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Dear Marmalade Reader, It seems to me that if a mom or dad’s life ever really takes a breather, it’s in May. Not that life isn’t busy, but because the world is fresh and new. In a tip of our hat to newness, this issue sees our first real emphasis on pregnancy, birth and babies. I know we’re only scratching the surface in the following pages, but babies are always a marvel, so talking about them, to whatever extent, frankly tickles us pink. Of course, once you become a mother, May also offers the prospect of tons of attention – wanted or not. See page 31 for our modest homage to moms. As far as we’re concerned, homages to moms are always best done by the children. Case in point: this list by Pixie Louise Ireys of Mission Viejo, who puts a very fine point on the essence of motherhood: she takes care of us; she feeds us and gives us liquids; when we’re being cool, she rewards us, and when we’re not, she “rewords” us. Go babies. Go mom. Go May.

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furniture upgrades or for the newest stuffed animals that make sounds to put babies to sleep while causing grandpa’s teeth to ache. Likewise, nature’s best excuse for men to go to Angels’ games – a baby shower – helps new nesters to feel like they’ve completely finished their baby preps, even though they probably haven’t.

Your financial advisor should even be able to tell you what it will cost to provide a stand-in for Mom in case she gets clobbered by a supersonic soccer ball. What could be left to do to make ready for stork time after all these great purchases? One of the most important issues still needs to face review: before tackling new terms for the trust, prior to picking a prep school, even in front of nabbing a name, parents need to call their advisors to revisit their life insurance programs. What’s needed to get the next Newton through physics at Cal Tech? How much more will you need to pay for your daughter’s wedding dress if Dad isn’t there to walk her down the aisle? Your financial advisor should even be able to tell you what it will cost to provide a stand-in for Mom in case she gets clobbered by a supersonic soccer ball. Please don’t forget to have your advisor review all beneficiary designations on existing insurance policies, retirement accounts, annuities, and other financial accounts to be certain no one, including your newest member, has been left out. Life insurance is the single greatest tool for shifting without clutching; it’s the ultimate tool for a smooth transition through hazardous times. Change never rests. It comes and shifts our lives in ways that we must try to anticipate with appropriate planning and preparation. Each instance of change calls for different kinds of adjustments, but each shift shares something in common with the others: facing each change with the proper adjustments to our plans and our planning documents allows us to shift without clutching. M

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COVER STORY environment where students are free to explore musical theatre, acting, voice, dance and instrumental music – and the Acting Academy for Kids was born. Today, it is one of Orange County’s premier performing arts academies for children ages 4 through 17, with multiple programs that provide an authentic theater experience to expose young people to all aspects of the performing arts. Acting Academy for Kids was voted “Best Theater School” and “Best Children’s Live Theater” in 2013 by local media outlets.

COSMIC CLASS ACT THE ACTING ACADEMY FOR KIDS OFFERS THE TOTAL THEATER EXPERIENCE BY JODY ROBINSON PHOTOS BY LANA FARFAN, CAUGHT IN THE MOMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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f you haven’t yet seen the young Darth Vader Volkswagen commercial that first aired during the Super Bowl, you ought to join 59 million other people and give it a peek on YouTube. In it, a young boy dressed up as the iconic villain attempts to employ “The Force” around the house, but try as he might, he can’t move the washing machine, budge the doll or compel the dog to move an inch. We never see the boy’s face, but his body language communicates everything: focus, effort, disappointment… and then total astonishment when “The Force” actually works! It turns out that when you’re embodying Darth Vader, it’s all about body language. Max Page, the young actor who played little Darth in that commercial, honed some of those skills while studying under Stephen Zygo at Acting Academy for Kids. “My twin passions have always been teaching kids and acting,” says Stephen, who has degrees in both Musical Theatre Performance and Elementary Education. As an undergraduate, Stephen became

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an elementary school teacher and theatre arts director in New York and later in Hawaii, where he met his wife Maggie in graduate school as they were both completing Masters Degrees in teaching. After graduation the couple relocated to Southern California where they continued their careers in education. Stephen was also running his school’s K-8 theater department. They were settling into the life for which they got their degrees – just in time for the recession to hit. Budget cuts and widespread teaching layoffs cost the pair (the newest hires on staff at their respective schools) their jobs. Those job losses were a difficult thing, but sometimes unforeseen changes create unforeseen opportunities. Stephen saw a need in the community and simply wanted to continue helping kids benefit from the tremendous experiences found in the performing arts. Stephen and Maggie took a leap of faith and followed their passion to create an

A TOTAL THEATER EXPERIENCE The Academy’s home base at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano (and satellite locations at The Gate in Rancho Santa Margarita and the Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente) allow aspiring singers, actors, musicians, and set designers to try their hands at the real thing – in an actual working theater as opposed to an ad-hoc stage in a warehouse or community center. “We want kids to experience the real deal — an active dressing room, staging, lighting design, and set creation in a genuine working theater,” says Stephen. “Hands-on cooperative learning helps kids understand that each role is vital to the success of a show.” In the Acting Academy’s Musical Theater Series, young cast members produce and perform popular Broadway musicals every 12 weeks. These seasonal programs each culminate in a full-scale production with professional lighting, sets, and sound. For Stephen and Maggie, the Acting Academy for Kids is also about an experience that transcends the theatre. It’s about providing students opportunities to become more polished and poised, not only as performers, but as individuals. Interpersonal skills, speaking skills, memorization and the ability to present oneself in front of an audience are just some of the rewards of the Acting Academy for Kids programs. Ten-year-old Ava Almada (on the cover as Princess Leia) has been “Mr. Zygo’s” student at Acting Academy for Kids for the last six years, where she has participated in about 14 full-scale productions and receives private vocal and acting lessons. Her experience at Acting Academy for Kids has prepared her for roles in independent films, television shows and commercials. MARMALADEOC.COM


FEATURE STORY “Ava will not get up early in the morning for anything but this,” Ava’s mother Darcie laughingly says of her daughter’s passion for what she does. But it’s not just the acting that Darcie appreciates. “I love that, through the Acting Academy for Kids, Ava has not only developed a sense of confidence and comfort in front of people, but she gets to see what community means. We all contribute to the productions and have fun working as a team. It’s important for kids to see that.” SENSATIONALLY STELLAR SUMMER CAMPS The Academy offers Performing Arts Camps all summer long. Weeklong sessions provide children and teens with the Acting Academy for Kids’ signature full-theater immersion experience, capped off with a performance for family and friends on their Main Stage. Kids have the option to sign up for a single week, the entire summer, or anywhere in between. “Summer camp is the perfect ‘test-drive’ for a child who’s interested,” says Maggie. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to interact outside their peer groups as well.” In addition to its seasonal and summer camp programs, the Acting Academy for Kids provides after-school acting classes (group and private), vocal training, and guitar and piano lessons. Fundamental concepts like improvisation, line memorization, character development, professional singing techniques and voiceover training give students a performing arts foundation that helps develop self esteem through a grade-A learning experience. Acting Academy for Kids is also set apart from the other independent performing

arts programs in Orange County by the quality and caliber of its faculty members. “Our teachers are trained performing artists and credentialed educators,” says Maggie. “They understand how kids learn.” The Academy’s dedicated team of industry educators and professionals create a fun and safe environment wholly focused on the experience of each child involved. Live scan screened, 1st Aid & CPR certifications, and years of experience working with children are necessary qualifications to join the Acting Academy for Kids team. ON THE HORIZON: SCHOOLS, “FROZEN-SOLID” AND MORE With feet firmly planted in both the arts and in education, the Zygos have taken their show(s) on the road with their “school services” concept. They collaborate with schools, churches, and community centers, administering enrichment programs for organizations that don’t have the staff or resources to develop their own. The pair credits their successes to date to the community of parents and volunteers who help bring each production to life. It also helps that they choose productions that children and teens love to perform. At the award winning Performing Arts Summer Camps this summer they’ll be putting on stage productions of hit themes like Frozen-Solid, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and so much more – eat your heart out, Darth. M

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EXPERT ADVICE working and by the 35th week the fetus can discriminate the differences in speech sounds such as “E” and “O”. Amazingly, within a couple of days after birth the infant can pick out the mother’s voice from others because of hearing and learning during its development in the womb. Using microphones in the womb, scientists have shown that the fetus hears normal low tone sounds because of transmission through the fluids of the amniotic sac, in the same way whales hear across great distances in the ocean. Fetal hearing development is a gradual process that makes connections in the brain to suit the low tone rich uterine environment and the mother’s voice. After birth, sound experiences help the brain to add more tones to the infant’s memory libraries, along with speech and language. Ultimately, a network of connections to vision and the other senses link the newborn to the world. This development is responsible for normal brain function (neuroplasticity) over a lifetime and protecting the fledgling system from noise is paramount. THE NOISE PROBLEM The fetal ear can hear normal sounds and also be over exposed to noise. Understanding how to separate out normal sound from noise exposure is accomplished using a few simple rules. Normal conversational speech between adults is at 62 dB and the mother’s voice in the womb to the fetus is delivered at 80 dB. To fetal development the loudness of the mother’s voice is necessary to train the brain, calibrate loudness, and grow those important nerve connections. The occasional high noise spike, in-utero MRI, or the acoustic stimulation test and normal daily noise has shown to have no effect. However, levels above this that are either chronic or repetitive, steady or impulsive at high levels cause the fetus to startle, change heart rhythms, increase blood pressure, create abnormal physiological changes, and if chronic, develop hearing loss, birth defects, premature birth, and abnormal social behavior after birth.

TAKING IT DOWN A NOTCH PROTECTING YOUR FETUS AND NEWBORN FROM EAR-DAMAGING NOISE BY DENNIS A. COLUCCI, AU.D., M.A., FAAA

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arents are unsuspecting of the effects of noise on their child’s brain development during pregnancy and thereafter, but new research has shown that noise exposure is something not to be toyed with. HUMAN HEARING IS A WORK IN PROGRESS In the fetal stages of development, the brain grows amazingly fast with nerve cells created at the rate of 250,000 a minute. By the 24th week of development, the hearing system is already

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HOW TO MEASURE ACCEPTABLE SOUND LEVELS Monitoring noise is a simple task that can be accomplished with an app on a cell phone. I use a free Sound Meter from Faber Acoustical, LLC because it allows me to measure the sound level and see the peak loudness too. I would use it on the Lp, dBC, and the Slow settings. Prolonged measurements above 80 dB or repeat ongoing peaks at 100 dB would suggest that the environment is too loud. A typical busy restaurant would fall within an allowable range, but a rock band, race car track, NFL, NBA, or other events, such as a concert, or other loud noise would be unacceptable. The simplest way to judge if noise is too loud is when at an arm’s length you need to raise your voice to a shout (80-85 dB) to be heard. Since children do not reach adult levels of hearing perception until the age of 12, parents should continuously monitor noise from toys, iPods, MP3 players, and events far beyond those formative years in the womb. M

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HATCH THE EGG BIRTHING OPTIONS FOR TODAY’S NEW MOM BY CRYSTAL NAY

The birth of your child is an amazing event, and bringing a new person into this world isn’t without its preparations. Not the least of which is removing from your memory every loud and chaotic delivery scene in every movie that has one. Whether you’re opting for your home, the hospital, or a birthing center, the education you have and the techniques you use could make it easier than you might have imagined.

LAMAZE

The Lamaze Method® has transformed over the decades into what is now the Lamaze Philosophy, and is much more than the hee-hee-hooooing of yesteryear. Lamaze makes its foundation in childbirth education classes, continuous emotional support, relaxation, and, yes, those iconic breathing techniques. Dr. Fernand Lamaze observed birthing techniques in Russia and incorporated them into a different method of childbirth, which he first introduced in France in 1951. The U.S. caught word and in the late 1950’s, Marjorie Karmel gave birth with Dr. Lamaze’s assistance, after which she wrote a book about the experience. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE) span from Anaheim to Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo to Ladera Ranch, so check out www.lamaze.org for an LCCE near you.

BRADLEY

The Bradley Method® is also often referred to as “husband-coached childbirth” since the woman and her partner both play an active role in this style of childbirth. Focused around a 16 MAY 2014

drug-free, relaxed, and focused approach, this method teaches women to be intune with and to trust their own bodies. Robert A. Bradley, M.D. brought us the Bradley Method in 1947. In 1965, Bradley’s book Husband-Coached Childbirth was published and brought this method to popularity. Bradley Method courses last 12 weeks, generally beginning in the third trimester and preparing moms-to-be with education in breathing, nutrition, delivery, breastfeeding, and everything in between. Check out www.bradleybirth.com to see their extensive list of instructors for California.

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MONGAN (hypnosis)

The Mongan Method is more widely known as HypnoBirthing®, and it is based in the idea that pain and stress are not mandatory aspects of giving birth. (Imagine!) A certified hypnotherapist, hypnoanesthesiologist, and hypnotherapy instructor, Marie Mongan, M.Ed., M. Hy. wrote HypnoBirthing®--A Celebration of Life in 1989, revealing to the general birthing public a new alternative. When fear and tension are removed, so can be the physical discomfort. The physical, mental, and spiritual preparation that Hypnobirthing offers allows a woman to fully trust her body and the process. The selfhypnosis associated with Hypnobirthing is more like a state of focused daydreaming rather than a trance, and it’s the complete relaxation that removes the stress hormone that causes pain. Interested in finding an instructor? www.socalhypnobabies.com provides a list of certified Hypnobirthing instructors in Orange County.

baby, who enters the world in an environment not too unlike the one he just left. Typically done at home, more hospitals are beginning to offer this birthing option.

