Monday, April 27, 2015

Artist mixes architecture and paint

Placerville Arts Association is very pleased to have Debbie Gualco as the guest speaker and demonstrator on Sunday, April 19. This free event is open to all ages as Gualco mixes architecture and paint to create portraits and figures. Gualco brings many dimensions to her fine art creations in oil, watercolor and pastels. She received […]

Connecting the nature of humans through dance

“Human Nature,” showcases contemporary dance at its deepest level, demonstrating the connections that humans have to each other as humans and the response to the beauty of nature. Every element of this concert, from the lobby, to the auditorium has been designed to draw the audience in to be a part of something greater. Award-winning […]

Night Ranger plays Hard Rock

Night Ranger, the ’80s rock band, takes the stage two nights in a row at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Doors open at 8 p.m. and both shows start at 9 p.m. Originally from San Francisco, Night Ranger debuted its album “Dawn Patrol” in […]

Wedding: Kimberlee Kvistad and Garrett Henderson

Kimberlee Kvistad and Garrett Henderson of Camino were married in a private family ceremony in Placerville. The bride and groom have known each other for more than eight years. They are planning a June reception to celebrate their lives together with family and friends. A honeymoon will follow the reception. The bride is the daughter […]

Have a raucous Irish night

It just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without honoring the great tradition and the mighty joy of being Irish. With rip-roaring music, song and dance, Harris Center for the Arts presents An Irish Hooley with Slugger O’Toole in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The six musicians of Slugger O’Toole, one of the best-loved Irish bands, […]

Drums bring rhythm and energy

San Jose Taiko x The Bangerz is a collaboration born on the streets of downtown San Jose’s South First Area (SoFA) District in 2010 as part of the SubZero Festival. The combination of the DJ’s powerful digital electronica with the heart-pounding organic pulse of taiko drums explore the connections of rhythm, movement and energy at […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tara R. Abrahams

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Tara R. Abrahams 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 […]

Museums offer Telepresence

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced the nation’s first Telepresence Museum Tour program through which visitors with disabilities can tour the collections at the de Young remotely using a self-guided robot controlled from home. The program was the subject of a segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” that aired on March 1. With active […]

Bishop and Castro perform at Crest

Award-winning Alligator Records artists Elvin Bishop and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will perform on Friday, March 6 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Legendary blues guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Bishop, newly inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, is riding high atop his new Alligator Records release “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right.” […]

Dogs do I-Did-A-Run

As part of North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest 2015, the 11th annual I-Did-A-Run event returns to Tahoe Donner on Sunday, March 8 at the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. This event will take place rain or shine and it’s the chance every dog dreams of — a moment to show off his or her skills in […]

Buttons of all kinds at bazaar

The Sacramento Button Club is inviting the public to join them for Button Bazaar 2015 on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael. This year is at a larger venue, as collectors are discovering the importance of these miniature antiques. Buttons well over 100 […]

‘Medically Speaking’ radio returns

The local entertaining medical talk radio show will return at its regular time of 10 a.m. every Saturday starting in February. It can only be heard live through the streaming feed found on the “Live” link at The show will continue with the same format of talk radio style discussion of medical topics as […]

Feist Wines presents Willie Watson in concert

Feist Wines, 11200 Bell Road in Plymouth, presents Willie Watson in concert on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. This small lot, artisan winery turns out award-winning wines and stellar music shows. Watson, formerly of Old Crowe Medicine Show, will grace the small stage at Feist which is made of pallets from the winery. He is […]

Sammy Kershaw captures country music spirit

Since his debut on the music scene in the early ’90s, Sammy Kershaw has remained one of the most consistent power hitters in country music — both with a chain of major hit records and sell-out touring schedules. His Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, appearance on Sunday, Jan. 25 at […]

Looking back on 2014: Krysten Kellum

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Spices and herbs put the yum in healthy comfort foods

There’s good news for the millions of Americans resolving to eat healthier in the New Year and not give up warm, satisfying comfort foods. Spices and herbs can replace the flavor lost when using lower-fat ingredients in favorite home-cooked comfort dishes — from macaroni and cheese to meat loaf. One recent study showed a meal […]

