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Orange County School of the Arts ‘OCSA’ Grants a Wish with The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

As an Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, student, I was honored to attend an event where my school granted a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Being a student at OCSA, I got to go to the event. I watched Kaylin sing and dance on stage with a bunch of back up dancers/singers who were also students at OCSA. About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the best charities, and I love to see how they change lives. They change the lives of every child who has a life threatening disease, and make their wishes to come true. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the event was the red carpet. Kaylin would soon walk down it. Kaylin’s Arrival at Orange County School of the Arts There were students lined up on the sides...

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The Magic of The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Every time I watch the Nutcracker ballet, it just gets more and more amazing. I have to say when I saw it this year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I never wanted it to end. The dancers and the costumes were mesmerizing, and the traditional dances made me want never to take my eyes off the stage. We arrived at the theater and took our seats, eagerly waiting for the show to begin. We the dancers finally came out it was fun to start humming in my head some of the original Nutcracker songs that no one can forget. As I watched the dancers spin around and around, I was captured into a world of fairytales and magical nutcrackers. When the Nutcracker turned into a real person, I was...

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Celebrate the Season at South Coast Plaza

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue There is something magical and exciting going on at The South Coast Plaza. From now until December 24th, you can visit Santa’s Village in Carousel Court. South Coast Plaza really goes all out to give families a great experience. Their Santa is top notch. He is sweet, jolly and charming. If by chance your child is freaked out by Santa ( like my toddler) he is very patient with them, and he tries his hardest to get them happy and calm. The sweet Elf is also great, and my daughter loved her. After you take your pictures, Santa hands you a candy cane. My Daughter was very excited about this. When you walk up to Carousel Court, you will see the beauty within. The Carousel is filled with Santa’s reindeer and...

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The Countdown to Christmas at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Pretend City Children’s museum has a Countdown to Christmas going on right now. Each day leading up to Christmas they will be ”unwrapping” a new holiday activity at the museum. My son and I were invited to a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. What a treat this visit was. All the children in attendance had a nice one-on-one conversation with Santa while they ate their pancakes and fruit. They also had hot cocoa and marshmallows to enjoy. Once done eating the children decorated a star for their craft and sung Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We enjoyed this a lot. The kids also were read a story by Mrs. Claus. Just when we thought things couldn’t be better, the kiddos were invited to take pictures with Santa and...

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Majestic Lights at the The Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue If you are looking for a visually beautiful experience that is not Christmas lights, look no further, The Chinese Lantern Festival at the Pomona Fairplex is a must-see experience. The Chinese Lantern Festival is open Thursday- Sunday weekly until January 6,2019. At first, I thought the festival was going to be those lanterns you release into the sky, but boy was I wrong. This Festival is not about that at all. The lanterns are huge. They are real works of art filled with bright LED lighting. Everywhere you turn you will see beautifully crafted Chinese lanterns in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have it set up, so you walk down paths and each path brings you to something beautiful. One area my son loved was the Dinosaur area. Here...

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Final Two Nights to Experience The Journey to Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Heartfelt and beloved music drives these captivating stories, each performed by a stage full of incredibly gifted singers, dancers and musicians. “Traveling” from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas, Journey to Christmas brings the story to life in a contemporary and theatrical style with beautifully projected imagery, stunning lighting, and of course a little Christmas magic. Friday night only…SANTA is coming! Santa will be available for visits in the lobby before and after the show so make sure and bring your cameras! Bring your camera! The Last Two Performances are: Friday, December 21st at 7:30pm Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm Price Mezzanine: $30.00 Orchestra: $35.00 Tickets are currently available online. Recommended Age: 3 & Up Location: PYLUSD...

