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New Moon Meditation – Keep it simple!

Yesterday was the New Moon. I’ve been very busy lately finishing up unfinished project’s and courses that I need to complete prior to the years end. I know how important it is to honor each new phase (New Moon) and set your intentions for the next phase, with this mind, I walked away from my desk to set up my space.

I gathered crystals, candles and essential oils to prepare for my usual New Moon meditation/ritual. As I sat, my mind continued to wander. My mind was spinning with the things I need to accomplish, the time, dinner, etc. etc. It became very clear to me I need to walk away and continue when I was rested and calm.

Last night, my family and I went out to enjoy some holiday lights at the beautiful Riparian Preserve. At this beautiful display of lights, The nature preserve and lakes take center stage.  The trail glows with simple tea lights in paper bags as you stroll upon various holiday decor delicately placed along the trail. It’s simple and balanced, doesn’t overload the senses.  I always take plenty of pictures of the places we go but the picture that stood out the most was of some cactus. The cactus was picking up the light  of some of the other displays, the cactus stands proudly in night sky. Simple and beautiful.

I always come back to this concept. Keeping things simple and uncomplicated works best for me. The more elaborate or drawn out practice is makes my head spin. One of my continued and ongoing intentions for this month is “KEEP IT SIMPLE”.  I’m giving myself space for “simple”. I will take the help where I need it and accept it with a smile. This approach is the difference between doing and not doing.

That picture, that moment resonated with me. This morning, with the simplicity of the picture in mind.  I decided I would sit and just turn on a YouTube video…a quick one! I needed a quick, simple but delicious moment to be thankful for the last 30 days and set my new intentions. I cleared my space with sage and grabbed a simple tea light candle. With no crystals in hand, no oils to inhale. I sat with my trusty cup of coffee nearby. Listening to the short and simple guided but meaningful New Moon Meditation. This is exactly what I needed. Later on, I’ll put some notes in my journal and allow this to be enough.

Think about how and where you can gain simplicity in your life. Where can you hand things over? Where can you relax a little to find more space? Take the time to take a deep breath, these moments help you help to slow you down and find clarity.

Wishing you a simple and peaceful day, filled with gratitude and love,

Annette

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Time To Recover Our Park

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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.

 

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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 activerideshop.com/duckthehalls.

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)
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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)
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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 Susie@OnceUponaStorybook.us 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

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Endless Summer Festival

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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 visit:bit.ly/SchoolStyleOC

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Blue Moon Hike

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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

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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
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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.

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  • 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
11:50PM – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
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
11:50PM – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
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
11:50 – ALL EYES ON CITY HALL
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

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First Night in Fullerton

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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
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