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September 2008 Calendar of Events

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It's September and the summer tourists have all gone home. But it's still warm and there's lots to do around town - so it's a good time for residents to take back San Diego. Here are some suggestions on what to do in San Diego during September.

Sept. 1 - Oceanside Pier Swim

Participate in 79th Annual Labor Day Swim. Oceanside Pier, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free, Mission Ave and Pacific St, San Diego, CA 92054. 760-435-1031.

Sept. 1 - Little Italy Stickball Tournament

Teams from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Puerto Rico will compete with local teams in 10th annual tournament. 619-917-8637. Little Italy, 8:30 a.m., Free, San Diego, CA 92101

Sept. 1 - Old Town Grape Stomp

Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery, a local Ramona vineyard, holds its 1st Annual Grape Stomp, benefiting the Warrior Foundation. From Noon to 6 pm, Labor Day Weekend at the Plaza del Pasado courtyard. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass, appetizers and (2) glasses of wine. Enjoy live entertainment, or join in the Grape Stomp Competitions. Tickets are $30. Plaza del Pasado is located at Juan and Calhoun streets inside Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. For more, call 619-297-3100.

Sept. 3 - Gallery Talk

Artists Kristine Dickman, Karen Schaffman will discuss "United and Severed." Light reception to follow. 760-839-4120. California Center for the Arts, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Free, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025

Sept. 3 - Lecture: "Stronger, Higher, Faster: Do the Wins Justify the Means?"

Pharmacology, physiology, technology are examined in a discussion of human performance. Panelists include Don Catlin (UCLA Olympic Laboratory), Theodore Friedmann (Gene Doping Panel, World Anti-Doping Agency), Mark Zeigler (San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer). Reservations: 858-822-2647. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Free, 1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

Sept. 5 & 6 - Shakespeare in the Garden Talks

Actors, directors, academics offer "in-depth perceptions of the Shakespeare plays in the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival season" for public in Old Globe Plaza. Focus on Romeo and Juliet on Friday, September 5; and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Saturday, September 6. 619-23-GLOBE. Old Globe Theatre, 7:15 p.m, Free, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101

Sept. 6 - Lecture: Is It True That White Men Can't Jump?

Nadav Goldschmied focuses on sport psychology topics including home-field advantage, uniform colors and performance, biased refereeing. Admission: $5 in advance, $10 at door. 813-598-1351. Joyce Beers Community Center, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 1230 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Sept. 7 - La Jolla Rough Water Swim

The largest rough-water swimming competition in the U.S. takes place at La Jolla Cove. 858-456-2100, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, CA

Sept. 8 - Talk: "How Starbucks Saved My Life"

Author Michael Gates Gill discusses, signs his "true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all," and then learned value of hard work and humility. 858-454-0347. Warwick's Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., Free, 7812 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA 92037

Sept. 8 - Lecture: "What's New and Unique from Seed?"

Horticulturist, author, and Renee's Garden seed company owner Renee Shepherd answers the question for San Diego Horticultural Society. 760-295-7089. Surfside Race Place at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 6 p.m., Free - $5, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014

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