Master Food Preservers: Olives

Fish-eye, foaming, softening and gas pockets … what do all of these have in common? These terms, used for various problems occurring during the preservation of olives, strike fear into the hearts of most home olive preservers. Not, however, that of Bernie Ritscher, Master Food Preserver for the University of Davis Extension in El Dorado […]

Former Placerville resident featured in story

Deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese and a lifetime of love are the components of “Feeding the Heart,” a story of hope and commitment written by Forest Grove author, Karen R. Hessen. She and her son are former residents of El Dorado County. “Feeding the Heart,” the true story of the author’s adopted son […]

Master Food Preservers: Raw milk warning

Thinking about raw milk brings to mind bucolic images of happy cows in the meadow, fresh warm milk squirting straight into open mouths and vigorous health resulting from the unprocessed, natural liquid. Well, think again. According to the FDA, “While the perceived nutritional and health benefits of raw milk consumption have not been scientifically substantiated, […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 13 Replies

This foxtrotting heroine is ‘Dying for a Dance’

Book review Book: “Dying for a Dance” Author: Cindy Sample Publisher: L&L Dreamspell, September 2011, 256 pages Cost: Soft cover, $16.95 Light on her feet, El Dorado Hills soccer mom Laurel McKay is not, but she is good at being involved in murder. As a single mother, Laurel has a lot of things to juggle, but […]

Magic happens at Tea in Toyland

What: Tea in Toyland Who: Friends of Old Hangtown Where: Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Cost: $5 per child and $10 per adult Information: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at 530-621-5885 Mr. Cinnamon Bear and the Friends of Old Hangtown present Tea in Toyland on Saturday, Dec. 10,  at Town Hall in Placerville. […]

Heavenly news: Old faithfuls of the night sky

Winter and spring meteor showers There are 11 separate meteor showers visible every year, each reappearing on the same date. People are always asking “When’s the next meteor shower?” This article describes the meteor showers that occur between November and June, gives the dates and the constellations to find them in or near. Meteor showers are best viewed […]

Sierra Master Chorale offers special holiday music dec 17

InConcert Sierra’s 60-voice Sierra Master Chorale holiday concerts in Grass Valley will lift holiday spirits on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. The master chorale under the direction of conductor Ken Hardin is in its third season and this season’s offering includes several rhythmically unusual pieces, featuring “Misa Criolla” (1964) by Argentine composer Ariel […]

Dinnell takes part in Angel Thunder exercise

A shoulder-fired missile launches from a terrorist’s weapon that results in a direct hit, and an American military airplane slams to the desert floor. Miles away at an operations center, rescue crews are quickly mobilized; first with machine guns blasting from an attack airplane and followed by Air Force pararescue jumpers floating down to the […]

‘The Nutcracker’ is coming to Three Stages

Winner of more than 15 gold medals and three prizes from the Paris Academy of Dance, the Moscow Classical Ballet has toured “The Nutcracker” in the U.S. every year for the past 19 years — and is now coming to Folsom. Performing in more than 30 countries around the world, Moscow Classical Ballet makes its […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Enjoy the Mountain Mandarin Festival

The fall chill is bringing an orange blush to the mandarin oranges dotting the hillsides of the foothills, and Auburn’s largest event is preparing for upwards of 30,000 visitors over Nov. 18 to 20, as locals and guests flock to the Gold Country Fairgrounds for their first fix of the juicy fruit. Placer County Mandarin […]

Evil tries to ruin Christmas at Olde Coloma Theater

“Twice Upon A North Pole Christmas” or “There’s Snow Time Like The Present” is playing at Olde Coloma Theater, 380 Monument Road in Coloma on Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 18. Written by Mylenda Tipton the melodrama is set in the serene home and workshop of Santa Claus and his loyal elves. Tragedy is about […]

Whimsical artist to demonstrate at PAA

The demonstrator at the monthly Placerville Arts Association meeting will be David Peterson, a Sacramento watercolorist. He is very active in the Sacramento Fine Arts Center serving on the board. He is a past president of WASH Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and recently was awarded NCA master painter signature status. Peterson portrays the familiar scenes […]

The best of the best show at ArtSpace

Award winners will be honored at Saturday afternoon’s reception for the Sierra Pastel Society’s seond biennial Signature Membership Show in Placerville. The public is invited to join society members on Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville. The exhibit continues through Saturday, Dec. 3, […]

Golden anniversary for the McClellands

Former Somerset residents John and Madeline (Anderson) McClelland celebrated 50 years of love and marriage on Friday, Nov. 11 in Sagle, Idaho. The couple met at what later became Sly Park Lake on a double date. Each of them had come with a different date but ended up together. Madeline was born and raised in El Dorado […]

