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Visit the underground in Sacramento

It’s the best time of year to experience what Old Sacramento Underground Tours have to offer. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. […]

Things to do: Nov. 14, 2014

ONGOING put gold 1114 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 30, is showing the award-winning pastel paintings of Judy Perry. Perry’s masterful technique is expressed in glowing landscapes and scenes of the California coast and the Sierra. Also featured are exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye and the colorful […]

Mandarin Festival sponsores contest

With a $1,700 set of Kitchen Craft cookware for Best of Show and $100 for top place in each category, the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Recipe Contest in Newcastle, just might be the recipe contest to win this year. The popular event draws more than 40 entries and the judging will be a don’t-miss activity […]

Sierra Rep 2015 Season Single Tickets

General public and group tickets for Sierra Repertory Theatre’s 2015 season are on sale. The season includes the popular Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” a to be announced musical featuring four rock n’ roll legends, spring comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” classic favorite “The Music Man,” Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” country tribute “Always, Patsy Cline,” homage to musical theatre “The […]

Feists Wines celebrates three years of winemaking

Saturday, Nov. 15 from 1-5 p.m. Feist Wines is offering an afternoon full of wine, music and farm to table tapas to celebrate its third anniversary. The Feist family will host three bands to pair with the new release and gold medal-winning wines. First the Church Street Sinners will go on. They are a four-piece […]

Twisted Oak sponsors concert

Twisted Oak Winery is sponsoring  a double bill concert at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys. Artists Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore and Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will grace the stage on Friday, Nov.14, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winner O’Brien became known to the […]

Angels Camp presents winter activities

Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join to the Angels Camp Museum for storytelling and an art activity. Times are 10-11 a.m. on the following Mondays: Nov. 17 “American Indian Heritage” and Dec. 15 “Dreaming of Trains.” These programs are free for preschoolers and […]

Camp Richardson offers unappy winter fun

Travelers seeking a digital free oasis this holiday season can find it at Camp Richardson Historic Resort and Marina (camprichardson.com). According to the U.S. data group Nielsen, Americans spent 34 hours using smartphone apps and on the mobile Web in December 2013, averaging at least seven sessions a day with their device. This trend has […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha 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 […]

Enjoy all-you-can-eat crab at the fairgrounds

Saturday, Nov. 15 is opening day for commercial Dungeness crab on the West coast and to celebrate the occasion the El Dorado County Fair Association is having its ninth annual Crab and Chowder Gala at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this all-you-can-eat feast of the […]

Artist to offer insights on paintings

The member artists in Placerville Arts Association have been up to a lot of “something” this past year — creating exceptional works of art to share with the world next month. In preparation for this event, PAA artists, who will be entering the show, will have an opportunity to have one or two of their […]

Fashion models strut their stuff

What:  “Head to Toe Fashion Show” Who: Virtual Academy Where:  6540 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $3 Information: 530-622-6212 They’ve got the swagger down, plus the stop at the end of the runway with the look over the shoulder that sells it. The fashion models from the Virtual Academy and […]

Harvest Days at Green Acres

When Doug Alberts opened Green Acres Farmer’s Market in Camino this year, he had a vision of much more than produce for his customers. “I would like Green Acres to be a year-round destination-type location with something for everyone — fresh, local produce and products, events, family activities, local handcrafts and foods, gifts and wine […]

Saxophone Ambassadors visit El Dorado

El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to present Mana Quartet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 as its second concert of the season. Hailed as Saxophone Ambassadors by “Chamber Music Magazine,” the Mana Quartet continues to provide an international audience with exciting and innovative presentations of classical music. The quartet members include […]

Enjoy wine, appetizers, artwork and music at the library

Stroll through books while sipping wine, nibbling epicurean delights, listening to music and viewing beautiful artwork at the El Dorado Hills Library’s second A Night at the Library on Sunday, Nov. 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all proceeds benefit the library and are used for adult programming, resources and books. At last year’s event, […]

Comedy show plays at Carson Valley Inn

The raucous, rollicking international hit comedy “Late Nite Catechism” is coming to the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday, Nov. 15 Catechism classes are never as much fun — or as hilarious — as when they are led by Sister Nonie in the international hit comedy “Late Nite Catechism” by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. “Class” takes […]

