Time out: Amerikan Ichi is amazing

Restaurant: Amerikan Ichi Sushi Address: 1234 Broadway in Placerville Phone: 530-621-2100 Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is going to be a tough one, I can tell already. A cursory glance of the menu at Amerikan Ichi Sushi makes my head spin and my heart race. There are well over 100 items […]

Concert to honor country legends

What: Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band concert Who: Cameron Park Community Services District Where: Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park When: Saturday, Jan. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: Advance tickets are $18 per person and $34 for couples. The day of the concert […]

Classical concert features string quartet sampler

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the regional organization presenting classical music concerts, opens the new year with a concert of chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 27 starting at 2 p.m.in the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. The program offers a “sampler” of string quartets by some of […]

Epicurean adventures beckon foodies

What: El Dorado Epicurean Who: El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority Where: Restaurants in El Dorado County When: Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $55 per person Information: 800-457-6279   El Dorado County’s premier chefs are cooking up sumptuous culinary experiences for diners partaking in El Dorado Epicurean to enjoy. The annual event, organized by the El Dorado […]

Imagination Theater to hold audition workshop

Imagination Theater is having a workshop, “How to Audition” on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop will include: audition skills, stage etiquette, preparing a monologue, cold script reading tips, improvisation, preparing songs and more. The workshop is for adults and children ages 10 and older. The auditions will help an actor […]

Carson Road Wineries preview future vintages

Carson Road Wineries, an informal affiliation of eight family-owned wineries in El Dorado County, invite the public to taste future vintages at Bring Out the Barrel on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27. Member wineries will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering tastes directly from the barrel and a chance to […]

Rhône Rangers offer scholarships for chefs and sommeliers

The Rhône Rangers are pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for chefs and sommeliers in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation. For more than 15 years the Rhône Rangers have supported viticulture and enology students with scholarships and research grants focused on Rhône varietal wines grown in America. Many of these recipients have gone on to become winemakers […]

Master Gardeners present workshop

On Saturday, Jan. 26, University of California Cooperative Extension/El Dorado County Master Gardeners will present an “Edible Landscaping Workshop.” The workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. in El Dorado Hills. Check-in and breakfast is at 8:30 and the program […]

At a glance: Back to the beginning

On this date in 1862, Agoston Haraszthy, an entrepreneur, elected official and winemaker, had 100,000 cuttings of 350 different varieties of European grape vines to further the infant California wine industry. He had picked up the cuttings in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain during a trip in 1861. He was looking to improve California’s root […]

Master Food Preservers: Canning crab

Nothing beats the sweet taste of fresh crab and many markets offer this tasty treat at lower prices this time of year. Take advantage of this and enjoy as much crab as can be eaten and then consider canning some for later. Of course, pressure canning is the only safe method for canning seafood of […]

Learn about chocolate at Christian Women’s luncheon

For the Love of Chocolate is the theme of the February Christian Women’s Connection luncheon on Monday, Feb. 11, at Cold Springs Country Club , 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Seating is at 11:30 a.m. with the program following at noon. Guests or a special loved one are invited to attend this fun lunch this […]

‘The Outsiders’ presents an insider’s view

What: “The Outsiders” Who: Union Mine High School drama department Where: Union Mine High School’s Theater of the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado When: Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 and Feb. 7 to 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 adult, $8 high school students and younger, $7 UMHS ASB. Thursday night […]

Celebrate romance and good health

What: “A Chocolate Affair” Who: Soroptimist International — Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville Where: Forni Building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door Information: chocolate-affair.com or 530-344-1476 The history of Valentine’s Day has more than one version […]

As we were: Crime in Cool

25 Years ago Jan. 20 1988 Fugitive’s home burglarized COOL — While homicide suspect Jesse James Felcman was hiding out in San Jose last weekend, a Cool resident allegedly burglarized his mobile home on Indian Rock Road. Felcman’s neighbors called sheriff’s officers about 6 p.m. Sunday after they reportedly saw someone walking around inside Felcman’s […]

Bipolar Insights: Authenticity and mercy

It was one of those moments that appear out of nowhere. Suddenly, without warning, anguish approaches, your stomach tightens and tears wash over your cheeks. You are left to wonder WHY? How does one understand or accept a world where a single moment brings unbearable sorrow? On Dec. 14 the world was united in that […]

