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 […]

Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite celebrates 90th anniversary

YOSEMITE — Evergreen Lodge, a classic mountain resort located on the western border of Yosemite National Park, announces it will celebrate its 90th anniversary with guest packages, special menus, historical activities, a themed New Year’s celebration and commemorative mementos. Originally developed in 1921 to serve the crews building the O’Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy, the […]

Falcon’s Eye Theatre to hold auditions for fall production

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College calls for actors from the community to audition Sept. 6 for its fall production of “The Good Person of Szechwan,” Bertolt Brecht’s engaging parable. A young woman, who is forced into prostitution by poverty, is rewarded handsomely after opening her home to three visiting gods. By disproving […]

Reserve a booth at Saturday Night in the Park

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District are presenting Saturday Night in the Park. The family fun evening is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Park, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. This annual event brings more than 5,000 locals for delicious food, […]

Fun run for Breastfeeding Coalition

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. To celebrate, the Breastfeeding Coalition of El Dorado County is having its first fun run and fun day in the park called, “Off to a Great Start.” On Saturday, Aug. 6 there will be a non-competitive 5K and 10K fun run/walk in Garden Valley Park beginning […]

At a glance: Three Stages is terrific

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is launching its first full season after a super successful opening. The magnificent regional performing arts facility opened last February and presented a varied line up. For those who have not attended an event or performance at Three Stages, put it on the “must […]

Grow for it: Greenhouse — Things to consider

Are you thinking about getting a greenhouse or building a cold frame or a “lean-to” that attaches to the side of the house? There are many types and styles on the market. You’ll find ready-made structures, kits to build your own, and Websites with detailed step-by-step instructions; you might even build your structure by recycling […]

As we were: Budget wishes granted by BOS

25 Years ago Aug. 4, 1986 AAA wins budget requests The Area Agency on Aging was granted everything it wanted in a budget hearing last Monday before the El Dorado County Supervisors; it will get $24,415 more than the county chief administrator, Kent Taylor, recommended … The agency provides meals for elderly residents of the […]

Art patronage starts young at Crocker

At the Crocker Art Museum, a child is never too young to start learning about art. Adding to their already existing children’s programs, the Crocker Art Museum now has even more opportunities for children age 5 and under to experience this fine arts institution. The museum launched its two new features, Story Trail and Tot […]

August Senior Nutrition Menu

The following is the August Senior Nutrition Menu for El Dorado County — a nice place to dine serving the over 60 crowd. The suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years or older. Lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm. Menus are subject to change without notice. For more information call one of the […]

‘Plots and Pots’ grows more than flowers

Fifty years ago seven ladies from Pollock Pines started the “Plot and Pot Club.” Meeting in various kitchens, their focus was to support a permanent library in Pollock Pines. They held book and bake sales to purchase books for the newly built library and swapped plants for their gardens. After a few years of contributing […]

Master Food Preservers: Pickles, relishes and sauerkraut

What is a pickle? The answer to the question, according to the Master Food Preserver handout, is that a “… pickle is any fruit, vegetable or meat preserved in vinegar or brine. Brine pickles are products fermented in salt brine. Relishes are prepared using chopped products and cooked in a spicy vinegar solution. Fruit pickles […]

Wine tasting at the Main Street Farmers Market

Wednesday night, Aug. 31, the El Dorado County Farm Trails will be sponsoring a wine tasting event at the Main Street Farmers Market. The organization would like to extend an invitation to all the wine lovers to stop by the Wednesday night Main Street Farmers Market and taste some local wines. There will be live […]

Learn about fall and winter vegetables

The UCCE/El Dorado County Master Gardener class on Saturday, Aug. 6, is about “Fall and Winter Vegetables.” The class is from 9 a.m. to noon in the El Dorado County Government Center hearing room in building c, 2850 Fairlane in Placerville. Attendees will learn how to continue to harvest luscious, home-grown vegetables even after the […]

Heavenly news: Old faithfuls of the night sky — summer and fall meteor showers

Did you know that there are 11 meteor showers visible every year, each reappearing on the same unique dates? That’s right. These falling heavenly bodies are frequently called “shooting stars” or “falling stars” and always get a “wow” from night sky viewers. These are not “stars” but are composed of icy, dusty debris scattered along […]

It will be jamming at Tahoe River Ranch on Aug. 4

Renegade Productions presents Great American Taxi, one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, at River Ranch Lodge, in Tahoe City on Thursday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance. This 21 and over venue is a great place to have dinner before the show […]

Jazz it up with hot music at a cool place

Saturday, July 30, at Zia’s, 310 Main St. in Placerville, will be the place to hear hot Gypsey jazz by Jazz Gitan from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jazz Gitan is back by popular and is a jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of Gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli during their domination […]

‘Soul’ plays at Zia’s on Friday

Frankie “Soul” Rodriguez is playing at Zia’s, 310 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, July 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. He has been playing music in the Northern California area for 22 years and has appeared on stage opening shows for such noted acts as Tower of Power, Elvin Bishop, Robin Trower, Lydia Pense […]

Flea market to support Imagination Theater

The supporters of Imagination Theater are invited to sell or buy used items at an open air flea market parking lot junktique sale on Saturday, July 30, at Inter County Title Company at the corner of Main Street and Cedar Ravine in Placerville. Arrival for setup is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. with closing from 1 to […]

Patrice Pike celebrates CD release at the Coz

Award-winning Austin singer and songwriter Patrice Pike returns to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. This time she has a full band in tow. Pike is touring in celebration of a new live CD recorded on tour in the Sierra foothills last year. The bonus track “Under […]

