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Holidays at the Muck

Image courtesy of the TheMuckenthaler facebook page
Image courtesy of the TheMuckenthaler facebook page

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s annual Holiday Festival features various activities, including home and gallery tours, performances and an arts & crafts fair. Plus, delicious food vendors and exclusive craft beer selections.

The family-friendly event also provides free art workshops for kids, a children’s play area, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Musical performance to be showcased will include: The Darden Sisters and The Sugar Daddies, as well as the following dance groups; Corona Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Monte Alban, CF Dance Group and the American Martial Arts Academy.

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A clothing Drive will be taking place as well, so look through you closet and bring along some gently used clothing. Donations are being accepted at the St. Juliana table. .

St. Juliana Church in Fullerton is currently gathering donations of men’s and women’s clothing for staying warm and dry, such as jeans, pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets, shoes and NEW ONLY socks and underwear please. The clothing will be distributed at the emergency shelter for homeless people in Fullerton.

  • When: Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
  • Where: The Muckenthalet Cultural Center, 1201 W Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA 92833
  • Cost: FREE
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Winter Wonderland

Image courtesy of City of Irvine Facebook page
Image courtesy of City of Irvine Facebook page

Celebrate the season as the Irvine Civic Center transforms into a Winter Wonderland. The City’s newest FREE event will feature a 25-foot-tall tree adorned with ornaments and holiday lights; a Joyful Jingles holiday concert; children’s activities; and train rides.

Come and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a festive tree-lighting as “snow” gently falls over the piazza. Children are in for a special treat when Santa stops by for a visit.

211 Marine Logo-FinalAlthough the event is FREE all guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12 to support 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive. The 2/11 Marine Committee provides charitable and educational activities and support for the benefit and welfare of the United States Marines and their families assigned to Camp Pendleton, with special emphasis on the Marines and families of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines.

 

  • When: Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Where: The Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine,CA
  • Cost: FREE

For more information, call 949-724-6606 or visit www.cityofirvine.org.

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Fall Food Drive

 Canned Food Clipart | Clipart Panda - Free Clipart ImagesPlease help support hunger relief effort’s at the Great Park’s 2015 Fall Food Drive. You can help local food banks by donating canned goods or non-perishable food items.

Food donations will be accepted Thursday – Sunday through November 20, 2105.

Donations are accepted at the Visitors Center Pavilion | Map & Directions 

  • Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Halloween Candy Buy Back

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The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a great way for kids to give back! Kids can trade in their Halloween candy to local dentists for cash & prizes while supporting our troops.

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

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  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

In 2014, 401,052 lbs of candy were donated, that equals over 12 million individual pieces of candy!! To find a location near you click here.

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25th Annual Dino Dash

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Just a reminder – there’s still time to sign up for Dino Dash, Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. 

The 25th annual Dino Dash takes place this Sunday, November 1, 2015. The Dino Dash rallies the community together in support of over 24,000 students within Tustin Unified and helps support local public schools. There is an event for everyone – the timed 10K and 5K, the 2K fun run and the non-timed 15K and 50K bike tours. 


Join the Expo before and after the event for food, games, entertainment and plenty of giveaways.

The Seven Gables 50K bike tour goes through picturesque Santiago Canyon. The bike tour is not timed, so you take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All participants will receive a dry-fit tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal, and a FREE food court ticket. We will have well-stocked rest stops and SAG support throughout the course.

If your not ready for a 50K ride, try out the 15K shorter course.  You will still get the tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal and a FREE food court ticket. Just watch for the signs indicating the shorter course.

Both the 50K and the 15K finish at the Bike Finish on Myford and a secured Bike Valet is available to store your gear and bike while you visit the expo.

You can sport this cool cycling Jersey in support of Dino Dash, just click on the picture to purchase the jersey, socks, lunch tickets or VIP parking.

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Below are links for each course map , including start and finish lines.

Event Schedule:

  • 6:15 am – Race-Day Registration Opens (near El Camino and West St.)
  • 6:15 am – Bike Valet Opens
  • 6:45 am – Bike Tour Begins (near Auto Center Dr. and El Camino Real)
  • 7:00 am – Dino Dash Expo Area Opens
  • 7:15 am – 10K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 8:30 am – 5K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 9:00 am – Food Court Opens
  • 9:30 am – 2K Fun Run Begins (not timed)
  • 11:00 am – Event Ends

The event takes place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at The Market Place in Tustin (Dick’s Sporting Goods lot), off the I-5 at Jamboree.

You can REGISTER NOW or at the event, registration opens at 6:15 am. You can save 10% if you register online by using the discount code TPFF25.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools.
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25th Annual Dino Dash

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Dino Dash, Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year is having its 25th anniversary. 

The Dino Dash rallies the community together in support of over 24,000 students within Tustin Unified and helps support local public schools. There is an event for everyone – the timed 10K and 5K, the 2K fun run and the non-timed 15K and 50K bike tours. 


Join the Expo before and after the event for food, games, entertainment and plenty of giveaways.

The Seven Gables 50K bike tour goes through picturesque Santiago Canyon. The bike tour is not timed, so you take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All participants will receive a dry-fit tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal, and a FREE food court ticket. We will have well-stocked rest stops and SAG support throughout the course.

If your not ready for a 50K ride, try out the 15K shorter course.  You will still get the tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal and a FREE food court ticket. Just watch for the signs indicating the shorter course.

Both the 50K and the 15K finish at the Bike Finish on Myford and a secured Bike Valet is available to store your gear and bike while you visit the expo.

You can sport this cool cycling Jersey in support of Dino Dash, just click on the picture to purchase the jersey, socks, lunch tickets or VIP parking.

dinodashJersey

Below are links for each course map , including start and finish lines.

Event Schedule:

  • 6:15 am – Race-Day Registration Opens (near El Camino and West St.)
  • 6:15 am – Bike Valet Opens
  • 6:45 am – Bike Tour Begins (near Auto Center Dr. and El Camino Real)
  • 7:00 am – Dino Dash Expo Area Opens
  • 7:15 am – 10K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 8:30 am – 5K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 9:00 am – Food Court Opens
  • 9:30 am – 2K Fun Run Begins (not timed)
  • 11:00 am – Event Ends

The event takes place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at The Market Place in Tustin (Dick’s Sporting Goods lot), off the I-5 at Jamboree.

You can REGISTER NOW or at the event, registration opens at 6:15 am. If you register by the 20th you can save 10% by using the discount code SCHOOLS.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools.
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Book Drive

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Thanks for the Image mycutegraphics.com

My favorite children’s book store, Once Upon A Storybook (I know I always say that but it’s true, I love this place), is partnering with The Assistance League of Tustin to once again – give back to our community!

IMG_20150116_123337Through the month of October, Once Upon a Storybook is collecting new and gently used books for children in the community.

If you have books for kids birth to age 10 that are just sitting on your shelf unloved, bring them in and put them in the Assistance League bin at Once Upon a Storybook, so they can be loved by new kids!

Once Upon a Storybook is located in the Enderle Shopping Center at 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780

 

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Giving Tastes Great!

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Image from habitburger facebook page

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.

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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 IHOP.com or visitnokidhungry.org.

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