Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SoCal Photo Opps April 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

Through May 8 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
For many years the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch have been a favorite location to photograph the ranunculuses each spring. The ranch offers tours as well as special events such as Kid's Day and an Arts & Craft fair. The hillside looks like a carpet of color with 50 acres of extraordinary color in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with a special nursery, garden, and gift shop. There will be a Canon Macro Photography workshop on Sunday April 17th, 10:30am - 3:00pm. Come and celebrate the beauty of The Flower Fields® with Canon USA at a macro photography workshop. The workshop is free with paid park admission. Address is 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008 off Hwy. From Los Angeles and Orange County:
Head south on Interstate 5 to Palomar Airport Road exit. Head east (left turn) on Palomar Airport Road to Paseo Del Norte and turn left. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. Visit www.theflowerfields.com for more information.

APRIL 2011

April 1-3 Del Mar Nationals - (car show) Del Mar Fairgrounds
More than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. Hours 8-5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday 8-3. http://www.delmarnats.com/dmn/index.php

April 2-3 - Crew Classic - San Diego
Regatta rowers from accross the country participate in one of the most distinquished rowing competitions in the US. Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay. www.crewclassic.org. There will be 106 races over two days. Across seven lanes, with the city skyline as a backdrop.

April 2-3 Civil War Reenactment - Prado Park - Chino. Prado Park is off Euclid, south of Chino. This is my favorite civil war reenactment. It is big, covers a lot of land and the battles are in a large field of rolling hills. Not much in the background to get in your way. Large camps with lots to shoot, lots of vendors. http://www.sccwa.com/CampoutFlyer11.pdf 2 Show Battles daily, 1 and 6 PM Saturday; 11am and 3pm Sunday.

April 2-3 and 9-10 Renaissance Faire - Escondido, CA
Location Felicita Park, 742 Clarence Lane. Hours 10-6 Daily http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/Escondido.html

April 9-May 8 Butterflys at Wild Animal Park - Escondido
Every Spring the Wild Animal Park has a small Butterfly House, Butterfly Jungle. Get there when the park opens, by lunch the lines are a mile long. Also the butterflys are less active in the morning when the air is still cool so images are easier to get, when it gets warm, they don't sit still for long. Good selection but small.

April 9 - May 22 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM. www.renfair.com/socal $25.00 at the Gate.

April 10 Hurst Car Show - West Hills
Hurst Car Show. 3rd Annual Car Show open to all American made cars (street rods, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, etc.) Spectators get in FREE! Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event will be held at Corporate Point at West Hills, 8521 Fallbrook, West Hills.

April 16 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2011 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011. The meet will be held at Doheny State Beach beginning at 8 AM and concluding at 3 PM. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie meet will be held at the south end of the park. $15.00 park entry fee, no charge for the show. http://socalwoodies.com/doheny.htm

April 16 People's Day at La Purisma Mission - Lompoc
It's 1822 at the mission as costumed docents and staff portray life of the mission during that era. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Highway 246 near Lompoc. www.lapurisimamission.org

April 16-17 - Battle of Costa Mesa - Costa Mesa
Fairview Park - Fairview Park’s uneven landscape serves as a perfect battleground for the men who reenact the “Battle of Costa Mesa” while dressed in “period correct” uniforms. With horses and weapons and various attires, some represented the United States and others represented various groups of the Southern states. http://www.acws.net/schedule.htm

April 16-17 California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Hours 10am-6pm, Lots of enteratinment, foot, crafts, etc. Location: Lancaster City park 43011 N 10th Street West. If you go, be sure to go to the Poppy Perserve where the real pictures are. http://www.poppyfestival.com Admission prices are $8 for adults (13-61), $5 for seniors and children (6-12) and free for children under 5. Parking is free.

April 16-17 - Spring Busker Festival - San Diego Seaport Village
Noon to 5 PM - Free. Unsual street performers from accross the nation perform their family-friendly acts for the crowds. At Seaport Village. www.seaportvillage.com. A Busker is a street performer. Known for their unusual and comedic acts in Boston's Faneuil Hall or standing statue-like, painted in gold on San Francisco's Pier 39, these artists perform for tips in public venues across the globe. San Diego's Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. We bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation's top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

April 15-17 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM each day, gates open at 12:30. www.lakesiderodeo.com

April 16-24 - National Park Week - USA
If you are traveling this week, entrance fees into the National Parks will be free for all 392 National Parks. In addition, many national park concessioners are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

Apr 17 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
17th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 400 pre-1975 custom, classic, hot rod and street rods will be on display. There is no admission fee for spectators. Time: 8 am to 3 pm. Location: Chapman and N. Glassell. carshow@orangesunriserotary.org. 425 pre-1975 Street Rods, Custom and Classic vehicles will be on display. The show is estimated to bring out 15,000+ spectators to the beautiful Plaza area in the City of Orange. It is a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy. Local restaurants and shops will welcome all in attendance. There is no admission fee for spectators.

April 17 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

April 24-May 1 Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Big yearly event at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Tours, street shows, living history performers, buffalo soldiers and lots of music and food. For more information call 661-286-4021 or www.cowboyfestival.org

April 30 - Doo Dah Parade - Pasadena
Annual Parade along Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Blvd. www.pasadenadoodahparade.info. Over 1,200 revelers will participate in this year’s Doo Dah, including the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning, Howdy Krishna, Stupidiotic Evolution, Mystik Krewe d’Dieux Dah, Zombies of Debt, Flying Baby Street Racing and Stroller Cross, Men of Leisure, LA Derby Dolls, Dead Robert Palmer Girls, Drunk in the Garage, and classics like the Benzedrine Monks, BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team, Amnesty International, Raelian Religion, Doo Dah Random Dancers, Wicked Tinkers, Bastard Sons of Lee Marvin, Caesar’s Circus, Fabulous Sons of Ed Wood, Horses on Astroturf, The Disco Drill Team, L.A. Parrotheads, Doo Dah house band Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, AND MANY, MANY MORE!!! Starts at 11:00 AM.

MAY 2011

Through May 22 Weekends - Renaissance Pleasure Fair - Irwindale
This is the largest of the Renaissance Fairs, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Hwy. Hours 10 AM - 7 PM. www.renfair.com/socal $25.00 at the Gate.

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.

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 - 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

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.

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 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.

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