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The New TCL Experience at The Honda Center

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Events, Tech | 0 comments

We were invited to check out the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center and watch the Anaheim Ducks take on the Vancouver Canucks. TCL and the Anaheim Ducks announced a new partnership and grand opening of the new TCL Experience at The Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks have partnered with TCL, America’s fastest-growing TV brand. TCL has become the new naming partner of the Honda Center’s largest entrance located on the south side of the building. The new TCL entrance is located on the south side of the building and features branding on both the inside and outside of the building. The TCL Experience has their award-winning 4K HDR Smart TV’s, cell phone charging tables, where you can plug in or go wireless to charge your phones. Across from the TCL Experience, is the Team Store and the...

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Mess Hall Market: Where Inspired Chefs Come Together

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Dining, Events, Family | 0 comments

We attended a preview as a guest of the venue If any of you have been following the new construction happening near the Flight at Tustin Legacy, then you know there is a mixed-use campus on its way for all of us to enjoy. Yes, and nestled in between will be Mess Hall; a 12,000 square foot area with offerings from a variety of well-known chefs. Among these spaces will find eateries to soothe your moments of hunger, quench your thirst and offer a great exploration of flavors. A campus of modern structures with wonderful use of glass to create buildings that mimic sculpture art. Meandering trails, open spaces with a park-like setting allow for strolling before or after having a bite to eat. You’ll even discover that it’s Metrolink friendly, which means you can meet friends and leave...

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Celebrate the Holidays at The Aquarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 41 comments

Get into the holiday spirit now through December 23, 2018, at the Aquarium of the Pacific during the month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration. Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, daily penguin parades at 10 a.m., shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, daily screenings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. There is currently a beautiful display of gingerbread houses! On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. A toy drive runs daily through December 23rd and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a...

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Our 16th Year Celebrating Christmas at Irvine Park Railroad

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Sixteen years ago, we had just adopted our first born son and started the holiday family tradition of bringing our kids to the Santa Train at Irvine Park Railroad. Over the years, I always thought that our children would at one time outgrow the tradition, but every year they ask to return to create more memories together. This year was extra special, as we visited on my birthday. Our family all went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot. I know? There are so many delicious dining options in Orange County, but I love cheese ~ what can I say? After dinner, we drove over to Irvine Park Railroad to ride the Santa Train to the North Pole. We had a 7 pm train ride and arrived...

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Pirates Take Over Christmas at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Yo Ho, Yo Ho! It’s a pirates life this holiday season at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. This year, the pirates have taken over Christmas and have kidnapped Santa and Mrs. Claus during an interactive stage show. Will they be rescued in time for Christmas? You’ll have to come see the show to find out! Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has been one our long-time favorite family traditions to do during the holiday season, and their holiday show this year is bigger and better than ever. We made reservations to attend the show on Saturday and didn’t tell the kids until we arrived. The minute that we pulled into the parking lot, they screamed with delight. We always plan to arrive early to enjoy the complimentary appetizers, drinks, and pre-show. This year...

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Lido Theater Celebrates the Season with Annual Showing of Holiday Classic, It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7pm movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stunning Lido Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Lido Theater opened in 1938 with Jezebel, the...

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The Holidays Set Sail at The Queen Mary

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue We know the Queen Mary is a stunning jewel all on her own but during Christmas it becomes a timeless holiday experience. With the sprinkling of Christmas cheer throughout from bow to stern. As you stroll the hallways and decks, drinking in the history of the majestic ship you are entertained by familiar songs from Caroler’s, spunky Bell Hops and cheerful interactions with Mrs. Claus. You can leisurely take your time exploring both the ship and discover all of the Christmas activities available to you. Visit the Gingerbread Village where you build your own sweet home; or the Stocking Shop and let the creativity shine though while creating your stocking to hang on the mantle. Mrs. Claus will delight your little ones as they gather round with hot chocolate to hear...

