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2007  California Events Calendar


Limited list of 2007 California events. We did not archive most of our 2006 listings. This list is all that remains from that calendar year.. 


Jan to mid-April 2007 WHALE WATCHING - Views available along the vantage points of the California Coast that include Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Humboldt Bay, Monterey Bay, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Point Fermin, Newport Beach and San Diego.


2007 California Events Calendar 2007
   Jan to  mid-April 2007 WHALE WATCHING - Views available along the vantage points of the California Coast that include Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Humboldt Bay, Monterey Bay, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Point Fermin, Newport Beach and San Diego.
DANA POINT Cruise Photos & Tickets! - Each winter, thousands of California Gray Whales leave the cold Artic Seas and follow the coastline to the warm, calm waters of Southern California and Baja. This 5,000-mile migration brings much of the pod past Dana Point, where pods of Giant Grays can be easily seen and photographed. Dana Wharf Sportfishing – (949) 496-5794; Dana Island Yacht Charters – (949) 248-7400;  Ocean Institute – (949) 496-2274; Aventura Sailing Association – (949) 493-9493;  Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari – (949) 488-2828
| Dana Point Hotels

California gray whale migration from the Arctic to Baja and back. Dolphins, Harbor Seals and Sea Lions and the beautiful Santa Monica Bay coastline on three-hour experience.  (310) 372-2111
SAN DIEGO -  Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Glimpse these peaceful "giants of the sea" from Cabrillo National Monument or on special whale-watching cruises. 619-557-5450 or 619-236-1212 | San Diego Hotels |
   January 5, 2007
COPPEROLIS - Bluegrass Jam Copperopolis is held first and third Friday of the month, 7:00pm, jammers of all levels are welcome. Old Corner Saloon,  Call: (209) 785-3047
    January 6, 2007
PORT HUENEME - Aries Spears Comedy Night. Time: 7pm. tickets presale $15 at the door $20 (He’s from MAD TV). Location: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
- Music From Scrap with Guest Artist- Jason Summers at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   January 9, 2007 SANTA ANA - Bowers Museum Presents Renowned Chicano Author Gary Soto as Part of the Museum’s Literary Series. A delightful evening in the company of celebrated poet and writer Gary Soto, one of the most prolific and honored Chicano writers, is the first guest of the new year for Bowers Museum’s Literary Series. The enjoyable evening, co-sponsored by the museum’s Hispanic Cultural Arts Council, takes place in the Fluor Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. General admission is $8 and $6 for members and students. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. For additional information call 714-567-3679 or visit the Bowers press site at
   Jan. 11, 2007

PLEASANTON - Ward Connerly, civil rights advocate and renown housing industry expert, is Guest Speaker at dinner meeting of the Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated, public invited. Mr. Connerly, author of the autobiography, Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences, is founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national, not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond racial and gender preferences.   Time: 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel (formerly the Wyndham Garden Hotel) 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton. New members and visitors are welcome. Reservation deadline is January 8. Contact Marilyn (925) 485-9869.  More about Ward Connerly
SANTA ANA - Asian Dinner and Movie, “Red Sorghum,” at Bowers Museum. Executive Chef Greg Weile of Tangata Restaurant creates Asian feast as a before-movie treat. A delicious Asian-themed dinner created by Executive Chef Greg Weile of Tangata of the Patina Group, followed by a film by celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou, “Red Sorghum,” makes for a great date night at Bowers Museum. The dinner takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Fluor Gallery.  A discussion of the film will follow. General admission to the film is $10 and $8 for members and students. For reservations at Tangata restaurant, please call 714-550-0906. For more information about this event, please call 714-567-3679. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
   Jan. 12 - 28, 2007 HUNTINGTON BEACH - Little Shop of Horrors - Huntington Beach Playhouse celebrates the 25th anniversary of this landmark musical at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater. "Little Shop of Horrors" traces the story of a down-and-out Skid Row floral assistant named Seymour who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving! Directed by Kent Johnson. Live on stage Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. 7111 Talbert Avenue. Tickets $18-$20. Call box office at (714) 375-0696
   January 13, 2007 BUENA PARK - Celebrity Meet & Greet Fundraiser at the Holiday Inn - 7000 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA from 10:00am to 3:30pm. 100% of the Raffle/Silent Auction & 50% of the admission benefits the Breast Cancer Fund. Meet many Celebrities!
Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings embarks across stormy seas at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., to perform Pirates of the High Seas, featuring music all about those swarthy scoundrels of the ocean—pirates! Joining the Symphony onboard ship are the members of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) for a side-by-side performance, plus guest actors Tyler Thompson, Angel Correa and Andy Garza. The crew, led by Associate Music Director Michael Hall, sets sail to find what all good pirates covet—hidden treasure. The audience is treated to music that conjures up a storm at sea, a sunrise over the water, and even some mermaids. Location: , 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA. Purchase tickets at Symphony ticket office at (714) 755-5799,
Marvelous Masks at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   January 14, 2007
Sunday LA JOLLA - The La Jolla Motor Car Classic Celebrates its 3rd Year With a Tribute to British Marque. Exquisite British vehicles will be the theme of the day at the 3rd Annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic. This year Great Britain ’s illustrious automobiles will take center stage at the picturesque La Jolla Cove lawn. This FREE event will allow visitors to take in the sights and sounds of breathtaking La Jolla , while getting up close and personal with some of the worlds most spectacular vintage automobiles. This year’s featured marques are the remarkable British exotics dating from pre-1972 which will include luxurious Aston Martins, hip and fun Mini Coopers, sleek Jaguars, top of the line Rolls Royce’s, exquisite Bentley’s and rare Austin Healy’s, just to name a few. In addition to the salute to Britain, The La Jolla Motor Car Classic will also feature other marques from around the globe and some or Southern California's most famous vintage and modern vehicles. Visitors will also enjoy live British-inspired entertainment to compliment the theme of the day. The scenic oceanfront setting of La Jolla Cove, along with La Jolla ’s finest galleries, boutiques and eateries which are only steps away will provide a wonderful addition to this exceptional car exhibition. The La Jolla Motor Car Classic provides a perfect way to spend the day and take in all that La Jolla has to offer. Time:11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Call: 619.233.5008 or visit
-- “Southern Cali Surf Funk” band  live @ The Coach House w/ reggae legend Half Pint from Kingston Jamaica. QWIKSAND has a new album titled “Liquid Dream” featuring work with grammy award-winning producer Wyn Davis (Sublime, No Doubt) and engineer Dave Collins (Ben Harper, Jack Johnson). QWIKSAND’s recent single “Concrete Cowboy” off their latest album “The Fellowship Of The Groove” jumped nationwide into mainstream commercial radio charts from light to heavy airplay on over 150 radio stations throughout the US, Canada and UK, along with a music video now premiering to over 12 million viewers worldwide on the Yahoo! Music Video Channel, iFilm, MSN Video Channel, NewBandTV, JustEnoughTV and French AAATV. QWIKSAND recently made Top100 on NBC’s live music series StarTomorrow. One of the best independent artists in the country by the Independent Artist Registry. Doors open at 6pm. Show Time 7:00pm. All Ages. The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano CA, 92675. Price: $15. Tickets go on sale this weekend at
SANTA ANA - Modern Age Restoration and Conservation Methods Lecture - Anne Weaver, Conservator of the Mingei International Museum, shares behind-the-scenes funny stories and nightmares she has known and loved while working in this field as well as insight into the challenging and important task of conserving art works with today’s technology. Co-sponsored by the Collectors Council. Fluor Gallery. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. Admission: Members free; General $5. Time: 1:30 PM.
   January 15, 2007
SANTA ANA - Jazz with A Little Night Music: Jazz at Bowers. Enjoy a drink,  light dinner and some great music at Tangata. LA-based trumpeter Elliott Caine and  his ensemble are back! Known for their expert musicianship and  well-crafted themes. From spirited soul and jazz to Latin funk and beautiful, melancholy ballads, their flawless technique always receives rave  reviews.  Cover charge: $10. Time: 6 to  9 PM. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
   January 19, 2007
PORT HUENEME - Egad what A Cad / Vaudeville – Penny Wolcott Productions @ 7pm January 20 @ 2pm & January 21 @ 2pm. Location: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
   January 20, 2007
COLOMA - Gold Discovery Day - Gold was discovered on January 24, 1848. It's commemorated on the anniversary of James Marshall's momentous discovery of gold in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill. Historic demonstrations, tours, speakers, and Gold Rush music highlight this annual commemoration. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   (530) 295-2162 or (530) 622-3470.
SANTA ANA - Land of Linens and Faience Finery Lecture - In this richly illustrated talk, Dr. Elizabeth Barber, author and
professor of linguistics and archaeology at Occidental College, explores how  the Egyptians developed their cloth and clothing from the humble flax plant, and how they learned to make gaily colored faience jewelry out of  the sand they had in such abundance. Fluor Gallery. Time: 1:30 PM. Admission: Members $7; General $9, Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   January 25, 2007 SANTA ANA - Journey into Impressionism Lecture -  Travel with concert pianist Andrea Anderson on the road of a beautiful
discovery beginning with the poets and paintings of the late 1800s and  culminating in the music of the early 1900s. Listen to the music of  Debussy and Ravel as you view the paintings of Monet, Manet, Degas,  Renoir and others. Time: 1:30 PM. Admission: Members $6; General $8,  Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
   January 26, 2007
PORT HUENEME - Line Dancing with Rhythm Rangers Tickets $10 doors open at 6:30pm. Location: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
   January 27, 2007
PORT HUENEME - Authentic Polynesian Luau Dinner Show 6:30 doors open Tickets $45.00 dinner and show $29.00 show. Location: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
- Winter Wine and Food Fest, Benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Sacramento and Northeastern California. Hanson McClain is presenting the 19th Annual event that showcases more than sixty local wineries and breweries and sixty of the areas finest restaurants. There is a silent auction throughout the event, and a live auction at the end of the evening. Among the largest philanthropic events in Sacramento, last year’s Wine and Food Fest raised $685,000, enough to fund 90 wishes. Goal: To grant 95 wishes. Attire is cocktail, 21+.  When: Saturday, January 27, 2007. Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 14th & J Street, Downtown Sacramento. Cost: $85.00 per person in advance; $95.00 per person at the door. Contact:
[email protected], or call: (916) 437-0206
SANTA ANA - Bead Society of Orange County - Mary Olsen Kelly, gallery owner from Hawaii, gives a lecture on pearls.
Fluor Gallery.  Time: 10 a.m. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
SANTA ANA - Along the Silk Road - History and Mythology  Lecture.  Join us as Dr. Susan Whitfield, Director of The International Dunhuang  Project, The British Library, introduces some of the explorers and  archaeologists who uncovered the forgotten kingdoms of the Silk Road.  Delving into what is meant by the Silk Road, she examines its history and
mythology, and why we find it so appealing today. Fluor Gallery. Time: 1:30 p.m. Admission: Members $8; General $10. Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.

