The Summer Movie Express is Back at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo!

Most South County schools are out for the summer, and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy, stay cool, and save money. Thankfully, the annual Summer Movie Express at Kaleidoscope’s Edwards Stadium 10 in Mission Viejo is back!

The summer-long series features second-run family movies, rated G or PG, for only $1 admission per person. Movies are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 20 through August 16.

This year’s featured movies include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Trolls
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Monster Trucks
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • Rio 2
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Sing
  • Happy Feet 2
  • Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • and more!

Tickets are available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am. Each week, two movies will be shown on both days. A portion of the proceeds from the Summer Movie Express goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

For a full list of featured movies, and info on other participating theaters, click here!

How to Get the Most Fun for Your Money at the OC Fair! (Giveaway!)

The OC Fair is coming up in just a couple of weeks and it’s no secret that this is one of my absolute favorite things to do every Summer with my family. We haven’t missed a year since we started going when my oldest was little! I usually save up a little cash ahead of time so that we can thoroughly enjoy our visit without breaking the bank. You might be surprised at how much FREE and cheap fun the fair can offer! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for an awesome giveaway too!

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ShipKicker Festival Showcases Up & Coming Country Artists

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Over the weekend, we were invited to attend the second annual ShipKicker Music Festival. This 1-day festival took place just outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, at the Waterfront Event Center.

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Headlined by Easton Corbin, ShipKicker also featured artists like Dylan Scott, Honey County, Dylan Uribe, and Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide. Other country performers included Clare Dunn, the Scotty Mac Band, and Stephen Wesley.

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Between bands; country lovers played corn hole, learned line dances in the Saloon, checked out the food trucks, and hung out in the Beer Garden. Cowgirls and cowboys of all ages had the chance to wear giant cowboy hats and write on a community chalk wall. The VIP tent offered refuge from the sun and a private bar. Local radio station GoCountry brought hosts Graham and David out to entertain the crowd between sets. There were plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy!

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Where else can you go to get a cowboy hat made entirely of beer cans, learn to line dance like a pro, AND watch top country artists while you lounge under the California sun? The ShipKicker Festival was so much fun and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Find out more information about ShipKicker here.

Buy One Get One Free Adult Admission at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Awesome deal alert! For a limited time only, you can get Buy One Get One Free adult admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Just click here to print out the coupon page, and bring it with you when you purchase tickets. You can also save some paper and redeem it straight from your mobile device! You can get up to 8 tickets (4 discounts) with one coupon. This great offer ends September 30th, 2015!

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New at the Aquarium of the Pacific:

A new Magellanic Penguin chick was hatched on June 5th and made its public debut in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat this past week on August 18th. This is the 3rd generation of Magellanic Penguins born at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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Photo Credit: Robin Riggs

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits, and the new Jellies exhibits. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

Introducing the First SoCal Brew Fest!

There’s a new beer festival in town. The very first SoCal Brew Fest is coming to Anaheim, June 20, 2015. The event will feature over 40 handcrafted beers from more than 20 different breweries from across the nation.

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The SoCal Brew Fest will introduce fest-goers to some of the newest breweries around Southern California, as well as across the country. Some of the breweries attending the festival are: Lagunitas, 4 Sons Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Angel City Brewery, and Pizza Port.

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The 2015 SoCal Brew Fest is strictly for ages 21 and over and admission is $40, with VIP admission priced at $50 and permitting early entrance at noon to VIP ticket holders. Regular admission starts at 1:00pm, and the festival ends at 4:00pm. All admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass for unlimited tasting. Buy tickets while you still can at socalbrewfest.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event, visit www.socalbrewfest.com.

Get updates on breweries, special offers, and ticket giveaways by following them at Facebook.com/socalbrewfest!

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! SoCal Locale was not compensated for this post. Just sharing some fun info and deals!

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On June 6th and 7th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, it’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival includes traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured in the festival.

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(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

In anticipation of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will also include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect all people, but of course particularly those living on Pacific Islands. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Islander Festival, and is partnering with the Aquarium to celebrate the diversity of our planet and to inspire the pursuit of a better future.

