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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Pat Lakey

Authors to share their stories

What: Authors Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Sunday, April 27, noon Cost: $10 Information: Rose at 530-626-5103, Nora at 916-941-7156 or e-mail at   Any one of the authors scheduled Sunday, April 27 to talk about their works would be enough to fascinate a crowd but […]

Teens have fun at the library

An oasis of learning at the El Dorado County Library’s Placerville branch finds students gathering the second Tuesday of each month to have fun while learning and at the same time grab some credit that will look great on college entrance applications and job résumés. The Teen Library Council not only encourages reading but has […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Chandler Morrill likes doing good deeds

Joining the Boy Scouts as a youngster was “just another thing my mom put me in” for Chandler Morrill of Placerville, but a half-dozen years later he proudly attended his Court of Honor on March 8, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Chandler’s project that topped off the years of Scouting that led to […]

Essay winners to star at luncheon

El Dorado County Democrats have a chance to ice down the party’s black eye in the wake of the arrest of California State Senator Leland Yee by attending what promises to be an uplifting luncheon Saturday, April 5 at the El Dorado County Office of Education. The occasion is to honor the three winners of […]

Community support builds teen facility

Students at Pioneer and Mountain Creek schools soon will be able to walk across the road and spend after-school hours — and the summer — in a brand-new teen center, courtesy of the South County community and generous support from others, including the El Dorado Union High School District. Members of the Pioneer Bible Church […]

Everyone wins at the Nature Bowl

The spring-green grass at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma was crawling with kids on two recent sunny days — students from area schools intent on getting close to nature and taking their classroom learning to the source itself. The students participated in the 29th annual Nature Bowl, with the competition in Coloma […]

Play offers important messages

What:  ”You Can’t Take It With You” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville in Placerville When: Friday, March 28 through Saturday, April 19 Cost: All Tickets are $15 and groups $12 Information: 530-642-0404   Imagination Theater’s latest play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” presents a frolicking, fun-loving family that […]

Girl Scouts helping make garden grow

Six blossoming beauties, all members of Girl Scout Jr. Troop 1321 of Placerville, have been working diligently to help raise money for the popular garden program at Louisiana Schnell School. The fifth-graders, Rebecca Hulsing, Haley Kline, Chloe Habas, Tessa Bush, Abby Porter and Zoe Bryant all are busy selling ceramic tiles that will decorate a […]

The Renfros have the answers for wedded bliss

When Roy Renfro first laid eyes upon who would become his wife of 50 years, he really didn’t think much of the young lady in the elevator who was wearing shorts with red bloomers peeking out, thinking only that the brunette bombshell “was too giggly.” “I wasn’t impressed with the presentation,” said Roy recently from […]

‘Dean’ and friends visit Cameron Park

When Dean Martin’s daughter Deana heard a familiar voice crooning from the stage at the Steubenville Dean Martin Festival a while back — long after her famous father had passed — she reportedly remarked, “I thought I heard my dad singing.” Deana had gone to catch the show after her mom, Jeanne Martin, had told […]

Film, food, wine and more at mixer

What: I Love Film Mixer and Business Showcase Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, March 14 from 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free Information: The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at 530-621-5885 or the El Dorado […]

Rules analyst to speak at Ponderosa fundraiser

What: Ninth annual Spring Banquet Who: Ponderosa High School Foundation Where: The Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Road in Rescue When: Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Information: 530-621-1673 Let’s face it, ladies — many of you watch football on TV because the man in your life loves it but […]

Hangtown inspires folk opera

Eric Brace was born at a brand-new Marshall Hospital back in 1960 and although he spent only the first three years of his life in Placerville, the romance of the Old West and the lure of gold that brought the world to El Dorado County in the late 1840s remained firmly fixed in his psyche. […]

Camaraderie of cribbage offers companionship

Historical accounts tell of how submariners in World War II kept their minds occupied in “down times” by playing a card game that has been around since the early 17th century: cribbage. You needn’t sink to such depths in order to enjoy a rousing round of cribbage in El Dorado Hills, but you might need […]

Ecstatic about dancing

“I’m happy dancin’, I’m dancin’, I’ll dance on my own.” — Robert Plant It used to be that you’d go to a nightclub, and even though the music was irresistible, you’d sit alone if someone wasn’t willing to dance with you. That’s not the norm so much today but if you’re still the type who […]

Growing up has many benefits

It’s time to grow up. That’s the message from those behind a budding global effort to encourage tower gardens, a method of growing fruits, vegetables and other plants that sends the greenery into a vertical existence, rising toward the skies instead of sprawling over valuable acreage. Two local members of the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op […]

