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Father and Son Night at The Nitro Circus

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  On Saturday we were guests of Nitro Circus Tour at Anaheim Honda Center. While I was not familiar with the show, I took my son and his friend to see the show. I figured if the title of the show had Nitro in there, it would be fun. We arrived at the venue and even before the show officially started, the activities were underway. The pre-show included interviews with some of the cast members and highlights from previous shows. Nitro Circus has been put together by Travis Pastrana who is a professional motorsports competitor and stunt performer. Travis with his crew of stunt men and women are currently on the You Got This Tour. The show is built around a number of platforms that will aid the stunt team to do wild jumps and in turn, create an...

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Wanderlust’s First one-of-a-kind Wellness Gathering

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Events, Health | 0 comments

  The creators of Wanderlust bring the first annual ​Wellspring​, a first-of-its-kind wellness gathering, featuring the world’s leading innovators, teachers and socially conscious companies. From invigorating workouts and hands-on treatments to inspirational, actionable workshops, Wellspring connects us to a common goal: fostering healthy individuals, a healthy society and a healthy planet. This year’s guide leaders include RUSSELL BRAND, GLENNON DOYLE, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, DR. MARK HYMAN, PAUL HAWKEN, KEN NWADIKE JR., ELANA BROWER, DAVE ASPREY, ALICIA SILVERSTONE, LAUREN ASH, NATALIE KUHN, ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, ANA IVANOVIC, SEANE CORN, KYLE CEASE, MARC HOLZMAN, EOIN FINN, ROY SPENCE, DR. CHELSEA JACKSON ROBERTS, NADIA BOLZ WEBER, DALLAS HARTWIG, ROBIN ARZON, RADHA AGRAWAL, MIKI AGRAWAL, KEITH MITCHELL, CHIP CONLEY, INSIYA RASIWALA – FINN, TARA – NICHOLLE NELSON, JEN AUERBACH, EMILY SCHROMM, MARK GROVES, LIGHT WATKINS and more… Attendees will be nurtured by a number...

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You’re Invited: Transformers Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Jorge Lendeborg Jr., one of the stars of Hasbro and Paramount Pictures upcoming new film Bumblebee, will officially kickoff Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk. What: Buzz Weekend is a 2-day celebration of everyone’s favorite Transformer, Bumblebee and kicks off on Saturday, October 13 at 12 noon in anticipation of his first movie out December 21! More Than Meets the Eye activities for the whole family include: · Bumblebee’s ‘80s Dance Party · Airbrush Tattoo Station · Bumblebee Green Screen Photo Booth · Fun Bumblebee and Transformers content on the Giant Screen · Display of the Latest Exciting Bumblebee and Transformers Products When: Saturday, October 13 – Sunday October 14 12pm – 4pm Where: Universal CityWalk 5 Towers Stage (located adjacent to the Universal Cinema) 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 Come and #JoinTheBuzz Bumblebee is in...

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The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty Tour at the Brea Mall

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Get ready to go tiny! The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty tour is coming to Brea Mall on 10/13 & 10/14. If you were a fan of this compact phenomenon back in the 90s, then now is your chance to share the fun with your kids and get a look at Polly Pocket’s world in real-life human scale. Fans of all ages are welcome to join in on the pocket-sized fun which will include: · Polly’s Adventure Course: Kids can demonstrate that they are courageous and tenacious while mastering the course that will include climbing a Giant Button Wall, the Polly’s Soda Lookout Platform which will provide a chance to peer into Polly’s world, and a slide down the Giant Inflatable Flamingo into a large ball pit! · Cupcake Compact Karaoke Stage: Kids will be inspired by Polly...

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Nitro Circus: Outrageous All-New Live Stunt Show

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

  Nitro Circus’ biggest moments, and some of its most notorious crashes, have come from the mind of Travis Pastrana. For the action sports icon, pushing the envelope is just another day at the office. But Pastrana also has the uncanny ability to encourage his fellow riders to go big or go home as well… In some cases despite their better judgment! Now with the 2018 You Got This tour, Travis and company will ramp up the shenanigans with the greatest, craziest, funniest show in Nitro Circus history. Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to the Southland for a Honda Center show on Saturday, October 13.      Nitro Circus: You Got This will feature Travis Pastrana along with Nitro Circus’ best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and Inline, including multiple X Games medalists and several Nitro World Games champions. Pastrana will lead this all-star...

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Pageant of the Monsters Haunted House

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage…The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a “monster” of a good time to Laguna Beach! Reviving an event from years past, Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy presents the Pageant of the Monsters, transforming the Pageant’s backstage into a Haunted House with an artistic twist. The event will take place on October 26, 27, 28 and 31 at the Festival of Arts from 6 – 9:30pm. This is the 5th presentation of Pageant of the Monsters. Davy originated the haunted house idea in 1996, it was repeated in 1997 and then again in 2007 and 2013. This year, the Pageant of the Masters’ creative team of artists and technicians has reunited to resurrect the acclaimed Halloween Haunted House as part of the Pageant...

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Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Nothing gets cuter than a dog dressed in a costume. With Halloween just around the corner, we’d love for you to join The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween, a canine and companion cocktail party and costume contest! Perfect for families and friends to enjoy, the resort’s Yappy Howl-O-Ween can’t be missed! Proceeds from the event (and all of the resort’s Yappy Hours) are donated to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs. When & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4- 7 p.m. Where: The Dana Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 92629) What: Haute hounds will enjoy flavored water like bacon, chicken, beef, or vegan, while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot...

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Vampirates Take over Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Have you ever wondered how pirates celebrate the Halloween season? Wonder no more for I have the answer, they hit the seas and fight against vampirates! Vampirates? Well what else would you call pirates turned vampires who sail the seas for booty and meals. Where can you see these said vampirates? Well that’s easy in Buena Park at none other than Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. That’s right Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has transformed its show into a ghoulishly fun experience filled with pirates, vampires, and gypsies swinging high above. If you’ve never experienced Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, then I suggest you go during the Halloween festivities. The special Halloween show transports you to the 18th century. As you enter the arena, before you is the Spanish galleon nestled in an indoor lagoon. From the...

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7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival

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

  On Sunday, October 28, 2018, Los Angelenos will unite to celebrate Hispanic culture as The San Pedro Property Owners’ Alliance, a nonprofit organization, presents The 7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival. With over 10,000 locals expected to attend, Los Angeles and Orange County visitors will experience a vibrant and historic downtown filled with a festive live entertainment lineup including energetic and globally-inspired performances by two-time grammy award winning performers, Mariachi Divas, and celebrated local headliners and Kotolan, and Salt Petal. New to this year’s festivities is the Jose Cuervo Tradicional bar and Tequila garden. This bar area will offer a variety of cocktails created with Tradicional tequila – the first 100% agave tequila created over 200 years ago by Jose Antonio de Cuervo. In addition to cocktails, Jose Cuervo Tradicional will honor its past with...

