Stepping out: There’s good food at PJ’s Roadhouse

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” — Miss Piggy PJ’s Roadhouse My editor left a menu and a note in my mailbox pointing out that PJ’s Roadhouse, which is located at 5641 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Pop-up Lunch Break at SFMONA

On Friday, Jan. 6, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will transform into a neighborhood lunch break room to celebrate the final weeks of “Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break,” an exhibition that contemplates workers’ activities during their lunch breaks through film, photography and writing. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Schwab Room […]

It will be ‘Snowcial’ at Heavenly Resort’s winter festival

 The worlds of digital storytelling, snowsports and technology will converge at Heavenly Mountain Resort Jan. 18 to 21, for the fourth annual Tahoe Snowcial, a one-of-a-kind winter festival that celebrates the global community who live their passion on the snow and telling their stories online. Connecting the connected snowsports enthusiasts since 2008, the annual Tahoe […]

Imagination Theater to hold auditions for ‘The Secret Garden’

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce auditions for the musical, “The Secret Garden,” directed by Lorrene Baum-Davis. Auditions will take place at Imagination Theater, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with call backs on Sunday, April 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnet,”The Secret Garden” […]

Jenn Rogar and the Adorables performing with Hickory Wind at Cozmic Café

Local band Hickory Wind will be jamming with Sacramento artist Jenn Rogar and the Adorables at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $7. Rogar has been playing since 1997 in and around Sacramento at coffee houses, restaurants, clubs, second Saturday events, […]

Tibetan Buddhist monks to visit Placerville

For the 12th year in a row, the foothills welcome the Gaden Shartse monastery monks. This year the Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen will be visiting Placerville on Jan. 11 to 14. Geshe Gealtsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At the age of 11 he was ordained as a monk in Gaden Shartse Norling […]

County wineries to bring out the barrels

The El Dorado Winery Association (EDWA) invites the public to hunt for a favorite wine during its annual Bring Out the Barrel event on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, 29. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Bring Out the Barrel is a self-guided tour of 27 wineries nestled […]

CPCSD presents Joni Morris in Patsy Cline tribute

Patsy Cline was a legend in her own time and her lights have not faded. She is more popular now than ever before with her heart-breaking melodies of love lost. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Cameron Park Community Services District will present Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band as Morris pays her own special tribute to the queen […]

Grow For It! Get the gardening bug in 2012

Remember those gardening resolutions from just a few days ago? Whether the goal is to grow more, grow it better or grow it beautifully, the El Dorado County Master Gardeners has lots of information and guidance on ways to achieve this. The Master Gardeners are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Friday, 9 […]

Teen chefs can cook up scholarships

Creative and love to cook, here’s a chance to turn that combination into an opportunity to create your own tomorrow with a culinary education. It could start with a tuition scholarship to the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in Sacramento. The Art Institutes’ Best Teen Chef Competition, now in its 13th […]

Heavenly Mountain Resort helps non-profits with grants

Heavenly Mountain Resort announced that 47 local non-profit organizations will receive cash grants and in-kind donations for the 2011-12 season through the Vail Resorts Echo program. “We are very proud to be able to give back to the local communities where our employees live, work and recreate. These local non-profits should be recognized and rewarded […]

Almond Festival 2012 is set for March

The Capay Valley Almond Festival began in 1915 and has been a Northern California tradition. The only five-town event in Northern California, the festival is a showcase of the Esparto/Capay Valley Region. It began in the fall after the harvest and moved years later to the spring, in order to show off the lovely blossoms. […]

At a glance: Make a wish upon a star

The new year is always exciting and to keep the momentum on a positive note there will be “stars” for making wishes upon. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The people in the eastern part of the United States get the best show with about 50 to 100 “shooting stars” an hour […]

As we were: What’s in a name?

25 Years ago Jan. 2, 1987 EID attempts name change to EDH Water District By MIKE PULLY After starting 1986 off by attempting to change its own name, the El Dorado Irrigation District recently considered it might have better luck at changing the name of another local agency, the El Dorado Hills County Water District. Ironically, […]

Students find new skills in New Arenas

“Pick out a horse that reminds you of you.” Pam Stoddard, director and founder of New Arenas, stands near the gate of Henningsen Pavillion at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville and instructs four people to follow these directions. The members of the group walk toward the three horses in the arena, trying to decide which horse […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Schnell fourth graders are awed by Yosemite

