Friday, December 23, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps January 2012

Salton Sea can 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

Through Apr 22 - Surf Design 1967-1984 - Santa Monica
Exhibition of rare and antique surfboards. They will have a shaping room with numerous blanks that will be worked on aby several well known shapers during the exhibition. California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St. www.californiaheritagemuseum.org

January 2012

Jan 1 - Cabrillo Beach Polar Swim - San Pedro
Swimmers celebrate 2012 with a plunge in the chilly waters of the pacific. 11:30AM
www.cabrillobeachpolarbears.com

Jan7-28 Saturdays - Hawk Watch -Romona
Learn about raptors at the Romona Grasslands. Wildlife experts educate visitors about the birds and habitat. Live raptor encounters, demonstrations start at 9AM. Wildlife Research Institute, Ramona. www.wildlife-research.org 18030 Highland Valley Road. Free

Jan 7-8 - 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 7-12 - Surfing Contest - Huntington Beach
Katin Pro Am Team Challenge, surfing - through Jan. 12. Founded in 1977 by Nancy Katin (Kanvas by Katin) the event has hosted Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia, and Kelly Slater and brands Hurley, Quiksilver, Lost, Fox, Reef, Jack's Surfboards and more. This surfing event features 17 teams of four surfers each, competing in open-draw format. It's a two-day event held during window of January 5-12. Cost: Paid parking: Huntington Beach Pier, 325 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA. Free to see. www.katinusa.com.

Jan 8 - Oshogatsu Family Festival - Los Angeles
Japanese New Years celebration includes pounding of the sweet rice, traditional foods. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E 1st St. www.janm.org

Jan 13-16 - 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 14-15 - 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 14-15 - Pacific 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 20-21 - Lunar New Year Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese New Year Festival with a cultural village, entertainment, food, dragon dance. Balboa Park, www.sdtet.com 11:00 AM Sat and Sun.

Jan 27-28 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Dragon. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 27-29 - Tet Festival - Garden Grove
The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year. Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh. www.tetfestival.org

Jan 27-29 - Grand National Roadster Show - Pomona
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com

Jan 28-29 - 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. Open 8AM, Admission $10.00

February 2012

Feb 4-5 - Civil War Battles - Ft. Tejon
Experience the day to day life on a mid 1860’s California U. S. Army post. Both military and civilian impressions welcomed. Period correct attire only. Saturday and Sunday will provide period activities that will allow military participants to experience barracks life and training of the typical soldier. Enlisted military personnel will sleep in Fort Tejon’s original barracks, Friday and Saturday nights, officers and female civilians will be housed in the officers quarters. http://www.forttejon.org/2ndcal2011.html

Feb 10-11 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com

Feb. 11 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
More than 1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com

Feb 12 - African American Art Festival - Culver City
Celebrates Black History Month. Afro-Brazilian capoeira, African drumming, art exhibit, live music. Star Eco Station, 10101 Jefferson Blvd. www.ecostation.org

Feb 17-20 - Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
Whiskey Flats now known as Kernville celebrates its Old West heritage with a parade and festival. Downtown Kernville, www.kernvillechamber.org

Feb 18-20 - Civil War Days - Calico Ghost Town
Relive the battle between North and South in this authentic Civil War Re-enactment. The weekend includes drills, music, living history displays, and much more! 9AM-5PM.
Reenacters take over the the old Ghost town with several battles during the day and you can visit the encampments between the action. Because Calico is in the hills, you get a whole different type of background for the battles than others in the area.

Feb 17-26 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival - Indio
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy 111.

Feb 17-26 - Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance - Rancho Mirage
More than 150 domestic and foreign classic cars, sports and rqacing vehicles. Westin MIssion Hills Golf Resort, www.desertconcours.com

March 2012

April 2012

April 21-22 - Las Mariposas Civil War Days - Mariposa
Don't miss the most Authentic Civil War reenactment west of the Rockies! The location of our event is Longs' Mariposa Ranch, in historical Mariposa, CA, just outside of Yosemite National Park and on the location of the Las Mariposas Land Grant. There will be a battle reenactment on Friday complete with tactical foot and horse skirmishes and cannon fire Saturday and Sunday are both jammed full of events including two battles each day, AND a twilight battle on Saturday night. Throughout both days there will be a multitude of other events happening at the camps which the public are invited to attend and observe. Experience first hand a medical station, a blacksmith, a civilian town, cooking and sewing, and other aspects of life during this historical period. Don't miss hearing Abraham Lincoln recite the Gettysburg Address or Jefferson Davis as he dispels the rumors from the Federal Camp. Listen to Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Clara Barton describe their lives and what it was like to be a slave. A variety of period sutlers and food vendors will be on site. For more information, please visit our website, www.thecivilwardays.com

Sunday, December 4, 2011

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS December 2011

Salton Sea can 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 2011

Nov 17-Jan 16 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Nov 24-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds. www.holidayoflights.com.

Nov 25-Jan 8 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501
(951) 784-0300

Nov 26-Dec 11 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.

Dec 10 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel

Dec 11 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706

Dec 17 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long BeachGondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.

January 2012

Jan 7-8 - 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 13-16 - 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 14-15 - 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 14-15 - Pacific 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 28-29 - 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. Open 8AM, Admission $10.00

Saturday, November 12, 2011

SoCalPhotoOpps November 2011

November 2011

Nov 12 - Veterans Day Celebration - Riverside
Parade, bands concerts, war birds and military vechicles, airplane rides, vintage cars and hot rods. Flabob Airport 4130 Mennes Ave., Riverside.

