The big news of the week, of course, is the California Mid-winter Fair & Fiesta is about to open, with all the attendant pomp, pageantry and celebration.
Be sure to visit the local arts, crafts, vocational arts and informational displays, as well as the school exhibits and Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society exhibits. Look for the Valley Independent Bank display featuring mural work by Mona Mills, a San Diego artist who has painted 10 panels for the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum (under construction in Ocotillo).
"Friday Night at the Old Post Office Pavilion" will feature a fund-raising hip-hop concert by students in the Upward Bound program. They are raising money for a trip to New York City and they always exhibit a great deal of talent at their fund-raising variety programs.
On Sunday at the OPOP in El Centro, the Old Time Fiddlers Association will have a jam session from 2 to 4 p.m. All acoustic instrument players are welcome to attend, as are all friends of acoustic music who simply want to sit and enjoy the tunes. Featured music ranges from bluegrass to country, with a bit of folk music thrown in for good measure.