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Vespertine Circus

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Vespertine Circus. 8p.m. today at the Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. Indie performing-arts troupe packed with acrobatics, juggling, clowning, aerial-artistry and dance. General admission $20-$25, children $10-$15. 324-4571.

Tommy Faia. 7p.m. today at Plaza Linda restaurant, 27 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $10. 659-4229. www.plazalinda.com.

Monterey Bay Officer Spouses' Club presents "Sip the Peninsula." 7-11p.m. today at Barbara McNitt Ballroom, Herrmann Hall, Naval Postgraduate School, Sloat and Del Monte avenues, Monterey. Wine and beer tasting event. $45-$55. Designated driver tickets are $30. VIP tickets for VIP hour are $55. Admission includes wine glass and auction program. www.montereybayosc.com.

Lunar New Year's Eve celebrations. Half-hour event today at the following Salinas libraries and times: 10:15a.m. Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, 758-7345; 11:15a.m. El Gabilan Library, 1400 N. Main St., 758-7302; 12:15p.m. John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Ave. Salinas., 758-7311.

"Is there a Connection Between Hearing Loss & Dementia?" 10a.m.-noon, today at The Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. With Dr. Larry Solow. Free. Reservations required. 375-4418.

Secrets Behind the Lion Dance. 3p.m. today at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Children ages 5 and older are invited. Discover the tradition of the Chinese Lion Dance with its martial arts footwork and postures. Lion dancers will include a demonstration of the movements and children will have an opportunity to participate. Free. 646-3934.

Dances of Universal Peace. 7-9p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Master dance leader Nancy Norris will teach the simple, easy-to-learn melodies, words and steps. $5-$10 donation. 624-7404.

PacRep Theatre presents "Legally Blonde: The Musical." 7:30p.m. today at the Golden Bough Theatre, Monte Verde Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, Carmel. Features Sydney Duncheon as Elle Woods, 40 performers, two canine performers and a live rock band. General admission: $7.50-$28; discounts for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers and active military. 622-0100, www.PacRep.org

Paper Wing Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years." 8p.m. today at Paper Wing Theatre, 320 Hoffman Ave., Monterey. The play explores a five-year relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress. One story is told in reverse chronological order the other in chronological order. 905-5684, www.PaperWing.com.

Stardust Playhouse presents "Parallel Lives." 8p.m. today at Stardust Playhouse, 2115 N. Fremont St., Suite C, Monterey. Play re-examines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods — or in this case, goddesses. For mature audiences. $15. stardustplayouse.com, 402-8940.

Stevenson School Performing Arts presents "Little Shop of Horrors." 7:30p.m. today at Keck Auditorium, Stevenson School, Pebble Beach Campus, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach. Based on the film by Roger Corman. $12.50 general online, $15 at the door; students, seniors and military $6.50/$10 www.stevensonschool.org/boxoffice, 625-8389.

Pacific Grove Middle School presents "The Music Man." 7p.m. today at the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, 835 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. More than 30 Pacific Grove students perform this famous Broadway musical. $7 general, $5 for students at the door. Information: Pamela at 641-0340 or school office at 646-6568.

Yoga practice workshop. 1:30-4p.m. today in Studio I at the Monterey Sports Center, 301 E. Franklin St., Monterey. In-depth breakdown of the vinyasa and basic standing poses of flow-style yoga. $35-$50. 646-3739, ataide@monterey.org.

Rose pruning clinic. 10a.m. today at Valley Hills Nursery, 7440 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. 624-3482.

Fruit tree pruning demonstration. 1:30p.m. today at McShane's Nursery, 115 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. Free. 455-1876.

Papercraft Some Love. 2-4p.m. today at Bella's Studio, 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 205, Monterey. Learn how to handcraft heart-themed notecards, a gift tag and ornament. $40 includes materials. 920-2272, bella@bellastudiomonterey.com.

"Get Creative." 1-5p.m. today at the Carmel Bay Company, Ocean Avenue and Lincoln Street, Carmel. Join artist Erin lee Gafill for a fun afternoon of collage-making. Free. 624-3868, www.carmelbaycompany.com.

Opening reception. 6-8p.m. today at the Carmel Art Association, Dolores Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Carmel. Features work by the CAA's 15-member board of directors painters. 624-6176, www.carmelart.org.

Boat crew mixer. 4-6p.m. today at Monterey Penninsula Yacht Club, Wharf No. 2, Monterey. As skippers prepare for the competitive sailing seasons, they need crews that will show up regularly. 372-9686, race@mpyc.org.

Brenton Wood, Ron Ellison. 8p.m. today at the Fox Theater, 241 S. Main St., Salinas. $28-$58. www.vallitix.com.

