by Berenice Cisneros
Classical Guitar Recital
The Chula Vista Public Library and the Centro Hispanoamericano de Guitarra are presenting a Classical Guitar Recital on May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rosemary Lane Galeria at the Chula Vista Public Library's South Branch, 289 Orange Ave. The recital will feature three student guitarists and will be free to the public.
Community Picnic and Street Fair
The Lake Murray Kiwanis Club presents the 17th Annual Lake Murray Community Picnic and Street Fair, Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event is free to the public. Included in the activities will be a fun walk, a hat-making workshop for youngsters, hard-hat tours of the Alvarado Water Treatment Plan, scenic boat tours on Lake Murray, and lots of information booths and giveaways. Kids participating in the Fishing Derby will be entered in a drawing for a new bicycle.
Santa Ysabel Art Festival
The 10th Annual Santa Ysabel Art Festival, an arts benefit, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th from 10 AM to 5 PM on the grounds of the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery at the intersection of Highway 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel, 7 miles below Julian. Admission is FREE.
This is a juried showcase for fine art and fine craft. Over fifty artists including painters, sculptors, ceramic and glass artists, furniture makers, fiber artists and jewelry makers will exhibit and demonstrate original work in booths ringing the lawns of the picturesque Santa Ysabel Art Gallery. Jazz, blues, bluegrass and folk music will be continuous throughout the Festival.
Swirling Spanish skirts, whirling windmills, a chivalrous knight seeking the woman of his dreams - it's all here in this fanciful, fiery and phenomenal production of Don Quixote, presented by City Ballet, under the direction of internationally renown dancer Steven Wistrich, on May 19 and 20 at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego.
This full-length ballet based on Cervantes' epic tale of a legendary errant knight, whose adventures and comic misadventures also gave rise to the hit Broadway musical Man of La Mancha. This company premiere promises to be spectacular with sumptuous sets and costumes. Ticket prices are $19, $24 and $29. Tickets are available by calling (858) 272-8663.
Parent & Child Expo
The 8th Annual Parent & Child Expo, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds May 19-20, will be like none other. This Expo, which will provide hundreds of products and services geared toward successful parenting, has made an event this year that parents and kids of all ages won't want to miss.
There will be many fun people to meet at this year's Expo. Stop by and visit the San Diego Sockers, Andrew Kline of the Saint Louis Rams, and Geoffrey, the Toys `R' Us giraffe, will be on hand for pictures. The two-day event will also feature a free interactive area for children with an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, bounce house and children's carnival. The Expo is also bringing back by popular demand the petting zoo and kids safety zone where both little and big kids will enjoy climbing through the fire safety trailer and getting inside police cars, ambulances and other emergency vehicles. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children ages 2 to 12. Discount coupons are available on the website, www.parentandchild.com.
American Indian Culture Days
The public is cordially invited to attend S.D. American Indian Culture Days, Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in San Diego's Balboa Park on Park Blvd. and Presidents Way. We are pleased to welcome the Deh Gah School Drummers and Dancers straight out of Fort Providence, NWT, Canada. This accomplished group of 20 members will perform the traditional drum and prayer songs, hand games, and dances of the Slavey and Metis culture. We will also feature the Seven Mile Elementary Apache Club Crown Dancers of the Fort Apache Reservation, Whiteriver, Arizona, will be presenting healing and blessing Gan dances, which are popularly known as Crown Dances. This accomplished group is made up of 4th and 5th graders. Also including the Kumeyaay Bird Singers who perform songs of the local nations of this country, Danza Oceolotl Aztec Dancers who re-create the ceremonies of the Mesoamerican Indian nations, and the fabulous blues band/recording artists Tracy Lee Nelson and Native Blues.
Come and enjoy shopping at 50 juried artisan booths featuring high-quality American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadworks, books, Kachina dolls, sandpaintings, sculpture, and many other arts and crafts. There are also several food booths featuring the best in American Indian food: fry-bread, Indian tacos, tamales, green chili stew. Plus community-based information booths, door prizes and much more. This is a free, fun and family-oriented event, so please bring your own chair and shade.
Sicilian Street Festival
The 8th annual Sicilian Street Festival will be held Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on India Street in Little Italy. The event is a family oriented festival with Italian music and entertainment, tasty Italian foods, beer and wine gardens, arts, crafts and merchandise. Musical entertainment will include the lively tunes of the Italian ensemble Roman Holiday. For more information, call the festival headquarters at 583-0400. Admission is FREE.