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March 2008 Events Calendar California


  Saturday, March 22, 2008


SAN DIEGO - Easter Bonnet Parade & Hat Contest. The 13th Annual Easter Bonnet Parade & Hat Contest begins with a creative Hat-Making Workshop from nationally renowned Millinery Instructor and Hat Designer, Diana Cavagnaro. Leave the sparkles back at the burrow because we will be providing all the supplies including hats, beads, feathers, glitter and exciting materials to help inspire you and bring out your winning talent. Once you are done with your masterpiece hop on over to the main stage and find your age group for the hat judging contest and parade. No Easter celebration would be complete without an Egg Hunt! Children 2-12 years old will search the Park for over 6,000 eggs filled with M&M’s. It's a special day with fun and educational activities, San Diego Museum exhibits, Sea World’s educators answering questions about marine life, childhood safety by Officer Mark Gregg, from San Diego’s own Highway Patrol and much more. Live entertainment and dance performances are part of the day-long event. Advance tickets: $5/child; $10/adult; day of: $6/child; $12/adult. Proceeds from the event will benefit the UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest, Hematology/Oncology Department of Pediatrics Research. Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: San Diego Padres Park, 9th Avenue & “J” St., San Diego, CA. Purchase tickets at 619.233.5008.


CALIFORNIA CITY - Desert Rat Regional Chili Cook Off. Categories include red and chili verde, plus salsa.  Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $15 - 72. Location: American Legion Post 476, 8108 Bay Ave., California City, California.  Fee: $15 - $77. Contact: Phil Morosky, (760) 769-4366

CAPITOLA - Easter at the Beach is fun with the Capitola Kids Easter Hunt. Children 12 and under can hunt for Easter eggs on the beach and visit with the Easter Bunny. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Capitola Beach, Capitola, CA. Call: (831) 475-6522.

PISMO BEACH - Easter Egg Hunt. 4,000 eggs to find, plus  inflatable slide, face painting, a juggler, caricature artist, many prizes and Easter Bunny. Five age divisions: 2 and under, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-12 years. Location: Shell Beach Elementary School. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Call Pismo Beach Parks & Recreation: (805) 773-7049.
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.

SAN RAFAEL - Alice in Wonderland Spring Festival. Spring event held on the lawns of the Victorian mansions in downtown San Rafael will include characters from Lewis Carroll's book. Bring cameras, mon & dad! An egg hunt, craft-making, face painting, refreshments, and a puppet show are part of the merriment. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Location: Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA. Call: (415) 485-3436,

WOODLAND -  Easter Egg Express. Easter egg hunt, a picnic lunch and a train that chugs along the banks of the Sacramento River disembarking at Elkhorn Park. The event will include live music and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Time:  10 a.m. Location: Sacramento River Train Depot, East Main at E Street, Woodland, CA. Cost: $40 adult; $30 child (3–11). Call: (800) 942-6387,




NEWPORT BEACH - Southern California Whale Watching on Orange County Cruise’s Newport Landing cruise offers multiple whale watching trips daily departing from Newport Beach. Runs through April 30, 2008.  Tickets

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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