Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

Coming up December 4th from 10am to 7pm is the Nutcracker Festival. Holiday Street Fair held at the Center Street Promenade. The celebration includes a tree lighting ceremony, snow area, free craft activities and train rides for children, entertainment, food and a visit from some special guests. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Anaheim Merchants Association, the Nutcracker Holiday Committee, the City of Anaheim and the Anaheim Community Foundation. The event will be held in downtown Anaheim at Center St Promenade & Lemon St. For more information you can call 714-956-3586.

BREA

TODAY and TOMORROW, November 19th from 9am-6pm and 20th from 9am-4pm is the Nutcracker Craft Boutique at the Brea Community Center (695 E Madison Way). This annual holiday event offers shoppers unique items perfect for the holiday season. There will be over 250 vendors on-site displaying and selling beautiful handcrafted holiday gifts, decorations, food and collectibles. Admission is $2 and parking is free. For more information you can call 714-990-7771.

BUENA PARK

Coming up December 4th is the Candy CaneLand and Craft Fair. This year’s event will be held at Ehlers Community Center (8150 Knott Ave). Last year over 2,000 visitors attended the event and were treated to entertainment, food, games, a petting zoo, moonbounces, prizes, Santa Claus, and the ever-popular “snowslide.” The Craft Faire featured over 100 artisans who sold many unique crafts and goodies.  For information about this year’s event, call (714) 236-3860. 

CYPRESS

Tomorrow, November 20, 2010 from 9 am – 4 pm is the Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Fair! 
Start your holiday shopping early! The event will be held at Cypress Community Center (5700 Orange Avenue) and admission is FREE! 

FULLERTON 

Coming up December 4th from 10am-5pm is The Winter Market (Wilshire Avenue, between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue). The market will feature more than 40 vendors offering gifts for holiday shoppers, plus food booths, entertainment, and a tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.  In addition, Fullerton Firefighters will be collecting toys for needy children for the “Spark of Love” program. For more information you can call (714) 738-6545.

GARDEN GROVE 

Coming up Saturday, December 4th from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM is 2010 Family WinterFest. The popular seasonal festival will be at Atlantis Play Center (13630 Atlantis Way). Two areas will be set up for winter fans to sled and play in 20 tons of snow. Additional activities include holiday arts and crafts, bounce houses, and trips around the park on the Polar Express train. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special visit and stop for photos. Food will be available for purchase. WinterFest general admission tickets are $6. Children two years and under are free with an accompanying adult. Tickets are limited and only available through pre-sale. They can be purchased at the City’s Recreation counter located on the first floor of Garden Grove City Hall, at 11222 Acacia Parkway, beginning November 22. Bring a new, unopened toy for the Garden Grove Fire Department Association’s “Spark of Love” toy drive and receive $2 off the admission price. Limit one toy per ticket. No tickets will be sold at the event. Outside sleds and saucers will not be allowed. For more information, call (714) 741-5200.

LA HABRA

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

December 1st starting at 4:30pm will be the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join your friends and family for this annual holiday favorite. Every year this event brings the La Palma community together to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy the musical talents from our local schools and join in during the Community Carol Sing Along. Join Santa and his elves in the activities area before the event from 4:30-5:30pm. This area will feature crafts, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, and of course, the young and young-at-heart won’t want to miss an early visit from Santa Claus! The ceremony will begin at 5:30pm until 8:30pm at Central Park Amphitheater (7821 Walker Street). For more information you can call 714 690-3350.

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Santa Claus is coming to Westminster on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. This holiday event will be held in the East/West Room of the Community Services Building. Register now!! Spaces are limited!!! $7.00 for adults and children includes a pancake breakfast, picture with Santa, crafts and a stocking for each child. For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at 714.895.2860.

YORBA LINDA

Sunday November 28 is the Annual Handel’s Messiah community sing-along!
The audience is invited to sing along with the Master Chorus and Orchestra in the favorite Messiah choruses, which include Glory of the Lord, Thou that tellest Good Tidings, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Glory to God in the Highest, His Yoke is Easy, Behold the Lamb of God, Lift up your heads, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus. If you are a singer, please bring your own music scores (G. Schirmer edition). Music scores are available to borrow or purchase (supplies are limited). Non singers are also invited to come and enjoy the music! The event will be held at the Richard Nixon Library and is FREE to the public, but donations gratefully accepted! For more information you can call 714-996-1960.

  

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.      

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards. 

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI   

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Website Tips from Caruso!


Your Website is an important part of your business however, so many real estate Websites stop short of achieving their full business-producing potential. There are a number of reasons why these sites aren’t working as well as they could be, from not offering the right type of targeted content to having a confusion design that leaves the user wondering where to click first. Here are some tips ive come across to help assess the strength of your Web site and then improve it.

