Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wind Song Animal Sanctuary - 2014 Workday January 4

Happy New Year!

Wind Song Animal Sanctuary will be having a workday at the sanctuary. Volunteers are needed!

Calling all volunteers and anyone who would be able to help on Saturday, January 4 at 8a.m.

Calling all volunteers and anyone who would be able to help.  With your time and skills, and this string of warm weather, we are planning a workday to help the animals. Here is a list of things that they will be working on:
  • Fix Fencing, Arena Panels, Pipe Barn Panel
  • Replace tarp roof on pigs house
  • Tractor to move manure piles from barn to manure pile
  • Weed eating star thistle around paddocks
  • Grooming horses; Trimming goats and pigs hooves
  • Clean pigs and goats pens
  • General clean-up, maintenance, trimming and raking
Please bring your own tools, equipment and friends and family to make this a fun and rewarding day with the animals.  Community Service hours available for high school students. 

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation for supplies, please go visit windsonganimals.org and note your donation as "Supplies."

All donations will benefit the 60+ senior and special needs animals  at Wind Song!

For more information, please visit windsonganimals.org.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Wind Song Animal Sanctuary.


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Keep Dance In Our Community—Consider A Donation This Holiday Season

Stages-Folsom Dance Arts has been working hard to keep dance alive and accessible to families, friends and supporters.

Through concert programming and special community outreach projects outreach projects, Stages continues to bring the art of dance to a diverse population!

You Can Make A Difference
Your donation to their non-profits arts group can make a huge difference. This is why they hope you will make consider donating a generous contribution as possible to the Stages-Folsom Dance Arts.

Giving Is Easy
Just click on this link or call the office to process a charge over the phone at 916-355-8080. You can also mail a check to Stages-Folsom Dance Arts, 118 Woodmere Rd., Folsom, CA, 95630.

Stages is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization so your donations is tax deductible. ID #: 68-0389088.

Your support is appreciated! For more information, please visit stages-folsom.org.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Stages-Folsom Dance Arts.


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

B Street Theatre Proudly Presents Elemeno Pea

The B Street Theatre proudly presents Elemeno Pea, Molly Smith Metzler’s  sharply funny comedy. Elemeno Pea was first presented at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival on March 10, 2011.

It’s the end of the summer season on Martha’s Vineyard.  But before everything is shuttered, Simone invites her sister Devon to her employer’s luxurious estate for a sister’s weekend.

Everything goes awry when Michela, Simone’s boss, a desperate and bitter trophy wife arrives in a state of panic.  As Michela’s life unravels, Simone and Devon are forced to pick sides in this hilarious and moving look at the haves and the have knots and the thin veil that separates them.

Molly Smith Metzler’s plays, including Elemeno Pea, Close Up Space, Carve and Training Wisteria, have been produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), South Coast Repertory, SPF, Tristan Bates Theatre (London), Boston Playwrights' Theatre and The Kennedy Center, where she was the recipient of three KCACTF national play writing awards.

INFORMATION
  • WHAT: A hilarious and moving look at the haves and the have nots and the thin veil that separates them.
  • WHEN: Runs January 12 -February 23, 2014
  • SHOW TIMES: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • PREVIEW: January 11 at 5 p.m. & Jan 12 at 2 p.m.
  • OPENING: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento
  • TICKETS: $23-$35*, $5 Student Rush, $15* Preview tickets
  • TICKETS AND INFORMATION: (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org
*Please note this price includes a $5 Facility Fee.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties At Sutter's Fort

As part of a special and continuing interactive program happening on the third Saturday of each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special Hands on History: Trappers, Trades, and Treaties event in January. 

Visitors to the Fort will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered “jacks of many trades” and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory and traded with local Native Americans.

Fort visitors will see, handle and hear about many items that were commonplace in the middle of the 19th century but seem strange now. Guests will also learn about many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper, see examples of game traps and how they work, plus learn about the important “barter process” Sutter used to hunt and trap on Native lands. 

