Sacworldfest kicks off arts season

SacWorldFest, a weeklong celebration of the region’s diversity in music and dance, will highlight California State University, Sacramento’s autumn offerings of arts and entertainment events. The fall lineup includes a classic award-winning drama, the musical phenomenon that is FeNAM, the best offerings by Art Department faculty, and contemporary dance featuring choreography by university faculty, students […]

Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition

SAN FRANCISCO — The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, on view at the de Young from Oct. 17, 2015, through Jan. 10, 2016. Celebrating the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, this exhibition revisits a vital moment in the inauguration of the city as […]

Runaway Stage Productions presents its 2015 Broadway musical season

SACRAMENTO — Runaway Stage Productions (RSP) announces its 2015 season, highlighted at a Season Preview Gala on Sept. 14. Starting at 6 p.m. at the 24th Street Theater in Sacramento, the gala will include a pre-show reception with light snacks, beer and wine, and 2015 season tickets will be offered at a substantial discount the […]

Master gardener: Roll out the pollinator welcome mat

By Alice Cantelow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County You need bees and butterflies. So do I. Why? Because over one third of our food is dependent on pollination — in which an insect or other animal moves pollen from one flower to another, enabling fruit production. Your garden will do better the more […]

Electronic dance music Bassnectar at Montbleu

STATELINE — Electronic dance music icon Bassnectar will bring his driving signature dubstep sound, hypnotic light show and all the bass Nov. 6 to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa ( for a one-night-only show as part of the coast-to-coast Noise Vs. Beauty 2014 Tour. The critically acclaimed artist is internationally recognized for live shows that sweep […]

Welcome Home El Dorado Slow Ride planned

The third annual Slow Ride will take place 11 a.m. Sept. 20. The event is dedicated to the return of all of our county’s military. The ride is to acknowledge the sacrifice that those who have answered the call of their country. The ride starts in Pollock Pines and winds down the the roads of the […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band wraps up Fair Oaks’ park series

FAIR OAKS — The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, on the stage of Fair Oaks Village Park, 4238 Main Street, in Fair Oaks. The band’s performance will wrap up the 2014 Fair Oaks “Concerts in the Park” summertime series, presented by the Fair Oaks […]

Twisted Oak event

VALLECITO — John Jorgenson and his quintet will be at the Twisted Oak Winery Concerts 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Advance tickets are only $25 and can be purchased online. Concertgoers will be admitted starting at 6:30 p.m. —  please carpool — the show starts at 7:45pm. Admission is $10 for children under 12. All proceeds from […]

Preston Castle wine tasting and tour

IONE — Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historical Preston Castle 3-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a […]

‘All My Sons’: Sierra Rep stages Arthur Miller play

COLUMBIA — It was written during World War II, but Arthur Miller’s play “All My Sons” continues to resonate with audiences today. Running Aug. 29 through Sept. 21 at Sierra Repertory TheateR’s East Sonora stage, the drama’s themes – corruption, materialism, getting ahead at the expense of others – are still relevant, said Scott Viets, artistic […]

EDCOE Pearson Vue Testing Center grand opening

The El Dorado County Office of Education invites the community to the grand opening of its new Pearson Vue Testing Center 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 5, at 6767 Green Valley Rd., Builidng E, Placerville. Attendees will have the chance to tour the center and learn about the many testing and certification services […]

FLC theater to audition for ‘Anon(ymous)’

The Falcon’s Eye Theater at Folsom Lake College calls for students and actors from the community to audition 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 for its fall production of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) based on Homer’s “The Odyssey.” All skill levels encouraged to audition. The Falcon’s Eye opens its eighth season with “Anon(ymous).” Separated from his mother, a […]

STC to stage Julius Ceasar

Julius Caesar joins Sacramento Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 Season of Legends, Epics, and Icons February 25 – March 22, 2015 in the Main Stage Theatre. This history play concerns the 44 B.C.E. conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination, and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi. STC’s production of Julius […]

Sand Fire benefit Friday

The Sand Fire Benefit pasta dinner and entertainment will take place 5-10 p.m. Friday at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10, $25 per family. Marshall Hospital is sponsoring a balloon artist at the benefit and its mascot — Marshall Mouse — will be present for the kids. There will also be a face painting artist […]

Taxi covers two counties

Gold Rush Taxi not only goes the extra mile with service and customer satisfaction, that extra mile could be as far away as Montana. “That happened in June a year ago with Lisa,” said Wyl Bonner, senior driver for the Placerville-based cab company. “Lisa (one of the owners) and another driver ended up going to […]

