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.

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.
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area:
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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. $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, 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.
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. 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. (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. 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. 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,, 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.
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 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.

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, 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.
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.

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.