Casting call goes out for chefs

Mike Darnell, president of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company has announced there will be a third season of the hit culinary competition series “Masterchef.” Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again give talented amateur cooks the chance to prove to him, and to fellow judges, restaurateur Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, […]

Placerville Soroptimists seek grant applications

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for the Women’s Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist International of Placerville’s major service project. Applications are available by contacting Kaye Culver at 530-622-4730 or 530-344-1476. Completed applications must be returned to Soroptimist International […]

Planning underway for Empty Bowls

According to the World Hunger Organization, approximately 850 million people worldwide are malnourished. Children are the most visible victims. Planning for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Supper in El; Dorado County has started with the second meeting of the coordinating committee. Last year, the supper raised over $14,000 to feed the hungry. The El Dorado […]

Registration is open for Nature Bowl

The Department of Fish and Game invites parents and teachers to help their children have fun learning about California’s natural resources. Registration is now open for the 28th annual Nature Bowl, an elementary school activity-based competition held each spring. This popular program increases the science and conservation literacy of third  to sixth grade students in the Sacramento Valley and foothills. […]

South Lake Tahoe Library — an open vista

Across the street from Lake Tahoe, next door to a campground and surrounded by towering pines, the South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Public Library is a treasure hiding right in plain sight of the droves of tourists driving down Lake Tahoe Boulevard. “It’s a good library,” said Branch Manager Sally Neitling. […]

Heavenly news: Jupiter at opposition

Called the “king” planet of our solar system, Jupiter doesn’t do anything small. For starters, Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. How big is it? About 1,000 Earths could fit inside Jupiter. That’s big. To show off even more, for the next month, Jupiter will appear even bigger than normal, shining as […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Local students to help fill the shelves at the food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County and KCRA 3 have officially kicked off the 24th annual KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive. Fourteen area schools in El Dorado County will participate in the 2011 KCRA Kids Can Food Drive and all of the collections will benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Starting […]

Rose Society presents annual dinner

The Mother Lode Rose Society is sponsoring its annual fundraiser,”Mangia Italiano,” eating with an Italian flare. The event will be at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson, on Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. There is an ongoing need of funds for upkeep of the garden. This past year it has […]

Bluegrass for the Moke! features Lewis and Rozum

On Friday, Oct. 28, Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum will perform in concert in Mokelumne Hill to benefit efforts to save the Mokelumne River. The concert will be held at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall on Main Street, starting at 7:30 p.m. “We’re really excited that Laurie and Tom are coming to […]

On duty: Army Pvt. Gregory W. Andersen

Army Pvt. Gregory W. Andersen has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, […]

Engagement Angela Perron and Scott Latimer

Angela Perron and Scott Latimer, both of Folsom, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Terry and Peggy Perron of Placerville. She is a graduate of El Dorado High School. She works as a baker. The groom-elect is the son of Tom Latimer of Folsom and Julia and Barry Reynolds […]

Sacramento State is the place for dance

California State University, Sacramento is the site for dance as Dance Sites 2011: the Faculty Dance Concert will be staged at the University Theater Oct. 26 to 30. Directed by Professors Linda Goodrich and Lorelei Bayne, Dance Sites features an array of musical styles and dance interpretations and a crossover collaboration with the university’s music department. […]

Jazz and Beat Festival in Davis

The beat goes on at the fifth annual Davis Jazz and Beat Festival at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis. On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, join in a rare opportunity to celebrate the renaissance spirit that characterized the American collaborative art scene in the 1950s and early 1960s with […]

Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers to rock at the Belltower

The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting the 14th annual Art and Wine Festival on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9. The Festival will feature live music at the Belltower by Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers. As leader of one of Sacramento’s popular blues bands, Mick Martin is a focal point […]

Stepping out: Reading labels can be a ‘natural’ thing

“High-tech tomatoes; mysterious milk; super squash. Are we supposed to eat this stuff? Or is it going to eat us?” — Annita Manning Natural or unnatural? I often get odd questions from people who I enjoy looking up. One, which a number of people have asked me is, “What is ‘natural,’ and what does it mean?” […]

Reception at Art and Wine Festival

The Upstairs Art Gallery, 420 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring the oil paintings of Shirley Manfredi on Saturday, Oct. 15, during Placerville Downtown Association’s Art and Wine Festival. The opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet the artist and view her new work of figurative paintings. Manfredi’s work has a wonderful contemporary […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Blues workshop for students