SANTA BARBARA -Dragon Puppets at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   January 28, 2007
LONG BEACH -  Living History Tours: Ghosts From The Past at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Tour the 163-year-old adobe house with "ghosts from the past" who will step forward in time to haunt the Rancho halls. These "living" history tours will take you to the realms somewhere between 1840 - 1940. Take a fascinating journey through time as costumed living history characters share their stories about ranch life and work through their eyes. These free, guided tours by our talented Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos volunteers will be offered every half hour throughout the afternoon, with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m. Please call (562) 570-1755 for additional information or visit   4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). Time: 1-4 p.m. Admission: Free; donations welcome.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - The Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, regarded as South Africa's cultural emissaries, captures the historic struggle of a great nation in an inspiring repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony singing—songs born in the mines during the apartheid era—with hints of gospel. The rich uplifting harmonies and effortlessly synchronized dancing convey universal themes of faith, hope, and peace, yielding a performance of pure, uninhibited joy. Time: 2:30 PM. Location: Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Palo Alto, CA. Cost: $44/$38/$26. Call: (650) 725-ARTS (2787).
   January 30, 2007
MALIBU - Special Solo Piano Performance with Bruce Hornsby. The new Box Set Intersections (1985-2005) is included in the price of your ticket! Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM. Age: All Ages, plus free on site child care for ticket holders. Bruce Hornsby struck RIAA gold--and triple platinum!--with his debut album, The Way It Is, recorded with his band, the Range. His debut generated three Top 20 hits, including its #1 title track, and earned Bruce Hornsby &  the Range the Best New Artist Grammy for 1986. Hornsby took home his second Grammy in 1989 for Best Bluegrass Recording for "Valley Road" (from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II) and his third Grammy in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for "Barcelona Mona" (created with Branford Marsalis for the Barcelona Olympics). His eight previous albums--The Way It Is (1986), Scenes From The  Southside (1988), A Night On The Town (1990), Harbor Lights (1993), Hot House  (1995), 1998's double CD Spirit Trail, his double live collection Here Come The Noisemakers (2000), and Big Swing Face (2002)--have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. One of pop music's most in-demand "side" men, Bruce Hornsby has played on more than 100 records with artists ranging from Bob Dylan, Don Henley, and the Grateful Dead to Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, B Fleck, and Willie Nelson, among many others. Bruce Hornsby became a part-time member of the Grateful Dead and, from September 1990 to March 1992, performed with the group on more than 100 concerts in America and Europe. ( Cost: $65 - 85. Call for reservations: 310-456-6722. Location: Malibu Performing Arts Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265. or
   February 3, 2007
PORT HUENEME - Jo Koy Comedy Night at 7pm Tickets presale $10 at the door $15 (opened up for Carlos Mencia). Location: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
SANTA BARBARA -Wild and Wonderful Wood Animals at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   Feb. 8, 2007
PLEASANTON - Truffles, Tidbits and Wine Tasting...a dessert and wine experience,” presented by the Pleasanton Downtown Association, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating downtown Pleasanton businesses. This is a sweetheart of an event, an evening to be shared with friends or that special “someone”. The event kicks off at The Rose Hotel, 807 Main Street , Pleasanton. Participants will receive a commemorative wine glass, map, and of course, enjoy “Truffles, Tidbits and Wine Tasting.” Wineries of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association will be pouring red and white wines, ports, dessert wines and champagnes. Each participating business will feature sweet treats and/or hors d’oeuvres to pair with the selections being poured. Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discounted price of $25 between January 8th and February 7th.  This event has been a sell out every year so don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets. If there are any remaining tickets available, they will be sold on the evening of the event at the Rose Hotel for $30 beginning at 5:45 p.m. All tickets must be redeemed for glasses by 7:30 p.m. For information, visit their website at or call the Pleasanton Downtown Association at 925-484-2199, ext. 4#.
SANTA ANA - Dinner and a Movie: Ju Dou. Experience Executive Chef Greg Weile’s superb Asian-themed dinner
before you catch the film! A Best Director award went to Zhang Yimou for  this 1990 film. Set in rural China of the 1920s, it is an Oedipal fable of an abusive husband and his beautiful bride and the adopted nephew who falls in love with her. Discussion to follow. Fluor Gallery. Time: 5:00PM - 7:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM - Film. For reservations to Tangata, please call 714.550.0906. Admission: Members $8; General $10 Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
   Feb. 10, 2007
CERRITOS - The Confident Collector - Join author, antique collector and appraiser Diana Sanders Cinamon in the Skyline Room at the Cerritos Library at 10:00 a.m. for a talk about antique styles, jewelry and silver hallmarks. Aimed at both beginning and more seasoned collectors, learn a few tips about identifying your treasures.  Her discussion will focus on antique periods and styles, silver hallmarks and jewelry making techniques. Copies of her book "All About Antique Silver with International Hallmarks" will be available for purchase and signing. The library is located at: 18025 Bloomfield Avenue
Cerritos, California 90703. Phone: (562) 916-1350.

DANVILLE - The 6th Hats Off America Red T-Shirt 10K Run/5K Walk will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at Sycamore Valley Park , 2101 Holbrook Drive , Danville , rain or shine. Entry fee is $35 per person. All runners and volunteers will receive a red t-shirt and a barbecue lunch after the run. There is no entry fee for volunteers.
Run with Sparky George, the Bear Flag Runner, to raise awareness and money for the Hats Off America (HOA) nonprofit organization. Hats Off America was created by Sparky George, owner of Classic Car Auto Restoration and Repair in San Ramon, a Vietnam vet and the “Bear Flag Runner” of Danville . In honor of service personnel being deployed in Iraq , the Bear Flag Runner has been running six miles a night, five days a week since September 15, 2002 . HOA raises money for families of soldiers who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq . The run is another way that Hats Off America lets the families know that they and their loved ones will not be forgotten. For information or to register or volunteer, contact Sparky George at (925) 855-1950 or [email protected] Visit
SANTA BARBARA -Story Boxes with Guest Artist-Jason Summers at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459

  February 10 & 11, 2007 LODI -  A Decadent Weekend of Wine & Chocolate in Lodi Wine Country. Lodi Wine Country invites you to ‘Unwrap the Golden Ticket’ in one of over 30 wineries at our 10th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Guests receive a chocolate bar and have the opportunity to win a Lodi Wine County Weekend Getaway or over 100 other prizes. Delicious Lodi wines paired with decadent chocolates will be available at all participating wineries. Enjoy barrel tasting, wine and chocolate pairing, live music, and handcrafted wines. Lodi wineries, winemakers, and winery owners will showcase their finest and roll out the red carpet in hometown hospitality during our Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Caner society – Breast Cancer Research. Tickets are $30 in advance and $45 at the door at any participating winery. Ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, chocolate bar, and admission to all participating wineries on both days. There is no charge for designated drivers. Visit for information on special winery activities or to purchase advance tickets. Time:  from 11am to 4pm daily. Also, contact the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at (209) 367-4727, 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi.
LONG BEACH - The largest travel show on the West Coast, the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show with  activities: a huge scuba pool, rock climbing wall, a golf simulator sponsored by Tourism Ireland, exhibitor workshops, cultural performers, guest speakers on adventure and cultural travel, and much more. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA. Tickets are $10 per day for adults; children 12 years of age and under may attend for free. or call (203) 878-2577 ext. 100.

