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September 17, 1998

all day: Festivals

One boat trip, two festivals: Catalina's city of Avalon has two offerings this weekend for island hoppers. The two-day 40th annual Catalina Festival of Art will showcase art, photography, crafts, jewelry and sculpture along the length of Crescent Avenue. Saturday's Third Annual Wine Tasting Festival offers samples of 57 varieties of wine. The proceeds benefit the Catalina Island Women's Forum, an outreach nonprofit organization that donates time and money to projects on domestic violence and women's health, as well as a student mentoring and scholarship program.

* The 40th annual Catalina Festival of Art on Crescent Avenue's pedestrian promenade, Avalon, Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Information: (310) 510-0808.

* The Catalina Women's Forum Third Annual Wine Tasting Festival, Saturday, 1-4 p.m., the Pavilion Lodge patio, 513 Crescent Ave., Avalon. $30 a person; 21 and over. Advance tickets recommended through the Catalina Island Visitors Bureau: (310) 510-1520.

9 am: Family

Lend a hand for the 14th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Cleanups will take place at more than 600 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides and highways. Last year, close to 500,000 volunteers picked up more than 700,000 pounds of trash. Each volunteer will receive a coupon for a free Brita water filtration pitcher as a gift for helping out.

* 14th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, 9 a.m.-noon. (800) COAST-4U for nearest location.

10 am: Children

Children ages 9 to 14 can learn how to produce an old-time radio drama using scripts, sound effects and music at the Museum of Television & Radio's "Re-Creating Radio Workshops." The workshops will take participants through the many stages of radio production, including casting, microphone and sound effects training and a cue rehearsal, before putting on a "live" broadcast. The series brings to life stories in the tradition of "Superman" (Saturday and Oct. 24), "The Shadow" (Oct. 17 and Dec. 12), Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (Dec. 19) and others.

* "Re-Creating Radio Workshops," Museum of Television & Radio, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 19. No workshops Nov. 14 or 28. $5 per workshop. (310) 786-1014 for mandatory reservations.

10:30 am: Museums

Jack London's experiences as both an adventurer and intellectual are explored in "The Wisdom of the Trail: Jack London, Author and Adventurer" opening Saturday at the Huntington Library. Best known as the author of "Call of the Wild" "White Fang" and "The Sea Wolf," London was also an oyster pirate, sailor, socialist and rancher, among other things. The exhibition will focus on the many aspects of London's life through his personal papers, handwritten manuscripts, letters, photographs and annotated books, some of which have never before been exhibited.

* "The Wisdom of the Trail: Jack London, Author and Adventurer," Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Ends Jan. 11. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-4:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: adults, $8.50; seniors, $7; students 12-18, $5; children under 12, free. (626) 405-2141.

Noon: Festival

Raise a stein to Big Bear Lake's Oktoberfest, celebrating its 28th year with German food and music, free polka lessons, sawing contests, carnival booths and more for six weekends beginning Saturday.

* Oktoberfest, noon-midnight Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Also Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-midnight. Ends Oct. 25. Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Division Drive and Big Bear Lake Blvd. Admission on Saturdays: adults, $6; children ages 3-12, $2; free for children under 3. Admission on Sundays: adults, $3; free for children 12 and under. (909) 585-3000.

2 & 8 pm: Theater

1940s Harlem comes to life in John Henry Redwood's drama "The Old Settler" about a mature, unmarried woman, her outspoken younger sister and the young man who unsettles their lives.

* "The Old Settler," Old Globe Theatre, Cassius Carter Centre Stage, Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts, San Diego. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Ends Oct. 24. $23-$39. (619) 239-2255.

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FREEBIE: Educational, Cultural & Writers Festival, Crenshaw Plaza, Baldwin Hills, 10 a.m. (323) 779-2411.

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