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Fun in the Sun in September!

The Happening That’s Happening From the IE to the OC in September 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. Fall is upon us and the warm sun has not left. This means great weather for more fun family events.  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 Upland and Rancho Cucamonga area?


Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – Japanese Language Lessons - Students will learn basic Japanese language skills in a relaxed environment. All ages and levels welcome. Excellent brain exercise for seniors! Please contact us for more info: .

September 15 - Fontana Day at the Fair – Animal encounters, life-size dinosaurs, dragons, wizards and beasts, carnival and food!!

September 16 – Foothill Family Thrift Store Community Open Air Market – from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Located at: 100 West 9th Street in Upland at the Western Christian High School. Community Open Air Market Where you will be able to shop and find rustic furniture, antiques, clothing, jewelry, art collectibles and lots more! *Vendor spots still available. Please contact Veronica at (909)982-1785,

September 16 – Murder Mystery? Mystery at Earthquake Saloon – There will be two shows that day. Due to popular demand, Center Stage Fontana is proud to present another special edition of our MURDER MYSTERY WEEKEND.   Journey back to the 1880’s Old West! You are all town folk attending the surprise wedding between Rattlesnake Dick (the town CAD) and Bethany Sanders (the Mail Order Bride he won in a poker game!) Not everyone is happy about this union and someone is about to pay dearly … with their LIFE! This event features a full 3-course meal intertwined with devilishly fun entertainment. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by the quirky cast of characters who will take you on a journey of murder and mayhem!! The show is presented in three acts between courses; however, even while dining our mysterious cast of characters will engage the guests in quiet conversation about the mystery at hand. Choose from 2pm matinee OR 7:30pm showtime!

September 27 – 16th Annual Night of Trivia – Silent Auction and Raffle – 6:00 pm, Carnegie Library, 123 East D Street, Upland, CA. Appetizers, beverages and desserts will be served. Help us fight illiteracy and decide to make a difference. All proceeds will benefit Adult and Family Literacy at Upland Public Library.

Ongoing Monthly Events in the Upland and Rancho Cucamonga area:

Every Wednesday and Thursday – Discovery Club at Archibald and Biane Libraries – 4:00 pm – This program is specially designed for school-aged children 6 – 12. 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 storytime and will be available at the Children's Information Desk 30 minutes before the program. For more information call 909.477.2720, ext. 3925.

Every Friday in September – 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.

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:

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.

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. 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.

Claremont Artisans and Farmers Market – Every Sunday, rain or shine. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – FREE – located on Indian Hill Ave. and 2nd Street in Claremont Village. 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.

September 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.

September 4 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 September – Pajama Storytime at Biane Library –  6:00 – 6:30 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 & 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:

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.

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.

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

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.

What to do in the Newport Beach area:

September 1 - 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.

September 7 – Mission Viejo – Cool Season Vegetables – 6:00 – 7:30 pm. At Norman Murray Community Center located at 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA. The cool season vegetable garden. What to plant, how to plant and how to care for the cool season garden. Classes are free.

September 9 - OC Great Park Garden Workshops: Salads from Seeds – 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Located at Orange County Great Park, 6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA. How to grow various green leafy vegetables from seed to make fresh, tasty salads from your own garden.

Workshops are free, and held rain or shine.

September 9 – Green on Green and 9th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. At the Civic Center Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and City of Newport Beach invite all residents to join them on the Civic Center green for the Green on Green and Disaster Preparedness Expo.  Admission and parking are free.  Local businesses and organizations will be showcasing "green" practices, innovation, products and education.  There will also be informational booths on how to prepare for any unexpected disaster.  For more details and exhibitor information, contact the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce at (949) 729-4400 or or contact the Newport Beach Fire Department at (949) 644-3112

September 10 – Concert at Marina Park – Tijuana Dogs – Rock, R & B, Pop, located at 1600 West Balboa Blvd. From 4 – 6 pm. Come enjoy a free concert at Marina Park overlooking the Bay. Bring a beach chair and blanket, food available for purchase. Call 949-270-8150.

September 13 – Yorba Linda, Cool Season Vegetables – 7:00 – 8:30 pm, located at Yorba Linda Library, 18181 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda. UCCE Master Gardeners present Grow It Now! Cool Season Vegetables. From gourmet selections to a stir-fry garden, this presentation by the UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners covers everything you need to know about starting and growing vegetables that you can harvest in fall, winter and early spring. Learn how to "start something" that you can harvest and eat throughout the cool season. Get tips for fitting more into smaller spaces and busy lifestyles. Held in the Library Community Room.

September 17 – Making Memoried for Children: Author Jennifer Holm – From 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Newport Beach Central Library. Newberry Honor Award winning author, Jennifer Holm will talk about The Fourteenth Goldfish as well as her popular graphic novel book series, the Babymouse series and the Squish series. Ms. Holm is the New York Times bestselling children’s author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise and The Fourteenth Goldfish. She has won three Newberry Honor Awards for her books. No admission charge; seating is limited *Location: Friends Meeting Room, Central Library 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach *Info & Reservations: events [at] nbplfoundation [dot] org or 949.548.2411. Located at 1000 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach.

September 19 – Fall Crafts – 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Mariner's Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave in Newport Beach. Join us in celebrating the return of Fall by making some fun Fall Crafts! Ages 3-8. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. First come, first served, limited by room capacity. This event is funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Library.

September 22 – Movie in the Park – The Lego Batman Movie – 6:00 pm. Location at Cliff Drive Park, 301 Riverside Ave, Newport Beach. Bring a chair, towel or blanket to sit on and join your friend, neighbors and family for the fun community event!

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.


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. 

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:

Fashion Island – 401 Newport Center Drive - Orange County’s premier open-air retail center, Fashion Island boasts specialty shops, world-class department stores and a vast array of restaurants and cafes, in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

Fashion Island is, sadly, not as kid-friendly as it once was. However, there are still some things at Fashion Island to entertain the little ones, most notably the 20,000 gallon koi pond outside the Atrium area. Here kids can step across the pond on floating stones and get up close to the beautiful koi fish in an idyllic outdoor setting. There are also some kid-friendly stores in the center, including a toy store and stylish and eco-friendly stores for kid clothing. You can also watch a movie in the adjacent theaters, or simply get on the complimentary trolley that rides throughout the center and parking area. Call 949-721-2000 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:

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. 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.

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:

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.


Every Saturday and Sunday morning - 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.

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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