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‘My Seven Gifts’ tells it all

Book: “My Seven Gifts: A Surrogate’s Story” Author: Tawni Rae Publisher: Two Harbors Press, 2014, 140 pages, softcover and e-book versions Much has been written about adopting a child, about the heartbreak of not being able to have a child and all the methods attempted to have a child. Most of it is from the prospective parent’s point […]

No Comment / June 23, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Arts Council on the move

PLACERVILLE — After five years on Main Street, the El Dorado Arts Council will move to the historic Fausel House on 772 Pacific St. this September. The El Dorado Arts Council is a non-profit organization that enriches and educates the community in all of the arts, supporting the cultural and economic development of El Dorado […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Have a pint or two at the Bell Tower Brewfest

PLACERVILLE — Drink up (responsibly) at this year’s Bell Tower Brewfest — Saturday, June 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival will close Historic Main Street in Placerville from Sacramento Street to Clay Street. More than 45 craft breweries will pour samples inside merchant locations, on the street, and in the Mooney parking lot near […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Classic California beach party moves inland to Folsom

Surfs Up entertainers will take audience members back to the carefree, fun 1960s. Hit the waves in your mind as you listen to great surf music at Harris Center for the Arts on Sunday. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Back in the 1960s, surf music was riding the wave of success and among the most popular acts of the time were Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys. If you long for the day when radio stations played such memorable hits as “Surf City” and “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” plus hits from […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Tributo a las Divas Cubanas kicks off Harris Center’s Four Slices of Cuba

Yordamis Mergret will take audiences on an electrifying musical journey., paying  homage to legendary Cuban divas Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza and Graciela during her performance at Harris Center for the arts. Courtesy photo

FOLOSM — Fans of Afro-Cuban-Latin music who love high-energy performances will be treated to the exciting song stylings of Cuban vocalist and former member of Bamboleo, Yordamis Mergret, as she takes audiences on an electrifying musical journey. Mergret pays homage to legendary Cuban Divas Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza and Graciela as the first performer in Harris […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

NorCal artists present their best works

2014 Best of Show winner Daphne Stammer, “Seated Figure," acrylic.

Northern California Arts presents Inner Views, the annual membership show, through July 12 at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Don’t miss the special Second Saturday reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 14. The event will feature live music performed by Sean O’Conner and refreshments. Northern California Arts, or NCA, founded 1939, presents a […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Hit the rails for summertime fun

This Fairmont A6 Speeder, built for maintenance of railroads decades ago, now serves as an open-air motor car for the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad. It takes passengers on adventures south of Highway 50. Photo by Susan Laird

Summer is officially here and there’s lots to do in the tri-county area. California’s beautiful golden hills beckon with their inspirational views. One of the unique ways to take in the natural beauty of our region is to take a ride on the local Skagit Train. Wait. Train? Local? How is that? Yes. It’s true. […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »