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We've heard there's some movie with spaceships that's kind of popular this weekend. After you get done with your popcorn and Vulcans, here's what else to do with your weekend. Friday Sure, you could go watch space battles - or you could bundle up and watch a movie outdoors at Garland Ranch Regional Park. The movie, "Rivers and Tides," is about an artist who creates outdoors art using found objects. 7:30pm to 10pm, free. Saturday The Marina International Festival of the Winds takes place in, you guessed it, Marina from 10am to 5:30pm. At Glorya Jean Tate Park, there's a kite making workshop from 1-3 and a kite competition at 3, as well as bounce houses, a hang gliding simulator and tons more events; at Marina State Beach you can watch the hang gliding and skim boarding competitions starting at 11am. Free. The Big Creek Reserve in Big Sur holds its open house today, the one time of the year that non-scientists get to check out this particular piece of land. Wear your hiking boots and bring a lunch; the smarties who work here will show you around. 9am-4pm. See their website for directions. Create art outdoors using what you find in nature, and learn more about ecology while you do it with Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District's "Land Art" class at Garland Ranch Regional Park. 1pm to 5pm, $28, for ages 18 and over. The Golden State Theatre features the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra and Cantiamo performing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. There's a pre-concert talk at 7, followed by the performance at 8. Tickets are $20 for students and seniors and $25 for the rest of us. Call 831-333-1283 to reserve. The Hippodrome holds their luau party tonight, featuring a live show by reggae band Tony Miles. Starts at 10pm, 21+. Sunday The Marina International Festival of the Winds continues. Kids can make wind crafts and participate in science projects with the National Weather Service. There's live bands, kite flying demonstrations, and bounce houses at Glorya Jean Tate Park, and more hang gliding competitions at Marina State Beach. 11am-5pm, free. Don't make Mom suffer through scrambled omelets and burnt flapjacks this weekend when there are a number of amazing Mother's Day brunches to be had throughout the county. Big Sur The Big Sur River Inn Restaurant is hosting a Mother's Day brunch by the river, including live music by the Cachagua Playboys. Call 831-667-2700 to reserve. Monterey The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa has an amazing brunch buffet including all your traditional brunch favorites plus oysters and clams on the half shell, roast beef and honey baked ham, and more. 10am-3pm, $42 for adults, $20 for chldren age 6-12. Call 831-646-1700 for reservations. The Marriott Monterey is offering a champagne brunch with sweeping views of the entire Peninsula from the Ferrantes Bay View Room. Foods include salads, omelets, coq au vin, crab cakes, wild salmon, and much more. 10am to 4pm, $38.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages 5-12. Call 831-649-4234 x1111 to reserve. The Sardine Factory bucks the brunch trend with a Mother's Day three course prix fixe lunch/dinner from 1pm to 9pm, so you can let Mom sleep in. Entrees include filet mignon, sand dabs, lobster, duck, rack of lamb and more. The menu has two price points, $29.95 and $38.95. Call 831-373-3775 to reserve. Pacific Grove Fandango's Mother's Day brunch includes artichoke soup, courses ranging from roast beef to leg of lamb to salmon to eggs benedict florentine, and more. 11am to 2pm, $29.75 for adults, $18.75 for children under 10. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve. Carmel The Terrace Grill at La Playa Hotel offers crab and shrimp ravioli, omelets, waffles, honey baked ham, steak, salmon, turkey and more. 9am-2pm, $40 for adults and $20 for children 6-12. Call 831-624-6476 to reserve. Carmel Valley If Mom loves her dog as much as she loves you, bring her to the Quail Meadows Mother's Day Celebration at Quail Lodge. The event features live music, family portraits, local cuisine and a special menu for Mom's best friend. 11am to 3:30pm, $55 for adults and $25 for children. Call 831-624-2888 to reserve. Seaside Mom can meet Dad and the kids after golfing 18 holes at the Bayonet and Black Horse Mother's Day brunch. There's an omelet station, prime rib, spiral baked ham, grilled chicken, salmon, and many other dishes. 11am-3pm, $28.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Marina Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse offers a Mother's Day brunch buffet that includes sushi rolls, calamari pasta salad, macadamia nut pancakes, ham, prime rib, halibut, an omelet station, and lots more. 9am-3pm, $27.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 5-11, free for children under 5. Call 831-883-9479 to reserve. Mom and kids can enjoy Mother's Day on horseback with a trail ride around the Del Monte Forest. 2pm to 3pm, $55. Call 831-372-3196 x3 to reserve. Bring Mom to see Broadway heartthrob David Burnham perform at the Golden State Theatre at 3pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Golden State Theatre website. As always, there's far more things to do than we can list in our little summary. Go take a look at the Monterey County Weekly's online calendar for even more ideas.