We spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Big Bear Lake. It’s was an absolutely beautiful weekend. This was the first time my girls where in the snow and to make it even more perfect it snowed for two days. You can see the joy on their faces in the picture.
I love Big Bear! When my boys were young, we went snowboarding there just about every weekend during the snow seasons. Then and now I did what any responsible parent would do, we layered up in the appropriate clothing and snow jackets to endure the weather.
During our Thanksgiving weekend , we stayed at the Black Forest Lodge (which is a great place to stay), its so close to the village our car trips were short. I encouraged everyone to keep their jackets on as we were entering in and out of the car so quickly. I didn’t want the girls (or ourselves) to get cold – don’t judge, we live in Orange County.
Even this morning I drove the girls to school with our jackets on. Well, guess what…It turns out that driving around with your jackets on puts you and your kids in danger! Although you adjust the seat belt to fit snug around your jackets, the jacket just creates more room between them/you and the seat belt. You are NOT secure.
Thanks to Subaru for sharing this video from the Today Show as part of their Rossen Reports showing just how dangerous it actually is. I had to share this information with you, from now on, our jackets will come off in the car. I urge you to watch this video and make a vow to “Unbundle this Winter”. Adults are in just as much danger as kids.
Please share this post with your family and friends. Take the vow to #unbundlethiswinter
Please help spread the word to feed to need. If you or someone you know could use a free warm Thanksgiving dinner, please pass this information along. If you are aware of other locations, please add them to the comment section or email me.
The Salvation Army – Thanksgiving dinners are served at several different locations in nationwide. Please check with you local Salvation Army for information.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Peppertree Park, Tustin – Free Thanksgiving dinner and family, for those in need! Operation Warm Wishes serves dinner from 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
Central Community, Riverside – Everyone is invited to join us for a free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. They serve dinner from 12pm-2pm. If you are unable to join them for dinner, they will deliver a HOT meal to your home. Simply call 951.689.5806 to make a reservation. Meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day between 9am and 12pm. Center Community is located 5623 Arlington Ave. in Riverside, CA.
Miracle on 6th Street, Norco – 13th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner “No one should ever be Alone or Miss a Holiday Meal” Everyone is invited to a Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Silverado Burgers 1091 Sixth Street Norco, CA 92860. 11am – 3pm. Hillbilly Reign will be performing live. Serving people who do not have the ability to have a nice meal, people who do not have anyone to spend the holiday with, and those working during the holiday such as Law Enforcement, Fire, E.M.S. Crews, and many more working the holiday.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Honda Center, Anaheim– For 29 years Casa Garcia/We Give Thanks has served thousands of Thanksgiving meals at the Honda Center in Anaheim. In addition to providing a Thanksgiving Day feast to the homeless and less fortunate, The We Give Thanks Thanksgiving Dinner has become a meeting point where anyone not wanting to spend this festive time of year alone can come and enjoy a great meal, entertainment, and the friendly company of thousands of others from Southern California.The feast is free and runs from 11 am to 3 pm.
Thanksgiving in the Park, Pasadena – This incredible community event provides thousands of holiday meals and hope for all who attend, including homeless men, women, children, seniors, very low-income families, and those with no place to go during the holidays. The impact of this event in the community is huge! Meals begin at 11:00 am.
Laugh Factory Thanksgiving Day Feast in Hollywood – the Laugh Factory welcomes those away from home, those who might be lonely, homeless, or simply in need of a warm meal, a hug or a laugh. Top comedians will help serve each guest a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Comics will perform live shows following each meal served throughout the day. Meals are served @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Please call (323) 656-1336 Ext. 1 for more information and reservations.
Fred Jordan Mission’s in Los Angeles – Thursday, November 27th will be the Mission’s 70th Annual Thanksgiving Feast in the Street. Meals start at 10:00 am.
Midnight Mission, Los Angeles – Every year, The Midnight Mission hosts a Thanksgiving celebration for our homeless community. They serve a full Thanksgiving meal, along with musical entertainment and a children’s village for the kids. This event is free and open to the public.
Okay, don’t we all want to know how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? You can learn how at a FREE Zombie Preparedness class hosted by REI!
Here’s the course overview: Imagine a Zombie outbreak has occurred wiping out a majority of the local population and other major cities throughout the globe. Nicknamed the “Zombie Disease,” because those killed by the disease seem to be returning to life and prey upon the living. We are now facing a full fledged attack. Those of us left alive must now ask ourselves, “Where do we go from here? How will we survive and maintain the existence of the human race?”
The Zombie related theme course hosted by REI invites you to learn some very serious and valuable survival techniques. This preparedness class provides information that could save your life in the event of any natural disaster in an urban environment and it’s FREE!!!
I originally wrote about the exciting Every Kid in the Park program back in February. This fantastic program provides every fourth grader and their family free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!
Today is the day!!! Go online to print your family pass. The pass is good through 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Our national lands and waters belong to everyone. That includes you! Use this pass to visit any of them for free.
- The pass is for U.S. fourth graders (or home-school equivalent) students.
- The pass is for the 2015 to 2016 school year. It expires August 31, 2016.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
- There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
- If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
- Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
How it works
- Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
- If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
- If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
- If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
- The pass doesn’t cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
- The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
Get out there and start exploring! Use this link to find a National Park near you.
School is about to start for many of us here in Orange County. If your looking for a quality after school program in and near Costa Mesa, come to the Girls Inc..carnival!
The Carnival takes place on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Girls Inc. Youth and Family Center in Costa Mesa. Families with K-6th grade girls may learn more about our after school program and they enjoy complimentary lunch, games, activities, and raffle prizes. In addition, you will be able to meet Girls Inc. program staff and explore possible transportation options from your child’s school!
The first 50 girls to register for our school year program will receive a FREE backpack filled with school supplies.
To RSVP for this event, please call (949) 646-7181. For more information, please visit: http://www.girlsinc-oc.org/elementary-program/.
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
Come out to Irvine’s Bill Barber Park on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with your e-waste, gently-used clothing, or household goods for Goodwill of OC. The first 100 cars who donate their items will get the chance to choose between a 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Cube or a future Angel’s game! *while supplies last*
After dropping off your donations to Goodwill, stop by the park and join in on the family-fun activities! Former Angels Player Mark Langston will be signing autographs for a limited time and Discovery Cube will be providing children with reusable totes to decorate. We hope to see you there!
Click on this picture below to take the Eco Challenge and download a FREE Child’s admission ticket to Discovery Cube Orange County.
Bill Barber Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no there’s #NoPlaceLikeHome.
Share a picture of your favorite place on Earth with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favorite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or Mt. Everest.
NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome project seeks to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet. Participants are invited to post photos and videos that answer a simple question: What is your favorite place on Earth?
Your images can be shared using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, just be sure to include the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome – no matter what social media platform you’re posting on. Emojis are optional, but they would love to see <heart><Earth> in timelines everywhere. Invite your friends and family to participate.
Change your profile photo to the #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji image to show your support and celebrate the planet that over 7 billion people call home.
For more information on the #NoPlaceLikeHome project, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/likehome
#NASA #EarthDay #EarthRightNow #NoPlaceLikeHome
President Obama just introduced a very exciting new initiative today called “Every Kid in the Park“. This program will provide every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!
The “Every Kid in a Park” program will begin in the fall, just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
According to the White House 80% of American families live around cities where children spend more than 53 hours every week glued to their electronic devices. This initiative is a push to get kids and their families outdoors and active and hopefully inspire a love for nature.
The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.