U.S. Army Ranger Lt. Matthew Mc Clary (photo)

Matthew Anderson McClary, a 2002 graduate of Ponderosa High School and a West Point Military Academy distinguished graduate  in 2010, has graduated from US Army Ranger School . Ranger School is an extremely intense combat leadership course oriented towards small-unit tactics. More than 400 soldiers began the course with McClary,but only 161 graduated on April […]

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Amber Nixon and James De Buizer engaged

Robert E. and Janet Wind Nixon, of Cameron Park, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Marie Lawraine Nixon to Dr. James Michael De Buizer. The bride elect was Miss Teen El Dorado County 1992, graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1994, and received her BS in Business from Santa Clara […]

Allisa Paige and Jonathan Ward engaged

Allisa Paige of Sacramento and Jonathan Ward, also of Sacramento, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride to be is the daughter of Phil and Kelly Paige of Sun River, Ore., and is a 2003 graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in Bainbridge Isle, Ore. She attended Central Washington University. Allisa is employed […]

Airman 1st class Zachary William James Bach

Airman 1st class Zachary William James Bach  completed basic training and graduated with honors at Lackland Air Force, Base, San Antonio, Texas on February 25th. Bach was in the top 10 percent of his basic academy and was in the Air Force Band during his training. He is completing  computer technician school training at Keesler […]

Coast Guard FN Kristi L. Ames

Coast Guard Fireman (FN) Kristi L. Ames graduated from U.S. Coast Guard boot camp on Feb. 25. The FN successfully completed the 8 week intensive basic training at Cape May, New Jersey, graduating with Lima Company 184. After a week long leave at home in Placerville, Ames reported to the USCG Cutter “Rush,” stationed out of […]

No photo Army Pvt. Tonya J. Tillis

Army Pvt. Tonya J. Tillis has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Army Pvt. James Edgerton No Photo

Army Pvt. James Edgerton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle […]

Allison Konefal and Trinidad Viramontes to wed

Allison Konefal, formerly of Shingle Springs, and Trinidad Viramontes of Ceres have announced their intention to wed. Allison is the daughter of Joe and Pam Konefal of Shingle Springs and is a 2000 Ponderosa High School graduate. She graduated from Chico State University with a BA degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently […]

Army Spec. Sean T. Malone

Army Spec. Sean T. Malone has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.  The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of Basic Combat Training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military […]

Air Force Airman Michael P. Bordges

Air Force Airman Michael P. Bordges graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Army Maj. Russell S. Edmiston

Army Maj. Russell S. Edmiston has graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., earning a master’s degree in operations research.  The school is designed to provide relevant and unique advanced education and research programs to increase the combat effectiveness of the U.S. and Allied armed forces, and to enhance the security of the […]

Air Force reserve Airman Jeremy M. Hague

Air Force Reserve Airman Jeremy M. Hague graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits […]

Robotics is a serious business

What: Recycle e-waste fundraiser Who: Circuit Breakers Where: Raley’s parking lot, 166 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: eduhsdrobotics.org and cearinc.com. Approximately 30 El Dorado County high school students are part of a very competitive team called the Circuit Breakers. They meet inside the ROPA classroom at Shenandoah High […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — Canis Major, the great hunting dog

Bark. Growl. Howl. Today the subject is about a constellation that truly belongs to the dogs. Canis Major is latin for “Greater Dog.” In mythology, the constellation is known as one of Orion’s two hunting dogs. It’s easy to find Canis Major in February. Look in the southeast direction in the early evening. On a […]

Michael Connor return to Zia’s

Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, welcomes back Mike Connor on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. for an all acoustic set by this talented local singer and songwriter. This folksinger and West Virgina native will grace Zia’s with his soothing musical stylings. His blend of acoustic guitar finger picking and ballads include […]

The past and present meet at the Cozmic

Jacob Mingle, owner of the Cozmic Café, 495 Main St. in Placerville, has created an eclectic meeting place which uniquely combines a present day connection of community to the heritage of the town’s Gold Rush past. Nestled in the old Placerville Soda Works building, the warm atmosphere welcomes all the diverse expressions of present-day Placerville […]

