Saturday, December 5,
2009 California Event Calendar for the Holidays
ANGELS CAMP - Holiday Parade and Open
House on Main Street in Angels Camp brings out
the community to enjoy one of the best examples
of holiday spirit. Enjoy music, bargains,
refreshments and more! Time: 10 a.m. parade
begins, open house till 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Call:
(209) 736-1333. visitcalaveras.com
Nutcracker Ballet. The delightful ballet, a time
honored tradition, is presented by the Lake
Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company at the Rim of
the World Performing Arts Center, Lake
Arrowhead, CA. Time: 2:30 and 8 p.m. Cost:
$16.25 each. arrowheadballet.org
SHORE - Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. This
annual holiday parade takes place on E. 2nd St.
from Livingston Ave. to Bayshore Ave. and
returns to Livingston Ave. Thousands line the
street to watch the 100+ entries and one dozen
marching bands. This year's theme is 'A Magical,
Musical Christmas'. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Chairs may
not be set up till 5 p.m. Location: 2nd Street,
Long Beach, CA. belmontshore.org Also be
sure to check out the
Belmont Pier Tree.
- Bishop Christmas Parade. Begins at 10 a.m.
Brentwood Holiday On Ice.
light-filled rink under a big tent.
Located next to the Streets of Brentwood shops,
public ice skating goes to Jan. 10. Cost: $10,
$5 skate rental. Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun -
12:30 to 10 p.m. approx.; Mon, Tues, Thurs - 2
to 9 p.m. Location: Call: (925) 513-1702.
- Carol of Lights. Downtown Streets will
celebrate Carol of Lights. Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free. Call: Sally Howe @ (408) 374-9700.
Holiday at the Rancho. Leo Carrillo Ranch
transitions into a version of Whoville, taken
over by the Grinch with a tree lighting
ceremony, Grinch crafts, and a very special
visit by Grinch himself. Time: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200
Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad, CA. Call: (760)
Nutcracker. Presented by Inland Pacific
Ballet, enjoy Southern California's most
spectacular holiday production of The
Nutcracker. Celebrating their 15th season,
critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet
brings The Nutcracker to life with more than 80
dancers on stage at magnificent Bridges
Auditorium. This annual yuletide ballet features
a young girl named Clara who receives a magical
nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out
on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow
and the Kingdom of Sweets. Toy soldiers,
life-sized dancing dolls, and a fantastic dream
with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing
flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy
stir the imagination. IPB's The Nutcracker is
the holiday tradition your family will treasure!
Time: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Cost: Adults $32-40; Premium
Seats: $50 (all ages); Seniors: $26-32; Child:
$16-20. Location: Bridges Auditorium, Pomona
College, 450 N. College Way Claremont, CA 91711.
Tickets: (909) 607-1139. thebestnutcracker.com
COSTA MESA -
Comes Santa. Every weekend through December
20 meet Santa. Get a free photo with Santa Claus
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when you bring unwrapped
toy or clothing to Orange County Market Place.
Admission is $2 and free for children 12 and
under. Orange County Market Place is held every
Saturday and Sunday from 7 a .m. to 4 p.m.
vendors, services, a produce market, children’s
play area, Artisans’ and Crafters’ Corner, hair
salon and a variety of food concessions.
Location: Orange County Market Place, 88 Fair
Drive - Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa,
CA 92626. Call 949-723-6616. ocmarketplace.com
COSTA MESA -
Sugar Plum Festival's Arts & Crafts Show. Gifts
to warm the heart and accessories that make a
home will be sold at this event. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission, parking $5. Location:
Orange County Fairgrounds Fair & Event Center,
Building 10, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Call: (562) 598-0857. sugarplumcrafts.com
COSTA MESA -
Shoreline Dog Fanciers All Breed Dog Show.
Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free admission,
parking $5. Location: Orange County Fairgrounds
Fair & Event Center, Building 12,14,16 & East
Breezeway, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
CRESCENT CITY - Holiday Fair. Del Norte
County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Building is the
location for this gift-buying opportunity.
Music, entertainment and lots to look at. Free
admission (donation of a new toy or canned goods
accepted). Location: Del Norte County
Fairgrounds, 421 Highway 101 North Crescent
City, California. dnfairgrounds.com
POINT - Boat Rides with Santa. Time:
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Dana Wharf
Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden
Lantern in Dana Point, CA. Cost: Free. Call:
(949) 496-5794. danawharf.com
DEL MAR -
Holiday of Lights Drive Thru. Time: Daily at
5:30 p.m. Ends at 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday. Cost: $14 car of 1 to 6
people. Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del
Mar, CA. Tickets: (858) 792-4252. Weather
closure: (858) 793-5555. sdfair.com
DISCOVERY BAY - Discovery Bay Parade
of Lights. 6th Annual Discovery Bay Chamber of
Commerce sponsored parade, A Storybook Holiday!
