Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Jan. 6 through Feb. 2, is featuring digital photographer Craig Koski. His colorful and dynamic style produces artistry by digitally manipulating the photo and colors. He enjoys the creativeness that the technology offers and strives for emotional response. The gallery is also featuring Donna Bamford. Bamford creates original sculptural forms in mixed media using clay, painting and a variety of natural materials. Her one of a kind pieces are unique and often whimsical. 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 Jan. 18. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, presents “Telling Yarns — Wearable and Performing Arts Merge” to Jan 4. The show demonstrates how wearable arts and performing arts collide in a profusion of color and motion. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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 communityobservatory.com or call 530-642-5621 ext. 9.
The Placerville Drive Business Association is having the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, to Jan. 5. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For events, fees and more information visit HangtownHolidayIceRink.com.
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, 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. Each lobster is 1 1/4 plus pounds. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Dine in the cellar. Play bocce ball and visit while enjoying CBM wine.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having music by DJ Old Griff on Friday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Dog Park is on Saturday, Jan.4 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information call 530-626-0336.
El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, is having a used book sale on the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. New books, classics, paperbacks and movies are just some of the things on sale in the rear parking lot of the library. Great deals and the money goes to a great cause. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Placerville Friends of the Library. The friends thank everyone who supports the library with donations and purchases and invite more donations of books, tapes and current magazines. Call ahead to arrange for any large donations. For more information call 530-621-5540.
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.
The Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, has an open mic and acoustic jam every Monday at 7 p.m. Wednesday is belly dancing and lessons at 7 p.m. For more information call 530-621-4147.
Modified Motorcycle Association meetings are the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at P.J.’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive between El Dorado and Shingle Springs. The Modified Motorcycle Association is a not-for-profit corporation, established for the concerned motorcyclist with the goal of making the sport of motorcycling safer and protecting the interest of its members. You do not need to be an MMA member to attend. Visit mma-ca.org/ for more information.
Weekly Poetry Workshops “Tuesday at Two” on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, 1242 Broadway in Placerville. For more information call 530-295-3496.
Poetry off-the-Shelves is the second Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. For more information call 530-295-3496.