Sun lovers rejoice — summer arrives on Friday, June 21 at 1:04 EDT. The Summer Solstice is when the Sun is farthest north. Some people think the Earth is actually closer to the sun during the northern hemisphere’s summer but it really is closest to the sun in December. The summer solstice has the most daylight hours of the year for those north of the equator with the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset at about 14½ hours.
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Moon lovers also get a treat with the biggest full Moon of 2013 on Sunday, June 23. The moon turns full at 7:32 a.m. EDT and 32 minutes before that it reaches its closest point to the Earth this year at a distance of 221,824 miles making it a so-called supermoon. There will be a large swing in the tides during this time.
There are all kinds of fun things to do to celebrate the season.
Live on the Boulevard at Steven Young Amphitheater, 4364 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills Town Center, is rocking on Thursday, June 20 with Petty Theft — a Tom Petty tribute band. The free concerts on Thursday are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the summer. Just bring a blanket or chair, a snack and get ready for a fun evening. For a music schedule visit Town Center’s Website at eldoradohillstowncenter.com.
The good sounds continue with Uncommon Ground performing original tunes and some classic covers on Friday, June 21 at Marco’s Café, 7221 Highway 49 in Lotus. The music starts at 7 p.m. Top round out the night there are pizzas, pastas, salads and more from the kitchen. For more information call 530-642-2025.
On Friday a really great time can be found at It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville. Drop in for a tasty appetizer, a glass of wine or beer and Karaoke with Celeste. The karaoke starts at 8 p.m. and offers a super selection of songs. It’s Personal also has music on other nights and is nice place to meet up with friends after work. For more information call 530-303-3792.
The Fleet Reserve Association is having its first Hangtown Motorcycle Show and Competition on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Check out the motorcycles, listen to the music, have some food and see who wins awards for best paint, best custom, best classic and people’s choice. To enter call Kris Lannum at 530-676-4113 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form. All proceeds from the event benefit El Dorado County Veteran’s programs.
Holly’s Hill Vineyards, 3680 Leisure Lane in Placerville, is having its 12th anniversary party Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can gather on the shaded lawn area or the deck with a stunning view and enjoy the new summer wines. The parings are: 2011 Patriarche Blanc paired with shrimp, fennel and pesto sandwich; 2011 Grenache Noir paired with crepes with Gruyère, mushrooms and béchamel; and 2007 Patriarche with tri-tip tostadas. It is $10 for club members and $15 per person for the general public. To make a reservation call 530-344-0227.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is again presenting its popular Pairings dining experience that features a fabulous lunch expertly paired with Miraflores wines on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. The first lunch of 2013 is on June 22 and 23 and will have Chef Damon Barham from San Francisco creating the four-course menu and Sommelier Orietta Gianjorio offering wine and tasting tips. For reservations call 530-647-8505.
Another special event at Miraflores Winery takes place on Sunday, June 23 with the El Dorado Chapter of Trout Unlimited holding a fly fishing casting clinic. Bring your rod (there will be a few available if you don’t have one) and try your hand or just get some very good tips on how to fish and tie flies like the pros. Chef Christian Masse, from Allez will prepare some delicious fish specials. The perfect cast paired with the perfect wine and the perfect tie — and that is no fish story. Clinic, tasting and food pairing is $15 per person. Call for reservations 530-647-8505.
Sunday, June 23 is the last day for tasting at Sierra Oaks Estates, 8171 Mt. Aukum Road in Mt. Aukum. Jim and Toshi Brown are retiring and this is the last chance to buy some of their lovely wines. The gift shop also has some nice things for sale. Stop by to wish them well. For more information call 530-620-7079.
It will be a cacophony of sound at Findleton Estate Winery, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, when Late for Dinner plays on Sunday, June 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. The fun folks at Findleton have been collecting things that make sound and will hand them out to the audience for a real play-along-experience. Bring your rhythm, a chair and picnic and enjoy an afternoon of great wine and great listening and dancing music. For more information call 530-644-4018 or 530-644-0714.
Ecstatic Dance Placerville is starting Sunday, June 23 at the Oddfellows Hall, 467 Main St. in Placerville from 4 to 7 p.m. This is an all ages, drug and alcohol free, DJ-ed community dance and movement therapy session and it will be on the second and fourth Sundays. To learn more visit ecstaticdance.org or call 530-626-6030.
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane in El Dorado Hills, is having a Summer Art Class. Create a unique mosaic at “Beauty and Blessing: Creating Art that Stirs the Soul.” This all-ages event will run June 25 to 28, starting with a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. and continuing with the art workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Childcare will be provided for young children. To sign up e-mail the office at email@example.com or phone 916-933-1441.
Attention cooks — the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce is having Cowboys and Cornbread on Sunday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Chili entrants are needed. First place will win $250, second $100 and third $75. To sign up call 530-621-5885.