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2010 EXTRAS

As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can get or do for free this summer. The page also incorporates the same type of information as found on the site's Twitter page. Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; others are open to the general public. Check with the sponsoring venue if you are unsure. The list below is a dynamic list; it is updated over the course of the summer as information is received. Input from visitors is welcome, too! (Latest Update: September 26) Click on a category below to go directly to the section, or scroll down the page.

ART WALKS/ART OPEN HOUSES
CAR SHOWS
FARMERS MARKETS
FROM TOTS TO TEENS AND FAMILIES
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES
LIBRARIES
MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND WEB OFFERS
MOVIES
MUSEUMS
NATURE CENTERS/PROGRAMS/EVENTS
SENIORS
SHAKESPEARE/PERFORMING ARTS/LITERARY EVENTS
SPECIAL EVENTS/OTHER
SPORTS/RECREATION

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ART WALKS/ART OPEN HOUSES

  • CLAREMONT - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Claremont Village. Art demos and live entertainment. Information: (909) 624-1681 or http://www.claremontchamber.org

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at the Pomona College Museum of Art. NEW! On Thursday, September 2, the Pomona College Museum of Art launches a new weekly program, Art After Hours. Until 11 p.m. every Thursday night, Art After Hours will offer a variety of programming including lectures, panels, workshops, tours, concerts, spoken word performances, DJ performances and film screenings in conjunction with Museum exhibitions and in partnership with student and academic groups across the campuses. Art After Hours expands access to the Museum as a dynamic venue that presents art as an integral part of campus life. Information: (909) 621-8283 or http://www.pomona.edu/museum/events

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. New event as of March 2010. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or http://www.fullertonartwalk.com

  • HOLLYWOOD/LOS ANGELES - Los Feliz Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month. See website for details. Information: (323) 667-1212 or http://www.losfelizartwalk.org

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. New event as of January. ArtWalk will be every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or http://www.hbdowntown.com

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or http://www.artwalklb.com

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or www.downtownartwalk.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Chinatown Art Nights. Quarterly art nights in the alleyways and courtyards of Chinatown from 6 - 9 p.m., with more than 30 galleries participating. Check for next date. Information: (213) 680-0243 or www.chinatownla.com

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Citizen LA Downtown Art Park. Citizen LA Magazine's "Downtown Art Park" is a private, gated outdoor area at 433 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles that represents the anonymous artists of Los Angeles. Artists, performers and vendors participate in the monthly event which runs from 3 - 10 p.m. Check website for current date(s). Information: (213) 626-0039 or www.downtownartpark.com.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Art-Squared Gallery. The Art Squared Gallery is a community partnership between the Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square and the L.A. Downtown Art Project. The outdoor cityscape gallery opens on June 27 and runs through October exhibiting shows which include large 2D prints, 3D sculptures, performance art and various design installations. Information: (213) 847-4970 or www.laparks.org/pershingsquare.

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. Next date is October 16. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, www.miraclemileartwalk.com or www.midcitywest.org

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information: www.nelaart.org

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. Upcoming events are in October and December. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second and last Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or www.metropomona.com

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, www.riversideculturalconsortium.org or www.riversideca.gov/museum

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or www.villagesanclemente.com.

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 or www.sjcartfair.org

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625, www.aplaceforart.org www.santaanaartsdistrict.com, www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information: www.santiagoartdistrict.com

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. Information: www.1stthursday.com

  • TORRANCE - Arts and Crafts By the Beach. Art by the Beach is presented by the Torrance Artists Guild, the South Bay Watercolor Society, and the Torrance Craftsmen's Guild and takes place every first Sunday of the month from April to October. Event is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa in Torrance Beach. Information: (310) 375-7715.

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. NEW! New Venice event began August 19 from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. The Art Crawl will continue on third Thursday of month with new "pop-up galleries" and future venues to be added. Information: www.veniceartcrawl.com.

CAR SHOWS

  • CLAREMONT - Village Grille Cruise Nite. The Cruise Night takes place every second Saturday of the month through October from 5 - 8:30 p.m. The event features a large display of classic cars on the streets of Claremont Village. Information: (909) 626-8813 or www.thevillageclaremont.com.

