Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Dec 2010

Through Jan. 30th, 2011
Richard Avedon Showing: Fashion, Stage, and Screen - Palm Springs
Black and White photographs show Avedon's use of the camera to create images that helped to define fashion, theater and the movies. Palm Springs Art Musemum, 101 N Museum Dr. www.psmuseum.org

Salton Seacan be great for birds as they migrate to warmer locations. Both Brown and White Pelicans come here. Check out the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge for large flocks for birds in their ponds. Best time is now through January. The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year. Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=81631
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetCommunity/page.aspx?pid=1771
More information: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/capalmsprings/a/salton_sea.htm

December 2010

Dec 4 - Pearl Harbor Day Troop Train Excursion - Los Angeles
Reservations required. Journey back in time to the 1940's aboard vintage streamliner train cars with reenactors in authenic military uniforms and vintage civilian attire. Union Station, Los Angeles to San Diego and return. www.overlandtrail.com $99.95 Roundtrip. San Diego to LA possible. (714)546-6923.

Dec 4 - Planes of Fame Japanese Zero - Chino
The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport will present its monthly "Living History Flying Day" event on Saturday, December 4, from 10 AM to 12 noon, featuring its Japanese Zero WW II fighter plane. The presentation will culminate around noon with a demonstration flight of the only original Japanese Zero Fighter in the world. Comfortable seating is provided in their main hanger for the discussion. The Zero will be parked right outside, readily accessible for up close and personal inspection and photography before it takes to the air. General Admission is $11.00, address 7000 Merrill Ave., #17 Chino, CA 91710. Thanks to Bob Willard for info.

Dec 16-19 - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade - Newport Beach
FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 16-December 20 2009. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over 1 million people view the parade each year. For those of you that would like to be in parade Newport Landing offers 2 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Location for cruises: Newport Landing Sportfishing 309 Palm - Suite A Newport Beach Ca.

Dec 30-Port of San Diego Big Balloon Parade and Festival - San Diego
Large balloon parade, includes giant character balloons, marching bands, drill teams, floats, Wiener Dog Race, 5K run. Downtown, www.holidaybowl.com. Part of the Holiday Bowl Celebration.

January 2011

Jan 1-Feb 26 - Ramona Grasslands Hawk Watch - Ramona
Each Saturday, bird-watchers observe and learn about wintering and resident raptors. Wildlife Reasearch Institute. (760) 789-3992. www.wildlife-research.org
Visit the Ramona Grasslands with the Wildlife Research Institute, Inc. Observe both our wintering and resident raptors. You will see raptors such as the Golden Eagle, the wintering Ferruginous Hawk, the Red-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon and the Red-shouldered Hawk. Nineteen (19) species of raptors alone have been recorded at this Raptor Hotspot! You will observe the wild raptors and learn the life-histories of these hawks and eagles and the significance of the Ramona Grassland ecosystem to the raptors’ survival from WRI Biologists. There will be demonstrations of hawk banding and tracking eagles with transmitters. This free, educational program is open to the public and rewarding for all ages. HAWKWATCH IS HELD EVERY SATURDAY IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2010 from 9 AM – 12 NOON. Program begins promptly at 9 am. Bring binoculars and cameras if you have them, our biologists will have spotting scopes for your use. We recommend you layer your clothing and wear sturdy shoes, although there is no hiking. Our facility is handicapped accessible. Only heavy rain cancels. The event is at WRI Headquarters, which is located on Highland Valley Road near the intersection of Rangeland and Highland Roads. Directions: From the south & west, Take Highway 67 to Ramona and turn north (left turn) on Highland Valley Road for 2 miles and look for our sign, Wildlife Research Institute, Inc. on the right, 18030 Highland Valley Road. From the north, take Highway 78 to Ramona Main Street (Hwy 67) turn right, proceed 3 miles to Highland Valley Road turn north (right turn) for 2 miles and look for our sign, Wildlife Research Institute, Inc., 18030 Highland Valley Road.

Jan 8-9 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
Aerobatics, parachute teams, car show, aircraft displays and food. Cable Airport is located at the North West corner of 13th and Benson in the very west end of San Bernardino County in the city of Upland. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM, Free Parking, $7.00 admission.

Jan 14-17 - Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - Morro Bay
Photograph and learn about the area's native and transitory bird species. Experts lead more than 110 field trips during the festival including boat trips and kayak trips. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org. (866) 464-5105

Jan 15-16 - Asian American Expo - Pomona
At the Fairplex. Lunar New Year celebration with more than 800 echibitors, live music, folk art and Asian food. www.asianamericanexpo.com. Hours 10AM-7PM in Halls 4,5,6,7 & 8. Admission $9.00, Seniors 7.00, $1.00 off coupon on website. They will have a photo contest.

Jan 29-30 - Southern Calif Camellia Society Show/Sale - La Canada/Flintridge
Annual flower show and self-guided walks through Descanso Gardens' 20 acre Camellia Forest. www.socalcamellias.org 1418 Descanso Dr.

Jan 29-30 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment - Yuma
There were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California. Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198

February 2011

Feb 5 - Lunar New Year Festival - Alhambra
Chinese New Year street festival with entertainment, cultural events, food vendors. Valley Blvd. between Garfield Ave. and Almansor Street. www.lunarnewyearparade.com.
Hours 10AM-5:30 PM The Festival will be held in the heart of one of the largest Chinese / American commercial districts in the southland. The one-day festivities attract about 50,000 people and consist of more than 250 booths. There are many theme-oriented venues giving attendees a taste of the Chinese culture. The food court is an ideal place to sample dishes from different regions. Admission is free.

Feb 5 - CARe Show 2011 - San Juan Capistrano
Car Show, exhibits, live music, food and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort. At San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. Coming South or North on Fwy 5. Exit Ortega Hwy and go west until dead end(toward Mission SJC).Turn left (south) at the light onto Camino Capistrano Turn right (west) at the light onto Del Obispo Go west toward the ocean for about 1 mile Turn left at the light onto Del Avion www.capoanimalrescue.com 8AM-2PM

Feb 12-13 - Lunar New Year Festival and Parade - Los Angeles
L.A's China Town ushers in the Year of the Rabbit during this two day celebration with a colorful Golden Dragon Parade on Feb. 12th, 1PM. Chinatown at Broadway and Hill Streets. www.lagoldendragonparade.com

Feb 18-20 - Long Beach Scottish Festival - Long Beach Queen Mary
Highland Dancing, bagpipe bands, athletic competitions, sheep-hearding demonstrations, concert and Scottish food. At the Queen Mary, www.queenmary.com Tickets $18.00, Senior $16.00 and includes a self tour of the ship.

Feb 18-21 - Whiskey Flats Days - Kernville
Parade, Rodeo, frog-jumping contest and food. Downtown. www.kernvillechamber.org
Whiskey Flat Days is always held on Presidents Day Weekend in February. Our 54th Annual Whiskey Flat Days will be held February 18-21, 2011, and the theme is "Goin' To The Dogs". Take a step back in time and celebrate life in the 1850's. This old-fashioned, western style festival includes a parade, gunfighters, carnival, music, vendors, and a Whiskey Flat Encampment. Enter the Epitaph Contest, Frog Jumpin' Contest, Whiskerino Contest, and more! Be here to find out who will be our next Honorary Mayor of Whiskey Flat!

Feb 19-20 - Civil War Reeanactment - Calico
This is a great event in the old Calico Ghost Town just north of Barstow off Hwy 15. Battles at 11:45 AM and 2:30 PM but for best pictures get there early when they open which I believe is 10 AM. You can walk into the camps between battles and the old town gives you different backdrops than most such reenactments. www.calicotown.com/events/civilwar

Feb 26-27 - Desert Classic Concours D'Elegance - La Quinta, CA
This Classic car show is in the Palm Springs area. Over 150 cars on display at the La Qunita Resort. www.desertcouncours.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Nov 2010

Through Jan. 30th, 2011
Richard Avedon Showing: Fashion, Stage, and Screen - Palm Springs
Black and White photographs show Avedon's use of the camera to create images that helped to define fashion, theater and the movies. Palm Springs Art Musemum, 101 N Museum Dr. www.psmuseum.org

November 2010

Nov 6 - Route 66 Museum Classic Car Show - Victorville
Pre 1975 cars and trucks, music, food, museum tours and Route 66 displays. California Route 66 Museum, 16825 D St. http://www.califrt66museum.org/events.html

Nov 6 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, Bands, concerts, war birds and military vechicles. Airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Historic Flabob Airport, 4130 Mennes Ave. Flabob Airport is the seventh oldest surviving airport in California. Founded in 1925 as Riverside's first civil airport. www.flabob.org.

Nov 6-7 - Pow Wow - Santa Fe Springs
Location at Heritage Park, 121000 Mora Ave, Santa Fe Springs. The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food begins at 10 AM each day and runs until 10 PM on Saturday and 6 PM on Sunday. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing and the Grand Entry at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday. Bring the family and friends for this BIG event.
Native foods such as Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Plenty of free parking in the surrounding Industrial Park lots.

Nov 6-7 - Escondido Renaissance Fair - Escondido
Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Faire hours: 10:00 A.M. to DUSK both days.
Elizabethan reeanactors re-create a 16th century English village. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

Nov 7 - Best of France and Italy Car Show - Van Nuys
Show of cars from rough restoration projects to serious concours offerings. Food, swap meet and vendors. 9am-4pm, Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, www.franceanditaly.com

Nov 13-14 - Cattle Call Rodeo - Brawley
Baisc Rodeo with all the usual events. Shows Nov. 13th at 2 and 7, Nov. 14th at 1 PM. Tickets $14 Reserved seating, $7.00 General Admission. Cattle Call Arena. www.cattlecallrodeo.com.

