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Pastel Society presents biennial show

The Sierra Pastel Society will hold its fourth Biennial Signature Member Exhibition Oct. 23 through Nov. 20 at the El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House at 772 Pacific St. in downtown Placerville. The Fausel House hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from noon-6 p.m. and on Third Saturday Art Walk on Nov. 21 from 3-8 p.m. […]

Gold Bug to christen new trail

A new path to ponder the wonders of nature and the remarkable history of the Gold Bug Park area will soon open to the public, a winding trail that will be inaugurated on Sunday, Oct. 25 with guided tours. The trail’s debut will be part of a Sunday that also sees the annual open house […]

Step into history in Old Sac

Walk in the footsteps of Sacramento’s history. Known for its popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation presents all-new Gold Rush Experience walking tours through Dec. 13. Led by lively and knowledgeable tour guides, visitors will enjoy an experience that walks them through Sacramento’s unique history, bringing alive the spirit of the […]

Sutter’s Fort gets scary

California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort “The Haunted Fort” lantern-lit tours for those looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this fall season. Based in fact — but with a decidedly creepy twist — the historic site will offer these special tours on two evenings only on […]

Arias and overtures celebrate Baroque

Capella Antiqua, choral artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, invite the public to a celebration of the Baroque era, presenting the newly formed Capella Antiqua Baroque Orchestra. Comprised of talented musicians from across Northern California, this period ensemble is excited to combine its gifts to create a spirited musical event. Experienced in the […]

Community art walk to showcase Natoma Station restoration project

A major two-year public art restoration project in Natoma Station is complete and a community art walk and celebration is planned on Saturday, Oct. 24 to showcase 21 pieces of restored public art. The Folsom Arts and Cultural Commission and Natoma Station Community Organization will offer a 1-mile walking tour of the public art and […]

Set sail for a pirate adventure at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, will be transformed into a swashbuckling world of pirates at this year’s Safe and Super Halloween event. Families can enjoy three nights of family fun and trick-or-treating at the storybook park on Oct. 23, 24 and 25 from 5-9 p.m. Seventeen candy stations will be scattered throughout the […]

Folsom Symphony season opens with three ‘Masterpieces’

The Folsom Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Peter Jaffe, officially opens its 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 24 with “Masterpieces,” a selection of three of the most esteemed works of classical music. Alon Goldstein, an Israeli classical pianist, performs as guest soloist. The set opens with Aaron Copland’s patriotic “Fanfare for the Common Man” […]

Sac State celebrates homecoming

California State University, Sacramento will be buzzing with homecoming activities Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24 to welcome alumni, friends and future Hornets to campus. Homecoming Week is a celebration for the university community and the Sacramento region to show Sac State pride. With dozens of events on and off campus — highlighted by […]

Haunted house and carnival fun in EDH

The Scare4Hope Haunted Hills Asylum, a haunted house located in the Town Center in El Dorado Hills, is having a family­friendly carnival during the last two weekends the haunted house is open. There will be a variety of games, activities and tasty treats. On Saturday, Oct. 24 the event will also feature the Bay Area […]

Touring worship duo comes to Placerville

Seattle-based, award-winning guitarist Josh Snodgrass and his wife Sarah will be leading a night of worship at Calvary Chapel Placerville on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. The guitar and vocal combo brings a fresh acoustic approach to popular worship songs. Josh toured for several years as a solo guitarist before his wife Sarah recovered […]

IT announces auditions for ‘101 Dalmations’

Imagination Theater announces the upcoming auditions for “Disney’s, 101 Dalmatians” on Saturday, Nov. 14. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and auditions begin at 9 a.m. The cast will be comprised of adults and children (ages 8 and over) and the theater will form a puppy chorus for those new to the theater. The theater […]

Luncheon to feature ‘Harvest Bazaar’

The El Dorado Women’s Connection luncheon is, Monday, Nov. 9th at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is “Harvest Bazaar” with a silent and live Auction and raffle prizes. The speaker for the […]

Successful fundraiser in El Dorado Hills

Two fitness studios, thebodybar and fitRIDE in El Dorado Hills, held the Pink Ribbon Pedal and Pose fundraiser on Oct. 3. The community event was a fundraiser for the Judy Pickett Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund. Pickett is a long-time El Dorado County resident who has battled breast cancer three times. She is also […]

