Hello from the College of Allied Health and Happy Sunny Season, Daylight Savings Time, summer tide, Dog Days, call it what you like but the sweltering heat is here. It is no surprise to my fellow Riversidians that summer is fast upon our city. So, in the footsteps of Jim Henson, I say to the summer, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” With my new found positivity towards hot days, I venture out to explore what Riverside County holds for me to better enjoys my summer solstice. Let us turn off the AC and be so brave as to venture out… first stop Perris.
What better way to celebrate summer time, than joining in on the 14th annual Potato Festival, Saturday June 8 at 10 am. Not only is it the celebration of America’s favorite starch, but it is also a classic car and motorcycle show combined with a historic Perris potato festival in a 79 acre railway museum park. The event is family orientated, and filled with activities. There will be Great Vendor shopping and festival foods, plenty of children’s activities including panning for gold and free pony rides. Gold and Potatoes? This free fair has my vote.
If your summer still needs a spark, travel over to Redlands for the Surfin State Street BBQ and fair. Friday, June 14th 5 pm – 8 pm, between Orange and Ninth Street, come enjoy a summer night with a little bit of BBQ. Absorb the fresh outside air while indulging your taste buds with great eats; you can also stimulate a few other senses with a classic car show and local surf band. There is nothing better to kick off the summer than a little fun in the sun.
Maybe this has not done enough to convince you to leave the comfort and safety of your house. I can understand how tantalizing the nipping of the air conditioning can be at your toes. So, why not kick off the summer by indulging in icy treats that can be made right from home. I will let you in on Riverside’s best kept summer secret, one of mine; frozen s ’mores. Follow these super simple steps and in no time summer fun can be brought right to the kitchen. Break a graham cracker in half and put both halves on a small, microwave-safe plate. On one half, put a heaping teaspoon of chocolate chips (spread out) or two small squares of Hershey chocolate bar. Top the other half with a large marshmallow, cut in half (spread it out), or about 6 miniature marshmallows. Then microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds, watch carefully. Press the halves together to make an s ‘more. Let cool, wrap in foil, and keep in the freezer for a frozen treat. While incredibly delicious, remember moderation is key when it comes to dessert.
Whether venturing out of the house or staying in, I hope these summer ideas help fill up your summer-to-do list. Stay cool, drink plenty of water, and get outside and explore; maybe after you finish that s ‘more.