Nov 17-Jan 16 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Nov 24-Jan 1 - Holiday of Lights - Del Mar
You can drive through a 1.5 mile route around Del Mar racetrack to see more than 400 lighted and animated holiday scenes. Del Mar fairgraounds. www.holidayoflights.com.

Nov 25-Jan 8 - Festival of Lights - Riverside
Millions of lights and animated characters on display. Ice Skating rink and vendors. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, California 92501
(951) 784-0300

Nov 26-Dec 11 - Christmas Tree Holiday Train - Fillmore
Families can ride with Santa to a Christmas aTree farm to select and cut their tree. Weekends only. Fillmore & Western Railway.

December 2011

Dec 10 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel

Dec 11 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706

Dec 17 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long BeachGondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SoCalPhotoOpps October 2011

October 2011

Through November 6 - Spider Pavilion - Los Angeles
Hundreds of free-roaming arachnids spin beautiful webs in an enclosed habitat. Gallery interpreters on hand to answer questions. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park. www.nhm.org

Oct 1-2 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, 2011. 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 2 - Cabrillo Festival - San Diego
Annual Event commemorates JUan Rodriquez Cabrillo's contribution to the exploration of California. Reenactment of Cabrillo's landing on the shores of San Diego Bay, music, folk dancing, crafts and food. Ballast Point, Naval Base Point Loma. www.cabrillofestival.org.

Oct 1 - Nov 6 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 6th. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 7 - Photo Day at the Race Track - Santa Anita
Whether you are a beginner or a professional, historic Santa Anita Park is hosting a one of a kind photography day. Be at Santa Anita Park by 7:30am to register and then shoot at Clocker’s Corner. With the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and hundreds of horses working out, it’s the perfect setting. When workouts conclude, breakfast will be served followed by a Q & A with track photographers, trainers and management. Each person will have one of a kind access to the paddock and Winner’s Circle. Photos from the day will be posted on the SantaAnita.com web site. Cost $20.00 and includes general admission, general parking, breakfast and press credentials for the day. You must register ahead for this event. Buy Tickets: http://santaanitaevents.wagticketing.com/photography.html

Oct 9 - Japan America Kite Festival - Seal Beach
Hundreds of kites of all colors and sizes, sport kites, show kites and other demos. Kite Making Workshop. North side of Seal Beach Pier. www.jas-socal.org 11AM-4PM

Oct 15-16 - Pumpkin Festival - Pomona
Pumpkin Patch, insect fair, Cal-Poly grown produce and plants, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment and food. Cal Poly Pomona Campus. www.csupomona.edu/-agri.

Oct 21-22-23 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway
On October 21, 22 & 23, 2011 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armoured knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The Tournament of the Phoenix is a weekend long Jousting and Combat event sanctioned by England's Royal Armouries Museum-Leeds.
Competitors will accumulate points as they battle it out in a series of grueling events. The tournament will test the combatants' prowess and stamina as they pit themselves against each other in foot combat with axes, mounted melee, and four sessions of jousting.
The event also showcases the "Festival of History", where over one hundred members of the southwest's premier Living History associations will present a living time line of history spanning Rome through the European Renaissance. A medieval bagpipe band lends to the festive atmosphere as they perform throughout the day. 'Hands on History' activities for all ages, vendors offering a range of goods and delicious food assure a day full of fun for event goers. Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. www.worldjoust.com

Oct 22-23 - 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 23 - Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo - Los Alamitos
Car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, flyovers, helicopter flights, demonstrations, food and music. Los Alimitos Army Airfield, Joint Forces Training Base. 9AM -4PM. 11200 Lexington Drive, Katella at Lexington Dr. At Lexington off Katella. www.wwrexpo.net

Oct 29 - Long Beach Zombie Walk - Long Beach
Thousands of undead will shuffle along the streets of Long Beach trying to smash the current worlds record of zombies on the move at one time. Current record is in Seattle with 4800 zombies. All day event, bands, art, food,vendors, zombie makeup stations. Begins at 8PM on third St at Pine Ave. www.zombiewalklb.com

Oct 29-30 - Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance - Santa BarbaraSalute to the Mille Miglia tour, car corrals, wine tasting, Italian and American Classic Car Show. Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. www.elegantcars.com 10AM - 4 PM.

Oct 29-30 - Comic Con - Long Beach
Comic Book Convention and pop culture exhibition. Artist, panels, meet and greet, celebrities, autograph signings, vendors, costumed fans (cos-players). Long Beach Convention Center. www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Oct 30 - Trick or Treat Festival - Costa Mesa
More than 50 classic, vintage and restored hearses will drive Costa Mesa's streets in a 4 mile cortege that ends at a Halloween festival. Festival includes costume contest, concert and sideshows. Orange County Market Place. www.ocmarketplace.com

Monday, August 29, 2011

So Cal Photo Opps September 2011

September 2011

Through Sept 7 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

Sept 3, 4, 5 - 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 four 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. 3 - October 2 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona
Runs through Oct. 2. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/

Sept. 3-4 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 8-11 - Festival of Roses - Wasco
Rose show, rose field tours, parade, potted roses for purchase, entertainment. Various locations and dates. www.ci.wasco.us.

Sept 11 - 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 10-11 - 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 6180 Webster Rd., Creston.

