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September 2006

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September 2006

Fridays-Sundays through September
TeamOCEAN on Monterey Bay
Cannery Row, Moss Landing
Tel: 831-521-9512
If you're out kayaking off Cannery Row or in Elkhorn Slough on a summer weekend (Fri-Sun, 9am-4pm), look for the distinctive red and blue kayaks of the National Marine Sanctuary's 40 volunteers. These on-the-water educators are there to teach visitors about the marine creatures they may encounter, and how to watch them safely.

September 1-4
Aquarium Adventures Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers boundless opportunities for kids and families to experience the wonders of the ocean and Monterey Bay up close and in detail, during the summer-long Adventures programs. SCUBA lessons, overnight stays and morning rounds, sailboat excursions and guided walks: visit the website to learn more!

Saturdays through October
"Bring Back the Music" Concerts
Tel: 831-373-2705
Do some Saturday afternoon (2-4pm) retail therapy at Monterey's Del Monte Center shopping plaza, and you'll hear some very special live music, dedicated to raising funds for musicians who lost their instruments and their livelihoods in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, sponsored by the Center, KRML jazz radio, and the Dixieland Monterey Festival.

September 1-3
Last Chance to See: Jellies Living Art
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
This is the last chance to see the award-winning "Jellies: Living Art" exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium - it closes on September 4.

September 1-3
11th Annual Monterey Bay ReggaeFest
Tel: 831-394-6534
Enjoy a host of well-known and up-and-coming reggae artists who fill two stages over this lively annual event. Also includes great island cooking, arts and crafts, kids play area, Reggae Lounge and a Rastafari Museum of Culture.

September 2-3
Great Train Robberies
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
Tel: 888-25-EVENTS
Outlaws and sheriffs, famed lawmen and notorious villains, all take to the forests and glades passed by the steam trains of Roaring Camp Railroad.

September 2-November 5
"La Loteria: Exploration of Mexico"
Tel: 831-775–4721
John Steinbeck set several stories and film scripts in Mexico and was sensitive to Monterey's Mexican-Spanish roots. Now, the National Steinbeck Center presents an series of paintings by Teresa Villegas which capture Mexican culture through the cards used in La Loteria.

September 7-October 1
Woman in Black
Tel: 831-622-0100
The boundaries between reality and fantasy, between the sensible daylight and creeping nighttime horrors, all are blurred in Stephen Mallatratt's gothic adaptation of Susan Hill's suspenseful novel.

September 7-24
Alicia in Wonder Tierra
Tel: 831-646-4213
Alice isn't the only young girl to cross the border between reality and another world... In Sylvia Gonzales' play, Alicia rediscovers her Mexican cultural roots after stumbling over enchanted pottery in an old curio shop. At MPC's Studio Theatre.

September 8
Folk Music at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Chill out beside a blazing bonfire and sing along to a strumming guitar, as The Farm revisits folk-song classics.

September 8-9
73rd Festa Italia-Santa Rosalia Festival
Tel: 831-625-9623 or 831-375-4263
The Sicilian fishermen who made Monterey's fortune with their lampara boats venerated Santa Rosalia. The saint is still honored today, with non-stop Italian music, bocce competitions, arts and crafts, and delicious Italian food.

September 8-10
Cherry's Jubilee
Tel: 831-759-1836
Over 1000 classic cars from 1972 and older on display. Join the fun or sit back and watch the "show 'n shine" cruises down Cannery Row, Pacific Grove or Monterey, manufacturer's midway, and great food and entertainment.

September 8-10
Shakespeare in Hollywood
Tel: 831-755-6816
Playwright Ken Ludwig plays fast and loose with The Bard's A Midsummer Night's Dream as he retells the real-life story of how Warner Brothers made the play into a movie in the 1930s (which starred Jimmy Cagney and Dick Powell).

September 8-10
"A landscape beyond the brink of I"
Big Sur
Tel: 831-667-2574
Join in a poetical and musical experience among Big Sur's redwoods with this inspirational writing retreat sponsored by the Henry Miller Library. Leaders and readers include Joanne Kyger, antoinette nora claypoole, and poets from the 3:15 Experiment.

September 9
Monterey Beer Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 831-373-2843
This popular festival just got even bigger, moving to the Monterey County Fairgrounds and inviting more than 50 breweries from around America and the world. Great live entertainment and delicious nosh to accompany the brews.

