Free February self defense clinic

Come alone, come together or bring a group of singles — but come to meet new people, share with friends and learn quick, easy escapes, self-defense tips and raise awareness of the dangers around at a free singles self-defense clinic on Saturday, Feb. 25. Join the Black Belt instructors at Robinson’s Taekwondo to share self-defense tips, […]

Grow For It!: Growing tomatoes from seed

Believe it or not, it is time to begin thinking about starting tomato seeds. In the last few years, home vegetable growing has reached record highs, with some surveys showing at least 90 percent of home gardeners choosing tomatoes as one of their crops. It is not hard to dispute this fact when home-grown tomatoes […]

February 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 […]

Love, music and great food is in the air

The 11th annual Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus St. Valentine’s Day Ball Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 5 p.m. It is open to the public. This Valentine’s Day is a great time to set worries aside and enjoy an evening of fun, music and great food. Many couples, […]

Selland’s opening in EDH is something to nosh about

EL DORADO HILLS — Dedicated foodies in El Dorado Hills have something new to nosh about. The purpose of the Selland’s Market Café soft opening in El Dorado Hills on last Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights was ostensibly to shake down operations and break in the roughly 50 new employees, many of whom live in […]

Smith Flat drama students take a trip

What: “Canterbury Tales” Who: Charter Smith Flat School drama department Where: former Charles Brown School, 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado When: Thursday, Feb. 2; and Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. Cost: $3 for children and $5 for adults Information: 530-409-1188 The high school drama students at Charter Smith Flat School […]

As we were: New year, new leaders

25 Years ago Feb. 2, 1987 County leaders pick new officers The 1987 officers of the El Dorado County Department Head Association were installed Monday, Jan 12. They are chairman, John H. Thorne, county assessor; vice chairman, John Cody, Veterans Service Officer; secretary, Gerda Ruppert, county librarian and treasurer, John Litwinovich, Community Services Director. These […]

Spaghetti feed to help family with medical expenses

There will be a spaghetti feed on Saturday, Feb 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. to help an El Dorado County family. Kyle Polk, an El Dorado High School graduate, and Kayla Walker Polk, a Ponderosa High School graduate, recently learned that their third daughter, Anabelle Grace, will be born with medical problems. After many […]

The Age of Imperialism comes to the Academic Decathlon

What: Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Who: Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Oak Ridge high schools Where: Union Mine High School in the Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. Cost: no charge From God, gold and glory to guns, medicine, boats and finances, El Dorado County high school […]

Foothill dining: A Super Bowl feast

While chili, ribs, and seven-layer dips are Super Bowl standbys, why not consider impressing fellow fans with something different this year — Choucroute Garni. Pronounced shoo-KROUT gahr-NEE, this dish is a combination of smoked pork, sausage, frankfurters, sauerkraut and potatoes. Easy to prepare, the recipe can be made ahead of time, then either packed up […]

Skate park meeting

The Cameron Park Community Services District is holding its Skate Committee meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 that will include free pizza and drinks, plus to discuss ideas for Christa McAuliffe Skate Park. The pizza and meeting will take place at the Cameron Park Community Center, inside the social room. The center is located at 2502 Country […]

Sutter Creek Theater presents a night of Americana

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents high-octane Americana with Houston Jones and special guest Joe Craven on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. They incorporate so many different influences and make it seem so easy. The songs are powered along by the high-energy drumming and supportive, full-bodied arrangements. Jones’ lead vocals are […]

The Method to represent Placerville at David Rea tribute concert

Placerville duo The Method will be performing at a special tribute concert to the late David Rea at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 29. Rea, who many in El Dorado County remember from his performances at the Placerville Folk Festival and from a series of house concerts, died the day after […]

Auditions for ‘Little Princess’ at Imagination Theater

Auditions are going to be held for “The Little Princess” at Imagination Theater in Placerville. The play, adapted from Frances Hodgson Bumett’s classic story “Sara Crew,” this new musical version of a “riches-to-rags-to-riches” story takes place mostly at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London. The scenes of the play occur in a […]

