Bring the world home

Have you ever considered hosting an exchange student? Its like bringing the world to you, while offering the opportunity of a lifetime to a young adult from another country. Ayusa is searching for host families for the 2012-13 year. Contact the local Ayusa representative Dana Childs at 530-306-2379 to learn more about the hosting experience.

Nation celebrates library week

Communities nationwide will celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers during National Library Week, April 8 to 14. This year’s theme is “You belong @ your library.” The demand for library services has increased significantly as more and more people are relying on public libraries for technology use, particularly those looking for continuing education […]

Curves to conduct food drive

Placerville Curves will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food from March 19 to 31. Curves is also asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash throughout the month of March to help support the community. “We are committed to supporting the health and […]

Author to speak at the library

Local historian and author Guy Nixon will discuss the history of Native Americans in northern California at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. Nixon grew up in El Dorado County listening to the rich history of the area at his grandfather’s knee and developing […]

Morse to speak at genealogy meeting

The public invited to hear Stephen P. Morse, the creator of “One Step Website and 1940 Census” on Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting co-sponsored by the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society and Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society is at the El Dorado Hills Branch Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway in El Dorado Hills. Preregistration […]

Master Food Preservers: Freezing fresh lemon juice

Many people have been very fortunate this winter to receive a large quantity of fresh lemons from friends and family. At first, elation, as there are so many delicious recipes that can use fresh lemons and lemon juice. Then comes the knowledge that only so many lemons can be eaten before these gems start to […]

At a glance: A boatful of memories

The first concrete ship built in the United States, the SS Faith, was launched on March 14, 1918 in Redwood City. It was constructed by the San Francisco Shipbuilding Company and cost $750,000. The lack of steel-making plants and shipyards on the West Coast prompted the use of concrete. The ship traveled to Honolulu, Balboa, […]

Grow for it! Pesticide poisoning in pets — part 2

Last week, the Master Gardener article focused on insecticides that can be poisonous to pets. In this week’s article, the focus is on an additional group of pesticides that can also be toxic to pets. Master Gardeners continue to emphasize the minimal use of these products because they not only can be harmful to beneficial […]

As we were: Native Daughters celebrate a milestone

25 Years ago March 11, 1987 Native Daughters will celebrate anniversary By ADA ROSE Margurite Parlor 12, Native Daughters of the Golden West will celebrate its 100th anniversary June 6 and 7 in the main exhibit building at the fairgrounds. Although the event is several months away, members of the parlor want the community to […]

Wine tasting and open house at the Pines

The public is invited to a free wine tasting and open house on Thursday, March 15, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at 1040 Marshall Way in Placerville. Visitors will experience the new feel, see the new facelift and enjoy local wines and hors d’oeuvres at The Pines at Placerville. Attendees to the event will be […]

Legendary stuntman flips over job

What: I Love Film Mixer and El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase Who: El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office and El Dorado County Chamber Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, March 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Admission is free Information: Kathleen Dodge at EL Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and […]

Pollock Pines dance to celebrate success

The Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines is looking forward to spring and is putting on a new event, “Dress To Impress Community Dance” on Saturday, April 14. The dance will be at the Pollock Pine-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, from 7 to 11 p.m. Organizers are planning a great party and dance for folks to […]

See Spot run. See Spot listen

What: PAWS for Reading Who: El Dorado County Library Where: El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Starting Wednesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. and every second and fourth Wednesday through the end of May and returning in September Cost: No charge Information: El Dorado County Library at 530-621-5547 or e-mail [email protected] Man’s best friend will […]

Free Web conference to help family caregivers

The nonprofit National Private Duty Association, along with its chapters, has announced that it will host a consumer education Web conference “Depression and Older Adults — What Every Caregiver Should Know” on Tuesday, March 13 at 8 p.m. EST. The live and interactive program will provide advice on how family caregivers can work with professionals […]

Learn about organic gardening

Learn to create a healthy natural environment in your garden during Organic Gardening I. Master Gardener Virginia Feagans will teach how to have a productive garden without the use of inorganic fertilizers or synthetic pesticides on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. She will discuss how to group plants and how to encourage […]

Master Food Preservers: Preserve for health

Today, more Americans than ever fall prey to diabetes, obesity and heart disease. These food related conditions stem from overconsumption of fats, sugars and calories. Additives such as antibiotics and hormones affect everyone, from children to adults. Many people turn to homegrown fruits and vegetables, organic foods and grass-fed meat animals to get back control […]

