This weekend's best events - Valentine's Day and more!
Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:08 PM by Nicole Gustas
The following events occurred in 2010. For a list of 2013 Valentine's Day events click here. Not only is Valentine's Day this weekend; it's also the weekend of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The entire county is packed with things to do from Friday through Monday. Looking for something romantic to do this weekend? See our listing of Valentine's Weekend Top Romantic Events for ideas on how to celebrate. Going to the AT&T? See our Insider's Guide to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for tips on how to get the most out of the event. You say you're not romantically inclined, and you have no interest in golf? No worries. There's still plenty of fun things to do. Friday Meet local authors Adela Castillo and José Alejandro Morán tonight at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The members-only reception is at 6pm, followed by a talk, live poetry meeting and book signing at 7pm. Call 831-775-4721 for details. San Francisco indie band Callow return from their tour of the Pacific Northwest to play ethereal indie music at Jose's tonight. Mellow, Postal Service-esque San Jose band Seabright and female-led, Postal Service-esque Santa Cruz band Harlequin Baby open. 9pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $5. Saturday See beautiful architecture and great art at the Monterey Museum of Art at La Mirada's Community Day. 11am-5pm, 720 Via Mirada, free. Local reggae favorites Jonah and the Whale Watchers bring the peace, love, and party atmosphere to Fernwood Tavern in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, no cover. Sunday The Together With Love Run/Walk celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The 10K and 5K race raise money for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center; there's also a 1K kids' fun run. The course runs along the beautiful Pacific Grove coastline. Great scenery + good cause = worth getting up early on Valentine's Day. Kids' fun run is at 8:15am; 10K and 5K begin at 9am. Sign up online, or register on race day starting at 7:30am at Lovers Point Park. Tour a historic lighthouse and see some whales at the Point Sur Whale Watching Tour. Point Sur Lighthouse is perched on a volcanic rock over 300 feet above the ocean, which makes it the perfect spot to watch for whales. Our tips from last year: get there early (it's first-come first-served), bring a zoom lens for your camera or binoculars if you have them, wear comfortable shoes. Oh, and bring lunch - the top of Point Sur is a gorgeous spot for a picnic. 11am-3pm, Highway One 19 miles south of Rio Road, $20. In celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday, Gustavo Romero (shown above playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3) plays a Chopin program at the Sunset Center. Pieces include Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.45; Nocturne in B major, Op.62 (No.1); Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op.60; Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op.44; Scherzo in B flat minor, Op.31; Ballade in A flat major, Op.47; Ballade in F major, Op.38; Ballade in F minor, Op.52; and Ballade in G minor, Op.23. After the concert, there will be a champagne reception in the lobby to celebrate Chopin's birth. 3pm, San Carlos and 9th in Carmel, $37. Moss Landing's Sublime-esque Hallway Ballers play Jose's tonight. 8pm, 638 Wave St. Monterey, $10. Monday Monterey's Colton Hall was the site of the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. Today, Mayor Chuck Della Salla unveils two important documents from that event — the roster and the signature page — which will join the exhibits in Colton Hall's permanent museum. 11am, 351 Pacific Street, free.