Natural Birth

Let’s face it, if you’re giving birth, you’re doing something natural. The term “natural birth” can be a bit confusing as its meaning is often used interchangeably with “vaginal birth” and “drugfree vaginal birth”. Either way, this typically means vaginally, because it is the opposite of…

Cesarean Birth

Sometimes mom is stressed, and sometimes baby can be really stressed. Sometimes, there’s just a flat out emergency. This is where the C-section option enters into play, which is in fact a major surgery and can only be done at the hospital. Like anything regarding baby, there’s no shortage of birthing options, and with enough time you should be able to find one that works well for you and your family. M

Skipping the courses and just want to focus on how and where to deliver? Lamaze, Bradley, and Mongan can all be used with the following: Hospital Birth

Birthing Center Birth

A birthing center can be a happy compromise between the hospital and the home options. You can have the comfort of home with a few more emergency options at the ready should the need arise. Birthing centers are not a substitute for hospitals, but they do have equipment and medication that can be started while awaiting transport to the hospital in the event of an emergency.

Water Birth

While some women have spent a great deal of time in their swimming pools during labor, water births happen more often in a special tub filled with warm water. Not only is it more relaxing for mom, but also for 18 MAY 2014

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Where does this delivery happen? Right on your living room floor, if you want. If the hustle and bustle of a hospital—and the constant temptation of pain medication—just isn’t for you, a home birth may be a better and more comfortable option.

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BABY BLUES A POSTPARTUM SURVIVAL GUIDE

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pring has officially arrived, and with it, signs of new birth everywhere. But for many new moms, those signs of new birth can look a little blue. Vinyak Shanbhag, M.D., the Medical Director of the Postpartum Depression Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital notes that “many women – as many as 50-80%, suffer from the ‘baby blues’, a mild depression that immediately follows childbirth and typically subsides within ten to fourteen days of delivery”. According to the National Institute of Health, 1 in 10 women find that they are caught in the midst of feelings of sadness, fear and confusion that don’t go away. Symptoms of postpartum depression can begin during pregnancy, immediately after delivery, or even gradually over the following year.

Adjusting to Mommyhood

While treatment via counseling, support groups and medication are recommended by traditional physicians across the board, there have been an increased number of alternative methodologies to help women who suffer from postpartum depression, including nutritional and naturopathic means of combating the condition. Need a place to start? Here are a few resources out there to help.

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Mission Hospital, a branch of St. Joseph’s Hospital, offers a Postpartum Depression Support Group for new mothers who are experiencing the oft-unexpected feelings of anxiety, isolation, and depression following birth. The support group focuses on teaching positive coping skills, addresses strategies for successfully overcoming the new challenges of motherhood, and, according to Dr. Vinyak Shanbhag, “offers new moms the chance to interact with others who are willing to share their experiences – a powerful healing tool”. The group meets Tuesdays from 10-11am in the Mission Wellness Center. Babies are welcome! For more information, call (949) 364-1770.

Post-childbirth, estrogen and progesterone levels drop dramatically. This sudden change, stacked up against less sleep, caring for a newborn, and that little bit of extra body weight, and no wonder most new moms feel a little out of whack. While feeling depressed post delivery might seem embarrassing, seeking help from

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your doctor is a great place to start. The staff at St. Joseph’s recommends a personalized plan to get you back on track. Though there is often a stigma attached to taking anti-depressants, traditional doctors often recommend a low dose accompanying a larger treatment plan.

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certain vitamins, carbohydrates, and types of fatty acids lead to our bodies working overtime to maintain the status quo- and can often lead to illness. By eating foods rich in antioxidants, (apricots, kiwi, blueberries, vegetable oils, strawberries, etc.) we can boost our immune systems and prep them for long days, and potentially sleepless nights. Even eating protein rich foods like beans, fish, and yogurt can help you feel alert, and make it easier to concentrate. So you can keep running after that little miss or mister - without feeling foggy or sluggish.

tum”. In a culture as fixated on body image, thinness, and diet as much as we are, it is no wonder that women who struggle to get back into their pre-baby bodies also found it difficult to combat depression when unable to find time to exercise. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most, if not all days of the week for women who are not suffering from any medical complications. Research has shown that exercise lowers fatigue levels; and the increase in endorphins isn’t terrible either.

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According to Ayurveda, one of the oldest health systems in existence, “preparation for parenthood should start even before conceiving the baby”. Branka Petric, M.D., practices Ayurveda at the Olive Tree Wellness Center in Irvine, and instead of medication or psychotherapy, she recommends new moms to “post-partum yoga and light strolls with the baby. Listen to your body: if your body demands rest, take rest”. Other tips? “A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow is helpful for relaxation, (and) drinking herbal teas, like tulsi or chamomile during the day can help lower stress levels and assist in getting you back to sleep” in the wee hours of the morning. For more information, call (949) 413-2573.

Sometimes, all it takes to get you out of the blues is a little personal care. Fuzzy socks? Check. Baseball cap to cover that ponytail you didn’t have time to wash? Check. Get an emergency sitter to come by when you need to get out of the house for ten minutes. Or an hour. Take a hot shower. Have a Grey’s Anatomy marathon with a couple of boxes of Kleenex by your side. Most importantly: let yourself off the hook. Being a parent is hard. Sometimes all we need is to lower our expectations and pare down the to-do list. Is it dire? No? Save it for tomorrow. M

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SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

P U – H S A M AUDIENCES GET ENGAGED AT SEGERSTROM CENTER Since 2012 the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has been elevating the theater experience by giving audiences fun opportunities to engage with the show they’re coming to see. When Memphis came to the stage, before the show, audiences were treated to swing dance lessons inside Founders Hall led by Atomic Ballroom. Before each performance of the The Wizard of Oz a “No Place Like Home Map” was on display, where patrons were invited to mark the places they call home. In April before each performance of Mamma Mia! patrons showed their best “Dancing Queen” poses against a most dazzling cut-out display. Look for more audience engagement activities in the upcoming 2014-2015 season, and stay upto-date on Segerstrom Center’s Family and Broadway Series by visiting scfta.org.

Through their mobile dental clinics, Smile Mobile and Smile Mobile 2, Healthy Smiles has provided education and screenings for 1,593 children and parents through the Clinic in the Park events. Clinic in the Park, which takes place at the Orange County Great Park, has been open to families every second Sunday of the month since July 2013. Clinic in the Park events will continue through June 2014. Healthy Smiles encourages you to not forget about “spring cleaning” for your child’s mouth! Visit Smile Mobile 2 during the Clinic in the Park on May 11 or June 8 from 10am to 2pm at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine for free dental prevention education and screenings.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Conservatory students from Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) provided food for the homeless and underserved at the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana in April. OCSA fosters a spirit of leadership, entrepreneurialism, and community service by encouraging students to make a positive difference in their school and community. Through leadership involvement, students develop responsibility, integrity and a cooperative attitude that cultivates a successful high school, college and career experience. 

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FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN AIMS TO SEND A RECORD NUMBER OF LETTERS TO U.S. TROOPS On April 12th the Festival of Children Foundation and Team Kids kicked off “Letters from Home,” a month-long letter writing campaign for our troops. They hope to break a Guinness World Record for most letters to military personnel in one month. If they can collect 10,001 letters by May 12th they will have succeeded. Want to help them break a record and encourage the men and women in the military? Visit festivalofchildren.org/letters to download a letter template and to find out where to mail it.

Clipa keeps purses off the floor and away from germs, water and dirt. It goes on a backpack loop or bag strap for fast, easy use. Most Clipa styles are designed to match the hardware of your purse, but in March new styles were released for use with travel bags and backpacks, in fun colors like pink and purple, and at a more affordable price of $14.99. Find out more at clipa.us.

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TRENDING: BABY

THE BABY NAME GAME THE MOST COMMONLY GIVEN NAMES IN RECENT YEARS ARE OLD NAMES, TRIED TRUE AND SOMEHOW NEW AGAIN. COMPILED BY JACKIE GRADE

Jacob

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ORIGIN: Hebrew MEANING: “Holder of the heel.”

2

3

4

5

ALIVE TODAY:

746,472 MOST COMMON 12 AGE:

Mason

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Germanic MEANING: “Stoneworker.”

MOST COMMON AGE:

Ethan

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Hebrew MEANING: “Solid” or “enduring.”

MOST COMMON AGE:

Noah

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Hebrew MEANING: “Rest” or “comfort”.

MOST COMMON AGE:

William

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Germanic MEANING: “Will” or “desire” and “helmet” or “protection.”

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sophia ORIGIN: Greek MEANING: “Wisdom.”

3

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MOST COMMON AGE:

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5

ALIVE TODAY:

167,325 MOST COMMON 3 AGE:

emma

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Germanic MEANING: “Whole” or “universal.”

MOST COMMON AGE:

Isabella

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: English/ Hebrew MEANING: Variation of Elizabeth, “my God is abundance.”

MOST COMMON AGE:

Olivia

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: Shakespeare! MEANING: “Olive.”

MOST COMMON AGE:

Ava

ALIVE TODAY:

ORIGIN: English Hebrew MEANING: A variation of Eve, which means “to breath” or “to live.”

335,101

7

169,337

3

271,946

2

118,312

MOST COMMON AGE:

3

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FASHION FORWARD

“Bamboo clothing, as well as girls’ dresses with lace feeding through. We have a lot of collections with lace.”

– Jeannie Yoon, owner, Jeannie and Mini in Irvine, jeanniemini.com

For moms without the time to prepare every snack by hand, however, baby food companies have risen to the occasion and currently provide many convenient but perhaps more healthy options than those our parents had when feeding us. Through the use of organic products, BPA free packaging and clearly articulated ingredients, top brands such as Plum Organics®, happyfamily® and Earth’s Best® offer inventive and nutritious possibilities bursting with more vegetables and less questionables. Another popular brand, Ella’s Kitchen®, sells pouch packs stuffed with more diverse vegetables and nutrients than the usual homemade puree. Gerber®, which held the title of the top baby food provider across the nation for years, now provides its own organic line that assures parents of its safe juices, snacks and cereals as well.

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“Pastel colors and mixed denims. Designer brands like Chloe, Baby Dior, Fendi, Roberto Cavalli and Hugo Boss are all excelling.” – Kristina Lin, owner, Bel Bambini in Costa Mesa

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ixon Wildcard Hunter was born with odds stacked against him. The source of his medical fragility is still a mystery, but from day one – Christmas Day, 2012 – he struggled to thrive. A weak heart and a suppressed immune system had him in and out of the hospital constantly. Nixon underwent multiple blood and platelet transfusions, heart surgery and a host of other procedures. Through it all, his sweet and quirky personality won him many friends and followers. One of the most troubling symptoms of Nixon’s condition was deafness, which was confirmed when Nixon was two months old. His parents, Stephanie and Rich, feared for his future in many ways, but the deafness was especially heart wrenching for them. What would life be for him? Nixon ultimately needed a Cochlear Implant, but in the meantime needed the

49 MILES, 5 KILOMETERS AND 1 NOVICE ULTRA-RUNNER INSPIRED BY A BABY’S FIGHT assistance of well-fitted hearing aids. At thousands of dollars per pair, hearing aids were yet another extraordinary expense on top of the mountain of bills under which the Hunters were already buried; but without hearing, they knew that Nixon’s brain would not develop at the pace it should. Nixon’s case was brought to the attention of HearAid Foundation, an OC-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide hearing aids to children, elderly and other members of our community who otherwise cannot afford them. Nixon was fitted for custom hearing aids to the great relief of his parents. It wasn’t long after he received his hearing aids that he was admitted to the hospital where he would face his final battle for life. His last few months were spent hearing his parents voicing their love for him. He was

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eight months old when he passed away in August 2013, in his daddy’s arms. One chilly morning in early December, Sonny Hong was running the hills near his home in Orange. Sonny and his wife Cheryl, an audiologist, both sit on the board of HearAid Foundation. Sonny had been a marathon runner in his younger years and had picked up running again at 48. He had casually committed to running a marathon in early 2014, but was finding that it wasn’t as easy as it once had been. He was running to get healthy and harden his body; he was running for himself. And he hit a wall. “I was out there running, waking up early and committing lots of time and resources, and that morning I just stopped and thought, ‘What am I doing this for?’” Sonny says. “The selfishness and the obsession of marathon training kind of overwhelmed me. And for what? To achieve a certain personal record? Then it occurred to me that if I was going to put this much effort into something, it should have a greater meaning than just a personal accomplishment.” MARMALADEOC.COM


So Sonny decided in that moment to run for something other than himself – and it was Nixon’s face that rose in his mind’s eye. He had been deeply affected by Nixon’s case. He decided to run to honor Nixon’s fight, and he would run to help people hear. By the time he finished his run that morning, Sonny had decided what he was going to do: a 49-mile ultrarun, during the month of his 49th birthday, with a goal of raising $49,000. With Stephanie and Rich’s support, he is calling the run the Wildcard Ultrarun, adopting the fun-loving middle name Nixon’s parents gave to their brave boy long before they knew how brave he would have to be. Every penny Sonny raises through his run will go to HearAid Foundation and the people, especially the children, whom it benefits. He will run on June 7th from Palos Verdes to Laguna Niguel Regional Park, each miles sponsored by corporations, such as Isagenix International, and individuals. When parents of hearing-impaired children cannot themselves afford hearing aids, public assistance can take up to six months. Six months of hearing loss during critical developmental years can dramatically affect a child’s ability to acquire speech and language skills, which can have a lifelong impact. For many children, hearing aids are sufficient to help them make all the critical connections – in their brains and in their communities. “With such usable technology, no child who needs help hearing should be prevented from getting that help due to red tape or lack of funds,” says Tanya Penn, president of HearAid Foundation. “That’s why we love what Sonny is doing. When he meets his goal, he will change many lives. We’re very proud.” In fact, Tanya and the folks at HearAid were so inspired by Sonny’s commitment that they have planned the Wildcard 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, also benefiting HearAid and taking place on June 7th. The 5K run will be timed to begin at about the time that Sonny will be trotting into Laguna Niguel Regional Park – approximately 3:30pm. Sonny will finish the last 3.1 miles of his ultrarun surrounded by hundreds of people who will come out to support the same cause, including Rich and Stephanie Hunter’s community that have dubbed themselves the Wildcard Army. “When HearAid Foundation helped Nixon hear, it was like the first time we felt something went right for us,” says Stephanie. “So we will go help Sonny finish his run, and we will all be helping other babies hear, and we will know that Nixon’s fight will not have been for nothing.” The Wildcard 5K Family Fun Run/Walk on the afternoon of June 7th is open to the public. Registration for the timed run begins at 2:30pm and the event will be full of fun, games and prizes. Find out more and register for the event by visiting hearaidfoundation.org. M

OPPOSITE: ON JUNE 7TH, DURING THE MONTH OF HIS 49TH BIRTHDAY, SONNY HONG WILL RUN 49 MILES TO RAISE $49,000 TO BENEFIT HEARAID FOUNDATION. CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE. ABOVE: NIXON WILDCARD HUNTER IS CRADLED BY HIS MOTHER STEPHANIE AS HE IS FITTED FOR HEARING AIDS PROVIDED BY HEARAID FOUNDATION.

