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Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

The Annunciation Angel has returned to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour on Coloma Street in Placerville. The beautiful stained glass window was set on Aug. 2 after almost a year absence. The church was vandalized on Sept. 8, 2014 and along with a few stolen items, the stained glass window of the angel Gabriel, the […]

Heard over the back fence: Cameron Park Events

The Main Street Farmers Market takes place on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to dusk until Sept. 30 and is located around the Bell Tower, 385 Main St., Placerville. There will be local fruits and vegetables and live music. Vendors accept W/C and EBT. For more information call (530) 919-5696. UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: […]

Things are cool on the set

Wow, Perry King has managed to find a great old guy to be in his new film, an actor with so much character in his face that you just can’t wait to see what part he’s going to play in “The Divide.” But I wonder where Perry is … “He’s been working several months, getting […]

Heard over the back fence: A Shot of Love

 If you are a homebound adult 60 years or older and you are medically or physically disabled, you may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. For more information call (530) 621-6160. PEOPLE WHO LOVE SEWING:
 The American Sewing Guild group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. […]

Classics come to Main Street

What: Hangtown Car Show Who: Placerville Lions Club, Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: Mike Ocenosak at (530) 622-1731 August nights bring out classic cars in many locales and Placerville celebrates that fall tradition with the Hangtown Car Show on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-8. Main […]

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Sept. 11

Jeanne Harper sent the following special commemoration notice regarding Sept. 11: There is a special commemoration that is done here in Pollock Pines on 9/11. Jay Chop, talented musician, plays taps four different times starting at 5:40 in the morning and extending for each exact time that the United States was attacked on […]

Pass the chili sauce — or pass up on something special

Most people think, “What’s for dinner?” but those who have sampled Nancy Kam’s specialty have revised their daily plan: “What will go good today with my chili sauce?” If that seems like exaggeration, then you haven’t tasted Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce. The sauce, which consists of only five ingredients, comes in two flavors: “Sweet […]

Top dog trainer comes to Placerville

The spring issue of Dog Fancy magazine named dog trainer Pat Miller as one of 45 people who changed the dog world. She shares that distinction with such notable names as Betty White, Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar, David Frei, Patricia McConnell, Karen Pryor and Sophia Yin. Miller, who is originally from the Bay Area, worked […]

Heard over the back fence: Country Western Dance

Children can practice reading out loud with trained therapy dogs, McCaffrey, Lola and Chuck. On Aug. 28 from 3-5 p.m. children can join the fun. No reservations are required at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE: 
A Country Western Dance is scheduled for Aug. 29 […]

Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary seeking grant applications

The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club is seeking applications for mini-grants. Mini-grants are funded by Evening in the Orchard held on Thursday, Sept. 10. Any project or program that is designed to benefit local children and/or the residents of the local Pollock Pines and Camino communities will be considered for funding. Applications should deal with projects […]

Wine barrel art sure to please the pallet

What: Craft Faire Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: No admission or parking fee Information: (530) 672-3436 or visit placervilledowntown.com His tan face could be carved from the very oak he lovingly crafts into beauty, with life’s worries and cares set deeply in the lines […]

Heard over the back fence: Keep on Smiling

”Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” offers the following thought: “Present a no-nonsense attitude when defending your values and your family.” KEEP ON SMILING:
 John Bruno gave me the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we […]

Festival fun

Children's art greets attendees of Sunday's Placerville Music Festival. Children’s art greets attendees of the Placerville Music Festival. DSC_2482 ew Grey Miller of Shingle Springs turns on one of his guitar lamps for sale at the Placerville Music Festival. Miller takes used guitars and mounts them as lighting for home decor. DSC_2514 ew Artist and […]

Parking lot going to the dogs at Bow Wow Block Party

No matter how much you want to, don’t grab the little white dog with the big ears and peanut-shaped brown spot on his butt. Do your best to resist cuddling him under your shirt so they can’t see him as you dart out the door. Don’t do that — because if you play by the […]

‘See How They Run’ coming to Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater is pleased to announce the upcoming show “See How They Run,” a British farce directed by Lanny Langston. The show opens on Friday, Sept. 11 and runs through Oct. 4. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress; a cockney maid who has […]

