Your Week: October 4-10

Teachers, administrators, and educators “learn about arts programs available to enhance” teaching from the museum’s educational programming and nonprofit community arts organizations. Receive lesson plans and materials to take back to the classroom, visit art-making workshops, art material fair, and vendor partner booths. Don’t miss the artist talk and live performances.
WHEN: 4 to 6 p.m.
WHERE: The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue, East Village. 619-233-8792;

Friday | 5">LA MESA OKTOBERFEST 2012
Brush up on your chicken dance and get ready to down some brats and beer! Enjoy six blocks with live music, craft and commercial booths, beer garden, food, and kids’ carnival at the 39th annual Oktoberfest.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (also Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.)
WHERE: La Mesa Village, Spring Street at La Mesa Boulevard. 619-465-7700;

Saturday | 6">HARVEST TO HOME
San Diego Master Gardener Fall Seminar explores what’s new in horticulture, home gardening, and urban farming. Topics include healthy cooking, urban farming, herb growing, landscape design, and capturing rainwater. Visit the garden marketplace with vendor booths, a “green elephant” sale, and master gardener demonstrations. Free–$15.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, 2119 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon. 858-694-2860;

Sunday | 7">TROLLEY DANCES 2012
It’s the last day to catch this installment of dance at unexpected places in San Diego! Travel to six stops along the MTS line to see site-specific dances performed by 50 of SD’s “most adventurous dancers,” with choreography by Jean Isaacs, Monica Bill Barnes, Joe Alter, and Greg Sample. Free–$30.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (also Saturday)
WHERE: Grossmont Transit Center, 8601 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. 619-225-1803;

Monday | 8">MEET MAYORAL CANDIDATES Get involved in your community and learn more about the candidates on the upcoming ballot when the Distinguished Speaker Series continues with a “facilitated question and answer” discussion with Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner. Candidates will share their positions “on the most pressing issues affecting the city of San Diego.” Submit questions in advance to: [email protected] and be sure to RSVP for the discussion.
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla. 858-459-0831;

Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company hosts an evening of poetry, music, and food with poets Manuel Paul López and Luivette Resto (Unfinished Portrait), and musician Bill Caballero. Space is limited and this is a free event, so be sure to reserve a seat: [email protected].
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. (also Wednesday)
WHERE: Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 Tenth Avenue, East Village. 619-342-7395;

Wednesday | 10">CLOG DANCING
Learn to clog dance with no wooden shoes with instructor Mary Elliott, who has 21 years of clog dancing experience and “can’t wait to get you hooked on clogging.” Elliot leads the Silverhawk Stompers, a group of “recreational clog dancers” who gather to share in “the truly American percussive step dance born in the Appalachian Mountains.” $10–$50.
WHEN: 6 to 6:45 p.m. (ongoing through October 17)
WHERE: Walnut Grove Park and Barn, Olive Street at Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. [email protected]; 951-698-1619;


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