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Flavor Forecast features emerging trends

McCormick & Company Incorporated has unveiled its annual McCormick Flavor Forecast revealing the tantalizing trends that will shape culinary exploration and innovation — in home kitchens, at restaurants and on retail shelves. Among the emerging trends is a spotlight on underexplored Southeast Asian fare — Malaysian and Filipino — and the evolution of an insatiable […]

Christmas Parade airs on TV

The 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade will be airing on Sierra Community Access Television, Comcast Channel 2 on Christmas Day. This McIntire Family tradition is sponsored by the Mountain Democrat and the city of Placerville. This year’s parade had special appearances of the Wells Fargo Stage Coach and the Ponderosa Ranch wagon. There were also classic appearances […]

Celebrate and donate on New Year’s Eve

What: Benefit fundraiser for the Sierra Nevada House staff Who: The Coloma Lotus community, the Gold Trail Grange and the Random Strangers Band Where: Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma When: Thursday, Dec. 31, doors open at 8 p.m. and music from 9 p.m.-midnight Cost: $10 donation Information: coloma.com/snh-benefit or (530) 622-4914   […]

Foothill gourmet: A perfect entrée

Recently a close friend told me that she was preparing a dinner sauté with scallops. I immediately thought of my favorite recipe with scallops — Coquilles St. Jacques. Coquille St. Jacques is a deliciously perfect entrée for holidays, entertaining and special events. I’ve even made it for a small family Christmas Eve dinner. My first […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate with champagne

Champagne is not just for holidays, it can be enjoyed all year. Now, you can use the bubbly beverage in multiple ways. From unique cocktails to delectable desserts, here are some recipes to make this year’s holiday soirée a celebration to remember.   Chocolate-champagne truffles Venable’s insider tip: “Look for edible gold leaves at craft stores […]

As we were: Reservoir land approved

25 Years ago Dec. 28, 1990 Land purchase approved for Texas Hill SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – In an afternoon meeting in South Lake Tahoe Dec. 19, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve parcels of land for the Texas Hill Reservoir site south of Placerville. Supervisor Jack Sweeney was unable to attend the […]

Trekking in a winter wonderland

It is once again that time of the year to think about favorite winter recreational activities in the snow. For many, winter recreation means snowshoeing. It is a favorite way to venture into the winter wonderland and enjoy nature’s pleasures as the earth rests before wakening anew for the high country hiking season next spring. Last […]

Things to do: Dec. 25, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1225 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 3 presents “Christmas Around the World,” a special exhibit of the season inspired by traditions from many foreign countries. Lori Anderson’s oil painting “Santa Magic” depicts a whimsical Santa Claus and children’s hand-made toys, themes that come from the […]

After 70 years of marriage, couple still in tune

It was in 1980 that Bob Seger sang, “Someday lady you’ll accomp’ny me” but Norma Nelson already had a jump on the songwriter. She’d decided way back in 1939 to accompany Les McIntyre, when both were 14-year-old freshmen in high school. And accompany him she has, through backing him up in the school band, through […]

School makes ‘golden’ contributions

Golden Hills School’s fifth-grade class sang Christmas carols at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last Thursday afternoon and then paired up with seniors to decorate stockings for foster children. Every month teacher Lisa Perry’s 14 fifth-graders work on outreach projects for the senior center, including making centerpieces for the center’s large round tables. Friday marked […]

Happy Holly days

The residents on Holly Hills Drive in Cameron Park get into the Holly days with a commitment to dazzle and amaze visitors to the street and with a commitment to make the season brighter in more than one way. Not only do the lights and decorations bring joy to the community, the food drive conducted […]

The lights are brightly shining

Christmas lights seem to have magical powers. They not only light up a dark winter night but put smiles on faces and prompt positive comments. A drive around El Dorado County to see the creativity of Christmas light aficionados is a fun outing. There are simple elegant displays, some with multiple styles of lights, others […]

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Carson Valley

CV Steak, the Carson Valley Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse, and Katie’s Country Kitchen, the inn’s 24-hour restaurant, are offering their regular menus plus specials on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve specials in CV Steak are a tournedos trio (a filet mignon wrapped in bacon with peppercorn sauce, a blackened filet mignon with southwest au […]

Story time at Angels Camp

The Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, is having a story time and art activity for preschoolers on Friday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. The book “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson will be featured. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply […]

At a glance: Who wrote it?

