The 2011 El Dorado Rose Court

Judy Muetz Judy Muetz of Placerville has been a Lady of the Court since 2003. Even before that, Muetz has always been a Rose in spirit. Muetz, 63, has been in the background, nourishing the Rose program with her enthusiasm, encouragement, nominations, receptions and expertise in apparel history, vintage costumes, fine sewing and design. She […]

The 2011 El Dorado Rose

Mary Ann Harper blossoms Mary Ann Harper, 68, of Shingle Springs was named 2011 El Dorado Rose last Thursday night. In astonished tears, she accepted the sash from 2010 El Dorado Rose, Mary Kay Brancheau, 67, a fellow graduate of El Dorado High School. Brancheau was a year behind Harper in school, and now Harper […]

As we were: Incumbents returned to office

25 Years ago June 20, 1986 Analysis: council race was close The precinct-by-precinct analysis of the votes in the recent Placerville City Council election shows how narrowly incumbent Al Tuttle managed to keep his seat against challenger Joe Citarella. … Overall, Tuttle received 113 votes more than Citeralla in the five precincts. Despite strong showings […]

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Master Food Preservers: Label literacy

Food labels might not make the best-sellers list, but careful reading of care and handling instructions may prevent food borne illness. With the overwhelming choices of food available, from fresh to frozen, dried, canned and ready to eat, consumers must follow manufacturers’ guidelines when preparing, serving and storing food. If food becomes contaminated, serious illness, […]

Grow For It! Italian Thistle — A threat to your property

Italian thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus), a noxious and invasive weed, is found in many places on the western slope of El Dorado County. Documented in El Dorado County as early as the 1940s, it is a nuisance in the home garden and, once established, it can crowd out forage plants in meadows and pastures, and exclude […]

El Dorado senior win scholarships

Congratulations to the El Dorado High School Seniors who won scholarships. The El Dorado High School administration would like to take this opportunity to thank the scholarship groups for their generous contributions to the future of the students, and for attending Scholarship Night. The following students were scholarship and/or award winners: Active 20/30 Club of […]

Peter Nolan recognized for volunteerism

Allstate Foundation Grants $1000 to the City of Placerville Allstate agency owner Peter Nolan received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the city of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, where Nolan volunteers. Allstate agents and employees have […]

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Youth need items for soldier care packages

To celebrate Independence Day and the men and women fighting for freedom, the hard-working youth volunteers in Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference are gearing up for a “Soldier Care Package Drive.” The event runs through July 4. Andrew Bassett, Stephanie Cooper, Ameilia Crye, Samita Dutta and Destry Fitzpatrick are working on getting the packages […]

Shakespeare Club presents the gift of knowledge

The Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2949 Bedford Ave. in Placerville, awarded six scholarships this past school year. The scholarships are named for the club’s benefactor, Mollie Hurd. In 1929 she willed the club a sum of money to build the clubhouse that is still in use today. The scholarship fund is financed by the generous donations […]

Heavenly news: Marking time

Of all the species of life on Earth, only Homo sapiens has a penchant for marking the passage of time. Since the beginning of recorded history we have had an obsessive need to know what time of the day it was, how much time had elapsed from one event to another, and for seafarers, how […]

Saving smiles in Nicaragua

Practicing dentistry in a Tommy Bahama beach chair, making deals with the local “Godfather” and performing magic tricks in the jungle are not the things they teach in dental school, but they’re good things to know if you’re providing dental services in Nicaragua. Drs. William Couch and Torrey Hammond of Cameron Park, seven pre-dental students […]

Free concert at Gold Country

There will be a free outdoor concert on the lawn at Gold Country Retirement Community on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Featured performers are The Midnight Rose Jazz Band. This six-piece band is comprised of Vannie Balser Singinghawk on trumpet and vocals, Nancy Kreis on clarinet, Ken O’Brien on trombone and vocals, Rueben Smith on tuba […]

Annual Fiddletown Flea set for June 18

It is true that one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure, especially at this year’s Fiddletown Flea. This annual flea market, to be held Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., boasts several locations in and around Fiddletown, plus a café in the Fiddletown Community Center with food, drinks and souvenirs. This […]

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Local artists to paint in Markleeville Plein Air Event

Three local artists will paint in the Markleeville Plein Air Event. Thaleia Georgiades, Mike Bagdonas and Randall Tillery take their easels to Markleeville and will paint along with 12 other artists who will capture the beauty of Alpine Count and also Hope Valley. From June 21 to 25 the public is invited to the Markleeville […]

