Month: July 2014

Williams Sonoma-FREE Junior Chef Classes August Schedule

WSJuniorChefApr14 In addition to the FREE Technique Classes for adults, Williams-Sonoma (one of my favorite stores, ever!) offers FREE weekly Junior Chef Class every Saturday. The classes show kids how fun and easy cooking can be. Kids learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store> • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location. • Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

Here’s the Junior Chef Class line up for August:

*I Love Zoku / August 2nd – This class was such a hit – we’re doing it again! If you love slushies, popsicles and ice cream, then you will love Zoku. Join us and learn how to make these tasty treats. We will be taking pre-sale orders so kids can work with their very own Zoku unit and take it home with them after class. Suitable for ages 5-13.


*Fruits and Vegetables Here & Now /August 9th – Do you know why it’s better to eat fruits and vegetables in season? Join us for this class on understanding the seasons and your food. We’ll even teach you how to make a delicious seasonal sweet treat! Suitable for ages 9-13.

*Apple Snacks / August 16th – Get ready for back-to-school and learn how to make some great apple snacks. Why settle for simple sliced apples – when you can enjoy apple sandwiches and other tasty apple treats. Join us and learn how! Suitable for ages 9-13.

*Build A Better Panini / August 23rd – There’s a sandwich and then there’s a warm, melty and cheesy Panini. Learn how to make delicious panini sandwiches – even a sweet favorite with melted chocolate. Suitable for ages 9-13.


*Pizza Dough from Scratch / August 30th – Skip the carry-out pizza and have a pizza party for the whole family. Learn how to make delicious pizza dough – the start of a great pizza. Suitable for ages 9-13.



National Night Out



On August 5th join National Association of Town Watch (NATW) a non-profit organization in celebrating the 31st annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

In Orange, CA, A Night Out Against Crime will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at TARGET in City of Orange, 2191 N. Tustin Street.


In Tustin, CA, National Night Out will take place at the District at Tustin Legacy from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in front of Target. Community Resources will include: Tustin Family & Youth Center, Tustin Police Foundation, U.S. Army: 304th Sustainment Brigade, Lions Heart Tustin Teen Group, Divas Baton Twirlers and Girl Scouts Orange County.

Girl Scouts wear your vest or sash, come to our Girl Scout Booth and get a prize! 

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 To see a map of participating cities near you click here.

To begin your effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Register today to receive your official organizational kit with guidelines, suggestions, and more & stay connected with NATW throughout the year.


Williams Sonoma FREE Culinary Events August Schedule

For me, walking into Williams-Sonoma is as much of a treat as spending a day at the spa. I could be there for hours. The beautiful cookware, cutlery, all the cooking gadgets and don’t forget the gorgeous La Cornue range (they always have one on display). Seriously, I pray that heaven includes a Williams-Sonoma.

Did you know that this wonderful place offers FREE Technique Classes every Sunday morning? They also offer  Junior Chef Classes every Saturday. Yep, there is a legitimate reason to be at Willams-Sonoma at least twice week.

As for the weekly Technique class, Culinary Specialists show you some of their favorite tips and techniques and prepare and sample great recipes. (you can gawk browse at the cookware afterwards)

Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store>


 • Hour-long technique classes are free and include tastings of prepared dishes.

• Participants enjoy 10% savings* on select same-day store purchases.
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

*Sadly, the 10% savings offer excludes La Cornue (the gorgeous ranges), Le Crueset (my absolute favorite cookware), Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line and WS Home, but you can use the savings towards anything else in the store (including All-Clad).

The following is a list of Technique Classes for August:

Sunday, August 3: Risotto has earned a place as a legendary Italian dish and is now a favorite outside its homeland as well. Risotto can be embellished with savory ingredients, including cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood, as well with as sweet additions like dried fruit and chocolate. As you’ll discover in this class, risotto will quickly become one of the most versatile and well-loved dishes in your repertoire.


 Sunday, August 10:  We’re highlighting our extensive collection of extra-virgin olive oils certified by the California Olive Oil Council by educating cooks and shoppers on the difference between olive oils, how to taste for quality, and how best to use these fresh, flavorful oils.

Sunday, August 17:  Usher in the bounty of a brand new season with crisp apples! Learn how to make the most of this year’s apple harvest. This class will teach you which apples are ideal for cooking, baking or simply enjoying raw as well as teach you how to make delicious apple inspired dishes from homemade applesauce and apple cake to fresh-pressed cider.

Sunday, August 24: Celebrate the second harvest of this spiky seasonal vegetable – the artichoke. In this class, we will teach you how to prep artichokes for both cooking whole as well as using the rich artichoke heart.


Sunday, August 31: Focus on making the best pizza possible by mixing and matching seasonal ingredients for custom-made pies every time




Today is Community Day at Crystal Cove

Looking for something to do with the kids today?

