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Alice in Wonderland at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  The Maple Youth Ballet is presenting the story of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on April 4th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. The performance is based on Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass presented with brilliant costumes and colorful scenery. Audiences will enjoy their favorite characters and moments from the classic story including Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland Garden, her encounter with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter’s wacky Tea Party, the court of the Queen of Hearts, as well as the Caterpillar, wily Cheshire Cat, and the endearing Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When: April 4th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm Location: Irvine Barclay Theatre 4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA Pricing: General admission $33; children and seniors 65 and over $28. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the...

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Fall Stamped Clay Charm Necklace

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Crafts, Halloween | 0 comments

  My family and I are big on crafting. We spend many hours together making stuff. It is something we love to do together as a family. Every holiday I like to do a quick themed craft with my kids. Since fall has come, I decided to make some stamped necklaces for Halloween. These are very simple to make and it is something any child can do. My 7 year old was my helper and we made these pretty quick. These do not have to be perfect, just spending time with your kids letting them be creative is a wonderful gift. Here is what you will need: Sculpted clay Stamps String,yarn,chain or anything you would like to hang your clay charm on Jump rings and clasps (if you want to hang on a chain) Scissors Pliers (if using jump...

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Anaheim White House Foodie Fundraising Event

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  In a show of solidarity, many top OC chefs and restaurateurs are uniting to help their colleague, Sir Bruno Serato, in the wake of a fire that closed his Anaheim White House restaurant, leaving his staff unemployed. The public is invited to attend the event to be held at Highway 39 Event Center (1563 South College Blvd, Anaheim, 92806) on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include menu samplings; VIP tickets at $75 each offer early admission at 5 p.m. and beer and wine are included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 310-5839. Participating restaurants will prepare samplings from their menus, allowing guests to enjoy diverse offerings from many well-known and beloved establishments. Among them are Mozambique, Zov’s Bistro, Provenance, Taps, The...

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Summer Kick-off Celebration at the Hotel Irvine Block Party

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Hotel Irvine Earlier this month, Hotel Irvine hosted their first annual Backyard Block Party. The culinary celebration helped to raise more than $11,000 for the IPSF that funds educational programs for children in the Irvine Unified School District. All of the top restaurants in Orange County came out to support the event by offering sweet and savory dishes for guests to sample while listening to local bands and playing fun lawn games. Hotel Irvine has a large Backyard next to their outdoor swimming pool that made for the perfect place for families to gather for the afternoon. The grass area was covered with blankets where parents sat together with their children laughing and celebrating life. The dishes that shined at the event were… Twice cooked pork belly buns from Twenty-Eight Restaurant Kale salad...

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OC Mom Spotlight: Cancer Surviving Chef Develops Healing Menu

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Dining, Family, Featured, OC Mom Spotlight | 2 comments

  Chef Geeta Bansal of Clay Oven in Irvine​ ​was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Devastated, she began doing her research and elected to start a trial for a new type of treatment that delivered a single powerful dose of radiation in one session, followed by a surgery and other therapies. The severe side effects of those treatments began to take their toll. So she turned to Ayurvedic cooking to counteract them. The anti-carcinogenic properties of turmeric was first on her list. Also, by taking Fenugreek, she was able to keep her hair from falling out. She used cumin & coriander when making soups to help her quickly regain her energy. To offset nausea, ginger & lemon were top on her list and she incorporated proteins like tofu and lentils to counteract anemia, low blood pressure & loss...

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Free Cooking Demonstrations at Surfas Culinary District

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Dining, Events, Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Surfas Culinary District is hosting free cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes at their SOCO Costa Mesa location. Guests will learn fun new techniques, recipes, nutrition and more! The demonstrations will be held on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and will feature a celebrity chef appearance. The cooking demonstrations for April are as follow: “The Bikini Chef” Chef Susan Irby Saturday, 4/6/13 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Award-winning TV and radio host Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef, will be joining Surfas for a cooking demonstration and book signing. Chef Susan’s newest collaboration, The Clean Separation, emphasizes empowerment during difficult life tragedies through enriching nutrition and sound life principles. Come meet The Bikini Chef and sample her balanced and nutritious recipes from her cookbook! BBQ Classics with Chris Rocke of Rancho A Go Go Food Truck and Rancho To...