Lakehills students present an amazing play

It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and … a Broadway classic and favorite. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented five times by the middle and high school youth at Lakehills Church in El Dorado Hills, Jan. 27-29. The five show schedule […]

Stepping out: Small plates are a big hit at Centro

“In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running.” — Jeff Bezos Small plates at Centro Last week I came home to find a message on my answering machine from Greg Phelps, the owner of Centro, the “more than just a coffee shop” at 385 Main S, […]

Winds and strings featured in classical concert

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization for classical music performances, presents its first concert of 2012 on Sunday, Jan. 29, starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature selections for wind […]

Family classics offer family entertainment

What: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” Who: Imagination Theater Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets: All tickets for the Thursday, Feb. 2 opening are $5. Tickets for all other shows are $10. Tickets can […]

Sac choral society sings for the arts

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra Conductor Donald Kendrick and the Sacramento Choral Society will once again raise a collective voice for the arts at Singathon 2012 at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The society’s annual fundraiser will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the mall in front of Macy’s Women’s […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band celebrating anniversary

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a beloved American institution. Just off its 50th anniversary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band — whose high-energy shows are dedicated to perpetuating traditional New Orleans jazz — celebrated its fifth decade in Carnegie Hall on Jan. 7. On Friday, Feb. 3, they come to Three Stages — to celebrate the […]

A Valentine’s concert of love tunes

Treat your very special person to an evening concert of famous love melodies to be performed on Saturday, Feb. 4, by the Sierra Symphony. The event will take place locally at the Mother Lode Lions’ Hall, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads. Conductor Roy Fulmer will lead the musicians in a range of […]

Learn about wine at ‘Behind the Cellar Door’

Education’s the theme as Amador County Vintners welcome wine lovers to “Behind the Cellar Door” on Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4. Regional winery associations throughout California regularly stage big wine tasting events. Few, however, attempt what the vintners of Amador County accomplish each year during“Behind the Cellar Door” winter wine extravaganza. The vintners […]

Local students speak out with “Poetry Out Loud”

For the third year running El Dorado County high school students are among thousands across California interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for Poetry Out Loud, a competition run by the California Arts Council and launched by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. At stake are hundreds of dollars at the […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Hedgerows and irrigation water management

Irrigation Water Management and Hedgerows will be one of  25 workshops to be presented at the PlacerGROWN Food and Farm Conference scheduled for Sat., Feb. 4, at Lincoln High School in Lincoln. Mark White of the Placer County Resource Conservation District will discuss the factors and information needed to develop an irrigation system. Irrigation water […]

Sac State prof nominated for Grammy

Local music professor Richard Savino will be wearing a tux and mingling with the likes of Katy Perry and Cee Lo Green in February. The California State University, Sacramento guitar instructor will be attending the Sunday, Feb. 12 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where his group, El Mundo, has been nominated in the Best Small Ensemble […]

Couple presents Forgiving Forward seminar

Forgiveness is one of the most essential acts that anyone can do for another, yet few have ever been to a Forgive 101 course. Everyone needs to learn how to forgive, and how to be forgiven. This seminar focuses on what forgiveness is and the real power of forgiveness including how to be free from depression, […]

Lost in Suburbia finds its rockin’ musical niche

“Oh, yeah! I love that song!” Lost In Suburbia bandmates Eddie Otero, Chris Gartner, John Amarillo and Alan Boucher never get tired of those words. Considering their specialty — 1980s and ’90s rock — they hear them often. What usually follows is a crowded dance floor rockin’ out to Billy Idol, Radiohead and U2. Since […]

At a glance: Venus is brightly shining

Hopefully it will be clear on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 26, to see the Moon by Venus. Venus is absolutely brilliant in the early night sky and the first quarter Moon should be a lovely companion. A good time to check the celestial pair could be while heading to the El Dorado Hills […]

Master Food Preservers: Spice it up

A low-fat diet sure sounded like a good idea on Jan. 1, but now that a couple of weeks have passed, many with the best of intentions find this resolution to be getting tougher to stick with. Do not despair. Spices and herbs invigorate foods left bland by the elimination of oils and fats and […]

Lava Cap Winery reveals new label and new image

Lava Cap, one of El Dorado County’s pioneering artisan, family-owned wineries, announced a new logo and label design with an updated Website soon to follow. The classic, timeless look and feel of the new brand image not only evokes the winery’s heritage but also indicates the quality of the wine handcrafted by the Jones family. […]

Grow For It! Herbs and spices — Which are which?

