Your one stop shop for all events, workshops, lectures
and other fun happenings at Rancho Los Cerritos.

Upcoming Calendar:     April - August 2014

Past Events

 Museum Public Hours:

 Wednesday - Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Phone: (562) 570-1755
Fax: (562) 570-1893

 

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We are currently taking reservations for Our Mothers Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11, and our Summer Adventures day camps in July and August... See below for details.


MAY 2014

Saturday, May 3

Creation Station:  Sunny Yellow

1-4 p.m.

A free drop in program for kids ages 6-10.

 

 

Saturday, May 10

 Building Railroads and Transplanting Chinese Food:

Chinese Americans in 19th Century

 

10 a.m.; $7 ($5 FT students)

Reservations requested--please call (562) 570-1755

After exploring the experiences of Chinese Americans in the late 19th century, Professor Yong Chen, UCI, will focus on two seemingly disparate topics: Chinese participation in railroad construction and the development of Chinese food.  Critical to the development of our rail transportation system, Chinese immigrants maintained a diet of Chinese food in the camps and in doing so, helped facilitate the spread of Chinese food in this country.

 Chen is the author of Chop Suey, USA: The Rise of Chinese Food in America, and he co-curated ‘Have You Eaten Yet?’: The Chinese Restaurant in America,” in New York and Philadelphia.  He has also published numerous books and articles on diverse issues including race and immigration in America, Chinese American history, higher education and Sino-American relationships, and writes regularly in World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States, on important issues in both America and China.
 

LectureSeriesFlyer.pdf

 

We are currently taking reservations for Our Mothers Day Brunch.

 

 Sunday, May 11

Mothers Day Brunch

10 a.m. - noon

(last seating at 11:30 a.m.)

 

Reserve by May 7

$42 adults

$25 ages 4-12, 3 & under free

 

 

Treat Mom to a scrumptious champagne brunch in the Rancho gardens catered by TGIS, enjoy live jazz music by the James Cheesman Trio, and meet “living history moms” from the past.  

 

Brunch Menu:  Frittatas (meat and vegetarian), Grand Marnier French Toast, Carved Ham, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Baked Goods, Coffee, Tea, Juice and Champagne.

 

To make a reservation, please download the flier or call (562) 570-1755.

 

MothersDayFlier.2014.pdf

 

  

 

We are currently taking reservations for our

Summer Adventure Day Camps.

Please download the attached application.

Summer Adventure Flier 2014.pdf

Campers (6-11) will learn about life in Old California through games, crafts, chores, stories and hands-on activities like churning butter, dipping candles, punching tin, tooling leather, washing clothes and stomping adobe. There will also be a special guest each week, plus tons of good old-fashioned fun!

Three weeklong sessions, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $90 per week. Call (562) 570-1755 for registration information.

Vaquero Adventures July 14-18

Old Time Adventures July 21-25

Adobe Adventures: July 28-August 1

 

 

Thanks to the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, a limited number of camp scholarships are available based on need.  Please see the attached scholarship application for more information.

 

SummerAdventuresScholarshipApplic.2014.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2014

 

 

Saturday, June 7

 

Creation Station:  Rainbow Surprise

1-4 p.m.

A free drop in program for kids ages 6-10

 

 

Thursday, June 12

 

The Los Cerritos Neighborhood

Talk and Book Signing by Geraldine Knatz

7:00 p.m.

Free; Please call (562) 570-1755 to reserve a seat

 

 

Sunday, June 22

 

Concert:  Doo-Wah Riders

5:30-7 p.m

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. for picnicking.

Free (donations welcome!)

Pets & smoking not allowed.

 

 

Wednesday, June 25

 

Teen Volunteer Open House

10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.

Please call (562) 570-1755 to sign up.

 

 

 

JULY 2014

 

 

Summer Adventures Day Camps 

see above for details

 

 

Sunday, July 27

Concert:  Silverado Bluegrass Band

5:30-7 p.m

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. for picnicking.

Free (donations welcome!)

Pets & smoking not allowed.

 

 

 

AUGUST 2014

 

 

Sunday, August 17

Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe!

 

MUD MANIA!!!  Squish a little history between your toes at this delightfully muddy festival where you're not supposed to stay clean! "Mud-tastic" activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more! De-mudding station available; bring old shoes (required), a change of clothes and a towel.

