Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A busy year for El Dorado Native Plant Chapter

The 50th anniversary of the California Native Plant Society kicks off this January with a statewide Conservation Conference in San Jose and the El Dorado Chapter can look with pride on its growth and accomplishments over the past year. “We’ve been active in many areas, including horticulture, education, weed abatement, rare plant identification and even […]

Native Plant Sale — perfect fall event

What: Fall Native Plant Sale Who: El Dorado Chapter California Native Plant Society Where: El Dorado County Center on Fair Lane in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: or call 530-748-9365   Fall brings many things, not the least of which is the hard-fought containment of the King Fire. With the fire finally under control, […]

At a glance: Game on

With baseball’s post season underway and the World Series still down the road, it is interesting to note the first World Series started on Oct. 1 in 1903. The National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates ace Deacon Phillippe beat Cy Young of the American League’s Boston Pilgrims. The first World’s Championship Series was a best-of-nine format. Cy Young came […]

Chili and cars bring out big crowd

The chili was delicious, the vehicles were spectacular, the music was rocking and everyone had a fantastic time at the 2014 Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show presented by Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. The annual benefit for adults with disabilities took place at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center on Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. […]

Farmers market to operate year round

A place to buy fresh local produce and locally crafted items is becoming a reality. Wednesday, Oct. 1 marks the opening of Green Acres Farmers Market, 3400 Carson Court in Camino with local resident Doug Alberts at the helm. The market is intended to be a year round endeavor, with space for local growers and other […]

Burke Junction train keeps chugging

“The Little Engine That Could” has nothing on the Burke Junction Express Train, which has come back to life once again. The train, beloved by locals and tourists alike who have found the hidden treasure tucked into a small shopping center in Cameron Park, has run off and on for decades. And now it’s on […]

Foothill dining: National Kale Day

Kale has become one of the most popular superfoods and a grassroots movement of dedicated followers is celebrating with the second annual National Kale Day on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The grassroots idea of National Kale Day was spearheaded by Dr. Drew Ramsey and chef Jennifer Iserloh, authors of the bestselling book “50 Shades of Kale.” […]

Things to do: Sept. 26, 2014

A special event to show support for the brave firefighters and support staff who have been battling the King Fire is happening Sunday, Sept. 28 from 3-7 p.m. in the Mountain Democrat parking lot, 2889 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville. Everyone is invited to thank the fire personnel and have a great time listening to […]

Mike Bagdonas

Mike Bagdonas is joining 27 other artists for the Autumn Studio Tour in the greater Placerville, Shingle Springs and Cameron Park areas on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. The studios will be open for visitors to browse and discover new art. There will be nine studios open, […]

Artists open studios for fall tour

Paul Cockrell What: Autumn Studio Tour Who: 28 Artists Where: Nine studios in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free Information: Paul Cockrell is showing his new El Dorado County and downtown Placerville photographs During the Autumn Studio Art Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28 at his Root Cellar […]

At a glance: Good sport

On Sept. 24, 1934 Babe Ruth played his last game with the New York Yankees. Soon Derek Jeter will play his last game with the Yankees. With so many athletes doing stupid things it is nice to honor an athlete that has represented his team and himself with good sportsmanship.   Tapping around The Cameron […]

Discover the true gold in Coloma

The beautiful river gorge along the South Fork of the American that opens into a small valley enclosure called Coloma once saw a population of 10,000 harried souls digging in the dirt, blasting rocks and moving mountains as they clamored for gold. Today Coloma has fewer than 500 people who call it home, but they […]

Foothill dining: Avacados are good

At our house, eating an avocado is a pleasure anytime one is ripe. Avocados are colorful and delicious additions to recipes and an excellent fresh accent to meat, fish, chicken and salads. We eat them because they are heart healthy. They also supply healthy monounsaturated fats, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Their monounsaturated fats help lower […]

Montessori students win at Nature Bowl

By Megan Woolsey Nature Bowl founder Bruce Forman presented the students at California Montessori Project Shingle Springs campus with the first place 2014 Nature Bowl champions trophy on Friday, Sept. 6. Four fourth grade students from the Shingle Springs school — Ethan Rezentes, Madeline Sweet, Dyeon Maeng and Ava Woolsey — competed against 23 other […]

