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August 2008 Calendar of Events

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Some might call August the dog day sof summer, but in San Diego it is anything but. There's lots to do around town as we head into the home stretch of summer, and here are some suggestions on what to do in San Diego during August.

Aug. 3 - Hawaiian Cultural Fair

Hui o Hawaii of San Diego hosts annual fair, boasting performance workshops of hula by Kumu Hula Sissy Kaio and slack-key guitar by Hawaiian musician, songwriter, producer Patrick Landeza. Lei hulu (feather) arts and crafts workshops, as well as ti-leaf lei making and lauhala (bark) weaving. Food, information, Hawaiian and Polynesian vendors. 619-466-2948. San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free, 2606 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

Aug. 3 - Bicycle Ride to Ramona

Bicycle up some hills to Ramona for lunch with San Diego Bicycle Touring Society riders. Bring money for food. Expect 68 miles of pedaling. 619-473-8513. Doyle Park, 8:45 a.m., Free, 8175 Regents Road San Diego, CA 92037

Aug. 3 - Automobile Heritage Day

17th annual event begins with vintage car parade starting at Mary J's Cafe, winds through National City. Over 200 antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, new cars, lowriders on display in Kimball Park (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). 619-477-9339. Kimball Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free, at 12th Street and D Avenue, National City, CA 91950

Aug. 3 - Co-Ed Drumming Circle

Elisa Kisselburg leads co-ed circle blending Japanese, Middle Eastern, African traditions. Drums provided if you don't have your own. Circles offered first Sunday of every month. 619-303-6609. Vision Center for Spiritual Living, 10 a.m., $15, 11260 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92124

Aug. 3 - Ramona Country Fair Days

Lots of animals, live entertainment, carnival rides, vendors, food promised. Watermelon eating to water fights, lawn mower racing, junior fair with livestock auctions, animal showmanship. Hal Ketchum in concert (Sunday, August 3, 6 p.m.; $30 reserved, $15 general). 760-789-1311. Ramona Rodeo Grounds, noon to 7 p.m., Free, 434 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065

Aug. 3 - Class: Learn to Paint with Pastels

Soft pastels specialist and art teacher Judy Nachazel is guest demonstrator when Pastel Society of San Diego gathers. 858-453-7899. Mission Valley Library, 1 p.m., Free, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, CA 92108

Aug. 3 - Dive-In Movie: Happy Feet

See Happy Feet as part of Splash Sunday fun; catch flick while floating in a tube or splashing in pool. 760-940-WAVE. Wave Waterpark, 7 p.m., $6 - $8, 101 Wave Drive, Vista, CA 92083

Aug. 4 - Japanese Craft Club

Group gathers with instructor Sandra Erbetta to create unique items for sale in garden's gift shop. Reservations: 619-232-2721. Japanese Friendship Garden, 10 a.m. to noon, $5, Pan American Road San Diego, CA 92101

Aug. 5 - Traditional Tea Ceremony

Urasenke tea instructor assistants present demonstrations. Learn history of tea ceremony, learn how to serve tea in a traditional way. Included in garden admission. 619-232-2780. Japanese Friendship Garden, 11:30 a.m., $4, Pan American Road, San Diego, CA 92101

Aug. 10, 23, 31 - Snorkel with Sharks

Adventures among harmless leopard sharks and smooth hound sharks during outing hosted by Birch Aquarium-Museum. Reservations: 858-534-7336. La Jolla Shores, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., $30, Ages 10 and up, 8200 Camino del Oro, San Diego, CA 92037

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