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Celebrating more than 25 years of promoting responsible pet care, animal entertainment and debuting the newest pet trends and products, the 26th annual America’s Family Pet Expo returns Friday, April 22 -Sunday, April 24, 2016 to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive).

All weekend long, guests will have the opportunity to meet, see and interact with a show-stopping display of all creatures great and small. From rare birds, exotic reptiles, colorful fish, miniature horses, fancy felines to precocious pups, the America’s Family Pet Expo promises to entertain and educate guests with a variety of animal stage shows, features and attractions. New pet products from industry leaders will be offered at special show pricing.

  • Police Dog Demonstrations –Crime fighting dogs in action show how they serve and protect our community
  • Free Flight Bird Show – Watch in amazement as these magnificent birds spread their wings and take flight
  • Kids Aquarium Contest – Design and create a 10-gallon aquarium
  • Pony rides, face paintings, and “The Great American Petting Zoo”
  • Animal Adoptions – Hundreds of animals looking for a forever home
General Admission, $13; seniors 60 and over, $11. Children 6-12, $8. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. For more info, visitwww.PetExpoOC.org.

As Soka University enters its 15th Anniversary year in 2016, it celebrates its ranking in the Top 10 California Colleges by USA Today, and in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016.”

Among National Liberal Arts Colleges SUA was also ranked:

  1. Faculty resources
  2. Study Abroad (Tie) - 100% of SUA students study abroad for a semester in their junior year
  3. Foreign Student Factor - 39% International students
  4. Best Value
  5. Ethnic Diversity

Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Full tuition scholarships are available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. Soka also provides prorated awards for students who come from different income levels. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries.

For more information: www.soka.edu.

The new theatrical adventure by the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia to be presented under the White Big Top at the junction of the I-405 & the SR-133 (with performances beginning Wednesday, February 3), Odysseo is a $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic and soulful experience that is astonishing audiences and wowing critics across North America.

Double the size of Cavalia’s eponymous creation which enjoyed a very successful run in Irvine back in 2007, Odysseo is a show unlike any other featuring 65 horses and 48 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians in a soulful and touching journey around the globe, celebrating the bond between the two species. The horses are the heart and soul of every Odysseo performances. These magnificent animals play in complicity and with freedom, in a symbiotic and respectful relationship with their human co-stars, charming and fascinating everyone who has the chance to witness this moving artistic and emotive partnership. The liberty number, when purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and the fabulous caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, will leave every spectator captivated and touched by the splendour created in front of their eyes.

Credits: Dan HarperCredits: Dan HarperDeploying their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present an amazing mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the spellbound audience, while the live musicians and vocalist perform in the most enthralling way to immerse spectators of all ages in a beautiful sensorial experience they will remember forever. Whether it is the dexterity of the African acrobats, the enchanting sound of the Kora, or the majestic life-size merry-go-around, the cast and set of Odysseo are inspired and inspiring, delivering crowd-pleasing wonders and stunts.

The mindboggling theatrical effects are as spectacular as they are numerous: a state-of-the-art video screen three times the size of the world’s largest cinema screens, a three-story mountain for dazzling perspectives, and a real lake made of 40,000 gallons of recycled water which magically appears for a splashing finale. The layers of mesmerizing decor make the audience part of the action while the gigantic stage takes everyone’s breath away. Odysseo’s technological and scenographical effects create places no one has ever seen before; places where one can feel the deep connection between horse and man.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cavalia.net

Hundreds of wine varieties, sweet and savory chocolate confections, gourmet food samples from acclaimed Pechanga Resort & Casino restaurants, live music, a silent auction and helping out a good cause are all on the agenda for February 26 and 27 at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Red Wine Pour into GlassChocolate Decadence on Friday, Feb. 26 features more than 30 wine varietals shown to masterfully partner with chocolate and other sweet desserts. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is $55 per person. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, chocolate and confection tasting, live music and silent auction.

Wine enthusiasts can sip and explore new selections at the 8th annual Pechanga Wine Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat, Feb. 27. Tickets are $65 and include a souvenir wine glass, unlimited two ounce samples of wine and spirits, gourmet food and dessert samples from Pechanga’s acclaimed chefs, as well as others in the Temecula Valley, live music and silent auction.

