December 2013

Seasonal family fun

Touring holiday homes

Toasting the New Year

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Folsom gets into spirit of season with historic district tree lighting
I love the holidays. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, I am one happy dad. Family, friends, food and fun can be found in my home and throughout the region. In Folsom, the tradition is to light the tree in the historic district, drawing hundreds of families. I attend most years and it’s always a great time. This year, the tree lighting takes place 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, on Sutter Street. Organizers are asking the public to park in the big brick parking garage at 905 Leidesdorff
Don Chaddock Editor

(Lighting) the tree in the (Folsom) historic district draw(s) hundreds of families.
St. at the corner of Reading Street and Leidesdorff Street. My son Liam has been going since he was only a

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few months old, shortly after I took over the editor post in 2008. Now he’s 5. It’s become a tradition in my family and one I will continue. Learn more about all the events, including the 46th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, by visiting HistoricFolsom.org. Find a whole roundup of holiday activities on page 10, penned by Associate Editor Laura Newell.
Reach Don Chaddock at donc@goldcountrymedia.com or follow him on Twitter @anewsguy.

Brass Christmas
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The sounds of brass instruments fill Old Town Auburn during Old Town Country Christmas.

Take a tour of Christmas homes
Historic homes and buildings open doors for holidays.

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Toast in the New Year
Check out these New Year options.

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Get those feet moving
Jump into the holiday fun runs. ON THE COVER:
The El Dorado Hills Fire Department brings Santa to Town Center. See the full story on page 4.
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ONTHECOVER
BY LAURA NEWELL
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DECEMBER 2013

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El Dorado Hills Santa Run celebrates 50 years
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very December, the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association has escorted Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves throughout local neighborhoods collecting canned food and toys for those in need. This year the El Dorado Hills Fire Department celebrates 50 years of service in the community, and their annual Santa Run has continued to grow in El Dorado Hills along with the department. “The Santa Run started in 1963. Back then we used to go down every street to collect donations,” said Todd Thalhamer, El Dorado Hills Fire Department volunteer and Santa Run coordinator. “But after 50 years, we have updated the Santa Run to better fit our growing community. Now we have Santa Stops for five days.” During the Santa Run, elves collect canned food and new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Residents are asked to set items on the edge of the curb and the elves will collect donations. Letters to Santa will also be collected, Thalhamer said. A grand finale event will be held on Dec. 21 at El Dorado Hills Town Center, with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. “This year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary grand finale event with fireworks, cookies and hot cocoa,” Thalhamer said. Thalhamer, who has run the parade for 11 years, said the long-time El Dorado Hills tradition could not have made it 50 years without community support. “This community continues to grow and thrive, and it’s our honor to bring Santa to El Dorado Hills,” Thalhamer said. “This parade has seen three generations of El Dorado Hills. To know we have three generations looking forward to this event every year is pretty phenomenal.”

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For 50 years the El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association has collected canned food and toys during the holiday season. This year’s Santa Run will be Dec. 17-21.The photo on the left was taken during the first parade 50 years ago.

KNOW AND GO
What: El Dorado Hills Firefighters’ Association Santa Run When: Dec. 17-21 Grand finale: Santa arrives at 6 p.m., Dec. 21, El Dorado Hills Town Center Routes and real-time tracking of EDH Santa engine: edhsantaparade.com

He said last year’s Santa Run collected 5,000 pounds of food from community donations, and this year their goal is to collect 6,000 pounds as well as toys.

“This is a way for the community to get together and recognize the Christmas spirit by collecting food for the Food Bank of El Dorado County and toys for Toys for Tots,” he said.

Thalhamer said along with food and toy donations, the Santa Run is also used to highlight local “Santa Kids.” “Every year, community

members reach out to the fire department to help bring a holiday wish to local children suffering from life-threatening diseases or other traumatic events. Santa Kids are then given special honors during the Santa Run,” Thalhamer said. “We all truly appreciate our community and our firefighters always work to go beyond the normal job. We look forward to this event every year because we want to give back and be a part of our community, helping all that we can.” For more information on routes, Santa Stops and times, visit edhsantaparade.com.

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Dancers tap in cheer for the holidays
is’ the season for candy canes, caroling and holiday cheer. To help locals get into the holiday spirit, StagesFolsom Dance Arts dancers will perform two special shows of “Tis’ the Season for Dance – Christmas Memories,” Dec. 7 and 8, at Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater on the Folsom High School campus. Sound Out Tap Company, along with its sister dance groups Ballet Folsom and iMPACT Contemporary Dance, will perform an original holiday story for audience

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members of all ages. “Tap, ballet and contemporary dance will fill the stage and there will be a special guest appearance by the Folsom Gold choir to round out the program,” said Roberta McClellan, with StagesFolsom Dance Arts. Sound Out Tap Company Artistic Director and Choreographer Beverly Stewart-Short developed the original story and choreography following a couple

through the years from New York and Hollywood in the 1940s to a Costa Rican paradise. As they turn the pages of their family album, each era is depicted in dance with colors, costumes and sets. McClellan describes the show as a local version of the young Rockettes. For more information, visit stages-folsom.org.
~Laura Newell

KNOW AND GO
TIS’ THE SEASON FOR DANCE – CHRISTMAS MEMORIES Who: Sound Out Tap Company, StagesFolsom Dance Arts When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 Where: Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater on the Folsom High School campus, use the Prairie City Road entrance Ticket prices: $20 for adults: $18 for seniors, $15 for students, $10 for children Info: (916) 355-8080, stages-folsom.org

“Tap, ballet and contemporary dance will fill the stage and there will be a special guest appearance by the Folsom Gold choir to round out the program.”
Roberta McClellan with Stages-Folsom Dance Arts

Sound Out Tap Company dancers will perform “Tis’ the Season for Dance – Christmas Memories,” on Dec. 7 and 8 in Folsom.
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THEATER ROUNDUP
The Brewster sisters Aunt Abby (Monique McKisson, left) and Aunt Martha (Teresa Anhin) are delighted lonely, old Mr. Witherspoon (Brian Wallace) is about to drink their poisoned elderberry wine in the Arden Playhouse production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” running through Dec. 21.
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Poison tea, holiday cheer and more on local stages
BY DON CHADDOCK
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his month we will be broadening our coverage to include some Sacramento theatrical groups.
ARDEN PLAYHOUSE 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento (916) 332-2582 The classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” runs at 8 p.m.

