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20+ Fun things to do in April in the Inland Empire and Orange County!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in April 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. Spring has sprung! 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?

April 1 – 31 – Inland Empire Landscape Contest – Entries will be accepted from April 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016. Show the region that using less water can be beautiful! Grand prize $1,000.00. Brought to you by your Inland Empire family of water agencies. This contest is held biennially (even years) to promote attractive water-wise landscapes.

April 8 – Senior Prom – From 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $3 – Seniors (age 55 and older), $5 – Non-Seniors (age 54 and younger). For more information, please contact the Fontana Community Senior Center at 909.854.5151.

April 19 – State of the City. Presented by Mayor Ray Musser with the City Manager and Executive Team. Tuesday, April 19 at 11:30 am at the Upland Brethren in Christ Church, Fellowship Hall, 845 W. Arrow Highway. We are collecting canned goods for local food pantries. Please support this effort by bringing a canned good to the event. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Upland Homeless Task Force. More information, call: 909.931.4122.

April 23 – Claremont Earth Day Celebration, 2nd Street near Indian Blvd, sponsored by the City of Claremont, Sustainable Claremont, and the interfaith Sustainability Council will be held from 10 am – 3 pm in the Claremont Village. The event brings over 4,000 people of all ages and demographics, from both Claremont and surrounding communities, to see over 85 exhibitor/vendor booths with live entertainment, workshops, art displays, school exhibits, and much more. The goal of the Earth Day celebration is to: increase community awareness of environmental issues; showcase eco-friendly products, services, and organizations; provide hands-on learning opportunities; and bring the entire community together for a fun and meaningful celebration. Admission is FREE. Call: 909.625.8767, ext. 238.

April 29-May 1st – Upland Lemon Festival-- When life gives you lemons, pucker up and head out to the Upland Lemon Festival in downtown Upland, where everything lemony is celebrated – from food to contests to entertainment. Celebrate the city’s citrus history with lemon pie-eating contests, a crate label exhibit and Lemon Idol (that’s right, it’s a lemony take on the popular singing competition), and enjoy new attractions and tribute bands. With free admission and conveniently located in downtown Upland, the Lemon Festival is perfect for all ages.

April 30th, Spring Into Reducing, Reusing & Recycling. From 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Magnolia Park, 651 W. 15th Street in Upland. Join the City of Upland's Public Works Department and the Upland Recreation Division for a day of "Reducing, Reusing & Recycling"! This FREE family event will bring the resources together to assist in your spring cleaning and conservation goals. You will be able to take your household hazardous waste and residential e-waste to the Public Works Yard located at 1370 N. Benson Ave. From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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:

Veterans Resource Center – Now open! Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Discovery Lab of the Library. Meet with one of our trained volunteers to learn about the benefits that veterans and their families can receive. Questions? Call 909.931.4225 or e-mail

April 4 – May 2 – 1-2-3 Play With Me! Parent/Child Workshop @ La Verne Library. Our workshops are designed so parents can play with their children using age-appropriate toys. We also have specialists who can answer questions about child development. Location: La Verne Library, 3640 D. St. In La Verne from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. It's for parents and their children, infants to 4 years old. The cost is FREE. Call 909.596.1934 and ask for Shanda for more info.:

April 22-May 8 – Superman, The Musical – The Grove Theatre in Upland will present a production of the Broadway Musical, "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman". Family entertainment at its finest!!!! This is the tale of Superman's efforts to defeat a vengeful scientist, Dr. Abner Sedgwick, who seeks to destroy the world's symbol of good. Recently brought back for a revival in NYC by ENCORES, this "superhero hit" recreates all of the sound and fun of the 1960's. Written by the same composers of Bye Bye Birdie, the show is for young and old alike. The production will star actor David Lago ("The Young and the Restless", "7th Heaven") in a dual role of Clark/Kent Superman. or

Every Saturday – La Verne Fresh - Old Town Certified Farmer's Market. La Verne 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 La Verne - 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.

Ongoing Events in the Rancho Cucamonga area:

Adult Literacy Program – The Rancho Cucamonga Library Adult Literacy Program provides free literacy services to the local community. Adults who wish to participate as a student or as a volunteer tutor can contact the Literacy office at 909.477.2720, ext. 5009.The program can help English speaking adults learn and/or improve their basic reading, writing, computer and life skills. Volunteer tutors work with adults to improve reading and writing skills.

April 2 and every Saturday – Complimentary Yoga – Join lululemon athletica – Rancho Cucamonga Showroom, 7369 Day Creek Blvd. - #F-102. 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.

April 23 – May 8 – Mirette. Mainstreet Theatre Company Presents Mirette. From the creators of The Fantastics and I Do, I Do comes a fresh and unique story set in the backstage world of circus performers. Mirette is the story of a young girl in 1890's Paris who convinces a retired high wire artist to teach her his trade, and in turn teaches him to overcome his own fear. For ages 7+. Specially priced tickets available for opening night – April 23rd. Call: 909.477.2752.

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".

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. or

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

April 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 Saturday 8am to 1pm Rain or Shine! Come see the fresh fruits, vegetables and more Saturdays at Terra Vista Town Center- LOCATED AT 10788 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA 91730

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?

April 9 – Compost Giveaway. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Location: OASIS Senior Center Auxiliary Parking Lot, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. The City of Newport Beach and CR & R Environmental Services, the City's main residential trash collection provider, are hosting a compost giveaway while supplies last. Newport Beach residents can receive two, free 30 – pound bags of organic compost on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info, call: 949.625.6735.

April 10-16 – Crean Mariners Library 10th Anniversary. Please join us on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Crean Mariners Library. At 2:00 pm we'll have a special performer, Abbit the Average, followed by refreshments. The event is limited by room capacity and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The event will be followed by cake and refreshments. Questions? Call: 949.717.3800.

April 16-17 – Basi Pilates: Learn From the Leaders – at the Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Road. This event will attract Pilates enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe and has a lineup of very sought after presenters. We want all of our guests to go away with a great deal of new information, knowledge and insight. These takeaways do not necessarily come solely from exercise and repetition, they come from the wealth of knowledge and experience the presenters will be providing. We aim to bring together vastly different presenters with versatile experiences in the Pilates world. Phone: 949.574.1343.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

April 9 – Drop In and Draw – at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Held most Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. It's a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children's inner Picassos shine! Always check our calendar. On occasions we have to cancel due to special events. View our calendar at Parking and admission are free. Suitable for ages 2 – 17. More info? Call: 949.660.7791.

April 28 – June 2 – Discovery Days at Centennial Farm. Milking demonstration, pet a chick, learn about plants and animals. Radish seed planting: children will plant a radish seed to take back to school, Oxen demonstration. Livestock Animals are: swine, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits and poultry. Cow milking demonstration: 9:30 am provided there is a lactating cow. Call 1-2 days before your tour to verify. Picnic tables are available for lunch on a first come, first served basis. No food or drinks are sold on premises. Reservations are required for groups. Admission and parking are both free. Suitable for kids ages 0 – 15 years. More info, call: 714.708.1619. or

April 1 – 30 - $16 Cruise Rate Gray Whale Migration The gray whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport Beach Coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons. Cruises are offered multiple times daily from Newport. View finback whales, humpback whales and even minke whales along with several species of dolphins. Call 949.675.0551.

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. or

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. or

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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