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2018 OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-tacular

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Halloween Zoo-tacular at the OC Zoo located inside Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the fall season with festive activities and the animals of the OC Zoo! Families are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat, explore the zoo during a spooky scavenger hunt and create Halloween and fall-themed crafts. OC Zoo animals will join the fun as they receive treat-filled pumpkins and special Halloween treats throughout the day, and the first 100 children in costume ages 12 and under will receive a free gift. “Visitors of all ages can come explore the Zoo-tacular event located inside Irvine Regional Park,” said Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to show off...

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Teen Guide to Knott’s Scary Farm

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Knott’s Hanging out with friends and going to theme parks are two of my absolute favorite things to do. When you put them together, you get one very happy teenager. My mom surprised me with tickets to go to Knott’s Scary Farm for the first time on Friday. So, in honor of all the teenagers going with their friends, I decided to write a guide to go to Knott’s Scary Farm with friends. This year was my first time attending Knott’s Scary Farm, and I was extremely terrified. My older brother has been going since he was in 6th grade and never found the courage to go. This year I finally felt ready, and it wasn’t that bad. That’s my first tip, make sure you are ready before going. You have to make...

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Kaleidoscope Hosts “Thrilling” Halloween Party

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Mission Viejo, CA – Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo for a “Thrill or Treat” Halloween Party & Open House on Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 4pm. The afternoon of free family fun will take place throughout Kaleidoscope with seasonal crafts, a DJ, photo opportunities, trick or treating for costumed youngsters, and some spooky surprises. The first 200 kids will receive trick or treat bags and a Party Pass to collect stamps from all participating retailers and restaurants for a chance to win prizes at the end of the event. Parents will also enjoy food and beverage sampling from Kaleidoscope restaurants, special discounts from select retailers and mini spa treatments. For more information, please visit www.gokaleidoscope.com or call...

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Don’t Miss the Inaugural Taste of Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for its inaugural Orange County edition of The Taste. Following its ninth successful run on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, The Times is adding a second session in Costa Mesa to focus on the thriving dining scene and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California. Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, the festival will feature Taco María chef Carlos Salgado, recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award, the Filipino cuisine of Irenia and responsibly sourced cuts from Electric City Butcher among a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. The Taste’s debut in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three days, Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Admission to each event includes unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos. Friday, Oct....

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Events, Family, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Irvine Park I have been going to the Irvine Park Railroad since I was a baby. Irvine Park Railroad is one of my favorite family traditions. Now that my brother and I are older, our friends ask us, “Do you guys still enjoy going to Irvine Park Railroad?” Well, let me give you the most straightforward answer…YES! Just because we are teenagers does not mean we don’t love panning for gold and decorating our own cookies. In fact, when we know that a holiday is coming up, we jump at the chance to go to Irvine Park Railroad. I know a lot of the activities they have at the park seem like they would only be appealing to toddlers and younger children, but adults forget that teenagers are kids too and probably wouldn’t...

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

 Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year – National Taco Day! Local restaurants are celebrating National Taco Day by offering guests delicious deals. These are our top picks of where to celebrate! Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana 2201 East 1st Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 547-9129 NATIONAL TACO DAY is Thursday, October 4th and Avila’s El Ranchito – Santa Ana is celebrating their 35th Anniversary and YOU’RE INVITED‼️ Party details: AVILA’S EL RANCHITO – SANTA ANA 35th Anniversary Party on National Taco Day – Thursday, October 4th from 4 to 9 pm. RAFFLE DRAWINGS EVERY HOUR starting at 5 p.m. T-shirts, Fiesta Party Tray to go for ten people, Koozis, Keychains, and more! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT by Ruben Gonzalez playing Latin guitar from 6 to 8 p.m. ** GRAND PRIZE ** One lucky guest will win a...

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Dana Wharf Kids Boo Cruise

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Celebrate Halloween on the Water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching First Kids Boo Cruise Departs Dana Wharf at 5 PM on Friday, October 19 Dana Wharf Whale Watching invites families to come aboard and join us for our annual Boo Cruise on Friday, October 19 between 5 pm and 7 pm. Cruises depart every 20 minutes and feature costume contests with great prizes, amazing raffles each trip. There will also be entertainment for those waiting to board! No reservation is needed and each cruise is only a $5 donation! All money raised goes directly to Special Fishies: Aquatic Freedom and Education which gives scholarships to the special needs children in the community. For more information visit...

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13th Annual AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Santa Monica Civic Lot and East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. The two-day event is free to attend. Each year, exciting debuts of alternative technology vehicles – cars, fleets, trucks, bicycles and scooters – are available for a Ride & Drive experience AltCar brings almost every make and model of alternative fuel vehicles to one place so visitors can shop, test drive, compare and learn. The 2018 expo will have the most extensive array of battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles for consumers. This years lineup of exhibitors includes Honda Clarity, Toyata Mirai Fuel Cell, Toyota Prius Prime PHEV, Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro, and many more. Saturday’s conference includes industry experts discussing...

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6th Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” Fundraiser

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  For the 6th consecutive year, The Deck on Laguna Beach and Driftwood Kitchen, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, will host “Sip & Shuck” on Sunday, November 4 from 2-6 p.m. to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County. The event will give guests the unique opportunity to experience a variety of hand-shucked oysters, champagne, sparkling wines, spirits and more from around the world, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views from the oceanfront restaurants. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz and his team will also prepare delicious tastes from The Deck, Driftwood Kitchen, and Hendrix. The event will include beverages from Veuve Clicquot, Laguna Beach Beer Company, Piper Sonoma, Nicholas Freuillate, Nolet’s Gin, Bianchi Winery, Kendall Jackson, Tito’s Vodka, Reyka Vodka, Cote de Roses, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Ketel One, Sailor Jerry, Bloom Gin, Casamigo Tequila, Lavazza...

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10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  This year, Surf City Surf Dog is celebrating a decade of dog surfing and fundraising for pet related charities! The 10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition will take place on September 29th at Huntington Dog Beach, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The world’s best surfing dogs will once again gather in Surf City USA to compete for barking rights, trophies and prizes. Over the last ten years, more than 500 dogs have participated in this unique sport, hailing from the UK, Australia, Canada, Brazil and all corners of the United States! The weekend-long celebration will showcase the best in dog surfing, pet adoptions and pet social activities, while providing engaging beach activities for the entire family to enjoy. As surfing recently became the official sport of the state of California, it seems natural that dog...

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Casual Conversation and High Spirits at Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Brew Ha Ha did it again! A successful event with smiling faces, excellent venue, and even custom ordered weather that made for an enjoyable day. Just add friends, music, great beer and places to relax under the shade. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, right? If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of the Brew Ha Ha’s tasting events, you don’t know what you’re missing. First, a portion of proceeds benefit the Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and as you know, we love events that give back to a valuable cause and support our local youth. You’ll also discover that those serving up all that delicious cold beers are volunteers with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Always a fun fact. With 100 breweries participating at...