Sept 10-11 - Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point
This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 27th 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 11 - 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 - Coastline Car Classic - Corona del Mar
More than 200 vintage and dealer select automobiles, food and vendors. Big Corona del Mar State Beach. www.coastlinecarclassic.com

Sept 10-11 - 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 16-18 - Annual Danish Days - Solvang
75th annual festival in "Little Denmark" Solvang includes Danish food, folk dancers, parades and Old Wolrd artisan marketplace. There will be Viking encampments and cultural demonstrations. www.solvangusa.com

Sept 16-18 Fiesta Days - Morongo Valley
Western reenactments, chili cook-off, hayrides, live music, etc. Covington Park.
www.mvfiestadays.com

Sept 17-18 - Navy Fleet Week Family Festival - San Diego
At the Broadway Pier featuring ship tours, military static displays, in-water demonstrations, live entertainment, and a children’s fun zone. Tentatively-scheduled ships available for tour are the USS Princeton (CG-59) a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Rushmore (LSD-47), a dock landing ship. For more information on the Family Festival or any of the events, visit www.fleetweeksandiego.org. No Tripods or lens longer than 100mm allowed. Hours 10AM-4PM.

Sept 15-18 - 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 17 - 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 by the Old West Mounted Lawman. http://www.randdesertmuseum.com/

Sept 17-18 - 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 17 - 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 - 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 17-18 - 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 18 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes
Join us for the 19th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 18, 2011. 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 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. I did this cruise 2 years 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.com

Sept 24 - 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 25 - Aquarium Of The Pacific Photo Day - Long Beach
Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.
Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door. Time 5:30-10PM. Workshop must be taken before shooting. They will have photo contest. Cost $24.95 100 Aquarium Way.
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/newsevents/eventsdetail/photographers_night

Sept 24-25 - Goldcoast Pirate Faire - Lake Casitas, Ojai
Pirate encampments, performers, reeactments, treasure hunts, food and grog. Lake Casitas recreation Area. www.goldcoastfestivals.com.

Sept 24-31 - 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 23-24 - 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 24-25 - 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 30-Oct 2 - MCAS Miramar Air Show - San Diego
Blue Angels perform, parachute teams, wingwalkers and other military and civilian flights. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. www.miramarairshow.com

October 2011

Oct 1-2 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, 2011. 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 1 - Nov 6 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 6th. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 7 - Photo Day at the Race Track - Santa Anita
Whether you are a beginner or a professional, historic Santa Anita Park is hosting a one of a kind photography day. Be at Santa Anita Park by 7:30am to register and then shoot at Clocker’s Corner. With the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and hundreds of horses working out, it’s the perfect setting. When workouts conclude, breakfast will be served followed by a Q & A with track photographers, trainers and management. Each person will have one of a kind access to the paddock and Winner’s Circle. Photos from the day will be posted on the SantaAnita.com web site. Cost $20.00 and includes general admission, general parking, breakfast and press credentials for the day. You must register ahead for this event. Buy Tickets: http://santaanitaevents.wagticketing.com/photography.html

Oct 22-23 - 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps August 2011

August 2011

Aug 1-Aug 7 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, 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! You can get great images from the pier with your 400mm lens. The professionals will surf on the South side of the pier and you can get some great image of the non-professional locals on the North side. Lots of opportunity to people watch. http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/ On the weekend, get there early to get a parking spot. Events start at 8:00AM.

Through Sept 7 - Horse Racing - Del Mar
Del Mar racing season is through Sept 7th closing day. Gates open at Noon and first race is usually 2 PM. Closed Mondays and Thursdays. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. I've never photographed at this racetrack so I can't give you any tips. http://www.dmtc.com/season/

Aug 6 - Dragoon Era - Ft Tejon
Come and take a step back in time and see California as it was in 1856. At Fort Tejon State Historical Park vistors can witness life at this U.S. Army post of the far west. Fort Tejon was a crossroads for many converging and competing cultures of the 1850s. Vistors are invited to view the living history demonstrations of everyday life of the common soldier and civilian men, women and children at this mountain outpost. 10AM-3PM http://www.forttejon.org/progdr.html

Aug 7 - 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 12-14 - Oceanside Longboard Surfing Board Contest and Festival - Oceanside Longboard surfing contest, vendors and live music. Pier Amphitheater and South Pier Beach. www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org

Aug 13-14 - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach
Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. Granada Avenue Beach. www.alfredosbeachclub.com

Aug 18-21 - 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 19-28 - 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 - Mission Life 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 20-21 - World Bodysurfing Championships - Oceanside
Bodysurfers from around the world compete in different divisions for trophies and prizes. Oceanside Pier. www.worldbodysurfing.org

Aug 20-21 - 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 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 11th 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. phone 805-683-5141 Event at Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr.

Aug 20 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 11th 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 20th, 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 20-21 - 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.

Aug 20-21 - Tehachapi Mountain Festival and Rodeo - Tehachapi
Tehachapi Mountain Festival® has been providing quality family entertainment for the community for 48 years. Traditionally held on the third weekend in August, it is the largest family event within the community and includes fun for the entire family. The Festival includes an arts and crafts show, food, entertainment, carnival, 5K & 10K run, Mountain Festival Parade, car show, PRCA rodeo, pet parade, Gem & Mineral show, Quilt Show, VFW dinner and dance, pancake breakfast and much more. An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 attend, with the attendance growing each year. Get out of the heat and join us for some good family fun. Rodeo 7PM Friday, 5PM Sat. Car and Truck Show downtown 9am-3pm Sunday. Philip Marx Central Park, www.tehachapimountainfestival.com

Aug 20-21 - Fort Tejon Civil War Invitational - Lebec
Reeanactment battles, Union and Confederate Camps, tours of the fort's old barracks and officers house. Bring Lunch. They usually have two battles for day and you can go into the camps between battles. www.forttejon.com

Aug 26-28 - Norco Mounted Posse Rodeo - Norco
PRCA rodeo, cowboy dances, music. George Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco at the end of 6th Street. www.norcoprcarodeo.com. Gates open at 5PM Rodeo at 7:30. I have never been to this rodeo. From a photographic point of view, it is an evening event and the rodeo grounds are covered, I'm not sure it would be the best for photography.

