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Family Events May 2005

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Festivals and Events: May 2005

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May 2005

May 1
Marine Mammal Babies
Tel: 831-633-5555
Springtime is pupping season in the sheltered shallow waters of the Elkhorn Slough. This special cruise aboard the Elkhorn Slough Safari pontoon boat features marine mammals and their babies, including seals and sea otters.

May 1
Pilobolus Dance Company
Tel: 831-620-2040
Pilobolus Dance Theater began as a loose arts collective of dancers and choreographers, creating and promoting their own performances. Today, it is one of the prime movers in creative theater arts - and incidentally, one terrific night of modern dance.

May 1
Block Party on Cannery Row
Cannery Row, Monterey
Tel: 831-644-9399
Come on down to Cannery Row for a day of family fun, with live entertainment and great snacks free for everyone. Pepsi co-sponsors the event, which benefits the Cannery Row Foundation.

May 5-22
Tel: 831-626-1681
You'll be hand-jiving in the aisle by the end of the Forest Theater Guild's rousing rendition of everyone's favorite rock-n-roll musical, when Grease takes over the newly renovated Golden State Theater on Alvarado Street. Thurs-Sun performances.

May 6-22
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tel: 831-646-4213
Shakespeare’s most delicious comedy, set in the magical forest of Arden when King Oberon and Queen Titania of the fairy world are at play, come to the Morgan Stock Stage at MPC.

May 6-22
Guys and Dolls
Tel: 831-675-0521
Grab your favorite 'doll' and take her to Havana, or at least to the Runyonesque world of New York in the 1940s, with a night at Paper Wing Theater's presentation of this favorite musical. Performed in the vintage Fox Theater on Salinas's Main Street. Weekend performances.

May 7
Paddlefest 2005
Tel: 800-649-5357
Kayaking is one of America's fastest-growing sports: its devotees love being in touching distance of a fascinating marine world the rest of us must observe from a distance. Learn more at Paddlefest on Monterey's sandy beach, with kayaks to try, mini-lessons, and raffles benefiting Bay-Net.

May 7
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 7
Spring Concert
CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside
Tel: 831-582-4085
Concert and gospel choirs, plus the CSUMB Jazz Band, perform in a free concert in the newly renovated Music Hall on campus, dedicated to mothers everywhere.

May 12-15
Salinas Valley Fair
King City
Tel: 831-385-3243
Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, Junior Rodeo, craft and flower exhibits, 4-H exhibits, photography, live music and more.

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May 14-15
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Tel: 831-633-2465
Sample the many unique flavors of the artichoke in an atmosphere of pleasure, tasteful treats, musical entertainment, arts and crafts. Enter the AGRO-Art competition, too!

May 14
Ed "Doc" Ricketts Lab Tours
Tel: 831-659-2112
Rare opportunity to tour the inside of the Pacific Biological Labs run by Ed "Doc" Ricketts, revolutionary marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, on Cannery Row. Reservations strongly recommended for hourly tours (10am-4pm), $15 donation.

May 14-15
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.

May 15
"Tales of the Sea"
Tel: 831-372-2608
Mariners' yarns, spun by master storyteller Taelen Thomas, at the History Theater in the Stanton Center at the Maritime Museum of Monterey.

May 15 and 22
"My California" Music & Stories
Tel: 831-796-3833
Kids of all ages are welcome to help celebrate the arts and music of California, as part of the National Steinbeck Center's exhibit "My California: Views from the Golden State." On May 15, the day starts with stories for kids K-6, followed by lots of live music; on the 22nd, it's all-music, all-the-time. Both days feature arts and crafts, too.

May 17 - July 30
Films in the Forest
Tel: 831-622-0100
New season of classic films, suitable for the entire family, presented at dusk in the open-air Outdoor Forest Theater. Bring a picnic, a blanket and a sweater!

May 18-22
Pebble Beach Equestrian Challenge
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
Level A horse show, featuring hunter jumping and other classes.

May 26-28
Morgan Horse Show
Tel: 831-636-7600
The handsome, intelligent, Morgan horse, favorite of police forces around the nation, shows at the Pattee Arena of the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

May 27
The Ocean’s Edge Opening Day
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
A dramatic transformation of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s original exhibits galleries awaits visitors in May 2005. Expect new touch pools, a walk-through wave crash, and much more, all exploring the coastal habitats of California’s central coast.

May 28-29
Red, White and a Little Blues - Some Rock and Latin, Too!
Tel: 831-655-8070
A Memorial Day red-white-and-blue festival, with live blues, rock and Latin music from 11am-4pm, arts, crafts, and more, all filling Monterey's Alvarado Street.

May 28-30
24th 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.

May 29-September 4
Steinbeck House Tours
Tel: 831-424-2735
One of the finest old houses in Salinas will be open for summer afternoon tours every Sunday between May 27 and September 4. Its significance? Novelist John Steinbeck was born and raised here, and many treasures from his childhood remain.