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You’re Invited: Curry Up Grand Opening Celebration

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

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

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20 Free Events at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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LIT Café Book Drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

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

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

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Luxurious Theatre Experience at Cinemark

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

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

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Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge Opens in Rancho Mission Viejo

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

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

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When You Want To Go Out, Check Goldstar First!

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

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

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Bruxie Gets Its Wings in the New Year

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

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

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Disneyland Resort Ticket Offers for Kids and SoCal Residents

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

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

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Asian Street Eats at Downtown Disney

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Traditions and Gingerbread at Davio’s Irvine

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

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

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Winter Solstice in Downtown Santa Ana

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

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

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Holiday Lights Cruises: Newport Beach Boat Parade

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

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

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Chinese Lantern Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona

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

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

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“Fiesta Navidad”: Mariachi Los Camperos

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

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

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The Magical Knott’s Merry Farm is Back

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

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

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Santa HQ: Immersive, Interactive Holiday Experience

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

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

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Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

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

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

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New Holiday Pop-up: Jax & Bones

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

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

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California Science Center: Dogs! A Science Tail + GIVEAWAY

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

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

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2019 Orange County New Years Dining Guide

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

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

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Las Brisas Holiday Pop-up with Scott Baird

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

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

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Orange County Christmas Dining Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Donations

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

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

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Holiday Events at Long Beach Exchange

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

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

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Holidays by Design at SOCO + The OC Mix

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

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

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DelFrescoPure: Fueling Healthy Families

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Earlier this month, I had the honor of attending the PMA (Produce Marking Association) 2019 Fresh Summit International Convention & Expo. Fueling kids with healthy food is one of my passions, and getting to see so many companies that share the same passion together in one venue was like a dream come true. While at the Fresh Summit Expo, I spent most of my time learning more about DelFrescoPure and its unique hydroponic growing system, The Living Cube. At their booth, they had set-up a living cube so that attendees had an opportunity to see how the microgreens and living lettuce is grown without ever being touched by human hands. The Living Cube growing systems aligns with DelFrescoPure vision of leaving a smaller physical footprint, using no pesticides, constant year-round output, reduced freshwater consumption, and system flexibility. DelFrescoPure...

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Gingerbread House Workshop at Davio’s Irvine

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

This holiday season, Davio’s Irvine is throwing a house party, a gingerbread house party, that is! On Sunday, December 15th, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM, children of all ages are invited to participate in one-of-a-kind, hands on workshop! Join Pastry Chef Lena Huynh as she leads a demonstration and workshop, teaching guests how to build personalized gingerbread houses fit for the North Pole! The event is $55 per child (excluding tax & gratuity), and adult admission is free. Each participating child will receive one gingerbread house to decorate (with delectable decorations included) as well as a delicious lunch prepared by the Davio’s culinary team! In the generous spirit of the holidays, we ask that each family help in one small way: arrive at the workshop with one unwrapped toy and help the Illumination Foundation spread the seasonal joy! The Illumination Foundation (IF) is a non-profit,...

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10th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

Bring the whole family for our 10th annual Christmas with the Critters event to celebrate the holidays! Your ticket includes lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events, live music, a visit with Santa, bounce house and everyones favorite part is watching our animals open their presents. Join us for some holiday shopping, crafts, keeper talks and much more. Discounted pre-sale tickets are now available, purchase them before they sell out! Date and Time Sunday December 8th 11am – 3pm Tickets Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 $8 valet parking All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife Location Rancho Las Lomas, Inc. 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Christmas with the Critters by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook post, sharing our Facebook post or by tagging your friends...

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OC Rescue Mission Turkey Trot

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

Need a fun way to work up an appetite before this year’s Thanksgiving meal? Join hundreds of fellow walkers and runners for Orange County Rescue Mission’s 6th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K walk/run on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 a.m.! Kicking off at Village of Hope, this 5K run/walk is a great way to spend time outdoors while helping families in need. All registration fees help to provide hot meals to homeless families. This year’s goal is to raise $44,000 to provide 30,000 meals. After completing the flat and fast USA Track & Field Certified 5K that starts and ends at Village of Hope, participants will enjoy post-event awards, prizes and treats! Dogs on leashes are allowed, strollers are welcome, and costumes are encouraged! To register online, visit my.rescuemission.org/turkey-trot-oc/ DATE/TIME Thursday, November 28 Registration opens: 6:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk starts:...

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Capistrano Lights at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 25 comments

The jewel of California’s missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano will kick off its 30 day Capistrano Lights nightly Christmas tree lighting programming with a special Opening Night event on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Opening Night requires a special ticket to attend. During opening night, guests can enjoy the beautifully decorated historic grounds which also includes 10 community Christmas trees decorated by local community groups such as the Inn at the Mission, Mission Hospital and SEAS Productions. As Mission San Juan Capistrano guests enter the grounds, they will receive a special candle to place within the Ruins of the Great Stone Church to make a personal prayer or wish for the coming year. Guests attending Opening Night can visit and take “selfies with Santa” in the Mission’s 18th century historic Sala building, meet Mrs. Claus, view the Mission’s beautiful 10’...

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Getting Fit at Yoga Six

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Events, Fitness | 0 comments

We visited as a guest What a fantastic experience I had at Yoga Six! The ambiance of Yoga Six is incredible. It has a spa-like and feels like a mini-retreat for the mind and body, especially for a stay at home mom. As soon as you walk through the shoe free studio, soft music greets you along with the friendly instructors. The natural flooring grounds your body as you proceed to the proper studio. Yoga Six has created an inviting space to enhance and deepen one’s practice. For instance, Y6 Hot, the room temperature was set to 96 ° F to encourage the flow of sweat and warm the entire body. Throughout the 60 minutes instructed class, the combination of poses and flow was so elegantly arranged to be both challenging and encouraging. The instructor was warm-toned and offered...

