Heavenly news:Binocular astronomy

Some time someone or something causes a person to look up and get acquainted with the night sky. The “some thing” for me was a Boy Scout summer camp when my sons completed the astronomy merit badge. That was my introduction to observing our own galaxy and getting familiar with some of the deep sky […]

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Time to reserve a singing valentine for someone special

The Sweet Adeline Chorus, which includes about 10 ladies from various parts of El Dorado County, is having its annual fundraiser — singing Valentines. The group has been been providing Valentine greetings for many of the county residents on the western slope for years. Make beautiful musical memories for “special” Valentines on Monday, Feb. 14, […]

Rescue school district announces registation

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, junior kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2011-2012 school year. Registration will begin on Feb. 14. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms are available to parents at all school sites. All registrations and transfer requests received during the priority registration window, Feb. 14 through March […]

Master gardener: Soil is the garden palette

Soil is the garden palette. Just as the painter’s palette holds the pigments the artist uses to create a masterpiece, soil provides the medium to make the garden grow and prosper. The gardening efforts are going to be enhanced or restrained by the soil, so the first step to good gardening is learning about its […]

Halcyon Trio presents a performance for music lovers

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is presenting the fifth concert of the 2010-11 concert season. The Halcyon Trio will be performing at the Theater at the Mine, Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at  7 p.m. The Halcyon Trio  features clarinet, viola and piano in amazing […]

Foothill gourmet: Cooking and grilling hints

With spring and summer weather coming up; it’s a perfect time for grilling. Think about grilling or barbecuing fruit. It is an excellent way to bring out a fruit’s sweet, ripe flavors. Most fruits can be cooked using a grilling or barbeque method. The drying heat from a barbecue, after cooking the main course is […]

Senior nutrition menu: February

The following is the February 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 […]

SFMONA offers exciting prizes to promote natural wine cork recyclingsfmona wine corks

From now through March 15, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), 151 Third St. in San Francisco, is offering visitors a chance to win amazing wine-related experiences while saving our natural resources with the contest “SFMOMA Uncorked!” In celebration of SFMOMA’s groundbreaking exhibition “How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now” on view through April […]

On the spot: Sherry Sanchez

Age: 70 Residence: Placerville Hometown: Sacramento Occupation: Receptionist, Millennium Sports Club Hobbies: Tennis and gardening Favorite movie: “Christmas Card” Favorite book: The Bible Favorite vacation spot: Arizona What is your best quality? “My smile.”

Comedy and Barry White tribute at Carson Valley Inn

The next two Saturdays bring special events to the Valley Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn with Live Comedy kicking off a super weekend on Saturday, Feb. 5 and a Barry White Tribute over the Valentine’s Day weekend on Saturday, Feb. 12. The comedy night on Saturday, Feb. 5 includes a trio of funny men […]

EDMT announces auditions for ‘Anything Goes’

El Dorado Musical Theater will audition for “Anything Goes” on Monday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. “Anything Goes” has captured audiences by bringing them aboard The S.S. American, sailing from New York to […]

Silver Screen features a witty triangle

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Sat. Feb. 5, with the 1933 comedy, “Design for Living.” Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper and Fredric March find themselves in a relationship that just won’t do. When their quirky threesome implodes, it’s really for the best. Really. But conformity doesn’t work, either. Artist Gary Cooper and playwright Fredric […]

Gold Country Artists have heart

The Gold Country Artists Gallery is having a special exhibit during February to celebrate the holiday of Saint Valentine. The legend of Saint Valentine harks back to Roman times. Valentine was a Roman priest during the reign of Claudius the Goth or Claudius II. Claudius  banished marriages during his reign in order to acquire soldiers for […]

Jazz van Gogh plays a musical masterpiece

Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, is thrilled to welcome an exciting talented duo to the weekend music lineup on Friday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Seasoned musicians Jon and Susan Allasia reside in Lake Tahoe and are venturing down the hill to grace Zia’s with their musical talents. Jazz van Gogh’s original […]

Opening festivities for $50 million performing arts center

FOLSOM — The subject of over a decade of planning, discussion, construction and anticipation, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College — the region’s newest performing and visual arts center — will open its doors to the public with seven days of festivities beginning Friday, Feb. 4. Built with a combination of state, regional, local and […]

Stepping out: Enjoy a wonderful time and food

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist (1922-2000) Valentine’s Day weekend Since St. Valentine’s Day is only a week away and people like to plan more than a few days ahead for it, due to the need to get tickets or make reservations, […]