Heard over the back fence: Car Show and Party

 Senior Game Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Several board games will be offered for play. Stop by and create some new friendships. For more information call (530) 677-2231. CAR SHOW AND PARTY:
 Plan now to attend the […]

From Ukraine to love: Twin girls thrive after adoption

If it weren’t for the braces that grip her legs and the crutches 10-year-old Hannah Hodel uses to dart around the family room in Placerville, it would be difficult to tell her apart from her twin, Elle. They’re both pretty girls with long, sandy hair and infectious smiles that perfectly mirror each other. They play […]

Heard over the back fence: Wine, food and music

 Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Family History Center in the Church of Latter-day Saints building, 3275 Cedar Ravine, Placerville. There will be round discussion groups “to discover what, when and why, how we’re all in this […]

Tart it up at 20 Mile Taste

What: 20 Mile Taste Who: Ag in the Classroom Where: Davies Family Inn at Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $35 Information: agintheclass-edc.org It’s not always a good idea to bring a tart to the party and set tongues to wagging, but in this case it’s exactly […]

Heard overthe back fence: Hangtown Car Show

 Homebound adults 60 years or older who are medically or physically disabled may qualify for home delivery of senior meals. Contact (530) 621-6160 for more information. GET THOSE RINGERS READY:
 The El Dorado Community Hall Horseshoe Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at the El Dorado Community Hall in the township […]

Writer to ‘whip’ up crowd

The whips, as stagecoach drivers of the Old West were called, all hung out together drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. How could one of them — for 30 years — keep secret the fact that “he” was actually a woman? Hollywood actress Karen Kondazian became fascinated with the story of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst decades ago, […]

Chess club has the right moves

It was 2:30 in the morning and Laurie Goodremote’s husband Peter still wasn’t home from playing chess in Placerville. She was just about to call the hospital when in walked hubby, apologetic and explaining that the game took a little longer than expected. She really couldn’t get that mad, because it was Laurie who saw […]

Music festival features nationally known talent

What: FolsomFest Who: Carrera Productions and Folsom Chamber of Commerce Where: Rodeo Park, 200 Stafford St. in Folsom When: Saturday, Aug. 8, gates open at 2 p.m. show 3-9:45 p.m. Cost: Adults $45, children 7-12 $10, children 6 and younger free Information: (916) 941-9001 or folsomfest.com/html/bands.htm   The sounds of rhythm & blues, Americana rock and roots music will have people dancing into […]

Music rocks in Shingle Springs

The Shingle Springs Community Center concerts continue with an amazing showcase of talent on Saturday, Aug. 8 featuring the band Merry Mac along with opening act Christain DeWild. DeWild  is a charismatic performer as well as an accomplished songwriter. He is just as at home singing solo as he is fronting his own rocking band. DeWild’s […]

But you can never leave: MORE boutique store has more

It was entirely appropriate that the Eagles’ “Hotel California” was playing through the sound system at the Something MORE Boutique on Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Because (with apologies to Glenn Frey and Don Henley) you can check out anything you like and if you had your way, you would never leave. Just try to […]

Heard over the back fence: Holy Humor Time

 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended Ponderosa or know of someone who […]

Heard over the back fence: Ponderosa Class Reunion

Logan Bruttig is a very successful student and will continue to be busy for a long time. We received the following information: “Logan Bruttig of El Dorado and alumni of Union Mine High School, has accepted Pacific Northwest University Medical School’s invitation in Washington to pursue a medical degree and specialize […]

Heard over the back fence: New Phone Scam

Outdoor movies are shown on the lawn at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, at 7:45 p.m. The Aug. 8 movie is “Gulliver’s Travels.” This feature-length cartoon will be offered plus “Betty in Blunderland” and “Superman.” Bring a lawn chair, blanket, etc. Donations are welcome. Popcorn is […]

Heard over the back fence: Pooch Plunge Time

 On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Cameron Park Country Fest will take place at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park. Guests can enjoy live music, show off grilling skills in a barbecue competition, take part in old-fashioned games or one of the ‘just for […]

National Night Out — no bad guys allowed

You can tell looking at the faces in a crowd that sometimes when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, perhaps not every word is sinking in with the meaning it truly deserves. Maybe if you heard from an 11-year-old just how she feels about the venerable pledge of freedom it would have a bit more […]

