Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Downtown Placerville seeks new tagline

The Placerville Downtown Association is inviting the community and visitors to help define Main Street’s brand, character, style and personality with a tagline promotion. Cities all over the U.S. have created a unique tagline or motto to help identify their municipality. Well-known examples include Las Vegas —  ”What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” and […]

Salon Doré re-opens at Legion of Honor

After a 17 month comprehensive conservation project, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has re-opened the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor. Developed by Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture, this complete refurbishment of one of the finest existing examples of 18th […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Chandler Morrill likes doing good deeds

Joining the Boy Scouts as a youngster was “just another thing my mom put me in” for Chandler Morrill of Placerville, but a half-dozen years later he proudly attended his Court of Honor on March 8, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Chandler’s project that topped off the years of Scouting that led to […]

Learn how to make a mask

Learn how to make your own facial “life mold” when Patricia Ann McKinney, local multi-media artist, teaches a one-day class at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery in Georgetown on Monday, March 3. This one-day workshop will include making a mold of your face with plaster bandages and short lessons on hand-making paper, plus handouts […]

Sandy Follett shows photograph in Yosemite

Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 29th year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 45 artists. Drawn from more than 700 entries, this year’s exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra. El Dorado County photographer Sandy […]

Bridging the SF Bay

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936,” opening at the de Young on Saturday, Feb. 1. Documenting the original construction of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in the 1930s, the exhibition includes 72 photographs, prints and drawings from the museums’ collection. The bridge’s […]

Comedy on screen

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Feb. 1, with a screwball comedy from 1937. Basil and Joyce, two talented and hammy stage actors, love each other in spite of their epic battles. When Marcia, an infatuated, besotted fan, falls for Basil, he knows he must somehow discourage this interloper. But the ruder he […]

Sutter’s Fort celebrates holidays past

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park has two interactive and fun “Hands on History” events scheduled on one very special day — Saturday, Dec. 14. Throughout the day, fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, […]

Tedeschi Trucks Band plays at Grand Sierra

Grand Sierra Resort and Another Planet Presents are pleased to announce the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be performing at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member collective that thrills audiences worldwide with its transcendent live performances and award-winning albums. Formed in 2010 by […]

A taste of Burgundy at Fair Play winery

Winery by the Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fairplay, is having a Burgundian Winter Wine Feast on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3-8 p.m. Winery by the Creek crafts wines in a French style and this holiday season the personnel is looking to share a taste of French nobility with wine club members and guests. The […]

Rock out at Sac State

The California State University, Sacramento Geology Club is hosting its 10th annual Rock Auction fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 22, and there are hundreds of items up for grabs. The family-friendly event includes live and silent auctions, catered food and beverages, and children’s activities. Auction specimens vary in size from small gems to large garden rocks […]

Learn about the Donner Party at Sutter’s Fort

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is proud to present a special “Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties” event on Saturday, Nov. 16. Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more […]

Local art groups merge

Tucked into one of Georgetown’s historic buildings, Art on the Divide Gallery Cooperative, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, has been attracting visitors for a little over three years. This small but vital group has been providing local artists and students with a venue to display their work, as well as offering workshops, demonstrations and art […]

Altar Show honors many things

The 16th annual Altar Show, “Renewal and Remembrance,” will open on Saturday, Nov. 9. The show features altars dedicated to persons, memories, concepts and causes. The annual free and non-juried exhibition will be held through Nov. 17 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The exhibit is held at the Northern Mines Building, Nevada County Fairgrounds in […]

Heritage Day tells Nisenan story

The Nisenan tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria, the Nevada County campus of Sierra College, the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project and the Firehouse No. 1 Museum in Nevada City invite the public to the fourth annual Nisenan Heritage Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Multipurpose Center at the Sierra College Nevada County campus, 250 […]

