Candy Cane Lane lights up the night

Candy Cane Lane, a specially constructed drive-by holiday display is now available for viewing nightly outside the Carson Valley Inn. Highlighted by thousands of seasonal lights, Candy Cane Lane is a variety of scenes with people and traditional Christmas characters and images getting ready for Christmas — a visual salute to the festive holiday season. […]

Mckinley Arts and Culture Center announces Christina Massey exhibition

Christina Massey, former El Dorado County resident, is exhibiting her work at McKinley Arts Camp: Culture Center, West Gallery, 
925 Riverside Drive in 
Reno, Nev. The show titled “An Art Community” runs Dec. 13 to Jan. 28. Massey grew up in Cameron Park and now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has been exhibiting frequently in […]

It will be fun at Fusion Gallery

Exciting things are happening at Fusion Gallery and Findleton Estate Wine Tasting, 440 Main St. in Placerville this weekend. Friday night, Dec. 17, “The Red Wine District” will be in full swing as the gallery stays open later to be a part of “Mens Night Out.” Madame Pamela-Pinot Noir and her partner Giselle Labelle-Cabernet will be hosting “Men’s Night […]

Sierra Pastel Society presents a brilliant exhibition

Fifty- four pastel paintings are now showing at the El Dorado Arts Council (EDAC) Artspace Gallery at 459 Main St. in Placerville, just in time for the holidays. The Sierra Pastel Society (SPS) is presenting the artful collection through Saturday, Jan. 8. “We’re thrilled to have this annual show in downtown Placerville, where holiday shoppers […]

‘The Nutcracker’ returns for the holidays

One of the region’s most prestigious ballet academies will give three performances of a timeless Christmas classic this weekend in Folsom. Pamela Haye’s Classical Ballet opens “The Nutcracker” this Friday night at the Jill Solberg Theater, with following performances Saturday and Sunday afternoon. “The Nutcracker” is a tale of a young girl named Clara and […]

The Voices of Colla Voce come to Georgetown

Music on the Divide invites the public to come and experience the magic of the Christmas season with Colla Voce — described as the area’s premier choral ensemble. This chamber group will be appearing on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown at 3 p.m. Colla Voce has quickly become […]

Kamm and MacDonald in concert at Coz

What: Concert Who: Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald and Friends Where: Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville When: Friday, Dec. 17, at 
8 p.m. Cost: $15 cover charge Information: 530-642-8481 or Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald and Friends are 
in concert Friday, Dec. 17, at 
8 p.m. at the Cozmic Café and Pub, 594 Main […]

‘Grease’ continues to rock at Imagination Theater

Some say “the third time is the charm” but so were the first and second. Imagination Theater is once again presenting the popular musical, “Grease,” continuing through Dec. 26. A whole new generation of local young talent performs this energetic and entertaining show. “Grease” was Imagination Theater’s premiere production in 2000 and was so successful […]

Bring out the Barrel

Be among the first to discover the nuances of a new vintage by joining El Dorado’s award winning winemakers in their cellars for a weekend of barrel tasting at “Bring out the Barrel” on Jan. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Wine lovers of all levels will get a special […]

Sierra Blues Society celebrates the season

What: Christmas show Who: Sierra Blues Society Where: The Station, 1100 Orlando Ave. in Roseville When: Saturday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost: No cover charge, donations accepted Information: 530-268-9166 Come out to The Station, 1100 Orlando Ave. in Roseville, on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. for the Sierra Blues Society’s Christmas […]

Christmas tree farms grow more than trees

With the warm wonderful feelings of the holidays now filling the landscape, the time of giving, sharing, and family traditions can be felt swirling around like the leaves in the night air. Some of those fantastic traditions that can now be seen in the town of Placerville are the fabulous trees lighting up Highway 50 […]

It is the guys turn to shop in Placerville

With “Girls Night Out” now a well-established and popular event on Placerville’s Main Street each year, the Placerville Downtown Association wanted to provide “the guys” with a night of their own. “Guys Night Out” is Friday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. With the emphasis on the girls’ and guys’ events being the same […]

Santa to ride the train at Railtown

JAMESTOWN — Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) this holiday season. Train rides with Santa will operate the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 18 and 19, pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. Trains pulled by Sierra No. […]

Film premiere takes place in Tahoe

On Friday, Dec. 17, Fox and Hound will host Moment Skis and Life More Natural for the premiere of Level 1’s “Eye Trip,” a worldwide documentation of ski action. Skiing’s counterculture continues to buck the trends of what’s come before them. In addition, the night serves as a benefit for LMN’s Tahoe to Tanzania solar […]

