Artists show their stuff at Art on the Divide Gallery

“Saturday Demo Days” continue at the Art On the Divide Co-op Gallery on both Saturday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Gallery members hope visitors will take the opportunity to visit the gallery and see these artists demonstrating their creative process. The schedule for Dec. 8 is as follows: 11 a.m. — Susan Polstra, well-known watercolor […]

Things to do: Dec. 7, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1207 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 6, is featuring its Small Wonders Show, a display of small and miniature art works in painting and other mediums as demonstrated by this 6 inch by 6 inch watercolor painting by Carlotta Tormey. Nearly every artist in the […]

It’s going down at The Cellar at Smith Flat House

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  — Luciano Pavarotti The area of Smith Flat is named for rancher and farmer Jeb Smith who settled in the area in the years after the Gold Rush. […]

Time out: When in aroma

Restaurant: Papa Gianni’s Ristorante Address: 3450 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-2333 It is 6 p.m. and Papa Gianni’s Ristorante is humming. And it’s a Wednesday, for crying out loud. This is the second time I’ve dined at Papa Gianni’s, the first was a Tuesday, and you know what? It was packed then, too. Any […]

Make Christmas memories at the Governor’s Mansion

Get ready to experience lavishly re-created period décor and an impressive array of live holiday music during two special “Christmas Memories” events at the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, 1526 H St. in Sacramento, on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surrounded by docents in period costume, mansion visitors will be transported back […]

Have a very merry time at Burke Junction in CP

Christmas at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will offer a day filled with family fun and the train running all day. Start the day with a ride on the Burke Junction train. After the ride have the camera ready to capture that […]

Baroque music at Sac State

Camerata Capistrano, California State University, Sacramento’s baroque ensemble, performs at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Capistrano Hall, Room 151 on campus, 6000 J St. in Sacramento. The program includes “Water Music” by Telemann, “Concerto for Strings” by Vivaldi, “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel and more. Tickets are available at the […]

Young musicians shine at Sac State

The String Project will hold its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall on the California State University, Sacramento campus, 6000 J St. The String Project provides group lessons in violin, cello and bass for local children in the fourth-grade and up, taught by Sac State […]

Enjoy Latin classical music

El Mundo, the Grammy nominated classical Latin music group led by California State University, Sacramento Music Professor Richard Savino, will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. in Sacramento. The group will perform sacred and secular music of the 17th through 19th centuries from […]

Discover ‘Opals’ in El Dorado Hills

Local award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author and radio host, Renee Bernard, will launch her newest book, “Obsession Wears Opals,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Face in a Book Bookstore and Gifts in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. She will be available to sign books and giving out a free “opal” ring with every […]

David Hockney’s new work at de young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce the return of legendary pop artist David Hockney to California with an exhibition featuring previously unseen new works and his monumental landscapes that integrate art and technology. At the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the exhibition will include multi-canvas oil paintings, films […]

Santa is riding the rails

When his reindeer are resting, St. Nick rides the rails, using clean, reliable electric railways to get around. Meet Santa at the Western Railway Museum on three Saturdays, Dec.8, 15 and 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, hot cider, and story readings for kids provided by the Solano County […]

Sac State announces grad schedule

Nearly 3,300 degrees are forecast for this year’s California State University, Sacramento winter commencement. Sacramento State has 3,281 students eligible for graduation this winter and most of them will pick up their diplomas during winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sleep Train Arena. Seven ceremonies, one for each college, will […]

Al Stewart to play at Harlows

Harlows in Sacramento and Swell Productions present legendary Scottish guitarist and songwriter, Al Stewart with Dave Nachmanoff, in concert on Thursday, Dec.13. Stewart made his bones in the massively fertile folk scene that was London in the late ’60s, and he numbers among his contemporaries like guitar wizards Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, singer-songwriters Roy […]

Sierra Gold Chorus sings holiday songs

Anticipation, an award-winning Sweet Adelines’ quartet, will be a featured act in the Sierra Gold Chorus Christmas Show, “A Musical Cure for Christmas Chaos,” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at Combie Bible Church, 22924 West Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley, near Lake of the Pines. The Sierra Gold Chorus, under the direction of […]

Festive music and song with a Celtic twist

Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers will present the seventh annual Winterdance Celtic Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Sutter Creek Theater. It’s an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include the joyous music of Christmas, played […]