For tickets or more information, visit the Pechanga Box Office, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com/Entertainment. Proceeds from both events benefit Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. Guests must be 21 or older to attend either event.

As Soka University enters its 15th Anniversary year in 2016, it celebrates its ranking in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 10 West Coast
by US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2016.”

Among National Liberal Arts Colleges SUA was ranked:

Top 50 Nationally and Top 10 on the West Coast among National Liberal Arts Colleges

#1 - Faculty resources
#1 - Study Abroad (Tie) - 100% of SUA students study abroad for a semester in their junior year
#1 - Foreign Student Factor - 39% International students
#4 - Best Value
#5 - Ethnic Diversity

Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program. SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 12. All undergraduate students participate in a semester of study abroad during their junior year which is included in the tuition. Full tuition scholarships are available to eligible admitted students whose annual earned family income is $60,000 or less. Soka also provides prorated awards for students who come from different income levels. The university is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs and was founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life. About 60% of SUA’s students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries.

For more information: www.soka.edu

Three Action-Packed Events on Jan. 16, Jan. 30 & Feb. 13

Featuring More Trucks Making Anaheim Debut Appearances Than Ever Before Including Four Brand New 2016 Season Monster Jam Trucks

SoCal motor sports fans are getting revved up to experience a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to Angel Stadium of Anaheim for another season of three dirt-flying, high-energy events between January 16 – February 13, 2016.

Fans will witness an explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more! This year’s massive 16-truck lineup is highlighted with appearances by Monster Jam powerhouses and World Finals Champions Grave Digger® driven by the legendary Dennis Anderson and the “fastest machine in the sport” MAX-D®, along with World Finals super-trucks El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse®.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim is 2000 Gene Autry Way in Anaheim. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to www.facebook.com/MJOnline, www.twitter.com/MonsterJam & www.instagram.com/MonsterJamLive
Jan 01, 2016

L.A. Boat Show

The 2016 Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show , February 25-28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey.  The four-day event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories. Features also include a high-energy kids’ zone, educational seminars from industry experts, on-the-water boating lessons and maritime fun for all-ages.  

2016 Los Angeles Boat Show highlights:

  • Hundreds of boats for sale – Get up close and personal with a variety of watercraft including pontoons, wakesport boats, personal watercraft, inflatables, sailboats, catamarans, cruisers, yachts and much more – plus, it’s easy to climb aboard with complimentary transportation between the convention center and marina.
  • SailFest at Marina del Rey – It’s a sailor’s delight with dozens of sailboats, gear and accessories to shop, plus sailing seminars, on-water lessons from top instructors, and a sailing simulator to get those feet wet before hitting the water.
  • *NEW* Float-In Theater – Enjoy the boating lifestyle without even leaving the dock.  Just like the drive-in theater you remember from the 50’s and 60’s – only better!  Grab a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of the water and boating lifestyle – all while sitting in a boat.
  • Kids’ Zone – Keep the kiddos busy with toy boat building, balloon artists, and fun surprises!
  • Boat Smart - From Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training where attendees get on the water to learn the ropes from USCG-certified captains, to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for the DIY boater and dozens of other seminars for all ages and levels of experience – everyone can expand their nautical know-how and prepare for fun and safety on the water.
For more information -  www.LosAngelesBoatShow.com.
Dec 10, 2015

How to

 

SNOWY MASON JAR

Steps:

1. Pour Epsom salt in to a flat container and set aside. Make sure container is wide enough to easily roll mason jar in.
2. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and evenly coat the outside of the mason jar. Do not coat the bottom of the jar or the threaded area on top.
3. Carefully roll mason jar in the Epsom salt, covering thoroughly.
4. Stand upright and let dry overnight.
5. Once dried, wrap top of mason jar with twine and add your holiday finding.
6. Enjoy as-is, or insert a tealight candle to add a little sparkle to your snowy mason jar!

