Monday, March 2, 2015

Foothill dining: Make-ahead Celtic classics

It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. McCormick has developed tips and recipes for a festive celebration — including a make-ahead corned beef. “Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday everyone loves to celebrate,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “This year, in […]

Stephan Hogan’s dream comes true

Stephan Hogan had a chance to move to Nashville last summer, pursuing his dream of a career singing his beloved country music. He decided to sit tight in Cameron Park — but managed to do anyway what many a Nashville hopeful still hasn’t achieved: A song on CMT. Hogan’s song, “Let’s Get Loud,” which was […]

Things to do: Feb. 27, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, March 2 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 are Lori Anderson, oil and acrylic painter with an impressionistic, painterly quality to her landscapes […]

Find the right pint during Sac Beer Week

It’s that special time of year when we must shift the focus to everything hops, barley and bubbles. It’s Sacramento Beer Week. With creative and innovative brewers encouraged by the craft beer boom, Beer Week gives exposure to the ever-expanding variety of ales and lagers on the market. The 11-day celebration of craft beer runs through March 8 with events […]

Film ‘Fed Up’ screens at the Cozmic Café

“Fed Up” screens at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, March 11. The film focuses on the fast food industry, processed food and the addition of sugar to 80 percent of processed foods. All of this leads to skyrocketing obesity rates worldwide. Katie Couric narrates “Fed Up” which traces how we […]

Thrift store offers heavenly bargains

Hand over the keys to that old clunker you no longer want in the driveway and you may well be unlocking a prison door for a man or woman headed back behind bars if not for the kindness of the world around them. Buy any of the bargain-priced quality merchandise at New Beginnings thrift shop […]

At a glance: Weather or not

On Feb. 25 in 1921 there was a record-breaking temperature of 91.6 degrees F in downtown Los Angeles and in 1914 in Society Hill, S.C. there was 18 inches of snow. The weather always provides plenty to talk about and no matter what the temperature there is someone somewhere who isn’t happy about it. Have […]

Foothill gourmet: Soup with vegans in mind

Over a year ago, I found a recipe for wild rice and mushroom soup planning to use it when my vegan friend Wilma came to dinner. Recently, I found the recipe again and plan to make it for Wilma’s next visit. The soup base begins with an entire pound of sliced cremini mushrooms, a favorite […]

Businesses are generous siblings

Waste Connections, which operates El Dorado Disposal, really takes community brotherhood seriously — behaving as a generous older sibling to El Dorado County. “Waste Connections, through El Dorado Disposal, gave us $75,000 in a grant last year — they’ve always been fabulous,” said Brenda Frachiseur, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters locally. BBBS was […]

Happy new year

The artists of the Gallery at the End of the Hall invite the public to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special show during February. The artists have created Asian inspired art in addition to their regular collections. Come and enjoy photography by Tim Daviess, pottery by Kay de Lange, art by Patty Mckinney, […]

Things to do: Feb. 20, 2015

ONGOING put gold 220 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 presents an all gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history of El Dorado County. Here the […]

See rare views of California landscape

“The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker,” on view Feb. 22 through May 17, features watercolors and block prints by artist and avid naturalist William S. Rice (1873-1963). He is best known for his depictions of the California landscape. More than 50 prints and watercolors illuminate the techniques and approaches […]

Seniors stay connected thanks to high tech

Many seniors live alone and can sometime feel isolated from family and friends. Grandkids are busy with activities, while parents balance work and family life. So in all the hustle and bustle, how can grandma and grandpa stay connected with family — especially if they don’t live close by? To help answer that question, Gail […]

Tractor Supply sponsors scholarship program

Coming off the heels of a successful second year in 2014, Tractor Supply Company has announced the third annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $447,671, resulting in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree. The Growing Scholars program […]

At a glance: Heavenly happenings

The glorious blue sky that has been brightening the days gives way to a dazzling Venus hanging out by a faint orange Mars from Feb. 19 to 21 at dusk. On Feb. 20, the crescent Moon joins the party for a heavenly trifecta.   Heavenly music Some heavenly sounds will be heard at Danette’s Brick […]

