Monday, October 20, 2014

8 vie for Cameron Park CSD

Four positions on the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District will be filled by voters in November. Three of the spots are for four-year terms and one is to fill a two-year spot. Running to fill the two-year term are Amy Blackmon and Gerald Lillpop. Lillpop said the reason he wants to serve on the […]

Heard over the back fence: Spooky time at the EDH Library

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “Church Bulletin Blooper:” “The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.” SPOOKY LIBRARY: On Thursday, Oct. 30, the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, will be haunted from 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Dedication unites two kindred spirits

They died 139 years apart, but as of Sunday, Oct. 12, the legacies of two women were joined for as long as a granite monument and a marble headstone can withstand the march of time. Friends and family of the late Joan Barsotti, author and philanthropist, gathered on a sun-washed hill overlooking the small Gold […]

Heard over the back fence: Arts Council moving to Fausel House

BRING TWO BLANKETS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin” quote: “This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.” ART COUNCIL MOVING: The following “moving” announcement is provided: “After five years at 459 Main St., the El Dorado Arts […]

Festival celebrates art and wine

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 for wine tasting, no cost for designated drivers and art strollers Information: or 530-672-3436   Artist Geoff Boyd, who died in 2011, no doubt would appreciate the fact that the art he so […]

Art and Wine Festival participating wineries

Beemer’s Winery Bumgarner Winery Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Colibri Ridge Winery Crystal Basin Cellars David Girard Vineyards DiVittorio Winery Drytown Winery Fiddletown Cellars Grace Patriot Wines Gwinllan Estate Winery Hart2Hart Wines Holly’s Hill Vineyards Honey Bear Ranch Winery It’s Personal Wines Karmere Winery Lava Cap Winery Madroña Vineyards Mais Fica Winery Miraflores Winery Nello Olivo Oakstone […]

Sac State is hosting Hornet Day

What’s life like at California State University, Sacramento? Prospective college students can find out how great it is to be a Hornet during the free Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, students and their families can tour the campus, see and hear firsthand from current students about some of Sac State’s dynamic […]

Eden Vale Inn sees red

Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status. The Red Chair is being welcomed at inns and B&B’s throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers. From Oct. 8 through 14 the chair made a visit to Eden Vale Inn, […]

Heard over the back fence: Elks to offer breakfast deal

CHURCH BULLETIN SMILES: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “Church Bulletin Announcement:” “For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.” BISCUITS, GRAVY AND MORE: The Placerville Elks’ Breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs. The cost […]

Heard over the back fence: A gem of a rock show this weekend

WHY WORRY? Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Good Thoughts” quote: “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.” ROCK AND GEM SHOWTIME! The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society will present its annual “Rock and Gem Show” on Oct. 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at thge El Droado […]

Go country

The Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club is adding something new at the this year’s fashion show — men’s fashions. The annual fall fundraiser will feature clothing from Leah Marie’s in Cameron Park and Off Broadway, Renfros and Sierra Western Outlet all in Placerville. The theme for the Thursday, Oct. 16 affair at Cold Springs Golf […]

Planning for Empty Bowls underway

Empty Bowls Supper is a fall tradition in El Dorado County. The supper is a fun and meaningful event to raise funds for the hungry, while raising awareness of hunger. The basic concept is simple. Professional and student artists create handmade ceramic bowls. Guests attending receive a simple meal of soup, bread and a beverage, […]

Shakespeare Club presents golden stories

One winter night as Sarah Fossati and her husband Nic worried over their sick baby, they decided to get the doctor to come all the way from Placerville to the Three Mile House, the boarding house and saloon that they owned and that today is known as the Smith Flat House. Sarah knew the baby […]

Cast gets its feet wet

What: “Metamorphoses” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Union Mine High School, Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Oct. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $10 general and $8 for students Information: 530-621-4003   They […]

Heard over the back fence: Eagle update

ADVICE FROM A COW: John Chapman sent the following “Advice from a Cow” T-shirt statement: “Be outstanding in your field * Eat plenty of greens * Take time to ruminate * Know when to hoof it * Swing your tail *It’s OK to be a little moo-dy * Be udderly brilliant!” EAGLE HEALING NICELY: Joan Bailey provided […]

