Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SoCal Photo Opps - July 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS JULY 2015

Through Sept. 7 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.

July 3-4  -  Crestline Jamboree Days -  Crestline
Marching Bands, color Guard, antique and classic cars, motorcycles and floats.  Lake Gregory.  www.crestlinechamber.net

July 4 - Kids Bike Parade - Long Beach
More than 500 kids cruise on decorated bikes for a a 2 mile ride along the beach bike path, costume contest.  1 Granada Ave.  www.bikeparade.com

July 11-12  -  Mountaineer Days  -  Wrightwood
Live music, bed races, parade, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contests.  Old West reenactments and more.  www.wrightwoodchamber.org.  11AM-6PM Free.

July 11  - Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara
Novice and skilled boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers, racing on a 200 foot ocean course. West Beach, across from Sambo's Restaurant, east of Condar Express.  Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 12PM-3PM

July  11-12 - Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. Flag raising at 10:05 AM. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com or www.ftmac.org This is a great event with many unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras covered.

July 15-19  -  Santa Barbara County Fair -  Santa Maria
Demolition Derby, food, carnival rides, petting zoo, usual fair stuff.  Santa Maria Fairpark, www.santamariafairpark.com.

July 16- Sept 7 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

July 17-Aug 16 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com
July 18   - Ventura Motorsports Gathering - Ventura
More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats.   Main Lawn Ventura Harbor Village. www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com  FREE  10AM-3PM

July 18  -  Big Bear PaddleFest - Big Bear
Races for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards on Big Bear Lake.  Beach Party, volleyball and games.  The Pines Lakefront.  www.bigbearpaddlefest.com
July 19   - Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San Diego
More than 350 cars in 24 classes.  Embarcadero Park North, Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive. www.cocsd.com 10AM-3PM

July 18-19  -  San Clemente Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Lifeguard championships, 5K Beach Run, kid's events, classic woodie car show.  San Clemente Pier.  www.oceanfestival.org

July 18-20       - Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark
Saturday July 28  11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome
2PM Prayer for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children Welcome
Sunday July 19 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow-Everyone Welcome
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to 7075 Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
www.redvirdvision.org/manycolors.htm.

July 18-19 -  Festival of the Bells - San Diego
Food, Entertainment, dancing, blessing of the animals and ringing of the Mission Bells.  Mission San Diego de Alcala.  www.missionsandiego.org.

July  18-19 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music. Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way Long Beach. www.lbdragonboat.com
                                                 
July  18-19 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org FREE

July 18-19  - Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis Obispo
Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting, street performers and craftsmen. Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd. www.ccrenfaire.com Over 500 costumed participants.  10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun.

July 25 -  Arroyo Valley Car Club- Car Show  -  Arroyo Grande
Awards, cruising and car displays.  Historic Village of Arroyo Grande.  www.arroyovalleycarclub.org.

July 25  - Aug 2 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

July 26-28 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and Indian motorcycle rally. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED 4:00PM-11PM Friday, 8AM-11:00PM Saturday.   www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 25-26  -  Obon Festival  -  Vista
Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, music, kid's games and more.  Buddhist Temple.  www.vbtemple.org 150 Cedar St.  Vista CA  12 noon-8:00PM

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - August 2015

Aug 7-9  -  Big Bear Lake Antique Car Show - Big Bear
More than 500 cars including roadsters, classics, antique and hot rods.  Big Bear Village.  www.antiquecarclub.org

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps JUNE 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS JUNE 2015

Through Sept. 7 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.

Through June 21 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 Baron Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Through June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.  Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd.  www.murphyautomuseum.org.

May 29-31 - Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
Hot Air Balloon Flights at dawn, food and wine tastings, music concerts.  At Lake Skinner Recreation Area.  www.tvbwf.com.

SO CAL Photo Opps - June 2015
June 7 - Valley Mustang Club Car Show - Simi Valley
More than 115 classic and modified cars and Ford Mustangs. Sycamore Community Park. http://www.valleymustangclub.com/ 1692 Sycamore Drive. 10AM-3PM

June 6-7  - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Hours 9 AM - 5 PM .Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA www.hbconcours.org   $10.00.

June 6 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
Come join us for a car and motorcycle show in remembrance of Steve McQueen and in support of Boys Republic; a school dedicated to troubled teens. The event takes place June 06, 2015. This year’s event is themed from the movie "On Any Sunday". 1907 Boys Republic Drive Chino Hills. http://stevemcqueencarshow.com 8AM-3PM parking is free, $10.00 donation to the event.

June 7-8      - Air Group One Air Show (Air Show San Diego) - El Cajon
This year's "AirShow San Diego" (formerly known as "Wings Over Gillespie") will feature Return engagement and invited aircraft (subject to change): P-38 "23 Skidoo", P-51s, B-25, F4U Corsair, Aichi D3A ‘Val’, SNJ, C-47, 99’s with Julie Clarke in her T-34 Aerobatic routine, and return performances by John Collver's SNJ “War Dog” and the Red Eagles Formation Flight Team. The local military has been invited to display the current military aircraft at the show. A mock battle with "Pyro" will be flown both days. Numerous additional aircraft will also be on ground display.  Gates open 9AM-5PM,  www.ag1caf.org Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Dr. El Cajon.
June  5-July 5  - San Diego County Fair - Del Mar
Entertainment, car shows, livestock shows, contests. Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com

June 13-14      - Antique Wooden Boat Show - Lake Arrowhead
This magnificent boat show features sixty of the finest antique and classic wooden boats which are displayed on the dockside of Lake Arrowhead Village where visitors can view these wonderful boats. http://www.lakearrowheadchamber.com

June 13  - Basset Hound Spring Games - Irvine
Howling contest, synchoronized swim, tail painting, treat catching, games. New Location, use to be in arcadia.  Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Dr., Irvine. www.bassethoundrescue.org 10AM-3PM
June 13  -  Run Whatcha Brung Car Show  -  Rialto
The Rialto Rotary Club hosts its annual charity car show and cruise featuring hot rods, food trucks and a June 12th cruise along Route 66.  Foothill Blvd. (Route 66) and Riverside Ave.  www.rialtorotary.org 7AM-4PM.

