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December 2011

Santa
Returns to Sutter Street

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DECEMBER 2011

Holidays are upon us


T
here is nothing quite like the holidays in our region. From parades, festivals, plays and old-fashioned tree lightings, it is a special time of year. Thats just what this issue of Folsom Lake Entertainer celebrates Christmas, New Years Eve and everything in between. In this issue youll find recipes submitted by my wife Rachel to help kickstart your own creative gift-making ideas. We also feature an indepth look at Stages-Folsom Dance Arts as they kick off their 10th year. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Don Chaddock Editor

This issue of Folsom Lake Entertainer celebrates Christmas, New Years Eve and everything in between.
hits the stage at Jackson Rancheria and a Folsom steakhouse is making mouths water with their

new lunch menu. Lava Cap Winery pours on the holiday ideas with a gift box selection on page 22. The California Internation Marathon features 14,000 runners, so be sure to lace up your running shoes. See the story on page 30. Peruse this publication, visit the many fine advertisers who help make it possible and get off the couch, turn off the TV and see some live theater.
Editor Don Chaddock can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow our magazine at www.facebook.com/ folsomlakeentertainer.

Lava Cap Winery embraces holiday season


The overflow tasting room is shown in this photo by Brooks Walker. See page 22
Foothill town turns back the clock
Auburns Old Town Country Christmas and Festival of Lights parade are regional traditions. 6 ALSO IN THE ISSUE: Music Dining Spotlight Art Recreation Calendar 10 14 17 24 30 32

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hits Jackson 21 The popular band takes the stage at Rancheria Casino. Whole Foods breaks bread with locals
The high-end grocer opens its doors at Palladio. ON THE COVER: 26

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Dancers spread holiday cheer in a Stages-Folsom Dance Arts production. Read all about their new season and shows on page 4.
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Dance company trio kicks off Stages 10th season


BY LAURA NEWELL
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ith 10 years of dancing in the region, StagesFolsom Dance Arts has big plans to continue their artistic success. Stages will open the 10th season with performances by each of its three dance companies Ballet Folsom, Sound Out Tap Company and iMPACT Contemporary Dance. The three companies perform under the Stages umbrella, a nonprofit arts organization located in Folsom.
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dark and light forces in a magical fairy kingdom in this classical story of a princess and her destiny, McClellan said.
What: Three shows by
Stages

When: Varies, December


2011, April and May 2012 Where: Jill Solberg Theatre, Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Road, Folsom Tickets: $18 adults, $15 for seniors & students, $10 for children Info: (916) 355-8080, stages-performingarts.org

iMPACT Contemporary Dance


To close the season, iMPACT Contemporary Dance will stage an original production entitled, Life in Color. The performance will feature an evening and matinee performance on May 5 and 6 at Folsoms Jill Solberg Theatre, Iron Point Road and Prairie City Road, Folsom. This vibrant concert, choreographed by Artistic Director Kelli Leighton, creates a visual experience, combining the beauty of color with the artistry of contemporary dance, McClellan said.

Dancers with the Sound Out Tap Company will perform Dec. 9-11 at Jill Solberg Theatre at Folsom High to kick off the 10th season of Stages-Folsom Dance Arts.

Sound Out Tap Company


The season opens with a holiday show presented by Sound Out Tap Company with performances by Ballet Folsom and iMPACT Contemporary Dance, called Rhythms of Christmas: All Through the Land. Performances will include evening and matinee shows from Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11, at Jill Solberg Theatre at Folsom High School at Iron Point Road and Prairie City Road. The Rhythms of Christmas productions offer Broadway style staging and glamour for the holiday season, said Roberta McClellan, executive director Stages-Folsom Dance Arts. This is a big production with amazing sets, costumes and dancers. Think largescale tap dance numbers. It will take your breath away. The young dancers rehearse for months beforehand to get all the numbers down, McClellan said. Each holiday season the Sound Out artistic

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director, Alyson Meador, creates a theme so the productions are new, McClellan said. This year, Rhythms of Christmas takes a look at how people celebrate the holidays throughout the United States. McClellan said this year there is a patriotic segment in the production honoring military, so Stages is offering a special discount to military families as appreciation for their service. Groups of 10 or more and military families will receive 20 percent off the ticket price.

Meet the dancers


With the new season opening this month, some of the dancers want to introduce themselves to their audiences. Dylan Gardener, 17, of Folsom is a senior at Vista Del Lago High School. While most students his age use their free time to meet up with friends, he uses his time for dance training. He has been dancing for almost 13 years and has been a part of Sound Out and Stages for seven years. I participate in tap, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and hip hop, he said. My favorite style of dance is tap. He is the captain of Sound Out Tap Company, meaning he works to keep all members up to date on choreography and assisting the director

Ballet Folsom
Following the season opener, Ballet Folsom will present, The Sleeping Beauty, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Original choreography of the ballet was by Marius Petipa, currently adapted by Deirdre Hawkins, artistic director for Ballet Folsom. Performances will include an evening and matinee shows on April 28 and 29 at Folsoms Jill Solberg Theatre. This classic tale focuses on the battle between

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Dylan Gardener, 17, Sound Out Tap Co.

