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California Corner Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

September 22, 1996|MARY FRANCES SMITH

KERNVILLE--Witness and celebrate the migration of a most unusual bird at the Kern Valley Turkey Vulture Festival, Sept. 28-29. The festival is held from 7 a.m. to dusk Saturday in the Kern River Preserve; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Circle Park in Kernville. Among the features: guided morning and dusk bird watches; talks and bird-banding demonstrations by biologists; tours of the Kern River Preserve; music; and Native American and conservation displays. Free admission. (619) 376-2629 or (619) 378-2531.

PETALUMA--Seasoned treasures await at the Petaluma Outdoor Antique Faire, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29 on Kentucky and Fourth streets in the historic downtown. More than 215 exhibitors will be on hand at the free event. (707) 763-7686.

OJAI--The Bowlful of Blues will be back 2-10 p.m. Oct. 5 under the oaks in the Ojai Bowl. The 14th annual outdoor music festival will feature W.C. Clark; Sista Monica; Jude Taylor and His Burning Flames; Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan; and others. $22.50 in advance; $25 at the gate. The gates will open at 1:15 p.m. (805) 646-7230.

MURPHYS--Bacchanalian festivities are in store at the third annual Calaveras Grape Stomp, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 in Murphys Park and along Main Street. Activities include a grape stomping competitions; live music; wine tasting; gourmet foods; a silent auction; and the Murphys Gold Rush Street Faire, with arts, crafts, collectibles and food. A four-mile run is scheduled at 9 a.m. (with registration at 8:30 a.m.) Off California 4, east of Stockton. (209) 795-5000.

HANFORD--The 17th annual Moon Festival, sponsored by the Taoist Temple Preservation Society, will be held noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Chinese Lion Dancers, Tai Chi demonstrations and Fresno Gumyo Taiko (Japanese drummers) are among the highlights at the free event. Located in China Alley, just north of 7th Street, between Green and White streets. (209) 584-3236.

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