The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in February 2017!
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. February is the month we celebrate all those that we love. 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?
February 4 – CYSO Concert – Pokemon Go! - 3:30 pm at the Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College. The Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its season-opening Free concert, featuring music from the phenomenally popular mobile game Pokeman Go!, highlights from the Broadway musical "Les Miserables", Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and much more! For more information contact – Gloria Cangahuala at claremontyouthso [at] gmail [dot] com. Phone: 626.695.2476. http://www.claremontyouthsymphony.org/
February 4, 5, 11, & 12 – Mainstreet Theatre Company presents the Secret Garden – at Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga. 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. Runs until Feb. 12, 2017. Call: 909.477.2752. http://www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com/events/view.php?eventid=0000001619, https://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp?ViewBy=7&CalDate=2/4/2017&EventDateID=392978
February 11 – March 5 – Grove Theatre – The Little Mermaid – The Little Mermaid returns to the Grove by popular demand after a smash run in 2016. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But, first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Disney's The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and is a hauntingly beautiful story for people of all ages. Located at 276 E. 9th St in Upland, CA. Call 909.920.4343, or visit http://www.grovetheatre.com/
February 16 – Disney Aladdin Jr. Auditions – from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free to youth ages 7-18. Call 909.349.6980 to make an appointment today. (Please bring the Audition Flyer to your appointment) Auditions will be held at: Steelworker's Auditorium, 8437 Sierra Ave. in Fontana. http://ca-fontana2.civicplus.com/2725/Youth-Community-Theater
Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:
February 4 – Book - Enders Book Club Meeting – This event takes place every month. Come to the Brodie Room at the Upland Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 am to 12 pm. This month we will be discussing "The Passion of Artmesia" by Susan Vreeland. Our speaker will be Wendy Slatkin, Emerita Professor from Cal Poly Pomona. Copies of the book are available for check out at the circulation desk! http://ci.upland.ca.us/#Calendar_/_Updates
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: http://upland.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/upland-certified-farmers-market/2016-09-01/c5164690/
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: http://www.uplandpl.lib.ca.us/#Calendar_/_Updates
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 – 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:
Every Tuesday – Pajama Storytime at Biane Library – one session at 6:00 pm and a second session at 7:00 pm. This evening storytime is open to the whole family. Enjoy singing songs and hearing stories designed to amuse and entertain children ages 2-12. Children are welcome to come in pajamas. Storytime for the whole family. Walk-ins welcome. Limited seating – All walk-in storytimes require tickets for each family member attending storytime and will be available at the Children's Information desk 30 minutes before the program. 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga. https://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp and https://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp
Every Tuesday – Rhyme Time at Biane Library – From 11:00 am – 11:20 am. This Storytime focuses on little movers, caregiver bonding, active rhymes, music, dancing, rhythm, play, stories and early literacy tips. Storytime for ages 30 months – 3 years and adult caregivers. Registration required. Next registration will occur online. Call 909.477.2700 for more information. https://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp
February 2 – 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! https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/cals/default.asp
February 16 – Reader's Circle Book Club – 6:30 – 7:30 pm. "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George. Reader's Circle is a library-sponsored book club meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm. Open to all adult readers, we read one book per month and feature a variety of adult fiction, and sometimes include a biography that reads like narrative fiction. The book club meetings are about one hour. Author visits and special events may be scheduled. Held at Archibald Library Story Theater, 7368 Archibald Ave. https://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp
Every Wednesday – 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: https://www.cityofrc.us/cityhall/lib/cals/default.asp
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. http://ranchocucamonga.macaronikid.com/calendar/event/childrens-storytime-barnes-noble/2016-11-05/c7273073/
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: https://www.cityofrc.us/about/library_calendar.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/
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
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
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
February 4 - 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?
February 3 – Wild Tales @ Muth Interpretive Center – from 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Join Newport Bay Conservancy Volunteers for a fun filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytime, hands-on activities and outdoor nature walks. Come prepared for exciting experiences! Class fee is $5.00 per child. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all classes. Please phone 949.923.2269 or email: carissa [dot] macias [at] newportbay [dot] org to register. Located at 2301 University Avenue in Newport Beach. Free parking. https://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Muth-Interpretive-Center/Wild-Tales-645
February 8 – Lovebug Crafts – from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at Balboa Branch Library, 100 Balboa Blvd. Stop by the Balboa Branch to make heart crafts for little Lovebugs to create and share. Children must be accompanied by an adut. No registration required. For ages 3-8. http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/31507/18091?npage=3
February 18 – OC Great Park Garden Workshop: Colorful Spring Garden – 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Location: Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Workshops are free, and held rain or shine. Other workshops coming up are:
March 18 – Hot Veggies for the Hot Season
April 1 – Spice Things Up with Herbs
April 15 – Creating a Habitat Garden
May 6 – Creating Colorful Container Gardens
May 20 – The Power of Perennials
February 26 – Sunday Musicale: Esther and Joanna Lee – from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Sisters Esther Lee, pianist and violinist, Joanna Lee were born into a musical family and trained at the world's leading music schools. Join us for a special afternoon of classical entertainment. Location: Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. In Newport Beach. http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/28682/18091?npage=6
Ongoing Events in Newport Beach
Kayak Tours @ Newport Aquatic Center. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Reservations required. 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. And if your eyes are quick, catch a glimpse of mullet jumping out of the water. Kayaking or canoeing in the Newport Bay is fun and easy. Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2 hour guided tour. Most participants think that the winter kayak tours are actually the best! Located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive in Newport Beach. Admission: $25. Parking is free. Call 949.923.2269 for more information. https://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Newport-Aquatic-Center/Kayak-rental-102
February 5 – Community Day @ Back Bay Science Center – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Tide pool touch tank and bird watching. Tour the facility, learn about programs and kids will have the chance to participate in fun hands on activities to help them learn more about the ocean. Located at: 600 Shellmaker Rd. In Newport Beach. Admission is free. Street parking available. Suitable for ages 4 – 17. For more information, call 949.923.2275. https://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Back-Bay-Science-Center/Community-Day-1474
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: https://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Corona-Del-Mar-State-Beach-712
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. https://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Orange-County-Museum-of-Art-314 and http://www.ocma.net/
February 11 - 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
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
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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