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4 Reasons Why Ryman Auditorium Is Worth Visiting

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Culture, Family | 0 comments

The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most famous venues in Nashville, hosting legendary artists for over 140 years. Whether you’re already a country music lover or simply looking for something to do on your upcoming trip to Nashville, it’s definitely worth checking out. Here are four reasons why. Its History  The Ryman Auditorium is one of America’s few remaining original venues from the late 1800s. It was built in 1892 by riverboat captain Thomas Green Ryman as a church that could seat 1,500 people—hence its name—and hosted gospel concerts until 1904. Afterward, it was transformed into a vaudeville venue known as The Mother Church of Country Music before being purchased by the Grand Ole Opry in 1943, which made it one of the world’s premier country music venues.  One thing that sets the Ryman Auditorium apart is its...

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Story Angels Bridges the Gap Between Generations

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Culture, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

Sponsored The Story Angels project is part of the Fullerton School District’s iPersonalize curriculum in Narrative Writing and Listening.  Fifth-grade teacher, Angela Platon, said that when she was young, her grandparents were the best storytellers and she thought that by pairing the younger generation with the seniors from Morningside Retirement Community, it would be a great vessel for the district’s iPersonalize curriculum. 90 fifth grade students from Fullerton School District would work in teams of 4 and be partnered with a senior from Morningside who would share a life-changing story from their past.  The goal of the students would be threefold.  First, the students would meet with their seniors and take notes on their stories. Then  the students would work as a team to ask the appropriate “why’s and how’s” to make sure they knew all the details of the story....

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Seeking Host Families Near University of California Irvine

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Culture, Education, Family, Featured, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored Universal Student Housing, an innovative service provider in the study abroad sector, is currently seeking host families near the University of California at Irvine to provide homes for a large group of Japanese English teachers. Universal Student Housing will be supporting the visit of large groups of Japanese English teachers to the University of California at Irvine, and is seeking host families in the area. This will be the second year USH was chosen for this honor, and the fourth such group for USH. Universal Student Housing expects over 100 students and teachers to arrive this summer. The groups are made up of individuals between 25 and 50 years old, and the stay duration will vary between four weeks to three months, depending on the group. There will also be a coordinator on the ground to provide students...

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Annual Greek Festival Brings a Taste of Greece to Orange County

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Culture, Events | 0 comments

Orange County’s 37th annual “A Taste of Greece” festival will be held on June 26-28 at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. More than 12,000 guests are expected to attend the three-day festival, which will feature traditional Greek cuisine, wine tasting, live music, authentic Greek dancing with lessons and boutique booths reminiscent of the Plaka, a well-known picturesque historical neighborhood of Athens. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 26; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Festival admission is just $3 per person with free admission on Saturday, June 27 from noon – 4 p.m. for seniors older than 65 years. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival parking will also be...

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Details on Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Culture, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

USH is an OC Mom Blog partner Can You Make Extra Income from Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student? Are you thinking of becoming a host family for extra income? Does the thought of housing a student from a foreign country appeal to you? Do you know what a homestay entails? helped us to compile more information about the process of qualifying as a host family and welcoming a foreign exchange student into your home. What is a Homestay? A homestay experience is when a family in another country agrees to house an exchange student, who comes to study and learn about another culture. Homestays can be rewarding and challenging at the same time, so it is very important to understand exactly the type of commitment it requires. When a student visits a host family they are required to...

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Top Christian Devotionals for Adults and Children

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Culture, Family, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

Like most busy moms, time for myself usually takes place well after the kids have gone to bed, or in the early morning hours. One of the activities I look forward to during this “quiet time” is praying, reading my Bible and daily devotional. But with so many Christian devotionals on the market, how do you find the ‘right’ one? According to Andrea Devin, director, Mariners Church Bookstore in Irvine, most people will select a devotional based on their life stage, and interests at the time. However, Devin cautions that “using a devotional should not replace your regular time reading the Bible, but it can supplement it.” So, to jumpstart your devotional search, below are a few of my favorite and Devin’s top-selling devotionals in adult, children and tween categories. Christian Gifts To give the gift of a lifetime,...

