Hi Friends & Neighbors –
The vast Inland Empire is home to enough fun happenings, you never have to do the same thing twice. Check out the range of events we have outlined for you and yours this week, from tons of live music including a performance at The Glass House, to an evening of organic farm cooking. You can even end the week by bringing home a cuddly new animal friend, free of charge. If these dates don’t make for an interesting time, nothing will.
9/29, Karaoke – Karaoke Mondays at Piano Piano in Claremont immediately following Monday Night Football. Ages 21 and over. No cover charge. This dueling piano bar is known for its upbeat atmosphere and down-to-earth staff. Come sing your heart out. If you have real talent, you may even take first place.
9/30, Bottle Your Own Wine – Be a Winemaker at Canyon Crest Winery in Riverside anytime between 12p.m. to 8p.m. Bottle your favorite vintage wine or dedicate the time to make a custom batch. Although the second choice requires a return trip, we think it is a great excuse for another evening with your love. Dedicate the customized wine label to showcase your love.
10/1, British New Wave Concert – The Real ABC, Featuring Martin Fry at Romano’s Concert Lounge in Riverside at 9p.m. Ages 21 and over. General Admission is $30. While this British New Wave band may not be everyone’s cup of tea, member Martin Fry has been singing hits over the decades with a charm that still seems to made the ladies swoon.
10/1, Indie Rock Band – The War on Drugs at The Glass House in Pomona. This Indie-Rock band has made quite the impression, releasing three killer albums since they first got together in 2005. Songs off their newest project Lost in the Dream are going to rock Pomona’s downtown midweek.
10/2, Fashion Show – Destination Style Riverside Downtown on Main St. between University and Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside at 6p.m. Event is free. Riverside’s signature fall fashion event will impress even the best with top-notch tuxedos and exciting vintage garb.
10/2, Wine & Food – Wine & Food Under the Stars at National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino from 6p.m. to 9p.m. Tickets are $40 each. This charity event benefits the NOS Center and many community foundations. Just as the name implies, wine and food under the stars will wine and dine you, and for those more interested in beer, there’s a lot of that too.
10/3, Brewery – Beyond I Sight at I & I Brewery from 6p.m. to 9p.m. When you add an ever-expanding array of craft beers to a set of a live reggae band playing original music, you get nothing short of a thrilling start to your weekend.
10/3, Free Pet Adoption – Pet Adoption Day at Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona starting at 8 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come to this free pet adoption event. Up to $145 in adoption fees will be waived, so you can bring home an animal companion without paying a dime. Whether you are considering adopting a cat, dog, rabbit or bird, your new best friend is waiting for you in Pomona and throughout the IE.
10/3, Organic Cooking Event – Farm Cooking Workshop at Pomona College Organic Farm in Claremont at 5p.m. This beautiful 1.2 acre farm is full of fruit trees, vegetables, bees, chickens and herbs. Use fresh apples, squash and sage from the farm to prepare a delightful butternut squash and brie galette.
Hi Friends and Neighbors -
Even though most of SoCal is more suburban than farmland, we still have plenty of chances to toss on some cowboy boots and head out for some old-fashioned fun and food. After all, the Inland Empire is an hour from the mountains and the sea and everything is in between!
Spend your weekend grubbing on fried anything (chocolate fried pickles, anyone?) and winning your sweetie a giant stuffed animal at the L.A. County Fair. Or, check out some real cowboy action at a rodeo in San Bernardino, or head out to Calico and travel back in time to the old West.
Grab yer pardner and head out for some rootin’ tootin adventures this weekend!
INLAND EMPIRE WEEKEND EVENTS
RIVERSIDE WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26, Concert - Social Distortion after party featuring Los Chilaqz, Patient Zero and more from 9 a.m.-2 a.m.at Mission Tobacco Lounge. 21 and over, $5 entry or free with Social Distortion ticket stub.
9/27, Food Tasting – Food tasting at 12 p.m. at the Necessary Nutrition Academy. Try healthy foods and snacks. Free admission, adults only please.
9/27, Emergency Preparedness Fair – Ready Riverside Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Tyler St. Target store parking lot from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to build emergency kit, rescue demos, education and more.
9/27, Pride Day - Inland Empire Pagan Pride Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at California Citrus Historical State Park. Vendors, demonstrations, music, crafts and more. Canned food drive to benefit the Yucaipa Valley Inter-Faith Food Bank. $5 park entry fee, shuttle service provided.
9/27, Museum Day - Museum Day Live! At the Riverside Art Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission to the public as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s annual event. Register and download tickets online prior to event.