California State Fair receives international recognition

The California State Fair received the Judges’ Choice Award and Best of Division Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, Mo. The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was received for the State Fair’s development of the Save Mart Supermarkets California’s Kitchen to the California Building adjacent to […]

Transplant recipients and donor families to decorate float

Twenty-four-year old Marissa McVey of Placerville, whose 17-year-old brother, Scott, saved five lives as a donor in April 2011, knows that organ and tissue donations truly represent “the never-ending story” of life. She will be one of 26 transplant recipients and donor families who will fly to Pasadena from Sacramento on Friday, Dec. 26 at […]

Heavenly Holidays illuminates the season

Cheer and excitement are bringing the ultimate holiday experience to Heavenly Mountain Resort this season, where twirling ice skaters, chainsaw-sculpted ice displays and world-class fireworks will stir up the energy of the holiday season in Heavenly Village. Co-produced by Tahoe South, the fourth annual Heavenly Holidays will feature 12 days of festivities beginning with photos […]

Smashing Pumpkins makes a stop at the Warfield

SAN FRANCISCO — With festive holiday lights outside and great music inside, San Francisco’s Warfield Theater on Market Street was the site last Thursday for an appearance by the Smashing Pumpkins to promote its new release “Monuments to an Elegy.” Out just two days prior, many in attendance probably hadn’t yet heard the new material. […]

Sierra Gold Chorus to share a Christmas secret

Local women from Pilot Hill, Camino, South Lake Tahoe, Shingle Springs, Placerville and Pollock Pines (Peg Campbell, Julie Schuller, Mary Jane Ruggieri, Karen Hughes, Donna Buckalew and Mavis Proud) are just a few of the 59 members of Sierra Gold Chorus who are having fun singing in “The Secrets of Christmas.” Did you ever have […]

Carson Valley gets Christmas spirit

Candy Cane Lane, the Carson Valley Inn’s custom outdoor drive-thru Christmas light display is lit-up for nightly viewing. This popular Christmas season attraction is just one of the many sights that can be taken in as part of a three-night Christmas Kick-off weekend on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. The inn’s extensive inside Christmas decorations are enhanced […]

Silver Screen presents silent film

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday, Dec. 6 with a windswept drama from 1928, “The Wind.” In this film, innocent Letty battles the relentless wind in this tale of passion, jealousy and death. Trapped on the barren prairie, she kills one man and marries another she doesn’t love, as the wind batters her […]

Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Ladin’s band in concert

Gold Trail Grange is proud to present a special double bill concert with The Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Ladin’s band, Evil Diane (Evie Ladin with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson) on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Northern California’s Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the dishes, […]

Life as I know it: Queuing up

As we settled into our new home on Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, Peggy and I began to discuss some of the improvements that we might make in future years. Our first project, a small one, was to plant a row of rose bushes along the driveway. We were able to enjoy these flowers for […]

Sonora Christmas Festival is a wonderful wonderland

Forty years ago, stained glass artist Richard Burleigh started the Sonora Christmas Festival. The festival with its folk, bluegrass, blues and vaudeville street performers and quality fine arts and hand-made goods opens at Sonora’s Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive in Sonora, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

South Lake Tahoe rings in the winter season

Holiday cheer in Tahoe South begins when snow meets adventure with a winter wonderland celebration at “America’s Favorite Ski Destination” (USA Today, January 2014). “Winter is upon us and we’re amped for snow-filled days with action-packed events this holiday season,” said Carol Chaplin, executive director at the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Our slew of expansions, […]

Bret Michaels come to MontBleu

Rocker, reality star, philanthropist and front man for the enduring rock ’n’ roll band Poison, Bret Michaels, will bring all the roses and a generous supply of power ballads to Lake Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa stage in a one-night-only, solo show, Saturday, Nov. 29. Michaels first rose to fame with Poison, the fast, […]

Essay contest open to high school students

The Democratic Party of El Dorado County is proud to announce the annual Fred Winn Essay Contest for 2015. It is open to public high school juniors and seniors of El Dorado County. A cash prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the first place winner. Second prize is $750 and the third place award […]

