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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 5:52 am in Family Outings.

Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival Jousting, Mayhem & More: Fremont’s Historic Ardenwood Farm hosts a Shakespeare Festival and Renaissance Faire this weekend, complete with lance-splitting jousting action from the Knights of Mayhem. It’s an English country fair, 16th century style, with galloping steeds, peasants and courtiers, and plenty of family fun. The Faire runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 12, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Sept. 13. $8-$18.

A Cheetah Flick: Berkeley’s Elmwood Rialto family film matinees continue this weekend with “Duma,” the tale of an orphaned cheetah and the boy who loves him. Noon, Sept. 12-13. Tickets are $4 and proceeds benefit four Berkeley school PTAs.

A is for Apple: Hayward’s Garin Park hosts its annual Apple Festival at noon Saturday. Make your own ice cream, press your own apple cider and enjoy live music, crafts and old-fashioned family fun. Free.

The Science of Baseball: The Exploratorium is exploring the science behind baseball at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Saturday before and during the Giants vs. Dodgers game. Join the Exploratorium staff in the Community Clubhouse behind home plate for hands-on activities and exhibits.

Ballads & Banjos: Berkeley hosts the Old Time Music Convention this week with live music, flatfoot dancers, string bands and more. Saturday’s activities include a free family concert at the Berkeley Main Library featuring Professor Banjo, and a youth showcase at Civic Center Park. Sunday’s lineup includes a family dance at Ashkenaz from 3-4:30 p.m. $4-$6.

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