The Grapes of Knowledge to challenge decathletes

The Super Quiz for the 2011 Academic Decathlon gets underway at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Union Mine High School Theater of the Mine and the public is invited to attend. Teams from El Dorado, Pondersosa, Oak Ridge and Union Mine high schools, who have been preparing for months, will compete in […]

Farm and ranch business planning course starting

On Feb. 10, the fourth annual University of California Cooperative Extension Farm and Ranch Business Planning will be held at the DeWitt Center in Auburn. The course is an in-depth, six-week class on economic and organizational strategies and tools for a successful farm business. Topics covered during the short course include: determining mission and vision, […]

Local students to speak out

El Dorado County high school students are among hundreds across the state working hard to interpret, memorize and recite classical poetry. At stake are hundreds of dollars on the state competition level and thousands at the national finals of “Poetry Out Loud” — a competition run by the California Arts Council in the state and […]

Jones bids adieu to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Deborah Jones, 60, has been the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County for  23 years. She has been with the organization since 1988 when she was first hired as a case manager and served as the assistant for almost 10 years before accepting the position of executive director in 1997. […]

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‘Gold and Wine’ is filled with history and useful information

Book review Gold seekers coming to El Dorado County in the 1850s brought a thirst for wealth and … wine. El Dorado County’s winemaking industry has been around as long as the rush for gold and the El Dorado Winery Association’s beautifully done book, “Gold and Wine — A History of Winemaking in El Dorado […]

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Foothill dining: Crostini with guacamole, tapenade and aïoli

Everyone knows that the United States is a melting pot. That’s especially evident as people across the U.S. join together to watch the Super Bowl and enjoy a melting pot of flavors. The chefs at the Culinary Institute of America came up with an international menu of dips and spreads to offer guests. Nearly everyone […]

Crocker Museum to offer classes for kids

The Crocker Art Museum will present 25 classes for children, tweens, teens, and adults during the Museum’s winter session of Studio Art and Art History courses. Highlights of the winter session for children include “Stuck on Slabs (of clay, that is),” a clay hand-building class, and “Kids Art Club,” a two-part painting and art making […]

Fusion Gallery is closing its doors

After one and a half years in business, Fusion Gallery and Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, 440 Main St. in Placerville, have had to make the difficult decision to close their doors. With sadness, co-owners Laura Butler and Pamela Findleton were forced to make this decision along with many other local businesses who have closed recently, […]

An evening of magical music

A very special evening of music with Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai is happening at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Jan 29, at 7:30 p.m. Kamm and MacDonald’s music is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles, and graced by their exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements […]

Everything wedding can be found at the Bridal Fair

The Gold Country Bridal Fair is returning to the Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, Sunday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you, or someone you know, is planning a wedding in the near future this is an event you won’t want to miss. With more than […]

Auditions announced for the 2011 Music Circus season

California Musical Theatre is looking for performers for the 2011 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. This is the 61st season of Music Circus, presented by California Musical Theatre under the leadership of Executive Producer Richard Lewis, Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Associate Producer Scott Klier. Music Circus auditions performers in New York, […]

Mother Lode Friends of Music to present chamber music

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, resumes its 2010-2011 season with a concert of chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek. The concert will feature duo-pianists Aileen James […]

The Bobs sing a cappella in Nevada City

Paul Emery’s WinterPlay Performing Arts Series brings Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats — The Bobs to the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City, on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Yabobo, 530-478-9114; Briar Patch, 530-272-5333; The Book Seller, 530-272-2131; Cherry Records, 530-823-2147; Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006 or online at The Bobs — Richard Bob […]

Folsom Lake College theater department announces auditionsflc auditions jan31

The Falcon’s Eye Theater at Folsom Lake College calls for actors from the community to audition for its spring production of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic allegory. This groundbreaking satiric fantasy follows the extraordinary Antrobus family down through the ages, from the time of “The War,” surviving flood, fire, pestilence, […]

KFOK benefit concert at Marshall Grange features special guests

The Troubadours of Divine Bliss will grace the stage of the Marshall Grange Hall in a benefit concert for KFOK at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The group will be joined by local phenomena Mignon Geli on the native American flute and very special guest Good Shield Aguilar who will open the show. Tickets […]

