Winter is coming! Use your senses to recognize and respond to a gas leak

Fire, explosion, property damage or serious bodily injury can all occur from gas leaks. These leaks can come from appliances, damaged pipelines and gas meters.

Recognize: Protect your loved ones and yourself by using your sense of sight, sound and smell.

 

Look:

  • A damaged connection to a gas appliance
  • Dead or dying vegetation over or near pipeline areas
  • Fire/explosion near a pipeline
  • Exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire or flood

Listen: hissing, whistling or roaring near gas line or appliance

Smell: Distinctive odor of natural gas

 

Respond: If you suspect a natural gas leak..

 

1.   Don’t light a match candle or cigarette

2.   Don’t turn electrical appliances or lights on or off

3.   Don’t use your telephone or any device that could cause a spark

4.   Evacuate the area to a safe location

5.   Call The Gas Company at 1-800-427-2200 or 911

 

Information courtesy of The Gas Company

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Not everyone coming to your home is a trick or treater…some may be Buyers! So make your home festive but inviting, this holiday season.

 

With Halloween less than 30 days away it seems that many homes are getting decorated for the holiday.  However, if your home is on the market, the less you decorate the better. Less is more.

Follow these simple rules for decorating and you can still have a Happy Halloween and get your home Sold!

  • Do not decorate the exterior of your home with spider webs strung from tree to tree or draped over shrubs.  No scary witches, ghouls or bats hanging from the front porch. No signs pointing to the haunted house or dungeon.  Most importantly, do not build a cemetery in your front yard! No tombstones, crypts or skeletons should cover any part of your yard.  Keep it happy not creepy.  Many buyers can’t seem to look past the decorations, and if the decorations make their kids cry, they won’t stay long enough to see the home. 
  • Less is more.  Limit yourself to just one room if you must decorate and keep it simple and happy.
  • If you have an annual haunted house or birthday party planned, perhaps you should decorate a few days before and Hold all showings until after Halloween. Lastly, makes sure you put all decorations away and clean up the yard the following day.  Your home should be timeless and have wonderful curb appeal.

Make the home look happy and inviting and it just may sell on, October 31st!   

  

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To know if the housing market in any given year is improving, you’ve got to compare activity not only month-over-month but also year-to -year. Real estate markets move in cycles. Once, the job market improves and there are fewer For Sale signs, less distressed sales and interest rates remain low, then we will see a rebound. In my territory, I have seen prices stabilize and more closed sales. According to Realtor Magazine and Daily news the Housing Market is improving.

8 Signs Housing Is on the Mend

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, August 06, 2012

Some Americans are still jittery over the housing market, but here are eight positive signs that should quell some of their fears.

1.Housing prices are on the rise across the country.
2.Foreclosures have slowed. Analysts suggest that as the supply of distressed homes slows, buyers will be forced into higher-price properties too.
3.Inventories of for-sale homes on the market are decreasing. In fact, inventories of for-sale homes have dropped 24 percent from a year ago.
4.Mortgage rates are at ultra record level lows, for those who can qualify
5.Housing starts rose 6.9 percent in June. Also, existing-home sales were up 4.5 percent higher in June compared to one year ago.
6.Home building stocks are on the rise.
7.For investors who are buying homes, rents are soaring, allowing them to cash in on their investments. Rental prices are at a 10-year high as median units rent for $710 a month.
8.Home affordability is at record highs for the median income family, due to falling home values and super low mortgage rates. In fact, a recent study found that it is cheaper to buy a home than rent in basically ever major city in the U.S. For those who buy, you can save the cost of renting by owning the home for five years or less.
But while the signs point to a housing market on the mend, some Americans still remain hesitant. Many Americans are still underwater on their mortgage, owing more on their home than it is currently worth. Also, the economy continues to weigh on the recovery, particularly a dampening employment outlook, which analysts see as tied to housing.

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Jul

13

Caruso’s – SOUTH OC – Happenings

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South County

ALISO VIEJO

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DANA POINT

Celebrating over 23 years of FREE Summer Concerts in the Park, the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department is proud to announce our 2012 line up. All concerts are held from 3:00pm-6:00pm with an opening band from 3:00-4:00pm and the main band from 4:30-6:00pm. Concerts are geared for the entire family. July 15th Concert features a fundraising BBQ and Beer Garden for the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. Bring your lawn chairs (low back) and blankets and enjoy listening and dancing to a variety of great music this summer. For more information call (949) 248-3530.

LAGUNA HILLS

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LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

NOW through September 2, 2012 is the annual & very popular Sawdust Festival! This outdoor arts and crafts festival is great for the whole family. Watch artists create their work and buy directly from the artists while enjoying the wonderful atmosphere. For more information you can call 949-494-3030.

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Fall Boutique & Crafts Faire Vendor Applications are NOW available through August 1. Submit applications to the Laguna Niguel Parks and Recreation Office located at, the Crown Valley Community Park; 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. ALL ITEMS SOLD MUST BE HANDCRAFTED/ HAND EMBELLISHED and you will need to provide good quality, clear pictures of everything you will be selling with your application (digital copies ok, Parks and Recreation will keep photos). Applications will be reviewed and approved/denied by the Parks and Rec. staff and spaces will be assigned by Aug. 20.Some items may be limited in order to offer a variety to the public. See Craft Faire Application link for Boutique date and vendor application.

LAKE FOREST

20th Anniversary Concert Spectacular coming up Sunday, July 29 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. & is open to all ages! The concert will consist of 90′s, 80′s, 70′s, and 60′s. Don’t miss out on Lake Forest Palooza!