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fathers-to-be, too. Services are offered at no cost to those who qualify. Their approach appears to work. Only 7.6 percent of MOMS Orange County clients give birth prematurely. That’s in sharp contrast to the U.S. average of 11.5 percent.

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very mom deserves the chance to have a healthy baby. But too many women in Orange County don’t have access to prenatal care or know how to take advantage of services. They may not understand the importance of early intervention or they may lack the financial resources to look after themselves, let alone a developing baby. Or they may question whether their “mother’s intuition” is simply a lack of knowledge, fear or silly nervousness. For these moms, there is MOMS Orange County. “Our staff shares the same culture and language and are able to gain the trust of the mother because of relationships they develop over time,” said Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO, MOMS Orange County. “This enables us to observe them in their homes on multiple occasions and recognize potential developmental risks and health issues that can benefit from early interventions.” Founded in 1992 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MOMS Orange County grew out of a public-private partnership created to help solve a severe prenatal care crisis in Orange County. In the summer of 1989, founder Dottie Andrews was instrumental in establishing town forums to address the lack of prenatal care for low-income women in Orange County. From the town forums to a task force convened by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Dottie and a group of committed volunteers established MOMS Orange County to increase access to prenatal care for low-income women in Orange County Today, MOMS Orange County serves more than 3,500 low-income pregnant women annually in underserved communities in Orange County. Under registered nurse supervision, the MOMS Orange County staff provides access to prenatal care, health screenings, infant developmental screenings, health education and referral services through monthly home visits and group classes. Mothers and their babies receive oneon-one education and support during pregnancy and through the baby’s first birthday. And even though their moniker is MOMS Orange County, they help new fathers and

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Low-income and disadvantaged women are at higher risk for delivering infants with poor birth outcomes and subsequent health and social problems. To address these factors, MOMS Orange County has designed a low-cost alternative to traditional case management and health education. Under registered nurse supervision, its staff provides services during monthly home visits and group classes. Mothers and their babies receive one-onone education and support during pregnancy and through the baby’s first birthday. One unique approach that MOM Orange County staff members take is to acknowledge and discuss with new moms the legitimacy of that intangible – but very real – mother’s intuition. Many times, when clients of MOMS Orange County have a “feeling” about their baby, an in-home developmental health screening by MOMS Orange County finds the mother’s instinct is correct. MOMS Orange County encourages moms to trust themselves. “I was thankful for MOMS Orange County home visits,” one client, Iris, says. “Many of the scenarios we talked about happened, and because of the information I gained from them, I knew what to do. They helped me become a better mom.” To learn more about how you can help Orange County families have healthy babies, visit MOMS Orange County at momsorangecounty.org. M

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happy mother’s day, mom!

“My mom is the best because she is nice, she is cute, and she makes me yummy foods.”

“I love my mom because she reads to me and I get to snuggle with her.”

– Donovan James, 6 with mom Debbie Dana Point

– Sophia Rygiol, 6 with mom Christina Laguna Niguel

“we love our mom because She always knows what to say, and she is always planning something fun.

“my heart wants me to say she is beautiful and i love her.” – Ekiah Ireys, 4 with mom Stephanie Mission Viejo

– Paul & George Michaelis, 14 & 16 with mom Nicole Orange

“I love my mommy because she brushes my hair, cleans my teeth, and puts lotion on my skin.” – Lana Moreno, 4 with mom Katrina Ladera Ranch

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been a passion of mine and I truly love visiting new places. While I try to explore new locations as often as possible, I always find myself being drawn back to a little country town in Ireland named Dingle. After a certain amount of visits you start to recognize familiar faces in the crowds and you begin to make friends with all of the locals. But, of all the acquaintances I have made on the Emerald Isle, my best friend in Ireland may just be a dolphin. Fungie the Dingle dolphin is an Atlantic bottlenose that has lived in the waters off of Dingle for over 30 years. He is completely wild but chooses to never venture too far from the mouth of Dingle harbor. This has baffled scientists and specialists alike. What puzzles people is Fungie’s affinity for interacting with humans. On any given day you can see Fungie playing in the mouth of the harbor greeting boats, surprising kayakers and swimming with those who are willing to dive into the freezing Atlantic Ocean. While I enjoy all of those activities, my favorite would have to be swimming beside him. It was intimidating at first because Fungie is huge. At approximately 12 feet long and weighing 800 pounds, he is much larger than most bottlenose dolphins. But it’s worth braving the frigid waters; swimming with him is an experience that you can’t put into words. Swimming with a wild and intelligent dolphin is truly an

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experience that everyone should have. Fungie isn’t the only thing to see in the town of Dingle. Almost everything about Dingle is magical. Dingle is considered to be in the Gaeltacht, which means that it is a Gaelic (Irish)-speaking area. This sleepy little European town is teeming with character – colorfully painted storefronts, charming pubs and delicious seafood restaurants. There are many bed-and-breakfasts that are peppered throughout the hillsides, and each is unique and charming in its own way. However, my two favorite places to stay are The Dingle Skellig and Benner’s Hotel. Both are so cozy and inviting; they feel like a bed-and-breakfast with amenities. The staff becomes friends and it always feels as if we are staying with family. We have visited many times with our children and family and are always surprised at how wonderful the service is. Irish people are so friendly, you won’t want to leave. While staying in Dingle you can also tour the Dingle Peninsula, which offers some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery. You will see sites that date back to the 6th and 9th centuries. The entire tour is only about 25 miles and follows a circle that always leads visitors, and my heart, right back to the town of Dingle. M

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DIRECTORY: CAMPS BOWERS KIDSEUM ART & ARCHAEOLOGY CAMPS Ages 6-12 • 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana • 714-480-1520 • bowers.org/kidseum • The Bowers Kidseum takes kids around the world with eight, weeklong summer camps that are focused on the arts and archaeology. The program includes visits to the Bowers Museum exhibits, hands on art projects, cooking classes, and unique archaeological digs.

CAMPS! A to Z GUIDE: 2014 ACTING ACADEMY FOR KIDS Ages 4-13 • Camino Real Playhouse, San Juan Capistrano / Cabrillo Playhouse, San Clemente • 714-747-4915 • actingacademyforkids.com • Your child can create lasting summer memories, become more confident, and grow their repertoire of skills at the same time. Campers are guided through the production of a popular musical theme from start to finish via daily classes (music, acting, and dance) and the culminating event—a Friday showcase on the main stage! Participate for one week, the entire summer, or anywhere in between! No experience necessary! ART STEPS Ages 4-18 • 18212 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda 714-524224 / 24000 Alicia Pkwy # 31, Mission Viejo 949-454-9555 • artstepsclasses.com • Students work step by step on a wide variety of subject matter such as animals, landscape, still-life, figure drawing and more. ARTS & LEARNING CONSERVATORY Ages 9-16 • A&L Studios, 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana • 714-728-7100 • artsandlearning.org • Take a journey through Far Far Away, and act and dance with an abridged version of Shrek, training and preparing for a staged production with full costume on the final day of camp. BOLD GIRLZ FASHIONISTA FUN CAMP Ages 6-12 • 369 E 17th, Costa Mesa & The Kaleidoscope, Mission Viejo • 949-764-0098 (CM), 949-348-1300 (MV) • boldgirlz.com • Five-day summer camps cover fashion outfit selection and coordination, runway modeling poses and routines, skin care techniques, t-shirt decorating, a charitable fashion project, hair and make-up techniques and a fashion photo shoot finale. BANZAI SURF SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP Ages 8+ • PCH & Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach • 714499-3315• banzaisurfschool.com • This is a week-long camp providing daily surf instruction, soft surfboards, and wetsuits (usually FULL length, something you won’t find at other camps). 34 MAY 2014

BRIDGES EQUESTRIAN HORSE CAMP Ages 8-13 • 26282 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano • 949-8580970 • bridgestrainingstable.com/camps • Each day campers groom their own horses, ride for at least 45 minutes in a group riding lesson, participate in clinics and other hands-on horse activities. CAMP HERITAGE OAK Preschool - 8th Grade • 16971 Imperial Hwy., Yorba Linda • 714-524-1350 • heritageoak.org • This year’s theme is “Navigating the Golden State.” Campers will learn about California from Redwood National Park to Yorba Linda in a funfilled way. CAMP IZZA Ages 3-11 years • New Horizon School, One Truman Street, Irvine • 949-422-8123 • campizza.com • General camp focused on a variety of activities with a new theme each week, including water play, sports, art, technology and more. CAMP OC AT TEAM OC Ages 3-12 • 385-B Clinton St., Costa Mesa • 714-444-1144 • Camp OC’s experienced camp staff provide instruction for gymnastics, cheer, dance and trampoline. CARDEN ACADEMY Grades K-7 • 24741 Chrisanta Ave., Mission Viejo • 949-4581776 • cardenacademy.com • Campers will experience a thrill as they participate in a multitude of challenging, fun, and enriching activities. CAMP JAMES Ages 4-13 • 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach (Newport Dunes) • 949-729-1098 • campjames.com • Camp James offers a day camp experience in a natural, outdoor environment. The camp aims to expose children to a wide variety of activities – such as boating, archery, hiking, martial arts, drama, dance, rock climbing, miniature gold and much more – while providing abundant opportunities for them to increase their skill development each year they return for another summer session. CENTER STAGE STUDIO MUSICAL THEATER SONG & DANCE CAMPS Ages 6-12 • 27101 Aliso Creek Rd., Suite 136, Aliso Viejo • 949305-9758 • thecenterstagestudio.com • Campers participate in a unique musical experience with an end of week presentation to family and friends. Campers also sing camp songs, participate in team building exercises, arts, crafts and more. CITY OF IRVINE CAMPS Ages 3-18 • Multiple locations • 949-724-6610 • irvinecamps. org • From adventure and science camps to tennis and arts camp, parents can choose from a wide variety of experiential programs with morning, afternoon and full-day schedules. CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH RECREATION SERVICES Ages 3-16 • Multiple locations • 949-644-3151 • newportbeachca.gov • Everything from sports to the arts. Kids can learn to surf, sail, swim, dance and more. MARMALADEOC.COM


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CONCORDIA TEEN ENTREPRENEUR ACADEMY (TEA) High schoolers • Concordia University Irvine • 949-214-3198 • cui.edu • It’s never too early to teach young people the basic principles of business and entrepreneurship. Concordia’s TEA is a one-week residential summer camp academy for teenagers that encourages the next generation of entrepreneurs. This program “sparks or fans the flame” of business ownership in young people, with real-world business training that helps teenagers become leaders with ethics and integrity.

633-4774 • eldoradoemerson.org • Eldorado Emerson offers a summer session open to students as well as children not enrolled at the school. EVOLUTION SPORTS CAMPS Ages 5-12 • San Juan Hills High School, 29211 Montana, San Juan Capistrano / Nellie Gail Tennis and Swim Club, 25281 Empty Saddle Drive, Laguna Hills • 949-388-454 • evosportscamps.com • Fitness-based summer day camp for youths with an emphasis on physical activities that promote health, combat sedentary lifestyles and keep children active. EXPLOROCEAN Ages 6-12 • 600 E. Bay Avenue, Newport Beach • 949-675-8915 • explorocean.org • Explore Ocean offers several different unique, hands-on camping experiences from Ocean Explorer camp and Underwater Robotics to Mathobotix with Legos. FAIRMONT SUMMER PROGRAMS Preschool -12th Grade • Campuses in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin • 714-765-6300 • fairmontsummerprograms. com • Enrichment classes, themed day camps, camp counselor training programs and more. FASHION CAMP Ages 7+ • The District at Tustin Legacy / The Shops at Mission Viejo • 949-478-0846 • fashioncampoc.com • Fashion Camp is a creative learning space, where children and adults can learn the principles behind fashion, design and sewing. ID TECH CAMPS Ages 7-18 • Multiple college campuses • 888-709-8324 • idtech. com • iD Tech camps foster learning environments that allow kids and teens of various backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles to better understand computers and technology.