December 2010

Dec 4 - Pearl Harbor Day Troop Train Excursion - Los Angeles
Reservations required. Journey back in time to the 1940's aboard vintage streamliner train cars with reenactors in authenic military uniforms and vintage civilian attire. Union Station, Los Angeles to San Diego and return. www.overlandtrail.com $99.95 Roundtrip. San Diego to LA possible. (714)546-6923.

Dec 4 - Planes of Fame Japanese Zero - Chino
The Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport will present its monthly "Living History Flying Day" event on Saturday, December 4, from 10 AM to 12 noon, featuring its Japanese Zero WW II fighter plane. The presentation will culminate around noon with a demonstration flight of the only original Japanese Zero Fighter in the world. Comfortable seating is provided in their main hanger for the discussion. The Zero will be parked right outside, readily accessible for up close and personal inspection and photography before it takes to the air. General Admission is $11.00, address 7000 Merrill Ave., #17 Chino, CA 91710. Thanks to Bob Willard for info.

Dec 16-19 - Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade - Newport Beach
FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights from December 16-December 20 2009. The parade starts at Collins Island at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two and a half hours over 250 ships participate in the parade along with hundreds of water front estates. Providing the backdrop for the parade is the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition. FREE for spectators, entry fee for participating boats. Over 1 million people view the parade each year. For those of you that would like to be in parade Newport Landing offers 2 general admission cruises nightly every night of the parade that are a part of the actual parade. Location for cruises: Newport Landing Sportfishing 309 Palm - Suite A Newport Beach Ca.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Oct 2010

Through Jan. 30th, 2011
Richard Avedon Showing: Fashion, Stage, and Screen - Palm Springs
Black and White photographs show Avedon's use of the camera to create images that helped to define fashion, theater and the movies. Palm Springs Art Musemum, 101 N Museum Dr. www.psmuseum.org


OCTOBER 2010

Through Nov 7 - Spider Pavilion - Los Angeles
Hundreds of free roaming spiders. Enclosed habitat, sounds similar to a butterfly exhibit. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd. in LA. www.nhm.com Our one-of-a-kind Spider Pavilion is a beautifully landscaped area on the Museum’s South Lawn where spiders freely spin their spectacular webs for all to see. Tickets are sold in half-hour intervals throughout the day at a rate of $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. Museum Members receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased at any Museum admissions desk or at the Spider Pavilion itself. The Pavilion is open every day of the week from 10 am to 5 pm, with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm.

Oct 1-3 - Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Aerial performances by military and civilian pilots, Blue Angels demonstration, parachute teams. Marine Corps Airstation Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com Three Full Public Day Shows Friday, Saturday and SundayOct. 1, 2 & 3, 2010 | 9:00 am - 4:00pm Twilight Show (Saturday)Oct. 2, 2010 | 5:30 - 9:00 pm. You must have a valid drivers license, current registration and proof of insurance to bring your vehicle onto a military base. If driving a rental car, valid drivers license, proof of insurance & car rental agreement will be required. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION may use the North, East/Main or West Gates; drivers will be directed to general parking areas.

Oct 2 - Green Port Fest - Long Beach
This sounds like an interesting photo oppertunity, The Port of Long Beach has an annual open house which includes behind the scenes boat tours of the working harbor, train tours of the cargo shipping terminals. See towering gantry cranes, barking sea lions and massive cargo ships on one of our 45-minute boat tours. Boats depart every 15 minutes from the docks next to the Queen Mary. Shuttles will take passengers from the Port's Administration Building, near the festival, to the docks.
There will be a limited amount of free parking at the Long Beach Convention Center, so please carpool. If you are coming from the 710 South Freeway, be sure to use the "Downtown" exit. Enter the convention center parking lot at Shoreline Drive and South Linden Avenue and look for our Green Port Fest shuttles. www.polb.com/portfest

Oct 3 - Japan America Kite Festival - Seal Beach
Hundreds of kites of all colors and sizes. Kite making, workshops, games and more. Japanese kite demos. North Side of the Seal beach Pier.

Oct 3 - Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest - Corona del Mar
Elaborate sand sculptures on Big Corona Beach at Corona del Mar State Beach. 11:00 AM.

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com

Oct 3 - Veterans Car Show - Loma Linda
Car Show with pancake breakfast, model car contest, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. AT Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center 11201 Benton in Loma Linda. www.veterancarshow.com

Oct 8-10 - Seaside Highland Games - Ventura
Scottish entertainment, pipe and drum bands, dancing, Highland games, sheep hearding dog demos and reenactments. Seaside park, Ventura County Fairgrounds. 9am-5pm www.seaside-games.com

Oct 23 - Cruisin Yucaipa Charity Car Show - Yucaipa
8 am - 2 pm, Yucaipa Regional Park, 33900 Oak Glen Rd. Yucaipa, CA. Classics, Hot Rods, Corvettes, Mods, Sleds, Camaros and more. http://www.cruisinyucaipacarshow.com

Oct 24 -- Basset Hound Picnic - Arcadia
Lots of Basset Hounds, howl-off, costumes and contests. Arcadia Park 10AM -3:30 PM Santa Anita Ave. and Huntington Drive. www.bhcsc.com.

Oct 24 - Wings Wheels Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
9 AM - 4 PM. WWRE 2010 is an open house and family event sponsored by the Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce and the California National Guards Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) All the activities will take place on the flightline on Los Alamitos Army Airfield. On display will be military aircraft,helicopters ,many cars,warbirds along with public safety,first responder and military equipment .Aircraft flyovers are planned including aircraft static displays.
Wings Wheels & Rotors will have various civilian and public safety helicopters with fire,police and military rotorcraft including some of the media aircraft seen daily on the air around SoCal. Along with the airplanes and warbirds are helicopter flights in civilian "choppers" for a small fee and free flights in general aviation airplanes by the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles for youth between the ages of 8 and 17 years who are interested in flying and aviation. The largest event will be a huge car show including custom cars,new autos,motorcycles,roadsters, antique vehicles and hot rods. Awards to be presented for best cars. There will be many events for the family at WWRE 2010 along with a Kids Korner. Additionally,there will be food,including breakfast,music,vendors,displays,demonstrations,flybys and other activities on Sunday,24 October.

Oct 23-24 - Pyrate Days - Yucca valley
Pirate themed festival with live music and entertainment. Pirate School, battles and costume contest. Located at the Tri-Valley Little League Field. Yuccal valley is on the way to Joshua Tree. take the 10 Fwy and go north on Hwy. 62. www.yuccavalley.org.

Oct 23-24 - Western Heritage Weekend - Moorpark
Our 7th Western Heritage Weekend will take place October 23 & 24 from *10:00am - 3:00pm. Festival hours are 9:00am - 6:00pm. Admission is $10.00 and children under 2 are free. Underwood Family Farms welcomes back Spencer/Lorraine Productions' fast paced variety show, Western Music, Magic & Mirth. The entire weekend will be filled with stunt ropers, western music, cowboy poetry and even an old-time medicine show. Don your cowboy hats and come on down to the farm for a taste of the Wild West! 3370 Sunset Valley Road Moorpark, CA http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/

Oct 23-24 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authenic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. Last year we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Oct 30-31 - Escondido Renaissance Fair - Escondido
Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Faire hours: 10:00 A.M. to DUSK both days.
Elizabethan reeanactors re-create a 16th century English village. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

November 2010

Nov 6 - Route 66 Museum Classic Car Show - Victorville
Pre 1975 cars and trucks, music, food, museum tours and Route 66 displays. California Route 66 Museum, 16825 D St. http://www.califrt66museum.org/events.html

Nov 6 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, Bands, concerts, war birds and military vechicles. Airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Historic Flabob Airport, 4130 Mennes Ave. Flabob Airport is the seventh oldest surviving airport in California. Founded in 1925 as Riverside's first civil airport. www.flabob.org.

Nov 6-7 - Pow Wow - Santa Fe Springs
Location at Heritage Park, 121000 Mora Ave, Santa Fe Springs. The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food begins at 10 AM each day and runs until 10 PM on Saturday and 6 PM on Sunday. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing and the Grand Entry at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday. Bring the family and friends for this BIG event.
Native foods such as Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Plenty of free parking in the surrounding Industrial Park lots.

Nov 6-7 - Escondido Renaissance Fair - Escondido
Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Faire hours: 10:00 A.M. to DUSK both days.
Elizabethan reeanactors re-create a 16th century English village. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

Nov 7 - Best of France and Italy Car Show - Van Nuys
Show of cars from rough restoration projects to serious concours offerings. Food, swap meet and vendors. 9am-4pm, Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, www.franceanditaly.com

Nov 13-14 - Cattle Call Rodeo - Brawley
Baisc Rodeo with all the usual events. Shows Nov. 13th at 2 and 7, Nov. 14th at 1 PM. Tickets $14 Reserved seating, $7.00 General Admission. Cattle Call Arena. www.cattlecallrodeo.com.

December 2010

Dec 4 - Pearl Harbor Day Troop Train Excursion - Los Angeles
Reservations required. Journey back in time to the 1940's aboard vintage streamliner train cars with reenactors in authenic military uniforms and vintage civilian attire. Union Station, Los Angeles to San Diego and return. www.overlandtrail.com $99.95 Roundtrip. San Diego to LA possible. (714)546-6923.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Sept 2010

SEPTEMBER 2010

Sept. 2-6 - Festival of Sail - San Diego
The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. The event is held over Labor Day weekend each year and starts with a bang! Cannon fire will salute the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay passing by Harbor Island, Shelter Island, Seaport Village and the Coronado Bridge ending up at the Maritime Museum's docks.

