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    Dinger, the River Cats mascot, will appear at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield on Tuesday

Escapes: Dinger the River Cats mascot at the Jelly Belly factory

Published: Sunday, Jul. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2H


Dinger visits Mr. Jelly Belly

If you love baseball and jelly beans – and who doesn't? – you might want to head over to Fairfield on Tuesday to witness the reunion of Sacramento River Cats mascot Dinger and his old friend Mr. Jelly Belly.

The two will pose for photographs from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. Free factory tours also are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (800) 953-5592 or california_factory_events.aspx<;MX| >HIKING WITH FIDO

Dog-friendly trails

Debbi Preston, author of two books about dog-friendly hiking trails, will speak in Placerville and El Dorado Hills this week.

Preston will discuss trails for late summer and early fall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pampering Pickle, 320 Main St., Placerville. Registration is suggested by calling (530) 344-7451.

The second event is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Welcome Center, 2085 Vine St., Suite 105. Preston will present information on 12 local trails, one for each month of the year, and speak about trail etiquette with dogs. For more information, call (916) 358-3700.

Dogs are welcome at both of the free events. Dog treats will be available at the El Dorado Hills talk.


Italy and beyond

Experience Italy will host a talk focusing on independent trips to Italy at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Holloway Travel Outfitters, 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Register by calling (916) 456-6070 or visiting

The No Reservations Travel Club will meet for a round- table discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento. For more information, visit or call (916) 457-1426.


Native stories and songs

The Maidu Museum and Historic Site will host a family campfire from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville.

Native stories and songs will be followed by a marshmallow roast. Admission is $5 per person or $16 for a family of four and $5 for each additional person. Children younger than 2 will be admitted free.

To learn more, visit www. or call (916) 774-5934.


But first, the basics

Join REI staff members to learn about the basics of hiking from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stockton REI store, 5757 Pacific Ave.

The free class will cover trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, local resources and places to go.

To register, go to or call (209) 957-9479.


Blues & Bones Festival

The Sacramento Day Trippers will journey to Angels Camp to see the Blues & Bones Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $69 per person and include transportation and entrance to the festival.

For more information, visit or call Grady O'Bryant at (916) 443-8741.


Learn from a guide

A free seminar on river salmon fishing will be held at 2 p.m. today in front of Bass Pro Shops, 1356 Bass Pro Drive, Manteca.

David Mierkey will share the knowledge of salmon fishing that he has acquired through many seasons of serving as a guide. Participants will learn to tie the bait loop knot and get information on the technique of wrapping kwikfish.

For more information, call the shop, (209) 825-8400.


Celebrity tournament

Former NBA player Charles Barkley will be among the stars teeing up during the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament Tuesday through Sunday at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe.

A field of 78 sports and entertainment celebrities will compete in the 54-hole event for a purse of $600,000.

Tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds and the Thursday Celebrity-Am event are $15 per day. Each tournament round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday costs $25.

Ages 10 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (530) 544-5050.

– Linda Beymer

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