Friday, March 6, 2015

Heard over the back fence: Passing on our values

Marshall Community Health Library is offering a presentation titled “Girlfriends, Good for Your Health” on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Marshall’s Upper Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, Cameron Park. To reserve your spot, call 530-626-2778. PASSING ON OUR VALUES: 
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is […]

Jason Block’s singing career hits a high note

It’s a wonder he could sing at all during choir practice at Ponderosa High School on March 3, as Jason Block’s wide grin never left his face. And no wonder, since he just got back home to Cameron Park after singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. Jason, son of Jennifer and […]

Jubilee to celebrate the county

What: County Wide Jubilee Who: Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. Information: 530-622-4354 or 530-621-4591   The first ever County Wide Jubilee, dubbed “a night celebrating El Dorado County,” is set for Thursday, March 12 with entertainment, local […]

Telling the story his way

When Perry King puts an old, battered cowboy hat on his head he instantly turns into a man who rides the range, rounding up cattle and inspiring romantic tales of the Old West. And it’s not even his hat. “This is Johnny Kemp’s hat,” said King, flashing the smile that has filled the movie screen […]

Heard over the back fence: Celebrate our Country

 A new class titled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” has the following description: “This program will cover topics such as: symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease and […]

Felines for friends

Cisco, a gray, green-eyed charmer meets you at the gate at Fat Kitty City, followed by Chip and Dale, striped tabby brothers who politely come up and ask for a pat. Sebastian, a huge, fluffy clone for Deuteronomy in the musical “Cats,” catches some rays in the play structure while Mystery, white with tortoiseshell markings, […]

Heard over the back fence: Mexican Train Dominoes

 The “Hunter Safety” class is for ages 10 and older. This class is scheduled for March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is an all-day class. Please bring a #2 pencil and lunch. Obtain class book from CSD and/or study online at Complete the self-study quiz at the end […]

Heard over the back fence: Rebecca rolls

An event planning group is now forming for the next Relay for Life event. They will meet on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 1242 Broadway, Placerville. Bring a friend! REBECCA ROLLS: 
Is it true that my granddaughter, Rebecca Billingsley, is undefeated in playing tennis for Folsom Lake […]

Nothing but the best for Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye is more than comfortable in his new kitchen; it’s as though he’s been there for years though the new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater opened Feb. 2. Chalaye checks the oven, flips seasoned beef in a pan, then turns to sip on a pilsner and casually chats as […]

Heard over the back fence: How to measure success

 My pen pal John Bruno sent the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington HIP HOP CLASS: A “Beginner Hip Hop Dance” class is […]

Last wish is granted

As they spent their last days together, Lauren Murphy told her husband Judge, a man she had loved for 16 years, that she no longer would sing her beautiful songs after he died. He told her that would be wrong. “He said, ‘Honey, I’m going to get myself better — please just play for me, […]

Bill Warns joins the century club

What’s the secret to living to 100 years old? Bill Warns had to think about it for a minute and then said, “Drink water … no whiskey and no cigarettes.” Thursday, Bill joins the century club. He was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Illinois and grew up on a farm in the Prairie State […]

Heard over the back fence: Dealing with limitations

SENIOR LUNCH MENU: Senior lunches are available for adults 60 years and older. Today’s lunch is: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Italian Blend Vegetables, Peaches, Juice, Garlic Bread and Milk and Coffee. For more information, call 530-621-6160. HOME DELIVERED MEALS: Homebound adults 60 years or older who are medically or physically disabled may qualify for home delivery of […]

Heard over the back fence: Apple Hill photo contest under way

DO TREES TALK? John Chapman gave me 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!” FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST: Robyn Delfino provided […]

Baby Wyatt keeps smiling

On his best days, baby Wyatt’s smile is wide and happy. On a bad day, the tiny boy still smiles, but not with the degree of joy that parents Josh and Nicole Musil wish for their child. The Musils adopted Wyatt almost two years ago when it became apparent that the surrogate baby was not […]

Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

What: “Singin’ in the Rain” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Friday, Feb. 20 to March 1 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information: or the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888   A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab feed in Pleasant Valley

BE WELL ROUNDED: My pal John Chapman sent the following T-shirt quote: “Advice from an Apple: 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!” GRANGE CRAB FEED: The Pleasant Valley Grange Crab […]

On the road with ‘Quilt Trail’

“It all started when Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” gave a presentation to the Placerville Gold Bug Quilt Guild,” said Linda George of the local Quilt Trail Project. The California Farm Bureau had featured an article about the Lake County Quilt Trail in its magazine, “California Bountiful.” The article was […]

Enter Apple Hill photo contest

The Apple Hill Growers Association invites photographers to enter the 2015 Apple Hill Facebook Photo Contest. Photographers, 18 years or older, are encouraged to submit color photos that show the appeal of Apple Hill Ranches. Photos may include scenery, people, produce and products of Apple Hill Ranches in any season featuring unique perspectives, beautiful landscapes […]

Heard over the back fence: Railroad history speaker in EDH

I KNOW THIS PERSON: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Cleverly Disguised as a Responsible Person.” RAILROAD HISTORY SPEAKER: On Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., Jim Harville, president of the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad Association, will speak on the past and present history of the oldest railroad built west of the Mississippi River. The […]

‘Hands on History’ travels by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through special presentations, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand […]

Ponderosa wins again

Some teams get all excited when they repeat or three-peat, try 23-peating. The Ponderosa High School Bruins navigated through the 10 disciplines in the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon to take the county title for the 23rd consecutive year. The brain bowl took place at Oak Ridge High School on two days — Feb. 4 and […]

