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Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe
Sunday, August 16, from 12:30 - 4:30 pm - $7, $5 for children ages 4-12
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site invites you to squish some history between your toes at Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe! Children and adults who love to get “down and dirty” will have a blast making real adobe bricks, constructing a mini-adobe home, competing in mud relay races, and learning about our local adobe soil and the important role it played in early California history. This muddy, wacky event is taking place on Sunday, August 16 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under are free.
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Adobe is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man. Traditionally sun-dried, adobe blocks are made of sand, clay, water and straw and were used to construct the home at Rancho Los Cerritos – built 171 years ago in 1844. At Mud Mania, guests young and old can squish and stomp mud in the adobe pit, where they will learn all about building homes with adobe bricks. Digging through the adobe soil in our archaeology lab, they can uncover lost treasures from bygone years – fragments of kitchen pottery, metal cutlery and even bone from the cattle and sheep that once grazed on the 27,000 acre Rancho.
Participants will also have an opportunity to see and touch different insects that live in the soil, make a clay pot, and play mud-related games. For those who prefer to stay neat and tidy, Mud Mania offers plenty of “clean” activities including bug headbands, fossils making, Mud Mania trivia, and paper crafts. Live music by the Grasslands Bluegrass Band will be featured throughout the afternoon, and food, including vegetarian options, will be available for purchase from the B&H Old Fashioned Burgers food truck.
Two new partners will be involved in this year's event. Stefanie Gillett, Communications Specialist for Signal Hill Petroleum, explained that the company’s staff will be demonstrating how oil is found, extracted, and processed. “The oil industry uses many resources and scientific techniques to better understand the complex geology of the Earth’s crust,” she said. “We appreciate the opportunity to educate our youth, with a hands on approach, about how petroleum is a huge and necessary part of our everyday lives.”
Meaghan O’Neill, Supervising Park Naturalist for the City’s El Dorado Nature Center, was very excited to be invited to participate in Mud Mania. “We will be having a dirt exploration table, and be speaking with the visitors about the importance of soil to plants and animals,” she explained. “We will have two exploration bins filled with dirt, leaves and compost for guests to dig through and find the tiny critters that live in it, as well as books and educational materials on bugs and other decomposers that help create soil.”
Guests at Mud Mania are required to park in the overflow lot across from our entrance or on the street; carpooling is desirable. No more than six children per adult, please. Shoes are required, except in the mud pit, and guests are encouraged to wear old clothes and bring a towel plus a change of attire for the ride home. “De-mudding” stations will also be available for limited clean up; showers will not be available.
The Walking Phoenixes: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Sunday, August 23, from 5:30 - 7 pm - FREE
To commemorate the Rancho’s transfer from the Bixby family to the City of Long Beach in 1955, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Back To The 50’s, a celebration of American Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, and Country Music. The series takes place on the forth Sunday of the month between May and August, and is completely free. Guests are welcome to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking in the beautiful backyard lawn. Music begins at 5:30 and continues until 7 p.m.
On August 23, the series concludes with The Walking Phoenixes, who will resurrect the spirit of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. His breakout single, Folsom Prison Blues, was released in 1957 and became an instant classic. The Walking Phoenixes don’t try to imitate Cash but, rather, breathe new life into his most popular songs. Their love and respect for Cash, and his music, have allowed them to perform with members of the Cash family, and play at fairs and festivals throughout the state.
Guests are welcome to bring blankets and low beach-style chairs. High backed chairs are not allowed. Pets, and smoking, are not allowed anywhere on the site. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is limited handicapped parking on site, and additional parking is available in an adjacent lot, and on the street.
Mariachis and Margaritas:
Sunday, October 4, from 5 - 9 pm - $100
Join us in the Rancho gardens on Sunday, October 4 and feast on bacon-wrapped jalapenos, chimichangas, handmade tacos, and cheese and poblano pepper tamales catered by Lola’s Mexican Cuisine. Mingle with guests as you enjoy icy margaritas and chilled Mexican beers. Then sit back for an entertaining concert featuring two renowned groups, Mariachi Tesoro and Mariachi Relampago.
Mariachi Tesoro’s leader, Rebecca Gonzales, brings with her group of professionals an exciting vitality to every performance. Classically trained in violin and voice, she was the first female in the U.S. and Mexico to be a member of a famous all-male Mariachi group. Her group has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theater, and Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara. Mariachi Relampago, established in 2003, has entertained audiences at the L.A. County Fair, the Museum of Latin American Art, and throughout California. They’ve even performed for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, and the Mayor of Los Angeles.
The evening will include a special “Outstanding Partner” presentation to the City of Long Beach in recognition of the City’s stewardship of Rancho Los Cerritos from 1955-2013, and the public-private parnership forged on January 1, 2014 to operate Rancho Los Cerritos through the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation.
Funds raised by the event will support award winning educational programs that reach 5,500 local 4th grade students annually, and many other programs, community events, and activities.
Individual tickets are $100 per person. Tables, with 10 places, are available for $1,000. To purchase tickets, or a table, please download, complete, and return the order form.
Overview of 2015 Events
First Saturdays from 1-4 PM
A free drop-in program of seasonally themed craft activities
Themes are: April 4 (Cool Blues), May 2 (Sunny Yellow), June 6 (Rainbow Surprise), Oct 3 (Outrageous Orange), Nov 7 (Brilliant Brown), and Dec 5 (Gorgeous Green).
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Victorian Magic Show
Saturday, October 24
Two Shows: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
In the Victorian era, popular stage magicians began to create illusions that seemed to blur the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds. Join us as Victor Ian Elan presents a spellbinding demonstration of prestidigitation, legerdemain, and mind reading. You may even assist him in a brave attempt to make contact with spirits.
Seating is extremely limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price $45 per person.
Tuesday, December 8
At our annual Holiday Tea, you will experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions, brought to life by our volunteer costumed docents. The tea includes scones, sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and may tour the home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms.
The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m.. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Old Time Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 13
1 - 7 PM
The festival begins with music, storytellers, crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa, amidst the lavishly decorated adobe home. Once the sun goes down, the Rancho will be lit by candles and oil lamps, and costumed living history docents will share their memories of Victorian-era holidays at the Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations needed.
Admission is payable at the entrance.
Cocoa With Santa
Tuesday, December 15
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 15. At 4 p.m., children are invited to have Cocoa With Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and marshmallows, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, tour the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe house and learn how Victorian era kids celebrated the holidays. Parents are welcome to take photos.
Admission is $10 per person, which includes a photo with Santa. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.