We thought it was hot last week, well on July 10, 1913 it was 134 degrees F in Death Valley. That makes the low 100s sound cool. Anyway, there are plenty of cool things to do in El Dorado County even if it does get really hot.
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The nice folks at Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Road in Camino, are having a fundraiser for Michael Bailey Jr. on Wednesday, July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. He was hurt in a fall and the fundraiser will help with recovery and therapy expenses. There will be food, beverages, music, silent auction and door prizes. Cost is $20 in advance at Crystal Basin Cellars, 3550 Carson Road, and $25 at the door. For more information visit crystalbasin.com.
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is having a ribbon cutting and mixer at Mraz Brewing Company, 2222 Francisco Drive, Suite 510, in El Dorado Hills, on Wednesday, July 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by for appetizers and, of course, some locally crafted beers. To get more details call 916-358-3700.
The Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, is pairing up with the Fair Play Winery Association to feature some of the fine wines from south county on Wednesday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sample some of the fine blends from the Fair Play appellation and desserts from D’Agostini’s Delights Bakery and Café. To learn more visit fairplaywine.com.
For a hot time listening to some cool music enjoy Jonny Mojo at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. For more information call 530-626-1091.
Celestial Sounds Karaoke and More is holding Karaoke Singing Contest Auditions for the Sacramento area competition which qualifies singers for the Nor Cal Regional Competition in San Francisco and finally to the National Karaoke Singing Contest in Laughlin, Nev. The local contest is Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. at the Liar’s Bench, 255 Main St. in Placerville. For more information call 530-622-0494.
More musical fun is happening at Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, with karaoke every Thursday night starting July 11. This is part of the Red Hot Summer Entertainment at the casino. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
Colibri Ridge Winery and Vineyard, 6100 Gray Rock Road in Fair Play, is celebrating its ninth anniversary on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Naturally, there will be wine tasting and the release of the 2008 Estate Viognier and the 2007 vintage of the renowned Rufous Red but there will also be gourmet grilled cheeseburgers with sautéed mushrooms in a red wine reduction, extraordinary caramelized onions and a choice of various cheeses. Jonny Mojo will also be entertaining on the patio. There is no charge for the celebration and the cheeseburgers are complementary with a wine purchase. For more specifics call 530-620-7255 or visit colibriridge.com.
More wine fun in Fair Play can be found at Winery By The Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road, at a very special Salon Tasting in the wine cave. The tasting will feature a flight of six wines crafted in the French style and paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie plate in the cool cave. Winemaker Charles B. Mitchell will share stories about his more than 25 years of winemaking and traveling experiences and maybe share how to uncork sparkling wines using a saber. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 530-620-2402.
Joe and Joy Littel are visiting Placerville to perform at Music in the Courtyard, Fountain Plaza Courtyard, 312 Main St., on Saturday, July 13. Joining the Littels are Gerry Jonutz, Rick Lawton and Marty Holland of Aftershock. Jonutz and Joe Little will be debuting some jazz originals from their forth-coming CD. The free concert is from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information call 530-672-3436.
The sweet sounds of Tamra Godey will go with the sweets at Annabelle’s Chocolate Lounge, 6240 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado, on Saturday, July 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The night will feature wine, chocolate and song — a great combination. For more information call 530-925-9390.
The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, presents Rick Hussong for an evening of original music and some down home blues on Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Joining Hussong is the talented Jaime Lynn. To get more details call 530-622-0516.
The 24th annual American Century Championship is July 16 to 21 at Edgewood Gold Course in South Lake Tahoe. Entertainment and sports legends including Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, Ray Romano, Jim Harbaugh, Bill Engvall and other celebrities compete in this fun to watch tournament. The American Century Championship is an international attraction and has raised over $3.5 million for a variety of charities in El Dorado County. For more information go to TahoeCelebrityGolf.com.