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Things to do: Aug. 28, 2015

ONGOING Pop Art Custom Framing Gallery, 433 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring a collection of hand-pulled silk screened handbills by well-known pop culture artist Emek. Over the last decade, Emek’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States, Berlin, London and Tokyo. He has painted album covers for Neil Young and Pearl Jam and […]

Exhibit brings nature to Cozmic Café

During September the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, presents abstract paintings inspired by nature in an exhibit called “Painting the Feeling of Nature.” This show of paintings by former Placerville artist Cherie Hacker brings a sense of naturalness experienced from a wilderness outing and will hang from Thursday, Sept. 3 through Oct. 4. […]

Priest Mine opens for Labor Day weekend

For more than 165 years the stone walls of the historical Priest Mine in Placerville’s Gold Bug Park have stood cold and silent. But if you listen closely to those walls today, the thousands of deep scars from miners’ picks tell an amazing story about the backbreaking work of the ‘49ers who swung those picks […]

Grow For It! Free seeds

Friends, the secret is out: You can “grow your own” garden seeds. Sounds simple, right? It is. Here are easy steps to selecting, collecting and protecting your own seed supply. But why, you query? Isn’t it a lot easier to just buy seeds? Or even easier to simply plant starts? Here’s what garden geeks say: […]

At a glance: See ball

On Aug. 26, 1939 Red Barber called telecast of the Brooklyn Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds doubleheader from Ebbets Field. This was the first major-league baseball TV broadcast. It was watched at the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair and the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on 9-by-12-inch television screens. Not a lot of […]

Combellack’s: 127 years and counting

As the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce gears up for its big party tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gold Country Retirement Community, a glance at the shops on Main Street in downtown Placerville affirms the chamber’s mission. Many of the venerable old stores have been in business for more […]

The county chamber welcomes public to 100th birthday party

What: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 100th anniversary Where: Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Golden Center Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5885 Keeping the community informed of all the local news, happenings, marriages, divorces, births and funerals, since 1851 the Mountain Democrat has been the glue that has held […]

Foothill gourmet: Yummy cupcakes

In recent columns, I have featured vanilla and chocolate cupcake recipes. Cupcakes are famously popular today. I have seen several local cupcake stores open recently. Today’s column arms readers with the ability to make their own cupcakes. It repeats the hints (in case you didn’t save them) to make delicious cupcakes. The column also includes […]

Things to do: Aug. 21, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring watercolorist Bonnie Williams during August. She recently returned to Placerville after several years absence painting scenes from Southern California. She is primarily self-taught with the addition of art workshops and enjoys painting watercolor en plein air. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Gold Country […]

Stuff the Truck with Toys for Tots this Sunday

Come out and donate to a great cause to help kids have a wonderful Christmas, this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Stuff the Truck. Local law enforcement, including California Highway Patrol, the Placerville Police Department, STAR and Shield volunteers, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue will be collecting toys for the Toys for […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

The Golden Hills Investment Club is seeking a few new members for its all-women’s club. Prospective members can have a little or a lot of financial knowledge to be a part of this dynamic group. It meets on the third Wednesday of the month in Placerville. For all the details contact Judy Cook at (530) […]

Music on the Divide launches new season

This September will launch a stellar musical season studded with artists sure to intrigue every taste in El Dorado County. Thanks to Music on the Divide, each month will feature professional musicians from doo wop and country to classical and bluegrass, with a lot of variety in between. Sunday, Sept. 13 will open with the […]

Gold mining artifacts requested for Main Street project

The Community Resiliency Fund, a volunteer group of the El Dorado Community Foundation, is requesting donations of medium-to large-scale gold mining artifacts of the type that would have been used in downtown Placerville during the gold rush. Artifacts will be permanently displayed in specific bulb-outs or sidewalk curb extensions at crosswalks on Main Street, that […]

Nello Olivo Wines brings gold to Gold Country

Like the medal count for the countries participating in the Summer or Winter Olympic games, Nello Olivo Winery has its medal count, too. The winery keeps a tally for gold medals and recognitions won in wine competitions each year. “The medals are a rewarding acknowledgement for our efforts to make an outstanding wine. Of course, […]

