Underwater Parks Day is Saturday, January 16, 2016. Underwater Parks Day is a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s).
Join the Ocean Institute, Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and other partners, to celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast.
Learn about and explore our local Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area and understand the importance of protected areas such as this. Guided tidepool hikes, sea urchin dissections and other activities will highlight this amazing environment and animals that live just feet from our door.
The day is a coordinated event by marine science centers throughout Southern California to educate the public about the statewide network of Marine Protected and Conservation Areas and explain the need for these “underwater parks.”
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center – 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Admission is $10.00 for adults (13 yrs+), $7.50 for Children ages 3 -12 yrs and Seniors ages 65+, Children 2 and under are free.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Join Cabrillo Marina Aquarium for a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)! These areas, like parks on land, protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy.
To celebrate MPAs and ocean conservation, CMA is participating in Underwater Parks Day. There will be speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts for visitors so they can learn more about MPAs, how MPAs work, and where MPAs are located in Southern California.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Learn more about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Guests will be able to learn about the commercial and recreational activities permitted. MPA stories will be told using film, lectures, and interactive exhibits. The event will also feature educational booths and activities in the Great Hall.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Visitng the pre-parade float decorating has become a tradition for my family. Decorating the floats is a very slow and delicate process which you have to see to appreicate. I’m looking forward to see this years parade as the this years parade theme is “Find Your Adventure”.
My daughter’s favorite part of th pre-parade float decorating is watching the volunteers glue on on things like seeds, barley, beans, corn husk and dried flowers and in many cases – one bean at a time.
The float decorating areas smell amazing in the days right before the the parade. I’ve said it before – If you are anywhere near Pasadena, you must see the pre-parade float decoarting at least once in your lifetime.
General admission is $10.00 per person and FREE for children 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased on-site for December 29th & December 30thand are valid for all three float decorating locations. Ticket sales may stop when venues reach capacity. Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company at 626.795.4171 or www.sharpseating.com.
Float decorating locations are held at Rosemont Pavilion, Brookside Pavalion & Rose Palace.
There’s plenty of fun to be had outside of the float decorating halls as well. My girls enjoy driving the FREE airplanes rides provided by Our United State Aire Force and the Pop-Up Park provided by The National Park Service.
After the Rose Parade, you can view all of the floats up close. The post Parade viewing will be held from Friday, January 1, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2015.
Following the Rose Parade, the floral masterpieces are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards in Pasadena, allowing visitors to further appreciate the design and workmanship that goes into their creation. Visitors are able to walk within a few feet of the floats and see for themselves the creativity and detail of the floral displays. Tournament volunteer members – “white suiters” – are on hand to answer questions.
Post Parade Viewing times are as follows:
Jan. 1, 2016: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (ticket sales end at 3:00 pm, last entry at 4:00 pm)
Jan. 2, 2016: 7:00 am – 9:00 am (reserved for seniors & disabled visitors)
Jan. 2, 2016: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (ticket sales end at 3:00 pm, last entry at 4:00 pm)
Jan. 3, 2016: 7:00 am – 9:00 am (reserved for seniors & disabled visitors)
Jan. 3, 2016: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (ticket sales end at 3:00 pm, last entry at 4:00 pm)
Street parking near the event is limited. To accommodate the large number of expected attendees and to make each visit more enjoyable, the Tournament of Roses Association provides easy and convenient shuttle bus service from three Park-N-Ride locations. Shuttle riders have access to a priority entry line upon arriving at the venue.
PARK-N-RIDE tickets are available for $3.00 per person, round trip. Children 5 and younger ride free.
While your at the post-parade viewing event look for the National Park Service at all of the post-parade entrances and stop at the #LARangerTroca. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge and get sworn in as a Junior Ranger.
Yesterday, my girls and I had a wonderful afternoon at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary located in the lovely Modjeska Canyon. The drive through the wooded streets sets the pace for what’s in store.
As you pull into the sanctuary, you can immediately feel the charm of this special spot that is tucked away at the end of the end of the road.
The Nature Science Center is a great combination of exploration, hands on STEM activities, live animals, a gift shop and even has a few snacks available. There is plenty for the little’s to do and the staff is friendly and helpful.