Fort visitors will also have the opportunity to examine fur pelts, create souvenir documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, string trade beads and watch how flint and steel can be used to start a fire.  As an event highlight, an original oil painting of Sutter’s Fort -- titled Welcome -- will be unveiled that was created by local historian and artist Mark Davidson.  In fact, hundreds of hours of research went into creating an accurate depiction of the Fort (and daily life) before the Gold Rush.

To provide insight, two special presentations will be offered that day by Davidson and Steve Beck, History and Education Programming Lead at Sutter’s Fort, about the painting, its nuances and the research that went into its creation.
  • What:  Hands on History:  Trappers, Trades and Treaties!
  • Where:  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento
  • When:  Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Time:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Special presentations:  11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Cannon firing demonstrations:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day
  • Cost:  $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under           
For more information, call (916) 445-4422 or visit suttersfort.org

Blog Post information courtesy of T-Rock Communications. Picture courtesy of  Sutter's Fort.


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

El Dorado County’s Food Bank Goes Big For The Holidays!

For 14 years the Food Bank of El Dorado County has provided all the fixings for a Christmas dinner to our neighbors who struggle to make ends meet.

This year being no different, well over 1,000 families attended the giant outreach at the Food Bank’s new community outreach building in Cameron Park. Just 13 days after completion of the project, your local Food Bank has been successful in quickly setting up and doing what they do best: providing efficient and effective food assistance to our local at-risk population who need it most.

The Food Bank also partnered with the El Dorado Hills Vision Coalition, California Health and Wellness and a representative from the El Dorado County Human Services to provide educational support that this group could take advantage of. A resident leading the distribution was in tears, “A holiday meal, someone to help with translating the current health insurance changes and people who care-I am blessed to live in El Dorado County.”

Over 300 community volunteers assisted in organizing the event and helping distribute food to the community from businesses, social clubs, faith based organizations and more made this event successful as a result of the whole community coming together. The El Dorado County Sheriff Department’s STAR Volunteer program was key in delivering food to home bound residents who would otherwise go without due to their medical conditions.

Carey Fong, the Food Bank’s new Communications & Development Director said “This is the first time I have been involved with this Holiday Outreach at the Food Bank; it was amazing to see our community volunteers unite and help our most at-risk population right here in El Dorado County.”

Remember local hunger has no season. You can work with your Food Bank on a regular basis! Contact them today and get involved with El Dorado County’s largest collaborative charity.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is one of the most efficient and effective charities in El Dorado County. Aside from its ability to provide a five to one return for our donor’s dollar, volunteers and community support are the main reasons for the Food Bank’s success.

Contributions can be mailed to the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 3291 B Coach Lane, Cameron Park, CA, 95682 or online at foodbankedc.org or by calling Carey Fong at 530-621-9950.

For more information on volunteering, please contact the Food Bank of El Dorado County at (530) 621-9950 or by email at volunteer@foodbankedc.org. You can also follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/foodbankedc.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  the Food Bank of El Dorado County.


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tis’ the Season To Keep Your Pets Safe

Many of the things that make the holidays special, including large gatherings, food and holiday decorations can be hazardous for our pets. 

With a few simple precautions, the whole family can bask in good cheer.

Please keep the following in mind as you celebrate the holiday season:
1)     Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be poisonous to our pets if nibbled or eaten.  In addition, live and artificial Christmas trees can contain poisonous pesticides, lead or other harmful materials that could pose a danger to our pets.

2)     Keep decorations out of reach of playful pets. Ribbons and sparkling lights may be attractive to your pets but they can be very harmful and even fatal.

3)     Don’t over-indulge your pets with treats. Changing your pet’s diet abruptly can upset their stomach, causing diarrhea and/or vomiting. Additionally, foods that we commonly consume can be poisonous to your pet, such as tomato pulp, olives, mushrooms and chocolate.

4)     Busy holiday gatherings are a prime time for pets to slip out of the house. Make sure Fido finds his way back home by keeping up-to-date and legible identification on your pets at all times. The Placer SPCA strongly advises that all dogs and cats be microchipped, and offers microchip implants for $15 during monthly clinics or $20 during all business hours.

5)     Provide a safe and quiet place for your pets during the holiday gatherings.  Even the most social pets can become overwhelmed when there are lots of people and lots of excitement.

