APRIL 2001

April 1
Giants FanFest. A free event complete with interactive speed pitch machines, photo and announce booths, Giants memorabilia and more! Pier 30/32, (877) TO-PITCH

April 11
Opening Ceremonies Pacific Bell Park. The San Francisco Giants throw out the ceremonial first pitch in their new home. 467-8000

April 12
Celebrate the World Landmarks Competition. Bay Area students create models of famous landmarks from around the world. Ghirardelli Square, 775-5500

April 15 - October 10
Bon Temps Swamp Exhibit. The rare white alligator known as Antone LeBlanc returns to the San Francisco Zoo. 753-7080

April 2
Paramount’s Great America opens the 2000 season! New this spring is Stealth, the world’s first and only true flying roller coaster. Paramount’s Great America, 408-988-1776

April 20 - May 4
San Francisco International Film Festival. More than 100 films and videos from 30 countries will be showcased during this annual festival. AMC Kabuki, Castro Theatre and other venues, 771-7633

April 23
Ninth Annual Union/Fillmore Street Easter Parade & Celebration. Children’s activities, mini-floats, sidewalk dining. 10am - 5pm. Historic Cow Hollow District

April 28 - 30
Westpex: Northern California’s largest stamp show. Cathedral Hill Hotel, 467-1549

April 29
Spring Wine Festival. Casa de Fruta, Hollister, (408) 842-9316

April 5 - 16
The Scarlet Pimpernel. Broadway’s swashbuckling musical comedy stars Douglas Sills. An adventurous tale of romance and intrigue is set to the music of Frank Wildhorn. Orpheum Theatre, 551-2000

April 7 - 9
18th Annual Whole Life Expo. The nation’s premiere symposium on nutrition, personal growth, alternative healing methods and environmental issues. Concourse Exhibition Center, (800)551-EXPO

April 7 - 9
The 14th Annual Wondercon. Northern California’s largest convention of comic book arts and the country’s first pop culture extravaganza of 2000. Oakland Convention Center, 478-BASS

April 8 -9, 15-16
Cherry Blossom Festival. Two consecutive weekends of performances, crafts, food, martial art exhibitions and more! Colorful parade April 16 begins at 1pm from Civic Center to Fillmore. Japantown 563-2313

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