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Family Events May 2006

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Festivals and Events: May 2006

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May 2006

Memorial Day-Labor Day
Sunday Tours at the Steinbeck House
Tel: 831-424-2735
Explore the boyhood home of author John Steinbeck with two-hour guided tours. Sundays between May 29 and Sept. 4, cost $4 for adults, $2 for children (5-15), $3 for seniors and students.

Tuesdays May 16-September 26
The Barnyard Farmers' Market
Tel: 831-624-8886
New mid-day farmers' market at The Barnyard shopping village brings customers the freshest fruit, flowers, vegetables and more, rain or shine.

May 5-7
U.S. Sports Car Invitational
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series stages a 250-mile race with a two-hour, 30-minute time limit. Also competing are Grand-Am Cup high-performance street stock cars.

May 6
Family Fun Day: Symbols of California
Pacific Grove
Tel: 831-648-5716
Springing from an exhibition of extraordinary photographs of the California golden poppy, the PG Museum of Natural History invites families to spend a creative day exploring our state's natural symbols.

May 6
Marine Mammals Babies and Behavior Tour
Moss Landing
Tel: 831-633-5555
Discover marine mammals like harbor seals and their brand-new pups during a specially guided cruise of Elkhorn Slough Nature Reserve. Early reservations are essential.

May 11-14
8th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
Tel: 805-937-5895
Appropriately, this Deep South (County) hamlet puts on a great bluegrass festival every spring, just as the wildflower season busts loose. Camping available on site.

May 13
Tel: 800-649-5357
The beach at Monterey's Wharf II will be wall-to-wall kayaks during this special one-day festival. More than 100 kayaks from five manufacturers will be available for a 'test drive,' with mini-classes and information about kayaking and marine ecotourism, too. Proceeds benefit the research of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

May 13-14
7th Annual International Festival of the Winds
Tel: 831-656-0315
Marina makes the best use of springtime onshore breezes by hosting a delightful 'WindFest' that features kites large and small, hands-on activities like making a balloon, and much more fun for all ages.

May 13-14
Aquarium Adventures Sneak Peek
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
Get the skinny on what Aquarium Adventures will offer for youngsters during the summer of 2006.

May 13-14
24 Hours of Adrenalin Cycle Race
Tel (contact number in Canada): 905-944-9436
24 Hours of Adrenalin is the fastest growing mountain bike event series in North America. Solo riders or teams of up to ten people compete to ride as many laps as possible in a 24-hour time period.

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May 14
Rocky Ridge Wildflower Hike
Big Sur
Tel: 831-372-6374
Moms who love wildflowers, great views, and hiking won't be able to resist this five-mile excursion (9am-3pm) into Big Sur wild lands around Soberanes Creek and Rocky Ridge. Expect redwoods, madia sunflowers, snapdragons, tidy-tips and more; bring lunch, water and a walking stick.

May 14
To Mom With Love
Tel: 831-333-1283
Ensemble Monterey plays a perfect Mother's Day card, with Finzi's Romance for String Orchestra, Brahms' Alto Rhapsody and a new work by Imant Raminsh commissioned by the Ensemble with Cantiamo! and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus.

May 17-21
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes. The Stirrup Cup Show takes place May 20-21.

May 18-21
Salinas Valley Fair
King City
Tel: 831-385-3243
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibits, music and more.

May 18-21
Morgan Horse Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 831-636-7600
The handsome and sturdy Morgan horse, so often the favorite of police departments nationwide, is the star of the Pattee Arena this weekend.

May 20
Strawberry Day at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Is there anything more promising of summer's warmth and plenty than the first luscious strawberry? Learn all about strawberries from a local farmer while sampling home-made strawberry shortcake.

May 20
Presidio Historic Park Walk
Tel: 831-372-3991
The Lower Presidio Historic Park, overlooking Monterey Bay, holds some of California's most historic sites. Join historian Jim Conway for a guided walk that takes in the Serra and Sloat monuments, the setting for America's first fort on the West Coast, and the Presidio Museum.

May 20
Sha Na Na
Tel: 831-620-2048
Prepare for a night of time travel when you cross Sunset Center's threshold tonight: it's Sha Na Na, the originators of rock nostalgia. Hard to imagine that their doo-wop renditions of Fifties classics were performed at Woodstock...

May 20-21
Artichoke Festival
Tel: 831-633-2465
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of fun, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, and more. The arts and crafts section is led by the Agro-Art Competition, the best way to play with food!

May 21
A Host of Hikes Annual Picnic
Fort Ord Public Lands, Marina
Tel: 831-384-1376
Choose from a host of hiking opportunities during this special BBQ picnic to benefit the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund, including walks to discover rare wildflowers, a bird-and-butterfly spotting walk, and the Plain Ol' Bug hike that introduces kids to the wiggly, walking, creeping and crawling inhabitants of our world.

May 27-28
Humpback Whale Celebration

Tel: 831-901-0013
Many species of cetaceans - including the trio of "great whales," the gray, the blue and the humpback - make their way through the ocean currents not far from Monterey Bay. This new educational festival all about humpback whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.

May 27-29
25th Civil War Encampment
Tel: 831-335-4484
Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and see battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West.