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The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in May!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC!


If you are like most of us here at Kessler Alair Insurance you work hard to play hard.  For many of us filling our weekends with fun family activities is first priority when we clock out on Friday evening. Memorial Day in May is often the starting gate for summer for many families. Looking for fun things to do as the days are longer and warmer is made easier with our research.  Having our offices located in Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland California gives us a wide variety of events to choose from.  Of course one of the best things about Southern California is the fact that you can go snowboarding in the morning and sit on the beach to watch the sunset all in the same day. 

Whether you are in the Inland Empire or in Orange County and you are looking for a great thing to do this month here are a few ideas:

What to do in the Inland Empire?

May 2 & 3 - Inland Pacific Ballet's Beauty and the Beast. This performance is Inland Pacific Ballet's newest original ballet creatively adapted adventure filled stories. With beautiful sets and costumes, and a magnificent sound collage of music, Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages! Meet the cast after performance for photos and autographs. Call 909.477.2752 or visit:

May 3 - Claremont's Farmer's Market - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Second St. and Yale Avenue. The Claremont Farmer's and Artisan's Market is a weekly market organized by the Claremont Forum. The market features certified organic produce, flowers, and specialty crafts. For more information visit:

May 9 - PVW's Annual Fun Run/Walk for Adults with Disabilities - In memory of Sandi Spetnagel, 7:00 am to 11:00 am at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Celebrate Mother's Day with the family at PVW's Annual Fun Run/Walk. The event includes a 1K at 8:00 am and 5K at 8:45 am as well as a Pancake Breakfast from 7-11 am. There will be games, music, dancing, raffles and fun for the whole family. Special Mother's Day events planned also. Call 909.624.3555 ext. 239 or visit:

May 12 - Cooking for One - City of Claremont, May 12 at 10:00 am. Joslyn Center, 660 N Mountain Ave. in Claremont. Free interactive discussions on a variety of topics of interest to seniors and their families. Call 909.399.5488 for more information. Also visit:

May 22 - Fontana Park Aquatic Center - "Aqua Prom" from 6-10 pm. $5.00 per person. High School students only. Call 854-5111 or visit

May 30 - 32nd Annual Folk Music Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. We are a non-profit organization promoting folk music, art and culture in the Los Angeles and surrounding area. Our festival offers music and art workshops for all ages and activities for kids. Workshops include: Guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, fiddle, percussion, international folk dance, singing, storytelling and much more. Call 909.624.2928 for more information or go to:, or


Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:

Talk About Books With Other Readers. Welcome to Book-Enders! We meet the first Saturday of the month, October through June, 10 am to 12 pm. Next one will be May 2nd! Each month we read a common title, along with a list of questions to jump-start our thinking and conversation. Often a guest speaker will expand on the featured book's topic or a related aspect. Copies of the scheduled titles will be available in the Book Cellar. For more information, call 909.931.4205 or visit:

Claremont Farmer's and Artisan's Market - Every Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. A "must see" during weekly strolls on Sunday mornings. Sponsored by The Claremont Forum. Located on Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. Free Admission. Phone -  909.626.3066.

Farmer's Market Night- Thursdays from April to October. The market starts at 5:00 pm and extends in every direction in Historic Downtown Upland from the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9th Street. You can also shop vendors and local stores, and enjoy live music and other entertainment.   

Preschool Story time - Every Tuesday at 11:15 am and 1:30 pm, March 31st thru May 12th at the Upland Public Library. For children ages three to five. This story time presents children's literature through picture books, flannel board stories, puppets, songs, and simple crafts. The program lasts approximately 45 minutes. This is an independent story time. For more info - 909-931-4205. 

Bilingual Storytime - Every Monday from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm beginning March 30th. Hola! Venga (come) join us for Bilingual story time! Stories will be read in English and in Spanish at the Upland Public Library. Call 909-931-4205. 