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2019 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

From the heart of Orange County to the easy breezy coast, Orange County has some of the most delicious Thanksgiving offerings available in Southern California. Montage Laguna Beach Resort brings four times the fun with a four-course tasting menu in The Loft, brunch and dinner at Studio and its annual Masterpiece Celebration in the Grand Ballroom. Just a little north in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern’s patrons will savor a three-course spread. At Hotel Irvine, diners can select indoor Thanksgiving dining at EATS Kitchen & Bar or outdoor family fun and dining in The Backyard. And to round out the festivities, Fashion Island Hotel’s Oak Grill will serve a holiday buffet for the entire family. Montage Laguna Beach 30801 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420 Thanksgiving Day at The Loft Thursday, November 28, from 12 to 9...

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Miracles for Kids Raised a Record-Breaking $1.8 million

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, nonprofit organization Miracles for Kids raised a record-breaking $1.8 million at its signature Annual Night of Miracles Gala. 100% of the funds raised during the evening will go toward their mission to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families in need. Themed this year “Rock the Miracle,” the 2019 Night of Miracles Gala was presented by Xponential Fitness and welcomed over 500 of Southern California’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists at the picturesque Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. This year’s gala stage welcomed Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress, Michelle Williams. Known worldwide as an active philanthropist and supporter of children’s causes, she took the “Rock the Miracle” theme to heart by inspiring guests with a powerful musical performance directed by Adam Blackstone and Omar Ewdards, whose credits include composing and...

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2019 Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

This November, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season to the Pomona Fairplex with its brand-new illuminated production themed “Blooming Seasons”. Bigger and brighter stunning lanterns, up to 30 feet high, include an 85-foot-wide lantern arch, 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, along with ridable “mythical creatures” children’s rides — all on display from the Glade to Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768) from Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5, 2020. Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more. Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical...

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6th Annual Festival of Trees

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Celebrate the holidays this year by starting a tradition of hope and giving with South County Outreach. This year, families are invited to participate in an extraordinary event called the Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees is to help raise awareness and funds for the housing programs at South County Outreach. At South County Outreach, they have provided over 10,493 nights of shelter to working poor and homeless families in 2018. During the event, beautifully decorated trees will be displayed at Park Place Irvine from November 16th through December 6th. Guests are invited to come and admire the beautiful trees and bid on their favorite tree to bring home and enjoy during the holiday season. We are encouraging families to bring their children to admire the beautiful trees and help raise awareness of the work that South...

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Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Disney, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Southern California this holiday season! This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats, as performer athleticism mixes with acrobatic and aerial stunts to bring skating skills to new heights. An exciting participatory adventure told through multi-leveled performances that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, this all-new show will be skating into the Southland playing L.A, Anaheim, Long Beach and Ontario from December 12th – January 5th! Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map...

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You’re Invited: Duck the Halls Tree Lighting 2019

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored Your family is invited to The Market Place in Irvine for the “Duck the Halls” Tree Lighting event. The family-friendly event is the perfect way to start the holiday season, Anaheim Ducks style! During the event there will be fun games, activities, entertainment, and more. Including: Visits with Wild Wing and Power Players Anaheim Ducks Photo Booth Giveaways Anaheim Ducks interactive hockey rink & games Christmas Tree ornament craft area Christmas Tree Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Christmas Lollipops Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and Stilt Walkers will also be in attendance! After attending the tree lighting, The Market Place has a fantastic variety of dining options. If your family is looking for something quick and easy there is In-n-Out. Or for those wanting to dine-in, there is Lazy Dog, TAPS, Islands and more. When Sunday, November 17th 4pm –...

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Disney twenty-three Frozen 2 Exclusive

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

After the phenomenal success of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen in 2013, the filmmakers knew they had more stories to tell. Why does Elsa have powers? And why doesn’t Anna? These questions—and many more—will be answered when Frozen 2 opens on November 22. In the new issue of Disney twenty-three, available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, writer/director Jennifer Lee and stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) share a peek at the incredible journey all of the characters must take to save the kingdom of Arendelle in the new movie. The issue also features a gorgeous wrap-around cover created exclusively for D23. Also coming to theaters soon is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the 42-years-in-the-making thrilling climax to the Skywalker saga. Star John Boyega and director J.J....

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You’re Invited: Oak Walk Model Home Grand Opening Event

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Is your family looking for the perfect forever home? If so, you’re not going to want to miss the grand opening celebration of Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th. The all-new home community features 50 new contemporary townhomes in a family-centric neighborhood. Los Alamitos is a hidden gem with an award-winning school district. Plus, the community is close for those parents who commute to Los Angeles, Long Beach, or Orange County. The homes feature up to 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2-car garages, and are up to 2,188 square feet. The floorplans offer plenty of space for growing families. Also, the homes are affordable, being priced in the high $600,000’s. Bring your family to Oak Walk in Los Alamitos on Saturday, November 9th, from 11 am to 2 pm to get an inside look at the...

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Counting Down the Days Until OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Family, Giving Back, Holiday | 0 comments

This is the third in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair, which will be held at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope on Saturday, November 2, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Fair will feature unique booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers, along with a jalapeno popper combo with a soda, because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treats with everyone else. With the Fair date rapidly approaching, the...

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Davio’s Wine Dinner with Peter Michael Winery

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Irvine | 0 comments

Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine for a culinary wine tour of Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. Taste along with guest host Jeff Ehrlich from one the most respected vineyards in the country. Designed for oenophiles of all levels, the five course dinner with wine pairings will feature regionally inspired foods prepared by Executive Chef Istvan Toth such as Butter Poached Lobster Tails, Confit Leeks, Caviar Mousse and Brandt Beef Eye of Ribeye, Petite Potato Fondant, Charred Caulilini, Truffle Au Jus. Sir Peter started Peter Michael Winery in 1983 with a singular vision: to make wine in the terroir-driven tradition of Burgundy and Bordeaux, under the California sun and in California soil. Today, they make fifteen wines in four varietal categories. All but one are estate-grown in their mountainside vineyards, and all are crafted by hand and in...

