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1st December

Irish Centers's monthly get-to-gether


On the first Sunday of each month  the Irish Center holds an informal “get together luncheon”At Hill Street Café, 3301 N. Glenoaks Blvd, Easy to find, between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista on Glenoaks. (Right next to St Leon’s Cathedral).A separate dining room for 40-50 people. Park beside the building. Order what you want—a cup of coffee to full lunch—and pay yourself. Please do make reservations by calling Bridget Hana at 818 249 7911. Bring your musical instrument or song book. Always fun, good food, good company+ singing etc. Remember, the brunch starts at 1 pm at Hill street Café, 3301 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Burbank. CA. Hill Street telephone is 818 845 0046

1st December 2:00 pm

 Christmas Tea


Annual Christmass choir.
The tea is served immediatly after the entertainment.
This is one of the clubs special activities, and always sell out fast.
So please make your reservations earl so as note to be disapointed.
Doors open 1:00pm
Office (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606

2nd December 8:00 pm
An Claidheamh

The Celtic Arts Center Monday Happenings Irish Dance Free Workshop Every Monday 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Donated Food & ’Nibbles’ welcomed by all!) No-Host Bar, "Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid" (We all exist in each other's shadow) Tuilleadh eolais/Further information: www.celticartscenter.com
The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606.

 

2nd December 6:30 pm

Trivia Night


At O'Brien's Irish Pub every Monday night The Sports Pub with the Irish Heart 2226 Wilshire Blvd. (At 23rd/Across from Whole Foods) Santa Monica, CA  310 829-5303 www.obriensla.com

2nd December 7:00 pm
Trivia Night @ Robin Hood Pub
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Come visit this watering hole for a fun night with Brit beers on tap, dining area serving pub food, games & British shop next door. 13640 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California Phone: 818 994-6045

2nd December 7:00 pm
MG Club @ The Olde Ship
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The MG Club is dedicated to the enjoyment of these classic British sports cars
Membership is open to anyone, whether or not an MG owner
So please join us at The Olde Ship. 1120 W. 17th Street. Santa Ana, Ca 92706
tel: 714 550-6700 Website: www.theoldeship.com 

 


 

3rd December 9:00 to 11:00am

The Friends of Ireland of Southern California

This great bunch of people  who meet for breakfast on the first Tuesday of every month.
If you would like to join them from 9.00am to 11.00am at the Katella Deli, 4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
RSVP  Pete
pbeireanua@att.net  714-200-7365 or Allene  allene7@verizon.net
See you there.

3rd December
Weekly Breakfast Club

Weekly Breakfast Club
Every Tuesday They host a Breakfast Club at Cecconi’s Restaurant in West Hollywood.  This is a great place to meet  the group, make new friends and build on that sense of community.No need to make a reservation just stop in, pay the hostess and join a table. Breakfast is only  $15* (full English) including the tax and tip – (please bring cash) This includes Free bottomless tea and coffee and free valet. Last orders 11am. There is HP Sauce and Marmite knocking around on the tables. If Craig and Eileen aren't in attendance ask for Bernard (The mayor of breakfast club and the friendliest man in the world) For more details contact Eileen Lee: britsinla@gmail.com Cecconi’s Restaurant. 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood,CA 90048  Tel: 310 432 2000 http://www.britsin.la Tuesday.

 

3rd December 6:30am
Mayflower Day Time Club

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Every Tuesday the members of the Mayflower club meet to play Bingo, Canasta. If you would like to play Bridge please call the office so. That they can set the right numbers for a table. Lunch is served at noon and the menu is always a delight.
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All are Welcome For more details and directions please call The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com 
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606

