Category: Education

Butterfly Day

Let’s get ready for Spring with this fun and FREE community event.

Celebrate Butterflies on Saturday Morning, March 18, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

“Butterfly Day Open House”  will be held at the Education Farm located at: 356 N. Lemon St. – Old Towne Orange, CA

There will be scavenger hunts, crafts, storytime, prizes, education, healthy snacks and more!

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Girls in the Garage

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Girls in the Garage is a FREE event held once a month from the very fine folks at Mission Viejo Transmission and Auto Repair.

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This FREE monthly event, sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Orange County Fire Department, M.A.D.D., and AAA, helps women and girls learn basic car maintenance in a fun environment.

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A few months back, my family, a few of my Girl Scouts and their Moms attended and had a fantastic time. You walk into an immaculate garage that has been set up with 12 hands-on participation stations. Before you get started you are given a necklace to help you keep track of each station.

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Each station is taught by a team member of Mission Viejo Transmission that is dedicated to teaching you how perform basic vehicle checks.

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You’ll learn basics from knowing how to read the warning lights on your dash board, to checking the oil and tire pressure to changing a tire.

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The garage is not only immaculate but it’s transformed into a place of celebration with a live band, state of the art lighting & sound, catered food, beverages, and cocktails. Make sure to check out their amazing 4 coat epoxy floor.

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Make an evening of it – bring your family, invite your friends and tell your neighbors.This is a great service to the community – it’s fun, informative and FREE!

  • When: The First Wednesday of every month from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Where: Mission Viejo Transmission is located at 27210 La Paz Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
  • Cost: FREE – Reservations are not required however if your taking a group please call and let them know in advance.
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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 garden@coastkeeper.org with any questions.
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Summer Immersion Program

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Girls Who Code is now acccepting applications for the 2015 Summer Immersion Program!!! Please share the news and encourage the high school girls you know. Girls can apply at www.girlswhocode.com/applynow.

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors inside a technology company or university. Young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and enourage their pursuit of computer science.

Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the News Corp allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer science education, pairing seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career-focused mentorship and exposure led by the industry’s top female entrepreneurs and engineers.

Key programmatic components of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program include:

SKILLS: Seven weeks of intensive instruction in computer science, robotics, algorithms, web design, and mobile development.

EXPOSURE: Speakers, demos, workshops, and presentations from female
engineers and entrepreneurs; field trips to technology companies, startups,
academic institutions and more.

MENTORSHIP: Top female executives, entrepreneurs and engineers provide
career and academic mentorship.

Program Dates

The Summer Immersion Program dates vary based on city and location. Check out the program dates and locations below for more information. Additional location information can be found once you begin your application.

Boston Locations:
Akamai and Twitter: 6/29/2015 – 8/14/2015
Google, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor: 7/6/2015 – 8/21/2015

Chicago Locations:
Accenture, GE, Google, Groupon, Microsoft: 7/6/2015 – 8/21/2015

Los Angeles Locations:
AT&T, Google, Saban Foundation and The Honest Company: 6/15/2015 – 7/31/2015

Miami Locations:
Location TBD: Date Range: 6/15/2015 – 7/31/2015 OR 6/22/2015 – 8/7/2015

New York Locations:
AOL/CUNY, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Microsoft, Moody’s, Twitter: 7/6/2015 – 8/21/2015
Accenture, AIG, AppNexus, AT&T, IAC, Viacom: 7/13/2105 – 8/28/2015

Newark Locations:
Prudential and Verizon at NJIT: 7/13/2015 – 8/28/2015

San Francisco Bay Area Locations:
Adobe: 6/15/2015 – 8/7/2015
Adobe: 6/8/2015 – 7/31/2015
GE, Intuit: 6/22/2015 – 8/7/2015
EA, eBay, Moody’s, Square, Microsoft: 6/15/2015 – 7/31/2015
Google: 6/8/2015-7/24/2015
Facebook: 6/15/2015 -7/31/2015 or 6/22/2015 – 8/7/2015
Twitter: 6/8/2015 – 7/24/2015 or 6/15/2015 – 7/31/2015

Seattle Locations:
Amazon, AT&T, Expedia, and Google: 6/28/2015 – 8/14/2015
Adobe and Microsoft:7/6/2015 – 8/21/2015

Springfield Locations:
MassMutual: 6/29/2015 – 8/14/2015

Washington D.C. Locations:
Georgetown University; 6/29/2015 – 8/14/2015 (BSA & Lockheed Martin)

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Saturday Morning with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

 

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Drop in and Draw every Saturday morning this month from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) These events are Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

3321 Hyland Ave

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x20107  sasha@chuckjonescenter.org


Chuck Jones Center for Creativity also hosts classes once a month  at Center for Living Peace in Irvine. 