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Day out with Thomas: The Steam Tour 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Giveaways | 10 comments

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pulls into Southern California Railway Museum on November 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 11th. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, and pose for photos on-site with his best friend Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play,...

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The Hot Wheels Legends Tour

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is back, bigger than ever, and pulling into the parking lot of the Santa Clarita Walmart at 26471 Carl Boyer Dr. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the last stop on its international tour before the finals in Las Vegas at SEMA next month. After hosting tens of thousands of fans last year, the ultimate traveling car show is in search of a custom car worthy of being made into an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle. In true challenger spirit, the second annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour expands with additional and new stops across North American and Europe to give more fans a shot at seeing their custom creation become an iconic 1:64 die-cast toy car. The winning vehicle will again be inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, a collection of one-of-a-kind cars...

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5th Annual Tustin Food and Wine Festival at the Historic Tustin Hangar

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

With over 90 Varietals of Beer, Wine & Spirits to taste and more than 60 of Orange County’s Top Restaurants; the Tustin Food and Wine Festival is an evening you will not want to miss. Plus, guests get a rare glimpse inside of the historic Tustin Hangar! Bring yourself, your spouse, or your friend to an evening of food, fun and drinks that you will keep you coming back year after year. VIP Tickets $100 (5pm-9pm) includes 1 hour Early Entry, Premium Champagne & added special drink selection from 5-6pm, Reserved Seating & Special Raffle Drawings valued over $150 each. General Admission Tickets $60 (6pm-9pm) Restaurants & Drinks available 17th Street Grill American Grub Swinging Door Anders Catering Apola Gyro Grill Auld Dubliner Belacan Grill Black Angus Steakhouse Bonefish Grill Bronx Sandwich Burger Boss Chaak Centro Coco’s Bakery &...

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Rancho Wildlife Boo at the Zoo + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Events, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 13 comments

Looking for something fun to do with your children on Halloween? Have kids who love animals? Then Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place to bring your children. Families are invited to Rancho Wildlife on October 31st at 10am, 11am and 12pm. There will be candy treat stations located throughout the venue. Along with trick-or-treat stations, there will be craft tables, vendor shopping and endless animal fun. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and RSVP is required. Families can RSVP by calling 949-589-7900. Where Rancho Wildlife Foundation 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 When Thursday October 31st 2019 10am, 11am, 12pm Price Tickets are $6 per person, and valet parking is $8. Reservations are required. Giveaway Enter to win 4 tickets to Boo at the Zoo by leaving a comment below. Earn an extra entry by leaving...

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Portola Coffee Roasters New Seasonal Theorem Menu

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Portola Coffee Roasters’ new Theorem menu offers a multi-sensory craft coffee experience that allows guests to attempt to taste colors. As all Theorem menus, this one features barista-driven coffee creations that focus on sustainable and seasonal ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. SYNESTHESIA MENU RED Flat Brown – espresso, red velvet ganache, beetroot powder, milk (served hot or cold) PURPLE Iced Latte – espresso, grape juice, lavender, milk (served cold) GOLD Gaspar – espresso, honey, turmeric, milk (served warm) PINK Cold Brew – beetroot powder, strawberry syrup, rose syrup, heavy cream, maldon sea salt (served cold) GREEN Matcha – fresh mint, milk (served warm) The Synesthesia Theorem Menu is available now through Black Friday, November 29. For more information on Portola Coffee Roasters, locations and hours, please visit https://www.portolacoffee.com. Locations – The OC Mix, SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa...

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Kaleidoscope Hosts a Haunty Halloween with Jack & Sally

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Young ghosts and goblins are invited to Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo for a Haunty Halloween with Jack and Sally on Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 6pm. The afternoon of free family fun will take place in Kaleidoscope’s courtyard with balloon art, face painting, seasonal crafts, a DJ who will spin music, and dance performances by costumed characters. Youngsters will also enjoy trick or treating throughout the center, with the first 300 costumed kids receiving free trick or treat bags. Families won’t want to miss snapping their photos throughout the center, including in front of Kaleidoscope’s colorful Never Lose Your Wonder mural in the main courtyard, the Be You mural on the upper level, and next to festive Halloween displays with colorful oversized pumpkins, life-size BOO letters, and seasonal signs set among giant fall flowers. Guests who want to...

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Girls Inc. Dads for Daughters Poker Tournament

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Girls Inc. of Orange County invites you for an evening of poker, dinner, cocktails and tunes while raising funds for a good cause! On Friday, October 18 from 6:00-11:00 p.m., guests will take part in the fourth annual Dads for Daughters Texas Hold ‘Em tournament while supporting Girls Inc.’s literacy programs. Tickets are just $100.00 and will make a huge impact on the various literacy programs offered by Girls Inc. of Orange County. In addition, there are several levels of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500.00 to $10,000! Dads for Daughters is an auxiliary of Girls Inc. of Orange County with a three-fold mission: to create meaningful opportunities for greater engagement with our daughters, become better dads to our daughters and role models to girls in our community through learning and educational opportunities, and to instill in our own daughters...

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DelFrescoPure Family Fun Night Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Recipes | 5 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my children is to cook a healthy dinner and then spend the rest of the evening play board games together. I learned that one of my favorite produce companies, DelFrescoPure, was hosting a family game night giveaway. When I discovered the news, I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I try to grow most of my fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. But, I still need to rely on trustworthy companies to purchase high-quality produce for our family meals. I was recently introduced to DelFrescoPure, and I love everything about their company. First, I love that they are located in Canada. Next to Mexico, Canada is one of my favorite places to visit. The people, the scenery, and the culture is something that I feel everyone...