  • SAN BERNARDINO - Stater Brothers Route 66 Rendezvous. The event takes place from September 16 - 19 in downtown San Bernardino (see website for map). Hours are Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be several blocks of cars, entertainment, contests, vendors and more. Information: (909) 388-2934 or www.route-66.org.

FARMERS MARKETS

Several area Farmers Markets have weekly entertainment, though not always music. Markets with occasional entertainment or for which no published band schedule has been located will be listed here. If a schedule is forwarded, the concerts will be listed in the regular concert listings portion of the site.

  • BEVERLY HILLS - Beverly Hills Farmers Market. Certified farmers market is from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sundays in the 9300 block of Civic Center Drive. Entertainment is generally from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, with occasional special events or kid zone with pony rides and petting zoo. Information: (310) 285-6830 or www.beverlyhills.org.

  • EAGLE ROCK AND PASADENA - PD Markets Certified Farmers Market and Artisans' Vintage and Collectibles. Eagle Rock and Roll Farmers Market takes place Sundays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 2700 Colorado Boulevard at Eagle Rock Plaza. Pasadena Village Farmers Market takes place Sundays from 4 - 8 p.m. at 1366 Washington Boulevard just west of Hill. Information: (866) 966-9495 or www.pdmarkets.com.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surf City Nights. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. on Main Street (between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue). There will be street entertainers/live performances, an organic farmers market, food booths, activities for children, sidewalk sales by area merchants and more. Free parking for two hours in the Main Promenade parking structure between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Information: (714) 841-3034 or www.hbdowntown.com.

  • LA VERNE - Old Town La Verne Family Festival and Farmers Market. The farmer's market and festival takes place Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 9 p.m. The event includes the market, craft booths, musical entertainment, children's rides, food vendors and more. Activities are on "D" and Third Street south of Bonita Avenue. Information: (909) 596-8706 or www.ci.la-verne.ca.us.

  • MONROVIA - Old Town Monrovia Family Festival and Street Fair. The street fair and festival takes place Friday evenings from 5 - 9 p.m. There is a farmers market, craft booths, live music, kiddie rides, food vendors and more. Activities are on Myrtle Avenue at Olive. Information: (866) 440-3374, (626) 256-8246, or www.cityomonrovia.org.

  • SAN BERNARDINO - Downtown Harvest Market. Market is Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. downtown at Court Street Square (between D and E Streets). Fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music and food vendors. Information: www.courtstreetsquare.com.

  • SIERRA MADRE - Sierra Madre Farmers Market. The market is open weekly on Wednesdays from 3 - 7 p.m. with a variety of food-only vendors and occasional entertainment. The market is located on Mariposa Avenue near S. Baldwin Avenue. Information: www.sierramadrefarmersmarket.com.

  • UPLAND - Second Avenue Market. Upland's 2nd Avenue Market is open with activities for children, arts and crafts and live entertainment in addition to food vendors and fresh produce sales. Market hours are from 5 - 9 p.m. on 2nd Avenue in downtown Upland. Information: (909) 949-4499, www.historicdowntownupland.com or www.ci.upland.ca.us.

FROM TOTS TO TEENS AND FAMILIES

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Bella Terra Kids Club. Programs take place Mondays from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage in front of the movie theaters. The Bella Terra Center is located at 7777 Edinger Avenue. Information: (714) 897-2534 or www.bellaterra-hb.com.

  • RIVERSIDE - Discovery Days at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Discovery Days programs are designed for children ages 10 and under and take place every third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Programs include hands-on activities, live plants and animals and animal experts. The museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue at Orange. Information: (951) 826-5273 or www.riversideca.gov/museum.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers.

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information: www.baskinrobbins.com.

  • COLD STONE CREAMERY - Join the Cold Stone Creamery birthday club online, get free ice cream on your birthday. Family members' birthday dates can also be added to your club account. Information: www.coldstonecreamery.com.

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Information: www.benihana.com.

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday when you join the Red Robin e-Club. Information: www.redrobin.com.

  • SEPHORA - Ladies! Sephora Beauty Insider "Beautiful Eyes Kit" free in-store for your birthday. See details on website. Information: (877) SEPHORA or www.sephora.com.

