Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dinosaur Fans? Madrona Marsh Dino Lesson/Hunt! 6/30 #Dinosaurs #Kids

Madrona Marsh Dino Lesson/Hunt!


June 30, 2013


Recreation & Sports

Nature Center

Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve

3201 Del Amo
Torrance, CA 90505

$5 per person

You must call to make Reservations


Friday, June 28, 2013

Fair Foodies! The OC Fair Food Lineup is Here! @OCFair #Food #Fair #ad

The 2013 OC Fair (July 12-August 11) invites Fairgoers to make the most of their admission ticket and take advantage of a variety of free exhibits, demonstrations, contests and events available:

OC Fair Foodies: New this year, the OC Fair has taken its most recognizable and edible features and made a new Fair family of food-themed characters. Scoop (ice cream cone), Carl (cotton candy), Olivia (orange), Mike (bacon-wrapped turkey leg) and more foodies will be featured as graphics, purchasable plush toys and costumed characters throughout the Fair.

Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders: This isn’t your average circus sideshow. Instead of bearded ladies and fire-breathing acrobats, creepy crawlies like millipedes, tarantulas, scorpions and other creatures are the featured attractions. This new, free exhibit puts a fun, traveling-circus twist on the amazing world of insects with a variety of exotic creatures from around the world alive and on view.

Summer in the Cities: The OC Fair isn’t just about rides, food and cute animals, it’s also about community and this year it is showcasing what makes its home, Orange County, so amazing. The multi-faceted celebration features a free nightly video presentation of photographs, some taken and submitted by residents of Orange County displayed on a 40-foot screen in The Hangar, which is accompanied by music and pyrotechnics.

Additionally, the OC Fair is dedicating specific days to celebrate individual cities in the County by showcasing local entertainers and community groups and offering residents discount admission (with coupon).
Sand Sculpture: The OC Fair is excited to welcome back the popular sand castle designers and builders as they carve a larger-than-life, Fair-themed sand sculpture out of three hundred tons of sand, live during the run of Fair.

Culinary Demonstrations: Broaden your culinary prowess at any of the various culinary demonstrations offered for free during the Fair. Culinary professionals will demonstrate and discuss everything from vegan cuisine to bacon candy and more. Specific dates and times vary. Plus celebrity chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana Restaurant in Los Angeles and Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Napa Valley and Coqueta in San Francisco will offer demonstrations in The Hangar on July 20 and August 1 respectively

Fun With Food: The Fair’s food exhibits go against the rule “don’t play with your food” with amazing sculptures and displays made out of fruit, vegetables, and sugar. Food sculpture Chef Ray Duey will amaze as he beautifully transforms an average melon into a stunning work of art. Sugar master Shaile Socher will take sugar and turn it into sweet displays of edible flowers. And back by popular demand, the chocolate exhibit will again entice and educate with a historical timeline and the Fair’s collection of vintage memorabilia. Chocolate- and confection-making demonstrations and gourmet sweets will be available for purchase.

Featured Artists: World-renowned artists specializing in painting, sculpting, photography, woodworking and other fine arts will display their award-winning pieces and hold demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions.

Blue Ribbon Greatness: See who submitted the best in fine art, photography, floral arranging, quilting, cake-decorating, table-setting, home grown fruit and vegetable contests and other Fair competitions this year.

Fair Favorites: The Fair will also feature free-with-admission favorites like All-Alaskan Racing Pigs, Russell Brothers Circus, Comedy Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, Peking Acrobats, livestock displays, a petting zoo and more.

The 2013 OC Fair, themed Come & Get It, is July 12 – August 11 and brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday.
Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats and single-day general admission are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office. The popular Super Pass, which offers the passholder 23 days of admission, is available for purchase online at from the onsite Box Office.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.
For more information, please visit, become a fan at, follow us on Twitter or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

OC Fair & Event Center | 88 Fair Drive | Costa Mesa | CA | 92626

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Water Spots... A HUGE Pet Peeve! What Can I Do? @MyCascade #MyPlatinum #Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

I love having company over at our house, especially in the warmer months! It really is fun to show off your special recipes! In my case, I love baking!