Eva Szorc opens art show on the Divide

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown is pleased to feature Eva Szorc as guest artist in November. A reception is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. and all are invited to meet Szorc and view her beautiful realistic paintings, described as uplifting and romantic. Szorc was born in Warsaw, Poland and was […]

Sierra Repertory presents play

Sierra Repertory Theater ushers in the holidays with faith, family and fun in “Sanders Family Christmas” set for December at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 1941. The Great Depression is coming to a close. The threat of war looms. A family living in the […]

Jazz legends come to Harris Center

The “Oh Yeah!” tour featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint comes to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The celebrated Preservation Hall Jazz Band and one of New Orleans favorite sons, Toussaint, are touring the United States in a joint tour for the first […]

An evening of song, art and premieres

Premieres, bells, guest performers and, of course, terrific voices raised in song all will be part of “Songs of the Heart,” a concert featuring Sacramento State’s three choirs. The University’s Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus and University Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 amid the dynamic acoustics of Sacred Heart Church, 39th and […]

Performance commemorates Civil Rights Act

Theatre Works brings its riveting stage adaptation of the classic American film dealing with racial prejudice “In the Heat of the Night” to Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The play demonstrates the slow evolution of attitudes, but leaves the characters and America with a long way to go. This […]

Sierra-at-Tahoe gets snowballs rolling

Sierra-at-Tahoe is taking it to the court on Nov. 13 for the third annual Sierra Snowball Fight: A Dodgeball Tournament at Steamers Bar and Grill. Using the iconic childhood game, Sierra will reunite snow bunnies and powder hounds at this free event to celebrate the coming of the season and get into the spirit of […]

Pastel show winners announced

What: The Sierra Pastel Society’s annual Fall Pastel Exhibit Who: Sierra Pastel Society Where: Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville When: Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Dec. 5, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon-6 p.m. and on Third Saturday Art Walk, Nov. 15 from 3-8 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: Paul Harman at 530-889-0549 or […]

Patchy Sanders in Sutter Creek

Patchy Sanders, a rootsy Americana folk blend of medieval to Americana, Celtic, Appalachia and more is appearing at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Patchy Sanders is a rootsy yet jaunty folk pop band from Ashland, Ore. Its latest album “Patchy Sanders and the Wild […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn the meaning of life

I NEVER ARGUE: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I never argue. I just explain why I’m right.” I plan on wearing this T-shirt in front of my wife. As soon as she reads it, I’m running out of the house. LIVE A PURPOSEFUL LIFE: A class titled “The Rewards of Living a Purposeful Life” is […]

WinterFuntastic: Parade particulars

Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito decided it would be a good idea for the newspaper to step up and keep the Hangtown Christmas Parade going, after health problems and other issues several years ago made it difficult for Jim McIntire and his family to continue the family’s gift to the community. McIntire, who owned McIntire and […]

Amador County Fair celebrates ‘Country Tunes and Midway Blooms’

Anyone who has attended the Amador County Fair will recognize the appropriateness of the newly designated 2015 Fair theme “Country Tunes and Midway Blooms.” The annual county fair is famous for the bountiful flowerbeds along the midway bursting with brilliant colors from thousands of zinnias. And being in the middle of ranch country, the country […]

Food for Families campaign to run through December.31

Join News10 for Raley’s Food For Families through Dec. 31 at all Raley’s, Bel-Air and Food Source locations to help in the fight to feed the hungry. Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 Americans. You may not think you know anyone that is suffering, but millions are. In California alone, nearly 27 percent […]

Learn about ‘The Cashmere Experience’

“The Cashmere Experience,” a lecture presented by Talibah Al-Rafiq will be hosted by the Angels Camp Museum on Thursday, Nov.13. in the museum’s Carriage House. California Cashmere Company founded in 1990, is located in the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County. The company does business internationally offering custom dehairing, brokering of fine cashmere, fiber grading, wholesale apparel […]

Hands on History features the Donner Party

In an effort to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties” event on Saturday, Nov. 15, that is focused on a western migration theme. Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada […]

