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

 
 

  

Monday, January 26, 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS February 2015

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2015

Jan  31-Feb 1 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198. Open 9AM-5PM,

 Jan  31 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Goat. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays and parade. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 31 -  CARe Show 2015  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

February 2015
Feb.  21st  Special Event
PSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 21, 2015 (8am - 4pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Stephen Burns, will address photo enhancement and help you explore your creative side. The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products, sign-up for Stephen Burn’s workshops & classes, participate in a drawing, and socialize with photo friends from the southwestern area. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA (near Glendale & Pasadena). Go the 2015 Event page on the Chapter website for more information - including a link to the speaker’s web site, location directions and maps, and a list of area activities. You can also link directly to the program/schedule.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2015

Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach

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.

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

Feb 1 - Surf City Marathon and Lifestyle Expo  -  Huntington Beach
Annual oceanfront marathon, half marathon and wheelchair marathon.  Also surf rock-inspired bands.  Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street.  www.runsurfcity.com

Feb 13-22 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111.

Feb  13-16 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org

Feb 14-16  - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.  http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

Feb 14 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com North Palm Canyon

Feb. 14 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM

Feb 21 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.  www.alhambranewyearfestival.com

Feb 21 - Kids Pet Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).  10AM-1PM. Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street.


Feb 21-22  -  Strathearn Museum Civil War Encampment - Simi Valley
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilians.
 On both February 21st and 22nd, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire.  The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Highly regarded Lincoln impersonator, (to be announced), will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address” both Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information.  The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children five to twelve years old. Children under five are free

Feb 20-22  - Tet Festival - Costa Mesa
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year. Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh. www.tetfestival.org Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Admission $5.00.  Fri. 3PM-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM, Sun. 10AM-9PM  This even use to be held in Garden Grove.

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/

Monday, January 5, 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2015

So Cal Photo Opps - January 2015

 Happy New Year!  This is my 5th year of publishing Photogenic Events for Southern California.  Sometimes it seems like a chore to keep it up to date but it has been a labor of love.

PLEASE!       If you like having and use this blog to find events to photograph, please subscribe so I know you are out there or just drop me a line at cowtech@earthlink.net and let me know.

Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach

January 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

 Jan 10-11 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
Aerobatics, parachute teams, car show, aircraft displays and food. Cable Airport is located at the North West corner of 13th and Benson in the very west end of San Bernardino County in the city of Upland, 1748 W 13th St. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM-4:30PM show starts at 10AM, Free Parking, $10.00 admission.  This is a great little air show, I have photographed it twice.

 Jan 16-19 - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - Morro Bay
Photograph and learn about the area's native and transitory bird species. Experts lead more than 110 field trips during the festival including boat trips and kayak trips. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. (866) 464-5105

Jan 17-18  - Asian American Expo - Pomona
At the Fairplex. Lunar New Year celebration with more than 800 exhibitors, live music, folk art and Asian food. www.asianamericanexpo.com. Hours 10AM-7PM in Halls 4,5,6,7 & 8. Admission $9.00, Seniors 7.00, $1.00 off coupon on website. Mainly a food festival.

Jan 23-25 - Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com $25.00 + parking.

Jan 24-25  Food and Water Bowl - Cat Show  -  Del Mar
An all-breed cat show, feline agility competition, adoptions and vendors.  Presented by the San Diego Cat Fanciers.  Del Mar Fairgrounds.  www.sandiegocat.org.

 Jan  31-Feb 1 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198. Open 9AM-5PM,

 Jan  31 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Goat. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays and parade. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 31 -  CARe Show 2015  -  San Juan Capistrano
Car show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors.  Over 400 cars on display.  7:30 AM-2PM.  At San Juan Capistrano Sport Park.  www.sjcrotary.org/carshow.

February 2015

Feb.  21st  Special Event
PSA (Photographic Society of America) Round-Up Chapter Meeting
Free to all PSA Members

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring photography event on Saturday, February 21, 2015 (8am - 4pm), that is free for PSA members. The featured speaker, Stephen Burns, will address photo enhancement and help you explore your creative side. The event will also include an opportunity to:  checkout some of the latest software and related products available for digital manipulation, receive discounts to purchase these products, sign-up for Stephen Burn’s workshops & classes, participate in a drawing, and socialize with photo friends from the southwestern area. If you are a PSA member you must pre-register, http://www.psa-socal.org/registration.html

If you are not a PSA Member, you can join PSA for $45.00 prior to the event and register to come.  To join PSA contact Larry Cowles, cowtech@earthlink.net

This event will be held at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA (near Glendale & Pasadena). Go the 2015 Event page on the Chapter website for more information - including a link to the speaker’s web site, location directions and maps, and a list of area activities. You can also link directly to the program/schedule.

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - February 2015

Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

La Jolla Pelicans are in full color on the cliffs at La Jolla near San Diego, check them out if you are in the area.  Also if you are into birds, check out Balsa Chica by Huntington Beach

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.

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

Feb 1 - Surf City Marathon and Lifestyle Expo  -  Huntington Beach
Annual oceanfront marathon, half marathon and wheelchair marathon.  Also surf rock-inspired bands.  Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street.  www.runsurfcity.com

Feb 13-22 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111.

Feb  13-16 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org

Feb 14-16  - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.  http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CalicoGhostTown.aspx

Feb 14 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com North Palm Canyon

Feb. 14 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM

Feb 21 - Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival  -  Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival.  Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor St.  www.alhambranewyearfestival.com

Feb 21 - Kids Pet Parade - San Juan Capistrano
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).  10AM-1PM. Zoomars Petting Zoo
31791 Los Rios Street.


Feb 21-22  -  Strathearn Museum Civil War Encampment - Simi Valley
Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day with Union, Confederate and civilians.
 On both February 21st and 22nd, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire.  The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history. Highly regarded Lincoln impersonator, (to be announced), will be delivering the “Gettysburg Address” both Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information.  The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children five to twelve years old. Children under five are free

Feb 20-22  - Tet Festival - Costa Mesa
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year. Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh. www.tetfestival.org Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
Admission $5.00.  Fri. 3PM-10PM, Sat. 10AM-10PM, Sun. 10AM-9PM  This even use to be held in Garden Grove.

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/

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - December 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - December 2014
Not much going on in  December except for the usual Holiday activities. If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net

For Birds, check out the Salton Sea and Bolsa Chica

 Through-Jan 19 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds. www.holidayoflights.com  Event cancelled for 2014 due to construction.
Through-Jan 4 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Through-Jan 29 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Through-Dec 26 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.  See Facebook page for hours.

Through Febuary  -  Salton Sea
Salton Sea can be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Burrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

Dec 6 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment. www.missionsjc.com 5:30-8:00PM

Dec 6 - Pearl Harbor Day Troop Train - Los Angeles
Journey back to the 1940's aboard a vintage steamliner railway car with reenactors in military and civilian attire.  Union Station to
San Diego.  http://overlandtrail.com/ride/pearl_harbor_day_troop_train.htm

Dec 6-7 - Indio International Tamale Festival - Indio
Contests for best Tamale and eating contest.  Parade, live music, food vendors, carnival rides and games.  Old Town Indio.  www.tamalefestival.net

Dec 12-14 - Winter Gathering Powwow - Coachella
The Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians celebrate Indian culture with dance and drum contests, displays, arts and crafts.  Spotlight 29 Casino,  www.spotlight29.com, http://www.spotlight29.com/entertainment/2014%20pow%20wow%20flyer%20web%20FB.pdf

Dec 13 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM.  Popular viewing locations:  Burton Chance Park and Fisherman's Village.

 Dec 12-13 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd. www.lmvma.com 5pm-10pm

Dec 13 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 26 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats. Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk. Downtown SD, www.holidaybowlgames.com/parade 3PM downtown San Diego

Friday, October 31, 2014

So Cal Photo Opps - November 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - November 2014

If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to cowtech@earthlink.net


Nov 1-Jan 29 - Ice at Santa Monica - Santa Monica
Large outdoor seasonal 8,000 sq ft ice-skating rink plus smaller rink for kids.  Fifth Street and Arizona Ave.
www.downtownsm/ice.