6)     ADOPT, DON’T SHOP – If you or someone you know will be adding a pet to their family, please adopt from your local animal shelter or a reputable rescue organization. There are many homeless animals looking for the best gift of all this season – a loving home.

If you have questions regarding animal care and behavior, please contact the Placer SPCA at (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387 or visit placerspca.org.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Placer SPCA.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

El Dorado Master Gardeners' Rose Pruning Class January 18

UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardeners next class is Saturday, January 18 (with a rain date of Jan 25),  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This class is free to the public.

The timing of rose pruning in El Dorado County is critical and should be done mid-February at the earliest.

If you are a novice or need a review of the “whys, whens and hows” of rose pruning, join the Master Gardeners for a workshop on this art.

The brand new El Dorado MG Demonstration Garden (located in front of the Community Observatory at the Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center campus at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville). For questions about this class and location, please call (530) 621-5512.
 
Be sure to visit the Master Gardeners at ucanr.org/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/.  Also check out their Facebook page here.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of  El Dorado County Master Gardeners.


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sponsored Blog Post: Sierra Banquet Center's Wine Dinner January 18

On January 18, 2014, enjoy a delectable Wine Dinner presenting wines from C.G. DiArie Winery at 6 p.m.

Join them by the fireside and enjoy this memorable evening at Sierra Banquet Center’s Log Cabin Café, 3220 Pondorado Road, Camino.

The menu for the evening includes:
  • Sweet Heart Salad (mixed greens with strawberries & mandarin segments with house poppy seed dressing)
  • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi
  • Italian Wedding Soup
  • 2009 Zinfandel, “Break Away”
  • South of the Border Prawns
  • 2009 Interlude, Estate
  • Stuffed Filet with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Vegetables
  • 2009 Petite Syrah
  • Triple Layer Chocolate Cake
  • 2008 Vintage Port
The cost is $45.00 plus tax & service.



For more information, please call 530-644-0345.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Sierra Banquet Center.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Mountain Mandarin Growers of Placer County Hosts Second Annual Orchard Days This Weekend

Mountain Mandarin Growers Association will host the final weekend of Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days on December 21 and 22 to give the public a chance to visit the orchards and appreciate all of the delicious bounty of mandarin season.

Orchard Days takes place at member orchards and features the sale of fresh mandarins, mandarin products, crafters, artists, wine tasting, food, farm animals and fun for the whole family.

This year many of the Placer County Wine Trail members are teaming up with the orchards for wine tasting or even local beer tasting.

Food will be for sale at many orchards along with activities for the kids and even a last minute visit with Santa Claus! For information about Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days, please visit MountainMandarins.com.

Blog Post Mountain Mandarin Growers Association.


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

El Dorado Hills Volunteer Opportunities

Are You looking for a new volunteer opportunity in  El Dorado Hills?

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program is currently seeking dedicated Kitchen Volunteers to assist at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center located at 990 Lassen Lane,  El Dorado Hills!

Volunteers are currently needed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The Senior Nutrition Program is a service of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency.

For more information, please call Senior Nutrition at (530) 621-6160.

Blog Post information courtesy of El Dorado County Health & Humans Services Agency. Picture courtesy of El Dorado Hills Senior Center.


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

January Exhibit At The Gallery At 48 Natoma

Abstract art dates back to the early 1900’s when artists began to paint abstract art as a result of a deliberate artistic and philosophical development. 

Two acclaimed artists’ work in different media will be showcased in this time-honored style in the next exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, Abstracts in Fiber and Paint.

Joe Strickland will exhibit his newest series of paintings in mixed-media, and Joan Dyer will show her unique fabric art. The exhibit opens on January 24 and continues through March 6, 2014.

Strickland has been recognized for his unique use of multiple mediums in his work; pushing a medium in order to uncover an inventive method of using it in unconventional means.

Joe Strickland’s paintings are water-based pigments mixed with oil resulting in incredible textures, values and hues. His unique technique combined with a background in serigraphy has inspired him to push the boundaries to invent new ways of expression in the fine art of printmaking.