Community center to serve free Christmas dinner

The 17th annual free “Community Christmas Dinner” will be held at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. This dinner, sponsored by the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center Association, will be a traditional holiday dinner of ham, turkey and cabbage rolls with all the trimmings […]

Roger Waters reconstructs ‘The Wall’ in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Legendary Pink Floyd front man Rogers Waters performed the theatrical production of his 1979 album “The Wall” live Wednesday to a full house at the HP Pavilion. After playing Oakland, Waters’ bay area swing included several nights at the San Jose arena. He travels north for a stop in Vancouver, Canada before the tour doubles back […]

Folsom parks and rec seeks bands

The Folsom Parks and Recreation Department is accepting promo packets for next summer’s “Concert in the Park” series. The series is slated to run on Friday nights from June 3 to July 29, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The concerts take place at the gazebo in Folsom City Lions Park and are attended by an […]

Mammography mobile unit to be open for screening at Placerville Safeway store

Women can conveniently receive a mammography screening at the Placerville Safeway store, 3955 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, on Thursday, Dec. 16. Mammograms are provided by St. Joseph’s Medical Center through an innovative program that brings mammography services to patients who may not otherwise have access to these resources. Low-cost mammograms will be available for only $80. […]

At a glance: special things to do at this special time of year

This is a special time of year and wonderful things can be found in many places. One of those wonders is a total eclipse of the Moon on the night of Monday, Dec. 20. This eclipse will be visible throughout North America. The partial eclipse begins at 10:32 p.m. with totality starting at 11:40 p.m. […]

2010 Coloring Contest winners

There were many wonderful entries in the 2010 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest. The judges took a long time to select the winners and were impressed with the use of color and decorative materials. The winners in the 6 and under category are: first, Jeremy Wells, 6, Diamond Springs; second, Laiken Brown, 5, Camino; and third, […]

Placerville Hardware and tradition go hand in hand during holidays

The holidays are a time of nostalgia and tradition, and there’s no better place than Placerville Hardware to mingle the new with the old. In this hardware and variety store at 441 Main St., there is a plethora of merchandise and presents for any family member. “There’s a bit of the past along with the […]

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As we were: obituary, new officers, and engineering wonder

25 Years ago Dec. 16, 1985 Former Democrat editor dies Vern Edward Allen, who edited the Mountain Democrat for 20 years between 1928 and 1948, died Saturday in a Placerville hospital. He was 85. Allen first appeared in the pages of the Democrat, Dec. 21, 1928 where he was listed as the associate editor beside […]

Foothill gourmet: It is fun to share food ideas

I love writing this column, plus I’m jazzed sharing new and old ideas about food. The oriental sauce recipe that follows is one that I have used for 20 years. I’m still jazzed about the sauce because it is so flavorful and inexpensive to prepare. A bottle of stir fry sauce ranges in price from […]

Sister Swing to heat things up at community concert

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is proud to bring to chilly El Dorado County Sister Swing in concert on Wednesday evening Dec.15. Grab those coats and mufflers and mittens and head to the Theater at the Mine, at the Union Mine High School for a night of hot music. Sister Swing is a […]

Christmas parade is a big winner with everyone

Despite dire predictions the weather held for the 33rd annual Hangtown Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 5. Crowds lined the parade route along Broadway and Main Street in Placerville and cheered as the Color Guard signaled the start of the event. Always a crowd pleaser the Sacramento Fire Fighters Drum and Bagpipe unit set a festive […]

Celebrate ‘Holiday Magic’ at the Sacramento Zoo

The holidays are here and it’s time to enjoy the season. Bundle up the family for Holiday Magic at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the animals receive one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, from wrapped boxes and Christmas trees to treat-filled stockings and acacia wreaths. Bring the family and […]

Kim Wilson is performing in Grass Valley

Blues harmonica powerhouse Kim Wilson will perform in a dance concert at Saint Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St. in Grass Valley on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For ticket information go to Wilson has performed and recorded with legendary blues icons including Muddy Waters, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Buddy Guy, […]

Folsom Buick reaches out to help children

In Sacramento there are 30 children between the ages of 3 and 15 years olds who are homeless and out on the streets. Once again Folsom Buick — GMC is reaching out to residents to place these children is a safe warm environment on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Loaves and […]

A relaxing musical break

Tamara Godey is performing at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, Friday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. Spend an evening being serenaded by favorite local songstress Tamra Godey. She started writing songs when she was 7 years old. She is influenced by the soulful sounds of Carol King, Gladys Knight and Phoebe Snow and she […]

