What to do this weekend
Posted on: Friday, February 27, 2009 10:21 AM by Nicole Gustas
Looking for something to do with your children? This weekend is jam-packed with kid-focused events. (Don't worry, there's a couple in here for the grown-ups, too!) Friday Learn the secrets of that most delectable of desserts, truffles, from Scott Lund of Lula's Chocolates at the Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room on Cannery Row from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Make truffles while you taste wines. $45; call 831-455-9990 to reserve. Why is the sky blue? You may not be able to give your children a solid scientific answer to this, but astronomer Dr. Bruce Weaver can. He's giving a class tonight at Garland Ranch Regional Park Museum that teaches children about the wonders of astronomy. The class is $10 and runs from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Register online through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website. The live theatrical show Disney's Aladdin, Jr. plays at 7:30pm at the Golden Bough Theatre. Waiting for Lefty, a play about surviving the Great Depression, enters its final two weeks at the Indoor Forest Theater. 8pm, $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us. Saturday Enjoy the spring wildflowers and learn all about nature with a docent-led 3.5 mile hike at Garland Ranch Regional Park. The free hike starts at 10am. Register online through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website. Happy birthday, John Steinbeck! In honor of Steinbeck's birthday, the The National Steinbeck Center is holding a kid-focused community free day with music and dance, arts and crafts activities, a reading circle and a puppet show. Starts at 10am. Take the family on a horseback ride through the Del Monte Forest at 2pm with the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. They'll set you up with the saddle, the helmet and the horse. $50 each; register online through the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District website. If your kids prefer song, dance and flying carpets to horses, the live theatrical show Disney's Aladdin, Jr. plays at 2pm and 7:30pm at the Golden Bough Theatre. The Monterey Museum of Art Pacific Street has another fascinating and free lecture, all about the information we can glean from paintings, with "If Paintings Could Talk." They're not just docents; they're also writers. Volunteeers at Tor House present the poetry of Robinson Jeffers and some of their own work at An Evening with Tor House Writers. The reception begins at 6:30pm; the readings start at 7pm. Free. Tango First Century at the Sunset Center celebrates the sexiest dance (no, not Beyonce's "Single Ladies" number). The performance starts at 8pm, but if you arrive at 7 you can attend a pre-show talk about the tango. Tickets are $35 and $45. Waiting for Lefty plays at the Indoor Forest Theatre at 8pm. $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us. Sunday Mystified by where to hike on the Fort Ord Public lands? Meet up with the Sierra Club for a 9 mile hike. Participants will meet at the Thrift Shop on Lightfighter Road at 9am. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a lunch and plenty of water. The live theatrical show Disney's Aladdin, Jr. plays at 2pm at the Golden Bough Theatre. Catch a matinee of Waiting for Lefty at the Indoor Forest Theatre at 2:30pm. $15 for students and military, $10 for children and $20 for the rest of us. Wave Street Studios has Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble, a fascinating group of Middle Eastern musicians playing music with roots all over the region. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15. As always, there's way more going on this weekend than we can list here. Check out the Monterey County Weekly's Calendar section for more ideas on how to spend your weekend.