Join Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner along with all their friends for Saturday Morning Cartoons and have FUN drawing too! They’ll watch & explore the magical world of Chuck Jones, legendary director & animator. Program runs 11:30am – 12:30am. Registration is required via website – www.GoodHappens.org. Donations accepted!

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole. The best way to tap into the creative energy that dwells inside us is to trust our minds & hands and NOT overthink the process. Whether it’s watching a cartoon or your child at play, we hold onto these moments through pictures, sounds & feelings, that we store away as brilliant memories. Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would recall those memories and express them through his art.

 There is a suggested donation of $1.00 – $5.00

Today, Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 11:30 to 12:30

LOCATION – Center For Living Peace is located in the University Center shopping complex

 CenterforLivingPeace4139 Campus Drive

Irvine, CA 92612

Map 
949.854.5500
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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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Moompetam: Native American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its tenth annual Moompetam Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21st, 2014.

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay.

There will also be a children’s village with crafts, games and activities, cultural demonstrations and activities, art displays and basket weaving. 

Moompetamfor a complete breakdown of the schedule of events visit keepersofindigenousways.org

EVENT INFORMATION
WHEN SATURDAY, SEP 20, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEP 21, 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

 

 

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FREE Preschool Program in Tustin

Are you the parent of a child ages 3 to 4.75 years looking for a preschool? This preschool program is FREE and absolutely fantastic!

Last year my little one and I where fortunate enough to attend a full years  worth of the Think Together Early Literacy & Math Program. Make no mistake this is a complete preschool program.

The program is two days a week, 3 hours a day. One parent/responsible adult is required to stay with your child through the duration of the program. On one day you are involved in a parent component and the other day you sit, side by side with your child and assist in their learning.

I’ll be honest, when I first signed up last year I thought – Let’s see how it goes for a couple of weeks and then I’ll decide if it’s worth my time  (I wasn’t very optimistic of the quality of the program) but I was so completely and thankfully 100% wrong!

The program is wonderful! the program itself, the program director, the parent component (my favorite part) and the volunteer teachers are all awesome. I am so grateful that my little one and I have been invited back for an additional 15 weeks this year. My time spent at Think Together has truly refined my life. 

So here’s your opportunity, There’s still room and the program is FREE! Your time and investment in your child’s education is your payment. You do not have to income qualify for this program.  If you’re looking for preschool program, give this try. Everyone that I was in the program with last year, anxiously awaited the call to come back this year.

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  • To enroll call Chelsea Errington (714) 731-7655/(714)580-4630

  • Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday (depending on the age of your child)

  • Classes will begin on September 22nd or September 23rd

  • This is a 15 week program

  • Classes are held at Veeh Elementary in Tustin

  • You do not have to be a resident of Tustin to attend

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Preschool Program at the OC Zoo

The OC Zoo’s fall preschool program’s registration is now open and filling up quick.

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The Fall Preschool Programs are for children ages 3-4 years old. The cost is $5.00 (admission covers one enrolled child and one parent). The programs are approximately one hour in length and include educational information, hands-on learning and crafts. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. The gate entry fee for Irvine Regional Park is NOT included with fee for zoo class. Irvine Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays & $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Classes offered as follows:

Feathery Friends 10:00 a.m.

  • Thursday,  September. 11, 2014
  • Friday, November 21, 2014

Animal Art I 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bats, Cats & Spiders 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild North America 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Registration must be made by calling (714) 973-6846. Fees are to be paid the day of the scheduled program.

The OC Zoo traces its roots back to 1905 when Red Foxes were introduced in the Irvine Park Region and bred by J.A. Turner. A small collection of animals started in 1920 by Tustin rancher Sam Nau featured a pair of pet mule deer. Nau eventually built a corral for the park that held an additional male mule deer. An alligator exhibit was the chief attraction until a bird exhibit adjoining the deer pens was added in 1935. The bird exhibit structure exhibited cockatoos, quail, doves and parakeets.

The current modern zoo officially opened in 1985 as the Irvine Park Zoo and has since changed its name to the OC Zoo. The zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange.

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  • Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Bathrooms are located outside of the Zoo

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847
oczoo@ocparks.com

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Saturday Mornings and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

 

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Looking for something fun to do on Saturday mornings? From 9:30am to 12:30pm you can drop in and draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) These events are Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

Always check their calendar at www.chuckjonescenter.org to make sure the event will be held on the Saturday you wish to attend, on occasions they have to cancel due to special events.

