Looking For Something To Do This Weekend?

-Iron Steed Harley-Davidson Vacaville Passport Finale, Pancake Blowout, And 2015 Models Open House.  Saturday, October 11 10a.m.-4p.m.  Free pancake breakfast, free pig roast, test rides, music, prizes, vendors, indoor poker walk.  There’s also a Fall Open House Dice Roll on both Saturday and Sunday to win a 2014 H.D. Street Bob.  www.ironsteedHD.com

-24th Art And Wine Faire, Downtown San Carlos, CA.  Starts at 10a.m. on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12.  www.sancarloschamber.org

-Fleet Week S.F. is back with The Blue Angels.  It’s already going on and ending on Monday, October 13th.  www.fleetweek.us

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A Nice Sunday Stroll Through Downtown Carmel.

My original plan was to experience the annual four-day “Taste Of Carmel” Festival.  But because of time restrictions I had during that weekend, I’ll only provide two hours of a review in this blog.

The weather was perfect to walk through the lively downtown Carmel.  I felt a sense of Europe, and this place brought back personal fond memories.  The place definitely lives up to its reputation of Bohemian Culture, which was first founded here in the early 1900’s.  Everyone that walks through here will be surrounded by art and culture.  Numerous art galleries, wine-tasting venues, and cultural imports shops (such as a Turkish Imports store) fill up the downtown area.  People from all over the world visit here.  I even met a couple of women from Great Britain and New York at the Carmel Coffee And Bakery Company.  (On another note, make sure to stop into Carmel Coffee And Bakery Company if you’re a La Boulange Cafe’ or Starbuck’s Fan.  They are located on Ocean Ave, between Dolores St. and Lincoln St.  You can contact them at 831-626-8885.)

Two of my other personal favorites here are: Robin’s Jewelry and Chuckle’s Cards And Gifts.  I met Robin in the hallway of the Doud Craft Studios (an indoor mini-plaza of stores), complementing her on her outfit.  Because she has a great personality, I couldn’t help but stop by her store where her apprentice Keeza was creating more jewelry.  Yes, they make their products by hand with sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, shells, natural materials, and of course…a lot of love.  Visit their website at: www.robinsjewelrycarmel.com .  And for Chuckle’s Cards And Gifts, you’ll get a good laugh with the humorous products they sell.  You can visit them at: 3 Dolores NW 0f 6th Ave.  Or you can contact them at:  (831) 293-8023.

Make sure to visit Carmel and its beach.  You’ll see why it’s ranked the 2nd best small city in the U.S. by Conde’ Nast Traveler, and rated one of America’s best beach towns by National Geographic Traveler.

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The October Lunar Eclipse And ‘Blood Moon.’

In case you missed it (and for me it was worth only 4 hours of sleep).

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The Aloha Challenge Martial Arts Tournament – Supporting The Next Generation Of Martial Artists And Athletes.

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The Aloha Challenge Martial Arts Tournament took place last Saturday, October 4th at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose.  The tournament was open to all styles and all skill levels for competitors 17 and under.  The divisions included kata, weapons, self-defense, point sparring, continuous sparring, and semi-contact kickboxing.  The competitors were competing for trophy titles, but the ultimate prizes were bikes for the Jr. Grand Champions in various divisions.  Alan Garcia and the Kajukenbo Institute Of Martial Arts hosted this successful event.

I personally enjoyed helping out at this event as a back-up judge/referee/timekeeper, and working with many other professional martial artists to support Mr. Garcia, along with his vision of providing a friendly, supportive, and competitive event for the next generation of martial artists and athletes.

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Why Would You Not Want To See This?

A few photos I took at Ocean View Blvd. and Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove.  h0ijsms qpswwp5 0hllg34 atg0tf2

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Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum – “Show ‘Em, Don’t Stow ‘Em!”

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If you’re ever in Pacific Grove definitely visit Jameson’s Classic Motorcycle Museum. You’ll be happily greeted by the owner himself, Neil Jameson. He’s been collecting motorcycles and sidecar rigs for 60 years, which is basically the reason why he opened this museum. I was amazed by his vintage bike models, and also the models he has acquired from other countries. The museum’s motto is “Show ‘Em, Don’t Stow ‘Em!” He will happily answer any questions you may have. Neil even gave me advice on how to find a motorcycle for myself, and he gave advice on what places I should visit in Pacific Grove.

Here’s the info. for your visit:
Address – 305 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA
Phone – (831) 331-3335
E-mail – neil@oldgeezersatlarge.com
Hours – Open weekends 12p.m.-5p.m. and by appointment.
Admission is free, but there is a $2 suggested donation to maintain the utilities.

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Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, And Justin Timberlake.

Driving down California’s Highway 1 making a right into Monterey and Pacific Grove, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t,’ Charli XCX’s ‘Boom, Clap,’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Not A Bad Thing’ plays on the radio while I’m enjoying the beautiful view of the ocean.  If I had a drop-top on my car, I would’ve definitely used it.  But putting the windows down was enough to enjoy the breeze, and the mid-80’s temperature with the sun.

Enjoy the photos and definitely visit this place.  These photos are near Lover’s Point (where there was actually a wedding taking place the day I went).  It also makes a great weekend getaway.  The prices for hotel/motel rooms are a bit high in my opinion, but you can find lower-cost alternatives away from the busy tourist spots.  It’s worth visiting, whether it’s by yourself, your family, or your significant other/spouse.PG2Copyright PG3Copyright PG4Copyright PGCopyright

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