Tommy Castro credits the venerable Taj Mahal for initiating a tradition of educational workshops as part of each Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. By Catro’s memory, the elder statesman of the blues first delivered a primer on blues history during a 2005 cruise. Appreciative fans loved the chance to hear the blues man talk about […]

Blues revue storms into Three Stages

What: Tommy Castro’s Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue Who: Carrera Productions Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Cost: $20-$40 Tickets: carrera-productions.com The Three Stages center for performing arts at Folsom Lake College, now eight months old, quickly became a target destination for dance, music and theater productions. The intimate 800-seat […]

Amber is rocking at the fairgrounds

What: 28th annual Rock and Gem Show Who: El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Kids 12 and under are free, adults are $4. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5. Bring a gently used coat […]

Meat workshop for consumers and producers

Come meet with producers and processors of local meats to learn about purchasing such products locally grown in El Dorado County on Friday, Oct. 14, at 100 Forni Road in Placerville in the USDA large conference room. The workshop will begin at 2 p.m. and finish up around 3:30 p.m. This workshop hopes to answer […]

Walk to support farm animals

SACRAMENTO — On Saturday, Oct. 15, Sacramento will host the 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, an annual event taking place in more than 35 cities across the United States and Canada to raise funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Serena Sanchez, […]

Health Fair at Gold Country

There will be a free Health Fair at Gold Country Retirement Community in Placerville on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Health Fair is open to all seniors. Community senior vendors including Diamond Springs Mobility, AccuQuest Hearing, A Helping Hand, Comprehensive In-Home Care, Chapel of the Pines, Help at Home, Partners […]

‘Miner Rich’ to speak at Clarksville

The Clarksville Region Historical Societies speaker for the Wednesday, Oct. 26, meeting will be Rich Dvoracek from “Strike It Rich Adventuress.” Dvoracek is a geologist, mining historian and paleontologist who received his education from the University of California, Davis. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado […]

Grow For It!: Garden safety — snakes in the grass, literally

Gardening is by no means an extreme sport, but like any other recreational activity you should always be aware of the risks for yourself and anyone else involved. A recent close encounter with a rattlesnake in my garden, thankfully only close for my toddler but not so for the dog, has made me reassess the […]

Ghostly fun in hauntingly historical Carson City

Be afraid, be very afraid — ghosts of Carson City’s Wild West past will lead guests through their eerie lives and share haunting local legends at the 19th annual Carson City Classic Ghost Walk on Saturday, Oct.22. Ghostly encounters or vivid imaginations running wild? Find out which spirits linger and which take on new life […]

Wofford’s puts the méthode in cider

Using a technique that has been for the most part abandoned by winemakers the world over due to labor costs, Wofford Acres Vineyards is putting the méthode ancestrale back to work. The staff at Wofford Acres is implementing the méthode right out of the back of the vineyard’s rustic country barn that matches the time frame […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 3 Replies

Lake Tahoe artist to critique at art meeting

Lake Tahoe artist Kit Night will be critiquing members’ artwork at the monthly Placerville Artists Association general meeting at the El Dorado County Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville, on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Night received her BA degree from the University of Minnesota. She also graduated in art studies from the University […]

October 14, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

At a glance: Rocktober is a happening month

On this date in 1968 the 19th Summer Olympic Games opened in Mexico City, Mexico. The games were spectacular and many memorable moments occurred especially in track and field. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, are in London, England, United Kingdom, from July 27, to Aug. 12. London […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Spaghetti dinner to help with medical expenses for Jeff Boatman

Cancer. It’s a word that can turn your world upside down very quickly. In September 2010, Jeff Boatman’s world was changed. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Boatman is a young man, just 34 years old. The diagnosis was a complete shock to his entire family. He was born at Marshall Hospital in Placerville and […]

As we were: Computer crime is focus of new law

25 Years ago Oct. 13, 1986 Crime bill is signed Governor George Deukmejian has signed into law a measure by state Senator John Doolittle, (R-Citrus Heights) that cracks down on computer crime. Currently, it is legal for an individual to publish the number of a credit card. Senate Bill 1012 expands the scope of this […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

A night of fun is also a night of caring

What: A Night at the Theater that will feature “The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?” Who: Partners in Care Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Cost: $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door the night of the play Information: 530-344-0700 Would you like to see skits that […]

