Belltower Brewfest: It’s the music

The Belltower Brewfest on Saturday, June 30 will not only be serving up an eclectic mix of brews, there will also be music at three locations on Main Street in Placerville This year’s featured bands will include the wonderful blues tunes of the Steve Freund Blues Band at the Belltower from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., […]

Canned Heat presents concert with original members

Carson City Harley-Davidson and Renegade Productions present Canned Heat with original members Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor and Fito De La Parra, in concert on Friday, June 29 at Jethro’s Bar and Grill in Gardnerville. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. with opening act, Bootleggers, who play its own mix of classic rock, blues and a […]

Music Circus gets high energy start

“Grease,” the satirical Broadway hit that launched the movie musical sensation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, will be at Wells Fargo Pavilion from through July 1. With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, “Grease” will get the 2012 Music Circus season off to a singing, dancing, high energy start. Playing […]

Reggae Festival to rock Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — MontBleu and PR Entertainment presents the Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival on Saturday, June 30 in the brand new MontBleu Amphitheatre located at the MontBleu Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe. The all-day festival will feature reggae/dub/rock band, Pepper, along with New Zealand’s Katchafire, Hawaiian reggae sensation J Boog, Hot Rain, Keyser Soze, […]

Fair Trade Bazaar comes to de Young Museum

Shop a world of art at the second annual Fair Trade Bazaar at the de Young, showcasing fair trade products from around the globe. Presented by the de Young Museum Store, the two-day event features 16 traders, six of whom are new to the event this year. Representing cultures from Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, […]

Crocker is a place for summer fun

SACRAMENTO — On vacation breaks and sunny days, kids and adults can be immersed in engaging art experiences and creative skill-building in Summer Studio Art Classes at the Crocker Art Museum. All classes are led by skilled teaching artists and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imaginations while receiving formal lessons in a […]

Things get real freaky at Olde Coloma Theater

The Olde Coloma Theater, 380 Monument Road, presents “Roman Romanni’s Extraordinary Exhibits” or “Don’t Judge A Crook By His Cover” on weekends Friday, June 29 through July 29. This show was written by the talented Lauren Williams and is a second installment for Roman Romanni. Roman Romanni, owner of a travelling side show, despairs that his business […]

Ghost hunting at the El Dorado County Library

Explore things that go bump in the night with Amy Bruni, paranormal investigator from the hit television show “Ghost Hunters,” at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m. Bruni is a good example of what happens when a hobby, turns into a passion, which in […]

Miller earns veterinary degree

Trevor Miller of Placerville graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis on June 5. Miller graduated from Gold Trail School in 1998, Ponderosa High School in 2002, University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and attended UC Davis for the last four years. As he strived to attain his DVM he accepted summer jobs at the […]

At a glance: Events heat up in summer

Summer is here and there are so many fantastic things to do. Enjoy free wine tasting and celebrate the centennial of chardonnay on Wednesday, June 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105 in El Dorado Hills. The center and the El Dorado Winery Association are offering […]

Grow For It! Summer garden chores checklist

June 21, was the official start of summer. So on that note, here is a list summer of garden chores to get started for the season. Walk the yard to assess if it is thriving or just surviving in the summer heat. While out there, check the watering system for clogs. Is it putting out […]

Elder Options expanding services to assist older adults

Recognizing that older people are increasingly remaining in their own homes as they age, Elder Options has expanded services to the community at-large by adding a handyman component to the Care Management and Home Care services already in place. Sample handyman services include outside yard clean up including weed eating, pruning, burning and mowing. Minor […]

Rescue COOL School opens

The Rescue Union School District is now accepting applications for the Rescue COOL School. The COOL stands for Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning. The COOL School is a highly successful, virtual independent study program where students complete most of their work online at home and also have the option to attend class a few hours […]

Music is in the air at Town Center

Music is in the air in El Dorado Hills this summer and officials at Town Center want you to come and listen. “We have a lot of music going on this summer,” said Natalie Buerki, marketing manager. “We have Live on the Boulevard, which is our free 12-week concert series that we do every year […]

Nathan Snyder’s film takes audiences on dangerous journey

Nathan Snyder is trying his hand at cinematography, from scratch. Inspired by works such as the “Paranormal Activity” series, “Lost,” “the Blair Witch Project” and “Harry Potter,” the Oak Ridge High School alum and producing partner Brandon Cano-Errecart created their first chilling full-length feature film, “The Sigil.” The movie documents the journey of Devan, a confused […]

