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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. Hichbom, 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

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tours and more

WILD TURKEY BANQUET: The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its first annual banquet on Friday, May 15 at the American Legion facility at 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, games and a warm atmosphere. The cost is […]

Judy Tapson

Judy Tapson wasn’t really a girlie-girl growing up, preferring riding horses to playing dress-up with her friends. But she’s willing to put on frilly dresses and even wear a bustle in vying to become El Dorado Rose for 2015. “I just think it’s time to give back to the community,” said the 72-year-old woman who […]

Bonnie Roberston

Once a week for the past 17 years Bonnie Robertson of Placerville has gone to the El Dorado County Jail to help women there learn to read. Seventeen years. Public service is one criterion for an El Dorado Rose and Robertson appears to have that one covered. Robertson, 69, is one of three local women […]

Carol McLaughlin

If the judges are influenced by the sheer talent shown in the creation of the gorgeous gowns worn by candidates for El Dorado Rose, then Carol McLaughlin is sure to turn a few heads. The woman who for 10 years was costume designer for the former Theatre El Dorado, already has made four outfits for […]

Heard over the back fence: Free car show

SPRING DINNER FUNDRAISER: The Community Resource Center is sponsoring a Spring Dinner on May 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds in Placerville). This is a fundraiser to serve veterans, moms and dads who lost jobs, seniors and others who are homeless or in danger of […]

Stymeists love work and giving back

It wasn’t enough to just get the dings and dents out of their friends and neighbors’ vehicles. Steven and Lori Stymeist wanted to do more. And they did, with Stymeist Collision Center contributing so much to the community that the auto body repair shop came to the attention of the El Dorado County Chamber of […]

Beyond Leadership Development is about success

You’ve got a winning team in your amazing employees, even if each has strong opinions and ideas about how to run the company. If you could just get them to focus and become cohesive in working toward a common goal, this outfit could really go far. What to do? Take a tip from the El […]

Heard over the back fence: Find a friend

ROOKIE COMPUTER LESSONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering, by appointment, free beginning computer lessons for seniors. These three 1-hour lessons are offered to seniors, age 50 and up, who want to learn the basics of computers, including Internet and e-mail. Seniors must have a computer at home to practice skills. […]

How does your garden grow?

What: Gardens of the Hills Tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Gardens in El Dorado County and Green Acres When: Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Adults $25 and children 12 and younger $10 Information: sierrafoothills.assistanceleague.org Like any typical new yard, trial and error often dictate what will grow best. […]

Heard over the back fence: Listen to your cow

A free electronic waste drop-off is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive in Placerville. Pre-collection drop-off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos 530-748-5917. The following items will be accepted: monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, CDs, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital […]

Urban Yogurt is a sweet success

They might call themselves “a couple of retired grandmas,” but there is nothing shy or retiring about the way Kathy Pastula and Nora Lehman have jumped in with four feet to open a frozen yogurt store in Shingle Springs. Urban Yogurt has quickly gained in popularity, becoming the cream of the shops in a corner […]

Heard over the back fence: Mother’s Day Breakfast

 A fundraiser for the Bipolar Insights Education Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Raley’s parking lot, Placerville Drive, Placerville. Pre-collection drop off may be available. Call Cathy Clarke-Amos at 530-748-5917. To determine what items are not accepted, call 530-642-0859. Microwaves can be accepted, but a $5 […]

Crafting a perfect gift for Mom

OK, kids, don’t try this at home. Dumping gobs of paint on the dining room table is not allowed, nor is slinging the paint wildly about the living room — but you can do both and not get into trouble at the Craft Castle in Cameron Park. In fact, Mom might even say, “Thanks.” Kids […]

Heard over the back fence: Painting with oils

 Beginners and advanced beginners are welcome to the Painting with Oils class. Students will learn about types of canvas and paints to use. Please bring a photo to class. The class will be held at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. Required supply list available upon registration. Only odorless/non […]

UCCE Master Gardener plant selection

The UCCE Master Gardeners Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2 at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will have a wide variety of plants available. Payment is cash or check only. For more information call 530-621-5512, e-mail [email protected] or go online at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/. Arrive early for the best selection. Take out […]

Plant sale seeds Demonstration Garden

What: Annual Spring Plant Sale Who: UCCE Master Gardeners Where: Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information: Call 530-621-5512 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. E-mail [email protected] or go online at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/   Drought or no drought, it’s spring and your garden beckons. Nowhere else will […]

Heard over the back fence: Bicycle rodeo

BICYCLE RODEO: A Bicycle Rodeo for ages 3 and up is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado County Library, 2500 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. The rodeo will teach safe riding habits and improve cycling skills. Call 530-677-2231 to register for this free event. REMEMBERING BERTE REYNOLDS: 25 […]

‘As You like It’ gets updated

What: “As You Like It” Who: El Dorado High School Drama Where: Carl Borelli Amphitheater, 651 Canal St., Placerville When: April 30 to May 16, gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Information: studio81.org You have to wonder what old Will would think of the hot-pink shiny boots hugging the legs of some of the […]

Heard over the back fence: Tres de Mayo dinner

FREE COMMUNITY SERVICE: The You Are Not Alone (YANA) program is a free calling service that provides daily phone calls to check on the health of senior citizens. For more information call 530-621-6255. CINCO (TRES) DE MAYO DINNER: On Sunday, May 3 a Tres De Mayo dinner will take place at the Pleasant Valley Grange, […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn to skateboard

