The annual Lyrid meteor shower is on display through Friday, April 25. The Lyrids are not the big streaming kind of meteors but tend to be more of the fireball type and are best seen before dawn. The shower is courtesy of debris left behind by Comet Thatcher.
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Shower of songs
Jonny Mojo can play music for any occasion — including meteor watching — and will be playing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Don’t forget the singer-songwriter open mic night on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and karaoke on Friday nights at 9 p.m. It is always fun at Powell’s. For all the details of what is happening at Powell’s call 530-626-1091.
The 48th annual Patrons Club Scholarship Luncheon is Friday, April 25 at noon at Cold Springs Community Church, 2600 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. The afternoon will consist of entertainment, good food visiting with friends, bidding on great items all to benefit scholarships for local students attending one of the Folsom Lake College campuses. Luncheon tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Patrons members or the Folsom Lake College business office, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville. For more information call Bobbye at 530-621-0907 or Barbara at 530-622-5021.
The Ponderosa High School baseball program is having a rummage sale on Saturday, April 26 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. There all kinds of neat things including clothes, books, jewelry, toys, household items, and more. Proceeds will support local baseball players.
American River Conservancy-trained docents are conducting a historical tour of the Wakamatsu property on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. The ranch is home to springs, streams, wetlands, blue and live oak forest, sweeping vistas and prime agricultural soil. The tour will cover the rich history of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm, the first Japanese Colony site established in America in 1869. The tour is suited for mature children 12 and over and adults. Call 530-621-1224 for the meeting location in the Gold Hill area and to sign up. Cost is $5 for children 12 to 18 and $10 for adults.
Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is having a release party on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 from from 11 a.m-5 p.m in the barrel room. The 2012 Estate DeCascabel Dry Farmed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Estate 3-Field Petite Sirah will be released. There will also be a preview tasting of the 2012 Estate Geoff & Katy Vineyard Malbec. Other new wines to sample and buy are the 2013 Estate Mothervine Ranch Pinot Grigio and 2013 Estate Fiddlehead Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy gourmet cheeses and snacks to pair with the wines. For more details call 530–620-5303.
Chocolate and more chocolate
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is having a Chocolate Tasting and Chocolate and Wine Pairing with Orietta Gianjorio on Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. This will be a really fun time tasting four different types of chocolate paired with the perfect wine. Gianjorio has the cool job of being a professional chocolate taster for Mars and University of California, Davis. She will share a bunch of yummy chocolate facts and then offer tastes of white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, pure 100 percent chocolate and a chocolate candy bar. To sign up call 530-647-8505. Sunday, April 27 is the last day for Soup Sunday at Miraflores.
Winery by the Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, is having its inaugural Pétanque Tournament on Saturday, April 26 from 1-5 p.m. This will be a day of pétanque, great wine, charcuterie of cheese, olives and French baguettes, and fun. Pétanque is a French game very similar to bocce ball and everyone can play. Tickets are $15 per person or $20 to enter the tournament. Participants receive a glass of wine in a Go-Vino glass to keep and the snacks. To learn more call 530-620-2402.
The Cameron Park Community Services District is looking for mahjong players to play at the community center, 2502 Country club Drive in Cameron Park, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 1-3 p.m. People who have played before or who want to learn should call 530-677-2231 or go online at cameronpark.org for more information.