Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

2014 grape harvest looks good

California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage, despite an ongoing drought and earthquake that rocked south Napa in late August just as crush was getting underway. A mild winter and spring caused early bud break, although the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years. A […]

Anniversary: Earl and Brenda Woods

Earl and Brenda Woods were married on Dec. 1, 1964 in Camino at her parent’s home. The couple went to Illinois for their honeymoon. To celebrate their 5oth anniversary, the couple went to Nashville, Tenn. in October. They also had a party at Pollock Pines Community Church on Nov. 30. Family and friends came to […]

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco awarded grant

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $65,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of the upcoming exhibition “Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.” Opening at the de Young on Oct. 17, 2015, the exhibition will mark the […]

Experience the passion of the tango at Harris Center

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. It is this excitement, passion and technical prowess that comes to Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Jan. 8, 9 and 10. The […]

Mitchell wines receive top marks

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is excited to announce that its 2012 Estate Grand Reserve received an 89 ­point rating in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast. The Grand Reserve joins three other Charles B. Mitchell wines that have recently received high marks from the national wine magazine — the 2012 El Dorado Syrah received 92 […]

Railroad Museum to debut exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a visually-exciting new exhibit titled “Sculpture With a RE-Purpose: The Found Art of Ray Carrington” on Friday, Dec. 19. This is a “part two” follow-up exhibit to one that was first introduced at the Railroad Museum in 2013, displaying other creative works […]

Book signing at bike shop

Atown Bikes, 934 Lincoln Way in Auburn, invites the public to celebrate the publication of “Project Vanlife” and to check out the first KTM bicycles to hit the United States on Saturday, Dec. 20 from noon-3 p.m. Authors Trevor DeRuisé and Sierra Davies will be available to sign copies of this story of inspiration and […]

Cantare presents holiday show

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills performs its first Christmas concerts under the direction of Mariia Pechenova on Saturday, Dec. 13 with a repeat performance on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The new director has inspired the group to perform at an even higher level of musical quality. Pechenova has a background that is impressive and […]

Advent gift to the community

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville, presents to the community an evening of songs, poetry and stories for the Advent and Christmas seasons. It all begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 with a delicious ham dinner in the parish hall. Following dinner, the audience will hear from angels on […]

Crumpet the Elf returns to Cap Stage

Back by popular demand, “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris returns to Capital Stage, Dec. 3-27 with the universally praised Aaron Wilton reprising the role of Crumpet the Elf. For mature elves only, this play takes you to the heart of Macy’s Santaland of 1989 and skewers it with the kind of candid wit any […]

‘An Irish Christmas’ is magical at Harris Center

It just wouldn’t seem like the holidays at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom without the wildly successful “An Irish Christmas” making another welcome return. This popular show is a great Irish celebration, bringing joy, hope, laughter, friendship, celebration of life through storytelling, music, song and dance in a night that sparkles with life […]

Bigs and Littles go shopping

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County announced the 2014 SnowBall Event on Saturday, Dec. 6. With the help of generous sponsors, 150 children from El Dorado County will be shopping at Target in El Dorado Hills for appropriate winter clothing. The kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa and enjoy a pancake […]

Sierra Rep 2015 season tickets available

General public and group tickets for Sierra Repertory Theatre’s 2015 season are on sale. The season includes the popular Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” a to-be-announced musical featuring four rock ‘n’ roll legends, spring comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” classic favorite “The Music Man,” Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” country tribute “Always, Patsy Cline,” homage to musical theatre “The Drowsy Chaperone” […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William D. Socha graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training […]

Enjoy wine, appetizers, artwork and music at the library

Stroll through books while sipping wine, nibbling epicurean delights, listening to music and viewing beautiful artwork at the El Dorado Hills Library’s second A Night at the Library on Sunday, Nov. 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all proceeds benefit the library and are used for adult programming, resources and books. At last year’s event, […]

‘Dying for a Dude’ is full of recognizable places

Book: “Dying for a Dude” Author: Cindy Sample Publisher: Create Space Publishing Platform, October 2014, softcover and e-book versions, 284 pages Laurel McKay, slightly klutzy El Dorado County soccer mom, is in deep — as usual. This time, she’s trying to clear her family’s name from an ancient murder charge, spring her ex-husband out of […]

Big bowling for Bigs and Littles

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of El Dorado County is gearing up for its Bowl for Kids’ Sake. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Knotty Pine Lanes on Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines. There will be two lane times. The first portion is from 10 a.m.-noon and the second is from 1-3 […]

‘Jersey Boys’ comes to Community Center Theater

Casting has been announced for the return Sacramento engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning hit musical,”Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing at Community Center Theater Nov. 5-22. The cast of “Jersey Boys” will be led by Nicolas Dromard (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), Hayden Milanes (Frankie […]

Master Food Preserver: Pumpkin and winter squash fun

The Master Food Preserver classes are over for 2014, but the group is still in harvest season. Take the time now to seek out those wonderful little sugar pie pumpkins that are excellent for preserving. The following instructions apply to not only pumpkins, but winter squash as well. Puree: Puree pumpkin/winter squash using any of […]

Free safety and self defense class

When the time changes bring dark mornings and early nights, the criminals come out to prey. Don’t become a victim by failing to empowering yourself with knowledge and basic self-defense skills. A Dark Dangers Safety and Self Defense Free Clinic will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Robinson’s Taekwondo, 4100 Cameron […]

Paint a glass at Sierra Vista

Join Sierra Vista Winery on the patio Sunday, Oct. 26 for the Vino & Vignette Painting Class Series. Local artist Vicki Hough will lead the class through a three-hour harvest-themed wine glass painting session while painters enjoy a tasting of the finest wines at Sierra Vista. Students will be painting a set of four wine […]

Time to enter contests

When Doug Alberts opened Green Acres Farmers Market in Camino on Oct. 1, he had a vision of much more than produce for his customers. “I would like Green Acres to be a destination-type location with something for everyone — events, family activities, local handcrafts, foods, gifts and wine tasting,” he said. “The pumpkin and […]

Free concert and art festival

The Davis Cemetery District and Arboretum will present the Celebration of Life Concert and Art Festival. This free festival features live music, poetry and a non-juried community art show of approximately 40 area artists. Davis’ own poet laureate, Dr. Andy Jones, host of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour on KDVS, will read his poetry. […]

Temple of Terror brings chills

Those looking for a hair-raising, skin-crawling adventure this Halloween month need travel no further than El Dorado Hills Town Center, where Hands4Hope has set up its chilling Temple of Terror. “You’ll have no ideas what’s real and what’s not real,” warned Hands4Hope founder Jennifer Bassett. Horror story writer Kaden Jepbesen, 17, created the Temple of […]

Amador Vintners have a crush on grapes

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, the Amador Vintners will be rolling out barrels filled with brand new wines coupled with unparalleled hospitality. For more than 20 years, winery members of the Amador Vintners Association have celebrated the grape harvest at The Big Crush, along with a few thousand of their friends. With […]