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Fun for families in January 2016 from the Inland Empire to Orange County!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in January 2016!

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. Just because it is a little cold and rainy in the winter, families don’t stop looking for fun things to do. 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?

January 2 - Paw Stars at the Upland Library - Paw Stars give children the opportunity to strengthen their reading skills by reading to one of our registered therapy dogs. Where: Upland Public Library Children's Dept. at 450 N. Euclid Ave. When: 11:00 - 12:00 pm. Who: The entire family! How: Just show up! Cost: FREE. For more info call 909.931.4213.

January 4-28, Upland's Biggest Loser Challenge - Sign-ups taken: Jan. 4 - Jan. 28. Official Challenge start date: Monday, February 1st. $50.00 per team, must be 18 years or older or 16 & 17 with parent permission. Make the New Year's resolution and succeed! Join the Upland Recreation Division's Biggest Loser Challenge. The hit TV show has inspired us and is another way to GET FIT UPLAND! This is a fun competition to lose weight and get in shape. Team up with your spouse, friend, co-worker or anyone who wants to shed those unwanted pounds. Prizes will be awarded and winners announced. For more info, call 909.931.4280.

January 13 - Inland Empire Job Fair and Career Fair - at the Double Tree Hotel - Ontario Airport, 222 North Vineyard Ave. from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. This Fair is for career seekers and candidates. Come meet with hiring managers from local, national and Fortune 500 companies for free. Contact us at: 949.599.1870.

Drop - In Art - All ages are invited to stop by and enjoy the Art Depot art supplies for a fun and creative time. Each week will offer a new and exciting art activity ranging from oragami to mixed media. When: Every Saturday. Where: Art Depot Gallery. Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Ages: All ages welcome. Cost: FREE. For more information, call 909.349.6979.

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:

Frank Bonelli Regional Park - From now until Monday, February 29. Pack your picnic and head over to our local regional park. Winter entrance fee is free November through February on non holiday weekends. Come to Frank Bonelli Regional Park at 120 E. Via Verde Drive San Dimas. When: All Day. Who: The whole Family. How: Just Drive in. Cost: FREE.

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. and

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.

January 30, Adult Arts and Crafts Club - Upland Public Library - The Brodie Room from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Do you have a creative side? Do you envy kids for their craft times? This is your chance to enjoy your own arts and crafts time! Each month we will feature a craft for you to work on. Just show up - we will supply the tools and materials! For more info, please contact the Reference Desk at 909.931.4205.

Ongoing Events in the Rancho Cucamonga area:

Pajama Story Time - This evening storytime is open to the whole family. Enjoy singing songs and hearing stories designed to entertain children ages 2-12. Children are welcome to come in pajamas. Walk-ins are welcome. Limited seating. All walk-in storytimes require tickets which you can get at the children's information desk 30 minutes before the program. This event takes place at the Biane Library and also the Archibald Library. The Archibald Library Story Theater will have this event on the 4th, 11th, and 25th of January from 6:00 - 6:30 pm. The Paul A. Biane Library Story Theater will have these events on the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at the same time. Address for the Biane Library is 12505 Cultural Center Drive. More details? Call: 909.477.2720 ext. 5025.

Complimentary Yoga - Location: lululemon athletica, 7369 Day Creek Blvd. #F-102, Rancho Cucamonga. Come every Saturday at 9:30 am for complimentary yoga. This class is perfect for all levels. Don't have your own mat? No problem, we have mats for you. Contact Teresa Mitchell at 909.899.1264.

V.I.P. Club - For only $5 per year you can become a member of one of the largest senior clubs in the area. Enjoy activities, trips and friendships with over 300 members. The club meets in the Rancho Cucamonga Hall located at Central Park on Thursdays at 9:00 am to 10:30 am. For more info, visit:

$5 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 a ticket for matinee showings before 5 pm, you won't find a better place to spend your days! Where: Terra Vista 6 Cinemas, 10701 Town Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. When: All Day. Who: Everyone. How: Just Show UP! Cost: $5 ticket before 5 pm EVERYDAY! For more info: Find them on Facebook at "Terra Vista 6 Cinemas".