3rd December 6:30am
Cat and Fiddle

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Brits In LA Quiz

Pub Quiz Night & The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub
“Every Tuesday at The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub at their location on Highland Ave. just introduce yourself to Sandro Monetti your quizmaster! Arrive before 8pm to get settled. If you need a team to join we will find you one, just get there around 7.50pm - no need to be clever and not all questions are British so it pays to have a diverse team. Free to play but we do ask that you make a purchase from the bar of menu. First prize is $75 and there are lots of other prizes to be had including a round of drinks and a gift voucher to spend at The Cat & Fiddle  Visit https://www.thecatandfiddle.com/ to peruse their menu - lots of British dishes including Sausage Rolls, Scotch Eggs, Pies and Crumble & Custard!  The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub. 742 N Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 9003 www.TheCatandFiddle.com Street parking after 7pm $7 Valet 
Email us at BritsinLA@gmail.com if you have any questions”

3rd December 7:00pm
Tacos and Triva


At the Red Leprechaun the classic Irish-American pub with eats and craft pints, California wines & occasional live music.
So why not come on down for an evening of Factual and Fictional Fun and Tracy's Taco Bar.
Trivia Hostes by Ed Bell and Royce
The Red Leprechaun.  4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804


4th December 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Belmont Shore British Car Night

Pre-1980 British car meet first Wednesday of every month. Come out for the evening, bring a friend and a British car. Cars meet near the pier in the parking lot adjacent to the Belmont shore Brewing Company.  Taste real Microbrews, dinners and great burgers for those who are hungry. Turn on Termino off Livingston to Allin St at the parking lot Details: Tim Clark: babula@peoplepc.com www.austin-healey.
For other event details please go to the Healey website calendar
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4th December 1:00- 6:00pm
CIACLA Sessions

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Are a monthly series of informal social gatherings that offers a platform for performance (in all styles and mediums), from storytelling and music, to dance, theatre and literature. CIACLA are inclusive events to bring  people together to socialize and celebrate a unique part of Irish culture. An event to showcase local talent; everyone is invited to participate and/or observe. All genres and styles are welcome. Everyone has something to contribute. CIACLA Sessions are organized by Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne; CIACLA's Community Engagement Officer.  Interested in taking part. Telephone: 424 387-5484 CIACLA
Suite B1, Bergamot Station.  2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

6th December 11:00 am
British American Business Council


60th Annual Christmas Luncheon
On Friday, December 6, 2019, the renowned Starlight Ballroom of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica will be transformed by a spirited Merry Christmas Celebration
in Grand British Tradition! THE best Christmas Luncheon in town, this festive event has become a celebrated favorite with the British and American communities in Southern
California. Each year it draws hundreds of guests, including the British Consul General, local political figures, and prominent leaders from the business and entertainment
communities. Festivities begin at 11:30 am with a hosted Champagne Reception and expansive Silent Auction. The traditional sit-down British Christmas Luncheon, complete
with all the trimmings, is accompanied by first-rate entertainment. A Grand Raffle featuring spectacular international trips rounds out the afternoon.
SINGLE TICKETS: $180 TABLES: $1,700-$2,200
Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. CA.

7th December10:00-11:00 am
First Saturday Monthly Meeting
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You can now come to a House of England meeting because it is on Saturday morning instead of a Tuesday evening.
Please RSVP to Rachel with your breakfast reservations! catered by Selina for only $4 per plate!  
 If you can only come for the meeting part, please let her know also. Rachel Adams <racheljulieadams@gmail.com>
Without involved members our lovely cottage couldn't exist so we want to make it as convenient as possible for you to be involved and this meeting change is a big step that we hope allows many more members to participate in not only the running of the cottage, but our wonderful community.  Many of us have created exceptional lifelong friendships within HOE that we wouldn't have had otherwise. Hosting at the cottage is also such a delight in so many ways - we get to meet fascinating people and talk about all sorts of things English!  We need more hosts though, if you could create space in your calendar to host on a Saturday or Sunday at least two or three times a year it would help us enormously.  If you've never hosted before I'll come and show you the ropes (actually the kettle) and give you all my fun hosting tips! Plus, we have Dennis - our wonderful greeter who makes it so easy to enjoy the day.  Come to the meeting and find out more.
Monthly Meeting now on the first Saturday of the month at 9:30-11:00am at the Hall of Nations.The House of England cottage is also open every Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.Please drop in for a spot of tea and a chance to learn a bit about the history and traditions of England. President HPR Delegate Fran Weekley  fweekle@cox.net House of England, Balboa Park Hall of Nations, House of Pacific Relations San Diego CA.
 

