Bay Voyager launches San Francisco Bay tours

       Bay
Voyager has just launched San Francisco’s first and only bay tour
featuring the Navy Seals-type large passenger rigid inflatable boat
(RIB), which can accommodate up to 12 people. 

         Regardless
of the choice of six tours, an overnight excursion and private
charters, Bay Voyager’s cruises provide great access to the less
traveled corners of the San Francisco Bay as well as a more
individualized experience.


A snapshot of Bay Voyager’s tours may include history and stories of the
San Francisco Bay while observing the former mooring sites of abandoned
gold rush ships or active estuaries populated by cargo ships and tug
boats.

 

According
to President and Founder, Charles Jennings, “By being in a small and fast vessel, guests
can have an up close and personal adventure while traveling to all
corners of the always-fascinating bay.”

Riding
on the same type of vessel NAVY SEALS use in their operations,
passengers will enjoy cruising aboard San Francisco Bay’s first and only
large passenger RIB (rigid inflatable boat) and one of only a small
number of passenger RIB vessels on the West Coast of California.

Big Bear hosts Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

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The
sagas of cowboy traditions live on at the annual Cowboy Poetry & Music
Gathering August 18-21, 2011 in Big
Bear Lake.

The
western-style jamboree brings in the biggest names in cowboy music and poetry
from across the nation. Featured artists include R.W. Hampton, who is
recognized as the #1 cowboy entertainer in the United States and UK;
singer/songwriter Belinda Gail, known as America’s Western Sweetheart, has won
numerous Western Music Association Awards; vaudeville accordion player
Sourdough Slim, brings his super-size comedy routine that is guaranteed to have
the audience in stitches. 

Big
Bear’s Cowboy Gathering is more than an event. It’s a celebration of the heart
and soul of America’s
western heritage,” said Big Bear Poetry and Music Cowboy Gathering Co-Chair and
Director Glenn Stuart. “The best part of course is our pool of talented
performers. Be ready for a belly full of laughs and some passionate poetry that
will truly speak to you!”

The
festivities kick off at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center Thursday,
August 18. A limited amount of tickets are sold to
this exclusive event that includes cocktails and entertainment by Nancy Lee and
the Pioneer Town Posse.

After the reception is a chuck wagon dinner under the
stars featuring tri-tip and chicken with Bobs Blasted Beans and all the fixin’s. There is a silent auction, opportunity drawing and
of course live music and poetry by R.W. Hampton, Belinda Gail, and Dennis
Gaines. Location:
 The Performing
Arts Center
is located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd.
Showtime: Cocktails and Entertainment, 5 p.m.;
Dinner, 6 p.m.; Entertainment, 7 p.m.; Admission: $50.

On
Friday, August 19, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. is a luncheon to meet the
entertainers in person. The luncheon is at Nottingham’s
Restaurant, 40797 Big Bear Blvd. Admission: $20.

Following the luncheon, mosey on
over to the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center for some great cowboy
entertainment. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Belinda Gail and Diane Tribitt
conduct a poetry and songwriting seminar. The cost is $5 (free with Cowboy Gathering collector’s pin).

Later
from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. singer/songwriter Nancy Lee opens the evening’s
concert with her unique blend of singing and yodeling. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
performances include guitar strumming Belinda Gail who is always a crowd
favorite; the hilariously entertaining Sourdough Slim, a true showman that
gives his audience an accordion squeezin‘ good
time; Diane Tribitt, a profound and spiritually
gifted poet and storyteller; and Richard Elloyan, an
insightful musician inspired by his experience working for the U.S. Forest
Service and as a ranch hand. Admission for the concert is $25.

 On Saturday, August
20, the all-day festival has traditional cowboy music, poetry, storytelling,
and authentic barbeque. Nancy Lee kicks off the day with her “Dirty Underwear”
fashion show. Next Morgan Seaman conducts The Art of Photography workshop.