Tree Santa needs military names and addresses

Geri Hyder needs names and addresses and she needs them quickly. Geri and her husband, Larry, owners of Indian Rock Tree Farm in Camino, have been sending silver-tip fir Christmas trees to U.S. troops all over the world since the Vietnam War. It’s a 40-year tradition the couple takes seriously. The late Carl Borelli, former […]

Gin Blossoms bring ‘jangle crunch’

What: Gin Blossoms Concert Who: Carrera Productions Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Cost: $40 to $48 with premium seats available for $55. Information: 916-608-6888   To prove the staying power of Gin Blossoms, we have to go back to 1995. A couple of years earlier the band’s hits “Hey […]

Heard over the back fence: Time for a hike

SLEEPLESS DRIP ADVICE: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Life in Signs” quote: “On another plumber’s truck: ‘Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.’” TAKE A HIKE! A “Scott’s Lake Hike” is scheduled for Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ARC hike leader, Kay Osborn, will guide hikers on this moderate five-to-six-mile hike. The meeting […]

Heard over the back fence: Bird watching adventure offered

THE AGING PROCESS: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, I offer the following “Getting Older” quote: “A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. ‘Is it true,’ she wanted to know, ‘that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?’ ‘Yes, I’m afraid so,’ the doctor told her. There was a moment […]

Heard over the back fence: Billiards winners from Four Seasons

BE READY FOR LIFE: Review the “Bits and Pieces” magazine, and you will find the following recommendations: “One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.” — Henry Moore, sculptor (1898-1986) HOT SHOTS WIN AGAIN: The Hot Shots Billiard Team from Four Seasons, El Dorado […]

Ground and air vehicles to shine

There’s got to be a thousand Julie Clarks in the world, but when you do an Internet search on the name, the first one that pops up is Cameron Park’s own Julie Clark, world-famous acrobatic pilot and adventurer. Clark is a veteran pilot with 40 years flight experience and 30,000 accident-free hours whose distinctive airplanes […]

Heard over the back fence: Pumpkin contest Sunday

SKIP TO MY LOU: Paul Chafer forwarded the following “How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in Retirement” recommendation: “Skip down the street rather than walk and see how many looks you get.” PUMPKIN CONTEST: The Front Yard Nursery has scheduled their pumpkin contest for Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Nursery at 5801 Mother Lode Dr., […]

Good jokes for a good cause

What: “An Evening of Laughter with Jack Gallagher” Who: Partners in Care Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Friday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $40, at the door $45 Information: 530-344-0700   Partners in Care strives to help those with serious illness, but when it’s your funny bone that needs […]

Heard over the back fence: Octoberfest in EDH

STRANGE PRIORITIES? Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Questions That Haunt Me!” quote: “How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?”  OKTOBERFEST TIME! Families are invited to join “good ol’ German” entertainment, dinner and contests. Tickets are $10 for adults and […]

Q and A on Forebay, other projects

Q. Tell me about the district’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the coming year? I understand the district is focusing on four major projects. A. El Dorado Irrigation District has a lot of assets in the ground — about $800 million worth, spread over 220 square miles. Assuming a 50-year life expectancy of these assets, […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘An Enchanted Tuscan Evening’ tix ready

ADVICE FROM A BARN: John Chapman gave me the following “Advice from a Barn” T-shirt statement: “Build a strong foundation * Think lofty thoughts * Keep stable * Stand the test of time * Make hay while the sun shines * Hold your horses * Don’t leave your barn door open!” ANIMAL RESCUE FUNDRAISER: “All About Equine […]

Something old and something new

What: Placerville Antique Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: 530-672-3436   Vintage, old, antique, repurposed — whatever word you choose, you’ll be able to find an object to fit it at the Placerville Antique Faire, Sunday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. […]

Heard over the back fence: Buy your Lobster Palooza tickets now

PLAY THE COP ROLE: My friend Paul Chafer provided the following “How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in Retirement” quote: “At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars . . . Watch em slow down!” LOBSTERPALOOZA IS BACK! “Lobsterpalooza 2014″ will be held on […]

