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4th Annual Chef Showdown Culinary Competition
October 2, 6 - 9pm.
NTC Promenade in Point Loma at Luce Court and Legacy Plaza.
In classic "Iron Chef" style, two teams of talented San Diego chefs will create delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts for a panel of celebrity judges, including distinguished local food critics.  Amazing weekend trips and getaways will be up on the auction block, including a prestigious spot on our judging panel.  All proceeds will benefit the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention programs and services for the Center for Community Solutions.  Admission is $125 per person and VIP tickets are $150 per person.  Register online at www.ccssd.org or call 858-272-5777.

The German American Society Oktoberfest
October 3-5 & 10-12.
Oktoberfest in El Cajon is open to the public with a donation of $5 for ages 21 and over.  Under 21 and all active military are free.  Enjoy authentic german food, german beers, music, dancers and performers, games, crafts and contests.  For more information call 619-442-6637 or visit www.oktoberfestelcajon.com.

MCRD Bootcamp Challenge
October 4th, 9:00 AM.
MCRD San Diego.
If the thought of an obstacle course made up of trenches, tunnels,cargo nets, push up stations, hay jumps and over 50 other obstacleswasn't scary enough, runners will also have to contend with sixty hardcore Marine Drill Instructors "staffing" the course and "pushing","driving" and "encouraging" the runners to go to their limits andbeyond. For those who've run the Bootcamp Challenge before they've hadone thing to say, "Awesome!" For those who haven't, they'll find it'sone of the funnest and most memorable times they'll have all year.  For more information or to register visit http://www.bootcampchallenge.com. 

Floresta Planting Hope Gala
October 4.
San Diego Marriott La Jolla.
OnSaturday, October 4, come celebrate Floresta and make a differenceworldwide. For the 21st year, this international nonprofit organizationhosts its annual banquet fundraiser. The Planting Hope Gala willfeature exciting silent and live auctions, fine food, liveentertainment and inspiring stories from Floresta's work in Haiti,Tanzania, Mexico, Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Check-in beginsat 6:00pm and tickets are $100 each. San Diego Marriott, La Jolla.  For more information: 858-274-3718 or www.floresta.org.

6th Annual South Park Harvest Walkabout
October 4, 6pm - 10pm.
Between Juniper Street & 30th, Grape Street & 30th, and Beech Street & 30th.
The quarterly South Park Walkabout provides the opportunity to explore by foot this eclectic neighborhood.  Participating South Park businesses will offer a mix of live music, entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, art workshops, special event discounts and extended hours.  A free Walkabout trolley will also be available to transport visitors back and forth between the three distinct retail areas of interest.  For more information visit www.southparkscene.com.

Great News! cooking class to benefit Adoption Alliance
October 5.
In this cooking class favorite menu items will be featured from various countries which children have been adopted in San Diego County.  The Adoption Alliance of the Jewish Family Services has assisted these families and all proceeds will go to help the organization.  For more information or to register call 858-270-1582.

First Annual Animal Blessing and Festival
October 5, Noon - 3pm.
11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA  92124.
The Kindred Spirit Animal Ministry will be hosting a large animal blessing.  At this first annual event the San Diego Police Department's Canine Corp will receive an award for all they do to protect and serve the citizens of San Diego.  Participating in this event are the San Diego Humane Society, Baja Animal Rescue, Friends of Humane de San Diego, many rescue groups and animal advocacy groups.  For more information contact Wanda Wainman at 619-282-1396.
Grossmont College Art Faculty Exhibition 2008
October 6-30, gallery hours vary. 
Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA  92020.
The 2008 exhibit features a broad spectrum of work that is representative of the various disciplines that exist within the Grossmont College Art Department.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  The gallery is located in the 200 Building Main Quad.  For more information contact Ben Aubert-Hyde at 619-644-7299.
Free Tax Seminar for Non-Profit and Exempt Organizations
October 7, 9am - 4pm. 
The Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA  92108.
Sponsored by San Diego's Taxpayer Advocate Michelle Steel; San Diego Assessor Greg Smith; and Supervisor Greg Cox.  Free admission.  To register visit www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/nonprofitsched.htm.  For more information call 213-593-1311.

