April 2009 Events



  April 18, 2009


COSTA MESA - Free Train Rides. Orange County Model Engineers club operates 1/8th scale trains in Fairview Park that the public are invited to watch and ride. The 12 minute journey includes a trip around the park, picnic tables for parties and a gift shop with train and logo related items for children and adults. Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COSTA MESA -  Bernstein Beat,  Family Concerts Series. Daughter of Leonard Bernstein, Jamie, conducts lively Broadway tunes and music. Time: 10 & 11:30 a.m. Cost:  $18-35. Location: RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA. Call (714) 755-5799. pacificsymphony.org.

EL CENTRO - El Centro Music Festival. This event filled with culturally diverse music and a musicians playing throughout the evening draws between 8,000 and 10,000 people! In 2008 the headline act was Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Location: Stark Field, El Centro, CA. cityofelcentro.org

EL DORADO HILLS - Boot Scootin' Boogie. Boot Scootin' Boogie, presented by Ride and Shine Adaptive Horseback Riding Program, Inc., is a family friendly social fundraiser that features dinner, dancing, raffle and silent auction. Time: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Cost: $30. Location: El Dorado Hills CSD gym, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA. rideandshine.org

FERNDALE - The Secret Garden, musical. Filled with great songs, this musical surrounds a young girl and a garden, presented by the Ferndale Repertory Theatre on the North Coast since 1972. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $16. Location: 447 Main St., Ferndale, CA. Call: (707) 786-5483. ferndale-rep.org

LANCASTER - Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway. Cabaret, Chicago and many Broadway stage hits are included.  Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $30 - 35. Location: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA. Call: (661) 723-5950. lpac.org

LEMOORE -  Central Valley Pizza Festival. 9th annual pizza fest has a home where the world's largest mozzarella cheese producing company, Leprino Foods of Lemoore exists. This is the epicenter of culinary freshness with its abundance of pizza produce grown locally. Cheese, olives, garlic, tomatoes and beef all hail from Lemoore. Teams vie for prizes in the 9-foot pizza competition, plus many more games, live entertainment and events. Location: Downtown Lemoore, D St. and Lemoore Ave., Lemoore, CA. Cost: Free. Open: daily. Call: (559) 924-6401. lemoorechamberofcommerce.com

LONG BEACH - Pink Floyd Laserspectacular. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $25. Location: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 985-7000. carpenterarts.org

LONG BEACH - Grand Prix Car Racing. One of the most exciting California car races hits the streets of downtown Long Beach for celebrity races, professional drivers, cool bands, great food, and the smell of rubber tracks laid down in this event filled with four days of automotive fun sponsored by Toyota.

LOS ANGELES -  The Real Black Dahlia. Esotouric Tours guided adventure. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $58. Location: Departs from Philippe the Original, 1001 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA. Call: (323) 223-2767. esotouric.com

MENLO PARK -  Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival. 27th Annual Art event invites the public to join in. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Santa Cruz Avenue at El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA. Call: (209) 267-4394. pacificfinearts.com

MILLBRAE- Booze, Broads & Hotrods. 11th Annual Booze Broads & Hotrods is an all-day Rockabilly Festival & Car Show Vendors, raffles, burlesque performances, and more! Time: Cars all day, bands start at 4 p.m. Cost: $20. Location: Clarion Hotel, 401 E. Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae, CA. Call: (650) 777-7784. thebombshells.net

PARADISE - Gold Nugget Days. Commemorates 1859 discovery of a 54-pound gold nugget. Historical Queen Contest, old fashioned melodrama, arts & crafts fair, parade, donkey derby, costumed ball, and many fun activities will be in store for attendees. Location: Paradise, CA. Call: (530) 872-8722. goldnuggetmuseum.com

REDDING - Kool April Nites. Car show with 68 car prize categories that include Most Bitchin, Kool Deuce, Pro Street Pick, Mighty Mustang, Street Sweeper, Chick's Choice and many more at the Redding Convention Center includes miles of Classic Cars, great food, concerts every night in the Big Tent beginning Wednesday. Call: (530) 226-0844.  Tickets and times: koolaprilnites.com

