Monday, March 30, 2015

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 […]

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. […]

Quilt show at EDAC to celebrate state parks

El Dorado Arts Council, Pacific Street in Placerville, hosts the State Parks Quilt Show brought to El Dorado County by the Quilters’ Sew-Ciety of Redding. Crafted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the California State Parks, these 56 Art Quilts celebrate the parks’ incredible beauty and diversity. The State Park Quilt Show is also sponsored […]

Tahoe springs forward with plenty to do

Tahoe South launches into spring with more than a foot of fresh powder falling on area ski resorts: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood on the last weekend in February with additional accumulation occurring on Monday afternoon and evening. “The recent snowfall is perfect timing as we head into one of the most popular months of ski […]

‘Mary Poppins’ auditions at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming auditions for one of the most popular Disney musicals, “Mary Poppins,” on April 14-20. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier […]

Animal Film Festival offers 24 selections

The second annual Animal Film Festival — the only film festival of its kind — comes to Grass Valley on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley. The 24 official selections, representing seven nations, range from hard-hitting to fantastically funny, independent films, […]

International guitar stars to perform at Harris Center

International Guitar Night returns to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, with some of the world’s finest guitarists/composers performing their newest work and sharing musical ideas with their peers in a public concert. The evening of exceptional music is Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. International Guitar Night (IGN) is the […]

Grow For It! Bark beetles — The silent killer among us

There’s a quiet killer in our midst and its ability to attack gets stronger every day the drought continues. The victims are trees, which are weak and stressed from too many years without enough water. They’ve become defenseless against the deadly attack of diseases and insects. Insects like the bark beetle. Bark beetles are a […]

Help is available with taxing situations

The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, does taxes for free — and you don’t need to have silver hair to take advantage of the generous program.

Most of the volunteers, who are certified and trained in order to qualify to handle tax returns, seem to be older — but that’s only because retired folks naturally have more time to offer their services.

Take John Haller, local coordinator for the Placerville site located at the El Dorado …

The important things: Is your box shrinking?

Like many, I grew up in the pioneer West, minus a generation or two. Bedtime stories, stories around the campfire, stories from the pulpit were flavored with the rich folklore of cowboys, Indians, traders, pioneers, gold miners and boom towns. To actually live in the region of where so much of these stories originated still […]

New owners at Amador winery

Perched on top of one of the highest points in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley for more than three decades, Amador Foothill Winery in Plymouth has a simple charm all its own. That’s what attracted winemaker Tom Jones and his wife Beth to purchase the winery and vineyards in the fall of 2014 and allow a new […]

Auto shop hosts event for women

Autotronics, a local auto repair shop in Cameron Park, is hosting its fifth annual “Women, Wheels & Waffles,” a ladies-only event, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m.-noon. There is a $5 donation and all donations will go to the El Dorado County Food Bank. “This is an excellent venue for moms with daughters who are […]

My Time support group meeting on Feb. 6

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 Michelson, […]

Rescue district registration information

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2015-16 school year. Registration will begin on Feb. 9. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms will be available to parents at all school sites beginning Monday, Jan. 26. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. […]

Elder Options participates in many community projects

Elder Options Inc. with offices in Placerville, Folsom and South Lake Tahoe has employees who live and work throughout the Sacramento Region. The company continues to annually participate in various activities to benefit individuals and the community at large. In 2014 Elder Options remained active in the community by assisting individuals and community organizations that […]

Local seniors benefit from flu fighting kits

This year’s vicious flu epidemic has threatened local seniors and now their caregivers are fighting back by handing out “Fight the Flu Kits” to help prepare seniors for the peak of the flu season, January and February. Weaker immune systems make seniors more vulnerable to the flu and that’s why 90 percent of all flu-related […]

Personal novel ‘Done in One’ is an intense read

Book: “Done in One” Author: Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, published January 2015, 288 pages, hardcover, Kindle versions   Intense. Frightening. Real. These are just a few words that could be used to describe “Done in One,” a first novel by Pleasant Valley author Jan Thomas. Jake Denton is […]

Railtown 1897 seeking interested volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park and will be hosting an open house at the end of January to offer more information. The Volunteer Open House will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Railtown 1897 State Historic […]

Learn the art of ‘Pruning for Maximum Display’

No need to fear those pruning shears. Beverly Rose Hopper takes the mystery out of pruning roses at the Mother Lode Rose Society class on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center. Hopper will discuss the principles of pruning, including classic techniques and her innovative and easy method of “Pruning for Maximum […]

Want to become a Master Food Preserver?