The parade will continue straight along
Riverlake Road, through the DB Blvd
intersection, then make a left on Sandpoint,
another left on DB Blvd, past the judging booth
on the left side, and left into the shopping
center. This new route will solve the problem of
spacing between floats after the judging booth,
providing a more continuous flowing parade, and
easier parking for parade floats at the end.
Parade Director, Amanda Dove (925) 408-8332
ENCINITAS - Encinitas Holiday Parade-
Encinitas Holiday Parade festivities will kick
off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. in
the Lumberyard shopping center courtyard on
Coast Highway 101. The Parade begins at 5:30,
heading south along Coast Highway 101 from D
Street to J Street. Additional information about
this year’s Parade will be available late
Summer. Mark this date on your calendar to bring
family and friends to watch as nearly 100
entries make their way down the Parade route.
Call (760) 633-2740 for general Parade
FALLBROOK - Fallbrook Christmas Parade.
Time: 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Main Street,
Fallbrook, CA. Call: (760) 728-5845.
Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker. Anaheim Ballet
Presents the Nutcracker: a Journey To Candyland.
Anaheim Ballet's production of The Nutcracker
includes Tchaikovsky's moving score and Anaheim
Ballet's athletic dancers! Anaheim Ballet is the
resident ballet company and school for the city
of Anaheim. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $25-30.
Location: Plummer Auditorium,
201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA. Call: (866)
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GARDEN GROVE -
The Glory of Christmas Musical. A blend of
Christmas carols, pageantry, live animals,
flying angels, and special effects unfold in the
nativity story. Location: Crystal Cathedral,
12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove, CA. Time: varies.
Cost: $20-50. Call: 714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679)
or 877-544-5679. crystalcathedral.org
GROVER BEACH -
Grover Beach Holiday Parade. 43rd annual parade
is themed, "A Look Back: 1950s Revisited".
Continuing the celebration of the City's 50th
year of incorporation, the 1950s-themed parade
begins at 16th Street and finishes at the Ramona
Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Avenue. This is
one of the only daytime parades in San Luis
Obispo County.Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free. Grover
Beach, CA. grover.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH -
Holiday Gondola Rides. Offered from 11 a.m.
to Midnight. Location: Peter's Landing,
Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, CA.
LAGUNA BEACH -
Saw Dust Festival Winter Fantasy Art Show
Opens, Community Tree Light Ceremony. 4 weekends
only, this annual event features art gifts for
sale for the holidays. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $6 adult. Location: Laguna Canyon Road,
Laguna Beach, CA. Info: (949)494-3030.
LIVERMORE - Holidays in the Vineyards.
Livermore Valley's annual wine country tradition
celebrates the season with a weekend full of
holiday cheer. All of the wineries present
special wines, arts & crafts, gifts, and warm
holiday experiences for your family and friends
to enjoy. Award winning wines are offered along
with gourmet foods, unique gift boxes, and
holiday treats. Guests are encouraged to bring
toys to their favorite wineries. Cost: Free.
Location: Livermore Valley Wine Country,
5565 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550. Call:
LONG BEACH -
Christmas Boat Cruise. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost:
$12 adult, $8 child. Location: 140 Marina Drive,
Long Beach, CA. Call: (562) 799-7000,
reservations a must! reggaeboat.com
LONG BEACH -
Crystal Ice Skating Outdoor Rink. New in
2009 for the holidays, daily skating at The Pike
is held in the grass area. Ice skate session
receives parking validation. Time:
Mon-Friday 11am to 11pm; Sat. & Sunday 10am to
12am. Cost:? Location: Shoreline Drive &
Queensway Bay, Long Beach, CA.
LONG BEACH -
Santa's Workshop. Visit Marketplace to see
Santa from Noon to 4. Location: Pacific Coast
Hwy. & 2nd St., Long Beach, CA. Cost: Free to
visit, photos for fee. Call: (562) 431-6282.
