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Cockrell showing at Studio 360

Paul Cockrell is the featured artist at Art Studio 360, 360 Main St. in Placerville, during May. He is showing his “Placerville at Night” collection of photographs. Cockrell photographed downtown Placerville numerous times in the very early morning hours during the winter and spring of 2014. The town had won the Main Street Matters contest and […]

Railroad Museum gets in the jazzy spirit

Coinciding with the 42nd annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive. Festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the […]

Live On, Drive On! celebrates Scott

A love of cars, people, life and laughter summed up 17-year-old Scott Santana’s many passions. Now, his legacy is being propelled forward through the Live On, Drive On! campaign begun by his parents in the wake of his fatal car accident. Following his car crash on May 17, 2011, Scott’s family carried out his wishes […]

The Flatbellys live at Feist Wines

Blazing hot Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys is scheduled to play Feist Wines in Amador City on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. It is a band uncommonly attuned to each other, the product of near-constant touring and live shows made legend by its infectious, high-energy performances. Performing live, the Flatbellys delight […]

Boz Scaggs brings soulful stylings to MontBleu

Grammy-Award winning singer and song writer Boz Scaggs will bring his timeless and soulful stylings of rhythm and blues, jazz and guitar rock to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa over the Memorial Day weekend with a one-night-only show Saturday, May 23. Known for his one-of-a-kind silky voice wrapped around soulful, often introspective lyrics […]

Railtown gives Moms the star treatment

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat moms extra special this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 by offering excursion train rides, giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last) and more. With beautiful wildflowers still in bloom on Mother’s Day, the 6-mile, 45-minute roundtrip […]

Rita Hosking Trio to play at Feist Wines

The Rita Hosking Trio will play at Feist Wines in Amador City on Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The trio consists of Hosking on vocals and guitar, her husband Sean Feder on dobro and banjo and Bill Dakin on upright bass. Northern California’s Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working […]

Learn about the life of bees at symposium

Internationally renowned bee biologist Marla Spivak is coming to the University of California, Davis, on Saturday, May 9. She will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural “Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy.” Spivak, the Distinguished McKnight Professor in the department of entomology at the University of Minnesota, is known for her creative approaches to hive […]

See basket weaving at Indian Museum

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are pleased to present a special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration with Dixie Rogers, Karuk tribe, on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum guests will be mesmerized by watching Rogers as she skillfully demonstrates how to use a variety of materials and techniques while sharing Native American […]

Fundraiser features Capitol Pops

“Java & Jazz,” a free musical event benefitting Bella Vista High School’s bands and auxiliary programs, will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the school, 8301 Madison Ave. in Fair Oaks. The fundraiser in the school’s big gym will feature live performances by the Bella Vista Jazz and Concert Bands. Special guest, […]

Mother Lode celebrates bus drivers

Tuesday, April 28 was California School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day. The day officially recognized all school bus drivers for their continued and excellent services to the youth of the state and El Dorado County. These drivers are deserving of special public recognition and the highest commendations. This day is promoted by the California Association of […]

PAA announces winners

The Spring Member Art Show presented by the Placerville Arts Association is on display at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville. The free show will hang through Friday, April 24 from 8-5 p.m. A diverse collection of pieces represent art from realism to abstract and experimental in watercolor, […]

Step into the past

Antique enthusiasts from Northern and Central California look forward to the Folsom Historic District Association’s 49th Spring Antique Fair to be held Sunday, April 19 on Historic Sutter Street from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine. Thousands of shoppers will fill the four-block Historic District for this popular regional event featuring more than 150 booths […]

Student art at Harris Center

The Harris Center for the Arts will host an exhibition of Folsom Lake College student artists in the Bank of America Gallery, now through May 10, with a special artists’ reception on Friday, April 10 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition features a diverse range of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. This exhibition is […]

State Fair offers free nightly stage entertainment

The 17 best days of summer at the California State Fair will once again include 17 free nightly concerts on the Golden 1 Stage at Cal Expo. The 2015 State Fair takes place July 10-26 with the Toyota Concert Series featuring a variety of music genres including country, pop, rhythm and blues, classic rock and a […]

