Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Aug. 5 through Sept. 1, is featuring wild life photographer, Lisa Aikenhead. Aikenhead’s exquisite animal photography and fine art prints of animals in wild and natural habitats have been extremely popular. Also featured this month is wood worker, Craig Milliron, whose creations in wood are unique and both decorative and functional. And oil painter, Elaine Wallin is featured. Her paintings have graced the magazine covers. She has also had a one man show at the State Capitol among many other honors. The cooperative gallery of local professional artists is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on Aug. 17. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
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. 19 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more information call the Placerville Downtown Association at 530-672-3436.
El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, presents The Overflow-Kinetic Water Installations through Sept. 28. A deluge of art to be refreshed by. There is an artists’ reception Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke with Ellen on Friday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m.; music by Crawford Perkes on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m.; Jonny Mojo and Friends on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.; singer songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m.; and Micro Blue on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring Karaoke with Celeste on Friday at 8 p.m. Drop in for delectable tidbits, wine pairings and music in an intimate setting. For more information call 530-303-3792.
Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, features an all-new stage, lounge and bar with Karaoke every Thursday. There is free entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Bands are on-stage from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fresh (Latin, classic rock, pop) Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
A Maker’s Swap is Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. Bring unwanted craft materials, half-finished projects and otter stuff to swap and share. Bring canopies, tables and chairs or rent them for $5. For more information call 530-391-0981.
Chevalier Winery, 5720 French Creek Road in Shingle Springs, is celebrating Swiss Independence Day on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be fun, great wines, sausages, cheeses, chocolate and good times with Pierre and Jeanette Chevalier. For more information call 530 677-1676 or check out chevalierwinery.com.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having music by Melonnee Desiree and Cauzin’ a Ruckus on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. For more information call 530-626-0336.
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.
Durango’s Mexican Restaurant, 263 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is featuring Eric Hill and Jonny Mojo on Taco Tuesday, Aug. 6. Music is from 5 to 8 p.m. Mojo and Hill perform acoustic blues, folk, and classic rock with Eric Hill on harmonica/flute/vocals, and Jonny Mojo on acoustic guitar/vocals. For more information call 530-626-0841.
Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, is showcasing the wines of Fair Play on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winemakers’ favorite Rhone wines will be featured and complimentary desserts from D’Agostini’s Bakery will be served.
El Dorado Hills Town Center presents free Thursday concerts “Live on the Boulevard” every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Steven Young Amphitheater. On Aug. 8 Preston Turner is playing. Bring out a blanket, chairs and picnic to enjoy the summer night under the stars with family and friends. For more details and to check out the entire entertainment schedule visit Town Center’s Website at eldoradohillstowncenter.com or call 916-932-2150.