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Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

Feist Wines is throwing its last event in Amador City, 14173 Old Highway 49, Amador County, on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Susan and Anthony Feist have hosted a series of sold-out Americana concerts and farm-to-fork food and wine pairings over the last four years in their tasting room that was once a western saloon. […]

Master Food Preservers: Yes you can, can

My citrus trees are producing more than my family can eat and my neighbors are hiding from me when I come knocking on their doors with a bag of oranges in my hand. What can I do with all this fruit so it won’t go to waste? Make marmalade. Marmalade is commonly defined as a […]

Alice Wallace combines country and Americana

Alice Wallace is playing at Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. “Memories, Music & Pride,” the third album by Wallace, finds the Southern California-based Americana singer-songwriter exploring fresh musical terrain on striking self-penned material inspired by new emotional and geographical compass points. […]

My Time group to meet in Placerville

My Time is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The My Time group meets the first Friday of the month and is facilitated by Ruth […]

Arts Council presents author reading

G. Weston DeWalt, who co-authored “The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest” with head expedition guide Anatoli Boukreev, will read from his New York Times bestseller at El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The reading and Q&A are part of a speaker series to accompany the current gallery exhibition “Such Great […]

Classical music comes to the Sutter Creek Theatre

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, presents its first concert of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 31 starting at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County. The concert […]

‘The Little Mermaid’ makes a splash in Sac

Take a trip under the sea with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” This fun-filled, timeless tale makes its Broadway Sacramento debut in a limited engagement at Sacramento Community Center Theater from Feb. 2 through 7. The production is presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment in association with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Mt. Beacon […]

CCAC announces new mini-grants for Camino

The Camino Community Action Committee (CCAC) announces its second CCAC Mini-Grants for Camino. Thanks to the generosity of the community and the success of the annual Barn Dance, the committee is now in a position to assist local non-profits, through a program of mini-grants for projects based in Camino. Applicants must be nonprofits or not-for-profit […]

Hot time at Sutter Creek Theatre

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents hot Cajun, zydeco and more with Tom Rigney and Flambeau Saturday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band […]

Shamanic Drum Circle schedules events

The Placerville Drum Circle will be meeting the first and third Sundays of every month in 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville. The circle is open to all those interested in deepening their desire to grow spiritually and connect with like-minded people. The group will be offering […]

Lake County’s Valley Fire aftermath topic at forum

CalFire Forester Kevin Conway is the speaker at January’s Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Sierra Banquet Center, 3220 Ponderado Road in Camino. He will be speaking about the aftermath of the Valley Fire at Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. Boggs Mountain State Demonstration Forest is an approximately 3,500 acre forest in […]

Cap Stage presents Sac premiere of ‘Love and Information’

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its 2015-16 season with a poignant new play by legendary playwright Caryl Churchill. The Sacramento premiere of “Love and Information” will be the main-stage directorial debut of local theatrical talent Benjamin T. Ismail. The piece paints a kaleidoscopic picture of the digital, over-stimulated 21st century lives and leaves […]

Two great bands for the price of one

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents a double bill featuring Houston Jones with Suzie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band on Saturday, Jan. 16. The virtuoso musicians in Houston Jones have accumulated several lifetimes of experience — from gospel revival tents to Irish pubs, from the Great Plains to the bayou, from a church […]

Camera club to meet

The El Dorado Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The topic will be Gear Talk. This will be a time to share favorite gear and gadgets that enhance the photography experience; whether they are old-time favorites or something new from Christmas. The topic for this month’s photo […]

Free Aging and Caregiver educational series in Greenwood

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Caregiver Support Program is presenting a free Aging and Caregiver educational series in Greenwood. The educational series will be held Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Greenwood Community Center, 4401 Highway 193 in Greenwood. The series will provide instruction and support […]

As we were: Holiday DUIs down

25 Years ago Jan. 4, 1991 DUIs down for New Year’s By MARY NEAL Despite the drunk-driving crackdown on the Western Slope, and although the number of drunk driving arrests nearly doubled during 1990, local drunk driving arrests declined over the New Year’s holiday, authorities said. In the city limits, a total of four people […]

