Things to do: Jan. 24, 2014

By From page B2 | January 24, 2014

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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 2, will feature Donna Bamford. Bamford creates original sculptural forms in mixed media using clay, painting and a variety of natural materials. Also showcased this month is digital photographer Craig Koski. The cooperative gallery of 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 Feb. 15. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49 in Coloma, is commemorating the anniversary of James Marshall’s momentous discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill Friday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities at the annual event will be a ground breaking ceremony for the new mill, historic demonstrations, gold panning, tours and more. The public is invited to all activities, free of charge. There is a $8 per car parking fee at the park. For more information call 530-622-3470 or go to

It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring karaoke with Celestial Sounds on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 30 meet a winemaker and enjoy wine tasting and food pairings from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information call 530-303-3792.

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road, is having Endless Pizza and Salad on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy pizzas made with many toppings and watch the pizza cook in the Napolese wood fire pizza oven for $10. In addition to Endless Pizza and Salad there will be live Maine lobsters for $20 more. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Play bocce ball and visit while enjoying CBM wine.

The Sons of Italy Gold Country Lodge No. 2705 is having its 18th annual Crab Feed on Friday, Jan. 24. The crab dinner includes salad, pasta, bread and dessert. This fundraiser runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Gym, 1021 Harvard Way. Tickets are $45 each. Proceeds will benefit Oak Ridge High School students and other charity programs. For tickets or other information call Butch Arietta at 916-947-6513 or Genny Arietta at 916-933-0476.

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having music by Optimiztic on Friday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. Radio Heavy is playing on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. DJ Old Griff is playing on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information call 530-626-0336.

Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, features a lounge and bar with karaoke every Thursday. There is free entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cripple Creek Band is playing Jan. 24 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Maxx Cabello Jr. is playing Jan. 25 10 p.m.-2 a.m. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit

The Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., features music in the Cabaret Lounge. Upcoming bands and events: Jan. 23-25 Chili Sauce, Jan. 26-29 Paul Covarelli, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Midnight Express and March 28 T.G. Sheppard in the Valley Ballroom. Call 800-321-6983 ext. 624 for more information.


“Honor Our Troops All American Breakfast” fundraiser is on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 7-11 a.m. at the Placerville Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive. Enjoy eggs, toast, sausage, ham, hash browns, hot cakes, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and coffee with all the proceeds going towards sending care packages to the military personnel from El Dorado County serving in war zones. Adult tickets are $5 and kids are $2.

American River Conservancy is having a hike on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Salmon Falls Ranch property. This 757-acre working ranch was acquired in 2012 by ARC to protect wildlife habitat and provide additional areas for recreational trail use. This area is not yet open to the public. This is a moderately paced 4-mile hike is suitable for ages 8 and over. Call 530-621-1224 for meeting location and time.

Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is having its Annual Barrel Tasting and Futures Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Taste six wines from the barrels of the 2012 wines being offered as futures — 1916 Old Vine Carignane, 1916 Old Man Murrill Zinfandel from the Murrill Vineyard, and from the Estate, Geoff and Katy Malbec, Piedras Grandes Charbono, Paso Vista Petit Verdot and Serendipity Hill Alicante Bouschet. For more information call 530-620-5303.

Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is having a Bottle Your Own Wine on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 from noon-4p.m. Guests will be bottling a barbera blend that will please all. The job is to fill the bottle, label, insert cork and add a capsule down in the cellar with one of the staff members. Since you’ll be doing the bottling — you save a lot of money when purchasing this incredible wine. Call 530-621-2945 to sign up.

Madroña Vineyards, 2560 High Hill Road in Camino, is having a Quintete Blending on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26. Learn what goes into that perfect bottle of wine and how much thought the winemaker puts into blending the perfect components. Be a winemaker for a day with Paul Bush and blend your own Quintet. You can then take home a bottle of your personal blend for $28. There are tickets for three sessions. Tickets to the event are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the winery at 530-644-5948.

Nello Olivo Wines is having a Wine Party Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The first Wine Party Weekend of 2014 will feature the release of the 2011 Primitivo which just won gold at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition. There will be wine tasting, food, special prices and wine-related fun at the tasting room, 643 Bee St. in Placerville.

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Council’s 29th Annual Crab Feed is Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Main Hall at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Tickets are $45. No host cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is from 6:30 p.m. and dancing is from 9 to midnight. For tickets contact Linda at 530-620-5550 or Shirley at 530-622-3794.

The Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, is having a Book Release Party for author Lexi Boeger and her book “Not Lost For Lookin’” on Saturday, Jan. 25. The reading is at 6 p.m., book signing and party at 7 p.m. and music by MerryGold at 8 p.m. The book is a fly-fishing western romance ghost-story adventure of the high Sierra. Old beat-up trucks, dive bars, gold-rush towns and the epic beauty of the high Sierra Nevada are the backdrop to this tale of two women who fly-fish their way through a summer of heart-break, high-jinks, drug-lords, wild men, fish and ghosts. A sweet memoir of deep family outdoor tradition threads through this wild and unpredictable adventure. For more information call 530-621-4147.

The Cameron Park Community Center is presenting Todd Morgan and the Emblems on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $18 each or $34 for two and can be purchased at the district office at 2502 Country Club Drive, fire station 89 at 3200 Country Club Drive or the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber at 3300 Coach Lane or online at For more information go to

El Dorado Epicurean is a delicious four-course dinner to celebrate California Restaurant Month. Each course is served at a different restaurant from 4-8:30 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 26 there are seven different culinary adventures throughout the county to choose from. Reservations are required and tickets are limited. Tickets can be purchased online at using a credit card, by phone 800-457-6279 or in person at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 542 Main St. in Placerville.


Weekly Poetry Workshops “Tuesday at Two” on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. is at the Pizza Factory, 1242 Broadway in Placerville. For more information call 530-295-3496.

The Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, has an open mic hosted by Scott Walshaw every Thursday at 6 p.m. There are food and drink specials. For more information call 530-621-4147.

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