The mandarins are ripening

What: 19th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Who: Mountain Mandarin Festival Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, located at 1273 High St. in Auburn When: Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18. On Friday, the event goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: Admission on Friday is $3, or free with two non-perishable food […]

Winefest 2012 happening in Sutter Creek

SUTTER CREEK — Winefest 2012 will be taking place Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at Sutter Creek’s shops and auditorium, starting at 18 Main St. Winefest 2012 is the popular annual walk-about wine-tasting event in Sutter Creek, sponsored by AmadorArts. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Plan to visit […]

Brothers of the Baladi return Coz

What: Brothers of the Baladi Who: The Cozmic Café Where: The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 for general admission Information: 530-642-8481 or visit Brothers of the Baladi, a 2008 Grammy nominated band, returns to the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville on Saturday Nov. 10. The […]

Spectacular weekend of holiday shopping

The elves at Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores have been busy getting ready for the giant ninth annual “Holiday Spectacular” on Friday, Nov. 9; Saturday, Nov. 10; and Sunday, Nov. 11. It is Christmas at every store with amazing holiday decorations, clothing, gifts and more. The holiday shopping extravaganza starts at the Snowline Hospice Placerville Thrift Store, […]

New Art Ark features original work

On the road since 1980, the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Ark is distinguished as one of the first mobile art museums in the nation and one of the few that includes hands-on learning. The 2012-13 academic year marks the launch of the new installation “Form and Function: African and Asmat Art,” a dynamic exhibition of […]

Sacramento museums recognize and honor vets

SACRAMENTO — In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. In November, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums […]

Bronnie Griffin appears at Marshall Grange

The Marshall Grange is pleased to present Brongaene (Bronnie) Griffin, for an intimate evening of music, Friday, Nov. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for grangers. They are available at Rose’s Garden Café in Garden Valley, on line at brownpapertickets or by phoning 530-642-8671. Bronnie began […]

Time out: Fill me up, Buttercup

Restaurant: Buttercup Pantry Restaurant and Bakery Address: 222 Main St. in Placerville Phone: 530-621-1320 Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Man I love breakfast for lunch. There’s almost something naughty about it, you know what I mean? It feels wrong but it tastes, oh, so […]

PAA best

What: Placerville Arts Association Fall Member Art Show Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Through Friday, Nov. 9 until 5 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: Winners in the Placerville Arts Association Fall Member Art Show will be recognized at a reception on Friday, Nov. 9 in […]

Pub to feature good brews and food

The abrupt closure of Kinnee O’Reilly Irish Pub in August left patrons longing for a proper pint of Guinness. Local restaurateur Richard Righton felt their pain and has plans to reopen the El Dorado Hills pub on or about Dec. 1 with the same great Irish brews, a new menu and a new name — […]

Find unique gifts at the Crocker holiday fair-Nov.23

Nearly 100 regional artists and crafts people will offer their unique creations during this year’s annual Holiday Art and Craft Festival. Presented by the Crocker Art Museum and the Creative Arts League of Sacramento, the festival is held at the Scottish Rite Center, located across from the main entrance of Sacramento State at 6151 H […]

Great gifts at Airpark boutique

Looking for a Christmas, birthday or anniversary gift? The Friends of Cameron Airport (FOCA) may have just what you need. The friends are holding an Airpark Holiday Boutique at 3239 Baron Court in the Cameron Park Airpark on Friday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 […]

Holiday fest calls for artists

Tahoe Arts Project (TAP) is putting on a Holiday Art Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. Theresa’s Grace Hall in South Lake Tahoe. The festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will include art and craft booths, food, wine, hot chocolate, music, dance and a visit from Santa. This is a […]

Precariousness is theme of ‘Balancing Act’ exhibit

“Balancing Act,” the title of David Middlebrook’s exhibit in Sacramento State’s Library Gallery, is an appropriate description of the works themselves and the meaning behind them. The show runs to Dec. 15 at Sacramento State’s Library Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Middlebrook works with stone, metal and other materials […]

Chili and chocolate make a great pair

Come to Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, from noon to 4 p.m.on Saturday and Sunday, Nov.17 and 18, and be prepared to test your palette with award-winning wines, chili and decadent chocolate pairings. Local artists and vendors such as Runtenelli’s Jewelry, Iron Maiden Garden Art, Dedrick’s Cheese, and Retiredice Alpacas will be […]