The five day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres including; Contemporary Rock, Sea Chanteys, Mariachi's, Steel Drum Bands, local community groups, etc. We will have a petting zoo where kids can get up close and pet a variety of animals. Cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more...Cannon Battle Sails: Sail a Tall Ship into battle! Fight the Enemy from a Tall Ship available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Historic Bay Cruises on the 1914 Pilot Boat: Enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of San Diego Bay on our historic Pilot Boat. Tickets are $5.00 per person (in addition to the passport purchase). America's Cup Boat Sails: Cruise the bay on America's Cup boats! Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra will be heading out for a sail to view the tall ship's cannon battles and Festival of Sail from an on-the-water perspective.

Sept. 4 - October 3 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Oct. 3. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2010/

Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept 12 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine custume contests. North Beach http://surfdog.kintera.org.

Sept 11-12 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston-San Luis Obispo County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat events start at 1PM, Sun Mutton Bustin at 11AM, events start at 1PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org

Sept 10-12 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 26th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept. 9-11 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for sale, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. http://www.ci.wasco.ca.us/public_documents/wascoca_chamber/festival

Sept 12 - Belmont Shore Car Show - Long Beach
Pre 1975 hot rods and custom cars, food. The show is held on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore which is part of Long Beach. A large number of blocks of 2nd Street are closed off for the day and the show takes place on the city street.The show draws about 700 vehicles and boasts a huge number of street vendors selling automotive related goods as well as many other things. Because the show draws a huge spectator crowd, it has a terrific amount of excitement and energy. This one is not to be missed whether you have a car or just come to look at cars. The level of quality of the cars at this show is second to none. If you want to see a huge number of the finest rods, muscle cars, and customs to be found in Southern California, you don't want to miss this show. www.baycityrodders.com.

Sept 11-12 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, hisgtorical encampments, Wild west gunfighter competition, blacksmithing contest, food and entertainment. A C Dysart Park, exit I-10 at 22nd St, turn South to end of road and follow the signs. www.banningstagecoachdays.com $4.00

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept 16-19 - Route 66 Rendezvous - San Bernardino
Crusing car show of pre-1975 classics, customs and hot rod contest, poker run, 5K run on Sunday and Firefighter competition, vendors and lots of entertainment. Downtown. From I-10 head North, exit 2nd Street and tuen right at the light. www.route-66.org

Sept 18 - Route 66 Parade and Car Show - Duarte
The Duarte Route 66 Parade & Classic Car Show features a variety of beautifully restored vintage cars, marching bands, equestrian units, costume characters and much more! It’s a parade filled with excitement and fun for all ages.Duarte, things to do in duarte, City of Duarte, Duarte parade. Even when the parade ends, Duarte’s Salute to Route 66 continues with an old-fashioned American hometown picnic and vintage car show at nearby Royal Oaks Park. 10AM. http://duarteroute66parade.com

Sept 18 - Old West Days - Randsburg
Each September the Rand Desert Museum hosts the RAND DISTRICT OLD WEST DAYS, which is a street fair held on the main street of Randsburg, It features Western and Bluegrass bands playing live, vendors of all sorts of items and other forms of entertainment including reenactments in this living ghost town. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/

Sept 18-19 - Port of LA Lobster Festival - San Pedro
Lobster meals, dancing, parades, street performers, pirate camp, tall ships and live music. Ports O'Call, 6th and Harbor, Opens 11 AM each day. www.lobsterfest.com.

Sept 18-19 - Wavecrest Woodie Meet (car show) - Encinitas
More than 300 woodie Cars, live music and entertainment. This is the largest of the Woodie Shows. Events at several locations including Moonlight Beach. www.sandiegowoodies.com.

Sept 18-19 - Goldcoast Pirate Faire - Lake Casitas, Ojai
Pirate encampments, performers, reeactments, treasure hunts, food and grog. Lake Casitas recreation Area. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

Sept 18-31 - Pumpkin Festival - Temecula
Commercial Pumpkin Patch. Pig races, corn maze, pony rides, train rides, petting farm, John Deere Tractor collection, and the star--the pumpkin. Peltzer Farm, 39925 Calle Contento. Open 9-8 www.peltzerfarms.com.

Sept 19 - English Motors Car Show - Fallbrook
More than 300 British cars are shown on a 25 acre horse ranch. Benefit for Meals-on-Wheels. Fairbrook Farms, 4949 South Mission Road.
http://www.englishmotorsatfairbrook.org/

Sept 19 - Brazilian Street Carnival - Long beach
Noon-8PM. The big event with a Rio-Style Parade, a Trio Electrico Parade, Brazilian food, goods, and bands and performances all day in the new downtown Long Beach Amphitheater, 210 The Promenade North. www.carnaval.org

Sept 19 - All Chevy Car Show - Van Nuys
Date: September 19, 2010 Hours: Show | 8am-3pm Set-up | 6am
Location: Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406
The Los Angeles All Chevy Car Show is being hosted by Corsa West LA (www.corsawest.com) and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. We have created an all-ages family show that has a little something for everyone. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you know there’s no such thing as too many shows. We wanted something to celebrate the history and heritage of Chevrolet through the years, so this show made sense. Created by gear-heads for gear-heads, the All Chevy Car Show is a celebration of the American automobile.

Sept 19 - Mustangs At The Queen Mary - Long Beach
14th Annual Mustang & Ford Car Show takes place SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010, at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. Join us for California's LARGEST Mustang Event with 375+ Mustangs & Fords! With so many vehicles, we have over 100 Show & Award Classes and over 200 Trophies Will Be Given Out! Queen Mary Events Park – 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802 Event Hours: 10am – 4pm FREE to spectators!! http://www.bcmc.net/

Sept 19 - Civil War Reenactment - Ft Tejon - Lebec
Union and Confederate army encampments and battles at this historic Fort and State Park. Sunday battles are at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Approximately 30-45 minutes each.) Guided tours of the camps are offered between the battles. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot in the spectator area. Bring a blanket or chair if you do not wish to stand. www.forttejon.org.

Sept 19 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 18th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 18 and 19, 2010. This year’s theme is German Fest with Mercedes-Benz as the marque. The ever-popular Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye starts the weekend off on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Grand Marshal’s Reception. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance returns again to the spectacular Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.

Sept 24-25 - Poway Rodeo - Poway
PRCA events, Bareback Riding, Tie Down roping, Bronc Riding, Bull Riding and more. Sat gates open at 11:30, rodeo at 1PM, Sunday gates open at 6 PM, rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd.
http://www.powayrodeo.com.

Sept 25-26 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted reenactors show off their fighting skills on the battlefield at this celebration of Norse and Scandinavian culture. Ax Throw, log toss, sword demonstrations, fish fling, food and live music. Norway Hall, 2006 East Vista Way Vista, CA. Sat 11-8 and Sun 11-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.

Sept 25-26 - ArtSplash - Carlsbad
Chalk art paintings, entertainment, strolling performers, food and local artists. 10am-6pm. Armada Drive above the flower fields. www.carlsbadartsplash.org.

OCTOBER 2010

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com

Oct 23-24 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authenic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. Last year we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Monday, July 26, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps Aug 2010

AUGUST 2010 last update 8-27-10

July 31-Aug. 8 - US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com

Aug 1 - Lowrider Nationals - Bakersfield
Urban car culture and lifestyle show with more than 500 custom-designed cars. Hop contest, car audio sound off and live music. Kern County Fairgrounds. www.lowridernationals.com

Aug 5-8 - Norco Valley Fair - Norco
This looks like a fun fair with a lot of photographic possibilities. Located at the Polly's Pie Fairgrounds, Raahauges Sport Club, 14995 River Road which is at Hellman and River Road. Livestock Shows, Xtreme Rodeo Games Sat 8-10PM, Sunday 2-4PM. Motorcross, 3 shows daily Sat and Sun. Civil War Re-Enactment shows 2 shows daily, Fri, Sat and Sunday. Horses and Hotrods Carshow Sat. 10-3PM, Bull Riding Competition Sat 8PM and Sun 2 PM. Junior Bull Riding, Sat 5:30-7PM and Sun 11:30-1PM. Tug O War Competition on Sat at 3PM. Pet Parade Sat 7PM Plus all the usual Fair type stuff. Daily Admission $8.00.

Aug 6-8 - US Open Sand Castle Competition - Imperial Beach
Creative teams of amateurs and professionals sculpt sand masterpieces for cash prizes. Also street fair and live entertainment. Competition starts 9 AM on Aug. 8th and jusging begins at 2PM. Viewing till 4 PM www.usopensandcastle.com

Aug 7-8 - Naval Base Ventura Air Show - Pt. Mugu near Oxnard
This is the 10th Anniversary of Naval Base Ventura County. The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron the “Thunderbirds”. The Thunderbirds operate the Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter/strike aircraft.
The air show will also feature aviation simulators, current and vintage aircraft on static display, food and beverage booths and souvenirs. Also, Seabees and their construction equipment will be on display to show the role the Seabee play supporting operations through out the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gates opens at 8:00am and show begins at 10:00am. Admission and parking is FREE. Brings your hat, chair, water and photo equipment and enjoy the show. There will be long lines of cars at the gate entrance, so for best photo location, I recommend you arrive no later than 7:15am. Directions: North on Ventura Freeway (Hiway 101) to Camarillo, Exit on Los Posas Road turn left and follow the signs to Point Mugu.

