Lenzmen are a hit in Hangtown

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: this is Part 4 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Placerville had a lively local music scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Val Pease estimates he played in 18 different bands in the decade, but one in particular stands out. The Lenzmen were arguably the […]

At a glance: Spooktacular boonanza

The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a boonanza for music fans and with the number of people attending and performing it should be a spooktacular monetary bonanza for El Dorado County. Hopefully all the entertainers, crew and attendees will come back to Placerville for another visit and to see all the other great things going on […]

Rumor Has It for a fun show

What: Hangtown Cabaret and Review Barbershop Extravaganza Who: Gold Rush Chorus Where: American Legion Hall, 4561 Green Valley Road, Placerville When: Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Cost: $5 Information: goldrushchorus.org The blending of the four mellifluous voices that make up the Rumor Has It barbershop quartet is remarkably pleasant, but what is perhaps even […]

Story discussion group to start

There will be a series of discussions in the Fifty-plus Room at the Cameron Park CSD Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. The Short Story Discussion Group will discuss a variety of famous short stories and their themes. The group will be facilitated by Carly […]

‘Aladdin’ makes magic happen

What: “Aladdin” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Oct. 31 through Nov. 16 with shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Cost: $18 to $26 with premium seats available for $36 Information: harriscenter.net or Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 […]

Book expands knowledge about olive oil and more

Would you like to expand your knowledge on olive oil? Most people like the taste of extra virgin olive oil. Not all extra virgin olive oils taste the same. Early harvest extra virgin olive oils are fruity with a hint of green and ripe olives and usually have a peppery finish. This extra virgin olive […]

Bipolar Insights: May I introduce Jon

For the past 16 years many individuals have attended the Bipolar Insights classes and many have stood out due to their amazing and compelling stories. Allow me to share one story that touched my heart and is certain to impact you, as well. This is his first person story.   Jon My name is Jon […]

As we were: Prints to help raise funds

25 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1989 Limited edition signed prints to be released “Christmas at the Courthouse” will be unveiled by artist Thomas Kinkade 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Placerville Inn, announced Mountain Democrat Editor Michael Raffety. Signed and certified limited edition prints of the new oil painting by Placerville’s nationally-known artist will be offered […]

Foothill gourmet: Favorite clam chowder recipes

If you’re a clam chowder aficionado, read on. Clam chowder is today’s highlight. We visit the stunning coastal area of San Luis Obispo County and enjoy bird watching and fresh seafood. Besides 250 species of birds, San Luis Obispo County (SLO, in the local vernacular) hosts a decadently rich, creamy clam chowder at the Splash […]

Saw mill boy finds a little Texas in Vietnam

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Val Pease hails from a long line of infantrymen. When his draft notice arrived in late 1967, he never seriously considered avoiding service. When he entered the service in early 1968, the Tet offensive was raging. Two important skills kept him off the front line, and make his military experience far less unpleasant […]

San Francisco is no place for a saw mill boy

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease credits his longtime friend Pat Swansborough with teaching him guitar in 1962 and kick starting a half-century local music legacy. The two old friends recently attended their class reunion, where Pease enjoyed hearty […]

Free support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of each month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Things to do: Oct. 24, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1022 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 2, is featuring Jean Stiles painter in watercolor, oil and paste. Woodworker Ken Jones whose amazing pieces with inlaid woods draw much attention is also featured along with Dory Schachner, graphic artist. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional […]

Life as I know it: Paper mills and a GI loan

As I implied last time, I did enjoy living in the fall season in Wisconsin. Peggy liked walking with Nancy in a buggy, but when she was the only one out on the street she decided that it was cold enough to stop. I thought having to shovel snow off the walk on Thanksgiving was […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball hits its stride

The Hangtown Halloween Ball returns to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 with a muscular lineup chock-full of spleen-splattering funk, gut-bucket soul, hoedown Americana and pure jam. This year’s edition features an expanded schedule, an unpredictable emcee, increased local […]

Railroad Earth genesis

Railroad Earth came together as a bluegrass band in 2001, anchored by Todd Sheaffer’s songwriting and the band’s stellar musicianship on core bluegrass instrumentation — banjo, fiddle and mandolin. They quickly realized that the strength of Sheaffer’s arrangements and the band’s musical prowess allowed them to layer elements of world music, folk, Celtic, jazz, and […]

