Month: April 2015

Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo is known as “Día de la Batalla de Puebla” In Mexico. It is a day to give honor of the victory of Mexico over France that took place in the state of Puebla. Here in the United State, we celebrate the day with Mexican culture, food and traditions.

Cinco de Mayo can be a great source of family fun but it has also become a night out for many people. Remember to stay safe with these tips from MADD:

  • Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate
  • Eat during the evening by enjoying your favorite Mexican foods during the evening
  • If you can’t plan ahead, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab or friend, or call services like Uber or Lyft.
  • Use mass transit if available
  • Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are too impaired to drive.
  • be diligent – even If you don’t plan to drink this Cinco de Mayo, remember that others do.  Find out how to spot a drunk driver, and if you think you see a drunk driver on the road, learn what to do.

Here’s a few Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in and around Orange County, Los Angeles & San Diego. Have fun at the fiesta of your choice.

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Orange County

The 16th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Forth Street in Historic Downtown Santa Ana. The City of Santa Ana will be producing a FREE three day festival on May 1st, May 2nd, and May 3rd, 2015. Each year over 150,000 attend the festivities. There will be a Carnival, live entertainment, delicious food and fun for everyone.

  • When: May 1st -3rd, Fri. 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Sat. noon – 9:00 pm  and Sun. noon – 8:00 pm
  • Where: 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana
  • Cost: Event is Free

Rancho Days Fiesta, celebrate at Heritage Hill Park in Lake Forest and explore the rich history of Orange County’s ranchos and native American tribes! Celebrate with music, dance, crafts, food, and first-person presentations.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Hertiage Hill Historical Park
  • Cost: $5 – adults and children (3-12), FREE – children (under 3) – tickets sold at the gate on the day of the event.

25th Anniversary – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Max Berg Plaza in San Clemente. This event is in celebrates its 25th year of Mexican culture in the Spanish Village by the Sea. The program features live entertainment from the traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups serve up authentic Mexican food fare. Other activities include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths, mini attractions, and a vendor area.

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location:Max Berg Plaza Park, 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente CA 92672
  • Cost: Event is Free
The 10th annual Silverado Cinco de Mayo & Chili Cook-Off at Irvine Lake in Silverado is hosted by Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD). Come taste and vote for the chili competition ($5.00 per person), browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors and businesses while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo entertainment lineup & family activities such as crafts, bouncehouse, facepainting and farm animal petting zoo! There are is the opportunity to tour the scenic Irvine Lake by boat (at an additional cost) or by foot for free!
  • When: Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Lake, 4621 Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA, 92676
  • Cost: Event is Free, Parking at Irvine Lake $3, $5 fee for Chili Taster’s Kit

Los Angeles County

MOLAA Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach will host a day of performances, art, workshops, craft vendor booths and more!

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: FREE

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street, in Downtown LA, a weekend celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862 with popular and traditional music, dancing and food. Enjoy mariachis, folklorico dancers, kids activities and piñatas.

  • When: Saturday, May 2nd -Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Where: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cost: Free

Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza, in Los AngelesCinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in Puebla, Mexico. Discover why the Battle of Puebla is a popular celebration in the Unites States and California’s connection to this history! Enjoy hands-on culinary, garden, and art workshops and enjoy a performance by Ballet Folklorico Flor de Mayo!

  • When: May 3, 2015, noon – 4:00 pm
  • Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St , Los Angeles, 90012
  • Cost: Free

Old Town Cinco de MayoSan Diego

A San Diego tradition since 1983, Old Town San Diego celebrates their 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun. There will be 3 Live Music Stages, Cantina Garden, Low Rider Car Show, Historical Demonstrations, Equestrian performances & more!

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11: am – 10: pm (Ballet folklorico competitions starts at 9:00 am@ Fiesta de Reyes) Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Old Town San Diego, CA 
  • Cost: Event is free

Young Explorers Academy

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 The Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center  is for children ages 3-6. They will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

Bring your young explorer on the first Saturday of every month for the Young Explorers Academy! May’s theme is “Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids”,

Have you ever wondered what comets, meteors, and asteroids are made of? Or what the difference is between these three types of space debris? Come examine the characteristics that make these three unique and where they originated.

