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Jam Packed List of Fun for January!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in January 2017!

If you are like most of us here at Kessler Alair Insurance you work hard to play hard. 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. Have you ever done that?

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 5 – It's A Mystery! Book Club – From 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Paul A. Biane Library, 12505 Cultural Center Drive. This is a library-sponsored book club meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6 pm, Paul Biane Library, Victoria Gardens Mall. The rich suspense, intertwined characters, thickened plot and nearly missed clues will keep you coming back for more. Each month, the group selects a different theme (i.e. James Patterson novels), so members can experience an exciting variety of mystery reading. Open to all adult readers. Please join us!

January 7 – Claremont Art Walk – Every first Saturday of the month showcasing art exhibitions throughout the Claremont Village on the 1st Saturday of the month. Open and free to the public 6-9 pm. Claremont has been a lively arts community since the early 1930's, mainly due to the influence that a young visionary, Millard Sheets, brought to the fledgling art department at Scripps College in 1932 when he was 25 years. old.

January 19 – Thursday Night Theatre: We're Just Wild About Harry 1 – at Ovitt Family Community Library, 215 East C Street in Ontario. Come back to the Wizarding World as the Ontario Library presents the first four films in the Harry Potter series. Location: Meeting Room. Free for families. For more information, please call 909.395.2212 or visit:

January 21 – OC Great Park Garden Workshops: Fruit Tree Pruning – 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Got fruit? Apples, peaches, and apricots, oh my! These wonderfully delicious fruit trees are sleeping right now making winter the best time to give them some tender loving care for vigorous growth. Learn pruning techniques, when and how to fertilize and more. Workshops are free and held rain or shine. Visit:

January 28 – February 12 – Main Street Theatre Company Presents The Secret Garden. The cantankerous and orphaned Mary Lennox is taken away from her home in India to live with her reclusive uncle in the Yorkshire Moors. This award-winning adaptation stays true to the cherished book as Mary discovers a garden that changes her life, and that of those around her. For ages 7 and up. Sponsored by Rancho Cucamonga Community and Arts Foundation. For more info, call: 909.477.2752 or visit:

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:

January 3 – 31 – Upland's Biggest Loser Challenge – Sign-ups taken from Jan. 3 – Jan. 31, 2017. Official challenge start date: Monday, February 6th. $50 per team (2 people per team). Must be 18 years or older. Make that New Year's Resolution and succeed. Join the Upland Recreation and Community Services Division's Biggest Loser Challenge. The hit TV show has inspired us and is another way to become a healthy 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 rewarded. To find out more call: 909.931.4280 or visit:

January 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Lakeshore Free Crafts for Kids – Free craft projects for the kids. From 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, come to 125 N. Mountain Ave. in Upland. Ages 3 and up are welcome. Free event! For more information go to:,

Every Thursday – Upland Certified Farmer's Market – Turn your Thursday evening into a fun-filled time with family, friends and neighbors. Enjoy vendors, food, music, pony rides, petting zoo and more! Where: Historic Downtown Upland – 9th Street and Second Avenue. When: 5 pm – 9 pm. The entire family is invited for this FREE event! Call 909.509.6414 or visit:

Every Tuesday – Upland Chamber Business Bowling League – at 6:30 pm at the Brunswick Upland Bowl, 451 W. Foothill Boulevard. Games take place Tuesdays, Sept. 6 through November 8th. $10 each week, includes shoe rental and three games. Teams forming now! For more info., please contact the Upland Chamber of Commerce at 909.204.4465 or visit:

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

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.

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:

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday in January – Kids Paint at Purple Easel – Kids love to paint, and with the guided steps from an artist, they are sure to create a one of a kind masterpiece! Purple Easel offers a Kids Paint class almost daily. Check the website to select the day/painting you prefer! Located at 880 Rochester, Ontario. From 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Suggested age: 5 – 12+; Adults welcome to paint, too – same price. No fee for adults to stay and observe/help.

January 11, 18 & 25 – Discovery Club – Archibald Library – 4:00 – 4:30 pm. This program is specially designed for school-aged children from 6 – 12 yrs. of age. If your child is curious, adventurous, creative or looking for fun, come join us as we experience stories hands on through exploration, discovery and creativity. Walk-ins welcome! All walk-in storytimes require tickets for each family member attending and will be available at the Children's information desk 30 minutes before the program. Location: Archibald Library Story Theater, 7368 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga. January 11 – Stem Snowman Balance, January 18 – Wonderful Watercolors, January 25 – Light Up the New Year. Visit:

January 7, 14, 21 & 28 - Kid's Club @ Michael's – They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project, and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in-store, online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Where: Michael's in Rancho Cucamonga. When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Class offered every 30 minutes from 10 am – 12 pm. Who: Children 3 and older. Please come to the store or call to register in advance.