Aug 14 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 10th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show will exhibit over 600 cars from muscle cars, hot rods, customs, antiques, and restored classics. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st place category. The Car Show will be held Saturday, August 14th, 2010, in Historic Uptown Whittier, along Greenleaf Ave. and Philadelphia St., beginning from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the picturesque Uptown Whittier. www.whittieruptown.com

Aug 15 - Civil War Re-Enactment Invitational - Ft. Tejon
Sunday battles are at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Approximately 30-45 minutes each.) Guided tours of the camps are offered between the battles. (There are no public demonstrations on Saturdays.) Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot in the spectator area. Bring a blanket or chair if you do not wish to stand. The area is in the sun, so sunscreen and/or hats are recommended. Amateur photography of all kinds is welcomed.

Aug 19-22 - Big Bear Cowboy Gathering - Big Bear Lake
Wild West weekend of cowboy music, poetry, reenactors, storytellers, merechants and barbecue. Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (909)866-4970. www.bigbearcowboygathering.net

Aug 20-22 - Pt. Magu Surfing Contest at Pelican Point - Pt. Magu
NBVC will host the 2010 NBVC Point Mugu Surf Contest Presented by Quiksilver. This is an exciting opportunity for the surfing community to access one of the best waves Southern California has to offer, and for NBVC to showcase our award winning stewardship of the environmentally sensitive beach and wetlands area inside our gates. This is a community engagement event for NBVC. Proceeds from this event will benefit the MWR Single Sailor/Liberty program. They will have a photo contest.
http://www.santabarbarasurfer.com/index.php/news/article/announcement_re_point_mugu_surf_contest/

Aug 20-21 - Woodies At The Beach - Santa Barbara
The President of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, Bill Sampson, invites you to join us at the 10th Annual - Woodies at the Beach! It’s a great show located at one of the most beautiful venues on the California coast, with Woodies displayed on a large grassy knoll overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. The views just don’t get any better than this! Special parking area on the lawn for all other cars of interest, no moderns please. The 2010 show activities will be held August 20-21. Friday night, August 20, will start out with no-host Welcome Party at Cody’s, located at 4898 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, phone 805-683-5141

Aug 20-29 - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster
Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds.

Aug 21 - People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. lapurisimamission.org

Aug 21 - Mountain Classic Car Show - Wrightwood
Pre-1973 American hot-rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Live music, food, poker walk and lowrider trike drag race. Wrightwood Village, www.wrightwoodchamber.org.

Aug 21-22 - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
A great airshow with many events and static displays. The morning of the event gives attendees the chance to see a variety of experimental aircraft in flight. Starting at 9:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday, you will enjoy a range of ultralight and homebuilt aircraft. An announcer will provide you details and exciting commentary on each aircraft. The Goodyear Blimp will fly over the area both mornings. This year we have more aircraft than ever taking to the skies during the air portions of the event, both Saturday and Sunday. Many of these planes are privately owned and maintained. Many are flown by the owner pilot. This is a rare chance to see these beautifully maintained aircraft flying. Airplane and helicopter rides, food, entertainment. 9AM-5PM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $10 admission.
www.Wingsovercamarillo.com

Aug 28 - People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. lapurisimamission.org

Aug 28-29 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County.
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com

SEPTEMBER 2010

Sept. 2-6 - Festival of Sail - San Diego
The Festival of Sail is an annual event with something for everyone. The event is held over Labor Day weekend each year and starts with a bang! Cannon fire will salute the entrance of the tall ships from all over the world as they parade around San Diego Bay passing by Harbor Island, Shelter Island, Seaport Village and the Coronado Bridge ending up at the Maritime Museum's docks.

The five day event includes live entertainment from a variety of genres including; Contemporary Rock, Sea Chanteys, Mariachi's, Steel Drum Bands, local community groups, etc. We will have a petting zoo where kids can get up close and pet a variety of animals. Cruises on San Diego Bay, cannon battles, sailing on racing yachts, over 150 arts and craft vendors, multitude of food options, interaction with pirates, and more...Cannon Battle Sails: Sail a Tall Ship into battle! Fight the Enemy from a Tall Ship available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Historic Bay Cruises on the 1914 Pilot Boat: Enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of San Diego Bay on our historic Pilot Boat. Tickets are $5.00 per person (in addition to the passport purchase). America's Cup Boat Sails: Cruise the bay on America's Cup boats! Stars & Stripes and Abracadabra will be heading out for a sail to view the tall ship's cannon battles and Festival of Sail from an on-the-water perspective.

Sept. 4 - October 3 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Oct. 3. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2010/

Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept 12 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar
Humans and dogs catch the waves to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Canine custume contests. North Beach http://surfdog.kintera.org.

Sept 11-12 - Creston Classic Rodeo - Creston-San Luis Obispo County Roping, steer riding, horseback riding, barn dancing, and cowboy church. Sat events start at 1PM, Sun Mutton Bustin at 11AM, events start at 1PM. http://www.crestonclassicrodeo.org

Sept 10-12 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 26th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept. 9-11 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for sale, arts and crafts, food and entertainment. http://www.ci.wasco.ca.us/public_documents/wascoca_chamber/festival

Sept 12 - Belmont Shore Car Show - Long Beach
Pre 1975 hot rods and custom cars, food. The show is held on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore which is part of Long Beach. A large number of blocks of 2nd Street are closed off for the day and the show takes place on the city street.The show draws about 700 vehicles and boasts a huge number of street vendors selling automotive related goods as well as many other things. Because the show draws a huge spectator crowd, it has a terrific amount of excitement and energy. This one is not to be missed whether you have a car or just come to look at cars. The level of quality of the cars at this show is second to none. If you want to see a huge number of the finest rods, muscle cars, and customs to be found in Southern California, you don't want to miss this show. www.baycityrodders.com.

Sept 11-12 - Stagecoach Days - Banning
Parade, carnival, ranch rodeo, hisgtorical encampments, Wild west gunfighter competition, blacksmithing contest, food and entertainment. A C Dysart Park, exit I-10 at 22nd St, turn South to end of road and follow the signs. www.banningstagecoachdays.com $4.00

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept 16-19 - Route 66 Rendezvous - San Bernardino
Crusing car show of pre-1975 classics, customs and hot rod contest, poker run, 5K run on Sunday and Firefighter competition, vendors and lots of entertainment. Downtown. From I-10 head North, exit 2nd Street and tuen right at the light. www.route-66.org

Sept 18 - Route 66 Parade and Car Show - Duarte
The Duarte Route 66 Parade & Classic Car Show features a variety of beautifully restored vintage cars, marching bands, equestrian units, costume characters and much more! It’s a parade filled with excitement and fun for all ages.Duarte, things to do in duarte, City of Duarte, Duarte parade. Even when the parade ends, Duarte’s Salute to Route 66 continues with an old-fashioned American hometown picnic and vintage car show at nearby Royal Oaks Park. 10AM. http://duarteroute66parade.com

Sept 18 - Old West Days - Randsburg
Each September the Rand Desert Museum hosts the RAND DISTRICT OLD WEST DAYS, which is a street fair held on the main street of Randsburg, It features Western and Bluegrass bands playing live, vendors of all sorts of items and other forms of entertainment including reenactments in this living ghost town. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/

Sept 18-19 - Port of LA Lobster Festival - San Pedro
Lobster meals, dancing, parades, street performers, pirate camp, tall ships and live music. Ports O'Call, 6th and Harbor, Opens 11 AM each day. www.lobsterfest.com.

Sept 18-19 - Wavecrest Woodie Meet (car show) - Encinitas
More than 300 woodie Cars, live music and entertainment. This is the largest of the Woodie Shows. Events at several locations including Moonlight Beach. www.sandiegowoodies.com.

Sept 18-19 - Goldcoast Pirate Faire - Lake Casitas, Ojai
Pirate encampments, performers, reeactments, treasure hunts, food and grog. Lake Casitas recreation Area. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

Sept 18-31 - Pumpkin Festival - Temecula
Commercial Pumpkin Patch. Pig races, corn maze, pony rides, train rides, petting farm, John Deere Tractor collection, and the star--the pumpkin. Peltzer Farm, 39925 Calle Contento. Open 9-8 www.peltzerfarms.com.

Sept 19 - English Motors Car Show - Fallbrook
More than 300 British cars are shown on a 25 acre horse ranch. Benefit for Meals-on-Wheels. Fairbrook Farms, 4949 South Mission Road.
http://www.englishmotorsatfairbrook.org/

Sept 19 - Brazilian Street Carnival - Long beach
Noon-8PM. The big event with a Rio-Style Parade, a Trio Electrico Parade, Brazilian food, goods, and bands and performances all day in the new downtown Long Beach Amphitheater, 210 The Promenade North. www.carnaval.org

Sept 19 - All Chevy Car Show - Van Nuys
Date: September 19, 2010 Hours: Show | 8am-3pm Set-up | 6am
Location: Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406
The Los Angeles All Chevy Car Show is being hosted by Corsa West LA (www.corsawest.com) and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. We have created an all-ages family show that has a little something for everyone. If you’re a true car enthusiast, you know there’s no such thing as too many shows. We wanted something to celebrate the history and heritage of Chevrolet through the years, so this show made sense. Created by gear-heads for gear-heads, the All Chevy Car Show is a celebration of the American automobile.

Sept 19 - Mustangs At The Queen Mary - Long Beach
14th Annual Mustang & Ford Car Show takes place SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010, at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. Join us for California's LARGEST Mustang Event with 375+ Mustangs & Fords! With so many vehicles, we have over 100 Show & Award Classes and over 200 Trophies Will Be Given Out! Queen Mary Events Park – 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802 Event Hours: 10am – 4pm FREE to spectators!! http://www.bcmc.net/

Sept 19 - Civil War Reenactment - Ft Tejon - Lebec
Union and Confederate army encampments and battles at this historic Fort and State Park. Sunday battles are at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (Approximately 30-45 minutes each.) Guided tours of the camps are offered between the battles. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to secure a good spot in the spectator area. Bring a blanket or chair if you do not wish to stand. www.forttejon.org.

