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The Gaslamp Quarter is already gearing up for Halloween. Soon the entire district will be decked out in Halloween décor, including hanging spooky banners from the Gaslamps, plus there are several fun events planned during the entire month of October.

There will be two haunted attractions in the Gaslamp Quarter this year, including the new Scareventures located underneath the revamped Side Bar lounge and an old favorite, The Haunted Hotel.

Halloween month was kicked off this week when the district played host to the third annual ZombieWalk, an organized march of people dressed in zombie costumes. On Oct. 24, the Arthritis Foundation's Bone Bash takes place at on Halloween night, the ninth annual Dos Equis XX Monster Bash.

For families, the historic William Heath Davis House will be hosting the House of 1,000 Spiders during the entire month of October where something new lurks around every corner and families can learn fun facts about the oldest surviving structure in downtown San Diego.

On Saturday night, Oct. 10, the Gaslamp will celebrate the Tim Cantor opening where artist Cantor reveals his most significant and haunting oil paintings, writings and conceptual works.

For a complete listing of Halloween activities, visit gaslamp.org.

Beginning this Saturday, downtown San Diego's AlphaMale Barbershop & Spa will convert its grooming establishment into an art gallery to kick off its bi-monthly exhibition, TheGallery@AlphaMale.

A new exhibit will launch on the first Saturday of every other month. Artist Dennis Covey will showcase his life-cast sculptures of men's and women's torsos as part of the Gathering of the Gods exhibit featuring his Signature Series, Gods, Myths and Warriors. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Alpha Male, which opened in 2008, is a full-service barbershop and spa designed and built exclusively for men. With approximately 4,000 square feet of space, it was designed to give men the opportunity to experience a whole new level of luxury, relaxation, and service, from complimentary beverage service to stylish haircuts and relaxing massages.

The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla, operated by the Brigantine Family of Restaurants, has been selected as one of the "Most Scenic View Restaurants" by U.S. OpenTable diners.

Last month, in a survey of more than 3 million reviews of nearly 10,000 restaurants in 50 different states and the District of Columbia, OpenTable diners selected the restaurant as one of 50 "Most Scenic View Restaurants" in the United States. Azul shared the honor with just one other La Jolla restaurant, and four more located in San Diego County.

Separately, the Brigantine Family of Restaurants' 40th Anniversary bottling of their 2007 Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay won a silver medal at the 2009 San Diego International Wine Competition, and a bronze award at the 2009 California State Fair Wine Competition.

These are the fourth and fifth awards received for Brigantine Family Wines. Brigantine managers and employees have traveled to Sonoma's Russian River Valley every spring since 1987 to participate in the custom blending of the Brigantine house Chardonnay and Merlot. Brigantine wines were entered for competition for the first time in 2005.

A few weeks back, San Diego's new pet-friendly hotel, Hotel Indigo, launched a new tail-wagging happy hour where guests, locals and their dogs can mix and mingle over cocktails. Continuing thru Dec. 29, Canine Cocktails takes place every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the lobby of the hotel. The event is free to both humans and their dogs.

Earlier this summer, Hotel Indigo partnered with the San Diego Humane Society and adopted a six-month old Labrador mix puppy named Sandie -- as in San Diego minus the "go." As the hotel's mascot and puppy ambassador, guests and locals will get to meet Sandie during Canine Cocktails.

There is a special menu for the dogs, including complimentary dog bones, snacks and bottled water, while the owners can enjoy tapas and cocktails, where $1 of every drink sold goes to support the San Diego Humane Society.

They're at it again! The folks who brought you East Village Tavern + Bowl and Eastlake Tavern + Bowl are bringing the concept up to North County. North County Tavern + Bowl is scheduled to open in 2010 at the North County Fair shopping center. Stay tuned.

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