DiscoverIE Visits Perris, CA!

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Recently, DiscoverIE had the opportunity to spend the day touring the City of Perris! This hidden gem is a must visit for anyone who lives in, or plans to visit, the Southern California area. It is conveniently located in the heart of Southern California, just a short drive from the beach, mountain, or desert areas. The city is filled with rich, fascinating history, which can be experienced throughout. Anyone interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life would be in hog heaven in Perris. There is so much fun to be had for folks of all ages that one day simply will not be enough. DiscoverIE encourages everyone to plan a few days to roam the city experiencing all it has to offer. The following are just some of the great locations to be seen in the City of Perris.

Red Lion Inn & Suite

We started off our day of activities by meeting at the Red Lion Inn & Suites. This hotel is perfect for anyone traveling in the area for both business and pleasure. Their guestrooms are equipped with all essential amenities for any type of traveler. We were greeted by the friendly staff members and enjoyed a nice cup of complimentary coffee in preparation for our busy day. What a nice way to start our tour!

Drive by City Of Perris

As we made our way to our first stop, we took the scenic route through the City of Perris. It was great to see much of the rich architectural history that the city had to offer. The city is truly beautiful, and it was really nice to spend some time sightseeing. The buildings were awe-inspiring and made us feel like we had gone back in time a hundred years. Anyone interesting in fascinating architecture would be right at home exploring the City of Perris.

Perris Valley Historical Museum Perris Historical MuseumNext, we stopped at the Perris Valley Historical Museum. This site was full of all sorts of great artifacts that told the story of the city. The location was originally built in 1892, as the Perris Santa Fe Depot. In more recent years it has been converted into museum where the City of Perris can share its rich history. Many great exhibits contribute to the collection and make this a must-see for any visitors to the area. Our tour only stopped here briefly, but we will surely be back to visit again! The origins of the city are very interesting, and this museum is packed with great things to experience.

Orange Empire Railway Museum

The Orange Empire Railway Museum was a really interesting and fun stop on our tour. We had the chance to take a ride on one of the trains and it was like going back in time. This is truly something that everyone must experience in their lifetime. People of all ages would have a blast experiencing this amazing piece of history. The museum also holds several events throughout the year that would be great for people of all ages to come check out! Make sure to include this stop in your to-do list when coming to visit the City of Perris.

Skydive Perris/ Bombshelter Bar & Grill

For those people looking for a little more excitement in their lives, Skydive Perris is the place to go. It was incredible watching thrill-seekers floating gently back to Earth after jumping out of perfectly good airplanes! The Facility as a whole is huge and includes something for everyone. Military personnel from all over the world can be seen training, experienced skydivers can have their fun, first-timers can complete tandem jumps with the experts to hone their skills, and those of us who are not so keen on exiting perfectly good airplanes can replicate the experience in the indoor freefall simulator. During the busy day of flying, don’t forget to refuel at the Bombshelter Bar & Grill! The Bombshelter Bar & Grill offers tons of food and drink options for folks of all ages. In addition to the regular dining facility, there is a great outdoor pool area where events of any kind can be held.

Motte Historical Museum

Motte Car MuseumOur next stop on the tour was the Motte Historical Museum. This was one of our favorite stops of the entire tour. Seeing all the different classic cars separated by decade was like walking through a time machine. The cars were incredible and in beautiful condition. Car enthusiasts would be in awe to see this amazing collection of automotive history. Anyone visiting the area should make this stop one of their top priorities. The Motte Historical Museum left the DiscoverIE speechless, it was simply amazing.

Dropzone Waterpark

The Dropzone Waterpark was a great stop for families looking to cool off for a few hours and escape the scorching California heat. The theme of the park is airplanes and skydiving, which is a really fun idea because it connects directly to the theme of Skydive Perris. Parents can relax by floating around the lazy river while the kids can have a blast on the waterslides and other attractions. The park has many friendly staff members and lifeguards on duty to ensure a fun, safe environment for all visitors. This location is a must for any families visiting the area.

