Placerville’s Main Street sure looks great and the party to celebrate Benjamin Moore’s Main Street Matters project was a lot of fun. The new paint and spiffed-up signs really make a difference. Thanks to Benjamin Moore for doing the nation-wide contest and congratulations to everyone who voted to put Placerville in the top 20 to win the makeover. Just wish a few businesses who have some weeds in their garden areas would take some time to clean them up and show visitors what a special place Placerville is.
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Loren Spivack is teaching economics at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. For all the details call 530-333-3444.
It’s Personal Wine, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is having Michael Long from Amador Cellars for the Meet the Winemaker night on Thursday, June 26 from 5-8. Stop by to enjoy complimentary wine tasting, paired appetizers and music. By the way It’s Personal has music by Last Two Standing on Friday, June 27 from 7-10 p.m. For more information call 530-303-3792.
Down Main Street a few doors is The Wine Smith, 346 Main, and Bella Grace Vineyards from Amador County is presenting a wine tasting on Thursday, June 26 from 5-8 p.m. There will be appetizers and a flight of four different delicious varietals. After the tasting the party continues with an open mic hosted by Jonny Mojo. For more information call 530-622-0516.
For those looking for music on Thursday, June 26, try attending Live on the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills Town Center at the Steven Young Amphitheater. This week Petty Theft — A San Francisco tribute band to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be playing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This super weekly summer concert series features food, prizes and a fantastic setting to hear the music and dance. Bring a chair or blanket and get ready to party.
Wine and food
The Fair Play Wine and Cheese Festival continues with “Hard Not to Love Cheese!” on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29 at Mellowood Vineyard, 2979 Mellowood Drive in Fair Play. Author of “Cheese for Dummies,” Thalassa Skinner will present cheese pairings with Mellowood wines. She will have copies of her book at the winery. On June 29 Robin Luke of “The Cultured and the Cured” will be on hand to answer cheese questions from noon-4. Call 530-306-9454 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in Placerville, is again having Pairings — a four-course meal prepared by popular Northern California chefs and sommeliers and paired with wonderful Miraflores wines. The dining experience is served from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26 on the terrace area. On June 28 and 29 Chef Giovanni Gaudio from Bocconato Culinary Excursions is creating the gastronomique extravaganza. Call 530-647-8505 at least two days ahead to make a reservation.
The Cameron Park Community Services District is having its Summer Spectacular on Saturday, June 28 from 2-10 p.m. at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park. This really is a spectacular event with music by the Tone Monkeys and the Kenny Frye Band, food vendors, kids zone, special contests, swimming, arts and craft vendors, beer garden for the adults, and the fantastic fireworks display over Cameron Park Lake. This year’s fireworks will also feature a new low-level display. Presale wristbands are $3 and $5 at the gate. Presale wristbands can be purchased at Cameron Park Bel-Air and Walgreens locations as well as the Cameron Park Community Services Office. For more information call the district at 530-677-2231.
Brews and more
The Belltower Brewfest is Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. on Main Street in Placerville. Brewfesters can sample brews crafted by 40 brewmeisters. Tickets for the tasting are $30 and are available at River City Bank, Cuppa Coffee & More, the Wine Smith, Placerville Brewing or online at placerville-downtown.org. Everyone can enjoy music by the Achilles Wheel Band, Shauna Lea and the Hired Guns, and the Ice House Blues Band and check out the neat shops on Main Street. For all the specifics call 530-672-3436.
Music in the vines
Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is presenting its first Rhythm and Views Summer Music Series on Saturday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. The first concert will feature local favorite the Old West Trio along with one of the best views ever and the exquisite Sierra Vista wines. Pack a picnic, a blanket, a couple of lawn chairs and get ready to have a wonderful evening. There is no charge for wine club members and $5 for non-members. Call 530-622-7221 for more details. Patio tables and chairs are on a first come first served basis. Come early to snag a seat before they are all gone.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is putting up an impressive musical lineup with Eric Hill and Friends on Saturday, June 28 at 9 p.m and Random Strangers on Sunday, June 29 at 1 p.m. Powell’s also has singer songwriter open mic on Wednesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. To get the entertainment schedule call 530-626-1091.