Aug 27-28 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

Aug 27 and Sept 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. I did this cruise 2 years 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.com

September 2011

Sept 17-18 - Navy Fleet Week Family Festival - San Diego
At the Broadway Pier featuring ship tours, military static displays, in-water demonstrations, live entertainment, and a children’s fun zone. Tentatively-scheduled ships available for tour are the USS Princeton (CG-59) a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Rushmore (LSD-47), a dock landing ship. For more information on the Family Festival or any of the events, visit www.fleetweeksandiego.org. No Tripods or lens longer than 100mm allowed. Hours 10AM-4PM.

October 2011

Oct 1-2 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas
Will be held Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd, 2011. 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 1 - Nov 6 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita
Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 6th. Great place to spend a morning photographing. Get there early at Clockers Corner to see all the horses going out to the track to warm up. You can get some really close images. They generally have tours of the barns and other areas of the race track which is free. First race is 1:00 PM.

Oct 7 - Photo Day at the Race Track - Santa Anita
Whether you are a beginner or a professional, historic Santa Anita Park is hosting a one of a kind photography day. Be at Santa Anita Park by 7:30am to register and then shoot at Clocker’s Corner. With the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and hundreds of horses working out, it’s the perfect setting. When workouts conclude, breakfast will be served followed by a Q & A with track photographers, trainers and management. Each person will have one of a kind access to the paddock and Winner’s Circle. Photos from the day will be posted on the SantaAnita.com web site. Cost $20.00 and includes general admission, general parking, breakfast and press credentials for the day. You must register ahead for this event. Buy Tickets: http://santaanitaevents.wagticketing.com/photography.html

Oct 22-23 - 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

Friday, June 24, 2011

July 2011

July 2011

July 2-3 - 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 2-3 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate encampment, battles, food, crafts and music. Belmont Vetrans Memorial Pier. www.alfredosbeachclub.com

July 2-3 - 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 4 - Firecracker Train - Fillmore
Car show, festival, barbecue, chili cook-off, train ride through Heritage valley and fireworks display. Fillmore & Western Railway in downtown. www.fwry.com

July 9 - Kardboard Kayak Race - Santa Barbara
Novice and skilled boat builders test their skill and creativity as they try to build the most seaworthy kayaks from corrugated cardboard, tape and markers. West Beach, Santa Barbara. www.sbmm.org.

July 9-10 - Big Bear Lake Paddlefest - Fawnskin
Beginner through advanced clinics and races for kayaks and canoes, boat demos and an outdoor sports exhibit. Swim Beach at Meadow park. www.bigbearpaddlefest.com

July 9-10 - Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
Location: Echo Park. The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for two (2) days of cultural sharing. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 33rd Lotus Festival, which includes live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of Thailand with the support of the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles. Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium. http://www.laparks.org/calendar/lotus/lotus.htm Dragon Boat races are one of the major events for photographers.

July 9-10 - 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 15-Aug 14 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
Live entertainment, livestock exhibits, arts & crafts, Photography Exhibit, rides and food. OC Fair and Event Center, www.ocfair.com

July 16-17 Ocean Festival - San Clemente
Full weekend of family events Car Show, Surf and Ocean Art Show, Children's activities. Annual Beach Party and Concert included. At the San Clemente Pier. California Waterman and Waterwomman contests. Surfing Contest and Great rubber Duck Race. http://www.oceanfestival.org

July 16-17 - Central Coast Renaissance Festival - San Luis Obispo
Music,entertainment,food,drinks and games. Also the usual jousting, street performers and craftsmen. El Chorro Regional Park. www.ccrenfaire.com

July 22-24 - US Open Sandcastle Competition - Imperial Beach
Street festival, live music and sand castle building competition for children, amateurs and professional teams. www.usopensandcastle.com

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 Fourth 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 Indian motorcycle rally. 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. 5:00PM-11PM Friday, 5:30AM-11:00PM Saturday, 5:30AM-4:30PM Sunday. www.citrusclassicballoons.com

July 30-31 - Long Beach Civil War Reeanactment - Long Beach
Live cannon fire, period costumes, historical figures, battles and encampments.
Location: El Dorado park, 7550 E Spring St., Hours 10am-5pm. $10.00 adults/$8.00 Seniors. www.goldcoastfestivals.com

July 30-31 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 30 - Aug 7 - Hurley US Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
8am-5pm Worlds top surfers compete, 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 2011

Aug 6 - Dragoon Era - Ft Tejon
Come and take a step back in time and see California as it was in 1856. At Fort Tejon State Historical Park vistors can witness life at this U.S. Army post of the far west. Fort Tejon was a crossroads for many converging and competing cultures of the 1850s. Vistors are invited to view the living history demonstrations of everyday life of the common soldier and civilian men, women and children at this mountain outpost. 10AM-3PM http://www.forttejon.org/progdr.html

Aug 7 - 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 13-14 - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach
Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. Granada Avenue Beach. www.alfredosbeachclub.com

Aug 18-21 - 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 19-28 - 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 - Mission Life 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 20-21 - 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 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 11th 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. phone 805-683-5141 Event at Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr.

Aug 20 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 11th 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 20th, 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 20-21 - 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.

Aug 20-21 - Fort Tejon Civil War Invitational - Lebec
Reeanactment battles, Union and Confederate Camps, tours of the fort's old barracks and officers house. Bring Lunch. They usually have two battles for day and you can go into the camps between battles. www.forttejon.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

Aug 27 and Sept 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. I did this cruise 2 years 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

Friday, May 27, 2011

So Cal Photo Opps June 2011

Through Sept. 5 - Pavilion of Wings - Los Angeles
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 Blvd. www.nhm.org

JUNE 2011

Through June 19 Weekends. Koroneburg Old World Festival - Corona
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 great 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 2-5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. - Santa Maria
68th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a three-hour performance you will enjoy six adrenaline-rushing PRCA events, including bull and bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, WPRA barrel racing, local team roping, and mutton bustin'. You will also experience rodeo's top announcers, bull riders, barrelmen and stock contractors. Rodeo each day is at 7 PM. The Sunday June 5th rodeo is at 2 PM which is the best bet for photography. June 4th is the parade with beautiful floats, show horses. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. http://www.smelksrodeo.org/

June 3-5 - 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.

June 4 - Loews Coronado Surf Dog Competition - Imperial Beach
See Spot surf at the Loews Dog Surfing Competition – the nation’s original surfing competition for man’s best friend. Each year, dozens of canines from across the U.S. hang 10 (errr, 20) for a great cause. Dunes Park/Beach 700 Seacoast Drive. 10AM-2PM, http://www.loewssurfdog.blogspot.com/

June 4 - 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. http://www.mcqueenonline.com/thefriendsofstevemcqueencarshow2011.htm

June 4 - Gilmore Heritage Auto Show - Los Angeles
To celebrate the rich history of Gilmore Gas and its extraordinary impact on the car culture of California, Farmers Market hosts one of the most entertaining casual car shows in the West. Typically featuring more than 100 vintage and classic American cars – old cars, modified hot rods, unique brands and models – the show is always held on the first Saturday in June. More than a decade old, the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show is a great celebration of cars and those who drive them.
http://www.farmersmarketla.com/special_events/events/autoshow/index.asp
11AM to 5pm 6333 West 3rd. St., 3rd and Fairfax. FREE

June 4 - Sand and Surf Festival and Car Show - Yorba Linda
Pre 1976 cars, 9AM-4PM. 16850 Basthachury Rd, at Prospect. 150 Cars. Vendors, Live Music and Food.

June 4-5 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Hours 9 AM - 5 PM .Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA www.hbconcours.org $10.00.

June 4-5 - Wings Over Gillespie Air Show - El Cajon
Airplane enthusiasts and history buffs will want to see these famous aircraft of WWII coming to Gillespie Field Airport. B-17 Flying Fortress ’Sentimental Journey’ and B-25 Mitchell ‘Maid in the Shade’ from the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum will be on display at Gillespie Field Airport offering rides and tours Tuesday, May 31 through Sunday, June 5. Both WWII Bombers will be the main attraction at the Wings Over Gillespie Airshow. http://ag1caf.org/ Charge for tours and flights. Other aricraft displays, live entertainment and food.

June 4-5 - Antique Wooden Boat Show - Lake Arrowhead
This magnificent boat show features sixty of the finest antique and classic wooden boats which are displayed on the dockside of Lake Arrowhead Village where visitors can view these wonderful boats. www.lakearrowhead.net

June 11 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 12th Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza, always a huge hit with lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history, promises something for everyone who drops by the Orange Empire Railway Museum to take in the show. The City of Perris once again is teaming up with the Railway Museum and the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association on the Rods and Rails Festival. Event organizers expect 4,500 to 5,000-visitors for the June 11 event, another in series of festivals and celebrations highlighting Perris 100th birthday. 100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking. http://www.cityofperris.org

June 10-12 - Ink-N-Iron Festival and Car Show - Long Beach
Queen Mary, $35.00. People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustoms, Live music, burlesque, art shows, 50’s fashion, and of course the tattoo show covering three floors inside the ship. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets, full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the gigantic Queen Mary, the beautiful water, and the amazing Long Beach skyline quite a task to take in all at once, but all the fashion statements and lavishly adorned people are quite a spectacle as well. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival. Seven years ago the ship was overtaken by the underground subculture of all things Kustom and modified. From tattooing to pin striping and tantalizing show goers with tight corsets the 8th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival is laced up and racing for port! http://ink-n-iron.com/

June 11-12 - San Luis Rey Indian Powwow - Oceanside
At the San Luis Rey Mission Grounds. Arts and Crafts, food, dancers and drums.
Sat. 10AM-11PM, Sun. 10AM-6PM. No photography during the Grand Entrance. 4050 Mission Ave. http://www.slrmissionindians.org/Site/Events.html

June 12 - Classic Car Show - San Clemente
The Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of San Clemente, proudly presents the 16th Annual Car Show. Sunday June 12th from 10:00-3:00. Free Spectator admission. 300 cars will be on display on Del Mar in the heart of historical Downtown San Clemente. Come on down to our fabulous family event packed with entertainment, vendors, and food. http://www.villagesanclemente.org/carshow.htm

June 12 - LA Pride Parade - Hollywood
One of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12 and travels westbound along Santa Monica Blvd., from Crescent Heights Blvd., to the main entrance of the LA PRIDE Festival at San Vicente Blvd. Over 400,000 will participate in this emotionally charged gathering showcasing the colorful diversity and creative community participation of the LGBT community. Attendees should plan to arrive early. Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday June 12. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 p.m.
www.lapride.org

June 17-19 - Pismo Beach Classic Car Show - Pismo Beach
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. www.the pismobeachclassic.com Location down by the pier.