‘Charlotte’s Web’ weaves a story of kindness

Imagination Theater in Placerville is presenting the story of “Charlotte’s Web” in February. The play is an adaptation of E.B. White’s book of the same name. “Charlotte’s Web” is a timeless story  about the unlikeliest of friends — Wilbur, a young pig trying to avoid the butcher and a motherly spider named Charlotte who helps him. […]

‘Grand Night for Singing’ opens Cosmopolitan Cabaret season

Single tickets for “A Grand Night for Singing” the Tony-nominated Broadway revue featuring songs from all 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 1419 H St. in Sacramento, by calling 916-557-1999, or online at Performances will be Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday and […]

Exciting musical line-up in the Folsom Jazz Festival

Local award-winning jazz artists and Harry Connick Jr. trumpet player to open the 22nd annual Folsom Jazz Festival. The Folsom High School Jazz program and the Folsom High School Music Boosters are organizing the event. The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, an engaging 18-piece big band, and Vertical Voices, a jazz vocal quartet showcasing local musicians Kerry Marsh […]

Jazz Gitan is back by popular demand

Jazz Gitan returns to Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jazz Gitan, pronounced jazz je’-tan, is a jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene during the 1930s. The “Hot Club” […]

Stepping out: A slow retail month brings about bargains

“Food to a man is like oil to a lamp; if it has much, it shines, if too little, it is quenched; yet a lamp is sooner extinguished by too much oil than by too little.” — Judah Ben Asher (1270-1349) January January is a slow time for a lot of retail businesses, especially restaurants. […]

CP to offer combo kids dance class

Cameron Park Recreation department is offering a Wednesday Combo Dance class for ages 6 to 12 starting Feb. 2.. Classes are held from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is a monthly fee of $45 for non-residents or $40 with a Cameron Park resident discount. There is also a Combo Friday Dance class for ages 3 […]

At a glance: Cool dude in a cool sport

It is hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s birthday today. He was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1961. When he retired from the National Hockey League in 1999, he held 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. He also totaled over 200 points in one season four times — a really big deal. Another cool […]

Caregiver group to meet

The next meeting of “My Time,” a gathering for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, stroke or other chronic health condition, is Friday, Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.  in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed Marriage […]

Mad Hatters to reunite

The Mad Hatters are having a reunion luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m.. The potluck luncheon will include door and table prize drawings and a video presentation with the charming Geneva Gibson serving as mistress of ceremonies. Guests are requested to bring a salad, casserole or dessert. A refrigerator and warming oven will be […]

As we were: Cultural visit, fancy dressing and produce wars

25 Years ago Jan. 24, 1986 Japanese students to visit Cultural Homestay Institute, a non-profit intercultural exchange program, will be bringing 10 Japanese students, 18 to 21 years of age to Placerville between Feb. 12 and March 6. The students are visiting California in order to improve their conversational English and learn about American culture. […]

Buckeye school district opens registration

Buckeye Union School District announces that beginning Feb. 8, kindergarten and junior kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools — Buckeye in Shingle Springs, 530-677-2277; Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park, 530-676-0164; William Brooks in El Dorado Hills, 916-933-6618; Silva Valley in El […]

Nissan Cube — mobile cubism

With a name like Cube, this new and very unique Nissan might be a bit boxy and it is. And it is a bit fitting for the Cube as Cubism is a form of art and this vehicle could be parked in the Modern Museum of Art in New York. The sides are almost perfectly […]

Experience an El Dorado County epicurean extravaganza

Culinary adventurers are invited to embark on a fun food journey as the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority presents a progressive dinner on Sunday, Jan. 30. For that evening the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority brings together the area’s finest chefs offering an extraordinary El Dorado County epicurean experience via a countywide progressive dinner. Diners […]

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Bipolar insights: Stop stigma — prove them wrong

“Stigma is a Greek word that in its origins, referred to a tattoo mark that was cut or burned into the skin of criminals, slaves, or traitors in order to visibly identify them as blemished or a morally polluted person. These individuals were to be avoided or shunned, particularly in public places,” according to Healthline Network […]

Foothill gourmet: Discovering saffron

Today’s column features information and a delicious saffron soup recipe. I chose to share saffron’s delightful flavor so that readers can prepare an eye-popping and delicious repast. Saffron’s flavor is awesome for impressing family and guests. It’s perfect for a lovely weekend dinner. Saffron is the stigma of the fall flowering crocus. Inside most flowers […]