Stepping out: Customers have good comments about Tijuana Taqueria

“As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again.” — Leslie Newman Tijuana Taqueria It had been quite a long time since I had visited Tijuana Taqueria, which is located at […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 3 Replies

New novel spins a fun tale

Gold rush dirigibles, wagons with sails, $20 eggs and magical prospectors who dowsed for pay dirt with whalebones all have two things in common; they appear in the new novel “Tales of Placerville: Booksellers to the Savage West” by Perry Bradford-Wilson. And they all really happened. The book goes on sale this week and the […]

Second-grader helps out Santa

What: Fundraiser for Open Line Foster Family and CASA Who: Mason Schmeeckle Where: Main Street Automotive, 80 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Nov.19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mason Schmeeckle was worried about the kids in El Dorado County whose families don’t have money for clothing and toys. It really bothered him that children were in need, […]

PAA Fall Show winners

The members of Placerville Arts Association are presenting their works of art at a lovely venue in the atrium of the El Dorado Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The show is open to the public at no charge and is open through Friday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Auction to benefit Center for Contemporary Art

SACRAMENTO — The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento will hold its Benefit Art Auction and Soiree at 128 K St. in Old Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The art auction, one of CCAS’ most popular and exciting events, features valet parking, a reception with complimentary wine and elegant appetizers and […]

Polar Express visits Carson City

CARSON CITY — Carson City’s Old West meets the North Pole this holiday season as the Polar Express train will take weekend railway runs across the frosty Northern Nevada landscape Thanksgiving through Dec. 23, ( The Virginia and Truckee Railroad is one of the officially licensed Polar Express Train Ride events nationwide this holiday season. This […]

What wines to be thankful for

When looking for a wine to be served with Thanksgiving dinner, first decide if you want to use one of the many lists prepared by various newspapers and magazines, seek help from people who you believe are knowledgeable in that area, use your own experience, ask some friends you trust or use a combination of […]

‘The Immortal World Tour’ coming to Sacramento

SARAMENTO — The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are proud to present “Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour” in Sacramento on Jan. 10 and 11, 2012, at Power Balance Pavilion. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view […]

Country Christmas Faire in Nevada County

GRASS VALLEY — The 27th annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley is on Nov. 25, 26, and 27. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state. Exhibit buildings will be […]

California Stage presents powerful drama

California Stage opens its’ 20th production year with a powerful drama about America’s readiness for its’ returning soldiers. About one in three Vietnam veterans suffered from full or partial Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after the war — it is estimated that more than 300,000 of the returning soldiers from the Middle East will have Post […]

Help the ‘Tree of Kindness’ fundraiser

Dynamic Images Salon and Day Spa, 611 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is having a “Tree of Kindness” fundraiser on Monday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The salon and spa will be donating all profits raised on Dec. 12, to the “Tree of Kindness” through the Federated Church. This Christmas giving program touches the hearts […]

Carol Heape of Elder Options receives recognition

Carol S. Heape, CEO and founder of Elder Options Inc. in Placerville, has been recognized by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Western Region. She was awarded the prestigious “Rose Kleiner Award.” Heape has been a member of NAPGCM since 1991, is a fellow in the Leadership Academy, and is a certified care manager. She is […]

Local filmmaker marketing ski and snowboard movie

Spencer Davies had dreams of becoming a skier. “I realized I wasn’t any good at it; I got hurt a lot,” said Davies, a 2010 Union Mine High School graduate. “All of my friends were real good.” Instead, Davies picked up a video camera to film his friends skiing. “Then it got to the point […]

California’s ‘Bird of the Year’ voting begins

Voting has begun for Audubon California’s 2011 Bird of the Year, which will recognize a California bird species of conservation interest that made a significant impact this year. All members of the public are encouraged to cast their votes online on Audubon California’s Website at through Dec. 11. Audubon California created the designation two […]

Native American languages Website launched

Cultural Survival’s Endangered Languages Program invites you to explore American Indian language revitalization efforts nationwide on before the Thursday, Nov. 17 national PBS broadcast of “We Still Live Here — Ās Nutayuneān.” After providing nearly three years of research and production assistance for “We Still Live Here — Ās Nutayuneān,” Cultural Survival’s Endangered Languages Program […]

Local poet is published in new book

What is it about such encounters between people and other-than-human beings who live among us that touches us deeply and memorably? There are as many answers to that question as there are moments when a person and a wild creature cross life paths and stand toe to hoof or eye to feeler. Fifty such encounters […]

