Enjoy holiday hits at Sierra Vista

Kick off the holiday season at Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery’s Holiday Hits Party on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Sample an array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts paired with Sierra Vista’s delicious wines. Visitors will enjoy seafood ravioli paired with a light crisp Roussanne, pumpkin soup complemented […]

Thanks and Giving to benefit Food Bank of El Dorado County

Straight Line Roofing and Construction will host the fifth annual Thanks and Giving Customer Appreciation Party, Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Cameron Park Community Services District, from 6 to 9 p.m. The goal for the fall 2011 Thanks and Giving is to raise more than $5,000 in cash and donations. Straight Line Roofing and Construction […]

Master Food Preservers: Cool cleaning

When was the last time anyone cleaned out the household refrigerator? No one remembers? Then, it is time to get busy and get this neglected chore done. Refrigeration slows down the organisms that can bring poisoning and spoilage to food, but it will not kill the nasty things outright. As the recent outbreaks of Listeria […]

Grow For It! Using houseplants in the home décor

Houseplants are plants that are brought into our lovely homes so that we can enjoy them, hopefully, without killing them. Houseplants are good for the indoor environment; they absorb carbon dioxide, give out oxygen, add moisture to the air and blah, blah, blah. Most importantly, I love plants, either in or out of the home […]

As we were: Roy Clark performs in Placerville

25 Years ago Nov. 10, 1986 Roy Clark plays Placerville By CHRIS DALEY Roy Clark, “ain’t broke two strangs since Ah been big,” but he broke two Saturday night. It was that kind of a show — where you pay good money to see somebody famous do what they do best — not break strangs, […]

Empty bowls raise funds to feed the hungry

According to the World Hunger Organization, approximately 850 million people worldwide are malnourished. Children are the most visible victims. To help change that statistic the public is invited to the Empty Bowls Supper at St. Patrick Church, Sacramento and Fiske streets in Placerville, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The fundraiser to help reduce […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

At a glance: Let’s go out

Sadie Hawkins Day was first celebrated on this date in Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” comic strip in 1937. A prominate resident of Dogpatch declared the first Sadie Hawkins Day in the hopes that his daughter would catch a man. The idea is that women and girls could invite a guy out became popular. Within several […]

Movie tackles issue of diet and disease

“Warning: This Movie Could Save Your Life!” cautions the marketing poster for the documentary film “Forks Over Knives.” The film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The […]

Food Bank of El Dorado County needs your help

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is looking for a few good men and women to assist El Dorado County’s largest collaborative charity. Do you think you have what it takes to be an amazing volunteer for a great organization? If so the food bank can use your skills. The food bank is currently […]

Wine competition seeks entries

It is time to submit winery entries for the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Widely acclaimed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, this renowned event is accepting entries from across the country to be evaluated at the annual judging — a prestigious and extensive process that takes place over a […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Sierra Health awards grant to Food Bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County recently formed a partnership with the Sierra Health Foundation. The Sierra Health Foundation will provide added support to the Food Bank’s Food Rescue Program with a $15,000 award through its Responsive Grants Program. The Food Rescue Program is the heart and soul of the food bank’s daily food […]

Enjoy pancakes in Cameron Park

The Cameron Park Fire Department Explorer Post 89 will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. Tickets can be picked up at Fire Station 88 at 2961 Alhambra Drive or at the Cameron Park Community Center at 2502 Country […]

Master Gardeners talk about roses

On Saturday, Nov. 5, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present “Rose Selection and Planting.” Now is the time to plant bare root roses. Come to this class and Master Gardener Julianne Melchor will acquaint you with the types and varieties of roses that are available — and how to plant them. […]

Host families needed

Change the life of a young person. Academic Year in the USA invites El Dorado County residents to welcome a high school exchange student into their homes this year. The placement season for 2012-13 has just begun. Make a difference in the life of an adventurous young person. Expose your family and community to new cultures […]

Lecture and book signing at State Indian Museum

Museum admission: $3 for adults; $2 for youths ages 6 to 17 and free for children five and under The State Indian Museum is proud to host Anthony Platt, author and professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, for a special lecture and book signing event on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

Elder Options to screen ‘Consider the Conversation’

