Classes, competitions and companionship

Dog lovers unite through the local Hangtown Kennel Club, an American Kennel Club-licensed all-breed dog club. The group includes members who are active and participate in shows across the United States, as well as members who are simply looking for camaraderie from fellow dog lovers. Hangtown Kennel Club is a very active group in the […]

Easy remodels give your home value a boost

By Janine Waggener  What are the best ways for a homeowner to add value to their home? Kitchens and bathrooms have long been at the top of the list. Kitchen remodeling sales were up 36 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the same time a year earlier, according to the National Kitchen & […]

April 11, 2012 | Posted in Spring Home Improvement 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Choices for children at work in our community

Choices for Children is El Dorado County’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. One of the ways Choices for Children shows its commitment to children and families is by offering Kids’ Expo as a free event. This year the 27th annual Kids’ Expo is being held on Saturday, April 14th at the El Dorado County […]

Safeguard your health-care dollars

Physician offers tips for saving money, assuring quality By Dr. Angel M. Garcia More Americans are paying more of their health-care costs out-of-pocket every year because they lack insurance, have higher deductibles and co-payments, or have chosen a Health Savings Account plan. There are ways they can save money without jeopardizing their health and there […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Christmas Parade set for Dec. 4

This 34th annual Christmas Parade will happen rain or shine on Sunday, Dec. 4. The holiday gift from the McIntire Family to El Dorado County starts at Upper Broadway by the Mountain Democrat in Placerville and proceeds down Main Street to Sacramento Street. The parade starts at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Believe in […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Miracle on Main St. 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Mostly Natural

If you like doing things all natural or feel the need to get closer to nature, then Mostly Natural Fabric and Yarn located in Diamond Springs is for you. The store, owned by Lenore O’Neil, 52, of Pleasant Valley, carries fabric, yarn, sewing supplies, patterns and even samples of what, you, the customer can create. […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in last minute gift guide 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

A knack for wedding cakes

In the true spirit of El Dorado County, when Nikki D’Agostini couldn’t find a job that suited her, she opened her own business. Since she has been baking since she was a little girl, her business, D’Agostini’s Delights Bakery and Café, features down-home delicious food and irresistible pastries and desserts. Nikki started her business at […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Wedding Planner Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Elizabeth Dixon will help maximize your tax return

Elizabeth Dixon Chalaire of Dixon & Dixon, Certified Public Accountants is an enrolled agent. “I don’t do financial audits like a CPA,” said Chalaire. “I prepare individual and partnership tax returns and represent my clients before the government. I’m certified by the Internal Revenue Service, not by the state.” She and her father, Richard Dixon, […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Women In Business 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Van’s Paving & Grading starts its 54th year

While its business is to help you make changes, the owners of Van’s Paving and Grading Inc. are excited that their business has not. After 53 years of service, the Placerville company is still trucking, providing custom driveway designs to meet their customers’ needs. “In 2012, we will be starting our 54th year,” owner Mike […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Sweet times on Main Street

The only thing sweeter than the delectable items on the menu at Sweetie Pie’s on Main Street in Placerville is the relationship between owners Ron and Patty Clark, who after 29 years of marriage still emit that spark that observers readily spot. “Get Ron in the photo,” said Patty, 60. “He’s the one who’s photogenic, […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Hearing loss is a problem that’s easier than ever to fix

Hearing loss is a problem that is easier than ever to solve. It’s a fact: one in every five Americans older than 12 have a hard time hearing, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. Only a fraction of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss actually seeks treatment. What’s scary is that hearing loss […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 December 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

‘My Time’ group to meet

The next meeting of “My Time,” a gathering for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, stroke or other chronic health condition, is Friday, Jan. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed marriage […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 December 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

‘After 5 Club’ caregiver group to meet

The next meeting of the “After Five Club,” a free support group for those providing care to individuals with Alzheimer’s, a related dementia or other chronic health condition, is Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935 A Spring St. in Placerville. The goal of this gathering is […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 December 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Twelve chances to win during the Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Placerville will give shoppers a chance to enter a drawing to win one of 12 Main Street gift baskets valued at up to $100 each, plus one grand prize. Drawing tickets will be given to shoppers for purchases over $15 at participating merchants between Friday, Nov. 25 and Friday, […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Miracle on Main St. 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Snap up a healthy lifestyle

Alana Brady knows the importance of staying physically fit, and that wouldn’t be unusual except for the fact that the young lady has it figured out at a relatively tender age. “I feel it’s important to work out and stay healthy because I find you make better life choices when you do so,” said Brady, […]

Awesome activities to precede concert

As the Butterfly Concert unfolds its wings at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, there will be some pre-concert activities and entertainment. Gates open at 4 p.m. allowing for preconcert fun with some events especially designed for children to enjoy. Music on Parade is scheduled  to entertain and there will be area where children […]

Festival recognizes sponsors

The American River Music Festival deeply appreciates the support of the sponsors and partners who back the event. Please think about these merchants and entrepreneurs when shopping, dining and looking for services. The Mountain Democrat El Dorado Arts Council El Dorado Savings Bank Madroña Vineyards Air Quality Management District of El Dorado County KVMR Community […]

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