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Annual Reggae on the River gets under way

On the weekend of July 30-Aug. 2, the Mateel Community Center presents the 31st anniversary of the longest running reggae festival in the U.S. —  the one-and-only Reggae on the River. Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River and delivering the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County, […]

Friday Nights in the Vineyard with the Fabulous Liars

The Fabulous Liars will bring its special blend of rock ‘n’ roll to the Hart2Hart Vineyards for an evening of food and music on Friday, July 17. Hart2Hart’s Friday Nights in the Vineyard series is held every third Friday during the summer months. The event combines music and a catered buffet dinner in a relaxing […]

Twain Harte offers fun in the summer

“Hot Fun in the Summertime” returns for its 38th year on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 in Twain Harte in Toulumne County. This popular event draws 5,000 quality craft purchasers and music lovers. Nearly 100 high-caliber craft and graphic artists will display and sell their fine wares which include watercolors, landscape photography by […]

Newgrass band headlines bluegrass festival

Pioneers in the progressive bluegrass scene Greensky Bluegrass headline the inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 11 as part of the BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe outdoor arena. Winner of the Telluride Bluegrass festival’s band competition in 2006, Greensky Bluegrass fuses acoustic […]

Waste Connections donates $85,000 to Bigs

An organization that for decades has been intent on helping disadvantaged youth connect with older role models, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County was the recipient recently of an $85,000 donation from Waste Connections Inc., which operates El Dorado Disposal locally. Waste Connections has donated money from its annual Golf Classic for Kids […]

Ride diesel trains on Wednesdays at Railtown 1897

Back by popular demand, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during July and August. Young guests can also take advantage of special Story Time activities in the Caboose happening at 10 a.m. and noon on […]

Homewood festival features arts and crafts

Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival taking place Friday through Sunday, July 3-5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of media including […]

Barton Auxiliary gives scholarships to local students

The Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $13,500 in scholarships to local students. The Barton Auxiliary recognized the 11 recipients from Lake Tahoe and Minden schools at its annual Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, June 8. Eight students received $1,500 each to pursue a college education in the health care field. Recipients included Ariah Barth and […]

Traditional bluegrass at Sutter Creek

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass will perform traditional bluegrass at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street in Sutter Creek on Friday, June 26. Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass is a five-piece bluegrass band based in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 2012, the group has risen quickly to be one of the most popular bluegrass […]

Concerts, plays and superstars heat up Tahoe South

Internationally renowned mega-stars, Shakespeare, local theater, free concerts and bluegrass festivals — it all adds up to a spectacular summer under the stars at Tahoe South. Music headliners will light up multiple South Shore stages, including the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena: Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, July […]

Dance Academy to perform at fair

From beginners to masters, Sacramento based Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes (IMBA) Center knows what it means to put its efforts where its heart is. One of IMBA Center’s main goal is to use performing art to enlighten and inspire audiences, transcending into a deeper appreciation of arts and the part it plays in strengthening the core […]

High school district announces 2015-16 registration

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2015–16 school year. School will start on Monday, Aug 10. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times.     El Dorado and Vista high school students School location: 561 Canal St., Placerville Telephone: (530) 622-3634, ext. 1029 […]

Enjoy ice cream and Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s classic fairy play comes to life at Fairytale Town’s annual ice cream social event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy,” on Saturday, June 27 from 5-9 p.m. The enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including live music, theatrical performances, fanciful arts and crafts activities and all the Crystal […]

Tom Russell to play Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents Tom Russell, an American legend, on Friday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Russell’s country-western, Tex-Mex, cowboy songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among […]

Bex Marshall performs at Sutter Creek Theatre

British female blues guitarist Bex Marshall is an acclaimed blues and roots guitar phenom and compelling singer/songwriter, who has been favorably compared to Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks and Mark Knopfler. She will perform at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Marshall has earned the distinction of […]

Couple discovers love in new novel

  Book: “Family of her dreams” Author: Keli Gwyn Publisher: Harlequin, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions available Too-Tall Tess, Tess Grimsby, forthright in her speech, very capable and absolutely convinced she’ll be an old maid because no man would want such a tall female, arrives in Shingle Springs in 1866. Her prospective employer is […]

Museum to debut exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894” on Friday, June 5. The new exhibit will enable museum visitors to revisit the dramatic and volatile two months during the summer of 1894 when America experienced a […]

Music tells a story at Railtown 1897

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present the sixth annual Singing Rails music festival on Saturday, June 6. The festival reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. The entertaining and fun Singing Rails festival will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

Sutter Creek presents ‘Joe Hill’s Last Will’

A very special and unusual event, “Joe Hill’s Last Will,” is a one-man play starring John McCutcheon about the labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill’s last day in prison before his execution. Presented at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street in Sutter Creek, the play, created by songwriter and labor […]

Folsom Symphony goes sporty

Batter up. The crowd won’t get peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but will enjoy the old ball game — or any  favorite sport — at the Folsom Symphony’s doubleheader Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. At “Sports Night at the Symphony,” Maestro Peter Jaffe will lead the action. Be prepared to stomp, clap and cheer, […]

Wonder Bread 5 plays BIG Benefest Concert

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County announces the first BIG Benefest Concert on Friday, June 12 at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park. Gates open to the general public at 6 p.m. Wonder Bread 5 will be headlining the festive evening with wine tasting from local wineries, food trucks, a beer and […]

Blue Star Museums offer free admission

Seven Sacramento area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 7. The seven local museums participating in Blue […]

Life as I know it: Sound of Music

Some years ago, Peggy and I had a thought about a vacation trip with her brother Dick and his wife Marilyn. We left in late September with the idea of seeing New England in fall colors. We flew to Indianapolis and the four of us, in their car, started a drive to the East Coast. […]

Acting workshop at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce an Acting Workshop for Adults (18 and older) at the theater this summer. This four session workshop will be held on Friday, July 31 from 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8 from 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. This is an […]

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 […]

Art ‘n’ Bark spotlights pets

The El Dorado Arts Council is proud to present Art ‘n’ Bark, a dog and pet-themed art show spotlighting local artists and dog-friendly activities for pet owners and their four-legged friends to enjoy together on Saturday, June 20. There will be a novel Third Saturday artists’ reception spotlighting a variety of canine curiosities, crafts, and fanfare. The […]

Sonora Photo Club to present special exhibit

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present “In Train View” — an exhibition of 36 large format photographs showcasing the talent of the Sonora Photo Club — that will be on display through Sept. 7. With close-ups, portraits, still-life images and shots of trains in action, “In Train […]

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 […]

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