Stepping out: Crepe Town Café is wonderful place to dine

No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.” — Henry Ward Beecher Crepe Town Café I first heard about this place a couple of weeks ago when I was at a wine and food event. Two days later I received a call […]

‘Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3!’ is hitting the ice

Disney On Ice presents “Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3!” The Academy Award winning blockbuster, “Toy Story 3,” and memorable moments from “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ are hitting the ice in this sensational live production. “We’ve all grown up watching the ‘Toy Story’ movies,” said producer Kenneth Feld. “Now our families – grandparents, parents […]

Railroad museum presents special presentations

In celebration of Black History Month, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to present two special guest presentations and book signing opportunities with Professor Theodore Kornweibel Jr., author of “Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey.” After 30 years of research and work in the field of black history, Kornweibel will share […]

‘Bullshot Crummond’ saves the day

What: “Bullshot Crummond” Who: Union Mine High School Drama Department Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9 and 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: Adults $10, students $8 and high school students with associated student body cards $7 Information: 530-621-4003, ext. […]

Montbleu is celebrating Big Game Weekend

STATELINE, Nev. —  MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, (montbleuresort.com) is pulling out all the stops in preparation for Big Game Weekend, with parties, poker, punches, pigskin pile-ups and new 10 foot projection HD screens, through Feb.5 to celebrate Super Bowl XLVI at MontBleu. Kicking off the resort’s Big Game Weekend festivities, the South Shore entertainment hotspot […]

Capitol Pops Concert band receives grant

The Louise Hess Foundation of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to the Capitol Pops Concert Band, the Fair Oaks-based community band celebrating its 15th year in 2012. CPCB Director Jerry Lopes, who has served as the band’s director since its first rehearsal on Feb. 6, 1997, announced the awarding of […]

Brodsky to paint a musical sketch at Marshall Grange

North Carolina based singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky will have an encore performance at the Marshall Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Brodsky’s guitar and lyrics paint a musical sketch of the drama of daily lives, shedding a humorous light on trials and tribulations. He has a genuine […]

Alternative rock band Wilco delivers in return concert at the Warfield

SAN FRANCISCO — Wilco is one of those rare bands that heard live sound great start-to-finish, loud or quiet, indoors or out and in a small or big venue. At the Warfield Theater Sunday, Jan. 29 on its “The Whole Love” tour in support of the latest release by the same name, the Chicago-based alternative […]

Museums to offer reduced admission day

SACRAMENTO — After a record-breaking attendance of more than 115,000 visitors last year, 28 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day on Saturday, Feb. 4, during the 14th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. New this year, 26 of the 28 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas […]

Premier hunt at Sonoma crab and wine

SANTA ROSA — The 23rd Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Grace Pavilion on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The premier auction item at this year’s crab and wine fest is a rare opportunity to hunt for a bull Tule elk at the beautiful 3,000 acre R&R […]

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Fall in love with ‘Sleeping Beauty’

What: “Sleeping Beauty” Who: Oak Ridge High School Theatre Arts Where: Oak Ridge High School Theatre, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: 7 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 4 and Feb. 9 and 11, and 2 p.m. on Feb 4 and 5 and Feb. 11 and 12 Cost: $8 general admission and $5 for children 12 […]

Locals take part in UCLA’s Dance Marathon

LOS ANGELES — Students at the University of California, Los Angeles, will rally over the Feb. 18 weekend to fight against global pediatric HIV/AIDS at the school’s 11th annual Dance Marathon put on by the student-run Pediatric AIDS Coalition. The event brings together students, activists, performers, celebrities and corporate sponsors to raise awareness about the […]

Fashions, music and inspiration at luncheon

All ladies are invited to attend the Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, Fashions are Sweet, on Monday, Feb. 13, at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Chico’s in Folsom will dress models in its trendiest, most colorful line of spring clothes. Sherry Mehl, chief deputy director for the Department of Consumer Affairs for […]

