Foothill Foodie: Main Street is melting and that is a good thing

Sandwiches and scenery Main Street Melters has been in downtown Placerville for about six months now. There’s great people watching from their outdoor deck on the corner of Clay and Main streets — plus a couple of tables inside. You will find all of your most-loved sandwiches on the menu and adventurous eaters will discover new favorites. Melters builds their sandwiches with Boar’s […]

Tahoe springs forward with plenty to do

Tahoe South launches into spring with more than a foot of fresh powder falling on area ski resorts: Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood on the last weekend in February with additional accumulation occurring on Monday afternoon and evening. “The recent snowfall is perfect timing as we head into one of the most popular months of ski […]

‘Haunted’ is a modern ghost story with twists

Book: “Haunted: the Arnaud Legacy” Author: Lynn Carthage Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., Feb.24, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions “Haunted” is the perfect title for this new novel, the first in the Arnaud trilogy by El Dorado Hills author Lynn Carthage. A decrepit mansion, a hidden cemetery, a teenager haunted by her own actions […]

See what is Behind the Cellar Door

The Amador Vintners Association presents events every year celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, Amador’s finest wineries are opening their cellar doors to showcase the extraordinary vintages that are crafted inside. One of the unique aspects during Behind the Cellar […]

Telling the story his way

When Perry King puts an old, battered cowboy hat on his head he instantly turns into a man who rides the range, rounding up cattle and inspiring romantic tales of the Old West. And it’s not even his hat. “This is Johnny Kemp’s hat,” said King, flashing the smile that has filled the movie screen […]

At a glance: Swan dance

The ballet “Swan Lake” debuted on March 4, 1877 and was considered rather unremarkable with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography by Julius Reisinger. The ballet did have a number of performances and was part of the Bolshoi’s repertory for six years. During that time a new ballet master jazzed up the […]

California wines fuel $1.49 billion in exports

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, reached $1.49 billion in winery revenues in 2014, the second highest dollar value for U.S. wine exports and a 64 percent increase from five years ago. Challenged by a strong dollar and the West Coast port slowdown that began last July, U.S. wine exports were slightly down compared […]

Grow For It! Rewards of shade gardening

Light shade, filtered shade, dense shade, open shade; what’s a gardener to do? The same things that make a gardener a successful gardener in sun: know the conditions of the garden. Whether planting in sun or shade, it is important to understand the type of soil: • Is the soil acidic, alkaline or neutral? • […]

Big Brother and Little Brother rock on

Lynn Van Erden and Devin Texara kept glancing at the cloudy sky over Placerville on a recent Friday, a day when forecasters were calling for two days of snow in the Sierra. That’s because the two were headed for Squaw Valley over the weekend to enjoy a skiing trip together, courtesy of Big Brothers Big […]

Big and Little share many good times

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

Felines for friends

Cisco, a gray, green-eyed charmer meets you at the gate at Fat Kitty City, followed by Chip and Dale, striped tabby brothers who politely come up and ask for a pat. Sebastian, a huge, fluffy clone for Deuteronomy in the musical “Cats,” catches some rays in the play structure while Mystery, white with tortoiseshell markings, […]

Life as I know it: Church trips to Arizona

Two other trips to Chinle, Ariz., for work by our youth group at the outpost church had an absolute spectrum of things that were so different. There were several “one of a kind” experiences for all our family. First though, a word or two about Ned Bia and his family. Ned had become a Christian […]

Gold Trail Odyssey of the Mind heads to state

On Feb. 21, a group of Gold Trail students participated in the annual Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held in Sacramento and three of the teams placed high enough to move on and compete at the state level. Four teams from various grade levels spent the day solving different problems in a creative fashion. Odyssey […]

As we were: All’s well

25 Years ago March 5, 1990 County notes policy on wells Since the El Dorado Irrigation District and the city of Placerville are not allowing public water connections at this time, the county has been besieged with calls inquiring about the county’s policy on wells for issuance of a building permit, said an announcement from the […]

Discover thrifty fashions at luncheon

El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection invites the public to attend a luncheon and fashion show on Monday, March 9 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. The all-inclusive lunch is $18 and is catered by Cold Springs Country Club. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch begins at noon. The luncheon topic is […]

