Orange County~Central


huntington-beach-pier-at-sunset1COSTA MESA

The Talk About Curing Autism recently received a $30,000 donation from Pacific Life Foundation in Newport Beach.  The money will be used to create scholarships, Spanish programming and family education regarding Autism.

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

At 11am on February 7th, the city will celebrate the opening of a softball complex located at 16400 Brookhurst Street. For more information, please call 714-839-8611.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The annual Author’s Festival will take place at the Central Library Tuesday at 2:30pm.  The event is free and refreshments will be served.

 

IRVINE

Nothing to report.

 

LOS ALAMITOS

Nothing to report.

 

NEWPORT BEACH

Reviews of Newport Beach restaurants Tommy Bahama’s, Chart House, A Restaurant and Five Crowns may now be viewed at www.foodfrenzy.freedomblogging.com

 

ORANGE

On Sunday March 15th, the Silverado Children’s Center will be holding its annual Chili Cook-Off.  The event begins at 11am and is located at 4621 Santiago Canyon Road. For more information, please call 714-649-2214.

 

SANTA ANA

Nothing to report.

 

SEAL BEACH

The Seal Beach Tennis Center is now open and is under new management. For more information, please call 562-598-8624.

 

TUSTIN

Wednesday at 11am, Ophthalmologist Oat Sinchai will be presenting a health seminar on eye health at the Tustin Area Senior Center.  For more information, please call 714-573-3340.

 

VILLA PARK

Every Tuesday through March 17th, the city will be holding story time programs at 10:30am for toddlers and 3:30pm for families.  The programs will take place at the Community room at City Hall.  For more information, please call 714-998-0861.

 

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ORANGE COUNTY ~ SOUTH


ALISO VIEJO

On Tuesday, the Aliso Viejo Police Department will be holding free child car-seat inspections from 9am-2:30pm at Corpus Christi Catholic-Christian Church.  For more information, please call 714-532-8631.

 

COTO DE CAZA & THE CANYONS

At 7pm on February 10, the Inter-Canyon League, Fire Safe Council, Orange County Fire Authority and the county will hold a community meeting about how residents can stay safe. The location of the meeting will be Calvary Chapel of the Canyons. For more information, please visit www.intercanyon.org

 

DANA POINT

The City’s Community Response Team is currently accepting applications for their next program on February 20-22nd. For more information, please call 949-248-3535.

 

LADERA RANCH

Congratulations to Ladera Ranch Middle School student Nick Burakoff who won the school’s first formal spelling bee!  Nick will now move on to the Orange County Spelling bee which takes place on February 23rd.

 

LAGUNA BEACH

Laguna Beach artist Cliff Wassmann will have a piece of his artwork displayed in the National Top 100 exhibition, which will be held in Shreveport, LA.  For more information, please visit www.paintamerica.org

 

LAGUNA HILLS

On February 8, the next “Meet the Artist” reception will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center.  Julie Barbeau’s artwork will be showcased throughout the month. For more information, please call 949-707-2680.

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL

A $50,000 grant was awarded to Art and Creativity for Healing last Wednesday from the Boeing Company.  For more information, please call 949-367-1902.

 

LAGUNA WOODS

Nothing to report.

 

LAKE FOREST

Have you lost a pet in the city of Lake Forest? Try visiting http://www.petharbor.com or contact Orange County Animal Care.

 

MISSION VIEJO

Nothing to report.

 

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Registration for RSM Pop Warner football and cheerleading is already in progress. To register, please visit smpopwarner.com

 

SAN CLEMENTE

Nothing to report.

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Orange County~Central


COSTA MESA

City Council will meet tomorrow at 6pm to decide whether or not to install multi-direction stop signs at four major intersections: Fullerton and 20th Street, Monrovia Avenue and Arbor Street, 21st Street and Eleden Avenue and Broadway at Weminster Avenue.

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

On February 13th, learn how to keep your heart healthy at the Palm Island Active Adult Living center.  For more information, please call 800-636-6742 ext 4.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The Huntington Beach Library will host HB Reads on Thursday at 7pm.  The location is 7111 Talbert Avenue.

 

IRVINE

Volunteers are needed for a tax preparation assistance program for low to moderate income families in the city. For more information, please call 714-571-5264.

 

LOS ALAMITOS

From 11am-3pm on February 28th, the Los Alamitos High School marching band will host Cow Chip Bingo.  Prizes range from $250-$700 for spaces chosen by participants. For more information, please visit lahscowchipbingo.blogspot.com

 

NEWPORT BEACH

Nothing to report.

 

ORANGE

Nothing to report.

 

SANTA ANA

Did you know that Santa Ana’s official city tree is a jacaranda and the official flower is the hibiscus? More interesting facts about the city of Santa Ana can be found by visiting http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/

 

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report.