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Snow Days with the Critters at the Santa Ana Zoo

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

“Snow Days with the Critters,” the Santa Ana Zoo’s exciting winter event, welcomes visitors to the Zoo during the weekend of Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 11 AM – 2 PM, rain or shine. The event is included with the price of admission and is FREE for children 2 and under, as well as for members of the Zoo. On Sunday, December 16, Santa Ana residents can visit the Zoo and enjoy this event for FREE! Proof of residency is required. “Snow Days” is an annual all-Zoo event welcoming winter and celebrating the joys of the season, including snow! Watch animals receive icy treats and snow enrichment, listen to festive music, enjoy the winter decorations, discover how animals adapt to surviving in freezing environments, create cool crafts, and listen to delightful winter stories. There will even...

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Holiday Teen Favorites at the Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Disney, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disneyland   Holiday’s at the Disneyland Resort is something my family has been celebrating since I was a child and it is one of those traditions that I will never get tired of experiencing. From the beautiful lights to the yummy treats at Disneyland, it is a magical way to celebrate the holidays. This year I went with my mom, and we got to experience the holidays just as they began. One of my favorite things every year at is the Disneyland Christmas tree. Every year at Disneyland they have the most fantastic tree that I could stare at for hours. This year I had the privilege of meeting some of the women who make the bows to decorate the tree along Main Street U.S.A. I had so much fun talking to them...

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Visit Whoville to Experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Every year our family looks forward to celebrating the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. Our favorite part of the holiday celebration is getting to experience Grinchmas. The Grinch and all of his friends from Whoville have come to Los Angeles to celebrate the holiday season with your family. This year, I brought my daughter with me to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience Grinchmas. The minute that we left the parking structure, we were immersed in the Christmas spirit. The first thing that we noticed was the giant 40-foot tall Christmas tree that features 200,000 LED icicles! The tree sparkles every night, and the lights are choreographed to the sounds of the season – plus Santa also makes a special appearance too. As we walked through Universal CityWalk, we admired all the...

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A Western Wonderland: 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual...

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HGTV Presents Santa HQ

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Hosted Embrace a new way to get your kids and family excited about the Christmas holiday with this hands-on experience in a winter wonderland. As you wait in anticipation to meet and take a picture with Santa, let your child’s magical experience take flight! I brought my brother, my 9-year old niece, and my two sons, who are 4 & 6 years old and we were all in awe of this glorious experience. We first took turns at the Naughty or Nice O’ Meter. The kids got to log in their own name on a tablet, which put their name up on the big screen as the meter began, lights were flashing, and the kids were giggling waiting to see their results! It was so personal and so exciting. Luckily they were all on the nice list! We entered...

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Christmas at the Mission: Capistrano Lights 2018

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

From now through Jan. 6, Mission San Juan Capistrano is hosting Capistrano Lights 2018: a nightly tree lighting on The Mission grounds; the celebration will begin at 5 p.m. every night. After the festive ceremony, guests are welcome to explore the San Juan Capistrano’s downtown and historic Los Rios District, known for its picturesque holiday displays, unique dining options, holiday shopping and wine tasting. Additionally, throughout December, families will have the chance to meet an 18th century St. Nicholas for “Selfies with Santa or Mrs. Claus,” in the historic Sala building. Explore the ancient Mission grounds and snap a picture with Santa Claus himself; event dates are December 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more fun, join Mission San Juan Capistrano for “Winter Break: Crafts and Activities for Kids”. The holiday series will...

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9th Annual Christmas with the Critters + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Giveaways, Holiday | 6 comments

Join us for our 9th annual Christmas with the Critters for a fun festive day! The children will enjoy crafts, holiday music, bounce house, Santa, watching the animals opening their Christmas presents and listening to keeper talks, while the parents can enjoy holiday shopping, silent auction, lunch and beverages. Tickets: $17 for Adults $11 3 years -12 Free 2 years and younger – No food included When: Sunday December 9th, 2018 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: 19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado CA, 92676 Lunch catered by 24 Carrots Catering and Events Holiday shopping opportunities -Tickets will be available at the door for additional $5 -$8 valet parking – All proceeds benefit Rancho Wildlife 501(c)3 GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a Family Four Pack to Christmas with the Critters event (value of $56) by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Christmas at The OC Zoo

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

The County of Orange, OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo invite the young and the young at heart to celebrate the holiday season on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas at the OC Zoo invites guests to watch the loveable resident animals open treat-filled gifts, and treats hidden inside of Christmas trees throughout the day. Children can join the holiday fun with seasonally inspired crafts. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with children and spreading holiday cheer, and the jolly fun continues with games and a photo station. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission. Join the festive fun with OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo! December 15 – Christmas at the Zoo 10 a.m....

