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The Top 20 things to do in October from the Inland Empire to Orange County!

The Top 20 things to do in October from the Inland Empire to Orange County!

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. Although it doesn’t feel like Fall quite yet here we still are blessed to be able to enjoy the warmth at the beaches as the days are getting shorter and should be cooler soon. 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?

Every Saturday - Fontana Farmer's Market - 8:00 am every Saturday morning. Residents enjoy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables available every week at the Market. The Southland Farmer's Market Association (SFMA) has committed to bringing Fontana residents nutritious, in-season produce so residents have even more opportunities to make healthy food choices. The cost is free. Located at Center Stage Parking Lot, 8463 Sierra Blvd. in Fontana. For more information, call 909.429.7469 or visit:

The Riverside Downtown Farmer's Market. The cost is free, located downtown Riverside - Main St. Riverside between 5th and 6th, in the arts and culture district of downtown Riverside. It provides a unique opportunity to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, hummus, aged gouda cheese by Winchester Cheese Co., fresh baked bread from Old Towne Baking Co. and other specialty food items. For more info. call 714.345.3087 (Oscar De Leon).

October 4, Inland Empire Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo. Bake up good times. Cupcakes for a Cause. The 3rd Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair & Baking Expo is coming soon! Sunday, Oct.4, 2015 at the Riverside Convention Center. The excitement is buzzing around the dessert tastings, cupcake eating and decorating contests, live demonstrations, giveaways, entertainment, activities and more. Thank you to Gold Sponsor Mathis Brothers Furniture in Ontario, CA. We are invigorating the event this year and expanding it to a Baking Expo that allows us to include baking enthusiasts of all kinds. This year, the cause in our "Cupcakes for a Cause" will donate proceeds to Epilepsy Education Everywhere. For more information call: 909.257.8862.

October 8-14, Movies at Terra Vista 6 Cinemas. Come to Terra Vista 6 everyday of the week for the best movies, at the best prices in town! At only $5.25 a ticket for matinee showings before 5 pm, you won't find a better place to spend these hot days! Where: 10701 Town Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. When: All Day. Who: Everyone. How: Just show up! Cost: $5.25 per ticket before 5 pm Everyday! For more info:

October 10, Let's Move on the Trail. The Annual Let's Move! On the Trail event is on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year's event will include: Healthy and Safety Fair, Police and Fire Open House, Animal Safety Zone, Farmer's Market, Art and Tranquility Walk, Active Play Area/Fitness Expo. For more info, call Fontana City Hall at 909.349.6900.

October 31, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship Family Fall Festival. 11376 5th Street, Rancho Cucamonga. From 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Free event! Rain or shine! Inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival games, raffles, craft fair and ridiculous amounts of free candy! For more info, call: 909.945.5333.

Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:

October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - Level Up. 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The Brodie Room at the Upland Public Library. Calling all "Tweens" this program is just for you! Join us Fridays for games, crafts, science and snacks. You might make a new friend....or bring them along with'll definitely have a great time. Please contact Youth Services Desk at 909.931.4213. then select the calendar.

October 5 - Free Line Dancing Classes. Class is 1 hour long and is located at 1412 S. Euclid Ave. in Ontario. These classes are for the Community. Wear comfortable flat shoes. Need more info? Call 909.986.6748.

October - Every Saturday - Laverne Fresh - Old Town Certified Farmer's Market. LaVerne Fresh is the source of the highest quality, seasonal and locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and delicious gourmet specialty foods, plants and flowers. The Market has something for everyone who eats......and is a fun and interesting gathering place, with weekly entertainment. Check it out and make it part of your Saturday morning routine! Rain or shine....Where: Old Towne LaVerne - at 3rd & D Streets. When: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Who: Entire Family! How: Just show up! Cost: Free Admission. More Info: Call 909.596.8706.

Michael's Kids Club - Every Saturday in October from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Let the kids craft while you shop! Where: Michael's in Upland. When: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Classes start and run every 30 minutes. Who: Ages 3 and up. How: Just show up or sign-up online at Cost: $2 per child, includes supplies. For more info: Call 909.291.8273.

