Orange County’s non-profit Grandma's House of Hope provides basic needs and enrichment services to women, children, and families living in extreme poverty. Grandma’s House of Hope needs volunteers to provide a variety of workshops for their underserved population. Are you a teacher, nutritionist, or yoga instructor? Are you passionate about something else you’d like to share? You can help set up and teach workshops for the organization. More information on volunteering can be found here: https://grandmashouseofhope.org/volunteer
May Is ALS Awareness Month, And The ALS Association is seeking the help of individuals willing to help advance the fight toward a world free of ALS, Also Known As “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The ALS Association is dedicated to building hope and enhancing the quality of life for those living with this neuron disease that leaves one paralyzed and with an average life expectancy of 18 months after diagnosis. The associaiton also is actively looking for new treatments and a cure. More information about ALS can be found here: http://www.alsa.org/
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans live with a mental illness, affecting one in 5 individuals. During May, Mental Help America helps raise awareness by fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public, and advocating for policies that support those with mental illness. Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help. More information on mental health can be found here: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
This summer, Orange County will lace up its collective walking shoes for the 33rd Annual AIDS Walk OC, hosted by Radiant Health Centers on Saturday, June 1st, at the Huntington Beach Boardwalk. AIDS Walk OC is one of the oldest AIDS walks in the country and makes an immediate impact in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. In the last 8 years alone, AIDS Walk OC has raised more than $3 million to provide critically needed care for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Today, there are nearly 7,000 people living with HIV in Orange County, many of whom are underinsured or without health insurance.
In addition to the walk, there will be live entertainment, a vendor fair, a fun zone, and food trucks. The dollars raised from the walk will provide medical care and social services for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The festivities start at 8:30 a.m, and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. To register, go to https://www.radianthealthcenters.org/events/awoc#top
The Southern California organization Children’s Bureau will hold its annual Summer Soiree on Saturday Night, June 8th, at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. This evening features cocktails, cuisine, auction items, games, dancing, and more. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. all proceeds benefit Children’s Bureau’s work to protect vulnerable children from abuse through prevention, treatment and advocacy. More information can be found at https://www.all4kids.org/soiree/
Registration is now open for the 5th annual Angel City Games presented by The Hartford, the leading adaptive sports festival in California. Returning to UCLA’s campus from June 20-23, this year’s Games will offer seven adaptive sports clinics and competitions including: Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Tennis, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis.
Launched in 2015 and sanctioned by Adaptive Sports USA, Angel City Games presented by The Hartford is an annual celebration of adaptive and Paralympic sport that features inclusive competition open to athletes of all skill levels who have physical or visual impairments. These include, but are not limited to: amputation, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, blindness or visual impairment, TBI or head injury, stroke, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, limb difference, brachial plexus, and dwarfism or short stature.
WHERE: UCLA Drake Stadium, 340 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90024
WHEN: Thursday, June 20. 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
INFO: To register for the event, please visit: https://www.angelcitygames.org/Athlete-Participation/Registration.
National Stop The Bleed Day is a one day call to action that will take place on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.
Experts say it takes between 3 - 5 minutes to die from blood loss, while the average time for 1st responders to arrive is 7 to 10 minutes. This is where bystanders can help. People are encouraged to get trained with techniques so they can stop life-threatening bleeding. Incidents, like mass shootings or natural disasters, along with everyday accidents in the home, could expose people to bleed out. To get trained and help prevent death from blood loss, go to https://nationalstopthebleedday.org/.
On Sunday, May 19, Venice Family Clinic will commemorate the 40th edition of its annual Venice Art Walk & Auction in support of the Clinic’s mission to provide quality health care for people in need. Taking place at Google Los Angeles from noon to 6 p.m., this year’s Venice Art Walk will highlight the works of more than 200 artists in a contemporary silent art auction, and will offer fun for all ages, including studio tours, live music, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, hands-on art workshops, a family fun zone and more. Contemporary artist, Laura Owens, is being celebrated as the 2019 Signature Artist and will be featured in the silent art auction, along with significant pieces from other artists.
