On Friday, Oct. 18 there is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. This is when the moon slides through the northern part of the Earth’s penumbral shadow. At mid-eclipse, 76 percent of the moon’s diameter will be immersed in the penumbra, probably deep enough to cause a faint, yet discernible darkening of the moon’s lower part.To see this special sky show, a trip to Asia, Europe and Africa is necessary. The central and eastern portion of North America will get a view of the slightly darkened Hunters’ Moon during the early evening hours.
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To get a glimpse of how a ghost hunt goes down join California Haunts on a Ghost Hunt at the haunted Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The ghost seekers use the latest ghost hunting equipment in the field. Participants in the hunt will work with the California Haunts psychic team to try and unravel the ghostly activity that is taking place in the Victorian mansion. For a chance to see ghost hunters in action in an active environment check out /californiahaunts.org/hauntfest.html or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
After ghost hunting in an elegant mansion see some elegant fashions at the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers’ Club’s parade of new fall outfits at its Elegant Affair Fashion Show on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Fashions from Leah Marie in Cameron Park, Off Broadway in Placerville, Renfros in Placerville and The Clothes Mine in Sutter Creek will be modeled. The luncheon, fashion show, silent auction and prizes start at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 with the proceeds benefitting the club’s scholarship fund. For tickets, if still available, call Rosemary Authier at 530-626-7394.
A new business with an exciting premise is having a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 17. SOAP2 (Save Our Ailing Planet), 617 A Main St. in Placerville, is celebrating its grand opening from 4 to 6 p.m. SOAP2 is a refill station. Just bring laundry and dish soap, beauty care products, pet and baby products and safe cleaning product containers to SOAP2 for refilling. To learn more call 530-644-9058.
Dining in the vines
Hart and Hart Vineyards, 5821 Highway 49 in Pilot Hill, is having Friday Nights in the Vineyard featuring dinner, wine and music on Oct.18 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the outdoor pavilion. Music is by The Tritones. Advance tickets are $20 per person and tickets at the dinner are $25. Call 530-885-9463 to make a reservation.
The Rescue Up ‘N’ Comin’ 4-H club will be having a pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Middle School, 2540 Green Valley Road in Rescue. Pumpkins of various sizes will be available for a donation to support the 4-H club. For more information call Astrid Rodenberg at 530-676-3199.
David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, is presenting a fun evening featuring Dueling Chefs. The wine pairing dinner has two of the area’s hottest chefs bringing their exceptional culinary skills to the vineyard for entertainment and good dining. Watch, taste and learn as they each prepare dishes to pair with the outstanding David Girard wines. The first chef duel is between Chef Kevin O’Connor and Chef Aimal Formoli of Formoli’s Bistro on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. For reservations call 530-295-1833.
Art and more
The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting the 16th Annual Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. More than 34 foothill wineries will pour samples at this event that offers music, the Banners on Parade auction, food and fun. The cost to sample the wines is $30 per ticket. For tickets and more information call the PDA at 530-672-3436.