Renee Jonas, 17, iMPACT Dance

Ashley Chin-Mark, 15, Ballet Folsom

with classes and review days. Dancing is my passion, Gardener said. I love the way Im able to portray any emotion through my movement. Dancing has taken over my life for the better, and without it, I have no idea where I would be. Gardener said he can appreciate dance because it is always teaching him something. With dance, there is always room for improvement, whether it be a need for more turn out in your feet or clearer sounds when you tap, there is always something you can strive for, Gardener said. My motivation definitely comes from the self-determination to become the best dancer I can be. On average, he dances anywhere from 25 to 33 hours a week, not including performances and competitions. Managing both dance and school, especially for a high school senior such as myself, becomes quite challenging at times, he said. After school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., he heads to dance practice until about 10 or 11 p.m. I fit in my homework whenever I am able to, but luckily I am still able to succeed in my academic studies, he said. But, he said its all worth it because one day his goal is to be a full-time performer. I hope to take dance and performing into a career later in life, Gardener said. Whether it be performing in a professional company, teaching classes or becoming a professional choreographer, anything related to this art is where I would like to see myself. I do plan on going to college for dance, as well as psychology, to make sure that I have a well-rounded education.

Dance has been such a huge part of my life, and all my teachers at Hawkins, and the directors of Stages have been such great role models and mentors.
Renne Jonas

Renee Jonas, 17, of Folsom is a senior at Vista del Lago High School. She has danced with iMPACT Contemporary Dance for six years and is now a senior member. She said she trains in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern and improv. Jonas has danced for 14 years and this is her seventh year with Stages. Dance is literally what I live and breathe, she said. Not only is dance a place for fun, but it is a place where I feel safe. I am able to release stress from my day and dance out my problems. It is a form of therapy for me and I dont know where I would be without it. On average, she practices about 18 to 20 hours a week. After high school I plan on attending a four-year college where I hope to double major in dance and either psychology or nutritional science, Jonas said. After college my dream is to dance professionally, maybe even travel the world doing so. She said shes grown up in dance. Dance has been such a huge part of my life, and all my teachers at Hawkins, and the directors of Stages have been such great role models and mentors, Jonas said. I have practically grown up at the dance studio, and I could easily talk to either of my company directors about anything. Theyre like my second family.

Ashley Chin-Mark, 15, of Gold River is a sophomore honors student at Bella Vista High School and a lead dancer for Ballet Folsom. I have been dancing since the age of three, she said. Ive been with Stages and Ballet Folsom for six years total, three of those years a Principal dancer. She said every summer she travels to different states to attend dance summer intensives such as Ballet Austin, Ballet Utah and Pacific Northwest Ballet. To me, the art of ballet allows me to use my creativity to express myself, Chin-Mark said. In my opinion, ballet is a symbol of human beauty and elegance. Dedicated dancers are able to hold gravity-defying positions with strength and poise. Dance is a major part of my life that has built my confidence, self-awareness, flexibility, strength, focus and discipline. She said on an average week, she will practice for nine hours in addition to attending company rehearsals that last up to nine hours on the weekends. Solo rehearsals take up to two hours. My future goals are to graduate from college with at least a Masters degree if not a PhD in Psychology or Law, Chin-Mark said. Id like to also dance professionally with top companies from all over the world. She said some people have misconceptions about dancers. I believe the biggest misconception ... is body type, she said. People think we are self-conscious about our weight and have eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. Of the dancers I know, including myself, no one has issues about how they look or feel. Stages and Ballet Folsom provides a healthy environment for aspiring dancers.

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very year I worry about holiday gifts gifting proper as well as hostess gifts and little somethings for coworkers and friends. I like homemade presents. Theres something neat about a platter full of cookies, or a fabrictopped jar with some homemade concoction inside. Usually I go the cookies/candy route, but I thought Id also toss out a few different ideas, some a bit savory, some sweet, and all ridiculously easy.

ers (I use jelly jars) and refrigerate for three weeks or freeze for up to three months. Makes about 3 cups.

SUGAR-AND-SPICE CANDIED NUTS


1/3 cup dark-brown sugar 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt Generous pinch of cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 pound pecan halves 1 egg white 1 tablespoon water Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add walnuts, and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.

cayenne to taste 2/3 cup mayonnaise (I used homemade but use whatever kind you like) Mix together cheeses in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in pimento, pepper and cayenne. Add mayonnaise and stir with a fork, mashing until pretty smooth (or cheat and use your immersion blender, as I did, or a food processor. You should still see chunks). Refrigerate, covered for a few hours (overnight is better) to let the flavors develop.

COOKIE ACORNS
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips Nutter Butter Bites (which I found in 8-ounce Snak Sak bags) Hersheys kisses (unwrapped) (I used the dark chocolate because I like them) 1/2 cup melted chocolate (I just melted some of the chips) The number of these this recipe makes depends on the number of kisses you want to unwrap and the corresponding number of cookies you have on hand. Use some of the melted chocolate to attach the kiss to the cookie. Let that cool for a few seconds, and then use a tiny dab of chocolate to attach the mini chip to the top of the cookie. Let set in the fridge for a few minutes. Done!

