With so many activities to choose from right here in Burbank it’s tempting to never leave the city, but these quick weekend getaways might just lure you beyond the border.
July 6-8: Earthquake walk, Star Wars run, and motionless live art
Earthquake Hike: "June Gloom" has extended into July, bringing cool overcast mornings -- perfect weather for a hike in the mountains. If you enjoy a little education with your physical activity, then the city of Glendale's Earthquake Hike this Saturday may be just what you're looking for. Led by Jessica Donovan, a Ph.D. Student in Geology at the University of Southern California, hikers will discuss the history of earthquakes in the region, location of local fault lines, and how scientists are trying to predict the next big quake. The hike will be moderately paced on a steep trail, and advance reservations are required. Call (818) 548-3795 to reserve your spot with the group.
When: Saturday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Distance: Approximately 15 miles. Driving directions
For more information: View the City of Glendale Earthquake Hike flyer.
Course of the Force: The 2012 Summer Olympics begin later this month but they will be sorely lacking in lightsabers. Not so for the five-day Olympic-torch-style relay race that will commence at the Santa Monica Pier this Saturday. Runners dressed as their favorite "Star Wars" characters pay $500 to carry the Hasbro Ultimate FX Course of the Force Lightsaber one-quarter of a mile in the relay, which ends on July 11 in San Diego, just in time for the start of Comic-Con. All registration fees are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mingle with costumed fans and celebrities -- including Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films and will be signing autographs for a fee, also to be donated to Make-A-Wish -- and enjoy "Star Wars" themed activities and stage performances.
When: Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. Relay race begins at 1 p.m.
Cost: Free to spectators. Donate to Make-A-Wish here.
Distance: Approximately 26 miles. Driving directions
For more information: Visit the Course of the Force website.
Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters: The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and continues to position itself as California's premier fine arts experience. This outdoor gallery exhibit, just steps from the ocean, features the works of more than 140 artists from the Orange County area, displaying media as diverse as paint, glass, wood, ceramics, and more. Far from being a simple art exhibit, the festival also features activities and special events, including the famous Pageant of the Masters, where actors recreate classic works of art with stunning accuracy. The festival begins this week and runs through August 31.
When: Festival: Daily through August 31, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 25). Pageant of the Masters: July 7 through August 31 at 8:30 p.m. every day.
Cost: Festival: Monday-Friday $7 (students and seniors $4), Saturday-Sunday $10 (students and seniors $6), free to military personnel and children under 12. Pageant of the Masters ticket holders receive free admission to the festival on the date of the performance. Pageant tickets range from $15 to over $200, depending on date and seating area. Get tickets
Distance: Approximately 60 miles. Driving directions
For more information: Visit the Festival of Arts website.