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ens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The show has been a seasonal favorite in the Sacramento area for three-and-a-half decades. Special holiday ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children. For show times and ticket information, visit cplayhouse.org.
SUTTER STREET THEATRE 717 Sutter St., Folsom (916) 353-1001, SutterStreetTheatre.com

Show kid-friendly show runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but there are some additional times and days thrown in for the holiday season. Check their website for details.
FREE FALL STAGE 800 Reading St., Folsom (916) 207-5606, FreeFallStage.com “A Charlie Brown Christmas” hits the boards at

Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21, with two 2 p.m. Sunday shows Dec. 1 and 8.
CHAUTAUQUA PLAYHOUSE 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael (916) 489-7529, CPlayhouse.org
“Scrooge,” the annual production of Rodger Hoopman’s musical, runs Dec. 6-23. Directed by Warren Harrison, the musical is a retelling of the classic Charles Dick-

The little theater in the heart of Folsom brings its seventh annual “Holiday in the Hills” show to the stage to get people in the holiday spirit. The show features traditional Christmas tunes as well as off-the-wall parodies. The production runs Dec. 7-23.
“A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tale” brings the

Free Fall Stage. Times vary, but catch the show from Dec. 6-21. I caught this one in a previous year and they did an amazing job.
IMAGINATION THEATER 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville ImaginationTheater.net

lovable bear all stuffed with fluff to life Dec. 7-29.

The theater in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds brings the ambitious “Les Miserables” to the stage Nov. 29-Dec. 29.

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Sing your out
Placer Pops Chorale conjures multigenerational magic
BY MARGARET SNIDER
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he Placer Pops Chorale will be adding their own brand of musical magic to the holiday season as they sing their way through five performances at two local venues. The company includes its own small orchestra with woodwinds, brass, strings and a whole percussion ensemble. As exceptional as the orchestra is the monumental effort the chorale members put into preparing for the winter concerts under the director of Lorin Miller. “When Lorin finishes with us, the way he perfects us, the tones in our voices, memoriz-

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Lorin Miller directs the singers of the Placer Pops Chorale as they rehearse for their upcoming winter concerts.
ing the words, never having a piece of music in our hand, we are actually a show choir,” said second alto Anne Sterling. Though he now lives in Auburn, Miller grew up in Grass Valley, which has a huge
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Placer Pops Chorale singers Debbie Astle, left, Lorraine Keefe, Barbara Sawyer and Joan Griffin rehearse at Sierra College for their upcoming Christmas performances.
chorale tradition in its high school, he said. “It’s one of the best in the country, and I really fell in love with what chorale music was all about then,” he said. Miller’s background includes 15 years working in television
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Tour holiday homes regionally this season
BY LAURA NEWELL
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The annual Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour will feature nine locations including both private homes and buildings decorated for the holidays.

fter the turkey has been served, houses begin to light up with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Folsom and El Dorado Hills offers a few Holiday Home Tours to better view a few of the more exquisitely decorated houses. The annual Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour will take a step back in time featuring nine locations including both private homes and buildings decorated for the holidays, said Pam McAtee, event coordinator. This year’s tour offers views of historic sites dating from 1855 to 1925 and others built honoring Folsom’s historical architecture. McAtee said walking shoes are essential during the tour and no cameras are allowed in private homes. The home tour is from 10

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HISTORIC FOLSOM HOLIDAY HOME TOUR When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday,
Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 Where: Nine historic Folsom locations Cost: $20 Info: (916) 985-2707 or www.folsomhistorymuseum.org

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOUR When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 Where: Five El Dorado Hills homes Cost: $20 for adults, $10 children under 12 Info: (513) 476-2823 or www.sierrafoothills.assistance league.org

a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $20 per person.

HISTORIC FOLSOM HOLIDAY HOME TOUR 2013
A benefit tour for the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House Foundation

DECEMBER 13th & 14th
Nine charming historic sites in their finest holday décor & Visit the Holiday Boutique at the Murer House

TICKETS $20
Available at these local businesses until December 9: Folsom History Museum, Green Acres Nursery locations, Dorothea’s, Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Not Too Shabby, Raley’s–Blue Ravine & at folsomhistorymuseum.org or call 916-985-2707
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The tour benefits the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House Foundation and their efforts to preserve Folsom’s unique history, McAtee said. For tickets and tour information, call (916) 985-2707 or folsomhistorymuseum.org. For those looking to tour the El Dorado Hills community, the members of Assistance League of Sierra Foothills is holding the fourth annual Homes for the Holidays Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. According to Assistance League of Sierra Foothills member Bonnie Munson, five private homes throughout El Dorado Hills, including Serrano homes, will be toured. Proceeds go to the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills to help clothe

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Guitar Holiday Concert
Featuring the Sacramento Guitar Orchestra

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013, 3PM
Holiday home decorations can be viewed in both Folsom and El Dorado Hills this month
children in El Dorado County. “We purchase school clothing, shoes and sports uniforms for local children in need of extra support,” Munson said. “Every dime that we raise goes to the children.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information, call (513) 476-2823, or visit SierraFoothills.AssistanceLeague.org.

