Springtime Fun and Travel
The weather is warming up and it's time to get out of the house! Who wants to stay home when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming?
Southern California offers some amazing car culture. Do you have a passion for anything automotive? Visit one of the many cars show that have cropped up over the state.
Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula in California thrive each August as the center of the motoring universe. The area hosts the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, offering an unbeatable combination of beauty and technology. The Concours pays homage to the past with collector cars displayed on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, while making history with the latest new car debuts. Other automotive events cater to a variety of interests, whether it is sophisticated German technology, sleek Italian coachwork, or delightful minis. www.pebblebeachconcours.net
Come to the Granada Hills Cruz-In every Tuesday at 6 p.m. It's all about cars and community. View classics, muscle cars and vintage vehicles. www.facebook.com/groups/GranadaCruzIn
Join the Ventura County Camaro Club every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a little weeknight car hang. Show off your pride and joy and talk shop. www.lacar.com/event/vc3-cruise-night-fatburger
A Great British Automobile Meet comes together every 1stSunday of the month in Agoura Hills. Come and enjoy a gathering of English cars, tea and biscuits, along with car stories. www.socalcarculture.com/Images/CruiseNight_Sunday_BritishAutoMeet.pdf
For more information on car shows check out www.socalcarculture.com
Do you love to golf? There are some fun-filled tournaments all across Southern California.
Come join the 11th Annual Golf Classic for a round. Proceeds benefit St. Jude The Apostle School. Play on an exclusive champion golf course with 18 holes, refreshments, lunch, cocktail reception, silent and live auction. Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 North Wood Ranch Pkwy, Simi Valley. www.eventbrite.com/e/st-jude-the-apostle-11th-annual-golf-classic-tickets-55393487412?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Support the CSUN women's golf team by participating in the first ever Bonnie Murphy Invitational. Buy a foursome or play as an individual. Mar. 4. Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Rd., Los Angeles. www.eventbrite.com/e/csun-2019-bonnie-murphy-invitational-tickets-53161524551?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
The Pencils for Kids Charity Golf Classic takes place Mar. 18. Player fees include: Welcome mimosas, breakfast buffet, brunch cocktails, driving range, golf cart, caddie, fiesta taco bar lunch, beer stops, and 19th hole cocktail reception. Pencils For Kids, Inc. is dedicated to helping children in need in developing countries. El Caballero Golf Club, 18300 Tarzana Dr., Tarzana. www.eventbrite.com/e/pencils-for-kids-charity-golf-classic-tickets-53943326943?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
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Art festivals celebrate the beauty of artwork.
In late June, come to Laguna Beach for the famous Sawdust Art Festival which opens with local artists, while the Laguna Art-A-Fair features 125 international and domestic artists. Just across the way is Festival of Arts, an outdoor art festival that features 140 of Southern California's finest artists. And don't miss the world-famous Pageant of the Masters (it's been around for over 80 years). The Pageant begins the first week of July, and is the only one of its kind in the world. Its tagline, “Where art comes to life” doesn't even begin to describe what you actually see on stage – it is an amazing experience.
Traveling is away to grow, have fun and expand your horizons. Our home state offers some of the most beautiful and spectacular places to visit!
The many sites and cities in Northern California are a perfect escape.
San Francisco is a must-see. This sophisticated city is the place to enjoy world-class opera, ballet, theater, and gourmet dining. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge for stunning views as you walk around the historic neighborhoods! Must-see spots are North Beach (Little Italy), Chinatown, Russian Hill, and Fisherman's Wharf.
Just north of San Francisco is the charming waterfront town of Sausalito. This picturesque area has the ambience of a European vacation resort with quaint boutiques, upscale art galleries, scenic waterfront walk, and yacht-filled marinas.
Across the Bay, the university town of Berkeley offers inspiring scenery along with cultural attractions and gourmet restaurants. The vibrant multicultural city of Oakland boasts parks, museums, historic theaters, lively neighborhood events, and summer festivals.
For those seeking a classic California beach town complete with a boardwalk amusement park and surfing scene, Santa Cruz is the place. Appreciate the wild, rugged Pacific coast by heading to the town of Half Moon Bay, then make a stop at the rural community of Pescadero to visit the State Beach bird sanctuary or to attend a candlelit barn-house dinner at Harley Farms Goat Dairy.
Our own Southern California is an amazing staycation!