LECTURES/LECTURE SERIES

  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required for events. Information: (213) 228-7025 www.lapl.org, go to events, or www.aloudla.org.

  • CLAREMONT: SCRIPPS COLLEGE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE - "Engagement: Mind, Body and Soul," lecture and film series. Second lecture in series is September 22, films are September 14, 21 and 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater. For full schedule of events and program information, visit website or call number listed. Information: (909) 621-8237 or www.scrippscollege.edu/campus/humanities-institute/index.php.

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures begin again in September. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Due to increasing attendance over the last two seasons, the programs will return to a reservation basis this fall. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited and registration will open one week prior to each event. The series will resume on Sept. 8 with "Tahiti Wave: The Science of Surfing." Information: (949) 721-2266 or www.voicesatbeckman.org.

  • "IRIS NIGHTS" LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Photography-related lectures and events. Thursday night IRIS Lectures, Slide Shows and other events are at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Reservations recommended. Information: (213) 403-3000 or www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org.

  • L.A. OPERA "OPERA TALKS." - "Opera Talks" are 50-minute interactive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly at a number of Los Angeles County libraries. September dates, library locations and library phone numbers are: Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. - Claremont Public Library, (909) 621-4902; Sept. 14 at 6:45 p.m. - Platt Branch Library, Woodland Hills, (818) 340-9386; Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. - Redondo Beach Library, (310) 318-0676; Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. - Crowell Public Library, San Marino, (626) 300-0777; Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. - La Verne Library, (909) 596-1934; and Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. - La Canada-Flintridge Library, (818) 790-3330. Information: www.laopera.com.

  • SAN MARINO - PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY. Two public lectures in September. On September 29, "Britain, America and the Written Constitution" with Princeton University professor Linda Colley. On September 30, History of Science Lecture Series, "Medicine in Antiquity: What We Have Learned From Archaeology," with Western Virginia University professor Sarah Yeomans. Both lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. in Friendsí Hall at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road (see website for directions). Reservations are not required. Information: (626) 405-2100 or www.huntington.org

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Information: www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

LIBRARIES

  • CITY AND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS - Libraries throughout Southern California regularly offer patrons a variety of free performances, workshops and other events/activities. It is recommended that you check your local library website often for the best information. Some Southern California library system links include:

    Los Angeles County Library System - www.colapublib.org
    Los Angeles Public Library - www.lapl.org
    Orange County Public Libraries - www.ocpl.org
    Riverside County Libraries - www.riverside.lib.ca.us
    San Bernardino County Libraries - www.sbcounty.gov/library/home
    City Libraries: For individual city libraries which are not part of a library system, check directly with your local library.



  • YOUTH/TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAMS - Many libraries offer free summer reading programs for youth and/or teens. Some are limited time programs, and some last the duration of the summer. Check with your local library for availability and details.

MISC. FREE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND WEB OFFERS

Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting. Some of the currently-available offers/products/services include:

  • CAROLINA SAUCE COMPANY - "Operation Sauce Drop." Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. One box per person/address. See details on website. Information: www.carolinasauce.com.

  • CHILIS RESTAURANTS - Join Chilis e-mail, get a free order of chips and queso. Information: www.chilis.com.

  • DAVE AND BUSTERS - Free $10 of game play for joining Dave and Busters Rewards Club. Submit e-mail address. Check for details. Information: www.daveandbusters.com.

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos plus a birthday treat when you join the Del Taco Raving Fan Club. Information: www.deltaco.com or www.deltaco.com/coupons.html.

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information: www.wienerschnitzel.com.

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information: www.freecycle.org.

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information: www.godiva.com.

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information: www.ocw.mit.edu.

  • OLAN MILLS - Free new baby portrait special offer. One 8x10, 2 5x7s and 8 wallet photos. Print coupon. Information: www.olanmills.com/coupons/11freecoupon.asp.

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Offer is valid through December 31. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: www.herosalute.com or www.seaworld.com.

MOVIES

Some of the most popular free summer programs are the free outdoor summer movies offered by many cities or organizations. Most of the city-sponsored movies are "G" or "PG" rated family films. Some of this summer's movies include:

  • ARCADIA - Arcadia Public Library. In the library, foreign films every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the library auditorium. Information: (626) 821-5567 or www.library.ci.arcadia.ca.us.

