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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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 University officials have notified us that Tatiana M. Dimugno of Placerville has been named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Tatiana is a sophomore. Congratulations, Tatiana! Keep […]

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: 
Officials at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., have informed us that Emily Dess recently received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Emily is the daughter of David and Sandra Dess of El Dorado Hills. Congratulations, Emily! Your future looks very bright! HUGE RUMMAGE SALE:
 The St. Patrick Ladies Society’s annual huge […]

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

NEW ROCKHOUND ENERGY:
 The El Dorado County Mineral Gem Society welcomes the following new members: Sharon Prichard, Jane Deming, David Oates, Karen Lindwall, James Knapp, Fred and Kathy Heymann, Wayne and Shirley Kuykendall, and Nick and Katie Gladding. Welcome and enjoy this fun and friendly club. NEW LION LEADERS: 
Mother Lode Lions Club has elected […]

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, […]

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Goose on the loose

PASS THE POPCORN, PLEASE:
 On Fridays at 1:15 p.m., the Placerville Senior Center is showing free movies in the new Resource Room. Complimentary popcorn is served. The July 24 movie is “The Rewrite,” described as follows: “An Oscar winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, […]

More than before at It’s Personal

It’s Personal Bistro is … more. At its new location, 414 Main St. in Placerville, since the end of May, the wine lounge and bistro has more room, more food, more beer and wine — more of just about everything. The long, narrow space of the new location is decorated in warm, bright colors and […]

Heard over the back fence: Musical Joy Ride

STAMPERS UNITE:
 Paul Schrader provided the following information: The monthly meeting of the Senior Stampers will be held on Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The meeting is open to anyone interested in stamp collecting. At this meeting members are asked to bring something from […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to stock up

TOP STUDENTS RECOGNIZED: 
Linfield College has informed us that Kyle Belcher and Connor Sende of El Dorado Hills have been named to its Dean’s List for the spring semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits with at least a 3.65 grade point average. Congratulations, Kyle and […]

Little Lila loves bustin’ mutton

It took a bit of dancing around before Michael Webb finally admitted the truth: His daughter doesn’t practice mutton bustin’ on the two family goats, despite what he had earlier hinted to the Mountain Democrat. “She practices on me,” Dad said sheepishly, before breaking into a grin at having fooled the press. Well, Michael, this […]

Goat good as gold for mutton bustin’

Midas is an easy touch.  All it takes is a couple of Wheat Thins to get the gold-colored goat to cooperate as young Drew Foltz climbs on its back to practice for the real thing: riding a sheep during the MuttonBustin’ competition at Cowboys and Cornbread coming up Sunday, July 19 at the El Dorado […]

Cowboys and Cornbread honors Old West with day of fun

When you live in a place called Old Hangtown and there’s a daylong event promising fun for all cowboys and cowgirls, there’s really no excuse for staying home. Point your boots toward the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 19 and head for Cowboys and Cornbread, a celebration of all things West. That means […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading to Ruby

READING TO RUBY:
 On Wednesdays, children can practice reading out loud with Ruby, the therapy dog, from noon-2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information call (916) 358-3500. BINGO TIME!
 On Mondays and Thursdays play bingo at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Senior Nutrition lunch at the El […]

Harris Center calendar features favorites and new entertainment

Harris Center for the Arts has released its fall lineup of entertainment and special events. Coming up on its fifth anniversary, the Harris Center for the Arts, at Folsom Lake College, is bringing back favorites from previous seasons, as well as introducing a number of new and exciting performances.   New to Harris Center “Bollywood […]

Pretty in the Pines: New Royalty ready for duty

Long before Lauryn Roy and Lindsey Allan were born, Pollock Pines had closed the door on a local beauty pageant that for decades had drawn young ladies to put their best foot forward. Now, not only are Lauryn and Lindsey putting forth their best, they are using their pretty feet to dance up a storm […]

Heard over the back fence: Free concert and food

LION OF THE YEAR: 
Jerry Didlot, as this year’s president of the Mother Lode Lions Club, announced that Kristi Couchee was selected as Mother Lode Lion of the Year, stating, “With so many hard working, deserving people to select from for Lion of the Year, it was hard to choose, but Lion Kristi Couchee stood […]

Heard over the back fence: Give Dad a Hug

TAKE A HIKE:
 An Emigrant Lake hike is scheduled for July 18. The following information was provided. This hike, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., goes along Caples Lake for the first 2.5 miles, then continues on switchbacks up to Emigrant Creek with views of Round Top along the way. When Emigrant Creek is crossed, hikers reach the […]

Linda Lockwood, how does your garden grow?

One of the cats that freely roam the gorgeous 5 acres that Linda and Paul Lockwood call home in Pleasant Valley is called Pinky because the feline has a pink nose. Another coal-colored cat goes by Blackie because it is … black. “I didn’t name the cats,” laughed Linda, “they were left by some neighbors […]

Summer art show sizzles

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Summer Membership Pastel Show will begin July 13 and run through July 19 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The society is honored to have Urania Christy Tarbet, a noted pastelist, teacher and author, […]

Heard over the back fence: The Power of Love

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 Logan Savidge of Placerville recently graduated from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Congratulations, Logan! We look forward to your bright future! ALZHEIMER’S MOVIE: 
On Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m., the movie “Still Alice” will be shown for free at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

State Fair wine winners

The California State Fair is proud to announce the top wine awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the state exposition. The Best of Show red was awarded to the Grace Patriot Wines 2012 Tempranillo. It scored a double gold and 98 points. […]

