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May 2008 Events California


Saturday, May 3, 2008


Featured Event: California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow in San Juan Bautista




SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow is an annual event to celebrate peace. Native American Indian culture, festive costumes, products, art and a variety of goods and services are all explored in the 24th annual celebration held at Mission San Juan Bautista. Held 2 days, May 3 & 4, 2008, a ceremony opens the event at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 3 with Kanyon Sayers honoring our ancestors with prayer.


Organized by a renown local artist from San Juan Bautista, Elayne da Silva-Reyna aka “Laynee Reyna” or Bluebird Woman is a visionary who's worked in many careers and helped many people through service as a military medic during wartime, private pilot and member of the Flying Doctors, who assist people in need of medical help in other countries, volunteering their time and services, and as a spiritual counselor to help people through their grief and issues that hold them back from living life to its fullest.

Reyna formed the non-profit One Earth, One People, Peace Vision, Inc. to help empower people to restore honorable and respectful relationships through understanding that all life is sacred and interconnected. She won a silver medal/second place in the 2003 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival for her portrait of prophet “Medicine Song Woman- Bernice Torrez”, Kashaya-Pomo California Indian, and daughter of renowned Shaman Woman, Essie Parrish, and donates proceeds from fund-raising events such as the California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow to bring art into the lives of youth with supplies and instruction.


At 11 a.m. California Indian Dancers Amah-Ka-Tura performance. Noon is Kelly Looking Horse - Lakota Traditional Dance and Song; and 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. will be Grand Entry Northern Drum Singers honoring veterans, families and cultures. Jingle & Shaw Dancers Children's Round Dance will follow. And at 2:30 to 3:30, 5:30, 6:30 p.m. watch the splendor of Resplendent Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers. Cinco de Mayo will be honored, too, as all people join in a friendship dance.  Donations are accepted and benefit Peace Vision's youth arts projects.  Call: (831) 623-4771 or

ARCADIA -  LA Garden Show 2008: Abundant Gardens—A Vision for Sustainability. Learn how to make a garden from the best designers in Southern California, buy one-of-a-kind plants, shop at The Marketplace and meet well-know garden experts and authors. Ongoing demonstrations, entertainment and food throughout the weekend. Bring your own wagon. Garden Show Hours are 9am to 4:30pm. Admission: $7. Location: 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA. Call: (626) 821-3243.


BENICIA  - "Under The Big Top" Opening Reception. Over 25 artists are showing their artwork in the historical, downtown district of Benicia, in the 1940's art deco home transformed into a gallery. Mixed media, oil, water colors and acrylic paintings, photography, glass work includes everything from clowns to bare breasted women..."Under the Big Top". Time: Opening reception 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibit hours: Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (usually). Location:  453 West J Street, Benicia, Ca. 94510. Call: (707) 745.2768


BODEGA - Artisans Co-op Art Demonstration. Ceramics and wheel work with Vera Van Schaik is featured at the artist gallery, a cooperative of over 40 artists who sell their products in the storefront in Bodega. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 17135-A Bodega Highway
Bodega, CA. Cost: Free.  Call: (707) 876-9830.


CAMBRIA - Gathering of Gardeners Cambria. Stroll through the five acres of world-class gardens at Cambria Pines Lodge and Cambria Nursery while listening to live entertainment. The two day event includes many free demonstrations and lectures, and several that charge fees. Lectures include Fabulous Fountains for Butterflies & Birds, Rock Wall Design & Construction and much more.  Location: Cambria Nursery and Florist, 2801 Eton Dr., Cambria, CA. Call: (800) 414-6915.


CLOVIS - Motorsports Jamboree - First annual event.  Location: Bicentennial Park, Sunnyside Ave., Clovis, CA. Time: begins at 7 a.m. Call: (559) 299-7363.


FERNDALE -  Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Parade down Main Street, 11 a.m. Mexican Folkloric Dancing, authentic Mexican food and Mariachi music at the Ferndale Community Center in Firemen's Park, noon to 3 p.m.  Presented by Ferndale Elementary School students. Call: (707) 786-9668.


LOMPOC - People's Day at Mission La Purisima.  It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc.


MONTEREY - May Faire. Monterey Bay Charter School’s annual spring celebration includes traditional garden games, spring crafts, live music, and lunch. Explore a magic fairy glen; enjoy a puppet show and dance around the May Pole. The entire family can participate in many activities, including face painting, a dunk tank, and flower garland weaving. Admission is free and the public is welcome! Time: 11a.m.-3 p.m. Location: 1004-B David Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA. Call: (831) 655-4638.


