Foothill gourmet: Two paella recipes

Today’s column features paella, the delicious Spanish rice dish that features meats, shellfish, saffron, broth and vegetables. Recipes include a quick riff on a traditional recipe since it is less work-intensive and a slow-cooker paella, some prep, but even less labor. I’m looking forward to trying the slow-cooker one. I never thought it was possible. […]

Western Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Patch is going

Each Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 11 to 26, the Western Railway Museum presents its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. Celebrating its 17th year, this classic harvest festival is a highlight of autumn and for many, a family tradition. The museum opens early at 9:30 a.m. The first express train leaves the museum at 10 a.m., […]

Things to do: Oct. 10, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 2, is featuring woodworker, Ken Jones whose amazing functional pieces, created with inlaid woods, draw much attention and praise. Presented also is painter Jean Stiles and graphic artist Dory Schachner. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com. FRIDAY It’s Personal, 250 Main St. […]

Schola Cantorum to appear with Susan Boyle

Sacred Heart’s Schola Cantorum, conducted by Donald Kendrick, will appear with internationally acclaimed Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. in Sacramento. The star of “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, Boyle confounded the audience and the judges alike and dazzled them […]

Marsalis Well-Tempered twice at Harris Centeroct 11

In Marsalis Well-Tempered, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, most commonly known for his work in jazz, tackles baroque oboe concertos on the soprano saxophone backed by a world-class chamber orchestra in two exciting programs, each on a different day, at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. This is a terrific opportunity for jazz […]

It’s a big fundraiser for Bigs and Littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County is gearing up for its 12th annual Big Autumn Auction Gala. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Blue Shield of California in El Dorado Hills starting at 5 p.m. Dave Bender of KOVR, Channel 13 will once again act as the master […]

Healthy Living Series gets started

Don’t wait until after the holidays to get healthy — start now at the Healthy Living Series at the Cozmic Café featuring Deana Christofferson, local health and wellness educator. Christofferson has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1983 as a certified aerobics instructor and later became a fitness counselor and personal trainer. She […]

Temple of Terror brings chills

Those looking for a hair-raising, skin-crawling adventure this Halloween month need travel no further than El Dorado Hills Town Center, where Hands4Hope has set up its chilling Temple of Terror. “You’ll have no ideas what’s real and what’s not real,” warned Hands4Hope founder Jennifer Bassett. Horror story writer Kaden Jepbesen, 17, created the Temple of […]

Animals to get special blessing

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville, will have a special service for the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 and 10:30 a.m. during both services. All pets are welcome to receive a blessing. Rev. Debra Sabino will have treats for cats and dogs and invites other pets […]

Shingle Springs concert showcases local talent

This months concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, will feature two exciting local groups — 120 West and No Tipps on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Guitar duo No Tipps features Eric Parsley and Bob O’Brian. They play a variety of popular songs including some of Parley’s originals. The two […]

Voices take center stage at concert

El Dorado County Community Concert Association is excited to kick off its 65th season with Los Angeles’ premier a cappella singing group, Street Corner Renaissance (SCR) on Monday, Oct. 13. This entertaining quintet has wowed audiences all across the nation. Even before its engaging performance on the NBC network show, “The Sing Off, Season 4,” […]

Time travel with the walking dead

If you want to know what it was like to live in the days of the Gold Rush, why not ask someone who has been there, done that. And if you want to get the kids interested in going with you to Gold Rush Live in Coloma, just tell them that there will be people […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

Shakespeare Club presents golden stories

One winter night as Sarah Fossati and her husband Nic worried over their sick baby, they decided to get the doctor to come all the way from Placerville to the Three Mile House, the boarding house and saloon that they owned and that today is known as the Smith Flat House. Sarah knew the baby […]

El Dorado Community Foundation collaborates to help residents

The work of the El Dorado Community Foundation continually brings organizations into collaboration with myriad programs, projects and even challenges facing all of El Dorado County. The staff at the foundation is ever amazed at the breadth of generosity of its population and proudly connects donors who care with things that matter every single day. In […]

At a glance: Perfect game

On Oct. 8, 1956 New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen pitched the first perfect game in World Series history. The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals game last Saturday was far from perfect but set a record for length and was very exciting.   Perfectly fun The Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus […]

Master Food Preservers: Spicy hot — or not

Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 11, for a free class on how to make your foods spicy or flavorful with peppers and spices. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Buy dried chilies or use these general guidelines to make your […]

Grow For It! What are you going to do with a brown lawn?

