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

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

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

  When you were a kid, we’re betting the “field trip” or family day at a carnival or fair was something you looked forward to with positive glee. Cotton candy! People on stilts! Ferris wheels! Giant stuffed toys to win! Face painting! Food galore! And maybe … (ooh, cross your fingers) … maybe even a petting zoo! Illumination Foundation, the Orange County-based non-profit agency focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness is also focused on building hope, joy and community for homeless and low-income children. For five years now, Illumination Foundation has produced a giant summer Carnival for Kids that brings every wished-for element together for a child’s perfectly memorable day. This year, the Carnival for Kids, presented by Disneyland® Resort, takes place Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at LaPalma Park in Anaheim. Hundreds of Illumination Foundation families are specifically invited and admission is free. Brought to you by Disneyland® Resort, the event includes restaurateurs, seasoned carnival vendors, foundations (including the Bickerstaff Family Foundation) and corporate sponsors (including Starbucks, CalOptima and Sprouts Farmer’s Market) who work with Illumination Foundation to build a child’s mecca for that single day. There are plenty of ways to help bring this year’s Carnival to life. You and/or your company can sponsor the event itself, provide in-kind donations such as beverages, snacks and school supplies, or sponsor a child’s happy attendance. This event will provide supporters of Illumination Foundation an opportunity to develop positive relationships with the community, while promoting healthy and positive experiences for homeless families and their children. This is a fun experience they could not afford through other means. Go to IFHomeless.org/CFK2018 for details on how you can get involved as a valued...

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86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

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

86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show

  Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts will once again let creativity run wild throughout the beach-side community as it welcomes the return of the 86th Annual Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, July 5 – September 1, 2018. As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed fine arts shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Fine Art Show offers avid art collectors and festival-goers an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event showcases original works by 140 established and emerging artists from Orange County in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. Since 1932, thousands of artists have shown and sold their work at the Festival of Arts and many of the artists have their work featured in private and public collections worldwide. ​Several of the exhibitors have participated for multiple years, and look forward to each summers’ new stream of talent. “My favorite aspect of being a part of this world class exhibit is the camaraderie with other artists,” said acrylic painter Wendy Wirth. “It’s great to be out amongst other like-minded creatives, see some new faces and reunite with those have been exhibiting at the festival for decades.” Wirth is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Southern California Plein Air Painters Association and her work is featured in collections all over the nation. “I am extremely honored to be returning in 2018 for my ninth year as an exhibitor. They say you elevate your game when you play with better talent; I really think it shows at Festival of the Arts,” added Wirth. For photographer Cheyne Walls, not only is it the incredible artists and sense of community at the Festival that has him looking forward to being an exhibitor this summer, but also the tremendous opportunity. “It is a privilege to be part of the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach,” shared Walls. “To be among some of the finest artists in Orange County, meeting and talking with patrons in the beautiful outdoor setting of Laguna Beach, makes this an inspiring event that I look forward to every year.” Walls, best known for his panoramic images of the American landscape, has received multiple awards and top honors in national and international photography competitions. Although this is an Orange County juried art show, some of the artists exhibited were originally from places outside of the country, including Pil Ho Lee (South Korea), Hugo Rivera (Mexico), Luciano Bortone (Italy), Carla Bosch (South Africa), Jordan Dimitov (Bulgaria), Mariko Ishii (Japan), Yuri Kuznetsov (Russia), Ryang Yoon (China), Michael Situ (China), Fabrice Spies (France) as well as many others. Their multi-cultural influences contribute to the diversity of the show. For a full list of the 2018 participating artists, please visit www.foapom.com/exhibitor-gallery/. In addition to the art show, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2018 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours and art workshops. Several special one-day events return this year, including the Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day. The 2018 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take...

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Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Tavern + Bowl

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

Kids Bowl Free this Summer at Tavern + Bowl

  Tavern + Bowl at The Triangle in Costa Mesa is helping Orange County families kick off a summer of fun with its Jr. Kingpin Club. All kids 14 and under are invited to join the Jr. Kingpin Club and receive one free game per day, Monday through Friday, from open until close, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through August 31. The promotion is valid for walk-in customers only, and shoe rental is not included. A parent or guardian simply needs to register the child online at tavernbowl.com. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Kids can then pick up their Jr. Kingpin Club Pass at Tavern + Bowl and let the good times roll. Tavern + Bowl is located on the lower level of The Triangle, at 1875 Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. and is open Monday through Thursday from 3pm until midnight; Friday from 3pm until 2am; Saturday from 11am to 2am; and Sunday from 11am to midnight. For reservations or more information, please call (949)...