I don't know about you but I think presentation is worth almost as much as the meal itself!  I mean really, do you want Crème Brule on paper plates? Not ME!

Gail Simmons, who has partnered with Cascade to try her hand at the Platinum packs said "The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations...Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests".

I also like having my girlfriends over for a glass of wine.  There is one pet peeve that I absolutely hate... SPOTS!  Nothing says great wine like a dirty wine glass!  Even if the spots aren't dirt, it really turns me away from the whole experience of a great wine when I keep staring at the hard water residue. 

I have tried SO many of the leading brands of dishwashing detergents and really not many have made a difference.  I have tried the powders and they just seem to leave more spots!  The gels don't seem to do much except make the dishes a bit shiny! I might as well just leave the dishwasher on without soap.

When I got a chance to check out Cascade Platinum, I really wasn't expecting much but I was hopeful.  The Platinum packs are individually measured so that took guess work out and it included not just the powder that got the food off but the gel that made the dishes shiny and smooth after.

I have been using my sample pack of Cascade Platinum for 2 weeks now.   I must say... I like them!  I can tell the dishes are clean and if I miss pre-rinsing a dish before putting them in, it takes care of it for me.

I wouldn't say the product is a miracle worker but I do believe that it is the best product out there.  I have already purchased more of the Cascade Platinum as my sample pack is almost done. 

If you want to hear others reviews and learn more kitchen tips and about Cascade Platinum, check out their Facebook Page.

To see for yourself the sparkling presentations and win great prizes, check out their Instagram Contest by using this link.

Here is a coupon to help make the transition from your old product easier.

Try it for yourself and see.  I hope that you have the same results as I do.

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post.  I received a sample of the product for review and a promotional item for participating. Do not use any pictures without permission.

Calling all Pirates! Come Enjoy a #FREE Pirate Fair at Belmont Pier! #Pirates #Fair #LONG BEACH

pirate invasion long beach ca

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
June 29th – June 30th, 2013
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE

Location:  (Click for Map)
Parking:  There are two parking lots one by the Belmont Pier and the other by the Belmont Pool.
What is rated ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH and coming to Long Beach?  The Pirate Invasion of the Belmont Pier!  So put on your best pirate costume and come join the swashbuckling fun as the pirates take over the Belmont Pier.
Event Highlights:
  • Black Powder Presentations
  • Sword Fights & Pirate Battles
  • Parade of Pirates
  • Pirate Ship Attacks Pier
  • Pirate Costume Contest
  • Pirate Booty Arts & Crafts Booths
  • Belly & Fire Dancers
  • Authentic Pirate Encampments
  • Captain Jack Sparrow’s Kids’
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Food, Grog and Rum on Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
  • Pirate Black Market
  • Feature Band: The Dread Crew of Oddwood

4th of July Craft! Drawing Glow in the Dark Fireworks! #Fireworks #Crafts #Kids #4thofJuly

Tonight we did a evening craft for the Fourth of July.

We took glow sticks, cut the ends off and drew 4th of July "fireworks" that glowed in the dark for an hour or two.   Make sure you put a fine gauze or stocking over the end that you cut as there is glass inside that you "break" to make them glow.  The liquid washes off with soap and the kids had a great time. 

DISCLAIMER:  There are chemicals inside the glow-sticks. DO NOT let children put the sticks/chemicals in their mouths! All crafts should be done with adult supervision.

The OC Fair is Almost Here! #GIVEAWAY Adrenaline Junkies, Check it Out! Action Sports Arena @OCFair #GIVEAWAY #ad

 2013 OC Fair:
All-Star Action Lineup in the Action Sports Arena July 12-August 11

The 2013 OC Fair (July 12-August 11) brings Fairgoers closer to the action with an exhilarating lineup in the Action Sports Arena. The 23-day program provides excitement for all daredevils and adrenaline junkies, including motocross, Monster Trucks, bull riding, extreme rodeo, mixed
martial arts, canine agility demonstrations, dodgeball and demolition derby.

I was given tickets for my family to attend the OC Fair and enjoy the experience for myself! I can't wait!

July 12(Friday):
Starting off the 2013 OC Fair with an explosive performance is X-Treme
Freestyle Moto-X featuring high-flying motorcycle stunts on Friday.