Teen Games - First Thursday of the month from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, March, April and May. Get your game on with our brand new Wii-U! Play games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.! *May's Teen Games will take place on Thursday, May 14th. Upland Public Library. Call 909-931-4205.  

Basic Computer Classes - Every Monday, 3:00 pm at The Brodie Room. Not sure how to use a computer? These classes are for you! Learn how to use a computer on one of the LIbrary's Chromebooks. The classes will cover logging on and off, using the keyboard and touchpad, browsing the web using Google Docs, and file saving. You will also learn how to set up a Google Account and Gmail address and write a resume. More info - call the Upland Public Library at 909-931-4205. 


Ongoing Events in Rancho Cucamonga:


2015 Spring Movie Line-Up. Come bring the family for movie night! Place: Victoria Gardens, Chaffey Town Square. Movies begin at dusk. Tuesday, May 12th - Disney's "Fire and Rescue", Monday, May 18th - Warner Brother's "The Iron Giant", and Tuesday, May 26th - Disney's "Wreck It Ralph". For further information, call 909.919.2628 or visit:

Have You Seen The Fox? Silver Fox Express Senior Transportation System. The City of Rancho Cucamonga and YMCA have teamed up to provide transportation for Seniors who are residents of Rancho Cucamonga and 60 years and older. This 15 passenger ADA approved van will pick seniors up in the morning, take them to the Senior Center and then return them to their homes in the afternoon. There is an annual fee of $25 due at the time of registering at the James L. Brulte Senior Center. Call the center for more information at 909.477.2780.

Free Fun! Join a singing group or acting group at the James L. Brulte Senior Center. Silver Chorale - Fridays 10 - 11:30 am, Sunset Beauties Choir - Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 12:00 pm, or Playful Seniors Acting Group - Mondays 7:00 pm. For more information call 909.477.2780.

Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) - Tops is a group of individuals that meet on Wednesdays from 6-7:00 pm at the Rancho Cucamonga Senior Center. The common purpose is to lose weight safely. At TOPS, everyone has different hopes and dreams, different health conditions and weight loss goals. TOPS helps people meet their individual needs through group support. For more information call Charlene Gunderson at 909.948.2029 or go to

5 on 5 Basketball League - Men & Women - Sunday and Monday evening leagues are available for both recreational and competitive players of all ability levels. All games are played at the RC Family Sports Center. Registration is taken as a team. Call 909.477.2785.

Free Computer Classes - Archibald and Biane Libraries offering free classes covering a variety of computer-related topics such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E Bay, Google and basic computer skills. Classes at Archibald are on Tuesdays at 6 pm and at Biane Library on Wednesdays at 6 pm and 1st Saturday of the month at 10 am.

Strength Training Class- Every Thursday 9-10 am - Come and join Reebok's FREE Body Weight Train & Conditioning class from 9am-10am. 18 and older. All participants will receive a 15% off purchase coupon. Please call store to sign up! (909) 463-0739

Farmer’s Market Terra Vista Town Center - Every Thursday Rain or Shine! Come see the fresh fruits, vegetables and more on Thursdays and soon Saturdays at Terra Vista Town Center. 3 pm to 7 pm in the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour parking lot.

Victoria Garden’s Farmers Market- Every Friday 10am to 2pm- Held on South Main Street there are vendors with specialty food and craft items.

Complimentary Yoga - Every Saturday- Join Lululemon Athletica every Saturday for Yoga, perfect for all levels. Mats are available. 9:30am – 10:30am. 7369 Day Creek Blvd #F-102, Rancho Cucamonga. (909) 463-2308 or ranchocucamonga-showroom [at] lululemon [dot] com

Storytimes at the Paul Biane Library in Rancho Cucamonga


What to do in Newport Beach?


May 2 - Great Park Spring Gardening Workshop - The Colorful Garden. May 2, 2015 at 10 am - 11 am, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Nothing says spring like a burst of flowers. Whether a single pot or a large flower bed, University of CA. Cooperative extension Master Gardeners will share tips on plant selection, plant combinations and design to provide eye popping color in gardens of all sizes. Workshops are free, held rain or shine.

