Friday, March 26, 2010

April 2010 Photo Opps

March 27-April 18 Butterflys at Wild Animal Park - Escondido
Every Spring the Wild Animal Park has a small Butterfly House, Butterfly Jungle. Get there when the park opens, by lunch the lines are a mile long. Good selection but very small.

April 17-25 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessioners are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun.

Through April 18 Santa Anita Race Track - Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice. Get great close up shots and images of the horses runing the track. Also on weekends FREE tram tour, Board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take a tour of the stable area, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens. See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn, areas used during the filming of the movie Seabiscuit, the jockeys room, silks room, saddling paddock and walking ring with its topiaries and statuary. Meet the equine star of Seabiscuit, Fighting Furrari, who played the primary role in the film. See the carriage horses in their home under the grandstand. Truly a unique experience you will not soon forget. Tours depart at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the Santa Anita season, excluding Super Bowl Sunday, February 7 and Derby Day, April 3. Season ends April 18th.

April 11-Sept. 6 Butterflys at LA Natural History Museum - Los Angeles
Opens to the public on April 11th, Pavilion of Wings. More than 40 different butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for our much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, the Pavilion of Wings. Wander through a unique changing and growing ecosystem. Witness wondrous free-flying creatures interacting with plant life and with each other and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals. Los Angeles Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Park, 9:30 AM- 5 PM.

April 9-11 Del Mar Nationals - (car show) Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. Hours 8-5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday 8-3.

April 10 Bakersfield Highland Gathering and Games Bakersfield
Scottish atheletics, Celtic Music, pipes and drume, dancers, food and dring, vendors, kid's games at the Kern County Fairgrounds. 661-753-3306

April 10-11 Civil War Reenactment - Prado Park - Chino. Prado Park is off Euclid, south of Chino. This is my favorite civil war reenactment. It is big, covers a lot of land and the battles are in a large field of rolling hills. Not much in the background to get in your way. Large camps with lots to shoot, lots of vendors.

April 10-11 Irvine Lake Mud Run - Irvine
Santiago Canyon Road, $5.00 Parking. This is a foot race with an obstacle course with mud pits. The Irvine Lake Mud Run is an approximate +5k course beginning and ending at picturesque Irvine Lake. The course is partially on the road and partially on trails and includes hills, water (no contact with lake anywhere), professionally built obstacles and "eight+" mud pits. May be interesting to photograph.

April 10 - 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.

April 11 Festival 0f Dancing Colors - Eastern Dance - San Bernardino. At Cal State San Bernardino, Santos Manuel Student Union, 55500 University Parkway. All types of Eastern Dance and belly dancing. $5.00, hours 1pm-5pm.

April 17 Inland Empire Veterans Parade - Riverside
Starts at 10:00 AM, Parade route, Magnolia & Romona to Market & 10th to the Historic Riverside County Courthouse. Includes Marching Bands, Military Vehicles, Airplane Flyovers, Bagpipes, Antique Cars, Dancers and Mounted Horse units.

April 17-18 Vista Civil War Reenactment - Vista
Location: Antique Gas and Steam Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. Time: 10AM-5PM each day. Visitors can expect to see real live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, authentic battles, meet with the soldiers in their camps, attend demonstrations and more during the two-day festival. Battles will be held twice daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. Civil War living history tours will be held throughout the weekend and include demonstrations as well as displays. The museum will also have walking tours of their collections of antique equipment and offer visitors a selection of food and refreshment.

April 18 Civil War Reenactment - Ft. Tejon. Ft Tejon was an actual Fort during the civil war days. It is between Bakersfield and LA in the Grapevine area on Hwy. 5
Battles are at 10:30AM and 1:00 PM on the 3rd Sunday during the Spring and Summer. Like all events, get there early to get the best images. battles are on the actual old Fort Tejon grounds among some of the old buildings. Bring lunch.

Apr 18 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
16th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 400 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell.

Apr 18 - Charity Car Show - Ontario
Hosted by JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Sunday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is open to all: Customs & Classics ~ Muscle Cars ~ Street Rods ~ Rat Rods ~ Trucks ~ Special Interest ~ PT Cruisers ~ Exotics ~ Military ~ Motorcycles and More ~ Trophies ~ Opportunity Drawing, DJ Music. 225 cars last year with 2000 spectators.

April 23-25 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM each day, gates open at 12:30.

April 24 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2010 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2010. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 3 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $10.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show.

April 24-25 Fun With Chalk, Street Painting Festival - Mission Viejo
Both Days 10AM-5PM. Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist's techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you. Norman P Murry Community Center, 24932 Vetrans Way.

April 24-25 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily

April 24-25 Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Big yearly event at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Tours, street shows, living history performers, buffalo soldiers and lots of music and food. For more information call 661-286-4021 or

April 24-25 California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Hours 10am-6pm, Lots of enteratinment, foot, crafts, etc. Location: Lancaster City park 43011 N 10th Street West. If you go, be sure to go to the Poppy Perserve where the real pictures are.

MAY 2010

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. 91107

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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 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 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.

May 22-23 Ojai Renaissance and Pirate Faire - Ojai at Lake Casitas
Near Ventura, great rolling hill and Lake location, 10AM-6PM

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.

JUNE 2010

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

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

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: or call 424-781-0865.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.


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


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.