At a glance: Chew some gum and celebrate the new year

William Semple patented chewing gum on this date in 1869, making all grade school teachers go bonkers and generating the question, “Does your chewing gum loose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?” Music at Powell’s Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is jumping Thursday evening with the music dynamo Jonny Mojo […]

Cultural exchanges benefit everyone

It takes a village to host an exchange student, but the work is worth it according to Keith Richardson of the Placerville Rotary Club. Richardson has been involved with the club’s Youth Exchange program for 20 years, as a counselor, a host  and the father of three exchange students. The Placerville Rotary Club sponsored two […]

Senior Nutrition Menu — January

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 […]

Enjoy a good meal for a good cause

Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County is partnering with local restaurants on an ongoing fundraising activity which kicked off in July. Proceeds benefit Snowline Hospice, formed to meet the end-of-life needs of terminally ill patients and their families throughout El Dorado County and the city of Folsom, at no charge to patient or family. Held […]

Christmas miracle – family, firefighters save duck

What better time of year to tell a tale of perseverance, caring for others, cooperation, heroism and rescue. Wednesday evening, just as dark settled over Cameron Park Lake, Lisa Hart and her twin 5-year-olds, Riley and Jake, were going out on one of the small docks before finishing their walk around the lake. “We’d been […]

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Bikomania sweeps Sierra School

Thirty-eight children at Sierra School in Placerville received bicycles this month that were rebuilt by inmates at Folsom prison. Joining in delivering the bicycles were members of the Ponderosa Interact Club, which is sponsored by the Cameron Park Rotary Club.

Young violinists enchant Gold Country residents

Music for Children in the Foothills is the name of the group led by instructor Lisa Torgerson. The violinists here entertain residents of Gold Country’s assisted living facility on Golden Center Drive in the Missouri Flat area. For more Foothill Life look on page B-10.

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On the spot: Tamaura Baker

Age: 32 Residence: Placerville Hometown: Citrus Heights Occupation: Pastry chef at Allez! in El Dorado Hobby: My children, Courtney, 7, and Austin, 3 Favorite movie: “Reality Bites” Favorite book: “The Secret Life of Bees” Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something nobody knows about you: “I sing in the car and to my two kids.” Best quality: […]

Who, who wrote the Book of Beer?

Tell me, tell me, tell me Oh, who wrote the Book Of Beer I’ve got to know the answer Was it someone from above (Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who) (Who wrote the Book Of Beer) With apologies to the Monitones  and their “Who wrote the Book of Love” A new book that unwraps […]

Trek the light fantastic

For weeks holiday celebrants have been busy stringing the lights, blowing up inflatables and setting up festive scenes to dazzle family, friends and strangers driving by. A great night to enjoy the lights of those labors in Christmas Eve. Bundle up and set out to find the brightest, the best, the most elegant or the […]

Imagination Theater celebrates 10 years

The founders of Imagination Theater invites the community to celebrate ITs 10th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. at the theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville Two shows of “Grease” are scheduled on Sunday — a cast reunion and sponsor production at 2 p.m. and the closing […]

The magic continues at the Eldorado Showroom

The Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno offers the hottest nightlife and the coolest shows. That’s why the El dorado is one of the funnest places to play. Illusionist Darren Romeo With the holidays almost behind us the real magic can begin. As part of a limited engagement, Seigfried and Roy protege Darren Romeo returns to […]

Carson City gets grant for tourism

CARSON CITY, NEV. —  The Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded $14,000 in grants last week for three different marketing efforts, providing support for the destination’s Divine Nine Golf Co-operative, CCCVB Website and video production and advertising materials for the Virginia & Truckee Railway. The CCCVB will allocate $3,000 to the Divine Nine […]

Rock and roll showcase comes to PJ’s

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville proudly presents a showcase of all original music by local rock bands Full Funky Gorilla and Sin Nombre. The event is on Saturday, Jan. 15. The show starts at 9 p.m. and will go until past midnight. “I was looking for new ‘edgy’ bands to bring in […]

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Two shows run at Blue Line Gallery

ROSEVILLE — Two exciting new exhibits showcasing the work of eleven Roseville Arts member artists and six advanced art students from Granite Bay High School is showing at the Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St., Suite 100 in Roseville. The show runs through Jan. 8,  on Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “It’s the Journey Not the […]

