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EDMT presents stirring tale of China

What: “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: July 10-19 Cost: Tickets range from $14.75 to $36 Information: harriscenter.net or (916) 608-6888   A teenaged girl who saves China — why not? Once you see the talented casts from El Dorado Musical Theatre present “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” all things are possible, even […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

Good-bye weeds; hello garden at Blue Oak

Students returning to Blue Oak and Charter Montessori schools this August will have a new place to learn — the Blue Oak Garden. Leading the project is Blue Oak principal Paul Stewart and Blue Oak secretary/garden coordinator Kellee Sellwood. With the help of parent and community volunteers and donations, the 80-foot-by- 80-foot area has already been […]

Foothill dining: summer menu

Nothing is better than a classic backyard barbecue. Kick off summertime with some seasonal recipes. This summer menu is covered with refreshing beverages, grilled entrées and patriotic desserts.   Raspberry-lemonade daiquiri (Serves five-six) Insider tip: “To make this a non-alcoholic beverage, simply omit the rum and liquor. Make or pick up raspberry lemonade at the […]

Things to do: July 3, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 2, is featuring a special show called Shared Inspirations. Each artist is taking inspiration from another artist’s work to carry an idea to another dimension. One example is the watercolor painting “Torch Princess Planet” by Carlotta Tormey based upon the beautiful […]

Pollock Pines heating up — in a cool way

When Pollock Pines residents Joyce Harris, Carol Steinbrecher and Maureen Julian point to their homes on a map of the King Fire, it’s startling to see how near those voracious flames came last year to each one of them. This year, for the Fourth of July, the three ladies are spearheading an effort to thank […]

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: joy, […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Affordable health screenings coming to Placerville

Residents living in and around Placerville can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. First Lutheran Church, 1200 Pinecrest Court in Placerville will host this community event on July 31. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in […]

Fun in the mud at Markham

Edwin Markham School hosted the first Markham Mud Run in April. The parents of Markham students said they were tired of participating in traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, See’s Candy, wrapping paper, etc. and decided that they wanted to do something different. Something the students could get excited about and an event that the […]

Safe at Home comes to El Dorado County

For independent senior citizens and the disabled in El Dorado County, injuries from a single fall can trigger a downward spiral that often includes ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehab centers. Many require skilled nursing for the rest of their lives. The less fortunate can lie injured on the floor until someone finds them. They […]

Eating smart: Recipes for today’s carefree lifestyle

This Mediterranean Couscous recipe was created to showcase a healthy, flavorful salad at a recent fitness expo. It received the most accolades for both its flavor and nutritional value. Choosing couscous instead of pasta, I quickly discovered this modification still created the symphony of fresh, light and classic Mediterranean flavors everyone loves in Greek salad, […]

Things to do: June 26, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring photographer and potter Agi Gillespie. She also makes 100 percent hand-sewn quilts in many sizes. The photographs at the gallery show her interest in desert and canyon shots plus close-ups of animals and flowers. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Gold Country Artists Gallery, […]

It’s summer — it’s Spectacular

Rockin’ time at Summer Spectacular   What: 16th annual Summer Spectacular Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park When: Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate where cash only will be accepted Information: cameronpark.org or call (530) 677-2231   It’s gonna be rockin’ […]

At a glance: Steller events

The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look.   Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]

Troop 10 is going for silver

El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts with Troop 10 have Silver Awards in their sights. The Rolling Hills and Marina Village eighth-graders chose to spend the 50 required hours (each) to earn the award collecting personal care items for needy women and children. When choosing a community service project, the girls said they sought out Hands4Hope […]

Caregivers, give yourself a break before it’s too late

Sometimes you don’t even want to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed in the morning because you know your mom won’t be any better today. The Alzheimer’s has taken her down, turning the once vivacious lady into a virtual stranger … but a stranger who needs your help almost constantly. […]