Storytellers and poets will once again rile up the audience with more
chronicles of life on the range. Dennis Gaines teaches folks how to write
poetry and Paul Ortuno shares his expertise of
horsemanship. Showtime: Fashion Show 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Admission $5;
Photography seminar 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Admission: $5; Natural Horsemanship
seminar, 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., Admission: $5 (all free with Cowboy Gathering
collector’s pin);

 Saturday
evening brings in more talent at the Performing Arts Center. The night features
more authentic barbeque under the trees and wildly western entertainment. The
featured artist is R.W. Hampton, who captured this year’s Western Heritage
award winner in the Outstanding Original Western Composition category; Nancy
Lee, who is honored with two nominations for her first CD “Cowboy Lullaby” by
the Western Music Association; Diane Tribitt brings
her poetry and stories about her deep Minnesota ranch roots to the stage; and
Sourdough Slim will once again provide honky tonk
music on his accordion. Dennis Gaines can tell a story like no other. His
hilarious material is guaranteed to get a few laughs. Entertainment is from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $35.

On Sunday, August 21, from 7:30
a.m. to 9 a.m. is a good old fashioned cowboy breakfast that includes generous
portions of breakfast favorites. Right after
breakfast, mosey on over to Cowboy
Church, a
non-denominational service for spiritual healing that includes testimonials
from cowboy performers. The cowboy encampment continues on Sunday with a
performance by horse whisperer, Paul Ortuno.

For more
information or to purchase tickets call 909-709-0449 or visit www.bigbearcowboygathering.net

Tour da Arts bicycle event set in Santa Monica

Beat the pump, cycle the town, and enjoy Santa Monica’s Tour Da Arts Bike Gearsights and sounds on Sunday, Aug. 21.
 

The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s third annual Tour da Arts
bike event invites you to participate in a spoke-card workshop and a
scenic ride with stops for music, dance, and art along the way.

The ride
culminates at SMMoA with the Bicycle Bell Ensemble – a tuneful collaborative performance.
 
Free admission to Tour da Arts ride and festivities
Spoke card art workshop admission $5
Free for SMMoA members.
Activities are open to all ages (some restrictions apply).

 All riders will receive a free bicycle bell, while the first 150 riders to register and check in will get a free Tour da Arts bicycle bag.


The ring of your free bicycle bell is an instrumental part of the musical grand finale – the Bicycle Bell Ensemble.

Check out the August issue of Momentum Magazine featuring Tour da Arts

Hop on double-decker bus with CitySights LA

CitySights LA, the
new, LA based sightseeing company, with their uniquely-designed top deck only
double decker buses, is the only tour bus company in LA to have a Venice
Beach tour.

Venice Beach is known for not only its sand, waters and
boardwalk, but the lively area is also home to a ton of must-see sites and
activities and CitySights LA’s brand new hop-on hop-off tour lets you see
everything.

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Tickets for the Venice Beach
Tour Loop cost $55 for adults and $44 for
children
.  Tickets are valid for up to 48 hours.

CitySights
LA offers double-decker tours and packages, as well as attraction tickets,
dining recommendations and general tips for travelers looking to get the most
out of their visits to Los Angeles.

All of its tours have live tour guides who
will provide you with interesting and fun facts about your surroundings. Our
buses only have upper-level seating to guarantee that you’ll have the
best seat in the house–every time.

For more information, please visit www.citysightsla.com, call 1-866-361-8999

Millbrae hosts art and wine festival this Labor Day weekend

For some
sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun this Labor Day weekend, head to Millbrae for the Art &
Wine Festival, September 3-4


Enjoy a friendly and vibrant street fair
with two days of live music, handcrafted work by 250
talented artists, fabulous food and drink, a microbeer tasting tent,
the “Classically Cool Car Show”, an organic and green products
showcase, artisan specialty foods, home and garden exhibits, health
and wellness displays and a host of amusements for kids.

The festival
takes place on Broadway (1 block west of El Camino Real) between
Victoria and Meadow Glen. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission is free.

This year’s music lineup is top notch once
again with nine fabulous bands playing a wide-ranging mix of 70′s
disco, hip-hop, 80′s pop classics, 90′s party music, R&B, soul,
funk, rock and roll, swing and jazz — sure to be a real treat for
music lovers. The lineup includes David Martin’s House Party, Big
Bang Beat, The House Rockers, Livewire, La Ventana, The Pulsators,
Emerson, Jeffrey Martin, and HeartStrings Music
. The festival will
also feature performances by the Shinnyo Taiko Drum Group of the
Shinnyo-en Buddhist order to open the festival.

The Kids’ Stage features the return
of the popular Streets Filled With Talent Music and Dance
Showcase
starring talented, up and coming performers, maybe the
next American Idol, from the Bay Area. Action-packed Kids’
Playland
will fascinate kids with endless amusements. Among the
exciting attractions are a full-size Ferris Wheel, a 120′ tall Super
Slide, face painting, temporary tattoos, Mobile Rock’s challenging
24-foot climbing wall, the Great Crab Grab, and an incredible
assortment of nostalgic carnival rides.