Roll Hill Arts win

The Roll Hill Arts Academy Jazz Band from El Dorado Hills recently returned from the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey with top honors. The Monterey festival hosts only the top middle school and high school jazz musicians who have auditioned for a spot to compete there. The band placed third in the conglomerate division, competing […]

As we were: Constitutional bicentennial celebration is planned

25 Years ago June 26, 1987 Constitutional bicentennial group formed An organizational working luncheon was held on June 22 to establish and elect officers for the El Dorado County Bicentennial Committee on the United States Constitution. Some 25 business, political and service club leaders were invited to serve. The officers elected on Monday are, Fred H. […]

Foothill gourmet: Delicious milkshakes

Today’s column features ice cream and frozen yogurt to make incredibly delicious milkshakes. Each of the following recipes makes two milkshakes. Double or triple the recipe ingredients to serve family and friends. For the most flavorful results, use real vanilla extract, not imitation. Real vanilla extract is more expensive than imitation vanilla but the difference […]

Enjoy the bounty of El Dorado County

If you’d like to enjoy the treasures from some of El Dorado County’s most gifted artists, chefs, and winemakers in one lovely setting, then don’t miss the second annual Taste of the Foothills — A Benefit for Cedar Springs Waldorf School, on Saturday, June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Smith Flat House, […]

Enjoy ‘The Odyssey’ at Fairytale Town

From dusk till dawn, 200 individuals, including children, veterans, poets and teachers, will take to Fairytale Town’s outdoor Mother Goose Stage to present an all-night, nonstop reading of Homer’s great epic, “The Odyssey.” The park will open at 6:30 p.m., and the reading will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jun. 22 and conclude around […]

Exhibit features theater history

Playbills, programs, letters and posters associated with the history of British theater dating back to the 18th century will be displayed through Friday, Aug. 17 in the California State University, Sacramento library’s department of special collections and university archives. The Gerard A. and Georgia B. Larson Theater Collection, donated to the university in 2011, consists […]

Things to do June 22, 2012

ON GOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 1, is featuring the delightful fused glass designs of Joyce Burr. These original, colorful hand-crafted pieces are mostly functional and often whimsical. Dory Ann Schachner, who is also featured, works with pencil, ink and camera and specializes in beautiful animal and human […]

Sac choral holds auditions

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and Music Director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for their 2012-13 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good music reading skills, please call the SCSO at 916-536-9065 or e-mail [email protected] The chorus rehearses September through May on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:30 […]

Crocker features ceramic artist

The Crocker Art Museum will present, “A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes,” a major retrospective of ceramic artist Karen Karnes from June 23 through Sept. 30. For more than 60 years, Karnes has been at the forefront of the studio pottery movement, creating some of the most iconic vessels and sculptural objects in […]

Beautiful views and music await at Fitzpatrick

Join Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge for the 18th annual Tempest concert. There is no more intimate venue to enjoy the high energy of Tempest’s Celtic rock style than on the deck at Fitzpatrick. If you’ve been there over the past 17 years, you know and if not you must come join the fun Saturday, June […]

Explore the wonders of the ocean

Federated Church and Kamp Koinonia 2012 present the production “Under God’s Sea in 3D.” One hundred and eight children, from ages 4 to 18, attending Kamp Koinonia 2012 at Federated Church have spent their week singing, crafting and learning all about the great miracles of the ocean. With fish, sea creatures and mermaids, they have […]

Stepping out: New restaurant offers hot items

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” —  J.R.R. Tolkien   Los Pinos Restaurant and Bar — Fine Mexican Cuisine The first time I talked with Shannon Stoneman, the manager at the new Mexican restaurant in Cameron Park, Los Pinos, she had just […]

Family to raise funds to fight cancer

What: Sweet Miracles Benefit El Dorado County Relay for Life/American Cancer Society Who: The Martinez Family Where: Diamond Center, 4242 Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs, in the parking lot When: Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 11 p.m. Blue Sky Day is performing from 6 to 9 p.m.. Cost: Admission to the benefit is free Information: Corrina Martinez at 530-919-2201 […]

Summer concerts in the Pines

Pollock Pines will again be rockin’ in the cooler breezes of the Pony Express Plaza at the corner of Sly Park Road and Pony Express Trail. All concerts are free to attend. Bring a blanket or chair and your favorite picnic, either homemade or bought at one of Pollock’s famous or brand new eateries. Alcoholic […]

Time to race to the Placer County Fair

Imagine a cow driving a NASCAR race car towards the finish line located at the main gate of the Placer County Fair, while a goat enthusiastically waves a checkered flag perched at the highest point on the nostalgic Ferris Wheel. This year the Placer County Hometown Fair theme, June 21-24, is “Race to the Fair,” […]

