Apple Z to perform at Milestone Saloon

The Apple Z Band will be performing at the Milestone Saloon, 2968 State Highway 49 in Cool, on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 9 p.m. Hailing from Sacramento, Apple Z has been scorching the local music scene with its unique blend of cover songs and originals for several years. Voted one of the best club […]

Yountville presents third annual Moveable Feast

The culinary capital of the Napa Valley, Yountville, will ring in 2012 with its third annual, “Moveable Feast” promotion during Cabernet season. As part of Moveable Feast, participating restaurants, hotels and wineries will offer food lovers the town’s world-famous culinary and wine experiences at a special value. Available Sunday, Jan. 1, through Wednesday, Feb. 29, […]

Big New Year’s Eve at SS community center

The third annual Rocking New Year’s Eve event takes place at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, on Saturday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be music and dancing through New Year’s Day at 1 a.m. Admission is $5. As with other years, everyone is encouraged […]

Jane Austen plays come to Placerville

“Cherry on Top Productions,” a Sacramento based theater company, will be performing two Jane Austen plays at Imagination Theater Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14. The multi-aged cast of more than 20 has collaborated on many dramatic and musical projects during the last 20 years and has recently come together to form this theater […]

Seger delivers the hits in Bay Area stop

OAKLAND — If you take Bob Seger at his word when he contemplated retirement earlier this year and said, “it’s time to go away and let the younger guys take over — the Eminems and Kid Rocks of the world,” then Seger’s appearance last Wednesday at the Oracle Arena might have been his last-ever concert […]

Whiskey Dawn brings in New Year at Red Hawk

Whiskey Dawn will ring in the New Year at Red Hawk Casino in Placerville on New Year’s Eve weekend. The Sacramento based country music band will perform at the Stage Bar at the casino on New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, from 7 p.m. to […]

Unbuckle at Heavenly’s apres ski

Heavenly Mountain Resort is taking the après ski party to new heights — 9,150 feet, to be exact — with Unbuckle at Tamarack, Tahoe’s ultimate après party. “Heavenly’s skiing is amazing and its nightlife is legendary, but there has always been a gap between the two that Unbuckle fills perfectly,” said Pete Sonntag, general manager […]

Art takes on more dimension

The Placerville Arts Association’s three-dimensional artists will have a special show in downtown Placerville at the El Dorado Art Council Gallery at 459 Main St., through Saturday, Feb. 11. This is the second show presented by the Placerville Arts Association which features three-dimensional works. This unique show is a must for the collector. Viewers will […]

Help spread good wishes

Susan Keale, a local artist and American River Conservancy volunteer, will teach participants to make two origami birds that they have written good wishes for the world on. The class is Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. One bird will stay at ARC/Wakamatsu and the other can be taken home. Cost for the class […]

Army Pfc. Warren M. Turner

Army Pfc. Warren M. Turner has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Dolls charm Placerville shoppers

Seventy-six dolls marched down Main Street on Friday, Dec. 2, with the assistance of volunteers Sue Young, Toni Conley-Widing, Bill and Carol Mueller. The procession was very much like the 76 trombone players marching in the band of the “Music Man.” The dolls were entered in the annual Holiday Doll contest sponsored by the Fleet […]

‘Out of Breath’ explores grief

Book review Book: “Out of Breath” Author: Susan Salluce Publisher: 2011 by Hidden Beach Publishing, 2011, softcover, 280 pages Cost: Ebook version$.99, soft cover version $13.99 The death of a child is always heartbreaking, but “Out of Breath,” Susan Salluce’s first novel, focuses on what happens afterward — to the parents and family as they […]

Grow For IT: Gardening resolutions for 2012

Most New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside by the middle of January. However, resolutions centered on gardening practices have lots of time to be implemented and every effort, even a minor one, will count in the long run. For starters, resolve to grow vegetables this year. They will give you great satisfaction and their […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

January Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the January Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

Students fill buckets with kindness

The children at Blue Oak Elementary School have kindness and empathy in the bag. Or rather, in the bucket. Students from junior kindergarten to fifth grade at Blue Oak School in Cameron Park know how to take care of their school, lend a helping hand, and offer a friendly word to their peers thanks to […]

As we were: Caboose park gets OK

25 Years ago Dec. 29, 1986 Planning Commission gives green light to caboose park By MARY NEAL The Placerville Planning Commision recently approved a site plan proposal that will allow the city to build a small promotional park between the Main Street Shell service station and Highway 50. The center piece of the park will be […]

