Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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 […]

Fine music fine repast

Kids are always told not to play with their dinner — but there’s no problem with them playing with yours. OK, it’s actually lunch … but the kids will be playing Saturday, March 28 as you enjoy a fabulous meal provided by a half-dozen premier local restaurants. Delight to the sounds of all five groups from […]

Things to do: March 13, 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS Placerville Art on Parade is currently seeking artists to enter its designs for this year’s Banners on Parade community art project.  The decorated banners will hang on light poles on Placerville’s Main Street from June through early October. Following the exhibit, the banners will be auctioned off at the Oct. 17 Art and […]

Exhibit is a walk through art 101

“Botticelli to Braque,” now showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a selection of works by famous names. The pieces chosen by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco come from Scotland’s three national galleries. Leading off the show of old masters is a bright and colorful painting by […]

At a glance: Hoop it up

The first public game of basketball was played in Springfield, Mass. on March 11, 1892 at the Armory Hill YMCA. Dr. James Naismith was directed by Dr. Luther Gulick at Springfield College to come up with a game that was safe and could be played indoors during the winter. The game featured students at Springfield […]

Meet the speechinator at the spring banquet

What: 10th annual Spring Banquet Who: Ponderosa High School Foundation When: Friday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs Cost: $60 Information: [email protected] or call 530-621-1673   The phone rings at midnight and it’s Gov. Schwarzenegger, telling you he needs a breakfast speech by 7 a.m. — and […]

Mini-grants make a big difference

California Retired Teachers Association, Division 73, awarded six El Dorado County teachers mini-grants of $400 each to purchase items to enhance student learning. The yearly mini-grant program was launched by CRTA  to lend a helping hand to second and third-year teachers, as teachers often buy learning tools out of their own pockets. Pam Cooke and Jennifer […]

Marshall Community Health offers aging seminar

Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park is pleased to offer another free program in its ongoing Health Aging Seminars. Mary Schwind, retired social worker, will be speaking about the value of girlfriends as we age, on Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m., at Marshall’s Upper Campus, 3581 Palmer Drive, Suite 501, in Cameron Park. […]

Junior ‘Superheroes’ fly into the Harris Center

Strange things have been happening in Capital City. The news reports on Channel 1 Television say that there have been highly unusual sunspot activities. Electrical devices have been behaving wildly and suddenly reality TV shows appear to make sense. In the middle of all this, the Junior League of Superheroes (Invisigirl, Stupendous Boy, ElectroZap, Zip […]

Foothill gourmet: Where’s the meatballs?

Welcome to today’s column, it has flavorful ideas for meatballs. Meatballs are no longer ordinary. Read ahead to find stellar ideas for flavorful meatballs ranging from beef to seafood and in flavors from Italian to Jamaican. There are four ways to cook meatballs: bake, broil, deep-fry or pan fry. To bake: Arrange on a parchment-lined […]

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Things to do: March 6, 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 […]

See what is Behind the Cellar Door

The Amador Vintners Association presents events every year celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, Amador’s finest wineries are opening their cellar doors to showcase the extraordinary vintages that are crafted inside. One of the unique aspects during Behind the Cellar […]

At a glance: Swan dance

The ballet “Swan Lake” debuted on March 4, 1877 and was considered rather unremarkable with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography by Julius Reisinger. The ballet did have a number of performances and was part of the Bolshoi’s repertory for six years. During that time a new ballet master jazzed up the […]

Big Brother and Little Brother rock on

Lynn Van Erden and Devin Texara kept glancing at the cloudy sky over Placerville on a recent Friday, a day when forecasters were calling for two days of snow in the Sierra. That’s because the two were headed for Squaw Valley over the weekend to enjoy a skiing trip together, courtesy of Big Brothers Big […]

Big and Little share many good times

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

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 […]