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October 01, 1992


Orange--You can take a stroll into Orange County history Sunday when several private residences and businesses in Old Towne will be open to the public for the fifth annual A Walk in Time home tour.

The buildings on the tour were constructed between 1889 to 1929 and include classic Victorian homes with wrap-around porches, a craftsmen bungalow, a residence built in the popular Mediterranean style, the only surviving carriage house in Orange and a 63-year-old section of St. Joseph Hospital.

The buildings were selected with an eye to their historical importance.

The Parker House was once home to Dr. Ida Parker, the first woman admitted to the Orange County Medical Assn.

What: Walk in Time home tour.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Old Towne in Orange.

Whereabouts: Orange's historical district. Locations of the homes will be made available at the time of ticket purchase.

Wherewithal: $10.

Where to call: (714) 637-5873 or (714) 633-5653.


San Clemente--Just in time for the opening of the West Coast lobster season, the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off will be Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the city pier.

About 30 teams of individual and restaurant chefs will be vying for the People's Choice chowder award.

For $5, visitors will get to taste eight different chowders.

There will also be free entertainment, including music at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Surfaris, known for their hit "Wipe Out," Polynesian dancing, games for children and a lobster race. At 11 a.m. will be a volleyball exhibition game featuring professional players Karch Kiraly, Larry Mear, Adam Johnson and Wes Welch.

Visitors can park at San Clemente High School and take a free shuttle to the pier. The shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What: San Clemente Clam Chowder Cook-Off.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4.

Where: San Clemente Pier. Free parking at San Clemente High School, 700 Avenida Pico.

Whereabouts: To catch the free shuttle service from San Clemente High School, take Interstate 5 to the Avenida Pico exit. Head east to the high school, which is on the right side of road.

Wherewithal: $5 ticket is good for a taste of eight different chowders; entertainment is free.

Where to call: (714) 492-1131.


Huntington Beach--Not just another pretty sandcastle, but a continuous mile-long sandcastle sculpture, running along the beach from the pier to Beach Boulevard, will take shape Saturday at the Huntington Beach Sand Castle Festival.

The Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau is inviting groups, businesses and families to join in the team building project or to come and kibitz as the structure rises from the sand on the city beach.

Those who want to be creative and not just browse can buy sand plots at $2 per foot, sold in 10-foot increments ($20 minimum).

People can sign up on the morning of the event, but advance registration is recommended.

There will be commemorative awards for participants.

What: Huntington Beach Sand Castle Festival.

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Huntington City Beach, beginning between the pier and lifeguard headquarters near the terminus of First Street.

Whereabouts: From the San Diego (405) Freeway, take the Beach Boulevard off-ramp and go south to Pacific Coast Highway. Turn right and drive into one of the parking lots south of the pier.

Wherewithal: $20 minimum; free for spectators.

Where to call: (714) 969-3492.


Costa Mesa--A relaxing night at the theater it isn't.

Full Contact Theatre at Orange Coast College is described more as a game of ice hockey, except that Wayne Gretzky is replaced by Hamlet.

The improvisational production, staged by the college's Repertory Company, is based on a new movement in theater, called "theatre sport."

During the production, two teams are pitted against each other as they tackle improvisations suggested by members of the audience.

The Sunday night show, directed by Orange Coast theater instructor Alex Golson, comes complete with referees, fouls and penalties.

Theatergoers also have a role as they cheer on their favorite team or shout down opponents from the sidelines.

Members of the audience may be asked to join in the fun and try their hand at acting out some of the skits.

What: Full Contact Theatre.

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

Where: Orange Coast College Drama Lab Theatre, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.

Whereabouts: Take the San Diego (405) Freeway to the Fairview Road exit. Go south. The college is near the corner of Fairview Road and Adams Avenue.

Wherewithal: Advance tickets $5, at the door $6. A $1 discount is available for OCC students and senior citizens.

Where to call: (714) 432-5880.


Cypress--Lots of yodeling and oom-pah-pah dancing will be going on Saturday night in Cypress as the community celebrates its annual Oktoberfest.

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