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February Events California 2008

 

  Saturday,  February 23, 2008

 

Featured Events: Qwiksand on National Tour will appear in SoCal

 

QWIKSAND is in the studio producing a TV reality show, and will make a local concert appearance in Southern California before heading out on national tour. Get caught in the Qwiksand.

 

On Feb. 23 Qwiksand band will be rocking the Blue Cafe. Known for their funk, reggae and rock, theree's nothing solemn about a band that hails from the sands of Orange County. Their national tour begins in March, but while in Cali, the band makes a stop at Blue Cafe with special guests Doug Means Project and Wylde Bunch. Southern California surf-reggae-rock band QWIKSAND kicks off a 30 city North American tour in Las Vegas on March 26. The band is currently in Los Angeles finishing a pilot for a reality television show. Recently chosen one of best independent artists in the country by the IAR, new singles One Arm Marsupial and Liquid Dream made Top100 for new alternative music for the 20th week in a row on Clear Channel.com.  Location: 17208 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Doors open at 8pm. Age 21+ Admission: $8. Call: (562) 592-1302. thebluecafe.com

 

San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade: More information on Chinese New Year Parade

 

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with over 100 units, floats, dragon costumes, dances and good luck. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. near Union Square.  chineseparade.com

 

I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen for myself the amazing color and pageantry that this huge parade brings to the streets of San Francisco.  Cozied in the crowds as diverse as the cast of characters marching in the event, it celebrates San Francisco's Chinese culture, and its diversity in which many ethnic groups participate and embrace a very different, fun way of ringing in another New Years Day.

 

EUREKA - Indian Island Candlelight Vigil 2008.  Indian Island Candlelight Vigil 2008. Indian Island, a sacred site to the Wiyot people, became the bloody grounds of an 1860 massacre of Indian Island’s inhabitants by settlers. This event welcomes all people in remembrance and spiritual healing. Time: 6pm to 8pm. Location: West End of Woodley Island, Eureka, CA. Call: (707) 733-5055
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FORT BRAGG -  Symphony of the Redwoods: Concert with volinist and Santa Rosa native David McCarroll, who joins 50 musicians in a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, Opus 19,  Bohuslav Martinu's Estampes and Beethoven's Symphony #8, Opus 93. Location:  Cotton Auditorium, Fir and Harold Streets, Fort Bragg, CA Time: Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Cost: $13–$16. Call: (707) 964-0898. mcn.org/

HUNTINGTON BEACH -  Huntington Beach Kite Party. Kite Connection Dave's Annual Kite Party north of Huntington Beach Pier attracts kite enthusiasts from around the nation. Trick flying and new release kites are on view at the annual kite fly invitational. Location: north side of Huntington Beach Pier (315 Pacific Coast Highway, approx.), Huntington Beach, CA. Public can watch. Contact: Dave Shenkman, (800) 431-3339. kiteconnection.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Qwiksand band. Out on national tour, this reggae band makes a stop at Blue Cafe. Southern California surf-reggae-rock band QWIKSAND kicks off a 30 city North American tour in Las Vegas on March 26. The band is currently in Los Angeles finishing a pilot for a reality television show. Recently chosen one of best independent artists in the country by the IAR, new singles One Arm Marsupial and Liquid Dream made Top100 for new alternative music for the 20th week in a row on Clear Channel.com. Special guests: Doug Means Project and Wylde Bunch will appear. Location: 17208 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Doors open at 8pm. Age 21+ Admission: $8. Call: (562) 592-1302. thebluecafe.com

INDIO - Date Festival. Annual Indio Date Festival at Riverside County Fairgrounds. Fair runs through Feb. 24, 2008.  Livestock Auction at 10:00 am, the popular Camel & Ostrich Races at 11am and Freestyle Motocross at 3pm & 5pm in the Arena, plus the popular band, Heart, will appear at 8:00 pm in Aladdin's Concert Pavilion. Aladdin's Concert Pavilion is also the stage for an award-winning Arabian Nights Musical Pageant starting at 6:15 p.m. Carnival rides from 10 a.m. to Midnight. 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. datefest.org

LONG BEACH - A Night To Remember: Valentine Romance Aboard the Queen Mary. This Valentine's party will include renewing couples' vows, a live performance with Leon Patillo from his new Love Album, and dancing to live music from T Bird and the Cadillacs. Singles also welcome. Cost: $69/person; $80 at door. Call 714/210-3337 for prepaid tickets. Mail checks to: Spectacular Events, 11770 E. Warner Ave #104, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