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2018 Prehistoric OC

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join OC Parks at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Prehistoric OC, a free event that invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County. Prehistoric OC will present fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history, prehistory, and Native American culture with activities, fossils, and artifacts. This annual event welcomes the young and the young at heart, and will foster a sense of pride and respect for local natural and cultural resources. Families can enjoy hands on activities, watch volcano demonstrations by the Geology Department from California State University Fullerton, examine fossils and artifacts, learn about Native American culture, and check out the Junior Scientist camp for educational crafts. Refreshments will be available for purchase from Wiki Wiki Shave Ice. “Orange...

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Seventh Annual Taste of Lake Forest

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Nearly two dozen Lake Forest restaurants will offer tastes for only $1 as the City of Lake Forest hosts the seventh annual Taste of Lake Forest on Saturday, September 29 from noon to 3 pm at the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre Food Festival. This year’s event will feature Kawasaki motorcycle demonstrations and a Beer and Wine Garden featuring Bru Grill and Wine Bar and Frisby Cellars. The event will also include raffle prizes, live entertainment, face painting, a balloon artist, and photo booth! Raffles will be going on throughout the event with prizes such as an Amazon Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire Sticks, Fitbits, $100 Visa gift cards, and more. Event attendees will also have the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant with awards going to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and the best new entry...

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You’re Invited: Pose for Paws Yoga Event

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  P O S E for P A W S…OMG it’s finally happening (everyone screams!) but not too loud because we don’t want to scare the puppies! HAUS of SHOW is hosting a Yoga x Adoption Event at Pacific City & we hope you can flow with us! Plenty of puppies, dogs & even kittens will be downward dog-ing with us & the best part is they’re all adoptable so when you fall in love with your four legged yogi, you can ADOPT them! Portion of proceeds will be donated to the OC Animal Care to aid in their incredible efforts and for all our yogis who bring in new or gently used blankets, towels or leashes, you’ll receive an exclusive VIP gift bag! Help us raise proceeds & awareness to find our furry yogis new homes! Click “Get...

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Second Annual Le Diner en Blanc OC

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  Once again this year, the elegant white wave of dinner guests will invade one of the most prestigious public locations of the city. Le Diner en Blanc returns to Orange County on Saturday, October 13, 2018. For this second edition, more than 1,000 revelers are awaited at a new and secret location. Last year’s inaugural très chic picnic attracted more than 800 cultural enthusiasts for a memorable evening at Bolsa Chica State Beach. This annual secret affair, promises another unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic, as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is only revealed minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Registration to participate in this unique experience happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase...

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Oktoberfest is coming to Newport Beach

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Since 1810, Oktoberfest has been a celebration around the world, and this year it is coming to the Southern California oceanside! The first of its kind, OCtoberfest OC mixes the traditional Oktoberfest with the beauty of Newport, CA. All of the food and fun from the last 200 years await at OCtoberfest OC 2018. Spend the day eating and drinking the finest food while listening to the ocean waves. FOOD – Enjoy authentic Bavarian bratwurst, schnitzel, potato salad, sauerkraut, strudel, soft pretzels​ and more! Toast your friends with a variety of German ​b​ier​s​ ​and ​OC​-​brewed ​c​raft ​bier. Prost! FUN – Enjoy a variety of acts including yodeling, singing and festive instruments with your host Pieter Meister von Melton. And don’t forget the other activities like the Dachshund Races, Yodeling Lessons/Shows, Pretzel Making, Mini Bratwurst Eating Contest, and more!...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Seventeenth Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival + GIVEAWAY

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 3 comments

  In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors Latino and Hispanic cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers, and traditional dance, crafts, music, and interactive children’s programs. The festival will also include an award ceremony at on Sunday 1:40 p.m. honoring Andrés Pruna, who is a Cuban-American artist, former National Geographic photographer, and ocean explorer. The Aquarium will honor Pruna with its prestigious Heritage Award for his dedication to inspiring others to care about wildlife through his artwork, from his photography and films to his paintings, and his role in ocean exploration. Latin American folk dancers, Aztec dancers, mariachi...

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You’re Invited: Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens Gala

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, a nonprofit southern California cultural center, will hosts its preeminent annual fundraiser gala on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Toast to the Casa provides major support for all of the institution’s cultural and educational programs throughout the season. The gala also secures much-needed funds to preserve and the nonprofit’s historic landmark (the former home of city founder Ole Hanson) and maintenance for its botanical gardens. Toast to the Casa’s 2018 theme, Casablanca, recalls the Art Deco glamour of the eponymous landmark film Casablanca (1943), starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, as well as the vibrant marketplace and nightlife of Morocco’s most romantic city. Experiential entertainment, for which Casa Romantica’s gala is renowned, will include a charity casino, a swing-style Big Band, Moroccan dancers, hookah and cigar lounges, a tea lounge, a Wheel-of-Wine, gourmet...

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Acorn Day Celebration at O’Neill Regional Park

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the County of Orange and OC Parks under the oaks in celebration of Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers crafts for kids, a live butterfly enclosure, active games, face painting, live music and introductory ukulele lessons, nature and animal exhibits, a very special storytelling session with painting on water, acorn and oak tree planting and much more! Guided nature hikes to the Water Tower will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Families can also enjoy presentations throughout the day, including The Hummingbird Nest Story, a book signing with the author of “How to draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide,” followed by a live butterfly release at 1:30 p.m. by Western Monarch Guardian. Several outdoor groups from...

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Beauty, Events, Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to get your girlfriends together for a day of pampering and relaxation at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. This year, I celebrate the back-to-school season by spending a relaxing day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs with one of my dear friends. We dropped the kids off at school and took the short drive over to Glen Ivy Hot Springs where we would embark on an unforgettable day of healing. When we arrived at Glen Ivy Hot Springs, we put our things into a locker, put on our plush spa robes, and then found two lounge chairs by one of their many pools to spend the day. Throughout the day, we took our time exploring all of the 19 pools....

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FREE TEEN tickets to UPLIFT Yoga Bash!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Thanks to the generosity of donors there are a limited-amount of free UPLIFT Yoga Bash tickets for teens! They would love for your girls to come and be their guests for the evening and get to know UPLIFT Teen Yoga! UPLIFT Yoga Bash on Friday, September 21st, Under the Stars at Doheny Beach Park Our over-the-top yoga event will be outside at night – just imagine giant palm trees lit up purple and pink, bubbles floating by during an upbeat yoga practice, a super fun dance party, giveaways, and tons of surprises throughout the night. This is the perfect girls night filled with connection and fun! About the Bash: Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st @ Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. VIP...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The fourteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 2018. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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Pirate’s Cave Home Haunt in Orange

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Since 2000, The Pirate’s Cave has been a premiere stop for trick or treaters in the city of Orange. During the expansion of their haunt, a long forgotten pirates cave has been discovered. Since then, many have entered seeking treasure, but none have returned. Legend says the cave is haunted by undead pirates from ages past. Are you brave enough to venture through the graveyard, skeletons, time tunnel, and into the siren’s layer? You will be amazed at the special effects and pirate-themed walk-up home haunted house that is geared for ages 10 to adult. There is no gore or blood, think of it as a scarier version of Pirates of the Caribbean. They also invite families with younger children under 10 to experience their “No Monster Walkthrough” where you can experience the haunt and effects without the...

