But you can never leave: MORE boutique store has more

It was entirely appropriate that the Eagles’ “Hotel California” was playing through the sound system at the Something MORE Boutique on Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Because (with apologies to Glenn Frey and Don Henley) you can check out anything you like and if you had your way, you would never leave. Just try to […]

Rubik’s Cube is no puzzle for Speed Cuber

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

Skydiving great-grandma takes a giant leap

Proving that age is no barrier to an adventurous spirit, Placerville resident Ida-May Hicks and her son Mark celebrated their birthdays by skydiving together on July 25. A great-grandmother who turned 85 on Aug. 2, Hicks’ son was also facing a milestone birthday as he turned 60 five days earlier. “My son and I are kind of daredevils … […]

Quality child care matters to the community

  High 5 for Quality in El Dorado County is one of 17 model California counties in the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge quality improvement program, offered through First 5 El Dorado Commission, the Early Care and Education Planning Council and the California Department of Education. This program invests in quality child […]

At a glance: A base to stand on

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty pedestal was laid on Aug. 5, 1884 on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor. The gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, with the frame work designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, would be dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. “Liberty Enlightening the World” still […]

Master Food Preservers: Tons of Tomatoes and Zillions of Zucchinis

Do neighbors pull down their window shades pretending they are not home when they see you coming up the driveway bearing bags of tomatoes and zucchinis? Were your plants so wonderfully productive this season that even the moles, raccoons, skunks and deer didn’t finish them off? Great — the UCCE Master Food Preservers and Master […]

Grow For It!: Plant an herb or veggie garden

Looking for ideas for starting and maintaining an herb or vegetable garden? Well, the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County have a deal for you. Perched in the Sherwood Demonstration Garden at the El Dorado Center, Folsom Lake College, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, is an herb and vegetable garden constructed by Master Gardeners […]

Series to explore tenets of Islam

Lessons on Islam: A Mutual Exploration is being presented at the El Dorado Baha’i Center, 484 Pleasant Valley, Suite 6, in Diamond Springs, starting on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Facilitators are Brandon Gagliardo and Linn Williamson. This six-part series, which meets once monthly, will be a respectful and mutual exploration into the basic tenets of Islam, to […]

DKGamma presents awards

Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, local chapter Epsilon Chi, completed a busy year by awarding scholarships and recognizing member achievements that focus on the international goal to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators. The $300 Edna Miller Continuing Education scholarships were awarded to Mary Ferrill, Behnaz Gangursky and […]

Artists show works at luncheon

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, Aug. 10 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Cost is $18. The featured presentation is Artists of the Gold Country. Gold country artists, Anca Statescu and Lisa Aikenhead will display some […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in the community of Pollock Pines with its mobile food pantry on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 10-11 a.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. If you are struggling to make ends meet, […]

As we were: Book sparks interest

25 Years ago Aug. 3, 1990 First edition of book about one room school is now available Since June, one-third of the first edition of “Mother Lode of Learning: One Room Schools of El Dorado County” has been sold. Interest, in this cultural history book, is high due to the nature of the material ie., our […]

Where’s the party? Right here …

National Night Out parties that will be celebrated in Placerville, besides the “big four” mentioned in the related article, will include 16 neighborhoods where attendees will enjoy free hot dogs and other goodies. Local law enforcement officers and Search and Rescue and fire personnel will try to visit as many locales as possible Tuesday evening, […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate rum

With the warm-weather days flying by, squeeze every last drop out of summer by celebrating National Rum Day on Aug. 16 and National Rum Punch Day on Sept. 20 with Caliche, the aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making. Masterfully blended by Roberto Serralles, a sixth-generation rum maker, Caliche Rum is a versatile […]

National Night Out — no bad guys allowed

You can tell looking at the faces in a crowd that sometimes when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, perhaps not every word is sinking in with the meaning it truly deserves. Maybe if you heard from an 11-year-old just how she feels about the venerable pledge of freedom it would have a bit more […]

Take a musical journey at SummerFest

Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s fourth season, “Passport to a World of Music,” will bring the world of music to Tahoe through Aug. 16. Special guest artists during the following weekends feature international guitarist Ana Vidovic on Aug. 7-9, and cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet and music director of the English Chamber Orchestra (UK) for […]

Things to do: July 31, 2015

ONGOING Banners on Parade art project will display artistically decorated banners on the light poles along Main Street in Placerville to Oct. 17 This is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in downtown Placerville. The banners will be for sale at a silent auction at the October 2015 […]

New dance studio leaps onto scene

There’s a new dance studio in town and its founder and artistic director Bianca Wilde can’t wait to open its doors at a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 8. Wilde, 25, a Cameron Park resident, graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2008 before being accepted into Brigham Young University — Idaho’s prestigious dance baccalaureate program. While […]

Tahoe homes match the priceless view

Going out the screen door onto the porch outside to look at Fallen Leaf Lake, you can’t help but wonder whether Whitney Houston stood here in this same seductive setting, staring at the blue water as she pondered what her life would hold next.  The late Houston and her film crew stayed at the remarkable […]

Kevin Costner and Modern West come to Harris Center

While prolific movie star Kevin Costner commands the microphone and his band Modern West accompanies with Americana roots and rock instrumentals, the imagery is nicely atmospheric. The all-American boy persona Costner started touring musically in an endeavor to connect with his fans on a more personal level, sharing his love of music and lighting up […]

Music Circus presents ‘West Side Story’

With a cast featuring Music Circus audience favorites and Broadway veterans, several of whom have performed in the show on Broadway and on tour, “West Side Story,” the fifth production in the 65th Music Circus season, celebrates Broadway at its greatest. Performances are Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion […]

