A night of song at the Cozmic Café

Hickory Wind and Wicked Sisters will be appearing in concert Friday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The Wicked Sisters will perform at 7 p.m. with a mix of acoustic, rock, folk, country and blues in sweet three-part harmonies. The group plays both originals and […]

Jane Stipovich to show art on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative gallery is showcasing the work of Jane Stipovich during the month of August. The gallery artists invite the public to a reception on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist, enjoy some refreshments and browse the gallery. The artist came to the Georgetown Divide in 1990 […]

Flower power provides seeds for hope

Nancy Siegler started planting sunflowers a few years ago after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 15 or so plants helped her get through some very scary times. Twelve months ago Siegler planted 300 sunflower seeds. Three of the plants rose to 16-feet tall. “They’re magical. They make me feel good and give me inner […]

Public defender to read from ‘Foresthill Tales’

Come and meet David Brooks, El Dorado County Public Defender, Saturday evening, Aug. 13, from 4 to 5 at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville. He will be reading short stories from his newly published “Foresthill Tales: A Public Defender’s Bedtime Stories.” For more than 20 years Brooks has defended the […]

Stepping out: Trip reveals many good food discoveries

“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame …”  — Thomas Wolfe, “You Can’t Go Home Again” Los Angeles A couple of weeks ago a friend invited me to ride with him to the Los Angeles area and […]

Lt. Colonel Lauralee Flannery

Lauralee Flannery has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Flannery, a public affairs officer with 22 years of military service, is assigned to the U.S. European Command at Stuttgart, Germany. She is the daughter of Clifford and Janet Flannery of  Placerville. The lieutenant colonel graduated in 1980 from El […]

Michele Taylor and Dallas Martell wed

Michele Nicole Taylor of Rescue and Dallas Earl Martell of Folsom were married in the Sacramento LDS Temple on Saturday, June 25. The bride is the daughter of Nigel and Pamela Taylor of Rescue. She graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2010 and from cosmetology school in 2011. She is currently a hair stylist at […]

Sixty one years of love for the Boswells

Betty (Batemon) Boswell lost her wedding and engagement rings while playing baseball, but she never lost her husband Herman’s love. The couple is celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary on Aug.12 at their daughter Victoria’s Somerset home. They met when Betty was living with her uncle in Clovis. The uncle had a plumbing problem and called […]

Tower of Power keeps party going

Tower of Power brings its high energy show back to the Radisson Hotel Grove for the 18th semi-annual “Bump City Dance Party” Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Best known for hits like “Down to the Nightclub,” “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still A Young Man,” Tower of Power’s performances have been bringing excited crowds […]

Flavor! Napa Valley tickets on sale

NAPA VALLEY — Tickets for Flavor! Napa Valley are on sale offering a stellar lineup of chefs, vintners and sommeliers presiding over dinners, seminars and tastings throughout the inaugural four-day festival, being held Nov. 17 – 20, in the Napa Valley. With a wide variety of incredible gastronomic events situated at founding sponsor Silverado Resort […]

Fair Oaks theater season continues

The Fair Oaks Theatre Festival and American River College Theatre are offering theatre-under-the-stars musicals that range from delightfully wholesome to hilariously naughty. The season will continue with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a PG-13-rated musical The New Yorker described as “More fun than a chair throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music.” “Trailer […]

Placer art winners are announced

AUBURN — The Placer Artists League announced the winners of its 2011 Open Juried Art Show fine arts competition and exhibition. Housed at Lincoln Arts Gallery in Lincoln, the annual competition drew artists from all over Placer County from Granite Bay and Roseville to Auburn, Cool and Colfax. The competition was judged by Margo Schulzke, PSA, […]

Sac State Theater is planning Christmas now

If you’re a singer or dancer in the Sacramento region, it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. Sacramento State’s Theatre and Dance Department will present “A Broadway Christmas” Dec. 7-11 and is looking for entertainers from throughout the community to help present this holiday extravaganza. Director and professor Ed Brazo describes the production […]

Frampton anniversary tour rocks Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater

LINCOLN – If you liked rock and roll back in the 1970s, chances were you wore out “Frampton Comes Alive,” the fourth biggest selling live album of all time, on the eight-track/cassette player or turntable. If you wanted to relive that feeling, the place to be last weekend was the Thunder Valley Resort-Casino where Frampton played […]

It takes a family to grow a winery

On May 1 of this year Lava Cap Winery celebrated its 25th anniversary. One of El Dorado County’s early premium wineries, it was the dream of David Jones, a highly respected geologist, who passed away just a few years ago. It started out as and still is a family operation with son Tom Jones now […]