8th December 11:30am

 House of Scotland
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The House of Scotland is a cultural organization whose purpose is to keep before the general public the music, traditions, history, and culture of Scotland. While most people join because either they, their spouse or their ancestors were born in Scotland, membership application is open to any person who wishes to learn about Scotland or Scottish culture. The House of Scotland is one of the International Cottages organized within the House of Pacific Relations to further the pursuit of "pacific" or peaceful relations among nations.House of Scotland.Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11.30 am at the House of Scotland, International Cottages,
Balboa Park, San Diego. Information: Dianne Schultz (dschultz@cox.net) Club President. www.houseofscotland.org


9th December 7:30pm
Winter Holiday Hoolie!

The Celtic Arts Center Monday Happenings Irish Dance Free Workshop Every Monday 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Donated Food & ’Nibbles’ welcomed by all!) No-Host Bar,
"Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid" (We all exist in each other's shadow) Tuilleadh eolais/Further information: www.celticartscenter.com
The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com
11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606.

 

10th December 11:30am -1:00pm
Caledonian Club

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2nd Tuesday Lunch 11:30 - 1:00 pm, Streets of London Pub 18th and J, Sacramento. CA
Parking in restaurant lot. No host. No program. Wonderful people breaking  break haggis (or something else this restaurant actually serves) together and enjoying great company. Sponsored by the Caledonian Club and the Shamrock Club of Sacramento and invite interested people to join them for a no-host Informal lunch. There is no formal program, and the purpose is simply to get people together who have an interest in things Celtic, Many work, and this is one of the few events they attend. There is no charge for attending. Also, let's wear our kilts and test the rumor that that entitles us to a dollar off a beer. Over the years the Shamrocks and Caledonians have shared hosting this party, enjoying this season of fellowship and good will. Guests welcome. Events posted as they become available. Please wear your name badge. More information at 916 539 8931 Sharon Young  rsharonyoung@gmail.com
There is parking on the street or in back of the pub. Please join Callie and Shamrock clubs and guests for a jabberfest.
And maybe even some Scottish eggs.

 

10th December 7:00pm
Western Sierra Celtic Society
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The Western Sierra Celtic Society meets monthly at 7 p.m., on the second Tuesday of each month, at Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main Street, downtown Murphy,CA. about  60 miles east of Stockton. A free program on Irish or Scottish history will be presented at the end of each club membership meeting. For details, please visit www.SierraCelts.org or e-mail kiltguy@aol.com

 

13th December
BABC OC Traditional British Christmas Luncheon


Westin South Coast Plaza
Tickets: alison@babcoc.org
British American Business Council | 2781 W MacArthur Blvd Ste B365, Santa Ana, CA 92704

13th December
British Ex-Pats of Garden Grove Pub Quiz


Home of the British Ex-Pats of Garden Grove Pub Quiz
Their will be an assortment of questions on sports, science, math, music, current affairs, TV soap and general knowledge. Also national history both British and American will be quite tricky, adding to the fun and excitement. Cash prizes are available to those with brilliant minds or smart friends! It is suggested, that you have at least one southern English person on your team, to assist in the sometimes difficult English translations. (North of the Watford Gap does not count as Southern England). Bring your own team and beat the odds, or just be flabbergasted at your friend's Knowledge. The evening will be hosted by Tim Bentley at My Place Sport s Bar & Grill
5452 Commercial Dr, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
So please if you intend to come this month call cestrian49@yahoo.com Thank You and looking forward to seeing you here.



Tickets can be obtain in advance by calling the Mayflower Club at 1-818-769-9805



18th December 7:00pm
Dixon Scottish Cultural Ass in Dixon CA.


