Ok, I just noticed that the County of Orange and OC Parks Sunset Cinema film series is already under way! I seriously need to do some catching up around here!!!
The Sunset Cinema consists of 12 free movies taking place at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park.
Movies begin around Sunset, so get your blanket and picnic dinner ready and enjoy a FREE movie night at the park.
The next Sunset Cinema will take place this Sunday, June 10th at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as we look out for U.F.O.’s and catch the sci-fi film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Head over to Craig Regional Park in Fullerton on Saturday, June 17 as the series continues with The LEGO Batman Movie.
One of my personal favorites, The Princess Bride at Craig Regional Park on Saturday, June 24.
On Saturday, July 1 at Salt Creek Beach, don’t miss the animated comedy Sing.
The following week, you’ll be back at Salt Creek Beach for Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Saturday, July 8.
Bring the family to Mason Regional Park on Friday, July 14th bring the kids for a screening of Moana and Friday, July 21 for an all time favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Come to Laguna Niguel Regional Park to see Finding Dory on Friday, July 28. Friday and then come back on August 4 for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The last 2 movies of the OC Parks Sunset Cinema series will take place at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim with A Bug’s Life on Friday, August 11. They’ll finish the series on August 18 with the 1993 American coming-of-age film, The Sandlot.
I’m planning on keeping our summer plans a bit more relaxed this year so that we’ll able to enjoy some family time and take in these FREE movie events. If you don’t have time to bring your picnic dinner, you can grab food from one of the food trucks that will be at every event. FREE parking starts as early as 6:00 pm and show times begin around 8:00 pm. For more information visit ocparks.com.
When I started my Yoga Teacher Training I wasn’t completely sure I wanted to become a Yoga teacher. I have been surrounded by some great role models and my fellow students all had an outstanding practice already. “Can I be a good teacher, a teacher that radiates compassion and knowledge, could I possibly live up to those who’s teaching styles I admire?”
I just completed my Yoga Teacher Training on Saturday and I can tell you now that I after going through the ups and downs during training and teaching some classes – I am completely sure that this is what I must do! Teaching Yoga gives me a ability to share my heart, the knowledge that I gained and a feeling of enlightenment with others. I do get a little nervous before a class but that’s because I want to do an outstanding job for my students. As they roll up their mat I want them to leave with a deeper understanding of Yoga and a feeling calm and peace from within.
This training was definitely a roller coaster of emotions for me. A few times, I thought to myself, just finish the training, don’t worry about the test and keep learning. My practice and understanding of Yoga will be deeper and more profound regardless of the outcome even if I don’t become a Yoga Teacher.
As I write this I am reminding myself that throughout the time of my Yoga Teacher Training I was pretty busy with my Girl Scout Troop, other volunteer positions, At home with school work, our crazy family schedule and trying to keep up the house. And of course, any time your doing something life changing life throws something big at you. And it it did. But…I managed to get through it with the help of my yoga family/tribe. Yes, they and my family helped me get through it.
Sometimes I look back and think I must have been crazy adding the commitment of studying Yoga on top of the things I already had going on! There were days when I left a Yoga class or teacher training feeling like “wow, I’ve progressed” and then that would get followed up by “what am I thinking”. Let me be clear, I mention all the things I continued to do during this training because I need to grant myself some space and grace for feeling defeated and overwhelmed at times. My plate was already spilling over but I wanted to do this. I knew the time was now!
I love to help other’s and give back to my community but I came to realize that teaching Yoga gave me a feeling like no other. I thought about the teachers or classes I enjoy and admire the most and realized the teachers all had something in common. They all have heart. You can feel their soul, their heartaches, the moments in life both good and bad shining through in their teaching. They all had the ability to be completely human with their students. Although there are times when I may take a class to challenge myself or learn something different I much prefer to be in a class that permits the feelings of love, acceptance and compassion. Yoga is more than a physical practice for me, it runs deep.
For me, Yoga is all about putting tapas, santosha, svadhyaya, and surrender (yoga terms, lol) into practice. Teaching Yoga gives me the opportunity to bring the feeling of contentment, love and acceptance to my students. I’ve lived a life filled with peaks and valleys. It has been far from perfect but that pain, the suffering I’ve lived through allows me the unique opportunity to teach from the heart. I’ll get to help people learn something life changing when they think they just showed up for a work out. Being a Yoga Teacher also grants me the perfect excuse to keep learning and seeking further understanding…and If I’m a good teacher – I’ll also get to learn things from my students.
