Author to sign books in Coloma

Children who have or would like to read “Zack and the Vaolidators: Good as Gold” will have a chance to meet the author of the book in Coloma. Wayne Hunt, author, will read some of the tales and sing some songs during the book signing that will take place at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic […]

Vierra makes dean’s list

Placerville’s Austin J. Vierra, 2008 Ponderosa High School graduate, is enjoying his senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Vierra made the dean’s honor roll and was named to the Laureate Society for the 2011 fall semester. His 3.9 grade point average qualified him for the academic honors. He is majoring in international business and […]

Forest Forum launches youngest member to university

Union Mine High School graduate Elizabeth “Liz” Bailey is the youngest member of the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum. She has been warmly welcomed and encouraged to pursue a career in forestry. Some things have not changed since the Forest Forum was organized in November 1941. In a manuscript donated to the University of California, Berkeley, […]

Placerville Coffee Depot to celebrate grand opening

The Placerville Coffee Depot, 70 Main St. in Placerville, will be celebrating its grand opening on Friday, Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Customers are invited to drive -through, visit the walk up window or come in the new business. The Coffee Depot’s hours will be 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. and there […]

Hard work pays off

From the quiet hills of Camino to the bustling activity of Los Angeles, Justin Nizer, 27, has experienced it all. With hours of hard work and dedication, Nizer has achieved a life that revolves around his biggest passions: music and film. After graduating from El Dorado High School in 2002, this former Camino resident attended […]

Book characters look for what is real

Book review Book: “The Gentlemen’s Sport and Social Club” Author: Joseph E. Petterle Publisher: Langdon Street Press, Aug. 15, 2011, 236 pages Cost: $19.95 hardcover, $9.99 e-book version When John retires to a mountain cabin after a tumultuous corporate life, he expects peace and quiet — and he gets what he asked for. Just as solitude is beginning to […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Grow For It! A new look at fire season

Another myth up in smoke. If you are like most foothill residents, you have probably believed that wildfire season was just that — a season — as in, generally, summer and early fall. You probably assumed that once rainy weather came and snow closed roads in the Sierra, the fire danger was over. Not this […]

As we were: Supervisors appoint representatives

25 Years ago Jan. 9, 1987 Visman takes seat on SOFAR board By MIKE PULLY El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sweeney rapped his gavel at Tuesday’s board meeting and called into session the El Dorado County Water Agency to appoint new Supervisor Mike Visman to the SOFAR Management Authority. Visman will replace retired […]

At a glance: Step to the plate

The American League adopted the designated hitter rule on this date in 1973. This is where a hitter may be appointed to bat for the starting pitcher and relievers in any game. The designated hitter for the pitcher needs to be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards. Since […]

Wanted: CASA needs a few good men

Reid Briggs had worked with children most of his life. The 60 year-old Briggs worked as an administrator, teacher and athletic director at El Dorado High School. Retiring from the field a year and a half ago, Briggs is self-employed in the furniture business. He also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Opportunity and […]

Foothill gourmet: New Year recipes

Welcome to the new year and a full column of savory snack recipes excellent for creating a festive feeling to any occasion. Recipe ingredients are available at the supermarket and require little or no cooking. Garlic-herb dip — Halve three heads garlic crosswise. Place in an oven safe dish. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in […]

Church to host foreclosure seminar for county residents

In the last five years, many El Dorado County residents have been losing their homes to foreclosures for various reasons. Green Valley Community Church, located at 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, has a church member from its congregation who wants to help people who are or aren’t members of the church. On Monday, Jan. 9, […]

Learn proper rose pruning techniques

Join Master Gardeners Julianne Melchor and Eve Keener as they present a class on proper pruning of roses on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. The proper tools to use will be covered as well as the right time of year to prune. Different techniques for various rose varieties will also be covered […]

Master Gardeners present pruning class

Master Gardener Walt Miller will present information on good pruning practices to keep trees healthy and under control on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proper pruning leads to more fruit production. Hands-on demonstrations using the proper tools will also be a part of the presentation. The free class will be at the […]

Wellness meeting on tap

The next Wellness Discussion Group meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 11, upstairs at the Placerville Co-Op — formerly known as Noah’s Oak — at 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The group meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Dr. June Scofield, DC, and Dan Ferrier, nutritionist and physical trainer who will share easy steps for […]

