Ride the V&T

Train fanatics take heed: Carson City’s steam round-trip to the Gold Canyon and back is adding one additional ride Saturday, Sept. 29. Relax during a vintage train ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and enjoy gourmet snacks paired with a glass of wine and scenic river canyon views. The hour-long train ride begins at […]

Fall color studio tour — Markleeville

Markleeville artists will hold their 10th annual Autumn Open Studio Tour the weekend of Oct. 6-7 from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Ten years of Autumn Colors and Art. It’s hard to believe this small Sierra community of artists has been opening their studios to the over 400 annual visitors for a decade. And all this […]

Learn Taiko drumming

Do you want to learn Taiko drumming? Circle your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. That is when lessons will be taught, sponsored by the American River Conservancy. The workshop will be held in the Coloma area. Come and learn the powerful art of Taiko that is Japanese drumming. Taiko is […]

Things to do 9-28-12

Friday Marco’s Cafe, 7221 Highway 49 in Lotus, near the American River, presents The Hickory Wind trio will Friday Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Come in and enjoy the cool river breeze and listen to Hickory Wind’s distinctive folky, country, bluegrass, and Americana style of music. Wedgewood Weddings and Receptions at Sequoia, 643 […]

Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads performing at MontBleu

MontBleu Resort and PR Entertainment presents Matisyahu with The Dirty Heads, and special guest, Pacific Dub, Thursday, Sept. 27 inside the MontBleu Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe. Since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse — from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live […]

Halloween or Carnivale: Learn mask making

Plan to enjoy a bit of Halloween mask-making fun and education with artists of the Art on the Divide Gallery in Georgetown in October. All ages are welcome to this workshop, as historical background on the creation and use of masks is scheduled to be presented. Children under 10 should be assisted by an adult. The […]

Double up on art: Two-weekend Art Studio Tour begins this weekend

What: Studio Art Tour Who: Best artists in El Dorado County Where: Get maps from Placerville downtown merchants When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 6-7 Cost: No admission charge; maps are free Information: 530-621-3522 or e-mail [email protected] The Placerville Arts Association invites the public to visit up to 17 local artist studios — featuring 54 […]

At a glance: Sept. 26, 2012 An apple a day

For the members of the Apple Hill Growers Association it is a big day. Johnny Appleseed was born on this date in 1774. Jonathan Chapman recognized the value of apples and introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. El Dorado County is fortunate to be a great place for growing apples and we […]

El Dorado Arts Council receives grant

Funding supports arts organizations in rural and underserved communities The California Arts Council announces that the El Dorado Arts Council will receive a 2011-12 Creating Public Value grant of $9,000. The El Dorado Arts Council, located in Placerville, was one of 77 organizations that submitted the strongest proposals to enrich their local communities through music, […]

Chili cook-off was a cool event

CAMERON PARK — It was a hot time at Burke Junction as cooks prepared their chili for the 2012 Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept, 8. The day was warm, the music by Out of the Blue was definitely hot, the classic cars were smoking’ and the chili heated met expectations. The […]

Paley collection on display the de Young

SAN FRANCISCO — A selection of major works from The William S. Paley Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York will be on view at the de Young through Dec. 30. The Paley Collection is a markedly personal one, reflecting the broad tastes of a singular art collector, rather than one unifying historical […]

Concert to support school music programs

Mind’s Body is working together with local schools to draw attention to the future of  youth in the community and on Sept.29, Mind’s Body with Ra Danté Keys will perform at the Cozmic Cafe with local artist and high school student, Lainey Moon. Moon joined Mind’s Body in May 2012 and has been working on […]

Foothill gourmet: Apple time

A visit to Apple Hill, with a bounty of apples and irresistible baked apple desserts, is a lovely trip. We usually visit Apple Hill during the week to avoid the crowds. We purchase fresh apples and a single delectable apple dessert. Apple pie and ice cream is considered the official national dessert. Celebrate the fall […]

As we were: A way to reduce smog

25 Years ago Sept. 23, 1987 ‘Smog-buster’ car is effective option SAN FRANCISCO — California Senator Pete Wilson has called for the widespread adoption of methanol-burning automobiles as one of the most effective means of reducing the level of smog. “The methanol car should more appropriately be called the smog-buster,” Wilson said. “It offers the best […]

