RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., May 4, 2016 – Victoria GardensGreater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureaucommunity to participate in the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library annual “Star Wars Reads” event, a two-day Star Wars themed literacy event inspiring readers of all ages to join the force and become lifelong readers, at Victoria Gardens on May 28 and 29.
“This annual event is the largest Star Wars event held by any California Public Library and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” says Victoria Gardens Director of Marketing, Melina Ferraez. “The goal of this event is to inspire young readers to discover a life-long passion for reading by transforming reading into a memorable, fun, and exciting activity.”
Ferraez notes that last year’s event garnered more than 2,000 attendees and Victoria Gardens anticipates an even larger turnout this year.
The two-day event will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., making it an event worthwhile of an overnight stay. For hotel accommodations, guests are encouraged to visit http://www.discoverontariocalifornia.org/hotels.
The event will feature a series of Star Wars inspired activities scattered throughout Victoria Gardens and the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center and Library, including a special appearance by Billy Dee Williams, the star who played Lando Calrissian in the original Star Wars series.
“By bringing to life one of the most celebrated science-fiction tales of all time during this immersive Star Wars Reads event, we are able to introduce the endless possibilities that the world of reading can bring to young kids, teens and adults alike,” adds Michelle Perera, Rancho Cucamonga Library Director.
Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters to be entered in the various costume contests hosted throughout the event. Activities surrounding the two-day event include planned readings from some of the most popular Star Wars characters including Darth Vader and Chewbacca, live performances by Jedi Elvis and the Claremont Orchestra, a light saber duel, a full screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the much anticipated appearance by Billy Dee Williams, among other activities.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will only be required for the Billy Dee Williams guest appearance. Mr. Williams will appear in the Lewis Family Playhouse on Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be released the morning of the event at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center Box Office starting at 10:00 a.m. Please note that the ticket line will not open until 8:00 a.m. Two tickets will be allowed per person. Guests must appear in person and be 16 years or older to receive tickets. There will be no phone or online ticket orders. For more information about tickets, please visit www.cityofrc.us/starwarsreads.
Additional partners for the event include The City of Rancho Cucamonga, and the Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation. For more information regarding the event please visit VictoriaGardensIE.com.
About Victoria Gardens
For more information, visit www.VictoriaGardensIE.com. Victoria Gardens is co-owned and managed by Forest City Commercial Management, an affiliate of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., a NYSE-listed national real estate company.
About Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California to visitors nationally and internationally. As destination experts we provide groups and meeting professionals with an unbiased, comprehensive resource when booking a tour, convention, meeting or event within the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Ideal for leisure and business travel, the region boasts scenic mountains, deserts, vineyards and metropolitan areas that are both historic and cosmopolitan in character. For meeting needs of all sizes – from a conference room to a citywide convention utilizing the Ontario Convention Center – or for a special exposition or sporting event, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide the necessary destination support tools to execute a successful experience. Visit www.discoverontariocalifornia.org
About the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
In 2013, the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library was awarded the prestigious National Medal at a ceremony at the White House, the nation’s highest honor that can be bestowed on a museum or library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in recognition of the service, enrichment and experiences the Library brings to the community. The Rancho Cucamonga Public Library strives to inform and enrich our community by providing access to traditional and technologically-innovative resources. We support and encourage education and the love of reading in a welcoming atmosphere with a knowledgeable, service-oriented staff. The department has two full-service facilities, a bookmobile and a “virtual” branch.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Victoria Gardens in partnership with the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau invite the local community to participate in the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library’s annual “Star Wars Reads” event.