9/28, Seminar and Fashion Show – Sixth annual Breast Cancer Reconstruction Seminar and Fashion Show at the Riverside Convention Center beginning at noon. Food, fashion, education and silent auction. General admission is $35, VIP and tables available.
REDLANDS WEEKEND EVENTS
9/27, Fundraiser - Dinner in the Grove benefiting the Redlands Family Service Association beginning at 5 p.m. at the orange grove off of Citrus Ave. Dinner and silent auction in an orange grove.
9/27, Exhibit - Fossils Underfoot exhibit opening day at the San Bernardino County Museum. Guided tours and hands on activities from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students, kids 5-12 $5, seniors and military $8, ages 5 and under free.
9/27, Fundraiser – Fundraiser for the 2014 Believe Walk at Wild Donkey Brewing Co. from 6-10 p.m.
9/27, Fall Fest - Fall Fest at University of Redlands Greek Ampitheater. Food, drink, and performances by local bands. $10 for students at the door, non-students $20. Doors open 6 p.m.
YUCAIPA & BEAUMONT WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26-27, Festival - Yucaipa Autumn Fest located in the Uptown Historic District of Yucaipa from 1st Street to Adams Street on Yucaipa Blvd. and California Street from Yucaipa Blvd. to Avenue A. Friday 6-10 p.m. Car show, beer garden, farmer’s market and more. Saturday from 3-10 p.m. Sidewalk chalk art, family Olympics, log sawing, adult tricycle race, stein holding and more.
9/28, Prayer Vigil - Pray Beaumont Day beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Ford Park. Bus will take participants around Beaumont, stopping to pray at ‘prayer points’ like high crime areas and first responders buildings.
SAN BERNARDINO WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26-28, Rodeo - Sheriff’s Rodeo at Glen Helen Parkway. Bull riding, barrel racing, roping and more. Friday and Saturday from at 8 p.m., tickets are $15. Sunday family day rodeo starts at 5 p.m., tickets are $10. 6 and under free.
POMONA & CLAREMONT WEEKEND EVENTS
Now through 9/28, County Fair – Final weekend for the LA County Fair at the Fairplex. Friday noon to midnight, Saturday10 a.m.- midnight, Sunday 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Weekend admission process $19 for adults, $12 for kids, 5 and under free, seniors $15. See website for information and schedule.
9/27, Wilderness Walk - Walk for the Wild event at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. 1.5 mile walk from 9-12 p.m. through garden. Activities, food trucks, beer garden and more. $12 registration includes garden admission, goodie bag and tee shirt.
UPLAND & MONTCLAIR WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26, repeating, Poetry – Kinds Words poetry event every second and fourth Friday from 6-9 p.m. at The Raw Pops Juicery .
9/27, Open House - Pomona Valley Harley Davidson open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free food, music, clearance sale and demos.
9/27, Fundraiser - Tour de Foothills fundraiser at Dale Bros. Brewery from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Haute Food serving from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hillbilly Tacos serving at 4 p.m.
9/27, Open House – Upland Police Department’s open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Upland Police Station. Station tours, children ID fingerprinting, demos, helicopter and more.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, ONTARIO & FONTANA WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26-28, Motorcycle School - Fastrack Riders motorcycle racing school at the Auto Club Speedway. Learn new motorcycle riding skills. Equipment available for rental, see website for details and registration.
9/28, BMW Autocross- The BMW Car Club Los Angeles Chapter autocross event at the Auto Club Speedway. Only current members, come and ride car on the track. Registration is $65 in advance, $75 at event, cash only.
9/26, Celebration – Celebrate 20 years of the Rancho Cucamonga Library from 7-9 p.m. at Archibald Library. Tickets available at the library prior to the event.
9/27, Celebration - Public Lands Day at the Mary Vagle Nature Center, free to the public. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. park volunteer projects, including native plant installation. Education fair from 1-4 p.m. with nature crafts, animal demos and education.
9/27, Concert - Back to School Jam beginning at 5 p.m. at the Citizen’s Bank Arena. Manafest, Ashes Remain, and more performing with Rick Reyna, Bryan Dunan and Devo speaking. Free parking and admission.
DESERT AREAS WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26-28, Convention - Annual Palm Springs Body Mind Spirit Weekend at the Crystal Fantasy Enlightenment Center. Classes on meditation, tarot, healing and more. Vendors, spiritual counselors and more. Tickets are $10 a day.
9/27-28, Calico Days - Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday parade, burro run and bucket brigade. Sunday triathalon. Music, gunfights, dancing, games, contests and kid’s crafts both days. Adults $10, ages 6-15 $5, 5 and under free.