Another thing I came to realize about Yoga is that is great as is! It doesn’t need me to change it or serve it, or help it. Yoga will continue with or without me but maybe just maybe by my sharing my feelings about life, what I’ve learned, what makes me happy, joyful & peaceful; I can inspire someone to learn more, to dig deeper into their practice, to feel contentment or to be more accepting of themselves. Like a Yoga Fairy I get to sprinkle my “Yoga Dust” among my students. How cool is that!?!
I hope you can join me for some “Yoga Fairy Dust” at one of my classes as I continue to refine my life. I’ll be teaching every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. beginning June 3rd at Yoga Squared in Old Town Tustin. You can also look for me on the schedule filing in for other teachers. This has been a humbling and eye opening experience and look forward to sharing it with you.
Annette Cruz, Project Refined Life
Blast off at Discovery Cube’s annual Rocket Launch! This FREE event is full of hands-on activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own 2-liter bottle rocket with pressurized air and water.
Rocket Launch is a free community event available to science, rocket and engineer enthusiasts of all ages. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded prizes.
Need some advice on how to build the best bottle rocket? Check out the video below provided by the Boeing Company. Get real engineering tips on making your rocket fly high, deploy a parachute, and gracefully fall back to Earth
Click here to Register Now!!!
- When: Saturday, May 13, 2107 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
- Cost: FREE
Hiking season is in the air! One of the ways to prepare the kids for upcoming hikes is to make them aware that snakes live in the parks and trails we hike in.
O.C. Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.
This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species.
Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.
There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County.
- When: Saturday, May 13, July 8 and September 2, 2017 from 7:15 – 8:30 pm
- Where: O’Neil Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Parking at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
- Cost: The event is free event, parking fee is $5.00
OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting the 2nd annual Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family.
There a fun demonstrations like the volcano demo pictured above, plenty of hands on experiements and informations abvailble. You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.
The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.
The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. The OC Zoo will also have various zookeeper chats throughout the day.
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: FREE, parking is $5.00 per vehicle, Optional OC Zoo is $2.00 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.
Tomorrow is Earth Day and a great way to honor the day is at KelpFest 2017! More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution. In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests. In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.
In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them.
There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.
Schedule of events:
- 9:00am Kelpfest begins
- 9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
- 10:00am Musical performances begin
- Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
- Docent led tide pool tours
- Arts and crafts for kids
- Live musical performances
Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!
- When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach
- Cost: FREE
It always makes me feel great to bring home fresh, organic, locally grown veggies for my family. This Saturday morning you can take that feeling of doing something great for your family a step further!
Why not pick up some beautiful organic veggies for the family at the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market and then let kids get in on some FREE Yoga? That’s right, a FREE YOGA class designed just for them. Did I mention that it’s FREE?
This FREE kid’s Yoga session is taught by Renee Schwan and no pre-registration required. Just bring your shopping list, a yoga mat and the kids!
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:45am –11:30am
Orange Home Grown Farmer’s Market, located at 304 N. Cypress Street, Orange CA 92866
This weekend is filled with some great STEAM/STEM events. A few days ago, I shared Imaginology, a STEAM event that takes at the OC Fair Grounds. It’s a fantastic event that we’ve been a attending for a few years now. Today, I’m sharing two more great STEAM/STEM events.
All of these events take place this weekend. Get your little STEMists to one of these fun filled events.
*City of STEM – Columbia Memorial Space Center*
Are you ready for a day of Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology? Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for their 3rd annual City of STEM event.
This FREE event brings together hands-on activities and nearly two dozen science partners to the Space Center like: SpaceX, Natural History Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific, LA Zoo, and much more!
All are welcomed and are sure to enjoy this event. There will be food trucks on site like: My Delight Cupcakery, Romolo’s Italian Cuisine and TNB Food Truck.
When: Saturday, April 22nd 10am-5pm.
Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
*IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & The STEAM Carnival – O.C. Great Park*
IPSF 20th Birthday Bash & STEAM Carnival. Come celebrate Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the Birthday Bash featuring the 3rd annual STEAM Carnival! Join in on an afternoon of STEAM-inspired games and activities, live music and local food trucks!
