Volunteers Prepare For OC’s Largest Thanksgiving Day Feast

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — Preparations are underway for Orange County’s largest annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

15,000 guests are expected to enjoy the We Give Thanks dinner in the Honda Center parking lot Thursday.

Volunteers are preparing food at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Hilton and Marriott hotels for the 25th annual Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 1,500 volunteers are helping to prepare and serve the meals.

We Give Thanks was founded more than 20 years ago by Frank Garcia to help those in need in the greater Orange County and Los Angeles areas.

Garcia began his Thanksgiving Day tradition by serving a free dinner to families in need in the parking lot of his family owned restaurant, La Casa Garcia.

Each year the number of persons increased and soon surpassed 15,000.

Although the location has changed from the parking lot…

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Mattel Apologizes, Says Incompetent Engineer Barbie ‘Doesn’t Reflect The Brand’s Vision’

FOLLOW UP: An apology from Mattel and Amazon pulls the e-book.

Consumerist

networkedagent Yes, there’s a typo. Technical Editor Barbie will remove that later. (Swift on Security)

Earlier today, we wondered why the communications people over at Mattel hadn’t answered any questions about a book starring Barbie as a computer engineer. Barbie’s “engineering” job consisted of designing puppies while having male colleagues code the game and reboot her computer. This isn’t just sexist, but an inaccurate representation of what computer engineers do. Good news: Steven and Brian managed to get the virus off PR Barbie’s computer, and the book’s author has spoken up as well. UPDATE: Amazon also appears to have pulled the e-book version of this title.

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We Guess Public Relations Barbie Can’t Use Email Any Better Than Computer Engineer Barbie

Mattel – you get a great big thumbs down from me! So barbie can do anything except write code. Thank goodness theres’ a boy close by – he’ll fix everything.
Isn’t she supoosed to be a Computer engineer? I was already upset about the Girl Scout Barbie released earlier this year but now this.

Thank goodness my girls no longer ask for Barbies. because at this point I would say no.

Just a couple of months back I told me girls they could no watch the Barbie epsiodes on Netflix after watching an episode of Barbie Dreamhouse. “Girl” based TV and toys are so very disappionting.

Step it up Mattel! Encourgae our girls, build them up, show them they can be and do anything.

Consumerist

Barbie is stymied by this email thing. Barbie is stymied by this email thing. Yesterday we found out that Computer Engineer Barbie has no idea what computer engineering is, and can’t write code for a game she’s designing without men to do it for her, much less email or reboot her computer successfully. We reached out to Mattel’s media relations team to comment on the book all about Barbie’s brush with a computer virus and subsequent saving by her guy friends, but it would seem the PR team also has trouble using email. Better ask Steven and Brian for help.

Thus far Mattel has remained silent on the recent outrage over I Can Be A Computer Engineer, a book that people have been complaining about in the Amazon reviews for the title since January. Consumerist has yet to get a reply to our inquiry yesterday, and it doesn’t appear that Mattel has issued a public statement…

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Computer Engineer Barbie Needs Men To Write Code, Can’t Reboot Computer

Mattel – you get a great big thumbs down from me! So barbie can do anything except write code. Thank goodness theres’ a boy close by – he’ll fix everything.
Isn’t she supoosed to be a Computer engineer? I was already upset about the Girl Scout Barbie released earlier this year but now this.

Thank goodness my girls no longer ask for Barbies. because at this point I would say no.

Just a couple of months back I told me girls they could no watch the Barbie epsiodes on Netflix after watching an episode of Barbie Dreamhouse. “Girl” based TV and toys are so very disappionting.

Step it up Mattel! Encourgae our girls, build them up, show them they can be and do anything.

Consumerist

barbieengineerUPDATE: The real update is there has yet to be an update. We — and others — haven’t heard back from Mattel yet, despite increasing negative reviews of the book.

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It’s taken the media at large many months to catch on, but Amazon reviewers have been up in arms over a book from Mattel’s “I Can Be” Barbie series, I Can Be A Computer Engineer (Mattel created a Computer Engineer Barbie in 2010 as well) for months now. Why? Because Barbie doesn’t seem to actually do anything a computer engineer does, only has the skills to design a game and needs the help of men to code it and heck, she can’t even reboot her computer right.

Let’s set the scene, as noted by Pamie.com yesterday and subsequently posted to Reddit: Barbie is working on her laptop one morning, eating yogurt as one does in…

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Winter Sawdust Festival

Sawdust Art Festival’s 24th Annual Winter Fantasy

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Weekends: November 22 through December 21, 2014 open 10am-6pm

The festival grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland where 175 artists create, display and sell original creations over the course of four weekends. The Winter Fantasy offers the most unique holiday shopping in all of Southern California. Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles.

Experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much, much more! With amazing art gifts, thousands of holiday decorations and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition.

 

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Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Science Center

Gingerbread

November 28 – January 5, 2015

Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing – it’s science at work! Our holiday festival is filled with great hands-on activities designed to bring families together this holiday season. Plus, check out award-winning Gingerbread Competition entries displayed throughout the Cube!

  • Meet Santa and take your photo with him (dates TBA)
  • Build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
  • Decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!

Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.

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Discovery Cube proudly invites you to participate in our Annual Science of Gingerbread Competition. Local companies, schools, families and organizations are invited to build their own creations and enter into our competition.

See 2013 Winners >

Hoot N’ Howling Night Hike

This Saturday, November 8, 2014, Carbon Canyon Regional Park will host a “Hoot ‘N Howling Night Hike”. Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.  The night will feature activities including:

• A visit to the Nature Center
• A live animal presentation
• Hot cocoa and cookies
• A hike through the wilderness area
• Parking and the event are FREE!
Night Hike November 8th-page-001 (1)This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. Event is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Space is limited, please call to register  (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

Save the Dates: The next night hikes at Carbon Canyon Regional Park will be on Saturday, December 27, 2014 and on Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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