Fashions, music and inspiration at luncheon

All ladies are invited to attend the Christian Women’s Connection luncheon, Fashions are Sweet, on Monday, Feb. 13, at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Chico’s in Folsom will dress models in its trendiest, most colorful line of spring clothes. Sherry Mehl, chief deputy director for the Department of Consumer Affairs for […]

Concert features music for violin, clarinet and piano

The Mother Lode Friends of Music presents a concert of music for violin, clarinet and piano on Sunday, Feb. 12, starting at 3 p.m. in the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street, Sutter Creek. The concert features two instrumentalists with international reputations. Violinist Corina Stoian was trained in her native Bucharest, Romania, and pursued a […]

Neumann to continue as Folsom Symphony conductor

The Folsom Symphony’s board of directors announced that Michael Neumann will continue as conductor and music director at least through 2015. The symphony and Neumann agreed to a four-year contract in December that includes an option to renew for three additional years. “We have been so fortunate to have a conductor of Michael’s caliber since […]

United Way is having toilet paper drive

Residents can spare a square to help local nonprofits save thousands of dollars each year on toilet paper. United Way California Capital Region’s fourth annual Live United Toilet Paper Drive will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Last year’s drive raised 115,840 […]

Winnemucca hosts photography symposium

The 24th edition of “Shooting The West,” a unique photography symposium in Winnemucca, Nev., is March 7 to 11. Featured are photography pros presenting their work and conducting workshops; presentations, exhibits, vendor booths, contests, field trips, and musical performances. Special guests are Stacy Pearsall, a highly decorated Iraq War military combat photographer; Adam Jahiel, an […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies to start

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Feb. 4, with the comedy “If I Had a Million.” The 1932 movie is about a man who refusing to leave relatives any money, finds eight strangers in the phone book and sends each a million dollars. The money makes a difference for some, changes nothing […]

Workshops focus on wool and fiber

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference will feature two workshops on wool and fiber. There is more to selling wool than raising sheep and hiring a shearer. In the first workshop, participants will learn what it takes to grow a quality product from selecting the breed of sheep to management of the […]

Free trees available from foundation

Here’s an ideal way to get into the mood for spring planting — join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free trees to plant when the weather turns warm. Every person from California who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in February 2012 will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees. “Redbuds will add beauty to […]

Placerville co-op makes progress

On Jan. 18, the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op (PNFC) welcomed local farmers to establish what crops were being grown and what could be sold through the store. Though not mandatory, many of the growers are member/owners of the co-op. The meeting was hosted by Melisa Clark, general manager, who stated that this is one of […]

FLC alumni to exhibit art works

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College hosts an invitational exhibition of Folsom Lake College alumni artists in the Bank of America Gallery, Friday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, March 18, with a special artists’ reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. It is a question every art student has to grapple with: “What […]

At a glance: Enjoy the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is more than a football championship, it is kind of a eat-a-thon for fans. Super Bowl parties are major gastronomic extravaganzas where the food takes center stage. Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City and founder of gives […]

Free February self defense clinic

Come alone, come together or bring a group of singles — but come to meet new people, share with friends and learn quick, easy escapes, self-defense tips and raise awareness of the dangers around at a free singles self-defense clinic on Saturday, Feb. 25. Join the Black Belt instructors at Robinson’s Taekwondo to share self-defense tips, […]

Grow For It!: Growing tomatoes from seed

Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about starting tomato seeds. In the last few years, home vegetable growing has reached record highs, with some surveys showing at least 90 percent of home gardeners choosing tomatoes as one of their crops. It is not hard to dispute this fact when home-grown tomatoes […]

February Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the January Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Love, music and great food is in the air

The 11th annual Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus St. Valentine’s Day Ball Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 5 p.m. It is open to the public. This Valentine’s Day is a great time to set worries aside and enjoy an evening of fun, music and great food. Many couples, […]

Selland’s opening in EDH is something to nosh about

EL DORADO HILLS — Dedicated foodies in El Dorado Hills have something new to nosh about. The purpose of the Selland’s Market Café soft opening in El Dorado Hills on last Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights was ostensibly to shake down operations and break in the roughly 50 new employees, many of whom live in […]