Nov 7-9  Palm Springs Pride Festival  -  Palm Springs
LGBT event with entertainment, dancing, food vendors and drink.  Parade on Nov. 9th downtown on Palm Canyon Drive.  www.pspride.org

Nov 9  -  LA Zoo Photographers Day  -  Los Angeles
Presented jointly by Paul’s Photo and GLAZA, #LAZooPhotoDay is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all ages and skill levels. Paul’s Photo experts and representatives from the greatest brands in photography will be on hand to assist you. Participants may take advantage of limited-loan equipment from major manufacturers and enjoy a catered lunch, a t-shirt, and a full day of photography. (Guest receive lunch and early Zoo admission only.) 7:30 AM-4PM
Registration is closed on this event.

Nov 9 - Vettes for Veterans Car Show - Carlsbad
More than 100 Corvettes on display.  TGI Fridays, 850 Palomar Airport Road www.northcoastvettes.org
To benefit San Diego area Veterans Groups.

Nov 8-9  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Moorpark
More than 800 reenactors participate in the Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  You can watch the battle unfold, visit the encampments and visit the period craft displays. New location this year.  From the 101 take 23 North to the 118 Fwy.  Exit Collins Dr and follow the signs.  Behing Moorpark College.  Moorpark, CA  www.civilwaralliance.com/cwa/moorpark

Nov 12 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, bands concerts, war birds and military vehicles, airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Ave., Riverside.  www.flabob.org  9AM-4PM Free
Nov 13-Jan 19  - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.  $6.00 to skate.  www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com for hours.

Nov 22-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar (TRACK CLOSED FOR REPAIR IN 2014)
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgrounds. www.holidayoflights.com WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2014

Nov 28-Jan 4 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501 (951) 784-0300

Nov 29-Dec 26 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas a Tree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway. Check out the railroad Facebook page for hours of operation.

Nov 30   -  Hollywood Christmas Parade  -  Hollywood
Celebrities, Marching Bands, civic leaders, floats and Santa.  Parade route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Blvd.  www.thehollywoodparade.org.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - October 2014

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2014

Sept 26
 - Nov 2 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 4-5 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

Oct 5  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 5  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

  Oct 11 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

Oct 11-12  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 19 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 18-19 and Oct 25-26 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

 Oct 18-19 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 17-18-19 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 25-26 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 26 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SoCal Photo Opps - September 2014

SO CAL Photo Opps - September 2014
SEPTEMBER 2014
 

Through September 28 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Sept 28. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2014/

Sept 6 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for purchase.  5K and 10K run and walk.  www.ci.wasco.ca..us

Sept 7 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
More than 80 Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine costume contests. North Beach http://animalcenter.org/events/surfdog  Starts at 8 AM at Dog Beach

Sept 6-7  - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 30th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept 7 - Belmont Shore Car Show - Long Beach
Pre 1975 hot rods and custom cars, food. The show is held on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore which is part of Long Beach. A large number of blocks of 2nd Street are closed off for the day and the show takes place on the city street.  The show draws about 700 vehicles and boasts a huge number of street vendors selling automotive related goods as well as many other things. Because the show draws a huge spectator crowd, it has a terrific amount of excitement and energy. This one is not to be missed whether you have a car or just come to look at cars. The level of quality of the cars at this show is second to none. If you want to see a huge number of the finest rods, muscle cars, and customs to be found in Southern California, you don't want to miss this show. www.baycityrodders.com.

Sept 7 - Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
More than 200 vintage and dealer select automobiles, food and vendors. Big Corona del Mar State Beach. www.coastlinecarclassic.com 10AM-4PM.

