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Monday, May 5, 2008 Cinco de Mayo


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NEWPORT BEACH - Home Show & Boutique - Design trends and techniques 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.


Note: 5 on 5 San Diego has been canceled this year!

5 on 5. Doesn't matter what day of the week it falls on, every May 5 in San Diego you can expect Cinco de Mayo fun. Margaritas, Mexican beers, bands, dancing, DJs and a street scene to rock you, this event is one of California's most fun Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Located just across the border from San Diego is Mexico. That's why San Diego is the most appropriate spot to celebrate this Mexican celebration. It doesn't hurt that there's warm year round weather and a lively beach scene.


Thanks to San Diegoo's location, the Latin beat and authentic style of showmanship sported by beautiful Hispanic women has been absorbed by all cultures and ethnic groups in a celebration that's extremely popular in Southern California. Skimpy outfits worn by tanned blondes, brunettes, red-heads, Scottish, Asians, Italians, Afro-Americans, Amerasians, as well as Hispanics, spice up an event held in the sizzling streets of Gaslamp Quarter. This district of San Diego has a long history of entertainment and accommodations that's amazingly been preserved for people to enjoy today. It's very own California version of New Orleans streets, the area is filled with unique buildings, restaurants, clubs, hotels and shopping. During Mardi Gras, the streets are closed and admission points are set up for the public to enter (paid admission), to access the street scene. Once entering, guests can wander and take in a variety of bands, clubs, foods kiosks, bar service (21+ only) and socializing. The streets are lit by spotlights set up for the event, but retain the party atmosphere as they bathe areas with blue, pink, red and yellow.


While San Diego County offers several entry points into Mexico, where Americans like to party on the weekends in cities such as Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, on special events, many San Diegans and Californians opt to stay in country and celebrate on the streets of San Diego for events that include Cinco de Mayo and the popular Gaslamp Mardi Gras, held on Fat Tuesday in February.


Like Gaslamp Mardi Gras, this is an event for those who like to party. It isn't for those who hate crowds, noise and just plain outdoor music, food and fun. The street transform into an outdoor music block party with Mariachi beats, Ballet Folklorico dancers, lots of tasty Mexican food, icy cervezas and colorful margaritas. The event raises money for Christie's Place, the host for more than 10 years.


Where to stay: Don't drive on this party night. If you drink, like most people do, it's easiest to take a hotel room (there are many right there at Gaslamp.) Its also saves you from having to find a place to park your car. Some of the hottest new hotels in Gaslamp include Hard Rock Hotel, Horton Grand Plaza & Hotel Solamar (4 diamond). If you're looking for cheap hotels, you may have to go away from Gaslamp a little bit. 500 West is one of the cheapest (lowest priced) in downtown, the nearest perimeter hotel accommodations to Gaslamp. For update and tickets, see


ANAHEIM - Alicia Keys in concert. Performs at Honda Center, Time:  7:30 p.m. Location: 2695 E Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806. Cost: $95 - 125.  Call: (714) 704-2500.

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.

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. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cambria’s New Dawn Montessori School invites the public to visit rarely seen private gardens in and around Cambria, many of which surround historic buildings with distinctive architecture. At each garden along the self-guided tour route, guests will enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 the day of the event, and benefit New Dawn Montessori School.
Location: Cambria Nursery and Florist, 2801 Eton Drive, Cambria, CA. Call: (800) 414-6915.

HUNTINGOTN BEACH - Crocs Cuervo Gold AVP Volleyball Competition. Location: Huntington Beach Pier (south side), Huntington Beach, CA. Tickets $20/person.

LONG BEACH - Garden Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Held every 1st Sunday through October, guided tours of the lush grounds include information about the history of the gardens as you stroll past the vibrant flowers in bloom and delight in the refreshing citrus fragrances in the restored orchard. Some trees date back to the 1840s when John Temple, owner of the 27,000-acre Rancho from 1844-1866, started the garden. In 1931, renowned landscape architect Ralph Cornell redesigned the gardens for Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. and added more exotic plants and fruit trees. A water tower, a cast iron tallow pot from the 1840s, and an adobe horno are additional features you will explore during your tour. The Rancho is also open Wednesday – Sunday from  1 to 5 p.m. Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach (One block west of Long Beach Blvd. at San Antonio Drive). Time: 2:30 p.m. Cost: Free; by reservation only. Call: (562) 570-1755.

LOS ANGELES - Viva el Cinco! Celebrate the Spirit of Community at the Autry with a festive day of mariachis, ballet folklorico, and charros. You be the judge in a salsa-tasting competition. Plus, meet Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha. This one-of-a-kind cartoonist, satirist, and writer will host a thought-provoking, multimedia presentation at 2 p.m. in the theater. There will be many family activities throughout the day. Time: 11 am to 5 pm. Cost: Free with museum admission. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children 2 and under. Location: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA.

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 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 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 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: Sun 1:30 p.m. Cost: $25-$82. Call: (408) 288-2800 x 204.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA - California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow - 24th annual event celebrates the heritage of the region. 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

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Band - Asia at The Coach House. Price: $55. Time: 7 p.m. Location: 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Call: (949) 496-8930.

SANTA CRUZ - Kaleidoscope: Broadway Medleys with the Market Street Theater Singers and Dancers. Like a Kaleidoscope has a multitude of designs and colors, "Kaleidoscope: Broadway Medleys" takes you back to the multitude of sounds, designs, and colors of music from the Golden Era of Broadway. Director Lynn Knudsen has put together a show that is sure to be a hit.  Music from Kismet and West Side Story, plus songs: Stranger in Paradise, We Could Make Believe, and Younger Than Springtime  promise to capture the imagination. Also enjoy songs: Hernando's Hideaway and Officer Krupke. Cost: $5 donation.  Location:  222 Market St., Santa Cruz, CA. Time: 2 p.m. Call: (831) 477-9022.

SANTA MONICA - Lenine US Tour 2008. An enormous star in his native Brazil , Grammy-winner Lenine is Brazilian popular music’s renaissance man: a songwriter, guitarist, singer, and producer (for Maria Rita among others), whose spirited music drops hip-hop, funk, rock, into the ever-infectious Brazilian groove. Tickets: $20 – General Admission. Location: Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA / (310)393-6611. Tickets: (818) 566-1111.

SUNOL - Toast of Spring on the Wildflower Train. Livermore Valley vintners host wine tasting to during a one hour excursion filled with views of California poppies, lupin and mustard wildflowers seen from a vintage train ride through Niles Canyon. Board at the old Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. The one-hour round-trip excursion is about 14 miles. Suggested donation for regular trips: $10 (this event may cost more, call for details). Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063.

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.







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