Best Of The Rest
Thursday, February 21, 2002
Sweet Thursday Book Signing Series 2pm. Professors Jackson Benson, an official Steinbeck biographer, and Susan Shillinglaw from the SJSU Steinbeck Center will sign copies of Steinbeck's last book America and Americans. Both of these Steinbeck experts added related journalism and commentary to this re-release of Steinbeck's 1966 classic. The Fish Hopper Restaurant, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey. Free. 648-8132.
Bead Power 3:30pm. Author of Bead Power Carolyn Manzi will discuss her love of beads and trace their historical and cultural significance. The artist, writer, and jewelry designer makes beading easy and will give a demonstration of her techniques as part of the presentation. A book signing will follow. Borders, Sand City. Free. 899-6643.
Citadel Lodge Karaoke Nights 7-10pm. Sing your heart out at these Tuesday and Thursday evening Karaoke-fests sponsored by the Citadel Lodge & Kismet Temple. Elks Rest, 1069 Broadway Ave., Seaside. Free.
Third Thursday Mixer 7pm. This month's installment of the Monterey Museum of Art's "Third Thursday" community mixer series features singer-songwriter Jana Heller, who has recently returned to Monterey after 15 years living in England. She will be accompanied by wine, appetizers, and Andy Gilhooley on percussion. Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific, Monterey. Free. 372-5477.
Kenya and Tanzania Slide Show 7:30pm. Global Education Partnership presents a slide show highlighting both the beauty of East Africa and the need for educational resources in rural African schools. GEP will be leading a trip to Kenya and Tanzania this July to help raise money for books and other materials. Irvine Auditorium, MIIS, Monterey. Free. 647-4100.
Baktun 12: Open Mic Sessions 9:30pm. Baktun 12 Productions, a group of East Salinas performers of theater, hip-hop, and spoken word, hosts this weekly open mic at their performance studio in Oldtown Salinas. The Grassy Knoll, 246 Main Street, Salinas. Free. 759-8512.
Firehouse Trip Showcase 1-3pm. Get a head start on this year's lineup of trips planned for the Firehouse senior trip program. There will be a guest speaker from Alamo World Travel who will show slides from the Laguna Art Festival and the Getty Museum, two possible destinations for the group. Guests will also hear about plans to visit the San Francisco Zoo and watch the world acclaimed Beach Blanket Babylon. Don't get left behind! Firehouse Recreation Center, 1330 E. Alisal St., Salinas. Free. 758-7900.
Meet the Author 7pm. Join Caroline Sutherland, author of The Body Knows, as she reveals her gift of medical intuition. The presentation will include some individual intuitive assessments. Borders, Sand City. Free. 899-6643.
Satan's Earthly Kingdom 7pm. Friends of Jung continue their discussion of Elaine Pagel's book, The Origin of Satan. 284 Foam St, Monterey. Donation. 649-4018.
Labyrinth Workshops 10am. Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula presents this first of three two-hour workshops in how to best experience the church's new Community Labyrinth. Today's workshop emphasizes prayer and meditation. The March 2 workshop will be on reducing stress and anxiety and the March 9 session will address personal healing. One mile east of Highway 1 on Carmel Valley Road, next to Rancho Canada Golf Club, Carmel Valley. Free, but donation welcome. 624-8595.
Harper Canyon/Toro Creek Weed Pull 10am-2pm. Come help in this community effort to battle the invasive French broom responsible for preventing native plants from growing in their natural environment. The Toro Creek watershed is full of this destructive weed and it needs to be stopped. Toro Creek, Take Hwy 68, turn on to Harper Canyon Rd., and drive to the top, Monterey. Free. 582-3689.
Argentine Tango Workshops 2pm and 3:30 pm. Professional teachers and dancers Miller and Claudia will teach two workshops on "The Biomechanics of the Close Embrace." Another workshop, "Close Embrace Giros, Molinetes & Variations" takes place Sunday at noon at the Carmel American Legion Hall. Saturday workshops are at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove. $20/$45 for two workshops. 372-4062.
Polenta Feed 4pm. Help fund a new Library in Castroville by attending Ray's Famous Polenta and Stew dinner. All proceeds will go to the new Library now in the planning stages. Sit-down dinners and take-out will both be available. Mike's Place, 10749 Merritt St., Castroville. $10. 633-2829.
Los Musicos at Borders 7pm. Revel in the Latin jazz of Juan Carlos Quintero's fourth recording, "Los Musicos," when he makes a special stop at Borders to promote his most recent album. Borders, Sand City. Free. 899-6643.
Chess Tournament 9am. The Monterey Chess Center invites players to a two-day chess tournament. This event draws players from all over the region. The tournament starts at 9am Saturday and Sunday mornings and continues until 6-8pm. No game may exceed three hours in length, and lunch is at 1pm each day. Monterey Chess & Darts Center, 430 1/2 Alvarado St, Monterey. $20/day or $35 for both. 646-8730.
Booster Club BBQ 11am-2pm. Support San Carlos School's Booster Club by chomping on sandwiches, salad, chips, and dessert at the group's annual Tri-tip BBQ. San Carlos School, 450 Church St., Monterey. $6.50. 375-1324.
Dorothea Lange Slide Presentation 2pm. Elizabeth Partridge, author of Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, will discuss her book and sign copies of it after the program. She will be accompanied by Drew Johnson, Curator of Photography at the Oakland Museum of California, who will give a slide presentation of the Dorothea Lange archives that he works with. National Steinbeck Center, One Main St., Salinas. $10. 775-4724.
Steinbeck and Monterey Peninsula Artists 3pm. Art historian Lila Staples and Steve Hauk, scriptwriter for two films on the legacy of Monterey artists, give a fresh look at Steinbeck's relationships with notable artists such as Armin Hansen, Howard Everett Smith, Judity Deim, Ellwood Graham and James Fitzgerald. Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific, Monterey. $5/$3. 372-5477.
