El Dorado County terroir and grapes are a perfect pairing

Want to try some different wine varietals and explore new tastes and nuances? El Dorado County’s wine region is thriving with more than 50 different grape varietals that are capturing the attention and palate of casual drinkers and connoisseurs. The region’s wine grape cultivation dates back to the mid-1800s, when discovery of gold in El Dorado […]

‘Bodytraffic’ performs an innovative program

Founded in 2007, Los Angeles-based “Bodytraffic” was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and was praised by the Los Angeles Times for its “most hopeful combination of choreographic and performing excellence.” This exciting dance ensemble continues to break new ground in the field of dance and its 7:30 p.m. performance at […]

Things to do: Jan. 16, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s very sophisticated, detailed work uses a process called High Dynamic Range. He works with multiple exposures and combines them in the computer to achieve brilliance of color and light. Also featured is Deena Reyes, who creates […]

Acoustic evening with Travis Tritt at Harris Center

Travis Tritt, who recently appeared at Harrah’s Tahoe promoting his most recent album “The Calm After…” brings his multi-awarded talents to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom for a special evening of solo-acoustic award-winning songs, stories and personal anecdotes. Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist Tritt. […]

Railtown 1897 seeking interested volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park and will be hosting an open house at the end of January to offer more information. The Volunteer Open House will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Railtown 1897 State Historic […]

Artists take up residency at Fine Arts museums

Each month the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco hosts a different artist in the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young as part of the Artist Studio Program. By inviting artists to install and demonstrate their art, this interactive program enables visitors and artists to meet and work together. Ian Everard is doing InsideOut/Work in […]

Epicurean adventures await in El Dorado County

January is California Restaurant Month and El Dorado County is celebrating in a big way on Sunday, Jan. 25. El Dorado Epicurean is presented to showcase the creative chefs and outstanding dining establishments throughout the county. Organized by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Authority, the early evening of dining features seven different adventures […]

Always something MORE at this event

What: 11th Art & Wine with Something MORE Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When:  Saturday, Jan. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848   The puppets are dancing, the paintings are gleaming and the artists are thoroughly excited as Mother Lode […]

Learn the art of ‘Pruning for Maximum Display’

No need to fear those pruning shears. Beverly Rose Hopper takes the mystery out of pruning roses at the Mother Lode Rose Society class on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center. Hopper will discuss the principles of pruning, including classic techniques and her innovative and easy method of “Pruning for Maximum […]

Sutter Creek to present Rigney and Flambeau

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the hot Cajun and zydeco sound of Tom Rigney and Flambeau on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Rigney is an electrifying violinist and composer and a true showman who commands the stage. Rigney returns to the Sutter Creek Theatre with his band Flambeau who are some of […]

Snowshoe race at Camp Richardson

Can you run in snowshoes? Can you run and carry a tray full of drinks in snowshoes? How about just watching people try? The start of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races, a three-part series, is set for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Bar and Grill in South Lake Tahoe. Racers with cocktail trays […]

Art show at Fausel House

El Dorado Arts Council presents Focal Point, a photography and 3-D juried art show through March 3. Participating artists include Agi Gillespie, Anca Statescu, Anton Nemeth, Ashley Pfister, Betty Sederquist, Cindy Stephens, Jennifer Lotery, Ken Mahar, Paul Cockrell and Terri Crisp. Artist Cockrell received the Best in Show award for the photography category with his […]

January is safety month at Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner is celebrating the National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA) National Safety Month by hosting a variety of fun events at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area on Jan. 17-19 to help promote safety education. National Safety Month is celebrated to educate skiers and snowboarders on improving one’s level of safety on the slopes. As part […]

Dynamic farm is taking root in Latrobe

The friendliest goats and alpacas in El Dorado County are already milling about a brand-new farm in the Latrobe area where developmentally challenged young adults soon will learn to grow — in more ways than one. The ambitious dream that is 4 Directions Farm has taken root and is ready to bloom. Under the auspices […]

Film ‘DamNation’ screens at the Cozmic Café

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the documentary “DamNation” will screen at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. This is another film in the series of award-winning documentaries presented by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change. This powerful film odyssey across America explores the change in the United States’ attitude toward big dams […]

