Month: September 2014

Win $1,000.00 for your school and an iPad for your Family

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According to the National Survey of Drug Use Health’s Summary of National Findings, almost 9% of youth ages 12 -17 in the United States use illegal drugs.  The study further shows that early parent involvement and  a strong disapproval from parents could have the prevented substance abuse by 96%. Wow, those statistics are eye opening. We need to talk to our children about this.

I will be sharing upcoming post about Red Ribbon week, October 23 – 31st, 2014 in support on going efforts within the our families to prevent drug and alcohol use. We must educate ourselves and our children. The first fun thing that I’m sharing is National Family Partnership (NFP)  Annual Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest.

The contest encourages families and schools across the country to participate by decorating your home with this years Red Ribbon Campaign theme –” Love yourself. Be Drug Free”.  The contest promotes a fun and easy way to open up conversation about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. 

Ten families across the country will be selected to entered to win  the grand prize: an iPad and $1,000 donation to a K-12 school of their choose. There will also be one prize awarded for a school decoration. 

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Import Tips:

  • Submit photo to RedRibbon.org between October 1, 2014  – November. 4, 2014.
  •  You must be 18 years or older to upload the photo.
  • Ask your family, friends and classmates to vote for you, beginning on November 5, 2014.
  • Eleven winners will be announced Dec. 5, 2014.

Click here for the contest rules.

Remember to take the Red Ribbon Pledge

WHAT’S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?

  1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park

Acorn-DayCome join in under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park for Acorn Day. This FREE event will have ranger led hikes and interpretive programs for families, as well as crafts, games, tree planting and much, much more.

Live animals will be on exhibit with a petting zoo! There will also be a butterfly enclosure.

Presentations will be going on throughout the day, including storytelling and acorn preparation demonstrations.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Parking is $5

  • All ages welcome

  • Food available for nominal fee

O’Neill Regional Park

30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Glue and Go Costumes for Kids

Celebrate Halloween with Holly Cleeland, upcycler extraordinaire and writer of  Glue & Go Costumes for Kids! Holly shows you how to create “unique, over-size,eye-catching costumes” from everyday items.

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With readily available supplies and basic tools such as scissors and a glue gun, you can create unique, oversize, eye-catching costumes. You won’t believe how simple it is to transform a kid into corn on the cob, a cupcake, pencil, racecar, monster, basket of flowers, birdhouse, hot air balloon, plate of bacon and eggs, or other unforgettable disguise.

 Tuesday, Oct 7, 2104
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
407 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 288-2400

Free admission to Ocean Institute for Red Ribbon Month

 

redribbonOcean Institute is offering FREE admission to the Ocean Education Center for students 18 years and under with a student ID and wearing Red Ribbon Wristbands in honor of Red Ribbon Month.

This offer applies to the Public Program on Saturdays & Sundays in the month of October from the hours of 10:00am-3:00pm.

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone:(949) 496-2274

Admission

$6.50/Adults
$4.50/Children (age 3-12)
FREE for Members

The Ocean Institute features a number of hands-on activities, presentations, tidepool walks and educational cruises in an effort to educate and inspire people of all ages to participate in their community and learn how to become involved in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative.

Click here to sign the Red Ribbon Pledge

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Take the Red Ribbon Pledge now and be a part of the creation of a drug free America.

WHAT’S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?

  1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Santa_Ana_Zoo_LogoJoin in on a family fun filled day of hands on STEM exhibits in celebration of Chemistry Week at the Santa Ana Zoo on October 12, 2014 from 11am – 3pm

Chemistryday_SAzooSponsored by the American Chemistry Society, this is a hands-on science learning fair at the Santa Ana Zoo. This event serves as a warm up for National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is “The Sweet side of Chemistry – Candy”. There will be College students from nereby colleges assisting kids with hands-on chemistry experiments. Individual tables with different college groups and different chemistry projects through out the zoo.

Price of the event is included with the price of general admission | FOSAZ Members-FREE

for more information visit Santa Ana Zoo or Orange County American Chemical Society

PRICES$10 Adult, $7 Child, $7 Senior, Members FREE, Parking FREE


HOURS10am-4pm 


ADDRESS 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, 92701 DIRECTIONS HERE


PHONE NUMBERS(714) 836-4000 

images from santaanazoo.org & ocacs.sites.acs.org

National Coffee Day

Celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29, 2014 with FREE coffee, oh happy day!

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Here are some of the freebie deals to get your coffee fix!

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  Enjoy a free 20 oz. of coffee at Kripsy Kreme, one per guest.

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Get a free small coffee at McDonald’s during breakfast hours

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Dunkin’ Donuts if offering a free medium dark roast coffee

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Bring a friend to Peet’s Coffee and Tea for their buy one get one free offer.

Wolves: Myths and Legends at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will host: Wolves: Myths and Legends on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

This is an outstanding interactive program will feature wolf folklore, stories and live Grey Wolves.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 29322 Modeska Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Date: 7:00 – 8: 8:30 pm.