Joan Dyer’s fabric art is created entirely by an intuitive process, with which she builds her designs fairly quickly and freely. All of her art quilts are her original designs, generally depicting abstract forms from nature.  Joan Dyer’s style has evolved utilizing curved piecing and organic shapes, generally with warm colors.  “I learned traditional methods of piecing by hand when I began this journey with fabric, but soon began to enjoy the design phase of fabric artistry.”

Dyer’s collection of fabrics includes mostly her own hand-dyed and hand-painted cottons and silks.  Fabrics with various surface designs, using discharge and resist techniques, are often included.  She collects a wide variety of unique pieces including African and Asian batiks, home decorator fabrics, and interesting pieces from around the world.
 
For more information about the exhibit and the Gallery at 48 Natoma, click here.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Folsom Rotary Clubs Hosting "A Night Of Elegance" New Year's Eve

The three Folsom Rotary clubs are hosting a New Year’s Eve Party – "A Night of Elegance.”

The event will include dinner, a casino, live music with the Rolling Heads Band, an outdoor cigar bar and a champagne toast!

  • Cost:  $60 per person ($75 after Dec 25th)
  • Location: Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Attire: Black Tie Optional
For more information please contact the Rotary Clubs of Folsom at 916-220-4449.

You can also visit Rotary Club of Folsom at  facebook.com/folsom.rotary526

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Rotary Clubs Folsom.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

RockSTAR Music Education's Winter Showcase Wednesday & Thursday

RockSTAR Music Education takes over Halftime Bar & Grill as elementary school rock bands from around Placer County gather to live out their rock ‘n’ roll fantasies on Wednesday and Thursday, December 18th and 19th from 6:30-7:30p.m.  for RockSTAR’s 2nd Annual Winter Showcase.

RockSTAR Music Education, a subdivision of California-based non-profit enrichment and education organization STAR Education, has made it possible for these practiced young musicians to live the dream as they showcase what they’ve learned playing both the classics we love and even their own original songs.

Over 500 people are expected to show up to celebrate these pint-sized rockers’ musical talents, hard work and dedication. These 6-12 year olds are revved up and ready to rock; decked out in funky clothes, dyed hair, and fake tattoos. The venue will be packed throughout the evening as friends, fans, family and music education enthusiasts gather in support of Sacramento’s RockSTAR mini-musicians!

STAR Education, is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization committed to helping students reach their full potential by offering affordable extended academic, recreational and enrichment programs; supporting and enhancing school curricula; inspiring student achievement; and expanding the cultural base of young people. For over 25 years, STAR has partnered with schools throughout California to involve students in our innovative, quality programs taught by exceptional, highly- trained instructors.

RockSTAR, a STAR Education program, was founded nine years ago with the fundamental mission of bringing music back into schools that had slashed their own music programs because of budget cuts. With celebrity support from such rock icons as The Black Keys, Slash, Santana, Britney Spears, Taylor Dayne, DMC, Chris Slade of AC/DC, Gene Simmons, Sammy Hagar and more, this is the most established and effective after school music program in California. By harnessing the cognitive, social and creative benefits of music education, RockSTAR allows children to learn, live large, let loose, hone musical skills, practice teamwork, and develop a sense of professionalism. Their programs are in over 100 elementary schools in California, Tennessee and New York. RockSTAR brings music education back into schools and into the lives of children through an exciting, innovative and relevant format.

For more information, please email rockstar@starsacramento.org or call (916) 632-8417.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of RockSTAR Education.


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sierra Wildlife Rescue Volunteer And Rehabbing January Classes

Learn about the many different ways you can volunteer with Sierra Wildlife Rescue, as well as what rehabbing wildlife is all about.

Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s January class, “Are you Ready to Volunteer?” will be held on January 25, from 10:00 a.m.  – noon and again from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

SWR needs volunteers in all capacities, including but not limited to: planning fundraising events; serving on committees to attract members and volunteers, publicize our work, develop funding proposals, and participate in community outreach events; working with orphaned baby birds in the summer; assisting rehabbers; and organizing and staffing SWR’s Wildlife Center.

The class will also introduce you to what rehabbing wildlife is all about, with an overview of rehabbing a variety of mammals and birds. If you become interested in rehabbing, you can follow up with classes on specific species, beginning in February and taught by experienced rehabbers.  No prior experience is necessary. All that’s required is love and concern for animals and the willingness to learn. SWR supplies all necessary formulas and medications, and you can be reimbursed for other supplies needed. You will find that rehabbing orphaned or injured wild animal babies is more fulfilling and exciting than you can imagine!

