Things to do: July 4, 2014

ONGING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 3, is featuring fine art photographer, Doug Parks. Also featured this month is painter Joyce Bahnsen. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website FRIDAY Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is celebrating […]

Desolation Wilderness celebrates 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 that was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964. The act established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) within which the Desolation Valley Primitive Area established in 1931, along with more land to the north, was congressionally designated […]

Time travel to the past in Old Sacramento

Get ready to step back in time when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento. For the fifth consecutive summer, visitors to Old Sacramento will enjoy lively, fun and free street theater as part of the hugely popular “Time Travel Weekends” program beginning July 5 through Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-5 […]

Rewind returns to Wine Smith

Placerville welcomes back the high energy band Rewind this Saturday, July 5. The band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville. Rewind has been pleasing crowds in the foothills for years. This unique group of musicians is best known for their uncanny ability to take the audience […]

Sinbad delivers laughs at MontBleu

The hilarious comedy stylings of Sinbad, who has fused day-to-day life observations with in-your-face audience repartee for more than two decades, will deliver the laughs in a one-night-only Lake Tahoe standup performance Saturday, July 5, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. The actor-comedian is ranked as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all […]

Hawaiian Summer comes to Gallery at 48 Natoma

Tropical breezes and soothing waves, the scent of plumeria and suntan oil, shaved ice and sun-baked sand will come to mind in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. The seasonally appropriate exhibit, Hawaiian Summer, will showcase the artistic talents of artists Wade Koniakowsky with paintings and surfboards, watercolors by Leslie Ruth […]

Celebrate at Homewood art fest

The Homewood Mountain Resort celebrates Independence Day weekend with the Homewood Fine Arts and Crafts Festival taking place Friday through Sunday, July 4 through 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This free event brings together an exciting group of more than 50 artists showcasing an assortment of collectable arts and crafts in a variety of […]

Time to celebrate the Fourth

El Dorado County knows how to throw a 238th birthday party for America.   Pollock Pines The Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center is sponsoring a day of fun called the Fourth of July Extravaganza, with help from the area Rotary Club and the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines. The day kicks off with a […]

Fifty years — city and country and loving both

Ralph and Sharon Hern, both 71, are planners. They planned their marriage to take place after Sharon graduated from San Jose State University in 1964; they planned their family after five years of career and travel; they planned to enjoy both rural and urban lifestyles and they planned to have a good time doing it. […]

Cal Expo celebrates the July Fourth

Cal Expo and CBS Radio are joining the city and county of Sacramento to produce the largest pyrotechnics display in the area. The Independence Day Celebration is a family-oriented collection event focused around America’s birthday on Friday. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and features all kinds of activities including inflatable water slides, face painting, […]

Capitol Pops presents Fourth concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 17th season with a free public concert at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4 at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, in Roseville. The outdoor, patriotic performance is part of a full day of red, white and blue festivities in the park just north of Douglas Boulevard. Under the baton […]

Duty: Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler Cuddy

Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler Cuddy, originally from Placerville, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., on June 6. For 13 weeks, Cuddy stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to […]

Engagement: Breann Nicole Brannon and Benjamin Thomas Jacoby

Daniel and Charlene Brannon of Belleville, W. Va., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Breann Nicole Brannon, 26, to Benjamin Thomas Jacoby, 32, of Manassas, Va. Nuptials are planned for Oct. 18 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sterling, Va. The bride, who is an executive assistant in the finance department at Freddie Mac, graduated with a […]

Blonde bombshell lights up the silver screen

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, July 5, with a sassy comedy from 1933. Yes, she’s gorgeous. Her movies make a ton of money. But sexy film star Lola Burns just wants to be left alone, to be the ordinary girl she insists she is. But her deadbeat relatives keep hanging around and […]

Super Diamond headlines Summer Concert on the Green

Scheduled for July 5, Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green will feature Super Diamond with opening act performance by Angele and the Wildwood Band. San Francisco’s Super Diamond will bring the Neil Diamond experience to Tahoe Donner at the Summer Concert on the Green. Super Diamond transcends the label of tribute band by […]

