Cruz'n Eureka

The fast and the curious

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Get your motor running, it's time for Cruz'n Eureka, the coolest, chromi-est fundraiser benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods. The annual event is back Sept. 7-9, filling the streets of Eureka with hundreds of car aficionados and owners ogling classic cars, showin' and shinin' their rides, and cruising through Downtown and Old Town.

The fun starts Thursday at the Red Lion Hotel with the Eureka Napa Poker Run ($5 per hand, play as many as you like to benefit local kids) beginning at 6 p.m and ending up at the Vista Del Mar Bar & Grill for an all-ages Show & Shine and outdoor concert featuring music by Cold Blue Water and Ghost Train (free).

On Friday, check out the buffed beauties lined up on Commercial Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets for the Eureka Napa Show & Shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free) before heading down to the Samoa Bridge at 5:30 p.m. for the staging of the cars for the Cruz' though Old Town, which starts at 6 p.m. and muscles its way from l to C street (free to watch, $10 to cruise). After the 'Cruz, check out the classic cars parked outside of the Eureka Theater before tossing a five spot at the door to watch the hilarious car caper, The Gumball Rally, playing at 7:30 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m. ($5).

On Saturday, see who drives off with top honors at the Cruz'n Eureka Car Show taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free to ogle, $45 per car entry). Participating cars (we've been told there are more than 200 vintage, hot rod, classic, custom, present day and special interest cars) will be parked starting at Second and C streets, stretching out for blocks. The party includes a swap meet, raffle and and assortment of vendors. Winning trophies — 27 of 'em — will be awarded at 3 p.m. at the Gazebo.

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