  • BEVERLY HILLS - Free Movie Musicals. Movie Musicals are presented at the Beverly Hills Public Library at 2 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the month. The library is located at 444 N. Rexford Drive; 2 hours free parking in adjacent parking structure. Information: (310) 288-2244 or www.bhpl.org

  • CHINO HILLS - Fall Flicks at the Shoppes at Chino Hills. Fall Flicks return to the Promenade at the Shoppes at Chino Hills Fridays at dusk (about 7:15 p.m.) from September 10 - October 15. Bring lawn chairs, and no outside food is permitted at the shows. Information: (866) 909-0305 or www.shoppesatchinohills.com

  • FULLERTON - Movies on the Fox. Monthly screenings on the back (parking lot) side of the Fox Theater at dusk. Fox is located at Chapman and Harbor Boulevards. Next film: Sept. 30 - Young Frankenstein. Information: (714) 870-0069 or www.foxfullerton.org.

  • GLENDALE - Cinema al Fresco: Movies on the Green Italian Style. Films are at dusk at Americana at Brand, Brand/Harvard. Last film is Ocean's Twelve on September 30. Information: (818) 637-8982 or www.americanaatbrand.com

  • LA MIRADA - Family Saturdays at the Movies. Movies, popcorn and punch Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Information: (562) 902-3160 or www.cityoflamirada.org

  • SANTA MONICA - Movies at the Santa Monica Public Library. "Maybe You Missed It" series, documentaries, other films. See monthly library schedule for dates/time. From September 27 - 30, there will be four days of "fashionable flicks" in conjunction with fall fashion week. The Main library is located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Branch library locations listed with event. Information: (310) 458-8600 or http://www.smpl.org

  • SANTA MONICA - Brand X Movies at the Santa Monica Pier. Movies will take place on Fridays on the Pier deck beginning September 10. Gates open at 7 p.m., and movies begin after dusk. Movies will be: Sept. 10 - Iron Man, Sept. 17 - Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Sept. 24 - Dirt! and October 1 - The Karate Kid (1984). Food and drinks will be available for purchase; no alcohol is allowed. Bring lawn chairs. Information: (310) 458-8900 or http://www.santamonicapier.org

MUSEUMS

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every first Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or www.caamuseum.org

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but free after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or www.getty.edu

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or www.homesteadmuseum.org.

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Information: (626) 405-2100 or www.huntington.org

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Free admission and parking. Information: (714) 476-2565 or http://www.irvinemuseum.org/

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first or second Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for monthly programs. Information: (562) 905-9793 or www.lhcm.org/

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or www.lbma.org

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and on a pay-as-you-wish basis after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures, films and performances. Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information: www.bankofamerica.com/museums.

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information: www.moca.org.

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or www.molaa.org/

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or www.nhm.org

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or www.ci.ontario.ca.us

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - Free admission on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 and 5. Also Target Free Second Saturday on September 12 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. celebrating Grandparents Day. The museum is located in Newport Beach near Fashion Island at 850 San Clemente Drive. Information: (949) 759-1122 or www.ocma.net

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or www.skirball.org

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music. film and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

NATURE CENTERS/PROGRAMS/EVENTS

  • BOLSA CHICA WETLANDS TOURS (HUNTINGTON BEACH) - Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands tours every first Saturday of the month. Tours depart every 15 minutes from 9 - 10:30 a.m. No reservations required. Meet at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Information: (714) 840-1575 or www.amigosdebolsachica.org/

  • FONTANA - MARY VAGLE NATURE CENTER - Discovery hikes take place the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m., and earth craft afternoons are from 2 - 4 p.m. every last Sunday of the month. The center is located in the Jurupa Hills area. Information: (909)349-6994, www.fontana.org/main/parks_rec/vagle_center/vagle_index.htm or www.fontana.org

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - Quarterly publication "OUTDOORS" listing all available programs (both free and fee) is available by writing to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360. Also order online at web address. Information: www.samofund.org/

  • TORRANCE/MADRONA MARSH PROGRAMS - Nature Walks are every fourth weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon. Explore the preserve with a trained docent. Birds of Madrona - a walk with Bob Shanman programs are every second Wednesday of the month from 8 - 10 a.m. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo. Information: (310) 782-3989, www.torraceca.gov or www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com

SENIORS

  • AZUSA - Senior Center Movies - The Azusa Senior Center, 740 N. Dalton Avenue, shows free movies for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Information: (626) 812-5204 or http://www.ci.azusa.ca.us.

