As we were: Proposed board action, golden dance, new laws, roads and ball

25 Years ago Jan. 6, 1986 Supervisors to consider county jail work camp The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors tomorrow will discus the proposed acquisition of Omo Ranch area property for a work camp housing 200 prisoners. Sheriff Richard Pacileo is recommending that the board acquire the land from the Bureau of Land Management for […]

The Ford Flex, an all new crossover, breaks tradition and the mold

Ford has a better idea for an SUV — make it look shorter, achieve more fuel efficiency, drive better, perform better, still carry more than six people comfortably, carry vast amounts of cargo and look great all in the process. Well, Ford did just that with the new Flex, an all new, car based SUV […]

California Lectures features author Kim Edwards

California Lectures presents “An Evening with Kim Edwards” on Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St. in downtown Sacramento. Edwards will be discussing her highly anticipated new novel, “The Lake of Dreams,” due for release Jan. 4, the story of a daughter confronting the deeply hidden, multigenerational secret about her […]

Peep, Chirp and Quack return for a new season of adventures

The Emmy-Award winning preschool science and math series “Peep and the Big Wide World” returns for a new season on Jan. 3, with 25 episodes never before seen on public television (check local listings). Narrated by comedian Joan Cusack, and produced by WGBH and 9 Story Entertainment in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids, the […]

Office of education to host community forum

The El Dorado County Office of Education will host an informational community forum on School District Organization on Monday, Jan. 10, in Conference Room B-2 at the Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville. Registration begins at 5:45 p.m., with the forum taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This forum on School […]

National Alliance on Mental Illness opens enrollment for class

The National Alliance on Mental Illness begins enrollment for the popular “Family to Family” educational course scheduled for Jan. 19. The face of mental illness isn’t some stranger. It is co-workers, neighbors, friends, families and sometimes ourselves. One in four adults experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. One in 10 children have […]

Robert Fritz takes control of the journey

What’s the next step? That’s the question that keeps Robert Fritz going and the one he hopes people  start asking. Fritz,63, has seen both sides of the cancer coin — from being a caregiver to his second wife, MJ, in her 13 year journey with breast cancer, to being the receiver of care in his […]

Snowshoe season begins at the Tahoe Rim Trail

Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe this winter season. Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for free guided snowshoe treks every Saturday through the end of March. These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during […]

Heavenly news: How the community observatory works

Visitors to the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory,  6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, know what a significant community resource this facility has become. Since opening in May 2006, more than 17,000 visitors have enjoyed the experience of visiting the observatory and being both entertained and educated by a dedicated, all-volunteer observatory docent staff. The […]

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Foothill Gourmet: These recipes offer creative ways to recycle turkey

Today’s column features flavorful recipes using turkey leftovers, as well as, information regarding storing leftover cooked turkey. Leftover turkey keeps its fresh cooked quality for four to five days when covered well in the refrigerator. If you have leftovers longer than that, freeze them. Frozen and freezer-wrapped, leftover turkey keeps for two months, providing great […]

‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ is a spectacular family event

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” lights up the holiday season when it transforms the stage at the Community Center Theater into a wonderland of fantasy and disbelief through Jan. 2. Cirque Dreams, an American theatrical production company, brings its critically acclaimed entertainment brand for holiday performances presented by Broadway Sacramento. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, creator […]

Jennifer Ewing is the January artists-in-residence at the de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — The de Young Museum hosts “Jennifer Ewing: Spirit Boat Directions,” Jan. 5 to 30, as part of the artist-in-residence program in the Kimball Education Gallery. Ewing is a Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco staff artist, muralist and teacher. Since 2005 she has used the theme of “Spirit Boats” as a metaphor […]

It is Elvis Week at the Carson Valley Inn

Elvis Presley would have turned 75 years old on Jan. 8, and the Carson Valley Inn is marking this milestone with a special Elvis Week celebration Jan. 3 to 8. Highlights include Elvis impersonators in the casino and Cabaret Lounge, teddy bear and Elvis memorabilia giveaways on Jan. 3, cake and champagne on Jan. 8 […]

Marc Maron to perform at Punchline

Comedy legend Marc Maron is coming to Sacramento to perform four nights at Punchline Comedy Club, 2100 Arden Way  Jan. 6-9.   Tickets are $20 to $15 and can be bought by calling 916-925-5500.  For well over 15 years, Maron been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy on stages, radio and television. He […]

Find everything for the perfect wedding in Coloma

A unique, one-of-a-kind wedding showcase is planned for Saturday, Jan. 15. Guests will be able to visit the wedding venues in the beautiful and historic Coloma Valley. During the day, tour the facilities, taste food from the preferred caterers and meet top wedding vendors. All participating venues are within 1.5 miles of each other. The […]

Roy Rogers to rock in new year in Grass Valley

Virtuoso slide guitar player and Grammy-winning producer Roy Rogers, along with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings, will headline a dance concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley on New Year’s Eve, FRiday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. Bob Woods Trio will be opening up the show. Tickets are $25 and are available […]

Cantare Chorale to present an encore holiday concert

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to announce an encore performance of its recent holiday concert, “Star of Bethlehem.” The concert is a release of Christmas favorites and nostalgic songs for the holiday season. The repeat performance will be held Sunday, Jan. 2, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode […]

Monks’ visit to feature ceremonies, ritual and learning

Once again the Placerville Friends of Tibet are hosting the Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks from Jan. 4 -12. A wide variety of events are scheduled in Placerville for people in El Dorado County to get a chance to meet these holy men. Proceeds from the events will benefit the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation’s Educational Project. […]

Tickets are available for performances at Three Stages Art Center

“A Chorus Line,” the Joffrey Ballet, Rosanne Cash, Gloria Steinem, Hal Holbrook, Harlem Gospel Choir and many more will join local favorites, including the Sacramento Ballet and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, in the capital region’s newest home for the arts: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Tickets for the spring 2011 season of performing arts […]

Masters of Magic comes to Montbleu Casino Resort

“Masters of Magic,” a high-energy, family-friendly show featuring four headliner magicians with grand illusions, sleight of hand, mind-blowing tricks and a splash of comedy, will appear nightly at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, ( through Jan. 1. This world-class family production in a major showroom at South Lake Tahoe has tickets priced at $24.95 for […]

Stepping out:chicken takes work but is worth it

“For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!” — Traditional Scottish Tune, words by Robert Burns Hand breaded chicken tenders at Carl’s Jr. I was out making my rounds wishing everyone a merry Christmas and, since I was near the Carl’s Jr. […]

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 […]