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You’re Invited: Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

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

  Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join us for FREE entertainment and hands-on activities for the curious of all ages. Explore 21st Century learning and join the next generation of innovators as families come together to create, innovate and explore the connections between Science and the Arts. The day will be filled with engaging performances, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities featuring: • Discovery Cube • Irvine Public Schools Foundation • Orange County Children’s Book Festival • Orange County School of the Arts • PBS SoCal • [email protected] Foundation • Magikid Robotics Lab • National College Resources Foundation’s STEAM Mobile • Brain Builders • Science Heads • Doktor Kaboom! • Jargie the Science Girl • Dino...

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

 Sponsored The Ohana Music Festival is one of our favorite SoCal music events of the year. The festival will take place on September 28, 29, 30th, and one of our favorite family snacks, KIND Healthy Snacks is one of the sponsors of the event. In addition to offering a full day in the sun the diverse music lineup features Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young the Giant. Ohana will donate a portion of proceeds to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. Festival general admission allows roaming throughout the lush grass areas of Doheny State Beach, right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean, touching...

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 26 comments

  Your family is invited to a special two day kid-friendly private event at Adventure City! Adventure City’s Boo-tastic Halloween Party 2 Nights Only October 19th and 26th *Enjoy 11 exciting rides *Walk through their “trick-or-treat street” for FREE candy and trinkets *Enter the all-new vortex tunnel for a dizzying delight *Ride the express train for a fun Halloween scavenger hunt *Join them for their spooktacular dance party *Meet their mad scientist magician for some astonishing tricks *Show your halloween spirit and wear a costume (optional) Tickets for this special event are just $24.95 per person. Purchase your tickets today online. GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to this fun family event by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. We will pick one random winner on October 1st. Good...

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UPLIFT Yoga Bash

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

  Join the incredible energy of 500 yogis at UPLIFT Yoga Bash on September 21st at Doheny State Beach Park. A night under the stars to benefit local teens. There is a VIP party 5-7pm, OM circle at sunset, yoga practice from 7-9pm, and tons of giveaways. All proceeds to benefit local nonprofit, UPLIFT Yoga Foundation and our new Outreach Division of UPLIFT Teen Yoga, which brings yoga mindfulness to teen girls in OC, free of cost. VIP Ticket Includes: Limited Edition UPLIFT 2018 Tank or Hat, VIP AcroYoga Performances, Luxe Yogi VIP Gift Bags (with swag valued at over $200), Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelet, Angel Wing Photo Wall by Global Artist Colette Miller, Essential Oils by Campo, Ilia Lipstick Bar, Chakra Balancing by Suri Energy Guide, Glow Bracelet, Manduka Intention Booth, Delicious Hors D’oeuvres, ZICO Refreshment Bar, LUNA...

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor. Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic...

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6th Annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Don’t miss the culinary event of the year – The 6th annual James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Los Angeles event. The event will take place at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills on Friday, October 12th at 6pm. The evening will highlight an unforgettable Dinner Menu created by: VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch, NYC LOCAL ALL-STAR Ludo Lefebvre of Trois Mec, Los Angeles HOST CHEF Holly Jivin of The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, CA; Tres, Beverly Hills Reception Tastings created by: Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, Los Angeles Raphael Francois of Tesse, West Hollywood, CA Mei Lin of Nightshade, Los Angeles Pawan Mahendro of Badmaash, Los Angeles Curtis Stone of Maude, Beverly Hills Dessert Reception Tastings created by: Margarita Manzke of République, Los Angeles Lincoln Carson of Bon Temps, Los Angeles...

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Boo at The Rancho Wildlife Zoo

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Halloween is coming fast, Are you ready to have a blast? Bring the kids and parents too For trick or treating at the zoo! Ghosts, goblins and witch’s brew Come as you are, or wear your best costume. Make a spooky spider craft There may be a fright, and plenty of laughs! Where: Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When: Monday October 29th 2018 10am, 11am and 12pm Details: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Reservation times: 10am, 11am, or 12pm (949) 589-7900 or [email protected] $6 per child | Adults are free (2 free adults per reservation) Seperate reservation required per family $8 valet parking Non candy items available at each station Costumes encouraged. Children will trick or treat to all the decorated animal enclosures. Free crafts tables. Vendor shopping available for the...

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Free Family Fiesta to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Next weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Orange County’s top community retail destination, is hosting a free Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Families will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of live music by Manos de Fuego, mariachi, folklórico, refreshing margaritas, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests can also enter an exclusive raffle with gifts and prizes from participating retailers. Art lovers will enjoy a live exhibit by Rosemary Vasquez and participate in a watercolor self-portrait workshop at MainPlace Mall’s Art Walk to honor Chicano Social Realism Master Emigdio Vasquez. When: Saturday, September 8th Where: MainPlace Mall 2800 N Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92705 Time: 2pm to...

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LA Fleet Week is the Place for Families to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s an F-18F Super Hornet Fighter Jet and its EA-18G Growler cousin soaring above the LA Waterfront, the newest addition to a schedule of aerial demonstrations taking place at this year’s LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video over Labor Day Weekend. Running throughout the day Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, the captivating aerial demonstrations will be among the many attractions at the multi-day, free public celebration honoring the U.S. Sea Services. This will be the first time that LA Fleet Week will feature the F-18, a twin-engine, supersonic combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft and its specialized version, the EA-18G Growler. The fighter jets will be operated by Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), Strike Fighter Squadron 22...

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Disney: Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Disney: Beauty and The Beast Live in Concert on September 29 at 7:30pm. The music of Walt Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, comes to life with a 65-piece orchestra comprised of professionals from the American Federation of Musicians and The Chapman Orchestra. With music from the award-winning score by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice, the tale as old as time will dazzle during this cinematic live music experience. Beauty and the Beast is the first collaborative performance of the 2018-19 season, uniting students with elite musicians. Musco Center offers tremendous opportunities to students of the performing arts. Small groups can work with some of the exemplary artists and scholars performing and presenting throughout the season, which spans jazz, American roots, large-scale...

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Captains Quarters to Perform at 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival is proud to announce the Yacht Rock super group Captains Quarters will perform at the highly anticipated 9th annual event on September 15, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m. Dubbed “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival,” the event will serve up sips from beloved regional and exciting new out-of-town breweries that are rarely seen in California. Super-fan craft beer enthusiasts will sample both the largest and best selection of craft beer in Orange County, CA from the region’s’ top breweries and brewers. Craft beer lovers will enjoy classic backyard games, live entertainment, and indulge in gourmet food trucks like Mess Hall Canteen, Viking Truck, Meat Up BBQ, Fiesta Gourmet and more, all at the picturesque Lakeview Park venue – a new, but familiar location for the Brew Ha Ha event. Fans of the...