Sac chorus sings of New York

Experience the lights, glamour and excitement of New York City with the award-winning Sacramento Valley Chorus. Inspired by its whirlwind trip to New York City in May and a once in a lifetime performance at Carnegie Hall, Sacramento Valley Chorus, under the direction of Master Director Lynne Erickson, presents “A New York State of Mind.” […]

‘Down the Road’ goes down a gory trail

“Down the Road” is where you’ll travel with serial killer William Reach as he’s interviewed for his tell-all biography by Iris and Dan Henniman. The play, written by Lee Blessing, is presented by EMH Productions at The Geery Theatre, 2130 L St. in Sacramento now through Thursday, Oct. 31. Iris Henniman has taken on her […]

‘Personal Petroglyphs’ opens

Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill is pleased to announce a special exhibition of new works by regional artists, Pamela Findleton and Dale Laitinen, inspired by their recent journeys through the American Southwest. The “Personal Petroglyphs” exhibit will open on Saturday, Oct. 5 with an artist demonstration from 3 to 5 p.m. and a reception from […]

Pacifico Dance Company celebrates Mexico

Founded in 1992, the Pacifico Dance Company of 32 accomplished dancers and musicians will present the essence of traditional folkloric styles with modern dance idioms. The company has toured internationally — the first folkloric company to tour Asia — and enjoyed a residency in The Kennedy Center. The work to be performed on Stage One […]

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display in Sacramento

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the third annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is “A Passion to Preserve” […]

World Rabies Day hopes to set a record

El Dorado County Animal Services and The Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association are coordinating the fourth annual World Rabies Day Event on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event will be held at the government complex located at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the Three for Free campaign, the services […]

Capitol Pops Concert under the stars

The Capitol Pops Concert Band will be featured in the “Concert Under the Stars” event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Eskaton FountainWood Lodge, 8773 Oak Ave. in Orangevale. This is a ticketed event, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s disease research conducted through the Alzheimer’s Association. Tickets are $25 per […]

Genoa presents annual Candy Dance

Candy has long been part of the annual fundraiser for the Town of Genoa, Nevada’s first settlement, and the tradition continues on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 with the 93rd Annual Candy Dance Art, Crafts and Food Faire. Volunteers are currently working to make a ton-and-a-half of candy, following in the footsteps begun […]

Sac museums to offer free admission

Six Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to ticket holders all day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Participating local museums include: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California State Military Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Maidu Museum and Historic Site and The California Museum. […]

Grow For It! The best time of the year

Yes, it’s that time again, the fifth annual Fall Master Gardener Plant Sale. And it promises to be a great one. The sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. As usual, Master Gardeners have been hard […]

Public art project brings people and nature together

On Saturday, Sept. 7, ART OnSite (AOS) will unveil its first public art works project which aims to bring people and the natural environment together in an innovative and artistic way. The project features works from eight international artists installed along the 9 mile Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. Each artist was selected based on proposals that best […]

See fine art at Tahoe City art and craft festival

Set on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe City Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will give visitors a special opportunity to meet with more than 45 artisans and crafts people showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and much more. Providing a unique venue for […]

Rock with YMCA at Montbleu

Everyone knows the music and everyone has the moves. For one night only, Saturday, Aug. 3 MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa is the “place you can go” to rock out to The Village People. With more than three decades of party music, The Village People will perform all of its hits, “YMCA,” “In The Navy” […]

Gold medal on display at de Young

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in 2011 to Japanese American, or Nisei, World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments, will visit the de Young through Sunday, Aug. 4. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has partnered with the Smithsonian’s […]

Gallery features art and music

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery continues its monthly “featured artist” series with the work of David Blonski. Blonski’s art and music will be featured in the gallery for the month of August and the public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. Experience his […]

Carson Valley Inn welcomes brides

Complimentary refreshments, a full range of vendors and services, and an assortment of wedding-related prizes are all part of the Bridal Fair at the Carson Valley Inn on Sunday, Aug. 4. The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Valley Ballroom and is co-hosted by The Entertainer, the area’s premier wedding facilitator and […]