“Awesome.” That word is used by kids everyday, all the time. But recently, a group of Placerville fourth grade students used it with more than the usual emphasis, because most of them were seeing Yosemite Valley for the first time. In California public schools, the focus of the fourth grade curriculum is on California. What […]

Just breathe: Yoga instructor Donna Rixmann takes a gentle approach

EL DORADO HILLS — Donna Rixmann didn’t know what to expect when a friend invited her to a yoga class several years ago. But she knew exactly how great she felt when it ended. “I had no idea how stressed out I had been until I opened my eyes and realized the sky was a […]

Master Food Preservers: Peas for luck

Snow peas, southern peas, field peas or black-eyed peas; whatever name these go by, good luck is sure to follow whoever eats some after the start of the new year. Almost all cultures throughout the world follow acquired rituals to ring in the new year, and Americans developed the tradition of eating black-eyed peas to […]

Straight Line Roofing event puts meals on the table

Straight Line Roofing and Construction recently hosted its fifth annual Thanks and Giving Customer Appreciation Party at the Cameron Park Community Services District. This annual event is something area residents including customers and employees of Straight Line Roofing look forward to every year. Everyone has an opportunity to gather for holiday cheer and raise funds […]

Open house to preview travel for seniors

The Placerville Senior Center will be hosting an open house preview at the Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville, on Friday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The open house will feature the upcoming All-West motor coach tours. Stop by and find out about the senior center’s tours for 2012-daytrips, overnights and three […]

A very appy new year

By R. Shalendra Come on, you’ve all had that thought, “If I only had the time I’d _______.” What? What would you do if you only had the time? As a husband, father, and businessman I know how easy it is to make the excuse that you’re too busy to chase personal goals. Life gets […]

Master Gardener class to teach good pruning

Local professional gardener Walt Miller will present information on good pruning practices to keep trees healthy and under control. The pruning and remedial pruning of deciduous fruit trees will take place Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, starting at 9 a.m. Proper pruning leads to more fruit production. Hands-on […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — The hunter rising

The year of 2012 initiates a series of Heavenly News articles entitled “Dance of the Constellations.” The series starts with the chilly evenings of January that herald the arrival of the winter constellations rising above the eastern horizon. One of the most recognizable of these constellations is Orion, the hunter. Orion is easily found by […]

‘Cult of Beauty’ is showing at the Legion of Honor

“”The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900″ is showing at the Legion of Honor. It is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact […]

Harris deployed to Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Charles Douglas Harris was deployed to Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 16. The son of Charles and Lisa Harris of Somerset is assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat unit 2nd infantry division out of Joint Base Lewis in McChord, Wash. The private first class has been with the division since graduating from basic […]

Army National Guard knights Smith

Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew J. Smith was honored Saturday, Dec. 17 by the Nevada National Guard at its yearly awards banquet in Carson City, Nev. Smith was knighted and inducted into the Honorable Order of St. George. Only two others in attendance had previously received this honor. Sgt. Smith has been in the National […]

Gong Yuebin to exhibit at Crocker in March

The Crocker Art Museum will present the first major American museum exhibition for artist Gong Yuebin in spring 2012 in “Gong Yuebin: Site 2801.” On display from March 10 through April 29, Yuebin’s massive conceptual installation of 210 terracotta warriors invites viewers to become archaeologists of the future by confronting humanity’s past and present. In […]

Learn a new art

There is a new class, “Beginning Tribal Fusion Bellydance” is starting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The class will be Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “The Heyoka” founding member JR offers the class in a fun and supportive environment. Students will learn basic movements that will be practiced to get […]

The Cozmic welcomes the New Year

On Saturday, Dec. 31, the Cozmic Cafe is presenting “Hello 2012 New Year’s Eve Bash.” The night will feature The Rusty Buckets, The Bone MacDonald Band and DJ Duncan spinning vinyl until the new year. The party is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the cost is $7. Join the Cozmic and friends for an awesome […]

Prime D and Crimson Sky rock the Coz

Two great bands are playing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Dec 30, at 8 p.m. Prime D and Crimson Sky will be rock the historical building with big sounds. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Prime D plays rock ‘n’ roll, […]

Stepping out: Fernando’s Costa del Sol offers more

“For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!” — Traditional Scottish Tune, words by Robert Burns Fernando’s Costa del Sol Fernando’s Costa del Sol, which used to be at the southern corner of highways 49 and 193 in Placerville, moved to its […]

What does the future hold?