HANDS ON FUN! A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
EXCITING ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL AGES
- Cox “IP Packet” Derby Racer
- Planet Ring Toss
- Microsoft Coding
- Virtual Reality Experience
- Human Foosball
- LEGO Car Build and 35′ Supertrack
- Live Animals
- Puzzle Cubes
- Photography Wheel
- US Army Physical Fitness Challenge
- LA Galaxy Soccer Demo
- Basketball and Football Inflatables
- Soccer Tennis Skills Challenge
- Nail Painting by Polished Perfect
- And Much More!
Check out the video below of last year’s event!
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Orange County Great Park, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
Cost: General Admission $5.00, If you wear any IPSF t-shirt, you’ll get FREE admission! Children 3 years old and under are free. VIP tickets also available. To purchase tickets click here.
I’ve always loved yoga. It has always been a way for me to relax, feel refreshed, energized and alive. My vocal/piano teacher introduced the practice of breathing, mediating & some light yoga as a teenager. I remember thinking “Okay, this is cool but I’m here to sing and learn to play the piano. Why is she having me do this”. Looking back now I realize she was trying to open my mind, focus my energy and deflect the some of the negative influences and habits I had surround myself with.
As an adult, I practiced Yoga from time to time. In the mornings before heading off to work, at my local gyms, at a couple of the kick boxing gyms I belonged to. I tired out some studios here and there and with dvd’s. No matter what I was doing in life, no matter what season in life I was in, I always came back to Yoga. Last year, I made Yoga a part of my everyday life at a wonderful studio in old town Tustin called Yoga2 (Yoga Squared). This studio felt good, the energy was good and the teachers and students were friendly and kind. As soon as I started practicing on a regular basis, I knew this was something I needed to include as part of my being and on a bigger scale.
I began to feel and think differently. At this time I was already engaged in some courses and study’s which made the practice (asana), the words, the shapes and the thoughts I was experiencing during my Yoga sessions light a fire within me. This past December, I decided to take my love for yoga to whole new level and embark on a 15 week – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training course through Shanti Shanti Yoga School.
Deciding to take this training was a hard choice for me. I already had such a busy schedule, I was afraid of the commitment, scared of all of the studying that would be involved. I was older than your average yoga teacher and didn’t have as much flexibility as some of the yogi’s around me. Could I keep up with my family, my household duties and other outside commitments? I sat down and had a talk with my family to discuss how everyone’s life would be different (at least for 15 weeks) if I took this training. With the support of my family and despite all of the challenges – I decided to do it. The 15 weeks would come and go regardless of my taking this training, so why not at least try it.
Well, here I am in week #11. I must say – this has not easy but it has it been worth it! I have met some amazing human beings. I have discovered things about myself that need to change. I’ve discovered things about others around me that made me wake up. I am learning about SO many things and so many different perspectives. It’s been a humbling and an eye opening experience and I am loving every minute of it!
In my daily life, I am beginning to prioritize my day and my life differently. I realized almost 12 years ago that although I plan my life ultimately there is a power much greater then myself that is control. I am however in control of how I respond to what happens in life. There are certain things in my life that I am okay with letting go of (folding the laundry is one of them). In all seriousness, I feel a huge shift in my life and it is due to this inner reflection that is required in this training. This training is unlike any other training or education I have ever taken part in.
If you have ever considered taking Yoga Teacher Training – do it! A few words of advice:
Look for a good school – Find a school that is registered through Yoga Alliance. You want your training to count and many yoga studios won’t hire you if your teacher training wasn’t through a Yoga Alliance registered school. Very important, make sure the teachers/trainers are in practice, knowledgeable and kind. I feel like I hit the jackpot with my Yoga school of choice. They are all very professional, well trained and caring.
Don’t go big – when it comes to yoga teacher training, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Smaller class sizes means more individualized attention. They’ll get to know you and what your capable of. Don’t be a number.
Internship Programs – it’s scary to be sitting along side the teacher, teaching segments of the class or the whole class during your training but so worth it. The opportunity to have a mentor guide you and prepare you to teach before you’re out there on your own is priceless. I appreciate every single word of advice and the direction I receive.
