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Singer/songwriter Mike Viola performs Friday night at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey.


The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival. Various times and locations throughought Big Sur, today and Sunday, Nov. 4. $20-$225., 667-0800.

Monterey Audubon Society Packard Ranch field trip. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, along the northern perimeter of Packard Ranch fronting Elkhorn Slough. Meet at Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center. Bring snacks and drinks. RSVP Rick Fournier at

Monterey Audubon Society Laguna Grande Park field trip. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3. See a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers to marsh species like Sora and Virginia Rail to waterfowl. Meet at the playground across from Seaside City Hall. RSVP Chris Hartzell, 375-9533,

Opening reception for three new shows. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Carmel Art Association galleries, Dolores Street between Fifth and Sixth, Carmel. "Interpretations" by Eleen Auvil, drawings, paintings, monotype prints and bronze sculpture by Pamela Takigawa and "Recent Etchings of the Monterey Peninsula by Justin Ward. Also, Susan Giacometti's "Cannery Row Series" of limited edition works on paper and Andrea Johnson's highly detailed acrylic paintings.


In addition, CAA artists will install a colorful altar complete with paper flowers, cut-paper banners, sugar skulls, votive candles and other artifacts for "Los Dias De Los Muertos" to honor the memory of artist members Carole Minou, Virginia Fry and Mike Donahue, who passed away in the last year., 624-6176.

Capturing the California Coastal Light in Plein Air. 9a.m.-4p.m. today and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at the Carmel Art Institute, 3728 The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel. $450. Reservations: 309-0126,

Lifeline Community Day. 11a.m.-4p.m. Nov. 3 at the Carmel Art Institute, 3728 The Barnyard, Carmel. Create a paper doll wall, add old neckties to outdoor sculpture, listen to storytellers and more.

Creative Arts Gathering. 9a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Creative Edge, 8 Stratford Place, Monterey. Open house sharing of creative projects and the creative process for adults. All levels. Bring a poem, painting, song or other creative expression. Free. 373-7809,

Portrait demonstration with Warren Chang. 1-4p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 375-2208.

Kids Create: Printmaking. Noon-1:30p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Gallery discussion to accompany a hands-on printmaking project. $10 per child. 372-2608.

Photography Lecture by Dan Burkholder. 7-8:30p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel. Burkholder will talk about changes in artistry and technology in photography over the last four decades. Free for those enrolled in Exposure Weekend program. $25 all others. 625-5181,

Bridge Restoration Ministry Fundraising Banquet. 5:30p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Monterey Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Guest chef Keegan Gerhard. $45. 372-2033,

E-reader demonstration. 10:15a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Carmel Valley Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Demonstrations on a variety of eBook readers. You are welcome to bring your own reader to share information. Included will be basic information about how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks, including free titles from the library's collection with your library card. Free. 659-2377.

Contra Dance. 7:30-10:30p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the YMCA, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey. Newcomers orientation begins 20 minutes before. A traditonal American set dance done to live music and featuring a caller, who first teaches the figures of the dance, then calls it with music. Please bring snacks or drinks to share. $10, $8 members and $6 full-time students.

Tango with David Chiu. 1p.m. partnering workshop, 8p.m. pre-milonga workshop, 9p.m. milonga, Saturday, Nov. 3. 1p.m. beginers workshop, Sunday, Nov. 4, at Evolution Studio in The American Tin Cannery, 125 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove. $15-$45. 915-7523,

Harvest Party. Noon-3p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sweet Earth Natural Foods, 3080 Hilltop Road, Moss Landing. Music, food, cooking demonstrations and tours.

Third annual Craft Show. 9a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the First United Methodist Church, 404 Lincoln Ave., Salinas. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit agencies that benefit women and children. 758-1710.

An Evening with Ira Glass. 8p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. Glass is the host and creator of the public radio show "This American Life." $59-$79. 620-2048.

Bob Phillips. 7p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey's Fireplace Lounge, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Free. 372-1234.

James Hurley. 7p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229.

Mason-Raney-Weed. 8p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church, 146 12th St., Pacific Grove. $15, children under 12, free. 233-3862.

The Ninth annual Handbell Festival concert. 5p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, 835 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. Free. 372-5875.

Sergey Lipovetsky and Laura Shaw. 1-2p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Grand Avenue Deli, 229 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. Followed by open mic 2-3p.m. Free. 375-7474.

Youth Music Monterey County Chamber Players & the Khudyev Brothers with Nozomi Marusawa. 7p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Dolores Street and Ninth Avenue, Carmel. $20. $10 for seniors, free for student musicians. 375-1992.

Winemaker Harvest Celebration. 11a.m.-6pm today and Sunday, Nov. 4, at Trio Carmel, Dolores street between Ocean and Seventh avenues, Carmel. Wines from Mesa Del Sol Vineyards. $15. 250-7714,


· NOV. 4

Artist reception. 1-3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Back Porch Fabrics Gallery, 157 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. Quilts by Karen Flamme. 375-4453.

· NOV. 4

Artist reception. 1-3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Cooper-Molera Museum Store, Polk and Alvarado streets, Monterey. Works by Claudia Stevens. Free. 649-7109.

· NOV. 9

Artists reception. 5-7p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Cherry Center for the Arts, Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe Street, Carmel. "Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County," a multi-part exhibit exploring lives of homeless women. 624-7491.

· NOV. 8

Bay Area muralist John Wehrle. 6p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in the University Center at CSU Monterey Bay, Sixth Avenue at B Street, Seaside. Wehrle has been creating really big art since 1975. He specializes in site-specific public artworks.