Lake Perris Fairgrounds

The Lake Perris Fairgrounds is another great spot in the area. This location is home to the annual Southern California Fair which attracts folks from all over the area. The fair is held every October and is a great place for people of all ages to come spend the day. With such a wide variety of activities including concerts, motorized events, exhibits, rides, games and of course delicious food, there is something for everybody! DiscoverIE encourages everyone to bring the family out and enjoy this really fun event.

Perris Auto Speedway

Last but not least we visited the Perris Auto Speedway. The speedway is located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. This was a really cool stop because they let us take our limo around the half mile clay track and let us take a group picture on the winner’s podium. It was so much fun to experience the track from the point of view of a driver. The track hosts races of all different types all year around, and is a ton of fun for race enthusiasts and those just looking for a fun evening out with the family.

Mansion Masquerade

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mansion masquerade picOn Friday, October 24th, Montecito Memorial Park & Mortuary and Boys & Girls Clubs will come together to present the 2014 Mansion Masquerade held at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands. This event will include dinner, drinks, dancing, a costume contest, silent auction and other activities throughout the evening. Mansion Masquerade is a Halloween themed costume ball for ages 21 and older to enjoy a fun night out that will also benefit a great organization. As a local non-profit, our goal is to raise funds in an effort to give back to others in the communities we serve. With this, we look to keep our event costs at a minimum to ensure that more funding reach the kids we serve in our local community.

We are asking for your help to make our 3rd Annual Mansion Masquerade event a great success. You
can help support this event by:

BECOMING A SPONSOR: Sponsorship opportunities are available and provide a great opportunity to market your company while giving back.

PURCHASING TICKETS: Don’t miss out on this great event, get your tickets today! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Boys & Girls Clubs by phone or email.

DONATE AN ITEM: You can promote your company by donating an item, gift card, basket or service to be used in our silent auction or raffle knowing that your gift will provide Great Futures for youth in your local community! (Ideas: Fall or Winter themed donations, home décor, creative artwork (paintings, pictures, wine/beer bottle art), autographed memorabilia, special event tickets, unique items or experiences, gift cards, and more!)

PARTICIPATE IN OUR CHEERS FOR CHARITY EVENT: We are asking local supporters to donate a bottle of wine to be used at our event in a “Cheers for Charity” raffle. All donated bottles will be disguised and be raffled off to raise funds for the children. As a donor, your name will appear on the bottle and be listed in our event program. To add marketing to your bottle, you can also include a gift card to your business if interested.

SPREAD THE WORD: If you are able we would love for you to post an attached information flyer on your community board, in employee areas or on your website or social media sites to help spread the word.



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~ Grand Marshal Titan Gilroy to give the command “Drivers Start Your Engines” ~

~ Honorary Starter Beau Mirchoff to wave the green flag ~ 

Titan Gilroy PHOTO Titan Gilroy, host of MAVTV’s “TITAN:  AMERICAN BUILT,”  has been named Grand Marshal for the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships – the final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series to be held under the lights at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30.  As Grand Marshal, Gilroy will give the most famous command in motorsports “Drivers Start Your Engines.”

For the past twelve years, Gilroy has built up an enviable reputation as America’s premier precision machinist determined to put American manufacturing back on top of the world in aerospace, military and automotive manufacturing.

“TITAN:  AMERICAN BUILT” is the name of Gilroy’s patriotic, one hour new series debuting on MAVTV, Friday, Oct. 3 with a two hour special at 6-8 p.m. ET. Each week the series will show Titan America’s machine shop expertise outperforming the competition at a faster rate and with higher tolerances.  When everyone else fails “TITAN” produces the world’s most intricate parts and takes on jobs that other companies deem impossible.

Beau Mirchoff, star of the upcoming film “Born to Race: Fast Track” and MTV’s “Awkward” is confirmed as Honorary Starter of the MAVTV 500.  As Honorary Starter, the Mirchoff will wave the green flag to get the MAVTV 500 underway.

Beau Mirchoff PHOTOBeing no stranger to life in the fast lane, Mirchoff stars in “Born to Race: Fast Track,” the second film in the “Born to Race” franchise. Featuring “old-school” filmed-in-real-time, non-CGI enhanced race sequences, “Born to Race: Fast Track” crosses the finish line on August 29 when it’s available for digital download on iTunes. The film is available on Blu-ray™, DVD and OnDemand on September 9.