RIVERSIDE - AVP Volleyball Tournament. Launching the California tournaments with Olympic favorites such as Misty May Trainor and Kerri Walsh, this event brings top volleyball athletes to Riverside for 3 days through April 19. Time:  Day Session - 10:00 am to 5:15 p.m.; Night Session - 7:30 pm to 10:30 p.m. Cost: $20 general; $40 courtside; $10 kid.  Location: Downtown Riverside, 3300 Market St., Riverside, CA. avp.com
SAN DIEGO - Taste of Uptown / Hillcrest. Enjoy a self-guided stroll that will take you around to some of the top chefs in San Diego, who are preparing their best dishes with samples created from over 40 of the area’s prominent restaurants. Uptown / Hillcrest neighborhood is surrounded by dozens of charming shops. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $25; $30 day of the event. Call McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008 or to purchase tickets at hillcrestbusinessassociation.com.

 SANTA MARGARITA - Earth Day Food & Wine Festival - The annual  Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is an intimate celebration featuring earth friendly cuisine, sustainably produced wines, live entertainment and educational exhibits highlighting innovative products. The award-winning food and wine featured are grown on local Central Coast farms committed to innovative practices that protect both our natural resources and communities.  Enjoy unlimited tastings in a historic and festive setting. Tickets are limited to preserve the intimate nature of the event. Proceeds support sustainable agriculture research and farmworker outreach programs conducted by the Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT), a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Time: 1to 5 p.m. Ticket: $100 Premiere, $75 General, $25 Designated Driver, $500 VIP Table of 8. Location: Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia, Santa Margarita, CA.  Call: (805) 369-228. 8EarthDayFoodandWine.com.

SANTA ROSA - Santa Rosa Symphony: Soviet Titans. Khachaturian's Three Pieces from Gayane; Miaskovsky's Cello Concerto; and Prokofiev's Selections from the ballet Cinderella include violinist Gary Hoffman.  Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $27 - 50. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.  Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org

STANFORD - 50 Years of Kind of Blue, A Live Jazz Laboratory. Jazz concert based on Miles Davis 1959 classic.  Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $32 - 38. Location: Kresge Auditorium, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA. Call: (650) 725-2787. livelyarts.stanford.edu

VACAVILLE - Medieval Fantasy Festival - Medieval Fantasy Festival offers entertainment and fun such as Pumpkin Chucking with catapults. This Ratapult will have several divisions so that all can have their chance at flinging artificial rats. Creative folks may design and make fantastic costumes for their puppet rat. These have two chances to win, first the rat costume contest and second the best distance launch on the festival catapult or trebuchet. If you don’t have the time to sew up costumes, enter the distance launch part. Little kids will enjoy hurling rubber squeaky rats. Longest distance for each age group wins a prize. All are welcome to walk in the Pied Piper Parade. For more information on all division of the Ratapult,  and the annual Medieval event with booths, food, entertainment and costumes, entries to Ratapult will be available during the two day  festival. Location: Downtown Vacaville, CA, centering on Merchant, Main, and Parker Streets. Admission: Free.  medievalfantasyfestival.com.

VENTURA - Gold Dust Gala.  2009 Gold Dust Gala Fundraiser event includes Pre-Party VIP Reception, Silent Auction Trips, Collectibles, Paintings, Dinners at Fine Restaurants, Theater Tickets, Gems, Western Clothes, Boots, Autographed Items From Top Country Artists and more! Dinner & Dancing with Delicious BBQ and country western line dancing in a schedule: 6:00 - Cocktails, Silent Auction & Country Western Line Dancing; 6:45 - Barbeque Dinner, Dancing; 8:00 - Silent Auction Closes/Winner Pickup Items; 8:30 - Keith Anderson in Concert. Cost: $95/person. Proceeds are used for cancer screenings, diagnostic equipment and exams provided by Community Memorial Health System to women in need. Location: Seaside Park, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA. golddustgala.com



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