Month: July 2015

Goodyear Blimp Open House

The Los Angeles-based Goodyear blimp “Spirit of America” is retiring. Goodyear invites the community to get a final up-close look at the blimp during a community retirement celebration.

The base will be open to the public for ground tours on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. They will also be giving away three blimp rides each day!

“Spirit of America” will be formally decommissioned in mid-August. The blimp will be replaced in the Los Angeles market by its sister ship “Spirit of Innovation” in late September 2015. The transition is taking place as Goodyear celebrates 90 years of lighter-than-air publicity and introduces a new fleet of high-tech, next generation NT Zeppelin model airships.

  • When: Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8, 2105 from 11:00 am – 6 pm
  • Where: Goodyear Airship Operations Base is located at: 19200 S Main St
    Gardena, CA 90248
  • Cost: The event is FREE and open to the public.

Mark your calendar and RSVP at Visit for more information.


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Cinema Under the Stars

Come and see “Brave” at Oak Canyon Nature Center’s Cinema Under the Stars on Friday, July 31, 2015. The evening begins in the amphitheater with a twilight walk at 7:30 pm led by staff naturalists, followed by our feature presentation at 8:00pm.

Blankets or jackets are suggested. Admission is free, but a $5.00 donation per family is suggested. Visit the Oak Canyon Snack Bar during your movie to get all your movie favorites, including: popcorn, candy, water, and more! All proceeds go directly to the Nature Center.

Oak Canyon Nature Center is located at 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd, Anaheim, CA 92807

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The Real World of Bats


Learn all about the Real World of Bats with Steve (the Batman) Norton, at Shipley Nature Center.

Stephen is a wildlife biologist with extensive knowledge of bats. He will provide a fascinating look at different varieties of bats that can found in our area; where they live, what they eat, and what they look like!  For extra fun, kids can wear their batman costumes or pajamas, masks, capes, etc!

  • When: July 30, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: Shipley Nature Center, 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE

The primary parking lot is accessible from the south-bound side of Goldenwest, between Slater and Talbert. Additional parking is located in Central Park.


FREE Junior Chef Classes

WSJuniorChefApr14Here’s the August schedule for Williams-Sonoma FREE weekly Junior Chef Class. These kid friendly cooking classes are offered most Saturdays and show kids how fun and easy cooking can be. Kids will learn how 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 Stores> • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location. • Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

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

Free Junior Chef Classes

Saturday, August 1, 2105: Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Join us and learn to make some delicious dishes that are sure to impress your family. You’ll also learn some fun facts about tomatoes. Suitable for ages 8–13.

Saturday, August 8, 2105: It’s lots of fun to create homemade pasta. We’ll make the dough and roll it out with a hand-cranked machine.
You’ll also watch us make dough in a machine that mixes and extrudes the pasta for you. Then we’ll whip up some basil pesto in a food processor. Finally, we’ll toss the cooked pasta with the pesto and eat. Super-simple and yummy! Suitable for ages 8–13.

Saturday, August 22, 2105: Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13.

Free Junior Chef Classes

Saturday, August 29, 2105: Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13.


Happy Birthday Ruby!

Navy Days 2015

Navy Days is coming! Get an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of our nation’s sailors aboard one of three active U.S. Navy vessels visiting the Port of Los Angeles.


On August 7, 8, 9, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, come for a FREE public ship tour and meet the crew during their week in port in celebration of Navy Days LA.

Tours begin every half hour, ship names will be announced closer to event date. Past visiting ships have included USS Wayne E. Meyer, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Gary, USS Spruance, and USS Anchorage.

Make sure to reserve your Tickets  now as they go fast!

  • Where: Port of Los Angeles, World Cruise Center, 100 Swinford Street, San Pedro, California 90731
  • When: Friday, August 7, 2105, Saturday, August 8, 2015 & Sunday, August 9, 2015
  • Cost: Event is FREE, parking is $2.00 per hour, the first hour is free. Parking is located at Harbor Blvd. & 1st Street or Harbor Blvd. and Swinford St. in San Pedro. Auxiliary parking lots, with shuttle service, may be available should the Harbor/Swinford lot fill to capacity.

