Master Food Preservers: Spice it up

A low-fat diet sure sounded like a good idea on Jan. 1, but now that a couple of weeks have passed, many with the best of intentions find this resolution to be getting tougher to stick with. Do not despair. Spices and herbs invigorate foods left bland by the elimination of oils and fats and […]

Lava Cap Winery reveals new label and new image

Lava Cap, one of El Dorado County’s pioneering artisan, family-owned wineries, announced a new logo and label design with an updated Website soon to follow. The classic, timeless look and feel of the new brand image not only evokes the winery’s heritage but also indicates the quality of the wine handcrafted by the Jones family. […]

Grow For It! Herbs and spices — Which are which?

All of us want to grow more of what we need for cooking, and one of the easiest homegrown ways to zest up a meal is by adding herbs and spices to a dish. What counts as a herb and which are spices? What makes them similar — or different? Herbs are plants or plant […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

As we were: Retiring supervisors to be honored

25 Years ago Jan. 23, 1987 Supervisors Flynn, Stewart to be honored tomorrow A dinner honoring retiring county supervisors Joseph V. Flynn and Thomas L. Stewart will be held tomorrow evening at the main exhibit hall of the county fairgrounds. No host cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7. Tickets, at […]

Oak Ridge Robotics team takes the challenge

EL DORADO HILLS — If the FIRST Tech Challenge Team No. 4238 needs a theme song for its group, it might consider the 1979 disco hit “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The eight Oak Ridge High School students have worked together for years. Four of the eight — Alex Krueger, Amey Natu, Ben Tucker and Thomas […]

American River Conservancy sponsors volunteer training

Help inspire children and share your passion for nature. The American River Conservancy will host a series docent trainings for interested volunteers in February on three consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Docents will ultimately lead small groups of elementary students on nature walks at the American River Nature Center, located within Marshall Gold […]

Four virtuosos to perform special concert

NCM Fathom and Sony Masterworks are excited to bring an ensemble of tremendous musical talent to theaters nationwide with “The Goat Rodeo Sessions LIVE” featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, in an exclusive in-theater concert event on Tuesday, Jan. 31. This one-night event will broadcast from the […]

McClintock to meet in Cameron Park

Congressman Tom McClintock, District 4, will be at The Light of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cameron Park on Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. The meeting is hosted by the El Dorado West Republican Women, Federated and is open to the public. The organization feels there are many new residents in El Dorado County and they […]

Foothill gourmet: Super Bowl tasty tidbits

The Super Bowl is fast approaching. Watch your favorite team with family and friends and enjoy any of the following recipes for tasty tidbits. Lime chip mix — Combine potato chips, corn chips and cheese puffs to make 8 cups. Toss with the zest of 6 limes, and 1 tablespoon each of paprika, garlic powder […]

Learn about bees at Master Gardener class

On Saturday, Jan. 28, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present a class on Beekeeping, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bees are a critical part of gardening in El Dorado County — without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy many fruits and vegetables. Bees are under threat of disappearing from […]

Bipolar Insights: Another beginning

Beginnings come in many forms. Just as each new day is a beginning, so are birthdays, anniversaries and the start of a new year. With every fresh start, we have an opportunity to reevaluate our lives. Will we resolve to lose weight, exercise, read more or take that long-awaited vacation? Often we begin in December […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Air Force Airman Scotti M. Sikorski

Air Force Airman Scotti M. Sikorski 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 […]

National Guard Airman 1st Class Shawn A. Zielinski

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shawn A. Zielinski 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 […]

Fair to promote health and safety

Learn how to obtain optimal health at Gold Trail Union School District’s Health, Safety and Well-Being Fair set for Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gold Trail School, 889 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. The fair will feature different organizations, groups and individuals contributing to the area’s health, safety and well-being. […]

‘West Side Story’ comes to Sacramento

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of “West Side Story” is coming to Sacramento. “West Side Story” is playing at the Sacramento Community Center Theater through Sunday, Jan. 29. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome […]

Muscial comedy revue opens at Cabaret

“Forbidden Broadway,” New York’s longest running musical comedy revue, opens Friday, Jan. 27, at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret for a limited eight-week engagement through March 14. Parodying the beloved songs and characters from Broadway’s biggest hits such as “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” this show has been entertaining audiences all over the world […]

