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Spring is here! Kessler Alair shares where to find some family fun in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in March 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. The time change is upon us helping us have a little more daylight in the evening. I don’t know about you but that helps our family start 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?

March 5 – Make & Create Workshop - "Stained Glass Candle Holder" - Want to create a stunning craft or art project? Stop by for an hour or two and try your hand at these eye-catching yet easy-to-do art projects and take home a amaing finished project. Pre-registration recommended. When: Sat. March 5th, Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Where: Art Depot Gallery, 16822 Spring St., Fontana, 92335, Cost: $3 per person, Ages: All ages welcome.

March 5 – OC Great Park Gardening Workshops: Planning and Planting the Small Space Garden. Time: 10 am – 11 am. Sponser: UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange Co. Location: Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, Ca. 92618. No space to garden? You'll be amazed at what you can grow in even the smallest spaces. Create a year round, no fuss vegetable or herb garden or a place to grow your favorite flowers. This presentation provides information on various techniques to maximize your garden space and productivity. Workshops are free, and held rain or shine.

March 19 – Claremont Pie Festival – The third annual Claremont Pie Festival will take place in Claremont on March 19, 2016. Classic cars will be parked around the village, vintage aprons, a pie baking contest, handmade goods and live music all harken back to a simpler time. The Claremont Village is a perfect setting for this festival dedicated to the simple things in life. Listen to live music while strolling around town collecting recipe cards from participating stores. Apron parade, apron exhibit, learn pie making tips, vendors and food galore. Activities and crafts for all ages. Call 909.621.5152 for more info.

March 19 & 20 – Iron Horse – Family Steampunk Carnivale – Grab the goggles and parasols, put on the top hats and corsets and jump into the airships to head over to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Ca. for an extraordinary, two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Enjoy festivities geared for the entire family as homage is paid to the Victorian Era. Events and activities include steam locamotive and vintage trolley rides, shows and concerts by many bands. For more info. Call 951.943.3020.

March 26 – Spring Egg Hunt – Ray Baker Field and Rotary Field – Memorial Park, Upland. For children age 7 and under. Sponsored by the Upland – Foothill Kiwanis Club and the Upland Recreation Division. More information? Contact 909.931.4280.

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:

Every Saturday in March – SDCNC Animal Presentation. Come hear the staff and Junior Naturalists tell you about some of the animals, reptiles and other interesting creatures resident at the Nature Center. You'll get to see them up close and personal! Where: San Dimas Canyon Nature Center Museum 1628 N. Sycamore Canyon Rd. When: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Who: The entire family. Cost: FREE. Call 909.599.7512.

Frank Bonelli Regional Park - From Jan. 27, 2016 until May 25th, 2016. 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 Tuesday & Wednesday - Toddler Storytime at Upland Library - Come enjoy stories, song, flannel boards, puppets and fingerplays. Where: 10:15 pm - 10:35 am, lasts approximately 20 minutes. Who: 2 and 3 yr. olds. How: Just show up. Cost: FREE. For more info, please contact Youth Services Desk at 909.931.4213.

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.

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 the Rancho Cucamonga area:

March 2 – Senior Birthdays – Every 1st Wednesday of the month. Time is at 11:30 am at the James L. Brulte Center.

Every Friday – Walk-In Storytime at Biane Library at Victoria Gardens. Beginning at noon. This storytime is every Friday and requires a "button" to attend. They are FREE and available 30 minutes prior to the activity. Children 2 to 8 are invited as well as their parents and caregivers. Make sure you show up 30 minutes early. The cost is FREE. Call 909.477.2720 ext. 5075 for more info.

March 5 - 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!

Every Monday in March - Munchkin Mondays@ Sky High Sports. Children 6 and under jump for just $7 on Mondays from 1-2 pm. at Sky High Sports - Ontario, 3230 Cornerstone Drive, Mira Loma.

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:

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.

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.

Rhyme Time - This storytime focuses on little movers, caregiver bonding, active rhymes, music, dancing rhythm, play, stories and early literacy tips. For ages 30 months to 3 years and adult caregivers. Registration required. Times at Biane Library are on Tuesdays from 11:00 - 11:20 am. Times at Archibald Library are on Wednesdays from 11:00 - 11:20 am. Call 909.477.2720.

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?

March 4-6 – Tomato Mania! - At Roger's Garden. 9:00 am – 6 pm at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar. "The world's largest (and most fun) tomato seedling sale" comes to Roger's Gardens for the 4th year. Scott Daige and his staff of Tomatomaniacs will again enlighten us with an astonishing selection of over 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and some that we have never heard of. Adding to a very informative day will be the industry experts that will be there to answer any questions regarding fertilizers, compost and everything you need to have a perfect tomato season. Call 949.640.5800 for more details.

March 12 – Spring Hop Event at Fashion Island – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr. In Newport Beach. Join Fashion Island for a free, family event that includes fun activities like face painting, a balloon artist and arts & crafts! Don't forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny who hops into town on March 4! Event located on the Atrium lawn (near Bose & Joie). More information: 949.720.2100.

March 12 & 13 – Children's Spring Jubilee with the Easter Bunny. Bring your children to Roger's Gardens for a fun filled weekend to celebrate the Spring season with photos with the Easter Bunny, complimentary crafts, face painting, and other interactive activities throughout the Gardens for all to enjoy. Don't forget your camera! 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar. For more information, call: 949.640.5800.

March 20 – Newport – Mesa Spirit Run – 6:00 am at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr. In Newport Beach. Newport – Mesa – Spirit Run (NM Spirit Run) is a fabulous road race event promoting fitness, family, community and education. The event consists of adult races, youth races for ages 4 –14 and a Fitness and Youth Expo. The Expo is located in Edward's Big Newport and all races are run within Fashion Island.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

Yoga in the Gardens – First Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Find your Zen owner Christina Ratusznik, a certified yoga instructor and nutritionist, will be leading a Yoga class in the Gardens on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Dates: Feb. 2, March 1 and April 5. Fee: $10 Friends/$15 Non-Members (per class). Bring your own mat or towel. Three person minimum. Call: 949.673.2261 or visit:

Newport Bay Conservancy – is pleased to support Orange Co. Parks at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center. This 10,000 square foot educational facility was built into the side of one of the bluffs on the north side of the Bay yet is nestled so unobtrusively that many local residents are still unaware that the Interpretive Center is there. The center is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free. In the center, here young and old alike can take a journey through a series of exhibits and interactive displays that make the Bay come alive. For more information, call 949.923.2290 or visit:

Tuesdays @ 2 – Overdrive Downloadable eBooks – March 1, 8, 15, & 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Learn how to download FREE library e-books an audiobooks on to your mobile devices using OverDrive on the library website. Users must have their own mobile device and a library card to begin downloading books. Location: Central Library Media Lab, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Look down the middle of the page to find info.

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.

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.

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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