by Berenice Cisneros
Cinco de Mayo
Presenting at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, May 5th at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Marcos Labastida, a tenor from Baja California and Ms. Martha Jane Weaver, an American mezzo-soprano. The program will feature songs such as Sabor a Mi, Ojos Españoles, Granada, Cielito Lindo and Cancion Mixteca to name a few. This wonderful event is FREE and open to the general public.
Join us at the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, from 3-11 p.m. Enjoy great specials on ice cold “cerveza”, and delicious margaritas. Check out our hot live bands including Viva Santana, Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs, Los Straightjackets featuring Deke Dick-erson. There will be Mariachi bands, Ballet Folklorico, food and lots of fun. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit www.gaslamp.org.
Come join us all weekend at Old Town for exotic foods, salsa dancers, and a mercado that rivals the best in Latin America. Friday noon - 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Event kicks off with performances by Mariachi bands and traditional dancers. You can feast on an array of authentic Mexican cuisine, including Margaritas. For more info call 296-3236.
Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation will present a concert featuring local Latin Jazz legend Jaime Valle on Sunday, May 5 at 7 p.m. The concert will encompass a number of styles, including Jazz, samba, blues and Brazilian. A buffet meal will be served with a theme corresponding with the style of music. Tickets are $25 which includes dinner and are available by calling (858) 748-0505.
Concerts on The Green
Annual series of free outdoor concerts every Friday evening in downtown El Cajon, will open Friday, May 3 with the jazz sounds of the popular group Ruby and the Red Hots. Concerts on The Green is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through September 27 on the Prescott Promenade on main Street, in downtown El Cajon, East County’s Arts & Culture Zone.
‘Dance Break 2002’
Jazz, Latin, Middle Eastern and merengue are some of the dance styles to be featured at MiraCosta College, May 3-4 7:30 p.m.; May 4-5 at 2 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Theatre, One Barnard Drive in Oceanside. General admission $10; seniors $8; students $6.
Offshore Gran Prix
Join us May 3, 4 and 5 for the Sixth Annual Offshore Grand Prix. On Friday at 4:00 p.m., there will be a parade of boats from the launch ramp at the Oceanside Harbor, down North Coast Highway and back to the Harbor Pit Area for public viewing. Race boats will reach speeds of 140 m.p.h. as they compete on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. just off the Oceanside coast. There will be food and vendor booths, games for children and a rock-climbing wall. The event is free and open to the general public.
Buds ‘n Blooms
Eight of Balboa Park’s most gorgeous gardens are highlighted in this free tour on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Musical accompaniment on the Plaza de Balboa and in five of the gardens will enhance the elegant Garden Showcase atmosphere. Each garden will have a docent host and Park gardener on hand to talk to visitors.
San Diego’s Biggest Parade
The 55th Annual Maytime Band Review steps off next month and the Bonita Vista High School Baron Blue Brigade is back to defend its title - again. The band review will be at capacity with 40 secondary school bands fighting to wrestle the trophy away from the Bonita dynasty. Bleacher seating is available for $2 on a reserved basis by calling N.C. Chamber of Commerce at 477-9339. The parade steps of at 10:30 a.m. along Highland Avenue in National City. The parade will begin at 28th Street near Sweetwater H.S. and proceed North to 16th Street, finishing down 16th Street and they will then assemble in Kimball Bowl for the awards ceremony. For more information please call 477-9339.
Want to Pamper Your Mother?
Come enjoy some special time at our Open Mother’s Day Tea, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $18 per person. Delicious food includes tea sandwiches, scones, lemon curd, tartlets, short bread, cakeletts, fresh fruit and all the tea you can drink. Mrs. Burton’s Tea Parlor is located inside the Burton House, in Heritage Park Old Town. For reservations please call 294-4600.