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February Events California 2008


  Monday,  February 18, 2008


CARLSBAD - Valentine's Week Guest Chef Gourmet Feast.  Chef Stefano Paracucchi, acclaimed throughout the world, will prepare the Valentine's week menu at Four Seasons Resort Aviara though February 18, 2008. Choices include a four-course dinner for $75 per person, five-course dinner for $95 per person or a unique Doppio Piacere menu featuring five courses, each with a sample of two chefs' works for $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Vivace is the resort's signature dining room serving regional interpretive Italian in a casual, yet elegant setting. Location: 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, Ca. Reservations accepted between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm by calling (760) 603-3773.


INDIO - Date Festival. Annual Indio Date Festival at Riverside County Fairgrounds. Fair runs through Feb. 24, 2008. Camel & Ostrich Races at 12pm & 2pm in the Arena; Presidents' Day Grand Parade at 10am; WGAS Motorsports Monster Trucks at 3 & 5 pm in the Arena and hit band, The Blues Traveler performs at 8 pm at Aladdin's Concert Pavilion. There's also an award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Pageant Stage. Carnival rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. General admission: $7; Unlimited carnival rides: $18. Location: Riverside County Fairgrounds, 82-503 Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201. Call: (800) 811-FAIR or (760) 863-8247.


SAN FRANCISCO - Tulipmania at Pier 39.  One of Pier 39's most popular events because of the quantity and color of these vibrant flowers. Location: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Cost: Free admission.


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
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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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