Since its inception, the Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction has raised over $20 million to help the Clinic provide care for those who need it most, regardless of their income, insurance or immigration status. While admission to the silent auction and on-site activities are free, enthusiasts can meet the featured artists, see their work up-close and tour their studios by purchasing a Studio Tour ticket for $40. Tickets grant access to all of the studios located throughout Venice from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19, along with a complimentary shuttle service to each and a limited edition 40th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction t-shirt. More information: https://theveniceartwalk.org/
The March for Babies Orange County Walk is happening on Saturday, May 11th, at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. March for Babies is a 5-K fundraising event benefiting the March of Dimes, a non-profit that raises funds to support research, advocacy and programs for the health of all moms and babies. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 8:15 a.m. More information can be found here: https://www.marchforbabies.org
The City of Mission Viejo and Nadadores Swim School will hold a Water Safety Week, happening May 6th through May 11th. There will be free swim safety lessons daily from Monday, may 6th through Friday, May 10th. Then on Saturday, May 11th, a special session will take place from 1:30 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. during that time, one can learn drowning prevention tips while observing a staged drowning and water rescue. Also on that day, there will be water safety prevention vendors, free recreational swimming, and other activities. More info here: https://cityofmissionviejo.org/events
Registration continues for the inaugural Paddle for the Battle Double-Elimination Charity Pickleball Tournament on Sunday, May 5 at the Felipe Tennis and Recreation Center, 27161 Nogal.
All event registration fees will go directly to the American Cancer Society to help raise money for research and support patient services. Participants will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their entry fees that day.
Paddle for the Battle will feature 144 players (72 teams) and more than 6 divisions for set-partner play in a double-elimination format. Registration is $80 per team and includes a goodie bag and prizes for 1st and 2nd place in each division. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Maiz Cocina will be onsite selling Mexican fare for players and spectators.
Don’t have a partner? We’ll try to find you one. Single participants should call 949-859-4348, x5722 before registering for the event.
More information can be found here: https://cityofmissionviejo.org/events/paddle-battle-charity-pickleball-tournament
Each year, Santa Margarita Water District hosts its Water Awareness Festival, a family-friendly event where adults and children are able to learn more about water use efficiency and local supply reliability. Residents are invited to enjoy a day of fun and learning with a hands-on tide pool exhibit, water efficient irrigation and native plant displays, water presentations, games and crafts, and music and face painting. Tour the construction of OC's largest recycled water reservoir, Trampas Dam & Reservoir. The event is held in the spring to celebrate the state of California’s recognition of May as “Water Awareness Month.” More information can be found here:
On Friday, May 3rd, the Laguna Beach Garden Club will host its annual Laguna Beach Gate & Garden Tour, which is a major fundraiser for educational school gardens, local scholarships, and community projects. This year’s walking tour from 9 am till 2 pm will begin and end at Arabella Laguna Historic Cottages, with festivities at Arabella continuing until 4:00. The event will include free refreshments, margaritas and Mexican food for sale, and a raffle with prizes from local artists and businesses. For ticket information, go to www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org/events/gate-garden-tour/
The non-profit organization Wells of Life will have their annual Run-4-Water fundraiser on Sunday morning, April 28th, at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley. All proceeds will support water wells in the poorest villages of Uganda, Africa. There will be 5k and 1k races and walks, along with food booths, entertainment, and give-a-ways. Pre-register online or register in person on day of event. Festivities begins at 7 am and end at 11 am. More information can be found at https://wellsoflife.org/
The Orange County Health Care Agency invites community members to drop-off expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications on National Take Back Day, taking place on Saturday, April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Medications can be dropped off free of charge and anonymously at locations throughout Orange County, including City Halls, Orange County Sheriff Departments, and Police Stations. This initiative, created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a vital public safety and public health issue by reducing the risk of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
To locate a collection site near you, please visit the DEA’s website at https://takebackday.dea.gov/. The drop-off service is free and anonymous. To learn more about drug abuse prevention efforts in Orange County or to find drop-off locations available year-round, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/adept.
