ART IN THE PINES
Plein Air in Markleeville
Markleeville, well-known for hosting a grueling annual bicycle race called the Death Ride, will explore its softer side this week.
The tiny Alpine County community along Highway 89 will be the destination for more than 15 artists participating in Markleeville Plein Air, an open-air painting event that culminates with a free art show at noon Saturday at the Markleeville Art Gallery, 14841 Highway 89.
The painters may be viewed at locations of their choice in Markleeville, Hope Valley and the surrounding area from sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Friday. All artists will paint in Markleeville on Saturday morning before the art show, which will be on display through July 31.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit www.markleevilleartgallery.com or call (530) 694-2787
ALL ABOUT BATS
Mammals of the sky
The Yolo Basin Foundation celebrates the United Nations' Year of the Bat with its Bat Talk and Walk summer series beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through August.
Each program will start with a 45-minute indoor presentation on bat history and an opportunity to view live bats. The group will then carpool to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to watch bats emerge at sunset to hunt insects.
A $10 donation is suggested from all adult participants. Reservations may be made for a maximum of six people, including children. No night-of-event walk-ins will be accepted.
For a full schedule and more information, go to www.yolobasin.org or call Corky Quirk at (530) 902-1918.
Sights of southern Africa
Holloway Travel Outfitters will host a travel talk about southern Africa from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.
Nicki Larson of Travel by Nicki will show slides and video featuring Cape Town, Johannesburg in South Africa, plus Botswana and Victoria Falls.
Reservations are required by calling (916) 486-9170.
Morning hike, afternoon tasting
Visitors to the Sonoma Valley may combine hiking and wine tasting with an event sponsored by Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The four-hour hike begins and ends at the Kunde tasting room, 9825 Sonoma Highway, and includes opportunities to taste wine along the way. Hikers must pack a lunch and water, and wear appropriate footwear. No pets or children younger than 10 years old are allowed.
Tickets are $30 per person. The hikes are scheduled once a month through Dec. 1. For more information and a full schedule: www.kunde.com/ sustainable-tours or (707) 833-5501.
Let the wine pouring begin
Wine crafted by more than 40 home winemakers will be available for tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lake County Home Winemakers Festival at Library Park, 225 Park St., Lakeport.
Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, include a commem-orative wine glass that will allow participants to taste as much wine as they would like. Several home-brewed beers also will be available. Proceeds benefit Lake County symphony and music programs.
For more information, visit www.homewinemakersfestival.com/ index.html or call Ed Bublitz at (707) 277-8172.
FINE ART SHOW
Heavenly hosts their works
View works by accomplished artists from throughout the western United States on Saturday and Sunday at the Heavenly Village Fine Art Festival in South Lake Tahoe.
The event also will feature blown glass, turned wood, semi-precious jewelry, pottery and stained glass.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Shops at Heavenly Village, at the base of the Heavenly Village Gondola. Admission is free.
To learn more, visit www.westcoastartists.com or call (818) 813-4478.
Learn all about it at REI stores
Sacramento-area REI stores are sponsoring a free course in basic backpacking from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 26 at 1148 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; June 27 at 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento; and June 28 at 2425 Iron Point Road, Folsom.
Topics covered include choosing a pack, selecting proper clothing and footwear, and understanding the basic gear you need to reach your destination.
No registration is required. For more information, visit www.rei.com or call (916) 724-6750 (Roseville), (916) 924-8900 (Sacramento) or (916) 817-8944 (Folsom).