Little League Baseball announces changes

Last year Little League Baseball approved a few critical changes to the participation criteria which are now in effect. First, any player who will turn the age of 4 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in the local Little League program. Previously, a player needed to be 5 years old to […]

At a glance: White makes green

It is so nice to see snow on the mountains. Not only is it a beautiful vista, that white stuff equates to green for El Dorado County and fun for a whole bunch of people. Hopefully there will be more snow to fluff things up.   Support Sober Grad Night No matter what the weather, […]

Grow For It!: ‘Frozen’ — Not for those tender plants

Walt Disney Pictures hit another Academy Awards jackpot last year with the popular animated movie “Frozen.” A Snow Queen with cryokinetic super powers freezes and unfreezes her kingdom at will, while singing the movie’s theme song “Let It Go” with the words, “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway.” Not to […]

Want to become a Master Food Preserver?

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free […]

Hula is a hip dance

It’s so hip to hula. Not only do the hips express a language all their own, but the flowing arms and gentle finger movements tell their stories as well. And the fast-paced Tahitian dances tell the tale in double-time, exuberance and joy punctuating each staccato stamp of tiny, bare feet. Three youngsters took to the […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf School to hold informational meetings

Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville, is offing a Waldorf Education Information Series and Tours in January for interested parents. Cedar Springs Waldorf School is a fully accredited Waldorf school providing a rich comprehensive education to children pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Located on a beautiful 5-acre campus,  the school has been […]

Tax volunteers available throughout the county

Volunteer income tax counselors will be available at various locations throughout El Dorado County starting Feb. 1 and going until April 15. The service is free and available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to persons aged 60 and older. The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service […]

Hiram Lodge No. 25 donates to food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County announced that Hiram Lodge No. 25 of Free and Accepted Masons has expanded its list of worthy recipients to include the food bank. Hiram Lodge No. 25 is located in El Dorado and has been an active participant in charitable programs in El Dorado County for more than […]

As we were: Water always an issue

25 Years ago Jan. 12, 1990 $500,000 earmarked to buy Texas Hill reservoir land By DAVID RICHIE With concern mounting over recent real estate action in the area that may eventually be inundated by the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir, the county Water Agency Monday approved the budget transfer of an additional $500,000 for land acquisitions. A […]

Author launches book at the Smith Flat House

Author Lizzi Tremayne will be at the Smith Flat House, Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. to sign her book “A long Trail Rolling.” Meet the author and hear passages from her book. The story tells of a young girl escaping her father’s killer. Aleksandra served as a Pony Express rider and […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s health and dental toolkit

Healthy children are better able to learn. With 90 percent of a child’s brain developing before the age of 5, it is important to identify and address health issues early. Children don’t come with health care manuals. Maybe the automobile industry had it right by including maintenance schedules in the glove box. Taking your car […]

Foothill gourmet: Spinach is supreme

Mention the words a la Florentine and you immediately have my attention. The French phrase translates as “in the style of Florence,” and refers to dishes that are accented with spinach. When the entrée features fish, as well as spinach, it’s usually enrobed with Mornay sauce, sprinkled with cheese and browned in the oven. In […]

Pimp my dumpy looking garbage truck

“Yay! We’re stuck behind the garbage truck!” That might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s really not too far off the mark these days if you and the kids find yourselves driving behind an El Dorado Disposal garbage truck that has become a veritable piece of moving art. Thanks to the innovative idea of two […]

Carson Valley Inn offers fun January specials

January dining at the Carson Valley Inn includes value specials and 24-hour convenience in Katie’s, a variety of dinner entrées and specials in CV Steak and quick-stop fare in Job’s Perk. CV Steak is open nightly from 4:30 p.m. featuring a selection of tasty appetizers, a bountiful wine list, specialty after-dinner drinks and a generous […]

January is Learn to Ski month at Tahoe resorts

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, as well as intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through the resorts’ renowned ski and snowboard schools. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national […]

Sutter Creek presents American Guitar Masters

Sutter Creek Theatre presents American Guitar Masters — Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and  $20 day of show. The American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series features some of America’s top solo acoustic guitarists. Two upcoming tours feature Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis, presenting […]