Manny Cazares puts personal service first

When RE/MAX Gold Manny Cazares wakes up each morning, he can’t wait to help others make their dreams of homeownership come true. “What I enjoy most about my job is that it constantly challenges me,” said Cazares, who came on board with RE/MAX in El Dorado Hills  recently but has been in real estate in […]

Have an Affair of the Heart

Have a heart and treat that vital organ to the best possible care for a happy, healthy life. The importance of heart health is the focus of the annual Affair of the Heart, Marshall Medical Center’s popular event that includes guest speakers, health club vendors, health screenings, healthy food sampling, wine tasting and other treats. […]

Artist paints it forward

When a pastor at Rolling Hills Church recently urged the congregation to make good use of any “gifts from God” to help others rather than themselves, his words touched the heart of Cameron Park artist Joe Banuat. The former art teacher decided it was time to “paint it forward.” Banuat, a semi-retired real estate broker, […]

Laughter generates dollars for causes

What: Stand Up For Kids Who: Ag in the Classroom and PreventionWorks Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Feb. 22, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door Information: or 530-303-8117 It’s said that when times get hard, “If you […]

Amazing collection reveals history

What: ”Lookin’ Back at Black” Who: Esther Roman Where: El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 916-358-3575   When a natural gas explosion ripped through a tunnel 200 feet below Lake Eerie in the early summer of 1916, killing 10 workers and 11 more emergency […]

Meet Cupid’s helpers

Now that Cupid’s arrow has pierced your heart on Valentine’s Day, let love fly you straight to a wedding show that’s bound to keep the path true to a blissful future together.

Grab your groom-to-be and invite your mom and girlfriends to join the bevy of brides-in-the-making at “It’s a Wedding Affair,” Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park.

Taste wedding cake samples and other temptations as you gaze upon gorgeous wedding dresses and accessories, all designed to pique fresh ideas and add creativity to that special day.

Some 40 vendors will be on hand to help plan your wedding, offering services and sparking enthusiasm.

Fair wins industry awards

In what El Dorado County Fair CEO Jody Gray calls “probably the best year ever” as far as a prestigious statewide competition, the fair garnered more than a half-dozen awards from the Western Fairs Association. The association each year invites the 76 fairs held throughout California to enter the contest, which recognizes efforts to promote […]

Surprises await in ‘Rehearsal for Murder’

What: “Rehearsal for Murder” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Feb. 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for high school students ($7 for those with a UMHS student body card). Information: 530-621-4003, ext. 4605 When the beautiful, […]

Know when to hold ‘em

What: Eighth annual Hangtown Hold ‘em Poker Tournament Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 25, check-in and registration at 3 p.m., gaming starting at 4 sharp Cost: $50 buy-in, with optional $25 re-buys and $25 add-ons Information: E-mail Lynzee Schram at or call […]

Old and new make for an exciting show

What: Todd Morgan and the Emblems concert Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $18 each or two for $34 and may be purchased at the Cameron Park area Walgreens, Bel-Air, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce, […]

Day commemorates amazing occasions

History has it that when James Marshall reached into the glittering water of the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill and held gleaming yellow flakes in his palm Jan. 24, 1848, he turned to a fellow millworker and said, “I have found it.”

His colleague asked, “What is it?” to which Marshall replied, “Gold.”

That remarkable day will be the focus of a celebration Friday, Jan. 24, at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Highway 49 in Coloma as volunteers in period costume re-enact that momentous discovery, some 166 years later.

The annual Gold Discovery Day will be filled with activities and re-enactments along the South Fork of the American River in Coloma, the site of Marshall’s …

Find Something MORE at art and wine event

What: Art and Wine with Something MORE Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple Information: or 530-622-4848 When Oakstone Winery in Fair Play burned to the ground a year-and-a-half ago, wine lovers’ […]

Scout: Nathaniel Moody — Decks the community center

Nathaniel Moody has walked through a really big corn maze and hiked to the heights of the Desolation Wilderness Area — all because of being a member of Boy Scouts of America. And now Nathaniel has earned his Eagle Scout rank, having completed a new wooden deck that will serve the Shingle Springs Community Center, […]

Dogs keep it agile

Rainee Johnson of Shingle Springs has a perfect plan for keeping her body in ship-shape as she cruises toward her sixth decade: four furry friends who keep her hopping. “My doctor told me to keep moving,” said Johnson, owner of Sierra Animal Hospital in Placerville.” He said if it hurts, stop, but otherwise just keep […]

