Historic houses get ready for the holidays

What: Coloma Historic Holiday Houses Who: Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Admission is $7 per person, age 5 and under free, plus $8 per car for parking Information: 530-622-3470 The African-American family that lived in Coloma […]

Things to do: Nov. 21, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 30, is showing the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. Her intricate, detailed story telling work is influenced by her Asian travels. Also featured are the colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson and the masterful glowing pastel landscapes of Judy Perry. The […]

‘Oliver!’ transcends time

The works of Charles Dickens are often associated with the Christmas holidays, but that’s not why Imagination Theater veteran Director Lanny Langston chose “Oliver!” for its winter performance. “I directed this show 16 years ago for Theatre El Dorado and I’ve wanted to do it again ever since,” said Langston, who then turned to call […]

Geology Club rocks on

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. But California State University, Sacramento’s Geology Club is throwing a party for stones, as well as fossils, gems and other mineral collectibles with the annual Geology Club Rock Auction. This year’s competitive sale is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Alumni Center on campus. A total of […]

Learn about Midtown Sacramento

November’s Sacramento County Historical Society meeting will feature a talk by SCHS vice-president William Burg about his new book, “Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City.” The book documents Midtown Sacramento’s emergence as a symbol of Sacramento’s creative and artistic communities, connected to the region by its central location and unique amenities. While the book […]

Final boarding call for Polar Express

Only 660 tickets remain for the family favorite trip to the North Pole aboard the 2014 Polar Express train, running to Dec. 22. Because of the demand, more trips and passenger cars were added to the month-long event, which has consistently sold out since debuting four years ago and is expected to draw record numbers […]

From weeds to garden

El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) presents “Rising from the Weeds: Transforming the Landscape for a Native Plant Demonstration Garden,” a talk and slide show by El Dorado Chapter CNPS board member and University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener Alice Cantelow. The talk highlights the development and planning process […]

Find special gifts in the Pines

Make your list … check it twice … and head for Pollock Pines Saturday, Nov. 22 to the land of living “Christmas trees” and pick out unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone you’ve just jotted down. You might even find something for yourself, after being so nice. And even if your meter leans more toward “naughty,” […]

See Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Harris Center

A North American national touring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, 10 College Parkway. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage from Nov. 21-26 for eight performances. Disney’s “Beauty […]

Enlightening family tradition returns in Old Sac

Known as a magical, electrifying and family-friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento, the ever-popular and free Theatre of Lights performances return on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, following an official tree lighting ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. The 2014 Theatre of Lights is proudly sponsored by Bank of America and […]

Placer County discovers new gold in Mandarins

The new gold in Placer County California is growing on trees as the county has become known for the intensely flavored, sweet, Mandarin oranges. The annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, Friday to Sunday, Nov. 21-23, will celebrate 21 magical years with the new crop of delicious, foothills-grown Mandarin oranges. Placer County growers will sell thousands of […]

Chili and chocolate are a perfect pair

Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery’s annual Chili and Chocolate event weekend is finally here. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23 from noon-4 p.m. the staff at the winery will be serving spicy chili, both vegetarian and meat versions, created from Barbara’s recipes. After the chili, satisfy the craving for sweet with brownies and […]

HolliFaire features holiday gifts

The annual HolliFaire holiday boutique is on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cameron Park Airpark, 3239 Baron Court in Cameron Park. There will be lots of signs to guide shoppers to the boutique. Admission and parking are free. The HolliFaire offers a great place to get a head start on holiday shopping […]

Life as I know it: California, Here I Come. Back Where I Started From!

