Wednesday, April 23, 2014

News citizens take oath in Folsom

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services came to the Folsom Public Library for the naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. Patsy Johnson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services April 12 congratulated the 40 people who had completed the rigorous process to receive citizenship. She emphasized that leaving […]

Heard over the back fence: Gone fishing at Wakamatsu

HOW TO MEET JESUS: My pal John Chapman sent me a photo of the following church sign: “Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you want to meet Him.” FAMILY FISHING EVENT: On Saturday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., the American River Conservancy has scheduled a family fishing event in the Gold Hill. […]

Amazing production brings the curtain down for Pete Miller

What: ”The Drowsy Chaperone” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Theater at the Mine, 5630 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: May 1 at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7. The show continues May 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for high school students, $9 for those with a UMHS student […]

4-H’ers star at showcase

It was Home Arts Day on April 12 as hundreds of 4-H members gathered to showcase their projects in areas such as woodworking, sewing, photography, rocketry, robotics and arts and crafts. It was also a special day for two teens who were honored for their service and accomplishments as members of 4-H. Held at Light […]

Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

HOSPITAL BLOOPER: Sarah St. John sent the following “Hospital Chart Bloopers” quotation: “The patient refused autopsy.” “CREMAINS” LAW: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “California Penal Code bans the scattering of ‘Cremains’ from the Golden Gate Bridge.” WRITING YOUR INNER VOICE: Would you like to find your inner voice to be a successful writer? Writer […]

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

THE POWER OF CHOCOLATE: Sarah St. John sent the following “Aunty Acid” quote: “Did you know chocolate makes your clothes shrink?” LET’S GO FISHING: The American River Conservancy program is partnering up with the El Dorado chapter of Trout Unlimited to schedule a fishing night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month […]

Heard over the back fence: Earth Day at the library

SOUND IS EXPENSIVE: John Chapman sent me the following sign:
”AUTO REPAIR PRICE LIST Ping-Ping-Ping $35 Plunk-Ping-Plunk $50 Klunk-Ping-Klunk $125 Thud-Klunk-Thud $200 Clank-Thud-Klank $325″ EARTH DAY CELEBRATION: On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Placerville Earth Day celebration on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. There will be […]

Plantastic sale this Saturday

What: Plant Sale Who: University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County Where: Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: No admission fee Information: With spring here to stay, it’s time to put in a garden and there’s no better […]

Heard over the back fence: Fountain-Tallman Museum reopens

PREVENTING DIETING: John Chapman sent me the following “Aunty Acid” statement: “I have a condition that prevents me from dieting. It’s called being freakin’ hungry.” MUSEUM REOPENED: The Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main St., Placerville, aka the “little museum on Main Street,” has reopened after significant restoration of its masonry. The museum is open Wednesday through […]

Heard over the back fence: Fountain-Tallman Museum reopens

PREVENTING DIETING: John Chapman sent me the following “Aunty Acid” statement: “I have a condition that prevents me from dieting. It’s called being freakin’ hungry.” MUSEUM REOPENED: The Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main St., Placerville, aka the “little museum on Main Street,” has reopened after significant restoration of its masonry. The museum is open Wednesday through […]

Heard over the back fence: Lions Hall senior lunch moves to fairgrounds

DON’T WASTE MY TIME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press “ONE” For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?” NEW LUNCH LOCATION: Because of repairs being done at the Mother Lode Lions Club in Diamond Springs, the Senior Nutrition lunch program has been […]

Tuvan Throat Singers perform at Harris Center

The Tuvan Throat Singers will perform at the Harris Center in Folsom on Thursday, April 17. As they began touring in the West 17 years ago, Huun Huur Tu almost single-handedly introduced the outside world to the boundless wealth of Tuvan traditions, thanks in great part to their superior musicianship. The descendents of isolated Siberian […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf offers open house

Cedars Springs Waldorf School in Placerville will also host a kindergarten open house 10 a.m.-noon May 5. For a full picture into the day in the life of a CSWS student, the campus will be hosting an open classroom tours 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, with a look into each classroom, a campus tour followed […]

Candidates busy raising money

Election hopefuls are in the process of adding to their war chests using cash and in-kind contributions, fund raising and loans to finance their campaigns. As of March, this is what candidates have raised and spent according to filings with the California Secretary of State or the El Dorado County Elections Department. Elected department heads […]

Cal Fire increasing staffing, hiring

Despite recent rainfall, Cal Fire continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought conditions. Starting Monday, March 31, Cal Fire began hiring additional seasonal firefighters in Central California, the Bay Area region and the […]

A bouquet of art show winners

A beautiful spring bouquet of art is on display at the annual Placerville Arts Association’s Spring Member Art Show at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The free show is open through Friday, April 11 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists will be at the show to answer questions and chat about the […]

Heard over the back fence: Wildflower hike planned near North Fork of the Cosumnes

SLEEPING LATE THERAPY: I received the following T-shirt statement from my friend John Chapman: “When people tell me ‘You’re Gonna Regret That in the Morning’ I sleep in until noon because I’m a problem solver.” WILDFLOWER HIKE: The American River Conservancy has scheduled a “North Fork Cosumnes River Wildflower Hike” for Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. […]

Heard over the back fence: Egg hunt alerts

WATCH YOUR STEP! John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “I’M NOT CLUMSY! The Floor Just Hates Me, the Table & Chairs are Bullies, and the Walls Get in My Way.” EGG HUNT AND MORE: An Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt are scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Center […]

Locally made movie to premiere

Local Cameron Park-Shingle Springs film producers Hal Young and Nathan Kaufman will premiere their feature film the Menoza Line 11:30 a.m. May 4 at the Sacramento International Film Festival. The film takes place in the world of minor league baseball and was shot in Marysville. The main character of the movie is a young Latino who […]

Judge Eddie Keller endorses Ashworth

Eddie T. Keller, a respected local judge who served on the bench for more than 20 years, has endorsed veteran criminal prosecutor Vicki Ashworth for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 1. “Since criminal cases account for over 80 percent of the work of our court, it is essential that we have a judge […]

Varying ramp closures for Sly Park Rd.

