TRAVEL July 31, 2014 LBCC SENIOR DAY TOURS Long Beach City College is offering senior day tours for the fall 2014 term, Aug. 21-Oct. 30, as part of the Senior Studies, Lifetime Learning Program.
Current members may register Aug. 12 from 8 a.m.-noon. Tour tickets will be sold to class members only.
A maximum of two tickets may be purchased per tour on that day.
Walk-in registration for all seniors is from 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Aug. 13; with maximum of two tickets per tour per person.
Telephone registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, with all mailed-in registrations filled after phone orders are processed.
People may register at the LBCC Senior Center, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Room FF-108, Long Beach. All LBCC tours will depart from the LAC Campus Bldg. 0-2 near the southwest corner of Conant Street and Clark Avenue.
The following is a partial list of tours that will be offered:
L.A.’s Union Station 75th Anniversary—Thursday, Aug. 21, 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., $39
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of magnificent Union Station with tour guide Jonathan Daugherty. The walking tour will include “The Last of the Great Railway Station” built in the USA, an inspiring 1939 building combining the Spanish Colonial revival, Art Deco, and Streamline Moderne styles. The station also houses the hubs for the Metro Red Line and Purple Line subway stations, the Gold Line light rail station and serves as a terminus for four of Amtrak’s long distance trains.
Jonathan will cover its history and little known details about its construction, fixtures, murals, Art Deco features and more.
After lunch at the new transportation center building behind the station, the tour will visit Grand Park with views extending from the Music Center to City Hall, and four distinct areas representing the diverse cultural makeup of LA.
This is primarily a walking tour.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring “Baseball! Celebrating our Great American Pastime”—Thursday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $47
“I really do love baseball and I wish we could do this out on the lawn every day. I wouldn’t even complain if a stray ball came through the Oval Office window now and then.”
—President Reagan, May 11, 1983
Tour the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, one of the most popular presidential libraries in the country. As major league baseball teams align themselves for the upcoming World Series, the tour will feature “Baseball! Our Great American Pastime,” a new 12,000-square-foot exhibit featuring rare, historic and iconic baseball pieces from the largest known private collection of baseball memorabilia. On display will be artifacts from Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and more, including a special section featuring the L.A. and Brooklyn Dodgers. The museum houses millions of artifacts from Reagan’s childhood, professional career and political legacy. Lunch will be at the Reagan Country Cafe on site.
Tour of U.S. Federal Reserve Bank plus a special speaker—Thursday, Sept. 4, 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., $32
Explore the inner workings of the nation’s central banking system at the L.A. branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, the second largest cash vault in the U.S., featuring millions of dollars in coin and cash supply for Las Vegas, Southern California and Arizona, processed by high-speed machines, shredded by highly sensitive lasers and stored in vaults. People will try to identify counterfeit bills, see historic banknotes and take home a free souvenir. A guest speaker will give a talk about the history, structure, role and responsibilities of the Central Bank. NOTE: Each person must provide a government-issued ID (passport, driver’s license, or ID card) on the day of the tour, and provide the full name on IDs when registering. There is continuous walking and standing for 75 minutes on this tour. A cash-only lunch will be at Philippe’s French Dip nearby.
The Griffith Park Observatory—Thursday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $37
Visit a Los Angeles landmark that recently completed a $93-million renovation. Griffith Observatory’s architecture, setting, program offerings and cinematic exposure have made it one of the most famous and visited locales in Southern California. The tour will include the Foucault pendulum, which was designed to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, a new planetarium theatre, two large new exhibit areas and an larger bookstore. Price includes entry into a planetarium feature “Centered in the Universe.” Lunch is on-your-own at the cafe at the End of the Universe in the observatory.
Shake, Rattle and Roll! New “Pompeii exhibit” and IMAX “Forces of Nature”—Thursday, Sept. 18, noon-6 p.m., $49
In the year 79 A.D., Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. “Pompeii: The Exhibition” features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient Roman city. Relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience in a movie produced by National Geographic Films. Bring a lunch to eat on the bus or grab a quick snack at the museum.
SINGLE TRAVELERS CLUB
Single Travelers, a new club, will meet the first Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The first meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m.
The purpose of the club is for singles to get together and discuss past travel experiences, future trips and travel companions.
For more information, call Michale Vallens, 230-7464, or Pat DeBacker, 430-6227.
NY CLUB SPONSORS TRIP TO CHICAGO
The New York Club with the Los Alamitos Senior Club has arranged a five-day, four-night trip to Chicago, the Windy City and the Land of Lincoln Sept. 2-6.
The adventure begins with a drive along Michigan Avenue, visiting Millennium Park and other icons along the way. There will be an architectural tour with an up-close view of more than 50 famous buildings in historic, Art Deco and modern styles. No tour is complete without visiting the suburbs of Lake Shore Drive with its charming and luxurious mansions.
Travellers will have an option of visiting the Art Institute or the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere.
After spending three days in the windy city, the group will travel to Springfield, the state capital, and visit the historic home of Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Presidential Library and Lincoln’s tomb.
The trip is $1,899 per person, double occupancy; $2,249 for singles, and includes round-trip air fare and airport transportation, professional tour guide, hotel accommodations, a welcome dinner and four breakfasts.
For information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
NEW YORK CLUB HOSTS MUSEUM TOUR
The New York Club with the Los Alamitos Senior Club will visit the historic Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Cost is $68 per person and includes lunch at Bubba Gump Restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier.
For information and reservations, call 598-3743, 430-5949 or 596-1896.
ON THE GO
San Manuel Casino— Tuesday, Aug. 12, $15, $10 back, St. Jude’s Support Group, Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774.
Pauma Casino — Wednesday, Aug. 13, $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.
Historic Adamson House & Malibu Lagoon Museum— Sept. 16, $68 with lunch at Bubba Gump Restaurant, 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 — Daily, free, $15 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., (714) 637-4300.
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.
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.
Chicago, Land of Lincoln — Oct. 5-14, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
New York City Holiday Tour — Dec. 8-12, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Hearst Castle — Dec. 11-13, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743 or Verna Burns, 596-1896.