Dixon Scottish is a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting the culture, education and entertainment of Scotland. Meetings are 7 p.m., on the third Wednesday of each month, at the American Legion Hall, 1305 North First Street, Dixon, CA Its annual Scottish Highland games are on the last Saturday in September at the Dixon Fairgrounds, 655 South First Street, Dixon, CA.   All are welcome to attend! Next DSCA meetings are: The DixoScottish club's Robert Burns Supper in on the first Saturday in February at the Davis Masonic Lodge Hall, 1655 Da Vinci Court, Davis, CA.
For details, visit www.scotsindixon.org. or E-mail kiltguy@aol.com 


20th December 6:00pm

British United Service Club of Los Angeles

A club of British, former Commonwealth and Allied forces observing formal British Officers Mess protocol. The BUSC meets at the Altadena Town & Country Club normally on the third Friday of each month, except for August - dark. For attendance and membership questions, please go towww.BUSCLA.org



24th December
1941 WW1 Unoffical Christmas Truce


The Christmas truce occurred during a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of World War I around Christmas 1914. Hostilities had entered somewhat of a lull as leadership on both sides reconsidered their strategies following the stalemate of the Race to the Sea and the indecisive result of the First Battle of Ypres. In the week leading up to Christmas day German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men from both sides played games of football with one another.
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26th December
Boxing Day in Kingdom

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Boxing Day in the U K is the day after Christmas Day and falls on December 26th. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales

 

26th December 11:30-2:00 pm
The Britannia Connection

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Hold monthly meetings on the last Thursday of each month, they are a nonprofit local service club, founded in 2013. Who engage in charitable fundraising, while also promoting fellowship among ladies of British and Commonwealth heritage, and anyone with an an interest in British culture living in Southern California. For further information, contact President: Vanessa A. Caldwell, Telephone: 760-598-2602 or 208-871-9644. E-Mail: pinkbeemk@yahoo.com Treasurer: Susannah Levicki. Telephone: 951-691-2048. E-Mail: susannahsellsrealestate@gmail.com Where: Golf Club of California.  3742 Flowerwood Lane. Fallbrook, CA 92028



31st December 4:30 pm
Austin Healeys gathering

Brits at Fuddrucker's

For the past several months AHA Austin Healeys have been meeting with other classics and muscles cars on the last Tuesday of the month.They meet at 4:30 PM at the entrance to Fuddrucker's on El Toro in Lake Forest in order to park together.Other Healey's and Brits are encouraged to join us. Check our website calendar for other events. Note that not all events on our calendar feature Brit cars. Membership in our club ( Austin Healey Association) does not require car ownership. for more details please contact George McHarris. gmcharris@hotmail.com www.austin-healey.org

 


1st January 2017
Hogmanay Celebrations
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Historians believe that we inherited the celebration from the Vikings who, coming from even further north than ourselves, paid even more attention to the passing of the shortest day. In Shetland, where the Viking influence was strongest, New Year is called Yules, from the Scandinavian word. There are traditions before midnight such as cleaning the house on 31st December (including taking out the ashes from the fire in the days when coal fires were common). There is also the superstition to clear all your debts before "the bells" at midnight. Immediately after midnight it is traditional to sing Robert Burns'"For Auld Lang Syne". Burns claimed it was based on an earlier fragment and certainly the tune was in print over 80 years before he published his version in 1788. "First footing" (that is, the "first foot" in the house after midnight is considered to be a harbinger of the household's luck for the year.) is not as common as it used to be in Scotland. To ensure good luck for the house, the first foot should be male, dark (believed to be a throwback to the Viking days when blond strangers arriving on your doorstep meant trouble) and should bring symbolic coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky. These days, however, whisky and perhaps shortbread are the only items still prevalent (and available)

8th January

Plough Monday

Is the traditional start of the English agricultural year. While local practices may vary, Plough Monday is generally the first Monday after Twelfth Day (Epiphany),  8th of January. References to Plough Monday date back to the late 15th century. The day before Plough Monday is sometimes referred to as Plough Sunday. The day traditionally saw the resumption of work after the Christmas period. In some areas, particularly in northern England and East England, a plough was  hauled from house to house in a procession, collecting money. They were often accompanied by musicians, an old woman or a boy dressed as an old woman, called the "Bessy", and a man in the role of the "fool". 'Plough Pudding' is a boiled suet pudding, containing meat and onions. It is from Norfolk and is eaten on Plough Monday. From George Walker's The Costumes of Yorkshire, 1814.