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The Historic Folsom Christmas Tree Lighting will be from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at the ice skating rink around the turntable on Sutter St. in Folsom.

Region celebrates holidays
BY LAURA NEWELL
FOLSOM LAKE ENTERTAINER

his month there are many events to help get people in the holiday spirit. The Palladio Christmas Tree Lighting will start at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at E. Bidwell and Highway 50 in Folsom. Event includes tree lighting, carriage rides with Santa, ornament decorating, live music and refreshments. For more information, visit gopalladio.com. On Dec. 1, Journey Church, at 450 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, will hold an Adventure Night from 5-7 p.m. the family friendly event includes a potluck, carol singing and crafting advent wreaths. For more information, call (916) 983-4648. On Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6, Lakeside Church, at 745 Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom, will hold a Women’s Christmas Celebration. Both events run from 7-

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9:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a festive holiday dinner and speaker Jamie Wright. Musical entertainment will be provided by Capital Christian High School Choir. Tickets are $20 per person. For tickets and more information, call (916) 985-3245. The Historic Folsom Christmas Tree Lighting will be from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at the ice skating rink around the turntable on Sutter St. in Folsom. Families can watch the tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. Event includes carolers, face painting, train rides and pictures with Santa. For more information, visit historicfolsom.org. Families, couples or friends can enjoy horsedrawn carriage rides from 5-8 p.m. on Friday nights and from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday nights, Dec. 6-21., in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Rides are $5 per person. For more information, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com.

See the zoo lit up by thousands of colorful, environmentally-friendly LED lights and decorations at the annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 13-23. Tickets are $5 per person and free for ages 2 and under. Proceeds from the event help support the amazing animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. For more information, call (916) 355-7285. Every Saturday, Dec. 721, people can watch community performances from noon-2 p.m. at Theater Plaza in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Saturdays will spotlight choirs, dance troops and non-profit organizations in El Dorado Hills. For more information, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com. The 46th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 7, on Sutter Street in the Folsom His-

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Santa Claus, otherwise known as Bill Anderson, holds court in front of the Enchanted Forest at the 2010 Wild Nights and Holiday Lights event at the Folsom Zoo.
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toric District. The fair includes 200 venders, live entertainment, face painting and family activities. For more information, visit historicfolsom.org. On Monday, Dec. 9, Oak Hills Church, at 1100 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, will hold their annual Cappuccino Christmas event for women. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and includes dinner and “Scenes from a Mall” show. For tickets and more information, call (916) 983-0181. The annual Pony Express Christmas Card re-ride will be from 9:1510 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. People can drop off Christmas or other cards with postage stamps by that date. For more information, visit folsomhistorymuseum.or g. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa through Dec. 24, at the California Welcome Center on Post Street, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take a purchase photos. For hours, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com.

The Light Bear heralds the entrance to the Bear Deck at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary during the holidays.

KNOW AND GO
SUNDAY, DEC. 1 • The Palladio Christmas Tree Lighting • Adventure Night at Journey Church THURSDAY, DEC. 5 • Women’s Christmas Celebration at Lakeside Church FRIDAY, DEC. 6 • Women’s Christmas Celebration at Lakeside Church • Historic Folsom Christmas Tree Lighting SATURDAY, DEC. 7 • Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair in Folsom Historic District MONDAY, DEC. 9 • Cappuccino Christmas

event for women at Oak Hills Church SATURDAY, DEC. 14 • Pony Express Christmas Card re-ride at Folsom History Museum ONGOING Every Friday: Horsedrawn carriage rides in El Dorado Hills Town Center Every Saturday: Community performances at Theater Plaza in El Dorado Hills Town Center Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 13-23: Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Through Dec. 24: Pictures with Santa at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center

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WINE
BY GWEN JOHNSON
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DECEMBER 2013

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Add a little sparkly to your New Year’s Eve
t’s impossible to imagine a New Year’s Eve without the festive zip of bubbles. Hidden among the Zinfandels and Syrahs of the Sierra Foothills are some effervescent jewels awaiting the visitor as a tour of the local wine region uncovers some unexpected delights. Although there has always been a controversy over calling California sparkling wines “Champagne” - a name reserved for wines produced in the Champagne region of northern France - the term “California Champagne” has come to represent a wine made by using the “méthode champenoise” technique

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“We don’t make bubbles; it’s really a complex process.”
Michael Havill, Bella Grace winemaker

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Michael Havill of Bella Grace will toast in the New year with her Sparkling Wine.
of allowing a second fermentation to take place in the bottle. Bella Grace Winery in Amador County has a Sparkling Wine made specifically for them from Roederer Estates in Mendocino County using the méthode champenoise. “We don’t make bubbles; it’s really a complex

process,” said Bella Grace winemaker Michael Havill. But she and her husband Charlie, who coowns the winery, were at their home and realized the importance of having Champagne for a celebratory event such as a an anniversary party or wedding. “And what is the wine of choice? To start, you always want bubbles. So we went out looking for a company to make a sparkling for us, but to make it to our specifications because we have a very distinct palate when it comes to the wines that we produce.” The Havills spent the next year and a half traveling back and forth to Mendocino County, working closely with Roederer to develop a sparkling that meets their specific needs. “This wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a perfect balance to provide a lovely dry, but not too dry, nice fruit in the mid palate and a wonderful finish,” Havill said. “It

