Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Conserve Water


 

 

In the United States we are lucky to have easy access to some of the safest treated water in the world – just by turning on the tap.

 

We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day. Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of purposes but do we really understand how much we use? The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per a day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country and in more water intensive landscapes. For example, the arid west has some of the highest per capita residential water use because of landscape irrigation. Annual precipitation can vary from less than one inch in Death Valley to as much as 100 inches along the north coast. To more water across the state, California relies heavily on water conveyance and storage systems such as the California State Water Project, which provides drinking water to nearly 2/3 of the states population. California’s water supply is becoming increasingly overtaxed. Each year, the state consumes 2 million more acre-feet of ground water than it recharges naturally.

 

California is also at high risk for drought than many other areas of the country and has experiences major drought events from 2007-2009, 1987-1992, & 1976-1977. During drought years, total precipitation can be less than half the annual average. Rainfall and snowfall can vary significantly not only from year to year but season to season as well. On average 75 percent of California annual precipitation occurs between November and march and peak agricultural and urban water use generally does not align with peak precipitation. California has long promoted water conservation as a means to preserve this precious resource as droughts and growing population continue to strain supplies.

 

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Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Buying Green


 

 

 

 

I came upon a recent survey (The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker) that found over three-quarters of people will stop buying a product if the company behind it exaggerates environmental claims.
 
The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker also reveals a solid demand from Americans for companies to green up their act.
 
According to the survey report, American consumers expect companies to address the full environmental impact of a product’s lifecycle, including:
 
– impacts associated with manufacturing the product (90%)
– use of the product (88%)
– disposal of the product (89%)
 
An interesting point to emerge from the survey was a whopping 42% said the environmental impact of disposing of a product – whether it can be recycled, composted, returned etc. – is the most likely factor to influence their purchases.
 
Additionally, 73 percent of those surveyed want companies to include more environmental information on the packaging of a product so they can make better-informed purchase decisions; but for that information to be in easily-understood language.
 
8% of Americans said they consider the environment every time they shop, while 25% say they consider the planet regularly in shopping.

The report states 42% of Americans have been discouraged from buying green products in the belief they cost more than “traditional” ones. Other issues that stopped those participating in the survey from buying green products include:

– A lack of trust in the environmental benefits claimed – 27%
– The product is difficult to find – 23%
– The product was unattractive – 16%

Cost is understandable given the tough times many people are experiencing; but if a green product can save money in the long run – for example, like a home solar power system can – then 90% of consumers say this will motivate them to buy it.
 
While appearing quite demanding when it comes to green products, the American consumer is also generally realistic – and this is another reason why companies shouldn’t amp up their green claims (aka ‘greenwashing’). 75% said it is fine if a company is not environmentally perfect, as long as it is honest about its environmental efforts.
 
The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker was based on the findings of an online survey conducted among a demographically representative sample of 1,019 USA adults.

 

 

 

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Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Save the Butterflies


 

Butterflies play a critical role in maintaining the health of our environment. They help pollinate fruits, flowers and vegetables; provide food for other animals; and enchant children and adults alike with their beauty and flight. But like many other creatures, more and more butterflies are becoming endangered as the wild places they inhabit are lost to development or as they fall victim to pesticides.

Here’s what you can do to help bring the butterflies back:

Garden for wildlife. Grow plants butterfly caterpillars like to eat. In many cases, these will be plants that are native to your region; they’ll attract native butterflies as well. Consult local gardening directories or contact your nearest agricultural extension agent for planting recommendations.

Choose nectar-rich plants. Fill your garden not only with plants caterpillars will want to eat, but also with those from which butterflies can drink. Options include buddleia, heliotrope, milkweed, mint, verbena, and zinnias.

Build a house. If your yard doesn’t provide enough dense foliage to allow butterflies to hibernate and nest, build them a box they can use that offers protection from predators and harsh weather. The interior walls of the box should be rough enough to allow butterflies to grab a foothold. Scatter small twigs and leaves inside to promote hibernation and egg laying, and include thin vertical slats on the front to allow the butterflies to enter and exit. Make sure the box is hung no more than four feet above the ground and has a south or southwest exposure.

Put out some water. A shallow dish or birdbath will provide the moisture butterflies need to thrive.

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Caruso’s Social Media Refresher Course!


