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On Wednesday, Sept. 11 the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is having its monthly mixer at El Dorado Hills Town Center. There are all kinds of neat shops, places to dine and nice walk ways for just strolling around. Stop by from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to meet the merchants land to earn about all the goods and services available at Town Center. For all the specifics call Laurie F. Heyman, communications coordinator and membership relations specialist at the El Dorado Hills Chamber, at 916-933-1335 ext. 2#.
Just a reminder that the Sew 4 Vets group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sew, cut and sort items for the troops at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Volunteers are always welcome. The group also meets on the first Tuesday of the month. To learn more e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-676-2022.
Barbecue enthusiasts are invited to attend the 2013 Rubstock BBQ Championship at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14. Professional barbecue pitmasters and amateurs will be grilling for prizes and bragging rights. There will also be entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s area and more from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday the action starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $5. For a complete schedule visit rubstock.com.
Music and good times will be happening at the seventh annual American River Music Festival on the banks of the South Fork of the American River at Henningsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus. The three-day celebration of music and moving water will feature a stellar line-up over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13, 14 and 15 at venues in the Coloma Lotus Valley and at the park on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Besides great music, the festival offers wonderful, beverages, art, children’s activities and fun. This really is one of the best events in the county. For tickets and more information e-mail email@example.com or call 530-622-6044.
The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is having a Book-a-Thon on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. The idea is to bring a gently used or newer book and pick up a book. There will be fiction, non-fiction, children’s selections and adult books in hardcover or paperback and even CDs and DVDs. For more information call 530-677-5542.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, continues its spectacular Pairings lunch on Saturday, Sept. 14 with Chef Christian Masse of Allez working his magic to go with the Miraflores wines. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then on Sunday, Sept. 15 Masse will present a class on preparing a French picnic. To make a reservation call 530-647-8505.
One more unique event is going on at Miraflores on Saturday, Sept. 14. It is called iPhone Magic — Make Beautiful Winery Images Using Only an iPhone. Expert iPhone photographer and travel writer Michael Housewright will share tips on using only a iPhone and some carefully selected editing tools. There will be a light lunch and wine tasting, too. Class starts at 11am. RSVP at 530-647-8505.
More fun and wine education is on tap at the Salon Tasting in the wine cave at Winery By The Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, Sept. 14 and 21. While enjoying a six-wine flight with artisan cheeses and charcuterie winemaker Charles B. Mitchell will share winemaking stories. Call 530-620-2402 to reserve a space.
There is a Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner at Calvary Faith Church, 2316 Coloma Road in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 on advance and $6 at the door. To attend or take out call 530-626-8883 or 530-391-3762. Proceeds go help those in need.
The Ponderosa High School class of 1973 is having its 40th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Cameron Park Country Club. The no host bar is at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and music and dancing until 10 p.m. Cost is $60 per person. On Sunday, Sept. 15 there is a barbecue at the Rescue Community Center on Green Valley Road from noon to 5 p.m. The organizers are inviting classes close to 1973. To attend call Debi (Small) Anderson or Larry Anderson at 530-333-1510 or 530-903-6251.
Grace Patriot Wines, 2701 Carson Road in Placerville, is having another Pinot and Paint Art Class on Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. Artist Vicki Hough will teach the class as students sample Grace Patriot’s award-winning wines and paint Midnight in Tahoe. No experience is necessary and all supplies are included. For more information or to register call Breanna at 530-642-8424.
The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Tournament is accepting reservations for the Wednesday, Sept. 19 shoot out at Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino. For $155 golfers get green fees, cart, range balls, closest to pin, longest drive, furthest from the pin, prizes, free beverages on the course, lunch and dinner. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Family Connections El Dorado.To play call 530-621-5885.
The El Dorado County Republican Women are hosting a barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 21. El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini will be the featured speaker. Families are welcome to attend. Call Amy at 916-847-9972 or Judy at 530-626-6773 to make reservations and to get all the details.
The erudite Bob Billingsley is presenting another of his classes on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. This class will apply the Cherokee philosophy to everyday life and offer tips on making decisions. To serves a space call 916-358-3575.