Art at Iron Willow

Iron Willow Gallery and Studio is pleased to present two featured artists on Saturday, Jan. 21, for Third Saturday Art Walk this month. Mike Bagdonas and Jan Shepherd are both local oil painters and both will be doing demonstrations from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery. Shepherd has several works from her recent trip […]

Stepping out: Buttercup Pantry is a great place to eat and meet

“Onion soup sustains. The process of making it is somewhat like the process of learning to love. It requires commitment, extraordinary effort, time, and will make you cry.” — Ronni Lundy Buttercup Pantry One day last week I had a business meeting at noon and we ended up at the Buttercup Pantry, 222 Main St. […]

Kondos and Shimo to show at Blue Line Gallery

The Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. in Roseville,  is proud to present two distinguished painters Gregory Kondos and Shimo. Kondos is one of California’s most prominent artists and is one of the most respected landscape painters in the United States. His landscapes are known nation-wide of Yosemite, the Sacramento River Delta, the coast line with its […]

It’s MORE than art and wine at this fundraiser

What: El Dorado Art and Wine Festival Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and the Placerville Kiwanis Club Where: Mark D. Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848   As members of the Aktion Club from Mother Lode […]

Folsom Lake College announces auditions for ‘The King Stag’

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College calls for actors from the community to audition Monday, Feb. 13 for its spring production of “The King Stag.” Carlo Gozzi’s hilarious comic fable comes to life in the forest with King Deramo and the faithful Angela who loves him. In this magical fantasy, men become creatures […]

Lukas Nelson coming to the Powerhouse Pub

Whether it is blues, country, top 40, alternative, rock or ’80s and ’90s music, PowerHouse Pub in Folsom is notorious for bringing some of the best local and national music talent to the Sacramento area. PowerHouse Pub is also known for showcasing some of the most unusual, fun and crazy talent there is. From body […]

It will be a high energy night at PJ’s

Three years ago, a band formed in the Sacramento region to play the type of music the members enjoyed most growing up. Not classic rock preformed by so many area bands, but hard rock and old school metal. The group, Rue the Night, started calling it “classic metal” performing songs by Motley Crue, Dio, KISS, […]

Photographs give a unique picture

The de Young Museum presents “Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964″ March 3 to June 3. This is the first museum exhibition of a virtually unknown body of Tress’s early work. In the summer of 1964, San Francisco was ground zero for a historic culture clash as the site of both the 28th Republican National Convention, […]

‘The Idea Man’ comes to California Stage

California Stage celebrates its 20th production year with an award-winning play that nails the greedy acts of large corporations to their front doors. Kevin King’s “The Idea Man,” received its world premiere with the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood and immediately won the best playwriting award at the Los Angeles Ovation Awards. Following California Stage’s […]

Winter wonderland of studio art classes at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, teens, and adults during the museum’s winter session of Studio Art and Art History classes beginning in January. Highlights of the winter session for children include: “Vintage Valentine Party” for families; “Fun with Flowers” for early learners and their caregivers; and a pair […]

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to play at Three Stages

On Feb. 2, Three Stages in Folsom will present the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the first of three Russian artist performances this season. “They are critically acclaimed and are celebrating their 20th season this year. I’m very pleased to have them in Three Stages, where they will be followed by Moscow Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake, Feb.9-10, […]

Cowboy Poets to gather in Elko

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, in Elko, Nev., a high desert community where ranching has been a way of life for more than a century. The poetry, music, workshops, films, discussions, exhibits and […]

‘The vibrator play’ kicks off Capital Stage season

Capital Stage Theater 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. This laugh-out-loud, provocative and touching play is based on the bizarre historical fact that in the 1880s, at the dawn of the age […]

‘Red Hot and Blown’ comes to Crocker

“Red Hot and Blown: Contemporary Glass from the Crocker’s Collection” brings together more than 20 works by some of America’s most well-known glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, Therman Statom and Nancy Mee. The exhibit will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum, March 17 through Sept. 23. The Crocker Art Museum will be […]

Bouquets to Arts decorates de Young Museum

Beginning on March 13, in the de Young Museum for Bouquets to Art 2012, over 140 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought after floral designers will create a spectacular array of floral arrangements. In creating their arrangements, these designers pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the art in the de Young’s permanent […]

