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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Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

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Your local Williams-Sonoma offers free technique classes just for adults. Learn some great techniques just in time to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner and a discount on purchases made the same day of class. Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store>

• Hour-long technique classes are free and include tastings of prepared dishes.
• 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.

 

*Offer excludes La Cornue, Le Crueset, Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line, WS Home

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Want to host the ultimate Thanksgiving feast? This is the class for you! We’ll offer tips and techniques for planning and preparing an impressive meal. You’ll also discover some smart shortcuts—our Thanksgiving foods will streamline prep on the big day without sacrificing flavor. Our ultimate Thanksgiving menu features a host of classic and modern dishes, including gluten-free sides. These delicious recipes are sure to satisfy everyone at the table.

Whether it’s your first turkey or your twentieth, this class will teach you what you need to know to prepare a delicious, moist turkey on Thanksgiving day. From brining to using flavorful rubs, from knowing when your turkey is done to carving the turkey for a beautiful presentation, this class will be your guide. We’ll also cover how to deep fry your turkey–a classic Southern technique.

While the turkey is the star, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a bountiful table of side dishes, everything from the classics to inventive new vegetable dishes. We’ll cover make-ahead ideas and vegetarian dishes hearty enough to be enjoyed as a main dish. Join us and learn our favorites for this holiday.

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No matter how much we feast, there’s always room for dessert on Thanksgiving. Sweet slices of pumpkin and pecan pie are classics, but we’ll also cover some delicious alternatives such as pumpkin cheesecake. This class will ensure your Thanksgiving ends on a sweet note.

 

Weekend Roundup – October 24 – 26, 2014

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There’s tons of Halloween fun to be had in this Weekend Roundup.

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All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

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 24, 2014:

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

Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie at Latern Bay Park in Dana Point

Haunted Aquarium-Shipwrecked  at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach

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Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in Anaheim

Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Halloween Zoo-tacular at OC Zoo in Orange

Boo Parade in San Diego

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Spooky Creatures in the Garden at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia

Sea Scare at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Pumpkin Glow at Pavillon Park in Irvine

Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire in Claremont Village

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Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Tidepool Terrors at Ocean Institute in Dana Point

 Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Pumpkinmania at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park in San Diego

Owl-a-ween at Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures at The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach

 

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Weekend Roundup – October 17 – 19, 2014

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This Weekend’s Roundup is packed with some great choices for Halloween fun!

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 All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

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 17, 2014:

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

Movie Under the Stars at Mason Regional park in Irvine

Whole Kids Club Cooking Class at Whole Foods, Tustin

Black & White Film Festival at Chapman University, Old Town Orange

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 Saturday, October 18 2014:

Star Wars Day at Orange Public Library & History Center in Old Town

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona

Art walk in Old Town Tustin

Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in Modjeska Canyon

OC Classic at Casper’s Wilderness Park in San Juan Capistrano

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Not So Scary Halloween at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center in Cardiff

Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farms in San Diego

Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles

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Sunday, October 19, 2014:

Project Fair/Ripple Kids Event at SOCO/OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

Fall Faire at Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beacch

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona

Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Host the Perfect Thanksgiving Table at Pottery Barn

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Weekend Roundup – October 10 – 12, 2014

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Here’s this weekend’s round up of family fun events (along with a few just for adults). Enjoy!

All Month Long:

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Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

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

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

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 Friday, October 10, 2014:

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

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Saturday, October 11 2014:

Star Wars Reads Day nationwide at Toys R US and select Barnes & Noble and  public Libraries nationwide (see post for details)

Amazing Raptors at Nix Nature Center

Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill

Art in the Park at Newport Beach Civic Center

Junior Biologist at Aquarium of the Pacific

Second Saturdays at Shipley Nature Center

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National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Children’s Garden Workshop at The Great Park

Learn about Columbus Day at Ocean Institute

Superhero Masquerade and FREE day at Orange County Museum of Art

My Edible Garden  at Roger’s Gardens

Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional park

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Weekend Roundup

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Since there’s so much going on this weekend, I thought I’d put them all together for a weekend roundup.

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All Month Long:

Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

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

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

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Friday, October 3, 2014:

Black and White Film Festival at Chapman Unversity

Tustin Tiller Days at Columbus Tustin Park

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Saturday, October 4, 2014:

Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach

Wolves: Myths and Legands at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park

Young Explorers at Columbia Memorial Space Center

Tustin Tiller Days and Parade at Columbus Tustin Park and Old Town Tustin

Julian Apple-Days Fesitval in Julian

Beginning Archery Class at Mile Square Park

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Quick Draw at Center for Living Peace

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Sunday, October 5, 2014:

Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach

Fall Family Festival at San Diego Childrens Museum

Free Day & Italian Family Festival/Columbus Celebration at Bowers Museum

Tustin Tiller Days at Columbus Tustin Park

Julian Apple-Days Fesitval in Julian

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Williams-Sonoma October Technique Classes

Just for us adults, Williams-Sonoma offers FREE monthly Technique Classes at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

This month the hour long classes will involve techniques for Casseroles, Braising, Recipes using Pumpkin and Baking. Definitely a great way to bring in Fall.

Here’s the topping on the cake (or the the pie in this case), you’ll get a 10% savings* on select same-day store purchases! This is a great time to get the casserole dishes I’ve you’ve been wanting.

 *Offer excludes La Cornue, Le Crueset, Mauviel, Shun, Wusthof, Miele, Vitamix, Breville, Kitchenaid Pro Line, WS Home

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Here’s the October Technique Class Schedule:

 Sunday, October 5, 2014: Cooler weather calls for hearty meals like baked casseroles and richer dishes. We’ll have meal ideas for every kind of cook, from slow-cooker aficionados to baked pasta lovers to fans of the efficient pressure cooker.

Sunday, October 9, 2014: A classic cooking technique, braising is an ideal way to prepare dinner in the fall. Join us to learn how to correctly braise meats and vegetables and how to create a flavorful sauce and fresh accompaniments to go along with braised dishes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014: From Halloween to Farmer’s Markets, October is all about pumpkins! We’re your destination for delicious pumpkin treats. Join us and learn how to prepare delicious and easy pumpkin favorites perfect for lunchboxes, weeknight dinners and weekend entertaining.

Sunday, October 26, 2014: The aroma of apples, pears, cinnamon and spice will fill our stores as we teach you some of our favorite fall baking recipes. Learn how to incorporate fall fruits and spices into your baking.

 Class sizes are limited. For specific times and more details, find your local store as class times vary by store location. Class size is limited – call your local store to register.