Tahoe ‘Barton baby’ keeps the dream alive

The guy calling the shots at the Hangtown Halloween Ball on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26 is former professional snowboarder Ryan Kronenberg, a South Lake Tahoe native and self-described “Barton baby” who conceived the festival four-plus years ago and brought the dream to life with some high-powered help. Kronenberg saw the […]

Craven keeps Hangtown Ball bouncing

Joe Craven has been named master of ceremonies for the fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25 and 26. Equal parts ambassador and court jester, the irrepressible Craven has become a familiar face to local acoustic music fans, who might recall his now-famous folk rap or his extended percussion […]

Hangtown Ball details

The fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 23 and 25 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Early ticket sales have been strong. Some categories of tickets have already sold out. Plan accordingly. Discounted single day tickets are available at the door to residents of […]

Free safety and self defense class

When the time changes bring dark mornings and early nights, the criminals come out to prey. Don’t become a victim by failing to empowering yourself with knowledge and basic self-defense skills. A Dark Dangers Safety and Self Defense Free Clinic will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Robinson’s Taekwondo, 4100 Cameron […]

Paint a glass at Sierra Vista

Join Sierra Vista Winery on the patio Sunday, Oct. 26 for the Vino & Vignette Painting Class Series. Local artist Vicki Hough will lead the class through a three-hour harvest-themed wine glass painting session while painters enjoy a tasting of the finest wines at Sierra Vista. Students will be painting a set of four wine […]

Greek mythology comes to life at Fairytale Town

The mythological world of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will come to life at Fairytale Town’s annual Safe and Super Halloween event. Families can enjoy three nights of fun and trick-or-treating at the storybook park on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 from 5-9 p.m. Young heroes can go on a quest to Mount […]

Fairytale Town revamps Farmer Brown’s Barn

Fairytale Town unveiled a renovated and improved Farmer Brown’s Barn in October. The barn is one of the storybook park’s original play sets and the home of Eeyore, Charlotte the Spider, Daisy the Cow that Jumped Over the Moon and more members of Fairytale Town’s animal family. Improvements to Farmer Brown’s Barn include the expansion […]

Metal Dragonfly lands at Green Acres

Metal Dragonfly has found a new home for the Garden Studio at the Green Acres Farmers Market Place, 3400 Carson Court in Camino. This new location is a year round, indoor setting which allows the owner Carol Perry the opportunity to offer the community a great selection of indoor plants, fountains, garden art and many other […]

Time to enter contests

When Doug Alberts opened Green Acres Farmers Market in Camino on Oct. 1, he had a vision of much more than produce for his customers. “I would like Green Acres to be a destination-type location with something for everyone — events, family activities, local handcrafts, foods, gifts and wine tasting,” he said. “The pumpkin and […]

Local squadron recognized as best in California

Placerville’s Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 was recognized as the Cadet Squadron of the Year Saturday evening at the Civil Air Patrol California Wing annual conference. Seventeen Cadet Squadrons throughout California competed for this coveted title. Major General Joseph R. Vasquez, CAP’s National Commander and CEO, Brigadier General Larry F. Myrick, CAP’s Vice Commander […]

Sip and nibble at ‘Night at the Library’

The Friends of the Library invite the public to “A Night at the Library” on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Stroll through the stacks sipping wine and nibbling epicurean delights. Music to soothe, lovely artwork to behold and a drawing and silent auction await […]

Hawkins dancers perform holiday show

A Heartwarming tale performed by Tap, Contemporary and Ballet Dancers Hawkins School of Performing Arts dance companies invites the public to a performance on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for an extraordinary holiday show. “Holiday Inn” is a heartwarming tale of two best friends […]

Dedication for Pearl Place Art Wall

Plan to celebrate Halloween a little early at the Halloween Costume Parade and Barbecue party in Diamond Springs on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. The festivities are to dedicate The Pearl Place Art Wall. The costume parade will begin at the Diamond Terraces Apartments at 6035 Service Drive at 1:30 pm and proceed up to the mural […]

‘Anna Karenina’ steps onto the Capital Stage

Capital Stage continues its 10th anniversary season “Moving Between Worlds” with the Sacramento premiere of Helen Edmundson’s award-winning adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina.” William Faulkner called Tolstoy’s enduring work “the best novel ever written” and the Times called Edmundon’s play “an exemplary adaptation.” Capital Stage’s production will be directed by founding artistic director […]

Exhibition to showcase jewelry and small metals

During his 14 years at California State University, Sacramento, emeritus art professor Daniel Frye produced beautiful work in jewelry and small metals and inspired students to follow their own creative spirit and artistic endeavors. Frye died last July and his works, as well as those of his students, will be displayed in “Moments of Impact.” […]