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Spooktacular Family Fun at Knott’s Spooky Farm

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Knott’s From late September to late December, my family weekends are jam-packed with fun. From fall workshops to pumpkin patches to family portraits, Thanksgiving, gingerbread baking, Santa, Christmas, and ending with New Year’s, we are booked. I love this time of year, and I try my hardest to pack everything in. My kids are growing out of the pumpkin patch rides and fun, but they still love our yearly tradition of picking pumpkins and decorating them. This year we decided to change things up and headed to Knott’s Spooky Farm for some Halloween fun. Yes, you read it right, Spooky Farm, not Scary Farm. So what is Spooky farm? Knott’s Spooky Farm is a family-friendly Halloween celebration geared for kids ages 3-11. You and your family can celebrate with Snoopy and the gang...

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The Latest Sesame Street Live!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in Events, Featured | 1 comment

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic when it comes to Ontario and Long Beach this Fall! Building on a successful tour with Feld Entertainment’s inaugural Sesame Street Live! show last season in partnership with the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop, this production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie, Monster, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage. Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic! Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey. He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes...

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Don’t Miss Savor Santa Ana + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 11 comments

Orange County’s premier all-ages sidewalk food festival featuring more than forty tastes from downtown Santa Ana restaurants, Savor Santa Ana, returns Saturday, October 12th. At Savor Santa Ana, sample tastes from unique, local and Michelin-rated restaurants and bars throughout downtown Santa Ana. Live musicians and local youth performance groups will perform in pop-up shows along the sidewalks, and a trolley will provide free rides around downtown. The theme will be “Fall Food Carnival,” featuring fire dancers, mystique, and fall food flavors. This marks the seventh Savor Santa Ana festival for downtown Santa Ana, serving thousands of visitors since 2014. Organizers expect to sell the 150,000th tasting ticket this October, a milestone reminiscent of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Santa Ana this year. Savor Santa Ana tickets are just $10 for 5 tasting tickets. Tickets...

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Family Fun at Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Events, Featured, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Legoland Legoland California Brick or Treat Party Night is a must for children of all ages. It’s the perfect place to go and show everyone’s Halloween spirit. It has the perfect amount of kid friendly spooks and scares, as well as offering adults delicious fall treats to accompany the theme of the evening. Your entire family can dress up in your best Halloween costume and trick or treat throughout the park as you enjoy your favorite Legoland rides with a Halloween twist. Each Brick or Treat station is located with lights, signs, and loads of candy so you can’t miss it. The park has lots of fun activities that they offer. Midnight Monster Jams allows everyone to dance with Lego Lord Vampyre and Lego Mummy Characters as they host a spooky concert. You...

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You’re Invited: Las Brisas 40th Anniversary Party

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

Las Brisas, the Laguna Beach landmark restaurant, celebrates 40 years of business. To memorialize the milestone, Las Brisas invites the community and guests for a day of celebratory happenings! Giveaways $100 Las Brisas gift card giveaway to every 40th guest to arrive during the hosted reception (4-10 p.m.) 40th Anniversary Party Join Las Brisas for complimentary appetizers and passed bites from 4-10 p.m. in the newly refreshed bar and lounge area. The party will feature a live Mariachi band from 4-6 p.m., acoustic musician Justin Hopkins (from season 2 of The Voice) from 6-9 p.m., a photobooth for guests to commemorate the celebration, and celebrity appearances including Audrina Patridge! All-Day Happy Hour Special prices all-day from the new happy hour menu Free Appetizer Cards Guest can use during their next visit to Las Brisas! At Las Brisas, a strong...

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Second Annual The Taste in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Los Angeles Times The Taste is an annual food and drink festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant flavors of Southern California. In 2018, the festival expanded to Orange County with The Taste in Costa Mesa and now returns for its second year celebrating Orange County’s dynamic culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ editorial staff and featuring some of the city’s hottest chefs, restaurants and bars, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place in the expansive courtyard of The MET, transforming the space into a multi-sensory pop-up of music, live demonstrations and delicious cocktail and food samples. Tickets ($80-100) are on sale now and grant access to unlimited tastings from Orange County’s best and brightest. The Taste in Costa Mesa, presented by City National Bank and co-presented by Travel Costa Mesa, is produced in association with Best Events. Second...

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Girls Inc. of Orange County Teaches Young Girls to Love Your Body, Period

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Events, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Calling all girls! Join Girls Inc. of Orange County – a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of 4,000 girls each year by providing programming focusing on STEM, financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college & career readiness – as they host the first ever Love Your Body, Period event. In honor of International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11, this event will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will teach young girls all about their bodies and how to love themselves. These important lessons will not only build confidence and understanding, but will enable these young girls to be strong, smart, and bold as they take on the adult world. Love Your Body, Period attendees will hear from motivational and inspirational guest speakers from the Girls Inc....

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Wonder of Lights at the L.A. Zoo

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

An annual tradition for holiday-loving Angelenos, L.A. Zoo Lights is proud to invite the Los Angeles community to explore a wild wonderland of light, under the stars at the beautiful L.A. Zoo located in world-famous Griffith Park. Zoo Lights guests can enjoy seasonal treats and visits with Santa for an exciting and festive family-friendly experience every night throughout the entire holiday season. Beginning Friday, November 15, guests may enjoy new features for the 2019/20 season, including the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, more light animals than ever before, beautiful hand-crafted Chinese silk lanterns, and a high-tech interactive display where dancing lights respond to guests’ voices. Every evening from Nov 15 – Jan 5, Zoo grounds will transform into a holiday wonderland with a disco ball forest, whimsical 3-D animations, a water-laser show and much more. Guests will be greeted...