Mother Lode Art Exhibit — poetry in art

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” — Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci just can’t be wrong. Can he? But, could it be a combination of the two? Well, the Placerville Arts Association (PAA) invites the public to attend its 49th annual […]

Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

 University officials have notified us that Tatiana M. Dimugno of Placerville has been named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Tatiana is a sophomore. Congratulations, Tatiana! Keep […]

Drop the cell phone and pick up the paintbrush: Sugarloaf tempts teens to explore personal creativity and growth

It was a simple question, not meant to cause tears — but the welling of emotion as Sue Musker explained why she believes her father John Pratt helped begin Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp almost 60 years ago perhaps told the entire story. If her reaction wasn’t enough, then consider the string-art composition created by one […]

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

Officials at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., have informed us that Emily Dess recently received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Emily is the daughter of David and Sandra Dess of El Dorado Hills. Congratulations, Emily! Your future looks very bright! HUGE RUMMAGE SALE:
 The St. Patrick Ladies Society’s annual huge […]

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

 The El Dorado County Mineral Gem Society welcomes the following new members: Sharon Prichard, Jane Deming, David Oates, Karen Lindwall, James Knapp, Fred and Kathy Heymann, Wayne and Shirley Kuykendall, and Nick and Katie Gladding. Welcome and enjoy this fun and friendly club. NEW LION LEADERS: 
Mother Lode Lions Club has elected […]

A good time was had by all

Locals and visitors flocked to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to get a taste, and look at cowboy culture and western living at Cowboys and Cornbread on July 19. The day-long event, presented by the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featured old-fashioned fun, […]

25 years of Scher magic

What: “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” — the dance company’s 25th annual Showcase Spectacular Who: On Stage Productions Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Information: 530-644-0373 If Melissa Steed Huskinson’s baby girl Ella kicked a lot when her mom was expecting, Melissa has only herself to […]

Heard over the back fence: Goose on the loose

 On Fridays at 1:15 p.m., the Placerville Senior Center is showing free movies in the new Resource Room. Complimentary popcorn is served. The July 24 movie is “The Rewrite,” described as follows: “An Oscar winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, […]

More than before at It’s Personal

It’s Personal Bistro is … more. At its new location, 414 Main St. in Placerville, since the end of May, the wine lounge and bistro has more room, more food, more beer and wine — more of just about everything. The long, narrow space of the new location is decorated in warm, bright colors and […]

Heard over the back fence: Musical Joy Ride

 Paul Schrader provided the following information: The monthly meeting of the Senior Stampers will be held on Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The meeting is open to anyone interested in stamp collecting. At this meeting members are asked to bring something from […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to stock up

Linfield College has informed us that Kyle Belcher and Connor Sende of El Dorado Hills have been named to its Dean’s List for the spring semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits with at least a 3.65 grade point average. Congratulations, Kyle and […]

Little Lila loves bustin’ mutton

It took a bit of dancing around before Michael Webb finally admitted the truth: His daughter doesn’t practice mutton bustin’ on the two family goats, despite what he had earlier hinted to the Mountain Democrat. “She practices on me,” Dad said sheepishly, before breaking into a grin at having fooled the press. Well, Michael, this […]

Goat good as gold for mutton bustin’

Midas is an easy touch.  All it takes is a couple of Wheat Thins to get the gold-colored goat to cooperate as young Drew Foltz climbs on its back to practice for the real thing: riding a sheep during the MuttonBustin’ competition at Cowboys and Cornbread coming up Sunday, July 19 at the El Dorado […]

Cowboys and Cornbread honors Old West with day of fun

When you live in a place called Old Hangtown and there’s a daylong event promising fun for all cowboys and cowgirls, there’s really no excuse for staying home. Point your boots toward the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 19 and head for Cowboys and Cornbread, a celebration of all things West. That means […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading to Ruby

 On Wednesdays, children can practice reading out loud with Ruby, the therapy dog, from noon-2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information call (916) 358-3500. BINGO TIME!
 On Mondays and Thursdays play bingo at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Senior Nutrition lunch at the El […]

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