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Our December meeting has been canceled because the chapter Holiday Party was scheduled only two days before the monthly meeting.

Our Monthly Meeting is at

Marie Callender's

16390 Beach Blvd.

Westminster, CA 92683

Phone: 714-847-6600

Come and Join Us

Our next Meeting will be on 

January 2, 2018 


OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 We have a social hour at 7 PM, and dinner service will begin at about 7:30 PM.  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage bill. We have a $50 minimum for our group.  

During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting briefly. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8:00 PM.

Newport Boat Parade

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Information from the Website: https://www.christmasboatparade.com/ 

“109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights Proudly Hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce 

Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

2017 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Route 

As the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, announces its new parade starting and ending point at Tip of Lido Isle. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 13 – 17. 

Parade participants will start from the east end of Lido Island following the celebrated route, with the first public viewing destination now at the new 10.5- acre Marina Park. The community park offers 177 parking spaces, nautical-themed playground, picnic area and sailing center, and is also the largest public viewing area along the parade route, creating an optimal location to gather and enjoy the festivities. 

Residents and visitors will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots. The new start and end location will adjust previous pass-by times along the parade route.” 

For those planning to attend, the recommendation is to park in the lot at Balboa Pier, around 5 PM to 5:30 PM. (Drive down E. Balboa Boulevard to Palm Street, turn right to find the lot.) Find a place to eat according to your tastes, and wallet. The parade starts at 6:30 PM. Viewing the parade near the start means that you can get home earlier. If you want to watch as a group, meet up at the ferry landing at the other end of Palm Street at 6 PM. The best place to view the parade is to walk west along the walkway by the water. 

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Yanks Air Museum Day Trip

January 11, 2018

Prospective Attendees…Please call Gary, if you are planning to attend.

Spanning across decades of labor intensive searching, Yanks Air Museum boasts one of the most extensive and rarest collections of American aircraft worldwide. The collection began in 1973 with the acquisition of the Beech Staggerwing and from there grew to more than 200 aircraft. Many of the aircraft at Yanks are the only remaining specimens of their kind. Yanks Air Museum houses one of the largest and most historically significant collections of American aircraft including the World War II fighters, dive and torpedo bombers. The aircraft collection begins with the 1903 Wright Flyer (only replica in collection) and continues though the 1980s era represented by the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and Blue Angels F-18 Hornet. The collection exceeds 190 aircraft, with some being the last survivors of their type. Yanks restores all aircraft to airworthy condition, and in the restoration of these rare aircraft only original factory specifications and materials are used.

Chino facility and exhibits”

The Chino facility encompasses 176,000-square-feet under roof and covers 10 acres. In addition to the display hangars, public access is permitted, on a supervised basis, to the main restoration hangar and bone-yard where historic aircraft are in various stages of restoration.  Some of the aircraft will not be flown due to their rarity, but are restored to fully airworthy condition.

Aircraft collection:

A total of 190 aircraft are displayed, covering the period from 1903 through 1984 including the Inter-War period that includes the Ryan Brougham, American Eagle A-101 and Swallow TP. Rare types on display from World War II include the P-51A Mustang, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, P-47M Thunderbolt, North American B-25 Mitchell, Douglas SBD Dauntless, Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman F6F Hellcat. Many of them were built in Southern California.

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Gamble House and Pasadena Museum

January 19, 2018

Please notify the trip leader if you plan to attend.

From the Gamble House Website: “The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. The house, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California. One-hour docent-led tours are available to the public Thursday-Sunday. Tours begin at 11:30am Thurs-Fri and 12noon Sat-Sun. A picnic opportunity awaits every week on Brown-Bag Tuesdays. Enjoy your lunch on the terrace and take a docent-led 20-minute tour at 12:15 or 12:45.

From the Pasadena Museum of History Website: “Fenyes Mansion Tours Fri, Sat, & Sun, 12:15 pm With its original furnishings and art collection, the Fenyes Mansion - a Pasadena Cultural Heritage landmark - offers a unique glimpse into life on Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row. Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen® and Royal Court September 2 - February 11 Wed - Sun, Noon to 5:00 pm In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen®, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. Fenyes Mansion Studio.”

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Upcoming Events for 2017 and 2018

Yanks Air Museum
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Gary Spake
Gamble House and Pasadena Historical Society
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(Date Changed from 01/26/2018)
Frederick Brown
Norton Simon Museum
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Frederick Brown
Hollyhock House02/23/2018
Gary Spake
Limestone Canyon Day Hike03/03/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Los Angeles County Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Whiting Ranch Day Hike
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Dennis Vinopal
Fullerton Arboretum
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Doug Cable
Aliso and Woods Canyon Regional Park Day Hike05/05/2018
Dennis Vinopal
Mount Baldy Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Beginner Backpack
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06/10/2018 to 06/12/2018
Frederick Brown
Mount San Jacinto Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Intermediate Backpack
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07/09/2018 to 07/12/2108
Frederick Brown
Abalone and Sacred Coves Day Hike
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Frederick Brown
Advanced Backpack08/05/2018 to
Rob Talbert
Advanced / Intermediate Backpack08/26/2018 to
Doug Cable
Automotive Driving Museum09/16/2018
Gary Spake
San Bernardino Peak Day Hike
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Doug Cable
Great Outdoors Annual Conference10/12/2018 to
Santa Ana Zoo10/25/2018
Gary Spake

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