‘Winter’s Eve’ concert blends Celtic and baroque melodies

Sacramento Baroque Soloists welcome the winter season with a spirited combination of early Christmas carols and Celtic music in its “Winter’s Eve” concerts on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4. Melding historical training and contemporary influences, the group plays its own arrangements of early carols, including “Whence Comes this Rush of Wings,” “Huron Carol,” […]

Selling holiday gifts to help the homeless

Citizens in Transition, a focus group of homeless and formerly homeless residents of El Dorado County, is taking a proactive step to change the image of the homeless population and raise money for job creation solutions. “We’re developing innovative solutions to help establish a secure income to provide for housing,” said CIT representative Lisa Whittaker. Beginning […]

Ponderosa students embrace Shakespeare

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Jennifer Schmelzer is a huge William Shakespeare fan. The Ponderosa High School English and drama teacher has integrated the English author’s plays and poems into her classes. Shakespeare wrote 154 poems and more than 30 plays during his life. Now, 19 of Schmelzer’s English and intermediate/advanced drama students — mostly seniors and […]

Medicare Open Enrollment is in progress

With more benefits, better choices and lower costs available for 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging people with Medicare and their families to begin reviewing drug and health plan coverage options for 2012. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which began on Saturday, Oct. 15, has been expanded to last seven […]

Miriam Toren celebrates 100 years

By Elizabeth Sorensen Special to Mother Lode News Miriam Toren was born in Peoria, Ill. on Nov. 20, 1911. She was the oldest of four children, with three younger brothers. Miriam met Bob Toren in 1937 under the Tahquamenon Falls in Upper Michigan. Bob came to her rescue after she became stranded under the frigid […]

Grow For It!: Change is in the air

At this time of year, it feels like so many things are changing at once. A new school year is in full swing, the weather is cooler, the leaves on the trees are showing hints of red and gold and many stores have started to display their holiday wares. There is change in the garden, […]

As we were: Concerns about Stumpy Meadows raised

25 Years ago Nov. 17, 1986 Stumpy Meadows ATV project concerns FAWN By KURT DAVIS Members of the environmental group FAWN, Friends Aware of Wildlife Needs, are registering their concern about a U.S. Forest Service request for state off-road vehicle funds to maintain a campground at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, east of Georgetown. FAWN was organized early […]

At a glance: Breathe easy

This is the time of year that skunks hibernate. This is good news for pet owners who have dogs and cats that like to chase skunks and anyone else who isn’t particularly fond of eau de skunk. Preview The Partners in Care Thrift Store, 2883 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is having its Christmas preview […]

Crafters create one of a kind gifts

What: Old Fashioned Christmas Craft Faire Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs: Admission is free Information: Cameron Park Community Services District, 530-677-2231 or Sandy Russell has been making crafts most of her life. In 1986, she started making Christmas crafts. […]

Jewelry artist demonstrates at gallery

Placerville artist Lorrene Baum-Davis has won a third award in 2011 for her metal clay rings. The announcement was made at the Metal Clay World Conference held outside of Chicago in July. At the conference she was also teaching and presenting the Keum-Koo technique (applying 24-karat gold to fine silver). She won the Art Clay […]

Monterey Jazz Festival accepting applications

MONTEREY — The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, announces the eighth annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in downtown Monterey from March 30 […]

Foothill gourmet: Pinwheels good for celebrations

Planning appetizers for a social celebration is continually challenging. The challenge is to find appetizers that are easily assembled, delight the eye, and the palate. Meet the challenge and the rewards are delicious tastes and multiple compliments. Hosting the gathering is relaxed and you have quality time to enjoy your guests. Pinwheel roll-ups are quickly […]

Ponderosa one-acts showcase talent

What: “One-Acts” Who: Ponderosa High School Drama Department Where: The Little Theatre, Ponderosa High School, 2661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs When: Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Costs: Admission is free Information: Ponderosa High School, 530-677-2281, Ext. 2318 or SHINGLE SPRINGS — Dolly Kapoor loves having a lot of responsibilities bestowed upon her. The Ponderosa High […]

Foresters invited to monthly meeting

The November meeting of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum and the Sacramento-Tahoe Chapter of Nor Cal Society of American Foresters will take place Wednesday, Nov. 16. The meeting will be held at the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1341 Broadway in Placerville. The social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Kathy Hardy, an […]

On Duty Christian M. Munoz

Airman Basic Christian M. Munoz has graduated from Basic Training at Lackland Air Force base on Friday, Sept. 23. During his training, the airman was an element leader. He is taking extended training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Munoz is the son of Lauri Lenhardt of El Dorado Hills. He graduated from Independence High […]