‘Tankborn’ is science fiction dystopia for young adults

Book review Book: “Tankborn” Author: Karen Sandler Publisher: TU Books, 2011, 370 pages Cost: Hardback, $17.95 Ages: 12 and up With “Tankborn,” readers enter a whole new world — one with genetically engineered slaves at the bottom of a rigid caste system of trueborns and  lowborns on a planet with sewer toads and eight-legged rat-snakes. Everyone has […]

Foothill gourmet: Two scrumptious Thanksgiving dinners 1212

We had not one, but two fabulous Thanksgiving dinners. Now, I have new recipes that you can use for future holiday dinners. Read the recipes over and decide, if you want to try them. For me, I’ll be sure to make my sister’s spinach cheese casserole and Ivana’s creamed corn, plus, my favorite — wild […]

Check out the action in Lake Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. — The 10th annual Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. This will feature glimpses from the best action sports films of the year, covering the spectrum of adventure including skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, skating, mountain biking, base jumping and other heart […]

Gold Country Artists present ‘Small Wonders’

Gold Country Artists Gallery is celebrating the Christmas season with its very popular “Small Wonders” show. This special exhibit runs through Jan. 1. In its third year, this display of miniature paintings and other small but masterful artworks produced by the members of the Gold Country Artists Gallery are on display in a gigantic patchwork […]

Mother Lode Friends of Music sponsors competition

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music, has announced the dates of its sixth biennial competition for young musicians. The audition, opened to qualified young musicans,will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek. The competition is open to all young musicians pursuing […]

Eagle Scout Bacchi rebuilds base for historical monument

Forrest Bacchi of Boy Scout Troop 700 of Rescue that is part of the Golden Council Empire, performed his Eagle Scout project in rebuilding the base of the California Historical Monument near the intersection of Green Valley and Deer Valley roads in Rescue. The monument is in front of the Rescue Roadhouse. The original marker was first […]

Tickets now on sale for ‘Wicked’

Tickets for “Wicked,” the most anticipated musical production of the 2011-12 Broadway Sacramento season are now on sale. “Wicked” will make its Sacramento premiere May 23 – June 17, 2012 at the Community Center Theater. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is one Sunday […]

La Raza presents ‘Las Posaditas’

La Raza Galería Posada is bringing another important holiday tradition to Sacramento with a staging of a community posada — “Las Posaditas” — on two consecutive Saturdays, Dec.10 and Dec. 17. The posada is a re-enactment of the biblical story of Joseph and Mary searching for lodging. Volunteer participants will play the parts of Mary, […]

December artist in residence takes a look at de Young

The de Young’s Artist-In-Residence Program presents Genevieve Quick: The Lens Lab, through Dec. 31, in the Kimball Education Gallery. Quick explores the history and wonder of early telescopes, Victorian projectors, photography and space-age satellites. For her residency, Quick invites the public to interact with her hand-fabricated cameras. About the Artist Genevieve Quick is an artist […]

Tia Fuller Quartet performs at Mondavi Center

The Tia Fuller Quartet opens the 2011–12 Capital Public Radio Studio Jazz Series at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. The quartet performs Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Tia Fuller has rapidly proven her creative mettle as a member […]

Celebrate the holidays with the Crocker Art Museum

Celebrate the holidays in a variety of wonderful ways with the Crocker Art Museum. First, the Bel Tempo Ringers, a Sacramento-based hand bell choir, will ring in the season with holiday music at the museum in a family-friendly performance on Sunday, Dec. 18. The concert will start at 3 p.m. Tickets will include museum admission […]

Christmas special at Imagination Theater

Fun costumes, wonderful music, and a delightful theatrical experience is happening at Imagination Theater. The holiday favorite, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is playing at the theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, through Friday, Dec. 23. Based on the beloved and timeless 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and […]

Sac State String Project makes holiday music

Children and music go hand-in-hand at Christmas and when the children are the ones playing the music, it makes for a very memorable evening. California State University, Sacramento’s annual String Project holiday concert will be held in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. The free performance features 75 children ages […]

Weimar Academy shares the joy of Christmas

Music on the Divide joyfully welcomes the voices of the young singers of the Weimar Academy Choir and Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Oddfellows Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown, at 3 p.m. Weimar Academy is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada outside Sacramento and sits on 457 acres as […]