Keep a journal of how you feel and your thoughts on a weekly basis. I feel differently every week. There have been a couple of times I felt defeated and that I wasn’t cut out for this. But I’m still here – learning, growing and facing my fears. It’ll help to look back on your changes.
Be prepared – your life and your perspective will change and that’s a good thing. Embrace the changes that lie ahead and remain truthful to yourself.
There is still so much to learn. I am still nervous about my journey and my future as a Yoga Teacher. I am surrounded by some awesome examples of Yoga Teachers and people. At the beginning of my training I wasn’t sure if I wanted to teach but I now I am sure that I need to share this with others. It’s bringing an awareness into so many other areas of my life. Areas that I want to explore and learn more about. It has also brought into perspective things that I have already learned and how to incorporate them into what I what I am learning and what I will be teaching. I still have a few weeks to go and finals to get through but regardless of the outcome from this journey (Yoga Teacher Training) I know that my mind, body and soul will be better, more knowledgeable, more accepting, stronger and healthier because of this. Let the project continue!
Peace and Love,
Annette – Project Refined Life
It’s time to use your “Imaginology and go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” at the O.C. Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy is one of our girls favorite annual STEAM events. Through hands-on workshops and exhibits, this event creates a stimulating world perfect for kids of all ages.
Kids can explore and discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields and more.
Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, technology, painting, sculpting and other crafts. Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.We love walking through the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm. The farm is filled with gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table.
There’s so much to do at this event. In addition to the hands-on learning there’s blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.
- When: April 21-23 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
- Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday
Visit the Imaginology website for more details and a full event schedule.
Did you know there are NO Hospitals in California with libraries for Children? Children can play video games, get toys to play with, visits from therapy dogs but there are no books! This is where you can help make a difference!
As part of my Junior Girl Scouts Bronze project they have teamed up with my favorite Children’s Book store, Once Upon A Storybook to host a Book Fair to benefit Ethan & Choco’s Book Club.
Please help us as we give back to the children in our community. Buy a book for yourself or donate a book. OR – even better, Buy One, Gift One!!!
Once Upon a Storybook has generously offered to donate a portion of each purchase to help fulfill Ethan’s vision of building a lending library and gifting library. Just be sure to mention“TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!
Any donated books must be new. Please come by to support my troop, ECBC, and this wonderful local bookstore!!
- When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 12:30 – 5:00 pm
- Where: Once Upon A Storybook, located at 17300 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
- Be sure to mention “TROOP #3152” at checkout!!!
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OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Izaak Walton League and Berkley Fishing host the inaugural Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Yorba Regional Park.
The Kids’ Fishing Clinic (for ages 15 and under) is designed to teach kids how to fish, while giving them the opportunity to catch a few. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout or catfish for the clinic.
Fishing experts will be on site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! If you do not have your own fishing rod, a limited quantity will be available for loan. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.
- When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Where: Yorba Regional Park 7600 E. La Palma Anaheim, CA 92807
- Event is free! Parking is $5 per vehicle
To register, please call (714) 973-6615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were 276 drunk driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day from 2009-2013, making it one of the deadliest holidays on the road for drunk driving. – MADD.org
It’s Friday night and it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This combination makes me worry. Although I wish that you have a great time with your celebrations – I MUST take this time to simply remind you to not to depend on luck if your planning on drinking and driving. Your choices impact everyone around you. Have fun but please don’t drink and drive. Be sure to designated non-drinking driver.
If your hosting your own St. Patrick’s Day party? Here are some safe party tips from MADD.org:
- As guests RSVP, confirm that they have a plan for a safe way home via a non-drinking designated driver (rideshare service, public transportation, taxi, etc.).
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails for non-drinking designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol. Create a fun green mocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
- If, despite your efforts, some of your guests have had too much to drink, never let them drive home impaired.
More safe partytips can be found at madd.org/safeparty
Pledge to be Safe this St. Patrick’s Day
Pledge to be a designated driver, or pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free this St. Patrick’s Day. You could save your friends’ lives, or your own.
Grab your Yoga Mat, a towel and some water to welcome in Spring with “Yoga Mala”. You’ll be lead through 108 Sun Salutations! Sun Salutations is a Yoga Sequence that flows through 12 poses.
This FREE Yoga event will take place at Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
To register visit http://www.greatparkneighborhoods.com/news-and-events/event/yoga-mala