Weekend Roundup – December 19 – 25, 2014


Welcome to the Weekend Roundup

December 19 – 25, 2014

Make sure to check back as this list is updated throughout the week.


 All Month Long

Thomas & Friends at DiscoveryCube OC in Santa Ana

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana

Illuminocean at Dana Point Harbor

Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside

Winter Sawdust Festival every weekend in Laguna Beach

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Image from christmaschalkwalk.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City in Irvine

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Las Posadas at Olivera Street

Holiday Classics Storytime at Barnes & Noble nationwide

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Christmas Chalk Walk in Aliso Viejo

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekend Hikes at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, O’Neill Regional Park & Irvine Regional Park

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

The Nutcracker for Kids at the Newport Beach Library

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Duck the Halls at the Marketplace in Tustin

Las Posadas in Santa Ana, Garden Grove & Olivera Street

Star Party at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Christmas Chalk Walk in Aliso Viejo

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekend Hikes at Caspers Wilderness Park, Aliso & Wood Canyon’s Park & Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Technique Class  at Williams-Sonoma’s – nationwide

Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Holidays at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Holiday Festival at the Muck in Fullerton

Children’s Garden Workshop at the Great Park in irvine

Las Posadas at Oivera Street

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach

Christmas Train at Irvine Regional Park in Orange

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

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La piñata – Diego Rivera

Monday, December 22, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Las Posadas at Olvera Street

Holiday Fun at the Farmers Market & the Grove at the Farifax District in Los Angeles



Duck the Halls

Duck the halls

Duck the Halls with the the family at The Market Place In Tustin. Bring the kids to the craft area to decorate mini wreaths and pine cones. A balloon artist and face painter will also be onsite for more entertainment.

The fun takes place on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the California Pizza Kitchen Courtyard (Tustin side of the center). Whie your there don’t forget to enter for a chance to win The Ultimate Fan Package, which includes four Anaheim Ducks tickets and a $500 American Express gift card to spend at The Market Place.

After the event be sure to check out the three different holiday trees inspired and designed by the LA/OC favorite hockey team, Anaheim Ducks. Located throughout the center, the trees are designed and inspired by the team and Wild Wing, the team’s official mascot.

Each holiday tree area will feature holiday musical entertainment from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Calfiornia Pizza Kitchen is located at 3001 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 

Holiday Fun at Farmers Market & the Grove

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The Original Farmers Market is decked out in Yuletide finery to welcome the season. Celebrate with music, arts & crafts, variety shows, strolling carolers and lots of holiday fun!

Chanukah Fun at Farmers Market-page-001Every day starting tonight through Christmas Eve there’s Holiday fun planned at the Original Farmers Market in LA , some of the activities include:

  • Snow globe making
  • Pine cone decorating
  • Carolers
  • Live entertainment
  • Chanukah Crafts & Fun (December 21st)

See more information at the Farmers Market Events page.

The Original Farmers Market is located at: 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles (Fairfax District), CA


While your at the Farmers Market be sure to walk on over to The Grove for some more holiday cheer including photos with Santa, Magical snow and more!

The fun runs thorugh Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • Santa´s Cottage: Enjoy holiday photos with Santa! Click here for Santa hours and pricing. 5% of all Santa´s Cottage photo sales will be donated to Children´s Hospital Los Angeles.
  • Magical Snow: Nightly Snow at 7pm and 8pm.
  • Holiday Entertainment: Enjoy the merry melodies of holiday brass and other joyous music from Eddie Wakes and Jake Simpson! Plus, performances from the Top Hats every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:50pm and 7:50pm!

The Grove is located at:  189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles (Fairfax District), CA

December Star Party

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(credit: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Come for a Star Party that gives you a grand tour of the universe! Join Allan and other amateur astronomers and have a look in the telescopes to see the marvels of the sky.

Take a guided tour of the constellations and learn the myths and facts about the cosmos. Observe the wonders of the night sky including nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and double stars.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
  • Event – Free
    Parking- $5.00 per vehicle
  • Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Hwy.( P. O. Box 395), San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675/(949) 923-2210 or (949) 923-2207

Note: held only on evenings with clear skies (good weather). Call the Park at (949) 923-2210 for weather/sky updates or additional information

CHOC Toy Drive & Prentend City

Pretend City will host a Toy Drive for CHOC until December 23, 2014. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to receive discount on admission.

Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Pretend City Children’s Museum is once again partnering up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys!

Durable, cleanable toys are most useful in the hospital setting. For a list acceptable toys, please visit CHOC’s Toy Wish List.

  • Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website:http://pretendcity.org for more information on admdission and hours.
  •  Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit. *One discount per ticket per toy; cannot be combined with any other promotions

Weekend Hikes Dec. 20 – 21, 2014

Here’s a list of your guided Weekend Hikes in our OC Parks.

Laguna Coast Park

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nautre Walk at O’Neill Regional Park  – Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.)

Date:  12/20/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Guided Interpretive Hike @ Irvine Regional Park – Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  12/20/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Family Hike @ Lagua Coast Wilderness Park – Join us on this very enjoyable, easy 3-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain).  Families welcome.  You will hike in one of the most diverse areas of the park, through a canopy of oaks, past Barbara’s Lake and back.  Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date:  12/20/2014
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bird Walk @ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park – Spot native and winter resident birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars!
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Ranger Led Nature Hike @ Caspers Wilderness Park – Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


Morning Walk Around the Lake @ Laguna Niguel Regional Park – Come enjoy a wonderful mor http://gty.im/182059809 ning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5 mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the parking lot closest to Shelter 3.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F & (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations

Date: 12/21/2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Hike in the Canyon @ Aliso & Wood Canyons Park –  Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas, meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 M-F or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Hike: Free
  • Parking: Free
  • Ages 7 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations

Date: 12/21/2014
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Spark of Love Toy Drive

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ABC7 & Southern California firefighters celebrate 22 years of giving. Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than 8 million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.

The campaign runs through Christmas Eve, and our goal is to exceed last years’ collection of 450,000 toys.

Stuff-A-Bus events go a long way in helping reach our goal. And the biggest elf on this side of the North Pole, Garth Kemp, will be at each Stuff-a-Bus event to meet and greet viewers and participants as he collects new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment for children and teens!

The next Stuff-a-Bus event is right here in the OC 

Friday, December 19, 2014 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
(818) 863-7220

Ways to Give:
  • Bring your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment to one of our four Stuff-A-Bus events in Cerritos, Ontario, Canoga Park or Anaheim.
  • Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station.
  • Donate online by going to ABC7 & Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund

You can also support the “Spark of Love” by attending one of the following events. There will be plenty of Holiday cheer and some of your favorite Eyewitness News personalities. Please check our page often for more updates.
Thru Saturday, December 20
“Golf for Kids in Need”
Spring Valley Lake Golf Club
13229 Spring Valley Lake Pkwy.
Victorville, CA 92395

Saturday, December 20
“Christmas Bowl for Spark of Love”
Semi-pro Football Player’s Association
1 p.m.
Marina Vista Park
5355 E Eliot St, Long Beach, CA 90803
(323) 246-2546

Thursday, December 25
“Christmas Brunch at the Reef Restaurant”
8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reef Restaurant
880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Suggested Donation Items – We get a lot toys for younger children, but are always short on teen and infant items. Here are some suggestions for teen items.

Non Gender Specific
MP3 players
Cell phone cases
Razor Scooters
Basketballs, Soccer balls, and Footballs
Cross-body purses/bags
Make-up brushes
Blow dryers
Flat Irons
Hot Iron Tools

For more information on how to donate contact Teresa Samaniego at 818-863-7221.


Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThis Sunday is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 

When: Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Cost: Free 

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

Celebrate Chanukah

Celebrate Chanukah at Prentend City and attend an Olive Press Workshop on December 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am.

Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City! In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, Pretend City hosts the Olive Press Workshop. Children will be taken back to a time of chance, drama and triumph! They will laugh, thrill and cheer as the adventure of Chanukah unfolds. They will also learn customs and traditions associated with Chanukah all while making olive oil for the Menorah.

