Monday, June 28, 2010

King Kong 360 3D California's Newest Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood
King Kong 360 3D opens July 1, 2010 at Universal Studios, Hollywood. "King Kong 360 3-D" Created by Peter Jackson will be the world's largest most intense 3D experience on the planet, combining thrilling visceral effects to create a next-generation theme park experience. n the new attraction, guests will be given special 3-D glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and will be transported— via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection —deep into a tangled jungle location. They’ll survive a close encounter with a swarm of hungry raptors, only to be confronted by the terrifying presence of 35' tall dinosaur behemoths, intent on attacking the tram and Studio Tour guests.
Suddenly, a 25' tall gorilla appears - Kong himself! The trams jolt and shudder as the guests find themselves caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between these colossal prehistoric foes - the great ape and carnivorous reptiles - action which sends the packed trams sliding ever closer to the edge of a bottomless chasm. Discount Tickets Universal Studios Hollywood

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Woodstock Weekend at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds

In honor of the legendary 1969 music event, a Woodstock Tribute Weekend will be held the weekend before the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa closes for the annual Orange County Fair.

The Summer of Love Show will be on Saturday, July 10 and brings together six performers recreating the actual vibe, sound and feel of several rock legends from 1969’s Woodstock including Janis Joplin, John Fogerty, Sly Stone, Jim Hendrix and Arlo Guthrie to name a few.

Woodstock Mud performs on Sunday, July 11. The four member San Diego area based band will perform classic music of the 1960’s and 1970’s including the songs of renown musicians who took the stage at Woodstock

Concerts are at noon and 2 p.m. both days.

In addition tie dye vendors, other artisans, free face painting, hippie stilt walkers along with the hundreds of other Market Place vendors and attractions will be included.

Admission to the swap meet and the Woodstock Weekend shows are free with a canned food donation to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Regular admission is $2 and free for children 12 and under.

The Market Place will be closed during the Fair which runs July 16 through August 15. It will reopen the weekend of August 21 with the 11th Annual Elvis Festival returning on Sunday, August 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an "Elvis in Hawaii" themed tribute to Elvis Presley. The Festival will include a variety of tribute artists and impersonators, hula dancers, limbo contest, hula hoop contest, the Creme de la King Karaoke Contest and the West Coast Launch of the Mr. Potato Head Elvis.

In its 41st year the Orange County Market Place is held every weekend (except during the Orange County Fair) at the O. C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa and features hundreds of merchants selling a variety of products and services, an artisans’ and crafters’ section, fresh produce, luxury used car lot, manufactured homes, hair salons, children’s play area and much more.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Minter Air Field and Museum

Minter Air Field and Museum

Minter Air Field is a great little place to go and there are always a lot of warbirds to see. Not too many people, easy to get in and out of, and surrounded by aviation history.

Minter began operations in June of 1941 and served as an active airfield for the 7,000 US Army personnel stationed there for training during World War II. It was a city within itself and by the end of the war in 1945 had served in training 11,0000 US Army Air Corps Cadets. Shortly thereafter, the the airfield was turned over to the County of Kern which managed the airport until 1985. Today the 1,206-acre site is operated by Minter Field Airport District – a private group of local avaiation enthusiasts, dedicated to preserving the golden years of flight.

The main attraction for visitors is the the museum. Located in a fire station built in 1941 it remains as one of the few original structures on the grounds. The museum houses numerous artifacts, including photographs, uniforms, aviation headgear, radio gear, models and many pieces of aviation art. A few highlights are several beautfully resotored military aircraft and utility vehicles that includes an Aeronca L3B "Grasshopper", Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Fokker DR.1 Tri-plane --as flown by the Red Baron, 1928 home built Pietenpol Sky Camper, Link Trainer, 1945 Minter Field fire truck, 1940s era Plymouth Staff car, military jeeps and a German Railroad cannon.

After you have finished your tour of the museum you will want to visit the gift shop and have lunch at the Brookside CafĂ© where you can enjoy a great sandwich with a one-of-a-kind, front-row view of airplanes coming in for a landing. Minter Field is also a hub for vintage aircraft restoration, with several shops that specialize in WWII aircraft. Don’t forget to pop into a few, as most are willing to give you a private tour of the fascinating work they are doing.

Plan on an hour or two for your visit. The weather can get very hot in the summer months reaching temperatures of over 100. So the best time to visit is in in the fall or spring.

Minter Air Museum is located 12 miles North of Bakersfield on Highway 99, exit Lerdo Highway, then go approximately one mile west. They are open Saturdays from 10AM –2PM. Museum admission and parking are free but donations are accepted. Minter Field has been the sight of the Warbirds In Action Air Show for the past 16 years. Check with the museum for the current year’s event.

