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Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 2016 Summer Programs

Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 2016 Summer Programs is expected to attract more than 5,000 students this year. The programs provide children with an enriching and educational experience during the summer, which helps children avoid the “Summer Brain Drain“. Irvine-Public-Schools-Foundation

Through IPSF’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) K-8, incoming elementary and middle school students will be able to experience a wide range of classes in subjects including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), grade level prep, programming, language arts, performing arts and sports. The fee-based classes will be held at school sites throughout the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). Children can have fun as they learn throughout the summer with classes such as:

  • Top Chef
  • Angels Science of Baseball
  • LEGO Engineering
  • Anime Creation
  • Video Game Essentials

New this year to the IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy is The Young Americans Camp from July 5 to July 9 at Northwood High School in Irvine. The Young Americans is the world’s largest non-profit youth music advocacy organization with a mission to showcase the importance of students participating in music and the performing arts. This educational music outreach program started 23 years ago and has worked and performed with over 600,000 students. IPSF-summer-classes-2The Young Americans Camp, featuring more than 35 cast members, is designed for students in grades 3-12, who will experience five days filled with classes and workshops in vocal performance, professional dancing, audition skills, improv acting, and songwriting. Campers learn from the cast members who have teaching experience in the U.S., Europe, China, South Africa, and Japan. Campers will also have the opportunity to learn from guest master teachers who are top artists, choreographers, writers, and producers in the performing arts industry. On Saturday, July 9, students will perform in a live variety show for their friends and family. The show features family favorites from Broadway, movie classics, remixed oldies and some of today’s most popular hits. While preparing for this performance, campers will learn tools to grow as an artist and individual. IPSF-summer-classesThis year’s IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy for grades K-8 will be held in three sessions. Session A will be held from June 20 to July 8 (3-week program), Session B from July 11 to July 29 (3-week program), and Session C from June 20 to July 15 (4-week program, grades 7-8 only). One-week August Camps will also be held from August 1 to August 19.

Important Dates – Sessions A, B, and C:

  • Registration will open on Monday March 14, 2016 at 7 a.m.
  • Last day to apply for a scholarship is Wednesday April 27, 2016.
  • Last day for early pricing is Friday April 29, 2016.
  • Last day to register is Friday June 3, 2016.

IPSF’s High School Academic Camps will also be offered in a variety of subjects including math, public speaking, PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation, performing arts and Latin. A special two-week course called and STEAM Academy: Real World Exploration provides students with the opportunity to go on exciting field trips to local companies that are invested in the success of Irvine students, and the development of Orange County’s technical and professional workforce. Through these field trips, students can explore their future through interaction with innovative employees from companies such as Google, DCI Engineers, The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Hoag Orthopedic Institute. The High School Academic Camps will be held from June 13 to July 22 at Northwood High School and Woodbridge High School.

For more information and to register, please go here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of IPSF. 

Be The FIRST To See Disney’s “The Jungle Book” at El Capitan Theatre on 4/14

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Jon Favreau’s all-new, live-action film THE JUNGLE BOOK April 15 – May 1, 2016, in Dolby Vision™ 3D and Dolby Atmos®. Dolby’s breathtaking projection technology – 3D Dolby Vision™ – is a state-of-the-art laser projection system that delivers richer colors and distinctly brighter images while preserving deep and dark blacks.el-capitan-theatre-jungle-book-see-it-firstHere’s the trailer for “The Jungle Book”:

Before the movie, guests will be treated to a performance by The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band, as seen at Disneyland®, playing classic Sherman Brothers music live on stage.
On April 14, El Capitan guests will have the opportunity to be among the first to see the epic story of THE JUNGLE BOOK at a special opening-night screening at 7 p.m. Throughout the engagement, the El Capitan will also offer a special Limited-Edition VIP Pin Admission Ticket (while supplies last), which includes:

