Carol Kouklis’ musical dedication is rewarded

For the last 18 years, Carol Kouklis has been teaching music classes for the Gold Oak Union School District. Her original game plan in life was to teach Italian for the United Nations. “I majored in Italian, which is a form of music,” Kouklis said. “I thought I was going to work for the United Nations. […]

At a glance: Be sure to look up

More good stuff is happening skyward. On Monday, June 4 there is partial lunar eclipse that will be visible across North America between midnight and dawn. During this eclipse the Earth will cast its umbral shadow on the Moon. Then there is a really big event on Tuesday, June 5. Venus will pass in front […]

Artists welcome visitors to tour their studios

Annette Schachner never forgets a face — at least not the ones she creates The 61-year-old El Dorado Hills jewelry artist incorporates faces into her beautiful silver jewelry — faces with calm looks and closed eyes, smiling faces surrounded by the sun, even dragon faces with fiery, red eyes — small, simple and detailed. Guests […]

Book review: Extra good olive oil information

Book review Title: “Extra Virginity; The sublime and scandalous world of olive oil” Author: Tom Mueller Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. Inc. New York Price: List price, $29.95: hardback, paperback; 9 ½ x 7 1/2 inches, 238 pages, illustrated. Also available in an audio and Kindle versions. Available: Online and in bookstores Several years […]

Fair features fit and fun activities

El Dorado County’s second annual “Fit and Fun Fair – A Healthy Lifestyle Expo” is Sunday, June 10, at picturesque High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Road in the Camino area. The event is sponsored by Dr. June Scofield of Mother Lode Chiropractic Center and Foothills Health and Wellness Network to benefit Big Brother Big […]

Colossal fundraiser in Somerset

Members of Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mount Aukum Road in Somerset, will be holding the church’s second annual Yard Sale. This is not just and yard sale it has something for everyone, is colossal in size and has to be seen to be believed. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 it is […]

Master Food Preservers: Bug free barbecue

Bugs love a barbecue. Ant, yellow-jackets and mosquitoes enjoy sharing an evening with food and friendship. These bugs, however irritating, succumb easily to swatting and sprays. Not so with the bugs found in the food, the bugs that can cause stomach pains, illness and even death. Prevent these deadly food-borne bugs from attending the next […]

Grow For It: Enjoy flowers from your garden longer

The warm weather this spring has certainly helped flower gardens prosper. If you have roses, columbine, peonies, tulips, daisies, phlox, or other flowers in bloom, bring them inside to further enjoy them. Keep them fresh longer by following these few tips. Cut the flowers early in the morning. Select flowers that are just opening up. […]

Tour gardens to grow a garden

What: Gardens of the Gold Country Who: Gold Oak Education Foundation Where: Begins at Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Pre-sale tickets are $30 each for tour only and $35 each for tour and lunch. Day of the event tickets are $45 for tour […]

Foothill Gourmet: Grilling tips

Summer is a family favorite grilling time. Grilled food is flavorful, keeps the kitchen cool and lets the grill chef receive lots of compliments about delicious food. However, be advised that grilling can not only burn you but also your home. The following safety tips are from the National Fire Protection Association to keep your […]

Campus corner: Inspiration has a face

When we think of inspiration, we generally think of lofty, philosophical statements or the resounding tones of a passionate speaker. Sometimes, though, inspiration is found in the simple things as well as the grand. Classroom interactions, for instance, seem rather common. Professors don’t often rouse students with stirring pronouncements. Yet they can influence students as […]

Tayler Creeks rides for state title

Tayler Creeks is twice a queen. Not a prom or homecoming queen, but a 17 year-old horse whisperer from Georgetown who found her road to royalty running straight through the rodeo. Pretty and peppy, she is the reigning (and repeating) queen from District 3 of the California High School Rodeo Association. Next up for her […]

As we were: A first in Pollock Pines

25 Years ago June 1, 1987 Rotary Club admits its first woman By PAT LAKEY POLLOCK PINES — The first local woman ever to become a member of the traditionally exclusively-male Rotary Club, was inducted into the Pollock Pines club last week. Irene Jessen, who for 18 years has played piano for the Rotary Club, […]

Heavenly to open gondola for Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy sightseeing and family adventure SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Heavenly Mountain Resort will operate the Heavenly Gondola for sightseeing, dining and limited hiking during Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A ride on the Heavenly Gondola transports sightseers to the mid-station observation deck, a 14,000 square-foot platform nestled among massive […]

Things to do — May 25, 2012

Art PLACERVILLE put gold 525 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St., through June 3, is featuring the outstanding photography of Paul Cockrell. He is well known for his landscapes of El Dorado County, the Eastern Sierra, Bodie, Mono Lake, Death Valley, buildings and architecture of the gold mining towns and other vintage and […]

Ride the rails —Virginia and Truckee railroad opens

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad ( launches its 2012 summer season with round trip trains between Carson City and Virginia City Memorial Day Weekend. The real deal and real feel of a clickety-clack, gentle-gallop departs from today and goes back in time to robber barons, miners, dance halls and saloon girls. Steam and diesel engines […]

