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The Pony Express thunders across the country

The Pony Express is returning. The National Pony Express Association is by horse and rider relay, recreating the Pony Express of 1860-1861. The re-ride started Aug. 17 in St. Joseph, Mo. and will culminate Aug. 27, in Sacramento. Commemorative letters and personal mail will be carried on the re-ride. The first rider departed the Patee […]

No Comment / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Local flavor at regional festivals goes well beyond food

The more time you spend in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region the more you realize: this place is extraordinary. Extra, as in “more than.” Remarkable, as in “worthy of commentary.” This place we call “home” is one of the most unique places in the country. It is larger than just the sum of […]

No Comment / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

A child’s sentiment makes for funny theatre

"I'M AFRAID OF SCHOOL" cast members Sophie Blackburn, Simon Hunt, Thomas Purdy and Rayme Shannon, left to right, are looking at a terrifying adventure … going to school! Photo by Kris Hunt

Bob and Ro Productions are back in Citrus Heights with a brand new play on Aug. 21 and 28. “I’m Afraid of School” presents the cases of four youngsters about to start school for the first time. It’s a pretty exciting situation if it weren’t for all the terrifying questions they have like, “What if […]

No Comment / August 16, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Heroes emerge in this villainous pirates tale

SWORD FIGHT —€” 4-year-old Ryan Cole Barker, left, and Joshua Barner, 7, both from Cameron Park, show off their fencing skills during last year's pirate visit. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The pirates return to El Dorado Hills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 to spread their brand of educational mayhem around Village Green Park and help raise funds for the local library. Like all good pirate stories this one contains mystery, intrigue and a scurrilous villain. Heroes are also essential, and this […]

No Comment / August 12, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Wine and secrets spilled in ‘Drinking Habits’

SECRETS, SPIES AND WINE — Alison Whismore, Dawn Towle at TS Hamilton star in "Drinking Habits." Courtesy photo

Chautauqua Playhouse announces the first show of its 35rd season, the farcical comedy “Drinking Habits” by Tom Smith, opening on Aug. 19 at the Playhouse. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 25. All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle […]

No Comment / August 09, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Janitor-turned-sculptor cranks out political satire

A COLLECTION of sculptures depicting political figures including Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot, Willie Brown and George Bush are among the many satirical, political sculptures created by Laura Harling. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Retired state worker Laura Harling is a trim 64-year-old with an engaging smile and a humble demeanor. Whatever stereotypes exist for political satirists, she certainly doesn’t fit them. But that’s what the former casino dealer, state file clerk and janitor has become. In a series of delightful interviews over the last couple weeks, Village Life […]

No Comment / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Get In The Mood at Three Stages

Featuring a company of 19 on stage — singers, dancers and a top-notch big band — In the Mood brings to life the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940s. Their performance marks the first of the 2011-12 season of performing arts […]

No Comment / August 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »