Three stages presents 100 years of Broadway

FOLSOM — Take five dazzling Broadway stars — including the woman who has performed the female lead for “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway longer than any other actress in the show’s 23 year history — and add an all-star Broadway band performing favorite songs from the best-loved musicals in history, and there you […]

Fire on the Mountain fest is full of activities

The 37th Anniversary Fire on the Mountain — Sonora Christmas Festival 2011 is Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Nov. 25; Saturday, Nov. 26; and Sunday, Nov. 27. The festival opens at 10 a.m. each day at the Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora. It is a time for a great Christmas Festival filled with magic and an […]

Flamenco from Madrid comes to Three Stages

FOLSOM — From his days as first dancer in Compañía Española de Antonio Márquez to his sensational tour of the U.S. in 2008, Jose Porcel has been an electric presence in the world of flamenco. From Madrid, Spain, Jose Porcel’s own company of eight dancers, two singers, and four musicians will bring the vitality, color, […]

Eddie Palmieri brings his salsa orchestra to Three Stages

FOLSOM — Winner of nine Grammy Awards, from the first Grammy awarded in the Latin field to Simpatico in 2006, Eddie Palmieri is a consummate musician. Three Stages is honored to join in the celebration of Palmieri’s 75th birthday just 10 days before the fact, when Palmieri will bring a full salsa orchestra for his Three […]

Stephen Stills shows he still has it at San Francisco concert

SAN FRANCISCO — Dipping into a time-tested catalog performed back at the legendary 1969 Woodstock concert, singer-songwriter/guitarist Stephen Stills brought the classic rock to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom last Friday with a two-hour set down memory lane. Playing just mere miles from Haight Ashbury, Stills spread the nostalgia to the old hippies, ex-hippies and everyone […]

Free admission at Fairytale Town on Friday

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, is offering free admission to families who bring a canned or packaged good for donation on Friday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weather permitting. Fairytale Town is serving as a donation site for the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Holiday Spirit of Giving Food […]

Jackson welcomes the holiday season

Gather up the family, invite your friends and neighbors, and join the community as the spirit of the holidays brightens downtown Jackson at California’s annual Christmas Delights Open House on the evenings of  Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26. Friday evening, families can take photos with Great Pyrenees dogs at the Jackson Fire Station, […]

Annual Elizabethan Family Celebration and Feast commemorates the holidayse

What: Elizabethan Family Celebration and Feast Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: Shakespeare Clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. Information: 530-676-3749 On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Placerville Shakespeare Club is presenting its 19th annual Elizabethan Family Celebration and Feast at the clubhouse, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The celebration gets underway at 5 p.m. […]

George Cole Quintet swings into Sutter Creek

The George Cole Quintet is playing at the Nov. 26: Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. Ticket are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. San Francisco’s own national touring act George Cole Quintet continues to blow audiences away from coast to coast with its […]

Candy Cane Lane is all lit up

Candy Cane Lane, a custom outdoor drive-thru holiday display at the Carson Valley Inn will be lit up for nightly viewing starting Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 24. Highlighted by thousands of seasonal lights, Candy Cane Lane is a variety of scenes with people and traditional characters and images getting ready for Christmas — a visual salute […]

Whiskey Dawn in concert at Red Hawk

Rising new country buzz band Whiskey Dawn, recently featured on the Oxygen Network, is perform a special concert at Red Hawk Casino, Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26. Whiskey Dawn made its national television debut on Oprah Winfrey’s new Oxygen Network in October when they were featured in […]

Gold Step presents family Thanksgiving Concert

Gold Step Studios, 617 Main St. in Placerville, is having a special family post-Thanksgiving Concert with Placerville’s favorite, Johnny Mojo and Friends. The event is Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. Johnny Mojo and the Rusty Buckets, along with some special guests will provide the perfect way to work off all the extra turkey and trimmings. […]

Thanksgiving Extravaganza rocks at Cozmic

The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, is having the 10th annual “Day after Thanksgiving Extravaganza” on Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. The extravaganza features San Similar, Flannel and Old Hangtown. San Similar is the modern-indie rock project of Placerville-based singer, songwriter (and bartender) Scott Sowa. The group has recorded three full-length albums and plays clubs […]

Stepping out: This Hoosegow has great service and food

“Chili represents your three stages of matter: solid, liquid and eventually gas.” — From the TV show “Roseanne” (1992) Hoosegow It had been a very long time since I had visited the Hoosegow, 2884 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, in the back of the building next to Raley’s in Placerville. “Cleverly Hidden in the Back” […]

Paul Cockrell photography show this weekend

Paul Cockrell Photography will hold its sixth annual Thanksgiving Weekend Open Studio Art Show and Sale at his studio and gallery in Placerville. The studio and gallery are an old farmhouse on five acres that is filled with art and local antique implements. The studio will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, […]