CREATIVE KIDS PLAYHOUSE, CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF ORANGE COUNTY Ages 3-14 • Various theaters around South County • 949-2976257 • creativekidsplayhouse.com • In every Creative Kids Playhouse production, children work with professionals in drama, dance and voice who work to create a fun, rewarding and accomplishment-filled experience. CRYSTAL COVER NATIVE AMERICAN SUMMER CAMP Ages 5-11 • 31392 La Matanza St., San Juan Capistrano • 949-248-2558 • journeystothepast.com • Kids weave baskets, make Indian games, make gourd rattles, paint rock art, carve soapstone, make arrowheads, make shell necklaces, make and paint with yucca paint brushes, even make Indian rope. DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP Ages 5-10 • 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana • 714-542-2823 • discoverycube.org/summercamp • When school ends the science adventure begins as we travel beyond the classroom to explore during week-long, immersive, hands-on day camps. Little scientists will find themselves engrossed in experiments, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and discover new concepts for themselves. THE ECOLOGY CENTER FARM LABS CAMP Ages 7-12 • 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano • 949-4434223 • theecologycenter.org • Become a junior farmer and experience the daily rhythm of farm life. Learn essential skills from farm to fork including caring for plants and animals, planting, harvest, composting, cooking and more. ELDORADO EMERSON SUMMER SESSION Preschool - High School • 4100 E Walnut Ave., Orange • 714MARMALADEOC.COM

INCREDIFLIX Ages 10-14 • 3042 Enterprise St. Unit E, Costa Mesa • 949-5485424 • incrediflix.com • Focused on expanding imagination and creativity using hands-on activities, filmmakers will learn story structure, storyboarding, and how to work together in our camps. IRVINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (IPSF) Grades K-12 • Various schools • 949-263-8340 • ipsf.net • IPSF offers enrichment courses for children in areas such as art, music, science, math, reading and writing, languages, drama, and technology, along with outdoor sports classes. LANGOKIDS IRVINE Ages 5-10 • Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine • 714-864-4680 • langokidsirvine.com • Campers get to spend their summertime having fun, acquiring a second or third language, and taking pretend trips to different destinations of Latin America, France, or Asia. LAZY W RANCH CAMP Grades 3-12 • 23852 Hot Springs Canyon Road, P.O. Box 579, San Juan Capistrano • 949-728-0141 • lazywranch.org • Get to know the real, historic, biblical Jesus--what he did, what he said, why he lived and why he died and rose again. L’ECOLE DU SOLEIL Ages 2.5-10 • 2625 N. Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana • 714-771-4710 • ecoledusoleil.com • l’Ecole du Soleil focuses on language, however, previous exposure to French is not required. The school offers a fun and valuable experience to all children with the intent of introducing children to the French language and culture at an early age. MAY 2014 35


DIRECTORY: CAMPS LEPORT SCHOOLS SUMMER CAMP Ages 18 Months - 8th Grade • Multiple campuses in Huntington Beach and Irvine • 949-427-3970 • leportschools.com • Camps designed to let children try out new interests, engage a bit deeper in nascent passions, and apply their general capacities to particular areas that call to them. LIL CHEF SCHOOL All ages • 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine • 949-679-8390 • lilchefschool.com • Beat the heat in this cool kitchen as the Lil Chef School heats up some hot NEW recipes. Whether you like to bake, create, roast, sauté, fry or just blend, we have a camp for you.

camps • Children become familiar with horses and horseback riding and develop self confidence, self esteem, relationship skills and more. Students will learn about riding, grooming, feeding, horse anatomy and safety. NEWPORT SEA BASE Ages 6-17 • 1931 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach • 949-642-5031 • newportseabase.org • Discover the wonders of the waterfront with experiential learning camps that promote values, teamwork, leadership skills and teach nautical safety skills. OCSA SUMMER ARTS & ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM Grades 3-12 • Orange County School of the Arts, 1010 N. Main St., Santa Ana • 714-560-0900 x 3259 • ocsarts.net/ summer • Online registration is now open for the Orange County School of the Arts Summer Arts & Academic Enrichment Program. Build your basic skills, get a jump on the coming year, or explore something completely new. Oneweek to five-week programs, June 23-July 31. OCEAN INSTITUTE SUMMER ADVENTURES Ages 5-17 • 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA • 949-496-2274 • ocean-institute.org • Camps offer single-day, weeklong and multi-day overnight opportunities. Family programs and special occasion Adventure at Sea programs are also available. OUR LADY OF FATIMA FALCON SUMMER FUN CAMP Grades K-8 • 105 N La Esperanza, San Clemente • 949-492-7320 • olfschool.net • Daily activities include light academics, themed activities, technology, quiet and outdoor play, with weekly themes of art, science, water and sports. Field trips and extended hours too!

MAD SCIENCE OF SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY Ages 3-12 • Multiple locations throughout South County • 949582-5071 • soorangecounty.madscience.org • Daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. MERAGE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF OC Ages 2-17 • 1 Federation Way, Irvine • 949-435-3400 • jccoc.org • A variety of camps for all ages. Each camp is designed to create memorable Jewish camping experiences and friendships for your child. Open to the community. RENAISSANCE SUMMER ART CAMP Ages 5+ • Anaheim Hills, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita • 800-430-4278 • fineartclasses.com • Kids will learn the fundamentals of drawing using The Gluck Method and then they’ll move on to pastels, watercolor, and even oils - artistic skills that will last a lifetime. MUCKENTHALER CULTURAL CENTER MULTI-ARTS CAMP Ages 6-12 • Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Ave., Fullerton • 866-411-1212 • themuck.org • Annual MultiArts Summer Camp that includes ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, animation, dance, theatre, clowning, music, puppetry, and the art of science. NEWPORT MESA EQUESTRIAN CAMPS Ages 5-17 • Orange County Fairgrounds Equestrian Center, 905 Arlington Ave., Costa Mesa • 949-244-8615 • saboeventing.com/ 36 MAY 2014

PRENTICE SCHOOL Grades K-12 • 18431 Lassen Drive, Santa Ana • 714-538-4511 • prentice.org • Prentice School offers both enrichment and remediation, with a focus on having fun during an important time for students to relax and recharge between school years. THE RINKS SUMMER HOCKEY CAMPS Ages 5+ • HB Inline: 5555 McFadden Avenue, Huntington Beach / Irvine Inline: 3150 Barranca Parkway, Irvine / Anaheim Ice: 300 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim / Corona Inline: 4325 Prado Rd. #101, Corona • HB: 714-901-2629, Irvine: 949-559-9949, Anaheim: 714-535-7465 Corona: 951-2797465 • the-rinks.com/SummerCamps • All-World Hockey Institute Summer Camps featuring challenging programs with professional instruction available for all levels of players from AAA to novice – there is a camp for you! Camp Director Rick Hutchinson, a 19-year veteran of the All-World Hockey Institute, brings both experience and leadership to the camps. ROBOTIS KIDSLAB Ages 6-12 • 9 Truman, Irvine • 949-559-6868 • robotiskidslab. com • Students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) through building robots and engaging curriculum, and receive take-home kits after each class. SCHOOL OF ROCK Ages 9-18 • 530. E First Street (Larwin Square), Tustin • 714-975-9116 • tustin.schoolofrock.com • School of Rock’s performance bootcamps are five days of learning music, playing music, fun, band bonding and performance. MARMALADEOC.COM


SOUL SURFING SCHOOL Ages 12-19 • Various locations, Laguna Beach • 949-637-0463 • soulsurfingschool.com • All camps include exclusive locations, amazing surf spots, great for all levels, Super-fun time with friends, Focus on Jesus with Awesome worship, speakers, Bible studies and activities. ST. ANNE SCHOOL SUMMER KNIGHTS DAY CAMP Grades Pre-K - 8 • 32451 Bear Brand Road, Laguna Niguel • 949-276-6700 • st-anne.org • St. Anne Summer Knights Day Camp is filled with a balance of light academics, arts and crafts, water play, weekly themes, special guests, cooking, and field trips with a flexible schedule for working parents or for kids who are just looking for some fun this summer.

SERVITE SUMMER CAMPS Ages 6-13 • 1952 West La Palma Avenue, Anaheim • 714-7747575 • servitehs.org • Summer camp opportunities for children from sports and leadership camps to theatre. ST. CATHERINE’S ACADEMY LEADERSHIP CAMP Ages 10-16 • Camp San Luis Obispo National Guard • 714772-1363 • stcatherinesacademy.org • A learning program for boys developed by St. Catherine’s Academy, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of San Jose, and supervised by former military officers and enlisted personnel, this camp physically, mentally and spiritually challenges young men.

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YMCA OF ORANGE COUNTY Ages 5 -17 • Multiple locations • 714-508-7616 • ymcaoc.org • Summer camp at the YMCA is fun, action-packed experience with opportunities for sports, outdoor activities, field trips, specialty clubs and more. ZOOMARS SUMMER ANIMAL CAMP Ages 4-12 • 31392 La Matanza St., San Juan Capistrano • 949-248-2558 • journeystothepast.com • Through crafts, games, songs and storytelling the children will be enriched and enlightened each day about the amazing world of animals. M

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NUTRITION DRILL-DOWN: GROWING SMARTER BABIES BY CALMING INFLAMMATION BY ROY DITTMANN, OMD, MH, DM

Restaurant food is almost always riddled with pesticides.

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PLASTICS. All food and drinks packaged in plastic including BPA-free plastics, should be avoided as much as possible.

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FOOD ALLERGIES. Sensitivities to gluten, and GMO corn and soy can trigger chronic inflammation and contribute to infection. During pregnancy, steer clear of these common food allergens, while boosting healthy probiotic levels.

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ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES, FLAVORINGS, AND SWEETENERS. From aspartame and sucralose to msg and nitrates, food additives should be eliminated from your diet.

REDUCING INFECTION BY PRACTICING PREGNANCY HYGIENE During pregnancy and after your baby is born, you can prevent colds, flus, sinus infections, and vaginal infections by taking frequent “hygiene baths.” Here are two recipes for success.

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hen you reduce the number of micro-infections in your body, levels of a dominant blood protein called albumin increase. High levels of albumin have been correlated with increased human intelligence and longevity. We all harbor low-grade (subclinical) infections… some more than others. During pregnancy, you and your baby can become inflamed. Since brain inflammation and infection have been correlated to an increased risk of autism, schizophrenia, diabetes, and suppressed cognitive development, it is important to take steps to reduce inflammation and protect yourself from infection while you are pregnant.

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LOW GRADE AND ACUTE INFECTIONS. Examples include periodontal infections, fungal infections (e.g. Candida), herpes, ’ghost infections’ from vaccines, colds and flus. You can take steps to reduce your risk. Reduce 38 MAY 2014

your stress levels and reduce your intake of caffeine, sugar, carbs, alcohol, gluten, corn, and soy, while boosting your intake of green vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and healthy protein.

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PARASITES. For example, toxoplasma gondii now infects 45% of the population thanks to contaminated produce and cat-to-human contact. Like a sleeping dragon, dormant toxoplasma gondii in the brain can be awakened by anything that triggers an inflammatory (cytokine) reaction (i.e. anything on this list).

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PESTICIDES. Pesticides, especially the ones sprayed on GMO foods, have been linked to autism, and other neurological conditions. Choose organic and reduce the amount of times per week you eat out.

DAILY HYGIENE BATH (MAINTENANCE): 1) Fill your bath 1/2 way with warm/hot water. 2) Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) 3) Add 1 cup of iodized salt HYGIENE BATH FOR WHEN YOU ARE FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER: 1) Fill your bath 1/2 way with warm/hot water. 2) Add 1/2 cup of iodine (povidone iodine is fine) 3) Add 1 cup of iodized salt In both cases, soak in the warm bath for 15 minutes. While in the bath, submerge your face and gently bring the water into the base of your nose and quickly exhale the water. Repeat several times. This gently washes out the nasal sinuses tackling infection where it begins.

Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH, DM is the author of “Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child - The Complete Guide to Preconception & Conception.” Find Dr. Dittmann on Facebook (Brighton Baby) and at BrightonBaby.com. MARMALADEOC.COM


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ince 1969, Circus Vargas has travelled worldwide to perform death-defying and breathtaking circus stunts that glue onlookers of all ages to the edge of their seats. This all-human circus leaves nothing but wonder, awe and a tinge of mystery in the hearts of their onlookers – just like the circus should. Circus Vargas knows how to entertain families best because it is itself one large – and very flexible – family. The owners and operators, Nelson and Katya Quiroga, encourage members of all ages to participate in everything from the flying trapeze acts to the slip-of- hand card tricks. The Quiroga family has five generations of its own traveling with Circus Vargas. Add to that the many other performers from all over the world along with their families and you’ll understand why no one is ever lonely or bored. The circus welcomes all of its acrobats and

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magicians into its vagabond van, starting with the direct family generations like the Quirogas as well as the friends who have joined the carnival community on their own. “The circus is a family in the sense that we feel responsible for each other,” says Jon Weiss, who travels with his wife and three children. “There is a tremendous respect you have for each other that doesn’t come from any other kind of job. Sometimes you literally have each other’s lives in your hands. We work together. We play together. We have barbeques, birthdays and baby showers. There is a kinship and sense of community.” Despite their pick-up-and-go lifestyle, this unique family remains constant and comfortable around each other and its audience. Behind the curtain, these performers from all different countries and

backgrounds have united and formed deep, lasting friendships. It is only fitting that with so much togetherness, these friendships foster a deep respect and camaraderie that cultivates into sincere affection. They care about each other. Not only while they are performing but behind the scenes, as well. “We are our own little community,” Quiroga says. “We have the same neighbors in each town. The trailers are parked in the exact same spots relative to the Big Top, so the environment is always familiar. You feel at home even in a place you’ve never been to before. We may not be related, but we are definitely family!” From May 1-19 at the Irvine Spectrum, Circus Vargas will open up its Big Top to all Orange County families and invite them to partake in the mystical excitement of the circus. M MARMALADEOC.COM


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A t for Even Guide — Circus Vargas; Irvine. Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for all ages! Circus Vargas presents its most mindblowing, highly anticipated spectacular ever! Join us, where the magic begins and the nailbiting, heart-pounding, deathdefying action takes place! It’s awe-inspiring ‘Edge of your Seat’ excitement, all under the big top... where imagination comes to life and the world is full of possibility and wonder. All ages. Tickets start at $22. Times vary by day. Irvine Spectrum Center. 71 Fortuen Drive. (877) 468-3861. Family Storytime; Aliso Viejo. Enjoy Pajama Storytime with the Sunshine Readers of the National Charity League. Pull on your jammies and join us for bedtime stories. All ages. Free. 7pm8pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. Children can come to the library and create art to be displayed throughout the library. Teens are invited to participate in our Post-It Note Art Project. All ages. Free. Dana Point Public Library. 33841 Niguel Road. (949) 496-5517. Dave & Buster’s Weekly Specials; Irvine. Enjoy half price games every Wednesday! Dave & Buster’s. 71 Fortune Dr #960. (949) 727-0555. Family Reading Time; Lake Forest/El Toro. Join us and celebrate lifelong learning for the entire family! Storytime, crafts, songs, and games. All ages (at least one child under 5 years preferred). Free. 6pm-8pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Homework Help; Irvine. Teens assist students with homework assignments. Ages- elementary and middle school students. Free. 3:30pm-5pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Rd. (714) 669-8753. MARMALADEOC.COM

Homework Help; La Habra. Volunteer teen tutors (10th grade and up) help children with their homework and reading skills. Parent/guardian must register student at their first tutoring session. Ages- K-5th grade students. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. La Habra Public Library. 221 E La Habra Blvd. (714) 526-7728. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. Los Angeles-based artist Tanya Aguiñiga has transformed the museum’s upper level gallery into a forest of kelp, corals, barnacles, and other wonderful natural forms that one would typically find under the sea off Laguna Beach in this specially-commissioned sitespecific installation. Every object in the exhibition will be handmade by the artist and her assistants using a variety of materials, especially textiles. Visitors will also be able to explore the exhibition through touching, allowing for a truly immersive encounter! All ages. Museum admission $7 general, $5 students/seniors, free for under 12 years/active military members. 11am-5pm. Laguna Art Museum. 307 Cliff Dr. at North Coast Hwy. (949) 494-8971. Read to a Dog; San Juan Capistrano. Studies have shown that children can improve their reading skills and boost their self-confidence by reading to a licensed therapy dog. Sign up at the Children’s Information desk or by phone. All ages. Free. 3pm-4pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 493-1752. Legos in the Library; Seal Beach. Teen volunteers host this fun activity. Duplos will be available for younger children. Hope you can join us for some creative fun! All ages. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. Mary Wilson Public Library. 707 Electric Ave. (562) 431-3584. Homework Help; Stanton. Kids can receive help with their homework from one of our teen volunteers. All ages. Free. 4pm5:45pm. Stanton Public Library.