   Feb. 12, 2007
PLEASANTON - Concannon Winemaker Dinner, “Rocks, Wines and Valentines”. This is a sumptuous four-course gourmet Concannon Winemaker Dinner, benefiting the Museum On Main’s Pleasanton Exhibit Room. It will be held beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main Street . Tickets are $100 per person or $750 for a table for eight. The reservation deadline is Saturday, February 3.  Included in the festive evening will be a “two-bit” auction and a talk by Jim Concannon on the history of the Concannon Winery and valley winemaking. The menu will include: reception - seafood cakes with lemon aioli, Stamp Makers White wine; first course - Chardonnay poached pears on mixed baby greens with spiced nuts, green apple, citrus vinaigrette and Concannon Chardonnay 2005; second course: grilled pepper-crusted filet mignon stuffed with wild mushrooms and Applewood smoked bacon with cassis cabernet demi-glace, roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled vegetables and Concannon Reserve Cabernet 2003; dessert chocolate and Gorgonzola cheesecake and Concannon Petite Syrah 1998 and 1999. For reservations and information, contact the museum at (925) 462-2766, 603 Main St , Pleasanton.
   Feb. 14 - 15, 2007
Wednesday - Thursday
LONG BEACH - Love is in the Air in a dinner concert with Broadway tenor Kevin Earley (Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables) and Bets Malone (The Ten Commandments with Val Kilmer).  Bets Malone & Kevin Earley perform Valentine Day romantic songs from mostly Broadway musical hits. Adults: Section A (front) - $75; Section B (sides/back) - $65. Prices include dinner at 6pm & performance at 7pm. Location: Carpenter Center on the campus of California State University Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815. Call: (562) 985-4274.
   February 17, 2007
ALAMEDA - Celebrate Black History Month onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum with special exhibits and family activities. A presentation on the role of Afro-Americans in the military will take place at 1 p.m. on the main deck of the ship. Visitors can also participate in pilot mission briefings, witness aircraft being lifted to the flight deck, and sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet. Aircraft flight simulations will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum admission is $14 for adults and $6 for kids (5-17). A special price of $20 for a family (up to four people) is being offered on this day. There will be a Flashlight Tour from 8:30 – 11 a.m. for those who want a more in-depth look at an aircraft carrier. The tour includes areas not open to the general public. Cost is $35 per person and includes all-day admission. Location: 707 W. Hornet Avenue , Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Plenty of free parking.
 SAN DIEGO - Brazillian Carnaval 2007 15th Annual San Diego Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball. San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2007 features Carnaval Bands, Capoeira, Parades, and Mardi Gras Beads.  SambaD� an explosive Brazilian Carnaval Band dedicated to make people dance with vocalist Dahnd� da Hora from Bahia, Brasil plus "Special Guests" Marcio Peter and Wagner Abuter from the legendary Bloco Afro Il� Aiy� , Mindinho and Capoeira Brasil, G.R.E.S. Unidos de San Diego Samba School, plus "Special Guest" Chalo Eduardo . Rich in beauty and color, “Spectacular Samba Show” features dancers in glittering costumes adorned in sequins, beads and feathers accompanied by percussionists playing the authentic Batucada rhythms of Rio de Janeiro. Time: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Location:  4th and B - at 345 B Street , San Diego , CA. For Info: (619) 224.4684 For Tickets: call (619) 299.2583. Cost: $28 + HOB service charge. Reserved VIP seats $75 / $80 at Door
- Grand Opening Gala - The Grand Opening Gala of the new Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing,  underwritten by Tiffany & Company, will feature a reception and dinner by Tangata with entertainment provided by the California. Dreamin’ Band. Silent and live auction. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets are $1,000 per person. For more reservations and information, please call 714.567.3635. . Location: 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana.
Mad Hatter Hats at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
SONOMA - VinOlivo. Part of the 6th annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, the VinOlivo fundraiser is a Gala Celebration and Feast for the Senses. Enjoy all that Sonoma Valley Wine Country has to Offer: Taste and Purchase Future Releases of Sonoma’s Most Exclusive Wines Straight from the Barrel, Ignite your Taste Buds with Culinary Delights from over 20 of Sonoma’s Finest Restaurants and Caterers, Socialize with Winemakers as you Sip Their Current Release Wines, Sample Local Artisans Olives and Olive Oils at the Olive Bar, Peruse the Silent Auction for Rare Large Format Bottles and Other Unique Wine Collectables, Indulge in Sweet Temptations at the Port and Chocolate Fondue Extravaganza. Time: 6-9:30 PM. Tickets $65. Location: The Lodge at Sonoma , 1325 Broadway, Sonoma , CA 95476. Phone: (707) 935-0803.
   Feb. 18 - August 19, 2007 SANTA ANA - Treasures from Shanghai : 5000 Years of Chinese Art and Culture” from  at Bowers Museum.  East West Bank Gallery located in the new wing for its vast collection of Chinese art and culture dating from the Xia period through the Qing Dynasty, and in various categories including bronze, ceramics, jade, lacquer wares, agate, metal woks, bamboo carvings, jadeite, as well as painting and calligraphy. The choices of the 77 sets of artifacts was made by Shanghai Museum Deputy Director, Chen Kelun, and Bowers Museum President, Peter Keller. During its grand opening on Feb. 18, 2007, the museum will feature three special exhibitions: Treasures from Shanghai: 5000 Years of Chinese Art and Culture, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, and Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt…Treasures from the British Musuem as well as six permanent exhibitions: First Californians; Vision of the Shaman, Song of the Priest; Missions and Ranchos; California Legacies; California: The Golden Years; Art of Adornment: Tribal Beauty. Location: 2002 N. Main St. Santa Ana Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.   

BICYCLE RACE -  AMGEN Tour of California will bring the drama and excitement of a professional bicycle stage race to the California coast. The world's top professional teams will compete over an eight-day, 700-mile race on a route that includes the California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast. The tour will also raise funds for cancer care and treatment.
2/18/07 SAN FRANCISCO - Individual time trials
2/23/07 SOLVANG
2/25/07 LONG BEACH
   Feb 23 - 25, 2007 SANTA ROSA -  Tattoos & Blues - 16th Annual Tattoos and Blues event includes three days of tattooing and body piercing by some of the worlds finest artists, competitions, seminars, live blues music, circus acts, and fine foods. Organized by Izzy's Yreka Tattoo, it will be held at The Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, CA. Tickets: $25/day or $45/weekend. Contact Izzy at (530) 842-6100 or [email protected]
   February 24, 2007
SANTA BARBARA -Radical Robots at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
CARLSBAD - Flower Fields Ranunculus Tours, Every March and April, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch blossom into a spectacular sea of brightly colored ranunculus flowers. Visitors can view and tour the fields in Carlsbad. Open to the public seven days a week, 9am to 5pm. Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road Exit. Admission fee and guided tours must be arranged in advance. 760-431-0352 or| Carlsbad Hotels |
   March 1, 2007 ARROYO GRANDE - Jazz Concert with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the New Orleans jazz band. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: 487 Fair Oaks, Arroyo Grande, CA Call: (805) 489-9444.
   March 3, 2007
LAGUNA BEACH - Laguna Beach Patriots Parade - 41st annual event includes bands, floats, entertainment. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Pacific Coast Highway near Hwy 133 in downtown Laguna Beach.
SANTA BARBARA -Silly Sea Creatures at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   March 3 - 4, 2007
Saturday, Sunday
DANA POINT - Held in conjunction with the annual Dana Point Whale Watching tours is Festival of the Whales. The Annual Festival occurs March 3 ,4, 10 &11. It includes live music, boat rides, competitions, food and vendors and more! March 3 events: Festival of Whales Parade "Magical Migration” begins at 10 am along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern. Whale of a Shoe Horseshoe Tournament at Doheny State Beach Park's horseshoe courts located on the beach near lifeguard station #9 just south of the camping area costs $10 entry donation. Contact Hal Griswold at 949/496-0577 or email [email protected] Call: (949) 496-5794.
   Mar. 10, 2007

NEWPORT BEACH - Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show sponsored by Teen Challenge International. Enjoy this 5 star member only resort for a day of fun, food, and fashion. You too can pamper yourself to a day of luxury. Treat yourself to a 5 star BRUNCH with includes pastries and coffee to start, Followed by an exquisite breakfast. During your Brunch you will enjoy a 5 star Fashion show and many boutiques you can shop at. Be sure to visit our Fashion Show picture booth to remember the event by. Balboa Bay Club and Resort, Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA. From 9-1pm. email [email protected] for tickets
SANTA BARBARA -Forever Plastic with Guest Artist Holly Mackay at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   March 10 - 11, 2007
Saturday, Sunday

DANA POINT - Held in conjunction with the annual Festival of the Whales. The Annual Festival includes live music, boat rides, competitions, food and vendors and more! Call: (949) 496-5794.
   March 17, 2007

ARROYO GRANDE - St. Patrick's Day Concert - Highland bagpipes, uilleann pipes, whistles, fiddle, and mandolin against a backdrop of guitar and bouzouki accompaniment, with an occasional rousing chorus song mixed in begins the Irish concert by Molly's Revenge ( in concert with Liz Carroll & John Doyle at Clark Center. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: 487 Fair Oaks, Arroyo Grande, CA Call: (805) 489-9444.
Three Tableaus of Faure performed by  Valley Concert Chorale. Experience the elegant music of French composer Gabriel Faure. His comforting, contemplative and peaceful Requiem is the centerpiece of the concert. Cantique de Jean Racine, his beautiful student work that won a first prize composition award, praised for its balance, serenity and nobility, will capture your spirit. And finally, the women of the Chorale will share his profound and delicate Messe Basse. Time: 8 p.m. Location:  First Presbyterian Church, 4th & L Streets, Livermore, CA. Cost: $17 - 20 /adult, 18 and under free.  Call (925) 866-4003.
PASO ROBLES - Zinfandel Festival at the Mid-State Fairgrounds in Paso Robles. The annual Zinfandel Festival includes live and silent auctions, a traditional collaborative Zinfandel Blend, and a Zinfandel Grand Tasting on Saturday, March 17. All of this is surrounded by three days of special activities at more than 80 individual Paso Robles wineries. The live auction takes place between 5-7 p.m. with the Grand Tasting directly after that. Gourmet food perfect for pairing with Zinfandel will be provided free of charge. Live music include, too! Tickets available December 2006. or call 800.549.WINE.
SANTA BARBARA -Piggy Banks  at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
   March 17 - 18 2007
Saturday - Sunday
PORT HUENEME - Health Expo at Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme , CA 93041
- Blue Grass Festival with Byron Berline - Old Town Temecula's 7th Annual event is free!   St. Patrick's Day weekend in Old Town Temecula will have a bit of an Appalachian and Celtic hum to it with the seventh annual Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival featuring Byron Berline, Bluegrass Etc. with Dennis Caplinger; The Silverado Bluegrass Band; The Burnette Family; Dave Stamey; and Pacific Ocean Bluegrass. More bands will be announced later in the event that is known as one of the best free festivals on the West Coast.  Sponsored by the City of Temecula. To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street. Public parking is free. For more information call (951) 694-6412 or visit
   March 18, 2007
PLEASANTON - Three Tableaus of Faure performed by  Valley Concert Chorale. Experience the elegant music of French composer Gabriel Faure. His comforting, contemplative and peaceful Requiem is the centerpiece of the concert. Cantique de Jean Racine, his beautiful student work that won a first prize composition award, praised for its balance, serenity and nobility, will capture your spirit. And finally, the women of the Chorale will share his profound and delicate Messe Basse. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Pleasanton, CA. Cost: $17 - 20 /adult, 18 and under free.  Call (925) 866-4003.
   March 21 - 25, 2007 OAKHURST -Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival  - West coast car buffs now have another attraction to add to their menu of automotive related events. Oakhurst automotive enthusiast and former pro racer Dave Wolin, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and The Met Cinema have invented a film festival for car enthusiasts; possibly the first of it’s kind anywhere. Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival will featuring automotive related films from the 50’s through today and offer something for everyone. Film legend James Garner will be the recipient of the “Southern Yosemite Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work in automotive films and both his auto racing blockbuster, “Grand Prix” and his documentary “The Racing Scene” will be screened. Hard to find films like “Two Lane Blacktop” from 1971, as well as perennial favorites such as “LeMans” and “Days of Thunder”, all best seen on a big screen, and dozens more, will be shown over a five day period. They have located some almost never before seen films such as the Austin Film Festival’s winner, “Dirt”, John Schneider’s “Collier & Co. and possibly the first ever showing of 1961’s “Sound of Speed” All films will be shown at the Met Cinema in downtown Oakhurst and all the proceeds go to a variety of charities. The complete schedule of more than 24 films can be seen at Film festival week includes displays of racing, vintage, antique and exotic cars, automobilia and souvenir vendors, celebrity autograph signings featuring stars and well known race car drivers and automotive industry personalities, limited access cocktail parties, wine tasting from local wineries and other auto related events. Tours of Yosemite National Park, ski outings, golf tournaments, train rides on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railway, hosted trips to the local Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino and a variety of family oriented events will be available. or contact the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce, online at or call 559-683-7766.
   March 24, 2007 SANTA BARBARA -Let’s Rock! Rock Animals at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota). Call: (805) 884-0459
    March 24 - 25, 2007 PALM SPRINGS - Angel & Dolphin Festival. A benefit Festival to bring awareness to the "Angel on the San Jacinto Mountain" in Palm Springs and to the connection between Angels & Dolphins with all of us. (Angel on the mountain is visible shape etched to the rock by natural phenomena.) It's a benefit and educational Festival for the Entire Family. The Festival in Sunrise Park is held from 10am - 6pm, All booths related to Angels & Dolphins: Art/Craft/Entertainment/Angel readers/Food. Free Admission.
   March 25, 2007 NEWPORT BEACH - Blue Cross of California Spirit Run 24th Annual USATF certified 10K /5K event. Race course is around Fashion Island with rolling hills and cool ocean breezes. Event features a post race celebration, Kid's Expo, live entertainment and age group awards. Proceeds benefit local youth programs. Time: 6:30 AM Registration; 7:00 - 11:00 AM Kids' Expo; 7:15 AM 10K Run; 8:30 AM 5K Run; 8:35 AM 5K Family Walk;  9:30 AM - 10:40 AM Kids Races. Location: Edwards Cinemas, Fashion Island, Newpor Beach, CA. Registration: Adult $25; Senior 60+ or Child 12 & under $17. After 3/18/2006: add $3, T-shirt supplied. Event Hotline- 949-222-3131.
   March 31, 2007
SANTA BARBARA - Santa Barbara Fur Ball. Animal lovers from all over are invited to attend the Santa Barbara Fur Ball to help save innocent lives. A festive evening of black tie and TAILS, held at the beautiful Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, 633 East Carrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara. No-host cocktails and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. and live auction, dinner, a heartwarming program and dancing follow. Hosted by the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, Inc. proceeds benefit the homeless and abandoned animals in our local county shelters. Advance tickets are required, for more information please visit our website at or call (805) 260-2386.
SANTA BARBARA -Wondrously Wiry Flowers  at gallery, Art from Scrap. Time: 10 a.m. to Noon. Location: 302 East Cota, Santa Barbara (Corner of Garden and Cota).  Call: (805) 884-0459
   April 7, 2007 ARCADIA - Santa Anita Derby Day Run. It's a community 5K run with Masters, Open Run and Kid's 6-Furlong Race and Homestretch Dash that begins and finishes at the legendary Santa Anita Park. The flat, fast course runs through the beautiful L.A. Arboretum and finishes on the track. includes admission to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and the KROQ Microbrew Festival. Event features a Post-Race Party on the infield including live music, fabulous food and beer garden. Proceeds benefit Arcadia High School Athletic Boosters Club and Arcadia Historical Museum. Registrations begins at 6:30 a.m. Location: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. Call: (760) 434-7706.


SAN DIEGO - The Easter Bonnet Parade & Hat Contest  at The Park in the Park 8th Ave & J St. PETCO Park features: Hat making for kids of every age, a fabulously fun "Sidewalk Stroll" Hat Contest for different ages, an Easter Egg hunt, activities and entertainment. Cost: $5 - $15 (proceeds benefit non-profit organizations.) Call 619-233-5008 for advance tickets & vendor opportunities. Location Gaslamp Quarter.    
   April 11 - 15      