The annual Southern California Recruit Military Veterans Job Fair will take place on Thursday, April 25th, at the Pacific Views Event Center in the greater Camp Pendleton area. This job fair is free to all veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, reserve members, and spouses. There will be many employers in attendance that want to meet, talk with, and hire those that have been in service for their country. The fair will take place from 11 am – 3 pm. More information can be found at https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/camp-pendleton-job-fair-april-25-2019
The Orange County Aging Services Collaborative will present the 5th Annual OC Leadership Forum On Aging on Thursday, April 25th, from 8:30 in the morning until noon at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center. There will be discussions on policy, strategy, funding, and planning for vibrant aging in Orange County. The forum is free to attend. Breakfast will be provided. More information on registering can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-oc-leadership-forum-on-aging-tickets-55792556037
The non-profit Heal The Bay is holding the Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Clean-Up on Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm, at Santa Monica Beach near the pier. Supplies will be provided for all that come to help clean up the beach. All you need to do is register, sign a waiver, and show up. Heal The Bay’s Aquarium Under The Santa Monica Pier will offer free admission on that day For Heal The Bay cleanup participants. To register and for more information, go to https://healthebay.org/event/nothin-but-sand-beach-cleanup-6-2019-04-20/
The City of Laguna Niguel will hold its Earth Day Celebration at The Niguel Botanical Preserve, located in Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel. This event will take place on April 20th from 8:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. Go green and volunteer to work in the soil and clean up the 18-acre preserve. Drinking water and light snacks will be provided. Community and corporate groups are encouraged to participate. Rsvp by April 19th to reserve a spot. More information can be found at https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=3512&month=4&year=2019&day=8&calType=0
The Xanadu Foundation will have a beach cleanup on Saturday morning, April 20th, at Huntington Beach. Join in the efforts this Earth Day to keep the coastline plastic free. There will be discussions, yoga, guest speakers and team building activities.
Huntington Beach- Meet at City Beach Tower 5
-8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Yoga Social x Coconut Bowls Parfaits Party –$25 donation, which includes a beach yoga class through Sound Off headphones & a vegan coconut bowl parfait. The coconut bowl is yours to keep. Please bring your own yoga mat or beach towel, and reusable water bottle.
-10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Coastal Cleanup – FREE to attend. All participants must RSVP online in advance, as limited spots are available.
This is a Plastic-Free event. Burlap bags will be provided for the pickup. There will NO plastic gloves, NO plastic bags, and NO plastic water bottles. Bring your own reusable gloves or pick-up tools if you prefer not to get your paws dirty.
The City of Mission Viejo will host its annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration with a Planting and Green Expo from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13th. Volunteers will have the chance to embrace nature by planting trees and shrubs at Cordova Park in Mission Viejo. Participants should wear a hat, gloves, boots and sunscreen. Free hotdogs and ice cream will be available for volunteers while supplies last. There will also be earth-friendly activities and environmental exhibits with tips on pollution prevention, and recycling, and more. https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/celebrate-earth-day-arbor-day-april-13-cordova-park
The City of Mission Viejo Character Committee will host a Teen Mentoring Program on Wednesday, April 10th, at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. This program will help 8th graders prepare for some of the challenges they may face in high school. Some of the social issues that will be addressed include bullying from peers, stress, social isolation and time management. The program will begin at 3:30 in the afternoon in the Jaracanda Room. More information can be found at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/teen-mentoring-program-april-10
The non-profit group Children’s Cerebral Palsy Movement will hold their Early Easter Egg Hunt, “Hop To It!” On Saturday, April 6th, from 10:30 in the morning till noon, at Jeffrey Trail Middle School in Irvine. There will be a magnetic egg hunt for mobility challenged kids with cerebral palsy, specialized egg hunts for other kids with special needs, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, and other activities. To sign up to participate and get a complete schedule of activities, go to https://childrenscerebralpalsymovement.org/egghunt/.
Walk MS: Irvine will take place on Saturday, April 6th, at the orange county great park in Irvine. All proceeds raised at this walk will go towards helping those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as for research towards finding a cure for MS. Registration begins at 7 a.m. morning, with the walk beginning at 8 a.m. There will be one mile and three mile routes that participants can walk. To register and for more information: https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/CASWalkEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=30399
The Irvine Animal Care Center is inviting all runners, walkers, and animal-lovers to take part in its 2019 Virtual 5K throughout the month of April to support animals in need. The center’s Virtual 5K can be completed at any location you choose April 1–30, can be done at your own pace, and is timed yourself.
Just submit your entry fee of $35, complete your race by April 30, and receive an exclusive medal and certificate of completion. Enter your four-legged friend to run with you in the Virtual 5K for an additional $8, and they will also receive their very own medal for completing the race. Proceeds go toward special programs for animals at the Irvine Animal Care Center, which offers services including pet adoptions, events, and licensing for Irvine residents.
Visit https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/virtual-5k for more information and to submit your entry fee. For questions, call the Irvine Animal Care Center at 949-724-7740.
