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Time To Recover Our Park

Peter’s Canyon Regional Park has offered me and my family fun hikes, heart to heart talks with friends while climbing trying to breathe as we tackle Red Hill and much needed alone time hearing the dirt and rocks under my shoes. I have been so thankful to have this gem so close to home.

Seeing the Canyon Fire 2 burn through our little oasis left me and many others feeling a loss. Our little gem needs our help and we give our park the care and time to recover after the Canyon Fire 2 burned so much of it. 

Volunteers are needed to help park rangers plant native habitat around the edges of the parking lot. The first scheduled volunteer event following the fire will be Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 7:30 am – 10:30 am. Anyone 12 and over is eligible to lend a hand.  

Registration is limited to 50 participants. This would be a great way of giving back and perfect for older boy scout and girl scout troops to help their community.   

To register Click here.



Snowboarding in Irvine!

SnowdayIrvineThe Irvine Company has invited everyone to Duck the Halls on “Snow Day” Saturday, December 12, 2015 from noon to 5:00 pm

The kids will love making a Popsicle Snowman! The best part of this day? SNOW! Yep! Active Ride Shop is going to make it snow in Orange County and kids will have the opportunity to go snowboarding right here in Irvine!

Burton Riglit Park. Pre Register Today. Saturday Dec. 12th 2015. Active Tustin. 12pm - 5pm.

How fun! Snowboard lessons will be provided by Active Ride Shop and Burton Snowboards. Pre-register today at

Kids learn to snowboard on REAL SNOW! Lessons provided by Active Ride Shop and Burton Snowboards. Pre-register today and get ready for a ripping 2015-2016 snowboard season!

Make sure to download, print, complete and bring this waiver along with you to this event.

Activities take place at the Irvine Market Place at the Edwards Theater Courtyard (Irvine side of The Market Place)


While your there help support the KTLA Toys For Tots Toy Drive! Bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy and girl. While your out shopping, keep in mind that Toys for Tots will be also be on site at Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center

Toys will be collected through December 20thFashion Island Concierge, located inside Atrium Court

  • Irvine Spectrum Center Guest Services, located near the Carousel and the Giant Wheel
  • The Market Place Management Office, located near California Pizza Kitchen on the Tustin side of the shopping center
  • DUCK the Halls events at The Market Place (December 12 and 19)

Sea Scare

seascareThe 10th Annual SEA SCARE is back at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Sea Scare is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills. Sea Scare brings back all your favorite attractions like Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

We will be some exciting Tricks and Treats to celebrate at Sea Scare’s 10th Anniversary and the Aquarium’s 80th Anniversary. Come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family!

To save time & money, BUY TICKETS ONLINE. This event will sell out. Members: FREE with a valid FRIENDS Membership, but reservations recommended.

  • When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Members gain early entry at 6:00 pm. 
  • Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro, CA
  • Cost: $5 adults, $1 children if purchased prior to October 24th. Ticket price at the gate on is  $7 adults, $3 children. (Adult Admission – Ages 13 and up)

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



Endless Summer Festival

Enjoy a one-stop, festival-themed shopping party at Irvine Spectrum Center featuring curated style closets, musical performances, in-store promotions, fun activities and more!

-FREE Giant Wheel rides
-Curated style closets to help inspire you with the season’s hottest trends
-Live performances from local rock band, The Brevet, at 3:00pm and 5:00pm
-Meet-up with YouTube style vloggers Maddi Bragg and Suede Brooks from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
-Braid bar by Toni & Guy Hair Salon
-lulu dk flash tattoos
-Build-your-own dreamcatcher
-Potted succulent bar
-Flower crowns
-Selfies station in a vintage VW van
-Nordstrom Beauty Lounge- lip bar seminars by: M.A.C, Laura Mercier, Smashbox & Fresh. Seminars will run 2:30-2:50pm & 4:30-4:50pm. *limited seating

In addition, the first 500 customers to spend $250 or more in combined receipts* at qualifying Irvine Spectrum Center stores will receive a $50 gift card!

Irvine Spectrum Center is located at 670 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, California

For more Information


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


Scrumptious Science

Join in on a Scrumptious Science edu-taining and enchanted experience as Sub Zero Ice Cream turns chemistry delicious!

Learn about liquid nitrogen, heat transfer, chemistry equations, hydrogen bonds and more! At the end of the presentation the students get to eat the fruits of their academic labors with ice cream samples and a coupon!

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. $3 per person, pay at the door.

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  • When: Friday, February 20, 2015: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 92677
  • Cost: $3.00 per person

NYE at Grand Park in LA

Count down to 2015 with your best friends, sweeties, cool cousins, and friendly neighbors in a bigger, better, family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in Los Angeles.

