Time to taste Calaveras wines

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 19th annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend at all 22 CWA wineries, Feb. 14-15  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sample the fine wines of Calaveras, celebrate with friends old and new. With the purchase of a $20 commemorative wine glass, guests are entitled to a free […]

Discover art from the heart at PAA meeting

“If one has loved, then one has known fear. Yet one can fear and never love.” — Marisa Sayago Art is an ancient pathway to express the emotions of the human heart. Whether it’s ancient paintings on cave walls, Michelangelo’s “Pietà” or Picasso’s “The Weeping Woman,” emotion can be embedded in the art, and/or we […]

Two new members join Divide gallery

Art On the Divide Gallery Cooperative has recently enriched its display with the works of two new artists, both of whom work in a western motif. Lorie Helderle and Carol Nelson both joined the gallery in December, following their participation in the gallery’s October invitational show “Visions of the West.” Every new member joining the […]

Shingle Springs concert is full of heart

The Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 Shingle Springs Community Center concert will showcase The Random Strangers and Tinge of Ginge featuring Sandi McCrossin. Tinge of Ginge will start at 7 p.m. with great harmonies and fun arrangements of popular songs as McCrossin opens this show. Her band 120 west is a favorite at the center and will […]

Foothill Foodie: No. 1 — Nutty for burgers

Homemade nut burger at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub New owners Tom and Danette Inman took over Placerville’s Brick Oven Pub in October. Changes include a spiffed-up interior, more live music events and an expanded menu. The kitchen now has the capacity to deep fry. That means tasty apps like onion rings, french fries and fried pickles. But I […]

Anne Roos brings home a Grammy

All the ladies ask her what she wore to the Grammys and the men don’t care — but what sticks in the mind of Anne Roos of South Lake Tahoe, who frequently performs her beautiful harp music in Placerville, is that she now has fulfilled what has to be the dream of every musician. “Hey, […]

Nun to conduct a mini retreat

St. Elias Orthodox Church in Diamond Springs invites the public to meet Sister Vassa Larin of Vienna, Austria, an Eastern Orthodox monastic and popular YouTube blogger. She will offer a half-day mini retreat at the Manzanita Kitchen and Event Center, 4232 Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs, on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person […]

Gold Trail district announces registration information

Parents will have the opportunity to register their children for the 2015-16 school year at Gold Trail Union School District (GTUSD) beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17. Current students do not need to be reregistered and registration information and forms will be available in school offices. Sutter’s Mill School (transitional kindergarten through third grade) — 4801 Luneman […]

See Carpenters tribute in Sutter Creek

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sutter Creek Theatre presents Close to You, a tribute to the Carpenters on Friday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Michelle Whited performs a stunning presentation of reproducing Karen’s unique voice along with Don Stamey on piano. The entire live band consists of skilled musicians who perform flawlessly, assisted by […]

Rare Klimt drawing on display

San Francisco-based art gallery, Lost Art Salon, is pleased to announce the discovery of a previously unknown, double-sided Gustav Klimt drawing. This previously unseen drawing will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the gallery, “Time Capsule: A Lost Klimt and Other Viennese Treasures,” as well as in the forthcoming Supplement Volume of the Catalogue […]

Cupid, presidents and snow at Tahoe South

What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Cupid have in common? A three-day Lake Tahoe love affair on Valentine’s weekend. The recent snowfall and an infrequent quirk of the calendar represent a rarely welcomed entry of politics into romance. Consensual pleasures at South Shore take on a whole new meaning with the area’s combination of the […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cody Smith

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cody Smith 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 […]

Hickory Wind — a love story

Fred Kent knew right from the start that Cheryll Bell was the gal for him. But if he wanted to hang out with the pretty singer, he’d have to learn to play guitar. So he did. Cheryll taught Fred a few licks in the early 1970s and the music they’ve made together ever since has […]

Oak Meadow artists mimic the masters

Oak Meadow Elementary will host its sixth annual Art Walk next week in the school’s multi-purpose room and the public is welcome to attend. Every student in the school, from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade, will have a three-dimensional piece of artwork on display. While it promises to be a night of inspiration, the Art […]

Adventures in a wacky world

What: “Alice in Wonderland” Who: Oak Ridge High School’s drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinées Saturdays and Sundays. The play runs for two weekends, Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22. Cost: Tickets are $10 general […]