South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts donates to nonprofits

The South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts has provided a total of $15,000 — $5,000 each — to three community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Christmas Cheer and Live Violence Free this holiday season. “We appreciate the support from STAR during a time when there’s a lot of need throughout our […]

Grow For It: Painful gardening mistakes: Master Gardeners tell all

We were recently able to wheedle/cajole/bribe some of our most experienced Master Gardeners into admitting their mistakes. Really boneheaded mistakes. Rookie errors. Under the condition of anonymity, these Master Gardeners recount some of their gardening bloopers.   1. Right place/wrong plant errors “We built our house next to three young douglas firs. From 8 feet, […]

Learn nutrition tips at luncheon

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, Jan. 11 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. Cost is $18. The featured presentation is “Add Nutrition and Wellness to Your Life.” Nutritionist Alexandra Schmid will give nutrition tips and healthy cooking […]

California State Fair is a winner with global recognition

The California State Fair has received the coveted International Association of Fairs and Expositions Best Marketing Campaign award for its 2015 Best 17 Days of Summer Campaign. Not only did the California State Fair win among its Division 4 competitors, which includes fairs between 500,000 and 1 million visitors, but it won the top award […]

Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

The Loft in Tahoe combines entertainment and dining

South Lake Tahoe’s newest hotspot, The Loft Live Theatre – Lounge – Dining, will see 2015 vanish and 2016 appear with two New Year’s Eve celebrations. Located within the Heavenly Village the Loft is a first for the California side of Tahoe South by combining theater with nightly live entertainment, an intimate bar, lounge and restaurant […]

Winery association offers cash prize for new logo

A prize of $2,500 awaits the successful creative artist in El Dorado Winery Association’s recently announced competition. The winery association is searching for a new visual identity. This means a new eye-catching image to promote the brand El Dorado wines and increase the recognition of El Dorado as a quality wine destination experience. The contest […]

New entertainment hot spot to open in South Lake Tahoe

The Loft Live Theatre, South Lake Tahoe’s first indoor year-round live theater, will raise the roof and curtain Tuesday, Dec. 15. Located on the third floor of the Heavenly Village Cinema, the $1 million complex features 107-seats, a separate dining area serving authentic Italian cuisine, bar and lounge. The Loft Theatre built by PR Entertainment […]

River City Chorale to perform in Georgetown

The River City Chorale is performing a spirited holiday concert sponsored by Music on the Divide. The chorale will perform “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Georgetown IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown. The River City Chorale, under the direction of Richard Morrisey, is a community […]

Ring in the holidays in Camino

It’s feeling a lot like Christmas at the Apple Hill ranches. The Christmas Tree Growers are open and have a wonderful selection of trees. Hours and dates of the individual farms, varieties of trees and other Christmas foliage available and special treats such as appearances by Santa are listed at applehill.com and on the individual ranch […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Holiday stress

Having a child that acts out in public is very hard for a parent, especially around the holidays. While shopping with my 3-year-old and infant a meltdown hit. It was loud, uncontrollable and very embarrassing. After disapproving stares and hushed conversations, we walked out of the store leaving the cart in the middle of the […]

Hear ‘Melodies of Christmas’ at lunch

The El Dorado Women’s Connection Luncheon is Monday, Dec. 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Women are invited to bring the man in their lives along. Lunch seating is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Cost is $18 all inclusive. The featured presentation is “The Melodies of Christmas,” […]

Fairytale Town to transform into Winter Wonderland

Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento, with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days on Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 10-13 and 17-20. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event […]

Pops band wraps up 18th season

The Capitol Pops Concert Band wraps its 18th season with a free, open to the public holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5811 Walnut Ave. in Orangevale. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB’s one-hour performance will include traditional holiday favorites, seasonal musical hits and […]