Busy October at Carson Valley Inn

A Progressive Giveaways Promotion, weekend drawings, ladies’ nights, triple points days, free T-shirt days, a Halloween point multiplier, poker room extras and a blackjack tournament are all part of the October promotions at the Carson Valley Inn on Highway 395 in Minden, Nev. The Inn’s Progressive Giveaways also include sister properties Sharkey’s Casino and Bodines […]

California State Fair launches Farm School Tours

The California State Fair has launched its new Farm School Tour program with students from Camellia Basic Elementary School. The award-winning farm is a 3.5-acre demonstration farm located in the center of Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Farm School Tours will take place weekdays throughout October and will resume in the spring of 2016. Each […]

Starr brought star power to Bay Area show

Ringo Starr was correct in introducing the song “Yellow Submarine” when he told the crowd if they don’t know this song, they weren’t at the right concert. To catch Starr and his impressive All-Star band featuring Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie and Todd Rundgren, San Francisco’s The Masonic was the […]

Local students attend Watershed Education Summit

For the past 17 years, El Dorado County high school students have participated in field research at the Watershed Education Summit, an outdoor educational collaboration of local high school students and teachers and professionals from county, state and federal agencies. This year’s project was located in the Crystal Basin of the American River watershed, within […]

Duty: Army National Guard Pvt. Andrew C. Peterson

Army National Guard Pvt. Andrew C. Peterson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Joel J. Arevalos

Army Pvt. Joel J. Arevalos has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Local author pens a tale of romance with a twist

Between the covers Book: “Demons, Imps and Incubi” Short story: “Dromtsiirin at the Tiki Lounge” Author: Nicole Blackwood (Cary Vandever) Publisher: Red Moon Romance, 2015   It’s a story about demons, yes — but it is also a story that will spark the reader’s first memories of youthful romance, of that special feeling that steals over and takes […]

At a glance: Innovative time

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City on Oct. 21, 1959. The unique cylindrical structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and presents the collection along a ramp that starts at the ground floor and spirals up to a skylight. An adjoining tower was added from 2005 to 2008. There is an […]

The spruced caboose

It was clean-up day for Placerville Rotary Club members as they put the finishing touches on the old Southern Pacific caboose that sits near the freeway in Placerville. Located at the Constitution Railroad Plaza Park on the corner of Spring Street and Highway 50, the caboose now sports a new paint job courtesy of Chris Baxter and […]

Vintage fashions to delight the ladies

What: “Down the Runway of Time” — a vintage fashion show Who: Placerville Shakespeare Club Where: 2940 Bedford, Ave. in Placerville When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Cost: $25 Information: Eileen at (530) 391-2928 or Diane at (530) 621-1808   When it’s time to get all dolled up for a night on the town, ladies, do your […]

Kenny Endo celebrates 40 years of Taiko

As a jazz percussionist and early innovator in Japanese taiko, Kenny Endo’s adventurous spirit stretches the taiko genre incorporating influences like funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban and Hawaiian, with roots firmly grounded in tradition. His performances are nuanced, brilliant and exciting. For his 40th anniversary, he will tour with his Contemporary Ensemble — taiko, vibes, drums, ukulele, […]

My Time support group to meet

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the fourth Thursday of each month and is facilitated by Jillien […]

Sierra Wildlife Rescue holds fall class on doves and pigeons

Do you love seeing and hearing the unique coo of mourning doves in your yard or wonder at the thunder of wings when a group of band-tailed pigeons flies off? If you would like to learn more about these fascinating birds or to rehab them, plan on attending a class on doves and pigeons by […]

More than 1,000 guests enjoy eclipse at observatory

With another record nighttime crowd in a single month, the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory in Placerville hosted more than 1,000 guests, during the Harvest Moon Super Eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27. Lawn chairs and blankets covered the hillside, as many families came together and attended the eclipse viewing, beginning at sunset and ending […]

White Rock Village Knitting Team donates preemie caps

The White Rock Village (WRV) knitting team recently donated 143 preemie caps and 26 isolate covers to the Ally and Izzy Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to assisting families of premature or critically ill infants that are receiving treatment in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. “I think it is a great opportunity for us,” Aly […]

Gold Bug Park blacksmith shop heats things up

Blacksmithing played a critical role in the success of early gold mining operations. To commemorate this important historical fact Gold Bug Park’s blacksmith shop is hosting a free educational open house from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. The event will feature several volunteer blacksmiths who will demonstrate their skills at shaping red-hot steel into […]