Interfaith dinner to promote understanding

Following the nightmarish attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on America, there came a wave of outrage and fury toward those of the Muslim faith by many in the United States, a hatred that still permeates some segments of society. It is because of those feelings that two local religious leaders, a Christian and a Muslim, […]

A place to meet wonderful friends

When Maureen Anderson and her husband Hal moved from the Bay Area to Cameron Park 27 years ago, they didn’t know a soul in the tiny foothills community of El Dorado County, except for a couple who lived in Shingle Springs and had told them of the wonderful area. When Hal died a few years […]

Lofty Lou’s is color central

Should there be any doubt that the inside of Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop is full of colorful, quality yarns and fabrics, that notion is quickly dispelled when Lou Andersen herself greets you at the door. She’s 65, she’s nothing but fun, and her hair is streaked with turquoise, bright red, orange and blue that instead […]

Flying Ace T-shirts in business since 1977

Sue and Richard Burgdorf each received degrees from Cal Berkeley, she in design and he in architecture, in 1974. So, naturally, they made T-shirts for a living. “My mom said we were crazy, that T-shirts were just a fad,” said Richard from his office at Flying Ace T-shirts on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. “But […]

Arians’ sells everything from camping to camo

A few years back, a burglar broke into Arians’ Supply Sergeant on Main Street in Placerville and was quickly nabbed by the local police. When asked why he chose Arian’s as his target, the thief replied, “They have a lot of cool stuff there.” He was right about that, anyway. Established in 1952, Arian’s at […]

Gularte’s Pizza and Deli a family operation

Organized chaos might be the best way to describe a downtown Diamond Springs sandwich and pizza shop that has managed to please its patrons since 1983. Asked who is in charge of Gularte’s Great Diamond Deli and Pizza at 670 Pleasant Valley Road, three hands shot into the air, all three daughters of Joyce Gularte, […]

Hangtown Kennel Club devoted to public service

They love puttin’ on the dogs, and the Hangtown Kennel Club has kept in active service since 1980 without a “paws.” The reason for the success of the club, which not only focuses on dog shows, training and knowledge of man’s best friend, is that it also is positively philanthropic, sponsoring scholarships and committing to […]

Sandy Matthews, longtime real estate agent

Why are all these real estate agents smiling? In an economy that has even the most optimistic experts giving the financial picture a decidedly tiny thumbs-up, the agents at Coldwell Banker’s Main Street office in Placerville greet visitors with chipper smiles and gracious nods as they busily go about their business. Maybe it’s because that […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Greg Stein soars

Fledgling pilot Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills no longer is a fledgling at scouting: He recently attained his Eagle ranking with a project that will help Placerville area pilots communicate. When his eagle eye spotted the lack of a bulletin board at the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, Greg, 14, decided to help the […]

Be merry at the annual feast

What: 21st annual Elizabethan Family Celebration and Feast Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Tickets, priced at $35 for adults and $12 for those 12 and under, go quickly every year. Cost: Tickets are $35 for adults and $12 for those 12 and under Information: Carole at 916-220-7317 […]

A gift everyone will love

Remember how much Cinderella loved that shiny slipper? Well times haven’t changed that much, and for guys who find themselves stumped about what to place under the tree for that special woman, Evergreen Footwear in Placerville has the solution. Be bold, be brave: think shoes. Just ask her to write down all her sizes and […]

El Dorado rolls out red carpet

What: Christmas in El Dorado Who: Businesses in El Dorado Where: Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado When: Friday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: 530-622-2840   Now that the turkey dinner is over and the leftovers are safely put away, work off that extra helping of potatoes and gravy with a brisk walk […]

A dinner to be thankful for

Loneliness and loss are tough to take any time of the year, but during the holidays the joy and laughter enjoyed by others can cut to the bone if you find yourself staring at a Thanksgiving table set for one. So don’t. Decide, instead, to join a different family, that of a community that comes […]

Merchants welcome shoppers

Since she was a small child, Mary Meader has watched downtown Placerville transform into a magical scene straight out of a fairytale each Christmas season, as the town gets decked out in its holiday best, complete with bells on horses, children in earmuffs and all the trappings of an old-fashioned community celebration. Meader has watched […]

Let there be lights

What: Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: Placerville Downtown Association at 530-672-3436 Come all ye faithful and trust that a great family time will be had as downtown Placerville lights up its magnificent tree at the corner of Bedford Avenue […]

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