June 18 - Classic Car Show - Los Angeles
Heritage Park, 3800 Homer Street. Vintage Automobile and Classic Show, Saturday, June 18, 11 am.—4 pm. Bring your Dad or favorite car enthusiast to enjoy an up-close look at rare and beautifully crafted automobiles over a 40 year time span, from the Model T to the 1950s hotrods. If you would like to exhibit your classic car, call the museum offices, 323-225-2700, for more information. http://www.heritagesquare.org/calendar_of_events.htm

June 19 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "The Art of Italian Motoring" on June 19, 2011. The annual event will take place as the country of Italy marks an important milestone with the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In celebration, Rodeo Drive will pay tribute to some of the most famous names in Italian design and lifestyle. "The annual Father's Day event will highlight a WORLD CLASS combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers featuring Italian makes and models," says Bruce Meyer, Chairman of the annual event. "We hope to curate the best selection of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maseratis from Southern California and the Western United States for this year's tribute to Italy."
10AM-4PM in the 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/CNC/CNC_2011.html

June 18-19 - Irish Fair and Festival - Irvine
Celebrating its 36th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Western America. With 16 entertainment areas featuring the best in Irish music and numerous events and display, the fair visitor will be hard pressed to take it all in. On the left is a list on the many attractions the fair has to offer and over the years the fair has brought the best Ireland. Entertainers such as Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, Hal Roach, Andy Cooney, The Chieftans, the Irish Rovers, Carmel Quinn, Dennis Day and in recent years The Fenians and Young Dubliners just to name a few. We are proud of this tradition and promise to continue it. Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Drive. http://www.irishfair.org/html/irish_fair.html

June 18-19 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 19th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again Father’s Day Weekend June 18 and 19, 2011 at Paseo Colorado. Each year thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s outdoor setting with fountains and garden promenades provides a venue for the Pasadena Chalk Festival to continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the works of art come to life. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

June 24-26 - Tall Ships Festival - Oxnard
Tall Ships® converge on Channel Islands Harbor in a magnificent display of seafaring power and beauty. Stroll harborside and enjoy these beautiful ships close up, or climb aboard to explore the decks and hear first hand their history – and a few good yarns! You might even choose to set sail and be part of a sea-battle re-enactment – if you dare! Step aboard and explore our site, order tickets, or download our children's pages. Whether you're a landlubber or a sea-farer, set sail for Channel Islands Harbor this summer for a voyage you'll never forget! Channel Islands Harbor.
Dockside tours of Tall Ships, battle reenactment sales, pirate camps and food.
http://www.tallshipschannelislands.com/

June 24-26 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
More than 100 artist create works of art on the asphalt canvas of Main Street. There will be space for amateurs to creat their own art work. Music and food.
http://www.temeculacalifornia.com

June 25 - Juvenile Diabetis Charity Car Show - Ontario
Last years show had over 300 autos representing over 40 clubs and individuals and over 2,000 spectators in attendance. The car show takes place at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario , with a lake setting and parking on the grass. Music, live auction and vendors. www.jdrfinlandempire.com

June 25-26 - San Diego Pirate Festival - San Diego
10AM-6PM at Four Points Sheraton 8110 Aero Drive. Music, dancing, reeanactors, outdoor pirate village and indoor pavilion. www.goldcoastfestivals.com

June 25-16 - San Diego Scottish Highland Games - Vista
Highland dancing, bagpipe and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, athletic compeitions, food and drink. Brengle Terrace Park 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. 9AM-5PM.
www.sdhighlandgames.com

June 26 - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 14th Annual Car Show to benefit local burn survivors through the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute - Inland Empire. 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. 9AM - 2 PM. http://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp


July 2011

July 9-10 - Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
Location: Echo Park. The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for two (2) days of cultural sharing. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 33rd Lotus Festival, which includes live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of Thailand with the support of the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles. Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium. http://www.laparks.org/calendar/lotus/lotus.htm Dragon Boat races are one of the major events for photographers.

July 9-10 - 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 30-31 - 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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps May 2011

Through Sept. 5 - Pavilion of Wings - Los Angeles
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 Blvd. www.nhm.org

MAY 2011

May 7 - June 19 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 7 - 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. http://www.nationaltrainday.com

May 14 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. http://www.moonridgezoo.org/map/programsevents.html

May 14-15 - Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino
7000 Merrill at the Chino Airport. Gates open 8AM-5PM, Show 11AM to 4PM.
Come experience the excitement! This year’s show will feature over 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment as well as a salute to 100 years of Naval aviation. U.S. Naval Aviation Centennial events honor a century of mission-ready men and women and recognize their unique aviation-related achievements. During this yearlong, national celebration of Naval Aviation, Planes of Fame Air Museum, in conjunction with the County of San Bernardino, is proud to present "Air Show 2011: Celebrating 100 years of U.S. Naval Aviation". http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=general-info. $20.00 at the Gate, Parking is Free.

May 14-15 - Rail Festival - Perris
A weekend of fun for the whole family with live music, children's activities and special exhibits. Ride trains and trolleys all day plus a special mini "Run One where you can "take the throttle" on a real locomotive (there is an extracharge for this activity. 9AM-5PM. There will be live bluegrass music, a special parade of Los Angeles trolleys on our "Loop Line", children's bouncy tents, handcar rides, exhibits from the Knott's Berry Farm railroad as well as other special features.
There will also be food vendors on site for lunch. Both trolleys and diesel powered trains will operate on the mainline! This is a gated event, admission is $12 for adults, $8 children 5-11. This price includes unlimited rides on the trains and trolleys*. www.oerm.org

