Sunday, December 30, 2012

SoCal Photo Opps January 2013

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

January 2013

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

Jan 1-2 - Rose Parade-Post Parade Floats - Pasadena
After the Rose Parade concludes, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Blvds. for public viewing.  www.tournamentofroses.com

Jan7-21 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 till Noon. Wildlife Research Institute, Ramona. www.wildlife-research.org 18030 Highland Valley Road. Free

Jan 12-13 - 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, 1748 W 13th St. www.cableairport.com. Gates open at 8 AM-4PM, Free Parking, $7.00 admission.

 Jan 6 - 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  11AM-5PM Year of the Snake.

Jan 18-21 - 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 19-20  - 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 12-13 - 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 15, 16, 17 - 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 26 - Lunar Fest - Riverside
Celebrate the year of the Snake. Parade, live performances, Asian Market, kid's village and cultural displays. Enjoy tea pavillons, food and sake. Downtown Riverside. www.lunarfestriverside.com

Jan 26-29 - 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 Garden Grove Park, 9301 Westminster Ave. Tet Festival guests may park for free at Bolsa Grande High School  9401 Westminster Ave.

Jan 25-27 - 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 26-27 - 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 2013

Feb 2-3 - 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

Feb 8-10 - Tet Festival - San Diego
Vietnamese New Year is celebrated with a cultural village, entertainment, food and dragon dance.  Balboa Park, www.sdtet.com

Feb 9 - Tour de Palm Springs - Palm Springs
Various cyclists rides, bike expo, live entertainment and food court. Downtown.
www.tourdepalmsprings.com

Feb 9-10 - Carneval Ventura - Ventura
Renaissance Faire, Masquerade Ball,  More than seventy vendor tents and five guild tents will blanket beautiful Mission Park while musicians, actors, jugglers work their magic. Entry is free a donation is optional. The Faire will open Friday afternoon.  Mission Park downtown Ventura.  Sat. 1-5 and Sun 11-4.  http://www.carnevaleventura.org

Feb 9 - Little Italy Carnevale - San Diego
The Little Italy Association is proud to bring a little taste of Italy to San Diego. Come and celebrate a fabulous, fun-filled event of Venetian mask, several vignettes of entertainment, shopping and dining. This event will be held on India Street between W. Cedar and W. Fir Streets from 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.  www.littleitalysd.com

Feb. 9 - 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 9AM-3PM

Feb 15-18 - 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 16-17 - 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 15-24 - 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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

SoCalPhotoOpps Decembere 2012

SoCalPhotoOpps December 2012

Not much going on in  December except for the usual Holiday activities. If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to Larrysphoto@att.net

Through-Jan 1 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through-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

Through-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

Through-Dec 23 - 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.

Through Febuary  -  Salton Sea
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
Burrowing 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

Dec 1 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment. www.missionsjc.com

Dec 8 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM

Dec 9 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 www.bowers.org

Dec 14-15 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers. Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa! La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd. www.lmvma.com

Dec 15 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 27 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats. Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk. Downtown SD, www.holidaybowl.com


Monday, October 29, 2012

SoCalPhotoOpps - November 2012

November 2011


Not much going on in November and December except for the usual Holiday activities.  If you know of some photogenic event that fellow photographers may like to attend and photograph, e-mail the information to Larrysphoto@att.net

Through - Nov 4 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita

Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 4th. 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.

Nov 10 - 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.  www.flabob.org

Nov 10-11  The Blue and Gray - Civil War - Moorpark
More than 800 reenactors participate in the battle of Antietam 1862.  You can watch the battle unfold, visit the encampments and visit the period craft displays.  Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA  www.moorparkrotary.com
Nov 14-Jan 1  - 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 23-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 24-Dec 23 - 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 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

Burrowing 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 Jan 21 - Downtown on Ice - Los Angeles
Outdoor skating rink among LA's skyscrapers. Free events include concerts, Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions. Pershing Square.

Through 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.

