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“Mad” for March Fun!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC!

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. It has been quite a bit rainy lately but we are seeing some sun in the forecast and the time is about to change! This means more day light for fun. 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?

March 8 – Meet the Author: David Allen – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Carnegie Library in Upland. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Columnist, David Allen, will be discussing his latest book signing event! Located at 123 E. D St. in Upland. For more information, contact 909.931.4202. We hope to see you there!

March 18 – Claremont Pie Festival – 10:00 am – 4:59 pm. This annual event will take place throughout the historic Claremont Village. Pie baking and pie eating contests, maker's stage and baker's stage demonstrators, a classic car display, vintage aprons, hand crafted merchandise, great food, great pie and live music. Stroll around town collecting recipe cards from participating stores, wear your favorite apron, learn pie making tips and eat PIE! Don't forget to stick around for the pie tasting buffet after the baking contest winners are announced! Go to You won't want to miss this! Contact phone number is: 909.621.5152.

March 10 – 19 – Broadway at the Gardens Presents – Into The Woods – Lewis Family Playhouse – An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch....who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy, becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. For more information, call: 909.477.2752 or visit:

March 22,23 and 26-29 Moses’ Tabernacle Recreation -- Come and experience Moses' Tabernacle. The tabernacle has been carefully and accurately replicated to what we know from the Bible and is an amazing experience for individauls, families, or church groups. We welcome any and all to attend and join us in an approximately 45 min tour. Tickets are not needed but encouraged if you are wanting to reserve your time. 3354 Eucalyptus Ave, Chino Hills, CA 91709

Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland area:

Every Saturday in March – Claremont Library: Sign Language Classes – from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. Located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. In Claremont. Ages 8 and up are welcome. This is a fun, basic course in American Sign Language! Learn how to communicate in a new language and explore another culture. For more information, call 909.621.4902.

Every Saturday in March – Lakeshore Learning FREE crafts for kids – from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Located at 125 N. Mountain Ave. In Upland. Ages 3 and up are welcome. Cost is: FREE. Join Lakeshore Learning for Free Crafts for Kids every Saturday. No reservation necessary. Just show up at craft time. For more info visit:

Every Wednesday in March – Upland Library Afterschool Adventure – at the Upland Public Library from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This event will be in the Brodie Room. For ages 5-9. The Cost is Free. Afterschoolers will be able to hear great stories, enjoy crafts, and have refreshments each week. This program lasts approximately 1 hour. Registration is not required. Just show up. Visit:

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:

Auto Club Speedway – The Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is located just five minutes from Rancho Cucamonga. You can enjoy NASCAR races or attend various other events that are scheduled throughout the year.

Sam Maloof Residence, Workshop & Gardens – Located at 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Lorna. Sam Maloof was America's most widely admired contemporary furniture craftsman. You'll enjoy visiting his historic residence, workshop and gardens located at the foothills of Rancho Cucamonga. Public tours of the Maloof residence are available twice weekly, and special group tours are available by appointment. The residence, workshop and gardens are operated by the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. Sam Maloof was entirely self-taught. Maloof's work has even been exhibited in the Smithsonian.

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).

Every Thursday Morning – Preschool Storytime @ Barnes and Noble – in Rancho Cucamonga – from 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm. For children 18 months – 6 years old. Cost is FREE. It's storytime in the Barnes and Noble Children's department every Thursday morning. Just show up.

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. and

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.

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:

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 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.

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:

Home Depot's Free Kid's Workshop. This month's activity: "Build a Rain Gauge". 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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Who: Kids 5 to 12. 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.

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.

What to do in Newport Beach?

March 1 – June 7 – Genealogy Series – Most Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Newport Beach Library. Classes are free but due to limited space, registration is recommended. The schedule is:

March 1 – Genealogy Orientation

March 15 – Genealogy Research Skills 101

March 29 – Genealogy Research Skills 102

April 12 – Genealogy Resources 101: Census Record

April 26 – Genealogy Resources 102: Vital Records

May 10 – Genealogy Resources 103: Immigration Records

May 24 – 104: Probate Records

June 7 – 105: Land Records

Call 949.717.3800 or visit:

March 1 – 24 – Photography Exhibit - "Moments Between Oceans" - by Scott Amling at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. A collage of original photography from Scott Amling of seashell still life along with shots from the nearby Balboa peninsula to settings farther away like Kauai, Hawaii and Hokkaido, Japan. Scott Armstrong's passion for photography began with his interest in architecture. Many of his photos are from trips throughout the United States and internationally. More information can be found at and

March 11 – San Juan Capistrano – Goin' Native Smart Gardening Series – Terrific Tomatoes – 9:30 am – 10:30 am. Location: Reata Park and Events Center, 28632 Ortega Hwy. Smart gardening classes with UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners and Goin' Native. For more information and to RSVP, contact marianne [at] goinnative [dot] net or call: 949.606.6704.

March 18 – OC Great Park Garden Workshops: Hot Season Veggies – 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Location: Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Workshops are free and held rain or shine. Call 949.809.9760 for more information. Admission and parking are free.

Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California – 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Public Library will host a family concert featuring ensembles from the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California. Talented young musicians from this Academy program, ages 5 through 8, and Concerto program ages 6 through 17 will perform in ensembles playing violin, viola, cello and oboe. The concert will also feature several concerto competition winners. This orchestra is an arts education organization. Admission to the concert is free. No registration required. Seating is first-come, first-served, limited by room capacity. For information, please call 949.717.3800, ext. 2, or visit:


March 18 – SAT Practice Test – 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. Sharpen your test-taking skills with a free, full-length practice SAT. In partnership with C2 Education of Newport Beach, the library will host a free SAT practice test. The test will last approximately 4 hours. Students do not need to bring pencil or paper but can bring a calculator if they wish. Results will be presented at a separate results program on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 pm. This is a free event but registration is required and space is limited. Please note: Once you submit your information, the registration form will say, "Your response has been accepted". That is your confirmation of registration. You will not receive a separate confirmation email when registering. Age Level: Teens. Questions? Call: 949.717.3800.

March 19 – Reading in the Redwoods@ Environmental Nature Center – Join us for a "Tree Hug Hike" out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain. Valerie will read Andrew Henry's Meadow, written and illustrated by Doris Burn. Afterward children and their adults will work to create a village together! 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 Location: 1601 East Sixteenth Street, Newport Beach, Admission and parking is free. Suitable for 3 – 12. For more information, call: 949.645.8489.

March 26 – Family Science Sunday @ MUTH Interpretive Center – 10:00 am – 3:00 m. Come join us for a fun day of learning! Family Science Sundays feature free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center's Discovery Classroom. Each month, we will explore a different educational theme. The activities are self-guided and may include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more! Fourth Sunday of every month. Located at 2301 University Ave. In Newport Beach. Suitable for ages 2-10. For more information: 949.923.2275.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach

1st and 3rd Saturday of Every Month – Family Hike @ MUTH Interpretive Center – Make some family time with this FREE and EASY 1 hour hike for all ages and learn more about Upper Newport Bay with a certified naturalist. Hike is dependant on weather, and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some steps. Meet on the patio of the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. From 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Come to 2301 University Ave. In Newport Beach. Parking and Admission is FREE. Suitable for ages 3 – 17. Call 949.923.2269.

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.

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:

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

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!