Excursions
Recreation Excursions
 
 

 

 

February

Norton Simon Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 7th, 8am – 5pm, $59pp Lunch Included

 

In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen in 2018, Pasadena Museum of History presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.  From the first Royal Court in 1905, young women of Pasadena and its environs have graced the Tournament of Roses and served as ambassadors for the City of Pasadena almost every year.  This unique exhibition explores the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Coronation and Rose Parade.

            Exquisite Coronation gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses are on display, as well as daywear, accessories, and jewelry from the Court wardrobes, all generously lent by former members of the Royal Court, beginning with the gown of Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest surviving Queen (1940 court).  From the sleek satin gowns of the 1940s, to the tulle confections of William Cahill in the 1950s and 60s, and the modern-day glamour of Tadashi Shoji, the elegance of the Royal Court is celebrated.  Vivid photos and ephemera documenting this century-long Pasadena tradition enhance the exhibit, including the original design drawings of the Queen’s Float.  A special highlight is Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses.

Lunch Break at Buca di Beepo/Family Style

Caesar Salad, Mixed Green Salad, Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, Unlimited Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea.

Norton Simon Museum of Art

Southern California businessman Norton Simon (1907-1993) established the Norton Simon Foundation in 1952 to administer his family’s philanthropic endeavors.  As Mr. Simon’s interest in collecting art grew, so did the Foundation’s involvement, and in 1964 it made its first major purchase – the inventory of the prominent New York art dealer, the Duveen Brothers.  Today, the Foundation owns some of the most renowned artworks in the world!

Security Notice

All umbrellas, backpacks, bags or purses over 11x15 inches must be checked-in at the Check Room and retrieved before the Museum closes.  Please note that all items brought into the Museum are subject to search.  Please leave all non-essential items on the bus.  Backpacks, carriers and purses worn on the back of any size may not be worn in the galleries.

 

San Bernardino Symphony

Saturday, February 10th, 6:30pm – 10pm, $37pp

 

Bernstein, Borodin, Tomasi, Gershwin and more!  Join us for an amazing concert featuring saxophonist Michael Couper AND a Musical Tribute to Gene Kelly with introductions by his wife and historian Patricia Ward Kelly!  This is an evening you will not want to miss!

 

Los Angeles Times Editorial and Olympic Printing Plant Tour

Wednesday, February 21st, 8:45am – 4:45pm, $30pp

 

The Los Angeles Times was first published on December 4, 1881, under the name of the Los Angeles Daily Times.  When the original founders ran into financial problems the following year, the fledgling paper was inherited by its printer, the Mirror Printing Office and Book Bindery.  The company hired as editor former military officer Harrison Gray Otis, who quickly turned the paper into a financial success.

            Otis and a partner purchased the entire Times and Mirror properties in 1884 and incorporated them as the Times-Mirror Company.  Two years later, Otis purchased his partner’s interest in the company.  In October 1886, the word “Daily” was removed from the title and the newspaper became the Los Angeles Times.

            As the City grew, so did The Times.  However, competition among local newspapers was fierce and it was not until the mid-1940s that The Times became the leading newspaper in Los Angeles.  Today, it is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the country.  In June 2000, The Times became a Tribune Publishing newspaper when the Tribune Company acquired Times-Mirror, former parent of the Los Angeles Times.  On this trip you will tour the LA Times two buildings with lunch in between the tours.  Lunch will be in the LA Times Cafeteria, On Own/On Site.

Editorial operation, and the state-of-the-art Olympic plant in Los Angeles

            The Times editorial, business and administrative departments as well as most pre-press operations are located at a six-building complex in downtown Los Angeles encompassing an entire city block!

The Olympic Printing Plant

            Named after the nearby Olympic Blvd., the Olympic Plant was built at a cost of $230 million and began in June 1990.  Today you will learn more about the history of and how the whole operation of running the LA Times works and what it involves.

 

Pechanga

Tuesday, February 27th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 

 

March

The King & I at the Segerstom

Sunday, March 4th, 9am – 5:30pm, $78pp

 

                     Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

                     One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as ‘Getting To Know You”, “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful”.  Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leon Owens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

                     Before the 1pm show, we will head to the South Coast Plaza where you will be turned loose for lunch.  After lunch you will load back on the bus and take the very short drive over to the Segerstrom Theatre for the fabulous live show of THE KING & I!  (Seating will be in the Center Loge Back)

 

Huntington Library, Art Collection & Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, March 21st, 8:30am – 4:30pm, $47pp

 

            The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington and located in Los Angeles County in San Marino, California.  The institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th and 19th – Century European art and 17th to mid-20th-century American art.  The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the “Japanese Garden”, the “Desert Garden”, and the “Chinese Garden”.

            In 1910, Henry E. Huntington began acquiring a large collection of outdoor sculptures, personally deciding on the exact location for each piece of garden statuary.  Some of the statues were moved as many as three times until Huntington was satisfied.  Love is a common theme among the garden sculptures, most of which dates from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, although some are the works of 20th-century American artists.

            Becoming America:  Highlights from Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection.  A 8,600 square-foot addition to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing includes 5,000 square feet of gallery space that features an exhibition of more than 200 works from the Fielding’s esteemed collection of 18th and early 19th-century American paintings, furniture, and related decorative art.  The exhibition offers important insights into the world of American art practice and culture of the time.  Eight new rooms for art display as well as a stately glass entrance and lobby.  The Huntington is home to one of the largest displays of historic American art in the Western United States!  Lunch will be on own/on site.

