Go cruisin’ over Echo Summit

A Car Cruise over Echo Summit, South Lake Tahoe, is Saturday, Aug. 25. The one-day caravan begins and ends at Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast (formerly Holiday Inn Sacramento), 5321 Date Ave. in Sacramento. The departure is at 9 a.m. sharp. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early. The return time is early evening. On this cruise, you will […]

Folk duo inspired by Utah Phillips

Paul Kamm leads dual musical lives, one in Achilles Wheel and the other in the harmony-based acoustic duo with his wife, Eleanore MacDonald. He describes his partnership with her as a “unique and important part of my life.” MacDonald is known as a stellar harmonist. “I can sing a strong harmony, but she really hears […]

Achilles Wheel needs a break to keep rolling

“Kissing builds up your mouth!” Baby boomers of a certain aesthetic recognize the Woodstock aphorism, famously uttered between stage announcements by counterculture clown Wavy Gravy during the watershed 1969 music festival and captured on the movie soundtrack that might have ultimately shaped the aesthetic more than the event itself. The ageless hippie issued his famous […]

At a glance: A busy time

Animal Outreach, 6101 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs, is in the running to win money from the $100K ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge. The money goes to save lives and the dedicated volunteers at Animal Outreach could use the money. Most of the other finalist in the contest have big staffs and big budgets — Animal […]

Grow For IT! Adding a frog pond to the landscape

A great addition to any garden is a frog pond. Frogs and tadpoles are enjoyable to watch and they eat their weight in insects and pests. Frog ponds are not difficult to build. The ideal spot for a frog pond is a partly shady area. Four by five feet is a good workable size. Use […]

Taste the best at the Amador County Fair

Amador County Fair visitors can find out why Amador grapes are taking the California wine scene by storm, at the annual Amador Winegrowers tasting event during the fair, Friday July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. The annual sell-out event features 40 wineries showcasing award-winning wines sourced from Amador winegrapes. The event is held on […]

Acme Theatre Company presents ‘Treasure Island’

Acme Theatre Company is proud to present, as part of its 32nd anniversary season, the 109th show, “Treasure Island,” written by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted by Ken Ludwig at Richard Brunelle Performance Hall, Davis Senior High School, 315 W. 14th St. in Davis. The performances are Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug 4 […]

Firefighters to heat up kitchen

SACRAMENTO  — Firefighters from around the Sacramento region are prepared to blaze a path to victory in the California State Fair’s 2012 Firehouse Chef Challenge. The three preliminary rounds are set for 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, with the finals at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29, all in California Foodstyle […]

Experience farm to table dinner at Tahoe

Napa-based husband-wife photojournalist team Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled to 30 countries to capture a portrait essay of what 80 people around the world eat in a single day. The result — a beautiful award-winning book —  featured in the New York Times and nominated for the 2011 James Beard Award — called “What […]

Get on board the Orient Express in Fairplay

All aboard! The Orient Express is making its way through Fairplay Saturday, July 28 and for those who enjoy exotic food and good wine, the ride is well worth the price of the ticket. According to Jim Brown of Sierra Oaks Estates Winery, the event is a must do for the area. “It is a […]

Rock Generation rocks at State Fair

Fifteen young performers in the Rock Generation of El Dorado Hills and Folsom took to the Promenade and Center Stages at the California State Fair. “She loves this,” said one of the parents as he watched his daughter belting out a solo. “Look at that grin. She is going to remember this forever.” It was […]

State Fair to hold contests

Win by an ear Calling all corn lovers. The California State Fair is looking for participants for the corn eating competition. The competition will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23 on the Promenade Stage. Contestants should check in at the Promenade Stage by 12:45 p.m. There is no entry fee to compete. […]

As we were: Peak named to honor Earhart

25 Years ago July 22, 1987 Local women pilots climb Earhart peak Yosemite National Park’s 11,982 foot Amelia Earhart Peak has been successfully climbed by members of The 99s — International Organization of Women Pilots, including Billie Rodger of Camino and Nancy Haugarth of Cameron Park… The Amelia Earhart Peak remained an unnamed peak until 1967 […]

Find the Xtreme at fair

Xtreme Zone, located just inside the West Gate, is the home of extreme sports action at the California State Fair and home to daily events and demonstrations. Top-name athletes, DJ music, and an emcee calling tricks provide an up-close look at Freestyle Motocross racing (FMX). Car lovers can test-drive several of the latest vehicles — […]

Birds in paradise soar

With so many wonderful exhibits coming to the 2012 California State Fair, there’s one that soars above the rest: Birds in Paradise. This all-exotic bird experience is in the floriculture tent. Walk amongst a tropical rainforest setting and experience the sights and sounds of one of nature’s liveliest aviaries. Birds in Paradise is open during […]

