Local artists to paint in Markleeville Plein Air Event

Three local artists will paint in the Markleeville Plein Air Event. Thaleia Georgiades, Mike Bagdonas and Randall Tillery take their easels to Markleeville and will paint along with 12 other artists who will capture the beauty of Alpine Count and also Hope Valley. From June 21 to 25 the public is invited to the Markleeville […]

Poetry benefit reading at Crocker

On Friday evening, July 15, an all-star cast of poets will take the spotlight in a benefit poetry reading at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento. The lineup includes Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Cathy Park Hong, Major Jackson, Sharon Olds, and special guest Galway Kinnell. Proceeds from the evening will endow the […]

Nickel fares at Western Railway Museum

School’s out. To celebrate the return of summer, the Western Railway Museum is expanding its public hours and offering a deal that can’t be beat: nickel fares. Continuing thorough Sept. 5, the museum will be open five days per week: Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will also be open […]

John Martin rocks the Market

“Come back, baby. Rock and roll never forgets” — That line out of a Bob Seger song could have been written about John Martin. On Friday afternoon, June 17, Martin will take listeners on a voyage of discovery that pushes the bounds of instrumental guitar rock. An instrumentalist of formidable talent, Martin begins with the […]

Hangtown Harmonica Championship seeks entries

Harmonica players, it’s time to step up and strut those harmonica skills to win prizes and bragging rights for the rest of the year. On Saturday, June 25, the El Dorado County Visitors Authority and the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club have joined forces to present “Cowboys and Cornbread,” featuring the Hangtown Harmonica Championship and Chili […]

Stepping out: Rafferty’s Candies is full of sweet treats

“Anyone who uses the phrase ‘easy as taking candy from a baby’ has never tried taking candy from a baby.” — Author unknown Rafferty’s Candies Last week I received a call from my long-time friend, Rick Siegel of Shoestring fame. He owned Shoestring in Placerville, before selling it to his sister, Debbie, and now his […]

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Save a horse, ride a mechanical bull

An All About Equine Animal Rescue Spring Fundraiser is being hosted at the El Dorado Saloon in El Dorado Hills on Thursday, June 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be great food, a bull riding contest and prizes. Bull riding for all ages is $3 each with all proceeds to benefit AAE. There […]

Suds, music and fun pour onto Main Street

Belltower Brewfest entertainment How many towns dress up their historic monument in the center of town to look like a beer stein? Not too many. The Placerville Downtown Association pulls out all the stops to promote the Belltower Brewfest, now in its 11th year. The iconic Belltower gets “all dressed up” for the event. What […]

Nano beer has a big taste

What: Belltower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association, Rotary Club of Placerville and Powell’s Steamer Co. and Pub Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 25, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $30 per person Information: 530-672-3436 or placervilledowntown.com The Belltower Brewfest is Saturday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. along Main Street in Placerville. […]

Give Dad a Poppy Pack

Tired of giving your father the same old gifts for Father’s Day? Ditch the tools and ties and treat your father to some “big Fun” at the California State Fair, July 14 – 31. This year’s State Fair bargain package is an opportunity for dad to get out and enjoy a summer day with the […]

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Grow For It! Using color in the landscape

Many have said that designing a garden is like painting a picture. Colors, shapes, structures, textures and light all combine to create something that is pleasing to the eye or produces a desired effect. Using the painting analogy to consider the impact of color is useful for landscape design. Landscaping with color Consider first the […]

Entrepreneurial spirit

Students at Pinewood School in Pollock Pines use creativity and logic to create inventions for Thomas Edison Day. The day futures the inventors with their devices and supporting paperwork. The students also demonstrate the purpose of the invention to attentive listeners.

At a glance: Happy birthday

It is Arkansas’ birthday today. In 1836 Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union. The state flower is the apple blossom and the state tree is the pine. Arkansas has beautiful forests and waterways making recreation a big thing. Good grilling The residents of Arkansas also like to grill and would enjoy going […]

High school district registration information

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2011–12 school year. School will start on Aug. 8. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times of your school. El Dorado and Vista High School The counseling office will be closed for summer break from June 20 […]

As we were: Art video to help Impressionists

25 Years ago June 18, 1986 Lights! Camera! Action! AM Video Productions, in conjunction with Schultz/Ellis Associates of Santa Clara, is producing an art video workshop for in-home use, with local Placerville artist Anita Wolff as the instructor. The production crew spent the better part of three days in early June filming the video classes […]