Foothill dining: Make-ahead Celtic classics

It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. McCormick has developed tips and recipes for a festive celebration — including a make-ahead corned beef. “Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday everyone loves to celebrate,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “This year, in […]

Stephan Hogan’s dream comes true

Stephan Hogan had a chance to move to Nashville last summer, pursuing his dream of a career singing his beloved country music. He decided to sit tight in Cameron Park — but managed to do anyway what many a Nashville hopeful still hasn’t achieved: A song on CMT. Hogan’s song, “Let’s Get Loud,” which was […]

Nothing but the best for Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye is more than comfortable in his new kitchen; it’s as though he’s been there for years though the new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater opened Feb. 2. Chalaye checks the oven, flips seasoned beef in a pan, then turns to sip on a pilsner and casually chats as […]

Say hello to sorghum

An ancient grain with roots that trace back as far as 8000 B.C., sorghum is seeing a resurgence as demand for non-GMO and gluten-free food grows. Sorghum is an excellent substitute for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance and can be used to make both leavened and unleavened breads, various fermented and unfermented beverages […]

When to sign up for Medicare

Most people I know are looking forward to signing up for Medicare just as soon as they can. When you’re first eligible for Medicare, you have a seven-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare’s Part A and/or Part B benefits and services. Part A covers hospitalization and Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient […]

Cameron Park classes

The Cameron Park Community Services District offers classes at the Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. For more information or to sign up visit or call 530-672-7350. AARP Foundation Free Tax Assistance — Assistance is provided to all ages with a focus on those age 60 and older and there is […]

Ask a care manager: Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving burden

Jessica M. Myers, MSW Nelly is 83-years old and in end-stage Alzheimer’s disease. The family began to notice signs of memory loss when Nelly was in her mid-60s. They noticed that she would become forgetful, would forget to pay bills on time or would get confused about her mail and send money to solicitors thinking […]

Good to keep moving after 50

Personally, I’m glad to be on the far side of 50. Less drama and uncertainty, more confidence and taking things in stride; more patience both with life and with other people. I like to think I’ve also gained more wisdom and skills. I do miss the energy, stamina and strength that I had on the […]

Get help paying your Medicare costs

Did you know that you may be able to get help from your state paying your Medicare premiums? State-based Medicare Savings Programs also may pay Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. If you have income from working, you may qualify for these programs even if your income […]

Improving sleep patterns for seniors and others, too

Quality sleep is an important part of good health. Seniors may have one or more of these sleep problems: trouble falling and staying asleep, waking up extremely early, not feeling rested when waking up, falling asleep during the day, wanting to go to bed too early in the evening, craving multiple naps during the day. […]

Their job is to get their man

The people gathered around a slide projector inside the El Dorado Search & Rescue Lodge on Larkspur Lane in Cedar Grove were so intent on the lesson on the screen that it took two times knocking on the door before one of them tore away to answer. Even once inside, the visitors stood virtually ignored […]

Old Farmer’s Almanac wants your recipes

For 223 years, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” has been breaking bread with its readers and now it has launched a continent-wide search for the very best recipes that their fans have to share for a new cookbook coming out in 2017. In addition to collecting recipes, the Almanac wants the stories behind them —how and […]

New excutive director at arts alliance

The Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, which operates the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, has named Alice Sauro as interim executive director. She was introduced to the alliance’s board of directors in January at their winter retreat. Sauro has a 29-year career of successful service as a musician and a manager of performing arts organizations. A […]

‘Mary Poppins’ auditions at Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming auditions for one of the most popular Disney musicals, “Mary Poppins,” on April 14-20. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier […]

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquire Delacroix painting

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Portrait of Charles de Verninac by Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863). This is the first painting by the artist to enter the museums’ collection, which strengthens the institution’s holdings of French Romantic paintings of the early 19th century. “The Legion of […]

Things to do: Feb. 27, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, March 2 through April 5, is featuring Randy Honerlah, contemporary abstract painter. Honerlah’s large acrylic paintings on canvas are colorful and dramatic with many layers of texture and design. Also featured are Lori Anderson, oil and acrylic painter with an impressionistic, painterly quality to her landscapes […]