POLLOCK PINES – Caltrans is advising motorists of scheduled ramp and lane closures this week on U.S. Highway 50 in Pollock Pines due to construction. Beginning the night of April 7 on-ramp and off-ramp closures have been approved at Sly Park Road from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. the next day. All ramps won’t be […]

Heard over the back fence: Lunar eclipse show awaits night owls

A ZEN ZINGER: The “Zen” calendar offers the following observation: “The best things in life are: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties in your hand, the path is right just before you.” — Robert Louis Stevenson TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: You can observe the total Lunar Eclipse on April 14-15 from […]

Hike Yosemite Valley with James McGrew

YExplore Nature Tours presents a five-hour introductory walk through Yosemite Valley, led by James McGrew. He will expertly guide you through the valley to discover its vast beauty while discussing the natural history of this remarkable place. Participants will have ample opportunities to absorb the area’s budding spring wildflowers while uncovering the incredible vistas that have […]

League of Women Voters plans forums

The League of Women Voters of El Dorado County will be hosting the following candidate forums: April 16: Elected department heads – Board of Supervisors chamberrs 6-8:30 p.m. April 21: Supervisor, District 5 – Pollock Pines Camino Community Room 6-9 p.m. April 24: Superior Court judges, Offices 1 & 5, sponsored by the Camino Community […]

UMHS yearbook wins award

Union Mine High School’s 2012-2013 yearbook, the Rattler, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2014 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage for the third time. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, […]

Heard over the back fence: Carnival planned at EDH Library

SOLAR SYSTEM ADVICE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt solar-system-advice statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!” SPRING CARNIVAL TIME: A Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 1 to […]

Heard over the back fence: e-waste collection Saturday

ADVICE FROM A GARDEN: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Garden” T-shirt statement: “Cultivate lasting friendships * Sow seeds of kindness * Listen to sage advice * Don’t let the little things bug you * Be outstanding in your field * Take thyme for yourself * No Vining!” E-WASTE DISPOSAL: Gold Country Vaulters have partnered […]

Spring Art Show brightens the landscape

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is to wash the dust off your soul.” It’s spring. Take Picasso’s advice and take time to wash the dust off your soul by attending the annual Placerville Art Association’s Spring Member Art Show Monday, April 7 through Friday,  April 11 at the El Dorado County Government […]

Heard over the back fence: Seafood feast tix available

KNOW WHEN TO SHUT UP: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following Will Rogers quote: “After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good, he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.” SEAFOOD FEAST TIME:
 “Legal Professionals Seafood […]

‘Little Shop’ offers a morality lesson

What: “Little Shop of Horrors” Who: Ponderosa High School drama department Where: Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: April 3 to 5 and April 10 to 12 with showtimes at 7 p.m. all six days and 2 p.m. matinées on April 5 and 12 Cost: Tickets are $15 each and Ponderosa students with valid […]

Everyone wins at the Nature Bowl

The spring-green grass at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma was crawling with kids on two recent sunny days — students from area schools intent on getting close to nature and taking their classroom learning to the source itself. The students participated in the 29th annual Nature Bowl, with the competition in Coloma […]

Play offers important messages

What:  ”You Can’t Take It With You” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Playhouse on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville in Placerville When: Friday, March 28 through Saturday, April 19 Cost: All Tickets are $15 and groups $12 Information: 530-642-0404   Imagination Theater’s latest play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” presents a frolicking, fun-loving family that […]

Register for Camino Chartered

Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School, a free public school with an emphasis on science and math, is now open for fall registration. The school provides an academically rigorous standards-based curriculum using natural resource-based education as an integrating context for learning across the curriculum. It offers several options for students in fourth through eighth […]

Friday deadline to seek Camino board seat

Michael Douglas, a member of the Camino Union School District Board of Trustees, submitted a letter of resignation effective March 5. The Camino Union School District Board of Trustees would like to fill this vacancy through a provisional appointment. All interested residents of the Camino Union School District are encouraged to apply. To apply for […]

Heard over the back fence: A potpouri column

LIGHTHEARTED FENCE COLUMN: It’s the day before April Fool’s Day, so I’ve decided to offer a lighthearted “Fence” column for the spring season. Enjoy April Fool’s Day and relax while you catch spring fever. T-SHIRTS TO PONDER: With thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statements: “Blink if you want me.” “Instead of a sign […]

Girl Scouts helping make garden grow

Six blossoming beauties, all members of Girl Scout Jr. Troop 1321 of Placerville, have been working diligently to help raise money for the popular garden program at Louisiana Schnell School. The fifth-graders, Rebecca Hulsing, Haley Kline, Chloe Habas, Tessa Bush, Abby Porter and Zoe Bryant all are busy selling ceramic tiles that will decorate a […]

Heard over the back fence: Lobster and seafood dinners

DON’T QUESTION BOB: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Question Authority, But Do Not Question Bob.” VFW LOBSTER DINNER: Our local veterans are sponsoring a lobster dinner (live Maine lobster) on Saturday, March 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Dr. Tickets are $30 per person and includes your entry drawing for […]