The tradition continues

During the Vietnam War in the mid-1960s, the trees alongside Highway 50 in Placerville were lit during Christmas in honor of those serving in the war, both local and from out of the area. The tradition continued after the war ended and from that time to the mid-1980s, the trees continued to be decorated with lights […]

Lights will be brightly shining

What: Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Main Street When: Friday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: Admission is free Information: 530-672-3436 or or e-mail For El Dorado County residents who are planning their Black Friday shopping during the day or maybe cutting down the Christmas tree, […]

Experience holiday magic at Town Center

The holiday season officially kicks off in El Dorado Hills Town Center with a full calendar of community events to celebrate the season. “We are officially rolling out the red carpet on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a visit from Santa and our annual holiday tree lighting,” said Natalie Buerki of El Dorado Hills Town Center. […]

At a glance: Music and fun for the holidays

On this date in 1889 the first juke box was installed in San Francisco at the Palais Royal Hotel. It was known as the nickel in the slot machine because a coin operated slot was installed on an Edison phonograph. The songs must have been a big hit. In the first six months of operation […]

‘Dog Friendly Trails for All Seasons’ is full of friendly information

Book review Book: “Dog Friendly Trails for All Seasons in California’s Foothills and Sierra Nevada” Author: Debbi Preston Publisher: AuthorHouse, March 2011, 194 pages Cost: Soft cover, $16 “Dog Friendly Trails for All Seasons” is a well-organized, chock-full-of-information trail book written by a person who has personally hiked every one of the trails listed with her […]

As we were: Memories recorded at tea

25 Years ago Nov. 24, 1986 Stella Tracy honored at docent tea “Remembering Stella Tracy” was the theme of a tea on Nov. 14 given by the newly-formed El Dorado County Society Docent Group and El Dorado Memories at the home of Reba Trask. Stella Tracy, niece of William Ralston of Comstock Lode fame and wife […]

‘Tis the season … for giving

What: Toy drive Who: Remi Vista Inc. Youth and Family Services in El Dorado Hills Where: California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills Town Center When: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Dec. 12 Information: Call 916-941-8812 or visit […]

Red Hawk Casino receives state-wide award

In September at the Annual Child Support Director’s Association’s Training Conference and Expo in Sacramento, the Red Hawk Casino was honored as the Child Support Program’s Employer of the Year. This award recognizes an employer (public or private, local, state or national employer) that has improved the lives of children and families in California by […]

Master Food Preservers: Healthy chips for smart snacking

It is all about the crunch. Yes, everyone enjoys snacking, and the crunch of chips satisfies much better than, say, a plate of steamed vegetables. Yet we all agree that most crunchy snacks come loaded with unhealthy oils, sugars and other additives. The time has come to break out the dehydrator and take charge of […]

Master Food Preservers: Stock up during the holidays

With the holiday season just around the corner, plans begin for the upcoming holiday feast. For many, a golden brown, moist and succulent turkey with all the trimmings fits the bill. After the feast is over and the dishes are washed, however, what could possibly lure anyone back into the kitchen? Stock is the reason, […]

Grow For It! Fall lawn care tips

Lawns are child and pet friendly, and a well cared for lawn really highlights a flower garden all year. The key to low-maintenance lawns is using best practices to reduce the need for and cost of pesticides, herbicides and water. Following is a watering and fertilizing guide to prepare your lawn for spring. A lawn’s […]

Study shows walnuts can reduce breast cancer

Risk of breast cancer dropped significantly in mice when their regular diet included a modest amount of walnut throughout their life, suggests a new American Institute for Cancer Research-funded study published in the journal “Nutrition and Cancer.” The study compared the effects of a typical diet to that of a diet containing walnuts across the […]

‘After 5 Club’ to meet

The next meeting of the “After Five Club,” a free support group for those providing care to individuals with Alzheimer’s, a related dementia or other chronic health condition, is Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The meeting is at the Senior Day Care Center, 935 A Spring St. in Placerville. The goal of […]

Master Food Preservers: Olives

Fish-eye, foaming, softening and gas pockets … what do all of these have in common? These terms, used for various problems occurring during the preservation of olives, strike fear into the hearts of most home olive preservers. Not, however, that of Bernie Ritscher, Master Food Preserver for the University of Davis Extension in El Dorado […]

Former Placerville resident featured in story

Deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, macaroni and cheese and a lifetime of love are the components of “Feeding the Heart,” a story of hope and commitment written by Forest Grove author, Karen R. Hessen. She and her son are former residents of El Dorado County. “Feeding the Heart,” the true story of the author’s adopted son […]

Master Food Preservers: Raw milk warning

Thinking about raw milk brings to mind bucolic images of happy cows in the meadow, fresh warm milk squirting straight into open mouths and vigorous health resulting from the unprocessed, natural liquid. Well, think again. According to the FDA, “While the perceived nutritional and health benefits of raw milk consumption have not been scientifically substantiated, […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 13 Replies

