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How does your garden grow?

What: Gardens of the Hills Tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Gardens in El Dorado County and Green Acres When: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults $25 and children 12 and younger $10 Information: Like any typical new yard, trial and error often dictate what will grow best. […]

CHP senior volunteer Robert Leon

Waking up before dawn to drive up and down the freeway as commuters pack the lanes might not sound like fun … but imagine doing so in a car that looks similar to a California Highway Patrol vehicle … in the carpool lane. “We just go up and down … and see how quick (violators) pull over,” […]

EDH Fire Board director arrested

El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Doug Hus was arrested on suspicion of felony battery with serious bodily injury Tuesday night. Hus, 54, reportedly hit a 51-year-old man multiple times in the face during an argument on Mariposa Springs Drive. The victim has not been identified. Hus is currently in the El Dorado County Jail. […]

Dramatic finale for Oak Ridge actors

What: “Twelve Angry Jurors” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School Theater, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, April 30 through May 10 Cost: Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for students with ASB cards, youth and groups of eight or more Information: 916-390-3727. Prejudice, […]

20 years of sharing God’s love

What: 20th anniversary celebration Who: Rolling Hills Christian Church Where: 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills When: Sunday, April 19, with services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 916-939-3527 On Easter Sunday in 1995, 170 people gathered at Oak Ridge High School to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. That celebration marked the birth of Rolling […]

Distillers evoke spirits of the past

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that and […]

Jordan Caldwell

Union Mine High School graduate Jordan Caldwell attends UC Santa Barbara, where she’s studying pre-biology and zoology. The big cat lover said she hopes to work in research and habitat preservation. “I have always loved animals,” Jordan said. “That was the only thing I was ever interested in.” In 10 years, she added, “I would not […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Other EDCAR scholarship winners

Oak Ridge High School Nicholas Menendez El Dorado High School Myra Jane Little Golden Sierra High School Danny Nipar Casey Blakely Ponderosa High School Lars Moeller James Compagno

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Riley Crusha

Ponderosa High School grad Riley Crusha is studying accounting in the college of business administration at San Diego State University. “My goal is to become an accountant for an interesting and fun company like a clothing store or a popular manufacture and be able to work flexible hours and maybe even from home so I […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Alyson Ennis

Union Mine High School grad Alyson Ennis attends UC Berkeley, where she’s studying genetics and plant biology. “I want to find a career in restoration ecology or work for a company that consults businesses with ecological/environmental problems,” she said. “I want to help restore and protect environments and ecosystems because I think it’s really important […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Sean Verbitsky

Union Mine High School grad Sean Verbitsky attends Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he’s studying history. Sean confessed that he didn’t like history through much of his school career. Then he walked into Ms. Atkinson’s class at Herbert Green Middle School and she made the subject interesting and relatable. “I also want to become […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Jake Pensa

Ponderosa High School grad Jake Pensa is attending UCLA, studying bioengineering. “My career goal is to hopefully work with prosthetic limbs since it will provide a fantastic opportunity to help others and allow me to contribute back to society,” he said. Not sure what his future holds, in 10 years Jake said he’d like to have a […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Mikayla Wiegel

Union Mine High School grad Mikayla Wiegel is attending William Jessup University in Rocklin. She hasn’t selected a major yet but said she’s considering a career in family and youth ministry. “I’m a freshman so I have a while to decide,” Mikayla said. Even without a specific career goal in mind, Mikayla has big plans […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Tessa Thompson

Ponderosa High School grad Tessa Thompson doesn’t mind getting dirty. The California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, student is majoring in agribusiness and hopes to one day own a small Northern California farm. Right now Tessa’s weighing her options when it comes to career goals. She’s considering a minor in either meat science or wine making. […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Kaitlyn Fly

Union Mine High School graduate Kaitlyn Fly attends UC Santa Cruz, where she’s studying anthropology. “I don’t have a specific career goal but I think I want to go into biological (forensics) anthropology, with a focus on evolutionary anthropology,” she said. “I choose this career path because I had a really great biological anthropology (professor) last […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Tyler Parker

Union Mine High School grad Tyler Parker is attending Azusa Pacific University where he’s studying business management. Whether he’s part of a start-up or working with a well-establishes business, Tyler said he hopes to be a good leader. “I have an interest in leadership and I enjoy working with others,” he explained. “Those things combined […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine and Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded in […]