Geology Club rocks on

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. But California State University, Sacramento’s Geology Club is throwing a party for stones, as well as fossils, gems and other mineral collectibles with the annual Geology Club Rock Auction. This year’s competitive sale is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Alumni Center on campus. A total of […]

See Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Harris Center

A North American national touring production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, 10 College Parkway. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage from Nov. 21-26 for eight performances. Disney’s “Beauty […]

Feists Wines celebrates three years of winemaking

Saturday, Nov. 15 from 1-5 p.m. Feist Wines is offering an afternoon full of wine, music and farm to table tapas to celebrate its third anniversary. The Feist family will host three bands to pair with the new release and gold medal-winning wines. First the Church Street Sinners will go on. They are a four-piece […]

Twisted Oak sponsors concert

Twisted Oak Winery is sponsoring  a double bill concert at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys. Artists Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore and Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will grace the stage on Friday, Nov.14, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winner O’Brien became known to the […]

Sierra Repertory presents play

Sierra Repertory Theater ushers in the holidays with faith, family and fun in “Sanders Family Christmas” set for December at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 1941. The Great Depression is coming to a close. The threat of war looms. A family living in the […]

DS artists announce winners

The Diamond Springs Art Association’s Fall Art Show at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane, building B, in Placerville, closes Friday, Nov. 7. The Friday hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Judge for the 2014 show was Sharon Galligan. She selected Shirley Rowe’s “Mute Swan” as Best of Show Category winners were: Theme […]

Sac State measures ‘Water by the Spoonful’

Elliott and Yasmin live in one world where they cope with their Aunt Ginny’s death, Elliott tries to readjust to civilian life after serving in Iraq, and Yasmin struggles with divorce and her role as Elliott’s emotional support. Orangutan, Chutes & Ladders and Fountainhead are recovering drug addicts who live in another world, trying to […]

Find treasures at Holiday Faire

Kick off the holiday season at the 44th annual Holiday Faire, hosted by the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. On Sunday, Nov. 9 community members and visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend this merry event, held at St. Theresa Grace Hall in South Lake Tahoe from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.. Barton Auxiliary volunteers and employees […]

Festival of Trees and Lights to raise funds

The sixth annual Barton Health Festival of Trees and Lights will take place Dec. 3 through 7 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nev. Locals and visitors alike are invited to attend this family-friendly, holiday festival. The Festival of Trees and Lights is the Barton Foundation’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds support the health and […]

Weezer really did play Slim’s

SAN FRANCISCO — Every so often rock and roll gives back. It did last Sunday night at sold-out Slim’s in San Francisco where Weezer made a rare, intimate appearance to promote its new album “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” on its fall tour of the same name. Weezer at Slim’s? Yes, for an acoustic […]

Celebrated playwright brings world premiere to STC

California playwright Rick Foster has penned more than 25 plays since he began his journey as a writer. His award-winning original pieces, as well as his adaptations, have been staged across the nation. Recently, Foster’s “Love, Isadora” appeared at California Stage, as well as stages in San Francisco. In 2007, his one-woman-show “Vivien,” a play […]

Hawkins dancers to perform

Enjoy a heartwarming tale performed by tap, contemporary and ballet dancers. Hawkins School of Performing Arts dance companies invites the public to a performance on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m. or on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for an extraordinary holiday show. “Holiday Inn” is a heartwarming tale of two best […]

Ride the ‘Spookomotive’ trains in Sac

All aboard for Halloween fun. The California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will once again offer engaging and entertaining rides aboard its popular “Spookomotive” train this fall season. “Spookomotive” trains operate hourly from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Train ride guests are encouraged to dress up to […]

Classic holiday treats at Gallery at 48 Natoma

With the holidays come many traditions and some of the most popular are the special performances that bring ballet dancers to the stage . Often attending a classic holiday ballet is the highlight of many family’s season. Ballet in all its forms from the stage to behind the curtain to expansive outdoor landscapes will become the […]