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March 2008 Events Calendar California


  Friday, March 28, 2008




BELMONT  - Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival, Carlmont Village Shopping Center, Ralston Avenue at Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA. Time: 10am-5pm. Contact Pacific Fine Arts: (209) 296-1195.
Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival, March 28-30, 2008

Carlmont Village Shopping Center plays host to more than 25 artists during the Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, 2008. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will give visitors the opportunity to shop for unique and intriguing artwork ranging from paintings, photography, ceramics, fine jewelry, woodwork and much more.

Among this year’s artists is Mendy Marks of San Francisco who creates handmade jewelry. Mendy’s jewelry is influenced by the many levels and colors in landscapes. Using anodized aluminum, sterling silver, gold, copper, and brass she layers shapes, colors and textures in her jewelry to create sensual, sculptural earrings, pins, and necklaces. Some elements are patinated, or heat-treated, to give them a more aged, natural look. She then accents the pieces with freshwater pearls and beads made of gemstones and minerals.

Nancy Eckels of Canyon Country, California paints abstract paintings with uninhibited use of color and plenty of depth and texture. She uses acrylic paint, acrylic ink, collage, and various other materials depending on the painting. Some of her pieces are done on paper and others on canvas, and the size ranges from small to large, depending on her mood and customer requests.

Neal Geisler of Jackson , California , creates one of a kind, solid wood art using a combination of old world hand tools and modern power tools. “I sometimes revert to older methods and techniques in order to achieve my goals in the finished product,” says Neal. Using a variety of woods that include tropical, exotic and older specimens, all of his creations are cataloged with a serial number that includes information on the genus and species of the wood used. “When you purchase a Sierra Craft piece, I want you to know what you are getting and that it is special, not only to you, but it was special to me first,” adds Neal. “I give you my best!”

Additional artists participating in the Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival include Delia Bradford of Carmel displaying her oil paintings of California scenery; Robert Wunce of Santa Cruz featuring his custom-designed handcrafted silver and gemstone jewelry; Jeffrey Murray of Long Barn with his photography that features landscapes, nature and wildlife; and Jeffrey Nelson and Hans Schwyter of Ossining, New York showcasing their marquetry.

The Festival is sponsored by the Carlmont Village Merchant Association. Carlmont Village Shopping Center is located on Ralston Avenue at Alameda de las Pulgas. For more information on the event, contact Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 296-1195

COSTA MESA - Farmer's Market with fresh fruits, vegetables and food items. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca. Cost: Free. Sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau, Call: (714) 573-0374.


COSTA MESA - Giant Paintball Park. This limited event in Grandstand Arena lasts through April 13. Located at the Orange County Fair Grounds,10 to 16 games per day are the norm and there are separate games for beginner, intermediate and advance players! Open Thursay - Sunday. Minimum age requirement is 10 years of age and a signed waiver is required prior to participation. Time: Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: $15 - 25. Call: (877) GIANT-97.

CRESCENT CITY - Aleutian Goose Festival. Endangered species viewing, workshops, ocean view walks, and other activities will focus on the Northern Redwood Coast's Aleutian Goose. Location: Crescent City, CA. Call: (800) 343-8300.


EUREKA -  Redwood Coast Jazz Festival. Enjoy three fun-filled days of Jazz, swing, calypso, zydeco and more on six stages in the 18th annual jazz festival event. The event begins on March 27 and continues through the weekend.  110 shows happening all over town with food, beverages and nonstop fun everywhere! Locations: Downtown/OldTown Eureka. Friday night special guest artist:  The Brubeck Brothers Quartet and Incendio. Tickets: $20 - 110. Call: (707) 445-3378.


HUNTINGTON BEACH - Paintball Competition. Annual National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) launches the first leg of a national paintball competition tour at Huntington City Beach.  Admission to watch is free. Location: 317 Pacific Coast Highway (approx.), south side of Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Time:  Trade Expo Trade Show opens daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Paintball competition time: 7:30 am to 8pm. Event runs through March 30, 2008.


LOMPOC - Mountain Men at Mission La Purisima.  Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc.


SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Lloyd New Quartet. San Francisco Spring Jazz Season features Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland in the 70th Birthday Celebration. Saxophone legend Lloyd enters his seventies playing the most vital music of his career. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25-70. Call (415) 788-7353. Location: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA.

SAN JOSE - Ballet San Jose: Just Balanchine.  Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments and Serenade.  Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA. Time: Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m. Cost: $25-$82. Call: (408) 288-2800 x 204.


WESTMINSTER -"COPPELIA" by Ballet Repertory Theatre. Don't miss this enchanting, delightful, romantic, and funny production of the full-length ballet. "Coppelia" is the amusing tale of Doctor Coppelius, an eccentric toymaker, who creates a doll that is so lifelike many refuse to believe that she is not real. As a young couple argues over the doll, the comical twists and turns that follow provide perfect family entertainment. With exquisite costumes and picturesque sets, Ballet Repertory Theatre's playful and lively production is sure to please audiences of all ages. As a special treat, Anthony Sellars will be performing the whimsical role of Doctor Coppelius and Christopher Sellars, guest artist from Ballet West, will be dancing the role of Franz. To allow you to fully enjoy "Coppelia", Ballet Repertory Theatre is offering very affordable youth and student pricing.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and only $5 for children under 11. Time: 2 p.m.  Location: Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92683. Tickets, call the Rose Center Theater box office at 714-793-1150.

-  Yuba City Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show.  This 15th annual event includes over 400 exhibitors in six halls. The Yuba-Sutter area is one of the fastest growing in the nation. Recently ranked as the best place to do business by Forbes Magazine, this Home Show is a favorite among the locals. Readers of the local newspaper recently rated it as one of the top events in the area. Time: Noon to 6 pm. Location & address: Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City. Tickets: Adult $5; Senior $1; 12 and under Free with paying adult.  Call: (530) 671-9600.


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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