The Woody Allen comedy, “Play It Again, Sam”, will be staged at the non-profit theatrical organization Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, from March 29th through April 14th. “Play It Again, Sam” tells the tale of the recently divorced film magazine writer, Allen Felix, who tries to restart his romantic life. In the process he falls in love with the wife of his best friend, and gets advice from his idol, Humphrey Bogart, who explains to him how to pursue women. For ticket information go to www.caminorealplayhouse.org
The Laguna Niguel Senior Games will take place on Saturday, March 30th, and Sunday, March 31st, at various locations in Laguna Niguel. Opening ceremonies take place on Friday, March 29th, at 6 p.m. at Sea Country Senior and Community Center. Registration is open for both Laguna Niguel residents and non-residents from now through March 25th. There will be basketball and soccer tournaments, as well as table tennis and billiards competitions, and much more. Those that are 55 years of age and older are welcome to participate. To register go to https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/calendar.aspx?CID=34
Cyclists are invited to ride through Los Angeles in support of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, on Saturday morning, March 23rd, in Pasadena. MS is a disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. “Bike MS Los Angeles 2019” hopes to raise money for MS research, as well as programs and services for people living with MS. One can choose to ride the 30 mile, 55 mile, or 100 mile route. The ride start at 7 am and will start and finish at the Rose Bowl. To sign up go to https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/CALBikeEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=30145
The next City of Mission Viejo Drug Prevention Coalition Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 20th, at 6 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. Learn how to combat drug abuse in teens with Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which is the drug-reversing agent for opioid overdoses. One will learn when and how to use this drug to save a life, along with what drugs are classified as opioids and the signs and symptoms to look for if your teenager is overdosing. People attending will receive a Naloxone kit. More information can be obtained by contacting Leslie McDonald at email@example.com
The City of Mission Viejo is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Festival. The festival will take place on the Village Green at Oso Park in Mission Viejo on Saturday, March 16th, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be a sheep herding demonstration, bungee jumping opportunities, crafts and games, and music by the Irish band Cillian’s Bridge. There will be Irish and not so Irish food for sale, as well as beer and wine. More information can be found at http://mvactivities.com/irish-festival/
Family Assistance Ministries offer a Hunger and Homeless Prevention Program in San Clemente. They offer social services every Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Family Assistance Office in San Clemente. Social services provided during that time include helping people sign-up for general relief, Medi-Cal, and Cal Fresh. The mission of Family Assistance Ministries is to assist those in need in Orange County with resources for food, shelter, supportive counsel, and aid. More information can be found at www.family-assistance.org.
In partnership with Assemblyman Tyler Diep and Mayor Tri Ta, come get your taxes prepared for free with the help of Orange County United Way and the Franchise Tax Board.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 11 am – 3pm
Westminster Community Center Parking Lot
8200 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, CA
One must make $60,000 a year or less in order to qualify. Call for an appointment at 888-434-8248 or visit www.ocfreetaxprep.com for more information. One must schedule an appointment, as walk-ins are not allowed.
The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County will present the 4th Annual South County Pet Expo, taking place at the Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation Center on Saturday, March 9th, from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be rescue groups with pets to adopt, canine demonstrations, food trucks, music, and free giveaways. There will also be a book signing by W. Bruce Cameron, author of the book and movie “A Dog’s Way Home”, as well as a chance to meet Bella, the canine star of “A Dog’s Way Home”. Admission and parking are free. More information can be found at http://adoptocpets.org/event/2019-south-county-pet-expo/.
Volunteers are needed for the Susan G. Komen “More Than Pink” Walk, taking place on Saturday morning, March 9th, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Thanks to more than 100,000 survivors and volunteers, Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest organization raising funds to end breast cancer. Volunteers are needed for pre-race activities, which include pre-race planning, organization, and marketing. On race day, hundreds are needed to help the event run smoothly. More information can be found at https://komenlacounty.org/komen-race-for-the-cure-volunteer/.
UCLA Health will host the fifth-annual “Healthy Living with Diabetes” Conference and Health Fair on Saturday, March 2nd, from 8 a.m. till noon. This free, half-day program is designed to educate people who have diabetes or are at risk to develop it. A free wellness breakfast will start the day’s activities, which includes free blood pressure screenings, as well as talks by experts that will share the latest in diabetes research, nutrition and diets, medications, and much more. The Conference and Health Fair will be held at The Conference Center at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. https://connect.uclahealth.org/event/healthy-living-with-diabetes-2/?date=2019-03-02
The non-profit Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano will present the play Senior Moments 2: Betta Daze, from March 1st thru the 3rd and March 8th thru the 10th. The play tells the story of the technologically challenged senior Michelle and how she deals with Betta, a super charged computer assistant like Alexa, which starts to receive program updates that make it more human. Showtime for all performances is 7:30 p.m. More information can be found at http://caminorealplayhouse.org/