Happy Saturday! It's a GLORIOUS day for both indoor and outdoor activities. Here are some suggestions. Select what piques your interest.
Dinosaurs Unextinct at the Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
This is the all new Dinosaurs Unextinct exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo, which features a pack of 17 life-size and life-like animatronic dinosaurs taking visitors back in time for a colossal adventure filled with facts about the prehistoric era, the featured dinosaurs and their similarities to L.A. Zoo animals. Even the foliage similar to the earliest known trees and plants at the time dinosaurs roamed the earth, among them ferns, cycads, conifers and ginkos.
Earth Day Celebration
Community Action Day
White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve
1600 West Paseo del Mar
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is hosting an “Earth Day Celebration” from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve. The “Earth Day Celebration” includes food and fun activities provided by sponsors such as Toyota, Wild Birds Unlimited, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Art at Your Finger Tips and more.
This celebration begins with a “Community Action Day” from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, where volunteers will plant native shrubs in the demonstration garden, including host plants for butterflies and other rare local wildlife. You can still sign up to volunteer.
Other Earth Day activities include:
• A FREE family hike with an L.A. City Ranger around the Preserve at 10:00 a.m. These family hikes are offered every 4th Saturday of the month, except holidays.
• A Backyard Birding Workshop with Bob Shanman of Wild Birds Unlimited (www.WBU.com) from 11:00 a.m. to 12 NOON. (FREE bird walks for beginners are also provided every 3rd Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. each month.)
• A Native Plant Sale from Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Earth Day @ Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge
818 949 4200
It’s Earth Day at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The celebration include a fundraising 5K run, the spring Mt. SAC plant sale, guided walks and more.
Earth Day is a worldwide event which promotes environmental awareness. It is celebrated April 22 in more than 192 countries each year. Descanso's festival focuses on native flora and fauna, including wildflowers, oaks and chaparral plants of the San Rafael Hills.
Earth Day festival activities are free with admission unless noted. Activities include:
• Mt. SAC plant sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, April 21 to 24: Students from the Mt. San Antonio College horticulture program will sell a variety of potted plants to make your home garden beautiful this spring.
• Botanic Bling, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days: Botanic Bling, a trunk show of unique jewelry and accessories, returns with an Earth Day flavor just in time for Mother's Day shopping.
• California wildflower display, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days: Get a close-up look at some of the beautiful California native wildflowers cultivated at Descanso Gardens.
• Wildflower seed activity, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days: Choose from a variety of native seeds curated by Descanso's expert horticulturalists to create a wildflower seed packet to plant at home.
• Oak Woodland walk, 11 a.m. Saturday only: Join horticulturalist Layla Valenzuela on this guided walk. She will discuss how the Oak Woodland, which is planted with native flora, restored the natural landscape and created a healthy habitat for wildlife.
• Patina, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days: Patina chefs will have garden-fresh cuisine available for purchase, including grilled favorites, salads and smoothies.
• 5K Fun Run & Walk, 7:30 a.m. Sunday only: Take an early-morning run (or walk) through Descanso and help raise funds to support the Gardens! Sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. Information and registration at a5events.com.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
5704 Paseo Del Norte
760 431 0352
Celebrate Earth Day at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is unbelievable. Mother Nature is responsible for the 50 acres of extra ordinary chromaticity in full bloom now until May 8th.
Back to the Future DeLorean DMC-12
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
323 930 2277
This is “Back to the Future” Month at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
See the DeLorean DMC-12 time machine, made famous by the 1985 hit movie “Back to the Future.” The iconic car makes its first appearance at the museum courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood.
A month long celebration of the iconic car and film trilogy includes panel discussions, a DeLorean cruise-in and an ‘80s themed “Enchantment Under The Sea” dance.
Saturday, April 23rd, visitors can wear their best 80’s outfits and go back in time as the Petersen re-creates the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance from the first “Back to the Future.” Guests will rock out to the 80’s rock sensation Missing Persons, and Back to the Future tribute band, The Flux Capacitors. The “Enchantment Under the Sea” Dance is from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are $30 per person, $20 for museum members, and are available at www.Petersen.org
Cars and Carriages
Mullin Automotive Museum
1421 Emerson Avenue
At the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, there’s the new exhibit, Cars and Carriages, featuring examples of transportation from the end of the horse drawn era and dawn of the automotive age, including carriages and early motorcars from France’s prominent coachbuilders.
Eight unique, hand-built horse-drawn carriages are on display, including late 19th century examples from L’Renault, Kellner and Labourdette, to estate carts, carriages and gigs built by Bugatti as late as the 1930s. The automobile portion of the exhibit features nine French automobiles from manufacturers such as Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Renault, Panhard and Levassor, Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq and more.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
These are not costumes! These are outfits that have actually been worn by and designed for men from 1715 to 2015. The more than 200 artifacts and accessories are featured at the NEW exhibit REIGNING MEN: FASHION IN MENSWEAR.
You can see the incredibly well preserved and detailed wardrobes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
323 857 6000
And, while you’re at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art don’t forget to take a stroll through the rain inside the museum!
This is the LAST WEEKEND to experience Random International’s Rain Room (2012) is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.
California Art Club
105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Also, this is the last weekend to view and to buy something special at the California Art Club’s 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West.
This exhibition highlights more than 200 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still life.
America’s Family Pet Expo
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
800 999 7295
The world’s largest pet and pet products expo is happening in Costa Mesa. This is America’s Family Pet Expo.
Get a sneak pet at the new Rose Parade Float designed for the Lucy Pet Foundtion. It’s the 2017 "Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker" Float. Auditions for surfing dogs begin next month.
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park
800 342 2512
The Lucas Oil Road Racing is underway in Lake Elsinore.
Brian Deegan of Temecula and Jeremy McGrath of Murrieta and Tanner Foust are among the truck rock and rolling competitors.
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