Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three Train Rids For A Saturday Afternoon

Kids of all ages love to ride trains and we have three wonderful little trains for you to try. Our first pick is in Santa Barbara, California at the South Coast Railroad Museum . The Goleta Short Line miniature train ride operates year-around. The miniature train travels 1/2-mile around the museum every weekend. The next train is in Long Beach, California. The El Dorado Express . This is a real park train originally from Colton California. Now in Long Beach at El Dorado Park. This miniature train ride is nearly a mile long. The train is open weekends only but well worth the trip. Finally our third pick for a Saturday afternoon is Pacific Southwest Railway Museum 16-mile round-trip journey into the history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest. Located in Campo California. Lots of rolling stock on display plus a couple of engines.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Greek Festival 2011

2011 OC Greek Fest
Mark your clender the biggest and best Southern California Greek Festival is gear up to celebrate50 Years of Greek Food Festivals. Come to Orange County’s
Golden Anniversary Greek Festival, the 2011 OC Greek Fest, where
experiencing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Greece awaits as St. John
the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim marks 50 years in the OC
celebrating the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Authentic
Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and
Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Zorba’s Kidz Zone” with
carnival rides & games and other children’s activities—plus more!—are all
ready for your visit to Greece right here in Anaheim.  For additional information and free admission
and free passes click here.
Friday, May 20, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 21, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm
Sunday, May 22, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm

405 N. Dale Ave., Anaheim
(714) 827-0182

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Los Angeles Travel Show

Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show (www.latimes.com/travelshow), the nation’s largest consumer travel expo, will transform the L.A. Convention Center into a world of discovery on March 19th and 20th, bringing together industry authorities, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of adventurers. Arthur Frommer, Huell Howser, Andrew McCarthy and Rick Steves will headline the two-day exhibition, packed with expert advice, topical panel discussions and destination workshops. In addition to getting insider tips and recommendations, attendees can browse the five-acre show floor for their next adventure—from the most thrilling to the most chill locations around the globe.
“Travel is about escaping the confines of everyday life, and it’s also about becoming a citizen of the world—embracing new ideas and perspectives,” said Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor. “This year, we’re particularly excited to welcome Andrew McCarthy, who embodies that notion, along with the industry’s most experienced travelers who will help attendees identify where to go, what to do and how to save money.”
McCarthy, widely known as an actor with roles in pop culture phenomena “Pretty in Pink” and “Gossip Girl,” is also an accomplished travel journalist who’s making his first appearance at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show. He has won two Lowell Thomas Awards, is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for Travel+Leisure, Men’s Journal, The Atlantic and Slate.
Frommer, a long-time show participant, is recognized for his best-selling guidebook series featuring more than 340 titles covering every major destination in the world, as well as a nationally-syndicated column and weekly radio program. Beloved and respected, television personality Howser is known for his critically-acclaimed PBS series “California’s Gold,” “Visiting with Huell Howser,” and “Downtown.” Steves is an authority on trans-Atlantic travel that has written more than 30 books and hosts the long-running public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe” as well as a weekly radio program.
Los Angeles Times Travel staff writers, special correspondents and favorite sources will also appear throughout the weekend. Presentations, panels and workshops will address various aspects of travel, locations near and far, and a range of appetites for adventure. Sessions will also provide practical information on how to find the best deals, choose the right itinerary and more.
Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show’s Presenting Sponsor is the Automobile Club of Southern California. Taiwan is the Major Sponsor and KTLA is the Media Sponsor. The event, co-produced by Unicomm, LLC and the Los Angeles Times, will take place at the L.A. Convention Center Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; trade hours 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $12 at the door or $9 online in advance (promo code “LAPR”); one child age 16 and below admitted free with paid adult. Ticket purchase information, a current schedule of speakers and more details are available at www.latimes.com/travelshow.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Grunion Run San Diego

Experience a Remarkable Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego,
for a must-see ocean adventure. From April to early June, observe the
mysterious grunion spawn on the beaches of La Jolla.

On certain spring nights following high tides, hundreds of the small,
silvery fish ride the waves onto shore for this remarkable mating ritual.
While on the beach, female grunion bury themselves in the sand to lay eggs,
while males wrap themselves protectively around the females to fertilize
their eggs. Both catch a wave to return to sea.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists will guide participants through an
unforgettable night, starting with a presentation on grunion, followed by a
rare opportunity to witness grunion eggs hatch before their eyes. The unique
experience continues with a moonlight beach exploration. Please bring a
flashlight and warm jacket.

The program is $12 per person, ages 6+.

2011 Season:
€ Tuesday, April 5, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Thursday, May 5, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.
€ Thursday, May 19, 11 p.m. ­ 1 a.m.
€ Friday, June 3, 10:30 p.m. ­ 12:30 a.m.

Grunion runs do not take place at Birch Aquarium. Reservations must be
received in advance by registering online at http://aquarium.ucsd.edu or
calling 858-534-7336.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Quail Hill Irvine hiking Trail

Quail Hill Loop Trail is part of the City of Irvine open space preserve. The trail is 1.8 miles long and perfect for a family hike. There is ample free parking at the trail head and if you bring along your cell phone there is an audio tour. The loop begins with an up hill climb to Vista Point. From this overlook you can see the entire Quail Hill Preserve and the Irvine Valley. read the full Quail Hill loop article