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Railroad Museum to debut interactive experience

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an interactive and new STEM Learning Experience titled “A Shift in Power: Railroad History Meets Changing Technology” on Friday, June 26. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the hands-on learning experience is part of a joint effort with five other history […]

Ballet Folklórico dances at Harris Center

Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento’s repertoire includes Mexico’s traditional folkloric ballet (folklórico) dance pieces, as well as indigenous Danza rituals that fuse elements of contemporary movement at the Harris Center in Folsom on Sunday, June 28. This performance by 40 dancers and musicians will take audiences on a journey through the fascinating folklore of the Mexican […]

ARMF tickets available now

The ninth annual American River Music Festival scheduled for Sept. 18-21 will present more than 30 performances by nationally renowned musicians in nine locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma-Lotus. Performers include The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Dangermuffin, David Luning, Shook Twins, David Myles, […]

See California’s gold mining history

Collectors of mining artifacts or those simply interested in California’s gold mining history can visit the Western Mining Antique Show in the historic town of Sutter Creek. Mining artifact collectors from throughout the country will gather to show and sell artifacts from California’s rich gold-mining era. Scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at the Sutter Creek […]

Beer tasting for Dads

Looking for something fun, relaxing and educational this summer? A visit to the Western Railway Museum is just the ticket, with expanded summer hours and a special Father’s Day event. A new event Beer Tasting for Dads will be held on Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 21 from noon-3 p.m. This celebration of fatherhood features train […]

Life as I Know It: The Mexican border

One summer our minister in Placerville asked several couples if they might be interested in taking RVs to visit some of the towns along the U.S. and Mexican border where Presbyterian churches were working to help Mexicans to find jobs and not try to migrate across the border. Peggy and I decided to go even if […]

Cantare Chorale performs at SacSings

The Sacramento Valley Choral Coalition presents SacSings! the Sacramento Chorale Festival at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. On Saturday, June 13 an unforgettable evening of outstanding choral music begins with the men and women of the accomplished Valley Choral Society presenting a stirring program of sacred and Americana favorites. The elite women’s […]

SummerFest Classic Concert to feature great conductors

The  2015 SummerFest Classic Concert Series Season is dedicated to Paul Perry and during the series, three great conductors take on three monumental concerts in the Amaral Center. At the heart of SummerFest is the Festival Orchestra, comprised of renowned musicians from some of the finest orchestras in the country. On Wednesday, June 24 Daniel Stewart […]

Capital Stage presents world premiere

As part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere, Capital Stage will bring its 10th anniversary season to a close with “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons. The production features Capital Stage veteran Michael Wiles and CapStage newcomer Jessica Powell. “Uncanny Valley” will be directed by producing artistic director Jonathan Williams and runs from June […]

Live on the Boulevard will be rocking in El Dorado Hills

The weather is heating up which means it’s time for the region’s favorite concert series, Live on the Boulevard. El Dorado Hills Town Center will be rockin’ this summer with a 12-show line-up and a new look. Every Thursday night in the Steven Young Amphitheater, June 18-Sept. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., audiences will enjoy live […]

Grow for it! Keys to plant problems: Do plants talk?

Yikes! What’s wrong with my plant? The day before it looked stunning, but today something is wrong. How could this happen overnight? What to do now? Some may try previous remedies or others may consult a garden center person. But a gardener with experience follows a few basic steps before treating the plant. The basic […]

Morris honors country music stars

Joni Morris, coming to the Harris Center for the Arts June 5-7, is well-known for her special tribute to the queen of country music, Patsy Cline. She has been playing to sold-out crowds across the country for more than 20 years with her other fabulous tribute shows as well. In Legendary Ladies of Country Music, […]

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 […]

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