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Virtual Academy models ready to hit runway

What: Head to Toe Holiday Fashion Show Who: El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy Where: Virtual Academy’s Commons Building, 6540 Koki Lane next to Union Mine High School in El Dorado When: Saturday, Dec. 5, noon Cost: $3 Information: (530) 622-6212, ext. 7020 The second year of the El Dorado Union High School District Virtual Academy’s fashion […]

Heard over the back fence: Free Throw Contest

Members of Morning Star Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 20, of Placerville extend a challenge to other service clubs to help support the Upper Room program on Broadway in Placerville. Brian DeBerry informs us that the Upper Room feeds and helps the homeless and “means a lot to the people in this […]

The Christmas Tree Lane that Bob built

Ever wonder whose idea it was to put Christmas trees all along Highway 50 in downtown Placerville, a cheerful and uplifting sight that has warmed travelers’ hearts for almost 45 years? Robert Conrad. No, not the Hollywood actor — Bob Conrad of Placerville, who owned the Ford dealership that conducted business in the 1970s and […]

Heard over the back fence: Winter Arts Festival

On Dec. 6 the Veterans and Sew 4 Vets are teaming up. Enjoy a hot breakfast for only $6, which includes eggs cooked to your liking, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and juice. After breakfast shop for last-minute Christmas gifts. The event is at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville […]

Bakery among baker’s dozen buildings on Historic Holiday Houses tour

What: Third annual Historic Holiday Houses tour Who: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Parking $8, event $5 Information: (530) 622-3470 It would have been wonderful to live in Coloma in […]

Heard over the back fence: Cookies with Santa

 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. CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING:
 The El Dorado County Transit Authority will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27. […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal is really tweet

What: 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade — A McIntire Family Tradition Who: Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville Where: Broadway and Main Street, Placerville When: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Information: (530) 344-5088 Showing up for a recent photo shoot to publicize the upcoming Hangtown Christmas Parade, the dozen or so cute little kids in their […]

Heard over the back fence: Santa Run event

 The 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition, is being presented by the Mountain Democrat on Sunday, Dec. 6 on Broadway and Main Street in Placerville at 1 p.m. Save the date. SANTA RUN EVENT: 
The Santa Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 […]

Let ‘Mary Poppins’ open your eyes at Imagination Theater

What: “Mary Poppins” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive, El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville When: Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 Cost: $13 to $17 Information: imagionationtheater.net, Brown Paper Tickets at letsgoflyakite.bpt.me or (800) 838-3006. Maggie Bush knew that if she was going to see her two daughters over the next few months, she […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas in Coloma

Christmas in Coloma with the Historic Holiday Tour takes place on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., both days. Historic buildings will be open to the public. There will also be refreshments, caroling, music, wreath making and more. Come on out to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic […]

Pick a card, any card — and help Camino’s needy during holidays

  The baton that has been handed off in a worthy effort in Camino looks just like a Christmas tree, but 15-year-old Jessica Combrink is ready and willing to grab hold with both hands. Jessica is proudly leading the Camino Cares project this holiday season, helping to make sure children in the community who might […]

Heard over the back fence: Lights on Main Street

On Friday, Nov. 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. you can celebrate the holidays on Main Street, Placerville. The festivities will include music, entertainment, visits with Santa and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. across from the courthouse. For more information call (530) 672-3436. MARCIA ROSE BOOK SIGNING:
 Marcia Rose, author of the […]

Don’t miss the stage — catch the Hangtown Christmas Parade

“The stagecoach is coming to town! The stage is coming!” From across the centuries, that shout will resound once again in Placerville as the famed Wells Fargo stagecoach is a featured part of this year’s Hangtown Christmas Parade that sets a holiday mood for the entire town Sunday, Dec. 6, beginning at 1 p.m. That […]

Heard over the back fence: Stagecoach is back

The El Dorado County libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. FREE MOVIES!
 Movies at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., are free every Friday after lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room. Today’s movie is “Space Cowboys,” starring Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones. The Nov. […]

Empty Bowls raises funds for hungry

Hunger exists in every community and El Dorado County is no exception. Estimates are that 13 percent or one in every eight people in the county do not have access to enough food for a healthy, active life, according to national statistics from Feeding America. To help reduce local and global hunger invest in Empty […]

Heard over the back fence: Bunco Brunch

The Gold Nugget Quilters meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. New and seasoned quilters are always welcome. BLUES AND BREWS FOR VETS: 
The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club is presenting the Blues and Brews for Vets event on Saturday, Nov. 14 […]

WJU unveils new Veterans Resource Center

The William Jessup University Public Policy and Business Departments, in cooperation with the California State University, Sacramento Air Force ROTC; and the William Jessup University Veterans Club, will host the university’s seventh annual Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The annual event honors veterans from WJU and veterans from the surrounding community and begins at 7:15 […]

Ready for some Blues and Brews?

The sixth annual Blues and Brews for Vets returns to El Dorado Hills on Saturday, Nov. 14 — another great evening to honor veterans while enjoying fantastic live music and great beer. “I think that I had more fun than anyone,” headliner Alvon Johnson said of last year’s event. “What a great group of people.” […]

Heard over the back fence: Great Senior Lunches

 The Cameron Park Community Center has nutritious meals for seniors, age 60 and up. Lunch is served on Mondays and Fridays from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. The lunch cost is $3 (suggested donation). For more information call (530) 621-6160. NO RIDES ON NOV. 11: […]

Take a trip down the rabbit hole at Theatre at the Mine

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Theatre at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Nov. 10, 17, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 9 at 3:45 p.m. Cost: $10 general admission $5 for children 10 and under Information: (530) 264-0144 or visit [email protected]   Throughout a […]

Heard over the back fence: Helping our Vets

 The Sew 4 Vets group will set up a booth at the Airpark Boutique at 3239 Baron Court in the Cameron Airpark on Friday, Nov. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Drive out to Cameron Park and meet some very nice people. GLASS MOSAIC CLASS: […]

Join Ponderosa actors for ‘Breakfast’

What: “The Breakfast Club” Who: Ponderosa High School drama students Where: Ponderosa High School Little Theatre, 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs When: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. (matinée) and 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 14 […]

Heard over the back fence: Georgetown Blood Drive

 The Mother Lode Lions Fall Festival scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Lions Hall in Diamond Springs has been cancelled. GET OUT OF HER WAY!
 My attractive, fit colleague Susie Granstadt recently ran her first half marathon (13.1 miles) in the hills of San Francisco. May I assume we may very well […]

Serious subjects explored in El Dorado fall play

What: “The Love of the Nightingale” Who: El Dorado High School drama department Where: Studio 81, on the El Dorado High campus, 561 Canal St. in Placerville When: Nov. 5 through Nov. 14 Cost: $12 adults, $10 students Information: (530) 333-7168 or visit studio81.org   El Dorado High School senior Elizabeth Vaccaro couldn’t wait to see […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Craft Fair

The Front Yard Nursery Newsletter offers the following gardening suggestions for November: • Knock down basins around trees so rain will drain off. • Plant spring blooming bulbs. Be sure to use bulb food or bone meal and amend the soil. • Transplant trees, shrubs and perennials. Amend the soil before planting […]

Pastels capture the brilliance of life

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Biennial Signature Member Exhibition is hanging at the El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, through Nov. 20. Judge for this year’s show was artist and teacher Waif Mullins from Chico. He recognized seven artists with awards. Best of Show went to Tina Moore for “Attitude.” Awards of Excellence […]

Haunting time at EDH bookstore

In celebration of the spooky season, four accomplished authors of paranormal novels for teens are gathering at the indie bookstore Face in a Book for a night of haunting tales. The free, themed event goes from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Each author will share an eerie excerpt from her book, followed by a […]

Heard over the back fence: Hangtown Christmas Parade

Officials at Azusa Pacific University at Azusa have informed us the following students made the Academic Dean’s List after establishing a grade point average of 3.5 or better for the spring semester: Karin Anderson of Shingle Springs, Ellen Appleby of Garden Valley, Thomas Relish of Placerville, Sarah Erickson of Placerville, Rachel Helm of […]

Heard over the back fence: Flap Jack Fundraiser

The Mother Lode Lions Fall Festival scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Lions Hall has been cancelled. FLAP JACK FUNDRAISER: 
A fundraiser to benefit the SHARE Food Ministry Program is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant, 3289 Coach Lane, Cameron Park. The last seating will be at […]

Grow, preserve and craft — Masters offer knowledge

When Cheryl met Gerry almost 50 years ago, she was intrigued by a pressure cooker the bachelor had in his home. She’d been wanting to try her hand at fixin’ up a batch of beans … “We had beans on the ceiling and we were finding them in the strangest places for a long time […]