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1 15 ounce can pumpkin pure (not pie filling) 3 tablespoons powdered fruit pectin 1/2 teaspoon allspice 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 1/4 cups sugar In a 2 quart microwave bowl, combine pumpkin, pectin, cinnamon and allspice. Mix well. Microwave on high for 6 minutes or until very hot, mixing every 2 minutes. Add sugar, mix well. Microwave on high for 5 to 7 minutes or until at a full rolling boil, stirring once during cooking. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove to storage contain-

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Foothill town turns back clock for old-fashioned traditions


BY DON CHADDOCK
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very year, thousands of area residents gather in Auburn to celebrate the holidays with a parade in the Downtown Business District and two old-fashioned Christmas festivals in the historic Old Town district. Both are free.

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Auburns annual Festival of Lights parade features 100 floats that roll through town on Dec. 3. The parade was founded in 1985.

Many shops stay open for the family friendly event. Those attending will see Santa as he finishes the parade in his sleigh. Bruce Cosgrove, CEO with the Auburn Cham-

ber of Commerce, said the parade has been a tradition since 1985. Its truly the largest Christmas parade in the entire region. Based on previous years, we know well have somewhere between 14,000 and 20,000 people lining the streets, he said. This isnt a short parade with a couple of trucks packed with cheerleaders. What people should know is that its two hours in length and they should come early to garner a good spot to watch the parade, he said. They should dress warm since the parade is held at night. Its part of the ambiance of a holiday parade, dressing in warm winter clothing.

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There are sometimes surprises. In a previous year, a two-story tall float, officially sanctioned by George Lucas, featured characters from the Star Wars films. The parade is limited to 100 entries and we hate to turn people away (who want to be in the parade), but we often have to, Cosgrove said. There are lots of lights and music. Its a great evening for a family. He said the parade has strong business and community support. Its underwritten by local businesses and clubs and organizations that support putting this parade on. At Central Square, there is now a permanent, live holiday tree and there is a tree lighting before the parade, he said. There are carolers walking along the route who will be stopping and singing along the way. There are vendors on the streets selling hot chocolate, cookies and more that will help hold people over while they wait for the parade to start. For more information, visit auburnchamber.net.

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Old Town Country Christmas


Turn back the clock with the 25th annual Old Town Country Christmas, taking place in the historic business district of Auburn from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17. Crafters and artists will offer their wares for sale for shoppers. Get your photo taken with Santa or visit one of the many restaurants and shops. If families want an old-fashioned experience, they should come to Old Town for Country Christmas, said Linda Robinson, an Old Town Auburn merchant and event coordinator. Old Town is a special place. We have the historical ambiance. The Christmas lights look amazing. Past Old Town Country Christmases have drawn 4,000-5,000 people when the weather was good, Robinson said. It is a rain-

or-shine event. Robinson said usually more than 60 vendors have spots throughout Old Town, and at least 50 percent of the items at each booth have to be handcrafted. Old Town merchants also keep their shops open late. The event also features food offerings served up by local nonprofits and community groups. Get your baked potatoes from the Native Sons of the Golden West and your Auburn Fire Department Hook and Ladder clam chowder bread bowls. Old Town Country Christmas usually also features entertainment in the form of music and dancing by Scottish dancers, the Thunderfoot Cloggers, Pamelot School of Dance, In Sync Dance of Auburn and more. There is a free shuttle FILE PHOTO BY KIM PALAFERRI from the Gold Country Anthony Carlino has a chat with Santa during a previous Old Town Country Fairgrounds. Christmas in Auburn. Santa will be on hand for photos at the event. For more information, call Linda Robinson at Sun River Clothing Co. at (530) 888-1585 or visit oldtownauburnca.com.

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Youre the Star at Kinderwise concert in Folsom


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ids will get a chance to be the star in the Youre the Star concert performed by Folsom-based performing group, Kinderwise. The concert starts at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Folsom Community Center. Kinderwise is aimed for kids approximately 8 years old and younger and teaches health and good choices. The performance also follows an interactive plot to get kids involved while they learn. The R2000 breaks COURTESY Nancy and Joe Francis perform in a Youre the Star Kinderwise concert. The down, which is our power generator, said owner show promotes healthy habits for kids. and performer Joe Fran-

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cis, otherwise known as Mr. Bubbles. It runs on star power, of course, and the children have to help generate that star power by being the stars at each show. Joes wife Nancy is their other performer, going by the name Miss Sparkles.

They held their first Kinderwise concert in October, and said audiences were ready for more. Sonora Fife, 5, attended the October show with her mother, Emily, and brother Shad, 3. I liked the wands and balloons, Sonora said. According to the Star performers, parents also enjoyed the family friendly show. I bought the CD, said Susan Muse, a mother who recently took her children, Ashley, 6, and Logan, 3, to the show. Every time we drive in the car, thats what the kids want me to play. Ashley said she liked watching Bubbles and Sparkles perform along

