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Get Out: WeHo Book Fair, Kite Festival, Veggie Oktoberfest, dineLA Starts Today

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West Hollywood Book Fair
Book lovers, get thee to the West Hollywood Book Fair, where today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can rejoice in the printed word via their 400+ authors and artists, hundreds of panels and book signings, stages and tents featuring storytelling, workshops, and live performances, a kids' area, and the fine company of thousands of fellow bibliophiles like yourself.

Go Fly a Kite: Japan America Kite Festival
The 13th Annual Japan America Kite Festival happens today from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Seal Beach Pier. More than 1,000 kites of all sizes will be featured, including giant 300-400 square-foot “show kites”. Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki of Tokyo will demonstrate his traditional Japanese kites constructed of washi rice paper and bamboo. Children can enjoy a free kite-building workshop, candy drops from kites, “catch the kite tail” game, and traditional Japanese festival games. Japanese cultural activities include Taiko Drum performances, traditional Japanese candy making, Japanese martial arts, sushi and Japanese food booths and more. Admission is free.

An Over the Top Veggie Oktoberfest
This afternoon from 1-8, Verdugo bar will host ‘Over the Top Oktoberfest,’featuring an arm wrestling tournament with both men’s and women’s heats, veggie German grub from beer blogging cooks Hot Knives, and a round of autobahn disco DJ sets. Entrance is free (but the eats cost $!). From the patio grill, Hot Knives will spew veggie beer brats, various flavors of homemade, barrel-fermented sauerkraut, kartoffel salad, and Hefeweizen popsicles (of course). For inspiration, DJ Dusseldork and friends - DJ Wonder von Popsicle and DJ Mahsa of B Music - will engineer pure German precision on the dance floor.

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dineLA Fall 2009
dineLA gets underway today, and you might be able to snag a table at one of the many, many eating establishments around town offering up discounted prix-fixe lunches and dinners on three levels of dining. This is a great opportunity to dine out at a restaurant you've been dying to try but couldn't typically afford, or to get new perspective on an old favorite. See the list of participating restaurants here. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations!