You can honor Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering, or you can kick back and immerse yourself in music or bird-watching or culinary escapades. Or all of these.
Head north where more than 200 bird species usually can be seen at the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, which takes place along the winged critters’ important Pacific Flyway. Saturday is family day at the Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay State Park where teens and children can learn about birds — and reptiles.
When: Jan. 12-15
Cost, info: From $20 with extra fees for some activities. Family day at museum: adult $3. No dogs. (805) 234-1170
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service offers opportunities to volunteer on 18 projects at 15 locations. The theme is “Make it a day on, not a day off.”
When: Jan. 13
Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. No dogs. (661) 723-6077
Yoga, fitness, fashion, food, wine and massage are featured at the Desert Woman’s Show. Visitors can get free health screenings, take classes on Hawaiian-fusion cooking and experience virtual reality from a menu of real-world situations. Fifty exhibits cover weight-loss, beauty, clothing and jewelry.
When: Jan. 13 and 14
Cost, info: Adults $10 in advance (online) and $15 at the door, children 12 and younger admitted free. Service animals only. (800) 673-0273
The 11th Southern California Slack Key Festival claims to be the biggest Hawaiian acoustic music concert on the U.S. mainland. Grammy-winning slack-key guitarists and hula dancers will perform. The Island Marketplace sells ukuleles, tropical-themed jewelry, shave ice and aloha shirts.
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 14
Cost, info: From $20, small child sitting on parent’s lap free. No dogs indoors. (800) 595-4849
When: 9 a.m. Jan. 15
Cost, info: Free but registration is required. Children 8 years and older with legal guardian are welcome. No dogs. (415) 262-4400
For the record: The date of the Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour was incorrectly reported in this calendar of events. It is Jan. 13, not Jan. 15.
The four-hour Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour heads to six eateries for samples and chats with chefs and restaurateurs. IDs required for wine-tasting. Tour is not suited for those who are vegan, lactose-intolerant or on a gluten-free diet.
When: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13