August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Vaccines, also known as shots, help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is called immunization. Vaccines can help prevent the flu, measles, pneumonia, and other diseases. All are encouraged to help raise awareness about vaccines. Talk to friends and family about how vaccines aren’t just for kids, that shots can protect people of all ages encourage people to get the flu vaccine every year. Have a doctor or nurse speak to parents about why it’s important for all kids to get vaccinated. More information can be found at https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/AugustToolkit.aspx
The 11th Annual South County Veterans Resource Fair will be held on Thursday, August 29th, from 10:15 am till 1 pm, near the Veterans Memorial at the Saddleback College Student Services Quad in Mission Viejo. This event celebrates 75 years of the GI bill, and is hosted by OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and Saddleback College. All veterans, including student vets, active duty personnel, and military family members, are invited to attend and connect with resources that will assist them in achieving their goals. Admission is free, and coffee, donuts, hot dogs, chips, and water will be provided. More information can be found at http://bos.ocgov.com/legacy5lb/newsletters/pdf/South%20County%20Veterans%20Resource%20Fair%20-%202019%20FLYER.pdf
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs will be holding a Homeless Veterans Housing Fair on Friday, August 30th, from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. There will be services for HUD Screenings, Homeless Outreach, Veterans Benefits, and VA Patient Registration. Housing providers will also be on hand. Transportation assistance to the event will be available, and lunch will be served. More information can be found here: http://newsbuilder.ocgov.com/previews/D5/vol6issue31/pdf/FLYER%202019_08_30%20Housing%20Fair.pdf
Cruisin' for a Cure will happen on Saturday, September 28th, at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, starting at 6 in the morning. Street rods, customs, trucks, corvettes, muscle cars, VWs, and more will take part in cruising inside the fairgrounds' 1.5-mile route. There will also be a meet-and-greet inside The Hangar, live music, 175+ vendors and free prostate screenings. Money raised will go to the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine for prostate cancer research.
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
How much: $15 admission; free for children under 12. Parking is $9.
More info: http://www.cruisinforacure.com/
The San Onofre Community Engagement Panel (CEP) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22,
at the Laguna Hills Community Center in Laguna Hills from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The focus of the meeting will be “Dry Cask Storage Defense in Depth.” If you have a question related to dry cask storage that you would like addressed during the meeting please submit it at NUCOMM@songs.sce.com. We will be accepting questions through Tuesday, Aug. 13.
We will prioritize questions provided in advance and do our best to provide answers either as part of the presentation materials, during the facilitated public comment session with the CEP officers, or via the CEP Aug. 22 meeting page on the SONGSCommunity website.
The public is also welcome to attend the meeting and ask question(s) in person during the facilitated public comment period near the end of the meeting.
In the meantime, more information on SONGS dry cask storage defense in depth is available on the SONGS website, https://www.songscommunity.com/used-nuclear-fuel/industrial-safety-and-canister-loading as well as on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website, https://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/songs-spec-insp-activities-cask-loading-misalignment.html
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/
Experience The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s Scout Camp located in Aliso Canyon on Thursday, August 22nd. Scout Camp will be open for “A Day in the Canyon” from 11:00 am till 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to this event, which will feature Santa Maria-style BBQ, whiskey, wine, and beer pairings, live entertainment, garden tours, and outdoor activities. As the family-friendly event concludes, The Ranch at Laguna Beach will host A Night in the Canyon. There will be a National Geographic Movie Experience at a remote part of the canyon, along with a night photography class, and much more. This is a rare and unique opportunity to experience one of the most exclusive outdoor gathering locations in Orange County. There will be opportunities to engage one-on-one with the Ocean Institute and The Ranch at Laguna Beach executive teams on how to support our efforts in transformational outdoor experiential education for low-income California children. All proceeds benefit the Camping Outreach Program, supported by Cox Charities. More information can be found at https://www.ocean-institute.org/day-night-canyon
The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center will take part in the annual Clear the Shelters event on Aug. 17, offering every homeless pet available for adoption at a huge discount.
Every year, NBC stations team up with hundreds of animal shelters to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on August 17 to help find loving homes for animals in need. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions nationwide.
