Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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 […]

Bestseller Lu coming to Face in a Book

“Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us children of the gods. But all know us.” Once young adult superstar Marie Lu opens her highly anticipated new fantasy series with these lines, she’s got you hooked […]

As we were: Drought assistance

25 Years ago Oct. 13, 1989 SBA drought $$ are now available Small, non-farm business owners located throughout the state are now eligible to apply for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration because of economic losses stemming from the drop in farm income due to the 1988 drought. This disaster declaration was recently approved […]

Shingle Springs concert showcases local talent

This months concert at the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road, will feature two exciting local groups — 120 West and No Tipps on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Guitar duo No Tipps features Eric Parsley and Bob O’Brian. They play a variety of popular songs including some of Parley’s originals. The two […]

Voices take center stage at concert

El Dorado County Community Concert Association is excited to kick off its 65th season with Los Angeles’ premier a cappella singing group, Street Corner Renaissance (SCR) on Monday, Oct. 13. This entertaining quintet has wowed audiences all across the nation. Even before its engaging performance on the NBC network show, “The Sing Off, Season 4,” […]

El Dorado Community Foundation collaborates to help residents

The work of the El Dorado Community Foundation continually brings organizations into collaboration with myriad programs, projects and even challenges facing all of El Dorado County. The staff at the foundation is ever amazed at the breadth of generosity of its population and proudly connects donors who care with things that matter every single day. In […]

Master Food Preservers: Spicy hot — or not

Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 11, for a free class on how to make your foods spicy or flavorful with peppers and spices. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Buy dried chilies or use these general guidelines to make your […]

Luncheon features a fall bazaar

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection is having its monthly gathering on Monday, Oct. 13 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18. Donations for the bazaar are being accepted from 10:30-11:30 a.m. No food items will be accepted for this bazaar. The […]

Audition update for ‘Spamalot’

Due to the Fire Camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the date and location for the auditions for “Spamalot.” The auditions will now be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Foothills Dance and Performing Arts Studio, 6976 Durock Road in Shingle Spring. Vocal auditions are from 9 a.m.-noon […]

‘The End of the Line’ screens at Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the award-winning documentary “The End of the Line — Where Have All the Fish Gone?” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. This is the second film in the second year of the film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change. Based on the […]

Master Food Preservers: Easy apple jelly

Are you pining for apple jelly, but you don’t want to go through the time that it takes to make it completely from scratch? Use apple juice — fresh from El Dorado County’s orchards, store-bought or from concentrate. Here’s a recipe for apple jelly from Sure Jell brand pectin. The order of combining ingredients depends […]

Grow For It! Check the roots first

Roots are the first place to look when diagnosing a plant or tree problem. Roots are very important to plants. They uptake nutrients, oxygen and water and transport those to the rest of the plant. They produce essential compounds and store food. Roots support the structure, so give them plenty of room to develop and […]

Union Mine to host Regional College Fair

The El Dorado Union High School District will hold its annual Regional College Fair on Monday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Union Mine High School in the large gym and cafeteria, with break-out sessions in the Theatre at the Mine at 5:30, 7, and 7:45 p.m. Representatives from the University of California system, California […]

Artists go western

Art on the Divide Gallery is excited about the results of the Call to Artists sent out earlier. This was an invitation to display works in a show as part of the Cowboy Gathering which will be held in Georgetown on Oct. 18 and 19. Seventeen artists from Northern California and Nevada submitted artwork which […]

The After 5 Club 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 […]

Grow For It!: Divide and multiply — the easiest propagation technique

Check around the garden. Do you see great crowded lumps of Shasta Daisies? Are your potted mums sending out an SOS? Overcrowding in the Aster department? Massive Panzer divisions of sedums threatening to overrun every other plant in their path? Artichokes the size of the Empire State Building? Time to divide and multiply. Autumn is […]

Temple of Terror haunted house to thrill guests

Hands4Hope is excited to announce its haunted house tradition is back. Hands4Hope, a local nonprofit dedicated to developing youth leadership and community involvement through service learning and community outreach, has created and hosted a thrilling haunted house nearly every year in the El Dorado Hills Town Center since 2010. The haunted house is a fall […]

Book sale at State Indian Museum in Sac

On Columbus Day weekend, Oct.11-13, California State Parks and the State Indian Museum will proudly present a Native American Book Sale in celebration of the indigenous peoples whose ancestors had been living here for thousands of years before Columbus “discovered” America. During this extended holiday weekend, shoppers are encouraged to celebrate Native Americans and learn […]

IT presents an elegant evening of entertainment

Enjoy an elegant evening Saturday, Nov. 22, when Imagination Theater at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, hosts the Gala Premier of its holiday show, the award-winning musical “Oliver!” On arrival at 5:30 p.m., guests will receive a red carpet welcome and be treated to a commemorative photograph of the event. […]

