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October 10, 2015 (Alpine)--Could you use a bit of inspiration for your upcoming Halloween jack o’ lantern carving projects? There’s no better opportunity than learning from one of the best in the business – Master Carver Gene Granata. Granata will be displaying some of his jack o’ lantern creations, as well as offering carving tips, at the Alpine Education Foundation’s inaugural Night of the Jack o’ Lanterns event to be held at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free for all ages.

In addition to the appearance by Granata, there will be food tasting from Alpine Creek Town Center restaurants, a “seasonal ale” tasting experience at Barons Market, a jack o’ lantern judging contest, music and special demonstrations for the kids. Participating restaurants include Alpine Beer Company, Ahi Sushi, La Carreta, Mediterraneo and Barons Market. A separate ticket is required for the food and ale tasting. Food tasting tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door (available at; tickets for the Barons Market seasonal ale tasting are $15 advance/$20 day of the event (available for purchase at Barons Market in Alpine). Net proceeds for the event to benefit greater Alpine students.

Night of the Jack o’ Lanterns will be held at the Alpine Creek Town Center located at 1347 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901. For more information, visit the Alpine Education Foundation website at

About Gene Granata

If you’ve ever seen intricately carved pumpkins on NFL broadcasts or TV shows, there’s a good chance it was carved by Master Carver Gene Granata. An engineer by day, Granata started carving pumpkins when he was 5 years old and has since turned his hobby into a seasonal side business. Granata’s creations range from illustrations, company logos and faces commissioned by TV broadcasters, corporations and celebrities, including Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage. Each year, Granata professionally carves approximately 200 pumpkins.

About the Alpine Education Foundation (AEF)

The Alpine Education Foundation promotes and supports academic excellence for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in East County, including Alpine and Blossom Valley. Their mission statement is to generate funds that support educational opportunities for students of the Greater Alpine Area to better prepare today’s youth for the future; through programs supporting the use of technology in the classroom, innovative practices, enhancing staff professional development, and supplementing teacher support to allow for small group and individualized approaches to student learning.



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