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
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF.
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, www.marinshow.com
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, www.cal icotown.com/events/civilwar
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, www.victoriateafestival.com
YAKIMA VALLEY, WASH.
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, www.wineyakimavalley.org
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