Charity & Grassroots in Rancho Cucamonga

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A multifarious but rarely nefarious array of local wineries, restaurants, artisans, crafters, and entertainers fortifies the stomping grounds at the Grape Harvest Festival, the oldest fete of its kind in California. But the main attraction is, without a doubt, the myriad buckets of squishy, sweet violet spheres waiting for aspirant tap dancers and resentful vegetable farmers to engage in one of the few remaining traditional grape stomps open to the public. Once you've finished gleefully purpling your heels, you'll get to taste the fermented fruits of local labor and celebrate the Rancho Cucamonga community’s vineyard heritage by sampling sips and nibbles from fine neighboring eateries, with each bite soundtracked by live music and other performances populating the various festival stages. Meanwhile, palates preferring motor oil to wine can salivate over the careful craftsmanship and luscious vroom-vrooms of the fest’s Saturday motorcycle rally and Sunday car show, which showcase a wide sampling of motos, including wine-powered Harleys and the rare ’82 vintage Ford Zinfandel. And with more than 100 arts and crafts options, the artsy-flatulentsy of any age can both make and take home handcrafted treasures.

7945 Vineyard Ave
Rancho Cucamonga,
CA
US

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the NHRA’s top pedal grinders compete for the checkers as Lucas Oil Raceway hosts the high-octane conclusion to this year’s NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, one of drag racing’s most prestigious events. The ghosts of former Model-T drivers race alongside novice and veteran speed demons such as champion Larry Dixon as they try to secure enough points to propel their teams into the Countdown playoffs and Full Throttle championships. The legendary track lives up to its reputation for smoothness as cars glide towards the finish line like sticks of butter on a bunny slope.

2780 Fairplex Dr
Pomona,
CA
US

With its comfortable classrooms, computer lab, lounge, and private study areas, American English Institute gives newcomers to the country a preview of typical school settings. But, its curriculum is tailored entirely to nonnative English speakers. The Intensive English program, a nearly full-time eight-week course, represents the core of the curriculum. The course helps students climb through five levels of English aptitude, from beginner to advanced, and quickly shapes their reading and writing skills, grammar, and speaking and listening abilities. Students can also opt for goal-specific programs, such as GED or university prep.

5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Bldg. 400 Suite 450A
Riverside,
CA
US

Mountain Lakes Wedding Association tour designs a show and tour blossoming with ideas and inspiration for marriage-minded guests. As the day begins, guests have the opportunity to enter prize giveaways and mingle with professional wedding vendors at the bridal show to discuss photography, floral arrangements, and tips on converting a wedding gown into a yurt. Afterward, a limo sweeps nearly newlyweds away to ponder seven potential mountain venues for vows or receptions: Marina Resort, Northwoods Resort, Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast, Best Western Plus Big Bear Chateau, Inn Der Bach, Gold Mountain Manor, and Arrowhead Springs. While touring the resorts, soon-to-be brides and grooms sip refreshments and silence rumbling stomachs with the provided lunch, while newly gained knowledge helps nix pre-formed plans for breadstick wedding bouquets and uncle-led polka bands.

26938 Grass Valley Lane
Lake Arrowhead,
CA
US

When The Charity Bomb’s staff purchases pink-, purple-, and blue-dyed cornstarch in bulk, they aren’t preparing to thicken the world’s biggest pan of tie-dyed gravy. Instead, they’re preparing for one of their festive 5K color runs, where runners are greeted at the finish line with cheers and handfuls of colorful powder. Each run, including the organization’s nighttime glow-in-the-dark run for sleep-runners, concludes with a party and benefits charities such as Boy Scout of America. ​

4621 Santiago Canyon Rd.
Silverado,
CA
US

Through its rotating lineup of exhibits and engaging events, MUZEO—which means “museum” in the international language of Esperanto—fosters diversity and cross-cultural understanding by making culture accessible to every member of the community. The 25,000-square-foot complex encompasses the original 1908 Carnegie Library as well as a brand-new art-gallery space, and it plays host to three different traveling exhibitions per year. One current offering, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Freedom in America, produced by the International Spy Museum and running through Monday, September 16, 2013, mines the rich history of international espionage and its current role in our nation. Though two free docent tours are offered with admission on Saturdays and Sundays, most visitors peruse the exhibits at their own pace. Check out the calendar of events to view museum goings-on by date.

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241 S Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim,
CA
US