Friday, April 24, 2015

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Foothill gourmet: Saffron is the star

Saffron has starred in several previous columns. I delight in the flavor and color of saffron, so my opinion is that everyone should have the experience of enjoying saffron. Saffron is presumed to be expensive. By weight saffron is the most expensive spice. Since it takes only a small amount to flavor dishes, actually it […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Things to do: April 24, 2015

ONGOING put gold 424 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, amazing watercolor artist. Also featured is photographer James Canning and raku potter Lisa Bone. The gallery is a cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

Campaign finance reform

  First place essay By Riley Wilson Golden Sierra High School Our government has built-in checks and balances to help assure our political systems are fair. When there has been an imbalance, a constitutional amendment has been drafted, voted for and enforced. We have an imbalance in our system right now. Excessive private funding of […]

Essay winner has a passion for life

What: Annual awards luncheon Who: El Dorado Democrats Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 25 at noon Cost: $17 Information: 530-621-0409   It’s time to turn the tables and cheer for Riley Wilson. The 17-year-old cheerleader for Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley just won first place […]

At a glance: Look up

Early risers may get more than a worm, they may get some sparkle to start their day. The peak nights for the Lyrid meteor shower are Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23. Get up before dawn to be treated to some nice shooting stars that may not have great trains but can be fireballs. […]

Zombies walk at Edwin Markham School

What: “Alice in Zombieland” Who: Edwin Markham School drama students Where: Edwin Markham School, 2800 Moulton Drive, Placerville When: Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-622-0403   If your kids are coming home from school lately and saying strange things like, “I need some zombie clothes,” or “Someday you’ll grow up to be a real witch,” or […]

Foothill dining: Simplify weeknight meals

Busy weeknights call for meals that can be prepared quickly, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor and quality. One way to save time is combining fresh ingredients with frozen sides, such as those offered by Alexia Foods. Made with premium, natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations, they lend a deliciously gourmet complement to […]

Things to do: April 17, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring raku potter Lisa Bone, known for her great style and pottery innovation. Also featured is photographer James Canning and watercolor painter and illustrator Carlotta Tormey. The cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

Imagine images of spring and more

“The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories — or you can use it to paint dreams.” — Robert Brault Imagine walking through the Placerville Arts Association’s Spring Member Art Show seeing many of the best local artists’ work covering the walls of the beautiful El Dorado […]

A muddy Confederate flag and the foiled plot

As the defeated Confederate soldiers made a hasty, pre-dawn retreat from Fort Anderson on Feb. 19, 1865, the garrison flag was “captured” by Capt. Hiram H. Darter and his men of Company C of the 140th Indiana Volunteers. This muddy flag became a symbol of the Union’s victory and a coveted trophy of war. Capt. […]

Adoption, the Civil War and finding a hero

A 40-year journey As an adoptee, I’d always wondered who my birth parents were. Was I the son of a Korean War soldier who didn’t come home? Maybe there’s royal blood in my veins? When I became an adult and a father, the questions got more urgent. I needed to know: Are there heroes or horse […]

At a glance: Dogwood blooms

Well there has been snow on the dogwoods. This has come to signal that winter is over and it is now OK to place pants in the ground. Not a big help with overcoming the drought. Then there is another saying, “When dogwood blooms are plentiful, expect a cold winter.” This really is not that […]

Foothill gourmet: More meatballs

Today’s column is dedicated to my workout friend Cindy Z. I know she’s reading today, because she is a faithful reader. At a recent yoga class, she complimented me on my last meatball column. She thought it was one of my best. That’s why I’m dedicating this second meatball column to Cindy. After the recipes, […]

Mount Aukum Winery — The man and the mountain

Publisher and feature editor’s note: Michel Prod’hon of Mount Aukum Winery died unexpectedly from a heart attack. His love of life and passion for the wine industry in El Dorado County was reflected in this story that was written for the Spring/Summer 2013 Adventures magazine. We hope our readers enjoy reading his story as told […]

Things to do: April 10, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring photographer James Canning. His large abstract pieces begin with his photographs, which are then shaped with computer technology and rendered onto metal using a dye infusion process. Also featured this month is rake potter Lisa Bone and professional watercolor painter […]

Spring art show blooms at government center

The member artists of the Diamond Springs Art Association are showing a collection of watercolors, oils, acrylics and other media at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane, Building B, Placerville, through Friday, April 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The judge for the show was 
Rand Huggett, an artist from Sutter Creek, best known for […]

Woodhead works wonders with wood

In the decades he has sold beautiful hardwoods, Jim Von Tellrop Jr. has been gratified to know that the gorgeous grains are going into aesthetically pleasing existences, becoming a picture frame or the interior walls of a five-star luxury hotel. But another, more esoteric structure he has helped build from the ground up is more […]

At a glance: Play ball

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is predicting that Major League Baseball fans will eat more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages in 2015. The combined hot dog and sausage consumption could stretch from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Chase Field in Phoenix and the hot dog total alone […]

National Healthcare Decisions Day approaching

Snowline Hospice along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As a participating organization, Snowline Hospice is providing the popular living will, Five Wishes, […]

Friends of Seniors opens 2015 grants process

The El Dorado Friends of Seniors is proud to announce the opening of its 2015 grants process. The Friends partnered with the El Dorado Community Foundation in 2013 and through the Friends of Seniors fund at the El Dorado Community Foundation, the group will be offering a total of $10,000 in support of programs and/or […]

As we were: Increase in size and cost

25 Years ago April 6, 1990 County architect hikes bill By URSULA ROSE The architect bill for the county’s administration building program just went up by 54 percent because the building more than doubled in size, and the supervisors reluctantly approved the increase Tuesday. The administration building, called Building C in the master plan, will […]