Art demo at Divide gallery

Saturday Demo Days continue at the Art on the Divide Co-op Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 10. The artists invite the public to visit the gallery and see these artists demonstrating their creative process. The Dec. 10 schedule is: at 11 a.m. Jane Stipovich will demonstrate her techniques for charcoal sketching; at 1 p.m. Barbara Gerard-Mitchell will demonstrate […]

Celebrate Christmas in Coloma

Get a glimpse of what winter and Christmas were like for those living in El Dorado County in the 1850s at Christmas in Coloma on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Get away from the hectic pace of today and join the docents and volunteers as […]

Winter Craft Fair at Bayley House Barn

Come do last-minute holiday shopping, browsing through locally made crafts, sharing some warm food and drink and seasonal music, as well as the warmth of the season and community togetherness at the Friends of the Bayley House Winter Craft Fair. Vendors can still make reservations for the craft fair which will be Saturday, Dec. 10, […]

Stepping out: Zac Jack Bistro offers good food and service

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” — Adelle Davis Zac Jack Bistro — Everyday gourmet cuisine Back in July chef John Evans, co-owner and chef at Zachary Jacques Country French Cuisine near Diamond Springs, opened Zac […]

Play celebrates the season

Kick your Christmas spirit into high gear with a joyful presentation of “Hotel Bethlehem” by the Federated Church children’s choirs. The enchanting presentation is Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville. In this musical journey, the […]

Santa takes time to visit Cameron Park

CAMERON PARK — Utility 89 is a fire truck that children and neighbors enjoy seeing at this time of year. The engine from the Cameron Park Fire Department is used to pull the sleigh for Santa Claus as he parades through the Cameron Park neighborhoods. Santa hands out candy canes and is available for photos […]

Pastel Society presents a beautiful gift for the holidays

The Sierra Pastel Society is presenting its Winter Membership show at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 7. Artists participating in the Sierra Pastel Society’s Winter Membership Show in Placerville were awarded ribbons this week. Carolyn Thompson of Reno, Nev. was awarded Best of Show for her […]

Donations needed for Pollock Pines dinner

The 18th annual free Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. This will be a traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, fresh salads and vegetables, and an assortment of desserts to top off the dining experience. The dinner is sponsored […]

Learn about African violets at Master Gardener class

Now is the time most gardeners move indoors but many still want to continue growing things. Join Master Gardener Julianne Melchor for a presentation on how to plant and care for the many varieties of African violets and other house plant selections on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free class is […]

At a glance: Get up early for the eclipse

Be sure to get up extra early on Saturday, Dec. 10, to see a total eclipse of the Moon. The Pacific side of North America is in a good viewing zone. The action starts around 4:45 a.m. PST with the full point at 6:05 a.m. PST. The Moon will be a bright red at this […]

As we were: Memories of Dec. 7

25 Years ago Dec. 6, 1986 Repairman sprang into action By PAT LAKEY Twenty-nine-year-old Don Van Blaricom watched in disbelief as the Japanese dropped a bomb on the U.S.S. Arizona, resulting in an explosion that shook the Sunday morning air 45 years ago. “I already had been alerted by a guy who woke me up […]

Students wanted for poetry contest

El Dorado County high school students are invited to take part in a poetry contest. El Dorado County adults are invited to be a judge for the poetry contest that will be held in January 2012. Poetry Out Loud will be holding a national competition at the high school level that encourages memorization and recitation […]

Food bank announces Holiday Outreach schedule

The Food Bank of El Dorado County has announced details for its 2011 Holiday Outreach event. This annual outreach provides the fresh resources for a complete holiday meal to over 1,000 families in El Dorado County who may otherwise go without during the holiday season. The 2011 Holiday Outreach presented by the Food Bank of […]

Grow For It! Caring for poinsettias

Nothing says the holidays like a beautiful poinsettia, known botanically as Euphorbia pulcherrima. Poinsettias are natives of Mexico and Central America. They were first brought to the U.S. in the 1820s by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico. The plants bear his name today; certainly easier to say than their Aztec name […]

Master Food Preservers: Christmas list for home food preservers

What to get, what to get. Dad needs a tie. Check. Daughter needs a new bike. Check. Son needs some skates. Check. How about a new car for Mom? Check. But what should be on the list for the home food preserver? Well, for those who do not know the difference between a thermometer and […]

