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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 5, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, watercolor painter and illustrator and winner of many awards and acclaim. Also featured is photographer, Craig Koski’s colorful and dynamic style produces emotion by digitally manipulating the photo and colors. The cooperative gallery of local professional artists is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day with extended hours until 9 p.m. for the Third Saturday Art Walk. For more information call 530-642-2944.
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Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, is celebrating April with the theme, “Natural Wonders.” Member artists have been working in their various media to express their own visions of the wonders of nature. For more information call 530-333-2787 or visit artonthedivide.com.
The California Blacksmith Association Spring Conference is going through Saturday, April 6 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The blacksmithing activities include demonstrations, hands-on education workshops, forging competition, slideshows and lectures. The public can view the indoor gallery of metal art. This spring conference celebrates 35 years of the California Blacksmith Association. For more information go to cba2013.org.
The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, presents First Friday Blues Night with Jonny Mojo featuring the Sacramento Blues Revue at 8 p.m. The SAMMIE award-winning band returns for its annual Big Blues Dance Party. This 10-piece blues band will be sure to get the room rompin’ with a horn section, rippin’ guitars, keyboards and blues hall of fame vocalists including Marshall Wilkerson and Deacon Baker. For scheduled shows visit thecozmiccafe.com or call 530-642-8481. All ages are welcome.
April is National Poetry Month and the El Dorado Arts Council is joining the poetry party. A Poetry Slam is happening at ArtSpace on Friday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. Poets gather for a night of barbaric yawping, performing their own poems. Then there is Seven/Seven Poems from Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20. Log on and find a poems selected by El Dorado County’s award-winning Red Foxes poets in your in-box. The Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day is Thursday, April 18. The arts council rings in this poetry national holiday with a poem giveaway to county schools, libraries, communities and visitors. The ElectroPoetic Coffee is Friday, April 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ArtSpace with Sacramento’s hottest, hippest duo: poet NSAA and award-winning guitarist Ross Hammond. For more information call 530-295-3496.
Synapse Wines, 304 Main St. in Placerville, presents Cheryll and Fred Kent on Friday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The performance accents another side of the duos musical repertoire with folk, Americana, gospel and original material. There is no cover charge. For more information call 530-626-9463.
Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, features free entertainment every Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tom Drinnon (country, southern rock), Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6; Superlicious (80s, dance, classic rock), Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, Michael Beck (country), Sunday, April 7; Buddy Emmer Band (classic rock, Top 40, blues), Monday – Thursday, April 8 – 11. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
Findleton Estate Winery, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, is having Micro Blue performing on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the cozy tasting room. For more information call 530-644-4018 or 530-644-0714.
The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is having its Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at te El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. For more information go to eldoradoCNPS.org.
St. Francis Thrift Store, 3971 Durock Road in Shingle Springs, is having a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call 530-676-4237.
Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Tamra Godey on Saturday, April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Th eEl Dorado County favorite will amaze the audience with her four-octave vocal range. Enjoy something sweet off the tasty menu, a glass of vino or a beer to quench your thirst, and enjoy the music. For more information call 530-642-9427.
The Stumble Inn, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, is having Karaoke by Ellen on Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information call 530-644-4018 or 530-644-0714.