 

 

As you know social media has taken over. I know I have done posts in the past about incorporating social media into your business, but everyday it’s changing and updating so I thought I would do a little refresher course. After researching though the internet & going over past social media post, here are 30 ways your business should leverage Social Media.

 

1. Look for Potential Board Members on LinkedIn. This year, go out of the norm by heading to professional social networking site LinkedIn and look around for potential board members. It is always difficult to find a cocktail of talents in a real world scenario so LinkedIn becomes a great repository where you can mine for and find board members. Whether you are looking for executive board members or a board of advisors, LinkedIn has a huge pool of highly skilled and experienced people who can add value to your business.

2. Add Social Follow Buttons to Everything. In the socially connected world of the Internet today, everything your business puts online should be sharable. That means your website, marketing emails, and blog must all have sharing tools for web users to share the material. One big mistake businesses make is to add sharing tools to what they think is sharable. Allow users to print or email your website’s pages. The notion that content is copyright and should not be shared works counter-intuitively to the need to socialize content.

3. Get Creative with using Embeddable Tweets and Facebook Social Plug-ins. Twitter has launched a nifty new feature that allows webmasters to embed tweets in their web pages. The new feature makes it easy to cross-pollinate your web content using social media. The incentive to create tweets that are highly reusable also presents itself, and the perceptive business owner will know that an embedded tweet is great exposure and offers more reach. Using Facebook social plug-ins will also allow you to add your social stream to your website, so visitors can get exposure to your social deployment within your website.

4. Use Storify To Create Stories. Storify is a social media aggregation service that allows you to compile and curate content from across Twitter and then use those tweets to tell a story. For example, if there is an event in your neighborhood that you would like to leverage, then Storify allows you to search for all tweets related to that event and then publish stories that use the Tweets as a basis of knowledge. Storify is also great for compiling product launch follow-up stories, company event tweet streams, and so on. Explore the platform to discover even more uses in a business scenario.

5. Know Your Listeners and Stay Always-On. We live in an always-on world where company listeners are peppered all across the globe meaning there is always someone awake somewhere when you are asleep. Previously, this meant that businesses had to endure blackouts when their part of the world went to sleep. Not anymore because today you can use tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer to schedule social media updates for the times when you are unavailable. For smaller businesses without an international audience, this provides a great way to spread your efforts by letting the software manage your social media updates while you take care of other business.

6. Use Pinterest. Pinterest is social media’s new kid on the block, and it is off to a fast start. The platform has barely been officially launched and it is already rivaling Facebook in driving traffic to businesses’ websites. If your business is not already on Pinterest, then you are missing a huge social media opportunity. For those who may not know what Pinterest is, it allows users to “Pin” their favorite images from across the web onto their Pinterest profile board. Other Pinterest users can then browse these images by category or by profile and discover new things along the way.

7. Engage Existing Brand Evangelists. Many businesses leave this avenue bare when they could be driving engagement through their brand evangelist networks. Do not sit back and let this resource go untapped; reach out and get them involved. Ask for re-tweets or ping backs to your content. Also, get them involved in social media conversations by addressing them directly through tweets, Direct Messages or @mentions. This will draw upon the networks that these brand evangelists have access to as well as create serious goodwill and build your business’s trust bank with your core network.

8. Nurture Leads On Social Media. Social media offers a great opportunity to nurture leads. For many businesses, social media is a place where social things happen, not business-related things, and they end up missing a great opportunity to build their leads. In many cases, leads will engage with the business in a casual way, but it is upon the business to identify these leads and act upon them. Engage the leads and extract as much value from them as you can. Of course, many conservative social media experts will tell you never to “sell” on social media but if done right, lead generation on social media can return some great results.

9. Hash Tags Are Your Friend, But Use Them Wisely. Hash tag marketing, as it is now commonly known, has grown to become the Twitter equivalent of viral videos on YouTube. With correct positioning and a well thought-out tag, hash tags can create awareness and boost engagement in unprecedented ways. The negative aspect to it is that hash tags are often hijacked and used to tweet content that you may not want associated with your business. This is why hash tag marketing has to be done very carefully and monitored continuously to keep things under control. In the event that a hash tag does go ugly, carefully extract yourself from it and let it run its course. Hash tags with a certain level of neutrality are the best in this case.