There will be live music, food, photo booths, and huge projections that captivate the imagination as it salutes the “heart” of our LOVELY, BEAUTIFUL, scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs AMAZING Los Angeles.


  • When: December 31, 2014 from 7:00 pm – January 1, 2015 to 12:30 am
  • Where: Grand Park, 210 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Cost: Free

**Safety for everyone is número uno. Please read all event info to know what to bring and what to leave at home**

The festivities will include projections on City Hall and L.A. County Hall of Records Buildings: City Hall will feature an interactive countdown to remember, featuring 3-D digital video mapping on (not one, but) TWO sides of City Hall!. L.A. County Hall of Records Building will feature #LAStory photos through the lens of some of LA’s best Instagrammers, hand-selected by DISCOVER L.A.

3 MUSIC STAGES: Experience LA’s best artists, including Mr Little Jeans, Made In Heights, Breakestra, Dorothy, Ceci Bastida, Run River North, Garth Trinidad, Aaron Byrd, Omid Walizadeh, Chris Douridas (KCRW – school night!) y más!

MAP: For full event map click here.

SCHEDULE FOR THE PERFORMANCES: For full event schedule click here.

Countdown Stage (Grand Park’s Event Lawn in front of City Hall)
7:00PM – Mario Hernandez, MC
7:30 – 8:30PM Mr Little Jeans
9:30 -10:30PM Made in Heights
11:15-11:40PM Breakestra
12:05-12:30AM – Breakestra

Get Down Stage (Grand Park’s Performance Lawn between Grand Avenue and Hill Street)
7:00 – 8:30PM – Chris Douridas, DJ and MC
8:30-10:30PM – Aaron Byrd
10:30 – 11:40PM – Garth Trinidad
12:05-12:30AM – Garth Trinidad

Low Down Stage (1st Street between Olive and Hill Streets)
7:00PM – Stephanie Garcia, MC
7:00 – 8:00PM – Omid Walizadeh
8:00 – 9:00PM – Run River North
9:00 – 9:30PM – Omid Walizadeh
9:30 – 10:30PM – Ceci Bastida
10:30 – 11:05PM – Omid Walizadeh
11:05 – 11:40PM – Dorothy
12:05-12:30AM – Dorothy

PHOTO BOOTH: Snap the final photos of 2014 at a Grand Park photo booth! (provided with support from LA2050)

FOOD: 30 food vendors cranking it out, enjoy free samples of NESTLÉ® ABUELITA™ Hot Chocolate.

HOOCH: This will be an alcohol-free, family-friendly event: no beer garden or point of purchase / no outside alcohol permitted in event space.

STREET CLOSURES: Grand Park is working with all relevant agencies to ensure street closures be as minimal as possible. Please see MAP for event closure schedule.

BIKE VALET: Will be available (for free!) at Hill and Second St.

GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space, please do not bring the following items to this event: Bags and Backpacks Measuring Larger Than Standard Backpack Size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), Chairs, Outside Alcoholic Beverages /  Sealed or Open Beverage Bottles Including Water (fountains and water for purchase will be available) / Narcotics / Coolers / Tents / Firecrackers / Explosives / Sparklers / Firearms / Weapons / Frowny Faces

THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED IN GRAND PARK: Public Intoxication /Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Unleashed Animals / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

PARKING: The Music Center Enter on Grand Ave ($10), Walt Disney Concert Hall / Enter on 2nd at Grand ($9), Lot 17 / Enter Northbound on Olive at 2nd ($9). VIEW MORE SURROUNDING PARKING LOTS Reserve parking ahead of time with PARKME.COMNOTE: LOT 10 underneath Grand Park will not be available.

metro_logo_625 Service runs 24 HOURS on New Year’s Eve w/ FREE fares from 9pm to 2am. GO METRO Red/Purple Line to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (when arriving, use 1st Street exit) or Gold Line to UNION STATION


First Night in Fullerton

First Night Fireworks

The 23rd annual First Night is a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration in Downtown Fullerton.

This alcohol-free street fair style event is FREE to attend and covers several city blocks. There are fun activities for all, rides for the kids which may require a fee), live entertainment, ice skating, art galleries, food vendors, free parking and a firework show at to bring in the new year.

First Night Activities:

  • Live Entertainment by James Intveld, Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos, Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics and The Help
  • Kid’s activities including bounce houses, a trackless train, face painting and balloon art
  • Food
  • Fireworks show at midnight.

The “First Night” program began in Boston in 1976, as a cap to the nation’s bicentennial. The event’s goal is to broaden public appreciation of the visual and performing arts while offering an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations which focus on alcohol and drinking.

There are now several hundred “First Night” cities throughout the United States and Canada. Fullerton was the first California city to offer the event, and is the only Orange County community to present a “First Night” celebration this year.

