Art in the park
Wander through a vast, leafy park and gaze upon sculpture after sculpture. Some are assemblages of found objects, others are more deliberate creations. But most pieces of art employ reused or repurposed materials, and they are all inspired by the natural universe.
The 12th annual EcoArts: Lake County Sculpture Walk takes place in Middletown Trailside Nature Preserve at 21435 Dry Creek Cutoff, Middletown. Thousands are expected to attend the free temporary exhibit, “In Dialogue With Nature,” which is on display until Oct. 13 from dawn until dusk. Artwork includes a life-sized nest made from repurposed prunings, a giant serpent horn, wooden snakes placed in grass and at least a dozen more. Visit www.ecoartsoflakecounty.org for more information.
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What: The 23rd annual Wells Fun Run Car Show and Cruise takes place over three speedy days. There’s drag racing, a burn out contest, poker run, dancing, fireworks and barbecue.
When: Individual event times vary, Friday through July 27
Where: Wells City Park, Lake Ave. and Dover St., Wells, Nev.
Cost: Individual events vary
HALF MOON BAY
What: Visit three local nurseries, wineries or farms and enjoy a one-hour guided tour at each spot. Six different Tour des Fleurs packages are available, with varying levels of difficulty and steep terrain. One tour starts at a sustainable fishing harbor, moves onto a farm and ends at a floral company. Another tour involves lots of walking at three farms specializing in organic veggies and grass-fed livestock.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Locations vary, Half Moon Bay
Information: (650) 726-8380; www.halfmoonbaychamber.org
Native American festival
What: The Wa She Shu It’ Deh Native American Arts Festival honors the Washoe culture and heritage with dancers, drummers, basket weaving displays, art and food.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tallac Historic Site, two miles past intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe
Jazz garden party
What: Live jazz, food, silent auction and more can be found at Vallejo Zen Center’s annual garden party. The center also regularly offers meditation workshops.
When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Vallejo Zen Center, 607 Branciforte St., Vallejo
What: Various ensembles will gather to celebrate Peruvian Independence Day. Learn to play or just dance to lively Afro-Peruvian music. If you bring a cajon – the box-shaped Peruvian percussion instrument – you get 50 percent off the entry price.
When: 8:30-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley