California Events March 9, 2013

Events in California on March 9 showcase the talents of females with International Women's Festival. Quilting, gems, fishing, sports, arts & crafts and even Mars exploration make this Friday a great day to celebrate the launch of the weekend.

BENICIA - Dave Stamey House Concert. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician Time: 8 p.m. donation. 747-0320 or email rhondalucile@comcast | Region: Bay Area

BUENA PARK - Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival, March 8-11, 2012. This is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals of its kind in Southern California. Free Admission! Location: Buena Park Downtown Mall, 8420 On The Mall, Buena Park, CA --Inside Mall across from Bed, Bath & Beyond next to Walmart. Hours: 8-11 Thurs, Fri & Sat 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. sugarplumcrafts | Region: Orange County

DAVIS - Garrick Ohlsson, concert. Pianist is winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition. Time: 8 p.m. 5- 2. Location: Jackson Hall Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts One Shields Avenue University of California Davis, CA. 754-5402

DEATH VALLEY - Mars & the Mojave Festival, March 9-11, 2012. Mars and the Mojave Exploring extremes on Earth and beyond at Death Valley National Park is a first ever event. Death Valley encompasses some of the most extreme environments on the planet. For decades, planetary scientists have gone there to research similarities to Mars through instrument testing. Event includes Guest lectures from planetary scientists, Field trips to other-worldly park sites, An expo with booths, demonstrations, and give-aways. | Region: Desert

EL CENTRO - Blue Angels Air Pre-Show Food Festival and Party. NAF EL Centro Annual Air Show 15th Annual Entertainment & Food Festival is held at NAF El Centro Hangar 6. Sample food from local Imperial Valley Restaurants, listen to live entertainment and enjoy fireworks and more. Public invited and admission is Stick around afterward for the Pre-Air Show Party at the Sun Downer Club. Event begins at 5:30 p.m. 339-2380 for info. mwrtoday /elcentroairshow

LAGUNA BEACH -Laguna Beach a la Carte -- A Food & Wine Experience, March 8-11, 2012. lagunabeachfoodies | Region: Orange County

LA QUINTA - La Quinta Arts Festival, March 8 - 11, 2012. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 2/day; 5/4 day pass  La Quinta Civic Center Campus 78495 Calle Tampico La Quinta CA 564-1244 lqaf | Region: Desert

LONG BEACH - Fred Hall's The Outdoor Show. March 7-11, 2012. Fishing tackle, boats, marine accessories, diving, shooting and hunting products and camping gear combine with hundreds of resorts, landings, lodges and outfitters that are ready to book your next outdoor adventure. Location: Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center 300 E. Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA. Price: 5. fredhall

LOS ANGELES - Stew & The Negro Problem, concert. Before winning a Tony for their Broadway musical Passing Strange, L.A. native Stew and his collaborator Heidi Rodewald rose through the ranks of the local indie scene with their Afro-Baroque band The Negro Problem. 5 up. Time: 8 p.m. Location: UCLA, Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA. Ticket Office: 825-2101. uclalive .

POMONA - Los Angeles County Irish Fair & Music Festival, March 9-10, 2012. Location: Fairplex at the Pomona Fairgrounds, 1101 West Mc Kinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91766. 8-28. la-irishfair

POMONA - Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, March 8 - 10, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival you will find a wide variety of Sewing, Quilting, Needle-Art and Craft supply exhibits from many quality companies. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the many Make and Take workshops or FREE educational seminars. Free admission Location: Fairplex, Building 6, Pomona, CA. (801) 463-1200. fairplex

SANTA BARBARA - International Women's Festival, March 9 - 10, 2012. Series of lectures and receptions that include exceptional women and men. Location: Santa Barbara City College. womensfestivals

SANTA ROSA- Prime Xpo Gem Show, March 9 -11, 2012. Starts at 11 a.m. daily. admission. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Finley Hall, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA. primexpousa | Region: Bay Area

SONORA Sonora Celtic Faire, March 9 -11, 2012.Annual event features top Irish, Celtic bands, jousting, vendors, foods, Highland games and many activities and entertainment for all ages. Mothers Lodge Fairground, Sonora, CA. sonoracelticfaire

TEMECULA - Temecula Rod Run, March 9-10, 2012. Great Car Show with pre-74 cars only. Bi-annual event held in Old Town Temecula. rodruntemecula

VALLEJO - Verismo Opera "Otello". some of the most beautiful and dramatically poignant music ever written by Giuseppe Verdi. Time: 8 p.m. 8. Location: Bay Terrace Theater 51 Daniels Avenue Vallejo, CA. 552-0400. | Region: Bay Area

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