March is Museum Membership Month

On the heels of another successful Sacramento Museum Day, the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) has identified March 2015 as Museum Membership Month. The benefits of museum membership often extend well beyond a financial savings and include exclusive experiences only available to members. There’s something for everyone as the thriving Sacramento museum community offers memberships […]

Exhibit highlights two celebrations

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will debut a new exhibit titled “Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State: Celebrating the Panama Canal in 1915” on Friday, Feb. 27. The exhibit highlights California’s two large-scale celebrations commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1915 — the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco […]

Justin Willman to appear at Vinyl

Comedian and magician Justin Willman has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “@Midnight” on Comedy Central. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Willman brings his alternative comedy show to Vinyl at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe for one night. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 […]

Animal Film Festival offers 24 selections

The second annual Animal Film Festival — the only film festival of its kind — comes to Grass Valley on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley. The 24 official selections, representing seven nations, range from hard-hitting to fantastically funny, independent films, […]

Fashion designers parade creations

On Sunday, March 1 the Park Ultra Lounge presents the celebrated fashion designer Richard Hallmarq and four fellow Project Runway alumni in “House: A Fashion Experience.” Hosted by America’s Next Top Model All-Stars winner Lisa D’Amato, “House” will be a cutting-edge fashion show featuring Hallmarq (Project Runway season 11 contestant), Melissa Fleis (season 10), Daniel […]

Foothill Foodie: Culinary students rock out

Foothill Grill The Foothill Grill is a commercial kitchen and restaurant-like facility for culinary arts students in the Central Sierra Regional Occupation Program. Two nights a week during the school year the young chefs cook three-course meals for take-out which the public can purchase. It’s a Wednesday afternoon on the El Dorado High School campus […]

Find the right pint during Sac Beer Week

It’s that special time of year when we must shift the focus to everything hops, barley and bubbles. It’s Sacramento Beer Week. With creative and innovative brewers encouraged by the craft beer boom, Beer Week gives exposure to the ever-expanding variety of ales and lagers on the market. The 11-day celebration of craft beer runs through March 8 with events […]

Engagement: Sarah Isabel Maxwell and Clint Bradshaw

Judy and Robert Bertin of Placerville and Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Maxwell of Florence, Ore. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Isabel Maxwell to Clint Bradshaw, son of Vickie Sciacca of Stevenson, Wash. and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Bradshaw of Broomfield, Colo. The bride-elect is a 1999 graduate of Ponderosa High […]

Dirty Cello strings audiences along

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Dirty Cello on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Starting with a bang and never stopping, Dirty Cello features the virtuosic cello stylings of Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting cross-over cellists. Dirty Cello takes audiences on a wild tour of up tempo music featuring down […]

Heart-warming story plays at Sierra Rep

Disney’s “Mary Poppins” arrives at Sierra Repertory Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28 with plenty of spectacle (she flies), plenty of songs (think “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”), plenty of heartwarming comedy and drama and – of course – plenty of magic, the kind only a no-nonsense nanny can deliver. The “practically perfect” musical plays through […]

Last wish is granted

As they spent their last days together, Lauren Murphy told her husband Judge, a man she had loved for 16 years, that she no longer would sing her beautiful songs after he died. He told her that would be wrong. “He said, ‘Honey, I’m going to get myself better — please just play for me, […]

Film ‘Fed Up’ screens at the Cozmic Café

“Fed Up” screens at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, March 11. The film focuses on the fast food industry, processed food and the addition of sugar to 80 percent of processed foods. All of this leads to skyrocketing obesity rates worldwide. Katie Couric narrates “Fed Up” which traces how we […]

California State Fair names new chief wine judge

Mark Chandler of Lodi has been named the chief wine judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The State Fair competition is the oldest wine competition in California, dating back to the Gold Rush. It is also one of the most prominent and prestigious wine competitions in the country known for its integrity, […]

Life as I know it: Man cannot live on trout alone

Perhaps the most interesting backpack trip that my friend John and I ever had was in Idaho. I had read about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Salmon River was, and still is, called “the river of no return” because of the dangerous rapids. It also is famous as the river Lewis and […]