  • When: Friday December 19, 2014 at  11:30a.m.
  • Where: Prentend City, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups
  • RSVP: Highly Encouraged. Register here. Walk-ins welcome based on availability.
  • Fee: Included with museum admission
  • Visit their website: pretendcity.org for further information

31 days of STEM – Day 18


December 14, 2014 – Weather Flowers - brought to you by Girlstart.org

Can you tell if the air around you is humid or dry? Although humidity cannot be seen, it has important effects on the weather. This moisture-detecting flower will display the color pink, purple, or blue based on the humidity in the air, giving you insight into the weather before you step outside! – girlstart.org

Help Feed Families in Orange County


There is still time to help fight hunger for families throught out Orange County. Any donation helps a family in need. Here are several ways you can help Second Harvest Food Bank feed families in Orange County.


Give A Meal with Bank of America

When: September 8- December 31
Where: Visit http://www.bankofamerica.com/give

This holiday season, you can take action in the fight to end hunger in Orange County, and make three times the difference. Bank of America is partnering with Feeding America’s network of food banks, and when for every $1 donated through the Give A Meal campaign, Bank of America will donate $2. To donate, visit BankofAmerica.com/Give and be sure to enter your Orange County zip code and designate your donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Irvine Company Office Properties Holiday Food Drive

When: November 3 – December 26
Where: Irvine Company Offices

Second Harvest has partnered with 110 Irvine Company Properties to host their annual holiday food drive campaign. Residents and the public can drop off non-perishable food donations to any Irvine Company office location to help feed Orange County this holiday season.


Stater Bros. 2014 “Harvesting Hope in Our Community” Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Stater Bros. locations

This holiday season, customers can stop by any of the 30 Orange County Stater Bros. locations to purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donations. These “Bags of Hope” will benefit Second Harvest and our partners.


Sprouts “Grab and Give” Campaign

When: November 1 – December 31
Where: Orange County Sprouts Farmers Market Locations

During the months of November and December, Sprouts Farmers Market will be promoting their annual “Grab and Give” program. During this campaign, customers can stop by any of the 15 Orange County Sprouts locations and purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donation. This campaign will benefit Second Harvest and our community partners.

Vons “Help Us End Hunger” Holiday Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Vons

To help end hunger this holiday season, customers are encouraged to stop by any of the 33 Orange County Vons store locations to purchase a pre-filled bag of food donations to support OC residents in need.

Holiday Festival at the MUCK

The MUCK invites you to their FREE Holiday Festival Event

Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m..


The Muckenthaler’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances, and an arts & crafts fair. The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center is located at: 1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833


31 days of STEM – Day 17


December 14, 2014 -Air Mail Challenge - brought to you by Girlstart.org

Scientists on a remote island need your help! Design a container that can survive a drop from an airplane to their island below. Use the materials to create a package prototype that can withstand the conditions of being dropped – it must be waterproof, able to float, have the lowest mass possible, and protect the material (potato chip) inside from breaking. Gather your materials and start designing! – girlstart.org

45th Annual Adopt a Family Program



The 45th Annual Adopt A Family Program is taking place now thru December 18, 2014 at OC Fair & Event Center

Since its inception, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 45th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,100 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.

Ways to Participate:

  • Provide at least two new gifts for every child AND food (or grocery gift cards) for a complete dinner for the entire family
  • OR provide only new gifts (at least two) for each child in the family
  • OR volunteer on December 17th or 18th (see FAQs below for more information)
  • OR help with deliveries using your van or truck on the morning of December 18th
  • OR make a donation for SOS Adopt A Family to purchase gifts, food or gift cards

Companies, schools, and religious institutions are asked to consider adopting multiple families or holding food, toy or gift card drives to help SOS with the families that do not get adopted by a specific donor.

Please join the hundreds of families and organizations that make Adopt A Family a part of their holiday traditions. (download the Donor Sign-Up Form.) You will receive information about your family after November 10th.

For more information, email AAF2014@shareourselves.org or call 949.270.2187.

Adopt A Family FAQs (Download complete list here)

What do you need to provide if we adopt a family?

If you adopt a family, we ask that you provide both Christmas gifts & dinner. You may choose the family size you want, but you must provide at least two new gifts for each child (you may provide more if you’d like, and may also include something for the adults, but this is not required). Gift cards to stores like Payless Shoes and Target are also fine. When providing Christmas dinner, please buy gift cards for frozen goods, turkeys and perishables and purchase other holiday food items or consider providing gift cards for a complete Christmas dinner. Fresh produce and extra food are always welcome.

For more information contact Share Our Selves


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