Sept 6-7 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, historical encampments, Wild west gunfighter competition, blacksmithing contest, food and entertainment. A C Dysart Park, exit I-10 at 22nd St, turn South to end of road and follow the signs. www.stagecoachdays.net

Sept 13-14  -  Mexican Independence Day Celebration - Los Angeles
Live music, dancing, entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street.  www.elpueblo.lacity.org

Sept 13-14 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston--Near Paso Robles
County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat/Sun events start at 12:30 PM,  events start at 1:00 PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org
 6180 Webster Rd., Creston.

 Sept 14 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 14, 2014. This year’s theme is Automotive Innovation. The ever-popular Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye starts the weekend off on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Grand Marshal’s Reception. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance returns again to the spectacular Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.

 Sept 13-14 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake
Weekends through October 28th.  Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food.  Big Bear Lake Convention Center.  www.bigbearevents.com

 Sept 19-21 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
78th annual festival in "Little Denmark" Solvang includes Danish food, folk dancers, parades and Old World artisan marketplace. There will be Viking encampments and cultural demonstrations. www.solvangusa.com

 Sept 20 - Old West Days - Randsburg
Each September the Rand Desert Museum hosts the RAND DISTRICT OLD WEST DAYS, which is a street fair held on the main street of Randsburg, It features Western and Bluegrass bands playing live, vendors of all sorts of items and other forms of entertainment including reenactments by the Old West Mounted Lawman. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/

Sept 19-20 - Wavecrest Woodie Meet (car show) - Encinitas
More than 300 woodie Cars, live music and entertainment. This is the largest of the Woodie Shows. Events at several locations including Moonlight Beach. www.sandiegowoodies.com. Starts at 8AM.

Sept 19-21  -  Route 66 Crusin' Reunion - Ontario
Crusing car show of classics, customs, and hot rods.  Downtown.  www.route66cruisinreunion.com

Sept 17-28 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activities including a rodeo and livestock exhibits.  Has a photography exhibit.  Kern County Fairgrounds.  www.kerncountyfair.com.

 Sept 20 Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. I did this cruise several years ago and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and re-enactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Berth 49 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.com Start boarding 7:30 fir 8:30 departure.

 Sept 27 - Cruisin' for a Cure - Costa Mesa
Charity car show with more than 3200 vehicles, live entertainment, vendors, exhibitors. Proceeds benefit City of Hope prostate cancer research.  OC Fair and Event Center.  www.cruisinforacure.com

Sept 27 - Poway Rodeo - Poway
PRCA events, Bareback Riding, Tie Down roping, Bronc Riding, Bull Riding and more. Sat gates open at 11:30, rodeo at 1PM, rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd. http://www.powayrodeo.com.

 Sept 27-28 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted re-enactors show off their fighting skills on the battlefield at this celebration of Norse and Scandinavian culture. Ax Throw, log toss, sword demonstrations, fish fling, food and live music. Norway Hall, 2006 East Vista Way Vista, CA. Sat 10-8 and Sun 10-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.

Sept. 27-28 Calico Days - Yermo
A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbecue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests. Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com 9AM-5PM


SO CAL PHOTO OPPS  OCTOBER 2014
Sept 26
 - Nov 2 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse racing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 3rd. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 4-5 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6th, The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park.
http://sandimasrodeo.com

October 4-5 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wing walkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

Oct 5  -  Aquarium of the Pacific Photographers Night -  Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.
Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*
Cost: $28.95 per person, $26.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Oct 5  -  Newport Beach Sand Castle Contest  -  Corona del Mar
Architecture Firms, Businesses, families create elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach.  Corona Del Mar State Beach.  www.newportbeach.com

  Oct 11 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.sbcountywings.com.  21600 Corwin Rd. 9-4, $5.00

Oct 11-12  -  Seaside Highland Games  -  Ventura
Pipe and drum bands, Scottish entertainers, music, dancing, Highland Games, etc.  Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.seaside-games.com

Oct 19 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 18-19 and Oct 25-26 - Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

 Oct 18-19 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the grounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org  10460 Heather Ave.  $5.00

 Oct 17-18-19 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armored knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armories Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the Southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 25-26 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authentic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. A few years ago we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises 14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 26 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net