June 13 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza, always a huge hit with lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history, promises something for everyone who drops by the Orange Empire Railway Museum to take in the show. The City of Perris once again is teaming up with the Railway Museum and the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association on the Rods and Rails Festival. Event organizers expect 4,500 to 5,000-visitors. 100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking. http://www.cityofperris.org/ at Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 A St..  9AM-5PM.

June 13-14          - San Luis Rey Indian Powwow - Oceanside
At the San Luis Rey Mission Grounds. Arts and Crafts, food, dancers and drums.
Sat. 9AM-11PM, Sun. 9AM-6PM. No photography during the Grand Entrance which is at noon. 4050 Mission Ave. http://www.slrmissionindians.org/Site/Events.html

June  21    - Fathers Day Car Show - Murrieta
Up to 400 classic and speciality Pre-1980 vehicles on view in a park setting. California Oaks Sports Park. www.murrieta.org 6:30 AM-2PM
June  21 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "Highways to Heaven" tribute to Route 66.
10AM-4PM in the 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Drive.  http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/events/concours-d'elegance

June 20-21   -  Obon Festival   -  Sun Valley
Demonstrations of judo, karate and kendo.  Tea Ceremony and Japanese fold dances + food.  Valley Japanese Community Center, 818 825 9583.

June 20-21   -   Tractor Show  -  Vista
Wagon rides, vendors, blacksmith barn and food.  Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave.  www.agsem.com
June  20-21              - The Big Irish Fair -  Long Beach
The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Western America. With 16 entertainment areas featuring the best in Irish music and numerous events and display, the fair visitor will be hard pressed to take it all in. On the left is a list on the many attractions the fair has to offer and over the years the fair has brought the best Ireland. Entertainers. We are proud of this tradition and promise to continue it.  10AM-7PM, El Dorado Park III, 7550 E Spring St., Long Beach. http://www.irishfair.org/html/irish_fair.html

June 19-21     - Pismo Beach Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 26th year. This show, held annually on the 3rd full weekend of June, pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 175,000 spectators over three days. www.the pismobeachclassic.com Location down by the pier.

June 26-28 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
More than 120 artist create works of art on the asphalt canvas of Main Street. There will be space for amateurs to creat their own art work. Music and food. Fri 6PM-9PM, Sat. 7AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-4PM http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

June  26-28 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 22th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again June 14 and 15, 2014 at Paseo Colorado. Each year thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s outdoor setting with fountains and garden promenades provides a venue for the Pasadena Chalk Festival to continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the works of art come to life. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/ 10AM-7PM

June 27 - Obon Festival - West Covina
Demos and exhibitions of Japanese culture, martial arts, classic Japanese dance, taiko drumming, folk dancing. East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center. 1203 West Puente, 2PM-9PM http://www.livingdharma.org/

June 27-28 - Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival - Pacoima
Taiko drum performance, folk dancing, food and games.  Japanese American Community Center.  www.sfvhbt.org

June 27  -  Ojai Valley Lavender Festival  -  Ojai
Fresh and dried flowers, handcrafts, displays, entertainment and food.  Libbey Park, 250 E Ojai Ave.  www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org

June 27  - Rods & Roses - Carpinteria
More than 160 classic cars, race cars and hot rods.. Linden Ave, downtown. www.rodsandroses.com
10AM-3:30PM

June 29  - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 17th Annual Car Show to benefit local burn survivors through the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute - Inland Empire. Enjoy beautifully restored classic cars, opportunity drawings and Oldies music in this lakeside park setting. Public admission is free so bring the kids, family and pets to check out this event in support of local burn survivors. 9AM - 2 PM. http://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp Redhill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard Ave.

June 27-28    -  Roadshow Rival (car show and music of Johnny Cash) - Ventura
Car Show and live music.  Mission Park, Ventura.  11AM-7PM Saturday, 11-6 Sunday.

June  27-28      - San Diego Scottish Highland Games - Vista
Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, athletic competitions, food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. 9AM-5PM.
http://www.sdhighlandgames.com/

June 27-28   -   Tractor Show  -  Vista
Wagon rides, vendors, blacksmith barn and food.  Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave.  www.agsem.com

June 27-28 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate battles, encampments, pirate ship rides, grog and food. Pirate costume contest. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/ Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 10AM-6PM.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPSJULY 2015

Through Sept. 7 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 10AM-5PM, they give you a timed ticket that limits the amount of time you can spend in the enclosure.

July 3-4  -  Crestline Jamboree Days -  Crestline
Marching Bands, color Guard, antique and classic cars, motorcycles and floats.  Lake Gregory.  www.crestlinechamber.net

July 4 - Kids Bike Parade - Long Beach
More than 500 kids cruise on decorated bikes for a a 2 mile ride along the beach bike path, costume contest.  1 Granada Ave.  www.bikeparade.com

July 11-12  -  Mountaineer Days  -  Wrightwood
Live music, bed races, parade, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contests.  Old West reenactments and more.  www.wrightwoodchamber.org.  11AM-6PM Free.

July 11  - Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara
Novice and skilled boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers, racing on a 200 foot ocean course. West Beach, across from Sambo's Restaurant, east of Condar Express.  Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org. 12PM-3PM

July  11-12 - Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel Gate Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. Flag raising at 10:05 AM. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com or www.ftmac.org This is a great event with many unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras covered.