Sutter Creek presents Los Posada Candlelight Walk

The public is cordially invited to participate in the Las Posadas Candlelight Walk in Sutter Creek on Saturday, Dec. 8, rain or shine. This is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to rest, complete with a narration of the Christmas story and the singing of familiar carols. The walk begins at […]

Montbleu earns honors in contest

LAKE TAHOE — Are you looking to spend Christmas in Lake Tahoe, one of America’s favorite lakes according to USA Today in one of its August issues? The nightlife, headliner-entertainment and gaming with world-class outdoor recreation make South Lake Tahoe a place to go. South Shore’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa complements the nation’s leading […]

Sutter’s Fort presents Christmas past

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park has two interactive and fun “Hands on History” events scheduled on one very special day in December. On Saturday, Dec.8., fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, making cornhusk […]

EDH Town Center celebrates Christmas

Celebrate Christmas at El Dorado Hills Town Center with Santa, carriage rides, community performances and Toys for Tots. Meet Santa at the California Welcome Center on Post Street next to Cold Stone Creamery at the EDH Town Center. Through Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will be spending time there, spreading holiday cheer. Families are invited to […]

Sierra Rep presents ‘Songs of the Season’

Join Sierra Repertory Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 11 for an evening of unforgettable live holiday entertainment in “SRT’s Songs of the Season.” SRT presents this special musical and comedy revue hosted by Artistic Director Scott Viets and featuring a group of talented SRT performers including the sparkling cast of “Cinderella” – Samantha Bruce, Jake Delaney, […]

Award-winning photos on display

As part of a special exhibition debuting on Saturday, Dec. 8, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to showcase award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2012 Creative Photography Awards Program. With an impressive number of entries submitted by photographers from all over the world, the theme of the 2012 […]

‘The Old Farmer’s Almanac’ is full of good stuff

‘Tis the season for filling pies and stockings and  the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac and Everyday Baking cookbook can do both. For the foodies and weather enthusiasts on your gift list, look no further than “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.” Brand-new this year, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Everyday Baking” has been deliciously written by celebrated baker […]

Reif Erickson opens show

The Blue Line Gallery in Roseville is very proud to present a one person show called “Natures Palette” by Reif Erickson. Erickson is a nationally known artist with works in public, corporate and private collections throughout the United States, and Japan. Erickson has been pursuing his art career for the last 20 years. He attributes […]

Shakespeare Club holds scholarship tea

The Placerville Shakespeare Club recently held the first of two scholarship fund drives at the club’s annual Silver Tea. Four $1,000 scholarships and $500 scholarships will be awarded to El Dorado County students in May. The scholarships are funded primarily by Placerville Shakespeare Club member donations. For more information go to

Tradition and fun at Victorian feast

For the 30th year, Columbia’s annual Victorian Christmas Feast will be held at the historic City Hotel Restaurant, 22768 Main St. in Columbia.The feast includes a five-course meal and fine wines with each course, and a dinner theater show between each course. The festive night begins at 6:30 p,m., with Christmas carols and a champagne […]

Amador City celebrates the season

Downtown Amador City will be full of holiday tidings from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 8. The town merchants celebrate the Christmas season with fresh pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century old buildings and Amador City shops, a famous bakery, restaurants and a local winery tasting room welcome visitors, ready for the […]

See celluloid adventures at Tahoe film fest

When it comes to adventure sports films, there’s the edge of insanity and then there’s the abyss. For 10 years the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival has taken its viewers on a celluloid and digital tour filled with rapid-succession footage and no-holds-bar outdoor drama played out across continents, continental shelves and all points in between. The […]

Holiday gifts support Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the fifth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportunity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. For the […]

At a glance: Plenty of stuff to celebrate

On this date in 1933 Prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. To celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment four wineries — Boeger, David Girard, Gold Hill and Wofford Acres — are filling wine glasses at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc,, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville, on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4:30 […]

Sutter’s Fort reveals enhancements

Originally established in 1839 and known today as a popular tourist destination, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is offering exciting new enhancements to delight fort guests from near and far — including the iconic Patty Reed doll. A series of recently completed enhancements are designed to enrich the visitor experience and assist in the interpretation […]