Vision Coalition to celebrate Food Day

Food Day is a national celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainable food. The purpose of Food Day (FoodDay.org) is to increase awareness about healthy food choices year round. The event culminates in a day of action on Saturday, Oct. 24. Led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders and concerned citizens, Food Day aims […]

Grow For It: Olives: From garden to table

Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean, grown in rocky soil without irrigation. Rocky soil without irrigation? Sounds like a perfect fit for the Central Sierra region. They are good drought tolerant landscape trees for California and over the last few years many homeowners in the Central Sierra area planted mini olive tree groves. Planting […]

Crocker Art Museum presents figurative drawings

The American painters that put California at the vanguard of contemporary art in the 1950s are the subject of a new drawings exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum. “Back to Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings” explores 40 works on paper by David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and other celebrated artists in their circle. These […]

On the Road at Lava Cap

What was once a pear orchard sitting atop a cap of lava has been converted to a vineyard, now known for its distinctive award-winning wines and equally winning view. Sipping a hearty American River Red Celebrated Cuvee 2012 will keep visitors in the present but to fully enjoy Lava Cap’s story, a look into the […]

As we were: Great Race cruising to Placerville

25 Years ago Oct. 19, 1990 Great Race ’90 due in town next week By JOHN SAMMON The Great Race, 60 vintage cars on a timed contest run from Reno, Nevada, to Long Beach in Southern California, will arrive at Placerville’s downtown Bell Tower for a rest stop Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by Greatrace […]

Fundraiser the perfect recipe to help the community

The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills, whose goal is to help children, families and seniors in need and to bring meaningful cultural events to the community, will host a culinary forum featuring three renowned chefs at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Folsom Community Center. Chef Randy Aprill, a resident of El Dorado Hills, […]

Names needed for Trees for Troops

Don’t delay The holidays are fast approaching, but deadlines for some really special gifts are advancing at breakneck speed: It’s time to get names in of U.S. military personnel stationed out of the country so that El Dorado County may send them a Christmas tree. An effort that began in the Vietnam era, started by […]

Paws for prayers: Bring the pets and receive a blessing

Doug had a great big smile on his handsome face when told he was going to be able to attend the Blessing of the Animals at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Placerville on Sunday, Oct. 25. But then Doug is almost always smiling. The beautiful, cream-colored English golden retriever will be accompanying Priest Debra […]

Foothill dining: Get rummy

With the dog days hanging around a refreshing rum cocktail made with Caliche, the aged white rum nearly 150 years in the making, can add fun to a barbecue or tailgate party. Masterfully blended by Roberto Serralles, a sixth-generation rum maker, Caliche Rum is a versatile spirit infused with aromatic depth and character. Watermelon daiquiri […]

Railtown 1897 trains harvest Halloween fun

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer three weekends of family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Staffed by a “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs at 10:30 a.m., noon, […]

Polynesian-rock fusion comes to Harris Center

Te Vaka (The Canoe) is a dynamite Polynesian-rock fusion band that has been called “the finest South Pacific roots band” and “the heart and soul of the Pacific.” After taking time off for other projects, the group is back, with a new CD release scheduled and a movie soundtrack for Disney in the works. Pacific […]

Things to do: Oct. 16, 2015

ONGOING put art studio 360 1016 here Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, celebrates the Art and Wine Festival featuring oil and acrylic painter Marjorie Dodrill and photographer Kenneth Dunn. Dodrill’s work has been shown in galleries throughout Northern California and in the California Museum and the State Capitol. Dunn’s love for photography […]

Rising stars punch up Hangtown lineup

Supergroup Railroad Earth cohosts the annual Hangtown Halloween Ball and anchors the top of the 2015 lineup with two sets on Saturday night and one each on Thursday and Sunday. But they’re not the only big name to take the mainstage after the sun goes down. Trombone Shorty played St. James Infirmary to the Obamas […]

Music at Art and Wine

The Lucky Losers Band is performing at this year’s Art and Wine Festival at the Bell Tower on Main Street in Placerville. The Art and Wine Festival is from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Lucky Losers are a male and female duet that fronts a six-piece band headed up by blues veteran Cathy […]

Hangtown Halloween Ball essentials

What: Hangtown Halloween Ball When: Thursday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 25 Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville Tickets and more information: hangtownhalloween.com Music schedule Thursday: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday Friday: 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Sunday Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-midnight Adult tickets Base ticket prices do not include camping, […]

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