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Chuck Jones Pop-Up at the Anaheim GardenWalk

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue As a parent, I try to expose my children to as many types of art as possible. My children have been to traditional museums, neon museums, craft museums; you name it they go to see. Ps. do to my love of art our home of a smorgasbord of prints, person pieces, and photographs. The one thing that we lack is a numbered art collection that I kick myself for not starting sooner. What do I mean a numbered art collection? A piece of original work from an artist who’s collection you can build on and give in monetary value. For example last week we went to the Chuck Jones Gallery pop up in Anaheim, and as we admired the various pieces, I started thinking how great would it be if we...

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Orange County Great Park Fall Family Events

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Park Explorations: click here for more information Explore new adventures with our mobile cart designed to encourage discovery through play. With fun hands-on activities, the cart can be found at different locations each month at the Orange County Great Park. Parent participation required. Free drop-in program; craft supplies limited. Free/All Ages Welcome Upcoming dates: 9/1/18 11/3/18 12/1/18 Family Game Day: click here for more information Saturdays are for family and fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, and other activities will be provided by Orange County Great Park staff to kick-start your weekend. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center. Free. All ages. **Program is weather permitting. Upcoming dates: 9/29/2018 10/27/18 11/10/18 12/22/18 Super Soccer Stars: click here for more information This is a six-week session. Price: $132/Ages...

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3rd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  On the heels of its 20th anniversary, the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) will host the 3rd Annual “Tastemakers of Orange County” culinary event on Wednesday, September 5th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County. Participating chefs and restaurants include: TAKASHI ABE & TED LEE | Bluefin BILL BRACKEN | Bracken’s Kitchen IVAN CALDERON | Taco Mesa + Taco...

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Festival of Arts Laguna Beach Announces Return of Pageant of the MONSTERS

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

  Just when you thought it was safe to go backstage the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters brings a monster of a good time back to Laguna Beach. Only returning to the Festival grounds every five years, the Pageant of the Monsters will offer attendees a frightfully fun time with ghoulish tricks, treats, and “spook-tacular” art surprises October 26, 27, 28 and 31, 2018. Resurrecting an event from years past, the Pageant’s backstage will transform into a haunted house with an artistic twist. The Festival of Arts grounds will be filled with ghoulish tricks and treats including art activities, live music, wandering zombies and other “spook-tacular” surprises. Funds for this event are provided in part by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. This event is not recommended for children under 5 years of...

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Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 13th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family. Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily from September 15th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more. Irvine Park Railroad’s 3rd annual “Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off”...

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You’re Invited: Free Dance Class with the cast from the Tony Award-winning Broadway Show On Your Feet!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts thinks you can dance! Dance fans and Latin dance aficionados are invited to gather on the Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Saturday, August 25 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. to learn exuberant choreography from the hit Broadway show ON YOUR FEET! Artists Maria Rodriguez and Jeremy Adam Rey will go through the routines step by step, culminating in a massive conga line around the Plaza. The class precedes the 2 p.m. matinee. WHERE: Segerstrom Center for the Arts Julianne & George Argyros Plaza 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 WHEN: Saturday, August 25th TIME:...

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It’s Almost Time to Get Your D23 Expo Tickets

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Events | 0 comments

  On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23-25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners. D23 Expo 2019 marks the return of fan...

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Celebrate Labor Day at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present a three-day concert series this Labor Day weekend featuring ‘80s hits, patriotic country favorites and an authentic rock n’ roll experience. The all-ages event kicks off on Friday, August 31 and continues through Sunday, September 2. Full bar service and food trucks will be available each evening for guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to live music in a beautiful waterfront setting. LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, August 31 80’S ON THE BAY Dig out your neon, legwarmers, spandex and sequins for an unforgettable evening that features Sirius XM and Jack FM’s legendary ‘80s DJ, Richard Blade, spinning you favorite 80s’ hits. Live entertainment will be provided by IDOL X, the Ultimate ‘LIVE’ Billy Idol experience. Time: 7-10 p.m. Event Price: $20 General admission, $40 VIP...

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You’re Invited: MainPlace Mall Back to School Party

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

  This weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is hosting its Back to School Party of the year! MainPlace Mall will be hosting its free Party on the Patio and Artwalk from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friends and family will be able to join us for live music, refreshing mocktails, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Panini Kabob Grill, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests will also have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win exclusive gifts and prizes, in addition to watching live art demonstrations, workshops, a live backpack fashion show and makeover opportunities from MAC and The Makeup Shop. Kids will also have the chance to create their own art journals using recycled materials and pastels. When: Saturday, August 11th Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: MainPlace Mall...

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You’re Invited: Meet and Greet with Disney Channel Star Kevin Quinn

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Disney, Events, Television Shows | 3 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente, Orange County’s first and only coastal outlet shopping destination, will host a free meet and greet for local fans featuring Kevin Quinn, an actor and singer/songwriter most recognized for his role as Xander McCormick on the hit Disney Channel series Bunk’d. Quinn is currently working on his debut EP. He has had guest roles in Shameless as well as Chicago P.D. and had a supporting role on Disney Channel Original Movie Adventures in Babysitting. For more information, please visit OutletsatSanClemente.com/KQ. WHEN: Sunday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Outlets at San Clemente Center Court 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente, Calif. 92672 GIVEAWAY! We are giving away (2) tickets to meet with Kevin Quinn at a private VIP event before he meets with the public! Enter to win by leaving...

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Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival returns to the Mission Viejo center on Tuesday, August 7. The afternoon of family fun will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire. The event will have inflatables, games, a juggler and stilt walker, face painting, a balloon artist and shaved ice. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for six and $10 for 15. The “Spin to Win” game is 4 tickets per spin with a chance to win a prize. Guests who bring a new toy (no guns please) or new backpack to donate to Make-A-Wish will receive five free game tickets. The Grand Prize Raffle will be held near the end of the event and you must be present to win; tickets for the Grand Prize Raffle will be $1 per ticket. All proceeds for this event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Orange...

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OC Fair: We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The OC Fair and Goodwill of Orange County have again joined forces for a special We Care Wednesday clothing drive on August 8. From noon to 3 p.m., guests who bring five new or gently-used clothing items per person to the OC Fair for donation to Goodwill of Orange County will receive same-day free admission and one free carnival ride. For the last 94 years, Goodwill of Orange County stores have used revenue from reselling donated goods to fund programs and services that help local people, including many veterans and individuals with disabilities, find employment and receive job training skills. The money raised from reselling the goods collected at the OC Fair have made a huge impact on Goodwill’s ability to connect unemployed or underemployed individuals, no matter the challenge or disability, with job opportunities. In other words,...