Before I say a fond, and sometimes a not so fond, farewell to Florida, a few other memories come to mind. When I first arrived in Fernandina, I noticed that some of the men carried bent screwdrivers in their hip pockets. This was a deep mystery until I got smart and asked about it. I […]

Cheap Trick sings hits at MontBleu

Rock ’n’ roll’s very own “Dream Police,” Cheap Trick, will crank up the volume and belt out the hits that made the group famous at Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, Friday, Nov. 21. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender” and “The Flame,” Cheap Trick is an institution in […]

Engagement: Anamarie Kristine Thompson and Christopher Patrick Golling

Anamarie Kristine Thompson and Christopher Patrick Golling, both of El Dorado Hills, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Keith and Kay Thompson of Camino. She is currently working on a bachelor’s degree. The groom-to-be is the son of Dan and Regina Golling of Modesto. He is a member of the California National […]

Campaign underway to fill the shelves

The El Dorado County Library in Placerville is busier than ever, checking out nearly 300,000 items last year — yet funds for new books and other vital materials continue to dwindle. In the face of this dilemma, the Friends of the Library — Placerville Chapter has launched a “Fill Our Shelves” campaign to raise some […]

2014 Grand Marshal is having a rockin’ good time

A parade grand marshal is the person who has the honor of leading the parade and it is often a celebrity or community leader. The 2014  Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Davey “Doc” Wiser, is a local celebrity that almost everyone knows from the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express re-ride, stagecoach rides on Main Street and […]

At a glance: Be on the look out

Some almanacs note that Nov. 19 is the day skunks go into hibernation. Actually, the striped skunk does not hibernate but does go into a dormant or semi-active state during the winter months. It will come out to get food so be on the look out.   New business A good thing to be looking […]

Grow For It! Dormant spraying

There’s no time like the fall season to start thinking about dormant spraying for fruit trees. Dormant sprays help reduce the presence of overwintering insects and diseases. The rule of thumb has always been to spray three times during the dormant season and to time your spraying at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. However, sometimes […]

Pink in the Night declares winners

Way out west most of our rough, tough Placerville forefathers would never have thought of wearing pink as they strolled downtown. However, their enlightenment would have surely caused them to approve of Placerville lit in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In celebration, this year grown men proudly dressed in pink to be Mammo Men […]

SAR honors members for service

The Mother Lode Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held its fourth annual Community Awards Banquet at the Cold Springs Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 28. At the event four first responders from El Dorado County were awarded the SAR Law Enforcement Commemorative Medal for their service to the community. […]

Jackson Elementary Students read to raise money

Jackson Elementary school piloted a new read-a-thon program to raise money for critical education-enhancing programs. The programs include but are not limited to: music, computer lab, additional science programs, PE equipment, art and school supplies, library books, learning software and major technology upgrades. Jackson’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) plays a vital role in supporting these programs at Jackson […]

Threshold Choir opens the way

Imagine for a moment that you are near the end of life, lying in bed knowing that your time is short. Will there be fear, doubt and loneliness or will you be surrounded by the sound of gentle voices, singing crystal clear notes of hope as you ease your way onward? If you live in […]

Tibetan Film Series continues at the Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Nov. 19 the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville,  will host the Tibetan Film Series featuring “Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet” at 7 p.m. In the summer of 2005, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche III led a group of western women students to Nangchen, a remote nomadic region of eastern Tibet. […]

FLC presents George Wheeldon

Folsom Lake College presents “So, Ya Wanna Be a Geologist,” a presentation by George Wheeldon, professor of geology, on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Wheeldon, consulting geologist, expert in Sierra Mother Lode mining history and master classroom instructor is truly an icon in the greater Placerville community. One can only imagine, in a career spanning 47 years — and still […]

As we were: Signs of the times

25 Years ago Nov. 17, 1989 New interpretive signs ready for Gold Bug Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park will soon have interpretive signs installed to explain the significance of the park site as a typical gold mining community in California. The signs combine the art work of Carol Mathis with information developed by Daniel Quan as […]

Hollywood comes to the hills

If you think you saw Mike Tyson and David Chappelle running around Red Hawk Casino or thought you recognized two gorgeous women at the Placerville Wal-Mart during the past three or four weeks … you probably did. Tyson, Chappelle, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, George Lopez, Paul Mooney and Mike Epps, among others, converged on Placerville […]

Visit the underground in Sacramento

It’s the best time of year to experience what Old Sacramento Underground Tours have to offer. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. […]

Things to do: Nov. 14, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1114 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 30, is showing the award-winning pastel paintings of Judy Perry. Perry’s masterful technique is expressed in glowing landscapes and scenes of the California coast and the Sierra. Also featured are exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye and the colorful […]

