Wednesday, April 16, 2014

At a glance: Take aim on fun

On April 16, 1922 Annie Oakley hit 100 clay targets in row, setting a new women’s record. She was quite the showman and continually impressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.   Music and barbecue If she was in Placerville today she would probably drop by Hog Wild, 38 Main St., to have some […]

Men to walk a mile in her shoes

There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Last year, on a bright sunny Saturday in May, seven El Dorado County male community leaders were spotted walking a mile in four-inch red high heels down Placerville’s Main Street. This elite group of men walked […]

Runners stampede for Sugarloaf scholarships

More than 140 runners braved the unpredictable weather on March 29 and participated in the first Sugarloaf Stampede benefitting the Sugarloaf Station Foundation — a nonprofit organization that grants partial scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer. Students, parents, teachers, community members and their families ran or walked 5k, […]

The Winner Is … Everyone

The big winner in the annual Mr. Ponderosa contest is the Pink Ribbon Running Foundation and the fight against breast cancer. The contestants and the audience win, too. It is a night of fun entertainment with plenty of creativity at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs. The contestants parade in formal wear, swimwear and perform […]

Mr. Ponderosa

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Foothill gourmet: Bacon and cackle berries

Today’s column is bacon and eggs — ideas for bacon appetizers and ideas to help you dress up hard-boiled eggs. When we use bacon, for health reasons, we always buy uncured bacon, as it has no nitrates. Nitrates are suspected of producing cancer in colons. When you read the recipe, know that we purchased uncured […]

Things to do: April 11, 2014

Ongoing Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, April 7 through May 4, is showing the award-winning pastels and oil paintings of Blanche Kawahara, her original hand-painted silk scarves and elegant wire wrapped jewelry. Also featured are the award-winning abstract paintings of Ramona Beckwith. Now available at the gallery is the new member […]

Tales from the Cellar — a novel sojourn

El Dorado Winery Association members continue the wine journey with a second weekend of Passport on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Passport holders can tour the wine country of El Dorado County enjoying the award-winning wines, visiting with the winemakers, sampling food pairings, listening to music and seeing amazing art. The theme for […]

Mercy auxiliary hands out $1,000 scholarships

Future doctors, surgeons, therapists and other healthcare professionals received a helping hand from the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary as auxiliary members handed out $1,000 scholarships. Out of 21 students interviewed, 11 students from El Dorado Hills and Folsom high schools received money to continue their education, including Oak Ridge senior Cody Ellis, who thanked […]

At a glance: Double delight

There will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all […]

Disabled vet helps others, gets help

Former Marine, Don Kearney, 56, used to live in his Pilot Hill home, alone but for the past two and a half years he’s been the guardian of his two small grandchildren, 3-year-old Mahender and 4-year-old  Anastasia. “I’ve had to change my life completely,” said Kearney, “I used to be kind of a recluse but […]

Teens have fun at the library

An oasis of learning at the El Dorado County Library’s Placerville branch finds students gathering the second Tuesday of each month to have fun while learning and at the same time grab some credit that will look great on college entrance applications and job résumés. The Teen Library Council not only encourages reading but has […]

Foothill dining: Fun edible centerpieces

Less than 15 percent of Americans typically plan to celebrate Easter in a restaurant. This means the vast majority will dine at home. Aside from the meal must-haves (ham, eggs, spring vegetables and favorite family desserts) a beautiful table is a priority as well. Balancing busy, hectic lives with a desire to create meaningful family […]

Things to do: April 4, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, April 7 through May 4, is showing the award-winning abstract paintings of Ramona Beckwith. Also featured are award-winning pastels and oil paintings and original hand painted silk scarves and elegant wire wrapped jewelry of Blanche Kawahara. Now available at the gallery is the new member produced book […]

Film focuses on ‘The Vision of Wangari Maathai’

Screening Wednesday, April 9 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” is at once an environmental, historical and human rights documentary. The award-winning film follows the remarkable life of Wangari Maathai of Kenya as she launches a Green Belt movement in the ’70s to plant trees […]

At a glance: Spend, spend, spend

The United States Mint was established in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 2, 1792. Money was needed after the Constitution was ratified and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton got to work to create a national Mint. With the passage of the Coinage Act by Congress, the construction of the first federal building in the nation’s […]