May 2 - Friends of the Library Book Sale from 9 am - 2 pm at the Central Library Friends Room in the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. This is our Quarterly Friends of the Library Book Sale! We will have thousands of books for sale, so you are sure to find something you've been looking for. 2 Bucks-a-bag (We supply the bags). Call 949.717.3800, Option 1 or go to:

May 7 - The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce - Wake UP! Newport. Free admission at the Newport Beach Public Library. Guest speaker is Howard Gillman, Ph. D. Dr. Gillman became UC Irvine's sixth chancellor on September 18, 2014. An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has academic appointments in the departments of political science, history, law and criminology, law and society and has written several books. Please call to make reservations so we can plan for food and seating. Call Pam Smith at 949.729.4411 visit:

May 17 - Newport Beach Police and Fire Department invite you to Public Safety Day, Sunday, May 17 from 11 am to 3 pm at Newport Dunes. Enjoy BBQ and refreshments. Learn more while viewing live demos from your police and fire departments. Middle and High School students can earn community and service hours for graduation requirement. Located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. For more information call 949.999.3800 or visit:


Ongoing Events in Newport Beach area:

Whale-watching Cruise from Newport Beach. Hop aboard a 65 ft. whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange Co. coast! During your whale watching cruise, learn fascinating details about California sea life from the crew and enjoy the Pacific coast scenery. 2.5 hour tour, keep your eyes open for blue, grey, minke, finback and humpback whales! $23.99 per person. For more information go to:

Surf City Nights, Huntington Beach. A weekly street fair and certified Farmer's Market. Orange County's largest! Every Tuesday from 5 to 9 pm. 90 vendors present unique handcrafted wares: furniture, jewelry, art, clothing, live music, street performers, community groups and kids activities.

Dachshund Races in Huntington Beach. One Sunday every month at 3 pm (doors open at 2 pm). Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift weiner dogs race to the finish line once a month at Old World Village. Admission $2. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio. Location: Old World Village, 7561 Center Ave., Huntington Beach.

Active Singles Adventures - Get involved in the sports you love with other active, healthy singles! Active Singles Adventures is Southern California's most active club for sports minded singles. Located at 3848 Campus Dr., Suite 203, Newport Beach. Call 949.251.9070 for more information.

Sea Life Storytelling - every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:45 am - 11 am. Join us for storytime, songs and play as we discover the wonders of the sea! Our interactive early childhood program (ages 3-5) includes crafts, a touch tank tour, hands-on activities and much more! Members - $2 per person/Non-members - $4 per person. Siblings under 18 mos. free. Located at 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach. Call 949.675.8915. 

Sunset Cruise - Newport Beach, Every night. Choose from 1 of 2 cruises. The Fiesta Newport Beach Cruise includes live Latin Music, complimentary chips and salsa and an unlimited drink special of $15. The Newport Beach Sunset Cruise will also include the beautiful sunsets of Newport Beach. Each cruise is 1 1/2 hours. You will tour Newport Bay as well as the famous Newport Beach coastline. Upstairs sundeck, indoor salon and many other comforts are offered. Price $25. Location: Newport Landing/Newport Bay, 309 Palm St. Suite A. For more info call 949.675.0551.     

Saturday Fun Roll- Come join us every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. We meet just north of the Huntington Beach Pier at the amphitheater and skate approximately 16 miles round trip.  The pace is nice and easy and all ages and levels are welcome.  We make several rest stops at various points to let everyone catch up.  If you miss us at the beginning, just skate south on the beach path, we retrace the route back, so we'll eventually meet.  We highly recommend that you wear all protective gear - at least wristguards and a helmet.  Afterwards you can join us for lunch in or around downtown Huntington Beach.  


If you know of some family fun that should be added to this list for the IE to the OC then please let us know with a note! Send us a picture of you at these events to share with us to share on FB.  Have a great time making memories with your Family!


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