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Coco-Roons and Brussel Bytes, Salty and Sweet Healthy Alternatives to Holiday Snacking!

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The Holidays are here and that usually means more snacking!

But, snacking doesn’t have to mean cookies, fudge and gingerbread!

Coco-Roons and Brussel Bytes are a healthier option to snacking! They are are gluten-free, vegan and paleo friendly and made from organic, non-GMO, nutrient rich ingredients. Okay, I know what you might be thinking…but do they taste good? I actually was thinking the same thing. But, I was quite surprised to find that they do taste good! I am still trying to convince my 13-year old son to try them but they are a hit with my husband and I.

Coco-Roons

Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, Coco-Roons are a delightful, good-for-you indulgence. Made with organic coconut, organic almond flour and sweetened with a touch of pure Vermont maple syrup, they are a great source of energy, making them a perfect snack. They are available in six delectable flavors, including Brownie, Strawberry Almond, Lemon Pie, Vanilla Maple, Cacao Nib and Orange Dreamsicle. MSRP: $7.99 (6.2 Oz.). $2.99 (2 Oz.)

 

Brussel Bytes

Brussel Bytes are the ultimate crispy-crunchy snacks.  These nutrient packed bytes of goodness are made from organic veggies including, brussels sprouts, kale and carrots that are seasoned with an special savory spice blends and gently dehydrated to preserve their natural nutrients. Never baked or fried. Available in three delicious flavors, including Cheezy Herb, Chili Pumpkin Seed, Tamarid Apple Crunch. MSRP: $5.99.

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My favorites are the Coco-Roons in the Lemon Pie flavor…yum!

Coco-Roons and Brussel Bytes can be purchased at more than 3,000 retail locations nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Kroger, Safeway, Target and Costco and online at www.mycocoroons.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

 

UNIVERSAL PARKS & RESORTS AND NINTENDO WILL BRING THE FUN OF NINTENDO TO LIFE WITH EXPANSIVE, HIGHLY THEMED ENVIRONMENTS AT OSAKA, ORLANDO AND HOLLYWOOD

Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure.  Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life.  Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you.  And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains.   And it is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions.  Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks.  And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special.  All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive.  They will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.  Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology.  Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas.  The first such announcement will come soon.

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About Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, its theme parks are known for immersive experiences that feature some of the world’s most thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions.

Comcast NBCUniversal wholly owns Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood. It also owns Universal Orlando Resort, a destination resort with two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure), five resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando. In addition, Comcast NBCUniversal owns a 51 percent majority interest in Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.  The company has also announced plans for a theme park in Beijing.

About Nintendo
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™and Wii™home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™and Nintendo DS™families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 696 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™and Pokémon™.

Introducing: Moonlite!

Google software engineer, Natalie Rebot, made a lifestyle change when she saw an opportunity to reimagine story time with her 4 yr old daughter, Chloe. The result is Moonlite, the first mini bedtime story projector reader that attaches to almost any mobile phone and instantly transforms reading into a magical experience. Just attach Moonlite to your phone, pop in a story reel, open the Moonlite app and begin projector reading to your child.

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You can can get your own Moonlite at a huge discount via the Kickstarter campaign be clicking here. 

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Information/video and image was provided.

OC PARKS DECEMBER 2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

December 1-23 – Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train   

Weekdays 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

It’s the season, once again, for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus.

Location: Irvine Regional Park. 1 Irvine Park Road Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/irvinepark.

Cost: Prices Vary

Parking: Prices Vary

Contact: (714) 973-6835

Special Instructions: Christmas Train tickets may be purchased to ride the train at a specific date and time – get in line and board the train any time during the hour for which you purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online ONLY. Tickets may not be purchased in person. Visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for more details and to purchase tickets.

 

December 2, 7 Holiday Animal Art Preschool Program  

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Join us for an hour of creativity and fun with a Christmas animal theme! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!

Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road  Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Registration is required! Call (714) 973-6846 to register. Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program.

 

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Wild Tales

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Join Newport Bay Conservancy Volunteers for a fun filled parent and child experience that may include arts and crafts, storytime, hands-on activities and outdoor nature walks.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: $5 per child

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2269

Special Instructions: Ages 2 to 5 years old. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call (949) 923-2269 or email info@newportbay.org to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Walk with a Naturalist   

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Join O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon. This will be a light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads.

Location:  O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678

Website: www.ocparks.com/oneill

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2260

Special Instructions: All ages welcome. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of O’Neill Regional Park. Event is conditional on weather.

