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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

August 18, 1996|MARY FRANCES SMITH

SANTA BARBARA--An after-hours exploration of nature is offered 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. "The Great Garden Nature Night" includes a light supper, a walk with botanists and an astronomer-led look at the starsand planets through telescopes. $20 per person; $50 per family ($15 and $35 for garden members). Preregistration required. 1212 Mission Canyon Road. (805) 682-4726, Ext. 102.

WALNUT CREEK--Another nature program to the north focuses on native California vipers. "Rattlers in Our Midst," 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24, offers activities, demonstrations and talks about rattlesnakes and their relatives. At the Lindsay Museum, 1931 1st Ave. This event is included with museum admission: $4.50, general; $3.50, seniors; $2.50 kids 3-17; and free for kids under 3 and members. (510) 935-1978.

NOVATO--Join in the revelry of Shakespeare's England at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Aug. 24-Oct. 6. Featured: Theater, puppetry, arts, crafts, foods and children's activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and Labor Day Monday. $17.50, general; $14.50, students, seniors and military with I.D.; $7.50, kids 5-11. Take the Black Point/Atherton exit from California 37, Interstate 80 or U.S. 101. (800) 52-FAIRE.

SAN LUIS OBISPO--Enjoy the 14th annual Central Coast Wine Festival, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 31 in Mission Plaza. Wines from more than three dozen San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County wineries, local cuisine and live entertainment are offered. $25 (food purchased separately). Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. (805) 781-2777.

PETALUMA--The Petaluma Arts Alliance Art Stroll, a showcase of the arts in this riverfront town, is 4-8 p.m. Sept. 1 throughout the historic downtown district. Maps for the free walking tour are available at participating galleries, the Petaluma Information Kiosk at the Petaluma Village Factory Outlet Malls and the Petaluma Visitors Program, or call (707) 762-1241 or (800) 41-VISION for more information.

Call listed phone numbers for directions.

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