As we were

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, August 18, 1989 Dump parcel fee increase denied By DAVID RICHIE Blasting new state regulations regarding eventual closure of the Union Mine Landfill site, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has refused an Environmental Health Division request for higher fees to help pay for preliminary steps in the abandonment […]

‘Science day’ flows at Delta Stewardship Council

Delta Stewardship Council Chairman Randy Fiorini is fond is saying, “There is no silver bullet” when it comes to meeting the council’s co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. At the council’s meeting on July 25, representatives of two independent science panels confirmed […]

Josh Porter wraps up ‘August Falls’

Taking a much needed break from his latest film, “August Falls,” scheduled for release in the spring of 2015, one of Placerville’s favorite sons of the theater, Joshua Porter, dropped into town recently for a family visit. Porter, who produced the murder-mystery drama, also is busy getting ready to direct two new professional feature films, […]

Vertical tasting and burger bar

What is better than sampling multiple vintages of your favorite wine, trying out Fleur de Montagne new sparkling wine and pairing it with a burger bar from Capital Sierra Catering? Not a whole lot can beat that. The pairing takes place noon-4 p.m. Aug. 23 to taste you through seven different vintages of Fleur de […]

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ — the musical Dec. 2

Based on the 1946 film of the same name, the musical, “It’s A Wonderful Life” returns to Sacramento Theater Co.’s  Main Stage,Dec. 2-28,as part of this year’s Season of Legends, Epics, and Icons. The show is about an angel-in-training who gives a despondent man a look at what the world would be like if he had […]

SummerFest: Luminaries star in final weekend

Four soloists representing San Francisco, Vancouver, Cleveland, and Los Angeles symphonies, will close 2014 festival. Now in its third season, the 40 member Lake Tahoe SummerFest orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, in Incline Village, Nev. A star studded finale is in store for the final […]

Quilt show planned for CP

The Gold Bug Quilters will hold the group’s annual show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5,6 and closing at 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Cameron Park Community Services Gymnasium, 2502 Country Club Drive. Admission is $7, with gentlemen and children free. The admission price includes all three days. The feature quilt will be a “Tree […]

Lake Hills Fire Safe Council makes strides

After “an enormous fire drill” in their Lakehills Estates neighborhood more than two years ago, and hearing from experts like El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts that their community is most at fire risk, residents formed the Lakehills Fire Safe Council in 2012. New signs installed earlier this summer mark the entrance to their […]

STC Nunsense tickets Sept. 2

Nunsense is a musical comedy by Dan Goggin. Originating as a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant, the cards caught on so quickly that Goggin decided to expand the concept into a cabaret show and eventually a full-length musical. The original Off-Broadway production became the second-longest-running Off-Broadway […]

Antiques evaluation due

FOLSOM — On Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., antiques enthusiasts are invited to bring family treasures and garage sale finds for informal evaluation and identification during the 17th Annual Antique Evaluation Day on Sutter Street in Folsom. An impressive team of volunteer appraisers, covering a wide range of specialties, will offer […]

25th annual Employer Seminar planned

The Foothill and South Placer Employer advisory councils, in partnership with the Employment Development Department, will present the 25th annual Employer Seminar – Silver Celebration —  Oct. 21 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Ridge Golf Club, 2020 Golf Course Road in Auburn. Topics include, Retaliation: The Looming Risk, Get Real, Work Less, Live […]

Boy Scouts enjoy ‘Philmont Experience’

By Jonathan Rogness Chief of Media for Venturing Crew 193  July 17-30, Venturing Crew 193 took a trip to the prestigious Philmont Scout Ranch, west of the small town of Cimarron, N.M. Scout Ranch is noteworthy for being the largest independent Scout camp in the world, attracting more than 20,000 Scouts and Scouters annually. While […]

Things to do: Aug. 15, 2014

put gold 815 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 1, is featuring Susan Hayne, printmaker, whose bold images with defined edges are inspired by things found in nature. Her work is created from hand cut blocks, acid etched copper plates or hand sculpted embossings. Prints are produced in her […]

Pastels on High features local art

The Sierra Pastel Society announces its 10th International Exhibit, Pastels on High, at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330 B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. This prestigious show is only presented every other year. This year’s show opens Tuesday, Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 30. The Sacramento Fine Arts Center hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., […]

At a glance : Good partying

Annie Oakley and Alfred Hitchcock share a birthday of Aug. 13. Oakley was born in 1860 and Hitchcock was born in 1899. Just imagine the interesting guest list for a joint birthday party. It would have been quite a time.   Fun affair The guest list for Imagination Theater’s annual benefit — Affair to Remember— […]

Grow For It!: Why does my fruit tree have no fruit?

“Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and fresh from the orchard.” — Walt Whitman How many times have you or someone you know planted a fruit tree in anticipation of harvesting fresh fruit, only to be disappointed when the tree fails to produce? Unfortunately, this is a common and frustrating problem for many backyard fruit […]

Learn about Donner Party’s Virginia Reed

What: Wine for Words Who: Placerville Friends of the Library Where: El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Sunday, Aug. 17 Cost: $50 per person Information:   Placerville author Nancy Herman became enthralled with a book length poem by George Keithly about the Donner Party when she was a young adult. “It told the complete […]

Get ‘supafunky’ at MontBleu

Grammy-nominated Trombone Shorty, a rising star in the New Orleans-style “supafunkrock” sound and frequent guest on late night TV talk shows will bring his improvised-flavored band Orleans Avenue to MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa for a one-night-only show on Thursday, Aug. 21. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ onstage charisma and Orleans Avenue’s relentless, high-energy drive have […]

First 5: Is your child ready? School readiness

Children that enter school “ready” are better prepared to learn. Ready children typically score higher on third grade reading tests, a predictor of high school graduation. In years past, “ready” was defined by age. If children were 5 before Dec. 2, they were ready for school. My children were October babies, eligible for school when […]

As we were: Baseball benefit

25 Years ago Aug. 11, 1989 Senior league will shoot for baseball record The Sacramento Men’s Senior Baseball League will celebrate its sixth anniversary by participating in the first annual “50 Hours of Baseball” benefit. This event is being staged to raise money for the league as well as for several non-profit organizations. World-famous drum-beater and […]

Serendipitous situation bonds families

It’s 3 on a Saturday afternoon in Camino. It’s a little gloomy outside but the mood at Eric and Amy Soik’s house is anything but somber. Ash from a nearby fire is falling down on their guests but nobody seems to mind. The Soiks and their guests share laughter and stories like they’ve been friends […]

Foothill gourmet: Barbecue is always on the menu

In California, with our year round favorable weather, it’s never too late to barbecue. Most weekends the fall weather remains warm and outside dining is extremely enjoyable. Barbecue sauces are invariably popular. Many cooks and backyard chefs like to devise their own. Barbecue sauces impart assertive flavors and give meat a delightful color, which are […]

Waterpalooza is back at Tahoe Donner

For those who didn’t get a chance to experience Waterpalooza, a wacky, wild and wet event in July, there’s one more chance to experience one of Tahoe Donner’s most popular summer events in August. The water-themed extravaganza takes place on the driving range at Tahoe Donner, 12750 Northwoods Blvd., from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. […]

Things to do: Aug. 8, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 31, is featuring Kelly Morris, photographer, whose beautiful landscapes are drawn from his travels and from nature and wild life. Also featured this month is Susan Hayne, printmaker, and Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork artglass artisan. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

A night of dinner and music

The Mark Sexton Band with the McCoy Tyler Band are appearing at Manzanita Kitchen and Events, 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs, on Friday, Aug. 8 from 7 p.m.-midnight. Manzanita, in association with Hangtown Halloween and Solstice Productions, presents “The Road to Hangtown” featuring a night of dining and entertainment or just the […]

Fabulous Liars to rock PJ’s

The Fabulous Liars call Placerville home and it will be a homecoming to remember when the band returns with its special brand of rock ‘n’ roll to PJ’s Roadhouse on Friday, Aug. 8. “We were joking around that we should change our name to the Hot August Knights for this performance at PJ’s, which is […]

Boston, Doobie Brothers rock Stateline

STATELINE, Nev. — With all due respect to Lady Gaga who appeared the day before and Aerosmith and The Eagles who follow later this month, Sunday night’s co-headlining Boston-Doobie Brothers classic rock double bill last weekend at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena is tough to top. The concert, part of a summer concert series, attacked […]

Prize winning art

What: 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: To Aug. 17 daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Cost: Exhibition free Information: 530-676-3959 or   The 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit is showing at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in […]

Main Street goes artsy and crafty

Pewter, pirate ware and wine charms, pottery, handmade lotions and beauty products, photography, jewelry from whale bones and fossils and all manner of art and artistic talent will be on display at the 18th annual Placerville Art and Craft Faire, on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’ve never seen a hair spiral, […]

Musical surprises at Shingle Springs concert

What: Summer Concert Series Who: Jamie Faw, musician Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation Information: 530-626-6274   On Saturday, Aug. 9 the Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, is presenting the second in its Summer Concert Series with appearances by the Shadow […]