All classes are held at SWR’s Wildlife Center, 3030 Newtown Rd, Placerville.  Parking is limited, so please make reservations well in advance by contacting Barbara Barker at 530-621-2650, or at barbaraewing@cal.net.  Classes are free to SWR Members; a $5.00 donation is requested from the general public.

For more information, please visit sierrawildliferescue.org.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Sierra Wildlife Rescue.


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Rotary Club Of Rocklin/Loomis Food Truck Events

The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin will be the beneficiary of a great monthly event in Rocklin!

Please help spread the word!

The Celebrate Rocklin Food Truck Pop Up Event will be held at Riebes Auto Parts, 5405 Pacific Street, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

From 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., enjoy the good eats provided by Sac Food Mob.

For more information, please visit sacfoodmob.com.


 Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Rotary Club Rocklin/Loomis.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meet Santa in the Park This Weekend

Come visit Santa in the park from 3 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Roseville Sports Center, and Sunday, December 15 at the Maidu Community Center.

This event, brought to you by RCONA, will provide free drinks, cookies, music and carolers for families to enjoy.

Kids -- see Santa’s arrival on a Roseville Fire Truck at 3:30 p.m.!

Lots of good photo ops so bring your camera!

Exchange three old holiday light strands for three new LED light strands - FREE!
(The Holiday Light Exchange is as supplies are available and is open only to Roseville Electric customers - for details click here.)

They will also be collecting non-perishable canned food donations for needy families in our community on behalf of the Placer Food Bank. For more information click here.

Blog Post information courtesy of the City of Roseville and RCONA.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Share The Joy Of The Holiday Season With A Placer SPCA Cat

It’s that time of year again. Dust off that ugly sweater, throw back that nutmeg drink, flip off the lights on the tree hiding in your living room, wave goodbye to the Griswold’s, and head on over to Placer SPCA in Auburn to make the holiday’s a happier place for a furry friend!
For the remainder of the month, when you adopt a cuddly cat from Placer SPCA in Auburn, the adoption fee is waived! These special guys and gals don’t need snow or mistletoe, or presents under the tree. They just want a loving family to call their own. Sweeten your holiday season with the love of a Placer SPCA cat.

All adoptions from the Placer SPCA include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, and a voucher for a free veterinary exam.

This special adoption pricing is only in effect at the Placer SPCA Pet Adoption and Resource Center in Auburn and for qualified adopters ONLY. To view a list of all cats who qualify for this promotion, or to learn about other adoption promotions, please visit placerspca.org/adopt.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Olde Tyme Christmas At Preston Castle This Weekend

Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle this weekend and find lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods and other gift items at their Old Tyme Country Christmas event. Also, Santa will be available for your wish lists!

Over 40 vendors will be displaying and selling their wares.  Plan your visit around the wonderful downtown Ione Christmas Parade, 11 a.m., on Saturday, December 14.

Also, for the last time this year, you may take a tour of the historic Preston Castle, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on December 14 and 15.

On Saturday night, you can view the Castle lit up in Holiday Lights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  There will also be a special historical tour of the Castle by flashlight from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • WHAT: Olde Tyme Country Christmas at the Castle
  • PRICE: Free for Holiday Fair and Lights Gathering, $10 daytime tours, $20 night flashlight tour
  • WHO:  Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
  • WHERE  Preston Castle, Ione - 35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
  • WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus Saturday evening

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time. 

Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  This year they are pushing hard to obtain their own utility connections that will ultimately lead to acquiring the title to the property.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

Castle Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, and selected Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the warmer weather months.  Check the website for specific dates. 

Help save the Castle and learn more about their history, events and tours by visiting prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

El Dorado Arts Council Sets in Motion 5th “Poetry Out Loud” Season

The year 2014 marks the five-year anniversary of Poetry Out Loud in El Dorado County!