Through-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

Through Dec 23 - 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 1 - Christmas at Mission San Juan Capistrano - San Juan Capistrano
Local music performers, entertainment.  www.missionsjc.com

Dec 8 - Holiday Boat Parade - Marina del Rey
Evening boat parade and fireworks. Main Channel 5:50 PM

Dec 9 - Irish Holiday Festival - Santa Ana
Family event with music, dance, storytelling and vendors. Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706 www.bowers.org

Dec 14-15 - Christmas in the Village - La Mesa
The village is transformed into a Victorian wonderland with strolling minstrels, parade, carolers and street performers.  Horse drawn carrages, bonfires and carnaval rides and Santa!  La Mesa Village, 7830 La Mesa Blvd.  www.lmvma.com

Dec 15 - Naples Islands Holiday Boat Parade - Long Beach
Gondolas and festively decorated small and lare boats cruise the canals of Napels Island and Alamitos Bay.
6:00PM, www.Naplesca.com

Dec 27 - Port of San Diego Balloon Parade - San Diego
Americas largest Balloon Parade includes giant charactor balloons, marching bands, drill teams and floats.  Wiener National Finals (dog races) and a 5k run/walk.  Downtown SD, www.holidaybowl.com







Monday, October 1, 2012

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS - October 2012

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS

OCTOBER 2012


Oct 1 - Nov 4 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita

Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 4th. 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 6-7 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas

Will be held Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7th, 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. 6-7 - Calico Days - Yermo

A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbacue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests. Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com

October 12-14 - 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

Oct 13 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley

Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft. Apple Valley Airport, www.cms,sbcounty.gov.airports.

Oct 13-14 - Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo - City of Industry

PRCA Rodeo events, live music and entertainment. Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Ave. www.industryhillsprorodeo.org Gates open 4PM, event starts 6PM on Sat. Gates open at 12 Noon, event starts at 2PM on Sun.

Oct 14 - 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 14 - OctoberWood Car Show - Dana Point

Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink. Latern Bay Park. www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 20-21 - Pumpkin Train - Perris

Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose. Orange Empire Railroad Museum. www.oerm.org

Oct 20-21 - California City Renaissance Festival - California City

Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the frounds, food and ale plus live entertainment. California City Central Park. www.calcityrenfair.org

Oct 27 - Day of the Dead Celebration - Los Angeles

Community festival honoring the departed. Elaborate altar displays, music and dancing. Autry National Center, Griffith Park. www.theautry.org

Oct 26-27-28 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway

On October 26, 27 & 28, 2012 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 27-28-29 - Day of the Dead - Olivera Street Los Angeles

Nine nights of Novenario processions through the Olvera Street Mexican market at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site followed by free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado(a Mexican hot beverage). When: Processions Oct 25 -, Nov 2, 2011, 7 - 9pm; Fiesta Muertos Oct 28-29, 2011, 10 am - 8 pm  Where: The Gazebo Plaza on Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA

Oct 27-28 - 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 28 - 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 28 - Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance - Santa Barbara

Salute 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 28 - 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










Thursday, August 30, 2012

So Cal Photo Opps September 2012

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS

September 2012

Through Sept 5 - Horse Racing - Del Mar

Del Mar racing season is through Sept 5th 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 31-Sept 3 - 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.

Aug 31 - September 30 Los Angeles County Fair - Pomona

Runs through Sept 30. Includes carnival, entertainment, fairway, exhibitions, livestock, and horse racing. They have a large photography exhibit. http://www.lacountyfair.com/2011/

Sept. 1-2 -  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. FREE

Sept 1-2  -  Ventura Nationals Hot Rod Show - Ventura
Pre 1965 American cars and trucks and pre 1969 American and British motorcycles on display.  Ventura County Fairgrounds.  www.primernationals.com

Sept 8  - Brazilian Day in LA - Los Angeles

Rio style parade, trioelectrico parade, live entertainment, samba dance and drum clases, food.  La Brea Tar Pits, Hancock Park.  www.carnaval.org

Sept 9 - Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon - Del Mar

More than 80 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 7-9  - Toshiba Tall Ships Festival - Dana Point

This year, the Ocean Institute is celebrating its 28th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. www.tallshipsfestival.com.

Sept 9 - 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 9 - 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 10AM-4PM.

