Friday, August 29, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Relay for Life Sept. 7

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I have to stop saying, ‘How Stupid Can You Be?’ SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT AS A CHALLENGE!” RELAY FOR LIFE TIME: The Relay fr Life festival for cancer survivors will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

Heard over the back fence: Chamber of Commerce tee time

FUN AND GAMES WARNING: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “It’s all fun and games until the police show up.” TAIL GATE SALE — A “Special Ladies Event” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Rd. Bring your gently used jewelry […]

Heard over the back fence: Big quilt show in Cameron Park

DISAPPEARING MONEY: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an OUT-OF-MONEY EXPERIENCE.” ANNUAL QUILT SHOW: The Gold Bug Quilters’ annual Quilt Show will be held at the Cameron Park Community Services Gymnasium, 2502 Country Club Dr., on Sept. 5, 6, and 7. Show hours on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, are 10 a.m. to […]

Employer job forum set for Sept. 3

El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Target will share information about the organization, what they look for in […]

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Heard over he back fence: It’s time to buy tix for Lobster on the River

PREVENTING INSANITY: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “In medieval times, it was believed that owning a cat could help cure insanity.” LOBSTER ON THE RIVER: Placerville Rotary invites all of us to join them for the “Lobster on the River” fundraiser to benefit local community projects. The fun will take place on Saturday, […]

‘When I’m 64…’: Pebble Beach Concours shows it’s got muscle

Anyone would agree that Ferrari is a muscle car and this year’s 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show winner was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM owned by former Microsoft president Jon Shirley of Medina, Wash. Shirley has owned the car since 1995 and it has gone through two restorations, an initial two-year […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire Benefit Aug. 22

WHEN IN DOUBT . . . DELAY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I will take care of my procrastination problem . . . Just You Wait and See!” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Georgianne Knight joins county ed board

During its regularly scheduled Aug. 14 meeting, the El Dorado County Board of Education provisionally appointed Georgianne Knight to the vacant board position, representing District 1. Her appointment expires in November. She is the only candidate running for the seat on the November ballot. Knight has worked for the California Department of Education for 18 […]

Priest Mine open Labor Day weekend

The Hangtown Gold Bug Park Development Committee, in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept., is offering special tours of the seldom seen Priest Mine over all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The Priest Mine traces its origins to the peak of the Gold Rush, about 1850, and is seldom open to […]

Heard over the back fence: Sand Fire benefit Friday

ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST: Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt statement: “Ask your doctor if medical advice from a TV commercial is right for you.” SAND FIRE BENEFIT: The “Sand Fire Benefit” fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]

New county counsel starts in September

Following a late afternoon closed session July 15, El Dorado County Supervisors announced their appointment of Robyn Truitt Drivon to the position of County Counsel. Drivon is currently the County Counsel of Yolo County in Woodland since 2006 and is very experienced, said outgoing County Counsel Ed Knapp after he made the official report of […]

Local races attract candidates

With Aug. 13 being the deadline for candidates to file to run for various local elected positions, below is a list of those throwing their hats in the ring in selected races. Running for one spot on the Los Rios Community College District, Trustee Area 3, are Marc Allaman, John Knight, Brad Trimble and Leroy […]

Craft fair

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Delta Council rotates members

Four years after the Delta Stewardship Council was formed as an independent state agency, four new members have joined the council. Of the seven members on the Delta Stewardship Council, four are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, one member is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, one appointed by the […]

Rotary accepting mini-grant applications

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants that will be used for any project or program that is designed to benefit local children or the residents of the Pollock Pines-Camino communities. Applications should deal with projects up to $1,000. Those applicants selected will be requested to make a presentation describing the results […]

What? Me, worry? End guilt

Life Enriching Communication is offering a workshop, “Overcoming Guilt, Transforming Shame: The Power of Compassion,” to El Dorado County. The workshop will be held at Federated Church on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will help participants work through guilt by compassionately embracing it and transforming it. There will be […]

Heard over the back fence: Diamond Springs car show planned

TIMING IS IMPORTANT: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Everybody makes mistakes. The trick is to make them when no one is looking.” FIREFIGHTERS FUNDRAISER: The Diamond Springs-El Dorado Firefighters Association invites you to attend their Classic Car Show at the Fire Department, 501 Main St., Diamond Springs, on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to […]

Heard over the back fence: Railroad history to be offered

T-SHIRT RECOMMENDATION: John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?” RAILROAD HISTORY LECTURE: A lecture titled “History of Railroads in El Dorado County” will be presented on Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Social Room of the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr. […]

CHP offers three dates for Smart Start classes

The CHP will be holding Start Smart classes on Aug. 26, Sept. 15 and Oct. 3. “Driving smart to stay safe” is the theme of the program, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. Teens and parents will learn about “the hazards of driving, distractions, DUIs” and more. The program, which lasts about three hours, takes place at […]