July 15-19  -  Santa Barbara County Fair -  Santa Maria
Demolition Derby, food, carnival rides, petting zoo, usual fair stuff.  Santa Maria Fairpark, www.santamariafairpark.com.

July 16- Sept 7 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

July 17-Aug 16 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com
July 18   - Ventura Motorsports Gathering - Ventura
More than 100 classic cars, motorcycles and wooden boats.   Main Lawn Ventura Harbor Village. www.venturamotorsportsgathering.com  FREE  10AM-3PM

July 18  -  Big Bear PaddleFest - Big Bear
Races for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards on Big Bear Lake.  Beach Party, volleyball and games.  The Pines Lakefront.  www.bigbearpaddlefest.com
July 19   - Main Street America People's Choice Car Show - San Diego
More than 350 cars in 24 classes.  Embarcadero Park North, Seaport Village, West Harbor Drive. www.cocsd.com 10AM-3PM

July 18-19  -  San Clemente Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Lifeguard championships, 5K Beach Run, kid's events, classic woodie car show.  San Clemente Pier.  www.oceanfestival.org

July 18-20       - Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark
Saturday July 28  11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome
2PM Prayer for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children Welcome
Sunday July 19 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow-Everyone Welcome
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to 7075 Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
www.redvirdvision.org/manycolors.htm.

July 18-19 -  Festival of the Bells - San Diego
Food, Entertainment, dancing, blessing of the animals and ringing of the Mission Bells.  Mission San Diego de Alcala.  www.missionsandiego.org.

July  18-19 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, music. Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way Long Beach. www.lbdragonboat.com
                                                   
July  18-19 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org FREE

July 18-19  - Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis Obispo
Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting, street performers and craftsmen. Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Rd. www.ccrenfaire.com Over 500 costumed participants.  10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sun.

July 25 -  Arroyo Valley Car Club- Car Show  -  Arroyo Grande
Awards, cruising and car displays.  Historic Village of Arroyo Grande.  www.arroyovalleycarclub.org.

July 25  - Aug 2 - Vans US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

July 26-28 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Seventh Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and Indian motorcycle rally. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula.  4:00PM-11PM Friday, 8AM-11:00PM Saturday.   www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 25-26  -  Obon Festival  -  Vista
Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming, music, kid's games and more.  Buddhist Temple.  www.vbtemple.org 150 Cedar St.  Vista CA  12 noon-8:00PM

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - August 2015

Aug 7-9  -  Big Bear Lake Antique Car Show - Big Bear
More than 500 cars including roadsters, classics, antique and hot rods.  Big Bear Village.  www.antiquecarclub.org


Monday, April 27, 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - May - 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps  May 2015
MAY 2015

 Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Through-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County: Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

Through May 17 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.  Hours 10-7.

Through June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.  Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd.  www.murphyautomuseum.org.

May 2 - Kernville Rotary Car Show - Kernville
Pre 1975 cars, trucks and street rods, vendors and raffle, Riverside Park.  Pet Parade starts at Noon.  Event is 9 AM to 4PM.  There is also a big Yard Sale on Sirretta St that starts at 8 AM.

May 3 - Kernville Rotary Pet Parade - Kernville
Starts at 10:45AM

May 2 - Wild West Days - Arcadia
Western Music, barbecue, panning for gold, roping horses.  Los Angeles County Arboretum.  www.arboretum.com.

 May 2 - Pug Party - Del Mar
Sponsored by the Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pug costume contest, food vendors, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Paddock  Area. www.pugbutts.com 10AM-4PM $10.00 Admission. Over 500 pugs compete in themed costume contest.

May 2-3 Lilac Celebration - Idyllwild
Garden tours, art show, speakers on Lilacs, Various locations.  www.idyllwildgardenclub.net.

 May 3 - Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Pre 1975 Classic and exotic vechicles including motorcycles. Food and Drink. Greystone Estate. http://www.greystoneconcours.org/ 10AM-4PM.  Limited to 3,000 people attendance.  Expensive to get in. 905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

May 3 - Orange County Marathon - Newport Beach                                                                  Annual Orange County Marathon. With breathtaking scenic routes and fresh ocean air, the 26.2-mile run is an unforgettable journey. Embrace the California side of life as you trek through some of Orange County’s most pristine landscape. There is also a 13.1-mile half marathon run. Race weekend includes: The Allergan Health and Fitness Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center, the Kids Run and the OC Wahoo’s 5K run/walk.  http://www.ocmarathon.com/RaceWeekend/RaceWeekend/ScheduleofEvents.aspx

May 3 - Riverside Antique Truck Show and Swap Meet - Perris
Pre 1987 vintage trucks ranging from 12-ton pickups to big rigs and restored military vehicles, fire trucks and farm tractors. Orange Empire Railway Museum, www.oerm.org. 2201 S A St. Perris CA over 200 vehicles on display.

