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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


Explore Italian Culture and Arts at the Italian Family Festival & Columbus Celebration


An annual Columbus Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Italian and Mediterranean Family Festival at the Target Free First Sunday event at Bowers Museum on Sunday, October 5, 2014An annual Columbus Celebration will be held in conjunction with the Italian and Mediterranean Family Festival at the Target Free First Sunday event at Bowers Museum on Sunday, October 5, 2014


This year, the Italian Cultural Arts Council invites you to celebrate Italian Heritage Month with two honorees A.J. Tony Coco and Bernadine Liuzzi Neil. Tony is a Commissioned Intelligence Officer, Naval Reserve [Fleet Intelligence Center, Hawaii]. He is now retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander from the Navy. Tony has been an active member of the Sons of Italy over 40 years having been recruited by the founder of the Tustin Orange Lodge Vincent Licata. He is currently serving as the Orator of the Renaissance Lodge No. 2259 and has the distinct honor of having been a founder of the Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation. Bernadine has been an active member of Order Sons of Italy in America for over 10 years. She has been part of the organization through her grandfather since 1945, is an active member of the Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation and the Italian Arts Council, an affiliate of Bowers Museum, and is currently Recording Secretary of Renaissance Lodge No. 2259. We are honored to have Tony and Bernadine join us at the Bowers Museum.

Events will be held at the Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard from 10 AM – 4 PM

The Columbus Celebration event will begin at 10 a.m. featuring color guard, anthems, wreath ceremony at the Christopher Columbus Monument, special Italian treats and guest speakers, including Joseph Ferrucci, Esq, President, Orange County Italian Lawyers and other Italian dignitaries. The afternoon celebration will continue with live musical performances of romantic and uplifting traditional songs from Italy and modern tunes from around the world. Dance and sing along in the historic mission-style Key Courtyard beginning at noon. There will be a special marionette puppet show in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium beginning at 1 p.m. for children’s entertainment.

Free admission to special exhibition  HEAVENLY HORSES: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE EQUINE ART is offered on a first come, first served basis.

June 14, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions, Kidseum and limited engagement exhibitions including: Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachand; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos; Vision of the Shaman, Song of the Priest; California: The Golden Years; Ancient Arts of China, and Framed: Step into Art at Kidseum.

kidseum-BowersKids love Kidseum! They can write their names in ancient langues using rubbing techniques, explore other cultural’s being dressing up, exploring instruements from around the globe and put on mushs. There are fun Arts & Crafts, Archaeology Digs and Discovery.

The Bowers Museum is located at the corner of 20th & Main Streets in Santa Ana – one minute from the 5 freeway, (Main St. South exit) and just minutes from the 57, 55 and 22 freeways.

Kidseum is located on the corner of 18th and Main Streets – south of the main Bowers Museum. Parking is available in a well-lighted conveniently located area, adjacent to the Museum. Wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Lots are available directly north and south of the museum for a $6 fee. Nearby metered and timed street parking is also available. Bowers Museum Members have the exclusive opportunity to purchase an Annual Parking Pass for $20.

Museum Hours for both Bowers Museum and Kidseum: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

For more information, contact 714.567.3600.


Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park

Acorn-DayCome join in under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park for Acorn Day. This FREE event will have ranger led hikes and interpretive programs for families, as well as crafts, games, tree planting and much, much more.

Live animals will be on exhibit with a petting zoo! There will also be a butterfly enclosure.

Presentations will be going on throughout the day, including storytelling and acorn preparation demonstrations.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Parking is $5

  • All ages welcome

  • Food available for nominal fee

O’Neill Regional Park

30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678