Celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” And there was no one quite like Dr. Seuss. At Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, will mark the beloved author […]

Artists explore aspirations

The de Young Museum will host Natalie Zimmerman and Michael Wilson, through March 3,  as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Zimmerman and Wilson’s work addresses the rhetoric of dreams and revolutionary longing that is ubiquitous in contemporary culture. Looking at movements that imagine a future of social, economic, and […]

Shine on the inside and outside

The Shingle Springs Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries present “Shine on the Inside and Outside” at the Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville on Monday, March 11. On the inside, “Extreme Makeover” Texas Cowgirl, Paula Abbott shares her story of being made over by the Master Makeover Artist. Abbott shares beauty […]

Dance workshop at Sac State

SACRAMENTO — Two members of the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation will present a three-day residency of classes, lectures and dance techniques — many of them open to the public — from Friday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, Feb. 23 at California State University, Sacramento. Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), a choreographer, founded the company in 1958 […]

‘New Beginnings’ reflects troupe’s new faces

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) presents “New Beginnings,” a concert performance that reflects the changes in the company’s dancers. Performances are in California State University, Sacramento’s Solano Hall Dancespace on Thursday, Feb. 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at […]

Jeffrey Halford to rock at Powerhouse Pub

FOLSOM — The Powerhouse Pub will present Jeffrey Halford and the Healers on Sunday, Feb. 24. The acclaimed Bay Area guitarist, singer, songwriter brings his cool mix of Americana, folk, and blues to the popular Folsom live music club for the pub’s Sunday blues night. Halford delivers a uniquely American melting pot of roots, blues, rock and kick-ass […]

Gallery show features distinguished artists

ROSEVILLE — The Blue Line is proud to present two distinguished artists, Gregory Kondos and Mya Louw in the Coker Family Gallery and “Pop! Goes the Art” in the WestPark Workshop Gallery, featuring multiple artists from the region. Gregory Kondos is one of California’s most prominent artists and is one of the most respected landscape […]

Meet ‘Anne of Green Gables’

What: “Anne of Green Gables” Who: Charter University Prep Where: 6520 Oak Dell Road in El Dorado When: Wednesday, Feb. 27 to Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m and Wednesday, March 6 to Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. as well as Saturday matinées on March 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Cost: Adult tickets are $5, children’s […]

Engagement: Morgan Romani and Charles Baguley

Morgan Romani and Charles Baguley, both of Shingle Springs, announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Monique Romani of Shingle Springs and Mark Romani of Cameron Park, and the granddaughter of Mimi Escabar of Placerville. She is a graduate of Taylor Andrews Hair Academy in Utah and is a hair […]

Folk rock poet returns to the Marshall Grange

GARDEN VALLEY — The long-awaited return of singer and songwriter Laura Meyer to the Marshall Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley, is on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Meyer is a true folk rock poet who has spent the majority of the past three years living out of a car. She has driven […]

Time out: The Independent stands alone

Restaurant: The Independent Restaurant and Bar Address: 629 Main St., Suite 102, in Placerville Phone: 530-344-7645 Hours: Open for lunch and dinner on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is closed Tuesdays I know it’s corny to start […]

Engagement: Helen Nicole Long-Thomas Aloysius McGettrick

Helen Nicole Long and Thomas Aloysius McGettrick, both of Chicago, Ill, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of David and Roberta Long of Folsom. The bride grew up in the Georgetown area. She is a 1999 Golden Sierra High School graduate. She earned BA and MA degrees in English from DePaul University […]

Wedding Kelli Hill-Gabriel Kent

Kelli Hill of Sacramento and Gabriel Kent of Prince George, British Columbia were married on Dec. 31, 2012. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Cheri Hill of Shingle Springs. The groom is the son of the late James and Sharon Nelson of Prince George, British Columbia. The wedding was held at Crawford’s Barn in Sacramento. Michael […]

At a glance: Arty time

One of the best places in New York City opened on this date in 1872 — the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It houses a great collection like items by Louis Comfort Tiffany, works by American and international artists and special exhibitions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was created by a group of Americans who wanted […]

Business and film mix it up

It’s that time of year again when the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce has the special opportunity to help promote business in through the Business Showcase. This free-to-the-public event, on Friday, March 15 from 4 to 8 p.m., at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, grows every year. The Business […]

