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Fantasy glides on the ice

Disney On Ice Presents “World of Fantasy” presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, is coming to Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, Wednesday to Sunday, Oct.22-26. Rev up for non-stop fun with four of favorite Disney stories when this action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.” Thrill […]

New CD celebrates a life in Placerville

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease first strummed guitar on a Placerville stage in 1962 and went on to become a central figure in what was once a lively local music scene. With a little help from some long-time […]

Dedication unites two kindred spirits

They died 139 years apart, but as of Sunday, Oct. 12, the legacies of two women were joined for as long as a granite monument and a marble headstone can withstand the march of time. Friends and family of the late Joan Barsotti, author and philanthropist, gathered on a sun-washed hill overlooking the small Gold […]

Ovation Stage produces ‘Red’

Ovation Stage, at the Three Penny Theatre in Sacramento, is producing “Red” through Oct.19. In “Red,” winner of the 2010 Tony Award, playwright John Logan sends American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko into battle with his demons in this electrifying play of ideas. Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in […]

Old Sac continues Day of the Dead celebration

In honor of the 40th anniversary of “Day of the Dead” celebrations in Sacramento, Sol Collective and the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation have teamed up to present the third annual “Souls of the City” Dia De Los Muertos series of events and activities in Old Sacramento that take place throughout October and culminate on Nov. 1. […]

Life as I know it: Getting married and graduating

My days at Purdue rather quickly settled into a fairly simple routine. During the week I would go to class, study, eat and sleep. I wanted to be certain I kept good grades because our class had been told that chemistry would take a heavy toll in the first semester. I chose to be in […]

Sacramento museums get in the spirit

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. In October, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are […]

Smuin Ballet to wow Harris Center

Vibrant, expressive, brassy; agile bodies moving with astonishing gravity-defying grace. That’s Smuin Ballet, considered to be in the top tier of America’s ballet companies. It is this excellence they bring to Harris Center for the Arts audiences on Friday, Oct.17 as Smuin Ballet “breaks the boundaries of ballet” with a trilogy of unforgettable pieces. In […]

Things to do: Oct. 17, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 2, is featuring Jean Stiles painter in watercolor, oil and pastel whose current themes include flowers and local scenes. Woodworker, Ken Jones whose amazing pieces with inlaid woods draw much attention is also featured along with Dory Schachner, graphic artist. The cooperative gallery […]

Molybden makes a tour stop at Cozmic Café

Austin spook-tonk singer Molybden is making a tour stop in Placerville at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 18. The performance is in support of her forthcoming digital single “Take It,” recorded, mixed and mastered by Kyle Ellison and the four-song full stream she released earlier this year, entitled “Woman Who Left Behind” […]

Cowboy Gathering features two days of fun

The American River Folk Society’s Cowboy Gathering will be taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, throughout Georgetown. Some of the finest cowboy poets and singers will be performing throughout both days at the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main Street and the Georgetown Park  at South and Harkness streets. On Saturday evening there will be a western dinner, show […]

Skeleton crew offers train rides

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer two final weekends of family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Staffed by a “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs on-the-hour from 11 a.m-3 p.m. On Saturdays, the excursion […]

Lobsterpalooza to raise funds for church

Lobsterpalooza 2014 is Saturday, Oct.18 at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, from 4-8 p.m. A live-Maine lobster dinner with all the fixings is only $30. Enjoy live music and raffle prizes including a 12-gauge home defense shotgun and other exciting items during the evening. Take-out lobster is available for only $23 […]

Paranormal presentation at haunted Sloughhouse Inn

With Halloween fast approaching, the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team, based out of the Sacramento region, will be holding an event for the public at the haunted Sloughhouse Inn, 12700 Meiss Road in Sloughhouse, on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 7 p.m.until midnight. The event will include a Ghosts of the Gold Country presentation where attendees […]

Events commemorate 75th anniversary of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Two events observing the 75th anniversary of the publication of “The Grapes of Wrath” will be held at California State University, Sacramento’s library gallery annex for four days, Oct. 21-24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m. John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel about a family of Dust Bowl farmers heading to California won a Pulitzer Prize and was […]

