Escapes: Downtown party in Lakeport

Published: Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3H


Get down on Main Street Lakeport

You can savor the essence of Lake County from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at Taste of Lakeport on the streets of downtown Lakeport.

The event features food and wine tasting from 20 Lake County venues, music, a street dance and a chance to visit Lakeport businesses that will remain open late that evening.

Tickets, which include all activities and a souvenir wine glass, are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. A $15 ticket is available for food tasting only.

To purchase tickets, visit For event information, go to or call (707) 263-8843.


Backcountry camp

Join the Tahoe Rim Trails Association for its Backcountry Trails Camp from Friday through next Sunday near Barker Pass on the west side of the Tahoe Basin.

The trip is an association tradition that brings together volunteers to help maintain the trail. The fee is $55 and includes food. Scholarships are available. Families are welcome, and children's camping equipment is available upon request.

Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots and work gloves and must bring their own camping equipment, sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water. The association will provide hard hats, trail tools, volunteer kitchen staff and crew leaders to guide and support trail work.

For more information, visit or call (775) 298-0232.


Yolo Basin loop

The Yolo Basin Wildlife Foundation will host a guided nature walk at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Anyone interested in hiking the 2-mile-long loop should meet a few minutes before 7 a.m. in Parking Lot A (the first parking lot with the large notice board) in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area at the west end of the Yolo Causeway bridge. Directions are available at

A $5 donation is suggested. Children younger than 12 and members of the Yolo Basin Foundation are free. No reservations are necessary.

For more information, call (530) 757-4828.


Placer museum tour

Visit 18 Placer County museums free during the Heritage Trail museum tour Saturday and next Sunday.

Placer County, which stretches from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe, has been home to a thriving Indian culture, the California Gold Rush, the construction of the transcontinental railroad and a booming agricultural industry. The tour helps visitors understand how the county's history shaped the California we see today.

Museums will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Visitors may choose to ride a chartered bus that stops at several museums each day. Bus tickets, which cost $10, must be purchased in advance and are expected to be sold out. Buses leave Auburn at 8:45 a.m. each day.

Activities at each museum will be different but may include gold-panning, biscuit-making and 19th century games.

Trail guides are available at participating museums or may be downloaded by visiting http:// theheritagetrail. For more information, call (916) 652-7113.


Mountain man meetup

Roaring camp in Felton will be abuzz with activity Saturday and next Sunday during the Summer Gathering of Mountain Men.

Visitors may wander through wilderness encampments, watch frontiersmen perfect their skills or enjoy a chuck- wagon barbecue lunch served from noon to 3 p.m.

In addition to the wild and wooly mountain men, Sunday's festivities feature the International Musical Saw Festival beginning at 10 a.m. with spontaneous acoustic jams. There's a Saw-Off competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Chorus of Saws at 3 p.m.

Trains leave Roaring Camp for Bear Mountain at 11 a.m., 12:20, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Beach trains leave for Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp at 12:15 p.m.

Festival admission is free and parking is $8. Steam train tickets are $24 for adults, $17 for ages 2 to 12. Beach trains are $26 for adults and $20 for ages 2 to 12.

Roaring Camp is six miles north of Santa Cruz. For more information, visit or call (831) 335-4484.

– Linda Beymer

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