July 13(Saturday):
The rest of the weekend also packs a punch with the 39th Annual Speedway Fair Derby (Saturday)

July 14(Sunday):
SummerFist VI – Mixed Martial Arts

The first full week of the 2013 OC Fair:

July 17 & July 19(Wednesday & Friday):
Dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls alike as bull riding, rodeo and equestrian action takes center stage. The hair-raising Extreme Rodeo pits brave cowboys against raging bulls.

July 18(Thursday) & July 20(Saturday):
Professional riders put their lives on the line as they try to hang on for eight seconds in Bull Riding.

July 21(Sunday):
Fiesta del Charro, which exhibits the centuries-old Mexican cowboy tradition of performing breathtaking stunts while riding on a horse. 

The second week of the 2013 OC Fair: invites Fairgoers to witness the raw power of the trucks in the Monster X Tour on its first visit to the OC Fair. 

July 24 & July 26, & Sunday, July 28(Wednesday, Friday & Sunday):
Monster and Tuff Trucks crush their way to victory.
 July 25 & July 27(Thursday and Saturday):
 Monster Truck action with quad racing can be enjoyed.

The third week of the 2013 OC Fair showcases the agility of dogs and humans alike.

July 31-August 2(Wednesday-Friday):
The new Amazing Dobermans show is sure to dazzle with dogs performing mind-blowing tricks , with performances at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each show date.

August 3(Saturday):
As a brief interlude to the canine agility excitement, the Ultimate Dodgeball
Championships return for a second year on Saturday.

August 4(Sunday):
Fabulous canines will take back over on Sunday as the OC Police Canine Association Show rolls in to demonstrate the talents of the force’s four-legged officers.

The final week of the 2013 OC Fair:

August 7 & August 10(Wednesday & Saturday):
Is filled with destruction as the demolition derbies come back to town in three different formats. The Orange Crush Demolition Derby, on , fills the air with the satisfying sounds of crunching metal.

August 8 & August 11(Thursday & Sunday):
The Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby, on  proves to Fairgoers that motorhomes aren’t just for family vacations.

August 9(Friday):
Not to be outdone, the women of the Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby show off their chops on as they raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Orange County.

Reserved seats for action sports at the 2013 OC Fair are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Box Office hours will expand as Fair dates approach. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticket Master or by phone (800) 745-3000. Reserved seats include free Fair admission for the day of the show. Limited free general admission seating with Fair admission is also available for each show on a first-come, first-seated basis.

How about FREE TICKETS???

I have been given 2 tickets to give away to a lucky winner!  The tickets are good for the July 13th for entrance into the OC Fair and the 39th Annual Speedway Fair Derby! 

Enter below:

The 2013 OC Fair, themed Come & Get It, is July 12 – August 11 and brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats and single-day general admission are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office. The popular Super Pass, which offers the passholder 23 days of admission, is available for purchase online at from the onsite Box Office.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

More information:
Please visit, become a Facebook fan, follow us onTwitter or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

DISCLAIMER: I was given tickets for my family to experience the OC Fair.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Looking for a Unique Firework Show Experience? Watch Fireworks on the Water! #Fireworks #Ocean #ad

4th of July Fire on the Bay
Harbor Breeze Cruises offers the best fireworks viewing on the Bay.  Two fireworks shows this year: July 3 and 4.  Habor Breeze has offered this cruise annually for over 15 years.  This is a great opportunity for kids and families to spend spectacular evening on the bay!  These three hour cruise run approximately from 7 – 10 pm.  Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person for July 3rd and $35 per person July 4th.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 562-983-6880.

July 3rd
For the Alamitos Bay Firework Show
July 4th
For the Queen Mary Firework Show
                  Harbor Breeze Corporation offers daily public whale watching, world port,
                  and charter cruises for over 20 years in the Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
Tickets on sale now for the 3rd and 4th of July fireworks cruise:
DISCLAIMER: I received tickets for my family on one of the Whale Watching Cruises.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

One of the Best Fireworks Shows We have Seen! #AlamitosBay #YachtClub #Fireworks @LBFD

JULY 3rd, 2013

Last year we happened upon this firework display by accident.  It is now our favorite! We sat on the beach next to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club(the club event was sold out) and watched a 45 minute show in the middle of the bay!  The Show started right after sunset when it got dark.