Set your sails to the most awesome point on California’s Central Coast – Ventura Harbor. It's home to the Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, as well as Ventura’s premier oceanfront attraction – Ventura Harbor Village. Activities and amenities include fine dining, seafood, shopping, gallery and artist studios, international cuisines kayaking, peddle boats, harbor cruises, scuba diving trips, sport fishing excursions, live entertainment, whale watching, ice cream, carousel, comedy club, beaches, yacht clubs, boatyards, and tours of the spectacular Channel Islands National Park.
If you are interested in culture, you can't beat the J. Paul Getty Museum. The collection, changing exhibitions, and outdoor art on view reach across European and American history – from medieval times to the present. Contemporary and modern sculptures are also featured throughout the grounds.
If you want a taste of Europe, Solvang or “Little Denmark,” as it’s sometimes called, is the place to go. This town pays tribute to a Danish Village through its quaint shops, restaurants, and high-end boutiques.
With near perfect weather, 70 miles of spectacular coastline, world-class attractions and a thriving urban center, complete with a sophisticated art, dining and nightlife scene, San Diego has earned the name California’s beach city.
Explore San Diego’s various coastal, urban and inland neighborhoods, each with its own style. After a day at the beach, head to the have fun downtown at one of the hot nightclubs or rooftop bars. If art and culture is your thing, you’ll find an supreme hub of creativity in Balboa Park. It features 17 museums, numerous galleries and performing arts venues – and of course the San Diego Zoo!
Palm Springs welcomes visitors with gorgeous hotels, fashionable restaurants, stylish shops and boutiques, and fun-filled entertainment venues. Warm days and balmy nights complement the ambiance. And don't forget the super hip events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, and Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals.
And if that isn’t enough, you can soar to the top of Mount San Jacinto on the world famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or hike the ancient palm groves of the Indian Canyons. In the evening, you can walk around Villagefest, and then relax with a swim under the stars.
Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera. The red-tile roofs elegantly complement the sunny skies and gorgeous ocean waters. Begin March with a culinary bang by dining al fresco at Santa Barbara’s elegant seaside restaurant, Bella Vista. Hop aboard the Condor Express and behold a myriad of marine mammals right outside your door. As the spring season begins, Santa Barbara blooms with orchids in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Mythical displays and fantastical forests of orchids whisk attendees to another world. Mar. 15 – 17.
St. Patrick's Day
What is this greenest of holidays without the leprechaun? According to the stories, leprechauns are tiny fae that take the form of an old man in a red or green coat. They are mischievous and like to make shoes. They also store their gold coins in a pot hidden at the end of a rainbow. Capture a leprechaun, and he will grant you three wishes.
Most Leprechaun legends are traced back to the 8th century tales of water spirits which were known as ‘luchorpán’ which means ‘small body’. It is said that these spirits merged with a household fairy and developed a penchant for heavy drinking! The term Leprechaun actually comes from the Irish term ‘leath brogan’ which means shoemaker.
The pot of gold is the most common of all Leprechaun myths which says that they find gold coins buried in the earth and store them all in a pot hidden at the end of a rainbow. The fact that a rainbow doesn’t have a fixed spot or a real end should be discounted for the sake of the story!
Getting sauced is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. Here are a few local pubs to celebrate the holiday!
The Tipsy Goat – The friendly staff and laid back atmosphere will make you feel like you are at a traditional public house in Ireland. 159 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. http://thetipsygoat.com
Brendan's Agoura Hills – Enjoy the Irish atmosphere and kick back with a pint of Guinness. 30315 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. http://www.brendans.com
Ireland’s 32 – You'll have to fight the crowds at this quaint San Fernando Valley pub. Serves corned beef sandwiches and large portions of bangers and mash. 13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys. www.irelands32.com
Timmy Nolan’s Tavern and Grill – A staple for more than 20 years. Its two full-service bars serve dozens of classic European and American beers. 10111 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake. www.timmynolans.net
JJ Sullivan’s Irish Pub – Don't drink water, drink a Guinness! 22917 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. www.jjsullivans.com
Story Tavern – Two day St. Patrick's Day celebration! Irish libations and food. 150 S San Fernando, Burbank. www.storytavernburbank.com
The Fox and Hounds – The Fox and Hounds is a proper pub with a stocked full bar, 16 of the best imported beers on draft, another dozen in the bottle, and a great menu. 11100 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. www.thefoxandhounds.com
The White Harte Pub – An informal pub with dark woods, exposed beams & a patio, plus an eclectic menu. 22456 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. www.whitehartepub.com
Crown & Anchor – A bar and grill with 17 beers on tap and a menu of pub grub. 2891 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.crownnanchor.com
Happy St. Patrick's Day!