10. Social Media Intelligence for Sales Prospecting. Lead generation is one thing, but sales-prospecting using social media is one of those oil-and-water things that just do not mix with social media. After all, social media is a place to engage people and not to harass them with sales calls and all such monkey business, right? However, that is the problem right there. Why invest in social media and yet you “cannot” make any sales using the channel? As you build your social media presence, glean intelligence from the conversations you are having and apply them to your sales prospecting strategy. Further to this, soft sell your network using cleverly crafted messages that do not intrude on the users’ social experience.

11. Represent Your Business Well. One thing that lets businesses down is their social media profile presence. They do not take time to create a well-defined and representative profile, and the mess that ensues is that customers are unable to identify with the social presence as a link to the offline presence. If you are tempted to put up your Facebook page or Twitter handle as-is, do not do it. Pay someone to create a great representation of your company or at the very least, use your company logo as your profile picture and not an egg (Twitter) or your glorified self in beach shorts and a straw hat (Facebook). Separate your business from yourself and keep that space well defined and properly branded.

12. One Voice: Not Yours, That Is. You have created your business social media page and everything looks great. On your way home, you feel the urge to tweet about the lousy traffic and because you had signed in with your company handle, you go ahead and tweet using it. #FAIL Keep your personal life off your company’s Twitter handle and only use it when tweeting very well thought-out messages that have relevance to your business and your social media strategy. If you do indeed opt to tweet personal matters, make sure those matters pertain to the business and not unrelated personal goings-on.

13. Keep It Social and Make It Fun. On the other hand, it is very easy to make the company social media image so boring and archaic that driving engagement and interest becomes almost impossible. Socialize your business as much as possible without losing your main goals. This means you have to give your business a human face and a fun and interesting one at that. Try as much as possible to post interesting information and tidbits that will get people talking, re-tweeting and possibly replying. Some excellent examples include posting interesting facts related to your industry or posting how-to resources, two things that have been shown to be very sharable across social media networks.

14. Use a Simple Memorable Handle. Your business may have a very meaningful and complicated name but that should not be what goes up on your social media page. Avoid using business name extensions such as “Limited”, “Incorporated” and so on, as it only goes to make the page stuffy and stiff. Use your first business name and then follow that up with a proper information page that gives a brief but informative bio of your business. Consider it socializing your business much in the same way humans call each other with their first names. Using a simple and memorable name will also make it easy for users to guess what your handle is in the event that they do not know it beforehand.

15. Have Tweet-Ups, Google Hangouts, Etc. Technology has made it easy for businesses to meet up with their customers and followers remotely. If you want to drive engagement, hold Tweet-ups (Twitter meet-ups) and host Google Hangouts on your company’s Google Plus page. This will add extra social media points to your business as it will give your followers some human faces to associate with the business. Google Hangout has especially come to help businesses connect with their followers in a one-on-one manner, something all the other social media platforms do not currently offer.

16. Demand Social Media Viral Interaction. This probably sounds like the days of pop-ups with no “Close” button but it is not, much as the argument is the same. Incentivize your followers to engage with your brand on social media. This can be by using promo codes that are only served on social media or holding competitions that need users to engage on social media to take part. In principle, this will give your followers little choice but to follow your lead, but the incentive bit will tend to soften this principle. Once your followers are in your social space, do not just sit back and count those re-tweets with relish, get in there and engage as much as you can. The point is, after all, to start a wave, which you should now ride.

17. Have a Primary Social Media Management Application. Using technology to manage your social media presence is great but a likely trap you should avoid is using too many tools at the same time. If you decide to use Hootsuite, stick to it, and if you opt to use TweetDeck, stick to it is as well. Using a multiplicity of tools will muddle up your analytics, and you will not be able to create a consistent content narrative for your social media deployment. Another advantage of using one tool is that it is obviously cheaper when you consider that most tools have premium packages. The basic incentive is, however, to keep all your data in one envelope, as it were, and have a seamless experience as you interact with your followers.

18. Have One Primary Channel; Facebook Or Twitter (More Twittering). There have been multiple studies done that say one social media platform is better than the other is for different purposes. It is not yet clear which platform is the best, but one thing is clear, Twitter seems to do better for businesses than Facebook. The reasons are a bit ambiguous but the results do speak for themselves, a reason brands are shifting their efforts to Twitter and leaving their Facebook pages open for cosmetic purposes. Nevertheless, for your business, the reasons go beyond ROI. It also works toward unifying your online voice and addressing one audience as opposed to having dual conversations.