It is about the terroir

The annual Fair Play Festival “From Barbera to Zinfandel … a Safari through Fair Play’s Exotic Wines,” is just around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. The winegrape growing area around Fair Play is different from other areas of El Dorado County, different enough that they were awarded a separate designation […]

Stepping out: A beautiful place to eat good food

“Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak we forget the view on the way up.” — Friedrich Nietzsche   Red Apple Café A couple of friends asked if I had recently been to the Red Apple Café (also known as the Apple Café) which is located at 2740 Highway 50 between Placerville and […]

Sutter Creek hosts street fair

Sutter Creek hosts the 10th Annual Trash to Treasures Street Fair Saturday May 26, 2012 8am to close Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, Ca Sutter Creek’s largest street fair, the 10th Annual Trash To Treasures event will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. What they say is true — “One […]

Discover treasures in El Dorado

The 16th annual El Dorado Town Bazaar, “Trash to Treasures” is happening in the historical township of El Dorado on Sunday, May 27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Present day seekers can enjoy a fun day of treasure hunting at vendors lining Main Street. Shoppers can check out antiques, collectibles and flea market items. […]

Wine dinner features international flavors

Enjoy a Sequoia Cellar Dinner at Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Friday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Continuing Sequoia’s 2012 Wine Dinner series, in May, Chef David Bagley has selected the best of Sequoia’s wine cellar collection for a hand-crafted wine paired dinner with international overtones. The five- […]

Montbleu features all-star entertainment

MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa recently added comedian Bob Saget and legendary reggae band, The Wailers, to its season of all-star entertainment, music, comedy, outdoor festivals and events at Tahoe South this spring and summer. Bob Saget is typically not thought of as raw, profane and risky, but the 1980s-90s icon family guy known for […]

Amador County Fair guide is available

PLYMOUTH — If you vaguely remember promising yourself that you would enter your work in the fair next year, well next year is here. The 2012 exhibitor handbook for the Amador County Fair is now available on-line and in hard copy. Looking through it for ideas is like looking at the new seed catalogs. Whether […]

On Duty Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Heidi I. Lorenz

Heidi Lorenz, a 2008 graduate of El Dorado High School, will graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolils, MD. on Tuesday, May 29. Commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps as 2nd Lt., Lorenz has completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training that earned her a BS […]

Engagement Michelle Lee Blas-Brandon Johnathan Allen

Lance and Jennifer Allen announce the engagement of their son Brandon Johnathan Allen of El Dorado Hills to Michelle Lee Blas, daughter of Bill and Carol Blas of Truckee. The bride works as an esthetician. The groom is a 1998 El Dorado High School graduate. He works for an investment firm in Sacramento. The wedding will be […]

Folsom Symphony season tickets go on sale

The Folsom Symphony is offering its 2012-13 season tickets to new subscribers now. Season subscribers save up to 10 percent off the cost of individual tickets. The standard price for the full season of five performances ranges from $113 to $189, depending on the seat, and $90 to $167 for students and seniors. Tickets for […]

See the Wiggles in concert in Sacramento

The original Fab Four from Down Under are back. The Wiggles summer tour will reunite Anthony, Jeff and Murray with Yellow Wiggle Greg Page as they perform together again for the first time in five years. Come “Follow the Leader” and dance the “Hot Potato” with The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the […]

Sac County Fair comes to town

The Sacramento County Fair is coming to town over Memorial Day Weekend to May 28 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Tickets are available online at and at the Sacramento County Fair office. Admission for adults is only $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Consumers can save up to 40 percent by purchasing tickets […]

Rock and Rhône in Pleasant Valley

Visit the Pleasant Valley area wineries for a great weekend of food and wine pairings, new releases, wine club specials and barrel tastings at the Rocks and Rhônes Festival on May 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local farms and artists will be highlighted at each winery showcasing the flavors, talent and diversity […]

Folsom Symphony adds second performance

Demand has been so strong for tickets to the Folsom Symphony’s concert, “Summer Symphony at the Movies” on Saturday, June 2, the performance has nearly sold out. If you weren’t able to get tickets, there’s good news — the symphony is adding a second concert on Friday, June 1. This makes three symphony sell-outs in […]

Crocker Museum to host annual auction

The Crocker Art Museum will host the 34th annual Art Auction on Saturday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s Art Auction will feature an impressive selection of more than 125 works by internationally renowned artists, most of whom are represented in the Crocker’s permanent collection. The evening will kick off with a silent auction […]

Folsom Lake College invites youth to apply for orchestra

Folsom Lake College and Three Stages announce the exciting first season of the Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra, inviting local youth musicians to apply now. The mission of the orchestra is to inspire music appreciation and excellence among children ages 12-18, and increase community awareness of and participation in the musical experiences of the […]

Picture perfect show at the de Young

“Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection” features approximately 110 photographs made by some of the pre-eminent artists working in photography this past century from the dynamic collection of San Francisco native Trevor Traina. The collection appears at the de Young Museum, June 9 to Sept. 16. Mixing rare black-and-white vintage prints of classic images by […]

