Science in the Park Comes to Irvine Regional Park Saturday, April 29 Join OC Parks and The Cooper Center for a free family festival celebrating archaeology, paleontology, history, culture, and science.

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The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to announce Science in the Park, a free family event on Saturday, April 29 at Irvine Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Science in the Park is presented in partnership with The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, and celebrates Orange County’srich heritage of natural history, native animals and plants, local Native American culture, and will explore the fascinating world of science with the community.

 

Science in the Park welcomes the young and the young at heart to enjoy a variety of activities including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, science experiments, and a volcano eruption demonstration. The event will also feature the Junior Scientist Camp that offers educational crafts and hands-on activities that span Native American rock art, microfossil investigation, mini fossil & artifact excavations, fossil rubbings, and more.

Additional participants for Science in the Park include volcano expert Dr. Val Memeti, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Tucker Wildlife Center, Mineralogical Society of SouthernCalifornia, California State University Fullerton’s Mathematics Club, Chemistry Club and Geology Club, SWCA Environmental Consultants,
and Sea & Sage Audubon.

Science in the Park is presented by OC Parks’ Cooper Center in partnership with California State University – Fullerton. The event will be held at Irvine Regional Park wherethe Orange County Zoo is located, and the Zoo will have a Discovery Cart and Ranger talks throughout the day. Join OC Parks for a day of fun, sun, and opportunities to learn about Orange County’s rich natural heritage.

April 29 – Science in the Park

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Event Cost: FREE

Parking: $5 per vehicle

Zoo Admission: $2

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Website: http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=63166

Credit: The County of Orange and OC Parks.

Autism Awareness Month Here's a list of some great resources!

Autism Awareness during Big Sur!

KultureCity Launches Innovative Program Benefitting Families

With Autistic Children.

NestFresh, the leader in sustainable, local, humane and natural eggs, has pledged to support the charitable efforts of partner KultureCity through the organization’s unique fundraising campaign titled KCFit. This marathon season, KCFit, with the help of caring partners like NestFresh, will attend a number of the nation’s most prestigious marathons. In doing so, KultureCity’s advocates will use the KCFit platform to promote acceptance for all special needs children while fundraising in support of the lifeBOKS program. In launching this exceptional fundraising endeavor, NestFresh has joined the KCFit team, helping to promote upcoming races and educating consumers about both KultureCity and KCFit. The egg producer will support the organization through marketing promotional efforts.

 

The concept of KCFit was born of KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong Maha and NFL legend Tiki Barber to merge philanthropy with physical fitness through exercise, diet and community. With the philosophy “We can achieve anything, even the impossible, one step at a time. It starts with having the courage to take the first step,” each marathon attended by KCFit will fundraise for KultureCity’s innovative lifeBOKS program. The lifeBOKS program provides free kits to the families of autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents. In NestFresh’s current partnership with KCFit, the brand will continue its history of giving back to the communities it serves in meaningful ways.

 

“NestFresh is proud to support KultureCity and its KCFit program as part of our ongoing commitment to helping those who do good in our communities,” shares Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh. “We have been impressed by the work KultureCity does since they were nominated and eventually voted the winner of our first NestFresh Cares contest. This partnership with KultureCity allows us to continue to engage with consumers that care just as much about their communities as we do.”

 

“KCFit is a fantastic initiative that will continue to support the incredible work of KultureCity and the lifeBOKS program,” shares Dr. Michele Kong, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of KultureCity. “We’re proud that NestFresh has joined our team of individuals and organizations that truly care about the vision, purpose and health of KultureCity.”

 

NestFresh’s support of KultureCity and KCFit pivots on the values upon which NestFresh stands. From the company’s partnerships with family farmers nationwide to its insistence on transparency from farm to grocery store, this year’s giving efforts align with everything NestFresh has worked towards since the brand’s founding in 1991.

