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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 6, is featuring its Small Wonders Show, a display of small and miniature art works in painting and other mediums as demonstrated by this 6 inch by 6 inch watercolor painting by Carlotta Tormey. Nearly every artist in the gallery is represented in this Small Wonders Show which celebrates the holiday season. These special small but elegant works may be framed or placed on a stand. Some of the works by three dimensional artists are in the form of jewelry or mosaic or ceramic. The gallery also has a wonderful selection of hand made tree ornaments and original holiday greeting cards. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on Dec. 15 with music by Caroll Tuttle and friends. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
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Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is celebrating the “Images of the Beatles” — illustrating the English Rock bands many diverse styles over the past 50 years. Pop Art is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk. For more information call 530-622-1235.
El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, is exhibiting member artists in a “Holiday Arts Market” through Jan. 5. The public is invited to meet the artists at the gallery on Third Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having music by Sample and a Toys for Tots drive at 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, $10 or a gift; on Saturday, Dec. 8 Dippin’ Sauce Blues Band is playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover; and DJ by Old Griff is on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. There is no cover. For more information call 530-626-0336.
Toys for Tots volunteers are going to be at the Belltower on Main Street in Placerville on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect unwrapped toys. Every toy donated stays in El Dorado County and goes to our children. For more information call 530-344-9384.
The Placerville Downtown Association is sponsoring Visits with Santa. Santa is visiting Candy Strike Emporium, 398 Main St., on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. If desired (but not required), photos with Santa will be available for purchase from Robert Hall Photography. For more information visit placerville-downtown.org or call 530-672-3436.
Stagecoach rides on Main Street by Wiser Overland Stage Line and Friends are on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 from noon to 4 p.m. weather permitting. For more information call 530-672-3436.
Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having free reserve tastings of aged wines from the winery cellar — 2006 Fleur de Montagne (Rhone blend), 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, the 2005 Syrah Red Rock Ridge and our 2006 Old Clone Zinfandel on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. For more information call 647-2703.
Betty Shannon, author of “The Birds of Towhee Lane,” will be signing books at Placerville News Company, 409 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. Books will be available for purchase.
David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road, is having a Christmas Open House with wine specials and savory treats from Sierra Rizing Bakery on Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be live Christmas music by the opera chorus and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 1:30 p.m. For more information call 530-295-1833.
Fenton Herriot Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, invites everyone to the “Holiday Cellar-bration” from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be appetizers, soup, breads, cheeses, music, tree decorating, barrel tasting and wine. There is no charge, just bring an ornament to place on the tree. There will be prizes awarded for the best ornaments. Please RSVP to [email protected] with the number in your party so that enough food can be prepared.
Gold Hill Vineyard, 5660 Vineyard Lane in Placerville, is having its “Holidays in the Hall Craft and Gift Fair” on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Sunday 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This a great way to shop with hand-crafted items by local crafters and artisans and a pampering station, plus Gold Hill wines. For more information call 530-621-7073.
Friends of the Bayley House Winter Craft Faire is on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayley Barn, 4300 Highway 49 in Pilot Hill. There will be locally made crafts, warm food and drink and seasonal music to make shopping extra fun. For more information visit bayleyhouse.org or call Kim at 530-823-2787.
Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is having holiday shopping opportunities on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the 12th annual Port and Chocolate Festival featuring six Obscurity ports paired with a range of exotic chocolates, as well as a port-friendly cheeses. For more details go to [email protected]
Sierra Oaks Estates, 8171 Mt. Aukum Road in Mount Aukum, is releasing its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will nice hot soup and yummy appetizers to warm shoppers. For more information go to [email protected] or call 530-620-7079.
The South Fair Play wineries — Mount Aukum Winery, Bechard Vineyard and Winery, Chateau Routon, Mellowood Vineyard and Sierra Oaks Estate — and participating tree farms — Fanchers Christmas Tree Farm, Silver Forest Christmas Tree Farm, Davis Christmas Tree Farm and Omo Ranch Tree Farm — are participating in Cellar-bration on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Buy a Christmas tree and then enjoy some wine and appetizers at the five South Fair Play wineries. Mellowood is also having music by Rachel Cargil Saturday, Dec. 8. Visit mountaukum.com or call 800-591-9463 for more information.
Cantare Chorale is performing at Gold Country Baptist Church, in Shingle Springs, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The program has traditional four to eight part choral pieces and holiday favorites.
Synapse Wines, 304 Main St. in Placerville, presents music by Anne Roos on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information call 530-626-9463.
Zia’s, 312 Main St., is presenting Michael Connor on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information call 530-642-9427.
Rusty Nail, 6042 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, is presenting The Rusty Buckets on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. playing foot stompin’ bluegrass, Americana original tunes, and tap into a wide array of genres from classic rock to reggae, all with acoustic jam band flair. Always a good time and never the same. For more information call 530-644-7878.
Gold Vine Grill, 6028 Grizzly Flat Road in the Somerset area, will be celebrating its 10th year in business during the Downtown Somerset Holiday Open House. Stop by between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, local great wine and live holiday music. For more information call 530-626-4042.
The Auburn Concert Band presents a concert for the Christmas season featuring holiday favorites, great concert band music, a special new, unpublished “Silent Night” and interesting and unique arrangements of traditional Christmas Carols on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Cool Community Church, 863 Cave Valley Road in Cool. Admission is free, donations accepted. For further information contact Gary Truesdail, director at 530-620-0916 or [email protected]
The Cellar in the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, presents Anne Roos on Tuesday nights. Enjoy the seasonal gourmet food and the Celtic harp music by Roos.
El Dorado County Historical Society Christmas Luncheon is Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon at Cold Springs County Club, 6500 Club House Drive in Placerville. Everyone is invited. Reservations are required and call Kay Murdock at 530-626-7073 to attend. Cost is $20 per person. Speakers are Paul and Melanie Kramer on “Wagons Ho!” — What to take and not to take on a 2,000 mile trek in a covered wagon, authority of Wagon Train Captains and rules.