It’s damp and gloomy out there, Southwest Riverside, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the weekend. Here is a sampling of some of the fun things happening around town:
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula ~ Phone: 877-711-2946
These famed country music superstars plan to team up for an evening of “picking, singing and storytelling.” The concerts get underway at 8 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Showroom Theater. Tickets are still available.
24601 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta
Residents are invited to pedal over to Murrieta Town Square Park and take part in the Bike Expo & Health Fair, live music, fun food, and Kids Fun Ride. The ride kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 8. Visit temeculavalleycentury.com to learn more.
52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild
Poet and documentary filmmaker David Shook is set to offer a live poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Parks Exhibition Center. Also performing is the Grammy-nominated chamber ensemble, The St. Petersburg Quartet.
42051 Main Street, Temecula
Golden Valley Music Society’s 2011-2012 season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Under the director of conductor Dana Mambourg Zimbric, the chamber orchestra will present Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major.
33320 Temecula Parkway, Temecula
Thousands of Southwest Riverside families are expected to get lost in Temecula’s favorite corn maze when Big Horse Feed and Mercantile at Corona Ranch kicks off its annual fall festivities this weekend. The fall fun officially opens Oct. 8 and runs through Halloween.
39847 Calle Contento, Temecula
Longshadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery has joined a growing list of supporters coming to the aid of little four-year-old Sophie Lawler-Ehr as she battles a rare and deadly form of bone cancer. The upcoming family-friendly fundraising event that includes food, fun and music is planned for 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 7.
500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore
Come and get spooked at The Diamond! This year’s attraction is the largest to date, featuring a new 1,000 square-foot blacked-out maze called “The Darkness.” The haunt will be open every weekend, Thursdays to Sundays, through Halloween. General admission tickets are $15.
42051 Main Street, Temecula ~ Phone: 866-OLD-TOWN
The Swing Dolls, featuring special guest and comedy juggler Bryson Lang, will bring old-time swinging tunes to the Temecula stage. Showcasing the sounds of the McGuire Sisters and more, this fun trip down memory lane gets underway at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9. For tickets, visit www.temeculatheater.org.
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