 BEVERLY HILLS - Beverly Hills Film Festival -  Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) is an international competition dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers in the city globally recognized as home to the motion-picture industry. Over 15,000 attendees congregate for 5 days of screenings, worldwide evening premieres, poolside celebrity panels, special events, seminars, VIP After Parties and deal making. On the fifth and final night of the Festival, BHFF black-tie Gala Awards Closing Ceremonies are held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Call:  (310) 779-1206.
- Sonoma Valley Film Festival. Celebrate 10 years of film, food and wine! The 10th Annual Sonoma  Valley Film Festival welcomes you to an intimate  and luxurious extended weekend in the heart of Sonoma wine country,  featuring over 75 new films from around the world. Food & wine tastings before every film screening, lively receptions, hot parties, exclusive winery excursions, and casual mingling with emerging filmmakers, film stars, star winemakers and celebrity chefs.  Passes now at, or call (707) 933-2600.
   April 13 - 15, 2007 CALABASAS - Tribal Caravan L.A. is a celebration of Tribal Belly Dance and Beyond with 3 days of workshops, performances, live music, Turkish food, vending, & camping. Nominee for Favorite Festival/Promoter 2006 Golden Belly Award People's Choice. Location: The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas, CA 91301. Tel: 818-880-2993
   April 21, 2007
SAN DIEGO - Most Tantalizing Taste Event, “Taste of Uptown / Hillcrest promises to be more mouthwatering than ever. Bring your appetite, because this self-guided walking tour will feature samples from more than 40 of the area’s finest restaurants. “Tasters” will indulge in fresh seafood & sushi, perfect pastas, all-American favorites, tantalizing Thai, and Asian delights. The taste sensations don't stop there as participants will also sample delectable desserts, specialty coffees and cool drinks. Spend the day strolling the quaint neighborhood of Uptown / Hillcrest, with its charming storefronts, friendly atmosphere and of course its world famous restaurants. Time: Noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets to the “Taste of Uptown / Hillcrest” are only $25.00 and proceeds benefit the Hillcrest Association. For tickets or information please call McFarlane Promotions at 619-233-5008 or go to Don't wait, because the “Taste of Uptown / Hillcrest” is a sure sell-out and tickets are limited. Gather a group of hungry friends and join us for a taste sensation you won't forget!
   April 22, 2007
FALLBROOK - Fallbrook Avocado Festival with food, food, fun. Sponsored by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 Newport Beach Triathlon - The 29th Annual Kring & Chung Triathlon begins with a  � mile swim in the Back Bay of Newport Beach followed by a 15 mile two-loop cycling course, which will take place on Back Bay and  Eastbluff Drives. The race will conclude with a new fast and scenic 3 mile run course.  The UC Irvine Rowing Team will be returning as the Official Charity of the Kring and Chung Newport Beach Triathlon. New VIP option and  special rates for juniors. The Crowne Plaza in Irvine will serve as the host hotel and location for the Sports Expo and Registration on  April 21st form 10am-4pm. The race will be limited to 800 participants. For information and to enter, go to Pacific Sports LLC website at or call Pacific Sports LLC at 714.978.1528.
   April 27 - 29, 2007
Friday - Sunday
SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival The valley's most popular crop is the focal point of a weekend of music, food, carnival and continuous entertainment at the Santa Maria Fairpark.This festival includes a farmers market, agricultural education displays, varietal tasting, strawberry specialty booths, chef demonstrations and much, much more.Tickets are $5 general admission; $2 children 6 to 11; parking $3. Location: 937 S Thornburg, Santa Maria Fairpark, Santa Maria, CA.    Phone: 805-925-8824
   April 27, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO - The Wine Literary Award. California Culinary Academy, 625 Polk Street , San Francisco , CA 94102. Where wine writers and journalists mingle with winemakers and consumers and taste from a selection of America ’s finest
1,000 wines, enjoy a sumptuous banquet prepared by the famous chefs of the San Francisco California Culinary Academy and celebrate the literature of wine. To register your wines for the tasting, and/or reserve your place at the evening tasting and banquet, visit our web site, or contact Bryan Imelli at (770) 454-0786, Cost: $195/ person. [email protected]
ALISO VIEJO - Soka University’s 6th Annual International Festival. - Soka University’s 6th Annual International Festival features over 750 international musicians and dancers performing on three stages, international food, demonstrations and workshops, storytelling, crafts, non-profit and business exhibitors, games and inflatable rides. SUA’s International Festival is part of the Orange County’s Imagination Celebration held in cooperation with the OC Department of Education and Arts OC. Time: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. Location & address: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Cost of admission or tickets: $5 adults, free for under 18.   Call: 949.480.4081
   May 5 - 6, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
HESPERIA - Mother Earth Gathering Traditional Inter-tribal Pow Wow. Location: Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd., Hesperia, Ca 92345. Phone: (760) 244-5488
   May 10 - 13, 2007 DIXON - Dixon May Fair Dixon Fair Grounds-on Hwy. 113 South, Dixon CA. Call: (707) 678-5529.
   May 10 - 27, 2007
REDLANDS - Redlands Shakespeare Festival - Classical productions of three Shakespearean plays presented in repertoty in the 6,000-seat Redlands Bowl Grecco-Roman outdoor amphitheater. Location: Redlands Bowl, Smiley Park
Redlands, CA 92373. Phone: (909) 335-7377. Time: 8 p.m.
   May 12, 2007
SANTA MARIA - Bull Canyon Run  - This 5 and 10 K run that's a fundraiser for Special Olympics traverses the lovely countryside of Bull Canyon Road. Time: 8 a.m. Runners: $20/each, $15/under 18, $15/all walkers. Location: Edwards Community Center (next to new Santa Maria High School at Panther Drive near Main St.)
   May 19 - 20, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
CASTROVILLE - Artichoke Festival. Marilyn Monroe made one of her first public appearances as a beauty queen at this event.  Now in its 47th year!
   May 23 - 28, 2007
Wednesday - Monday
BISHOP - Mule Days! - Bishop's largest annual event held every Memorial Day weekend as back country mule and horse packers celebrate the opening of the summer packing season. World's largest non-motorized parade, events; rodeo-style packing competitions, concerts, crafts fair, etc.
   May 24 - 28, 2007 VACAVILLE - Fiesta Days 50th Annual celebration includes music, food, a fun zone and five incredible days of merriment in one of California's great cities filled with history and sense of community.
   May 27- 28, 2007 LAGUNA HILLS - Saddleback Memorial Half Marathon & 5K 9th annual run event in Laguna Hills takes place at Laguna Hills Mall/ Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Half Marathon features an out and back course with rolling hills and returns on the Aliso Creek paved trail. This event features a two-day Family Expo and is a popular Memorial Day celebration! Proceeds benefit Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and The Ray of Life Foundation. Time: begins at 7 a.m. Event Hotline: (949) 452-3466. Cost: $18 – 55. Register early for savings.
   May 31 - June 3, 2007
Thursday - Sunday
SANTA MARIA - Elks Rodeo & Parade - 64th Annual event with Wild Horse Races, Mutton Bustin', bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding and the WPRA barrel racing, local team roping, specialty acts and much more. Unocal Events Center/Elks Rodeo Grounds Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, CA   Phone: (805) 922-6006.
Saturday - Sunday

CAPITOLA - 2nd Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show- Featuring over 250 Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Coupes, Roadsters, Custom and Classic - vintage to 1972; Vendor Booths, Live Music, Trophies, Prizes and more. Enjoy a day filled with awesome cars, great music, charming shops, restaurants for every taste, and good family fun at the beach! Location:On the Esplanade in Capitola Village Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce  at 831.475.6522 for more information.
    June 30, 2007
SANTA BARBARA - Santa Barbara Wine Festival. Santa Barbara ’s original and most beloved wine event is back home at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Enjoy fabulous wines and delectable delights from wineries and restaurants along the beautiful, oak-shaded Mission Creek at the Museum’s 12-acre campus. For more information visit or contact Meridith Moore at 805-682-4711 ext. 112 or  [email protected]
   July 4 - 8, 2007 DIXON - Dixon's 4th of July Celebration Fair and Expo - A 5 day long event featuring one of the west coast's largest display of fireworks and lasers, West Coast Nationals Tractor Pull Series, Demolition Derby and MX Freestyle Motocross Demo's, fair rides and games, live entertainment, food, arts and crafts and family activities. Fireworks on 4th 9:10 p.m., Tractor Pulls 5-6, Demo Derby 7-8, MX Demo's 5-8. Dixon Fair Grounds-on Hwy. 113 South, Dixon CA. Call: (707) 678-5529.
COSTA MESA EXTRAVAGANZA - Pacific Symphony Summer Festival: July 4th Extravaganza! With the American Tenors. Step aside, Luciano, and make way for The Three American Tenors! This hot young trio celebrates in song the spirit of America. Fireworks, picnics and music... a perfect 4th of July. Richard Kaufman, conductor. Bernie Fields, harmonica. John Williams: Liberty Fanfare; Bernstein: Selections from "West Side Story"; Rodgers/Hammerstein: Selections from "Carousel"; Stephen Foster: Oh, Susanna!; Courage: Television Theme from "Star Trek"; Evans/Livingston: Theme from "Bonanza"; Traditional: When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Location: Verizon Wireless Ampitheater. Time: 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $19-$99 and may be purchased online at, by contacting the Symphony’s ticket office at (714) 755-5799, or at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on the day of the performance. The amphitheater grounds are open for picnicking two hours prior to the performance. Order catered meals from Bristol Farms at Pacific Symphony ticket office or go to
AVALON 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom. Join island residents for the golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 1pm. Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner and music of the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom plus a magnificent fireworks display over Avalon Bay with viewing from the balcony. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce 
BERKELEY 4TH of July at the Marina - Food, arts and crafts, adventure playground, free sailboat rides,  puppets, belly dancers, face painters and wacky art cars.  Free.
BERKELEY - All City Picnic includes music, children’s games, breakfast, exhibits and petting zoo. Call: 408-984-3257. Free
CALISTOGA Silverado Parade patriotic display with kids, horses, bands and floats. Get there early as the parade route down Lincoln and FairWay Aves fill up early in their favorite spots.
Parade, U. S. Navy S.E.A.L. demo, fireworks and music. Free
- Parade, arts and crafts, entertainment, carnival games, children’s activities and food. Free
Billed as largest 4th of July Parade west of the Mississippi, it includes a fireworks show over the Pacific Ocean. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street, fireworks after dark. Free.
- OLD-FASHIONED  Parade; barbecue and quilt show, western shoot-out and World War II fly-over. FREE
LOMPOC - Color guards, patriotic speeches, fireworks, barbecue, children’s parade, antique cars, music and entertainment. FREE 
LOS ANGELES - Entertainment, musket salute, historical portrayals and outdoor dance.  FREE 
MALIBU - Celebration at Bluffs Park includes Concerts, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Tug of War, Exhibitions, Awards and more. 
OXNARD -  Annual "Fireworks by the Sea" Celebration includes a full day of entertainment, good food, and activities ending with a spectacular evening fireworks display. Location: Channel Islands Harbor, corner of Victoria & Channel Islands 

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Chronicle Fourth of July Waterfront Festival Fisherman's Wharf   415-705-5500 A day long event featuring the West Coast's largest display of fireworks, live entertainment, food, arts  and crafts. Fireworks begin around 9:00 p.m. Dress warmly.
FESTIVITIES AT PIER 39   Celebration includes entertainment and fireworks.   FREE

SANTA CLARA - Music, children’s games, breakfast, exhibits and petting zoo.  FREE 
- Old Fashioned Celebration at Wilder Ranch, Jumpin’ Frog Jamboree at Roaring Camp, 10K Firecracker Race and Aptos Parade

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR  Entertainment, skydiving exhibitions, food and fireworks. FREE
VALLEJO - Traditional Independence Day celebration includes pops concert, parade, ducky derby and fireworks.  FREE 
4th of July Street Fair in Ventura!  Ventura's downtown area 30th Annual 4th of July Street Fair with over 300 artisans. Booths offer handmade arts and crafts and food from local restaurants, while live entertainment, a children's parade and children's activities. Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Free shuttle service- Ventura County Government Center parking lot closest to Telephone & Hill Streets, beginning at 11am and continuing until 5pm. The shuttle drop off point at the Street Fair will be at California & Santa Clara Streets by the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau.
(805) 654-7830 or (805) 654-7788 (TDD)
WATSONVILLE - SPIRIT OF WATSONVILLE  Parade, food, games and fireworks. FREE 
   July 27- 29, 2007 GILROY - Gilroy Garlic Festival - Ever tasted garlic ice cream? Now's your chance! Food, bands, games, vendors, competitions, fun!
 PIERCY - Reggae on the River annual music festival. Location:  Highway 101 at Dimmick Ranch/French's Camp. The Festival entrance is on the highway, just after exits for Piercy in Humboldt County, 200 miles north of San Francisco, 75 miles south of Eureka. Once you see the Piercy exits, you will begin to see signs for the Festival. Stay on Hwy 101 and follow the signs.
   Aug. 4 - 5, 2007
Tentative Date
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Aloha Festival (13th Annual). The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids! Time: 10am - 5pm. Location: San Francisco Presidio, San Francisco, CA. Cost: Free admission.
   August 25, 2007
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Huck Finn Fishing Derby - for children through 15 years of age. Kids bring fishing poles to compete for prizes for largest fish and best dressed Huck Finn or Becky Thacher. Prizes include bikes, skateboards, fishing poles and fishing passes. A small amount of bait is provided for free. Location: Huntington Beach Pier, 315 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Call: Huntington Beach Community Services, at (714) 536-5262.
   Sept. 1 - 2, 2007
Saturday - Sunday
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment. The public is invited to enjoy the days gone by in the living history show in Huntington Central Park. Live canon battles, camps, actors in costume and food vendors. Call Kelly at (714) 969-8928 or email [email protected]
   Sept. 14 - 16, 2007 VACAVILLE - Jazz Festival. 8th Annual Jazz Festival. Location: Town Square Plaza, Vacaville.