EDH spa reopens with fresh face

“Who doesn’t like going to the spa?” asked The Spa at Salone di Carlo owner Carlo Gallad about his decision to upgrade his El Dorado Hills hair salon to a full service spa. Gallad moved his business into the 5,135-square-foot site in the La Borgata shopping center formerly known as The Spa at La Borgata, […]

Things to do: Aug. 14, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring Debie Dawson and Bonnie Williams during August. Dawson creates lapidary art, wire wrap, beading, wire weaving and is in the process of becoming a silver smith. Her business Jewelry by Nature reflects her love of the natural world. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Banners […]

It’s time — watch the cops crash and dash

Placerville police Sgt. Ron Cannon and his 2001 Mercury Marquis are nearly ready to take to the track at Placerville Speedway Sunday, Aug. 16, hoping to pull off the perfect smash-and-run. Cannon, 47, will be joined by his son Hunter, 19, who will be driving a 1983 Ford LTD during the 42nd annual Hangtown Destruction […]

Pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Harris Center

His enthusiasm is contagious … his credentials world-class … his virtuosity astounding. Internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Siegel and his Keyboard Conversations returns to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, as part of the new 2015-16 season. Keyboard Conversations is a concert with lively commentary. Prior to performing each work Siegel […]

Indian Diggings launches independent study program

Indian Diggings School is providing enhanced flexibility to parents and families by implementing a unique independent study option for students, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Indian Diggings is located in Omo Ranch and serves students in grades kindergarten through eight with innovative and comprehensive programs tailored to each individual. Independent study participants will benefit […]

Poetry is alive and well in the county

If you love writing, reading or listening to poetry, there is a way to enjoy it in the company of others who love it as well. The third Sunday of each month, wine and poetry with world-class poets takes place at Nello Olivo Wine Tasting cellar. The second Wednesday of the month finds Poetry Off […]

At a glance: Catch a falling star

The peak night for catching the Perseid meteor shower is Wednesday, Aug. 12 to Thursday, Aug. 13. The debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle could generate 100 meteors per hour in a clear, dark sky away from light pollution. The Perseids happen every August and are active through Aug. 26. Meteor showers are named after the […]

Grow For It! Yikes — bugs in my squash!

It’s been a long, hard week at work … at home, you meander out into the garden. Strolling along you admire all the plants, a testimony to your hard work. Suddenly you notice a sickly plant and are drawn to the squash with the yellow, wilting leaves. Concerned, you stoop to examine it and two […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Reaching all children

First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission’s vision is that all children enter school ready to learn. This vision is supported by a strategic plan that guides investments in children’s health, development, literacy, care and collaboration. According to research, the first five years of life are critical: • Early investments yield a high return. […]

Class to offer parenting tools

Cold Springs Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is hosting Parenting the Love and Logic Way on Thursday’s from 6:30-8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 27 through Oct. 1. The course will offer “some practical ideas for raising responsible kids who feel great about themselves.” This six session parenting course, developed by the Love and Logic […]

As we were: Rough road ahead

25 Years ago Aug. 10, 1990 Road maintenance draws discussion By JOHN SAMMON Budget talks appear to confirm that more workers soon will be available to battle the deteriorating condition of El Dorado County roads. Transportation Director Scott Chadd said the DOT is struggling to deal with an increased demand for services, and two areas in […]

Mobile food pantry to distribute food in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its mobile food pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need them. If you are struggling to make ends meet, […]

Foothill gourmet: Good tastes

Today’s column focuses on sweet and savory. Remember how mom always told you that you had to finish your meal before you could have dessert. So I’ll start with delicious savory toppings for toast. Then I’ll share some ideas for bar cookies. Toasts, cream cheese veggie — Purée 4 ounces cream cheese with 1 tablespoon […]

Things to do: Aug. 7, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 6 is featuring Karen Hunziker, prolific painter in watercolor and mixed media whose work is influenced by Russian folk themes. Also featured in August is the unique watercolors of Diane Tharp. Her whimsical animal themes show great originality as well as a love […]

Award-winning art on display at Shakspeare Club

The 49th annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition presented by the Placerville Arts Association is on display at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville, with a stunning array of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art from realism to abstract and experimental in a variety of media. The categories include seascape, landscape, portrait, still life, animals, miniature […]

Brews and more

DSC_0808 DSC_0782c The Folsom Rhythm and Brews event was well attended Father's Day weekend.

