Blind Boys of Alabama present Christmas show with Sara and Sean Watkins

On Sunday, Dec.18, the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno and JMAX Productions present a Christmas Show featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama with Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek. Much in the world has changed since the original version of the Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together in 1939, when the […]

Faith and a good outlook are keys to reaching 100

Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market to compete with Ford’s Model-T. The first public elevator made its debut at London’s Earl’s Court Metro Station. The Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants in six games to win the World Series. The year was 1911. On Nov. 2 of that year, Betty Payne (Schneider) was born. […]

‘Tales of Placerville’ is entertaining and informative

Book: “Tales of Placerville: Bradford and Norris, Booksellers to the Savage West” Author: Perry Bradford Wilson Publisher: November 2011 by Storyteller Press, 275 pages Cost: Soft cover $15.95, e-book $4.99 If you like history, good stories and a wallop of humor, you’re going to like “Tales of Placerville: Bradford and Norris, Booksellers to the Savage […]

Waldith Graham steps down from chamber post

After 10 years of serving as the president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Waldith Graham is stepping down. Replacing Graham is long time Ambassador Colleen Harris who moved to El Dorado County in 1972. She has three children and met Graham in 1973. Harris is also a long time El Dorado […]

Heavenly news: Get ready for Mars in 2012

Get ready to look for a bright reddish looking star in the winter sky — that’s Mars, Earth’s outer neighbor, the fourth planet from the Sun. Mars has impressive surface features such as enormous volcanoes and valleys that are frequently obscured by huge dust storms. The uniquely red global surface of Mars is similar to […]

DMTC presents ‘Madeline’s Christmas’

“Madeline’s Christmas” brings holiday cheer to the  Davis Musical Theater Company’s Young Performers season this December. Join Miss Clavel, the ever-resilient Madeline, and eleven adorable girls as they experience a series of adventures that reaffirm that Christmas is the time for miracles. The show is directed by Jeni Price, with musical direction by Jenny Reuter […]

Eagle Scout Olesen remodels sign

Adam Olesen of Boy Scout Troop 858 that is part of the Golden Council Empire of the Golden Council Empire recently performed his Eagle Scout project that involved in remodeling the existing sign for Mosquito Fire Department Station No. 75. This included making the sign larger with an area for slide in lettering and a […]

Engagement: Melissa Gene Ewing and Andrew Arthur Hamilton

Melissa Gene Ewing and Andrew Arthur Hamilton, both of Sacramento, have announced their engagement to be married. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jesse and Lisa Ewing of Placerville. She is a 2002 graduate of Ponderosa High School. She is also a 2006 graduate from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in communications and spanish. Then […]

12 Days of Christmas is rewarding at the Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino is getting into the holiday spirit with the “12 Days of Christmas” point multiplier promotion. Rewards Club members can multiply their points up to 12 times just by visiting Red Hawk Casino and playing their favorite games. During December Rewards Club members can swipe their card daily at any Fortune’s Rewards promotional […]

Wingnut Adams gets his groove on in Jackson

Funky Monkey Productions is proud to present 2008 “West Coast Blues Band Leader of the Year” Wingnut Adams on Saturday, Dec. 17, at The Main Event, 105 Main St. in Jackson. For more than a decade Wingnut has taken his funky roots based show throughout the U.S. and abroad, creating a loyal fan base that […]

From a castle to Main Street

The beautiful white prancing carousel horse with the fancy mirrors and tassels at Flowers on Main has quite a history. It was carved at the Freidrich Heyn Carousel carving shops in Germany in the late 1800s and likely entertained thousands of excited riders as it survived two major wars. Somehow the horse managed to prance […]

Stepping out: Hangtown Hot Dogs is still hanging around

“If a man is hungry and can’t get to a fancy French restaurant, he’ll go to a hot dog stand.” — Joan Fontaine Hangtown Hot Dogs It has been nearly a year since Tymphani Schwall took over Hangtown Hot Dogs, which is located at 374 Main St. in Placerville. When interviewed last March, she said, […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

13 days of festivities at Heavenly Village

Gondola Ball Drop, Fireworks at Heavenly Village on New Year’s Eve to Conclude Holiday Events For 13 days, Heavenly Village will be teeming with the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays as “Heavenly Holidays, 2011″ from Dec. 19 to 31, treats guests to a variety of festive events from ice skating and sculpting to […]

‘RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles’ adds a performance

Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally acclaimed Beatles concert, “RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles,” makes its Sacramento debut at the Community Center Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 27, to Sunday, Jan 1. RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The […]

Placerville Arts Association promotes art

The Placerville Arts Association is El Dorado County’s oldest non-profit art group in continuous operation since the early 1960s. The purpose of the association is to promote visual arts in the local community and to offer group exhibitions, art demonstrations, workshops, scholarships, critiques and art oriented field trips. PAA provides community outreach programs by offering […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Color the winners happy