Sept 7-9 - 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

Sept 14-16 - 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 15-16 - 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 15-16 - Navy Fleet Week Sea 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 15-16  - Rendezvous in Poway - Poway

Historical encampments, gunfighting reenactments, mock train robberies, Gatling gun and cannon demos, blacksmiths, train rides and panning for Gold.  Old Poway Park.  www.poway.org 14134 Midland Rd.

Sept 13-16  - 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 15-16 - Mexican Independence Days - Los Angeles
Live music, dancing, entertainment, carnival, historic displays.  El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olivera Street.  www.elpueblo.lacity.org.

Sept 15-16  - Do'ynki Harvest Festival - Yorba Linda

Polish havest festival eith Polish food, folk dancing, reenactments by Polish winged hussar knights and military.  At Pope John Paul II Polish Center.  www.polishcenter.org.

Sept 15-16 - Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake

Weekend Festival with German Bands, dancing, German food.  Big Bear Lake Convention Center.  www.bigbearevents.com

Sept 15-16 - 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 15 - 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. Starts 8AM

Sept 15-16 - 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 15-16 - 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 16 - Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance - Palos Verdes

Join us for the 200 car Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance September 16, 2012. 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 19-30 - Kern County Fair - Bakersfield
Usual Fair activites including a rodeo and livestock exhibits.  Has a photography exhibit.  Kern County Fairgrounds.  www.kerncountyfair.com.

Sept 22-23 - Fiesta Days - Morongo Valley

Western reenactments, chili cook-off, hayrides, live music, etc. Covington Park.
www.mvfiestadays.com

Sept 25 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 Start boarding 7:30 fir 8:30 departure.

Sept 22 - 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. 28 - Santa Anita Racetrack Photographers Day - Santa Anita                                                    It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an expert, come practice your skills in photography with a stunning subject. You will have the opportunity to take up-close pictures of the horses while they workout in the crisp morning air. The backdrop is beautiful Santa Anita Park with an amazing view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The day will begin at 7:30am at historic Clocker's Corner. A hangout for owners, trainers, and horseman as they watch the workouts unfold. After your film or memory cards are full of great photos, breakfast will be served at 10:00am. Next, you will get the inside information with a Q&A with our track photographer, trainers, and management. Finally, you will gain exclusive access to the paddock and the Grey Goose Winner's Circle to have some images that will last a lifetime. We will also include some of the best photos on Santa Anita's website. Click here to see some photos from last time! Tickets are $20
http://www.santaanita.com/specialevent/2012/photography-day

Sept 28-29 - 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 29-30 - 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 10-8 and Sun 10-6. www.vikingfestivalvista.com.

OCTOBER 2012

Oct 1 - Nov 4 - Horse Racing - Santa Anita

Horse raceing fall season at Santa Anita, Closing Day Nov. 4th. 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 6-7 San Dimas Rodeo - San Dimas

Will be held Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7th, 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. 6-7  - Calico Days - Yermo
A Western parade, burro run, gunfighters, barbacue, miner's triathlon, 1880's era contests.  Calico Ghost Town, www.calicotown.com

October 12-14 - 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

Oct 13 - Apple Valley Airshow - Apple Valley
Flybys, aerobatics, warbirds, RC demos, antique and experimental military aircraft.  Apple Valley Airport, www.cms,sbcounty.gov.airports.

Oct 13-14  - Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo - City of Industry
PRCA Rodeo events, live music and entertainment.  Industry Hills Expo Center, 16200 Temple Ave.  www.industryhillsprorodeo.org Gates open 4PM, event starts 6PM on Sat.  Gates open at 12 Noon, event starts at 2PM on Sun.

Oct 14 - 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 14 - OctoberWood - Dana Point
Woodie Car Show, surf vendors, food and drink.  Latern Bay Park.  www.socalwoodies.com

Oct 20-21 -  Pumpkin Train - Perris
Train Rides to a pumpkin patch, trolley rides, kiddy handcar, pumpkin decorating and haunted caboose.  Orange Empire Railroad Museum.  www.oerm.org

Oct 20-21 -  California City Renaissance Festival - California City
Knights, maids, peasants and nobles stroll the frounds, food and ale plus live entertainment.  California City Central Park.  www.calcityrenfair.org

Oct 27 - Day of the Dead Celebration - Los Angeles
Community festival honoring the departed.  Elaborate altar displays, music and dancing.  Autry National Center, Griffith Park.  www.theautry.org

Oct 26-27-28 - Tournament of the Phoenix - Poway

On October 26, 27 & 28, 2012 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 27-28-29 - Day of the Dead - Olivera Street Los Angeles
Nine nights of Novenario processions through the Olvera Street Mexican market at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site followed by free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado(a Mexican hot beverage).

