Monday, January 26, 2015

My Time support group meeting on Feb. 6

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 Michelson, […]

Rescue district registration information

Rescue Union School District welcomes regular kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, new student registration and transfer requests for the 2015-16 school year. Registration will begin on Feb. 9. Enrollment packets and transfer request forms will be available to parents at all school sites beginning Monday, Jan. 26. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. […]

Elder Options participates in many community projects

Elder Options Inc. with offices in Placerville, Folsom and South Lake Tahoe has employees who live and work throughout the Sacramento Region. The company continues to annually participate in various activities to benefit individuals and the community at large. In 2014 Elder Options remained active in the community by assisting individuals and community organizations that […]

Local seniors benefit from flu fighting kits

This year’s vicious flu epidemic has threatened local seniors and now their caregivers are fighting back by handing out “Fight the Flu Kits” to help prepare seniors for the peak of the flu season, January and February. Weaker immune systems make seniors more vulnerable to the flu and that’s why 90 percent of all flu-related […]

Personal novel ‘Done in One’ is an intense read

Book: “Done in One” Author: Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, published January 2015, 288 pages, hardcover, Kindle versions   Intense. Frightening. Real. These are just a few words that could be used to describe “Done in One,” a first novel by Pleasant Valley author Jan Thomas. Jake Denton is […]

Railtown 1897 seeking interested volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park and will be hosting an open house at the end of January to offer more information. The Volunteer Open House will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Railtown 1897 State Historic […]

Learn the art of ‘Pruning for Maximum Display’

No need to fear those pruning shears. Beverly Rose Hopper takes the mystery out of pruning roses at the Mother Lode Rose Society class on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center. Hopper will discuss the principles of pruning, including classic techniques and her innovative and easy method of “Pruning for Maximum […]

Want to become a Master Food Preserver?

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free […]

Tax volunteers available throughout the county

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 and going until April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service […]

Hiram Lodge No. 25 donates to food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County announced that Hiram Lodge No. 25 of Free and Accepted Masons has expanded its list of worthy recipients to include the food bank. Hiram Lodge No. 25 is located in El Dorado and has been an active participant in charitable programs in El Dorado County for more than […]

As we were: Water always an issue

25 Years ago Jan. 12, 1990 $500,000 earmarked to buy Texas Hill reservoir land By DAVID RICHIE With concern mounting over recent real estate action in the area that may eventually be inundated by the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir, the county Water Agency Monday approved the budget transfer of an additional $500,000 for land acquisitions. A […]

‘The Boy Friend’ opens at Sac Theater

In addition to the professional Main Series productions, Sacramento Theater Company  is staging four Youth Series productions in 2015, featuring STC School of the Arts students. The Young Professionals Conservatory of STC’s School of the Arts is a 10-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theater through […]

Story time with Dick Cable

“All Aboard for Story Time” with former News10 anchor and legendary local newscaster Dick Cable is on the California Railroad Museum’s Dinotrain at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. This popular reading program, introduced in 2013 by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, is offered on the first and […]

Mark Hummel plays tribute to Bluebird Records

Mark Hummel returns to Harris Center for the Arts and brings more of his talented friends with him in a Wednesday, Jan. 14 tribute to Bluebird Records. The Blues Harmonica Blowout has sold out in past performances and with the caliber of talent joining this evening’s activities, tickets will be in high demand. Bluebird Records/RCA […]

Ched Drol Healing Ritual at the Cozmic Café

Bogged down in your own life? At times, the negative forces in the world can seem overwhelming. On Friday, Jan. 9, members of the public have a unique opportunity to identify the negative and limiting forces in their lives and have help in releasing them. The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery will be […]

Life as I know it! Living it up

As we continued our lives in Woodland Hills we decided that some type of playground equipment would be something I could do for our growing girls. The idea of a playhouse came to mind so I gathered materials and made a small playhouse backed against the concrete wall separating our properties. A house needs furniture, […]

Wine Institute publishes ‘Down to Earth’ book

Wine Institute has released a new book, “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California,” a consumer-friendly guide to environmentally and socially responsible practices that shows how sustainability influences California vintners and growers throughout the year as they grow and make wines. The book was written by Janet Fletcher and photographed by […]

Meet ‘The Addams Family’

Runaway Stage Productions opens the new year, Jan. 2-25, with the new Broadway musical based on the creepy and crawly, “The Addams Family.” Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the 24th Street Theater, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento. The original story follows Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess […]

The important things: Do it differently

It’s that time again — January. The month we try to motivate ourselves with all sorts of goals to improve our lives, our looks, our relationships, our finances. January is a month we expect self-perfection right out of the gate and hope we can maintain it with no lapses. January is the month we are […]

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino transformation underway

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe is joining the Lake Tahoe skyline this winter. The resort casino is making progress toward a highly-anticipated grand opening in January 2015. “The excitement is building with the property really taking shape. You can feel the momentum, energy and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino vibe,” said Don […]

MontBleu offers a Kool time

R&B mega-band Kool & The Gang returns to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa bringing its bullet-proof fresh funk sound and high-energy guitar and jazzy horn section on Saturday, Jan. 17 for a one-night only concert. Spanning 40 years and selling more than 70 million album worldwide, Kool & The Gang’s music has been […]

‘Dirty Dancing’ comes to Broadway Sacramento

“Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On Stage,” an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing, will play at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2015. Based on the popular classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story On […]

Fine Arts Museums in SF to utilize Google Glass

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco today announced the first integration of Google Glass technology into a major art museum exhibition to create a rich tour experience. The tour augments the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” by providing museumgoers with images, audio and video relevant to select works of art. The Fine Arts […]