Foothill gourmet: Delicious desserts

Today’s column shares several delicious and elegant dessert recipes we served recently. My husband enjoys spending time in the kitchen and prepared white chocolate mousse and white chocolate tapioca pudding. I enjoyed making individual brownie baked Alaska. White chocolate mousse — Ingredients: 8 ounces best-quality white chocolate (cocoa butter, but no hydrogenated or tropical oils), […]

It is time to spring into action

The New Year inevitably brings a rush of new gym goers, wholly intent on fulfilling their resolutions to get healthy. For those who find it hard to focus amid the busy and often stuffy gym environment, there’s a new studio in Placerville — the Action Potential Personal Training Studio. Prominent local personal trainers Jenn Heape, […]

IT to hold audition workshop

Imagination Theater announces an audition workshop Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The theater is preparing for two shows — “The Secret Garden” and “The Little Princess.” Auditions for these shows will be held this spring. This free […]

Sensational soirée happening at Sequoia

On Thursday, March 22, Nello Olivo Wines and Nello and Danica Olivo will host “Sequoia By The Night,” an evening at Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville. Sequoia will open its Victorian-era dining room to the public. Since Sequoia’s change of ownership and new focus on the wedding and banquet business, many have missed Sequoia’s […]

The action continues at Tahoe’s MontBleu

STATELINE, Nev. — The stars continue to shine into spring at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa ( with more rock, reggae, comedy and DJs added to the entertainment lineup. Sublime with Rome and Everlast; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic; comedians Billy Gardell and Rob Schneider; and Yonder Mountain String Band will have Tahoe South rockin’. […]

Barbara Gerard-Mitchell is featured artist at AODC Gallery

The Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is pleased to present Barbara Gerard-Mitchell as the featured artist for the month of March. A native of the state of Montana and a member of the Blackfeet Tribe, Gerard-Mitchell paints with a depth and intensity that reveals her love for the lands she has lived in and for the […]

Faithful Stewards again reaching out to Nicaragua

Alisha Mecier can’t wait to hear the sounds of laughing children. She can’t wait to watch them play soccer and learn about teamwork and sportsmanship. She can’t wait to tell everyone who has helped Faithful Stewards over the years that the people of Nicaragua are forever grateful for the donations. And so is she. “We […]

Stepping out: Pickles add interest to the cheeseburger pizza

“I am not a glutton — I am an explorer of food.” — Erma Bombeck Papa Murphy’s Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza OK, before you ask me if I am making this up, the answer is, “No.” Papa Murphy’s just introduced this new style of pizza last week. A couple of people who had tried it told […]

Imagine a trip to New York

Interested in getting a taste of The Big Apple? An informational meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. at Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, for a trip to New York. The planned time is September 2013. The trip will be six days and five nights and includes: airfare, hotel […]

Emerging artists present work at CCAS

From the Selby Gallery of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, new Chinese art comes to Sacramento. “Hanging in the Balance: Ten Emerging Chinese Artists” presents the work of 10 young artists, all born in the 1980s and growing up in the radically changed capitalist, globally-connected China: Cao Shumo, Libin Chen, Chen […]

Puppet show presents compassionate options

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is offering a puppet show “Hampton Gets New Glasses” for families of children of all ages on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. The story focuses on Hampton, a piglet who has a conflict with a friend who broke his new sunglasses. Different animals appear to give their take on […]

Air Force Airman Eric S. Hopwood

Air Force Airman Eric S. Hopwood 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 […]

Hip-hopping fun at the Blacksheep

The local hip-hop group The Good Ol’ Boyz is hosting a concert showcasing live performances by talented California hip-hop performers at The Black Sheep Casino, 3181 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, on Saturday, March 10 at 9 p.m. There will be great sounds from real stars, including the long-time Bay Area legend Celly-Cel; Sacramento’s […]

Talent abounds at Sac State

Faculty and staff who don’t usually get the chance to display their artistic natures on campus will step into the spotlight for Sac State Has Talent, an exhibit of visual and performing arts and literature in the University Library’s two galleries. Gallery Director Phil Hitchcock asked faculty and staff who are not involved in the […]

Step out with Irving Berlin at Three Stages

“Stepping Out With My Baby” takes the beloved repertoire of Irving Berlin — perhaps the greatest songwriter in American history — and captures it at its most intimate: two singers on stage, singing songs that have stood the test of time, the come-and-go of fashion and countless performances. Brought to the stage by TV actress […]