Enjoy Wine in the Vines

Join Friends of Seniors for its second annual “Wine in the Vines” event on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This fundraiser provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to support the efforts of Friends of Seniors, while enjoying an evening of award-winning Sierra […]

Creole concert at Twisted Oak

Twisted Oak Winery continues the 2013 Twisted Folk Concert Series with the unique and legendary Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. “All the way from Opelousas, La. — the Zydeco Capital of the World — Twisted Oak welcomes award-winning accordionist Jeffery Broussard and his Creole Cowboys,” said winery […]

Amador County Fair exhibits due

Now is the time to pull together all those projects, preserves and recipes and to get your green thumb going in those gardens for the best blooms and vegetable crop for the Amador County Fair. Showing off your handiwork, preserves, art and photography, garden produce, flowers, jewelry and more in hopes of winning a blue […]

The Fabulous Liars return to the State Fair

The members of the Fabulous Liars Band love to entertain at the California State Fair. The band returns this year with a special mix of rock and roll music on Sunday, July 14, with back-to-back shows during opening weekend of the fair. “We had a fantastic time performing at the fair last year,” said Fabulous […]

SOJA to headline Tahoe Reggae fest

MontBleu Resort and PR Entertainment present the second annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival on Saturday, June 29 featuring SOJA, Alpha Blondy, Passafire, Stick Figure, Tomorrow’s Bad Seed, Island of Black & White and Squarefield Massive. MC J Ras will start this day of fun-in-the sun at 1 p.m. and the last band, Soja starts at […]

‘In Train View’ shows at Railtown

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will present “In Train View,” an exhibition of 30 large format photographs showcasing the amazing talent of the Sonora Photo Club, that will be on display June 22 through Sept. 1. With a variety of compelling images, portraits and trains in action, “In Train View” also artfully raises attention […]

Tripp the plant fantastic at the Coz

“Not Just Any Flower — Native Plants of El Dorado County (Underfoot3)” is the third installment of an ongoing series of photographs on the native flora of El Dorado County by photographer and El Dorado Chapter California Native Plant Society board member Tripp Mikich. The exhibition highlights 30 plants, many of them unique to El […]

Excursion trains running in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend starting Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a highlight on Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides […]

Demolition derby time at the fair

SACRAMENTO — Derby cars are going full throttle at the Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo on Friday, May 24. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the crashing, smashing and the roar of engines start at 7:30 p.m. This unique American form of entertainment is classic fun for everyone. Young and old alike join in the […]

Sac County Fair kicks off

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento County Fair is back again this year with fun, food and excitement — a great way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Cal Expo through Monday, May 27. “The county fair is wholesome family fun and an important Memorial Day weekend event for parents and children,” said Pamela Fyock, Sacramento County Fair […]

Train travels the Comstock

On Mother’s Day, give Mom a window seat back in time with a tour of the Wild West aboard the Virginia and Truckee Railroad (, Sunday, May 12. This special edition train ride from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide Mom with a long stem rose, […]

Banner Mountain Boys goes Hog Wild

Hog Wild, 38 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting music by the Banner Mountain Boys Bluegrass Band on Saturday, May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Banner Mountain Boys Band features bluegrass music from traditional and contemporary American music sources. The four band members include Taylor Carey on guitar and vocals, Rob Shotwell on […]

Sac state presents opera with a laugh

California State University, Sacramento presents laughter at the opera on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at the Music Recital Hall. When people hear the word “opera” they usually think of very serious, somber musical presentations. But there are comedy operas, and Sacramento State’s Opera Theatre will present three of them in May. Mark […]

Learn to put flesh and bones in art

This month’s demonstration at the Placerville Arts Association meeting will be featuring nationally recognized watercolorist Steve Walters. His work has been shown in many galleries and museums, as well as paintings published in “American Artist” and “Artist’s” magazines. His topic at the PAA meeting will be “The costumed figure in watercolor.” A Northern California artist, […]