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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 5:46 am in Family Outings.

Trick or Treat (David M. Barreda/Mercury News)
Halloween is obviously the big draw this weekend, but here’s a quintet of other fun ways to pass the days.

1. The Exploratorium is hosting a Phantasmagorium Halloween Night at the Palace of Frights tomorrow, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s Halloween with a spooky scientific slant and plenty of treats. (Free with admission.)

2. One of the best things about Halloween: the adorable photos you snag of your little ladybug or pint-sized Darth Vader. John Muir Women’s Health Center is holding its 9th annual Halloween Photo Shoot in downtown Walnut Creek tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Call 925-941-7900 or visit their web site for portrait reservations. $15)

3. The San Francisco Symphony hosts its first Dia de los Muertos Family Concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. that includes wonderful music, Day of the Dead altars, Aztec dancers, traditional pan de muertos and Mexican hot chocolate. Yum. (Tickets $15-$57. Kids under 17 are half price.)

4. Or what about a little improvised terror? Pleasanton’s Creatures of Impulse teen improv troupe presents “Tri-Valley High: Episodes of Terror” tomorrow and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial. Unscripted, audience-participating fun. Plus a free mini-carnival before the show. ($15)

5. And for a little non-trick or treat action, it’s always cool to hear an orchestra of young teens attack something as fabulous as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Check out the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra performance this Saturday at 8 p.m. at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church, and you’ll get to hear 17-year-old piano prodigy Chloe Pang play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue too. ($12-$15)

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