Amador to celebrate the arts

Music by the Tri-Tone Subs and the Patrons of the Arts Awards will be featured at the finale of AmadorArts TGIF concert series on Friday, Aug. 10. Explore the vineyard beauty of Shenandoah Valley on the way to the free event which will be at the Terra d’Oro Winery, 20680 Shenandoah School Road, starting at 6 […]

Railtown holds ‘Singing Rails’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring an upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. Known for iconic songs such as “Way Out West,” “Last Cannonball” and “Ghost Train” to name a few, the […]

El Dorado County artists in pastel show

The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn, presents the Pastel Society of the West Coast’s Juried Membership Show from Tuesday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 29. Held every other year, this year’s show includes 95 paintings by 59 pastel artists from around the West. The works of several El Dorado County artists have […]

Heavenly news: Dance of the constellations — Aquila the eagle

Aquila the eagle is one of nine constellations named after birds and is best viewed July through October, flying within the Milky Way. Aquila is well named, as it has the appearance of a bird with outstretched wings. Looking up at the eagle, you can see a perfectly straight line of stars. The center and […]

As we were: Bad checks

105 Years ago July 27, 1907 Fake Mining Operations The District attorney has entered a complaint against H. H. Fuller, who started work on the Pilot Knob and Round Out mines in this county some time ago, as a representative of a well-to-do Brokerage and Investment Company in Sacramento. There is about $1,000 of indebtedness […]

At a glance: A good time to celebrate

Happy statehood to all Coloradians, Colorado became the 38th state on this date in 1876. What better way to celebrate than to go shopping and a great place to shop is the St. Patrick Ladies’ Society annual rummage sale on Thursday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 4. The 75th sale is at St. Patrick Catholic Church, […]

Lake Tahoe garners No. 1 rating

Lake Tahoe ( was named the “Best Lake in America” in a recent readers’ poll by USA Today. Editors narrowed national nominations to the top 16; readers weighed in and the largest and most popular alpine lake in North America took home top honors by garnering more than 5,000 votes via Facebook and Twitter ( […]

Master Food Preservers: Tomatoes, basic and fancy

Look out into the garden and what can be seen? Tomatoes gone wild. Every summer, just about now, those innocent looking tomato plants become “TomatoZilla” and begin producing more tomatoes than ever imagined. Neighbors wake up to find bags full of tomatoes propped against the front door. The family begins to turn a peculiar shade […]

Grow for It! Kale and collards

Kale and collards are two of the easiest vegetables to grow and they are delicious to eat. They are both members of the cabbage family (cruciferae), along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard and other vegetables. They are two of the oldest known cultivated vegetables, having been grown by the Romans and Greeks more than 2,000 […]

Don’t be late for Rock ‘N’ Art

What: Rock ‘N’ Art Benefit Concert Who: New Morning Youth and Family Services Where: Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 to 10 p.m. Cost: Advance tickets are $30 and $40 at the door Information: Call 530-676-7166 or 530-622-5551, or visit If you’re late to see Late For Dinner […]

This group is Reeling in the praise

Making music is more than simply an appearance on stage, a lot of fans and popularity, according to the members of The Reel, a band with local roots that recently won the “Say it with Skype” worldwide band competition. “We’re living out our purpose through our music,” said Placerville native and lead singer Cameron Stymeist. […]

Amador library schedules book drive

JACKSON — Do you have some nice books that are taking up room on your bookshelf? If so, why not sort through them and donate some to the Friends of the Amador County Library. The friends is holding a book drive on Saturday, Aug. 4 at its book storage facility behind the old courthouse in […]

Things to do July 27, 2012

ON GOING put gold 727 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 5, is featuring the delightful pottery of Leslie Chambers. Mike Ryan, is the other featured artist this month. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website Put banner 727 here The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting […]

Capital Stage to feature four new plays

Capital Stage announces four new plays to be featured in the company’s 2012 Playwrights’ Revolution staged-reading series. “We’re very pleased to be resuming the Playwrights Revolution this year and are thrilled with the number and quality of submissions,” said Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte. “We received close to 200 submissions from all over the U.S. as […]

Plenty of new stuff at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Many new, novel, entertaining and educational attractions — most of which are free with fair admission — can be found at the 2012 California State Fair, which runs through July 29 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Wizard’s Challenge (air-conditioned tent in front of Bldg. A) — Explore the magic and wonder […]

‘Gifts from the Gods’ at Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — Opening Saturday, July 28 in Gallery 1 at the Legion of Honor, and coinciding with the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, “Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal” presents a selection of works from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection supplemented by […]

The circus comes to town

Sacramento will be the last stop for the Vespertine Circus this year as it completes its West Coast tour at California Stage Theater, 1725 25th St. in Sacramento, July 30 and  31. California Stage Theater becomes “the big top” as it celebrates its 20th production year with The Vespertine Circus. In the new vaudeville tradition, this […]

