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KelpFest 2016

Image courtesy of Kelpfest.org
Image courtesy of Kelpfest.org

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.

KelpFest

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. The 7th annual KelpFest, will be on April 17th, 2016 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.

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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

All Day

  • Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
  • Docent led tide pool tours
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Live musical performances
  • Mermaid!

Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!

  • When: Saturday, April 17, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach
  • Cost: FREE
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Halloween Candy Buy Back

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The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a great way for kids to give back! Kids can trade in their Halloween candy to local dentists for cash & prizes while supporting our troops.

How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

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  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

In 2014, 401,052 lbs of candy were donated, that equals over 12 million individual pieces of candy!! To find a location near you click here.

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Fill the Bus

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Help “Fill the Bus” with school supplies and reach kids with the good news of Jesus! Every year Calvary Church helps give back to the community with hope that these supplies will help encourage kids in Santa Ana and across the globe as they begin the school year.

Here’s a list of supplies needed:

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The collection takes place at at Calvary Church located at 1010 North Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 on Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. Go to the South-Fruit St. Parking Lot at Calvary Church.

The school supply drive benefits low-income Santa Ana Elementary Schools,
Victory School in Albania – www.victoryschool.al & Acres of Love Orphanage in South Africa – www.acresoflove.org.

For more info, contact Matt at MDoan@calvarylife.org or 714.550.2378.

 

 

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Towels Requested!

The Orange County Rescue Mission has an urgent need – towles are requested! The Orange County Resue Mission helps so many people here in Orange County. They are in urgent need of towels for the men, women and children staying at the Village of Hope.

The Village of Hope is a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children. Opened in March 2008, the Village of Hope is unlike any other homeless shelter in the nation. This stunning development is meticulously manicured, tastefully decorated, and boasts more than 150,000 square feet of structures including two restored barracks, set on five acres.

If you can help that’s fantastic – if you can’t at this time, please help by sharing this post to help spread the word. If you would like to know what other needs they have please click here. Thank you!

Orange County Rescue Mission (Village of Hope)'s photo.
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KelpFest 2015

KelpFest 2015: Celebrate Giant Kelp!

Image from getinspiredinc.org
Image from getinspiredinc.org

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.

Image from getinspiredinc.org
Image from getinspiredinc.org

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.

KelpFest

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. The 5th annual KelpFest, will be on April 18th, 2015 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.

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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

All Day

  • Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
  • Docent led tide pool tours
  • Arts and crafts for kids
  • Live musical performances
  • Mermaid!

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Laguna Beach – Main Beach

Cost: FREE

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MLK Jr. Day of Service

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day that not only celebrates the life work of Dr. King but it is also recognized as a Day of Service.

It’s easy to serve your community but just in case you need some ideas, I have some for you.

First, In order to get the entire family ready for a Day of Service I have included a couple of videos, a craft and a link to great site for kids that features a video and activities about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get your family in on the idea of serving and their hearts will be full.

We love books in our family but sometimes watching books come to life are a great option (especially when you haven’t had time to go to the library). This video is the book “Martin’s Big Words”

 BrianPop has nice video and activies just for kids.

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I thought these cute and quick little “Dream Catcher” crafts from rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com made from two felt pipe cleaners and yarn – so easy and cute.

Dream Catchers from rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com
Dream Catchers from rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com

 The Dream Catchers craft would be great to make while listening to Martin Luther King Jr’s  “I have a Dream Speech”

All For GoodAs far as serving your community Allforgood.org is a website that you can just plug-in your zip code and it provides you with tons of volunteer opportunities.

Startasnowball logoStartasnowball.com also has some family friendly community service ideas. Although this post is a couple of years old, there are all still relevant and full of great ideas.

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Are you a Shoe Stuffer?

If you’re homeless, you know all about Shoe Stuffing. Did you know socks are one of the least donated clothing items at homeless shelters? With the cold winter nights come cold feet, those without socks wrap their feet with newspaper  to keep their feet insulated.

The average person walks 4 miles a day. The average struggling or homeless person walks an average of 10 miles per day and most of them do this with newspaper stuffed in their shoes.

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This December, Hanes will donate 150,000 pairs of socks to those in need. But you can join in and help the homeless by donating today. hanes.com/hanesforgood ‪#‎HanesForGood‬

Donating even one pair of socks will help someone in need. Donations can be made at your local Salvation Army Store or drop off location near you.

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Give the Gift of Warmth

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One Warm Coat works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. They encourage people to keep others warm by donating a new or gently used coat.

Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”

It’s not just children who need coats – adults often buy the children coats but can’t afford one for themselves. This is a great way to add more space to your closet and help someone in need. It’s easy find a donation site or coat drive, just type in your zip code.