December 3, 17 Explore the Bay Family Hike

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. Hike will be on paved and dirt trails.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive  Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Hike will be dependent on weather, and will be on both paved and dirt trails with some steps. Bring sun protection and water. Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center. No fee or reservation required, but for groups larger than 4 people, please call (949) 923-2269 to register.

 

 

December 4, 11, 18, 25 – Guided Nature Hike

8 – 9:15 a.m.

Join the Park Ranger for a 1-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.

Location: Caspers Wilderness Park. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Website: www.ocparks.com/caspers

Cost: Free    

Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use free)

Contact: (949) 923-2210

Specil Instructions: Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area. Contact park office for hike updates.

 

 

 

 

December 8 – Fitness Hike at Willow

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (571-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatwillow. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

 

December 9, 10, 16, 17 – Under the Sea: 42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights  

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to deck the halls “Under the Sea” at the 42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights.

Location: Dana Point Harbor. 34551 Puerto Place Dana Point, CA 92629

Website: www.ocparks.com/danapointharbor

Cost: Free   

Parking: Parking will be available at the Doheny State Beach lot for $2 per hour. Free trolleys will be running from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will be dropping off and picking up along Dana Point Harbor Drive.

Contact: (949) 923-2280

Special Instructions: The 42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 9, 10, 16 and 17 beginning at 7:30 p.m. On each evening of the parade, OC Parks will host free family activities throughout Mariner’s Village, Mariner’s Alley and Dana Wharf beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information please visit: www.ocparks.com/underthesea.

 

December 9 – Hoot’s There? Night Hike

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Come see Santiago Oaks Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Park rangers will lead a moonless night hike where you can listen for the sounds of the night and discover who visits the park after the sun has set. Activities include a visit to the Nature Center, a short video presentation and a hike through the wilderness area.

Location: Santiago Oaks Regional Park. 2145 N. Windes Drive

Orange, CA 92869.

Website: www.ocparks.com/santiagooaks

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Special Instructions: Ages 5 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.letsgooutside.org/nighthike. This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Sorry, no dogs allowed on the hike.

 

December 10 – Geology Hike

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Step back 25 million years in Orange County’s history to a time when the seas receded and the San Andreas Fault was just starting to form. With a Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalist, discover the geologic processes going on today and how they affect the natural landscape. This moderate 3-mile hike is over uneven, steep and sometimes rocky terrain with a 300-ft elevation gain.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 10 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/geologyhike. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Rd, just south of El Toro Rd intersection).

 

December 10 Christmas at the OC Zoo!  

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for holiday fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday kids crafts, photo area, and games!

Come see the zoo animals receive treat-filled gifts and treats hidden inside Christmas trees throughout the day!

Location: OC Zoo. 1 Irvine Park Road  Orange, CA 92869

Website: www.ocparks.com/zoo

Cost: Activities free with paid zoo admission. ($2 per person, ages 2 and under free)

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: Marcy Crede-Booth at (714) 973-6846

Special Instructions: Reservations are not needed. For more information please visit: www.ocparks.com/christmasatoczoo.

 

 

December 10, 11 – 31st Annual Candlelight Walk

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Experience the historic park in a unique, once-a-year opportunity during Heritage Hill’s Candlelight Tours. More than 1,000 luminaria will light the park’s pathways as strolling carolers and musicians fill the air with music. Children can visit with Santa in the arbor and sit at a school desk while storytellers spin holiday tales in the one-room El Toro Grammar school. Visitors will enjoy music as they tour the 1930s Bennett Ranch House and can watch a Spanish guitarist and Flamenco dancer in the 1863 Serrano Adobe. There will also be ongoing entertainment in the 1891 St. George’s Episcopal Mission.  Hot chocolate, apple cider and homemade cookies will be available for purchase.

Location: Heritage Hill Historical Park. 25151 Serrano Road

Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534

Website: www.ocparks.com/heritage

Cost: $5 per person ages 3 and over 

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2230

Special Instructions: Tickets are sold at the gate on the day of the event. For more information please visit: www.ocparks.com/candlelightwalk.

 

December 10 – Ho Ho Ho Night Hike

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Our annual fall/winter night hikes are here again. Park Rangers will lead a hike to the Redwood Grove showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night. The Ho-Ho-Ho Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including a visit to the Nature Center, hot cocoa and cookies, a live animal presentation by the Nature of Wildworks, and a hike through the wilderness area.