 

22nd January 6:30pm
Caledonion Club Business meeting

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Business meeting fourth Wednesday of the month
6:30 refreshments and program 7:00 Business meeting More information at 916 539 8931 Sharon Young  rsharonyoung@gmail.com Location:
  Odd Fellows Lodge,1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento Ca.


25th January
Robert Burns Birthday”



1759-1796
On January 25th 1759 Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns,was born in Alloway Scotland.
For a century or more the Scots and their far-flung descendants have celebrated the anniversary with feasting and enthusiastic recitations from the poet's works, which custom decrees should include verses of his renowned poem."Address to a Haggis"

 

25th January
St. Dwynwen's Day

Welsh equivalent to Valentine's Day
The story goes that Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else. In her grief Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she begged God to make her forget Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. First she wished that Maelon be thawed, second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life. Dwynwen became a nun, fulfilling her wish to never marry, and left for the island of Anglesey to build a Church. This is referred to as Llanddwyn, literally meaning "Church of Dwynwen". Remains of Dwynwen's church can be seen today on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey.

 

26th January

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia.
Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

 

26th January 1:00 to 5:00pm
British Isles Family History Society USA


Family History Society – U.S.A. meetings are free, open to the public, and typically held on the fourth Sunday of the each month (except December).at the Los Angeles Family History, Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90025.  More information atwww.bifhsusa.org  or contact president@bifhsusa.org

 

26th January
LA Traditional Music Society


Dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Folk Music, dance and the related folk arts. Group meets fourth Sunday of every month at 16953 Ventura Blvd, Encino, 91316 (San Fernando Valley)
www.ctmsfolkmusic.org


2nd February 10:00am
Calling All British Bull Dog Owners

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The annual Bulldog  Beauty Contest presented by Haute dogs Costumes are optional
This is a free to the public event.Marine Stadium, Long Beach - 5225 E. Paoli Way - Long Beach, CA 90803
For more Details visit www.bulldogbeauty.com

 

6th February
Waitangi Day

Commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand.
It is a public holiday held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on that date in 1840.


14th February.
Saint Valentine day

Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love. Legion has it that he was a kind hearted Roman imprisoned for his beliefs, and while in custody converted members of a guard's families to Christianity, writing small notes to their children.(Valentine cards?) Emperor Claudius found out about it and had him put to death on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome.(nothing about roses, chocolates and expensive jewelry!)

14th February.
Valentines Day

Say it with Flowers!
Valentine’s Day provides a chance to remind your significant others how much you care about them.
Infornation on sending flowers in Los Angels and Orange County areas.call 562 925-6910
or go to    http://www.theflowerco.biz    check it out on Yelp


19th February
Prince Andrew Duke of York, Birthday
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Born: February 19, 1960 (age 59), in Buckingham Palace, London
Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward He is the namesake of his paternal grandfather,
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He holds the actual rank of commander and the honorary rank of rear admiral in the Royal Navy, in which he served as an active duty helicopter pilot and later instructor in helicopter flight. He saw active service during the Falklands War, flying on multiple missions. missile decoy and casualty evacuation.Spouse: Sarah Ferguson; Duchess of York (m. 1986–1996)The Duke is a capable and keen golfer and supporter of Norwich City Football Club  

 

21st-23rd February
The Riverside Dickens Festival

The 2020 Riverside Dickens Festival of Wit & Wisdom
Main Street Pedestrian Mall near City Hall in Historic Downtown Riverside. CA
Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets Phone  (951) 781-3168

21st February
Pickwick's Pub Night Fundraiser 6:00pm
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Mr Pickwick once again invites everyone to join him to kick off the Riverside Dickens Festival for February 21st & 23rd February. with “Mr. Pickwick’s Predicament”
Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone: (951) 781-3168


