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The summer-long event features from a wide range of styles and around the area

With the June slate of shows winding down, fans of the weekly concerts at the Chehalem Tasting Room can expect another full month of activities. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Singer/songwriter Sean Carscadden will perform July 19 at the Chehalem Tasting Room.

Beginning around 6 p.m. each Friday at the tasting room at 106 South Center St., the July slate kicks off July 5 with Jesse Meade. The Eugene resident plays a finger-picking style of acoustic guitar, made up of cover songs and his own original material. He was voted the Best Solo Performer by the publication Eugene Weekly's Best of Eugene 2010-2011, and is performing around the Northwest.

Following up Meade on July 12 will be the Nathanael Ankeny Duo. The saxophone and piano duo performs a mix of swing, jazz and a few different takes on contemporary cover songs.

July 13 will feature a wine appreciation day at the tasting room, followed by a "Pinot in the City – Chicago" event on July 16 the winery is participating in. This calls for 60 wineries in Willamette Valley sending barrels of signature wine to the Windy City.

On July 19, the tasting room will host Sean Carscadden, a singer/songwriter who fronts a trio and is based in northern California. The group plays a mix of blues, New Orleans style funk, folk and other old timey songs, but with a modern flair.

The following week, the group Adebisi will perform on July 26. Based out of Portland, the group plays a mix of soulful music. The name is a West African one that means "another added to the crown."

The final month of the summer music lineup for the tasting room kicks off Aug. 2, with the group Wonderful Diving Horses. The trio blends together power pop, indie rock and American music.

"What's fun about the concert series is that they draw in a different demographic of consumer that's looking for something fun to do alongside great wine and snacks," Michelle Kauffman, the communications director for Stoller Wine Group, has said. "We see people come just to see the musicians and have a good time, which is a great way for us to reach a new audience. Our guests are primarily Newberg/Yamhill County based, but we also have members who live in Portland that will come down to kick off their weekend. Others will stop in as they head out to the coasts."

Arts & Leisure briefs

Yamhill Community Care Org hosts summer family picnics

The Yamhill Community Care Organization is hosting family picnics throughout the summer. The first took place June 19. The next two are slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at Memorial Park in Newberg and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 in McMinnville at Discovery Meadows in Community Park.

Chehalem Cultural Center looking for donations

The Chehalem Cultural Center is looking for donations to help run the Artful Aging program for the residents of Friendsview Retirement Community.

The event is run by the mixed media/painting/drawing and art history program at the center.

For more information, visit www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/donate.


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