Mandarin Festival sponsores contest

With a $1,700 set of Kitchen Craft cookware for Best of Show and $100 for top place in each category, the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Recipe Contest in Newcastle, just might be the recipe contest to win this year. The popular event draws more than 40 entries and the judging will be a don’t-miss activity […]

Sierra Rep 2015 Season Single Tickets

General public and group tickets for Sierra Repertory Theatre’s 2015 season are on sale. The season includes the popular Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” a to be announced musical featuring four rock n’ roll legends, spring comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” classic favorite “The Music Man,” Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” country tribute “Always, Patsy Cline,” homage to musical theatre “The […]

Feists Wines celebrates three years of winemaking

Saturday, Nov. 15 from 1-5 p.m. Feist Wines is offering an afternoon full of wine, music and farm to table tapas to celebrate its third anniversary. The Feist family will host three bands to pair with the new release and gold medal-winning wines. First the Church Street Sinners will go on. They are a four-piece […]

Twisted Oak sponsors concert

Twisted Oak Winery is sponsoring  a double bill concert at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys. Artists Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore and Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will grace the stage on Friday, Nov.14, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winner O’Brien became known to the […]

Angels Camp presents winter activities

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join to the Angels Camp Museum for storytelling and an art activity. Times are 10-11 a.m. on the following Mondays: Nov. 17 “American Indian Heritage” and Dec. 15 “Dreaming of Trains.” These programs are free for preschoolers and […]

Camp Richardson offers unappy winter fun

Travelers seeking a digital free oasis this holiday season can find it at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina (camprichardson.com). According to the U.S. data group Nielsen, Americans spent 34 hours using smartphone apps and on the mobile Web in December 2013, averaging at least seven sessions a day with their device. This trend has […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training […]

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crab at the fairgrounds

Saturday, Nov. 15 is opening day for commercial Dungeness crab on the West coast and to celebrate the occasion the El Dorado County Fair Association is having its ninth annual Crab and Chowder Gala at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this all-you-can-eat feast of the […]

Artist to offer insights on paintings

The member artists in Placerville Arts Association have been up to a lot of “something” this past year — creating exceptional works of art to share with the world next month. In preparation for this event, PAA artists, who will be entering the show, will have an opportunity to have one or two of their […]

Fashion models strut their stuff

What:  “Head to Toe Fashion Show” Who: Virtual Academy Where:  6540 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $3 Information: 530-622-6212 They’ve got the swagger down, plus the stop at the end of the runway with the look over the shoulder that sells it. The fashion models from the Virtual Academy and […]

Harvest Days at Green Acres

When Doug Alberts opened Green Acres Farmer’s Market in Camino this year, he had a vision of much more than produce for his customers. “I would like Green Acres to be a year-round destination-type location with something for everyone — fresh, local produce and products, events, family activities, local handcrafts and foods, gifts and wine […]

Saxophone Ambassadors visit El Dorado

El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to present Mana Quartet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 as its second concert of the season. Hailed as Saxophone Ambassadors by “Chamber Music Magazine,” the Mana Quartet continues to provide an international audience with exciting and innovative presentations of classical music. The quartet members include […]

Enjoy wine, appetizers, artwork and music at the library

Stroll through books while sipping wine, nibbling epicurean delights, listening to music and viewing beautiful artwork at the El Dorado Hills Library’s second A Night at the Library on Sunday, Nov. 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all proceeds benefit the library and are used for adult programming, resources and books. At last year’s event, […]

Comedy show plays at Carson Valley Inn

The raucous, rollicking international hit comedy “Late Nite Catechism” is coming to the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, Nov. 15 Catechism classes are never as much fun — or as hilarious — as when they are led by Sister Nonie in the international hit comedy “Late Nite Catechism” by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. “Class” takes […]

Eva Szorc opens art show on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown is pleased to feature Eva Szorc as guest artist in November. A reception is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. and all are invited to meet Szorc and view her beautiful realistic paintings, described as uplifting and romantic. Szorc was born in Warsaw, Poland and was […]