Snowshoe gets new look

The Snowshoe Thompson mural on the building at 248 Main St. in Placerville is being restored. First completed in the spring of 2003, it reached its 10 year anniversary last May and had begun to show signs of fading. Pat and Beverly Blackwell, owners of the Snowshoe Thompson Building, decided to fund and move forward […]

Heard over the back fence: Hitchcock movie on the lawn

STRAWBERRY ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Strawberry” T-shirt statement: “Blossom where you’re planted * Be tasteful * Drink in the sunshine * Keep close to the earth * Savor lifer’s sweetness * Let good ideas ripen * Jam with your friends!” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: On Oct. 4 at 7:45 p.m., you can […]

Heard over the back fence: Fall festival at library Sept. 27

ADVICE FROM AN APPLE: John Chapman dropped off the following “Advice from an Apple” T-shirt statement: “Be well rounded. Let your plans ripen. Hold on to core values. Savor variety. Eat healthy. Know when to let go. Take a bite out of life.” FALL HARVEST CARNIVAL: The “Fall Harvest Carnival” will be in the parking lot of […]

Roll out the barrels at Oktoberfest

Beer, wienerdogs, beer, hot dogs, beer, dancing — did I mention beer? It’s all part of Placerville’s fourth annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 20 from 3-8 p.m. on Main Street. Oktoberfest in Munich, where the tradition began in 1810, is always in September, not October. A special beer, Marzen is served. Before refrigeration came along to […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a ride on the Wiser Line

RESPECT YOUR PARENTS: Paul Chafer dropped off the following quotation: “Respect your parents . . . They passed school without Google.” FREE STAGECOACH RIDES! On Sept. 20, from noon to 3 p.m., Davey “Doc” Wiser and Friends will offer free stagecoach rides at Fresh Pond. Enjoy your fun trip to our past. RAFTING: Join Foothill Conservancy Sunday, […]

Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

FOLSOM — The Mountain Democrat’s own Ken Deibert perhaps said it best when he described the third annual Italy on Wheels car, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle show at the Murer House Museum in Folsom as a “hidden gem.” An estimated 300-400 people of all ages filled the parking lot and park along with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, […]

Slow Ride rolls for a good cause

Just out of high school in Idaho years ago, Steven Poindexter landed a job as a gravedigger. He didn’t know he would soon be burying one of his buddies from school, killed in Vietnam. “That’s when I became patriotic,” said Poindexter, 61, of Pollock Pines, who three years ago decided to organize an event to […]

KVIE auction features local artists

Celebrating KVIE Public Television’s 33 years of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 2014 KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 250 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator, D Neath, has announced that several artists from Placerville, Cameron Park […]

American River Music Festival has it all

What: American River Music Festival Who: American River Music Festival organization Where: Henningsen Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12, 13 and 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: Ticket packages vary and can be purchased on the Website at or by calling 530-622-6044 Information: or 530-622-6044   The American […]

Heard over the back fence: Fundraiser for Ginny Saturday

ADVICE FROM A TREE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Tree” T-shirt statement: “Stand tall and proud * Sink your roots into the earth * Be content with your natural beauty * Go out on a limb * Drink plenty of water * Remember your roots * Enjoy the view!” FUNDRAISER FOR GINNY: The Camino […]

Apple Hill time

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Heard over the back fence: Learn fly casting

WATCH OUT FOR AWESOME: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I need a new hobby. Being awesome is exhausting.” I guess this is not a T-shirt for modest people? LEARN FLY FISHING: A “Fly Casting” class for ages 13 and up is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cameron Park Lake. […]

Group helps people learn to grieve

“Grief does us; we don’t do grief,” said Julie Interrante. The author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart” and facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s upcoming Grief Support Group said because we live in a culture that doesn’t often talk about dying, people who have lost a loved one struggle to pick […]

Heard over the back fence: Nature’s Wonderland — Pollock Pines to ponder sign

T-SHIRT WARNING: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Ammo is expensive. Don’t expect a warning shot.” If you see someone with this T-shirt — walk away from them — quickly. WELCOME TO POLLOCK PINES: On Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at the Pollock Pines Elementary School District multi-media […]