7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Curiosity Carts; San Juan Capistrano. Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians. All ages. General admission adults $9, seniors $8, children 4-11 years $6, free for children 3 years and under. 10am-12pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1300. Saved By The Mission Bell; San Juan Capistrano. A Child’s Journey Through California’s History is told through humor and imagination with this audio tour. Available in English and Spanish. All ages. General admission adults $9, seniors $8, children 4-11 years $6, free for children 3 years and under. 9am-5pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1300. Koi Fish Feeding; San Juan Capistrano. Help us feed our koi fish friends! Visitors may meet us at one of two courtyard fountains to participate in and enjoy this daily activity. All ages. $1 per person, free to Preservation Society Members. 12:45pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1300. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. Looking for a safe, fun outlet for your three-year-old’s energy? Or maybe you just want to make sure that your little one has a particularly restful afternoon nap. Either way, we have you covered at Big Air. We open our doors for little ones to jump at their own speed and comfort level. We provide extra balls and toys for the kiddos, and jumpers of all ages are expected to honor the “gentle jumping” rules to accommodate the smaller jumpers. All ages welcome (tailored for toddlers!). $7 per jumper. 10am-1pm. Big Air Trampoline Park. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota. (949) 305-9788.

Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. Come join us for a morning of fun! No food please, remember your socks! Ages 6 years and under. $7 per child, includes 1 adult. Extra adults $2 each. 10:30am-12pm. Scooter’s Jungle. 25 Journey. (949) 349-9090.

FRIDAY, MAY 2ND Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. You’ve heard of cosmic bowling, but have you ever tried cosmic trampolining? Now at Big Air, you can! We turn down the lights, turn up the music and fire up the lasers and strobes. Enjoy access to all the attractions – including our new ones, Battle Beam and The Wall. All ages. $17 per jumper. 8:30pm-11pm. Big Air Trampoline Park. 23251 Avenida de la Carlota. (949) 305-9788. Family Movie Night; Aliso Viejo. Bring the entire family for an evening filled with fun! We’ll start with an activity fit for the movie of the night. Then the movie will start rollin’, and the popcorn will start poppin’. Lemonade and popcorn are provided free! Hot dogs, pizza slices and movie candy are available for purchase at our theater-like snack bar. Parent participation is optional for children 5 years and older. Check-in at Kids World, and parents must remain on property (make a date night at Citrus Grill and enjoy a Friday only pre-fixed menu special which includes a shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert for $35). All ages. Free (prices vary for additional snacks). 6:30pm-8:30pm. Leisure Sports/Renaissance Club Sport. 50 Enterprise. (949) 643-6700. Films & Videos; Brea. Come screen a fun, family film with us. Check with staff for the title of the movie each month. All ages. Free. 2:30pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. You asked for it, and we listened! Unwind after a long week at school and watch anime with your MAY 2014 41

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EVENTS: MAY friends. Snacks provided! Agesteens. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711. Film/Video; Laguna Niguel. Showtime! A current, popular film will be shown in the Community Room. All ages (movie is Gravity; PG13 rated). Free. 2pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252.

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First Friday Film; San Juan Capistrano. Join us in the La Sala auditorium for a movie night. All ages. Free, $2 donation supports the library. 7pm-9pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 4931752. Friday Morning Storytelling, Music & Art at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. A unique, fun learning activity with Miss Bev and Miss Jackie! A new book and art activity provided each week. Includes play time in Kidseum! Bring your camera! Ages 2-6 years. Members $10 per child accompanied by adult, non-members $12 per child accompanied by adult. 10:30am12pm. Bowers Kidseum. 1802 North Main Street. (714) 480-1520. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st.

SATURDAY, MAY 3RD 1st Annual “Rock the City” Talent Showcase; Irvine. Finalists perform on Saturday, May 3, as part of the Imagination Celebration Event. The Rock the City Talent Showcase celebrates the unique artistic expression of each child through a safe and warm environment that promotes self-confidence. We encourage you to invite family and friends to cheer on each performer and celebrate their talents. Pretend City Children’s Museum. 29 Hubble. (949) 428-3900. Donuts with Dad; Brea. Children and their Dads are invited to visit the library for fun stories and yummy donuts! Siblings and Moms are invited too! All ages. Free. 9am-10am. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Read to a Dog; Foothill Ranch. Our buddies from BARK and their humans will be here, waiting for you to read them a favorite story. Reserve a time by calling or dropping by the Information Desk. Ages 5 years and older. Free. 42 MAY 2014

11am-12pm. Foothill Ranch Public Library. 27002 Cabriole. (949) 8558072. Read to a Dog; Irvine. Children are invited to read to licensed therapy dogs! This is an opportunity to improve reading skills while meeting new canine friends. All participating dogs are part of B.A.R.K. Ages 12 years and under. Free. 11am-12pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Puff the Magic Dragon; Mission Viejo. Discover the power of imagination in this popular fantasy tale as Jackie Paper and Puff sail for Honalee in search of adventure. Ages 3-12 years. Free. 2pm-4:30pm. Oso Viejo Community Park. 24932 Veterans Way. (949) 470-3062. Nature Walk; Trabuco Canyon. Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet just inside the main entrance of the park. All ages. Free, $5 parking. 9am-10:30am. O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd. (949) 9232260. Read to a Dog; Seal Beach. Come have your reluctant reader read to a dog! Children can improve their reading skills and build confidence by reading to a trained therapy dog. Call the Information Desk to schedule a time. Ages 4 years and older. Free. 11am-12pm. Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Public Library. 12700 Montecito Rd. (562) 4301048. Family Film Feature; San Juan Capistrano. Please join us in the La Sala auditorium for a family film matinee. Popcorn included! All ages. Free. 10am-12pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 4931752. Kids’ Crafts; Seal Beach. Stop by the Information Desk to select from a variety of crafts! All ages. Free. 10am-5pm. Mary Wilson Public Library. 707 Electric Ave. (562) 431-3584.

The Ecology Center’s purpose is to engage the entire family in fun, hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions. Engage with sustainable solutions in The Eco-Labs, outdoor interpretive learning stations in the areas of water, food, waste, shelter and energy. See examples of greywater systems, taste what’s growing, visit the chickens, build your own shelter and more in each of these stations. Understand how you can take positive action towards a healthier community and environment. All ages. Free. 11am. The Ecology Center. 32701 Alipaz St. (949) 443-4223. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. We introduce the practice of yoga and meditation through the art of storytelling. We plant the seeds of health, imagination, and mindfulness, through story, yoga, and art, while most importantly, having fun! Inspired by the traditional art of storytelling and the ancient science of yoga, Mindful Octopus is a philosophically based program committed to bringing peace, love, and happiness to kids, through a modern practice of story, yoga, and art. Every Mindful Octopus class is creatively designed to teach “The 8 Tentacles” - a collection of valuable lessons and exercises for kids to learn and practice, in a fun and safe environment. All ages. $20 per session, prices vary depending on amount of classes wanted. AR4T Gallery. 1175 S Coast Hwy. 9am-10am. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SUNDAY, MAY 4TH Film/Video; Aliso Viejo. Join us for a recent DVD release in the Community Room. All ages. Free. 2pm-4pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730.

Family Storytime; Westminster. Help to promote early literacy skills in your children (and have fun!) by joining us for stories, songs and a craft. All ages. Free. 10:30am-11:30am. Westminster Public Library. 8180 13th St. (714) 893-5057.

Butterfly House; Newport Beach. The Environmental Nature Center’s Butterfly House is home to several butterfly species. Within the house is a ‘nursery’ where guests can witness adult butterflies emerge from chrysalises. All ages. Free. 10am-3pm. Environmental Nature Center. 1601 E Sixteenth St. (949) 645-8489.

Guided Tour at the Ecology Center; San Juan Capistrano.

Spring Faire; Newport Beach. Come and join the fun! View

our Children’s Art Show, ‘What California Nature means to Me.’ Enjoy delicious food from local restaurants. Purchase native plants and draw butterflies and birds to your own yard. Purchase a reusable ENC canvas bag for $5- your ‘ticket’ to make awesome crafts like bottle cap chicks, egg carton spiders and lady bird beetles, TP roll bees, cork boats, and animal head jars! Decorate your body with face paint or henna. Play nature games, attend Storytime, see a live Bird of Prey presentation and listen to a spring themed Poetry Reading! All ages. Free ($5 to purchase bag). 10am-3pm. Environmental Nature Center. 1601 E Sixteenth St. (949) 645-8489. Rancho Days Fiesta; Lake Forest. Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s Mexican Ranchos and Native American tribes! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the past through music, dance, crafts and hands-on demonstrations. Historic buildings, including the 1863 Serrano Adobe, will be open. All ages (5-17 years suitable). $4 Adults, $3 children (3-12 years). 11am-3pm. Heritage Hill Historical Park. 25151 Serrano Rd. (949) 923-2230. Film/Video; Laguna Niguel. Showtime! A current, popular film will be shown in the Community Room. This session we’ll be showing Frozen! All ages. Free. 2pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. The Groves Antique Market; Irvine. Orange County’s popular antiques, fine art and collectibles market is hosted at the runways behind the Great Park. All ages. Free parking and admission. 7am2pm. MCAS El Toro Runways. As there is no physical address to the Great Park, please visit website or call for exact directions. (949) 786-5277. Certified Farmers Market; Irvine. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Take home fresh produce grown on the Great Park Farm and other local farms. Enjoy live entertainment, including live music, car shows, and more. Explore the Farm + Food Lab and talk to UCCE Master Gardeners about home gardening tips. Event is dog and pet friendly. All ages. Free. 8am-2pm (Please note: on MARMALADEOC.COM


EVENTS: MAY the May 25th listing, market opens at 10am). MCAS El Toro Runways at the Great Park. As there is no physical address to the Great Park, please visit website or call for exact directions. (714) 733-3167.

Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st.

MONDAY, MAY 5TH Preschool Storytime; Brea. Join us for this fun and interactive program! Includes stories, songs, and activities to help develop early literacy and motor skills. Agespreschool students. Free. 11am12pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Toddler Storytime; Costa Mesa. Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, crafts and more! Agestoddlers and preschoolers. Free. 11am-11:30am. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Homework Help; Cypress. Students can receive homework assistance from our Teen Homework Helpers, or find a quiet place to study. Ages- elementary and middle school students. Free. 3pm-5pm. Cypress Public Library. 5331 Orange Ave. (714) 826-0350. Toddler Storytime; Lake Forest/ El Toro. Little ones and their caregivers are invited to join us for a program featuring songs, stories, rhymes and playtime in the Community Room. Ages 3 years and under. Free. 10am-10:30am. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Homework Help; Lake Forest/El Toro. Children may come to the Community Room for help with their homework. Please signup at the Information Desk. Ages- K-8th grade students. Free. 4pm-5pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Family Storytime; Garden Grove. The fun starts with a playtime, followed by stories and a craft. All ages. Free. 6:45pm-7:30pm. Garden Grove West Public Library. 11962 Bailey St. (714) 897-2594. MARMALADEOC.COM

Homework Help; Irvine. Helping everyone learn! Get help with your homework from University High School students. Ages- elementary through high school students. Free. 3pm-5pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Kids Book Club; Irvine. If you love reading, come and share your thoughts about each month’s selection. It’s just for fun, and there will be food! Plus, you get a certificate for each book you finish. Ages 6-12 years. Free. 6:30pm7pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Toddler Storytime; La Palma. Join us for stories, music, movement and craft. All ages (1-4 years preferred). Free. 11:30am12:05pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 523-8585. Preschool Storytime; Seal Beach. Get your child ready to read by introducing your child to books in a fun and interactive setting. Join us for fun stories, silly songs, and a simple craft! Ages 2-5 years. Free. 11:30am-12:15pm. Los AlamitosRossmoor Public Library. 12700 Montecito Rd. (562) 430-1048. BARK Book Buddies; Stanton. Kids can come and practice their reading with Marie and her dog Hogan, a certified therapy dog who also happens to be a very good listener! All ages. Free. 4:30pm-6pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Babysteps; Villa Park. Baby play and storytime, made possible by a grant from Villa Park Women’s League. Ages 2-15 months. Free. 10:30am-11am. Villa Park Public Library. 17865 Santiago Blvd. (714) 998-0861. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. (This session is for 3-5 years only) Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Homework Help; La Habra. See

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3-5 years. Free. 10:30am-11am. Foothill Ranch Public Library. 27002 Cabriole. (949) 855-8072.