Makers of artisan specialty foods will be on-hand with gourmet offerings.

The popular Cantina, a shaded oasis to sit down and take a
break, returns to host the “Classically Cool Car Show” featuring
vintage touring cars, custom hot rods, sleek sports cars, and super
cool low riders along with a Microbeer Tasting Tent featuring
delicious seasonal brews from a dozen small craft brewers.
The festival runs September 3-4,
2011
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Broadway (one block west of El
Camino Real) between Victoria and Meadow Glen. Free round trip shuttle
service will be available from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station
every 20 minutes. Admission is free. For information, call
650-697-7324 or check out
www.miramarevents.com 

Celebrate National Roller Coaster Day at Primm Valley Casino

Primm Valley Casino Resorts
celebrates National Roller Coaster Day on August 16 by offering free
rides on The Desperado roller coaster.  Amusement ride enthusiasts are
invited for a day of heart-racing action from the time the coaster
begins operation at 12:15 p.m. to the last ride at 7:45 p.m. 

The
Desperado roller coaster ranks among the top ten coasters in North
America, sending guests to extreme heights at an intense speed. Riders
will get a breathtaking view of the valley from 209 feet up, right
before plunging down into a succession of twists, turns and unexpected
surprises. The Desperado offers 2.43 minutes of pure heart pounding fun
that is sure to cure boredom on your average Tuesday.

 This
offer is exclusive to The Desperado roller coaster on August 16 and is
open to all visitors. For more information on Primm Valley Casino
Resorts attractions and specials call
702.679.RIDE or visit the website.

 Follow Primm Valley Casino Resorts on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Hear ye, Hear ye, Renaissance Faire coming to Big Bear

The Big Bear Renaissance Faire celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer for two weekends, August
13-14 and August 20-21.
The Faire celebrates with musical troupes, singing groups, comedy acts,
belly dancers, strolling street performers and full-contact joust matches.

 

“We’re
pulling out all the stops for our special 10th anniversary
celebration!  We have more entertainment than ever before,” said Lynda
McGinnis, CEO and Founder of Big Bear Renaissance
Faire
. “The headlining act is The Knights of Mayhem, a genuine jousting
group that give an absolute crowd-pleasing performance!”

 The Knights of Mayhem provide bone-crunching, no holds
barred competitions that are 100 percent authentic, which means no scripts and
no
preplanned winner. Each knight is out to win, and spectators should expect to
see a contest with full-blown body contact. The
jousting competitions occur twice daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

 

“By all
means this is not a dinner show! It’s the real deal!” added McGinnis. “When
they hit, they hit hard. In fact, last year we had to pry off a knight’s helmet
and breastplate after a grueling battle.”

The faire takes place at Pedersen Sawmill, located in
Fawnskin at 39115 Rim of the World
Drive.
The jousting tournaments are only
part of the on-going medieval-themed entertainment at the Big Bear Renaissance
Faire. There are five stages of continuous entertainment including three
general stages, a children’s stage, and a NC-17 stage.

Some of the key performers on
the NC-17 stage include comedy troupes Belles of Bedlam and Gallows Humor. Both
troupes use witty techniques to tickle the audience with a twisted sense of
humor. Another marquee performer is Adam Reid The Bawdy Juggler. He can
juggle just about anything thrown his way, including swords.

On the general
stage be sure to check out The Universe According to Galileo, an educational
and side-splitting comedy routine.
The fun with the naming of the planets, to Galileo
explaining the three theories taught at the time of Aristotle, Ptolemy and
Copernicus.

Another must-see performance is Argus Armstrong, Minimal
Ship Repair. This one man show (actually played by a woman) features as a
traveling salesman for Miracle Ship with comedy bits that revolve around
repairing a ship that includes clean humor for the youngsters, yet it’s bawdy enough for adults.
  

 This year there are four royal
guilds and three different pirate crews to educate guests about the Elizabethan
era. Expect spontaneous outbreaks of war between the Spanish and English
guilds. 