Don’t TP that tree—donate a roll instead

It’s the little things that count. Toilet paper might seem like one of those little things, but not having to purchase it can make a big difference to non-profit organizations. On June 16, United Way California Capital Region will hold its third annual United Toilet Paper Drive with the goal of collecting rolls of toilet […]

World-class talent is scheduled for community concerts

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association, the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County, has been bringing world-class entertainment to the county for 60 years. The association relies on memberships to present the concerts and a limited number of memberships are still available. The association is continuing its annual membership drive through July. The El […]

Learn about the artistry of applique

The public is invited to “Unlocking the Artistry of Applique” on Tuesday, June 14, at noon at a luncheon presentation by the Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection (sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries). The luncheon and program is at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, and is catered by Diane Wilkinson with a new […]

Shenandoah invites community input on virtual learning

After becoming El Dorado County’s first public charter high school in 2002, Shenandoah High School, located at 6540 Koki Lane in Diamond Springs, has produced nine years of successful young leaders through its rigorous and innovative curriculum. Looking to progress even further towards a learning system that reaches all students with a range of different […]

Foothill gourmet: A great time with Alton Brown

As I promised, today’s column includes my report on the group seminar with Alton Brown at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. When on vacation, we watch him on the food network and enjoy his shows. We first saw him on “Good Eats” and later as the Food Network host for the “Iron Chef” show. Brown was […]

Classical masters festival debuts at Three Stages

The Classical Masters Music Festival is pleased to announce its inaugural festival will take place on June 10-12, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. Exceptional world-class musicians are coming to the region and music-lovers are invited to enjoy an impressive three days filled with concerts, competitions, film screenings, lectures and 65 young musicians. Exciting […]

Wild West rendezvous in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 28th annual Carson City Rendezvous, the area’s largest special event, returns June 10 – 12 to celebrate the wild west and Civil War era history. The 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s presidential inauguration is just one of many new events for the free three-day Civil War-era living history set […]

10 bands, five hours, $5, one cause

EL DORADO HILLS — Crimson Sky, a local family friendly progressive rock band, growing in statewide popularity, has teamed up with Courage to Be You Inc. (C2BU), to present Concert 4 Courage, an evening to benefit Courage to Be You Inc. The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 […]

Annual race to benefit the arts

What: 13th annual Race for the Arts Where: William Land Park, Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento When: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 a.m. Anyone who enjoys theater, dance, music, art — and exercise — won’t want to miss the 13th annual “Race for the Arts” celebration of the arts and the outdoors on Aug. 27. […]

Studio art courses this Summer at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, teens and adults during the museum’s summer session of studio art and art history courses. Classes are designed for a range of skill levels and led by skilled teaching artists. Summer art experiences for children are particularly bountiful with week-long classes offered in […]

Rain date set for Jackie Greene concert

Due to unseasonably severe weather, and in the best interest of the musicians and audience members, Fairytale Town postponed the June 4, Jackie Greene concert to Sunday, June 26. “We greatly appreciate the kindness and flexibility of Jackie Greene, his band members and management, and our audience in making this decision,” said Kathy Fleming, Fairytale […]

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery celebrates first year

The public is invited to join the artists at the Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery first anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 12. See the artwork, visit with the artists, and linger in the rose garden listening to the music of Kathryn Costigan, Marion Cole, Mignon Geli and Tom Gilchrist. This event is open to […]

Come to the beach party at Cameron Oaks

Grab a beach chair and umbrella and come join the fun at the Cameron Oaks Shopping Center for a Community Family Event on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event for all ages will have merchant booths, prize drawings, food, beverages, entertainment, live music and a car show. In the spirit […]

Cruise over to Christa McAuliffe Park

Cool cars, great music and perfect car show weather are on tap Saturday, June 11, for the 13th annual Foothill Cruiser Car Show. The day of fun is at Christa McAuliffe Park in Cameron Park and is free. This is a classic car and hot rod show, with some newer models as well, is free to […]

Banners fly high on Main

The sun is shining and the banners are on display again along Main Street in Placerville. The public art project “Banners on Parade 2011″  features 31 painted banners. Twenty-eight are hanging on the light poles and three are on the Bell Tower. For the seventh year the Gold Country Artists Gallery and the Placerville Downtown Association are […]