The sanctuary is a peaceful place to observe, discover and explore. As you walk there is a helpful tips for everyone to get the best results for observation of wildlife and to be respectful of habitats that exist here. There are maps available at the entrance to guide you there the 12 acre preserve.
The sanctuary has tree lined paved and dirt paths with surprises around every corner. The sanctuary is the home to a 70 year old tortoise named “Henry”. The day was cold so Henry was in hiding when we visited.
The dirt paths inside the sanctuary were closed as it had just rained but we had a great time exploring the rest of the sanctuary and sitting in the Observation Porch.
After taking in the beauty of the sanctuary we visited the Sensory Garden and hiked the Chaparral Trail, which is a short but moderate hike. The well maintained dirt trail has a gorgeous natural stairway to some fantastic views and observation spots.
Be sure to use the spotting scopes at both the Sanctuary and on the Chaparral Trail or bring a pair of binoculars for even better views.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous hike or a mountain bike ride, try the Harding Truck Trail. This is said to be a challenging trail/ride. Please visit Alltrails.com and MTBproject.com for more details.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting an Open House on December 29, 30 & 31, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is a walk-in program and pre-registration is not required for individuals. The open house will include somthing for the entire family to do.
Enjoy a guided easy one hour nature walk at 12:00 pm. An Animal Aambassador will tell stories about local history and talk about the wildlife that visits Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Children can make nature themed crafts, such as bird feeders, a sun catcher a reindeer hat and more
Sip on FREE Hot Apple cider and cookies in the Nature Science Center (while supplies last)
Learn all about the flora and fauna of Orange County from the staff
Although there is no entrance fee to visit the sanctuary, donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested donations is $3.00 per personTucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and operated by California State University, Fullerton. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be closed on Thursday Dec. 24 and Friday Dec. 25, as well as New Years Day.
The sanctuary hosts several special events during the year including, Summerfest, Bat Night and a Gray Wolf presentation from Wolf Totem Ambassadors.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances and an arts & crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections.
The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
Musical performance to be showcased will include: The Darden Sisters and The Sugar Daddies, as well as the following dance groups; Corona Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Monte Alban, CF Dance Group and the American Martial Arts Academy.
A clothing Drive will be taking place as well, so look through you closet and bring along some gently used clothing. Donations are being accepted at the St. Juliana table. .
St. Juliana Church in Fullerton is currently gathering donations of men’s and women’s clothing for staying warm and dry, such as jeans, pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes and NEW ONLY socks and underwear please. The clothing will be distributed at the emergency shelter for homeless people in Fullerton.
When: Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: The Muckenthalet Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
“Seas the Holidays” at 107th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade for a beautiful display of decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes as they sail along the harbor.
The Christmas Boat Parade sets the harbor ablaze for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 16 and ending Sunday, December 20, 2014. The parade starts off Bay Island at 6:30 pm and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 pm each evening.
Many of the boats will be richly decorated with animated Christmas scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event. The Christmas floats will wind their way some 14 miles around the harbor to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight that has delighted millions of people for a century.
The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, has been hailed as “one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times.
We enjoy taking in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade from inside Balboa Island. The property owners in Balboa Island decorate their homes, the streets and the docking slips to provide what’s referred to as the “Ring of Lights”,
Balboa Island comes alive with thousands of twinkling lights making the evening even more spectacular. We find a cozy spot on the waterfront, bring our dinner and get ready for the show.
This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with the University of California Irvine’s Jumpstart Children First program.
Future Storytime in the garden dates are as follows:
Come and explore Ralph B. Clark’s Park’s FREE Family Fossil Day for hands on fun the whole family can enjoy while learning about Clark Park’s rich fossil history.
A certified paleontologist will be on hand to guide the group throughout the three hour program that begins promptly at 9:30 am. The tour starts at the interpretive center followed a hike to the marine fossil site (Must be 6 years and older for hike)
The free family friendly event will be held at The Los Coyotes Interpretive Center, located inside Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, no reservations are required.
When: Saturday, December 5, 2105 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Blvd., Buena Park, CA90621
Cost: The Event is FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle
For more information and directions call (714) 973-3170.
It’s that time again when I start talking about Christmas lighting and related events and again I must begin with my favorite Christmas light display: the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn located at Riverside, CA.
The Riverside Festival of Lights kick-offs on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at noon followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at 4:30 p.m.