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36th Annual Greek Festival Returns to Orange County

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Culture, Events, Featured | 0 comments

OPA! It’s that time of the year again for the 36th Annual Greek Festival to return to Orange County on June 27th through the 29th. Families can dance and savor delicious cuisine while celebrating the Greek culture. The festival will be held at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine for three days. The festival hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 27; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Festival admission is just $3 per person, with free admission on Saturday, June 28 from noon – 5 p.m. for seniors older than 65 years. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free (with parents or an adult) throughout the three-day festival. Free festival parking will also be available, with complimentary shuttle buses transporting guests...

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The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Events, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

There’s nothing like exposing your children to California culture. I’m not talking beaches and hiking, but instead museums, architecture and theater. In a forgotten part of downtown Los Angeles under a freeway exit ramp, lives the oldest puppet theater in America. Founded by Bob Baker and Alton Wood in 1963, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater which was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2009 entertains families daily. My family and I were invited by the Bob Baker Theater to attend their 2:30 show and decided to make a historical LA Fun day out of the trip. The drive is long so why not enjoy all that Downtown LA has to offer. We left Orange County at 12:30 expecting the usually LA traffic. By 1:30 we were amongst the towers of a surprisingly busy Downtown LA. Before my...

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Heritage Hill Rancho Days Fiesta

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Culture, Events | 0 comments

Rancho Days Fiesta explores what it was like to live in California in the mid-19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of the past through music, dance, crafts, food and first-person re-enactors. Families can partake in hands-on activities that include adobe brick making, basket weaving, rope knotting and much more. Authentic horseback charros will perform. Dance groups will demonstrate the movements and songs from the Mexican Rancho era, as well as the Native American and English settlers of the region. A piñata will break every 40 minutes with treats for the children in attendance. All the historic buildings will be open for tours courtesy of Amigos de la Colina docents. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Celebrate...

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Focusing on the True Meaning of Easter with Children

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Culture, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 2 comments

My favorite season of the year is Spring. Everything is green and clean, flowers are blooming, that first hit of summer’s warmth usually shines through, but it’s not yet too hot to enjoy being outside without being submerged in water. It’s the perfect time of year. Also, I was married and had both of my children in Spring – all within two weeks of each other (different years of course!) so Spring is a party in this house! Another reason to celebrate in Spring is, naturally, Easter. Brightly colored eggs abound, there’s always a funny looking life-sized bunny somewhere to be found, families gathers for brunch, little girls don pretty pastel dresses and little boys might even clean up in slacks and a tie. But there’s more to Easter than just this. Christians are able to celebrate Easter because...

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Charshambehsuri & Persian New Year

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Culture, Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

My first recollection of jumping over fire was when I was about 5 or 6 in London. It was a cold winter’s night and my uncles set up a small fire in my grandparent’s yard for the jumping. There truly isn’t anything more thrilling than jumping over a fire with family and friends. The laughter, the mocking, the spirit and memories, it’s amazing. As a child the fires were about a foot high and the older I got the bigger they got. The biggest fire that I have ever jumped over or maybe ran threw was about 5 feet tall and it was during my visit to Iran about 12 years ago. I know it sounds insane that anyone would do this but there is a reason and history behind it and generation after next have done it for...

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Dia de Los Muertos in Cabos San Lucas – Los Cabos

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Culture, Featured, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored Every year my children have enjoyed celebrating Halloween by trick-or-treating around our neighborhood. Last week, they had a unique opportunity to trick-or-treat in Los Cabos. Not only did they get to experience Halloween in a different culture, but they got the opportunity of a lifetime to experience a true Dia de Los Muertos celebration in Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos. Our children had only learned about Dia de Los Muertos from the textbooks in their classrooms, but for the first time, they got to be immersed in the cultural celebration. My children had always had the perception that Dia de Los Muertos was about darkness and death, but it is truly about celebrating life – celebrating the lives of those who are no longer here. Our family was provided bus transportation by Epic Mexico to the Puerto...

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Celebrating Diversity in Children During the New Year

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Culture, Family, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is the perfect time of the year for celebrating diversity.  We encourage all parents who attend Pretend City Children’s Museum to expose your children to the beautiful cultural celebrations of the holidays. All month long we were celebrating Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  We feel that embracing diversity education is perhaps the most important gift you can give to your children this season.  By exposing children to diversity, they begin to develop an understanding and interest in people that may seem different from themselves. Celebrations are one of the best ways to be able to talk to very young children about different beliefs and customs. By participating in cultural celebrations children learn with all of their senses. Young children need very tangible and recognizable things to build their understanding of differences. Celebrations provide these with things like unique...

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