Archives for October 1, 2015

Free and Low Cost In-Store Events in October at Michaels store locations

During the month of October, Michaels will offer a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including paper-crafting classes to create a seasonal harvest banner, as well as workshops where you can create sliding knot bling bracelets, spooky Duck® Tape T-shirts and costumes. This month Michaels is also offering painting classes, drawing classes and more. Crafters of all skill levels and their families are invited to join in on the fun!


Kids Club events include Halloween-inspired projects such as Perler Frankenstein decorations, a spooky Tic Tac Toe game, pet spiders and a Trick or Treat bag.

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Free Paper Crafting Class: Harvest Banner

Monday, October 5 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Welcome October with a fall-themed harvest banner, perfect for decorating your home. Supplies not included.


Free Jewelry Class: Sliding Knot Bling Bracelets

Tuesday, October 13 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn how to tie a sliding knot as you create a personalized charm bracelet. Supplies not included.


Spellbinding Duck® Tape T-shirts

Saturday, October 17 | 1pm—4pm

Get in the Halloween spirit with t-shirt projects featuring Duck® Tape! Choose a ghoulish skull or a charming cat design. While you’re in the store, create a tote bag to enter into Duck® Tape’s Spookduckular Contest. Visit for more info. Bag supplies not included.


Free Painting Class

Monday, October 19 | 6:30pm—8:30pm

Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more.


Free Drawing Class

Tuesday, October 20 | 6:30pm—8:30pm

Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers.


Last Minute Costume Workshop

Thursday, October 22 | 6:30pm—8:30pm

Still not sure what to be for Halloween? We’ve got you covered! Create an easy last minute costume at our workshop. Choose a clever Spelling Bee ensemble or a creepy Roach Motel outfit. Supplies not included.


Arm Knit Cowl

Monday, October 26 | 6:30pm—8:30pm

Stop in from 6:30p-8:30p for our Free Arm Knitting Class. Create a cowl using just your arm and some yarn. Supplies not included.


Free Floral Class

Tuesday, October 27 | 6:30pm—8:30pm

Get a head start on holiday crafting with a beautiful seasonal centerpiece or a Christmas wreath for your door. Supplies not included.




Perler Frankenstein

Saturday, October 10 | 10am–noon

Your little makers can craft a Perler Frankenstein to get in the spooky spirit! Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Tic Tac Toe

Saturday, October 17 | 10am – noon

Kids can make a Tic Tac Toe game to enjoy with their friends. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Pet Spider

Saturday, October 24 | 10am — noon

Kids can take home a new spooky friend! Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Trick or Treat Bag

Saturday, October 31 | 10am — noon

Drop in and have your little ones create a Trick or Treat bag for later that evening! Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.


Universal Studios Hollywood Reveals New “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Signature Art in Anticipation of Spring 2016 Opening

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Universal City, California, September 18, 2015 – Universal Studios Hollywood wields a bit of magic with the reveal of newly created signature art for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” scheduled to open in Spring 2016.

The new image, which depicts a wand-wielding Harry Potter in the foreground with a bustling snowcapped Hogsmeade village and a spectacular view of the iconic Hogwarts castle in the background, captures the spirit of this dynamic new immersive environment as the theme park readies for the West Coast’s debut of the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood.  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.

Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. “Like” Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook, and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Big Bite Events Introduces Sugar Rush Dec. 5-6 The Sweetest Event You’ll Ever Taste Dec. 5-6 at OC Fair & Event Center


Still sizzling from the success of the recent Big Bite Bacon Fest in Long Beach, Big Bite Events is pleased to unveil their newest foodtainment concept, Sugar Rush. The sweetest event you will ever taste will debut Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.


Sugar Rush will be a one-of-a kind dessert showcase and sweet market experience packed with entertainment, competitions, demonstrations, walk-about tastings of decadent and delicious sweet treats and shopping from dozens of the best pastry chefs and confectioners in Southern California. Foodie enthusiasts will satisfy their sweet tooth with an overload of artisan desserts in an unparalleled sugar shoppe environment as they prepare for the holiday season.


In celebration of National Cookie Cutter week, Sugar Rush is inviting both professional confectionary and pastry chefs along with amateur dessert artisans to participate in the Sugar Rush Cookie Competition. The Sugar Rush Cookie Competition will offer everyone a chance to put a favorite family cookie recipe to the ultimate test. In addition, the Sugar Cookie Art Display Competition will bring together a cookie, an artist and a cause to battle for the best sugar cookie art display. All entries will be put on display for the festivalgoers to bid on via a silent auction. 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to a local charity.


Festivalgoers will also enjoy chef demonstrations, live entertainment, games and crafts for kids. As with all Big Bite Event productions, there will be plenty of fun themed games and entertainment to keep eventgoers busy!


Tickets for Sugar Rush will go on-sale September 18, 2015 and start at only $20 online through October 31 for general admission. VIP tickets are available and include one-hour early admission before general admission guests, a VIP swag bag, chocolate and spirits pairing and access to the VIP Sugar Lounge. The event will open at 11 a.m. for VIP, 12 p.m. for general admission and continue until 5 p.m.daily. For more information about this one-of-a-kind sweet experience and to purchase tickets visit

Credit: Big Bites Events Sugar Rush.