High school students from across the county are among thousands of students state-wide who will be interpreting, memorizing and performing classical poetry for this nationally renowned competition run by the California Arts Council in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

At stake are hundreds of dollars at the state competition level and thousands at the National Finals to be held April 28-30, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Throughout January and February, area high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud preliminary competition, with school winners going on to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud County Champion at the county finals held on Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Poetry Out Loud and the February 6th El Dorado County competition, visit  poetryoutloud.org.

Blog Post nformation and picture courtesy of Poetry Out Loud.


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Les Misérables Continues Through December 29 At Imagination Theater

Les Misérables, the world’s longest-running musical, has opened to positive reviews and standing ovations from the audience.

The show continues with a selection of matinees and evening performances at Imagination Theater through December 29. 

Show dates and times are listed and tickets can be purchased on the theater website at imaginationtheater.net or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Tickets are $15, with a special $12 night on Thursday, December 19.  Group tickets are also available.  This award winning musical is not to be missed!

Based upon the novel by Victor Hugo, Cameron Mackintosh’s now legendary classic  musical story sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19thcentury France. Les Misérables tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – having become a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Imagination Theater, located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, brings quality, live, local community theater to Placerville and El Dorado County.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Upcoming December Events At El Dorado Hills Town Center!

Here are upcoming events at El Dorado Hills Town Center in December!

PICTURES WITH SANTA
November 29th – December 24th
Santa Claus will be spreading cheer while spending time in El Dorado Hills Town Center!

Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take a purchase photos.  Meet Santa at the California Welcome Center on Post Street next to Cold Stone Creamery.  For more information on Santa Photo hours, please visit our website at eldoradohillstowncenter.com.

CARRIAGE RIDES
Friday and Saturday Nights, December 6th – 21st
Friday’s 5pm-8pm, Saturday’s 6pm-9pm
Town Center is a magical place during the holiday season and there is no better way to enjoy its charm than with a horse drawn carriage ride.  $5 per person or $20 for family of four or more.  Proceeds benefit Young Life and Hands 4 Hope.

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES
Saturdays, December 7th and 14th
Time: 12pm-2pm
This community has so much talent and El Dorado Hills Town Center provides a venue to spotlight the numerous choirs, dance troops and non-profit organizations that reside here.  

Between 12-2pm in Theater Plaza next to Cold Stone, support Oak Ridge Dance Team and Rolling Hills Kids Choir on December 7th and Holy Trinity Children’s Choir and Proscenium Performing on December 14th as they showcase their extraordinary gifts in the form of song and dance.

EDHFD SANTA RUN FINALE WITH FIREWORKS
Saturday, December 21st
Time: 6pm-7pm (Fireworks begin at 6:15pm)
Visit Town Center and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the EDH Fire Department’s Santa Run.  Enjoy free cookies, hot chocolate and a firework show as Santa arrives on his Fire Truck. Find more information on edhsantaparade.com.

For more information, please visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

SPONSORED BLOG POST: The 12 Deals Of Christmas At Starlight Starbright!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SPONSORED BLOG POST: Bicycles Plus: 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day 2

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Program Founded By American Idol Finalist To Hold Its First Recital December 8

Destiny Church of Rocklin is proud to announce the first recital performance of its new Sophia’s Heart Rocklin: School of the Arts on December 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Sophia’s Heart Rocklin: School of the Arts is a tuition-free performing arts education program in the spirit of the Sophia’s Heart programs started by American Idol finalist, Danny Gokey.

Gokey performs with the students periodically as he has selected Destiny Church of Rocklin as his West Coast home.

Enrolled students auditioned for the professional team of professors to secure their place in the program in August.

Auditions for the spring term will take place in January. For more information please visit sophiasheartrocklin.com.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Women's Wisdom Art Holiday Open House And Art Sale December 14th

The artists of Women’s Wisdom Art,  low income women in our community, many of whom have health issues and are struggling to better their lives,  will be showing and selling their artworks at their 2nd annual Holiday Open House and Art sale on December 14, from 2-6 p.m. with a special poetry reading at 4 p.m.

Women's Wisdom Art (WWA) has been in existence since 1991. For nearly 22 years WWA has helped countless women experiencing hardship in their lives.

The empowering qualities of creating art are used to help women who are experiencing poverty and health issues ranging from cancer and stroke to various mental illnesses.

