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Raw Bar by Slapfish Offers $1 Oysters on National Oyster Day

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Seafood lovers have something to celebrate on National Oyster Day when Raw Bar by Slapfish offers $1 oysters on Wednesday, August 5, from 12 to 9pm. Guests who purchase one dozen of the sexy bivalve mollusks will also receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy on their spacious outdoor patio. Raw Bar will serve a variety of east coast and west coast oysters on the half shell with shallot vinegar, grated horseradish, and cocktail sauce. Widely known as an aphrodisiac, oysters are also high in protein, zinc and B12. The Surf City restaurant also recently launched a summer special of fresh Maine lobster and unveiled a new cocktail menu. The 1.25 lb. whole poached Maine lobster is available chilled and stuffed with more lobster and served with a split top butter roll or served hot with Raw Bar’s...

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Cox Communications Donates 300 Computers to Capistrano Unified School District

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Cox Communications has donated 300 computers to Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) to enable low-income families to connect with educators and resources during the current emergency distance learning state. Cox utilized nonprofit Computers2Kids, San Diego, to deliver these devices to the South Orange County school district. Cox piloted the now national Connect2Compete program in San Diego in 2012 with local schools and organizations. Connect2Compete includes in-home wifi, free installation and access to the online Cox Digital Academy. As back-to-school fast approaches, Cox has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company’s low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support. For information about Connect2Compete, families can visit...

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Give Back with Miracles for Kids: A Slice of Summer Online Auction!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Looking for a unique way to help your community during these tough times? Miracles for Kids’ A Slice of Summer Online Auction gives you the chance to do just that! Featuring 10 summer-themed items ranging from a round of golf on luxury greens to a private in-home dinner for you and your guests, the Irvine-based nonprofit is turning fun summer activities into a new opportunity to provide support to families with critically-ill children. We guarantee there is an auction item for everyone whether you prefer staying indoors or socially distancing outside. Shop all auction items here online. In addition to receiving unique items and experiences, participants will feel empowered knowing that their contribution will help Miracles for Kids continue to provide necessary resources to critically-ill children and families who need it most. Bids for the A Slice of Summer...

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The OC Rescue Mission: Donation Needs for Christmas in July

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. “Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission. The Christmas in July event will feature winter-themed games, crafts and other fun activities. In addition to these activities, residents will be provided meals by the Tustin District Chick-fil-A. Donations Needed Diapers (toddler sizes 4, 5, 6, 7) Baby food and formula Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, sausage) Canned beans (kidney, pinto) Canned spaghetti sauce and soup Disinfectant spray and wipes...

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Celebrate LIT Cafe’s 1-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

LIT Cafe is turning one! Though the restaurant’s official anniversary is on July 1, Anaheim’s favorite modern dining destination will be celebrating for the entire month of July with a special (and tasty!) $1 menu. See below for the full list of food, drink, and pastry offerings that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 “Heath Bar” cookies with chocolate + cornflakes Tuesday, 7/7 through Friday, 7/31: $1 handcrafted grapefruit-citrus soda available with purchase of any entrée. Tuesday, July 7/14 through Friday, 7/31: 2 for $1 Chouquettes with pearl sugar For more information on LIT, please visit: http://www.litcafeoc.com or follow the restaurant on Instagram @litcafeoc. DATE Tuesday, July 7 – Friday, July 31 TIME Tuesday through Wednesday: 10am – 1pm Thursday through Saturday: 10am – 2pm LOCATION LIT Café 1071 North...

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OC Together: Do Your Part and Wear a Mask

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events, Health, Hoag Health | 0 comments

Hoag Partnership While there has been a lot of controversy in our community surrounding wearing or not wearing a mask, Hoag Health is asking our community to come together this 4th of July weekend and all wear a mask. This weekend, if we all wear our masks, we can help keep our family, friends and community safe from #COVID19 and other contagious diseases. Hoag Hospital is well-equipped to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with other conditions, said Senior Vice President and Chief Hospital Operations Officer Marcy Brown. While they are well equipped to help our community during this pandemic, they need our help in preventing the spread of the disease so that there is less impact on the nurses, doctors and hospital staff. According to the CDC, cloth face masks are recommended as a simple barrier...

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2020 Virtual OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual! While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, we are keeping the spirit of the Fair alive on social media and ocfair.com. Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long. Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer memories, family activities, special contests and more will bring that OC Fair connection to people no matter where they are. Even the OC Fair Fun Run 5K is going virtual and the prizes are terrific! Virtual fairgoers can learn how to create Fair-style crafts at home, get the skinny on making deep-fried Oreos, take a tour of Centennial Farm, decipher...

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Celebrate Toast Kitchen + Bakery’s 2-Year Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Toast Kitchen + Bakery is turning two! Though their official anniversary is on July 24, Costa Mesa’s favorite modern diner will be celebrating throughout the entire month of July. Join Chef John Park as he and his team celebrate two years and enjoy weekly specials on Toast’s most popular menu items including craft cocktails, entrees, wine and dessert. See below for the full list of offerings! Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5: 2-for-1 craft cocktails during Happy Hour (Between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) Tuesday, July 7 to Sunday, July 12: Bottles of wine for $20.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 14 to Sunday, July 19: Cookies for $2.00 (All day) Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 26: Pints of ice cream (Boba ice cream included) for $7.24 (All day) Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31: 2 entrees...

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Alegría Fresh Produce is Now Available to the Community

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Alegría Fresh is offering an important avenue of support by providing its regenerative organic locally grown produce to the community again. Today more than ever, most people need to strengthen their immune systems, feel better and have more energy. The FarmBoxx includes 23+ heart, gut and brain healthy greens, herbs, veggies and edible flowers, delivered same-day within hours of harvest. At a time when people need a healthy boost, the quality, freshness and diversity in the FarmBoxx delivers it. In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Bank of America, Alegría Fresh designed, built and manages the SoxxBoxx Farm, a regenerative organic food production engine located on the Food Bank parking lot in Irvine. Customers may place orders on Second Harvest Food Bank’s website by Thursday at noon for Friday delivery. Each FarmBoxx is $30...

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Outdoor Patio Dining in Orange County

Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 in Dining, Events, Featured | 2 comments

With the reopening of restaurants taking place across Orange County, we have discovered the best places to enjoy outdoor patio dining in Orange County. Las Brisas Perched above the scenic Laguna Beach coastline, Las Brisas is a classic Southern California restaurant that delivers stunning ocean views with a sea-to-table menu infused with traditional Mexican flavors. Upon reopening earlier this month, the restaurant debuted a brand new outdoor “Margarita Garden,” complete with ocean views, astroturf, and socially distant tables to enjoy bites and sips. In addition, the restaurant features an abundance of space, including a bar lounge area, several dining room areas, and a scaping patio, all with ocean views. SOL Mexican Cocina Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Open for lunch,...

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Flower Duet’s Online Living Art Camp

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020 in Camp, Events | 0 comments

For the summer of 2020, Flower Duet wants kids (and their parents) to learn how to make fabulous floral designs, botanical crafts and gain a few entrepreneurship skills, too! Flower Duet’s online Living Art Camp weeks will enable anyone to fill the void many summer camps left behind after being cancelled due to social-distancing guidelines. To align with many parents’ desire to keep kids occupied over the summer with activities that are fun and educational, Flower Duet designed 12 weeks of “Living Art Camp” themes ranging from American Flowers Week to coincide with SlowFlowers.com annual celebration of American flower farmers, to Wizard Week for fans of Harry Potter. Flower Duet will be showcasing STEAM topics in every weekly camp theme. STEAM & Floral Design Flower Duet’s Digital Summer Camp Activities for 2020 includes the themes of Classic Art, Garden...

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Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is Back with The Moonlight Special

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Events, Featured, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is back riding the narrow gauge rails through the Sierra Nevada, just four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park. With daily rides departing at 9:00 A.M and 11:30 A.M., and weekend excursions at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. Young and old alike will enjoy wind-in-your-hair moments through the tall pine trees and sweet-smelling bear clover. And now, another fan favorite returns for the season: The Moonlight Special Every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 P.M.​​​​ Seating is very limited and reservations are required. The night begins with a barbeque dinner served on the socially distanced outdoor picnic tables. Live musical entertainment at the station, an evening steam train ride, a sing-a-long at a roaring campfire located at the halfway point in the forest, and ends with a ride back to the station...

