by Berenice Cisneros
Adams Avenue Street Fair
The Adams Avenue Street Fair will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Adams Avenue between Bancroft and 35th Street, in the heart of Normal Heights. A two day celebration that will feature more than 80 bands performing on seven stages, enticing food, three beer gardens, arts and craft vendors, carnival rides, children's activities and much more. For further information, please call (858) 492-8096.
Multi-Cultural Dance Festival
Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. dozens of colorful dance groups from throughout San Diego County will be performing at the 11th Annual Multi-Cultural Festival, at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. In addition to dance groups, there will be exhibits, ethnic foods, community booths, games and prizes. The event is free and your coverage will be greatly appreciated. For more information about this event call 744-0340.
On Saturday September 29, the Maritime Heritage Regatta will feature a fun course and "Crew overboard drill" so get ready to test your safety and rescue skills. The race takes places at noon off Tom Ham's Lighthouse on Harbor Island. There is no charge to enter the regatta. Register at the Silver Gate Yacht Club, 2091 Shelter Island Drive, or call 619-222-1214. Highlights of the evening are a swing dance lesson by Margie and Jim from 2toGroove, and a raffle and silent auction to benefit Coordinated Maritime Services' Maritime Yough Program. Cost for the after race event is $25 per person donation. Call 760-434-9573 or visit www.vesseltrafficadvisory.org for more information.
Poets at the Library
The San Diego Public Library is proud to host a poetry reading spotlighting recognized poets with ties to San Diego. In addition to their own published books of poetry, the writing of Rae Armantrout, Amalio Madueño and Pasquale Ver-dicchio appears in numerous journals and anthologies. A book-signing will follow the reading event with books available for purchase. FREE, 2:00 p.m,. Sunday, September 30 at the Central Library - Wangenheim Room. 820 E Street in San Diego.
Del Mar Classic Car Auction
The 1975 Grand Prix formerly owned by Elvis Presley is among the highlighted Hollywood vehicles added to the Del Mar Classic Car Auction September 29 and 30, which will also be offered for sale on the auction block. The auction will be held at the Pat O'Brien Pavilion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar. Other featured cars will be a 1954 Cadillac that was Marilyn Monroe's studio vehicle, the Rush Hour Corvette, the Gone in 60 Seconds Shelby GT 500 and the Munstermobile, just to name a few.
A full range of classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, Ferraris and Porsches will make their way across the block including a pristine 1968 Jaguar E-Type and a show perfect 1916 Ford "C" Cab Roadster. Admission is $10 each day for adults, kids under 12 free. The auction starts at 10 a.m. each day. For additional information, call (818) 255-0610.
Once again, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be transformed into the crowd-pleasing and frighteningly fun Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scream Zone will feature 25 rooms filled with thrills and chills. Fifteen specially designed 3-D rooms designed by former Disney artist R.J. Ogren, will create a new level of excitement and screams for those who enter the adrenaline-rushing attraction. Admission tickets to the Scream Zone are $9.95 with discounts coupons available at all Pizza Hut restaurants, Albertson's Stores and at the Del Mar Fairgrounds web site, www.delmarfair.com.
A Carnival with thrill rides guaranteed to produce additional screams opens October 18 and runs through the 30th. Patrons will be able to purchase $12 wristbands for unlimited rides, and howl the night away. Dates of operation in October are 5-6, 11-14, and 18-31. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays.
A Special Kid's Day for children 12 and under will be held on Sunday, October 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., with costume contests, a Fire Safety program, candy, prizes, pumpkin carving, and trick or treating. Winners of the costume contests will receive new bikes. Tickets for Kid's Day are $4 for children and adults get in FREE.