LOS ALAMOS - Los Alamos Days - 60th Annual event includes a fun-filled weekend featuring a classic car show, peddlers mart, food booths, live entertainment, parade, dinner dance, historical western displays and more free fun for the entire family. Main Street of Los Alamos, Los Alamos, CA. Phone: 805-344-2504
   October 5 - 7, 2007 CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival - The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.

October 5 - 7, 2007 CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival - The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.

Halloween events

Halloween slide show.
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Ghost Hunt is a walking tour event that visits some of San Francisco's most notorious haunted places. The tour walks a mile on tree lined streets in a safe quiet neighborhood with beautiful historic Victorian architecture. There is one moderate hill, the pace is easy and the views are spectacular. Departing year-round, rain or starshine, from an authentic restored Victorian, the magnificent Queen Anne Hotel, 1590 Sutter, on the corner of Sutter and Octavia. Cost: $20 per person. Kids under 16, $10. The Ghost Hunt is not recommended for kids under 8. Reservations not required. Time: Begins at 7pm, ends close to 10pm and operates seven nights a week. Call: (415) 922-5590
BUENA PARK - Knotts Berry Farm- Shocking walk-through mazes, re-themed rides and one scare experience, with Knott’s Annual Haunt and 1,000 costumed creatures wandering the park, mazes and rethemed rides. Tickets:;
CAPITOLA - Capitola Village Halloween Parade in Capitola Village. Capitola-Soquel Chamber for more info 475-6522. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Capitola, California Call: (831) 475-6522.
LONG BEACH - Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade - [email protected]
OCEANSIDE -Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - Street festival celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones with ofrendas/altars built in the streets. Public Contact phone: (760) 967-2005
UNIVERSAL CITY - Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park Halloween Experience. / or call 818-622-3801.
PETALUMA - Halloween Historic House Tour - Petaluma, California. MORE
YOUNTVILLE - Vintage 1870 in Yountville offers a ghoulish Halloween line-up. Vintage 1870 is located on the Vintage Estate at 6525 Washington Street in Yountville – Napa Valley . Call (707) 944-2451
PISMO BEACH - Pumpkins on the Pier - Halloween celebration. The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division and the Pismo Beach Business Improvement Group (B.I.G.) sponsor this event. Cost: Free. Call: (805) 773-7063.

October 31, 2007
Wednesday BIG BEAR LAKE - Boo in the Zoo. It's a special afternoon of Tricks 'n Treats for kids. Call (909) 878-4200. Time: 2 pm - 5 pm. Location: 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake, California.
CALABASAS - Halloween Carnival - City of Calabasas kicks off a night of trick or treating with outdoor theater, games, refreshments and more at Juan De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas CA. Call (818) 880-6461
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Halloween on Main includes bounce houses for kids, petting zoo, booths, candy from merchants and a costume contest. Location: Main Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Street. Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
MARINA DEL REY - Halloween Party, Charthouse Restaurant, 13950 Panay Way, Marina del Rey. Time: 5-7PM. Call: 310-822-4144
REDONDO BEACH - Halloween Party on Redondo Beach Pier, 5pm-8pm.
SANTA CRUZ - Halloween on the Wharf, Santa Cruz Wharf. Call 420-5273 Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Hotels |
WEST HOLLYWOOD - West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval - 20th Annual Event is the largest Halloween street party in the world, attracting over 450,000 people – young, old, gay, straight, who take to the streets of Santa Monica Boulevard to enjoy the craziest, most eccentric costume creations ever. The big draws of the evening are the Halloween Costume Contest and crowning of an Honorary "Queen of the Carnaval." Last year, Radio and Television Personality Ryan Seacrest took home the title. Fantastic live entertainment, food vendors, and special events like "drag" races, pumpkin carving contests, and children's activities. Admission is free. Time: 6:00pm - Midnight. Location: Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Call: (323) 848-6503.

December 2007 BISHOP - Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Street of Lights - Bishop City Park 6 p.m. Hot cocoa, coffee, cookies, candy, great holiday music and Santa! Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau at the park from 3 to 6 pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. 760-873-8405 (last year's date: 12/8/2006)
LOMPOC - Founding Day Celebration at La Purisima Mission. 400 luminarias lead guests to the church for a musical performance by a local group. The park and Prelado de los Tesoros celebrate the founding of La Purisima Mission by providing an evening of candlelight and music. After the performance, guests are invited to La Sala to enjoy fellowship and refreshments. Because of limited seating, free tickets for this event become available November 1st. Please contact the park office before November 1st to find out how to acquire tickets. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA. Phone: 805-733-3713 (last year's date: 12/8/2006)

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January 2, 2008 SACRAMENTO - CARMICHAEL - Holiday House Display - More than just lights, many say this event rivals the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas. Over 2 million computer-controlled actions or "states" per song create one of the best light and music shows you'll find. Visitors are invited to bring canned good donations. Time: Sunday - Thursday 6pm-9pm; Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Location: 6425 Meadowhill Court, Carmichael, CA 95608. Directions: Go North on Fair Oaks Blvd from Arden Way. Turn Right on Landis Ave, Turn Right on Deodar Street, Turn Left onto Meadowhill Court. Cost: Free!
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Christmas Lights Huntington Harbour gondola cruises offered from world class gondoliers. See the Cruise of Lights lights displays that run through New Year's 2007 in your private gondola. Ideal for the romantic couple, friends and family. Location: Peter's Landing and Marina, Huntington Beach (Pacific Coast Highway near Anderson). Time: 10 am to midnight. Lights can be seen after 5 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise is around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

December 2007 ALTADENA - Christmas Tree Lane Tree Lighting Ceremony. This annual tradition at a location that holds status as a National Historic Register attraction is held on the Altadena Library lawn. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
AUBURN - Country Christmas - 20th annual Old Town Country Christmas takes you back in time on two Saturday evenings in December. Between 5pm to 9pm, Old Town Auburn turns back the clock to days gone by with Christmas in the foothills. Lighted by Coleman Lanterns, streets are lined with crafters and food vendors, a bonfire to keep you warm, entertainment, pony rides and hayrides and strolling carolers are always a favorite. Over 50 shops and restaurants are open , admission is free and a free shuttle is provided from the fairgrounds. For information: (530)888-1585 (last year's date: 12/9/06)
BISHOP - Annual Bishop Christmas Parade on Main Street starts at 10 am . Horses, bands, floats, and more! Fun for the entire family. Sponsored by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau 760-873-8405. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
EUREKA - Christmas Truckers Convoy- Thousand of people line the streets & delight at the spectacle of a hundred huge trucks adorned in holiday lights, Parade winds through the town with music & horns blaring Jingle Bells. Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, 3750 Harris Street, Eureka, CA 95503. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call: 707-442-5744. Cost: Free (last year's date: 12/9/06)
LONE PINE - LONE PINE - Christmas Parade - Sponsored by Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce. Time: 1 p.m. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
NAPLES - Naples Boat Parade - Saturday, December 9, 2006 Time: 6 p.m. Theme: The Magic of Music. Small Boat start time: 6:00 p.m. at the 2nd Street Bridge; Large Boat start time: 6:30 p.m. near Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Parking Alternatives: Naples Bayside Academy (5537 The Toledo) offers parking for a donation of $10, no advanced reservations. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit student programs. Other Places to park include Mothers' Beach, marine lots east of Davis Bridge, Marine Stadium, and 54th & Bayshore. Unauthorized Boats: Entry to the canals by unauthorized boats during the parade will be restricted. Patrol boats may deny access. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OAKLAND - Sing Along Messiah - with Oakland East Bay Symphony. Bring your friends and family to this unique community event. Mariachi players, cabaret performers, gospel singers and klezmer artists give their own special interpretations of Handel's famous arias. Regardless of your age, voice type or whether you sing or not, you'll enjoy experiencing Handel's choral masterpiece as never before, with a chorus of 3,000 in the glorious Paramount Theatre. Time: 8 p.m., Doors open 60 minutes before show time. Tickets: $28, $22, $15. Location: Paramount Theatre. Call: (510) 893-2300 (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OCEANSIDE - Annual Boat Parade of Lights is coming to the Oceanside Harbor. This is a joint effort between the Oceanside Yacht Club and the City of Oceanside starts at 7 pm and lasts about one hour. It is expected that 25-30 boats ranging from kayaks to large yachts will participate. The Harbor Police lead the parade which can be viewed from almost anywhere within the harbor. If you are interested in entering the parade, there is no entrance fee and entry forms are available at the Yacht Club office. In addition to the parade, the Yacht Club will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 pm for a nominal cost. After the parade, don’t miss the awards ceremony as the Yacht Club has arranged for some great prizes. Come early and make an evening of it! Contact the Yacht Club at (760) 722-5751. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
ORCUTT - Orcutt Annual Christmas Parade includes an afternoon parade featuring marching bands, Santa Claus, and some of the finest automobiles on the Central Coast. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Park Street and the route follows Broadway to Clark Street to Twitchell, and ends at May Grisham School. A Santa Maria Style Barbecue follows. Contact the Orcutt Fire Department for more information (805) 937-7515 (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OX BOW - Ox Bow Lighted Boat Christmas Parade, hosted by Ox Bow Marina, usually the second Saturday in December, and is open to all boaters at no charge. Sign up in advance in the office, or by calling in for a reservation. The boats gather at dusk at the marina, then parade up Georgiana Slough and the Mokelumne River to the Hwy 12 and back, and then by all the homes at Oxbow 916/777-6060. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
OXNARD - Channel Islands Harbor Boat Parade - 41st Annual Parade of Lights. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
PASO ROBLES - Vine Street Victorian Showcase with Bands, Dancers, Scrooge, Refreshments, and much more...Free! No cars allowed. Please no dogs. Location: 8th-21st Streets. Time: 6 - 9pm (last year's date: 12/9/06)
PERRIS - The Lights on the Lake Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Perris. Time: 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Call park at 951-657-0676. Location-Directions The recreation area is located 11 miles south of Riverside via Highway 60 or I 215. 17801 Lake Perris Drive Perris, California 92571 Marina Phone: 951-657-2179. (last year's date: 12/9/06)
SAUSALITO - The 19th Annual Sausalito Lighted Yacht Parade, along the Sausalito Waterfront beginning at the north end of town, off Clipper Yacht Harbor and proceeding south passing the Spinnaker Restaurant into the cove at the Sausalito Yacht Club, where the judges will be stationed, and Gabrielson Park, continuing out around the ferry landing past Scoma's & Horizon's Restaurants, passing the Sea Lion Sculpture and the Gaylord's Restaurant rounding the "blue-light special" spotter boat at the south end of the parade and returning along the waterfront. Time on Saturday is 6:00 PM. Entry is FREE and the awards ceremony follows at the Sausalito Yacht Club, 8:30 PM with party. For an entry form visit the Sausalito Yacht Club website: The event is co-cosponsored by: The Sausalito Yacht Club, Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Marin, Peg Copple & Associates, Innovative Marketing Questions contact Merv Regan 415-331-7204 (last year's date: 12/9/06)