22nd February 8:00pm
Mr Fezziwig’s Ball

Return to the romantic times of Mr. Dickens and Queen Victoria.
The ball is managed as it would have been in Victorian times complete with dance cards and beautifully dressed ladies and gentlemen twirling about the dance floor. Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig will be on hand to welcome you to their beautiful, Victorian ball.Once again this very popular event will be held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium with its fantastic hardwood floor made for dancing. Be among the 250 guests who will don their finest Victorian attire to swirl around the room to the live music of Whirled Peas. Our Dance Master, Tom Willson, will guide the dancers through Quadrilles, waltzes and polkas for this evening of elegant enjoyment. Purchase your tickets early and why not pick-up a couple extra as a holiday gift for friends or family. Please visit our website at www.dickensfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
In Riverside Municipal Auditorium 3485 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA Historic Downtown Riverside on the Pedestrian Mall near City Hall.
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

22nd February 8:00pm

Scottish American Military Society Post 1921


Annual Formal Dinner
All of you are invited, kilts not required but it’s an opportunity to dress up.
The No host bar opens at 6:00pm folowed by Opening ceremony and dinner at 6:30pm
Ticket price for dinner is $50 per person Guest speaker TBA.
Make check out to Chuck Jamison and send to:
9382 Blue Oak Drive Orangevale, CA 95662
Please include your choice of entree
Grilled, sliced Tri Tip with Mushroom Demi    Or   Seared Salmon with Lemon Cream sauce.
Entrees include fresh vegetables, potatoes, and salad, rolls, coffee, and tea, Vegetarian plate available (order off the menu)
Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St, Sacramento, CA
The old McClellan AFB Officers Club. www.lionsgatehotel.com
They are planning to meet at the Club on Friday night to celebrate Saturday there is the opportunity to tour many of the local sights including the Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan and Old Town Sacramento and the California Rail Museum and other historical sites. If you would like to spend the night at Lions Gate, individual reservations can be made by calling 916-643-6222.
Individuals to pay their own room, tax and incidental charges incurred while at the hotel facility

22nd February

The Tavern at Riverside Dickens Festival:

While strolling down Main Street, taking in the sights of the Riverside 26h Dickens Festival, you may hear the raucous sounds of music, laughter and general merriment. These sounds mean you are near The Tavern and Bad Baby Babs, the Madame of the Tavern is waiting for you with a pint of ale and a song in her heart!. Come in, sit down and prepare yourself for an afternoon of entertainment, live music and dancing Can-Can girls. But be warned, once you enter through the Tavern doors, you may never want to leave! Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and remain open for the duration of the Festival. This is a 21 and older venue – valid state issued identification is required. NO EXCEPTIONS. $5 cover charge. Historic Downtown Riverside on the Pedestrian Mall near City Hall

More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168 info@dickensfest.com

 

22nd-23rd February
The Royal Victorian Tea Room & Music Hall
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The Tea Room is located downstairs at the historic First Congregational Church, Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street.
2 blocks from the main festival location.First Congregational Church – $25
Saturday, February 22nd
– 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, February 23rd
– 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

The Tea Room is located downstairs at the historic First Congregational Church, Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street.
2 blocks from the main festival location.First Congregational Church – $25
Saturday, February 22nd
– 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, February 23
th – 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for all events sold separately and available online at www.dickensfest.com
More infomation go to info@dickens.com Phone:  (951) 781-3168