May 3 - Rancho Days Fiesta - Lake Forest
See what it was like to live in California in the mid 19th century. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Food, music, dance, crafts and reenactors. Heritage Hill Historical Park. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630. 11AM-3PM

May 2-3 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino
7000 Merrill at the Chino Airport. Gates open 8AM-5PM, Show 11AM to 4PM.
May 1st is Preview Day and Twilight Show 10AM-8PM
Come experience the excitement! This year’s airshow will feature nearly 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment. Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present Air Show 2015: "Salute to Veterans". We invite you to Airshow 2015 to celebrate the history and contributions of this great aircraft. In addition to many other fantastic airplanes performing, there will be panel discussions with our honored veterans. http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info. $25.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free.  Special Sunrise Photo Access $75.00, get in at 5:30AM

May 2-3 - Escondido Renaissance Faire - - Escondido
The festival will feature people in period costumes, re-enactments of battle scenes, archery and weapons demonstrations and games, A children's treasure hunt and games, and more, in the Village of Falconbridge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. 10AM-6PM each day. 12:00 Parade, 2:00PM Main Battle. 742 Clarence Ln., Felicita Park, Escondido. http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-inland/events-escondido-renaissance-faire.html

May 9 - June 21 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 Baron Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

May 9 - Cruisin' Back to the '50s Car Show - Culver City
400+ Classic Cars, Hot Rods and muscle cars, live music, food and vendors. Culver and Washington Boulevards between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/ 9AM-3PM

May 9 - Battle of the Mariachis - San Juan Capistrano
Performers vie for cash prizes plus mariachi vocal and folkloric dance workshops, kid's art and food. At Mission San Juan Capistrano. http://www.missionsjc.com/ 11AM-4PM

May 9 - Norco Ranch Tour - Norco
Tour equestrian ranch facilities, horse drown wagon rides and pony rides.  Various locations.
www.friendsofnorcohills.com. 951-734-5081

May 9 - Fiesta Charity Horse Show - Burbank
Display of Spanish and other horse breeds.  Music and Dance, vendors and food.  Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  www.fiestacharityshow.com.

 May 9 - National Train Day - Los Angeles
Downtown Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more: •The Railroad Braceros Exhibit* •Train Equipment Displays* •Model Train Displays* •AmtraKids Depot Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*

•National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit* •Snapshot Station •Trains Move our Economy Exhibit* •Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Marcel Lagnaz •Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey®* •Amtrak California: A Winning Partnership* •Live performances. http://www.nationaltrainday.com/ 11AM-4PM

May 9 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels - Paso Robles
Classic Cars, trucks and motorcycles and military airplanes on display.  Estrella Warbirds Museum, www.ewarbirds.org

May 8-10 - Streak 42 Car Show - San Diego
More than 400 cars, raffle, live music and bonfire. Mr and Miss Hot Rod Contest. Campland by the Bay, Mission Bay, over 8,000 attendance in past years. www.overthehillgang.com

May 15-17 - Orange County Greek Festival - Anaheim
Greek Songs, Food and Dance.  St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim.  www.ocgreekfest.com.

May 16 - Hanger 24 Air Fest - Redlands
Aerial acrobats, vintage warplanes, nighttime fireworks shot from aircraft, food trucks, musical acts and special archival beer releases will be the order of the day as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery celebrates its six year anniversary in an event billed as the Hangar 24 AirFest and 7th Anniversary Celebration.
To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 17 from 9 AM to 10PM, $8.00. http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/

May 16 - San Dimas High Car Show - San Dimas
Car Show and DJ.  San Dimas High School.  www.sandimashigh.com.

 May 17 - All Corvette Car Show - San Diego
More than 300 Corvettes are on display.  Seaport Village, www.ncocc.com Behind Embarcadero Park North.

May 16-17 - Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors. Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 17th kickoff at 9:30AM at Bixby Park on Ocean Blvd. at Cherry. http://www.longbeachpride.com/ Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists. 11 AM-11 PM along Shoreline Drive.

May 18-19 - Rail Festival - Perris
At Orange Empire Railroad Museum, 2201 A Street, a weekend of fun for the whole family with live music, children's activities and special exhibits. Ride trains and trolleys all day plus a special mini "Run One where you can "take the throttle" on a real locomotive (there is an extra charge for this activity. 9AM-5PM.

There will also be food vendors on site for lunch. Both trolleys and diesel powered trains will operate on the mainline! This is a gated event, admission is $12 for adults, $8 children 5-11. http://www.oerm.org/

May 16-17 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
The oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours D’Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on Heroes’ Deli ribs and beer and listen to live music. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM (Hotrods) Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday (Concours). http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival

May 16-17 - Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight competition, costumed characters, music, roping lessons. Old Town Temecula, 11 AM. http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

May 16-17 - Duck-a-Thon Rubber Duck Race - Huntington Beach
Arts and Crafts, games and rubber-duck races from pier to shore.  www.duckathon.org.

 May 19-24 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop
Over 700 mules compete in 14 shows, plus a country music concert, parade, barbecue and dances. Every year during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show. Situated on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, California, Mule Days has become an international world class event. Crowds have grown from 200 to more than 30,000 fans! Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, the longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer's Scramble – the wildest, noisiest and funniest event of the weekend.
http://www.muledays.org/

May 23 - Chili Cook Off and Car/Cycle Show - Riverside
Food, local vendors, Chili, classic cars and cycles.  On Magnolia Ave from Van Buren to Jackson Street.  Arlington Village. 951-509-1100.

 May 23-24 - Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
More than 60 clans, Celtic music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics and Highland dancing. Scottish Food, sheep herding demos and kid's activities. Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive 9AM-5PM http://www.scotsfest.com/ General Admission $15, $13 for Seniors. Parking $5.

May 23-25 - Italian Painting Festival - Santa Barbara
Chalk street painting by local artists, live music,  Old Mission Santa Barbara.  www.imadonnarifestival.com.

 May 25 - Elks Veteran's Car and Bike Show  -  Cathedral City
Contest for best muscle car, hot rod, motorcycle and sports car.  Palm Springs Elks Lodge parking lot.  67491 E Palm Canyon.

May 26 - Vets Day Thunder XV Run - Riverside
Military-themed activities start at the Riverside Harley-Davidson include a 7000 bike themed parade to the Riverside National Cemetery and a concert at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.  www.westcoastthunder.com

May 29-31 - Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
Hot Air Balloon Flights at dawn, food and wine tastings, music concerts.  At Lake Skinner Recreation Area.  www.tvbwf.com.