Wedding Christina Lyons-Tinsley/Joseph Restaino

Christina Lyons-Tinsley and Joseph Restaino, both of Seattle, Wash., were married on Sunday, Sept. 23. The bride is the daughter of Mary Ann Lyons of Eureka and Jay Tinsley of Seattle, Wash. The groom is the son of Mic and Madeline Restaino of Placerville. The wedding was held at the Sea Ranch Lodge in Sea Ranch. Mary Ann Lyons officiated the […]

Fun apres ski events at Tahoe

The countdown is on, and from intense competitions and events to the return of the halfpipe, there is a lot to get excited about this season at Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe’s largest winter playground. “Heavenly is a super high-energy resort, and the improvements we’ve made this year reflect that spirit,” said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly’s […]

Pastel winners

What: “Pastels on High” International Exhibition Who: Sierra Pastel Society Where: El Dorado Art Council ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville When: Through Dec. 1 Cost: No charge Information:   The Sierra Pastel Society announced the award-winning paintings on display at its ninth “Pastels on High” International Exhibition. The show is now hanging at the El Dorado Art […]

Operation Christmas Child is accepting donations

While most people in the United States are preparing for holiday activities, the Sacramento region volunteers with Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project — are collecting shoe boxes during the week of Nov.12 to 19, that are filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This year-round project […]

At a glance: Great balls of fire

The Taurid meteors brighten the sky each year between mid-October and mid-November. The “Halloween fireballs” usually peak between Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, so check out the sky before the Moon rises. The meteors in this shower tend to be yellowish-orange and appear to move slowly. Be sure to look east around the constellation Taurus, […]

Soroptimists to hold a mixer

Soroptimist International of Placerville invites interested new members to join the group on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville. Guest can meet and mingle with the members and learn about Soroptimist International and how the world-wide organization benefits women and the communities they serve. Light appetizers […]

Poetry lovers welcome at the library

Calling all poetry lovers. Poetry fans don’t have to write it or even read it to enjoy listening to the melodious cacophony of a poem. Read a poem by a favorite poet, a poem of your own or just come to listen at the monthly poetry group, Poetry-Off-the-Shelves, the second Wednesday of each month, 6 […]

A call for plastic bags to help save the Earth

We all have them — a stash of plastic bags building up in the cupboard. Families are  bringing these collections to Tuesday evening choir practice at the Federated Church of Placerville, where the bags are being given a fresh purpose. Each week the children grow more excited as the bags give form to Angus, a […]

Posada parades into Three Stages

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents “Posada Navideña,” a festival of vibrant sound and shimmering colors in this special Mexican Christmas production at Three Stages on Friday, Dec. 14. Featuring 30 dancers and live musicians, the south-of-the-border celebration includes a traditional Christmas processional (posada), Mexican holiday songs (villancicos), a visit from the Three Wise Men, […]

Hudson continues to make beautiful music

Larry Hudson came out of retirement two years ago to restore the Placerville Union School District band program. The once-vaunted system was in danger of disappearing due to waning student interest and tight funding. The Oregon-based teacher was more than qualified. Thirty-eight years of progressive success in every facet of music education appealed to the […]

Community focus group to look at care needs

Elder Options Inc. is convening a community focus group on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the upstairs conference room, 82 Main St. in Placerville, to discuss issues faced by individuals who have responsibilities caring for an older adult. Recognizing that caring for an older person may happen within the same […]

As we were: Wiser heads Highway 50 Association

25 Years ago Nov. 4, 1987 Wiser elected president Davey “Doc” Wiser has been elected president of the Highway 50 Association. Other newly elected officers are Ron Shoemaker, vice president; Michelle O’Brine, secretary; and Sharon Bass, treasurer. George Alger will repeat as Wagon Train chairman. Wiser said he and his core of officers will strive to […]

The Ridge Tahoe offers many amenities

Ridge Tahoe, the area’s original full-service owner/membership resort, is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a leading family destination with special vacation club membership offers throughout the year. Long regarded as an iconic favorite at South Shore, the resort’s family appeal has resonated for over a generation as being accessible to the action while removed from […]

Things to do: Nov. 2, 2012

ONGOING put gold 1102 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Nov. 5 through Dec. 2, is featuring the outstanding photography of Soroush Mostafanejad. Soroush seeks out unusual subjects and exciting color and then with his professional photographic techniques and modern computer technology enhances and prints his own work on canvas. In […]