25th February
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or as our American cousins call it Fat Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, (Fat Tuesday) which heralds the beginning of fasting in Lent.
On this day (so the historians say) there were feasts of pancakes to use up the supplies of fat, butter and eggs - foods that were forbidden during austere Lent.In England there are several celebrations on this day but perhaps the best known one is the Pancake Day Race at Olney in Buckinghamshire which has been held since 1445. The race came about when a woman cooking pancakes heard the shriving bell summoning her to confession. She ran to church wearing her apron and still holding her frying pan, and thus without knowing it, started a tradition that has lasted for over five hundred years . According to the current rules, only women wearing a dress, no slacks or jeans, an apron and a hat or scarf, may take part in the race. Each contestant has a frying pan containing a hot, cooking pancake. She must toss it three times during the race that starts at the market square at 11.55 am. The winner is the first woman to complete the winding 375 meter course (the record is 63 seconds set in 1967) and arrive at the church, serve her pancake to the bellringer and be kissed by him. She also receives a prayer book from the vicar.
Shrove Tuesday sees the start in Ashbourne, Derbyshire of the world’s oldest, largest, longest and maddest football game.The game is played over two days and involves thousands of players,The goals are three miles apart & there are only a few rules.The ball is a hand-painted, cork-filed ball.

1st March
Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant)


Today is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales,  and was chosen in remembrance of his death in 589  and has been celebrated by followers since then.The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.Saint David's Day is not a national holiday in Britain or Northern Ireland. Similarly in the United States of America, it has regularly been celebrated, although it is not an official holiday. It is invariably celebrated by Welsh societies throughout the world with dinners, parties, and eisteddfodau.


7th March 6:00am

St Patricks Pub Night


Mayflower Club

 It has the feel of a British pub/dancehall, complete with a full bar and kitchen
All are Welcome For more details and directions please call The office at (818) 769-9805 The Mayflower Club. http://www.mayflowerclub.com  

11110 Victory Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91606


17th March


17th March.
Saint Patrick 493 AD

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Pádraig is Irish for Patrick and the nickname "Paddy's" is derived from this name. Patrick (Patricius in Latin) was English Roman Subject.
From  possibly somewhere in Wales, roundabout 387 AD. He was a Christian Missionary to Ireland and died in Ireland on March 17 493 AD.!


17th March 11:00am-2:00pm
13th Annual St. Paddy's Pub Crawl

Irish Pub Crawl on the Big RED Bus! You do the drinking we'll do the driving! There is no better way to enjoy St Patrick's Day than on the Big RED Bus! (Loading at10:45am) Breakfast Time: 10-10:45am (Beer or Irish Coffee included with breakfast!)
Pick up:  best $30 you'll spend on St Paddy's!

Ticket Includes:
Irish Pubs w/ no lines or cover charge + drink specials
Cruising the coastline on a topless Double-Decker Bus St Paddy's day SWAG for all passengers
MORE surprises on-board so Take the afternoon off to celebrate the luck of the Irish
Seating is limited. A credit card is needed to hold the reservation, but only for authorization.
Cash only is accepted the day of the event. Cancellations: No refunds
Reservations Needed: Please call 562-888-2870 or
email events@bigredbus.com to reserve your spot.
Reserve your seats for our most popular event of the year!


17th March 10:30am-1:00am
St Patricks Day at The Cat

Corned Beef & Cabbage served all day. Brunch 10:30am - 3pm $6 Bloody Marys & Mimosas
$5 Guinness Pints 4pm - 6pm followed by Burlesque & DJ at 9pm
Parking Lot Party  724 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, 90038

 

22nd March
Mothering Sunday in Great Britain

Don't forget your mother just because your not there
Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother's Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or the beginning of April.Traditionally, people visited the church where they were baptized. Mothering Sunday is now a celebration of motherhood. People visit and take gifts to their mothers and grandmothers Traditionally, people observed a fast during Lent. Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. During the Lent fast, people did not eat from sweet, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mothering Sunday and many people prepared a Simnel cake to eat with their family on this day. A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake covered with a layer of marzipan and with a layer of marzipan baked into the middle of the cake.Traditionally, Simnel cakes are decorated with 11 or 12 balls of marzipan, representing the 11 disciples and, sometimes, Jesus Christ. One legend says that the cake was named after Lambert Simnel who worked in the kitchens of Henry VII of England sometime around the year 1500

1st April
April Fool Day


1857 Washing the Lions" at the Tower of London
Or All Fools' Day is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, it has been celebrated since the 19th century, but Its origins are uncertain. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States, where it is celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as "April fools". Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days.


2nd April (1982)
The Start of Falklands War