Art Lab Creation Stations

This Weekend, the Great Park host The Art Lab: Creation Stations. The Art Lab: Creation Stations provide an open opportunity to play, create and explore at their self-directed creation stations. This FREE event has hands-on activities emphasize divergent thinking, problem solving skills and innovation.

Families with children of all ages are welcome.


  • When: Today, Saturday, July 25 & Tomorrow, Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Great Park, at the Great Park Artists Studios | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Camp Songs

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Camp Season is here and last weekend I woke up at our council’s Girl Scout Camp. It was a fantastic weekend. My Girl Scouts all had a great time hiking, feeding horses, canoeing, trying their hand at archery and signing.

Every interaction as a group contained songs, lots and lots of songs. I love singing (with and without my troop ) and although I have taken the Songs and Games training class, I couldn’t remember half of the of songs I learned at that training.

My Girl Scouts do know some basis songs and they all have songs books but it became apparent that I need to add their knowledge of Girl Scout songs and get them prepared for our next camping experience.

Just so happens I came across this blog post of the Top 5 Camp Songs from, This list includes favorites such as Princess Pat, Brownie Smile Song, Linger, Kookaburra and Make New Friends.

I decided to share a few more songs with you, just in case you have a little one going to camp soon. Here are some of the songs my girls sang this weekend as well as a few other favorites. Happy Camping!

The Moose Song


On My Honor

 Boom Chicka Boom

Scherman Song (This is Girl Scouts Orange County own special song, an ode to our lovely camp)


Christmas in July

Image from Orange County Rescue Mission's facebook page
Image from Orange County Rescue Mission’s facebook page

Help the Orange County Rescue Mission bring Christmas early to the families of the Rescue Mission by bringing one of their ‘urgent needs’ items (diapers, baby food, non-perishable food items) in today, Friday, July 24, 2015 from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm and Chick-fil-A at the District/Tustin Legacy food truck will be treating you to a FREE lunch next door to Tustin Buick GMC.

PLEASE SHARE this post with your friends to help collect these urgent needs for families at the Rescue Mission.


Robotics Camp

Girls, Inc. of Orange County is currently offering 10 FREE registrations for  their week-long Robotics Camp at the University of California, Irvine!

This is exciting week learning how to program a humanoid robot to do dance moves. Choreograph your routine in small groups and then watch them groove to the music you choose. Celebrate the new skills you learned with a showcased Dance-off! Gain skills in STEM, collaboration and creative expression!

The Robotics Camp will occur Monday, July 27- Friday, July 31, 2015 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. The camp is open to all high-school age girls. Here, they will be exposed to computer science, robotics, and leadership skills by working in teams to program our high-tech Nao the Robot.

There will also be guest speakers who will talk about ‪#‎STEM‬ careers and higher education. For FREE attending girls will receive:

-One week of Robotics Camp
-Complimentary lunch daily
-A t-shirt, water bottle, and USB bracelet

For more information or to register please contact Allie Hatch, Girls Inc. Robotics Camp Coordinator, by e-mail at or call (714) 597-8600. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!


Falling apart

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Falling apart is how I feel today. Today is 10 years since I’ve seen his face, heard his laugh or him playing his guitar. I can recall every single moment of our last days together. What we ate, where we went, what we did and how it all ended.

Tomorrow marks 10 years that my handsome 17 year old son was taken from me at the hands of a drunk driver.  I’ve been keeping busy lately, trying occupying my mind but today I feel like I’ve hit a wall. I can’t even wash the dishes without crying. People say that time heals all wounds but they’re wrong.

You see today hurts more than it did 10 years ago. You see 10 years ago, I kept telling myself he would come home. I kept waiting to see him, to hear him. I kept saying that it was a mistake and he would come through the door. I kept pleading with God to bring my son back to me. The hard truth is that’s never going to happen.

This is my reality. My son has two little sisters now and nephew (and they all would’ve loved him). As little as they are, they know that from time to time, I break down. No one around understands how or what brings on these strong emotions. A song, a young man dressed similar to my son, a memory.