19. Keep Communication Channels Open. Do not be shy to respond to clients or followers, despite the nature of their communication. As long as the content is business related and is not offensive, engage your customers in the conversations they begin. It makes more sense to have such a conversation with the follower than to leave the opportunity to fall to redundancy. Many businesses have realized that social media is actually a brilliant channel for customer care with entire departments being created to handle the steady stream of customer care queries emanating from social media. Take the plunge and include social media in some of your more traditional departments to streamline with new paradigms.

20. Become an Industry Leader. Social media is all about influence, so if you have no influence, no one is listening to you. Design your social media strategy carefully and let the end game be to gain influence within the networks you infiltrate. Brands that come to be known as influencers enjoy the benefits of the network effect where their profiles and messages enjoy large numbers of shares across multiple networks. You can do this by positioning your brand to be an authority in your field of business. However, a more subtle way is to position your business as a truly social brand, something that carries great rewards in the social space.

21. Join the Conversation: Don’t Be Shy, Ask For Re-tweets, Shares. If you want to socialize your business truly, drop the shyness and business face and dive in feet first. Social is all about putting your business out there and being vulnerable. Ask your followers to re-tweet or share content. Email your customers and ask them to follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook. Go out there and make things happen. In addition, do not be shy to jump into conversations. Let your followers see a social face to your business and this will drive engagement and grow your business community.

22. Use A Blog To Tell Your Story. Sharing is the buzzword today in social media; however, what do you put out there for sharing? For starters, no company website is complete without a blog. Creating a company blog will offer your followers somewhere to find out more about your business when they first land on your site from Google or from social media. The blog will also keep your regular customers interested when they visit the site. Create unique and compelling content for your blog to keep it fresh and do not forget to share the content widely across social media. Company blogs area a great way to tell the world your business is indeed alive and in business.

23. Make It Easy To Subscribe To Your Stories. Now that you have a company blog, you now need to socialize your content and you do this by making it easy for people to subscribe to it. Use syndication services such as Feedburner, Feedblitz or Aweber to create a community of listeners who you can communicate to easily using email or any other CRM channels.

24. Use Facebook and Twitter Ads. Both Twitter and Facebook have launched revamped ads for their networks, and this is one area businesses need to explore diligently. Twitter has launched self-service ads, which makes it easy for businesses to create and serve ads without having to go through a sales representative. Facebook has also launched Facebook Wall Ads that display ads within users’ walls rather than in the side panels. These two will be a great opportunity for businesses to benefit from social media especially as Facebook approaches a billion users and twitter approaches 200 million active users.

25. Location-Based Services Will Be Big. Use Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook Places to promote your business on a local level. These apps allow businesses to not only map their premises but also attach offers and promotions using the apps. Facebook Events and LinkedIn Events are also a great way to get the word out on product launches and other events, whether on-location or online. Location-based services are only but taking off and the possibilities will continue to emerge with time.

26. Go Local with Twitter’s Advanced Search. Twitter offers a search feature that makes it possible to curate tweets from a particular locality. This can prove useful for a business that is targeting a local market and wants to find out what people in that locality are talking about and what the trending topics are. Google has also incorporated a people search for influential people on Google Plus in a particular search result. This means you can easily find the social influencers in a particular area by using local search and then reaching out to them.

27. Sharable Avatars and Memes. Avatars and memes are big on the Internet today and if your business can create an angle and get into the craze, the possibility that a shared item will go viral is very high. Create fun and exciting memes and avatars, which people can share with their friends and that, do not smack of sales talk. Great memes and avatars that have the company website and details make a great addition to the social engagement effort.

28. Use Fringe Social Media Tools. Known as fringe social media tools, applications such as Eventbrite, wikis, and SlideShare offer a business a great platform to create engaging content, which can then be shared across other networks. It can be said that these do not strictly fall under social media, but they do have social-media-like features such as sharing and following tools, and these can be of great value to a business. They are also more of niche tools and may most benefit businesses that can use them effectively in their business processes.

29. Promote Everything. Many excellent opportunities are lost in social media because businesses neglect to mention important issues going on. For example, a new hire can be tweeted and the newbie introduced to the community. This will also give that employee incentive to bring in their network of friends to the company’s community. Mimicking the human interaction with social media where almost everything is posted to social media, businesses must learn to create conversations out of their day-to-day happenings.