Although the Minter Air Field is worth the trip alone, there are a couple of interesting places close by to see while your in the area. Just five miles to the west is the town of Shafter and the site of the Green Hotel and Shafter Depot Museum. The hotel is the town’s oldest commercial building constucted in 1913 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a California Point of Interest. The Depot museum is housed in an old Santa Fe Railroad building and offers railroad as well as local history exhibits. Adjacent to the museum is the Harlin P. Wilson Agricultural Museum, containing various agricultural exhibits and displays.

The Green Hotel is located in downtown Shafter near the corner of Central Avenue and James Street and is open by invitation throughout the year and for private tours. For details, call 661-746-1913. The Depot Museum is free and open very Saturday of the month from 10 am - 2 pm. It is located at 150 Central Valley Highway Shafter, CA. By Matthew Martz

Friday, June 18, 2010

Leona Valley California U-Pick Cherries

U-Pick Cherries
The sweetest six seeks of summer are from mid-May through June. This is when Leona Valley Cheery Farms are open for U-Pick. Leona Valley is west of Palmdale and about an hours drive from downtown Los Angeles. Scattered through out the valley are various cheery orchards, most of which are family owned and operated. Each year families from all Southern California head to Leona Valley to pick sweet cherries. The average price is about $3.50 per pound, however the experience of getting out with your family and enjoying the day together is priceless. Its best to call ahead before you make the trip to Leona Valley and check if the ranches are open. U-Pick is usually a weekend event however a few places might be open during the week.
Copeland's Cherry Ranch - Family owned orchard in Leona Valley and certified organic.
North Side U-Pick Cherries - North Side Cherries has been family owned and operated since 1986.
Cherry Pick Ranch - This orchard was planted over 20 years ago as a family project. Picking cherries.
Ambers Cherry Farm - Over 475 trees producing several cherry varieties. Bing, Rainier, Lapins, Ticton, Brooks, Utah Gaint and Tartarian.
Villa Del Sol - 25 acre working cherry farm almost 4000 cherry trees.
More U_Pick Southern California
Directions to Leona Valley.
From the (5) Golden State Fwy: Procede north through the San Fernando Valley. Take the (14) Antelope Valley Fwy north and exit at Palmdale Blvd. Turn left (west) on Palmdale Blvd. Travel west approximately 9 miles to the center of Leona Valley. Look for orchard signs or visit our local friendly businesses for a complimentary orchard ma

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

San Diego Hop on Hop Off Tour Buses

Old Town San Diego Trolley
San Diego is one of California's most popular places to visit and with good reason. Unlike its neighbor to the north, Los Angeles, San Diego's attractions are all located within a few miles of each other. With all the visitor hot spots located near each other hop on and hop off sightseeing tours are the perfect choice for getting around San Diego. The two major tour operators in San Diego are Vizit Tours San Diego and Old Town San Diego Trolley Tours. Vizit San Diego Tours has several Hop-On Hop-Off Loops to choose which let you see the sights on board a vintage double decker open top bus. Old Town San Diego Trolley has 8 stops letting where you can get get on and off all day long. A complete loop lasts about two hours however most riders stop at several attractions making the trolley ride an all day event. Hop on Hop off tours let you explore San Diego without having to find parking and naviagating busy city streets.
Vizit Tours San Diego
Old Town San Diego Trolley Tours

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Tinkertoy Traveling Exhibit arrives at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center

Tinkertoy Traveling Exhibit Taco Bell Discovery Science

Build Your Imagination is at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center for the summer. You can see the Tinkertoy Exhibit anytime form June 5 - Sept 26, 2010. The exhibit features TINKERTOY® in educational and fun activities inspired by GE’s successful “Imagination at Work” campaign – showing how innovation can positively influence everyday life and create solutions to real work challenges. Experience creative inspiration from six professionally built Tinkertoy creations by URS Corp, Gensler and AECON.
A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Main Number: 714-542-2823
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Lake Elsinore Southern California's Forgotten Lake

Lake Elsinore
Lake Elsinore is the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California. Most travelers along interstate 15 don't even give the lake a passing glance. From the freeway the lake looks almost dried up. Looks can be deceiving as Lake Elsinore is a thriving lake offering boating, fishing and water sports. A levee system keeps the lake smaller and fuller at a healthy 1200 foot. There are several marinas where you can rent jet skis and set up your RV. Lake Elsinore is also a center for ski diving and hang gliding. Next time your on a road trip check out Southern California's Forgotten Lake you might be surprised as to what you will find. More about Lake Elsinore, California.