Union Mine High School 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Sequoia Williams, valedictorian Career goal: I want to combine my interests in a career which engages me in an outdoor environment and allows me to give back to my community and the world. Off to college: I am enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. High school nostalgia: I will miss the fantastic […]

Pines at Placerville making changes

The Pines at Placerville Healthcare Center, formally known as Placerville Pines, is in the midst of a rebirth, so to speak. Not only has The Pines undergone a name change, but they are now owned by Plum Healthcare, a servicing company that owns 49 additional skilled nursing facilities in California, Utah and Arizona. The Pines […]

Limited time offer for VIP seating at SummerFest

For a limited time, VIP season passes are available for the inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest, (tahoesummerfest.org) a series of classical music concerts. This transferable VIP season pass includes exclusive seating to all nine performances over the first three weekends of August; after-concert receptions with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Joel Revzen, and the orchestra; and […]

At a glance: Appreciate a teacher

Wednesday, May 9 is the Day of the Teacher. It would be nice to send a thank you note to a teacher or teachers that you remember and tell them how much you appreciated their mentoring. Just be sure to spell the words correctly and use correct puncheon. Pizza night The Ponderosa Sober Grad Committee […]

Grow For It! No more leathery tomatoes

It will soon be time for vegetables to go in the ground. For most home gardeners, this means tomatoes, because few vegetables delight more than a vine ripened tomato. One of the most common questions we get about tomatoes involves fruit with a brown or black leathery bottom. If only the bottom of the fruit […]

Community Concert Association seeks members

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, will hold its annual membership drive, beginning Tuesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 19 at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The El Dorado County Community Concert Association has been bringing world-class, […]

India Jazz Suite interplays Kathak and tap at Three Stages

Imagine a tap dancer in shiny black shoes with big metal taps on the heels and toes going through his patterns backstage before a performance. He’s concentrating on his variations. Slowly, he becomes aware of an echo of his rhythms, a perfect repeat of his moves. Pulling back a curtain, he sees a man with […]

Union Mine High School 2012 graduates

Dustin Allred, Conrad Allshouse, Mason Anderson, Sean Anderson, Ciara Atchley, Gabriella Aveni, Justin Baer, Gabino Bahena, Elizabeth Bailey, Neftali Baron, Graham Bennett, Madison Berridge, Brendan Blockus, Christopher Bol, Chelsey Bold, Jay Bonner, Jenna Boss, Louke Bourgeois, Boone Bragdon, Violet Brown, Raymond Burgess, Thomas Callonea, Stephen Canada, Anna Canales, Rebecca Carey, Narcisco Carrillo, Haley Caruthers, Melissa Charter, […]

Vaulters are head over heals for sport

Imagine running alongside a 1,200 hundred pound trotting horse. Reaching for a surcingle strap handle, you scramble onto the animal’s broad back as it moves in a circle like a snorting, muscular locomotive. Perched on his massive shoulders, you find your perfect balance and begin executing the six compulsory movements of all equestrian vaulting, then, […]

As we were: Lions clubs win awards

25 Years ago May 8, 1987 Local clubs, members receive awards at annual convention By JOY HAESSLER Five El Dorado County Lions and Lioness members took top awards at the 30th annual Lions Club Convention for District 4-C5 did last weekend at Palo Alto. Theme of this year’s event was Hollywood USA.”… El Dorado County clubs […]

Future Chefs’ winning recipe

Jack Aadnesen and Shea Clark Spain 
Ham wrapped potatoes 6 fingerling potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 slices Serrano ham, prosciutto, pancetta or bacon Kosher salt Place potatoes in a medium pot with a generous amount of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until just tender. Remove from water and allow to cool. Once […]

Looking for help in all the right or wrong places

Linda got a telephone call late one night from her father. The call worried her because her dad seldom called and this time, he was calling because her mother was in the hospital once again. Her dad reminded Linda forcefully that they weren’t moving. They wanted to continue living at home but Linda knew they […]

Oak Ridge students get a taste of success

Vanilla ice cream in a caramel lattice cup topped with a cinnamon tortilla chip won the judges’ votes at the third annual Trojan Iron Chef Competition. Oak Ridge High School juniors Mishelle Eberhard, 17, and Angelina Truscelli, 17, earned top honors with this delicious creation, paired with their homemade salsa and tortilla chips and steak […]

Heavenly news: Annular solar eclipse this month

On Sunday afternoon May 20, Northern Californians will have an opportunity to watch the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun. How cool is that? A solar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and casts its shadow. When the three bodies align precisely, observers along a narrow band […]