When: Processions Oct 25 -, Nov 2, 2011, 7 - 9pm; Fiesta Muertos Oct 28-29, 2011, 10 am - 8 pm
Where: The Gazebo Plaza on Olvera Street, El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA, CA

Oct 27-28 - 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 28 - 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 28 - Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance - Santa Barbara

Salute 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 28 - 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, July 30, 2012

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS August 2012

AUGUST 2012 SoCal Photo Opps

Jul 28-Aug 5  - 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 5 - 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 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. http://www.lowridernationals.com/  11AM-5PM

Aug 11-12 - Oceanside Longboard Surfing Board Contest and Festival - Oceanside
Longboard surfing contest, vendors and live music. Pier Amphitheater and South Pier Beach. http://www.oceansidelongboardsurfingclub.org/

Aug 11-12   - Great Sand Sculpture Contest - Long Beach
Sand castle contest, music, food, arts & crafts. 1 Granada Avenue Beach. http://www.lbsandcastle.com/
Sat 10-4, Sun 10-2  FREE

Aug 16-19 - 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. http://www.bigbearcowboygathering.net/

Aug 17-26  - 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 18-19 - Village Days and Mountain Man Days 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. http://www.lapurisimamission.org/

Aug 18-19 - World Bodysurfing Championships - Oceanside
Bodysurfers from around the world compete in different divisions for trophies and prizes. Oceanside Pier. http://www.worldbodysurfing.org/

Aug 18-19 - Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
The Camarillo Wings Association will host the WWII 325th Fighter Group

“Checkertail Clan” during its 67th Annual Reunion at this year’s “Wings Over Camarillo” Air Show.
The Checkertails, a legendary unit with more air victories and fewer losses than any other in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, are looking forward to seeing all three of their WWII aircraft at the Air Show - the P-40 Warhawk, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang – and to sharing stories and memorabilia of their famed exploits with the Air Show public.
A special highlight of their reunion will be the first public showing of Part II of the world-renowned documentary of their war service history, which includes original wartime footage as well as recent interviews with living Checkertail pilots and crews.
The “Checkertail Clan” will join regional aviation volunteers from the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, EAA Chapter 723 and the Ventura County 99s to support the “Wings Over Camarillo” air show at the Camarillo Airport August 18 & 19, 2012. The Pacific Aviation Museum – Pearl Harbor will set up their ALOHA CHALET with flight-line box seats and lunch.
An expanded Air Show flight demonstration features many popular aerobatic routines with over 80 aircraft; including vintage planes, experimental, and WWII fighters, bombers and transports. The Grand Finale will feature a spectacular formation flight display over an amazed crowd.
The “Wings Over Camarillo” Air Show features public access to the planes, pilots and crews. Come for the day to watch and walk among the planes; take photos and ask questions of the pilots and air show volunteers. Kids under 12 are free. Kids - Bring your parents!
9AM-5PM Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way. $15 at Gate admission free parking.  http://www.wingsovercamarillo.com/

Aug 18-19 - Civil War Living History - 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 18 - Woodies At The Beach - Santa Barbara
The President of the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, Bill Sampson, invites you to join us at the 12th 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. 9AM-3PM

Aug 18 - Uptown Whittier Car Show - Whittier
The Whittier Uptown Association will present a Car Show Extravaganza. More Cars, More Vendors and More Fun! The 12th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show will exhibit over 600 cars from muscle cars, hot rods, customs, antiques, and restored classics. 1976 and older. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st place category. The Car Show will be held Saturday, August 18th, 2010, in Historic Uptown Whittier, along Greenleaf Ave. and Philadelphia St., beginning from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Bring the whole family for a full day of fun in the picturesque Uptown Whittier. http://www.whittieruptown.com/