· NOV. 10

Holiday Gifting Project class. 12:30-4:30p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Medusa's Emporium, 1219 Forest Ave., Suite E, Pacific Grove. $60. List of materials needed at



· NOV. 4-25

Hula's Island Grill to donate part of bill to Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. Dine at Hula's from 4 p.m. to closing on Mondays Nov. 4-25, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. Hula's is at 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-4852.

· NOV. 5

"Sweet Seconds." 11a.m. with catered lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 5, at the Carmel Woman's Club, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, Carmel. Antiques, collectibles, linen and more. Benefits programs of the Carmel Woman's Club. $35. 238-9081.

· NOV. 10

Country Store & Auction. 11a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, 225 Laurel Ave., Pacific Grove. Homemade jams, cookies, crafts, raffles, auctions and more. All proceeds benefit programs and services to assist Monterey County residents who are blind or visually impaired. 373-6849.

· NOV. 11

"Holiday Bazaar." 3-6p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Holman Ranch, 60 Holman Road, Carmel Valley. Sip, savor and shop. All admission proceeds and 15 percent of gift items sold benefit the Alzheimer's Association. $25. Reservations: 659-2640,

· NOV. 10

"A Musical Kaleidoscope" benefit concert. 2-10p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Fox Theatre, 241 Main St., Salinas. Dave Holodiloff Trio, Michael Martin, The Long Distance Flyers, Red Beans & Rice and more. Benefit for Arms of Angels and Walk & Roll Foundation. $20-$25., 235-7662.

· NOV. 11

Carmel Valley Ranch Cherish Fundraiser. 1:30p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Carmel Valley Ranch, 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel. Food, silent auction, music, games and foster youth speaking about their experiences. All proceeds benefit the Cherish Receiving Center in Monterey County. $100., 444-3654.


· NOV. 5-DEC. 10

Beginner yoga series. 7-8p.m. Mondays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, at Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, 1360 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Covers yoga history and yoga asana (postures) with proper alignment and breath awareness. Six-week session for $65, $120/couple. 899-9642,

· NOV. 5

Medical Acupuncture. 6-7:30p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Indigo Yoga, Star Center, 44 Plaza Circle, Salinas. Information and demonstration on the many health benefits of medical acupuncture. Free. 772-9642,

· NOV. 6

"Authentic Relating Games." 7-9p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Interactive group exercises that explore new ways of seeing, appreciating and connecting with yourself and others at a deeper level. $15. 373-1017.

· NOV. 6-27

Yoga For Back Care series.. 6-7:30p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 6-27, at Indigo Yoga, Star Center, 44 Plaza Circle, Salinas. Learn about benefits of yoga for back care. $15 per class or $40 for four classes. 772-9642,

· NOV. 7 and 19

Baby Boomer Generation class. 5:30-7p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Monday, Nov. 19, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Topics include Medicare benefits, Social Security and continued employment after age 65. Free. 646-5602,

· NOV. 7-30

Jujitsu-karate self defense. 7-9p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Oct. 10-Nov. 2, at the Monterey Sports Center, 301 E. Franklin St., Monterey. For ages 6 and up. Earn rank from white belt through black belt in both. Four-week session. $50 for Monterey residents, $58 all others. 646-3739,

· NOV. 7

Cocktail class: Hot water drinks. 6p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at at the Sunset Lounge at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel. Learn how to mix up some winter cocktails. $45. Reservtions: 622-5445.


· NOV. 7

Semi-private introductory lesson to West Coast Swing. 6p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Carmel Woman's Club, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. No partner required. $5. 324-0816,

· NOV. 9

Happy Hour Harvest Dance. 5:30-7:30p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Sally Griffin Active Living Center, 700 Jewell Ave., Pacific Grove. Live music by Thom Cuneo's Dixieland Band. Dancing for everyone all ages. Singles and couples welcome. $3. 375-4454.


· NOV. 5

"Sin Nombre." 7-9p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Spanish with English subtitles. Free. 899-7322 , 659-5116.

· NOV. 8-11

13th annual International Film Festival. 7p.m. Thu-Sat, 1:30p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8-11, at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. Features 12 international documentary films that deal with global concerns. $5 per session of three films. Free for students, with student ID. 625-9414, · NOV. 14-15

Monarch Film Festival. 5p.m. Wed-Thu, Nov. 14-15, at Lighthouse Cinemas, 525 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Celebration of independent film from all over the world and showcase of local films. $10 per screening, $5 for students.



· NOV. 9

Talk by Author Anita Moorjani. 7-9p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. Author of "Dying To Be Me." Proceeds benefit the Hospice Foundation. $35. · NOV. 11

Author Anita Moorjani. 10a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pilgrim's Way Bookstore, Dolores Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Carmel. Free. Booksigning with author of "Dying To Be Me." Free.


· NOV. 5

Carmel Orchid Society. 7p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 4590 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 625-1565,


· NOV. 4

The Sitka Trio. 7:30p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Hidden Valley Theatre, Carmel Valley Road at Ford Road, Carmel Valley. The trio specializes in music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and traditional music from France, the United States and England. $10. 659-3115.

· NOV. 4

The Chancel Choir presents "Singing Our Faith." 3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, 501 Eldorado St., Monterey. Free. 373-3031

· NOV. 7

Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyards, Kevin Seconds, Kepi Ghouli. 7:30p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. All ages. $10. 583-0913.

· NOV. 8

Chucho Valdés Quintet. 8p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. $39-$59. 620-2048.

· NOV. 9

Doug Adamz and Light Rain. 8-10p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at A Park Avenue Studio of Bellydance, 33 Park Ave., Monterey. Middle Eastern and world music concert and dance performance. $15. 384-4141. · NOV. 13

Judy Collins. 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Carpenter Hall at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street., Carmel. $34.50-$47. 620-2048,

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