Lovejoy Concert Series 3pm. Experience the creative and original jazz of New York's Virginia Mayhew Group. Virigina Mayhew's quartet plays compositions and arrangements ranging from bop to blues to ballads and has performed in such venues as the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd., Carmel. $12/$6 students. 625-5633.
Henry Meade Williams Lecture Series 10:30am/2:30pm. Professor of English at Nazareth College, Dr. Adrielle Mitchell, will present a lecture entitled, "Inhuman or Unhuman: Wildness and Civilization in the Carmel Poems of Robinson Jeffers." She will focus on the author's attraction to the Carmel and Big Sur areas and his use of natural symbolism. Harrison Memorial Library, Park Branch, Mission & Sixth Streets, Carmel. Free. 624-1615.
Jungian Dreamworkers 7pm. The Jungian Dreamworkers meet to discuss and study their dreams. 284 Foam St, Monterey. $10. 649-4018.
Chronic Pain Group Meetings 5:30-7:30pm. The Community Human Services' Counseling Center sponsors this 8-week group designed to help individuals living with chronic pain learn how to develop attitudes and skills that will ease their conditions. The Counseling Center, 590 Pearl St., Monterey. $12 pre-paid/$15. 373-4775.
Vintner Dinner at Hullaballoo's6:30pm. Don't miss this special food and wine pairing dinner at Hullaballoo's, a restaurant known for its bold American cooking. This four-course dinner will feature wines of the local and European selections from the Robert Mondavi Family. Seating is limited. Hullaballoo's, 228 Main St., Salinas. $55. 757-3663.
Square Dancing 8pm. Looking for a new kind of workout? Learn to square dance at this new class offered every Tuesday at the Sage Stompers Square Dance Club. Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside. Free for the first month. $5/month after. 899-0752.
Candidate's Forum 7-9pm. Hear candidates running for the U.S. Congress 17th District and State Assembly 27th District speak at this public forum sponsored by The Citizen's League for Progress. Villa Del Monte, Senior Citizens Complex, Multi-Purpose Room, 1670 Broadway Ave., Seaside. Free. 394-1366.
The Traveling Steinbecks 7:30pm. Delve into the writings and the spirit of Steinbeck as The Traveling Steinbecks, a talented group affiliated with the South Bay Branch of the California Writers Club, celebrate Steinbeck's actual day of birth with performances centered around his life. Borders, Sand City. Free. 899-6643.
I Am Every Woman 8pm. CSUMB soon-to-be graduate Jessica Rudholm presents her Capstone one-woman show on identifying with female archetypes such as witch, mother and saint. CSUMB World Theater, 6th St, Marina. Free. 884-9337.
Adventurer's Group 5pm. Members of Monterey Bay Adventures meet for happy hour at the Monterey Beach Hotel, Canyon del Rey and Hwy 1. This group is composed of like-minded folks who enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation and travel. See MBA.BeHappy.com. Free. 649-6499.
Swing Dance 9-10:30pm. Swing by the Japanese American Citizens League Hall every Wednesday night and dance the night away. Basic swing dance lessons offered at 7pm. Intermediate lesson at 8pm. 424 Adams St., Monterey. $10/class, includes the dance. 373-6738.
Poetry Awards Monterey County high school students are welcome to submit poetry in either English or Spanish for the Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. Winner's work will be displayed along with the Carl Cherry Center's annual high school art exhibit, Thinking Out Loud. Entries must be mailed by February 21st. Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 863, Carmel. Free. 624-7491.
Sea Otter Essay Contest The non-profit conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 6 through 8. The topic of the essay is "Why the Sea Otter is Important to California." Savings bonds will be awarded for first, second and third place winners in the amount of $1000, $500, and $250. All essays must be received by April 1, 2002. Winners will be announced May 1, 2002. A representative from Defenders of Wildlife will present awards to students at their respective schools. Send all entries to: Jim Curland, PO Box 959, Moss Landing, CA 95039 or e-mail them as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. 800-989-8981.
Ombudsman for Long-Term Care Training The Ombudsman for Long-Term Care is offering a 36-hour training course on volunteering with and advocating for the elderly in nursing and board & care homes. The training begins on March 5; orientation will be Feb. 28 at 5pm. 2200 Garden Rd, Monterey. 333-1300 or 758-4011.
Lyceum The Lyceum of Monterey County continues its agenda of enrichment with several upcoming classes: "Behind the Scenes at Little Shop of Horrors," "Keyboarding Competence" and "Making Memories Last. For information call the Lyceum at 372-6098.
San Carlos School Accepting Applications Thursday. San Carlos School is now accepting applications for the 2002-2003 school year. Prospective parents and students are invited to set up an appointment to visit the school. 450 Church St., Monterey. 375-1324.
5th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Help fight breast cancer by participating in this annual event, held March 2 at 1pm, sponsored by the Breast Cancer Early Detection Program. There are three easy steps to participate: create a team of five players; register your team or yourself; get pledges to help the program meet its goal of $50 per bowler. Last year this event raised $9,000, which allowed 96 women in the community to receive clinical breast exams, screenings and mammograms at no cost to them. Valley Center Bowl, 1081 South Main St., Salinas. Donation. 769-8680.
Calendar Deadline 5pm. The Weekly welcomes submissions for the calendar of events. Our deadline is 5pm, one week prior to publication, or earlier for Hot Pick consideration. Ongoing items are printed if space is available. Photos are encouraged and can be returned with a self-addressed envelope. Information is accepted via fax (394-2909), email (email@example.com), or snail mail. 668 Williams, Seaside CA 93955, Seaside. Free. 394-5656.