This weekend, with Martin Luther King Day on Monday, is the second three-day weekend of the year for many people. Here's our top picks for the weekend, plus a Day of Service option for Monday.


Monterey Swingfest kicks off at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa today. There's two free workshops: Beginning West Coast Swing from 10am to noon, and Beginning Hustle from noon to 2pm. Serious swing dancers can attend intensive West Coast Swing workshops, participate in the Jack & Jill and Strictly Swing contests, and cut a rug until dawn at the Open Dancing event. Friday-only attendance is $75; it's $139 for the full weekend.

Spectator non-dancers can attend for $50 for the weekend or $25 for Friday only. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Durley and pianist Joe Indence play beautiful jazz that is easy to listen to without falling into the dreaded "easy listening" category. They play the Pacifica Cafe at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside tonight. 6:30-9:30pm, free.

Break out the leather jacket and prepare to bang your head at Jose's on Wave Street in Monterey tonight with local metal acts Razorhoof, Gorphyryac, Granted Earth, and Psally Blue. All ages show from 7-10pm; 21+ from 10pm-close. $10.


Monterey Swingfest continues at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Attend a free Beginning West Coast Swing class from 10 am to noon, or the free Beginning Hustle class from noon to 2 pm. Intensive workshops begin at 9 am and run until 4 pm. Dance contests begin at noon and run until 11 pm. Open dancing begins at noon and runs until dawn. Saturday-only attendance is $80; it's $139 for the full weekend. Spectator non-dancers can attend for $50 for the weekend or $25 for Saturday only.

Get a sneak preview of exceptional wines at Chateau Julien Wine Estate's Barrel Tasting and Futures Open House. 11am-4pm, free for members, $10 for the rest of us.

The Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most notable string quartets in the United States. Richard Stoltzman is a two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinet player. The quintet appeared in a private performance in Boston last month that was described as "exceptional" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. They perform together at Carmel-by-the-Sea's Sunset Center in what is currently the only announced Stoltzman/Borromeo performance of 2010. The program includes Hindemith's Clarinet Quintet, Op. 30, Schumann's String Quartet #1, Op. 41 in A minor and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581. 8pm; tickets are $39 to $62 and can be purchased online or by calling 831-625-2212.

If Ladytron and The Postal Service teamed up, they'd probably sound like Santa Cruz band Harlequin Baby. They team up with "feminist electro" act Xyphl tonight at Jose's on Wave Street. 9pm, $5. James Henry of the Hands on Fire Band brings his passionate Afro-beat-rooted funk to Fernwood in Big Sur tonight. 9pm, no cover.


The Fort Ord Foray is a 10K and 5K race across the paved and dirt trails of Fort Ord Public Lands to benefit Monterey County Police Activities League, which provides endangered youth with leadership training and life skills. $40/individual, $125/team. On-site registration starts at 7:30 am at 8th Avenue and Gigling Road in Seaside; race begins at 9 am.

Monterey Swingfest continues at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Intensive workshops run from 9 am to 2 pm, dance contests run from noon to 5:30 pm, and open dancing starts at noon and runs late. Sunday-only attendance is $70. Spectator non-dancers can attend for $50 for the weekend or $25 for Sunday only.

If you're planning a wedding in Monterey County or considering planning one, head over to the Monterey Conference Center for the A Day to Remember Bridal Show. 11am-4pm, $10.

The city of Marina hosts a Martin Luther King Parade and Celebration. The parade begins at noon at Crescent and Reservation Road and ends at the Marina Certified Farmers' Market at Vista Del Camino and Reservation Road. Traditional Filipino, Korean & Native American dancing begins at 1 pm. Free.


Americans across the nation will volunteer their time on Monday for Martin Luther King Day. In honor of Reverend King, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District hosts a Living Fabric Restoration at Marina Dunes Preserve, adding native plant cover to insulate the dunes from erosion. Register on their website; just click on the Community Alive! tab. 10am-1pm, free.