* Sonora: Check out the riches of the Mother Lode Fair July 12-15. Attractions include carnival rides and destruction derby. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, California Highway 49. 4 p.m.-midnight July 12-13; 1 p.m.-midnight July 14-15. $10; $8 ages 6-12 (includes all entertainment and rides). (209) 532-7428, http://www.motherlodefair.com.
* Taylorsville: Environmentalists might especially savor the Solar Cook-Off July 14. The day begins with solar-powered music at 10 a.m. At 8:30 p.m., dance to a live band at Grange Hall. Taylorsville campground. 10 a.m.-dusk. $5 daytime admission; $20 dance (advance tickets recommended). (530) 283-1396.
* San Diego: Once a year all five of the mission's bells are rung during the Festival of the Bells, July 14-15. The bells are rung July 14; July 15 marks the 232nd anniversary of the founding of the first California mission. Mission San Diego de Alcala, 10818 San Diego Mission Road. Noon-10 p.m. July 14; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15. Free. (619) 283-7319, http://missionsandiego.com.
* Martinez: This Bay Area community will present about 80 California and Oregon artists July 14-15 at its third annual Midsummer Street Faire. Downtown. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Free. (209) 296-1195.
* Klamath: The mills in these parts are now closed, but this town still celebrates the logging industry July 15 with the Terwer Valley Fair. Crivelli's parking lot, California Highway 169. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (707) 482-3713.