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April 2008 Events Calendar California

 

  April 12, 2008

 

ALAMEDA - The USS Hornet Museum commemorates Doolittle Raid. Living Ship Day demonstration onboard the aircraft carrier includes Andy Popenoe, a historian from the Doolittle Museum in Sacramento giving a presentation about local hero Jimmy Doolittle and the impact of the Doolittle Raid in WWII. Visitors will participate in mission briefings, meet former crew, sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet, enjoy the sights and sounds of naval aviation and witness simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position.  Ship is berthed at 707 W Hornet Ave , Pier 3, in Alameda , CA. Time:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children 5-17. There is ample free parking.  Call (510) 521-8448. hornetevents.com.

BODEGA BAY - Fisherman's Festival. Blessing of the fleet, a pet parade, and live music, and teams of four build a boat with a set amount of materials in three hours and then race it across the water to victory. Location: Westside Regional Park, Bodega Bay, CA. Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Cost: $8 general admission. Call: (707) 875-3866. bbfishfest.com

MURPHYS - Murphys Art Walk. 2nd Saturday of each month seven galleries open their doors with art, wine, food, and fun. Call: (209) 728-8640. gocalaveras.com

PACIFIC GROVE - Good Old Days Celebration. Old-fashioned pancake breakfast, a parade, bubble gum blowing, pie-eating contest, police motorcycle competition and an arts and crafts fair with 225 vendors and  five stages of live  entertainment. Location: Downtown Pacific Grove, CA. Call: (831) 373-3304. pacificgrove.org

PETALUMA - Sheep Shearing Day. Adobe's flock of sheep will be sheared in a demonstration to entertain and educate the public. Location: Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma, CA. Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Cost: $2; free, 16 and under. Call: (707) 762-4871. parks.ca.govv

SAN FRANCISCO - West Portal Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fair. 20th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa, San Francisco, CA. Time: 10am-5pm. Contact Pacific Fine Arts: (209) 296-1195. pacificfinearts.com.

SAN FRANCISCO -  Grand National Rodeo.  Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show is one of California's largest, most prestigious rodeo events.  Cost: $25 -40. Location:  Cow Palace, Geneva Ave., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 404-4111. cowpalace.com

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Band - Charlie Mussel White at The Coach House. Price: $20. Time: 8 p.m. Location: 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Call: (949) 496-8930. thecoachhouse.com

SAN PEDRO - Dance / Ballet World Premiere by San Pedro City Ballet.  World Premiere of “Door #2”; “Date”; “The Art of the Shoe” (danced to poetry by local poet Regina O'Melvany); “Covenant.” Choreography: Patrick David Bradley and Cindy Bradley. Dancers: Caroline Cypres, Wolf Bradley, Julian de Santiago, Andrew Macatrao, Gabriel Macatrao, and Juan Wing. Times: Saturday April 12th, 8 pm; Sunday April 13th, 7 pm. Location: Angels Gate Cultural Center, Gallery A, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA. Cost: $25 general, (Limited seating). For ticket reservations: (310) 519-0936

SUTTER CREEK -  2008 California Ghost Hunters Conference. The Ghost Trackers Paranormal Research Group 6th Annual California Ghost Hunters Conference brings the finest venues in California for ghost hunting. Hosting its event at the small mining town of Sutter Creek, this location was chosen for its' incredible gold mining history and its' ghostly activity. There will be three days of networking with ghost hunters from around the country, a cocktail reception, hands-on workshops teaching fundamentals and advanced paranormal research. In addition, there will be investigations in a dilapidating, three-story, dangerously scary castle hidden in the gold mining foothills, as well as a Sutter Creek landmark. All-inclusive admission to events is $150/person. Registration to the greatest paranormal conference of the year is limited. Times: Throughout the day. Location and address: Days Inn - Sutter Creek, 271 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.  Registration: www.ghost-trackers.org/2008_conference.htm.  Call: (408) 244-8331.