Plenty of fun for children during spring break

Spring break — what to do with the children? Think about coming to a place with hands-on fun and opportunities to learn. That place is right here in the center of Placerville. The Placerville Children’s Museum Committee (PCMC) is setting up a demonstration activity and learning center in Scout Hall, Benham and Pacific streets in […]

Foothills Brass Quintet will toot its horns

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, continues to celebrate its 60th year. The mission has always been to present in Placerville, a regular series of concerts annually performed by top-ranking solo artists, instrumental and vocal ensembles, and dance groups. The 2011 and 2012 season continues the […]

Sac Philharmonic Orchestra presents a night of intrigue

Join TEMPO and the Philharmonic for a night of hidden meanings, in conjunction with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Hidden Meanings” concert on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Discover what inspired Elgar’s cello concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Take a sneak peek into downtown Sacramento’s brand new tequila museum. […]

Food and fun to raise money for young boy

The Snooty Frog, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite E-3, Cameron Park, in Burke Junction, has partnered with Gift to Cure to present a fundraiser to help  a young boy, William Klopper, 8. The event is called a “Spring Evening of Fine Food and Art.” It will be held at the Snooty Frog on Saturday, April 9, […]

‘The Wiz’ eases on at Sac State

Welcome to a land of Oz never seen. One filled with multimedia imagery, a wide and wild style of dance moves performed by a cast of 29 actors, and inhabited by a mysterious person known as The Wiz. Sacramento State’s Theater and Dance Department presents William F. Brown’s Tony Award-winning, rock-and-soul version of “The Wonderful […]

Doris Gorin is featured artist on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “featured artist” series with paintings, prints, and cards by Garden Valley artist Doris Gorin. Her works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic will be on display at the gallery for the month of April and the public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, […]

Stepping out: Capitol Ave. Café and Grill does it right

“The halls of the professor and the philosopher are deserted, but what a crowd there is in the cafés!” — Seneca “Moral Letters” (63 A.D.) Capitol Ave. Café and Grill In Park West industrial park, in Diamond Springs between Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads is a small, and very clean, café called Capitol Ave. […]

Quilters continues run at Imagination Theater

With only two more weekends on the horizon, “Quilters” continues to impress audiences at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This captivating musical, based on the hand-written diaries of the women who helped settle the American west, has been called “a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory […]

Find a cure for spring fever at the PAA show

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ” — Mark Twain The Placerville Arts Association has a cure for spring fever […]

‘Father of the Bride’ auditions at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater in Placerville has scheduled auditions for the comedy, “Father of the Bride,” Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with call backs April 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show is directed by Peter Wolfe. Cold readings from the script and improvisation will be asked of those auditioning. The […]

Rotary youth exchange program needs families

Cameron Park Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of a student for three months. The requirements include: treating the student as part of the family, the student has his or her own bed and the school attendance area is Ponderosa High School, Students have […]

Master Food Preservers: Butter and milk — why can’t they be canned?

By Ruth Woods UCCE El Dorado County Master Food Preservers Often times, Master Food Preservers ponder why it is not recommended to add cream or milk to canned soup recipes. Invariably, an attendee at an MFP public education class will also ask if milk can be canned or ask why canning dairy products like milk […]

At a glance: Have a Twinkie

This is one of Bob Billingsley’s favorite days. It is marked on his calendar and he makes a point of celebrating with a special cake made for the occasion. Jimmy Dewar invented Twinkies on this date in 1930. The cake is a layered extravaganza made out of Twinkies and extra cream filling. Recycled art There […]

Design and innovation earn Union Mine recognition

“We are so proud of this book because it is all student designed. Usually yearbook artists design the cover and section dividers, but we did all of our own work.” — Susan Sager, UMHS yearbook advisor A historical record of time, place and emotion, a yearbook is a time capsule one pulls out of a […]

As we were: Author talk, hardware store sale and burglar captured

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, April 9, 1986 ‘Fit or Fat’ author to conduct seminar “I just look at a calorie and I gain weight!” Similar mysteries surrounding the observations that overweight people can eat far less than thin people and still gain weight have been part of the research of Covert Bailey, who is […]

