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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 […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

Music legends to rock the fair

What: El Dorado County Fair Who: Legends of El Dorado Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Community Stage, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, June 21, p.m. at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Concert included in fair admission Information: 530-621-5860   “I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will.” — Elton John […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on board!

ATTEND OUR COUNTY FAIR!
 The following El Dorado County Fair information was recently received. The El Dorado County Fair is June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Attendees in military uniform get in free. For information visit [email protected] BRIAN’S MAGIC SHOW: 
On June 18 from 10-11 a.m. Brian Scott will put on […]

Time to hog all the fun at fair

The 2015 fair theme “Hog Days of Summer” is proving to be a truly enjoyable theme for the El Dorado County Fair. The office staff had a great time researching ideas for the Entry Guide’s cooking contests. “We were all craving bacon, anything bacon, within seconds of brainstorming,” said Jody Gray, CEO of  the fair. […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

THE FAIR IS COMING!
 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Young pianists hit the right note

Nimble young fingers in El Dorado Hills and Folsom are filling the west county area with accomplished piano music, coming to the attention of appreciative audiences and professionals alike, including the Sierra Symphony. Caileen Yu and Terry Chen, both of El Dorado Hills and Jessie Joy Benson of Folsom were winners earlier this year in […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: 
A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Discover hidden treasures in Diamond Springs

As one meanders through the Gold Country, it is amazing the amount of talent that can be found tucked away in unexpected places. Diamond Springs is a small town with one main street running through the middle. There are several businesses there where families strive to make ends meet. There is a flea market every […]

Heard over the back fence: Watch your balance

SMART STUDENT RECOGNIZED:
 Officials at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore., have informed us that Julia Jacobs, an elementary/education major from El Dorado Hills, was placed on the Dean’s List after earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the 2015 spring semester. Congratulations Julia! We look forward to your bright future. YELL BINGO! 
You […]

Thunder in the Park is predicted

The forecast for June 6 calls for thunder and that’s just fine with classic car show fans. Thunder in the Park rolls into Cameron Park for the second time with all the gorgeous classic cars and motorcycles roaring to go. The show will be held rain or shine Saturday, June 6 at the beautiful Cameron […]

Comfort grows in Healing Garden

Sitting near the hospital bed as your loved one slips away, hours have ticked by, watching and waiting. You need a break, to get out of the room for a while … but not too far … A quick step outside and there it is. A garden filled with color and life, teak benches and […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun at the Lake

HARD WORKING STUDENTS:
 Oregon State University has announced that the following students from El Dorado Hills recently graduated: Brian K. Buenzli, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Amy E. Hahn, bachelor of science, finance; Kathryn M. Kasabian, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, economics; Thomas P. Massa, bachelor of science, digital communication Arts; Taylor M. Zetlin, […]

Studio tour showcases a diverse palette

What: 2015 Spring Art Studio Tour Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association Where: Studios and galleries in El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and Folsom When: Saturday and Sunday. May 30 and 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: eldoradohillsarts.com or 408-429-4832 Two local artists, one of whom expresses the beauty of life through her wonderful photos, the […]

Heard over the back fence: The Fair is back

E-WASTE COLLECTION: The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste event […]

This steeplechase challenges the mind

Think of a steeplechase and 18th century Ireland might come to mind — horses and riders racing from steeple to steeple, town to town, hurdling fences and stone walls, even sloshing through boggy ditches if the mount didn’t fully clear it. Or the steeplechase event at the Summer Olympics might prevail in your thoughts, where […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero party

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS GRADUATE: Oregon State University officials have informed us that the following students from Cameron Park recently graduated: Hannah L. Hichborn, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Sara L. Orofino, bachelor of science, cum laude, zoology; Evann L. Stabenow, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, exercise and sport science. Congratulations to all of you! We […]

Maria Adams runs with a purpose

Maria Adams is going to pull her shirt over her head, tie her shoes good and tight and take off on an arduous run next fall in memory of her dad, a Marine who died just over a year ago at the age of 52. “The Marine Corps Marathon for me isn’t just a race, […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Bingo

GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: 
The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]

A pleasant place to Rhône

The name of the event says it all — Rocks and Rhône. The Pleasant Valley area of El Dorado County has rocks and those rocks do a great job of nurturing the Rhône grapes. The Rhône varietals like the young volcanic soils found in Pleasant Valley and combine that with the rainfall, elevation, climate and […]

Heard over the back fence: Kindness is important

GARDEN SHOW AND MORE: The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a garden show at its store on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be food and fun for everyone. If you bring a can of food for the Food Bank, it will be appreciated. VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: […]

Two new stops on the Quilt Trail

In April, the El Dorado County Farm Trails Association (EDC-FTA) acquired the Quilt Trail Project, which dovetails perfectly with the meandering and beneficial EDC Farm Trails philosophy and route. “It was the natural thing to do,” said Dr. John Roe, EDC-FTA board president, “It combines agri-tourism, art and adventure in a charming and global way. […]

Heard over the back fence: How to succeed

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 26. For more information please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383. GET […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Farm Day cultivates understanding

The El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom program held its 14th annual Farm Day at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville on Tuesday, May 12. This event hosts nearly 1,200 El Dorado County third grade students, their teachers and chaperones for a day long, fun, hands-on experience where lessons of agriculture and its […]

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