Live on the Boulevard and Fireworks Jubilee returns to EDH Town Center

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in El Dorado Hills this summer, everyone’s favorite local concert series is back with a 12-show line-up beginning June 21 and running through September 6; coupled with the Third Annual Fireworks Jubilee, slated for Tuesday, July 3. Live on the Boulevard Live on the Boulevard returns with […]

Fundraiser to help Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater will host its fifth annual fundraiser, “A Garden Affair,” on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. There will be a live and silent auction during the event. Enjoy an evening of fine wines and food while […]

McCoy Tyler Band debuts album

Somewhere between Dylan and The Devil Makes Three, Townes Van Zandt and Railroad Earth, with a little Bill Monroe and Tony Rice thrown in for good measure, lies The McCoy Tyler Band — a three piece acoustic trio hailing from the ethereal shores of Santa Cruz. The band will be performing at The Cozmic Cafe, […]

Puss in Boots visits Fair Oaks Theatre

Puss in Boots — he’s not your regular feline. Come watch some riotous adventures with the cleverest kitty there ever was — Puss in Boots. Puss can speak French. Puss can dance. Puss can tell jokes. Puss has the best time ever and he wants to share that fun with a princess and an ogre […]

At a glance: A bright sunny day

Wednesday, June 20 is the summer solstice. This is when the North Pole is at the nearest point to the Sun and everyone north of the equator experiences the most sunlight of the year.   Summer concert There will be plenty of sunlight to enjoy the free Summer Concert in the Pines at Pony Express […]

Chan House to showcase Chinese heritage

Visitors to the newly redeveloped Historic Sutter Street in Folsom notice that there is one building that seems to have been overlooked. It’s a small, yellow building near the Gold Line light rail station at 719 Sutter St. The building looks much as it did years ago. The building was not forgotten. It will soon […]

Grow For It! Make your own plants

Like just about everything, the price of plants is slowly inching up each year, so why not “make” your own? Propagation of favorite plants using cuttings is easy, costs nothing except time and gives a gardener great satisfaction — it is so exciting to see a mature plant in the landscape that began as a […]

Master Food Preservers: Summer snacks

“The kitchen is closed” sounds great, but never really works out when the kids, on summer vacation, seem to be hungry all day long. Home food preservers turn to healthy alternatives to chips and soda by using the stocks of dehydrated and canned goodies that have been put up during the year. Even those who […]

Teen earns second highest rank

Mary Barb, 18, has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol for 5 1/2 years, and on May 10, she earned the second highest achievement in the CAP when she was promoted from cadet major to cadet lieutenant colonel. But this achievement is just a stepping stone to the highest CAP award of all, […]

Sierra Repertory presents ‘Carousel’

Sierra Repertory presents a musical treasure with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carouse,” June 29 to Aug.19, at SRT’s historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia. Glorious songs, a moving story of love and redemption and a robust, seaside setting have kept “Carousel” among the most beloved American musicals ever created. Sierra Rep Artistic Director Scott Viets directs the […]

Classical musicians perform at Tahoe Summerfest

Internationally renowned soloists and a world-class orchestra of 38 instrumentalists will contribute to an exclusive series of classical concerts and performances during Lake Tahoe SummerFest, the first three weekends of August. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, nine concerts  comprise the SummerFest Concerts program and feature artists from the New […]

Western Railway Museum expands interpretive ride

The Western Railway Museum’s interpretive ride is even better. The museum just opened a new 1-mile segment of track for its interpretive ride on the historic Sacramento Northern right-of-way. Visitors can ride authentic historic electric trains all the way from the museum to Birds Landing Road for an 11-mile round trip. “The view and the […]

As we were: City manager retires

25 Years ago June 19, 1987 City manager plans retirement Placerville City Manager Lee Yarborough has announced he plans to retire as of Sept. 23 … “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as Placerville’s administrator and shall take with me the satisfaction of knowing that I leave the city better in […]

Heavenly news: Sagittarius the centaur archer

A conversation with a frequent observatory visitor began innocently and pleasant enough but soon turned for the worse. I knew nothing about Sagittarius and by the end of the conversation I found myself having committed to write this article. The story of Sagittarius is an amalgamation of many stories from different ancient civilizations. As far […]

Community to honor Pastor David Morrison

The Pollock Pines Community Church is planning a special celebration to honor its beloved Pastor David Morrison’s 48 years of service in the ministry, 14 of those years at the Pollock Pines Community Church. Invitations have been extended to all those who have been a part of Morrison’s career path with the church. The list […]