Mountain lion seen in Diamond Springs

A mountain lion was spotted on Aug. 7 around 5:30 a.m. having killed a deer near the home of Carolyn Wells in the area between Lon Court and Duffy Road in Diamond Springs. Wells said she took some earlier photos of the doe and noticed the deer had been injured behind the right shoulder along with […]

Water saving enabled new field

One of the sports fields at Herbert C. Green Middle School is green — the result of a partnership and some strategic water conservation. The uneven, gopher hole-ridden upper field was due for refurbishing, but then the state issued  a Stage 2 water alert and El Dorado Irrigation District sent out water reduction notices. “Our upper […]

Main Street goes artsy and crafty

Pewter, pirate ware and wine charms, pottery, handmade lotions and beauty products, photography, jewelry from whale bones and fossils and all manner of art and artistic talent will be on display at the 18th annual Placerville Art and Craft Faire, on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’ve never seen a hair spiral, […]

Heard over the back fence: High school reunion time

CHEERFUL IS BETTER: John Bruno sent the following “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” quote: “Try always to be the cheerful guest. Remember, curiosity and generosity are two antidotes to aging.” EFFECTIVE AUG. 1: Residents of the Outingdale service area are once again subject to a Stage 4 Water Emergency.  Due to state restrictions, outdoor water use is […]

Heard over the back fence: 20-Mile Taste Aug. 16

HUSBAND EXAGGERATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “A Few Good Smiles” quote: “A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.” 20-MILE TASTE FUNDRAISER: We received the following announcement regarding this fundraiser: “Please join us at the second annual “20-Mile Taste” fundraising event to be held on […]

A cornucopia for the tasting

What: Farm to Table 20 Mile Taste Who: Ag in the Classroom — El Dorado County Where: Davies Family Inn at Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 For Jim Road, Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $35 per person Information: 530-303-8117 What could be more enjoyable than sumptuous food and wine served in a naturally beautiful […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Craft Fair Sunday

HOW TO LOSE CALORIES: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Life Hack” quote: “Eating celery is technically exercise. When you eat celery, you burn more calories digesting it than you consume.” HUGE CRAFT FAIR: The 17th annual Placerville Craft Fair is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main St., Placerville. CAMINO […]

Heard over the back fence: Guitar contest at EDH Library

EFFECTIVE SLEEPING PILL: My friend Paul Chafer provided the following quote: “Working most of her life, Grandma finally retired. At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her. As the young doctor was looking through these, his eyes grew wide as he […]

Property damaged in fire eligible for property tax relief

Property damaged in the Sand Fire is eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. Weiland explained that there are provisions of the Revenue & Taxation Code that immediately reduce the assessed value in recognition of loss caused by calamity such as the Sand fire. In order to qualify […]

Sing while you paint

What: 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Aug. 3-17  daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Cost: Exhibition free Information: 530-676-3959 or   Have you been hearing more singing in the air lately? Well, you’re not going nuts. Pablo Picasso […]

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Heard over the back fence: Authors coming to Main Library

GO FOR IT! The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following thought: “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” — Christopher Reeves, actor LOCAL AUTHORS’ PRESENTATIONS: On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, the following authors […]

Heard over the back fence: Hawks and owls to visit Pollock Pines

AVOID SMALL THINKERS: A glance at the “Bits and Pieces” magazine reveals the following recommendation: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain MEET YOUR LOCAL OWL: On Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., the […]

Relief temporary for Outingdale

El Dorado Irrigation District temporarily lifted drought watering restrictions in the Outingdale service area during the Sand Fire. General Manager Jim Abercrombie reported July 28 that the Outingdale water tank was filled and an emergency generator was ready to keep the water lines charged for fire suppression purposes. Once the threat of fire has passed, […]

Gov’t services offered to fire victims

The El Dorado County, state and federal governments offer a multitude of services to those affected by the Sand Fire. From the county, Health and Human Service offers public preparedness services, adult protective services, animal shelter and services, public health and mental health services. Crop damage will be assessed by the county Department of Agriculture. […]

Heard over the back fence: Story of Sierra Nevada Phillips to be told

OLD CAN BE BETTER: Paul Chafer sent the following : “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “All you young whipper-snappers will never know the satisfaction of slamming down a receiver on a rotary phone.” PHILLIPS CLAN REVISITED: Mary Jo Sonntag, author of “Write If You Live to Get There” will be a guest speaker at the Placerville […]

Nuns discover a pleasant place

The attributes of El Dorado County attracted a small community of Theravada Buddhist nuns to established a monastery for women. The quiet, wooded property in the Pleasant Valley area was a perfect place for them and in spring the move was made to the rural parcel. Practicing in the Thai Forest Tradition, the sisters pursue their […]

El Dorado wines win in Amador

After more than 40 years, the Amador County Fair commercial wine competition has evolved to become the showcase for Sierra Foothill American Viticultural Area wines. For the second year in a row a Mourvedre from Amador County was awarded Best of Show, from Morse Wines in 2014. By the end of the day of judging […]