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As we were

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, Dec. 6, 1990 Traffic thickens By Kristin Lang Traffic counts compiled by the California Department of Transportation indicate that peak-hour traffic along Highway 50 has increased by 2,000 cars west of Cameron Park Drive between 1986 and 1989. East of Cameron Park Drive, the peak-hour traffic increase along Highway 50 […]

Things to do: Nov. 27, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1127 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Lisa Aikenhead, photographer, who’s beautiful scene “Iceberg Fantasy” leads into the gallery’s winter theme. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes and wild animals of Africa, Alaska and Tanzania and recently landscapes with horses in the wild. […]

Eating smart: Memorable meals

Fall is in full swing, so it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with our ovens and create delicious, memorable meals. I’m kicking off this season with acorn squash baked with rice, fresh spinach and apples (OK, let’s be honest, my favorite part is the sausage). It’s surprisingly simple to make; don’t shy away because there are […]

Charter Prep presents hauntingly fun play

What: “You Didn’t Say it Was Haunted” Who: Charter University Prep drama department Where: Charles Brown Campus, 6520 Oak Del Road in El Dorado When: Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and a Saturday show, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for children Information: (530) 622-8594 ext. 2500 The Charter University […]

Cantare Chorale to ring in the holidays

El Dorado County Community Concert Association’s second concert of its season will feature Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30. Admission is with a Community Concert 2015-16 membership card or $25 at the door (seating is limited). A perfect way to kick off the holiday season, Cantare will sing […]

At a glance: Hard to swallow

The first performance by a sword swallower in the United States occurred on Nov. 25, 1817. Sword swallowing was quite the attraction by street performers. The skill originated in India before 2000 BC and spread throughout the world. It began to fade from popularity when audiences demanded more sophisticated entertainment.   Thanksgiving dinner Swallowing a […]

Thanksgiving community dinner moves to the Upper Room

Due to changes this year the annual free Thanksgiving Dinner will be offered at the Upper Room Dining Hall and not at St. Patrick Catholic Church as in years past. The volunteers who have so tirelessly worked on the dinner over the years are unable to continue working the event. The organizers and volunteers thank […]

Town Center setting for romantic comedy

For two weeks this fall, El Dorado Hills Town Center became the set for the full-length independent romantic comedy film “Not Your Year.” Visitors to Town Center may have noticed film crews at a concert in the Steven Young Amphitheatre by indi-folk musicians Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes. The Austin, Texas-based couple received national recognition […]

Placerville festival kicks off holiday season

The public is invited to celebrate the official Holiday Season Kick-off on Friday, Nov. 27 on Placerville’s Main Street. For more than 25 years, Placerville has welcomed the holiday season with a special holiday event that celebrates local entertainment, a traditional tree-lighting near the El Dorado County Courthouse at Main Street and Bedford Avenue, and […]

Foothill dining: Thanksgiving treats

Don’t let the turkey steal the spotlight this Thanksgiving. Keep guests happy from the minute they walk through the door with some crowd-pleasing appetizers.   Bacon-wrapped blue cheese-stuffed dates (Serves 8-10) Venable’s insider tip: “Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is no easy feat so the easier the appetizer, the better. This three-ingredient recipe yields restaurant-quality results and […]

Things to do: Nov. 20, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Her work is represented by images of iconic natural elements, flora and fauna, with an emphasis on bold lines, textures and design. The second featured artist is photographer Lisa Aikenhead. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes […]

Perfect recipe for ‘A Hometown Christmas’ brewing

All the phones are abuzz in Baxter Springs, Mo., this Christmas season because Bobby is coming back to town. That’s Bobby Turner — the same young man who left sweet Donna Winters behind, even though absolutely everyone in town knows the attractive young people are meant to be together. Just ask all the guys at […]

Kids, pets and stories perfect combo for library program

The El Dorado County Library and Animal Services recently teamed up to offer a unique storytime experience for kids. Periodically throughout the year, Animal Services will visit El Dorado County public libraries and participate in the “Early Literacy Storytime,” bringing an adoptable pet along to listen to stories and interact with the children. “We thought […]

Empty bowls at Oak Ridge fill food bank

Oak Ridge High School hosted its first Empty Bowls event on Oct. 29, raising $16,500 for the Food Bank of El Dorado County. Art class students crafted 600 ceramic bowls for the sold-out event. Ticket holders were served bread and soup — tortilla, corn chowder, chicken noodle or vegetable curry — in the commemorative bowls. […]

At a glance: Get animated

The animated short film “Steamboat Willie” premiered at Universal’s Colony Theater in New York City on Nov. 18, 1928. The film’s initial run lasted two weeks. It was produced by Walt Disney Studios and was notable at the time for being a fully synchronized sound cartoon. The cartoon also had a post-produced soundtrack. The music […]

Apple Hill Growers release new commemorative cookbook

Celebrating 50 years of producing quality local fruits and vegetables, the Apple Hill Growers has released a commemorative cookbook featuring delectable dishes using farm fresh ingredients. Published in November “Favorite Recipes of our Apple Hill Farms” is a unique collection of recipes reflecting the essence of Apple Hill farms. The cookbook’s sections “When the Rooster […]

Teen goes to Thailand to help elephants

Hannah Garcia of Cameron Park began volunteering with Foothill Dog Rescue last March, but the 16-year-old wanted to do even more to make a difference in this world. Hannah can get a little carried away at times: The young lady went from pooches to pachyderms. Late in September Hannah went to Thailand to help at […]

Heard over the back fence: Listen to our Sheriff

Officials at Biola University in La Mirada have informed us that students Bailey Borello of Garden Valley and Madeline Koble of Placerville have been placed on the dean’s list, which honors those with a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative grade-point […]

Things to do: Nov. 13, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring pottery maker Anca Statescu. Her work features handsome, colorful hand-built ceramic pieces most of which are functional as well as decorative. She earned a degree in decorative arts from Bucharest School of Arts and a master’s degree in civil engineering. […]

What are PAA artists saying through their art?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.” — Georgia O’Keeffe The public is invited to the Placerville Arts Association’s Fall Member Art Show to delight in all the colors and shapes that the artists have no words for. […]

At a glance: Have fun

The Leonids are active during November with the peak nights on Nov. 17 and 18. This is not a good year for the comet Tempel-Tuttle with activity expected to only produce weak showers but when there is a show it usually presents bright meteors with persistent trains. Put on a warm jacket and be patient. […]

Veterans’ support group offers help, understanding and health

There’s a quiet, spacious room inside the El Dorado County Veterans Memorial Building where those who have lived through the horror and rigors of war may gather, to speak with one another, to offer comfort in shared memories, to lend a hand of support. To understand. Since June of this year the space has been […]

Mobile food pantry distribution in Placerville

The Food Bank of El Dorado County will be in Placerville with its Mobile Food Pantry along with a free farmers market on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive, to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. The pantry and market are for those […]

EDAC to launch Veterans Road series

El Dorado Arts Council has announced the launch of Veterans Road — a triennial literary reading series by writers who are military veterans. Created as a fundraiser and companion program to EDAC’s Veterans’ Voices — a free six-week writing workshop series offered to all veterans — the first Veterans Road reading will be held on […]

As we were: Fire hydrants for the landfill

25 Years ago Nov. 9, 1990 Landfill to get water hookup The lack of a water supply at Union Mine Landfill, where fires break out occasionally due to careless dumping of smoldering debris, will soon be remedied. Both the El Dorado Irrigation District and the Board of Supervisors agreed to run an 8-inch water line to […]

Foothill gourmet: Stellar Thanksgiving

Here’s a few tips to make your Thanksgiving dinner stellar. It’s never too early to plan for the holidays. First is my recipe for wild mushroom-shallot gravy which is delicious. The aroma of shallots, while roasting in the oven, perfumes the whole house with a wonderful scent. If roasting shallots doesn’t get you salivating, nothing […]

Things to do: Nov. 6, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring photographer Lisa Aikenhead. Her popular work includes Icelandic scenes and wild animals of Africa, Alaska and Tanzania and recently her camera has captured beautiful landscapes with horses in the wild. The gallery is also featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Hayne […]

Things to do: Nov. 6, 2015

ONGOING put gold 1106 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring photographer Lisa Aikenhead and Susan Hayne. For more information call (530) 642-2944 or visit the website goldcountryartistsgallery.com. Put pastel 1106 here The Sierra Pastel Society’s fourth Biennual Signature Member Exhibition is on display at the El […]

See scenes of fall at DSAA show

See “Fall Colors” at Diamond Springs Art Association Art Show and Sale through Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The show features portraits, florals, seascapes, still lifes and landscapes. Judge for this year’s show is Magdi Sefain from Rocky’s Art […]