  • a limited-edition Jungle Book pin
  • a reserved seat
  • popcorn and drink

Guests at the El Capitan Theatre will be the only audiences in the world to experience the new movie THE JUNGLE BOOK in Dolby Vision™ 3D laser projection. Dolby Vision™, along with Dolby Atmos® audio technology, provides a unique immersion into the action-packed world of THE JUNGLE BOOK with all of its memorable characters. El Capitan Theatre will lso be starting its 90th Anniversary Celebration. It remains one of the great movie-going destinations and there’s truly no better place to have an ultimate Disney film experience than at El Capitan.
Daily showtimes for “The Jungle Book” will be 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m, with a 10:55 p.m. on opening weekend (Friday through Sunday) and each Friday and Saturday during the engagement of the film. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at http://www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change. el-capitan-theatre-tiny-tot-tuesdayThe El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special 2D Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at 10 a.m. during the run of THE JUNGLE BOOK. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a 2D tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.el-capitan-jungle-book-meal-and-a-movieEl Capitan guests may also enjoy a Dave & Busters Movie & a Meal Offer, which includes a reserved seat for THE JUNGLE BOOK, choice of entrée from the Dave & Busters Eat & Play menu and a $10 Dave & Busters game card. Reservations required 24 hours in advance with movie ticket.

So are you excited to see this legendary story come to life in 3D? I know we are!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of El Capitan Theatre and Disney 

Purchase a Knott’s “Pink” Ticket to Benefit Susan G. Komen & Breast Cancer Through 4/1/16

knotts-pink-charactersIt’s that time again! Right now, you can help Susan G. Komen Orange County when you purchase a Knott’s “Pink Ticket” to get into the park!  Just by purchasing one of these special edition tickets, Knott’s will donate a portion of your ticket purchase to benefit Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research. Also, if you purchase your tickets online ahead of time, you’ll save $32 per ticket off the front gate price of $72. That means you can purchase a Knott’s Pink Ticket for only $40 online!

Admission tickets are valid for one day admission on any day through April 1, 2016. Valid for ages 12-61. To purchase yours online, go here.

Connect with Knott’s Berry Farm on Facebook, Twitter. and Instagram, too!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images are property of Knott’s. 

Enter the Custom Comfort Mattress Holiday Giveaway

It’s the most wonderful time of year and Custom Comfort Mattress is making it even better! They’re celebrating this crazy, exciting time of year by giving the gift of great sleep with a giveaway on their Facebook page. You’ll want to enter the Custom Comfort Mattress Holiday Giveaway because one very lucky person will win a brand new bed from Custom Comfort Mattress and be sleeping in style in the new year.custom-comfort-mattress-holiday-giveaway-familyThis Southern-California family-owned company, cherishes the fine art of upholstery and designs each mattress in their workshop to be more than just a bed. Each one is handcrafted to be a nightly haven and a place to rejuvenate because they know it translates into a better night’s sleep. custom-comfort-mattress-holiday-giveaway-enter-to-winAll you have to do to enter their giveaway is visit their Facebook page here to enter. Wouldn’t it be amazing to start off the new year by sleeping in style?custom-comfort-mattress-holiday-giveaway-gift-packThey were also generous enough to provide me with the opportunity to give away one Custom Comfort Mattress luxury gift bag! The gift bag comes filled with the perfect ingredients for some much-needed rest after a hectic holiday season: a cushy travel pillow, soothing aromatherapy candle, sleep mask, and a pair of uber soft slipper socks. custom-comfort-mattress-handcraftedEnter for a chance to win this gift bag on the Rafflecopter below. Please note, the giveaway is only open Southern California residents (in OC/LA) Good luck everyone!
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To find the Custom Comfort Mattress location nearest you, click here. Connect with Custom Comfort Mattress on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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Celebrate “Noon” Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown at Pretend City

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. Pretend City Children’s Museum is the “city” they’re speaking of and they’re, once again, ringing in the new year with their annual “Noon” Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown on December 31st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!


This is the ideal New Year’s Eve kid-friendly celebration geared specifically towards families with infants, young toddlers, and preschoolers. Some special activities of the day will include:

Sensational Story Time – Twas’ the Night Before New Year’s will be the featured story of the day. See if your little can find some inspiration to stay awake until the strike of the New Year!