December 2007 DANA POINT - Boat Parade of Lights - 33rd annual event. Boaters from all around Orange County decorate their boats and vie for awards. You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the restaurants to view it from a cozy and warm spot. Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers boat rides, call (949) 496-5794.Time: 7 p.m. Location: Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA. (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
LAGUNA BEACH - Nutcracker Ballet - Laguna Ballet Celebrates 22nd Anniversary Performance of The Nutcracker. Laguna Ballet continues the tradition with the 22nd annual Nutcracker performance at the Laguna Artists’ Theatre at Laguna Beach High School. Over 75 Orange County students come together each year. Tickets can be purchased by contacting 949-855-0331,
MARINA DEL REY - Holiday Boat Parade - The Friday evening boat parade will be run between 7 and 9 P.M. and the Saturday evening parade between 6 and 8 P.M. Traditional fireworks that annually noted the beginning of the boat parade will be shot off the south jetty of the marina at 5:55 P.M. Saturday. Call: 310-670-7130. Burton Chace Park is a great place to plan a family or holiday party viewing event! Parking: Public Lot 01 Fisherman’s Village 13737 Fiji Way Public Lot 08 4220 Admiralty Way Public Lot 04 Near Burton Chace Park 13500 Mindanao Way Public Lot 09 14101 Panay Way Public Lot 05 4545 Admiralty Way Public Lot 10 4101 Admiralty Way Public Lot 07 4350 Admiralty Way Public Lot 12 14151 Marquesas Way Public Lot 13 4601 Via Marina. (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
MONTEREY - Christmas in the Adobes. Evening candlelit walking tours of historic Monterey and the adobes. Participating buildings are decorated with period ornamentation. Refreshments and entertainment. For information call (831) 647-6226. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
NEWPORT BEACH - Boat Parade - The Grand-Daddy of Them All Now In Its 99th Year. Over a million viewers watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the parade starts off Collins Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Two separate routes are run on different evenings.) Christmas Boat Parade, please call (949) 729-4400.
OCEANSIDE - Live Nativity - Scenes portraying the Nativity using live Character. Presented by the Del Oro Hills Community Church. Call: (760) 947-3200. Time: 5pm - 9:30pm. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park (last year's dates: 12/8-9/2006)
PERRIS - Santa Train - Ride with Santa. A full day of fun for the whole family, refreshments, gifts and holiday music. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular ticket prices apply, but you must pick up a reservation for your Santa Train ride upon arrival. Prices: Access to the Museum Grounds is free, (except during certain special events), Parking is always free. Call: (951) 943-3020.

December 31, 2007
Monday ATASCADERO -Winter Wonderland includes an ice sculpting show, real snow piles and sledding area, tree lighting ceremony and sing-along, craft and food vendors, children's train, SANTA and much more. Location/Address: Historic Sunken Gardens, El Camino Real, Atascadero. Cost: Free admission. Phone: 805-462-0177.
AUBURN - Country Christmas - 21st annual Old Town Country Christmas takes you back in time on two Saturday evenings in December. Between 5pm to 9pm, Old Town Auburn turns back the clock to days gone by with Christmas in the foothills. Lighted by Coleman Lanterns, streets are lined with crafters and food vendors, a bonfire to keep you warm, entertainment, pony rides and hayrides and strolling carolers are always a favorite. Over 50 shops and restaurants are open , admission is free and a free shuttle is provided from the fairgrounds. For information: (530)888-1585
BIG PINE - Christmas Tree Lighting. Held at the Roosevelt Tree, a magnificent 80 foot giant Sequoia named in honor of President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt - at the junction of US 395 & State highway 168 north of downtown Big Pine. Sponsored by the Big Pine Civic Club, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department and the Big Pine Chamber of Commerce. Event includes the appearance of Santa riding in on a fire truck, stockings for the kids, hot drinks and cookies and Christmas Carols by the Big Pine Girl Scouts.
BURBANK - Holly Trolley Tour- Enjoy hot chocolate and caroling as you view the best of Burbank ’s holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus.
COLUMA - Christmas in Coloma at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COSTA MESA - Nutcracker Ballet - The Nutcracker is Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker is a classic rendition of the familiar tale of Clara and her whimsical journey through the Land of Sweets where she learns about life, love and the holiday spirit.
FERNDALE - Holly Holstein, Ferndale's Christmas Cow, the holiday heifer greets children on Main Street from 2 to 4 p.m. Call: (707) 786-4477.
LAGUNA BEACH - Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy - Enchanted winter wonderland of the 16th annual Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival features over 175 artists and creators with original, handcrafted gift items that include: hand blown glass, ceramics, clothing, ornaments, jewelry, painting, sculpture and so much more. Admission includes complimentary art project for all ages, a real snow play field, holiday entertainment, 3 outdoor caf�s, artist demonstrations including glass blowing and daily visits with Santa. Call 949.497.0514 Directions: In downtown Laguna Beach at Main Beach, make a right onto Broadway. In two blocks Broadway becomes Laguna Canyon Road. The Sawdust is on your right.
LA MIRADA - Messiah Sing - Conductor Dr. Brian Trevor Ambassador Choir and Orchestra Bring your Messiah score and sing with them or listen. Time: 6:00 PM. Location: Granada Heights Friends Church, 11818 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638. Phone: (562) 943-–7255.
LOS ANGELES - LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015.
MISSION VIEJO - Nutcracker Ballet performed by Anaheim Ballet, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo. For ticket information or call (714) 490-6150: (714) 490-6150.
SAN DIEGO - 36th Annual Port of San Diego Boat Parade of Lights, Free Viewing! The spectacular boat parade of lights features individually holiday decorated private craft. The boat parade starts at the southwest end of Shelter Island, travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Convention Center, the Coronado Island Marriott Hotel, the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace and ends at the Navy carrier turning basin. Fireworks begin at 5:30pm, Light Parade begins immediately following 5:30-9pm. For boaters wishing to view the parade, a good viewing area is where the parade route turns for Coronado, near the 10th Street Terminal. For those viewing on land, the north and south ends of the Embarcadero as well as the pathway along Coronado are good spots as they tend to be less crowed. If you plan on viewing the parade from Harbor Island, get there early and be aware that parking is at a premium. Another good spot is the park behind Seaport Village.
PERRIS - Santa Train - Ride with Santa. A full day of fun for the whole family, refreshments, gifts and holiday music. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular ticket prices apply, but you must pick up a reservation for your Santa Train ride upon arrival. Prices: Access to the Museum Grounds is free, (except during certain special events). On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $10 for adults, $8 for children 5-11, free for kids under 5. Parking is always free. Call: (951) 943-3020.
SANTA ANA - Las Posadas Mexican Christmas at Bowers Museum is a traditional family festival featuring a trio of singers, Los Sonidos, leading Las Posadas procession outside the museum into the Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard for a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph seeking refuge in Bethlehem. Singers, Fiesta Ballet Folklorico dancers, musicians, a pi�ata, food, and Santa Claus are part of the festivities. Traditional tamales and hot chocolate will be served. Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Arts Council, the event is free and there is a nominal charge for food and beverage. Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana. Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Location: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana. Call: 714-567-3679.
SANTA BARBARA - The Nutcracker Presented by Santa Barbara Festival Ballet at Arlington Theatre: 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Info: 805-963-4408