Aug 18-19 - 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 18-19 - 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, http://www.tehachapimountainfestival.com/

Aug 24-26 - Norco Mounted Posse Rodeo - Norco
PRCA rodeo, cowboy dances, music. George Ingalls Equestrian Center in Norco at the end of 6th Street. http://www.norcoprcarodeo.com/. Gates open at 5PM Rodeo at 7:00. 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 25-26 -  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 25 -  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/




Sunday, June 24, 2012

So Cal Photo Opps - July 2012

So Cal Photo Opps 2012
JULY 2012

June 30 - Obon Festival - West Covina
Demos and exhibitions of Japanese culture, martial arts, classic Japanese dance, taiko drumming, folk dancing. East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center. http://www.livingdharma.org/

June 30- July1 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, parade, bed races, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contest. Also old west reenactments and dance. Downtown. http://www.wrightwoodchamber.org/

June 30-July 1 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate battles, encampments, pirate ship rides, grog and food. Pirate costume contest. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/
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 7 - 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. 1PM-3PM

July 7-8 - 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 4120 Park Ave.

July 7-8 - 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  This is a great event with many unusual photographic oppertunities with the wide range of eras covered.

July 13-Aug 12 - 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 20-21 - Children of Many Colors Powwow - Moorpark
Saturday July 21 11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow. Everyone Welcome
2PM Prayer for the Children by Margaret Morin, Chumash Nation All Children Welcome
Sunday July 22 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow-Everyone Welcome
11AM Veterans Honoring - All Veterans Welcome
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
http://www.conejovalleyguide.com/local-events/redbirds-children-of-many-colors-native-american-powwow-in-m.html

July 21-22 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 21-22 - 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 21-22 - 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 27-28 - 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 28-29 - Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival - Long Beach
Dragon Boat competitions, acrobats, food and art exhibits. Traditional dance, mucic. Marine Stadium. www.lbdragonboat.com

July 28 - Aug 5 - 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!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

JUNE 2012 So Cal Photo Opps

SO CAL PHOTO OPPS

JUNE 2012

Through June 20 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 1-3 - 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 1 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 2 - Steve McQueen Car Show - Chino Hills
On June 2th, we will again gather for the 4th 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 2 - 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 3 - Valley Mustang Club Car Show - Simi Valley
More than 115 classic and modified cars and Ford Mustangs.  Sycamore Community Park.  http://www.valleymustangclub.com/

June 2-3 - 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 2-3 - 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 9-10 - 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. http://www.lakearrowhead.net/

June 9 - Rods and Rails Car Show - Perris
The 13th 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 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 16 - Lancaster Photo Assoc Photo Day - Lancaster
The Southern California Photography Conference will be held in Lancaster on June 16, 2012. This event is being sponsored by the Lancaster Photography Association. Our key note speaker will be Canon Explorer of Light, George Lepp. We are in the planning stages but have many guest speakers lined up to for a fabulous day of photography lectures and demonstrations including "Entering and Preparing Photos for the AV Fair" beginning at 6:00 pm. The conference is being held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in the Harley Davidson Building. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all of us to learn something new and meet other photographers. 8AM-5PM http://www.lpaphotography.org/  FREE  also Moose Peterson presents.

June 16 - 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 15-17 - 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 26th 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 17 - Civil War Battle - Ft Tejon
Watch volunteers present skirmishes and demonstrate the tactics used during the Civil War.  Tour the camps and see how they lived.  Sunday battles at 10:30AM and 1:00PM.  Bring blanket or chair if you don't want to stand.  Bring lunch as no food is available on site.  Off Interstate 5 at the Grapevine, South of Frazier Park turn off.  http://www.forttejon.org/civil_war.html

June 17 - Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
The Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance will celebrate "The Art of Italian Motoring" on June 17, 2012. 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 16-17 - Irish Fair and Festival - Irvine
Celebrating its 37th 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 16-17 - Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
The 20th 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 22-24 - 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 23 - 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. http://www.jdrfinlandempire.com/