Things to do: Jan. 9, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 1, is featuring Deena Reyes, who creates extraordinary works of design and color using colored pencil and ink. Her fanciful original abstracts began as visualizations of pain as therapy for a back issue and developed into intriguing designs. Also featured is Soroush Mostafanejad, photographer. Mostafanejad’s […]

Darkroom and digital photographs showcased at exhibit

Davis Arts Center presents “From Darkroom to Digital,” an exhibit of work from the center’s historic photography collection alongside contemporary digital photographs by Dave Webb. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 30 in the Arts Center’s Tsao Gallery, 1919 F St. in Davis. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday […]

‘The Boy Friend’ opens at Sac Theater

In addition to the professional Main Series productions, Sacramento Theater Company  is staging four Youth Series productions in 2015, featuring STC School of the Arts students. The Young Professionals Conservatory of STC’s School of the Arts is a 10-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theater through […]

Pull out the bibs … it’s crab time!

What: 22nd annual Crab & Tri-Tip Feed Who: Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Cost: $50 per person before Jan. 15 and $55 after Information: edhcrabfeed.org Attention crab lovers: The crab feed of the year returns Saturday, Jan. 31. The Rotary Club of El Dorado […]

‘Space, Light and Pattern’ exhibition opens

Throughout the month of January, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in Davis, will be exhibiting “Space, Light and Pattern” by artist Joseph Bellacera. A special opening reception will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Bellacera devotes full time to the challenge of making art out of chaos. With […]

Pollock Pines film maker works to make a difference

Quietly toiling away at his home surrounded by towering trees in Pollock Pines, a 38-year-old film maker is working hard to try to change the world. He just might do that, since he already has written, directed, edited and co-produced a remarkable film that has received numerous awards for its humanitarian message and laudable art. […]

Peggy Depue to offer art collage workshop

Art On the Divide Cooperative gallery will host an instructional collage workshop with local artist Peggy Depue on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Garden Valley Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley. All who are interested are invited to pre-register at the cooperative gallery before Jan. 25. Class size is limited […]

Mandala class opens new paths

If you have ever wondered how the Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery create such beautiful and precise mandalas, you have an opportunity to learn from them and try it for yourself on Saturday, Jan. 10. The monks will be teaching a class showing adults how to create a sand mandala using the traditional […]

Artist starts PAA year off with a bang

Placerville Arts Association is starting its year off with a bang. No fireworks or banging pots and pans, but rather with a talented northern California artist, Annie Murphy-Robinson, who will be sharing her expertise in the use of sandpaper, found objects and photography. Using this technique, she “sees” in the dark. The public — young […]

Soul Play opens concert series

The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, is opening its 2015 concert series with Soul Play on Saturday, Jan. 10. Opening the evening of music is local favorite Tamra Godey. Soul Play is one of Sacramento’s premiere R&B, soul and funk bands. A tight musical group, Soul Play features some of […]

Music takes center stage in Amador

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18 Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from 1 p.m. until nightfall. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, Feist Wines releases its 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing its raw, original Americana porch music. Also playing is […]

Appetite meets altitude during Tahoe Restaurant Week

Gourmet burgers, handmade pastas, mouth-watering steaks, fresh seafood, inventive small plates and decadent desserts are on the menu Jan. 9-16 at Tahoe South as the area’s restaurants roll out an extraordinary culinary experience for California Restaurant Month. Tahoe South Restaurant Week connects foodies with the area’s most notable locally-owned eateries, each recognized for their classic […]

Buckeye’s Best Show showcases students

The fourth annual Buckeye’s Best Talent and Art Show is being presented by the Buckeye Union School District on Friday, Jan. 16. This wonderful event is an evening when talented students can showcase their talent. Ranging from singing to comedy acts, these students bring it each and every year. It’s a fun night for all. […]

Time to apply for El Dorado Rose

El Dorado County has received local, state and national recognition for the unique contest for mature women held each year at the El Dorado County Fair in June. Once again the El Dorado Rose Corporation is looking for Rose candidates to vie for the 2015-16 title. Candidates must be at least 60 years of age, […]