Poetry benefit reading at Crocker

On Friday evening, July 15, an all-star cast of poets will take the spotlight in a benefit poetry reading at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento. The lineup includes Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong, Major Jackson, Sharon Olds, and special guest Galway Kinnell. Proceeds from the evening will endow the […]

Nickel fares at Western Railway Museum

School’s out. To celebrate the return of summer, the Western Railway Museum is expanding its public hours and offering a deal that can’t be beat: nickel fares. Continuing thorough Sept. 5, the museum will be open five days per week: Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will also be open […]

John Martin rocks the Market

“Come back, baby. Rock and roll never forgets” — That line out of a Bob Seger song could have been written about John Martin. On Friday afternoon, June 17, Martin will take listeners on a voyage of discovery that pushes the bounds of instrumental guitar rock. An instrumentalist of formidable talent, Martin begins with the […]

Hangtown Harmonica Championship seeks entries

Harmonica players, it’s time to step up and strut those harmonica skills to win prizes and bragging rights for the rest of the year. On Saturday, June 25, the El Dorado County Visitors Authority and the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club have joined forces to present “Cowboys and Cornbread,” featuring the Hangtown Harmonica Championship and Chili […]

Stepping out: Rafferty’s Candies is full of sweet treats

“Anyone who uses the phrase ‘easy as taking candy from a baby’ has never tried taking candy from a baby.” — Author unknown Rafferty’s Candies Last week I received a call from my long-time friend, Rick Siegel of Shoestring fame. He owned Shoestring in Placerville, before selling it to his sister, Debbie, and now his […]

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Save a horse, ride a mechanical bull

An All About Equine Animal Rescue Spring Fundraiser is being hosted at the El Dorado Saloon in El Dorado Hills on Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be great food, a bull riding contest and prizes. Bull riding for all ages is $3 each with all proceeds to benefit AAE. There […]

Suds, music and fun pour onto Main Street

Belltower Brewfest entertainment How many towns dress up their historic monument in the center of town to look like a beer stein? Not too many. The Placerville Downtown Association pulls out all the stops to promote the Belltower Brewfest, now in its 11th year. The iconic Belltower gets “all dressed up” for the event. What […]

Nano beer has a big taste

What: Belltower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association, Rotary Club of Placerville and Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 25, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $30 per person Information: 530-672-3436 or The Belltower Brewfest is Saturday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. along Main Street in Placerville. […]

Give Dad a Poppy Pack

Tired of giving your father the same old gifts for Father’s Day? Ditch the tools and ties and treat your father to some “big Fun” at the California State Fair, July 14 – 31. This year’s State Fair bargain package is an opportunity for dad to get out and enjoy a summer day with the […]

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Grow For It! Using color in the landscape

Many have said that designing a garden is like painting a picture. Colors, shapes, structures, textures and light all combine to create something that is pleasing to the eye or produces a desired effect. Using the painting analogy to consider the impact of color is useful for landscape design. Landscaping with color Consider first the […]

Entrepreneurial spirit

Students at Pinewood School in Pollock Pines use creativity and logic to create inventions for Thomas Edison Day. The day futures the inventors with their devices and supporting paperwork. The students also demonstrate the purpose of the invention to attentive listeners.

At a glance: Happy birthday

It is Arkansas’ birthday today. In 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union. The state flower is the apple blossom and the state tree is the pine. Arkansas has beautiful forests and waterways making recreation a big thing. Good grilling The residents of Arkansas also like to grill and would enjoy going […]

High school district registration information

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2011–12 school year. School will start on Aug. 8. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times of your school. El Dorado and Vista High School The counseling office will be closed for summer break from June 20 […]

As we were: Art video to help Impressionists

25 Years ago June 18, 1986 Lights! Camera! Action! AM Video Productions, in conjunction with Schultz/Ellis Associates of Santa Clara, is producing an art video workshop for in-home use, with local Placerville artist Anita Wolff as the instructor. The production crew spent the better part of three days in early June filming the video classes […]

Don’t TP that tree—donate a roll instead

It’s the little things that count. Toilet paper might seem like one of those little things, but not having to purchase it can make a big difference to non-profit organizations. On June 16, United Way California Capital Region will hold its third annual United Toilet Paper Drive with the goal of collecting rolls of toilet […]

