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May is Bursting With Fun Things to do for Families!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in May 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 is so beautiful here and the daylight hours are longer, so our families are 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?

May 7 – Tractor & Car Show and Strawberry Festival. It will be the 10th anniversary of this great event! Enjoy a car and tractor show, pick strawberries and produce right out of the ground, taste a wide variety of foods from our vendors and just have fun! Where: Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch – Cal Poly Pomona. When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Who: All are welcome. Cost: Free Admission

May 7 – August 7 – Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Cost: $3, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Pavilion is open daily (Closed Fourth of July). Additional Standard Garden admission will be due. The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home during the spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food and nectar. Call 909.625.8767.

May 13th & 14th - Disney's "The Jungle Book Kids!" City of Fontana Youth Community Theater presents The Jungle Book Kids. Performances are May 13 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm, and May 14 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Event tickets $10/person. Ticket sales began April 1, 2016. Location: Center Stage Theater, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana. For more info, call: 909.429.7469.

May 14 – OC Great Park Gardening Workshops: Beginning Rose Care. Ready to enter the world of rose gardening? You came to the right place. This presentation covers the basics: selection, planting, care and feeding, integrated pest management and pruning. Learn which rose is right for you and how to care for it. Workshops are free, and held rain or shine. Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Location: Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA.

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.

May 7 – Petting Farm @ Kellogg Ranch – Open to the public on Saturdays (weather permitting) March through November. Children can pet and feed adorable farm animals including miniature horses, goats, sheep, rabbits and our cute pot-bellied pig, Penelope. Where: Store at Kellogg Ranch – 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona. When: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Who: Entire family! Cost: $4 per child, includes one adult. Food cups - $1.

Every Saturday in May – Michael's Kids Club – Let the kids craft while you shop! Every week a different project. Where: Michael's in LaVerne and Upland. When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Classes start and run every 30 minutes. Who: Ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 per child, includes supplies.

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:

May 1 – 31 – The Bookmobile – The entire month of May! The Bookmobile is a mobile library inside a small bus. It offers children's books at various stops throughout the community. It stops at two schools and one park to offer books to children. When: 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Who: Children of all ages. How: Just show up! Cost: FREE. More info. Call the Children's Room at 909.477.2720, ext. 5025.

Every Tuesday from May 10th - June 7th - Movies in Town Square – At Victoria Gardens, Chaffey Town Square, 12505 North Mainstreet starting at 7:00 pm. Bring out your whole family for our themed movie night! Come dressed in theme and receive 5 raffle tickets and be entered into our contest. We encourage you to enjoy one of the many eateries available here at Victoria Gardens. Child friendly activities and raffle will be held before each movie. For more info, call 909.919.2628.

Entire Month of May – Free Drop-In Sports. Location: RC Family Sports Center, 9059 San Bernardino Rd. Drop-in Basketball on Mondays/Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Yoga on Mondays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Drop-in Racquetball on Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Jazzercise on Tuesdays from 9:00 am - 10:00 am and Thursdays from 5:25 pm – 6:25 pm. For more info, Call Tam Chu at 909.477.2785, ext. 2340.

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.

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.

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

May 7 - 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?

May 7 – Have Fun and Save Lives! Join us for a fun day Stand up Paddling at Newport Dunes in support of the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Professional SUP instructors, Fun Races, Happy Hour and a Delicious Lunch! Get a free breast or skin cancer examination with the friendly doctors and nurses of Kaiser Permanente, our preferred health care providers. Win prizes with the Raffle and Silent Auction – enjoy live music – something for everyone! Located at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

May 14 – Making Memories for Children, Third Annual Bunnies and Books For Kids Festival – From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Bunny-themed storytelling, cool kids activities, face painting and crafts. Free and open to the public. Located at the Friends Meeting Room, Central Library and the Civic Green. For more information, call 949.548.2411. Or visit:

May 15 – Sunday Musicale at Central Library. Orange County Guitar Orchestra. From 3:00 – 4:00 pm at 1000 Avocado Ave. In Newport Beach. The Orange Co. Guitar Orchestra is Southern California's only professional-level guitar orchestra. The group includes professional guitarists under the musical guidance of conductor David Grimes.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

May 2, 9, 16 & 23rd - Morning Book Club – Monday mornings from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Location: Central Library Conference Room. Having read the day's assignment, learners gather to listen and discuss classic and contemporary American writings. These stories present situations and events in our history that have helped to shape us into who we are today as a nation. The goal is to deepen and enrich the adult learner's understanding of American culture, and to encourage lively discussions. You must be a registered learner in the Newport Beach Library Literacy Program in order to participate in the class.

Every Friday in May – Songs and Stories – At Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave. In Newport Beach. Children two to five years of age will hear stories and enjoy all types of music while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Time: 10:30 am – 11:00 am.

May 2, 9, 16 & 23rd - It's Your Estate – From 10:00 –11:30 am. This annual eight-week series of workshops began in April and provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues, so they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold, and professional advisors will not be given attendee contact information. Series moderator is Peter Kote, award-winning founder of Professional Fiduciary Services. 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 is not required. Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

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.

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.

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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