This Weekend: Classic Cars, Eating Italian and Quaffing Local Wine

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Here’s our weekend lineup for the region’s food (and fun) lovers:

Cruise and Dine in Midtown
On Saturday afternoon, 250 cars from the California Automobile Museum (formerly the Towe Auto Museum) will assemble on a closed section of streets in midtown as part of a “family-friendly car cruise.” CAMBER (California Automobile Museum Big Event on the Road) features vintage (pre-1975) “cars of interest,” and the event will begin at 2pm. Cars will be parked on J and K Streets, between 17th and 19th streets. Bring the kids, grab some lunch at one of the great restaurants in midtown (a few recommendations: Lucca Restaurant & Bar, 1615 J Street; de Vere’s Irish Pub, 1521 L Street; and Zócalo, 1801 Capitol Avenue)-  then take a walk to check out the cool cars. The event moves (slowly, with a police escort) to CSUS at 5pm, where the cars will be displayed in “heavily treed lots,” accompanied by food (served up by local restaurants) and a live band. These CAMBER events are free to the public.
For more information, visit http://www.cambercruise.org or call (916) 442-6802

Celebrate All Things Italian
Join Sacramento’s Italian community for Festa Italiana 2009, a two-day celebration of Italian food, music and culture. Live entertainment includes singer Moreno Fruzzetti (www.morenofruzzetti.com), an Italian car show, a salami toss (really!) and bocce ball. In addition to the flavorful eats, there will be Italian beer and wine available.
For more information visit http://www.italiancenter.net
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, 2009
Times: Saturday 11am to 10 pm; Sunday 11am to 6 pm
Location: Croation American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento
Tickets: Admission $10; children 15 and under are free

Savor (Very) Local Wines
No reason to drive to Napa this weekend – Placer County wineries are proudly opening their doors from noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday for the Harvest Anticipation Weekend Winery Tour. Both days, small wineries from all over the county (a number of whom are usually appointment-only), including Dono Dal Cielo in Newcastle (www.donodalcielo.com), Cristaldi Vineyards in Loomis (www.cristaldivineyards.com), and Lone Buffalo Vineyards in Auburn (www.lonebuffalovineyards.com) will share their products with the region’s wine lovers. Tasting is free at most wineries.
For more information (and a map) visit www.placerhillswinetour.com
When: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 2009
Time: Noon to 5pm

Get Your Cluck On
Like poultry? Get your tickets this weekend for a unique event occurring in Davis next Saturday. Mad City Chickens, a documentary film by Tarazod Films, will be screened at the Richard Brunelle Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, August 8th. The documentary, described as a “humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom,” highlights chicken experts, families who decide to “take the poultry plunge,” and even a “mad scientist and giant hen taking to the streets.” The filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their project and answer questions. The event benefits the Davis Farm to School Connection.
For more information visit: http://www.davisfarmtoschool.org (click on “events”)
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Time: Reception with filmmakers at 6:30 pm; Film screening at 8 pm. There will also be a post-film Q & A session
Location: Richard Brunelle Performing Arts Theater at Davis High School, 315 E. 14th St., Davis
Tickets on line at www.davisfarmtoschool.org, the Davis Co-op and at the door (Adults $10; seniors/students 12 and above $7; children 11 and under free)