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Have an Amazing April With Many Fun Events to Choose From.

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in April 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. Spring seems to be close at hand. Days are longer so families feel like there are more hours in the daylight to find fun things to do. Having our offices located in Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland California gives us a wide variety of events to choose from. Of course one of the best things about Southern California is the fact that you can go snowboarding in the morning and sit on the beach to watch the sunset all in the same day.

Whether you are in the Inland Empire or in Orange County and you are looking for a great thing to do this month here are a few ideas:

What to do in the Inland Empire?

April 18 – The Fontana Park Aquatic Center hosts Special Olympics – The swim competition takes place on April 8 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Event is free to attend and participate! For more information on how to join the swim team, please call the Fontana Park Aquatic Center at 909.854.5111 or visit our Aquatics Special Olympic page. Practices are held Saturdays from 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the Fontana Park Aquatic Center. For more information on how to join the basketball team, please contact Nick Johnson at 909.428.8864.

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:

Harvey Mudd College's Homework Hotline – Students in grade 4 – 12 are offered FREE math and science tutoring service. The program reinforces concepts and helps students develop better problem – solving skills. We are committed to guiding student callers through their math and science homework questions, Sunday through Thursday, from 6-9 pm. There are certain days of the academic year when we will be closed. These include national holidays and Harvey Mudd College Semester breaks and finals week. Hotline number is: 877.827.5462.

Every Saturday in April – 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 April – 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 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:

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.

First Saturday of every month - Kid's Club at Michael's – They craft, you shop. Kids 3 and up and enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 for project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. From 11:00 – 1:00 pm.

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.

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:

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:

First Saturday of every month - 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.

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?

April 1 – 15 – Easter Bunny at Fashion Island – 10:00 am, located at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr. The season's favorite bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden at the Atrium lawn, April 1 – 15th! Questions? Call: 949.720.2000.

April 1 – 15 – 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

April 5 – Cultivating Gardening Skills – Buzz About Bees-Evening Class – from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, location: South Coast Research and Extension Center. This hands on workshop series offers gardeners opportunities to learn and practice new skills. For questions, call 949.809.9760 or visit: (workshops are free and held rain or shine)

April 13 – Let's Make Comics – From 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Central Library Children's Room at 1000 Avocado Ave. Have you ever wanted to write your own comic book? Join comic book artist Javier Hernandez for an interactive workshop that guides kids through the process of making their own comic book story they can keep and take home after the class. Let's celebrate National Library Week and make comics! This program is geared for elementary through high school students.

April 15 – OC Great Park Garden Workshops: Habitat Garden – from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, location: Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. Workshops are free and held rain or shine. For questions, call 949.809.9760 or visit:

April 15 – Easter Egg Hunt @ Tustin Sports Park – Egg hunt, petting zoo and bounce houses. This free event will feature an Egg Hunt for kids 9 and under at 9:00 am. Other activities include: Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Entertainment, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Pancake Breakfast, etc. Egg hunt starts at 9:00 am. Located at Tustin Sports Park, 12850 Robinson Drive, Tustin, CA. Admission is free. Street parking available. Suitable for kids ages

1 – 9. Questions? Call 714.573.3326.

April 26 – Genealogy Resources 102: Vital Records – from 7-8:30 pm at the Central Library Media Lab at 1000 Avocado Avenue in Newport Beach. Vital records and their substitutes contain a wide variety of useful information beyond birth, marriage, death dates and locations. Through this class participants will discover the value of the information found in birth, marriage and death records; the best strategic order in which to obtain vital records; and how to use the information contained within them to further your genealogy research. Registration is required.

Ongoing Events in the Newport Beach Area:

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:

Shark Lagoon Nights – The public is invited to get up close with the ocean's ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during the Shark Lagoon nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium's Shark Lagoon. Almost every Friday – but some Fridays are excluded. Please check dates for availability. Shark Lagoon Nights are weather – dependent. These are FREE events. Please call 562.590.3100, ext. 0 for more information.

Writing Workshop – From 10:00 am – 11:30 am. This is a 6 week writing workshop for writers of all levels. This is a great opportunity to improve your skills. Facilitated by literary tutor, Sylvia Chronister. Space for this class is limited. Pre-registration required. Please call 949.717.3874 to find out how to join the program.

It's Your Estate – Estate Planning Basics – From 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave. in Newport Beach. This annual 8 week series of workshops provides attendees with education and practical solutions to financial and estate planning issues so that they can be in charge of their estates during their lifetimes and beyond. These free workshops are presented as a community service – for education only. Nothing will be sold. From April 3 – May 22nd. For more information, call 949.548.2411. Email: events [at] nbplfoundation [dot] org.

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.

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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