Ballet Etudes presents “Coppelia”; Huntington Beach. The Huntington Beach Public Library Children’s Department and the Friends of the Children’s Library proudly bring the ballet “Coppelia” to the Library Theater for a special production designed with young children in mind. Join us for this wonderful story of a fanatical doll maker, his enchanting dolls, and a handsome young man and beautiful young girl. All ages. $5/person. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Limit 10 tickets per person. 4pm & 7pm. Huntington Beach Central Library. 7111 Talbert Avenue. hbpl. org (714) 375-5107.

Toddler Storytime; Foothill Ranch. The youngest book lovers are invited to join caregivers and other children for short stories, fingerplays, and songs. Ages 3 years and under. Free. 11:30am12pm. Foothill Ranch Public Library. 27002 Cabriole. (949) 855-8072.

Pajama Storytime; Aliso Viejo. Listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a craft project afterwards! Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal! All ages. Free. 6pm-7pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722.

Bilingual Family Storytime; Garden Grove. Come join us for stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish. All ages. Free. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Garden Grove Chapman Public Library. 9182 Chapman Ave. (714) 5392115.

Pajama Storytime; Brea. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a craft project afterwards. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal! All ages. Free. 6pm-7pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722.

Teen Book Club; Garden Grove. Join in at any time. Copies of the current book are available for checkout in the teen section. Snacks will be served! Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 5300711.

Duplo Play Day; Costa Mesa. Join us for our weekly Duplo play day! Children and their families are welcome to visit one of our Duplo tables in our lobby. Use your imagination to build your own unique creation! All ages. Free. 2pm-6pm. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Preschool Storytime; Costa Mesa. Join us for stories, fingerplays, and songs. Older siblings also welcome. Ages 2-5 years. Free. 11am-11:30am. Costa Mesa Verde Public Library. 2969 Mesa Verde Drive. (714) 546-5274. Preschool Craftivities; Costa Mesa. Activities include simple crafts, games, outdoor fun, bubble days, scavenger hunts, and sidewalk chalk. Older siblings also welcome. Ages 2-5 years. Free. 11:30am-12pm. Costa Mesa Verde Public Library. 2969 Mesa Verde Drive. (714) 546-5274. Preschool Storytime; Foothill Ranch. Children and their caregivers are invited to these sessions featuring fun stories, songs, and fingerplays. Ages

Preschool Storytime; Garden Grove. Preschool Storytime is filled with fun stories, songs and rhymes for children, followed by a craft and playtime! Ages- preschool students. Free. 11:15am-12pm. Garden Grove Chapman Public Library. 9182 Chapman Ave. (714) 539-2115.

Preschool Storytime; Irvine. Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 3-5 years. Free. 11am-11:45am. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Read to Bodey; La Palma. Bodey, an Australian Shepherd therapy dog, visits the library so children can read aloud or pet him! All ages. Free. 6pm-6:30pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 523-8585. Read Orange County; La Palma. Run by a Read Orange County volunteer, this program includes stories, craft, snack and a free book for each child. All ages. Free. 6:30pm-7:45pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 5238585. Family Storytime; La Palma. Join us for stories, music, movement and craft. All ages welcome (tailored for ages 4-6 years). Free. 6:30pm-7:30pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 5238585. Pajama Storytime; Ladera MAY 2014 43

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Kids Fishing Clinic and Trip; Dana Point. Dana Wharf is proud to offer an experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! All ages. Free. 12pm12:30pm. Dana Wharf. 34675 Golden Lantern. (949) 496-5794.

Toddler Storytime; Irvine. Come enjoy stories and songs! Everyone sits on the floor to be close to their child. Ages 3 years and under. Free. 11am-11:45am. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001.


EVENTS: MAY Ranch. Come for a fun evening with books, puppets and songs! Children are invited to come dressed in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal friend. All ages. Free. 6:30pm-7pm. Ladera Ranch Public Library. 29551 Sienna Pkwy. (949) 234-5940.

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Pajama Storytime; Laguna Beach. The Sunshine Readers, National Charity League Volunteers, present storytime. These highly enthuastic young ladies read the best books. Pajamas and teddy bears welcome. Punch, cookies, and stickers follow storytime. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Laguna Beach Public Library. 363 Glenneyre St. (949) 497-1733. Yoga; Laguna Niguel. Participate in gentle yoga, movement, and breath work. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Ages-adults. Free. 10:30am-12pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Big Buddies and Books; Seal Beach. Kids pair up either one-onone or in small groups with local teen ‘big buddies’ who will read stories aloud and help them do a fun craft! Spending time reading with a big buddy is a great way to make a new friend and get little ones excited about books! Ages 3-7 years. Free. 6:30pm-7:15pm. Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Public Library. 12700 Montecito Rd. (562) 430-1048. Preschool Storytime; San Juan Capistrano. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, crafts and fun. Ages 3-6 years. Free. 11:15am-12pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 493-1752. Lapsit Storytime; Stanton. Songs, stories and play with 15 minutes of social play before and after storytime. Storytime starts before the library opens so the front door will be locked, just knock and someone will let you in! Ages-infants and toddlers. Free. 10:30am-11am. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Pajama Family Storytime; Stanton. Stories and a craft for the entire family! Pajamas and stuffed animals optional. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Toddler Storytime; Villa Park. Come join us for stories songs and fun! Ages 2-4 years. Free. 44 MAY 2014

10:30am-11am. Villa Park Public Library. 17865 Santiago Blvd. (714) 998-0861. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Homework Help; La Habra. See the 1st. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7TH Storytelling Camp; Aliso Viejo. This kick-off is presented by professional Storyteller Debra Weller. Parent/guardian must attend. Ages 7 years and older. Free. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. School Age Storytime; Brea. Join us for our new school age storytime! Ages 6 years and older. Free. 3pm-4pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Read to the Dogs; Brea. Join us to read to a trained, gentle therapy dog. Come meet our furry friends! All ages. Free. 6:30pm7:30pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Family Storytime; Costa Mesa. Come enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, crafts and more! Children are welcome to come in their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed toy, we hope to see you soon! All ages. Free. 7pm-7:30pm. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Spring Storytime; Fountain Valley. Come join us during our Spring Session for stories, songs and fun! All ages welcome (tailored for ages 3-5 years). Free. 10:30am11:30am. Fountain Valley Public Library. 17635 Los Alamos St. (714) 962-1324. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. Come get help with your homework by teen volunteers. All ages. Free. 5pm-5:50pm. Fountain Valley Public Library. 17635 Los Alamos St. (714) 962-1324. Spanish Family Storytime; Lake Forest/El Toro. Little ones and their families are invited for a program of stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish. Ages 2-5 years. Free. 12:45pm-1:15pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173.

Preschool Storytime; Lake Forest/ El Toro. Children may come to a storytime full of rhymes, stories, fingerplays and more. Ages 3-5 years. Free. 1:30pm-2pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. Help with homework by teen volunteers. All ages. Free. 5pm5:50pm. Fountain Valley Public Library. 17635 Los Alamos St. (714) 962-1324. Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. Includes fun stories, songs, and rhymes for children, followed by a craft and playtime! Agestoddlers. Free. 10:30am-11:30am. Garden Grove Chapman Public Library. 9182 Chapman Ave. (714) 539-2115. Baby Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. There will be a playtime with toys, followed by fun stories! Ages- toddlers. Free. 10am10:45am. Garden Grove West Public Library. 11962 Bailey St. (714) 897-2594. Chinese Storytime; Irvine. Storytime is held in Chinese and includes stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 5 years and under. Free. 10:30am. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Craft Time; Irvine. Celebrate creativity! Ask at the children’s desk for a craft you create on your own in the library. Ages 5-12 years. Free. 2pm-4pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Persian Storytime; Irvine. This storytime is held in Persian and includes stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 2-6 years. Free. 5pm6pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Lapsit/Toddler Storytime; Laguna Niguel. Simples stories, lots of fingerplays, puppets, and easy activities. Emphasis on repetition to aid our youngest learners. Ages 2 ½ years and under. Free. 10am10:20am. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Preschool Storytime; Laguna Niguel. An active storytime with new stories every week. Includes music and dance time for kids. Ages 5 years and under. Free. 10:30am-11am. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Homework Help; Laguna

Niguel. Volunteers for one-onone homework help to children. Ages-elementary school students. Free. 4:30pm-6pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Preschool Storytime; Stanton. Stories, music and play for children with 15 minutes of social play before and after storytime. Agespreschool students. Free. 10:30am11am. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Toddler Storytime; Tustin. Join us in the Community Room for stories, songs, movement and more! Stay and play after! Ages 3 years and under. Free. Two sessions- 10:15am-11am and 11:15am-12pm. Tustin Public Library. 345 E Main St. (714) 5447725. Preschool Storytime; Westminster. Join us for fun stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 2-4 years. Free. 10:30am-11:30am. Westminster Public Library. 8180 13th St. (714) 893-5057. Ballet Etudes presents “Coppelia”; Huntington Beach. See the 6th. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th.

THURSDAY, MAY 8TH Mother’s Day Terrarium Workshop; Cypress. Don’t have a green thumb? That’s okay! We’ll have everything you need to make a special something for a special someone. Sign up at the Information Desk. Ages 10 years and older. Free. 3pm-4:30pm. Cypress Public Library. 5331 Orange Ave. (714) 826-0350. Meditation; Laguna Niguel. Learn a simple method of meditation that can ease the stress of daily life. All ages. Free. 7pm-8pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. MARMALADEOC.COM


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Visit Twinkie the World’s Largest Snake; Fountain Valley. Twinkie the World’s Largest Snake weighs in at almost 350 pounds and is over 20 feet long! Twinkie is a celebrity appearing on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and when the paparazzi enter The Reptile Zoo, it’s Twinkie they want to see! Even though she’s a star, this Albino Reticulated Python hasn’t let it go to her head and remains one of the most mildmannered reticulated pythons here. Just like any beautiful California girl, she loves the water and enjoys lounging by her pool in her custom VIP enclosure. Big beautiful girls like her don’t come around often, so take advantage of one of nature’s most overwhelming wonders and visit soon! All ages. Adults (12 years and older) $5, children 3-11 years $5. 11am-7:30pm. The Reptile Zoo. 18818 Brookhurst St. (714) 500-0591. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Friday Morning Storytelling, Music & Art at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. See the 2nd. Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. See the 2nd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SATURDAY, MAY 10TH West Anaheim Barbecue; Anaheim. Community event with activities for the entire family: craft and health fair, blacksmitgh’s forge, Ford Classic Car Show, miniature pot bellied pig, gardening, pony rides, ‘Bookmobile’ bingo, Jaw of Life with the Fire Dept, live entertainment, free shuttle and much more. All ages. Free. 10am4pm. Twika Reid Park. 3100 W Orange. (714) 774-3724. Family Film/Video; Aliso Viejo. Join us for a fun family matinee. All ages. Free. 2pm-3pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. MARMALADEOC.COM

Books and Barks; Garden Grove. Kids can practice their reading aloud skills with a specially trained volunteer dog! All ages. Free. 11am-12:30pm. Garden Grove West Public Library. 11962 Bailey St. (714) 897-2594. Read to a Therapy Dog; Irvine. Fred, the dog, would love to have you read to him.This event is for beginning readers and is held upstairs in the Children’s area. Be sure to put your name on the list as soon as you arrive! All ages. Free. 1pm-2pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Rd. (714) 669-8753. Family Reading Time; Irvine. Read together, play together, learn together! Come listen to a story, sing songs, play games and make crafts together. Parents receive ideas and resources to help make their home a learning place. All ages (at least one child under 5 years preferred). Free. 10am12pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Friends of the Library Book Sale; Laguna Niguel. Big book sale, bargains galore! Proceeds help the library. All ages. Free. 10am2pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Young Authors’ Faire; San Juan Capistrano. In conjunction with the Orange County Department of Education, the San Juan Capistrano Library will be hosting the 2014 Young Authors’ Faire.This celebration of the writing efforts of K-12th grade students in Orange County Schools will feature performers, authors, games, prizes and more. All ages. Free. 11am-3pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 493-1752. Party for the Planet and Membership Appreciation Day; Santa Ana. All Zoo event open with booths promoting conservation-green theme! Enjoy music, crafts, and fun! All ages. $10 adult, $7 child and senior, members free. 11am-2pm. Santa Ana Zoo. 1801 E Chestnut Ave. (714) 836-4000. Battle of the Mariachis; San

Juan Capistrano. This exciting day features live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also include: ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, performances by Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano, bilingual marionette shows and exhibition performances by local Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Don’t miss this year’s special tenth annual celebration! All ages. $15 adults and seniors, $6 for children 4-11 years. 11am-4pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1317. Panning for Gold; San Juan Capistrano. Try your luck at finding gold in our custom-designed Mission trough. We’ll supply the pan and the “gold” – you roll up your sleeves and pan your way to riches! All ages. $3 per person, $1 for members. 11am-3pm. Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy. (949) 234-1300. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. Family Storytime; Westminster. See the 3rd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SUNDAY, MAY 11TH Mother’s Day Brunch; Huntington Beach. A Sunday Brunch is the perfect way to show Mom how much you love her! Join us for all-you-can-eat with unlimited champagne! On the menu: eggs, bacon, ham, roast beef, bratwurst, fried potatoes, hash browns, fresh fruits, imported cheeses, European cold-cuts, salad bar, deviled eggs, European pastries, rolls and bread, champagne, coffee and OJ. All ages (champagne for Moms and Dads). Adults $24.95, seniors $22.95, children 6-12 years $10.95. 11am-2pm. Old World German Restaurant. 7561 Center Ave. (714) 895-8020. Family Film; Laguna Niguel. Join us for Showtime for Kids! Only G-rated movies shown. This session’s video will be Beauty and the Beast. All ages. Free. 2pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252.