January 15 - RC Family Fun Night! - Every third Friday of the month, the City of Rancho Cucamonga presents Family Fun Night with food, games, a movie, crafts, special guests and more! Where: RC Family Resource Center, 9791 Arrow Route. When: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Who: Everyone. How: Call 909.477.2781, reservations required. Cost: FREE.

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.

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. and

January 2 - 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.

Storytimes at the Paul Biane Library in Rancho Cucamonga

What to do in Newport Beach?

January 10 - Sunday Musicale: duoKYaria. The flute/harp duoKYaria was formed by two highly talented graduate alumna of the USC Thornton School who seperately have fast-rising solo careers. They founded their duo to expand the flute and harp repertoire by transcribing, commissioning and composing. Location: Central Library Friends Room. Event type: General. Age Level: Adults. For more info: 949.717.3800.

January 13 - Fancy Nancy Party - From 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. Bonjour! You are cordially invited to the Balboa Branch for an afternoon of elegant crafts and scrumptious treats based on the Fancy Nancy books. Do come dressed in your fanciest attire! Especially for kids ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by generous contributions from the Friends of the Library. or

January 21 - SCORE Workshops - From 6-8:45 pm. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Work smarter, Not Harder - WordPress for small businesses. WordPress is the fastest growing and most popular website platform for all levels of business, but especially small business. The amazing selection of features, options and benefits that attracted Samsung, Ford, EBay, GM and CNN to WordPress are the same for Small Business Owners everywhere. or

January 21 - World of Wolves at the Environmental Nature Center, 1601 East Sixteenth St. in Newport Beach, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (reservation required). With wolves being depicted in our cultural folklore, books and movies as "The Big Bad Wolf" what is the current perception of wolves? Wolf Haven International will present a family friendly educational program about wolf behavior, biology and social structure. Why do wolves howl? Why do wolves scent roll? This presentation will include engaging video footage. Sorry, there are no live wolves in this presentation. $5 per person. FREE to members. To register call: 949.645.8489.

January 23 - Heritage Museum - Santa Ana: Rose Pruning Workshop, at Heritage Museum of Orange County, 3101 W Harvard, Santa Ana. From 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. FREE EVENT. Lecture by Kathy Monge, President of the Orange County Rose Society and consulting Rosarian. Hands on pruning practice (bring your pruners). Tool sharpening by Orange Co. Blacksmiths (limit 2 garden tools, no scissors). For more info,

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

Science Saturdays - at ExplorOcean - a hands on program for families. ExporOcean offers families a fun, interactive hands-on experience to connect to the 7 essential principles of ocean literacy through Science Saturdays at ExplorOcean and Science Sundays at the Back Bay. Quick and engaging activities bring parents and children together as they make predictions, ask questions, problem-solve and think like scientists. Each month we will introduce new theme based on one of the Ocean Literacy Principles. Science Saturdays and Sundays are FREE and offered to children of all ages. Join us at noon and prepare to see your world in a whole new way! Program is ongoing, weather permitting. Location: ExplorOcean, 600 East Bay Ave., Newport Beach, from noon to 3:00 pm. Suitable for children 2-15. More info? Call 949.675.8915.

Boomers! Fountain Valley - When it comes to fun, we've got it all. Attractions: Whirlybird, Miniature Golf, Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Rock Wall, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Game Room. Hours of Operation: M-Th 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Fridays 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Location: 16800 Magnolia Street, Fountain Valley, Orange Co. 92708. Admission: FREE to all! There may be a cost depending on the activity you participate in. There are lots of specials, so look online. Free parking. Suitable for ages 3-17. Event Contact Info: 714.842.1111.

The Chill - January 4 through January 10th. A holiday extravaganza like no other, CHILL transforms over 2 million pounds of sparkling ice into larger than life hand carved colorful ice sculptures in a giant Igloo called The Ice Kingdom, located inside the Queen Mary's Dome, once home to the legendary Spruce Goose. The Ice Kingdom will bring Charles Dicken's classic tale of A Christmas Carol to life in glistening ice. Where: Queen Mary. When: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Who: Anyone. Cost: vary. Information: 877.342.0738.

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!

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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