Gym members flex charity muscles

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

Foothill gourmet: Good stuff for summer

Exciting and delicious news about chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce and some awesome ideas for making homemade soda. I thought, if you did the prep, the kids around the pool can make their own sodas. Can summer get any better than that? We made chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce recently for friends. It […]

Things to do: June 19, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 5, is showing the award-winning landscapes in oil by Carol Quinn; the functional and decorative pottery, including cylindrical forms, pitchers, tea pots and bowls of Mary Peters; and the elegant floral photography, wild life, farm scenes of photographer Jack Nissen. The cooperative gallery […]

Entertaining time at the fair

There will be four stages featuring live music during the El Dorado County Fair, June 18 through Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The theme this year is Hog Days of Summer. Visitors can find music playing throughout the day and all through the night on the Budweiser Stage, Wells […]

Quilt Trail travels to Shadow Ridge

  Shadow Ridge Ranch was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by the Raffetto family who operated a store down the road in the mining camp of Newtown or Sunny Italy as the Italians later called it. The family sold produce raised on the ranch as well as wine and grapa made for the miners during […]

At a glance: Summer is here

If the thermometer wasn’t enough of an indicator, the calendar signals the beginning of summer with the summer solstice on Sunday, June 21 at 9:38 a.m. Two other signs of summer — children out of school and the El Dorado County Fair opening on Thursday, June 18 — really make it official.   Oink oink […]

Hands4Hope teens learn about media and health

Early last fall, Hands4Hope Youth Making a Difference was informed of a great opportunity to involve youth in a pilot program developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development called ​Media­Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active! The program is an interactive after­school education program for youth in grades fifth through eighth, designed to empower […]

Big award goes to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Nearly 40 years ago leaders in El Dorado County who recognized the need for a program that would reach out to troubled and needy youth created the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Just recently the BBBS learned it is the recipient of a national award recognizing the quality of the programs offered here, […]

As we were: Omo Ranch memories

25 Years ago June 15, 1990 Omo Ranch reunion this weekend to bring back childhood memories Hundreds of former Omo Ranch residents, friends and family will greet each other on Saturday, some for the first time in 40 years. That’s the date of the Omo Ranch Homecoming celebration set to be held at the old mill […]

Charter Career Prep continues extraordinary program

The El Dorado County Office of Education’s El Dorado Trade School has been renamed Charter Career Prep, effective July 1. Located on Pleasant Valley Road in the town of El Dorado, the school delivers high-quality, career-focused education to students in grades seven through 12. The program offers hands-on projects and vocational opportunities to make learning […]

Foothill dining: Food for Father’s Day

Give Dad the gift of food (and a very satisfied stomach) this Father’s Day. Show the special man how much you care with some of his favorite meals. From hearty sandwiches, to a meaty take on mac and cheese, to crowd pleasing buffalo chicken dip and a decadent dessert to top it all off, Dad […]

Things to do: June 12, 2015

ONGOING Put banners 612 here Banners on Parade, presented by the Placerville Downtown Association is on Main Street through Oct. 17. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more […]

Principal Barbara Narez ready to ‘travel and play’

Since moving to El Dorado Hills in 1987, retiring Oak Meadow principal Barbara Narez has worked at nearly every school in the Buckeye Union School District. The pinnacle of a 40-year career in education, however, was opening Oak Meadow School in 2004. Specifically, Narez said it was “the enthusiasm” that came with the opening. Of the […]

Students sing ‘So long, farewell’ to Mrs. Uhrhammer

In a recent sendoff for Holy Trinity School’s retiring principal Trisha Uhrhammer, the students surprised her with a rendition of her favorite song, “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as the entire assembly stood for their beloved principal and sang. Uhrhammer beamed then as she […]

At a glance: Keep on rolling

László Bíró applied for a fresh patent on June 10, 1943 in Argentina for his ballpoint pen. The Hungarian journalist realized that ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and figured that a pen using that kind of ink would be smudge-free. The problem was that the thicker ink would not flow from a regular […]