Southern California at its best!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SCUBA Divers! Do You Want a $5000 GC to @SportChalet? #SCUBA #Treasure #Hunt #Gold

Are you a SCUBA Diver? Have you heard about the annual Sport Chalet Treasure Hunt? 

From June 25- July 18, clues will be posted to (6) "Golden bars" Hidden off the coast of California and a special Arizona Marine Treasure!

Six sunken treasure bars valued at $5,000 (1),  $3,000 (2) and  $1,000 (3) in Sport Chalet gift cards will be hidden in diving locations for Scuba enthusiasts to discover.

Who couldn't use $1000+ in Sport Chalet gift cards???!!!

I have participated in the hunt for the last 2 of the 4 years and have come SO close! :-)  I have located the dive spots using the clues but have never been the first to find the treasure! Maybe this is the year!

Even if you don't find the treasures... it's a good enough reason to get our fins wet, right?  Like we really need an excuse! 

Every Tuesday and Thurs from now until July 18th there will be clues released on the Sport Chalet website. 

The locators of the "gold bars" will find instructions directing them to the nearest Sport Chalet to claim their prize.  Only one person can claim a bar per contest.

 Clues will be posted online and in all participating Sport Chalet retail stores.

  • June 25: First clue posted online and in all participating Sport Chalet retail stores.
  • June 25–18: Clues posted every Tuesday and Thursday online and in-store.
  • July 8: Official start of the contest. Treasure Bars are placed underwater in secret locations.
  • July 21: Last day of contest; any unfound Treasure Bars are taken out of the water at end of the day.
  • July 28: Last day for any prizes to be claimed at local Sport Chalet store.

  • For safety reasons, participating divers must be at least Open Water level certified, 18 years of age or older and a Sport Chalet Action Pass® member.

    For more information about the 4th Annual Treasure Hunt and official contest rules, visit For media inquiries, contact

     **About Sport Chalet Sport Chalet (Nasdaq: SPCHA, SPCHB)  is a premier, full-service specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry's top sports brands in apparel, footwear, and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company has 53 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online store at; a Team Sales division; and offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations. For more information, visit Sport Chalet at**

    DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

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    Orange County Firework Shows for 4th of July! #Fireworks #OC #OrangeCounty

    Orange County Firework Shows
    JULY 1- 7, 2013
    Please email me any I might have missed but I hope everyone has a FABULOUS 4th of July! Please take a moment to remember why we celebrate it and don't take our freedom for granted!

    In Orange County, here are the following locations for July 4:

    ANAHEIM: Disneyland, 1313 S. Harbor Blvd. Discover 7 days of “Limited Time Magic” surprises planned for the entire Independence Week (July 1-7). The Disneyland Resort fireworks spectacular will be held each night at 9:30 p.m. during Independence Week. For information call(714) 781-4000.
    ANAHEIM: Peralta Canyon Park, 115 N. Pinney. Come out on Wednesday, July 4th, with a 10K run at 6 a.m. and 5K run/2K walks at 7 a.m. at Canyon High School. This will be followed by a Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30 a.m. with the Yankee Doodle Dog Show at 10 a.m. at the high school. A parade will start at 3 p.m. at Canyon High going down Santa Ana Canyon Road ending at Pinney. At the park, food and game booths will be in operation from 12:30 – 8:45 p.m. with entertainment from 3 – 8:50 p.m. A firework display will start at 9 p.m. Free shuttle buses to and from Peralta Park will be available from the Anaheim Hills Crossroads Shopping Center from 5 – 10:30 p.m.
    Knott’s Berry Farm
    8039 Beach Blvd.
    Knott’s will have a firework display on the 4th of July. For more information call (714) 827-1776.

    The Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos
    11200 Lexington Drive.
    The 25th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will be hosted by the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach as well as the Rossmoor Community Services District and the Joint Forces Training Base. Enter at Gate 4 on Lexington Drive south of Katella. Gate opens at 4 p.m. There will be a family fun zone, food court and vendor fair. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended since there will be no bleachers. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Due to heightened security, all adults over the age of 16 will be asked to provide a picture I.D. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free; parking is $5. Please do not bring motor homes, dogs, personal fireworks or alcohol. For information call (714) 229-6700.