This foxtrotting heroine is ‘Dying for a Dance’

Book review Book: “Dying for a Dance” Author: Cindy Sample Publisher: L&L Dreamspell, September 2011, 256 pages Cost: Soft cover, $16.95 Light on her feet, El Dorado Hills soccer mom Laurel McKay is not, but she is good at being involved in murder. As a single mother, Laurel has a lot of things to juggle, but […]

Magic happens at Tea in Toyland

What: Tea in Toyland Who: Friends of Old Hangtown Where: Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Cost: $5 per child and $10 per adult Information: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at 530-621-5885 Mr. Cinnamon Bear and the Friends of Old Hangtown present Tea in Toyland on Saturday, Dec. 10,  at Town Hall in Placerville. […]

Heavenly news: Old faithfuls of the night sky

Winter and spring meteor showers There are 11 separate meteor showers visible every year, each reappearing on the same date. People are always asking “When’s the next meteor shower?” This article describes the meteor showers that occur between November and June, gives the dates and the constellations to find them in or near. Meteor showers are best viewed […]

Sierra Master Chorale offers special holiday music dec 17

InConcert Sierra’s 60-voice Sierra Master Chorale holiday concerts in Grass Valley will lift holiday spirits on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. The master chorale under the direction of conductor Ken Hardin is in its third season and this season’s offering includes several rhythmically unusual pieces, featuring “Misa Criolla” (1964) by Argentine composer Ariel […]

Dinnell takes part in Angel Thunder exercise

A shoulder-fired missile launches from a terrorist’s weapon that results in a direct hit, and an American military airplane slams to the desert floor. Miles away at an operations center, rescue crews are quickly mobilized; first with machine guns blasting from an attack airplane and followed by Air Force pararescue jumpers floating down to the […]

‘The Nutcracker’ is coming to Three Stages

Winner of more than 15 gold medals and three prizes from the Paris Academy of Dance, the Moscow Classical Ballet has toured “The Nutcracker” in the U.S. every year for the past 19 years — and is now coming to Folsom. Performing in more than 30 countries around the world, Moscow Classical Ballet makes its […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Enjoy the Mountain Mandarin Festival

The fall chill is bringing an orange blush to the mandarin oranges dotting the hillsides of the foothills, and Auburn’s largest event is preparing for upwards of 30,000 visitors over Nov. 18 to 20, as locals and guests flock to the Gold Country Fairgrounds for their first fix of the juicy fruit. Placer County Mandarin […]

Evil tries to ruin Christmas at Olde Coloma Theater

“Twice Upon A North Pole Christmas” or “There’s Snow Time Like The Present” is playing at Olde Coloma Theater, 380 Monument Road in Coloma on Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 18. Written by Mylenda Tipton the melodrama is set in the serene home and workshop of Santa Claus and his loyal elves. Tragedy is about […]

Whimsical artist to demonstrate at PAA

The demonstrator at the monthly Placerville Arts Association meeting will be David Peterson, a Sacramento watercolorist. He is very active in the Sacramento Fine Arts Center serving on the board. He is a past president of WASH Inc., Sacramento’s watercolor club and recently was awarded NCA master painter signature status. Peterson portrays the familiar scenes […]

The best of the best show at ArtSpace

Award winners will be honored at Saturday afternoon’s reception for the Sierra Pastel Society’s seond biennial Signature Membership Show in Placerville. The public is invited to join society members on Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at the El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville. The exhibit continues through Saturday, Dec. 3, […]

Golden anniversary for the McClellands

Former Somerset residents John and Madeline (Anderson) McClelland celebrated 50 years of love and marriage on Friday, Nov. 11 in Sagle, Idaho. The couple met at what later became Sly Park Lake on a double date. Each of them had come with a different date but ended up together. Madeline was born and raised in El Dorado […]

Stepping out: Customers have good comments about Tijuana Taqueria

“As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again.” — Leslie Newman Tijuana Taqueria It had been quite a long time since I had visited Tijuana Taqueria, which is located at […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 3 Replies

New novel spins a fun tale

Gold rush dirigibles, wagons with sails, $20 eggs and magical prospectors who dowsed for pay dirt with whalebones all have two things in common; they appear in the new novel “Tales of Placerville: Booksellers to the Savage West” by Perry Bradford-Wilson. And they all really happened. The book goes on sale this week and the […]

Second-grader helps out Santa

What: Fundraiser for Open Line Foster Family and CASA Who: Mason Schmeeckle Where: Main Street Automotive, 80 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Nov.19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mason Schmeeckle was worried about the kids in El Dorado County whose families don’t have money for clothing and toys. It really bothered him that children were in need, […]