Buy in for fun

Time to get that poker face on and pull up a chair at the fifth annual Hangtown Hold’em Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 29. Card players will be trying to hit that gutshot straight or call with set as they try to be the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Hangtown Hold’em 2011 champion. The action […]

Heard over the back fence: See films by Johnson & Hudson

TALKING T-SHIRT BLUES: John Chapman of Folsom delivered the following T-shirt statement: “A penny for your thoughts….so I can make fun of it”…is this T-shirt talking to me? • • • NOW FEATURING: Lew Johnson is the featured volunteer for the El Dorado County Main Library, Placerville. The library’s Filmfare agenda screens eight shows each season. Lew […]

On the spot: Juliana Yorba

Age: 14 Residence: Shingle Springs Hometown: San Dimas Occupation: Student Hobby: Cheerleading Favorite movie: “White Chicks” Favorite book: “Alice in Wonderland” Favorite vacation spot: Spain Something no one knows about you: “I can ride a unicycle.” Best quality: “My sense of humor.”

‘Big Things’ make a big impression

Eric Ahola is a sculptor of “Big Things.” Many of Ahola’s pieces are part of the Placerville Arts Association’s three-dimensional show at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace in Placerville. A gigantic pencil, rolling pin, hanger, spatula, Scrabble game and more prompt viewers to feel a bit like small Alice in Wonderland. Ahola is a […]

McCubrey photograph on display in Vermont

Former Mountain Democrat photographer Joanne McCubrey has had a photograph accepted for an exhibit at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery. The exhibit, “The Arrangement” features still life as subject matter. Her photograph, “Bodie Table Setting” was one of 50 entries accepted for the exhibit, which runs through Feb. 8. The Vermont Photo Space Gallery is […]

Sampling the wines of the future

“Bring Out the Barrel” sponsored by the El Dorado Winery Association is an opportunity for guests to taste the wines that are still resting in the barrel. The weekend of sampling wines still in the barrel at 25 El Dorado County wineries is on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 […]

Crocker launches Thursday experiences with a twist

The Crocker Art Museum has launched a new suite of weekly programs entitled “Thursdays ‘til 9.” Every Thursday until 9 p.m., the new evening series offers visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art. “‘Thursdays ‘til 9′ lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have— whether through film, music, […]

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the new season

Don’t put away those champagne flutes yet. The celebrating has only just begun. Break out the baguettes and brie, because for the month of January the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing a bit of France to Sacramento. On Friday, Jan. 21, the Community Center Theater will open its doors a night early for the Backstage Jazz […]

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Dutch oven cooks to compete for cash

Central California Dutch Oven Adventures (CCDOA) is hosting the 2011 International Sportsman Exposition (ISE) Dutch Oven cook-offs and demonstrations at Cal Expo in Sacramento on Jan. 20 – 23. Dutch oven cook-offs are sponsored by the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS) and will consist of a Saturday, Jan. 22, three-pot cook-off. The three-pot cook-off will […]

Red Molly appearing in the WinterPlay series

Paul Emery’s WinterPlay Performing Arts Series at the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City, features acoustic trio Red Molly in concert on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. The series features three weeks of music followed by a three week run of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Red Molly began as a happy […]

Public television to feature Sacramento choral group

KVIE Public Television is showcasing the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra as a nationally unique arts organization. The show premieres Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on Channel 6 and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Among the 12,000 community choruses in the United States, the Sacramento group is the only large […]

Ailey II brings passion and spirit to the Reno stage

The country’s best young dance talent, performing together as the renowned Ailey II, travels to Reno, Nev., Jan. 25, for a performance in Artown’s Encore series. The innovative, not-to-miss performance combines passion, spirit and energy for a staggering, unforgettable performance. The evening’s repertoire includes the renowned Revelations, created by Alvin Ailey in 1960 and an […]

Photo show winners exhibit entries at Blue Line photo show winners

What: Three Great Exhibits Who: Photographers, Member Artists and Middle School Students Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, Roseville When: Jan. 15 – Feb. 12, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission; artwork for sale Information: 916-783-4117 ROSEVILLE — More than 300 visitors gathered at the Blue […]

‘A Chorus Line’ kicks off new FLC facility opening

Three Stages to debut with “a singular sensation” What: “A Chorus Line” the national tour Who: Folsom Lake College When: February 11-13 (5 performances) Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Cost: $45-65 Information: or 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and two hours before show time) FOLSOM — Three Stages at […]