Grow For It!: A new leaf

It is two days before winter, and all through the foothills Homes glitter with candles, lights and holiday thrills. As I ponder the memories of this past year, Those of my garden are the ones I hold most dear. Hours spent there with my children, of course, top the list For time passes quickly, and […]

MontBleu has plenty to celebrate

Sidesplitting comedy and smooth jazz sets the vibe and rhythm at Lake Tahoe heading into early 2013 when MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa brings legendary pop-jazz guitarist George Benson; reggae sensation Iration; comedians Mario Cantone, Jo Koy of “Chelsea Lately” and actor/comedian Rob Schneider to its theater showroom. The End of the World Mayan theme […]

Let him bake cakes

Four years ago when Chris Luna and his fiancée, Angie, were planning their wedding, Luna balked at paying $500 for a wedding cake. “I thought I could probably bake it myself,” said Luna. “I’d watched how it was done.” Luna didn’t get the chance, due to time constraints, to bake his own wedding cake, but […]

As we were: Land use is always in the news

25 Years ago Dec. 21, 1987 Supervisors look at land use, zoning ordinance overhaul By BRIAN TAYLOR Extensive delegation of authority from El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to the county Planning Commission would result from changes of land use and zoning ordinances discussed by the supervisors Dec. 15. Coupled with a related proposal to adopt […]

Pictures show history of El Dorado County

Book review Book: “El Dorado County — A Pictorial History” Authors: Lisa Butler and Jon McCabe Publishers: El Dorado County Historical Society and the El Dorado County Museums Foundation, 2012, 134 pages Cost: $25, soft cover Available: El Dorado County Historical Museum, the Fountain Tallman Museum or the Placerville News Company in Placerville   Looking for a unique gift? If […]

It is about the ‘giving back’

Patty Becker, 60, is grateful for the support she’s received from her Pollock Pines community. It’s been 14 months since she opened her single chair salon on Pony Express Trail and she’s doing all right. To celebrate her success and the people in the community who have supported her, she held a Christmas Gala at […]

Mistletoe facts from the National Wildlife Federation

Often used as a symbol of renewal because it stays green all winter, mistletoe is famed for its stolen-kisses power. But the plant also is important to wildlife, and it may have critical value for humans, too. Extracts from mistletoe — newly used in Europe to combat colon cancer, the second greatest cause of cancer […]

Things to do: Dec. 14, 2012

ONGOING put sunburst 1214 here Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open for Third Saturday Art Walk, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8 p m. Stop by to view raku pottery, fused glass jewelry, photography and watercolors. For more information call 530-417-0744. put pop 1214 here Pop […]

See art demos at Divide art gallery

The last “Saturday Demo Day” for 2012 at Art On the Divide Co-op Gallery will be on Saturday, Dec. 15. Two of the gallery’s artists will be in the gallery to share their creative process. The schedule for Saturday, December 15 is: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kay de Lange will show how she hand builds […]

Sierra Oro Farm Trail members open for a holiday event

For the first time, the Sierra Oro Farm Trail in Placer County is hosting a free event the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16, titled “Holidays on the Farm Trail.” Select farms will be open and offering exclusive holiday specials and discounts for shoppers searching for their favorite local products and gifts. “This is a […]

‘A Little Princess’ continues December run at Imagination Theater

“A Little Princess,” a heartwarming classic story for young and old alike continues at Imagination Theater in Placerville. This is a wonderful opportunity to build holiday memories with family members. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or ordered at the box office 530-642-0404. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (55 and older) […]

Folsom Symphony makes beautiful holiday music at Three Stages

FOLSOM — For nine seasons, Folsom area residents have made the Folsom Symphony’s winter concert a part of their holiday merriment. This year’s performance, “Of Joy and Fate” will be the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16 at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway on the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom. This show will gladden everyone’s […]

Red Hawk Casino debuts new stage, lounge, bar and dance floor

Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce the opening of its all-new stage, lounge, bar and dance floor. On Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16 Red Hawk celebrates the opening with performances by three popular tribute bands. Journey Unauthorized, a tribute to the chart-topping band Journey, performs at the new stage on Friday, Dec. […]

Time out: Lord Sandwich would love The Courtyard Deli

Restaurant: The Courtyard Deli Address: 312 Main St., Suite 104, in Placerville Phone: 530-344-7547 Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The humble sandwich is often misunderstood as just two slices of bread with something crammed in the middle. It is, in my opinion, one of the more sadly underrated “‘food […]