A full house is welcome at this tourney

What: Seventh annual Hangtown Hold’em Poker Tournament Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Marshall Building, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 26. Check in 3 p.m. and gaming goes from 4 to 9 p.m. Registration: $50 per player, $25 re-buys and $25 add-ons Information: El Dorado County Chamber of […]

Entertainment blooms this spring at Sac State

This spring promises to be an entertaining time at California State University, Sacramento, with plenty of music, art and dance performances are on tap. Cabaret, a Saturday Night Live band member and the second annual U-Nite soirée at the Crocker Art Museum are coming up during Sacramento State’s spring season of performances, exhibits and lectures. […]

Things to do: Jan. 18, 2013

ONGOING Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p. m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk, Jan. 19 from 5 to 8 p m. Stop by to view raku pottery, fused glass jewelry, photography and watercolors. For more information […]

El Dorado Hills artists to open studios in June

Forty artists invite the public to visit their studios and enjoy their diverse talents during the Spring Art Studio Tour 2013 on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Visitors will see painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers and mixed media artists in studio. The free tour brochure and […]

Calling all Gold Trail Union District families

Registration information and forms for Gold Trail Union School District schools for the 2013-14 school year are available in school offices beginning Friday, Feb. 1. For families new to the area, the district is nestled in the Lotus/Coloma foothills stretching from Lilyama Road (on Highway 49 between Coloma and Cool) to the north; Greenstone Country, […]

Rocking time in Sacramento

“Rock of Ages,” five-time Tony Award nominated smash-hit musical, is opening in Sacramento on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Community Center Theater. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer — and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. It’s “Rock […]

Enjoy dinner Toscanello style at Wedgewood Sequoia

Nello Olivo Wines and Chef David Bagley announce a vertical wine-pairing dinner featuring four vintages of Nello Olivo’s acclaimed Toscanello wine. Open to the public, the dinner will be at Wedgwood Sequoia Mansion,  in Placerville, Friday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Toscanello is a prime example of today’s popular super Tuscan style wines. Super Tuscans […]

Talented trio performs at Cozmic Café

Tamra Godey, Mike James and Billy Buckman are putting on a unique night of “Storytelling, Hippiefolk and Americana” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Billy Buckman is a singer-songwriter story-teller in the folk/Americana genre and has two CDs out, “American Heroes” and “Blue […]

Time out: Casual meets elegance at Los Pinos

Restaurant: Los Pinos Restaurant and Bar Address: 3420 Palmer Drive in Cameron Park Phone: 530-672-1403 Hours: Serving lunch and dinner daily. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; later hours by demand. Chips and salsa is something you eat until you lose your appetite. They are […]

Chuck Brodsky in concert at Marshall Grange Hall

What: Chuck Brodsky concert Who: Marshall Grange Where: Marshall Grange, 4940 Marshall Road in Garden Valley When: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for grange members Information: 530-642-8671 North Carolina based singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky is returning to one of his favorite venues, the Marshall Grange in Garden Valley. The show is Saturday, […]

Lakehills youth present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Lakehills Youth Performing Arts Group will present seven showings of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Jan. 25 to 27 and Feb. 1 and 2. The musical will feature a six-piece live band performing memorable songs including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” “Jesus Christ Superstar” was written by […]

Fundraiser builds jobs

What: 10th annual El Dorado Art and Wine Festival Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. and Placerville Kiwanis Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mark D. Forni Building, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $30 per person and $50 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at MORE, 399 Placerville Drive […]

Renowned artist to hold workshop

World renowned artist, Christopher Schink, is coming to Placerville in March to conduct a four day water media workshop March 12 through 15. The class will be held at Iron Willow/Tankersley’s Art Studio 4381 Pleasant Valley Road in the Pleasant Valley area, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will be an open studio […]

Bad Boys dance at Three Stages

Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance will perform in Three Stages on Thursday, Jan. 24  at 7:30 p.m. Founded by dance superstar Rasta Thomas of Dance Theater of Harlem and the Kirov Ballet, the Bad Boys of Dance are a fresh, new dance company that has performed in Carnegie Hall with Sir Elton John and […]

Conservancy announces spring programs

The American River Nature Center is having a Homeschool Tuesday Spring Program for students ages 6-10. The programs will take place every third Tuesday of the month, January to May from 10:15 a.m. to noon. at the American River Nature Center, 348 Highway 49 in Coloma. To register and to get program fee details contact Lindsay Raber at 530-621-1224 […]