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Gad Elmaleh at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club

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

Gad Elmaleh at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club

 Sponsored Are you ready to laugh? One of the most talented comedians in the country is coming to Orange County to perform at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club. If you love to laugh, then you’re not going to want to miss one of his unforgettable performances. Gad Elmaleh will be at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club on June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Tickets are currently available online, but hurry – they are selling out fast. If you don’t already know all about Gad Elmaleh, here is everything you need to know… Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world, with a number of exciting projects in the works. Gad’s first English-language special,Gad Elmaleh: American Dream, is now available on Netflix. On stage, Gad continues to cement himself as one of the most widely known and beloved standup comedians working today. In January 2017, he released his latest comedy special Gad Gone Wild. The Netflix Original showcased Gad’s impressive multi-lingual ability, as the material was performed in a mix of English and French. Since his move to the United States, Gad has quickly grown from being France’s most popular standup comedian to becoming a global comedy sensation. In 2015, he completed a residency at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which saw him performing to sold-out crowds for more than fifty nights. The impressive run led to a multi-city major comedy tour across the United States, culminating in a sold-out show at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in February 2017. Overseas, Gad made history by selling out the prestigious Olympia theater hall in Paris for seven consecutive weeks, a feat that had never before been accomplished. He followed the sold-out run with another seven sold-out weeks of shows at the Palais des Sports, a 3,800-seat venue also in Paris. In the film world, Gad starred as “Ben Salaad” in the Steven Spielberg-directed film The Adventures of Tintin and could be seen opposite Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. His additional film work includes Pattaya, The Midnight Orchestra, Capital, Les Seigneurs, Happiness Never Comes Alone, Jack and Jill, La Rafle, Coco, and more. Gad has also made memorable appearances on a number of American television programs including Conan, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Daily Show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and...

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

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in 4th of July, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

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

  Dress in your best red, white, and blue and celebrate Independence at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The day-long celebration offers live entertainment from the nation’s top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). The popular patriotic celebration is a ship-wide event offering family-friendly games, activities, a 4th of July parade, strolling performers, and multiple stages of live entertainment culminating with SoCal’s top fireworks display. Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers will pay homage to the late Tom Petty as the band lights-up the stage with Tom Petty’s top hits, and the nationally known Eagles tribute band, The Long Run, will electrify the crowd with Eagles hits like ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’ and ‘Take it to the Limit.’ Festival goers will Keep on believin’ into the night as Journey tribute band, DSB, rocks the Verandah Deck with a nostalgic concert experience. Stroll into the Queen’s Salon to put your singing skills to the test with Rock Hero Karaoke, or sing along with the crowd as the dueling pianos light up and dazzle the salon stage. Attendees can kick-up their boots with DJ Coral and Kaitlyn Weathers in the Royal Salon for some country fun, and watch in amazement an aerialist swirls and dances in the air on the Sports Deck. Grab the kids and board the majestic vessel to be greeted by a full day of fun with strolling jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. Traverse the multiple decks and salons to the KID ZONE which will be packed with carnival games, inflatables, face painters, music, food, and much more. Above the Queen Mary, attendees will be treated to a spectacular air-show by the Flight Team of John Collver, professional pilot, and Brad Lang, professional pilot and airline captain. Together the two will demonstrate the sights and sounds of past generations in salute to Independence Day in the WWll era Marine Corps T-6 Texans. VIP ticket holders will have access to premium firework viewing and two exclusive VIP-only parties in the Verandah Grill and Britannia Salon. The Verandah Grill will invite VIP guests to travel back in time to the 1940’s with the Fabulous Forties Band, and dance the night away to California’s freshest swing band, Swing Cats Lil Big Band. The Rock-Pop-Disco band, Blackwells, will have attendees shaking a tail feather, and then enjoying the funky sounds of Rhythm Blues and Motown in the Britannia Salon. Dubbed Southern California’s top 4th of July fireworks display, the 15-minute long mega fireworks show will culminate the red, white, and blue festivities at 9 p.m. as bright colors light-up the Long Beach sky in sync to patriotic music. The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration runs from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $24 online for children ($39 day-of) and $44 online per adult ($59 day-of). The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Verandah Grill, Britannia Salon, and premium firework...

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