Voting opens for favorite cherry tree

Online Voting Begins for “America’s Favorite Cherry Tree” as National Cherry Blossom Festival Launches Centennial Celebration “America’s Favorite Cherry Tree,” an online poll launched by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, allows all Americans to participate in the festival’s Centennial Celebration by casting a vote for one of three finalists: the […]

The arts are alive in the hills

Folsom High School music director Curtis Gaesser has long dreamed of having a magnet arts school in the El Dorado Hills-El Dorado County-Folsom-Granite Bay area. In the 28 years he has been at Folsom High School, Gaesser has developed a national model of music education excellence. The music program includes three jazz bands, two jazz […]

Grow For It! Living with Native Oaks

We are blessed with many native oak trees in El Dorado County. They provide shade for our homes, wood to heat our homes and food and homes for wildlife. The most common species are blue oaks, valley oaks, live oaks, black oaks and canyon oaks. Blue oaks are very common; they are a medium size […]

Robotics competition challenges students

EL DORADO HILLS — More than 14 Northern California robotics teams will be competing on Sunday, Jan. 22, at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills. The event is hosted by the ORHS Interact Club, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing@Learning. The competition […]

As we were: Students hope to link up with data

25 Years ago Jan. 16, 1987 Golden Sierra seeks links to U.S. Library of Congress By ENID DEIBERT GEORGETOWN — What if students had ready access to the knowledge stored in the Library of Congress? Graham Rankin and Mike Haines, math and science teachers at Golden Sierra High School, have applied for a grant from GTE […]

Author reveals a life-changing experience in first book

Book review Book: “You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You: Registering Black Voters One Soul at a Time, South Carolina, 1965″ Author: Sherie Holbrook Labedis Publisher: Smokey Hill Books, February 2011, 187 pages Cost: Soft cover $17.95, e-book version $9.99 In 1964, a naive 18-year-old from Shingle Springs went to University of California, Berkeley. After […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

At a glance: It is a good time to read

A.A. Milne was born on this date in 1882. Alan Alexandra Milne grew up in London and attended his father’s school Henley House. One of his teachers was H.G. Wells, another well-known author. After finishing school, Milne survived as a free-lance writer and then editor prior to the success of his verses and stories. His […]

History repeats at gold discovery site

What: Gold Discovery Day 2012 Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park Where: Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: There is a parking fee Information: 530-295-2173 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will be bustling with activity as personnel and costumed docents recreate the momentous discovery of gold in the […]

Holy Trinity Art Show presents a beautiful message

Holy Trinity School students in grades first through eighth are presenting an art show featuring drawings created to expand understanding between students in El Dorado County and students in Haiti. The beautiful art work will be on display in the Holy Trinity Church Narthex and Social Center, 3115 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado […]

Author takes readers on a golden adventure

What: Author appearance Who: Wayne Hunt Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 530-295-2173 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is celebrating James Marshall’s discovery of gold on Jan. 24, 1848 with a special appearance by author  Wayne Hunt on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Hunt is […]

Engagement: Loredana Ferreira Almeida and Scott Chiverton

Loredana Ferreira and Scott Chiverton, both of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Creomatson and Ione Almeida of Recife Pernambuco, Brazil. She is a 1998 graduate of St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School in Sandusky, Ohio. She is also a 2003 graduate from Catholic University of Pernambuco […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cinema Sweethearts bring back the Golden Age

What:  Cinema Sweethearts Concert Who: El Dorado Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School’s Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Information: 530-622-4218 Cinema Sweethearts will shine at Union Mine High School’s Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The exceptionally talented Laura Ellis will […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — Perseus the hero

For me, Greek mythology reads like a soap opera. In brief, Perseus was the son of Zeus and Danae. However, Perseus’s childhood was fraught with people to do away with him. His grandfather King Acrisius, the father of Danae, was told by a cleric that Perseus would one day kill him. Out of self-preservation, he […]

Indian Grinding Rock park seeks volunteers

PINE GROVE — Volunteers are needed at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park in Pine Grove. To learn more about volunteer opportunities the park personnel have scheduled a docent training for Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will cover working at the park as school tour guides, museum workers and […]