Water theme flows through Sac State exhibit

The nature of water will be explored by four local, internationally known and young emerging artists in “Water: Essence and Potential,” a free exhibit running Nov. 5 through Dec. 7 in Sacramento State’s Else Gallery. The show includes a special reception 6 from 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, featuring music, dance and martial arts. Koo […]

Bands compete for trophies at festival

The region’s most highly anticipated marching band competition is set for Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at noon at the Prairie City Stadium on the Folsom High School campus, 1655 Iron Point Road in Folsom. Featuring 12 of the top marching bands from high schools throughout Northern California, the Folsom Fall Festival is expected to draw […]

Stompy Jones heats it up

David Girard Vineyards is presenting Stompy Jones performing in the new Viticulture Galleria on Saturday, Nov. 3. Gates open at the new facility, 741 Cold Springs Road in the Gold Hill area, at 5:30 p.m. The opening performer is the amazing Todd Morgan at 6 p.m. He will heat things up for Stompy Jones who […]

Time out: Poor Red’s is rich in history

Restaurant: Poor Red’s Address: 6221 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado Phone: 530-622-2901 Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. I am not going to assume (because we all know when you assume something […]

Pastels on High opens

What: “Pastels on High” International Exhibition Who: Sierra Pastel Society Where: El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, 459 Main St. in Placerville When: Tuesday, Nov. 6 through Dec. 1 Cost: Free Information: The Sierra Pastel Society is proud to present the ninth “Pastels on High” International Exhibition opening Tuesday, Nov. 6 at El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, […]

Rekindle that artistic spirit at PAA art show

Now is a great time to rekindle that inner artistic spirit by viewing a wide variety of art produced by some of the finest artists in El Dorado County. The Placerville Arts Association Fall Member Art Show is running Monday through Friday, Nov. 5 through 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the […]

Free outdoor concerts at Mondavi

DAVIS — The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis announces the 10th anniversary season schedule of Corin Courtyard Concerts. This new series of free outdoor concerts will feature musicians from Northern California prior to select Mondavi Center performances throughout the season. “The Earl and Coralie Corin Courtyard has, to date, […]

Crocker and Blue Line form partnership

The Kingsley Art Club’s board of directors of the long standing Crocker-Kingsley is pleased to announce  a new partnership that includes both the Crocker Art Museum and Blue Line Gallery in Roseville for their biannual show. The show will open on Nov. 17 and run through Jan. 5 at the Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. in Roseville. […]

Triple treat at Cozmic Café

Dan Crary, Keith Little and Hugh Hoeger are playing at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7:30 to 9:30. It is no exaggeration to say Crary has been one of the major driving forces in the evolution and popularity of the steel stringed guitar. His distinctively powerful, yet elegant, style […]

FeNAM features world premieres of American music

With nine world premieres and 20 West Coast premieres, California State University, Sacramento’s 2012 Festival of New American Music promises to be a memorable experience. This year’s FeNAM runs through Nov. 10, featuring 20 concerts by various artists, plus a keynote address by renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas to kick off the festival at noon […]

SI to hold mixer

Soroptimist International of Placerville invites potential members to attend a meet and mingle on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville. Guests can chat with club members and learn about Soroptimist International and how the organization benefits women. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. To […]

Diamond Springs art winners announced

The Diamond Springs Art Association Fall Art Show and Sale closes Friday, Nov. 2. The show at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, is open from 9 3 p.m. Judging this year’s show was Marilyn Schwabe, award-winning painter and art teacher from Plymouth. The theme for this year is […]

Grow For It !: Contemplating a backyard orchard

It was about this time a few years ago that my husband first mentioned his burning desire to plant an orchard in our backyard. My first thought was, you want to do what? We had just moved into our house and were barely unpacked, let alone ready to tackle a major backyard project. I say […]

Trunk and treat

Placer Heights Baptist Church is hosting its annual “Trunk or Treat” event for children of all ages on Wednesday, Oct 31 from 6 to 8 pm. Free hot dogs and beverages, cotton candy and popcorn for all, plus free wrapped candy for the kids are planned for the evening. There will also be a bounce […]

Soroptimists seek award applicants

Soroptimist International of Placerville is searching for applicants for its 2013 Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. The award honors women who — through their professional or personal activities — make extraordinary efforts on behalf of women and girls. Women can nominate themselves or another woman in the community. Applications are available by contacting […]