Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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 […]

Things to do 8-22-14

Bracelets by Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork glass artisan, will be featured at Gold Country Artists Gallery through Sept. 1 The Sand Fire Benefit fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. Tickets will be […]

7 hours of music at Peace Festival

CAMERON PARK — Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living (SCPL) is sponsoring the 4th annual Playing 4 Peace Concert on 1-8 p.m. Sept. 20 to honor the International Day of Peace. Part of the proceeds will benefit a selected nonprofit in El Dorado County. Last year’s concert was a huge success that brought the […]

At a glance: Aug. 20, 2014

This is not a good time for allergy sufferers. Ragweed is in bloom and it is a good idea to keep the tissues handy. Wear a hat A perfect place to find out about ways to combat allergies is the Hat Party at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park […]

Preston Castle wine tasting and tour

IONE — Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historical Preston Castle 3-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a […]

‘All My Sons’ Sierra Rep stages Arthur Miller play

COLUMBIA — It was written during World War II, but Arthur Miller’s play “All My Sons” continues to resonate with audiences today. Running Aug. 29 through Sept. 21 at Sierra Repertory Theater’s East Sonora stage, the drama’s themes – corruption, materialism, getting ahead at the expense of others – are still relevant, said Scott Viets, artistic […]

EDCOE Pearson Vue Testing Center grand opening

The El Dorado County Office of Education invites the community to the grand opening of its new Pearson Vue Testing Center 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 5, at 6767 Green Valley Road, Building E, Placerville. Attendees will have the chance to tour the center and learn about the many testing and certification services […]

FLC theater to audition for ‘Anon(ymous)’

The Falcon’s Eye Theater at Folsom Lake College calls for students and actors from the community to audition 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for its fall production of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) based on Homer’s “The Odyssey.” All skill levels are encouraged to audition. The Falcon’s Eye opens its eighth season with “Anon(ymous).” Separated from his mother, […]

Taxi covers two counties

Gold Rush Taxi not only goes the extra mile with service and customer satisfaction, that extra mile could be as far away as Montana. “That happened in June a year ago with Lisa,” said Wyl Bonner, senior driver for the Placerville-based cab company. “Lisa (one of the owners) and another driver ended up going to […]

As we were

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 18, 1989 Dump parcel fee increase denied By DAVID RICHIE Blasting new state regulations regarding eventual closure of the Union Mine Landfill site, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has refused an Environmental Health Division request for higher fees to help pay for preliminary steps in the abandonment […]

Things to do: Aug. 15, 2014

put gold 815 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 1, is featuring Susan Hayne, printmaker, whose bold images with defined edges are inspired by things found in nature. Her work is created from hand cut blocks, acid etched copper plates or hand sculpted embossings. Prints are produced in her […]

Pastels on High features local art

The Sierra Pastel Society announces its 10th International Exhibit, Pastels on High, at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. This prestigious show is only presented every other year. This year’s show opens Tuesday, Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 30. The Sacramento Fine Arts Center hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., […]

At a glance : Good partying

Annie Oakley and Alfred Hitchcock share a birthday of Aug. 13. Oakley was born in 1860 and Hitchcock was born in 1899. Just imagine the interesting guest list for a joint birthday party. It would have been quite a time.   Fun affair The guest list for Imagination Theater’s annual benefit — Affair to Remember— […]

Learn about Donner Party’s Virginia Reed

What: Wine for Words Who: Placerville Friends of the Library Where: El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 17 Cost: $50 per person Information:   Placerville author Nancy Herman became enthralled with a book length poem by George Keithly about the Donner Party when she was a young adult. “It told the complete […]

As we were: Baseball benefit

25 Years ago Aug. 11, 1989 Senior league will shoot for baseball record The Sacramento Men’s Senior Baseball League will celebrate its sixth anniversary by participating in the first annual “50 Hours of Baseball” benefit. This event is being staged to raise money for the league as well as for several non-profit organizations. World-famous drum-beater and […]

Serendipitous situation bonds families

It’s 3 on a Saturday afternoon in Camino. It’s a little gloomy outside but the mood at Eric and Amy Soik’s house is anything but somber. Ash from a nearby fire is falling down on their guests but nobody seems to mind. The Soiks and their guests share laughter and stories like they’ve been friends […]

Foothill gourmet: Barbecue is always on the menu

In California, with our year round favorable weather, it’s never too late to barbecue. Most weekends the fall weather remains warm and outside dining is extremely enjoyable. Barbecue sauces are invariably popular. Many cooks and backyard chefs like to devise their own. Barbecue sauces impart assertive flavors and give meat a delightful color, which are […]

Things to do: Aug. 8, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 31, is featuring Kelly Morris, photographer, whose beautiful landscapes are drawn from his travels and from nature and wild life. Also featured this month is Susan Hayne, printmaker, and Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork artglass artisan. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

Prize winning art

What: 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: To Aug. 17 daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Cost: Exhibition free Information: 530-676-3959 or   The 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit is showing at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in […]