Georgetown Library — a pivotal part of the community

The El Dorado County Library in Georgetown at 6680 Orleans St. is like a magic hat in which rooms keep appearing. At first glance, the library is very compact — just one large room bisected by the checkout desk and partitioned into a juvenile library and the adult library by  shelving. Branch manager and sole librarian, […]

Retired teachers to hold fall event

The California Retired Teachers Association, El Dorado County Division 73’s fall event is Wednesday, Oct. 26. The social will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room D2 at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. All retired educators are invited to attend this event. Activities will include work on decorations […]

Foothill gourmet: Tagines are perfect for fall

My friend Wilma loves to takes bicycle tours for her vacation. One year she traveled to Morocco. Ever since, she enjoys preparing Moroccan food. A recipe for chicken, date and apricot tagine that she prepared for us is included in today’s column. The word tagine is the name of a special cooking utensil to cook […]

See what’s happening on Broadway

What: Broadway Village Craft Fair, Car Show and Crazy Sales Who: Broadway Village Association Where: Hangtown Village Square, 1220 Broadway ( in front of Rite Aid Pharmacy) When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Parking and admission is free Information: Bonnie at 530-313-0577 or John at 530-363-3302 Is it possible to check out crafts, classic cars and find […]

Coy pitches proposal to Fragus; wed at Athletics’ game

Nancy Fragus of Bakersfield and Wayne Coy of San Ramon were married on Friday, Sept. 16. The bride is the daughter of Carol and George Osborne of Camino. She works for Healthcare Finance Direct as vice-president. The groom is the owner Wayne Coy Productions, and works as a radio disc jockey personality and product manager. The […]

Michael Conner returns to Placerville

Music fans are ecstatic with the return engagement of Michael Connor on Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The guitar strummer and balladeer will be at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, for an all acoustic set. This folksinger and West Virginia native will enchant audiences with his soothing musical stylings. His blend […]

On the spot: Ken Summers

City of residence: Minasville, Nova Scotia Hometown: Pomona Occupation: Carpenter Hobby: “I’m a political animal.” Favorite movie: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Favorite book: “In the Skin of a Lion” Favorite vacation spot: Andalusia, Spain Something no one knows about you: “I tell all.”

STOMP your cares away at Three Stages

Just when the stock market has taken another dive, unemployment is stuck at high levels, Congress passes a budget that keeps the country running for just a few more weeks, and there is economic and civil bad news around the world, along comes STOMP to lift our spirits. The troupe will be giving five performances […]

Reddin brings a passion for song

An exceptional young artist Phillip Reddin is taking Placerville by storm and will appear at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. Reddin has long had a passion for music and guitar, playing popular and independent music. This wasn’t enough of a challenge for Reddin, and he […]

Horses, a camel and a bear … oh my

Visit horses, a camel and bear in Placerville on Main Street. A group of charming and historical carousel horses and menagerie animals just returned to Placerville from their 10 month extended exhibition at the Auburn Courthouse Museum. They date from 1885 to 1912 and are fine examples of the golden age of carousels. “It is […]

Dinner and wine at Venezio to benefit athletics

The Grizzly Athletic Department at Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley is having a fundraiser at Venezio Vineyards and Winery, 5821 Highway 49 in Coloma, on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. It will be a night of music by Lumadae, a silent auction, prizes, pasta dinner by Hanford’s Catering and commemorative wine glass. […]

Discover California’s history at ‘Coloma Gold Rush Live’

COLOMA – The California Gold Rush and the 1850s come to life in Coloma on Saturday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Highway 49 in Coloma. Walk into […]

‘A Portrait of Patsy Cline’ to perform for Music on the Divide

Music on the Divide is delighted to welcome Joni Morris to the IOOF Hall stage in Georgetownon Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m., as she presents “A Portrait of Patsy” in an unforgettable performance in tribute to Patsy Cline. Morris brings back the songs of the golden years of the late ’50s and early ’60s […]

A full day of shine at Cameron Airpark

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park Rotary are presenting the 22nd annual Show and Shine and Fly-in, on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Cameron Airpark, Oxford and Fairway in Cameron Park. The day of planes, cars, motorcycles and family activities is a benefit for local projects and programs. Julie Clark, […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged