Friday, December 26, 2014

Volunteers make it work at Green Valley café

Saturday is a workday at Green Valley Community Church’s café and it starts at noon for Brooks Wampler, one of many volunteers who make dinner for attending congregants. Arriving about the same time are maintenance workers who attend to restrooms and floors. The café ministry works on a “nonprofit/break even basis,” according to Gina Simerly, […]

Foothill dining: Peanut butter

Calling all peanut butter lovers. It’s time to use the creamy spread to make dessert-time even more delicious. Show your peanut butter some love with the top recipes from QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable.   Frozen peanut butter hot chocolate (Serves four) Venable’s insider tip: “Part milkshake and part hot chocolate, this […]

Celebration fundraiser marks repeal of prohibition

On Dec. 5 — in conjunction with Boeger Winery, David Girard Vineyard, Gold Hill Vineyard and Brewery and Wofford Acres Vineyards — Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. held its annual celebration of the Repeal of Prohibition with all proceeds going for the benefit of MORE’s programs. Hosting the program at David Girard Winery was Kara Sather, the […]

Things to do: Dec. 26, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1226 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to bring their imagination and creativity to an old holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, […]

Paula Vance creates heavenly music

A silver-haired angel has touched down in El Dorado County, bringing her heavenly music along with her. Harp maker and music teacher Paula Vance and her husband Steve decided to leave the desert of south Utah and head to the Gold Country, locating in a comfortable country home between Diamond Springs and Pleasant Valley, off […]

Quilters help piece life back together

When flames devour your home on a hot summer day, the last thing you might think about would be a warm blanket. But members of the Hangtown Quilters didn’t want to just stand by as their neighbors lost everything to last season’s Sand and King fires, so they set their capable hands to work. Some […]

At a glance: Time to sing

The popular Christmas carol “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg. Appropriately, it was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf. Father Joseph Mohr brought the words to Gruber, a school master, and asked him […]

Fantasy authors unveil writing secrets

The Writers’ Bloc and Friends of the Library present “Fantasy Authors Unveil Writing Secrets” at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville, 345 Fair Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Fans of the world of fantasy in all its many forms, spectrums and realms and aspiring authors looking for advice from those who have […]

Cal State Fair to offer scholarships

Friends of the California State Fair are now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic school year. Applications are available online at Twenty-seven scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: agriculture, animal science, arts, business, culinary, education, enology, event planning, fair industry, international studies, teaching credential program, viticulture and past exhibitors to the California […]

As we were: Tanks but no tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 22, 1989 Gas tanks fuel controversy By JOHN SAMMON Bulk fuel storage tanks were removed from the site of former Toms Sierra petroleum company Thursday, the first stage in what El Dorado County Environmental Health officials say could be an expensive cleanup. The site is located next to El Dorado Irrigation […]

Grants beef up technology in the classroom

After a thorough application process last spring, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) awarded more than a dozen classroom grants up to $12,000 to help teachers enhance student engagement, provide innovative instruction and close the achievement gap. Building on a crucial partnership, funding for these grants came from EDCOE and the El Dorado […]

Foothill gourmet: Wild recipes

Several years ago I made wild mushroom-shallot cream sauce. It is so delicious, that I now make it every year. It also provided me with an exciting new technique for peeling shallots, to add to my repertoire. Because the cream sauce is rich, I save the recipe for special occasions. While I’ve always loved the […]

Things to do: Dec. 19, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to bring their imagination and creativity to an old holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, textile art and mixed […]

Let there be lights

Tripping the light fantastic The fascination for Christmas light displays has grown like a snowball rolling down hill and this is peak viewing season to take in all the splendor. El Dorado County residents have been busy creating festive scenes to inspire awe and amazement for family, friends and neighbors and now is the time […]

Holidays are a good time to check on loved ones

Are you going home for the holidays? If you are, in addition to celebrating, take a moment to make sure your older loved ones are still capable of managing their daily lives on their own. Often older adults need some help to stay safe and healthy, but don’t like to admit it. To help determine […]

Placerville Friends of Tibet present film

Placerville Friends of Tibet presents “When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West” on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The film showing is a benefit for the Jan. 2-15, 2015 residence in Placerville by six Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery in […]

Local photographers create postcards

Since people are always asking for El Dorado Hills postcards, California Welcome Center travel concierge Sylvia Lewis had a brainstorm: Challenge the community to submit their best pictures of El Dorado Hills for a postcard contest. In early December the winners were recognized at a reception, where the town’s first postcards were prominently displayed. The […]

At a glance: Hello winter

If it feels like winter, it must mean that winter is coming. Winter officially starts with the solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:03 p.m. After that, the daylight hours will start to gain a few minutes a day as the sun makes its journey toward the northern hemisphere. Hopefully the clouds will take a […]

Foothill dining: Holiday dishes

Sweet potato pie Ingredients 1 can (28 ounces) Bruce’s Yams, drained 1 9 inch pie shell, unbaked 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions Preheat oven to 350 […]

New mill ready to inspire new memories

The new replica of the sawmill where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 is ready for its close-up. So get up close and check it out, maybe even pretend you are the one who stuck a hand in the water of the tailrace at Capt. John Sutter’s lumber mill and pulled out a shiny pebble […]

Songs for Society aim to cheer

Oak Ridge High School junior Kyle Kauffman didn’t know many people when he transferred to the El Dorado Hills school last year. Then he noticed many of his new friends enjoyed playing music, but couldn’t find the time to collaborate or have informal jam sessions between marching band practice and sports. Combining a love for […]

Things to do: Dec. 12, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1212 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” The gallery is also featuring a special display upstairs of small elegant, original works. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional artists is […]

Sue Hegarty rides life’s carousel

If you sometimes think of life as being a merry-go-round that you want to get off … then you’re definitely not Sue Hegarty of Placerville. Hegarty, 78, has embraced the merry-go-round of her existence, going so far as to collect carousel horses that date back to the 1880s. And wonderful creations they are, hand-carved of […]

Group knits together a business plan

If the rapid fire exchange of ideas in the back of Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop was a ball of yarn, a really big sweater would be knit every time Lou Andersen and the new managers of Lofty Lou’s, LLC get together. Despite rumors to the contrary, Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop, 585 Main St. in Placerville, is not […]

At a glance: Star power

The Geminids are active from Dec. 4 to 16 with the peak viewing nights on Dec. 13 and 14. This usually is the best meteor shower of the year with a meteor every minute or two between 8 and 11 p.m. After that the meteors are still streaking but the bright Moon will mask the […]

Chamber looks forward to 2015

Christa Campbell took the president’s gavel at the 91st annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner and announced, “Small business is the core of our community.” The play on words was fitting for one of the principles of the family-owned Rainbow Orchards, a member ranch in the Apple Hill Growers Association. Holding an apple, Campbell […]

As we were: County checking gas tanks

25 Years ago Dec. 8, 1989 Leaking gas tank problem growing By John Sammon The threat of leaking gasoline storage tanks is a problem that appears to be growing apace with the population growth of the county. John Morgan, senior environmental health specialist and underground tank manager, said that citizens or businesses who elect to […]

Story book characters serve tea

What: Tea in Toyland Who: Friends of Old Hangtown Where: Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per child and $8 per adult Information: 530-621-5885   Mr. Cinnamon Bear and the Friends of Old Hangtown present Tea in Toyland on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Town Hall, 549 Main St. […]

Foothill gourmet: cookie column

Cookie recipes suitable for the holiday season are featured in today’s column. My favorite oatmeal cookie recipe is oatmeal craisin gems and I plan to use it often during the holidays. It is a variation of chocolate chip cookies. I treasure the other cookie recipes, because significant people in my life have given me their […]

Things to do: Dec. 5, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1205 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Dec. 2 through Jan. 4 is celebrating the holiday season with a special gallery-wide show “12 Days of Christmas.” This theme has inspired the gallery members to create a holiday tradition with painting, jewelry, clay, photography, textile art and more as shown […]

Diverse art shows at PAA fall show

“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” — Vincent Van Gogh Ah, therein lies the passion of the many artists in the Placerville Arts Association, they live — to paint, sculpt, carve, photograph, work with multi-media — to create fine art. Come see and enjoy PAA’s Fall Member Art Show on Monday, […]

Caldron of intrigue boils on stage

What: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller Who: Charter University Prep’s Drama Department Where: The gym on the Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Del Road, El Dorado When: Dec 4 through 6, Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday matinée at 1 p.m. Cost: Adults $5, children $3 Information: 530-622-8594, ext. 2500 The Charter University Prep […]

At a glance: Happy holidays

The Festival of Lights on Main Street in Placerville was great and there sure were a lot of people in town to enjoy the lights, singing, Santa and everything. This event is a nice way to start the Christmas season and it definitely put everyone in a happy mood.   More good stuff Another good […]

The film ‘Wrenched’ screens at the Cozmic Café

“Wrenched,” a documentary about environmental activist Edward Abbey, will be shown at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Abbeyʼs tactic of throwing a “monkey wrench” into actions he believed were a threat to the environment began in the 1950s with his cutting down of roadside billboards in his beloved […]

It’s a gouda day for cheese expert

“Let me tell you about this cheese I just had.” Whether customers asked him where to find bulk granola or the paper towels, Reed Pattison couldn’t stop telling people about cheese. Easy to see why three years ago Pattison became a Nugget Markets cheese specialist and he’s turned the El Dorado Hills cheese counter into his […]

As we were: Departments merge

25 Years ago Dec. 1, 1989 Board OKs Clerk-Recorder merger The ordinance introduced Nov. 21, calling for eventual consolidation of the County Clerk and County Recorder offices was formerly adopted Tuesday by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. All four supervisors attending the regular morning session voted “Yes” on the issue. Chairman Bob Dorr […]

Things to do: Nov. 28, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Dec. 1 is showing the unique, colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. Her lovely folk art style shows a wonderful sense of originality and design. Also featured are the award-winning pastel landscapes of Judy Perry and the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. […]

Artists present holiday show

Paul Cockrell is hosting a holiday gift show at his Root Cellar Gallery in Placerville over Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Eleven local artists are participating in this show including Cockrell, photography; Jack Nissen, photography; Katie Caulk, linocuts; Lori Anderson, art tiles; […]

At a glance: Riding around the county

On Nov. 26, 1925 the Ford roadster was on sale for $260 and that was even before Black Friday and all the other promotional sales that seem to offer great deals continuously. Maybe a one-horse open sleigh might be a good deal for this week. The song “Jingle Bells” was originally written to be sung […]

Nicholas Effect has far reaching impacts

It’s called “the ripple effect” when something happens and its repercussions continue to have an effect long after and far away from the initial event. To organ donors and recipients, it’s called “The Nicholas Effect.” In 1994, 7-year-old Nicholas Green from Bodega Bay was vacationing with his family in southern Italy when he was shot […]

Foothill gourmet: Winter warmers

Today’s column includes two delicious soups to warm you and your family during the winter weather. First is a Cajun shrimp chowder. The recipe is very versatile using fresh produce when in season and frozen or canned vegetables in winter. The second is turkey minestrone, which I created last year to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. […]

Historic houses get ready for the holidays

What: Coloma Historic Holiday Houses Who: Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Admission is $7 per person, age 5 and under free, plus $8 per car for parking Information: 530-622-3470 The African-American family that lived in Coloma […]

Things to do: Nov. 21, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 30, is showing the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. Her intricate, detailed story telling work is influenced by her Asian travels. Also featured are the colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson and the masterful glowing pastel landscapes of Judy Perry. The […]

From weeds to garden

El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) presents “Rising from the Weeds: Transforming the Landscape for a Native Plant Demonstration Garden,” a talk and slide show by El Dorado Chapter CNPS board member and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Alice Cantelow. The talk highlights the development and planning process […]

At a glance: Be on the look out

Some almanacs note that Nov. 19 is the day skunks go into hibernation. Actually, the striped skunk does not hibernate but does go into a dormant or semi-active state during the winter months. It will come out to get food so be on the look out.   New business A good thing to be looking […]