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You’re Invited to the Kia Stinger Experience

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Autos, Events, Kia | 0 comments

  The Kia Stinger Experience is a custom and exclusive event created to feature Kia’s all new high-performance fastback sedan in a professional racetrack setting. You are invited to sign up for this unique experience (only limited availability) during a two-hour adventure that includes education and hands on experience. After arriving onsite, you will be welcomed by the Kia Stinger Experience team to get to know the Stinger better. You will spend time in the hospitality suite learning the skills needed to enjoy your hot laps around the track. Kia’s experienced drivers will assist you in taking on the 0-60 straight away, the slalom, and feel the performance of the vehicle. There will also be an opportunity for you to test out comparable vehicles on the identical course completing the full experience. Nine courses around the US have been...

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Hamilton Orange County Tickets go on Sale Monday

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Producer Jeffrey Seller and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are pleased to bring HAMILTON to Orange County audiences for the first time May 8 – 27, 2018 in Segerstrom Hall. Single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Monday, February 26 at 9:00 AM at and at the Box Office. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per account for the engagement. Tickets range from $80.75 to $200.75 with a select number of $600.75 premium seats available. There will be a lottery for all performances, with details to be announced closer to the engagement. Tickets may be purchased online at and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 19, 2018 will include audio description, open captioning and...

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Family Fun: 2018 Toshiba Classic

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored The 2018 Toshiba Classic returns to Orange County, California, for its 23rd year, with a slate of new programs designed to enhance spectator experience and a powerful PGA TOUR Champions lineup competing for the $1.8 million purse. This year’s event will be held March 7-11, 2018, at Newport Beach Country Club. Stars of the PGA TOUR Champions Come Out to Play The Toshiba Classic brings players with more than 400 worldwide professional victories and over 50 major championships to Southern California. In its history, the Toshiba Classic has hosted 40 PGA TOUR Champions members in the World Golf Hall of Fame, many of whom are still actively competing. In addition to Fred Couples, John Daly and defending champion, Jay Haas, 80 players are expected to compete in the 2018 tournament, including recognized stars of the PGA TOUR Champions...

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Black Panther Teen Review

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney In my family when a new Marvel movie comes out we start counting down the days until we all can see it. When we heard about Black Panther, my brothers totally flipped and couldn’t wait to watch it. My mom and I actually had to keep it a secret that we were going to see the movie before them. So, when my brothers thought that my mom and I were going up to LA to have some fun, we knew that we were about to watch another great Marvel Movie and the Disney Studio Lot. When we first got to the Studio Lot, we went and found parking and then walked to the theater to see the film. Having watched all the trailers for the movie hours before at dinner, we were...

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The Powerful Women of Wakanda in Black Panther

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The morning after seeing the all-new film, Black Panther, I was given a unique opportunity of meeting with the cast. The film was so phenomenal, and a true cinematic masterpiece, that I was eager to sit down with the cast to hear more about what it was like making the film. The first thing we talked about was how amazing the film turned out. Lupita Nyong’o said, “I’d been waiting a long time for this. I was just so excited, because this was a movie that we all felt a lot of ownership of, and that we thoroughly enjoyed making.” The movie had been trying to be made for such a long time and it was the Director Ryan Coogler who ended up being the one to bring the film to life....

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Black Violin to Perform at Musco Center for the Arts + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 6 comments

  The Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Black Violin on February 18 at 7:30pm. Classical music hits the street in the crackling performance of Black Violin, a duo of classically-trained musicians who have created an entirely new sound. This distinctive, peerless combination of virtuosic string talent mixes with a driving beat, shattering stereotypes with electricity, energy, and contagious enthusiasm. Their poignant and timely videos on YouTube, including “A Flat” and “Stereotypes,” have nearly 15 million views. When the members of Black Violin first learned to play their signature instruments – Wil Baptiste at the viola and Kev Marcus at the violin, neither could have forseen that it would become their livelihood. The two Florida natives met while attending a Florida performing arts high school and formed the group after college. They have worked with an...

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You’re Invited: Toddler Tuesdays Puppy Party

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join us on Tuesday February 20th from 10am – 12pm in the Giant Wheel Court at the Irvine Spectrum Center to experience a morning of fun, creativity and special offers from select eateries at Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts, and activities for your little ones. Kids are welcome to come dressed in costume. Entertainment Schedule: 10am-12pm noon: DJ and activities Activities: Craft Station Face Painting Balloon Artist Giveaways Snacks Exclusive Offers* California Pizza Kitchen – Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree Corner Bakery – Free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entree CREAM – 50% off anything in store Pieology – 1 Free Bambino 1 topping pizza and beverage with purchase of a regularly priced pizza or entree salad (1 Bambino per regular pizza/entree salad) Red Robin – Free kid’s meal with...