Elder Options Inc. is showing “Consider the Conversation,” a documentary film, on Monday, Nov. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The film is in lieu of the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting and will be screened at Elder Options Inc., 82 Main St. in Placerville, in the second floor conference room. Parking is available behind the office […]

Luncheon to offer a history lesson

What do you know about the pioneer women of El Dorado County? Could they own property? Could they vote? How many were here and what did they do to survive? If you want to know more about the pioneer women of the Divide come to the Tuesday, Nov. 15, luncheon meeting of the Georgetown Divide […]

New ‘Peace in the Home’ workshop offered for couples and families

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is offering a four-week “Peace in the Home” workshop for anyone who wants to improve relationships and is looking for help with dealing with conflict in the home. The workshop starts Monday, Nov. 28, and will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. at the center, 344 Placerville Drive, Suite 11, […]

Lake Forest School to honor veterans

Lake Forest Elementary School, 2240 Sailsbury Drive in El Dorado Hills, invites area veterans to be honored at its “Celebration of Freedom” assembly on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Veterans from local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and friends and relatives of Lake Forest students will be present. A […]

Holocaust survivor brings a message of hope and tolerance

Holocaust survivor and author of “Four Perfect Pebbles,” Marion Blumenthal Lazan will be coming to El Dorado County to share her experiences and a message of hope and tolerance on Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15. Lazan, now 76, survived 6 1/2 years in refugee, transit and prison camps during Nazi Germany’s occupation of […]

Acclaimed pianist to perform at community concert

What: Piano concert by Tien Hsieh Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Theater at the Mine, Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Information: 530-622-4218 The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, is celebrating 2011-12 with […]

Heavenly news: Imaging the heavens

Visitors to the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory will see lots of color when looking at the planets as well as color on the brighter stars. When looking at the dimmer nebulae and galaxies in the visual telescope, viewers generally see dim gray objects. These objects are very interesting to look at and the […]

Engagement Michelle Christine Coutu and Lee Clement Rand

Michelle Christine Coutu and Lee Clement Rand, both of Shingle Springs, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Philip and Robin Coutu of Santa Maria. She is a 2004 graduate of Jurupa Valley High School in Riverside. She graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with her BS in business administration with a concentration […]

Engagement Karen Mitchell and Erin Bucher

Karen Mitchell and Erin Bucher, both of Chico, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Chuck and Linda Mitchell of Shingle Springs. She is a 1998 graduate of El Dorado High School. She also graduated from University of California, Riverside with a BA in archeology and from California State University, Los Angeles with her […]

‘Spamalot’ comes to Three Stages

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” makes its capital region debut in the intimacy of Stage One at Three Stages. The performances on Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19, mark the first visit to the Sacramento region by the national tour of “Spamalot.” Lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, “Monty Python and […]

‘White Christmas’ tickets on sale

Imagination Theater in Placerville is presenting the holiday favorite, “White Christmas” this December. The show opens Friday, Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 23. Based on the beloved and timeless 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney, the musical version went on Broadway for the holiday season in 2008 and 2009. The […]

Guitarist Benjamin Beirs to perform at Three Stages

What: Benjamin Beirs Concert Who: Three Stages Where: Three Stages Scott-Skillman Recital Hall, 10 College Parkway, Folsom, When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Cost: $20 to $50 Information: 916-608-6888 Baltimore-based classical guitarist Benjamin Beirs will perform at the Three Stages Scott-Skillman Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. It is the second of six classical […]

Holiday shopping at Snowline

Imagine the doors of Santa’s workshop opening for an extraordinary day of holiday shopping — aisles brimming over with holiday décor, a vast assortment of collectibles, musical instruments, cozy coats, tempting toys, fine and vintage jewelry, themed merchandise and other like-new and gently used items. That’s what shoppers will find at the eighth annual Holiday […]

Diamond Springs art winners

Diamond Springs Art Association’s Fall Art Show and Sale is at the El Dorado County Government Center, building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Noted artist Robert Sandidge served as the judge and selected Tom Adam’s “A Winters Night” as Best of Show. Category winners […]

Stepping out: Merry Woods serves great comfort food

In my Wanderings change Charlie Savnik’s days of operation from Thursday – Sunday to Wednesday – Sunday… “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Merry Woods I first heard about this […]