As we were: All shook up

25 Years ago Sept. 22, 1989 Quake centered in Truckee felt in El Dorado County By URSULA ROSE A mild early morning earthquake centered 16 miles west of Truckee was felt as far away as Pollock Pines and Placerville, but no one was reported injured and damage was minor, said a spokeswoman for the California Office […]

‘Spamalot’ auditions move to Vets Hall

Due to the fire camp for firefighters at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Imagination Theater has changed the location for the auditions for “Spamalot” on Friday through Tuesday, Sept. 20-23. The new location is the Veterans Hall located at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” is the legendary tale of King […]

Come out for EDH summer finale

Say goodbye to summer at the annual Saturday Night in the Park from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District in partnership with the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the last concert at Community Park for the 2014 season. Cover Me Badd, an upbeat […]

TechTrek makes a difference

When a person sees professional job titles of astronaut, computer scientist, physicist, biologist, astronomer or mathematician most think of — young career women — unfortunately, not immediately. In fact, only 14 percent of engineers are women, only 19 percent of software developers are women and they hold only 5 percent of U.S. patents. Recent statistics […]

Senior Day Care celebrates anniversary

The El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services Program is celebrating 25 years of service this year. The Health and Human Services Agency is delighted to invite the community to an open house and 25th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 935A Spring St. in Placerville. […]

Extraordinary Collections on display in Folsom

“Extraordinary Collections” opens at the Folsom History Museum on Saturday, Sept. 20. Included will be geodes, branding irons, Star Wars memorabilia, hippos, horses, donkeys, vintage bicycles and TVs, as well as a collection of original rock-n-roll posters signed by the artist dating back to Buddy Holly. In the heart of historic old town, Folsom History […]

OR students achieve national success

Oak Ridge High School students Shaheryar Ajmal and Sanjay Raavi earned 14th place in Public Forum Debate at the 2014 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this summer. Public Forum Debate is the newest form of debate offered by the National Speech and Debate Association and features opposing teams of two […]

As we were: Water is always the topic

25 Years ago Sept. 11, 1989 Shifting Penstock to top EID agenda Moving forward on the White Rock Penstock-Small Alder water supply project appears to be the top item of business today during the regularly scheduled meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors. The EID board will consider designating the County Board of […]

Paint and sip the grape

Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having a Vino and Vignette Painting Class on Saturday, Sept. 13 on the patio. Local Artist Vicki Hough will guide students during a three-hour class in canvas painting accompanied with a tasting of the finest wines at Sierra Vista. No previous experience is necessary. Hough enjoys working […]

Groupo Enlace to play

The Shingle Springs Community Center will feature Groupo Enlace on Saturday, Sept. 13, as the concert headliner for Summer Concert Series. Groupo Enlace is a popular dance band in the local Hispanic community with great music and charisma. No stranger to the Shingle Springs Community Center, the group’s performances have previously been private for weddings or birthdays. […]

Master Food Preservers: Not just canning

This is the time of year when gardens are really producing and it’s also a time to get great deals at farmers markets. The problem is, we can only consume so much fresh produce. Fortunately we have many different ways to preserve foods. UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County provides a series of […]

Grow For It! Plant your soup?

Don’t you just love savoring a delicious and nutritious soup during those cold autumn and winter months? Why not consider your favorite soup recipes and plant your garden accordingly? By planning your garden in advance and learning how to freeze or preserve your crops, you can put together a hearty soup in just about 15 […]

Discover Southside Topnotch 4-h

By Kacie Watson Southside Topnotch photographer The time for the annual Southside Topnotch 4-H Club open house is here. Come Thursday, Sept. 11 to the Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Grange Road in Placerville, to see what 4-H is all about. All of Southside’s project leaders will have booths so the public can see […]

As we were: Vets honored

25 Years ago Sept. 1, 1989 World War 1 vet to be honored in parade By JOHN SAMMON The First World War is difficult to perceive for most of us, separated from the actual events by so many years. For Bert Young, the conflict is a vivid, personal memory. Young is a World War 1 […]

Miraflores wines make non-speaking movie debut

The staff at Miraflores Winery in El Dorado County is clinking glasses over a surprise cameo role by its wines in a movie that was filmed at Lake Tahoe. The movie is scheduled for release in West Coast theaters in September. The wines got their non-speaking acting debut during a lavish end-of-summer party scene at […]

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 and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Mystery, mayhem and suspense at library

Autumn is approaching — time to curl up by the fire with a new mystery or suspense. If you love “whodunit” mysteries and suspense, you won’t want to miss learning “howdunit,” as four published local authors will speak, sharing their secrets for writing popular genres. One of the presenters is Sherry Joyce author of “The […]