Don’t miss Grand Marshal Titan Gilroy give the command “Drivers Start Your Engines or Honorary Starter Beau Mirchoff wave the green flag at the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway under the lights on Saturday, Aug. 30.

For more information on the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships at Auto Club Speedway, a complete race weekend schedule or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit


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~ Fans invited to watch from Terrace Suite rooftops ~

What:               Verizon IndyCar Series test in preparation for the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race under the lights at Auto Club                                            Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

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Who:                Verizon IndyCar Series drivers*:

Juan Pablo Montoya                 No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet

Helio Castroneves                     No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet

Mikhail Aleshin                          No. 7 SMP Racing Honda

Ryan Briscoe                            No. 8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Scott Dixon                              No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Tony Kanaan                             No. 10 Huggies Chevrolet

Sebastien Bourdais                   No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet

Will Power                                 No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet

Takuma Sato                             No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda

Graham Rahal                           No. 15 National Guard Honda

Sebastian Saavedra                  No. 17 Automatic Fire Sprinklers KV AFS Chevrolet

Carlos Huertas                          No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda

Justin Wilson                            No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda

Ed Carpenter                             No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Marco Andretti                          No. 25 Snapple Honda

James Hinchcliffe                      No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

Ryan Hunter-Reay                      No. 28 DHL Honda

Carlos Munoz                            No. 34 Cinsay HVM Honda

Josef Newgarden                      No. 67 Direct Supply/SFH Racing Honda

Simon Pagenaud                       No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda

Charlie Kimball                          No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet

Jack Hawksworth                      No. 98 Integrity Energee Drink Honda


When:              Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 4:30. – 10:30 p.m. *


Where:             Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA 92335


Fan Info:  

Ticket Holders                           FREE (must present MAVTV 500 ticket or proof of purchase)

All Others                                   Option 1: Purchase any MAVTV 500 ticket by 8pm on Aug. 27

                                                   Option 2: $10 charitable donation to the Auto Club Speedway    Foundation benefiting local schools.


Fans can watch the test session from the infield Terrace Suite rooftops above Pit Road.


Media:                            Drivers will be available to media during the break at 6:30 p.m. *

Credential Office hours prior to the test session are 2:30 – 6:30pm.

There will be a photo meeting in the Photo Room next to the Media Center prior to the start of the test at 3:30pm.                                                                                                                    Photographers must attend to receive a photo vest.


RSVP:              David Talley, Auto Club Speedway, 909-429-5205,           

                            Joann D. Young, Auto Club Speedway, 909-429-5206,


* Drivers and schedule are tentative and subject to change.


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Blues for the Zoo Benefit Concert Raises Funds for Big Bear Alpine Zoo

The blues is a powerful form of music that is known for its healing ability. On Saturday, September 27 the 5th Annual Blues for the Zoo benefit concert brings the healing power of the blues to help raise funds for Big Bear Alpine Zoo’s rehabilitation programs for orphaned and injured alpine wildlife.

BFTZ BB Eblast-B“We’re very grateful for Blues for the Zoo because the funds we get from the concert tremendously help care for our animals, including our newest resident snow leopard sisters and our grizzly bear family,” said Big Bear Alpine Zoo Curator Debbie Richardson.

The concert that features world-class blues musicians takes place at Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater’s lakeside stage. Headlining this year’s benefit concert is internationally recognized blues band the Otis Taylor Band, which is known for its unique blend of Delta blues and free-style jazz mixed with improvised jams to create a distinctive form of blues known as trance blues. The Otis Taylor Band includes an electrifying fiddle player, a solid rhythm section, a guitarist who plays steel guitar as well as slide guitar and band leader Otis Taylor occasionally picks up a banjo to add to the band’s eccentric style of blues. Taylor who broke into the blues scene in the late 1990s is known for his intriguing and creative songwriting ability that explores the African-American experience.

“Otis Taylor is an amazing artist. He brings a very unique style of blues and concertgoers are in for a real treat!” said Big Bear Events Resource Office Director Rick Bates.

