Let’s talk turkey

While stuffing the bird or stuffing yourself try stuffing a few fun facts into the Thanksgiving conversation. The National Wild Turkey Federation points out that today’s farm-raised turkeys are very different from the wild turkeys at early Thanksgiving affairs. Wild turkeys, now almost 7 million strong, were almost extinct in the early 1900s. Maybe it […]

Grow For It!: Lawn alternatives

There is much discussion these days on eliminating grass lawns, and unless your lawn gets a lot of use for play by kids and pets, it’s definitely something to consider. Grass lawns are heavy consumers of water and fertilizer and often require pesticides and fungicides to keep them looking their best. They are also maintenance […]

Holiday spirit gets enlightened

What:  Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street between Bedford Avenue and Sacramento Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 23 Cost: No charge Information: placerville-downtown.org or 530-672-3436 The place to be after Thanksgiving is Main Street in Placerville. The holiday season gets officially turned on with the Festival of Lights on Friday, Nov. 23. Before […]

Master Food Preservers: Healthy food

Evidence indicating that fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods which may be grown in the home garden contribute to a healthier lifestyle continues to grow. The CDC sponsors an entire Website geared toward getting people to eat more fruits and veggies, which can be found at fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. Bill Clinton, past-president of the United States, decided […]

Master Food Preservers: Power outage and freezer safety

It is the beginning of storm season and one thing that goes hand in hand with the bad weather is power failure. There are several things that can be done in the event of a power failure to reduce food loss: use backup power, keep the doors closed, try dry ice and cover the freezer […]

Firefighters are spearheading Toys for Tots drive

El Dorado Hills firefighters are making room for Oscar the Grouch, Barbie and Transformers at Station 85 as the annual Toys for Tots campaign has arrived. Everyone is invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy (or toys) in the Toys for Tots boxes set up at 40 locations, including fire stations, Town Center businesses […]

Santa helpers needed for Toys for Tots

Christmas is coming up fast and Sue Henderson is looking for more volunteers to help with the Hangtown Detachment 697 of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in El Dorado County. Henderson and her husband, Hollis, are coordinators for the Toys for Tots drive in the Placerville area and they need a toy […]

As we were: Drivers need insurance proof

25 Years ago Nov. 20, 1987 State set to enforce proof of insurance law In December, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will mail a request for written proof of motor vehicle insurance to more than 200,000 motorists who had driver’s license suspensions placed on hold during a two-year court review of the law requiring that […]

Hit comedy explores love

The hit musical comedy, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Off-Broadway’s longest running musical, filled with catchy original songs and biting humor, runs through Nov. 18 at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret, an intimate 200-seat theater venue where patrons can enjoy cocktails and refreshments during the show. The show is a hilarious look at personal relationships, […]

Things to do: Nov. 16, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1116 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Dec. 2, is featuring the outstanding photography of Soroush Mostafanejad. Soroush focuses on unusual subjects and exciting color and form. The gallery is also featuring the unique and original pottery of Lisa Bone. The gallery of 44 professional artists is […]

Master Food Preserver: Almonds

Almonds bring a wonderful taste to many diverse recipes. From salads to smoothies and fish to fowl, this versatile nut complements the taste of almost any type of food. Anyone with access to an almond tree or two can enjoy home processing of these delicious nuts. Harvested from August to late September, almonds usually need […]

Greed and a bad economy knock on the door

Book review Book: “The House’s Money” Author: Owen Sullivan Publisher: Authority Publishing, June 2012, 274 pages, softcover Cost: $16.95 or Kindle version $6.99 When Matt Whiteside lands the job of his dreams as a mortgage securities trader in a prestigious San Francisco firm, life is good. When he meets a beautiful young woman, also on […]

Fun night at Zia’s

Hugh and Sheri Hoeger return to play the back room at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Hoegers are the founding members of Left of Cool and have been performing together for many years. Both were part of the popular local band Sierra Blue. Hugh […]

Christmas fun starts at Sierra Repertory

What do you get when you whirl together Rudolph, Tiny Tim, Cindy Lou Who, Frosty, fruitcake, Santa, Scrooge, big-city Christmas parades and holiday folklore from around the globe? A hilarious, joyful mix-up that has theater audiences from coast to coast lining up for more. Find out what the raves are about when Sierra Rep serves […]

