Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Art and brew are a perfect pair

Art and Brew on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. is the first pairing of local artists and local artisan beers. At this special one-day opportunity, the free event will feature art for sale by 17 local artists who will bring their talents in fine art painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, mosaics, pottery, petroglyph, gourds […]

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

What a perfect flower for the Easter season. The most common variety of Easter lilies (Lillium longiflorum) has large, white, trumpet-shaped flowers with a wonderful fragrance. They have become a cherished tradition for many families and they make a perfect gift or decoration for a home. The Easter lily is actually a native plant of […]

Art springs to life

The Diamond Springs Art Association is presenting its Spring Art Show and Sale beginning Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18, at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The hours of show are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and on Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s […]

Trails Advocates to hold candidate’s forum

Trails Advocates of El Dorado County is holding a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, April 9 from 6-8. The forum will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the Organ Room, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Ten of the 14 candidates running for Board of Supervisor seats in district 4 and 5 […]

Snowline Hospice honors 40 years of volunteering

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared the first National Volunteer Week to recognize Americans who give of their time and talents to benefit others. This was the same year, 1974, that the Connecticut Hospice — one of the first hospices in the country — opened its doors changing the way dying persons were cared […]

Senior Peer Counseling available to seniors

El Dorado County seniors 55 and older can find help from the Senior Peer Counseling office. If you are having difficulty with loneliness, grief, depression, stress, anger and/or anxiety, Senior Peer Counselors can help. Call Senior Peer Counseling of El Dorado County at 530-621-6304. This service is professionally supervised, confidential and offered without charge, however […]

‘Sister Act’ coming to Sac

“Sister Act,” the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Community Center Theater on Tuesday, April 8 for a limited engagement, running through April 13. “Sister Act” is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, featuring an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning […]

Poetry and pizza happens at the library

Join Poetry Off-the-Shelves for the perfect combination of poetry and pizza at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Celebrating National Poetry Month, the library’s poetry group invites the public to savor poetry reading, pizza eating and good, clean family fun. Read a poem of […]

Woodheads to raise funds for woodworking classes

On Monday, April 7, the Society of Woodheads Only (SOWHO), spearheaded by Jim Von Tellrop Jr., will gather once again at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub in Placerville to raise funds for the woodworking classes at five local high schools. Celebrating its 10th year, this lively event features an array of generously donated auction items […]

Festival at Sac State showcases the arts

The Festival of the Arts makes its annual return to California State University, Sacramento with a five-day lineup, capped Sunday with a day full of performances, attractions, music and demonstrations for the entire family. This year’s festival runs April 9-13 and covers all fields of art — visual and performance. “Each year the festival offers […]

Golden Bough plays music of seven Celtic nations

The El Dorado County Community Concert Association — the oldest cultural organization in El Dorado County — is thrilled to present Golden Bough at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 as its sixth and final concert of the 2013-14 season. Golden Bough’s April 9 appearance at the Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High […]

Learn how horse camp can make kids smile

The El Dorado Women’s Luncheon Connection is Monday, April 14 at Cold Springs Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. The monthly lunch starts at noon with seating at 11:30 a.m. and is $16. The featured topic is A Ranch of Light, a local youth organization that hosts learning activities for at-risk middle school children. Attendees will learn […]

Winning essay: ‘The Infiltration of Democracy’

At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013, I was sitting in my high school’s large presentation room, facing one of the most remarkable modern American intellectuals. The man who my peers and I were staring at on the projector screen was Noam Chomsky, an eighty-two year old American political commentator. My history teacher had arranged […]

Gold Country Artists donate to food bank

The Food Bank of El Dorado County relies on its community donors to ensure its continued annual operations. Community sponsors like Gold Country Artists Gallery allows the food bank to carry out its mission of “Preventing Hunger — Providing Hope” throughout El Dorado County. Gold Country Artists Gallery board of directors selected the Food Bank […]

Information, soup and friends make for a perfect meeting

Ginny Johnson was the speaker at the annual “Soup’s On” meeting of the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) of El Dorado County. Johnson spoke on “How to Age Successfully.” The entertaining and informative presentation covered three major components of successful aging: avoiding disease, maintaining high cognitive and physical function, and engagement with life. “The most […]

