TRAVEL

Rollin’ Thunder

Fourth of July parade is tomorrow

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will meet tomorrow, July 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 11:30 a.m. for a picnic and parade around Leisure World. Note the date and time change.

The Club will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Members should bring side dishes and their own drinks. Food dishes rather than desserts are appreciated.

The meeting will be followed by Fourth of July parade at 1 p.m. Be sure carts are decorated before the meeting. The American Legion is having a picnic at Clubhouse 1 so the parade will be sure to go by there.

The route is Northwood to El Dorado; El Dorado to Oakmont; Oakmont to St. Andrews; St. Andrews to Golden Rain; Golden Rain to Del Monte; right on Del Monte to Burning Tree; Burning Tree to Golden Rain down to Clubhouse 5 Café.

The July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 meetings will be held in the picnic grounds at Clubhouse 1, not in Clubhouse 3.

—Sally Mansis

4th of July

Patriotic events will be held throughout area

by Cathie Merz

staff writer

It is said that everybody loves a parade and the Fourth of July is a day for parades, with horses, bands and lots of red, white and blue. Most Independence Day festivities conclude with fireworks lighting the sky.

Huntington Beach hosts one of the largest Fourth of July events on the west coast, beginning with a breakfast in the park, followed by a 5K run, parade, festival at the pier and concluding with fireworks launched from the end of the pier.

The 110th 4th of July Parade, “Waves of Freedom,” steps off at 10 a.m. from PCH and 8th Street, travels, south to Main Street and north on Main Street to Yorktown Avenue. The parade will last about two hours.

The tradition began on July 4, 1904, when Huntington Beach commemorated the arrival of the first electric passenger train linking the area with Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The fireworks spectacular at 9 p.m. includes 1,300 rounds of fireworks, 500 of them during the finale in the last 40 seconds of the 23-minute show.

Traffic in the are will be bad, with several street closures and limited parking.

PCH will be closed from Goldenwest Avenue to Beach Boulevard from 5 a.m.-2 p.m and then again from 7-11 p.m.

The first two blocks of Main Street will be closed all day beginning at 5 a.m.

To help with parking there will be shuttle buses running every 30 minutes, from 8:30 a.m-11 p.m., departing at the Goldenwest Transportation Center, 7301 Center Ave., at Gothard Street, to Main Street and Orange Avenue.

Another shuttle departs from the Huntington Beach Civic Center, 2000 Main Street, every 30 minutes, beginning at 1 p.m. Its last departure from the pier is at 9:45 p.m.

The City of Cypress is teaming up the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, 11200 Lexington Dr., for the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.

There will be a food court, sponsored booths, kids fun zone and fireworks. The gates open at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Admission is free. Parking is $5 on location, cash only. The entrance is from Lexington Drive and Orangewood Avenue. Due to security all adults must provide photo ID.

For those who want to get a jump start on holiday fireworks, The Boathouse on the Bay, located at Alamitos Landing, hosts Big Bang on the Bay tonight, July 3, with fireworks, live music by Greg Carroll and the Katz ‘n Jammers, skydivers, vintage aircraft fly-overs and a family style barbecue dinner catered by Naples Rib Company starting at 5:30. Call 493-1100 for reservations.

The fireworks can be seen from vantage points throughout the bay and Naples Island.

Fourth of July fireworks have returned to Long Beach after a year hiatus due to budget constraints. Show will be at the Queen Mary in the Port of Long Beach and at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Queen Mary Independence Day celebration will be multi-era Tribute to Classic Americana through the Decade. There will multiple DJ and live music stages, strolling entertainers and a children’s area, culminating in the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show. A special 4th of July ticket is required to get on board that day. The attraction is open from noon - 11 p.m. Advanced admission starts at $39.99 for adults; $19.99 children 3-11, 2 and under free. Tickets are available at the box office or online. Add $6 per ticket at the door. Parking is $20.

The Queen Mary fireworks begin at 9 p.m. There are several vantage points near Shoreline Village, the Pike and the Aquarium of the Pacific for viewing.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host a Fourth of July barbecue on Friday. Enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks.

The barbecue buffet is served from 6-8 p.m. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Combo tickets, $48, adult, $20, child, include admission to the aquarium plus the barbecue buffet with home-style grilled entrees and desserts. Advance reservations are required for dinner.

Admission is $14.95 for everyone after 5 p.m. Regular admission is $25.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 3-11, and $22.95 for seniors.

For more information, call 590-3100, or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

A free fireworks show will be held conducted at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Conant St., at the corner of Clark Avenue.

The event will feature a tribute honoring Long Beach heroes who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, a concert by Rock for Vets, former American Idol contestant Clint Gamboa singing the national anthem and a Long Beach Municipal Band concert.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The program will start at 5 p.m.

Admission is free, parking is $10 per car.

Coolers, alcohol, personal fireworks (including sparklers), food, beverages or weapons will not be allowed in the stadium, and no recreational vehicles or tailgating parties will be allowed in the parking lot.

The Newport Beach Balboa Island July 4th Boat Parade will cruise throughout Newport Harbor from 1-5 p.m. Over 100 vessels participate in California’s largest patriotic boat parade.

Pala Casino

Trip set for Aug. 15

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on Friday, Aug. 15. The cost is $6. There will be five hours of playtime.

The bus leaves from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Call Tony Dodero, 430-5828, for reservations.