Smart Art: New Year’s Resolution This colorful art project will be your opportunity to create a family new year’s resolution. This promise will be one that you make to your family as a whole to be better and help others. Noon-YearsNew Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown This countdown is for the kids! Countdown the new year and celebrate every two hours beginning at noon with a special rockin’ rollin’ dance party! Streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti will make this the party of all parties!
Confetti Countdown times will be at 10:00a.m. 12:00p.m. 2:00p.m. and 4:00p.m. on New Year’s Eve day. Pretend-City-Noon-Years-EveThere is no RSVP required to attend and no additional fee for the Noon Year’s Eve Confetti Countdown. It’s all included in the price of admission to Pretend City.  For more information and to purchase admission online, click here.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at:

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logo property of Pretend City Children’s Museum. 

2015 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Kicks off December 16

2015-Christmas-Boat-ParadeThe Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will return for five nights of festive fun starting Wednesday, Dec. 16. Drawing thousands of visitors annually, The parade draws thousands of visitors annually, is the longest-running lighted holiday boat parade in the nation, and the largest harbor parade in California. The Christmas Boat Parade is hosted by the Commodores Club of the Chamber of Commerce and will take place nightly from December 16- Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. It will feature approximately 100 festive boats and this year’s theme  is “Seas the Holidays.” For the first time in its history, multiple nights of the parade will include Grand Marshal appearances in addition to fireworks and other festivities:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Arte Moreno: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno has guided the Major League Baseball team to six American League West Division championships over the past 12 years. A leader both on and off the field, Moreno established the Angels Baseball Foundation in 2004 to invest in education, healthcare, arts and sciences and community-related youth programs throughout the region.
    Fireworks will start this year’s event with a bang, lighting the sky over the Newport Beach Pier at approximately 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 – Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press and Whitney Engen: U.S. Women’s National Soccer players Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press and Whitney Engen will kick off the second night of holiday fun on the harbor with a fan meet and greet at ExplorOcean (600 E. Bay Ave.) starting at 4:30 p.m.
    Orange County native Amy Rodriguez has won two Olympic gold medals and has played in two World Cup games, while Christen Press is a World Cup champion who holds the title of all-time leading scorer for the Stanford University women’s soccer team. Defender Whitney Engen, also a native Southern Californian, was a highly decorated player on the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team and currently plays with the Boston Breakers.
  • Friday, Dec. 18 – “The Voice” Season 8 Contestants: Four alumni from the hit NBC singing show “The Voice” will bring their talents to Newport Harbor including: Brian Johnson, whose impressive vocals and range landed him a spot on the top 12 of the competition; Jacob Rummell, a singer-songwriter with powerful vocals reminiscent of Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars; Bay Brooks, a free-spirited singer with her own unique, soulful spin on country music; and Barry Minniefield, the soulful singer also known as “Hollywood’s Singing Chef” for his extraordinary talents in acting, singing and cooking.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19 – Tournament of Roses Queen and Court: For the second consecutive year, the Tournament of Roses Royal Court will dazzle onlookers before the official Rose Parade® on January 1, 2016. The Royal Court’s participation in the Christmas Boat Parade celebrates the extensive history of both beloved SoCal events. The 2016 Rose Queen® is Erika Karen Winter and the Royal Court® includes Donaly Marquez, Sarah Shaklan, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, Rachelle Liu, Regina Pullens and Bryce Bakewell.
  • Sunday, Dec. 20 – Fireworks Finale: A stunning fireworks show will conclude the five-day holiday celebration. Visitors are encouraged to secure a spot near the Balboa Pier to view the show, which starts at 9 p.m.

The parade will begin each night at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and end at the same site at approximately 9 p.m, completing a 14.7-mile route around Newport Harbor. The route offers multiple viewing spots around the harbor for residents and visitors to enjoy for free, as well as a number of restaurants around town offering beautiful harbor views.
Open December 5, Marina Park will be a brand new viewing area for this year’s parade. The 10.5-acre recreational center will provide ample space for parade-goers, with family-friendly activities planned there each night. A full route map with all viewing locations and corresponding times can be found online here.
With a wide variety of participating vessels, the festively-decorated yachts, dinghies and kayaks will vie for the top prize in categories including Best Animation/Special Effects, Best Humor/Originality, Best Music and, of course, Best Lights.
Serving as the backdrop for the parade is the annual “Ring of Lights” contest. A spectacle all its own, beautifully decorated bayside homes and businesses surrounding the harbor go all out with their own holiday spirit, featuring everything from rooftop animated scenes to dancing Christmas trees. With its own judged categories and prizes awarded, the “Ring of Lights” has become as celebrated as the boat parade itself.
Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights are Simple Green and Meguiar’s, and Community Sponsors are the City of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach, Inc., with marketing and promotional support from Newport Beach & Company.

