2011 Amgen Tour packed with events and entertainment

The party starts at the top, too. Lake Tahoe is hosting a 10-day celebration as a countdown before the largest cycling event in North America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, with concerts, family activities and bike-related events, May 5-14, in preparation for the Stage 1 start and finish of the race on May 15, […]

Future chefs to create appetizing entries

What: Future Chefs of El Dorado County Teen Culinary Competition Who: Future Chefs of El Dorado County Foundation Where: Sequoia at the Bee Bennett House, 643 Bee St. in Placerville When: Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. and the doors open at 2 p.m. Cost: $25 for premium tickets (includes wine tasting) or $15 for general admission (no wine tasting) […]

Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ hits the big screen

“Memphis,” Broadway’s current Tony Award winning Best Musical, is hitting big screens nationwide for an exclusive four-night run on Thursday, April 28; Saturday, April 30; and Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinée on Sunday, May 1 (all times are local). It will be presented in more than 530 movie theaters nationwide, […]

Truckee RibFest set for Father’s Day

TRUCKEE – The second annual Truckee RibFest is slated for Father’s Day, June 19 at Citizens Bank Plaza from 1 to 6 p.m. This fun and casual foodie event will offer folks a chance to sample delicious ribs prepared by the best chefs in the area — a perfect afternoon outing for hungry dads and […]

Dancers to perform at Art & Wine Affaire

The El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire will host El Dorado Dance Academy’s performing companies Kaleidoscope Productions at the Art & Wine Affaire on Saturday, May 7. Dancers will begin their performance at 11:20 a.m. and will include a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap and polynesian. For more information […]

Jackson Rancheria presents ‘Cool Blues and Hot Jazz’

The 33rd annual Mother Lode Hot Jazz Party will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. This year’s party promises to be the best ever with the addition of an evening of cool blues and consolidation of the entire event into one location. Instead of moving both performers and party goers […]

Amador Home Show coming soon

With themes of home, garden and lifestyle, the Amador Home and Lifestyle Show is set for June 4 and 5 at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Produced by Starbright Productions in Grass Valley, the Show has a partner in Rick Sanders of Fiddletown. Sander’s company, Integrity Marketing, will assist in many aspects of the event and […]

Crocker offers unique Thursday evening experience

SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum continues the popular program series, “Thursdays ‘til 9,” this spring. The museum is open every Thursday until 9 p.m., offering visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art. “Thursdays ‘til 9 lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have — whether through film, […]

Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership teams up with local non-profit farm

Two local Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) members, Jessie Olson and Tyler Schade, are giving a day of service for César Chávez day to Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova. As AmeriCorps members, Olson and Schade work for organizations devoted to watershed education, conservation and restoration. As Conservation Assistant, Olson works for the El Dorado […]

As we were: Tourism to stimulate economy

25 Years ago April 27, 1986 Tourism workshop GRASS VALLEY — As a major component of Gov. George Deukmejian’s recently announced plan to stimulate the economies of rural California counties and to assist them in the development of their tourism potential, the Department of Commerce and Office of Tourism Workshop for the Gold Country region […]

Local Girl Scouts send 1,000 origami cranes to scouts in Japan

Following the devastating tragedy in Japan, several troops of Girl Scouts in El Dorado County came together to send an expression of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan. Girls from five different troops (and a few supportive brothers) met at Holy Trinity School to work toward their goal of folding 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Daniel Douke’s ‘Bytes of Reality’ on View at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is presenting an exhibition featuring 24 works by Southern California artist Daniel Douke in “Daniel Douke: Bytes of Reality,” on view to July 17. Douke’s work involves the photorealistic depiction of manufactured packaging—merging painting with sculpture and challenging our assumptions about reality and artifice. Douke responds to everyday experience by rendering […]

Grow for it: Aggressive garden plants

Sometimes the home gardener selects an attractive plant for the landscape only to find out later that it is aggressive, and, if left untended, takes over more of the planting area than was intended. These plants do not fall within the definition of weeds, because they are wanted in the garden but, like weeds, they […]

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EDMT to hold auditions for ‘Curtains’

El Dorado Musical Theatre kicks off the summer with auditions for “Curtains,” Saturday, May 21, at 9 a.m. Auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite 4. “Curtains” is a whodunit murder mystery rolled into a musical. Set in 1959 Boston, […]

Fun gets bigger at the state fair

“The Fun Just Got Bigger!” is the theme for the 2011 California State Fair, July 14-31. Early plans indicate Poppy, the State Fair mascot, has been scouring the California landscape identifying big and amazing attractions for the public to enjoy at this annual summer event held at Cal Expo in Sacramento. “The State Fair loves […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Pink Martini at Mondavi Center

What: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis When: 8 p.m., Saturday, June 18 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus Ticket price: $35, $57, $68 What: Pink Martini When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 5 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus Ticket prices: $35, $60, $75 Two exciting big bands will […]

