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july 4July 4 - City of Monterey's Annual Admission Free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que & Entertainment Extravaganza from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. at Colton Hall on Pacific Street in downtown Monterey. The event features non-stop live music & entertainment for all ages. Children's entertainment includes free carnival booths & games, face painting, jump houses and balloon artists. Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day, or you can bring a picnic lunch. Please leave your dogs at home. This is an alcohol free family event. For more information go online to www.monterey.org or call 646-3996.

July 4 - Spreckels Fourth of July Celebration. Every year the small town of Spreckels throws a festive 4th of July celebration at Spreckels Park. The celebration includes a 5k morning run and a one-mile children's fun run, a parade, and food and crafts booths. The run takes place at 9am every year and the parade follows. For more information call 831-455-2211.

July 4 - Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Celebration BBQ. Celebrate the 4th with a BBQ in Caledonia Park. Great food and live entertainment. More information www.pacificgrove.org

July 4 - 31st Annual Fourth of July Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids’ 1K Fun Run - Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz. This year’s featured beneficiary is LEO’s Haven, Santa Cruz County’s first inclusive playground for children with special needs.

Finish line party and free pancake breakfast for all runners. Free Parking on Race Day at Costco Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball is sponsoring a special TEAM Warriors package.

8:00 a.m. Kids’ 1K
8:30 a.m. 10K
8:40 a.m. 5K

Register early. Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club serving our community and the world. For more information 831-420-5270 or www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org. To learn more about LEO's Haven go to www.santacruzplaygroundproject.org

July 9 - Tea at The Farm - An afternoon for girls of all ages. Create fairy crowns while enjoying tea and refreshments. $20 per person. Limited space. Must RSVP and pre-pay to reserve spot. 11a.m. - 1p.m. www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com

rodeoJuly 21 - 24 - California Rodeo Salinas. The California Rodeo Salinas promises thrills for the entire family. Top pro competition in steer wrestling, bull riding, calf roping, bareback bronco riding, and barrel racing. Enjoy parades, night shows and great food. 800-771-8807 or www.carodeo.com


July 27 - 31 - Feast of Lanterns, A Pacific Grove tradition since 1905. The first Feast of Lanterns was held in Pacific Grove in 1905 as part of the Chautauqua closing ceremonies. In 1957, local community leader, Elmarie Dyke revived The Feast as we know it today, with a Royal Court, elegant Chinese costumes, lit lanterns & a sunset performance at Lovers Point Beach. This annual event is not to be missed. For a complete schedule of events visit www.feast-of-lanterns.org

July 29 - 31 - Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gourmet garlic food fair with arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, children's area, three stages of musical entertainment and booths serving up foods laced with over two tons of garlic. 408-842-1625 or

July 30 & 31 - Spector Dance presents Cutting-Edge Contemporary Dance from: Jee Eun Ahn and Traci Klein (Laredo, TX), Terronique Brown (San Jose), Marika Brussel (San Francisco), Claire Calalo (Belmont), Jade Clayton (Prague, Czech Republic), Yao Dang (San Mateo), Angela Dice Nguyen (San Francisco), Elton Domingue and Anthony Ellis (Marina), Rachel Goren (Carmel), Rachel Lopez (Santa Monica), Robert Lowman (El Granada), Deborah Slater (San Francisco). Tickets available at 831-384-1050 or at www.brownpapertickets.com. Saturday's performance is at 8p.m. & Sunday's is at 2p.m. For more info www.spectordance.org

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