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The  Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, announced that conductor Patrick Summers has withdrawn from the 2013 Russian National Orchestra tour.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 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 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 […]

‘Before the Alarm’ exhibit explores the subconscious

Selection of modern and contemporary Latin American art FOLSOM — Folsom Lake College, Three Stages and Sayago and Pardon announce “Before the Alarm,” an exploration into ideas of dreamscapes and the subconscious. “Before the Alarm” will be on view at the Bank of America Gallery at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, to March […]

It’s boogie time in Tahoe

Boogie Nights, a nationally renowned 1970s and 1980s themed dance party, recently opened to disco flashback, rave reviews, Technicolor fever, celebrity impersonators and a popular vibe that will continue on Saturday nights through early part of this year at Tahoe South’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa. Sequins, polyester, afros, spandex and disco balls were out […]

Engagement: Kalya Harris-Jordan Luke Wilson

Kalya Harris and Jordon Luke Wilson, both of Orangevale, have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Patrick Harris of Modesto and Katrina and Greg Murphy of El Dorado Hills. She is a 2008 Folsom High School graduate and attends Folsom Lake College. The groom is the son of Victor Wilson and Lisa […]

Spiritual Center in new location

Cameron Park’s Spiritual Center for Positive Living is experiencing the kind of pain every worship center hopes for, growing pains. This growth has recently inspired the congregation to spread its wings and find a bigger nest. “When Sunday after Sunday we were setting up extra chairs in every open space, it became quite clear we […]

At a glance: Dance through these fun events

On this date in 1867 Strauss’ “Blue Danube” premiered in Vienna. The beautiful waltz is a romantic courtship on the dance floor and makes for nice Valentine’s music.   Nightclub mixer The dance floor at Reunion Nightclub, 4370 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100, in El Dorado Hills, will be a place to network and meet […]

Sweet Adeline singing Valentines available

Want to do something out of the ordinary for that special person in your life? Why not send a Singing Valentine sung by a Sacramento Valley Chorus quartet on St. Valentines Day? Seventeen El Dorado County women are in this 95 member group, so these are not just “valley” quartets. The Valentine package includes two […]

Master Food Preservers: MFP offers second volunteer training class

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free public classes, […]

Grow For It!: Where are all the bees?

One of nature’s most precious resources, bees, are disappearing fast. Have you wondered why and whether you may be able to help? The term “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) refers to the sudden loss of the adult worker bees from a hive of honeybees, leaving the queen and unhatched larvae to die in the hive despite […]

Prom dresses needed

The Snowline Hospice needs prom dress. On Saturday, Feb.23, Snowline will hold its eighth annual “A Prom Dress to Remember” event at its Folsom Thrift Store to benefit local high school students. High school students from more than a dozen schools look forward to this event each year. Donations of prom dresses, formal or semi-formal evening gowns […]

Nothing says lovin’ like a good meal

The Feast of Saint Valentine is observed on Feb. 14 and for some feast is the operative word. The day promoting love with the exchange of flowers, confectionery and cards can be a time to spend time with a loved one dining on sumptuous morsels. In El Dorado County there are several venues presenting specials […]

This Delta Nu tries something new

What: “Legally Blonde” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Feb. 15 through March 3. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; and a special bargain performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 Tickets: Tickets are $18 […]

Foothill gourmet: From the heart

Just last weekend my husband pointed out the Valentine candy conversation heart display as we entered the supermarket. Candy hearts are, for me, reminiscent of carefree childhood times. Just in case you know nothing about those charmingly nostalgic hearts, I’m enthused to share facts about them that I find interesting. NECCO, short for, the New […]

Albert is cooking up good things

Betty Albert grew up in her father’s restaurant kitchen and she’s a foodie. Her interest in food — fresh, natural whole food — led her to become a naturopathic doctor and now she wants to share her knowledge about nutrition with the people who could benefit from it the most — children. “The biggest causes […]

Class to cover acrylic basics

Two creative artists are coming together to present “Springtime for Acrylics,” a class for beginning through experienced painters, on Saturday, March 16. The class will be taught by Mary Ann Broddrick, International Association of Pastel Society’s 2011 Golden Mentor Award winner and Brea Museum and Young American Foundation  exhibitor, with multi-talented local artist Dee Little […]

As we were: County counsel questions funding

25 Years ago Feb. 12, 1988 New deputy positions to get contingency funding The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to scrap a proposed plan to fund two new Sheriff’s Deputy II positions with money from the River Management Trust Fund. Those additional positions were approved by the supervisors Dec. 1 and County Counsel […]

Things to do: Feb. 8, 2013

ONGOING put pop 208 here Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring artist Gary Houston. Known for his “gravelly and gritty” style, all of his work is hand made from the lettering to the drawing to the hand-pulled silkscreen print. His art is created in a variety of ways. […]

“Treasure Island” auditions at FLC

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College calls for actors from the community to audition Monday, Feb. 11 for its spring production of “Treasure Island.” Based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and adapted by Ken Ludwig, “Treasure Island” is an unforgettable adventure of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of […]

Hear heartwarming music at Three Stages

“Too Marvelous for Words” presents some of the much-loved songs of Johnny Mercer — one of America’s great lyricists — and captures them at their most intimate. Linda Purl and Lee Lessack return to Three Stages in a powerhouse evening, dedicated to the heartwarming music of Georgia’s favorite son. Four-time Academy Award-winning songwriter Johnny Mercer […]

Bob Marley birthday bash in Reno

This year to celebrate the birthday of the reggae legend Bob Marley, Jahzilla will be teaming up with some of Reno’s finest talent to bring a very special tribute to one of the most influential artists of our time. They will be featuring 10 vocalists from different Reno bands of various genres all singing their […]

Gold Country Artists Gallery displays love notes

Gold Country Artists Gallery through March 3, is featuring its sixth annual “Love is in the Air” show. This year the member artists are supporting the special community effort to give a note of thanks and appreciation to community members by displaying notes and cards of thanks and love notes to the community and individuals. […]

An adventurous life for couple celebrating 60th wedding anniversary

DIAMOND SPRINGS — From 1976 to 1986, the United States Navy used the motto “It’s Not Just A Job, It’s An Adventure.” Bill Howell was doing his job as an instructor at the United States Naval Training Center in San Diego in 1950 when he met Nancy Bertelsen, who was studying to become a communication technician […]

Exciting evening of music at the Coz

MerryGold from Placerville and McCoy Tyler Band from Santa Cruz are teaming up for a night of music at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Feb. 8. The show starts at 8 p.m. The McCoy Tyler Band returns to Placerville to promote the band’s new album. The band played in Placerville last […]