 

Tickets: $7 adults/$5 children; children 3 and under are free. 12:30-4:30 p.m.

 

 

Sunday, August 24

 

Concert:  Dustbowl Revival

5:30-7 p.m

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. for picnicking.

Free (donations welcome!)

Pets & smoking not allowed.

 

 

 

Past Events – Did you miss these in 2013 and 2014?

JANUARY 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 1: Rancho Los Cerritos will be closed in observance of the New  Year's holiday.

Saturday, Jan. 4:  Creation Station--Winter Wonders.  A free, drop-in crafts program with old fashioned fun for kids ages 6-10.  1-4 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday, Feb. 1:  Creation Station--"Heart Crazy"

1-4 p.m.; Free

Children will go “Heart Crazy” as they weave, sew, glue, and paint their own special Valentines to make one-of-a-kind treasures. This Creation Station craft workshop is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.  No reservations are required, and the workshops take place rain or shine.

 

Saturday, Feb. 1:  Flapjack Fundraiser to Benefit Rancho Los Cerritos

8-10 a.m.; $10--by advance purchase only

Applebees Restaurant recently opened a new location in Signal Hill (899 E. Spring Street) and is partnering with Rancho Los Cerritos on a Flapjack Fundraiser.   For just $10/person you get a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, juice, coffee and flapjacks...  and 50% of ticket sales will come back to the Rancho.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  A flyer with more info is attached. Please contact the Rancho ASAP to purchase yours: call (562) 570-1755 or email Charlene Ferris at rancho.charleneferris@gmail.com.
 

Wednesday, Feb. 5:  The Rock and the Crucifix:  Junipero Serra Then and Now

7 p.m.; $7 ($5 FT students)

Reservations requested--please call (562) 570-1755

Dr. Steven Hackel (UC Riverside) will explore the life and legacy of Father Junipero Serra in the first talk of our 2014 Lecture Series entitled "California--A Land of Many: The Immigrant Experience and Its Legacy."  Professor Hackel authored the highly acclaimed new biography Junipero Serra: California's Foundation Father, and co-curated an international exhibition on Serra that first opened at the Huntington Library.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 12:  Volunteer Open House

5:30-7 p.m.; reservations requested

 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Rancho Los Cerritos – and volunteering at Rancho Los Cerritos is one of the highly fulfilling ways that history-lovers can actively participate in the cultural life of their community.

 

At Rancho Los Cerritos, volunteers give tours of the adobe house and gardens, staff the visitor center, work in the museum shop, help with special events, perform research, conduct outreach, make crafts from the garden, and so much more. You can find out which of these extraordinary volunteer opportunities might be right for you at our semi-annual Volunteer Open House or call our volunteer coordinator, Jan Shafer, at (562) 570-1324. 

 

MARCH 2014

Saturday, March 1:  Creation Station--"Lovely Lavender"

1-4 p.m.; Free

Kids can make old fashioned crafts from a variety of materials.  Perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.  No reservations are required, and the workshops take place rain or shine.

 

Saturday, March 8:  "Foreigners in their Own Land" --

PBS Documentary Series on Latino Americans (Episode 1)

10 a.m.; $7 ($5 FT students)

Reservations requested--please call (562) 570-1755

 

Centuries before the famed covered wagons rolled across the prairies and deserts, citizens of New Spain (and later Mexico) ventured north to Alta California where they established presidios, missions, pueblos, and ranchos.  Over seventy thousand Spanish-speaking settlers called the Southwest home prior to the US-Mexican War.  This film relates the history of these mestizo pioneers, their changing interactions with indigenous peoples and other immigrants, as well as the economic, political and cultural transformation of their societies following the Texas Revolution and the US-Mexican War.  After screening the film, Dr. Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine) will lead a lively Q&A session with the audience.  

 

LectureSeriesFlyer.pdf

 

APRIL 2014

 

Saturday, April 5:  Creation Station--"Cool Blues"

1-4 p.m.; Free

Kids can choose from an array of engaging art supplies to weave a basket, create a doll out of yarn, and embellish a felt blue bird.  Perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.  No reservations are required, and the workshops take place rain or shine.

