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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 5:35 am in Family Outings.

Railroad Society Open House (Sherry Lavars, Bay Area News Group)

Railroad heaven: Take a peek at one of the nation’s largest HO-scale model train layouts — 4,300 feet of railroad track (pictured) —
Railroad Society Open House (Sherry LaVars/Bay Area News Group) at the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society’s open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at the club headquarters in Larkey Park. Find details at
Fret fest: Livermore’s Bankhead Theater plays host to a two-day Guitar Player Live fest, Sept. 17 and 18, featuring free outdoor performances, music clinics and screenings of “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Wall” at the Vine Cinema and Alehouse. Ticket prices vary by event. Get the lowdown at
Chalkapalooza: Join the global Chalk 4 Peace celebration at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art – MOCHA – from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 as young artists draw images of peace in the museum courtyard. Free;
Commedia Del’Arte Puppets: Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland hosts “The Love of Three Oranges,” a puppet show based on Serge Prokofiev’s opera and the artwork of Maurice Sendak. The show runs at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 25-26. Free with park admission ($8);

Music in the Redwoods:
Join in the musical fun at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 as LAVA, Pete Escovedos and Bobi Cespedes celebrate World Music Day at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheater. This family-friendly show is the first in a four-week series that includes jazz, classical and percussion music. Tickets $5;

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