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February Events California 2008




  Sunday,  February 24, 2008


SPARTO -  Capay Valley Almond Festival. Breakfasts, wine tasting, arts and crafts, and activities such as a petting zoo and wool spinning all surround the blossoming of the almond trees in cities and towns: Esparto, Brooks, Capay, Guinda, and Rumsey.  Cost: Free admission; $7/tasting ticket. Call: (530) 787-3242.

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.

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.

INDIO - Date Festival. Annual Indio Date Festival at Riverside County Fairgrounds. Fair runs through today, last day! Superfiesta Featuring "Banda Novillo" & "Gerardo Fernandes" will appear at 3 pm at Aladdin's Concert Pavilion; and Demolition Derby at 2pm & 5:30 pm at the Arena. 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 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.

LA  JOLLA - THE SEVEN. A play adapted from Aeschylus' “Seven Against Thebes", is Greek tragedy meets hip-hop in writer/composer Will Power's modern adaptation of Aeschylus' story of a cursed family and a society unsure of how to free itself from war. Power's urban remix, with rhyming verse and diverse musical styles, shines with relevance through the eyes of a new generation. Contains adult language. Runs through  March 16, 2008. Performance times: Tuesday and Wednesday: 7:30 pm; Thursday, Friday: 8:00 pm;  Saturday:  8 pm; Sunday: 2 pm and 7 pm. Box Office (858) 550-1010.

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]

RIPON - Ripon Almond Blossom Festival. 46th Annual event includes a carnival, food vendors, games, exhibits and hometown fun. The majority of U.S. almonds come from this region. recommends you visit Ripon and nearby farms on your journeys to California. You will not find fresher almonds. Cost: Free admission. Festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Carnival is open from Noon to 5 p.m. Location: Ripon Community Center, 334 W. 4th Street, Ripon, CA. Call: (209) 599-7519.

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.

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.


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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