Memorial Day Activities in and Around Newport Beach, CA

Looking for Memorial Day activities? Memorial Day is coming up on May 25, 2015, and it will be a three day weekend this weekend for you to enjoy.

There are many activities to consider and enjoy this weekend.

Visit Catalina Island – it is about an hour trip on the Catalina Flyer, and you can visit for a day, or perhaps make arrangements to stay. It is a pedestrian (mostly – there are some golf carts) city and easy to walk around. You can dive (snorkel or Scuba). There is a lot to do on Catalina Island.

Catalina Flyer

Visit Disneyland and the 24 Hour Kick Off Celebration – begins on Friday May 22, 2015 until 6 am on May 23, 2015. This is the kick off for the salute to Disney for 60 years!!

The Balboa Bay Resort is hold the Newport Beach Wine Festival from May 22-24, 2015. It is a celebration of fine wines, beer, and delicious cuisine over Memorial Weekend at Balboa Bay Resort.

Visit the Fun Zone located in Newport Beach. There is a Ferris Wheel and there is dining and shopping as well.

Rent a Duffy Boat at Duffy of Newport Beach which is located on Coast Highway.

And of course, visit the beach in Newport Beach. Anywhere from the Wedge up to 68th Street. Newport Beach is a popular destination and the beaches are wonderful. Be sure to check with lifeguards about the ocean conditions and the surf report. Be cautious of rip currents, and if the waves are big!! And be sure to bring sunscreen.

And if you are interested in searching for a home in Newport Beach this weekend, we are available to assist you with your Newport Beach home search.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Chino Airport | Planes of Fame Airshow | 2015

Chino Airport – Planes of Fame Airshow

May 2-3, 2015

A Salute to Veterans

The Planes of Fame Airshow is being held this weekend at Chino Airport:

Chino Airport Planes of Fame

Chino Airport
7000 Merrill Ave
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-3910

This year’s Planes of Fame airshow will feature approximately  50 historic aircraft, performing as well as a salute to our veterans.  You can find the schedule of the Chino Planes of Fame Airshow here.

Chino Airport was previously known as Cal Aero Field. Chino airport identifier is CNO and is a general aviation airport and serves the general aviation community, for business and corporate travel. The runways line up with the compass.

 Chino Airport is situated on approximately 1,100 acres and has three runways: there are two parallel runways  – Runway 8L-26R and Runway 8R-26L, and there is Runway 3-21 which crosses the parallel runways. Runway 8R-26L is 7000 feet long and 150 feet wide, and is the longest runway at Chino Airport. The parallel runway  is 4,838 feet long and 150 feet wide. Runway 3-21 is which is crosses both Runways 8R-26L and Runway 8L-26R and is 4919 feet long and 150 feet wide.

Chino Control Tower

Chino Airport is home to many hangars that pilots either rent or own. There are over 100 businesses, and two aircraft museums including the Planes of Fame museum. Also, Chino Airport is home to Flo’s Cafe. Flo’s is a very popular restaurant to fly in eat breakfast or lunch and fly out.

Chino Hangars

Something else to consider when selecting an airport to have as your home base is weather. Chino Airport does have fairly consistent weather. With the exception of occassional fog, and winter weather, Chino averages about 345 VFR (visual flight rules) days per year. Chino is also a very popular general aviation airport and for many pilots that are learning to fly.

Chino Airport - Flags

Chino Airport

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Hope you get the chance to see the Airshow this weekend, and visit Chino Airport and visit the Planes of Fame Museum.

California Festival of Speed | Auto Club Speedway

Porsche festival of speed

The California Festival of Speed is being held today and was also held yesterday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. This is the largest Porsche event in the west with PCA Club racing, Enduro, Time Trial,  and Coucours d’Elegance.

Festival of Speed

There were many Porsche’s there yesterday and we watch racing with Porsche Race Cars. It was an incredible event, with displays, and seeing the Porsche’s up close and personal.

There was also a gorgeous blue 911 GTS Club Coupe, which is PCA’s 60th anniversary present from Porsche. This car was there also.


And here is another Race car at the California Festival of Speed that was displayed.

Falken Porsche Car

Drivers . . . . . Start Your Engines!

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Photo Courtesy of Heather Thomson

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach begins on April 17, 2015.This is the 41st Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Long Beach Grand Prix is an open-wheel race which is held on the streets in Long Beach. Christopher Pook is the original founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix. The event started as a Formula event in 1975, and then became a CART/Champ Car from 1984 to 2008.  In May 2008, the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach signed a long-term agreement with INDYCAR.  This Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the single largest event in Long Beach with attendance in the 200,000 range.

View the circuit below.

Long Beach grand prix

Photo courtesy of  Grand Prix of Long Beach website

Upcoming events at the Long Beach Grand Prix include the following:

April 16 – Thunder Thursday on Pine Ave.
April 16 – Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
April 17 – Grand Prix Foundation Monte Carlo Night
April 17 – Tecate Light Fiesta Friday Concert with Molotov
April 18 – Rock-N-Roar Concert with Vince Neil of Motley Crue

Tickets are available on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach website, and prices start at $52 for a one day admission and all the way up to a pit pass called the Tudor Pit Lane Club at $915. The pit pass is a way to get up close and enjoy the excitement and view the cars. The drivers are talented.

I have attended several times before, and it is a rush. If you are in the Long Beach area, or want to make a destination weekend out of it, come on out to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and  . . . .

“Drivers, Start Your Engines”

Easter Egg Hunts in and Around Newport Beach, CA

Easter Egg Hunts Around Newport Beach

The Irvine Park Railroad will be having their Easter Eggstravaganza and there area variety of Easter activities including face painting, egg hunt, meet the Easter Bunny and Train Rides. Tickets are available for purchase for these activities. This event is held inside Locomotive Loop. It is open daily from March 14th to April 4th.

The Easter Egg Scramble will be held at Mariner’s Church located at 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA on Saturday, April 4th at 3:15 pm. There will also be another egg hunt at 7:15 and flashlights will be provided.Easter in Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill will have an egg hunt for the little ones and there will be Easter Brunch also at Mar Vista’s grand ballroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please see the website for more information.

Newport Dunes in Newport Beach will also have Easter festivities including face painting, Easter egg hunt, the Ducky Dive and family bingo.

Visit the Easter Bunny at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.  The hours for the Easter Bunny are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Take the little ones and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

Also, enjoy a fabulous Easter Brunch later in the day as well. Hope you all have a Happy Easter.