In the middle of life happening all around me, I fear that I hurt people who honestly have no clue as to how or why I feel this way. Actually, I do a pretty good job of carrying on in my daily routine and no one knows what I may be feeling. Then all of sudden, like a wave, emotion hits and I can’t stop from crying and I can’t function. This has not been an easy ride for me and I can’t imagine what it’s like for those around me, watching me fall apart all of a sudden.

All of this is the result of someone else’s choice to drink and drive. Their choice has affected my entire life. From time to time I google the name of man who is responsible for this. It is overwhelming to me to find out he’s still alive, in prison but alive and still fighting for his rights. I found a public record of a new court case today. A case is which he is suing someone else to protect his rights while in prison. So the man who killed my 17 year old son and his 17 year old best friend, is alive and fighting to protect his quality of life. It just isn’t right and so I am a mess.

Some people might say, why is she putting all of this out there for the world to read. It’s certainly not going to help me through the next few days or Christmas, or the years to come….but maybe if one person can see this, read this, feel this hurt. Maybe, they will decide to make a different choice, call über or designate a driver. I’m not saying stop celebrating with your family and friends, I’m just asking for you to make a different choice when it comes to getting behind the wheel after drinking.

I don’t know, maybe I am wishing for too much. So much has been lost, I’ve tried hard to pick up all of the pieces of my life, to carry on in this new life, a refined life, a life with purpose. I know deep in my heart, despite of the way I feel today that I can not give up. I must hope and pray that through my ongoing actions, I can make a difference. If I can affect just one person to make a different choice, it’s worth laying it all out on table.


Family Science Sunday

Muth Interpretive Center
Muth Interpretive Center

Family Science Sunday at Muth Interpretive Center offers Free activities in their classroom once a month.

Each month offers different educational theme to explore. This months theme is Astronomy.

The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. Join Preserve Staff for a short hike at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Recommended for ages 3-12.

The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue.


Movie Night at Mason Regional Park

It’s time for Movie Night at Mason Regional Park’s amphitheatre on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Bring  your picnic, chairs and a blanket and get ready to watch Big Hero 6 under the night skies.

Parking at mason Regional Park will be free after 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin around sunset (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Come early for a drawing. Remember, this is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

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Mason Regional Park is located at 18712 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Visit for more information.

Rain will cancel event.


JPL Open House – Save the Date

JPL-Open_HouseSave the Date for the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory annual Open House. The annual Open House in Pasadena, CA, will be held on October 10-11, 2015. The event takes visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space.

Highlights will include a life-size model of the Curiosity Mars rover; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

You can follow @NASAJPL on Twitter and Instagram, and see images from last year’s event using the hashtag #JPLOpen.

Another way to keep track is to “Join” their Facebook page to get updates directly from JPL event staff, which will include directions, maps, a list of what to bring (and what to leave at home). If you were at last years event, they invite you to share photos and videos from your 2014 visit.


Eco Challenge Day

Help keep Orange County clean by participating in the Eco Challenge Day at Angel Stadium on Saturday, July 25 from 8 am to 11 a.m.

Donate your household hazardous waste, e-waste, gently used clothing and household goods, there will also be certified paper shredding provided by Goodwill of OC.

The first 150 cars will receive a choice of a 4-pack of Angels or Discovery Cube tickets!

After dropping off your donations to Goodwill, stop by the big red hats and join in on the family-fun activities!

Anaheim Stadium is located at 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806



Blue Moon Hike

Image from OC Parks
Image from OC Parks

This weekend I was with my Girl Scout troop at camp. We were guided on the most glorious evening hike and took in some amazing sights of the mountains and trees casting shadows as the sun went down. The Blue Moon Hike at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park  is a perfect evening hike for taking in some lovely views.

Hike with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as the sun sets and moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons. This is a leisurely hike and best suited for anyone ages 12+. Observe the changes as day turns to night. Learn about night wildlife. Hear the last bird songs and use the bat detector to listen for their ultrasonic communication. The terrain on this 3.5 mile hike (600-ft. elevation gain) can be steep, rocky and uneven.

Participants should bring water, a snack, a flashlight, a sweater or jacket, and wear long pants and proper closed-toed hiking shoes.

  • When: Friday, July 31, 2015 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).
  • Cost: The Event is FREE, parking is $3

Spots are limited, register online to reserve your spot. For question call: (949) 923-2235