Acura MDX has all-wheel drive, but not made for the Rubicon

Refreshed for 2011, the new Acura MDX shook things up a bit with a new class leading, plush interior. Outside the MDX still looks a bit different, but it follows the Acura theme of angles and lines that don’t have a lot of purpose,., especially in the front end which has been revised and refreshed […]

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Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations at the Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — Arthur Szyk (American, b. Poland, 1894–1951) is remembered today as an artist and illustrator whose work ranged from illustrations for traditional Jewish and Polish folktales and religious texts to watercolor designs for political cartoons that were regularly featured on the cover of Collier’s magazine throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition Arthur […]

Subaru Outback steps up to a six-cylinder

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 […]

Home stretch for blockbuster art show at de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — The exhibition Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay enters its final month on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition closes on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The museum will have extended viewing hours to accommodate visitors to this special presentation, the only […]

Stepping out: Las Goteras Taqueria offers a large menu

“But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!’” Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (1823) Las Goteras Taqueria I had sort of given up on the new taqueria next to the Belltower in Placerville ever opening. Then, last week a friend […]

Lucinda’s Country Inn honors vets

Lucinda’s Country Inn honored military personnel with a stay at the south county inn. “Honoring our veterans with a free night at Lucinda’s Country Inn is the least we could do,” stated Lucinda Sullivan, owner of Lucinda’s. “Theirs and their families’ sacrifice is what makes it possible for me to have my B&B.” Lucinda’s Country […]

Volunteer educators are needed at the Sacramento Zoo

it is a great time to share a love for animals. The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2011 docent training class until Jan. 8. Zoo docents are volunteer educators who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people. Docents conduct tours and station talks at the zoo. With additional training, docents can also […]

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Placerville News has more than news

For years, the Belltower has been the picturesque landmark of downtown Placerville, a symbol of communication and history. Just across the street at 409 Main St., Placerville News Co. has been the hub of information for decades, with its telltale newstand right out front. Sure, you can buy just about any newspaper or magazine there, but there’s […]

As we were: water rates, water, new year’s and telescopes

25 Years ago Dec. 20, 1985 20% water rate hike proposed By BRIAN ROKOS The El Dorado Irrigation District is considering a consultant’s recommendation to raise water rates 20 percent and establish a $4,500 fee per unit (facility capacity charge) to connect to the district water system, finance director Ron Morse said. A 20 percent increase would add […]

Rescue Union School District opens junior kindergarten program

The Rescue Union School District is pleased to invite all parents/guardians who reside within the Rescue Union School District boundaries who have students turning 5 by March 1, who would benefit from participation in a kindergarten readiness program prior to regular kindergarten, to contact the Rescue Union School District Office at 530-677-4461 or Jackson Elementary […]

At a glance: Look out for the pogonip and have fun

Many almanacs always advise to be aware of the pogonip at this time of year. No, it is not jumping up and down on a pogo stick and taking a nip and then having to watch out for falling down. Pogonip is a dense winter fog containing frozen particles that is formed in deep mountain […]

Placer County Museum to present oral history seminar

Have you ever wished you had talked more with your grandparents about what their lives were like back in the old days? And if you had the chance, would you know what questions to ask or how to ask them? On Jan. 8, the Placer County Museums will host an Oral History seminar where attendees […]

Crocker receives sponsorship from Bank of America

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce that it has received a sponsorship from Bank of America in support of a new initiative to broaden and diversify the museum’s audience. Community Connections at the Crocker is dedicated to providing access to the museum through four programs: Thursdays until 9, Pay What You […]

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Marshall Medical to host blood drive

Please join Marshall Medical Center and Marshall Community Blood Center as they host a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at 1100 Marshall Way-Conference Rooms A, B, C and D in Placerville. For more information about the blood drive or on how to sign-up for an appointment, contact […]

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is underway

The longest running citizen science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place to Jan. 5. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America will brave winter weather to add a new layer to over a century of data. Last year’s count shattered records. More than 2,100 counts and 60,753 […]

Tahoe Rim Trail celebrates Tahoe’s winter trails

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for its annual National Winter Trails Day. Come participate in a day of winter recreation, presentations and activities on Saturday, Jan. 8, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will be held near the west end of Tahoe Meadows on the south side of […]

