Santa’s Wonderland

Come experience Santa’s Wonderland where you will find a variety of unique experiences centered around Christmas, Santa Claus, and of course — mischievous elves. Santa’s Wonderland was created to fill an unmet need in Southern California … for you to have the quintessential Christmas experience with the best in service, product and show. The 23,000 square foot facility has been transformed into Santa’s Wonderland with amazing music, lighting elements and decorations that will delight, featuring a breathtaking display of almost half a million lights.

Santa’s Wonderland is located in Irvine, CA on Jamboree and Main St. at Cartwright and open every day through December 31st, from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. For additional information, visit santaswonderlandoc.com

 

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Flavors of Laguna Food Tasting & Historical Tour

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Enjoy Flavors of Laguna,  a Food Tasting & Historical Tour experience in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA. Culinary delights mixed with an intricate cultural experience while you venture on a 3-1/2 to 4-hour walking tour.

 You will experience tastes that are unique to “The Village” in Laguna Beach and that represent the “True Laguna” experience.  The village tour is a delightfully casual cultural experience that you are sure to remember for days to come. A Food Tasting & Historical Tour in Laguna Beach is a great event for family, friends and travelers who are looking for the perfect place for that special occasion. 

 For additional information, visit flavorsoflaguna.com

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Fall Harvest Festival

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The city of Aliso Viejo celebrates fall with family games, pony rides, arts and crafts, balloon twisters, DJ entertainment and a costume parade. Bring three canned food items and be entered in an opportunity drawing to win a prize. This exciting event happens on October 20, 2012 at 10:00 am. 

Visit the website for additional information: cityofalisoviejo.com

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Eiler Larsen – The Laguna Beach Greeter

The Greeter of LagunaFor any of you coming to Laguna Beach prior to 1975 may remember Eiler Larsen, for his welcoming wave and booming voice. For almost 40 years, he was the official Greeter of Laguna. Rain or shine, you could find him standing on Pacific Coast Highway, waiving to the visitors of Laguna Beach, and booming “Helloo-ooo”.
Before he settled in Laguna, “He had wandered the world, selling butter in czarist Siberia, fighting in France during World War I, walking the Appalachian Trail with his dog — and strolling down Colorado Boulevard, unofficially bringing up the rear of the Rose Parade one year.” (LA Times) Before finally settling in Laguna, Larsen first began ‘greeting’ in Washinton, D.C., waiving next to the White House. He even recalls one time when President Hoover waved to him. With the persuasion of friends, he headed out to Laguna to try out for the Pageant of the Masters. For several years he was cast as Judas in “The Last Supper”.
In 1959, some residents complained and wanted him silenced, but after a poll, 88% of residents wanted him to stay. And stay he did, throughtout the years, putting smiles on passersby faces. It was four years later that Laguna Beach City Council honored his kindness, and proclaimed him the town’s official greeter. Althought this title was unpaid, it gave him benefits like free meals, and low-rent at one of the local hotels. Even then, his resident fans all piched in and paid his bills, just because “they liked what he added to the local color.” (LA Times)
In 1967 he suffered a stroke, and emphysema slowed him down. For the next eight years, locals and visitors would miss him from his spot along PCH, but he still got out there when he could. The fan letters piled high, “I can’t possibly answer all the letters, but people must know I appreciate them because they send more letters each time,” Larsen told The Times. Then in 1975, at the age of 84, Larsen passed away, but left behind a memory to many. Although many have tried to become the next greeter, no one could quite fill Larsen’s shoes.
In memory of The Greeter, you can find his footprints, on the corner of PCH and El Paseo Drive, which were dedicated in a ceremony in 1964. Also, there are two statues erected in his honor. The first statue stands outside the Pottery Place where he spent a short stint working, and the second stands outside of The Corner Greeter restaurant. So if you get a chance, make sure to stop by one, or both, and take your picture with the Laguna icon.

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4th of July in Laguna Beach

Only a month away, it is time to start planning your 4th of July celebration. This is a day to honor the birthday of the United States, and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, 236 years ago. What would an Independence Day celebration be without a picnic and an amazing firework show with family and friends?

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Laguna Beach Food Tour

Every visit to Laguna, always comes with a big question…What restaurant do we try this time? There are so many options to choose from in Laguna Beach, from upscale dining to the ‘hole-in-the-wall’ pubs. With the abundance of flavors, exploding from every corner, picking a favorite can be very overwhelming. So instead, why not try most of them in one day?! I know, I know, sounds expensive, and like an upset stomach waiting to happen. However, Flavors of Laguna is a 3-4 hour walking tour of the most popular, and not so well known spots in town. At only $55 per adult ticket, this tour is a steal! Sure, you get to sample many foods, but the average person walks out feeling satisfied and typically with a new favorite place. Tours book fast, and are limited, so schedule yours before it is too late!
More info: www.flavorsoflaguna.com

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Color Run – San Diego

Will you be visiting us in the beginning of November? If not, you might want to plan it! November 3rd, you can join in on the Color Run in San Diego! “Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?” The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. For our events, it is all about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.
Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.
Rule #2
White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll no later than 9am sharp! (2 waves 9am and 1:30pm)
Rule #3
Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.
*Solo Runner/Walker
40.00 Early Registration Color Run
45.00 starting June 1 2012
50.00 starting August 1 2012
55.00 starting October 1 2012
*4+ Person Color Team Runners & Walkers
35.00 per person Early Registration
40.00 per person starting June 1 2012
45.00 per person starting August 1 2012
50.00 per person starting October 1 2012
More Information: thecolorrun.com/sandiego

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Sing for Your Supper

The Deck On Laguna Beach is not just an ordinary restaurant. Enjoy the breath taking view, as you sit right in front of the waves. It’s laid back, ‘come as you are’ atmosphere, makes for the perfect setting to relax with some friends after a long day in the sun. From mouth-watering appetizers, crisp salads and enticing entrees to the perfect fresh cocktails to match the perfect vibe.
On the 1st & 3rd Wednesday’s of the month, you can join the Sing For Your Supper event.
“Not only do we have the tempting tunes of another local artist, but he’s harmonizing with YOU! That’s right, it’s Sing For Your Supper Wednesdays. Come out and sing for a chance to win dinner on us. Kurt Hunter will be playing every 1st and 3rd Wednesday and he will be hosting “Sing for Your Supper”, which allows our guests to sing for a chance to win a free dinner.”
More Info: deckonlaguna.com

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Laguna Beach – Uncorked

Uncorked!
Where: Festival of Arts grounds
When: Saturday, March 10, 2012
What: Featuring 25 wineries from around the world, a local brewery, sake produers, and tastings from 25 Laguna Beach restaurants.
Click on the Flyer for more information.
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Tips to Avoid Fraud

1) Recognize it. Report it. Fraud by telephone, Internet and mail is a very serious issue. If a telemarketer has contacted you or if you have been defrauded, consider contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov or call 1.877.FTC.HELP.
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You have a choice about receiving telemarketing calls. Please consider registering your telephone numbers, including wireless numbers, on the national “Do-Not-Call” Registry. To register call 1.888.382.1222. You must call from the telephone number you wish to register or register online at www.donotcall.gov.
3)
Ask for the name of the company, and the city and state they do business in. Verify information through the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division in that state. It is generally a toll-free number. In addition, we recommend you consider the following:
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Never pay “upfront” fees to anyone offering to sell your timeshare;
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Nevergive your credit card number or other personal information to strangers; and,
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Never be afraid to ask a lot questions.

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