Musicals ‘Mame’ and ‘Cinderella’ ring in holidays

Runaway Stage Productions presents the perfect musical to ring in the holidays. “Mame,” plays Oct. 24 to Nov. 16 at the Sierra 2 Center, 24th Street Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Tickets ranging from $18-25 are available online at runawaystage.com or through the box office at 916-207-1226. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays […]

Carson Valley scores with weekly football contest

The 2014 football season at the Carson Valley Inn and Bodines Casino brings a Weekly Pro Pick’em Contest and Monday Night Football drawings for weekly prizes and weekly qualifiers for a season-end Super Bowl Ultimate Tail Gate Package at both properties. The Progressive Pro Pick’em offers a special $5 parlay card each week with all […]

Sierra Repertory spells success

Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? Sierra Repertory Theatre presents a group of six young spellers and special audience participants in the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” held at the East Sonora stage, 13891 Mono Way in Sonora, from Oct. 24-Nov. 23. Tickets are available at sierrarep.org or by calling the box office at […]

Ride the ‘Spookomotive’ trains in Sac

All aboard for Halloween fun. The California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will once again offer engaging and entertaining rides aboard its popular “Spookomotive” train this fall season. “Spookomotive” trains operate hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Train ride guests are encouraged to dress up to […]

Royal Ballet of Cambodia brings tradition to Harris Center

Renowned for its exquisite hand gestures and sumptuous costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia almost ceased to exist under repressive rule of the Khmer Rouge, who eliminated the majority of master dancers and musicians. Fortunately, those dedicated to this cultural ritual worked tirelessly to bring it back to its former splendor. Harris Center for the […]

Shake your tail at Harris Center

Years from now when they’re talking about the great personalities in country music, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, they’ll mention Marty Stuart. He’ll be among those personalities because he’s never been afraid to follow his vision, to stretch the boundaries of country music, to make big statements about music and society. Stuart and […]

Creepy time at Sutter’s Fort

For those looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this Halloween, check out the fifth annual “The Haunted Fort” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25. Back by popular demand, the historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours that are based in fact but with a […]

Harvest Festival is fun for all

What: Gold Oak Harvest Festival Who: Gold Oak School parents Where: Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. Cost: No admission, charge for some items Information: 530-626-3160   Every year hundreds of kids, moms, dads, grandparents and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival. This fabulous event will be […]

Androcles and the Lion comes to Harris Center

Chortle at this refreshing treatment of the popular Aesop’s fable, “Androcles and the Lion,” written in the style of Italian Commedia dell’Arte by the award-winning playwright and author Aurand Harris at the Harris Center in Folsom on Saturday, Oct. 25. The nationally-recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for […]

Free concert and art festival

The Davis Cemetery District and Arboretum will present the Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival. This free festival features live music, poetry and a non-juried community art show of approximately 40 area artists. Davis’ own poet laureate, Dr. Andy Jones, host of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour on KDVS, will read his poetry. […]

See Bolshoi Ballet in El Dorado Hills

Fathom Events and the Bolshoi Ballet bring the splendor of Russia’s world-renowned dance company to select U.S. cinemas with the “Bolshoi Ballet 2014-15 Season.” Fathom Events will present four titles from Bolshoi Ballet’s 2014–15 season at Sunday matinée screenings. Three will be live broadcasts (captured earlier the same day) from one of the oldest and […]

Master Food Preservers: Persimmons – the wonder fruit

If olives are the mystery fruit, persimmons are the wonder fruit. Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 25, for a free class from 10 a.m.-noon to learn all about preserving persimmons, cranberries and nuts. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. This […]

Grow For It: Saving seeds

Growing plants and preserving their seeds is an ancient human practice. When you have grown plants for seed, keep a bit of the wealth for yourself and then share the bounty with friends and neighbors and green-thumbed strangers. Some seeds are relatively easy to save — peppers, for example. Just remove the seeds from a […]

‘Rebellion’ does not disappoint readers

Book: “Rebellion” — The Tankborn Trilogy Author: Karen Sandler Publisher: Lee and Low/TU Books, May 2014, hardcover, e-book versions, 400 pages “Rebellion,” the final book in Karen Sandler’s Tankborn Trilogy, doesn’t disappoint. In the first two books, “Tankborn” and “Awakening,” the reader is brought into the world of genetically engineered nonhumans (GENs), trueborns and lowborns. It’s […]