Stepping out: Papa Murphy’s pizza is a winner

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” — Dave Barry Papa Murphy’s I like pizza, especially the ones that you can cook at home. Hot from the […]

Classic country music at the Market

Bob and Shirley bring the sounds of classic country music to the stage at the Market this Friday, June 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Recent arrivals to Placerville, Bob and Shirley are quickly building a local following since moving to the area from Southern California. If you were “country when country wasn’t cool,” you’ll […]

Performance to raise money for co-op

On Friday, June 10, Alli Battaglia and The Musical Brewing Co. will be performing at the Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The show will start around 8 p.m. and will cost $10 at the door. The band has teamed up with the Placerville Food Co-Op in an effort to help the co-op in […]

Jeffrey Halford is feelin’ Folsom

FOLSOM — It doesn’t seem like there could be a straight line between Dallas and San Francisco any more than there could be a direct connection between being an architectural student and learning to play guitar and sing on the mean streets of Chinatown and Union Square — until you hear Jeffrey Halford and it […]

Barbecue and auction to benefit charities

The Human Concerns Global Outreach Ministry invites the public to a Benefit Barbecue and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Social Center, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive, El Dorado Hills. The dinner will be a half barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green salad, rolls and […]

Placerville Doctor Featured in New Film

Placerville physician Dr. Martin Welsh died  in October 2010, but the way he lived during his six year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the subject of a new film,”Consider the Conversation,” making its debut at Three Stages in Folsom on Monday, June 13. Welsh practiced medicine in Placerville for 23 years, retiring in […]

Rev it up and let it ride during Hot August Nights

Classic chrome polished cars, rock ‘n’ roll and Lake Tahoe will make for a Hot August Nights to remember, Aug. 6-9 at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, the host site for one of the area’s big summer events (montbleuresort.com). The South Lake Tahoe leg of the famed Northern Nevada car show arrives at 6,225 feet […]

Alan Jackson returns to Ironstone

Alan Jackson is returning to Ironstone Amphitheatre at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys, for the Ironstone’s 2011 Concert Season. He will be in concert on Friday, Aug. 26. The organizers at Ironstone are thrilled to have this country music superstar return. His show at Ironstone in 2009 sold out in advance, and was one of the most […]

Learn to paint like the masters

Do you love realistic style paintings like the “Mona Lisa” or the works of William Bougeureau? Do you wonder how the artist can create such beautiful images? Do you prefer the section of the art museum that features the works of the Renaissance masters? Have you ever had the desire to create such beautiful works […]

Fairytale Town rounds up western entertainmentwestern june 11

Hitch up the wagon and mosey on over to Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, for its annual fundraiser, “Humpty’s Western Round-Up” on Saturday, June 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. Every good cowboy can rope a steer, but a great cowboy can delight the crowds with whirling roping tricks. Watch as trick roper, James […]

Cantare Chorale presents summer concert

Following the cancellation of Cantare Chorale’s spring concert due to a May snow storm in Pollock Pines, a new date has been set for the summer concert and “Everything is still Coming Up Roses.” This song is from the broadway play “Gypsy” written by Stephen Sondheim. To highlight this and many more show tunes, Cantare […]

Concert to benefit Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, welcomes the return of two-time Grammy Award winning artist Mary Youngblood with Sisters of the Earth and the Old West Trio on Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. Silver Wave Records says, “… Mary Youngblood has always had the talent to stand out above the crowd, and with […]

Barbera fest is Saturday, June 11

The 2011 Barbera Festival is Saturday, June 11. The festival is an outdoor wine and food event focusing on barbera wines at Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley alongside celebrated barbera vines. More than 60 wineries will pour and restaurants and caterers will be offering gourmet food. There will be live music, art and artisan crafts to enjoy […]

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2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel

It was 1998 when Ford revamped its heavy duty truck line and brought us the Super Duty. A big burly truck that was meant for working and not the faint of heart. With its huge diesel it could move your entire home just by wrapping the home with an anchor chain and dragging it behind […]

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Special Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Building

All active duty personnel, military recruiters, veterans and their families, friends and the public are invited to celebrate “Flag Day” on Tuesday, June 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The veterans organizations of El Dorado County have purchased and installed new flag poles for the National Flag, POW-MIA, California State […]