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Movies Under the Moon: A Carpool Cinema Experience

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

As Orange County residents and avid movie-goers Moonlight Events OC sorely missed going to see a movie with friends and family. They knew that with this quarantine provided everyone the chance to grow and reflect individually, and as a result there would be a great chance to bring the community together afterwards. They hope to provide Orange County residents with a safe and socially-distanced gathering for them to celebrate an American Holiday and the joys of reuniting with friends and family. Dates July 3rd and 4th, 2020 Location City National Grove of Anaheim 2200 E Katella Ave Anaheim CA 92806 Movies/Times Shrek Fri/Sat 7:20pm Independence Day Fri/Sat 10:30pm Pricing $40/car parking fee. Tickets are available in advance online. VIP parking options are available. $9.50/person on top of parking fee *Children under the age of 5 free admission *Portion of...

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Segerstrom Center’s Five Days of Broadway Musical Theater Camp

Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is proud to announce that enrollment is open for its acclaimed Five Days of Broadway musical theater camp. Out of an abundance of caution for campers, faculty and staff, this year’s camp will take place entirely online, offering aspiring young performers an immersive experience all from the safety of home. A faculty of Broadway actors and leading industry professionals will coach campers in all aspects of musical theater through interactive, live virtual classes. Topics include: acting, musical theater, dance, improv, puppetry, scene writing and acting on film. All experience levels are welcome to either of the two sessions offered for middle school and high school-age students. Middle School Week runs June 22 – 26, 2020 and is designed for ages 11 – 13. High School Week will take place June 29 – July 3,...

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Melissa’s Selected as the Official Produce Parter of the Las Vegas Raiders

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Events, Hot Topics, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Melissa’s/World Variety Produce Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership as the Official Produce Supplier of Allegiant Stadium and proud partner of the Las Vegas Raiders, effective May 2020. Melissa’s has been at the intersection of food and sports for two decades and has been reimagining the culinary experience in America for almost 40 years. By leveraging a strategic sourcing platform built upon global access and local growing, Melissa’s provides its customers with the finest produce throughout the seasons and offers over 1,500 products at any given time. The company’s products and services are sought out by a wide range of culinary professionals, from Michelin-starred chefs to foodies and home chefs alike, seeking the very best in quality and flavor. Melissa’s is perfectly suited to offer its elevated culinary experience to fans at the new Allegiant Stadium. With...

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Glasspar in Dana Point is Ready to Safely Reopen

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Glasspar in Dana Point is ready to safely reopen. Chef-owner Rob Wilson and his team have gone through California’s 12-page document and 90-point guideline for resuming dine-in service. Since the guidelines were released last week, Glasspar has retrofitted their restaurant and made adjustments to service to meet and exceed the State’s proposed guidelines by removing tables, installing sanitizing stations, and providing the staff with RealShield™ PPE. While many of the State’s Individual Control Measures and Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols were already part of Glasspar’s standard operating procedure, Wilson has implemented the following additional safety measures: For Guests – Installed hands-free door openers to restroom doors – Added 6 additional EcoLab sanitizing stations available to guests throughout the restaurant – An overnight cleaning crew will disinfect the restaurant with a COVID-19-sanitizing fog, twice a week – All surfaces will be...

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Everyday California Reopens Kayak and Board Rentals

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

La Jolla-based ocean adventure and lifestyle company, Everyday California, just announced the reopening of their kayak, surfboard, boogie, snorkel and paddle board rentals, so locals can get out on the water to unwind and enjoy San Diego’s beautiful coastline while staying safe. To ensure the safety of their customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Everyday California is thoroughly sanitizing all gear between uses, has put a limit of only two kayaks every 30 minutes, and requires customers and staff to wear a facemask and maintain 6 ft. distance from one another. Single and double kayaks are available, however double kayaks may only be used for individuals quarantining together. A full rundown on preventative measures and precautions for Everyday California’s rentals can be found HERE. Rentals are available for booking online at www.everydaycalifornia.com or by calling 858-454-6195. In addition to rentals,...

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John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) Educates Youth on Sun Safety

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF), a nonprofit organization that is committed to fighting cancer through courage, strength and grit, has announced that it will partner with TropicSport, a reef-friendly sunscreen and skin care line, to provide co-branded mineral facesticks to youth across the U.S. while educating youth about the dangers of sun exposure through its skin cancer education program, Block the Blaze. Block the Blaze is funded by JWCF and a leader in youth skin cancer education and prevention, educating nearly 25,000 junior lifeguards every summer and another 50,000 youth in school presentations throughout the year. Block the Blaze is the official partner of the California Surf Lifesaving Association (CSLSA) to provide skin cancer education to CA junior lifeguards. Now expanded into more than a dozen additional states, the program educates youth through in-person presentations surrounding sun safety and...

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You’re Invited: Segerstrom Virtual Spring Carnival

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts | 0 comments

“Come one, Come all!” Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites you to celebrate Spring at its first virtual Spring Carnival on May 17. Enjoy fun, food and crafts, all accessed virtually from the comfort of your own home. And admission is FREE to the Center’s Spring Carnival. In the days leading up to the carnival, we invite you to join the fun with our series of Instagram challenges. Each challenge hints at an activity that will be included with our May 17 carnival package, and is a new way to get creative at home. There’s something for everyone, from cooking up your version of the perfect carnival snack to inventing your own game with materials you can find around your house. With a little imagination, that cardboard box, pool noodle, and loose tennis balls in your garage are a...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Online Fundraiser

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County (GIOC) girls are at risk and need your help! Luckily, the organization’s first ever online fundraiser gives YOU the chance to do your part and donate so that the organization may continue providing online learning resources to combat the significant loss of learning during this time in addition to helping girls make heathy decisions while assuring them that they are not alone. The online fundraiser will begin on Monday, May 4, running all week long through Monday, May 11. Because of COVID-19 and with schools and community centers closed for the remainder of the school year, these girls are at risk of falling behind in addition to many now having to take on more responsibilities at home.  Most of the girls that Girls Inc. of Orange County supports live in poverty, with 80% living...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with SOHO TACO

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days, but why not celebrate it every day! Treat your family to a special (and delicious) dinner from our favorite taco spot – SOHO TACO this Cinco de Mayo. They are currently offering 99¢ happy hour tacos from 12-1 pm, family meals, and a limited-time Cinco de May package. Place your order online today. Exquisite Tacos Enjoy some of their finest tacos served on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla. 99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P TACO: Carne Asada ($3.79) – Grilled Certified Angus Beef® onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Pollo Asado ($3.79) – Grilled top quality chicken, onions, cilantro & guacamole escabeche on a fresh hand-pressed tortilla (99¢ HAPPY HOUR 12P-1P) TACO: Carnitas ($3.79) – Top quality slow braised pork, onions, cilantro & guacamole...

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Fable & Spirit, Dublin 4 Gastropub & Wineworks for Everyone Reopen for Takeout Service

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Get ready to raise your glass because three of our favorite O.C. restaurants are coming back! Beginning Tuesday, April 28th, Dublin 4 Gastropub and Wineworks for Everyone will reopen for takeout service, offering a menu of food, wine, beer and cocktails. Executive Chef David Shofner presents signature dishes for guests to enjoy at their home, while Sommelier Ali Coyle curates a list of wines offered at exceptional prices, and Director of Spirits Drew Coyle presents a selection of cocktails to go. Guests may order by phone by calling (949) 582-0026 or online at dublin4gastropub.com or wineworksforeveryone.com (current menu offerings listed on the website). Orders may be placed between Noon and 6 p.m., for pick-up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurants will be closed Monday. Contactless curbside pick-up can be requested when placing orders. Dublin...

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Puesto Reopens for Takeout & Delivery in Irvine

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Orange County will be able to enjoy a contemporary and approachable take on authentic Mexican cuisine as Puesto at the Los Olivos Marketplace in Irvine reopens for takeout and delivery on Tuesday, April 28th. Sourcing its ingredients from in and around the state, Puesto has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-style tacos made with non-GMO organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas. Guests may order and pay via phone or online at eatpuesto.com for takeout (promo code EATPUESTO may be used for 15% off orders for pick-up). Curbside pick-up available upon request. In addition, delivery is available through DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub (promo code not valid for 3rd party delivery services). In addition to a menu that includes its award-winning tacos, Puesto is offering a Family Taco Meal with choice of Chicken Rajas, Carnitas,...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County “Safer at Home” Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

As we continue to practice “Safer at Home” guidelines, it’s important for us to continue our relationship with girls throughout Orange County. At Girls Inc., they want girls to be reminded that we are still in their corner by writing messages of encouragement and inspiration during this critical time. We kindly ask that messages be addressed towards the following ages groups. • Lower Elementary: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade • Upper Elementary: 3rd through 5th Grade • Middle School: 6th through 8th Grade • High School: 9th through 11th Grade • High School: Graduating Seniors To support this effort, please email your messages to the Volunteer Services Department at [email protected] Inspire a Girl – Post a Video A great way to spread empowering messages is through social media. Join us as we engage in strong, smart, and bold activities that...

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Mother’s Day Brunch To-Go in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Selanne Steak Tavern celebrates Mother’s Day with its crave-worthy gourmet brunch fare available for curbside pick-up on Sunday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moms can be treated to such sweet and savory dishes as Chicken and Waffles with bourbon maple syrup; “Kevin’s” Bananas Foster French Toast with whipped mascarpone; Monte Cristo with smoked prosciutto, Laura Chenel goat brie and blackberry jam; and Steak Bacon and Eggs with crispy pork belly. Other brunch favorites include: avocado toast with a fried egg, hash browns au gratin, bacon and eggs poutine and a shareable gooey sticky bun. A kids’ menu is also offered. In addition, a special family style Mother’s Day Brunch for Two is available with choice of two starters, two entrees and two sides. The Brunch for Two also includes one sticky bun and choice of Sofia...

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Support Small Businesses at The OC Baking Pop-up

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Those who want to support small businesses and get great artisan-made food to take home, are welcome to shop at the Artisan Pop-Up at OC Baking Company. This local chef-driven market is open every weekday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bakery’s production center in Orange. Artisans and offerings vary daily. Food Offerings OC Baking Company delicious fresh-baked breads — www.ocbakingco.com ADYA heart-warming curries, including Chicken Tikka Masala and veggie curry options, take-and-bake samosas, heat-and-eat butter naan — www.adyaoc.com Break of Dawn wholesome stews, rice and more Crema Artisan Bakery fresh croissants, pastries, and quiche — www.cremacafe.com Sessions West Coast Deli killer sandwiches, fresh salads and sauces — www.sessionswcd.com Cali Dumpling Delivery delicious dumplings to make at home (Monday & Friday) — www.calidumplingdelivery.com BELLO by Sandro Nardone family-size Italian specialty dishes...

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Miss Mini Donuts Party

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained? We sure are. One fun way that we spent time together this week was by having a fun donut decorating party using Miss Mini Donuts. If you aren’t familiar with the company, it is an OC Mom run business that offers fresh and tasty mini donuts. They are bite-size and delicious. While there are many custom flavors available, the decorate your own mini donuts kit is our favorite right now during the stay-at-home order. Decorate Your Own Mini Donut Kit The kit comes with 25 plain mini donuts, 4 toppings, frosting, and stir sticks. Kids can get as creative as they decorate their mini donuts using the fun and colorful toppings. If you’re able to capture a picture before your little ones pop them into their mouth, share using the...

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Resource Tools for Small Businesses During COVID 19

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Education, Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

GoDaddy Partnership Do you have a small business? If you are a small business owner, then this uncertain time is impacting your life significantly. One of the hardest parts of living through this scary time is seeing so many entrepreneurs who I care about worry about keeping their dreams alive. Not only is there the stresses of trying to stay healthy, but also of keeping the doors open to their businesses (if possible at this time). I have been using GoDaddy to host my website domains since first starting my business, and they have always provided me with excellent tools to aid in helping my business to be successful. Recently, GoDaddy has launched an #OpenWeStand resource website to help give entrepreneurs resources, inspiration, and tools needed to help be successful during COVID-19. Resources On the resource part of the...

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Gryphon Guardian Donating WiFi Routers to Low-income Families in Southern California

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Events, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Gryphon Online Safety, developer of all-in-one security and parental control devices, announced today its donation of 100 Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to low-income families in Southern California who are in need of safe and secure Internet access during California’s ongoing stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With stay-at-home orders in place and the closure of all Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District schools, many parents are challenged to continue education at home. Additionally, many parents have shared concerns about being able to effectively monitor Internet activity of children and teens due to the increased screen time and their need to continue to work from home. In order to help alleviate these challenges, Gryphon will donate 100 of its Gryphon Guardian WiFi routers to local families, featuring powerful parental controls to ensure that children...

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The Crack Shack Costa Mesa Takeout

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In addition to sandwich to-go options, the Coop is also offering family meal packs and just added a salad option. If you call ahead with your order, a Crack Shack team member is able to meet you curbside, and the restaurant is also available on Postmates and other third party delivery apps. The Crack Shack Family Meals Small Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – 5-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Big Flock Meal (feeds 5-6) – 10-piece bone-in Jidori fried chicken, 12 nuggets, large fry, classic slaw, 6 biscuits, and 2 cookies Svelte Flock Meal (feeds 4-5) – An extra large baja chop salad + four servings of your choice of Jidori chicken (fried thigh, fried breast, grilled breast) With food purchase, The Crack Shack also has some wonderful beverage...

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DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Events, Recipes | 0 comments

For the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s beloved and delicious chocolate chip cookie, so at-home bakers can create the warm and comforting treat in their own kitchens. The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival. DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station. Copycat recipes have been shared online for years, but only now has Hilton released the official version to create at home. DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe Makes 26 cookies Ingredients 1Ž2 pound butter, softened (2...

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Ono Hawaiian BBQ Bogo Deal

Posted by on Apr 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

For a limited time, the Hawaiian restaurant will offer Buy One Get One Free on Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Lunch Plates on All Pick-Up or Drive Thru Orders Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering BOGO Hawaiian BBQ Chicken or Chicken Katsu Plates for a limited time. From March 30th to April 13th, 2020 Ono Hawaiian BBQ is offering this special at all locations to help encourage local consumers to choose Ono Hawaiian for their next take-away meal during these difficult times. The promotion will be available for Pick-Up and Drive Thru only. When Now until April 13, 2020 Details No coupon necessary. No substitution allowed. Limit 1 promo plate per transaction per customer. Not valid with other promotions or discounts. Where All Ono Hawaiian BBQ Locations. The Gateway Anaheim Resort 131 E. Katella Avenue, Suite 30 Anaheim CA...

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Easter Takeout Options at Orange County Restaurants

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Instead of cooking Easter dinner this year, celebrate with your family at home by enjoying a delicious meal from one of these Orange County restaurants offering Easter takeout options. Orders must be made in advance. Flemings Newport Beach (Fashion Island) 455 Newport Center Drive (949) 720-9633 ​ Entrée – Choice of 1, served family-style 8oz PETITE FILET MIGNON* | for four, $150 | for six, $220 11oz MAIN FILET MIGNON* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF RIBEYE* | for four, $190 | for six, $260 20oz BONE IN RIBEYE* | for four, $260 | for six, $380 SEASONAL FEATURED LOBSTER TAILS | for four, $270 | for six $390 MISO GLAZED CHILEAN SEA BASS* | for four, $175 | for six, $250 DOUBLE BREAST OF CHICKEN | for four, $110 | for six, $160...

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Sewing Machines & Supplies to Help Make Face Masks

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Are you a quilter, seamstress, tailor, or other sewing professional – or perhaps, you just love to sew? If so, and if you’re looking for an opportunity to give back during this time, you’re in luck! Furnishing Hope, a local nonprofit organization based here in Orange County, has decided to lend out sewing machines and supplies to a limited number of individuals who are interested in sewing protective masks for the OC community. There are a total of eight (8) sewing machines that will be lent out on a first come, first serve basis. Typically, these machines are used as part of Furnishing Hope’s National Pillow Project – a program that teaches low income, single parents transitioning from homelessness to independent housing how to sew, as a way to empower them to become self-sufficient and provide a better life...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Donations During COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by Orange County and Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COADOC) as the donations drop-off location to assist Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rescue Mission also announced an urgent need for food donations for the (226) men, women and children currently residing at Village of Hope. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for new, unopen and unused donations of the following items, which will be provided to Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations Needed Adult Wipes: Flushable wet wipes Hygiene wipes Baby Wipes: Regular wipes Sensitive wipes Water-based wipes Baby Formula: Similac Pro Advance Similac Pro Sensitive Enfamil Enfamil Gentlease Nido (ages 1 and up) Feminine Pads: Regular Heavy Extra-heavy Baby Diapers (all sizes) Regular Overnight Sensitive Adult Disposable Diapers/Pads Disposable underwear...

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Slapfish Launches Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Slapfish continues to find inventive ways to serve its customers and seafood fans during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the modern seafood shack has introduced a Take-Home Lobster Roll Kit. The easy-to-assemble kit serves two and comes with fresh split-top butter rolls and premade lobster filling with lemon mayo, for $40. Once picked up at Slapfish or delivered, it will keep in the refrigerator for four days. Slapfish previously announced that it has extended its Kids Eat Free promotion to all day, seven days a week. Typically only available on Wednesdays, Founder and CEO Andrew Gruel wanted to offer a small gesture to families struggling during this difficult time. The promotion provides one free kids meal with the purchase of another menu item. Kids items include a Kids Fish Taco, Fish Bites (a mini Fish & Chips), Grilled Shrimp Bowl,...

