Zepparella to rock River Ranch

Renegade Productions presents Zepparella on Friday, July 22, at the River Ranch Lodge (Outdoor Patio), in Tahoe City, – north shore Tahoe for an outdoor rockin’ dance party. Doors are at 8 p.m. and show time is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance and available at the River Ranch, New Moon Natural Foods (Tahoe […]

Twain Harte festival features art and wine

A tradition now 34 years strong, the 2011 Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival on July 23 and 24 promises to be a colorful, creative, food- and fun-filled extravaganza for all ages. What started in 1976 as a simple craft fair along one Twain Harte side street involving about 20 artists has evolved into a two-day gala throughout the town […]

Summer Encore series continues

Summer HD Encores, a series of encore performances from the groundbreaking “Met Opera Live in HD” series continues through July. The show is in more than 400 select movie theaters nationwide including, 10 movie theaters in the Sacramento area. This summer’s encore series offers Puccini’s “Tosca” on July 20, and Verdi’s “Don Carlo” on July […]

Jackie Greene returns to Jackson Rancheria

El Dorado County’s own Jackie Greene, dubbed by the New York Times as an Americana phenom, will return to Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel on Saturday, July 23, in the event area next to the hotel. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 general admission, $20 for […]

On the spot: Brooke Stumbaugh

Age: 18 Residence: Camino Hometown: Placerville Occupation: Swim coach for Gold Rush Aquatics Hobbies: Swimming, wakeboarding and snow skiing Favorite movie: “She’s the Man” Favorite book: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Something no one knows about you: “I’ve seen the Jonas Brothers in concert … twice.” Best quality: “I’m compassionate.” […]

Camino serves up a good cause

The Camino Community Action Committee will be hosting their popular “Camino Serves” night on Sunday, July 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Forester Restaurant, 4110 Carson Road in Camino. This will be a benefit for the successful Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program which was started last year and will be continued this year. […]

Hot Diggity! is partnering up

Hot Diggity!, Placerville’s fun dance and party band, will perform for the Partners In Care 10th anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 24. The event will be held at Shadowridge Ranch and the Davies Family Inn, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville, from 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon barbecue with a kids’ entertainment area, […]

Gwyneth and Monko to play Cozmic

Gwyneth and Monko will continue their extensive tour with a stop at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. They will be joined by Misner and Smith. The duo’s recently released self-titled album reflects the style the pair has cultivated on the road: somewhere between folky acoustic […]

Stepping out: New kitchen in Cameron Park has good eats

“ Food doesn’t exist, but can only be invented. And reinvented.” — Joyce Carol Oates Hay Chihuahua! Last Friday I received a call from my friend Carolyn Kumpe, who owns Charlotte’s Bakery and Café in Diamond Springs. She called to tell me that the “communal” commercial kitchen she and others had been working on in […]

The Celtic Method plays the Market

Michael and Christine Knapp have been performing together as the Celtic Method (aka The Method) since 1994. In that time they have performed extensively throughout the Western United States at festivals, renaissance fairs, concerts, pubs, coffee houses, book stores, schools public and private events and have released nine full length CDs including the brand new […]

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Rafting to keep Sugarloaf afloat

The Sugarloaf Station Foundation is having its fourth annual Whitewater Happening Fundraiser. Take a thrilling 11-mile ride down the South Fork of the American River on Monday, July 25. The start is at Henningsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus, at 11:30 a.m. The rafts leave at noon. This is a Class III ride that […]

Shingle Springs Jubilee celebrates community spirit

From baseball games of the past to community potlucks of the present, the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, has served the needs of residents for more than 50 years. In honor of the Center’s 60th anniversary of giving back to the community, the Shingle Springs Jubilee will take place […]

Remarkable talent creates melodrama

The title of “Roman Romanni’s Remarkable Retrospective” or “Heels Over Head” was developed by 17-year-old Lauren Williams of Greenwood, but the creative tongue twister is not all that she is responsible for. Williams is the sole author of the play and is currently lead director of the melodrama now playing at the Olde Coloma Theatre, […]

Sorry honey, it’s ‘Curtains’ for you

Whodunit? That’s what musical-loving police Lt. Frank Cioffi must find out in El Dorado Musical Theatre’s latest production. “Curtains” combines murder with musical theater and leads the lieutenant on quite possibly the strangest investigation he’s ever encountered. Not only must he find out who killed “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West’s” untalented leading lady, Jessica Cranshaw, […]