ART EVENTS

· FEB. 10

Hand-printed Valentine workshop. 1-3p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Carmel Art Association, Dolores Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Carmel. Instructor: Pamela Takigawa. Materials and instructions to make a card will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring embellishments such as lace, ribbon or photos to add to their card (with the exception of glitter). Free. 624-6176, www.carmelart.org.

· FEB. 11

Independent photographers. 7-9p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 4590 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Experienced and inexperienced photographers welcome to share prints and ideas. 324-4651.

· FEB. 14

Bernard Williams. 6-8p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the University Center living room, CSU Monterey Bay, Sixth Avenue at B Street. Seaside. Williams investigates history, ethnology, archaeology and cartography in his works, which include canvases, sculptures and outdoor murals. Free. csumb.edu/map.

· FEB. 14

Closing reception and artist's talk. Noon-1p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 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.

· FEB. 14

Artist's reception. 1-2:30p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Monterey Peninsula College Art Gallery, west side of campus, 980 Fremont St., Monterey. Artist's talk at 1p.m. Exhibition is part of an ongoing visual conversation between three artists who currently live and work in the greater Los Angeles area. 646-3060, www.MPCGallery.com.

BENEFITS

· FEB. 15

Friends of the Monterey Public Library Eighth annual Chocolate & Wine tasting benefit. 7-9p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Wide variety of local wines. Enjoy an array of chocolate including cakes, candies, petit fours, ice cream and more. All proceeds go to purchase books and other resources for the Library. $25-30. 646-3949, mccombs@monterey.org.

CLASSES

& WORKSHOPS

· FEB. 10

Introduction to fly fishing. 9a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Central Coast Fly Fishing, 7172 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. $70, all equipment included. 626-6586, www.centralcoastflyfishing.com.

· FEB. 14-MARCH 7

Tap for children 7 to 12. 4-5p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14-March 7, at Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie St., Monterey. Sessions 1-4: $28 Monterey residents, $36 all others. Session five: $21/$27. 646-3866.

EVENTS

· FEB. 10

Lunar New Year Day Taiji demonstration and Lion Dance. Noon Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Cathay House Restaurant in the parking lot, 213 Monterey St., Salinas. 422-6133.

· FEB. 10

Our Lady of Fatima Society Sale. 7:30a.m.-1p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Angela de Merici Church, Lighthouse Avenue between Ninth and 10th avenues, Pacific Grove. Portuguese donuts $10/dozen. 601-6765.

· FEB. 13

Beer dinner. 6:30p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Point Pinos Grill, 79 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove. Meet a representative from the brewery followed by four-course dinner paired with beer. $60. 648-5774.

· FEB. 14

One Billion Rising in Monterey. 4-8p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Monterey Center for Spiritual Living, 400 W. Franklin St., Monterey. One Billion Rising Monterey will join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of Valentine's Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Free. www.onebillionrising.org.

· FEB. 16

Valentine Sweethearts Luncheon. 11a.m.-2p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bernardus Lodge, 415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. Afternoon of chocolate, champagne and wine country cuisine. $95. Reservations: 658-3550, www.bernardus.com.

FILMS

· FEB. 10

"Los Primeros — The First Vaqueros." 2p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey. Documentary film follows the evolution of the California vaquero culture. $5. Free to Monterey History & Art Association members. 372-2608,

www.montereyhistory.org

LITERARY

EVENTS

· FEB. 12

Author Kat Meads. Noon-1p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at CSU Monterey Bay at Inter-Garrison and Sixth Avenue, Seaside. Meads will discuss how she came to write about the Russian Revolution, where the research led her and read from and sign copies of "For You, Madam Lenin." Free. 582-5500, csumb.edu/olli.

· FEB. 15

Book discussion with Helen Rucker. 6:30p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Rucker will discuss the "The New Jim Crow," by Michelle Alexander, concerning the mass incarceration of black males in the United States. Free. 899-7322.

· FEB. 8

Author Amy B. Scher. 7p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Mindshop, 522 Central Ave., Pacific Grove. Presentation from the author of "This is How I Saved My Life." Free. 372-2971.

· FEB. 9

Author Lori Howell. 2-4p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler St., Monterey. Book signing with author of "Reflections." Free. 238-3125.

MEETINGS

· FEB. 10

Gathering of crones. 2-4p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside. Gatherings of women of age sharing stories. Donation. 601-9195.

· FEB. 11

Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild. 9:30a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 11, at Monterey Senior Center, 280 Dickman St., Monterey. Bring your unfinished stitching. Help is available from experienced stitchers. Stitichers of all skill levels welcome. 373-2094.