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Orange County Chefs Offer Free Meals for Healthcare Workers

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Dining, Events | 4 comments

A group of local chefs is offering those on the front line at local Urgent Care and Emergency Rooms a free meal to take to their family. As their way of showing appreciation, Break of Dawn Chef/Owner Dee Nguyen, OC Baking Company Baker/Owner Dean Kim, and Crema Artisan Cafe Baker/Owner Tarit Tanjasiri will offer these local heroes the opportunity to pick up home-made chicken noodle soup, a loaf of fresh-baked bread, and a decadent gourmet cookie. Also involved in this act of generosity to acknowledge the hard work and long hours put in by our local healthcare workers, are Glenn Tanaka of Tanaka Farms and Anne Cutner of Solutions for Urban Agriculture, who have donated their fresh produce for the chicken noodle soup. This team has already made deliveries to local care centers and are attempting to make their...

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Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Pieology Celebrates National Pi Day with BOGO, Free Pizza for a Year Pizza innovator Pieology is celebrating National Pi Day on March 14th with an instore, all-day special “Buy One Artisan Thin Pizza, Receive One Artisan Thin Pizza for $3.14.” Additionally, new Pie Life Rewards members can be entered to win “Free Pizza for a Year” by downloading “Pie Life Rewards” app on March 14th. One winner will be chosen per participating Pieology location across the country. Plus, new and existing Pie Life Rewards members who use the Pie Life Rewards App instore on Pi Day will also receive $3 OFF their next visit. Valid March 15 – 31st. About Pieology Pizzeria Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in...

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Music and Dance unite with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Partnership   **EVENT CANCELLED**  Music and dance will unite on stage as the Orange County Youth Symphony and Anaheim Ballet bring to life Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet in a friendly, family-focused one-hour program on March 29th, 3pm at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pre-concert festivities begin at 2pm and include a musical instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, and more! About the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony Founded in 1970, the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony is the official youth orchestra of Orange County. The diverse roster represents student musicians from nearly 50 high school and college programs from San Clemente to Fullerton and beyond. The Youth Symphony has traveled the world representing Orange County’s best young adult musicians in performances in Austria, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and at...

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Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with Volta + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 25 comments

Partnership **EVENT CANCELLED** Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Orange County with its first sports-inspired Big Top production, VOLTA, performing under the Big Top at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa March 18–April 19, 2020. Tickets, starting at $39, are available for purchase by visiting online or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others....

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The Pizza Press Celebrates Pi Day with a $3.14 BOGO Pizza Deal

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of Pi Day on Saturday, March 14, The Pizza Press is offering buy one pizza, and get your choice of a second pizza of equal or lesser value, a Deep Dish Cookie or select craft beer for only $3.14. Known for its array of fresh and high-quality ingredients, The Pizza Press allows guests to “publish” their own custom pizza on a traditional thin crust, or the new option of a Double Dough thick crust for a $2.50 upgrade. Set in a fun 1920s newspaper theme, The Pizza Press allows guests to choose from a selection of toppings, cheese and sauces to create their own pizza that is “hot off the press” in under four minutes. The Pizza Press also offers signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, and finished...

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Inside the Walt Disney Archives at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Mar 6, 2020 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Calling all Disney fans The Walt Disney Archives has arrived at The Bowers Museum. Established in 1970, the archive has collected, preserved, cataloged, and made available for study merchandise, awards, pictures, art, and so much more.  This 10,000 square foot exhibit made its debut in 2018 for Japan’s D23 expo, and due to its popularity, the team in Japan asked if they could tour the exhibition. After a nine-city tour that took 19 months, The Walt Disney Archives bought the exhibit back home.  Seeing the success and outpouring of love for the archives in Japan, the company decided that they needed to share the spirit of Disney starting right here in Walt’s backyard. Located only 6 miles from Disneyland, The Walt Disney Archives felt that The Bowers Museum would be the...

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11th Annual OC Family Summer Camp & Activities Fair

Posted by on Mar 4, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Partnership Don’t miss The Orange County Register and OC Family magazine’s 11th Annual Summer Camp & Activities Fair on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 9am – 2pm at The District at Tustin Legacy! The Camp Fair is a FREE one-day event featuring local organizations offering camp options and summer activities for tots through teens. Free interactive fun, giveaways, raffles, and live stage performances all day! Date Saturday, March 21, 2020 Time 9am to 2pm Location The District at Tustin Legacy 2437 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782 Details Find out more details about the event...

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Pageant of the Masters St. Patrick’s Day Special

Posted by on Mar 2, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

For art lovers, luck is no longer found at the end of the rainbow, but at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Pageant of the Masters is holding a limited time ticket offer to this summer’s production of “Made in America.” Use promo code CLOVER20 for $17 tickets in the Director’s Tier Side section, up to a $35 value. This special offer applies to Sunday through Friday evening performances and ends March 17, 2020. Now in the Pageant’s 87th season, audiences will meet the artists who not only made this country their home, but let their creativity be inspired by the freedoms upon which this nation was founded. Some of the masters of American art that will be showcased during this summer’s program include N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Norman Rockwell,...

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The Fred Hall Show is California’s Ultimate Outdoor Experience

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

What started in 1946 as a Sportsman’s show at the Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, has now become the world’s largest consumer fishing show, California’s Largest Trailer Boat Show and Southern California’s finest hunting and fishing travel show. The Fred Hall Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center (300 East Ocean, Long Beach 90802) from Wednesday March 4 through Sunday, March 8, 2020. Tickets on sale now at www.FredHall.com , or available at the box office week of show. The Fred Hall Show—The Ultimate Outdoor Experience — will feature nearly 1000 booths and acres of boats inside and outside the convention center, plus 10,000 products on display from the world’s leading outdoor recreation manufacturers. Over 400 seminars will take place during the five days of the show in seven different seminar venues. 2020 Show Highlights Hundreds of boats...

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Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light Silent Disco

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

FLASHING LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS.. will appear on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, when Brilliance: A Night of Music and Light returns and transforms the plaza into a vision of light, color and music. Bring your family and friends and don your favorite light-up and glow-in-the-dark fashion attire for an evening of music, dance, and illumination! Silent Disco is for everyone! When the sun goes down, the party lights up with a spectacle of illumination and color. Enjoy the Plaza’s disco and dance to the sounds of The Silent DJs. Guests will wear light-up headsets, which can be tuned to one of three channels of music offered by the three Silent DJs. Segerstrom Center and UC Irvine’s Emergent Media + Design program are partnering for the third year to allow guests to...

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Armstrong Garden Centers Celebrates 130th Anniversary with a Free Rose Plant

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020 in Events, Giveaways | 0 comments

To commemorate 130 years serving California in the nursery business, Armstrong Garden Centers is returning to its roots by focusing on roses for an anniversary celebration. Armstrong Garden Centers will be giving away free rose plants at all store locations on Saturday, February 29, 2020, starting at 8:00 a.m. On Saturday, February 29, Armstrong Garden Centers will be celebrating its 130th Anniversary milestone by offering customers the following: Free Rose Plant in a Pulp Pot (Regular price $26.99) No purchase required. One per household while supplies last. Free Landscape Design Drawing Register onsite to win. One winner per store. The winner will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. and must be present to win. Free Cupcake treat at 1:30 p.m. (while supplies last) One-Day 130th Anniversary Sale 20% off all regular priced items Offer valid on regular priced items and...

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PINNERS Crafting & Creating Expo Conference

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

**EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR May 8-9*** Returning to the Los Angeles area, the Pomona Fairplex will host Pinners Conference California, Friday and Saturday, March 13 – 14, 2020. Pinners Conference is a must-attend event where lifestyle experts and trend setters connect with those who love to DIY, design, decorate, craft, cook, and create. For two days, guests will have the opportunity to attend more than one hundred classes and presentations covering a variety of topics led by industry leaders. Expecting an estimated 10,000-15,000 attendees at the Pomona Fairplex, Pinners Conference showcases the best and brightest crafters and lifestyle leaders in one forum to share their knowledge by offering classes that aren’t easily found at local craft stores or boutiques. Advance registration is recommended, classes will sellout, however spots are available for walk-ins the day of the event. Admission General (exhibits and shopping)...