‘Charlotte’s Web’ returns to Harris Center

Wilbur is an ordinary pig. That is, until he meets Charlotte. His friendship with the uniquely talented spider exposes him to kindness, fame and a love that is willing to make the greatest of sacrifices. With “Charlotte’s Web,” suggested for grades K-5, the nationally recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for the Arts […]

Celebrate spring season with Folsom Symphony

Celebrate the return of spring with a spirited concert by the Folsom Symphony. On Saturday, March 28, as the season has barely begun, the orchestra presents “Rejuvenation,” an evening of inspiring works that evoke new possibilities and rebirth. Guest artist for this performance is Sacramento violinist Igor Veligan, the concertmaster for the San Francisco Choral […]

Cap Stage announces ‘Blackberry Winter’

Capital Stage’s 11th season begins to take shape with an early announcement of The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of “Blackberry Winter” by Steve Yockey. This addition to next year’s season is a new play that tells the story of a daughter doing her best to shepherd her mother through the memory loss […]

Sacramento series to culminate in feature film

“Midtown Blue,” a new Web series produced by The Alternative Arts Collective (TAAC), is on YouTube at bit.ly/midtownblue. “Midtown Blue” is a 12-part Web series that will culminate into a feature-length film. The series focuses on three 20-somethings — Jack, Sam and Ben — as they navigate adulthood, addictions and their own realities. Jack (Brian […]

Lunafest showcases films about women issues

The medium of film is a great vehicle to bring awareness of an issue to the public. Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls, will host its third film festival on Wednesday, March 26. The Lunafest is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting […]

Sierra Pastel Society to host a pastel demonstration

Sierra Pastel Society will host a pastel demonstration by artist Annie Murphy-Robinson at its general meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Murphy-Robinson earned her MA at California State University, Sacramento, several […]

Pilobolus projects magical movement

Pilobolus Dance Company, coming to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. The company is performing on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. […]

State Indian Museum celebrates Women

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to present a Native Education for All Series: Lesa Phillip Roberts — The Life of a Choctaw Woman, 1889-1994 on Saturday, March 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. As a special guest Charles Roberts, professor emeritus of California State […]

Golden music celebrates green

What: Golden Bough concert Who: Music on the Divide Where: Georgetown IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown When: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m. Cost: Tickets $20 each Information: MusicOnTheDivide.org.   The old adage may reflect “beware the ides of March,” but on this Sunday, March 15 — the ides of the month — Georgetown concert attendees […]

Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine and Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded in […]

Foothill Foodie: Main Street is melting and that is a good thing

Sandwiches and scenery Main Street Melters has been in downtown Placerville for about six months now. There’s great people watching from their outdoor deck on the corner of Clay and Main streets — plus a couple of tables inside. You will find all of your most-loved sandwiches on the menu and adventurous eaters will discover new favorites. Melters builds their sandwiches with Boar’s […]

California wines fuel $1.49 billion in exports

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent from California, reached $1.49 billion in winery revenues in 2014, the second highest dollar value for U.S. wine exports and a 64 percent increase from five years ago. Challenged by a strong dollar and the West Coast port slowdown that began last July, U.S. wine exports were slightly down compared […]

Foothill Foodie: Culinary students rock out

Foothill Grill The Foothill Grill is a commercial kitchen and restaurant-like facility for culinary arts students in the Central Sierra Regional Occupation Program. Two nights a week during the school year the young chefs cook three-course meals for take-out which the public can purchase. It’s a Wednesday afternoon on the El Dorado High School campus […]

A way with words win the day

El Dorado County students took to the stage at Imagination Theater to recite poems during the Poetry Out Loud finals on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the El Dorado Arts Council, California Arts Council, California Poets in the Schools, the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts Each student […]

‘Signs of Springs’ bloom

From bluebirds returning to the backyard bird bath to Persephone rising from Pluto’s realm, artist Katie Caulk brings “Signs of Spring” — a collection of 20 contemporary hand-printed linocuts — to Morse’s Antique Depot,  4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, through March 15. “‘Printmaking is fun because it takes a perfectly simple process like […]