All of us want to grow more of what we need for cooking, and one of the easiest homegrown ways to zest up a meal is by adding herbs and spices to a dish. What counts as a herb and which are spices? What makes them similar — or different? Herbs are plants or plant […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

As we were: Retiring supervisors to be honored

25 Years ago Jan. 23, 1987 Supervisors Flynn, Stewart to be honored tomorrow A dinner honoring retiring county supervisors Joseph V. Flynn and Thomas L. Stewart will be held tomorrow evening at the main exhibit hall of the county fairgrounds. No host cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7. Tickets, at […]

Oak Ridge Robotics team takes the challenge

EL DORADO HILLS — If the FIRST Tech Challenge Team No. 4238 needs a theme song for its group, it might consider the 1979 disco hit “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The eight Oak Ridge High School students have worked together for years. Four of the eight — Alex Krueger, Amey Natu, Ben Tucker and Thomas […]

American River Conservancy sponsors volunteer training

Help inspire children and share your passion for nature. The American River Conservancy will host a series docent trainings for interested volunteers in February on three consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22. Docents will ultimately lead small groups of elementary students on nature walks at the American River Nature Center, located within Marshall Gold […]

Four virtuosos to perform special concert

NCM Fathom and Sony Masterworks are excited to bring an ensemble of tremendous musical talent to theaters nationwide with “The Goat Rodeo Sessions LIVE” featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, in an exclusive in-theater concert event on Tuesday, Jan. 31. This one-night event will broadcast from the […]

McClintock to meet in Cameron Park

Congressman Tom McClintock, District 4, will be at The Light of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cameron Park on Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. The meeting is hosted by the El Dorado West Republican Women, Federated and is open to the public. The organization feels there are many new residents in El Dorado County and they […]

Foothill gourmet: Super Bowl tasty tidbits

The Super Bowl is fast approaching. Watch your favorite team with family and friends and enjoy any of the following recipes for tasty tidbits. Lime chip mix — Combine potato chips, corn chips and cheese puffs to make 8 cups. Toss with the zest of 6 limes, and 1 tablespoon each of paprika, garlic powder […]

Learn about bees at Master Gardener class

On Saturday, Jan. 28, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present a class on Beekeeping, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bees are a critical part of gardening in El Dorado County — without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy many fruits and vegetables. Bees are under threat of disappearing from […]

Bipolar Insights: Another beginning

Beginnings come in many forms. Just as each new day is a beginning, so are birthdays, anniversaries and the start of a new year. With every fresh start, we have an opportunity to reevaluate our lives. Will we resolve to lose weight, exercise, read more or take that long-awaited vacation? Often we begin in December […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Air Force Airman Scotti M. Sikorski

Air Force Airman Scotti M. Sikorski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 toward […]

National Guard Airman 1st Class Shawn A. Zielinski

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Shawn A. Zielinski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, 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 […]

Fair to promote health and safety

Learn how to obtain optimal health at Gold Trail Union School District’s Health, Safety and Well-Being Fair set for Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gold Trail School, 889 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. The fair will feature different organizations, groups and individuals contributing to the area’s health, safety and well-being. […]

‘West Side Story’ comes to Sacramento

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of “West Side Story” is coming to Sacramento. “West Side Story” is playing at the Sacramento Community Center Theater through Sunday, Jan. 29. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome […]

Muscial comedy revue opens at Cabaret

“Forbidden Broadway,” New York’s longest running musical comedy revue, opens Friday, Jan. 27, at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret for a limited eight-week engagement through March 14. Parodying the beloved songs and characters from Broadway’s biggest hits such as “Wicked,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables,” this show has been entertaining audiences all over the world […]