Thursdays stand to become bigger days on the calendar in Carmel.
The Carmel City Council last week received a report from a committee working on increasing downtown events and endorsed two ideas.
One calls for streamlining the process to hold Thursday events in Devendorf Park and the other proposes a weekly Thursday culinary event in the north parking lot of the Sunset Center.
The proposals came from a committee formed last spring by Mayor Jason Burnett and led by Councilwoman Victoria Beach. A major goal is to extend the weekend with Thursday events to entice visitors to stay in the city longer.
"We have no problem filling the town on the weekends, but we need to extend the concept of the weekend," Beach said Monday.
The council sent the proposals on to the city's Community Activities and Cultural Commission with recommendations to hold more outdoor events and to find a manager for the proposed culinary event. The event would link food retailers in an outdoor event, but not require street closures as a farmer's market possibly would have, Beach said.
"Actually it's a very similar event, but the part in downtown is not in the street," Beach said.
The commission Tuesday will consider the first event to arise from the effort.
The proposed "Carmel-by-the-Glass" would be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Devendorf Park and bring together the seven winetasting rooms in Carmel. Each would have a table to display their wares, and guests would sign in, buy a tasting glass and receive an ID badge.
Only small bit foods would be offered, thus encouraging wine tasters to visit other restaurants after the event, a commission report says.
Music will be classical guitar or simple music, and no dancing and loud music is contemplated.
The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, on the east side of Monte Verde between Ocean and Seventh avenues.