May 14-15 - Annual Muckenthaler Motorcar Festival - Fullerton
The 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 eight acres of lawns. While enjoying the cars, feast on Heroes’ Deli ribs and beer and listen to live music. Make sure to visit our special gallery exhibits featuring Pinewood Design ‘11 and car themed artwork in the main gallery. Proceeds benefit our childrens art programs. There will also be a special performance on Sunday, May 15, by Janet Klein and her Parlour Boys. They wowed us last year with their bawdy songs from the 1920s. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern, Fullerton. 8am-2PM Sat, 10am-4pm Sunday. http://themuck.org/s/motor-car-festival

May 14-15 - Pierce College Heritage Days (civil war reeanactment) Woodland Hills
Visitors will view exciting cavalry charges, artillery barrages, and infantry assaults that were part of America's watershed event, one that transformed a mere union of states into a nation! Throughout each day, demonstrations and presentations will take place, including Victorian dancing, military drill, and skills and crafts from the era. Historical notables from the past will address all of those present, and President Lincoln will give his famous Gettysburg Address as part of a grand "Living History" program. After seeing reenactors and historical personages who appear as if they have leaped from the pages of history books, visitors will leave the event with a far better appreciation of the political issues, the aspects of daily life, and the great sacrifices and hardships endured by both sides in this greatest of American conflicts, the consequences of which still affect our country today. 10 AM-5PM, 6201 Winnetka Avenue,http://www.civilwaralliance.com/CWA/PierceCollege.html

May 14-15 - Bug Fair - Los Angeles
Interactive educational booths, pet insects, displays, vendors and music, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 Exhibition Blvd. www.nhm.org

May 15 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. http://www.forttejon.org/progcw.html

May 21 - Ranch Tour - Norco
Self-guided tour of seven ranches, horse drawn wagon and carriage rides, lunch and performances by equestrian groups. 11AM-4PM Start at any ranch and spend as much time as you like at each. Visit www.friendsofnorcohills.com for locations. $10.00 for adults, children under 12 free.

May 21 - Battle of the Mariachi Festival - San Juan Capistrano
The festival includes "Battle of the Mariachis", live musical entertainment, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers compete for cash prizes. At the Mission
http://www.missionsjc.com/activities/signature_MariachiBattle.php

May 22 - Japanese Festival - Van Nuys
Taiko drumming, a tea ceremony, origami, ikebana, bonsai and storytelling. Japanese Tea Garden,6100 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406. 10AM-3PM. Admission $5.00. www.thejapanesegarden.com.

May 24-29 Mule Days Celebration - Bishop
Over 700 mules compete in 14 shows, plus a country music concert, parade, barbacue and dances. 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! Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, 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.
www.muledays.org

May 28-29 - Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
Celtic music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics, Highland Danceing, Scottish Food, sheephearding demos. Orance County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive. 9AM-5PM. www.scotsfest.com

JUNE 2011

June 2-5 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo. - Santa Maria
68th Annual rodeo and parade lineup features a three-hour performance you will enjoy six adrenaline-rushing PRCA events, including bull and bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, WPRA barrel racing, local team roping, and mutton bustin'. You will also experience rodeo's top announcers, bull riders, barrelmen and stock contractors. Rodeo each day is at 7 PM. The Sunday June 5th rodeo is at 2 PM which is the best bet for photography. June 4th is the parade with beautiful floats, show horses. Location: Elks Unocal Event Center 4040 Highway 101 at Santa Maria Way Santa Maria CA. http://www.smelksrodeo.org/

June 3-5 - 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.

June 4 - 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. http://www.mcqueenonline.com/thefriendsofstevemcqueencarshow2011.htm

June 4 - Gilmore Heritage Auto Show - Los Angeles
To celebrate the rich history of Gilmore Gas and its extraordinary impact on the car culture of California, Farmers Market hosts one of the most entertaining casual car shows in the West. Typically featuring more than 100 vintage and classic American cars – old cars, modified hot rods, unique brands and models – the show is always held on the first Saturday in June. More than a decade old, the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show is a great celebration of cars and those who drive them.
http://www.farmersmarketla.com/special_events/events/autoshow/index.asp
11AM to 5pm 6333 West 3rd. St., 3rd and Fairfax. FREE

June 4 - Sand and Surf Festival and Car Show - Yorba Linda
Pre 1976 cars, 9AM-4PM. 16850 Basthachury Rd, at Prospect. 150 Cars. Vendors, Live Music and Food.

June 4-5 - Concours d-Elegance - Huntington Beach
Vintage cars, motorcycles, and bicycles with live bands, kids activities, food and automotive memorabilia. Hours 9 AM - 5 PM .Huntington Beach Central Park 7111 Talbert Ave. - Huntington Beach, CA www.hbconcours.org $10.00.

June 4-5 - Antique Wooden Boat Show - Lake Arrowhead
This magnificent boat show features sixty of the finest antique and classic wooden boats which are displayed on the dockside of Lake Arrowhead Village where visitors can view these wonderful boats. www.lakearrowhead.net

June 11 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 12th Annual Rods and Rails Extravaganza, always a huge hit with lovers of classic cars, trains and Perris history, promises something for everyone who drops by the Orange Empire Railway Museum to take in the show. The City of Perris once again is teaming up with the Railway Museum and the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association on the Rods and Rails Festival. Event organizers expect 4,500 to 5,000-visitors for the June 11 event, another in series of festivals and celebrations highlighting Perris 100th birthday. 100 to 120-classic cars and 50 motorcycles to be on display. Rods and Rails 2011 also includes free admission and free parking. http://www.cityofperris.org