May 30-31 - Civil War Reenactment - Lebec
Period Cooking Demonstrations, Reenactments of Lincoln/Davis Debate and battles.  Fort Tejon State Park.  www.forttejon.com.

Monday, March 30, 2015

SO CAL Photo Opps - APRIL 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - April 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - April  2015

Through-April 7  - Butterfly Jungle - Wild Animal Park -- Escondido
Butterfly Jungle at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido . It's a small exhibit will open early this year on March 16. It's best to get there early before the lines form. When it gets busy they only allow so many in at a time. Opens 9 AM to 7 PM, Usually many varieties of butterflies makes it easy for images.
http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle/

Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Through-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County: Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

April 4-May 17 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.  Hours 10-7.

April 5-June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.  Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd.  www.murphyautomuseum.org.

April 10-12  - Prado Civil War Re-Enactment - Chino
This large re-enactment covers a large part of the Prado Regional Park, Battles are at 1PM and 5 PM on Sat.; 11AM and 3 PM Sunday. Battles are on rolling hills that make for a realistic background and helps block distractions in the background. You can visit the camps and lots of food for sale. The park charges $10.00 to park and the event is $10.00. http://sccwa.com/

April  18-19 - Scandinavian Festival - Thousand Oaks
Folk dancing, music, dames, kids activities, food vendors and a Viking Encampment and Sami village. 10AM-5PM California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Rd. www.scandinaviancenter.org

April 19  - Avocado Festival - Fallbrook
Guacamole contests, live entertainment, arts and crafts.  Main Street.  www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.

April 12 - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance - La Jolla
More than 150 classic vehicles including horseless carriages, woodies, vintage motorcycles and British, Italian and German marques. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard. www.lajollamotorcarclassic.com

Apr 19 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
 20th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 425 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell. carshow@orangesunriserotary.org. 425 pre-1975 Street Rods, Custom and Classic vehicles will be on display. The show is estimated to bring out 15,000+ spectators to the beautiful Plaza area in the City of Orange. It is a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy. Local restaurants and shops will welcome all in attendance. There is no admission fee for spectators. http://www.orangesunriserotary.org/orangeplazacarshow/abouttheshow.html

April 18 - Veterans Parade - Riverside
Floats, bands, equestrians, marching units, military veterans. Begins at Riverside City College in the lower parking lot along Magnolia and Ramona Dr to Market St, right on 10th St., Right on Main St. and ends at the old historic courthouse.10AM-Noon. Staging area is the lower Riverside City College Parking lot. www.asalutetovetrans.com

April 18-29 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessions are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

April 15-19 - Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Real Cowboys show off their poetry, storytelling, music, food and trick roping. Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, 24715 Oak Creek, Newhall. www.cowboyfestival.org

April 15-19 - California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Live entertainment, exhibits, arts and crafts, food and kids activities. Lancaster City Park. www.poppyfestival.com  43011 10th St. West

April 25 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 5 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $15.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show. http://socalwoodies.com/doheny.htm

Apr 25 - Big Barn Classic Car Show - Menifee
Live Entertainment, vendors, booths, food and car show.  Motte Historical Museum, 28380 CA-74, Sun City.  www.mottemuseum.com

Apr 25-26  -  Morro Bay Kite Festival -  Morro Bay
Yearly event, lots of kites, flying lessons for all ages.  Go fly a kite!  Northeast of Morro Rock, Coleman Drive.  Sat.  11-5, Sun 11-4.  Free event.  http://www.morrobaykitefestival.org/

April 26  -  Heartbeat Happening Car Show  -  Valley Center
More than 200 classic cars and big rigs on view.  Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd.  www.heartbeatclassicchevys.com

SO CAL Photo Opps  May 2015

MAY 2015
Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Through-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County: Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

Through May 17 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.  Hours 10-7.

Through June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.  Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd.  www.murphyautomuseum.org.

May 2 - Kernville Rotary Car Show - Kernville
Pre 1975 cars, trucks and street rods, vendors and raffle, Riverside Park.  Pet Parade starts at Noon.  Event is 9 AM to 4PM.  There is also a big Yard Sale on Sirretta St that starts at 8 AM.

May 3 - Kernville Rotary Pet Parade - Kernville
Starts at 10:45AM

May 2 - Wild West Days - Arcadia
Western Music, barbecue, panning for gold, roping horses.  Los Angeles County Arboretum.  www.arboretum.com.

 May 2 - Pug Party - Del Mar
Sponsored by the Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Pug costume contest, food vendors, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Paddock  Area. www.pugbutts.com 10AM-4PM $10.00 Admission. Over 500 pugs compete in themed costume contest.

May 2-3 Lilac Celebration - Idyllwild
Garden tours, art show, speakers on Lilacs, Various locations.  www.idyllwildgardenclub.net.

 May 3 - Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Pre 1975 Classic and exotic vechicles including motorcycles. Food and Drink. Greystone Estate. http://www.greystoneconcours.org/ 10AM-4PM.  Limited to 3,000 people attendance.  Expensive to get in. 905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

May 3 - Orange County Marathon - Newport Beach                                                                  Annual Orange County Marathon. With breathtaking scenic routes and fresh ocean air, the 26.2-mile run is an unforgettable journey. Embrace the California side of life as you trek through some of Orange County’s most pristine landscape. There is also a 13.1-mile half marathon run. Race weekend includes: The Allergan Health and Fitness Expo at the OC Fair & Event Center, the Kids Run and the OC Wahoo’s 5K run/walk.  http://www.ocmarathon.com/RaceWeekend/RaceWeekend/ScheduleofEvents.aspx

May 3 - Riverside Antique Truck Show and Swap Meet - Perris
Pre 1987 vintage trucks ranging from 12-ton pickups to big rigs and restored military vehicles, fire trucks and farm tractors. Orange Empire Railway Museum, www.oerm.org. 2201 S A St. Perris CA over 200 vehicles on display.

