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May 2008 Events California

  Friday, May 24, 2008


ARCATA - 40th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Wild and crazy people-powered sculptures traverse land, sand, and water to travel from the Arcata Plaza (10 a.m. viewing, noon start Saturday) to the finish line in the Victorian Village of Ferndale (finishing any time after noon Monday). It's all for the glory! Dessert awards ceremony open to the public, beginning around 5:30 on the 26th. Call: (707) 499-0643.


ARROYO GRANDE  - Strawberry Festival.  25th Annual Strawberry Festival features include Strawberry Stampede walk/run, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast, Strawberry Shortcake & T-shirt booths, Strawberry Prince & Princess Contest, Strawberry Blonde Contest, Strawberry Cooking Contest, Kiddie Carnival, Arts & Crafts Show, and Entertainment with lots of music including Ethnic, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Contemporary & Rock 'n Roll. Location: Village of Arroyo Grande. Cost: Free.


CORONA -  Koroneburg European Old World Festival. Southern California's Only Permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village enjoy jugglers, music, jousting, battles and entertainment for the entire family.  Runs weekends through June 15, 2008. Time: 11 to 9 p.m. Cost: $18 adult (coupons on website). Location: Crossroads, Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880


COSTA MESA - Scottish Festival. This event is a local favorite with its Highland Games, part of the US Nationals. Bagpipes, marching bands, Highland Dancers, Piping & Drumming, Scotch tasting and entertainment all day includes performers include: Alex Beaton, Celtic Spring, Alasdair Fraser, Bad Haggis, Highland Way and Wicked Tinker Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presale Admission: adult $15 (two-day pass $22); seniors, military & students $13 (two-day pass $19); and kids (5-12) $3 (two-day pass $4). Admission (at the gate): adults $18 (two-day pass $25); senior, military & students $16 (two-day pass $22); and kids (5-12) $3 (two-day pass $4). Children 4 and under admitted free.Location: 88 Fair Drive (Orange County Fairgrounds), Costa Mesa, CA.


GARDEN GROVE - Strawberry Festival. 50th anniversary Strawberry Festival celebrates with a Strawberry Festival Parade at 10 a.m. begins at Ninth & Chapman. Floats, marching bands, local dignitaries, clowns and equestrians, Miss Garden Grove and her court, the Senior King and Queen and the Tiny Tots King and Queen. For information call 714-638-0981. Festival runs through Monday, May 26. Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, California.


GRASS VALLEY - Grass Valley Llama Show. Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Over 200 llamas compete in halter, performance, carting, and youth classes. Location: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (530) 432-5246.


MCCLOUD - Mushroom, Music & Wine Faire - Wild mushroom festival and feast celebrates with cooking demonstrations, food samples, Mushroom Excursion Train, and the Mushroom Ball. Location: Main Street, McCloud, CA (Shasta region) Call: (530) 964-2431.


SACRAMENTO - Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, California 95815. Admission free, $7/parking. Carnival passes sold. Hours: Thursday, Friday. - Noon -10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call: (916) 263-2975.

SAN BERNARDINO - National Orange Show Festival. Runs Memorial Weekend through May 26. 93rd Annual National Orange Show celebrates Southern California's heritage as an orange growing region.  Time: 4 - 10 p.m. Location: Cost: $10 (approx.) - free for kids 5 and younger. Location: Arrowhead Avenue between Mill Street and Orange Show Road, Riverside, CA.


SAN FRANCISCO - Herb Alpert & Lani Hall. Brazilian moods in this sizzling, sensual performance.  Time & price: 8pm $28-$32. Location: Yoshis, 1330 Fillmore at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center, San Francisco, CA.  Call: (510) 464-6000.


WATSONVILLE - Willy's Show and Shines and Flea Market. The Road Angels in conjunction with Watsonville High School presents a fun fund-raiser with affordable entry $5/car; $10/flea market booth. Recognition and Raffle will be included. Proceeds benefit WHS Athletic Program. Time:  8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Watsonville High School, Wildcatz Way in front of the new Sports Complex, 250 E. Beach St. Watsonville, Ca. Call: Brad Hubbard, Athletic Director (831) 728-6390 ext 1801 or  Tony Gonzalez (831) 359-7478


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