Kohl’s Cares is accepting nominations

Kohl’s Department Stores is honoring more than 2,300 youth, ages 6 to 18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships. Nominations for young volunteers, ages 6 to 18, who have made a positive impact on their communities […]

Grow For It!: This year’s top gardening hints

Despite the chilly winter weather, the Veterans Hall was filled to overflowing on a recent Saturday for the new University of California Extension Class: Top 20 Gardening Hints. Enthused gardeners heard Master Gardeners Sheri Burke, Mike Pizza and Sue McDavid expound on inexpensive, time saving and imaginative techniques. The topics ranged from a do-it-yourself rain […]

Finding balance through music

Shingle Springs resident Monica Joy has an invisible illness — invisible to people who see her smiling face; invisible to insurance companies; invisible because of its rarity to most of the medical community; invisible to research. She has superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS) and intestinal dysmotility. Only 500 people have been diagnosed with SMAS, a […]

Ponderosa wins again

Hard work and hours of preparation paid off for the Ponderosa High School Academic Decathlon team with a win in the annual competition that tested knowledge in 10 academic disciplines. For Ponderosa this was the 21st consecutive victory scoring 37,412.50 points. Oak Ridge High School placed second with 35,196.90 points, Union Mine High School was […]

Community is invited to SpeakerSeries at FLC

The community is invited to attend two sustainability lectures this February at Folsom Lake College. Eldridge Moores, PhD, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville and Steven E. Schwarzbach, PhD, will present on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7 to 9pm at […]

Big and little have fun sharing

Camino resident Diane MacLean has been honored as Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. MacLean has been with her Little, Liliana Brambilla, for seven years, beginning with a school-based match when Lily was in first grade. “I’ve seen Lily with baby teeth, no teeth and now pretty […]

Friendship is key to this perfect match

Greg Durio of El Dorado Hills has been chosen Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. Durio, 49, and Kamryn, 10,  have been matched for 3 1/2 years, since Kamryn was 7. They’ve remained friends through several moves and despite living in different cities that are an […]

As we were: Grace Ramona Bacoccini remembers early days

25 Years ago Feb. 17, 1988 Grace Ramona Bacoccini recalls early life in El Dorado County By JOY HAESSLER Grace Ramona Bacoccini of Placerville turned 84 Jan. 31 — not quite a turn-of-the century baby. She was born at her grandparents’ (Mike and Ida Sweeney) ranch house on Happy Valley Road. Her parents were William and […]

Conductor change for Russian National Orchestra

The  Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, announced that conductor Patrick Summers has withdrawn from the 2013 Russian National Orchestra tour. Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, will conduct the orchestra in his place on Sunday, Feb. 17 […]

Things to do: Feb. 15, 2013

ONGOING put pop 215 here Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring artist Lee Conklin. He worked for Bill Graham in the early days of the San Francisco music scene doing “gig posters” for concerts. To this day he is still producing commissioned art. This well-known ink drawing of […]

Music in the back room

Left of Cool — Hugh and Sheri Hoeger — are entertainng in the back room at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Feb. 16. Left of Cool combines sweet harmonies and superb musicianship, performing an eclectic selection of traditional and contemporary music. In addition to their stellar lineup of some of the area’s best musicians, […]

School names new artistic director

SACRAMENTO — Yolanda Colosio-Ramos, founder and Executive Director of Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento has announced Zenón Barrón as the new Artistic Director for the lauded professional ballet folklórico company (Compania Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento) and school. Barrón comes to the company from San Francisco where he is artistic director at the San […]

Crocker Museum showcases Black History Month

On Monday, Feb. 18, the Crocker Art Museum invites families to celebrate Black History Month with a spectacular showcase of the art, culture, history and traditions of the African Diaspora. Inspired by the Black Family Reunion Celebration that occurs annually in Washington, D.C., the Crocker’s Family Festival brings to life African and African American history […]

Iration and more at Montbleu

Soulful, melody-driven Iration, the chart-topping alternative reggae, pop, rock band will be performing at Montbleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. Opening the evening’s festivities are three other high-profile touring reggae bands: reggae rockers  Passafire, from Georgia; The Green,”Live Artist of the Year” in the 2012 Pier Awards and Pacific […]

