San Jo to Orlando?

SAT 9/10

While no one was looking, the San Jose Earthquakes took over first place in the MLS West and are holding a comfortable (for now) lead over FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy with seven regular-season games to play. But they can't rest now, especially against underdogs like Chivas USA, whom the Quakes play this evening (7 p.m.) at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (1257 S. 10th St.). While there, think about Ajax America, the North American arm of the powerful Ajax Amsterdam club, and its bid to buy an MLS team and move it to Orlando. Could it be the Quakes? Catch the boys while you can. SJEarthquakes.com -- Kelly Vance


Fiberglass Fantasy

Is that a real Lamborghini, or a kit?

Kit cars are not necessarily 1/25-scale plastic models for kids. In the hands of the mechanics and builders of the Northern California Kit Car Club, they can be full-scale replicas of a Mercedes-Benz 500K, or a Jaguar SS-10, a rare Austin Healey, or even a Chevy Camaro Super Sport -- complete with accessories not available on the original cars, such as stereo CD players or air-conditioning. Saturday and Sunday at the San Leandro Marina (at the foot of Marina Boulevard), the NCKCC displays seventy to a hundred kit and handmade cars at the 23rd annual Handcrafted Automobile Concourse. The replicas look exactly like the originals on the surface, but are assembled from a kit, with better engine and power train options that eliminate the purist's never-ending search for hard-to-find parts. Other cars in the show are totally built from scratch by their owners. Admission is only $3. Visit NCKCC.com for more details. -- Kelly Vance

FRI 9/9

Get a Grip

If you're a climber or even a wannabe rock hound, you realize there's a lot to learn about the sport before you first grab hold of a rock face. But Mountain Adventures Seminars (MAS) and the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) are there to help. This Friday at Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley, MAS is conducting a Traditional Climbing Gear Workshop for serious climbers who want to use their life-saving tools properly. For the $110 fee, attendees can learn the fine points of nuts, hexes, tri-cams, and SLCD camming devices; and then place anchors on the rock themselves with instructor feedback. The workshop concludes with some fun climbs to take the edge off. All equipment is provided except for rock-climbing shoes. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cragmont, 960 Regal Rd. in the Northbrae area of northeast Berkeley. Info: MtAdventure.com -- Kelly Vance


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