The number and quality of the entries in the 2011 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest was outstanding. The judges spent a long time reviewing the art and all stated they had a very difficult time selecting the winners. Jody Franklin, El Dorado County tourism director; Wendy Mattson, artist and Placerville city council member; and Diana Erickson, […]

‘The Kinsey Sicks’ performing at Cosmopolitan Cabaret

SACRAMENTO — For one night only the Cosmopolitan Cabaret is bringing a very different holiday musical to its intimate 200-seat theater located at 1000 K St. The nationally known Drag Queen a cappella quartet “The Kinsey Sicks” is coming to the Cabaret Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. to perform its hilarious holiday musical “Oy […]

Cosmopolitan Cabaret announces new season

The 2012 Cosmopolitan Cabaret season, California Musical Theatre’s fourth in the intimate 200-seat venue at 1000 K St. in Sacramento, will feature the hysterical Broadway parody, “Forbidden Broadway,” the highly caffeinated comedy, “Triple Espresso,” and the smash relationship hit musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The 2012 Cabaret season opens Wednesday, Jan. 25 […]

Al Stewart to perform at Harlow’s

Legendary songwriter and Scottish folk rocker, Al Stewart comes to Harlow’s in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec.18, accompanied by guitarist Dave Nachmanoff. Well-known for songs such as, “The Year of the Cat,” Times Passages” and “Nostradamus,” Stewart’s music comes across as something akin to “sung” paintings, mixing topicality, a command of detail and imagery, and distinctive […]

SFJAZZ Collective comes to the Mondavi Center

SFJAZZ, the leading nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast, has announced that alto saxophonist Antonio Hart will substitute for original SFJAZZ Collective member Miguel Zenón, who will take paternity leave for the birth of his first child. The SFJAZZ Collective will perform at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC […]

Santa rides the rails

When his reindeer are resting, St. Nick uses clean, reliable electric railways to get around. Meet Santa at the Western Railway Museum in Solano County on Dec. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  and plan to take a lot of photos. Reigning Miss Solano 2011, Julianna Johnson, will visit the Western Railway Museum on […]

‘Posada Navidena’ coming to Three Stages

SACRAMENTO — Continuing in a grand tradition, Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento announces the annual holiday “Posada Navideña” set for Friday, Dec. 23 at Three Stages, at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents a rainbow of shimmering color and a festival of vibrant sound in this […]

Thursday is a special day at the Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum continues its popular evening program series “Thursdays to 9″ with a dynamic lineup of film screenings, performances, art happenings and collaborations with regional arts groups. On the first Thursday of the month, the Crocker hosts Film Frame. Presented in collaboration with local festivals and organizations, films relate to the Crocker’s exhibitions […]

‘Bingo, the Winning Musical’ is offering special tickets

SACRAMENTO — The Cosmopolitan Cabaret is offering a limited amount of $20 tickets on select performances to see “Bingo, the Winning Musical.* Tickets are for the play that will be performed at Cosmopolitan Cabaret at 1000 K St. is only $20. Evening performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at […]

Judy Chicago exhibit opens at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present a career-spanning exhibition of the work of artist and feminist Judy Chicago in “Surveying Judy Chicago: 1970–2010.” Chicago’s convention-shattering approach to provocative themes and diverse media is explored in this exhibit of 29 works. The exhibition will be on view at the Crocker from March 3 through May 13. […]

Edgar Payne’s scenic journey at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present a career-spanning retrospective of the work of Edgar Payne (1883–1947), one of the most gifted of California’s early plein air artists, in the exhibition “Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey.” This exhibition features nearly 100 paintings and drawings, as well as photographs and objects from the artist’s studio. The exhibition […]

New Crocker exhibition explores the art of angling

The Crocker Art Museum will present a new exhibition exploring the unique relationship between artists and fishing in “Fishing Lines: Etching and Engraving from the Gary Widman Collection.” Featuring 60 prints from the 16th century to the present, the exhibition will be on view March 3 through May 13, 2012. From anglers on Rembrandt’s riverbanks […]

‘Matter + Spirit’ to show at de Young Museum

Approximately 55 ceramic and bronze works spanning the career of sculptor Stephen De Staebler (1933–2011) will be installed in the American art galleries at the de Young Museum from Jan. 14 to April 22. “Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler” and its accompanying monograph commemorate the life and work of the renowned […]

Cowboy poetry fans to gather in Elko

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering — the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions — will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, in Elko, Nev. The gathering is as much about the music of the West as it is about its poetry, and this year’s event boasts an […]

‘Christmas Wishes’ for Sam LaCara’s family

Book review Book: “Christmas Wishes: a collection of holiday tales and truths” Author: Various authors Publisher: CreateSpace, December 2011, 84 pages Available: e-book and print version, In February of this year, Louisiana Schnell School principal Sam LaCara was murdered, leaving behind his wife, Lisa and three daughters, Brittany, Carly and Samantha. This is the first […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 3 Replies

