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The Pageant of the Masters: 2018 production of ‘Under the Sun’

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Pageant of the Masters, presented by Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, is heating up the beach-side community with preparations and rehearsals underway for the highly-anticipated 2018 production of “Under the Sun.” Celebrating its 85th anniversary, the 2018 Pageant of the Masters will amaze audiences nightly July 7 – September 1 with 90-minutes of tableaux vivants. These “living pictures” are re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Tickets are available now at www.PageantTickets.com. Since opening in 1933, the Pageant welcomes approximately 500 volunteers each year who eagerly contribute more than 60,000 hours of their time. Many staff members, like Butch, have worked with Pageant of the Masters for decades, creating a family-reunion-like environment that attracts mass numbers of volunteers and crowds to learn,...

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Extreme Beer Fest 2018 – Boston: A Whole Another Level

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Onion. Pistachio and avocado. Marshmallows. Maze. You read that last word right –the chemical found in pepper spray and all of the aforementioned food products imparted some of the many flavors found in craft beers at Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. Bostonians and East Coast beer aficionados braced the cold weather in an extremely long line outside the Seaport World Trade Center as they waited to enter the 15th annual event. Onlookers may think they are crazy and ridiculous, but the attendees received instant gratification once they step into the conference hall. EBF showcases the extreme of the extreme beer and the festival highly encourages brewers to explore their identity as creators and masters of their craft. These “beer scientists” did not fall short from impressing their peers and the thousands who flocked to EBF just...

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9th Annual Urban Ocean Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach,...

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Tickets Available: 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  Following another record-breaking year, the 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup will return to the world-famous OC Fair opening weekend on July 14 and 15, 2018 with more fun than ever before. The successful, award-winning collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and OC Fair & Event Center offers four hours of unlimited tastings, a commemorative tasting glass and free admission to the OC Fair. Awarded 1st Place at the Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event, Brew Hee Haw features dancing, fun games, and unlimited tastings from some of the country’s top breweries. Tickets are available April 11 at brewheehaw.com. At the highly anticipated 5th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers with a wide selection of...

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Los Angeles Times’ 23rd Annual Festival of Books

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival. Held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd at the University of Southern California, the festival not only celebrates books and literature, but will this year also shine a light on alternative forms of creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film, and television. An estimated 150,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 500 writers, musicians, artists, and chefs, check out one-of-a-kind art installations and multimedia experiences, and be a part of discussions on everything from politics to pop culture, all in celebration of a love for stories. The event also includes demonstrations, panels, and conversations from esteemed authors/performers such as will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas, Ed Asner, Dave Eggers, Jenna Fischer, Vivica A. Fox,...

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Two Celebrated Chefs to Participate in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Two more celebrated California chefs, Amar Santana and Joe Sasto, will be joining the stellar line-up participating in the 11th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation, on Sunday, May 20, at Montage Laguna Beach from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Amar Santana is a former “Top Chef” contender (Episode 13), and he chefs at two acclaimed Orange County restaurants – Vaca in Costa Mesa, serving authentic Spanish cuisine; and at his flagship, Broadway by Amar Santana, which features a globally influenced menu. Joe Sasto, second runner-up on the most recent season of “Top Chef” serves as executive chef at Michael Mina’s new Cal Mare in Los Angeles, where his food is centered on Italian coastal cuisine. Santana and Sasto join a stellar roster of California chefs all coming to Montage Laguna Beach to be part of one of...

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29th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo

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

  America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018. The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education. Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America. Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two. Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view...

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Learn, Discover & Play at the OC STEAM Fest

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

  Families are invited to learn, discover, and play at Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s OC STEAM Fest, in partnership with EON Reality, on Saturday, April 28. Enjoy a fun-filled day of games and activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) including human foosball, battling robots, LEGO® engineering, Virtual Reality, live animals, and racecars, in addition to live performances, food trucks, and much more! 
 This event will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each at the door. Buy one, get one free tickets (two for $10) are available online until April 25. Children 3-years-old and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ipsf.net/steam. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the schools in the Irvine Unified School District. DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 28,...

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You’re Invited: Annual OC Bark Bash Community Event

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  ​Barks of Love has partnered with the ​Heritage Museum of Orange County to help abandoned dogs find their forever home at their ​Bark Bash this April. The partnership has already encouraged attendees to make the dog world a friendlier place, starting with donations to benefit the non-profit organization in its efforts to provide aid to dogs in need. This year’s ​Bark Bash offers families the opportunity to enjoy food, vendors, and entertainment, while helping support a good cause. This year’s line -up includes ​Java on the Go​, California Grill Truck​, Boss Pup​, ​Dachs 2 Danes​, Embyr Oils​, Labrashark​, Doggissage​,​ Arm the Animals​, and more. Admission to the event also includes access to the museum’s ​Kellogg House and guided nature walks through the ​Gospel Swamp Natural Area​, as well as access to the children’s activity area and a free...

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OC Wine Fest – A Day of Wine + Friends

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue A little rain didn’t stop this writer from attending the OC Wine Fest at “A Stones Throw” in San Juan Capistrano. In fact, we seemed to be in great company with fellow wine enthusiasts! Wineries from as far north as Napa and south to Escondido gathered to share their bottled treasures. Enticing us with beautiful notes of fruit; from the crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc to a full body flavor of a Cabernet Sauvignon. We enjoyed learning in depth about the winemakers and their individual stories. We found it often begins with a passion for creating a wine for themselves and soon discover they have a delicious wine to share with others; and so a winery is born. We love when that happens and by the winemakers enthusiasm, they do too....