makes a great sparkling wine.” The Bella Grace Sparkling Wine has 12.5 percent alcohol and sells for $23 a bottle. Bella Grace has two locations: 73 Main St. in Sutter Creek, and 22715 Upton Road in Plymouth. Another sparkling technique is méthode charmat where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bulk tanks, and bottled under pressure. Helwig Winery at 11555 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth offers a 2011 Sparkling Rosé de Syrah - a Syrah Rosébased still wine made from Helwig grapes, but sent to well-known sparkling house Weibel to finish the process. “The story behind that was kind of an experiment,” said winemaker Scott Helwig. “We have some grapes in Suisun Valley and a lot of our Syrah was under contract with a winery in Napa, and they decided to cease that contract, so I had to find a home for Syrah. I did an experiment with a table wine Syrah Rosé and it came out really good, so I thought, ‘Let’s take a stab at this; let’s see if we can make a sparkling wine out of this.’ And I wanted to

offer something different to the area.” Helwig picked the grapes at Champagneproducing levels of 18 to 19 Degrees Brix - the sugar content of wine, which allows the “dosage” - the secondary fermentation that creates the carbonation which produces the actual bubbles. Sparkling wines are labeled according to their levels of sweetness and dryness. Brut is dry and Sec is sweet. There is also extra brut and demi-sec for all those along the spectrum. Helwig’s Sparkling Rosé de Syrah is considered a Brut, and sells for $25 a bottle. When serving Champagne or other sparkling wine, Brian Miller of wine shipping company Amador 360 says when it’s time to open the bottle, remove the foil and basket, and then be prepared for the pop. “Sometimes there’s more pressure than others,” he noted. “What I’ve always done is take a kitchen towel and wrap it over the top. This way, when you go to loosen it, the towel will catch it. Then, of course, you have to be careful if it might spill over. Be ready if it looks like it might come out.”

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Craving apple cider? Better act fast
BY DENNIS NOONE
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IF YOU GO
Who: Bierwagen’s Donner
Trail Fruit Co.

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Kacy League sorts through some Arkansas Blacks at Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit and Farm Market in Chicago Park.

f you have a hankering for some of the best apple cider around, you’d better hurry. By the time you read this, Chris Bierwagen, proprietor of Bierwagen’s Donner Trail Fruit and Farm Market in Chicago Park, will be getting ready to “fade off into the sunset for winter.” But the fruit of his labors can still be found – the sweet and coveted Pink Lady, the popular and distinctive Golden Delicious, the tart green Granny Smith, and the unusual Arkansas Black, which looks like a very ripe plum on steroids. “That’s our signature apple, the Arkansas Black,” Bierwagen explained to a visitor on a recent fall afternoon visit

Where: 17473 Lower
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to his sprawling farm. “It requires no refrigeration, and it keeps all winter. It’s harder, a little crunchier than other apples, and the skin almost has a greasy feel. Its main appeal is its crunch.” Bierwagen’s family has been farming fruit on pretty much the same parcel since 1901 (he also sells persimmons, pumpkins and a bunch of other produce that doesn’t start with “P”), so he knows his land, its soil, its microclimates and its rhythms. For much of the year, it’s just Bierwagen and his

right-hand guy, Kacy League, who says he grew up right across Lower Colfax Road from Donner Trail Fruit. During the summer, some local high school kids are hired to handle irrigation pipes and other work around the orchards, but by and large, it’s just Bierwagen and League. At this operation, there’s none of the gleaming stainless steel that you’d see at an agribusiness factory. Bierwagen’s place is one of old wooden shipping boxes, ancient fruitsorting apparatus and more mechanics than electronics. As he leads a visitor to the sanctum sanctorum – the enclosed room just around the side, where apples are squeezed down into Bierwagen’s signature

unfiltered cider – it almost feels more like 1913 than 2013. The equipment is functional and clean, but rudimentary. During cider season, generally from August through mid-November, the apples (seeds, stems, skin and all) are turned into a thick, soupy slurry, which is then piped into a series of wooden flats lined with nylon fabric. The flats are stacked seven or eight deep and then placed in a hydraulic press. When the press squeezes down, the juice from all that slurry in all those flats spills out into a pristine metal chute, which ultimately feeds a series of spigots from which jugs are filled.
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Send signature drink ideas to Laura Newell at lauran@goldcountrymedia.com

SIGNATURE DRINKS

Go outside of the norm and taste one of the top three signature drinks from around the region.

Classic Irish Coffee
Ingredients: Jameson’s Irish whiskey, brown sugar, local roasted coffee from El Dorado Roasting Company, in-house hand-made whip cream Location: The Fat Rabbit Public House, 825 Sutter St., Folsom Description: This classic drink will warm you up and take the chill off those cold holiday nights. Fresh roasted coffee blended with a little brown sugar and topped off with housemade whip cream, helps make this the perfect treat after ice skating in the Folsom Historic District. Information: (916) 9853289, facebook.com/the fatrabbitpublichouse

Brandy Frost
Ingredients: 1 oz. Montmarte Napolean Brandy, ½ oz. Mr. Stacks Crème de Cacao White, ¼ oz. Mr. Stacks Peppermint Schnapps, 2 oz. milk Location: Total Wine & More, 2765 E. Bidwell St., Broadstone Plaza, Folsom Description: Pour Montmarte Napolean Brandy over ice in a cocktail shaker. Add Mr. Stacks Crème de Cacao White and Mr. Stacks Peppermint Schnapps along with milk. Shake well. Strain into a festive glass and garnish with a candy cane. All the ingredients can be purchased at Total Wine & More’s Folsom store and can be made at home for the perfect holiday party. Information: (916) 984-6923, total wine .com