June 10-12 - Ink-N-Iron Festival and Car Show - Long Beach
Queen Mary, $35.00. People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustoms, Live music, burlesque, art shows, 50’s fashion, and of course the tattoo show covering three floors inside the ship. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets, full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the gigantic Queen Mary, the beautiful water, and the amazing Long Beach skyline quite a task to take in all at once, but all the fashion statements and lavishly adorned people are quite a spectacle as well. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival. Seven years ago the ship was overtaken by the underground subculture of all things Kustom and modified. From tattooing to pin striping and tantalizing show goers with tight corsets the 8th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival is laced up and racing for port! http://ink-n-iron.com/

June 12 - Classic Car Show - San Clemente
The Downtown Business Association, in partnership with the City of San Clemente, proudly presents the 16th Annual Car Show. Sunday June 12th from 10:00-3:00. Free Spectator admission. 300 cars will be on display on Del Mar in the heart of historical Downtown San Clemente. Come on down to our fabulous family event packed with entertainment, vendors, and food. http://www.villagesanclemente.org/carshow.htm

June 12 - LA Pride Parade - Hollywood
One of the largest and most inclusive parades in Los Angeles, the LA PRIDE Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 12 and travels westbound along Santa Monica Blvd., from Crescent Heights Blvd., to the main entrance of the LA PRIDE Festival at San Vicente Blvd. Over 400,000 will participate in this emotionally charged gathering showcasing the colorful diversity and creative community participation of the LGBT community. Attendees should plan to arrive early. Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday June 12. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the Parade, which may be as late as 4:00 p.m.
www.lapride.org

June 18 - Classic Car Show - Los Angeles
Heritage Park, 3800 Homer Street. Vintage Automobile and Classic Show, Saturday, June 18, 11 am.—4 pm. Bring your Dad or favorite car enthusiast to enjoy an up-close look at rare and beautifully crafted automobiles over a 40 year time span, from the Model T to the 1950s hotrods. If you would like to exhibit your classic car, call the museum offices, 323-225-2700, for more information. http://www.heritagesquare.org/calendar_of_events.htm

June 19 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "The Art of Italian Motoring" on June 19, 2011. The annual event will take place as the country of Italy marks an important milestone with the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In celebration, Rodeo Drive will pay tribute to some of the most famous names in Italian design and lifestyle. "The annual Father's Day event will highlight a WORLD CLASS combination of automobiles, motorcycles and designers featuring Italian makes and models," says Bruce Meyer, Chairman of the annual event. "We hope to curate the best selection of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghini, Lancia and Maseratis from Southern California and the Western United States for this year's tribute to Italy."
10AM-4PM in the 200-400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/CNC/CNC_2011.html

June 18-19 - Irish Fair and Festival - Irvine
Celebrating its 36th year, The Irish Fair & Music Festival has become the largest festival of its kind in Western America. With 16 entertainment areas featuring the best in Irish music and numerous events and display, the fair visitor will be hard pressed to take it all in. On the left is a list on the many attractions the fair has to offer and over the years the fair has brought the best Ireland. Entertainers such as Tommy Makem, the Clancy Brothers, Hal Roach, Andy Cooney, The Chieftans, the Irish Rovers, Carmel Quinn, Dennis Day and in recent years The Fenians and Young Dubliners just to name a few. We are proud of this tradition and promise to continue it. Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Drive. http://www.irishfair.org/html/irish_fair.html

June 18-19 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 19th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, recipient of the 2010 Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Art, will be held once again Father’s Day Weekend June 18 and 19, 2011 at Paseo Colorado. Each year thousands of spectators enjoy the annual festival that is open to the public and free of charge. Paseo Colorado’s outdoor setting with fountains and garden promenades provides a venue for the Pasadena Chalk Festival to continue the legacy of the street painting art form by offering festival visitors an opportunity to shop, dine or see a movie as the works of art come to life. Paseo Colorado is located at 280 East Colorado Boulevard (between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues) http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

June 24-26 - Tall Ships Festival - Oxnard
Tall Ships® converge on Channel Islands Harbor in a magnificent display of seafaring power and beauty. Stroll harborside and enjoy these beautiful ships close up, or climb aboard to explore the decks and hear first hand their history – and a few good yarns! You might even choose to set sail and be part of a sea-battle re-enactment – if you dare! Step aboard and explore our site, order tickets, or download our children's pages. Whether you're a landlubber or a sea-farer, set sail for Channel Islands Harbor this summer for a voyage you'll never forget! Channel Islands Harbor.
http://www.tallshipschannelislands.com/

June 24-26 - Street Painting Festival - Temecula
More than 100 artist create works of art on the asphalt canvas of Main Street. There will be space for amateurs to creat their own art work. Music and food.
http://www.temeculacalifornia.com

June 25 - Juvenile Diabetis Charity Car Show - Ontario
Last years show had over 300 autos representing over 40 clubs and individuals and over 2,000 spectators in attendance. The car show takes place at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario , with a lake setting and parking on the grass. Music, live auction and vendors. www.jdrfinlandempire.com

June 26 - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 14th Annual Car Show to benefit local burn survivors through the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors and the Burn Institute - Inland Empire. 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. 9AM - 2 PM. http://www.cityofrc.us/cals/default.asp


July 2011

July 9-10 - Lotus Festival - Los Angeles
Location: Echo Park. The mission of the Lotus Festival is to develop, promote and create an atmosphere of understanding in which Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Southern California are brought together for two (2) days of cultural sharing. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., to earmark the celebration of the 33rd Lotus Festival, which includes live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. This year, the Festival will highlight the people and cultures of Thailand with the support of the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles. Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, is located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north of the Hollywood (101) and Pasadena (110) freeway junction, near Dodger Stadium. http://www.laparks.org/calendar/lotus/lotus.htm Dragon Boat races are one of the major events for photographers.

July 9-10 - 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 30-31 - 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.