The umbrella group that had sponsored WWA for the past 12 years decided to refocus their resources and made a decision to close WWA.  This has left a huge void in the community for women recovering from everyday traumas. However, due to the efforts of original WWA founder, Laura Ann Walton, and some very dedicated volunteers lead by Helen Plenert they are continuing WWA as a free standing program.  They offer seven classes a week at Slider Community Center, 7851 35th Avenue, Sacramento.

Women’s Wisdom Art is actively seeking to add members to their Board and develop a community of financial support for the work of WWA.  For further information, please visit their website at womenswisdomart.org.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Cantare Chorale Presents Peace For The Holidays

Join Cantare Chorale on December 8th at 7p.m. for Peace for the Holidays.

The concert will be held at Placerville Church of the Nazarene, 6040 Mother Lode Drive, Placerville.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children.

For more information, please visit cantarechorale.com.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

FREE El Dorado Master Gardeners Class December 7th

Join the El Dorado Master Gardeners for their next FREE public class, Selecting and Planting Deciduous Fruit Trees. The class will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. – noon.

MG Walt Miller will present essential information on the selection and the proper planting of bare root fruit trees.

The focus of the class will be on planting techniques and tree selection. Fruit tree varieties best suited for  El Dorado County will be discussed in depth.
  •  Location:  Government Center Hearing Room, Building C, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Placerville
Be sure to visit the Master Gardeners at ucanr.org/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/.  Also check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/El-Dorado-County-Master-Gardeners/164653119129.

Should you need assistance or require accommodations for any physical challenge, please let them know.

Master Gardener office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.  You can visit them on their web site on cecentralsierra@ucanr.edu. They can also be reached by telephone at (530)-621-5512, or you may stop by their public counter at 311 Fair Lane, Placerville.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Primates More Comfortable at the Folsom Zoo Thanks to La-Z-Boy Owners

Two small primates named Darwin and Wallace will spend their days a little more comfortably thanks to Jim and Liz Reego, owners of the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries!

The Reegos, whose daughter Grace volunteered at the Zoo this past summer, recently donated $2,500 to the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary to provide a more safe and enriching living space for the adorable macaques.

"Grace came home after her shift at the Zoo and told us about Wallace who suffers from epilepsy and often falls suddenly," said Liz Reego, "We all decided that we wanted to help him have a more comfortable and safe life. Since we don't make recliners quite that small, we asked the Zoo what could be done." The upgrades will include demolishing old man-made rocks, adding sand for them to play in as well as installing more play and climbing structures for both macaques, who have been at the zoo for a long time, to enjoy.

"Years ago, I read about the incredible work of Jane Goodall and I fell in love with primates," said Grace Reego. “So I'm really happy that these little guys will have a better life thanks to our La-Z-Boy stores."

“Without the support and generosity of the public, volunteers, local businesses and private foundations we could never accomplish so much,” explained Jill Lute, Zoo Supervisor at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. “The animals will truly benefit from the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries donation.”

The Reegos have a long history of generously giving back to the community by proudly supporting a number of local charities, community groups and a variety of causes. For more information about locally owned La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries showrooms, please visit lazboy.com/sacramento.

About La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries:
Placer County residents Jim and Liz Reego own seven Northern California La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and employ 90 local residents. TheLa-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores – located in Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento, Chico, Redding and West Sacramento – offer the complete line of La-Z-Boy furniture including Hammary and Kincaid Furniture. Full service in-store, in-home and commercial design services are available from a staff of professional designers trained to assist clients with a full range of furnishing needs. Additional information is available at La-Z-Boy.com/Sacramento.

About the Folsom Zoo:
With more than 90 animals, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street, Folsom, in the heart of the City of Folsom. Operating since 1963, the zoo has been the home to hundreds of animals from squirrels and deer to tigers and bears. Each year the zoo welcomes more than 100,000 visitors in a simple and unassuming park like environment. For more, visit folsomzoofriends.org.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Operation Gobble Program Donates Turkeys to the Food Bank of El Dorado County


Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin), Assemblywoman Beth Gaines (R-Rocklin), Golden State Water Company and California American Water teamed up as part of the 23rd annual “Operation Gobble” program this Thanksgiving, providing 50 fresh turkeys to the Food Bank of El Dorado County!

