Feb. 27, 1960 is a memorable day in United States Winter Olympic history. It is the day the U.S. men’s ice hockey team beat the Soviet Union team 3 to 2 to set up a gold medal game with the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia). The gold medal match was played Feb. 28 and the emotion at Blyth Arena was intoxicating. The crowd knew something big was going to happen. The underdog U.S. team was behind 4 to 3 after two periods. The third period was all U.S. with the final score being 9 to 4. The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley and were not as flashy as the winter games are now. The Soviets and Czechs were the big dogs and for the U.S. to win its first gold in men’s hockey in the Winter Olympics was an amazing feat.
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Two amazing entertainers Rick Hussong and Jaime Lynn are playing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. This is a fun way to close out February. For more details call 530-626-1091.
Togs for Dogs and Cats Too! at 330 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills is worthy of a gold medal for all the neat things it does for animals. On Friday, March 1 Togs for Dogs and Cats Too! is having a bunco night to benefit Animal Outreach Pet Rescue. Have fun playing bunco and help support the effort to make sure all animals have a good home. The food, fun, music and prizes start at 6:30 p.m. To play call 916-939-3884.
Mellowood Vineyard, 2979 Mellowood Drive in Fair Play, is having its annual pruning clinics on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. This is a unique chance to connect with the vines and learn something, too. A vineyard is not needed to enjoy this hands-on activity. After a brief pruning lesson, you will be supplied with shears and other necessary equipment and coached through pruning your own vine. You can then attach a name tag to the vine and monitor it throughout the year. There is no charge to participate but advance registration is required. To prune contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-306-9454.
You won’t have to prune the vines, just enjoy the fruit at Behind the Cellar Door. The Amador Vintners are getting ready to share their wines at this event on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visitors can taste Amador County’s wine varieties of the world and enjoy food pairings, barrel tasting, live music, seminars, winemaker dinners and more. Thirty-six wineries are participating. For tickets go to AmadorWine.com or call 209-25-6992.
The Elks Lodge, 3821 Quest Court in Shingle Springs, is having a Caribbean Casino Night on Saturday, March 2. There will be hearty hors d’eouvres, craps, roulette, cards, the Wheel of Fortune, music, gaming for prizes, great drink specials and fun. Doors open at 4 p.m. and gaming begins at 5 p.m. Buy in is $20 and includes playing chips, a door prize ticket and a drink ticket. All proceeds will go to the lodge to help support handicapped children, local scholarships, local grants, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and veterans. Reservations not required but suggested. Call 530-672-9120 to reserve a spot.
The Leadership El Dorado Class 6 is presenting Stand Up For Kids — A comedy Showcase on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville. The night will feature four comics — Anderi Bailey, Dave Nunez, Lance Woods and Cheryl Anderson. Proceeds from the show will help Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ag in the Classroom, Hands4Hope, CASA and PARTY. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, 542 Main St. in Placerville or by calling 530-621-5885.
Ann Wofford is celebrating her 50th birthday on Sunday, March 3 with a party for Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. She is not asking for gifts but is encouraging donations in the various amounts of 50 for MORE — the El Dorado County organization serving adults with developmental disabilities. The donation can vary between 50 cents to $50. The party is at the MORE facility, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville and is from 2 to 6 p.m. Stop by for soup, bread, birthday cake, Wofford Acres Vineyard wines and entertainment by Liam Irish. To contribute to the birthday cause call MORE at 530-622-4848.