Jacob Wellman finds his musical passion

“Sweet … but also somber,” 17-year-old bassoonist Jacob Wellman described his instrument as such after a moment of thought. The Oak Ridge High School senior has found his passion with the instrument. He dreams of Julliard and a performance career — goals easily attainable by this talented musician. Jacob was recently selected to perform with other students […]

Make a strike for Big Bro Big Sis

Big Brothers Big Sisters invites everyone to mark their calendars for Saturday, April 21, for a special fundraising bowling event at two locations — Folsom Bowl in Folsom and Knotty Pines Lanes in Pollock Pines. This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome and invited to form bowling teams. Bowling teams generally consist of […]

Two high school students tops in speech contest

El Dorado Post 119’s American Legion High School Oratorical Contest was won by Ben Sathis of Ponderosa High School. His oration was titled “The Modern Congress.” Nathan Somaparavu of Oak Ridge High School took second place with an oration titled, “American Exceptionalism.” Sathis’ winner’s prize was a $300 scholarship and an American Legion gold oratorical medal. […]

Families needed for cultural exchange

Coordinators for Cultural Homestay International are currently seeking host families in the El Dorado Hills/Cameron Park area. Cultural Homestay International is a non-profit educational program that brings students from all over the world to North American high schools and families. The program gives families the opportunity to share their way of life and values with […]

Tahoe-based public relations presented with three awards

The South Lake Tahoe-based Weidinger Public Relations batted 1,000 at the recent Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America annual Silver Spikes program, winning awards in all three categories entered. WPR received three Awards of Excellence for efforts on behalf of the Amgen Tour of California, American Century Championship and Golf the […]

Foothill gourmet: Yummy brownies

Brownies are definitely a comfort food. Who can resist the guilty pleasure of a chocolate brownie? In recognition of the Oscars, I found some Oscar worthy recipes for flavorful brownies. If you find a variation presented today that tickles your fancy, go for it! Serve the brownies for friends and family and be sure to […]

Webelo Cub Scouts become ‘supervisors’

During the holiday break, local Webelo Cub Scouts from Pack 86 got a civics and politics lesson from El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting. The scouts met with Nutting after hours in his office and got a lesson about government on the federal, state and local level. For example, in every county in California there are the same […]

February 27, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Radio announcer to speak at luncheon

Radio Announcer Yvonne Karlin, from Southern California, tells how God helps make everyday life “A Love Song,” at the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection March luncheon, “Spring into Flowers!” Esther Trofimczuk will demonstrate how to make a favorite, elegant, yet simple basket dish garden made with real flowering plants that will last for months. She […]

Grow For It!: Plant a row for the hungry — get your hands dirty to give back

Wow — attendance at previous Master Gardener classes is on the way to setting records this year. So many people are interested in learning how to be better gardeners. But also know that many of you are already very successful gardeners; you’re people who grow loads of tasty vegetables, even last year, when many gardeners […]

Leap Day celebrants age gracefully

Shane Freeno will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 29, Leap Day. By Leap Day calculations, the Placerville resident is turning 10 this year but will actually be in his 40th year. He was born in 1972. According to Freeno’s mother, Kathryn, the physician who delivered him, Cedrick Johnson, M.D., told the Freeno family that Shane was […]

Wine and dine Behind the Cellar Door

Each winter, wine lovers flock to Amador County to savor delicious wines, great food, live music and loads of fun at the Amador Vintners’ annual Behind the Cellar Door winter wine extravaganza. This year, on March 2 to 4, in addition to a cornucopia of wine tastings, entertaining seminars and great bands, the wineries are […]

Imagination Theater is holding auditions for ‘The Little Princess’

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce auditions for ‘The Little Princess,” directed by Peter Wolfe. Auditions will take place at Imagination Theater on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon for girl ages 8-16 (singing only); Sunday, March 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for girls ages 8 through 16 (reading and movement); and […]

Cameron Park presents a full schedule of events in March

The Cameron Park Community Services District is teaming with Tumble Time Gymnastics and All Star Gymnastics and Cheer to offer programs for children ages 0  to 14 years. Preschool Gymnastics, Gymnastics for Home School Students, Friday Night Parents Night Out, Baby Crawl and more, are all offering new classes starting in March. For more information […]