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Support Young Children at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

This is the second in a series of posts following the path of two young entrepreneurs, 7-year-old Johnny and his 11-year-old sister, Cali, as they prepare to produce, market and sell jalapeno poppers at the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair. The Fair, which will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. Siblings Johnny and Cali decided to sell jalapeno poppers because they love to eat them at family gatherings and want to share the delicious treat with everyone else! Now that they have decided what product to sell, Johnny and Cali are putting their business...

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Culinary Movie Night Fundraiser at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier presents the ground-breaking documentary film “A Fine Line…A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen” screening on Sunday, October 6th at Hotel Irvine’s plush theater. About the Film From director/producer/editor Joanna James, the film explores why less than 7% of lead chefs and restaurateurs are women. It presents perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Three-Michelin Star San Francisco Chef Dominique Crenn; Emmy award-winning chef and TV host/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; Two-Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield; California-based first female Iron Chef Cat Cora; and many others. “Fine Line…” is also the poignant story of small town restaurateur Valerie James – an uplifting American success story about perseverance, family and food. Event Time The fundraiser for the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the event includes a pre-screening reception starting at...

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You’re Invited: Irvine Spectrum Unicorn Carousel Party

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Events, Featured, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored Something exciting is happening this week at the Irvine Spectrum Center! Your family is invited to an unforgettable celebration for the unveiling of the new carousel Unicorn “Sparkles”! During the celebration, there will be FREE carousel rides, treats, and interactive arts and craft stations. Once your family is done celebrating the newest addition to the Irvine Spectrum Center. Enjoy lunch at one of the premier dining destinations or shop at one of your favorite retailers. Some of our top picks for lunch at the Irvine Spectrum Center for families is California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters, Hello City Cafe, Wahoo’s and TLT Food! Plus, there are endless options for a sweet treat at Yogurtland, See’s Candies or Cold Stone Creamery. The free and fun family event will happen at the carousel on October 4th from...

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Business

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Siblings at Village of Hope Prepare to Sell their Wares at the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host the OC Holiday Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair will feature booths hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools as well as children living at Village of Hope. All participants are between the ages of 6 and 14. This post is the first in a series following two young entrepreneurs, 11-year-old Cali and her 7-year-old brother Johnny as they prepare for the OC Children’s Holiday Business Fair. Cali and Johnny moved to Village of Hope with their...

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City of Hope “Wishing Tree” at More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

Sponsored One of the special things that my daughter and I saw at the Susan G. Komen More Thank Pink walk over the weekend was the City of Hope Wishing Tree. It was the first thing that we saw at the walk, and we spent more of our time reading personalized wishes on the trees. There were multiple trees where attendees were invited to write a wish on a colored tag, and then hang it on one of the wishing trees. Something special that I learned when talking with the people from the City of Hope is that they have these trees on their campus in Duarte. Plus, they are hoping to have them at the upcoming facility in Orange County that is expected to open in FivePoint’s Great Park Neighborhoods by 2021. The new state-of-the-art cancer campus is...

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Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is pleased to announce the second show in its fifth TYA Family Series… Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium. With book and lyrics by John Maclay and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, based on the stories by R.L. Stine, and directed by Darryl B. Hovis, Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium will preview from October 4 through October 6; regular performances will begin October 6 and continue through October 27 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center on the Fyda-Mar Stage. The musical follows Brooke and Zeke are who are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the...

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You’re Invited: Cadence Park Art Walk

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019 in Events | 2 comments

Enter at Irvine Boulevard and Modjeska and join us for an artful stroll. Help us celebrate the official opening of the Cadence Park Art Walk this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Meet Art Walk’s featured artists. Enjoy music courtesy of DJ Gingee. Sample food truck fare and enjoy these activities: Go on a View Finder photo scavenger hunt with Urban rock Travel through history with the artist duo Jeanine Centuori and Russell Rock of URBANROCK, creators of View Finder. Engage in this interactive installation piece in the Art Walk by participating in a photo scavenger hunt that will take you throughout the park to discover the history of Great Park Neighborhoods. Participate in a live mural painting with local artist Nate Frizzell Visit with the artist and participate in a collaborative mural workshop with local Los Angeles based muralist,...

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Epic End of Summer Party: Summer Nights at Cadence Park

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Get your dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate the end of summer at Cadence Park! Great Park Neighborhoods is hosting KCRW Summer Nights end of summer celebration on September 28th from 6pm to 10pm. The evening will feature craft beer and wine (for the parents), food truck fare, and lots of dancing. The music will be spun by KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Valida. Plus, KCRW podcast listening sessions and storytelling workshops! Don’t miss this fun end of summer celebration with your family! We recommend bringing a picnic blanket, folding chairs and maybe some balls or bubbles for the kids. Date September 28th 6-10pm Location Cadence Park 703 Benchmark Irvine, Ca Cost Free (food trucks and drinks are available for a...

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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

Who loves a juicy cheeseburger? Everyone does! Tomorrow, September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day! We have found the best places in Orange County to celebrate the delicious big day! Farmer Boys Offers Its Signature Cheeseburger for $2 Farmer Boys, the home of farm-fresh burgers and always crispy fries, is celebrating with $2 Big Cheese cheeseburgers from 2 p.m. to close at participating locations. The Big Cheese is made with a 1/4 pound of fresh, 100% USDA certified beef topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, and thousand island dressing on a sesame seed bun. Farmerboys.com. Classic Cheeseburger at The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar What’s better than a regular cheeseburger? A cheeseburger with BACON! At The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita, guests can celebrate the most American holiday ever with the fan-favorite Classic Cheeseburger piled...