Off to España

In September Kendall Hoy will begin a new, and undoubtedly unforgettable, chapter in her life. The Rotary Youth Exchange student will fly to Spain, where she’ll live and study for about a year. “I’m so excited,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m most excited to see Barcelona and all the beautiful churches and to eat real authentic paella. It’s […]

Things to do: Sept. 19, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Branda Corey, glass works artist and jewelry designer. Her appreciation of rustic finishes and patinas and love of nature acts as an inspiration for her flamework glass. Also featured is Linda Soos, stained glass artist and Lisa Aikenhead, photographer. The […]

Enter an artful world

What: Autumn Studio Tour Who: 28 Artists Where: Nine studios in El Dorado County When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free Information:   You’d swear you hear the soft sound of a distant gong as you enter the Asian oasis called home by Placerville artist Valerie Bye and […]

Myra Cooper Holmes is enmeshed in her work

A few years back when Georgetown sculptor Myra Cooper Holmes was showing her work in Camino, she was thrilled when the world-renowned Bennett brothers, Bob and Tom, checked out her artistry and told her, “You are one of us.” Small wonder the Placerville sculptors of gleaming bronze figures that celebrate the beauty of the human […]

Local students honored with scholarships

The El Dorado County Division of CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association) honored two El Dorado County high school students with scholarships at its June barbecue. Lorna Perpall, head of the scholarship committee, introduced the scholarship recipients, Caitlin Bandera and Rosebud Campion. Campion enjoys working with children and strives to build their self-esteem so they can […]

Learn about Sierra Foothill perennials and shrubs

What: California Perennials and Shrubs for Sierra Foothill Gardens Who: El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Where: Planning Commission Room, Building C, El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-748-9365 or e-mail El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) […]

Couple honors country, celebrates community

When an infestation plagued the upper branches of a 100-year-old oak tree in Len and Irene Martinez’ Cameron Park backyard earlier this year, inspiration struck. A jack-of-many trades, including woodcarver, 82-year-old Len halted the tree removal process once the trunk reached 9 feet. “When the contractor showed up and started removing the upper branches I got […]

At a glance: Enjoy life

There are a bunch of fun things to do in El Dorado County. Get out and support the local scene and have some fun.   Musical delights Two favorite entertainers, Rick and Jaime, are playing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. If you […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Talk, read, sing

Have you been in the produce aisle at the grocery store and seen a mom just talking away? Then you realize she is talking to an infant. That was me. Not because I knew it was good for my child but because it was tough staying home all day with small children. Interestingly, research shows […]

Charter students earn high honors in national contest

Several Charter University Prep (CUPrep) students earned high honors in the recent National Fleet Reserve 2014 Essay Contest. The local Fleet Reserve Association sponsors the essay contest open to all seventh through 12th graders in El Dorado County. Essays are submitted to local chapters and the first place winners are sent to regional chapters. Regional […]

EDH Vision Coalition hands out grants

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition recently awarded more than $16,000 in mini-grants, giving the money to local organizations that empower and reach out to youth. “You are the partners who are doing the magic and we’re here to help to,” said Vision Coalition Executive Director DJ Peterson as he performed a card trick […]

Things to do: Sept. 12, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Lisa Aikenhead, photographer. Also featured is Branda Corey, who creates extraordinary functional pieces using lampwork glass. Also showcased this month is Linda Soos, stained glass artist.The group will explore the theme of water. For more information call 530-642-2944. Imagination Theater, […]

2014′s Plucky line up

For eight years running, the American River Music Festival has celebrated the diversity of Americana music and never failed to broaden the communal musical palette. This year is no exception. Saturday’s, Sept. 13, mainstage headliner is a self-described “high-octane Rocky Mountain dance band” — Whitewater Ramble rambles onstage at 5 p.m.   Whitewater Ramble These […]

At a glance: Making milestones

Both Arnold Palmer and Roger Maris were born on Sept. 10. Palmer was born in 1929 and Maris was born in 1934. They both had beautiful swings in their sports and reached major milestones.   Good graduation Students getting ready to make major milestones will be graduating from high school in May and the Ponderosa […]

Have a hot time at cool event

What: Chili Cook Off and Classic Car Show Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises (MORE) Where: Pollock Pines/Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines When: Saturday, Sept. 13 starting at 10 a.m. Cost: $5 per person Information: MORE at 530-622-4848 Take two CCs — Champion Chili and Classic Cars — and you’ve got the perfect prescription for a day of family […]