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Joe Francis plays the piano as his wife Nancy and son Joey dance. The couple owns Kinderwise Music Company and hosts concerts for children.
with the music. Its really, really, really fun, Ashley said. Kids can even stand up in front of the stage and dance around. The music is really cool. I liked the first one (Youre the Star!). Sometimes the first song is the rockingest. The star couple started playing music years ago, and now perform professionally. Nancy took voice lessons as a child, and she, along with her brother and two sisters, performed in a group called The Wolf Pack. I used to do a lot of theater work, Nancy said. Among those, her resume includes multiple shows at the Music Circus in Sacramento. Shes the star of the Kinderwise show, Joe said. I do all the background stuff. I do the music and I do all the setup and all of that, and when it comes time for the show she is the center of attention its Sparkles whos really the star. Shes the magic. Joe is also a professional musician in his own right. He began playing piano at 7 years old, and went to school for jazz and classical piano. He eventually moved to New York to perform as a musician in multiple bands. Any bands that were making money, I worked for, Joe said. It didnt matter the style. At one point, he created innumerable childrens song arrangements for Wiggles N Tunes. I thought, this is something, Joe said. When Im not doing all these gigs I might consider doing that at some point. Then when I met Nancy it kind of all fell together. It took Joe and Nancy about two-and-a-half years to create the show. We probably wrote, I dont know, 50 songs and only took 12 out of the 50, Joe said. Then we had to test them to see if they would work. Some just didnt work live, and some did. So, there was a lot of tweaking. The CD featuring songs from the show was released in February 2011 on iTunes. The couple also does a lot of fundraising for local schools. Basically, if they provide the venue we bring everything and give them half the ticket sales for fundraising, Joe said. For the December show, they are adding two new mascots to the show, Sunny and BusyBee. Even with a few new additions, Nancy said the children in the audience are still the number one priority, and will continue to be invited to participate in songs and dances. Thats why we called it Youre the Star, Nancy said.
For more information, visit their website at kinderwisemusic.com.

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Moscow Classical Ballet presents The Nutcracker


BY LAURA NEWELL
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Golden Bough drums up Celtic spirit


Auburns Music and More, 11596 D Ave., is holding their annual Celtic Christmas concert with Golden Bough at 7 p.m., Dec. 10. Rooted in the traditional Celtic music of Ireland and Scotland (as well as Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), this trio of modern day minstrels has expanded upon these ethnic styles through the development of intriguing arrangements and original compositions, according to organizers. In this way, they have created a unique sound. Since their formation in 1980, Golden Bough has brought their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. They perform on an array of acoustic instruments Celtic harp, guitar, octavemandolin, mandolin,

he holidays just arent the holidays without Clara, The Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy. Robert Friedman, the tour producer for the Moscow Classical Ballet, announced they are starting the companys annual national tour of The Nutcracker at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. There will be three performances starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. According to Dave Pier, Three Stages executive director, this is a full ballet company with 40 dancers from Russia. They have toured this production across North America annually for

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The Moscow Classical Ballet will start the companys annual national tour of The Nutcracker at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College.
more than 15 years. Tickets range from $29 to $49 and premium tickets range from $59 to $65, with single tickets for the Thursday matinee 15 percent off the evening price. The Nutcracker, performed by the esteemed Moscow Classical Ballet, tells Tchaikovskys timeless tale. The Moscow Classical Ballet has won more than 15 gold medals from international competitions and three prizes at the Paris Academy of Dance. The troupe remains one of the few Russian ballet companies still supported by the Russian government. Regularly performing at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, they have also performed in more than 30 countries and more than 200 cities in Russia.
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Kathy Sierra, Paul Espinoza and Margie Butler on the harp comprise Golden Bough. They will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Music and More, 11596 D Ave., Auburn.
accordion, violin, pennywhistle and bodhran. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior and $10 for children.
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xecutive chef and owner of Viscontis Restaurant, Frank Visconti, started his career as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ladder in the industry. Hes a self-taught chef who started at an early age. Frank moved Viscontis to the Broadstone Plaza a couple years ago but before moving took his Restaurant to the top of the leader board, earning the Telegraphs Best of the Best award for 10 years running. Frank says he loves cooking and all the compliments people give him after they are done eating. His favorite dish is Eggplant Alla Mamma, which is rolled eggplant with meat and spinach baked in the oven with a red sauce and a white sauce. My mom tells me as I kid I would always play with pots and pans, he says. some of the dishes offered at Viscontis are family recipes and some are original creations. Hes been cooking for over 28 years and considers the restaurant old school in service, portions and atmosphere. Im a big eater, he said. I hate going somewhere to eat and not being full. Frank says the restaurant has no microwaves and doesnt use preservatives in his dishes. Its all fresh, he adds. The most challenging part of the job is to make sure his deliveries come on time with good quality that he expects every day. His hobbies are his kids and the restaurant. The restaurant is located at 2700 East Bidwell Street, Suite 700 in the Broadstone Plaza. To make reservations call 916-792-5080 or for more information contact Franck at Visconti.frank@comcast.net.

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Local steakhouse drawing crowds with new lunch service


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utter Streets very own steakhouse has continued to garner acclaim for its menu and attractive location at the first floor of the Folsom Electric Building. The restaurant first opened in January 2010, and is an expansion of Chicos award-winning 5th Street Steakhouse. General Manager Eric Freedle said what makes Sutter Street Steakhouse a favorite among Sacramento and Folsom area residents is its reputation for fresh and delicious menu items, as well as its charming historic district venue. Were definitely one of those downtown secrets that people are starting to hear about, Freedle said. The main way we can gauge how were doing is when people are coming back. And they seem to be doing that. Freedle said the restaurant is recently catching buzz among patrons for its new Friday lunch menu. He said for the past couple months, the restaurant, which normally opens for dinner at 4:30 p.m., has begun welcoming the lunch crowd Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. So far its been very well received, he said. We offer a three coarse