Heard over the back fence: DFW expert to talk about cutthroat trout

STRANGE FUTURE WISH: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “I hope one day to have a psychiatric disorder named after me.” John Chapman said he thought of me when he saw this statement. FISHERMEN UNITE: The El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting at the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 Placerville […]

Heard over the back fence: Join a book discussion group

DEFINING OLD AGE: Thanks to Paul Chafer, we offer the following “Age Appropriate Humor” quote: “Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.” BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: An “Adult Book Discussion Group” meets every third Wednesday of each month at the Placerville Library at 345 Fair Lane […]

Adventures in a wacky world

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Oak Ridge High School’s drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinées Saturdays and Sundays. The play runs for two weekends, Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22. Cost: Tickets are $10 general […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about the gangs of El Dorado County

TALK TO HIS WIFE! John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Someone tell my wife I’m retired.” EL DORADO COUNTY GANGS: The Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 will host an informational presentation on the gangs in El Dorado County. Carol Edwards of the El Dorado County Sheriff Department will be the presenter. It will start at […]

President’s Day closures create 3-day weekend

Some offices throughout El Dorado County will be closed, Monday, Feb.16, due to President’s Day, a state and federal holiday. Here’s a look at what local residents may expect: All schools in El Dorado County will be closed. The offices of the police, fire departments and Sheriff’s Department will be closed. For emergency calls, dial 911. […]

Heard over the back fence: Cronan Ranch hike planned

WHY TEACH ALGEBRA? John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Well, another day has passed and I didn’t use algebra once.” “TAKE A HIKE:” The American River Conservancy has scheduled a Cronan Ranch hike. This hike is a moderate one of 4 miles. Children 10 years old or older and adults are invited. Call for meeting location […]

Heard over the back fence: Pickle ball lessons offered

SQUIRREL PRESSURE: Thanks to John Chapman, the following T-shirt statement is offered: “I have reason to believe the squirrels are mocking me.” PICKLE BALL INSTRUCTIONS: It seems like everyone is learning to play pickle ball. Pickle ball lessons, for ages 18 and up, will be offered on Tuesdays from Feb. 17 through Feb. 24 from 9 to […]

From the artists with love

What: Art from the Heart Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Where: El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion Room, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Judy Arrigotti at [email protected] The ice-blue […]

The wood talks to these crafters

Gathering every second Tuesday of the month for eight years now, members of Gold County Woodcrafters love to swap stories, trade tips, offer advice and even engage in the occasional spirited argument, letting the chips fall where they may. These guys enjoy nothing more than looking at a piece of wood and seeing what most […]

Sheriff’s Office warns of cyber criminals

The El Dorado County Office is warning against possible cyber criminals targeting the county. Victims have reported receiving phone calls from so-called computer technicians, a press release stated. The technicians claim to be working for reputable companies such as Dell, and certified to work on Microsoft products. The caller claims that they have received a message […]

OHV application is USFS open house topic Feb. 11

The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2014-2015 grant cycle. The forest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four ranger districts, printing and […]

Don’t forget to pay your property taxes

According to C. L. Raffety, Treasurer-Tax Collector, the second installment of the secured property tax is now due and will be delinquent if not paid on or before April 10. The mailing address for property tax payments is PO Box 678002, Placerville 95667-8002. Online payment of the tax bill is a real convenience. Electronic check […]

Alzheimer’s seminar Feb. 12 in Cameron Park

Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park is co-sponsoring an upcoming Alzheimer’s Association’s Legal and Financial Planning seminar. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Marshall Community Health Education building, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501 in Cameron Park. Elder law attorney Dustin MacFarlane will lead this interactive program teaching […]

Tahoe vibe rocks at Hard Rock

It’s a shot in the arm for the Lake Tahoe action, a beacon for those who hunger for the glamour of Vegas and a blend of vintage and modern, but the newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has its own Tahoe vibe. Hard Rock Lake Tahoe held its grand opening party on Jan. 28 […]

Heard over the back fence: Plant seeds for garden

RECLINERS ARE LOYAL: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “My recliner and I go way back.” SEED STARTING BASICS: A class titled “Seed Starting Basics” is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. Class will cover seed selection, what to plant when, soil […]

IT takes two in ‘Red, White and Tuna’

What: “Red, White and Tuna” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 15 Cost: Tickets $15 Information: 530-642-0404 or Brilliant writing, sterling actors and an effervescent director — along with an absolutely hilarious plot line — guarantee you’ll forget your troubles for a while as you dive […]

Heard over the back fence: The keys to your success

WHISKEY LOVE: Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following “Puns for Educated Minds” quote: “She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.” TENNIS ANYONE? Do you want to play a little tennis at Lions Park in Placerville? Keys to the tennis courts can be purchased at the Recreation Dept. at 549 Main St., Placerville, for $20. […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance night at Shingle Springs

NEIGHBORLY UNLOVE? My buddy John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “God Bless Everyone, Except My Neighbors.” DANCE NIGHT FUN! On Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., you can dance at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. DJ Jamie Faw will provide the music. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation […]

Tribute artist strives for perfection

What: Elvis Tribute Concert with Johnny Reno Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $13 each, two for $24 or $15 at the door Information: 530-677-2231 Johnny Reno started singing Elvis songs because he loved […]

Heard over the back fence: Chocolate Affair next week

WHY? Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Ever Wonder Why” questions: “Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?” “Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?” “Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?” CHOCOLATE AFFAIR: The “Winter Funtastic” magazine of calendar events notes the following “Chocolate Affair” information: “A Chocolate […]

Employment percentages improve locally

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville MSA was 6.2 percent in December 2014, down from a revised 6.7 percent in November 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.5 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.7 percent for California and 5.4 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate […]