Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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 […]

Wine and treat at Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Winery would like to invite the public to its annual Wine and Treats event Halloween weekend. The winery will be hosting free food, cheese and wine pairing along with some spooky good deals on wine. Wine club members, those in costume and those who buy wine will get a free chance to spin […]

Lenzmen are a hit in Hangtown

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: this is Part 4 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Placerville had a lively local music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Val Pease estimates he played in 18 different bands in the decade, but one in particular stands out. The Lenzmen were arguably the […]

Saw mill boy finds a little Texas in Vietnam

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Val Pease hails from a long line of infantrymen. When his draft notice arrived in late 1967, he never seriously considered avoiding service. When he entered the service in early 1968, the Tet offensive was raging. Two important skills kept him off the front line, and make his military experience far less unpleasant […]

San Francisco is no place for a saw mill boy

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease credits his longtime friend Pat Swansborough with teaching him guitar in 1962 and kick starting a half-century local music legacy. The two old friends recently attended their class reunion, where Pease enjoyed hearty […]

Free 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 and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Life as I know it: Paper mills and a GI loan

As I implied last time, I did enjoy living in the fall season in Wisconsin. Peggy liked walking with Nancy in a buggy, but when she was the only one out on the street she decided that it was cold enough to stop. I thought having to shovel snow off the walk on Thanksgiving was […]

Fairytale Town revamps Farmer Brown’s Barn

Fairytale Town unveiled a renovated and improved Farmer Brown’s Barn in October. The barn is one of the storybook park’s original play sets and the home of Eeyore, Charlotte the Spider, Daisy the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon and more members of Fairytale Town’s animal family. Improvements to Farmer Brown’s Barn include the expansion […]

Exhibition to showcase jewelry and small metals

During his 14 years at California State University, Sacramento, emeritus art professor Daniel Frye produced beautiful work in jewelry and small metals and inspired students to follow their own creative spirit and artistic endeavors. Frye died last July and his works, as well as those of his students, will be displayed in “Moments of Impact.” […]

Grow For It: Saving seeds

Growing plants and preserving their seeds is an ancient human practice. When you have grown plants for seed, keep a bit of the wealth for yourself and then share the bounty with friends and neighbors and green-thumbed strangers. Some seeds are relatively easy to save — peppers, for example. Just remove the seeds from a […]

‘Rebellion’ does not disappoint readers

Book: “Rebellion” — The Tankborn Trilogy Author: Karen Sandler Publisher: Lee and Low/TU Books, May 2014, hardcover, e-book versions, 400 pages “Rebellion,” the final book in Karen Sandler’s Tankborn Trilogy, doesn’t disappoint. In the first two books, “Tankborn” and “Awakening,” the reader is brought into the world of genetically engineered nonhumans (GENs), trueborns and lowborns. It’s […]

Food bank to hold hunger walk

On Sunday, Oct. 26,  the Food Bank of El Dorado County, in partnership with Union Mine High School, local businesses, organizations and churches will host its first Hangtown Hunger Walk event at Benham Park in Placerville at 1 p.m. El Dorado County residents are invited to join the Food Bank of El Dorado County by walking from Benham Park […]

High school district delivers 21st century classrooms

In an extremely competitive and ever-changing global market, students must be prepared for college or a career upon graduating from high school. To meet this crucial demand the El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) enhanced its schools’ classrooms with the latest technology that will prepare students for success in the 21st Century. Besides the […]

Lobsterpalooza to raise funds for church

Lobsterpalooza 2014 is Saturday, Oct.18 at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, from 4-8 p.m. A live-Maine lobster dinner with all the fixings is only $30. Enjoy live music and raffle prizes including a 12-gauge home defense shotgun and other exciting items during the evening. Take-out lobster is available for only $23 […]

Paranormal presentation at haunted Sloughhouse Inn

With Halloween fast approaching, the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team, based out of the Sacramento region, will be holding an event for the public at the haunted Sloughhouse Inn, 12700 Meiss Road in Sloughhouse, on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7 p.m.until midnight. The event will include a Ghosts of the Gold Country presentation where attendees […]

National award-winning pastel artist to speak at PAA

The Sierra Foothills are just chock-full of artists recognized locally, nationally and internationally as some of America’s best. The Placerville Arts Association membership is chock-full of many of these artists. PAA member Gloria Vernon is this month’s guest speaker. A local and national award-winning artist, she will be sharing her expertise in painting with pastels […]

Spend an evening with Wayne Dyer

Join the Spiritual Center for Positive Living for an evening with Dr. Wayne Dyer. The center is hosting the New York Times best-selling author Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned teacher, author and speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. “I Can See Clearly Now: Seeing Obstacles as […]

Local author Salazar Flood to sign book

Book: “Years of Silence” Authors: Michelle Salazar Flood and Douglas Puccini Publisher: Stunning Books 2013 Maggie Sevilla and Carlo Rossini are people of a certain time and a certain place. Their story is ageless, but when and where it takes place colors everything about how they live it. In her first novel, author Michelle Salazar […]

Master Gardener information meetings set

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of […]