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May 2008 Events California

  Friday, May 16, 2008


Featured Event: Annual Catfish Derby (Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven)

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Catfish Derby annual event brings out the families and anglers to catch big catfish.

The 26th annual event is the largest catfish tournament west of the Mississippi. The tournament features separate divisions for adults and children. Sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks Glenhaven Business Association, entry fees are affordable for three days of fishing. Ranging between $10 and $50, kids 15 and younger can enter for around $10/each. Location: Derby Headquarters, Clearlake Oaks fire station, 12655 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Call: (707) 998-1006 /


ANGELS CAMP - Jumping Frog Jubilee and Calaveras County Fair. A popular contest based on Samuel  Clemens’ trips to the Gold Country region that inspired his published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, about Jim Smiley and his frog Dan’l Webster. Event includes a carnival, vendors, games, entertainment and the famous Jumping Frog contest. Cost: $9/adult; $5/child daily. Location: Fairgrounds along Highway 49 between Angels Camp and Sonora.


CLEAR LAKE - Catfish Derby. 26th annual event  is the largest catfish tournament west of the Mississippi. Runs through Sunday, May 18. Cost: $10/child; $40-50/ adult. Location: Derby Headquarters, Clearlake Oaks fire station, 12655 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks. Call: (707) 998-1006 /


HUNTINGTON BEACH - Duck-a-thon. Rubber duck race in which public purchases toy rubber ducks (around $10/ea). The ducks are dropped by a tractor into the ocean and the come ashore, collected by volunteers. The first ducks to arrive win prizes.  Location: Pier Plaza- Pacific Coast Highway at Main St. Time: Daily at 10 a.m. Cost: Free admission.


NEWPORT BEACH - Home Show & Boutique - Design trends are on view in the new Coastal Elegance style home. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 to 5 pm, with evening hours until 9 pm on Thursdays, the event runs through May 18, 2008. Free parking and shuttle at Mariner’s Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine (Tuesday-Saturday) and Tarbut V’ Torah, 5 Federation Way, Irvine (Sundays). Proceeds benefit Philharmonic Youth Music Education. Cost: $30/presale - $45/unlimited. Information and tickets at or call 714-840-7542.


PASO ROBLES - Paso Robles Wine Festival. The 26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival weekend is the 2008 Paso Robles Wine Festival marquee tasting event in the downtown city park. It features more than 90 area wineries host an array of special events including winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, winery tours, special tastings and more. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended since there is a limited amount on the day of the event. $50 Tasting Ticket – advance purchase recommended - includes unlimited wine tasting (2-5 p.m.) in the designated tasting area and a commemorative Riedel glass; $15 Designated Driver/Child Ticket - includes access to the event, four non-alcoholic beverages and a commemorative beverage container. Call (805) 239-8463.


REDDING - Redding Rodeo. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Location: Redding Rodeo Grounds, Redding, CA. Call: (530) 241-8559.


SACRAMENTO - 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: Cal Expo, Building A, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815.


SANTA BARBARA - Creative Wealth Weekend Camp for Women. Runs through May 18. See link for details.