Fee: $5.00 per person

Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at One of my Favorite Places.

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The 40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch will take place October 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at one of my favorite places: Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

What is the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.

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Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Local restaurants WingstopPIE-NOT,A Market, Which Wich, Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Kean Coffee (love their coffee), Sensitive Sweets, Shirley’s Bagels, Whole Foods, thePizza Bakery, Fork in the Road & Z Pizza  will have food and drinks available to purchase.

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If your looking for native plants, they’ll have a selection of native plants for sale  to attract more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year.

For the children there will be a variety of fun crafts*, face painting, henna tattoos, a petting zoo and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. OC Reptile Rescue will bring a variety of scaly things, and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will have their wolves on site for you to meet.

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*Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Star Lanterns, Pine Cone Critters, Beautiful Branches, Gratitude Cards, Pasta Necklaces, and Calendar Kites!enc_pumpkinpatch4

As for the entertainment, enjoy the music of Keith Serpa and be sure to check out the Fire Circle Stage to hear a story from Community Roots Academy, theYouth Singers of Orange County  and the Eco-Fashion show by Saddleback College.

It’s sure to be great day, hope to see you there!

 

images from : www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Nature-Center

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

So here it goes…lately, I have been feeling overwhelmed. Between all of the volunteer hats I have taken on, being a mother, homework, trying to home school my 4 year old, trying to keeping up the with house, cooking, etc, etc, etc., I am definitely over whelmed with “to do’s”.

As a direct result of my “Yes, I can help” attitude I now must learn to come from a “No, I’m sorry I can’t” place.  I must learn to take time out for me. I was looking over my last few weeks and didn’t see any “me” time anywhere.  I must learn to say “no” to opportunities to help or volunteer with anything else (my plate is full), I must learn to ask for help and back out of commitments that will put me over the edge.  I must learn to focus on the things and volunteer opportunities that bring out the best in me without cutting my self short.

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As God’s timing is perfect, I just happened to find this post from marcandangel.com, I think I’ll print this out and put it on my forehead through out my home.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM

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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Click here to  Locate a Collection Site Near You.

Below are some of the collection sites in Orange County.

TUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT TUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF POLICE STATION
300 CENTENNIAL WAY TUSTIN CA 92780
ORANGE COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT SANTA ANA OFFICE 909 N. MAIN ST, SUITE 1 SANTA ANA CA  92701
CITY OF ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENT CITY OF ORANGE
CITY HALL PARKING LOT
360 E CHAPMAN ORANGE CA  92886
IRVINE POLICE DEPARTMENT KAISER PERMANENTE HOSPITAL
PARKING LOT
6670 ALTON PARKWAY IRVINE CA  92618
SANTA ANA POLICE DEPARTMENT WESTEND OFFICE
714-647-5326 GLORIA PEREZ
3750 WEST MCFADDENSUITE I SANTA ANA CA  92704
ANAHEIM POLICE DEPARTMENT KAISER PERMANENTE ANAHEIM MEDICAL CENTER
KRAEMER MEDICAL OFFICE BLDG. 1
3460 E. LA PALMA AVE. ANAHEIM CA  92806
FOUNTAIN VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT FOUNTAIN VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
PARKING LOT
10200 SLATER AVENUE FOUNTAIN VALLEY CA  92708
GARDEN GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT GARDEN GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT 11301 ACACIA PKWY GARDEN GROVE CA  92842
NEWPORT BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT OASIS SENIOR CENTER
PARKING LOT
801 NARCISSUS AVENUE CORONA DEL MAR CA  92625
COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT COSTA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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99 FAIR DRIVE COSTA MESA CA  92627
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LAKE FOREST CITY HALL 25550 COMMERCE CENTRE DR LAKE FOREST CA  92630
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LAGUNA HILLS CITY HALL 24035 EL TORO ROAD LAGUNA HILLS CA  92653
FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT FULLERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
DRIVE-THRU ON HIGHLAND AVE.
237 W COMMONWEALTH AVE FULLERTON CA  92382
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MISSION VIEJO CITY HALL 200 CIVIC CENTER MISSION VIEJO CA  92692

 

Frighteningly-Fun Halloween at Boomont Park

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The 2nd Annual family-friendly Halloween Festival and Haunt at Boomont Park runs all through the month of October.

The creators of  San Diego’s “The Haunted Hotel,” “The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park” and “The Scream Zone,” have joined with the team of Belmont Park to provide the family-friendly Haunt at Boomont Park. Belmont Park transforms into a Beachfront Halloween park with fun activities for entire family.

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Boomont Park is ready to frighten every Friday night starting at 5 pm and all day Saturdays &  Sundays in October.

Admission and Parking are FREE, some attractions have fees as stated below. 