Be prepared to be dazzled by more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The switch-on show is stunning.
At the entrance to the Mission Inn, you are greeted by giant nutcracker and displays in the gardens that lead you into the lobby where you’ll find a gorgeous Christmas tree. There are several restaurants that host stunning outside eating areas as well as the historic Presidential Lounge.
The beautifully decorated courtyards outside the Mission Inn offer plenty to see and do. Visit one of the many shops in Downtown Riverside, eat at one of food vendors, visit one of the local restaurants, Go Ice Skating, grab a cup cake at the original Casey’s Cupcakes while listening to some live entertainment, go for a horse-drawn carriage ride or find that book you’ve been searching for (or never knew you needed) at Downtowne Book Store, an awesome used book store.
My favorite thing to do is to go inside the Mission Inn and marvel at the beauty of this place. The mission Inn holds a special place in my heart. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. After visiting the Mission Inn, we go across the street and grab coffee and some hot cocoa and enjoy the view of the Mission Inn’s dazzling light display.
The Festival of Lights runs from Friday, November 27, 2015 through Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
Come join OC Parks for Heritage Day at Irvine Ranch. This is the official opening of Irvine Ranch Historic Park!
Six historic structures were recently fully restored. Come and learn about the historic significance of these buildings and what a day at the ranch would have been like 100 years ago.
The family-friendly day will feature crafts, live music, historic interpretive stations, a petting zoo, photo booth and park tours. Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Food trucks will be on site.
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Irvine Ranch Historic Park, 13042 Old Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92602
Cost: FREE, Parking will be available next door at: St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 51 Market Place, Irvine
In honor of all of our active and retired Veterans, there are some great Veterans Day Ceremonies & Parades taking place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Here’s a list of some of great events taking place locally as well as link to Vetfriends.com, they offer a list of ceremonies and /or parades throughout the country.
Anaheim Veterans Day Celebration– Join in the celebration on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. for a special ceremony honoring our veterans. The celebration takes place at the Anaheim Veterans Plaza in Downtown Anaheim (next to MUZEO). Parking is FREE and available in the parking structure behind Anaheim City Hall at 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., or on Center Street.
Costa Mesa– A Free community celebration with live music, care package collection drive and food drive for veterans, children and adult “Thank You” art projects, historic military vehicles on display, free hot dogs and veteran organizations connecting veterans to jobs and other programs.The celebration takes places at OC Fair & Event Center – Main Mall, Lot A (Enter at Gate 1 off Fair Dr) from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
City of Fullerton – The observance, hosted by Fullerton American Legion Post 142, Fullerton Emblem Club 469, and the City of Fullerton will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade in Fullerton’s historic downtown. Event takes place on Wilshire Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard and adjacent to the Fullerton Museum Center, go North on Harbor Blvd. and end at Hillcrest Park, which is located at the intersection of Harbor and Valley View Drive.
Huntington Beach – First, join the City of Huntington Beach and the American Legion Post 133 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza for a special Veterans Day program. The event will feature Mayor Jill Hardy, several Veteran speakers and the Huntington Beach High School Band. See more information here.
Afterwards, Surf City Veterans Day Car Show returns with over 500 woodies, hot rods, muscle cars, exotics, VWs, and rat rods. Donations benefiting US Combat wounded veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan will be accepted at locations throughout the show. The event begins at 9 am with an opening ceremony, then a salute to POW’s MIA at 12 pm. Free to spectators. www.SoCalCarCulture.com
City of Irvine – Veterans Day Ceremony at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi will speak at the City’s traditional Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will also feature remarks by Michelle De La Cruz, Commander, American Legion Post 838; and Lt. Col. Christian Ellinger, U.S. Marine Corps. The day will be highlighted by presentations from the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment Color Guard and the Irvine Police Department Honor Guard. Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.
City of Orange – Join the City of Orange as we honor past veterans and current military with patriotic music and inspirational speeches. This event is open to the general public and all veterans, current military, friends and family are encouraged to attend. Depot Park is located at 100 Atchison St. Orange, CA and begins at 2:00 p.m.
Parades and ceremonies outside of Orange County
Ronald Regan Presidential Library, Simi Valley – To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Wednesday, November 11. The day’s activities include a live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military.