  • When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight.
  • Where: in the heart of Downtown Fullerton – 125 E. Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA

Candlelight Walk


Hertiage Hill Park will host two enchanting evenings with luminaria-lit paths, historic buildings and trees aglow with Christmas lighting, strolls through restored historical buildings adorned in period décor and staffed by our docents, Victorian carolers, live entertainment in each building, storytellers, visits with Santa and refreshments.

  • Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, 2014
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Heritage Hill Historical Park
    25151 Serrano Road
    Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
  • Admission is $3 for children (3-12 years) $4 for adults.
  • Parking is FREE

Christmas at the Beach

Balboa Village celebrates Christmas At The Beach on December 6, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


Join in for a day of holiday celebration in Balboa Village in Newport Beach as they kick off the season with fun for the whole family Saturday December 6th from 2pm – 6pm. There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, tree lighting (at 5:30pm), cookie decorating, wooden boat building, tree lighting ceremony, live music, Christmas carolers, visit with Santa, holiday movies and more with the Mayor and Santa.


From the 55 Freeway

Head south toward Newport Beach. The 55 Freeway becomes Newport Blvd., which becomes Balboa Blvd. Continue down Balboa Blvd., approximately 1 mile to Palm Street. Balboa Village will be on both the left and right.

From Pacific Coast Highway

Drive south on PCH to Balboa Blvd. and turn right. Continue down Balboa Blvd., approximately 1 mile to Palm Street. Balboa Village will be on both the left and right.



Discover Nature Family Program


The Discover Family Nature program is an hour long program held on weekend mornings at Oak Canyon Nature Center. The program includes a naturalist-led hike through Oak Canyon and a live animal demonstration themed to the Canyon’s plants, animals, history, ecology, and more!


If you’ve never been here, this spot is a must see! Oak Canyon Nature Center is a 58 acre nature park nestled in Anaheim Hills. The park boasts beautiful trails surrounded by Oak trees, bubbling streams and wooden bridges. My girls (and I) loved it!


Pre-registration is not required, although large groups must contact the nature center before hand to make reservations.

Discover Nature Family Program is held both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30am..Participants should wear closed-toed shoes. Children of all ages welcome. Stroller and wheelchair accessible hikes are available.

Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center – 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd., Anaheim, CA

When: Every Saturday & Sunday Morning from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $5.00 donation/family


The Scariest Part of Halloween

This year halloween falls on a Friday, for parents that means you don’t have to worry if the kids are up late trick or treating. The first thing that comes to mind is that there will a lot of Halloween parties. For me, this is the scariest part of Halloween.

I will never stop pleading with people and asking that you please plan ahead. Designated a driver. If your hosting the party – collect the keys at the beginning of the party, have a phone number of a local cab company handy and call a cab for your guests  – don’t let people leave your home drunk and get behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter if your only driving down the street, there is no excuse – don’t drink and drive!

There are going to be a lot of people out there this Halloween. Children are going to be walking around later this Halloween and even later in the evening, families will be heading home from Halloween celebrations. Please take appropriate measures to assure that you don’t hurt someone.

Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!

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BOO! San Diego’s only Halloween Parade

Image from The-Boulevard-BOO-Parade facebook page
Image from The-Boulevard-BOO-Parade facebook page

The Boo Parade is San Diego’s only Halloween parade! On October 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., The Boulevard BOO! Parade is returning to the College Area. This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever! More floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises. More of what makes the Boulevard BOO! Parade San Diego’s only Halloween Parade.

The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There are many places to discover in the College Area. Stop over to the After BOO Community Carnival & Float Award’s Ceremony at the College Ave Baptist Church from 11 am to 5 pm, (4747 College Ave.). Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.

The College Area Business District, a non-profit corporation that manages the College Area Business Improvement District, focuses their efforts on helping small business owners in the commercial corridors in the College Area of San Diego, including El Cajon Blvd., College Ave., and Montezuma Rd. The Boulevard BOO! Parade brings thousands to the commercial district to enjoy the local restaurants and specialty shops. Sit patio side and enjoy something tasty and cool to drink while being entertained by the BOO!

BOO! Parade is produced by the College Area Business District.


Superhero Masquerade at the Orange County Museum of Art

The Orange County County Museum of Art will hold a Superhero Masquerade on Sunday October 12, 2014. This also happens to be a “Free Second Sundays” event.

Get your capes out and come dressed as your favorite Superhero then join in on an interactive music performance.


Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA


For more information, visit


Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill

OC Parks and the City of Lake Forest present the annual

Autumn Harvest Festival

Heritage_HillHalloween costume parade, games, family entertainment, haunted school house, maze, Trick or Treating throughout the park. Docents will provide narrative tours in the buildings.  

This family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m..

Children are encouraged to come in costume.  

Admission: $5 per person ages 3 and over

No parking fee.

Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534