Saturday, March 1, 2014

Maidu Museum & Historic Site March Calendar of Events

Here are upcoming March events at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site!

Night Out at the Museum: Please join them Saturday, March 15, from 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. for a FREE Night Out at the Museum, part of the3rd Saturday Art Walk. They will be showing the film River of Renewal, a documentary about the over-allocation of the waters in the Klamath Basin. Filmmaker Jack Kohler (Hupa, Yurok, Karuk) will introduce the film and answer questions following the film. Museum doors open at 6:30p.m. Program starts at 7p.m. FREE event. Light refreshments will be available.

Indigenous Peoples Days: Saturday, March 22, from 6:30 pm – 8:30pm. In partnership with the Sierra College Native American Club, Maidu will be hosting the Indigenous Peoples Days’ reception by screening the film K’ina kil, The Slaver’s Son, a story of the Native American experience of the Gold Rush. Meet filmmaker Jack Kohler (Hupa, Yurok, Karuk). Enjoy a special musical debut by Native Rock Band Walan Amana, performing “Honi Coni” original music about the Gold Rush experience sung in the Nisenan language.

New Exhibits:
A Brush With Nature
Exhibit Show Dates: Now – April 8
This collection consists of acrylic paintings and mosaic artwork done by local artist Gayle Anita. With her background in fine art, Anita has created many stunning wildlife scenes and Native American themes in her pieces.

Continuing Exhibits:
The Frank R. LaPena Collection
Exhibit Show Dates: Now – April 8
Frank LaPena (Wintu-Nomtipom / Tenai) is a Professor Emeritus of Art and Ethnic Studies and the former Director of Native American Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He is a painter, poet, sculptor, traditional dancer and activist. His collection consists of various documents covering historic Native American events, LaPena's own artwork and artwork of his fellow artists, including photographs by Dugan Aguilar and Francisco Dominguez.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Women's Fund El Dorado 2014 Grant Application Process Is Open

The Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED) is now accepting applications for its 2014 grants from nonprofit and educational organizations on the western slope of El Dorado County.

This year, WFED’s donor members voted to focus on the following areas-of-need: $40,000 in Providing Solutions to Mental Health Challenges, $15,000, divided three ways; to programs and/or services Supporting Women & Children, Breaking the Cycles of Poverty and Promoting Senior Services.

Submitted applications will be systematically reviewed by the Grants Committee to determine which grant requests will be on the ballot sent to members. Members vote in April and the grant recipients will be celebrated at the annual Grants Gala in June.

WFED is a philanthropic organization based on the principle of collective giving operating under the umbrella of the El Dorado Community Foundation. Since 2007, WFED has granted over $255,000 to local nonprofits on the western slope of El Dorado County.

Complete guidelines and application forms are available online at, or at the office of the El Dorado Community Foundation, 312 Main Street, Placerville. All proposals must be received in the Foundation office by 5:00 p.m., March 17, 2014.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Join El Dorado Master Gardeners This Saturday

Join El Dorado County Master Gardeners on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. – noon for their class entitled "Propagation by Seed."

The various methods of propagating plants by seed will be taught by Master Gardeners Gail Fulbeck and Debbie Hillel.

Covered will be selection and germination, starting media, planting containers, hardening off and transplanting seedlings, and common reasons for germination and seedling failure.  If time permits, a discussion of seed saving techniques will be included.  Hands-on demonstrations in the MG Demonstration Garden next door.

The location of this class is at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center Classroom, 6699 Campus Dr., Placerville,  Room A-105.

Be sure to visit the Master Gardeners at  Also check out their Facebook page here.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

STAR Eco Station Desperately Needs to Find A Loving Home For Three Parrots

The STAR Eco Station in Rocklin is closing its doors. Homes have been found for all the animals except three of the special needs Macaws. Two of them have been diagnosed with Pacecho's Disease (the parrot strain of herpes) that is highly contagious to other parrots only.

Ricky and Coki are two older Blue and Gold Macaws who live together and Coki is a carrier. Sabrina is a Scarlett Macaw who is also a carrier. Neither have ever shown any signs of the disease.

STAR Eco Station is desperately needing to find loving, parrot-free homes for these birds ASAP.  Please contact STAR Eco Station if you would like to adopt these special birds at 916-632-8347.

STAR Eco Station will hold its final closing liquidation sale on Saturday, March 1st from 10a.m.-4p.m. The event will be on site at 4465 Granite Dr. in Rocklin. Animal enclosures, other animal items and office furniture will be priced to sell.

The last day of operation for the STAR Eco Station is this Friday, February 28th.

STAR Eco Station wishes to thank you for all the support of their program over the past eight years.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Gathering Inn's Interim Care Program Needs Your Help!

The Interim Care Program House in Auburn caught on fire in January.

Supported by Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region and Kaiser Permanente, the ICP House accepts discharged homeless patients from area hospitals. Guests can stay up to six weeks to recuperate from a surgery or illness before returning to the nomadic shelter or to permanent housing.

The ICP Program is a service that The Gathering Inn provides. For the past five years the ICP home on Shockley Avenue in Auburn provided a healing refuge, a sanctuary for the sick, and who also happened to be homeless.