Duty: 2nd Lt. Angela E. Silverbush

Angela E. Silverbush has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. The graduate received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Senior cadets have the opportunity to serve as academy cadet officers who provide leadership, motivation and direction for the cadet wing and demonstrate effective officership in […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel

Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Tempel 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 earn four […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates Fourth of July

The Fourth of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 or a vintage diesel locomotive while being entertained by festive live music performed by local musicians. Train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are available […]

Amador Fair derby tickets available

Tickets for the big smash-up finale of the Amador County Fair always sell out, but if you act now you can still find seats for the Jackson Rotary Club’s Destruction Derby. The derby is held on Sunday night, July 27, the last day of the fair and the multi-car collision has a packed audience cheering […]

Do the bottling and save in Fair Play

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards will be celebrating Independence Day by hosting a bottle-your-own wine event and barbecue cookout. The event will take place on Friday through Monday, July 4 through 7 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the winery, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play. For this national celebration, Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards invites wine […]

State Fair announces entertainment

California State Fair is excited to announce the free entertainment every night during the 2014 State Fair, July 11-27 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. This year the Toyota Concert Series offers concerts from a multitude of genres including rhythm & blues, country, classic rock, Top 40 pop and tribute bands, with something for every […]

Go underground in Old Sac

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project during Old Sacramento Underground Tours starting at […]

Music and more at High Sierra Music Festival

The 24th annual High Sierra Music Festival runs through July 6 at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy. The High Sierra Music Festival has been recognized for more than two decades for its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festival goers and music lovers. The picturesque location, wide variety of artists, unique musical settings […]

Normadene Carpenter — El Dorado Golden Rose

The 2014 El Dorado Golden Rose is Normadene Carpenter, an honor she was surprised and happy to receive since it means that she doesn’t have all the duties of the El Dorado Rose. “The Golden Rose doesn’t go to all the events during the year the way the El Dorado Rose does,” said Carpenter 87. […]

Women’s Fund awards 2014 grants

Nearly $52,000 in funding was awarded to five local nonprofits by Women’s Fund El Dorado (WFED) at its annual Grants Gala, held at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills in June. The dinner event, which included updates from the previous year’s grant recipients, provides “a time for reflections and for celebrating the power of […]

‘Day After Disaster’ offers survival tactics

Book: “‘Day After Disaster” Author: Sara F. Hathaway Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2014, soft cover and e-book versions, 344 pages   After experiencing a cataclysmic earthquake, a toxic flood and the predations of violent factions of survivors, Erika uses skills she never thought she would need and finds the strength within herself to save […]

Railtown train rides run on Wednesdays

Back by popular demand, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at noon and 2 p.m. starting July 2 and running until Aug. 27. While the park is open daily, steam-powered excursion train rides are typically offered on weekends only except for holidays and special occasions. […]

At a glance: Happy Fourth

For those who have been thinking this is an odd weather year just think about this. On July 2, 1843 an alligator reportedly fell from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, S.C. It might have been a from a waterspout but whatever it was it had to be surprising for those on Anson Street […]

Families of El Dorado County No. 1 in reading

The El Dorado County Library was presented with a proclamation from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for its success in cultivating a community where families read to their young children. According to Children Now, El Dorado County led the state in 2013 with an estimated 79 percent of families reading to their children […]

Grow For It! Why a Garden Retreat?

Everyone needs a sanctuary garden, a place of respite from the cacophony of an overly busied life. Why a garden? It is there the symphony of sound, the compatibility of color, shapes and structures and the presence of all creatures great and small calm the frenzied busyness of life’s demands. The sanctuary garden is a […]

The party is on in EDH

El Dorado County residents love a party and when it comes to celebrating America’s birthday it is more than a one-day affair. El Dorado Hills gets a head start on the celebration of America’s birthday with its Independence Day fanfare set for Thursday, July 3. The public is welcome free of charge to the evening […]

Sac Choral Society and Orchestra opens auditions

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and music director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for the 2014-15 concert season. Experienced choral singers with good music reading skills are invited to e-mail the SCSO directly at or to call the SCSO at 916-536-9065. The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra is celebrating its 19th year […]

Ice cream and fun at Fairytale Town

Shakespeare’s classic fairy play comes to life at Fairytale Town’s annual ice cream social event, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy” on Saturday, June 28 from 5-9 p.m. The enchanting evening features nonstop entertainment for the whole family, including live music, theatrical performances, fanciful arts and crafts activities, and all the Crystal […]

Sierra Rep holds open house

Sierra Repertory  will open its doors for an all-access open house on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-noon at the East Sonora Theatre. Visitors are invited to arrive at any time for informal tours and question and answer opportunities with staff and crew. The scene, prop and costume shops, as well as the “Pump Boys […]

Scholarship winners

Ten graduating seniors from local high schools received college scholarships totaling $25,000 at awards assemblies from the El Dorado High School Alumni Association. These scholarships will be used at accredited colleges and trade schools of the student’s choice. The alumni association recognizes high school seniors for their academic achievements, leadership skills, positive attitude, school and […]

As we were: Gold Beach under review

25 Years ago June 30, 1989 Gold Beach permit revocation continued by commissioners By DAVID RICHIE Possible revocation of the special use permit for the mobile home park and campground at Gold Beach on the Cosumnes River is still up in the air after the El Dorado Planning Commission decided June 22 to continue the matter […]

A new skin and a new lease on life

Things are looking up for Caddyshack, the gopher snake. On June 6 he become a permanent resident at the American River Conservancy (ARC), 348 Main St. in Coloma, to be doted over by visitors and staff alike. “Doting over a snake,” you ask? In this case, yes, the little fellow had lots of folks pulling […]

Reading program is Sense-Sational

The startling beauty of Shawn Weston’s cornflower blue eyes can’t hide the sadness that lies just below the surface, a despair born of raising a child who is autistic. Gabe was diagnosed four years ago and now the 6-year-old child and his younger brother live in a big, beautiful home that sports a swimming pool […]

Foothill gourmet: Wraps are the in thing

Wraps, instead of sandwiches, are the current go-to food. Easy and flavorful to make, plus you only need a hand to eat them. Lots of fiber in the greens and vegetables and using a tortilla, they are easy on the carbs. Eating a whole sandwich is difficult for me; it’s just too much bread. My […]

West Point cadet second in his family

When the Mountain Democrat caught up with Shelby Lee, he had only three days before leaving El Dorado County and beginning Cadet Basic Training at West Point Military Academy on June 29. The 2014 Ponderosa High School graduate already knows a little of what awaits him since older brother, Andrew, is beginning his junior year […]

Things to do: June 27, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder. Ryder works with acrylics, oils and woven forms. Also featured this month is photographer Mike Ryan and jeweler Annette Shachner. Upstairs in the gallery, there is a special invitational show of exceptional student paintings from Fine […]

Moon Alice in Truckee

Moonalice comes to the Salty Gebhrdt Ampitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. Moonalice is a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians. The band mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. The audience is part […]

‘Tributo a las Divas Cubanas’ comes to the Harris Center

Cuban born vocalist Yordamis Megret kicks off the  “Tributo a las Divas Cubanas” at Harris Center for the Arts on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Fans of Afro-Cuban-Latin music who love high-energy performances will be treated to the exciting song stylings of  Megret, as she takes audiences on an electrifying musical journey backed by the […]

African American art on display at Crocker

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” presents a selection of works by 43 black artists who lived through the tremendous changes of the 20th century. In paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs, the featured artists embrace themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, including the exploration of identity, the […]

Bo and Paul Parker return to Placerville for concert

Bo and Paul Parker will be appearing at the Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 28 starting at 8 p.m. Their last appearance in Placerville was in June 2000. This rare performance will feature elements of folk, jazz and blues featuring Paul’s muscular lead guitar with Bo’s solid rhythm guitar and […]