Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum of LA County

April 30, 2009

The 23rd Annual Bug Fair will be held at the Natural History Museum of LA County on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 from 9:30 am to 5 pm with insect displays, interactive educatioal booths, music, demonstrations and more! The Bug Fair is included with Museum admission.

Bring a spider!!! The Los Angeles Urban Spider Survey enters its seventh year and we once again urge patrons to bring in any spider that they collect. HOWEVER – The Museum appreciates your assistance with the Spider Survey. If you have any concerns about participating, we suggest you DO NOT participate. The Museum cannot be responsible for the treatment of any bites or any illness resulting from the project.

Grandpa Ron and I visited the museum and really enjoyed the rocks and gems and the butterflies!

Another part of the museum…..
Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits in the midst of downtown LA buildings is one of the world’s most famous fossil spots!

Children’s Day Celebration at JACCC in LA

April 30, 2009

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is holding their 26th Annual Children’s Day Celebration on May 16 from 10 am – 4 pm at 244 S. San Pedro Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, just blocks away from
the Los Angeles Music Center and the new Disney Hall.

Asian-Pacific arts and crafts, Taiko drumming, manju and sushi making and 3-on-3 basketball are among the planned activities. Here is a Youtube video of Taiko drumming.

Dia del Nino Festival at Long Beach Aquarium

April 30, 2009

The Long Beach, CA, Aquarium of the Pacific is celebrating Children’s Day (Dia del Nino) by showcasing the talents of children from many cultures. There will be arts and crafts, singing, dancing, storytelling and much more. Click the link! When: Saturday, May 2, 2009 and Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 9:00 am–5:00 pm.

Bishop Mule Days

April 30, 2009

When we plan our Memorial Day weekend trips between Reno and LA we always take into consideration the traffic for Bishop’s Mule Days Celebration. This year will be the 40th annual celebration on May 19-24 at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, CA. This year four-time Grammy nominee and former CMA Horizon Award winner Joe Nichols will be featured at the 2009 Bishop Mule Days Thursday night concert.

From the Mule Days website: “Highlights of the Celebration include the Thursday night concert, featuring Country Music stars, the longest running non-motorized parade on Saturday morning, Steer roping and penning, an event normally reserved for quarter horses, and the Packer’s Scramble – the wildest, nosiest and funniest event of the weekend.

There are also barbecues, country dances and an arts & crafts show. All taking place at the foot of the beautiful Eastern Sierra. “

Saguaro National Park

April 29, 2009

The Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson, AZ, is a majestic place to hike around. The tall – and very old – Sagauro cacti reach for the sky and you feel so very small – and young – in comparison! So many outdoor activities are available to do: hiking, biking, camping, birding, horseback riding, and wild flower seeking ( in the spring ). Grandpa Ron and I really enjoyed the park.

Activities in the Sierra Nevada

April 28, 2009

There are all sorts of activities to do in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Virtual Sierra Nevada website is quite exhaustive: gold panning, hiking, skiing, biking, horseback riding, backpacking, kayaking, river rafting and more. Then there is lots of sightseeing as well – Yes, there are LOTS of little towns: Reno (biggest little), Truckee, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Bishop, … and beautiful parks like Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, oh, I’ll get myself in trouble by trying to list them all and forgetting some so I’ll stop while I’m ahead…..check out the linked websites!!

Verde Valley near Sedona, AZ

April 27, 2009

Montezuma Castle — many years ago I passed the road sign several times before I knew Grandpa Ron but I never took the road to find out what it was. Then one weekend Grandpa Ron took me to Sedona, AZ, for my birthday so we could explore the luring area. We did follow the sign to Montezuma Castle and began a whole new journey of Native American Indian studies. It wasn’t a castle. It wasn’t built by Montezuma. We explored the Sinaqua ruins that had been abandoned in the early 1300s that afternoon and talked about our impressions all night long.

The next day we explored the nearby Tuzigoot Monument and added to our newfound interest. Since then we have explored many Southwest Indian National Monuments but there are still a lot left to see.

We also enjoyed the Verde Canyon Railroad trip. The station isn’t far from Tuzigoot. The scenery is fantastic. We pointed out many cliffs and caves where the Sinaqua may have lived so many years before us. It was a very spiritual experience.

Plumas-Eureka (CA) State Park

April 27, 2009

Lots of summer activities go on in the Plumas-Eureka State Park besides the usual hiking and fishing and exploring. This year is the 50th anniversary of the park’s opening so there will be special events including “Gold Discovery Days” (July 18-19) planned for visitors this summer. It is part of the California State Park system. Last summer Grandpa Ron and I caught the Living History Day

Columbia River Gorge

April 26, 2009

The Columbia River Gorge is beautiful any time that you visit! Multnomah Falls is probably the most famous of all the waterfalls on the route and the second highest (620 ft) year-round running waterfall in the US, but Grandpa Ron and I enjoyed finding them all. I took lots of pictures. We even brought Gigi, Cyndi, Bella and Austin to see some of them. It is well worth doing!

Quoted from www.bestgorge.com:
“The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. The Gorge is 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State.”

The Reno Astros

April 26, 2009

A fun day at the baseball park can be had by all. You don’t have to go to a big stadium and spend lots of money either! Kids can be closer to the players in a smaller stadium or playing field. Check out the Reno Astros as an example! The Reno Astros have had many players go to the big show. For the Reno feel of baseball, check out the Reno Astros’ dugout shows.

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