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You’re Invited: Santa Ana Zoo Annual Birthday Bash

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020 in Events | 5 comments

The Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys,” announced today that its 68th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours! Parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free. Did you know that multiple animals at the Zoo were born in the month of March? Guests will love searching the Zoo for these special party animals and writing birthday greetings to their new friends! Look for giant anteaters, camels, lemurs, ocelots, sloths and the world’s smallest monkeys! SAZOO, the Zoo’s resident monkey mascot and honorary OC celebrity, will also be on hand to engage, entertain and take photos with guests. At...

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center Summer Camp

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Partnership The Pacific Marine Mammal Center offers a unique experience for children to witness a marine mammal hospital in action! Campers learn how their animal care team rehabilitates our seal and sea lion patients through a series of mock activities including weighing fish, preparing fish smoothies, cleaning pens and learning the art of marine mammal rescue. Each day has a different theme in order to provide a well-rounded study of our ocean environment. Each theme is creatively reinforced through hands on activities, science labs, arts and crafts.Each year we add new content so campers who return keep on learning! Spots are limited!! Register your children today online. Details Camp is held Monday through Thursday at PMMC from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday at an offsite location TBD. Monday – Thursday drop off will be at 9:00 am...

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Celebrate “Leap Day” at The OC Mix with Workshops, Live Music, Food + Fun!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

There’s no better way to celebrate Leap Day than with good food, live music, premiere shopping, and fun workshops! Join SOCO and The OC Mix on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for an extra special event where guests can “*Learn, *Eat, and *Play for LEaP Day!” Throughout the day guests can take part in one (or more!) of these three interactive workshops: DIY Dried Flower Bouquets led by Betti Bliss of Bliss Fine Florals from 10:30am – 11:30am (Make your own beautiful take-home arrangements using dried florals and blooms such as umbrella ferns, thistle, eucalyptus, dried palms, and more.) Cost: $5 (click here to register and select the “Dried Flowers” workshop) Intro to Macramé led by Alyssa Alexander of @ama_designs from 12:00pm – 1:00pm (Make your own 9-inch macramé wall hanging! Plus, learn the...

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You’re Invited: Kobe Bryant Memorial

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, FivePoint and the City of Irvine are co-hosting a live broadcast of the public memorial at Staples Center honoring the nine Orange County residents who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 – NBA legend and Mamba Sports Foundation co-founder Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna; Alyssa, John and Keri Altobelli; Payton and Sarah Chester; Christina Mauser; and Ara Zobayan. WHEN Monday, February 24th | 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE Championship Soccer Stadium at Orange County Great Park (8000 Great Park Blvd.,...

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Donations Needed for the Tustin Fire Victims

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by the City of Tustin as the donations drop-off location to assist victims of the recent Chatham Village fire in Tustin. The fire, which raged through the Chatham Village Apartments during the early morning hours of February 11, 2020. The blaze caused the roof to collapse, ultimately gutting the building and displacing more than 100 residents, many of whom are receiving temporary shelter at Tustin Senior Center. The Rescue Mission is asking the community for donations of the following items, which will be provided to the men, women and children affected by the Chatham Village fire in Tustin: Towels New clothing and shoes for children and adults Hygiene items Gift cards for groceries, gas and clothing Donations may be dropped off at between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday...

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“Magic Happens” Parade Debuts at Disneyland Park

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The all-new “Magic Happens” parade debuts at Disneyland Park on Feb. 28, 2020. As this daytime spectacular moves along Main Street, U.S.A., guests will celebrate moments of magic from beloved stories they’ve seen in films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. From a legendary guitar to the heart of the ocean, these magical moments come to life in stunning floats, artistic costumes and a surprising and energetic new musical score. Guests will experience classic tales such as “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Sword in the Stone,” as well as more recent stories from “Frozen 2,” “Coco,” “Moana” and more. With a “Magic Happens” parade dining package, guests may enjoy a delicious lunch and receive a voucher that provides access to a reserved viewing area for the parade that day. Guests may learn more about the dining...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood announces the roster of “Top Chef” alumni participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival along with a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event taking place on March 19-20. “Top Chef” alum and Fan Favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Chefs on a specially-curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date. Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series include,...

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Justin Wine Dinner at Henry’s Ocean View Dining

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Henry’s Ocean View Dining invites you to take part in a memorable spring dining experience hosted by Justin Baldwin, Founder of Justin Wine. On Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., join Justin Baldwin as he discusses the winery’s history and background, as well as being a pioneer of the wine-making region of Paso Robles, California. In addition, Chef Kenny Seliger will craft a sustainable, spring-driven tasting menu to compliment the specially-curated pairings from Justin Wine. The evening will conclude on a sweet note with a dessert course created by Chef Jacky, Orange County Golden Foodie’s Best Pastry Chef. See below for menu details: 1st Green Asparagus & Cured Meyer Lemon Gazpacho 2018 Justin Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, CA 2nd Radish & Arugula Salad with Charred Spring Onion Dressing 2018 Justin Rose, Paso Robles, CA 3rd White...

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Segerstrom Center for the Arts announced today, Mardi Gras is heading to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in a festive evening of FREE New Orleans-style revelry. Let the ambiance take you to NOLA with fairy lights and New Orleans-style streetlamps. Groove to the music with spectacular performances from Alligator Beach, New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and Av Hamilton, including a second line parade right on our Plaza! And in true Mardi Gras fashion, there’s more–fortune teller Sansa Asylum will share your future while she gazes into her crystal ball and tarot cards. Enjoy mask-making and photo opportunities while a range of musical styles serenade you. George’s Café on the Plaza has created a special Hurricane cocktail for purchase. In addition, The Santa Ana Black Historical Society will be at the event to share...

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Design & Dine with Room & Board

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

SOCO’s popular Design & Dine event series is BACK for 2020! First introduced last year, this series of small, intimate design events is held each month at a different showroom at SOCO and gives guests engaging, on-trend insights surrounding interior design & home décor. Room & Board will host the first Design & Dine of 2020 on Monday, February 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening will feature an interactive Q&A with special guests Audrey Crisp, local social media influencer and interior design expert, and Heather Bullard, professional magazine stylist. The two will dive into a conversation about the different ways to add color to a home and give some inspiring tips + tricks on how to complete a springtime refresh! Guests will also have an opportunity to ask their own questions and get personalized advice from...

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts and The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour present Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical March 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award–winning “Pigeon” picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr.’s Muppet Babies executive producer Tom Warburton, and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer behind Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers comes fresh from its world premiere in Washington, DC. Don’t let the Pigeon miss the pre-show activities! Fly on in to Samueli lobby to create your own Mo Willems style storybook. Be inspired with a pop up library of Mo Willems books provided by our...

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YMCA Orange County Internet Safety Workshops

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, YMCA of Orange County will host 10 “Be Internet Awesome” workshops across the county on February 11 to teach parents how to instill healthy and responsible Internet habits in their children. The events are in response to mounting requests from parents wanting help with establishing safe and healthy Internet and social media practices as online and technology use among children continue to rise. The workshops will feature discussion-based, parent-to-parent conversations about how to help children be safe, smart and positive online. Families will learn to teach their children how to communicate responsibly, understand real from fake in the face of phishing and scams, build strong passwords, be positive and kind online and how to discuss questionable content as a family. Parents will receive free bilingual resources, answers to questions about online safety and...

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Trolls LIVE! Tour Coming to SoCal

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage inTrolls LIVE!, their first ever live tour! Jam-packed with epic music, glitter, humor and happiness,Trolls LIVE! The journey begins when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show! Poppy, Branch, Cooper, Cloud Guy, Satin and Chenille, Smidge, Guy Diamond,Fuzzbert, Biggie and Mr. Dinkles invite you into the colorful world of Troll Village for this interactive performance only the Trolls can create. This is one Trolls party you won’t want to miss! The world of the Trolls comes alive in this totally interactive, story-rich musical celebration of everything the Trolls love – singing, dancing, rainbows, glitter and plenty of...

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OC Wine & Spirit Fest at A Stone’s Throw Winery

Posted by on Jan 31, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Wine, craft beer and fine spirits come to A Stone’s Throw Winery March 28 and 29 for the OC Wine & Spirit Fest, bringing a modern tasting experience to the people of Orange County, with luxe vibes and a laidback coastal attitude. With the focus on fun, OC Wine & Spirit Fest offers an experience perfect for everyone, and every taste. Founded by the winemakers at A Stone’s Throw Winery, the OC Wine & Spirit Fest encourages festival attendees to explore a modern tasting experience with community and camaraderie at its heart. Set among the quintessential orange groves in historic San Juan Capistrano, guests will mingle with sommeliers, vintners, craft beer experts and others, while they shop from a myriad of luxe vendors ranging from wine-related items to furniture, experiences and jewelry, and gourmet food trucks. There will also...