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Folsom pizzeria offers cozy atmosphere for the entire family
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After an afternoon of ice skating in the Folsom Historic District this season, families can stop by a one of Folsom’s oldest family-owned pizzerias for dinner. Pizzeria Classico located at 702 Sutter St., originally opened in Historic Folsom in 1985, by owner Scott Litteral, said manager Ricky Litteral. Ricky has been the manager at Pizzeria Classico in Folsom for 22 years. But, the restaurant business didn’t start with Scott, Ricky said. Scott’s grandfather was in the bar and restaurant business, and Scott’s parents opened a chain of hot dog restaurants in the Bay Area in the 1970s. “The fun really began when they opened Pennypacker’s Cookie Store in The Boatworks

Today there are seven Litteral family members working in the Folsom pizzeria. Ricky explained what has kept their business successful throughout the years.
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dough covered with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese. After they have been cooked to golden brown, they are cut like diamonds. They are so good.
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Shopping Center in Tahoe City in 1981,” Ricky said. “Soon after, they built, opened, and operated 14 restaurants. They also own and operate Il Forno Classico in Gold River.” Other restaurants owned by the family include The Sidewalk Café,Barnaby’s, The Village Pizzeria, The Pasta Bar and The Tahoe Grill, all in Tahoe City. They also have The Village Pizzeria and Pop’s Grill in Truckee. Other Classico restaurant locations include Folsom, Gold River and Elverta.

A. Pizzeria Classico was the first truly gourmet pizza restaurant in Folsom and Sacramento. We have always been a table service restaurant with take out available. We do not deliver. Since 1985, we have offered hand-tossed, stuffed and deepdish style pizzas. We were also the first restaurant with garlic chips on the menu. We have won the “Best Treat for Garlic Lovers” award.
Q. What is your signature item?

A. We offer a very cozy atmosphere with high wraparound booths, with rich birdseye maple table tops and Honduras mahogany walls. The dining room is lit by antiquestyle stained glass lamps and ceiling fans.
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A. Our garlic chips are definitely our signature item. Our chips are made with thin pizza

Ricky Litteral has been the manager at Pizzeria Classico in Folsom for 22 years. The Q. Do you offer anything special family-owned business is a for your customers? warm spot to have a bite on A. We offer a nice, clean, cozy Sutter Street after ice skating atmosphere with great food in the Folsom Historic District and friendly service. this winter.
A. We are a full-blown Chicago-style pizza restaurant.

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Owners and cooks Brian and Kim Johnson have been with Strings Café in Folsom for 20 years and said they appreciate everyday. The pair wear many hats at the family restaurant, working as managers, cooks, servers, owners and operators. “Having been with Strings for so long and living here in Folsom, we appreciate the relationships we have developed with so many of our customers,” Brian said. They also stay involved in the community through their children who are involved with both athletic and school activities in Folsom. “We are happy to have been able to give back to the community through donating goods and services and fundraising opportunities,” Brian said. Brian, who is affiliated with the National Restaurant Association, said he has many tasty dishes at his restaurant, but Pasta Sienna and Tortellini AllaPanna are a couple of his favorites. “Lately, I have also been enjoying the New York Style thin crust pizzas we are offering,” Brian said. He said something that has kept Strings so successful throughout the years is his trusting staff. “Being open seven days a week, we always have to know the customers are being taken care of, even when we can’t be there,” he said. “We have been lucky to have some great staff over the years.” When not working at the restaurant, Brian said they enjoy coaching competitive soccer and taking trips to the Oregon Coast.. For more information, call (916) 983-8815 or e-mail folsomstrings@yahoo.com.

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The Folsom History Museum, at 823 Sutter St. in Folsom, offers an assortment of Christmas themed puzzles including 500 piece, 1,000 piece and shaped puzzles.

hether shopping for parents, kids or that special someone, unique holiday gifts can be found throughout the region. For mom and dad, Unwined, at 915 Sutter St., Suite 100 in Folsom, offers a variety of wine related gifts. “People love to make a gift basket filled with wine and treats, but we suggest hiding a favorite wine bottle in a unique cork cage,” said owner Crickett Loigom. A wine bottle shaped cork cage runs $25, at Unwined. For more information, call (916) 357-5500 or visit unwinedonsutter.com. When shopping for the kids,

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“Many times families traditionally buy one new puzzle a year around the Christmas season. This is a wonderful family activity that stimulates multigeneration conversation. So this can be the start of a wonderful new family tradition.”

Pam Conrad, Folsom History Museum gift shop manager

the Folsom History Museum, at 823 Sutter St. in Folsom, offers an assortment of Christmas themed puzzles including 500

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“We have a huge selection of loose diamonds to create your own custom made pieces, as well as already existing designs.”
Lisa Dufficy, Grebitus Jewelers manager

source of income. Our mission is to preserve protect and promote the history of Folsom, and without our gift shop sales and donations this will not be possible.” For more information, call (916) 985-2707 or visit folsomhistorymuseum.org. When shopping for that special someone, Grebitus Jewelers, at 330 Palladio Parkway, Suite 2025 in Folsom, offers an array of

sparkling treats to put in your stockings. “We have a huge selection of loose diamonds to create your own custom made pieces, as well as already existing designs,” said General Manager Lisa Dufficy. “Shoppers can find bangles, necklaces, stud earrings and variety of other different options.” The family owned jewelry store has been in business for 87 years, and opened a store in Palladio last December. There are three other locations in the region. For more information, call (916) 293-8522 or visit grebitus.com.
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f you’re having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit, there are some local fun runs with a holiday flavor that could help get you in the mood. In Cameron Park, Mr. and Mrs. Claus have held a 5k Fun Run/Walk with Santa for five years now with this year’s event slated for 8 a.m. on Dec. 7. The run begins and ends at the Cameron Park Community and Event Center at 2502 Country

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the pancake breakfast afterwards, which adds the holiday flavor. “It’s a family event,” Friese said. “We usually get adults with their kids coming along too. We have people of all different ages participate.” The pancake breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and goes until noon. To register for the event or for more information, call the Cameron Park Community Services District at (530) 677-2231 or visit the Website at cameronpark.org.

