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Fourth of July in Orange County

Ooh and ah at the fireworks over the Dana Point, Run for Fun on the 4th with Laguna Niguel YMCA, or watch the Old Glory Boat parade in Newport Beach. Throughout Orange County, there are endless possibilities for your 4th of July celebrations. We’re particularly partial to the traditional Tustin celebration, so we’ll start there: Continue Reading →

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Orange County Farmer’s Markets You Shouldn’t Miss

Orange County has over 30 farmer’s markets–that means that any day of the week you feel like going to a farmer’s market, there’s one for you (except on Mondays, we admit). Farmers Markets are a fantastic way to support local farmers and vendors, spend time with your community, and make healthy food a staple of your family’s diet. With beautiful weather almost year round, we are lucky to have “rain or shine” markets, which typically really only “shine.”  The OC Farmers’ Bureau has only certified 8 of the markets in the area, and the Tustin Certified Farmers Market is one of them! Continue Reading →

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The Tustin Chili Cook-Off is Almost Here!

Chili, food stands, wine and beer booths, entertainment, music, and kids areas–it must be time for the 34th annual Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off! Head to Old Town Tustin anytime from 10am to 5pm to taste the best chili Tustin has to offer. If after the street fair you want to keep the party going, head to the “Party in the Park” from 4:30pm-6:00pm at Peppertree Park (230 W. First Street.) For all details, go to Continue Reading →

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Museums for Kids in Orange County

In our community, we’re lucky that we don’t have to go far for experiences that people drive across the nation for. We have the beaches, the history, the museums, state parks, all within reach. For those of us with younger ones to entertain, it’s great to have so many options to get up and out of the house. To the kids, a trip to a neighborhood museum can be a trip to another world. Take advantage of our local museums, and head to one of our five favorite Orange County museums: Continue Reading →

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Best Summer Camps in Orange County

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and a summer of the kids at home. For some families, summer is the ideal time to enroll a child in a summer camp, to take the summer as a chance to both entertain and educate the kids outside the classroom. From art to karate to outdoor adventuring, there is something for every kid. We’ve compiled a list of the top summer camps available in Orange County. We are lucky enough to have some of the best in the state, right in our backyard! Continue Reading →

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Labor Day Barbecue Safety

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Can’t you just smell that barbecue hamburger and hot dog scent wafting through the air, down the block, up the street, around the corner? We can! And it means Labor Day is quickly approaching. Labor Day intends to honor and appreciate the American labor force and its contribution to the well-being and function of society. How will you celebrate your Labor Day? Of course, the long-standing tradition of backyard barbecues with friends and family is the perfect way to relax and take a well-deserved break. But before you light that grill, take a look at the basics of safety and caution we’ve compiled for you. Continue Reading →

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Visit the Great Park of Orange County!

family visiting Great Park of Orange County

Orange County offers many attractions and events to visitors and locals alike. A consistently rising attraction is the Great Park of Orange County, in the city of Irvine.Whether you’re searching for your next date spot, a place to bring the kids for a day out, or somewhere to bring visiting relatives, this park offers a variety of landscapes and entertainments. Continue Reading →

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St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County


This week began with the loss of an hour in “spring forward”, and will end with St. Patrick’s day. So it’s not all bad!! Don’t forget to wear your green, or suffer the pinches.

And, of course, what would St. Patrick’s Day be without the traditional Irish fare, and indulgence in the best brews local Irish pubs have to offer? This Thursday make your way to one of these well-known O.C. Irish pubs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Orange County with traditional music, food, and beer. Continue Reading →

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Spooky Halloween Events in Orange County


Halloween is everywhere by now: in the spooky neighborhood ghouls, piles upon piles of candy bags in store aisles, children (and adults!) chattering about this year’s costume, and of course, the pumpkin patches. The only thing that’s not falling in line with Halloween spirit: the weather. Fortunately for us Southern Californians, our Halloween festivities aren’t limited by any chilling storms; to take advantage, here are some Orange County Halloween activities for you to investigate: Continue Reading →

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Is It Time To Ditch the Lawn for Artificial Grass?

Do you want a lawn as beautiful and perfect as this? ©

Do you want a lawn as beautiful and perfect as this? Go synthetic.

The drought is real. We’ve had mandatory water restrictions placed on us by the California Governor, who directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement 25 percent reductions in the use of potable (read: drinkable) water. So how are we going to do it?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that 30 percent of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States is used outdoors, mainly for irrigation. Do you realize that the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water each year? That’s not counting any rainwater! There are many ways to re-landscape your yard to replace your lawn, but if you have children or pets, you might miss that expanse of green. Continue Reading →

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