The Container Store is also accepting donations at their stores. In addition by simply donating $5.00 – you can help keep 10 people warm. It’s so easy you just text the word “CONTAIN” to 80100.

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Another way to give back

Another way to give back within our community is to Orangewood Children’s Home. Orangewood Children’s Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Today, our focus is on the ongoing needs of children in the foster care system, developing a wide range of activities, scholarships, support and programs to give every child every chance to succeed.

Here’s a wish list, if you could be so kind as to drop any one of these items off, A child would be so grateful this Holiday season. They are accepting donations through tomorrow, December 22, 2014.

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CHOC Toy Drive & Prentend City

Pretend City will host a Toy Drive for CHOC until December 23, 2014. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to receive discount on admission.

Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Pretend City Children’s Museum is once again partnering up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys!

Durable, cleanable toys are most useful in the hospital setting. For a list acceptable toys, please visit CHOC’s Toy Wish List.

  • Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website:http://pretendcity.org for more information on admdission and hours.
  •  Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit. *One discount per ticket per toy; cannot be combined with any other promotions
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45th Annual Adopt a Family Program

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The 45th Annual Adopt A Family Program is taking place now thru December 18, 2014 at OC Fair & Event Center

Since its inception, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 45th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,100 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.

Ways to Participate:

  • Provide at least two new gifts for every child AND food (or grocery gift cards) for a complete dinner for the entire family
  • OR provide only new gifts (at least two) for each child in the family
  • OR volunteer on December 17th or 18th (see FAQs below for more information)
  • OR help with deliveries using your van or truck on the morning of December 18th
  • OR make a donation for SOS Adopt A Family to purchase gifts, food or gift cards

Companies, schools, and religious institutions are asked to consider adopting multiple families or holding food, toy or gift card drives to help SOS with the families that do not get adopted by a specific donor.

Please join the hundreds of families and organizations that make Adopt A Family a part of their holiday traditions. (download the Donor Sign-Up Form.) You will receive information about your family after November 10th.

For more information, email AAF2014@shareourselves.org or call 949.270.2187.

Adopt A Family FAQs (Download complete list here)

What do you need to provide if we adopt a family?

If you adopt a family, we ask that you provide both Christmas gifts & dinner. You may choose the family size you want, but you must provide at least two new gifts for each child (you may provide more if you’d like, and may also include something for the adults, but this is not required). Gift cards to stores like Payless Shoes and Target are also fine. When providing Christmas dinner, please buy gift cards for frozen goods, turkeys and perishables and purchase other holiday food items or consider providing gift cards for a complete Christmas dinner. Fresh produce and extra food are always welcome.

For more information contact Share Our Selves

 

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Turkey Trot OC

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Turkey Trot OC

Please join in on Thanksgiving morning, November 27th at 8:00 a.m., as our community comes together with homeless men, women, and children to give thanks.

The 1st annual Turkey Trot OC will kick off at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin for a 5k Run/Walk with proceeds supporting the homeless and hungry of Orange County. This year, the goal is to raise enough for 50,000 meals for the least, the last, and the lost.

The Orange County Rescue Mission will activate its 150,000 supporters, which includes 3,400 businesses and 610 churches and faith communities to run and walk on Thanksgiving morning.

The event will feature a post-run culinary treat of smoked bacon, pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, and freshly ground coffee.

Register Now                 Sponsor                 Get Involved                      Race Information

 

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Scouting for Food

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 is Scouting for Food Day in Orange County. Scouting for Food is a joint collaboration to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Orange County.The program is designed to help alleviate the problem of hunger in Orange County.

Thousands of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their volunteer leaders in Orange County will  approach homes requesting food donations. in addition there will be collection sites set-up county wide for you to drop off your food and personal care items donations. ScoutingforFood_FoodItemFlyer_2014_1-page-001

Collection sites will be open on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All items donated help a families in need within our community. Below is list of collections sites.

