Best Of The Rest
Thursday, February 28, 2002
Power With Poets 6:30pm. A Black History Month Celebration featuring the Amandala Poets Reggae Band. Poetry will be read by the New Hope Baptist Church Youth. This celebratory event is sponsored by the City of Seaside, the Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, and the Seaside Cultural Arts Group. Oldemeyer Center 986 Hilby Street, Seaside. Adults $5, students and seniors $3. 899-6273.
Argentine Tango Class 7pm. You don''t need a partner to attend this tango affair. Bring your dancing shoes and try out a beginner class, from 7-8pm, or an intermediate class, held from 8:10-9:00pm. Then practice your new steps from 9-9:30pm. Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. $10. 624-6482.
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.
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.
Dr. Seuss'' Birthday 2:45pm. The Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County will join their peers across the nation in celebrating Dr. Seuss'' birthday as a part of Read Across America. Storyteller Ifraj Beyah will begin the festivities with a reading of "Cat in the Hat" joined by mayors Dan Albert and Jerry Smith. Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, 1332 La Salle Ave Seaside. Free. 394-5171.
Navy Seals, Green Berets, & Air Force Special Operations 3:30pm. Children in grades 4-8 are invited to learn all about becoming a Navy Seal, Army Green Beret, and Air Force Aviator. They will teach an overview of the necessary training and missions that are carried out by these military positions. The presentation will include equipment used, videos, and pictures. The Lyceum, 1073 Sixth Street, Monterey. $5. 372-6098.
Jung Friends 7pm. Join Jung Friends to learn how "The Enemy Within" demonizes. Jungian Dreamworkers meet Mondays at 7pm for in-depth illuminations of their dreams. 284 Foam Street, Monterey. Donation. 649-4018.
Fifty-Plus Walk and Run 7:45am. Calling all fifty plus to join the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association for a for a beautiful four mile walk/run through Monterey and Pacific Grove. All levels of ability are encouraged to attend this monthly event. Wear good running or walking shoes and bring a friend or meet one there! Meet at Lover''s Point, Pacific Grove. Free. 625-3627.
Women''s Multicultural Conference 8am. This seventh annual conference will celebrate women from Monterey County. This day-long program of speakers and workshops will focus on women''s issues, diversity, health, and the arts. The keynote speaker will be Akasha Hull, author of Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women." Come celebrate the woman in you, MPC Monterey. $10 pre-registered, $15 at the door, $3 students, MPC students Free. 646-4063
Girls Science and Math Conference 8:30am. CSUMB along with AAUW will sponsor this all-female event, "What''s For Lunch?" The theme will be food; growing it, cooking it, and eating it. This all day workshop for seventh and eighth grade girls will help them to discover that science and math can be not only fun, but worthwhile. Register now. CSUMB University Center, Sixth Avenue, Seaside. $15. 348-0294.
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 on 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.
Flower Demonstration 10am. Jump into spring by joining Nancy Serreno, of Nancy''s Mid-Valley Florist, for an arrangement demonstration and advice on spring and Easter flower arranging. This presentation is part of the "First Saturday" series sponsored by the friends of the Carmel Library. Carmel Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Free. 659-2377.
Local Author Book Reading and Signing Sharon Randall will appear at Bookworks in Monterey for a reading and singing of her new book, Birdbaths and Paper Cranes. This personal book of Sharon''s may help readers to communicate with their own private life memories. Bookworks, 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 372-2242.
5th Annual Bowl-A-Thon 1pm. Help fight breast cancer by participating in this annual event 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.
Revealing the Volcanoes of Io 7:30pm. And the Oceans of Titan with the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy. Dr. Imke de Pater will show images of the oceans of Titan, the planet-sized satellite of Saturn, to images of gigantic volcanic eruption on the jovian satellite, Io. This night of star-gazing will be open to all that wish to enjoy the world of outer space. MPC Lecture Forum 103, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Free. 883-1000.
Wildflower Hike 10am. The California Native Plant Society is sponsoring a five mile wildflower hike in Marks Ranch near Toro County Park. Bring water, lunch, and a hiking buddy! Meet in parking area outside Toro Park''s main entrance. Free. 372-6374.