Concert features music for violin, clarinet and piano

The Mother Lode Friends of Music presents a concert of music for violin, clarinet and piano on Sunday, Feb. 12, starting at 3 p.m. in the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek. The concert features two instrumentalists with international reputations. Violinist Corina Stoian was trained in her native Bucharest, Romania, and pursued a […]

Neumann to continue as Folsom Symphony conductor

The Folsom Symphony’s board of directors announced that Michael Neumann will continue as conductor and music director at least through 2015. The symphony and Neumann agreed to a four-year contract in December that includes an option to renew for three additional years. “We have been so fortunate to have a conductor of Michael’s caliber since […]

United Way is having toilet paper drive

Residents can spare a square to help local nonprofits save thousands of dollars each year on toilet paper. United Way California Capital Region’s fourth annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Last year’s drive raised 115,840 […]

Winnemucca hosts photography symposium

The 24th edition of “Shooting The West,” a unique photography symposium in Winnemucca, Nev., is March 7 to 11. Featured are photography pros presenting their work and conducting workshops; presentations, exhibits, vendor booths, contests, field trips, and musical performances. Special guests are Stacy Pearsall, a highly decorated Iraq War military combat photographer; Adam Jahiel, an […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies to start

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Feb. 4, with the comedy “If I Had a Million.” The 1932 movie is about a man who refusing to leave relatives any money, finds eight strangers in the phone book and sends each a million dollars. The money makes a difference for some, changes nothing […]

Workshops focus on wool and fiber

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference will feature two workshops on wool and fiber. There is more to selling wool than raising sheep and hiring a shearer. In the first workshop, participants will learn what it takes to grow a quality product from selecting the breed of sheep to management of the […]

Free trees available from foundation

Here’s an ideal way to get into the mood for spring planting — join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free trees to plant when the weather turns warm. Every person from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February 2012 will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees. “Redbuds will add beauty to […]

Placerville co-op makes progress

On Jan. 18, the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op (PNFC) welcomed local farmers to establish what crops were being grown and what could be sold through the store. Though not mandatory, many of the growers are member/owners of the co-op. The meeting was hosted by Melisa Clark, general manager, who stated that this is one of […]

FLC alumni to exhibit art works

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College hosts an invitational exhibition of Folsom Lake College alumni artists in the Bank of America Gallery, Friday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, March 18, with a special artists’ reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. It is a question every art student has to grapple with: “What […]

At a glance: Enjoy the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is more than a football championship, it is kind of a eat-a-thon for fans. Super Bowl parties are major gastronomic extravaganzas where the food takes center stage. Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City and founder of DietDetective.com gives […]

Free February self defense clinic

Come alone, come together or bring a group of singles — but come to meet new people, share with friends and learn quick, easy escapes, self-defense tips and raise awareness of the dangers around at a free singles self-defense clinic on Saturday, Feb. 25. Join the Black Belt instructors at Robinson’s Taekwondo to share self-defense tips, […]

Grow For It!: Growing tomatoes from seed

Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about starting tomato seeds. In the last few years, home vegetable growing has reached record highs, with some surveys showing at least 90 percent of home gardeners choosing tomatoes as one of their crops. It is not hard to dispute this fact when home-grown tomatoes […]

February Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the January Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Love, music and great food is in the air

The 11th annual Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus St. Valentine’s Day Ball Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 5 p.m. It is open to the public. This Valentine’s Day is a great time to set worries aside and enjoy an evening of fun, music and great food. Many couples, […]

Selland’s opening in EDH is something to nosh about

EL DORADO HILLS — Dedicated foodies in El Dorado Hills have something new to nosh about. The purpose of the Selland’s Market Café soft opening in El Dorado Hills on last Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights was ostensibly to shake down operations and break in the roughly 50 new employees, many of whom live in […]

Smith Flat drama students take a trip

What: “Canterbury Tales” Who: Charter Smith Flat School drama department Where: former Charles Brown School, 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado When: Thursday, Feb. 2; and Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. Cost: $3 for children and $5 for adults Information: 530-409-1188 The high school drama students at Charter Smith Flat School […]