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Grayson Kleinknight learning how to battle ALL

He’s been a Wild Thing and a ghost from Beetlejuice, a Renaissance peasant child and he’s learning to sword fight. Grayson Kleinknight, 7, is also learning, along with his family, how to battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “I learned the most important move in winning,” said Grayson, referring to sword fighting. “It’s to never make the […]

Vacation dreams become a nightmare

Book: “Little River” Author: James L’Etoile Publisher: SALT Media Productions LLC, March 2013, 296 pages, e-book and softcover versions Imagine being on the white sand beaches of Jamaica with the gentle ocean surf in front of you and  warm sea breezes surrounding you. It’s one of my favorite day dreams but if you add a ruthless, […]

Authors bring Christmas books and fun to EDH

On Saturday, Nov.23, readers and Christmas lovers everywhere can indulge in some pre-Christmas magic when authors and illustrators, Loren Long and Jon Agee come to Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, where they will end their nation-wide book tour. The two author/illustrators bring their storytelling skills and new Christmas […]

Book captures a daredevil’s life

Between the covers Book: “Forgotten Aviator:  The Adventures of Royal Leonard” Author: Barry S. Martin Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, July 2011, 256 pages, soft-cover and Kindle versions. If the name Royal Leonard is unfamiliar to you, it’s not surprising. Leonard, a legendary pilot, who pioneered blind flying, introduced celestial navigation to TWA, became Chiang Kai-shek’s […]

Take my word for it: Your kids are the world

I received a video in a text from my wife. In it, my 4-year-old daughter tried to get my 18-month-old daughter to say “Grandma and Grandpa” phonetically and accurately. When she nailed it, my wife and eldest daughter cheered. It was a small, but important victory for a kid learning new words every day, and […]

County youths benefit from United Way book drive

SACRAMENTO – Local residents can help 168 El Dorado County kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s 2nd annual STAR Readers Book Drive Feb. 18 through March 8. The drive benefits more than 650 children across five counties in United Way’s STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation […]

Heard over the back fence: Try a blind date with a book

 Thanks to John Chapman, we present the following “Advice from a Blue Bird” T-shirt statement: “Rise early * Spread a little happiness * Keep a song in your heart * Think spring * Be colorful * Feather your nest with friendships * The sky’s the limit!” HOW ABOUT A BLIND DATE?
 The […]

Heard over the back fence: Heroes Night Saturday

 My friend John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I dream of a better world where chickens can cross the road without their motives questioned.” HEROES NIGHT OUT: 
The 15th annual “Heroes Night” is being presented by Boys and Girls Club, El Dorado County, on Jan. 12, at 5 p.m., in […]

Heard over the back fence: Pollock Pines Friends of Library seek book donations

John Chapman provided the following T-shirt quote: “I’m too sexy for my hair — that’s why it’s not there.” YOUR BOOKS ARE NEEDED: 
Becky McIntyre, president of the Pollock Pines Friends of the Library, informs us that current bestsellers and books published from 2010 are needed for the foyer book sales at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance the night away

 The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following interesting viewpoint: “The truth is, we see in life what we want to see. If you search for ugliness, you’ll find plenty of it. If you want to find fault with other people, your career, or the world in general, you’ll certainly […]

World renowned children’s author coming to EDH

Fans of Jan Brett, the very successful children’s book author will be thrilled because Brett is coming to El Dorado Hills. She has written more than 30 books, including “The Mitten.” Aboard her artwork-wrapped rockstar bus, Brett is on a 23-city national tour to promote her newest book, “Mossy” and will be making a stop at […]

Regional Chamber Choir to sing songs of the world

The Women’s Choral Studio, a chamber vocal ensemble under the direction of Catherine Fagiolo, celebrates its fourth spring performing season on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. The choir features singers from across the region, including Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Folsom.The program will be presented in Folsom’s Trinity Episcopal Church and St. Michael’s Episcopal […]

Rock doc: Steps forward and back for the world’s nukes

My household has no less than three nightlights that give good service to me and mine. Perhaps you have a nightlight or two yourself. And beyond those useful little devices, of course, there are the regular lights that a person may switch on in the middle of a windless night. Those basic facts highlight the […]

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Heard over the back fence: Partners in Care plan night at the theater

My buddy John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.” • • • PARTNERS IN CARE FUNDRAISER: 
On Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., the Partners in Care organization is presenting “A Night at the Theater,” at the Placerville Shakespeare Club at 2940 Bedford […]