 

About NestFresh

NestFresh Eggs was the first nationally distributed egg line to receive the Non-GMO Project Verified seal from the Non-GMO Project and to offer liquid and dry egg products that are also Non-GMO Project Verified for retail, food service and manufacturing.
“Coding Autism” Launches to Train Adults with Autism How to Code

Program Aims to Combat Unemployment and Underemployment Rates Among People with Autism; Crowdfunding Campaign Launches to Help Fund Program and Provide Scholarships

(Los Angeles, CA) – April 13, 2017 – Every year, the number of people diagnosed with autism rises, however there are simply not enough quality programs designed towards training adults with autism with real-world career skills.  As a result, too many are either unemployed or working in menial jobs below their skill level.  To help adults with autism learn the fundamental skills necessary to secure an entry-level web developer job, LA-based Coding Autism has announced a new program to train those with autism how to code.

To help fund the program, and allow contributors to provide for scholarships so that the entire 15-person first class can attend tuition-free, Coding Autism has launched a crowdfunding campaign at: startsomegood.com/coding-autism-training-adults-with-autism-in-code.

Coding Autism’s first web development boot camp is called the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive. This is a 15-week, full-time course where students will be learning the fundamental skills of coding.  The first class will take place at Hub 101 in Thousand Oaks, CA (Greater Los Angeles Area) with online classes planned in 2018.

“It is completely unacceptable that our autistic community is experiencing an over 80% unemployment and underemployment rate,” said Oliver Thornton, CEO & co-founder of Coding Autism.  “As passionate advocates who have either been diagnosed with autism ourselves or have family members affected with autism, we understand that with the right resources, training, coaching and environment that individuals with autism can thrive in the workforce.”

By founding Coding Autism and launching the ASPIRE Web Development Immersive, Mr. Thornton believes that they can create highly qualified, skilled, and eager to work autistic employees to fill job vacancies in the tech industry.

Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry.  With the $50k+ average annual salary for entry-level, full-time web developers, tech is an attractive industry in which to pursue a career.

Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft and SAP have implemented autism hiring initiatives.  This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that adults with autism can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship and on-boarding.  Students that want to enroll can sign-up to receive more information at: CodingAutism.com

A video can be seen at: youtube.com/watch?v=gVybQJSNlS4

About Coding Autism:
Coding Autism is a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance, and web development. We also assist our graduates in finding employment within the software and technology industries. We do so by providing services such as immersive programs and bootcamps, resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and coaching/mentorship, all of which is designed around providing an environment where people on the spectrum can thrive.  More information is available at CodingAutism.com.

Self Disclosure: Information was sent to me for posting.

3 ways to teach kids about being safe on Instagram

Instagram is a popular photo and video sharing social networking site. But this raises some concerns for keeping children safe. Instagram is an app that people use to post pictures and videos taken via a smartphone to the person’s Instagram page. The pictures can be of anything, some are beautiful but others can depict violence, drug, sexual pictures and videos and the like. Of course, users can post messages next to the picture too.

 

Furthermore, while it can be easy for kids to assume that more followers and likes means that they are more popular and a good account to follow, things may not be as it appears. You may not know what the Instagrammer has done to earn the followers. It is possible that the followers and likes were purchased and give a false impression of the Instagrammer’s popularity. That’s right, some even buy Instagram Followers & Likes.

 

The social network has north of over 600 million monthly users. This includes millions upon millions of teens and tweens. People use the service to get around parental limitations on other sites. Really, Instagram has become similar to all other social networking sites and websites generally.

Fortunately, Instagram provides several ways to keep your child safe. Here are three ways.

Safety in Numbers: Teach your kids to share if any of their friends or someone they know is under 13.

 

Once again you should show your child how to discuss unacceptable behavior to you. This includes rule-breaking behavior or others. Of course, Instagram has a page to help you report children under age 13 on Instagram.

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Instruct kids to tell you if an unauthorized picture of themselves appears on Instagram.

 

This is very important. Some kids know no boundaries. A child, in jest, may take a picture of a kid and post it on the social networking site. This may make the child in question feel ashamed. Some commit themselves to escape the shame. Do not let that happen to your child. Here is what Instagram says to do if the worst happens.

“Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). If your child is younger than 13 and created an account on Instagram, you can show them how to delete their account.

If you’d like to report an account belonging to someone under 13 or if you believe someone is impersonating your child who’s under 13, please fill out this form. In order to delete a child’s account, we’ll need to verify that the child is under 13.”

Report abusive behavior or inappropriate/offensive material.