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Ring in the New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s celebration, including an all-new Ultimate EVE package, on Monday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m. EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide party starting at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display. The all-new Ultimate EVE package is a featured addition to this year’s event, inviting guests to celebrate in style. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., access to private lounges, buffet dining, private cash bars, reserved VIP viewing areas for the dazzling...

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Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade begins Next Week

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Families are invited to celebrate the season with “A Western Wonderland” at the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights. Enjoy festive family activities with a western twist on select dates December 7-15 by the water’s edge. The 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 and feature the theme “A Western Wonderland.” On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Dana Point Harbor including games, crafts, live entertainment and selfies with Santa, all with a western twist. Festivities begin each day at 4:30 p.m. and the Boat Parade of Lights starts at 7:30 p.m. “Dana Point Harbor will embrace the holiday spirit with western themed festivities and exciting entertainment during the 44th Annual Boat Parade of Lights,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said....

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Holiday Celebrations at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Earlier this week, we were guests of Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, CA. The occasion was an early holiday date night complete with a Stuffed Lobster meal that is currently being offered at all the Bluewater Grill locations. The stuffed lobster is a favorite amongst the regulars at Bluewater Grill and is a New England Holiday Tradition. The lobster gets stuffed instead of the bird. This tradition was started by restaurants in the Boston area but has caught on this side of the coast. We arrived for our reservations and were immediately walked to our table. We chose inside seating, but the restaurant offers some great outside seating by the docks with great views of Newport harbor. As we took our seat, the freshly baked sourdough bread (unlimited for those of...

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Celebrate the Holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite you to experience the traditions of the holidays at Heritage Hill Historical Park this winter season. December 7-9 will welcome the park’s 33rd Annual Candlelight Walk. Join us for three enchanted evenings and experience the historic park in a unique way that only happens once a year. Hundreds of luminarias will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the night air with seasonal music. The historical buildings will be aglow with Christmas lights and holiday decoration and will be staffed with docents to share each building’s history. Children can visit with Santa in the Arbor, enjoy crafts with Mrs. Claus, watch puppet shows in the Wagon Wheel Corral, and sit at a school desk while storytellers from OC Public Libraries spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro...

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Knott’s ‘Merry’ Farm Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday, Knott's Berry Farm, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Knott’s We kicked off the holiday season this year at a very special tree lighting as Knott’s Berry Farm became transformed into Knott’s Merry Farm. The evening of the tree lighting, I picked up my daughter from school, and we went to Knott’s Berry Farm for a lovely mother and daughter night out. When we first arrived, we went to Santa’s Christmas Cabin to visit with Santa. My daughter sat next to Santa and whispered all her Christmas wishes into his ear. After visiting Santa, we walked around and did a little holiday shopping at the Christmas Crafts Village. Throughout Ghost Town are many vendors selling handmade crafts that make the perfect holiday gifts. Then the time had come for the giant tree located in the heart of Knott’s Berry Farm...

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Join Frosty, Rudolph and Santa at the Kaleidoscope Tree Lighting

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo will deck the halls with a Cheery & Bright Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 9pm. The evening of family fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, a photo booth, visits with Santa, and festive food sampling inside Union Market Mission Viejo. Children of all ages will be enchanted by A Storybook Nutcracker brought to life by students from the Pave School of the Performing Arts, and a high-energy holiday song and dance performance by students from OCSA’s (Orange County School of the Arts) MONTAGE! The dancers will be joined by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa himself for a countdown to light the 20-foot Noble Fir. For more information, follow Kaleidoscope on social media at @GoKaleidoscope, visit www.GoKaleidoscope.com or call 949.542.4407. About MONTAGE! MONTAGE! features several of Orange County School of the Arts...