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Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Events, Featured, Summer | 0 comments

  Friday nights are Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel – the stylish, luxury SoCal coastal hotel oozing with relaxed hospitality and atmosphere. Silver screen favorites start at sundown when dates, friends and families pull up a chaise lounge poolside or get comfy on their own inflatable pool floaties to view Luke Skywalker, Mowgli, Thor, the Black Widow, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Lupita Nyong’o and other unforgettable characters and stars under the stars. Popcorn, movie snacks, cocktails and other beverages are available to purchase for sipping and crunching. Cost is $10 for locals and free for hotel guests. To sweeten this poolside cinema experience, overnight guests can enjoy the benefits of Fashion Island Hotel’s Seas The Summer package, which features 15% off their room, 15% off dining for two and a $15 Market Place credit. Summer Dive-In...

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Five Must-Have Foods at the 2018 OC Fair

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Events, OC Fair | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of the OC Fair It’s the most delicious time of the year as foodies set out on an epicurean adventure at the 2018 OC Fair. From giant turkey legs to endless fried foods, there is something for everyone to enjoy devouring during these hot summer days at the OC Fair, and these are our top five must-have foods to try when visiting the OC Fair the summer! Available at Biggy’s Caramel Crack Fries featuring French fries tossed in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with salted caramel sauce and topped with whipping cream and sprinkles. Available at Chicken Charlie’s: Shrimp or chicken Ramen burritos. This was our favorite food this year at the OC Fair. The chicken boasted a delicious flavor that was paired perfectly with Ramen noodles and Funyuns!...

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Monster Jam Returns To SoCal

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles: the larger-than-life 12,000...

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Surf & Turf, Live Music, and Family Fun: 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach

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

  The 10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach will be held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Sunday, August 5, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh Whole Maine Lobster dinner with dancing to live music, a raffle drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live Whole Maine Lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes NY Strip Steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls, and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine Lobster dinner and all its complements, the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach features a full bar with spirits, craft beer, and premium wine. We’re happy to announce that our band will be the “West Coast Party Crashers”...

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Festival of Arts Family Art Day

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Events | 1 comment

  Families and children are invited to enjoy a day full of art and entertainment at the Festival of Arts Family Art Day on Sunday, July 8, 2018. From 12noon – 3pm, the grounds will be full of fun activities, hands-on art projects, and more! Family Art Day, sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union, is free with Festival admission, and children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long. A special coupon booklet will be distributed to children upon arrival, while supplies last. Kids will be able to create their own works of art at the Festival’s ceramic and mixed media workshops. Parents and children will enjoy a special performance by award-winning Le PeTiT CiRqUe, one of the most unique, innovative and inspirational shows in North America, recently seen on NBC’s “Little Big Shots.” Together this troop...

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5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The 5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup is set to showcase more than 80 regional favorites and rarely seen craft beers on July 14 and 15, 2018 at the opening weekend of the world-famous OC Fair & Event Center. During four hours of unlimited tastings, attendees will have the opportunity to sip a variety of beer styles from breweries across the west coast and southwest, including Bay Area-based Faction Brewing and New Glory Brewing from Sacramento, as well as local favorite breweries such as Artifex Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing, Chapman Crafted Beer, Bootleggers Brewery, Barley Forge Brewing Co., and Three Weavers Brewing Company. For a complete list of participating breweries at the 5th Annual OC Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup visit BrewHeeHaw.com. Located next to the scenic and spacious Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Brew...

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Illumination Foundation’s 5th Annual “Carnival for Kids”

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  When you were a kid, we’re betting the “field trip” or family day at a carnival or fair was something you looked forward to with positive glee. Cotton candy! People on stilts! Ferris wheels! Giant stuffed toys to win! Face painting! Food galore! And maybe … (ooh, cross your fingers) … maybe even a petting zoo! Illumination Foundation, the Orange County-based non-profit agency focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness is also focused on building hope, joy and community for homeless and low-income children. For five years now, Illumination Foundation has produced a giant summer Carnival for Kids that brings every wished-for element together for a child’s perfectly memorable day. This year, the Carnival for Kids, presented by Disneyland® Resort, takes place Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at LaPalma Park in Anaheim. Hundreds of Illumination Foundation families are specifically...

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86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts will once again let creativity run wild throughout the beach-side community as it welcomes the return of the 86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, July 5 – September 1, 2018. As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed fine arts shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Fine Art Show offers avid art collectors and festival-goers an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event showcases original works by 140 established and emerging artists from Orange County in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. Since 1932, thousands of artists have shown and sold their work at the Festival of Arts and many of the artists have their work featured...

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Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Tavern + Bowl

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Tavern + Bowl at The Triangle in Costa Mesa is helping Orange County families kick off a summer of fun with its Jr. Kingpin Club. All kids 14 and under are invited to join the Jr. Kingpin Club and receive one free game per day, Monday through Friday, from open until close, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through August 31. The promotion is valid for walk-in customers only, and shoe rental is not included. A parent or guardian simply needs to register the child online at tavernbowl.com. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Kids can then pick up their Jr. Kingpin Club Pass at Tavern + Bowl and let the good times roll. Tavern + Bowl is located on the lower level of The Triangle, at 1875 Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. and is open...

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Gad Elmaleh at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

 Sponsored Are you ready to laugh? One of the most talented comedians in the country is coming to Orange County to perform at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club. If you love to laugh, then you’re not going to want to miss one of his unforgettable performances. Gad Elmaleh will be at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club on June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Tickets are currently available online, but hurry – they are selling out fast. If you don’t already know all about Gad Elmaleh, here is everything you need to know… Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world, with a number of exciting projects in the works. Gad’s first English-language special,Gad Elmaleh: American Dream, is now available on Netflix. On stage, Gad continues to cement himself as one of the most...

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Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 3 comments

  Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display. Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty...

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Free Dads & Grads Party at the MainPlace Mall

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Events, Father's Day | 0 comments

  MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana’s premiere shopping destination, is throwing a “Dads & Grads” themed Party on the Patio and Art Walk to celebrate Father’s Day and new graduates. On Saturday, June 9 from 2-5 pm, guests can relax, dine, and unwind while enjoying a free afternoon of entertainment, food and beverage sampling, giveaways and much more! Taking place on the second-floor patio outside of Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Applebee’s and Wokcano, attendees can enjoy free beer and food samples while listening to live classic rock. There will also be a photo booth, games for all ages, complimentary beauty stations by MAC, Makeup Stop, and Sephora and a raffle where you can enter-to-win merchandise from MainPlace Mall retailers. Dads and grads in attendance will receive a complimentary gift from MainPlace Mall. In addition to the Party on the Patio, MainPlace...

