Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County fine arts exhibit. 6-8p.m. today at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. 394-5171 ext 206 or visit

Pacific Grove Art Center opening reception. 7-9 p.m. today at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Works by Liz Maruska, Dante Rondo, Julie Brown Smith, Robert Lewis and more. 375-2208.

"Dine Out" seniors. 11:45a.m. today at Sakura's Seafood Buffet, 1433 N. Main St., Salinas. New members welcome. Reservations: 442-0333, 917-1269.

"Twist & Shout Tribute Concert." 7:30p.m. today at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel. Recreated performances of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore and more. $16-$35. 622-0100.

Martin Shears. 7p.m. today at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229.

Andrew Shaw-Kitch with David Molina. 8:30p.m. today at Pierce Ranch Vineyards, 499 Wave St., Monterey. 21 and over. $5. 233-1415.

The Paper Wing Theatre Company presents "Avenue Q." 8 p.m. today at the Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Avenue, Monterey. Part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. $25 general, $22 seniors, students, and military, available at 905-5684.


· JAN.



Creative Arts Gathering. 9a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 5, 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,

· JAN. 6-8

Portrait and clothed figure painting workshop. 10a.m.-5p.m. Sun-Tue, Jan. 6-8, at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Workshop will emphasize working in an extended limited palette in oil for an emphasis on tone and value. Instructor: Warren Chang. $375. 375-2208.

· JAN. 9-FEB. 6

Watercolor for Kids. 3:30-5p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 6, at the Lyceum, 1076 Sixth St., Monterey. Basics about how color works. $85 includes materials. 372-6098.

· JAN. 9

"About Face: Colonial to Contemporary Portraiture." 10:30a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Monterey Museum of Art, La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. Talk by Susan Jaques. Free for Friends of the Museum, $10 MMA members, $15 all others.


· JAN. 7-28

Hula's Island Grill to donate part of bill to Central California Hemophilia Foundation. Dine at Hula's from 4 p.m. to closing on Mondays Jan. 7-28, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to Central California Hemophilia Foundation. Hula's is at 622 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 655-4852.

· JAN. 17

Shop for a cause. 6-7:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Casa Del Soul, 13748 Center St., No. G, Carmel Valley. 20 percent of sales benefit Voices for Children. Reservations: 659-4043.



· JAN. 5

Rose pruning demonstration. 10a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at McShane's Nursery, 115 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. Free. 455-1876.

· JAN. 5

Digital Book Show & Tell. 11a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Find out all about the latest digital reading devices and the best sources of eBooks and electronic audio books to use on those devices. There will be demonstrations of a variety of different readers and players, or you may bring your own device to share. If you would like to volunteer to show off your favorite digital reader, please email Free. Information: 646-3933.

· JAN. 6

Choral Music Master Class and presentation "The Music Within." Master class 1-4p.m., presentation 5p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Instructor and presenter Dr. Tim Seelig, artistic director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. Class is $20 and includes presentation. Presentation alone, $20. Tickets are available through the church for a private dinner with Seelig that follows the presentation at $100 per person. Tickets available through the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula and Bookmark Music in Pacific Grove. 624-7404.

· JAN. 7

"New Year, New You!" Holistic Health Workshop. 7-8:30p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Holistic approach to creating a healthier, happier you. $10. Reservations: 624-7404 or

· JAN. 7-FEB. 11

Beginner yoga series. 7-8p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, 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,

· JAN. 7-FEB. 4

Musikids for children 3 to 5 years old. 4-4:45p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. $25 Monterey residents, $33 all others. 646-3866.

· JAN. 8-9

Beginning fly tying. 6-9p.m. Tue-Wed, Jan. 8-9, at Central Coast Fly Fishing located at 7172 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. $80 includes materials.

· JAN. 9-30

The Joy of Singing Workshop. 6-8:30p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30, at the Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St., Monterey. Instructor: Luke Martin. For ages over 18. Covers technique and performance. $5/class for Monterey residents. 224-4282, 646-3873.