 

4 days & 3 nights in Tucson, Arizona

Depart: March 25th – 7am; Return: March 28th -7:30pm; Single - $810pp, Double - $585pp

 

Join the Recreation Department for another great trip!  This time we will be heading south east to Tucson, Arizona.  Fresh air, lovely weather and quite a lot to do.  Four days and three nights staying at the beautiful Wyndham Hotel & Resort, where the rooms are spacious and serene, offering spectacular views of the mountains, desert, sunset and city lights.  The hotel is situated throughout the 80-acre property surrounded by the natural environment of the Tucson desert.  The resort’s natural Southwestern setting is reflected in earth-tone furnishings, glassed tile and regional art.  Throughout the trip you will be visiting many exciting locations including wine tasting at We Olive, the Queen Copper Mine in Bisbee, visiting Tombstone and experience the shootout at the OK Corral.  In addition, you will also be able to tour the Titan Missile Museum, the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, and tour the Bio-Sphere 2.  You will also be treated to some great meals at the Claim Jumper, the Longhorn, Quail Creek Country Club and the Silver Saddle Steak House.  This is a jampacked trip full of interesting stops that you won’t want to miss out on.

 

Pechanga

Wednesday, March 28th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 
April
 

Pechanga

Thursday, April 19th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 

 

Bowers Museum presents…American Visionary: The Life and Times of John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, April 24th, 8:30am – 4pm, $47pp Lunch Included

 

                     The Bowers Museum is an art museum located in Orange County, California.  The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 100,000 objects, and features notable strengths in the areas of Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerica, Native American Art, the arts of Asia, Africa, and Oceania.  The Bowers organizes and hosts special exhibitions nationally and internationally.  Today we will visit the Bowers and tour the incredible JFK exhibit.

                     One of the Country’s most admired and most charismatic Presidents, no single Politician was photographed more than JFK.  From his direct Congressional Bid as a decorated War Hero in 1948, to his fairytale marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House, his role as Commander-In-Chief, his commitment to the Arts, his travel around the world and the final tragedy in Dallas.  American Visionary captures the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life through the presentation of over 70 photographs and is the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled.  The exhibition is produced by WS Productions in association with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.  You will have plenty of time to view the permanent exhibits before your lunch at 11:30am.  The Docent Tour of the JFK exhibit will be at 12:30pm.

                                                                     Menu

  • ½ Turkey & Cheese Sandwich
  • ½ Roast Beef Sandwich
  •  Served with Salad
  • Coffee, iced or hot tea

 

 

Santa Anita

Thursday, April 26th, 10am – 7pm, $30pp, Lunch on own

 

It’s Senior Day at the Santa Anita Racetrack! “The Great Race Place” Located in Arcadia, Santa Anita is nestled in a stunning natural setting at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.  From its beginning, the property and race track were envisioned as a grand, expansive public park, blending art-deco architecture and lush landscaped gardens, accented by a wealth of historic ornamental sculptures, soaring fountains and vast green lawns.  Today, it has come to be known as one of America’s most celebrated sporting landmarks!  Each guest will be presented with a program and clubhouse seating, Place your bets because the first post is at 1pm.  We will return home after the last race.  GOOD LUCK!

 
 
May
 

Love Never Dies – Sequel to Phantom of the Opera

Thursday, May 3rd, 8am – Approx. 6pm, $73pp

 

Segerstrom Theater Presents… The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.  This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.

LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance.  Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories.  Before the 1pm show, you will be turned loose at the South Coast Plaza for lunch (on your own).  Please see Ranae for a seating schematic.

 

Richard Nixon Library

Wednesday, May 16th, 8am – Approx. 4pm, $58pp Lunch Included

 

            Through unique exhibits and events, the Nixon Library helps visitors experience history through the eyes of Richard Nixon, and discover the influential accomplishments that continue to shape our country’s future.

            The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is located in Yorba Linda, California and houses Nixon Presidential Material (textual, photographs, sound and moving images), Nixon White House Tapes, Nixon pre and post presidential Materials, as well as the Museum and Birthplace.

            Over two years ago, on November 2, 2015, the Nixon Library closed its museum galleries to the public to complete a redesign of the permanent and temporary exhibition gallery space and associated improvements at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.  As most of you know, the galleries had not been substantially updated since their initial opening in 1990.  We are happy to announce the new permanent museum galleries opened to the public on October 14, 2016.

            The redesigned permanent galleries introduce the public to new and engaging displays that challenge visitors’ critical thinking with a historical perspective of President Nixon’s public and private life.  The new galleries are enhanced with exciting new interactive exhibitions and the latest in audiovisual technology.

            After the $15 million renovation project, the Recreation Department is excited to offer this wonderful docent led excursion.  Today, lunch will be served in one of the many beautiful rooms that the Nixon Library provided for us.  Food choices are listed below.  You may order when you arrive for lunch at the library.

Choice of

  • Golden baked ham on squaw bread w/swiss cheese
  • Turkey avocado w/swiss cheese
  • Albacore Tuna salad sandwich on butter croissant
  • Served with chips, cookie & water

 

3 Day/2 Night Laughlin Getaway

Departs Monday, May 21st at 8am, Returns Wednesday, May 23rd at 6pm

Single: $139pp, Double: $119pp

 

Stay and play along the banks of the Colorado River in exciting Laughlin, Nevada.  There are nine hotel/Casinos, 60 restaurants, two museums, a 34-lane bowling center, top-rated entertainment, an outlet shopping mall and a variety of boutiques, spas and salons.  Space is limited so reserve your seat early!

Price includes:

Accommodations for 2 nights at the Riverside, Baggage Handling, all taxes, Motorcoach Transportation, 2 breakfast buffets and 1 choice buffet.

 

Pechanga

Wednesday, May 30th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.