Sept 19 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 18th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 18 and 19, 2010. This year’s theme is German Fest with Mercedes-Benz as the marque. The ever-popular Tour d’Epicure Road Rallye starts the weekend off on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Grand Marshal’s Reception. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance returns again to the spectacular Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. www.pvconcours.com.

Sept 24-25 - Poway Rodeo - Poway
PRCA events, Bareback Riding, Tie Down roping, Bronc Riding, Bull Riding and more. Sat gates open at 11:30, rodeo at 1PM, Sunday gates open at 6 PM, rodeo starts at 7:30 PM. Poway Valley Riders Association Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Rd.
http://www.powayrodeo.com.

Sept 25-26 - Viking Festival - Vista
Helmeted reenactors show off their fighting skills on the battlefield at this celebration of Norse and Scandinavian culture. Ax Throw, log toss, sword demonstrations, fish fling, food and live music. Norway Hall, 2006 East Vista Way Vista, CA. Sat 11-8 and Sun 11-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.

Sept 25-26 - ArtSplash - Carlsbad
Chalk art paintings, entertainment, strolling performers, food and local artists. 10am-6pm. Armada Drive above the flower fields. www.carlsbadartsplash.org.

OCTOBER 2010

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com

Oct 23-24 - Gunfight Behind The Jersey Lilly - Corona/Norco
Put on by The Cowboys, www.thecowboys.org. They are the oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting Club in the world. They meet monthly for matches, wear authenic western gear. This event is free and has a lot to offer for the photographer. Last year we went and got a lot of cowboy pics, Indian dancers and we were able to take pictures of the shooting competition. Bring some safety glasses if you want to take pictures of the shooters. Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
14995 River Rd., Corona, CA 92880

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps July 2010

JULY 2010

July 3-4 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, bed races; a parade, nail driving contest, cowboy quickdraw, watermelon and pie eating contests, good panning, and food. Wrightwood Village. www.wrightwoodchanber.org.

July 4 - Mr and Mrs Muscle Beach Competition - Venice
Bodybuilding competition at the city's iconic Muscle Beach, Venic Beach Recreation Center. www.musclebeachvenice.com

July 4 - Obon Festival - Pacoima
Japanese cultural festival with traditional dances, taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, food, arts and crafts. Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street
Pacoima, CA., 91311 www.sfvhbt.org

July 10 Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
2-day Asian/Pacific Islander event which provides entertainment, foods, arts, crafts, children's entertainment, dragon boat racing, health & community information. 75,000 attendees expected. At Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave. Starts at 10AM. If you are not into the festival, this is the time of the Lotus blooms that make great pictures. You might want to go here on another day just to photograph the blooms.

July 10 - Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge - Pasadena
This bridge is photogenic anytime but may have some special possibilities at this evening celebration with live music, dancing, antique cars, and food. www.pasadenaheritage.org.

July 10-11 - Big Bear Lake Paddlefest - Fawnskin
Beginner through advanced clinics and races for kayaks and canoes, boat demos and an outdoor sports exhibit. North Shore, Big Bear Lake. www.bigbearpaddlefest.com

July 10-11 Old Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel State Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com/ or www.ftmac.org

July 11 - Concours d'Elegance - Dana Point
Weekend car show overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific. Lantern Bay Park.
www.porsche356club.org. 25111 Park Lantern Rd

July 11 - Surfin Paws Dog Jam - Huntington Beach
Competition for surfboard riding pups. Benefit for the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Animals. Huntington Beach Dog Beach at Goldenwest Street and PCH. www.surfinpaws.com

July 17-18 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Watch for Woodies parading down from Ave. Del Mar and onto the pier both mornings! There will be a different set of 15 each day in a wide variety of colors and styles to see! Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 24, Aug 21-22 and Sept 25-26 Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. This is the first cruise of the year. I did this cruise last year and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and reeanactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Pier 94 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.org

July 30-31 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Third Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and motorcycle show. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. $10.00 at the gate, 5PM-10PM Friday,
5AM-10PM Saturday. www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 30-Aug 1 - International Surf Festival - Beach Cities - Southbay
Lifegard competitions, aquatic sports competitions, volleyball tournaments and two mile beach run. Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches. www.surffestival.org

July 31- Aug 1 Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment - Long Beach
Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours 10am-5pm. $10.00 adults/$8.00 Seniors. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/civil-war-reenact-events.html

July 31 - Aug 1 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 31 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm After a record-breaking 2009 event, the Hurley US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach. In addition to great surfing, you’ll find the Hurley Walk the Walk Fashion Show, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

AUGUST 2010

July 31-Aug. 8 - US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com

Aug 1 - Lowrider Nationals - Bakersfield
Urban car culture and lifestyle show with more than 500 custom-designed cars. Hop contest, car audio sound off and live music. Kern County Fairgrounds. www.lowridernationals.com

Aug 6-8 - US Open Sand Castle Competition - Imperial Beach
Creative teams of amateurs and professionals sculpt sand masterpieces for cash prizes. Also street fair and live entertainment. Competition starts 9 AM on Aug. 8th and jusging begins at 2PM. Viewing till 4 PM www.usopensandcastle.com

Aug 7-8 - Naval Base Ventura Air Show - Pt. Mugu near Oxnard
This is the 10th Anniversary of Naval Base Ventura County. The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron the “Thunderbirds”. The Thunderbirds operate the Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter/strike aircraft.
The air show will also feature aviation simulators, current and vintage aircraft on static display, food and beverage booths and souvenirs. Also, Seabees and their construction equipment will be on display to show the role the Seabee play supporting operations through out the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gates opens at 8:00am and show begins at 10:00am. Admission and parking is FREE. Brings your hat, chair, water and photo equipment and enjoy the show. There will be long lines of cars at the gate entrance, so for best photo location, I recommend you arrive no later than 7:15am. Directions: North on Ventura Freeway (Hiway 101) to Camarillo, Exit on Los Posas Road turn left and follow the signs to Point Mugu.

Aug 19-22 - Big Bear Cowboy Gathering - Big Bear Lake
Wild West weekend of cowboy music, poetry, reenactors, storytellers, merechants and barbecue. Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (909)866-4970. www.bigbearcowboygathering.net

Aug 20-29 - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster
Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds.

Aug 21 - Mountain Classic Car Show - Wrightwood
Pre-1973 American hot-rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Live music, food, poker walk and lowrider trike drag race. Wrightwood Village, www.wrightwoodchamber.org.

Aug 28-29 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County.
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com

SEPTEMBER 2010

Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit www.tallshipsfestival.com.

OCTOBER 2010

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com

Friday, May 28, 2010

SoCal Photo Opps June 2010

JUNE 2010 last update 6-25-10

Through - June 20 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; $12 Military with valid ID; Children under 5 Free.
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

June 4-6 - Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival - Temecula
FESTIVAL LOCATION: Lake Skinner Recreation Area 37701 Warren Rd. Winchester, CA 92596
GATES OPEN: 5:00 pm FRIDAY, 6:00 am SATURDAY AND SUNDAY HOURS: Friday - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm., Saturday - 6:00 am to 11:00 pm., Sunday - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Photographers revel in the visuals from dawn mass balloon ascensions to evening balloon glows. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. with a country music concert on the main stage, arts and craft fair, wine tasting and the luminescent extravaganza known as the "Balloon Glow." The Glow is created when balloon pilots synchronize igniting burners of the balloons. The burner is what creates the “hot” in the air. Whether done to a musical beat or the crowd’s demand to “Glow,” the balloons appear to dance as they flicker and shine against the hues of dusk and nightfall. Held both Friday and Saturday nights around 8 p.m. (after dusk), the Glow is one of the most popular entertainment options of the Festival. Saturday and Sunday mornings are spectacular at the Festival when colorful hot air balloons dot the pastel dawn skies of Temecula. The mass balloon ascension takes place between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as hot air balloons need the cool morning air to fly.
http://www.tvbwf.com/media/press-releases/?Article=1237

June 5 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
On June 5th, we will again gather for the 3rd Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. Once again, all Show proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic in Chino Hills.
Chad McQueen shows off his fathers cars alongside more than 200 Porsches, Ferraris, Cobras and Mustangs on the grounds of the Boys Republic. www.porsche356club.org

June 5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade. - Santa Maria
67th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a mini rodeo and PBR performance on June 3, followed by rodeo performances on June 4, 5 and 6. Opens at 9 AM, Horse race, the famous mutton bustin’, Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, local team roping and specialty acts. The rodeo parade, featuring marching bands, beautiful floats, show horses and more will be held on June 5 along South Broadway from Mill to Enos. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. Call: (805) 922-6006 www.santamariaelks.com

June 5-6 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA 9AM-2PM www.hbconcours.org

June 6 - Lowrider 2010 Tour - San Bernardino
Over 700 customized rides and 20,000 fans, Bikini Contest and entertainment. Sponsered by Low Rider Magazine. 11-5pm at the National Orange Show, 689 S. "E" St.
http://krang.lowridermagazine.com/lowridertour/San%20Bernardino%20June%202010.pdf

June 12 - Optimist Car Show - Redlands
Time: June 12, 2010 from 7am to 3pm Location: Sylvan Park, Redlands. http://www.redlandsoptimistclub.org/