Light of the Hills teams up with Food Bank

For almost a decade Light of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cameron Park has been a partner agency of the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Light of the Hills is the Food Bank’s Emergency Food Assistance Program distribution site for Cameron Park. On the first, second and third Tuesday of each month from noon-1 […]

Foothill gourmet: Helpful tips

Today’s column features tips for getting fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, a recipe for baked fries, tips for picking lean steaks and the best way to keep the steaks tender, while cooking. The column ends with a recipe for watermelon salsa, which you might be able to use before watermelons quickly disappear from […]

Things to do: Sept. 5, 2014

ON GOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Oct. 6, is featuring Linda Soos, stained glass artist. Also featured this month is Lisa Aikenhead, photographer, whose recent work includes scenes of ice bergs in Iceland. Also featured is Branda Corey, glass works artist and jewelry designer. The cooperative gallery of 50 […]

Water, water — depicted in art

“Celebrating Water” is the theme of a group show featuring flamework glass artist Branda Corey, stained glass mosaic artist Linda Soos and photographer Lisa Aikenhead at Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, during the month of September. These women artists, although they use three very different artistic methods, are united in their […]

At a glance: Witty news

On Sept. 3, 1833 the first successful penny paper New York Sun started publication. The Sun was founded by Benjamin H. Day, a New York City printer, and was known for reports about police and court activities and its witty treatment of news. It published until 1950.   Music news Notice of the free Thursday concerts at […]

Lessons learned while roofing in paradise

It’s always good to help someone out, but it’s even better if you can do it and enjoy the  process. Elizabeth Eichstaedt had the opportunity to do both this summer. The 16-year-old Ponderosa senior spent two weeks in Fiji, building a kindergarten classroom with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY). “I miss it like crazy,” said Eichstaedt, […]

As we were: Drought issues

25 Years ago Sept. 15, 1989 Beetle-plagued trees need city’s attention City property owners will have to control or destroy beetle-infested trees on their land. Drought conditions over the past few years have increased the number of beetle-damages trees in the Placerville area. In dry years, the insects burrow deeper than usual into the center […]

Things to do: Aug. 29, 2014

ON GOING Put banners 2014 c from weekend here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end […]

Sample everything that is good

What: Sample the Sierra – Farm to Fork Festival Who: El Dorado County, Tahoe South and Tahoe chambers of commerce Where: Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe When: Sunday, August 31 from noon-5 p.m. Information:   Wine and food lovers from as far away as the Bay Area and as close as Placerville don’t have to […]

Grilled cheese extraordinaire: Hop House brews up great menu, atmosphere

New restaurants in El Dorado Hills have really raised the bar for local foodies and those looking to have a great time just minutes from home. Hop House in El Dorado Hills Town Center is no exception. Owners Jason Enyeart and Craig Badolian have created a winning combination — quality craft beers, a comfortable atmosphere and […]

UCCE programs are there to help and inform

Have you noticed a really strange worm shredding the leaves in your vineyard? Is the fungus on the stalks of your corn crop something that needs attention? Should you begin spraying pesticides or herbicides — and what’s the difference? In El Dorado and other counties statewide the University of California Cooperative Extension has become a […]

UCCE celebrates 100 years of service

As you drive past Boeger Winery on a hot summer day with the sun beating down and you notice the sprinklers are going — don’t get mad, get informed. There’s sound scientific basis for running the irrigation system at that particular time, despite the fact that it may seem frivolous and wasteful. “If you see […]

Grow for it: Time to divide Irises

By Sue McDavid UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County It is not too late to divide bearded iris plants that are overgrown or did not produce a lot of blooms last spring. Ideally, clumps of iris should be refreshed every three to four years, which produces new plants that will bloom profusely. The underground […]

Camino chooses veteran community experts for admin

On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town […]

As we were: Hose job rewarded with jail

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 25, 1989 Officers hosed down in ‘water attack’ COLOMA – A man who spent Sunday afternoon spraying water on rafters as they glided down the American River was arrested here when he sprayed water on sheriff’s officers working on the river patrol. The man, who sheriff’s deputies refused to […]

Make your own snacks

Snacks come in all kinds of flavors, savory, creamy, chocolaty, salty, crunchy and sweet. I like healthy, savory, creamy, and crunchy best. EVOO is shorthand for extra virgin olive oil. These recipes are for individual servings. Multiply the ingredients if you’re going to make additional servings. Mini Margherita Pizza — Top half of a whole-grain mini […]