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Night Sky Party Summer 2017
Night Sky Party Summer 2017
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Go out this weekend and see the bright lights of the night sky, or the bright lights of video game screens. There's a lot going on in SoCal — a lot — so check out our picks and you'll be able to go from event to event like Pac-Man eating power pellets.


GEEK PICK

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

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WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, January 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Frank & Son Collectible Show, 19649 E. San Jose Ave., City of Industry MAP
COST: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, $30 weekend; at the door $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday, $40 weekend GET TICKETS

Warm up your thumbs and quarters for this expo showcasing some amazing games of the past several decades.

You'll be able to buy and sell your old cartridges, try your hand at classic arcade games like "Dragon's Lair" and even compete in a Donkey Kong Country competition.

Plus, fans of "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" will be able to meet the first woman to officially voice Zelda herself in a game, Patricia Summersett.


CHILLY PICK

Winter Snow Fest

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Pantera Park, 738 Pantera Dr., Diamond Bar MAP
COST: Free admission, $5 for unlimited sledding

SoCal may be warm, but that doesn't mean you have to miss winter. There will be about 100 tons of snow trucked into this event, where you can frolic and sled to your heart's content on four different hills.

Sleds are provided, and there will even be food booths where you can warm up with some hot grub.


OUTDOOR PICK

Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch

The night sky at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. Photo taken on the evening of September 2, 2016
The night sky at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. Photo taken on the evening of September 2, 2016
National Park Service

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills MAP
COST: Free

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is hosting this free event so that rangers and astronomers can show you the wonders of the night sky.

Kids will have a chance to become Night Sky Junior Rangers — and if you're chilly, line up early, because the first 200 visitors will get a cup of free hot chocolate.


HISTORY PICK

Ben Franklin’s Electric Birthday Celebration

An actor dressed as Benjamin Franklin for the International Printing Museum's Electric Birthday Celebration.
An actor dressed as Benjamin Franklin for the International Printing Museum's Electric Birthday Celebration.
International Printing Museum

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m. (11 a.m. show sold out)
WHERE: International Printing Museum, 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson MAP
COST: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors

One of our nation's founding fathers is getting a birthday party where you can celebrate his life, inventions and more.

The 1 p.m. show is geared towards older children, covering some of his quirkier traits – he was a notorious prankster, for example, and loved to write drinking songs.

As you're humming along, you'll get to meet Ben himself, as he's feted by his friends Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and others.


FILM PICK

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

WHEN: Saturday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Frida Cinema, 305 E 4th St, Ste 100, Santa Ana MAP
COST: $15

Before Michael Bay took his turn with the franchise, the pizza-loving crime fighters hit the big screen in their first film back in 1990. Bonus points if you can do the "Turtle Power!" rap.

This screening of the movie comes with themed drinks, free pizza and a special Q&A with the film's composer, John Du Prez.

Share what you're up to this weekend by tweeting @LeoHasACat and @MarielleWakim.