September 9
Operation Market Garden
Tel: 831-582-3908
The ghostly buildings remaining on the former Fort Ord will be haunted by a unique World War II reenactment, as members of the World War II Research and Preservation Society recreate the battles of Operation Market Garden, complete with Jeeps and artillery.

September 9-10
Blue 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 blue whales, held on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf, will be packed with information and fun.

September 10
Carmel TomatoFest 2006
Tel: 888-989-8171
The largest tomato-tasting event in the nation features 350 varieties of tomatoes, tomato dishes created by 50 of the best chefs in the region, tastings presented by 25 wineries, and an International Olive Oil Tasting.

September 13
Writers Roundtable
Tel: 831-883-4486
Mari Lynch Dehmler speaks at Bay Books on 'The Fine Art of Wordworking: How editors help,' part of a regular series sponsored by the National Writers Union Chapter 7.

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September 13-17
Strides and Tides Horse Show
Pebble Beach
Tel: 831-624-2756
Casual, fun-filled equestrian event before the championships later in the fall. Level A horse show featuring hunter jumping and horses from all over California.

September 14
Taste of the Valley
Tel: 831-424-7611
This food and wine festival is part of "A Salute to Agriculture" and boasts the bounty of Salinas Valley with gourmet recipes, Monterey County wines and floral displays. This year's theme: Earth to Eats.

September 15-17
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
Tel: 925-275-9255
Every year we ask: how can this longest-running jazz festival in the world get any hotter? And then the line-up of artists comes out, and we say: oh, that's how. In 2006, Arena/Lyons Stage headliners include Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, The Yellowjackets, and bluesy vocalist Bonnie Raitt. Plus hundreds of superb performers appearing on stages all around the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

September 15-October 8
Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing
Tel: 831-755-6816
Stoppard's wry intellectual gymnastics take a backseat to revealing the quality and nature of love, and how inarticulate it can make the most verbally adroit of men. One of his best, performed at The Western Stage.

September 17
45th Annual Great Sandcastle Contest
Tel: 831-620-2020
This is serious sandcastle building: the event, held on Carmel's lovely white-sand beach, is co-sponsored by the Monterey chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Build a cottage or castle: it's fun for all ages!

September 21
Third Thursday at MMA
Tel: 831-372-5477 ext 12
Enjoy a mellow cocktail hour of art, wine and nibbles at the Monterey Museum of Art, during this free monthly event.

September 22
Harvest Wine Seminar
Carmel Valley
Tel: 831-624-2600
Join the winemaking crew of Chateau Julien as they celebrate the crushing of new season grapes, followed by a family-style dinner in the wine cellar, hosted by the winemakers.

September 23
Apple Day at The Farm
Salinas Valley
Tel: 831-455-2575
Take a page from Johnny Appleseed's book, with this practical day devoted to America's favorite fruit, offering expert advice on pruning, grafting and harvesting your apple trees.

September 23-24
Otter Days
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Tel: 831-648-4888
Always a favorite at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the sea otter tank will be the center of attention during Otter Days weekend.

September 23-24
13th Annual Filipino Festival
Tel: 415-550-6841
Delicious foods, lively dances and musical performances - all bring the essence of the Philippines to Marina during one of the largest cultural festivals dedicated to the islands in California.

September 23-24
Gem and Mineral Show
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Tel: 831-659-4156
Gems, minerals, fossils and all manner of tools necessary for the lapidary arts, plus award-winning exhibits of private collections.

September 24
41st Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta
Tel: 831-624-1271
Featuring a variety of international musical entertainment, children's games, Farmer's Market, fabulous barbecue, and shopping galore at local artisans booths.

September 29-October 15
Measure for Measure
Tel: 831-622-0100
Shakespeare once again dallies with mistaken identity, subterfuge and double-dealing dukes, but this Measure is more dark than merry, for all it stands among his comedies. Concluding Pacific Repertory's Shakespeare season at the Forest Theater.

September 30-October 1
California International Airshow
Tel: 831-754-1983
Prepare to be dazzled by fantastic flying exhibitions by high-flying jets and helicopters, aerobatics, skydiving, and much more.

September 30-October 1
13th Annual Old Monterey Seafood and Music Festival
Tel: 831-655-8070
Fresh seafood including clam chowder, salmon, shrimp and sushi, live music and crafts, all around Custom House Plaza and Alvarado Street.

September TBA
19th Annual Greek Festival
Tel: 831-424-4434
An ethnic festival featuring authentic Greek food, live music, traditional dancing, a taverna and crafts.