Every Tuesday & Thursday in January – LOL Kid's Club Happy Hours – Lol Kid's Club is an indoor family fun center! And Tuesdays and Thursday are only $8 for all day play! Plus, kids get FREE frozen yogurt from 1 – 4 pm! Come to 735 N. Milliken Ave. Unit A in Ontario. Kids of all ages are welcome.

Each Saturday Morning – Children's Storytime @ Barnes & Noble – Go to Barnes & Noble each Saturday morning for storytime. Check the schedule for a different story each week. Where: Barnes & Noble in Rancho Cucamonga. When: 11:00 am – 11:30 am. All children are invited to come. Cost is FREE.

Every Thursday in January - $1.25 Cone Thursday at Handel's Ice Cream – Don't forget to get your Handel's $1.25 ice cream cone on Thursdays! Located on Haven and the 210 next to Corky's Kitchen from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Everyone is invited. Cost is only $1.25.

Every Tuesday & Wednesday – Little Learners – Archibald Library – This storytime focuses on caregiver and child (ages 19 months – 30 months) bonding through rhymes, music, stories, playtime and early literacy tips. Storytime for ages 19 mos. - 30 mos. And adult caregivers. Registration required. Next registration will occur online. First-time users of the online registration system will need to create a free account to register for storytimes. From 10 am – 10:20 am at the Archibald Library Story Theater, 7368 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga. For more info, call: 909.477.2720, ext. 5025 or visit:

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.

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.

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 7 – African Drum and Dance – from 10:30 – 11:30 am, at Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach. Drum or dance along with Chazz and Teresa, as they present a colorful and exhilarating experience into the world of African rhythms, songs and stories. Children and families will feel the rhythm of the Serengeti Sun in this lively, interactive presentation. Children of all ages welcome at this free program.

January 12 – Ocean Matters Speaker Series – Sea Lion in Crisis – Join Ocean Quest January 12 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) to hear from Kristan Donald, Marine Mammal Biologist and Director of Education at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. California sea lions are stranding in record numbers. In 2015, the center witnessed the number 10 times higher than the annual average that have occurred over the past 40 years. Learn about this crisis and how living sustainably with the planet can solve many of these issues for marine life in the Pacific Ocean. Free for members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required, payments accepted at the door. Located at 600 East Bay Avenue in Newport Beach. Call: 949.675.8915 or visit:

January 15 – Reading in the Redwoods @ Environmental Nature Center – Join us for a light breakfast before taking a "Tree Hug Hike" out to the Redwood Forest with our Executive Director, Bo Glover, and Naturalist, Valerie Bain. Bo will perform a few magic tricks and read The Lorax. Afterwards, have some hands-on fun along the trail, creating bark rubbings and tossing seed balls, then make a recycled newspaper pot and plant a native seed to take home! Parents remain with children at all times. All ages welcome. $10 per child ($5 for members). No charge for adults. Pre-payment is required at From 9:30 am – 11:00 am. To register, call 949.645.8489. Located at Environmental Nature Center, 1601 East Sixteenth Street, Newport Beach. Free parking, but limited.

January 18 – DIY Make it Fly – from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. What can we make out of common materials like paper and popsicle sticks that will fly? Let's find out! Maybe we'll learn a little about the science principles of force and motion as we launch stuff in the Balboa branch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. For ages 5-8. Funding for this event is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Location: Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd. in Newport Beach.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

Corona del Mar State Beach – Swimming, surfing, volleyball, fire rings. Corona del Mar is a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach is framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. The beach is also popular with surfers and divers. Amenities: 3 Barbecues, parking lot, 5 picnic tables, restrooms, showers, volleyball court, water fountains, ocean view. Open every day of the week, 6:00 am – 8:00 pm at 3001 Ocean Blvd. in Newport Beach. Admission is free. Parking $15 provided on location. For more information, contact: 949.644.3151 or visit:

January 29 – Sunday Musicales – Quintessential Winds – The Newport Beach Public Library hosts outstanding classical and instrumental music and performers throughout the year. Sunday Musicales are held on Sundays from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm in the Friends room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. This particular performance is a freelancing wind quintet from the Los Angeles area. With a quintet of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, this group performs an ever-expanding repertoire. Next event held on February 26. Free to the public.

Orange County Museum of Art – The Orange County Museum of Art enriches lives through modern and contemporary art. This museum is the premier visual arts organization in Orange County, serving a population of nearly three million residents in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. More than 40,000 visitors come annually. Some 15,000 children and adults participate in award winning educational programs. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Closed on Some holidays. Located at: 850 San Clemente Drive in Newport Beach. Free on Fridays. Call 949.759.1122. and

January 14 - 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.

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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