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Bracken’s Kitchen and Top OC Chefs are Decking the Halls With a Holiday Benefit

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Bracken’s Kitchen, sponsored by Newport Meat Company, will commemorate their new 9,000 sq. ft. location in the city of Garden Grove at their Deck The Halls Open House Holiday Benefit on November 29, 2018 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. You are invited to tour the various kitchens to sample signature dishes made from top chefs such as Chef Hugo Bolanos from Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air, Avalon Grille & The Catalina Company’s Chef Roberto Hernandez, Chef Andrew Gruel from Slapfish and Two Birds and Butterleaf and Chef John Park of Toast Kitchen + Bakery, not to mention Bracken’s Kitchen’s Executive Chef Jerry and Founder & Culinary Director, Chef Bill Bracken. Master Baker Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Pastry Chef Michael Owens of the new Left Coast Bakery, and from The Dirty Cookie, Shahira Marel will round...

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Universal Studios Hollywood ‘Day of Giving’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

The one thing that I love the most about Universal Studios Hollywood is their commitment to giving back to our community. In celebration of November, the month of giving, Universal Studios Hollywood recently hosted a “Day of Giving.” At the beautiful event, employees of Universal Studios Hollywood volunteered their time to make a difference in many young kids lives. This year was the 14th annual “Day of Giving” where hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood employees volunteered their time for this noteworthy cause. There were six different volunteer locations, where they hosted “Operation School Bell,” that hosed nearly 300 homeless children from over 50 LAUSD elementary schools. The children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers, and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Other volunteer location included:...

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A New Location: San Pedro Fish Market Grille Expands into Harbor City

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

San Pedro Fish Market Grille, the South Bay’s destination for quality seafood in a fast-casual setting, developed by the families behind the San Pedro Fish Market, casts a net further inland into Harbor City, California. Located at 1313 W. Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City, the family dining experience features fresh fish dishes including the WORLD FAMOUS SHRIMP TRAY, and a selection of beer and wine. It joins two San Pedro Fish Market Grille locations, Rolling Hills Estates and Wilmington as well as the original San Pedro Fish Market in the seafood dynasty business. “We are excited about the newest Harbor City location. It’s so convenient for many of our families who dine with us regularly at our waterfront location” says Mike Ungaro, CEO of San Pedro Fish Market. “The fish market is known for celebrating food and family, this...

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2018 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Dining, Events, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

A cornucopia of Thanksgiving feasting choices are aplenty throughout Southern California’s Orange County. Included in this autumnal round up are spectacular Laguna Beach options at the award winning Selanne Steak Tavern and the always picturesque and elegant Montage Laguna Beach. Traveling up the coast to Fashion Island Hotel never disappoints with two delectable dining options, brunch and dinner. And for those who want to celebrate in the center of the County, Hotel Irvine’s playful and tasty Backyard dinner is the place for family and friends to enjoy outdoor fun and games alongside traditional dining. Selanne Steak Tavern 1464 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Thursday, November 22, from 1 to 8 p.m. Always elegant and decidedly delicious, Selanne Steak Tavern presents its festive dinner menu for Thanksgiving sharing with family and friends. Chef Joshua Severson’s meal features three...

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Friends and Fursgiving Event

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

Pet Tech Leader CUDDLY invites everyone to show their pet appreciation with a dog-friendly Friendsgiving celebration. Friends and Fursgiving is a chance to celebrate that special friendship and will include raffle prizes, giveaways, a photo booth, and festive treats (for people and pups)! CUDDLY encourages all pet owners to take a moment this holiday season to express their gratitude to the fur-person who has always given them so much and invites both people and pets to join them in the festivities. Dogs are incredibly welcome and costumes are encouraged. Free admission and attendance includes a complimentary beer. WHEN: Thursday November 15, 2018 from 7 pm – 9 pm WHERE: Iron Triangle Brewing Company, 1581 Industrial Street, Los Angeles,...