    Fullerton High School Stadium
    700 N. Lemon
    The stadium, located at the corner of Lemon and Berkeley, will be the site of the 24th Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival
    5 – 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. A nominal fee will be charged for the children’s rides. Games and food booths will be sponsored as fund-raisers by non-profit Fullerton organizations. Fireworks set to music start at 9 p.m. Parking will be free at the Plummer Parking Structure, the Wilshire Parking Structure, and the North Justice Center. No glass containers, no smoking, no umbrellas and no pets. Service dogs allowed. Call the Fullerton Special Events Hotline at (714) 738-3167 or visit

    HUNTINGTON BEACH: A parade and fireworks show is the highlights of Huntington Beach's 108th Annual 4th of July Celebration, “Surf, Sun & Celebrate.” Activities starting early on the 4th include the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Lake Park and the Surf City 5K Run. The 108th parade starts at 10 a.m. on PCH and goes up Main Street. The Pier Festival at Pier Plaza will run July 4 – 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from the end of the Huntington Beach Pier and will begin at dusk on the 4th. VIP seats on the pier for the fireworks show cost $10 and are limited. For complete information, visit the website at

    LA HABRA: La Habra High School Stadium, 801 W. Highlander Avenue. The stadium will be the location for the city’s annual 4th of July Celebration with games, food, and activities. Admission includes seating for the fireworks. Gates open at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Presale wristbands may be purchased at the Community Services Department, 101 West La Habra Blvd. Call (562) 905-9708 for more information.

    SEAL BEACH: Old Ranch Country Club will have a private display.

    YORBA LINDA: Veterans’ Park (Yorba Linda Middle School), 4756 Valley View. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on July 4th with food and music. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. Bringing dogs is not recommended. For more information call (714) 961-7160 or visit
    Central Orange County

    COSTA MESA: There will be a private firework display at Mesa Verde Country Club.

    EMERALD BAY: A private firework display will be shot off from a barge.
    IRVINE: Irvine High School, 4321 Walnut. The Irvine Police Association’s 27th Annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival will start at 3 p.m. This year’s event will include field games and activities, bounce houses, and live music by the Derek Bordeaux Group. Food will be available for purchase throughout the event or you may bring your own picnic. At 9 p.m., there will be a sky concert and fireworks extravaganza. No barbeques, dogs, bikes, rollerblades, skates or skateboards. Admission on the 4th for adults (14 years and up) is $12.00. Seniors (60+) and children 13 and under are $8.00. Family tickets may be purchased in advance, which are good for 2 adults and up to 4 children, for $40.00. For tickets and information, call (949) 724-0488.
    IRVINE: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive. San Francisco-based Super Diamond interprets the addictive, feel-good chart toppers that have delighted generations — "Sweet Caroline," "Song Sung Blue," "America," "Heartlight" and more! Plus, patriotic favorites, a salute to the U.S. armed forces and a brilliant fireworks finale! Then the night sky will explode with spectacular fireworks to end a spectacular evening. Tickets may be ordered from the Pacific Symphony at (714) 755-5799 or online at,5,6,6&ProductionID=9949.
    IRVINE: Woodbridge Village Association will have 4th of July activities and a private firework show.
    LAGUNA BEACH: A public show sponsored by the city will be shot from Monument Point at Heisler Park on Cliff Drive with the best viewing from Main Beach. Bring a blanket and a picnic. The show will start after dusk.
    LAGUNA BEACH: Three Arch Bay will have a private show shot from a barge.
    LAGUNA BEACH: Irvine Cove will sponsor a private fireworks display.

