Holidays in our hills

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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ARTISTIC LICENSE – The photograph accompanying this week’s column shows Folsom kids who are performing in the Placer Theatre Ballet’s 11th annual production of “Nutcracker,” running from Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-7 at Placer High School in Auburn. The performers are Ellery Curran, 10; Taylor Fox, 5; Hannah Fox, 9; Ruth Langill, 15; Naomi Langill, 13; Daniel Langill, 9; Larissa Liden, 8; Eva Winger, 15; and Isabelle Winger, 15. Tickets run $10 to $17. If you’d like more info about the show, call 630-7820 or visit … Folsom resident Lizzy Fahey was one of 11 dancers from the region to travel to France to participate in the 17th annual “Stage de Royan” dance festival. The young performers spent 10 days in Royan and Paris where they studied choreographers and dance instructors from around the world. The local dancers study at the Northern California Dance Conservatory in Roseville. Congratulations Lizzy and we hope you enjoyed your trip. … WATER WOES – State Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, was in Folsom last Friday taking a tour of the low lake. Folsom Lake is at 25 percent capacity and is at its lowest level since the early 1990s. Gaines was joined by representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources. As of Nov. 23, the lake sat at just below 371 feet, almost four feet below its level at the beginning of the month. Folsom’s water supply intake, the city “straw,” puts in at the 320-foot mark. If the lake drops below that mark, the real trouble begins. … * * * LIBRARY TIME – El Dorado County libraries will be getting some help from Borders Books in Folsom thanks to a new program they’ve launched. When you shop at Borders, you can choose to purchase a new children’s or young adult book that will be donated to the libraries’ collections. Within the first four days of the program, according to El Dorado Hills branch Librarian Susan Covington, the libraries received more than 100 books. The drive continues through Dec. 13. … * * * HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS – I absolutely love this time of year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, spending time with family and friends, cutting down a Christmas tree, decorating our fireplace mantel all give me warm fuzzy feelings. And there is no shortage of holiday events in our area to spark the holiday spirit in one and all. In El Dorado Hills, head over to the Town Center for their tree lighting bash on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. Hot cider and cookies will be served while entertainment will be provided by Oak Ridge High’s dance and choir teams, El Dorado Musical Theater, Center Stage Dance Academy and others. The evening will also feature face painting, an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and strolling Victorian carolers. … Folsom’s tree lighting bash will be Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. with two stages for entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, photos with Santa and performances by the actors from Stage Nine’s “Holiday in the Hills.” There is no admission charge and I’m told there is even a possibility of snow on one block of Sutter Street. … Speaking of Stage Nine, the theater will present “A Winnie-the-pooh Christmas Tail” beginning Saturday, Dec. 6 and running through Dec. 30. Show times will be Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with special weekdays shows at 1:30 p.m. during Christmas week. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors and $12 for children under 12. For more information, call 353-1001… Finally, if the Folsom ice skating rink is able to meet its own deadlines, it should open today at 9 a.m. Keep your fingers crossed since Wednesday is the rink’s third publicized opening date. Once it gets going, I’m sure it will be a hit and I’m rooting for the little community project that could. … TELEGRAPH HAPPENINGS – I’m thankful it was Matt Long’s turn at the “Inside the Telegraph” blog this week. Check out our sports editor’s scribblings by going to and clicking on the “Staff Blogs” link on the left side of the Web page. ... We continue to receive positive comments and requests for more information on our “From the Depths” series. Just last week a gentleman brought in a list of cemeteries that were relocated due to the creation of Folsom Lake. His list indicates there were seven cemeteries that were moved in 1954 to the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery (located off Green Valley Road). In 1997, the Prairie City Cemetery was also moved there to make way for the U.S. Highway 50 interchange. If you’d like to see the entire series, including information that didn’t see print, go to Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. His column publishes weekly. Submit possible column items to