"Weekend's Top Events" - Blog Monterey

My pics from Blog Monterey's top weekend events (with my commentary):

“A Night In Italy” - Special dinner held by the Friend of the Monterey County Fair at the Monterey Fairgrounds. There is bocce tournament ($25 entry per team), two auctions, and yummy Italian dinner. $35 per person, $60 per couple and $20 for children 10 and younger. The tournament and dessert auction begin at 5:30, dinner begins at 7, and a live auction begins at 8:30pm. You can find tickets at the Monterey County Fair office at 2004 Fairground Road.
- THOUGHTS: I love Bocce Ball. There is a terrific Bocce court/restaurant in Los Gatos called Campo diBocci. Ever since my first trip to that establishment, I've always enjoyed playing a round or two while eating delicious Italian food. For that very reason, this event sounds really fun BUT I think it is probably for an older crowd? Also, I imagine most of the people who are planning on going are probably supporters of the Monterey County Fair and go to this event every year... and they'd be like: "WHO is she?"

The Pacific Repertory Theatre presents “The Jungle Book, Jr.,” live! The 50+ performers all come from PacRep’s School of Dramatic Arts. Show details: 7:30pm, Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde St. between 8th and 9th Avenues, Carmel. $20 for adults, $10 for students and teachers, and $7 for children. Purchase at the official Pacific Repertory Theatre website.
- THOUGHTS: This show goes on all weekend! I love theater shows! Especially ones that feature younger kids performing. It reminds me of the many PYT shows I saw in Mountain View with my mom and sister. It's just the bare necessities....

"It’s a full metal weekend at Jose’s Underground Lounge. The drumsticks fly fast and furious on Friday with death and thrash metal acts Praetorian, Remains of the Tyrant, Chasm of Illmen and Gorphyriac. 21+ (youngsters, check out tomorrow’s show). 8pm, 638 Wave Street, Monterey, $5."
- THOUGHTS: The Flight of the Concords song jumps to mind: "If that's what you're into..."

More shark related Monterey Bay Aquarium stuff! Remember that post on Shark Days? Okay, this has nothing to do with that. BUT, wildlife photographer and naturalist Chris Fallows is giving a talk about photographing sharks in the wild. Listen at 11:30am, 1pm and 3pm (or all three?) in the auditorium. Price is included in aquarium admission.
- THOUGHTS: If you are going to the aquarium anyways, definitely take advantage of this opportunity. I retired from dangerous oceanic photography in '97, crazy stuff! Okay, not true. But imagine being the guy (speaker Chris Fallows) who took the photo below. WOWZA, yeah?

Photo Copyright Chris Fallows. Source: http://www.apexpredators.com/

More hike-ortunities! Take a docent-led hike at Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley. The Maple Canyon to Mesa Hike is 3.5 miles with a moderate elevation gain of 800 feet and will take about 2.5 hours. Meet at the Garland Visitors Center. 12:30pm-3pm. It’s free but space is limited; register on the official MPRPD website.
- THOUGHTS: NicoleG, a contributor over at BlogMonterey said that the reason they limit the size of the group is because each leader has a group of about 15 or so hikers. That's pretty neat! Next time I'm in town on Saturday I definitely want to sign up for one of these guided tours.

Documentary showing at the Steinbeck Forum at the Monterey Conference Center (One Portola Plaza) @ 4pm. “Shades and Stories of Monterey” shows what life was like in Monterey during the mid-20th century through the eyes of longtime residents. Also includes backstory on the canning & fishing industries from the people who lived it. FREE! ...BUT, seats are first-come first-served, so show up early!
- THOUGHTS: Has anyone else had to do a school project on John Steinbeck? I was part of a group project that did a video about the famous author. We went all over - to his Salinas house, school, grave. We also drove down to Monterey to add clips of Cannery Row. Our community is rich in history, so why not spend an afternoon walking around Alvardo Street (try a crepe from Monterey Crepe Co!) and then walk over to the Monterey Conference Center for a cool movie? Especially if it's kind of foggy out, those are documentary-watching-days.

“Hearts for Haiti” benefit concert. Acts include Carla Blackwell, SpectorDance, Red Beans & Rice and Jonah and the Whalewatchers; see the official website for a full list. 6:30pm-10pm, Embassy Suites, 1441 Canyon Del Rey, Seaside. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, military and senior citizens; you can save $5 each by buying your ticket online.
- THOUGHTS: No thoughts, really. This sounds like a great cause. If you do not have the time but still want to contribute to Haiti relief funds or the Chilean relief funds, or any of the other charitable organizations really - just google where to send your contributions to. But if you go to Hearts for Haiti, you can help out while seeing awesome local acts perform.

Afrobeat funksters Danjuma & Onola create a great party atmosphere with their bright, danceable music. They play Fernwood Resort tonight. 9pm, Highway One Big Sur, no cover.
- THOUGHTS: I want to go! Dang trip to Tahoe (not really, I'm very excited about that as well!)

If you missed it last weekend, catch “Very Barrie” at the Monterey Museum of Art La Mirada today. Listening Place reads two one-act plays by J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. 1:30pm, 720 Via Mirada St., Monterey, included in museum admission fee.
- THOUGHTS: Crossing my fingers they also have this next weekend... couldn't make it last time due to Vegas, and this weekend we'll be driving back from Tahoe.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend in Monterey, Carmel, Seaside, Big Sur... anywhere in our lovely county. If you discover something fun please leave a comment below with the WhoWhatWhereWhenWhys. If you are taking a vacation, drive safe! Call me if you are heading to Tahoe :)

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