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Holiday Food Drive

Here’s another simple way to give back, let’s start by giving back within our own community! Yoga Squared is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission.

Before heading out to your next yoga class – reach into your pantry and grab a box of pasta, a package of rice or a can of beans or you can pick up something up during your next grocery trip.

Our Food Drive is taking place from today, Friday, December 15, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017. Bring your food donations to Yoga Squared located at 195 El Camino Real #201, Tustin, CA 92780.

We are located right above El Camino Cafe on the 2nd Floor. Our stairwell/elevator entrance is located on 2nd Street in the driveway to the right of the El Camino Cafe.

Donations can be dropped off inside our studio or on our patio. All donations will be picked up on the afternoon of Friday, December 22, 2017 and will be delivered to the OC Rescue Mission. Thank you so much for help, we appreciate you! Please remember any little bit helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at Projectrefinedlife@gmail.com

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Los Angeles County Fair

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The 2014 Los Angeles County Fair starts today! The fair runs from Aug. 29 – Sept. 28, 2014. In addition to the fair food, rides, exhibits and “End of Summer Concert Series”, there are a few additions.

LACF_Luminasia_MythsLegendsThis year “Luminasia” an exciting new exhibit presented by Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, lights up LACF’s hillside with speectacular, larger-than-life Asian themed and whimsical lanterns. Each is hand-crafted and custom built using an ancient art form and 100 artisans from China. This special exhibition has ever been seen in California. (a separate admission fee does apply)

LACF_HallofHeroes4Hall of Heroes is also new. This a fun, educational, and visually stunning mix of Interactive Science Devices all dressed up in a Superhero costume. For all you Dr. Who fans, be sure to check our the Tardis as well as other Whovian gadgets.

LACF_FarmKitchenThere has also been a four acre crop expansion to the farm where you will be able to taste some of the fresh herbs and vegetables in cooking demonstrations and the “Farm Kitchen” a new dinning experience. Here you’ll find fresh flat bread made on an open wood fire pizza oven. You can enjoy veggie flat bread grilled right in front of you, using fresh ingredients directly from the farm. The Farm still has the traditional favorites like the Big Red Barn, milking demonstrations and the petting zoo.

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I’ve included the hours, admission fees, rental fees and of course, the “Special Offers” below.

As always, a reminder from me to help our community by participating in “donation” days. 

  • Food Drive Fridays presented by Ralphs on Fridays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, noon – 3 p.m. Donate five canned goods and receive free admission that day only.
  • School Supply Drive – Free Admission with Donation Thursdays, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Must Donate at least 5 new or unwrapped school supplies in order to receive free admission to LACF. The items will be donated to Inland Empire United Way’s School Tools Program and local community schools.
  • Blood Drives – Receive an any-day ticket to LACF, by donating blood. Check out times and locations HERE!
  • For Veterans and active military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics – be sure to take advantage of the Weekend for Heroes, Saturday, Sept. 13 & Sunday, Sept. 14  with ID along with one guest can attend the Fair for $2 each. The proceeds from the $2 admission for hero and guest will be donated to Wounded Heroes of America.

Opening Weekend Hours

Friday, Aug. 29 – 3 p.m.-Midnight

Saturday, Aug. 30 – 10 a.m.-Midnight

Sunday, Aug. 31 – 10 a.m.-Midnight

Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day – 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sept. 4-28 Hours

Wednesdays – Noon-10 p.m.

Thursdays – Noon-11 p.m.

Fridays – Noon-Midnight

Saturdays – 10 a.m.-Midnight

Sundays – 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Luminasia Hours

Wednesday through Sunday – 6 p.m.-Closing

Admission

Weekdays     Weekends & Labor Day
Adults, 13+ $12.00 $19.00
Child, ages 6-12 $8.00 $12.00
Seniors 60+ $10.00 $15.00
Senior Wednesday $6.00
Season Pass $29.99

Group Discounts

VIP Concert Experience

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*LACF has discontinued $1 admission over Labor Day Weekend, please visit our promotions page to see all the programs available.