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: The Clarksville Region Historical Society will meet on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Students of Mr. Hodgin’s Oak Ridge High School’s history class will offer history presentations. The public is invited. DANCE NIGHT AT SHINGLE SPRINGS: On Friday, May 1, you can enjoy […]

Volunteers love their job

Dick Lawson thought it was “safe” for his wife to volunteer for a horse rescue group because the big-hearted Sue wouldn’t be able to bring them home with her. Guess again, Dick. Sue now has a favorite horse at the sprawling and lovely All About Equine horse rescue ranch in El Dorado Hills and she’s […]

Cruise into ‘Anything Goes’ at Union Mine

What: “Anything Goes” Who: Union Mine High School drama students Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: April 24 to May 2 Cost: $12 for general admission and $10 for students Information: [email protected]   Ocean liners, cabaret singers, public enemies, stowaways and the nobility are all part of “Anything Goes” —the light-hearted […]

Practice makes perfect

Foothills Dance Studio in Shingle Springs has been growing by leaps and bounds … and kicks and spins and pirouettes … as the dancers continue to garner awards and win contests, competing with big-city competition and consistently being named the top troupe. All the accolades are astounding, not only for the dance teams’ impressive accomplishments, […]

Heard over the back fence: Toddler time fun

CAMINO CLEAN-UP DAY: Camino Clean-up Day is April 25 from 8 a.m.-noon at the following location: Sierra Pacific parking lot on Snows Road (off of Carson Road). Watch for the signs. Snowline Hospice will be there with their truck to accept e-waste and gently used donations. To volunteer or inquire about vehicle abatement, please call […]

For the fun of writing

What: Authors’ Day Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: The clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave., Placerville When: Sunday, April 26, noon Cost: $10 Information: 530-626-8868 or 530-622-8501   If you’ve ever wondered about the little town of Rescue and its surroundings or if you’ve ever pondered why your neighbor’s garden is so lush while yours seems to […]

Heard over the back fence: Senior citizen prom

HOW ABOUT SOME SPAGHETTI? The $3 senior lunch on April 23 is: spaghetti with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, half banana, French bread and milk. This lunch is for seniors, 60 years and older. For location of nearest senior lunch site for you call 530-621-6110. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: On Saturday, April 25 a Taco Feed Fundraiser will take […]

Heard over the back fence: Wildflower walk

SPANISH STORYTIME: Children, ages 2 to 5 and their adults, are invited for evening stories, songs and crafts, in Spanish and English, every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Kids can wear their jammies. CHILDREN’S STORYTIME: The Children’s Storytime class is designed […]

Girl goes all out for abandoned dogs

A tiny dancer with a huge heart for animals is taking time from her busy days to put on a luncheon fundraiser to benefit rescue dogs, one of which jumps on three legs around the family home in El Dorado Hills. Alysa Clay, a 15-year-old sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, spends 20 hours a […]

Heard over the back fence: Glow in the dark walk

DONUT … THE PERFECT GIFT: Today is my birthday. Although I am a devout health fiend, I will accept a glazed old fashion donut as a birthday present — today only. FOSTER CHILDREN FUNDRAISER: On April 18 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. a rummage sale to benefit El Dorado County Foster Children will be held at […]

Art Studio 360 celebrates opening

The public is invited to join the artists at Art Studio 360 on Saturday, April 18 from  6-9 p.m. for the grand opening of the studio at 360 Main St. in Placerville. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and appetizers. When entering the newest art gallery and studio located in the heart of Main Street […]

20 years of sharing God’s love

What: 20th anniversary celebration Who: Rolling Hills Christian Church Where: 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills When: Sunday, April 19, with services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 916-939-3527 On Easter Sunday in 1995, 170 people gathered at Oak Ridge High School to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. That celebration marked the birth of Rolling […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero style

 You can enjoy “April ‘Pools’ Day” on Saturday, April 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Community Pool, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. Bring the entire family. For more information call 916-933-6624. CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY:
 The public is invited to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 from 10 a.m.-noon, at the […]

Heard over the back fence: Cake auction time

To celebrate “National Library Week,” April 12-18, the Cameron Park Library is sponsoring an “Open House” on Friday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. Drive out to 2500 Country Club Drive and check out the library’s new carpet. TACO FEED FUNDRAISER: The El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, El Dorado, is sponsoring […]

Googling at Herbert Green

“Notebook” no longer means three-hole punched, white, ruled paper. Eighth grade students in the technology class at Herbert Green Middle School can build their own Websites, research history, “share” their work and write essays about advertising or diabetes. They are  powering through their classes using Chromebooks instead of pencils and a class laptop instead of an […]

Ante up for a good time

What: Hangtown Hold ‘em poker tournament Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc., 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, April 11, registration at 3 p.m., gaming at 4 p.m. Cost: $60 buy in Information: 530-621-5885   Hey poker players: Think you can whip the guy who announces the World Series of […]

Heard over the back fence: Mystery wine tour

UNIVERSE NOTIONS: The El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, is offering the following presentation: “El Dorado Hills Senior Center has invited Amateur Astronomer and volunteer Docent at the Rotary Club of Cameron Park’s Community Observatory (located in Placerville), Mike Turney, to give his presentation titled “Universe of Possibilities: A Diary of Cosmic Connection.” Today […]

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