  • GLENDORA - Movies at the La Fetra Center - A program for older adults with movie screenings at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the La Fetra Center living room, 333 E. Foothill Boulevard. Information: (626) 914-0560 or www.ci.glendora.ca.us.

  • LA MIRADA - At The Movies - A program for older adults with movie screenings at 12:30 on Thursdays in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Free popcorn and punch served. Also, free weekly open play card games. Mondays - Bridge from 12:15 - 3:30, Tuesdays - Pinochle from 12:15 - 3:30, Wednesdays - Canasta from 12:15 - 3:30. Other games as well. Also at La Mirada Activity Center. Information: (562) 902-3160 or http://www.cityoflamirada.org.

  • LAGUNA NIGUEL - Free Bocce Lessons - Seniors get free bocce lessons on the first Saturday of the month from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Marina Hills Park, corner of Parc Vista and Marina Hills Drive. Program is through the Sea Country Center. Information: (949) 425-5151 or www.ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us.

  • MANHATTAN BEACH - Oasis Movie Club - Recently-released movies are every Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 1601 Valley Drive. Also a variety of other daily events/games. Information: (310) 802-5447 or www.citymb.info.

  • NORWALK - Movies and Western Dancing - Movies are screened Wednesdays at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays on July 17 and Aug. 21 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. There is also a weekly Western Dance every Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. Information: (562) 929-5580 or www.ci.norwalk.ca.us.

  • PASADENA - Friday Movie Matinees - Movies are Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Popcorn is provided for the first 30 people, and films are shown with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. The Pasadena Senior Center is located at the corner of Raymond and Holly. Information: (626) 795-4331 or www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

  • ROSEMEAD - Movie Days - Movies are offered at the Rosemead Community Center, 3936 N. Muscatel, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and at the Garvey Center, 9108 Garvey Avenue, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. All movies start at 12:30 p.m. Information: (626) 569-2251 (Rosemead Community Center), (626) 569-2222 (Garvey Center) or www.cityofrosemead.org.

  • TUSTIN - Bridge Lessons, Review and Play - Informal class for beginning bridge players only takes place every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - noon (except the third Wednesday of the month) at the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South C Street. Information: (714) 573-3340 or www.tustinca.org.

  • WHITTIER - Favorite Flicks - Favorite Flicks are Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, and Thurs/Fri at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut. Some other movies also on additional days. Information: (562) 464-3370 (Uptown) or (562) 464-3350 (Parnell) and www.cityofwhittier.org.

SHAKESPEARE/PERFORMING ARTS/LITERARY EVENTS

  • COSTA MESA - PROJECT BANDALOOP. Bring your blankets and beach chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars in the Community Plaza as the contemporary dance company Project Bandaloop returns to the Center. Project Bandaloop wowed Center audiences in 2007, propelling dancers off and across the exterior walls of Segerstrom Hall. Performances will be at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 2. Information: www.ocpac.org, go to events by venue, community plaza.

  • COSTA MESA - ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL. The 7th Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on October 3 at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview (at Arlington). There will be authors, animal exhibits, illustrators, entertainment, hands-on activities and food and drink vendors. Information: (714) 838-4528 or www.kidsbookfestival.com.

  • DUARTE - 8TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS. The event will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on October 2 at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Avenue, Duarte. There will be more than 50 authors in talks, book signings, and panels. The event is presented by the Friends of the Duarte Library in partnership with Vroman's Bookstore and Westminster Gardens. Admission and parking are free. Information: (626) 357-4151 or www.friendsoftheduartelibrary.com.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - LOS ANGELES OPERA TICKETS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. The Los Angeles Opera is offering high school students (with a chaperone) the chance to win free tickets to four shows during this coming season. Students who are interested and their chaperone must attend an orientation session on October 9 at 11 a.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The student must also complete an application form and essay which completes the statement, "I would like to attend the opera because . . ." Print out applications from www.laopera.com/educom/pdf/90012%20application.pdf, or e-mail educom@laopera.com for further information. Information: (213) 972-3157 or www.laopera.com.