Future chefs cook up winning recipes

In front of an audience filled with supportive relatives and friends future chefs got things cooking at the 10th annual culinary competition presented by the Future Chefs Foundation of El Dorado County. The theme for this year’s challenge was “A Tour of the Mediterranean” and each of the four teams selected a country to inspire […]

Entertaining ideas, May 4, 2012

Art PLACERVILLE Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St., May 7 through June 3, is featuring the outstanding photography of Paul Cockrell. The gallery is also featuring the elegant jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com. El Dorado Arts Council’s […]

Young musicians to perform at Friends of Music concert

Several young musicians from El Dorado County took top honors in the recent Regional Competition for Young Musicians, sponsored by the Sutter Creek-based Mother Lode Friends of Music. They will be showcased in a public concert on Sunday, May 6, starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek. […]

Coffee, Tea and Friends get together in CP

New to the Cameron Park Community Services District, Coffee, Tea and Friends is a social event for seniors and caregivers. It will occur from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month through September. This monthly program was created by community member Irene Arnold. She wanted a monthly gathering for seniors to […]

Tesla founder Frank Hannon at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino is pleased to present the Frank Hannon Band at the Stage Bar for two exclusive nights, Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5. Hannon is best known as the founder, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum band Tesla, known for hits like “Love Song,” “Signs” and “What You Give.” Hannon has established […]

Benefit dinner for student at Northside School

The Northside School Parent Teacher Club is hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser and silent auction for fourth grade student Kristi Pearce, who was diagnosed with cancer and has been very sick. The fundraising event will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at Northside School, along with a silent auction. The benefit will […]

Stepping out: Café Luna has it all

“All four elements were happening in equal measure — the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.” — Charlie Trotter Café Luna A group of us were invited to dinner at Café Luna, 451 Main St., Suite 8, in Placerville (Creekside Place). […]

Sacramento Blues Revue plays for GNO

It is Friday, May 4 and First Friday Blues Night at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, with special guests Sacramento Blues Revue. It’s “Girls’ Night Out” in downtown Placerville and for the occasion the Sacramento Blues Revue will be coming up the hill to throw a blues party. The show starts at […]

Paul Cockrell show celebrates spring

Paul Cockrell Photography is having his 2012 Spring Photography Show on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, at his studio/gallery in Placerville. Cockrell’s photography, as well as the work of guest photographers George Tchobanoglous, Betty Sederquist, Shelly Thorene and Kathy Durrett will be on display. The […]

‘Breath of Broadway’ returns to Pine Grove

The Community Church of Pine Grove will be the site of the ninth annual free concert benefitting the Interfaith Food Bank. Shari Anderson, the featured vocalist, has produced the popular and delightful “Breath of Broadway” for the past eight years. Each year she brings a fresh and exciting array of musical numbers from the greatest […]

Cantare Chorale welcomes spring

It’s springtime and “Spring is in the Air.” Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills presents a new program of choral music to be performed on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3520 Carson Road in Camino. “We’re very excited about this year’s spring concert with some very special treats for […]

Dance expresses words in movement

What: The Orient Express Who: Lotus Belly Dance Group Sarpika and Olde Coloma Theater Where: The Olde Coloma Theater, 300 Monument Road in Coloma When: Saturday, May 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 12 and under are free Information: Call Cintia de Carvalho at […]

Young talent is showcased

Eleven year old Lindsay Draper of El Dorado Hills will perform with the Sierra Symphony on Sunday, May 6. Draper won the annual Young Artist Competition for her exceptionally accomplished performance of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, First Movement.” Mozart composed this well-known work, with its bright and happy theme, when he […]

Cinco de Mayo spices up Tahoe

STATELINE — As the weather warms the stage is set through spring at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa (montbleuresort.com) with an internationally known entertainment lineup. Ready for all that spice and everything salsa for Cinco de Mayo? Festivities begin at noon at Café del Soul with a $500 Taco Eat-Off Challenge. Eat the most street […]

Hunt ghosts with California Haunts

Join the real ghost hunters of the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team for a spirited weekend in the Sierra city of Downieville. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, event-goers can take a walk with California Haunts Psychic Caren Clarke and learn about the ghosts that inhabit the city. Later in the afternoon, Ghosts […]

Sac County Fair is helping harvest knowledge

SACRAMENTO — The 2012 Sacramento County Fair is growing bigger and better. The Sacramento County Fair’s “Garden in a Wheelbarrow” program gives students in Sacramento County public, private and home school classrooms a fully-funded opportunity to gain and exhibit the knowledge and experience needed to plant, keep, and harvest a garden. The Sacramento County Fair’s […]

A fun wine talk at Lava Cap

“Why Wine is More Fun than People Make it Seem” with Rick Kushman is Saturday, May 12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Lava Cap Winery, 2221 Fruitridge Road in Camino. Join Kushman, wine and food writer and educator, for a Wine 101 class. Kushman will cover how to get more out of a wine […]