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Sage Hill School’s Third Annual GEMfest

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

On Saturday, February 29, middle school girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to attend Sage Hill School’s third annual GEMfest event – a celebratory conference that aims to inspire young girls to “leap into their passions” and educate them (and their parents) about empowerment, self-esteem and independence. The day features a series of conversations with this year’s special guests + keynote speakers, and various interactive workshops that attendees can choose from. The event will also include an all-new Marketplace area featuring local businesses and non-profit organizations that attendees can visit & shop, as well as a sit-down lunch with approachable high school mentors. This year, GEMfest welcomes three inspirational women to join its lineup of featured guests, including entrepreneurs like Sophia Amoruso, founder of Girlboss Media and Nasty Gal Clothing and Gorjana Reidel, founder of gorjana...

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You’re Invited: Knott’s Charlie Brown Day

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

On Sunday, February 2nd, Knott’s is celebrating Good Ol’ Charlie Brown by hosting Charlie Brown Day during the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration. The park invites guests to enjoy the celebration to show love to everyone’s favorite blockhead by hosting a gathering of the most Charlie Browns in one picture. To show our favorite underdog just how special he is, attendees will be encouraged to pay homage to Charlie Brown by sporting his signature bright yellow zig-zag striped tee, black shorts, and red baseball cap outfit. At 11:00am all guests dressed as Charlie Brown will be invited to gather at the Calico Mine stage for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity as a crowd of Charlie Browns poses alongside the boy of the hour. After the group photo, guests are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the newest Knott’s PEANUTS...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Otter Bowl

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present its sixth annual Otter Bowl on February 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Watch as the Aquarium’s sea otters vie for the championship at Otter Bowl VI. The fast-paced action will include collecting footballs made out of frozen clams and retrieving enrichment toys. There will be lots of eating and playing going on during this big game as the sea otters compete. The game starts during the 4:00 p.m. sea otter show in the Northern Pacific Gallery, and an Aquarium educator will be calling the play-by-play. At 3:30 p.m., the otters will be off exhibit in their “locker room” as the Aquarium’s animal experts prepare the “field” for Otter Bowl VI. Visitors can receive discounted admission on February 2 after 3:00 p.m. Admission will be $19.95 per person from 3:00 p.m....

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DC Super Heroes Taking Over The L.A. Zoo

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s DC Super Heroes taking over the L.A. Zoo! On Saturday, February 8, 2020, DC and the Los Angeles Zoo are encouraging families to turn off the TV, leave the house, and spend the day together enjoying superheroes, graphic novels, and up-close animal demonstrations at “DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo.” The all-day event will feature interactive presentations with live animals, signings, author/artist meet and greets, as well as free giveaways, photo ops with a costumed Batman, and much more. The festivities will take place within the L.A. Zoo at Treetops Terrace next to the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel. Activities are free to attend with the purchase of Zoo admission and free for Zoo members. The full day of programming from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will kick...

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Jurassic World Live Tour Roars into SoCal This Summer

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Brace yourself for a new species of live entertainment 65 million years in the making! Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable live, family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans, will be debuting in SoCal this summer playing Honda Center in Anaheim from July 9–12 followed by STAPLES Center in Downtown LA from July 17–19. Sign up today to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early starting tomorrow Tuesday, January 28 to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on February 4. With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life with dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus Rex more...

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The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

The Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration began on Saturday, January 25 and will be offered on weekends through March 1, plus selects dates. The limited time event welcomes fans of all ages to join in on the excitement with family-friendly options for guests to play and interact with the PEANUTS Gang throughout the park. The celebration includes interactive character experiences, new festive PEANUTS inspired décor, vibrant comic strip photo opportunities including a never-before-seen photo backdrop in Camp Snoopy, a new PEANUTS Character – Spike, live shows, festive merchandise, and all-new themed seasonal food offerings. On Tuesday, January 28, the new Build-A-Bear Workshop will be opening in the California Market Place located behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry...

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Share the Love at Lido Marina Village’s Valentine’s Day Pop-Up

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day is typically thought of as a day to celebrate your significant other, but it is also an opportunity to have fun with the whole family and shower them all with love! On Saturday, February 8th, from 11 am – 2 pm, Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village invites OC residents and visitors to enjoy a Valentine’s Day Pop Up on the Lido Deck. This sweet day by the sea will include fun events and activities for kids and families, ensuring that everyone has a great time spreading the love. LOCATION 3434 Via Lido Lido Deck Newport Beach, CA 92663 ACTIVITIES Alison Bernier Photography will be on-site taking photos of your sweet little Valentines with a beautiful balloon and flower-filled set styled by @beijoseevents from 10 am -1 pm. No reservations required Sign up the day of the event...

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‘World’s Biggest Bounce House’ is Set to Inflate in Orange County

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness certified ‘World’s Largest Bounce House,’ rolls into Orange County, California, from Saturday, February 8th through Sunday, February 16th at Silverado’s Oak Canyon Park. Produced by XL Event Labs, The Big Bounce America tour is the biggest touring inflatable event in the world and includes four massive inflatable attractions. Bouncers of all ages will celebrate as the 2020 tour continues to push the limits on family-friendly entertainment! Bouncers will rejoice as new twists for the 2020 tour include: The expansion of ‘The World’s Biggest Bounce House’ by 30-percent as it now towers over 13,000 sq. feet! Sport Slam, The Big Bounce America’s newest inflatable attraction, a customized sports arena filled with goals, nets, hoops, and balls of every size! Also, returning this year is The Giant, the 900-foot-long obstacle course with over...

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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jan 24, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Curry Up Now, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Indian fast casual concept known for its innovative Indian eats, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Southern California restaurant in Irvine at 922 Spectrum Center Drive on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant, which is best known for its iconic Tikka Masala Burritos, Deconstructed Samosas, Sexy Fries, Naughty Naan, Indian street food and more, will celebrate the opening by offering a free burrito or bowl to the first 100 guests in line. Curry Up Now began as a food truck in 2009, founded by husband and wife duo, Akash and Rana Kapoor, and ably supported by co-founder and Senior VP of Operations, Amir Hosseini. Since day one, Curry Up Now has been on a mission to serve Indian flavors and ingredients in a way that is...

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20 Free Events at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 1 comment

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is gearing up for a spectacular 2020, from world class performances by internationally renowned dance companies and hit Broadway shows, to musically absorbing seasons of chamber, jazz and cabaret – there’s something for everyone on their stages. And that’s just the beginning. With the new decade comes even more FREE entertainment for the community outside on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. We asked you on our social media polls, and you answered! Your favorite Plaza events are returning, Silent Disco, Summer Jazz, and Tuesday Night Dance, all will grace our Plaza this year. 2020 Free Events at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Mardi Gras Saturday, February 15 6:00 – 9:00 PM Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll on the Argyros Plaza as we celebrate Mardi Gras in an afternoon...

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You’re Invited: Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch Open House

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Hoag Partner Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will provide the community with a clinically integrated health and wellness solution to help you attain, maintain and celebrate good health. The community is invite to attend the grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join us to meet the physicians, tour the facilities, participate in health screenings, sample health foods, learn about the Hoag Lifestyle Program and enjoy activities for the family. Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will offer comprehensive primary and speciality care supported by wellness services – all under one roof. Services include: primary care, women’s health, sports medicine, urgent care, imaging, physical therapy, pediatrics, a lab and speciality care. One of the unique features at Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch will be the Hoag Lifestyle Program – a highly personalized health and...

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

This holiday season + beyond, join LIT Cafe in giving back to the local Anaheim community! Beginning on Thursday, December 19 and running through Friday, January 31, the restaurant will be hosting a book drive that serves to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress. Guests are invited to dine at the restaurant and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch with the opportunity to bring in new or used book donations for children and teens ages 5 to 18. Plus, anyone who donates a book will receive a goodie bag of Ms. T’s Sea Salt Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Not only is this book drive a great way to support a local Orange County business + enjoy some tasty cookies, but it’s also a fantastic way to give back to the youth in the local community. LIT...

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Chillin’ In the New Year with SOCO’s New Kids Club

Posted by on Jan 13, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Calling all creative kiddos of Orange County! SOCO + The OC Mix now has a Kids Club launching this month that will bring fun events and interactive programming to the center all year long. The very first event will be held on Wednesday, January 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the fun will continue throughout the year on the third Wednesday of each month. This all-new Kids Club invites children ages 6 months & up and their parents to take part in various creative + hands-on activities! Every event will offer a live story reading, music + dancing, and a fun craft. What’s more, families will have a chance to enjoy a number of discounts from participating SOCO + The OC Mix retailers (details below) and each Be part of this memorable launch event and celebrate by...