At a glance: Nice things do happen

The stories about nice people doing nice things brought up a nice memory from several years ago. I was walking down Main Street in Placerville and person walked up to me and handed me a $100 bill and said, “I know you know of a worthy organization that could use this,” and then walked off. […]

NAMI presents Family-to-Family educational classes

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of El Dorado County/Western Slope is again offering the popular Family-to-Family educational course scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. This is an 11-week course at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road, Room B-2, in Placerville. In a study done at the University of Maryland’s […]

Learn about a ‘Positive Life Anchor’ at luncheon

The public is invited to “Positive Life Anchor,” a luncheon by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection and sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries on Monday, Jan. 9. The luncheon is at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville and starts at noon. The cost is $16. The speaker will be inspirational speaker Carol LeBeau, […]

Wedding Kelli Worthey and Sterling Stoddard

Kelli Worthey and Sterling Stoddard, both of Moscow, Idaho, were married on Saturday, Nov. 19. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Laura Worthey of Placerville. The groom is the son of Randall and Suzy Stoddard of Grace, Idaho. The wedding was held in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Bishop Randall Stoddard officiated the ceremonies. The […]

Foothill gourmet: Quick tips for the New Year

Today I’m sharing quick tips to help start off the New Year. I find it helpful to collect quick tips, because many of them are excellent shortcuts. While the toaster/counter top oven is on, place plates on top of the toaster oven. The radiating heat warms them up and delivers food items to the table […]

Can you hear me now?

Even in Paradise, people need help. When Placerville audiologist Dr. L. Mark Payne and wife Alison first went to Fiji years ago, it was to scuba dive and enjoy the scenery. When the couple returned to Fiji last summer, they added community helper to the list. Payne, 54, is a member of the Placerville Rotary […]

Workshop to help with communicating

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is offering “Communicating from Your Heart,” an eight-week workshop designed to teach individuals communication skills that will improve their relationships. The workshop will be held on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. starting on Jan. 23, and ending March 19. Some of the topics that will be covered include breaking patterns of […]

House of Mirror Reflections at the de Young

Technology provides a new medium for creativity throughout January in the de Young’s Kimball Education Gallery. The de Young’s Artist-in-Residence Program presents “Dana Zed: House of Mirror Reflections,” as January’s Artist-in-Residence on Wednesday, Jan. 4 to 29. Zed invites visitors to participate in portrait drawing using studio iPads or their own digital media device. Visitors […]

Blues Harmonica Blowout at Three Stages

 What: Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout When: Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $19-$29, with premium tickets available for $39 Available from: or 916-608-6888 (Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and two hours before showtime). Information: 916-608-6888 Mark Hummel’s Blues […]

Holidays at Lake Tahoe’s famous lakefront restaurant

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Camp Richardson Resort will do the cooking and cleaning on Christmas and New Year’s Eve — a welcoming offer especially considering it includes a view of Lake Tahoe. That’s the attraction at two of South Lake Tahoe’s poplar lakefront restaurants: The Beacon Bar and Grill and Fresh Ketch located in the […]

Celebrate the holidays at Carson Valley Inn

Celebrate Christmas and New Year by dining at the Carson Valley Inn. The Carson Valley Inn is offering specials on Christmas and New Year’s Eve in addition to the regular menu in CV Steak. CV Steak is serving its regular menu plus specials on Christmas that include a three-quarter pound garlic-studded prime rib of beef […]

Winter fun at Mont Bleu

The 2012 line-up of entertainment is guaranteed to blue ‘em away at Tahoe South’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. The New Year’s festivities and beyond continue the trend of popular contemporary artists including: Porter Robinson and Nasty Ways, Dec. 29; The Cataracts, Dec. 30; New Year’s Eve Pool Party at Onsen, Dec. 31; New Year’s Eve […]

The film ‘Charlie’s Closet’ to air on SCA-TV2

Sierra Community Access Television-Comcast Channel 2 (SCA-TV2) has acquired the exclusive rights to cable-cast and stream the locally produced original full length motion picture, “Charlie’s Closet” on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 7 and 10 p.m. Written, directed and edited by former Ponderosa High School student, Spencer Reed, “Charlie’s Closet” is a whimsical tale about an […]

Discover new wines at Bring Out the Barrel 2012

El Dorado Winery Association invites everyone to hunt for a favorite wine during the annual Bring Out the Barrel event on Saturday, Jan, 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29. Bring Out the Barrel is a self-guided tour of 28 wineries nestled in and around El Dorado Hills. During the event, wine lovers can explore new vintages […]