Cruise on Carson and enjoy the wine

CAMINO — Eleven members of the Carson Road Wineries will be hosting free tastings of their flavorful and award-winning Sierra Foothill wines paired with a variety of tasty food dishes on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at each of the winery locations along El Dorado County’s beautiful Carson Road, paralleling Highway […]

Brewers’ dinner pairs fine beer and food

Placerville area brewers will bring out their fine beverages to be paired with expertly prepared cuisine for a fun-filled kick-off of the Third Annual Sacramento Beer Week. Placerville area brewers will kick-off the Third Annual Sacramento Beer Week in a big way with the second annual Brewers Dinner at Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville. […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

20 years of dance celebrated in Sacramento

Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) marks a milestone this month with its “20th Anniversary Concert: Past, Present and Future,” through Feb. 26. For two decades, the company has showcased black concert dance forms, such as West African, Brazilian and modern jazz, following the principles of famed African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham. Theater and dance department chairwoman […]

Camellia Pin-On Day is blooming fun

Everything is coming up camellias at the State Capitol Museum on Thursday, Feb. 23. In honor of Sacramento’s designation as “Camellia Capital of the World,” volunteers from the State Capitol Museum will create and distribute complimentary camellia corsages to State Capitol visitors, California State Legislators, the Governor’s office and Capitol staff. These are no ordinary […]

Run for Benny to help Partners in Care

Months after 5-year-old Benny Penner’s death from Batten’s Disease, his mother, Nancy Milla, was running on the El Dorado Trail and wondering what she could do to make sure Benny hadn’t died in vain. “I wanted to honor his memory and thank Partners in Care for their amazing help,” said Milla, 45, “and running seemed […]

Discover golden brewing history with ‘Breweries of the Gold Country’

Book review Book: “Breweries of the Gold Country” Authors: R. Scott Baxter and Kimberly J. Wooten Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, 127 pages, February 2012 Cost: $21.99 “Breweries of the Gold Country” by R. Scott Baxter and Kimberly J. Wooten takes the reader on a historic tour of breweries that existed along Highway 49. Along the way readers […]

Stepping out: The Independent Restaurant and bar is outstanding

“For a gourmet wine is not a drink but a condiment, provided that your host has chosen correctly.” — French author Edouard De Pomaine The Independent Restaurant and Bar All upscale restaurants need a few weeks or even months to iron out their menu, service, etc. It is a normal part of the business; every […]

Legendary Merle Haggard coming to Three Stages

FOLSOM — If the question were asked, “Who forged the genre known today as modern country music?” Only a tiny group of country immortals could step forward to share the spotlight. One, out of that select handful, would be Merle Haggard. Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier noted that, “there are few people who epitomize […]

Celebrate beer week with suds, foam and fun

There’s San Diego Beer Week in November, San Francisco Beer Week just ended and now it’s El Dorado County’s turn with Sacramento Beer Week events spilling over and into the foothills for the third year. Sacramento Beer Week stretches from Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, March 4. Kick things off with a classy beer pairing […]

Live music at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma

The Gold Trail Grange in Coloma is hosting a live music event with performances by two foot stompin’ bands on Saturday, March 3. The talented local band the Empty Wallets will open the show with its Americana grooves followed by country rock and rollers Miss Lonely Hearts. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music […]

Late rally lifts Weston Ranch over El Dorado

The El Dorado girls basketball team’s season is over. The Sierra Valley Conference co-champion Cougars lost just one game during the league season but run and gun Weston Ranch did what few teams were able to do this year — take the Cougars from Placerville out of their game with a physical, fast-paced style that […]

At a glance: To winter or not

Last year there was winter until June and this year it seems that winter has decided to take a break after over doing it last year. Some daffodils and freesias are even blooming. It is interesting that so mush time is spent on weather predicting and fretting about what to do if it is too […]

As we were: Agriculture is recognized

25 Years ago Feb. 23, 1987 National FFA week is Feb. 22-28 Governor George Deukmejian initiated California’s official participation in National Future Farmars of America Week by paying tribute to the state’s FFA high school students. Deukmejian issued a proclamation commending the vocational agriculture organization during FFA Week, Feb. 22 to Feb. 28. FFA chapters […]

Ponderosa takes home top honors

Some teams dream of repeating a championship season and a few talented and lucky teams take that dream another step for the coveted three-peat, but Ponderosa High School’s Academic Decathlon team has far surpassed that. On Feb. 4, the Bruins won the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon for the 20th consecutive year. Union Mine High […]