 

Saturday, April 12:  “Madness and Migration in Gold Rush California"

10 a.m.; $7 ($5 FT students)

Reservations requested--please call (562) 570-1755

Professor Angela Hawk will focus on the psychological impacts of the migration to California and the incidence of insanity among Gold Rush migrants. The presence of 'mad' migrants was a key concern for politicians seeking to usher in a more settled existence for California and provided the impetus for the construction of the state's publicly-funded asylum system. As that system became increasingly overburdened and underfunded in the late nineteenth century, foreign-born patients were among the first to be portrayed as undeserving of long-term care at the state's expense. With debates continuing to wage over immigrants' rights to public health services, this talk illuminates the origins of the state's treatment of its most vulnerable populations.

Angela Hawk (Ph.D. UC Irvine, 2011) is a lecturer in History and International Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her 2011 article in the Pacific Historical Review, "Going Mad in Gold Country," won the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association's W. Turrentine Jackson prize for the best article published by a graduate student.


 

DECEMBER 2013

Saturday, Dec. 7: Creation Station: Gorgeous Green.  Stay tuned for more details

or call us at (562) 570-1755.

Sunday, Dec. 8: Enjoy an Old Time Christmas Festival featuring costumed docents, festive holiday music, old-fashioned crafts, and light refreshments.  Youngsters will also enjoy storytelling, a visit with Santa, and more!  The museum shop will be open with unique seasonal gifts for everyone on your list.  Sunday, December 8, 1-4 p.m. Suggested donation is $3 per person, or $10 per family.

 

 

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14-15: Step back in time and celebrate Christmas in 1878! Tour the decorated home with a costumed living history docent and meet the Bixby family, friends and workers on this active sheep ranch as they share holiday traditions and discuss daily life in the Los Angeles area through theatrical vignettes!   Then enjoy light refreshments and seasonal music in the gardens. 

The Museum Shop will also be open for holiday shopping.

 

 Tours begin every 10 minutes between 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

$15 per person.

Reservations are required, please call (562) 570-1755 to purchase your tickets in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 25: Rancho Los Cerritos will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.

 

NOVEMBER 2013

Friday, Nov. 1: Tickets for the 2013 Christmas Candlelight Tours go on sale today!   Limited tickets available.  This is a great way to start the holidays! 

Saturday, Nov. 2: Creation Station: Brilliant Brown. 

Stay tuned for more details or call us at (562) 570-1755.

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 28-29: Rancho Los Cerritos will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

 

 

OCTOBER 2013

Saturday, Oct. 5:

Discover, Inspire and Volunteer

as House Docents at Rancho Los Cerritos!

Get involved in your community, learn about local history, meet new friends, and enhance your public speaking skills as a member of Rancho Los Cerritos’ upcoming docent-training class.  History enthusiasts will learn about the Rancho and early California history, then give tours one afternoon per month to visitors from near and far. House Docent Training Class begins  (8 Saturdays) from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Call (562) 570-1324 for info and to register!

 

Saturday, Oct. 5:

Creation Station: "Outrageous Orange," 1-4 p.m. 

A free drop in program for kids ages 6-10.

Outrageous Orange” welcomes and celebrates the new fall season, just in time for Halloween! Children can choose from a selection of art supplies to make creepy spiders, orange candles, finger puppets and more. 

 

Thursday, Oct. 10: Teen Docent Information Day at 4 p.m.

For more details and to register, call us at (562) 570-1324!

 

Saturday, Oct. 26: A Harvest of Stories Family Festival

 1-4 p.m. Partnering with the South Coast Storytellers Guild, Rancho Los Cerritos presents an afternoon filled with tales on Native, Americans, California ranchos, American folk themes and other topics sure to entertain all ages! $3 per person or $10 per family.

 

Storytelling Workshops be held in the morning between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required by October 18.  See the attached flyer for additional

information and to register. 

 

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, Sept. 7: Volunteer Information Day at 10 a.m. Click here to view flyer

Wednesday, Sept. 11: School Docent training begins (for 8 consecutive Wednesdays) from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Stay tuned for more details or call us at (562) 570-1324! Click here to view flyer

Friday, Sept. 27: Teen Docent Information Day at 4 p.m. for more details or call us at (562) 570-1324! Click here to view the flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST

 

MUD MANIA!!!  Squish a little history between your toes at this delightfully muddy festival where you're not supposed to stay clean! "Mud-tastic" activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more! De-mudding station available; bring old shoes (required), a change of clothes and a towel.

 

Tickets: $6 adults/$4 children; children 3 and under are free. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Click here to view flyer

 

 

Free jazz concert featuring the Secret Jazz Band, 5 :30 - 7:30 p.m. Click here to view flyer

 

 

Volunteer Information Day at 10 a.m.