How about  Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park.

Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Educations Commons from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more! Check out cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Make sure to take a look at the Tide Pools while your there. Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos, then walk across the street or take the shuttle). $15 parking fee.



Every Wednesday throughout the summer, the Education Commons will come alive all day with art classes, sea glass jewelry making, historic radio shows, historical games and more. 9am-4pm. FREE.


Crystal Cove State Park

8471 N. Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach, CA  92651


Watermelon Tours at Tanaka Farms

tanakasignA fun addition to the Summer Educational Series and a great way to spend an afternoon is at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. They are currently featuring their Watermelon Tours and for a short time, Strawberry Tours as well.

My Girl Scout troop visited in the spring for a Strawberry Tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour and the strawberries we picked were the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted.

tanakafarmsCSATanaka farms is a 30 acre working farm that grows organic fruit and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are sold at their farm stand as well as their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.


Tanaka Farms also offers educational tours. The tours are available throughout the year. Strawberry Tours (Mid-March to end of June), Cookout Tours (Mid-March to end of August), Watermelon Tours (July to August), and the Pumpkin Patch Tour (end of Sept. to end of October).

You tour the farm on a wagon pulled by a tractor. Along the way, you take various stops to learn about the vegetables and fruits that are currently in season. You learn how they are grown and you get to taste them, yum! For your final stop you arrive at your crop where you get to sample some fresh melon and watermelon and than pick your own personal-sized watermelon to enjoy at home.


The following tours are available at this time:

Weekend Tours:

Strawberry Tours  every hour from 10am to 2pm!  No reservations needed

Watermelon Tours  every hour beginning at 9:30 am and the last tour leaves at 2:30 pm; No reservations needed

Weekday Tours: 

Watermelon Tours Monday-Friday with a reservation 

U-Pick Tours – We’ll keep you posted with this free tour’s availability! 

Arrive 15-20 minutes before your tour and be prepared to get dirty, take shoes you don’t mind getting some dirt or possibly mud on, remember this is a working farm.

Rates are as follows:

Adults and Children are $18.00

Children 2 and younger are Free

Group tours and rates are available:  home-schooling group, boy scouts, girl scouts, summer camp, sports group, or other, enjoying our special group rates.  For your group reservations please call Aimee at (949) 653-2100 Ext. 204

photos from Tanaka Farms Facebook page

Pacific Symphony’s – Symphony in the Cities


Today, Sunday, July 27th, Pacific Symphony provides a perfect way to create a summer memory! Come equipped with your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to Irvine’s Mike Ward Park in the Village of Woodbridge.  The FREE ninth annual “Symphony in the Cities” concert in the park event attracts thousands of people each summer. “Musical Playground” is a part of Symphony in the Cities with hands-on activities for children prior to the concert.

Activities include:

  • make an instrument
  • play in a drum
  • meet a Symphony musician
  • conduct a clinic with Maestro St.Clair
  • play in a circle drum
  • visit an instrument petting zoo
  • help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert

 The Symphony’s Musical Playground, begins at 5:30 p.m. and  the FREE Symphony in the Cities concert begins at 7 p.m..

symphony_in_the_cities_1With a potpourri of popular classics, Americana and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and features mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo singing Bizet’s sultry Suite from “Carmen” and four talented young violinists from Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emcee and also narrates Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” before a final audience sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Location: Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 92604

Get Driving Directions

Admission and parking are FREE

Web: Click to Visit



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Foods to Include in Your Diet Everyday

There are times in your life that simply leave you feeling stressed and/or depressed. It is during these times that your brain goes into survival mode. This usually goes hand in hand with eating the wrong foods since eating sends messages to the brain of pleasure and survival.

Unfortunately, unhealthy foods cause major damage to your emotional and physically healing. During times of stress and depression keep focused eating healthy. Here’s a handy list of foods to eat everyday that serve both your mental and physical needs.


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Square Root of Fun Math Fair



The Math Fair, is a FREE event and open to all ages. A brainchild of the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, will be held on Saturday, August 02, 2014 from 10:00 AM4:00 PM at the Bren Events Center, UC Irvine.  

 The Math Fair is all about making math fun! At the Fair, visitors will experience math and problem solving with life-size, interactive educational video games to performing out a math problem onstage.

Take-home materials will be provided so you can continue the fun after the Fair.


