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.


Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Try Outs | 2015

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Try-Outs in 2015

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard try-outs are going to be held starting in March 1, 2015, March 15, 2015 and March 22, 2015  at Corona del Mar High School pool. The location of  Corona del Mar High School is the following:

2101 Eastbluff Drive
Corona del Mar, CA 92660

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard tryouts will be held rain or shine on the following dates:

Swim Test at CDM High School, Rain or Shine:

Make sure that your child has been practicing for this event, as it is coming up soon.

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard is a fantastic program. Both of my daughters participated in this event, and they learned about ocean safety and beach safety. My older daughter is now an ocean lifeguard Supervisor at Huntington State Beach. The photos in this post are of an event of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program called the Monster Mile where the Newport Beach junior guards run a mile and swim back a mile.

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard

Pre-Register for the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program here.

1. Add your Junior Lifeguard applicant if they are new or update information if they are returning.
2. Print and sign your Swim Test Release Form.
3. Bring your child and the signed form to a swim test at one of the dates at Corona del Mar High School.

For more information, view the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard page, or find information on Facebook.

Newport Beach Residents and residents from out of the area are able participate in the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program. To register as a Newport Beach Resident, there are three forms of identification are required. View the Newport Beach Junior lifeguard website for more information.

For more information contact the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program at 949.675.8420.

Valentines Day Ideas in Newport Beach, CA

Valentine’s Day in Newport Beach | Ideas for Valentine’s Days

Are you planning your Valentines Day dinners coming up on February 14, 2015? Are you looking for somewhere special to go, then you may want to consider one of the following restaurants or venues. I would also recommend making reservations now, as I am sure for Valentines Day, they may be very busy.

The Five Crowns in Corona del Mar  is located on Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.  Five Crowns has a cozy english pub setting and is owned by Lawry’s. They have excellent prime rib.

Las Brisas in Laguna Beach has an incredible coastline view in Laguna Beach.  Las Brisas features seafood, beef and chicken entres.

Valentines day in Newport Beach

Bayside Restaurant is located on Bayside in Newport Beach. They do have Valentine’s Day menu, and there is also a Valentines Day Brunch.

The Cannery in Newport Beach is a another wonderful Newport Beach restaurant. It is located right on Newport Harbor, this restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy fresh fish and a lovely setting.

Blue Water Grill in Newport Beach is located on Newport Harbor also, has incredible fresh fish and delicious clams. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.

Rent a Duffy Boat and take a harbor cruise. Since Valentines Day is on a Saturday this year, consider this option. Pack a picnic lunch and take a harbor cruise around Newport Harbor. Also, many restaurants allow docking for the Duffy boats including Blue Water Grill and The Cannery. This is always enjoyable.

Pelican Hill Resort is located in Newport Coast. Enjoy your meal sitting outside in the beautiful area of the Pelican Hill Resort.

Javiers in Newport Coast  is truly one of my favorite restaurants. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor dining (and there are heating lamps).  I most definitely have favorite selections at this restaurant, and one is their chicken tostada, the presentation is beautiful. And I believe they have the best guacamole around!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day in Newport Beach.