ONTARIO - Southern California Builders Expo. Exhibits & Educational Programs for Builders, Remodelers, Developers and Contractors.  The Expo features over 350 exhibitors and will showcase the latest products and services for residential, light commercial and retail construction and other building-related fields. Complimentary and fee-based educational workshops and seminar programs include business operations, personnel, sales and financial management, as well as green building practices. Cost: Free admission for members of the building industry. Location: Ontario Convention Center, 2000 East Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764.


SAN BERNARDINO - California State 35th Annual Chili Cookoff. Location: Perris Hill Park, San Bernardino, California. Contact: Mike Austin 909-883-3596. see more chili cook-offs


SAN DIEGO - Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo. 25th annual Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican heritage at the oldest and largest celebration in San Diego. History and culture, Mexican cuisine, traditional Mariachi music, colorful dances and a children’s area where kids can pan for gold are part of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park experience. A Mercado with beer, tequila and food specials at over 30 delicious restaurants, stagecoach rides, over 20 museums and the dozens of specialty stores offer room to roam and celebrate. Time:  May 3 from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fun fiesta is FREE to the public and will feature an array of activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.Call: (619) 291-4903.


SAN DIEGO - Walk for Hope. Walk for Hope 2008. City of Hope ’s ninth annual Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer. Location: University of San Diego campus, 5998 Alcalá Park , San Diego , CA 92110. Time: 7:45 am - 12:00 pm. Price: Adult $30; Child $20; USD Student $20 with valid student id. or contact Sherri Edell at 858-452-6846.


SAN DIEGO - Global Human Rights Torch Relay, San Diego. The Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) is an international campaign that calls for an end of human rights violations by the Chinese communist regime and the release of all prisoners of conscience before the Olympics. During the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the HRTR torch will host events in 37 countries on 5 continents with ceremonies and peaceful rallies, to deliver the message that the Olympic Games and Crimes against Humanity Cannot Coexist in China. Time: 12pm - 4pm. Cost: FREE. Address: Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Pan American Rd. East, San Diego, California 92101. Call: 619-296-9536.


SAN DIEGO - 2008 CA American Queen Pageant. Here is a chance for girls to increase communication and public speaking skills, improve physical fitness, gain regional /state /national celebrity status (helpful for actors and models) possibly win a State crown! American Queen Pageant is a fundraising vehicle for the national D.A.S.H Foundation which was created to address the issue of domestic violence, especially dating violence among teens. Delegates will compete for over $10, 000 in prizes in the following age divisions: Teen ages 13-15; Miss Teen ages 15-18; Miss ages 18-27; Mrs. ages 21-60 and married minimum of 6 months; Ms. ages 27 - 60 any martial status competition. Fee: $50 - $629. Contact: [email protected] Mailing address: 25 Visalia Irvine CA 92602. Event location: Handlery Hotel and Resort, San Diego, Co. /


SAN FRANCISCO - Earl Klugh. Spend an evening with hit recording artist, acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh. New CD release Spic of Life. Time & price: 8pm $28; 10pm $32. Location: Yoshis, 1330 Fillmore at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center, San Francisco, CA.  Call: (510) 464-6000.


SAN JOSE - The Firebird Ballet, plus Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, The Italian.  Ballet San Jose's presentation of this unique ballet is enhanced by the choreography that broke grounds and bounds with Dennis Nahat's unique interpretation scored to the music of Igor Stravinsky in this Russian fairy tale.  Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA. Time:  Fri at 8 p.m., Sat at 8 p.m.; Sat (children's 1 hour matinee at 1:30 p.m.; and Sun 1:30 p.m. Cost: $25-$82. Call: (408) 288-2800 x 204.


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - Blessing of the Horses. Blessing at 10:30 a.m., Event Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: The Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail in San Juan Bautista (off of Hwy 156) meeting at the North Gate. Contact: Michelle Armijo (831)389-4486 ext. 262 to register for the pleasure trail ride. Cost: Free event however registration is limited due to parking.


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow - 24th annual event celebrates the heritage of the region May 3 & 4. Location: Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 2nd St., San Juan Bautista, California. Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call: (831) 623-4771 or


SANTA MARIA - Bull Canyon Run. 10th annual event is open to public participation, this event actually takes place in Bull Canyon as a fundraising event for Special Olympics.

YUCAIPA - Old Ways Days. Try driving a horse team, pealing bark to build a log cabin, make rope candles or throw a tomahawk. Activities are free.  Riley's at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Rd. #13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399. Call: (909) 797-1005.