 

TUSTIN

Whole Foods Market (located at The District) will host a cooking class titled “Soups that Warm the Soul” at 7pm on Wednesday. For more information, please call 714-566-7650.

 

VILLA PARK

Nothing to report.

 

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Orange County~South


ALISO VIEJO

Voulenteers are still needed for a free haircut event at the Village of Hope Homeless center in Tustin.  The event will be staffed in part by the Tribeca Salon.  For more information, please visit tribecahairsalon.com

 

COTO DE CAZA & THE CANYONS

Nothing to report.

 

DANA POINT

At 6pm on Thursday, the city’s Chamber of Commerce will present awards and install the 2009 board of directors at the Doubletree Guest Suites on 34402 Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, please call 949-496-1555.

 

LADERA RANCH

Residents are welcome to visit the Covenant Hills Orchard in Ladera Ranch (located at Covenant Hills Drive and Cambridge).  The Orchard contains over 187 trees!

 

LAGUNA BEACH

Nothing to report.

 

LAGUNA HILLS

Nothing to report.

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL

At 11am on January 28th, Mayor Robert Ming and members of the city’s Chamber of Commerce will walk through shopping centers to visit local businesses as part of the first of many Mayor’s walks.  The first walk will take place at the shopping center located at Pacific Park and La Paz.  For more information, please call 949-383-0136.

 

LAGUNA WOODS

Today at 2:00, the support group Successful Aging will meet to discuss strategies to add quality years to life.  For more information, please call 949-597-0437.

 

LAKE FOREST

There is still time to register for the city’s youth, adult and senior classes.  For more information, call 949-461-3450.

 

MISSION VIEJO

Nothing to report.

 

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Nothing to report.

 

SAN CLEMENTE

If you heard loud firework-like noises over the weekend, it was most likely part of the Camp Pendleton Artiliery untis conduction exercises. 

 

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ANAHEIM

Nothing to report.

 

BREA

Bids are currently being reviewed by the city for construction of a new traffic light at the intersection of Olinda Place and Carbon Canyon. 

 

BUENA PARK

Now through February 28th, artwork by artist LeDOUX will be on display at the Buena Park Library. For more information, please call 714-826-4100 ext. 125.

 

CYPRESS

Voulenteers are needed for the planning of this summer’s Cypress Community Festival.  For more information, please call 714-761-5142.

 

FULLERTON

Trustees from the city’s school district will be discussing a study that would offset a possible loss of seventeen million dollars in state funding. The meeting to discuss this issue will take place on Tuesday at 5:30pm at the district’s board meeting. For more information, please call 714-447-74003.

 

GARDEN GROVE

The city’s “Wreck Hall” for teens will re-opne tomorrow in Eastgate Park. The center will be open from 3-7pm weekly from Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, please call 714-412-2130.

 

LA HABRA

Nothing to report.

 

LA PALMA

The city’s teen lounge, located at 8611 Watson Street will offer such activities such as casino games and karaoke at Teen Game Night from 7-10pm this Friday. For more information, please call 714-690-3350.

 

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report.

 

STANTON

Nothing to report.

 

WESTMINSTER

Low income families in Westminster may apply for home purchase through Habitat for Humanity. For application information or additional inquiries, please call 714-434-6200 ext. 227.

 

YORBA LINDA

Victims of the Freeway Complex Fire may apply for federal and state assistance through tomorrow.  For information or to submit an application, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

 

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Renting with Fluffy or Fido


puppyOrange County residents have reported to have a harder time finding homes for rent that will allow their pets these days.  The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently suggested crating a resume for their animals when submitting applications to rent:

 

  • Provide the name, age, personality, size and breed. Including a photo may also be helpful.
  • Give examples of how your pet will be cared for while you are away from home
  • Let the landlord or management company know how you will clean up after your pet and attend to any vaccination or pest-control needs
  • Tell a positive fact/story about your pet that presents them as a good “tenant”
  • Attach letters from past neighbors and or veterinarians that can vouch for the good disposition and medical history of your pet.

 

 

Do you have any good or bad stories to share about pets as tenants? We’d love to hear them!

 

Please send comments if you have a moment.

 

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Beluga Whale Now Considered Endangered Species


The federal government has recently labeled the beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet protected under the Endangered Species Act.

 

Although the beluga whales in this location have been part of a ten year recovery program, their species keeps failing to repopulate.  While there are five beluga whale populations in Alaska, the Cook’s Inlet population is the only one considered by the federal government to be endangered.

 

The issue, it seems is oil and gas exploration in the Cook Inlet, due to an estimated $1.3 billion dollars worth of energy resources. 

 

Now that the species has been identified as endangered, researchers will now begin the difficult process of identifying how to recover the species in the very near future.

 

With many concerned with the price of gasoline, how should we continue to explore this area while still respecting the beluga whale population?

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please send comments if you have a moment.

 

Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors