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Central California Life Magazine

November Calendar of Events

Nov 12, 2015 08:02PM ● By Kevin

Central Valley


Trail of Two Cities Marathon: November 1, 6 a.m.

The Annual Trail of Two Cities Marathon will be in full swing on November 1, so be sure to map out alternate routes to get to where you’re going if you’re not a runner! The race starts at 6 a.m. and lasts for the better part of the day. If you’re an early bird, register to run in this fun race that brings the Fresno-Clovis community together. For the non-runners out there, come out and support family and friends in one of the most popular races of the year! For more information, go to

Wicked Wine Run: November 7, 3:15 p.m.

Engelmann Cellars once again hosts one of its most popular events, featuring a 5k run and a 1K walk. Event attendees can choose to participate in one or the other, or both! Keep in mind that those who choose to run in the 5K must finish in less than an hour. The 1k walk starts at 4:30 p.m., and much merriment is to be expected afterwards! The only local race that advertises itself as a race with a drinking problem is sure to be fun for all who attend. For more information, please visit

Ronald McDonald House Annual Red Heart Ball: 

November 7, 5-11 p.m.

One of the biggest events put on by this amazing charity, Ronald McDonald House will be hosting its Annual Red Heart Ball to benefit sick children and their families. Among the many activities featured at this years event are gaming tables, live music performed by the Marie Wilson Band and a gourmet dinner. Many other fun festivities will be included, so don’t miss out on one of the best and most beneficial events of the year. For more information, go to

Winter Jam 2015: November 10, 7 p.m.

This annual Christian rock concert will feature hit Christian performers, including Lincoln Brewster, Family Force 5, Sadie Robertson, Skillet and For King and Country, among many others. Unlike many concerts of this nature, no tickets are needed--just pay $10 at the door. For those who are interested in attending this steal of a concert, download the Winter Jam app on your smartphone. For more information, please visit

Riverdance: November 16, 7:30 p.m.

One of the best Irish step dancing performance groups in the world, Riverdance, brings immense talent and passion for their culture to Fresno audiences. Come out for a night of incredible dancing and experience a bit of Irish culture at its best. For more information, go to

The Moscow Ballet Presents The Nutcracker: 

November 29, 3 p.m.

The famous Russian ballet company will be performing perhaps the most famous of all the ballets. Just in time for the Christmas season, this performance is not to be missed. This performance would make a wonderful early Christmas present to the ballet lover in your life. Tickets for the ballet $28 to $102, and the sooner you buy your tickets, the better, as this performance is sure to sell out. For more information, please visit


Cat House on the Kings Autumn Open House: 

November 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

One of the best places for homeless cats to go in Central California, Cat House on the Kings offers its annual Autumn Open House to those curious about the famous Cat House and its residents. Guided tours, live music, a silent auction and the possibility of finding your new furry best friend are all reasons to come out and experience this great event that gives so many cats a chance to find their new forever home. For more information, go to


Tulare County Symphony Presents Fire and Ice: 

November 21, 7:30 p.m.

This popular local symphony will be performing works from the composer Sebelius to commemorate his centennial. Musician Danielle Belen will be featured on the violin, and she will play not only the works of the Finnish composer, but also the works of Beethoven. Tickets range between $30 and $39.50. For more information, go to 

Central Coast


46th Annual “Galaxy of Gems” Expo: 

November 7-8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Oxnard Gem and Mineral Society hosts their annual Galaxy of Gems Exposition, which draws attention to the many minerals and gems on display at the facility, and educates the public about the earth sciences. Children who attend this event will get a polished rock, collect 36 different dinosaur trading cards, and have the chance to participate in The National Park Service Paleontologist Junior Ranch program. Admission is free to all. For more information, please visit

Big Sur

Big Sur Half Marathon: November 8, 6:55 a.m.

One of the best running events in California with some spectacular views, the Big Sur Half Marathon is sure to be on every local runner’s calendar. The top eight finishers of this race will be given $20,000 as their first prize, and the top three American finishers get an extra $500 bonus. Every winner who qualifies for the Olympic Trials at this race will also receive $500 bonuses. For more information, please visit

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival: November 5-7, TBD

Travel and Leisure Magazine have called this popular festival “one of the top ten food and wine festivals,” and for good reason. This annual festival will be serving wines from California vintners, including Bonny Doon Vineyard, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Hahn Estate and the Fink Family Estate Vineyard. Some of the area’s best local chefs, such as Domingo Santamaria, Dyon Foster, Kari Bernardi and David Lawrence will be serving their latest dishes. Many different musicians and performers will be providing entertainment at this must-go event. For more information, please visit

Pismo Beach

37th Annual Marching Band Review: November 7, 9 a.m.

Come out for a fun weekend in Pismo Beach and support high school marching bands from all over California. Hundreds of schools compete in several divisions in this annual event, and spectators can watch the various marching bands perform on Dolliver between Hinds Street and Main Street. This event is family and pet-friendly. For more information, please visit

Mountain Areas

Kings Canyon National Park

Hidden Trails of Kings Canyon: November 1, 10 a.m.

John Muir Lodge co-sponsors this extraordinary opportunity to hike in some of the most picturesque scenes in Kings Canyon National Park. Whether you’re hiking to the top of a waterfall, to a local lake or into a large grove of sequoias, visitors to Kings Canyon will have a chance to take in some of the best views of this storied national park. Visitors who participate in this hike must be 16 years old or older. For more information, please visit

Ghosts of the Giants: November 6, 5:30 p.m.

For those who have always been curious about what life was like in the sequoia groves of Kings Canyon National Park before tourism, business and modern technology became part of everyday life, look no further. Stories will be told about what life was like back then, and what Native Americans who lived amongst these trees saw, heard and experienced. For more information, please visit 

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Happy Reading,

Karen Maroot