3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x20107  sasha@chuckjonescenter.org


Chuck Jones Center for Creativity also hosts classes once a month  at Center for Living Peace in Irvine. 

Join Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner along with all their friends for Saturday Morning Cartoons and have FUN drawing too! They’ll watch & explore the magical world of Chuck Jones, legendary director & animator. Program runs 11:30am – 12:30am. Registration is required via website – www.GoodHappens.org. Donations accepted!

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole. The best way to tap into the creative energy that dwells inside us is to trust our minds & hands and NOT overthink the process. Whether it’s watching a cartoon or your child at play, we hold onto these moments through pictures, sounds & feelings, that we store away as brilliant memories. Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would recall those memories and express them through his art.

 There is a suggested donation of $1.00 – $5.00

UPCOMING DATES

Center for Living for Peace offers some amazing classes, check their calendar for events like Yoga, Earth Drumming, Tai Chi & Mediation

LOCATION – Center For Living Peace is located in the University Center shopping complex

 CenterforLivingPeace4139 Campus Drive

Irvine, CA 92612

Map 
949.854.5500
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Peace in Motion Café Movie Night Presents: Girl Rising

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Center for Living Peace in Irvine will present their monthly Peace in Motion Café Movie Night. Each month, a socially stimulating film is screened with group discussion following.

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This month’s film synopsis:

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice (GirlRising.com).

This event is CAFÉ STYLE – Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beer and wine refreshments.  Wine glasses will be provided, however, please bring your own utensils and plates.

 This is a great place to meet other conversationalists and a great opportunity to support community activism. There is a suggested donation of $5.oo – $10.00. To reserve a spot, please register here

Center For Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
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949.854.5500

located in the University Center shopping complex between Focus Dance Studio and Lee’s Sandwiches.

 

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The Practice of Mindful Living

On Saturday, August 9th, the Great Park will host a FREE 60 minute lecture. Topic: Habits For A More Balanced Life

Living mindfully means different things to different people, but here in the Farm + Food Lab it involves being present in thought, deliberate in deed, attuned to your surroundings, and actively engaged in the moment.  This series will provide the knowledge and tools to help you reassess what’s important, rebalance your priorities, and regain control over the ever increasing demands of your busy life.  Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and engaging series designed to help you obtain the benefits and rewards of mindful living.

mindfullivingTime(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 

Ages 16+ are welcome to attend

This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with local health care professionals.

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Lessons learned at the park

A formal educational setting is not needed to provide lessons to you children. Teachable moments can arise in an instant. As a perfect example of this: the other day, we were at the park and I was stressing to my daughter that she did not need to push back and forth while on the spinning apparatus thing (for lack of better word) because it works by centrifugal force.

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I turn around for a second and it happens; a yell, a cry and her lip is bleeding. So needless to say our time at the park was cut short. Although she got hurt,  it was a lesson none the less.

There is a lot to learned at the park, here are a few:

Literacy: A simple literacy activity that you can do with your child while visiting the park is to simply read the signs. Read the directions and information that you will find around the playground. When you get home have your child write about their experiences at the park that day. If they are still little have them draw it, you can ask them to describe the picture to you and you can write it on the drawing afterwards.

Physical educational: Let them run, climb, jump and slide. Not only will they burn of some steam but they actually be exercising. Most playgrounds have different play areas with designated age levels so they can exert their own physical skills. Take a ball with you to the park and practice kicking an throwing the ball while you are there.

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Science and nature: My daughters favorite thing. Go on a nature walk, discuss the nature surrounding them. The trees, flowers, water features, grass and bugs. How do the plants grow, why does mold grow on this side of the tree, what type of flower/tree is this, what type of insects live here and what do they eat and what are the different parts of plants? Collect some leaves and do leaf rubbings when you get home.

Social/Etiquette skills: Lets face it some people just don’t pick up after themselves. You can teach them pick up at least five pieces of trash. (serve your community)  If everyone did that, our parks would sparkle. Parks are also very sociable places. It is an ideal opportunity for your child  (and yourself) to socialize with other children (moms) and learn a variety of social skills such as talking, listening and sharing.

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History: Many parks have some great history behind them. Find information on plaques/memorial statues.

Art: A brilliant way for children to express themselves is through art. Have them draw their experiences. Make a collage out of the leaves they have collected. One of our favorite activities is to gather and collect “nature” then they make create nature creatures. Use grass as rope to tie twigs together.

A simply trip to the park can provide so many lessons.

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