1. Targeting and Branding

How well is your site targeted to your market? How does your Website differentiate itself in your specific niche market? Very few real estate Websites are targeted. In their attempt to “speak to everyone,” they end up talking to no one.

2. Design
Just because a site is beautiful doesn’t mean it’ll be effective. Just ask any practitioner who’s spent thousands of dollars on a “beautiful” site only to see it not produce a dime of new business. Design must take into account many factors, including functionality and consistency with your target market and branding.

3. Copy and Content
The primary purpose of the copy and content on your Website should be to engage the visitor and effectively answer the question “What’s in it for me?” for your prospects and customers. You must provide the articles and resources that your audience is truly interested in, and write compelling headlines to help them understand what resources you’re providing.

4. Interactivity and the Ability to Engage
Information – even great information – is still not enough. Your content needs to be engineered to maximize engagement via irresistible offers.

5. Navigation
Ease of use and consistency are the hallmarks of good Website navigation. Is it easy to find your listings, your contact information, and the other pertinent information your Web visitors would be looking for at your Website?

6. Internet-Empowered Consumer Friendliness
Visitors to your site likely value their privacy. Reassurances of privacy throughout your site as well as explicitly not requiring consumers to reveal who they are when they complete a form are crucial. It will make your visitors feel safe and secure when using your site.

7. Promotion and Tracking

How your site is promoted depends upon its target market focus. Keep in mind that some target markets will not use search engines to find your site. How can you promote your Web site so prospects will land there? What information can you provide to lure them there in the first place?

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

http://www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s Quote of the Day!


Greatness lies within all of us.

It is up to us to summon the courage

to bring this special gift out of us on a

daily, weekly, monthly basis.

Greatness, you have it, you can use it, the world needs it!

Choose to be great!

 

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

Caruso’s OC Happenings~ Central County


CENTRAL COUNTY

COSTA MESA

Nothing to report

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Registration for Swim Lessons NOW through August 19, 2010.Registration for all classes will be at the Fountain Valley recreation center and sports park. For more information on which class to register for, please visit http://www.fountainvalley.org or call 714-839-8611.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Tuesday July 6th at Barnes and Nobel at 7881 Edinger Ave. Kathy Griffin and her mom will be signing their books at 7pm. Participants must have one of their books to enter the signing line and photos will be allowed. For more information you can call 714-897-8781.

IRVINE

Starting Sunday July 11th come for monthly swing dancing with lesson! Great for all ages, no partners needed. The instructor is Alec C. Marken. The classes are every first Sunday of each month. The night will be filled with great music, mixers, refreshments and dancing for all levels and ages. For more information you can visit www.ci.irvine.ca.us/citycals/default.asp. There are only 92 spots available.

LOS ALAMITOS

Nothing to report

NEWPORT BEACH

Newport Beach is probably one of the most popular cities to celebrate the 4th of July. So here is all the 4th of July information you need if you are celebrating in Newport Beach! Newport Beach encourages safe, fun, family-friendly celebrations. Those planning to spend the day at Corona Del Mar State Beach or Crystal Cove State Beach should plan for an early arrival time as the parking lots will fill quickly. In years past, crowds on the Balboa Peninsula have led the City to enact more stringent policies that will disband unruly parties and address rowdy behavior early in the day to help provide a more enjoyable holiday for everyone. Traffic going into the Balboa Peninsula will be heavily congested and traffic control measures will restrict that even further. Visitors to this area should arrive early in the day to find parking and a good spot on the beach. There are a number of community-oriented events that will occur over the holiday weekend such as the annual Independence Day Parade near Mariners Park (July 3) and the American Legion’s Old Glory Boat Parade (July 4). Newport Beach is a great place to enjoy a beautiful sunset and then catch a spectacular fireworks show at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina.  For more information you can visit www.newportbeachca.gov

ORANGE

Saturday July 3rd Immanuel Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11am at the church building. The cost is $4 and includes the meal and live jazz. For more information call 714-538-2374

SANTA ANA

Nothing to report

SEAL BEACH

July 17th will be the next beach cleanup at 1st Street and Ocean Avenue. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and sunscreen and are asked to work for 30 minutes. For more information you can visit www.saveourbeach.org

TUSTIN

JULY 4th come to Tustin High school starting at 6:30 pm for a July 4th celebration and fireworks!

