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March 2008 Events Calendar California


  Sunday, March 30, 2008


FEATURED EVENT: Ballet San Jose's "Just Balanchine" March 27 - 30, 2007


Ballet San Jose

March 27 - 30, 2008 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.


Included in this ballet presentation featuring the choreography of George Balanchine will bee Serenade, Theme and Variations, and The Four Temperaments. The Ballet San Jose features many ballets and performances throughout the year and is considered the finest ballet troupe in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you've never seen them perform, you are in for a treat. Tickets are offered in an affordable range from $25 - 82, with senior and student discounts. 

Serenade  is set in four movements, and danced without interruption. 28 dancers perform on a bare stage in moody, ethereal light of the moon, showing off the lyricism of the female corps to music by Composer Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky.

Themes and Variations is classic ballet in a formal setting of a great ballroom. The dance steps are tightly tied to the music as illustrated by the opening work of the ballerina to the principal theme played by the violins. It concludes with a regal polonaise for the entire ensemble emphasizing rapid regroupings and shifting of partners.

The Four Temperaments, a  “Dance without a Plot”, is an abstract work in five parts features dancers clothed simply in black leotards and pink tights. It explores four distinct “humors”... melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic and choleric.  abstract piece is danced in a Neo-Classic style that showcases the complexity of this sentiment, and evokes meditation on the different types of human personalities. The dancers are simply clothed in black leotards and pink tights.

Music: Piano and a few Strings


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.


CAMPBELL -  Pinot Paradise Grand Cruz Tasting.  Celebrate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir with 30 wineries specializing in Pinot, accompanied by gourmet cuisine from fine Bay Area restaurants and specialty food providers. Time: 2 - 5 p.m. Cost: $65/person.  Location: Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St., Campbell, CA Call: (831) 685-8463.


COSTA MESA - Crossroads of the West Gun Show - Over 30 years as the West's largest and highest quality show offers hundreds of tables to meet the needs hunters to the avid collectors. Location: Buildings 10, 12, 14, 16 & Parade of Products. Time: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $12 adult;  $11 seniors; children under 12 admitted free with adult. Call: (801) 544-9125


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: All trips will depart from the Crescent City Cultural Center, 1001 Front St., 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) returns to the beach. Held at Huntington City Beach, south side of Huntington Beach Pier.  Admission to watch is free. Location: 317 Pacific Coast Highway, cross streets PCH & Main St., Huntington Beach, CA. Trade Expo Trade Show opens daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Paintball competition Time: 8:00 am 5:00 pm.


NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Beach Spirit Run. 25th running of Newport's favorite family race features 10K, 5K, 1 mile, and ½ mile races. Money raised helps benefit Newport Beach Elementary Schools. Location: 300 Newport Center Dr. Newport, CA 92663. Time: 10K run begins at 7 a.m.; 7:45am 5K; 9:20 Kids’ Races. Cost: Adult: $27 / $30 after 3/22/08; Junior 13-17 or Senior 60+ $20; Kid 12 & under $16 / $20 after 3/22/08. Call: Kinane Events (760) 434-7706.


NICE -Festival of Tulips. 2008 Festival of Tulips includes over 50,000 tulips, live music and wine tasting. Cost: $25 - 30/day.  Time: Noon - 4 p.m.  Location: Tulip Hill Vineyard, 4900 Bartlett Springs Rd., Nice, CA. Call: (707) 274-9373.


OCEANSIDE - North County's Earth Day Celebration. A FREE fun-filled family day! Learn how to personally save the environment from the many interactive and educational events for adults and children. Attend the fabulous plant sale and receive tips for planting your spring garden! Win prizes by participating in the Eco-Pals Program. The Mission San Luis Rey in conjunction with Green Planet Solutions Inc will also be holding a free E-waste drive at the Mission on the same day as an added benefit to our community. Time: 11 am - 4 pm. Location: 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside , CA 92057. Call: (760) 639-0672.


SANTA BARBARA -  Watershed Resource Center Family Fun Days. Macro-invertebrates with Aqua Pura, Shadow of the Salmon shown by Chumash Maritime Association, creative, hands-on decorating of  clay pots and plant seedlings with Santa Barbara Master Gardeners are a few activities offered at this event. Location: Watershed Resource Center, Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach, 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Time: 12 to 4 pm. Cost: Free. Call: (805) 884-0459 x16.


WESTMINSTER - ""COPPELIA" by Ballet Repertory Theatre. "Coppelia" with Anthony Sellars performing the role of Doctor Coppelius and Christopher Sellars, guest artist from Ballet West, dancing the role of Franz. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and only $5 for children under 11. Call Rose Center Theater box office at 714-793-1150. Location: Rose Center Theater, 14140 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92683


YUBA CITY -  Yuba City Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show. Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Location & address: Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Yuba City. Cost: 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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