Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free trees to Arbor Day members

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from California who joins the Foundation in February 2015 will receive 10 free eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds […]

Sacramento museums offer special pricing

With nearly 25 museums and local destinations participating, the 2015 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Bank of America and Sacramento Covered. To the delight of the greater Sacramento region, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 during the 17th annual event. Most […]

Author relates a personal experience

Book: “The Red Road” Author: Jenni Wiltz Publisher: Decanter Press, 2015, 357 pages, e-book and paperback versions Emma has a loving family, two good friends and a lot of homework. As an honor student grooming herself to go to college, her focus is on her classes, her homework and studying — until something terrible happens […]

Free After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Gallery at 48 Natoma keeps visitors in stitches

It’s not just a scrap of fabric. Artists that work in contemporary textiles frequently go much farther than what is typical of other art forms. Where drawing and painting are often the finished product in other media, that is just where a fiber artist begins. Using original designs, the artists are frequently manipulating the material, […]

Snowshoe race at Camp Richardson

Can you run in snowshoes? Can you run and carry a tray full of drinks in snowshoes? How about just watching people try? The start of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races, a three-part series, is set for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Bar and Grill in South Lake Tahoe. Racers with cocktail trays […]

January is Learn to Ski month at Tahoe resorts

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, as well as intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through the resorts’ renowned ski and snowboard schools. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national […]

Sutter Creek presents American Guitar Masters

Sutter Creek Theatre presents American Guitar Masters — Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and  $20 day of show. The American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series features some of America’s top solo acoustic guitarists. Two upcoming tours feature Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis, presenting […]

Music takes center stage in Amador

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18 Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from 1 p.m. until nightfall. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, Feist Wines releases its 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing its raw, original Americana porch music. Also playing is […]

Jazz stars entertain at annual jazz competition

The 26th Annual Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and it promises to be an exciting day of entertainment. This year’s guest artists include Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel, the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Adding to the program will be […]

Duty: Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas

Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Food and beverages take over at Hard Rock

When the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens its doors Jan. 28 guests can expect a healthy dose of the iconic, music-infused, resort casino that the brand is world-famous for, dished up with an equally impressive culinary and cocktail experience. South Shore’s newest resort casino will feature four distinct restaurants and two bars, […]

California State Fair accepting nominations for agricultural award

The California State Fair is accepting nominations for its Agriculturalist of the Year award. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, to California’s agricultural industry. Award criteria stipulates this individual must have demonstrated leadership and clearly represented the industry over a number of […]

Amador City presents vintage Christmas celebration

California’s smallest incorporated town, historic Amador City, rings in Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon-6 p.m. Come celebrate a vintage Christmas with the town. The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century-old buildings. Christmas music performed by the local high school band from 3-6 p.m. […]

Chorus offers sounds for the season

Get ready to take a fabulous, imaginary trip around the world without leaving the comfort of the theater chair. The Sacramento Valley Chorus and its master director Lynne Erickson will take the audience on a journey from Reno to Las Vegas, completing the travels in a Winter Wonderland of traditional and contemporary holiday songs that […]

Festive show at Sutter Creek

Join Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. This dynamic acoustic performance at the Sutter Creek Theater will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. Audience […]

Capitol Pops presents holiday concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band nears the end of its 17th season with a free, open to the public “Holiday Concert in the Park” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday […]

Learn about Midtown Sacramento

November’s Sacramento County Historical Society meeting will feature a talk by SCHS vice-president William Burg about his new book, “Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City.” The book documents Midtown Sacramento’s emergence as a symbol of Sacramento’s creative and artistic communities, connected to the region by its central location and unique amenities. While the book […]

Visit the underground in Sacramento

It’s the best time of year to experience what Old Sacramento Underground Tours have to offer. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. […]

Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents ‘ANON(YMOUS)’

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College opens its eighth season with Naomi Iizuka’s “ANON(YMOUS).” This gorgeous, brilliant and totally modern adaptation of the adventure tale “The Odyssey” by Homer will dazzle with spectacle while exploring the uniquely American journey to find one’s true home. Homer’s classic adventure is brought vividly into the present […]

Sacramento museums to honor vets

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. During November, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of […]

Josh Porter wraps up ‘August Falls’

Taking a much needed break from his latest film, “August Falls,” scheduled for release in the spring of 2015, one of Placerville’s favorite sons of the theater, Joshua Porter, dropped into town recently for a family visit. Porter, who produced the murder-mystery drama, also is busy getting ready to direct two new professional feature films, […]

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Miss Tess and the Talkbacks — old school country with a little jazz on Sunday, Aug. 3  at 6 p.m. Brooklyn-based singer Miss Tess and her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintain […]

Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

Country singer Chris Young appears in concert on Saturday, Aug. 2 at TJ’s Corral, the Carson Valley Inn’s new outdoor concert and event center. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $59 and are available at Young has accomplished more by age 28 than […]

The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

Music director Michael Morgan and newly appointed executive director Tara Kayton have planned an exciting festival with varied concerts and events to present in the village of Bear Valley for the 46th annual Bear Valley Music Festival continuing to Aug. 10. The vitality of the festival will be seen in the robust classical music series and […]