Rounding off
the activities and entertainment is Queen Elizabeth’s
Royal Court
,
live steel battle, living history encampment with demonstrations, and Merriment
Square Children’s Area with lots of games and prizes. Some of the more notable
games include Battle
on the High Seas, Chuck a Chicken, Splatter the Platter, Soak a Bloke and
Drench a Wench.

 The Faire is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is Adults: $15; Adult weekend pass: $26; Adult
season pass: $50; Seniors, military, students and
children (age 6-12) $12; Seniors, military, students and children weekend pass:
$20; Seniors, military, students and children season pass: $38; Children 5 and
under: FREE. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-424-4232 or
online at www.bigbear.com.

Crystal Cruises offers Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles

Crystal Cruises’ 10-day December Mexican Riviera cruise on Crystal Symphony is now on sale, with fares starting at just $1,995
per person.

Departing December 11, the round-trip voyage from Los
Angeles will make five stops in Mexico, giving you plenty of time to
bask in the tranquility of sandy beaches and sapphire seas.

Explore the
picturesque cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta; spot sea lions
basking in the sun on a boat excursion in Loreto; or get up close and
personal with giant manta rays, whales, dolphins, and over 800 species
of fish while snorkeling in La Paz.

On board, experience the refined
luxury and renowned service that led readers of Travel + Leisure to vote Crystal Cruises the World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for a record-setting 16th year in a row.

Alameda welcomes summer visitors

For Zinfandel
devotees, visiting the island city of Alameda is part pilgrimage, part party.
The historic town on the San Francisco Bay is home to the unique urban winery,
Rosenblum Cellars, and offers activities from bike riding, to bird watching, to
beach hiking, all of which attract travelers seeking a great weekend getaway.
Summer
in Alameda offers sunshine at the beach, breezy passenger ferry rides and a
well-regarded flea market. Here’s more to check out in Alameda:
RIDE
  The Alameda / Oakland Ferry departs from San Francisco’s famed
Ferry Building Marketplace, a combination transit hub and upscale food market
that’s perfect for your Alameda picnic supplies.
  Roll into Alameda via the Bay Farm Island Bicycle Bridge, the
nation’s only pedestrian and bicycle drawbridge.  East Bay Winery Bicycle Tours can customize a
two-wheel tour that includes a stop at Rosenblum Cellars.
  Intrepid wine lovers have been known to paddle kayaks up to the
Alameda ferry dock for a visit.
VODKA & VINTAGE
  Sample vodka at neighboring distiller St. George Spirits, which
offers onsite tastings of its artisanal spirits and popular Hangar One brand of
vodkas.
  On the first Sunday of the month, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire
beckons with 800 to 900 vendors of everything from toys, telephones and tools,
to vintage fashion and jewels.
STROLL
  Crown Memorial State Beach, 2.5 miles of wide, sandy beach, a
2-mile beachside walking path, tide pools, dunes and, at the eastern end, the
Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary.
  The USS Hornet Museum, a World War II aircraft carrier, which
includes a large exhibit documenting the ship’s role in the Apollo 11 and 12
moon missions and splashdowns.
  The Alameda Farmers’ Market to taste the freshest seasonal produce
from California’s acclaimed farmers. The market is open year round from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m., every Tuesday and Saturday at the corner of Haight Avenue and
Webster Street.
  Alameda’s leafy streets with charming antique stores, art
galleries, coffee shops and well-preserved Victorian homes.
  The Oakland Aviation Museum at 8252 Earhart Road, which retraces
Amelia Earhart’s historic flights from Oakland and displays vintage aircraft,
including the Solent “flying boat.”
As many travelers agree, a visit
to Alameda isn’t complete without partaking of the fine wines at Rosenblum Cellars. Visit www.rosenblumcellars.com for more information and
a calendar of events.

Se San Diego Hotel offers free extras

The
sophisticated, zen-inspired
S San Diego Hotel in downtown San Diego is
offering a money-saving hotel package called,
The (Everything You Have EVER Asked
for Free) Package
.

Stay in urban-chic accommodations and enjoy
complimentary Wi-Fi Internet ($9.95 value), complimentary full American
breakfast ($13 value per guest), complimentary valet parking ($36 value per
night) and two-for-the-price-of-one spa treatments or a 30% discount off of one
service.

The package is available Sunday – Thursday, now through Sept. 29. Rates start at $135 per night for a single room, $155 for a double room
and $205 for a suite; tax and gratuity is not included.

For more information,
call 619-515-3000 for booking assistance or visit
www.sesandiego.com.