LDS Church Locations

LDS CHURCH 674 South Yorba, Orange

LDS CHURCH 30522 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita

LDS CHURCH 10212 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove

LDS CHURCH 2225 North Euclid, Fullerton

LDS CHURCH 4000 West Orange, Anaheim

LDS CHURCH 17500 Bushard , Fountain Valley

LDS CHURCH 5402 Heil, Huntington Beach

LDS CHURCH 17130 Bastanchury, Yorba Linda

LDS CHURCH 23 Lake St., Irvine

LDS CHURCH 23850 Los Alisos, Mission Viejo

LDS CHURCH 28291 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel

Smart & Final Locations

630 N. EUCLID AVENUE, ANAHEIM 92801

14417 CULVER DRIVE, IRVINE 92604

7930 VALLEY VIEW, BUENA PARK 90620

6882 EDINGER, HUNTINGTON BEACH 92647

23631 A EL TORO ROAD, EL TORO 92630

1401 E KATELLA AVENUE, ORANGE 92667

707 W. 19TH STREET, COSTA MESA 92627

34091 DOHENY PARK ROAD, CAPISTRANO BEACH 92624

1941 W. IMPERIAL HIGHWAY, LA HABRA 90631

9062 ADAMS AVENUE, HUNTINGTON BEACH 92646

2475 CHAPMAN, FULLERTON 92831

3430 S. BRISTOL, SANTA ANA 92704

1523 WEST 17TH STREET, SANTA ANA 92706

1308 W. EDINGER AVENUE, SANTA ANA 92704

8956 WARNER AVENUE, FOUNTAIN VALLEY 92708

7050 KATELLA BLVD, STANTON 90680

 

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Support our Troops with your Halloween Candy

A great way to give back – Have kids trade in their Halloween candy to dentists for cash & prizes and support our troops!

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How does the program work?

  • Participating dentists “buy” back kids’ Halloween candy at a scheduled event
  • “Buy” with cash, coupons, toothbrushes, creative exchanges – They can partner with local businesses to give away coupons for food, services, goods, etc.  They can give away the Hygiene Kits, they can set up an Opportunity Prize–each kid gets a ticket per pound of candy for an opportunity drawing to win special prizes, etc.
  • Dentists send the candy to Operation Gratitude or other Military support groups
  • Operation Gratitude sends the candy  to the U.S. Military
  • To find a dental practice in your area, use the zip code “look-up” feature to see if there is a dental office participating close by. SUGGESTION: Call the practice before driving over with your Halloween candy as many have concluded their buyback event and are no longer accepting candy.

Why Join Halloween Candy Buyback?

  • You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you’re making kids, parents, and Service Members smile!
  • You’ll set a great example for the next generation to give back!
  • You’ll also enjoy some great publicity!

100,000 Toothbrush Challenge

Help us send a toothbrush in every troop’s care package! For every pound of candy you send to the troops, we hope you will also send a toothbrush! Let’s see how quickly we can collect 100,000 toothbrushes!

To find a location near you click here

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September Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma

There’s a great new line up of Jr. Chef Classes at Williams-SonomaWilliams-Sonoma for the month of September.

Classes are FREE with the exception of one class to be held on September 13th. This class gives your kids the opportunity to give back!

A $5.oo donation is requested as Williams-Sonoma has teamed up with Share our Strength , a nonprofit organization dedicated to end childhood hungry.

All proceeds from this class will be donated to Share our Strength.

Jr_chef_SeptmberShow your kids how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes,

from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.

Transform a few simple ingredients into a classic, comforting meal. We have the tips, techniques and tools you need to make pasta paired with an authentic sauce. Suitable for ages 9-13.

 

Jr.-Chef_Sept13Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit organization fighting every day to end childhood hunger in America. Join us for this special cookie-decorating event. ($5 donation) – all proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength! All ages are welcome to help us support this great cause.

Everyone knows the most important meal of the day is breakfast. This class will teach you how to make some great grab-and-go breakfasts the whole family will love.  Suitable for ages 9–13.

Want to help prepare dinner? Join us and learn how to make delicious noodle dishes the whole family will love. We’ll create long curly vegetable noodles by spiralizing as well as make a baked noodle dish sure to satisfy. Suitable for ages 9–13.

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Last We Care Wednesday at OC Fair – Help kids in Orange County with School Supplies

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SOS (Share our Selves) is thrilled to be a part of the OC Fair’s We Care Wednesday School Supply Drive, benefiting SOS. A school supply donation of $5 with receipt (required) or more will get you free admission to the fair and one carnival ride.

This summer, Share Our Selves (SOS) will distribute over 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to Orange County students from low income families through the 19th Annual Back to School Program. They need your help to meet this goal! Donations of new backpacks, school supplies, hand sanitizer, gift cards for school uniforms, lunch bags, etc. will be gladly accepted.

Please help Share Our Selves send kids back to school with a great start! A positive beginning to the school year can have an important impact on each student’s success.

Underwriting

  • $25 will provide 5 children with a new backpack
  • $50 will provide 10 children with a new backpack
  • $100 will provide 20 children with a new backpack
  • $250 will provide 50 children with a new backpack
  • $500 will provide 100 children with a new backpack

Other ways to Donate

  • Through their website
  • Mail a check made out to Share Our Selves to:
    1550 Superior Avenue
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

If you are in need of assistance and would like to sign up for this year’s Back to School Program, you can register at SOS in person August 4-22. Please bring your ID and proof of address. You will be given a time to come back and pick up your backpack between August 27-29. Families will receive two backpacks maximum.

For more information on donating supplies or registering for a backpack, please contact:

Veronica Rodarte
949.270.2142
vrodarte@shareourselves.org

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