Cheap & Chic Clothing Presents:  Clothing, Cupcakes & Cocktails for a Cure
October 9, 8pm - Midnight.
Stingaree, 464 6th Avenue
$5 Suggested donation at the door goes directly to charity.  Drink specials poured by your favorite radio personalities:  Blazin' 98.9's Vanya, Channel 933's Geena & Sonic, Star 94.1's Delana, plus singers Ashley Robles & Frankie J!  And there will be Cupcake Cuties on hand with Heavenly Cupcakes, all for a great cause!  For more info email cheapandchicclothing@yahoo.com or visit cheapandchicclothing.com.

League of Women Voters examination of the 2008 ballot propositions
October 10, 10:30am - Noon.
6811 La Jolla Blvd.
Alice McCauley will explain the state and local measures and present the League's independent evaluation.  Meeting is free to the public.  Lunch will be offered afterwards for $8.  To RSVP for lunch call 858-459-0831.  For more information visit www.rifordcenter.org.

Wake Up to Women's Empowerment Breakfast
October 10, 7:30am - 9am.
Handlery Hotel and Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA  92108.
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts presents its 4th Annual Women's Empowerment Event featuring
Liz Goodgold, branding expert, author, senior media correspondent, and feisty red head.  Join Fresh Start to laugh and learn as Liz speaks about how she made it to the top, and gives advice on how to do the same.  100% of all ticket sales go to Fresh Start's medical program to help provide free surgery to disdavantaged children suffering from physical deformities.  Tickets: $20 on www.freshstart.org or contact Amelia Devine at 760-448-2029.

1st Annual Think, Play, Create, The Gala sponsored by The New Children's Museum
October 11.
Exploring the theme "think, play, create" this night extends an invitation to let their inner child run free while experiencing the state of the art New Children's Museum and enjoying an interactive cocktail hour, customized dining experiences complete with performance art, a rockin' open-air concert by 80's rock icon Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and an after hours lounge that sets the stage to show off some serious dance moves.  Proceeds from the event will support arts education programs for the community and the launch of the Museum's 2009 exhibition.  For more information and to purchase tickets contact Renae Pryjmak at 619-233-8792 ext. 108 or visit www.thinkplaycreate.org/gala.

75th Anniversary celebration of Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar Mountain State Park
October 11, 10am - 4pm.
Cuyamaca Outdoor School, 12561 Highway 79, Descanso, CA  91916
California State Parks and the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association invite you to join us on October 11 for the 75th anniversary fo the establishment of these state parks.  This celebration will highlight both Cuyamaca Rancho and Palomar Mountain State Park's history and place in San Diego County.  Distinguished guests will include Michael Harris, California State Parks Deputy Director of Policy and Strategic Planning; Anthony Perez, California State Parks Southern Division Chief; Michael Wells, California State Parks Colorado Desert District Superintendent; and Joan Embery, San Diego Zoo Good Will Ambassador and founder of the Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation.  Event highlights will include history of the parks in photos and lectures, a discussion panel focusing on the fire in the parks and exhibitions by The Embery Institute for Wildlife Conservation.  For a full list of activities and more information contact Cuyamaca Rancho State Park at 760-765-3020 or email nmart@parks.co.gov

Beach Cleanup
October 11, 9am-11am.
Torrey Pines State Beach.
Join San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider in helping to keep our beachesand ocean free from pollution as they host a cleanup through theirbeach cleanup partnership on October 11th from 9am-11am at Torrey PinesState Beach. Meet at the lifeguard tower by the entrance to the Southparking lot.  For more information visit www.sdcoastkeeper.org or www.surfridersd.org.

Family Day - Foam And Balsa Gliders
October 11, 12:30-3:30.
San Diego Air & Space Museum.
Join the Education Staff at the San Diego Air & Space Museum forFoam And Balsa Gliders. Programs last 45 minutes and take place at12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm.  For more information visit www.aerospacemuseum.org.

Children's Etiquette for the Holidays
October 11 & 18.
West Inn and Suites, 4970 Avenida, Carlsbad.
Have your children learn etiquette for the holidays.  Two separate classes will be offered.  Children ages 5-17 are invited to receive instruction from noted etiquette expert Diana Olson.  Children will be taught:  proper introduction practices, art of conversation and dinner etiquette.  Instruction will be in small groups paired by age and include a three-course gourmet lunch at West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad.  Class size is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information contact Annie Pham at apham@westinnadnsuites.com or call 760-448-4510.

The Art Glass Guild 8th Annual Show and Sale
October 11-12, 10am - 5pm.
Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park
This is the largest art glass show in Southern California!  All forms of art glass, including blown, fused, torch worked, stained glass, cast, etched, and mosaic will be featured.    Over 30 juried glass artists of the Art Glass Association of Southern California will be exhibiting their art.  For more information visis www.artglassquild.org or the call the Art Guild at 619-702-8006.

