Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dana Point Festival of Whales Clam Chowder Contest

On Saturday March 10 Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa’s Executive Chef Erasmo Rodriguez will compete against twelve other local restaurants in the inaugural Dana Point Chowder Cook Off at the 41st Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales.

Beginning at 10am at the Dana Point Harbor, Chef Rodriguez’s take on New England Clam Chowder will vie for the “Peoples Choice Award’, the “Mayors Choice Award” and the Best Decorated Booth Award.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of the first annual Chowder Cook Off. We enjoy participating in all city events,” said Chef Rodriguez. “It is a great joy to be a part of the community and to sponsor Fish for Life!”

Proceeds from the event benefit Fish for Life, a non-profit organization that takes children with special needs fishing. More about the Dana Point Festival of Whales.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Battle of the Dance Anaheim Discount Tickets

Battle of the Dance is new dinner show minutes from the Disneyland Resort district. Battle of the Dance is a musical show that re-enacts the legend of a Spanish Armada landing in Ireland. Flamenco style dancers compete against traditional Celtic dancers in a musical extravaganza. Along with the main characters guest enjoy a pre-show and a variety of acts including comedy, magic and live music.

Battle of the Dance show begins with a brief narration of an old legend. In the year 1588 the remnants of the once-mighty Spanish Armada foundered on the eastern coast of Ireland. The captive Spanish eventually joined their blood, their culture and their passion for dance in the styles that we see on the stage at Battle of the Dance. Spanish Flamenco scintillates with passion and style.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Return of the Swallows Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano once again will draw attention from the four corners of the earth when it hosts St. Joseph's Day and the Return of the Swallows celebration on Monday, March 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Among the day's highlights are the Ringing of the Historic Bells in honor of St. Joseph's Day and the Swallows Return at 10 a.m. and again at noon. The official bell ringing ceremony will take place at 11:55 a.m. There also will be live mariachi music, community presentations, Mission Parish School performances, San Juan Elementary performances and the history of St. Joseph's Day and Swallows Legend.

Another highlight of the day will be the return of renowned cliff swallows expert, Dr. Charles R. Brown, who will give a lecture on the swallows in the Soldiers Barracks Gallery from 2-3 p.m.

Cost for general admission to this signature event is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (60+) and $5 for children (ages 4-11). Admission is free for Mission Preservation Society Members, active volunteers with identification, and children ages 3 and under.

The swallows are said to migrate annually to Goya, Argentina, in October, and return to their spring and summer home in San Juan Capistrano each March. The Swallows celebration began centuries ago when Mission padres observed that the birds' return roughly coincided with St. Joseph's Day on the church calendar, March 19. The celebration has achieved international prominence since then.
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Grunion Run 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, which only happens in Southern California. While on the beach, female grunion bury themselves half-way 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 to witness the grunion run, nature willing. Please bring a flashlight and warm jacket.

The program is $12 per person, ages 6+. Ages 6-13 must attend with a paid adult.

2012 Season:
• Sunday, April 8: 10:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.
• Monday, April 23: 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
• Monday, May 7: 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
• Tuesday, May 22: 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
• Sunday, June 6: 10:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.

More about Birch Aquarium a Scripps