Kick off ODD-tober with a new ODD SQUAD special and other Halloween-themed family favorites from PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS’ “Odd-tober” begins with an all-new ODD SQUAD one-hour special and the return of Halloween-themed family favorites from various series! On Monday, October 5, PBS KIDS will premiere “ODD SQUAD: Against the Odds,” which will include five 11-minute stories with Olive, Otto and the rest of the gang as they solve the community’s strange problems.


“Odd-tober” will continue on PBS KIDS throughout the week of October 25-31 with the return of family Halloween favorites, including “CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest.” Favorite episodes from series such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, WILD KRATTS, PEG + CAT and DINOSAUR TRAIN will also air throughout the week. Families will be able to play Halloween games and stream the Halloween-themed episodes free on and the PBS KIDS Video App.

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“ODD SQUAD: Against the Odds” – premieres Monday, October 5 (check local listings)

Five all-new 11-minute stories are packed into a super special hour:


Undercover Olive” (Parts 1 and 2): In this half-hour episode, Olive goes undercover in a high-stakes “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game.


“The Curious Case of Pirate-itis”: Otto and Oscar try to stop Olive from turning into a pirate.


“Not So Splash”: Olive and Otto must figure out why parts of the town are turning snowy and cold — in the middle of summer.


“By the Book”: Olive and Otto interrogate two suspects to figure out which one is innocent and which one is guilty.


Halloween Programming – airs October 25-31
Check local listings for airdates and times.


“Hick or Treat/ Mr. Alwaysright”
“Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny/ Pet Projects”



“Caillou Loves the Fall”

“Fall Is in the Air”



“Trick or Treat/ King Cecil the Seahorse”

“Aye Aye!/ Trick or Treat”


“CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest”
“Night of the Weiner Dog/ Animal Trackers”


“Katerina’s Costumes/ Dress up Day”


“Haunted Roundhouse/ Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”
“One Big Frog/ Caving with Vlad”
“Night Train/ Fossil Fred”



“Martha Gets Spooked/ Martha Changes Her Luck”

“Martha: Deadline Doggie/ It’s the Giant Pumpkin, Martha”

“TD’s Magic/ Scaredy Cat”

“The Halloween Problem”


“Tricks & Tales”
“Spooky Charms”


“Secrets of the Spider’s Web”
“A Bat in the Brownies”
“Little Howler”



“Tobey’s Tricks and Treats/ Escape Wham”

Credit: PBS KIDS.

TEDxUCIrvine Brings TEDx Talks to Festival of Discovery 10.3 Celebrating UC Irvine’s 50th Anniversary


TEDxUCIrvine is pleased to bring TEDx Talks to University of California, Irvine’s Festival of Discovery, commemorating its 50th anniversary. The festival, held in the campus’s Aldrich Park on Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature discovery pavilions centered around Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact, and Arts + Culture. The TEDx Talks will bring the discovery pavilion themes to life in four explorative sessions covering the mind, body, heart and soul. The talks are scheduled throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TEDxUCIrvine, an independently organized TED event, is a non-profit student-run organization at UCI, fueled by the spirit of the parent organization TED with the motto of “ideas worth spreading.” The TEDx Talks within Festival of Discovery will offer an opportunity for event-goers to experience interactive and thought-provoking talks with 12 speakers from different schools at UCI. Each unique session willexplore the ideas that are shaping the future of the local and global communities.

The Festival of Discovery will kick off with the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk at 7 a.m.  Participants will “run through the decades” with music and themed décor of the 60s through today. The course will finish at the Festival of Discovery event site.

Festival of Discovery and TEDxUCIrvine are free events. Online registration for the TEDx Talks is recommended to reserve a seat. Registration for the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk is also available online. For more information visit

TEDXUCIrvine Schedule

MIND: 10-11 a.m.


Greg Weiss – Professor of chemical biology in the departments of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry


Kelli Sharp – Assistant professor of dance and co-director of I-move in the Stem Cell Research Center


Amir AghaKouchak – Assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering


Elizabeth Cauffman – Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in psychology & social behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law


BODY: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.


Armin Schwegler – Faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Michele Goodwin – Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy


Francisco Ayala – University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and professor of philosophy


HEART: 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Claudia Kawas – Professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior


Aaron Kheriaty – Associate professor of psychiatry, director of the Program in Medical Ethics and chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at UCI Medical Center


Richard Matthew – Professor of planning, policy & design and political science, director of the Blum Center for Global Engagement, director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and co-principal investigator of the FloodRISE Project


SOUL: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


David Ochi – Founding Executive Director of the Blackstone Launchpad program


Julia Lupton – Professor of English & comparative literature with a joint appointment in education, associate dean of research for the School of Humanities and faculty director of Illuminations, the chancellor’s arts and culture initiative


Said Shokair – Founding director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Credit:  Festival of Discovery/TEDxUCIrvine.