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. The cost is FREE. Bring the entire family! Also see:

Movie Night for Grown-ups. You are invited to see a featured movie at the Upland Public Library. This event will be taking place every Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm located in The Brodie Room. Popcorn will be provided. This is a free event. For details, please call the Reference Desk at 909.931.4205.

Upland Flea Market - 4th Sunday of each month from 9 am - 3 pm. Antique and collectible vendors. For more info., call 951.751.7235 or 714.883.7051.

Ongoing Events in Rancho Cucamonga:

October 2 - Family Storytime - at Paul A. Biane Library Story Theater. Every Friday starting Oct. 2 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am. This storytime focuses on the family. Children ages 2 - 12 and their caregiver and family can join in the stories, songs, rhymes and movement. Registration required. Contact: Children's Desk at 909.477.2720.

October 3 - Home Depot's Free Kid's Workshop. Attend the FREE Kid's Workshops on the first Saturday of every month! Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Where: Home Depot - All locations! When: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Who: Kids 5 to 12. How: Register at Cost: FREE!

October 6 - Chick-fil-A Family Night. Take the kids to Chick-fil-A for Kid's Night every Tuesday for a complimentary craft! Where: Chick-fil-A Rancho Cucamonga, just west of Day Creek and Foothill Blvd. When: 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Who: Kids & Families! How: Just show up! Cost: FREE crafts for the kids! More info: Call 909.899.4707 or log onto:

October 10 - Elephant & Piggies: We Are In A Play! - Presented by All Day Mainstreet Theater Company every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October beginning October 10, 2015. From the pages of Mo Willem's award-winning children's books, this vaudeville romp will have audiences dancing in their seats! Gerald, Piggie and their friends take to the stage in a rollicking adventure where they learn what it's like to be in a play. It's a stylish, hilarious introduction the theatre for our youngest audience members. Call 909.477.2752 for more information.

Mary Vagle Nature Center. 11501 Cypress Ave., Fontana, CA. It's so fun to have a family day out in nature! There is so much to explore for active families. You can enjoy a lovely walk along the nature trail which winds around the pond. Kids can have a great time spotting the local wildlife, or seeing if they can find the native plants currently in bloom. Or, for that extra learning experience, you can venture into the center itself and discover all the exhibits of the local animals, plants, geology and history. There is nothing better than learning about what you can see right in front of you! There are also programs with hands on approach to learning. For more info, call 909.349.6994.

Mother Goose on the Loose. Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 noon at the Archibald Library Story Theater in Rancho Cucamonga. This is a fun, fast-paced storytime geared for children ages 0-3 years and is filled with rhymes, songs, lap-bouncers, movement, and of course classic Mother Goose rhymes. Walk-ins welcome. Limited seating - all walk in storytimes require buttons for each family member attending storytime and will be available at the Children's Information Desk 30 minutes before the program. Questions - 909.477.2720 Ext. 5025.

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.

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 and Restaurant.

Victoria Garden’s Farmers Market- Every Friday 10am to 2pm- Held on South Main Street there will be 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, ranchocucamonga-showroom [at] lululemon [dot] com.

Storytimes at the Paul Biane Library in Rancho Cucamonga

The Bookmobile - Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2. The Bookmobile, a mobile library inside a small bus, offers children's books at various stops throughout the community. Each Tuesday through Friday during the school year, the Bookmobile stops at 2 schools and one park to offer books for children. Where: call the Children's Room for schedule at 909.477.2720, ext. 5025. When: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Who: Children of all ages. How: Just show up!

What to do in the Newport Beach area?

October 1 - 31st, 10th Annual Pumpkin Patch @ Irvine Park Railroad. Fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, CA. This year's Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hayrides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deer tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more! Admission to the Pumpkin Patch is free. Please visit: for additional information and costs.

October 10 - Sherman Library & Gardens - Creatures of the Night. Saturday, October 10 at 5:30 pm and also at 7:30 pm. Creatures of the Night is a fun family evening designed for interacting, observing and learning about the many plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors will receive a 'passport' to explore the Gardens after dark and visit interactive animal stations that delve into the nocturnal world and its inhabitants. Get up close to Project Wildsong's Ambassador Wolves. Weave your way through the Gardens Forbidden Jungle and learn about plants that bloom only by the light of the moon, then get a close look at carnivorous plants. More info? Call: 949.673.2261.