Classic tales come to IT

The classic tales, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” will delight audiences at Imagination Theater this February with eleven performances. These family friendly tales run only two weeks between Feb. 5 and 12, with show dates on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays, at […]

Epicurean treats await in El Dorado County

Expanding on the success of last year, the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority is again honoring January, “California Restaurant Month,” with the El Dorado Epicurean, a week long celebration of local cuisine from Jan. 22 to 29. The grand finale, an extraordinary county-wide progressive dinner for culinary adventurers, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. […]

Dead Winter Carpenters build fan base in Placerville

The super talented Dead Winter Carpenters are coming to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville on Saturday, Jan 7, at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Dead Winter Carpenters represents everything the American west stands for. The band seamlessly blends Americana with roots rock and a […]

Featured artist David Blonski knows math

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “featured artist” series with the work of David Blonski. Blonski’s art and music will be featured in the gallery for the month of January, and the public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Come meet […]

Clay demonstrations begin at Iron Willow Gallery and Studio

Starting Friday, Jan. 6, Tom Tankersley will begin weekly demonstrations on how to use his newly developed, non-firing clay product at Iron Willow Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville. He will be in the studio on Fridays and Saturdays almost every week working on his current projects and the public is invited to […]

Stepping out: There’s good food at PJ’s Roadhouse

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” — Miss Piggy PJ’s Roadhouse My editor left a menu and a note in my mailbox pointing out that PJ’s Roadhouse, which is located at 5641 […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Pop-up Lunch Break at SFMONA

On Friday, Jan. 6, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will transform into a neighborhood lunch break room to celebrate the final weeks of “Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break,” an exhibition that contemplates workers’ activities during their lunch breaks through film, photography and writing. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Schwab Room […]

It will be ‘Snowcial’ at Heavenly Resort’s winter festival

 The worlds of digital storytelling, snowsports and technology will converge at Heavenly Mountain Resort Jan. 18 to 21, for the fourth annual Tahoe Snowcial, a one-of-a-kind winter festival that celebrates the global community who live their passion on the snow and telling their stories online. Connecting the connected snowsports enthusiasts since 2008, the annual Tahoe […]

Imagination Theater to hold auditions for ‘The Secret Garden’

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce auditions for the musical, “The Secret Garden,” directed by Lorrene Baum-Davis. Auditions will take place at Imagination Theater, Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with call backs on Sunday, April 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnet,”The Secret Garden” […]

Jenn Rogar and the Adorables performing with Hickory Wind at Cozmic Café

Local band Hickory Wind will be jamming with Sacramento artist Jenn Rogar and the Adorables at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $7. Rogar has been playing since 1997 in and around Sacramento at coffee houses, restaurants, clubs, second Saturday events, […]

Tibetan Buddhist monks to visit Placerville

For the 12th year in a row, the foothills welcome the Gaden Shartse monastery monks. This year the Venerable Geshe Phuntsok Gyaltsen will be visiting Placerville on Jan. 11 to 14. Geshe Gealtsen was born in Dekhung, Tibet in 1937. At the age of 11 he was ordained as a monk in Gaden Shartse Norling […]

County wineries to bring out the barrels

The El Dorado Winery Association (EDWA) invites the public to hunt for a favorite wine during its annual Bring Out the Barrel event on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, 29. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Bring Out the Barrel is a self-guided tour of 27 wineries nestled […]

CPCSD presents Joni Morris in Patsy Cline tribute

Patsy Cline was a legend in her own time and her lights have not faded. She is more popular now than ever before with her heart-breaking melodies of love lost. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Cameron Park Community Services District will present Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band as Morris pays her own special tribute to the queen […]

Grow For It! Get the gardening bug in 2012

Remember those gardening resolutions from just a few days ago? Whether the goal is to grow more, grow it better or grow it beautifully, the El Dorado County Master Gardeners has lots of information and guidance on ways to achieve this. The Master Gardeners are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Friday, 9 […]

Teen chefs can cook up scholarships

Creative and love to cook, here’s a chance to turn that combination into an opportunity to create your own tomorrow with a culinary education. It could start with a tuition scholarship to the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California in Sacramento. The Art Institutes’ Best Teen Chef Competition, now in its 13th […]