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Cinépolis Summer Kids Movie Series

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Summer | 0 comments

  The Cinépolis Summer Kids Series is back and for the first time ever, debuting at all Cinépolis Luxury Cinema locations. Occurring every Tuesday at 10am, now through August 14, guests can enjoy $1 movie tickets at Cinépolis USA theaters and $3 movie tickets at Cinépolis Luxury Cinema theaters for special screenings of their favorite animated movie. All summer movies are suited for the entire family, with a G or PG rating. Groups and events are available at participating locations with 48hrs notice. A full list of movies and dates below: • “The Boss Baby”- June 12 • “The Angry Birds Movie” – June 19 • “Smurfs: The Lost Village” – June 26 • “The Emoji Movie” – July 3 • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – July 10 • “The Lego Ninjago Movie” – July 17 •...

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OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Events, Summer | 0 comments

  The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series, with events kicking off in June. Enjoy summer nights at your favorite regional parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. June films include The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and concerts feature Donavon Frankenreiter, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Dates and times vary per series, for more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. OC Parks Sunset Cinema June Dates Saturdays June 16, 23, 30 from 6 –1 0 p.m. OC Parks Summer Concert Series June Dates Thursdays June 21, 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. OC Parks Sunset Cinema Film Series Carbon Canyon...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Carousel Party

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

  It’s back! The Carousel has a new home at Irvine Spectrum Center, and celebrations are in order for its return. After a near 3-month hiatus during construction, the Carousel will reopen near Target over Memorial Day Weekend, just in time for Summer. We will celebrate on Saturday, May 26th with fun treats, entertainment and free carousel rides between 10am – Noon. Free Carousel rides during event hours only (10AM – Noon on May 26,...

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Segerstrom Free Summer Jazz Concerts

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts is set to kick off the Orange County summer music scene with a very cool Summer Jazz on the Argyros Plaza series outdoors on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The Center helped make Orange County a Southern California jazz mecca, presenting the world’s finest musicians and vocalists in its annual Jazz Series for more than 30 years. Now it takes the music outdoors starting Friday, June 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Shows are from 7- 9 p.m. Bubba Jackson, KJAZZ DJ and jazz legend himself will be on-hand to host each evening. And all concerts are FREE. SUMMER JAZZ ON THE PLAZA Friday nights 7 – 9 p.m. On the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel June 1, 2018 Eric Marienthal June 8, 2018 OCSA Ambassador Jazz...

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Moms Eat FREE at Grasslands Meat Market All Month Long in May

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

  In honor of all moms, Grasslands Meat Market’s irresistible ‘Mom’s Eat Free’ special. Every date in May, Grasslands will offer Moms a complimentary family platter—brimming with a delicious selection of meats and sides—with the purchase of one family platter. WHEN: May 2018 Mom’s Eat Free Su-Th, 4-10 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-Midnight Mother’s will receive a complimentary family platter on any day in May with purchase of one family-style platter. ADDRESS: Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco 400 West Disney Way, Suite 199, Anaheim, CA Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour, validation provided for second hour. RESERVATIONS AND CONTACT: For more information, please call 657-208-1133 or visit...

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You’re Invited: ‘Cool for the Summer’ Mom’s Night Out

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Beauty, CosmetiCare, Events | 0 comments

 I am a CosmetiCare Ambassador Newport Beach-based CosmetiCare, Orange County’s leading cosmetic surgery center and medspa, will host a new “Custom You” event on Thursday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is part of the “Custom You” series, which highlights a different treatment area each month while educating attendees about the various treatment options available at CosmetiCare. This month’s topic, “Cool for the Summer” will demonstrate how to combat problem pockets of fat via a non-invasive, pain-free body contouring treatment called CoolSculpting. This exclusive experience will give attendees a chance to learn from CosmetiCare’s industry-leading experts and discover the benefits of CoolSculpting which destroys fat cells by freezing them away. Most patients see a noticeable difference after just one session. With CosmetiCare’s new Dual-Sculpting capabilities, CoolSculpting technicians can tackle more areas in a shorter amount...

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Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and may the force be with you! Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo. Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to celebrate a galaxy far, far away with a fun filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet and greets throughout the day. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special...

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Mother’s Day Family Festival

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Mother's Day | 0 comments

  Boomtown Brewery hosts a Family Day with mom at heart. This Mother’s Day, come to Boomtown Brewery and treat mom to some family fun and delicious ale. This FREE to attend event is Sunday, May 13 from 12:00pm-6:00pm with plenty of fun activities perfect for the whole family (and some last minute hand crafted gifts for mom): chocolate decorating, succulent designing, a bouncy house, face painting, and a photo booth! A BBQ vendor will be in attendance taking care of dinner, so mom doesn’t have to cook. Open to all ages, no reservation required. Haven’t thought about what to get mom for Mother’s Day yet? Keep thinking…but while you’re thinking, put this event on your calendar. This event is perfect for mom to get out of the house and have a craft brew, but keep her kids nearby...

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21st Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour

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

  The 21st Annual Newport Harbor Home & Garden Tour will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. This highly-anticipated annual event will showcase six hand-selected homes located in Newport Beach encompassing magnificent ocean views and a variety of stunning architectural and interior styles by coveted local designers including Raili Clasen, Jodi Fleming, Gregory Builders, and Ashley Clark of Skout. The event begins with a morning reception at Balboa Bay Resort, where guests will enjoy a hosted breakfast and the opportunity to tour the docked boat Magnanimous and its sister Duffy boat, Watter Ranger, to catch a glimpse of authentic Newport coastal style before heading out on the self-guided home tour. Plums Café & Catering will provide guests with a fabulous catered lunch at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. The last stop of...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2018 Movie Mondays Series

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Events, Kia | 0 comments

  Segerstrom Center for the Arts kicks off its 2018 Movie Mondays series with five movies jam-packed with action, adventure and romance: Back to the Future on July 9, The Princess Bride on July 16, Moonrise Kingdom on July 23, The Mask of Zorro on July 30 and Star Trek on August 6. This year, Movie Mondays will be held on the new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. All showings are FREE, with closed captioning provided. Movie Mondays is one of Orange County’s most popular summertime events, with its fun-filled activities, picnic dinners, popular food trucks and five fan favorite films on consecutive Mondays. Families, friends and fans from all over the Southland are encouraged to arrive early for Movie Mondays, claiming their spaces and enjoying early dinners, music and people-watching. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with movies starting...