· JAN. 9-MARCH 13

Heart Ch'an Meditation Class 5:30-7p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-March 13, in the Peninsula Building, 362 Pacific St., Suite 6, Monterey. Series covers basics of Heart Chan meditation, an ancient traditional spiritual practice. $50. Email or see

· JAN. 9-FEB. 13

Ballet for children from kindergarten to first grade. 2:45p.m. Pre-ballet, 3:30p.m. Ballet 1, Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. $60 Monterey residents, $78 all others. 646-3866.

· JAN. 12

Name Your Year Workshop. 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 400 W. Franklin St., Monterey. Generate a completed theme board and name for your year with Leadership Coach DeniseKaku. $39 includes materials and refreshments. 905-6359

· JAN. 17-FEB. 7

Tap for children 7 to 12 years old. 4-5p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 7, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. Sessions 1-4: $28 Monterey residents, $36 all others. Session five: $21/$27. 646-3866.


· JAN. 5

Celebrate Three Kings Day. 2-4p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Sweet Elena's Bakery, 465 D Olympia Ave., Sand City. Eat the cake and find the figurine in the cake and be the King! $10 adults, $5 children. Information: 393-2063. Reservations:


Ice Skating by the Bay. 11a.m.-10p.m. Mon-Sat, noon-8p.m. Sunday through Jan. 6 at the Custom House Plaza, Alvarado Street at Del Monte Avenue, Monterey. $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, $3 skate rentals. 649-4511,

· JAN 8

Oriental Art Society gala dinner. 5:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Music by Frank Zha and Wang Han. $45. 626-1065.


· JAN. 10

"Ocean Frontiers." 6:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Big Sur Grange Hall, Highway 1 and Juan Higuera Creek, Big Sur. Film is is an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country. Soup, salad and bread at 6p.m. Bring your own place setting. Donation. 667-8823,

· JAN. 12

"Moonrise Kingdom" 7p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Marina Library, 190 Seaside Circle, Marina. Free. 883-7507,



· JAN. 9

Author Donna Rankin Love. 2:30p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Carmel Foundation, Eighth Avenue and Lincoln Street, Carmel. Donna shares her compelling journey from homemaker to peace activist and author. Free. 620-8705 or

· JAN. 11

Author Bill Minor. 7:30p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at The Works, 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Book launch party. $15. 372-2242.


Same Page Book Club. Meets 4-5p.m. Thursdays at National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Free. 540-8296.


· JAN. 7

Monterey Bay Talespinners meeting. 6:30p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, Monterey Public Library Community Room, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Free. Share tales or just come listen, as others practice the tradition of storytelling. Free. 646-8584, 372-5762.

· JAN. 8

Monterey Audubon Society meeting. 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, Forest and Central avenues, Pacific Grove. Alan Krakauer will talk about the greater sage grouse. Free.

· JAN. 18

World Affairs Council. 11:30a.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Topic: "Foreign Aid and Its Consequences." $25 for WAC members, $35 all others. Lecture at 12:30p.m. is free. Lunch reservation deadline: Jan. 5.


· JAN. 5

Scarlett Road. 7p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229.

· JAN. 11

Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents Tim Fain. 8p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos Street, Carmel. Q&A after concert. $36-51. 625-2212,

· JAN. 11

The Audio Waltz, Spider Heart, Burnt Palms. 9p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Jose's Underground Lounge Lounge, 638 Wave St., Monterey. 21 and older. $5. 737-9152.

· JAN. 13

Zinfandel Stompers, Monterey Hot Jazz Jammers. 1-5p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Monterey Elks Lodge, 150 Mar Vista Drive, Monterey. $8 members, active military and students and other club members; $15 all others. 333-1972.


· JAN. 6

Actor Howard Burnham presents "Dearest Jane! — The Rev. Henry Austen Recalls His Sister." 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at The Works, 677 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove. Burnham presents a special program to mark the bicentennial of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." $10,



· JAN. 5

"Evolution of the Oak trees in Carmel Valley." 10:15a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Carmel Valley Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. How do we take care of the trees while we live within this beautiful ecosystem? Free. 659-2377.