· FEB. 12

Oriental Art Society of the Monterey Peninsula. 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Fiesta Room at Hacienda Carmel, Carmel Valley Road and Via Mallorca, Carmel. Topic: Terracotta Warriors of Xian. Free. 624-4911.

· FEB. 12

Monterey Audubon Society meeting. 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, Forest and Central avenues, Pacific Grove. Chris Hartzell will talk about wildlife photography and travel. Free. tonikimple@gmail.com.

· FEB. 13

Beyond The Scale Network. 12:30p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Canterbury Woods, 651 Sinex Ave., Pacific Grove. Speaker: Cammie Jones of Cammie Jones Organizing. $10. 601-4584, dbbeyondthescale@gmail.com.

· FEB. 14

Monterey Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society. 7:30p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. Program: Debbie Viess recounts amusing and illuminating anecdotes related to her obsession with mushroom. 624-8497, bjleneve@att.net.

· FEB. 20

Widowed Persons Club of Monterey Bay. 11:30a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Cafe Pacifica in Embassy Suites, Canyon Del Rey Boulevard and Del Monte Avenue, Seaside. $20. Reservations required by Feb. 17. 624-6151.

MUSIC

· FEB. 10

Love Poems and Serenades. 3p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 490 Aguajito Road, Carmel. Singer David Gordon will join poet Dr. David Loye in a recital. $20. 624-7404.

· FEB. 10

Toot Sweet Jazz Band. 1-5p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Monterey Elks Lodge, 150 Mar Vista Drive, Monterey. $8 members, other jazz club members, Elks and their guests, active military and students; $15 all others. 333-1972.

· FEB. 14

"Share the Love, Love the Music" fundraiser. 6-8:30p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral de Tierra Road, Corral de Tierra. Champagne, wine, food and live music. Benefit music art instruction for Youth Orchestra Salinas students. $70. Reservation deadline: Feb. 10. 775-4729.

· FEB. 14

Valentine's dinner concert featuring John Michael as Frank Sinatra. 7-9p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Clubhouse of Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club, 185 Robley Road, Corral deTierra. $40 members, $45 all others. 649-1139, www.chamisal.com.

· FEB. 16

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. 8p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and San Carlos street, Carmel. Pre-concert lecture in Studio 105 at 7p.m. General admission: $41-$56, adult students and active military, $15. 625-2212, www.chambermusicmontereybay.org.

TALKS &

LECTURES

· FEB. 11

"Help for the Hard of Hearing." 1-3p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at The Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. With Dr. Juliette Sterkens. Free. 375-4418.

· FEB. 12

Exploring Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park & More. 7-8:30p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at REI, Imjin Parkway and Second Avenue, Marina. Join Susan Alcorn, author of "Patagonia Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine," for a presentation of her recent backpacking trips with her husband. Free. Register at www.rei.com/marina. A seat will be held for you until the scheduled start time. 883-8048.

· FEB. 12

"History of Salinas Valley: American's Salad Bowl." 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Carpenter Hall at the Sunset Center, Ninth Avenue and Mission Street, Carmel. Speaker: Meg Clovis of the Monterey County Parks Department. Free. 624-2811.

· FEB. 12

"True Love Everlasting: A New Scientific Theory of Romantic Love." 6-7:45p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St., Monterey. Free. Reservations: 601-6633.

· FEB. 13

"Time Banking: Neighbors Helping Neighbors. 7p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Central and Forest avenues, Pacific Grove. Do you need some help around the house or a ride across town? Christine Lima will discuss how your local time bank can help enhance your life and build your community without the use of cash. Free. 643-0707, denyse@sustainablepg.org,www.sustainablepg.org.

TOURS

& OUTDOORS

· FEB. 10

The 28th Together with Love Run/Walk. Race starts 9a.m. rain or shine Sunday, Feb. 10, at Lovers Point Park, Pacific Grove. Two races, a 10K and 5K, benefitting the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. The ninth annual 1K Kids' Fun Run begins at 8:15a.m. Rain or shine. Registration: $38 www.mtryrapecrisis.org

· FEB. 10

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. 10a.m.-noon, Sunday, Feb. 10, at Monterey Bay Kayaks, 693 Del Monte Ave., Monterey. Tips, techniques and all gear included. Bring a willing attitude and enthusiasm for an amazing time on the water. $35 district residents, $39 all others. 372-3196, ext. 102.

· ONGOING

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

· ONGOING SATURDAYS

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

· ONGOING

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, mgree@parks.ca.gov.

· ONGOING

Sierra Club hikes. Schedule of hikes at www.ventana.sierraclub.org. F