Carnival

Price Notes
200 tickets $100 Check for special offers
100 tickets $50 Check for special offers
40 tickets $20 Check for special offers
Unlimited Ride Wristband $50 Good for one day only

Carnival Wristband Restrictions

Wed.-Fri. Voucher must be traded for wristband at carnival ticket booth by 9pm. Wristband is good for use til 11pm.
Weekends Voucher must be traded for wristband at carnival ticket booth by 4pm. Wristband is good for use til 7 pm.
Labor Day Voucher must be traded for wristband at carnival ticket booth by 4pm. Wristband is good for use til 7 pm.

*You must be 36” or taller to ride any of the rides.


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Adult Admission (ages 18+)  $9.00
Child Admission (ages 6-17)  $5.00

 Parking Prices

General Parking $15.00
Valet/Gate 3 $30.00
Season Pass $60.00

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Rental Equipment

At all gates: Yellow, Blue and Green Gate

Strollers $10
Wagons $15
Double Strollers $15
Lockers $5 all day (in/out privileges), including
$5 key deposit that is returned at end of day
Wheelchairs $25
Scooters $50
Scooters after 7pm $35

Enjoy our special offers and save on your visit.

 Buy your Season Pass now!

Discover the Los Angeles County Fair again and again! A Season Pass good any day of the Fair for ages 6 and older is just $29.99.  Click HERE to purchase.

School Supply Drive – Free Admission with Donation

Thursdays, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Must Donate at least 5 new or unwrapped school supplies in order to receive free admission to LACF. The items will be donated to Inland Empire United Way’s School Tools Program and local community schools.

Drink Specials, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

$1 fountain drink with purchase of $5 minimum food item at participating stands. $2 Off Happy Hour draft beer and margaritas, at participating stands, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 4-7 p.m.

Blood Drives
Receive an any-day ticket to LACF, by donating blood. Check out times and locations HERE!

$5 after 5 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays only Guest must PRINT coupon to receive discount. Please click HERE for coupon.

Senior Wednesdays
Seniors age 60+ receive $6 admission with PRINTED coupon. Please click HERE for coupon.

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Get into LACF for free with College Days!Free admission to LACF when you present your College Day coupon and valid student ID. Find your College Day Coupon HERE. Be sure to wear your schools colors, bring your pride, and PRINT your coupon for admittance to LACF. See you there!Costco Fair Savings 

Just $59.99 for 4 adult tickets, 1 parking pass and 44 ride & game tickets. Rides & games require multiple tickets. Available online.

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 Cardenas Market Any-Day Tickets

Come to any participating Cardenas Markets beginning Aug. 1 – Sept. 28, to purchase admission tickets for just $11 for adults, ages 13+ and $6 for ages 6-12. Each Cardenas adult and child any-day admission ticket comes with an exclusive carnival ride wristband offer (purchase required, restrictions apply). Wristbands are $35 and must be purchased before 9 p.m., and used by 11 p.m. weekdays; must be purchased before 4 p.m., and used by 7 p.m. weekends. Wristbands must be purchased in the carnival at a ticket booth by the designated times. For a list of participating Cardenas Markets, click HERE.

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Ride Metro to LACF

For more information on public transportation to LACF, please visit the Metro Trip Planner and Metro Destination Discounts for special promotional offers.

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 Ride Metrolink to LACF
Offering late night service from Union Station to LACF on weekends. Find out more and purchase discounted tickets by clicking HERE.SpecialOffers_Oreillys

 Wild Wednesdays, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts

Fair admission and a carnival ride wristband for just $25 on Wednesdays only; available beginning August 29th in participating locations. Purchase required and restrictions apply. Good Wednesdays only.

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 Ralphs Any-Day Tickets

Come to any participating Ralphs grocery store beginning Aug. 18 – Sept. 28, to purchase admission tickets for just $11 for adults, ages 13+ and $6 for ages 6-12. Each Ralphs adult and child any-day admission ticket comes with an exclusive carnival ride wristband offer (purchase required, restrictions apply). Wristbands are $35 and must be purchased before 9 p.m., and used by 11 p.m. weekdays; must be purchased before 4 p.m., and used by 7 p.m. weekends. Wristbands must be purchased in the carnival at a ticket booth by the designated times. For a list of participating Ralphs, click HERE. Presented by Ralphs. 