Cool time at Zia’s

Left of Cool combines sweet harmonies and superb guitar work, performing an eclectic selection of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Hugh and Sheri will be singing at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Left of Cool often feature surprise guests and every performance is a little […]

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Sunday Soul

Frankie Soul and No Control is playing Sunday, Dec. 12, at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville. Powell’s also presents Karaoke with Ellen at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10; music by Out of the Blue at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11; and music by Doug-Not-Josh on Thursday, Dec. 16, at […]

ROTC Cadet Kyle W. Lewis

Kyle W. Lewis has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. […]

Sgt. Andrew Smith

National Guard Sgt. Andrew (Andy) Smith has returned from a year long tour of duty in Eastern Afghanistan where he was a platoon leader. Smith joined the National Guard during his first year at University of Nevada, Reno, received training on M1 Abrams tanks at Fort Knox and spent two years at the Fort Irwin […]

Pfc. Carson J. Strickland

Pfc. Carson James Strickland  graduated from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego on Oct.22. Strickland successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training including Advanced Infantry Training. He qualified in expert marksmanship. Strickland is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton. He is the son of Gary and Cher […]

On the spot: Bud Bradley

Age: 77 Residence: Somerset Hometown: Chicago Occupation: Retired from food service Hobby: Photography Favorite movie: “An American in Paris” Favorite book: “The Hunt for Red October” Favorite vacation spot: Mammoth Lakes Something no one knows about you: “I was a Big Brother of the Year and I still keep in touch with my ‘little brother,’ […]

Pastel art at EDAC

The Sierra Pastel Society (SPS) is presenting its Winter Membership Show at the El Dorado Arts Council Artspace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville, through Saturday, Jan. 8. The public is invited to view the art and to join the artists for a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 […]

Paul Jenkins’ paintings are on view at the Crocker

Paul Jenkins’ Post Expressionist paintings emphasizing light and color will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum in “Paul Jenkins: The Color of Light” from Dec. 11, through Feb. 20. His signature style emerged during the 1950s and took its place alongside the achievements of the Abstract Expressionists and painters of the Color Field […]

Golden Bough presents a Celtic Christmas celebration

Christmas has long been celebrated as a time for family and friends to gather and share the joy of the season. For more than 20 years the Celtic music group Golden Bough has been providing an opportunity for loved ones to join together in song and celebration with their Celtic Christmas concert program. Golden Bough […]

Port and Chocolate Festival returns to Oakstone

Oakstone Winery, 6440 Slug Gulch Road in Fair Play, is having its 10th annual Port and Chocolate Festival in the barrel room on Dec. 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The staff at Oakstone will pair special chocolates with current and historic ports from both Oakstone and Obscurity wineries. There will be futures and […]

Oak Ridge High School Chorale to sing at St. Stephen’s

The Oak Ridge High School Chorale, under the direction of Natalie Miller, will sing at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. This group of select voices will perform songs of the season. The church building provides a venue which will showcase the groups […]

Gwyneth and Monko play at the Coz

Come down to the Cozmic Café, 549 Main St. in Placerville, Saturday, Dec. 11, and warm up to the original music of two emerging folk duos: Gwyneth and Monko of Georgetown with Misner and Smith of Davis. Just back from a four month U.S. tour, Gwyneth and Monko with their haunting Americana sounds will debut a […]

Local gift baskets support local icon

Local businesses unite to support El Dorado County businesses and El Dorado County’s historic icon, the Highway 50 Association Wagon Train. Businesses, including local wineries, the Candy Strike Emporium and Tara Designs, have partnered to combine local products and talent to offer gift giving ease and to make a donation to the Highway 50 Association […]

Amazing gifts can be found at the Market

As Christmas draws nearer, the accent is on the artisans this week at the Market. Come and meet the craftspeople and discover original items that are just not available in the usual places. Bonnie Valentine displays her award winning wire wrap jewelry and welcomes inquiries for commissioned gifts. Geri Farkas creates and sells her vintage […]

Children take a musical journey to learn about Christmas

Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville, annually presents a musical during Christmas. The Children’s Christmas musical this year is “Back to the Manger.” The production is a “Caroling Outreach” where the people in a community church show tangible signs of God’s love to others in their community. In a variety of time periods (there […]

Stepping out: The Hangtown Christmas Parade is fabulous

“We line the curbs of Main Street to cheer a proud parade; of reds, whites and blues, so brilliantly displayed.” — Paige Taylor It’s a wonderful parade For the last many years I have had the privilege of being asked by the McIntire family to be one of the judges at the annual Placerville Christmas […]