Crocker offers new classes in fall

The Crocker Art Museum presents new classes for children, teens and adults in the museum’s fall session of studio art classes. All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a variety of media. For adults, the Crocker will feature classes […]

Donner Party activities at Sutter’s Fort

In the winter of 1846-47, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more than 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snow. Known as the Donner Party, the travelers included individuals and many different families. Did you know that the snowbound emigrants lived in two separate camps almost five miles apart? […]

Nothing little about this IT production

What: “A Little Princess” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, El Dorado County Fairgrounds When: Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. Visit imagination-theater.org for dates and times for all shows Tickets: $17 for adults, $14 for 55 and over and $10 for children. On opening night, Thursday, […]

Enjoy food and wine in San Diego

Tickets for the ninth Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, taking place through Nov. 18 are on sale. The weeklong wine and food extravaganza is widely recognized as the largest food and wine festival across Southern California and has become an iconic fixture in the national wine and food landscape. The San Diego […]

The sculptural side of pottery

November’s featured artist at Iron Willow Gallery is Kay de Lange. She creates one of a kind pottery that is immediately recognizable as “KDL” art. Her focus is on hand building vessel forms that are more sculptural than utilitarian. She uses pinch, coil and paddle to shape the pots, and then finishes them in ways […]

Sidewalk art benefit

The annual Georgetown sidewalk art contest to benefit Georgetown School’s playground project is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome to “Chalk the Walk” and the entrance fee is $5. The sidewalk involved is in front of the VFW Hall and Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. […]

Learn about combining acrylics and technology

“Today, an artist’s paint box must include the digital camera and the computer right along with paint tubes and bristle brushes,” artist Steve Memering said. What’s in your paint box? Placerville Arts Association is very pleased to have Memering sharing his many years of experience in acrylic painting, on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the El […]

Essay contest open to junior and seniors

The Democrats of El Dorado County are proud to announce the eighth annual Fred Winn Student Essay Contest. This contest is open to public high school juniors and seniors in all county high schools including the El Dorado Union High School District, Black Oak Mine Unified School District  and Lake Tahoe Unified School District. The […]

Students are foundation of ‘Dance House’

California State University, Sacramento students are taking charge of the choreography for “Dance House,” the university’s second dance concert this fall. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15; 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in Solano Hall Dancespace. Directed by theater and dance professors Philip Flickinger and Lorelei […]

Celtic Christmas concert at Three Stages

The Sacramento Master Singers, under the direction of Dr. Ralph Hughes, will present a Dec. 16 performance of the choir’s annual holiday concert at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, at 7:30 p.m. Singers in this acclaimed choral organization include Garden Valley resident, soprano Pat Pagendarm and Placerville bass, Keith Atwater. This year’s concert, […]

A rocking time at Sac State

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but put a lot of stones together and you’ll gather a crowd of people. California State University, Sacramento’s annual Geology Club Rock Auction is at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Alumni Center. More than 150 rock and mineral samples will be up for grabs, from small gemstones […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

On Nov. 14 in 1889, journalist with the New York World Nellie Blye left on her trip to travel around the world in 72 days. She wanted to beat the Jules Verne character Phileas Fogg’s “Around the World in 80 Days” trek. She did beat Fogg’s fictional record and garnered acclaim everywhere she went. She […]

Grow For It!: Fall color — find it in your own backyard

My husband I take a fall foliage trip into the Sierra each October. Over the years, we have found lots of great Websites to help us plan the timing and route to see the season’s most beautiful color. Honestly, some of the most magnificent color we see each fall is right here in our own […]

Crafts to brighten the season

What: 17th annual Old-fashioned Christmas Craft Faire Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free Information: 530-677-2231 or visit cameronpark.org An impressive array of crafts will be on display and for sale at the 17th annual Old-fashioned […]

Holiday music program brightens State Capitol Museum

Get ready for some holiday fun on your next visit to the California State Capitol Museum, 10th Street between L and N streets, Sacramento, in the First Floor Rotunda. To set a festive stage and spread holiday cheer, beautiful vintage decorations create a lovely backdrop for a variety of diverse and amazing live holiday musical performances […]

Time out: Good mornings start at El Dorado Coffee and Tea Co.

