Springtime alert — chipmunks are emerging from hibernation now and Wednesday, March 19 is the day the swallows return to Capistrano. The weather has been very nice lately but it would be good to have some more rain before the days really start to heat up. Work on thinking of ways to conserve water.
Be sure to order a box lunch from the annual fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The lunch features a turkey or veggie wrap, Barsotti juice, chips and a cookie and is a great deal for $10. The money goes to the CASA program and the lunch is brought to you on Thursday, April 10. The order needs to be in by Thursday, March 20. Funds help pay for recruiting, training and supporting new advocates to help more abused and neglected kids in El Dorado County. To have a great lunch call 530-622-9882
The Rescue Union School District is having its third annual Cultural Festival on Friday, March 21 at Pleasant Grove Middle School, 2540 Green Valley Road in Rescue, from 5-7 p.m. There will be 20 different cultural booths, entertainment and food at this free event. To learn more contact Norma Pettit at 530-672-4400 ext. 4052.
The Ponderosa High School Foundation is having its ninth annual Spring Banquet on Friday, March 21 at the Rescue Community Center, 4180 Green Valley Road in Rescue. The guest speaker for the evening is Fox Sports NFL Rules Analyst Mike Pereira. He will talk about his officiating career and his current job with Fox. He will also answer questions and maybe talk about the “tuck rule” for Raiders fans. To attend the banquet call 530-621-1673.
Run for a cause
The Spirit of Benny organization is having its third annual Spirit of Benny 10/5 K Run and Walk on Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. to benefit Partners in Care. The staging area is at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville at the El Dorado Trail. To sign up go to thespiritofbenny.org. The Spirit of Benny’s mission is to raise funds for nonprofit agencies helping seriously ill children and their families and to raise awareness of the needs of sick children in the community and the nonprofit agencies that support them.
Bowling for a cause
Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, is having two fundraisers this weekend. On Saturday, March 22 the tournament will raise funds for students at Sierra Ridge Middle School to travel to Washington D.C. The action starts at 11 a.m. To bowl call Kim at Sierra Ridge School at 530-644-2031. On Sunday, March 23 the tournament will raise money for the Lions Club Mark Schmidt Memorial Scholarship. This tourney starts noon. To roll a few strikes call Anne at 530-626-6222.
DK Cellars, Mellowood, Oakstone, Single Leaf and other wineries in the Fair Play American Viticultural Area are donating a percentage of their sales on Saturday, March 22 to help Beth Kenney, a Fair Play resident, that is facing a brave fight for her health and life. After helping her husband win a battle against cancer, she is now facing her own. Buy some award-winning wines and help Beth. Stop by the wineries or go to the following Website for more information at GoFundMe.com/6tr82k.
Taste and learn
Winery by the Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, is having one of its fun Private Salon Tastings on Saturday, March 22 and 29. Guests enjoy a special flight of six wines paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie and learn about the terroir, tasting notes and winemaking secrets. To make a reservation call 530-620-2402.
On Saturday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. two of Sacramento’s top chefs — Oliver Ridgeway of Grange and Adam Pechal of Crawdads on the River (formerly of Tuli Bistro) — will be facing off in a culinary duel at David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, preparing an outstanding culinary feast. Each chef will prepare four to five dishes to pair with David Girard wines. The guests will have a chance to interact with both chefs and winemaker Grayson Hartley to learn how each dish was created to enhance the flavors and nuances of each wine making the evening a night to remember. To purchase dinner tickets call the tasting room at 530-295-1833 ext. 100.
The Dean-O-Holics are bringing its Rat Pack tribute to the Cameron Park Community Event Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, Saturday, March 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 each or two for $34 or $20 each at the door. Tickets are available at: Cameron Park Walgreens, Bel-Air, SS/CP Chamber of Commerce, Fire Station 89, Cameron Park Community Services District Office, or online at showclix.com. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the show.
Keeping it personal
Cheryll and Fred Kent of Hickory Wind will be performing at It’s Personal Wines, 250 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, March 22 evening from 8-10. Stop in for a fun night of music and wine.
Wine and beer dinner
Finally a dinner for people who like beer and wine or for the couple with a beer and wine fancier. Join winemaker Paul Bush from Madroña Vineyards and beer crafter David Mathis from the American River Brewing Company for dinner at the Purple Place on Tuesday, March 25. Bush and Mathis will be on hand to explain the different wine and beer pairings. This will be a fun and educational evening for all. Call the Purple Place for reservations at 916-933-2616.