BLAST! marches into Three Stages

Winner of both Tony and Emmy Awards, BLAST! brings together 35 brass, percussion and visual performers in a unique explosion of music and theater. Born on athletic fields across the nation, BLAST! is a novel art form evolved from the showmanship of outdoor pageantry and the energy of a world-class marching band. The performance is […]

Playing for Change Band comes to Three Stages

The subject of a PBS documentary and a stunning video, “Stand By Me,” the Playing For Change Band is an extraordinary assembly of street musicians — the kind that stop you in the street because you can’t help but listen. Originally gathered together by producer Mark Johnson as a project for world peace, it is […]

Scout raising money for project

What: Car wash to raise money toward Eagle Scout project of landscaping area near science wing and main office at Marina Village Middle School in El Dorado Hills Who: Parker Jamieson, Boy Scout No. 645 Where: Lake Forest Plaza, at the corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road When: Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. […]

‘True West’ comes to Capital Stage

Capital Stage’s midseason revival of  Sam Shepard’s famous play, “True West,” will run March 21 to April 22 and feature company co-founder Jonathan Rhys Williams (“Or,” “Hunter Gatherers,” “American Buffalo”) and actor Cole Alexander Smith (“Reasons to be Pretty,” “First Person Shooter”) as the battling siblings, Austin and Lee. A fight is brewin’ at Mom’s […]

CCAS features an inspirational look at the body

Artists Sandra Davis and Koo Kyung Sook use their own bodies with striking objectivity as both inspiration and means for the visual narratives — sensual, conceptual, female and universal — on view in the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, 1519 19th St. in Sacramento, exhibition Body Stories. The affecting beauty of the films, collaged stills, […]

Art show accepting entries

Sacramento artist, Tony Natsoulas, invites artists to participate and compete in works of clay in the second annual “Totems, Plates and Teapots,” sponsored by the Placer Community Foundation and Alpha Fired Arts and held at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville. “This show presents traditional forms in non-traditional ways,” said Natsoulas, curator for the exhibit. “Plates […]

The Boltz celebrate fifty years together

Don and Jeannette (Ribley) Boltz are renewing their wedding vows—after 50 years. A mass, vow renewal ceremony and reception on July 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Placerville will take the couple into the next 50 years together. The two met as undergraduates at a fraternity party and married a year later on July […]

Harrisons celebrate 60 years together

On June 30, Kenneth and Anita (Young) Harrison of Shingle Springs celebrated sixty years of marriage. The couple met while Ken was in the U.S. Navy and stationed on Treasure Island. Anita was a part-time switchboard operator in Berkeley. When they decided to marry, they brought another couple along with them to Reno. The other […]

Kaysie Herrera and Kevin Pino to wed

Mark  and Lolly Herrera of Salinas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaysie Nicole Herrera of Concord  to Kevin Alexander Pino, of Concord. The bride-elect is a 2001 Salinas High School graduate and graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2005. She earned an Master’s […]

Grow for it!: Pesticide poisoning in pets is an important topic — part I

In our Master Gardener training, we are taught to minimize the use of pesticides because they kill beneficial insects and wildlife. Pesticides can also kill pets. Because of their indiscriminate eating and chewing habits, dogs are much more likely to be poisoned than cats. The most common poisonings that I’ve seen in dogs in this […]

As we were: High school sweethearts celebrate anniversary

25 Years ago March 6, 1987 Couple celebrates wedding anniversary Hazel and Tony Gastaldi of Placerville will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary Monday. Tony is a native of El Dorado County and Hazel was born in Lake County, but has lived in EDC since 1915. Both graduated from El Dorado County High School were they were […]

At a glance: Stars are everywhere

Venus and Jupiter are putting on a spectacular display above the sunset point between Wednesday, March 7 and Sunday, March 18. Adding to the brilliant night show will be the Moon hanging out below Saturn and the blue star Spica on Saturday, March 10. Stars on Stage Stars take to the stage at the Sequoia […]

Campus corner: Appearances can be deceiving

People often make the mistake of judging a college by its campus and overall location. Generally, if the buildings are large and if the setting is significant, then the college is regarded as more influential than one that is small and tucked away, such as Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center in Placerville. Hidden behind […]

Girl Scouting is celebrating 100 years

They don’t have to learn how to stop a runaway horse, make poultices or cure a ham anymore. There is no Laundress Proficiency Badge, but the vision for Girl Scouts that Juliette Gordon Low held when she founded the movement in America in 1912 probably didn’t include badges in Cookie Business, Financial Literacy or Computers, […]