Calendar: Salton Sea International Bird Festival


Salton Sea International Bird Festival

When, where: Feb. 11-14, Imperial Valley College plus various field locations

Highlights: See as many as 100 bird species a day at the Salton Sea and the Pacific Flyway. Events include a marsh bird symposium, expert-led tours, seminars, workshops and a learning area for children.

Cost: $100 for all scheduled events, or $25 to $50 per event

Info: www.newriverwetlands .com/saltonsea2010.html


Tribal Arts Weekend

When, where: Feb. 12-14, Marin Civic Center and the Embassy Suites in San Rafael

Highlights: The 26th annual Marin Show: Art of the Americas has joined with the Tribal Arts Weekend to showcase and sell indigenous antique and contemporary art, including pottery, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, beadwork, baskets, paintings and photography. Lectures and panel discussions are also on the schedule.

Cost: $15 for admission to both shows

Info: (310) 822-9145,


Civil War Reenactment

When, where: Feb. 13-15, Calico Ghost Town

Highlights: The hills of Calico Ghost Town come alive with costumed actors reenacting the Civil War’s famous battles. Onlookers will see drills and cannon fire, interact with “commanders,” hear live music of that era, take in a period-piece fashion show and watch an Abe Lincoln doppelgänger give the Gettysburg Address.

Cost: Feb. 13 and 14, $10; $5 for ages 6 to 15; free for ages 5 and younger. Feb. 15, $10 per car.

Info: (760) 254-2122,


Victoria Tea Festival

When, where: Feb. 13 and 14, Crystal Garden

Highlights: Dozens of tea purveyors converge at this fourth annual event, where attendees can sample, shop and attend workshops and lectures.

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Info: (250) 370-4880,



Red Wine & Chocolate

When, where: Feb. 13-15, various wineries

Highlights: The region’s more than 50 wineries pair chocolate desserts with their red wines and offer tastings and tours.

Cost: Premier Passes are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, including a commemorative wine glass

Info: (800) 258-7270,

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