Happy Father's Day Weekend!
Take "Dear Old Dad" to World War II history events in Chino and San Pedro; there's FREE museum admission for Dads who are veterans; take Dad to a Long Beach Bayou Festival and more on the Saturday "Gayle on the Go!" list.
Operation Warm Wishes @ Noon to 3pm
Universal Hair Salons
17911 Sky Park Circle
714 363 6621
This is Father’s Day Weekend! Operation Warm Wishes is making sure fathers who have fallen on hard times as well as homeless fathers and single fathers are appreciated with an afternoon of celebration, barbecue, and words of encouragement at Universal Hair Salons in Irvine.
Dads will be treated to free clothing, free haircuts, free back massages and more.
War and Peace Battlecruiser HMS Hood
Battleship Iowa Lecture Series @ 3pm
250 South Harbor Boulevard
877 446 9261
If Dad is a veteran, he might enjoy learning about the British Battlecruiser HMS Hood. It stood as the pride and joy of the British Royal Navy for two decades.
Learn why the British refer to this vessel as the “Mighty Hood”, a ship like no other and the most powerful and largest vessel of her time aboard another powerful and large vessel - the Battleship Iowa. This lecture is one of the battleship’s many lectures scheduled this year.
The Bob Hoover Project “Flying the Feathered Edge”
Film Screening @ 10am
Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Avenue, # 17
909 597 3722
Dad might be interested in hearing about Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, the legendary Navy and Air Force Test Pilot, he’s the focus of the documentary THE BOB HOOVER PROJECT: FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE. See the film and meet director Kim Furst at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino.
Considered “The Guru” “An Icon” and “A God” by many of his peers, this humble 92 year old Robert A. Hoover is a graduate of both the Navy and Air Force Test Pilot schools, and has an honorary doctorate from Air University, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. His accomplishments are well known by his colleagues in the military and respected by the society of experimental test pilots, where he has been twice the president.
Bob dreamed of being a fighter pilot but was too tall, with poor eyesight and a bad case of air sickness. With determination and outside the box thinking, this WWII veteran escaped Stalag Luft I by stealing an enemy aircraft and went on to become an accomplished experimental test pilot, participant in breaking the speed of sound and launching the world into the Jet Age.
In his later career as an air show pilot, Hoover performed in front of more people, in more countries, in more different aircraft, than any individual before or since.
In FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE Bob Hoover tells his own story – and shares, with his trademark charm, the hard earned wisdom of a life spent pushing the edge of the envelope while contributing to aviation’s many developments.
Also starring Harrison Ford, Dick and Burt Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Gene Cernan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day, Clay Lacy, General Jack Dailey, and Sean D. Tucker.
Angel City Games @ 7am
Dads can cheer the athletes participating in the Angel City Games at UCLA. This event is the only multi-sport event for youngsters, adults, and members of the military coping with physical disabilities in Los Angeles.
The games include track and field and wheelchair basketball games.
The Angel City Games was conceived in June 2013 in Edmund, OK while Ezra and Clayton Frech were at the Endeavor Games. Clayton asked the question “Why do we need to come to Oklahoma to run, jump, and throw things?” After almost a year and a half, in October 2014 UCLA agreed to host the games on June 19-20th.
The core team of volunteers, known as Team Ezra, have been actively fundraising for adaptive athletes for almost ten years. They have supported Challenged Athletes Foundation, Shriners Hospital, Camp No Limits, and Prosthetic Outreach Foundation.
Blue Star Museums Program
Free Museum Admission for Military Personnel & Their Families
If Dad is a veteran, he, along with the family can visit Descanso Gardens for free! The La Canada-Flintridge property is one of more than 2,000 museums in all 50-states are participating in the Blue Star Museums Program.
By the way, take a look at the CENTER CIRCLE when you visit. See how beautiful a water-wise garden be and get tips on making your own landscaping more sustainable.
Paint a Pot. Plant a Seed.
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum @ 1pm
18127 South Alameda Street
310 603 0088
Dad can take the children to the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum for the Summer Saturdays program. The third Saturday of June, July, and August are devoted to fun and creative activities for the youngsters. Each class begins at 1pm and ends at 3pm.