Children’s Gardening Workshops; Families can expect their kids to come home with dirty hands after a day at one of these hands-on gardening workshops. Kids can participate in creative workshops, such as Growing a Rainbow, Three Sisters Gardening and The Web of Life and will discover and practice sustainable gardening. Kids can take home their new skills and apply them in their own garden with seeds, nectar flowers and environmentally friendly snail traps made in these special Great Park workshops. Ages 3-9 years. Free. 11am-1pm. Farm + Food Lab at the Great Park. As there is no physical address to the Great Park, please visit website or call for exact directions. (866) 829-3829. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st.

MONDAY, MAY 12TH Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Brea. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 5th. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Lake Forest/El Toro. See the 5th. Homework Help; Lake Forest/El Toro. See the 5th. Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Irvine. See the 5th. Homework Help; La Habra. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; La Palma. See the 5th. Preschool Storytime; Seal Beach. See the 5th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Babysteps; Villa Park. See the 5th. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. (This session is for 3-5 years only)

TUESDAY, MAY 13TH Parent-Child Book Club; Brea. This book club’s goal is to encourage families to share a love of reading. Beloved children’s books and thoughtful discussion questions will make each book club meeting a fun and insightful experience. Book is “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. Ages 8-12 years. Free. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Brea MAY 2014 45

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Saturday Movie Matinee; Brea. Come watch a great family film with us. Check with the staff to find out the title of the month. All ages. Free. 2pm-4pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722.


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Teen Digital Photography Club; Garden Grove. Join us for some fun at our Teen Digital Photography Club. Permission slips are required for all teens under 18 years for photo walking tours of the park and other local spots. Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711. Afterschool Art; Tustin. Join us for a fun craft project. All supplies are provided. This session’s craft will be Pinwheels! All ages. Free. 4pm-5pm. Tustin Public Library. 345 E Main St. Duplo Play Day; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Craftivities; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Toddler Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Bilingual Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Irvine. See the 6th. Homework Help; La Habra. See the 1st. Family Storytime; La Palma. See the 6th. Big Buddies and Books; Seal Beach. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; San Juan Capistrano. See the 6th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Lapsit Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Pajama Family Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Toddler Storytime; Villa Park. See the 6th.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14TH Fun with Legos; Brea. Bring yourself and your imagination to build your own Lego creation! All ages. Free. 3pm-4pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Kids’ Book Club; Stanton. Pick up the book of the month from Librarian Lindsay, read it, and come to the Kids’ Book Club to talk about the book, eat snacks, 46 MAY 2014

make a craft and vote on the next book. Ages-4th-6th gradde students. Free. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella. (714) 898-3302. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Family Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 7th. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th. Spring Storytime; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Family Storytime; Lake Forest/El Toro. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Lake Forest/ El Toro. See the 7th. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Baby Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Craft Time; Irvine. See the 7th. Homework Help; La Habra. See the 1st. Homework Help; Laguna Niguel. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; Tustin. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Westminster. See the 7th. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

THURSDAY, MAY 15TH Family Lego and Game Night; Aliso Viejo. Families are invited to come build Lego creations, play board games, and enjoy snacks. All ages. Free. 6pm-8pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. Homework Help; Aliso Viejo. Need homework help or a fellow student to explain a challenging academic concept? Volunteers from the National Honor Society meet to provide tutoring! Ageshigh school students. Free. 3:30pm-5:30pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. Reading with Rover; Seal Beach. Children are invited to read to our doggie friend, Cash! Reading to a gentle therapy dog can relax children, increase their desire to read and build their self-esteem. Ages-5th grade students and under. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. Mary

Wilson Public Library. 707 Electric Ave. (562) 431-3584. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Homework Help; La Habra. See the 1st. Read to a Dog; San Juan Capistrano. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

FRIDAY, MAY 16TH Game Night for Teens; Laguna Hills. Calling all teens! Come check out monthly gaming night. Video games, chess, pizza will be served and there will be an opportunity drawing for a GameStop gift certificate! Registration required, please call or stop by. Ages-teens. Free. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Laguna Hills Technology Public Library. 25555 Alicia Pkwy. (949) 707-2699. Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. See the 2nd. Friday Morning Storytelling, Music & Art at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. See the 2nd. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SATURDAY, MAY 17TH Anaheim Children’s Art Festival; Anaheim. An outdoor art festival with over fifty booths providing free art activities and projects for children and their families! City booths with information and free services, food booths (nominal fees), two stages with entertainment- dance, singing, puppetry, magic, theater and more! Art activities include drawing, painting, and clay work. Hats, plate painting, origami and each booth with volunteers to encourage participation. All ages. Free. 10am-3pm. Intersection of Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street. (714) 815-3885. The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise And The Hare; Costa Mesa. Lightwire Theater brings new life to a pair of classic tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The

Ugly Duckling and Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and The Hare. Lined with electroluminescent wire, these well-known characters illuminate the darkened stage and wend their way into audiences’ hearts. Part theater and part dance, this completely unique live experience has electrified audiences across the country. Ages 4-8. $20/ticket. 1pm. Segerstrom Center for the Arts. 600 Town Center Drive. scfta.org. (714) 556-2787. Family Reading Time; Lake Forest/El Toro. Join us and celebrate lifelong learning for the entire family! Storytime, crafts, songs and games for families. All ages (at least one child under 5 years preferred). Free. 10am12pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Duck-A-Thon; Huntington Beach. Be there for the main event when thousands of little rubber duckies are dropped from the Huntington Beach Pier to race to shore and claim prizes! This year our theme is “Yankee Doodle Duck.” Enjoy over 70 vendors at the Vendor Festival selling their goods including food, arts and crafts, home décor, jewelry and much more. Here you will find the Kid Zone where your kids will want to spend the day. The renowned “Duck Dip” can be found within the Vendor Festival. For $1, you pick up a scoop of pieces of paper – what? Paper? Yes! And every scoop is guaranteed a prize! All ages. Free admission. Vendor Festival 10am-6pm, the main event is at 3pm. Huntington Beach Pier. Main St. (714) 500-0382. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Family Storytime; Westminster. See the 3rd. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH Spring Spirit Drumming Circle at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. Join in the fun with our popular drumming circles and make your own drum to take home! Ages 2-8 years. $6 per person, children 2 years and under are free. 1:30pm3:30pm. Bowers Kidseum. 1802 North Main St. (714) 567-3694. Dash For Hope – Fun Run/Walk & Family Block Party; Laguna MARMALADEOC.COM


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Duck-A-Thon; Huntington Beach. See the 17th. (On Sunday, the Vendor Festival is 10am-5pm, and there will be a Corporate Duck Race at 1pm. “Big Mama” ducks, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, are launched into the ocean via the Duckmobile and race to shore to win the coveted Golden Duck Trophy and yearlong bragging rights!) 20th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival; Fullerton. The oldest and grandest car show in OC hosts Hot Rods and a Concours d’Elegance with the true classic of the automotive industry spread out over eight acres of lawns. All ages. $10 adults (12 years and older). 10am-4pm. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center. 1201 W Malvern Ave. (714) 7386595. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Sea Change; Laguna Beach. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise And The Hare; Costa Mesa. See the 17th. 1pm & 3:30pm.

MONDAY, MAY 19TH Homework Help; Irvine. Homework Help is intended to provide a positive environment and helpful tutoring. Our high school tutors will assist students with their assignments. Ages 1st-8th grade students. Free. 4:30pm-6pm. Irvine Heritage Park Regional Public Library. 14361 Yale Ave. (949) 936-4040. Page Turner’s Book Club; Irvine. Come discuss with your friends! Copies of the current month’s book will be available at the 2nd floor Information Desk. Ages- 4th5th grade students. Free. 4m-5pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Rd. (714) 669MARMALADEOC.COM

8753. Pajama Storytime with the Sunshine Readers; San Juan Capistrano. The National Charity League Sunshine Readers offer energetic and entertaining stories for kids at this family storytime. Wear your PJs and join the fun! All ages. Free. 7pm-8pm. San Juan Capistrano Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 493-1752. Family Game Night at Pretend City; Irvine. Join us for a lively Family Game Night full of fun and entertainment! Enjoy an exciting mix of popular classics and new favorites. Games include Twister, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Head’s Up, and more! Gather the whole family for a night of games, drawings, and prizes. Enjoy snacks and pizza as you play, bond, and create fun memories with your children! All ages. $10 per member, $15 per non-member. 5:30pm-8pm. Pretend City Children’s Museum. 29 Hubble. (949) 428-3900. Circus Vargas; Irvine. See the 1st. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Brea. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 5th. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Lake Forest/El Toro. See the 5th. Homework Help; Lake Forest/El Toro. See the 5th. Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; Irvine. See the 5th. Toddler Storytime; La Palma. See the 5th. Preschool Storytime; Seal Beach. See the 5th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Babysteps; Villa Park. See the 5th. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. (This session is for 3-5 years only)

TUESDAY, MAY 20TH Family Craft Night; Brea. A funfilled monthly craft program. All ages. Free. 6pm-7pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Teen Game Day; Garden Grove. We take your favorite board games and TV game shows and turn them into fun and friendly team competitions. There is something different each month! Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional

Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711.

Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722.

Animal Tales and Musical Scales; Laguna Niguel. Ken Frawley Puppets presents this song-filled, story-filled, fun-filled program starring his guitar-pickin’ self and his supporting cast of puppets! Lots of sing-along and clap-along audience participation. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252.

Reading to Rover; Irvine. Children improve their skill by reading to certified READ dogs. All ages. Free. 3pm-4pm. Irvine Heritage Park Regional Public Library. 14361 Yale Ave. (949) 936-4040.

Crazy for Legos; Villa Park. Join us for some Lego fun! We supply the Legos, you supply the creativity. All ages. Free. 3:30pm4:30pm. Villa Park Public Library. 17865 Santiago Blvd. (714) 9980861. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Duplo Play Day; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Craftivities; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Toddler Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Bilingual Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Irvine. See the 6th. Read to Bodey; La Palma. See the 6th. Family Storytime; La Palma. See the 6th. Yoga; Laguna Niguel. See the 6th. Big Buddies and Books; Seal Beach. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; San Juan Capistrano. See the 6th. Lapsit Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Pajama Family Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; Villa Park. See the 6th.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21ST Mommy/Daddy and Me Watercolor Class; Aliso Viejo. Join us for a fun, basic watercolor class. Registration is required. Ages 4 years and older. Free. 5:30pm6:45pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. Teen Film/Video; Brea. Come watch a fun film at the library. Check with the staff for the title each month. Ages- teens. Free. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Brea Public

Take Charge of Your Future; Rancho Santa Margarita. Join us for a step by step comprehensive guide to getting a job. Agesteens. Free. 3:30pm-5pm. Rancho Santa Margarita Public Library. 30902 La Promesa. (949) 459-6094. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Family Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 7th. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th. Spring Storytime; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Family Storytime; Lake Forest/ El Toro. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Lake Forest/ El Toro. See the 7th. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Baby Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Craft Time; Irvine. See the 7th. Homework Help; Laguna Niguel. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Stanton. See the 7th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; Tustin. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Westminster. See the 7th. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

THURSDAY, MAY 22ND Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Homework Help; Aliso Viejo. See the 15th. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Meditation; Laguna Niguel. See the 8th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

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Niguel. Join us for a scenic run around the beautiful lake in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Charity fundraiser benefiting Mission Within Reach and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Features a chip-timed race followed by Family Block Party with activities, celebration with food, live entertainment, games, rides and more! All ages. $15 Kids Running 1K, $50 Run both 10K and 5K (two different races), $45 Running 10K, $40 Fun Run/Walk 5K. 6am-9:45am check-in, runs/walks, 9:45am awards presentation, 10am Family Block Party. Mission Lutheran Church. 24360 Yosemite Rd. (949) 831-8830.


EVENTS: MAY Santa Margarita. Kick back and enjoy a free movie and snacks after school. All movies are rated G or PG. Ages-students 7th-12th grade. Free. 3:15pm-4:45pm. Rancho Santa Margarita Public Library. 30902 La Promesa. (949) 459-6094.

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56th Annual Strawberry Festival; Garden Grove. Join us for a day of Springtime Fun! Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest signup is 3pm4pm, come enter your 3-6 year old child! The Strawberry Cake Cutting Ceremony will be at 6pm. All ages. Free admission, $25 for unlimited rides wristband. 1pm10pm. Village Green. Euclid St and Main St. (714) 638-0981. Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. See the 2nd. Friday Morning Storytelling, Music & Art at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. See the 2nd. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SATURDAY, MAY 24TH Storytime in the Garden Series; Irvine. Storytime and healthy eating come together. Join us for a fun-filled 30 minutes of foodrelated stories, songs, games and activities designed to help children build strong language and literacy skills and lifelong healthy eating habits. The outdoor, garden setting helps stimulate curiosity and imagination and allows children to make personal connections between the stories and the fruits and vegetables growing around them. Ages 3-8 years. Free. 10am-10:30am. Farm + Food Lab at the Great Park. As there is no physical address to the Great Park, please visit website or call for exact directions. (866) 829-3829. 56th Annual Strawberry Festival; Garden Grove. Join us for a day of Springtime Fun! The Strawberry Festival Parade starts at 10am! Celebrity Autographs at 1pm, then two bands play until 8pm – Abrakadabra Band and Third Degree Band. Don’t miss the fun! All ages. Free admission, $30 for unlimited rides wristband. 10am10pm. Village Green. Euclid St and Main St. (714) 638-0981. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st. Family Storytime; Westminster. See the 3rd. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna 48 MAY 2014

Hills. See the 2nd.