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in Events, Featured, Holiday, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

It’s the first Lunar New Year of the decade, and the year of the rat! There are multiple fun family Lunar New Year events happening around Orange County to celebrate the holiday with your family. Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618 Date: February 1, 2020 Time: 12pm – 2pm Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm. Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include: Chinese dragon dance Lion Dance Greeters distributing fortune cookies* Lucky envelopes* Arts & Crafts* Entertainment *while supplies last / weather permitting Cost: Free Outlets at San Clemente Oak Tree Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, CA 92672 Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The...

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Luxurious Theatre Experience at Cinemark

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in Events | 1 comment

Partnership One of my favorite things to do with our children is going to the movies. I love the popcorn, the experience, and spending quality time with our children. Over the years, local theatres have become rundown, and the movie-going experience has changed. When I learned that the Cinemark theatre in Orange recently underwent a major renovation, I could not wait to see a movie. I waited until a special movie was released, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and I planned a date to take the kids. The first thing that I loved about the Cinemark movie experience was how easy it was to get tickets. I downloaded the app, purchased tickets using the app, and selected reserved seats within the theatre. There was no waiting in long lines at the theatre. We simply walked in, got our...

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, helmed by Executive Chef Paige Riordan has opened its doors in Rancho Mission Viejo on Monday, January 6th. With the luxe and allure of old Hollywood, the modern speakeasy combines elevated comfort cuisine and East Coast classics balanced with West Coast ingredients and influences. At 2800 sq. ft., the restaurant boasts modern black and white decor with gilded trimmings and glimmering accents. A large 14ft window, which gives guests a glimpse into the exhibition-style kitchen, takes center stage in the dining room. Framed by a trio of floor-to-ceiling arched mirrors, the focal point of the restaurant is its 16-seat grey quartzite bar lined with luxurious grey velvet chairs. An East Coast native, Riordan has cooked in some of New York’s most prestigious restaurants including Reynard at The Wythe, widely recognized for bringing farm-to-table cuisine to...

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When You Want To Go Out, Check Goldstar First!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Events | 0 comments

Affiliate Goldstar helps you explore all the fun live events your city has to offer. From concerts to theater to special seasonal events, Goldstar’s mission is to help you find great live events that fit your passion — and your budget. At Goldstar, you’ll find tickets at a variety of prices, including many at 50% off or more, and even complimentary tickets to a variety of fun events (you just pay a small service fee). And when you want to splurge on the best seats to the biggest shows, Goldstar’s got those, too. With Goldstar, you can: Earn points with each ticket you buy Goldstar Rewards is a fun, easy way to earn points and unlock rewards each time you buy tickets to live events. Getting started is easy — just buy tickets to start earning points today. Goldstar...

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Best known for its Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches, Bruxie now offers Chicken Wings in three flavors – Original Seasoned, Spicy Red Rub, and Gung-Ho Glazed. The large, meaty wings have been given the full-on Bruxie flavor experience: an overnight marinade in buttermilk, hand-breading in Chef Kelly’s own spice blend, and then fried to order, never pre-cooked. The wings are offered in the following flavors, along with a choice of Bruxie’s 7 dipping sauces: Original Seasoned The original Chef Kelly spice blend that launched a thousand Bruxie fried chicken sandwiches. Spicy Red Rub A dry rub mix of Chipotle Chile for an earthy heat, Smoked Paprika for a hint of smoky outdoor flavor, and a bit of Cayenne Pepper that adds a punch of latent heat. Together the spices provide depth of flavors that are rarely found on chicken...

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with exciting new experiences and special vacation values, and now is an ideal time for families to visit with limited-time ticket and hotel offers available at the resort’s two theme parks and three hotels in Southern California. Guests can book now and save on magical visits to enjoy new shows and attractions, annual festivals and world-class entertainment at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, along with Disney-themed accommodations at the resort’s on-property hotels. Special Ticket Offer for Southern California Residents For a limited time, Southern California residents can visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks for $67 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Park Hopper options also are available. The tickets are available for purchase Jan. 7 through May 18, 2020. Eligible guests may purchase...

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Robert Earl, Chairman and Founder of Planet Hollywood International, Inc. and Earl Enterprises, is thrilled to announce a partnership with acclaimed Chef Hung Huynh, to create new restaurant concepts with Pan-Asian influences and Chef Hung’s distinctive culinary style. The first concept Chef Hung has developed for Earl Enterprises is the fast-casual ASIAN STREET EATS BY CHEF HUNG HUYNH, featuring a crowd-pleasing menu consisting of pot stickers, scallion pancakes, and rice bowls all offered with a variety of protein, fillings and dipping sauces, with a wide range of beverages rounding out the menu. The first ASIAN STREET EATS opened at LAX in the Tom Bradley terminal in September with an abridged menu. The newest location at Downtown Disney® District in Anaheim, California, opens today with the complete menu offered. Hung Huynh, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee Asian Street...

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Build-A-Bear Workshop is Opening at Knott’s Berry Farm

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020 in Events, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Knott’s Berry Farm is starting the year off with plenty of surprises for 2020, beginning with the opening of a brand new Build-A-Bear Workshop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The new store will be located in the California Market Place, behind Virginia’s Gift Shop and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Build-A-Bear is a global brand that kids love and parents trust, it’s a location where guests can create customizable furry friends. To honor the park’s Old Western theme, the new location will feature an exclusive line of customizable cowboy, cowgirl and train conductor themed bears. To tie in with the park’s Seasons of Fun events, custom products and limited edition accessories will also be available for the furry friends starting off with a special t-shirt on opening day. A special Build-A-Bear and Knott’s Berry Farm photo-opportunity will be displayed...

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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by Davio’s The last few weeks of the holidays are so hectic from school events, last-minute shopping, work/friends/family parties, and must do traditions. I try to balance the chaos of the holidays with joy such a hot cocoa holiday lights drives (we drive around the neighborhood after looking at lights while my kids drink hot coco in their pjs), the Nutcracker, an amusement park, gingerbread houses and whatever else I find that is holiday related. For our traditional holiday gingerbread experience, we decided to try someplace new and found that Davio’s in Irvine was hosting an event. Now, if you haven’t dined at Davio’s, then I suggest you do so STAT! Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced and seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and salads as well as prime...

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Winter Solstice in Downtown Santa Ana

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Discover the enchantment at this family and pet friendly community art walk showcasing 35 vendors of unique handmade gifts, tarot readers, clothing, healers, and apothecaries. Local author, Jamie Della will lead an opening ceremony to honor the Winter Solstice at 5pm. Jamie Della, a practitioner and student of magic and spirituality from around the world for more than twenty years, is the author of eight books. Della’s most recent book, The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft weaves together herbalism, myths, seasons, pagan holidays, tarot, astrology, crystals, moon cycles into a spiritual tapestry that provides comfort, strength and profound connection to each other and Mother Earth. Her spells of manifestation are designed to step more fully into our Divinity and include those for releasing negativity, increasing bliss, healing a broken heart, and finding your Spirit guides. Witches are...

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 1 comment

Partner The Newport Beach Boat Parade is one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. The Newport Harbor will be twinkling with lights during the celebration, and your family can enjoy the beauty of the season while cruising around the harbor on one of these holiday lights cruises. Newport Landing Cruises Hop on a holiday lights cruise offered by Newport Landing during the famous “Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights” 2019. You’ll travel with the famous boat parade along miles of waterfront estates during each evening of the parade, catching spectacular views of both estates and yachts in full holiday décor with festive light displays. With over 100 years of history, this magical holiday event includes hundreds of yachts, cruise ships and water crafts competing for awards in many categories. “Yahoo Travel” named the Newport...

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Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Chinese Lantern Festival When I think holidays I think of family, food, and lights. Living in Southern California, we have so many options to experience beautiful holiday lights. Still, one that is new to our region is the magical Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona at the Fairplex. My family and I were invited to experience this fantastic journey through this year’s theme Blooming Seasons. The Fairplex is located only 25 miles outside of Orange County, and you can get there pretty fast. When we arrived at the Fairplex, it was utterly dark, and my husband questioned if we were in the right place? We kept on driving and driving and seriously I had no idea the Fairplex was so big, it felt as if it were double the size of the Orange County Fairgrounds....

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“Fiesta Navidad”: Mariachi Los Camperos

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Brought to you by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Join us for one of Orange County’s most beloved annual holiday traditions as the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos return to Segerstrom Center with Fiesta Navidad. Filled with music and dance, this colorful celebration of Mexican holiday traditions is perfect for the whole family. The first mariachi to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the first to have their own dinner show and the first to star in an opera, the Grammy-winning Mariachi Los Camperos are always on the cutting edge, except for Christmastime, when they stick to tradition for their festive holiday show. They’ll be joined by the folklorico group Chiquina Palafox for this special performance at Segerstrom. Location Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall The Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA...