Cameron Park CSD classes

The Cameron Park Community Services District offers classes at the Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. For more information or to sign up visit or call 530-672-7350. AARP Foundation Free Tax Assistance — Assistance is provided to all ages with a focus on those age 60 and older and there is no income limitation. Appointments are […]

CP CSD has classes with mature focus

Need more balance in your life? Think about taking the Tai Chi for Better Living class at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. This is a fun Cameron Park Community Services District class that is suited for mature adults. The focus of the class, taught by Roy Imai, is […]

Foothill dining: Tunatastic

With Lent right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about adding some diversity to the traditional meatless recipe repertoire. Sure, the typical tuna sandwich or PB&J are great, but there are plenty of other easy ways to liven up mealtime. Luckily, StarKist Tuna has a few recipes that will add excitement and flavor […]

Morgan Henry writes winning essay

By Morgan Henry, Ponderosa Prompt chosen “The sight held awesome wonders; power and beauty, grace tangled in rapture with violence.” — “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” 10. On the surface, this quote represents a paradox: how can grace and violence be “tangled” together in nature and how can the result be heavenly “rapture?” However, throughout “Pilgrim […]

Things to do: Feb. 13, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 presents an all gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history of El Dorado County. The digital painting, “Lake Tahoe” by […]

Hickory Wind — a love story

Fred Kent knew right from the start that Cheryll Bell was the gal for him. But if he wanted to hang out with the pretty singer, he’d have to learn to play guitar. So he did. Cheryll taught Fred a few licks in the early 1970s and the music they’ve made together ever since has […]

At a glance: Dance the fantastic

On Feb. 11, 1963, the first discotheque opened in Los Angeles. The lights, music and dance steps got a lot of people on the dance floor and provided plenty of entertaining film footage for children of disco dancers to watch at family functions for generation. The clothes and hairdos were also pretty entertaining.   Love […]

Upgrades improve college campus

The wisteria that once hanged purple from the outdoors gathering area at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center in Placerville is gone — but the yellow-flowered vines are rarin’ to go, part of the expansion and improvement project that came to fruition early this month. Just two days after the furniture was delivered to newly […]

Ag in the Classroom sows information

There’s a new row to hoe at the Ag in the Classroom program in El Dorado County, with one leader saying good-bye and the other eager to begin educating students, teachers and the public about the importance of local farms and ranches.

Karen Owen is retiring after five years holding the reins of the popular program aimed chiefly at school kids and coming aboard in the executive officer position is Avis Jolly.

Owen is looking forward to …

Sisters are needed, too

It’s not just Big Brothers, but Big Sisters are desperately needed to help out girls who would like a better shot at a good life in El Dorado County. One who decided to lend a sisterly hand, who is being called “Denise” for this story so as not to identify her little sister, stepped up […]

Dinner helps Big Brothers Big Sisters

What: Big Din-Din Delivery Who: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Dorado County Where: El Dorado When: Monday, Feb. 23, order by Friday, Feb. 13 Cost: $25 Information: 530-626-1222 and to order a Big Din-Din Delivery of an Italian feast for four e-mail [email protected] A 54-year-old professional man who works in Placerville became a Big Brother and befriended […]

Foothill gourmet: Fun with pesto

Pesto is a favorite flavoring for many foods; for example, pasta, rice, potatoes, grilled or braised chicken breasts or thighs, and fish fillets. Pesto can be made from greens beyond basil, cheeses beyond Parmesan and nuts beyond pine nuts. First, toast 1/3 cups nuts or seeds (varieties follow) in a dry skillet (a no oil-cast […]

Things to do: Feb. 6, 2015

ONGOING put gold 206 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 will present an all gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much the […]

Artists show love of El Dorado County

Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting “For the Love of El Dorado County,” a special all-member show running through March 1. “For the Love of El Dorado County” is a celebration of the people, places and history of the region, a visual Valentine from the artists of Gold Country Artists Gallery to the community. From […]

Film explores the consequences of garbage

Jeremy Irons narrates “Trashed” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The documentary film focuses on his worldwide quest for garbage, how it affects the human race and what is being done to repair the extensive damage. Irons travels to several parts of the world to document the amount […]