Barefoot Movement goes comfy

Sutter Creek Theatre presents The Barefoot Movement on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. The Barefoot Movement has exceptional vocals, harmonies and musicality and is the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award winners for “Band of the Year.” Heartfelt, energetic and down home, The Barefoot Movement wants its audience to sit back, relax, take off […]

Time to taste Calaveras wines

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 19th annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend at all 22 CWA wineries, Feb. 14-15  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sample the fine wines of Calaveras, celebrate with friends old and new. With the purchase of a $20 commemorative wine glass, guests are entitled to a free […]

See Carpenters tribute in Sutter Creek

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sutter Creek Theatre presents Close to You, a tribute to the Carpenters on Friday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Michelle Whited performs a stunning presentation of reproducing Karen’s unique voice along with Don Stamey on piano. The entire live band consists of skilled musicians who perform flawlessly, assisted by […]

Oak Meadow artists mimic the masters

Oak Meadow Elementary will host its sixth annual Art Walk next week in the school’s multi-purpose room and the public is welcome to attend. Every student in the school, from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade, will have a three-dimensional piece of artwork on display. While it promises to be a night of inspiration, the Art […]

Music to rock in South Lake Tahoe

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe ignites with two electrifying musical performances in February when DJ/Producer Paris Blohm brings his Demons Tour to Vinyl for one night, Sunday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. and the supercharged Los Angeles rock band Dead Sara plays Vinyl, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. Presented by Bass […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Dental Health

Soda pop, juice and other sugary drinks are major sources of tooth decay. These drinks can be especially harmful to infants and very young children if they are sipping on these beverages for extended periods of time. Enamel is the protective outer layer of teeth. The acids and acidic sugar byproducts in fizzy soft drinks, […]

Cross-cultural music inspires awareness

The Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries to make music that combines the region’s diverse instruments, languages and traditions. The concert at Harris Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. aims to inspire cultural curiosity, highlight regional connections and showcase the potential of trans-boundary cooperation. Passion and […]

Carson Valley Inn poker action

The Carson Valley Inn poker room is adding a number of special promotions in February and continuing the regular offerings of ongoing tournaments and promotions. Carson Valley Inn poker players in live games between 6-9 p.m. on Friday nights will be eligible for hot seat drawings every 45 minutes. Each winner gets $25 in cash […]

Stray Birds land in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents great harmonies and musicianship with the Stray Birds on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. This is the group’s “Best Medicine” CD release tour. The Stray Birds are currently No. 9 on the Folk DJ Playlist, No. 35 on the Americana Radio Music Chart and tied […]

Cap Stage presents showcase

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its commitment to training the next generation of professional artists with the presentation of “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by David Mamet. The third annual Apprentice Showcase features the work of the 2014-15 Capital Stage Apprentice Corps and all aspects of the production — acting, directing, design and […]

Book club takes a novel approach

If you’re walking downtown and you’re wishing you had something interesting to read, your wish has been granted. On Jan. 26, the 11 members of the Novel Lovers Book Club installed a two-shelf free lending library in the Courtyard Plaza behind the Cary House Hotel, 100 Main St. in Placerville. “We usually do some sort of […]

Royal performance by Queens of Harmony

The talented LoveNotes Quartet, the Sweet Adelines International, 2014 Queens of Harmony will perform at the University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. This rare local appearance by LoveNotes will also highlight several quartets in a delightful Quartet Parade. Tickets are available at the door or in advance […]

Old West rolls into Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents “Wagon Wheels a Rollin,’” a play about the Old West on Saturday, Jan. 24. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show and kids 12 and under are $10. Are you old enough to remember cowboys Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott and […]

Siegel returns to Harris Center

Internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with the world’s great orchestras, collaborated with many of the pre-eminent conductors and his ongoing series of Keyboard Conversations flourish in numerous American cities. Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, is pleased to welcome Siegel back for yet another of his Keyboard Conversations […]

Art show at Fausel House

El Dorado Arts Council presents Focal Point, a photography and 3-D juried art show through March 3. Participating artists include Agi Gillespie, Anca Statescu, Anton Nemeth, Ashley Pfister, Betty Sederquist, Cindy Stephens, Jennifer Lotery, Ken Mahar, Paul Cockrell and Terri Crisp. Artist Cockrell received the Best in Show award for the photography category with his […]

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