Things to do: Aug. 15, 2014

By From page B2 | August 15, 2014

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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Sept. 1, is featuring Susan Hayne, printmaker, whose bold images with defined edges are inspired by things found in nature. Her work is created from hand cut blocks, acid etched copper plates or hand sculpted embossings. Prints are produced in her studio on a roller type etching press using a wide variety of specialty papers. Also featured this month is Kelly Morris, photographer whose realistic work is drawn from his travels, and from nature and Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork artglass artisan, who creates beautiful glass beads for handcrafted bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The cooperative gallery of 50 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 Aug. 16 and until 8:30 Friday evenings through the summer. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website

The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 18 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more information call the Placerville Downtown Association at 530-672-3436.

Artist Tracy Lewis is teaching weekly watercolor classes at Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park. All levels are welcome. Visit or call 530-306-2595 for all the details.

Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, is having its first 1920s Hot August Night 500 Grand Prix on Friday, Aug. 15. The evening will consist of an all-you-can-eat sundae bar, strike pot, prizes and huge payouts all in a car racing format. The entry for this really fun time is $25. Check in is at 7 p.m. and the bowling starts at 7 :30 p.m. For more information call 530-644-5414.

Red Apple Café on Highway 50 is presenting J. Woody, playing his originals and your favorites on patio with a magnificent view. Music is from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke with Ellen on Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m.; music by The Tritones on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 9 p.m.; Tangled Roots on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.; singer songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m.; Doug Schwartz on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having Simms Band on Friday, Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. For more information call 530-626-0336.

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 7:30-9:30 p.m. November through April and 8:30-10:30 p.m. May through October. For more information and nightly closure updates go to or call 530-642-5621 ext. 9.

Winery by the Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, is having a cool time in the wine cavern on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. The private tasting of a special flight of six wines will be paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie and some super wine information. To attend call 530-6202402 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

The Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting Legends, Music and Wine on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 6-7 p.m. in the Milton Room. Guests will walk through the true history of the hotel that plays such a big role on Main Street — separate the facts from the myths, listen to some toe-tapping banjo music and all the while enjoy select tastings from the Jodar Winery. Advance reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 530-622-4271.

Galleries and businesses on Main Street in Placerville, are open for Third Saturday Art Walk, Aug. 16 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.

The Ag in the Classroom is presenting its second 20 Mile Taste fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the Davies Family Inn Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville. This is a great chance to sample the delicious pairings of wine from Holly’s Hill, Lava Cap, Madroña, Miraflores, Rainbow Orchards, Sierra Vista and Wofford Acres. Placerville Brewery will provide tastes of its local brews. Food partners include Allez, Diane Wilkinson catering, YamaMamas, Rainbow Orchards and Smokey Ridge Ranch. For tickets call 530-303-8117.

Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having Rhythm & Views Summer Music Series with  live music on the patio every other Saturday all summer long. Listen to local artists, enjoying a breathtaking sunset and sipping on your favorite bottle of Sierra Vista. Solo acoustic guitarist John Pless will be playing on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Pack a picnic, a cozy blanket, a couple of lawn chairs. For more information call 530-622-7221.

It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is having music by Cheryll and Fred Kent of the Hickory Wind Band play from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 16. Come and join them at this unique and comfortable setting for a cool drink, a g;ass of wine and a few songs from their Americana style of “not your normal country.”

The El Dorado Western Railroad is running on the first and third Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. This is a fun ride originating at the “train station” next to the El Dorado Community Center in the township of El Dorado. Take Oriental Road and keep left at the Y. Tickets are $5 for 9 and over and $3 for 3 to 8 year olds. For train schedules and information about this exciting project of the El Dorado County Historical Museum call 530-621-5865.

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Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having a Vino & Vignette Painting Class Series with local artist Vicki Hough on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 1-4 p.m. She will lead students through a three-hour guided canvas painting while you enjoy a tasting of the finest wines here at Sierra Vista. Never painted before? Not a problem. No previous experience necessary, Hough enjoys working with all skill levels. All materials supplied. For additional information or to reserve a spot call or e-mail Brea Kernan at 530-622-7221 or [email protected]

Summer Sunday Kick Back at Crystal Bistro on Carson Road in Camino is having music by Born Barefoot on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 3-6 p.m. Born Barefoot is a small band with a big sound. Having played together for more than nine years, the trio brings harmonic energy to a broad mix of original and covers songs spanning many decades and genres. For more details call 530-303-3749.

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