At a glance: Keep things from tilting

The Tilt-a-Whirl trademark was registered on this date in 1926. It remains a big favorite at every fair and carnival to this day. Sometimes the holidays can seem like a Tilt-a-Whirl ride, but remember to enjoy the season and spend time with family and friends. There are also all kinds of neat things to do. […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Sac State students get ready for commencement

More than 2,500 California State University, Sacramento students will be eligible to walk across the stage during winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, at Power Balance Pavilion. Friday ceremonies: • Noon — College of Business Administration • 3 p.m. — College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics • 5:30 p.m. — College […]

Scouts sail the Sacramento River

On a Saturday in November a group of Cub and Webelo Scouts from Packs 86 (Lotus/Coloma) and 117 (Cameron Park/Shingle Springs) boarded the Hawaiian Chieftain Sailing Ship in Old Sacramento. From 2 to 5 p.m. they sailed upon the Sacramento River, activating the drawbridge to allow the ship passage (the ship still only clears the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Master Gardener: Beat the winter blues with some reading

The shorter days of winter are here and for gardeners, that translates into not being able to get outside as much. This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the latest information related to home gardening from the University of California. Web articles and books published by University of California Agriculture and […]

As we were: New buyers for the Bayley House

25 Years ago Dec. 12, 1986 Bayley House deal being negotiated A proposal to purchase and renovate the historic Bayley House near Pilot Hill is being negotiated between El Dorado County and Ted and Justine Wentworth, owners of Ice House Resort. Wentworths have offered to buy the house and 9.33 acres of land for an undisclosed price. […]

Sac State library shines in the ‘Afterglow’ of art

A 40-year-old West Coast art movement that is still inspiring artists is explored in “Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art,” a free exhibit running now and through Feb. 25 in the California State University, Sacramento Library Gallery. Curated by Melissa Feldman, a writer and correspondent for “Art in America,” the exhibit identifies California’s brand […]

Santa’s helpers at Toys for Tots need donations

In December toy boxes can be found at businesses and community events throughout El Dorado County. The boxes are part of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, now in its 31st year in El Dorado County and 64th year across the United States. In Placerville last week Sue Henderson supervised two large trucks filled […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Soul sisters: Cimorelli rocks the charts

Right now the sisters in the group Cimorelli feel like a million bucks … perhaps because “Million Bucks,” the title of their first original single, has caught the attention of music lovers on iTunes. It could also have something to do with the fact that their first EP, “The CimFam EP,” charted internationally on iTunes […]

‘Tankborn’ is science fiction dystopia for young adults

Book review Book: “Tankborn” Author: Karen Sandler Publisher: TU Books, 2011, 370 pages Cost: Hardback, $17.95 Ages: 12 and up With “Tankborn,” readers enter a whole new world — one with genetically engineered slaves at the bottom of a rigid caste system of trueborns and  lowborns on a planet with sewer toads and eight-legged rat-snakes. Everyone has […]

Foothill gourmet: Two scrumptious Thanksgiving dinners 1212

We had not one, but two fabulous Thanksgiving dinners. Now, I have new recipes that you can use for future holiday dinners. Read the recipes over and decide, if you want to try them. For me, I’ll be sure to make my sister’s spinach cheese casserole and Ivana’s creamed corn, plus, my favorite — wild […]

Check out the action in Lake Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. — The 10th annual Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. This will feature glimpses from the best action sports films of the year, covering the spectrum of adventure including skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, skating, mountain biking, base jumping and other heart […]

Gold Country Artists present ‘Small Wonders’

Gold Country Artists Gallery is celebrating the Christmas season with its very popular “Small Wonders” show. This special exhibit runs through Jan. 1. In its third year, this display of miniature paintings and other small but masterful artworks produced by the members of the Gold Country Artists Gallery are on display in a gigantic patchwork […]

Mother Lode Friends of Music sponsors competition

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music, has announced the dates of its sixth biennial competition for young musicians. The audition, opened to qualified young musicans,will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Sutter Creek Theater in Sutter Creek. The competition is open to all young musicians pursuing […]

Eagle Scout Bacchi rebuilds base for historical monument

Forrest Bacchi of Boy Scout Troop 700 of Rescue that is part of the Golden Council Empire, performed his Eagle Scout project in rebuilding the base of the California Historical Monument near the intersection of Green Valley and Deer Valley roads in Rescue. The monument is in front of the Rescue Roadhouse. The original marker was first […]

Tickets now on sale for ‘Wicked’

Tickets for “Wicked,” the most anticipated musical production of the 2011-12 Broadway Sacramento season are now on sale. “Wicked” will make its Sacramento premiere May 23 – June 17, 2012 at the Community Center Theater. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is one Sunday […]