June 23-24 - 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.
http://www.sdhighlandgames.com/

June 24 - Firefighters Car Show - Rancho Cucamonga
Join Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters for their 15th 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 Redhill Community Park

June 26-July 3 - NSSA National Surf Championships - Huntington Beach
Young surfers compete at the National Scholastic Surfing Association event.  South of Huntington Beach Pier.  http://www.nssa.org/

June 30 - Obon Festival - West Covina
Demos and exhibitions of Japanese culture, martial arts, classic Japanese dance, taiko drumming, folk dancing.  East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center.  http://www.livingdharma.org/

June 30- July1 - Mountaineer Days - Wrightwood
Live music, parade, bed races, cowboy quick-draw and pie eating contest.  Also old west reenactments and dance.  Downtown.  http://www.wrightwoodchamber.org/

June 30-July 1 - Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier - Long Beach
Pirate battles, encampments, pirate ship rides, grog and food.  Pirate costume contest.  Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.  http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/

July 2011



Saturday, May 5, 2012

So Cal Photo Opps May 2012

So Cal Photo Opps 2012



May 2012
Through May 20 - Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisians in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal
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Through May 13 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. I drove by here on March 3rd and didn't see any blooms.
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. 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 http://www.theflowerfields.com/ for more information. Hours 9-6.

Through Sept. 3 - Butterfly Pavilion - Los Angeles
More than 50 species of butterflies in a landscaped enclosure on the museum's South Lawn.  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  http://www.nhm.org/ 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

May 6 - Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
Classic and exotic vechicles.  Food and Drink.  Greystone Estate.  http://www.greystoneconcours.org/
905 Loma Vista Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

May 6 - Rancho Days Fiesta - Lake Forest
See what it was like to live in California in the mid 19th century.  Food, music, dance, crafts and reenactors.  Heritage Hill Historical Park.  www.ocparks.com/heritagehill 25151 Serrano Road Lake Forest, CA 92630

May 5-6 - 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 12 - June 17 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 12 - Cruisin' Back to the '50s Car Show - Culver City
Classic Cars, Hot Rods and muscle cars, live music, food and vendors.  Culver and Washington Boulevards between Duquesne Ave. and Ince Blvd.  http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

May 12 - Battle of the Mariachis - San Juan Capistrano
Performers vie for cash prizes plus mariachi vocal and folkloric dance workshops, kid's art and food.  At Mission San Juan Capistrano.  http://www.missionsjc.com/

May 12 - 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 19  -  Ranch Tours - Norco
Self guided tour of seven ranches.  Wagon, carriage rides, lunch and performances by equestrian groups.  Various locations.  http://www.friendsofnorcohills.com/

May 19 - Warbirds, Wings and Wheels - Paso Robles
Classic Cars and trucks, military airplanes and vehicles, music, food.  Estrella Warbirds Museum.  http://www.ewarbirds.org/ 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

May 19-20  - March AFB Air Show -  Riverside
Lot of aircraft demos and flybys.  Thunderbirds to appear.  Gates open at 8 AM and close at 6:30 PM. Free admission and free parking!  There will be a mandatory metal detection and bag search. No coolers, pets, bicycles, glass containers, alcoholic beverages, E-Z ups, skateboards, or roller blades.
Suggestions for your comfort: Folding chair, blanket and sunscreen.
http://www.marchfieldairfest.com

May 19-20 - Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration - Long Beach
Live entertainment on multiple stages, dancing, food and vendors.  Large Parade along Ocean Blvd on May 20th.  Downtown Long Beach.  http://www.longbeachpride.com/ Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists such as Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Maya, and India.Arie.  11 AM - 10 PM along Shoreline Drive.