George Langley is planing future adventures at 102

George Langley is 102 years old and will turn 103 this summer. It’s an age few people reach and those who do aren’t usually planning for future adventures. But George Langley has a goal: He wants to reward the people who help him in his daily life with an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii. He plans […]

Foothill gourmet: Time to get corny

Fresh corn is plentiful during the summer season. Here are some ways to cook corn, whether you buy it from the supermarket or the farmers market. First, the best ways to cook corn — To grill: Brush husked corn with oil. Grill over high heat, turning until lightly charred, 8-10 minutes. To boil: Bring a […]

Kathi Jensen is ready for new adventures

“I knew I’d be a teacher when I was 5 years old and made my sister play school with me,” William Brooks’ retiring principal Kathi Jensen said of her 31 years as an educator. “I was one of the lucky ones who in kindergarten said, ‘I want to be a teacher.’” Jensen spent the first […]

Things to do: June 5, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 5, is showing the award-winning oil paintings of Carol Quinn. Quinn’s landscapes show masterful technique expressing emotion and light using brush strokes juxtaposing warm and cool color. Also featured are the functional and decorative pottery, including pitchers, tea pots and bowls of Mary […]

Hang ‘em high

Visitors to Main Street in Placerville will be treated to a colorful display of public art hanging from the light poles thanks to the efforts of 29 artists. Banners on Parade will decorate downtown through Oct. 17 with an array of flowers, gardens and fanciful scenes. Before being placed on the light poles, the banners […]

Students sew gowns to mend hearts

It’s the only gown they’ll ever wear, these tiny children who never drew a breath — or only a few — before passing. Placing a softly silken birth gown on their stillborn child is among the final farewell gestures by grieving parents before beginning the long journey to healing. The students in teacher Heather Sabol’s […]

At a glance: A big hit

The poem “Casey at the Bat” was first published on June 3, 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner. The poem’s author Ernest L. Thayer had been on the Harvard Lampoon staff with William Randolph Hearst and when George Hearst gave the Examiner to his son, the younger Hearst hired some Lampoon staffers. Thayer had written […]

Images of Hope — healing the deeper wound

Max, the labradoodle, happily bounds into the Marshall Medical Cancer Resource Center, past the comfortable circle of chairs and wall of resource literature in the waiting area; past the Threads of Life quilts on the walls; past the wildly decorated bras hanging on a white picket fence, courtesy of art therapy classes; past the classrooms […]

Foothill dining: Time to chill

Fight the heat this summer with eight simple-to-execute chilled summer soup recipes from the team at Chef Works. Comprised of a variety of fresh seasonal ingredients, these soups are a perfect starter for any backyard barbecue, picnic in the park or beach bash. Simply prepare them at home, throw them in the cooler and serve […]

Things to do: May 29, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, June 1 through July 5, is featuring the creative photography of Jack Nissen. His latest work includes a series of exquisite flowers. Other works include wildlife, scenery, old farm equipment and buildings and some of his work explores the digital infrared technique. Also showcased in […]

Wagonmaster Downer is back for year two

Last year, the Highway 50 Wagon Train had a new wagonmaster for the first time since 2001. Steve Downer, a seven-year veteran of the Wagon Train took over for Dianna Newborn with the help of the whole train and this year he’s back again as wagonmaster for the 66th Highway 50 Association Wagon Train which […]

The price was right for Nora Roehr

Nora Roehr, mother of seven, grandmother of seven and a substitute teacher in El Dorado County, was a big winner on the game show “The Price is Right.” The show aired on CBS on Feb. 23. For Roehr, like many, the popular game show and the name Bob Barker, host of “The Price is Right” […]

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 27, 1930, Richard Gurley Drew patented adhesive cellophane tape. He worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co. and 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota and was testing sandpaper for use at auto shops. There was a need for something to help with doing the pinstriping on cars and he worked on coming up with […]

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