Sac Railroad Museum to show sketches

The California State Railroad Museum will debut the second set of 26 fascinating, documentary-style sketches beginning on Friday, Aug. 3, as part of the continuing “Wedlock’s Gift: California Railroad Depot Images in Ink” exhibit first displayed in September 2011. Commercial artist Walter J. Wedlock gifted the complete set of 52 drawings and one watercolor to […]

At a glance: Lots of things to do

It is another great week in El Dorado County with plenty of great things to do. One of the things to do is check out a beautiful configuration in the sky. On Tuesday, July 24, Mars at a magnitude 1, Saturn and the blue star Spica form a tri-colored triangle in the southwest sky with […]

El Dorado County shines at State Fair

For the last 158 years, Californians have proudly celebrated the talent and bounty of this great land at the California State Fair and Exposition. Whether in good times or tough ones, somehow the good folks of the Golden State manage to “step up to the plate” and show why there is always hope for the […]

Master Food Preservers: Christmas in July MFP style

No matter how clever Santa seems to be, those famous volunteers, the El Dorado County Master Food Preservers, take Christmas to a whole new level with the legendary “Christmas in July” free public education class. Come to the Marshall Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, on Tuesday, July 24 […]

Local teen participates in summer internship program

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced that five Sacramento area high school students have been selected to take part in the 2012 Student Leaders program, which awards a total of 225 high school juniors and seniors from around the country with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofit organizations. The program is part of […]

Amador County Fair offers fun for all ages

PLYMOUTH — Where else but the Amador County Fair can you meet a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon and a rifle-toting Mountain Man shopping on the midway, then listen to a unique Celtic rock band called Tempest or the city sounds of Maxx Cabello Jr.? Then The Spazmatics (who just got […]

Good times are happening at Cowboys and Cornbread

What: Third annual Cowboys and Cornbread Who: El Dorado County Visitors Authority Where: Rainbow Orchards, 2569 Larsen Drive in Camino When: Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Admission is $7 per car Information: Call El Dorado County Visitors Authority at 530-621-5885 or 1-800-457-6279, or visit Eric Hill picked up a harmonica in 1970 […]

Rescue Fire holds Swap Meet and Picnic

The Rescue Volunteer Fire Association is holding its Swap Meet and Community Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Rescue Fire Department, 5221 Deer Valley Road in Rescue. The meet will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the community picnic is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free games, free cotton candy and free […]

Find treasures at annual sale

On Aug. 2, 3 and 4, the St. Patrick Ladies’ Society will have its 75th annual rummage sale at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sacramento and Fiske streets in Placerville. The doors open at 9 a.m. The Ladies’ Society has been known by different names but has always done good work. It has been called the St. […]

Amador Fair grandstand tickets available

Tickets are now on sale for the featured grandstand events at the Amador County Fair, including Sunday’s popular and packed Destruction Derby. Because of the popularity of the crash-em, smash-em event, the fair has designated all-reserved seating, including bleachers for the derby. Both reserved and general admission tickets are available for the truck pulls and […]

Authors showcase work at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Get your next summer read or discover a new favorite author at the California’s Authors exhibit at the California State Fair. People attending can come to Building A/B to meet these local authors, ask them questions and get a book signed. Some of the authors include former Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton, New York Times […]

Folsom museum to hold appraisal day

FOLSOM — Out of Grandma’s Trunk Appraisal Day will take place on Historic Sutter Street on Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer appraisers will offer collectors a unique opportunity to learn more about their family treasures. Appraisers will draw on years of experience in providing an estimate of current market value […]

Library to go batty

Did you know that bats are not blind? Or that there are no bats in California that suck blood. Find out more as Nor Cal Bats shines a light on the nocturnal world of bats on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m, at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. Nor Cal […]

Association keeps the music playing

Can there really be live concerts of oboe, cello, and guitar for the price of a movie? How about Schubert’s piano sonatas, lively contemporary brass, authentic folk singing and amazing tenor/soprano duets … for the cost of two lattes? That’s the intriguing proposition of the El Dorado Community Concert Association, whose 2012-13 season brings six […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — Draco the dragon

Throughout history there have been many dragon myths. With a body like a huge lizard, walking on two pairs of enormous legs, emitting streams of fire from its gigantic mouth, Draco has been the largest, most feared and worshiped of them all. Draco (DRAY-koh) is the eighth-largest constellation in the northern hemisphere but it’s not […]

As we were: Light-pane accident

25 Years ago July 17, 1987 ‘Pilot misjudgment’ caused recent crash “Pilot misjudgment” is being cited as the cause of the light-plane accident last week in Cameron Park, according to Debbie Eckrote, air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Eckrote said the final report has not been prepared, but she said it appears […]

