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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 […]

At a glance: Here comes the Sun

There is a partial solar eclipse taking place on Thursday, Oct. 23. This is when the moon’s shadow moves across the Earth’s surface and western North American skywatchers will have a very good view. Speaking of viewing, you should never look directly at the Sun — eclipse or no eclipse — so the volunteers at […]

Saw mill kid’s humble beginnings

“Hallelujah Hangtown” Editor’s note: This is the Part 2 of a four-part series on the life and music of Val Pease. Val Pease’s new CD, “Hallelujah Hangtown,” is about a life spent, mostly, in Placerville. But his life didn’t begin here. Pease traces the roots of his gritty sound to the saw mill towns he […]

Pumpkin Path open at Cedar Springs Waldorf School

Be whisked away to magical new worlds lit by luminaries as Cedar Springs Waldorf School, 6029 Gold Meadows Road in Placerville, presents its annual Pumpkin Path on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you have children or grandchildren ages third grade and under and are looking for a wholesome family event, then this adventure featuring some favorite fairy […]

Food Day looks at all things food

Chef, educator, cookbook author and activist Bryant Terry will be the keynote speaker at California State University, Sacramento’s Food Day 2014 on Friday, Oct. 24. Terry, who lives in Oakland and is an advocate for a healthy, just and sustainable food system, will speak at 7:15 p.m. in the University Union, Redwood Room. His topic […]

Food bank to hold hunger walk

On Sunday, Oct. 26,  the Food Bank of El Dorado County, in partnership with Union Mine High School, local businesses, organizations and churches will host its first Hangtown Hunger Walk event at Benham Park in Placerville at 1 p.m. El Dorado County residents are invited to join the Food Bank of El Dorado County by walking from Benham Park […]

High school district delivers 21st century classrooms

In an extremely competitive and ever-changing global market, students must be prepared for college or a career upon graduating from high school. To meet this crucial demand the El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) enhanced its schools’ classrooms with the latest technology that will prepare students for success in the 21st Century. Besides the […]

Art series to spark creativity and interest

KVIE Public Television, in partnership with Art21 as part of its Access 100 Artists initiative, presents an exclusive screening of “Secrets from Art in the Twenty-First Century,” the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. on KVIE Public Television. This event will also feature […]

As we were: All shook up

25 Years ago Oct. 20, 1989 Local quake help sent By URSULA ROSE El Dorado County sent firefighting strike teams to the earthquake region within hours of the tremor. Engines accompanied by three people each were sent from Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Diamond Springs and Placerville to the Livermore staging area, just over Altamont […]

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 […]

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