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $28.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!)Pacific Islander 2015 couponWin!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

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For more info, check out the Pacific Islander 2015 Flyer, (you can print the coupon on there as well), or the schedule of events below:

Pacific Islander Festival Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, June 6 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Hitia O Te Ra – Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m. – Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Lincoln & Sissy Kaio, with opening Hawaiian dance by Halau O Lilinoe

12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Halau O Lilinoe – Hawaiian performance

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m.– Nualani’s Polynesia – Tokelauan, Tahitian, Maori, and Tongan performances

 

SUNDAY, June 7 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. –  Tupua Productions – Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu – Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian performances

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Chamoru performances

 

Cultural Demonstrations / Shark Lagoon

Saturday:

3:30 p.m. – Nualani’s Polynesia – Maori Poi Balls demonstration

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. – Tupua Productions – Samoan Sasa Dance

12:30 p.m. – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu – Hula Implements

3:30 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements

 

Cultural Displays and Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo

Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King

Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)*

Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*

Samoan Cultural Artifacts – Marlena Vaifale*

Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*

Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP):

 

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area – Saturday, June 6 at 12:20 p.m.

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In recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander communities of Southern California

A Perfect Picnic – Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach

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If you were just thinking, “I need a really amazing sandwich in my life right now,” then Sessions West Coast Deli is where you need to go. Tucked away in the Newport Beach Peninsula, just down the street from Balboa Pier, Sessions is a sandwich-lover’s heaven.

Featuring freshly baked bread, locally grown vegetables and top quality meats, Sessions bring a gourmet feel to the simplest, yet perfectly complete meal – the sandwich. Their menu features 20 hot and cold sandwiches, housemade sauces with a variety of mouthwatering sides, salads, and soups prepared daily. There’s also a weekly special posted inside, so there’s no way you can ever be bored with the offerings.

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Each menu item has been carefully crafted to bring together amazing flavors. Although some combinations may sound weird, they come together in a beautiful way. Even the side dishes delight. The Shaka Spuds – fresh potato chips tossed with rosemary, sage, sea salt, and parmesan cheese – are a must-have with your meal.

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The cucumber salad is a salty-sweet medley of the freshest veggies and herbs.

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The Meddock Melee sandwich is named after owner Matt Meddock. It is kind of a grown-up version of a turkey and guacamole sandwich.

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And while there are many places to get a Banh Mi in Orange County, none offer the kind of atmosphere that Sessions does.

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You can enjoy your meal inside while watching surfing videos and listening to a soundtrack of bands such as Phoenix and MGMT, or you can take it down to the beach and enjoy it with a great view of the waves.

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Right now, Sessions is offering a great end of Summer deal.

From Aug. 25 through Aug. 29, Sessions West Coast Deli will offer a “Last Week of Summer Sandwich Special” beach picnic basket for $35 (a retail value $75), to serve four people. Surfers as well as grab-and-go sunbathers have made Session Sandwiches a locals’ favorite, with the restaurant’s unique combinations of flavors, highest quality meats on the market, farm-fresh produce and preservative-free bread baked fresh and delivered daily.

The beach picnic basket features many fan favorites including:

  • Meddock Melee sandwich
  • Summer Zephyr sandwich
  • Greatfella sandwich
  • Pirate Coast sandwich
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Shaka Spuds
  • Any four fountain drinks

Learn more about these menu items at http://sessionssandwiches.com/index.php/menu.

Sessions is located at:

2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663

Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Call 949-220-9001 to place your order!

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Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to use at Sessions West Coast Deli. Please use the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Summer Promotions from the Orange County Transportation Authority

There’s plenty of Summer left for Orange County residents, and the Orange County Transportation Authority has some great promotions and activities going on to make these long days a little more fun. From treasure hunting adventures to express routes to your favorite family activities, OCTA has you covered.