Were definitely one of those downtown (Folsom) secrets that people are starting to hear about.
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Sutter Street Steakhouse General Manager Eric Freedle guides the restaurant which has grown in popularity during its first year of business in Folsom.
lunch that includes a cocktail, choice of an entree and a dessert. Items to select from come directly off the steakhouses dinner menu, in addition to traditional lunch items that include the Seafood Wedge Salad, with its fresh Dungeness crab and cold prawns. There is also a specialty offering each Friday, which includes a side salad or french fries. Last week we had a french dip sandwich, Freedle said. It included roasted sirloin and ended up to be a very popular item. We also offer our classic Steakhouse burger for lunch, which is a monster. Freedle said prices for specialty lunches range between $10 and $13, while the more expansive three coarse lunch choice runs at $18.95. There are also smaller items such as a trio of sliders that run just under $8. As far as dinner goes, youll find the best in fresh steaks and entrees. The meats are selected by the owner and executive chef Brian Knadle, whose

passions for providing patrons with an exquisite cuisine and exceptional service go hand in hand. Steak aficionados can choose from a comprehensive menu, that features a six or 12-ounce Black Angus-certified filet, a traditional New York steak, or one served with crumbled gorgonzola, stone-grounded mustard sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, or a mole-crusted rib eye with cheddar mashed potatoes and crispy onions. There is even the option to add a five-ounce Maine lobster to your steak plate. Entrees off the dinner menu include organic brick chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized cipollini onions and herb pan sauce, as well as a hazelnut-crusted halibut with brown butter sauce, sugar snap peas and garlic mashed potatoes. Lunch is served Fridays and dinner is available Tuesday through Sunday. For more, visit sutterstreetsteakhouse.com.

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Plan to ring in the New Year with these local favorites


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fter the holidays, its time for many to relax and enjoy the coming of the New Year. Locals will not have to travel far to welcome in 2012, because lots of neighborhood favorites will serve up a meal and a party.

including appetizers, main course and dessert. For more information and reservations, call (916) 9847500.

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The 12th annual New Years Eve celebration will be a night for customers to enjoy, said Maureen Righton, owner. After 11 years we have a lot of great regulars who come back year after year, said Righton. It is a really fun night with everyone talking, eating, drinking and ringing in the New Year. The event will be about $60 a person with a special full menu

The El Dorado Saloon and Sauced Pizza and Cocktail House will be doing a joint event this year, said Andrea Martin, owner. There is no cover fee for the event. Why go to one party when you can go to two? Martin said. We promise to bring the high energy party atmosphere to new heights and set the night ablaze until the wee hours of 2012. The event will include a live performance by Lost in Subur-

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Cattlemens Steakhouse in Rancho Cordova is offering a surfand-turf New Years Eve special.
bia, a champagne toast at midnight and festive party favors. Martin said event attire is cocktail to semi-formal dress. Bottle service and VIP seating is available for a limited time. Fore more information and reservations, call (916) 9413600.

We love celebrating here at Cattlemens and hope that people choose to bring the New Year in with us, Miranda Porter, marketing and event manager for Folsom and Dixon Cattlemens. The restaurant will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on New Years Eve. We are featuring our delicious top sirloin and succulent lobster with all the fixings for $29.99 per person. This steal includes an all you can eat salad, beans and bread and a choice of side including baked potato, mashed potato, french fries or rice. For more information and reservations, call (916) 9853030 or visit beststeakinthewest.com.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes to Rancheria stage


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ne of Folsoms backyard casinos has a long list of events planned for the month, including a Christmas buffet and a special concert performance by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel will be hosting the big concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Admission will run $40 for the general public and $20 for Dreamcatcher members. Tickets are already available to the public and can be purchased at jacksoncasino.com and by calling (209) 296-5495. The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been called the singular standout from the 1990s swing revival. The popular casino and hotel on New York Ranch Road in Jackson also typically features a handful of ongoing events, and many this year are geared toward the holidays. In addition to the holiday show, we also have a Christmas buffet and free holiday hay rides every year, said Carol Cook, content developer.

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are offered. This years rides will be offered Monday through Thursday, Dec. 5 through

15, at the Jackson Rancheria Fire Station on Dalton Road. The big Christmas buffet is set for Christmas Day and will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adults will pay $25, seniors $22.50 and children aged 7 to 12 pay $10.

A complete menu will be displayed on Jacksoncasino.com after Thanksgiving. The casino also features its holiday gaming specials, in addition to promotions that run throughout the rest of the year.

The 2011 Giving Season promotion consists of drawings every Wednesday through Dec. 21 for $500 in free slot play or up to $5,000 in cash. Dreamcatcher members can enter once a day by swiping their card at one of the big red kiosks. The casino will match donations up to $10,000 to local charities that include food banks and the Amador County Senior Center. Regular promotions

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DECEMBER 2011

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Lava Cap Winery embraces holiday season of giving


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he holidays have a way of bringing people together and whether its an intimate gathering for caroling, or a house full of revelers ringing in the New Year, sharing wine has its place in bringing festive warmth to the occasion. Some of my favorite vintages were found during this season served by the hosts of parties or shared by guests in attendance. Its an ideal opportunity to broaden the wine tasting experience with the company of family and friends at the most wonderful time of the year. A recent visit to Lava Cap Winery in Placerville was an occasion to meet Tom and Beth Jones. Tom is the president and winemaker of this Sierra Foothills estate winery, while his wife Beth manages marketing and sales. Named after the unique topography of the vineyard where rich volcanic soil is an ideal medium to grow fine wine grapes, Lava Cap has 50 acres planted with nearly a dozen varieties. I wondered if this special site with select soil composition was the reason why their wines consistently win dozens of awards each year. I asked Tom how much the scientific process plays into the success of a vintage. Thats just maybe half of it. The other half is the art, which are the choices you have, Tom said. Theres the science which gives the background and the foundation of the structure, and then the artistry gives you what you end up with. This piqued my interest even more to sample the wines of this family venture.

