WOODEN BOAT SHOW
A group of friends with a passion for wooden boats soon will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event that showcases these classic watercraft.
The Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance Wooden Boat Show, featuring the Riva Aquarama as the Marque Class, will take place Aug. 10 and 11 at the Sierra Boat Co. docks in Carnelian Bay.
The boat show annually features from 75 to 110 antique boats and draws more than 5,000 participants. Proceeds raise money to provide educational opportunities in the Lake Tahoe area to enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills.
Tickets for one day are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. Two-day tickets are $35 in advance or $40 when purchased at the show. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the show and the activities surrounding it, go to www.laketahoeconcours.com or call (775) 851-4444.
La dolce vita
Dance under the stars to Italian music, stroll through the Italian marketplace or enjoy savory Italian specialties at Festa Italiana next weekend.
The annual event, which includes bocce games, Italian cars and children's activities, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Sunday at the Croatian American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento.
Admission is $12 or free for ages 15 and younger. Parking is free.
For more information, call the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento at (916) 482-5900 or check out the website at www.italiancenter.net.
TRAVEL CLUB EVENT
New Zealand travel
Join Jay Fehan of Collette Vacations at the Aug. 7 meeting of the No Reservations Travel Club.
Fehan, who will discuss traveling in New Zealand, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Arcade Library community room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento.
For more information, visit www.noreservationstravelclub.blogspot.com or call (916) 457-1426.
Custom cribs in Truckee
Explore custom homes in Truckee while helping to raise money for local schools during the Excellence in Education Luxury Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday.
Parking will be at Martis Camp, and shuttles will transport guests to the homes. Guests should follow the signage from Highway 267 to Schaffer Mill Road and park at the Park Pavilion.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of event. The final tour departs at 2 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.
To learn more, go to http://exined.org/excellence-education-home-tour-2012 or call (530) 550-7984.
Meet the shorebirds
Docents from the Yolo Basin Foundation will lead a free guided tour of the city of Davis wetlands from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Visitors may see a variety of shorebirds, including the long- and short-billed dowitchers, long-billed curlews, lesser yellowlegs and Caspian terns.
Participants should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. at the gate in front of the city's wastewater treatment plant east of the Yolo County landfill on Road 28H.
Tour guides suggest bringing binoculars, water and a field guide. Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing.
No reservations are required. For driving directions or more information, call (530) 757-4828, or go to www.yolobasin.org.
Basics for youngsters
Little ones can learn rock climbing at a beginner class for ages 5 to 7 at noon Wednesday at REI Sacramento, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento.
The three-hour class is designed to teach the basics of rock climbing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Areas covered include types of rock and the differences between indoor and outdoor climbing, a basic overview of climbing equipment and learning how to put on a harness and climb an indoor rock wall.
All climbing gear will be provided. Parents must sign a liability release form available online and accompany their children to class. The fee is $35 for REI members and $55 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required by visiting http://www.rei.com/class/38170/market/141. For more information, call (916) 924-8900.