This Weekend: Latin Tunes, Merlot Love and Ice Cream

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Here’s some entertaining activities to consider for your toasty Sacramento weekend:

Share a Picnic with Friends Under the Stars
Pack a picnic and make a beeline to Carmichael Park for the community’s free weekend concert series. Presented by Carmichael Recreation and Park Department and the local Chamber of Commerce, the concerts take place outdoors, “under the trees,” and folks are encouraged to “bring kids, dogs, food, drinks and your neighbors for a good time.” On Saturday evening La Familia Loca, an 11-piece Latin band, will perform; and on Sunday evening the series will feature Crackerjack Band, whose specialty is German, Dixieland and jazz music.
For more information visit www.carmichaelpark.com/pdf/SUMMER/concerts.pdf
Date(s): Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19
Times: Saturday from 6pm to 8pm; Sunday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Avenue (concerts are located at the back of the park)

Coffee Out at Temple’s Grand Opening
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Temple Fine Coffee and Tea’s cool new location at 2829 S Street, the shop is holding its grand opening fête on Saturday evening. Come party with other caffeine junkies and watch a latte art competition (really!), listen to some live tunes and indulge in fine fixins, beer, and – you got it – lots of coffee.
For more information call (916) 454-1272 or visit www.templecoffee.com.
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: Party begins at 6pm
Location: Temple Fine Coffee and Tea, 2829 S Street, Sacramento

Love Your Merlot
Grab a fellow oenophile and head to Revolution Wines on Saturday evening for an exclusive showing of the critically acclaimed new film Merlove (www.merlove.com), a documentary celebrating Merlot wine “in response to the movie Sideways.” Filmmaker Rudolf N. McClain will be at the event, which also features food (Spanish lentils with spinach; and pizza from Luigi’s Slice) and wine (Merlot, of course). The event is presented by The Sacramento Institute of Fun and Revolution Wines.
For more information visit www.instituteoffun.com
Date: Saturday, July 18
Location: Revolution Wines, 2116 P Street in midtown Sacramento
Hours: Doors open at 6pm;
Merlove begins at 7:30pm
Tickets: Regular: $24.95; students $19.95. Available from www.instituteoffun.com or at the Revolution Wines tasting room

Check out the The Guac & Roll Avocado Festival
Rock out to the tunes of Tainted Love (www.taintedlove.com) and Method Echo (www.myspace.com/methodecho) on Saturday while chowing down on a great selection of mostly-Mexican dishes. The Guac & Roll Avocado Festival, held at Cesar Chavez Park, features a number of local restaurants (including El Novillero, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and Taqueria Guadalajara Grill), a beer garden and a free kids’ area with jump houses and water games.
For more information visit www.khtk.com
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 12pm to 6pm (music begins at 3pm)
Location: Cesar Chavez Park, 10th Street between I & J Streets, Sacramento.
Tickets: General admission $12; kids 10 and under are free

Buy Your Kids an Ice Cream
It’s sweltering outside. Take your kids for a messy double-scoop this weekend. Some of my long standing favorite ice cream spots include Gunther’s, which was established in 1940 by W.H. “Pop” Gunther (if they have fresh strawberry ice cream, order it); Cold Stone Creamery, because you can mix anything you want (cookies, bananas, Gummi bears, you name it) into your ice cream; and Whole Foods Market, which has an exciting selection of creamy gelato.

Gunther’s Ice Cream, 2801 Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento; www.gunthersicecream.com

Cold Stone Creamery (multiple locations in the Sacramento region – see www.coldstonecreamery.com

Whole Foods Market
4315 Arden Way, Sacramento
1001 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville
www.wholefoodsmarket.com