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Some of Frighteningly-Fun Halloween Activities Include:

Free Trick-or-Treating
Fridays | 6:30-7:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays | 1:30-2:30pm & 6:30-7:30pm

Boomont Manor Haunted House
From the makers of the Scream Zone and The Haunted Hotel,
this scary maze is sure to bring out the chills and thrills of the season!
$6 per person | Recommended for ages 7-12 years

Zombie Laser Tag
A Halloween spin on your favorite game!
Zombie creatures join you on this adventure-packed three flour maze.
$8 per person | $20 unlimited

The Spooky Coaster
The Giant Dipper roller coaster transforms into a ride of chilling dips and turns!
$6 per person | Must be 52″ to ride

Pumpkin Patch & Painting
Pick out your perfect pumpkin to style your way
Pumpkin pricing varies by size; painting is free

Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall
Dressed to save the day? Receive half off Zip Line & Rock wall play!
Superheros must be between 50-250lbs to participate

Costume Contests
Every Saturday at 5pm. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners score Belmont prize packages!

Location: Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 Google Maps

The Wizard of Oz – 75th Anniversary

As a child, the Wizard of Oz was on once a year. my sisters and I would huddle around the TV for our annual viewing. This is one of those movies that brings back so many memories.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of this wonderful film, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it then viewing it outside while enjoying the ocean breeze.

On September 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., Newport Dunes Resort will offer a FREE screening this timeless classic as a part of their Movies on the Beach series. Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes.

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Newport Dunes Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive Newport Beach, CA
949-729-3863
Price: Free
image from www.newportdunes.com

Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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 The Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum features live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food, gardening workshops to educate children and families on current environmental and conservation issues, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!

One of the activities at the Fall Family Festival will be a costume exchange. Bring your gently used Halloween Costumes from last year and browse our costume rack for a new costume. A costume exchange not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are!).

Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and kids 0-12 are FREE. Proceeds from this event benefit San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, bringing in critical dollars to support the Museums exhibits, programs, and scholarship fund.

 Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: San Diego Children’s Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Fall Family Festival Schedule

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Live Music by Hullabaloo Band
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Visit from our friends at Hooves and Paws Petting Zoo
12:00 pm-3:30 pm Gardening Workshops (Please check back soon to see a full list of gardening workshops)
All day activities include Costume Exchange, Seed Art, and other hands-on activities.

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San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM)  is the only hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, the focus is on science, world culture and art.  the museum offers curiosity through interactive exhibits and hands-on programming. Children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in where there are no right or wrong answers.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum offers KPBS Kids Workshops! Join Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Clifford, and other special guests as children explore the world around them through science, math and literacy.

Workshops will take place on the Second Saturday of selected months from 10am-12noon. Most workshops are scheduled at 10:15 and 11:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Hands-on activities are designed for children ages 3 and up. Price of KPBS Kids Workshops are included in Museum admission. 

Registration is encouraged so that they can better prepare for the correct amount of attendees. For information and to register, please email education@sdcdm.org.

The KPBS Kids October Workshop “Clifford the Big Red Dog” will be held on October 11, 2014. Children will experiment with surface tension, viscosity and density by making a glitter mindfulness jar.

 

Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach

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Rainbow® Sandals and Gerry Lopez is proud to announce the Battle of the Paddle event October 4 & 5, 2014 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California.

My daughter fell in love with paddleboarding at Girl Scout Camp this summer. I’m so excited to foster her interest in paddleboarding with this event. Battle of the Paddle has been moved this year to Salt Creek Beach. This location is a magnificent and incredible site to showcase the skills of the world’s greatest SUPers, as well as, offer a great venue for lovers and enthusiasts of all paddleboard sports.

Its unique geography and powerful left hand point break wave creates a natural stadium arena for exciting paddleboard races starts, transitions and finishes. The ocean water quality and views offshore are simply amazing and offer beautiful California coastal landscapes against a pristine marine environment.

The Battle of the Paddle will host a grand SUP expo. Look for a Kona Brewing beer garden, great viewing areas, Kids Races and Kids Zone, yoga area live entertainment and other fun activities.

Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic paddle sport known as SUP.

The 2014 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly sponsored by: Kona Brewing Company, Riviera PaddleSurf, Dana Point Resorts, Go Pro, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Hobie Surf Shop, Duke’s Restaurant, Northern Trust, City of Dana Point, Waikoko, Kind Bar, and Flips.

The Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle directly supports Rainbow Sandals Foundation, the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group of Dana Point, Ocean institute, OC Parks and Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.

Rainbow Sandals Foundation

Rainbow Sandals Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

The Foundation supports middle school and high school educational and athletic programs, contribute to organizations that provide after school enrichment activities such as the Boys & Girls Club of America and Ocean Institute, provide instruction in the sport of stand up paddle boarding and raises funds for such charitable and educational activities by hosting the Battle of the Paddle event.

Salt Creek Beach Park
33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949)923-2280 or (949)923-2283

Parking

Free event parking is available at Salt Creek Beach. Free event parking is also available at The Strands/Selva parking lot and Dana Hills High School.

Bus shuttles are operating every 20 minutes (7:30am – 6:00pm) both days of the event transporting participants and spectators back and forth from Salt Creek parking lot to The Strand/Selva & Dana Hills High School parking lots.

 

Images and Information from battleofthepaddle.com