30. Connect Everywhere but Stay Focused. Social media has come to join other forms of communication channels that already exist such as email and texts. This must be appreciated so that social media is not given undue pre-eminence over other forms of communication. Take the necessary steps to engage on social media but as with everything, remember that overkill does more harm than good. Balance your social media and traditional channels to derive the best value from both realities.

 

 

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


 

 

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

Coming up May 10, 2012 is the annual Taste of Anaheim! The Taste of Anaheim showcases all things Anaheim including restaurants, beer and wine, local art, music, and the business community. This year’s Taste of Anaheim is expected to feature fifty of your favorite restaurants, three exciting bands, and more than 5,000 patrons. $40 in advance/$45 at the gate. For more information you can call (714) 758-0222.

BREA

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BUENA PARK

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CYPRESS

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FULLERTON

TOMORROW – April 15 from 10:00 am-4:00pm is the annual Green Scene Plant and Garden Show! Green Scene is the perfect place for any gardener looking for new ideas to improve their gardens or outdoor habitats. This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclusively on the home gardener, garden accessories, environmental education programs and products. Ticket Price: $6.00 for all ages. For more information you can call (714) 278.3407.

 

GARDEN GROVE

Coming up May 25-28, 2012 is the annual Strawberry Festival! The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history. Free admission! For more information you can call 714-638-0981.
LA HABRA

April 19 (rides only), 20, 21 & 22, 2012 is the annual Spring Citrus Fair! The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Annual Spring Citrus Fair — full of period charm — showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley. This year’s event features Food Truck Frenzy. Enjoy some of the most popular food trucks in Southern California! Event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. Free Admission. For more information you can call 562-697-1704.

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

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STANTON

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WESTMINSTER

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YORBA LINDA

Coming upMay 18, 2012 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. is the annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest!  One of Yorba Linda’s biggest events, the all-you-can-eat Lobsterfest is YL Sunrise Rotary’s main fundraiser each year. Live & silent auction, live entertainment under the stars. For more information you can call (714) 701-3027.

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ Central County


 

 

CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

Coming up April 20-22, 2012 is the annual Pet Expo! This event is a giant animal entertainment and education festival. It’s the largest pet and pet product expo in the world. Over 1,000 animals will entertain you in stage shows, competitions and demonstrations including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, miniature horses and more. There will also be pet adoptions, pet products for sale, petting zoo, how-to workshops and advice from animal experts. It is presented by a nonprofit organization to promote responsible pet care. Please do not bring your pets. For more information you can call 800-999-7295.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

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HUNTINGTON BEACH

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 10am to 3pm is the Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s Earth Day Festival. The Earth Day Celebration at Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a fun free way to get outside and learn about the environment with the whole family! This fun and educational festival is a treat for the whole family, with hands-on activities for all ages! This FREE event will include guided tours of the reserve, migratory bird counts, a jump tent, habitat restoration, birds of prey, reptiles, and much more! *Sponsored by the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and the Amigos de Bolsa Chica. For more information you can call 714-846-1114.

IRVINE

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m is the annual Great Park to Present Runway Dash & e-Recycle Day! As Earth Day approaches, treat your family to a fun-filled day of fitness, educational activities and gourmet food trucks while learning the importance of recycling. The day kicks off with the Family 5K Run/Walk, a non-competitive race, where families can take a scenic tour on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro runways and see the new Great Park agricultural areas. Visitors are encouraged to bring old televisions, computers and electronic devices to the e-recycling collection zone. Children can also learn to create recycled crafts while parents explore booths supporting personal, regional and global health and living. This Family 5K Run/Walk is being offered as a FREE event to the public, however pre-registration is required.

LOS ALAMITOS

TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9am to 11am is the annual Spring Carnival! This event includes egg hunt, family style carnival games, face painting, bounce house and more. This is a FREE event located at Laurel Park. For more information you can call (562) 430-1073.

