(by) Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

March arrives with spring in the air as we venture forth on short hops and longer trips through the Golden State and beyond as you’ll find in this roundup. Remember to call ahead or check websites before heading out. Restrictions might yet change.

To the northwest, Oakland Zoo reaches a big milestone this year, their 100th birthday. Looking back, they report, “1922 was quite the year. You could buy a brand-new car for about $1,000, automated telephone service just began, the White House installed its first radio, Betty White was born, and five zoos opened worldwide. One of those was the Oakland Zoo. Originally located at 19th and Harrison streets in downtown Oakland, the Zoo has changed locations several times over the last century.” For Saturday, March 19, and Saturday, April 16, “Join Oakland Zoo in Taking Action for whales, sea turtles, shorebirds and all native Wildlife! Volunteers meet at the Zoo and ride the Zoo Shuttle to a local bay-destined waterway to remove debris, including the ever-abundant plastics that harm and kill our seabirds, turtles, fish and more (; 510-632-9925).

In Los Angeles, the Natural History Museum through Sunday, April 17, offers “Becoming Jane: the Evolution of Jane Goodall,” a hands-on multimedia exhibition dedicated to the world-renowned conservationist: “Her work studying the lives of chimpanzees in the wild captured the imagination of the world. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to know them as individuals with personalities and emotions—a notion once rejected by the scientific world, yet now considered revolutionary.” Highlights: “Envision yourself as a scientist as you explore a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent. Be immersed in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Hear from a hologram of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories in Gombe.” Member tickets available for reservation (; 213-763-DINO).

Also down below in L.A., Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” from Friday, March 18, through Sunday, May 1, at the Microsoft Theater “plunges the audience into the hidden universe alive at our feet; an ecosystem teeming with life and unseen beings – insects that work, eat, crawl, flutter, feast, fight and court among each other in an ongoing explosion of energy and movement” (

On the coast in Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual International Children’s Festival, celebrating the amazing talents of children with dance and music by kids representing a variety of international cultures. Each year the aquarium presents its annual Young Hero Award to a child in recognition of their outstanding service to people and the planet (; 562-590-3100).

Due south in Riverside, the Fox Performing Arts Center presents “Dancing with the Stars” on Wednesday, March 16; “South Pacific” on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23; the Russian Ballet Theatre on Thursday, April 7 (

Across the Sierra, Tehachapi’s TCT Community Theatre Playwrights Festival opens on Friday, March 18. “A Giggle in Time” features eight world premier plays

Story First Published: 2022-03-04