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Next, Beth and I went to the cellar for a tasting. One by one she presented a flight of seven Lava Cap wines. It was truly a remarkable experience, not just from the premium quality of the wines, but because she participated in the tasting with me. The 2009 Lava Cap Chardonnay Reserve, a gold medal winner, is bright with a hint of vanilla and finishes clean. Their 2007 Merlot Estate Reserve took Best of Class from the San Francisco Chronicle and showcases what this varietal does when the grapes are grown in foothill soil. It is robust with notes of blackberry and black cherry. Sangiovese fans will be enamored by the 2007 Sangiovese Matagrano with its raspberry nose, beautiful mouth feel and clove. Another award winner,

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Their 2007 Merlot Estate Reserve took Best of Class from the San Francisco Chronicle and showcases what this varietal does when the grapes are grown in foothill soil.
the 2007 Zinfandel Reserve is smooth and elegant with black cherry and currant flavors and approachable tannins. Think rib roast with this one. Lastly, Lava Caps 2007 Petite Sirah Granite Hill Reserve is a likely crowd pleaser. It is a lovely wine with a berry nose and velvety dark chocolate definitely sings holiday. Theres a terrific array of wines available at Lava Cap and the odds are in

your favor that youll find more than one to treasure at home or present as a gift. Cant decide? Check out their new Tasting Room Wine Sampler including six 50ML bottles of their popular varietals are handsomely boxed and deliciously priced. Whether youre throwing a yuletide affair of your own or attending one, share a wine that speaks to you and strike up a conversation about it. Also, see these occasions as an opportunity to try something new and expand your wine knowledge. After all, isnt that what the season of giving and receiving is all about? For more information, call (530) 621-0175, visit lavacap.com or their location at 2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville.
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ne couple is exploring the options of art with light, water and personality. Three years ago, Sharon and Scot Benton started a photography business called Studio B, Benton Photography, in Rescue. Sharon said 95 percent of all their work is done together as a team. We work together because Sharon talks to the families and relaxes people, Scot said. Then I will be in the background waiting for that relaxed moment to capture real life moments with the camera. The married couple of

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family or individual to better understand what they want in their photo. Their photography styles include immersion

art or underwater fashion photography and portraits of families, high school seniors, maternity and babies. They also take specialty LDS Temple photography. We study the light (in the photo soundings) to get the exact look in the photo, Sharon said. Recently, they completed a major project in Placerville for the new Bricks Restaurant on Main Street. The project included a variety of brick buildings throughout Placerville. Im very proud of that Bricks series, Sharon said. It showed us an artistic side of everything around us. It made me see the world differently

and take notice of everyday moments. Sharon said her favorite part of the job is working with high school senior girls for portraits. I love it when these girls have the experience to capture a girl during this changing time of her life, Sharon said. There is something beautiful about every person. Its fun to capture that special moment in their life and make them feel beautiful. In 2005 the couple enrolled in college together to learn the basics of lighting, ratios and the technical aspects of professional photography. We just practiced, practiced, practiced and

took the time to develop the art of photography, Scot said. We think the correct lighting is very important in out work. We really work with our surroundings to ensure the lighting reflects the person or image in the correct way. ... Photography captures the emotion of a moment. Scot said something that differentiates photography from other forms of artwork a photo is real. A photo is real life, its a moment, Scot said.
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dents in the region are starting to include Whole Foods Market into their grocery shopping trips. More than 1,000 residents came out to view the bread-breaking ceremony for the opening day of Whole Foods in Folsom on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 270 Palladio Parkway, Folsom. We are amazed about the enthusiasm of Folsom, said David Lannon, regional president of Northern California Whole Foods. I have

I have opened a lot of stores in Northern fter a few months California and have never seen this many in business, resi- people show up. This is wonderful.

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opened a lot of stores in Northern California and have never seen this many people show up. This is wonderful. The opening day began with a morning breadbreaking ceremony and afterward, customers celebrated with live music and beer tasting all day. The first 250 Folsom shoppers to enter the store received a reusable shopping bag filled with Whole Foods Market

products. Margie Cordes, 69, of El Dorado Hills, was one of the lucky customers to receive a bag. We got here at 8:30 a.m. because we wanted to be one of the first 250 people in the door, Cordes said. What Ive seen of the store so far, I love. I love all the natural and organic foods available here. Many residents said the stores new location is

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At left, David Cosper, executive coordinator of operations in the Northern California region, serves bread during the bread-breaking ceremony for the opening day of Folsom Whole Foods in the Palladio shopping center. Above, Steven Smith, Folsom Whole Foods store team leader, greets the more than 1,000 people who attended the opening of Folsom Whole Foods.