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Mother’s Day Brunch by the Sea at Hotel Shangri-La

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Dining, Events, Featured, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue This past weekend I was treated to an early Mother’s Day brunch by the sea at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The boutique hotel is the perfect place to treat mom to brunch on Mother’s Day because of the hotel’s beautiful ocean views, timeless decor and excellent cuisine. While I had the pleasure of enjoying brunch in their elegant restaurant, brunch on Mother’s Day will be served al fresco under the beautiful Santa Monica sun on the outdoor hotel patio. Brunch began with a champagne toast before embarking on an epicurean adventure. Our first course was a refreshing gazpacho shooter that perfectly cleansed our palate before savoring the next five courses. The highlight of our brunch was the avocado toast. The dish featured perfectly crisp toast topped with thinly...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Events, Holiday, Mother's Day | 0 comments

 Sponsored The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite families to spend Mother’s Day weekend at picturesque Dana Point Harbor. Enjoy ocean activities, dining specials, shopping, art sales and seaside scenery May 12 – 13. Enjoy the ocean breeze during the Mother’s Day Fine Art Show & Sale May 12 – 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. along the boardwalk between Harpoon Henry’s and Wind & Sea. Presented by the Dana Point Fine Arts Association, visitors can enjoy displays featuring watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography and more. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offers excursions daily, and Dana Wharf cruises on May 13 will offer moms a complimentary “MOMosa” or glass of champagne. Dana Wharf also offers fishing trips on the high seas and on May 13 moms fish free and receive a complimentary equipment rental....

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Mariachi Los Camperos to Headline Third Heartbeat of Mexico Festival

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

  Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is pleased to announce Mariachi Los Camperos will headline a night of traditional Mexican music with special guest Mariachi Mestizo at Heartbeat of Mexico Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Founded in 1961 by the famed late founder, Jose Natividad “Nati” Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos has been recognized with two GRAMMY awards for its role in popularizing mariachi in the United States. Known for world-class musicianship, artful interpretation of classic tunes, inventive arrangements, and tight vocal harmonies, the group has performed at prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Theater. Mariachi Los Camperos continues to tour globally and perform at the popular Los Angeles landmark La Fonda de Los Camperos, the first-ever Mariachi Dine and Show founded by Nati Cano in 1969. Mariachi Mestizo,...

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The Third Annual Movie Nights in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  The third annual Movie Nights in The Backyard is back! Once again, Hotel Irvine is ditching the indoor movie screen for gorgeous SoCal summer nights – an invitation to round up a crew or plan a fun date night and cozy up under the stars on Hotel Irvine’s outdoor lawn. For hearty appetites, there’s the chef’s backyard BBQ with hot-off-the-grill burgers, artisan sandwiches, fresh farmers market salads and staple movie snacks like ice cream, nachos, popcorn and candies. Plus, guests can order the Froze featured cocktail or a glass of wine or quaff from the fully stocked outdoor bar. A local DJ will hit the decks in The Backyard at 6 p.m. before the movie and will keep the party going on the dance floor at Red Bar and Lounge after, where they’ll be serving up all night...

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MaxLove Project Farm to Fork App-Off Competition

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  MaxLove Project, an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of child cancer survivors and their families—will host the inaugural Farm to Fork App-Off competition 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at The Lost Bean in Costa Mesa, presented by Fermentation Farm. The App-Off will become the premier spring fundraiser for MaxLove Project with proceeds supporting their Culinary Medicine program collaboration with CHOC Children’s Hospital. That program is dedicated to teaching the importance of food as medicine in a groundbreaking program pioneered by the use of mobile kitchens. Attendees will vote on their favorite appetizer of the evening, made with a secret ingredient provided by Melissa’s Produce, from these 4 Orange County chefs: -Chef Amy Lebrun of Lido Bottle Works in Newport Beach Sustainable Seafood and Locally-Sourced Global Cuisine lidobottleworks.com -Chef Cathy McKnight of Eilo’s Kitchen, an Airstream...

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5th Annual Taste of Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  CALLING ALL FOODIES! Santa Ana’s favorite food party is coming to MainPlace Mall on May 19, 2018! Presented by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, prepare your taste buds for incredible culinary creations from over 40 local restaurants, enjoy booze tastings, live music from Pop Gun Rerun, a photo booth and charity raffle! Bring the fam to this amazing event, tell all your friends, and get ready to EAT! Kids 5 & under are FREE with adult paid admission. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: Doors Open at 6PM. Tickets include unlimited food tastings, local beer and wine sampling, live music, photo booth, kid’s activities and more! VIP ACCESS TICKETS: Early entry begins at 5PM. Tickets include full access to the 21+ VIP lounge with an open bar, games, covered lounge seating and food samples from some of Santa Ana’s best...

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7th Annual Standup for the Cure Fundraiser

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  More than 1,000 breast cancer advocates and paddling enthusiasts will unite on Saturday, May 5, for the 7th Annual Standup for the Cure (SUFTC) fundraiser at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, Calif. All proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County to support local breast health education, services and research. The kid-friendly event welcomes beginner and experienced standup paddlers alike, as well as “dry-foot” participants who can enjoy activities on land, including yoga classes, free breast cancer and skin cancer screenings provided by Kaiser Permanente, live music and a delicious lunch. There is also an opportunity to win great prizes through the raffle and silent auction. The program for this year’s event is as follow: 8:00 a.m. Registration opens 9:00 a.m. Free standup paddleboard clinic and standup yoga clinic for all levels 9:30 a.m....

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Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

  Los Angeles Times​ Food Bowl is proud to release the program schedule for 31 days of food celebrating L.A.’s amazing food and drink scene. Spanning the entire month of May, Food Bowl will feature over 200 events with many of the chefs and restaurants that have put Los Angeles on the map as one of the world’s great food cities alongside internationally renowned chefs in rare local appearances. In its second year, the festival will continue to raise awareness and funds to fight food insecurity and hunger and promote waste reduction and sustainability through charity partners and participating events. The extensive lineup of dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations, volunteer projects and other food and drink-inspired happenings can be found at​ lafoodbowl.com​. ​ Carlos Salgado​ (Taco Maria), ​Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken​ (Border Grill), ​José Andrés​ (L.A....

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun at the Newport Dunes

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present Memorial Day weekend filled with fun activities and special events, May 25 – 28, 2018. From kids to adults, ‘80s lovers to country music fans, craft beer aficionados and watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes. On Friday, May 25, Newport Dunes will unveil the expansion of their Inflatable Waterpark, open to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Doubling in size, the fleet will include ten large inflatables featuring a new 17-foot slide, two trampolines, and a 14-foot and 7-foot climbable iceberg. Additions will also introduce monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter totters. One section of the park will be dedicated to smaller children. This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities from Newport Dunes Watersports which includes kayaks,...

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Hoag for Her Center for Wellness to Host HER Wellness Tea

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

  Hoag for Her Center for Wellness in Newport Beach is hosting the HER Wellness Tea on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The special women’s event will feature leading Hoag experts discussing health, empowerment and relationships. Attendees will also enjoy brunch with tea and mini stress relief sessions by certified massage therapists and acupuncturists. Speakers to include: · Drs. Lisa Abaid and Heather Macdonald on cancer screening and risk reduction · Drs. Stephanie Buehler and Kathleen Lombardo on pelvic health and intimacy · Nandini Narayanan, LCSW on stress reduction Tickets are $25. To register, call 800-400-HOAG (4624). When: Saturday, May 5 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Hoag for Her Center for Wellness 500 Superior Avenue, Suite 315 Newport...

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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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