This Saturday, the children will learn to paint a planter, then plant a Rancho seed in it to take home
The Rancho San Pedro is the site of the first Spanish land grant in California. It was given in 1784 by King Carlos III to Juan Jose Dominguez, a retired Spanish soldier who came to California with the Portola expedition and Father Junipero Serra. The original grant encompassed 75,000 acres, including the entire Los Angeles Harbor area.
The land eventually passed to Manuel Dominguez, who built the adobe home on the property in 1826, which serves today as the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. Dominguez was active in the civic life of early Los Angeles, serving on both the City Council and County Board of Supervisors. He was elected Mayor of Los Angeles in 1832, and was one of the signers of California’s first Constitution in 1849. In 1910, the Rancho San Pedro was the site of the first Aviation Meet in the United States.
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is California Historical Landmark Number 152 and in 1976 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
The Recycled Man: Derek Fitzgerald
Tour For A Cure
Derek Fitzgerald is a Dad on a mission. The founder and president of The Recycledman Foundation. He is biking from California to New Jersey to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Derek considers himself a recycled man because he is a lymphoma survivor and a heart transplant recipient. Derek is the finisher of multiple Ironman triathlons, marathons, and cycling events. Also, he is a passionate and visible advocate for cancer research and organ donation and transplantation.
Adding to the heat and mountainous climbs of the 3,400 mile challenge, Derek will also be training for another pair of Ironman triathlons to follow the Tour For a Cure - Ironman Mont-Tremblant in August and the Ironman World Championship in October. This means that at each of Derek’s 43 scheduled overnight stops his mission will include several more committed hours for swim and marathon training.
To support and follow Derek Fitzgerald’s incredible journey and effort, keep a track of him on Facebook at RECYCLEDMAN and his website recycleman.com
Learn Something Summer
Free Swimming Lessons in Low Income Areas
Dad can make sure his children learn how to swim for free courtesy OPERATION SPLASH 2015 and Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The FREE program that teaches children and adults in low-income areas to swim is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program which focuses on physical activity, reducing obesity and access to healthy foods.
This is a first come, first serve opportunity. Visit the website: laparks.org to learn if you qualify.
Titans of the Ice Age 3D: The La Brea Story
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
323 934 7243
Dad might want to take the whole family to see this! Titans of the Ice Age 3D will transport you to the beautiful and frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten-thousand years before modern civilization.
Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life—from saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. The magic of the giant screen reveals the harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts. Travel across monumental glaciers and sweeping grasslands, rich in life—a Northern Hemisphere whose vast plains resembled the African Serengeti. Roam the mammoth steppe with baby Lyuba, a 40,000 year old female Woolly Mammoth calf recently exposed by the melting Siberian permafrost, now one of the best preserved mammoth mummies in the world. Discover the story of Zed, one of the most complete Colombian Mammoth skeletons ever uncovered, extracted in 2008 from under a Los Angeles parking lot next to the famous La Brea Tar Pits. Witness a time when the hunters became the hunted, where saber-tooths, dire wolves and cave bears ruled untamed continents.
Cops Bowl With Kids @ 12:30pm
Jewel City Bowl
135 South Glendale Avenue
818 243 1188
Dads can watch their youngsters bowling skills at the 10th Annual Cops Bowl with Kids event at Jewel City Bowl.
Los Angeles Police Department officers and children bowl together at this annual free event that launches the summer-long "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Bowling" program. Children who register for the program at Jewel City can bowl one game per day free weekdays, all Summer.
29th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park
East Shoreline Drive
562 912 4451
New Orleans comes to Long Beach!
This is the 29th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park. Of course, there’s lots of music, dancing, activities for the children, Cajun cuisine, and don’t forget THE CRAWFISH! Yum! Yum! Yum!
Let the good times roll! Celebrate Saturday!
So, let me know what’s going on in your world? Please provide video and pictures with your request at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com
The deadline for your information is EVERY Tuesday 5pm. And, don’t forget you can always post your information on the KTLA Community Calendar. Here’s the link: http://ktla.com/community
Have a GREAT weekend!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.