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes performs new dances

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA) performs its new production, “Costumbres Latinoamericanas,” an exhilarating panorama of Latin America through its dances and rituals, at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Sunday, June 22. Compañia Mazatlán Bellas Artes is one of California’s most esteemed Mexican folk dance companies. A highly valued cultural and […]

State Indian Museum celebrates Native California heritage

To honor and commemorate California’s Native Elders, the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento will host the 37th annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” on-site at the museum on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. During the special event, an annual celebration of the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation and the State Indian […]

Experience Aji Japanese Bistro

Total surrender — Aji Japanese Bistro owner Nick Dedier wants diners to take a seat and let his staff take them on a dining experience they won’t soon forget. “Come in with an open mind and let us take care of you,” Dedier said. Dedier and chef Russell Okubo have created a menu designed to excite taste buds […]

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

Wednesday Bienusa of Somerset and Adam Frega of Folsom are engaged to be married in July 2016. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alan and Joyce Bienusa of Somerset. She is a graduate of Union Mine High School and Folsom Lake College and is graduating from California State University, Sacramento in May 2014. The groom-to-be […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

Air Force Airman Brian Polk 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 earn four credits toward an […]

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

California Stage will bring four provocative plays to Sacramento audiences throughout 2014. The theater will open its 23rd season with the world premiere of Nelda Roberts’ captivating new drama “The Vanishing Point,” followed by R.C. Sherriff’s “Journey’s End,” Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade” and Rick Foster’s “Love Isadora.” California Stage is one of six theaters in the […]

Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Greg Stein soars

Fledgling pilot Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills no longer is a fledgling at scouting: He recently attained his Eagle ranking with a project that will help Placerville area pilots communicate. When his eagle eye spotted the lack of a bulletin board at the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, Greg, 14, decided to help the […]

Scout: Eagle Scout project beautifies school

Marina Village Middle School teachers and students came back from Thanksgiving break to find an area of their school had been beautified, thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Owen Lundell. Lundell and his work crew had installed a planter, top soil, a variety of drought tolerant plants and a new drip system, turning a patch of […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Liebe D. Bishop-Garcia

Air Force Airman Liebe D. Bishop-Garcia 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 earn four credits toward […]

Burgman 400, 650: A tale of 2 cities

With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, people are still looking for economical transportation. When gas prices spiked in 2008, motor scooters became the craze. Gas prices are nearly at their 2008 prices again and scooters are again becoming popular. Even BMW has introduced a 650 Maxi or Super Scooter to the U. S. market […]

Talent wanted for Grape Fest

Movers and shakers, singers, and performers of all kinds are being sought to take part in the “Show Your Grapes Off” Variety Show at the 2013 Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair. Presented by KWIN, the show will feature dancing, singing and more. This is the perfect chance to show the people what you can […]

Smithereens rock Frisco’s GAMH

SAN FRANCISCO — Celebrating 33 years of existence by leaning on its more than three decades-long catalog, the New Jersey-based Smithereens delivered a high-energy show of classic material in San Francisco on a recent Friday night. The East Coast quartet — lead singer/guitarist Pat DiNizio, lead guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken and bassist Severo […]

Sutter’s Fort presents special activities

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Tools, Talent and Technology — Jobs at Sutter’s Fort” event on Saturday, Aug. 17. In 1839 when John Sutter elected to build his agricultural empire, some believed […]

Summer sizzling events are happening at Tahoe

The days are getting shorter, but the spirit of summer is still going strong at “America’s Best Lake” as designated by USA Today readers. From Lake Tahoe’s inaugural crawfish Boil ‘n’ Fry festival to the Labor Day fireworks, Tahoe South has the calendar packed with food festivals, blockbuster outdoor and casino showroom concerts, and athletic […]

‘Alabama Bound’ is New York bound

Southern Discomfort Productions is proud to announce that “Alabama Bound” and its local star and director are heading to New York City as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival. The one-woman play, written and directed by Charlotte Higgins and starring Linda Nalbandian, is making its New York premiere after a sold-out […]

Fourth graders learn history firsthand

Those present held their breath as the two school buses, packed with eager fourth graders, lumbered up the gravel drive to the grassy parking area on the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm in Placerville as part of the Okei-san Experience and El Dorado Reads Program. “It’s really happening,” whispered Cathy Barsotti to Bill Roby […]

Fine arts photographer Bob Kolbrener shows at State Library

The California State Library presents a new exhibit, Living by the Sun – The Western Landscape Photographs of Bob Kolbrener. The exhibit currently on display in the State Library Rotunda at 900 N St. in Sacramento, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of August. […]

Auburn Art Walk celebrates 20th anniversary

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auburn Art Walk, PlacerArts and the Auburn Art Walk Committee present special activities throughout downtown and old town on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. ceremony honoring long-time artists and venues at The Arts Building. Commemorative cakes will be served at The Arts Building and […]

Russell Brand visits Montblue

Brit-bending humor mashed with acerbic pop culture shots extending coast to coast and across-the-pond will land at Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 27, when comedic actor Russell Brand takes the stage at Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort, Casino and Spa. The evening promises plenty of potty-mouth pranking, self-deprecating barbs and wicked rantings to match Brand’s signature big […]