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Queen Mary Christmas: Where Holidays Set Sail

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

The Queen Mary invites guests to step aboard the legendary ocean liner for an all-new adventure filled with incredible holiday festivities, setting sail November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Gather the family for Queen Mary Christmas and enjoy a vintage rush of holiday family fun with live entertainment, libations and treats, ice-skating onboard one of the Queen Mary’s decks, a Gingerbread Village, Stocking Shop, vintage-dressed carolers, light shows, and much more. From bow to stern, families can embrace the holiday spirit while strolling along the Queen Mary’s decks to uncover a magical Christmas of yesteryear. From the glittering, tree-lined Promenade Deck, enter the beautifully decorated Main Hall with an art-deco inspired Christmas tree centerpiece fit for a Queen. Un-pop a cork or imbibe on delicious handcrafted cocktails while delighting in the ship’s yule lights and breathtaking views at...

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The Ecology Center: A Maker’s Market

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

The Ecology Center is pleased to present Handmade: A Maker’s Market on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For one day only, the non-profit’s ecological oasis in San Juan Capistrano will transform into an open-air market and modern village showcasing a variety of handmade goods from some of Southern California’s most creative artisans and makers. In The Ecology Center’s 5th year of Handmade, they call attention to the principles of a handmade culture and the building of a self-sustaining modern village. Imagine that everything needed for us to thrive is made within our community. Where the dishes we eat from, the clothes we wear, and the soaps we use, are all created by our neighbors and friends. Where everything is made from materials sourced in our region, not in a factory using chemicals and inhumane labor. The organization’s...

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2018 Nutcracker Performances in Orange County

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018 in Ballet, Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Film, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Affiliate Featured The Land of Sweets is coming to you! Discover all the Nutcracker productions bringing a bit of holiday magic to Orange County. American Ballet Theatre Performance of The Nutcracker Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA The ballet will perform December 14th through the 23rd. Tickets – Start at $29. “This Nutcracker is cracking good!” raved the New York Post when American Ballet Theatre premiered this delectable holiday favorite. As the lights dim and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score fills the air, young Clara enters a dreamlike journey amid magical toy soldiers, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes and a glittering Christmas tree! With an impressive cast of more than 100 performers, ABT’s The Nutcracker features set and costumes by Richard Hudson (Tony Award winner, The Lion King), with choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei...

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“The Taste”

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

We attended as a guest of the venue Everyone always thinks LA has the best restaurants, but watch out City of Angels, Orange County is coming in hot! The Taste is an annual food festival honoring the unique cuisines of the world with a Southern California twist. Los Angeles Times hosts this delicious event each year, but this year marked a little something extra special…hosting it in OC’s, Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa has long time been the hub of the hottest and newest restaurant concepts with a unique flavor spin in all of Orange County. It’s draw is this city has always held a diverse cultural feel which organically brings in a plethora of plated options. The Taste truly highlighted these flavors both in an eatery way, but also in a libations way – I mean who doesn’t love...

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Anaheim Packing District: World Taste Event

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

Attention food adventurers: Anaheim Packing District, home of Orange County’s Original Food Hall, will be celebrating its diverse cultural culinary artisans with World Taste on Wednesday, November 14th, from 6PM until 9PM. Guests to the in-house, international tasting event will navigate their way through an expedition of deliciousness and dance through a globally-inspired array of live entertainment, featuring performances by Grammy Nominated Roger Espinoza & Gypsy Fiesta͟, Phoenix Horse Lion Dancers and Flashsitar with Fontain’s MUSE. Mouth-watering menu items announced so far include Italian mozzarella-stuffed meatballs from Ecco, Chinese spicy shrimp wontons from 18 Folds, British fish n’ chips from Chippy Fish & Grill, Japanese citrus sushi rolls from Orange Tei, Swiss porchetta grilled cheese from Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar, French Raclette over roasted new potatoes from BXCR Wine Bar, truffle sliders from Umami Burger, carnitas tacos from...

