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.
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 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 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 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/
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/
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/.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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/
South County Outreach would like your help in gathering canned foods to help feed hungry kids in the upcoming spring and summer months. Have your organization hold a food drive. South County Outreach has volunteer truck drivers that can deliver and pick up collection barrels to help your organization gather food. A food drive can be held during spring break, in the office, or with a community club. Get together with the people who matter most to make a difference in Orange County. More information can be found at http://www.sco-oc.org/donate/food-drive-fridays/.
March is National Kidney Month. 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease. Major risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being age 60 or older. Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test can tell you if you have kidney disease. Remember, it's important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. More information can be found at https://www.kidney.org/
The Irvine Animal Care Center’s Foster Donation Drive takes place from March 1st through March 31st. This is the chance to help support young animals in the center’s Foster Care Program by donating much needed supplies. Animals in the Foster Care Program include kittens, puppies, and baby rabbits, as well as animals recovering from a medical procedure. Items accepted include formula, blankets, kitten nurser bottles, puppy training pads, and toys. The Irvine Animal Care Center aims to make a positive impact on this underage animal population. More information can be found at http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/upcoming-events
Orange County Law Enforcement and Fire Dispatch Centers are now equipped with Text-To-9-1-1. This will allow the hearing impaired, speech impaired, or those in an emergency situation who can’t make a phone call reach dispatchers by text message. In 2018, more than a million calls were made to 9-1-1 in Orange County. Eighty percent of those calls came from mobile phones. Remember to always call if you can, and text if you can’t. Here’s more information about Text-to-9-1-1:
-Ensure location services on your mobile phone are turned on and be prepared to provide your location in the text.
-To get started, type “911” in the “to” field of the text message and, in addition to your location, provide the type of emergency services you need (police, fire or medical).
-Use plain text and refrain from abbreviations.
-Dispatchers cannot accept pictures, videos or icons.
-Text-to-9-1-1 cannot be used in a group text.
-If your text does not go through, you should receive a message to make a voice call.
-Calling or texting 9-1-1 when it is not an emergency is a crime punishable by up to a year in County jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
More information can be found at http://newsbuilder.ocgov.com/previews/D5/vol6issue6/pdf/TEXT%20TO%20911%20FACT%20SHEET.pdf
The annual Oso Fit Community Health Fair and 5-K Fun Run will take place on Saturday, February 23 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center and Village Green in Mission Viejo. The Oso Fit Event promotes health and wellness while raising money for Mission Viejo non-profit organizations, giving back 100 percent of the pre-registration fees to local nonprofits that participants select. The Community Health Fair will showcase more than 60 vendors in the wellness industry, and will feature a quarter and half mile kids walk-run for children of all abilities. If your organization is interested in being a nonprofit in which participants can select to donate their registration fee, or if you would like to register for the event, contact the Mission Viejo Recreation & Community Services Department at 949-470-3061 and visit osofit5k.org for more information about the event.
The Joyful Child Foundation will hold the 2nd Annual Brave Race 5K and Fun Run on Saturday morning, February 23rd, starting and ending at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo. All proceeds will support The Joyful Child’s Brave Programs for schools and for the community. The Joyful Child Foundation was established in 2002 after the abduction and murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion. The mission is to prevent crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities. More information can be found at http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com/featured/brave-race-5k-joyful-child-fun-run/.
The 7th Annual Paws Fur Pink® O-C will take place on Sunday, February 17th, at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. The event offers a 5k Dog-Friendly Run/Walk, a Dawdling Doodle 1 Mile Walk, a Yoga/Doga Session in the park, and a Costume Contest for you and your four-legged BFF. Run, walk, or wag your way to better health while raising funds to beat cancer in both humans and dogs. Registration opens at 7:30 in the morning, with activities happening till 11 am. More information can be found at pawsfurpink.com.
The OC Fair and Event Center's Veterans Museum will celebrate the second anniversary of the Heroes Hall with an Open House, taking place on Saturday, February 16th, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. During this Open House, a new exhibit will be presented, titled “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience”. As part of the exhibit, visitors will hear the tragic yet inspirational stories of four former POWs who currently live in Orange County. More information can be found at https://ocfair.com/heroes-hall/events/.
The City of Dana Point will be holding the first Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup of the year. This clean-up, titled “St. Valentine’s Day Love Your Beach Cleanup”, will be held on February 16th from 9:00 am till noon at Doheny State Beach. All are invited to “love” Doheny Beach back to good health after sustaining damage from the runoff from winter rains. Those that plan to participate should meet at the Doheny Beach Lifeguard Headquarters, next to the mouth of San Juan Creek. Bring along working gloves. More information can be found at https://www.dohenystatebeach.org/event-items/st-valentines-day-love-your-beach-cleanup/.
The City of Mission Viejo will hold a free workshop for those considering moving a loved one into an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility. This workshop, called “Information on Planning for Long-Term Care”, will be held at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center in Mission Viejo, on Tuesday, February 12th, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the afternoon. An expert Elder Law Attorney will provide information on estate planning, durable powers of attorney for healthcare and finance, conservatorship, and more. More information can be found at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/events/legal-and-financial-workshop
The City of San Clemente is sponsoring a Document Shredding Event on Saturday, February 9th. One can bring up to ten bags or boxes of papers per vehicle to shred. This event will be held at San Clemente’s Maintenance Yard, located at 390 Avenida Pico. People are welcome from 8 am till noon. More information can be found at http://www.san-clemente.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/6171/2689?backlist=%2frecreation-community%2fspecial-events
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, also known as VITA, offers free tax help to those who make $55,000 or less, to persons with disabilities, and to those with limited English speaking skills and need help in preparing their taxes. Also, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program, also known as T-C-E, offers free tax help for all taxpayers, focusing on those who are 60 years of age and older and have questions about pensions and retirement-related issues. All volunteers for both programs are I-R-S-certified. More information can be found at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers.
February is American Heart Month, a time to remind all to focus on their hearts, and encourage all to get their families, friends, and communities involved. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death, with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by as much as 80 percent. More information can be found at http://newsroom.heart.org/events/february-is-american-heart-month-6669831