Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket on July 16, 1969 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program landed the first humans on the Moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got to do the Moon walk as Michael Collins piloted the command spacecraft for this important event.
An important event for El Dorado County is happening on Wednesday, July 16 with an open house showcasing the Hub Connection at 669 Bee St. in Placerville (the former Westside Church). This new endeavor will be a teen center that will offer a safe and fun place for teens to gather and do homework, performing arts, tech stuff, fun classes and more. Stop by between 6-9 p.m. and see the big steps that are being taken to get this major project underway. For more information visit thehubofplacerville.org or call 530-220-0431.
The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is having Western Days on Friday through Sunday, July 18-20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. There will be saddles, 1930s cream and green enamel ware and all kinds of western home decor. To help feed the hungry bring a canned food item. For more details call 530-677-5542.
Pairings on the terrace
Chef Damon Barham from Parties that Cook in San Francisco is the guest chef for Miraflores Winery’s Pairings on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20. This dining experience features four-courses paired with Miraflores wines and is served on the pleasant terrace from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Discover this fantastic dining treat and make a reservation by calling 530-647-8505.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is firing up the grill for a summer barbecue on Saturday, July 19 from noon-4 p.m. Grilled hamburgers, chicken burgers and hot dogs will be offered with sides like potato salad and of course some wonderful Fenton Herriot wines will be available for sale. The barbecue is $10 with wine club members $5. Call 530-642-2021 to learn more.
It is Third Saturday Art Walk and the El Dorado Arts Council is having a Bizarre Bazaar on July 19 from noon-8 p.m. The arts council is relocating to the Fausel House and to facilitate the move is cleaning out closets and putting some really fun stuff up for sale. Photo Booth fun will also be available, snacks and other surprises will make the event a must attend time. For more specifics call 530-295-3496.
Music and wine
AfterShock will be performing at Palissandro Winery, 7449 Fairplay Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, July 19 from 6-10 p.m. Have some great wine while listening to some great music. Call 530-620-2063 for more information.
Out of the Blue is playing at the Sierra Nevada House, 835 Lotus Road in Coloma, on Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. The cool breeze that comes off the American River makes this a super summer evening venue to have a lovely dinner and hear some cool entertainment. Check out sierranevadahouse.com for more information.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, has a really terrific lineup of musical talent. On Saturday, July 19 Random Strangers is taking the stage at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 20 is Tangled Roots’ turn at 1 p.m. and then on Thursday, July 24 it is Jonny Mojo at 8 p.m. Don’t forget that you could be the star at the open mic on Wednesday at 9 p.m. For more details call 530-626-1091.
The perfect place to be on Sunday afternoon is Lava Cap Winery, 2221 Fruitridge Road in the Camino area, for Wine and Music. On July 20 the jazz trio String Thing is playing. Guests can sit in the garden area and listen to the music while enjoying the vineyard view. Gourmet deli items and picnic baskets available for purchase along with the award-winning Lava Cap wines. For more information call 530-621-0175.