Things to do: Jan. 25, 2013

By From page B2 | January 25, 2013

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Sunburst Clay and Glass is showing at Metal Dragonfly, 352 Main St. in Placerville. Stop by to view raku pottery, fused glass jewelry and other wonderful items. For more information call 530-417-0744.

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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring the beautiful, elegant jewelry and fused glass works of Susan Preissner. Her sophisticated pendants, earrings, bracelets and fused glass pieces show a balance of design and color and reflect spontaneity, highly technical skills and control of the medium. The gallery is also featuring Dory Ann Schachner. Her beautiful pencil renderings of animals and people are truly exceptional and she uses photography and digital painting with great skill. She is a self taught artist with a full time career as a college psychology teacher. The cooperative gallery of 45 local professional artists is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day with extended hours until 9 p.m. for the Third Saturday Art Walk. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website and the blog

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Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring well known concert photographer Larry Hulst. With hundreds of his photos used world wide as stock images in numerous publications, he has his works available at Pop Art. All of his photos are hand developed from negatives in the dark room. This is a picture of Bob Dylan. He has worked shooting concerts since the late 1960s while working for the U.S. government at NORAD as a photographer during the day. He is now retired from his day job but can be spotted shooting rock and roll concerts around the country. Pop Art is open Tuesday 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, 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. This show dovetails with Poetry Out Loud, the high school poetry recitation contest. 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.

Iron Willow Gallery and Studio, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring the work of Tom Tankersley and many local artists. For more information go to or call 530-621-4799 gallery.

Bennett Gallery, 6200 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado, has a rich tapestry of “connected” work from local artists, including sculpture by Bob and Tom Bennett of Sculpture, Terrie Bennett, MK Shannon, Keith Shannon and Kim Eckert-Bennett; paintings by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard; art glass by Nicholson Blown Glass; ceramic art by Kurt McCracken; and jewelry by Bob Bennett, Tom Bennett and MK Shannon. Bennett Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. For more information call 530-621-1164 or visit

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, features a talented array of artists. For more information call 530-333-2787 or visit

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

Nello Olivo and Chef David Bagley are presenting a Toscanello Wine Dinner at Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Friday, Jan. 25. The Toscanello ’07, ’08, ’09, and newly released ’10 and the rare Sagrantino will be paired with an outstanding menu. Tuscan white bean soup with roasted garlic and porcini will go with the Toscanello ’07. The chopped Italian salad matches perfectly with the Toscanello ’08. Pasta Nello alla Romano will go with the Toscanello ’09. An intermezzo of frozen LimonNello will get the palate ready for the roasted venison loin and Toscanello ’10. A dessert of mixed nut tart dried fruit compote will feature a taste of Sagrantino. To enjoy this sequential pairing of the multi-award winning wine call 530-622-5222 for reservations. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Sequoia Empire Ballroom.

It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring Friday Night Comedy Open Mic on Friday, Jan. 25; the 3 G’s on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and Brides Night to create labels on Wednesday, Jan. 30. 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, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.; music by Just Chillin’ on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m.; Random Strangers on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.; and Patrick Walsh on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.

Synapse Wines, 304 Main St. in Placerville, presents music singer/songwriter J. Woody on Friday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and original folk-rock music with a bite by James Israel on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information call 530-626-9463.

PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having DJ by Old Griff on Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. There is no cover. On Saturday, Jan. 26 Ice House Blues Band is playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On Thursday, Jan. 31 is DJ by Old Griff at 9 p.m. There is no cover. For more information call 530-626-0336.

Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, blends a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. The new entertainment center 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. Maxx Cabello Jr. (blues, rock, soul) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26; Brodie Stewart (country) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26; Michael Black (country) Sunday, Jan. 27; and Fresh (Latin, classic rock, Top 40) Monday through Thursday, Jan. 28 through 31. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit

Findleton Estate Winery, 3500 Carson Road, is having Garratt Wilkin in the tasting room at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Have a hot time listening to cool music and sipping fabulous wine at this free concert. For more information call 530-644-4018 or 530-644-0714.

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road, is having Endless Pizza and Salad on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Create pizzas using the 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. Each lobster is 1 1/4 plus pounds. The price will be $29.99 in addition to the Endless Pizza price. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Dine in the cellar, under the trees or at the bocce court. Play bocce ball and visit while enjoying CBM wine. Cost for the pizza is $15 for the public and $10 for Cru Club members.

Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is having barrel tasting and celebrating the wines of the future on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the barrel room. Everyone is invited to try the six wines — Tempranillo, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane and ”Old Man Murrill” Zinfandel. Futures of those wines will be available. Gourmet snacks will be served to complement the wines. For more details visit [email protected]

Mount Aukum Winery, 6781 Tower Road in Mt. Aukum, is having a full day of activities Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy a Wine and Cheese Pairing by sampling cheeses and learning how to organize cheeses and goodies to go with the wine. There will also be BDX Blending Challenge where everyone participates in a hands-on crash course on the essential aspects that go into Bordeaux-style blending. The challenge will be to match winemaker Michel’s blend. Barrel tasting will be conducted so that everyone can try future vintages and then there is the French Lunch featuring: le papin a l’echalote (bread and shallots soup), root de porch aux pistachios ( pork roast with pistachio filling), choux de Bruxelles aux pommes (Brussels sprouts and apples) and poires en cocotte (baked pears). For reservations call 530-620-1675.

Lava Cap Winery, 2221 Fruitridge Road in Placerville, is having regional wine writer and Capital Public Radio wine guy Rick Kushman presenting a fun class on the basics of putting wine and food together on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.. Then enjoy Lava Cap wines and some of the gourmet deli foods to try. To learn more call 530-621-0175 or visit

Madroña Vineyards, 2560 High Hill Road in Placerville, is having a “Lost and Found” sale after cleaning out the cellar. The sale is Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. To learn more call 530-644-5948.

The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is having its annual Hangtown Hold’em Tournament Saturday, Jan. 26, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the Marshall Room, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Check in is at 3 p.m. and gaming will start at 4 p.m. There is a $50 buy-in for players and preregistration with buy-in is required. Re-buys are $25 and add ons are $25. There will be a no-host bar, food, prizes, special Hangtown Hold’em Trophy for champion and prizes. Prizes for the top 10 percent. For more information go to or call 530-621-5885.

The 15th annual Crab Banquet to benefit the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association is set for Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. The fund-raisers are at Perry Creek Vineyards, 7400 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. Seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the meal starts at 6 p.m. The banquet includes hors d’oeuvres, clam chowder, Caesar salad, raviolis with sauce, sherbet with champagne, fresh cold cracked Dungeness crab with warm clarified butter, cheesecake, French bread and coffee. The price per person is $60. Wine is also available for additional charge. The banquets have raised money to purchase structure fire clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus and other equipment. For tickets call the Hudelsons at 530- 620-3371.

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. 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.


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. For more information call 530-621-1003.

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