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StoryCorps: Stories From the OC

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Education, Events, Family, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Sponsored You are invited to have a unique opportunity of being a part of history. Until the end of December, FivePoint is inviting families to tell their stories from the OC with StoryCorps. It is one of the most significant oral history projects where people come to the Great Park Neighborhoods, and record their stories inside of a retro airstream. The recordings will forever be a part of history as they will be preserved in the Library of Congress. How it Works… Reserve a Day Schedule a time online at StoriesfromtheOC.com. Once you’ve made your reservation, bring the guest you will be interviewing to Cadence Park in Irvine to do the recording. What to Expect Once you arrive at the park, you’ll be invited into the building by a volunteer who will walk you through the process. You’ll begin...

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School of Rock Huntington Beach Open House

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Do you have a kiddo who loves music? Are you searching for the perfect place for their to practice their art? The School of Rock in Huntington Beach is the premier music school for children to fall in love with music. At the School of Rock in Huntington Beach, they foster a love for the arts, encouraging kids to unleash their creativity and find their true passions. They are currently hosting an open house event, and you are invited to attend with your children. At the open house, there will be trial lessons and tours. Parents and their children can learn about the different lessons available for drums, guitar, bass, keys, and vocals. One of my favorite things about the School of Rock in Huntington Beach is that the children will perform throughout the year. It gives children a...

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Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Sponsored Susan G. Komen has been hard at work on the evolution of the Race for the Cure® series, and residents of Orange County will be among the first in the country to see it. Komen Orange County, the second largest Susan G. Komen affiliate in the nation, will hold the new MORE THAN PINK WalkTM event on September 22, 2019. The event, along with a new name, will feature a fresh new look and experience focused on fundraising and energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen’s supporters make possible. In Orange County, every day, 5 women are diagnosed with breast cancer—each day one local woman will die from the disease. Funds raised at the walk benefit both local Orange County women, men and families, as well as national research—75% supports local programming, while 25% goes to national...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents Anastasia

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA coming to the Center November 5 – 17, 2019. From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years! (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Tickets to ANASTASIA start...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 15th Annual Native American Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 16 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 fifteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. 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 island...

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Clean Eating at an Angels Game

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Dining, Events, Featured, Health | 0 comments

We attended an Angels game as a guest While it is well-known that most people will have a hotdog, peanuts (and beer for the parents) at a ballgame, things have changed. Parents want healthier options for their kids growing bodies – even at a baseball game. Feeding my kids nutritious food is a passion of mine. Ever since my son developed severe food allergies, I saw the impact that processed foods vs. real foods had on his body. Packaged food isn’t always worth the risk of an epi-pen injection with an ER visit. With most stadiums not allowing guests to bring in their own food, we avoided bringing him to events where he would not have access to clean eating until recently. Melissa’s Produce now offers families healthy food options at Angels Stadium and many other locations. With my...

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Toast Kitchen + Bakery All-Day Breakfast Saturdays

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

“Breakfast served until 2pm” is a thing of the past at Toast Kitchen + Bakery! Now, when you dine at Toast on Saturdays, you can enjoy some of your breakfast faves all day long! Toast Kitchen + Bakery has quickly become an Orange County hotspot when it comes to breakfast and brunch and now guests can indulge in Chef John Park’s infamous Thai Chile Chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict Arnold Palmer, and Berry Shortcake French Toast from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every Saturday! All-day breakfast at Toast is the perfect solution if you’re getting a late start to your day or are simply craving breakfast for dinner. Toast Kitchen + Bakery is Costa Mesa’s modern diner with a twist. Every month, 10% of all proceeds are donated to a different local nonprofit so you can feel good about more than...

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Ocean Heroes After School Science Program

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Camp, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Ocean Heroes is an after school science program for children ages 8-12 at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Monthly activities correspond with different and intriguing marine science and conservation themes designed to educate, build awareness, and interest about our ocean planet. Kids engage in hands-on labs, interact with STEM professionals and enjoy offsite excursions! Monthly speakers will include PMMC marine mammal care personnel, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Foundation, wetlands and salt marsh experts, youth conservationists and more! 2019-2020 Ocean Heroes Curriculum Throughout the program, newly appointed ocean stewards will learn an incredible array of information, including: PMMC to the rescue! They will learn about the common marine mammal patients they care for at the hospital. Ocean Heroes take a tour of their critical care area with PMMC’s own Animal Care Coordinator. Learning about Animal Care They will...

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Walt Disney Archives Exhibit at The Bowers Museum

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Archives celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and to kick off the festivities, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., will host Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic, offering a rare look at some of the treasures from the Archives. The 10,000-square-foot traveling exhibit opens to the public on March 7, 2020. Guests are invited to step into the Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Artifacts include never-before-displayed production art from Fantasia, Walt Disney’s office set from Saving Mr. Banks, the original pitch portfolio used to secure investors for Disneyland, maquettes from animated films such as Peter Pan and Frozen, and...

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TAPS Fish House 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

TAPS Fish House & Brewery will celebrate the opening of its landmark restaurant in Brea 20 years ago with a three-course menu of original dishes from 1999 on Monday, September 23, starting at 4 p.m. As a tribute to the 20th anniversary TAPS brewers are bringing back the cult classic and award-winning beer Trace of Remy. SEPTEMBER 23 $19.99 MENU OF 1999 DISHES On Monday, September 23, for dinner only at the Brea location, TAPS guests will be able to order from a vintage 1999 menu an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with choices in each category, for $19.99. Starters are French Quarter Egg Roll, Seafood Gumbo or Spinach Salad. Entrée selections are Black Magic Fettuccine, Chesapeake Bay Broiled Shrimp and Jerome and Jose’s Jambalaya. Guests will choose from two original desserts: TAPS Indulgence or Bananas Foster. The 20th anniversary...