Placerville teen donor to be honored

Image of 17-year-old Scott Santana to be viewed by millions The parents of 17-year-old Scott Santana say what set him apart was his uncanny gift of bringing sunshine to everyone on even their darkest days. He was generous, and in fact, following a trip to Australia, Scott’s one desire was to make a difference in […]

Musical shows true meaning of Christmas

What: Christmas Musicals Who: Teen and Children’s Choirs at Federated Church Where: 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville When: Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Cost: No admission charge Information:  530-622-0273 Come one, come all to not just one, but two Christmas Musicals at Federated Church, 1031 Thompson […]

‘The Alabaster Orphan’ makes it real

Book: “The Alabaster Orphan” Author: Mary M. Maaga Published: August 2012, 580 pages, softcover Cost: $24.95 In “The Alabaster Orphan,” readers travel back in time to the years when Jesus Christ was alive and conducting his ministry and they see the events of the time unfold through the eyes of a young, spiritually gifted orphan. […]

Linda Farley appointed New CEO of Girl Scouts of Central California

SACRAMENTO — Girl Scouts Heart of Central California’s (GSHCC) board of directors has selected Dr. Linda Farley as the new chief executive officer of the progressive nonprofit, which serves more than 29,000 girls and 10,000 adult members in 18 counties in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto region. Farley — who holds a doctorate in leadership from University of St. […]

Folsom Film Society presents double bill

The Folsom Film Society is presenting a double feature for one admission price on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Three Stages Theater, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. “Valley of Saints” is screening at 6:30 p.m. Widely considered to be the crown jewel of Kashmir, Dal Lake is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from the […]

Grow For It! Winter garden chores

Winter garden chores are important for laying the groundwork of a successful spring growing season. It’s time to pull spent garden annuals and vegetables and add them to the compost pile. Winter is the time to rake the remaining leaves and clean up plant debris. Another chore is to groom herbaceous perennials that are no […]

Master Food Preservers: Tips for newbies

Because food nourishes and sustains life, it often takes center stage at family gatherings, business meetings and other occasions where people congregate to interact. Many cooks take pride in presenting favorite recipes of delectable dishes, especially during the holiday season. In fact, at some family parties there may actually be a bit of a competition […]

As we were: Arts center seeks project coordinator

25 Years ago Dec. 2, 1987 Project coordinator sought by SCACA SCACA, the Sierra Cultural Arts Center Association, is recruiting for a project coordinator who will take over many of the organization’s functions now being done by volunteers, Dave Smythe, president of SCACA announced in a prepared statement Monday. “The duties of the project coordinator will […]

Grow For It! Plant fungal diseases

Plant diseases are generally defined as disorders in plants caused by pathogens like fungi, bacteria and viruses. However, environmental factors such as the excess or lack of water, fertilizer, and light can also affect plant health by producing symptoms of disease. Diseases caused by pathogens can spread to other plants. Disease-like symptoms caused by environmental […]

Mondavi presents a quartet of presents

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis presents a quartet of holiday shows filled with diverse programming from classical masterpieces to historic traditions. “This holiday season we bring back two of the most wonderful seasonal shows we have ever presented: Danú — perhaps the finest Celtic band working today — […]

Reporting from the other side of the bar

I came home one day in early August to get one of the single most-dreaded pieces of mail an American citizen can get: a jury summons. My first reaction was something along the lines of, “Please don’t let it be for the Cameron Park courthouse.” Being the Mountain Democrat’s crime and court reporter, my average […]

Things to do: Nov. 30, 2012

ONGOING Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p. m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p m. For more information call 530-417-0744. Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in […]

Carson City is jam-packed with holiday events

A jam-packed holiday season of family-friendly activities, concerts, theater performances, parades and train rides with Santa are scheduled for Carson City now through the New Year. The Sierra Nevada Ballet will present the popular, “Peanutcracker — The Story in Nut Shell” with two shows at the Carson City Community Center on Dec. 1 at 2 […]

Concert to benefit CMT

Broadway star Eric Kunze, a favorite of Sacramento Music Circus audiences, will perform a benefit concert for the nonprofit California Musical Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the 200-seat Cosmopolitan Cabaret in downtown Sacramento. Kunze, who has starred in a number of Broadway shows and national Broadway tours, was most recently at […]