Stepping out: Summer is ‘wow’ at the Sierra Nevada House

“What you eat standing up doesn’t count.” — Beth Barnes  Sierra Nevada House summer menu Three of us had the opportunity last week to try several items from the Sierra Nevada House summer menu, along with a couple of specials they were serving that day. As far as I am concerned, since owner Howard Penn hired […]

Three Stages presents something for everyone

The first full season of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College builds on the success of the regional performing arts center’s spring productions. The $50 million arts venue opened on Feb. 11 with “A Chorus Line,” and continued with a wide variety of performances that attracted 40,000 patrons with ticket sales of more than $1 […]

Truckee presents arts and crafts

TRUCKEE — The 4th annual Historic Downtown Truckee Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates art in the outdoors Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31. Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, this free event will give visitors the chance to meet with more than 45 award-winning artists and crafts people showcasing a wide variety of […]

Keb Mo returns to South Lake Tahoe

Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Keb Mo returns with “The Reflection” on Aug. 2. He’s performing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Aug. 13. The highly-anticipated collection is his first studio release since his 2006 album, “Suitcase,” and also marks the first on his newly formed record label Yolabelle International in association with Ryko and […]

Silver Screen Classic Movies presents ‘The Seven Year Itch’

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the 1955 comedy “The Seven Year Itch.” Marilyn Monroe’s 23rd movie tells the story of a married man alone for the summer except for his nubile upstairs neighbor. The movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of […]

Live comedy at Carson Valley Inn

Live Comedy returns to the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, July 30, with headliner Dennis Blair, feature performer Lang Parker and host/MC Kenny Bob Davis. The show is in the up-close setting of the Valley Ballroom with doors opening at 7:45 p.m. and the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Show tickets are $12.50; there are […]

Summer concerts continue in EDH

Town Center Live on the Boulevard continues its series of free outdoor concerts every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 22, spotlighting a mix of musical genres at the Steven Young Amphitheater on Town Center Boulevard. “I believe this year’s concert series will grow even more, just because of the big names we’re […]

Todd Paul is back at Sequoia

Sequoia’s Comedy Showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 3, features Todd Paul. Paul is one of the most sought-after acts in comedy today. He has headlined in major comedy clubs across the country. His Vegas show “Fear and Laughing in Las Vegas” ran for a year and a half to rave reviews. His oddball act fuses hilarious […]

Walking among the haunted in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Aberrations await and spirits linger during a two-hour walking tour Aug. 20 and Sept. 24 through the historic district of Carson City. History and storytelling are the orders of the day on this tour through Victorian-style homes and neighborhoods, where reality and legend come together, leaving ghost walkers to wonder what is […]

Amador County Fair features eclectic entertainment

Where else but the Amador County Fair can people meet a Captain of the Bering Sea, a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon, or a trendy young band from LA with a name like Arrest My Sister? Fairgoers can taste fine award-winning wines with the Amador Winegrowers on Friday night, or hoist […]

Visit Placer County wineries during ‘Grape Days of Summer’

PLACER COUNTY — Placer County Vintners Association (PCVA) announces Grape Days of Summer on the Placer County Wine Trail, taking place Aug. 6 and 7, in Lincoln, Auburn and Newcastle. A “Mediterranean Sojourn” theme takes participants to seven participating wineries along the Placer County Wine Trail where Mediterranean wine, food and culture are the highlights […]

Visit the parks at EDAC book launch

There will be a “Permanent Vacation” book launch at the El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, July 29. The book launch is from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a chance to meet the authors, enjoy wine, treats and good company. The story offers 19 thought-provoking essays about life in the national […]

Paul Reubens brings Pee-wee to the Mondavi

DAVIS — Paul Reubens, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark television show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” will make his Mondavi Center debut on Saturday, Dec. 3. The spoken word engagement, presented as a “just added” event for the 2011-12 season, will begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for […]

Wild and Scenic film fest seeks entries

NEVADA CITY — The Wild and Scenic Film Festival announces its annual call for entries, open now through the submission deadline of Sept. 30. The 10th annual festival takes place January 13-15, 2012, in downtown Nevada City. The largest festival of its kind in the United States, Wild and Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure […]

Wine, walk and shop in Truckee

TRUCKEE — The eighth annual downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. This annual favorite event brings visitors to shop and stroll in historic Truckee while indulging in some of the finest vintages and varieties matched with scrumptious food samples prepared by chefs representing the […]

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At a glance: Condiments can make the meal

On this date July 27, 1900, H.J. Heinz Co. was incorporated. Thanks to the many folks at Heinz for ketchup, pickles, relish and all the good things for summer picnics. Fair fun  There will be all kinds of condiments at the Amador County Fair in Plymouth, July 28-31. There are all kinds of neat things […]

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Turn on the lights, the party is starting

Turn on the porch light and help celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as El Dorado County gears up for a night of fellowship and fun designed to pull neighborhoods together to fight back against crime. Pollock Pines From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinewood School is the center of National Night Out action […]

Grow For It!: The origins of the English cottage garden

This landscape style is rooted in medieval England when peasants were tied to the land where they were born. It was the practice of the Lord of the Manor to provide his serfs with a cottage in or near the village on his estate, usually surrounded by a narrow strip of land. The most common […]

As we were: Concert to benefit Sierra West Search and Rescue

25 Years ago July 30, 1986 Sierra West group brings C&W concert Sierra West Search and Rescue is sponsoring a country western music concert on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows being held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds will feature headliner Joe Stampley and his Double Shot Band. Stampley, along with Mo […]

National Peace Corps launches essay contest

Contest to focus on generating small business enterprise solutions to fight poverty The National Peace Corps Association, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, announced today it will launch a worldwide essay contest with Seven Fund called the “Enterprise Solutions to Global Poverty Essay Contest.” “This is […]