NORTHRIDGE - Arts Northridge Nutcracker
Ballet. Time: 2 & 7 p.m. Cost: $36-45. Location:
Performance Hall - CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St,
Northridge, CA 91330. ticketmaster.com
SAN PEDRO -
LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade. Decorated
boats parade through the Port of LA Main
Channel. Viewing Locations: Banning Landing
Community Center, 100 E. Water Street,
Wilmington, The Port of LA Cruise Ship
Promenade, 600 N. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Ports
O' Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro,
Cabrillo Marina, 200 Whaler's Walk, San Pedro.
Info and Parade Route: portoflosangeles.com
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LOS ANGELES -
Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square. Biggest
rink and cheapest price, according to the city
of Los Angeles Parks & Rec department, which
invites you to come skate amidst the
Monday -Thursday 12 Noon to 10 p.m.; Friday thru
Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $6/ 1 hour rink time, $2 skate
rental. Location: Pershing Square, Los Angeles,
- The Imagination Movers. With an Emmy
Award-winning Disney Channel series and a newly
released Walt Disney Records album under their
belt, the wildly popular kid-pop quartet
Imagination Movers will launch their first-ever
U.S. concert theater tour which includes two
shows in Los Angeles. The 39-date “Live From The
Idea Warehouse Tour” toured the U.S. Two shows
at 1:30p, and 4:30p. Ticket: $31.50 - 41.50. For
tickets call the box office at (213) 765-7000,
or visit clubnokia.com. Event location: Club
Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. See:
GATOS - Los Gatos Holiday Parade. Starts at
11 a.m. lgsrecreation.org /
OAKLAND - Lighted Yacht Parade. The Oakland
Yacht Club and Encinal Yacht Club have organized
a beautiful lighted yacht parade that will sail
throughout the Oakland/Alameda estuary. Jack
London Square provides excellent viewing areas
and restaurants to watch this magnificent
holiday attraction. Please make sure to book
your dinner reservations early at your favorite
Jack London Square restaurant. Special
performance by the Oakland Symphony Chorus will
begin at 5:30PM. jacklondonsquare.com
ZooLights. Oakland ZooLights is an annual
event in which the public comes after dark and
can walk along a path to see lighted displays
with animal and zoo themes. Time: Friday
- Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Monday – Thursday:
5:30pm – 9:00pm. Cost: $7.50 Adult; $5.50 child.
Location: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland,
CA.Call: (510) 632-9525. oaklandzoo.org
Orange Christmas Train to Santa's Village
ORRICK - Candlelight through the
Ancient Forest. Dress warmly and bring a candle
that is enclosed in a plastic cup (along with a
flashlight for the walk back from the campfire.)
In case of rain, the entire program will be held
in the Visitor Center.Call the North Coast
Redwood Interpretive Association at (707)
Oxnard Christmas Parade - A Storybook
Christmas. Oxnard rings in the holidays with
more than 70 parade entries, high school bands
and floats, and usually a wave from Santa Claus.
This year's Grand Marshal is Bedford Pinkard.The
Tamale Festival is immediately following the
parade. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free. Location:
Parade route is A, 5th and C Streets in
Downtown, Oxnard, CA. Telephone: (805) 247-0197.
Oxnard Tamale Festival. The annual Oxnard Tamale
Festival, held in conjunction with the Oxnard
Christmas Parade in downtown Oxnard, features
authentic home-style tamales served by local
restaurants and vendors. The festival will
include tamale making demonstrations, eating
contest, live mariachi music from Oxnard High
School and local group Inlakech, raffles, arts &
crafts for kids, and a visit by Santa Claus.
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location:
Plaza Park, Fifth & B Streets,
Oxnard, CA 93003. Call: (805) 483-1750.
Christmas Tree Lane.
Take a magical drive through Henry T. Oxnard
Historical District, which includes homes decked
out and all aglow for visitors to enjoy. Time: 6
to 10 p.m. Location: "F" and "G" Streets Between
Fifth and Palm, Oxnard, CA.
PETALUMA - Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. See
a flotilla of decorated boats on parade and join
in holiday caroling. The parade starts at the
Petaluma Marina at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in the
Turning Basin at about 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free.
Location: Petaluma Marina and Petaluma River
Turning Basin, Petaluma, CA. Call: (707)
REDONDO BEACH -
Seaside Ice Rink is open for outdoor
beach ice skating next to the sunshine
and sand. seasideice.com
SACRAMENTO - Lighted Boat Parade. Capital City
Yacht Club 17th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat
Parade, Hosted by 2010 Fleet Captain. ccyc.net
Festival of Lights Parade. The 1st Annual
Sacramento Festival of Lights Parade is a
mile-long parade with a route will begin at 17th
Street and Capitol Avenue and continues up to
19th Street, over to L Street and down L Street
to the Capitol building. Marching bands, floats,
dance groups, and themed cars are part of the
celebration Time: 6p.m.
