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Robots in Science

Don’t miss this special presentation at Katie Wheller Library in Irvine as Bob Barboza talks about Robots in Science 


Katie Wheeler Library
13109 Old Myford Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 669-8753


Mason Movie Nights under the Stars


Summer is quickly coming to an end and I’m going to try to squeeze in as much as possible until school starts.

Come to Irvine’s William R. Mason Regional Park’s amphitheater and enjoy their the final Movie under the stars of this season, “Despicable Me 2” while your treated to some complimentary popcorn and a bottled water.

mason_regional_parkBring your picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets. The movie will begin at sunset (between 7:45 to 8:00 pm.) and parking is FREE after 6:30 p.m.

If you get there early you can take a stroll along the 9 acre lake and enjoy the beautiful shade trees.

Mason Regional Park
18712 University Drive
Irvine, CA 92612-2601
(949) 923-2220




Saturday Mornings and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity



Looking for something fun to do on Saturday mornings? From 9:30am to 12:30pm you can drop in and draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

It’s a great place to express yourself creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult.) These events are Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Let you and your children’s inner Picassos shine!

Always check their calendar at www.chuckjonescenter.org to make sure the event will be held on the Saturday you wish to attend, on occasions they have to cancel due to special events.

3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Questions: Sasha Advani, (949) 660-7793 x20107  sasha@chuckjonescenter.org

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity also hosts classes once a month  at Center for Living Peace in Irvine. 

Join Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote & the Road Runner along with all their friends for Saturday Morning Cartoons and have FUN drawing too! They’ll watch & explore the magical world of Chuck Jones, legendary director & animator. Program runs 11:30am – 12:30am. Registration is required via website – www.GoodHappens.org. Donations accepted!

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The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity inspires joy and innovation in people of all ages, energizing them to transform their lives, their communities, and society as a whole. The best way to tap into the creative energy that dwells inside us is to trust our minds & hands and NOT overthink the process. Whether it’s watching a cartoon or your child at play, we hold onto these moments through pictures, sounds & feelings, that we store away as brilliant memories. Chuck Jones would do the same thing, only he would recall those memories and express them through his art.

 There is a suggested donation of $1.00 – $5.00


Center for Living for Peace offers some amazing classes, check their calendar for events like Yoga, Earth Drumming, Tai Chi & Mediation

LOCATION – Center For Living Peace is located in the University Center shopping complex

 CenterforLivingPeace4139 Campus Drive

Irvine, CA 92612


Peace in Motion Café Movie Night Presents: Girl Rising

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Center for Living Peace in Irvine will present their monthly Peace in Motion Café Movie Night. Each month, a socially stimulating film is screened with group discussion following.


This month’s film synopsis:

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice (GirlRising.com).

This event is CAFÉ STYLE – Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beer and wine refreshments.  Wine glasses will be provided, however, please bring your own utensils and plates.

 This is a great place to meet other conversationalists and a great opportunity to support community activism. There is a suggested donation of $5.oo – $10.00. To reserve a spot, please register here

Center For Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

located in the University Center shopping complex between Focus Dance Studio and Lee’s Sandwiches.



The Practice of Mindful Living

On Saturday, August 9th, the Great Park will host a FREE 60 minute lecture. Topic: Habits For A More Balanced Life

Living mindfully means different things to different people, but here in the Farm + Food Lab it involves being present in thought, deliberate in deed, attuned to your surroundings, and actively engaged in the moment.  This series will provide the knowledge and tools to help you reassess what’s important, rebalance your priorities, and regain control over the ever increasing demands of your busy life.  Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and engaging series designed to help you obtain the benefits and rewards of mindful living.

mindfullivingTime(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 

Ages 16+ are welcome to attend

This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with local health care professionals.


Watermelon Tours at Tanaka Farms

tanakasignA fun addition to the Summer Educational Series and a great way to spend an afternoon is at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. They are currently featuring their Watermelon Tours and for a short time, Strawberry Tours as well.

My Girl Scout troop visited in the spring for a Strawberry Tour. Everyone enjoyed the tour and the strawberries we picked were the most delicious strawberries I’ve ever tasted.

tanakafarmsCSATanaka farms is a 30 acre working farm that grows organic fruit and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are sold at their farm stand as well as their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.


Tanaka Farms also offers educational tours. The tours are available throughout the year. Strawberry Tours (Mid-March to end of June), Cookout Tours (Mid-March to end of August), Watermelon Tours (July to August), and the Pumpkin Patch Tour (end of Sept. to end of October).

You tour the farm on a wagon pulled by a tractor. Along the way, you take various stops to learn about the vegetables and fruits that are currently in season. You learn how they are grown and you get to taste them, yum! For your final stop you arrive at your crop where you get to sample some fresh melon and watermelon and than pick your own personal-sized watermelon to enjoy at home.


The following tours are available at this time:

Weekend Tours:

Strawberry Tours  every hour from 10am to 2pm!  No reservations needed

Watermelon Tours  every hour beginning at 9:30 am and the last tour leaves at 2:30 pm; No reservations needed

Weekday Tours: 

Watermelon Tours Monday-Friday with a reservation 

U-Pick Tours – We’ll keep you posted with this free tour’s availability! 

Arrive 15-20 minutes before your tour and be prepared to get dirty, take shoes you don’t mind getting some dirt or possibly mud on, remember this is a working farm.

Rates are as follows:

Adults and Children are $18.00

Children 2 and younger are Free

Group tours and rates are available:  home-schooling group, boy scouts, girl scouts, summer camp, sports group, or other organizations.day, enjoying our special group rates.  For your group reservations please call Aimee at (949) 653-2100 Ext. 204

photos from Tanaka Farms Facebook page

Pacific Symphony’s – Symphony in the Cities


Today, Sunday, July 27th, Pacific Symphony provides a perfect way to create a summer memory! Come equipped with your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to Irvine’s Mike Ward Park in the Village of Woodbridge.  The FREE ninth annual “Symphony in the Cities” concert in the park event attracts thousands of people each summer. “Musical Playground” is a part of Symphony in the Cities with hands-on activities for children prior to the concert.

Activities include:

  • make an instrument
  • play in a drum
  • meet a Symphony musician
  • conduct a clinic with Maestro St.Clair
  • play in a circle drum
  • visit an instrument petting zoo
  • help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea” during the concert

 The Symphony’s Musical Playground, begins at 5:30 p.m. and  the FREE Symphony in the Cities concert begins at 7 p.m..

symphony_in_the_cities_1With a potpourri of popular classics, Americana and patriotic tunes, this year’s concert is led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and features mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo singing Bizet’s sultry Suite from “Carmen” and four talented young violinists from Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings (PSSS) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in B Minor. Classical KUSC’s radio host Rich Capparela serves as the emcee and also narrates Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” before a final audience sing-along of patriotic favorites.

Location: Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 92604

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Admission and parking are FREE

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images from pacificsymphony.org