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Family Fun at Earthfest 2019 + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Events, Giveaways | 39 comments

Your family is invited to an unforgettable day of fun at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) for Earthfest 2019! At EarthFest, you will see the best of what IROEC has to offer including special activities like: Mini Therapy Horses Geode Hunt OC Fair Centennial Farm Wonders of Wildlife Compost Workshops Beekeeping Demos and Honey Harvest Climate Science Food Forest Exploration Fiber Arts and Natural Dyes Soap Making Tie Dye Leave No Trace with REI Sustainability Presentations in Harrison Lodge Zip Line Archery Puppet Show Taste of Soul on Wheels Food Truck Facepainting Ruci Coffee Cart Pool & Waterslide This day-long event will reflect best practices in environmental education, stewardship, and sustainability. ​Early bird tickets on sale until 8/31/19 – Get yours before they sell out! Ticket levels Kids 5 and under are FREE! EarthFest ticket (required ages...

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The Russian Ballet Theatre Performance of Swan Lake + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Los Angeles and surrounding areas Sept. 21-26. Tickets for the Los Angeles are performances are on sale now and available online at www.RussianBalletTheatre.com. The performance schedule for Swan Lake is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theater in San Bernardino; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside; Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Wiltern in Los Angeles; Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in Oxnard. About Swan Lake Swan Lake, which has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score...

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School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities fall enrollment is now open. The first day of classes on September 9th through November 16th. Spaces are limited and prompt enrollment is encouraged. These classes are designed for all individuals, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs, as well as siblings and individuals without disabilities. What to Expect The classes encourage the students to explore their full physical and creative potential through dance, creative movement, music, and sensory tools. Social skills are also incorporated in the classes and the students build new friendships with their peers. There are daytime and evening classes grouped by age. Class size is limited to 10 students. Tuition Cost Tuition for one...

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Bruxie Introduces Sinfully Good HOLY SAUCE

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In celebration of one of its favorite months of the year, SepTENDER, Bruxie is adding a sinfully good Holy Sauce to its already killer line-up of house-made sauces that perfectly complement the special herb and spice batter of its crispy tenders! About Bruxie’s Sauce Developed by Bruxie Founder & Chef Kelly Mullarney, the new Holy Sauce borrows from the flavors of the restaurant’s most popular waffle sandwich, The Holy Chicken. Made with real maple syrup, sriracha hot sauce and smoked bacon, Holy Sauce is a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky — definitely a winning flavor combination. Bruxie Sauces With the introduction of the new Holy Sauce, Bruxie now offers eight unique sauces that each provide a distinct flavor experience. While Ranch and BBQ are the most popular choices, Holy Sauce is expected to quickly become a new...

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Teens Get Prepared for Young Adulthood at the Kip Conference

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

I attended the Kip Conference as a guest Education for young girls on topics that will genuinely help you succeed in life is not taught in many schools nowadays. That’s why I decided to attend the Kip Conference. The conference helps cover some topics such as safety, financials, and health. Location of the Kip Conference The event was held at the Fashion Island Hotel, and we were in a beautiful room with views outside. When I first arrived at the conference, I was given a helpful folder with all of the information regarding the speakers and what I would need throughout the day. The conference lasted from 9-4, and there was a delicious lunch in between. What Your Teens will Learn at the Kip Conference We started off with speaking about mindfulness and why it is essential during a...

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Irvine Global Village Festival

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

To celebrate 18 years of community fun, the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival is October 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Orange County Great Park. It will incorporate the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals to offer a wide variety of food and music options, interactive activities, and exhibitions throughout an entire weekend. Festival Activities Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, a “Seek-a-Treat” fall scavenger hunt, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy samples of the best international cuisine as well as favorite festival foods for purchase; an Artisans Marketplace and the event’s first-ever art exhibition and demonstrations; and musical performances representing cultures from around the world, as well as your favorite Top 40 cover bands — all while attending...

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Celebrate Hatch Chile Season at Smart & Final

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Events, Family, Melissa's Produce, Recipes | 0 comments

Sponsored by Smart & Final It is the most delicious time of the year – hatch chile season. Guess what? Your family is invited to a special family event at Smart & Final in Orange. Come celebrate Hatch Pepper season with Smart & Final for a Hatch Chile Roasting Festival! Plus, there will be live roasting at the Orange location. Come and learn the secrets to a perfectly roasted Hatch Pepper, ideal for salads, soups, stews, dips, and sandwiches. Get the chile’s while they’re hot-they’re only in season from August to September! Hatch Chile Celebration Date Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 p.m. Location Smart & Final 1401 E Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867 Smart & Final was so generous to share this tasty recipe to make for your family after getting hatch chiles from the event....

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Universal Studios Jurassic World Run

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

On the heels of the successful launch of its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its next Running Universal program with the JURASSIC WORLD Run. The two-day event begins on Saturday, November 16 with a 5K, along with the all-new 1K Kids’ Raptor Run, and continues on Sunday, November 17 with the first-ever 10K run. Jurassic World Run Event Details To experience the ultimate “runner’s high,” participants can register with the Play All Day package, which invites JURASSIC WORLD fans to run it, then ride it. On your mark, get set, go: the JURASSIC WORLD Run takes fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike (of all fitness levels) on 5K and all-new 10K run, both geared towards guests ages 5-years and older, while the all-new Kids’ 1K Raptor Run targets those between the ages of...

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Tackle Box Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Join Tackle Box in celebrating its One Year Anniversary! On Saturday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., guests are invited to Orange County’s favorite coastal pub to enjoy an array of delicious deals to honor the occasion. All day long, pints of beer will be just $1 and the first 50 people in attendance beginning at 3:00 p.m. will receive a free order of Co-Owner, Head Chef, and Top Chef Alum, Brian Huskey’s infamous potato taquitos. The fun continues from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. with the launch of monthly Saturday night DJ sets, featuring upbeat tunes from DJ’s Paolo, Collector, Joel DeMarzo, Fusion Grooves, and 1st Nature. Stop by on August 24th to enjoy tasty specials and performances by professional DJ’s and be sure to come back for Tackle Box’s Saturday Night DJ events taking place...

