Around the bay in October

Alameda’s Pacific Pinball Museum and Novato’s Pinball Revival Company announce the Third Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition, to be held at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael on October 2-4.

Photo courtesy of the US Navy

Published: October, 2009 

Full-Tilt Fun at World’s Largest Pinball Show

Alameda’s Pacific Pinball Museum and Novato’s Pinball Revival Company announce the Third Annual Pacific Pinball Exposition, to be held at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael on October 2-4. Hundreds of pinball machines and amusement devices from past to present will be made available to the public from private collectors and the museum’s collection. There is an emphasis on vintage machines, incredible collections of rare games, and a large variety of modern pinball machines all ready to play without using coins.  Featuring exhibits on the history of pinball, the science and physics of pinball, and the art of pinball, this family-friendly expo will highlight the historical and cultural significance of pinball in America.  On the floor will be seldom-seen 1940s and 1950s Woodrails from the recently acquired Gordon A. Hasse collection. This year’s focus is history, highlighting the technological and artistic advances of pinball through the 1800s to present day. The Expo takes place in the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center Exhibition Hall. Hours are Friday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Daily admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Weekend admission is $45 for Adults and $25 for kids. For more information, visit

Angel Island Fire Anniversary Hike

On Sunday, October 11, celebrate the resurgence of Angel Island after the spectacular 2008 wildfire on an all-day docent-led hike to places burned and saved.  Learn about the historic sites, explore the fire’s impact on vegetation and animals and hike to the summit of Mt. Livermore. Bring hiking shoes, water, lunch, camera, binoculars and hiking poles for the 7½-mile hike.  Take the earliest ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco and meet at the gift shop on Angel Island at 10:30 a.m. There is a $5 fee and the group size is limited. Call (415) 435-3522 for reservations. Firefighters and their families are free. 


Could You Live on a Yacht?

On October 8, Valerie Field will conduct a three-hour workshop entitled “Living on the Water...On a Yacht.”  Field, who has lived aboard boats for 13 years, will give attendees an opportunity to explore this fun, adventuresome lifestyle either part- or full-time.  Attendees will have an opportunity to take a compatibility test to determine how suited they are to this lifestyle. The event, sponsored by the Tamalpais Union High School District Adult and Community Education, will be held at Tamalpais High School between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. To register for the workshop, visit You may reach Field at or (415) 331-7095. The cost is $35.   


Fleet Week is Back

The annual celebration of the men and women of our armed forces will take place October 8 – 13. The modern version of Fleet Week commenced in 1981 and has become one of the best-attended annual events in northern California. A spectacular weekend of family events is planned featuring performances of the Navy Blue Angels, a parade of Navy ships and other exciting demonstrations. For more information about the events all along the San Francisco waterfront, visit


Vintage Poster Fair Explores Aviation

San Francisco hosts the 16th Annual International Vintage Poster Fair (IVPF) featuring a weekend exhibition and sale of the world’s finest vintage posters from October 23 – 25 at Fort Mason Center. Vintage posters will be featured from over 20 international dealers. The IVPF is the world’s oldest and largest poster show devoted exclusively to original vintage posters. Among the posters being shown will be Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern, World War I, World War II and Cold War Era, food, wine and product advertising, film, travel and transportation, and sporting posters. The Fair is an active event, with dealers constantly showing their numerous posters while offering their knowledge about the graphic and cultural history of the posters. This year’s spotlighted exhibition is called “Aviation Posters: From Bi-plane to Jet Plane,” a special exhibit featuring original vintage posters that highlight the history of aviation. Admission is $15 and free for anyone under the age of 25. For more information, call (800) 856-8069 or visit


Monster Bash on the USS Hornet

Is the USS Hornet Haunted? Bring the whole family and find out. The USS Hornet Museum will hold its annual Monster Bash from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 onboard the historic ship located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda. Visitors will get a good fright throughout the evening with haunted tours, costume contests and other treats. The Haunted Hospital will be packed with evil doctors doing weird experiments that might go wrong. Elvira’s “Fright Stimulator” will give party-goers a good jolt. Kids can even get into the act by creating ghoulish crafts. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Most Creative Costume, Best Couples Costume, Best Children’s Costume and Audience Favorite. This year’s featured band, the Cocktail Monkeys, will bring exciting music and fun to the USS Hornet as they lead guests through a fantasy evening covering the most popular songs from the 60s through current favorites. Happy hour, tours and children’s activities start at 7:30 p.m. with the band performing from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. To purchase tickets, call (510) 521-8448 ext. 282. Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for kids. Cash bars and food concessions are available. For more information, visit


Point Richmond Holds First Fall Fest

The historic neighborhood of Point Richmond will hold its first-ever Fall Fest on Saturday, October 10. Fall Fest will feature live music, an arts fair, beer garden, chili cook-off and fall-inspired activities for people of all ages and interests. Seven bands will take the stage, playing blues, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, reggae, Motown, funk, folk and even a hardcore punk band. Children’s activities will include face painting, jugglers, a pumpkin patch and hay ride. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Washington Avenue and Park Place in downtown Point Richmond, just off I-580. Admission is free. For more information, contact Andrew Butt at (510) 236-1404.

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