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Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring artist Gary Houston. Known for his “gravelly and gritty” style, all of his work is hand made from the lettering to the drawing to the hand-pulled silkscreen print. His art is created in a variety of ways. Some are scratch board illustrations, some are hand cut films and some are inked. He said, “Think of it as a building process as each color is printed, it completes a piece of a puzzle. All of his art is done in limited editions, each piece numbered with his autograph. For more information call 530-622-1235.
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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through March 3, is featuring the popular “Love is in the Air” show with art work inspired by the theme Love and Romance. Above is Claudine Wright’s version of this theme in the form of her original and very appealing jewelry which uses wire mesh and special glass beads. For more information call 530-642-2944.
El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, presents “Mightier than the Sword” through March 2. Words are truly mightier than the sword in this all media exploration of the written word paired with interactive art. There is an artists’ reception on Feb. 16. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
El Dorado High School’s Theater Arts Department, 561 Canal St. in Placerville, is presenting “Wild Oats” at the El Dorado High School Black Box Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at te Bookery on Main Street or Studio81.org or at the door. For more information call 530-622-3634 ext. 1191.
It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring Friday Night Comedy Open Mic on Friday, Feb. 8; the fabulous Tamra Godey on Saturday, Feb. 9; and Brides Night to create labels on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Drop in for delectable tidbits, wine pairings and music in an intimate setting. For more information call 530-303-3792.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke on Friday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m.; music by Doug Not Josh on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m.; Out of the Blue on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.; and Doug Not Josh on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
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. ESP (classic rock, Top 40) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9; Auto Replay (rock) on Friday, Feb. 8; Spazmatics (’80s dance) on Saturday, Feb. 9; Melody of China (traditional Chinese) on Sunday, Feb. 10; Highway 20 (country) on Sunday, Feb. 10; and Fastlane (classic rock, Top 40) Monday through Thursday, Feb. 11 through 14. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
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Susan Keale is teaching a class to create an illuminated image inspired by vintage valentines and letters on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Journey Center in Shingle Springs. Students will be exploring image transfer techniques and the process of illumination using watercolor, gouache and acrylic. Some materials are included. Contact Susan for more information at email@example.com or 530-228-8775.
Sierra Ridge Interact Club serves a community breakfast the second Saturday of the month: Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. Enjoy sausage, pancakes, juice, coffee and hot chocolate for $3 a person or $7 a family.
Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville, is having “Sweets for Your Sweetie” Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sweethearts can have fun tasting chocolates paired with some of Boeger’s fine wines in a special Boeger logo glass and tastings from The Rustic Fork and El Dorado Honey. For more information call 530-622-8094 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is offering barrel tasting on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. Stop by to sample wine before bottling. There will also be hot soup or chili. Cost is $5. Call 530-621-2945 for more information.
Grace Patriot Wines tasting room, 2701 Carson Road in Placerville, will have a chocolate fountain, roses and a Bonne Bouche release party on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb.10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the season of happy hearts and happy mouths with the new Bonne Bouche red wine. For more information call 530-642-8424.
Holly’s Hill Vineyard, 3680 Leisure Lane in the Pleasant Valley area, is having a Valentine’s Weekend Food and Wine Pairing with music by Nicholas Lefler on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu is cod with cumin scented quinoa, tortilla soup, filet mignon with lemon and pepper on frittata and a cheese course. Find more information at hollyshill.com or call 530-344-0227 or e-mail email@example.com.
“A Chocolate Affair,” an event including chocolate, food, and wine and beer tasting and a live and silent auction to benefit El Dorado County women, children and families, is Saturday, Feb. 9. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville, the evening takes place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, beginning at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, if still available. Tickets may also be purchased by downloading an order form at chocolate-affair.com or by calling 530-344-1476.
The El Dorado Western Railroad is running on the second and fourth Sundays weather permitting, from noon to 4 p.m. This is a fun ride originating at the “train station” on Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs. 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.
Hartwick House, 6237 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado, is having its annual winter sale on Sunday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the fine goods and have some soup between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 530-622-2840.
The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, is having a night out and painting class on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Art By the Glass is taught by artist Sheri Hoeger and will have everyone painting a masterpiece. Learn to paint in a fun atmosphere and have some wine. Cost is $40 and includes all materials. To register contact Sheri Hoeger at 916-501-1790 or Sheri@BigOakArts.com.
The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, is having a screening of the documentary “Mother, Caring for 7 Billion” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. presented by the Sierra Club. The film is a hopeful story of two families as they make decisions to improve the world for their children. For more information call Karen at 916-599-4329.