Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 2nd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 26th.   The second annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit three local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts FoundationRancho Cucamonga Library Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care & Services.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.


The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2014 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit:

Here are our photos from the 2013 event.

2013 Participating Restaurants:

N7 Creamery

Corner Bakery

California Pizza Kitchen

Crepes de Paris

Johnny Rockets

King’s Fish House

T.G.I. Friday’s

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Slater’s 50/50

Special Guest Restaurants:

Antonino Italian Restaurant and Bar

Haandi Indian Cuisine

Aria Restaurant and Lounge

Magic Lamp Inn Steakhouse

Temecula Art Festival and Street Painting Contest

The Temecula Arts Festival starts on Friday, June 20 thru Sunday, June 22.  Professional artists will participate in this highly anticipated annual event by displaying and selling some of their award winning art and photography.  Over 100 creative artists will feature their talent at the annual event this year.   Live music will also provide entertainment.

I typically like to wait until the final day to attend to see the finish pieces of art at the Street Painting contest, but if you are an art lover you definitely need to come out and check it out a couple times this weekend.

We attended the event last year as well and loved it!  We met award winning artist Mark Stephenson’s  and celebrated his innovative and inspiring art and enjoyed all of the street art.   Here are our photos from 2013 Temecula Art Festival and Street Painting Contest.


Additional Details


41000 Main St, Temecula, CA 92590

Old Town Temecula in Temecula, CA


Friday, June 20 thru Sunday, June 22

Key Events

Judging 3-4pm on Sunday, June 22

Additional photos from previous years festivals





Father’s Day Quotes: 11 Quotes to Show Dad You Care

Father’s Day is a great day to show your husband and/or dad you care.  From our family to yours, we celebrate our dads everywhere this weekend with 11 quotes.  Happy Father’s Day!

Father's Day Quotes

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Inland Empire Splash Pads

June is just beginning, but the summer heat has already shown up in the Inland Empire.

I recently took my boys to a splash pad – a recreation area with no or little standing water – is a great place to cool off in the summer heat without all the stress of going to the neighborhood pool.


A splash pad is something all of the kids can enjoy – from bigger kids to toddling babies. My one-year-old loved to splash in a small pool of water but got mad when his face got wet. My older son loved watching other kids manipulate streams of water and sticking his feet in the fountains in the ground.

Some advice for splash pads:

-Wear sunscreen and bring an umbrella is there is not going to be shade nearby.

-Wear a swimsuit to play in the water and consider water shoes. Avoid flip flops that get slippery when wet or catch on rubberized ground.

-Please don’t bring the family dog to a splash pad. Not only could a child with a fear of dogs be forced to leave the pad, but even a well-trained dog could get nervous or overexcited around screaming, running kids.

-Since there is no need for a lifeguard at a splash pad, keep a close eye on your children.

-Wear swimsuits to a splash pad if possible, including swim diapers if needed.


There are many splash pads all over Riverside and San Bernardino counties  – from public spaces, regional parks to water parks. Here’s a list of some you don’t need to pay admission to get you started.

·         Citrus Park Splash Pad at Citrus Parkin Corona is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 30th. The splash pad, which features water cannons, leaf-like structures and other ways to play, is near two playgrounds and grass areas for drying off in the sun.

·         Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga has a small fountain feature splash pad in the center of the shopping area, close to Bath & Body Works and Ben and Jerry’s. There is a family-friendly bathroom nearby for changing.

·         Monte Vista Park in Chino features a fenced-in splash pad with a tall geyser spray and has benches nearby.  The seven-acre park, which also features playgrounds and basketball courts, will have the splash pad running 7 days a week

·         The colorfully-lit interactive fountain at The Shoppes at Chino Hills is in the middle of the shopping center. There is a bathroom for changing nearby, so change out of your swimsuit and get dry before you go shopping or have lunch. n

·         Veterans Park in Colton has along with the splash pad has large trees and grass nearby for moms to stay in the shade. There is two playgrounds, other activities and a library and community center.

·         The splash pad at Tom Minor Park in San Bernardino is right next to a covered area with picnic benches and a playground. However, there are no bathrooms at the park – the nearby Arco station bathroom (by Starbucks) is the closest option.

·         Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills Community Park has a splash pad along with its 18 acres of park activities and sport fields. The  whimsical splash pad is walled off and surrounded by umbrellas to keep parents cool.