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD - WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR. The 9th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on September 26 at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vincente Boulevard. There will be more than 300 featured authors and artists, panels and book signings, exhibitors, live performances/storytelling/poetry readings, and more. Information: (323) 848-6515 or www.westhollywoodbookfair.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS/OTHER

  • DUARTE - City of Hope Community Health Fair. The Health Fair is co-sponsored by the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, the City of Duarte and LULAC, and will take place from 3 - 6:30 p.m. on September 30 at the City of Hope Platt Conference Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road. The event will include free health information, mini-lectures, nutrition and exercise exhibits, cooking demonstrations and samples, refreshments, prizes and hte KKGO-FM Radio van. Information: (626) 930-5498 or www.cityofhope.org.

  • EL MONTE - Free Smart Gardening Workshops. Workshops will take place Thursdays in October from 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District offices, 11310 Valley Boulevard. Topics to be covered will include basic landscape design, irrigation systems, California-friendly plants, and soil, fertilizer and watering. Free class materials, complimentary refreshments. Seating is limited; call number listed fro reservations. Information: (626) 443-2298.

  • IRVINE - Activities at the Orange County Great Park. - The Orange County Great Park offers free balloon rides on the largest tethered helium balloon in the U.S. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be movies and a variety of other activities; see the OCGP website calendar for the most current event listings and information. The OCGP is located off the 5 Freeway at the Sand Canyon exit. Information: (949) 724-6247 or www.ocgp.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Free Community Weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). To introduce the community to the new Resnick Pavilion - and as a way of saying thank you for LA's ongoing support - LACMA is opening its doors for free for the weekend. Limited, timed tickets are available at the museum box office or website. There will also be live Latin music on Saturday (see concert listings for schedule), and storytelling with "We Tell Stories" and family art-making workshops on Sunday. Information: (310) 857-6010 or http://www.lacma.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (USC CAMPUS) - Get Your Hands Dirty With the Arts! The USC Visions and Voice Series event will take place on October 10 on the USC campus, but reservations for the free workshops will begin at 9 a.m. on September 15. The program will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and will include free workshops in theater, art, interactive media, architecture, cinematic arts and dance. Participants must be either a registered USC student or members of the general public over 18 years of age. Information: (213) 740-6786 or www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices.

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - 13th Annual Health Fair. The event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and will take place from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on September 26. There will be over 60 exhibitors, free drawings and prizes, health screenings, demonstrations, give-aways, massages, palm readings, and more. The event is also held in conjunction with the Fall Brentwood Art Festival and will take place on San Vincente Boulevard between Barrington and Gorham. Information: (310) 441-2900 or www.westlachamber.org.

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Getty Center Performance Reservations. Reservations for all October Getty Center events are now open. Reservations for November events will be available beginning October 21 at 9 a.m. Information: (310) 440-7300 or www.getty.edu.

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS (LOS ANGELES COUNTY) - Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month. Activities and events continue through October 15. Find a full schedule of events (both free and paid/ticketed) at the website listed. Information: http://www.culturela.org.

  • SANTA MONICA - Beach=Culture Events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Coast Way. The Beach=Culture programs take place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Events with music are included in the listings; there are also poetry readings, docent tours, photography exhibits and more. Parking is $8. Information: (310) 458-4904 or http://beachhouse.smgov.net.

  • SANTA MONICA - 2010 AltCarExpo. The fifth annual Alt Car Expo and Conference will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on October 1 and 2 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Pico/Main. There will be exhibits on the expo floor, speaker sessions, a ride and drive area, and more. Information: (310) 390-2930 x3 or http://www.altcarexpo.com.

SPORTS/RECREATION

  • GLENDALE - Yoga on the Green. Free yoga on the Green with Lululemon Athletica on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Americana at Brand (Brand/Harvard). Information: (818) 637-8982 or www.americanaatbrand.com



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