Bonne Musique Zydeco gets the concert started with its very danceable Louisiana bayou-influenced music. The fast-tempo music includes traditional zydeco instruments such as button accordion and washboard. Janiva Magness performs second on the bill. Magness is an incendiary vocalist who delivers scorching intensity with a dose of personal introspection.

Blues for the Zoo is Saturday, September 27 at Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater, located at 41220 Park Ave. in Big Bear Lake. Gates open at 11 a.m. The concert is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Parking is $4. The concert features a selection of local arts and crafts and a freshly prepared food and beverage menu.  Beach chairs and blankets are welcome for festival-style lawn seating. No coolers or pets allowed. For full details about Blues for the Zoo visit To purchase tickets in advance or to book lodging and ticket packages log onto or call 800-424-4232. You may also purchase tickets at the Big Bear Visitor Center, 630 Bartlett Road or Big Bear Alpine Zoo, 43285 Goldmine Dr. in Big Bear Lake.


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auto club speedway logoAuto Club Speedway’s Official Craft Beer, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, is hosting the Hangar 24 MAVTV 500 INDYCAR Fan Party on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. (Hangar 24 Tasting Room, 1710 Sessums Drive, Redlands, Calif.).

The Hangar 24 Fan Party is open to the public and the perfect setting to get with fellow race fans to talk shop before the world’s fastest drivers return to INDYCAR’s fastest track to race under the lights at Auto Club Speedway for the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Festivities at the Hangar 24 Fan Party include:

  • Incredible ticket offer for the MAVTV 500 — only $20 for a GA ticket.  This offer is available only at the Hangar 24 Fan Party
  • Photo opportunity with the INDYCAR show car
  • Chance to win prizes and giveaways including MAVTV 500tickets, merchandise and more
  • Purchase food and drinks including the release of two new Hangar 24 craft beers  — the Local Fields Polycot and the Oktoberfest Fall Lager
  • And more!

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport.  Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying. Afterwards they would share stories, barbecue, play music and enjoy Ben’s latest batch of homebrews. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery embodies that spirit: good beer, a love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being among good friends.

Located in nearby Redlands, Hangar 24 products as well as other craft beers, will be served on race day in the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Fan Zone and throughout the facility during the MAVTV 500.

Enjoy the quality of craft beer with fellow race fans at the Hangar 24 Fan Party on Thursday, Aug 28 or at the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race on Saturday, Aug. 30.  For more information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit

SBSO heads for the OK Corral

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The San Bernardino Symphony Guild has announced Saturday, September 20 as the date of their annual Bach to Boots Gala to be held at the picturesque Old Glen Ranch in Lytle Creek

This year’s event will feature an authentic chuck wagon dinner prepared by cowboy chefs, dancing to the western sounds Electric Tumbleweeds, and lots of opportunities to support the Symphony’s many worthwhile educational and community programs.  This year, the Guild has also engaged the Tombstone Legends, a western re-enactment group to bring a lively touch of the old west to what is always a popular evening.

“People often misinterpret a symphony event as one which is stuffy or requires everyone to dress formally.  But this is far from what we do at our performances or at Bach to Boots!” quipped event chair Carrie Schmidt, adding “People come to concerts and realize the focus isn’t on what the audience is wearing, it’s on the amazing live music, and as for Bach to Boots, well, It’s definitely tough to be stuffy having dinner wearing denim and cowboy hats in a horse corral!”

The goal of the event is to raise funds for the San Bernardino Symphony which provides five season concerts, many community concerts, and music education through the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s more than 60 facilities.  Their Music in the Schools program has introduced orchestral instruments to more than 90,000 elementary school students. They also offer free music workshops led by Maestro Frank Fetta and orchestra members and discounted student tickets to all subscription concerts.  In addition, this February, two free student concerts will be performed for District students to augment their studies relating to Black History Month.  For over 30 years, the Guild has also offered the Symphony Debs and Red Tie Associates, a unique job skills training program for local teens.

