If, like the Wicked Witch of the West, you're water-soluble, don't worry about the rain - there's plenty of indoor events this weekend. Prefer to get your kicks in the fresh air? Never mind today's drizzle - the sun's supposed to peep out again Saturday and Sunday.
Head over to the Monterey County Fairgrounds for Gem Faire. It takes place all weekend. Free admission.
That tween favorite, High School Musical 2, is in its next-to-last weekend at the Golden Bough Theater in Carmel. The show starts at 7:30pm.
Once again, it's time for the Salinas First Fridays Art Walk. The party kicks off at 5pm and runs until 8. There's over 45 participating venues, so if you plan to see everything, schedule yourself for three minutes at each spot. Head on down to the intersection of Gabilan and Main, and look for the balloons!
Don't want to face the Route 68 traffic? Wave Street Studios is holding its monthly variety show, starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10.
Gem Faire continues at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Did we mention it's free admission?
Gardeners can learn to prune roses at 11am at Bernardus Lodge, which has over 100 varieties in its rose garden. The $20 fee includes clippings, which according to Google will allow you to start your own rose plant.
Give the kids an old-fashioned big-screen movie experience at the Golden State Theatre. Toy Story 2 will show one time only, at 3pm, and your ticket fee funds the Forest Theater Guild.
If your kids prefer live teenagers to animated toys, High School Musical 2 plays at the Golden Bough Theater at 2pm and 7:30pm.
A multiple-artist show at the Carmel Art Association, on Dolores between 5th and 6th, opens from 6 to 8pm. Go for the oil paintings and lithographs by Michie Long, Helene Goldstein, Olof Dahlstrand, and Heidi Hybl; stay for the free refreshments.
Local arts groups are uniting at the Golden State Theatre for "Cannery Row: An Evening of Art, Literature and Music." You'll get a sampling of some of the best arts organizations in the Carmel area and a 7pm showing of cinema classic Cannery Row, plus your ticket money will fund youth outreach programs by the Forest Theater Guild. This fabulous buffet of entertainment starts at 6pm and is only $5. If you prefer lighter classics, the group is also showing The Princess Bride at 9:15pm.
Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints play Wave Street Studios. The 8pm show sold out quickly, but they've just added a 10pm show. Tickets are $15.
The Together with Love Run/Walk 10k and 5k starts at 9am at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. Beat the competition or just get some exercise while benefiting the Monterey Rape Crisis Center. Registration is $28, and all participants get a free T-shirt.
While you're running through Lover's Point Park, watch out for Surfrider Foundation volunteers, who will be cleaning up the beach at Lover's Point from 10am to noon. If you're not feeling the running vibe, help out with the beach cleanup - or if you're one of those crazy multitaskers, do both!
Lend a hand to Mother Nature and the California Native Plant Society. Head over to Carmel River State Beach at 1pm and help them restore the area. Dress to garden and bring water; they have the rest of the supplies. Call 831-236-0095 for more information.
Sing one more chorus of "You Are The Music In Me" at the Golden Bough Theater, where High School Musical 2 plays at 2pm.
This list is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg! Check the Monterey County Weekly for more weekend events.