Fort Ord Mushroom Foray 10am. Discover the hidden mushroom patches within Fort Ord. Your guide will lead you through identifying the delicious to the poisonous. Join your community to uncover one of the many secrets that the Ord has to offer. Meet at the thrift store parking lot just inside Fort Ord''s main entrance from Seaside. Free. 636-9187.
Susan Allison, Local Author 7pm. Author of Conscious Divorce: Leaving With Love and Breathing Room, Susan Allison will appear at Walden Books to discuss turning personal breakthroughs into publishable material. Thunderbird Books Carmel. Free. 883-4482.
S.R.O. Big Band 8pm. Come on down to see this 15-piece big band that specializes in not only tunes from the 40''s until now, but in making you move your feet! S.R.O.''s styles range from swing to samba, and showtunes to salsa. They''re an awesome blend of musicians and instruments that will keep you rockin'' all night long! The American Legion Post 41, 1089 Jefferson St, Monterey. $8 donation. 373-3720.
Square Dancing 8pm. Looking for a new kind of workout? The Sage Stompers Square Dancing Club invites you to join them every Tuesday! Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside. Free for the first month. $5/month after. 899-0752.
St. Patrick''s Day Dinner 11:30am. Adults and seniors are invited to attend a corned beef and cabbage dinner, special thanks to the Salinas North Lions and the City of Salinas. Don''t forget to wear your green, you''re likely to get pinched! Firehouse Recreation Center, 1330 Alisal St., Salinas. $2 seniors, $3.50 non seniors. 758-7900.
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.
Fundraiser, Banquet & Auction 6pm. The Gateway Center of Monterey County will host its fourth annual fundraiser accompanied by a banquet and silent auction showing their commitment to the developmentally disabled of Monterey County. The night will begin with wine and cheese tasting, a silent auction, door prizes and live music. After dinner, the live auction will begin with master of ceremony, KION news anchor, Susan Wood. Please RSVP to this event by March 1. Rancho Canada Golf Course, Carmel. $75 per person ($37 is tax deductible). 372-8002, ext. 12.
Teen Talent Challenge Calling all thespians, singers, dancers, and musicians for a teen challenge. The City of Salinas Youth Commission is sponsoring this showcase to stir up the talent in the city of Salinas. First place will be $100, second place $75, and the third place winner will be awarded $50. All talented teens from Salinas are welcome to register for this event by February 28. Sherwood Hall, Salinas. 758-7308.
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 email@example.com. 800-989-8981.
Poetic Voices/Voces Poeticas Are you an undergraduate student at Hartnell, CSUMB, UCSC, MPC, Gavilan, or Cabrillo? All interested poetic students at these colleges, please submit your poems for the bilingual poetry competition. The first place winner will be awarded $150, cash prizes will be awarded to the following four winners. Send your submissions soon, the deadline is March 20. The awards ceremony will be April 5 with nationally acclaimed poet Ray Gonzalez. 755-6943.
Marina Classical Ballet School Francesca, director of the Classical Ballet School in Marina invites dancers of all ages to join the school in learning the Cecchetti style of classical ballet. Exams will be held for interested students. Safety in pointe-work seminar coming soon. Please call for information or visit the website at www.classicalballet.com. 384-3626.
PG Class of ''92? Pacific Grove High School''s 1992 Reunion Committee is searching for lost alumni. The committee is in the process of planning their ten year reunion scheduled for September 14, 2002. All information for missing alumni is appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org. 521-7444.
Saving Seahorses Come see the seahorses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Saving Seahorses" introduces visitors to six different seahorse species and the details of their lives. This exhibit has become one of the most popular in the aquarium''s history. See it soon, the exhibit closes April, 15 2002. Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row Monterey. $17.95 adult/$14.95 youth (13-17), senior, and student/$7.95 children (3-12) and the disabled/under 3 Free. 648-4800.
Children''s Musical Theater 12:30pm. Four to six year old children may participate in the SoDA pre-musical theater program on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1pm. Pre-schoolers and kindergartners are co-taught by award winning children''s artist MaryLee Sunseri and leading dramatic actress, MaryAnn Schaupp Rousseau. Sign up now. Seccombe Hall, All Saints Church, Lincoln and 9th, Carmel. 622-0700.
Toastmasters Morning 6:35am. Every Thursday morning the Toastmasters meet to practice public speaking. Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito, Carmel. 641-0652.