October 10 - The 12th Annual Art in the Park. Presented by the Newport Beach Arts Foundation from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Dr. Stop to enjoy a festive day with the arts, have a bite to eat and mingle with the artists and crafts people who will be exhibiting and selling their original art and fine crafts. View and purchase works by over 100 artists working in 11 or more different mediums. The one-day event is held on the green. Free admission and parking.

October 17 - California Natives - Free Event! Sherman Library & Gardens. 11:00 am. Scott LaFleur, Garden Director and native plant advocate, will discuss the many beautiful and diverse plants that occur naturally in California. Free event and open to the public. More info? Call: 949.673.2261.

October 26 - Medicine in Our Backyard. Newport Beach Central Library. Breast Cancer: Here Today, Cured Tomorrow. Doors open at 6:30 pm. From 7:00 - 8:30 pm is the lecture and Q & A session. No charge to attend. Dr. Alice M. Police, M.D. and Freddie J. Combs, M.D. will be speaking. Dr. Alice Police is a surgeon who specializes in treating patients with breast cancer. She is included in the list of Orange County's "100 Most Influential People" in 2014. Dr. Combs is the Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Breast Imaging, Dept. of Radiology, UC Irvine School of Medicine. He is a board - certified radiologist specializing in the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer., click on Medicine in Our Backyard.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

October 5 - It's Your Money, every Monday until Nov. 2, 2015 from 10 am - 11:30 am. Join our Financial Planning Workshop Series at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. Doors open at 9:45 am; no reserved seating. Sessions are free to the public and do not require advance reservations. Suggested donation: $10. Attendance at all sessions are not required.

October 6, 13, 20 and 27 - Tuesdays @ 2 - Come to our Tuesday workshops at Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. Starts at 2:00 pm and goes until 4:00 pm. Oct. 6th our topic is: Consumer Reports - learn about using the online version of Consumer Reports provided by the Newport Beach Public Library. Other topics are Zinio, Digital Storytelling, Value Line & Standard & Poor's (two popular online investment services). Call 949.717.3800., click on Events, then hover over the date.

Environmental Nature Center - 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Founded in 1972, the Nature Center is known to thousands of visiting students through the years as the "ENC". It is a fascinating combination of 15 California native plant communities, wildlife habitats, walking trails, Free museum and children's play/learning center. It's a sanctuary from life's pressures and a place of learning. It is visited by thousands annually. For more info, call: 949.645.8489.

Family Storytime - Every Saturday starting September 5 from 10:30 am - 11 am at the Central Library , 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft especially for children from 3-7, along with their favorite grownups!

Saturdays - Every Saturday and Sunday morning beginning September 5 and continues year round. One of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay is to get out on the water, experience the tranquility and see pelicans, terns and egrets flying by you. Kayaking is fun and easy. The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach. This is great for novice and the experienced. They will make several stops on the way. Rain cancels the event. Where: Meet at the Newport Aquatic Center. When: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Who: Ages 8 and older. How: RSVP to 949.923.2269. Cost: $25 per person.

$20 Blue Whale Watching Cruise Special Spring/Summer - Offer valid until October 31, 2015. $20 coupon offer requires reservations to be valid reservations - Call 949.675.0551. Whale watching special is valid coupon for all 2 - 2.5 hour whale watching cruises offered daily during the spring and summer months. Whale watching cruises are offered multiple times daily from Newport. View giant blue whales, gray whales, finback whales, humpback whales, and even killer whales along with dolphin and sea lions. Normal prices are: Under 2 yrs - $2.50, 3 - 12 yrs old - $33/weekends, $28.50/weekdays, age 12 to adult - $39/weekends, $34/weekdays. $20 coupon is good for each member of your group, so it takes the price down from the trip. Beverages and munchies are available for purchase. Great experience for families with a universal appeal for all ages. Call the number above for more information or visit:

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 wrist guards 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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