Two outdoor events will take place this weekend in the foothills communities of Coulterville and Columbia.
With temperatures anticipated to stay under the 100-degree mark, it'll be worth the drive to celebrate summer in these historic Gold Rush towns.
Coulterville's 10th annual Sultry Summer Shindig will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Bring the whole family, plus lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the cool shade at the town's community park, where the following activities will take place:
Show Your Chrome Car and Bike Show.
An old-fashioned ice cream making contest and pie eating contest.
The Kid Zone, with a water slide and dunk tank, games, prizes and sweet summer treats.
Live music by local bands will provide entertainment on stage at four different times throughout the day.
And food, cold drinks and crafts will be available at vendors' booths.
For details, visit www.sultrysummershindig.com.
The Blues Box Bayou Band will be generating some heat and kicking up the dust at Columbia State Historic Park on Saturday evening:
Presented by the Friends of Columbia, this final event of the Summer Evening Dance Concert Series will feature Cajun music and food.
Dinner by Robert's Catering is $10 per person and starts at 6 p.m.
The dance is free and will be held on Main Street from 6-9 p.m.
Bring beach chairs and your toe-tapping shoes.
For more information, call (209) 532-3184.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothills communities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.