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ImPORTant facts about a delicious dessert wine

Independent in Placerville is serving a rhubarb berry crisp with the 2002 and 2008 New-World Port from Madroña Vineyards during New-World Port Month. Many El Dorado County restaurants are participating with special desserts to go with the port. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

El Dorado County celebrates local port By Doug Noble Paring wine and food, if done well, enhances the culinary experience. Normally this is done at a wine dinner or special event where several wines are paired with several different dishes. However, Paul Bush, co-owner and winemaker at Madroña Vineyards, has come up with a different […]

No Comment / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

ARC Theatre presents ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

SACRAMENTO — American River College Theatre continues its season with Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s heart-wrenching, humorous and powerful “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Based closely on Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this American classic tackles issues of racial injustice and the loss of innocence when Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a quiet southern town, chooses […]

No Comment / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Country legend Merle Haggard brings his musical poetry to Three Stages

Merle Haggard

FOLSOM — If the question were asked, “Who forged the genre known today as modern country music,” only a tiny group of country immortals could step forward to share the spotlight. One, out of that select handful, would be Merle Haggard. “There are few people who epitomize the spirit and the reality of country music […]

No Comment / February 09, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Philharmonic salutes Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Philharmonic’s 2012 Beethoven tribute offers a multi-faceted look at the beloved composer. On the program is his Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue), which one music critic called “the most radical work by the most formidable composer in history.” In 2005 a librarian at the Palmer Theological Seminary discovered a lost manuscript of the piece. […]

No Comment / February 07, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

You’ll never forget A Chocolate Affair

Big game hunter Fred McLaren, 71, and wife, Dawn, 68, along with their 4-year-old Maltipoo Shilo will host a dinner for lucky Chocolate Affair auction winners at their home in Shingle Springs. Village Life photos by Shelly Thorene

It is time for chocoholics to celebrate. A Chocolate Affair is Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Placerville are the sponsors of this delightful time of sampling chocolate goodies, other tasty treats and wine and beer. […]

No Comment / February 06, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Toy Story 3′ hits the ice

The Toy Story gang arrives at Sunnyside Daycare, but they'll soon find out things aren't so sunny. Watch Woody, Buzz and friends escape danger in Disney on Ice's upcoming show. Photos by Heinz Kluetmeier

Disney On Ice presents Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 3.” The Academy Award winning blockbuster “Toy Story 3″ and memorable moments from “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2″ hit the ice in this sensational live production. “We’ve all grown up watching the ‘Toy Story’ movies,” said producer Kenneth Feld. “Now our families — grandparents, parents and […]

No Comment / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Light Opera presents swashbuckling fun

Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento celebrates its 31st season with Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckling musical comedy “The Pirates of Penzance.” Goofy, irreverent, and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, “The Pirates of Penzance” follows the story of an orphan boy who was mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate instead of […]

No Comment / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »