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Summers still here; get out and enjoy yourself

By August 17, 2010

The Arts columnist

So far, everyone I encounter is enjoying the weather of the summer of 2010. The days are Ñ for those of us used to the Sacramento Valley Ñ warm, but not scorching. The evenings are pleasant. And there is plenty to do, whether it is a barbeque by the pool Ñ or a rib cook-off over the weekend.

There are a number of events happening this weekend that are geared toward taking a deep breath and slowing the hectic pace of life down a little. Here are three events going on this weekend that you might want to consider.

The first event is the 44th annual Mother Lode Art Show at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville. This is a juried, national art show that runs through Aug. 29. What makes this show special is that it receives entries from all over the country, in addition to our local artists.

There are 85 entries to view and vote on. Vote for your favorite as ÒPeopleÕs Choice.Ó In addition to enjoying some wonderful art, this is an Òindoor eventÓ for those who want to get out of the summer heat for a bit.

The second event is for those who enjoy the balmy temperatures of foothill evenings. The Third Saturday Placerville Art Walks have been quite a success this summer. Starting at 5 p.m. on Main Street, this monthÕs event will feature a blues theme. Check out the live music at the Bell Tower by Everyman Jack. In addition to the shopping that is available on Main Street, the pace of life takes a more leisurely turn with wine tasting, street entertainments and more. Much better than a trip to a mall.

The third event is the grand opening of Burke Junction in Cameron Park on Saturday, Aug. 21. This dream project of Jerry Burke will be hosting a barbeque rib cook off benefit for El Dorado CountyÕs Habitat for Humanity. (Tickets can be purchased by visiting This special ÒHoÕDown for Habitat Rib Cook OffÓ will be in full swing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This annual fundraiser will feature a show down with guest judges, entertainment, live music, dancing, a live auction, raffle and more.

A fully restored 30-gauge train engine that used to run at Frontier Village in San Jose will be a permanent attraction for adults and children of all ages. For those who grew up in the Bay Area, itÕs a blast from the past (ÒFrontier Village/ThatÕs where the action is/The fastest fun in the WestÉÓ).

According to Foreman Tom Paniagua, the train rides that evening will be free. Future rides will run in the neighborhood of around $2 bucks. Affordable fun with a weekly farmer’s market (visit and more.

What I really like about Burke Junction, however, is its emphasis on Òtaking a step backÓ from the stresses of the every day. They encourage folks to stroll around their western-themed facility and to simply enjoy life.

ItÕs a refreshing concept, and it will be wonderful if it is successful. Burke Junction is located at 3300 Coach Lane, just off the Cameron Park Drive South Exit on Highway 50.

Summer weekends in the foothills are part of the reason we live here. Whatever you choose to do, whether itÕs a day ÒoutÓ or a day Òin,Ó take a moment to let your spirit refresh itself. Live a little. Breathe.

ItÕs all a part of the good life we have available to us in El Dorado Hills.

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Susan Laird

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