selections of organic produce, said Steven Smith, store team leader. We

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can also find a full meat and seafood department and a complete cheese shop with educated staff to help pair cheeses with wines and meals. Besides the food, the new store will carry organic body care products and household cleaning products. I like the bio-degradable and eco-friendly cleaning products offered, Deidre King, 42, of Folsom. I also love the bakery. Whole Foods partnered with Foothill Farmers Market Association to launch a year-round cer-

tified farmers market held in the stores parking lot. The market will include local vendors offering beers, wines, produce, coffee and baked goods. Scott Rynearson, 68, of Folsom was excited to purchase Whole Foods fresh coffee at the grand opening. We have shopped at Whole Foods for years and are just so glad to get one here locally, Rynearson said. I love the coffee, seafood and cheese. Everything is fresh and (they have) a great vari-

ety. Other people say they will enjoy lunch in the new stores outside Bier Garden. I work in the Palladio shopping center and have recently walked past Whole Foods smelling all the delicious smells, said Derek Droese, 22, of Folsom. I love the atmosphere in the Bier Garden. Its very rustic and goes well with the natural feel of Whole Foods.
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Runners head down Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom during the early portions of the 2010 California International Marathon.

very year on the first Sunday in December thousands of people descend on Folsom in the early morning hours. They dont come to watch the sun rise, but instead are here for the start of the annual California International Marathon, the 26-mile, 385-yard run from Folsom to Sacramento. The inaugural event in 1983 drew 1,600 runners, but this years event, slated for Dec. 4, is scheduled to boast 14,000. According to the events founder, John Mansoor, its around the 12thbiggest marathon out of

the 150 or so that are held in the United States. In the late 70s and early 80s, I was a competitive runner hoping to qualify for the Olympic trials and I felt that the Sacramento/Folsom area could host an international event that would attract athletes from all over the world, Mansoor said. That was the reason I started it. I used to take training runs in Folsom and when I ran across the dam I could see the state capital and I thought it would be good to run from point to point, from the Folsom Dam to the state capital. It turned out to be a bit too long, though, so thats why we start on Folsom-

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When: 7 a.m., Dec. 4, 2011 Where: Folsom Auburn
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the biggest and best of all marathons. Mansoor said the CIM ranks in the top five of fastest marathons in the nation. That exposure fuels our event; thats our hook since were not a destination point like New York, San Francisco or Hawaii, he said. We also have very good weather most of the time, and runners like cooler temperatures so thats why its held in December. Other reasons for its popularity are the scenery and support, as Mansoor said the course, which has never changed, shows off

the better side of the region. The course includes portions of Oak Avenue, Fair Oaks Boulevard and J Street. Denis Zilaff, the president of the Sacramento Running Association, knows the course very well. The 58-year-old Sacramento resident is one of 12 runners to compete in every CIM. Its just a terrific event, Zilaff said. The first part of the course is more rural and its just peaceful and youre able to get your pace going. The second part of the course is through Fair Oaks, which features some rolling hills. Then the last six miles or so you get to East Sacramento and the crowds really start to grow. The streets are tree-lined and you have a nice canopy and the crowd support just pushes you through to the end. Downtown the crowds are huge and that really helps, especially for the first timer.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2
Holiday ornament making from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sutter Street Art Gallery at Petra Wines, 627 Sutter Street in Folsom. $5. All proceeds will go to Twin Lakes Food Bank. (916) 708-8442, sutterstreetartists.com. An Irish Christmas is performed at 4 p.m. at Three Stages. See inset for details.

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Ladies night out from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month in the Folsom Historic District. Event includes special street discounts, drink specials and other specials. Beginning belly dance class with Gypsy from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Planet Earth Rising, 625 Sutter St., Folsom. The first class is free to try out. Dress comfortably and bring your hip scarf. (916) 355-8844. Cinderella, presented by Folsom High School Performing Arts, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3. Performed at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre on the Folsom High School campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors (55 and up) and children. For more information and tickets, e-mail fhsdramatix@att.net or call (916) 4843723. A Charlie Brown Christmas, performed by T.H.E. Actors Workshop and Integral Theatre Company from noon and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 2 through 17. A special opening showing at 7 p.m. will be

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An Irish Christmas is performed at 4 p.m. at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $20 to $45. This is a second show since the first one sold out. For tickets, visit threestages.net.
on Friday, Dec. 2 with a reception following. All shows are held at 800 Reading St., Folsom. $7, cash only accepted at the door, actorsworkshop.net or (916) 2075606. Holiday in the Hills, a musical production by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom, runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, Dec. 2-23; 4 p.m. on Sundays Dec. 4-18 and at 7 p.m. Dec. 19-22. For ticket prices, call (916) 353-1001. The Magic Toyshop is performed at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 10-24. It is performed daily at 1 p.m. Dec. 19-23 and 26-30 at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. For ticket prices, call (916) 353-1001. The Visual Arts Invitational exhibition of Los Rios Community College District Adjunct Arts Faculty in the Bank of America Gallery will run through Jan. 29. Regular admission is free. threestages.net. Irving Berlins White Christmas runs Dec. 2-23 at Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two iconic song-and-dance men, follow a sister act to Vermont, only to discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge they were to perform at is owned by their former commanding general. The production is based on the beloved and timeless 1954 film that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The score features wellknown standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Tickets are $10-$18, (530) 642-0404.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3
Festival of Lights Parade in Auburn begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce office. See the story on page 8. Folsom Toy Ride benefits needy kids in Folsom, check-in is at 9:30 a.m. and Kick Stands Up at 10:30 a.m. The ride will start at Folsom Harley-Davidson, and will have a post-ride barbecue there with a raffle 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Black Eyed Dempsies plus Young Dubliners performs at 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. 355-8586. powerhousepub.com.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1
Kill Devil Hill, featuring Rex Brown of Pantera and Vinny Appice of Dio, performs along with White Minorities, Evil Plan, Wings Of Innocence, Judhead and Work Project. Doors open at 7 p.m. at The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Open to all ages.