Heard over the back fence: Get your bag o’ books at Cameron Park Library

 John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement:
”The Constitution
* * * * *
for the articles.” • • • MIGHTY LOW PRICE:
 How about an entire grocery bag of books for a mere 5 bucks? The Cameron Park Library will present its monthly used books sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. […]

Amgen Tour is a world-class event

For those wishing to get a world-wide feel on a local scale the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a backyard trip with a wide-wide flavor. From the cycling enthusiast to the general thrill seeker, AEG, presenter of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, is offering unique VIP experiences for tourists planning to addend this […]

El Dorado County Supervisor John Knight – ‘I’d go fishing’

“What you see is what you get,” was John Knight’s answer when asked if he had anything he wanted people to know about him — or not to know about him. No  wacky tattoos and no secrets. El Dorado County’s District 1 supervisor admitted, however, that he does enjoy a good cigar and a shot […]

Book-signing, sunshine enlighten Placerville audience

Leaving Elk Grove Saturday morning in dense fog to attend the “From Hate to Hope” program at the Federated Church in Placerville, Chris Slay drove into the sunshine. As she neared the foothills, blue sky and sunbeams emerged from the murky clouds. Over 150 people packed the Federated sanctuary to hear a modern story of […]

The rural life: Forgoing Facebook

I received an e-mail from my dentistÕs office the other day. People there were excited to let me know that they (meaning the dental practice) are now on Facebook. They hoped IÕd come join them there for Òlots of new and exciting information.Ó I do like my dentist and everyone in his office. But I […]

Book gives a practical guide to slow down and enjoy life

Democrat staff writer Gina Giacomini of Pollock Pines has a number of professions, all part time and all working together to create a diverse and interesting life. For 20 school years, she has taught an art-based writing course at the Charter Home Study Academy in Placerville through the El Dorado County Office of Education. For […]

Billingsleys bullets: A nightmare of numbers

Democrat columnist I remember taking the class of Statistics 210 in college. The class was a continuous monotonous lecture, with a predictable CPA pace. Outside the classroom window, a tennis court tempted me to skip class Ñ to move from boredom to sunshine and great tennis shots. The concept of Òrange,Ó Òfrequency,Ó and ÒmeanÓ did […]

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Prisoner of Nicaragua: Volz to make homecoming to introduce book

Democrat correspondent The former Ponderosa High School student who spent a year in a Nicaraguan prison after being wrongly convicted of his former girlfriendÕs murder, is returning to El Dorado County to introduce his new book, Gringo Nightmare. Eric VolzÕs story of moving through the unjust legal system of a Third World country, and being […]

Heard oer the back fence: Read any good books?

Democrat staff writer Bookworm club: If you are a senior and live in or near El Dorado Hills, you might be interested in joining the El Dorado Hills Senior Center Book Club. Members of the club meet on the last Friday of the month from 3 to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to visit […]

The weekly Daley: Facebook and other oddities

Democrat columnist I joined Facebook several weeks ago, not even quite knowing what it is, what it does and why anyone would even want to do Facebook. I thought it was like a variation of e-mail. If you want to write to a friend, you send a Facebook message and include a picture of yourself […]

The Balancing Act: Living in a perfect world

Democrat columnist It has been about 125 days since the inauguration of Barack Obama and I feel much better. Under the Great One, I can see that we are heading for a perfect world. There will be no more wars; all you have to do is talk to people, like the Kim Jong-il, the president […]

Volunteers are needed

Who is spreading the love of reading by giving out a half a million books in the space of a single day? It could be you. Participate in World Book Night, an ambitious campaign to give away half a million free, specially printed books. Across America, this growing movement unites authors, publishers, book stores, libraries […]

The goal is to spread the love of reading

William Shakespeare might appreciate how World Book Night (WBN) is celebrating his birthday on Tuesday, April 23. Spreading the love of reading around the world, person to person, is the goal of World Book Night. This year, more than 250,000 volunteers will be giving away half a million free books to people in their communities […]

Heard over the back fence: Authors Day tix available

Carlyn White forwarded the following “Great Lesson on Stress:” “Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.” MEET THE AUTHORS:
 On April 21, “Authors Day” will take place at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. Doors open at noon, and the program begins at […]

Tales from the Cellar — a novel sojourn

El Dorado Winery Association members continue the wine journey with a second weekend of Passport on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Passport holders can tour the wine country of El Dorado County enjoying the award-winning wines, visiting with the winemakers, sampling food pairings, listening to music and seeing amazing art. The theme for […]