Grow For It! Companion Gardening

Want to try something different this year? Check out companion gardening or planting. It is not a new idea. Many believe the ancient Romans practiced companion planting. In America, the concept traces its roots back to native peoples. Often called the “Three Sisters,” Native Americans planted corn, beans and squash together to take advantage of […]

Oak Ridge Sports Boosters give athletes a boost

In recent years, Oak Ridge High School has produced a countless number of high caliber athletes — in many sports. Among them, Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic bombing three pointers from outside the arc, Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts on the receiving end of a bullet from Peyton Manning, Seyi Ajirotutu (pronounced exactly […]

Kindergarten registration open at Camino School

Camino School is now accepting kindergarten students for the 2011-12 school year. Registration packets can be picked up at the Camino School office, 3060 Snows Road in Camino, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 years old by Dec. 2. Items required to […]

Senior Nutrition Menu: April

The following is the April 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 […]

Brianna Juhrend will have an interesting summer

University of the Pacific civil engineering student Brianna Juhrend, 20, is about to embark on a rigorous journey. She is one of 15 students around the world to be accepted into the highly competitive Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s Summer Environmental Exchange (SEE). SEE is an eight-week “watershed education and leadership development program” that begins in Lake Tahoe […]

Snooty Frog to host fashion show

Ladies who like to get together with friends for a nice lunch and a little shopping will love the upcoming “Food, Fashion and Art” event at the Snooty Frog, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite 3-E in Cameron Park on Saturday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon and fashion show is being put […]

Heavenly news: First class stargazing

By LuAnn LePere and Jackie Hurley There is a place in El Dorado County that comes to life by night. By day, it is a conspicuous round paved depression in the earth adjacent to the Cameron Park Rotary  Club Community Observatory. As soon as the sun sets it becomes the gateway to the night sky, […]

Symphonic Wind Ensemble conductor honored

Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble conductor Robert Halseth was recently honored by his peers for a lifetime of teaching music at all educational levels. Halseth, who has directed the university’s wind studies program since 1993 and is an accomplished trombone player, received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the February convention of the California Band Directors […]

On the spot: Bobbi Arkus

Age: 62 Residence: Garden Valley Hometown: Richmond Occupation: Owner of Bobbi’s Thrift and Treasures, Georgetown Favorite movie: “Star Wars” Favorite book: “Anything by Stephen King” Favorite vacation spot: Arizona Tell us something no one else knows about you: “I love to sing. I used to be in talent shows as a kid.” Best quality: Patience […]

El Dorado artists to show in Fair Oaks

The New Artworks Gallery presents it’s April 2011 exhibit “Behind the Scenes” showcasing a special exhibit with “partners in art” — consignment members in the cooperative gallery. These artists consistently provide an amazing array of works which include: jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass arts, paintings and photography. Three El Dorado County artists will be participating in the exhibit at […]

Wood heads hold fundraiser at Powell’s

The Society of Wood Heads Only in conjunction with the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento Area are having their seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. The event will be held at Powell’s Steamer Comaony and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Tuesday, April 5, from […]

Placerville Arts Association welcomes spring with a show

Gold Country artist Jeannie Vodden will judge the upcoming Placerville Arts Association Spring Membership Show which begins April 4, and ends April 8. Vodden is a well known artist and instructor who teaches in many places including Mendocino Arts Center, Lodi Art Center, School of Light and Color and Stockton Arts Center. She enjoys painting […]

String pioneer and guitarist hit town

Two master musicians — fiddler Darol Anger and guitarist Scott Law will present an intimate evening of music at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Solstice Celebration fans will remember Law as the ringleader of last summer’s multi-faceted musical mayhem. Prepare for an evening of warm, soaring acoustic magic […]

Spring is here and so is the ‘Spring Art Show’

The Diamond Springs Art Association (DSAA) is presenting its Spring Art Show and Sale Friday, April 1, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane Drive in Placerville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Robert Sandidge judged theme, floral, landscape, people, seascape, life and other paintings entered in the show. The winners […]

Stepping out: Cuppa Coffee and More has some good stuff

“No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.” — Henry Ward Beecher, “Eyes and Ears”( 1862) Cuppa Coffee and More Last week I saw a note on Facebook about Cuppa Coffee and More, which is located at 442 Main St. in Placerville. […]

| Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Artist Tina Schmidt is appearing at Spoiled Rotten