JBL 8332

WHAT YOU NEED:

8 oz. mason jar (we used Ball brand)
Epsom Salt
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Twine
Holiday findings (we used a holly sprig)
Tealight candle (optional)


JBL 8508

ADVENT ACTIVITY JAR

Steps:

1. Take washi tape and wrap around one end of craft stick. You can do any number of strips! Get creative and mix up your designs to add variety, but be sure to leave room to write the activies.
2. Using the Sharpie, write 24 activities that would be fun to accomplish during the month of December, one on each stick. Activities can be anything you’d like! Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Drink Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Donate Toys to Children in Need, Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt, Make Christmas Cookies, Send a Holiday Card to a Deployed Service Member, Make a Gingerbread House, Say a Prayer for Peace, Deliver Christmas Goodies to a Neighbor, Listen to Christmas Music, Write a Letter to Santa, Donate Canned Goods to a Shelter
3. Place activity sticks in jar. Starting with December 1, choose an activity each day from the jar to do together as a family. When there are no more activities left in the jar, it must be Christmas!

JBL 8527

WHAT YOU NEED:

16 oz. mason jar
24 Craft sticks (tongue depressor size)
Holiday-themed washi tape
Fine point Sharpie Marker


JBL 8452

TISSUE PAPER ORNAMENTS

Steps:

1. Cut about 15-20 1-inch wide strips from tissue paper. For an 80 mm ornament, you will want the length to be around 5-6”. For best results, do 2 layers on the ornament.
2. Remove the top of ornament and set aside. This will allow you to hold onto the ornament when applying mod podge.
3. Pour a small amount of mod podge into a plastic cup or other container. You can add more later as needed.
4. Insert index finger into stem of ornament to hold. Dip sponge brush into mod podge and apply one layer all around ornament.
5. Starting at the top of the ornament, take one strip of tissue paper and smooth it onto the ornament. Apply a very thin layer of mod podge on top of the tissue paper to hold in place and carefully smooth out wrinkles. Do not soak the tissue as it will tear.

Tip: be sure that your tissue goes all the way onto the stem of the ornament so that when the top is replaced, it hides the ends of the tissue.

6. Take another strip of tissue paper and slightly overlap onto the piece already on the ornament. Apply a thin layer of mod podge on top of tissue paper and smooth out wrinkles.
7. Repeat Step #6 until the entire ornament is covered all around with tissue paper.
8. Once first layer of tissue paper is completed, repeat Steps #5 – 7 to apply second layer.
9. (Optional) Apply glitter before letting dry.
10. Let dry overnight and replace top. Trim your tree with your homemade beauties!

JBL 8358

WHAT YOU NEED:

Clear plastic ornaments (we used 80 mm ornaments)
Printed tissue paper of your choice
Scissors
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glitter (optional)

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enliu is an Orange County-based company specializing in homemade crafts and décor. enliu’s items can be found at various craft fairs around Orange County and online at www.etsy.com/shop/enliu. All designs can be customized or personalized to create one-of-a-kind gifts, wedding favors and more. Contact enliu through Etsy or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

enliu will be at the Sonora Cheer Holiday Boutique on December 5th at Sonora High School. Come shop our unique gifts and décor for the holidays and meet the enliu team!

In October, the Dana Point Robo-Techs - a 7th grade robotics team from Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel - presented their 2015 World Championship winning VEX IQ Middle School STEM Research Project to hundreds of guests at the Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum in Dallas, Texas.

The team of eight highly motivated, committed young individuals chose to research how robotic devices could be engineered to help people heal and focused their research on robotic devices - including robotic exoskeletons - designed to help paralyzed veterans recover their mobility, rise up to eye-level, and even walk again.

Exoskeletons offer many possible benefits to those with spinal cord injuries such as improving muscle mass, bone density, circulation, bowel and bladder function, as well as reducing spasticity, pain, and increasing one’s dignity by allowing veterans to stand on their own two feet again. Paralyzed veteran U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot walked for the first time with his EKSO Exoskeleton on Veteran’s Day, 2013. He says “to have the chance to walk again, to see my wife Mari eye-to-eye, and hug my children heart-to-heart is a feeling I cannot begin to explain.”

The Dana Point Robo-Techs now speak publicly in the community to create awareness and advocate action through an online petition to encourage the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide robotic mobility devices, like exoskeletons, to these heroes injured in the line of duty protecting our freedoms.

To view the online petition visit www.change.org or www.DanaPointRoboTechs.org.

Coming to the Honda Center – December 16th – 20th

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen.

Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all!

Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, with special appearances by beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King.

Get warmed up for the show and learn the snowman dance at the Stonyfield YoKids and Disney Magic of Healthy Living Dance-Along Pre-Show. This unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

For more information, visit www.disneyonice.com