Carson Valley Inn celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day dining at the Carson Valley Inn includes specials at Katie’s, the Carson Valley Inn’s 24-hour restaurant and CV Steak, the Inn’s Nevada-style steakhouse. The CV Steak regular menu features a selection of appetizers and a generous range of entrées including steaks, chops, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes. CV Steak is also offering two Valentine’s […]

Tackle bottle chores at Mitchell

​Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, is hosting a bottle your own wine event where guests will learn about the winemaking process and actively bottle their own wines — from filling to corking and labeling the finished product. The event will take place at the winery Friday to Monday, Feb. 13 […]

Music to rock in South Lake Tahoe

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe ignites with two electrifying musical performances in February when DJ/Producer Paris Blohm brings his Demons Tour to Vinyl for one night, Sunday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. and the supercharged Los Angeles rock band Dead Sara plays Vinyl, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. Presented by Bass […]

The arts blossom at Sacramento State

California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience is ready for spring with a dynamic Festival of the Arts that features vertical choreography and a new street fair-type celebration. That’s in addition to all the other diverse exhibits, theater and dance performances and music concerts, which include a Tony Award-winning musical, an exhibit of artworks from Nevada, […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Dental Health

Soda pop, juice and other sugary drinks are major sources of tooth decay. These drinks can be especially harmful to infants and very young children if they are sipping on these beverages for extended periods of time. Enamel is the protective outer layer of teeth. The acids and acidic sugar byproducts in fizzy soft drinks, […]

At a glance: Dance the fantastic

On Feb. 11, 1963, the first discotheque opened in Los Angeles. The lights, music and dance steps got a lot of people on the dance floor and provided plenty of entertaining film footage for children of disco dancers to watch at family functions for generation. The clothes and hairdos were also pretty entertaining.   Love […]

Cross-cultural music inspires awareness

The Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries to make music that combines the region’s diverse instruments, languages and traditions. The concert at Harris Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. aims to inspire cultural curiosity, highlight regional connections and showcase the potential of trans-boundary cooperation. Passion and […]

Popular speaker visits El Dorado County

Many met the annual visitors from Tibet with their orange robes, shaved heads and sand mandalas when they visited El Dorado County in January. Last February, Abbot Tryphon from the Christ the Saviour Monastery of Vashon Island, Washington also visited El Dorado County and was the keynote speaker of the first “Men in Black Speaker […]

Rotary spreads the word

In January the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club celebrated the tradition of gifting local students with hardbound dictionaries. Every third grade student attending Pinewood, Camino, Gold Oak, Pioneer, Indian Diggings and Walt Tyler schools received their own personal copy of McMillan Dictionary for Children. Visiting schools, members of the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary individually inscribed each student’s […]

Upgrades improve college campus

The wisteria that once hanged purple from the outdoors gathering area at Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center in Placerville is gone — but the yellow-flowered vines are rarin’ to go, part of the expansion and improvement project that came to fruition early this month. Just two days after the furniture was delivered to newly […]

Duty: Ryan M. Carey

Ryan M. Carey has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to attend the University of Oregon, Ore. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Christopher D. Swann

Army Pvt. Christopher D. Swann has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army […]

Grow For It! In praise of the perfectly durable rose

“Roses aren’t as thirsty as many gardeners think” — that title from a Debbie Arrington Sacramento Bee article struck me. The rose, sometimes mistakenly cast as difficult to grow, prone to black spot and rust diseases and doomed to borderline existence as a spindly shadow of its former (catalogue image or perfect nursery) self — […]

Ag in the Classroom sows information

There’s a new row to hoe at the Ag in the Classroom program in El Dorado County, with one leader saying good-bye and the other eager to begin educating students, teachers and the public about the importance of local farms and ranches.

Karen Owen is retiring after five years holding the reins of the popular program aimed chiefly at school kids and coming aboard in the executive officer position is Avis Jolly.