 

As a follow-up, Instagram provides additional information regarding how to take down offensive material.

“We ask that all people follow our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. If your teen encounters someone on Instagram who’s not following these guidelines or Terms, they can report that person’s posts directly from Instagram.

People can report abusive behavior or posts with our built-in reporting. This includes nude photos, abuse and excessive spam. Reporting is totally anonymous. No information about the reporter is sent to the person whose account or photo has been reported.”

Follow Instagram’s advice and you can teach your kids to be safe on the social network.

Whole Foods Market celebrates Earth Day with organic produce sale

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On Earth Day, April 22, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on organic produce. Customers will receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more of organic produce.

Whole Foods Market is celebrating Earth Day with organic produce for its many environmental benefits. Organic farming does not use environmentally harmful chemicals that may contaminate rain and groundwater; and this growing method replenishes and maintains healthy, fertile topsoil with rich biological matter, which limits erosion and impact on waterways.

Other organic standards include no toxic or persistent pesticides or herbicides, no sewer sludge or synthetic fertilizers, no GMOs, no antibiotics, no synthetic growth hormones and no irradiation.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

TPT Home & Garden Orange County Presents The Floral Design Workshop Earth Day - Saturday, April 22, 2-3 p.m.

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TPT Home & Garden is pleased to introduce the Design Workshop Series, a hands-on class featuring select crafts and tips for creating the ultimate in inspired home décor.

 

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, welcomes a floral design workshop. Work directly with TPT Home & Garden design expert, Maren Anderson, to learn how to make the perfect floral and succulent selections using scale, tools, tips and hints to make your floral ideas become reality.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, April 22, 2-3pm class with design expert on-site until 4pm

 

WHERE:

TPT Home & Garden, Orange County

18030 Newhope St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

 

PRICE:

$30 includes all supplies for (1) floral arrangement (regularly $70)

 

RESERVATIONS:

No reservations required, first come first served.

Credit: TPT Home & Garden.

Universal Studios Hollywood & CityWalk Becomes Headquarters for The Fate of the Furious, Universal Pictures’ #1 Blockbuster Movie

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk become headquarters for Universal Pictures’ blockbuster new movie The Fate of the Furious, inviting fans to see the No. 1 film in the world at the all-new Universal Cinema, get up close and personal with original prop cars and costume displays and cap off the experience aboard the theme park’s exciting thrill ride, The Fast & Furious—Supercharged, which features stars from the original film series.

As the one-stop destination for all things Fast & Furious, Universal CityWalk’s new state-of-the art Universal Cinema offers movie buffs the best seat in the house, where they can kick back on ultra-plush recliner seats in Hollywood screening-room quality theatres to watch their favorite characters reunite on the silver screen.

The turbo-charged takeover also provides guests with an exclusive look at the high-speed vehicles from the new movie on display both at Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood.  This includes “Dom” Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) 1970 Dodge Charger, which has been souped-up to an Ice Charger with a 707 horsepower, 6.2 liter V8 engine to enable the vehicle to zip along snow and ice terrains in the new film. Other cars on display include the International MXT driven by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Hobb’s Dodge Ram, Roman Pearce’s (Tyrese Gibson) 2004 Bentley GT and the Ripsaw driven by Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges).

Authentic wardrobe worn by Dom and Hobbs will also be prominently featured within the lobby of the new Universal Cinema.

Universal Studios Hollywood also invites guests on an electrifying thrill ride aboard it’s all-original “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” mega-attraction. The Studio Tour’s grand finale ride features characters made famous by Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans and catapults guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars in a harrowing escapade – at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour – to save one of their own from an international crime cartel.

For more information and to purchase tickets to The Fate of the Furious, visit www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Additionally, movie-goers can enjoy $5 Movie General Parking with the purchase of a movie ticket.

Visiting guests can get a supercharged look at the new The Fate of the Furious displays within Universal Plaza, located in the heart of the theme park, now through Friday, April 28, and just outside Universal Cinema until Sunday, April 23.

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA. Join the conversation online using #FastFuriousRide, and for the latest news, ‘like’ Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow at @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

 

About The Fate of the Furious

On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.

