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The Going Native Garden Tour 2010

This free tour features plants native to California which can flourish with as little water, chemical, and pesticide use as possible.

Registration for the April 18, 2010 Going Native Garden Tour is now open. It (Registration) will close on Sun, April 18, 2010 @ 3:00pm or when the tour reaches capacity, whichever comes first.

Each tour of about 45 gardens will be from 10 am to 4 pm.

Check the site for the details.

A look at the gardens of 2009

Mavericks Surf Contest

Jeff Clark

After much waiting it looks as though the waves are finally cooking! The “24” (finest surfers on the planet) should all be in town this morning for the Mavericks Surf Contest 2010. The action happens off of Pillar Point. It is an ordeal to get a spot to see much, but to hang out with the other fans take Hwy 1 north from Half Moon Bay – take the South Capistrano Rd exit near the Half Moon Bay Airport. Turn left on Prospect Way and west onto Harvard Avenue – it merges with West Point Avenue. Trudge up the hill to the Pillar Point Marsh lot and hike about one mile uphill, along the path to the viewing area on the bluffs.

Ugh! I’m too old for that. I’ll put on my now vintage madras shirt, round toe blue Keds, and view it here.

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I do have mixed feelings about the contest. It is not the same with out Mavericks founder Jeff Clark. I first met Jeff in 2007 out in front of his surf shop.


Cinequest Film Festival 2008: “Sherman’s Way”

Joaquin & Craig

Joaquin & Craig

My Facebook Birthday Reminder for Week of November 2nd:

Craig Saavedra – Director/Producer

I met Craig and Joaquin in 2008 at Cinequest 18. I wasn’t the only one to fall for this film entry.

Sherman’s Way“(music plays) was recognized with:
* Audience Award for Best Feature: Cinequest Film Festival 2008
* Audience Award for Best Feature: Newport International Film Festival 2008
* Audience Award for Best Feature: Gaia Film Festival 2008
* Special Jury Award: Jackson Hole Film Festival 2008

“Sherman’s Way” was a delight to view. As a little red MG came into its own with a remodel and a new shine, so did the players of the film. Sherman (Michael Shulman) made the needed changes to help find his way. Palmer (James Le Gros) attempts to reconnect with family.

A good portion of “Sherman’s Way” was filmed around Clear Lake, California. I haven’t been to that region of the state, but Joaquin Sedillo‘s gorgeous cinematography put it on my ‘places to visit’ list.

Sherman’s Way: Written by, Tom Nance.

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Road Trip: Modesto Reel Food Film Festival

75th Anniversary Poster

75th Anniversary Poster

Before my parents made the big move to the Bay Area at the end of 1959, we lived a good number of years in Modesto, Ca. Many homes back then didn’t have air-conditioning. Our rental house, on Paradise Road, didn’t even have a swamp cooler to help us deal with the blistering hot days of valley summer. One way my friends and I survived was by learning to swim in the canal. But, by far the best was convincing a parent to give us a ride into town to an air-cooled movie theater where music played as we settled in our seats opening boxes of Good and Plenty.

Sadly two of the movie houses, The Strand and The Covell, were lost to urban redevelopment, but I was overjoyed to learn that the third was saved and refurbished in all its art deco glory. The State Theatre now plays host to both film and live performances.

The Third Annual Modesto Reel Food Film Festival
Sunday – September 27
2 PM
The State Theatre – 307 J Street, Modesto
For Tickets call (209) 527-4697
($10 ticket price includes snacks from local restaurants.)

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