What will 2012 hold for the world? According to the “Bible Code,” a comet, asteroid or meteor will hit the Earth and survival kits for 2012 are already being sold online. The Mayan calendar runs out of numbers and some have interpreted the ending of the cycle of numbers as a Mayan prediction of the […]

Elvis Week at the Carson Valley Inn

Elvis Presley would have marked his 77th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 8, and the Carson Valley Inn is celebrating with Elvis Week from Wednesday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Jan. 8. Highlights include Elvis impersonators in the casino and Cabaret Lounge, teddy bear giveaways on Jan. 4, cake and champagne on Jan. 8 and some of […]

Ring in New Year at Lake Tahoe restaurant

The West Shore Café and Inn in Lake Tahoe is having a New Year’s Eve celebration. The inn, which reopened last year, includes a casual yet elegant restaurant that includes an intimate six-room luxury inn with four lake view suites and two mountain view guest rooms. It is a picturesque lakefront restaurant and inn located adjacent […]

Capital Stage Company presents ‘In the Next Room’

The Capital Stage Company will kick-off 2012 with the Sacramento premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed Broadway comedy “In the Next Room: or the vibrator play,” running from Jan. 25 to Feb. 26. It’s the 1880s and for the wife of eminent scientist and inventor Dr Givings, the vagaries of the medical field have never held […]

Fantastic New Year’s meals at Carson Valley Inn

CV Steak, the Carson Valley Inn’s steakhouse, and Katie’s Country Kitchen, the 24-hour restaurant, are offering their regular menus plus specials on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve specials in CV Steak are roasted prime rib of beef with shrimp scampi and Alderwood cold-smoked grilled Pacific salmon accompanied with apple butter sauce. As with […]

Three Stages adds a second show for Diavolo

Diavolo, the groundbreaking dance troupe, will be making its Folsom debut at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway. Comprised of a team of dancers, gymnasts, rock climbers, athletes and actors, Diavolo and its large-scale interdisciplinary performances examine the funny and sometimes frightening ways individuals interact with their environment. In doing so, it has redefined dance, theater, […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies features ‘Rope’

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Jan. 7, with the dark drama “Rope,” from 1948. Alfred Hitchcock takes aim at two friends who kill a schoolmate and then throw a party. Guests include the dead man’s girlfriend, his father — and the friends’ former teacher, suspicious James Stewart, who watches as his hosts […]

Nick Palance in concert in Georgetown

Music on the Divide will host tenor Nick Palance, Sunday, Jan. 22, in a concert at the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown, at 3 p.m. Palance embodies high tenor sounds that navigate effortlessly between delicate moments and full-bodied crescendos. He exemplifies a new ‘popera’ or ‘pop-opera’ form of music that’s sprouted within the […]

Apple Z to perform at Milestone Saloon

The Apple Z Band will be performing at the Milestone Saloon, 2968 State Highway 49 in Cool, on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 9 p.m. Hailing from Sacramento, Apple Z has been scorching the local music scene with its unique blend of cover songs and originals for several years. Voted one of the best club […]

Yountville presents third annual Moveable Feast

The culinary capital of the Napa Valley, Yountville, will ring in 2012 with its third annual, “Moveable Feast” promotion during Cabernet season. As part of Moveable Feast, participating restaurants, hotels and wineries will offer food lovers the town’s world-famous culinary and wine experiences at a special value. Available Sunday, Jan. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 29, […]

Big New Year’s Eve at SS community center

The third annual Rocking New Year’s Eve event takes place at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, on Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be music and dancing through New Year’s Day at 1 a.m. Admission is $5. As with other years, everyone is encouraged […]

Jane Austen plays come to Placerville

“Cherry on Top Productions,” a Sacramento based theater company, will be performing two Jane Austen plays at Imagination Theater Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14. The multi-aged cast of more than 20 has collaborated on many dramatic and musical projects during the last 20 years and has recently come together to form this theater […]

Seger delivers the hits in Bay Area stop

OAKLAND — If you take Bob Seger at his word when he contemplated retirement earlier this year and said, “it’s time to go away and let the younger guys take over — the Eminems and Kid Rocks of the world,” then Seger’s appearance last Wednesday at the Oracle Arena might have been his last-ever concert […]

Whiskey Dawn brings in New Year at Red Hawk

Whiskey Dawn will ring in the New Year at Red Hawk Casino in Placerville on New Year’s Eve weekend. The Sacramento based country music band will perform at the Stage Bar at the casino on New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, from 7 p.m. to […]