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Staff Top Picks

Staff Top Picks – Week of 10/31 to 11/6/2016

Coloma Halloween at the Highway 49 bridge.  Photo by Monique Wilber
Coloma Halloween at the Highway 49 bridge. Photo by Monique Wilber

Staff Top Picks of the Week for Monday 10/31/16 – Sunday 11/06/16

Your Sierra & Sky editorial staff picks out events in a 25 mile radius of Placerville in El Dorado County that look really interesting.  Here are our top picks for next week:

  1. Children’s Halloween Party by Mother Lode Lions Club
    • DATE: Monday, October 31, 2016
    • WHEN: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • WHERE: Mother Lode Lions Hall, Corner of Missouri Flat and Pleasant Valley Roads, Placerville
    • COST: Free
    • DETAILS: Games, costume parade, candy and prizes for your kidlets. Hot dogs and cookies available.  Come and have a great time in a safe environment!
  2. Gifts from the Holiday Kitchen: Festive Canning by UCCE Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County
    • DATE: Wednesday, November 3, 2016
    • WHEN: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
    • WHERE: El Dorado Hills Community Services District, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    • COST: Free
    • DETAILS: The holidays are upon us! Join the Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County for part 2 of canning and gifting for the holidays. In this fun and informative class you will learn how to make a chutney or conserve, and also how to use cranberries and apples in home canning. You’ll be proud to share products you learn to make today with your friends and family during the holiday season. Instructors Jane Alexander and Betty Hess-Pierce have many years of experience and want to share some of their knowledge with you. Pre-registration required with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District at or (916) 933-6624.
  3. 7th Annual Brews and Blues for Veterans by El Dorado Hills Rotary Club
    • DATE: Saturday, November 5, 2016
    • WHEN: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • WHERE: Lakehills Church- 7000 Rossmore Way, El Dorado Hills, CA. (Behind Regal Theaters)
    • COST: $25 non-veterans, $12.50 veterans
    • DETAILS: The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills presents Blues and Brews for Veterans, our annual fundraiser for local projects and programs that support our Veterans. Blues and Brews is a festive night of world class live blues, dancing, local craft brew, wine, food and more to honor and celebrate our Veterans, Active Service, and those who gave their lives in service to our Country. Our proceeds benefit local Veterans programs, projects and nonprofit organizations including Wheelers for the Wounded of California, EDH Veterans Memorial, Blue Star Moms- Golden Hills Chapter and others. Tickets are just $25 and Veterans get 2 for 1 admission. Local craft brews small and awesome food plates available for $5. Large dance area and special program honoring our Veterans, POW/MIA and more. This year Tia Carroll and her amazing band will headline our show. Tia Carroll’s past tours include Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia and throughout North America. Her accolades include, West Coast Blues Hall Of Fame Female Blues vocalist of the year 2007, Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Traditional Blues Woman Of The Year 2008, in Memphis, band leader of the year 2008 and R&B vocalist of the year 2011. In 2012 she wowed the judges at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Corporate Band competition and won best vocalist. Opening the show will be a special appearance by the Used Blues Band. The award winning UBB co-founded this event with bandleader and Veteran Sean Mcgroarty, who suddenly passed away earlier this year. 21 and over only.
    • MORE INFORMATION: Tickets and info online and
  4. 19th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival by Sacramento Arts Festival
    • DATE: November 4-6, 2016
    • WHEN: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • WHERE: Sacramento Convention Center
    • COST: $8 adults, $7 seniors, children under 12 are free
    • DETAILS: The festival features 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists, offering more than 15,000 original works. The festival, unlike many other fairs, is strictly juried with exhibitors selected for the originality and quality of their work. Festival visitors have the exciting opportunity to meet and talk with these talented artists and craftspeople about how they make their unique items, with many of them working on pieces in real-time at the show.
  5. Sandhill Crane Festival by Lodi Sandhill Crane Association
    • DATE: November 4-6, 2016
    • WHEN: times vary by tour; exhibit hall; art show
    • WHERE: varies, but exhibit hall at Hutchins Street Square, Lodi, CA
    • COST: Exhibit hall and art show are free; tour pricing varies
    • DETAILS: Long before Lodi existed, Sandhill Cranes descended into the rich delta wetlands at the end of a long migratory journey, some from nesting grounds as far away as Siberia. As they greeted California’s earliest explorers, these magnificent birds darkened the skies over winter marshes. In awe-inspiring numbers, and with a prehistoric call, stately gait, and elegant choreography, the Sandhill Crane continues to attract and inspire visitors. Each year thousands of visitors make their way to Lodi area wildlife refuges and farmlands to experience first hand one of nature’s spectacles. The abundance of crane habitat continues to nourish our agricultural roots, with water, soil, and climate that sustains the birds, enriches our lives, and benefits our local economy. For 20 years, Lodi’s Sandhill Crane Festival has celebrated the return of the cranes. In partnership with the City of Lodi, the Festival continues this November, welcoming an ever-growing circle of friends to our community to share the wonder of the Sandhill Crane … and so much more. We have tours designed to appeal to everyone, led by experienced guides and experts in their field. Two and a half days of fun, from sunrise to sunset. The choices are many: crane fly-out and fly-in tours; kayaking and cruise tours; birding field trips; expert-led photography field trips; and winery tours. In between tours, check out informative presentations and workshops, plus the Art Show, Exhibit Hall and Festival sales table. And don’t miss Friday night’s Opening Dinner.
    • MORE INFORMATION: and 800-581-6150. 

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