Festival celebrates art and wine

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 for wine tasting, no cost for designated drivers and art strollers Information: placerville-downtown.org or 530-672-3436   Artist Geoff Boyd, who died in 2011, no doubt would appreciate the fact that the art he so […]

A rocky world at the fairgrounds

What: 31st annual Rock and Gem Show Who: El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 530-676-2472 The promotional materials for this weekend’s huge El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society show at the El […]

National award-winning pastel artist to speak at PAA

The Sierra Foothills are just chock-full of artists recognized locally, nationally and internationally as some of America’s best. The Placerville Arts Association membership is chock-full of many of these artists. PAA member Gloria Vernon is this month’s guest speaker. A local and national award-winning artist, she will be sharing her expertise in painting with pastels […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Arthur Perez

Army Pvt. Arthur Perez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle […]

Anniversary: Neil and LaVerne Moore

Neil and LaVerne Moore celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3. The couple was married in 1959 in London, England. Their initial adventure started at California State University, Sacramento after a football game in 1954. The real adventure started in London in 1959 continuing through a number of foreign locations resulting in three children and seven […]

More Art and Wine activities

Another feature at this year’s Art and Wine Festival will be the Images of Hope project, a volunteer group that seeks to provide exceptional cultural and artistic events and resources in the local community and raise funds to offer art therapy for cancer patients and their families as part of the healing process. Festival-goers will […]

Art and Wine Festival participating wineries

Beemer’s Winery Bumgarner Winery Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Colibri Ridge Winery Crystal Basin Cellars David Girard Vineyards DiVittorio Winery Drytown Winery Fiddletown Cellars Grace Patriot Wines Gwinllan Estate Winery Hart2Hart Wines Holly’s Hill Vineyards Honey Bear Ranch Winery It’s Personal Wines Karmere Winery Lava Cap Winery Madroña Vineyards Mais Fica Winery Miraflores Winery Nello Olivo Oakstone […]

Southern Soul Assembly Tour plays Reno

The Southern Soul Assembly Tour featuring JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson comes to Cargo in Reno on Saturday, Nov. 15. The tour, which launched Nov. 11 in Sandpoint, Idaho, hits 11 cities including Seattle, Portland, Eugene,  San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Boulder. Grey, Broussard, Osborne and Dickinson, all highly seasoned artists, […]

Harris Center presents Giraldo Piloto

The fourth and final international treat that has made up the Four Slices of Cuba Series at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, performs on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Giraldo Piloto and his band Klimax are some of the pioneers of the immensely popular Cuban music and dance craze […]

Brews and Boos offers to celebrate October

Capitol Pops, new director Kurt Pearsall and special guests celebrate October with the third annual “Brews and Boos” free, open-to-public event Friday, Oct. 17 at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive. The public is invited to join the Capitol Pops Concert Band to celebrate October from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Doors to the family-friendly two-hour […]

Classic holiday treats at Gallery at 48 Natoma

With the holidays come many traditions and some of the most popular are the special performances that bring ballet dancers to the stage . Often attending a classic holiday ballet is the highlight of many family’s season. Ballet in all its forms from the stage to behind the curtain to expansive outdoor landscapes will become the […]

See ‘The Met: Live in HD’ in EDH

The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions returns to more than 650 select U.S. cinemas this fall with the ninth season of “The Met: Live in HD.” “The Met: Live in HD 2014-2015” series continues with “Le Nozze Di Figaro” (Mozart) on Saturday, Oct. 18. Music director James Levine conducts a spirited new production […]

Royal Opera House announces cinema series

Fathom Events and the Royal Opera House partner again to present the “The 2014/15 Royal Ballet Cinema Season,” offering specially curated titles through May, four of which will be captured live from London. The season continues with “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on Tuesday, Dec. 16, “Swan Lake” on Thursday, March 19, 2015 and “La Fille […]

Friends of Music go Baroque

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization of classical music performance serving the central region of the gold country, presents its first concert of chamber music in the new season on Sunday, Nov. 2, starting at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The concert is […]

Master Food Preservers: Olive U — tapenade or not to tapenade?