May 3 - Rancho Days Fiesta - Lake Forest
See what it was like to live in California in the mid 19th century. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Food, music, dance, crafts and reenactors. Heritage Hill Historical Park. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630. 11AM-3PM

May 2-3 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino
7000 Merrill at the Chino Airport. Gates open 8AM-5PM, Show 11AM to 4PM.
May 1st is Preview Day and Twilight Show 10AM-8PM
Come experience the excitement! This year’s airshow will feature nearly 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment. Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present Air Show 2015: "Salute to Veterans". We invite you to Airshow 2015 to celebrate the history and contributions of this great aircraft. In addition to many other fantastic airplanes performing, there will be panel discussions with our honored veterans. http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info. $25.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free.  Special Sunrise Photo Access $75.00, get in at 5:30AM

May 2-3 - Escondido Renaissance Faire - - Escondido
The festival will feature people in period costumes, re-enactments of battle scenes, archery and weapons demonstrations and games, A children's treasure hunt and games, and more, in the Village of Falconbridge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. 10AM-6PM each day. 12:00 Parade, 2:00PM Main Battle. 742 Clarence Ln., Felicita Park, Escondido. http://www.sandiegocoastlife.com/events/san-diego-inland/events-escondido-renaissance-faire.html

May 9 - June 21 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 Baron Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; Children under 5 Free. Discounted tickets on-line,
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

May 9 - Cruisin' Back to the '50s Car Show - Culver City
400+ Classic Cars, Hot Rods and muscle cars, live music, food and vendors. Culver and Washington Boulevards between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/ 9AM-3PM

May 9 - Battle of the Mariachis - San Juan Capistrano
Performers vie for cash prizes plus mariachi vocal and folkloric dance workshops, kid's art and food. At Mission San Juan Capistrano. http://www.missionsjc.com/ 11AM-4PM

May 9 - Norco Ranch Tour - Norco
Tour equestrian ranch facilities, horse drown wagon rides and pony rides.  Various locations.
www.friendsofnorcohills.com. 951-734-5081

May 9 - Fiesta Charity Horse Show - Burbank
Display of Spanish and other horse breeds.  Music and Dance, vendors and food.  Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  www.fiestacharityshow.com.

 May 9 - National Train Day - Los Angeles
Downtown Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more: •The Railroad Braceros Exhibit* •Train Equipment Displays* •Model Train Displays* •AmtraKids Depot Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*

•National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit* •Snapshot Station •Trains Move our Economy Exhibit* •Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Marcel Lagnaz •Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey®* •Amtrak California: A Winning Partnership* •Live performances. http://www.nationaltrainday.com/ 11AM-4PM

May 9 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels - Paso Robles
Classic Cars, trucks and motorcycles and military airplanes on display.  Estrella Warbirds Museum, www.ewarbirds.org

May 8-10 - Streak 42 Car Show - San Diego
More than 400 cars, raffle, live music and bonfire. Mr and Miss Hot Rod Contest. Campland by the Bay, Mission Bay, over 8,000 attendance in past years. www.overthehillgang.com

May 15-17 - Orange County Greek Festival - Anaheim
Greek Songs, Food and Dance.  St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim.  www.ocgreekfest.com.

May 16 - Hanger 24 Air Fest - Redlands
Aerial acrobats, vintage warplanes, nighttime fireworks shot from aircraft, food trucks, musical acts and special archival beer releases will be the order of the day as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery celebrates its six year anniversary in an event billed as the Hangar 24 AirFest and 7th Anniversary Celebration.
To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 17 from 9 AM to 10PM, $8.00. http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/

May 16 - San Dimas High Car Show - San Dimas
Car Show and DJ.  San Dimas High School.  www.sandimashigh.com.

 May 17 - All Corvette Car Show - San Diego
More than 300 Corvettes are on display.  Seaport Village, www.ncocc.com Behind Embarcadero Park North.

May 16-17 - Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors. Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 17th kickoff at 9:30AM at Bixby Park on Ocean Blvd. at Cherry. http://www.longbeachpride.com/ Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists. 11 AM-11 PM along Shoreline Drive.

May 18-19 - Rail Festival - Perris
At Orange Empire Railroad Museum, 2201 A Street, a weekend of fun for the whole family with live music, children's activities and special exhibits. Ride trains and trolleys all day plus a special mini "Run One where you can "take the throttle" on a real locomotive (there is an extra charge for this activity. 9AM-5PM.

There will also be food vendors on site for lunch. Both trolleys and diesel powered trains will operate on the mainline! This is a gated event, admission is $12 for adults, $8 children 5-11. http://www.oerm.org/

May 16-17 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
The oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours D’Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on Heroes’ Deli ribs and beer and listen to live music. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM (Hotrods) Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday (Concours). http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival

May 16-17 - Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight competition, costumed characters, music, roping lessons. Old Town Temecula, 11 AM. http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

May 16-17 - Duck-a-Thon Rubber Duck Race - Huntington Beach
Arts and Crafts, games and rubber-duck races from pier to shore.  www.duckathon.org.

 May 19-24 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop
Over 700 mules compete in 14 shows, plus a country music concert, parade, barbecue and dances. Every year during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show. Situated on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, California, Mule Days has become an international world class event. Crowds have grown from 200 to more than 30,000 fans! Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, the longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer's Scramble – the wildest, noisiest and funniest event of the weekend.
http://www.muledays.org/

May 23 - Chili Cook Off and Car/Cycle Show - Riverside
Food, local vendors, Chili, classic cars and cycles.  On Magnolia Ave from Van Buren to Jackson Street.  Arlington Village. 951-509-1100.