In Mission Viejo, every homeless pet at the Animal Services Center will be available that day to approved applicants for only $20.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 17 and help us clear our shelter. The facility is located at 28095 Hillcrest. For more information, call 949-470-3045. More information: https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/clear-shelters-pet-adoption-promotion-aug-17
The City of Laguna Niguel will be celebrating 30 years of cityhood by holding its 30th Anniversary Carnival, happening on August 16th, 17th, and 18th. Each day the festivites will be held on El Lazo Street, adjacent to the Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel. There will be rides, games, food and drink, community booths, and musical entertainment on two stages. Entrance to the carnival is free. More information can be found here: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/1209/30th-Anniversary-Carnival
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
If you want a front-row seat to a national swim competition, consider volunteering as a swim meet timer for the 2019 USMS Summer National Championship, happening August 7th through August 11th at Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Aquatics Center. Two timers are paired up in each lane. One holds a stop watch to time the swimmer’s race, while the other timer jots down the finishing time on the heat sheet. Both timers are responsible for pressing the stop button once the swimmer touches the wall. Although it is a simple job, timers are necessary to run a meet. It is a fun job that allows volunteers to see some fast racing in the first row. For more information and to register as a volunteer, contact 949-380-2552 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out the website at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/volunteers-sought-prestigious-us-masters-swimming-national-championship-aug-7-11
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 6 when Mission Viejo joins thousands of communities nationwide for the annual National Night Out community safety fair.
In celebration of our safe city, Mission Viejo Police Services is hosting this year’s expanded interactive fair from 5-8 pm at Cordova Park, 26931 El Retiro.
National Night Out celebrates Mission Viejo’s continual ranking as one of California’s safest cities while fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and the community.
Patrons will savor free hot dogs and ice cream (while supplies last) and enjoy a giant obstacle bouncer, Nerf wars, carnival games and face painting. Along with informational booths and Sheriff’s Department displays, the event includes the department’s Mobile Command Center; Mounted Unit; K9 unit and demonstrations; crime scene investigations; and much more. More info here: https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/fun-family-activities-planned-national-night-out-aug-6
Singles are invited to attend the 7th Annual Fundraiser Summer Luau Party on Saturday, August 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Dana Point Yacht Club. There will be a Tropical Dinner, Beach Boys Tribute Band, AfterParty Band, 3 DJ's, Karaoke, and Polynesian Dancers. Valet Parking is included. There will be dancing in 2 Rooms as well as dancing under the stars. Early bird tickets are available through August 2nd. All proceeds benefit Single+Passion, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. More info here: http://www.singlepassion.com/summer-luau-party.html
‘Name Your Price’ to Adopt a Cat or Kitten August 2–4
Irvine Animal Care Center encourages cat and kitten adoptions with flexible fees.
Bring home a new friend and help make room for felines in need during the Irvine Animal Care Center “Name Your Price” adoption event. The center’s Foster Care and Third Chance for Pets programs have been actively taking in kittens, and now many are ready for adoption. With more kittens still in foster care, the center is hoping to find loving homes for adoptable kittens and cats. This weekend you can “Name Your Price” to adopt a furry feline friend Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4.
Feline adoption fees are usually $70–$170, and this low-cost promotion will make it that much easier for the community to welcome a cat or kitten into their home. For this weekend’s event, all cats and kittens are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no holds can be placed), and there will be a limit of two adoptions per household. The center hopes that many potential adopters will visit the center this weekend, so please be prepared to wait a bit to meet your new friend. To give everyone a chance to find their new pet, meet-and-greet sessions will be limited to two per household. Adopters must have an appropriate carrier or purchase one from the center.
Please visit https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/adopt-pet to see cats and kittens available, and to learn more about the center’s standard adoption process. For questions, call the Irvine Animal Care Center at 949-724-7740.
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
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
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.
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
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/
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/
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
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/
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/
July is designated as National Lost Pet Prevention Month. According to the American Humane Society, approximately ten million dogs and cats are lost nationwide. Every year during summer, pets are outside more, and travel plans are in full swing, making the chances for pets to go missing increase. Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during summer celebrations. If you must leave the house and take your pet, be sure to keep your pet leashed and wearing a collar with current tags at all times. An addition of a microchip with contact information can be useful as well. More information can be found at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/july-national-lost-pet-prevention-month
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/
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.
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/
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/
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
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