Jul
9
to Jul 31

American Red Cross Blood Emergency -Southern California

The American Red Cross has issued a donation alert for the month of July. The Red Cross is facing an emergency need for blood donors and is urging eligible donors of all types to give now and help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are needed now to help replenish the blood supply.

Be a hero to a patient in need. To make an appointment, use the blood donor app, call 1-800-Red Cross, or find a local blood drive by going to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

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Jul
20
4:30 PM16:30

Coollab Festival – Costa Mesa

  • Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center of the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center of the Arts in Costa Mesa will present the Coollab Festival, an evening of performances by artists from Orange County's hip hop scene.  Artists on the bill include Alaz, Rocky Angelini, Apollo Beepop, Weapons of Mass Creation, and more.   The festival will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 4:30 pm, and is free to the public.  For more information visit https://www.scfta.org/events/2019/coollab-festival-free or follow @thecoollabproject on Instagram.

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Jul
27
4:00 PM16:00

Symphony Volunteers – Mission Viejo

Volunteers are being sought for the 2019 Symphony in the Cities, happening on Saturday, July 27, in Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo.  You can earn community service hours while listening to music by the Pacific Symphony, led by Maestro Carl St.Clair. With a theme of “An Evening in Seville,” this year’s Symphony in the Cities includes the Children’s Musical Playground and Prelude in the Park from 4-7 p.m., followed by the Concert under the Stars at 7 pm.  More information can be found at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/volunteers-sought-2019-symphony-cities-saturday-july-27

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Jul
28
6:00 PM18:00

CREER Benefit Concert featuring Hot August Night – San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano’s non-profit organization, CREER, will hold a benefit concert featuring “Hot August Night Band, A Tribute to Neil Diamond”.  The event will take place on Sunday, July 28th, at the San Juan Hills Golf Course, from 6 pm to 10 pm. All proceeds will go towards the CREER Summer Programs, which include student and parent education classes, community and youth leadership opportunities, and gang prevention programs for at-risk children and families in South Orange County. Ticket information can be found at https://creeroc.org/events

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

San Clemente Fiesta

The 66th annual San Clemente Fiesta is set for Sunday, August 11th, in downtown on Avenida del Mar from 9 a.m. til 7 p.m. More than 25 bands and entertainers will perform on three stages.  Bands headlining will include Kelly Rae Band, Groove Kitty 80's, Papermoon Gypsys, and many more.  There will also be food booths, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides, games, and exhibits. Admission is free, and free shuttle service will be available from San Clemente High School. More information can be found at http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-fiesta-music-festival-08-14-2016-2603

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Aug
22
to Aug 24

Blue Jay Jazz Festival - Lake Arrowhead

The 19th Annual Blue Jay Jazz Festival, "Takin' it Lakeside", will take place in Lake Arrowhead,  August 22nd and 23rd – Arrowhead Lake Association's Tavern Bay Beach Club, and August 24th – Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. Performers include the Cal State San Bernadino Jazz Ensemble, the LA Quartet, the Yuko Mabuchi Trio, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who, in addition to performing with his quartet, will hold a master class for area students. All proceeds support the non-profit Blue Jay Foundation, whose mission is to support music education in the San Bernardino mountain communities. More information can be found at http://bluejayjazz.org/

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Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

High Hopes Benefit Concert "Eric Marienthal and Friends" - Newport Beach

Orange County’s High Hopes Head Injury Program will have its annual benefit concert, Eric Marienthal and Friends, On Sunday, July 7th, at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach.  The night includes a VIP, pre-concert dinner with Eric Marienthal and special guest performers, a live and silent auction, and hors d’oeuvres. Over the last 20 years, this event has raised over $500,000 for brain-injured adults who are rehabilitated at the High Hopes Program. More information can be found at https://highhopes.ws/

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Jul
1
to Jul 2

2-1-1 for Emergency Social Services in Los Angeles County

2-1-1 in Los Angeles County is a simple toll free, three digit phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day to those in need of social services, especially those affected by the recent fires. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families to needed programs, including health care, food, homeless shelters, legal services and other resources offered by nonprofits and government agencies.  Just dial 2-1-1.  More info can be found at https://www.211la.org/