Gold Country Artists cook up new book

The members of Gold Country Artists Gallery are thrilled to announce the arrival of their book of art and recipes entitled “Food & Art.” This delightful book showcases beautiful reproductions of 60 pieces of artwork by 30 of the gallery members and approximately 100 modern and nostalgic family recipes from the artists’ kitchens. The book […]

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

The de Young Museum is having season 10 of its Friday Nights series, giving the community a chance to enjoy art, live performances and hands-on art activities during extended hours at the museum. This series, funded by Hanson Bridgett with additional support from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and the San Francisco Auxiliary of the […]

‘It’s Magic!’ to amaze and dazzle the audience

Harris Center for the Arts audiences have fallen in love with “It’s Magic!” as shown by consecutive years of sold-out performances and added performances. Now America’s longest running all-star magic review returns to Folsom with an exciting all-new lineup. “It’s Magic!’ is in its 56th year; each season presents the world’s top magic and variety […]

Catch the magic at Harris Center

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” the multi Tony Award-winning musical play written by Tony Award-nominee Rick Elice and directed by Tony Award‐winner Roger Rees and Tony Award‐nominee Alex Timbers, will bring its magic to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom as a stop on its first National Tour. “Peter and the Starcatcher,” […]

Capital Stage presents apprentice showcase

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its commitment to training the next generation of professional artists with the presentation of “Three Lunatics Discussing Philosophy” by Kevin Adamski. The Second Annual Apprentice Showcase features the work of all Capital Stage acting and production apprentices of the 2013-14 Season. Performances of “Three Lunatics Discussing Philosophy” runs […]

Rhythm of the Dance celebrates the Irish

Driving beats and foot tapping music, one of the liveliest shows on the world stage today, “Rhythm of the Dance,” comes to Harris Center for the Arts. This incredible show celebrates both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish dance. With a wonderful, gifted young cast of dancers, musicians and […]

It will be shakin’ at Gold Hill

What: Live music show Who: Born Barefoot Where: Gold Hill Vineyard, 5660 Vineyard Lane in Placerville When: Friday, March 14 from 5:30-8:30p.m. Information: 530-626-6522 Born Barefoot will be at Gold Hill Vineyard, 5660 Vineyard Lane in Placerville, one last time for Fireplace Friday on March 14. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. at this family-friendly […]

Spring cleaning is good

Bipolar Insights Education Center is having an e-waste fundraising event on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Raley’s parking lot, 166 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Do some spring cleaning and help Bipolar Insights to continue serving El Dorado County with valuable services for those with the disorder and families. Bring e-waste including: monitors, televisions, desktop and […]

I-Did-A-Run for dogs at Tahoe

As part of North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest 2014, the 10th annual I-Did-A-Run event returns to Tahoe Donner on Sunday, March 9 taking place at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. This is the chance every dog dreams of — a moment to show off their skills and shine in the spotlight. Dogs of all shapes […]

Blood donation and marrow registry honors Trevor

BloodSource will hold a blood donation and marrow registry drive on Sunday, March 23 from noon-5 p.m. at Blue Oak Elementary School, 2391 Merrychase Way, in Cameron Park. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome and childcare is provided. The drive celebrates the legacy of Trevor Kott who would be celebrating his 7th birthday […]

Premier Queen tribute band appears at Harris Center

One night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen and the Works is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. Harris Center for the Arts delights in presenting them as part its current season. The group has been hailed as the World’s Premier […]

Perla Batalla sings at Harris Center

Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla, brings her vocal prowess to Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom for one performance only on Friday, March 7. Deftly moving through musical genre, Batalla will be performing a variety of classic and original material in both English and Spanish, including selections from her award-winning Mestiza song […]

Sac State to present tea ceremonies

California State University, Sacramento’s Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room, at the University Library, will host a series of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies this semester beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25. The ceremonies are free and open to the public. At the ceremonies, tea masters from San Francisco’s Urasenke Foundation will demonstrate chado, or “the way of tea,” a […]