This comes just in time as the Food Bank will feed more than 1,000 at-risk families this holiday season.  “I’m so proud to be associated with this annual event that fills such an important need within our community,” said Senator Gaines.

“Operation Gobble is an important community partnership that helps bring together a local business with some of the most supportive non-profits in my district,” said Assemblywoman Beth Gaines.

“California American Water and Golden State Water are proud to partner with the Gaines’ on this event,” said California American Water External Affairs Manager Evan Jacobs. “Operation Gobble is an opportunity for our local employees to give back to our customers, our neighbors and our families.”

This year, your local Food Bank is busy planning and working with the community to reach out to this struggling population.

“We are delighted to once again participate in Operation Gobble and are grateful for the continued support during the holidays,” said Food Bank Founder and Executive Director Mike Sproull.

Food Bank Communications and Development Director, Carey Fong, urges individuals and businesses in El Dorado County to contact her at the Food Bank to express how we can work together this holiday season.  “The Food Bank will provide over 1,000 holiday food baskets to our at-risk population on Friday, December 20th, and Saturday, December 21st, at our new building located at 4450 Business Drive in Cameron Park.  Together we can make a difference,” Fong says.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is one of the most efficient and effective charities in El Dorado County.  Aside from its ability to provide a five to one return for our donor’s dollar, volunteers and community support are the main reasons for the Food Bank’s success.

Contributions can be mailed to the Food Bank of El Dorado County at 3291 B Coach Lane, Cameron Park, CA 95682 or online at foodbankedc.org or by calling Carey Fong at 530-621-9950.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Palladio In Folsom Announces Black Friday Hours And Christmas Tree Lighting

Palladio in Folsom announces it will be open for Black Friday from 6a.m. to 10p.m.

Retailers at Palladio include H & M, White House Black Market, Sports Authority, Charlotte Russe, Kirkland’s, RodWorks, Kwirkworld, Button Up, Charming Charlie, Claire’s Accessories, King’s Team Store, Grebitus Jewelers, Gymboree, Apricot Lane, Color Me Mine and many more.

Palladio also announces their Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 1st, sponsored by Mercy Hospital of Folsom.  Day activities include a Horse Carriage Ride with Santa from 1-4 p.m. From 4:15p.m. to 5:15p.m. tree lighting festivities ensue at Palladio in Folsom, emcee’d by Santa and Channel 13’s Christina Anderson.

Free refreshments will be served in the Piazza. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Folsom Jazz Choir and Dicken’s Christmas Carolers. Free Face Painting, Ornament Decorating and Balloon Twister.  Catch Santa’s arrival via horse drawn carriage to assist in lighting the tree.

Also, Saturdays and Sundays in December through December 22nd, Palladio is offering free horse drawn carriage rides with Santa in the Piazza from 1-4 p.m.

For more information, please visit goPalladio.com.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Local Art And Live Music At Wellness Within December 21

Saturday, December 21, 2013 will be an exciting day for Wellness Within, as they host their first Open House integrating both art and music, and serve as an official venue for the 3rd Saturday Art Walk. 

Come and visit their healing oasis on this special day to experience what all of our clients love and appreciate, and to immerse yourself in the beauty of some of Roseville’s most inspiring artwork and music!

The 3rd Saturday Art Walk takes place from 7:00 - 10:00p.m., however they will have their doors open for their Open House from 5:00 – 9:00p.m., giving the community two more hours to enjoy all that Wellness Within has to offer.

They will be showcasing the work of local artists, which will be for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds generously benefiting Wellness Within.  They will also be displaying artwork created by those affected by cancer, both youth and adults, and healing music from local musicians.  It will be a feast for the eyes and music for the soul!  Of course, they'll have some real food too!

Wellness Within provides a variety of mind-body wellness programs, including art classes, for families dealing with the stress of cancer - all free of charge.  Art, in a variety of forms, has the ability to heal, to speak to our souls, to inspire hope and to connect us.  Hence, it is only fitting that we participate in this wonderful community event.

For more information, please visit wellnesswithin.org.

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