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.

Ways to Register:

– Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

– Online through ActiveNet

– In-person


Leader Appreciation Week

VolunteerhaveHeartLast week was leader (volunteer) appreciation week. I am the leader of a Brownie Girl Scout Troop – that I often refer to as my Brilliant Brownies. I love my troop, they are a great group of girls but I must be honest in saying that many times this year I have contemplated quitting. So, leader appreciation week weighed heavy on my heart.

In addition to some added responsiblities in my life this year. I have the thoughts that probably run through most leaders minds: “I can’t keep up this pace”, “I have no idea what to plan”, “Didn’t we just have a meeting?”, “Am I giving them what they need to benefit from this badge?” or “Will the girls be inspired by this?”. But, for every time I think any of those doubting thoughts or get to feeling exhausted, I am rewarded ten fold by these amazing girls. I am often awestruck by their understanding of what is important in life and their social awareness. Each and every one of them is inspiring and holds something special something that I can learn from.

If I had to explain each of my 10 Brilliant Brownies the words would be: outspoken and energetic, humble and sweet, shy and curious, talkative and kind, outgoing with a sunny disposition, determined and headstrong, a giving heart and a team player, playful and sensitive, talented and ambitious, consistent smile and an easy-going personality.

During the week, I was treated to some very kind words and gifts from the Mom’s of my troop but what stood out was a card given to me by one of my Brownies. Her beautiful words made me tear up. At a time when I was feeling defeated, her words brought me joy and strength.

The truth of the matter is – as much as the girls might think I am leading or inspiring them, it is actually I that am being led and inspired by them. Outside of my faith, family and wonderful friends –  volunteering for Girl Scouts has made one of the biggest impacts on my life. I am blessed to be in the presence of these incredible girls and look forward to the challenge for years to come.


International Festival

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Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival in Aliso Viejo will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations!  The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration.

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
  • Cost: Free, Parking is $10 cash – please have exact cash on hand



MOLAA Cinco De Mayo Celebration


This Sunday celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Culture at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) where you’ll enjoy performances, art, workshops, craft vendor booths and more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Craft Vendors, Face Painting, Art Workshops, and Food for Purchase
  • 12:00 & 12:30pm Children’s Storytime in the Screening Room
  • 1:00-4:00pm Performances in the Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden
  • 1:00pm – El Tamborazo Lucero
  • 2:00pm – MEXIKA with Martin Espino: Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico
  • 2:00pm Docent Tours of the galleries
  • 3:00pm – QUITA PENAS (Tropical)

Visit for more information.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: FREE

Rocket Launch!

RocketLaunchJoin Discovery Cube for a FREE family event at The Boeing Company for our annual Rocket Launch! This hands-on day is full of activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own rocket!

  • Build your own rocket from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle at home or on-site (please bring your own bottle).
  • Design and attach a parachute. The payload with the longest “hang time” in the air wins!
  • Bring your own chairs and sunscreen (no pop-ups or large umbrellas please).
  • Indulge in Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks.
  • Meet astronaut Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D. and take your photo with her!

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE

CLICK HERE to register now! 

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Dia De Los Ninos


Día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Dia (Diversity in Action), is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

The following is a list of events in and near the Orange County area. There are events being held nationwide – for a location near you click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

Tustin Library, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, Ca 92780

There will be crafts for kids that will begin at 5 pm in the courtyard, Mariachi Romanza performance begins at 6pm in the Community Room and Food trucks will be present!

Thursday, April 30, 2105 3:30 -4:30 pm

Orange Public Library, 407 E.Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866

Join in for a bilingual story time for families. Bilingual Spanish/English stories celebrating “Día” will be presented in our Library Community Room.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:30 PM

Downey Library, 7400 East Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242

The Downey Library will celebrate children, literature, and diversity by creating art and exploring food from different cultures!

