Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

SANTA ROSA--The Health & Harmony Music & Arts Festival, June 14 and 15, seeks to enlighten as well as entertain, with psychic readings ($5-$10), organic foods and wine for sale and the “Goddess Temple"--exhibits, arts and information honoring women. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. $12 adults, $5 seniors and children 6-12; under 6 free. (707) 575-9355.

TEMECULA--Taste of the Valley gives visitors the chance to sip and sample food and see the Arts in the Country ’97 juried show. About 30 local restaurants, plus wineries and brewers, will set up shop June 8 in a tent near the Embassy Suites hotel, at Rancho California and Ynez roads. The event benefits the nonprofit Community Recreation Center Foundation. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults, children 12 and under free; tasting tickets, $1-$3. (909) 699-9177.

CHICO--The 158th anniversary of the birth of Annie Bidwell, wife of Gen. John Bidwell, a city founding father, will be celebrated June 28 on the grounds of the 26-room mansion she called home. Annie’s Birthday Bash and Watermelon Feed will include a watermelon-eating contest and crafts activities. 1-3 p.m. $3 adults, $1.50 children 6-12, under 6 free. At Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, 525 The Esplanade. (916) 895-6144.

VICTORVILLE--At the 21st Huck Finn Jubilee, June 13-15, visitors can compete in egg tossing, greased pole climbing and river raft building. There also will be an arm wrestling contest at noon June 14 ($20 for men to enter; $10, women); an archery tournament at 9:30 a.m. June 14-15 ($10 to enter); circus acts; and music. $7 adults, $4 ages 6-11, under 6 free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 13, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 14, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. June 15. At Mojave Narrows Park, Bear Valley Road and Ridgecrest Avenue. (909) 780-8810.


GRASS VALLEY--The July 4th blowout will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. along Main Street. Then there will be food and craft vendors, jugglers, clowns and musical entertainment at the fairgrounds. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. $4 adults, children 12 and under free. Parking $2. The Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, will be open 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (800) 655-4667.

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