Streets of Bethlehem Living Nativity.
Streets of Bethlehem is an annual event that has
been held for about a decade. Offered free to
the public, thousands come to see this nativity
scene. It begins just after dark (6 p.m. and
goes to 8:30 p.m.) A special assistance
opportunity for those with disabilities and
impairments is offered. Please contact the First
Baptist Church of Salinas. Address: 1130 San
Vincente Ave., Salinas, CA. Call:
SAN DIEGO -
SeaWorld Holiday Collection. Breakfast with
Shamu and Santa. Santa makes an
appearance during the event. Cost is $26/10 and
older; $16 age 3 to 9 years (tax, gratuity &
park admission not included). Dates are
Dec. 5-6; Dec. 12-13; and Dec. 19-22.
SAN FRANCISCO -
Nutcracker Ballet - featuring San Francisco
Ballet, this time honored classic is sure to
please. One of the finest ballet companies on
the West Coast presents an award-winning stage
production of a Christmas holiday musical. Runs
nightly through December 27 (few days excluded).
Time: Hours vary. Location: War Memorial Opera
House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA.
Tickets: $18 - 236. Call:(415) 865.2000, sfballet.org
Teatro ZinZanni presents Brevé. Teatro
ZinZanni brunch with a twist on alternate
Saturdays. Enjoy an abridged version of Under
the Gypsy Moon, together with a three-course
gourmet brunch designed by Chef Patrick Fassino.
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Cost:
$63-$78. Location: Pier 29 on The Embarcadero at
Battery, San Francisco, CA. Call: (415)
SAN FRANCISCO -
Union Street Fantasy of Lights. The 19th Annual
Union Street Fantasy of Lights parade launches a
month-long celebration of happenings along this
famous street in San Francisco. The event
features street entertainment including
jugglers, face painters, Santa's reindeer, meet
the Snow Queen, kids activities, carolers, and
much more. Donate Toys for Needy Children
Through the SF Firefighters Toy Program.
Collection barrels will be onsite that night &
remain at specific locations on Union Street
throughout the holiday season for donations of
new toys. Parade Route: The Annual Fantasy of
Lights Parade will begin at Gough and Union and
travel westbound to Steiner lighting up Union
Street. Time: 3 to 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location:
1686 Union Street, San Francisco, CA. Call:
(800) 310-6563. SRESproductions.com
SAN FRANCISCO -
Union Square Ice Skating Rink. Open daily
through Jan. 18, be surrounded by your favorite
stores and hotels in Union Square's outdoor
holiday ice event. Opens daily at 10 a.m. Cost:
$9.50 adult, $4.50 child, skate rental $4.
SANTA ANA -
The Science of Gingerbread. Kids'
imaginations can run free as they explore
gingerbread, and learn that there's science in
every bite! The annual gingerbread exhibit is
one of the seasonal delights, along with this
year's Mexico: Festival of Toys exhibit showing
popular toys in Mexican culture. Also featured
are exhibits, Head to Toe, and The True Story of
Bats. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $9.95 -
Get Tickets. Location: Discovery Science
Center, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
SANTA BARBARA -
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace. The 24th Annual
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace at the Santa
Barbara Museum of Natural History offers
one-stop holiday shopping for whimsical,
practical, and exotic treasures from more than
50 countries around the world. Stretch you
dollars beyond shopping as you watch
international dance and musical performances,
and enjoy a tantalizing ethnic lunch from the
Tribal Arts Cafe. Proceeds from the folk art
show benefit the Museum's exhibits and
educational programs. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free. Location: Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa
Barbara, CA. sbnature.org
SANTA CRUZ - Monarch Butterfly Tour.
Visitors can take Monarch Butterfly Tours at
Natural Bridges State
Beach. These walks take place during the
winter months, when migrating monarchs come to
Santa Cruz. Since Monarch Migrations vary,
call the park to find out about the butterfly
populations. Time: 11 a.m. and 2
p.m., Location: West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA.
Call: (831) 423-4609.
SANTA CRUZ -
Cruz Lighted Boat Parade.Sponsored by the Santa
Cruz Yacht Club with the annual canned food
drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the
Lighted Boat Parade features 50
beautifully-decorated power and sailboats
parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor. Charter
boats available. This is a family event with hot
drinks and snacks available at various locations
through the south harbor. 530 pm, rain or shine.
