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 […]

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 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 […]