Capital Stage presents new full-length musical

As part of the special programming for the 2015-16 season “Brave New World,” Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, will present its first full-length musical production “The Behavior of Broadus” by the L.A.-based writing and performing partnership Burglars of Hamm. “The Behavior of Broadus” was recently nominated for nine Ovation Awards and seven L.A. […]

Faith Episcopal presents Christmas play

Faith Episcopal Church, 2200 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, invites residents to get into the spirit of the holidays with “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a one-act play within a play based on the 1972 children’s book. The play will run Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5 with proceeds benefitting local and global […]

Music, Munchies and Marvelous Art at Divide gallery

With what is becoming an annual event, Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery will once again help Georgetown celebrate the opening of the Christmas Season on Saturday, Dec. 5 with Music, Munchies and Marvelous Art. For early shoppers, the gallery will be open as usual at 10 a.m. and then will offer a special evening […]

Main Street is a ‘Merry Merchant Marketplace’

Placerville’s Main Street merchants are offering a new shopping and dining experience this year called the “Merry Merchant Marketplace” for the holidays. To help shoppers find the perfect give for relatives and friends to promote the buy/shop local philosophy, participating merchants are providing shoppers with a wish list postcard. After filling the cards out with […]

Life as I know it: A fish story and the Philippines

One year when ocean salmon fishing season opened, my son-in-law and I decided to give it a try. We got up very early one Saturday and drove to Sausalito and got on a party boat where we had made reservations. As we were chugging out of the bay and under the bridge, we were telling […]

Youth symphony plays Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek in Amador County, is hosting a free concert by the Mother Lode Youth Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. The Mother Lode Youth Symphony, now in its 16th season, features youth musicians 7 to 19 from foothill counties. The MLYS provides these talented musicians […]

Amadeus shines in Mozart opera showcase at Sac State

Wolfgang’s best will be performed as part of California State University, Sacramento’s Arts Experience in the appropriately titled “Mozart! Mozart!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in the campus’ Capistrano Concert Hall, 6000 J St. The University’s Opera Theatre will present arias, duets, trios and entire scenes from some of the composer’s best-loved works, […]

Neil Young rebels at sold-out Berkeley show

Count on Neil Young to politically rally behind a cause or tackle a musical genre. At Berkeley’s Greek Theater above the campus, the last stop of Young’s Rebel Content Tour, the cause was agrochemical giant Monsanto and GMOs (genetically modified organisms); the effect one of his strongest sets in recent memory. As he frequently does […]

Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera opens pops series

It’s 1975. Disco is in full swing with high-cut boots and low-cut bell-bottoms on the dance floor. It is also the year rock super group Queen, lead by the incomparable Freddie Mercury, debuts its single “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This song, along with countless other Queen hits, has permeated our culture through movies, TV shows and now […]

EDAC to hold annual Holiday Art Gifts Showcase

El Dorado Arts Council is hosting its annual Holiday Art Gifts Showcase featuring the craftsmanship of local artists. Affordable and unique gifts for sale will include fine art, ceramics, jewelry, cards, accessories and more. Special sip and shop Saturdays will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Patrons will be treated to complimentary […]

Living Exhibit shows butterflies’ fleeting flitter of a life

Some small, colorful visitors have taken up temporary residency in California State University, Sacramento’s Sequoia Hall lobby. Painted lady butterflies are the latest inhabitants of the biology department’s Living Exhibit. Each semester the department features a living item for the lobby display case. This fall, biologist Merrill Roseberry decided to let the life cycle of […]

British music icon visits Harris Center

This intimate evening includes film footage and photos from Peter Asher’s considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller’s gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of ’60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast […]

Fall fest features band competition

The region’s most highly anticipated High School Marching Band Competition will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Folsom High School’s Prairie City Stadium, 1655 Iron Point Road in Folsom, from 3:30-10 p.m. It will be an exciting day of entertainment from some of Northern California and Nevada’s top marching bands and color guards. In addition […]

Wineries to celebrate the 21st Amendment

Get ready to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition with some of the El Dorado Winery Association members on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Blind Barrel event will mark the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933. The ’30’s-themed party will take place at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 State Highway 49, […]

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