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Mrs. Claus loads up her plate at last year’s annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Cameron Park Fire Department. The breakfast is held following the conclusion of the 5k Fun Run/Walk with Santa.

Glow-in-the-dark run in Orangevale
At Casa Roble High School at 9151 Oak Ave. in Orangevale, a UV SPLASH Color Dash will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Proceeds from his glow-in-thedark run benefits the Sweet Dreams Foundation in Folsom, whose purpose is to give

a child with a life-threatening disease the room of their dreams. Event organizer Aaron Hutchinson hopes to have at least 1,000 runners at the firsttime event with many being teenagers, especially since the event will be held at a high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus meet some of the runners at last year’s Cameron Park 5K Fun Run/Walk with Santa.
“It’s like the Color Dash we held in Folsom in September except that it’s at night and we will have black lights so the liquid color glows in the dark,” Hutchinson said. “We will have red and green colors and we will have snow there, the marching band, some Christmas music and a DJ playing some upbeat music.” The 3.1-mile course will be held around the school and runners will complete four loops around the school. To register for the run, got to bodyonthemove.com by Dec. 12.

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iscover small town holiday cheer at Mokelumne Hill’s Annual Holiday Open House from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, when the historic downtown comes to life. There will be special activities for young and old alike along Main Street in the historic gold rush town — visit with Santa at the Historic Hotel Léger, enjoy a Horse Drawn Hay Ride down Main Street, and listen to the festive caroling of the Mountain Melodies. The downtown merchants will be offering special activities such as face painting by a local artist at Petroglyphe Gallery, Reindeer Games at McHale’s Revival, and complimentary holiday food and drink at Moke Hill Nuts and Deborah Marlene’s Gallery. Enjoy shopping for unique

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holiday gifts of original artworks, jewelry, antiques, and specialty foods in a relaxed and inviting holiday atmosphere. There will also be the chance to

mail your “wish list” to the North Pole at the local post office or stop by the town library for some holiday storytelling. Mokelumne Hill’s Holi-

day Open House is a chance for everyone to join in celebrating the spirit of the season. Feel the warmth of small town pride and the rich community her-

itage of this historic gold rush town at the Holiday Open House. Historic Mokelumne Hill is located right off of Highway 49, only 10 minutes from Jackson and less than an hour from Sacramento in the heart of Gold Country. For more information on the Holiday Open House, visit MokeHill.org or contact the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust, sponsor of the event, at (209) 286-1387. All activities are free.

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Holidays in foothills blend culture, cuisine
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A guitarist walks the streets during the Nevada City Victorian Christmas.

irst they asked him to watch the fire pit. Then someone asked Cecil Snow if he had ever roasted a chestnut. “I called up the song Nat King Cole made famous, ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,’ and thought, ‘OK, we got that,’” Snow said. After a little research, and the acquisition of a camp-style popcorn popper, a local tradition was born. Snow has been roasting and handing out chestnuts to anyone within warming range of his open fire at both the Nevada City Victorian Christmas and the Grass Valley Cornish Christmas since 1995. That’s a whole lot of chestnuts passing hands in what has turned out to be two highly pop-

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ular, family-friendly events. Throw in Auburn’s Old Town Country Christmas — yes, they have roasted chestnuts, too — and you’ve got 11 nights of turn-back-theclock, midwinter magic, with strolling minstrels, horse-drawn-carriage rides and enough handmade toys and crafts to stuff a size-16 stocking.

Cornish Christmas
Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and traditions, the annual rainor-shine street fair found itself becoming, well, Victorian. It runs 6-9 p.m. every Friday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. “This year we readopted that flair for Cornish heritage,” said Julia Jordan, executive director of the Grass Valley Down-

town association. “We kind of let it go over the years. People kind of wear the same thing at all of the events. We are so similar; you start to meld into the same event. We decided to take it back.” This year, all the vendors will wear Cornish tartan (heavy on the black and gold, colors of the ancient Cornish kings; red for a bird’s legs, blue for the sea that surrounds). There will be Cornish flags for sale and cookbooks with traditional recipes that may range from the ever popular pasty to the somewhat startling stargazy pie. For a parking map, go to downtowngrassvalley.com

Victorian Christmas
Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas is 5-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 4,

11 and 18; 1:30-6 p.m.on Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22. “We used to hold it only on Wednesdays but got complaints from outof-towners,” said Nevada City Chamber Executive Cathy Whittlesey. “So we tried it on a Sunday and it was so packed you couldn’t get down the street.” Started in 1978, the street fair transports attendees to Victorian England. “I just enjoy wandering the streets, people love to see you in costume, that’s what people are coming to see,” said Cindy Moon of the chamber. Park and catch the shuttle ($5) from the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. For more, visit NevadaCityChamber.com.
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continued from 7 production, a job that took him all over the world, scouting out locations for television commercials. Nearly 15 years ago, he returned to Placer County and has focused on music. In 2003, Miller became director of the Placer Pops Chorale, founded in 1991. “I love multigenerational music,” Miller said. “My vision for this group was (to) give people the ability to sing together and have community together for all ages. That’s my passion for the group: that we bring quality, wonderful music that people love to listen to, and it gives people a place to sing and use their musical gifts.” Dena Kouremetis, who lives in Folsom with her husband, George, said this company is not for someone with a 60hour-a-week job. “It’s a lot of work to be in this choir,” Kouremetis said. “I’m not going to mince any words here … My husband and I are tenor and alto, we’re harmonizing parts that are sometimes in very close harmonies to other parts, which makes it even more difficult.” The willingness to put in the effort is a big part of the group’s success. They hold practices 2 ½ hours every week, occasionally with extra rehearsals on Saturdays. Singers in ensembles often practice together outside of regular sessions, as

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What: Placer Pops Chorale annual winter concerts When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at Dietrich Theatre; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Harris Center Where: Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin; Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Info: Dietrich Theatre at (800) 838-3006, Harris Center at (916) 608-6888 or www.placerpops.org

Marian Caldwell, left, Anna Duda, Dena Kouremeti s and Anne Sterling rehearse for the Placer Pops Chorale winter concerts.
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well. Members work music into their daily life, as did Granite Bay’s Tukey and Dave Seagraves when they took a recent trip to Yosemite. “We practiced all the way there and back,” Tukey Seagraves said. “It’s a lot of fun.” Though the members come from different backgrounds, they all have something in common. “Everyone in the group loves music, singing and the group,” said Placer Pops pianist Patricia Leftridge, of Auburn. “That is very contagious.” The music Miller chooses for the shows not only please the crowd, but also the singers, Kouremetis said. She experienced her most moving

“When you make beautiful music it is rejuvenating, transcending, and I think that’s why people come week after week.”
Margit Miller, director Lorin Miller’s sister

moment when the group was singing “Tomorrow Comes” from “Les Miserables.” “We were singing it looking down into the faces of the audience, and the audience had tears coming down their cheeks, Kouremetis said. “It’s something that is hard to describe.” Second soprano Ronda Pearce of Granite Bay agrees with the assessment of Miller’s choices. “Lorin always has something new and fresh, and from a dif-

ferent perspective, a different angle,” she said. Miller brings out the best in them all, and a note sung with power and intensity captures attention and makes an impression, Pearce said: “A lovely, musical sound can magically link words, emotions and memories in an instant.” Lorin’s sister Margit Miller, who lives in Folsom, started singing with the chorale last fall. She has watched her brother conduct over the years, and seen him study and

improve. “He goes to a lot of other concerts and a lot of other performances, particularly musical ones,” she said. “He watches the conductors and he listens to the sound … He spends a lot of time focusing on how to get that sound out of people, get us all in sync.” Margit Miller has witnessed his success in getting 60 or 80 voices to make one sound. “When you make beautiful music it is rejuvenating, transcending, and I think that’s why people come week after week,” she said. “You just keep going, ‘Oh my gosh, that was beautiful,’ and it was just the collective voice. When it’s spot on, it’s magnificent.”

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Auburn Old Town Country Christmas runs 5-9p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21. “It’s all about family and kids and believing,” said Linda Robinson of the Old Town Business Association. “What I try to do with Old Town Country Christmas is bring in a lot of my childhood. We as grandparents need to create those memories for our grandkids.” Just as they did years ago, when families, friends and neighbors would gather in the town square to share the spirit, Old Town Auburn comes alive for two Saturdays in December with music and dancing and kettle corn and clam chowder,

the latter compliments of the Auburn Hook ‘n’ Ladder. “The fire department is right up the street, and we’ve been doing clam chowder in bread bowls for decades now,” said Capt. John Williamson, with Auburn City Fire Department. “We only do it for Country Christmas. We sell out pretty much every year.” So if chowder’s on your radar, be sure to get there early. Each night begins with a flag ceremony and singing of the national anthem, a tradition since 2001. “It’s sort of a peaceful way to begin, a moment of silence,” Robinson said. Next up is a brass ensemble, representing the Auburn Community Concert Band. The Weimar Academy will perform, as well as stroll through Old Town

caroling. Not strolling, but stepping in time, will be the Thunderfoot Cloggers, Country Scottish Dancers and troupes from In Sync and Pamelot dance studios. The bonfire will be roaring, the Sugar Plump Fairies will be roaming and John the chimney sweep will make his annual appearance. But for Robinson, her favorite part is when she pulls out the great big storybook, sits in a chair in the plaza and has all the children gather around for a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” while Santa acts out the story behind her. “It’s always been my desire and goal to get together with Nevada City and Grass Valley and do a ‘Holiday in the Foothills’ tour,” Robinson said.
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“God’s Favorite” will be performed at 8 p.m., Fridec days and Saturdays and at 4 p.m., Sundays, through Dec. 1, at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students with an ID Card, $15 children 12 and under. (916) 3531001, SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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train rides and pictures with Santa. For more information, visit historicfolsom.org. Cameron Park 5k Santa Run from 7-10:30 a.m., dec at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Check in starts at 7 a.m., run starts at 8 a.m. (530) 6772231, cameronpark.org.

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The Palladio Christmas Tree Lighting will start at dec 4 p.m., at E. Bidwell and Highway 50 in Folsom. Event includes tree lighting, carriage rides with Santa, ornament decorating, live music and refreshments. For more information, visit gopalladio.com.

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Chris Isaak Live in Concert is at 8 p.m., at the dec Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. $49$69, premium $79. HarrisCenter.net.

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The 46th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair dec will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., on Sutter Street in the Folsom Historic District. The fair includes 200 venders, live entertainment, face painting and family activities. For more information, visit historicfolsom.org.