At a glance: Planet gazing

Take a moment to check out the planet Jupiter. On Friday, Feb. 6, it is at its closest, biggest and brightest of the year and is out all night long. To get a really good look at the giant planet plan on visiting the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College, El […]

Informational workshop set for Women’s Fund grants

Nonprofit organizations located on the west slope of El Dorado County wishing to learn more about the Women’s Fund El Dorado granting process or to have specific questions answered are invited to attend the WFED Bidders Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon. The workshop will be held at the El Dorado County […]

Community and palates benefit from chocolate

What: “A Chocolate Affair” Who: Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 7, 6-9:30 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance and $45 at the door Information: 530-344-1476 It’s still a week before Valentine’s Day, but have a heart anyway. Have a heart […]

This decathlon is in the classroom

A celebration of the cerebral is taking place this week in El Dorado County, as students from four area high schools compete in the annual Academic Decathlon. Ponderosa High School will be defending its incredible title, 22 years in a row of taking home top honors in the academic contest. Students are tested in the […]

Foothill dining: Cocktail recipes give whiskey an added twist

With whiskey sales on the rise, more people are discovering there are plenty of ways to drink the distilled spirit than just straight on the rocks. Drink mixologists enjoy finding more and more ways to complement the whiskey flavor with a plethora of other ingredients, whether it’s syrups, fruit juices, vermouth or even tea. A […]

Things to do: Jan. 30, 2015

ONGOING put gold 130 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Feb. 2 through March 1, will present an all-gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much […]

Discover Ecstatic Dance in Placerville

Ecstatic Dance Placerville will host its first Friday night event Jan. 30 from 7:30-10 at the Odd Fellows Hall on 467 Main St. in Placerville. Attendees can move and be moved at this alcohol-free community event. Ecstatic Dance is a gathering for people of all ages and abilities to dance freely, move however they wish […]

At a glance: Holy guacamole

Football and food fans have Super Bowl Sunday circled on their calendars and are getting ready to have a great day. Super Bowl XLIX is a big sporting event but according to Taste of Home — America’s largest cooking magazine — Super Bowl Sunday is only second to Thanksgiving for food consumption. On Feb. 1, […]

California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance receives award

Governor Jerry Brown presented the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) with the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s highest environmental honor. CSWA was recognized for its California Sustainable Winegrowing Program during a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters on Jan. 21 in Sacramento. A GEELA recipient in 2004 and […]

Gold Trail students catch and learn

Gold Trail Elementary School fourth graders released 22 young Chinook salmon into the Sacramento River at Discovery Park on Saturday, Jan. 10, as a result of a month-long science class project. Students were joined by parents and science teacher Danny Lulla, who spearheaded the project for his students. “The release of the fish into the […]

Snowline Hospice Hosts Hot Cocoa Bar

Snowline Hospice, an area leader in hospice and palliative care, needs more volunteers. The organization is inviting the community to an open house event for those interested in learning more. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Snowline Hospice’s Clinical Services Building, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. Following […]

Foothill gourmet: Super subs

Game day is approaching, so ideas for party subs could be just the recipe you need. Use a large (22-25-inch) loaf of bread for these subs. First hollow out the bread inside to make room for the fillings, similar to my recent recipe for stuffed French bread. Depending on how you slice the finished sub […]

Positive things happen at West Slope Recovery

An anonymous donor has graciously provided enough funding for two men to take advantage of a new live-in substance abuse recovery program in Placerville. West Slope Recovery officials said a $5,000 donation will enable them to take two new residents into the Coloma Street facility, where they will receive residential care and education to help […]

As we were: Chamber news

25 Years ago Jan. 26, 1990 Chamber installs new officers, presents annual awards Jim Barber assumed the duties of president of the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce Jan. 18 at the annual awards and installation dinner. The new president hopes to see business development in the area that will bring a long-term investment to the […]

Things to do: Jan. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back problem and developed into intriguing designs. Soroush Mostafanejad photographer is also featured. […]