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Brew in the Zoo: Enjoy 4.5 ounce beer samples, comedians from the Laugh Factory, DJ Morningstar, live local bands, pub-style grub for purchase, and more. Animal highlights include elephants, koalas, and apes. Plus, visit the new LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), featuring crocodiles, rattlesnakes, vipers, giant salamander, horned lizards and dozens of other scaly and slimy species from around the globe! 6-10 p.m. 21+. $40 advance/$45 door/$20 dd. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200. Friday.
The 51st Annual Watermelon Festival: This is the longest running and largest non-profit festival in Southern California welcoming 20,000 visitors every year, featuring live music, rides, games, food, beer, shopping, contests, raffles, art, and of course, free watermelon. The proceeds benefit over 70 charities and organizations. Admission is $5; children under 30″ are free. The 51st annual festival of 2012 will take place on August 10, 11, 12 at Sunland Park in Sunland-Tujunga (Los Angeles). For more information, please visit our website or facebook page. All Weekend.
Supernatural Cooking Lesson: Author, teacher, epicurean and healer Nancy Mehagian teaches a cooking class for kids of all ages this Saturday morning from 11 a.m.-noon at Whole Foods in Tarzana. She’ll prepare the Mexiquinoa Salad from her award-winning “Supernatural Kids Cookbook.” No purchase necessary. A portion of the proceeds from any books sold at the event will go to Share Our Strength/End Hunger Network. Ebooks available through PDP on ,barnesandnoble.com, itunes.com, www.huquapress.com Saturday
Movies on the Green: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Steven Speilberg, is this week’s free film, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Satuday.
The Service Dogs in Concert: Bring a picnic and some low chairs and enjoy a Sunday concert in the park at Peter Strauss Ranch on Sunday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. The Service Dogs have played shows throughout Los Angeles including at Universal City Walk. Enjoy a summer afternoon rocking out to popular rock ‘n’ roll from the 80’s and 90’s. Peter Strass Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy at Troutdale Drive, Agoura. Admission FREE SUNDAY
Rick Springfield at The Starlight Bowl: Rick Springfield (remember Jesse’s Girl?) is at The Starlight Bowl in Burbank this Sunday from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., 1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank. Adults: $10 Children (3-12): $6 Seniors (60+)/Disabled: $6 Children 2 and under free (excluding box seats) Tickets purchased at the gate on the evening of the performance will be an additional $2 per ticket. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. SUNDAY