ALAMEDA - USS Hornet Big Band Dance features Legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra -- on board the USS Hornet in Alameda. Ticket prices start at $45 and benefit the USS Hornet Museum. Ample free parking is available across the street from the pier. The USS Hornet Museum is located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 in Alameda. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with free dance lessons offered from 7:30-7:55 p.m. by former Fred Astaire dance instructor Jim Truesdale.
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, under the direction of Bill Tole and with featured vocalist Nancy Knorr, will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. With three dance floors on an enclosed, heated hangar deck, the USS Hornet Museum is the Bay area's best place to dance. The Singing blue Stars of the USS Hornet will perform a Tribute to the Andrews Sisters during intermission. Period attire is encouraged. Admirals' Premium Reserved seating--premium reserved tables by the dance floor with the best view in front of the stage--are $85 per person. Reserved seating near the dance floor is $65 per person. General admission is $45 per person. If the event is not sold out, general admission tickets will be available at the door for $50 per person. All food and drink is sold separate from admission price. uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448 x 282 during the week. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. The ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $6-$15 for youths through adults and there is ample free parking across from the pier.
AUBURN - Cain's Crossing Renaissance Faire May 7 - 8, 2011
Step into a 16th century English village awaiting the arrival of the Queen. Jugglers, magicians, music, dance, fortune tellers, food, sword fights, horse shoe demonstrations, and period costumes, plus a crafts village. Guests are invited to attend in costume. Location: Auburn Regional Park 3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. General admission: $12. cainscrossing.org
Dance on the USS Hornet with
legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Time:
7:15 p.m. doors open. Location: 707 W
Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda, CA.
Tickets $45 - 85. uss-hornet.org
or call (510) 521-8448 x 282
ALPINE - Sage & Songbirds Festival May 6 - 8, 2011. Most events are free but optional home tour costs $15. chirp.org
AUBURN - Foothill Farmer's Market. Old Town Parking Lot (off Auburn-Folsom Rd.) Year round hours 8 a.m. - Noon, rain or shine. Call: (530) 832-6183 foothillfarmersmarket.com
AUBURN - Cain's Crossing Renaissance Faire May 7 - 8, 2011 Location: Auburn Regional Park 3770 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA 95603. General admission: $12. cainscrossing.org
CARSLBAD - The Flower Fields through May 8th, 2011 hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $10 adult; $9 Senior 60+; $5 Age 3-10. theflowerfields.com
CORNING - May Madness Show, Shine and Cruise Car Show May 6th and 7th, 2011. 15th Annual Corning Car Show. Corning Chamber of Commerce (530) 824-5550. corningchamber.org
DIXON - May Fair May 4 - 8, 2011 Dixon CA dixonmayfair.com
136th year in 2011
MARINA - International Festival of Winds May 7 - 8, 2011 Cost: Free. Saturday May 7, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday May 8, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Glorya Jean Tate Park ~ Marina State Beach ~ Marina Skate Park, Marina, CA marinafestival.com
OJAI - Ojai Storytelling Festival May 5 - 8, 2011. Annual event filled with great entertainment. You'll be amazed what people can do with a stage, enthusiasm, and imagination! ojaistoryfest.com
OROVILLE - Gold Rush Car Show. The Oro Dam Cruisers' Gold Rush Car Show features more than 800 entries, including stock, street rods, classic ,custom, trucks and motorcycles. Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Historic Downtown Oroville
Oroville, CA. Entry fee is $10 before day of show and $15 on show day. All makes, models and years of vehicles are welcome.
OROVILLE - Feather Fiesta Days Grand Parade. The theme for this year's parade is Pioneers of Oroville. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Fifth & Montgomery streets, Oroville, CA. Call: (530)534-8393
OJAI - Garden Tour 2011. This self guided Garden Tour features five gardens in the Ojai Valley. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $25. Call (805) 640-0055. ojaichamber.org.
PETALUMA -Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff, Salsa & Beer Tasting. The 14th Annual event includes Chili & Salsa Tasting $25; Kids under 12 $10, under 5 free; Chili, Salsa and Beer Tasting $40. Time: 1- 5 p.m. rain or shine. Location: Behren's Park, Herzog Hall, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, CA. greatchilicookoff.com
RIDGECREST - High Desert Spring Festival May 5 - 8 , 2011 desertempirefair.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Cinco de Mayo Festival. San Francisco Mission District event includes music, food, dance and more. Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dolores Park, San Francisco, Ca. sfcincodemayo.com
SANTA BARBARA - Cinco de Mayo, May 7 -8, 2011. 2oth annual celebration at Plaza de la Guerra and Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. Free admission. Time: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. This year's celebration will be the biggest and best event yet. There will be even more great music, dance, savory food, and a kids corner full of activities. cincodemayosb.com
SAN BERNARDINO - California Chili Cookoff. 38th Annual California State Chili Championship and 7th Annual Inland Empire Menudo Championship. More than 100 cooks in four main divisions will be competing for cash and prizes. Large Raffle, there will be a Chili Eating Contest, an all age Karaoke Contest, live music by the Good times Band and Western Stuntman shows by the Santa Fe Drifters. Other Contests include Ms. Chili Pepper, Mr. Hot Sauce and the World Famous Shoot and Holler. There will food and craft vendors, games and rides for the kids. Location: National Orange Show Fairgrounds,689 S E St., San Bernardino, California . Admission is free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. chilicookoff.com
SAN CLEMENTE - Cinco De Mayo. The 21st Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration includes live entertainment featuring Mariachis, Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folkloric and live bands along with a colorful student art contest and exhibit, children's activities, authentic food, drinks, and dancing. Time: noon to 6 p.m. Location: Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente. Sponsored by the City of San Clemente Recreation Division, (949)361-8264. san-clemente.org
SUNSET BEACH - Mother's Day Weekend Art Festival. May 7 -8, 2011. Juried art show, raffles, vendors, entertainment.
TEMECULA - The 2011 Champagne Jazz Concert - 23rd Annual Champagne Jazz Series at Thornton Winery features Mindi Abair and Bobby Caldwell at 7 p.m. Cost: $65, $140 gourmet supper package. Tickets Call (951) 699-3021 or thorntonwine.com, $2 fee charged.
VILLA PARK - Villa Park High School Car & Bike Show; at 18042 Taft St. (Closest Main Access: Hwy 55 at Katella Ave. ) Hosted by Villa Park High School Band Booster. Benefits the Instrumental Music Program. vphscarshow.com. Early Vehicle Registration $30 (before May 1st), Vendor Registration $40, Spectators FREE. Vehicle Categories: Classics, Hot Rods, Motorcycles, and New Vehicles. Register at the website or email Robert Carey firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODLAKE - Woodlake Lions Rodeo and Parade May 7 -8, 2011. woodlakelionsrodeo.com
YERMO - Calico Ghost Town Bluegrass in the Spring Festival May 7-8, 2011. Cost: $10; $5 age 6-15; under 6 free (800) 86-CALICO. calicotown.com