Not that an excuse is necessary but Saturday, Feb. 22 will be a good day to make a margarita — it is National Margarita Day. There are the standard margaritas and all kinds of specialty ones with fresh juices and fruits to add to the fun. Enjoy.
Art and wine
The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, is celebrating wine and art with Art by the Glass with art instructor Sherri Hoeger on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The $40 fee includes instruction, materials and a glass of wine. To get all the details and to sign up call 530-622-0516.
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is having its 2014 Installation and Business Awards Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Serrano Country Club, 5005 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills. The cocktail hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2014 will be formally installed and the winners of the 2013 Chamber Business Awards will be announced during the evening. For a reservation call 916-933-3553.
El Dorado County resident Esther Roman is presenting “Lookin’ Back at Black” — An African-American traveling history museum at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills, on Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. She has a collection of memorabilia that spans more than 20 years. There is no charge for the presentation. For more information call 916-358-3575.
Take a hike
The American River Conservancy is having a hike on its newest acquisition — the 1,059 acre El Dorado Ranch. This property fronts the free-flowing Cosumnes River and is a working cattle ranch with a 360 degree view of the Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Valley, a historic homestead and a vast expanse of blue oak woodland. The El Dorado Ranch Hike is approximately 5 miles with some uphill climbs and rocky terrain. It is suitable for ages 8 and up. For the meeting location and to sign up call 530-621-1224. A suggested donation of $10 is requested.
Trails for Tails — A Free Dog-Friendly Hiking Trail Presentation is Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the California Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills. Author Debbi Preston will offer the benefits and tips about dogs and their humans hiking together. Tips include warnings about other animals, ticks and biting insects. Information regarding the elevation, rattlesnakes, poison oak and increased temperatures and water sources will be covered. There will be light human refreshments and doggie cookies and water. Well behaved dogs are welcome. To sign up call 916-358-3700.
Michael Housewright is teaching Ready, Set, Shoot — iPhone Magic, part 1 at Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, on Saturday, Feb. 22. Michael and wife Juliette have traveled the world with just their iPhones and have taken the most amazing photos. He will share his secrets during this class. Bring lunch if you like and Miraflores will supply the glass of wine. To register and get all the information call 530-647-8505.
More creativity is happening at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown, on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2-4 p.m. Victoria Perez Mott, jewelry artist, is teaching another session of her Tree of Life wire-wrapping class. There is a $25 instruction fee and $5 materials fee or you can wave the materials fee and bring a minimum of 10 stone chips or beads around 4 mm in size with a hole that fits on 24 gauge wire, 81 inches of 24 gauge wire (artisan wire works best, more malleable) and 1 foot of 20 gauge wire. The instructor has some tools but if have any of the following it would be helpful to bring them: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, wire flush cutters, chasing hammer, square steel block and a round bottle to form a circle 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. To take this class call Perez Mott at 530-417-1866 or the gallery at 530-333-ARTS (2787).
Manzanita Kitchen and Events is presenting A Night of Farm-to-Table Food and Live Music on Friday, Feb. 21 at the 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show running from 8-11 p.m. The show — Over Yonder MiniTour features blues, soul, folk, Americana and bluegrass music by T. Lee Walker and D. Lennon with Elspeth and Evan Cass. There is a $6 cover charge. To RSVP call 530-344-7613.
February is New-World Port Month at Madroña Vineyards, 2560 High Hill Road in Camino. During the month the Madroña New-World Port is being featured in the tasting room and in El Dorado County restaurants. In the tasting room taste verticals, varietal components of the 2013 blend and take part in the Chocolate vs. Blue Cheese Taste-off from Feb. 21-23. The following restaurants will be featuring the 2001 and the 2008 New-World Port paired with delectable desserts: Cascada— chocolate tower cake, Hey Day Café— chocolate chili decadence cake, The Independent — house-made raspberry truffle trio, Sierra Nevada House — port infused tiramisu and the Smith Flat House — flourless chocolate cake. To learn more call 530-644-5948.
On Sunday, Feb. 23 stop by Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, to hear the Naked Parrots at 1 p.m. This fun group will brighten the day and the fun atmosphere, food and beverages will complete the afternoon. For more information call 530-626-1091.
It’s a mixer
The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s mixer is at It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, on Tuesday, Feb 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is a really fun place and it will be a really fun mixer. For all the specifics call 530-621-5885.
Fun French is a new group meeting at the El Dorado Arts Council, 459 Main St. in Placerville. The goal of this group is to practice speaking French and have fun. Participants should have some background in French. The first meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 4-5 p.m. To learn more call Denise at 530-644-4082.