 May 23-24 - Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
More than 60 clans, Celtic music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics and Highland dancing. Scottish Food, sheep herding demos and kid's activities. Orange County Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive 9AM-5PM http://www.scotsfest.com/ General Admission $15, $13 for Seniors. Parking $5.

May 23-25 - Italian Painting Festival - Santa Barbara
Chalk street painting by local artists, live music,  Old Mission Santa Barbara.  www.imadonnarifestival.com.

 May 25 - Elks Veteran's Car and Bike Show  -  Cathedral City
Contest for best muscle car, hot rod, motorcycle and sports car.  Palm Springs Elks Lodge parking lot.  67491 E Palm Canyon.

May 26 - Vets Day Thunder XV Run - Riverside
Military-themed activities start at the Riverside Harley-Davidson include a 7000 bike themed parade to the Riverside National Cemetery and a concert at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.  www.westcoastthunder.com

May 29-31 - Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
Hot Air Balloon Flights at dawn, food and wine tastings, music concerts.  At Lake Skinner Recreation Area.  www.tvbwf.com.

May 30-31 - Civil War Reenactment - Lebec
Period Cooking Demonstrations, Reenactments of Lincoln/Davis Debate and battles.  Fort Tejon State Park.  www.forttejon.com.

Monday, February 23, 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - March 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS   MARCH 2015

Elephant Seals at San Simeon
This is the time of the year the Elephant Seals come to a beach area north of San Simeon, just north of Hearst Castle, about 7 miles.  This time of the year they are having babies and then the males come in to mate--lots of action.  http://www.elephantseal.org/
You can get pretty close on the boardwalks provided.

Feb 28 - Race on the Base - Los Alamitos
The race is held on the run ways at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos and features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course. Events and activities for the whole family! For more info, 562-430-1073. http://www.raceonthebase.com/


MARCH 2015

Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

March 1-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County: Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

March 7 People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. www.lapurisimamission.org

March 7-8  and March 14-15  -   Festival of Whales  -  Dana Point Harbor
The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!  See Schedule on web site.  http://festivalofwhales.com/dana-point-festival-of-whales-event-listing

March 6-7  - Temecula Rod Run - Temecula
Rock n Roll music and up to 700 Hot Rods and Classic cars on dsplay.  Friday is Cruise night, Saturday is Show Day.  Old Town Temecula.  www.temeculaevents.org
 
March 7-8 - Vista Civil War Reanactment - Vista
Location: Antique Gas and Steam Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Time: 10AM-5PM each day. Visitors can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, authentic battles, meet with the soldiers in their camps, attend demonstrations and more during the two-day festival. Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment. http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/VistaCivWar.html
 
March 7-8 - Spring Busker Festival - San Diego
Dozens of urban artists gather in San Diego to perform their family-friendly acts for the crowds.Noon-5PM Seaport Village, Harbor Drive and Pacific Hwy. www.seaportvillage.com  FREE

March 14-15 Annual CSU Long Beach Pow-Wow - Long beach
Admission is Free, Parking $4.00, event in the central quad.
dancing, Arts, Crafts and Food, starts at 11:00 each day with Gourd dancing.
www.csulb.edu/powwow.  1250 Bellflower.
 
March 14-15  -  Sea Glass Festival - Cayucos
Vendors from across the country sell and display their sea glass treasures and creations.  Cayucos Veterans Hall at Cayucos Pier.  www.cayucosseaglass.com $5.00.

March 14 El Centro Air Show - El Centro Navel Air Facility
Many photography hobbyist and several professional photographers take advantage of the Naval Air Facility El Centro Air Show to get some spectacular photographs. Visitors to the Air Show are welcome and encouraged to take photographs of the event. Air Show features the Blue Angel Navy Flight Demonstration Squadrons's first appearance of the season. Gates open at 9AM. See the website for more info and lots of pictures of past shows. http://www.navylifesw/elcentroairshow

March 14 - Mariachi Festival - National City
Mariachi music, traditional ballet folklorico dance, arts and culture.  Pepper Park, 3299 Tidelands Ave.  www.mariachifest.com

March 14 - Saint Patricks Day Parade and Festival - San Diego
Bagpippers, bands, equestrians, floats and drill teams parade up Fifth Ave. and down Sixth Street. Parade with 120 entries starts at Sixth and Juniper at 10:30 AM Festival at Balboa Park starts at 10:00 AM www.stpatsparade.org

March 16-April 7  - Butterfly Jungle - Wild Animal Park -- Escondido
Butterfly Jungle at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido . It's a small exhibit will open early this year on March 16. It's best to get there early before the lines form. When it gets busy they only allow so many in at a time. Opens 9 AM to 7 PM, Usually many varieties of butterflies makes it easy for images.
http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle/

March 21 - Bonita High School Auto Shop Car Show - La Verne
Classics, hot rods, motorcycles, muscle cars, trucks and imports on display.  Bonita High School Student Lot, 3102 D St.

March 21 - Swallows Day Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Annual Parade and street fair and marketplace to celebrate the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph Day  Parade begins at 11AM followed by a Street Fair. Historic Town Center Park. www.swallowsparade.org.
 
March 21-22 --  Daffodil Show  -  Julian
More than a thousand daffodils on display plus daffodil experts and art show.  Julian Town Hall.  www.julianca.com  2119 Main St.