The ICP House has kept many homeless patients from experiencing infection or re-injury while avoiding visits to the emergency room or re-admittance to the hospital. Last year was a banner year with 30 homeless guests finding refuge there.

Another home has been leased and they need your help since everything was lost in the fire. Below is a list of the items they desperately need to replace so they can move in March 1st.

Please keep our new ICP House in mind as you clean out your home!

Living area
1-love seat
2-recliner or side chairs
2-3 end tables
1-coffee table
Artwork for the walls
2- large (10x12) throw rugs
2- smaller throw rugs
1 large TV
4-table lamps
1-computer (lost in the fire)
1-printer (lost in the fire)

Lawn Mower
Yard Tools
Board Games
Wii Game system (lost in the fire)
Books/ no Romance Novels Please

Kitchen area
1-Large Refrigerator
1-Large Freezer – have one
1-Dinning table with 4 or more chairs –have one
Dishes –cups, plates, bowls, drinking glasses
Pots and Pans
Cooking utensils- knives, spatulas, ETC.
Mixing bowls
Cutting boards
Coffee Pot
Tea Pot
Kitchen Garbage can

1-shower curtain
1-shower chair
12-18 white bath towels, wash clothes and hand towels
4-bath matt’s
6-Twin beds
12- pillows
6 –Twin blankets
6- Twin sheet sets
6- Twin bed spreads
1-queen sheet set - have one
1- queen blanket
1-queen bed spread – have one
4-night stands
4–televisions – have 2
4-table lamps

Please call Gabby at 916-791-9355, or you can email her at for pick-up or drop-off information. For more information on The Gathering Inn, please visit

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Amgen Tour Of California Coming To Folsom

The field is locked and the stage is set for the most competitive edition yet of the nation’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race, the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. On Monday, May 12, Folsom will be home to Stage 2 of this exciting event!

In addition to the nine UCI Pro Teams announced previously (, race presenter AEG welcomes seven UCI Pro Continental and Continental teams to the ninth annual stage race. Four of the top-10 ranked UCI America Tour teams are amongst the lineup.

Among the American-based Pro Continental teams are top-ranked UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team of Oakland, Calif., and Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, of Atlanta, Ga. UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team finished the 2013 Amgen Tour of California third in the team standings, and features top climber and northern California native Lucas Euser and rising star Kiel Reijnen of Boulder, Colorado.

“Ever since I rushed home from the 2006 Amgen Tour of California to take a midterm exam the following morning, I knew the race would always play a special role in my career. This year, I am excited because there are two summit finishes. As a California native and the top climber on a California-based team, I plan to use the home field advantage in giving me the edge I need to succeed,” said Lucas Euser, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

Germany’s Team NetApp-Endura, whose climbing specialist Leopold Koenig won a stage in the Amgen Tour of California and the Vuelta a España last year, rounds out the teams competing as Pro Continental entries.

“The team loves to race in California. We all look forward to the Amgen Tour of California because it has beautiful scenery, it’s warm and also incredibly competitive,” said Czech Republic’s Leopold Koenig, who won the dramatic Queen stage of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California at the summit of Mt. Diablo last year. “We performed really well last year, and I’m definitely hoping to repeat the stage win at the top of Mount Diablo. That was an incredible moment last year.”

The U.S. Continental teams selected for the 2014 race will include Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies, which features current U.S. National Time Trial Champion Tom Zirbel; Team Jamis-Hagens Berman presented by Sutter Home; Jelly Belly Cycling Team presented by MAXXIS, which features U.S. National Road Race Champion Freddie Rodriguez of Berkeley, CA.; and Bissell Development Team, which will be make their third appearance in the race under new management.

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California, May 11 – 18, will cover more than 740 miles through 12 host cities as the top cyclists in the world compete from Sacramento to Thousand Oaks in front of millions of fans and an international television audience. With full rosters yet to be announced, the race has been America’s biggest showcase of Olympic medalists, Tour de France stage winners and world champions since its inception in 2006.

In addition to the stellar roster of cycling teams,  AEG has announced that the 2014 Amgen Tour of California will feature more professional women’s racing than any previous race of its kind on U.S. soil with two days of action-packed competition presented by SRAM. Invitations are now being extended to an elite international roster of female cyclists to compete in a circuit race surrounding the state capitol building in downtown Sacramento when the Amgen Tour of California begins on May 11. The following day, a field of nearly two dozen of the world’s top-ranked women time trialists will race the clock during a time trial in Folsom over the same course the men will ride later that day.

Schedule and route for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California:
  •     Stage 1: Sunday, May 11 – Sacramento
  •     Stage 2: Monday, May 12 – Folsom (individual time trial)
  •     Stage 3: Tuesday, May 13 – San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park
  •     Stage 4: Wednesday, May 14 – Monterey to Cambria
  •     Stage 5: Thursday, May 15 – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara
  •     Stage 6: Friday, May 16 – Santa Clarita to Mountain High
  •     Stage 7: Saturday, May 17 – Santa Clarita to Pasadena
  •     Stage 8: Sunday, May 18 – Thousand Oaks (circuit race)
More information about the 2014 route and other race-related news can be found at

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  Amgen Tour of California.

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