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Barbecue helps the needy at home and abroad

Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills will host its sixth annual Human Concerns Ministry barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 1 to benefit local and global neighbors in need. Most of the funds raised go to local outreach efforts and work in partnership with organizations including SHARE, Upper Room and Food Bank of El Dorado County. […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Noted in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

Back-to-school immunizations offered by county

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Nursing is now offering back-to-school immunizations for children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as other vaccinations recommended to keep children healthy. Schools must verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all required […]

As we were: Jury duty

25 Years ago July 27, 1990 District attorney wants out of jury duty By URSULA ROSE District Attorney Walt Miller is asking the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to find another lawyer to advise the grand jury. He told the board Tuesday he wants out — for policy as well as resource reasons. He didn’t […]

Foothill gourmet: Cupcakes

I had so much fun writing about spice cupcakes in the last column I thought I would write about cupcakes again. Today’s column, however, focuses on chocolate cupcakes, a favorite flavor of almost everyone. Included are recipes for chocolate cupcake batter, several cupcake variations and a chocolate frosting. Plus, I’ve included my personal review of […]

Foothill dining: Take a dip

Want to know the secret to making the most of summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables? Look to the blender and spice rack to create refreshing starters using fresh, seasonal produce. “We’re in peak farmers market season with an abundance of juicy red tomatoes, cool cucumbers, sweet corn and leafy greens at our fingertips,” said chef […]

Things to do: July 24, 2015

ONGOING The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 18. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more information call the Placerville Downtown […]

Color is not only pretty but important

“Is a leaf green if we aren’t there to see it?” The surprising answer is no. The fact is humans would live in a very drab world without the brain and nerve processes that have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years that allow them to perceive light waves as color. Flowers are perhaps the […]

At a glance: Look up

A clear summer night sky is needed to catch a glimpse of the Delta Aquariids in the southern sky through Aug. 23. The peak night is July 28 to 29 for the faint meteors that usually don’t produce persistent trains or fireballs but are still good for making a wish or two.   Wish for […]

CASA: A chance to make a difference

Imagine being only 12 years old when your mom and dad are ripped from your world, taken away because they were using illegal drugs and hitting each other when they got mad. Yes, the fighting was bad, and yes, their drug use was disgusting and dangerous. But now they are gone. The 12-year-old girl is […]

New class of CASAs sworn in

El Dorado County Court Appointed Special Advocates recently swore in its latest group of volunteers, 21 people who wish to help make a difference in the life of a young person in troubled circumstances. New CASA volunteers in Placerville are Bill Hartfield, Valerie Bradley, Jim Lauth, Bernadette Marver, Kevin Rhodes, Michelle Rhodes, Donald Sacco, Zi […]

‘Link-Up’ to benefit children’s grief program

Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens & Their Families began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where boys and girls (and their families) could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one. During the past seven school years, 122 children ages 5 to […]

Red wigglers worm their way into kids’ closets

Mom, try not to scream if you find a box full of writhing, slithering worms in your child’s closet — the kids were told to do that by El Dorado County Master Gardeners. The gardening experts and worm aficionados didn’t actually order the young students to place their newfound friends into their bedroom closet — […]

Foothill dining: July ice cream desserts

We all scream for ice cream! The month of July celebrates everyone’s favorite frozen treat. Pay homage to the decadent dessert by recreating the recipes below from QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable.   David’s homemade summer peach ice cream (Serves 4–6) Venable’s insider tip: “Nothing can top this summertime treat. If […]

Things to do: July 17, 2015

ONGOING put art 360 717 here Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring photographer Sylvia Coleman. She is continually learning and exploring the possibilities of the photography world. Besides traditional photography, she explores photo art and digital art combining, individual elements of multiple pictures she has taken creating a new single image. For […]

Pastel Society winners

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Summer Membership Pastel Show presents its reception and awards ceremony from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, July 17 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building A, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. Contemporary artist Pamela Findleton served as judge for the annual show. Her passion for color and texture creates an energy as she […]

Classic cars cruizin’ in El Dorado Hills

It’s no mystery why John Clemens loves to manage the coordinating of all the classic cars and other gorgeous vehicles that come to Cruzin’ the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills — it gives him a chance to show off his bright red beauty, a 1959 Corvette. Clemens will be rolling the ‘Vette into the public […]

Amador Fair showcases Sierra Foothill wine winners

Terra d’Oro’s Montevina Skyland Ridge 2012 Zinfandel was awarded Best of Show in the annual Amador County Fair Wine Competition. In all there were 21 double gold medals awarded, 62 gold, 166 silver and 131 bronze. The medal winners were selected from 445 wine entries in the competition. By the end of the day of […]

At a glance: Interesting trio

July 15 is the birthday for Clement Moore, born in 1779; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, born in 1606; and Linda Ronstadt, born in 1946. A birthday party for the trio and their friends would be an interesting affair.   Books and wine Maybe they could get together at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center […]

Event to keep Fat Kitty City fat

Three-year-old Riley is outgoing, dark-haired and friendly, who comes when his name is called and loves being around people. While he is not the most handsome of kitties, he has a very special soul that makes him more like a dog than a cat. Two years ago, he was abandoned by his family on a […]

‘Rusty: A Journey of Hope’ offers helpful tips on life

Book: “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” Author: Terry Sheppard Publisher: Xulon Press, 2015, paperback, hardback and e-book versions, 59 pages “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” is a children’s book, but not really. The brightly colored illustrations by Placerville artist Warren Dayton and the story of a dog and his owner, written in small chunks of […]

Foothill gourmet: Fun cupcakes

Just last weekend, we had an enjoyable morning preparing banana cupcakes. You know those pesky bananas. They tend to get overripe real fast, especially in the heat of summer. It’s difficult to throw away food, unless it’s moldy. We decided to use the overripe bananas to make cupcakes instead of banana bread. We chose cupcakes […]

Things to do: July 10, 2015

ONGOING Banners on Parade art project is on display on the light poles along Main Street in Placerville to Oct. 14. This is a collaborative effort of artists, businesses, organizations, individuals and city government that promotes the arts in downtown Placerville. The banners will be for sale at a silent auction at the October 2015 Art […]

Anniversary sparks Shared Inspirations

Gold Country Artists Gallery is celebrating its 23rd anniversary during the month of July with a special exhibit called Shared Inspirations. This show runs through Aug. 2. The idea of shared inspirations was introduced by Randy Honerlah, one of the gallery members. His idea was received with great enthusiasm and has produced some amazing artwork. Each artist […]

Bayley House Barn Sale coming up

There is still time to make a reservation for the annual Bayley House Barn Sale, at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49, Pilot Hill. The big sale is Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Some spaces are still available and there are always lots of good buyers. Bring unused and unwanted household items, antiques, […]

EDMT presents stirring tale of China

What: “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: July 10-19 Cost: Tickets range from $14.75 to $36 Information: harriscenter.net or (916) 608-6888   A teenaged girl who saves China — why not? Once you see the talented casts from El Dorado Musical Theatre present “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” all things are possible, even […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

Good-bye weeds; hello garden at Blue Oak

Students returning to Blue Oak and Charter Montessori schools this August will have a new place to learn — the Blue Oak Garden. Leading the project is Blue Oak principal Paul Stewart and Blue Oak secretary/garden coordinator Kellee Sellwood. With the help of parent and community volunteers and donations, the 80-foot-by- 80-foot area has already been […]

Foothill dining: summer menu

Nothing is better than a classic backyard barbecue. Kick off summertime with some seasonal recipes. This summer menu is covered with refreshing beverages, grilled entrées and patriotic desserts.   Raspberry-lemonade daiquiri (Serves five-six) Insider tip: “To make this a non-alcoholic beverage, simply omit the rum and liquor. Make or pick up raspberry lemonade at the […]

Things to do: July 3, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 2, is featuring a special show called Shared Inspirations. Each artist is taking inspiration from another artist’s work to carry an idea to another dimension. One example is the watercolor painting “Torch Princess Planet” by Carlotta Tormey based upon the beautiful […]

Pollock Pines heating up — in a cool way

When Pollock Pines residents Joyce Harris, Carol Steinbrecher and Maureen Julian point to their homes on a map of the King Fire, it’s startling to see how near those voracious flames came last year to each one of them. This year, for the Fourth of July, the three ladies are spearheading an effort to thank […]

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: joy, […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Affordable health screenings coming to Placerville

Residents living in and around Placerville can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. First Lutheran Church, 1200 Pinecrest Court in Placerville will host this community event on July 31. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in […]

Fun in the mud at Markham

Edwin Markham School hosted the first Markham Mud Run in April. The parents of Markham students said they were tired of participating in traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, See’s Candy, wrapping paper, etc. and decided that they wanted to do something different. Something the students could get excited about and an event that the […]

Safe at Home comes to El Dorado County

For independent senior citizens and the disabled in El Dorado County, injuries from a single fall can trigger a downward spiral that often includes ambulances, emergency rooms, hospitals and rehab centers. Many require skilled nursing for the rest of their lives. The less fortunate can lie injured on the floor until someone finds them. They […]

Eating smart: Recipes for today’s carefree lifestyle

This Mediterranean Couscous recipe was created to showcase a healthy, flavorful salad at a recent fitness expo. It received the most accolades for both its flavor and nutritional value. Choosing couscous instead of pasta, I quickly discovered this modification still created the symphony of fresh, light and classic Mediterranean flavors everyone loves in Greek salad, […]

Things to do: June 26, 2015

ONGOING Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring photographer and potter Agi Gillespie. She also makes 100 percent hand-sewn quilts in many sizes. The photographs at the gallery show her interest in desert and canyon shots plus close-ups of animals and flowers. For more information call (530) 295-0360. Gold Country Artists Gallery, […]

It’s summer — it’s Spectacular

Rockin’ time at Summer Spectacular   What: 16th annual Summer Spectacular Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park When: Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate where cash only will be accepted Information: cameronpark.org or call (530) 677-2231   It’s gonna be rockin’ […]

At a glance: Steller events

The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look.   Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]

Troop 10 is going for silver

El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts with Troop 10 have Silver Awards in their sights. The Rolling Hills and Marina Village eighth-graders chose to spend the 50 required hours (each) to earn the award collecting personal care items for needy women and children. When choosing a community service project, the girls said they sought out Hands4Hope […]

Caregivers, give yourself a break before it’s too late

Sometimes you don’t even want to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed in the morning because you know your mom won’t be any better today. The Alzheimer’s has taken her down, turning the once vivacious lady into a virtual stranger … but a stranger who needs your help almost constantly. […]

Gym members flex charity muscles

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

Foothill gourmet: Good stuff for summer

Exciting and delicious news about chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce and some awesome ideas for making homemade soda. I thought, if you did the prep, the kids around the pool can make their own sodas. Can summer get any better than that? We made chicken cutlets with saffron cream sauce recently for friends. It […]

Things to do: June 19, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 5, is showing the award-winning landscapes in oil by Carol Quinn; the functional and decorative pottery, including cylindrical forms, pitchers, tea pots and bowls of Mary Peters; and the elegant floral photography, wild life, farm scenes of photographer Jack Nissen. The cooperative gallery […]

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