U.S. Airways

LWers join son on his last flight as pilot

Retirement is exciting for everyone, including the parents of retiring U.S. Airways pilot Rich Aarnes.

July 24, Bill and Helen Aarnes, Mutual 4, traveled with their niece Kim Burtle of Long Beach to meet their son, Rich, and daughter-in-law, Judy at the San Diego International Airport.

The flight from which Rich and Judy deplaned was no ordinary flight for the Tampa, Fla. couple, as Rich was the pilot of the flight and the flight was his second to last one in his long career in the skies.

Rich has been a pilot for U.S. Airways for 30 years and prior to that he piloted for United Airlines for three years. He also served as a Navy jet pilot before becoming a commercial pilot.

The next morning the group gathered at the U.S. Airways gate at the San Diego airport for a trip to Charlotte, N.C., Rich’s last flight as the pilot.

His wife, Judy, handed out candies to all boarding passengers commemorating Rich’s career.

Bill, Helen, and their daughter Nancy, then boarded another flight to Minneapolis, Minn., their first stop toward Iowa for their annual summer visit with friends with whom they were very active before moving to Leisure World in 2006.

Mexico

LWers experience hidden villages on Highway 1

by Sandra deDubovay

LW contributor

Sandra deDubovay and Joe DiDonato recently returned from an enjoyable and relaxing two week getaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They have owned a timeshare there for many years and consider it their home away from home.

The first time they went to Cabo together, in 2000, they drove the 1,000 miles from the U.S. border down to the tip of the Baja peninsula to Cabo and back. It was a fun adventure. Since then, after they bought their Playa Grande timeshare, they have always flown.

Sandra’s son also owns a timeshare at the same five-star resort and so they coordinated it so they were both stayed there the first week. Her granddaughter speaks fluent Spanish so she was a wonderful interpreters and a hit with the locals.

They had a great time with the family but also enjoyed the second week —“just the two of us.”

Having gone to Cabo for so many years they have done most of the activities such as swimming with the dolphins; parasailing; sailing on the Buccaneer Queen pirate boat and snorkeling; riding ATVs; going on the glass bottom boat; taking a skiff to Lover’s Beach and having the rare opportunity to walk under the famous Land’s End Arch from the bay side to the Pacific Ocean; and going on a whale watching boat.

They always repeat a sunset dinner cruise sailing to see the Arch every time for photo ops and wonderful sunsets.

They have taken day trips to La Paz, Todos Santos and Cabo San Jose.

This time they discovered a new day-trip called “Hideaway Villages.” The air-conditioned van picked them up and they had a private tour.

The driver/guide, Carlos, spoke excellent English and was proud that he was born and raised in Cabo. He knew so much about Cabo. When he was born in the kitchen in his home, Cabo was a sleepy little fishing village before the tourist boom with the building of timeshares, the marina, hotels, malls, etc.

This six-hour tour was historical and Carlos knew all the about the areas. Milaflores was the first village they came to. What a difference from the opulence of Cabo. This is were the local Mexicans work and live. They went to a furniture factory, where items are custom-made and hand-carved for the big resorts and homes of the rich and famous. They carve Pinos Chino trees, but can only cut them down after they have died a natural death.

Sandra had to buy a souvenir from there, but instead of a huge piece it was a carving board made from a leftover piece of wood.

Santiago was the next village, with the only regional zoo on the Baja Peninsula. They were lucky it was open, because it is in the process of closing for upgrading and enlarging. They also visited the mission and town square.

The last village was Las Barriles. It is on the Sea of Cortez and was mainly a fishing village.

They had lunch at a local mama/papa restaurant for a delicious authentic Mexican food. On the way back to Cabo they stopped at the Tropic of Cancer Center.

This circle of latitude on the Earth crosses right across this part of Mexico. The imaginary line marks the most northerly position at which the sun may appear directly overhead at its zenith. This event occurs once per year. We found this stop very informative.

The entire six-hour tour was on Highway 1, the same highway they took when they drove down the peninsula from the U.S. border. They didn’t realize these interesting hideaway villages existed. They learned much and enjoyed the entire experience.

Next year, when they go back to Cabo, they will look forward to new adventures.

On the Go

“Jersey Boys” Segerstrom Center — July 8, $105, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Pauma Casino — Wednesday, July 9, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Pala Casino —Aug. 15, $6, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828.

Del Mar Horse Races — Aug. 27, $70 with lunch, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Oak Glen— Oct. 22, $61, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949, or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Los Angeles Chocolate Tour — Nov. 12, $88, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Mission Inn Holiday Spectacular — Dec. 17, $84 with dinner, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Harrah’s Rincon — Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.

Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.

Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.

Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.

Bicycle Casino—Tuesdays, Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m., free, $20 bet voucher, $10 food voucher, 806-4646.

Overnight Trips

Laughlin, Edgewater — July 20-23, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

San Francisco, Wine Country— July 31-Aug. 3, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Peru— July 31-Aug. 8, Holy Family Church, Claudia Venegas, (714) 414-2038.

Laughlin, Riverside Resort Luau— Aug. 4-6, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Zion, Valley of Fire, Cedar Breaks, Mesquite, Las Vegas — Sept. 29-Oct. 2, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos 598-1849.

Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.— Sept. 28-Oct. 4, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.

New Mexico, Albuquerque Balloon Festival — Oct. 5-14, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.