by Berenice Cisneros
Bridge to Terabithia
A heartwarming play about Jessie Aarons, a 10-year old boy in rural Virginia, and Leslie Burke, an imaginative girl who recently moved from the city, as they deal with real life issues while discovering the importance of childhood friendships in their made up world of Terabithia. As they rule as King and Queen over their magical land, safe from bullies and ridicule they discover in the outside world. When tragedy strikes, not even the confines of Terabithia can keep Jessie from experiencing the lesson of losing a friend and the healing power of love. Hans Balders as Jessie, is a 6th grade student at Parkway Elementary, and Rachel Pretzer, who plays the part of Maybelle, Jessie's younger sister, is a 3rd grade student from Nestor Elementary. Bridge of Terabithia opens on October 26 at the Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center, EastLake High School, 1120 EastLake Parkway, Chula Vista and runs for two weeks. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For other information call 588-0206.
Free Trick or Treat
EastLake Village Center located east of I-805 at Otay Lakes Road and EastLake Parkway, will host a free trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 27 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During this time merchants will provide free candy or other treats for children, in costume, up to 12 years of age that are accompanied by an adult.
Halloween Carnival and Haunted Zone
Saturday, October 27 from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. put on your costume and head on down to the East Valley Community Center for a haunted evening of ghoulish games, potions of prizes, caskets of candy and the screaming Haunted Zone. The carnival will include games, monstrous munchies, go prowling for prizes and a cadaverous cakewalk. Admission to the carnival is $1.00. Tickets for games and food can be purchased for 25 cents per ticket or 25 tickets for $5.00. Please bring a bag for each child to hold the candy and prizes. For additional information and hours of operation, call (760) 839-4382. The East Valley Community Center is located at 2245 East Valley Parkway.
Kid's Day at Scream Zone
Del Mar "Scaregrounds" San Diego's largest and scariest haunted attraction, will conduct a special "Kid's Day" for kids under the age of 10 with a less graphic version of the popular Halloween haunt on Sunday, October 28, from 1-4 p.m. It will include a 15-room 3-D haunted experience with friendly ghosts, bugs, and critters appearing to float in mid air. This special showing is not only more suitable for all ages, but it will also feature many interactive activities and contests in which the youngsters can participate. For tickets or other information, call 858-755-1161.
Concert at the Library
The 6th concert in the San Diego Library will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. featuring Gennaro Trio which includes works by Beethoven. The concert will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. The concert is free and open to the public.
Children's Street Faire
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation is proud to announce their First Annual Fallback Festival, a Historic Children's Street Faire that will take place in the famous Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Island Avenue between 4th and 5th Avenue. Tickets are $3.00 for adults and children, kids under two are free.
Activities will include an old fashioned Ghirardelli soda fountain, a Wild West shoot out, gold panning, pony rides, live western music, a haunted basement and much more. In addition, historical societies from around the county will feature fun and exciting educational programs and exhibits, including blacksmithing, woodworking and Indian life-styles. For more information, call 233-5008 or 233-4692.
Halloween in `Boo-tiful' Balboa Park
Halloween Fun Fest - October 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Organ Pavilion. Join in the costume contest, decorate little pumpkins with glitter, pain and other materials and bring your already carved pumpkin to be judged in the Jack-o-lantern contest. There'll be scary music and lots of other crafts activities.
Spooky Sleepover - October 27, at San Diego Zoo is a mildly haunting encounter with some of the creatures of the night. Families can meet some spooky animals up close, prowl through the Zoo at night and cackle around the campfire.
Insect Safari - October 27-29 at San Diego Natural History Museum. Families can tour the Smithsonian Orkin Insect Safari Van as they discover the role insects play in the environment while exploring the rooms filled with colorful illustrations, interactive displays, 3-D models, and fun scientific facts.
A FREE family Halloween concert in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m. features scary organ music, a costume parade and special Halloween treats; and on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. it's the annual Halloween Movie Night at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring organist Russ Peck.
Bone's Don't Lie: Stories from the Grave at the San Diego Museum of man is an interactive exhibit allowing you to test your skills at identifying human bones. Also at the San Diego Museum of Man is Inquisition: Torture and Intolerance. Instruments of death and torture used during the Middle Ages including a guillotine and rack. Many of the extremely rare devices were used from the 1400s up to the early 1800s. This creepy and horrifying exhibition is definitely not for the faint-of-heart or the very young.
And finally, the bloodcurdling Trail of Terror is back for a return at Balboa Park's Marston Point. Wind your way past graveyard and ghosts, past ancient, menacing trees and down dark, scary trails.
Monster Bash in the Gaslamp
Wednesday, October 31, Halloween night, with blackness all around, the howling winds whistling a cold, lonely song and the moon casting eerie shadows on the ground, a chill runs up your spine. You've gotta make a run for the biggest, most festive party in the county, the Amstel Light Monster Bash in the Gaslamp. Ghouls and goblins alike will find the craziest bands, the most awesome costume contest and coolest drink specials. Come join us at the south end of the Gaslamp on 5th Avenue between J and K Streets. Activities begin at 5p.m. and will keep your spine tingling until 11:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. With your ticket you'll also enjoy free entry and drink and food specials at many Gaslamp clubs and restaurants. You must be 21 or older.
George Benson in Escondido
GRP recording artist George Benson announces limited tour dates for November. George Benson's most recent release is Absolute Benson, including renditions of Stevie Wonder's "Lately," Ray Charles' "Come Back Baby," and Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto." Performing November 1, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. His full performance itinerary is located at www.grp.com.
"La Bella y La Bestia"
"Disney Sobre Hielo" presenta `La Bella y La Bestia' bajo una extraordinaria producción en vivo con 8 presentaciones incluyendo una función en Español. Desde el 1ro al 4 de noviembre en el Sports Arena de San Diego. La historia se desarrolla en una aldea francesa salida de las páginas de un cuento de hadas, en donde un elenco inolvidable de personajes te espera Bella, Gastón, Lumiere, la Sra. Potts y Chip, Cogsworth y sin faltar la Bestia.
En compañia de un elenco de campeones internacionales en el arte de patinaje sobre hielo, desarrollan una producción encantadora llena de canciones, bailes, comedia y romance, escenificada al compás de la música escrita por los compositores Howard Ashman y Alan Menken. Los precios de entrada son desde $11.50 hasta $30.00. Crecimos con el cuento, nos quedamos encantados con la película y su música cautivadora, pues ahora disfrutemosla sobre el hielo.