World-class talent is scheduled for community concerts

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, has been bringing world-class entertainment to the county for 60 years. The association relies on memberships to present the concerts and a limited number of memberships are still available. The association is continuing its annual membership drive through July. The El […]

Learn about the artistry of applique

The public is invited to “Unlocking the Artistry of Applique” on Tuesday, June 14, at noon at a luncheon presentation by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries). The luncheon and program is at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, and is catered by Diane Wilkinson with a new […]

Shenandoah invites community input on virtual learning

After becoming El Dorado County’s first public charter high school in 2002, Shenandoah High School, located at 6540 Koki Lane in Diamond Springs, has produced nine years of successful young leaders through its rigorous and innovative curriculum. Looking to progress even further towards a learning system that reaches all students with a range of different […]

Foothill gourmet: A great time with Alton Brown

As I promised, today’s column includes my report on the group seminar with Alton Brown at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. When on vacation, we watch him on the food network and enjoy his shows. We first saw him on “Good Eats” and later as the Food Network host for the “Iron Chef” show. Brown was […]

Classical masters festival debuts at Three Stages

The Classical Masters Music Festival is pleased to announce its inaugural festival will take place on June 10-12, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Exceptional world-class musicians are coming to the region and music-lovers are invited to enjoy an impressive three days filled with concerts, competitions, film screenings, lectures and 65 young musicians. Exciting […]

Wild West rendezvous in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 28th annual Carson City Rendezvous, the area’s largest special event, returns June 10 – 12 to celebrate the wild west and Civil War era history. The 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s presidential inauguration is just one of many new events for the free three-day Civil War-era living history set […]

10 bands, five hours, $5, one cause

EL DORADO HILLS — Crimson Sky, a local family friendly progressive rock band, growing in statewide popularity, has teamed up with Courage to Be You Inc. (C2BU), to present Concert 4 Courage, an evening to benefit Courage to Be You Inc. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 […]

Annual race to benefit the arts

What: 13th annual Race for the Arts Where: William Land Park, Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento When: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m. Anyone who enjoys theater, dance, music, art — and exercise — won’t want to miss the 13th annual “Race for the Arts” celebration of the arts and the outdoors on Aug. 27. […]

Studio art courses this Summer at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, teens and adults during the museum’s summer session of studio art and art history courses. Classes are designed for a range of skill levels and led by skilled teaching artists. Summer art experiences for children are particularly bountiful with week-long classes offered in […]

Rain date set for Jackie Greene concert

Due to unseasonably severe weather, and in the best interest of the musicians and audience members, Fairytale Town postponed the June 4, Jackie Greene concert to Sunday, June 26. “We greatly appreciate the kindness and flexibility of Jackie Greene, his band members and management, and our audience in making this decision,” said Kathy Fleming, Fairytale […]

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery celebrates first year

The public is invited to join the artists at the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery first anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 12. See the artwork, visit with the artists, and linger in the rose garden listening to the music of Kathryn Costigan, Marion Cole, Mignon Geli and Tom Gilchrist. This event is open to […]

Come to the beach party at Cameron Oaks

Grab a beach chair and umbrella and come join the fun at the Cameron Oaks Shopping Center for a Community Family Event on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event for all ages will have merchant booths, prize drawings, food, beverages, entertainment, live music and a car show. In the spirit […]

Cruise over to Christa McAuliffe Park

Cool cars, great music and perfect car show weather are on tap Saturday, June 11, for the 13th annual Foothill Cruiser Car Show. The day of fun is at Christa McAuliffe Park in Cameron Park and is free. This is a classic car and hot rod show, with some newer models as well, is free to […]

Banners fly high on Main

The sun is shining and the banners are on display again along Main Street in Placerville. The public art project “Banners on Parade 2011″  features 31 painted banners. Twenty-eight are hanging on the light poles and three are on the Bell Tower. For the seventh year the Gold Country Artists Gallery and the Placerville Downtown Association are […]

Stepping out: Papa Murphy’s pizza is a winner

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” — Dave Barry Papa Murphy’s I like pizza, especially the ones that you can cook at home. Hot from the […]

Classic country music at the Market

Bob and Shirley bring the sounds of classic country music to the stage at the Market this Friday, June 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Recent arrivals to Placerville, Bob and Shirley are quickly building a local following since moving to the area from Southern California. If you were “country when country wasn’t cool,” you’ll […]