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The Magical Knott’s Merry Farm is Back

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Brought to you by Knott’s Who’s ready for some holiday fun?  I know its only November, but for me, the holiday spirit starts October 1 to January 1, then I go through horrible withdrawals, and the countdown begins again for October 1. I’m not going to lie I go big every year, but because this is the last year in the 10s (I seriously don’t know what to call 00’s, and 10’s can’t wait for the roaring ’20s) I want to end the decade super big!  So we’ve got our list, and one of the tops of our list is Knott’s Merry Farm!!!! Entertainment From live entertainment, a Christmas Crafts Fair, lavish holiday decorations, holiday-inspired food, shopping (they have the cutest holiday crafts, ornaments, themed items) and of course, Santa! And of course, no visit to Knott’s Merry Farm...

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored by HGTV Santa HQ Bring the holidays to life for your children by bringing them to the Lakewood Mall to experience the HGTV Santa HQ. This year, I went to the Lakewood Mall for the holiday experience, and it was one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever. HGTV Santa HQ Features Traditional photo opportunities with Santa Claus, with a variety of photo packages families can choose from. Guests can visit HGTV Santa HQ’s Elf Academy, a new, family-friendly experience that features interactive technology to enhance the entire HGTV Santa HQ visit. The Elf Academy includes the Magic Mirror: Guests can transform into one of Santa’s elves and virtually try on various elf outfits, and Elf-ID: Guests can create their very own customized Elf-ID card using the new Elf-ID app and a “selfie”. Magic Mirror: Guests can transform...

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Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Posted by on Dec 14, 2019 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood and Bravo team up for the first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival on March 19-20, 2020, inviting guests on a culinary excursion featuring an all-inclusive eclectic menu inspired by the series, live challenges, food & wine pairings and panels with “Top Chef” Alums. The two-day, separately-ticketed event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood and feature dozens of food, wine, craft beer and spirit stations with a delicious array of dishes inspired by the Cheftestants’ creations over the years. Guests also will have a chance to watch “Top Chef” veterans battle it out in a series of live cooking competitions and enjoy panels with fan favorites from the series. In addition to a general admission ticket to the event, guests can also purchase a premium VIP ticket option, inviting them to experience several first-class...

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New Holiday Pop-up: Jax & Bones

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Shopping | 0 comments

Jax & Bones, a leader and trailblazer in designing and creating sustainable dog beds and toys, is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever holiday pop-up at one of Southern California’s most exciting community destinations, ​SOCO + The OC Mix​, in Costa Mesa. The limited holiday boutique is open through January 5th. Jax & Bones is debuting new fall products, including the Achromatic, Classic, Boho and Elite Fabric Collections, a stylish range of eclectic beds made from ethically sourced ingredients that are handcrafted and locally sewn in, Los Angeles. One of the most innovative brands in the pet industry, Jax & Bones is also showcasing its Rowdy Rescuer range of superhero toys. These characters embody the mission that we, ordinary individuals can become a Rowdy Rescuer and do extraordinary things to help save and protect all animals! 15%...

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California Science Center: Dogs! A Science Tail + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

Dogs! A Science Tail, a hands-on science exhibition that highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs, and enables guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world. The highly interactive exhibition also invites guests to share personal photos and stories of their dogs on a photo wall. As a special daily feature, there will be live demonstrations of dogs in various roles, showing rescue, agility, sensory and service skills. The exhibition will show how the ability to understand and communicate with each other lies at the heart of the unique relationship between humans and dogs, and what makes this one of the most successful interspecies partnerships of all time. Dogs! A Science Tail is created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg...

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Parties, dinners and tasting menus welcome the new year at some of Orange County’s hottest and most elegant establishments. The lux of Montage Laguna Beach beckons with a variety of dinner and drink options at The Loft, Studio and the Lobby Lounge. At the center of OC is Hotel Irvine with dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar and partying at Red Bar and Lounge. And to end the evening fashionably late is the always stylish Fashion Island Hotel offering a dinner party at Oak Grill and a hot countdown party with bubbles at Aqua Lounge. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH New Year’s Eve at The Loft: Four-Course Tasting Menu Tuesday, December 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Loft is serving an extra special celebratory Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu prior to New Year’s festivities at midnight. Revelers might start with Vichyssoise...

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In partnership with Las Brisas For one night only, San Francisco-based Scott Baird will prepare festive cocktails as part of an evening with live music, giveaways, and more in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, and Scott Baird, renowned bartender and owner of the famed San Francisco cocktail bar Trick Dog host a holiday pop-up with Ancho Reyes on Thursday, December 12 in Las Brisas’ bar and lounge. Hand-crafted cocktails prepared by Baird will be served along with Ancho live music from 6-9 p.m., and more. Having earned several accolades since its opening in 2013, Trick Dog was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for an Outstanding Bar Program in 2014 and 2016, and a finalist for the prestigious award in 2015 and 2018. Making a special appearance at Las Brisas,...

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Christmas, Dining, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In Orange County during the holidays the only white powdery ground cover Bing Crosby should be crooning about is the beach sand. The holiday season in balmy OC is all about sea views, ocean breezes, elegant dining and outdoor family fun. The always elegant Montage Laguna Beach has decadent dining options for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day throughout the resort. Hotel Irvine is throwing a family holiday bash in The Backyard, and at Fashion Island Hotel, holiday guests will be treated to a five-course dinner or bountiful buffet. MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH Christmas Eve at The Loft Tuesday, December 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. Overlooking the Pacific, The Loft offers a four-course celebratory Christmas Eve menu highlighting seasonal options such as Roasted Carrot Soup with applewood-smoked bacon, Braised Veal Cheek, Pan Roasted Branzino and Gingerbread Semifreddo. $135 for...

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Can you Stand Still for 90 Seconds? Pageant of the Masters Casting Call

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

Do you enjoy art, theater and being in the spotlight? Can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect – you could be a volunteer cast member in the 2020 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. The team behind the world’s most famous presentation of living pictures is looking for men, women and children of all sizes and ages to volunteer for next summer’s show, Made in America. Casting call will be held at the Pageant of the Masters amphitheater on the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA during the following dates and times: Friday, January 10 from 7 – 9pm Saturday, January 11 from 7 – 9pm Sunday, January 12 from 2 – 5pm At the open casting call, prospective volunteers will be measured and photographed, enjoy refreshments and meet the...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Donations

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission is reaching out to the local community for gift donations to help the 179 formerly homeless adults living at Village of Hope and other Rescue Mission transitional housing campuses celebrate the holidays. The Rescue Mission has announced an urgent need for holiday gift donations for adults, which the children will give to their parents. Suggested donation items needed include new: Slippers Robes Socks Wallets Watches Jewelry Nail Polish Sets Eyeshadow Pallets Journals and Pens Hair accessories Reusable Water Bottles Scarves Belts Wrapping Paper Donations of these items may be dropped off at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Contact Julia at 714-247-4388 or email [email protected] for more information. Members of the community may also...

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Holiday Events at Long Beach Exchange

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Come enjoy the spirit of the holidays this season at Long Beach Exchange! Throughout the entire month of December, the whole family is invited to enjoy festive photo opportunities, live music, holiday-inspired goodies from SusieCakes, and more! With an array of delicious eateries and holiday offerings throughout the center, LBX will quickly become your one stop shop for holiday fun. See below for dates + details on what’s in store this season: Saturday, December 7th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your little elves for an exclusive Alison Bernier photo session complete with an adorable photo backdrop + props. Plus, children are invited to meet Santa himself while families enjoy live music performed by the Jazz Baker Band. Sunday, December 8th 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Snap some festive photos with a holiday-themed photo booth provided by Fotovibe. Guests...

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Holidays by Design at SOCO + The OC Mix

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Calling all of Santa’s little helpers! With the holiday season upon us, SOCO + The OC Mix invites children and families to celebrate with the center’s annual Holidays by Design event series. Beginning Saturday, November 30 and taking place every Saturday through December 21, families are invited to enjoy a variety of festive activities and shopping that will be offered throughout the center, including Holiday Storytime with Mrs. Claus, a complimentary, winter wonderland-themed photo booth for children and families, live holiday music from local performers, and more! PHOTO BOOTH A pop-up photo booth will be located inside the OC Mix where guests can take beautiful holiday photos in front of a seasonal backdrop (complete with props that are perfect for this jolly time of year). The photo booth will open at 11:00 a.m. each Saturday and close at 2:00...

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