Samantha Estacio

Ponderosa High School grad Samantha Estacio is attending Santa Clara University, where she’s majoring in public health science, and her education won’t stop there. Samantha said she’s considering a double major (psychology) and plans to apply to graduate school with the goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. “I have always had a heart for […]

February 12, 2015 | Posted in Top Achievers 2015 | Leave a reply

Bill Warns joins the century club

What’s the secret to living to 100 years old? Bill Warns had to think about it for a minute and then said, “Drink water … no whiskey and no cigarettes.” Thursday, Bill joins the century club. He was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Illinois and grew up on a farm in the Prairie State […]

Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

What: “Singin’ in the Rain” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Friday, Feb. 20 to March 1 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information: or the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888   A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely […]

Adventures in a wacky world

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Oak Ridge High School’s drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinées Saturdays and Sundays. The play runs for two weekends, Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22. Cost: Tickets are $10 general […]

Rolling log burns EDH bedroom

A Barcelona Court master bedroom suffered major damage after a burning log rolled out of the fireplace and the room caught fire. El Dorado Hills firefighters responded to the residential structure fire at approximately 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal. “The owner of the home was evacuated after he was found […]

Attorney Mary Muse is a master of mediation

Sometimes happily ever after just doesn’t work out. When it’s time to untie the knot, start with attorney Mary Muse, whose mediation skills have kept uncoupling couples out of court and civilized. “For me, it’s really about listening so I can figure out what steps to take,” Muse said. Taking that first step toward divorce […]

Jalene Vaughn puts dental patients at ease

A few years ago Jalene Vaughn took on a new professional challenge as office manager at Placerville dentist Ike Rahimi’s office. Busy and happy, today she coordinates schedules for two dentists, two hygienists, three assistants and a front desk receptionist; tracks patient insurance and collections; ensures quality patient care; and handles the office’s marketing. “It’s my […]

Connie Barnes gives her all to make clients happy

Through housing booms and crashes, Connie Barnes has endured and thrived … and the RE/MAX Gold Realtor wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love the business … and the rewards are fantastic,” Barnes said. “It’s super-hard work but I really enjoy it.” For more than two decades, Barnes has helped clients buy and sell […]

Clara Yang helps clients protect their future, assets

If Clara Yang could share one message it would be this: Estate planning is for everyone — start now. While many people think estate planning is for the elderly or super-rich, the Mother Lode Law attorney said everyone benefits when a person puts in writing plans for their future as they age and for their estate […]

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

What: 22nd annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $55 after Information: Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado […]

El Dorado County youth prove they are stars

From tutoring to volunteering to teaching kids how to play soccer, El Dorado County’s young people give thousands of hours back to the community each year. Many of those youth recently received Youth Star Awards for their tireless efforts. The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition hosted the ceremony on Dec. 14 at Lakehills Church. […]

Passing the gavel and celebrating 2015

The El Dorado County Association of Realtors’ annual installation luncheon brought Realtors and affiliates together on Friday, Dec. 12, at Serrano Country Club to celebrate successes in 2014 and honor exceptional people in the real estate business. California Association of Realtors 2015 President Chris Kutzkey installed EDCAR’s 2015 Board of Directors: President Erlinda Vindler President […]

Nugget Markets gives Cameron Park store a lift

CAMERON PARK — Food 4 Less shoppers have seen their local grocery store transform before their eyes over the last several months and earlier this week Nugget Markets unveiled the store’s new name — Fork Lift — and kicked off a week-long celebration.

“It’s really a hybrid of Food 4 Less and Nugget,” said assistant store director Jazzmen Sinns. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

In addition to offering products shoppers have added to their carts since Food 4 Less opened in July 2002, Fork Lift has more than 20,000 new items, Sinns said, pointing out the …

It’s a gouda day for cheese expert

“Let me tell you about this cheese I just had.” Whether customers asked him where to find bulk granola or the paper towels, Reed Pattison couldn’t stop telling people about cheese. Easy to see why three years ago Pattison became a Nugget Markets cheese specialist and he’s turned the El Dorado Hills cheese counter into his […]

Homes for the Holidays dazzles

What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes and a business in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for adults and $10 for children age 12 and younger Information: Get into the Christmas spirit with the fifth annual Assistance League of Sierra […]

