Things to do: April 18, 2014

By From page B2 | April 18, 2014


Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 4, is showing the award-winning abstract paintings of Ramona Beckwith. Beckwith began her art career with watercolor and pastels and then moved to exploring liquid acrylics, inks and collage and a variety of mixed media. Also featured is award-winning pastels and oil paintings of Blanche Kawahara as well as her original hand-painted silk scarves and elegant wire wrapped jewelry. The cooperative gallery of local professional artists is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on April 19. The public is invited to meet the featured artists. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website and the blog

Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, has available the new member produced book, “Food and Art.” The book showcases beautiful reproductions of 60 pieces of artwork by 34 of the gallery members and approximately 100 modern and nostalgic family recipes from the homes of our artists. The book is also sprinkled with insightful comments and thoughts by well-known artists and chefs. Through May 4, the gallery will be presenting a special showing of many of the actual pieces represented in our “Food & Art” book. The Book was compiled by Katie Caulk and the cover was designed by Carlotta Tormey.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma, welcomes visitors year round. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information call 530-622-3470 or go to

The Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory, Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, has trained observatory docents to show the many celestial wonders of the universe as seen through several telescopes. To view the sky continue to the back parking lot to the left of observatory gate. Admission is free to the public. The observatory is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings weather permitting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. November through April and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. May through October. For more information and nightly closure updates go to or call 530-642-5621 ext. 9.

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having The Three Way, April 18 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On Saturday, April 19 Element of Soul is playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On Thursday it is DJ Old Griff at 9 p.m. For more information call 530-626-0336.

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, is having Endless Pizza and Salad on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pizzas for $10 made with many toppings and watch the pizza cook in the Napolese wood fire pizza oven. In addition to Endless Pizza and Salad there will be live Maine lobsters for $20 more. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Dine in the cellar, under the trees or at the bocce court. Play bocce ball and visit while enjoying CBM wine.


Pine Lodge, 6231 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, is presenting music Jonny Mojo on Saturday, April 19 for afternoon party for April babies. For more information call 530-644-2413.

Galleries and businesses on Main Street in Placerville, are open for Third Saturday Art Walk, April 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy changing art shows, demonstrations, late night shopping, refreshments, music and more. For more information call 530-672-3436.

Ecstatic Dance Placerville at the Oddfellows Hall, 467 Main St. in Placerville, is on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This is an all ages, drug and alcohol free, DJ-ed community dance and movement therapy session. To learn more visit or call 530-626-6030.


The Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, on Monday offers an open acoustic jam at 4 p.m. There is open mic hosted by Scott Walshaw every Thursday at 6 p.m. There are food and drink specials. Wednesday is belly dancing and lessons at 6 p.m. For more information call 530-621-4147.


The Gold Bug Quilt Guild meets once a month at the Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6871 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The 125 members participate in show-n-tell, workshops, fabric basket, food basket which is donated to the El Dorado Food Bank, block of the month, mystery quilt, county fair, snuggle quilts which are donated to local needy organizations, a yearly quilt challenge, scholarship to local students, cancer quilts to donate to Marshall Hospital and Sutter Breast Cancer Auction, and a yearly quilt show. Visitors are welcome at any time.

Gold Country Cribbers meet every Wednesday at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen in El Dorado Hills. Play starts at 6:30 p.m. Cribbers play nine games against nine different opponents. The minimum charge is $2. For additional information or answers to your questions contact Carl Backers at 916-0947-0190.

The Apple Jacks and Jills Square Dance Club of Placerville has classes on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hangtown Grange, 2020 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. No experience necessary. For more information call Darlene at 916-933-2790 or Mary 530-344-7447.


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