The “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was published on Dec. 23, 1823 in the Troy, New York, Sentinel. It was published anonymously causing some question as to who actually penned it. It was first thought to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore and he took credit when he included it in a […]

Foothills Dance Studio wows the judges

Dancers from Foothills Dance Studio attended Starbound National Talent Competition at the MontBleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The team is called Foothills Dance Competition Troupe. The competition was a week-long event and more than 1,500 routines were presented. The Foothills Dance Competition Troupe entered three solo routines, two duos (jazz and tap), two trios (jazz), two […]

Emblem Club celebrates 60th anniversary

The Placerville Emblem Club, No. 287, held a luncheon on Nov. 12 to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary. Especially noteworthy is that in attendance was Clara Neilsen, charter president. Neilsen, a mere 95 years young, gave a heartwarming speech to those in attendance. She began this group six decades ago. Her legacy lives on in […]

The important things: Now is enough

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb I love this quote, but can’t help but be sad about “trees” that I never planted. It is appealing to indulge in a pity party, lamenting inaction in the past. If only … I had continued to […]

Grow For It! IPM and beneficial organisms in the garden

Some of you may have heard the phrase IPM or Integrated Pest Management. But what does that mean and what does it have to do with beneficial organisms? IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage by managing the ecosystem. This includes using resistant plant varieties, biological controls, cultural practices, habitat modification and […]

Charter Career Prep students explore robotics

El Dorado County Office of Education’s Charter Career Prep school has introduced an innovative program examining the world of robotics through the career technical elements of programming, mechanical design, construction and testing. This high energy program engages and challenges students to create robots from a box of metal strips, platforms, motors and batteries. The program, […]

‘Pippin’ is coming to Sac Community Center

Experience the thrilling 2013 Tony Award-winning musical in a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3. The cast includes Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player; Brian Flores as Pippin; John Rubinstein, who played the role of Pippin in the original Bob Fosse-directed Broadway production, as Charles; Sabrina Harper as Berthe; Bradley […]

Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

31st Nature Bowl semi-finals returns to American River Nature Center

For more than 25 years the American River Conservancy (ARC) has been preserving rivers and land and the life they support. As a nonprofit community organization in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, ARC works to preserve natural areas through land conservation, stewardship and education. Since 1995 the American River Conservancy has hosted the semi-final program […]

Holy Trinity Children’s Choir performs at Town Center

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the shoppers at Town Center in El Dorado Hills experienced a little extra holiday cheer while running their errands. The children’s choir and honor choir from Holy Trinity parish performed together in the plaza for about 45 minutes. Led by the Holy Trinity music director Rob Sabino, the choir entertained shoppers […]

All About Equine wins 2015 Help-a-Horse grand prize

The ASPCA announced the winners of the 2015 Help-a-Horse Day celebration contest. All About Equine was awarded one of three $10,000 grand prize grants. This event was created as a way to provide a national day of recognition for equine organizations, to spread the word about the lifesaving work they do on behalf of at-risk […]

Foothill dining: Sweet potato wedges with rosemary

Most everyone loves traditional potato wedges. Sweet potatoes offer a new way to enjoy potato wedges, yet these wedges are packed with beneficial beta-carotene. Oven-roasted with a light coating of olive oil, instead of fried, these crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside wedges are seasoned with rosemary, garlic and mustard. There are […]

CalRTA members create baskets of holiday joy for seniors

The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) of El Dorado County assembled 40 baskets to be delivered over the holidays to YANA (You Are Not Alone). These baskets contain items donated by association members such as soaps, snacks, socks, tissues, etc. They were assembled at the November meeting. The baskets were delivered to Star Walker, in […]

Love is a warm prayer shawl

Marcie Butler thinks God caused her to sleep momentarily, for her own protection, as her best friend Tina Jones was killed in a terrible vehicle accident near Coloma in August that found Butler in the passenger seat of the tragedy-bound car. “I felt like the Lord let me go to sleep so I wouldn’t remember […]

Ponderosa team takes part in forestry challenge

Eight students from Ponderosa High School participated recently in the 2015 El Dorado Forestry Challenge. The Bruins were one group of 88 high school and junior college students from 11 schools from the Sacramento area and central California. The event was held at Leoni Meadows Camp, near Grizzly Flat. One of Ponderosa’s teams placed fourth, […]

