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Check Your Calendar for Bugs, Soldiers, Pirates, and Dickens

Some up-coming events in the High Desert of California will include history, family outings, and my favorite, “bugology” open house. So please read on and check your calendar.


Although the historical day of love and commitment is Feb 14th, if the weather is compromising your plans you can always do more on the weekend with alternative outings.

Restaurants can be too full and any day near the holiday is just fine. Married couples tend to delay such a holiday to avoid crowds. It’s not the day  — it’s the intension that counts. Candy and a card or dinner out can be planned before or after the date.

Head to the Internet and find some awesome places to eat. Too many to post here.


Calico Regional Park

Civil War Ladies stroll down Calico


Civil War Re-enactment at Calico Ghost Town is coming soon President’s Weekend – February 17-19. Union troops battle the Confederates in the hills of the Calico Mountain

civil War at Calico

Smoke is in the air during battle scene

during the President’s Day holiday in February. It’s awesome to watch the battle and smell the black powder in the air. Volunteer reenactors dress in costume and you can watch President Lincoln give his speech to the troops.

General Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 4-11, under 3 Free!



Have you ever joined in to build a community caterpillar? Don’t miss your chance at “Arthropolooza,” at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 12 to 4 p.m. The community caterpillar, butterfly demonstrations, bug pendants, and butterflies and mosquitoes, crafty comparisons are among the family activities you’ll enjoy at this popular annual event.


Cricket with a shiny head — Jerusalem Cricket

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.


The Riverside Dickens Festival
Silver Jubilee —  Feb. 24th 7 25th
25 Years of Wit & Wisdom

Dickens Faire

Dickens Ladies on Parade

Now celebrating its 25  years in Riverside, the FAIRE is full of engaging programs, costumes, and reenactments to fulfill the Victorian era interests of all who attend. Check out the details at the website for maps, dates, prices, and venue presentations.

Dickens Festival Homepage



So you can jump from Civil War reenactments to Pirates on the  Pond at the Hesperia Lakes Park. The Pirate Faire will be held on March 17 – 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day at  Hesperia Lake Park, 7500 Arrowhead Lake Rd.,  Hesperia, CA 92345.

Ticket prices range from General, military, and two-day package. Children age 7 and  under are free. For more info please check their website.




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