Friday, March 27, 2015

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 […]

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. […]