Crossroads features literary and visual artists

The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento is proud to present Crossroads, a free Saturday afternoon reading series featuring distinctive poetic voices, hosted by Trina Drotar and Sandy Thomas. The series is dedicated to enriching the interplay between literary and visual artists. Additional readings will be on Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. The Center for Contemporary […]

‘Thousand Kisses Deep’ to debut

Sacramento debut of “A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” Set for Saturday, May 5 at 24th Street Theatre SACRAMENTO — Swell Productions is proud to announce the Sacramento debut of “A Thousand Kisses Deep: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.” The play opens Saturday, May 5 at the 24th Street Theatre at the Sierra […]

La Raza Galería Posada announces new home

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada, Sacramento’s only non-profit center for Latino/Chicano and Native American arts and culture announced today that the organization will move to Miller Regional Park after signing an agreement with the city of Sacramento. Miller Regional Park is located at the western tip of Broadway on Front Street adjacent to the Sacramento Marina. […]

Seniors invited to annual prom at El Dorado

The El Dorado High School Health Careers Academy is presenting the annual Senior Citizen Prom on Friday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at L.A. Brown Gym at El Dorado High School, 561 Canal St. in Placerville. All senior citizens 60 or older can attend the event for free and enjoy food and entertainment, and have a […]

Engagement Jessica Ann Armour-Chad Everett Bowman

Jessica Ann Armour of Auburn and Chad Everett Bowman of Placerville have announced their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Norman and Catherine Clow of Auburn. She is a 1998 Placer High School graduate. She works as a senior advertising consultant. The groom is the son of Robert C. Bowman Jr. and Charlayne of Sacramento. He is a […]

Zinfangrill season is here

“We picked zinfandel as our featured wine for the month of May,” said Paul Bush, owner and winemaker at Madroña Vineyards, “because May kicks off the barbecue season and what better wine for anything you barbecue than zinfandel.” Zinfandel is the most heavily planted grape in El Dorado County; most wineries make it and because […]

At a glance: Moonglow

The Moon is spectacular at the start of May. It reaches perigee or the closest point to the Earth at midnight on Saturday, May 5. This will certainly add some brightness to evening events. Grow the garden fund An event needing no help from the Moon to shine is the Garden of Learning Farmers Market […]

As we were: Westinghouse donates to park

25 Years ago May 4, 1987 Gold Bug Park and city officials tour new Iron Man Museum By ROSEMARY MOORE Westinghouse Electric Corp. of Sunnyvale hosted a tour of the company’s new museum April 23 for members of Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park Development Committee and local dignitaries. Westinghouse’s involvement with the Gold Bug Park committee began […]

Grow For It! Create a butterfly haven with native plants

Did you know that California has an official state insect? It is the California Dogface butterfly. Although it is rarely seen in El Dorado County, there are many other kinds of butterflies that you can attract to the garden. Creating a butterfly habitat generally involves planting two types of plants, host plants — the food […]

Students have the answers

COLOMA — Students from five West Slope El Dorado County high schools had to come up with solutions at the 28th annual Math Steeplechase. Union Mine High School juniors Meridith McSorley, Connor Reed, Jordan Hyatt-Miller, Ryan Plexico and Alec Vaughn sat at a picnic table at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park on Highway 49 […]

Placerville Curves gains 1,123 pounds

With the help of the Curves community, the 14th annual national Curves food drive collected 1,123 pounds of food for the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Placerville Curves manager Ky Bessom stated this year they exceeded their goal. “It’s awesome, the members really came together. It’s a huge effort, the members should feel great […]

Master Food Preservers: MFP on the Web

The University of California Cooperative Extension Website for the Central Sierra region contains invaluable information for the community. The Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County invite everyone to investigate the Website, and to delve into the MFP section to learn more about safe home food preservation. To begin, go to cecentralsierra.ucanr.org. When the Website […]

Book steeps readers in tea rituals, facts and recipes

Book review Title: “Ten Healthy Teas” Author: Valerie B. Lull Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc., Parker, Col.; Phone: 1-888-672-6657 Price: $8.95; paperback; 6 x 9 inches, 52 pages, black and white. Available from: Bookstores, online, as both a print and e-book at outskirtspress.com It is interesting that both my editor and I sent for a review […]

Foothill dining: Grillers get fired-up

What sets grillers apart from ordinary cooks? It’s a secret. Or rather, it’s their secrets — those tips, tricks and flavors that turn good food into grilled greatness. When they’re looking to up their game at the grill, they turn to each other for inspiration. That’s why McCormick Grill Mates created “The Grillerhood,” the first-ever […]