Local youth rock the State Fair

What happens when children from completely different backgrounds, cultures, ages and talents and get together to performance as a team? It becomes a great show on the Promenade Stage in the Food Court at the California State Fair. Twenty five performers, ages 6-22, from the Folsom, Orangevale and El Dorado Hills captivated onlookers on Sunday, July […]

Threads of life tie art and caring together

Once again local quilters and artists are coming together for the third bi-annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fine Art Charity Auction. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davies Family Inn/Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville Talented quilters and artists donate their work to […]

Singing competition to build homes in the county

El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity will hold its first singing competition with a $1000 prize going to the winner. “Be The Voice” is a singing competition that begins on Facebook where anyone over the age of 13 can submit an audition video before July 25. Contestants then help to promote their video by getting […]

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At a glance: More fun than collecting Moon rocks

On July 20 in 1969, most cognizant people in the United States were anxiously waiting for the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” to touch down on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquillity. On July 21, it was a really big deal as Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon. […]

‘First Love Last’ is a memorable look at the past

Book: “First Love Last” Author: Helen Bonner Publisher: Lulu  Press,  February 2011, 172 pages Cost: $18.89 What if you could go back in time and heal old wounds — eliminate pain from the past from limiting your life in the present? Helen Bonner had that opportunity when her ex-husband showed up at their 57th El […]

Sew-a-thon stitches it together

It is summer and the heat is on while the United States troops are fighting in faraway places. The American Sewing Guild is not taking a summer vacation but is busy making “cool” things for the troops. The guild invites everyone to support the El Dorado County service men and women by fabricating neck coolers […]

Grow For It! Texture and type as landscape design elements

A landscape is pleasing to the eye based on the textures and perspectives of plants along with their relative color. The common thinking that a tall plant always belongs in the background and shorter plants with more interest belong in front has now been debunked. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so consider […]

Go-kart goes green and wins gold

Adam Walsh, 31, a Placerville resident and technical student at American River College, has won first place, Outstanding Project, and Best of Show at this year’s California State Fair for a go-kart that he designed and built. His go-kart, along with a 20-minute video, pictures of the process, a schematic of the electronics and a list […]

Rescue school district opens enrollment

Rescue Union School District opens a new virtual Independent Study Program, the Rescue COOL School, for students in grades 3 – 8. Registration is open for the 2011-12 school year COOL stands for Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning. Rescue’s COOL SCHOOL offers free, innovative and personalized learning choices open to students in El Dorado, Placer, […]

Placerville Natural Foods Co-op moving forward

The organizing committee for the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op reports a membership count around 200 during its current drive for membership. The goal is 300 by Aug. 1. Fundraising is a major priority to satisfy the financial deadline to buy the business of Noah’s Ark by September and proceed with the Co-op venture. To date, […]

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Bocce, pasta and more at Italian fest

What: 2011 Italian Festival Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for juniors 7 to 12 and under 7 free Information: eldoradoitalianfestival.com/ A little bit of Italy is headed to El Dorado County in the form of the 2011 Italian Festival. […]

Heavenly news: Sagittarius and the Milky Way Center

by Darlene Young, Assisting docent Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory In the beginning of mankind (and womankind), man looked to the sky for his clock, calendar and roadmaps. It told him when to sleep, when to plant and harvest, and there were guiding signs for when he traveled. Whether over land or sea, he depended […]

Taste the best at the California State Fair wine event

First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition, limited to California wines, is the oldest and most prestigiously judged wine event in North America. “The California State Fair Wine Competition is not only a ranking of the state’s best wines as viewed by our judges, but also a reflection of the growing quality of […]

Annual Northern California Blues Festival expands to two days

AUBURN —  Get ready for one of California’s biggest family-friendly blues events of the summer — the 11th Annual Northern California Blues Festival, Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Auburn Regional Park, 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. Tickets: Friday — $7 advance/$10 gate (12 and […]

Sample the Sierra at ‘Farm to Fork’

This Labor Day Weekend is sure to please all palates with a full weekend full of fun culminating Sunday with the second annual Sample the Sierra Food, Wine, and Art Festival, followed by an extravaganza of fireworks over Lake Tahoe. The event brings together local chefs/restaurants with neighboring growers/producers to turn out scrumptious samples craftily […]

Celebrate riesling month at Madroña Vineyards in July

The warm days and cool nights of El Dorado’s grape-growing region have proven to produce fruit with excellent balance and intense varietal character. “At Madroña, we’ve been producing riesling since 1980. We’d like to share our riesling experience during the month of July,” Paul Bush, winemaker said. The celebration will include: vertical tastings from vintages […]