Find treasures at antique fair

The Placerville Downtown Association is having its annual Antique Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Main Street in Placerville. In its 24th year, the street fair is a wonderful event to find a great selection of antique furniture, lamps, vintage linens, jewelry, dolls, kitchenware, glass, porcelain, sports memorabilia, antique […]

Tall ship arrives in Sac

The topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain is scheduled to arrive at the historic Sacramento riverfront on Tuesday, Oct. 9 for her annual schedule of K-12 educational programs and public tours. The tall ship will arrive in the late afternoon and tie up just upriver of the Tower Bridge near 1210 Front St. in Sacramento. Hawaiian Chieftain […]

Things to do: Sept. 21, 2012

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 30, is featuring the award-winning pastels and oil paintings and art of Blanche Kawahara. Also featured is painter Joyce Bahnsen. For more information call 530-642-2944. Upstairs Gallery, 420 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting the power of art in the healing process through […]

Discover ‘The Secret Garden’ at Imagination Theater

“The Secret Garden” continues at Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, through Sunday, Sept. 30. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7 p.m. and matinées are at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. The play is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnet. “The Secret […]

See Cirque Chinois at Three Stages

The incredible things the human body can do. Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China — one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China — brings an exquisite cast of acrobats, contortionists and dancers to Stage One at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for […]

It’s a rosey time in Jackson

The Mother Lode Rose Society is showcasing its 23rd annual Rose and Arrangement Show on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. The public is invited to take a trip into the international world of cut roses and arrangements. “Going Global with […]

A rockin’ time at Sammy’s

Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill was indeed rockin’ Roseville on Saturday, Sept. 15 during the opening event that benefited local charities. Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen fame) put on a special concert that everyone enjoyed. Roseville declared Saturday Sammy Hagar Day — complete with a key to the city. Jon Yip, one of the […]

Jazz guitarist comes to Three Stages

John Abercrombie continues pushing the envelope of jazz guitar music into the 21st century. His vast experience as a jazz guitarist includes collaborative efforts with many of the all time greats in modern music including Chico Hamilton, Gato Barbieri, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner and […]

Wedding: Moss and Acord

Amber Moss and Ryan Acord were married in a double-ring ceremony in Maui, Hawaii, in March. For the sunset beach service the bride wore a white full-length gown and carried a bouquet of tropical flowers including orchids and lilies. She wore a lei of orchids and flowers in her hair. The bride was given in […]

Oktoberfest is chicken dancing, wiener dog racing and beer drinking

Placerville Oktoberfest Burgermeister Jeff Winzeler is gearing up for the second annual Placerville Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 22. He and daughter Courtney have been making YouTube shorts to teach neophyte Oktoberfesters how to speak German badly, to chug beer and even to do the chicken dance — with chickens. “We’re going to do everything a […]

On Duty Navy seaman apprentice Marissa J. Bond

Navy seaman apprentice Marissa J. Bond recently graduated from basic U.S. Naval boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill. The seaman apprentice successfully completed an intensive nine-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Naval core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Upon completion of basic training, she will complete 15 weeks […]

Placerville resident to perform at Three Stages

In its California debut, “Colors of Life” features a unique meeting of classical Indian dance beautifully choreographed by Meenakshy Bhaskar, a winner of the Young Artist Award from Singapore and Flamenco-based compositions by Roberto Corrias, a renowned Spanish guitarist and Carnatic Music of South India. The production will feature key aspects of Indian Classical dance […]

High energy band at PJ’s

Out of the depths of Reno emerges soul and funk heavyweight, The Mark Sexton Band. This band is the modern incarnation of Motown soul mixed with a lethal dose of high‐energy 70s funk that will make the audience want to move. The Mark Sexton Band is performing at PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive between El […]

SFJAZZ accepting applications

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis, in conjunction with SFJAZZ, is recruiting talented high school musicians for the eight-person ensemble called the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. Now entering its second year, the program provides advanced training for serious jazz students through rehearsals, master classes with […]

Auburn Art Tour offers variety

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the public is invited to visit the home studios of 14 great Auburn artists. This free event  is a wonderful way to spend the day. Some of the artists on the tour include Sonja Hamilton, Cathy Cline, Don Crawford and Patty […]

Catherine Russell to sing at Harlow’s

Dynamic vocalist Catherine Russell will be performing at Harlow’s, 2708 J St, in Sacramento, on Friday, Sept. 21. This is an opportunity to see New York City’s Russell and her great band in Sacramento the night before they headline the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. The ever soulful vocalist takes listeners on a journey; from a […]