May 19-20 - 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*. http://www.oerm.org/

May 19-20 - 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 19-20  -  Western Days - Temecula
Chili cook-off, gunfight comptition, costomued characters, music, roping lessons.  Old Town Temecula.  http://www.temeculacalifornia.com/

May 20 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 22-27 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.
http://www.muledays.org/

May 26-27 - Scots Fest - Costa Mesa
More than 60 clans, Celtic music, piping and drumming, Scottish athletics and Highland dancing.  Scottish Food, sheepherding demos and kid's activities.  Orange County Fair & Event Center.  http://www.scotsfest.com/



Friday, April 6, 2012

So Cal Photo Opps April 2012

Through April 22 Santa Anita Race Track - Arcadia
Early mornings before the races, go to Clockers Corner where you can see all the horses going to the track for practice. Get great close up shots and images of the horses runing the track. Also on weekends FREE tram tour, Board the Seabiscuit Tram at Clockers Corner and take a tour of the stable area, receiving barn and Paddock Gardens. See Seabiscuit's original stall and barn, areas used during the filming of the movie Seabiscuit, the jockeys room, silks room, saddling paddock and walking ring with its topiaries and statuary. Meet the equine star of Seabiscuit, Fighting Furrari, who played the primary role in the film. See the carriage horses in their home under the grandstand. Truly a unique experience you will not soon forget. Tours depart at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the Santa Anita season, excluding Super Bowl Sunday and Derby Day. Season ends April 22nd. http://www.santaanita.com

April 2012

Through April 15 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.

Through May 13 - Flower Fields - Carlsbad
Check ahead on condition of flowers. I drove by here on March 3rd and didn't see any blooms.
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. 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. Hours 9-6.

April 1 - La Jolla Concours d'Elegance - La Jolla
More than 150 classic vehicles including horseless carriages, woodies, vintage motorcycles and British, Italian and German marques. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard. www.lajollamotorcarclassic.com

April 7-May 20 - Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
One of the largest Renaissance Fairs in the area for seven weekends on 20 acres. Many performances each weekend on 14 stages. Great place to spend the day photographing the many fair goers and artisians in period dress. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area,15501 Arrow Hwy - Irwindale. www.renfair.com/socal.

April 14 - Doheny Wood (car show) - Dana Point
Great chance to take pictures of classic Woodies. The 2012 show is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 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

Apr 15 – Orange Plaza Car Show - Orange
18th Annual Car Show in downtown Orange surrounds the circle with beautiful classic cars, More than 425 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. http://www.orangesunriserotary.org/orangeplazacarshow/abouttheshow.html

April 14-15 - Scandinavian Festival - Thousand Oaks
Folk dancing, music, dames, kids activities, food vendors and a Viking Encampment and Sami village. 10AM-5PM California Lutheran University, 60 West Olsen Rd. www.scandinaviancenter.org

April 19-22 - Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Real Cowboys show off their poetry, storytelling, nusic, food and trick roping. Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, 24715 Oak Creek, Newhall. www.cowboyfestival.org

April 20-22 Lakeside Rodeo and Parade - Lakeside (San Diego County)
PRCA Rodeo events, food, live music. Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 67 and Mapleview. 12584 Mapleview St.
Rodeo Events at 2 PM each day, gates open at 12:30. also Fri and Sat. at 7:30 PM. www.lakesiderodeo.com

April 21 - Veterans Parade - Riverside
Floats, bands, equestrians, marching units, military vetrans and a flyover begins at Magnolia Ave and Ramona Drive 10AM-Noon. Staging area is the lower Riverside City College Parking lot. www.asalutetovetrans.com

April 21-22 - San Bernardino Railroad Days - San Bernardino
Amtrack and BNSF trains, a steam engine, railroad artifacts, reenactors, food, music and vendors. On April 21st and 22nd, 2012, a steam powered excursion train will be operated to San Bernardino Railroad Days, sponsored by the San Bernardino History & Railroad Museum. The steam special will be operated from Los Angeles to San Bernardino on Saturday April 21st, departing at 10:00 am, over the Metrolink San Gabriel Subdivision. The train will return Sunday April 22nd, departing at 3:00 pm, from San Bernardino. San Bernardino Depot, 1170 W Third St. www.sbdepotmuseum.com

April 21-22 - California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Live entertainment, exhibits, arts and crafts, food and kids activities. Lancaster City Park. www.poppyfestival.com

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

April 21-29 - 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

April 28-29 - 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 2012

May 5-6 - 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 12 - June 17 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 12 - 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 19-20 - 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 19-20 - 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 20 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 22-27 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.
http://www.muledays.org/