Celebrate a Global Holiday at The Orange County Museum of Art

A Global Holiday will be theme of this “FREE Second Sunday “event at The Orange County County Museum of Art on Sunday November 9, 2014 from 11:00 am – 4 pm

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Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA

714-759-1122

 For more information, visit www.ocma.net.
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Science Saturdays- Garden Grove Regional Library

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Mark your Calendars to join in on Science Saturdays this Fall. These fascinating science experiment days with your family will be held on select Saturdays. Get ready to do a science experiments together and talk about a science ideas.

Wonderful science books will be on display (pick out some good books and read fact books as a family).  The experiments will be geared to students in grades K-3.

Make this school year your science thinking year! These FREE events are held at Garden Grove Regional Library, located at 11200 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, CA, from 11:00-11:30 am on November 8, 2014  and December 6, 2014

Support our Troops with the Halloween Candy Buyback

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

Silly Science Show

The Mariners Branch Library in Newport Beach is hosting a Silly Science Show. The Professor brings fun to the learning of basic science principles in a silly (educational) interactive way.

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The principles covered in this show include; solids, liquids & gas – energy, motion & force, weight & gravity – volume & compress and to develop a theory with experimentation followed with a conclusion.

WHEN Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3 – 4pm
WHERE Mariners Branch Library
1300 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach CA 92660

 

2014 Dia de los Muertos Events Guide

If your looking for 2014 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration or Class, chances are you’ll find it here. MexicanSugarSkulls.com has the most comprehensive list of Die De Los Muertos Festivals I’ve found.

In addition, this site also has the most incredible instructions to make your own sugar skulls and other crafts, pre-made sugar skulls, decorating supplies, books, jewelry and even wedding supplies.

2014 Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Special Events Guide – US & International & Online.

Image from mexicansugarskulls.com

Image from mexicansugarskulls.com

Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 1 & 2. It was created by the indigenous people to honor their loved ones that have passed away.

An alter is decorated with handmade sugar skulls, flowers and food in their loved ones honor. Dia de Los Muertos is becoming very popular in States as more people find this as way to celebrate their loved ones lives.

Weekend Roundup – October 31 – November 2, 2014

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Halloween is HERE! I hope my Weekly Roundup will help you plan a fun and safe weekend.

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All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends through Nov. 4, 2014 at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

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Friday, October 31, 2014:

FREE Scary Pancakes for Kids at IHOP – see post for details

Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center in Tustin

Blocktober trick or treating at several Saddleback Chruch locations

Calvary Chapel Fall Harvest family friendly Halloween activities in San Juan Capistrano

Light the Night  a night of FREE Halloween fun at Calvary Church in Santa Ana

Harvest Fest at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Orange County

Tricks, Flix and a Family Pix at One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena

Dia De Los Muertos Face Painting at MOLAA

 Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Pumpkin Patch  at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch  at Irvine Regional Park

Kidvasion, last day for freebies for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza  in San Juan Capistrano

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach

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Saturday, November 1, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

Pumpkin Launch at California State University Fullerton

Boomont Park  at Belmont Park in San Diego

Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

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Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Get a Free Kids Meal at Wahoo’s – see post for details

 Dia De Los Muertoes Celebration and Target FREE day at the Children’s Museum of La Habra

Target Free First Sunday-Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Meditating in Nature in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

 

 

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The Scariest part of Halloween

This year halloween falls on a Friday, for parents that means you don’t have to worry if the kids are up late trick or treating. The first thing that comes to mind is that there will a lot of Halloween parties. For me, this is the scariest part of Halloween.

I will never stop pleading with people and asking that you please plan ahead. Designated a driver. If your hosting the party – collect the keys at the beginning of the party, have a phone number of a local cab company handy and call a cab for your guests  – don’t let people leave your home drunk and get behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter if your only driving down the street, there is no excuse – don’t drink and drive!

There are going to be a lot of people out there this Halloween. Children are going to be walking around later this Halloween and even later in the evening, families will be heading home from Halloween celebrations. Please take appropriate measures to assure that you don’t hurt someone.

Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!

– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/october/Halloween.html#sthash.8v5ywHPF.dpuf