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.
Borrowing Owls can also be found in the area:
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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

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.

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. 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. 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.  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. (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. 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. 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, 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.

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. 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.

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,, 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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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,

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. 82-503 Hwy 111.

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