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School of Rock Open House for Special Needs Rockers

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

Do you have a kiddo with special needs? School of Rock in Huntington Beach is hosting some amazing classes for your kids. Plus, they are having an open house where parents can come and learn more about the program before registering their children. Open House Details August 24th from 12pm to 3pm 18584 Main Street Huntington Beach, Ca 92648 Class Details Class A: 60 minute class 7 Students, low support (no support person needed) Class B: 45 minute class 5 Students, mid-support (support person can be added if needed) Class C: 30 minute class 3 Students, support needed (support person required initially) Questions If you have any questions, please call the School of Rock in Huntington Beach at...

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Bring Your Dogs to The Queen Mary for Doggie Paradise

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The Queen Mary is pleased to debut an afternoon of doggie delight at the all-new Doggie Paradise on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doggie Paradise offers a day of fun for all four-legged friends of any size or breed. Dogs can dive into doggie splash pools, make souvenirs for their owners at our arts and crafts stations, roll around in a ball pit, or get pampered with a freshly washed coat and manicured nails at the on-site mobile grooming stations. Visit the Bark-eology Tent to get a front row seat to educational workshops every half-hour. Among the educational workshops, Tranquil Pet will offer a unique demonstration focused on Reiki Healing, a technique which reduces feelings of anxiety, stress, and depression among dogs. Educational workshops will also be available for Pet First Aid, Pet CPR, Training...

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Irvine Spectrum Center Back to School Block Party Bonanza

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

Gear up for the new school year at Irvine Spectrum Center’s Back to School Block Party on Saturday, August 17th. From 12pm – 4pm, enjoy entertainment and activities throughout Spectrum Center. Irvine Spectrum Party Activities DJs and live entertainment Fall fashion displays Activities for little ones, including oversized chalkboards by the carousel for decorating Custom embroidery with any denim purchase Custom monogramming by Pandr Design Co. with any shoe and/or backpack purchase Plus, from 6pm – 9pm, end the night with live entertainment from HIATUS, Hanna Eyre + the Ashleys, and DJ Ricky Rocks. When Saturday, August 17, 2019 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Block Party and Shopping Activations 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Evening Entertainment Where Irvine Spectrum Center 670 Spectrum Center Drive Irvine, CA...

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End of Summer Movie Nights

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the final movies for the annual OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series on September 6 & 13 at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Wrap up the last couple weeks of summer with free family-friendly movie screenings overlooking the Pacific Ocean. September films include Lilo & Stitch and the classic surf documentary The Endless Summer. Both events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase and will offer free pre-movie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. For more information about summer-long events visit ocparks.com. Summer Movie Dates Friday, September 6 Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002, PG) Pre-Show Entertainment: Polynesian Dance Performance Friday, September 13 Movie: The Endless Summer (1966, NR) Pre-Show Entertainment: Acoustic Surf-Rock Performance Location Salt Creek Beach 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy...

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Saddle Up For the 19th Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Events | 1 comment

The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will celebrate 19 years of elevated rodeo competition on August 24 and August 25 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Featuring the best of the best cowboys from across the world, the top 30 contestants will compete for a purse totaling more than $180,000. Celebrating the golden age of early California history and the American West, Rancho Mission Viejo is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life and continues to carry on the tradition of ‘passing the hat’ in support of a sick child or needy friend, with all proceeds from the Rodeo benefiting local charities. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo will feature seven events Saddle Bronc Riding One of the oldest events, the roots of Saddle Bronc Riding reach back to the Old West when ranch hands would show...

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Meet Angel’s Pitcher Andrew Heaney at the OC Zoo

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Events | 0 comments

OC Parks and Angels Baseball have teamed up to provide kids and families with new activities and educational programs during the 2019 Angels Baseball season, including a visit from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney to the OC Zoo on Saturday, August 17th! Enjoy a live animal presentation with Andrew Heaney in front of the OC Zoo. Following the presentation, Heaney will take photos with children inside the OC Zoo. He will be available for photos for one hour, one photo per group please. There will be no autographs. Animal and baseball lovers who attend in Angels gear will receive free admission to the OC Zoo and half off train tickets at Irvine Park Railroad. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Join OC Parks, the OC Zoo, and Angels Baseball for a morning of family-friendly fun, animals, and photo ops with Andrew...

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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Sounds of Summer at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Laguna Playhouse presents four extraordinary Summer musical experiences that celebrate the songs and music of four legendary musical icons; Buddy Holly, Huey Lewis & the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Carpenters with SOUNDS OF SUMMER, beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse. The “Sounds of Summer” Shows at The Laguna Playhouse The Rave-Ons – The Music of Buddy Holly August 7-11, 2019 Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to “Rave-On” with America’s number one Buddy Holly Tribute band. Todd Meredith & the Rave-Ons will give you some “Good Rockin’ Tonight” as they play a host of familiar classics, including “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Laguna audiences will remember Todd Meredith from his starring role in the hit...

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Celebrate National Avocado Day at Puesto

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

In honor of National Avocado Day on Wednesday, July 31st, Puesto is offering up a free guacamole to any guest who orders a pitcher of its perfect margaritas. This offer is available all day at both Orange County Puesto locations. Puesto has three types of guacamoles to choose from: Classic, Puesto Perfect and Nogada. Puesto Perfect has the unexpected addition of Parmigiano-Reggiano, while Nogada features the Classic topped with pomegranate arils, mango, chile de arbol and candied walnuts. Puesto has SEVEN margarita varieties to choose from, starting with the Puesto Perfect (blue agave reposado, fresh squeezed lime juice, organic agave nectar) to the Cilantro (blue agave reposado, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and a touch of dry curacao) to the Fruit Cart (Don Julio Blanco, mango, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, chamoy and Tajín). Find Puesto’s full menu, addresses and hours online at...

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