Friday, April 24, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

Scouts stitch together a good deed

Drunk driving is a terrible thing, even when you’re just steering a piece of cloth beneath a thrumming needle. Nice ladies from a local quilting group have been happy to show 9- and 10-year-old girls how to prevent “drunk driving” at the controls of sewing machines, as the Girl Scouts recently were earning merit badges […]

Heard over the back fence: Hugs are healthy

Gym Fees Reduced: Cameron Park Community Services District’s Community Gym can be used during off-peak times with up to 50 percent off the regular fee. Available times include weekdays and Sundays before 4 p.m. (when available). Please contact the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231 to book the gym. BEWARE […]

Heard over the back fence: Let’s take a hike

 The Mother Lode Lions Club invites you to its long-awaited grand Rr-opening, Saturday, April 18, 1-9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and visit the newly remodeled building. The grand re-opening activities include: face painting, a raffle, a magician and dance music from 6-9 p.m. provided by the “Fabulous Liars.” Lunch can be purchased […]

Smooth future at Honey Hills

When Mary Ann Hickerson and Blake Lawton decided to raise milk goats, there was just one little problem: Neither one of them knew how to milk a goat. “Honey was so gracious with us,” said Hickerson, recalling how the patient female goat put up with the pair’s first attempts to coax the creamy milk from […]

Dinner reaches new heights

El Dorado County wines are known for their food-friendly balance and a great way to experience the subtle complexities is at the winemaker dinners being presented by Manzanita, Table Nectar Catered Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. The “Taste at a Higher Level” winemaker dinner is a gourmet, customized farm-to-table five-course dinner. The meals, […]

Passport elevates the tasting experience

The 24th annual Passport wine event in El Dorado County will present an elevated tasting experience for the wine aficionado and wine novice. Guests will be treated to the award-winning vintages crafted by nearly 30 members of the El Dorado Winery Association during the weekends of April 11 and 12 and April 18 and 19. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Brining and pickling

 Mother Lode Lions is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Road, Placerville. Don’t be late, the egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. sharp. JOIN THE HIKERS: On April 12, you can join Tim and Angela Jackson from 8 a.m.-noon […]

A native way of life

The true harbinger of spring arrives this Saturday, April 4, with the annual Spring Native Plant Sale by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS). The biannual sale (there’s another in the fall) offers a tantalizing, even irresistible selection of California native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials from some of […]

Heard over the back fence: Don’t be fooled

 Today from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at the Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, (off Durock Road), Shingle Springs. Participants earn MyBloodSource rewards that can be redeemed online for great items like a T-shirt or movie pass. Walk-ins are welcome. The blood drive is sponsored by the Placerville Elks Lodge No. […]

Haute cuisine comes home

It’s not that she’s a great cook — which she is — or that she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet — and she is — or that she goes out of her way to make sure her clients are happy — which she does. But put it all together and you’ve got […]

Heard over the back fence: Home and Garden Show

The Mother Lode Lions Club, corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley roads, Diamond Springs, has scheduled its grand re-opening for Saturday, April 18 from 1-9 p.m. Activities include face painting, raffles, music from 6-9 p.m. provided by The Fabulous Liars band. For a minimal fee, barbecue lunch and dinner will […]

Hilarity is nonstop in ‘Spamalot’

What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance the night away

 Officials at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Wash., have informed us that Rebecca Rose Wolfe of El Dorado Hills was placed on its Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must complete at least 12 units for the quarter and attain a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. Congratulations Rebecca, […]

Ranell Carpenter is up for a Sammie

It’s not surprising that the statuesque beauty with the long, blonde hair turns heads as she strolls along Main Street in Placerville. In addition to her obvious charms, Ranell Carpenter was born at Marshall Hospital and has lived here all her life. But the reason people rush out of coffee shops to stop the 25-year-old? […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun in the saddle

 John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I consider on-time to be when I get there.” BRIDGE LESSONS:
 Bridge card lessons and/or play are available Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The following class description is offered: “Our bridge program is […]

Heard over the back fence: Planning your estate

 Today’s Senior Lunch is macaroni and cheese casserole, green beans, applesauce, juice, biscuit and milk. This $3 lunch is for seniors 60 years and older. For lunch location nearest to your address, call 530-621-6160. COMMUNITY BREAKFAST:
 The Sierra Ridge Interact Club (a Rotary-sponsored youth service club) is offering a “Community Breakfast” […]

Spring seeds big doings

With the annual Spring California Native Plant Sale just around the corner on April 4, the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Sale is gearing up for a busy year of public talks, workshops, field trips, Rare Plant Treasure Hunts and field surveys in the King Fire burn areas in the Eldorado National […]

Lacy J. Dalton helps to build tomorrow

What: Lacy J. Dalton — Denim and Diamonds Who: Placerville Rotary Club Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Information: 530-622-1731 or   Wild horses won’t keep Lacy J. Dalton fans from charging to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s time to play cribbage

 “A Helping Hand Homecare” is celebrating seven years in business. They are inviting you to stop by for some cake on March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 6092 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines. JEWELRY CLASS: 
A “Fused Glass Jewelry” class will be available on Tuesday, March 31, from […]

And the moral of the story is …

Start with the end and work backwards — El Dorado High School’s advanced drama class did just that when instructor Paul Tomei asked juniors and seniors to come up with a series of original instructive skits for two Children’s Theater performances at Buckeye Elementary School. Each group of five to seven students brainstormed some instructive morals […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Two for tea and kitty makes three

What: English High Tea Who: Animal Outreach Where: Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge and Wine Bar, 6240 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado When: Saturday, March 21, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $25 per person and $15 for children Information: 530-642-2287   Cats are so adorable that they can’t keep their paws off each other — and as a result […]

Heard over the back fence: Banjo players and lunch

Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we offer the following “Philosophy of Ambiguity” quote: “One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.” WEST POINT APPOINTEE: 
John Klingberg informs us that Brendon Sauer, Ponderosa High School Class of 2013, has received and accepted an appointment to West Point Military Academy. Congratulations, Brendon! […]

Catch the show at the I Love Film Mixer

What: El Dorado County Business Showcase and I Love Film Mixer Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County Film Commission Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, March 13, 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-621-5885   The liveliest catch of the season could be yours if you’re lucky […]

Heard over the back fence: Live darefully

On March 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the El Dorado Western Railroad will offer train rides at El Dorado Station, located next to the El Dorado Community Hall in the town of El Dorado. A $5 donation for ages 9 and up and a $3 donation for ages 3 to 8 are […]

No turkeys at this tournament

What: Strikes for Scholarships Who: Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club Where: Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines When: Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $125 per team Information: 530-417-2027     Strike up the pins — it’s time for the annual bowling tournament that raises money for scholarships and raises the roof with […]

Heard over the back fence: Deal the cards

 A new class “Sugar and Substitutes . . . and How to Decipher Food Labels” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. You will learn all about sugar and sugar substitutes, how food additives are approved and how to decipher […]

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 […]