Tribe of the Red Horse plays Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, presents the Sacramento-based Tribe of the Red Horse on Saturday Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. The band celebrates the music of Neil Young and Crazy Horse with a resonance that is true to the music, not the shtick. Forget the long hair and mutton chops. Remember the […]

Mother Lode Art Exhibit — poetry in art

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” — Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci just can’t be wrong. Can he? But, could it be a combination of the two? Well, the Placerville Arts Association (PAA) invites the public to attend its 49th annual […]

Free painting demo by renowned artist

There will be a special free painting demonstration by internationally renowned master artist, Johannes Vloothuis on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, Bedford in Placerville. The presentation by Vloothuis will coincide with the judging of the Mother Lode Art Show. The public is welcome. Vloothuis is considered a master painter […]

August is Toy Train Month at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2015 as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the crowd-favorite Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit. In recognition of Toy Train month in August, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” […]

Register now for leaders academy

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce announces that the Business Leaders Academy will begin in the fall. This academy is intended for business professionals seeking to improve their skills and increase success in their businesses. Six sessions will be presented by leading professionals and includes topics such as: Shared Leadership and Team Building (Francie […]

All were aboard for Train’s Tahoe stop

Train frontman Pat Monahan has a unique ability to exude thorough appreciation not only to what he’s doing but to anyone traveling the journey with him. That was evident as Train pulled into Stateline for a near sold-out show at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, the fourth-to-last stop on its Picasso at the Wheel summer […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard

Air Force Airman Geran R. Stoddard graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 […]

Drop the cell phone and pick up the paintbrush: Sugarloaf tempts teens to explore personal creativity and growth

It was a simple question, not meant to cause tears — but the welling of emotion as Sue Musker explained why she believes her father John Pratt helped begin Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp almost 60 years ago perhaps told the entire story. If her reaction wasn’t enough, then consider the string-art composition created by one […]

Barbecue helps the needy at home and abroad

Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills will host its sixth annual Human Concerns Ministry barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 1 to benefit local and global neighbors in need. Most of the funds raised go to local outreach efforts and work in partnership with organizations including SHARE, Upper Room and Food Bank of El Dorado County. […]

Grow For It! Be inspired — visit botanical gardens and garden events

There are several spectacular gardens and events around the world to indulge your passion for all things gardening. My recent opportunity to indulge was a visit to the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London, England, considered the most popular and prestigious horticultural event in the world. It is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). […]

Bipolar Insights: Seventeen years

It all began with an idea when someone said to me that individuals with bipolar disorder need to be together, because they feel alone. At the time, it was inconceivable that such an idea would become an educational center for training individuals, families, psychiatrists, therapists, students and the community. This year Bipolar Insights celebrates 17 […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Noted in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

Volunteer advocates needed

The El Dorado County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming certified long-term care ombudsmen. Ombudsmen are advocates who visit residents of long-term care facilities to ensure quality of life and quality care for the residents. “There are approximately 40 long-term care facilities in El Dorado County,” said Deborah Johnston, […]

Capital Stage presents annual new works festival

Capital Stage presents its annual new works festival “Playwrights’ Revolution” with staged readings of six brand-new plays. As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theater, Capital Stage created this series of staged readings to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions. Audiences are […]

Alums present scholarships

Once again the El Dorado High School Alumni Association is proud to announce the scholarship winners from the local high schools. These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are looking to the future by furthering their education. Winners are: El Dorado High School — Sage Somers, a renewable four-year Emerald Luther Memorial scholarship of […]

Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing is now offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy. Schools must verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all required […]

A good time was had by all

Locals and visitors flocked to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to get a taste, and look at cowboy culture and western living at Cowboys and Cornbread on July 19. The day-long event, presented by the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featured old-fashioned fun, […]

As we were: Jury duty

25 Years ago July 27, 1990 District attorney wants out of jury duty By URSULA ROSE District Attorney Walt Miller is asking the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to find another lawyer to advise the grand jury. He told the board Tuesday he wants out — for policy as well as resource reasons. He didn’t […]

Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

I had so much fun writing about spice cupcakes in the last column I thought I would write about cupcakes again. Today’s column, however, focuses on chocolate cupcakes, a favorite flavor of almost everyone. Included are recipes for chocolate cupcake batter, several cupcake variations and a chocolate frosting. Plus, I’ve included my personal review of […]

Foothill dining: Take a dip

Want to know the secret to making the most of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables? Look to the blender and spice rack to create refreshing starters using fresh, seasonal produce. “We’re in peak farmers market season with an abundance of juicy red tomatoes, cool cucumbers, sweet corn and leafy greens at our fingertips,” said chef […]

Things to do: July 24, 2015

ONGOING The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 18. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more information call the Placerville Downtown […]

Color is not only pretty but important

“Is a leaf green if we aren’t there to see it?” The surprising answer is no. The fact is humans would live in a very drab world without the brain and nerve processes that have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years that allow them to perceive light waves as color. Flowers are perhaps the […]

EDH Arts Association show at Harris Center

The El Dorado Hills Arts Association Membership Show is featured at the Bank of America Gallery in the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Thirty-nine member artists have created the 55 artistic works juried into this event. The show runs through Aug. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-2 […]

25 years of Scher magic

What: “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” — the dance company’s 25th annual Showcase Spectacular Who: On Stage Productions Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Information: 530-644-0373 If Melissa Steed Huskinson’s baby girl Ella kicked a lot when her mom was expecting, Melissa has only herself to […]