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Celebrate the Aquarium’s 20th Anniversary For Just $20!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Celebrate the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 20th Anniversary and meet our new animals with a special discount through November! From now until November 30, receive $9.95 off adult admission. That’s just $20! Join in on the 20th Anniversary celebration featuring special programs and exhibits highlighting our fascinating history and bold future. You’ll also get to meet some of our newest animals including Kaya—the baby harbor seal, Chase—the sea lion, a scalloped hammerhead, and more! Follow the link to a coupon you can use at the Aquarium’s ticket window. Don’t miss this special opportunity to connect with 20 years of wonder and memories at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long...

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Culture Chinese Lantern Festival

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

Starting November 15, the Pomona Fairplex will host the Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival — a fully immersive multicultural experience the entire family will love. This visually-stunning event combines art, tradition, culture and cuisine, creating opportunities for alluring photographs and wonderful memories. Chinese Lantern Festival will run for 8 weeks: Every Thursday – Sunday, from November 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019, plus holidays. Children under 3 get in free! The event will light up the L.A. night with color and light from more than 1,000 beautifully handcrafted lanterns at the Glade, Picnic Hill and Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768). Explore “The Wild” as you travel the globe, walking through America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa. Witness cheetahs, lions, jumping koi fish, jellyfish, panda bears, majestic cranes … even travel back in time...

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OC Rescue Mission Children’s Business Fair

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to promote the importance of child innovation and entrepreneurship, will host a holiday-themed OC Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Village of Hope in Tustin, California. The Business Fair will feature 55 different booths, hosted by students from local elementary and middle schools, with 10 booths including a total 23 children living at the Village of Hope, notes Palmer. The community is invited and encouraged to attend this free holiday event to support some of the youngest entrepreneurs in Orange County and pick up a few festive items. This event is a project of The Lincoln Club Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideas of fiscal responsibility and free markets. The OC Children’s Business Fair is being sponsored by Chick-fil-A in Tustin District....

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2018 Discovery Cube’s Annual Pumpkin Launch

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Events, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Pumpkin Launch is an all ages, FREE community event that invites guests to come onto a university campus and participate in a fun-filled STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) festival. The headlining event invites local engineer clubs and student Pumpkin Launch contestants to use the principles of STEM to build trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards large targets lining the field – sometimes more than 50 yards! The team with the highest score wins the coveted Pumpkin Launch trophy. In typical Discovery Cube fashion, guests can become an engineer for the day by making, building and testing their own launchers at the hands-on learning encounters and STEM festival, as well as enjoy some of Orange County’s best food trucks. WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10AM – 2PM WHERE: Cal State Fullerton Athletic Field 800 N....

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Father and Son Night at The Nitro Circus

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

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

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

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

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

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You’re Invited: Transformers Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk

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

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

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The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty Tour at the Brea Mall

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

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

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Nitro Circus: Outrageous All-New Live Stunt Show

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

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

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Pageant of the Monsters Haunted House

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

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

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

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

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

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Vampirates Take over Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

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

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

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7th Annual San Pedro Dia de los Muertos Festival

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

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

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2018 OC Zoo Halloween Zoo-tacular

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

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

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Teen Guide to Knott’s Scary Farm

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

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

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Kaleidoscope Hosts “Thrilling” Halloween Party

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

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

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Don’t Miss the Inaugural Taste of Costa Mesa

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

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

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch Through the Eyes of a Teenager

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

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

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Best Places to Celebrate National Taco Day in Orange County

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

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

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Dana Wharf Kids Boo Cruise

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

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

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13th Annual AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

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

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

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

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

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

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10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog competition

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

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

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

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

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

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2018 Prehistoric OC

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

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

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Seventh Annual Taste of Lake Forest

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

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

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You’re Invited: Pose for Paws Yoga Event

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

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

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Second Annual Le Diner en Blanc OC

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

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

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Oktoberfest is coming to Newport Beach

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

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

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

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

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

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

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

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

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Acorn Day Celebration at O’Neill Regional Park

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

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

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Mom’s Day Out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

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

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

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FREE TEEN tickets to UPLIFT Yoga Bash!

