California Corner : Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

LAKE ARROWHEAD--Welcome the blooms of spring at the fifth annual Dogwood Celebration, May 14-15 in Lake Arrowhead Village. A parade, with grand marshal Smokey Bear, is at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 50th birthday party for Smokey. An antique car show is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, and a big-band jazz concert is at 1 p.m. Free. Maps to dogwood viewing areas available. (909) 336-3274.

CLOVERDALE--Black Bart, a notorious bandit from local history, has an annual celebration in his name, with this year's festivities on May 14. Black Bart Days starts at 9 a.m. in the City Park with the 68th annual Ram and Sheep Dog Trials, followed by a lamb barbecue and the 68th annual Cloverdale Ram Sale. The Business Trade Show, with food, wine, demonstrations and more, is 1-4 p.m. at the Citrus Fairgrounds, followed by the musical "Oklahoma!" The Cloverdale Street Celebration '94 is downtown, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15. (707) 894-4470.

SAN DIEGO--Traditional dance, music and food, plus more than 50 arts and crafts booths are featured at San Diego American Indian Cultural Days, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 14-15. Free festivities are in Balboa Park on the corner of Park Boulevard and President's Way. (619) 281-5964.

PETALUMA--Transport yourself back to old California at Petaluma Adobe Living History Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. Life around 1840 is re-created with costumed volunteers demonstrating crafts, chores and music at the Petaluma Adobe in Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road. $3, general; $2, kids; free for kids under 6. (707) 769-0429.

OXNARD--A beloved local crop is honored at the 11th annual Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 21-22. A juried arts and crafts show, gourmet strawberry foods and Strawberryland for kids are included in the events in Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave. The Temptations are among the groups in an eclectic lineup of performers on three stages. $5, general; $3, kids 2-12 and seniors; free for kids under 2. (805) 385-7578.

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