Month: September 2014

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.

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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All Aboard! Thomas and Friends are rolling in to the Discovery Cube

Get ready to travel to the Island of Sodor with Thomas and Friends. The Discovery Cube will give your little engineers an imaginative adventure while exploring through hands-on STEM based exhibits. Help Thomas and Friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.

Hop on board and discover the engineer within! Travel to the Island of Sodor where imaginations charge full steam ahead in Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails,this hands-on STEM exhibit  is based on the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue engine.

Activities include:

  • Climb inside Thomas’ cab to explore the engine’s inner workings
  • Remove and replace parts to fix Percy’s wobbly wheel
  • Load Percy’s coal box and water so he can deliver the mail
  • Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train
  • Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars
  • Explore the history of Thomas & Friends through books, TV show clips and toys
  • Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Island of Sodor train table

Children  will confront new challenges and test their abilities as the smiling faces of Thomas, Percy, Sir Topham Hatt, and others offer encouragement and remind children how “really useful” we all are.

  • Exhibit will be featured from October 4   – January 4, 2015
  • Discovery Cube is located at 2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • On Site parking is $5.00 per vechile (cash only)
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Hey Tustin…Come and find out about Girl Scouts!

Calling all girls in Tustin, CA. Would you like to find out what Girl Scouts do? If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Girl Scout come and find out all there is to discover in Girl Scouts and help with a service project.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at REI in the Marketplace.

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Read for the Record at the Festival of Children


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Celebrate literacy awareness by participating in a shared reading experience by reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells with THINK Together at the Festival of Children  taking place at South Coast Plaza at the Carousal Court on September 27, 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

This event serves as a precursor to the upcoming nationwide Read for the Record event that will take place on October 21, 2014, look for my upcoming post with more details about how to sign up for the event and fun at home activities. 

IfFestival of Children you have any questions about the Festival of Children Read for the Record event, please contact Gloria Martinez at gmartinez@thinktogether.org or at 714-824-3522 ext.8630

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13th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its thirteenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, ethnic cuisine, and much more.

This Aquarium weekend festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays. Mariachi music, Mexican folkloric and Aztec dance troupes, interactive mural painting, Salvadoran dance, Guatemalan performances, and other special programs are featured. Guests can also learn more about the amazing animals of Baja, Mexico and how to help protect them.

EVENT INFORMATION
WHEN SATURDAY, SEP 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEP 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
COST Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
TICKETS General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Members get in free. No reservation needed.
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
LOCATION Download and print this coupon and get free child admission to this festival!

 

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