The program, which begins at 11:00 a.m., includes an honor guard and remarks by retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. Staff Sergeant Mills is a wounded warrior, motivational speaker, and international advocate for veterans and amputees. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive his injuries as a quadruple amputee. He started the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans, www.travismills.org. Following the program, Staff Sergeant Mills will be signing his brand new book Tough as They Come: A Memoir (release date November 3, 2015). Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive signature.
Outdoor events and the program are free to attend, however reservations are recommended to attend the program. Reserve seats and to pre-purchase books, please . Muse register here. Museum admission rates apply to visit the Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion, including our special exhibit, Football! The Exhibition. Veterans with valid ID will receive free admission to the Museum on November 11. Active military members with valid ID are always free.
City of Redlands – The 2015 Veterans Day Parade & picnic takes place tomorrow, November 11, 2015.The Veterans Day Parade begins at 9 am at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Redlands Blvd. and ends at Jennie Davis Park.
The picnic starts at 10:30 am at Jennie Davis Park. Activities for the day include airplane flyovers, military vehicles, bands, floats, classic cars, local ROTC units, service clubs, veterans organizations, government leaders, vendor booths, kids’ zone and more.
(Redlands Blvd. & New York Street)
San Diego Veterans Day Paradde Open to all, and free of charge to view or to participate. the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, on N Harbor Drive. The Start Line is in the vicinity of the Fountain Plaza in front of the County Administration Building.
OC Parks would like to invite you and your kids to a fun morning of fishing at Irvine Regional Park! This Kid’s Fishing Clinic (for ages 16 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from our pond.
Whether this is your first time fishing or you are a regular, you will have fun trying to catch some fish. Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate, assist and answer any questions. Please bring your own fishing pole and bait. If you do not have a fishing pole, there will be some available for loan.
The lake will be stocked with rainbow trout and there will be a two-fish limit. Prizes will be available for tagged fish. Registration is required at the OC Parks check-in table on the day of the event.
When: Saturday, November 14, 2105 from 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
On Saturday, November 7, 2014, Join Discovery Cube at Cal State Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch event!
Participate in hands-on activities and challenges
Witness flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets
Bring a carved pumpkin for our pumpkin carving contest (must be pre-carved)
Enjoy food from your favorite gourmet food trucks
Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!
Saturday, November 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton is located at 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. Parking is free on Saturdays. Campus map and directions are available online.
This event gives engineering enthusiasts can watch various homemade trebuchets launch pumpkins through the air during the competition.
For a more hands-on lesson on projectiles, youngsters are invited to build their own mini catapults with Popsicle sticks and launch marshmallows. Other activities include pop-rocket building and a whiffle ball catapult station. Plus, a medieval showcase will present costumes, weapons, weaving materials and other replicated artifacts from the medieval ages.
The Hoot N’ Howl Night Hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park is back! Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. This FREE guided night hike will feature activities including:
• A visit to the Nature Center • A live animal presentation • A hike through the wilderness area
Carbon Canyon Regional Park is located at 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823
This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. This is the first of three night hikes scheduled at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. The next two are scheduled on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., space is limited, please call to register (714) 973-3160 or email email@example.com
Save these dates for future night hikes: Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Saturday, January 16, 2016.
Just a reminder – there’s still time to sign up for Dino Dash, Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser.
The 25th annual Dino Dash takes place this Sunday, November 1, 2015. The Dino Dash rallies the community together in support of over 24,000 students within Tustin Unified and helps support local public schools. There is an event for everyone – the timed 10K and 5K, the 2K fun run and the non-timed 15K and 50K bike tours.
Join the Expo before and after the event for food, games, entertainment and plenty of giveaways.
The Seven Gables 50K bike tour goes through picturesque Santiago Canyon. The bike tour is not timed, so you take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All participants will receive a dry-fit tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal, and a FREE food court ticket. We will have well-stocked rest stops and SAG support throughout the course.
If your not ready for a 50K ride, try out the 15K shorter course. You will still get the tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal and a FREE food court ticket. Just watch for the signs indicating the shorter course.
Both the 50K and the 15K finish at the Bike Finish on Myford and a secured Bike Valet is available to store your gear and bike while you visit the expo.
You can sport this cool cycling Jersey in support of Dino Dash, just click on the picture to purchase the jersey, socks, lunch tickets or VIP parking.
Below are links for each course map , including start and finish lines.