Creative choreography incorporates props

There will be more than Sugar Plums dancing as the Union Mine High School dance department presents “Props II.” After four months of hard work, the students will present the annual fall production on Thursday, Dec. 8; Friday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 10. “Props II” is the second show in which every piece of […]

Sierra Pastel Society art show opens

The Sierra Pastel Society invites the public to attend its Winter Member Show at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, from Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 7. The Society anticipates a show of approximately 60 paintings, all of which will be for sale. The gallery is open Tuesday […]

Cantare concert is full of holiday spirit

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills presents “This Shining Night” a holiday concert sure to get everyone in the spirit of Christmas. Inspired by Samuel Barber’s “Sure on This Shining Night” the 20th annual holiday concert will feature all the traditional treats including “Ave Maria,” “Gesu Bambino” and “The Christmas Lullaby” along with a selection […]

On Duty Jake W. Nerwinski

Air Force Airman Jake W. Nerwinski 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 […]

On Duty Nicholas D. Madsen

Air Force Airman Nicholas D. Madsen 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 […]

On Duty Christopher R. Fitchett

Air Force Airman Christopher R. Fitchett 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 […]

Heavenly news: Venus, the Evening Star

The bright “Evening Star” that is in the western sky shortly after sunset is actually Earth’s sister planet, Venus. Named after the Roman goddess of love, Venus is the second planet in our solar system and it orbits the Sun every 224.7 Earth days. It is the brightest natural object in the sky, except for […]

‘Buckeye’s Best’ showcases young talent

For one night only 43 of the finest young acts El Dorado County has to offer will perform on one stage — all in the name of education. “It’s pretty awesome and the quality … they’ll blow your socks off,” said Theresa Miller, the show’s producer. “Buckeye’s Best,” a talent show featuring about 120 children […]

Wedding Mandy and Robert Gough

Mandy Barraque and Robert Gough, both from Pollock Pines, were married on Friday Nov.4. The bride is the daughter of Lewis and Stacy Barraque of Placerville. The groom is the nephew of James and Corrie Dunlap of Pollock Pines. The wedding was held at the American River Resort in Coloma, alongside the American River. William […]

Wedding Erin and Matthew Montgomery

Nancy Erin Comer of San Diego and Matthew Sheldon Montgomery of Shingle Springs were married on Saturday, March 19. The bride is the daughter of William M. Jr. and Nancy Comer of San Diego, formerly of Union, S.C. She is the granddaughter of Jackson and Betty Rash of Union, S.C., and the late William Marshall Sr. and […]

Broadway Christmas helps Toys for Tots

The cast and crew of Sac State’s, “A Broadway Christmas,” are extending their Christmas spirit well beyond the proverbial footlights of the University Theatre and helping to make it a brighter holiday for children throughout the community. The holiday review filled with dancing and singing has partnered with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots drive […]

Annual film fest comes to Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — The 10th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival offers gnarly footage as “all-risk” describes the fast paced, high energy series of extreme sports short films that premiere Saturday, Dec. 10 at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa (laketahoefilmfestival.com). Lake Tahoe, recognized as a breeding ground for elite athletes and year-round adventurers, is […]

Master and student demonstrate techniques

Iron Willow Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville, will be hosting two well-known artists Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. in a special presentation of their collective works from a recent five-day workshop held in Cambria, along the central coast of California. Visit the gallery for the unveiling of the new […]

Celebrate the repeal of prohibition at the Cozmic

On Monday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., four local wineries, Boeger, David Girard, Gold Hill and Wofford Acres, will be holding the fifth annual party celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 as a fundraiser for Mother Lode Rehabiliation Enterprises Inc. This year the party will be at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main […]

It will be magical in Markleeville

The tiny town of Markleeville will be alive with the magic of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4. Bring the children, friends, family and the camera. Plan to arrive around 11 a.m. and stay through the afternoon. The fair ends at 4 p.m. Check in at the chamber of commerce for a free walking map of […]

Sac State exhibit highlights women at war

Artwork, photography and memorabilia illustrate “Women and War: Reflections and Portraits,” an exhibit running Dec. 5 to 16, on the second floor of the University Union Gallery at California State University, Sacramento. Sponsored by Sacramento State’s Veterans Success Center and Women’s Resource Center, the exhibit highlights the experiences of women in war, ranging from those […]