Festivals ’n Such

Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan 15 - 18
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner - Advanced Intermediate. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious, nutritious meals. INFO 707-869-9642, www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

CA Sacred Harp Singing ConventionJan 16 - 17
Templars Hall, Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. Two full days of singing from the 1991 revision of the Sacred Harp. Dinner/Social on Saturday night and other weekend events planned. INFO 619-544-0432, 858-689-8250, www.sdfasola.org

Oldtime Fiddle Contest & FestivalJan 23 - 24
Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale, CA. Good food, great jamming, tough competition, crafters booths, door prizes, workshops. INFO 707-894-2067, www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org/fiddle/index.php

KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Fest Feb 12-15
Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto, CA. Weekend of participatory Yiddish culture and klezmer music. Singing, dancing, jamming, Yiddish conversation and literature. For all ages, musicians & non-musicians. Yiddish singing with Eleanor Reissa, Sharon Bernstein and Mark Levy. Vocal master class with Broadway’s Eleanor Reissa. Instrumental master classes and ensembles with Frank London, Christian Dawid, Stu Brotman, Joshua Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein. Yiddish dancing with Steve Weintraub, including how to lead and play for dancers. “The Shared Melodic Repertory of the Yiddish and Greek Worlds” with Martin Schwartz. “Klezmer/Balkan/Roma Connections” with Christian Dawid and Peter Jaques. INFO 415-789-7679 , www.klezcalifornia.org

SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 12 - 21
Venues around San Francisco, the East & North Bay. Concerts, workshops, dances, kids’ show and more. Many great local and out of town bands. INFO www.sfbluegrass.org

CBA Winter Music Camp Feb 15 - 18
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA. For bluegrass and oldtime musicians, all ages. Classes: banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, fiddle; vocal classes; jam groups, elective classes (songwriting, theory, clogging, etc). Dances, concerts, fun! Stellar staff: Bill Evans, Keith Little, Avram Siegel, Evie Ladin, Steve Baughman, Jim Nunally, Carol McComb, Kathy Barwick, Roland White, John Reischman, Dix Bruce, Brad Leftwich, Jack Tuttle, Megan Lynch, Michael Witcher, Ivan Rosenberg, Missy Raines, Bill Amatneek, Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley. INFO 415-663-1342 after 9:00 am,

Bluegrass on BroadwayMarch 11 - 14
Downtown Redwood City, CA. FREE! The festival will include live bluegrass performances, a bluegrass film festival, the Northern California Bluegrass Awards, jams, workshops, restaurant shows, and more. INFO 650-218-9845, www.scbs.org/events/bob/

Mariposa Storytelling Festival March 12 - 14
Mariposa, CA, near Yosemite. Magical weekend of storytelling. Donald Davis, Olga Loya, Beth Horner, Antonio Rocha, Syd Lieberman, Sarah Saulter. Order tickets early - many performances sell out by January. INFO 209-966-3155, www.arts-mariposa.org/storytelling.html

Sonora Celtic FaireMarch 12 - 14
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA. Camping, Reenactments, Dancers: English Sword, Irish Step and Highland, Music: Need Fire, Sligo Rags, Molly’s Revenge, Wicked Tinkers, Golden Bough, 1916, Nine 8ths Irish, and The Black Irish Band. INFO www.sonoracelticfaire.com

Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk FestMarch 13
1 - 9 pm, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol, CA. Jam (and jamming) packed day of great Bluegrass & Old- Time music. Featuring: 49 Special, Lone Prairie, Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue, Rita Hosking, Ed Neff & Wild Blue and Lonesome, and Kathy Kallick Band. Workshops: Evo Bluestein Autoharp, dance, banjo and performance in Youth Annex. INFO 707-829-8012, www.cbaontheweb.org/cba_news.asp?newsid=4522

BACDS Spring Dance WeekendMarch 19 - 21
Monte Toyon Camp, Felton CA. Join us for our annual Spring Dance. This year includes waltz, swing, hambo, polka and other couple dance workshops, experienced English and Contra callers and great live music, workshops to improve your technique and advanced dance sessions to test your mettle. INFO spring-weekend- bacds.org/sw

Playford BallMarch 27
Landmark Ballroom, San Jose, CA. The Bay Area Country Dance Society invites you to An Elegant Affair. Details and Registration to be posted soon. INFO www.bacds.org/events/playfordball2010/

Lark In The Morning CampJuly 30 - Aug 7
Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. Registration is open for Lark’s 30th year! Lark Camp is a celebration of music & dance that takes place in the Mendocino redwood forest. 24-hours-a-day, music & dance workshops, dances, parties & more. Beginners - professionals. A huge variety of music & dance: Irish, French, Hawaiian, Andean, Balkan, Cajun, Spanish, American, Middle Eastern, Mexican, African, Scandinavian, English, Breton and more. INFO 707-964-4826, www.larkcamp.com