Owen is looking forward to …

As we were: Locals show cars in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 9, 1990 40th annual autorama, bigger and better By JOY HAESSLER Harold Bagdasarian has outdone himself for the 40th anniversary of the Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review currently showing at Cal Expo. There are 300 entries valued at a total of nearly $5 million, including custom cars, racers, street rods, […]

Sisters are needed, too

It’s not just Big Brothers, but Big Sisters are desperately needed to help out girls who would like a better shot at a good life in El Dorado County. One who decided to lend a sisterly hand, who is being called “Denise” for this story so as not to identify her little sister, stepped up […]

Dinner helps Big Brothers Big Sisters

What: Big Din-Din Delivery Who: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Dorado County Where: El Dorado When: Monday, Feb. 23, order by Friday, Feb. 13 Cost: $25 Information: 530-626-1222 and to order a Big Din-Din Delivery of an Italian feast for four e-mail [email protected] A 54-year-old professional man who works in Placerville became a Big Brother and befriended […]

Help is available with taxing situations

The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, does taxes for free — and you don’t need to have silver hair to take advantage of the generous program.

Most of the volunteers, who are certified and trained in order to qualify to handle tax returns, seem to be older — but that’s only because retired folks naturally have more time to offer their services.

Take John Haller, local coordinator for the Placerville site located at the El Dorado …

Foothill gourmet: Fun with pesto

Pesto is a favorite flavoring for many foods; for example, pasta, rice, potatoes, grilled or braised chicken breasts or thighs, and fish fillets. Pesto can be made from greens beyond basil, cheeses beyond Parmesan and nuts beyond pine nuts. First, toast 1/3 cups nuts or seeds (varieties follow) in a dry skillet (a no oil-cast […]

Things to do: Feb. 6, 2015

ONGOING put gold 206 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 1 will present an all gallery show “For the Love of El Dorado County.” It is the gallery’s Valentine to the community. This show is focused on the people, the scenery and the history and shows how much the […]

Artists show love of El Dorado County

Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting “For the Love of El Dorado County,” a special all-member show running through March 1. “For the Love of El Dorado County” is a celebration of the people, places and history of the region, a visual Valentine from the artists of Gold Country Artists Gallery to the community. From […]

Carson Valley Inn poker action

The Carson Valley Inn poker room is adding a number of special promotions in February and continuing the regular offerings of ongoing tournaments and promotions. Carson Valley Inn poker players in live games between 6-9 p.m. on Friday nights will be eligible for hot seat drawings every 45 minutes. Each winner gets $25 in cash […]

A special delivery Valentine

How many ways can you say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day? Sacramento Valley Chorus says the best way to say, “I love you”, is a singing Valentine for that special sweetheart, husband, wife, mother, father or child. Quartets from award-winning Sacramento Valley Chorus make special memories for loved ones with a “Singing Valentine” delivered […]

Metales M5 to spread infectious enthusiasm

What: Metales M5 Mexican Brass concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost: $25 at the door Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218 El Dorado County Community Concert Association members are in for a treat on Monday, […]

Stray Birds land in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents great harmonies and musicianship with the Stray Birds on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. This is the group’s “Best Medicine” CD release tour. The Stray Birds are currently No. 9 on the Folk DJ Playlist, No. 35 on the Americana Radio Music Chart and tied […]

From the artists with love

What: Art from the Heart Who: El Dorado Hills Arts Association and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Where: El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavilion Room, 1021 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Feb. 6 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Judy Arrigotti at [email protected] The ice-blue […]

The wood talks to these crafters

Gathering every second Tuesday of the month for eight years now, members of Gold County Woodcrafters love to swap stories, trade tips, offer advice and even engage in the occasional spirited argument, letting the chips fall where they may. These guys enjoy nothing more than looking at a piece of wood and seeing what most […]

Cap Stage presents showcase

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its commitment to training the next generation of professional artists with the presentation of “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by David Mamet. The third annual Apprentice Showcase features the work of the 2014-15 Capital Stage Apprentice Corps and all aspects of the production — acting, directing, design and […]

Sac State celebrates Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento’s celebration of Black History Month will fill February’s days and nights with exciting and inspiring events. One of the most anticipated, coming Saturday, Feb. 8 is Super Sunday, an outreach partnership event with local churches to increase college-going rates among African American students. Other highlights of the month include campus favorite […]

Film explores the consequences of garbage

Jeremy Irons narrates “Trashed” on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The documentary film focuses on his worldwide quest for garbage, how it affects the human race and what is being done to repair the extensive damage. Irons travels to several parts of the world to document the amount […]