By Berenice Cisneros
**The Christian Youth Theater is presenting 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 online 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.
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 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.
**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.
**Ghouls and Buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and haunted Halloween with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. From a costume contest to spooky, slimy science activities, the aquarium offers something for everyone Oct 30Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m. This is an event the entire family will enjoy featuring crafts and spooky science exhibits, such as creatures that glow, creeps from the deep the ghost forest and more. For more information call 858-534-7336.
**Nov. 1st from noon to sunset, join in this celebration of life, celebrating the many wonderful people who have come before us. Take a tour of the creek, eat some tamales, and listen to music by the National School District Mariachis, Los Románticos, and Radio Latina. There will be art activities for the kids as well. Paradise Creek is at 1815 Hoover Ave., in National City.
**The San Diego Park & Recreation Department Senior Services will sponsor an Arts, Crafts and Hobby Show at the Balboa Park on Nov. 1st and 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several hand-made items such as Christmas ornaments, crocheted or knitted projects, ceramics, doll clothiers, jewelry and more will be sold at reasonable prices.
**The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego invites the public to its La Jolla location on Sunday, November 2nd for Free-for-All Family Day. The event includes free hands-on art workshops and gallery admission. For more information call 858-454-3541. In celebration of Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead, MCASD will showcase the art of this important Mexican tradition through various activities. Families will construct papel picado and decorate sugar skulls, while learning more about the history of Día de los Muertos.
**Join us Sunday, November 2nd from 1-6 p.m. at the WorldBeat Cultural Center for an afternoon of rhythm, dance and music featuring the sounds of Afro-Puerto Rican music featuring: Areito Borincano, San Diego; Grupo Palue, San Francisco; Taller Tamboricua, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Master Bomba performers. General admission is $5.00. Free admission for children under 12. The Center is located at 2100 Park Blvd., in San Diego. There will be an exhibit of old San Juan photographs, arts and crafts, bomba jibaro music, food and refreshments.