Red Hawk Casino displays holiday spirit

Red Hawk Casino’s culinary staff has outdone themselves this Christmas season with the creation of a one-of-a-kind gingerbread castle. Executive Pastry Chef, Ana Dominguez along with Executive Chef Walter Hahn executed this amazing castle from the initial design, product creation, decoration and completion. This immense structure was a labor of love for the pastry team […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

It’s a family Christmas at Heavenly Village

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Forget the partridge in a pear tree, Tahoe South ( has the Christmas spirit at Heavenly Village through Saturday, Dec. 31, with live music, ice sculpting, fire dancers, professional ice skaters, interactive games, dining, shopping, photo opportunities inside a giant snow globe and a fireworks display. Santa’s Workshop Snow Globe, through […]

Community invited to be part of art project

A call for artists of all ages goes out to create Artist Trading Cards for ArtSpace’s holiday tree. Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media, […]

Good Ol’ Boyz rock for toys

The Good Ol’ Boyz are hosting a free public benefit concert on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Blacksheep Inn, 3181 Cameron Park Drive in Cameron Park, to raise Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids. The Good Ol’ Boyz created this opportunity for underground California musicians to give back to their communities. The participating musicians represent Placerville, Sacramento […]

Stepping out: An epicurean’s delight is waiting

“… and they heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight, ‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.’” — Clement Clark Moore — “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (1822) El Dorado Epicurean Expanding from the success of last year, the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority will again be holding El Dorado […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Lighten up

Decoholics wait all year for December and the holiday season. Some start putting up lights and festive scenes months ahead of time and some add to the strings of luminaries, blow up displays and computered music. All of this is to dazzle family, friends and strangers driving by. A great night to enjoy the lights of […]

Master Food Preservers: Recipe check time

Recently, a friend mentioned an old family recipe for blackberry jam. This jam retains the title of the “best in the world” according to “anyone who has ever tried it.” Maybe it is. Many families treasure recipes of all kinds, handing these down to children and grandchildren like precious heirlooms. The key to continuing the […]

At a glance: Winter is here

If the temperatures at night have not been a clue that winter is on the way, the winter solstice at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 seals the deal. The Sun is at its farthest south point and the time between sunrise and sunset is at a minimum for the year. From now on the […]

Grow For It! Pruning ornamental shrubs — why, when and how

It is winter and gardeners get edgy with the pruners this time of year. However, not all ornamentals need pruning every year and many should not be pruned in winter in any case. A number of issues must be taken into consideration before cutting starts. Ornamental shrubs are pruned to remove damaged and dead wood, […]

Volunteers offer Christmas eve and day dinners

The public is invited to enjoy either a Christmas eve or Christmas day dinner. In celebration of Christmas a group of volunteers invites you to enjoy a Christmas celebration dinner on us. The volunteers will be delivering hundreds of meals to homes in the greater Placerville area on Christmas eve and on Christmas day. On Christmas […]

Mentors offer guidance

Student Lorena Santana, 13, wants every Herbert Green Middle School fifth grader to have a wonderful experience and continue to build confidence in themselves during their pre-teen going into their teenage years. The eighth-grader is one of 29 peer mentors who is part of the Peer Mentor Program at the school. Susan Simpkin, Mother Lode Union School […]

Kiwanis and Imagination Theater present special gift

Christmas is on Sunday. But the gift of giving came earlier this month in which many members of the community shared the joys of the season. To celebrate the season the cast members of “White Christmas” at Imagination Theater put on a special performance Tuesday, Dec. 13 for a select group of people who may […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

‘All the Gin Joints’ mixes it up with information and recipes

Book review Title: “All the Gin Joints — new spins on gin from America’s best bars” Author: Michael Turback Publisher: Curiosity Company. 2011, Price: $14.95; trade paperback; 6 x 9 inches, 140 pages, black and white. Available from: Online, as both a print and e-book,, local bookstores If you know me, you are probably […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

As we were: Planning Commission denies project

25 Years ago Dec. 19, 1986 Panel nixes demolition By MARY NEAL Nearly 50 people clapped and cheered when the Placerville Planning Commission denied a motel-restaurant site plan Tuesday night, causing developer Steve Puthoff to clutch his head in frustration. After three hours of laborious discussion between the planning staff, developers, and historical preservation groups, […]