It's the last weekend for Ice Skating on the Bay at the Custom House Plaza! This weekend's weather is predicted to be crisp and clear, making it a perfect time to enjoy the skating rink with a view of the Bay. To learn more about Ice Skating by the Bay, read our Intrepid Intern's report.
It's the first Friday of 2011, and time for the Salinas First Fridays Art Walk! Venues throughout Oldtown Salinas will be open, featuring music, art exhibits, and of course light appetizers and other refreshments. 5pm—8pm, 100-300 blocks of Main Street, Salinas and surrounding blocks. Free.
Gawk at the stars in Carmel Valley! No, we don't mean the celebs at Bernardus and Carmel Valley Ranch; we're talking about an Astronomical Adventure hosted by Garland Ranch Regional Park. Dr. Jim Eagle and amateur astronomers bring telescopes and binoculars to the Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitors Center, showing off the winter constellations. Learn about the heavens around us with a friendly crowd. 5:30pm-7:30pm, Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitors Center, 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $11 ($10 for Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District residents); $33 for group of 4 ($30 for MPRPD residents).
Just announced! Moody, bluesy singer/guitarist Jake Bellows, hard-edged country artists The Whispertown 2000 and breathy, sexy, sultry pop/jazz/rockers Heather Pocaro & the Heartstring Symphony will play a surprise show at the Monterey History and Maritime Museum! 8pm-10pm, Monterey History & Maritime Museum, Custom House Plaza, Monterey. $11 admission ($7 for Museum members).
Geocaching is a trendy, fun way to see the outdoors; it's a treasure hunt led by your GPS and is a great time for the whole family. Learn all abut geocaching at the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District's program "Treasure Hunt." GPS units will be provided. 1pm-4pm, meet at Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum, 700 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley. $11 ($10 for Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District residents); $33 for group of 4 ($30 for MPRPD residents).
No, "Suicide Gene" isn't the name of Monterey County's newest metal band — it's a thought-provoking lecture at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. "Suicide Gene: Why nature has arranged for us to die, and what we can do about it" by scholar Josh Mittledorf discusses the genes that control aging, and questions what their purpose are. 2pm-3pm, 165 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove. $5 for general public; free for students and Museum members.
Country rockers The Reflectacles lean heavily toward the country, with upbeat tunes that bely the downbeat lyrics. They play tonight at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur. 9pm, Highway One in Big Sur. No cover.
The Dirty Clergy, out of Alabama, call themselves folk rockers, but they definitely lean more toward the "rock" than the "folk." They're influenced by bands like The Doors and Bob Dylan, and have a definite Cracker flavor. They play tonight with Portland indie rockers Rare Monk, whose name may be similar but whose sound is like a mix of Spoon and a serious, funked-up hard-edged Electric Six. 9pm, 638 Wave Street, $5.
See the rare California condor on a Ventana Wildlife SocietyCalifornia Condor Viewing Tour. Call 831-455-9514 for location, times and availability. $50.