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Jul
1
to Jul 2

Grandma’s House of Hope - Santa Ana

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

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Jul
1
to Jul 2

2-1-1 for Emergency Social Services in Orange County

2-1-1 in Orange County is a simple toll free, three digit phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day to those in need of social services. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families to needed programs, including health care, food, homeless shelters, legal services and other resources offered by nonprofits and government agencies.  Just dial 2-1-1.  More info can be found at https://www.211oc.org/

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Jul
1
to Jul 2

Pathways to Independence - Orange County

The organization Pathways to Independence is looking for volunteers to help disadvantaged single young women break the cycle of poverty and abuse.  Pathways to Independence helps transform women’s lives by providing education, therapy, mentoring, housing, and healthcare. For information on how to volunteer as a mentor or provider, go to https://pathwaystoindependence.org/

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Jun
22
to Jun 23

Doheny Surf and Art Festival - Dana Point

The 17th Annual Doheny Surf and Art Festival will take place on June 22nd and June 23rd at Doheny State Park in Dana Point.  For both days the festival starts at 9am and ends at 6 in the evening.  There will be surf contests, live music, Polynesian dancing, healthy living demonstrations, a classic longboard exhibit and much more.  For information on the event, go to https://www.dohenystatebeach.org/doheny-surf-festival/

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Jun
20
to Jun 23

2019 Angel City Games - Los Angeles

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.

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Jun
13
to Jun 30

Mission Viejo Toastmasters 30th Anniversary

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of Mission Viejo’s Possibilities Unlimited Toastmasters Club. They have been recognized by Toastmasters International for their outstanding educational program, which helps people overcome their fear of public speaking, as well as develop effective leaders. They have been awarded with Presidents Distinguished Designation, the highest achievable award, for 12 consecutive years.  More information can be found at https://putm.org/

 

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Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Children’s Bureau Summer Soiree - Irvine

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/

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Jun
1
8:30 AM08:30

AIDS Walk Orange County 2019 - Huntington Beach

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

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May
23
12:00 AM00:00

National Stop The Bleed Day

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/.

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May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction - Venice

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/

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May
11
7:30 AM07:30

March for Babies Orange County Walk - Costa Mesa

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

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May
6
to May 11

Water Safety Week - Mission Viejo

  • Marguerite Aquatics Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Cinco De Mayo Pickleball Tournament - Mission Viejo

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

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May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Water Festival – Rancho Santa Margarita

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:

http://www.smwd.com/222/Water-Festival

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May
3
9:00 AM09:00

Laguna Beach Garden Club Gate & Garden Tour 2019

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/

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May
1
to May 31

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

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

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May
1
to May 31

National ALS Awareness Month 2019

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/

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Apr
28
7:00 AM07:00

Wells Of Life Run4water 2019 - Fountain Valley

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/

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

National Take Back Day - Locations throughout Orange County

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.

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Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Recruit Military Veterans Job Fair - Camp Pendelton

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

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Apr
25
8:30 AM08:30

5th Annual Oc Leadership Forum On Aging - Garden Grove

  • Garden Grove Community Meeting Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Clean-Up - Santa Monica

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/

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Apr
20
8:30 AM08:30

Earth Day Celebration - Laguna Niguel

  • Niguel Botanical Preserve in Crown Valley Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Apr
20
8:00 AM08:00

Earth Day Xanadu Coastal Cleanup - Huntington Beach

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.

LOCATION:
Huntington Beach- Meet at City Beach Tower 5

SCHEDULE:
-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.

To RSVP, go to https://xanadu.ticketsocket.com/event/Earth-Day-Xanadu-Coastal-Cleanup

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Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Mission Viejo Earth Day and Arbor Day

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

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Apr
10
3:30 PM15:30

Teen Mentoring Program – Mission Viejo

  • Norman P. Murray Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Hop To It! Early Easter Egg Hunt - Irvine

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/.

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Apr
6
7:00 AM07:00

Walk MS: Irvine

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

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