Droves of seafood fanciers, art aficionados and music lovers are expected to converge at Watts Ranch in the village of Bodega next weekend for the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival. The event will feature more than 25 wineries, 12 breweries and 15 restaurants and catering companies offering seafood treats such as barbecued oysters, crab cakes, key lime calamari and clam chowder.
The festivities also will include a juried show of fine arts and crafts, music on three stages and children's activities.
Proceeds will benefit Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. Adult admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children ages 11 and younger are free.
To learn more, go to www.winecountryfestivals.com or call (707) 824-8717.
Fresh from the mint
Coin collectors may enjoy attending the Carson City Mint Coin Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Nevada State Museum, formerly the Carson City Mint, 600 N. Carson St., in Carson City.
Coin Press No. 1, the original Carson City press, will operate both days from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., minting commemorative medallions.
The show also will include collections, exhibits, gold panning, plus western and oldies music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free appraisals will be available and food will be for sale.
Admission is $8 for adults or free with museum membership and for those ages 17 and younger.
For more information, call (775) 687-4810 or go to http://museums.nevadaculture.org
And a rescue to boot
Games, gold panning, a cakewalk and a silent auction are part of the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during the Miners Picnic at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.
Visitors can bring their own picnics or buy food and beverages at the event. A highlight of the picnic will be a noon re-enactment of a dramatic mine rescue.
Admission is $7 for ages 17 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 16, and free for children younger than 6.
To learn more, visit www.empiremine.org or call (530) 273-8522.
Latino tradition displayed
The Festival of Latin Culture celebrates food, music, dance and arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on Locust Street in downtown Walnut Creek.
This family event features a children's activity area with piñata-making, traditional storytelling and children's games. More than 30 booths will offer authentic Latin cuisine, beverages, arts and crafts for sale.
Admission is free. For more information, contact the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County at (925) 933-2337 or go to www.h5c.org.
Learn to hit the trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association has scheduled an introductory two-day backpacking class from 10 a.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Aug. 26.
This hands-on class is an overnight program designed to cover backpacking basics, including trip planning, packing, orientation skills, bear awareness, campsite selection, set-up and "Leave No Trace" principles.
Participants must be able to walk at least five miles per day at a high elevation with a 20- to 30-pound backpack.
Hikers are expected to bring their own clothing and are welcome to bring their own gear.
The association has some gear available, including tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags, backpacks, camp stoves, cookware, water filtration, bear canisters and food.
The TRTA will provide dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second.
The fee is $35 per person.
To learn more, go to www.tahoerimtrail.org or call (775) 298-0012.
Images along the river
The Cosumnes River Preserve will offer a guided photo walk at 9 a.m. Saturday beginning at the visitor center deck at the preserve, 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt.
Participants should bring their own cameras. For more information, visit www.cosumnes.org or call (916) 684-2816.