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October 2008 Calendar of Events

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October in San Diego means a lot of events around town. From the Miramar Air Show to Oktoberfest to Halloween - there is lots to do as autumn hits full swing. Plus, the weather is still pretty warm and nice, so there are lots of things to do outdoors. Here's a list of some suggestions on things to do in October.

Oct. 1 - Nature Walk

See golden leaves and flowers during guided walks along San Diego River. 619-668-3281. Mission Trails Regional Park. 9:30 a.m. Free, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos, CA 92119

Oct. 1 - San Diego City College International Book Fair

Author and Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Quinones reads from, discusses his books, Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration and True Tales from Another Mexico in D-121 (near cafeteria). 619-388-3554. San Diego City College, 11 a.m., Free, C Street and 14th Street San Diego, CA

Oct. 2 - Lecture: "Uniting Communities Torn Apart by Political Violence"

Conversation with "Woman PeaceMaker" and youth advocate, counselor Zandile Nhlengetwa from South Africa. 619-260-7509.Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Oct. 2 - Lecture: "Beyond UFOs"

Is there life beyond Earth? Astronomer, author Jeffrey Bennett examines why this question has become a hot topic of scientific research and discusses how scientists are searching both for microbial life and extraterrestrial intelligence. Event in Liebow Auditorium, Basic Science Building, UCSD School of Medicine begins with reception (5:30 p.m.), talk (6:15-7:15), book signing (7:15-8 p.m.). RSVP: 858-246-0327. University of California San Diego, 5:30 p.m. Free, 9500 Gilman Drive San Diego, CA 92093

Oct. 2 - Film: Body of War

Screening of this Iraq War documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro for San Diego City College International Book Fair. 619-388-3554. San Diego City College, 11 a.m. Free, C Street and 14th Street. San Diego, CA

Oct. 3 - Film: L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

San Diego Italian Film Festival gets underway with Agostino Ferrente's film. In Italian with English subtitles. Sherwood Auditorium at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 7 p.m. Free. 700 Prospect Street, San Diego, CA 92037, 858-454-3541

Oct. 4 - Lecture: "Fall Bulbs for Spring Bloom"

Mia focuses on what's available in these no-fuss items to plant during autumn. 858-792-8640. Cedros Gardens, 10 a.m. Free. 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Oct. 4 - South Park Harvest Walkabout

Explore neighborhood's art galleries, restaurants, cafés, retail shops, businesses. On tap: live music, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, art workshops, extended hours. Trolley available to transport visitors back and forth between three areas of interest along 30th Street (free). 619-284-7684. South Park, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free. 30th Street at Juniper Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Oct. 4 - Film: I Ragazzi

San Diego Italian Film Festival continues with screening of I Ragazzi, promising award-winning short films for children. Museum of Photographic Arts, 11 a.m. Free. 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 619-238-7559

Oct. 4 - Book Signing: Tom Kirkbride

Local young adult science fiction author Tom Kirkbride signs Gamadin: Word of Honor, in which "a pair of surfing California teens are caught in the middle of an intergalactic war." 858-268-4747. Mysterious Galaxy Books, 2 p.m. Free. 7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, suite 302, San Diego, CA 92117

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