“Our educational programs are part of our commitment to the community,” said Symphony Guild President Judy Podskalan.  “We are blessed to have been the recipients of an unparalleled level of community support for 86 seasons; we owe our future audiences the experience of live symphonic music and music education to the greatest possible extent we can provide.”

For Bach to Boots ticket information, contact Carrie Schmidt at (909) 534-2693 or


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ACS MAVTV 500 Anthem Lee DeWyze PHOTO“American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships race on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway.

After winning “American Idol” in 2010, DeWyze formally launched the pivotal next stage of what was already a high-profile musical career with his 2013 Vanguard Records debut – Frames. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, during which he collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott.

Before competing on “Idol”, DeWyze recorded a pair of indie albums in his hometown of Chicago that stylistically foreshadowed what he’s doing now, the organic sounds of slide guitars, mandolins and banjos burnishing his folk-rooted songs and vocals. Since then, of course, the ever-cycling mainstream has come around to the kind of music DeWyze has been making all along, apart from his “Idol” side trip, so the timing couldn’t be better for this scintillating return to his sweet spot, coming as it does in the midst of the current folk-rock revolution.

To watch Lee Dewyze perform the National Anthem live at Auto Club Speedway, you must have a ticket to the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships.  Gates for the MAVTV 500 open at 4p.m.PT on Saturday, Aug. 30, with the green flag waving at 7:20p.m. PT.  For more information, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit

“Beat the Southern California Heat” in Claremont, California, This Summer with Hotel Getaway Package

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7491a5ae-927a-4b29-95e4-f206585e8116With weather in the Greater Los Angeles area heating up, hotels in Claremont, California, are offering a unique “Beat The Southern California Heat” getaway package that will provide visitors with a relaxing break.

Travelers who Discover Claremont between August 1 and October 31, 2014, may choose a hotel package that includes a comfortable guest room, two welcoming cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, a pair of Laemmle Theater movie tickets — which can be used at Laemmle’s Claremont 5 in the Claremont Village Square — and $20 in Discover Claremont gift cards for post-movie desserts.

A limited number of “Beat The Southern California Heat” getaway packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), and Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club (909-621-4831). The Discover Claremont gift cards are redeemable for food at the hotels or at more than 40 other local eateries.

Summer is a great season to explore Claremont’s visitor attractions, such as the Folk Music Center, owned by musician Ben Harper; and the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. Claremont visitors will also find a “food neighborhood” of more than 80 eateries; Fair Trade Shopping and hand-selected merchandise at locally owned boutiques; live entertainment at PianoPianoHip Kitty JazzFlappers Comedy Club,Candlelight Pavilion and other spots; and craft beers at Claremont Craft Ales and many other pubs and restaurants. The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools and galleries and libraries at the Claremont Colleges resume their normal visitor hours in September.

Visitors will find free parking throughout the city, or can take Metrolink directly to the Claremont Village for an eco-friendly getaway.

The hotel package is being underwritten by Discover Claremont, the Claremont tourism board. A complete list of Claremont merchants participating in the gift card promotion can be found at


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laontario airportVolaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico and the United States, will add a third flight between LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Guadalajara starting September 1, 2014.

“We’re very pleased that Volaris flights have been successful at Ontario since they began twice-weekly service to Guadalajara in April,” said ONT’s manager Jess Romo. “The additional flight will offer our international travelers more options.”

Tickets are available through, Volaris’ Call Center at (866) 988-3527, as well as through authorized travel agencies. The third flight departs from Guadalajara on Mondays at 9:55 p.m., arriving at ONT at 11 p.m., then departing from ONT at 12:40 a.m. and arriving at Guadalajara at 5:35 a.m. Existing flights will continue Sunday and Thursday of each week.

Volaris Chief Executive Officer, Enrique Beltranena, spoke of the importance of arriving in Ontario as a significant step in stimulating the market of those who visit family and friends between Mexico and the U.S. “This market is the largest of its kind in the world, which is why we are committed to covering its connectivity requirements, offering flights at affordable fares that allow us to compete with ground transportation fares, while fostering cultural, commercial, and financial exchange with the United States.”

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit, like us on Facebook at, and follow us on Twitter at