Friday, December 19, 2014

Caboose leads the way

It’s rather unusual for a caboose — but this one has quite a following. Fans of the restored vintage caboose that sits near the old train depot in Shingle Springs will gather Saturday, Dec. 20 to see project volunteers honored with an award from the El Dorado County Historical Society. The restored caboose, painted green, […]

Take a break for 5k and 10K walk/run

The first Christmas Carol Classic 5K and 10K Walk/Run, and Tiny Tim Fun Run is Saturday, Dec. 20. This is a holiday-themed event with the start and finish line and festival area at Lembi Park in Folsom. The 5K and 10K routes follow the paved Folsom Trails. Come and enjoy Christmas carolers, hot apple cider, […]

CASA receives important gift from Wells Fargo

Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a “normal” day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into the mess they find themselves in and they desperately need help. These children need a CASA who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide them […]

El Dorado County libraries offer many programs

Whether you are reading a book to your infant, researching periodicals for your school paper or scanning the Web to determine a career move, the El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited […]

Golden Sierra grad hopes to release film

Former Golden Sierra High School student and local resident Ben Toth, who shot his first film at the age of 10, is coming out with his latest production, “SooSoo Conquer Paradise,” a comedy thriller about a TV personality on the trail of her sister’s killer. “It’s a quirky name for a quirky character,” said Toth, […]

My Time group meeting in January

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

NatureBowl coaches sign up now

Each spring, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife puts on a “competition” called NatureBowl, inviting schools and clubs to put together teams of third through sixth graders to take on challenges that test and develop their environmental literacy. While one stage of NatureBowl takes the format of a traditional quiz bowl, other activities engage students […]

As we were: Water projects

25 Years ago December 15, 1989 EID board still eyeing Small Alder The El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors decided to pay Ebasco Services $7,500 Monday to update a cost study for a 31,000 acre-foot reservoir and dam on Alder Creek near Kyburz. The scope of work for the update will include review of costs […]

Extended day programs praised

A national survey conducted by the Afterschool Alliance has distinguished California as the leading state in after school programs with strong student participation and high program satisfaction among parents. “These programs are helping our children learn and stay safe after school, while helping working parents keep their jobs,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom […]

Sac State dancers are happy

This season’s Dance Sites 2014/Faculty Dance Concert at California State University, Sacramento features six faculty choreographers and two special guest artists creating works for student dancers. Many of the choreographers are using the university’s One World Initiative topic of “Happiness” as their theme in works that feature music ranging from gospel to Mexican folklorico ballet, […]

Belly dancing produces a double benefit

“Hips are for Helping,” according to performer Vahana and not only does her Middle Eastern dancing raise money for local folks in need, but the audience likely goes away feeling like they’ve been given a boost as well. Vahana, who lives in El Dorado, loves to belly dance, an art she learned in Hollywood almost […]

See Vatican’s treasurers in 3D

Fathom Events and SpectiCast, two of the leading alternative cinema event providers, have come together to distribute SKY Productions’ “Vatican Museums 3D.” The film marks the first time Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where some of the world’s rarest and most precious works reside. A […]

Lakehills Church actors work on solving a mystery

Go undercover during the thrilling Christmas mission of “We Three Spies,” a special production at Lakehills Church. Special Agents E, L, F and Q work together to uncover the secret works of the CIK (Christmas Intelligence Kids), a group that makes Christmas wishes come true for the needy. But this year their efforts will face unforeseen challenges […]

My Time support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month. The next group meeting is […]

Sacramento State students showcase research

The inaugural Provost’s Student Research Showcase gave California State University, Sacramento undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research, and scholarly and creative activities to the campus community in poster format. The event was in October in the Redwood Room of the University Union. Provost Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen took part in the showcase […]

Discover ‘Happy History Hour’

Let history make you happy. The Sacramento Children’s Museum is offering a special adults-only “History Happy Hour.” It will be on a Wednesday evening. Interested museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, coffee, bottled water and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related trivia game that will include fun prizes for the […]

