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January 2006

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January 2006

January 1
16th Annual Rio Resolution Run
Carmel
Tel: 831-645-4777
www.riogrillsresolutionrun.com
This 6.8 mile foot race and 3-mile family fun run is set on a breathtaking cross-country course and benefits local nonprofit agencies.

January 8
Kickstart Your Creativity
Monterey
Tel: 831-236-0473
Anyone who writes anything more creative than a grocery list can "refill the well" with this full-day workshop that juices the imagination in a Monterey Bay-side setting. Bring paper, pen or laptop and be ready to write!

January 12
Emerson String Quartet
Carmel
Tel: 831-625-2212
www.chambermusicmontereybay.org
Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents one of America's great string ensembles.

January 12-16
Monterey SwingFest
Monterey
Tel: 805-937-1574
www.centralcoastswingdance.com
Dance workshops feature past and present world and national champions, plus open dancing until 5am. Presented by Central Coast Swing Dance.

January 15
"The Beat Face of God"
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2574
www.henrymiller.org
Stephen D. Edington is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire. He comes to the Henry Miller Library to read from his book The Beat Face of God: The Beat Generation Writers as Spiritual Guides, exploring the influence of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti among others.

January 15-February 28
Eagle Watch Tours
Lake San Antonio
Tel: 888) 588-CAMP
www.lakesanantonio.net
Bare branches make it easier to spot Bald eagles as they spend the winter at Lake San Antonio in southern Monterey County. Reserve a seat on one of the flat-bottom boat trips led by park naturalists, and don't forget your binoculars.

January 18
Chamber Music in Colton Hall
Monterey
Tel: 831-646-5640
www.monterey.org
The gentle notes of flute and guitar are a perfect fit with the restrained colonial architecture of Colton Hall, as Nick Williams and Richard DeVinck perform at the first of three Candlelight Concerts. Reservations required as space in this historic venue is limited.

January 19
Chefs at the Aquarium
Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4962
www.montereybayaquarium.org
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, long noted for promoting the need for sustainable fisheries, presents the fourth in its monthly series of dinners at its Portola Restaurant. Menus focus on organic/sustainable ingredients, with lavish helpings of lively culinary conversation.

January 20-February 26
The American Poet Series
Carmel
Tel: 831-624-1531
www.cetstaffplayers.org
Meet some of the greats in American poetry in this new series of one-man shows. Friday-Sunday performances. Subjects include Dorothy Parker, Langston Hughes, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robinson Jeffers, and Emily Dickinson.

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January 21-22
Gray Whale Celebration

Monterey
Tel: 831-901-0013
www.whalefestmonterey.com
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 gray whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.

January 21-23
Monterey Symphony
Salinas (21), Carmel (22-23)
Tel: 831-624-8511
www.montereysymphony.org
Ivan Martin is the piano soloist for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58; the Symphony under Max Bragado-Darman's direction also performs Beethoven's "Overture to the Consecration of the House" and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

January 21-December 31, 2006
Treasures of Monterey
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-2608
www.montereyhistory.org
Opening day of a special exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Monterey displaying 75 of the Monterey History & Art Association's finest treasures, in honor of the preservation organization's 75th anniversary year.

January 24-28
Valley of the World Wine & Food Festival
Salinas
www.salinasrotary.org
Tel: 831-775-4721
Enjoy a week of wine tastings, wine-pairing sessions, and wine auctions, plus gourmet dinners and much more, including a gala finale at the National Steinbeck Center. Prices and venues vary, so call or visit the website for details.

January 28-29
Year of Exploring Kickoff Weekend
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
www.montereybayaquarium.org
The Monterey Bay Aquarium's new program, Oceans 2006: Year of Exploring, kicks off with a visit from "Diego," cousin of "Dora the Explorer" of Nickelodeon fame. Families can pick up the Official Explorer’s Passport this weekend, to use for a full year of special activities and events.

January 28-May 7
In Celebration of Light
Monterey
Tel: 831-372-5477
www.montereyart.org
New exhibit at the Monterey Museum of Art features 125 photographs, vintage and modern, from the collection of Cherye R and James F Pierce. Images by Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Andre Kertesz, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, among many others.