At a glance: Plenty of things to see and do

On this date, Aug. 10, in 1821 Missouri became the 24th state. The “show me” state has all kinds of neat things to see and do, and so does El Dorado County. Tea time The Friends of Old Hangtown organize a really great event that honors the pioneers of early El Dorado County. This year […]

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park awards grantsd winners

Soroptimist International of Cameron Park presented its annual Grant Awards Night at Sierra Vista Bank in Cameron Park. The recipients of this year’s grants are Partners in Care, Court Appointed Special Advocates for upgraded software, The McKinney-Vento Girl’s Empowerment Project of the Placerville Union School District, Ponderosa Sober Grad Night, Buckeye Education Foundation, New Morning […]

There are surprises in store at the library

It’s not the place where the library police hang out and stern-faced women with hairnets shush you for laughing. If your last visit to a library was in high school, you’re in for some surprises because El Dorado County libraries aren’t just storage facilities for books. Surprise No. 1 The  doors may be locked, but […]

As we were: Japanese visit El Dorado County

25 Years ago Aug. 8, 1986 People-to-people chapter hosts Japanese visitors By Ursula Smith Strange music drifted across the hills in the Gold Hill area Sunday morning — a Japanese lullaby sung by some 40 visitors from Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan, giving homage to a Japanese woman who is buried just above Gold Trail School. Okei […]

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Grow For It! Attracting native pollinators to the garden

What is vital for producing fruits, vegetables and nuts? Plants like apples, squashes and almonds need animal pollinators like birds, bats, bees and other insects. Without the help of pollinators to promote fertilization in plants, there would not be an abundant production of plant fruits and seeds normally seen. Pollinators are not only critical for […]

Janitor-turned-sculptor creates political satire

Retired state worker Laura Harling is a trim 64-year-old with an engaging smile and a humble demeanor. Whatever stereotypes exist for political satirists, she certainly doesn’t fit them. But that’s what the former casino dealer, state file clerk and janitor has become. In a series of delightful interviews she confirmed that she’s enjoying the ride. […]

Local Artist to Demonstrate at Crocker Art Museum

Porcelain painter Maria Taylor will be holding a demonstration of portrait painting on porcelain at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of a program entitled: “Art Mix: American Visions.” Taylor will show various artistic techniques for enhancing human characteristics of facial features. Taylor, a […]

Hot time in Rescue

The Rescue Volunteer Fire Department is having one of its biggest events of the year. The Hot August Night Car Show is on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Rescue Fire Department, 5221 Deer Valley Road in Rescue. The Rescue Volunteer Fire Association presents this great evening. The 20th annual Hot August Night Car Show features some […]

New Arenas to demonstrate new programs

New Arenas has an exciting new pilot program, planned to launch in fall of 2012. Two components of the program will be shown to the community at an “Experiential Growth and Learning Demonstration” featuring horses and games. The demonstration will be Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Henningsen Pavilion, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive […]

Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes presents summer recital

Forty-five student dancers from Sacramento’s award-winning ballet folklorico school, Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes, will present their summer recital on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the 24th Street Theatre at the Sierra 2 Center for Arts and Community, 2791 24th St. in Curtis Park in Sacramento. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at IMBA Studios, 6910 Luther […]

Preschool to welcome children

Placerville Preschoolers Kids Kampus, 6556 Commerce Way in Diamond Springs, is having free preschool days Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 16 to 19. Children from the community are welcome to choose one of the days to visit from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and enjoy preschool activities, the large playground and share in snack time with a parent or guardian. […]

Craft Fair is a shopper’s cornucopia

What: Placerville Craft Fair Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-672-3436 or online at placerville-downtown.org Get your walking shoes on and your curiosity motivated as Placerville’s Main Street will come alive with a plethora of handcrafted goods on Sunday, Aug. […]

Master Food Preservers: Tomatoes — basic and fancy

Just in time for the beginnings of the tomato harvest, the Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County present the next free public education class for this year, “Tomatoes-Basic and Fancy.” This class includes demonstrations and instructions for the safe home food preservation of tomatoes and tomato-based products, such as salsa, bruchetta and sun-dried tomatoes. […]

Foothill gourmet: Summer salads are cool

Hot summer days include an abundance of summer produce from everyone’s garden, or the Farmers Market. What better way to use flavorful summer produce than in stellar summer salads. It’s perfect fare for hot days when appetites wane. Avocado and chicken salad features a dressing of puréed avocado and mayonnaise that makes a delicious, subtle […]

Northern California Blues Festival brings out the best

The 11th annual Northern California Blues Festival is Aug. 5 and 6, and will feature guitar aces Kenny Neal, Dennis Jones, Carolyn Wonderland; and iconic Big Brother and The Holding Company at the family-friendly in Auburn. The festival benefits Auburn Recreation District Youth Fund and Blues In The Schools Program. There is a strong lineup […]

