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:
1 - Cabrillo Beach Polar Swim - San Pedro
2012 with a plunge in the chilly waters of the pacific.
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
12-13 - Cable Airport Air Show - Upland
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 -
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.
Jan 19-20 - Asian American Expo -
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
Annual flower show and self-guided walks through Descanso
Gardens' 20 acre Camellia Forest. www.socalcamellias.org 1418 Descanso
Jan 15, 16, 17 - Lunar New Year Tet Festival - San
Vietnamese New Year Festival with a cultural village, entertainment,
food, dragon dance. Balboa Park, www.sdtet.com 11:00 AM Sat and Sun.
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.
Jan 26-29 - Tet Festival -
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
Indoor car show with more than 500 vechicles, music and
famous cars from TV and films. Fairplex Pomona. www.rodshows.com
26-27 - Yuma Quartermaster Depot Civil War Reeanactment -
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
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.
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.
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
9 - Dr. Goerge Memorial Car Show - Indian Wells
1000 custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Indian Wells Tennis
Garden, 7800 Miles Ave. www.palmspringscruisinassociation.com 9AM-3PM
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.
15-24 - Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival -
Usual Fair activities, Exhibits, livestock, carnival rides and date
samples. RIverside County Fairgrounds. www.datefest.org 82-503 Hwy