Around Town: Nativity Carnival opens June 11The Nativity Carnival, scheduled for June 11, 12, and 13, is a sure sign that summer is on its way. For 30 years, the carnival has been a popular local tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to the Nativity school grounds at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Laurel Street.
Carnival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be 13 carnival rides, multiple game booths, and a silent auction.
Dinners, featuring tri-tip, rotisserie chicken and pasta prepared by the Nativity Men's Club, will be served all three days. A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, with a menu of mimosas, orange juice, pancakes and sausage.
Continuing a 20-year tradition, parish volunteers will also be serving a variety of casual food, including hamburgers, Philly cheese steaks, turkey legs, and steamed clams. Vendors will offer traditional carnival fare, such as popcorn, cotton candy, shaved ice, candy apples, corn dogs and a variety of beverages.
Music will be performed by a series of bands. Caravanserai starts the festivities from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday night. Hit and Run, a rock band, will entertain from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Students from Menlo Park Academy of Dance will perform from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, and the Second Story band takes the stage from 2 to 6 p.m.
The winner of a raffle, with a grand prize of a 2010 Mini Cooper or $15,000 in cash, will be announced Sunday afternoon.
Mike Cherry and Donna Blodgett are carnival co-chairs. For more information, go to nativitycarnival.org.
Stories from the past
The San Mateo County History Museum will present "Stories from the Past," a pre-school children's story time, at 11 a.m. Friday, June 11, in the Wells Fargo Learning Center, in the lower level of the museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.
The children will hear the story "Iris and Walter," about a young girl's move from the city to the country, and then create model houses to take home.
The program, designed for children ages 2 to 5, is free for those 5 and under.
Helicopter air show
The Vertical Challenge helicopter air show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport.
More than 50 helicopters will be on display, and there will be performances by Otto the Clown Helicopter and Go Fast Wing Suite Sky Divers. Helicopter rides will be available at $40 per person.
Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and youth 5 to 17. Children 4 and under get in for free. Advance tickets are available at hiller.org.
Hiller Aviation Museum is located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. For more information, call 654-0200.