InConcert captures holiday spirit

Capture the holiday spirit with the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra on Saturday evening, Dec. 20 and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church,12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. “What sweeter music can be heard during the holidays than your favorite carols and joyful seasonal songs? My assistant Toon and I have […]

Grow For It! Citrus Basics

Citrus plants are evergreen trees and shrubs that offer attractive form and glossy deep green foliage year round; they flower with a wonderful fragrance and produce delicious fruit. Citrus require full sun and require protection from frost. They are not cold hardy and need special care during the winter months. Some varieties are much more […]

Life as I know it: Pool parties and an earthquake

 As I have said several times in these columns,”first things first.” On Oct. 29, 1960, Peggy again said that we should go to the maternity ward at the hospital in Encino. There our last, but not least, lovely little Karen was born. When it was announced in church, the next Sunday, that our fifth child […]

Holiday treats

Cutout gingerbread cookies Ingredients 1 egg 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together egg, butter and cookie mix until dough forms, hand kneading if necessary. Dough may be sticky. For easier handling, cover and refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. Transfer dough to […]

Holiday lighting tips

The holidays are here and Mr. Electric wants homeowners to remember safety when dealing with holiday lighting. These general safety tips from Mr. Electric will ensure families have safe and happy holidays. General inspection of lights The first step in holiday lighting is to inspect all cords, strands and bulbs. Check for loose connections, frayed wires, […]

Engagement: Teri Chilcoat and Tyler Tarantino

Teri Chilcoat of Placerville and Tyler Tarantino of McKinleyville announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bob and Rose Chilcoat of Placerville. She is a SSGT in the United States Air Force. The groom-elect is the son of Dominick and Deborah Tarantino. He is a SSGAT in the United States Air Force. The wedding will take place at Redwoods River Resort in […]

Engagement: Megan Carrie Mitchelson and Brandon James Smith

Megan Carrie Mitchelson of Placerville and Brandon James Smith of Redding announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ross Mitchelson and Kelly Kohlstedt and is a kindergarten teacher. The groom-elect is the son of David and Letitia Smith and is a police officer. The wedding will take place in Maui, Hawaii in August 2015.  

Old Town Auburn to celebrate Christmas

If the holiday season puts you in the mood to regain some of the spirit of Christmas past, with caroling, a fireplace and hot cocoa, then Old Town Auburn with its 28th annual Country Christmas celebration is the place to be. On two Saturday nights, Dec. 13 and 20, the streets of Historic Old Town […]

Book shares how to find inner strength

With an inspiring foreword by Fran Drescher, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” shares stories of resilience, positive thinking and overcoming challenges. “Pull yourself up, dust yourself off and play the hand that you’ve been dealt,” wrote actress Fran Drescher in the foreword to a powerful new collection of stories from “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” […]

Life as I know it: Starting Head Start programs

One day, Peggy and I were at the church and a call came from the Presbyterian office in Los Angeles. The call, essentially, was asking for volunteers to help some churches to begin Head Start Programs. One church was on West Adams Boulevard, quite a drive from Canoga Park, but we said that we would […]

Holiday magic dances across the stage

Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of family and the magic of Christmas will bring people together at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, Dec. 9-12, to enjoy the merriment of the holidays in “Robert Friedman presents Moscow Classical Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker.’” “These Moscow Classical Ballet dancers are beautiful young strong dancers with a great deal of […]

Life as I know it: Interesting days

With other members of our church in Canoga Park, Peggy and I began to discuss various ways that we might begin to help people in our particular area. Peggy and other women began meeting and becoming friends with, some of the Latino ladies living around the Catholic Church. The ladies would share information about common […]

CalRTA donates gift baskets to YANA

For its annual community project, the California Retired Teachers (CalRTA) made 35 gift baskets filled with household and personal items to donate to the clients of YANA (You Are Not Alone). YANA is a program sponsored by the Department of Human Services and the Area Agency on Aging. Volunteers make daily or weekly telephone calls to seniors […]

Life as I know it: New and moving experiences

In my last column, I told of our move from Florida to La Puente in Southern California. As we settled in, Peggy to the care of the family and I to a new job, we felt somewhat overwhelmed by the difference between a small village and massive Los Angeles. At work, I was being introduced […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Trevor R. Valchar

Air Force Airman Trevor R. Valchar graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Cory M. Brundage

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cory M. Brundage graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Julian P. Lopez

Army Pvt. Julian P. Lopez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Lovely blues at Harlow’s

Like a young Etta James, blues and soul singer Karen Lovely has the magic elements of both dramatic stage presence and naturalness to back up her prodigious vocal talent. Swell Productions is pleased to present Lovely and her band on Sunday Nov. 30 at Harlow’s, 2708 J St. in Sacramento. Lovely shot onto the blues scene out […]

Fairytale Town offers free admission on two days

Fairytale Town gives thanks to the Sacramento community by offering two free admission days during the holiday season. On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fairytale Town offers free admission to families who bring a canned food item for donation to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services — Holiday […]

Celebrate the holiday season at luncheon

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, Dec. 8 at Cold Springs Golf Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. This is the Christmas fundraiser luncheon and to participate bring favorite cookies, cakes, candies, preserves or other food items to sell. The group is happy and […]

Placer County discovers new gold in Mandarins

The new gold in Placer County California is growing on trees as the county has become known for the intensely flavored, sweet, Mandarin oranges. The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, Friday to Sunday, Nov. 21-23, will celebrate 21 magical years with the new crop of delicious, foothills-grown Mandarin oranges. Placer County growers will sell thousands of […]