Music and fun at Fairytale Town

Local performing artists will take to Fairytale Town’s Mother Goose Stage, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, for the Children’s Concerts Series this summer. The hour-long concerts start at 2 p.m. Music Matt and the Whole 9 Yards will bring their high-energy, fun music to Fairytale Town on Saturday, July 28. A trio of performers from […]

‘The Music Man’ marches in to Music Circus

The 2012 Music Circus season continues with “The Music Man,” theatre’s musical tribute to the optimism, warmth, stubbornness and innocence of small town America, at Wells Fargo Pavilion from July 31 through Aug. 5. There’s trouble in River City when traveling salesman Harold Hill comes to town promising to form a children’s marching band to […]

On Duty Army Spc. Daniel Chavez

Army Spc. Daniel Chavez, a Pollock Pines resident who is an operating room specialist with the 352nd Combat Support Hospital in the Army Reserves, represented the 807th Medical Command in the 2012 United States Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis. earlier this month. All competitors in Best Warrior are tested in various “Warrior […]

Amador County Fair awards

PLYMOUTH — The Amador County Fair has presented the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Blue Ribbon Awards to artist Rand Hugget, and Directors’ Awards to gardeners Nancy Hawkins and Katie Bryant, and the Clayton Gregory family. The WFA Blue Ribbon Awards program is an industry-wide effort to recognize and honor those individuals or groups who have […]

An evening of stories and song

The Marshall Grange is pleased to announce a special summertime concert with Bay Area musicians Misner and Smith in A Summer Evening of Stories and Songs, Saturday, July 28 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for grangers. They are available at Rose’s Garden Café and the […]

Stepping out: Find authentic food My Barrio

“Anytime there is Mexican food around, you can bet I’ll be eating it. I’m not a chocolate person and I’m not into sweets. I’m a meal person.” — Eva Longoria   My Barrio Taqueria A friend mentioned to me that a lady who worked for Colina de Oro in Diamond Springs is the new owner […]

Wanderlust offers many venues

Taking place through Sunday, July 29 at Squaw Valley, Wanderlust California boasts a star-studded lineup including Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Shpongle, Krishna Das, late night shows by Eskmo and much more. Wanderlust’s “music only” tickets start at $20 per day. Tickets are currently available for purchase online or for $1.50 more at the gate. The […]

‘Dying City’ makes limited run

Written to honor the walking wounded following the war brought on by 9/11, Christopher Shinn’s “Dying City” makes a limited run at Capital Stage through Aug. 12. It is the final production of Capital Stage’s seventh season and its first season in its new midtown location. A gripping, psychological drama, “Dying City” focuses on a confrontation […]

Summer is salad season

Summer is a time for salads. Summer is a time for lighter meals. Those facts became more apparent after a call from Michelle Schanel, owner and chef at The Snooty Frog in Cameron Park’s Burke Junction, regarding exactly that and her solution. “It is becoming more common during the summer months for people to ask […]

Master Food Preservers: Pickling time

Pickles — sweet, sour, crunchy, chopped, whole, brine, vinegar, fruit, vegetable, meat — whoa, meat? Yes, any fruit, vegetable or meat preserved in vinegar or brine qualifies as a pickle. Learn more about pickling at the next free public education class being offered by the Master Food Preservers in El Dorado County. The class, “Pickles, […]

Fleet Reserve celebrates anniversary

The Fleet Reserve Association, Branch and Unit 275 celebrated its 33rd anniversary on Saturday, July 14. The branch and unit awarded continuous service pins to shipmates and auxiliary members who are entitled to receive them for the year 2012. Branch 275 shipmates are: Charles T. Sweet, 55 years; Dominic Canale, 50 years; John Bergeson, 30 years; Jannette A. […]

Meditation group is forming

Women interested in joining a group for meditation and conversation can call Patty at 530-644-4511. The group is forming on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Meetings will be held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the garden at Patty’s Place Salon, 6151 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines. For more information call Patty at 530-644-4511.

Foothill dining: Celebrate watermelon day

Don’t wait for Watermelon Day, Aug. 3, to try this superb recipe which marries prawns with lemongrass, chilli, ginger and watermelon to create a light succulent main course, perfect for summer eating. The recipe also works just as well cooked on the barbecue.   Grilled prawns with chilli watermelon glaze Prep and cooking time: 35 […]

Link–Up to help children

“Healing All Together — Snowline Hospice’s Place for Grieving Children, Teens and Their Families” began as a pilot program in January 2009 as a place where children and their families could work through their feelings after the death of a loved one. During the past four school years, 75 children ages 5 to 18 have […]

Gerald Boyd to demonstrate portraiture

On Sunday afternoon, July 29, the Sierra Pastel Society’s summer meeting will feature a portrait demonstration by Galt artist, Gerald Boyd. The program, including a short business meeting, will begin at 1:30 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The public is welcome to attend. Boyd, an award-winning artist […]

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 […]