Carrie’s Cowpatties aren’t a flop

Cowpatty, cowpie, cow poop or cow flop — whatever name you use — it just doesn’t sound like a tasty treat to most folks. If it’s made out of chocolate cake and covered in chocolate ganache, however, people are willing to give a cowpatty a try. Once a slice of a Carrie Stevenson’s Cowpatty Cake […]

New Outback delivers on performance

Armed with its new body, the 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-liter flat six changes the character of the 2.5L powered vehicle entirely from a mid-pack performing crossover vehicle to a performance monster. Still clad in the now more familiar new generation body that was seen in our last Road Beat of the four-cylinder version with a […]

The kid friendly version of ‘The Tempest’ teaches many lessons

The theater department at Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills,  proudly presents “Shakespeare 4 Kidz The Temptest.” “Shakespeare 4 Kidz” is a highly acclaimed company based in England dedicated to bringing kid-friendly versions of Shakespeare’s most classic works. Although the themes are serious and dramatic they are addressed with music […]

At a glance: It is a super time of year

About 1.25 billion chicken wing portions will prepared and consumed to celebrate the Super Bowl. Super Bowl just doesn’t mean the National Football League season finale, it could also mean “The Big Food Bowl.” The National Chicken Council keeps track of chicken wing eating and the wing total for Super Bowl Sunday equates to more […]

Chivalry and stupidity shine on the Union Mine stage

Union Mine High School is putting on a production of Neil Simon’s romantic comedy “Fools.” This play is exclusively student directed. Dani Assenza, Zach Bredeson and Adam Turnbull envisioned a play that could combine sheep, chivalry and sheer stupidity. “It feels so good to see this come to fruition,” said director Bredeson, “We really worked […]

As we were: Crime statistics, new WPA head and Kelsey news

25 Years ago Feb. 3, 1986 Major crimes decrease in city, rise in county By PAT LAKEY Although the rate  of major crimes committed in El Dorado County has decreased over the past five years, the rate was slightly up in 1985 compared with 1984, according to statistics released by the Sheriff’s Department. The city of […]

The Grapes of Knowledge to challenge decathletes

The Super Quiz for the 2011 Academic Decathlon gets underway at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Union Mine High School Theater of the Mine and the public is invited to attend. Teams from El Dorado, Pondersosa, Oak Ridge and Union Mine high schools, who have been preparing for months, will compete in […]

Farm and ranch business planning course starting

On Feb. 10, the fourth annual University of California Cooperative Extension Farm and Ranch Business Planning will be held at the DeWitt Center in Auburn. The course is an in-depth, six-week class on economic and organizational strategies and tools for a successful farm business. Topics covered during the short course include: determining mission and vision, […]

Local students to speak out

El Dorado County high school students are among hundreds across the state working hard to interpret, memorize and recite classical poetry. At stake are hundreds of dollars on the state competition level and thousands at the national finals of “Poetry Out Loud” — a competition run by the California Arts Council in the state and […]

Jones bids adieu to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Deborah Jones, 60, has been the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County for  23 years. She has been with the organization since 1988 when she was first hired as a case manager and served as the assistant for almost 10 years before accepting the position of executive director in 1997. […]

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‘Gold and Wine’ is filled with history and useful information

Book review Gold seekers coming to El Dorado County in the 1850s brought a thirst for wealth and … wine. El Dorado County’s winemaking industry has been around as long as the rush for gold and the El Dorado Winery Association’s beautifully done book, “Gold and Wine — A History of Winemaking in El Dorado […]

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Foothill dining: Crostini with guacamole, tapenade and aïoli

Everyone knows that the United States is a melting pot. That’s especially evident as people across the U.S. join together to watch the Super Bowl and enjoy a melting pot of flavors. The chefs at the Culinary Institute of America came up with an international menu of dips and spreads to offer guests. Nearly everyone […]

Crocker Museum to offer classes for kids

The Crocker Art Museum will present 25 classes for children, tweens, teens, and adults during the Museum’s winter session of Studio Art and Art History courses. Highlights of the winter session for children include “Stuck on Slabs (of clay, that is),” a clay hand-building class, and “Kids Art Club,” a two-part painting and art making […]