Flamenco guitarist to heat up Three Stages

Paco Peña,”Best Flamenco Guitarist of the Year” as judged by readers of Guitar magazine, comes to Three Stages in Folsom for one night only on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Beginning their current tour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Paco Peña and his sextet brings the true spirit of flamenco […]

NASA Astronaut to speak at Three Stages

In his first public lecture since leaving NASA, Dr. Steve Robinson will take the Three Stages audience backstage inside the nation’s space program on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. “I will be sharing pictures and stories from the Shuttle that I’ve never shared before,” said Robinson of his dynamic multimedia presentation, In his tiny office […]

An evening of popular and classical music at Union Mine

What: Gabriel Silva and Sue Ann Pinner in concert Who: El Dorado County Community Concert Association Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218 Acclaimed American tenor Gabriel Silva and international recording star, composer and Emmy Award-winner Sue Ann Pinner will […]

Carson Valley to hold annual clay shooting event

Two days of sporting clays at two different area clubs are featured in the Carson Valley Inn’s 27th annual Clay Shooting Outing on Feb. 21 to 25. The extended weekend includes 250 clay targets, an abundance of hearty food and $2,000 in cash prizes. The events begin on Thursday afternoon with an optional early-bird round […]

Music legend Engelbert Humperdinck comes to Three Stages

FOLSOM — With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Engelbert Humperdinck might rest easy on his laurels. Not likely. With more than 150 million records sold and new collaborations in the works with artists […]

Time out: Big burgers and more at Burgers R Us

Restaurant: Burgers R Us Address: 6454 Pony Express Trail, Suite 1 in Pollock Pines Phone: 530-344-7951 Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m   Have you ever heard of a “Juicy Lucy?” I have, but until last week I thought that they only existed on the east coast. No, a Juicy Lucy is […]

Couple presents Haiti program

If you’re expecting an action-packed drama and a bit of emotion, you won’t be disappointed when the Federated Church hosts a presentation by Leisa Faulkner and Paul Burke, founders of Children’s Hope on Saturday, Feb. 16. As part of the city of Placerville’s “Season of Nonviolence,” Faulkner and Burke detail their years of working for […]

Travel by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb. 16. Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to […]

See everything for the big day at “It’s A Wedding Affair”

What: Second annual “It’s A Wedding Affair” Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park When: Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free Information: 530-677-2231 or cameronpark.org CAMERON PARK — Daylight hours are gaining minutes each day, new growth is starting […]

Modern folk and Americana meet at the Cozmic Café

An Evening of Modern Folk and Americana featuring the Bay Area folk duo, Spark and Whisper, and the dynamic Achilles Wheel Duo with Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo is Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Comic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. Spark and Whisper is based in Northern California. Appleton and Sandwina […]

Natural Drift drops in at Hog Wild on Main

Natural Drift will be appearing at Hog Wild BBQ, 38 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Feb.16 from 5 to 8 p.m.  There is no cover charge. Since taking the stage in 2005, Natural Drift — the Sacramento Area’s premier bluegrass band — has been featured throughout Northern California playing live music events from benefit […]

Camera club opens print competition

A print completion will be held by the El Dorado Camera Club at its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. This judged completion is open to members and non-members for a small entry fee. There are multiple categories for color and black and white prints. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second […]

Learn the art of putting color back in photos

This month’s special speaker, Dianne Poinski, will be introducing the members of the Placerville Arts Association to the art of hand-coloring black and white images. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind exceptional photographer and artist. The public is cordially invited to this demonstration and free event being held on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the […]

Double lives and wives cause trouble

What: “Run For Your Wife” Who: Imagination Theater Where: 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, El Dorado County Fairgrounds When: Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Visit imagination-theater.org for dates and times of all shows Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 on opening night, plus on Thursdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. Due to […]

American photojournalists exhibit work at de Young Museum

“Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson” presents the photographs of two American-trained photojournalists, Kael Alford (American, b. 1971) and Thorne Anderson (American, b. 1966), who documented the profound impact and aftermath of the U.S.-led coalition’s into to Iraq in 2003. Alford and Anderson created this body of work during a […]

Wine adventures for an incredible experience

So, you’ve found the perfect partner for this lovely time of year and want to create an unforgettable romantic experience. California’s wine regions have everything needed for a great time. Whether you’re a long-time couple or enjoying that first spark, there’s no better place to dial up the romance. From fun getaways and events to […]