The Joys of July! Over 30 Awesome Things To Do In the Inland Empire and Orange County
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. Summer is the perfect time to look 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 variety of activities that individuals and families can do. Just a little over an hour above the Inland Empire you can find four seasons in Big Bear City and if you wanted, on that very same day you could sit on the beach to watch the sunset.
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?
July 1– 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. http://rsabg.org/garden-events/581-butterfly-pavilion
July through August, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm-Redlands Bowl Summer Concert Series –Free Concerts at the Redlands Bowl. Numerous high quality artists perform at the Redlands Bowl each summer. Oklahoma is the musical that they will perform this year at the end of July. You will want to read the schedule and put many of these exciting performances on your schedule. The best way to view is to get their early with a picnic lunch and enjoy the summer evening. http://redlandsbowl.org/2016-concert-season/
July 5, 12 and 19th – Capture the King! Chess & Checkers Gaming – Come to the library to capture Kings.....if you can catch them! Chess and checker sets will be available, and all ages and skill levels are welcome. Come ready to teach and/or learn, and have fun! Refreshments will be served. Where: Claremont Library, When: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Who: All ages, Cost: FREE. Text message to: 626.394.4019. http://upland.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/capture-the-king-chess-checkers-gaming/2016-07-05/c5728065/
July 11, 18 & 25 – Kid's Upland Summer Lunch Program – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Come join us for Food, fun and sun at our Upland Summer Lunch Program! The free lunch will be served to children and teens 18 years and under Monday, June 13th through Thursday, July 28th. Sponsored by Nutrition Services. Lunch locations:
- Upland High School – 505 West 11th Street (East side, off of Redding) 10:15 am – 11:15 am
- Baldy View Elementary – 979 W. 11th Street, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. http://www.icarol.info/ResourceView2.aspx?org=2286&agencynum=18128064
2.Memorial Park – Atwood Kitchen, 1200 East Foothill Boulevard, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
July 5, 12 & 19th - World Music Concert Series – Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Location: The Bank of America Imagination Courtyard located at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. These FREE outdoor musical performances are sponsored by the Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation with no tickets required. Bring the whole family and boogie to music from near and far. July 5th - Enosi Ensemble (Greek), variety of exotic instruments. July 12th - Incendio (Latin Fusion), Spanish guitar. July 19th - Steven Rushingwind (Native American), Native American flute. http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/what-to-do/events/world-music-concert-series
July 13, 20 & 27th - 2016 Movies & Concerts Inside Magnolia Park – The City of Upland Recreation Division is proud to present another summer of Movies & Concerts inside Magnolia Park. Join us for six evenings of fun activities, toe-tapping music and movies that will entertain the whole family. Don't forget to grab a tasty treat from the snackbar hosted by Upland-Foothill Kiwanas. Bring your blankets or low lawn chairs and relax under the stars. Concerts begin at 7:00 pm, followed by movies at approximately 8:45 pm. July events are as listed:
July 13, Band - 90 Proof, Movie – Hotel Transylvania 2, special event – Fun at the Park Kick Off.
July 20, Band – Flashover, Movie – Inside Out, Special Event – Fun with Sand
July 27, Band – Sterling Sylver Band, Movie – Cinderella (2015), Special Event – Fun with Science. More to come in August!!! For more information, call 909.931.4280. http://www.uplandpl.lib.ca.us/#Recreation%20Special%20Events%20%26%20Activities
Throughout July – Summer Movies 2016 – Bring the family and join us for the City of Rancho Cucamonga's 2016 Summer Movies in the Park. Summer movies are featured at 2 locations: Tuesdays: Victoria Gardens, Chaffey Town Square, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, and Fridays: Red Hill Community Park Amphitheater, 7484 Vineyard Avenue. This is a FREE community event. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Games, activities and child-friendly prizes before each movie. Movies begin at dusk and are subject to change. Here is a list: Zookeeper – July 12th, Victoria Gardens. July 15th, Red Hill Community. Up – July 19, Victoria Gardens. July 22, Red Hill Community. Bedtime Stories – July 26, Victoria Gardens. July 29, Red Hill Community. https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/cs/events/summer_movies/default.asp
July 16-24 – The Music Man – Rancho Cucamonga Community Theatre presents The Music Man. The Music Man follows fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans are foiled when he falls for Marian the Librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtains fall. Call 909.477.2775 for more information or go to: http://www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com/events/view.php?eventid=0000001600
Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:
Fridays in July – Friday Nights Live! In the Claremont Village, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Come stroll, eat, shop and browse, with terrific Free Music in Claremont Village's ambience. Interested in performing? Bands will be performing Fridays from 6-9 pm, from the first Friday in May through to the last Friday in October. Location: Public Plaza 101 North Indian Hill. Please call: 909.624.1681 for more information. Admission: FREE to all! http://business.claremontchamber.org/events/details/friday-nights-live-in-the-claremont-village-07-01-2016-12020?_ga=1.82732767.812070318.1463768012
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 https://www.facebook.com/UplandPublicLibrary/
Every Saturday in July – 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. http://upland.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/michaels-kids-club/2016-05-07/c5202224/
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. http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/residents/event-calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2016/01/16/32511/-/la-verne-fresh-old-town-la-verne-certified-farmers-market and http://www.dailybulletin.com/lifestyle/20150416/fresh-farmers-market-opens-saturday-in-old-town-la-verne
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. http://www.claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market/
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. http://www.historicdowntownupland.org/Photos.php
Ongoing Events in the Rancho Cucamonga area:
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. http://www.fontana.org/index.aspx?nid=454
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: http://www.fontana.org/index.aspx?NID=2149
Every Saturday from 8am to 1pm- 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). http://www.riversideca.gov/arts/farmers-market.asp
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. https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/archibald/
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. http://info.lululemon.com/stores/us/rancho-cucamonga/ranchocucamonga
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: https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/cs/seniors/programs/senior_clubs.asp
$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". http://ranchocucamonga.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/5-movies-at-terra-vista-6-cinemas/2016-01-01/c3769529/
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. http://ranchocucamonga.macaronikid.com/calendar/ and https://www.facebook.com/The-Deli-111663418873098/
First Saturday of Every Month - 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 http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops . 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. http://www.familydaysout.com/attractions-usa/the-mary-vagle-nature-center/
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. https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/kids/stories.asp
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. www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/cs/sports/adults/default.asp
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. www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/tech.asp
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. http://www.victoriagardensie.com/ifeature/2129987128/
Storytimes at the Paul Biane Library in Rancho Cucamonga http://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/kids/stories.asp
What to do in Newport Beach?