Heard over the back fence: Change of pace

CHANGE OF PACE:
 About twice a year I like to change the format of the Fence column. I get away from events, dates, times, etc. (except for several exceptions below) and offer thoughtful and humorous quotes only. Hope you enjoy the change of pace. From “Life’s Little Instruction Calender” quotes: “Luck may visit, but it’s […]

Local man can’t wait to duck into annual waterfowl art show

Gary Vogds of El Dorado Hills knows the perfect way to relax after a stress-filled day, picking up a chunk of hardwood and turning it into a thing of beauty — a duck decoy. The pleasant time spent sketching a pattern, carving with a band saw and delicate painting makes the troubles of the world […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn all about wine

LUNCHES FOR SENIORS:
 Seniors, 60 and over, are eligible to purchase a $3 lunch at Senior Nutrition lunch sites. Lunch is served at noon. For information regarding location of lunch sites call (530) 621-6160. RESEARCH THE GOLD RUSH:
 The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located at 104 Placerville Drive (next to the fairgrounds) in […]

Entertaining time at Family Blast

What: The Fourth of July Family Blast Who: El Dorado County Fair Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, July 4, gates open at 4 p.m. Information: 530-621-5860. Alincia and the Bandavelas will be thrilling those who choose to celebrate America’s birthday this year by attending the Family Blast at […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on the right track

PONDEROSA CLASS REUNION:
 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended or know of someone who did, […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

Heard over the back fence: Fix your bike

FIX YOUR BIKE: 
A new class titled Bicycle Maintenance is scheduled for July 12 from noon-2 p.m. at the Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. This class covers beginner bike maintenance knowledge, detailing the different parts of a bicycle and how the parts work together, just in time to get your […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tips for July

GARDEN TIPS FOR JULY: 
The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following July garden tips: “Saturday, July 4 — Happy Independence Day! We’re closed in honor of the holiday. • Harvest vegetables regularly. Old fruit left on the plant will inhibit production. • Water early in the day to prevent disease. Mulch to maintain moisture. Keep […]

England’s splashiest Victorian-era painter comes to de Young

J.M.W. Turner, as he is widely known, has been hailed as an artist with a special view of the world around him. Often he is cast as a precursor to the Impressionist painters of the late 19th century. Because he bequeathed 100 paintings to the state they have remained for later generations to study and […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

Heard over the back fence: Tasty Sushi

SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS:
 Marion West forwarded the following good news. PEO Chapter XA in Cameron Park is delighted to announce the winners of its 2015 Rachel Champion Scholarships. El Dorado High School graduate Brooke Yates and Oak Ridge High School graduate Emma Olds received a $500 renewable scholarship. Brooke Yates will be attending University of Nevada, […]

Fairest of the fair

El Dorado Rose 2015 A new El Dorado Rose and her court were named at the El Dorado County Fair last Thursday. The 2015 El Dorado Rose Bonny Robertson received the news with grace and as she waved to a cheering audience said, “I am so surprised. I am going to cry.” The beaming Robertson […]

New fair royalty named

Three happy young ladies were thrilled to take on the titles of Miss El Dorado County, Miss Teen El Dorado and Junior Miss El Dorado during the opening evening of this year’s El Dorado County Fair. The fairest include Lindsey Thomas, Miss El Dorado County; Kat Porter, Miss Teen El Dorado; and Morgan Young, Junior […]

Heard over the back fence: Great Book Prices

GREAT BOOK PRICES: 
We recently received the following reminder: “Join us and take advantage of some great deals on gently used books sponsored by the Friends of the Library, El Dorado Hills Branch. Our books are now sold by the pound and there are books in every category. The early bird sale starts Friday, June […]

Heard over the back fence: Cooking Advice

SUMMER FIREWORKS: 
Drive out to Cameron Park Lake and enjoy the Summer Spectacular on Saturday, June 27. Gates open at 2 p.m. There is live music all day and fireworks at dark. Organizers say this is the best fireworks in El Dorado County. Enjoy the kids’ carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft […]

It is fair time in El Dorado County

It’s so silent the day before the El Dorado County Fair gets going, the only sound being the constant hum of a generator that must be keeping the carnival rides powered and primed, ready to go with the flip of a switch. Wandering around the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon it’s hard to imagine that soon this […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a stamp collector

FREE COUNSELING FOR SENIORS: Senior Peer Counseling is available to adults, 55 years or older. A wide range of counseling is available. For more information or to make an appointment call (530) 621-6304. RIVER CATS GAME TRIP:
 The El Dorado County Seniors Activities Program has a trip scheduled to a Sacramento River Cats game on Wednesday, July […]

Wining for gold at the fair

Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the 27th annual El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition. Windwalker Vineyard’s 2012 Barbera — Dick Cooper Ranch won the Best El Dorado County Winemaker and Best of Show awards. Illuminare Estate garnered the Frank Herbert Memorial Award sponsored by the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers for the […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Fair Time!

IT’S FAIR TIME!
 Today is June 17 and tomorrow the El Dorado County Fair opens and runs through June 21. Bring the kids and friends! $3 SENIOR LUNCH:
 Adults 60 years and older can receive a lunch for a $3 donation at one of six locations in the county. Lunch is served from noon-12:30 p.m. The […]

Women’s Fund awards grants to nonprofits

Six Western Slope nonprofits received nearly $60,000 from Women’s Fund El Dorado at its annual Grants Gala on June 4 at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. The recipient organizations were voted on by the membership of WFED, a collective giving organization that pools members’ donations. “United, we can accomplish so much for the […]

Heard over the back fence: Belly Dance Class

PARK AND RIDE CLOSURE:
 Very recently we received the following notice: “Please be aware that due to sealing and striping being done at Town Center, the El Dorado Hills Park and Ride lot at Post Street will not be served Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17. Please park at the Vine and Mercedes lot […]

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