Location: Carbon Canyon Regional Park. 4442 Carbon Canyon Road

Brea, CA 92823

Website: www.ocparks.com/carboncanyon

Cost: Free     

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-3160

Special Instructions: Make sure you dress for cold weather and bring your flashlight! Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com to register.  For more information please visit: www.ocparks.com/hohohonighthike.

 

December 11 – Intermediate Mountain Biking

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Please sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/intermediatemountainbiking. Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons. This bike ride is not for beginners. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

 

December 11 – Introduction to Mountain Biking

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Please sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/intromountainbiking. Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

 

December 11 – Second Sunday Restoration Program

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join preserve staff and other volunteers in enhancing the Bay’s habitat for local wildlife. Activities may include non-native plant removal, planting natives, watering, trash removal and garden maintenance.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve 2301 University Drive  Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Space is limited, register online: www.letsgooutside.org/secondsunday. No experience is necessary. Water and tools are provided. Rain cancels event.

 

December 13 – California Native Plants and Uses

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Learn about the many fascinating uses of California native plants during the pre-mission period, on this 2-mile hike (490-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain. This hike will focus on plants used historically for tools, food and building materials.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up. Register online: www.eventbrite.com/canativeplants. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)

 

 

December 13 – Birds of Mason Regional Park

9 – 11 a.m.

Are you able to spot the ducks, geese and grebes in the lakes? Can you hear and see the songbirds on the trees and in the bushes? There may also be shorebirds and hawks at the park! Come join an OC Parks volunteer and experienced birdwatcher and learn about the birds of William R. Mason Regional Park. While on an easy, half-mile walk around the park, you will be able to see and learn about a variety of birds that visit the park. Bring your binoculars to get better views of the birds.

Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Website: www.ocparks.com/william

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2220

Special Instructions: Turn left at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot B. Meet by the Ranger Office. Rain will cancel event.

 

December 14 – Yoga Hike

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Stretch your mind and body on this 2.4-mile hike with a yoga twist over steep and uneven terrain (100-ft. elevation gain) led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: For ages 12 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/yogahike. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).

 

December 15 – Fitness Hike at Canyon View

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Please sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatcanyonview. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

 

December 16 – Tot Walk

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun!

Location: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. 28373 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Website: www.ocparks.com/aliso

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Special Instructions: Ages infant to 3 years old. Please sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/totwalk. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).

 

December 17 – Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

8 – 11 a.m.

Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Parks staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free

Parking: Free for Keep It Wild Volunteers! See staff for pass.

Contact: (949) 923-2200

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/keepitwild. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of El Toro Road intersection).

 

December 17 – Making Sense of Owls

10 – 11 a.m.

Learn about local owls using the five senses. Through sight, smell, sound, touch and taste discover their unique features for survival. Join Park Ranger Jenn for a family friendly talk and owl pellet dissection. (Young children will be asked to partner with their family for activity.)

Location: William R. Mason Regional Park. 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Website: www.ocparks.com/william

Cost: Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2220

Special Instructions: Turn right at the stop sign after the park entrance and park in Parking Lot A. Meet at Shelter #2. Rain will cancel event. For more information please visit: www.ocparks.com/owls.

 

December 18 – Bird Walk

8 – 10:30 a.m.

Spot year-round and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free     

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult.) Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/birdwalk. Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).

 

December 18 – Nursery Plant Propagation and Care Day  

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join us at our native plant nursery as we care for native plants from their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers!

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free passes will be provided at the nursery

Contact: (949) 923-2235

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/plantpropogation. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen) and bring water. Meet at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road). Park and walk up the gravel trail 100 yards to get to the small native plant nursery, just before the trailers.

 

December 18 – Family Science Sunday

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each one with a different educational theme to explore.

Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Website: www.ocparks.com/newport

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Contact: (949) 923-2290

Special Instructions: Recommended for ages 2 to 10. All activities are self guided. May include crafts, hand-on exhibits, hikes or more!

 

December 22 – Fitness Hike at Dilley   

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 5.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (900-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign-up online: www.eventbrite.com/fitnesshikeatdilley. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; and make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)

 

December 19 – Tecate Cypress Stewardship

9:30 – 11 a.m.

Help water and weed around young Tecate cypress trees, a rare species found only in Southern California and northern Baja California. These trees have been planted in Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve, in close proximity to the Staging Area, and no hiking is required. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve – directions upon registration.

Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-6696

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: http://letsgooutside.org/activities/2016/12/19/tecate-cypress-stewardship-9/.

 

December 20 – Dripping Springs Trail Restoration

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Help convert an old ranch road into a single-track trail by planting native seedlings trailside, removing invasive weeds, and watering newly planted seedlings in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Afterward, enjoy a visit to Dripping Springs, a natural water source dripping down a fern-covered rock. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve – directions upon registration.

Website: http://ocparks.com/parks/irvineranch

Cost: Free   

Parking: Free

Contact: (714) 973-6696

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: http://letsgooutside.org/activities/2016/12/20/dripping-springs-trail-restoration-33/.

 

 

December 23 – Beyond the Winter Solstice at Nix

2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Led by OC Park staff with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over steep and uneven terrain with Resource Specialist Laura Cohen to celebrate the winter solstice — and holiday season- in nature.  See what is happening with the plants and animals at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for the winter holidays.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/wintersolstice. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

 

 

December 29 – Fitness Hike at Little Sycamore

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this difficult, strenuous and fast-paced, 4.8-mile hike (400-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free   

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions: Ages 15 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/littlesycamore. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

 

 

December 30 – Meditating in Nature

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  No experience necessary.

Location: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Website: www.ocparks.com/lagunacoast

Cost: Free

Parking: $3 per vehicle

Contact: (949) 497-8324

Special Instructions:  Ages 16 and up. Registration is required, sign up online: www.eventbrite.com/meditatinginnature. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).

 

 

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OC Parks

The OC Parks system encompasses 26 regional, wilderness and historical facilities, as well as coastal areas throughout the County of Orange in California. Featuring nearly 60,000 acres of parkland, open space and shoreline, Orange County’s award-winning parks and programs are enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors each year, in ways as diverse as the parks themselves.

 OC Parks offers wilderness hikes. Campgrounds. World-class mountain biking. Nature centers. Nationally recognized historic sites. Fishing. Surfing. And the list goes on. Whether a visitor comes to jog or camp; whether a family holds a reunion at a park or meets friends at the beach, OC Parks offers everything you need to make every day a great one.

 

Burke Williams Announces Corporate Spa Gift Program Elevate employees with the gift of relaxation

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Burke Williams is pleased to introduce a Corporate Spa Gift program, the ultimate holiday gift for employees, suppliers, clients, and groups. Reward hard work with a luxurious day at the spa and leave your team feeling refreshed for the New Year.

 

The Burke Williams Corporate Spa Gift program is simple, and offered at an incredible value. For every 5 gift cards purchased, Burke Williams will supply a complimentary 6th gift card of equal value. For example, buy 10 gift cards and receive 2 complimentary gift cards at no extra charge. There is no limit on purchases, and this offer is the perfect way to elevate and empower staff, letting them know they are appreciated and their well-being matters.

 

In the spirit of the holiday season, Burke Williams will hand deliver gift cards to the location of choice at no extra charge. Burke Williams will ship orders direct at no extra charge. All gift cards include complimentary packaging, presented in an elegant presentation.

 

This year, forget the fruit baskets and give the gift of relaxation. With a service menu that includes innovative body treatments, nourishing facials, massages, spa baths and more, Burke Williams is the perfect holiday gift idea for staff and clients. For information on Burke Williams and to order Corporate Spa Gifts visit http://burkewilliamsspa.com/corporate-spa-gifts/.

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Burke Williams

For over 30 years Burke Williams Day Spa has been committed to creating an environment of refinement that inspires and provides its guest with a luxurious sanctuary to unwind. With ten locations across Northern and Southern California and the exclusive in-spa skin care line H2V, relaxation awaits with each of our European-inspired treatments including massage therapy, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, baths and an array of signature spa services.

Pokemon Go PokeBall Soft Stuffed Plush Collectible would make a great Stocking Stuffer! Have a Pokemon Fan in the House?


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Looking for a great Stocking Stuffer for your Pokemon Fan this Holiday?

The MK BRANDS 3.5inch Pokemon Go PokéBall Plush Toy is a must-buy!

It has a metal type keychain so it can be hung anywhere! It is also cute to put on the Christmas Tree! But, I think the best thing would to be to put it in a Christmas stocking!

It is small enough to fit easily in the stocking and I am sure any Pokemon Go fan would love to find this plush PokéBall in their stocking!

 

You can purchase on Amazon.com

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item to facilitate this post. Photo was provided.