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Orange County February 2018 Events

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CALIFORNIA TITLE AND COUNTY RECORDER IS CLOSED
FEBRUARY 19th for PRESIDENTS’ DAY.

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Heritage Oak – Winter Open House Feb 2
Our Winter Open House is an excellent opportunity to meet our faculty and learn how we use rich, detailed data to develop a personal learning plan for each child. Along with touring our beautiful campus, your family will enjoy educational activities, refreshments, and performances by students in our first grade violin program, musical theatre, and band.
http://www.heritageoak.org/

Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon Feb 2-4
This exclusive oceanfront course is a California Dream! Run on Pacific Coast Highway past the famous Huntington Beach pier and wind through the legendary surfing beaches of Southern California. Retro surf bands entertain along the way and the Finish Line Party includes a beach side beer garden in the California sun. Finishers receive bodacious surfboard medals!
www.runsurfcity.com

Annual Monarch Butterfly Day Feb 3
OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies.
http://www.ocparks.com/parks/mile

Rotary/CARE Car Show to Benefit Rotary charities, Capistrano Animal Rescue Feb 3
The Car Show once again promises a fabulous display of over 400 antique and classic cars and trucks. The return of the popular New-Car Row will show the latest models from local dealers. Bring the family! This is a pet-friendly event and many of last years’ attendees had their four-legged friends in tow.
http://sjcrotary.org/Page/carshow

Aphrodisiac Cooking Feb 6
Start planning for Valentine’s Day and learn succulent recipes for the perfect romantic meal. Unlock the secrets of aphrodisiac cooking and sensual spices with dishes such as twice-baked potatoes with chives crème fraiche and fresh strawberry and chocolate mousse tart.
http://www.zovs.com

Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb 7-11
This festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation, featuring an internationally acclaimed Mentor Musician or Ensemble along with other talented artists in a week long blend of performances and education.
www.lagunabeachmusicfestival.com

Latin Food & Wine Experience Feb 12
Experience stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace while savoring Latin cuisine and fine wines. Hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, there will be featured wine stations and a selection of tapas-style tasting dishes including poloncillo prawns, sea bass ceviche and braised goat tacos. Reservations required
http://www.ritzcarlton.com

Party Gras Feb 12
Join Aqua Lounge for its party of the month, Party Gras, a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras party. Party goers will be treated to a complimentary surprise “party gras” cocktail. The optional all-night package includes overnight accommodations, entry for two to Party Gras and complimentary parking for one vehicle. Tickets or reservations required.
https://www.aqualoungenb.com

Love Affair Concert Feb 12
Listen to live performances from R&B and soul band Bloodstone, electro-funk group Midnight Star, American vocalist duo Peaches & Herb and many more at the Love Affair Concert, presented by 94.7 The Wave. Expect more artists that fit into the genres of new adult contemporary music, smooth jazz and soft rock.
http://hondacenter.com

Art Crawl Experience (A.C.E) Feb 13
Stroll through over 50 outdoor and indoor art displays on Center Street Anaheim. Whether you have found your true love or are an avid fan of being single, A.C.E. has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day weekend.
www.downtownanaheim.com

Monster Jam Feb 13
Get ready for mayhem and destruction with the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business. Monster Jam, one of the country’s premier live motorsport events, features drag racing and freestyle contests in which trucks face death-defying jumps and other obstacles.
www.monsterjam.com

Harlem Globetrotters Feb 13-14
Celebrate the Harlem Globetrotters’ 90-year anniversary as their world tour visits Anaheim. See ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and unequaled fan interaction.
http://hondacenter.com/

Grand Opening: The Hilbert Museum of California Art Feb 26-27
Discover the fascinating world of California scene painting—a genre which explores the beauty of the Golden State while also showing the history of California’s people from the 1920s to today. Subjects include towns and cities, farms and ranches, marinas, factories, train stations, parks, freeways and the lure of the open road.
www. hilbertmuseum.org

Fresh Toast Feb 27
Get ready for the ultimate weekend brunch party showcasing tastings form 40 local restaurants included in OC Weekly‘s happy hour & brunch guide. Some of the participants include The Hub, Crema Cafe and Haven Gastropub. Enjoy an interactive bloody mary and mimosa bar, live music, pop-up shops, lawn games, and more.
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/fresh-toast/2017/

Events Resources
www.visittheoc.com/events
www.orangecounty.net/html/events.html
www.visitanaheim.org/explore/events
www.visitsjc.com
www.missionsjc.com
www.lakeforestca.gov
www.destinationirvine.com
www.pretendcity.org
www.ocfair.com/ocf2
www.newportwhales.com

Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

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Orange County January 2018 Events

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Annual Surf City Splash & Pancake Breakfast Jan 1
Celebrate the New Year with a dip into the chilly Pacific Ocean. No wetsuits – that’s cheating! The Surf City Splash also features a pancake breakfast (ends at 11) and vendor booths all day.
http://www.hbsurfcitysplash.com/

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day 5K – Anaheim Jan 9
January 9, 2018 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! To honor law enforcement we are hosting a virtual race. We will be donating at least 15% of every registration to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), who’s mission is “Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.”
https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/

Fiesta Association Hairiest Man Contest Jan 13
One of the wackiest contests the Fiesta Association holds. You must come to the sign-ups with a “Smooth Puss” (clean shaven) and ready to be photographed for the “Most Wanted” poster. You then have 8 weeks to grow a beard or moustache that will be judged at the Fiesta Grande March 21st.
http://www.swallowsparade.com

Rock it in Aliso & Wood Canyons 5K and 17K Trail Race Jan 13
The 5K is a fast out and back course along the Aliso Creek Trail (East) to Wood Canyon. The 17K (yes 17K, almost 11 miles) offers a few challenging climbs, including Rock it Trail, technical terrain, and nice long flat stretches. Both distances are almost entirely on trails except for one brief paved road crossing.
http://www.rockitracingoc.com/aliso–wood-canyons.html

Super Warrior 5K Jan 20
The Super Warrior 5K, is hosted by Stripes of a Warrior, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that originated in Anaheim, California. It will be held on January 20th, 2018 at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. Our mission is to help cancer Warriors FIGHT cancer financially. We provide financial assistance to those that have been diagnosed with cancer and are unable to afford their medical bills, housing, medication, or food expenses, etc.
http://stripesofawarrior.com/super-warrior-5k/

The BRAVE Race 5k and 1kfun run for The Joyful Child Foundation Jan 20
The Brave Race 5k and 1k fun run is sponsored by the Joyful Child Foundation in memory of Samantha Runion. The Foundation works to raise awareness and provide educational opportunities to children, parents and educators regarding sexual abuse and child abduction.
www.raceplace.com

Irvine International Film Festival 2018 Jan 25-28
With a focus on creative expression, cultural differences and global issues, The IIFF celebrates the power of film as a language that transcends all geographical boundaries. Screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, producers, actors and artists from all over the world gather in Orange Country to showcase rare films to the community and enhance public awareness.
http://irvinefilmfest.com/

OC Chili Winter Trail Run (5, 7 or 10 Miles) Jan 27
The OC Chili Winter Trail Run Series takes place at O’Neill Regional Park, 11 miles east of the 405 Freeway in Trabuco Canyon and Rancho Santa Margarita. MEDALS to all series finishers!
https://chilitrailrun.bookthatevent.com/

Snow Day Jan 27
Tons of the frosty stuff is delivered to the dam to enable youngsters to sled, make snow people, and have old-fashioned snowball battles. Children are advised to wear warm clothes and gloves.
https://www.cityoffullerton.com

Laguna Art Museum Centennial Kickoff Bash Jan 27
To kick off the centennial celebrations the museum will host a festive party featuring live music, art performances, video installations, specialty cocktails and creative hors d’oeuvres.
http://lagunaartmuseum.org/

2018 Laguna Niguel Triathlon Jan 28
The Laguna Niguel Triathlon is an adult and youth reverse sprint triathlon for all fitness levels and abilities. Even if you have never raced, competed or participated in a triathlon you’ll have a great time at this event because we will make it simple to get started. Coming soon, training programs and clinics to help you get prepared. The pool swim helps new swimmers feel more comfortable. If you have a few races under your belt this will be a great race to work the winter cobwebs out and get ready for longer races. We also have the 5k and kids fun run! It will include a community expo and finish line festival.
http://renegaderaceseries.com/laguna-niguel-triathlon

Gray Whale Migration Off Newport Beach Winter/Spring  Thru April
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport/Laguna Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and travel along the Newport Beach coast during the months of December, January, February, March, & April. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed along with several species of dolphin.
www.newportwhales.com/newport_beach_whale_watch_offer_16.html

Events Resources
www.visittheoc.com/events
www.orangecounty.net/html/events.html
www.visitanaheim.org/explore/events
www.visitsjc.com
www.missionsjc.com
www.lakeforestca.gov
www.destinationirvine.com
www.pretendcity.org
www.ocfair.com/ocf2
www.newportwhales.com

Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Orange County December 2017 Events

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Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2017 Dec 1
This ‘continuous motion’ parade highlights youth groups, sports groups, schools, businesses, first responders and other organizations from Seal Beach and the surrounding areas.
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Free Boat Rides with Santa Dec 2-3
SANTA and his helpers listen to Christmas wishes during 20-minute harbor cruises on December 2 & 3 from 10am-2pm. Bring your camera and enjoy the tradition Dana Wharf has offered families for generations. A $5 donation to the El Camino Real Junior Woman’s Club is suggested.
http://visitanaheim.org/event/free-boat-rides-santa

Winter Festival & Tree Lighting Dec 2
Activities throughout the day include Santa visits, carnival games ($1), craft fair, Dana Point Police Services Kid Print ID, face painting, cookie decorating ($2), holiday crafts, Lego Santa’s Village Workshop, the Mini Express Train, petting zoo, pony rides and the Annual Tree Lighting! Most activities are free.
http://www.danapoint.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 2
This special holiday event will feature guests from the North Pole as well as performances by various community groups, delicious food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations, games, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more!
http://www.fountainvalley.org

Santa’s Village by the Sea Dec 2
The event begins with the annual tree lighting ceremony to usher in the spirit of the season. Take a picture with Santa and delight in a night filled with holiday fun, carolers, cookie decorating, and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
http://ci.san-clemente.ca.us

Winter Market Dec 2
THE MARKET WILL FEATURE: holiday entertainment, free pictures with Santa from 12 to 4 p.m., Food booths, holiday shopping, face painting, bounce house, beer and wine garden, and “spark of love” toy drive with Fullerton firefighters
www.cityoffullerton.com

Walking in a Winterfest Wonderland Dec 3
Atlantis Play Center is located at 13630 Atlantis Way in Garden Grove Park. Be sure to dress warmly because there will be 50 tons of snow! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from the North Pole from 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Activities at the event include crafts, inflatables, carnival games, train rides, music and more.
http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/commserv/winterfest-2017

Free Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Dec 5
Presented by the City of Garden Grove and the Garden Grove Community Foundation, this free event features live entertainment and holiday refreshments. The event culminates with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, spectacular tree lighting, and a flurry of winter snow.
https://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/node/8928

Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 7
Light up the holiday at the City of Brea’s annual tree lighting celebration. Pictures with Santa are available for a fee. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
www.cityofbrea.net

Dana Wharf Santa Photos Dec 8-16
Santa wants to hear your wishes. Bring your cameras and snap a selfie with Santa
http://visitanaheim.org/event/free-santa-photos

43rd Annual Boat Parade Dec 8, 9, 15, 16
This year on the boat parade nights, we are excited to include family fun holiday activities throughout the Harbor starting at 4:30pm and providing entertainment and holiday cheer for everyone prior to the boat parade. The City of Dana Point, County of Orange and the California State Parks at Doheny will provide Trolley service which runs all four days of the parade starting at 3:30pm until 10:30pm.
http://www.danapoint.org

2017 Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade Dec 9
The parade includes beautiful equestrian units, patriotic and inspirational military tributes, world-class athletes, spirit-filled youth groups, classic auto clubs, talented marching bands, and some of the biggest attractions in the nation!
http://www.lagunaniguelparade.com

HOLIDAY Gingerbread House Building Workshop Dec 9, 10, 16
This time-honored tradition just got a little more exciting and a lot more delicious! Featuring Jazz Kitchen favorites such as Bananas Foster French Toast, Louisiana Shepard’s Pie, Beignets, and more, this buffet will fill you up and get your creative juices flowing before you start building your masterpiece.
http://visitanaheim.org/event/new-holiday-gingerbread-workshop

Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Dec 13-17
FREE to the public. The boat parade will light up the harbor for five consecutive nights. The parade starts at Bay Island at 6:00 p.m. and will last approximately three and a half hours.
https://www.christmasboatparade.com

Enchanted Forest of Light Thru Jan 7
As the days get darker, Descanso Gardens transforms its grounds into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting displays and interactive exhibitions. Visitors will stroll along a one-mile walk through the Gardens to experience the most beloved collections of Descanso illuminated in glorious color. Some of these displays will be interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.
https://www.patinagroup.com

Christmas Lights Thru December
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/christmas_lights.html

