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Students learn about California farming at State Fair

The California State Fair Farm School Tours are now open for 2016 registration. The tours are intended to increase interest in food production and academic/career opportunities available in California’s agriculture industry. This program is available for grades kindergarten through sixth with an emphasis on third- and fourth-grade curriculum. Each tour is an hour and a […]

Free After 5 Club meets

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. In February the […]

My Time meets in El Dorado Hills

My Time — El Dorado Hills is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the fourth Thursday of the month and […]

Making truffles: Damn the calories, warp speed ahead

The trouble with truffles … just as the crew of the Starship Enterprise learned about tribbles … is that you can easily have way too many. But just like in the Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” it is extremely hard to say no to these sweet, attractive and downright irresistible little morsels. Karen […]

Foothill gourmet: Pleasing piccata

I’ve had a chicken piccata recipe that I have treasured for 20 years. A piccata recipe is typically made with veal, but chicken is a flavorful and less expensive alternative. Last weekend we prepared chicken piccata for good friends. A piccata recipe is extremely flavorful implying a complicated preparation. However, this recipe is not labor […]

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 8, 1991 Sacramento Autorama By JOY HAESSLER The 41st annual Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review is currently under way at Cal Expo. The largest rod and custom car show in the western United States will run through Sunday. The 300 entries are valued at nearly $5 million, and include custom […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Victoria Jovel

U.S. Air Force Airman Victoria Jovel graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an […]

Reds, Whites and Jewels is the perfect place to shop

What: Reds, Whites and Jewels Show Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information: (530) 677-2231 With Valentine’s Day approaching, many search to find jewelry that is special and unique, and can even be custom […]

From hammock hijinks to happiness, couple celebrates 70 years

Paul Watson dumped the neighbor girl out of a hammock one afternoon and told her, “I’m going to marry you someday.” The infuriated girl replied, “Not if you were the last man on Earth!” Viola and Paul Watson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 25, as it seems Vi had changed her mind. “Well, look […]

Love inspires Gold Country artists

Gold Country Artists Gallery presents “Love is in the Air,” a special gallery show to celebrate one of the artists’ favorite holidays — Valentine’s Day. It is the time to think about special people in your life. The gallery this year is showcasing its jewelry makers with stunning new jewelry in addition to a variety […]

Learn how to use social media

Start the new year off with a how-to session on growing support and word-of-mouth networking. Learn how to grow meaningful engagement across media platforms with Janet Osterdock, a nonprofit marketing specialist and early adopter in cross-media marketing. Enjoy lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Sequoia Banquet Center in Placerville and obtain skills to assist […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Oral health care begins at birth

by Kristine Oase Guth Did you know that tooth decay and cavities are nearly 100 percent preventable? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. If left untreated, it can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, […]

Roxanne DeLillo to speak at luncheon

Roxanne DeLillo, owner of Apothecary of Healing Arts in Cool, is the next speaker at the Divide Women’s Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18. DeLillo is a master teacher, specializing in all levels of reiki, quantum touch and intuitive health coaching to enhance health and increase the healing process. She uses a combination of alternative […]

Register today for GTUSD 2016-17 school year

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2016-17 school year at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD), beginning Feb. 16. Current students do not need to be reregistered and registration information and forms will be available in school offices. Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through third grade), 4801 Luneman Road in […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Evan C. Robenalt

U.S. Air Force Airman Evan C. Robenalt graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits […]

Golden Memories Photo Contest launched by Apple Hill Growers

In September 2016 El Dorado County is hosting the 2016 International Gold Panning Championships. As part of the countywide celebration, the Apple Hill Growers are sponsoring a Golden Memories Facebook Photo Contest. The Apple Hill Growers Facebook Photo Contest encourages photographers to submit color photographs highlighting the golden memories created when visiting Apple Hill Grower ranches. Photos […]

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

ONGOING put gold 205 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 29 is featuring an all gallery show “Love is in the Air” that showcases the jewelry makers in the gallery. One of the jewelers is Ron Runtenelli, whose fine skill, workmanship and pure artistry is revealed in his beautiful […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its mobile food pantry on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it, rain or shine. The food bank will provide one allocation per household. If you […]

Local publisher to speak at nonfiction authors group

Ted Savas, a much-published author, manuscript reviewer and key principal of independent award-winning publishers SavasBeatie, LLC, Publishers of Historical Titles of Distinction in El Dorado Hills, will be the speaker at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Nonfiction Authors Association. Savas graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. He […]

Learn about Bret Hart

Angels Camp Museum presents “The Other Author: Bret Harte” by Kim Pippa Tonnesen on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. The lecture will cover Bret Harte — a teacher, Wells Fargo Expressman, apothecary assistant, miner and world-renowned author. His experiences are woven into the multitude of stories he penned in his lifetime and include tales of the characters […]

Gold Rush for preschoolers

Angels Camp Museum is having a preschool story time and art activity for preschoolers about the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. “What Do You Do With An Idea?” is written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. This is the story of one brilliant idea […]

Acoustic guitar luminaries return to Harris Center

“International Guitar Night” returns to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, with some of the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists performing their latest original compositions and exchanging musical ideas in a public concert setting. Founder Brian Gore hosts three of Europe’s finest in this year’s tour, which includes gypsy jazz legend […]