Sew for vets

The heat is on. Our troops are fighting in faraway places where it is very hot. Cool neck ties and helmet coolers are a great relief for the El Dorado County service men and women. Volunteers are needed to support the troops by helping make and prepare these items on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 10 […]

Grow For It! Succulent basics

Succulents are the ultimate low maintenance plants and ideal for pots and containers. The collective name for this varied plant group gives the clue to their drought tolerant characteristic: fleshy leaves that hold their own water reservoir. There are an incredible variety of succulents with very strongly defined shapes, textures and colors that offer numerous […]

Old West history comes alive in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. — An event-filled lineup of Old West history, live music, cultural festivals, vintage train rides aboard the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, car shows and a traditional Native American Pow Wow are on tap this summer in Carson City. In 2012, — one of the nation’s premier vacation-planning Websites — named Carson […]

Things to do: July 13, 2012

ON GOING Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is featuring Texture and Form with David Durand to Sunday, July 15. See exceptional landscapes, still lifes rendered with skillful detail, and fantasy pieces with the allurement of another world. For more information call 530-647-8505. Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. […]

Relive music of the 1960s at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Take yourself back in time and re-live the 1960s with the musical talents of the Happy Together Tour at the 2012 California State Fair on Friday, July 13 starting at 8 p.m. Four of the most popular bands of the era will be featured at the Golden1 Stage. Gary Puckett and The Union […]

Stepping out: Market and tacqueria make a great combination

“Food for thought is no substitute for the real thing.” — Walt Kelly   Carniceria Y Taqueria Soto Some time ago I wrote about this great little restaurant, which I called the most hidden taqueria in the county. It is located at 175-A Placerville Drive in Placerville, right across the street from Raley’s, tucked in […]

Wing-eating competition at fair

SACRAMENTO — Come to the California State Fair to see the Hooters World Wing-eating Championship on Saturday, July 14. The competition will take place at 6 p.m. on the Promenade Stage. For 10 minutes, contestants will scarf down Hooters wings in a finger-lickin’ free-for-all. The wings are all-you-can-eat and the contestant that eats the most […]

Actors are cultivating seeds for next production

As the applause fades from its last production, Imagination Theater in Placerville is planting the seeds for its next musical, “The Secret Garden,” which will run Sept. 7 through 30. The story is based on the popular 1910 British children’s novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This touching tale is one […]

Time Travel returns to Old Sac

OLD SACRAMENTO — For the third consecutive summer the popular “Time Travel Weekends” program has resumed in Old Sacramento. Designed to entertain and engage Old Sacramento visitors with good, old-fashioned fun reminiscent of the Gold Rush era, the free “Time Travel Weekends” street theater program first debuted in 2010 and will be offered again on […]

Romance and history come alive

Book review Book: “A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California” Author:  Keli Gwyn Publisher: Barbour Publishing, July 2012, soft-cover, 311 pages Cost: $12.99 When Elenora Watkins brings her young daughter cross country to El Dorado in the 1870s, she’s starting a new chapter in her life. But when her prospective business partner, Miles Rutledge, […]

Engagement Kelli Elizabeth Hill-Gabriel Edward Kent

Kelli Elizabeth Hill of Sacramento and Gabriel Edward Kent of Prince George, British Columbia have announced their engagement. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Cheri Hill of Latrobe. She is a 2002 Oak Ridge High School graduate and earned her BS in psychology at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2009. She is currently working toward […]

Visit a French market at David Girard Vineyards

David Girard Vineyards invites the community to enjoy Bastille Day with a French Market Festival on Saturday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m. Stroll through the French Market Festival and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet cheeses, made-to-order crepes and eclectic French style wines. Wander past the vines by the pond and watch plein air […]

‘Tosh Meets Marley’ at Tahoe

Renegade Productions presents the annual Reggae at the Lake on Friday, July 13 featuring Tosh Meets Marley Tour (featuring original members of Peter Tosh Band and Bob Marley’s Wailers) and Nkulee Dube (daughter of South African reggae legend, Lucky Dube), also Eff Bee Cee, Synrgy and DJ Treez. This all-ages roots-reggae dance party is at […]

CalCap concerts bring summer music to Sac State

Some of the finest classical musicians are coming to California State University, Sacramento for two weeks of workshops, instruction and performances, and the public is invited to hear them in concert — for free. CalCap draws intermediate and advanced performers on violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe and French horn, among others, for intensive rehearsal and […]