FRIDAY, DEC. 9
The El Dorado Hills Senior Center and the El Dorado Hills Senior Support Council annual Senior Christmas Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills CSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado

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December 2 (6 pm - 9 pm). Join us in front of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at 200 Wool Street. This is event is FREE. Presented by: City of Folsom and FHDA.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18
Folsom Chanukah Wonderland from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with a Menorah Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. at Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom. Free. The festival will include games for all ages, music, hot latkes, authentic Israeli food court, Chanukah gift shop and lighting of the eight-foot Menorah. For more information, call Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum at (916) 878-8836, e-mail info@jewishfolsom.org or visit, JewishFolsom.org.
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The Santa Run, presented by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association, runs at 5:55 p.m. from Dec. 14-17. There is a grand finale on Dec. 18 at Town Center in El Dorado Hills where there will be photos with Santa and more. See Dec. 14.
ful Celebration at 3 p.m. See Dec. 10 listing. providing new unwrapped toys. This year there is a particular need for toys for boys and girls ages two and under, as well as boys and girls ages eight and up. Drop off location include, Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma St., Folsom; Twin Lakes Food Bank, 327 Montrose Drive, Folsom; Folsom Telegraph, 921 Sutter St., Folsom; Law Offices of Bowman & Associates, 1837 Iron Point Road, Suite 160, Folsom; Golden One Credit Union, 4311 Town Center, El Dorado Hills. Santa Run, see Dec. 14.

Placer Pops Chorale presents A Home Town Christmas at 2 p.m. at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $21-$30, threestages.net. Santa Run grand finale, see Dec. 14.

SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Folsom Symphony, conducted by Maestro Michael Neumann, presents A Joyful Celebration featuring Susan Lamb Cook on cello with Anita Felix on violin and Curtis Kidwell on oboe. Music for these two performances includes Dance of the Comedians (Bartered Bride) by Smetana, Gli uccelli (The Birds) by Respighi, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 by Tchaikovsky featuring Cook on cello. Other special music for this concert includes La Pri Fanfare by Dukas, Morning Mood by Grieg, Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring by Bach and many more. Performance is at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, and 3 p.m., Dec. 11, at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $20 to $55. Threestages.net. The 25th annual Old Town Country Christmas is 5-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 17, on the streets of Old Town Auburn. Admission is free. Crafters and artists, with one-of-a-kind gifts ideas, will be available. There will also be food, entertainment and pictures with Santa. Shops and restaurants will also be open. For more information, visit oldtownauburnca.com or call (530) 885-1585.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20
Holiday Cabaret, presented by El Dorado Musical Theatres High Voltage touring group, is performed at 7 p.m. at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Traditional songs like Carol of the Bells, White Christmas and Silent Night, as well as a few surprises, are featured. Tickets are $12-$20, threestages.net.

2.10 Tempest Celtic Harlows Nightclub 2.11 Steelin Dan A Tribute to Steely Dan Harlows Nightclub 2.12 Close to You A Carpenters Tribute Harlows Nightclub 2.19 Fred Eaglesmith Ameracana Harlows Nightclub 2.22 Guitar Masters Mckee, Darfur & Bennet Harlows Nightclub 3.10 Rhonda Vincent 3.11 & The Rage Queen of Bluegrass CSA Event Center 3.18 Girlyman Folk Harlows Nightclub 3.20 Cheryl Wheeler Folk Harlows Nightclub
All shows begin at 7pm with 5:30pm doors unless noted. Buy tickets online at ticketfly.com or by calling 877-435-9849 Harlows - Sacramento CSA Event Center W. Sacramento

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
Santa Run, presented by the El Dorado Hills Firefighters Association, at 5:55 p.m., runs from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17. A grand finale at Town Center is on Dec. 18, Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. The public can enjoy photos with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate. During the parade, the elves will be collecting canned food and new or unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23
Compaa Mazatln Bella Artes of Sacramento presents Posada Navidea, a rainbow of shimmering college and a festival of vibrant sound in this special Mexican Christmas production at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $20 to $39, threestages.net.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15
Santa Run, see Dec. 14.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17
Placer Pops Chorale presents A Home Town Christmas at 8 p.m. at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $21-$30, threestages.net. The 25th annual Old Town Country Christmas, see Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa Run, see Dec. 14.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Folsom Christmas Basket Toy Drive, coordinated by the Folsom Police Department, Twin Lakes Food Bank and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, will be collecting toys through Dec. 16 to help needy families in the area. The project serves approximately 1,000 families in the Folsom-Orangevale area,

SATURDAY, DEC. 31
Superlicious New Years Eve Bash performs at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. 355-8586. powerhousepub.com. Lost in Surburbia performs from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills. (916) 941-3600 or eldoradosaloon.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 11
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