June 12 - Cowboys, Heros and Outlaws Festival - Ventura
A 19th Century fair with hands-on exhibits, food and entertainment. We transform the park grounds into a nineteenth century fair. Designed for families with children,
but everyone is welcome. Hands-on Exhibits, Food, Entertainment! 10AM-4PM. 4200 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003 http://www.olivasadobe.org/calendar-of-events.html

June 12-13 - Dewey Webber Longboard Classic and Surf-a-Rama - Dana Point Weekend surfing contest for longboard surfers of all ages, surf expo, live music and food. Doheny State Beach. www.deweyweber.com

June 12-13 - Special Olympics Summer Games- Long Beach
June 12 noon-5, June 13 8am-3pm. Opening ceremony 10Am in the track stadium. Over 1100 athletes to compete in several sports including track and basketball. Cal State Long Beach. http://www.sosc.org/Page.aspx?pid=726

June 17 Muzeo Photographers Night (Photograph Frogs) - Anaheim
The MUZEO Museum engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. Photographers can get an up-close-and-personal view of the live frogs currently on exhibit at MUZEO located in the heart of downtown Anaheim. On Thursday, June 17th from 5PM to 9PM MUZEO will host a special photographer’s “after hours event” giving shutter bugs full access to the visually stunning amphibians who are featured in MUZEO’s current exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. This exhibition features over 100 live frogs from all over the world. The zookeeper will also be on hand to open habitats and answer any questions. The Frog Exposure evening will also include mini workshops, presentations and displays for photo loving guests. Tickets are $20 and must be pre-purchases online prior to arrival. MUZEO is located at 241 South Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim, CA. Parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. For more information or to order tickets please go online to www.MUZEO.org

June 18-20 - Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
Nearly 1000 classic cars and street rods, car cruise, music and vendors. The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 25th year. This show, held annually on the 3rd full weekend of June, pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days. Downtown. www.thepismobeachclassic.com

June 20 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
More than 100 exotic cars will be on display in the 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. The 2010 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010 and is presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee in association with the City of Beverly Hills. The annual Father¹s Day event will highlight a superb combination of automobiles and entries will include, Classic Cars 1925 ­ 1948, Pre-1975 American Cars, Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, European Cars, Woodys, Hot Rods, Customs, Race Cars, Vintage Motorcycles and special interest vehicles from throughout Southern California and the Western United States.
www.rodeodrive-bh.com

June 19-20 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 18th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado will celebrate Father’s Day Weekend on June 19 and 20, 2010 from 10am to 7pm, as thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s interconnected mix of retail, entertainment, housing and garden promenades helps the Pasadena Chalk Festival continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the artworks come to life. Over 500 artists come from all across Southern California to spend two days on their hands and knees creating 175 spectacular chalk murals on concrete areas in every style imaginable. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) in the heart of Pasadena’s historic downtown Civic Center. www.pasadenachalkfestival.com

June 19-20 - Surf 24 - Huntington Beach
24 hour surfing competition features surf celebrities, actor Ed Begley, Jr.,Celebrity surfers include Sam Trammel (True Blood), Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs), Jesse Spencer (House), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Chad Lowe (24), Michael Munoz (Amazing Race), Eric Balfour (24), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), David Chokachi (Beyond the Break), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD), Chris Bruno (Dead Zone) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget).
Time: 11 a.m. to Sunday, June 20 at Noon. Event includes surfing, vendors, a breakfast, silent auction, speeches, etc. Location: South side of Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Registration for surfing event: projectsaveoursurf.org or call 424-781-0865.

June 26-27 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
Fine artists create giant works of aart on the asphalt canvas of Main Street, live music. Chance for amateurs to create their own chalk drawings. Main Street, Old Town. www.temeculacalifornia.com

June 26-27 - Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans - Vista Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheep dog trials, atheletic competitions and Scottish food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park. 760-726-3691.

June 27 Firefighters Benefit Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
13th Annual Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters Benefit Car Show on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard. Enjoy beautifully restored classic cars, opportunity drawings and Oldies music in this lakeside park setting. Public admission is free so bring the kids, family and pets to check out this event in support of local burn survivors. Money raised will benefit the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute-Inland Empire.

JULY 2010

July 3-4 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, bed races; a parade, nail driving contest, cowboy quickdraw, watermelon and pie eating contests, good panning, and food. Wrightwood Village. www.wrightwoodchanber.org.

July 4 - Mr and Mrs Muscle Beach Competition - Venice
Bodybuilding competition at the city's iconic Muscle Beach, Venic Beach Recreation Center. www.musclebeachvenice.com

July 4 - Obon Festival - Pacoima
Japanese cultural festival with traditional dances, taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, food, arts and crafts. Japanese American Community Center, 12953 Branford Street
Pacoima, CA., 91311 www.sfvhbt.org

July 10 Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
2-day Asian/Pacific Islander event which provides entertainment, foods, arts, crafts, children's entertainment, dragon boat racing, health & community information. 75,000 attendees expected. At Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave. Starts at 10AM. If you are not into the festival, this is the time of the Lotus blooms that make great pictures. You might want to go here on another day just to photograph the blooms.

July 10 - Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge - Pasadena
This bridge is photogenic anytime but may have some special possibilities at this evening celebration with live music, dancing, antique cars, and food. www.pasadenaheritage.org.

July 10-11 - Big Bear Lake Paddlefest - Fawnskin
Beginner through advanced clinics and races for kayaks and canoes, boat demos and an outdoor sports exhibit. North Shore, Big Bear Lake. www.bigbearpaddlefest.com

July 10-11 Old Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel State Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com/ or www.ftmac.org

July 11 - Concours d'Elegance - Dana Point
Weekend car show overlooking Dana Point Harbor and the Pacific. Lantern Bay Park.
www.porsche356club.org. 25111 Park Lantern Rd

July 11 - Surfin Paws Dog Jam - Huntington Beach
Competition for surfboard riding pups. Benefit for the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelity to Animals. Huntington Beach Dog Beach at Goldenwest Street and PCH. www.surfinpaws.com

July 17-18 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Watch for Woodies parading down from Ave. Del Mar and onto the pier both mornings! There will be a different set of 15 each day in a wide variety of colors and styles to see! Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 24, Aug 21-22 and Sept 25-26 Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. This is the first cruise of the year. I did this cruise last year and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and reeanactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Pier 94 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.org

July 30-31 - Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - Santa Paula
Let your summer take flight. . . with hot air balloons flying over scenic citrus orchards and rolling hills towards views of the Pacific Ocean, the Third Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival is THE best backdrop for THE balloon event closest to Greater Los Angeles. Mingle with balloon pilots, enjoy outdoor dining, wine and beer garden, browse arts and craft vendors, get active with the Kids Activity Area, relax with live music. . . It's the perfect day trip, family summer weekend or romantic getaway - conveniently just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles! Opens Friday evening with entertainment and the glow of hot air ballons. Saturday arrive early for the sunrise ascension of more than two dozen balloons. Tethered balloon rides, music and vendors. Will also have a vintage car and motorcycle show. After sunset see the Glow of the Blue Moon. Blue lights illuminate balloons, glowing blue beach balls and a blues band. Located at the Soccer fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. $10.00 at the gate, 5PM-10PM Friday,
5AM-10PM Saturday. www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 30-Aug 1 - International Surf Festival - Beach Cities - Southbay
Lifegard competitions, aquatic sports competitions, volleyball tournaments and two mile beach run. Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches. www.surffestival.org

July 31- Aug 1 Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment - Long Beach
Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours 10am-5pm. $10.00 adults/$8.00 Seniors. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/civil-war-reenact-events.html

July 31 - Aug 1 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 31 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm After a record-breaking 2009 event, the Hurley US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach. In addition to great surfing, you’ll find the Hurley Walk the Walk Fashion Show, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

AUGUST 2010

July 31-Aug. 8 - US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com

Aug 1 - Lowrider Nationals - Bakersfield
Urban car culture and lifestyle show with more than 500 custom-designed cars. Hop contest, car audio sound off and live music. Kern County Fairgrounds. www.lowridernationals.com

Aug 6-8 - US Open Sand Castle Competition - Imperial Beach
Creative teams of amateurs and professionals sculpt sand masterpieces for cash prizes. Also street fair and live entertainment. Competition starts 9 AM on Aug. 8th and jusging begins at 2PM. Viewing till 4 PM www.usopensandcastle.com

Aug 19-22 - Big Bear Cowboy Gathering - Big Bear Lake
Wild West weekend of cowboy music, poetry, reenactors, storytellers, merechants and barbecue. Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center (909)866-4970. www.bigbearcowboygathering.net

Aug 20-29 - Antelope Valley Fair - Lancaster
Usual fair activity but they have a very nice judged photographic print display that is worth seeing. Antelope Vally Fairgrounds.

Aug 21 - Mountain Classic Car Show - Wrightwood
Pre-1973 American hot-rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks. Live music, food, poker walk and lowrider trike drag race. Wrightwood Village, www.wrightwoodchamber.org.

Aug 28-29 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County.
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com

SEPTEMBER 2010

Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit www.tallshipsfestival.com.

OCTOBER 2010

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

May 2010 Photo Opps

MAY 2010

Through May 23 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM. www.renfair.com/socal

May 1-2, May 5, May 8-9 Cinco de Mayo - Los Angeles
Popular and traditional music, dancing, and food. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street. www.elpueblo.lacity.org or www.calleolvera.com

May 1 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade - Pasadena
SATURDAY, MAY 1st, Colorado Blvd., in East Pasadena, stepping off at 11:00am. Daring to go where no parade has gone before, this year’s Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will venture eastward for the first time in its colorful history. While the alternative event has enjoyed much popular success in the Old Pasadena retail and entertainment district, organizers are excited to bring the eclectic parade to the town-like setting of East Pasadena. “Old Pasadena has been a terrific backdrop and host for the Doo Dah Parade,” says organizer Tom Coston. “But East Pasadena is an exciting new frontier with its own local character and possibilities. It’ll be a great party for all!” WHERE: Colorado Blvd. (between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvds.)
Pasadena (Start Location: 2627 E. Colorado Blvd. 91107http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info/

May 1-2 March AFB Air Show -- Rverside
Gates open at 8 AM, close at 6 PM. Free admission and parking.