Lod Mosaic Comes to the Legion of Honor

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is one of only four museums in the United States to display a glorious Roman mosaic before  its final and permanent installation in Lod, Israel. “The Marvelous Menagerie” exhibit, April 23-July 24,  showcases this treasure that dates to about AD 300. First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in […]

Impressionists spend summer at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is showcasing three remarkable exhibitions under the title of  “The Summer of Impressionism.” The series of exhibitions now open at the museum follow the journey of Impressionism from France to the U.S. With a strong emphasis on landscape paintings, the exhibitions collectively feature works by renowned French and American artists alongside […]

Mondavi Center adds Tony Bennett to current season

What: Tony Bennett Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis Campus When: 8 p.m.,Wednesday, May 25 Tickets: $125, $80, $50, by phone  530-754-2787; 866-754-2787 (toll-free); 530-754-5402 (TDD) or online at  MondaviArts.org The Mondavi Center, UC Davis announces Tony Bennett, appearing Wednesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. Like the variety of performances in the robust 2010-11 season, this […]

Compañia Mazatlán Bellas Artes brings folklorico dance to Three Stages

What: Corazón de México: “The Heart of Mexico” Dance and Live Music Spectacular When: 3 p.m., Sunday, May 15 Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $19, 27, 35 at  threestages.net or call  916-608-6888   A second performance is scheduled: When: 3 p.m., Sunday, May 22 Where: Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main […]

Puppet mania hangs out at Fairytale Town

What: Annual Puppet Festival When: Wednesdays – Sundays, April 23-June 26 Time: Weekdays at 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weekends at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, 95822 Cost: General Admission $4 weekdays/ $4.50 weekends and holidays (Additional charge for Puppet Art Theater: $1 members/$2 nonmembers) Contact […]

‘Wicked’ and ‘Shrek’ are coming to Sacramento

Broadway’s blockbuster musical, “Wicked,” will be the highlight of the 2011-12 Broadway Sacramento season at the Community Center Theater, which will include five other recent Broadway hits, including three currently playing in New York . In addition to “Wicked,” the season will be “Shrek: the Musical,” “Rain, a Tribute to the Beatles,” “West Side Story,” […]

New poker room is open at Red Hawk Casino

Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce the opening a new 60-seat poker room on its lower, non-smoking floor. The new gaming area opened April 9. The poker room will feature Texas Hold ‘Em limit and no-limit style games at stakes that accommodate all levels of play. It will also include several flat screen TVs […]

Foothill gourmet: Baby greens are growing popularity

Recently I read an article about the adventurous spirit of California diners. I celebrate Californians for being at the forefront of maximizing flavor in California cuisine. That adventurous spirit, to me, is analogous to California’s history of the adventurous gold miners. The newest take on California salads, taking Californian flavor to the next level, is […]

Time to sponsor a candidate for El Dorado Rose

For more than 30 years, El Dorado County has received not only local, but state and national recognition for the unusual and unique contest for mature women, the El Dorado Rose pageant. The woman chosen to be the Rose has the honor to represent the county at a variety of affairs during her year as […]

Health Expo Spectacular to help at-risk teens

Is your child at risk of suicide? Family health depends on the health of all of its members and to help community members deal with family health issues, the Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) is sponsoring a Health Expo and Awareness Spectacular at the Holiday Inn Express in Town Center, El Dorado Hills, on […]

Oak Ridge students challenge EDH Rotarians

Five Oak Ridge High School sophomores dared El Dorado Hills Rotarians and guests to do “mighty things” at the club’s annual speech contest. Carina Williams, Matt Landay, Alexa Hill, Garrett Brockschmitt and Emma Larsen, all 15, spoke about dreams, perseverance and hope at the annual event. Landay’s speech retold the story of his brother, Marine […]

Rainbowland celebrates 25 years

More than 300 guests consisting of previous staff, students and their families attended the celebration and open house at Rainbowland Christian Preschool in Shingle Springs on Sunday, April 10. In addition to the elaborate refreshments of edible topiaries with chocolate dipped strawberries and cream puffs, brownies, and mini cupcakes with “Happy 25th” banners on them, […]

Bipolar insights: Most frequently asked questions

After class at Bipolar Insights, many often come to me with questions. On one particular evening, I noticed a women waiting by the door. She appeared somewhat nervous and a bit reluctant as she leaned from one leg to the other, looking up on occasion then quickly turning her head. It’s common for those who […]

Mondavi Center announces season line-up

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis recently announced a 2011-12 season filled with an eclectic mix of music, dance and more. The Center’s 10th season runs from Sept. 30, to May 19, 2012, and includes a U.S. premiere. “Our goal is to give audiences in the Sacramento region a […]

A Hoppin’ good time at Railtown for Easter

Don’t miss a hoppin’ good time on Easter weekend at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Arriving in style aboard a locomotive on Saturday morning to kick-off Easter weekend activities, the Easter Bunny is making a special appearance at Railtown 1897 SHP. Then, for the further delight of the little ones, an always-popular egg hunt will […]

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On the spot: Ricky Ho

Age: 24 City of residence: Londonderry, Ireland Occupation: Teacher, lecturer Hobby: Soccer Favorite movie: “The Dark Knight” Favorite book: “The Bible” Favorite vacation spot: California Something no one knows about you: “I was a certified scuba diving instructor.” Best quality: “My communication skills.”

Hop to it

There are Easter events happening throughout El Dorado County. A few ideas follow for a good time. 49er Flapjack Breakfast — Saturday, April 23. 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lotus Fire Station, 5122 Firehouse Road in Lotus. Tickets are $5 and $3 for kids under 10.  The event is co-sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber […]

A talented line-up to help feed the hungry

Hamsa Belly Dance, Sol Bridge, Merrygold, Tamra Godey and Brianna Lea Pruitt are combining their talents to help the Upper Room dining hall. On Friday, April 22, the eclectic group of entertainers will take the stage at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, to sing and dance — not for their supper but […]

Dance and spaghetti to raise money for Wagon Train

The Highway 50 Wagon Train will be heading to Placerville in June and funds are needed to ensure a safe and successful trip. To help raise money for the annual event a group of dedicated supporters is putting on a “Spaghetti Western.” The Wagon Train fundraiser is Saturday, April 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the […]

Volunteers needed for Hangtown Creek clean-up

A walk along the bike trail paralleling Hangtown Creek in Placerville inspired Tyler Fritz to plan the first “Hangtown Creek Trash Roundup” in conjunction with Earth Day. The big clean-up is Friday, April 22, along Hangtown Creek in downtown Placerville. “With the support and encouragement of some good friends of mine, a local band named […]

Stepping out: A good fritter is really hard to find

“To the trained palate the flavor of food comes in bits and pieces, like words in a sentence.” — Hsiang Ju Lin and Tsuifeng Lin “Chinese Gastronomy” (1969) The Donut Factory I like apple fritters. I mean, I really like them and really good ones are often hard to find. During Apple Hill season, several […]

Photographer Paul Cockrell to teach photo techniques

Paul Cockrell’s next half day photography workshop is Saturday, April 23. This workshop is an overview of digital photography and Photoshop and is geared to the beginning and intermediate level photographer. Cockrell will also go over processing HDR images using CS5. The workshop is 3-4 hours and will be starting at 1 p.m. at the […]

Channel 2 to feature program on Earth Day

The exclusive airing of the new Todd Stanley film “Rubicon Trail,” endorsed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, will be cable-cast on SCA-TV2 on April 22. “Rubicon Trail” shows “the wrong” and the “how-to-make-it-right” views of being environmentally conscious. The film cost nearly $100,000 to produce; about two-thirds of the funding came from a […]

Vino Noceto to hold annual open house

What: 11th annual open house Where: Vino Noceto Winery, 11011 Dickson Road, Plymouth When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, April 30. Cost: A $15 fee ($10 for club members) is payable at the door for a souvenir wine glass and entry to the festivities. Join the crew at Vino Noceto, renowned producer of sangiovese wines, […]

Modern Day Treasure Hunters come to Placerville

What treasures are stashed around Placerville? The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is on a world-wide treasure hunt and will be digging in Placerville through Saturday at the Lexington Cary House, 300 Main St. in Placerville. During this free event, the Treasure Hunters are expecting to see over 1,200 residents bringing in their rare and unusual collectibles. Locals will […]

Capital Stage presents opera broadcasts

Capital Stage presents the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of Richard Strauss’ “Capriccio” on April 23. On April 30, is the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” on May 14,  the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast is Wagner’s “Die Walkure.” Capital Stage is located aboard the Delta King in Sacramento. For more information visit metoperafamily.org or call […]

Capital City cruisers arrive at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce that its Red Hawk Rewards Club members can win a share of $1 million, which includes a 2011 Mercedes GL450 SUV through its “Where Fortune Flies” promotion, with drawings every Friday and Saturday evening through June. On Saturday, April 23, Red Hawk Casino will host Capital City Cruisers’ […]

Art Show to benefit children in Japan

It’s an evening reception, followed by an all-day social. It’s a show of the latest exciting works of 10 artists. Most important, it’s a benefit for the Japan Tsunami Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund. The two-day event, called Art4Earth, will begin on Friday, April 29, with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and […]

Spell F U N, P A R T I C I P A T I O N and W I N N I N G

Can you spell H I  L A R I O U S? Students at Union Mine High School can and they are ready to dazzle the audience with non-stop spelling acumen in the spring production. Theater at the Mine, Union Mine High School’s award winning drama department, is debuting the local premiere of the Tony […]