October 2008 Event Calendar California



  October 5, 2008



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ANAHEIM - Orange County Auto Show. Representatives from 30 leading automotive manufacturers will be on-site to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. The Orange County Auto Show is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows. Time: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Event runs through Sunday, October 5, 2008. Cost: Location: Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and older) and free for children 12 and under. Advance E-tickets can be purchased and weekday discount coupons at OrangeCountyAutoShow.com. Show Location: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim , CA 92802


AVALON - Jazz Trax Festival. 22nd annual event features three weekends of live jazz music from top artists performing at the elegant Avalon Casino Ballroom. Artists on Oct. 5 are Brian Bromberg and Warren Hill. Time: Noon. Cost: $20 - 60. Location: 1 Casino Way, Avalon (Catalina Island), CA. jazztrax.com


BIG BEAR LAKE - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. 38th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Schedule of Events includes Log Sawing & Stein Holding Contests - held several times throughout the day. Children's contests held Sundays at approximately 3:00 p.m.; Outside Budenstrasse Game Booths, Exhibitors, Petting Zoo Saturdays from 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.  Price: $5 - 10 approx. (kids under 12 free). Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Highway 18 at Division Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA. Call: (909) 585-3000. bigbearevents.com


CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival. 22nd Annual California Avocado Festival (home of the world's largest vat of guacamole) is one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun. Runs through October 5. Hours Sunday: 10 AM - 6 PM. Admission is free. Location: 900 Linden Ave. (Linden & Carpinteria Ave.), Carpinteria, CA. avofest.com


CHICO -  Chico City Fall Home and Garden Show.  Perfectly situated at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, this home show is quickly becoming one of the largest of the Home Show family of shows. Location: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico, California. Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets (subject to change): Adult $5; 12 and under Free with paying adult.  Call: (530) 671-9600. totalhomeshow.com


COSTA MESA - Jamie Lee Curtis is guest presenter at Orange County Children’s Book Festival.  Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, Orange County Children’s Book Festival, this family-fun festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors who will be entertained and delighted by authors, illustrators, booksellers, animals, storytellers, costumed characters, train rides, crafts, food and entertainment and much, much more. Highlights: Celebrity reading and autograph signing with Jamie Lee Curtis ~ Big Words for Little People; Barney Saltzberg ~ Crazy Hair Day; Gary Soto ~ Accidental Love; Guy Gilchrist, Nancy Comic Strip illustrator; Stacia Deutsch ~ Blast to the Past; Pat Burns ~ Grandparents Rock; and many, many, more. Where: Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs: Admission and parking are free. Call (714) 838-4528. kidsbookfestival.com


ENCINO - Old Time Jam Session. Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars and musical talent to jam like communities used to. Old Time Jam Session is led by Steve Lewis. Time: 1 to 4 pm. Location: CTMS Center for Folk Music In Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91316. Cost: Free to the public. Call (818) 817-7756. ctmsfolkmusic.org


HUNTINGTON BEACH - Old World Village Oktoberfest. A Bavarian band, live entertainment, German foods served and beers on tap, plus the pretty "shot" girls and a large dance floor for Chicken Dance. Sunday afternoons are Family Day with the Bouncy House for kids. Location: 7571 Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Call: (714) 895-8020. oldworld.ws


IRVINE - Might Rubber Ducky Race. 15th annual duck dip includes a classic car show and many prizes.  The event will be held at Wild Rivers Waterpark. Location: 8770 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (race begins at 1 p.m.) Cost: $15 for park admission and one duck entry in contest. duckyderbyoc.com


LAFAYETTE - OktoberFest. Joine this annual fundraiser at St. Perpetuar Catholic Community Church. Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Location: 3454 Hamlin Rd., Lafayette, CA. Call: (925) 283-0272. stperpetua.org


LAKEWOOD -Lakewood Artist Guild- 2008 Fall Art Contest. This art contest offers an opportunity for  budding artists through professionals to participate and have art judged by a pro. Open to fine arts, crafts, photography, sculptures and mixed media ranging from beginner works thru professionals. The public viewing will be from 11 am -3 pm. Artists wishing to enter a work: Cost $12 per entry. Location: Mayfair Park, 5720 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, Ca. 90712. Call: (562) 421-8212 Mary Crowder, President. 


LONG BEACH - Garden Tours at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Held first 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.


