"When I get a chance to play golf or go on a boat with good people, take the boat out and put some lobsters on the grill, get the ice-cold beer and the cigars - that's heaven here on earth. ~ Bernie Mac This holiday, don't let a little rain ruin your parties. Enjoy cooler temperatures and cold beer! Christmas in July Sangria & Salsa Kitchen Party Thursday, July 1, 4–6:30 p.m. Melissa Guerra – Tienda de Cocina Full Goods Building, Pearl Brewery 200 E. Grayson St., Suite 122 The event benefits Roy Maas Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit that cares for more than 600 children per year. During the month of July, shoppers who donate at least $25 to RMYA will get a 20-percent discount on personal orders. Cooking Demonstrations at the Pearl Pearl Farmers Market Saturday, July 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 200 East Grayson St. In addition to fresh produce, cooking demonstrations by The Cove's Drew Morros and musical entertainment are on the agenda. Demonstrations start at 9:30 a.m. The market also features a changing chef’s table lunch menu by chef Johnny Hernandez, “representing what is seasonal and regional in our cuisine.” Hernandez serves the meal family-style and discusses each vendor and their seasonal ingredients. For information or reservations, go to www.mesalegre.com. “Peach Fest” Saturday, July 3, noon–2 p.m. Free Whole Foods Market – Quarry 255 E. Basse Road The store will be offering samples of peach smoothies and grilled peaches with balsamic reduction and blue cheese. Chili Cook-off Sunday, July 4, noon. $5 Becker Vineyards 464 Becker Farms Road Stonewall, Texas 78671 Contestants will be breaking out their best chili recipe for this event that benefits Greater Fredericksburg’s Habitat for Humanity. All-night Happy Hour Sunday, July 4, 4 p.m.-close Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W. Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W. Both restaurants are offering happy hour specials all night. With one entrée purchase, a second of equal or lesser value is free. The specials are available in the bar and dining room. “A Taste of Provence” Tasting Menu Through July 31, $48 plus tax and gratuity, $12 additional for wine pairings Fig Tree Restaurant 515 Villita This French-inspired meal starts with your choice of Zucchini Blossom Beignets or Terrine de Légumes. Next, select either Blue Prawns Provençal or Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass. The main course options are Pan-seared Herb Marinated Lamb Tenderloing or Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic Créme. Dessert choices are Hill Country Peach Croustade or Poached Fruit of the Day a la mode. The optional wine pairing includes Chateau Routas, Rosé Var 2008; Mas de la Dame, Rose du Mas 2009; and Mas de la Dame, Rouge 2006. For reservations, call 210-224-1976.