Heard over the back fence: Paint and a Splash

On Saturday, Oct. 24, there will be a Harvest Festival at El Dorado Community Church, 4701 Church St., El Dorado. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 at Evelyn’s Closet in El Dorado or call (530) 622-8868 or (530) 622-3657. Dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, corn medley, cole slaw […]

Pastel Society presents biennial show

The Sierra Pastel Society will hold its fourth Biennial Signature Member Exhibition Oct. 23 through Nov. 20 at the El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House at 772 Pacific St. in downtown Placerville. The Fausel House hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from noon-6 p.m. and on Third Saturday Art Walk on Nov. 21 from 3-8 p.m. […]

Heard over the back fence: Halloween Dance

On Saturday, Oct. 31 there will be a Halloween Dance and Costume Party at the Shingle Springs Community Center at 4480 South Shingle Road from 7-10 p.m. Bring your own refreshments or purchase something from the snack bar. The real treat is the admission price, which is only $5. For more […]

Successful fundraiser in El Dorado Hills

Two fitness studios, thebodybar and fitRIDE in El Dorado Hills, held the Pink Ribbon Pedal and Pose fundraiser on Oct. 3. The community event was a fundraiser for the Judy Pickett Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund. Pickett is a long-time El Dorado County resident who has battled breast cancer three times. She is also […]

Vintage fashions to delight the ladies

What: “Down the Runway of Time” — a vintage fashion show Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: 2940 Bedford, Ave. in Placerville When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Cost: $25 Information: Eileen at (530) 391-2928 or Diane at (530) 621-1808   When it’s time to get all dolled up for a night on the town, ladies, do your […]

Gold Bug Park blacksmith shop heats things up

Blacksmithing played a critical role in the success of early gold mining operations. To commemorate this important historical fact Gold Bug Park’s blacksmith shop is hosting a free educational open house from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. The event will feature several volunteer blacksmiths who will demonstrate their skills at shaping red-hot steel into […]

On the Road at Lava Cap

What was once a pear orchard sitting atop a cap of lava has been converted to a vineyard, now known for its distinctive award-winning wines and equally winning view. Sipping a hearty American River Red Celebrated Cuvee 2012 will keep visitors in the present but to fully enjoy Lava Cap’s story, a look into the […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Out Bingo!

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, is presenting a free workshop titled Stress and the Over-Stressed Family on Nov. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the church. Joanna Jillian will be the workshop leader. CONTROLLING YOUR DIABETES:
 Marshall Medical is sponsoring a class titled Gaining Better Control on […]

Paws for prayers: Bring the pets and receive a blessing

Doug had a great big smile on his handsome face when told he was going to be able to attend the Blessing of the Animals at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Placerville on Sunday, Oct. 25. But then Doug is almost always smiling. The beautiful, cream-colored English golden retriever will be accompanying Priest Debra […]

Heard over the back fence: Be Safe at Home

 The Safe at Home program was recently expanded to the Western Slope of El Dorado County. This program helps residents age safer at home by installing grab-bars, toilet risers, transition ramps, transfer poles, hall and stair railings. The program is free to qualified low-income households located on the Western Slope of […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball essentials

What: Hangtown Halloween Ball When: Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 25 Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville Tickets and more information: hangtownhalloween.com Music schedule Thursday: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday Friday: 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Sunday Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-midnight Adult tickets Base ticket prices do not include camping, […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball bigger, more diverse than ever

The Hangtown Halloween Ball puts on its annual cultural diversity clinic next week, Oct. 22 through 25, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Equal parts pageantry and performance, “Hangtown” has grown in popularity over its five-year run and achieved destination status on the festival circuit. It’s also a hell of a costume […]

Wining at the Art and Wine Festival

The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting its 18th annual Art and Wine Festival on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6-9. More than 30 foothill wineries will be pouring tastes of their award-winning wines in business locations on Main Street in Placerville. Wine tasting events provide oenophiles and wine-tasting novices a great opportunity to […]

Many unique items at St. Patrick craft fair

The annual Craft Fair at St. Patrick Church in Placerville will be Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This craft fair is unique in that almost all of the items are handmade by members of the congregation. There is a core group of dedicated ladies who meet twice a month for […]

Heard over the back fence: Gold Panning Lessons

GOLD PANNING LESSONS: All ages are welcome and lessons are free to gold panning lessons. Learn how to use the competition flat gold pan (also called a “Ferrari” or “speed” pan) from members of the 2015 U.S. Gold Panning Team who competed in Spain this summer. Watch demonstrations and experience hands-on practice on Saturday, Oct. […]

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