Fusion Gallery is closing its doors

After one and a half years in business, Fusion Gallery and Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, 440 Main St. in Placerville, have had to make the difficult decision to close their doors. With sadness, co-owners Laura Butler and Pamela Findleton were forced to make this decision along with many other local businesses who have closed recently, […]

An evening of magical music

A very special evening of music with Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai is happening at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Jan 29, at 7:30 p.m. Kamm and MacDonald’s music is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles, and graced by their exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements […]

Everything wedding can be found at the Bridal Fair

The Gold Country Bridal Fair is returning to the Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, Sunday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you, or someone you know, is planning a wedding in the near future this is an event you won’t want to miss. With more than […]

Auditions announced for the 2011 Music Circus season

California Musical Theatre is looking for performers for the 2011 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. This is the 61st season of Music Circus, presented by California Musical Theatre under the leadership of Executive Producer Richard Lewis, Artistic Director Glenn Casale and Associate Producer Scott Klier. Music Circus auditions performers in New York, […]

Mother Lode Friends of Music to present chamber music

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, resumes its 2010-2011 season with a concert of chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek. The concert will feature duo-pianists Aileen James […]

The Bobs sing a cappella in Nevada City

Paul Emery’s WinterPlay Performing Arts Series brings Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats — The Bobs to the Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St. in Nevada City, on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Yabobo, 530-478-9114; Briar Patch, 530-272-5333; The Book Seller, 530-272-2131; Cherry Records, 530-823-2147; Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006 or online at paulemerymusic.com. The Bobs — Richard Bob […]

Folsom Lake College theater department announces auditionsflc auditions jan31

The Falcon’s Eye Theater at Folsom Lake College calls for actors from the community to audition for its spring production of “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic allegory. This groundbreaking satiric fantasy follows the extraordinary Antrobus family down through the ages, from the time of “The War,” surviving flood, fire, pestilence, […]

KFOK benefit concert at Marshall Grange features special guests

The Troubadours of Divine Bliss will grace the stage of the Marshall Grange Hall in a benefit concert for KFOK at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. The group will be joined by local phenomena Mignon Geli on the native American flute and very special guest Good Shield Aguilar who will open the show. Tickets […]

‘Charlotte’s Web’ weaves a story of kindness

Imagination Theater in Placerville is presenting the story of “Charlotte’s Web” in February. The play is an adaptation of E.B. White’s book of the same name. “Charlotte’s Web” is a timeless story  about the unlikeliest of friends — Wilbur, a young pig trying to avoid the butcher and a motherly spider named Charlotte who helps him. […]

‘Grand Night for Singing’ opens Cosmopolitan Cabaret season

Single tickets for “A Grand Night for Singing” the Tony-nominated Broadway revue featuring songs from all 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office at 1419 H St. in Sacramento, by calling 916-557-1999, or online at Tickets.com. Performances will be Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday and […]

Exciting musical line-up in the Folsom Jazz Festival

Local award-winning jazz artists and Harry Connick Jr. trumpet player to open the 22nd annual Folsom Jazz Festival. The Folsom High School Jazz program and the Folsom High School Music Boosters are organizing the event. The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, an engaging 18-piece big band, and Vertical Voices, a jazz vocal quartet showcasing local musicians Kerry Marsh […]

Jazz Gitan is back by popular demand

Jazz Gitan returns to Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jazz Gitan, pronounced jazz je’-tan, is a jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene during the 1930s. The “Hot Club” […]

Stepping out: A slow retail month brings about bargains

“Food to a man is like oil to a lamp; if it has much, it shines, if too little, it is quenched; yet a lamp is sooner extinguished by too much oil than by too little.” — Judah Ben Asher (1270-1349) January January is a slow time for a lot of retail businesses, especially restaurants. […]

CP to offer combo kids dance class

Cameron Park Recreation department is offering a Wednesday Combo Dance class for ages 6 to 12 starting Feb. 2.. Classes are held from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is a monthly fee of $45 for non-residents or $40 with a Cameron Park resident discount. There is also a Combo Friday Dance class for ages 3 […]

At a glance: Cool dude in a cool sport

It is hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s birthday today. He was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1961. When he retired from the National Hockey League in 1999, he held 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. He also totaled over 200 points in one season four times — a really big deal. Another cool […]

Caregiver group to meet

The next meeting of “My Time,” a gathering for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, stroke or other chronic health condition, is Friday, Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St.  in Placerville. This group is facilitated by Ruth Michelson, a licensed Marriage […]