Railtown 1897 presents ‘Singing Rails’

JAMESTOWN — On Saturday evening, Aug. 6, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is sponsoring a festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. As a treat to music lovers everywhere, the talented Laurie Lewis is set to headline the second annual […]

Petroglyphe Gallery celebrates grand opening

A month after owners Denise Ebbett and Marisa Chaffey unfurled the open sign for a shake-down running of the business, they are now ready to present the grand opening of their fine art gallery called Petroglyphe Gallery. The public is invited to come by 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill on Saturday, Aug. 6 between […]

Silver Dollar car show in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — With the rev of mighty V-8 engines and enough polished chrome to require a good pair of sunglasses, the annual Silver Dollar Car Classic is the capital city’s all-out celebration of the American automobile. From Aug. 5-7, Mills Park in Carson City turns into a mecca of some of the finest […]

Johnny Cash Tribute Show coming to the fairgrounds

What: Johnny Cash Tribute Show with James Garner and his Cash Band Where: El Dorado Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, Aug. 26, Gates open at 6 p.m. show from 7-9 p.m. Cost: $25 The Johnny Cash Tribute Show with James Garner and his Cash Band is coming to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville […]

Railroad sojourn features ‘Toast of the Canyon’ round trip

Let’s toast to Carson City’s Steam Round Trip to the Canyon and back. The special train ride is every Saturday through Sept. 10. Wine will be provided by Tahoe Ridge Winery and appetizers will be served on the train. The following restaurants include: Red’s 395 Grill, Aug. 6; Busy Bee Eatery, Aug. 13; with remaining […]

Annie is packin’ at Music Circus

The Wild West comes roaring into town when “Annie Get Your Gun” opens at Sacramento Music Circus Aug. 9-14. With sing-along hit songs by Irving Berlin such as “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better),” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” and the show-stopper, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Annie Get […]

Fairytale Town hosts moonlight costume ball

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, hosts its second annual Moonlight Costume Ball, Arabian Nights Saturday, Aug. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale and $15 the day of the event. Tickets are available at fairytaletown.org. As a non-profit focused on inspiring the imaginations of children and their families, this event […]

‘Father of the Bride’ coming to IT

Imagination Theater is presenting “Father of the Bride,” directed by Peter Wolfe, this September. This is a story familiar to many about a doting father who faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter marries. The play, based on the novel by Edward Streeter, was also the basis for the 1950 film with […]

See David Garibaldi create art in Cameron Park

Enjoy an evening out and help support local foster children. Foster Family Service, is hosting a charity event “David Garibaldi Live” on Wednesday Aug. 10, at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2501 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. David Garibaldi is a 27-year-old artist who creates 6-foot portraits of pop […]

Fun times at David Girard Vineyard

What: Wind Down Friday Who: Ant Bee Where: David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in the Gold Hill area When: Friday, Aug. 5 Cost: $90 for two people or $80 for wine club members   What: Summer Picnic Who: Dane Drewis Band Where: David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in the Gold Hill area When: Saturday, Aug. 6 Cost: $90 […]

In The Mood swings into Three Stages

Featuring a company of 19 on stage — singers, dancers and a top-notch big band — In The Mood brings to life the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940s. The performance marks the first of the 2011-12 Season […]

SARTA hosts annual Elly nominations

The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) will announce the names of more than 400 Elly nominees on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. This year’s Elly nomination party will be held at Bob and Ro Productions at the Studio Theatre located at 1028 R St. in downtown Sacramento. Admission is free and light refreshments […]

Stepping out: Poor Red’s expanded menu is a wowzer

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” (The more things change, the more they stay the same.) — French proverb Poor Red’s A couple of weeks ago I stopped by Poor Reds, a landmark in the town of El Dorado, to pick up a couple of T-shirts for my son and one of his friends. It had […]

Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail house is a new dining option in EDH

The El Dorado Saloon on Embarcadero in El Dorado Hills celebrated its first year anniversary with plenty of bull riding and another restaurant to boot. Adjacent to the Saloon, Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail House opened its doors in June, offering a unique, yet complementary, experience to Saloon goers. General Manager Curtis Cole hopes the new […]

National and local artists exhibit the best

The 45th Annual Mother Lode Art Exhibition opens Sunday, Aug. 14, and is on display through Aug. 28. The Placerville Arts Association has been sponsoring this very prestigious show and receives entries from all over the United States and Canada. Entries were sent to juror Ray Roberts. He is a respected plein air artist. Roberts […]