Spoiled Rotten Women’s Boutique and Art Gallery is excited to present nationally known artist Tina Schmidt for an art reception on Saturday, April 2. Art viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the reception which includes complimentary wine and food will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Schmidt will be painting, meeting […]

‘Tale as old as time’ still has relevance

What: “Beauty and the Beast” Who: Ponderosa HIgh School Theater Arts program Where: Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs When: 7:30 p.m. on April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16; 2:30 p.m. on April 9 and 16. Cost: $15 general; $10 students Information: 530-672-8338. “Beauty lies within,” a message so often lost today, gets […]

At a glance: Mistakes are OK

A big hero for perfectionists everywhere, H. Lipman patented the pencil and eraser combination on this date in 1858. This cut out the time spent looking for the eraser that could never be found and made work neater in appearance. Art show No pencils with erasers are needed at the Diamond Springs Art Association’s Spring […]

Grow For It!: Growing peonies

If there was such a thing as a perfect perennial, the peony would be near the top of the list. Planted and cared for correctly, it will continue to offer gorgeous flowers year after year. Keep in mind that there are two types of peonies: Tree peonies and herbaceous peonies, the latter being the most […]

| Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

‘Sip and Taste’ was a sumptuous time

A number of merchants on the west end of Main Street, Placerville held their first “West End Sip and Taste Event” on the evening of March 16. This event was an opportunity for the community to enjoy what Main Street has to offer in a progressive culinary tasting. The event was well attended and enjoyed […]

As we were: Busy BOS meeting, new supervisor, prospector’s death

25 Years ago March 31, 1986 Mosquito on board agenda The little community of Mosquito has an identity crisis. Residents and landowners in Mosquito have asked the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution “recognizing and affirming the historical name of Mosquito, and requesting all local, state and county agencies to take […]

‘The Frog Princess’ teaches important lessons

What: “The Frog Princess” Who: El Dorado Musical Theater Where: Pleasant Grove Middle School, 2540 Green Valley Road, in Rescue When: Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8 for adults, […]

Master Gardener class cancelled

The weather has again caused cancellation of the March 26, Master Gardener class on Organic Gardening.  It has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 9, and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.. to allow sufficient time for coverage of all the material. For more information call Merry Campbell, UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener communication coordinator at 530-647-8789. […]

‘Real-Fake’ exhibit breaks 3-D boundaries at Sac State

Radical new works of art employing 3-D software will fill Sacramento State’s Library Gallery for “The Real-Fake,” a free exhibit running through May 28. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Curated by Sacramento State Art Professor Rachel Clarke and the Chicago School of the Art Institute’s Professor Claudia Hart, “The Real-Fake” presents […]

2011 Cadillac CTS-V reaching the pinnacle

It has been about five years since the Road Beat tested the last generation CTS-V and it was an astounding automobile with its 400-plus hp Corvette engine and six-speed manual tranny. Well, you can take that model to the shredder (of course you can drop it off at my house instead if you are so […]

| Posted in Prospecting | 1 Reply

Sac State photographer captures essence of campus

When Sacramento State photographer Sam Parsons retired in January, he left behind 30 years of photos, posters and multi-media projects that created a visual story of the campus. Examples of that work will be displayed in the free exhibit “Depth of Field: 30 Years of Photography and Multimedia,” running in the University’s Library Gallery Annex […]

Railtown 1897 Steam Train season to open April 2

JAMESTOWN — On Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will begin the first weekend of steam train operations for 2011. Once underway, steam-powered excursion trains will depart on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends through October. During opening weekend only, residents of Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties […]

Hard-hitting documentary exposes silent epidemic

This April, the Placer County Youth Commission will be hosting two community screenings of the “Race to Nowhere.” This documentary features the heartbreaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and […]

Holiday Doll Contest winners announced

The Hangtown Branch of the Fleet Reserve Association and the Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association are announcing the winners of the Holiday Doll Contest. This year’s theme was an animal, to be constructed using any desired materials. Many of the children from Boys and Girls Club painted and dressed ceramic geese, rabbits or pigs. Indian […]