July 5 – Big Canyon Trail – See the diverse plants, birds and other wildlife of six distinct habitats at the Upper Newport Bay as you take a self-guided tour on a ½ mile nature trail. From San Joaquin Hills Rd, turn right on Back Bay Drive and park at the Big Canyon parking lot. After parking, walk north on Back Bay Drive. The sign of the nature trail will be on your right. Upper Newport Bay is an important rest stop and/or winter home for birds migrating from Canada and Alaska, and up to 30,000 birds can be seen here on any one day during the winter months. During spring and summer many birds that have migrated from the south nest here, together with other birds that are year-round residents, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Location: Big Canyon Trail, San Joaquin Hills Rd & Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach. Admission is FREE. Suitable for kids ages 2 – 17. Call: 949.640.6746. Visit: http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Big-Canyon-Trail-100
July 2 – Story Time: Family Storytime – at the Newport Beach Central Library from 10:30 am – 11:00 am. Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft especially for children from age 3 – 7, along with their favorite grownups! http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Newport-Beach-Central-Library/Story-Time-Family-Storytime-64
July 11, 12 & 14 – Animal Magic – Animals. And. Magic. At the same time! Join magician John Abrams for magic, comedy and animals in this high-energy program. Funding for all summer programs provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Schedule is as follows:
July 11, 2:00 – 3:00, Mariner's Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave.
July 11, 4 – 5 pm, Mariner's Branch Library
July 12, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave.
July 14, 11:00 am – 12:00, Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd.
July 14, 3 –4, Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Ave.
For more information, please call: 949.717.3800 or visit: http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/kids/events?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118499183
July 16 – Shellmaker Island Discovery Tour – This event occurs one day a month for the entire 2016 year. Join a naturalist to learn about Shellmaker Island's rich history; the future of Back Bay Science Center and discover unusual and endangered plants, bird and crab habitats. Bring binoculars if you have them. No late comers. The program's FREE. Reservations are required. Please call 949.640.9956 for more info and to RSVP. From 9:00 am – 11:00 am. http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Back-Bay-Science-Center/Shellmaker-Island-Discovery-Tour-15035
July 16 – Socalpapa Paints OC Parks the Back Bay @ Muth Interpretive Center – Oc Parks in partnership with Newport Bay Conservancy and southern California Plein Air Painter's Association return to the Bay with their annual Art Show and Display Sale. Several hundred original paintings will be exhibited. Artists plant their easels throughout nature, capturing beautiful scenes and natural heritage of Southern California. Many of the paintings will highlight the Bay as well as other Orange County Parks and outdoor spaces in the region. A portion of each sale will benefit the Bay. Artists will also provide children ages 7 – 12 with an unforgettable art experience from FREE painting classes. All materials are supplied and the participants take home a completed painting at the end of the class. Reservations are needed for the classes. Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Ave. in Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.923.2275 or visit: http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Muth-Interpretive-Center/SOCALPAPA-Paints-OC-Parks-the-Back-Bay-1473
July 23 – San Juan Capistrano – Goin Native Summer Series – Jams & Preserves. From 9:30 am – 11:00 am at Reata Park and Events Center, 28632 Ortega Hwy. San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Classes are FREE. For more information, contact dece [at] goinnative [dot] net or call 949.606.6386. http://mgorange.ucanr.edu/?calitem=324427&g=16069
July 31 – Concerts on the Green – at Newport Beach Civic Center from 6 – 7:30 pm. The City Arts Commission will present another series of "Concerts on the Green" during the summer of 2016. Concerts on the Green will be "on the Green" at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive. Concerts begin at 6 pm and end promptly at 7:30 pm and are free to the public. Come early with a picnic dinner and don't forget to bring your blankets and beach chairs! No alcohol please. The group performing will be Hollywood Stones. The Hollywood Stones bring the ultra-cool Rolling Stones look and sound to Newport Beach. With dead-ringer recreations of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman performances, the 5-piece line-up has worked closely together for over a dozen years at hundreds of gigs taking hard core Rolling Stones fans by storm! August 21 & September 11 will also be other upcoming concerts. FREE parking. Call 949.644.3211 for more info or visit: http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Newport-Beach-Civic-Center/Concerts-on-the-Green-521
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. http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/ExplorOcean/Science-Saturdays-1197
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. http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Boomers-Fountain-Valley-43
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. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32780-d3653262-Reviews-Environmental_Nature_Center-Newport_Beach_California.html
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! www.newportbeachlibrary.org
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. www.newportbay.org
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. http://www.cruisenewportbeach.com
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