Essay winners to star at luncheon

El Dorado County Democrats have a chance to ice down the party’s black eye in the wake of the arrest of California State Senator Leland Yee by attending what promises to be an uplifting luncheon Saturday, April 5 at the El Dorado County Office of Education. The occasion is to honor the three winners of […]

Go native

For 20 years, one thing has been certain come April in El Dorado County and we don’t mean taxes. We’re referring to the annual Spring Native Plant Sale by the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS). This year’s sale marks the 20th year since the chapter was founded in 1994 […]

Community support builds teen facility

Students at Pioneer and Mountain Creek schools soon will be able to walk across the road and spend after-school hours — and the summer — in a brand-new teen center, courtesy of the South County community and generous support from others, including the El Dorado Union High School District. Members of the Pioneer Bible Church […]

First 5: Is your child ready? What is school readiness?

There is a national conversation about the importance of children being ready for school. According to Ready Nation, “Children not kindergarten-ready are half as likely to read well by third grade.” Furthermore, “children not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out.” This conversation creates pressure on parents. The subject […]

As we were: New gold

25 Years ago March 31, 1989 El Dorado wine’s like Gold on the vine Discover El Dorado wineries in the Land of Gold whose boundaries encompass a rediscovered viticultural region now producing world class wines. On the western slope of the Sierra Nevada are found North America’s highest elevation vinifera vineyards reaching from 1,200 feet to […]

Things to do: March 28, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 6, is featuring the beautiful, elegant jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. Also featured is Paul Cockrell, who is showing night-time scenes of downtown Placerville and Carol Quinn, oil painter of vibrant, colorful landscapes of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra. […]

Sierra Nevada House — culinary gold in Coloma

Restaurant: Sierra Nevada House Address: 835 Lotus Road in Coloma Phone: 530-626-8096 Hours: Thursday through Monday at 4 p.m. and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday I am ashamed to admit this but in the five years I have lived and worked in El Dorado County I had never set foot in the gastronomic landmark that […]

At a glance: Bocce time

The bocce ball league is starting up at Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, on Friday, March 28. This is a really fun time with teams of four playing every Friday through May 23 from 6-8 p.m. At the end of the league, the top four teams play in a single elimination play […]

Say it out loud

For the second year in a row, Connor Ricketts, a sophomore at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, garnered first place honors at the El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud competition held at Imagination Theater in February. Ricketts, with his inspired performances of Matthew Arnold’s classic poem “Dover Beach” and Delmore Schwartz’s “The True Blue […]

Teen asks community to Light It Up Blue

Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore is the planner and coordinator of El Dorado Hills’ first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all […]

Foothill gourmet: Can’t go wrong with bacon

Today’s column features several appetizer recipes and many recipes include bacon. We purchased uncured bacon, (no nitrites). Most of the recipes serve four to six guests. One or two recipes will easily serve a small dinner party. If you’re planning an appetizer party, prepare several additional recipes. Goat cheese trio — Cut a 12 ounce […]

Things to do: March 21, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 6, is showing the vibrant and colorful landscapes of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Sierra by Carol Quinn along with new night-time photographs of downtown Placerville by Paul Cockrell and the elegant jewelry and fused glass artistry of Susan Preissner. For more information […]

‘Dean’ and friends visit Cameron Park

When Dean Martin’s daughter Deana heard a familiar voice crooning from the stage at the Steubenville Dean Martin Festival a while back — long after her famous father had passed — she reportedly remarked, “I thought I heard my dad singing.” Deana had gone to catch the show after her mom, Jeanne Martin, had told […]

Imagination Theater organizing trip to Ireland

Imagination Theater is organizing a 15-day tour of Ireland from July 18 to Aug. 1. No culture captivates like the Irish. Rich in folkloric tradition, full of literary treasures, covered with breathtaking green landscapes, Ireland is one of the most welcoming countries. Experience history at Blarney Castle, awe-inspiring scenery along the Ring of Kerry and […]

Spirit of Benny continues at fun run

The third annual Spirit of Benny 10K and 5K Run and Walk, benefiting Partners in Care, will be held Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. in Placerville. “It’s been the greatest therapy ever,” said Nancy Milla of the annual fun run she directs each March in honor of her 5-year-old son Benny Penner who died […]

