Scorching Picks Sept. 1-7: The county honest returns, an area artists tour, and extra. | Artwork, Theater & Tradition

Truthful Time

Is there something higher than sitting on the prime of a carnival Century Wheel, legs hanging, consuming chocolate-dipped churros and taking a look at Monterey and the Pacific from the above? Along with the normal livestock present, together with the favored junior livestock public sale, the Monterey County Truthful has rather a lot to supply additionally for these not dedicated to animal-raising or farming. Set on 22 oak-studded acres, the fairgrounds supply numerous vendor experiences: wool and knitting stands, horse racing, a farmers market, pony rides and bullfighting. Thursday kicks off as a Seniors, Army & Veterans Day – they attend free all day. Friday is Children Day and denizens ages 12 and beneath are free. (Along with the Century Wheel, carnival rides embrace Shock Wave, Black Widow and Alien Abduction.) Saturday is Natividad Day and Water Consciousness Day and, amongst different issues, options Om Shanti Indian Bollywood Dance Group acting on the Payton Stage at midday. The occasion closes with Fiesta Day on Sunday. Along with contemporary and fried meals, anticipate an lively dwell music lineup, with nation star Joe Nichols performing Thursday night time (see extra on p. 34). [AP]

Midday-11pm ( till 10pm on Sunday) Thursday-Monday, Sept. 1-5. Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Street, Monterey. $10 admission. 372-5863,

Deakfest at a Dive

This second annual Deakfast takes place within the seasoned Seaside dive bar specializing in dwell music. Cuz’s Sportsman’s Membership is bringing one thing like 43 bands to carry out over a three-day interval. Anticipate acts like: Pace Demon, No Fucking Good, and Valley Zeros – amongst many others. Black Lung kicks off with the primary set. The organizer of the fest is Douglass Guyot, the lead guitarist and vocalist, in addition to founding father of the native steel band Pace Demon. Pace Demon started in 1985 and, like many bands within the lineup, has been entertaining native followers, on and off, for many years. Different Pace Demon members are: Matt Hogue, John Brooks and Matt O’Meara. [AP]

Beginning at midday Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4. Cuz’s Sportsman’s Membership, 594 Broadway Ave., Seaside. $10 “a purchase” or $25 “in abundance.” 394-2666,

Pause For Play

If you wish to have a good time Labor Day in group, attend Marina’s Labor Day celebration. It is a traditional group affair – anticipate music by DJ John, dance performances, meals, disc golf and face portray. The occasion is family-friendly provides actions for all ages. Plus, it goes all day – if you end up nonetheless with power within the night, there’s a film screening in Vince DiMaggio Park after sundown. [CJ]

10am-3pm Saturday, Sept. 3. Marina Teen Heart, 304 Hillcrest Ave., Marina. Film begins after sundown at Vince DiMaggio Park, 3200 Del Monte Blvd., Marina. Free. 384-6712,

Neighborhood Arts

All too usually, it’s the space proper round our properties that will get the least exploratory consideration. It may be very rewarding to get to know your neighbors although – particularly if they’re attention-grabbing folks doing cool issues. To that finish, the Seaside Artists Affiliation is again with its fifteenth annual Seaside Artists Tour. This self-guided tour takes you everywhere in the metropolis and into the studios (usually additionally properties) of painters, sculptors, steel staff, and so forth. Who is aware of what sort of treasures you’ll uncover, or what sorts of friendships you’ll type. [TCL]

11am-5pm Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4. Numerous areas round Seaside; choose up a map at Metropolis Corridor, Oldemeyer Heart or from any of the taking part artists. For extra info, name Jan at 394-0754.

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Steinbeck’s Eden

What’s it about connecting to the artifacts as soon as owned or utilized by authors who’re beloved to us? There’s a sure thrill at seeing the objects they touched, particularly the very writing devices they used, authentic manuscripts or the desks they sat at to jot down nice works. If these relics are fascinating, then the properties the place authors existed are much more so. Lit Hub contributor Phoebe Hamilton Jones likens visiting a lifeless creator’s dwelling as akin to studying itself: “You stroll by way of the previous and thru another person’s life and area with out changing into them. A mild form of ghosting, a form of entering into different footwear, ever so barely intrusive.” Right here in Monterey County we’re lucky to have the childhood dwelling of John Steinbeck open for visiting, to see the place he was born in 1902 and spent his childhood within the coronary heart of the valley he would later make well-known in books, together with East of Eden. The Steinbeck Home is operated as a restaurant and reward store by the nonprofit Valley Guild year-round, however one of the best ways to see it’s on one among their guided summer time home excursions, the primary and third Sundays of the month. [PM]

Final summer time home tour is 11am-2pm, Sunday, Sept. 4. 132 Central Ave., Salinas. $5-$20; free/beneath age 10 and navy; Monterey County residents obtain reductions. 424-2735,

Work and Play

Work is aware of no bounds. It’s 9-to-5 or night time shift. Toiling in fields or sitting behind a desk, and so forth. Monterey County Pops! is representing labor with a free live performance. We’re guessing an orchestra model of “Sixteen Tons,” adopted by ‘Workin’ Man Blues” and concluding with “Take This Job And Shove It,” together with… No? As an alternative, it is a enjoyable, rousing efficiency by a 22-piece orchestra beneath the route of Carl Christensen. “Stars and Stripes Perpetually” ought to hearth patriotic fervor. “The William Inform Overture” is about as electrical as classical will get. Additionally on the listing are extra trendy favorites corresponding to “Keep in mind Me,” “La Bamba” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (as a result of typically working stiffs wind up on trial for homicide – we knew they’d come round to the darkish facet). Hartnell grad Tatiana Magdaleno begins the occasion off with a efficiency of the Nationwide Anthem. The occasion is hosted in English and Spanish. It’s all free. Pops! desires you to maintain your hard-earned money. Lastly, labor has its day. [DF]

2pm Sunday, Sept. 4. Closter Park, 401 Towt St., Salinas. Free. 484-5511,

Sugar and Spice

Tucked away towards a hill alongside Freeway 218 in Del Rey Oaks, the Monterey Moose Lodge is a hidden gem, a group gathering spot with pleasant, low-key vibes that seems like a throwback to a different period. And it has an expansive wood dance flooring completely fitted to the exercise du jour: salsa classes. No accomplice is required, solely an open thoughts and a superb perspective. And if you happen to bought good duds, there’s no higher time to indicate them off. The bar space will open to these 21 and over, the salsa classes open to these 18 and over. [DS]

6:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 7. Moose Lodge, 555 Canyon del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks. $15. 394-6896,