Ponderosa High School presents scholars

Ponderosa High School hosted its annual Scholarship and Awards Night on May 1. The school staff wants to extend congratulations to the Class of 2012 valedictorians: Skye Jerpbak and Samantha Kennedy and salutatorians: Maris Dyer, Ben Estacio, Connor Grubaugh and Ty Pensa. Ponderosa is also proud to announce the appointment of Amy Silverbush to the […]

El Dorado announces scholarship winners

The personnel at El Dorado high School congratulate the El Dorado High School seniors who won scholarships on Wednesday, May 9. The school staff would like to thank the local community groups and scholarship donors for their generous contributions to the future of the students and for attending the Scholarship and Awards Night. The following […]

At a glance: Shadow watching

The annular eclipse on Sunday, May 20 was amazing. Watching the shadow of the Moon pass in front of the Sun reflected on buildings and on the ground was fascinating. For eclipse fans there is a partial eclipse of the Moon on Monday, June 4. The best place to be is boating on the Pacific […]

Teaching trio to retire

June will mark the ending of an era for Sierra Ridge Middle School in Pollock Pines. Three beloved teachers will retire at the end of this school year. Leeann Stewart, Jeff Medley and Libby Wheeler have all played integral roles in shaping Sierra Ridge Middle School and its many programs. Medley has been with the […]

The sweet spell of success

Thirty schools participated in the 32nd annual El Dorado County Team Spelling Bee hosted by the Pollock Pines Elementary School District on May 11. The schools sent 73 teams in different grade divisions to compete for top spelling honors. Each team was made up of five students and an alternate with a coach. In division […]

Ponderosa High School 2012 graduates

Morgan Aasen, Judi Adams, Christina Kiley Michele Adams-D’Onofrio, Anna Elizabeth Adamski, Taylor Renee Agricola, Matt Aguiar, Nicole Alberghini, Ryan Jet Albertazzi, Tyler Alberts, Duncan Alexander, Meagan Allstead, Lauren Almeida, Katia Alvaro, Dalton Amolsch, Elizabeth Marie Anderson, Jami Anderson, Kelsey Anderson, Wade Anderson, Brooke Lorraine Andrew, Kasandra Andrews, Ryan Ansell, Arvind Rajan, Gabrielle Attisani, Forrest Taylor Bacchi, […]

Golden Sierra High School 2012 graduates

Kyle Thomas Cerniglia, MaryAnn Elizabeth Haynie, Caitlin Sierra Hess, Rachel Christine Parkhurst , James Darryl Hansen, Leah Christine Parkhurst, Kiara Luise Anderson, Christopher Meyers, Jana Lynn Johnston, Kailee Ruth Delongchamp, Clayton Oules, Jennifer Lauren Ring, Ellen Mary Appleby, Christina Joell Adamick, Shawn Alexander, Kelsey Marie Allen, Kalani Anderson, Kayla Rene Anderson, Rebecca Joy Anderson, Michael James Aplanalp, […]

Oak Ridge High School 2012 graduates

Kristian Thomas Aahl, Chelsea Nicole Abelia, Carly Jean Abney, Ethan David Ackerman, Ryan Cass Adair, Alexander George Adams, Haley Robin Adams, Samia Anne Alaywan, Hailey Alexis Albert, Kathryn Danielle Allen, Amy Alvarez, Brigette Elizabeth Amidon, Maya Chunping Andrus, Roman Merrill Andrus, Dominac Vincent Angelucci, Madison Katlyn Arenchild, Alyssa St. Claire Armstrong, Holli Alexandria Arrieta, Khadija Baharah Atebar, […]

Ponderosa High School 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Skye Jerpbak, valedictorian Career goal: Possibly engineering or something math related; something that allows me the freedom to use my mind and be creative. Off to college: Princeton High school nostalgia: I’ll miss my friends and high school softball Where I see myself in 10 years: Living a happy and successful life! Samantha Kennedy, valedictorian Career goal: I am highly […]

Morrison in concert at DGV

The Music and Vine Concert Series at David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, begins with Shana Morrison on Saturday, May 26. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and Quinn Hedges opens the entertainment at 6 p.m. Morrison takes the stage at 7 p.m. Morrison’s musical style has been known to include rock, blues, country, R&B and jazz […]

Poetry benefit reading at the Crocker

On Friday evening, June 22, five of America’s most celebrated poets will take the stage in a poetry benefit reading in the Setzer Auditorium of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The lineup includes Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Claudia Rankine and C.D. Wright. This year marks the event’s 21st anniversary and its second […]

Carson City welcomes ghost walkers

Carson City’s rich and intriguing history is explored and theatrically relived in seasonal Ghost Walking Tours with the first tour taking place on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. The Carson City Ghost Walk is a delightfully spooky and enjoyable way to experience Carson City’s Victorian Era and diverse past. Hear about lingering spirits of […]