Going fast and flying high are a couple activities happening throughout Southern California. KTLA’s Gayle Anderson has a preview of the Los Angeles County Air Show, plus details on other events happening this weekend.
Saturday @ 9 a.m.
Cherry Blossom Festival
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge
Welcome Springtime with this annual celebration of Japanese culture. It’s the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens. The event features the beautiful flowering trees as well as music, origami, food and guided garden walks.
Tomatomania @ 9a.m.
Tapia Brothers Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Avenue
818 905 6155
Enthusiastically referred to as “the tomato freaks’ Woodstock” by the New York Times, TOMATOMANIA! is not only the world’s largest (and most fun) tomato seedling sale, but has become a tomato lovers’ mecca and the requisite resource for all things tomato. This weekend’s Tomatomania activities happen in Encino at the Tapia Brothers Farm Stand.
Saturday @ 10 a.m.
Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Here’s another sign of Spring. The 12th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour,
a self-guided journey through 47 of the region’s most beautiful and inspiring private and public landscapes featuring drought tolerant plants.
The 47 gardens on this tour contain at least 50% native plants. Each garden is a labor of love, a place created in harmony with southern California’s climate, soil, natural vegetation and native wildlife. The gardens are divided into two groups: one open Saturday and the other open Sunday. At each location, you’ll meet garden owners, designers and docents. Use the descriptions and icons on this site to plan your personalized excursion, choosing 4-7 gardens to visit each day at a leisurely pace.
Saturday @ 9a.m.
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Van Nuys Airport
This is the last weekend California residents can experience “hands on” history with FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber and other World War II military aircraft on display in Van Nuys at Van Nuys Airport.
Accompanying the aircraft a C-45 Expeditor and several other vintage military airplanes. Visitors can tour the historic aircraft and purchase a flight. Prices range from $75 to $1895. Ride reservations can be made at http://www.AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the tour stops can be found.
Women in Aviation
Planes of Fame Air Museum 7000 Merrill Avenue, #17
March is Women’s History Month. The Planes of Fame Air Museum honors women in aviation with a special Saturday presentation acknowledging the military achievements of women including Army Air Corps pilot Iris Cummings Critchell and aircraft builder better known as Rose the Riveter Elinor Otto.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team thunders across the skies of Southern California as the superstars of the 2015 Los Angeles County Air Show. The Thunderbirds, along with lots of high flying aircraft, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and historic aircraft, are in town at Fox Airfield in Lancaster.
Sand Drag Racing
Southern California Sand Drag Association
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
There’s drag racing on asphalt and then there’s this! Drag racing on sand!
Victorville is the place to be for this weekend’s Sand Drag Racing at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. The professional series features Top Fuel, Top Alcohol, Top Eliminator and Fast Four racing…in the sand!
Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
And, don’t forget this kind of racing. It’s the Auto Club 400. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to southern California this weekend. Look for Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Jimmy Johnson and other super stars of the NASCAR circuit.
Gayle, Gayle on the Go, Anderson
KTLA 5 News
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Have a GREAT weekend!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.