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free […]

Tax volunteers available throughout the county

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 and going until April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service […]

Hiram Lodge No. 25 donates to food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County announced that Hiram Lodge No. 25 of Free and Accepted Masons has expanded its list of worthy recipients to include the food bank. Hiram Lodge No. 25 is located in El Dorado and has been an active participant in charitable programs in El Dorado County for more than […]

As we were: Water always an issue

25 Years ago Jan. 12, 1990 $500,000 earmarked to buy Texas Hill reservoir land By DAVID RICHIE With concern mounting over recent real estate action in the area that may eventually be inundated by the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir, the county Water Agency Monday approved the budget transfer of an additional $500,000 for land acquisitions. A […]

‘The Boy Friend’ opens at Sac Theater

In addition to the professional Main Series productions, Sacramento Theater Company  is staging four Youth Series productions in 2015, featuring STC School of the Arts students. The Young Professionals Conservatory of STC’s School of the Arts is a 10-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theater through […]

Story time with Dick Cable

“All Aboard for Story Time” with former News10 anchor and legendary local newscaster Dick Cable is on the California Railroad Museum’s Dinotrain at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. This popular reading program, introduced in 2013 by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, is offered on the first and […]

Mark Hummel plays tribute to Bluebird Records

Mark Hummel returns to Harris Center for the Arts and brings more of his talented friends with him in a Wednesday, Jan. 14 tribute to Bluebird Records. The Blues Harmonica Blowout has sold out in past performances and with the caliber of talent joining this evening’s activities, tickets will be in high demand. Bluebird Records/RCA […]

Ched Drol Healing Ritual at the Cozmic Café

Bogged down in your own life? At times, the negative forces in the world can seem overwhelming. On Friday, Jan. 9, members of the public have a unique opportunity to identify the negative and limiting forces in their lives and have help in releasing them. The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery will be […]

Life as I know it! Living it up

As we continued our lives in Woodland Hills we decided that some type of playground equipment would be something I could do for our growing girls. The idea of a playhouse came to mind so I gathered materials and made a small playhouse backed against the concrete wall separating our properties. A house needs furniture, […]

Wine Institute publishes ‘Down to Earth’ book

Wine Institute has released a new book, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” a consumer-friendly guide to environmentally and socially responsible practices that shows how sustainability influences California vintners and growers throughout the year as they grow and make wines. The book was written by Janet Fletcher and photographed by […]

Meet ‘The Addams Family’

Runaway Stage Productions opens the new year, Jan. 2-25, with the new Broadway musical based on the creepy and crawly, “The Addams Family.” Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the 24th Street Theater, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento. The original story follows Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess […]

The important things: Do it differently

It’s that time again — January. The month we try to motivate ourselves with all sorts of goals to improve our lives, our looks, our relationships, our finances. January is a month we expect self-perfection right out of the gate and hope we can maintain it with no lapses. January is the month we are […]

Life as I know it: Recovering the Tyrolian hats

Earlier I wrote briefly about being in Barcelona with all the family. I also mentioned seeing the Columbus ship “Santa Maria.” What I failed to mention was that it was a replica of the ship, not the original. As we left Barcelona and Spain we headed north toward Paris. We stopped to see one or […]

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino transformation underway

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe is joining the Lake Tahoe skyline this winter. The resort casino is making progress toward a highly-anticipated grand opening in January 2015. “The excitement is building with the property really taking shape. You can feel the momentum, energy and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino vibe,” said Don […]

MontBleu offers a Kool time

R&B mega-band Kool & The Gang returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa bringing its bullet-proof fresh funk sound and high-energy guitar and jazzy horn section on Saturday, Jan. 17 for a one-night only concert. Spanning 40 years and selling more than 70 million album worldwide, Kool & The Gang’s music has been […]

Life as I know it: Fence building in Arizona

In a previous column I mentioned making a commitment about taking senior high students from our church group to Chinle, Ariz. We would work for a week at an outpost church on the Navajo Indian Reservation. As the Easter vacation approached, we adults had to try to anticipate and make provisions for two days of […]

Life as I know it: The big vacation

Two months after Peggy, Nancy and I took our first trip to Europe in 1968, Peggy said she thought it would be nice if we could take all the girls to Europe someday. I looked at her and said, “How about next year?” We began to plan. The girls ages would be from 9 to […]

‘Dirty Dancing’ comes to Broadway Sacramento

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage,” an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, will play at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2015. Based on the popular classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On […]

Fine Arts Museums in SF to utilize Google Glass

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco today announced the first integration of Google Glass technology into a major art museum exhibition to create a rich tour experience. The tour augments the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” by providing museumgoers with images, audio and video relevant to select works of art. The Fine Arts […]

InConcert captures holiday spirit

Capture the holiday spirit with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra on Saturday evening, Dec. 20 and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church,12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. “What sweeter music can be heard during the holidays than your favorite carols and joyful seasonal songs? My assistant Toon and I have […]