VILLA PARK

Nothing to report

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI 

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

 

For more information visit ocregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM 

Attention all Southern California residents!! Starting TODAY June 11, when you buy the Summer Pass it lets you play for 3 days in either theme park each day for just $108 – that’s only $36 a visit! Come see the latest and greatest the parks have to offer. And from June 11 to August 29, 2010, come and be thrilled by the nighttime spectacles that are part of Summer Nightastic! For more information you can visit www.disneyland.disney.go.com  

BREA 

Nothing to report

BUENA PARK 

June 19th from 10am-2pm Buena Park Elks Lodge No 2046 will be hosting “Flash from the Past” a car show. There will be raffles, music, trophies, t-shirts, food and refreshments. The event is FREE. For more information call 714-345-1707

CYPRESS 

Nothing to report

FULLERTON 

July 25th will be the 1st Vegetarian Farm Dinner hosted by Fullerton’s Muckenthaler Cultural Center with special guest chef Michael McCarty. You must RSVP by June 15th. Only 30 tickets will be sold. For more information you can visit www.TheMuck.org , email info@TheMuck.org or call 866-411-1212.

GARDEN GROVE 

Nothing to report 

LA HABRA 

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

Leprechauns Baseball Summer Camp is now enrolling 7th and 8th graders for the first camp of the summer. The session starts at 9:30am on July 5th and will end at 11:30pm on July 15th. The cost is $200 and is due the first day of camp. Also included is a hat and shirt. For more information you can email lplbaseball@gmail.com

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Registration for cheerleading and basketball camps has begun. The camp runs from June 28-July 2 at Liberty Park. For more information call 714-895-2860

YORBA LINDA

Calling all Wine Lovers! The Winery at Main Street is now open! Each wine is crafted using grapes from vineyards around the world including France, Italy and more. For more information you can call 714-777-9463 or visit www.wineryatmainstreet.com

  

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.           

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI     

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM 

Nothing to report

BREA 

Nothing to report

BUENA PARK

Today and tomorrow the 23-24 OC Fire Authority firefighters will be at the corner of Beach Blvd and La Palma Ave collecting donations for Jerry’s Kids from 9am-1.

CYPRESS

Nothing to report

FULLERTON 

May 7-8 CSU Fullerton Sigma Kappa Sorority will be hosting a charity golf game. The event will be held at Riverview Gold Course. To register for the event email skfoundations@hotmail.com

GARDEN GROVE 

On Saturday April 24 From 6am-3 come and celebrate the re-opening of Kaye’s Kitchen on Historic Main Street. All proceeds from the daily special will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

LA HABRA

Nothing to report

LA PALMA

May 5, 2010 the La Palma Toastmasters are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Mixer from 6-7:30pm at the La Palma Community Center! For more information visit www.lapalmachamberofcommerce.com

PLACENTIA

Nothing to report

STANTON

Nothing to report

WESTMINSTER

Nothing to report

YORBA LINDA

Saturday April 24 come and join us for a morning of fun and fishing at the Huckleberry Pond at the Santa Ana River Lakes. Prizes for biggest, longest, smallest and most fish. Caught fish are $5.00 per pound, payable that day.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.      

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com

Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


ANAHEIM

The “Smoking Aces Poker Tournament,” held my Eli Home, will be February 26th at the Rembrandt Restaurant beginning at 7 p.m. For more information email elihome@elihome.org

BREA

The city council will be meeting and discussing the possibility of finding more efficient ways to save energy throughout the city. For more information visit www.cityofbrea.org

BUENA PARK

City Hall and Ehlers Recreation Center will be closed Monday in honor of President’s Day.

CYPRESS

A new Jack in the Box restaurant with a drive-through has been approved and will be located on the corner of Lincoln Ave.

FULLERTON 

A new “World Book Web” for children and adults has been set up at the public library. To access, log on to www.fullertonlibrary.org and click on the “Kids Pages” section. Then click on “World Book for Kids” For more information or help accessing call 714-738-6338.

GARDEN GROVE 

Cherry Khuc was crowned grand champion of the Garden Grove Unified School Districts first ever math bee this past Wednesday. I would like to congratulate Cherry on the amazing accomplishment!

LA HABRA

The city council meeting has been moved from Monday to Tuesday this week because of Presidents Day.

LA PALMA

La Palma wants to help you learn how to sell products on e-bay. The city will be hosting a class from 6:30-8:30 starting March 25th. For more information call 714-690-3356.

PLACENTIA

City council meeting will be held this Wednesday and will discuss the newly recommendations for alternative transportation.

STANTON

Come out and enjoy the farmers market on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot off Beach Blvd. For more information visit ci.stanton.ca.us

WESTMINSTER

The Tet Parade will be going on today, so be aware that traffic may be a bit slower due to Magnolia Ave and Bushard St. being closed. For more information call 714-898-3315.

YORBA LINDA

Nothing to report.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.     

www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com

Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors   (949) 753-7900

For more information visit orangecountyregister.com