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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 4, is featuring Isabella Jeanette Ryder, whose work in acrylic, ink tense watercolor pencils and oil explores abstract and textural forms by weaving two paintings together to express a unique and original concept in art. Also featured is pastelist, Judy Perry whose beautiful and bold pastels bring a thoughtful, masterful painterly technique to her glowing scenes of nature using strong forms but soft edges. The cooperative gallery of 45 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 July 20 for the gallery’s 21st anniversary and to meet our artists. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
The Placerville Downtown Association is presenting Banners on Parade on Main Street through Oct. 19. This event features painted banners on the light posts on Main Street. A walking tour map of these artful pieces will be available at several Main Street locations. At the end of the show, the banners will be auctioned on Oct. 19 at the Art and Wine Festival. For more information call the Placerville Downtown Association at 530-672-3436.
Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is having a Futures Release Party through July 7 in the barrel room. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day sample some unreleased award-winning Oakstone and Obscurity wines, including 2011 Malbec, Petit Verdot, “Old Man Murrill” Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Alicante Bouschet and Old-Vine Carignane. These wines will be available during this event and will not appear again until their formal release dates. Everyone is invited and snacks will be served. For more information call 530-620-5303.
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play, presents Pizza and Lobster Night from 5 to 9 p.m. The endless pizza cooked in the Napolese wood-fire pizza oven and the salad is one price and a live Maine lobster or lobster tail can be added. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Dine in the cellar or under the trees and play some bocce to work of the dinner.
Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, features an all-new stage, lounge and bar with free entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Bands are on-stage from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Steel Breeze (classic rock, Top 40) on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. For more information call the Red Hawk Casino at 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is serving a four-course luncheon on the Vineyard Patio on Saturdays and Sundays. Pairings 2012 combines a chef’s creativity with the beautifully crafted Miraflores wines. Diners will be able to talk to the chef du jour and on some occasions there will be a sommelier present to describe the wines and give tips. On Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 Julian Vasquez is the chef and Matthew Lewis is the sommelier. For reservations call 530-647-8505.
Rinconart Studio and Gallery, 440 Main St. in Placerville, is having Storytelling Night on Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.. Listen to real life stories by community artists and storytellers that will entertain, amaze, inspire and intrigue the listener. The theme of the evening is “On The Road” featuring: Jan Shepherd, painter; Dale Laitinen, watercolorist; and Laura Washburn, art administrator. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres and surprises. For more information call 530-621-4799.
It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is having dancing to the sounds of the big band era on Saturday, July 6. Drop by lit snacks, wine and cold beer. For more information call 530-303-3792.
ParaVi Vineyards, 2875 Larsen Drive in Camino, is having music by Steve Gatz and Friends on Saturday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 530-647-9463 for more information.
Crystal Basin Bistro, 3590 Carson Road in camino, is having a fundraiser for Michael Bailey Jr. on Wednesday, July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help pay for recovery expenses after an accident. 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.
Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, is showcasing the wines of Fair Play on Wednesday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winemakers’ favorite red wines will be featured and complimentary desserts from D’Agostini’s Bakery will be served.
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 July 11 Todd Morgan and the Emblems is playing. Bring out a blanket, chairs and picnic to enjoy the summer night under the stars with family and friends. For more details and to check out the entire entertainment schedule visit Town Center’s Website at eldoradohillstowncenter.com or call 916-932-2150.