This weekend's hot picks in Monterey County
Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2009 12:24 PM by Nicole Gustas
The weekend is nearly upon us! Here's our hot picks for what to do. Friday That tween favorite, Hannah Montana, hits the big screen at 7pm at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey with "Hannah Montana The Movie." Pick up your free tickets at participating stores in Old Monterey; look for the poster in the window that says "Free Summer Movie Weekends." You knew wine and food could be paired together, but did you know both could also be paired with cigars? Find out the flavors that cigars bring out at Chateau Julien's Wine & Cigar Dinner. Reception begins at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30. $100 for club members, $125 for non-members. It's a skinny-jeans-and-neckties night as electro DJ/promoting outfit Blood and Glitter throws a dance party with Pimp Gypsy and the Disco Werewolves at Jose's Mexican in Monterey tonight at 9pm. Free. Saturday The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau is cleaning up Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, and you're invited! Refreshments and cleaning supplies will be provided. 10am to 11:30am. Earthbound Farm in Carmel holds a vegetable garden walk, cooking demo and food tasting with Chef Craig von Foerster of Post Ranch Inn. Participants will get recipes to take home. 10am-noon, $20 for adults, $5 for 12 and under. It's the 10th annual Summer Wildflower Show at Garland Ranch Regional Park in Carmel Valley! Stop by anytime between 10am to 4pm to hear talks about wildflowers. Join in a free guided Wondrous Wildflower Walk at 1pm. The walk will be about one and a half to two miles. Register for the walk online at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District website. Gardeners can pick up plants, books, supplies and more while benefiting a good cause at the Cooper-Molera Adobe's Garden Sale. 10am-2pm. Free. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park holds family activities at the newly reopened campground today, including activities about nature and recycling for 7-12 year olds at 10am, storytelling and games for the 6 and under crowd at 11:30am, and a two mile nature walk (beginning at the Nature Center) for everyone at 2pm. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Carmel Valley Village hosts the fifth annual Art & Wine Celebration. Try food samples and wine tastings while enjoying live entertainment and browsing the work of over 60 artisans. 11am-5pm. Admission is free, $15 for five wine tastings includes commemorative glass. The Golden State Theatre has two free movies today. The movie version of that favorite kid franchise, "Hannah Montana The Movie" shows at 3pm. At 7pm, see the critically acclaimed and extremely popular animated film "Coraline." Pick up your free tickets at participating stores in Old Monterey; look for the poster in the window that says "Free Summer Movie Weekends." Moss Landing's Hallway Ballers bring their funk/rock/Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-esque music to Fernwood Resort in Big Sur tonight at 9pm. Up the coast in Monterey at Jose's Mexican, three unique and refreshing hip-hop bands, Realization, Aces and Para la Gente play live. 9pm, $5 cover. Sunday The 10th annual Summer Wildflower Show continues at Garland Ranch Regional Park from 10am to 4pm. Arrive at 9am for a free, challenging Wildflower Hike, roughly three and a half miles long with about a 1000 foot elevation gain. Register for the hike online at the MPRPD website. Not to be outdone, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park holds two nature walks today. 9am's walk, called "Discovering Pfeiffer Falls," meets at the Nature Center and takes a one-mile hike along the recently reopened Valley View trail to Pfeiffer Falls. At 1pm, the one and a half hour walk "Gear Shifts," beginning in front of the Big Sur Restaurant, will explore Big Sur's extreme terrain and flora changes. $10 adults, $5 children. Learn how to make amazing Indian food with Chef Raghavan Iyer, author of 660 Curries, and Quail Lodge's executive chef Jeff Rogers. Take a chef-guided tour of Earthbound Farm, then head back to Quail Lodge to learn great Indian cooking tips. Enjoy a cooking demonstration from Iyer followed by a three-course plated lunch paired with perfect wine. All those who attend will receive a gift bag and a signed copy of 660 Curries. Noon to 3:30pm. $75 per person, $140 couple. Once again, the Golden State Theatre has two kid-favorite free movies on deck. See "Hannah Montana The Movie" at 3pm and animated film "Coraline" at 7pm. Pick up your free tickets at participating stores in Old Monterey; look for the poster in the window that says "Free Summer Movie Weekends."