Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Sept. 2 through Oct. 6, is featuring the amazing landscape photography of Doug Parks. He has a great eye for capturing the beautiful moments in nature. The gallery is also featuring the abstract paintings of Ramona Beckwith and the delightful abstract figures and clay masks of Donna Bamford. The cooperative gallery of local professional artists is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on Sept. 21. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
The Apple Hill Growers are celebrating 50 years of family fun starting Labor Day Weekend. More than 50 farms and ranches are open for business. A family trip to Apple Hill members means so much more than just apples and pies. It’s memories that’ll last a lifetime. For more information call 530-644-7692.
Mike’s Grill, 1772 Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville, is having a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration Friday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more details call 530-642-2347.
Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, is having a book launch party for “The Dordogne Deception” by Sherry Joyce on Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a pre-event happy hour at Bistro 33 across from Face in a Book from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to both.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke with Ellen on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m.; music by Random Strangers on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 p.m.; Brews Parrots on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.; singer songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.; and Micro Blue on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
The Wine Smith, 346 Main St. in Placerville, is having music by Tiffani Shiro on Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. For more information contact the Wine Smith at 530-622-0516.
Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, features a lounge and bar with Karaoke every Thursday. There is free entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Bands are on-stage from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Brodie Stewart Band (country) is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
The Camino Apple Peelers Team is holding its “Buy for the Cure Yard Sale” fundraiser supporting Placerville’s Relay for Life on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4380 8 Mile Road in Camino. There will be clothing, jewelry, household items, pottery, plants, crafts, vintage and collectible items. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, offers Pairings lunches on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The four-course meals are served on the covered terrace and present a special menu created each week to match the wines. On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 Chef Christina Machamer, season four winner on Hell’s Kitchen is preparing the meal. Diners will be able to talk to the chef while taking in the view of the vineyard. To make a reservation call 530-647-8505.
Filmfare at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville, is an all cartoon festival on Saturday, Aug. 31. The outdoor projector movies start at 7:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and have a fun night. Donations benefit Friends of the Library. For titles pick up a flyer at the library or call 530-621-3012.
Lake Tahoe is a fun place to be for the Labor Day weekend. The 21st Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race is Saturday, Aug. 31. California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s M.S. Dixie II battle for bragging rights and the best place to be is on one of the paddlewheelers. Spectators can also watch from the beach. For Tahoe South information and race information contact 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or tahoesouth.com.
Crystal Basin Resort (formerly Robbs Valley Resort), 14216 Ice House Road in Robbs Valley, is having a Chili Cook-off and Horseshoe Pitching Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 1. The horseshoe tournament starts at 11 a.m. There will be prize money for the winning teams. The chili judging is at noon and the public tasting is at 1 p.m.
Skies over Tahoe South is Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8:30 p.m. This Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza pyrotechnic exhibition explodes over Lake Tahoe after dusk. The show features a simultaneous music broadcast that can be heard on local stations KRLT-FM 93.9 and KOWL-AM 1490. The fireworks are visible from all over town.
Durango’s Mexican Restaurant, 263 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is featuring Eric Hill and Jonny Mojo on Taco Tuesday on Sept. 3. Music is from 5 to 8 p.m. Mojo and Hill perform acoustic blues, folk, and classic rock. For more information call 530-626-0841.
El Dorado Hills Town Center presents free Thursday concerts “Live on the Boulevard” every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Steven Young Amphitheater. On Sept. 5 Chris Cain is playing. For more details and to check out the entire entertainment schedule visit Town Center’s Website at eldoradohillstowncenter.com or call 916-932-2150.