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Awesome August Fun! Something for everyone.

 The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in August 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. 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 climb a mountain 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 Upland and Rancho Cucamonga area?

 August 4 and every Friday in August – Victoria's Farmer's Market – at Victoria Gardens, 10 am to 2 pm. Take a fresh approach to shopping every Friday. South Main Street. Local fresh produce, local flavors and edibles, grass fed meat, handmade arts and crafts.

 August 11 – 20 – Lewis Family Playhouse – Love Letters - Poetic, elegant and profoundly touching, Love Letters shows that, despite how things seem, what divides us is rarely as powerful as what connects us, and love comes when you least expect it. For tickets and more information, call 909.477.2752. Visit:

 Free Family Movie Nights – Cypress Center, every third Friday from 6 – 8 pm. - Free snacks and refreshments are included. August 18 – Finding Dory. Mary Vagle Nature Center – Movies under the stars, Saturdays 8 pm. All ages are welcome. August 5 - Moana. Steelworker's Auditorium – August, Thursdays at 6 pm. Call the Lewis Library at 574-4500 for the film schedule.

August 6, 13, 20 and 27th - Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – FREE – located on W 2nd St between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. Voted best farmer’s market in the Inland Empire (Los Angeles Times, 2012), the Farmers & Artisans Market was founded in 1996 to connect California farmers and artisans to the local community, and features over 100 grower and artisan members sharing their goods and services throughout the year. Highlights include Certified Organic Produce, Specialty Artisans & Crafts, and Flowers & Plants Sponsored by The Claremont Forum.

Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland and Rancho Cucamonga area:

First Friday of Every Month - Square Dancing - All ages welcome. Join the RC Bachelors 'N Bachelorettes for an evening of fun. August dance held at RC Family Resource (9791 Arrow Rte.). Call to inquire: 909.477.2782. 7:00 pm. $7 at the door.

Afghan Social Club - Building Relationships in the Neighborhood. This club is open to anyone who would like to learn about the Afghan culture and history. Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Group Leader: Jamila Fazel.

Downtown Upland Family Night Out - The Thursday night market, "Downtown Upland Family Night Out," is back for the 2017 season. We're concentrating on more unique items, arts and crafts of all sorts. We've added a great Kidz Zone with free games and activities (check our EVENTS page). Save the date every Thursday night, 5 - 9. Visit weekly to enjoy vendors, food, music, drawings, & community. Call 909.509.6414 or visit:

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.

August 1 & throughout the month - DAQ – Free Zumba – From 8:00 to 9:00 am. at the Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center. 1010 S. Bon View Ave., Ontario, CA. Cost is FREE. This dance fitness class will get you moving and get you in shape. Ages 18+, participants must have an emergency card on file. For more information, please call: 909.395.2300.

August 1 and throughout the month - The Wiz Kidz Club – 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center. 1010 S Bon View Ave. in Ontario, CA. Cost is FREE. Students receive assistants with their homework assignments while developing and improving their scholastic skills. Kindergarten through High School. For information, please contact: 909.395.2300.

Every Tuesday in August – Pajama Storytime at Biane Library –  6:00 – 6:30 pm and 7:00 – 7:30 pm at Biane Story Library Theatre.  This evening story time 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 story times require tickets for each family member attending story time and will be available at the Children's Information desk 30 minutes before the program. 12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga.

Every Tuesday in August – Rhyme Time at Biane Library – Located at 12505 Cultural Center Drive 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 909.477.2720 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 – Biane 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 Biane Library, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga. For more info, call: 909.477.2720, ext. 3975 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.

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 at 12:00 and 1:00 at the Biane Library 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.

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.

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.

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 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:

 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.

What to do in the Newport Beach area:

August 12 – Saturday Car Wash Fundraiser – From 10:00 – 3:00 pm. at Newport Dunes 1131 Back Bay Drive, (Use the 2nd entrance and follow the signs) Newport Beach, Dining at the Back Bay Bistro? Why not get your car washed while you dine! Volunteer marines from 1st Battalion/1st Marines will scrub your car squeaky clean! Located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach.

August 12 – Buck Gulley Upper Loop Evening Hike – FREE – 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Staging Location - Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road Newport Coast.  Hikes are FREE, but you must register at Explore the richness of Newport Beach’s Buck Gully Reserve as we hike during the beautiful early evening hours. The stream is running and the rich plant and animal life is enjoying the cool, shady canyon, making for a fantastic evening hike in a natural oasis amid the suburban surroundings. We’ll walk along San Joaquin Hills Road, which overlooks Buck Gully, for the first mile and then drop down into the canyon on the Bobcat Trail, looping back through the upper end of the gully along the Buck Gully Trail. This activity is conducted at a walking pace, approximately 3 miles per hour.

August 26 – Raised Bed Gardens – Shipley Nature Center – 10:00 – 11:00 am. Located at Shipley Nature Center at 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach. UCCE Master Gardeners give monthly garden lectures and have the "Ask A Master Gardener" table from 10:00 to 11:00 am to answer general gardening questions at Shipley Nature Center.  This month the talk is about raised bed gardens and container - advantages and tips for success. For more information, call 714-842-4772.