Art duo shows in Placerville

The bold and intriguing duo art show titled “Abstracture” by Suzanne Bell and Claudine Granthem opens at the Crimson Feather Press, during the December Third Saturday Art Walk in Placerville. Suzanne Bell is a California artist and art instructor known for her inspirational teaching style and her uniquely sensual, yet contemplative encaustic paintings. Since the […]

Stephany Nickel Featured Artist at Iron Willow Gallery

Iron Willow Gallery is proud to present Stephany Nickel as this month’s featured artist. Nickel is an award-winning artist as well as a renowned art instructor. She has juried many statewide art competitions. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. The international publication Palette Magazine has published her paintings […]

Iron Willow to feature artist Stephany Nickel

Iron Willow Gallery is proud to present Stephany Nickel as this month’s featured artist. Nickel is an award-winning artist as well as a renowned art instructor. She has juried many statewide art competitions. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. The international publication “Palette Magazine” has published her paintings in […]

A family needs help

Heather (Cotten) Belford, graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1997 and was active in 4-H with horses and pigs, and in FFA with horses, pigs and her steer. She now resides in Lincoln with her husband Eric and children Brandon, 6, and Ellie, 2 ½ and she needs help. The family is very active with […]

Creativity wins the day

Nine happy winners in the 2012 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest received their prizes during a special awards party at the Mountain Democrat on Tuesday, Dec. 11. As family and friends watched the winners step forward cheers and applause sounded. In the age group 6 and under Olivia Meyer, 6, Placerville, placed third; Drayven Gallaway, 6, […]

Shop at the holiday market

The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op and the Cedar Springs Waldorf School are collaborating on a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville. The Holiday Market and Bazaar is a great opportunity to pick up some unique and hand-made holiday gifts, […]

Foraging for fungi is a fun time

Since prehistoric times, humans have hunted for mushrooms for eating. Sonoma Coast’s landmark hotel, Timber Cove Inn, invites you to forage for fungi with California’s world-renowned mycologist David Arora, author of two of the leading books on mushrooms,“Mushrooms Demystified” and “All That the Rain Promises and More …” in the stunning back woods of Sonoma […]

Toys for Tots notice

If you are in need of toys for your children due to unforeseen circumstances, there is still plenty of time to sign up for the Toys for Tots Program. To register in time for the giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, you need to go to: the El Dorado County Office of […]

Elder Options looks into care for older adults

With more than 85 percent of care for older adults accomplished by informal family care givers according to national statistics, Elder Options Inc. serving clients throughout the Sacramento region, began researching how families were dealing with these issues in local communities. In looking for participants, a list of invitees was developed from the Parkinson’s Support […]

Essay contest to focus on the DREAM Act

Sacramento State’s LegiSchool Project is seeking entries for its annual essay contest. This year’s topic is the DREAM Act. Students will discuss in their essays whether they agree with public policy proposals such as the DREAM Act, how such proposals affect California and ideas they have regarding steps California can take to address the issue […]

Delectable dining in December at Red Hawk Casino

Red Hawk Casino’s award-winning restaurants offer something for everyone. The talented and creative culinary team has prepared special dining values that will tempt any palate. Henry’s Steakhouse received three KCRA Channel 3 A-List Awards for “Best Steakhouse,” “Best Romantic Restaurant” and “Best Seafood.” Henry’s was also recently voted “Best Steakhouse” in the Mountain Democrat’s annual […]

At a glance: The stars are brightly shining

For everyone who likes Christmas light displays, the sky is putting on a spectacular display on Dec. 13 and 14 with the Geminid meteor shower. The Moon is in the new moon phase so it will not diminish the shower of an expected two meteors per minute. The peak shower period should be around 2 […]

Grow For It! Sign up for the Master Gardener Edible Landscape workshop

Have you seen those beautiful green and purple cabbages planted as a border in a flower bed or noticed the glorious red that blueberry bush leaves are turning this time of year? Interest in having edible plants as design features in an otherwise all ornamental landscape is gaining in popularity. The practice of incorporating edible […]

Dancers explore ‘LIFE’

Union Mine High School’s dance department is presenting its winter production, “LIFE” —Love, Inspiration, Fate and Escape — at the Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, on Thursday, Dec. 13, Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. The annual production features student and alumni choreography that deals with various aspects of […]

Master Food Preservers: Canning safety

Home food preservation is on the rise. Many university extensions report high attendance at free public classes on safe home preservation techniques and Websites with canning advice seem to be springing up like weeds. Modern science has helped make preserving food at home safe with recipes and times for processing that ensure the elimination of […]

