On August 5th join National Association of Town Watch (NATW) a non-profit organization in celebrating the 31st annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).
National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
In Orange, CA, A Night Out Against Crime will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at TARGET in City of Orange, 2191 N. Tustin Street.
In Tustin, CA, National Night Out will take place at the District at Tustin Legacy from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in front of Target. Community Resources will include: Tustin Family & Youth Center, Tustin Police Foundation, U.S. Army: 304th Sustainment Brigade, Lions Heart Tustin Teen Group, Divas Baton Twirlers and Girl Scouts Orange County.
Girl Scouts wear your vest or sash, come to our Girl Scout Booth and get a prize!
To see a map of participating cities near you click here.
To begin your effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Register today to receive your official organizational kit with guidelines, suggestions, and more & stay connected with NATW throughout the year.
It only takes a moment to be compassionate and caring. Take action, any way you can.
For me, walking into Williams-Sonoma is as much of a treat as spending a day at the spa. I could be there for hours. The beautiful cookware, cutlery, all the cooking gadgets and don’t forget the gorgeous La Cornue range (they always have one on display). Seriously, I pray that heaven includes a Williams-Sonoma.
Did you know that this wonderful place offers FREE Technique Classes every Sunday morning? They also offer Junior Chef Classes every Saturday. Yep, there is a legitimate reason to be at Willams-Sonoma at least twice week.
As for the weekly Technique class, Culinary Specialists show you some of their favorite tips and techniques and prepare and sample great recipes. (you can
gawk browse at the cookware afterwards)
Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Participants enjoy 10% savings* on select same-day store purchases.
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.
*Sadly, the 10% savings offer excludes La Cornue (the gorgeous ranges), Le Crueset (my absolute favorite cookware), Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line and WS Home, but you can use the savings towards anything else in the store (including All-Clad).
The following is a list of Technique Classes for August:
Sunday, August 3: Risotto has earned a place as a legendary Italian dish and is now a favorite outside its homeland as well. Risotto can be embellished with savory ingredients, including cheeses, vegetables, meats and seafood, as well with as sweet additions like dried fruit and chocolate. As you’ll discover in this class, risotto will quickly become one of the most versatile and well-loved dishes in your repertoire.
Sunday, August 10: We’re highlighting our extensive collection of extra-virgin olive oils certified by the California Olive Oil Council by educating cooks and shoppers on the difference between olive oils, how to taste for quality, and how best to use these fresh, flavorful oils.
Sunday, August 17: Usher in the bounty of a brand new season with crisp apples! Learn how to make the most of this year’s apple harvest. This class will teach you which apples are ideal for cooking, baking or simply enjoying raw as well as teach you how to make delicious apple inspired dishes from homemade applesauce and apple cake to fresh-pressed cider.
Sunday, August 24: Celebrate the second harvest of this spiky seasonal vegetable – the artichoke. In this class, we will teach you how to prep artichokes for both cooking whole as well as using the rich artichoke heart.
Sunday, August 31: Focus on making the best pizza possible by mixing and matching seasonal ingredients for custom-made pies every time
Looking for something to do with the kids today?
How about Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park.
Led by Crystal Cove Alliance in partnership with Crystal Cove State Park. Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Educations Commons from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more! Check out cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility. Make sure to take a look at the Tide Pools while your there. Event runs 10:00am – 4:00pm. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos, then walk across the street or take the shuttle). $15 parking fee.
Every Wednesday throughout the summer, the Education Commons will come alive all day with art classes, sea glass jewelry making, historic radio shows, historical games and more. 9am-4pm. FREE.
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This is a heart warming story about Garth Callaghan’s love for his daughter. Each day Garth, puts a note on a napkin in his daughter’s lunch. He started with simply notes and drawings when Emma began kindergarten. The notes became a daily ritual when Emma was in the 3rd grade, she is now in the 8th grade. That’s a lot of notes.
Garth Callaghan, has received four cancer diagnoses. During his time left he has decided to make sure that his daughter will find a message in her lunchbox every day until she graduates from high school.
Callaghan is now in the process of writing 826 napkin notes for Emma. Although he only has about 40 notes to reach his goal, he continues to write new ones. The 826 notes are his “just in case” pile.
To assure he never write her the same note twice, he keeps all of notes on a spreadsheet. In addition to his own personal notes he also includes famous quotes. His favorite quotes are from Dr. Seuss and Fred Rogers.
This isn’t a story about cancer, because any parent at any time could be hit by a car or have a heart attack,” Garth said in an interview with TODAY.com. “This is really about leaving a legacy so that she can understand some of my life philosophies and how much I love her.”
Callaghan’s has an inspiring blog www.napkinnotesdad.com and a kindle edition booklet Napkin-Notes-Make Lunch Meaningful, Life will Follow available on Amazon. He also plans on releasing a 2nd edition e-book with the 826 quotes. You can follow him on his Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest.
Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions.
Fennel has been used for its helpful properties for ages. Anciently it was thought to ward off evil spirits, in Roman times it was a symbol of strength and courage. Additionally even then it was known for its properties to sooth the digestive system and other ailments including curbing the appetite and snake bites. The essential oil is steam distilled from the pulverized seeds (more correctly the fruit) of the Fennel plant. The oil’s aroma is anise-like (or licorice-like) with a sweet pleasant flagrance.
image and information from doTERRAblog.com and Everythingessentials.me