For more information about the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, please visit http://www.christmasboatparade.com.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100%  my own. Logo and video are property of Newport Beach Boat Parade. 

Save $10 on Mountain High Lift Tickets Through December 18 During Holiday Toy and Food Drive


Mountain High, in association with The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, is hosting its annual holiday toy and food drive to support Southern California families in need. From December 12 through December 18, any guest who brings an unwrapped new toy or three non-perishable food items to Mountain High will receive $10 off one adult, 8-hour lift ticket rate or $5 off one adult night ticket rate. holiday-food-drive

Mountain High season pass holders who make a donation will also receive a food voucher from the Big Pines Lodge. Ticket(s) must be purchased at the time of donation. This promotion may not be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer. Donation(s) may not be redeemed for cash.

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul helps to alleviate suffering for families and individuals in need regardless of religion, race, age, gender or orientation. More than 10,000 people were served by the group in its most recent fiscal year. The Catholic organization operates solely on donations of food, clothing and money from its parishioners, community members and local businesses.

Blessed Junipero Serra in Phelan, Calif. and Our Lady of the Snows in Wrightwood serve the tri-community area of Wrightwood, Phelan and Pinion Hills, Calif. Locally, both parishes operate a food pantry on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month that is open to anyone in need. Help also comes in the way of financial assistance with propane and other household utilities as funds permit.

If you’re interested in donating to Mountain High’s holiday food and toy drive, please visit the resort during regular operating hours or call 888-754-7878.

Connect with Mountain High on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logo property of Mountain High. 

Hallmark Holiday Savings

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Happy Holidays! Make sure that you send love and joy this season by using Hallmark Greeting Cards to tell your friends and family how much you care! Click here to save $1.00 off of a two Hallmark Greeting Card purchase at Walmart, minimum $1.00 purchase required. Take advantage of the savings and #SendHallmark this holiday season!

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Save $1.00 off 2 Hallmark cards at Walmart (minimum $1 purchase required)


Consumer: Coupon valid at participating retailers in the U.S.A. on any purchase of two Hallmark (including Sunrise) and Connections from Hallmark greeting cards totaling $1.00 or more from participating Walmart stores. Not valid for online purchases. Limit one $1.00 savings per coupon and one coupon per customer. Coupon must be surrendered at time of purchase. May not be combined with other offers, including coupons and promotional merchandise. Excludes gift enclosures and packaged and boxed cards. Not valid on gift card purchases or past purchases. See store for any additional exclusions. No cash value. Tax not included. Offer may be cancelled or modified at any time. This offer is exclusive for you; coupon may not be redistributed. Internet distribution strictly prohibited. No photocopied, photographed, scanned mechanically or digitally reproduced or altered coupon accepted. Coupon fraud is punishable by law. DO NOT DOUBLE.

Mail to: Hallmark Cards, PO Box 880224, El Paso, TX, 88588-0224

{Giveaway} Rancho Wildlife Foundation Presents 6th Annual “Christmas in the Cages”



Rancho Wildlife Foundation will host its 6th annual “Christmas in the Cages” event for southern California’s families on Sunday, December 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Rancho Las Lomas, Resort and Zoological Garden. Bring the entire family and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! RanchoXMas_105You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. 085Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets. Pre-sale general tickets are $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under
free. Click here to purchase your pre-sale tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. General tickets are $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under free.  All proceeds will help fund the medical expenses, upkeep and educational programs related to the animals.


Rancho Las Lomas, Resort and Zoological Garden is located at:
19191 Lawrence Canyon Silverado, CA 92676 phone: 949-589-7900
Valet parking is required and is $6.00 per car.

[email protected] || http://www.ranchowildlife.org

Enter to win a Family Four Pack to Christmas in the Cages (value of $50) by leaving a comment on this post telling me what your favorite part about the holidays is. Giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 9. I will pick one winner on December 10th. Winner will be notified by email. 

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images property of Rancho Wildlife Foundation.