14th Annual Little Italy FESTA
October 12, 10am - 6pm.
Little Italy in Downtown San Diego.
The 14th Annual Little Italy FESTA will celebrates Italian cuisine, culture, music and art in San Diego's Little Italy. The Little Italy Festa has become the largest single-day Italian festival outside of New York City and is expected to attract more than 120,000 people. More than 150 food, art and retail vendors will participate in Festa, taking place in San Diego's finest neighborhood - Little Italy. Founded in the 1920s, the merchants of Little Italy have kept their heritage alive and continue to share the passion, vibrancy and flavors of Italy with locals and tourists alike.  Admission is free!  For more information visit www.littleitalysd.com/festa or call 619-233-3898.

Expo Tequila Tijuana 2008
October 12-19. 
Revolution Avenue, Tijuana.
TheExpo Tequila Tijuana 2008 is a fun filled event where all the besttequila makers come and share their knowledge and products to everyonethat stops by.  All week long a parade of Folkloric musicians, Flamencodancers, regional artists and other shows will entertain along withover 100 brands of tequila and unlimited tastings.  For moreinformation visithttp://www.mybajaguide.com/eng/detail-events.php?event=1453.

Healthy Aging Community Resource Fair
October 15, 10am - 2pm.
Riford Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
Opento the public and free of charge.  Refreshments will be served.  Comelearn from local service providers about how to keep your mind and bodyhealthy as you grow older.  For more information call 858-459-0831 orvisit www.rifordcenter.org.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Fundraiser
October 16, 4:00pm.
Downtown San Diego.
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes benefits the YWCA of San Diego County.  This isthe organization's first annual walk to raise awareness about domesticviolence. The walk will take place in downtown San Diego on Thursday, October 16,and all proceeds will benefit the YWCA's local programs, which assistwomen and children who are affected by the growing amount of domesticviolence within San Diego County.  The YWCA is asking men of all ages tosign up now to strut their stuff for a mile in a pair of high heels.  Registration is currently underway now for individuals and teams fromcompanies and community groups both large and small.  Registration begins at 4:00 PM, walk at 5:00 PM and reception to followat 5:30 to 7:00 PM Walk registration is a $100 donation to the YWCA, tosponsor another walker a contribution of $50 or more is asked.  For moreinformation please visit www.ywcasandiego.org.

Words Alive 5th Annual Authors' Luncheon
October 16, 10am - 1:30pm.
Four Seasons Resort Aviara, 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, CA  92011.
Please join us at the Words Alive 5th Annual Authors' Luncheon where you will be part of the exclusive, official, worldwide launch of "A Lion Among Men:  Volume Three in the Wicked Years", the eagerly anticipated new book by best-selling author Gregory Maguire.  The luncheon will also feature debut novelist Brunonia Barry, author of "The Lace Reader", in her only West Coast appearance.  The event will also include a raffle, market place and book signing.  Tickets are $110 per person with your book order or $85 without and includes a 3 course gourmet lunch.  Reservations are required.  All proceeds benefit Words Alive, a non-profit reading advocacy organization that inspires a commitment to reading and develops shared reading experiences for children, youth and adults.  For more information and to purchase tickets call Jennifer Williamson at 858-274-9673 or email Jennifer at jennifer@wordsalive.org.

22nd Annual Craft Fair at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church
October 17-18, check for times.
Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA  92128.
Stroll through 8500 square feet of professional customized items, shop for unique, high-quality gifts and enjoy lunch, baked goods and camaraderie in the courtyard.  The Craft Fair includes over 65 expert craft artists and a large assortment of homemade baked items.  On Saturday, families can enjoy the Children's Carnival which will include a bouncy house, games, crafts for kids, and a costume parade at noon.  The proceeds will benefit the children of the multi-denominational early education program through the purchase of classroom materials, playground equipment, and contributions to scholarships.  For more information contact Joelle Kohn at 858-521-0434.

Shine presented by Stella Nova Dance Company within the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
October 17-18, 8pm.
David and Dorthea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA  92037.
Stella Nova Dance Company will present, Shine, the first full length concert for San Diego's newest, professional youth dance company.  Shine will be showcasing original modern dance pieces choreographed by company artistic director and co-founder, Rayna Stohl.  Shine will also be presenting choreography by Dana Lossing, recent graduate of UCSD and director of The Dana Company in San Luis Obispo and Maddie LaRue, recent graduate of Canyon Crest Academy.  Preceeding Saturday's perfomance at 6pm Stella Nova will be hosting their 1st annual silent auction.  Tickets are $15 for students, seniors and military and $20 for general admission.  For more information or to purchase tickets call 858-362-1348 or visit tickets.lfjcc.org.

