Baseball in San Bernardino dates back to 1899. More than a century's worth of history includes such team names as the Kittens and the Pioneers. It also includes a drought from 1950–1987, during which the city lacked enough dirt to build a baseball field. That drought ended when the San Bernardino Spirit began play as part of the California League.
In 1996, the Spirit became the Stampede, and in 2003, the Stampede became the 66ers, a name chosen in honor of the historic U.S. Route 66 that is famous for its hitchhiking umpires. Over the years, the 66ers organization has spent time as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners, Dodgers, and most recently, the Angels. The team has brought honor to each of its MLB partners, as it has won six California League championships since 1995.
Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
Snake through the track at over 35 mph in order to experience the dynamic dance of punctual breaking and exhilarating acceleration. Turn by turn, drivers will hone in on the flow of the track, developing a rhythm, edging the inside corner, and shaving precious ticks off previous lap times. Likewise, feel free to skillfully drift off any of the 12–14 fellow racers before grabbing your post-race printout after the checkered flag. For results worthy of a family fridge, consult the trackside experts at San Bernardino, who will happily upload tips and tricks to the main server in your head.
International Latin-pop sensation Luis Miguel has tenderly caressed ears with tuneful ballads and lively boleros for nearly 30 years. With a dazzling career that includes more than 52 million albums sold, chart-topping hits in dozens of countries, and multiple continent-spanning tours, Miguel wields vocal powers and a winning smile potent enough to melt the hearts of fans and the tips of wayward icebergs. Concertgoers can enjoy the aural feast while securely nestled in the rear loge of the San Manuel Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor space that allows listeners to bask in the fresh air without the hassle and awkward bear encounters of a camping trip.
Action Star Games' outdoor battlefields facilitate colorful clashes between paint-slinging friends. On fields dotted with bunkers, trenches, and inflatable obstacles, paintballers dart in and out of the chromatic line of fire where inky warriors aged 10 and older practice the fine art of coloring between the lines at long range. Face masks protect sensitive eyes from inbound shots and sensitive ears from stinging taunts, although the 500 included paintballs provide ample means to write blistering Op-Eds on nearby trees. Full days of warfare begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., and all games are monitored by Action Star Games' experienced referees, who keep the splattering safe and the combat fair.
Tombstone Paintball Park offers outdoor enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to reduce stress and enjoy nature while flinging paint at foes with all-day access to the park ($45, gun and mask included), all-day air ($10), and 100 paint-filled spheroids ($7) that can be customized to leave a splatter pattern that looks exactly like your first name. Twenty acres of terrain gives ample room for a variety of different playing fields with various themes. Storm the Civil War field, which features log revetments and multicolored courage badges, or defend the Siegfried Line—a large network of unmapped trenches, sandbags, and conduits that keep the enemy constantly dizzy, lost, or both.
“This is not your typical food-truck festival; this event will offer cutting-edge culinary flavors from chefs who want to take your palate on a journey you won't soon forget. You've got an unbelievable festival of haute cuisine you don’t want to miss." This is how PBS television host and founder of the event, Cliff Young, characterizes the mouth-watering event. More than 20 mobile and skilled chefs from southern California will be parking their mobile eateries inside San Manuel Stadium on April 22 to fill visitor's bellies with such culinary creations as oven-roasted turkey paninis, gooey house-made mac 'n' cheese with hickory-smoked bacon, and red velvet cupcakes as decadent as gold-plated helipads. A beer garden allows of-age visitors to complement savory tidbits with sips of ale. Not only does the event showcase the area's finest mobile-food mavens, but also a portion of the event's proceeds will go to The Symphonie Jeunesse Youth Orchestra for Strings.
When golf architect Cary Bickler designed Shandin Hills Golf Club in 1985, he wasn't about to make it easy for golfers to just waltz onto his greens. Instead, he surrounded almost every green with moats of sand to guard the precious bent and poa annua grass. When not building wooden planks to lay across the bunkers, players at Shandin Hills face several obstacles along the 18-hole course, including a large pond on 15 that splits the tee box and the bermuda-grass fairway.
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The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun, yet challenging 5K course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. But it's not just the adults who get covered in the dirty stuff. Mud Factor Kidz offers all the steep hills, muddy pits, and dark moments of introspection as the grownup course. Athletes between 4 and 13 years old run between 1.5 and 2 miles. Costumes are encouraged for runners who like to rock their own style.
On Saturday, May 11, runners will take to the obstacle course at Glen Helen Regional Park. Invincible “The Challenge” will test racers' limits in a spree that involves climbing over walls, crawling under obstacles, and hurdling barricades designed to test strength and endurance. Participants will receive a finishing medal, Challenge wristband, goody bag, and entrance to the food truck and beer garden area after the race.
Guests of all experience levels at Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness participate in classes geared toward getting in shape, perfecting martial-arts technique, and learning self-defense moves. Classes—which include muay thai, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing—are held in a 21,000-square-foot training space with 30 fitness and exercise machines and 25 boxing bags.
With bunkers, wooden structures, and trenches, Code Red Airsoft Park's outdoor arena sets the stage for recreational airsoft games as well as for military and law-enforcement training. Staff members rigorously enforce all safety rules as combatants—each clad in protective gear—sing soundtracks to action movies from behind the sprawling play field's various forms of cover. During breaks in action, Code Red's crew runs a pro shop and invites players to rest on its porch equipped with industrial-size coolers.
Aside from open-play sessions, Code Red Airsoft Park's staff hosts special events and tactical airsoft training for marksmen who would like to improve their game. Organizers also put together themed games, such as simulated zombie outbreaks, and teach courses on accuracy, safety, and handling.
Tall trees scrape the clouds across Colton Golf Club—but they aren't the only structures that reach skyward. They're joined by light poles, which fill the 18-hole, par 57 executive course with light to facilitate after-dark rounds. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the layout ripples over gentle elevation changes pocked with sand traps and a single pond, which comes into play on the fourth hole. Comprised of 15 par-threes and three par-fours, the course provides an ideal venue for novices trying to expand their game and experts looking to shoot par with nothing but an 8-iron.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.