· JAN. 8

Ski and Snowboard Waxing basics. 7-8:30p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at REI, Imjin Parkway and Second Avenue, Marina. Learn how and why waxes work and all about base preparation-structure, major and minor repair and stone grinding. Bring your questions and leave your skis or snowboard at home. Free. Register at A seat will be held for you until the scheduled start time. 883-8048.

· JAN. 9

"The Baroque Era." 1:30-2:30p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Monterey Peninsula College Lecture in Lecture Forum 103, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Lecture will focus on historical interpretations of music. Free. 646-4224,

· JAN. 9

Peripheral neuropathy lecture. 10a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Pharmacy Conference Room at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas. Free.




Jack's Peak Park tour. 11a.m. the second Saturday of every month at Jack Peaks Park, Highway 68 to Olmstead Road to Jacks Peak Road, Monterey. Take a right at the kiosk. Meet at bulletin board near restroom. Hike with docents. $5 gate fee.


Tours of Casa Serrano Adobe. 2-4p.m. Saturdays at Casa Serrano Adobe, 412 Pacific St., Monterey. Casa Serrano is one of Monterey's oldest and most historic homes, constructed of adobe and redwood in 1843. It is furnished with antiques and local artwork, from the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods. Free. 372-2608, ext. 813


Tours of Cooper-Molera and Larkin house. Cooper Molera: 10:30a.m. and 12:30p.m.; Larkin house: 2p.m. Sat-Sun. Tickets for must be obtained at Pacific House Museum, south of Fisherman's Wharf on Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $5. 649-7172,


Historic garden tours. 10:30a.m. ongoing Fridays. Tours start at Casa del Oro Memory Gardens at Pacific and Scott streets, Monterey. Visit the gardens associated with Old Monterey historic adobes. $5 donation. Reservations at 649-3364; leave a message.


Tours of Point Pinos Lighthouse. Self-guided tours from 1-4p.m. Thu-Mon. The lighthouse is on Ocean View Boulevard in Pacific Grove. The entrance is from Asilomar Avenue. $2. 648-3176 or


Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park walking tours. 10a.m. Sat-Sun, 1p.m. Wednesdays. Arrive early. Three-hour tours limited to 40 people. Meet outside the Highway 1 farm gate, 19 miles south of Rio Road. $12 adults/$5 for ages 6-17/age 5 and younger free. Details: 625-4419 or


Docent-led tours of Elkhorn Slough. 10a.m. and 1p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine. Early bird tours are scheduled for 8:30a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Meet at the visitor center at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville. $4 day-use fee. Children, free. 728-2822,


Carmel Walks. 10a.m. Tue-Sat and 2p.m. Saturdays. The two-hour walk includes a tour of Carmel cottages, secret gardens and hidden courtyards. Meet in the outdoor courtyard of the Pine Inn, Lincoln Street and Ocean Avenue, Carmel. $25. 642-2700,


Robinson Jeffers Tor House tour. Tours hourly from 10a.m.-3p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10 general, $5 for full-time students. 26304 Ocean View Ave., Carmel. Reservations: Mon-Thu from 9a.m.-1p.m. at 624-1813 or Fri.-Sat. after 9:30a.m. at 624-1840.


Monterey waterfront and Cannery Row tours. Daily at 10a.m. or 1p.m. or by special arrangement. Meet in the lobby of the Clement Hotel, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey. Tours with historian Tim Thomas. Adults $20, children 10 to 15 years, $10. Reservations: 521-3304,


Monterey Movie Tours. 1p.m. daily. Board bus in front of the Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Three-hour daily tour takes passengers to some of the 190 locations of films that have been shot around the Peninsula. Onboard live narration along with movie clips. $55 adults/$50 seniors/$35 children. $5 off with AAA card. 372-6278.


Monterey Movie Tours. 1p.m. daily. Board at Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. $55 adults/$50 seniors/$35 children. $5 off with AAA card. 372-6278.


Gray's Photo Tours. Call Sandra Gray to make an appointment for a one-hour guided tour of the Central Coast. $75. 402-2274, graysphoto


Monterey walking tours.Two-hour tour held Thu-Sun. Depart 10a.m. at 1 Portola Plaza by fountain, Monterey. $20. Children under 18, free. 521-4884,