Smith Flat drama students take a trip

What: “Canterbury Tales” Who: Charter Smith Flat School drama department Where: former Charles Brown School, 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado When: Thursday, Feb. 2; and Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. Cost: $3 for children and $5 for adults Information: 530-409-1188 The high school drama students at Charter Smith Flat School […]

As we were: New year, new leaders

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1987 County leaders pick new officers The 1987 officers of the El Dorado County Department Head Association were installed Monday, Jan 12. They are chairman, John H. Thorne, county assessor; vice chairman, John Cody, Veterans Service Officer; secretary, Gerda Ruppert, county librarian and treasurer, John Litwinovich, Community Services Director. These […]

Spaghetti feed to help family with medical expenses

There will be a spaghetti feed on Saturday, Feb 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. to help an El Dorado County family. Kyle Polk, an El Dorado High School graduate, and Kayla Walker Polk, a Ponderosa High School graduate, recently learned that their third daughter, Anabelle Grace, will be born with medical problems. After many […]

The Age of Imperialism comes to the Academic Decathlon

What: Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Who: Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Oak Ridge high schools Where: Union Mine High School in the Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. Cost: no charge From God, gold and glory to guns, medicine, boats and finances, El Dorado County high school […]

Foothill dining: A Super Bowl feast

While chili, ribs, and seven-layer dips are Super Bowl standbys, why not consider impressing fellow fans with something different this year — Choucroute Garni. Pronounced shoo-KROUT gahr-NEE, this dish is a combination of smoked pork, sausage, frankfurters, sauerkraut and potatoes. Easy to prepare, the recipe can be made ahead of time, then either packed up […]

Skate park meeting

The Cameron Park Community Services District is holding its Skate Committee meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 that will include free pizza and drinks, plus to discuss ideas for Christa McAuliffe Skate Park. The pizza and meeting will take place at the Cameron Park Community Center, inside the social room. The center is located at 2502 Country […]

Sutter Creek Theater presents a night of Americana

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents high-octane Americana with Houston Jones and special guest Joe Craven on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. They incorporate so many different influences and make it seem so easy. The songs are powered along by the high-energy drumming and supportive, full-bodied arrangements. Jones’ lead vocals are […]

The Method to represent Placerville at David Rea tribute concert

Placerville duo The Method will be performing at a special tribute concert to the late David Rea at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 29. Rea, who many in El Dorado County remember from his performances at the Placerville Folk Festival and from a series of house concerts, died the day after […]

Auditions for ‘Little Princess’ at Imagination Theater

Auditions are going to be held for “The Little Princess” at Imagination Theater in Placerville. The play, adapted from Frances Hodgson Bumett’s classic story “Sara Crew,” this new musical version of a “riches-to-rags-to-riches” story takes place mostly at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London. The scenes of the play occur in a […]

Lakehills students present an amazing play

It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and … a Broadway classic and favorite. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented five times by the middle and high school youth at Lakehills Church in El Dorado Hills, Jan. 27-29. The five show schedule […]

Stepping out: Small plates are a big hit at Centro

“In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.” — Jeff Bezos Small plates at Centro Last week I came home to find a message on my answering machine from Greg Phelps, the owner of Centro, the “more than just a coffee shop” at 385 Main S, […]

Winds and strings featured in classical concert

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization for classical music performances, presents its first concert of 2012 on Sunday, Jan. 29, starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature selections for wind […]

Family classics offer family entertainment

What: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” Who: Imagination Theater Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets: All tickets for the Thursday, Feb. 2 opening are $5. Tickets for all other shows are $10. Tickets can […]

Sac choral society sings for the arts

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra Conductor Donald Kendrick and the Sacramento Choral Society will once again raise a collective voice for the arts at Singathon 2012 at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The society’s annual fundraiser will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the mall in front of Macy’s Women’s […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrating anniversary

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a beloved American institution. Just off its 50th anniversary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band — whose high-energy shows are dedicated to perpetuating traditional New Orleans jazz — celebrated its fifth decade in Carnegie Hall on Jan. 7. On Friday, Feb. 3, they come to Three Stages — to celebrate the […]