El Dorado County Pageant accepting entries

The El Dorado County Pageant has returned. The pageant will be held June 12 at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on opening night of the El Dorado County Fair. If you are a young woman aged 12-25 think about joining this year’s pageant. This is a natural pageant and no experience is […]

One-day project to make a difference at Schnell School

One day of volunteering can make an impact on a lot of other people — just one day. On Saturday, April 5 the Kiwanis Club of Placerville is mustering more than 100 volunteers from its club and its service leadership groups to give a few hours of hands-on service at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville. […]

At a glance: Spring is springing

Springtime alert — chipmunks are emerging from hibernation now and Wednesday, March 19 is the day the swallows return to Capistrano. The weather has been very nice lately but it would be good to have some more rain before the days really start to heat up. Work on thinking of ways to conserve water. Good […]

Women’s Fund addresses mental health

Mental health or more precisely, mental disease, is one of the most difficult issues to talk about, much less do anything about. Mental illness has such a strong social stigma that people who experience it are reluctant to seek help. The members of Women’s Fund El Dorado, all 300 and some, noted the seriousness of […]

Placerville Curves hosts food drive

Placerville Curves is having its 2014 Curves Food Drive through March 31. “We are honored to offer the Curves Food Drive as a unique way for the Placerville area community to come together and feed the need of our local food bank while simultaneously feeding the need for women’s health and fitness. Last year we […]

As we were: Water issues are in the news

25 Years ago March 17, 1989 Bill would protect water rights SACRAMENTO — State Sen. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, has introduced Senate Bill 614, which will strengthen area of origin water rights. The bill will declare that the public trust doctrine as judicially construed does not apply to area and county of origin and watershed protection […]

New pastor, church serve as ‘instruments of grace’

Vintage Grace held its grand opening inside Marina Village Middle School’s gym on March 2, where Pastor Drew Sodestrom delivered the first sermon about finding joy in Jesus in front of more than 300 people. Parishioners enjoyed food, bounce houses and live entertainment once the celebration moved outdoors. “The word ‘church’ is absent from the […]

Foothill dinning: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s favorite spirited holiday is upon us and Baileys wants everyone to be properly prepared. This St. Patrick’s Day Baileys suggests adding a touch of style and glamour to your celebrations. Consider mixing up chic, specialty shots that can be enjoyed with large groups of friends. Draw inspiration from the Irish Milk and Honey shot […]

Things to do: March 14, 2014

ONGOING put gold 314 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through April 6, is featuring the beautiful jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. The gallery is also featuring photographer Paul Cockrell and Carol Quinn, oil painter. The public is invited to meet the featured artists, hear music by Caroll […]

Film, food, wine and more at mixer

What: I Love Film Mixer and Business Showcase Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Friday, March 14 from 4-8 p.m. Cost: Free Information: The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at 530-621-5885 or the El Dorado […]

At a glance: Paint a banner

Remember all the wonderful banners that decorated Placerville’s Main Street last summer? Well the downtown groups that sponsor the public art project are inviting creative people to submit ideas for this year’s banners. The Banners on Parade hang on the light poles from May to October and then are auctioned off on Oct. 18 at […]

Rules analyst to speak at Ponderosa fundraiser

What: Ninth annual Spring Banquet Who: Ponderosa High School Foundation Where: The Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Road in Rescue When: Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person Information: 530-621-1673 Let’s face it, ladies — many of you watch football on TV because the man in your life loves it but […]

Words come alive

Some children flaunted their way to the stage while others shyly strolled but every student at Silva Valley School participated in Friday, Feb. 28’s costumed vocabulary parade inside the gym. Set to upbeat music, students from junior kindergarten through fifth grade got to show off the one word they’d chosen to emulate. From everyday words […]

Foothill gourmet: Homemade tomato soup

Today’s column features several delicious recipes — a lovely homemade tomato soup, a recipe for stuffed French bread and ideas for savory wings. Homemade tomato soup — I made this recipe with 1 1/2 pounds of canned Italian tomatoes (save the juice for another use). It was delicately seasoned and a perfect accompaniment to stuffed […]