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

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

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

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

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

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Pirate’s Cave Home Haunt in Orange

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

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

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You’re Invited: Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival

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

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

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Ohana Music Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Events, Giveaways | 12 comments

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

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Adventure City Boo-Tastic Halloween Party + Giveaway

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

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

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UPLIFT Yoga Bash

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

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

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FREE PASTRIES: Paris Baguette Celebrates Costa Mesa Grand Opening

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

Paris Baguette, a fast-casual Parisian-inspired bakery, is celebrating its newest location in Costa Mesa by offering the first 100 guests in line on September 7 and September 8 starting at 9:00 a.m. a complimentary mouthwatering, buttery croissant of their choice and a Paris Baguette lunch bag or mug – a sweet deal for everyone to enjoy! Best known for a variety of delectable cakes, pastries, sandwiches and signature beverages, Paris Baguette offers a unique self-service feature where customers can pick and choose their favorite delicacies that are brought directly to the counter. Choose from an array of Parisian & Asian-infused treats such as Sweet Red Bean Donuts, colorful Macarons or a traditional Pain au Chocolat, all made with locally sourced ingredients and quality products. The new location marks Paris Baguette’s fourth Orange County restaurant, and is located at 350...

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Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor + Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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Boo at The Rancho Wildlife Zoo

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

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

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Free Family Fiesta to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

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

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

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

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

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

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Disney: Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert

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

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

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

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

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

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Chuck Jones Pop-Up at the Anaheim GardenWalk

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

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

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Orange County Great Park Fall Family Events

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

Park Explorations: click here for more information Explore new adventures with our mobile cart designed to encourage discovery through play. With fun hands-on activities, the cart can be found at different locations each month at the Orange County Great Park. Parent participation required. Free drop-in program; craft supplies limited. Free/All Ages Welcome Upcoming dates: 9/1/18 11/3/18 12/1/18 Family Game Day: click here for more information Saturdays are for family and fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, and other activities will be provided by Orange County Great Park staff to kick-start your weekend. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center. Free. All ages. **Program is weather permitting. Upcoming dates: 9/29/2018 10/27/18 11/10/18 12/22/18 Super Soccer Stars: click here for more information This is a six-week session. Price: $132/Ages 2-7....

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3rd Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s Almost Time to Get Your D23 Expo Tickets

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

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

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Celebrate Labor Day at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

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

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

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You’re Invited: MainPlace Mall Back to School Party

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

This weekend, MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is hosting its Back to School Party of the year! MainPlace Mall will be hosting its free Party on the Patio and Artwalk from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11. Friends and family will be able to join us for live music, refreshing mocktails, and delicious food samples from Applebee’s, Lucille’s, Panini Kabob Grill, Starbucks, Mrs. Fields and Hot Dog on a Stick. Guests will also have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win exclusive gifts and prizes, in addition to watching live art demonstrations, workshops, a live backpack fashion show and makeover opportunities from MAC and The Makeup Shop. Kids will also have the chance to create their own art journals using recycled materials and pastels. When: Saturday, August 11th Time: 2pm to 5pm Where: MainPlace Mall 2800...

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

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

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

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Kaleidoscope’s annual Kaleido Kids Carnival

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

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

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OC Fair: We Care Wednesday Clothing Drive

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

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

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Summer Dive-In Movie nights at Fashion Island Hotel

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

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

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Five Must-Have Foods at the 2018 OC Fair

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

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

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Monster Jam Returns To SoCal

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

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

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