Art glass jewelry on display

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “featured artist” series with the work of Barbara Steffen, a lampwork art glass bead artisan. Steffen works with a torch, glass rods, and a kiln to create original, unique, handcrafted beads. The beads are then integrated into her jewelry designs to make bracelets, necklaces, pendants and […]

Family is the focus on and off stage

What: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Department Where: El Dorado High School’s Black Box Theater, 561 Canal St., Placerville When: Thursday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 12. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Costs: Adults are $12 and students and seniors are $10. Tickets can be […]

Craft fair and recycle events at Ponderosa

Two great events are taking place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. An e-waste fundraiser will be held in the staff parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to recycle some of those old electronics taking up space. After recycling the […]

Railroad Museum debuts new exhibit

SACRAMENTO — To the delight of rail enthusiasts of all ages, the California State Railroad Museum has opened a new exhibit titled “Common Diversions: Toy Trains and Scale Model Railroads.” While the items on special display will all be miniature in size, the goal of the exhibit is to clearly distinguish the big differences between […]

Mother Lode Friends of Music opens season

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performances, opens its 2011-12 season on Sunday, Nov. 6 with a program of instrumental and vocal music. The concert takes place at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek. The membership-supported organization offers these concerts of […]

Holocaust exhibit comes to Sac State

Nearly 200 photos on 40 posters chart the course of the Holocaust in “The Courage to Remember,” a free exhibit at California State University, Sacramento’s Anthropology Museum in Mendocino Hall. The exhibit is on loan from the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday […]

‘Pissarro’s People’ at the Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — “Pissarro’s People” at the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street in San Francisco, brings us face to face with one of the most complex and captivating members of the Impressionist group, a man whose life was as quietly revolutionary as his art. The exhibition, on view to Jan. 22, offers […]

Davis Musical Theater season continues

DAVIS — From baseball to rock and roll from classics to a recent hit musical marking the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Davis Musical Theater Company continues its 27th season of presenting quality musicals to the region. Up next is the first rock and roll Broadway musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie.” The Kander and Ebb musical […]

Railtown gets into the holiday spirit

JAMESTOWN — Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park this holiday season. Special train rides with Santa will operate over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25, 26 and 27, and again the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 17 and 18. […]

Rhymers Rodeer comes to Carson Valley

Cowboy poetry and music, tales of the trail, stretch-the-truth yarns and good old-fashioned cowboy fun are all part of the 24th annual Rhymers Rodeer in the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5. Performing are piano player and singer David Bourne plus cowboy poets Doris Daley, Ken […]

Sac State music department has full fall lineup

New guest artists, popular favorites and the California State University, Sacramento’s own students and instructors will present a variety of concerts for the music department’s fall season. The best of new American music’s composers and performers will converge on Sac State, Nov. 3 to 10 and Nov. 12 to 13, for the university’s internationally recognized […]

Tomb sculptures on view at the Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — The 2011 winner of the Association of Art Museum Curators award for excellence in the category of outstanding small exhibitions, “The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy,” is on view through Dec. 31, in Galleries 1 and 2 at the Legion of Honor, 34th Avenue and Clement Street in San Francisco. […]

Wine and food to take center stage in the Napa Valley

NAPA VALLEY — The pursuit of perfect wine and food pairing will be explored at “Flavor! Napa Valley,” Nov. 17 to 20, under the guidance of master wine minds and palates that include Karen MacNeil, author of the award-winning “The Wine Bible;” Andrea Robinson, master sommelier and author of the top-selling “Everyday Dining with Wine;” […]

Exploring a treasure in Gold Country

What does happiness look like? Does it exist in the past – or the future? How is it found? Can it be lost? Inspirational Speaker Susan Ward Jostyn of Brookline, Mass., shares her personal life experience leading to the discovery of “A Reliable Basis for Happiness.” After earning bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering […]

Cameron Park Newcomers to meet

The Cameron Park Newcomers welcome back all past members and new members. It looks like a fun packed year with luncheons, multiple games, book club, cruises and couples and singles gatherings. Everyone is invited. Members do not have to live in Cameron Park or be a newcomer to the area. The club members invite anyone […]