‘Different Hearts’ brings two cultures together

Book review Book: “Different Hearts — From Bondage to Freedom” Author: E.B. Sullivan Publisher: Solstice Publishing, October 2012, 360 pages, softcover and Kindle version Two cultures come together in “Different Hearts — From Bondage to Freedom,” a historical fiction by E.B. Sullivan. Sophie, daughter of a successful Rhode Island businessman, meets Ezra, a Miwok Indian raised […]

It’s Gwen Danley’s lucky day

She turns 12 on 12-12-12 “It was a master plan made 13 years ago,” Karen Kukoda joked about her daughter’s 12th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012. All kidding aside, the Rolling Hills Middle School sixth-grader said, “It’s cool.” And since 12-12-12 is the last repetitive date most of us alive today will ever see — […]

Discover the Christmas spirit

What: “The Santa Workshop Christmas Extravaganza” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Department Where: El Dorado High School, Black Box Theater, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 5:30, curtain at 6 p.m. Tickets: Donation of new jacket and/or unwrapped new toy for children Information: 530-622-3634, ext. 1191   El Dorado High School drama students […]

Santa loves letters

Santa is an old-fashioned kind of guy and he loves reading Christmas letters. Every year he eagerly awaits the mail delivery truck and spends hours reading the many requests and thoughts of good will and hope. He also reads the Mountain Democrat. The letters received at the Mountain Democrat are some of his favorites and […]

Local band to record at TRI Studios

Local band, MerryGold, once the duo of Trout and Parrot, may have hit the big time or at least will have a crack at a great opportunity. Entering a songwriting contest in September, the band made the final 10 and earned a chance to record an audio and video at TRI Studios in San Rafael. The […]

Foothill gourmet: Cookies represent tradition and love

Cookie recipes are featured in today’s column. My new cookie recipe, oatmeal craisin gems, reminds me of fall. I plan to use it often during the holiday season. It is a variation of chocolate chip cookies. I make the other cookie recipes, because significant people in my life have given me the recipes. These cookie […]

As we were: Planning Commission doing more

25 Years ago Dec. 11, 1987 Ed Keller returns to Planning Commission SOMERSET — After an absence of nearly 10 years, Ed Keller returns to the El Dorado County Planning Commission seat he vacated in 1979. Tomorrow’s commission meeting will see Keller taking the place of Bill Johnson, who is retiring … According to county Chief […]

EDAC needs poetry judges

The El Dorado Arts Council is seeking out volunteer judges and tabulators for its Poetry Out Loud program. This is the arts council’s fourth year sponsoring this thrilling, nationwide high school poetry competition. Each spring 53 high school state champions gather in Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Last May, […]

Camerata Capistrano performs Sunday

SACRAMENTO — The California State University, Sacramento’s baroque ensemble, Camerata Capistrano, is performing Sunday, Dec. 9, at Sacramento State’s Capistrano Hall Room 151 starting at 4 p.m. Among the many numbers the group will play are Telemann’s “Water Music,” Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Strings,” and Johann Christian Bach’s “Grand Overture […]

Sacramento museums celebrate the holidays

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year-long. During December many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are celebrating […]

Artists show their stuff at Art on the Divide Gallery

“Saturday Demo Days” continue at the Art On the Divide Co-op Gallery on both Saturday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Gallery members hope visitors will take the opportunity to visit the gallery and see these artists demonstrating their creative process. The schedule for Dec. 8 is as follows: 11 a.m. — Susan Polstra, well-known watercolor […]

Things to do: Dec. 7, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1207 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 6, is featuring its Small Wonders Show, a display of small and miniature art works in painting and other mediums as demonstrated by this 6 inch by 6 inch watercolor painting by Carlotta Tormey. Nearly every artist in the […]

It’s going down at The Cellar at Smith Flat House

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  — Luciano Pavarotti The area of Smith Flat is named for rancher and farmer Jeb Smith who settled in the area in the years after the Gold Rush. […]

Time out: When in aroma

Restaurant: Papa Gianni’s Ristorante Address: 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-2333 It is 6 p.m. and Papa Gianni’s Ristorante is humming. And it’s a Wednesday, for crying out loud. This is the second time I’ve dined at Papa Gianni’s, the first was a Tuesday, and you know what? It was packed then, too. Any […]

Make Christmas memories at the Governor’s Mansion

Get ready to experience lavishly re-created period décor and an impressive array of live holiday music during two special “Christmas Memories” events at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, 1526 H St. in Sacramento, on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surrounded by docents in period costume, mansion visitors will be transported back […]

Have a very merry time at Burke Junction in CP

Christmas at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will offer a day filled with family fun and the train running all day. Start the day with a ride on the Burke Junction train. After the ride have the camera ready to capture that […]