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Free Rides on the Angels Express for Kids In July, kids ages 18 and younger can ride the Angels Express train free to any 7:05 p.m. games.  Valid for Monday-Thursday games, it’s a great way to get to the games without having to deal with rush hour traffic. During the rest of the season, children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

OC Fair Express Bus and Characters

The OC Fair Express is a direct bus service to the fair from eight locations, including: San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. It’s only $2 each way, and everyone who rides gets a coupon for $3 fair admission. That’s up to $9 off the regular price if you’re doing the math! Skip the traffic and the parking lot commotion and have a great time with your family.

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Metrolink Treasures is a website dedicated to taking day trips in Orange County and beyond via the train. Choose from one of the seven Orange County stations and find great places to check out nearby. It’s perfect for planning a little staycation. Now through August, participants can win great prizes, in the weekly prize drawings and photo contest. There will even be a grand prize Disney package!

For more exciting offer from the Orange County Transportation Authority, check out their promotions page. You can also keep updated with the OC Metrolink and OCTA Bus Facebook pages.

“An Evening in Brazil” Family Jam at the LA Zoo

Family Jam at the LA Zoo is a new evening event for Southern California families featuring live music, dancing, zookeeper visits, food trucks and other great family fun. The event is sponsored by the hit animated feature film RIO 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the theme is “An Evening in Brazil.”  The celebration provides a rare opportunity for after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits as well as authentic Brazilian flavors and music to transport guests into an evening of fun.

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Family Jam at the LA Zoo takes place on Saturday, July 12, 2014,  from 6 to 9 pm, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The party will feature samba music and dancing by Brazilian Samba Angels as well as music by Close Encounters, a live karaoke band that invites Zoo guests to perform favorite songs karaoke-style accompanied by the band.

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RIO 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 15, brings Brazilian fun and activities to the Zoo with crafts for kids, an interactive photo booth, special prizes, giveaways and more. Costumed characters will help families dance the night away while they have fun and learn new things on an educational scavenger hunt with “clues” to visit select areas throughout the Zoo. Guests will discover fun facts about animals, and special RIO 2 prizes will be given to those who complete the scavenger hunt.

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Also included in the evening are keeper talks and animal encounters in some of the popular exhibits, including the new “Rainforest of the Americas.” As guests stroll the grounds to visit exhibits of endangered, rare and exotic animals in the Zoo collection, they’re offered a unique opportunity to see some of the Zoo’s animals at night, many of whom are more active during later hours.

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No one will be going hungry with all of the popular food trucks that will be at the scene, including  Ta Bom (Brazilian cuisine), Vchos (Central American tapas), Dogtown Dogs (hot dogs and tater tots), The Pudding Truck (homemade stove-top puddings;), The Melt (grilled cheese sandwiches), Tornado Potato (spiral-cut potatoes), and Patty Wagon Burgers (sliders). Brazilian-inspired beverages, the Zoo’s famous churros, and frozen Sweet Treats will also be available for kids and adults.

Ticket Information:

$19.00 per Adult Non-Member (13 and older)
$14.00 per Child Non-member (2-12)
$16.00 per Adult Member (13 and older)
$13.00 per Child Member (Ages 2-12)
Children under 2 are free.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/familyjam/.

For additional information, call (323) 644-6042 or go to  www.lazoo.org.

 

Victoria Skimboards Returns To Aliso Beach With “The Vic”

Victoria Skimboards returns to Southern California with The VIC, previously known as the Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS). The VIC is the longest-running skimboard contest on the professional circuit and the only that offers a live broadcast of the competition for audiences to experience from all around the globe. The event will take place at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

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This year marks the 38th year of the annual championship event. According to founder of Victoria Skimboards, Tex Haines, “The contest has the broadest global appeal of any other competitive skimboarding event on the pro circuit. We are taking the action from the local beach, and catapulting it to viewers worldwide.”

Riders from countries around the world, including Japan, Chile, Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, Spain and Mexico will be battling for the skimboard industry title of “World’s Best.” From barrel rides to aerial tricks to technical challenges, all of the top tricks and skills will be showcased at the contest.

The VIC will take place on June 28-29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Admission to the event is free, but there is a fee for parking. ($1/hour per vehicle.) Contact (949) 923-2280 or go to www.thevic.victoriaskimboards.com for more information.