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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Goes “Back In Time”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Events, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. 402 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,157,000 and serves as the fourth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in breaking the previous year’s net and surpassing the million dollar threshold. This beautiful and elegant evening was planned by nine of the past gala chairs: Dana Chou, Nancy Eaton, Cathy Morrison, Lourdes Nark, Kay Patel, Urvashi Patel, Brenda St. Hilaire, Wendy Tenebaum and Lauren Wong. Evening festivities were themed “Back in Time” and guests...

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BubbleFest is Back and Better than Ever

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of our favorite family Spring Break traditions is to experience BubbleFest at Discovery Cube OC. As my children have been getting older, I have become a little worried that they will outgrow all the science fun at Discovery Cube OC, and I was thrilled to see that they still love visiting the popular educational destination. My kids are now 16, 14 and 11, and I had a hard time getting them to leave BubbleFest – they were enjoying it that much. This year, BubbleFest is located inside of Discovery Cube OC, so you don’t have to worry about the weather when planning a visit. The highlight of BubbleFest is The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. This year was our favorite year seeing the show inside of the plush indoor theatre. During...

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Hamiltunes: An American Singalong FREE Family Event

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites fans and fanatics of Broadway’s mega hit Hamilton to let their collective voices ring out during HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SINGALONG. Three-time Emmy Award-nominated Broadway conductor, pianist, comedian, writer, SiriusXM Broadway channel deejay, and host of his own talk show, Seth Rudetsky will host. HAMILTUNES will be held on the Center’s new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. Costumes are encouraged! Those who signed up for solo roles at www.SCFTA.org will be called at random on the evening of the show to take their places in the spotlight. Individuals singing leading roles will be coached and rehearsed by Mr. Rudetsky prior to the performance – in front of their fans on the plaza. It will be one more for the history books as voices from all over Orange County gather to sing out for...

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Springtime Memories with the South Coast Plaza Easter Bunny

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Spring has sprung, and Easter bunnies all around are out and about visiting and taking photos with kids of all ages. Some bunnies can be a mix of cute and creepy, but the bunny at the South Coast Plaza is anything but that. This Bunny is amazing! My kids were in love with this bunny. When we got to the mall, we were invited to visit the Kids Atelier Store directly across from the carousel for a private event. They had some tasty treats, a balloon twister and a basket full of goodies for all the kiddos. My son loved the frog piggy bank that he received in his basket. There is a Springtime crafts cart that sells them and some other wooden things for kiddos to decorate for a fee...

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You’re Invited: CosmetiCare ‘Custom You’ Event

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

  Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will launch a new “Custom You” event series on Thursday, March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new series will highlight a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available. This month’s topic, “All About Skin” will demonstrate how to combat the harsh elements of winter that take a toll on skin during colder, dryer months. This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the services available to keep skin more refreshed and revitalized. Attendees can also will enjoy champagne, giveaways, exclusive discounts on skin care treatments and more. Upon arriving, guests can have their photos taken and receive a free photo simulation of cosmetic treatments to tackle their problem areas....

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Disney on Ice ‘Frozen’ Returns to the Southland

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all! Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the...

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The Book of Mormon Returns to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited engagement March 20 – April 1, 2018. The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, South Park. Tony Award winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Tickets for The Book of Mormon start at $34.75, and are on sale now. They may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556- 2787. For inquiries about group...

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Peppa Pig Live + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises! OINK! Tickets for the brand new ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’ SoCal dates are ON SALE NOW! 4/5 Anaheim @ City National Grove 4/7 Thousand Oaks @ Fred Kavli Theatre VIP Peppa Pig Surprise Party Passes are available here. GIVEAWAY! Enter to win 4 tickets to Peppa Pig LIVE at the Grove by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on March 23rd. Good...

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2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 2 comments

  KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito returns to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, April 7 bringing craft beer, mouthwatering tacos, and live entertainment oceanfront. As the first stop of the festival series — now in its fifth year in Southern California — KLOS Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival gives craft beer connoisseurs and taco aficionados the opportunity to sample over 150 brews and a variety of delectable tacos while watching lucha libre style wrestling, playing games, and enjoying live performances by The Offspring, Pennywise, The Vandals, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Unwritten Law, and Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), KLOS Sabroso Craft...

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You’re Invited: Farmhouse Local Artisan Dinner

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Dining, Events | 1 comment

  Farmhouse Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead is pleased to host an evening of unforgettable food and great company on Monday, March 19 from 6-9 p.m. Taking place during Roger’s Gardens’ annual Spring Celebration and benefitting The Ecology Center, the Local Artisan Dinner will feature an exclusive, multicourse menu and beverage pairing highlighting the season’s freshest flavors. Under the stars and amongst the olive trees, meet and mingle with the real stars of the evening, the local food and drink artisans who made the special dinner possible. In attendance will be Evan Marks of The Ecology Center, Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms, Sherry Mandrell of the Tehachapi Grain Project, Peter Schaner of Schaner Family Farms, Meredith Bell of Autonomy Farms, Brian and Robin Christenson of Blinking Owl Distillery, Sara Lezama and Kyle Titterud of Rye Goods Co.,...

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