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Rancho Los Alamitos Grand Re-opening!

From: Cindy C
Sent on: Sunday, June 3, 2012 6:59 PM

You are invited to the Grand Opening of the Rancho Center & Barns Area Restoration with an afternoon celebration of Living History for All Time


Sunday, June 10, 2012




Free Parking is at CSULB Lot 11 located on Palo Verde Avenue at Rendina with continuous shuttle service to the Rancho. Shuttle buses are handicapped accessible.


Refreshments are available at a reasonable cost.


On this much-anticipated occasion, come back to Rancho Los Alamitos and discover the living story of Southern California found in the extraordinary historic site today.  Be among the first to experience the remarkable opening of the Rancho Center and the restored barnyard where the great shires, rabbits, and ducks have come home to stay.  Celebrate with the sights and sounds of music and dance from all eras; listen to the native and newcomer stories; try your hand at ranching skills, crafts, and food; and revel in the traditions of people spanning the times of the region then and now.


Opening Procession (12:30pm): The celebration begins with a lively procession of performers representing the diverse spectrum of Californians, past to present, who call the region home.


Music and Dance Performances: Intertribal Bird Singers, Paso de Oro Dance Company, El Mariachi Zacatecas, The Shanty Man Bill Dempsey, California Cowboy Band, and the International Peace Choir.


Mapping a Legacy of People and Place: Identify yourself on the land as a native or newcomer and marvel at the international diversity.  Tour the grounds, engage in activities, and collect maps that depict the historic eras of the region and the state.


Stories from the Land: Storytelling for young and old speaks to the traditions of the native Tongva people, Spanish and Mexican fiestas, the northern, westward, and eastward migration, and the impact of agriculture and urban development on the land over time.


Ranch House and Garden Tours: The award-winning restoration of the old adobe-core Ranch House and elegant Ranch Gardens of the 1920s and 30s preceded the new Barns Area Restoration.  Refresh your memory and enjoy an expert tour while lingering in the timeless then and now.


Note: Only a limited number of visitors will be able to view the Rancho Center during the afternoon.  Please make your reservation upon arriving on site.  When the doors to the Rancho Center open for the first time, the remarkable exhibition experience offers a view of the Rancho within the region and state.


From June 13 to July 5, reservations will be required to visit the Rancho Los Alamitos site during normal public hours.


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