Thursday, April 30th @ 4:00 pm

Anaheim Central Library, 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805

Kids are encouraged to have fun reading with the TIC clowns! Have fun with comedy skits, balloon twisting, bilingual stories, raffles, crafts, free snacks, free books, games and lots of fun! All Ages welcome!

TIC clowns ChaCha the rainforest cafe mascot, Think together community organization and Mexican Consulate staff Mrs. Angel  will be present as the bilingual storyteller.

Wednesday, May 13, 2105 at 6:30 PM

Hawaiian Gardens Library, 11940 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716

Come to the library for stories and songs from around the world, followed by a fun art activity!


Rancho Days Fiesta


Heritage Hill Historical Park celebrates Rancho Days Fiesta. Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s ranchos and native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food, and first-person presentations.

All of the historic buildings will be open for tours, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina docents.

All tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event only.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Hertiage Hill Historical Park
  • Cost: $5 – adults and children (3-12), FREE – children (under 3)

Bear Awareness Day!

Come learn all about bears at the OC Zoo’s Bear Awareness Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 am -4:00 pm

There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids including crafts, special keeper chats about bears, a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.

Reservations are not required for this event, Admission to OC Zoo is $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free. Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle on weekends.

OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Bear Awareness Day


Spring Faire is almost here!

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We are just one week away for Environmental Nature Center’s  Spring Faire & Butterfly House Opening!

Come to ENC for the 10th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening Sunday, May 3, 2015; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

View the Children’s Art Show, enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and visit Orange County’s only butterfly house!

There is also a native plants sale that will take place with plenty of plants that will attract butterflies and birds to your yard. If you purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 it serves as your “ticket” to make some earth friendly crafts!

ENC - Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach
ENC – Environmental Nature Center, Newport Beach

You can also decorate your body with face paint or henna and dont’ miss getting a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!  Kids can play nature games, attend “Story Time”, see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center, and learn more about wolves from Wolf Totem Ambassadors!

Check out pictures from last year’s Spring Faire!

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: FREE

Children’s Art Show & Contest

Children, ages 4 – 18 will have the opportunity to exhibit their art at the Spring Faire! The theme is “Wildlife of the OC”. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in four age categories. Prizes provided by Art Supply WarehouseSusie CakesBruxie Waffles, and the ENC’s Nature’s Gifts store.

Savor OC

Enjoy the best beverages and food OC has to offer from local restaurants like Kean Coffee, Native Foods, Sensitive Sweets, Pie-Not, Veronicakes, Mi Casa, Avanti Café, Jay’s Catering, Which Wich, Bristol Farms, 24 Carrots, Vivo Events and the Alley.  Learn more on our Savor OC page.  Email us if you’re a restaurateur that would like to participate.


Orange County’s only butterfly house will re-open on May 3! Come check out  Orange County native butterflies and the plants they depend on to live. Host plants are munched by caterpillars;  nectar plants provide nectar to the adult butterflies.

Native Plant Sale

Are you ready to SAVE MONEY on water and landscape maintenance?  Whether your goal is to draw more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year, native plants can help! We’ll have nativemilkweed, beach aster,yarrow, seaside daisy,monkey flower, coast sunflower, white sageand more!

Crafts & Games

Participate in a variety of fun games and crafts!  Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like tie dyed butterflies, “stained glass” spinners, “egg-odes”, cocoon necklaces, springy spirals, and bubble makers. We’ll also have a “decorate-your-bag” station as well as a recycled fashion show photo booth!

Face Painting & Henna Tattoos

Visit the Spring Faire and decorate your body!  Our face painters will be on hand to paint butterflies and caterpillars on your face, while our henna artists create beautiful designs on hands and feet.  All fees benefit our environmental education programs.

on the “Fire Circle Stage”

Gather ’round the Fire Circle Stage and sing along with Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders and listen to the  Young Singers of Orange County. Students fromCommunity Roots Academy will be on hand to read a spring themed book that they wrote themselves. Watch a live Bird of PreyPresentation, and learn all about wolves fromWolf Totem Ambassadors. Check the schedule HERE.

Live Animals

Live hawks and owls from the OC Bird of Prey Center will be on display.  Wolf Totem Ambassadors will be on hand with their ambassador wolves. OC Reptile Rescue will be on hand with a variety of amazing reptiles and invertebrates.Francisco the Bug Guy will have tarantulas, stick bugs, scorpions, madagascar cockroaches, and centipedes!



It’s Ladybug Weekend

It’s a Ladybug weekend at Armstrong Garden as they are giving away Over 2 Million FREE Ladybugs April 25th & 26th 2015 with any purchase.

Ladybugs are the most popular organic pest control for your garden. Join Armstrong Garden for some ladybug luck and FREE classes this weekend.

To find a Armstrong Garden Center near you click on the link below.

Find your nearest Armstrong Garden Centers


Drop Into Art

Palette Station

Drop Into Art at the Palette Station in Tustin today, Saturday, April 25th from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The Palette Station is offering FREE drop-in art activities for the kids.

Go in and let the kids have fun while creating masterpieces with gentle guidance from the Palette Stations professional artists. The Palette Station is truly a one-of-kind art studio for kids that allows them to experiment and express themselves artistically.

Take advantage of this opportunity to see how Palette Station is redefining art enrichment for children and their families.

The Palette Station is located at Larwin Square, 540 E. 1st Street, Tustin, CA 92780


Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies!

See the beautiful monarch butterfly

The Coastkeeper Garden has a morning of learning and fun planned for their Butterfly Family Workshop all about the Monarch Butterfly. Orange resident and author, Susie Vanderlip will introduce families to the world of monarch butterflies!

Monarch Butterflies add such beauty and grace to our gardens, and they need our help! With a touch of science, art and spirit,Susie Vanderlip shares all you need to know to enjoy and help save these lovely creatures.

Learn how to attract these beautiful creatures into your yard. Children will be able to meet Chester the Caterpillar and plant milkweed seeds to take home.

  • When: Saturday, May 02, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Coastkeeper Garden in Orange located next to Santiago Canyon College soccer field –  the entrance is on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Ave and Jamboree (see the map)
  • Cost: Free
Contact Austin Brown at with any questions.

Spring Garden Show

Come to the Land of Nod at South Coast Plaza this weekend Saturday, April 25, 2105 & Sunday April 26, 2105 for a Spring Garden Show Children’s Events.

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 The Land of Nod has two FREE and fun family friendly days planned. Come and enjoy animals from Prehistoric Pets and The Santa Ana Zoo as well as balloon art and nature based storytimes.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm enjoy the following activities:

  • 11:00 a.m.- Join the South Coast Storytellers Guild for fun and interactive stories about nature.
  • 1 p.m.- Come by for an educational hands-on adventure with “Prehistoric Pets” of all sizes including snakes, lizards, frogs, tortoises, and bugs.
  • 3:30 pm.- Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or balloon animal made especially for you! 

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On Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. enjoy the following activities:

  • 11:30 a.m.- Join the South Coast Storytellers Guild for fun and interactive stories about nature.
  • 1 p.m.- The Santa Ana Zoomobile is an exciting live animal presentation brought directly to our Garden Show. Come for an unusual educational experience blending scientific knowledge with intimate opportunities to study animals.
  • 2:30 p.m.- Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or balloon animal made especially for you!

The Land of Nod is located at 3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Earth Day at The District Tustin Legacy


Ocean Fest

Join State of Califonria Park staff and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica in celebrating Earth Day Ocean Fest on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am – 2 pm.

They will have educational booths & activities, beach clean-up, native plant restoration, water quality testing, crafts and more!

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  • When: 
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach, 17851 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach,CA 92649
  • Cost: FREE – parking fees may apply