At a glance: Ship propels invention

On Nov. 4, 1879 James Ritty patented the first cash after some employees stole money from his saloon in Dayton, Ohio. The idea for a machine that could keep track of sales came to him when he was on a ship headed for Europe in 1878. There was a machine that counted the number of […]

Essay contest seeks entries

The El Dorado County Democrats Party announces its 11th annual essay contest for high school juniors and seniors attending the public schools in El Dorado County. The essay question is based on the six goals in the Preamble to the Constitution. • To form a more Perfect Union • Establish Justice • Insure domestic Tranquility […]

Safeway earns excellence in employment award

It was Safeway’s day to shine on Oct. 23 as the Cameron Park store received an award for Excellence in Employment from the nonprofit group, InAlliance. “Safeway was given the award because of its commitment to diversity in the workplace and for expanding job opportunities for those with development disabilities,” said Jeralynn Strong. Strong, who presented the […]

As we were: Past drought

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1990 Dry ’91 prospects mulled by experts By JOHN SAMMON Even money the current four-year drought will drag into a fifth year. If it does, the only consolation for local residents is that El Dorado County apparently will be in better shape than many areas of California. “What if?” —  was […]

Shingle Springs Montessori school celebrates expansion

If you didn’t have a happy feeling at the California Montessori Project school in Shingle Springs during its recent open house, check to see if you still have a pulse. As the youngsters sang, “I Get a Happy Feeling Here at CMP” to welcome their guests, not a face was left unsmiling as visitors wound […]

Foothill dining: Super staple

Squash is one of best staples of the fall season. The versatile vegetable can be used with pasta and salads or provides the perfect base for a soup or main entrée.   Butternut squash soup with pumpkin butter (Serves 4) David’s insider tip: “If you’re hosting a buffet or holiday meal, consider keeping this soup […]

Things to do: Oct. 30, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 29 is featuring Susan Hayne, print maker. Hayne studied fine art at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with a focus on printmaking. Her work is represented by images of iconic natural elements, flora and fauna in black and white with […]

Scrooge and the ghosts set to fly

What: “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 30 through Nov. 15 Cost: $14.75 to $37 Information: harriscenter.net or (916) 608-6888 For the past five years, 17-year-old Kelly Maur of El Dorado Hills has been dying to be a ghost. When she […]

At a glance: Terrific trio

Early risers will have a nice treat to look at from Nov. 1 to 3. Check out the eastern sky just before dawn to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter in close proximity. Mars is the dimmest of this trio.   Clothes tell a story Fashions dating back to the 1800s will be showcased at the […]

‘Haunted Lake Tahoe’ fits the Halloween season

Book: “Haunted Lake Tahoe” Author: Janice Oberding Publisher: Arcadia Publishing and the History Press, Sept. 14, 2015, 128 pages, paperback and e-book versions   Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe in the Cal-Neva Lodge, an old hermit in the depths of Lake Tahoe and mansions along the shoreline — hauntings all, according to Nevada author and […]

Addams Family scares up laughter at Oak Ridge

What:  “The Addams Family — A New Musical” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.; […]

As we were: Water for the future

25 Years ago Oct. 29, 1990 Ditch is no ‘pipe’ dream By JOHN SAMMON To prove the Crawford Ditch is not a pipe dream, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) conducted a media tour Friday of the facility. Newspaper and TV reporters got a chance to see the project that will bring water from the North […]

Night at the Library blends literature, art, music

Enjoy food, wine, music and artwork while strolling the book stacks at the Friends of the Library’s third annual Night at the Library event Nov. 1 from 4-7 p.m. Local wineries, restaurants and artists will be showcased and original art will be available for purchase. Artist Ramona Kaye Beckwith’s auction offering is “Out of the […]

Foothill gourmet: Nutty tips

Last weekend we made and brought nutty pecan bars to friends for the dessert course. It was fun to try a new recipe and the nutty pecan bars were welcomed. Tips to make the recipe are also included in today’s column. For deep nutty flavor, don’t rely on baking to brown nuts. Always toast nuts […]

Things to do: Oct. 23, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 1 is showing the elegant photography of Kelly Morris, a native Californian and a world traveler. His sweeping landscapes, filled with atmosphere and light, are printed on canvas. Also the colorful, harmonious oil paintings of Barbie Smith are being showcased. Her subjects are […]

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