9/27, Fundraiser - Rock Out To Knock Out Hunger fundraiser at the Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club beginning at 6 p.m. featuring Famous for Nothing and Poolside. $10 donation at the door to benefit FIND Food Bank in Indio.
MOUNTAIN AREAS WEEKEND EVENTS
9/26 – 11/19, Festival – First Big Bear Village Scarecrow Festival. Over 30 scarecrows displayed outside businesses throughout Big Bear Village. Winner of the contest chosen on Halloween.
Now through-10/25, weekends, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebration over seven weekends at The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake. Admission starting at $7. Beer sampling tickets, food and drink packages available, see website for details. Three beer gartens, live music and entertainment, children’s activities, food and contests.
9/27-10/26, weekends, Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest celebration in Lake Arrowhead Village. Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Free admission, food and drink available for purchase. Commemorative mug, beads, and beer ticket for $20, or $8 a pint.
9/27, Car Show - Porsche Timeline Exhibition at Lake Arrowhead Village from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. automobiles placed in chronological order. Register online for $25 for timeline t-shirt, car’s data sheet and parking space.
9/27, Concert - Blues for the Zoo fundraiser for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo from 1-5 p.m. on Swim Beach. Music food and more, bring beach chairs and blankets. $30 tickets in advance, $35 day of the event.
9/27, Snowboarding – 11th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails at Big Bear Mountain Resort. Snowboarders doing tricks on over 140 tons of trucked in snow from 9:15 a.m.- 10 p.m. Free to the public.
TEMECULA WEEKEND EVENTS
9/27, Glowfest - Free glowfest fair honoring military and their families. Free food for up to 60 people from Famous Dave’s and The Habit Burger, gated beer and wine garden, tattoos, performances, rides, Xtreme Games and more.
Experience shared by Jamie Solis
Something exists at Willowbrook Apple Farm that is otherwise nonexistent in our fast-paced, commercially driven world. Stepping through the charming little farm store and virtually back in time, Willowbrook offers a wholesome way to connect with your family and nature, much the way it was done back in the 1940s.
IEShineOn.com was part of a group of bloggers headed to the farm for an exclusive tour. Upon our arrival on Saturday morning, we could sense that there was something unique about this destination. Aside from the bright morning sun beating down upon us, there was an additional warmness to this place. It started with the friendly faces that greeted us as we walked up, but it certainly didn’t stop at the abundance of seasonal country flare and comfortable surroundings.
Tucked between sunflowers, apple trees and fall decorations, there were two young ladies offering up tastings of Willowbrook’s signature products like their Pure Apple Butter, Blackberry Preserves, tasty Dipping Caramel, Pumpkin Syrup, Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip, among many other flavorful concoctions like Meatball Skewers and Caramel Apples kissed with nuts or sprinkles. From there we checked out the various items for sale in the Apple Shed Gift Shop. Stocked with a huge variety of their personal line of goods, the shop also carries many local, handmade and farm-fresh products like honey, candles, candies, decor and more that you won’t find elsewhere.
After tasting some flavorful treats and shopping around, we were welcomed back into the farm for an official tour by the owner, Cheryl Swanson. We were intrigued to learn about the many characteristics of Willowbrook Apple Farm that sets it apart from profit motivated apple farms. High-density farming is a popular technique used to heed the highest yield of fruits or vegetables for the lowest cost in order to turn a hefty profit in the shortest period of time possible, however you won’t find any of high-density trees at Willowbrook. Instead, these orchards are dedicated to preserving biodiversity by maintaining each 104-year-old tree with the utmost care and precision.
Beyond that, they continue with their eco-conscious intention by planting largely organic and heirloom (non-GMO) seeds, in order to grow apples that are popular for their tastes instead of for their profitability. Many of the varieties of apples grown at Willowbrook can’t be found in stores, making this a return destination for customers looking for pristine quality. They also grow their apples, among other produce, without using chemical fertilizers. Instead they utilize natural resources like clover and bees to ensure a plentiful, healthy harvest.
Willowbrook is a great destination for families with children, because they have many opportunities to pick your own apples or berries, with the option to press your own apple cider using centuries old apple presses. Another way to get hands-on is by meeting the lovable animals who are also family pets. The potbelly pig named Blossom caught our attention with her lazy demeanor. The baby donkey named star along with her friend Comet, the miniature horse, also made quite the impression. There were also chickens and a Flemish Giant rabbit.
Few things are more fulfilling than spending the morning in the great outdoors with your family. Take the opportunity to enjoy an intimate farm experience, and welcome the season of fall with your arms wide open.
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