Chefs and Champions for Kids 2008 Gala for the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation
October 18.
San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.
This year's theme is "Helping Kids Take Flight", a perfect compliment to the location of the event at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.  Along with honoring those who have served as champions for children who have been abused or neglected, the evening will feature many of San Diego's best chefs serving samples of their signature dishes for attendees.  Tickets are $200 per person, $250 for VIP (which includes valet parking, Star Trek exhibit admittance and flight simulator).  For more information or to register visit www.capfsd.org or RSVP to kiki@capfsd.org by October 3.

Fundraiser Comedy Night for the Charles I. Cheneweth Foundation
October 18, 4:30pm - 9pm.
Comedy Palace, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
The Charles I. Cheneweth Foundation is a local nonprofit organization that strives to improve the quality of life of developmentally disabled persons by getting them out into the community on weekend activities with door to door fully accessible buses and one-on-one trained companions.  Join a fun fundraiser comedy night with dinner, a comedy show and silent auction at the Comedy Palace 8878 Clairmont Mesa Blvd.  Prizes include a Holland America Line Cruise for 2 to the Caribbean or Mexico and more.  For more information call 619-792-0937 or visit www.cheneweth-foundation.org.

Holiday Gourmet Cooking Class
October 19, 11am - 2pm.
San Diego Wine & Culinary Center, 200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120 San Diego, CA 92101.
Learn the essentials of creating gourmet cuisine for Thanksgiving and all of the holiday season.  Providing various techniques for standard holiday fare - turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and more - our professional chefs will help you create the entire meal from start to finish!  In addition to the basic techniques, we will share recipes and variations to make your holiday meal creative, fun and even exotic!  Course fee is $125 per person.  Various group discounts may apply.  To register call 866-388-COOK (2665) or email enroll@infusionculinary.com.  For more information visit www. infusionculinary.com.

House of Czech and Slovak Republics Lawn Program
October 19, 10:30am - 4pm.
House of Pacific Relations, 2125 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA  92102.
This event will feature Czech and Slovak music and songs, as well as dances of both countries performed on the stage in front of the International Cottages.  Artifacts from the Czech and Slovak Republics will be on display in the Czech and Slovak Cottage.  Visitors will be able to enjoy ethnic favorites like sausage, served with rye bread, sauerkraut and dill pickles and national pastries including a variety of kolaches, apple strudel, and poppy seed cakes.  For more information contact Daniele Laman at 619-287-9071.

Hysterectomy Alternative
October 22, 6:30pm - 8pm.
Scripps Mende Well Being Center, 4305 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite L-5, San Diego, 92122.
Join us for a free seminar to learn about treating fibroids without a hysterectomy.  Uterine fibroid embolization is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure with a long-term system resolution rate of 75%.  Brought to you by La Jolla Radiology Medical Group and Scripps Health.  To register call 1-800-SCRIPPS (727-4777).  For more information call La Jolla Radiology Medical Group at 858-454-4235 ext. 203.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk
October 24, Qualcomm
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide annual eventfund-raising walk to celebrate and commemorate people whose lives havebeen touched by cancer. In fiscal year 2007, the Society's Light theNight Walk raised over $32 million for research and patient services.  For more information: Register online at: http://register.lightthenight.org.

5th Annual San Diego "Dia de la Mujer Latina" Health Festival
October 25, 9am - 5pm.
Kimball Park, 12th Street and D Avenue, National City.
The festival will offer free screenings, health information and resources to enhance the well-being of families throughout San Diego.  A wide array of booths will cover health issues such as cancer prevention and control, environmental health, diabetes and domestic violence.  The health festival will also address issues unique to Latino youth such as teen drinking, smoking, and violence.  Live entertainment, food, prizes and children's activities will also be featured throughout the day.  For more information contact Jovita Juarez at 619-227-4588 or email jovi59@hotmail.com

The Boulevard BOO! Parade & Carnival
October 25, 11am - 6pm.
Parade is n 59th Street and El Cajon.  Carnival is at Clay Park off El Cajon and Seminole Drive.
Get consumed by the fiendish Halloween spirit as you observe over 100 extravagant floats, horses, unique vintage cars, enchanting costumes and marching bands all masquerading down El Cajon Boulevard with Grand Marshal, Fred Dryer.  Creeping right around the corner from the parade at Clay Park is the BOO! Carnival filled with games and rides, live entertainment, tasty treats, costume contests and spine-tingling beer at the first ever haunted beer garden!  For mare information call Laurel McFarlane at 619-233-5008.