Foothill dining: Easter fun

David Venable, host of QVC’s cooking and dining show “In the Kitchen with David,” offers some fun Easter recipes. Bunny bum cupcakes Makes 12 Cupcakes Venable’s note: Make these cupcakes and you’ve got Easter dessert and decorations in one. Group them and center them on your table, stage them on a drinks/dessert table or even make them […]

Teen organizes Laps for Leukemia

What: Laps for Leukemia Who: Sam Gerstle Where: Ponderosa High School track, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. When: Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Registration is $12 Information: 530-391-6454   After Sam Gerstle’s father became a bone marrow donor, she wondered how she could make her own contribution. Her family lived by the Kott family. Baby Trevor Kott […]

‘Crazy for You’ delivers in a big way

What: “Crazy for You” Who: Ponderosa High School Where: Ponderosa High School Little Theatre, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: April 9-11 and 16-18 Cost: Tickets are $12 general and $10 with a student body card Information: Call 530-677-2281   Shhh … the librarian is hard at work … helping the kids to make some noise! Former […]

Things to do: April 3, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, April 6 through May 3, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, amazing watercolor artist who specializes in western story-telling themes. Also featured is photographer James Canning, who creates large abstract photographs printed on metal and raku potter Lisa Bone. Starting this month is a new monthly special […]

At a glance: Total lunacy

There will be a total lunar eclipse before dawn for those in the western areas of North America on Saturday, April 4. Only the beginning phase will be visible before the Moon sets but it is still cool to watch the shadow start to shade the Moon. Besides the total eclipse phase will last less […]

Mr. Ponderosa contestants are winners

Taking money in this election is perfectly acceptable and, in fact, is a big part of the campaign. The candidates for the coveted title of Mr. Ponderosa do their best to win the hearts and minds of the electorate and raise money for two important causes. The ninth annual Mr. Ponderosa pageant at Ponderosa High […]

Distillers evoke spirits of the past

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that and […]

Foothill dining: Simple seafood recipes for Lent

For those finding the recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes families will love. In fact, there may be new dishes to serve all year long. Seafood makes a delicious centerpiece of any meal and preparing seafood can actually be quite […]

Celio to cultivate a happy career

An old Chinese proverb says: “If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for a week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, plant a garden.” Planning for lifelong happiness is Tracy Celio, 42, who was recently hired as the new Master Gardener […]

Things to do: March 27, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring the lovely oil and acrylic paintings of Lori Anderson. Her vibrant and colorful pastoral scenes and still life themes are rich in color, light and brush strokes. Also featured are the dramatic large acrylic abstract paintings of Randy Honerlah and […]

Light-amber liquid is golden

There’s a pretty slick little operation right up the hill east of Placerville, an olive oil ranch that keeps pouring awards into its owners’ hands. Ron and Judy Sbragia have been harvesting and milling olives grown at their Collina di Mela, just past Boeger Winery on Carson Road, for six years now. And each year, […]

Not exactly strangers to great music

What: The Random Strangers concert Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. Cost: Pre-order tickets are $10, two for $18 or at the door $12 Information: 530-677-2231 The folks who already have called in to get their tickets for the Saturday, March […]

At a glance: Time to come out of hibernation

Chipmunks are due to emerge out of hibernation now. With all the nice weather around here lately they are probably ready to come out and have some fun. The animals back east are probably deciding to stay tucked in for a little bit longer.   Spring fun With the El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival set […]

On the road again with ‘The Quilt Trail Project’

A beautiful hand-painted wooden art piece is now beckoning visitors to an enchanting and historic view at the Enchanted April Inn, 5950 Salmon Falls Road, Pilot Hill. The quilt block design “Gold & Silver” recalls the bygone days of the great California Gold Rush when Highway 49 was the route to the gold mines. Old […]

Libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills on March 12 to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County […]

Foothill gourmet: Consider all dining preferences

Our friend Wilma and her partner Jackson recently came over for dinner. She’s vegan but he’s not. We solved the problem, by preparing a vegan meal and Dwight grilled small portions of meat to accompany the dinner for himself and Jackson. In the past, I have occasionally written articles for the column about fixing dinner […]

Things to do: March 29, 2015

ONGOING put gold 320 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 5, is featuring Randy Honerlah, contemporary abstract painter. Honerlah’s large acrylic paintings on canvas are colorful and dramatic with many layers of texture and design. Also featured is Lori Anderson, oil and acrylic painter with a painterly touch for […]

Designer to the stars comes home to breathe

When jewelry designer Geoff Thomas graduated from El Dorado High School in 1991 to attend Cuesta College, he planned to become a financier, not an artist. He’d grown up with two artist parents and, in typical teenage rebellion, decided to follow the linear path of business. Fate in the guise of a black and white photography […]

At a glance: Spring fling

Ready or not, spring arrives on Friday, March 20 at 3:45 p.m. Even though it has been kind of springy already, the official start happens with the vernal equinox. This is when the sun is directly over the equator and day and night are almost equal. It is not quite equal due to the tilt […]

Handling life with class

She may have wanted to be a princess or a cowgirl when she grew up, but chances are that as a child Jenny Fulton never said, “I want to be an unwed mother.” But life happens, with all its twists and turns, and today the 27-year-old El Dorado woman is coping with raising her young […]

Foothill dining: Potato winner

Kate Suletzki, of “A Cup of Sugar, a Pinch of Salt,” is the newly crowned winner of Food52’s Best Potato Recipe 2.0 Contest, run in partnership with the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). This contest, one of the most successful in Food52’s history, generated more than 250 entries from the kitchen and home destination’s dedicated community of […]