Everybody is happy when these guys get the blues

El Dorado Hills has got the blues … and that’s a good thing. On Saturday, Nov. 15 blues greats Alvon Johnson and The Used Band will bring down the house at the fifth annual Blues and Brews concert hosted by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills. The concert will raise funds for the planned […]

Helen Ward celebrates 100 years

Helen G. Ward celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 17. Ward was born and raised in Chicago of Irish parents. She was one of nine children in the Walsh family. Ward has lived in El Dorado County for 10 years, the last seven at Western Slope Health Center in Placerville. She married the love of […]

Empty Bowls fills hungry tummies

Hunger exists in every community and El Dorado County is no exception. Estimates are that 13 percent or 1 in every 8 people in the county do not have access to food for a healthy, active life, according to national statistics from “Feeding America.” On Saturday, Nov. 15, invest in the Empty Bowls Supper to […]

Life as I know it: The Deep South

Before I relate more of the events of Fernandina Beach and Florida living, it’s appropriate to tell you that two of my daughters and I have just recently returned from a trip to New Orleans and Florida. We decided to have some adventure, see new, and for me, some old sights. We flew to New […]

At a glance: Catch a falling star

The Leonid meteor shower is active through Nov. 30 with peak nights Monday and Tuesday, Nov 17 and 18. The Leonid’s parent is the Tempel-Tuttle comet and the best showcase of meteors happens when the comet is close to the Sun. That’s not this year but it is still fun to step outside and try […]

Master Food Preservers: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

When I see chestnuts, I think holiday times. Once, when I was younger, I tried to roast chestnuts without knowing how — and — they exploded. Chestnuts have a closed shell and have moisture trapped inside, which when heated, can force the nut open. Follow the directions below to roast them safely. Eat chestnuts out […]

Grow For It! Give garden tools a little TLC

It’s hard to know exactly when to call it quits with the yard work and welcome in the winter. Murphy’s Law dictates that the day after you’ve trimmed, raked and mowed your yard for the last time of the season, a two-week burst of warm weather will bring back the greenery — ironically, much thicker […]

As we were: Business needs help

25 Years ago Nov. 10, 1989 Cab company says it’s fighting for its survival By JOHN SAMMON A local cab company is faced with going out of business unless support and donations came from members of the community, according to a citizen’s group. A Placerville Planning Commission decision requires Yellow Cab owner Dan Larkin to make […]

Foothill gourmet: Vegan meal is a win-win

Recently, we made a delicious vegan dinner for friends. It gave us the chance to try a new recipe and make the spice blend garam masala. It was a win-win on both counts and the dinner we created was delicious. Also included are several new and easy ideas for quick flavorful pasta dinners. Roasted masala […]

Women Marines remember ‘freeing up men’

Joan Miller well remembers her job as a U.S. Marine. “To free up a man to fight.” She was referring to World War II, where American Leathernecks were ferociously reclaiming the Pacific islands from the occupying Japanese. The year was 1944 when Miller and her Fairfax High School buddy Betty MacGregor joined the Corps from […]

Things to do: Nov. 7, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 30, is showing the unique, colorful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. Also featured are the award-winning pastel landscapes of Judy Perry and the exquisite watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. The gallery artists still have available at the gallery the new member produced […]

DS artists announce winners

The Diamond Springs Art Association’s Fall Art Show at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane, building B, in Placerville, closes Friday, Nov. 7. The Friday hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Judge for the 2014 show was Sharon Galligan. She selected Shirley Rowe’s “Mute Swan” as Best of Show Category winners were: Theme […]

Follow the yellow brick road

What: “The Wizard of Oz” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: ORHS theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 22-23 at 2 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $13 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Kevin M. Schnaidt

Air Force Airman Kevin M. Schnaidt 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 credits toward […]

Sac State measures ‘Water by the Spoonful’

Elliott and Yasmin live in one world where they cope with their Aunt Ginny’s death, Elliott tries to readjust to civilian life after serving in Iraq, and Yasmin struggles with divorce and her role as Elliott’s emotional support. Orangutan, Chutes & Ladders and Fountainhead are recovering drug addicts who live in another world, trying to […]

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