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Summer Solstice Festival set for June 22

Local farmers, artisans, merchants, live music and non-profits will be featured at SOL Community Farmers’ Market’s inaugural Summer Solstice Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 in the Wilkinson-Hupcey lot, at 681 Main St. in Placerville.

There will be fresh fruit, local honey, locally raised rabbit meat, herbs, spices, teas, homemade granola, olive oil, kettle corn, handmade jewelry and crafts, Native American arts and crafts and food vendors.

Children’s activities will be offered with El Dorado Chapter California Native Plant Society and Woodsong Herbs. There will face painting, a seed giveaway and more. Classic cars are welcome.

For more information about becoming a vendor or to reserve a spot at the music stand, call Luli and Jose Velasco at 530-409-9951, or send an email to solcommunityfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Market season hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 30.

Whittell graduate completes Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Recruit Nolan K. Thoma, a 2013 graduate of George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Thoma completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is Battle Stations, an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. It focuses on the attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Thoma is the son of Judith Boyd of Wailuku, Hawaii.


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