It’s officially fall and we are still in a drought and we still have watering restrictions. Front lawns that are visible are in all shades of brown. Will those lawns be restored with a good rainy season, or, are they done for? If you are in this position, what is your plan for the area? […]

Cast gets its feet wet

What: “Metamorphoses” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Union Mine High School, Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Oct. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $10 general and $8 for students Information: 530-621-4003   They […]

A decade to celebrate

Where can you go for a couple of years of training, never leaving Placerville, then come out with a job that pays $32 an hour? If you’re thinking the Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, you just got an “A.” El Dorado Center is joining with the other two campuses, Folsom and Rancho Cordova, to […]

Life as I know it: Final months in the Coast Guard

 As I continued in the prep school in Connecticut and as Christmas 1945 approached, I began to feel somewhat depressed and very lonely. It had been a year since I had seen my parents and about 15 months since I had seen Peggy. I don’t remember any of the details, but somehow it worked out […]

As we were: Saving history

25 Years ago Oct. 6, 1989 Local historical society to host state conference More than 120 members of the Conference of California Historical Societies will be welcomed today, Friday, by Heritage Association of El Dorado County which is hosting the three-day northern symposium of the statewide organization. Special events for the conference include a Grubstake Dinner […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Health

Have you ever wondered why there are more requirements to prepare a 16-year-old to drive a car than to prepare for a child? As a driver, you have to take a class, practice under a qualified driver and take a test before even getting behind the wheel. Once licensed, you must have a car that […]

Luncheon features a fall bazaar

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection is having its monthly gathering on Monday, Oct. 13 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18. Donations for the bazaar are being accepted from 10:30-11:30 a.m. No food items will be accepted for this bazaar. The […]

Artists share their creative sides

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents Inside the Creative Mind — Artists Forum, the second in the Creative Series, on Thursday, Oct. 9. Sponsored by Marshall Medical Center, Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ ongoing creative series highlights one aspect of the arts each year and features the talents of well-known artists, authors, musicians, actors, chefs and […]

Tree Santa needs military names and addresses

Geri Hyder needs names and addresses and she needs them quickly. Geri and her husband, Larry, owners of Indian Rock Tree Farm in Camino, have been sending silver-tip fir Christmas trees to U.S. troops all over the world since the Vietnam War. It’s a 40-year tradition the couple takes seriously. The late Carl Borelli, former […]

Gin Blossoms bring ‘jangle crunch’

What: Gin Blossoms Concert Who: Carrera Productions Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Cost: $40 to $48 with premium seats available for $55. Information: 916-608-6888   To prove the staying power of Gin Blossoms, we have to go back to 1995. A couple of years earlier the band’s hits “Hey […]

Life as I know it: CG Prep School

As I said before, the school at Groton, Conn. was designed to prepare enlisted men to take the entrance examination for the Coast Guard Academy. The school was part of a larger military base situated on what had previously been a private estate. There were several old large stone buildings and some fairly new barracks, […]

Life as I know it: Shakedown cruise

Last time I wrote about joining the Coast Guard, going aboard the USS General Muir and sailing down the Columbia River from Portland, Ore.  A pilot came aboard to take the ship into the ocean because there was a very dangerous sand bar at the mouth of the Columbia. From there, it was easy sailing […]

Life as I know it: Texas and beyond

I closed the previous column by saying that my mother and father agreed that I could take a bus to Gatesville, Texas to see Peggy. It had been about four months since we had said goodbye. You may ask “why would a 17-year-old boy travel from California to Texas to see a 17-year-old girl?” After […]