It’s official — Knight a Los Rios trustee

Shortly after the Nov. 4 election, Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 3, candidate John Knight said he was “cautiously optimistic” about his apparent win. The El Dorado Hills resident and former El Dorado County District 1 supervisor was ahead by 150 votes. As provisional ballots were counted, the lead slimmed but […]

Everybody is happy when these guys get the blues

El Dorado Hills has got the blues … and that’s a good thing. On Saturday, Nov. 15 blues greats Alvon Johnson and The Used Band will bring down the house at the fifth annual Blues and Brews concert hosted by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills. The concert will raise funds for the planned […]

Follow the yellow brick road

What: “The Wizard of Oz” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: ORHS theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23 at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $13 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students […]

Best Tattoo/Piercing: Royal Six Tattoo

Looking to get some ink or a piercing in a clean and friendly environment? Royal Six Tattoo is owned and operated by award-winning and published artist Jaime “VI.” All its artists are certified in both “blood-borne” and “airborne” pathogen education as well as cross contamination and sterilization through the El Dorado County Health Department and OSHA. […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Antique Store: Placerville Antiques

For more than 25 years, antique shoppers have found exceptional treasures at Placerville Antiques, where owner Bev Fraga has brought together the most experienced group of antique and collectible dealers in the area. The shop offers a fabulous variety of collectibles and antiques, including furniture, jewelry, art, glassware, pottery, trains, vinyl records, coins, toys, books, […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Donut Shop: Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts

Donut lovers know where to go when their sugar cravings strike. From apple cinnamon empanadas, to donuts covered in pink frosting and sprinkles, to “the best macaroons you’ve ever tasted,” Sweet Score Yogurt and Donuts has the perfect, made-fresh-daily treat no matter what customers crave. Top that off with frozen yogurt — eight flavors and 80-plus toppings — […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Coffee: The Bean Barn

A great cup of coffee will brighten any morning and there’s no better place to go than The Bean Barn. Friendly faces and the convenience of never having to leave the car, plus delicious coffee, make The Bean Barn an important part of many El Dorado County residents’ routines. Coffee options are nearly endless — hot or iced […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Place to Lose Weight: Curves for Women

Women who want to look better, feel better and work hard have an inviting, encouraging place to go in Placerville. The fitness center helps women adopt a healthy lifestyle. Workouts, developed by Jillian Michaels, combine strength training and bodyweight-based exercises that boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus. The Curves meal plan is effective at […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Bike Shop: Placerville Bike Shop

Owned and operated by Bob Molinari and his family since 1977, Placerville Bike Shop is nothing short of full service. The shop carries top-of-the-line bicycles and accessories from well-know manufacturers like Trek, Mirraco, Shimano and Yakima, among others. For those who already have a ride, the shop’s experienced team of mechanics will make sure its is […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Dinner: Bricks Eats & Drinks

Bricks’ menu has great dinner choices for the entire family. The downtown Placerville restaurant serves lunch and dinner in a pub-like setting. The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and salads. The more serious-minded eater will enjoy a 14-ounce center-cut ribeye steak, grilled lamb chops in tarragon cream or wild Scottish salmon. Diners also enjoy cold beer from the tap […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Travel Agency: Hangtown Travel

Whether you want to explore the reef in Australia or the beaches of Zanzibar, Hangtown Travel can turn your vacation idea into a dream getaway. Established in 1971, Hangtown Travel specializes in individual, customized travel services. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, family vacation or important business trip, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best New Restaurant: Pizza Bene

Pizza Bene brings customers “pizza, the Napoletana way.” Napoletano-style pizza is thin crust pizza made with twice milled Italian flour and cooked at high temperatures in a brick pizza oven. The imported Caputo flour owner/pizza chef Ben Butler uses is GMO free and, in combination with the pizza oven, produces a soft, chewy crust with […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply

Best Men’s Shop: Combellack’s

For more than 125 years men have walked into Combellack’s and come back out with the most stylish wardrobe in town. Catering to its young and young-at-heart customers, the shop carries quality clothing for every occasion — jeans, outdoor wear, sports coats, sweaters and even tuxedo rentals. The family owned business started in 1898 by William […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Readers Choice 2014 | Leave a reply
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