August 2009 Calendar



August 16, 2009


  NATIONAL PARKS FREE WEEKEND - Gain free admission this Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16, to California's National Parks--Cabrillo National Monument; Death Valley National Park; John Muir National Historic Site; Joshua Tree National Park; Lassen Volcanic National Park; Lava Beds National Monument; Muir Woods National Monument; Pinnacles National Monument; San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Sequoia National Park; Whiskeytown Unit National Recreation Area; and Yosemite National Park. Save from a couple dollars to $25 for park admission on this special weekend that will allow visitors throughout the U.S. to enjoy free admission National Parks in 49 states.

LAGUNA BEACH - Art-A-Fair festival. Annual art event located in a beautiful garden setting with 125 artists, plus live entertainment, fine food, demonstrations and workshops. This year's theme is "Venetian Carnival."  The event runs through Aug. 31. Location: 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Calif. Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 10 p.m. Cost: Season pass $3.50 - $7; under 12 free. Call: (949) 494-451.

LAGUNA BEACH - Sawdust Festival.  The show offers a great opportunity for home decorating and gift shopping. Summer Art Festival runs daily through Aug. 30, 2009. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $3 - 7 (approx.) Annual pass sold for approx. $19. Location: 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Ca. Call: (949) 494-3030.

McCLOUD - McCloud Heritage Days. Celebrate the mountain city's cultural heritage with a weekend of fun. Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, the Street Faire and Bocce ball, entertainers, family activities, old fashioned games like a watermelon eating contest, sack and three legged races, hula hoop contests and a cook-off will be held. There will be a pie and jam and jelly judging contest Come and join in the festivities! Cost: Free. Call: (530) 964-2558, 964-3113,

PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB - Center of the World Festival. Center of the World Festival takes its inspiration from the Chumash legends, and the spiritual significance of Mt. Pinos to the Chumash people. The Festival is being held in Pine Mountain Club, California, which is a small hamlet nestled in the Los Padres National Forest at the base of Mt. Pinos. The Festival is a playwright competition, with plays reflecting a theme of peaceful conflict resolution. The theme itself is based upon the Chumash concept of maintaining balance with the universe and mankind; ancient ceremonies were conducted at Mt. Pinos for that purpose. The Festival is a fundraiser for Kern County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Cost: $10 donation to Red Cross per daily event. Location: Pine Mountain Club, CA. Call: (661) 242-1583.

SEBASTOPOL - Gravenstein Apple Fair. More of a Taste of celebration than anything, the list of winery, breweries and restaurant participants is amazing for such a small city! If you're into good food and beverage sampling, this is for you...definitely. Every August Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California provides the beautiful location for an annual celebration of Sonoma County agriculture. The Gravenstein Apple Fair, sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities.  Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $10; Seniors $8; Age 6-12 $5; Under 6 Free. Location: Ragle Ranch Park, Sebastopol, CA. Call: (707) 824-1765.  Get tickets!

SAN DIEGO - Wicked, musical. The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, Wicked is Broadway's biggest blockbuster with a Grammy and three Tony awards, but does equally well in San Diego. Time: 1 & 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25-128. Location:  Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd & B St., San Diego, CA 92101. Call: (619) 570-1100.

SUNOL - Historic Train Rides. Depart from Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. Departure times: 10:30 a.m.; Noon; 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cost: $10. Location: Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063.

SUTTER CREEK - Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival. Ragtime, novelty, stride, boogie-woogie piano and more at five venues in downtown make for a hot weekend. Cost: $10 up. Call: (209) 223-0867.

VENICE BEACH  - Summer Fest in Venice Beach. Over 100 vendors, 15,000 in attendance and an amazing two days of shopping, arts, crafts, entertainment and music. Opening the show is Melanie, singing the National Anthem and Disney songs. Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location:   1800 Ocean Front Walk (off Windsor and Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach , CA 90291. Call: (562) 277-7174.


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