Oak Ridge High School 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Bill Cao, valedictorian Career goal: I’m interested in a career with research involved. I might become a professor after I get my Ph.D. Off to college: I’ll be studying bio-engineering at UC Berkeley, maybe minoring in computer science. High school nostalgia: I’ll miss the intimacy of this place compared to (what I expect at) UC […]

Salon owner raising cancer awareness

What: Cancer awareness fundraiser Who: Kristina Bandy-Hensel Where: Serenity Salon, 4058 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Admission is free Information: Contact Kristina Bandy-Hensel at 530-626-1503 or e-mail [email protected] SHINGLE SPRINGS — Kristina Bandy-Hensel reflects on the healthy lifestyle of her late husband James Hensel DC. […]

At a glance: May Moon

This is a really good year for sky watching and another big event is happening on Sunday, May 20. It is an annular eclipse. This is where the Moon eclipses the Sun and makes an annulus or ring of fire around the Moon because it does not completely cover the Sun. The peak coverage is […]

As we were: More wineries are opening

25 Years ago May 15, 1987 Two wineries open Saturday By KURT DAVIS Two wineries are scheduled to celebrate grand openings this weekend, bringing to 11 the number of wineries in the county. Wolterbeek-Westwood Winery in Shingle Springs and Lava Cap Winery near Camino are marking the opening of their tasting rooms this weekend with music, […]

Harper is enjoying her reign as Rose

With unbridled enthusiasm, Mary Ann Harper accepted the sash of El Dorado Rose 2011-12 last June. Her cheery countenance, offset by lovely pastel colors and a signature hat, was diffused with joy when her reign was announced. Tears of happiness competed with Harper’s kind, ever-ready smile as the royal recognition was presented during the Rose […]

Golden Sierra High School 2012 Valedictorians

Kyle Cerniglia, valedictorian Career goal: Orthopedic surgeon Off to college: University of Nevada, Reno High school nostalgia: I’ll miss my friends. Where I see myself in 10 years: In the middle of my residency. MaryAnn Haynie, valedictorian Career goal: Child psychologist Off to college: Emory University High school nostalgia: I’ll miss my friends and ROP […]

Curves participates in women’s health week

Curves of Placerville will give a free 30-day membership to any non-member who visits the club during regular operating hours throughout National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19. This annual awareness week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, begins each year on Mother’s Day and brings together communities, […]

String Project celebrates spring with concert

They’re young and they’re dedicated. String Project musicians will present their annual free spring concert Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the California State University, Sacramento Music Recital Hall. The String Project provides affordable group and individual violin and cello lessons to young people from third grade on up. Sacramento State music students provide […]

George Cole and Eurocana appearing in Sutter Creek

George Cole and Eurocana will be on Capitol Public Radio’s “Insight” program with host Beth Ruyak for a live performance and interview on Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Cole and Eurocana are excited to give the Sacramento listening audience a preview of their upcoming Saturday, May 19 show at the Sutter Creek Theatre at […]

Shop and buy for a cause at the Peddler’s Fair

What: Shingle Springs Community Center Peddler’s Fair Who: Shingle Springs Community Center Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Sunday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Admission to the fair is free. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. will be $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12; children under […]

Four paws up for the Dog-A-Thon

Pooches parade in Placerville What: 18th annual Dog-A-Thon Who: El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired and Mother Lode, El Dorado Hills and Pioneer Lions clubs Where: Louisiana Schnell School, 2871 Schnell School Road in Placerville When: Saturday, May 19, 8 to 11 a.m. Cost: Registration is $10 Information: Call 530-626-8279 or 530-626-6715 Walk your dog for a good cause. […]

Foothill gourmet: Spinach is a favorite

Mention the words a la Florentine and you immediately have my attention. The French phrase translates as “in the style of Florence,” and refers to dishes that are accented with spinach. When the entrée features fish, as well as spinach, it’s usually enrobed with Mornay sauce, sprinkled with cheese, and browned in the oven. In […]

Grow For It! Lavender

Imagine sitting in a Mediterranean garden — the sun on your face and the scent of lavender filling the air. You only have to inhale the perfume fragrance of lavender to become a lover. Lavender evokes calm and awakens the senses. Its lovely fragrance, its drought tolerance, its ability to grow in sunny, rocky habitats […]

Folsom art show at Three Stages

Folsom Arts Association is holding its annual membership show in the beautiful Bank of America sponsored art gallery at Three Stages, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. The  show featuring work by 40 members will be on display through July 1. There will be a reception on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. Gallery […]

