Month: August 2015

Back to School Breakfast Storytime

Once upon a Storybook is celebrating the last day of Tustin Unified School District’s summer vacation with a Breakfast Storytime.

They will have a light breakfast, some school stories, and a little craft! Appropriate for preschool-2nd graders and their siblings.

RSVP’s are required – email or call 714-669-4377.

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  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E 17th Street, #C  Tustin CA, 92780
  • Cost: $5.00 per child



Giving Tastes Great!

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Giving back never tasted so good. From now and through September 30th, every time you donate $2.00 or more to No Kid Hungry at your favorite The Habit Hamburger Grill location, they’ll give you a certificate for one free Charburger with cheese to use on your next visit! Certificates can be redeemed beginning the next day, through October 31, 2015.

100% of all donations will go directly to No Kid Hungry to help kids all over the U.S. receive nutritious food. There is a limit of one free No Kid Hungry/free Charburger with cheese certificate per guest per day.

To find a location near you or to donate, click here.


Hot Summer Nights!

hotsummernightsLooking for some family fun on this Hot Summer Night? Try Starry Nights at Ameal Moore Nature Center in Riverside.

Tonight, August 28, 2015 from 8-10pm join in on the second Fourth Fridays event ‘Hot Summer Nights: Starry Nights in Riverside’ as they discuss the stars! The night will include crafts and activities, information about stars, and a brief evening trek up to a telescope station where we’ll be stargazing with the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS).

Please be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes as we will be outside and remember to bring water with you!  This event is free and family friendly!

Ameal Moore Nature Center is located at 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)


Get Your Tickets for The Broad!

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There’s new art museum coming to town! The Broad is a new contemporary art museum being built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum,will open to the public on September 20, 2105.

The museum will be home to the nearly 2,000 works of art in The Broad Art Foundation and the Broads’ personal collections, which are among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. With its innovative “veil-and-vault” concept, the 120,000-square-foot, $140 million building will feature two floors of gallery space to showcase.

The New Contemporary Art Museum will be open Six Days a Week With FREE General Admission. Although reservations are not required they are encouraged. Advance Reservations will be available online beginning Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

The Broad’s comprehensive collection and will be the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library. The Broad is also building a 24,000-square-foot public plaza adjacent to the museum to add another parcel of critical green space to Grand Avenue. The building  designed by architects Diller Scofidio & Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the building will feature 50,000 square feet of exhibition space on two floors. with its soaring 23-foot-high ceiling, filtered natural light and 35,000 square feet of column-free gallery space, giving visitors a constant and unobstructed view of the 318 skylights overhead.

I’m looking forward to visiting this new museum. Mark your calendars to be among one of the first to view this great addition to our list of museums in Southern California.

The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012


Harvest Crusade 2015

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It’s time for this year’s So Cal Harvest Crusade, August 28 – 30, 2015. The SoCal Harvest is a local event that features performances by top Christian artists and a gospel message by Greg Laurie.

Harvest events are designed to be opportunities for Christians to invite family members, coworkers, friends, and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the gospel in an environment that is entertaining, yet nonthreatening.


When: August 28–30, 2015, Gates Open: 5:30 p.m, Event is from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Angel Stadium Get Directions »

Cost: Free Admission (Angel Stadium charges $15 for parking)

 Nightly Schedule:

If you can’t be there in person you can Watch online. The crusade will be broadcast live from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, each night at 7:00 p.m. Pacific. Simply visit and click on the banner that says “Watch Live Now.”.

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Celebrate Cultures in Nature-Coyote Folkore

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Discover unique historical tales about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks as they celebrate different cultures together!

Each month, a different culture and celebration will be highlighted, usually with the program presented in multiple languages which will allow for everyone to fully enjoy the beauty of the land.

The theme this month is: Coyote Folklore Family Hike/ Caminata Familiar de Leyendas del Coyote.

Enjoy an evening hike as you and your family hike a two mile paved road on Hicks Haul Road, with various stops to listen to Mexican folklore inspired by the “mischievous” coyote. You will travel at a slow pace to give you and your family the opportunity to smell the summer evening air in the canyon, and look for sights and sounds of the coyote.

The hike will average 2 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation presented both in English and in Spanish. Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water for the hike.

  • When: Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve – Hicks Haul Road – Jeffrey
  • Cost: FREE – You must register online

Wolves: Myths & Legends

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Join Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as Project Wildsong hosts an educational presentation with live ambassador Grey Wolves. This interactive family-friendly program will delight all!

Listen as wolf folklore captures your imagination. Hear Native American stories of this fascinating and misunderstood animal. Learn about the reintroduction of wolves into their natural habitat and take a picture with a live wolf.

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2105 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road Silverado, CA 92676 
  • Cost: $6 per person, Reservations are Required – Call (714) 649-2760 to purchase your ticket

Help End Hungry with $1.00 Pancakes


IHOP-short-stackIHOP® Restaurants partners with No Kid Hungry for “Summer of Smiles” to help end hungry.

Get a Short Stack of pancakes for $1 on Tuesday, August 25th and help raise funds and provide 2.5 million meals. IHOP is continuing the “Summer of Smiles” celebration by joining forces with No Kid Hungry to bring an end to childhood hunger.

IHOP and No Kid Hungry share the philosophy that starting the day with breakfast, and a smile, is extremely important, and have targeted a goal of providing 2.5 million meals this year.

One in Five American children struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry’s mission is to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. IHOP is joining that effort by offering guests the opportunity to donate directly to No Kid Hungry, August 24th through September 20th.

On August 25th, participating IHOP restaurants will offer short stacks of their famous buttermilk pancakes for only $1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dubbed “Share a Smile” Day, 50 cents from each $1 short stack sale will benefit No Kid Hungry.

To learn more about the fight against childhood hunger or to donate, please visit or


Family Drum Circle


Spend an evening at the Environmental Nature Center  for a family Drumming Circle. As the sun is setting, come and gather around the campfire while surrounding yourself with trees and living things, listen to the sounds of daytime as nature is going to sleep and the nocturnal denizens of the Nature Center awake.

 As the stars begin to appear in the night sky the campfire will be lit and the drumming will begin. The Drumming Circle is a fun entry-level learning experience that is accessible to anyone who wants to participate.

Drum Circle participants express themselves collectively by using percussion to create a musical song together while having a great time. Dancers are welcome too! Join facilitator Laurene Keane who will be providing drums for those who don’t have one. Cocoa will be provided, but bring your own reusable mug. Register online.

  • When: Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center,  1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: $6.00 per person ($5.00 for members) 



Happy Birthday to our National Parks


The U.S.National Park Service will offer FREE admission to all of our national parks on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in celebration of the National Service Park Service 99th Birthday!

Here’s a list of the National parks in California:  
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

If you’re outside of California, click here to find a park near you.


Girls in STEM

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Do you know a girl between the ages of 9 -18 who loves STEM? If so, bring them to the “Girls in STEM Club meeting”.

The Girls in STEM Club based at the Columbia Memorial Space Center is a new, out-of-school experience open to girls ages 9 to 18 and from all backgrounds!Through hands-on activities and challenges centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) topics, girls are encouraged to create, explore, and test new ideas.

Through mentoring relationships and increased opportunities, the club equips girls to be life-long learners and advocates for the diversity of women in STEM careers.

  • When: Saturday, August 29, 2105 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way
    Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: FREE for girls to join!  (Parents must pay $5 admission fee if they wish to remain in the Space Center)

Contact us at with any questions or call (562) 231-1200 for more information.


Orange International Street Fair


Orange International Street Fair (OISF) is coming up!!! The event is held in Old Town Orange was founded in 1973 and Incorporated in 1985, Orange International Street Fair features booths of international food, crafts, entertainment and more. The event schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, September 4th  2015
    5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, September 5th 2015
    10am to 10pm
  • Sunday, September 6th 2015
    10am to 10pm

OISF is a diversified event featuring:

  • 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths. Food and alcohol booths are run by local non-profits with all proceeds going directly back to them.
  • Handmade Arts and Crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts.
  • Community Booth section showcasing local non-profits and the causes they support.
  • Commercial Section featuring local companies promoting their businesses.
  • A street dedicated to kids with crafts and games.
  • 8 Stages of entertainment featuring local bands playing ethnic music and your favorite songs.

Here is a list of the schedule of the weekends entertainment. Make sure to take the kids to the Children’s Street. The Children’s Street is located on North Orange St. at East Chapman Ave and geared towards the younger crowd. It features games, crafts, and snacks for purchase

Click on the map for more detailed information on location and booths


Parking: Please be prepared to walk several blocks to get into the event.  Parking can be found at several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Additional parking can be found on residential streets. (Parking lots are not controlled by OISF, Inc)


Segerstrom Center’s Kite Festival

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In association with the Orange County Museum of Art, Segerstrom Center is pleased to present high-flying family fun at their FREE Kite Festival.

This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit: “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” and takes place on Sunday, August 23, 2105 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Highlights include:

  • Kite design and building stations
  • A performance from Segerstrom Teaching Artists The Pacific Trio
  • Professional kite flying demonstrations
  • Imagination playground
  • A martial arts demonstration from Yulin Chinese School
  • Kite Display provided by Up, Up, and Away and The Kite Connection
  • Student Art Display provided by The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana
  • Food trucks on site
  • Caricature drawings

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.


Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

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The cooler temps this week make it a great time to take advantage of the U-Pick tours and and the Melon tours at Tanaka Farms.

The FREE U-Pick tour crops include tomatoes, bellpeppers, lettuce and more. U-Pick Tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 2:00 pm. No reservations are required and you pay only for what you pick.


The guided Melon Tours include a ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of the delicious home grown watermelon. then pick a Melon to take home.

Melons tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12:30 pm. No reservations are required. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Melon tours cost are $18 for adults, $18.00 for children over the age of 2, children (age 2 yrs old and under) are free.

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.


Family Science Night


Join Ocean Institute this evening for Family Science Night. Spend a summer evening in the Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. The entire family is invited to visit as they survey the stars, explore the seas, and dive into the surf zone.

Tonight’s experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with alternate activities for kids, followed by a lab program to introduce your whole family to the fascinating world of science. A different topic will be covered each week.

ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE with Terri Hernandez. Come meet our live animal guests in this special presentation. Make the evening extra special by enjoying your own picnic dinner before the program! Picnic areas and tables are available around the Ocean Institute and at Baby Beach.

  • When: Tuesday, August 18, 2105, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Cost: $9/person ($7/Member); $27/Family-pack; ($18/Member Family-pack)

Tomato & Pepper Tasting

Get your taste buds ready for Roger’s Gardens 15th Annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting.

The 15th Annual Tomato and Pepper Tasting

Join famous tomato expert, Steve Goto, and other tomato enthusiasts at one of our most popular summer events. Steve will assemble dozens of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for tasting.

Learn about new varieties, decide on the flavors you like best, and ask your hardest tomato growing questions. Our expert edible gardens horticulturist, David Rizzo, will be returning with a collection of peppers from his home garden.

Gardeners are encouraged to bring tomatoes and peppers from your own garden and add them to the tasting. Just separate them by variety and we will do all the cutting and preparation while you taste tomatoes.

April Goto will also be making her famous salsa for all to enjoy.

  • When: Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Rogers Gardens,  2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
  • Cost: FREE