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California Stage’s fourth SacSoloSeries presents two world premieres

SACRAMENTO — This summer, California Stage will feature two witty, revealing world premiere one-man plays in repertory as part of its returning SacSoloSeries4. Elly Award-winning actor Richard Winters returns with his own solo show, “Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed,” while local performer and musician Gary Weinberg brings Robert Lautz’ “The Third Date” to […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Can you solve the case?

Paige Harman stars as Nancy Drew in "Nancy Drew Girl Detective," opening at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

The world’s most famous girl detective comes to Sutter Street Theatre this week. Another River Heights mystery has developed at the old Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighter’s Barn Theater. Leander Van Pelt has died, and rumors abound of hidden cache of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that have been left somewhere on his […]

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Sutter Street ‘hates Hamlet’

Chelsea Ciechanowski, Blake Flores, Vanessa Voetsch and Erin Horne, left to right, star in I Hate Hamlet," opening June 6 at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz.

An actor finds more than he bargained for in Sutter Street Theatre’s production of “I Hate Hamlet.” A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He […]

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Raise a glass; help the community

Steve and Bea Grace, left, owners of Grace Patriot Wines in Placerville, share their top wines with Ginny and Chris Bayuk of Placerville during last year’s Wine at Town Center event. Grace Patriot and many other wineries will be back this year for the 20th annual Wine at Town Center fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Giving back to the community takes many forms. Some volunteer at a soup kitchen or senior center; some help their child’s teacher at school or host a bake sale to buy library books; and some raise a glass. Over the past 20 years, El Dorado County residents and other guests have raised their glasses and hundreds of […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Dance with Elmo and friends

Elmo and friends come to Sacramento this weekend to dance and have fun. Sesame Street Live photo

SACRAMENTO — Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite “Sesame Street” friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits Sleep Train Arena June 6 & 7. Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience like you’ve never […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Joni Morris shares legendary ladies’ music

Joni Morris will perform four shows this weekend at Harris Center for the Arts. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Joni Morris is well-known for her special tribute to the queen of country music, Patsy Cline. She’s played to sold-out crowds across the country for more than 20 years with her other fabulous tribute shows as well. In Legendary Ladies of Country Music, coming to Harris Center for the Arts on June 5, 6, & […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Straw bale gardening is a new method taking the country (and the planet) by storm. It is efficient and fun. Straw bales must be “conditioned” to serve as a safe planting medium for vegetables and flowers. The straw retains water, making it a drought-friendly way to have a veggie garden. Photo by Sue Laird

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

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