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Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

January 14, 2001|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

BLYTHE--Head to this riverside town for the Colorado River Country Music Festival, Jan. 19-21. Country and bluegrass bands will perform each day. Food booths; camping available ($10 per night). Country Fairgrounds. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. $10; free ages 12 and under. (760) 922-8166.

OAKLAND--Tea, flowers and fruit trees are among the customary symbols included in the Chinese New Year Celebration Jan. 20-21. Entertainment, a carnival for kids, and dragon and lion dances will fill 9th Street in Chinatown. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. (510) 893-8979..

MORRO BAY--The first Morro Bay Jazz Festival, Jan. 19-21, will feature music from Dixieland to Big Bands. Ten acts will perform at four sites, including the Community Center. 6 p.m.-midnight Jan. 19; 10 a.m.-midnight Jan. 20; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21. Admission starts at $15 a day; $40 for weekend pass. (805) 772-3361, Internet http://www.Morro-Bay.net/Jazz.

WEST POINT--The Jan. 27 Calaveras County Crab Feed is an all-you-can-eat feast, followed by music and dancing at the West Point VFW hall. Dinner 5-8 p.m.; music and dancing 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 all ages. (209) 293-4325 or http://www.visitcalaveras.org.

COLOMA--Explore Sutter's Mill Jan. 24 during Gold Discovery Days. Living history demonstrations, gold panning and entertainment will commemorate James Marshall's 1848 discovery at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 per vehicle. (530) 622-3470 or http://www.cal-parks.ca.gov.

Schenden's e-mail address is lkschenden@msn.com.

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