Cabaret skewers and laments commercialized romance

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, and Graham Sobelman present “Graham-A-Rama: Valentine’s Week Pre-Game” on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. Sacramento composer, music director and producer Sobelman is joining forces with Capital Stage, where he recently was the music director for “The Behavior of Broadus,” to resurrect his eponymous cabaret show. Just in […]

‘American Pickers’ is looking for unique stuff

“American Picker’s” is coming back to film in California and is looking for unique and large collections. If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology, e-mail your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to [email protected] or call (855) old-rust. “American […]

Coalition recognizes shining stars

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition gathered the brightest young stars Jan. 23 at the ninth annual Youth Star Awards. Thirty young people received awards for their community service. “These (youth) are our future,” said Glen Swedelson, coalition board member. “They will be the leaders, the innovators. It’s important to recognize what they’ve accomplished […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Academic Decathlon students ready to show their stuff

Jeff Hassian had to keep handing off his 2-month-old baby boy as Hassian coached his very first El Dorado County Academic Decathlon team from Oak Ridge High School 15 years ago. Today that boy, Garrett Hassian, is on his dad’s 2016 team, hoping to perform well as an alternate in the scholastic category. Maybe Garrett […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Claire Baco California Montessori Project, my school, requires all seventh- and eighth-graders to go to a three-day internship at the end of January each year. I’m in seventh grade this year and was a bit worried about where to go when my teacher, Natasha Raffety, suggested the Mountain Democrat. I wasn’t really sure, but my […]

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

Alice Wallace is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. “Memories, Music & Pride,” the third album by Wallace, finds the Southern California-based Americana singer-songwriter exploring fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. […]

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo bring their jaw-dropping guitar mastery to Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Calling Vignola a virtuoso is something of an understatement. Recognized primarily as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, his résumé includes work […]

Grow For It! Planning this year’s veggie garden

Hello — this is your garden calling. Now is the time to dust off those seed catalogs and figure out what is going into the vegetable garden this spring. According to the UCCE Master Gardener Foothill Vegetable Planting Guide (available for $5 at the Master Gardeners office at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville), mid-February is […]

At a glance: Super time

Super Bowl 50 is set for Sunday, Feb. 7 with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers facing off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The National Football League has decided to sack the usual Roman numeral designation and go with the 50 because Super Bowl 50 has more pizzazz than Super Bowl L. Next year […]

St. Elias Orthodox Church presents special programs

Father Stephen Freeman is making a special appearance at St. Elias Orthodox Church, 4253 Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs, on Saturday, Feb. 6. The appearance is part of the Men in Black speaker series. His first presentation “Becoming Human in a Secular World” is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. He will cover how the modern world has long […]

Exhibit brings a new dimension to familiar portraits

Two-dimensional classical portraits become physical, three-dimensional masks in “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi,” a free exhibit running Feb. 11 through May 21 at California State University, Sacramento’s University Library Gallery. The exhibit opens with a special reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at the gallery. Noh is a form of Japanese […]

Sac State offers vibrant, wide-ranging Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento’s joyous celebration of Black History Month will fill February with a full slate of exciting, educational and inspiring events. One of the most anticipated is the Feb. 25 talk by President Barack Obama’s maternal half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, who is a faculty specialist with the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and […]

My Time group to meet in Placerville

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of the month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Arts Council presents author reading

G. Weston DeWalt, who co-authored “The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest” with head expedition guide Anatoli Boukreev, will read from his New York Times bestseller at El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The reading and Q&A are part of a speaker series to accompany the current gallery exhibition “Such Great […]

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive trees

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from California who joins the foundation in February  will receive 10 free Eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds will […]

Poets to speak out

El Dorado Arts Council invites the public to its seventh Poetry Out Loud county finals. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, eight El Dorado County high school Poetry Out Loud winners will step into the Imagination Theater spotlight and vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud County Champion. The El Dorado Arts Council hopes everyone […]

Faith Episcopal youth to hold food drive

As many Americans anticipate the golden anniversary of the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, Faith Episcopal Church’s youth group is gearing up for a different kind of drive — not toward the end zone but to help battle hunger in El Dorado County. The JCrew (Jesus Crew) will celebrate Youth Sunday by […]

El Dorado Camera Club to hold print competition

A photography print competition will be held at the El Dorado Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. This judged competition is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. There are multiple categories for color, monochrome and alternative images. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third […]

Foothill dining: Salute to Robert Burns

Scotch lovers around the world can honor the life of Robert Burns with Scotland’s flagship spirit. Scotland’s famed poet penned “Scotch Drink” and wrote, “Oh thou, my Muse! Guid auld Scotch drink!!” A toast to Burns can be made with Scotland’s own Johnnie Walker Double Black, Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky and Lagavulin 16 Year Old […]

Town remembers Jet, star of Wiser Stage Line

Davey Wiser had planned to have his big, beloved black horse Jet walk down Placerville’s Main Street one last time — but the beautiful boy died Dec. 29, before that could happen. It’s probably just as well, since that would have been one tough walk to watch for most local folks who grew to love […]

As we were: A dam site

25 Years ago Feb. 1, 1991 Texas Hill Reservoir not just a pipe dream, county’s land buyer says By JOHN SAMMON If you’re planning on building that dream house in the Texas Hill area — be informed — the county is serious about constructing a dam and reservoir there. That’s what Rich Buchanan said. He’s managing the […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green

U.S. Air Force Airman Talon R. Green graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits […]

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