Events Resources
www.visittheoc.com/events
www.orangecounty.net/html/events.html
www.visitanaheim.org/explore/events
www.visitsjc.com
www.missionsjc.com
www.lakeforestca.gov
www.destinationirvine.com
www.pretendcity.org
www.ocfair.com/ocf2
www.newportwhales.com

Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net/html/farmersmarkets.html

Orange County May 2017 Events

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Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
www.orangecounty.net

Rancho Days Fiesta  May 5
Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley and explore the rich history of Orange County’s Ranchos and Native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food and and first-person presentations. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and over. Under 3 free
www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage

Fiesta Yacht Party – Cinco de Mayo May 5
Fiesta Yacht Party Specialty Margaritas, Authentic Street Tacos and Dancing! Come aboard this Mexican Party Cruise and take a 3-hour trip south of the border. You will cruise on a beautiful luxury yacht in Newport Harbor equipped with one of a kind Margaritas, an array of bottomless street tacos, quesadillas, mini burritos and churros; all while listening to the beats of top 40 music and the Latin hits! Price includes 4 Specialty Margaritas, unlimited taco bar and apps, a 3-hour cruise, DJ & Dancing and more!
www.annualyachtparties.com

Spring Citrus Fair  May 5-7
The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair — full of period charm — showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission
www.citrusfair.com/default.aspx

Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival May 6
The Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District (SMRPD) announces the 12th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival. Taste the competition chili and vote for your favorite family recipe! Browse the arts & craft expo with local vendors, while enjoying the Cinco de Mayo Mexican folk heritage entertainment lineup, and local Country, Blues artists. Family activities such as crafts and games, bounce house, face painting and farm animal petting zoo! Everyone has the opportunity to sing-a-long and dance to great local musicians on stage…all for just the price of a $5 taster’s kit!
http://smrpd.org

Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta May 6
2017 marks the 27th year of celebrating Mexican culture in our Spanish Village by the Sea. The Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration showcases live entertainment featuring traditional Mariachi’s and Ballet Folklorico to Cumbias, Tex Mex, and Salsa dancers. Community groups will be serving up authentic Mexican food fare and other activities will include a juried Art Contest, Carnival Game booths and a vendor area.
http://san-clemente.org

Soka University’s 16th Annual International Festival  May 6
Enjoy over 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors! There will be lots of international food, exhibitors, games and activities, art exhibitions, ceramic sales, a children’s play area with Bounce House, student projects — and much more! Admission is FREE for everyone! Parking is $10 cash on campus
www.soka.edu

OC MARATHON  May 7
Join thousands of other community-minded runners and walkers at the OC Marathon, beginning at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa just south of Santa Barbara Drive. Pledges to benefit eleven local children’s charities through Run for Orange County Kids (ROCK).
www.ocmarathon.com

Mother’s Day Weekend Events  
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/Weekend_mothers.html

2017 OC Greek Fest May 19-21
Come and experience the sight, sounds and tastes of Greece. Join us for St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s Annual OC Greek Fest – May 19, 20 & 21, 2017. Along with authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, you will find traditional Greek dancing, an outdoor market place and a Kids Zone with carnival rides, games and other activities for the children.
www.ocgreekfest.com

Anaheim Children’s Festival  May 20
Fun for the whole family with free arts and crafts, dance lessons and performing arts classes. Over 20 booths will decorate the entrance area outside the Amphitheater in Pearson Park. Two stages will be located at the Festival – local groups that do a variety of entertainment will be featured. Musicians, puppets, bands, vocal groups, and dancers will perform from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.anaheimartscouncil.com

Doheny Blues Festival  May 20-21
The Annual Blues Festival is the true kick-off to summer with a weekend filled with music, lots of vendors and a International Food Court that features foods from around the world. Be sure you come down to Doheny State Beach and celebrate the beginning of summer with Orange County’s Favorite and most anticipated annual summer festival!
http://dohenybluesfestival.com

23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk May 21
The Balboa Island Artwalk will take place along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on six stages along the walk.
www.balboaislandartwalk

Strawberry Festival  May 26-29
The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Free admission!
http://strawberryfestival.org

Scottish Fest May 27-28
The event features hundreds of bagpipers and drummers, Scottish and Irish food and vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing and traditional Scottish feats of strength like the hammer throw, putting the stone and caber toss. Part of the United Scottish Society, the festival was established in 1932 and was called a Highland Games in the tradition of Scottish heritage.
www.scottishfest.com

Memorial Day Weekend Events  
http://www.orangecounty.net/html/weekend_memorial.html

 

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