Food Drive Fridays presented by Ralphs
Fridays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, noon – 3 p.m. Donate five canned goods and receive free admission that day only.

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 T-Mobile Thursdays presented by T-Mobile

$25 admission & a carnival ride wristband, available beginning August 29th in participating stores. Purchase required and restrictions apply. Good Thursdays only.

 

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 Southern California Toyota Dealers Service Promotion Starting Aug. 29 a voucher good for two tickets to the Fair with any Toyota Service or Toyota Genuine Parts purchase of $59.99 or more at a participating Southern California Toyota dealer. While supplies last, tickets valid Wednesday – Friday. Presented by Toyota.SpecialOffers_WellsFargo
 $10 for up to 4, Sept. 13 and 14th onlyWells Fargo customers that use their Wells Fargo debit card receive a Los Angeles County Fair discount admission ticket for just $10 each, up to four tickets. Offer good at all LACF gates, Sept. 13 and 14 only.SpecialOffers_DayHeroes1
Weekend for Heroes, Saturday, Sept. 13 & Sunday, Sept. 14
Active and retired military, reserves, police, fire and paramedics, with ID along with one guest can attend the Fair for $2 each. The proceeds from the $2 admission for hero and guest will be donated to Wounded Heroes of America.
images and information from lacountyfair.com
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Promoting Literacy for $1.00!

That’s right, $1.00, you can buy books at Piccolo’s Books for just $1.00! They have three locations in Southern California: Lakewood, Long Beach and Lake Forest, with more stores on the horizon.

Piccolo Lewis, the man behind the One Dollar Book Store/Piccolo’s Books was in the book business for years when he decided he wanted to reach out to his community and promote literacy. In 2006, he opened his first store in Long Beach.  The One dollar Bookstore/Piccolo’s Books sells pre-owned books, videos, DVDs and LP records for a $1.00.

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I love going to my local “Big Brand” book store but let’s face it I can make dinner for the entire family for less then the cost of one book. When you have budget to keep, buying a $10.00 book can seem a bit firvolous. We utilize our library on a regular basis but I can buy a book for a dollar at this place. Yeah, I am more than excited about visiting the Lake Forest Store.

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So now let’s get to the root of this story, Piccolo Lewis. Here is a man who makes a difference. Piccolo was was born in Compton and raised in Long Beach. A diagnosis of dyslexia led him to his mission in life: to promote literacy and provide affordable education to all who have desire.

Due to his dedication of promoting literacy, he started Gift of Knowledge, an organization that helps schools, organizations, libraries and orphanages as well as several other projects.

He donates an astounding 1,000 to 60,00 books a week and in the last two years he has donated over 1 million books to schools through out Los Angeles County as well Detroit, Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, the Philippians and Mexico. He is planning on opening two Children’s Libraries in impoverished neighborhoods this year.

In addition to story time for children he also hosts and produces art and entertainment events for the community,  as well as workshops on breaking into the entertainment industry, stage production, educational workshops on writing resume’s and how to land a job, how to sew and self-sustainability. He is determined to help children become productive citizens in their community.

It’s no wonder he’s been honored by Members of Congress, Councilman, the former Mayor of Los Angeles and the LAPD’s  Southeast Division.

What an amazing man, thank you for caring enough to help our youth and our community.

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Pictures from Piccolo’s Books Facebook Page

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No School = No Food

Summer vacation is just a couple of weeks away for us. I’m planning our schedule and finding events to keep my children busy.

For a lot of parents, the thoughts go so much deeper then that. Some parents are trying to think of ways to keep their children from going hungry during summer break.

In Orange County about 43% of children depend on the free and reduced lunches at school as a majority of their nutrition each day.  So for many children no school = no food.

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How can you help?

Raise awareness and refer people: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps low-income children continue to receive meals when school is out. The program provides children healthy meal options for breakfast and lunch in the summer months at Kids Cafes and other sites. Summer site information varies by state and is available when the school year ends. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) to find a free, nutritious summer meal site near you.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/raise-awareness

Donate or Fundraise:  Start or join a fundraising page or donate funds.

https://www.crowdrise.com/whyhunger

Volunteer:  Volunteers help with basics like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site.

http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/endhunger-sfsp

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pictures courtesy of http://www.whyhunger.org/

 

 

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