Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Things to do: Aug. 29, 2014

ON GOING Put banners 2014 c from weekend here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information:   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

Grilled cheese extraordinaire: Hop House brews up great menu, atmosphere

New restaurants in El Dorado Hills have really raised the bar for local foodies and those looking to have a great time just minutes from home. Hop House in El Dorado Hills Town Center is no exception. Owners Jason Enyeart and Craig Badolian have created a winning combination — quality craft beers, a comfortable atmosphere and […]

Grow for it: Time to divide Irises

By Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground […]

Camino chooses veteran community experts for admin

On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]

As we were: Hose job rewarded with jail

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 25, 1989 Officers hosed down in ‘water attack’ COLOMA – A man who spent Sunday afternoon spraying water on rafters as they glided down the American River was arrested here when he sprayed water on sheriff’s officers working on the river patrol. The man, who sheriff’s deputies refused to […]

Make your own snacks

Snacks come in all kinds of flavors, savory, creamy, chocolaty, salty, crunchy and sweet. I like healthy, savory, creamy, and crunchy best. EVOO is shorthand for extra virgin olive oil. These recipes are for individual servings. Multiply the ingredients if you’re going to make additional servings. Mini Margherita Pizza — Top half of a whole-grain mini […]

Things to do 8-22-14

Bracelets by Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork glass artisan, will be featured at Gold Country Artists Gallery through Sept. 1 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 per person or $25 per family. Tickets will be […]

7 hours of music at Peace Festival

CAMERON PARK — Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living (SCPL) is sponsoring the 4th annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on 1-8 p.m. Sept. 20 to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. Last year’s concert was a huge success that brought the […]

At a glance: Aug. 20, 2014

This is not a good time for allergy sufferers. Ragweed is in bloom and it is a good idea to keep the tissues handy. Wear a hat A perfect place to find out about ways to combat allergies is the Hat Party at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park […]

Preston Castle wine tasting and tour

IONE — Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historical Preston Castle 3-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a […]

‘All My Sons’: Sierra Rep stages Arthur Miller play

COLUMBIA — It was written during World War II, but Arthur Miller’s play “All My Sons” continues to resonate with audiences today. Running Aug. 29 through Sept. 21 at Sierra Repertory TheateR’s East Sonora stage, the drama’s themes – corruption, materialism, getting ahead at the expense of others – are still relevant, said Scott Viets, artistic […]

EDCOE Pearson Vue Testing Center grand opening

The El Dorado County Office of Education invites the community to the grand opening of its new Pearson Vue Testing Center 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 5, at 6767 Green Valley Rd., Builidng E, Placerville. Attendees will have the chance to tour the center and learn about the many testing and certification services […]

FLC theater to audition for ‘Anon(ymous)’

The Falcon’s Eye Theater at Folsom Lake College calls for students and actors from the community to audition 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for its fall production of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) based on Homer’s “The Odyssey.” All skill levels encouraged to audition. The Falcon’s Eye opens its eighth season with “Anon(ymous).” Separated from his mother, a […]

Taxi covers two counties

Gold Rush Taxi not only goes the extra mile with service and customer satisfaction, that extra mile could be as far away as Montana. “That happened in June a year ago with Lisa,” said Wyl Bonner, senior driver for the Placerville-based cab company. “Lisa (one of the owners) and another driver ended up going to […]

As we were

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 18, 1989 Dump parcel fee increase denied By DAVID RICHIE Blasting new state regulations regarding eventual closure of the Union Mine Landfill site, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has refused an Environmental Health Division request for higher fees to help pay for preliminary steps in the abandonment […]

Things to do: Aug. 15, 2014

put gold 815 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 1, is featuring Susan Hayne, printmaker, whose bold images with defined edges are inspired by things found in nature. Her work is created from hand cut blocks, acid etched copper plates or hand sculpted embossings. Prints are produced in her […]

Pastels on High features local art

The Sierra Pastel Society announces its 10th International Exhibit, Pastels on High, at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. This prestigious show is only presented every other year. This year’s show opens Tuesday, Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 30. The Sacramento Fine Arts Center hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., […]

At a glance : Good partying

Annie Oakley and Alfred Hitchcock share a birthday of Aug. 13. Oakley was born in 1860 and Hitchcock was born in 1899. Just imagine the interesting guest list for a joint birthday party. It would have been quite a time.   Fun affair The guest list for Imagination Theater’s annual benefit — Affair to Remember— […]

Learn about Donner Party’s Virginia Reed

What: Wine for Words Who: Placerville Friends of the Library Where: El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 17 Cost: $50 per person Information:   Placerville author Nancy Herman became enthralled with a book length poem by George Keithly about the Donner Party when she was a young adult. “It told the complete […]

As we were: Baseball benefit

25 Years ago Aug. 11, 1989 Senior league will shoot for baseball record The Sacramento Men’s Senior Baseball League will celebrate its sixth anniversary by participating in the first annual “50 Hours of Baseball” benefit. This event is being staged to raise money for the league as well as for several non-profit organizations. World-famous drum-beater and […]

Serendipitous situation bonds families

It’s 3 on a Saturday afternoon in Camino. It’s a little gloomy outside but the mood at Eric and Amy Soik’s house is anything but somber. Ash from a nearby fire is falling down on their guests but nobody seems to mind. The Soiks and their guests share laughter and stories like they’ve been friends […]

Foothill gourmet: Barbecue is always on the menu

In California, with our year round favorable weather, it’s never too late to barbecue. Most weekends the fall weather remains warm and outside dining is extremely enjoyable. Barbecue sauces are invariably popular. Many cooks and backyard chefs like to devise their own. Barbecue sauces impart assertive flavors and give meat a delightful color, which are […]

Things to do: Aug. 8, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 31, is featuring Kelly Morris, photographer, whose beautiful landscapes are drawn from his travels and from nature and wild life. Also featured this month is Susan Hayne, printmaker, and Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork artglass artisan. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

Prize winning art

What: 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: To Aug. 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   The 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit is showing at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in […]

Stellar costume event to benefit Hands4Hope

Save the Date for Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference’s annual benefit dinner and costume ball dedicated to supporting the nonprofit’s youth development program and numerous outreach activities. The “Intergalactic Shindig at Area 51″ promises to be out of this world. Diane Wilkinson Catering will be providing a stellar dinner and assortment of appetizers and […]

Brews on tap in Tahoe

The inaugural Tahoe Craft BeerFest brings 45-plus brewers from around the region to share their frosty best in a day of unlimited tasting, barbecue and live music at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa on Saturday, Aug. 9. The festival will be a summer celebration of frosty, sudsy, hoppy handcrafted brews made around California and Nevada. Among […]

At a glance: Super Moon

On Sunday, Aug. 10 the Moon will be putting on quite a show. It turns full at 2:09 p.m. EDT and 9 minutes before that it reaches its closest point to Earth in 2014 at a mere 221,765 miles. This makes for a “supermoon” that brings on a large range in ocean tides. Because of […]

Grow For It: Ode to Summer

This summer was tremendous But like all seasons it must end Saying “goodbye” breaks my heart; Farewell my old friend. We have learned much this year My children and me Best summed up by ten As below you shall see. One is for the lady bugs The first dainty heralds of summer They are actually […]

El Dorado and Oak Ridge earn Elly nominations

More than 430 Elly nominees for the 2013-14 season were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday, Aug. 3. Actors, directors, technicians and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called. This year’s theme was Masquerade and the room was decorated with hand-made masks to lend an air of […]

Master Food Preservers: First time using a pressure canner

Do you have lots of fresh green beans? Would you rather can them or freeze them? Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Aug. 9 or Tuesday, Aug. 12 for a free class. The MFPs will share recipes and techniques for safe home pressure canning. In 2013 my husband completed the UCCE Master Gardener […]

Relatives bring history to life

A white wooden trunk that sat in a closet for 30 years held the key to a family’s knowledge about their ancestors and a book that paints a portrait of life on the American frontier. Through more than 200 letters from the trunk, Mary Jo Sonntag and her mother, Mary K. Sonntag traced their family’s […]

Foothill dining: Tequila for summer

Tequila is a good summer liquor for fun cocktails. Partida Tequila wants consumers to take some time to truly appreciate tequila for the complex, nuanced liquor it is. No more throwing back shots and shoving limes in our mouths. Partida Tequila ( wants savvy drinkers to savor the intricate layers of flavor and aroma that […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers free dogwood trees

Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s […]

Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Aug. 4-Sept. 1, is featuring Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork art glass artisan, who creates beautiful glass beads for handcrafted bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Also featured this month is Susan Hayne, printmaker, and Kelly Morris, photographer. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional artists is […]

The making of a champion

By Chris Jones In the late 1940s and early 1950s, manufacturers such as Hartland and Breyer began producing the model horse as toy replicas of real horse breeds. With the love for horses a universal passion, it didn’t take long for these replications to become highly collectible. It followed that collectors began sharing their mutual interest […]

Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

SlugFest returns to the three wineries in the Slug Gulch area on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. This is not a wine party to honor the shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusk that crawls around the garden. It is a celebration of wines made from grapes grown exclusively in […]

Bargains can be found everywhere

The St. Patrick Ladies Society Rummage Sale is in its 77th year and will have a wide array of items for shoppers to pick up some fantastic bargains. The sale is Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parish hall at […]

At a glance: Game time

The Games of the X Olympiad opened in Los Angeles on July 30, 1932. Los Angeles was the only bidder for the games and due to the Great Depression not as many athletes were sent to compete. One notable athlete was Babe Didrikson who a gold medal in the javelin and the hurdles. The use […]

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

Mount Aukum Winery, 6781 Tower Road in Mount Aukum, is hosting a barbecue fundraiser for the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 3-7 p.m. The Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms are active in communities and help organizations that give care and rehabilitation to those who have been injured in the current conflicts. They […]

Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

With fresh corn abundantly available during the summer months, a column highlighting different flavors accented with a topping for fresh corn would be welcome. First, it’s helpful to know how to cook corn. You can cook it three ways: boiling, steaming or grilling. I have friends that love to grill corn, because grilled corn has […]

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

Why don’t you follow through with things that you start? If you would only listen, you wouldn’t have this problem. What are you going to do with your life? You will never change. How many times have you heard the above sentences uttered in reference to you? Were they family members or friends who felt […]

Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

The celebration of the cowboy culture and western living was a day filled with competitions, entertainment, demonstrations, food, drink and fun at Cowboys and Cornbread. Even the weather cooperated with a nice breeze keeping everyone cool at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The regional event brought out a talented field of musicians for […]

Things to do: July 25, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 3, is featuring painter Joyce Bahnsen. Also featured is fine art photographer, Doug Parks. This month the gallery has a special exhibit of paintings and photography of Main Street in celebration of “Main Street Matters.” For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website […]