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Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p. m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk, Jan. 19 from 5 to 8 p m. Stop by to view raku pottery, fused glass jewelry, photography and watercolors. For more information call 530-417-0744.
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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville is presenting Dory Ann Schachner, through July 1, as featured artist. Her beautiful pencil renderings of animals and people are truly exceptional. She also uses photography and digital painting with great skill. She is a self taught artist with a full-time career as a college psychology teacher. Also the gallery is featuring Susan Preissner, creator of beautiful, elegant silver jewelry and colorful fused glass art. Her sophisticated pendants, earrings, bracelets and fused glass pieces show a balance of design and color with spontaneity and reflect highly technical skills and control of the medium. The cooperative gallery of 45 artists is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the gallery for Third Saturday Art Walk on Jan. 19. 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 remembering the birthday of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. Born Jan. 8, 1931 he would be 82. A birthday concert is held around the end of the year to benefit the “Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.” Its mission is giving grants primarily in the areas of music, the arts and education. Graham said, “Who could have dreamed in 1965 that the alternative society would eventually multiply to such extraordinary proportions that it becomes our mainstream?” This concert poster is from his 75th Birthday Bash at the Fillmore in San Francisco, one of the main venues used by Graham. 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.
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 bennettgallery.net.
The Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory, Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive, 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.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke on Friday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m.; music by Out of the Blue on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.; Jonny Mojo and Friends on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.; singer/songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.; and Rick Hussong and Jamie Lynn on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having DJ by Old Griff on Friday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. There is no cover. On Saturday, Jan. 5 Low Tide Riot is playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On Thursday, Jan. 10 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. Apple Z (top 40, classic rock) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5; and Audioboxx (classic rock, alternative rock) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5; Jason Buell (country) Sunday, Jan. 6; and Chris Gardner (country) Monday through Thursday, Jan. 7 through 10. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
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.
The Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., features music in the Cabaret Lounge. Upcoming bands: Sundays to Tuesdays: Jan. 3 to 5 The Motifs; January 5 and 6 NFL Wild Card Games, NCAA Bowl Games, then Paul Covarelli; Jan. 7 NCAA Championship Game followed by Paul Covarelli; Jan. 6 to 9 Paul Covarelli; and Jan. 10 to 12 Brian Andrews as Elvis. Call 800-321-6983 ext. 624 for more information.
El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, 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 Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, is having the Cowboy and the Hippie Dinner Show on Saturday, Jan. 5. Jonny Mojo and Steve Johnson, of Old West Trio, are teaming up for a night of country, blues, bluegrass and all kinds of other fun tunes. Dinner is from 7 to 8 p.m., the first set of music is from 8 to 9 p.m., then dessert, followed by more music until late. Tickets are $30 and are available at The Wine Smith. For more information contact the Wine Smith at 530-622-0516.
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.
El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, is calling all poetry lovers for Poetry Off-the Shelves on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Share original poetry, a special poem from a favorite poet or come and listen. For more information contact the library at 530-621-5540.
Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, kicks off the 2013 comedy season on Wednesday, Jan. 9 with the fantastic Todd Paul. Dinner and show is at 6:30 p.m. Music by Tamra Godey and guests is at 7 p.m. The laughs start at 8 p.m. in the Empire Ballroom. Show only tickets are $15 by reservation and $20 at the door. To make reservations call 530-622-5222 or go to sequoiaplacerville.com.
The El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, is offering the new and improved Writers’ Bloc meeting on the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. The Writers’ Bloc is a peer-supported writers’ group facilitated by Debora Larry Kearney, English professor at Folsom Lake College. Fiction, non-fiction, or poetry is reviewed with kind and constructive comments. Teens and adults receive feedback on original writing and respond to other writers’ work in a supportive workshop environment. For more information on this free public event, including manuscript submission guidelines, visit the Library Programs and Events calendar on the library’s Website at eldoradolibrary.org or contact the library at 530-621-5540.
Cameron Park Community Services District is presenting a Winter Concert Series starting with Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band performing “Legendary Ladies of Country Music” on Saturday, Jan. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Advance discounted tickets are available at the CSD office at 2502 Country Club Drive, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce in Burke Junction and Fire Station 89 at 3200 Country Club Drive. For more information please call the Cameron Park Community Services District at 530-677-2231.
The 15th annual Crab Banquet to benefit the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association is set for four dates — Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. The fund-raisers are at Skinner Winery in Fair Play, on Saturday, Jan. 12 and 19, and 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.