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“The Nutcracker” will be performed by Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre, Friday, Dec. 13-15, at Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Foldec som. HarrisCenter.net. Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. $4 adults, $2 youth, children under 12 are free. (916) 9852707. The Folsom to Lake College jan Visual Arts dec Department’s exhibition displaying the artworks of FLC’s service area high school students in the Bank of America Gallery at the Harris Center for the Arts, through Jan. 5. Participating high schools are El Dorado, Folsom, Ponderosa, Cordova, Union Mine and Vista del Lago. harriscenter.net. Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills. (916) 941-3600 or eldoradosaloon.com. Open Mic Night from 7 to 10 p.m. every wed Wednesday at Lockdown Brewing Co. tasting room, 718 Sutter St., Suite 200, Folsom. For more information, call (916) 358-9645 or visit lockdownbrewingcompany.com. Open Mic Nights from 6-9 p.m., every Wedneswed day with Bluegrass and Oldtime style, and every Friday with all styles, at 632 East Bidwell St., Folsom. Free. (916) 984-3020. facebook.com/nicholsonsmusicafe. Trivia contest at 7 p.m. every Wednesday night wed at The Purple Place Bar and Grill, 363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills. Gift certificates are awarded to the top teams and raffle drawings for prizes are held during the contest. Live music from 8-11 p.m., every Saturday, at 36 sat Handles, 1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills. Ukulele lessons from 1-2 p.m. every Saturday, at sat

Ladies Night In at 6 p.m., at Reunion Nightdec club, 4370 Town Center Blvd., Suite 100, El Dorado Hills. $5, includes a dinner buffet. Event includes vendors and merchants including boutiques, hair salons, custom jewelry and skin care. Info: Reunion-nightclub.com. Lincoln Brewster’s “Joy to the World” Concerts dec will be at 6 p.m., Bayside Church, Granite Bay Campus, and at 6 p.m., Sunday Dec. 8, at Bayside Church, North Campus, Whitney High School. For tickets, visit secure.interactiveticketing.com/a/ 701d53. The Historic Folsom Christmas Tree Lighting dec will be from 6-9 p.m., at the ice skating rink around the turntable on Sutter St. in Folsom. Families can watch the tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. Event includes carolers, face painting,

“Be The Change” music festival will start at 7 dec p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., at The Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis.$30 in advance, $35 at the door. For tickets and event info go to bethechange.cc or email info@bethechange.cc.

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“Tis’ the Season for dec dec Dance” will be performed by Sound Out tap Company, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre, at Folsom High School Campus. $6. $10-$20. (916) 355-8080, stages-folsom.org.

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Family New Year’s Eve Party from 6-9 p.m., at dec Oak Hills Church, at 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom. Free. Event includes inflatables and interactive games, and food available for purchase. (916) 983-0181. Horse-drawn Carriage dec dec Rides from 58 p.m. on Friday nights, and from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday nights, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. $5 per person. eldoradohillstowncenter.com.

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Community Performancdec dec es from noon-2 p.m. at Theater Plaza in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Saturdays will spotlight choirs, dance troops and non-profit organizations in El Dorado Hills. eldoradohillstowncenter.com.
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El Dorado Hills Firedec dec fighters’ Association Santa Run. Grand finale event, Santa arrives at 6 p.m., Dec. 21, El Dorado Hills Town Center. Routes and realtime tracking of EDH Santa engine: edhsantaparade.com.
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“Playtime: the Art of jan Toys” art dec exhibition from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, through Jan. 9, at Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. (916) 3557285, cabraham@folsom.ca.us.
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Painting Classes from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tues every Tuesday morning at 801 1/2 Sutter St. For more information, call (916) 989-1977. Country DJ and Line Dancing from 8 p.m. to wed midnight every Wednesday, at El Dorado Saloon, 879

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FOOD & WINE
Fair Play Winery Association presents the dec wines of the month preview event from 6-8 p.m., the first Thursday of each month, at the Historic Cary House, 300 Main St., Placerville. fairplaywine.com. Christmas Day dinner at 1p.m., at Oak Hills dec Church, at 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom. Finding yourself alone this Christmas? Come and spend it with Oak Hills Church. Free. Includes meal and

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Cameron Park Explorer Post 89 Fire Departdec ment Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon, at Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Enjoy breakfast with the community and local Fire Department. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, eggs, orange juice, coffee and raffle prizes. (530) 677-2231, cameronpark.org. The annual Pony Express Christmas dec Card re-ride from 9:1510 a.m., at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. People can drop off Christmas or other cards with their postage stamps on them by that date.

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activities. Pick up tickets at the church office by3 p.m., Dec. 20. (916) 983-0181. New Farmers Market is in Historic Folsom at the sat Railroad Turntable and Public Plaza running 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, year round. More than 45 farmers, vendors on hand. Certified farmers’ locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, freshly baked goods, fresh eggs and dairy, live music and more. HistoricFolsom.org.

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California Welcome Center on Post Street, in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take a purchase photos. For hours, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com. Folsom Lake Kiwanis dec dec Club’s See’s Candies fundraiser, from 11-5:30 p.m., everyday, through Dec. 24, at 651 E. Bidwell St., Folsom. (916) 8010414.

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“Football at FLB” during Sunday, Monday and Thursday football games, at FLB Sports Bar and Casino, 511 E. Bidwell St., Folsom. Game day weekly specials include drink and appetizer deals. flb365.com.
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Building Performance Center grand dec opening celebration from 4-7 p.m., at 1301 Bidwell St., Folsom. Event includes live music, food and drinks. Ribbon cutting is at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to (916) 932-4208.

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A season for Harmony brunch at 9 a.m., at Sudwdec erks Restaurant, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom. $17. “Whatever 4” will sing a selection of Christmas music. For more information and to RSVP, call (916) 934-0869.

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Above, members of the Casa Roble High School Junior ROTC Air Force march in the parade. At right, Cub Scouts from Pack 94 marched in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Folsom.

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