The “Peanuts” comic strip began on Oct. 2, 1950. Charles M. Schulz created the strip with the name “Li’l Folks” and when United Feature Syndicate bought the comic strip the name was changed to “Peanuts.” Over the years more characters were added and the strip became even more popular with television shows, stage productions, films, music and other products. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and are read daily.
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For aspiring artists or cartoonists, the Placerville Arts Association and the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville, have a new program. On Tuesday morning from 9 to noon all artists of all skill levels are welcome to work on any project and share ideas and critiques. For information call Homer Rail at 530-913-1555.
The wineries of Fair Play are sharing their beautiful petite sirahs at the Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a fun tasting with special discounts and desserts by D’Agostini’s Delights. To learn more e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of Fair Play, Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road, continues to have Endless Pizza and Salad on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. The pizzas are great with all kinds of wonderful toppings and then there are the Maine lobsters and, of course, wine in the new Zin Zone tasting bar. It is a fun night out and a great deal with the pizza for $10 and lobster for $30. Call 530-620-3467 to reserve a lobster.
Hart and Hart Vineyards, 5821 Highway 49 in Pilot Hill, is having Friday Nights in the Vineyard featuring dinner, wine and music on Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The outdoor pavilion is fabulous and this week music is by Doubleshots. Advanced tickets are $20 per person and tickets at the dinner are $25. Call 530-885-9463 to make a reservation.
The American River Conservancy is presenting a Wilderness Survival Workshop: Fundamentals to Surviving on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class will cover skill and knowledge that may someday be the factors that make the difference. In this class, students will learn practical skills based on sound research and historical application from both modern and indigenous perspectives. Instructor Jeff Adorador, is the founder of Earthwalker: Wilderness Therapy and Survival. He is an instructor for Search and Rescue, certified as a Wilderness First Responder through National Outdoor Leadership School. To sign up call 530-621-1224.
Amador Vintners are happy the grape harvest is going and invite everyone to the Big Crush Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The 38 participating wineries will have food, music, fun and, yes, wine. Visit AmadorWine.com to purchase tickets and for more information about our neighboring county’s amazing wines.
For a truly wonderful wining and dining experience make a reservation for Pairings at Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area. This is a four-course lunch served on the Vineyard Patio on Saturdays and Sundays. This weekend Oct. 5 and 6 Misty Phelps from Getting Fresh with Misty is the chef du jour. For a taste treat and super time call 530-647-8505.
The American Association of University Women — Foothills of El Dorado County Branch is having its Tech Trek Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Community Church, 3901 Wild Chaparral Road in Shingle Springs. The lunch raises funds so that middle school girls can attend the Tech Trek program and learn about math and science studies and careers. For luncheon tickets, more information about the program or to donate to the Tech Trek program contact Kathy McCoy at 530-642-8511.