Art movie debuts at Sac State

It was modern art, Chicago style. Hardly the cool New York version, the collection of artists in mid-1960s Chicago referred to themselves as “imagists” and ignored trends elsewhere to blaze their own artistic path that was comical, absurd and definitely “in your face.” The wild, wooly and weird story of these iconoclastic artists has been […]

Pilot shares epic adventures

Book: “Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots” Author: Ney Grant Publisher: October 2014, by West Coast Flying Adventures, October 2014, 180 pages, softcover, full color photographs The “wild blue yonder” is a vague destination, but “Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots: Epic Adventures, Romance and Outdoor Fun in the Western USA” offers very specific places to visit […]

El Dorado County libraries — so much more than books

Whether reading a book to an infant, researching periodicals for a school paper or scanning the Web to determine a new career move, the El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited by […]

As we were: Supervisor hopes for cooperation

25 Years ago Nov. 24, 1989 Dorr elected to post in statewide group By DAVID RICHIE Current chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Bob Dorr was elected Second Vice President of the County Supervisors Association (CSAC) last week in San Jose during the CSAC annual convention. Dorr, a nine year veteran as […]

After 5 Club support group to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Find special gifts in the Pines

Make your list … check it twice … and head for Pollock Pines Saturday, Nov. 22 to the land of living “Christmas trees” and pick out unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone you’ve just jotted down. You might even find something for yourself, after being so nice. And even if your meter leans more toward “naughty,” […]

Chili and chocolate are a perfect pair

Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery’s annual Chili and Chocolate event weekend is finally here. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23 from noon-4 p.m. the staff at the winery will be serving spicy chili, both vegetarian and meat versions, created from Barbara’s recipes. After the chili, satisfy the craving for sweet with brownies and […]

Grow For It! Dormant spraying

There’s no time like the fall season to start thinking about dormant spraying for fruit trees. Dormant sprays help reduce the presence of overwintering insects and diseases. The rule of thumb has always been to spray three times during the dormant season and to time your spraying at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. However, sometimes […]

Pink in the Night declares winners

Way out west most of our rough, tough Placerville forefathers would never have thought of wearing pink as they strolled downtown. However, their enlightenment would have surely caused them to approve of Placerville lit in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In celebration, this year grown men proudly dressed in pink to be Mammo Men […]

SAR honors members for service

The Mother Lode Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held its fourth annual Community Awards Banquet at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 28. At the event four first responders from El Dorado County were awarded the SAR Law Enforcement Commemorative Medal for their service to the community. […]

Tibetan Film Series continues at the Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Nov. 19 the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville,  will host the Tibetan Film Series featuring “Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet” at 7 p.m. In the summer of 2005, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche III led a group of western women students to Nangchen, a remote nomadic region of eastern Tibet. […]

FLC presents George Wheeldon

Folsom Lake College presents “So, Ya Wanna Be a Geologist,” a presentation by George Wheeldon, professor of geology, on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Wheeldon, consulting geologist, expert in Sierra Mother Lode mining history and master classroom instructor is truly an icon in the greater Placerville community. One can only imagine, in a career spanning 47 years — and still […]

As we were: Signs of the times

25 Years ago Nov. 17, 1989 New interpretive signs ready for Gold Bug Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park will soon have interpretive signs installed to explain the significance of the park site as a typical gold mining community in California. The signs combine the art work of Carol Mathis with information developed by Daniel Quan as […]

Artist to offer insights on paintings

The member artists in Placerville Arts Association have been up to a lot of “something” this past year — creating exceptional works of art to share with the world next month. In preparation for this event, PAA artists, who will be entering the show, will have an opportunity to have one or two of their […]

Eva Szorc opens art show on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown is pleased to feature Eva Szorc as guest artist in November. A reception is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. and all are invited to meet Szorc and view her beautiful realistic paintings, described as uplifting and romantic. Szorc was born in Warsaw, Poland and was […]

Hands on History features the Donner Party

In an effort to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties” event on Saturday, Nov. 15, that is focused on a western migration theme. Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada […]

Master Food Preservers: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

When I see chestnuts, I think holiday times. Once, when I was younger, I tried to roast chestnuts without knowing how — and — they exploded. Chestnuts have a closed shell and have moisture trapped inside, which when heated, can force the nut open. Follow the directions below to roast them safely. Eat chestnuts out […]

Grow For It! Give garden tools a little TLC

It’s hard to know exactly when to call it quits with the yard work and welcome in the winter. Murphy’s Law dictates that the day after you’ve trimmed, raked and mowed your yard for the last time of the season, a two-week burst of warm weather will bring back the greenery — ironically, much thicker […]

As we were: Business needs help

25 Years ago Nov. 10, 1989 Cab company says it’s fighting for its survival By JOHN SAMMON A local cab company is faced with going out of business unless support and donations came from members of the community, according to a citizen’s group. A Placerville Planning Commission decision requires Yellow Cab owner Dan Larkin to make […]

Guitars blend talent and strings

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio feature six virtuoso guitarists who represent four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium and U.S.). They fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string “phenomensemble” and one very exciting evening for Harris Center for the Arts audiences on Nov. 11. CGT’s steel-stringed guitars blend naturally with […]

Apple Hill still has apples, pies, wines and brews

Fall in Camino means apples — apple pie, applesauce, caramel apples, apple cider and Apple Hill wines and brews. Visitors can still experience the harvest season. The air is crisp and cool and the traffic is gone. There are lots of apples left in the barns, the cider mills are pressing out juice, pumpkins are available […]

Good vibes set for concert

The concert series at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, has featured some great local bands and has brought rave reviews from attendees. The concert series continues on Saturday, Nov. 8 with the high vibe dance music of Late for Dinner stepping on to the big stage at the center. […]

Grow For It! Year-round blossoms for the garden

For those who prefer gardens full of color, here are a few suggestions of plants and trees with extended flowering times. The white spiky gaura, sweet alyssum, Scabiosa columbaria — the pastel colored pincushion flower and hybrid gazania can bloom all year long. So too, can the Gerbera daisy. Its color really peaks in early […]

David A. Williamson opens new business

David A. Williamson announces the opening of his new business, Foothills Regional Insurance and Financial Solutions. Foothills Regional is an independent business offering insurance and investment solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Foothills Regional Insurance and Investment Solutions focuses primarily on the Sacramento region, yet has and welcomes clients throughout the state of California. The […]

Movie focuses feeding the hungry

The documentary film, “A Place at the Table,” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The eye-opening film takes an unflinching look at hunger in the United States. Fifty million Americans — one out of every four children — do not know where their next meal is […]

As we were: Dogs get it done

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1989 Rescue dogs aid in quake search By JOHN SAMMON Judy Graham’s dogs Pepper and Roxie sniffed and poked through the rubble of the San Francisco earthquake, among the most courageous and dedicated of the emergency volunteers. The expertise two such valuable animals exhibited in the aftermath of the disaster came […]

Holiday Caroling Contest accepting applications

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place in El Dorado Hills Town Center on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m., in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. This year, the event will feature a Holiday Caroling Contest as part of the entertainment, with […]

Pollock Pines Church to simulcast of Women of Faith Tour

The Pollock Pines Community Church Ladies Ministries invites all women in the county to attend a live simulcast event of the Women of Faith Tour: “From Survival to Revival 2014” — America’s Leading Christian Event for Women — on Friday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. […]

Irish treasure visits Harris Center

For more than a quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She brings the best works from both new composers and the treasure troves of traditional Irish material to the Harris Center for the Arts stage in Folsom on Monday, Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m.. Black has […]