May 1-2 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/EscoGenInfo.html

May 2 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure 2010 - Long Beach
while this event is designed for cyclists, it sounds like it might be a great chance to get a lot of rider images, especially on the bridges.
The Tour de Cure offers cyclists a once a year opportunity to ride the Gerald Desmond and Vincent Thomas port bridges from Long Beach to Los Angeles. After pausing at our San Pedro Ports O Call rest stop, cyclists choose between a scenic ride to the southern bluffs of Palos Verdes; a metric century, which includes a breath-taking climb to the top of Palos Verdes East; or a relaxing return to the Queen Mary on a harbor cruise that cyclists young and less young will enjoy.
http://tour.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TDC552018030?pg=entry&fr_id=6896

May 8 Warbirds, Wings & Wheels II - Paso Robles
Pre 1979 Classic cars and trucks, military airplanes and vehicles. Estrella Warbirds Museum. We are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircraft military vehicles and memorabilia to those who flew and worked on military aircraft. Our approach, however, is not to glorify conflict but rather to make a future generation aware of the fact our way of life does not come without sacrifice.
4251 Dry Creek Road. www.ewarbirds.org

May 8 - National Train Day - Los Angeles
Downtown Union Station, 800 N Alameda St. Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more: •The Railroad Braceros Exhibit* •Train Equipment Displays* •Model Train Displays* •AmtraKids Depot Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*
•National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit* •Snapshot Station •Trains Move our Economy Exhibit* •Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Marcel Lagnaz •Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey®* •Amtrak California: A Winning Partnership* •Live performances by the USC Trojan Marching Band and Playhouse Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! http://www.nationaltrainday.com/events/la/

May 8-9 San Bernardino National Train Day - San Bernardino
Amtrack trains, a steam engine, model trains, railroad artifacts, reeanactors, music and vendors. San Bernardino Depot, 1170 W Third St. (909) 260-5745; sbdepotmuseum.com

May 8-9 Streak 37 Car Show - San Diego
More than 400 cars, music, Mr and Miss Hot Rod Contest. Campland by the Bay, 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. www.overthehillgang.com

May 8 - June 20 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
This is my favorite renaissance fair located at Riverview Park, off River Road. They have permanent buildings that make great backdrops, lots of shade, flat walking area. This is a smaller event than the one in Irwindale. I think this makes for better images. Lots of entertainment. Meet hundreds of family members living, working & playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village are entertained, discover fine arts and crafts, and enjoy delectable food and beverages. The setting is the fictitious estate of the Baron Heinrich Von Lauffer, located along the Rhine river (aka Santa Ana River) between Mainz and Strasbourg. Each year the Baron invites the finest minds and most talented actors to celebrate the coming of spring at his Barony of Koroneburg. The festival celebrates the inventions and changes of the renaissance period. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Location: Crossroads Riverview Park 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880. Cost: $18 Adult; $15 Child 5-11 or Senior 62+; $12 Military with valid ID; Children under 5 Free.
www.renaissanceinfo.com/riverview

May 15 Moonridge Zoo Photographers Day and Photo Contest - Big Bear
This small zoo in the mountains has a photo day and contest to get pictures for their calender. Susan and I had 4 images in the 2009 Calender. View at the website. Photo Day is 10AM-4PM. Special photo ops with some of the animals. www.moonridgezoo.org

May 15-16 Battle of Costa Mesa - Costa Mesa
Civil War Reeanactment at Fairview Park, Hours 9am-5PM with battles at 11am and 2 pm. This annual event sponsered by AMVETS.

May 15-16 Planes of Fame Airshow - Chino Airport
Great airshow with lots vintage planes. Warbirds from all over the US come to Chino for this event. The theme of Airshow 2010 is “A Salute To The Greatest Generation.” This year, the Museum will fly its aircraft to honor the men and women whose service and sacrifice during World War II has caused them to become known as the “Greatest Generation.” Special for Photographers, Planes of Fame and the County of San Bernardino Airshow will be offering a limited number of Sunrise Photo Access passes. Get exclusive access to air show displays before the show gates open with our Sunrise Photo Access Pass. Now’s your chance to get better photos of air show displays and selected performer aircraft without the crowd in the foreground. Sunrise Photo Access Pass Holders will be given access to the static displays prior to entrance gates opening. You must purchase this ticket before May 1st through the website or by May 7th in the museum Gift Shop. NO EXCEPTIONS! $75 includes admission to the show.
http://www.planesoffame.org/airshow2010.php

May 15-16 Western Days - Temecula
Weekend annual mock gunfights, activities, vendors, and entertainment in the streets of Old Town. Saturday will feature a Western and Historical art competition and art show presented by the Temecula Valley Art League. Join the cast from the Temecula Gunfighters, numerous visiting gun fighting clubs, and other Old West costumed characters as they perform humorous skits and the high noon shoot out and robbery at The Bank. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. cityoftemecula.org

May 15-16 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. A One-of-a-kind Automotive Cultural Event, this oldest and grandest car show in North Orange County hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d'Elegance with the true classics of the automotive industry spread out over 8 acres of lawns.

May 15-16 Southern California Beach Soccer Championship - Oceanside. Soccer Games on the beach, soccer clinics, samba and surfing lessons. Oceanside Harbor Beach. www.beachsoccerusa.org

May 15-16 All Nations Pow Wow - Acton, CA
Billed as a traditional pow wow. 9:30AM - 7PM each day. KOA Campground, 7601 Soledad Canyon Rd. Acton is on HwY 14 near Lancaster.

May 15-16 Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Annual two day festival with multiple stages of live entertainment, dancing, food and vendors. Plus a large parade along Ocean Blvd on May 16. www.longbeachpride.org

May 16 Civil War Reeanactment - Ft. Tejon
Another of the monthly civil war reeanactments held at this real fort on the Grapevine just off Interstate 5. Battles at 10:30am and 1 pm. Walk through the camps between battles. Bring Lunch.

May 16 50th Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest - Aguroa Hills
Location: Paramount Ranch, Cornell Rd. Agoura Hills. 4 stages {for the contest stage you will want to bring blankets or LOW BACK chairs.} There is jamming throughout the park, every where you look there are folks meeting up to play,
clogging and square dancing too. 9am - 6 pm, $15.00/$10.00 seniors at the gate, early ticket sales discounts. http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org

May 22 Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition - Imperial Beach
Annual Surfing Competition of Canines that raises funds for local pet-related charities. See Spot surf during the Loews Dog Surfing Competition – the nation’s original surfing competition for man’s best friend. Dozens of canines from across the U.S. will hang 10 (errr, 20) for a great cause.
Hours 10-2. North end of Imperial Beach. www.loewssurfdog.com

May 22 Airport and Safe Boating Day - Fullerton
The fun will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.
4011 W. Commonwealth. Not what you usualy think of as a photogenic event but some of the displays and guests may make for interesting images.
Displays of vintage aircraft, safe boating information, plus an appearance by Commander Chuck Street, air traffic reporter for both television station KTLA and radio station KIIS, are just some of the attractions planned for the day.
Special guests at the event will include veterans of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military airmen, who participated in many decisive air battles in World War II. Also on hand will be a veteran of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. The WASPs flew support missions for the military during World War II. In addition, the event will offer aviation-related displays and booths, and the Fullerton Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots organization, will offer plane rides for a fee. The Orange County Fire Authority, the Anaheim Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will open their air operations hangars at the airport for tours.
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/depts/airport/airport_day.asp

May 22-23 Ojai Renaissance and Pirate Faire - Ojai at Lake Casitas
Near Ventura, great rolling hill and Lake location, 10AM-6PM
http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/ojairen/renpg1.html

May 25-30 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop, CA.
Every year during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show.
Situated on the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, California, Mule Days has become an international world class event. Crowds have grown from 200 to more than 30,000 fans! The longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer's Scramble – the wildest, noisiest and funniest event of the weekend. http://www.muledays.org/

May 29-30 Chili Cook-Off and Car/Motorcycle Show - Riverside
International Chili Society cook-off with community and celebrity cooks, car and motorcycle show, music, arts and crafts. Magnolia Ave between van buren Blvd. and Jackson Street. (951) 509-1100; www.riversideabp.com

May 29-30 Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival - Santa Barbara. Chalk street paintings by local artists, live music and authenic Italian Market. Hours 10-5. Old Mission Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Mission is located at the corner of Los Olivos and Laguna Streets. http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/

May 29-30 Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
More than 60 clans, Celtic Music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics, Highland dancing, vendors, Scottish food, sheepherding demonstration. Orange County Fair and Events Center. www.scotsfest.com

May 30-31 LA Invasion Muscle Carshow - Fontana
GM muscle car show, barbecue, drag racing, autocross, live music. Autoclub Speedway.
Sunday bikini models and drag races. http://losangelesinvasion.com/

JUNE 2010

June 5 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
On June 5th, we will again gather for the 3rd Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. Once again, all Show proceeds will benefit the Boys Republic in Chino Hills.
Chad McQueen shows off his fathers cars alongside more than 200 Porsches, Ferraris, Cobras and Mustangs on the grounds of the Boys Republic. www.porsche356club.org

