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Top 25 things to do in November from the Inland Empire to Orange County

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

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. The time change in Fall can be a challenge as it gets darker earlier. Although we look forward to winter solstice where the days start to get longer, we know there are plenty of fun family activities to be involved with. 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?

November 11 - 8th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration - The City of Rancho Cucamonga along with the community will be honoring local and national military service members at this event. It is presented by Align Insurance Services. On Wed., Nov. 11th, 2015 at Central Park's Freedom Courtyard, located at 11200 Base Line Road. The Veteran's Day Celebration will kick-off with a Free Pancake Breakfast and family fun zone with various games, activities, crafts and an obstacle course for the whole family to enjoy starting at 9:00 am. The Veterans Day tribute will begin at 10:57 am and a 2 minute Moment of Silence will follow at 11:00 am. More information - Contact Beverley McDonough with the City of Rancho Cucamonga Community Services Department at 909.477.2760 ext. 8004.

November 13 & 14 - Pilgram Place Festival - Annual tradition held at Pilgram Place just north/west of the Claremont Village at 625 Mayflower Road. Free Admission. Food, Theatre, Music, Jewelry, Fabric creations, Woodworking, Paintings, Metal sculpture, Stained glass, Jams & jellies, Vintage clothing, Antique items, Furniture, Stamps, Coins, Books, CD's, Vinyl, Plants, Pottery, Activities for kids. 909.399.5500.

November 15 - 2015 Founder's Day Community Parade - Theme: "Taking Flight - All Things That Fly". Start time: 9:00 am (rain or shine). What better way to celebrate the city of R.C.'s birthday than with a big parade? Each year our parade brings out thousands of community members who line the parade route to cheer on local businesses, organizations and school groups as they march in their colorful costumes. All entries are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the theme. All entry applications are FREE. Email: LaChelle [dot] Sutphen [at] CityofRC [dot] us.

November 26 - 8th Annual Turkey Trot - Early Morning Turkey Trot. Kid's Fun Run and 5K Run Walk. Sunrise Rotary of Claremont produces this awesome way to kick off Tanksgiving. Turkey Trot is held on streets in the Claremont Village and The Claremont Colleges. Approximately 2000 participants in 2014!

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).

Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:

November 2 - Basic Computer Classes - Monday, Nov. 2 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in The Brodie Room at Upland Public Library. For adults 18 and over who are just learning computer skills and for those who want to improve their skills. The topics of the class are:

Week 1: Introduction to the Computer

Week 2: Introduction to Email

Week 3: Browsing the Internet

Week 4: Using the Library's Resources

If the month has 5 Mondays, then on the fifth Monday class is canceled. More information? Call the Reference Desk at 909.931.4205.

November 6, 13 & 20 - 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.

November - 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.

Nov. 4, 11 & 18 - After-school Adventures - The Brodie Room at the Upland Public Library at 3:30 pm. Children ages 5-9 enjoy great stories and snacks. We meet after school to read longer picture books, and then make a craft. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Desk at 909.931.4213.

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.

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:

November 3 & Every Tuesday - 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 pm - 7:30 pm. Who: Kids and families. Cost: Free Crafts for the Kids. For more info: Call 909.899.4707.

November 4 & Every Wednesday - $1 Hot Dogs at The Deli. Pick up the kids after school and head over to the Deli for $1 hot dogs! Try a TexMex or a Chilli Dog! All dogs are just $1 on Wednesdays! Where: The Deli, 9671 Foothill Blvd. (near Archibald on the SW corner). When: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm.

November 6 - 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.

November 7, 28 - 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!

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

What to do in Newport Beach?

November 2 - Lego "Block" Party at Mariner's Library in Newport Beach. From buildings to action figures - design, build, invent with LEGOS at this fun, creative program for elementary age children. Monday from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Location: Mariners Library, 1300 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. Cost per person: $0.00. Parking is free on location. Suitable for kids ages 4-10. More information, call: 949.717.3838.

November 3 & 10 - Introduction to Photoshop, from 7-8 pm at Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. Join us in the Media Lab for an introduction to Photoshop with Library Assistant Greg Johnson will help customers register with; present an overview of Photoshop CS6 Essential training: provide helpful training to navigate and enhance tutorials. Customers are encouraged to bring headphones. 7:00 - 7:30 Introduction and registration. 7:30 - 8:00 Navigate Lynda//Photoshop Training.

November 7 - Drop-In Crafts from 12 - 3 pm at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. No registration required. Event will be held in the Children's Storytime Room. For ages 3-8.

November 13, 14 & 15 - Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fashion Island. Join us for Fashion Island's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by Mickey Mouse and Friends from the Disneyland Resort. The complimentary event will be held in the Neiman Marcus - Bloomingdale's Courtyard from 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday November 14 and Saturday November 15 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with exclusive performances and holiday greetings from "The Merriest Place on Earth". Sing along to festive wintertime tunes as Fashion Island's towering Christmas Tree twinkles to life with a custom light display from Disneyland Resort along with magical snowfall on both evenings. In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, every night at 5:00 pm from Nov. 16 through January 4, 2016 enjoy the lighting of Fashion Island's towering tree, Disney style, as it twinkles to life with custom Disney holiday music and glittering lights. Location: 401 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. Free to the public. Parking is free and provided on location. Suitable for ages 0-17. More information, call 949.721.2000.

November 30 - Medicine in our Backyard: Stop Heartburn and Acid Reflux for Good from 7-8 pm at Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Professor and Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Executive Director, UC Irvine Health H. H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, Dr. Kenneth Chang is a nationally recognized expert in esophageal disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Chang has appeared on the popular TV show "The Doctors" to discuss new and effective treatments for severe acid reflux, and has trained physicians from around the world on these techniques., then click on Medicine in Our Backyard.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

November 6 - Wild Tales at Muth Interpretive Center. Visit with Preserve Staff for story-telling fun. After a story, learn more about the natural history of the bay through a short hike and craft. This event is every first Friday of the month from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Kid's age restriction ages 2-5. Location: 2301 University Ave., Newport Beach. Admission cost is from $0.00 to $5.00. Parking is free - on location. More info. call 949.923.2290.

November 9 - January 3 - Nightly Tree Lighting Moment. Event time: 5:00 pm. Enjoy the lighting of Fashion Island's towering tree, Disney style! During this special tree lighting moment, watch as the tree twinkles to life with custom Disney holiday music and glittering lights. Location: Neiman Marcus - Bloomingdale's Courtyard. More info: 949.721.2000.

November 13 - 24 - Santa House. Meet with Santa, share holiday wishes, and take photos with our favorite jolly ol' fella. He's back from the North Pole! Bring the kids to Fashion Island to meet with Santa. He will be at his custom - designed house on the Atrium Lawn (near Traditional Jewelers and Restoration Hardware) through December 24. Hours are listed on website. Closed Thanksgiving Day. More info, call 949.721.2000.

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.

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. or

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!

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.

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.

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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