Things to do: Oct. 3, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Oct. 6 through Nov. 2, is featuring Dory Schachner, graphic artist. Also featured this month are woodworker Ken Jones and painter Jean Stiles. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com. FRIDAY Partners in Care is presenting “An Evening of Laughter with Jack Gallagher” […]

Sutter Creek rocks

Bob Malone and his band New Orleans Blues is playing jazz, soul and rhythm and blues on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek. Although Malone has performed several times at SCT, this is the first time he has appeared with his band. He currently tours […]

Grammy winner Rosanne Cash returns to Harris Center

Grammy-winning country-rock singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash returns to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, to perform live from her 13th record “The River & The Thread.” Cash won the hearts of her audience when she appeared here in spring of 2011. With “The River and the Thread,” Cash has added the next […]

Ground and air vehicles to shine

There’s got to be a thousand Julie Clarks in the world, but when you do an Internet search on the name, the first one that pops up is Cameron Park’s own Julie Clark, world-famous acrobatic pilot and adventurer. Clark is a veteran pilot with 40 years flight experience and 30,000 accident-free hours whose distinctive airplanes […]

‘Snow White’ to play on

Although the King Fire is almost contained, Imagination Theater and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds are still closed to the public. The theater company is extremely grateful for the firefighters that arrived from across the state and country to help El Dorado County. Unfortunately, more than half of the scheduled shows of “Snow White and […]

Benefit for King Fire victims

Residents of the El Dorado County are invited to celebrate the demise of the King Fire, raise funds for the displaced homeowners from White Meadows Road and mark the arrival of the harvest season that is critical to the economy of the county. An outdoor community gathering featuring speakers, music, food and refreshments will be hosted […]

Audition update for ‘Spamalot’

Due to the Fire Camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the date and location for the auditions for “Spamalot.” The auditions will now be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Foothills Dance and Performing Arts Studio, 6976 Durock Road in Shingle Spring. Vocal auditions are from 9 a.m.-noon […]

Meet local author at party

Celebrate the highly-awaited launch of the book “The Red Chair” and meet the author Dänna Wilberg in person. Find out why people are talking about love and fear. Pretty Road Press will launch Wilberg’s new book “The Red Chair” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Reunion Night Club, 4370 Town Center Blvd. Suite 100, in El […]

Get the Led Out at Harris Center

Get The Led Out isn’t an impersonation band; this musical tribute band is made up of six professional musicians who are passionate about their love of the music of Led Zeppelin. These musicians are fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history and Harris Center for the Arts is […]

Amador Vintners have a crush on grapes

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, the Amador Vintners will be rolling out barrels filled with brand new wines coupled with unparalleled hospitality. For more than 20 years, winery members of the Amador Vintners Association have celebrated the grape harvest at The Big Crush, along with a few thousand of their friends. With […]

Camp Richardson celebrates Oktoberfest

Beers, brats and music are on tap at Camp Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-5, as Oktoberfest returns to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Now in its 20th year, the annual event will showcase seven different autumn themed brews ranging from Drake’s Hefeweizen to Ninkasi Total Domination IPA. Camp Richardson offers fun for the […]

Indian Museum presents educational lectures

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to present educational lectures entitled “Rethinking California’s Missions: A Native Perspective” on Saturday, Oct. 4. The lectures are unique and important stories reflecting the true experiences of Native peoples in California’s famous missions. Special guest speakers that day include Andrew Galvan, Ohlone curator of San […]

See two exhibitions from the British Museum

Fathom Events and the UK’s More2Screen are presenting two extraordinary cinematic experiences from the British Museum in London that shine a bright light on two cultures – Viking and Roman – that have had a profound impact on western civilization. Anyone with a passion for history, culture or forces in the modern world will be […]

A busy year for El Dorado Native Plant Chapter

The 50th anniversary of the California Native Plant Society kicks off this January with a statewide Conservation Conference in San Jose and the El Dorado Chapter can look with pride on its growth and accomplishments over the past year. “We’ve been active in many areas, including horticulture, education, weed abatement, rare plant identification and even […]