Master food preservers: Okey-dokey artichokey

Flashback to being 10 years old, sitting at the dining room table with sisters and brothers, staring at the ridiculous looking “things” sitting on the plates. Did parents really think the children would eat these? Actually, even the parents stared at the California flowers on the plates, not quite understanding how to eat the fascinating […]

Local Musicians and the Cozmic Café to hold benefit

The Cozmic Café will celebrate the release of the CD entitled “Placerday in Valenville,” a musical compilation of love songs written by local artists recorded for Valentine’s Day. The evening begins at 8 p.m. with a concert featuring performances by Dark River, Quiet Times, Brianna Lea Pruett and Madelyn Mathews. The evening will also feature […]

Wells Fargo helps mortgage customers facing payment challenges

SACRAMENTO — Wells Fargo and Company (NYSE: WFC) is hosting free workshops beginning Thursday, Feb. 10 for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, Wachovia Mortgage and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. The two-day workshop — to which Wells Fargo has invited thousands of Northern California homeowners — will take place Feb. […]

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On the spot: Sandi Bross

Age: 43 Residence: Shingle Springs Hometown: Lake Forest Occupation: Wine representative for Gold Hill Vineyard Hobby: Ceramics Favorite movie: “50 First Dates” Favorite book: “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “I acted in two feature films, “Son-in-Law” with Pauli Shore and “Hocus Pocus” […]

Couples share a Valentine’s Day gift

The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville will have a service of reaffirmation of wedding vows on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. This service is open to all couples in the community and offers the perfect Valentine’s gift to exchange with a spouse. A reception will follow the service. The […]

The Jazz Mafia performs at Three Stages

Fresh from performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival (Hollywood Bowl), and the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Jazz Mafia — featuring some of the top jazz players on the West Coast — will offer a world debut of its new symphony, “The Emperor Norton Suite” at Three Stages. The entire […]

El Dorado celebrates with a sale

Time for Historic El Dorado’s “Annual Winter Sale.” It is perfect for Valentine’s Day gift giving. Stroll and save on Sunday, Feb. 13 and Monday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visiting the following merchants on either or both days will save shoppers 10 percent to 50 percent off of selected merchandise. The […]

Imagination Theater to offer audio workshop

The voice is a key tool for actors to convey character, emotion and presence onstage. In this era of TV and internet, microphones and multi-media audio has become the standard in even the smallest settings. Join Imagination Theater’s new technical director and sound designer, Kevin Pratt as he shows how actors can use microphones and […]

Tickets are available for ‘Hairspray’

Come see El Dorado Musical Theater’s Encore production of one of America’s favorite musicals “Hairspray” performing Feb. 25 – March 13 at the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School in Folsom. “Hairspray” begins in 1962 Baltimore, Md., where the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Loveable teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is […]

Alasdair Fraser returns to Georgetown

On Sunday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Music on the Divide will welcome back on stage Alasdair Fraser at the IOOF Hall, Highway 193 and Main Street in Georgetown. Alasdair Fraser has been labeled perhaps the finest fiddle player Scotland has ever produced and his first performance here in May of 2005, filled the hall to […]

Special art exhibit at Sac State

Sacramento State’s art department is joining artistic hands with La Raza Galeria Posada to host Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds for a special exhibit and presentation. The artist will lecture on “Being a Global Citizen and Sharing Native History and Art Across the World” and show visuals of his work at 5:30 p.m. […]

A fun-filled evening is on Tap

The fantastic student talent at Ponderosa High School will be featured at “Cabaret Night” Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Ponderosa High School Theater, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. Cabaret Night is a tradition at Ponderosa presenting a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, comedy, prizes and a gourmet dessert bar. The […]

An affair to remember and have fun supporting the community

Looking for a nice Valentine’s Day treat? Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Soroptimist International of Placerville have the perfect answer — “A Chocolate Affair.” The most decadent event of the year is Saturday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the main building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. […]

The Ambassador Theater Company presents a musical classic

Loved by people everywhere, the musical classic “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented by the Ambassador Theater Company of Garden Valley Chapel. Tevye, the milkman (Ryan Bartels); his remonstrative wife, Golde (Kally Steward), and their five daughters live in a small Jewish village in Russia called Anatevka. When life is most challenging, Tevye is […]

Stepping out: There is plenty to do on Valentine’s Day

“Research tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate.” — Sandra Boynton “Chocolate, the Consuming Passion” (1982) Valentine’s Day weekend After I prepared the list of Valentine’s Day events for last week, my mailbox filled up with several more that you might like to know about. Gold Vine Grill Gold Vine Grill, […]

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Crocker Art Museum announces Classical Concert series

The Crocker Art Museum’s popular Classical Concert series has returned. For more than 50 years, the museum has hosted renowned and talented local and international musicians. Concerts highlight different musical periods, styles, and instrumentation while complementing the special exhibitions and permanent collection at the Crocker. Concerts are held in the museum’s auditorium from 3-4 p.m. […]

California Lectures presents Roy Blount Jr.

California Lectures in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library presents Roy Blount Jr. on May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Tsakopoulos Galleria, 828 I St. in downtown Sacramento. Blount Jr. will be in conversation with author Sands Hall, discussing his love of language, his books and his many other ventures. Blount Jr. is well known […]

Final LegiSchool town hall for the year

The LegiSchool Project’s final Town Hall Meeting for this school year will be Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4202. Students and panelists will discuss the future of higher education in California. The meeting’s moderator is Bernadette Halbrook, Sacramento State. Panelists include Sens. Ellen Corbett and Alan Lowenthal, […]

Scholarships are available for local forestry students

JACKSON – The Amador – El Dorado Forest Forum is accepting applications for the Edwin F., Lila and Lyle Smith Memorial Forestry Scholarship from students enrolled in their last two years of forestry study at a recognized college or university. The award is variable but is no less than $700. The scholarship will be granted […]

At a glance: Art and more for Valentine’s Day

On this date in 1811 Robert Fulton got a patent for steamboat improvements. He had learned about steam engines while in England and thought they were pretty hot. A group — the El Dorado Arts Council — that tackles everything art has a full head of steam thanks to some information recently received. The first […]

Master Gardener: Garden myths and the truth

From time to time, folks make pronouncements about their gardens and nature. Here are some myths heard year after year. Many acorns mean either a cold winter, a cold and wet winter or an early winter. The truth is acorn production varies from year to year according to many factors including the species of oak, […]

As we were: Car show, truck purchase and court ruling

25 Years ago Feb. 10, 1986 Local cars and owner’s shine at 1986 Autorama By JOY HAESSLER SACRAMENTO — All that glitters is not always gold — there was plenty of sparkling chrome and bright lights and mirrors reflecting shiny engines at this year’s Autorama, held last Thursday through Sunday at Cal Expo. There was […]

The stage is set for world class entertainment

Entertainment is a big industry and the investment put into Three Stages at Folsom Lake College — the region’s newest performing and visual arts center — will come back to the region in many ways according to the speakers at the ribbon cutting for the $50-million facility in Folsom. The official opening took place on […]

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 […]