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What's Up In March 2020: The Newest Awards, Events, and Announcements from El Dorado County to Roseville

[ People & Places in the News ]

Congrats to Rocklin Unified School District Superintendent Roger Stock who was named “Administrator of the Year” by region two of the Association of California School Administrators. Winners were selected based on their superb performance and achievement and nominated by colleagues. 

Roger Stock

Chris Hobbs has been named the new Show Producer and High Voltage Producer at El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT). Hobbs is a longtime member of the EDMT community and looks forward to ensuring all elements of the organization run smoothly and efficiently.

Local households are eligible to receive help preparing taxes and claiming credits, thanks to United Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program. From now thru Tax Day, households who earned $60,000 or less in 2019 can visit to learn more and make an appointment.

Arden Hills Athletic & Social Club announced World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Float as their swim program’s head recreation coach. Float will work closely with the aquatics director and coaching staff to help committed recreational swimmers compete at the elite level. 

Amador Council of Tourism has appointed Melissa Haines Lavin as their CEO and executive director. Lavin has more than a decade of diverse experience building brand value in the hospitality and tourism sector throughout Sacramento, Yolo, Lodi, and Amador Counties. 

Congrats to Marshall Medical Center for getting recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Marshall has a dedicated stroke team—including a physician, registered nurse, phlebotomist, pharmacist, and CT technician—that upholds a high standard of care for patients in the ER and those in the hospital.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort raised $38,674 for local nonprofits during their 19th annual Giving Season promotion. The money was split evenly between five local charities, including Interfaith Food Bank, The Dennis Dalton Foundation, and Amador County Meals on Wheels.

Liz Eisen at De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

De La Rosa’s Bridal & Tuxedos (—known for its outstanding customer service and dedication to helping clients find the best formalwear for all occasions—is relocating from 319 East Bidwell Street to the Folsom Pavilions on Folsom-Auburn Road next month. Richard and Florence De La Rosa opened the beloved business in 1974. The couple is retiring and their daughter, Liz Eisen (who’s been working in the shop for many years), and her husband, Len, are taking it over. 

Kelsey Moreira, Doughp founder

Former Oak Ridge High School graduate Kelsey Moreira (maiden name Witherow) was named on Forbes’ “30 Under 30 2020” list. After getting sober and leaving a comfortable career at Intel, Moreira founded an edible cookie dough company, Doughp, that’s now based in Las Vegas. What’s more, she donates all proceeds from their #Dough4Hope flavor to nonprofits supporting mental health and/or addiction recovery. For 20% off your online order at, enter code “HOMETOWN20” at checkout. 


Blue Line Arts is offering a Drawing 101 class starting March 3. The six-week course will train the inexperienced artist’s eye to create a strong art foundation that students can apply toward other mediums. 

Arts Council of Placer County, in partnership with High Hand Art Gallery, is accepting submissions thru March 18 for their Show Us Your Selfie exhibit at High Hand Gallery II. Ribbons will be given for the following categories: Funniest Selfie, Best Of Show, Most Unusual Selfie, and Most Thought-Provoking Selfie. For submission guidelines and more info, visit

From March 20-April 30, the Gallery at 48 Natoma presents its new exhibit Carousel, featuring photography from Jim Berger, paper sculptures by Thelma White, and a special vintage horse display by Barrango

SacTown Play Festival

Calling all aspiring playwrights! Freefall Stage in Folsom is looking for 10-minute script submissions for their second annual SacTown Play Festival. Winners will be chosen based on script creativity, characterization, and staging potential. Submission deadline is March 20. 

[ New & Coming Soon ]

Out of Order Arcade, a family-friendly arcade featuring over 40 classic arcade games and a bar for ages 21+ has opened in Auburn at 13320 Lincoln Way. 

The Five Below discount chain is opening a new location at the Creekside Town Center in Roseville this spring. The store offers an exciting and affordable inventory of clothing, toys, beauty products and more!

CycleLife's indoor cycling studio

Indoor cycling studio, CycleLife, is open in Rocklin at 2330 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 120. The high-intensity, 45-minute classes are set to a variety of themes and music—including House vs. Hip Hop, Bikes and Bubbles (featuring champagne after class!), and Stevie Nicks vs. Miley Cyrus—and end with a mindful five-minute cool down. 


Hungry for modern comfort food, like Southern fried chicken, salmon pot pie, or black-eyed pea hummus? Newly opened Q1227 Restaurant in Roseville (1465 Eureka Road, Suite 100) serves all those plates, plus more. Headed by Chef Q—whose impressive career extends over 25 years and includes cooking in the U.S. Navy and for various celebrities—the “modern comfort cuisine” is receiving rave reviews.

Chef Q, Q1227 Restaurant

A new brewery is coming to Rancho Cordova! Movement Brewing Co. has secured a 7,000-square-foot location on Trade Center Drive and is slated to open this spring. 

Congrats to Wise Villa Winery for being awarded 27 medals, including a Best of Class for their 2017 Sangiovese, in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which received over 6,700 entries from North America. 

Poke Noke—a fast-casual, build-your-own poke bowl eatery with plenty of protein and veggie options, plus small bites like coconut shrimp—has opened at 230 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1203, in Folsom, and hosts a daily happy hour from 2-6 p.m.

Locally owned Pause Coffee House, with a location in Fair Oaks, has expanded to Rocklin at 2168 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 105. Swing by soon for a cup of craft coffee and fresh-baked pastries.

Historic Folsom has a new ice cream parlor! Alice’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop is sited at 711 Sutter Street and also serves popsicles, smoothies, and espresso drinks, plus breakfast and sandwiches.


Come see The Voice finalist, Shane Q, on March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets for the all-ages event can be purchased at

El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program

Adults ages 60+ are invited to enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch with the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program every Monday thru Friday beginning at noon at one of eight community dining centers. No reservation is necessary, but a $3 donation is requested. Volunteers are always needed as well in various capacities. For more info and lunch locations, call 530-621-6160.

Join the women of Bayside Church at their Roseville location on March 14 at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, connection, and community. Hosted every other month, this women’s group gathers to offer up a safe space with reflection and encouragement. 

The third annual Fantasy Fair is coming to @the Grounds in Roseville from March 21-22. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., explore the Celtic Renaissance faire with magic, music, bicycle jousting, and more. 

Want to grow summer vegetables, like corn, melons, and cucumbers, but don’t know where to start? Head to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center on March 14 from 10 a.m.-noon to learn about seed starting, choosing nursery plants, what to plant in summer, and how to care for plants. 

Learn how to make your own French macarons in a hands-on class by My Petite Box today in El Dorado Hills. On March 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., ages 9+ will learn the art of making the sweet treat with three fillings (chocolate, strawberry, and lemon) and leave with about 15-20 macarons. To register, visit

The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for extraordinary youth (ages 15-25) who reside in El Dorado County and have an inspirational story. Winners will be honored at a Crowning Ceremony on May 12. To learn more about the program, make a nomination (deadline is April 1), or purchase tickets, visit

Stand Up Placer Thrift—a consignment shop in Roseville whose proceeds benefit the organization’s mission of saving lives by empowering survivors and educating communities to stand up to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking—is seeking volunteers to help four hours a week with tasks such as working the register, sorting, or cleaning. For more info, call 916-771-4941.

by Tara Harbert