A Valentine’s concert of love tunes

Treat your very special person to an evening concert of famous love melodies to be performed on Saturday, Feb. 4, by the Sierra Symphony. The event will take place locally at the Mother Lode Lions’ Hall, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads. Conductor Roy Fulmer will lead the musicians in a range of […]

Learn about wine at ‘Behind the Cellar Door’

Education’s the theme as Amador County Vintners welcome wine lovers to “Behind the Cellar Door” on Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4. Regional winery associations throughout California regularly stage big wine tasting events. Few, however, attempt what the vintners of Amador County accomplish each year during“Behind the Cellar Door” winter wine extravaganza. The vintners […]

Local students speak out with “Poetry Out Loud”

For the third year running El Dorado County high school students are among thousands across California interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for Poetry Out Loud, a competition run by the California Arts Council and launched by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. At stake are hundreds of dollars at the […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Hedgerows and irrigation water management

Irrigation Water Management and Hedgerows will be one of  25 workshops to be presented at the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference scheduled for Sat., Feb. 4, at Lincoln High School in Lincoln. Mark White of the Placer County Resource Conservation District will discuss the factors and information needed to develop an irrigation system. Irrigation water […]

Sac State prof nominated for Grammy

Local music professor Richard Savino will be wearing a tux and mingling with the likes of Katy Perry and Cee Lo Green in February. The California State University, Sacramento guitar instructor will be attending the Sunday, Feb. 12 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where his group, El Mundo, has been nominated in the Best Small Ensemble […]

Couple presents Forgiving Forward seminar

Forgiveness is one of the most essential acts that anyone can do for another, yet few have ever been to a Forgive 101 course. Everyone needs to learn how to forgive, and how to be forgiven. This seminar focuses on what forgiveness is and the real power of forgiveness including how to be free from depression, […]

Lost in Suburbia finds its rockin’ musical niche

“Oh, yeah! I love that song!” Lost In Suburbia bandmates Eddie Otero, Chris Gartner, John Amarillo and Alan Boucher never get tired of those words. Considering their specialty — 1980s and ’90s rock — they hear them often. What usually follows is a crowded dance floor rockin’ out to Billy Idol, Radiohead and U2. Since […]

At a glance: Venus is brightly shining

Hopefully it will be clear on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 26, to see the Moon by Venus. Venus is absolutely brilliant in the early night sky and the first quarter Moon should be a lovely companion. A good time to check the celestial pair could be while heading to the El Dorado Hills […]

Master Food Preservers: Spice it up

A low-fat diet sure sounded like a good idea on Jan. 1, but now that a couple of weeks have passed, many with the best of intentions find this resolution to be getting tougher to stick with. Do not despair. Spices and herbs invigorate foods left bland by the elimination of oils and fats and […]

Lava Cap Winery reveals new label and new image

Lava Cap, one of El Dorado County’s pioneering artisan, family-owned wineries, announced a new logo and label design with an updated Website soon to follow. The classic, timeless look and feel of the new brand image not only evokes the winery’s heritage but also indicates the quality of the wine handcrafted by the Jones family. […]

Grow For It! Herbs and spices — Which are which?

All of us want to grow more of what we need for cooking, and one of the easiest homegrown ways to zest up a meal is by adding herbs and spices to a dish. What counts as a herb and which are spices? What makes them similar — or different? Herbs are plants or plant […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

As we were: Retiring supervisors to be honored

25 Years ago Jan. 23, 1987 Supervisors Flynn, Stewart to be honored tomorrow A dinner honoring retiring county supervisors Joseph V. Flynn and Thomas L. Stewart will be held tomorrow evening at the main exhibit hall of the county fairgrounds. No host cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7. Tickets, at […]

Oak Ridge Robotics team takes the challenge

EL DORADO HILLS — If the FIRST Tech Challenge Team No. 4238 needs a theme song for its group, it might consider the 1979 disco hit “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The eight Oak Ridge High School students have worked together for years. Four of the eight — Alex Krueger, Amey Natu, Ben Tucker and Thomas […]