LONG BEACH - The Gas Lamp 1st Annual Surf O’Rama. Surfing Sounds from top Southern California and national surfing bands is a free event to help celebrate surf music. Public is invited, free.  Line Up: The Rip Tide 11:00am - 11:45; The Sound Waves 12:00pm - 12:45;  Surf City 1:00pm - 1:45; Surftones 2:00pm - 2:45; Surf Rockets 3:00pm - 3:35; Glasgow Tiki Shakers 4:00pm - 4:45; The Sand Devils 5:00pm - 5:45; The Surfaris 6:00pm - 6:45; The Eliminators 7:00pm - 7:45; Outerwave 8:00pm – 9:00. Special guests Dave Wronski of Slacktone & Eddie Bertrand of Eddie and the Showman will appear during the event. Cost: Free admission. Time: 11am – 9pm. Location: Gaslamp Restaurant and Bar, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA. 90803

PACOIMA - Feria Hispana Salud y Nutricion - (Health and Nutrition Hispanic Fair) - The fair promotes a healthy, family-oriented lifestyle through exhibits, activities, vendor booths and free giveaways. Free health screenings for men, women & children that include Mammogram, Diabetes, Blood test, Glucose, Cholesterol, Artery pressure, Vaccines for children, Dental, Referrals, etc.; free gifts; live Musical groups; and much more will be included in this informative event geared toward the Spanish speaking population in cities Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, Van Nuys and surrounding areas. Location: 14400 Van Nuys Blvd. (& Woodman Ave.) Pacoima, CA. Time: Noon – 8 p.m. Call: (818) 734-2744. e-mail: [email protected]

PLACENTIA - Christian Singles Dance. Tasteful top 40's, R & B, 60s 70s 80s music. Dance lessons. $25/person. Top Cats, 733 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA.  Call: (714) 210-3337 ChristianSinglesFunEvents.com

RIPON - Ripon Almond Blossom Festival. 46th Annual event includes opening activities and a parade. The fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., Diaper Derby at 10 a.m., Parade along Main Street at 11 a.m. The parade features floats, bands, community groups and farm equipment responsible for the almond harvests.  Carnival, food vendors, games, exhibits and hometown fun. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Carnival is open till 10 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Festival runs through Feb. 24, 2008.  Location: Ripon Community Center, 334 W. 4th Street, Ripon, CA. Call: (209) 599-7519. riponchamber.org

SAN FRANCISCO - Mangia! North Beach Food Tour - The only walking tour that gives participants the full San Francisco North Beach experience including Italian history, food knowledge, delicious tastes along the way, fun anecdotes and a 3-course lunch with wine. Learn why the Italian people came to North Beach and how they lived. Stop at an almost 100-year-old bakery where you munch on Italian cookies, sausage, focaccia and have lunch at Rose Pistola.  There are about 8 blocks walking total, with many stops. Rain does not cancel tour. Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $80/ person. Call: (415) 302-5898, Reservations a must. graceannwalden.net

SAN FRANCISCO - Chinese New Year Parade. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with over 100 units, floats, dragon costumes, dances and good luck. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. near Union Square.  chineseparade.com

SAN JOSE -  Doll, Bear & Collectibles Show and Sale includes teddy bears, toys, antique & modern dolls, books, doll-making supplies, accessories and collectibles. Appraisals will be available, too. Time: 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Cost: $6 adult; $2 child 6–12; Free under age 6. Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road (at Highway 101), San Jose, California. Call: (415) 383-2252. goldengateshows.com.

SANTA BARBARA - 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: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. gemfaire.com

SANTA CRUZ - Chowder Cook-Off.  26th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West Coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder.” Whip up your favorite recipe for red or white chowder or just come and sample the delicious variety of chowder and fun at the Boardwalk. Location: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, CA. Admission free. Tasting kit $7/each. Call (831) 420-5273 or email: [email protected] Time: 10 am - 3 pm. ci.santa-cruz.ca.us

SEAL BEACH - Red Car Museum is open. Noon to 3 p.m. Visit the past with a look at this historic rail car that used to drive between Los Angeles and Seal Beach daily. Transformed into a museum with videos, pictures and a great collection of memorabilia, it is well worth a stop and look. Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays, the museum provides the most comprehensive look into the history of Seal Beach. Donations are accepted. Location: Electric Avenue near Main St., next to Mary Wilson Library.  Call: (562) 683-1874.

WATSONVILLE - Pajaro Valley Quilt Fair. Quilts are the fiber of a community's history. This event attracts quilters and those who love to look at amazing handiwork to an event featuring demonstrations, product vendors, sales, lectures and all things quilt. Cost: $7 adult;  $6 senior,  student; Free/age 12 & under. Location: Santa Cruz Country Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA. Time: Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Call: (831) 475-0402. pvqa.org

YOLO BASIN - California Duck Days. This wetlands festival in the heart of the Pacific Flyway includes a gala reception for everyone interested in wetlands and wildlife.

 

 

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