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A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure Monday – Thursday Enjoy specials at Temecula’s Pechanga Spa & Resort and a semi-private hot air balloon ride for only $119.00! A must experience!

Pechanga Spa & Resort , Temecula Robert Francis Residency Mondays, Jan 5 – 26 at 8pm With a voice that sounds like it was formed by a thousand cigarette drags, Francis infuses personal and relatable emotions in his folk-tinged rock sound.

He is neither sappy nor unrealistic in his subject matter, and Kati O’Toole’s flinty backup vocals play the perfect counterweight to his gravely vox. Check him out every Monday in January.

The Echo , Echo Park, Los Angeles Wine Tasting Fridays and Saturdays, 5 – 7pm Best kept secret near the airport. For Only 10 bucks get 5 wines, a feast of snacks and the game? Yes, at a grocery store! Other fab grab is 2 cheeses, 2 meats and a flight of 3 wines for $14.99. Whole Foods, El Segundo More Wine Tasting Monday, Jan. 19th at 7pm Special wine event featuring seven wines from www.wineguerilla.com. Noteworthy Zinfandels to be drunk!

Regardless, Bottle Rock is one of our favorite places to enjoy exemplary food and fun!

Bottle Rock, Century City Irwindale Speedway All Star Showdown Saturday, Jan. 24th Fun, fast and — wine? For $25 enjoy a two day pass to the all star showdown featuring Bennett Lane Winery’s own racing team! Tailgating at 6pm. Come out and meet ‘Lane’ owners Laura and Randy Lynch.

Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale Dim Sum Ride Sundays, 10am Highland Park bike shop Flying Pigeon hosts a weekly morning ride through downtown L.A., with the goal being some fine Chinatown dim sum. Apparently, if you show up without a bike, they’ll let you borrow one from the shop. Altruism: new for

2009.

Http://flyingpigeon-la.com/ Flying Pigeon, Los Angeles Los Angeles Art Show January 21 – 25 The 14th Annual Los Angeles Art Show moves to its new venue in 2009. Only the Los Angeles Convention Center could hold this year’s unprecedented showcase including over 135 prominent galleries from around the globe, exhibiting for sale a dazzling array of art from Rembrandt to Ruscha and beyond.

Los Angeles Convetion Center, Los Angeles Mosley vs. Margarito Saturday, Jan 24th 4:15pm The welterweight division’s two most dynamic fighters, three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, open 2009 with an exciting world championship fight. This fight will also be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing Staples Center, Los Angeles Portland Trailblazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Monday, Jan. 26 at 7:30pm Watch the Clippers as they take on NBA darlings, The Portland Trailblazers.

Watch for possible tension with the Blazer/Z-bo reunion.

Staples Center, Los Angeles Time is of the Essence Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30PM Changing America’s Transportation and Power Alternatives: Tony Locricchio, head of Renewable Electronics Transportation International will debut three new vehicle designs, The Near Car, The HG, and The LiFT as part of an alternative power proposal. Key aspects of this solution are major job creation and the building of all vehicle components and power systems within the United States. The proposal will be open to public questions, comments, and critiques before it gets presented to the Departments of Energy, Transportation, and Commerce. For more information, go to www.evtransports.com. Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles Thomas & Friends A Circus Comes to Town Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2pm Saturday, Jan. 31 at 5pm Sunday, Feb. 1 at 11am When Thomas makes a big mistake, all the engines on the Island of Sodor must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top, and, Thomas must prove he’s a really useful engine once again. With thrilling adventures along the way, Percy, James, Gordon, and of course, Thomas, join with Sir Topham Hatt and the townspeople from the Island of Sodor, to welcome a colorful cast of circus performers in an engaging story that demonstrates the importance of friendship and cooperation.

Nokia Theatre, L.A. Live

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