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SAN JOSE -
Downtown Ice. Visit the Circle of the Palms
for seasonal, festive ice skating downtown.
Time: Noon to 10 p.m.
$15 adult, $13 age 12 and younger-- includes ice time and rental skates (skate sizes range from
toddler 8 to men's 13).
Skate all you want first-come, first-serve...no
in and out privileges. Circle of Palms, 120 S.
Market St. between San Jose Museum of Art and
Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California. Call:
(408) 279-1775 ext. 45 or sjdowntown.com
SANTA MARIA -
Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights. 14th
annual event marches down Broadway with 108
entries that include bands, floats, fire
engines, and Santa Claus. Time: 5:20 p.m. Cost:
Free. Location: Broadway St. between Stowell and
Town Center Mall, Santa Maria, CA.
Solvang Julefest Parade. Parade
begins at Mission Santa Ines, travels west on
Mission Dr., turns left on 4th St., turns left
on Copenhagen Dr. and concludes at the Solvang
Post Office on Alisal Rd. Featuring local
groups, bands, vehicles and Santa & Mrs. Claus
who will be in Solvang Park following the parade
for visitation & photographs. Event begins at 11
SONOMA - Blessing of the Olives at the Mission.
Celebrate this beautiful, traditional ceremony
at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma
with Music and refreshments. Time: 10 a.m. Cost:
Free. Location: East Spain and First St. East,
Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, CA. Call: (707) 996.1090
Reflections Lighted Boat Parade.
Decorated boats come from the Stockton Deep
Water Channel and take one time around Mc Leod
Lake. This is the 30th annual Lighted Boat
Parade and it is a free event sponsored by
Marina West Yacht Club. Time: 5 p.m. Location:
The parade usually forms at Light 36 in the
Stockton San Joaquin Delta at reaching Weber
Point at approximately 6 p.m.
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12th annual event of the North County Dance and
Performing Arts Foundation presentation. Nathan
Cottam, a former Principal dancer with Ballet
Theatre of Boston who studied with the famed
American Ballet Theater, and Jesus Solorio, a
local celebrity who competed on the third season
of television’s So You Think You Can Dance, will
perform. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $15-20. Location:
1200 S. Main St., Templeton, CA. Contact for
tickets: 1-800-838-3006. classactdance.com
TWAIN HARTE - Winter Wonderland
Christmas Parade. Annual Winter Wonderland
Parade in Twain Harte. The Parade immediately
follows the tree lighting, Santa will later
arrive at the conclusion of the parade for free
pictures so bring the children. Parking will be
available at Twain Harte School.
Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Event location:
Downtown Twain Harte, CA 95383. Cost: Free.
Call: 209-586-5197. twainhartecc.com
Vallejo Holiday Tree Lighting. 12th Annual tree
lighting includes caroling, music, hot
chocolate, cookies, a visit from Santa, and of
course, the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location:
Vallejo Waterfront and Ferry Terminal, 289 Mare
Island Way, Vallejo, CA. Contact: (707) 649-1912
Code of the West Gun Show. Vallejo Gun Show
features a lineup of vendors with products,
information, and education of fire arms. Time: 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $10, parking $5. Location:
Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds
Drive, Vallejo, CA. codeofthewestgunshows.com
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WALNUT CREEK - Teddy Bear
Tea. This event is to benefit The
Gardens at Heather Farm. Bring your
children and their favorite teddy
bear to have their picture taken and
have teatime delights while
listening to a story in a holiday
themed setting. Time: 10am, 12:30pm,
3pm. Cost: Children $15, Adults $25.
Location: 1540 Marchbanks Drive,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598.
Reservations are required:
WALNUT CREEK -
Downtown Walnut Creek on Ice.
Ice skating rink outdoor. Fun for
all ages. Time: Open daily at 11 a.m.
Drive, Walnut Creek, Ca. Call: (
YUCAIPA - Currier and Ives
Christmas. An old fashioned holiday
roasting chestnuts, eating a
Christmas feast with plenty of
wassail, boughs of holly, Christmas
carols and a big barn dance with
maestro Pa Riley leading the charge
to Riley's Dance Ensemble all make
this the sell-out event of the
season. Cost: $30 adult; $20 child. Location: Riley's at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Rd.
#13, Yucaipa, CA. 92399. Call: (909)