LONG BEACH  - Shipwreck - 14th annual Halloween Terrorfest at Queen Mary ship. Explore 7 terrifying mazes on and off the ship. Revamped for new thrills in 2008. Time: 7 p.m. to 11 Midnight. Cost: $34. Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA. queenmary.com


MOORPARK - Wild West Weekend. This 5th annual event features acts Soughdough Slim, cowboy musician Lincoln Bond, Old Town Temecula Gunfighters and cowboy poet Shirley Lorraine in this authentic country & western event at the Ventura County farm where seasons come with food. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark , CA. Call: (805) 529-3690. Cost: $10/person. underwoodfamilyfarms.com


ORANGE - Pumpkin Patch. A huge pumpkin patch and train ride are part of the fun in this 3rd annual event that includes train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, pony rides, thousands of pumpkins and more. Admission into the pumpkin patch is FREE. Prices for other activities vary. Location: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA. Cars are charged $3 parking. irvineparkrailroad.com


PACIFIC GROVE - Historic Home Tour. Take a tour of Victorian and historic homes, bed & breakfast inns, and churches. Docents provide a history of each location, highlighting Pacific Grove’s traditional hospitality. Co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Grove Art Center, and the Heritage Society. More info: 831-373-3304. pacificgrove.org


PLEASANTON - Hop & Vine Fest. Pleasanton Downtown Association’s fall afternoon event includes  live music, dancing, food, and of course, beverages derived from hops and picked from the vine.  Pleasanton Downtown Association’s Hop & Vine Fest includes Cabana Dave and his yummy barbeque, plus a selection of art and craft vendors so you can sip and shop as you enjoy the afternoon and the music. Time: 1 - 5 p.m. Location: parking lot behind the Cheese Factory building at 830 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA. Cost: Free. Call: (925) 484-2199, ext. 4#. pleasantondowntown.net


POWAY - Tour de Poway Century Bike Race. Tour De Poway travels a scenic route through back country hills of San Diego County. Time: 7 a.m. Location: Old Poway Park, 14128 Midland Rd., Poway, CA 92074. Cost: 102 Miles - $45 to $35 for most short courses.  Fees increase $15 after 9/28. Location: 14128 Midland Road, Poway, CA . tourdepoway.com


SAN FRANCISCO - Oktoberfest by the Bay. Held at Fort Mason annually, this event includes lots of live German music, dancing, food, beer and fun. Time: 11 a.m. all ages, Cost: $25/2 adults & $5/child. oktoberfestbythebay.com


SAN RAFAEL  - Pacific Pinball Exposition. Fabulous 3 day retro event with game playing, vendors, expos, classes and more, all to raise money for a non-profit pinball museum. Location: Marin County Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $25/day; $15/age 12 and under; Adult 3 day pass is $45. pacificpinball.org


TEMECULA - Pig Racing, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peltzer Farms. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located 6 miles east of 1-15, take Rancho California Road Exit to Calle Contento. Peltzer Farms, 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Call: (951) 695-1115. peltzerfarms.com


TORRANCE - Alpine Village Oktoberfest  Enjoy live entertainment with European recording artists, and Direct from Germany bands in a covered beer garden with a stage, dancing, German foods and beer on tap. Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Call: (310) 323-6520. alpinevillage.net


TWAIN HARTE - Twain Harte Oktoberfest. Annual Oktoberfest event includes food, German music, games, booths and fun. Location: Eproson Park in Twain Harte, CA. fireonthemountain.com  - Oktoberfests California


VACAVILLE - Vacaville Art, Wine & Brew Festival. This annual event combines beverage, fine art and music to make for good times in the quintessential California city that embodies good living. Location: Downtown Vacaville. From 11 am to 4 pm, it’s Brunch, Brews and Bluegrass with several Downtown restaurants providing a delectable Sunday brunch while you listen to good ‘ole time Bluegrass music played by Steve & Denny at 11 am, Tamara Little at 12:30 pm and Rita Hoskings Band at 2 pm. Call:(707) 451-2100. Entertainment is free. downtownvacaville.com

VALLEJO - Walk By Faith Gospel Explosion. Gospel Music Concert with Grammy winning Daniel Winans  will include local favorites Anitra Lewis, First Friday Youth Choir & Heavenly Steppers Gospel Praise Dancers, Roshun Wynne, and Allowyn N. Price & Friends. Hosted by multi-award winning Bay Area legend Dorothy Stanton, the event will showcase Empress Theatre, Vallejo’s stunning home for arts and entertainment since 1912. The renovated Empress reopened recently with a $6.8 million makeover after being shuttered for nearly 20 years. Two Shows: 3:30pm & 6:30 p.m. Location: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Downtown Vallejo CA. Ticket: $30 General. Call: (707) 552-2400empresstheatre.org


VENTURA - Harvest Moon Festival. Celebrate Autumn and Halloween with a junior haunted house suitable for children under 10, educational booths, carnival–style games with prizes, inflatable jumpers and slides, live entertainment and the Open Classroom “world” famous pumpkin bread. There will be contests for the entire family, raffles and pony plop bingo. Location: Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (805) 289–1817, ext. 1220. theopenclassroom.org


YOUNTVILLE - Artist Eric Christensen. Gallery 1870 will be hosting a homecoming show for the renowned watercolor artist Eric Christensen. Christensen is self-taught and is acknowledged as one of the top wine artists in the Country. His pursuit of perfection is revealed in the reflective glass that begs to be enveloped by the viewer’s hand. Unique to Christensen is his ability to create hyper-real paintings using standard watercolors. Location: VMarketplace 1870 (formerly Vintage 1870), 6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599 Call: (800) 322-1870. gallery1870.com



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