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February Events California 2008




  Sunday, February 10, 2008


Featured event: Vietnamese & Chinese Festivals, Parades: San Jose, L.A.


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SAN JOSE - Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade. As the spring cherry blossoms decorate the trees in downtown San Jose, 60,000 people step out for the pageantry of a colorful ethnic parade. Now in its 10th year, the Vietnamese Spring Parade began in 1998 and was so popular, it has only grown in size and popularity since its inception. Serving one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the US, the costumes, flags and color are vibrant. Decorated floats, dragon and lion dancers, marching bands, famous entertainers and an enthusiastic audience all make this one of San Jose's most festive, fun events for 2008. The festival surrounding the parade features live music, entertainment, arts and crafts, cultural performances, martial arts and vendor booths with Vietnamese food, non-alcohol drinks and a variety of products. Admission is free to this event with over 100 parade floats, bands and entries. Parade: 11am on Market Street between St. John to San Carlos;  Festival: 10am to 6pm  on Park Avenue, San Jose, CA.


LOS ANGELES - 109th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. Chinese New Year of the Rat 4706 celebrates with Chinese New Year Festival from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Little Queen & King Contest goes from 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Chinatown - Broadway & Caesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA.


MADERA - Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Join the Madera Wine Trail for a weekend of boutique and vintage wines, fabulous chocolate creations and opportunities to build your private collection. A vast and diverse array of current and new vintages will be available for tasting and purchase along with special food pairings, fabulous chocolate creations, art and music. Cost: $20 Passport Wine Glass at any of the participating wineries both days of the event.  Time: 10am to 5pm. Location: Madera Wine Trail, Madera, CA. Call: (800) 613-0709.


SANTA MONICA - Gem Faire. Classes, demos, and gems to adore in this popular event where you can even find jewelry repair while you wait! Time: Friday: 12pm-7pm, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 10am-5pm. General Admission $5 Weekend Pass; Children 11 and under Free. Tel. (503) 252-8300. Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


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

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



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