August 26 - Balboa Peninsula Trolley – 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Take the trolley to the Balboa Village. Explore the Balboa Peninsula on board the City's new trolley this summer. The trolley operates on Saturdays and Sundays and the Fourth of July from June 17 through September 3, 2017. Hours of operation each day are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The service is free and riders can get on and off the trolley at any of the 18 stops along the way. Free parking is available in the Hoag Hospital lower parking lot off of Coast Highway at Hospital Road. The trolley route goes up and down Newport Boulevard to the Balboa Pier/Balboa Village.

August 25 – Movie in the Park – Grant Howald Park – 6:45 pm. Location at 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar. Bring a chair, towel or blanket to sit on and join your friend, neighbors and family for the fun community event!

Preschool Storytime @ Mariner's Library – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3-5 years old. Located at Mariner's Library, 1300 Irvine Ave in Newport Beach. 

July 2 and continues until September 10, 2017 – The Science of Sailing - Ocean Quest’s Science of Sailing showcase integrates ship models with artifacts and connects them to science concepts and hands-on activities. Areas of focus include the science of simple machines and how they incorporate design, navigation, and communication. Along the way, visitors will be introduced to the unique and historic elements related to the nautical history of the Newport Harbor. Activities include: Mini-boat building, Sail trimming, Pulley races, Historic and iconic items, such as the Snowbird sailboat, will be on display and  Learning about boat safety. Location is: Discovery Cube Ocean Quest at 600 East Bay Avenue, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 675-8915.

Beginning June 2017 and goes throughout the summer – Summer Program for Kids at Mariner's Library - The Newport Beach Public Library will kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program beginning June 25 at the Central Library and the three branch libraries, Corona del Mar, Balboa and Mariners. The Children’s Summer Reading Program will run from June 26 to August 12 with the theme “Reading by Design” Special programs, featuring magic shows, crafts and entertainment will be held weekly at the four Newport Beach Public Library locations. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, Crean Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Avenue, Newport Beach, Balboa Branch Library, 100 East Balboa Blvd., Balboa, Corona del Mar Branch Library, 420 Marigold Avenue, Corona del Mar. Located at: 1300 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. For more information, call 949.717.3838.

Wild Tales @ Muth Interpretive Center - Children will experience a story, light trail hike (weather permitting) and an arts or crafts activity in this interactive parent & child experience led by a naturalist. Meet in the classroom at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Walk-ups are ok (space limiting) but RSVP is recommended especially for groups larger than 5. A $5 program donation (cash only) is collected to help support our educational programs. Located at 2301 University Ave, Newport Beach. Call: 949.923.2269 or visit:

Concerts on the Green at Newport Beach Civic Center - The City Arts Commission presents another series of “Concerts on the Green” during the summer of 2017. Concerts on the Green will be "on the Green" at the Newport Beach Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Bring your low-slung beach chairs and a picnic dinner or purchase food from gourmet food trucks Barcelona on the Go and the Bakery Truck. Located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. Call 949.644.3211 or visit:

Fabulous Fridays at Newport Beach Central Library - Kick off your weekend with some fun and fabulous stories and crafts. Children ages 4-9 will enjoy listening to engaging stories and creating a special craft to take home. Located at 1000 Avocado Ave in Newport Beach. Call: 949.717.3800. Or visit:

Muth Interpretive Center - The Newport Bay Conservancy is pleased to support Orange County Parks at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center. This 10,000 square foot educational facility was built into the side of one of the bluffs on the north side of the Bay. It offers panoramic views of the Bay yet is nestled so unobtrusively that many local residents are still unaware that the Interpretive Center is there. The center is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (949) 923-2290. The center, which opened in October 2000, provides a focal point for the public’s enjoyment of the Bay. Here young and old alike can take a journey through a series of exhibits and interactive displays that make the Bay come alive. Visitors learn about life in and around an estuary and why Upper Newport Bay is such an important estuary. The knowledge and understanding gained here will give people an even greater appreciation of the Bay when they take guided walking and water tours or explore the Bay on their own. Watch “Nature in Your Backyard” in the Ray and Elsa Watson Theater or check out the live reptile and amphibian displays in the classrooms. (These include the gopher snake shown here.) The classrooms are open to the public when programs are not being conducted in them. Feel free to let your children feel at home. Location: Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For more information, call: 949.923.2290.

Ongoing Events in Newport Beach/Orange County Area

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.

Kayak Rental at Newport Aquatic Center - 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 Beach Back Bay is fun and easy. Rent a Kayak and explore at your own pace! Located at 1 Whitecliffs Drive in Newport Beach. Call 949.646.7725 for more information. Restricted to ages 7 – 17. Free parking. Visit:

Big Canyon Trail – San Joaquin Hills Rd & Back Bay Drive - 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 1/2 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.

The Upper Newport Bay is the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. An estuary is a coastal wetland where salt water from the ocean mixes with nutrient-rich fresh water from inland sources, to provide a fertile feeding area for birds, fish and other animals. 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 the spring and summer many birds that have migrated from the south nest here, together with other birds that are year-round residents. Call 949.640.6746 for more information or visit:, and

Every Thursday and Friday – Hooray for Pre-K! - From 10:00 am – 10:20 am at Archibald Library Story Theater. This storytime focuses on four and five year olds and their caregivers with stories, dialogic reading, school readiness tips, music, movements and more. Registration required. Call 909.477.2720, ext. 3925.

 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

 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!