It’s dad’s weekend, and there are lots of excuses to have a good time with him in the Gold Country.

Rachael Wilson performs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Twisted Oak Tasting Room, 363 Main St., Murphys. You get to hear her sing for free. Call 559-6907.

Primitivo plays at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kennedy Gold Mine, 12594 Kennedy Mine Road (off Highways 49 and 88), Jackson. AmadorArts presents the Amador County band that plays Latin jazz as part of its TGIF summer series. The show’s free, but leave a nice donation. Visit or call 256-8166.

Sky Kings

The Sky Kings perform at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hogan Dam overlook, 2713 Hogan Dam Road, outside Valley Springs (take Vista del Lago Drive from Highway 26, then turn right at the T). The Calaveras County Arts Council welcomes the band that plays country and rock ’n’ roll hits to a new venue for its Music in the Parks series. There are craft activities, too, at this free event (leave a donation!). Visit or call 754-1774 for more.

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo plays at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek. The Mexican-American rocker who earned the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006 performs with a special guest. Tickets are $35 in advance at or $41 on show day.

Jerry McKay performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Sequoia Woods Country Club, 1000 Cypress Point Drive, Arnold. You’ll hear classic rock and oldies at this free show. Call 795-1000.

“Living in the Forest” starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200B Airport Road, Martell. The Amador County Master Gardeners discuss ways to keeps forests around our homes healthy, with tips on natural vegetation and compatible plantings and reforestation dos and don’ts. The workshop is free. Visit or call 223-6838.

Sequoia Woods Country Club

The Charity Golf Classic is Saturday, with check in and a putting contest at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Sequoia Woods Country Club, 1000 Cypress Point Drive, Arnold. The Arnold Lions Club presents its 27th annual tournament with a tri-tip or chicken dinner ($30), live and silent auctions and drawings to support its community programs. The cost is $125 each by calling Jeff Jones at 795-4146. Check out

The Agent Band plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park, 22919 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte. The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce presents the band as part of its free Concerts in the Pines summer series (leave a donation so the dancing continues). Visit for more.

Columbia Airport

If you're after a fun outing with dad, check out the Columbia Airport Father’s Day Fly-in, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia Airport, 10723 Airport Road, Columbia. This 35th annual open house finds the airport open for a Boy Scout Troop 570 Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. on both days ($8), with lots of intriguing aircraft on display. You can get a ride in a Cessna 172 ($45) or a a Boeing Stearman ($100 each or $85 for dads), or the American Aeronautical Foundation offers rides in a World War II-era B-25J Mitchell bomber ($425 each at 805-377-2106). There are aeronautical demonstrations from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, a Vietnam Veterans of America Car Show (enter at or call 740-5304 or 480-8423), vendor booths and foods and beverages on sale. This event promises a fine time on the tarmac with lots to see. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and under at the gate. Check for a schedule or call 533-5685.

Celebrate dad with some fun outdoors or a nice concert in a relaxed setting. Above all, tell him how much you appreciate him! And have fun!


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