Entertaining Ideas: May 11, 2012

Art The ninth annual Loomis Art Loop Mother’s Day weekend open studio tour is May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and map got to loomisartloop.com. Music Durango’s Mexican Restaurant, 263 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is featuring Eric Hill and Jonny Mojo on Taco Tuesdays during May except May 22. […]

EDMT announces auditions

El Dorado Musical Theatre will audition for “Honk! Jr., The Ugly Duckling Musical” on Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. Honk! Jr. is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story “The […]

Audition notice for ‘Girl Talk’

Female actors between the ages of 15 and 19 who feel comfortable relating to middle-school age girls are invited to audition for a play. The short play, “Girls Talk,” will tour El Dorado County middle schools in the fall of 2012 as part of the Because You’re Special outreach program. The audition is Monday, May […]

Holy Trinity to serve brunch

The Knights of Columbus are serving Mother’s Day Brunch at Holy Trinity Parish social center, 3111 Tierra De Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills, on Sunday, May 13. The menu includes a ham and roast turkey carving station, omelets prepared to order, French toast, eggs Benedict, potatoes O’Brien, eggs, sausage, strawberries, fruit, assorted pastries and a […]

You be the jury

Charter Home Study Academy will be performing its play “Big Bad” on Thursday, May 10. The public is invited to enjoy this comical courtroom drama as Ms. Fairy Godmother and Ms. Evil Stepmother duke it out in the courtroom, for what will surely be the trial of the century. Will Mr. Big B. Wolf be […]

Curt Yagi to play at the Wine Smith

Not only was he once voted the Best of the Bay Singer Songwriter by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, but legendary music journalist Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone said, “People keep comparing him to other artists, but I think he just sounds like Curt Yagi and that is plenty good enough. This […]

Wild photos at the Cozmic Café

“Underfoot: Traverse Creek Preserve” is the first part of a two part exhibition of photographs of El Dorado County native wildflowers presented by Tripp Mikich in the stairwell gallery at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, through May 17. The second part of the exhibition, featuring additional native wildflower photos from areas through […]

Stepping out: Cuppa Coffee and More has more

“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of a man than the discovery of a star.” — Anthelme Brillat-Savarin   More wanderings Jessie’s Café One and one-half miles through our weekday 3 mile walk, we circle the businesses at the corner of Pleasant Valley and Oak Hill roads. The one business […]

Gwyneth and Monko return to Cozmic Café

Indie folk duo, Gwyneth and Monko will not only grace the stage at The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, May 11, but they’ll be gracing the airwaves as well. Fans can catch Gwyneth and Monko’s rich combination of acoustic folk and indie rock on KVMR at 10:30 a.m. and then spend […]

A cause for good health

The public is invited to learn about community classes for healing and movement arts education at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a community arts celebration — “Cause for the Coz.” The admission to this community arts celebration is free and will offer […]

Sip, taste and have fun at the west end of Placerville

What: West End Sip and Taste Who: Winterhill, Dedrick’s Cheese, Z Pie, Heyday Café, Zia’s, Synapse Wines and Metal Dragonfly Where: West end of Main Street in Placerville When: Wednesday, May 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Tickets cannot be purchased the day of the event […]

A family affair to celebrate Mother’s Day

The ninth annual El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affair will be held Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12 and 13 in the Town Center, El Dorado Hills. The event presenters for 2012 are again the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club and the El Dorado Arts Council. More than […]

‘Colours’ are shining

Union Mine High School dance department’s spring production “Colours” runs through Saturday, May 12 at the Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado “Colours” features original choreography by Union Mine dance students and alumni. “As the students began to look for songs that incorporated color, they found the search more challenging than […]

Mother’s Day art to warm the heart

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery presents Crissten Raintree as its featured artist for the month of May. Known for her detailed and precisely rendered hummingbird, butterflies, honeybees, flowers and fruit, Raintree specializes in realistic portrayals of nature. She works primarily in transparent watercolor and occasionally in colored pencil, ink, graphite and fluid acrylic. It […]

Community invited to view student art

The community is invited to enjoy a show presented by Folsom Lake College’s art department. The art show is at the Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. The annual Student Art Show is hanging the Bank of America Gallery at Three Stages until Sunday, May 13. Admission is free on weekdays. There is a […]

Union Mine High School 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Sequoia Williams, valedictorian Career goal: I want to combine my interests in a career which engages me in an outdoor environment and allows me to give back to my community and the world. Off to college: I am enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. High school nostalgia: I will miss the fantastic […]

Pines at Placerville making changes

The Pines at Placerville Healthcare Center, formally known as Placerville Pines, is in the midst of a rebirth, so to speak. Not only has The Pines undergone a name change, but they are now owned by Plum Healthcare, a servicing company that owns 49 additional skilled nursing facilities in California, Utah and Arizona. The Pines […]

Limited time offer for VIP seating at SummerFest

For a limited time, VIP season passes are available for the inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest, (tahoesummerfest.org) a series of classical music concerts. This transferable VIP season pass includes exclusive seating to all nine performances over the first three weekends of August; after-concert receptions with Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Joel Revzen, and the orchestra; and […]

At a glance: Appreciate a teacher

Wednesday, May 9 is the Day of the Teacher. It would be nice to send a thank you note to a teacher or teachers that you remember and tell them how much you appreciated their mentoring. Just be sure to spell the words correctly and use correct puncheon. Pizza night The Ponderosa Sober Grad Committee […]

Grow For It! No more leathery tomatoes

It will soon be time for vegetables to go in the ground. For most home gardeners, this means tomatoes, because few vegetables delight more than a vine ripened tomato. One of the most common questions we get about tomatoes involves fruit with a brown or black leathery bottom. If only the bottom of the fruit […]

Community Concert Association seeks members

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, will hold its annual membership drive, beginning Tuesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 19 at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The El Dorado County Community Concert Association has been bringing world-class, […]

India Jazz Suite interplays Kathak and tap at Three Stages

Imagine a tap dancer in shiny black shoes with big metal taps on the heels and toes going through his patterns backstage before a performance. He’s concentrating on his variations. Slowly, he becomes aware of an echo of his rhythms, a perfect repeat of his moves. Pulling back a curtain, he sees a man with […]

Union Mine High School 2012 graduates

Dustin Allred, Conrad Allshouse, Mason Anderson, Sean Anderson, Ciara Atchley, Gabriella Aveni, Justin Baer, Gabino Bahena, Elizabeth Bailey, Neftali Baron, Graham Bennett, Madison Berridge, Brendan Blockus, Christopher Bol, Chelsey Bold, Jay Bonner, Jenna Boss, Louke Bourgeois, Boone Bragdon, Violet Brown, Raymond Burgess, Thomas Callonea, Stephen Canada, Anna Canales, Rebecca Carey, Narcisco Carrillo, Haley Caruthers, Melissa Charter, […]

Vaulters are head over heals for sport

Imagine running alongside a 1,200 hundred pound trotting horse. Reaching for a surcingle strap handle, you scramble onto the animal’s broad back as it moves in a circle like a snorting, muscular locomotive. Perched on his massive shoulders, you find your perfect balance and begin executing the six compulsory movements of all equestrian vaulting, then, […]

As we were: Lions clubs win awards

25 Years ago May 8, 1987 Local clubs, members receive awards at annual convention By JOY HAESSLER Five El Dorado County Lions and Lioness members took top awards at the 30th annual Lions Club Convention for District 4-C5 did last weekend at Palo Alto. Theme of this year’s event was Hollywood USA.”… El Dorado County clubs […]

Future Chefs’ winning recipe

Jack Aadnesen and Shea Clark Spain 
Ham wrapped potatoes 6 fingerling potatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 slices Serrano ham, prosciutto, pancetta or bacon Kosher salt Place potatoes in a medium pot with a generous amount of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until just tender. Remove from water and allow to cool. Once […]

Looking for help in all the right or wrong places

Linda got a telephone call late one night from her father. The call worried her because her dad seldom called and this time, he was calling because her mother was in the hospital once again. Her dad reminded Linda forcefully that they weren’t moving. They wanted to continue living at home but Linda knew they […]

Oak Ridge students get a taste of success

Vanilla ice cream in a caramel lattice cup topped with a cinnamon tortilla chip won the judges’ votes at the third annual Trojan Iron Chef Competition. Oak Ridge High School juniors Mishelle Eberhard, 17, and Angelina Truscelli, 17, earned top honors with this delicious creation, paired with their homemade salsa and tortilla chips and steak […]

Heavenly news: Annular solar eclipse this month

On Sunday afternoon May 20, Northern Californians will have an opportunity to watch the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun. How cool is that? A solar eclipse occurs whenever the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and casts its shadow. When the three bodies align precisely, observers along a narrow band […]

Future chefs cook up winning recipes

In front of an audience filled with supportive relatives and friends future chefs got things cooking at the 10th annual culinary competition presented by the Future Chefs Foundation of El Dorado County. The theme for this year’s challenge was “A Tour of the Mediterranean” and each of the four teams selected a country to inspire […]

Entertaining ideas, May 4, 2012

Art PLACERVILLE Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St., May 7 through June 3, is featuring the outstanding photography of Paul Cockrell. The gallery is also featuring the elegant jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com. El Dorado Arts Council’s […]