Winning essay gets to the heart of the matter

By Rebecca Lizarraga “The horror,” an iconic line from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” is a phrase that captures the general sentiment of the novella as a whole: horror, darkness and the unspeakable atrocities committed against man by man. Despite this bleak tone especially present in the beginning and the end of novel, Conrad uses […]

Winning speech has a way with words

By Brittany Morrison Nerd. Geek. Dork. These are all things I have been called over the years. But what does it really mean? I say that each term is rather ambiguous, and open to interpretation by anyone. Me? Well I wear these terms proudly. I shop at ThinkGeek and get their catalog. I read articles […]

Foothill dining: Thyme roasted pork tenderloin with balsamic shallot compote

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes Compote: 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 3/4 cups 1/8-inch thick-sliced shallots (about 4 large) 1 garlic clove, cut lengthwise into thin strips 1/2 cup Concord 100 percent grape juice 1/4 cup reduced sodium or organic chicken broth 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 teaspoon dried […]

February 20, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cougarfest is a roaring success

What: Cougarfest Dinner and Dance Who: El Dorado High School Athletic Booster Club Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 11 p.m. Tickets: $35 per person. Must be 21 and over to attend Information: Call 530-622-3634, ext. 1413 or visit edhsboosters.info In 2003, Jeff French and Jim Korsen had […]

Academic Talent Search looking for students

California State University, Sacramento’s Academic Talent Search, a summer program that offers a motivational scholastic environment for fourth- through ninth-graders, is providing information to prospective attendees and their parents. A choice of Saturday-morning exams is offered on campus: Feb. 25, March 3 and March 17. Sign-ups may be done by phone, with a $15 registration […]

Bridal show in CP

CAMERON PARK — The Cameron Park Community Services District is planning plenty for the rest of February. The district has already hosted the second annual Reds, Whites and Jewels show and started up new February classes in all age groups. On Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, the […]

Discover the luck of the Irish at the Divide Gallery

Art on the Divide Gallery announces an exciting event. For each visit made to Art on the Divide Gallery between Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, March 17, visitors will have the opportunity to enter a drawing which will be held on March 17. The winner of the drawing will receive a gift basket containing art […]

‘Lot o’ Shakespeare’ coming to Oak Ridge

In a dazzling display of memorization and characterization, Timothy Mooney has memorized one monologue from every Shakespeare play, capturing the most stirring speeches, the most outrageous situations, and the most sonorous delicious soliloquies ever to emerge from Shakespeare’s pen. Following an appearance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Lot o’ Shakespeare,” a dynamic tour de force […]

Learn about entering the digitized world

Are you experiencing difficulty or are you unsure just how to submit art entries in a digital format? More and more art shows require that artists submit their work as digital files rather than the “real” thing. If the answer to that question is “yes” think about attending the Placerville Arts Association’s monthly meeting on […]

The Haunted Windchimes in concert in Cameron Park

CAMERON PARK — The Haunted Windchimes are appearing in concert on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. The Cameron Park Community Services District is presenting the concert featuring these talented Colorado natives. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are […]

Stepping out: Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. wags the tail

“The noblest of all dogs is the hot dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.” — Laurence J. Peter Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. My friend Russ Salazar and I were continuing our quest for the best, or at least different, hot dog and ended up at Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. at 4355 Town Center […]

Gold Country Bridal Fair puts the icing on the cake

What: Gold Country Bridal Fair Who: GoldCountryWeddings.Net Where: Sequoia, 643 Bee St. in Placerville When: Sunday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10 Information: Chad Stalzer at 530-305-3033 Are wedding bells getting ready to ring? Getting married is an exciting time and can be a little overwhelming. A never-ending list of to dos that includes: […]

Cast goes ‘Hog Wild’ in Placerville

Film crews were busy in El Dorado County for three days filming a movie trailer. Liberty Entertainment Corp, a television production company based in Reno, Nev., filmed the promotional movie trailer “Hog Wild” last weekend at Shadowridge Ranch and the Davies Family Inn in Placerville. Hog Wild Pictures LLC also worked with the entertainment business in […]

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Hunter

Air Force Airman Brandon J. Hunter 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 […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Air Force Airman Kyle L. Koder

Air Force Airman Kyle L. Koder 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 […]

Air Force Airman Brice A. Harmon

Air Force Airman Brice A. Harmon 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 […]

St. Pat’s Day parade unites all cultures

SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations, will all join together to be a part of the 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17. Always a free event, the parade steps off […]