Family Math Workshops

Family Math Workshops, which will be held during Math Fair hours. These interactive sessions will be open to all Math Fair visitors and will provide ideas and tips on how to:

  • Incorporate mathematics into everyday life activities
  • Assist your child with math homework (Math Without Tears)
  • Help your child when they are using ST Math at home
  • Money Talks: How to talk to your kids about financial matters. Presented by New York Life Insurance Company.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m.Math Fair Opens

10:15 a.m.Math Fair Opening Ceremony featuring Irvine Mayor Stephen Choi and
Presenting Sponsor Microsemi
Mathland Railway Opens *train rides will run every 15 minutes
Math Mystery Theater Opens *performances every 45 minutes

10:30 a.m.Family Math Workshops Begin *workshops every 45 minutes
Meet JiJi *the penguin will make scheduled appearances until 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.Food Trucks Open
Game Design Workshop

1:00 p.m.Game Design Workshop

3:45 p.m.JiJi Band Performance

4:00 p.m.Math Fair Closing Ceremony

Square Root of Fun Math Fair

Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:00 AM4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Bren Events Center
UC Irvine
100 Mesa Rd
Irvine , California 92697
United States

Phone: 8887515443
You can no longer register online for this event. But you can still register on-site at the event.

Food Fight!


Here’s another opportunity to end hungry. If you attend Saddleback Church or if you are near a Saddleback Church location, you can help. During the summer months, 220,000 kids in So Cal will go hungry without the food they normally receive in school. Your food donations can help feed these kids and their families. Bring a donation of nonperishable food items to any of the Saddleback Church campus by August 3 and help us restock the Food Pantry.



Suggested donation items:

  • Gift Card for Meat
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Rice
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Ravioli or Chili
  • Canned Tomato Sauce or Gravy
  • Top Ramen Noodles
  • Personal hygiene items



FREE Discovery Science Center Tickets & a morning of fun at Eco Challenge

Click on the picture below for a FREE Kids Ticket to Discovery Science Center


County of Orange Eco Challege Day at Angel Stadium
Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

There’s fun for the whole family at the County of Orange Eco Challenge Day! Bring household hazardous waste, e-waste, and gently used clothing. Arrive early and be rewarded. The first 200 cars to bring these items can choose between four free tickets to the July 26, 2014 Angels game or four tickets to Discovery Science Center *while supplies last*

The There’s fun for the whole family at the County of Orange ! Bring household hazardous waste, e-waste, and gently used clothing. Arrive early and be rewarded. The first 200 cars to bring these items can choose between four free tickets to the July 26, 2014 Angels game or four tickets to Discovery Science Center *while supplies last*event is sponsored by OC Waste & Recycling in collaboration with Angels Baseball, Discovery Science Center, and Goodwill of OC. Click here to download a flyer.

Eco Challenge Day festivities include:

  • Autographs by Angels pitcher Garrett Richards *player subject to change*–time to be announced
  • Eco-craft area for kids, sponsored by Discovery Science Center
  • Medieval Times, Peet’s Coffee, and RBI Baseball will also be on hand

What to bring:

  • Gently-used clothing
  • Household Hazardous Waste (paint, motor oil, flourescent lights, aerosol cans, see below for a full list)
  • E-waste (cell phones, computers, televisions, printers, scanners, etc.)


Frequently Asked Questions:

    1.      What is Eco Challenge Day

    Eco Challenge Day is an event where the County of Orange partners with Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball LP to hold a regional collection event. This is the County’s second year hosting Eco Challenge Day at Angel Stadium. The goal is to encourage Orange County residents to take the Eco Challenge by properly disposing e-waste or household hazardous waste (HHW) and dropping off reusable clothing. The first 200 cars receive their choice of either 4 free tickets (75 sets) to that night’s Angel Game or 4 free tickets (125 sets) to Discovery Science Center (first come first served).  Please enter from the Orangewood gate and proceed to the Big A for collection drop off.

2. What does it mean to “Take the Eco Challenge”?

Taking the Eco Challenge means that you will do your best to reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to make Orange County a safe and healthy community for current and future generations.

    3. What time does the event begin?

    The event runs from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We encourage participants to arrive early!

4. Do I have to bring e-waste, HHW, or gently-used clothing to meet Garrett Richards?

It is highly preferred and recommended that you bring e-waste, HHW, or gently-used clothing in order to meet Garrett Richards.  Participants who bring these items will receive a priority access wristband to see Garrett Richards. If you do not bring items, there will be a secondary line, but everyone with a priority Eco Challenge wristband will have priority to see Garrett Richards before those without a wristband.

5. What sort of activities will be there during Eco Challenge Day?

In addition to the collection event, under the big red hats, there will be eco-crafts provided by Discovery Science Center, RBI Pitching game, Medieval Times knights, food and beverage booths,and promotional giveaways.  We will be raffling an autographed Angels baseball. You will also have a chance to win a bicycle sponsored by Republic Services and City of Anaheim Public Works.

6. How long will Garrett Richards be there?

Garrett will be there signing autographs from 9:00am-10:30am.

7. Which Angels game are the four free tickets for?

    The four free tickets will be for that night’s game on July 26th, 2014.

8. When are future Eco Challenge Days?

The County is hosting two additional Eco Challenge Days this year. On August 23rd we will be at Discovery Science Center and at Angel Stadium on September 13th.