Rubik’s Cube is no puzzle for Speed Cuber

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

Skydiving great-grandma takes a giant leap

Proving that age is no barrier to an adventurous spirit, Placerville resident Ida-May Hicks and her son Mark celebrated their birthdays by skydiving together on July 25. A great-grandmother who turned 85 on Aug. 2, Hicks’ son was also facing a milestone birthday as he turned 60 five days earlier. “My son and I are kind of daredevils … […]

Quality child care matters to the community

  High 5 for Quality in El Dorado County is one of 17 model California counties in the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge quality improvement program, offered through First 5 El Dorado Commission, the Early Care and Education Planning Council and the California Department of Education. This program invests in quality child […]

At a glance: A base to stand on

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty pedestal was laid on Aug. 5, 1884 on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor. The gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, with the frame work designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, would be dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. “Liberty Enlightening the World” still […]

As we were: Book sparks interest

25 Years ago Aug. 3, 1990 First edition of book about one room school is now available Since June, one-third of the first edition of “Mother Lode of Learning: One Room Schools of El Dorado County” has been sold. Interest, in this cultural history book, is high due to the nature of the material ie., our […]

Where’s the party? Right here …

National Night Out parties that will be celebrated in Placerville, besides the “big four” mentioned in the related article, will include 16 neighborhoods where attendees will enjoy free hot dogs and other goodies. Local law enforcement officers and Search and Rescue and fire personnel will try to visit as many locales as possible Tuesday evening, […]

Foothill dining: Celebrate rum

With the warm-weather days flying by, squeeze every last drop out of summer by celebrating National Rum Day on Aug. 16 and National Rum Punch Day on Sept. 20 with Caliche, the aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making. Masterfully blended by Roberto Serralles, a sixth-generation rum maker, Caliche Rum is a versatile […]

Things to do: July 31, 2015

ONGOING Banners on Parade art project will display artistically decorated banners on the light poles along Main Street in Placerville to Oct. 17 This is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in downtown Placerville. The banners will be for sale at a silent auction at the October 2015 […]

Tahoe homes match the priceless view

Going out the screen door onto the porch outside to look at Fallen Leaf Lake, you can’t help but wonder whether Whitney Houston stood here in this same seductive setting, staring at the blue water as she pondered what her life would hold next.  The late Houston and her film crew stayed at the remarkable […]

Barbecue helps the needy at home and abroad

Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills will host its sixth annual Human Concerns Ministry barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 1 to benefit local and global neighbors in need. Most of the funds raised go to local outreach efforts and work in partnership with organizations including SHARE, Upper Room and Food Bank of El Dorado County. […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Noted in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing is now offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy. Schools must verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all required […]

As we were: Jury duty

25 Years ago July 27, 1990 District attorney wants out of jury duty By URSULA ROSE District Attorney Walt Miller is asking the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to find another lawyer to advise the grand jury. He told the board Tuesday he wants out — for policy as well as resource reasons. He didn’t […]

Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

I had so much fun writing about spice cupcakes in the last column I thought I would write about cupcakes again. Today’s column, however, focuses on chocolate cupcakes, a favorite flavor of almost everyone. Included are recipes for chocolate cupcake batter, several cupcake variations and a chocolate frosting. Plus, I’ve included my personal review of […]

Foothill dining: Take a dip

Want to know the secret to making the most of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables? Look to the blender and spice rack to create refreshing starters using fresh, seasonal produce. “We’re in peak farmers market season with an abundance of juicy red tomatoes, cool cucumbers, sweet corn and leafy greens at our fingertips,” said chef […]

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