June 5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade. - Santa Maria
67th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a mini rodeo and PBR performance on June 3, followed by rodeo performances on June 4, 5 and 6. Opens at 9 AM, Horse race, the famous mutton bustin’, Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association events, including bull riding, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, local team roping and specialty acts. The rodeo parade, featuring marching bands, beautiful floats, show horses and more will be held on June 5 along South Broadway from Mill to Enos. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. Call: (805) 922-6006 www.santamariaelks.com

June 5-6 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA 9AM-2PM www.hbconcours.org

June 6 - Lowrider 2010 Tour - San Bernardino
Over 700 customized rides and 20,000 fans, Bikini Contest and entertainment. Sponsered by Low Rider Magazine. 11-5pm at the National Orange Show, 689 S. "E" St.
http://krang.lowridermagazine.com/lowridertour/San%20Bernardino%20June%202010.pdf

June 12 - Optimist Car Show - Redlands
Time: June 12, 2010 from 7am to 3pm Location: Sylvan Park, Redlands. http://www.redlandsoptimistclub.org/

June 12 - Cowboys, Heros and Outlaws Festival - Ventura
A 19th Century fair with hands-on exhibits, food and entertainment. We transform the park grounds into a nineteenth century fair. Designed for families with children,
but everyone is welcome. Hands-on Exhibits, Food, Entertainment! 10AM-4PM. 4200 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003 http://www.olivasadobe.org/calendar-of-events.html

June 12-13 - Dewey Webber Longboard Classic and Surf-a-Rama - Dana Point Weekend surfing contest for longboard surfers of all ages, surf expo, live music and food. Doheny State Beach. www.deweyweber.com

June 12-13 - Special Olympics Summer Games- Long Beach
June 12 noon-5, June 13 8am-3pm. Opening ceremony 10Am in the track stadium. Over 1100 athletes to compete in several sports including track and basketball. Cal State Long Beach. http://www.sosc.org/Page.aspx?pid=726

June 17 Muzeo Photographers Night (Photograph Frogs) - Anaheim
The MUZEO Museum engages the community by exploring and celebrating our diverse heritage, culture and arts through creative programming. Photographers can get an up-close-and-personal view of the live frogs currently on exhibit at MUZEO located in the heart of downtown Anaheim. On Thursday, June 17th from 5PM to 9PM MUZEO will host a special photographer’s “after hours event” giving shutter bugs full access to the visually stunning amphibians who are featured in MUZEO’s current exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. This exhibition features over 100 live frogs from all over the world. The zookeeper will also be on hand to open habitats and answer any questions. The Frog Exposure evening will also include mini workshops, presentations and displays for photo loving guests. Tickets are $20 and must be pre-purchases online prior to arrival. MUZEO is located at 241 South Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim, CA. Parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. For more information or to order tickets please go online to www.MUZEO.org

June 18-20 - Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
Nearly 1000 classic cars and street rods, car cruise, music and vendors. The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 25th year. This show, held annually on the 3rd full weekend of June, pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days. Downtown. www.thepismobeachclassic.com

June 20 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
More than 100 exotic cars will be on display in the 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. The 2010 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2010 and is presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee in association with the City of Beverly Hills. The annual Father¹s Day event will highlight a superb combination of automobiles and entries will include, Classic Cars 1925 ­ 1948, Pre-1975 American Cars, Muscle Cars, Sports Cars, European Cars, Woodys, Hot Rods, Customs, Race Cars, Vintage Motorcycles and special interest vehicles from throughout Southern California and the Western United States.
www.rodeodrive-bh.com

June 19-20 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 18th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado will celebrate Father’s Day Weekend on June 19 and 20, 2010 from 10am to 7pm, as thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s interconnected mix of retail, entertainment, housing and garden promenades helps the Pasadena Chalk Festival continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the artworks come to life. Over 500 artists come from all across Southern California to spend two days on their hands and knees creating 175 spectacular chalk murals on concrete areas in every style imaginable. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) in the heart of Pasadena’s historic downtown Civic Center. www.pasadenachalkfestival.com

June 19-20 - Surf 24 - Huntington Beach
24 hour surfing competition features surf celebrities, actor Ed Begley, Jr.,Celebrity surfers include Sam Trammel (True Blood), Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs), Jesse Spencer (House), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Chad Lowe (24), Michael Munoz (Amazing Race), Eric Balfour (24), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), David Chokachi (Beyond the Break), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD), Chris Bruno (Dead Zone) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget).
Time: 11 a.m. to Sunday, June 20 at Noon. Event includes surfing, vendors, a breakfast, silent auction, speeches, etc. Location: South side of Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, CA. Registration for surfing event: projectsaveoursurf.org or call 424-781-0865.

June 26-27 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
Fine artists create giant works of aart on the asphalt canvas of Main Street, live music. Chance for amateurs to create their own chalk drawings. Main Street, Old Town. www.temeculacalifornia.com

June 26-27 - Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans - Vista Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheep dog trials, atheletic competitions and Scottish food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park. 760-726-3691.

June 27 Firefighters Benefit Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
13th Annual Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters Benefit Car Show on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard. Enjoy beautifully restored classic cars, opportunity drawings and Oldies music in this lakeside park setting. Public admission is free so bring the kids, family and pets to check out this event in support of local burn survivors. Money raised will benefit the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute-Inland Empire.

JULY 2010

July 10 Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
2-day Asian/Pacific Islander event which provides entertainment, foods, arts, crafts, children's entertainment, dragon boat racing, health & community information. 75,000 attendees expected. At Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave. Starts at 10AM. If you are not into the festival, this is the time of the Lotus blooms that make great pictures. You might want to go here on another day just to photograph the blooms.

July 10-11 Old Fort MacArthur Days - San Pedro
Location fort MacArthur Museum, Angel State Park, 3601 South Gaffey. Big Event with reeanactments from Civil War to WWII. Hours 10am-4pm. http://fortmacarthur.tripod.com/

July 17-18 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Classic Woody Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. Watch for Woodies parading down from Ave. Del Mar and onto the pier both mornings! There will be a different set of 15 each day in a wide variety of colors and styles to see! Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 24 Cruise Aboard the Lane Victory, WWII Ship - San Pedro
The Lane Victory is a WWII Merchant Marine Ship built in 1945 and docked at San Pedro. Normally a museum, it sails out to Catalina Island and back several times a year. This is the first cruise of the year. I did this cruise last year and had a blast. Lunch is served along with drinks. WWII entertainment and reeanactors on board, German spy is captured and the ship will be attacked by WWII German aircraft on the way back and saved by the US planes. Lots to photograph and a fun day. Located at Pier 94 in San Pedro. LA Fire Boats greet the ship on the way into port--blowing water. http://www.lanevictory.org

July 31- Aug 1 Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment - Long Beach
Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours 10am-5pm. $10.00 adults/$8.00 Seniors. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/california/civil-war-reenact-events.html

July 31 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm After a record-breaking 2009 event, the Hurley US Open of Surfing is back in Huntington Beach. In addition to great surfing, you’ll find the Hurley Walk the Walk Fashion Show, a 14-acre Festival Village that allows attendees to sample products and services from the action sports industry, a BMX and skateboard competition and more. Admission to all events is free, so don’t miss out on this exciting, action-packed beach festival!

AUGUST 2010

July 31-Aug. 8 - US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
Welcome you sand lovers! US Open of Surfing & Beach Games isn't just surfing. It's music, sand, limbo, spray on tattoos, freebies, cute guy & girl poster signings and a whole lotta xtreme sports. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com

Aug 28-29 Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo - San Juan Capistrano
The rodeo will take place at the Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway/La Pata on the western border of the Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County.
The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is good old entertainment for the entire family, not to mention the richest 2-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling over $200,000. The top 30 rodeo contestants in saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping will come to San Juan Capistrano for this chance of a lifetime. Gates open at 2PM Sat, rodeo starts at 4PM and gates open at 11:30 AM on Sunday, rodeo starts at 1:30 PM. While I have not photographed at this rodeo, I have heard it is a good one. http://www.rmvrodeo.com

SEPTEMBER 2010

Sept. 4-5 Civil War Re-Enactment - Huntington Beach
Where: Huntington Central Park 18000 Goldenwest St. Visit and tour large scale Confederate and Union encampments as more than 200 re-enactors stage famous battles of the Civil War. The two-day event includes live canon and weapon demonstrations, actors in full costume, food vendors and a Civil War-era band. On Saturday the first battle will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. Sunday features a church service at 9 a.m. then a battle at 11 a.m. and another one at 2 p.m.

Sept. 11-13 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point Harbor
The largest annual gathering of tallships on the West Coast, this festival features a spectacular array of family-fun activities including live music, art shows and a variety of tasty food. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Additionally, you can explore the historic tallships and listen to the crew share tails of adventure and life at sea. The festival begins on Friday evening as the tall ships parade into Dana Point Harbor. On the weekend, visitors can enjoy maritime displays and demonstrations, music concerts, Polynesian dancing, pirates, and dramatic sunset cannon battles. Visitors can also explore the historic tall ships and listen to the crew share tales of adventure and life at sea. Inside the Ocean Institute guests can experience live parrot shows, pirate games, music, wood carving, ship models and special presentations. Join us for a weekend of fun and adventure as we celebrate the area's rich maritime history. Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew, Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride. Visiting ships are subject to change. For complete information about the festival visit www.tallshipsfestival.com.

OCTOBER 2010

Oct 2-3 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010. The gates will open at 11:00. AM Events Begin At 1:00 PM at the Tex Shoemaker Rodeo Arena at Horsethief Canyon Park. http://sandimasrodeo.com