SUNDAY, MAY 25TH Chess Club; Irvine. Join us and test your skill level, while having fun! Ages 8 years and older. Free. 1pm-3pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Rd. (714) 669-8753. 56th Annual Strawberry Festival; Garden Grove. Join us for a day of Springtime Fun! 11am starts Berry Berry Beautiful Baby, sign-up is 10am-10:55am. Only 3 months-3 years old, please. At 2pm, enjoy the Guardettes Dance Group, while listening to Full Spectrum Band playing 1pm-4pm. At 5pm, it’ll switch to Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band, ending with Miss Garden Grove and Friends at 7pm. Don’t miss the fun! All ages. Free admission, $30 for unlimited rides wristband. 10am-10pm. Village Green. Euclid St and Main St. (714) 638-0981. Certified Farmers Market; Irvine. See the 4th. Imagination Celebration; Dana Point. See the 1st.

MONDAY, MAY 26TH Read to a Therapy Dog; Irvine. Onyx, the dog, would love to have you read to him! Be sure to put your name on the list as soon as you arrive. All ages. Free. 4:30pm5:30pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Rd. (714) 669-8753. Toddler Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 5th. Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 5th. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. (This session is for 3-5 years only)

TUESDAY, MAY 27TH Teen Book Club; Brea. Read great books and discuss with your peers! Ages- teens. Free. 4:30pm-5:30pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. One World Rhythm; Lake Forest/ El Toro. Afterschool fun! Everyone makes music in this interactive show. Ages 5-12 years. Free. 4pm5pm. El Toro Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Teen Craft Day; Garden Grove. Find your inner artist with a different craft or art project each month. Hang out with your friends and enjoy some popcorn and other snacks. Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden

Grove Regional Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711. Duplo Play Day; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Craftivities; Costa Mesa. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Toddler Storytime; Foothill Ranch. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Bilingual Family Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 6th. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Preschool Storytime; Irvine. See the 6th. Family Storytime; La Palma. See the 6th. Preschool Storytime; San Juan Capistrano. See the 6th. Lapsit Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Pajama Family Storytime; Stanton. See the 6th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28TH Video Game Day; Brea. Gamers unite! We will be playing video games for all ages and skill levels. All ages. Free. 4:30pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Family Storytime; Costa Mesa. See the 7th. Homework Help; Cypress. See the 5th. Spring Storytime; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. See the 7th. Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Baby Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. See the 7th. Craft Time; Irvine. See the 7th. Lapsit/Toddler Storytime; Laguna Niguel. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Laguna Niguel. See the 7th. Homework Help; Laguna Niguel. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Stanton. See the 7th. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Storytime; Tustin. See the 7th. Preschool Storytime; Westminster. See the 7th. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

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Homework Help; Aliso Viejo. See the 15th. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 1st. Read to a Dog; San Juan Capistrano. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park; Laguna Hills. See the 1st. Toddler Time at Scooter’s Jungle; Aliso Viejo. See the 1st.

FRIDAY, MAY 30TH Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. See the 2nd. Friday Morning Storytelling, Music & Art at Bowers Kidseum; Santa Ana. See the 2nd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

SATURDAY, MAY 31ST Read to a Dog; Costa Mesa. Children and their families are invited to read to licensed therapy dogs. Bring your favorite book and read to Fido and friends! All ages. Free. 1:30pm-2:30pm. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Family Storytime; Westminster. See the 3rd. Mindful Octopus at AR4T Gallery; Laguna Beach. See the 3rd. Cosmic Nights at Big Air; Laguna Hills. See the 2nd.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1ST Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. This large-scale, hands-on experience combines engineering, collaboration and sustainability. The challenge is to design and build a machine – the Ultimate Recycling Invention – that transports a plastic bottle into a recycling bin. It always looks different, with combinations of tube structures, zip lines, pulleys, pendulums and more. This new activity is ideal for intergenerational participation; grown-ups and children alike will be fully engaged. Ages 12 years and under. General admission: MARMALADEOC.COM


EVENTS: MAY children and adults $12.50, military and family members $9.50. 10am4pm. Pretend City Children’s Museum. 29 Hubble. (949) 4283900. Dave & Buster’s Weekly Specials; Irvine. Enjoy half price games every Wednesday! Dave & Buster’s. 71 Fortune Dr #960. (949) 727-0555.

Film/Video; Laguna Niguel. Showtime! A current, popular film will be shown in the Community Room. All ages. Free. 2pm. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252.

MONDAY, JUNE 2ND Toddler Storytime; Costa Mesa. Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, crafts and more! Agestoddlers and preschoolers. Free. 11am-11:30am. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Homework Help; El Toro/Lake Forest. Children may come to the Community Room for help with homework. Please sign up at the Information Desk. Ages-K-8th grade students. Free. 4pm-5pm. El Toro Branch Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Family Storytime; Garden Grove. The fun starts with a playtime, followed by stories and a craft. All ages. Free. 6:45pm-7:30pm. Garden Grove West Public Library. 11962 Bailey St. (714) 897-2594. Toddler Storytime; Irvine. Enjoy stories and songs! Everyone sits on the floor to be close to their child. Ages 3 years and under. Free. 11am-11:45am. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Kids Book Club; Irvine. If you love reading, come and share your thoughts about each month’s selection. It’s just for fun and there will be food! Plus, you get a certificate for each book you finish. Ask at the Checkout Desk for each month’s title. Ages 6-12 years. Free. 6:30pm-7pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Homework Help; Stanton. Kids can receive help with their homework from one of our teen volunteers. All ages. Free. 4pmMARMALADEOC.COM

BARK Book Buddies; Stanton. Kids can come and practice their reading with Marie and her dog Hogan, a certified therapy dog who also happens to be a very good listener! All ages. Free. 4:30pm-6pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD Pajama Storytime; Brea. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy a craft project afterwards. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal! All ages. Free. 6pm-7pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic Center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Duplo Play Day; Costa Mesa. Children and their families are welcome to visit one of our Duplo tables. Use your imagination to build your own unique creation! All ages. Free. 2pm-6pm. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 6468845. Preschool Storytime; Garden Grove. This storytime is filled with fun stories, songs, and rhymes for children, followed by a craft and playtime! Ages-preschool students. Free. 11:15am-12pm. Chapman Branch Public Library. 9182 Chapman Ave. (714) 5392115. Teen Book Club; Garden Grove. Join us, all teens are welcome! Snacks will be served. Copies of the current book are available for checkout downstairs in the teen section. June’s book will be City of Bones. Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional Public Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711. Homework Help; Irvine. Teens assist students with homework assignments. When school is not in session, there will be no homework help. Ages-elementary and middle school students.Free. 3:30pm-5pm. Irvine Katie Wheeler Public Library. 13109 Old Myford Road. (714) 669-8753. Preschool Storytime; Irvine. Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft! Ages 3-5 years. Free. 11am-11:45am. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Read to Bodey; La Palma.

Children can read aloud or pet our gentle therapy Australian Shepard. All ages. Free. 6pm-6:30pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 523-8585. Read OC; La Palma. Family storytime run by a Read Orange County volunteer. Stories, craft, snack and a free book for each child. No one admitted after 6:45pm. All ages. Free. 6:30pm7:45pm. La Palma Public Library. 7842 Walker St. (714) 523-8585. Family Storytime; Ladera Ranch/ Mission Viejo. Come for a fun evening storytime with books, puppets, and songs! Children may come in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed friend! All ages. Free. 6:30pm-7pm. Ladera Ranch Public Library. 29551 Sienna Pkwy. (949) 234-5940. Pajama Storytime; Laguna Beach. The Sunshine Readers, National Charity League Volunteers, present story time. These highly enthusiastic young ladies read the best books. Pajamas and teddy bears welcome. Punch, cookies (at parental discretion) and stickers follow storytime. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Laguna Beach Public Library. 363 Glenneyre St. (949) 497-1733.

Come for fun stories and crafts. Ages-1st-4th grade students. Free. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730. School Age Storytime; Brea. Join us for some fun, with our new school age storytime! Ages 6 years and older. Free. 3pm-4pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic Center Cir. (714) 671-1722. Family Storytime; Costa Mesa. Join us for stories, fingerplays, songs, crafts and more. Children are welcome to come in their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed toy. We hope to see you soon! All ages. Free. 7pm-7:30pm. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Public Library. 1855 Park Ave. (949) 646-8845. Spring Storytime; Fountain Valley. Come join us for stories, songs and fun! All ages welcome (ages 3-5 years preferred). Free. 10:30am-11:30am. Fountain Valley Public Library. 17635 Los Alamos St. (714) 962-1324. Homework Help; Fountain Valley. Get help with your homework from friendly teen volunteers. All ages. Free. 5pm-5:50pm. Fountain Valley Public Library. 17635 Los Alamos St. (714) 962-1324.

Preschool Storytime; San Juan Capistrano. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, crafts and fun. Ages 3-6 years. Free. 11:15am-12pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 493-1752.

Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. Come join us for fun stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a craft and playtime! Ages-toddlers. Free. 10:30am11:30am. Chapman Branch Library. 9182 Chapman Ave. (714) 539-2115.

Lapsit Storytime; Stanton. Songs, stories and play for children and their caregivers. Includes 15 minutes of social play before and after. Storytime starts before the library opens so the front door will be locked, just knock and someone will let you in! Ages-infants and toddlers. Free. 10:30am-11am. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302.

Baby Toddler Storytime; Garden Grove. Join us for a playtime with toys, followed by fun stories. Ages-infants and toddlers. Free. 10am-10:45am. Garden Grove West Public Library. 11962 Bailey St. (714) 897-2594.

Pajama Family Storytime; Stanton. Stories and a craft for the entire family! Pajamas and stuffed animals welcome. All ages. Free. 7pm-7:45pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 2nd.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4TH School Age Activity; Aliso Viejo.

Craft Time; Irvine. Celebrate Creativity! Ask at the children’s desk for a craft you create on your own! Ages 5-12 years. Free. 2pm4pm. Irvine University Park Public Library. 4512 Sandburg Way. (949) 786-4001. Lapsit/Toddler Storytime; Laguna Niguel. Simple stories, lots of fingerplays, puppets, and easy activities. Emphasis on repetition to aid our youngest learners. Ages 2 ½ years and under. Free. 10am10:20am. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Preschool Storytime; Laguna Niguel. An active storytime with new stories every week, including MAY 2014 49

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Film/Video; Aliso Viejo. Showtime! Join us for a recent DVD release, shown in the Community Room. All ages. Free. 2pm-4pm. Aliso Viejo Public Library. 1 Journey. (949) 360-1730.

5:45pm. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302.


EVENTS: MAY music and dance time. Ages 5 years and under. Free. 10:30am11am. Laguna Niguel Public Library. 30341 Crown Valley Pkwy. (949) 249-5252. Preschool Storytime; Stanton. Stories, music and play for children and their caregivers, with 15 minutes of social play before and after storytime. Agespreschoolers. Free. 10:30am-11am. Stanton Public Library. 7850 Katella Ave. (714) 898-3302.

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Flying High at Pretend City; Irvine. This summer AAA of Southern California will get you geared up for summer travel. AAA will give you all the tips you need to journey through the skies, chart unmapped territories and explore new worlds as a family. This event will feature a surprise which will is sure to light a fire to your adventure! AAA Members qualify for 20% off Pretend City general admission. All ages. General admission: (10am-4pm) children and adults $12.50, military and family members $9.50 – (after 4pm) children and adults $6.25, military and family members $4.75. Event is 10am-5pm. Pretend City Children’s Museum. 29 Hubble. (949) 428-3900. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 2nd.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5TH Family Reading Time; El Toro/ Lake Forest. Join us to celebrate lifelong learning for the entire family! Storytime, crafts, songs, and games. All ages (at least one child under 5 years preferred). Free. 6pm-8pm. El Toro Branch Public Library. 24672 Raymond Way. (949) 855-8173. Legos in the Library; Seal Beach. During the school year, teen volunteers host this event. Duplos will be available for younger children. Hope you can join us for some creative fun! All ages. Free. 4pm-5:30pm. Mary Wilson Public Library. 707 Electric Ave. (562) 431-3584. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st. Homework Help; Stanton. See the 2nd. Homework Help; Irvine. See the 3rd.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6TH First Friday Film; Brea. Come screen a fun, family film with us. Check with the staff for the title of the movie each month. All ages. Free. 2:30pm. Brea Public Library. 1 Civic Center Cir. (714) 671-1722. 50 MAY 2014

Teen Anime Club; Garden Grove. You asked for it, and we listened! Unwind after a long week at school and watch anime with your friends. Snacks will be provided. Ages 13 years and older. Free. 3pm-5pm. Garden Grove Regional Public Library. 11200 Stanford Ave. (714) 530-0711. First Friday Film; San Juan Capistrano. Please join us in the La Sala auditorium for a movie night! All ages. Free ($2 donation accepted). 7pm-9pm. San Juan Capistrano Regional Public Library. 31495 El Camino Real. (949) 4931752. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH Wildcard 5K Family Fun Run/ Walk; Laguna Niguel. Team up with HearAid Foundation as we run or walk to raise funds for those who need help hearing! Grab your family and friends for a day of fun, exercise, entertainment, refreshments, a family expo, and much, much more. All ages. 2:30pm-5:30pm. $35 adults, $25 children. hearaidfoundation.org. (949) 436-8218. Pretend City Children’s Museum presents: Family Fun & Wellness Fair; Irvine. Families will enjoy the various entertainments at the event such as live music performances, face painting, prize giveaways and more! Most importantly, we’ll have free developmental checkups and health screenings including hearing, speech and language, behavior, body mass index (BMI), height and weight, blood pressure and dental! All ages. Free. 9am2pm. Pretend City Children’s Museum. 29 Hubble. (949) 4283900.

saturday, june 7, 2014 2:30 ~ 5:30pm laguna niguel regional park to benefit

with Studio Arts Festival; Irvine. Join us for a firsthand look and opportunity to purchase some of the finest artwork by Southern California artists including many Art Center instructors and patrons. More than 100 artists participate and include a variety of disciplines from ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, textiles, glass art, gourd art and more! Enjoy live music and food around the lagoon as you spend a spring day shopping for fine art. All ages. Free parking and admission. 9am5pm. Irvine Heritage Park. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6880. Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City; Irvine. See the 1st.

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