Olives, the mystery fruit — join the Master Food Preservers on Saturday, Oct. 18, for a free class from 10 a.m.-noon to learn all about preserving olives. Please note that classes are now at the Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building at 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Make a delicious tapenade with home cured/preserved olives. Use it as […]

Grow For It!: Growing California native wildflowers

Blooming wildflowers are a little bit of natural California and looking ahead two seasons — signal that spring has really arrived after a wet and chilly winter. The seeds from annual California native wildflowers can be planted in fall or spring. If you plant in the fall you let Mother Nature do the watering and […]

Spend an evening with Wayne Dyer

Join the Spiritual Center for Positive Living for an evening with Dr. Wayne Dyer. The center is hosting the New York Times best-selling author Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned teacher, author and speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. “I Can See Clearly Now: Seeing Obstacles as […]

Local author Salazar Flood to sign book

Book: “Years of Silence” Authors: Michelle Salazar Flood and Douglas Puccini Publisher: Stunning Books 2013 Maggie Sevilla and Carlo Rossini are people of a certain time and a certain place. Their story is ageless, but when and where it takes place colors everything about how they live it. In her first novel, author Michelle Salazar […]

Discover the history of the olive’s golden oil

Discover the history of olives in California’s Gold Country with a lecture, book signing and olive tasting featuring authors Salvatore Manna and Terry Beaudoin, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is “Olives in California’s Gold Country” by Manna and Beaudoin. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of […]

At a glance: Good wishing

It’s October and that means the Orionid meteor shower is happening. The peak viewing time is Monday to Tuesday, Oct. 21 to 22. Since it is almost a new Moon it should be a pretty good show with about 20 meteors an hour. The Orionids relate back to Halley’s comet and the meteors look like […]

The power of collective giving celebrated

El Dorado County “has plenty of positive news to share” when it comes to charitable giving, noted philanthropist and publisher Winnie Comstock-Carlson to a sold-out audience at the Women’s Fund El Dorado’s annual celebration dinner on Oct. 2. The festive event at David Girard Vineyards in Placerville, was attended by nearly 300 women and men […]

Mobile Pantry keeps rolling with support

The Food Bank of El Dorado County along with a dozen Wells Fargo volunteers joined forces at Green Valley Community Church for the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry — Rural Outreach and Free Farmers Market distribution. Wells Fargo presented the food bank with a generous check for $10,000 to continue its mobile outreach efforts. The […]

Sac State is hosting Hornet Day

What’s life like at California State University, Sacramento? Prospective college students can find out how great it is to be a Hornet during the free Future Hornet Day. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, students and their families can tour the campus, see and hear firsthand from current students about some of Sac State’s dynamic […]

Eden Vale Inn sees red

Long considered simply a place to rest one’s buttocks, the lowly wooden chair has been elevated to celebrity status. The Red Chair is being welcomed at inns and B&B’s throughout America. It’s all part of a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers. From Oct. 8 through 14 the chair made a visit to Eden Vale Inn, […]

Great eats at Chowda Chomp

Come to Volcano’s Armory Hall on Sunday, Nov. 9 for the third annual Chowda Chomp. Private and commercial competitors from local homes and restaurants will serve up their favorite chowder for tasting and voting. The Chomp begins at 11 a.m. and the tasting (and eating) continues until 2 p.m., with awards announced at 3 p.m. […]

Juvenile Service Council is holding a golf tourney

The Juvenile Service Council (JSC) is hosting its first ever golf tournament on Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. at Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. The JSC is a non-profit corporation whose volunteers have worked for more than 30 years with youth detained in El Dorado County Juvenile Detention facilities. “Our aim” said JSC president […]

Life as I know it: From Sun Valley to Indianapolis

In my last column, I told of going to Detroit, Mich., and being discharged from the Coast Guard. I immediately, with my few possessions, hitchhiked to Indianapolis to see Peggy. She was still in nursing school. I stayed near, or at, the hospital for several days and we spent as much time together as possible. […]

Master Gardener information meetings set

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of […]

Bestseller Lu coming to Face in a Book

“Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows. Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake. Some worship us, think us children of the gods. But all know us.” Once young adult superstar Marie Lu opens her highly anticipated new fantasy series with these lines, she’s got you hooked […]

As we were: Drought assistance

25 Years ago Oct. 13, 1989 SBA drought $$ are now available Small, non-farm business owners located throughout the state are now eligible to apply for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration because of economic losses stemming from the drop in farm income due to the 1988 drought. This disaster declaration was recently approved […]

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