Hard work and family are the keys to a long life

In the Atlantic Ocean, the Titanic sank resulting in the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Stockholm, Sweden was the site for the Summer Olympic Games and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants, three games to one, in the World Series. The year was 1912. In the same year, Placerville resident Pauline Byrom […]

Bipolar Insights: The power of pain

When diagnosed with bipolar disorder, one is presented with a list of symptoms that represent mania or depression. The variations from one individual to another are minimal — depending on the type of bipolar: Bipolar 1 (mostly manic with little depression), Bipolar 2 (mostly depressed with little mania), or Bipolar Disorder (mania and depression cycles). […]

Foothill gourmet: Dinner and dessert

D and D is my shorthand for today’s column since it includes a main dish for dinner and a “cool” recipe for dessert. The first recipe is courtesy of my workout friend, Kay. I trust her judgement, because she eats healthy and likes to cook quality food for her husband. She cooked for her whole […]

Summer stroll showcases wines

ROSEVILLE — Award-winning wines from the heart of Placer County will be showcased at this year’s Summer Wine Stroll presented by the Placer County Vintners Association in collaboration with Fountains at Roseville, Roseville Parkway and Galleria Boulevard. The summer celebration of Placer County’s award-winning wines is Saturday, July 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This wine […]

Things to do: July 20, 2012

ON GOING Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, is featuring the art of painter Susan Polstra during July. There is a reception on Sunday, July 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information call 530-333-2787 or visit artonthedivide.com. The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main […]

Toyopia is back at the California State Fair

Toytopia is back at the California State Fair. After a successful appearance in 2007, this 8,000-square-foot exhibit returns with new attractions, guest appearances and fun for all ages. “Toytopia has a wide variety of special and neat things you can do with toys, and kids of all ages will enjoy it,” said Norb Bartosik, general […]

Jazz Gitan carries on tradition at Zia’s

Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Jazz Gitan on Saturday, July 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information call 530-642-9427. Jazz Gitan is an acoustic jazz trio that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt together with Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene […]

Fun at Findleton with TheFabulous Liars

The Fabulous Liars bring its unique style of Rock ‘n’ Roll to Findleton Estate Winery, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m., on the Findleton Winery Stage. The Fabulous Liars are just winding up multiple performances at this year’s California State Fair in Sacramento and are looking forward to playing […]

More than country at the Cozmic Café

The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting a fabulous evening of musical entertainment on Saturday, July 21. Brian Oberlin, from Portland, Ore., plays solo swing mandolin with vocals. He also delves into many other genres including western swing, bluegrass and classical Italian mandolin. Along with concerts as a soloist, Oberlin plays with […]

Stepping out: Everyone gets a hug at Rose’s Garden Café

“Anybody who doesn’t think that the best hamburger place in the world is in his home town is a sissy.” — Calvin Trillin   Rose’s Garden Café I recently received a note from John Anderson, who with his wife Rosie, own Rose’s Garden Café in Garden Valley. They wanted to let me know that they […]

Hawaiian themes show at Iron Willow Gallery

Aurora “Kahelelani” Aguirre will be the featured artist at Iron Willow Gallery for the Third saturday Art Walk, July 21. Aguirre was born and raised in Hawaii and many of her paintings today are influenced by her love of the islands. She loves animals of all kinds but has a special fascination with sea life, […]

Reggae at River Ranch kicks-off Wanderlust fest

The River Ranch concert series is well underway and music fans will surely enjoy Reggae at the River Ranch: an evening with Pato Banton and the Now Generation, on Wednesday, July 25. Doors open for the outdoor patio at 8 p.m. with music starting at  9 p.m. This is the official kick-off party for Wanderlust […]

Beach Boys bring good vibrations to Tahoe’s shore

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. – The mountains, majestic pines and natural beauty of Lake Tahoe was the backdrop Sunday as the Beach Boys brought their distinct California-culture sound of surf-sand-sun, cars and romance to the Harvey’s Outdoor Arena as part of the group’s 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. The filled-to-capacity summer venue swayed and bobbed to a […]

Chocohalics compete at State Fair

A $500 cash prize, delicious chocolate and healthy competition unite to bring Guittard’s Chocolate Passion Contest to the California State Fair. The contest will be judged at an open event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in Expo Center, Building 2. The winning entries will be determined on the basis of taste, appearance, texture […]

Donation provides free access to Crocker

Through the generous support of Western Health Advantage, the Crocker Art Museum will provide free access to the general public on the third Sunday of each month. “Pay What You Wish Sunday” is part of the Crocker ’s commitment to provide museum access to the entire community. “Western Health Advantage’s mission is to improve the […]

