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What You're Doing This Week: Sept. 2

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School is back in session for Southern California students by now but that doesn't mean you can't squeeze in a few family-friendly events and activities while the weather is still warm. Check out our best picks of the week happening in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

September 2

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Art Deco Festival

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

Celebrate Art appreciation from the 1920's and 1930's aboard the majestic Queen Mary. The Queen Mary is widely considered one of the best examples and landmarks of Art Deco style in the world. This 9th annual three-day celebration over the Labor Day holiday will feature tours, lectures, an Art Deco Bazaar, the Grand Art Deco Ball, Tea Dance, Cocktails in Historic Places and more. Purchase your tickets online and don't forget to dress up in your best vintage duds.

September 3

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Cooking 101

Corona Crossings
2570 Tuscany Street #101
Corona, California 92881
(951) 340-1010

Get cooking with Cooking 101 classes. Located in the Corona Crossings shopping center, Cooking 101 offers adult, child, teen and even family cooking classes. Each week offers a different and delicious menu. This week's menu is "Date Night in Paris" Chicken, Mushrooms, Bacon, in a Brandy Sauce Crème Brule (Adult Classes Add: French Onion Soup). Classes are $35 per child per class, $75 per adult per class.

September 4

north county chabad center
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Rosh Hashanah

North County Chabad Center
19045 Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 693-0770

Gather to celebrate Rosh Hashanah from Wednesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 6 at the North County Chabad Center. The Chabad Center offers easy-to-read English Hebrew Prayer Book, Great Cantor, Inspirational Sermons, Family Services and a Rosh Hashanah Luncheon.

September 5

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Los Angeles County Fair

Fairplex In Pomona
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 623-3111

"Unleash your inner fair" at the LA County Fair! Every Thursday you can donate to the LA Fair's School Supply Drive with a donation of three new and unwrapped school items in exchange for free admission from noon until 5 p.m. The items will be donated to Inland Empire United Way's School Tools Program.

September 6

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Adventures In Nature Winter Day Camp

Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6300

Adventures In Nature Winter Day Camp from Sept. 6 through 10 gives kids the opportunity to explore a wide variety of museum topics from the Earth's features, creatures, and cultures from around the globe. Enroll your children in the hands-on, interactive classes where they will have the opportunity to learn about fascinating topics through active encounters that spark their natural curiosity and creativity.

September 7

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The Long Beach Lobster Festival

Rainbow Lagoon Park
East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 495-5959

The Lobsters are coming and you're invited to dance, dine and have a grand ol' time! Located in the gorgeous Rainbow Lagoon, the annual Long Beach Lobster Festival takes place Sept. 6 through 8. That's three whole days of face-stuffing, lobster good time. Tickets are on sale now and are $13 for general admission; children under 12 years old are free with paid adult. Go to the website now for coupon-saving deals.

September 8

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SIP Temecula

34567 Rancho California Road
Temecula, California 92591
(800) 801-9463

Celebrate California's wine month in the gorgeous Temecula wine country. SIP Temecula welcomes wine lovers from all across Southern California to taste, explore and enjoy Temecula Valley's 35 wineries. Through Sept. 30, for only $35 per person (ages 21 and over only), enjoy a "wine flight" which includes visits to four participating wineries of your choice for a standard tasting flight and a souvenir wine glass.

Desiree Eaglin is a Southern California Explorer. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can find her on Twitter too.

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