Marina Village students celebrate sweet success

Marina Village Middle School students got a sweet treat during lunchtime on Dec. 4 to celebrate their even sweeter test results. The Mustangs enjoyed root beer floats served by parent volunteers for scoring the highest on the first Common Core state standardized test administered last spring out of all middle schools in El Dorado County. Marina Village also […]

As we were: Land transaction

25 Years ago Dec. 21, 1990 Supes object to proposed plant reserve By KRISTIN LANG A proposed 40-acre plant reserve straddling the South Fork of the American River received criticism Tuesday from El Dorado County supervisors, who objected to the land purchase by the state Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) The land, which is in two […]

Find book deals at El Dorado Hills library

Find some great deals on gently used books at a book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library, El Dorado Hills Branch. The books are now sold by the pound and there are books in every category. The early bird sale starts Friday, Jan. 22 from 3-7 p.m. for members only. Not yet a member? […]

Restoration volunteers honored

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation honored 30 volunteers at a dinner at Spanky’s Pizza in Placerville in December. The volunteers have donated 496 hours and restored 11 acres of Eldorado National Forest lands, from Hope Valley to Rock Creek, since August. CSNC is a local nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1985 that cooperates with […]

Things to do: Dec. 18, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1218 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 3 presents “Christmas Around the World,” a special exhibit of the season inspired by traditions from many foreign countries. Carlotta Tormey’s exquisite watercolor painting “Christmas in Denmark” expresses Christmas themes of wintertime, reindeer and countryside life from which come […]

Color me Christmas

An excited group of Mountain Democrat Christmas Coloring Contest winners and their families gathered at the paper to learn who had placed first, second and third in the annual contest. For several of the winners it was a repeat visit to the winners’ party but the thrill of winning was visible as each child stepped […]

Sugarloaf Winter Campfire event

The Sugarloaf Station Foundation is excited to announce its third annual Winter Campfire. Enjoy an evening of music, dance and drama featuring camp alumni, staff, campers, friends and special guests at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 in the Theatre at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado. Tickets […]

The Loft in Tahoe combines entertainment and dining

South Lake Tahoe’s newest hotspot, The Loft Live Theatre – Lounge – Dining, will see 2015 vanish and 2016 appear with two New Year’s Eve celebrations. Located within the Heavenly Village the Loft is a first for the California side of Tahoe South by combining theater with nightly live entertainment, an intimate bar, lounge and restaurant […]

Anniversary: Standifords share a deep love and respect for 60 years

Ralph and Helen Standiford will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Cameron Park Community Services Center. Helen is a California native born in Sacramento and raised in a family of three brothers and one sister. Ralph was born in Springfield, Ore., the seventh son and 13th child in a […]

Unique service on Sunday

For many this holiday season is not “the most wonderful time of the year.” Instead, it’s a time when some feel sad or “blue.” The days grow shorter, the nights longer. The relentless pressures of the season weigh down. Some people struggle with the painful memories of previous holidays. Others face new and unwelcome challenges. […]

Holiday trains still running

The hottest tickets in town – The Polar Express — on the historical Virginia & Truckee Railroad has sold out for the fifth consecutive year, with more than 15,000 passengers securing rides to the North Pole. A wait list sign-up is available online at vtrailway.com/wait_list.php that could offer a last chance to ride The Polar […]

A Harlow’s Hepcat Holiday with Peter Petty and the Midtown Moxies

Come ho, ho, home for the holidays with Sactown’s Swingin’ist emcee and bandleader Peter Petty as he unwraps his special gift — his soulfully sweet seven-piece orchestra the Double P Revue! and the Big Tomato’s bevy of burlesque bombshells the Midtown Moxies in the hippest holiday happening Harlow’s, 2708 J St. in Sacramento, has to ho ho […]

Affordable health screenings coming to Shingle Springs

Residents living in and around Shingle Springs can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. New Hope Fellowship Church, 3838 Ponderosa Road will host this community event on Dec. 16. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in […]

Duty: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason A. Galbraith

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason A. Galbraith 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 […]

Free My Time support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group will meet the third Thursday in December and is facilitated by Jillien […]

Grow For It! Poinsettias year round

Once the holidays are behind us, there really is no reason to toss out those beautiful Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima). With a little attention throughout the year, gardeners can get these tropical plants to re-bloom for next years’ holiday season. Growing poinsettias throughout the year is also a great way to involve children in calendar-driven activities, […]

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