March 21-22 - Los Angeles County Air Show -  Lancaster
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team will thunder across the skies of Southern California as the headlining act of the 2015 Los Angeles County Air Show. The Thunderbirds, along with an exciting array of thrilling jets, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and historic aircraft, will captivate fans and inspire both young and old March 21-22, 2015 at Fox Airfield.  4555 W Avenue G.  Gates open at 9AM.  $20 admission + $10 parking.  http://www.lacountyairshow.com/

March 28 - Riverside Airport Air Show - Riverside
9AM-4PM at the Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Road. The Riverside Airshow continues to be one of Riverside’s two largest family entertainment events. Free Admission. This one-day show attracts 90,000 spectators from Riverside and the Inland Empire to see the most exciting aerial performers in the airshow business today. With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. http://www.riversideca.gov/airshow.

 March 28  -  Vallecito Days  - Vallecito Valley, San Diego County
Join us for the Sixth Annual Vallecito days, celebrating life on the 1860s frontier and the role of the Southern Overland trail during the Civil war.  Visit with a Civil War infantry squad as they re-enact the California Column’s 1862 march from California to Texas and camp at the Vallecito Stage Station County Park throughout the weekend.  Tour the Vallecito Stage Station.  Visit the Mountain Man camp for hands-on demonstrations.  Vallecito Regional Park,  37349 County Route S2 between mile markers 34 and 35.  10AM-4PM  NO FOOD http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/reusable_components/images/parks/doc/Vallecito/2013_Vallecito_Days.pdf

March 27-28 Mountain Men Days - La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
Buckskin clad members of the American Mountain Men share mountain men history and skills. Cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making, and blacksmithing are among the skills that visitors may experience. Equipment will be on display and tall tales will surround the campfire.  10AM-3:30PM.  http://www.lapurisimamission.org/events/  Hwy 246 near Lompoc.

March 28-29  -  Central Coast Orchid Show and Sale  -  Arroyo Grande
Orchid displays represented by hobbyists, several orchid societies and vendors.  South County Regional Center.  www.fcos.org.

March 28-19 - San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego
Watch teams compete in the world's largest regatta for eight-oared racing shells.  Mission Bay.  www.crewclassic.org.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - April  2015

Through-April 7  - Butterfly Jungle - Wild Animal Park -- Escondido
Butterfly Jungle at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido . It's a small exhibit will open early this year on March 16. It's best to get there early before the lines form. When it gets busy they only allow so many in at a time. Opens 9 AM to 7 PM, Usually many varieties of butterflies makes it easy for images.
http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle/

Through June 28  -   Santa Anita Race Track  -Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice.  Get great close-up shots and images.  Also on weekends free tram tour, board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take the tour of the stable areas, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens.  See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn and the jockeys room.  Tours depart at 8:30 and 9:45 AM every Sat and Sun during season.  www.santaanita.com

Through-May 10 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. Early in the season the showing can be poor, check ahead.
Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM.
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County: Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com  for more information. Hours 9-6.

April 4-May 17 Weekends- Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisans in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.  Hours 10-7.

April 5-June 29 - Vintage Trailer Show - Oxnard
A selection of Unique and rare trailers and camping memorabilia.  Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd.  www.murphyautomuseum.org.

April 10-12  - Prado Civil War Re-Enactment - Chino
This large re-enactment covers a large part of the Prado Regional Park, Battles are at 1PM and 5 PM on Sat.; 11AM and 3 PM Sunday. Battles are on rolling hills that make for a realistic background and helps block distractions in the background. You can visit the camps and lots of food for sale. The park charges $10.00 to park and the event is $10.00. http://sccwa.com/

April  18-19 - Scandinavian Festival - Thousand Oaks
Folk dancing, music, dames, kids activities, food vendors and a Viking Encampment and Sami village. 10AM-5PM California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Rd. www.scandinaviancenter.org

April 19  - Avocado Festival - Fallbrook
Guacamole contests, live entertainment, arts and crafts.  Main Street.  www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.

April 12 - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance - La Jolla
More than 150 classic vehicles including horseless carriages, woodies, vintage motorcycles and British, Italian and German marques. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard. www.lajollamotorcarclassic.com

Apr 19 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
 20th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 425 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell. carshow@orangesunriserotary.org. 425 pre-1975 Street Rods, Custom and Classic vehicles will be on display. The show is estimated to bring out 15,000+ spectators to the beautiful Plaza area in the City of Orange. It is a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy. Local restaurants and shops will welcome all in attendance. There is no admission fee for spectators. http://www.orangesunriserotary.org/orangeplazacarshow/abouttheshow.html

April 18 - Veterans Parade - Riverside
Floats, bands, equestrians, marching units, military veterans. Begins at Riverside City College in the lower parking lot along Magnolia and Ramona Dr to Market St, right on 10th St., Right on Main St. and ends at the old historic courthouse.10AM-Noon. Staging area is the lower Riverside City College Parking lot. www.asalutetovetrans.com

April 18-29 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessions are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

April 15-19 - Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Real Cowboys show off their poetry, storytelling, music, food and trick roping. Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, 24715 Oak Creek, Newhall. www.cowboyfestival.org

April 15-19 - California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Live entertainment, exhibits, arts and crafts, food and kids activities. Lancaster City Park. www.poppyfestival.com  43011 10th St. West

April 25 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 5 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $15.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show. http://socalwoodies.com/doheny.htm

Apr 25 - Big Barn Classic Car Show - Menifee
Live Entertainment, vendors, booths, food and car show.  Motte Historical Museum, 28380 CA-74, Sun City.  www.mottemuseum.com

Apr 25-26  -  Morro Bay Kite Festival -  Morro Bay
Yearly event, lots of kites, flying lessons for all ages.  Go fly a kite!  Northeast of Morro Rock, Coleman Drive.  Sat.  11-5, Sun 11-4.  Free event.  http://www.morrobaykitefestival.org/

April 26  -  Heartbeat Happening Car Show  -  Valley Center
More than 200 classic cars and big rigs on view.  Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd.  www.heartbeatclassicchevys.com