Jon Mendle performing in Mokelume Hill

The Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelume Hill will host  classical guitarist Jon Mendle, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept.23. This will be the finale of a series of three monthly Fine Arts Concerts. “Jon Mendle is a beautiful talent and a sensitive musician. It is a joy to play with him,” is how world renowned musician Yo-Yo […]

Coloma-Lotus launches new Website

The Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce has released its new and improved Website  Coloma.com. The Website has been redesigned and redeveloped for visitors to find needed services and products in the Coloma-Lotus valley. The strategy of the new site is to drive visitation to the Coloma-Lotus valley and to the valley businesses. The community information is […]

Tahoe to offer water taxi service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A water taxi service based at Camp Richardson Resort connects locals and visitors to lakeside marinas, enhancing economic activity on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The service offers stops at three marinas providing access to recreation, sightseeing, dining and shopping. The 42-foot Fun Runner Water Taxi is equipped for 49 […]

EDH Showcase Saturdays is full of fun

As summer comes to a close, the El Dorado Hills Town Center’s popular Showcase Saturdays are ending on a high note. Showcase Saturdays, perfect for wine lovers, beer connoisseurs and live music fans, have attracted thousands of attendees since the kick-off event in April. For this finale event on Saturday, Sept. 22, Town Center has […]

Chambers team up to help

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber and the El Dorado County Chamber are presenting a Non-Profit Showcase Mixer on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Suites and Hotel, 4360 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills. El Dorado County […]

‘E.T.’ returns to the theater

As part of its centennial celebration, Universal Pictures is teaming up with NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies to bring a newly remastered version of Steven Spielberg’s beloved “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” to select movie theaters on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Released in 1982, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” became the biggest blockbuster of the year, winning four […]

Movie to screen in Placerville

The team at Trevor’s Travels Eco Adventures is hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at Placerville Food Co-op, 535 Placerville Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. “Bag It” follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of the dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest […]

Experience a unique culinary experience at Sutter’s Fort

To the delight of history enthusiasts and food and wine lovers throughout the region, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to present a unique culinary experience — “Feast at the Fort” on Saturday evening, Sept. 22. Previously known as “A Taste of History,” this is the third year for this signature event for Sutter’s Fort State […]

At a glance: Fall is almost here

For those patiently waiting for the change of seasons at least the calendar is doing its part. On Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:45 a.m. autumn arrives. This is the autumnal equinox for the northern hemisphere and the sun is crossing over the equator making daylight and night almost equal that day. For the northern hemisphere […]

‘Tales from the Enchanted Forest’ is magical

Book review Book: “Tales from the Enchanted Forest” Author: Deborah Khora Illustrator: Karen Hunziker Publisher: Self published 2012, softcover, 105 pages Available: Placerville News Company, Amazon.com, $22. “Tales from the Enchanted Forest” is the combination of author Deborah Khora’s imaginative stories about wishing wells, shepherd girls, noisy owls and magical situations and the imagination of Pollock Pines artist […]

Grow For It! Fall garden chores

Even though fall marks the end of the growing season for most plants, it’s an important time to prepare the garden for next year. This is the time to renovate the garden or lawn and plant fall vegetables. Here are some tips to get started. There are several important steps to take entering the fall […]

Master Food Preservers: Apple butter

As the evenings cool down and the mornings retain a bit of a chill, foothill residents begin to think about all those apples ripening on the apple trees. The local climate encourages apple growers and provides the ideal conditions for great harvests. In fact, visitors flock to the foothills year after year to visit Apple […]

New voluntary choir sings to soothe

Studies have shown music can change moods, set the tone in a movie or inspire people to do great things. On that note the Threshold Choir, a non-profit-organization which includes choirs located all over North America, serving people in need was formed. The group follows the ancient tradition of singing to those who are sick or […]

Patrice Webb and Will Morebeck in concert at Cozmic Café

On Saturday, Oct. 6 the Cozmic Café will host two award-winning Northern California songwriters for an evening of storytelling in song in the intimate setting of the upstairs room of the historical Pearson’s Soda Works Building. The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, a long time supporter of local and national touring acts, is […]

Tech Trek explores all things science

Inspiration, excitement and confidence. This past summer, five local attendees at the American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek camp gained all of those qualities and more — and even got to eat some liquid nitrogen ice cream while they were at the camp, too. Tech Trek is a week-long summer camp created for girls […]