At a glance: The happiest things to do

By From page B2 | July 17, 2013

Escabar_MimiOn July 17, 1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim. With new attractions added to the favorite rides and things to see and do, the park is still going strong and is on many people’s list of places to go. If Disneyland is not on the itinerary there are plenty of fun things to do in El Dorado County.


Wine dinner

It will be a fun evening at Manzanita, the new restaurant at 4232 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. It is having a winemaker dinner on Thursday, July 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring the wines from Chateau Davell. Chef Kimberly Medici is preparing a five-course dinner that will showcase the wine and will be made with local and organic products. To make a reservation call 530-344-7613.


Super trek

The American River Conservancy is offering an A ticket hike on Saturday, July 20 starting at 7:30 a.m. Kay Osborn will take hikers on a trek through forest and meadow with beautiful wildflowers and around Woods Lake and then up a steeper, open trail to Round Top Lake with stunning views of distant peaks. After lunch the walk heads down the outlet creek and back to the parking. This is a 7-mile moderate to intermediate hike. To sign up and get all of the details call 530-621-1224 or e-mail [email protected] A suggested donation of $5 for members and $10 for non-members is requested.



Dave and Kim at dkcellars, 7380 Vineyard View Drive in Fair Play, are inviting everyone to the winery’s 13th anniversary on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be music by Thick Soup, jambalaya by Bill and Jackie, Rusty and Cristell’s shaved ice truck, tasting of library meritages and cabernets and a special Anniversary Blend by the glass. For more details e-mail [email protected]

Obscurity Cellars is also having a party. The winery is turning 10 and since there was no party last year, there will be twice the fun this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Oakstone Winery’s barrel room, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play. The Wine Wheel of Fortune, library wines, barrel samples and gourmet snacks catered by Diane Wilkinson will be part of the celebration. As always, everyone is invited and there is no charge to attend. For more information call 530-620-5303.


Yummy menu

On Saturday, July 20 Chef Giovanni Gaudio, of Bocconato fame, will be serving lunch at Mellowood Vineyard, 2979 Mellowood Drive in Fair Play. Duck and apple scallopine cooked in Vin Santo, heirloom tomato and melon salad with traditional balsamico, pesto lasagne made with fresh ricotta, braciole, beef rolls stuffed with prosciutto, provolone and fresh herbs and peach torta with honey almond gelato will go nicely with Mellowood wines. Advance reservations are required. Contact Linda at [email protected] or 530-306-9454.


Music at the bistro

Jelly Side Down will be at Crystal Basin Bistro, 3550 Carson Road in Camino, on Saturday, July 20 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. This is a great venue with great wine, food, people and classic rock with the Jelly. For more information call 530-303-3749.


Artful outings

Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, is having a Cameron Park Art and Wine Jubilee on the third Saturday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. through September. Stop by to see some beautiful art and visit the businesses in the junction.

Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, is celebrating its 21st anniversary during Third Saturday Art Walk until 9 p.m. with special give aways, refreshments, art in action and music by Hickory Wind. The gallery is a fun spot to visit and see some masterful pieces from paintings to jewelry. To learn more call 530-642-2944.


The cat’s meow

Animal Outreach is having a fun fundraiser to benefit the barn cat program on Saturday, July 20 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. “Barn Cats of the Caribbean” will feature a Caribbean Dinner and Dance, with the first seating at 6 p.m. and doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Live music will include sounds of the Caribbean, reggae and light jazz by The Shadow Coalition. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $20 per person and will be available at the door and in advance at Animal Outreach, 6101 Enterprise Drive in Diamond Springs. Tickets may also be reserved by calling Animal Outreach at 530-642-2287.


Mixer at DGV

The El Dorado County, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills chamber of commerces are having a joint mixer at David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is a super chance to see the stunning Viticulture Galleria and a fun way to meet the business owners in El Dorado County. For more details call 530-621-5885.

Mimi Escabar

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