Early risers will be rewarded with a beautiful sight before dawn on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4. On Saturday big and bold Jupiter and an orange Mercury can be seen to the left of the crescent Moon before sunrise. Don’t sleep in on Sunday and see Jupiter, Mars and Mercury in a row in the eastern morning sky with the Moon to the right.
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The early bird does get good stuff and it might be a good idea to arrive early for the appearance of the Crawford Perkes Band at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Friday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. The group covers classic rock favorites. The talented musicians also have a high quality sound system and lights to add to the show. To get more details call 530-626-1091.
A drive out to the Pleasant Valley area is not only pleasant it is rewarding. Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is again offering four-course luncheons on the Vineyard Patio on Saturdays and Sundays through October. These luncheons are fantastic featuring an extraordinary chef each week creating a meal to go with the exquisite Miraflores wines. The Pairings 2013 lunch on Aug. 3 and 4 will be prepared by Chef Christopher Caul from Christopher’s on Lincoln in Carmel. To add to the dining experience, wine expert Mike Whipple will share wine and food pairing tips. The beautiful setting, friendly personnel, exceptional wines and great food all contribute to a great time. For reservations call 530-647-8505.
Grace Patriot Wines, 2701 Carson Road in Placerville, is pairing art and wine for a fun time. On Saturday, Aug. 3 artist Vicki Hough is presenting a Pinot and Paint Art Class. This session will have each student creating a sunflower masterpiece to take home. The class is from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $30 for wine club members or $35 for non-wine club members. For more information or to sign up contact Breanna at 530-642-8424 or email@example.com.
The Friends of El Dorado County Seniors is having its second “Wine in the Vines” event on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville. Enjoy Sierra Vista’s award-winning wines, yummy appetizers by Diane Wilkinson Catering, music by Singin’ 4 Supper, and the chance to win some super prizes from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to support the El Dorado County Senior Day Care Center, the Senior Santa program, and the Diamond Springs, Pioneer, Placerville and Pollock Pines senior meal program. Tickets are $25 per person. To attend contact Clyda at 530-626-8189 or send an e-mail to info@friendsofEDCseniors.org.
On Saturday, Aug. 3 El Dorado County’s summertime bounty will take center stage at the Locavore Dinner at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville, from 6 to 9 p.m. Ten local producers are contributing to this special foodie evening. Tickets for “Let’s Get Together” are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 18 and are available online at placervillecoop.org, at The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op, 535 Placerville Drive and at the door the night of the dinner. For more information about the Locavore Dinner and other Placerville Co-op events and programs, contact Percy McManus at 530-672-9898.
Don’t forget that National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6, at various neighborhood sites around Placerville from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The kick-off festivities are at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Inc., 399 Placerville Drive, at 5 p.m. Law enforcement, elected officials, firefighters and other safety personnel will get things started and then go out to visit the 20 neighborhood parties. For more information about National Night Out and fighting crime contact the Placerville Police Department at 530-642-5210.
Fishing on the farm
The American River Conservancy is partnering with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a fishing night at the Wakamatsu Colony Farm in Gold Hill Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Try casting techniques, catch a few bass and enjoy the serenity of the 8-acre lake at the historic farm. Participants need a valid California fishing license. To sign up and to get the rest of the specifics contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-621-1224.
Rescue the center
The Rescue Community Center folks are having a fundraiser to benefit the community building on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4 to 10 p.m. It will be a classic car show and gourmet barbecue dinner with live music and the organizers are inviting classic vehicle owners to participate. To be a part of the Rescue Rods Classic contact Charlie Freeland at 530-676-5508 or email@example.com and help the center at 4180 Green Valley Road.