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California the "Golden State"

There's always something to see or do in California and here's a list of a few of the most popular attractions for January 2012.


Things to Do in California: January


January 1 

Polar Bear Plunges – California 

The Polar Plunge is an event where all participants race into the frigid waters. Events usually begin around noon and you'll find fun-loving people of all ages and all sizes dressed in glittery New Year's party hats and other costumes ready to take a dip in the cold water (usually around 57 degrees).  Several plunges are held on New Year's Day. Last year Polar Bear Plunges were held in Cayucos, Huntington Beach, La Jolla, Redding San Clemente, Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, Venice, and Yuba City. To find out if the Polar Plunge will be taking place in any of the above locations, contact the city directly, or visit the California Beach webpage at and search “California polar plunge.” 

Santa Cruz - New Year's Bird Count

This is a local version of the National Audubon Society New Year's Bird Count. Santa Cruz County, CA Call: (831) 426-7342.


January 2

Tournament of Roses Parade - Pasadena, CA

The parade is normally held on January 1 except when the first falls on Sunday, then it is held January 2. The parade route is 5.5 miles and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade ends at the corner of Sierra Madre and Villa Street. 

The 2012 theme is "Just Imagine..." and the Rose Parade Floats scheduled to appear are: AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "Our Champion" (Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor) - American Honda: "Sweet Dreams" - Bayer Advanced: "Garden of Imagination" - Cal Poly Universities: "To the Rescue" - California Clock: "Timeless Fun For Everyone" - China Airlines: "Spirit of Prosperity and Harmony" - City of Alhambra: "Bearing Down The Track" - City of Burbank: "The Dream Machine" - City of Downey:  "Enchanted Paradise" - City of Glendale: "Just Imagine the Music, Fun and Freedom" - City of Hope: "The Power of Hope" - City of La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association: "if pigs could fly" - City of Los Angeles: "Dinosaurs in L.A.'s Backyard!"  (Natural History Museum) - City of Sierra Madre: "Colorful Imagination" - City of South Pasadena: "When Life Gives You Lemons" - City of Torrance: "Looking Back – Moving Forward" - Discover Financial Services: "The Dream Believers" - Dole: "Preserving Paradise" - Donate Life: "One More Day" - Farmers Insurance Group: "The Unimaginable" - Girl Scouts: "What Will You Do Today?" - HGTV: "Dream Home" Indonesia Tourism: "Wonderful Indonesia" - Kaiser Permanente: "Every Body Walk" - Kiwanis International: "Winter Wonderland" - Lions Club International: "A World at Peace" - Loyola Marymount University: "Learn. Lead. Serve. LMU at 100" - Lutheran Hour Ministries: "God’s Promise For All" - Macy’s:  2012 Rose Parade Queen and her Court - Microsoft Kinect: "You are the Controller" - Namco Bandai: "Power Rangers Samurai" - Natural Balance Pet Foods: "Surf’s Up" - Odd Fellows and Rebekahs: "Shining Knights Still Exist" - Paramount Pictures: "100 Years of Movie Magic" - RFD TV: "Happy Trails" - Rotary International: "Inching Towards The End of Polio" - Shriner's Hospitals: "Soaring for Kids" - Trader Joe's: "Hot Lava" - US Bank: "Idea Factory" - Wells Fargo: "Just Imagine" - Western Asset: "Imagine in America."


Now through January 16

Santa Monica - ICE Skating Rink 

"Winterlit" returns with Ice, a community tradition in Downtown Santa Monica. The 8,000- square-foot rink is on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. Admission is $12 and it includs skate rentals. The rink hours are Monday through Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm, Friday 2 pm to midnight, Saturday 10 am to midnight and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. For more information visit the webpage at


January 13 – 15

Santa Cruz - Fungus Fair

See over 200 local mushrooms on display. There are educational classes, art, vendors, kid's room, and cooking demos. You can also bring in your mushrooms for identification. For more information contact the city of Santa Cruz at (831) 684-2275 or go online to


January 15 – 31

San Francisco - Dine about Town Food Event

San Francisco is famous for its delicious cuisine and now you can get a taste of it all at the annual Dine about Town event. This popular attraction provides local chefs the opportunity to showcase their best dishes and the public the opportunity to taste them! You can also take advantage of the “Dine About Town San Francisco Restaurant Promotion” which allows locals and visitors to experience San Francisco’s 100 participating restaurants at a fraction of the price with up to a 25% savings off regularly priced a la carte items. The complete restaurant list for Dine about Town San Francisco is posted on San Francisco’s official visitor website, Please note, participating restaurants are subject to change. Reservations are encouraged and may be made online through a partnership with Information is also available by calling 415-391-2000.


January 20 – 22 

Blythe - Bluegrass Festival 

The Bluegrass Festival is at the Colorado River Fairgrounds. The artist Lined-up for the event are Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Audie Blaylock & Redline, The Special Consensus, The Spinney Brothers lllrd, Generation Bluegrass, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, Highway 65, Pine Mountain Railroad, The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Lonesome Otis, and Just 4 Fun.   For more information go to


January 26 – 29 

Butte County - The Snow Goose Festival 

The Snow Goose Festival is bigger and better with over 70 fieldtrips, workshops and presentations. There will also be lots of free activities for everyone in the family. To find out more, go to the website at


January 28 

Bell Gardens - Winter Wonderland  

The City of Bell Gardens Recreation & Community Services Department would like to invite the entire community to their festive “Winter Wonderland” event on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Los Jardines Shopping Center on the corner of Eastern Ave. and Lubec Street in the City of Bell Gardens. There will be a skating rink and lots of other fun attractions including a craft area, gourmet food truck vendors, an inflatable obstacle course, and more.


January 28 – 30 

San Rafael -Gem Faire

There will be over 100 exhibitors, classes and demonstrations, including a bead spinner and wire working (by Majesta M.). Children under 12 are free; for more information go to


Sunday January 29, 2012

Santa Cruz - Cocoanut Grove Bridal Expo 

Visit more than 90 booths and find all the information you need to plan the perfect wedding. There will be over 100 wedding specialists and service representatives from the Monterey Bay area to answer all your wedding questions. See bridal fashion shows and enter to win a Grand Prize. For more information call (831) 423-2053 or visit their website;


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