ANAHEIM - New Years with The Goo Goo Dolls at House of Blues. (VIP Dinner package available). 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA. Call: (714) 778-BLUE. or
AVALON 33nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration at the Casino Ballroom. Dance in the New Year in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520, or visit |
CARLSBAD - Kids' New Year's Eve at Legoland, New Year's Eve fun for children at Legoland begins with a 3pm party with fun entertainment in Miniland. Features a concert with special guests at 4pm and a 5pm year-in-revue. Then, at kids' midnight (6pm to the rest of us) there will be a 22-foot-tall "brick drop" and a spectacular fireworks show with special fireworks viewing glasses. 760-918-LEGO;
COSTA MESA - Big New Year's Celebration in the OC, an Orange County tradition in the making this New Year's Eve as the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center is transformed into the west coast version of Times Square! Eleven themed areas will feature a wide array of exhibits, food, off-beat attractions and live music from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Violent Femmes, Berlin, The Psychedelic Furs, The English Beat, Reel Big Fish, Blondie, Soul Asylum, Berlin, Everclear, Poison, Dishwalla,The Romantics, The Knack, The Tubes and Tommy Tutone on 6 stages. With all that, plus the spectacular midnight celebration and Orange Drop featuring a special performance from Sugar Ray, this event promises to be an experience of a lifetime! Location: Orange County Fair & Exposition Center - Costa Mesa. Time: 6:00pm - 2:00am More information and all Ticketmaster outlets.
FERNDALE - 9th Annual New Year's Eve Rodeo Bash. West Coast Rodeo Company presents a full day of rodeo events, beginning at 8 a.m. sharp in the indoor arena. Team penning, branding, roping; breakaway roping; steer wrestling; men's and women's calf roping; barrel racing; loggers cow riding; and bull riding. Humboldt County Fairgrounds. 707-786-4864
ESCONDIDO - 10th Annual Welk Resort Theatre Musical Christmas Welk Resort Theatre presents popular and exciting musical comedies and revues at their theater in Escondido. Matinee and dinners shows available as well as evening performances. The 2004 schedule includes many favorites including the 10th Annual Welk Musical Christmas from Nov 11 to Dec 31, 2004. Tickets and information: 760-749-3000 or 800-932-9355
ESCONDIDO - First Night Escondido: Community celebration of music, dancing and fun for the entire family. Alcohol & drug free event. 6pm-midnight with fireworks at midnight. California Center for Arts & Grand Avenue, downtown Escondido. (760) 639-0220
HUNTINGTON BEACH - New Year's Eve Gala Evening with smooth jazz artist. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA.
LONG BEACH - New Year's Eve Reggae Boat Party 2005 with Fireworks. Location: 140 Marina Drive, Long Beach, California. Call for information: (562) 799-7000.
LONG BEACH - Queen Mary Ship - New Year's Eve Celebration with Live Bands and Fireworks. Includes hot hors' d' oeuvres, parking, party favors and a spectacular midnight fireworks show. Tickets for the celebration will be on sale at Guests must be at least 21 years of age. Included in the ticket price are 8 separate live musical and entertainment venues. Guests can dance from party to party while enjoying a variety of music. Party favors including hats and noisemakers will be available, as well as midnight balloon drops and a spectacular fireworks display at 12:20 a.m. Cost: TBD Call: (562) 435-3511. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California. | Long Beach Hotels |
LONG BEACH - Brazilian New Year's Eve Celebration - Now that you must be almost ready for Christmas… you can start thinking about partying in New Years… Start the year dancing as they do in Brazil. In California, the Brazilians love Long Beach and the Queen Mary ship, home of the annual Brazilian Carnaval! Kick off the New Year with a spectacular celebration aboard the Queen Mary in the Long Beach Harbor with party favors, Music, Dancing and a spectacular midnight fireworks show, plus the world's best Caipirinha's! Sambajah, the new generation of Brazilian samba dedicated to make people dance plus "Special Guests" Andrea Ferraz and Carol on vocals and guitarrists Adassi from Black Oil Band. Oya Brazil Samba Show and their stunning Samba Dancers, Danilo and Ki-xego Ax� Dancers. DJ Izael playing a variety of Brazilian beats. Partygoers who attend the New Year’s Eve party will be dancing non-stop to the pulsating rhythms of SAMBA, MARCHA, AX� MUSIC, SAMBA-REGGAE, FORR�, PAGODE, FREVO and CARNAVAL ELECTRICO. Dress code is white, the color of peace and hope, a tradition in Brazil. Location: Queen Mary - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802 / (818) 566-1111
NEWPORT BEACH - Annual New Year’s Eve Yacht Party from Un4seen Productions. Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in style! Join the fun on Newport’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht! 3 levels, outdoor decks, Luxury Lounge and 1 large dance floor. This 400 capacity luxury yacht is less than two years old and is already making history as being the most memorable New Years Yacht Cruises. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!!! Entertainment: Level 1: Luxury Lounge; Level 2: Hip Hop & Dance; DJ Menskeeza and DJ Emmtee; Level 3: Scenic Deck (dance under the stars). Includes: Four-hour luxury cruise through Newport Harbor; FREE OPEN BAR ALL NIGHT! Midnight champagne toast; Unlimited appetizer buffet court; 1 Huge dance floor; 14 Luxury Bathrooms! No lines. Ticket Information: Get your tickets on line or by phone at Call: 949-378-9971 or email [email protected] or at the following locations: Catwalk – 119 Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714-960-3444; The Green Room - 4525 W. Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663 949-548-3688. Hotel Info: Holiday Inn Express (Within Walking Distance), Time: Boat Leaves from Newport Harbor 8:45pm – 1:00am (be sure to arrive on time); 21&over. Where: Newport Harbor Water Front Marina, 2901 W. Coast Hwy. Newport Beach, CA 92663
NEWPORT BEACH - New Year's Eve Grand Ballroom Black Tie Gala in Orange County's elegant, view- ballroom starts with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and Champagne from 8 - 9 p.m. An elegant dinner created by Chef Josef Lageder is paired with excellent wines. Dance the night away to the sounds of one of the area's hottest 10-piece bands, "Rembrandt" and enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight. Event begins at 8 p.m. Location: Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, CA 92663
SAN DIEGO - First Night San Diego Celebration: Alcohol free event, from 6pm-1am, for the entire family. Features food, entertainment, dancing & fireworks at midnight. Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown San Diego. (619) 296-8731 | San Diego Hotels |
SACRAMENTO - New Year's Eve Fireworks Celebration - Sacramento: Along with 2 fireworks shows, enjoy live music, food & drink vendors, a children�s stage hosted by top entertainers & live performances from local acts. On the waterfront in Old Sacramento. (916) 808-7777
SIMI VALLEY - Annual "Christmas Around the World" Tree exhibit. A local favorite in the area, trees are decorated to represent different countries around the world. at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive. Call: (800) 410-8354.
MARINA DEL REY - New Year's Eve Fireworks show in the marina starts 30 seconds before Midnight. This year’s fireworks will be presented by the famed Zambelli Pyrotechnics and will be launched off the Marina del Rey’s south jetty near Fisherman’s Village. Burton Chace Park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, and Marina (Mother’s Beach) at Admiralty Way and Via Marina are premiere locations for viewing the pyrotechnic extravaganza.

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CAYUCOS - 28th annual Carlin Soule Memorial Polar Bear Dip held at the Cayucos pier. The annual event -- held each New Year's Day -- celebrates the new year with a polar cold water swim. Some don costumes for the event, but others come clad in nothing more than a bathing suit to ring in the new year. No wetsuits are allowed, according to officials at the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce. It starts at noon, and in one minute, it's over. Only a handful actually make it out past the pier for a lengthier swim, while the majority head in and quickly out of the near 50-degree water.
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Pier Plunge - This dip and dive into the Pacific Ocean to celebrate the New Year at the Huntington Beach Pier includes a festive group. Bring some donuts and share some fun on a local run (into the water.) Location Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street. Time: Approx. 10 a.m.
SANTA MONICA - Resolution Festival - This day-long festival at the Santa Monica Pier has been created in order to assist individuals/families in kick-starting their New Year's Resolutions. To help support these goals, there will be free workshops and lectures focusing on various subjects (health and proper dieting, financial management, conflict resolutions, etc.), a free Polar Bear beach plunge, and low-fee physical competitions (soft sand run/walk, 10,000 steps walk, and a Polar Bear Swim) for those who want to begin the year with an athletic challenge. Participants can allocate $10 of the competition fees to one of these beneficiary charities: Challenged Athletes Foundation, Johnny G Foundation, Operation USA, Team Parkinson, and TreePeople. Enjoy the boardwalk and the sunshine and make 2006 the "no-excuses" year for your resolutions! Call 310-474-4832 or go to for more information.
PASADENA - Tournament of Roses Parade. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands, and talented equestrian units will anchor a traditional two-hour spectacle along Pasadena's famed Colorado Boulevard. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units. Following the Rose Parade at 2:00 p.m. (PST), the 91st Rose Bowl Game, presented by Citi, will feature an exciting match up between two championship teams, showcasing the best of collegiate football. For additional information, please call (626) 449-ROSE.
VENICE BEACH - Venice Penguin Swim Club New Year's Dive. Join this lively group for its 46th annual dip. They go into the ocean at Noon. Call: (310) 390-5700.