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Newsfront - July 25, 2008

Summer events will cater to all ages, interests

by Michelle Olson

Lovers of music, wine, art and antiques shouldn't miss the three remaining summer events being sponsored by the Discover Danville Association, in support of the town's recently launched "Shop Local First" campaign.

The next upcoming event is the Summer Fest Street Festival, taking place downtown Thursday, Aug. 7.

"The event is to encourage local visiting and shopping," said Judy Mena, the Discover Danville Association fundraising chairwoman. "It's a family event with a little bit of everything."

There will be food and wine from local restaurants and caterers, including Bridges Restaurant and Thyme to Eat in San Ramon, and musical acts. Bands scheduled to perform are: Vocal Ease and the Boogie Men, a jazz band; the Fred Randolph Trio, performing bossa nova jazz; Heart Strings, performing Italian vocal ease; and 2Endevor, an acoustic alternative band.

One week later, on Aug. 14, residents can head to the Livery and downtown Danville for the fifth annual Art and Wine Stroll.

More than 20 wineries from Napa, Livermore and Sonoma will be offering samples of their wines inside stores. Tickets cost $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, wine tasting and a cable car ride with a live saxophonist.

The event starts at the Livery at La Buena Vida, a specialty food and oil shop, where glasses will be distributed. There will be 13 wineries and five artist booths stationed throughout the shopping center.

The stroll continues with a cable car trip downtown where 10 more wineries and five more artists will be featured. Both locations will have live entertainment.

"It's a really good deal," said Suzette Cabatu, owner of La Buena Vida. "It's a great community event featuring wineries all over the Bay Area."

The final event of the summer series is the Heartland Danville Antiques and Art Faire. It will take place Sept. 1, Labor Day, on Railroad Avenue. There will be more than 60 artisans, as well as vintage collectors and antique merchants. It will be similar to the antique event held this past February, but on a larger scale.

"The last one was so successful that everyone from merchants to vendors and citizens have been asking when the next one is," said Marcia Harmon, Discover Danville secretary and owner of the antique store Cottage Jewel. "It's going to be a wonderful mix."

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will have appraisers on-site from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to decipher values of antiques brought in by attendees, for a donation of $10.

"It will be a fascinating event for people to buy antiques," said Jerry Warren, chairman of the museum's steering committee. "And it will give people a chance to get their own antiques appraised."

The appraisals will be quick and informal verbal explanations of the piece that is presented, explained Harmon.

"It should be beautiful weather, entertaining and interesting," she said. "And if they're lucky they will find the golden egg."

Summer Fest Street Festival

5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7

Hartz and Prospect avenues in Danville

Art & Wine Stroll

Thursday, Aug.14, 6-9 p.m.

Danville Livery and downtown

Heartland Danville Antiques & Art Faire

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1

Railroad Avenue between the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and the Cottage Jewel

For more info: visit and click "events"