Beach Cleanup
October 25th, 9am-11am.
Mission Beach at Belmont Park
Join San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider in helping to keep our beachesand ocean free from pollution as they host a cleanup through theirbeach cleanup partnership on October 25th from 9am-11am at MissionBeach at Belmont Park. Meet at the grassy area on the south side ofroller coaster.  For more information: Visit visit www.sdcoastkeeper.org or www.surfridersd.org.

3rd Annual Life is Good Pumpkin Festival at 4S Ranch
October 25th, 3pm to dusk.
4S Ranch. 
Open to all 4S Ranch residents and their guests, home shoppers and visitors from throughout the county, the annual Pumpkin Festival promises all sorts of festivities including a "Best in Carve" pumpkin carving competition, scarecrow stuffing, a cake walk, bake sale, massage station, face painting, live music, food and more.  Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is free.  Donations are accepted with all proceeds going to charity.  For a list of charities that will benefit from the proceeds and more information on the festival visit www.pumpkinsarecoming.com, email 4sranch@newlandcommunities.com or call 888-769-6002.

2008 Walk to Cure Diabetes
October 26, 7:30am.
UCSD School of Medicine Lawn
2008 Walk to Cure Diabetes hosted by the Juvenile Diabetes ResearchFoundation. The 5K walk check in time starts at 7:30am, with the walkitself beginning at 9:00am. Proceeds go towards diabetes research whileproviding families and community members an opportunity to cometogether and enjoy food and games along with the walk. To make reservations or to find more information, please call 858-597-0240 or email arodriguez@jdrf.org.

Prevent Identity Theft
October 28, 11:30am - 12:30pm
San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union Office, 9212 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, 92123.
Take the steps necessary to minimize the impact identity theft may have on your life.  San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union helps individuals protect themselves from the consequences of identity theft.  This may include increases in insurance or credit card fees, disputes with collection agencies, and a damaged credit that the victim must endure long after the theft has occured.  For more information and to RSVP call 619-278-5724 or email workshops@sdmcu.org.

The 46th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County Gourmet Dinner, presented by LPL Financial Services
October 30, 2008, 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Thedinner is the primary fundraising event for BBBS of SDC andtraditionally raises funds to help children struggling in school,children who are missing a role model in the home, or children who havea military parent on deployment. With a backdrop of red carpet runways, glitz and glam, this year'ssuperstar party encourages guests to "Ignite a Dream" in support ofhelping children achieve their potential. 700 top business andcommunity leaders and supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters willdescend on the Hyatt La Jolla at Aventine for the affair. The night begins with a 90 minute cocktail party featuring a seafoodbuffet, specialty bars and wine service. Guests will then enjoy dinnerand entertainment during the heart of the evening.  Rick Valenica,founder and chairman of the board for ProfitLine, will be presentedwith the 2008 "Man of the Year" award for his services in the area ofmentoring. The Charger Girls lend their support to our renowned live auctionfeaturing 10 luxury dream packages.  First to go is an exclusive privatedinner for 10 prepared by legendary chef, Brian Malarkey (of Bravo TV'sTop Chef).  The evening is capped off with a piano bar lounge party withcoffee, brandy and cigar service. The Gourmet Dinner is a high-energy social affair that emphasizes theimportance of each guest's contribution to the children in ourcommunity.
To receive an invitation, please contact Doug Kurtz at 858.536.4900 x 202 or Email dougk@sdbi

Halloween Costume Party
October 31, 7pm - 11pm
Del Mar Plaza in Del Mar.
Patrons are invited to don their finest costumes and revel in the festivities of Halloween with refreshments, a prize for best costume and dancing under the moonlight on the public deck.  Each storefront will provide a complimentary light hors d'oeuvre or beverage.  Restaurants will offer a special Halloween meal or deal and music by smooth jazz saxophonist Keith Jacobson will fill the plaza decks.  Costume contestants will make appearances store-to-store to be judged by storeowners for the chance to win $1000 in gift cards from Del Mar Plaza.  For more information visit www.delmarplaza.com

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