Hangtown Kennel Club offers classes

Beginning Thursday, July 12, the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering its next six-week session of obedience and conformation classes at the El Dorado Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Classes offered include conformation (practicing the handling of your dog for AKC breed classes); puppy kindergarten; novice, beginning and intermediate obedience; and competition novice […]

Basket weaving demo at State Indian Museum

The State Indian Museum is proud to offer another compelling basket weaving demonstration by Dixie Rogers on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesmerizing to watch and fun to learn, Rogers is a traditional basket weaver from the Karuk tribe and uses a technique called closed half twist-twined with overlay. She incorporates […]

Luau at the Pool postponed

The Luau at the Pool event at the Cameron Park Community Center Pool, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, scheduled for Saturday, July 14 has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 29. The Luau by the Pool will be from 6 to 9 p.m. for the 21 and older crowd. There will be food and a no […]

Book helps children eat better

In the iPad book, (now available on the App Store) “The Prisoner of Carrot Castle,” Aiden learns that eating vegetables will not only free him from captivity but also make him healthier. This fanciful, interactive children’s story published by Purple Carrot Books, (, has Aiden locked in the castle tower when he wouldn’t eat his […]

Lake Tahoe Summerfest celebrates the arts

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A series of classical concerts and performances, fine arts and cultural events will complement Lake Tahoe’s spectacular natural setting with the inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest 2012 (, the first three weekends of August. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe, nine concerts will comprise the festival and feature […]

Folsom jazz students win national acclaim

DownBeat Magazine, one of the country’s most highly regarded jazz publications, has awarded the Folsom High School Jazz Band “I” the 2012 Large High School Jazz Ensemble Winner and the Jazz Choir “I” the 2012 Large High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble Winner. The Folsom High School Jazz Combo won “Best High School Outstanding Performance.” The honors […]

Find unique treasures at rummage sale

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of El Dorado County will be hosting its second Rummage Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 at The Barn in El Dorado. The Rummage Sale will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and on Sunday from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale […]

Summer concert to benefit KFOK

It’s time to break out the festival chairs and dust off those dancing shoes for a beautiful summer-sunset evening of music hosted by the American River Folk Society on the Georgetown Divide on Saturday, July 14. This fundraiser for KFOK Community Radio 95.1 FM will be a great evening of homegrown music. Northern California is […]

Fusion of Bhangra and Celtic at River Ranch

Renegade Productions presents Delhi 2 Dublin at the River Ranch on Highway 89 just outside of Tahoe City on Thursday, July 12 at 9 p.m. This is an outdoor venue on the beautiful Truckee River for 21 and older. Delhi 2 Dublin is non-stop world beat energy. Where else can you see a purple- haired […]

Come for breakfast at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Breakfast of Champions, California State Fair-style, usually involves something deep-fried and served on a stick. Like cereal? Try the all-new deep-fried Cap’n Crunch or deep-fried Fruity Pebbles, both on a stick. Does fruit sound appealing? How about the new deep-fried bananas and deep-fried pineapple? Don’t miss the deep-fried Pop-Tarts (first time a State […]

Mondavi adds ‘Hamlet’ to season schedule

Shakespeare’s Globe will bring William Shakespeare’s riveting drama “Hamlet”  to the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis. Presented as a just added event to the 2012–13 10th anniversary Mondavi Center season, “Hamlet” will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. There will […]

Three Stages One Night to benefit students

The community is invited to support Folsom Lake College students and enjoy an exclusive unforgettable evening at the same time, as a Three Stages, One Night benefit event will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 7 p.m. Three Stages, One Night: Tuxedo Junction will be both the party of the year and a benefit […]

Players earn tickets at Red Hawk

Red Hawk Casino is excited to announce the $165,000 Ticket to Ride Giveaway, exclusively for table games players, through Sept. 23. Table games players will enjoy endless ways to earn tickets into the weekly drawings and the grand finale on Sunday, Sept. 23 where one lucky player will win a 2012 Mustang GT. Drawing tickets […]

Masterworks of photography to close at Crocker

SACRAMENTO – The first survey of the museum’s photography collection in more than a decade, this exhibition showcases the history and artistic development of contemporary photography at the Crocker Art Museum. “Brought to Light,” on view through Monday, Sept. 3. This features more than 35 works from the 19th through the 21st century, with images […]

Festival Opera lunches third decade

On July 14, Festival Opera launches its third decade of artistic excellence with “Make Our Garden Grow,” a glittering evening of current and former favorite artists, special guests and the Festival Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a program of arias and ensembles benefiting the company’s 2012-13 season. The featured performers are Metropolitan opera mezzo soprano […]