Gaming Alliance and LTVA donate to area nonprofits

As a part of an ongoing initiative to support area non-profits, the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority donated $20,000 among four charities, Friday, Dec. 3, at Lakeside Inn and Casino. Christmas Cheer received $10,000; Tahoe Youth and Family Services $5,000; South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center $3,000 and the Boys and Girls […]

Folsom Lake College closed for winter break

Folsom Lake College will be closed for winter break starting Thursday, Dec. 23, and re-opening Monday, Jan. 3. While college offices will be closed during the break, students will still be able to register for spring 2011 classes online using eServices at In addition, during the winter break, tickets for spring performances at Three […]

Dandelions are for wishing

One of the first things noticed at Dandelions Raising Children Naturally at 3987 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville was a copy of “Barnaby and Thor” by Sue Hegarty on the counter. This extraordinary children’s book written by a local author and illustrated by talented artist Alice Shaw is not only a cute story, it radiates […]

St. Stephen’s to celebrate the season

Think about these things: On Dec. 26, the Christmas tree is down and ready for recycling. The 12 days of Christmas became the 12 last shopping days before Christmas. The stores have finally stopped playing the endless loops of Christmas music. All that’s left of Christmas is the stack of bills. If these thoughts ring […]

Heavenly news: Where did the Moon go?

Late evening on Monday, Dec. 20 and into early morning of Dec. 21, the Moon’s appearance will make a dramatic change, so much so, that at one point it will appear to have disappeared. Weather permitting; the residents of El Dorado County will have an awesome opportunity to watch the last total lunar eclipse of […]

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Letters to Santa

The following Letters to Santa were submitted by the younger readers of the Mountain Democrat. Dear Santa, I would like a Barbie car that my sister and I can ride in. I always wanted a leapster. I want a Barbie with a camera necklace. I want a babydoll that can talk and walk. I want […]

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Seventh annual Art and Wine Fest in January

The seventh annual El Dorado Art and Wine Festival is Jan. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Main Exhibit Hall. The event benefits Kiwanis of Placerville and Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. This spectacular event has become one of El Dorado County most prestigious and enjoyable events of the year. Local […]

On the spot: Rod Williams

Age: 73 Town of residence: Cameron Park Hometown: Chicago Occupation: Retired interior designer Hobby: Art Favorite movie: Rain Man Favorite author: John Sanford Favorite vacation spot: Varenna, Italy Something no one knows about you: “I wanted to be a pianist.” Best quality: “I adore my kids.”

‘Art: Twenty-Ten’ recognizes Stephany Nickel and Geneva Fenno

Stephany Nickel and Geneva Fenno are two of the featured artists in the new book “Twenty-Ten Open Studio.” The artists selected for the book attend a “by invitation only” open studio in Ventura each August. Twenty -seven artists from all over the United States and Canada working in a wide variety of media and styles […]

Candy Cane Lane lights up the night

Candy Cane Lane, a specially constructed drive-by holiday display is now available for viewing nightly outside the Carson Valley Inn. Highlighted by thousands of seasonal lights, Candy Cane Lane is a variety of scenes with people and traditional Christmas characters and images getting ready for Christmas — a visual salute to the festive holiday season. […]

Mckinley Arts and Culture Center announces Christina Massey exhibition

Christina Massey, former El Dorado County resident, is exhibiting her work at McKinley Arts Camp: Culture Center, West Gallery, 
925 Riverside Drive in 
Reno, Nev. The show titled “An Art Community” runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 28. Massey grew up in Cameron Park and now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has been exhibiting frequently in […]

It will be fun at Fusion Gallery

Exciting things are happening at Fusion Gallery and Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, 440 Main St. in Placerville this weekend. Friday night, Dec. 17, “The Red Wine District” will be in full swing as the gallery stays open later to be a part of “Mens Night Out.” Madame Pamela-Pinot Noir and her partner Giselle Labelle-Cabernet will be hosting “Men’s Night […]

Sierra Pastel Society presents a brilliant exhibition

Fifty- four pastel paintings are now showing at the El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC) Artspace Gallery at 459 Main St. in Placerville, just in time for the holidays. The Sierra Pastel Society (SPS) is presenting the artful collection through Saturday, Jan. 8. “We’re thrilled to have this annual show in downtown Placerville, where holiday shoppers […]