Tag: Saddleback College

Solar Decatholon 2015

Image courtesy of solardecathlon.gov
Image courtesy of solardecathlon.gov

I’m so excited this is back! Don’t miss the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition at the Great Park. The 2015 competition takes place over two weekends, October 8-11 and October 15-18.

The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Visitors to this free public event will have the opportunity to tour the solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County consists of students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College.

The Children’s activity area is adjacent to the Solar Decathlon Village and is open on weekends during the event. Families can enjoy face painting, balloon artists, inflatables and more. The children’s area is open October 10-11 and October 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 8-11 & October 15-18 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Children’s activity area is open Saturday & Sunday October 10 & 11 & October 17 & 18 from 11:00 am – 5:00pm
  • Where: The Great Park, click here for Map & Directions
  • Cost: The event is Free, parking is $10

For more information, visit solardecathlon.gov


Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at One of my Favorite Places.


The 40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch will take place October 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at one of my favorite places: Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

What is the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.


Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Local restaurants WingstopPIE-NOT,A Market, Which Wich, Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Kean Coffee (love their coffee), Sensitive Sweets, Shirley’s Bagels, Whole Foods, thePizza Bakery, Fork in the Road & Z Pizza  will have food and drinks available to purchase.


If your looking for native plants, they’ll have a selection of native plants for sale  to attract more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year.

For the children there will be a variety of fun crafts*, face painting, henna tattoos, a petting zoo and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. OC Reptile Rescue will bring a variety of scaly things, and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will have their wolves on site for you to meet.


*Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Star Lanterns, Pine Cone Critters, Beautiful Branches, Gratitude Cards, Pasta Necklaces, and Calendar Kites!enc_pumpkinpatch4

As for the entertainment, enjoy the music of Keith Serpa and be sure to check out the Fire Circle Stage to hear a story from Community Roots Academy, theYouth Singers of Orange County  and the Eco-Fashion show by Saddleback College.

It’s sure to be great day, hope to see you there!


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