By Berenice Cisneros
Films & Plays
**The Christian Youth Theater will present Annie October 24 through November 2 at Eastlake High School, Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center in Chula Vista. This is America’s most famous orphan, Annie, who brings hope to Daddy Warbucks and President Roosevelt as she searches for her lost parents during the Depression. The cast of 66 are all students ages 8 18. Tickets are $9 for adults. The Theater is located at 1120 Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista.
**The Boys Next Door” plays October 10 November 16 at Lamb’s Players Theatre. These boys are the most unique bunch of neighbors you could ask for golf pro, expert on Russian, donut king, exterminator, but Tom Griffin’s funny, heartwarming story of an extraordinary group of developmentally disabled men living in a most unusual group home is one of Lamb’s Players Theatre’s biggest hits ever. Tickets are $20 - $40 and are available by calling 437-0600 or on-line at lambsplayers.org.
** “A Soldier’s Play” is about a murder that is discovered in a Louisiana army camp. Running October 3 thru November 2 at the Community Actors Theatre, located at 2957 54th Street, corner of 54th and College Grove Dr. For tickets call 264-3391.
**The City of San Diego Public Library, 820 E Street, downtown, will present a film free to the public. Monday, Oct 27, Levity.
Educational & Fun
**The Harvest Festival is a tradition at The San Diego Concourse scheduled for October 31 - November 2. The Festival features over 250 artists and crafts people showcasing their works including Halloween and Christmas décor, handmade wearable art, garden decorations, unique holiday gifts, hand made pottery, jewelry, children’s toys and much more. It will also feature singing sensations, High Jinx and The Sounds of Paradise, Scott Land Marionettes, Dragon Knights and Big Mama Sue and her team of strolling musicians will also keep the atmosphere lively. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.harvestfestival.com.
**The sea is full of natural sounds-cracking icebergs, rumbling earthquakes whistling dolphins and more. Sounds of the Sea, a 2,000 square foot exhibition will be on display at the Birch Aquarium located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla, July 18 Jan 5, 2004. Through hands-on stations guests will learn all about underwater sounds, from the effect human sounds have on the ocean world to how marine animals use sounds to search for mates, find food, and navigate their way through the depths of the sea.
**The San Diego Hall of Champions is unveiling their new exhibit “Surfing in San Diego” which opened September 17. The exhibit will look at surfing in San Diego from a historical viewpoint, detailing the surfers and board innovators that have shaped the local surf culture. The Hall of Champions is open to the public seven days a week. For more information call 234-2544.
**The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Scaregrounds, already made its 2003 debut on Friday, October 3, opening at 7 p.m. The Scream Zone is a 25-room Halloween attraction featuring the latest in 3-D visual effects, including the region’s largest spinning tunnel and the many more newly added features to freak out visitors.
There will be a stage and dance floor for live entertainment on selected evenings; Movies-by-Midnight, featuring an open-air horror movie each Friday and Saturday night starting at about 10 p.m.; October 17-Nov. 1, there will be a carnival filled with a dozen rides, games, fun, thrills and chills designed to “scare the yell out of you!” Admission is $11.95. Discounts for adult admission are available from the Scream Zone website: www.thescreamzone.com.
**Back from Tomboctou and La Galeria will hold Day of the Dead sugar skull workshops. Students will learn how to make traditional sugar skulls to decorate and take home. Cost is $15 per person, all materials are provided. For details and reservations call (619) 282-8708.
October 18, 3 p.m. 4:30
October 19, 10 a.m. 11:30
October 22, 5 p.m. 6:30
October 25, 10 a.m. 11:30
October 26, 3 p.m. 4:30
October 29, 5 p.m. 6:30
**Children ages 5-14 are invited to attend a Halloween Carnival on October 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Parkway Community Center in Chula Vista. Activities include a cake walk, carnival games, arts and crafts, and trick or treating. In addition there will be a costume contest and prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest and cutest costumes. Entry fee is $2 and includes ten game tickets, a beverage and popcorn.
**Both children and teens will have an opportunity to get an early start on Halloween at two separate events on October 24 at Loma Verde Recreation Center, located at 1420 Loma Lane just north of Orange Avenue. That evening, teens will take over the center for a “Monster Bash” dance.
Fall Fest will include games and prizes, crafts, raffles, popcorn and a costume contest. Participants will also have the chance to have their picture taken with Frankenstein for only $1. There is no admission charge. Monster Bash Teens can listen or dance as a DJ plays popular Hip Hop, Top 40 and Slow Jam tunes from 8 until 11 p.m. Other activities will include a dance contest, raffles and a $25 prize for the best costume. Cover charge is $3 with valid middle or high school ID.
** A teen pumpkin carving contest will take place at the main library, 233 Kalmia St. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 30. This free program is open to all teens grades 7-12. The library will supply the pumpkins, special carving knives and refreshments. Please call 760-839-4828 to register.