Summer is in full swing at Tahoe South

COMEDY, CONCERTS AND FAMILY EVENTS SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Heavy-hitting comedy, celebrity golf and blockbuster concerts make for a sizzling summer at Tahoe South (tahoesouth.com) with a dynamic lineup that includes legendary actor-comedian Robin Williams; hall-of-fame athletes teeing it up at the American Century Championship and Grammy award-winning pop-rock group, Maroon 5. Summer season is […]

Postal workers are cooking at State Fair

Postal Service employees from across the state are sharpening their knives and preparing to compete on Sunday, July 22 for a years’ worth of bragging rights and the title of 2012 State Fair Postal Service Chef Challenge Winner. Nine teams of two will cook their way through an “Iron Chef”-like competition. A mystery ingredient must […]

Wedding day calamities at SRT

Join Sierra Repertory Theater for a fun and frantic wedding day like no other this summer as they present “There Goes the Bride,” a mad-cap dash to the altar with an unexpected twist. The comedy by British playwrights Ray Cooney and John Chapman and directed by SRT’s Dennis Jones plays at SRT’s East Sonora theater […]

History lessons in action at two venues

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and the State Indian Museum are teaming up to present a special “Hands on History: They Came From All Over the World — Before the Gold Rush” event on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many people don’t realize that even before gold was discovered in 1848, […]

Dogs to make moves at State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Dog Training Club and Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento return to the California State Fair to host the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Agility Trials. The event will be hosted in the Livestock Pavilion on Friday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “(Fair goers) will see a variety of […]

World talent to play Reggae on the River

Truly a global musical event, the Mateel Community Center’s 28th annual Reggae on the River will light up Benbow Lake State Recreation Area in Garberville on the weekend of July 21 and 22 with an exciting blend of reggae and world music talent from the far corners of the earth. Featuring a line-up consisting of […]

Tahoe South offers new game

Tahoe South’s new Truth or Dare Facebook game at facebook.com/TahoeSouth, conjures up the electrical, wild-child spirit of a sun-drenched summer while encouraging users to play Truth or Dare with their Facebook friends. Part Magic 8 Ball, part electronic truth serum, this game pushes and tests users and their friends to fess it up — or […]

Carson Valley features Mark Chestnutt

One of Billboard’s 10 most-played radio artists of the ‘90s, country music’s Mark Chesnutt will appear at the Carson Valley Inn on Sunday, July 22 in the up-close concert setting of the Carson Valley Inn’s Valley Ballroom. Chestnutt’s stature as one of country’s true musical treasures is easily gauged — he has 14 No. 1 […]

Fun for the young at Crocker

Back by popular demand, families with young children will have a yee-haw time at the Crocker Art Museum celebrating Sacramento’s annual Gold Rush Days on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The West will be wild with wiggles and giggles during this event featuring live performances by children’s ballet folklorico […]

Art association to offer work shops

If you are someone who enjoys learning new things, you might enjoy participating in one of the eight mini workshops that the Placerville Arts Association is offering during its 46th Annual National Mother Lode Art Exhibition to show at the  Placerville Shakespeare Club on Bedford Avenue. Deadline for sign ups is Aug. 1. Workshops are […]

RSVP Choir holding auditions

Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace is holding auditions for two tenor positions for the upcoming season. Interested parties should e-mail [email protected] to set up an audition time. Auditions will be scheduled for the first two weeks of August. RSVP is looking for singers with choral music training, sight reading skills and the ability to sing a […]

Art, music and food at Beatnik Studio

The July Final Friday at Beatnik Studios, 2421 17th St. in Sacramento, is July 27 with two highly regarded area groups, Walking Spanish and Jazz Gitan, as well as new art from Wayne Jiang and three food trucks. Beatnik is celebrating four years along the bustling Broadway Corridor and has just opened a groovy side door […]

El Dorado alumni award scholarships

The El Dorado High School Alumni Association is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarships. The awards were presented at the respective high school awards ceremonies. The winners were: Savannah Abel-Smith, Ashley Reese, Sara Slate and Trevor Morgan of Union Mine High School; Zachary Somers and Trevor Shamblin of El Dorado High School; […]

Threshold Choir to hold workshop

Threshold Choir is having a choir workshop, A Day of Singing, on Saturday, July 28 at Fair Oaks United Methodist Church, 9849 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks. Threshold Choir is a volunteer organization that sings at the bedside of people who are ill or dying to provide comfort and peace. Join founder and artistic director Kate Munger […]

New art studio opens on Third Saturday

Join the squad of artists at the new Crimson Feather Press Art Studio, 451 Main St., Placerville, for an interactive evening of art and discussions on Saturday, July 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. When artist JG Morales Villanueva saw unit 9 vacant inside the Creekside Place buildings on Main Street in Placerville, his vision […]