Saturday, November 30, 2013

FREE El Dorado Master Gardeners Class December 7th

Join the El Dorado Master Gardeners for their next FREE public class, Selecting and Planting Deciduous Fruit Trees. The class will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. – noon.

MG Walt Miller will present essential information on the selection and the proper planting of bare root fruit trees.

The focus of the class will be on planting techniques and tree selection. Fruit tree varieties best suited for  El Dorado County will be discussed in depth.
  •  Location:  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville
Be sure to visit the Master Gardeners at  Also check out their Facebook page at

Should you need assistance or require accommodations for any physical challenge, please let them know.

Master Gardener office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.  You can visit them on their web site on They can also be reached by telephone at (530)-621-5512, or you may stop by their public counter at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville.

Blog Post picture and information courtesy of El Dorado Master Gardners.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Primates More Comfortable at the Folsom Zoo Thanks to La-Z-Boy Owners

Two small primates named Darwin and Wallace will spend their days a little more comfortably thanks to Jim and Liz Reego, owners of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries!

The Reegos, whose daughter Grace volunteered at the Zoo this past summer, recently donated $2,500 to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary to provide a more safe and enriching living space for the adorable macaques.

"Grace came home after her shift at the Zoo and told us about Wallace who suffers from epilepsy and often falls suddenly," said Liz Reego, "We all decided that we wanted to help him have a more comfortable and safe life. Since we don't make recliners quite that small, we asked the Zoo what could be done." The upgrades will include demolishing old man-made rocks, adding sand for them to play in as well as installing more play and climbing structures for both macaques, who have been at the zoo for a long time, to enjoy.

"Years ago, I read about the incredible work of Jane Goodall and I fell in love with primates," said Grace Reego. “So I'm really happy that these little guys will have a better life thanks to our La-Z-Boy stores."

“Without the support and generosity of the public, volunteers, local businesses and private foundations we could never accomplish so much,” explained Jill Lute, Zoo Supervisor at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. “The animals will truly benefit from the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries donation.”

The Reegos have a long history of generously giving back to the community by proudly supporting a number of local charities, community groups and a variety of causes. For more information about locally owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries showrooms, please visit

About La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries:
Placer County residents Jim and Liz Reego own seven Northern California La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and employ 90 local residents. TheLa-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores – located in Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento, Chico, Redding and West Sacramento – offer the complete line of La-Z-Boy furniture including Hammary and Kincaid Furniture. Full service in-store, in-home and commercial design services are available from a staff of professional designers trained to assist clients with a full range of furnishing needs. Additional information is available at

About the Folsom Zoo:
With more than 90 animals, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom, in the heart of the City of Folsom. Operating since 1963, the zoo has been the home to hundreds of animals from squirrels and deer to tigers and bears. Each year the zoo welcomes more than 100,000 visitors in a simple and unassuming park like environment. For more, visit

Blog Post information courtesy of Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Operation Gobble Program Donates Turkeys to the Food Bank of El Dorado County

Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin), Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Rocklin), Golden State Water Company and California American Water teamed up as part of the 23rd annual “Operation Gobble” program this Thanksgiving, providing 50 fresh turkeys to the Food Bank of El Dorado County!

This comes just in time as the Food Bank will feed more than 1,000 at-risk families this holiday season.  “I’m so proud to be associated with this annual event that fills such an important need within our community,” said Senator Gaines.

“Operation Gobble is an important community partnership that helps bring together a local business with some of the most supportive non-profits in my district,” said Assemblywoman Beth Gaines.

“California American Water and Golden State Water are proud to partner with the Gaines’ on this event,” said California American Water External Affairs Manager Evan Jacobs. “Operation Gobble is an opportunity for our local employees to give back to our customers, our neighbors and our families.”

This year, your local Food Bank is busy planning and working with the community to reach out to this struggling population.

“We are delighted to once again participate in Operation Gobble and are grateful for the continued support during the holidays,” said Food Bank Founder and Executive Director Mike Sproull.

Food Bank Communications and Development Director, Carey Fong, urges individuals and businesses in El Dorado County to contact her at the Food Bank to express how we can work together this holiday season.  “The Food Bank will provide over 1,000 holiday food baskets to our at-risk population on Friday, December 20th, and Saturday, December 21st, at our new building located at 4450 Business Drive in Cameron Park.  Together we can make a difference,” Fong says.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is one of the most efficient and effective charities in El Dorado County.  Aside from its ability to provide a five to one return for our donor’s dollar, volunteers and community support are the main reasons for the Food Bank’s success.

Contributions can be mailed to the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 3291 B Coach Lane, Cameron Park, CA 95682 or online at or by calling Carey Fong at 530-621-9950.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Food Bank of El Dorado County.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Palladio In Folsom Announces Black Friday Hours And Christmas Tree Lighting

Palladio in Folsom announces it will be open for Black Friday from 6a.m. to 10p.m.

Retailers at Palladio include H & M, White House Black Market, Sports Authority, Charlotte Russe, Kirkland’s, RodWorks, Kwirkworld, Button Up, Charming Charlie, Claire’s Accessories, King’s Team Store, Grebitus Jewelers, Gymboree, Apricot Lane, Color Me Mine and many more.

Palladio also announces their Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 1st, sponsored by Mercy Hospital of Folsom.  Day activities include a Horse Carriage Ride with Santa from 1-4 p.m. From 4:15p.m. to 5:15p.m. tree lighting festivities ensue at Palladio in Folsom, emcee’d by Santa and Channel 13’s Christina Anderson.

Free refreshments will be served in the Piazza. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Folsom Jazz Choir and Dicken’s Christmas Carolers. Free Face Painting, Ornament Decorating and Balloon Twister.  Catch Santa’s arrival via horse drawn carriage to assist in lighting the tree.

Also, Saturdays and Sundays in December through December 22nd, Palladio is offering free horse drawn carriage rides with Santa in the Piazza from 1-4 p.m.

For more information, please visit

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Palladio at Broadstone.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Local Art And Live Music At Wellness Within December 21

Saturday, December 21, 2013 will be an exciting day for Wellness Within, as they host their first Open House integrating both art and music, and serve as an official venue for the 3rd Saturday Art Walk. 

Come and visit their healing oasis on this special day to experience what all of our clients love and appreciate, and to immerse yourself in the beauty of some of Roseville’s most inspiring artwork and music!

The 3rd Saturday Art Walk takes place from 7:00 - 10:00p.m., however they will have their doors open for their Open House from 5:00 – 9:00p.m., giving the community two more hours to enjoy all that Wellness Within has to offer.

They will be showcasing the work of local artists, which will be for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds generously benefiting Wellness Within.  They will also be displaying artwork created by those affected by cancer, both youth and adults, and healing music from local musicians.  It will be a feast for the eyes and music for the soul!  Of course, they'll have some real food too!

Wellness Within provides a variety of mind-body wellness programs, including art classes, for families dealing with the stress of cancer - all free of charge.  Art, in a variety of forms, has the ability to heal, to speak to our souls, to inspire hope and to connect us.  Hence, it is only fitting that we participate in this wonderful community event.

For more information, please visit

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