Click here to view flyer

 

 

JULY

Rancho Los Cerritos will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Summer Adventures Day Camps: This history-themed day camp is designed for children ages 6-11 years old.  Participants will learn about life in Old California through historic crafts, hands-on activities, games and stories.  Programming will focus on daily life at the rancho—participants will get to churn butter, dip candles, punch tin, tool leather, stomp mud and more!

$90 per session; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Session 1: July 15 - July 19
Session 2: July 22 - July 26
Session 3: July 29 - Aug. 2

Click here to view flyer. Call for registration, (562) 570-1755.

 

We are pleased to host music artist Anne Walsh performing a free contemporary jazz concert on July 28, 2013. Friends and family will get the chance to enjoy a finger-snappin’ and toe-tappin’ good time as they feast on a self-packed picnic dinner in the Rancho’s historic gardens.

 

All concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets. Museum gates will be open for picnicking after 4:30 p.m., and the concert is scheduled from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Click here to view flyer

 

JUNE

Creation Station: "Rainbow Surprise", 1-4 p.m. This workshop is intended for children ages 6-10 years old. Youth activities and crafts include tie-dye, kaleidoscopes, watercolors. Admission is free! The event will still be held, rain or shine. Click here to view flyer

 

 

 

Free jazz concert featuring Scarlett and Dr. Bob Finney, 5 :30 - 7 p.m. Click here to view flyer

Are you a high school student looking for ways to fill up your summer schedule? Why not volunteer at Rancho Los Cerritos for our Summer Adventures day camps. Please choose one meeting time: 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. For more information, please click here to view our flyer, and/or call us if you have any questions at (562) 570-1755.

 

MAY

Creation Station: "Sunny Yellow ", 1-4 p.m. This workshop is intended for children ages 6-10 years old. Youth activities and crafts include darling corn husk dolls, papel picado banners, colorful Ojo de Dios and more. Admission is free! The event will still be held, rain or shine. Click here to view flyer

 

 

 

Mother's Day Brunch. A champagne family brunch featuring historic Ranch Mother's visiting throughout the day. The brunch will be catered by TGIS and feature a buffet, with assigned seating by family. Entertainment once again by the Cheeseman Jazz Trio. 

Ticket sales will begin March 2013 - watch the website and Voices for more details or call the Development office to put your name on the reservation list. (562) 570-1329.

7 p.m. - Researchers Marica Harris, Kathie Schey, and Leslie Reese will discuss "Notable Women of Rancho Los Cerritos: Fanny Bixby Spencer, Sarah Bixby Smith, & Rafaela Nieto de Cota."  Please call us at (562) 570-1755 for reservations: $7/general public, $5/members. Click here to view flyer

 

 

 

APRIL

Creation Station: "Cool Blues", 1-4 p.m. This workshop is intended for children ages 6-10 years old. Youth activities and crafts include photo prints, bird-mobiles, keepsake boxes and more. Admission is free! The event will still be held, rain or shine. Click here to view flyer

 

 

 

Spring Luncheon to Celebrate the Rancho Gardens. This is a community fundraising event to celebrate the Rancho gardens at their best - with the flavor of a fiesta luncheon "by invitation from Don Juan Temple" -- as he would have celebrated prior to his Spring Round-up in the 1840's!  It will feature a variety of food stations highlighting special dishes created with items from the Rancho Gardens, as well as other authentic ingredients with contemporary recipes originating from the creative mind of Primal Alchemy's - Chef Paul Buchanan. Ticket prices begin at $75 and sponsorships are still available. Contact the Development office (562) 570-1329.

Authors Gloria Harris and Hannah Cohen will share tales from "Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present" (2012). Please call for reservations $7/general public and $5/members and students. Click here to view flyer

 

 MARCH

Creation Station: "Lovely Lavender", 1-4 p.m. This workshop is intended for children ages 6-10 years old. Youth activities and crafts include sachets, finger-print art, pinwheels and more. Admission is free! The event will still be held, rain or shine. Click here to view flyer

 

Filmmaker Martha Wheelock will show her documentary "California Women Win the Vote" (http://www.ishtarfilms.com/).  Please call us at (562) 570-1755 for reservations: $7/general public, $5/members. Click here to view flyer

 

 
 
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