On the spot: Al Hamilton

Age: 77 Residence: Placerville Hometown: Placerville Occupation: Attorney for the El Dorado County Senior Legal Program Hobby: Fishing Favorite movie: “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” Favorite book: “Up Country” by Nelson DeMille Favorite vacation spot: Shelter Cove near Garberville Something no one knows about you: “I am running for county supervisor in District 3.” […]

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‘The Producers’ kicks off 61st Music Circus Season

Mel Brooks’ hilarious hit, “The Producers,” kicks off the 61st season of Music Circus. Discover what it takes to pull off Broadway’s biggest show-biz scam in the Music Circus premiere of “The Producers,” July 15, 16 and 17. With music and lyrics by king of comedy Mel Brooks (“Young Frankenstein”) and a book by Brooks […]

‘Reggae on the River’ presents international line-up

What: 27th annual “Reggae On The River” Where: Benbow Lake State Recreation Area, Garberville When: Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 Tickets: reggaeontheriver.com.or call 707-923-3368. On the weekend of July 16 and 17, the Mateel Community Center is proud to present the 27th annual “Reggae on the River” at Benbow Lake State Recreation Area […]

Art show open house at Art Walk

The Metal Dragonfly will be hosting a “Meet the Artist” event on Saturday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held during the Third Saturday Art Walk along Main Street in Placerville. The Metal Dragonfly will be offering visitors a chance to meet the artists who are represented in the store. […]

Amador County Fair tickets available

If you have kids who can’t get enough of the carnival rides at the Amador County Fair, July 28-31, now is the time to save money on advance-sale wristbands. And anyone who has stood in line for an hour to buy Destruction Derby tickets the day of the event will appreciate the convenience of ordering […]

Art goes wild at Pacific Flyway festival

What: Pacific Flyway Decoy Association 41st Annual Classic Wildlife Art Festival Where: Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento CA 95815 When: Saturday, July 16, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets: $5.00 for the weekend, children under 12 years of age, free The top U.S. […]

Fundraiser to help transplant recipient

Fred E. Moore is grateful to be alive. He recently received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, but the costs are overwhelming. Volunteers are planning a luau and auction to help with his expenses. In 2006, Moore was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome, meaning his lymphocytes became cancerous and affected his skin. […]

The English Beat comes to Tahoe

What: The English Beat Who: Cal-Neva Resort Where: Crystal Bay, Nev. When: Saturday, July 16, doors open at 8:30 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. Cost: $25 advance (includes NV State Ent. tax) Information: 775-337-8344 or Cal-Neva Resort 775- 832-4000 The English Beat is a ska-revival band founded in England in 1978 during a period of high […]

Stepping out: Good things from the past and present

“The greatest dishes are very simple dishes.” — Auguste Escoffier Plymouth Hotel I often rely on people to tell me about interesting places to eat, places that I might not find myself. One of those is hidden away in the city of Plymouth, the first place you come to in Amador county when you go […]

Dream job produces a unique perspective

Not all people can say that they discovered their dream job and passion at just 9 years old. Photographer Rainer Breuer, 51, however, may just be the exception. “When I was 9-years-old in Germany, there was somebody who came to my home door and wanted to sell us a picture,” said Breuer when telling the […]

Master Food Preservers: Jams and jellies

Have a lot of fruit and do not know what to do with it? Can it! The Master Food Preservers free public education class, “Jams and Jellies,” offers great recipes, tested techniques and the safest methods of home food preservation for many types of fruits. Presented on July 16 and again on July 19, from […]

Rockin’ weekend at Carson Valley Inn

It’s a special rockin’ weekend at the Carson Valley Inn on, July 21-23 with The Boys Of Summer on Thursday and Friday nights and Rockin’ Down The Highway Saturday night. As with all Cabaret Lounge entertainment at the Inn, there is no cover charge and no drink minimum. The Boys Of Summer is a tribute to The Eagles […]

Craig Watson appointed California Arts Council directorarts council appoinment

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, chairman of the California Arts Council, today announced the appointment of Craig Watson as the new director for the state agency. Watson’s appointment represents the first time in the nearly 30-year history of the state agency that the director has been hired directly by the council rather than by appointment of the […]

American Century Golf tickets available at Raley’s

Grocery shoppers can now add Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Tim Tebow and Ray Romano to the basket at their neighborhood Raley’s, Bel-Air and Nob Hill Foods supermarkets. Discounted tickets are now available to the American Century Championship (TahoeCelebrityGolf.com), at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, July 12-17. Tickets are available at 127 locations throughout Northern California and […]