Heavenly Mountain Resort helps non-profits with grants

Heavenly Mountain Resort announced that 47 local non-profit organizations will receive cash grants and in-kind donations for the 2011-12 season through the Vail Resorts Echo program. “We are very proud to be able to give back to the local communities where our employees live, work and recreate. These local non-profits should be recognized and rewarded […]

Almond Festival 2012 is set for March

The Capay Valley Almond Festival began in 1915 and has been a Northern California tradition. The only five-town event in Northern California, the festival is a showcase of the Esparto/Capay Valley Region. It began in the fall after the harvest and moved years later to the spring, in order to show off the lovely blossoms. […]

At a glance: Make a wish upon a star

The new year is always exciting and to keep the momentum on a positive note there will be “stars” for making wishes upon. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The people in the eastern part of the United States get the best show with about 50 to 100 “shooting stars” an hour […]

As we were: What’s in a name?

25 Years ago Jan. 2, 1987 EID attempts name change to EDH Water District By MIKE PULLY After starting 1986 off by attempting to change its own name, the El Dorado Irrigation District recently considered it might have better luck at changing the name of another local agency, the El Dorado Hills County Water District. Ironically, […]

Students find new skills in New Arenas

“Pick out a horse that reminds you of you.” Pam Stoddard, director and founder of New Arenas, stands near the gate of Henningsen Pavillion at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville and instructs four people to follow these directions. The members of the group walk toward the three horses in the arena, trying to decide which horse […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Schnell fourth graders are awed by Yosemite

“Awesome.” That word is used by kids everyday, all the time. But recently, a group of Placerville fourth grade students used it with more than the usual emphasis, because most of them were seeing Yosemite Valley for the first time. In California public schools, the focus of the fourth grade curriculum is on California. What […]

Just breathe: Yoga instructor Donna Rixmann takes a gentle approach

EL DORADO HILLS — Donna Rixmann didn’t know what to expect when a friend invited her to a yoga class several years ago. But she knew exactly how great she felt when it ended. “I had no idea how stressed out I had been until I opened my eyes and realized the sky was a […]

Master Food Preservers: Peas for luck

Snow peas, southern peas, field peas or black-eyed peas; whatever name these go by, good luck is sure to follow whoever eats some after the start of the new year. Almost all cultures throughout the world follow acquired rituals to ring in the new year, and Americans developed the tradition of eating black-eyed peas to […]

Straight Line Roofing event puts meals on the table

Straight Line Roofing and Construction recently hosted its fifth annual Thanks and Giving Customer Appreciation Party at the Cameron Park Community Services District. This annual event is something area residents including customers and employees of Straight Line Roofing look forward to every year. Everyone has an opportunity to gather for holiday cheer and raise funds […]

Open house to preview travel for seniors

The Placerville Senior Center will be hosting an open house preview at the Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville, on Friday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The open house will feature the upcoming All-West motor coach tours. Stop by and find out about the senior center’s tours for 2012-daytrips, overnights and three […]

A very appy new year

By R. Shalendra Come on, you’ve all had that thought, “If I only had the time I’d _______.” What? What would you do if you only had the time? As a husband, father, and businessman I know how easy it is to make the excuse that you’re too busy to chase personal goals. Life gets […]

Master Gardener class to teach good pruning

Local professional gardener Walt Miller will present information on good pruning practices to keep trees healthy and under control. The pruning and remedial pruning of deciduous fruit trees will take place Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville, starting at 9 a.m. Proper pruning leads to more fruit production. Hands-on […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — The hunter rising

The year of 2012 initiates a series of Heavenly News articles entitled “Dance of the Constellations.” The series starts with the chilly evenings of January that herald the arrival of the winter constellations rising above the eastern horizon. One of the most recognizable of these constellations is Orion, the hunter. Orion is easily found by […]

‘Cult of Beauty’ is showing at the Legion of Honor

“”The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900″ is showing at the Legion of Honor. It is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact […]

Harris deployed to Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Charles Douglas Harris was deployed to Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 16. The son of Charles and Lisa Harris of Somerset is assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat unit 2nd infantry division out of Joint Base Lewis in McChord, Wash. The private first class has been with the division since graduating from basic […]