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Peter Rabbit Movie: Fantastic Family Film

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony The Beatrix Potter series was one of my favorite book series as a child, and then when I became a mother, I enjoyed reading the same books to my children. When I learned that they were making a Peter Rabbit movie, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to the world premiere to see how they brought the books to life on the big screen. Before seeing the film at the premiere, we walked the ‘green carpet,’ enjoyed a celebratory pre-party and then went to the theater to watch the film. The minute that the film began, I was immediately impressed by the music. The music throughout the entire film was phenomenal, kept an upbeat tone, and had my kids dancing in their seats. The one thing that I was not expecting...

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Kinky Boots: A Must-See for Teenagers

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue The Broadway musical, Kinky Boots had returned to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts of a limited engagement. I recently took my teenage son with me to see the smashing hit at the luxurious performing arts theatre, and we had the best night singing along to fantastic songs and immersed in the fascinating story. Before seeing the show, I had anticipated it to be a love story, but as the story unfolded, I quickly learned that it is so much more. Kinky Boots is the story of a son who wanted to branch away from working with his father (in their family business). He wanted to make a name for himself in London with his fiance, and once the son got settled in London, his father passes away, forcing him to...

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Peter Rabbit: A Movie Filled with Laughter and Heart

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony It was a beautiful sunny day in West Hollywood where the cast of the upcoming film, Peter Rabbit came together to spend the afternoon talking about the movie. The entire cast took their seats, and we began an enjoyable afternoon talking about how they created the film. James Corden who plays Peter Rabbit began by talking about how important it was for them to honor a character that is so beloved. He shared with us that the Director of the film, Will Gluck, wanted to unlock the lovable, mischievous character that had been created in the beautiful books by Beatrix Potter. “Will understands the legacy of the character and the world where he lives. More than anything he wanted to reintroduce the character to so many young people who will hopefully leave...

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Winter Fest: FREE OC Snow Day

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District are hosting Winter Fest to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), the world’s largest potable reuse facility of its kind. Join us on Friday, Feb. 16th from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a fun-filled winter experience as they set a new Guinness World Records title for the most wastewater recycled to drinking water in 24 hours. The free event will feature a snow slide, a snow play area, food from The Lime Truck and The Burnt Truck, music to include The Big Jim Caver Band and Santa Ana High School’s Mariachi Los Santos, tours, and more! There will also be opportunities to win prizes. Date: February 16, 2018 Time: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Location: Groundwater Replenishment System, 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 Cost:...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 22nd anniversary on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including $2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years. Irvine Park Railroad, which has become a favorite destination for families from across Southern California, takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the park which is over 100 years old. The Anniversary Celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities including carnival games, a bounce house, panning for gold, face painting, and more. Face painting and panning for gold require two (2) tickets. There are $2 concessions, too, including hot dogs, sodas,...

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Fine Motor Skills Support Academic Success: Tips to Support Your Child

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Education, Family | 0 comments

 Sponsored Your kids are learning and growing every day…and every moment can be a learning experience for them. When it comes to something as essential as developing fine motor skills, your child benefits from extending this skill at home. For young children, fine motor skills can be learned by fastening clothing, using art materials, putting together a puzzle, and practicing handwriting, with long-term benefits. Why is Developing Fine Motor Skills Important? Fine motor skills are necessary as your child grows and becomes more self-sufficient – grasping and using utensils, buttoning and zipping clothes, making crafts, and writing by hand all fall under the umbrella of fine motor skills. An early and firm grasp of fine motor skills will help as your child learns how to write clearly and legibly. Children who write letters tend to produce more words and...

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The Carlsbad Flower Fields are Ready to Bloom

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Jump into 50 “Acres of Awesome” starting March 1st when vibrant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers adorn the rolling hillsides of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. This beloved SoCal attraction will open its doors this season with brand new luscious landscaping and must-see renovations. – See the display gardens developed by the San Diego Master Gardeners. – Get lost in the fragrant sweet pea maze with new pathways. – Learn about composting and gardening in our new greenhouses that will offer classes for local elementary students and residents. – Enjoy our new picnic area where you may bring in your own food or enjoy the array of delectable food that is available at The Flower Fields. This flower paradise not only welcomes tourists and local visitors but all those lovely couples searching for a place to share their nuptials....

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