Restaurant: El Dorado Coffee and Tea Co. Address: 4068 A Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs Phone: 530-676-2623 Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday’s from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday’s from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast — breaking one’s fast. As your momma used to say, it’s “the most […]

A fun way to experience Tahoe

Experience Lake Tahoe like never before with the all new Ski, Stay, and Soar Package. Go from Tahoe’s best gladed tree runs at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, to soaring above Lake Tahoe with Reno Tahoe Helicopters, and sleeping at either the Inn by the Lake or Forest Suites Resort, all in the same day. The ultimate Tahoe […]

South Indian vocalist visits Sac State

South Indian vocalist S. Sowmya continues this year’s World Music Series at California State University, Sacramento. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the music recital hall on campus, 6000 J St. in Sacramento. Sowmya is a Carnatic musician, spreading the traditions of South Indian music worldwide. Tickets are available at […]

Sac State bands to perform

California State University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band combine for a special performance 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the music recital hall on campus, 6000 J St. in Sacramento. The program includes Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor,” Tull’s “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm,” Sparke’s “The Pioneers,” and more. Tickets are available […]

Chamber music season to open

The first concert of chamber music in the 2012-13 season of the Mother Lode Friends of Music takes place on Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert features the return of Barcelona […]

Jazz master to play at Three Stages

Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists” (New York Times), five-time Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés has recorded over 80 CDs during his illustrious career. The Chucho Valdés Quintet takes to Stage One at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, next month. “Chucho Valdés is a […]

As we were: Planning issues are always in the news

25 Years ago Nov. 13, 1987 City Council approves new apartment complex By TIM WILLIS Opponents of a “high quality” apartment complex proposed for Big Cut Road failed to get enough Placerville City Council votes to prevent it. despite their charges that its density was too high. The council voted 3-2 to uphold the Planning Commission’s […]

Snowline Hospice recognizes veteran’s contributions

It surprises many Americans to learn that 25 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are veterans. That’s 1,800 people a day; more than 680,000 veterans every year. These heroic Americans deserve recognition for their military service — particularly at the end of life’s journey. Snowline Hospice is grateful for the important contributions made by […]

Foothill gourmet: Terrific tips

In my opinion, I can never have too many cooking or organizing tips. In today’s column, the tips come first. One of them might strike your fancy, plus save you time. Following the hints is a delicious recipe for a pizza blanca recipe. Pizza Blanca is a pizza that uses a white sauce instead of […]

Royal Burundi Drummers and Dancers beat their way to Three Stages

Rhythm lovers will be in percussion nirvana at Three Stages on Monday, Nov. 19, when the Royal Burundi Drummers and Dancers take the stage. The music is nothing like the sounds of a traditional Western drum and cymbal set, or even conga drums. Picture 22 drummer-dancer-singers, 20 with large wooden drums balanced sideways on their […]

Santa’s helpers to deliver holiday joy

As many as 30 El Dorado County seniors will have an opportunity to do their Christmas shopping — with a little help from Santa’s helpers. On Dec. 10, the seniors, each accompanied by a caregiver or a Friends of Seniors volunteer will be transported to Target for a morning of shopping. Then they will return […]

Snowline program helps grieving children and families

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where boys and girls (and their families) could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one. To date, 86 youth ages 5 to 18 have found a […]

Divide gallery hosts reception

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly Featured Artist series with the work of Kristi Kolln. Kolln’s art will be featured in the gallery through the month of November and the public is invited to come meet the artist at a reception on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 2  to 5 p.m. She is […]

Sensational Singing Seniors announce concerts

The Sensational Singing Seniors announce its “A Holiday Happening” concerts. The performances are a celebration of winter and the true gifts of the season. The group’s performances are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills and Thursday, Dec. 6 at […]

Youth orchestra to play at Three Stages

The Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra will present its debut concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Three Stages on Stage 1 at Folsom Lake College. The 16-member youth orchestra, comprised of 12 violinists, three cellists and one bassist, was formed to inspire music appreciation and excellence among children ages 12 to 18, […]

Things to do: Nov. 9, 2012

ON GOING put sunburst 1109 here Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to view the works of Suzanne Haydu. For more information call 530-417-0744. put pop 1109 here Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 […]