour event features five dynamic and diverse musical groups. Sacramento favorite, […]

Senior Room announces speakers

Cameron Park Community Center’s active adult 50+ group is attracting an audience interested in broadening its awareness about a range of subjects on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at the center, 2502 Country Club Drive In Cameron Park. Speakers are from all walks of life with exciting experiences, professional expertise […]

Volunteering on the railroad

Do you know about El Dorado County’s own railroad? Would you like to help keep it running? The El Dorado Western Railroad volunteers are looking for volunteers to join the crew. Visit the El Dorado Western Railroad booth at the Peddlers and Pickers Antique Faire, a vintage mercantile event, at the Shingle Springs Depot, 4241 […]

PRCA Rodeo comes to Amador County

“The Start of a Tradition” is the theme for the Jackson Lions Club’s inaugural PRCA Rodeo to be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. “We had to dream big,” said Lions spokesperson Todd Riebe. “The needs of our community have grown greater than our club’s capacity […]

Air Supply plays in high altitudes

Iconic ’70s and ’80s soft pop duo Air Supply, known worldwide for its timeless ballads and towering crescendos with hits like “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Every Woman in the World” will land on Friday, Sept. 12, at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa for a one-night only […]

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Duty: Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps William K. Tostenson

William K. Tostenson, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at Army ROTC has graduated from the three-week airborne training course, also known as “jump school” at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The airborne school allows the cadets attending host colleges and universities to earn their jump wings. After completing […]

Life as I know it: Senior year — gone fishing

 Norman was at my house on Sunday afternoon, March 31, 1944. It was the day before the opening of fishing season. We had just decided that we would go trout fishing despite the specific, rather forceful, admonition by the principal at the school assembly the week before, “not to skip classes and go fishing.” My […]

Rose Festival is a bouquet of beauty

On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 7 from noon-4 p.m., the Mother Lode Rose Society will present its “Rose Festival Extraordinaire” in honor of the Silver Anniversary of the founding of the society. The Festival of Roses event will be held at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road […]

Capital Stage Company anniversary season opens

Capital Stage Company celebrates its landmark 10th anniversary season: “Moving Between Worlds: Exploring the Ever-changing Human Landscape,” with a season of plays that capture the company’s bold, thought-provoking aesthetic. The season features a mix of styles and genres, all meant to encourage dialogue between performers and audience and keep patrons thinking and discussing long after they […]

Apassionato—A toast to the arts

The El Dorado Arts Council will host its annual fundraising event  Apassionato — A Toast to the Arts 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds will go toward funding community art programs as well as funding arts in education. Ticket price includes a wine and […]

Remembering EDH columnist Millie Smith

By Jannet Kenneweg Village Life columnist and senior go-getter Millie Smith died Wednesday, July 30, at age 94. Smith moved to El Dorado Hills in 1990 and was a steadfast volunteer in the El Dorado Hills community. When the Senior Nutrition Program started serving lunches in 1998, she rolled up her sleeves and began volunteering for the program. For […]

Exhibition celebrates PPIE centennial

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce “Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition” on view at the de Young from Oct. 17, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016. Celebrating the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, this exhibition revisits a vital moment in the inauguration of the city as […]

Twisted Oak event

VALLECITO — John Jorgenson and his quintet will be at the Twisted Oak Winery Concerts 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Advance tickets are only $25 and can be purchased online. Concertgoers will be admitted starting at 6:30 p.m. —  please carpool — the show starts at 7:45pm. Admission is $10 for children under 12. All proceeds from […]

Fabulous Liars to rock PJ’s

The Fabulous Liars call Placerville home and it will be a homecoming to remember when the band returns with its special brand of rock ‘n’ roll to PJ’s Roadhouse on Friday, Aug. 8. “We were joking around that we should change our name to the Hot August Knights for this performance at PJ’s, which is […]

Project Learning Tree workshop

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is holding a Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop on Friday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sonora Library. PLT is an award-winning environmental education program designed to provide educators working with youth of all ages with environmentally focused lesson plans. Learn to lead fun and engaging activities […]

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Jazz and blues singing star Catherine Russell at Harlow’s

New York City jazz and blues singing star, Catherine Russell, comes to Harlow’s in Sacramento on Friday, Aug. 8 in a performance that also features special guest Hot City. Russell is that rarest of entities — a genuine jazz and blues singer — who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full-blown femininity incarnate; a […]