Learn the art of framing at PAA meeting

Placerville Arts Association is starting 2013 off spectacularly with guest speaker, D. Oldham Neath. Neath has been building custom frames and preserving artwork in her Sacramento shop, Archival Framing, for more than 30 years. She will be the guest speaker at the PAA meeting on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the El Dorado Senior Center, 935 […]

There is clowning around CST

The Vespertine Circus will play Sacramento for one weekend in January at the California Stage Theater. The company will premiere a newly created work entitled “Important Business.” The cast of six clowns set a new bar for circus-theater in their delightfully surreal, entirely unexpected office comedy with enough silliness to entertain audiences of all ages. […]

Rembrandt exhibition on display at de Young

Now showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as a complement to the “Girl With a Pearl Earring ” exhibition is “Rembrandt’s Century” at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries. Drawing largely from the collection of works on paper in the Fine Arts Museums’ Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, this exhibition examines a wide range […]

Sierra Repertory season continues with musicals and comdey

Sierra Repertory Theatre continues its 2013 season with the biographical musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” The 2013 season will also include a summer performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” a fall performance of the comedic play “Harvey” and a special Christmas run of “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” which will close the […]

Muriel Anderson in SS

America’s award-winning guitarist and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson will appear at a house concert in Shingle Springs on Friday, Jan.18. Widely respected as one of the world’s foremost guitarists and harp-guitarists, Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. She is host of the renowned “Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night” […]

Mondavi festival explores migration

DAVIS — In a unique confluence of events, University of California, Davis entities —including the Mondavi Center, the Davis Humanities Institute and the departments of art studio, performance studies, music, theatre and dance, and sociology — come together to explore “migration.” The thinking, said Sam Nichols, one of the festival’s many organizers, is that “migration takes […]

Master Food Preservers: Brown bag safety

The new year brings with it the desire for change and improvement in many hearts. In a lot of cases, the change improves the heart. Many people choose to commit to a regular exercise routine or promise to eat more fruits and vegetables. Saving money by sticking to a budget seems to be a favorite […]

At a glance: Salute

United States Prohibition went into effect on this date in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It prohibited the sale and manufacture of alcohol. On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, making alcohol once again legal. […]

Celebration to honor Coppa Hembo

At this year’s Nature Fest on April 27, a group of people have plans to place a large quartz stone monument in honor of Coppa Hembo, the last Hill Nisenan (Maidu) chief on the Georgetown Divide. Local historian Guy Nixon, Howard Hiemke, and This Old Rock, the company from where the stone is being donated, […]

Sonic Escape takes audiences on a musical journey

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is thrilled to present Sonic Escape in the third concert of its six 2012-13 concert series on Tuesday, Jan. 22. “A force of epic proportion,” Sonic Escape (formerly Silver Roots) is a flute-violin-cello trio of Juilliard graduates that performs ground-breaking original works, arrangements and improvisations crafted from the […]

Love is in downtown Placerville

“Love is in the air in downtown Placerville,” said new Placerville mayor Wendy Mattson. “I got a wonderful crazy idea from something they are doing in Saratoga and the Placerville Downtown Association approved it.” The idea is a Love Note — a note of appreciation to whoever you wish to acknowledge. Participating Main Street merchants […]

Learn more about Nature Bowl

There will be a Nature Bowl Coaches Workshop for teachers and parents on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The informational workshop to help coaches prepare for the 2013 Nature Bowl will be at the American River Nature Center, 348 Highway 49 in Coloma. For more information, to sign up for the workshop or to register […]

Luncheon to focus on healthy choices

Deana Christofferson and Michele Milani Sahm, local health and wellness educators and entrepreneurs are speaking at a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christofferson is the original “Mom on a Mission,” working to help educate families on why it is so […]

Grow For It!: Growing leaf lettuce

It may be cold and rainy outside, but any day now there will be a break in the weather with sunny days. That’s the time to start some spring vegetables like peas and leaf lettuce. Leaf lettuce is one of the easiest winter/spring vegetables to grow and, unlike many garden veggies, it thrives in the […]

Buckeye announces enrollment info

Buckeye Union School District announced that beginning Feb. 5 kindergarten and junior kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools — Buckeye in Shingle Springs, 530-677-2277; Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park, 530-676-0164; William Brooks in El Dorado Hills, 916-933-6618; Silva Valley in El […]