 

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life.  But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

 

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

 

For The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell.  In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren.  The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.  www.fastandfurious.com

 

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Explore And Celebrate Socal’s Coast At Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival APRIL 29-April 30, 2017

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The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer.

 

WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

COST:            The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

 

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/

 

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse

cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is 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 Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This quiz was compiled by our Dog Bite Prevention Coalition members — the Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Assn., American Humane, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance.

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Dog Safety Quiz 

 

  1. Is it okay to open a door and let dogs out when a letter carrier drops off mail? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

 

 

  1. Does an angry dog wag his tail? Yes OR No

 

Answer:  YES

People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is far from the truth. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they’re feeling aggressive. A tail that is held high and moves stiffly is a sign that the dog is feeling dominant, aggressive, or angry.

 

 

  1. Do dogs like to be kissed and hugged? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

We humans like to touch and hug people and things when we express happiness. Dogs don’t. Some dogs are very tolerant and will allow hugging and kissing while some try to get away. A dog may tolerate or even enjoy a hug on his terms, but sometimes he will not be in the mood. Think about it, when hugging a person you wrap your arms around the other and hold them in place for a few seconds. That alone is bad news to a dog since they on average do not do well with restrain. They generally don’t like to be held in place. This alone is enough to generate feelings of anxiety as well as a sense of unease and insecurity in your dog.

 

 

  1. If you know a dog, is it okay to reach through a car window or a fence to pet it? Yes OR No

 

Answer:  NO

Dogs, even ones you know have good days and bad days. You should never pet a dog without asking the owner first and especially if it is through a window or fence. For a dog, this makes them feel like you are intruding on their space and could result in the dog biting you.

 

 

  1. If a dog is chasing you, should you try to run away? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

Never run from a dog! The dog may think you are playing a game and start chasing you if you begin to run away. Don’t shout or wave your arms as this will either encourage or frighten the dog. Remain calm and still and talk to the dog using a soft voice. Loud, angry-sounding words and screaming only make the dog nervous and upset.

 

 

  1. Is it important to ask an owner for permission before you pet their dog? Yes OR No

 

Answer: YES

ALWAYS even if it is a dog you know!

First get the “OK” from the owner.

Hold out your hand, fingers closed, palm down, slowly toward the dog. Allow the dog to approach your hand and sniff it.

 

 

Wait for the dog’s “OK.” If he wants your affection, he will lower his head, perk ears, or even come closer to you. If the dogs puts his ears back, flat on his head, or growls, or cowers, don’t pet him!

Pat the dog on the top of his head, or along his back. Avoid touching his belly, tail, ears, or feet.

 

 

  1. Is it okay to pet a dog while it is eating? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

Do not try to take food or toy away from a dog. NEVER bother a dog while he is eating. The most common situation where a dog bite occurs is while a dog is eating because they are protecting their source of food.

 

 

  1. Is it okay to hit or yell at your dog if it doesn’t listen to you? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

When we hit or yell at a dog, we are applying pain and scaring the dog. For dogs, a natural reaction to being hurt or frightened is to bite. A fearful dog doesn’t trust people and can lead to aggression.

 

 

  1. Is a scared dog as dangerous as an angry dog? Yes OR No

 

Answer: YES

When animals and people are afraid of something, they prefer to get away from that thing. They try to defend themselves from the scary thing. An angry dog is just as dangerous as a dog that is afraid because both will be defensive and bite.

 

 

  1. Are there only certain breeds (or types) of dogs that bite? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

ALL DOGS are capable of biting. There’s no one breed or type of dog that’s more likely to bite than others. Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, and training.

 

 

  1. Do dogs use their body to tell you how they feel? Yes OR No

 

Answer: YES

Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures. You can tell how a dog is feeling (sad, tired, happy, angry, scared) by looking at the position of a dogs’ ears, mouth, eyes, and tail.

 

 

  1. Does a good dog owner leave his dog chained up outside all day? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

Dogs are social animals who crave human companionship. That’s why they thrive and behave better when living indoors with their pack — their human family members. Dogs that are tied up or chained outside are frustrated and can become aggressive because they are unhappy. They can also become very afraid because when they are tied or chained up, they can’t escape from things that scare them.

 

Thank you, USPS for sharing this with us!