Escapes: Downtown Berkeley MusicFest

07/21/2013 12:00 AM

07/20/2013 9:11 PM

BERKELEY

Downtown MusicFest

Get your groove on over a long weekend of nonstop music. Kicking off Aug. 1, the sixth annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest will feature hip-hop DJ music as well as "blues, soul, jazz, brass bands, klezmer, Middle Eastern, classical, Carnatic, bluegrass, twang-pop and cowboy genres," organizers said. The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs through Aug. 4. For a complete schedule, visit www.downtownberkeleymusicfest.org. SACRAMENTO

Festa Italiana

What: Enjoy an open-air celebration of Italian food, music and culture. In addition to delicious eats – think lasagna, calamari, pizza, cannoli and more – the family-friendly event features a specialty-products marketplace and an Italian car and scooter show.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 3 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 4

Where: Croatian Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $12 (children under 15 free)

Information: festaitalianasacramento.com

BENICIA

Reading from California poet laureates

What: Several California poet laureates will gather for a picnic and reading in Benicia. You can try your hand at writing poetry too.

When: Noon-3:30 p.m. Aug. 4

Where: Benicia City Park: First Street and Military West, Benicia

Cost: Free, bring your own food and chairs

Information: Call Benicia Poet Laureate Lois Requist, (707) 280-0588 or Juanita Martin, former poet laureate of Fairfield, (707) 419-2408.

SACRAMENTO

Travel club meeting

What: Gather for another series of the No Reservations Travel Club. World traveler Judith Anshin is set to discuss her adventures in South America including Easter Island, Iguazu Falls and the Amazon.

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 6

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento.

Cost: Free

Information: Call (916) 457-1426 or visit www.noreservationstravelclub.blogspot.com

PLACERVILLE

Wine for Words Fundraiser

What: The annual Friends of El Dorado County Library fundraiser includes a wine tasting, dinner, silent auction and raffle baskets. Guest author Kevin Smokler ("Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School") is scheduled to give a presentation and sign books.

When: 4-8 p.m. Aug. 25.

Where: Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville

Cost: $50 per person

Information: Tickets can be purchased at the library. Seating is limited. Call the library (530) 621-5540 or visit www.eldoradolibrary.org.

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