California Rodeo salinas
Polish your boots and dust your hat – California’s biggest rodeo is back. After being canceled and postponed due to the pandemic, the California Rodeo Salinas returns to town, offering all kinds of events for all kinds of audiences and ages. Find western shows, horse parades, a children’s corral, races, bullfights and more during the four-day event. Some events are free, others require tickets. [CJ]
From Thursday September 23 to Sunday September 26. Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 N. Main St., Salinas. To view the full program, visit carodeo.com/events. (800) 771-8807.
Sol Treasures Backyard Concert
Take a trip to South County to listen to country and pop tunes. Sol Treasures, an arts and culture center in King City, has discovered a perfect spot for the pandemic: showcasing good neighborhood vibes and intimate settings with an outdoor stage, hosting concerts in its backyard. In addition to music from Sweetwater Duo, attendees can see works by local artists. [CJ]
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday September 24. 519 Broadway St., King City. To free. 386-9809, treasures.com.
You know a bookstore is good when it is owned by its employees. Stephanie Spoko bought Old Capitol Books in 2017, along with another employee, Ali Elfaki. She is also in charge of the reading group which has resumed its activities since the end of August and “feels masochistic. Free and without ticket. Just introduce yourself. Masochist or not, surely you are feeling anxious lately and why would you feel anxious alone if you can be anxious with the master of anxiety – Søren Kierkegaard. Some claim that there would be no existentialism and no phenomenology without it. This meeting of the store’s theory and philosophy reading group is called “The Concept of Anxiety.” [AP]
7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24. Old Capitol Books, 482 Alvarado St., Monterey. To free. 747-1322, oldcapitolbooks.com.
A whole range of local bands can be seen at the Other Brother Beer Co. Fall Market, proving the era of live concerts is back and bringing together five bands to have fun for five hours: the Katherine Lavin phenomenon. , 13-year-old local singer-songwriter; a local musician who just released an album of pop-punk jewels Adam Behan; the local noise pop group known as The Microclouds; “Reverb drenched noisy garage surf” from a San José-based band called Outliars; and longtime local punks Psychos In Love. Beyond the music, expect local artisans to sell their wares and a complete street closure putting the renovated downtown Seaside front and center. The fees will be donated to support local youth causes. [AP]
11 am-5pm Saturday September 25th. Other Brother Beer Co., 877 Broadway Ave. (and along Broadway), Seaside. 747-1106, fb.me/e/NH0yrlZx.
Saddle up (at least metaphorically) and head to the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club this weekend to enjoy a show of top riders (and ladies) demonstrating their breeding skills. There will be lassoing, branding and an event called a “ranch trail”, where a horse and its rider will compete in a sort of obstacle course. The winners will be rewarded with prizes – and bragging rights. The event also includes food, wine, and crafts, so you can really make it a day. [TCL]
Events start at 8 a.m. on Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26. Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club, 85 East Garzas Road, Carmel Valley. To free. roundup.hiking saddle.club.
Blue zones festival
The Blue Zones Project, launched in 2004, is an effort to identify programs and amenities within communities that facilitate greater well-being and a longer lifespan. Monterey County is one of 15 Project Blue Zone communities in the United States, and Monterey Bay Moves, the local fitness and wellness organization that offers group and private exercise classes and teaches priority to a sustainable lifestyle, received the seal of approval as a program of the Blue Zones project. Now is the time to celebrate. Monterey Bay Moves will host a Blue Zones night where smoothies, raffles and games as well as mini yoga and Zumba classes will be offered. [CN]
11 am-1pm Sunday September 26. Marina Teen Center, 304 Hillcrest Ave., Marina. To free; RSVP required. bit.ly/MBMParty.
It’s a great jazz weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, with a range that appeals to all tastes, including experimental. Some of the iconic mid-century hard-bop sounds that instantly sound like “jazz” to all ears come to the River Inn for the tradition of the Sunday afternoon music restaurant on the patio. Along Came Betty is known for its super tight rhythm section – a must for a jazz quintet – and features musicians who each shine independently, but especially when they come together. The combo features Brian Stock on trumpet, Steve Uccello on bass, Biff Smith on piano, Paul Tarantino on sax and Patrick Tregenza on drums. [SR]
From noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays September 26 and October 3. River Inn, 46800 Highway 1, Big Sur. No cover. 667-2700, longcamebetty.com.
Before becoming a writer of young adult fiction, Sonia Antaki had several different lives – as a professional singer, financial analyst, Broadway producer. Antaki also has a diverse ancestry; the writer of Egyptian origin is of Swiss, British and Syrian-Lebanese descent. So it’s no surprise that she revolves around a character struggling with her own identity. The main character in the first two books of the Antaki Trilogy is a 13-year-old Lakota girl named Red Dove who does not know her biological father, who is Anglo. But the second volume, Tell the truth to the dark, is not just a personal journey. A historical fictional set in the Dakota Territory in 1891, it is also a violent struggle for the survival of the natives as the United States expands westward and propaganda designed to suppress a culture . Antaki says she isn’t afraid of these heavy things and tackles them head-on, even for her young readers, ages 9 to 14. She signs the book this weekend. [SR]
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 26. River House Books, 208 Crossroads Blvd., Carmel. To free. 626-2665, soniaantaki.com.
Things have been busy for the Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir, which celebrates September as Gospel Heritage Month. Choir director John Nash Jr., who usually travels, is in town all week and the choir performed at the unveiling of the Mike Marotta Sr. memorial statue at the Monterey Conference Center and at the Memorial of the Mother of a member. The real deal, however, is this annual concert at Seaside. Nash Jr. describes it as “a very energetic gospel presented by stellar singers and musicians at the Grammy Awards”. The show features: Derrick Hall as songwriter and producer, Robyn Hodge-Williams & Co., Matthew Levy, Alfreda Lyons Campbell, Luis Lenzi on saxophone, Antoine Cameron on keyboards, Jordan Garnett on drums and Calvin Brown on drums the bass. Places are limited and masks are compulsory. [AP]
5 p.m.-6.30 p.m. Sunday September 26, doors at 4.30 p.m. Great Temple of Victory, 1620 Broadway Ave., Waterfront. Free; donations are welcome. mpgcc.org.
Our ancestors would probably scratch their heads on today’s text messages. Even we get confused with acronyms, unusual abbreviations and ambiguous emojis. The John Steinbeck Library Genealogy Working Group may not be able to help understand these texts, but they are adept at deciphering ancient texts, especially official documents and family records dating back to ‘centuries ago. Because much of the population did not write in previous centuries, spellings were not standardized until the 1870s. Writing styles have changed several times over the past 300 years and may change. prove difficult to read by today’s standards. Join the group virtually for its September reunion where the focus is on understanding the basics of writing styles and writing tools to aid participants in genealogical research. [PM]
6 pm-7pm Tuesday September 28. Virtual event. To free. To find out how to register, contact Cathy at [email protected]
The gardens are for children
One of the things about my childhood that I’m most grateful for is the time I was able to spend outdoors, in nature, with my imagination (and maybe a few cousins). Not all families have equal access to green spaces, but if you are lucky enough to have a garden and want to make it a place for your kids to explore, this workshop might be for you. The non-profit Monterey Bay Master Gardeners will be hosting an online event focused on kid-friendly gardens. “This course is not about creating a garden for children,” the organizers write in a statement. “It’s about creating fun spaces for them in the garden so they can learn to enjoy plants, birds, insects and growing food.” Master gardener Anne Jensen (mother of two) will lead the workshop. [TCL]