NEWPORT BEACH

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 come for the Famous & Infamous Sea Dogs at ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.  Yo Ho Ho a PIRATE’S life for me! ExplorOcean/Newport Harbor Nautical Museum’s PIRATE’S WEEKEND adventure continues with the famous and infamous Sea Dogs throughout history. Step into the lives of pirates like, Anne Bonny who is known for her fierce, courageous temper and fiery disposition, Sir Francis Drake, a well-known hero to the English and a PIRATE to the Spaniards and the most feared and despised PIRATE of all time…Blackbeard! Four-legged PIRATES wanted! Dress your pup up in PIRATE gear and “Walk the Plank” down the board walk for the ‘Puppy Pirate Parade’. Visitors can also create their own Jolly Rogers, learn the in’s and out’s about compass and sexton reading and engage with ‘PIRATE interactors’ throughout the galleries. Inside the galleries be sure to take a glimpse of the Museum’s vast ship model collection in our Steele Model Pavilion. Experience these hands-on activities on the second day of our PIRATE Weekend adventure at 11am on the waterfront in the Balboa Fun Zone. Get in the spirit and come in costume – each child dressed in PIRATE attire receives FREE admission all weekend-long! All activates are free with admission to our Sea of Adventure gallery, so bring the entire family down! For more information you can call (949) 675-8915 for details!

ORANGE

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SANTA ANA

NOW through April 22, 2012 The Discovery Science Center Presents: Bubblefest XVI. Orange County’s most astounding spring break bubble spectacular! This year’s Bubblefest will be the biggest and most impressive outdoor festival in the Center’s history with an inflatable play zone, water spheres, interactive science zones and more. Plus, be sure to catch the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, featuring world-renowned Bubble Artist Deni Yang direct from New York City! For more information you can call 714-542-2823.

SEAL BEACH

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TUSTIN

Coming up Friday, April 27, 2012 is the SCC Hawks Golf Tournament. This event is presented by the Santiago Canyon College Foundation and Athletics Department. Silent Auction/Tee Bag Donation. For more information you can call (714) 628-4790.

VILLA PARK

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*As seen in the ocregister.com & orangecounty.net

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Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ South County


 

 

South County

 

ALISO VIEJO

Coming up Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 6–8pm is the annual Family Fun Carnival Night for JDRF. Join us at the Club for our second annual Family Fun Carnival Night benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. The night will include carnival games, prizes, cotton candy, face painting and much more! Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event for the entire family, and help us educate and find a cure!  Members and Non-Members: $10 minimum donation per person. Children will receive a pair of JDRF shoelaces and t-shirt and unlimited carnival booth visit. For more information or to register, please call (949) 330-5560.

DANA POINT

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 8am-3 pm is the Doheny Wood. This show is free to woodie owners and spectators. The state beach does have a park entry fee. Over 150 classic wooden cars, surf wagons will be on display. NO event entry fee for Doheny Wood 2012 and no charge for spectators. There is a State Park entry fee of $15. For more information you can call 714 968-9798.

LAGUNA HILLS

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LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

Teen movie night for tonight April, 13, 2012 has been CANCELLED.

LAKE FOREST

Coming up Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is the annual Rancho Days Fiesta! Celebrating the history of Saddleback Valley, there are children’s activities include piñatas, free crafts projects and a chance to make your own pottery. Help churn and taste homemade ice cream and butter, sample fresh tortillas and warm bread from the horno oven. Dip candles and grind corn while learning about the early days of Orange County. Event Fee: $4 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 and under free) Parking Fee: Free. For more information you can call 949-923-2230.

MISSION VIEJO

Coming up May 5-6, 2012 starting at noon is the Annual Street Painting – Arts Alive Festival. Artist from all over transform and capture amazing beauty of art using pastel chalk as the medium to blend onto asphalt as their canvases. With each artist’s techniques and their enthusiasm for the love of art you can truly experience the metamorphosis around you. For more information you can call 949-470-8440.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Nothing to report

SAN CLEMENTE

TOMORROW April 14, 2012 from 8am – 3pm is the Annual ‘Gardenfest’,
Hosted by the San Clemente Garden Club. Admission is FREE! Families are welcome.

This year’s highlights include annual Plant Sale and Garden Flea Market, exhibits demonstrating sustainable practices for your garden, garden related opportunities in our community, Open to the Public ‘funky container’ and ‘floral design’ contests, Junior Gardeners butterfly exhibit and plant sale, Question & Answer tablewith gardening celebrities and San Clemente Artists demonstrating live.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Coming up Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm is the annual Mariachi Festival. The festival will include entertainment “Battle of the Mariachis” and authentic Mexican food. Mariachi performers will compete for cash prizes. This event is free with paid admission to the mission. For more information you can call (949) 234-1321.

 
*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

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