    NEWPORT BEACH: Big Canyon Country Club will have a private show after dusk.
    NEWPORT BEACH: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9 p.m. Get there early and save a spot to watch the show. The park opens at 7 a.m. The cost is $50 per car (up to 6 wristbands); walk-ins are $10 for per wristband. For more information call (949) 729-3863 or visit For information on Fourth of July activities in Newport Beach, visit

    CITY OF ORANGE: Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 Spring Street. The 18th Annual 3rd of July celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 4 p.m. The celebration includes live music, inflatable activities and a hometown carnival atmosphere. There will be a patriotic musical performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale leading up to a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music. Only blanket seating is allowed on the field. Ticket price is $7.00 (age 3 or older. Tickets may be purchased from the Community Services Department, located at 230 E. Chapman Avenue or at the gate. For information call (714) 744-7278, email or visit

    SANTA ANA: Santa Ana Country Club will host a private show.

    TUSTIN: Tustin High School Football Stadium, 1171 El Camino Real. The City of Tustin will hold a 4th of July celebration. The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tustin High School Boosters will be providing food. Parking is very limited and entrance is on San Juan. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. For information call (714) 573-3326 or log on to


    ALISO VIEJO: Grand Park. The AVCA will hold a 4th of July Celebration starting at 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment, a homemade apple pie baking contest, carnival games, complimentary bounce houses, and face painting. There will be a low-level fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music at dusk. Please leave pets at home. For pre-recorded event information, call (949) 243-750 or go to

    DANA POINT: Dana Point Harbor area. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and are shot from a barge outside of the harbor. The fireworks are synchronized to music being simulcast on Radio Station 88.5 FM KSBR. Bring your radio for the full experience. The parking lots in the harbor and at Doheny State Beach fill up early. Free shuttle service will be provided at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Street of the Golden Lantern, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. No cars will be allowed into the harbor area after 7:30 p.m. For information, call (949) 248-3530 or visit

    DANA POINT: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort. On July 3rd, the St. Regis will host a holiday BBQ with a variety of grilled meats, summer salads and pies from 5:30 – 9 p.m. for their registered guests. Tickets for the BBQ are $95.00 for adults and $36.00 for children (6–12 years.) Children under 5 eat free. The BBQ will be followed by a fireworks show being shot from the golf course for everyone to enjoy. Call (949) 234-3900 or visit

    LADERA RANCH: Founders’ Park. Ladera Ranch will be celebrating the 4th of July this year with the Freedom Run, a pancake breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m., a community parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by games, attractions, and food sales starting at 2:00 p.m. The fireworks show starts after 9 p.m. at Founders Park.

    LAGUNA HILLS: The Community Center and Sports Complex, 25555 Alicia Parkway. This year’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration opens at 4 p.m. Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts, and face painting will be a part of the celebration. This is a free event. Food, drink, and ride tickets will be available for purchase. Seating is not provided. Bring your lawn chairs and pick out your spot early for the fireworks display which starts at 9:10 p.m. Admission is free. Call (949) 707-2680 for additional information.

    LAGUNA NIGUEL: Laguna Niguel Regional Park. On the 4th of July, a concert will take place at the Crown Valley Park Amphitheater from 6 – 8 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., join the community in a ¾ mile walk to the Regional Park for a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. Seating will be on the grass. Bring a flashlight! For additional information, call (949) 425-5100.

    LAKE FOREST: The Sun and Sail Club. The club will have a private low-level show shot from a barge on the lake.

    MISSION VIEJO: Mission Viejo Country Club will host a private display this year.
    MISSION VIEJO: Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda. The 4th of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular will start at 12 pm. Admission is free. Please – No pets, skateboards, roller blades, wheelies, bicycles, or barbeque grills. Shuttle service will be provided from 12 locations between 1 – 8 p.m. See a list of stops and a map at Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call (949) 830-7066.

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA: Lago Santa Margarita. The Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club, 21472 Avenida de las Fundadores, will be the site for Rancho’s 4th of July Star Spangled Spectacular. Residents must have tickets to get into the Beach Club before 3 p.m. A low-level fireworks show begins on the lake at 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Beach Club at (949) 858-1390 or visit

    SAN CLEMENTE: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. from the end of the San Clemente Pier. For information, call (949) 361-8264 or visit

    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, 25925 Camino del Avion. A 4th of July spectacular will be hosted by the City of San Juan Capistrano from 3 – 9:30 p.m., which includes food, rides, games, and exhibits. A spectacular and moving fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets but no bikes, barbeques or pets. Free parking is available in the Sports Park and on Camino del Avion. Call (949) 493-5911 or visit