Spaghetti feed to help family

Food Bank of El Dorado County to Sponsor Spaghetti Feed to Benefit the Chavez Family The Food Bank of El Dorado County is sponsoring Independence High School’s spaghetti feed that serves to benefit one of its students, Rebecca Chavez and her family who were displaced from their home after the Woodridge Court fire that occurred […]

Modern Grass performs in Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek Theater, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the Modern Grass — the “Chieftans” of newgrass on Saturday, Feb. at 8 p.m. The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has since released five albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The group’s latest award-winning album, […]

Yogaberry celebrates five-year anniversary

Yogaberry in Town Center in El Dorado Hills, is celebrating its five-year anniversary by giving away free yogurt to the first 50 customers on Monday, Feb. 17. Yogaberry owners Steve and Darcee Rotz of El Dorado Hills want to thank their loyal customers by giving away the first 50 yogurts on the anniversary date. Yogaberry […]

Living history at Railroad Museum

In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln — who signed the Pacific Railroad […]

Travel by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb. 15. Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came […]

Hear jazzy Kenny Werner at Harris Center

World-class pianist and composer Kenny Werner brings piano jazz mastery to Folsom at the Harris Center in Brings Piano Jazz Mastery to Folsom on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. Joining him will be the rest of his long-standing trio, Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueler. From receiving the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his […]

Author to sign anthology of moving love stories

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and there is a gift available for the readers on anyone’s list. The book “Fractured Hearts” by award-winning California author Kathryn Mattingly will pierce the heart and move the soul. It is published by Winter Goose Publishing. Not for the faint of heart, this collection of short stories deals […]

Bluegrass and folk at MontBleu

Bluegrass folk trio The Devil Makes Three will bring its high-energy Americana music mash up to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in a one-night only show on Saturday, Feb. 8. On tour supporting the new album “I’m a Stranger Here,” the Santa Cruz-based band will appear with special guests the Brothers Comatose. The […]

Notable authors booked for series

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor has been added to the second half of the 2013-14 Friends of the Library’s Author Lecture Series at California State University, Sacramento. Taylor makes an appearance Thursday, March 6, joining previously announced series headliners Robin Burcell on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and Anthony Barcellos on Thursday, April 17. The lectures are […]

Book shows ‘Placerville Then and Now’

Book: “Placerville Then & Now” Author: Joyce Thompson and Harry Critchfield Publisher: The El Dorado Museums Foundation and the El Dorado County Historical Society, 2013, soft-cover, 146 pages Cost: $25 Chinese joss houses, bordellos with tunnels, burning churches, livery stables, saloons and funeral parlors that also sold furniture — downtown Placerville had all kinds of […]

Celtic music captivates Harris Center

The original Celtic music artists of Clannad are undertaking an extensive world tour featuring songs from their 40-year career as recording artists. The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom is proud to be one of a few venues selected from throughout North America to present the band in concert, for one night only, on […]

Sac State celebrates Black History Month

A Thursday, Feb. 6 lecture by best-selling novelist Terry McMillan (“Waiting to Exhale”) is the marquee event of Sacramento State’s upcoming Black History Month celebration. Also on tap are an art show and artist’s lecture, an “alien soul” concert and a screening of the 2013 film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” During Black History Month activities […]

Find love at the gallery

Gold Country Artists Gallery is celebrating the month of February with its popular feature, “Love is in the Air.” The gallery will be showcasing new works in painting, photography, pottery, gourds, wood, glass, jewelry and wearable art. The painting “A Rose By Any Other Name” by Carlotta Tormey is one artist’s interpretation of this lovely […]

EDMT to present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

El Dorado Musical Theatre recently cast 37 local performers, ages 12 to 20, in its upcoming production, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The show features Julia Adams as Millie Dillmount, Zack Collins as Jimmy Smith, Kelly Maur as Miss Dorothy Brown, Andrew Wilson as Trevor Graydon and 33 talented, tapping performers. This is an Encore production cast […]

Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults, 18 or older, who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

Things get off track at Children’s Theater

Sacramento Children’s Theater will present “Rocket, the Runaway Engine” from Feb. 4 through March 7 at Luther Burbank High School for its 75th anniversary season. The show tells the story of a bored little train engine who jumps the track from his regular run to Pokeyville and speeds off to see a big city before […]