Teen asks community to Light It Up Blue

Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore is the planner and coordinator of El Dorado Hills’ first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all […]

The balancing act: Inequality

Income inequality is all the rage and it has become the latest assault on our freedom. Although it has been mentioned before, it became more prominent when President Obama made the point to reduce income inequality in his State of the Union speech recently. The idea that everyone is created equal did not mean that […]

The Renfros have the answers for wedded bliss

When Roy Renfro first laid eyes upon who would become his wife of 50 years, he really didn’t think much of the young lady in the elevator who was wearing shorts with red bloomers peeking out, thinking only that the brunette bombshell “was too giggly.” “I wasn’t impressed with the presentation,” said Roy recently from […]

Observatory an eye on the sky

Want the sun, the moon and the stars for free?

Not to worry. All are well within your reach at the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College in Placerville.

And if even if you’ve been there before, there’s always more of the universe to explore.

Completed in 2006 in celebration of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary, the popular observatory annually attracts 6,500 visitors and features one 17-inch telescope and one 14-inch telescope with a color video camera along with an assortment of other star-gazing equipment.

Staffed totally by volunteer docents, the observatory is …

Grow For It! The resilient garden — being prepared for what Mother Nature brings

What do wildfires, droughts and floods all have in common? During the final days of February, all three were the topic of local newscasts. While they might seem a surprising combination, this year California has been, and may continue to be, at risk from all three. Year-round wildfires have occurred because drought has brought dangerously […]

Tibetan monks visit

EDITOR: On this auspicious day when the His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate, on behalf of Placerville Friends of Tibet we’d like to offer a hardy “Tashi Delek” (thank you) to the people of Placerville and El Dorado County who all together made this year’s (the 10th) visit […]

At a glance: The weather is always a big topic

This year has fostered quite a bit of conversation about the weather depending upon the location with massive snow storms, too much rain, or no snow or rain. Well, back on Feb. 5, 1880 it was 72 degrees in New York City. The weather seems to be something to always talk about and something we […]

Victor goes for victory in Russia

Editor’s note: When the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games get underway in Sochi, Russia on Friday, March 7, Stephani Victor will be a part of the United States team. Victor, a member of the alpine ski team, will be thinking of her support team in the United States, including her friends in El Dorado County and […]

Ecstatic about dancing

“I’m happy dancin’, I’m dancin’, I’ll dance on my own.” — Robert Plant It used to be that you’d go to a nightclub, and even though the music was irresistible, you’d sit alone if someone wasn’t willing to dance with you. That’s not the norm so much today but if you’re still the type who […]

California rambling: Surprising Stockton

Surrounded by farmland, southeast of Stockton, is a surprising sight.  Drive east of Highway 99 on East Carpenter Road until you come to an elaborate, formed-concrete portal, decorated with exotic calligraphy and guarded by dragons. Inside the portal is a magical world of brightly painted Buddhas, demons and temple buildings. It is the Wat Dhammararam […]

Amazing collection reveals history

What: ”Lookin’ Back at Black” Who: Esther Roman Where: El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 916-358-3575   When a natural gas explosion ripped through a tunnel 200 feet below Lake Eerie in the early summer of 1916, killing 10 workers and 11 more emergency […]

Foundation brings more tech to Buckeye classrooms

First the Buckeye Education Foundation raised funds for a designated PE teacher for its district’s elementary school students. Then it ensured greater access to the libraries at the eight school sites by funding library aides. Now the foundation is close to fulfilling another goal: All students in grades third through eighth will have access to a […]

Thirsty future?

January looked like one for the record books when last week we looked at it in this space, but decent rain at the end of the month left the month with a total of 0.75 inch. That is more than the 0.62 inch recorded in January 1977, the final drought years. It is more than […]

Grow For It!: How to start a beehive

For the last five springs, I have worked on a bee farm as a grafter. I use special bee frames to remove the very small larvae with a tool. When the larvae are put into single cells, worker bees put beeswax around each queen. After they grow, the valuable queens are sucked out of their […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Diary of a breeder, Part I

There is no one right way to go about finding your dog. This week, let’s shine a light on the work of responsible dog breeders and the impact it has on the dogs they bring into the world. Steve and Kelly Porter of Aldergate breed Corgis. This is their philosophy, in their words, and it […]

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