MISSION VIEJO

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RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

Coming up July 21 & 22, 2012 is the annual Ocean Festival. This event is celebrating 35 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!”. Waterman & Water woman Competitions, 5K Beach run, Surf & Bodysurf Contests, Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show, Children’s Events and much, much more! Located on the San Clemente Pier! For more information you can call 949-440-6141.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

NOW through July 22 is the annual Capistrano Shakespeare Festival. This 2012 Summer Shakespeare brings you ‘As You Like It’ – performing this timeless classic with an old west theme … Capistrano Style. The event is held in the beautifully green Historic Town Center Park in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. For more information you can call (949) 489-8082.

*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

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May

24

caruso funny

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A woman takes a lover home during the day while her husband is at work. Her 9 year old son comes home unexpectedly, sees them and hides in the bedroom closet to watch. The woman’s husband also comes home. She puts her Lover in the closet, not realizing that the little boy is in there already. The little boy says, “Dark in here.” The man says, “Yes, it is.” Boy – “I have a baseball.” Man – “That’s nice.” Boy – “Want to buy it?” Man – “No, thanks.” Boy – “My dad’s outside.” Man – “OK, how much?”

Boy – “$250″

In the next few weeks, it happens again that the boy and the lover are in the closet together. Boy – “Dark in here.” Man – “Yes, it is.” Boy – “I have a baseball glove.” The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, “How much?” Boy – “$750″ Man – “Sold.”

A few days later, the father says to the boy, “Grab your glove, let’s go outside and have a game of catch. The boy says, “I can’t, I sold my baseball and my glove.” The father asks, “How much did you sell them for?” Boy -”$1,000″ The father says, “That’s terrible to overcharge your friends like that. That is way more than those two things cost. I’m going to take you to church and make you confess.” They go to the church and the father makes the little boy sit in the confession booth and he closes the door.

The boy says, “Dark in here.” The priest says, “Don’t start that shit again; you’re in my closet now.”

ha ha ha! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Apr

17

Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Save the Butterflies

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Butterflies play a critical role in maintaining the health of our environment. They help pollinate fruits, flowers and vegetables; provide food for other animals; and enchant children and adults alike with their beauty and flight. But like many other creatures, more and more butterflies are becoming endangered as the wild places they inhabit are lost to development or as they fall victim to pesticides.

Here’s what you can do to help bring the butterflies back:

Garden for wildlife. Grow plants butterfly caterpillars like to eat. In many cases, these will be plants that are native to your region; they’ll attract native butterflies as well. Consult local gardening directories or contact your nearest agricultural extension agent for planting recommendations.

Choose nectar-rich plants. Fill your garden not only with plants caterpillars will want to eat, but also with those from which butterflies can drink. Options include buddleia, heliotrope, milkweed, mint, verbena, and zinnias.

Build a house. If your yard doesn’t provide enough dense foliage to allow butterflies to hibernate and nest, build them a box they can use that offers protection from predators and harsh weather. The interior walls of the box should be rough enough to allow butterflies to grab a foothold. Scatter small twigs and leaves inside to promote hibernation and egg laying, and include thin vertical slats on the front to allow the butterflies to enter and exit. Make sure the box is hung no more than four feet above the ground and has a south or southwest exposure.

Put out some water. A shallow dish or birdbath will provide the moisture butterflies need to thrive.

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Apr

12

Caruso Funny ~ Father I Have Sinned….

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Lisa goes into the confessional booth at her church and says “Bless
me father for I have sinned, I have taken unfair advantage of the
generosity of a very kind and handsome man.”

The priest says “is that you Lisa?”

“Yes Father Leahy, it is me.”

“Who was the man you took advantage of?”

“I can’t tell you, Father Leahy, because I do not want to embarrass
him.”

Father Leahy asks “Was it Sean O’Malley?”

“No father.”

“Was it Ken Shaughnessy?”

“No Father Leahy.”

“Was it Johnny Gavin?”

“No Father Leahy, I just can’t tell you.”

Father Leahy says “I approve of your perseverance but you still
have to atone for your sins. Your penance will be to say five Hail
Marys.”

Lisa goes back to her pew where her friend Janet asks in a whisper
“What did Father Leahy give you?”

Lisa replies “he gave me five
Hail Marys and three good prospects for a new boyfriend.”

ha ha get it? Happy Thursday Active Rain!

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Apr

11

Caruso’s Explores Google Analytics

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Have you tried Google analytics? It can get pretty confusing. However, this is critical to your business and should never be left to “gut feeling” and “herd instinct”, as to where you place your marketing spend. With so much money being spent on marketing and advertising, how do you know which is best: Not necessarily the cheapest monthly spend – nor surprisingly necessarily the one sending the most traffic!.

For any real estate business, whether a one-man brokerage or a large organization, there are two metrics that trump all: visits and conversions. These are the Google stats that help you get to your bottom line, and you need to be actively monitoring them.

I came across a well laid out, step-by-step guide, by Bob Samii on how to use Google analytics to get you started with tracking your conversions, analyzing your marketing spend, and improving your efforts to acquire online customers. So I thought I would share some of the information with you.

1. Set up analytics and include a goal for your bottom-line conversion. For most real estate companies, the key conversion to track would be sales inquiries, unless you offer products or services with payment online. Using the Google search statistics, make sure to set up a custom goal in Google Analytics so you can track leads are from your website such as when a visitor performs a sales inquiry — normally this would be after the visitor hits the “submit” button on a contact form.

2. Include a value for your conversions. If you’re an e-commerce company, it’s fairly straightforward to use web analytics to set a value for each conversion based on the product or service you sold. For a real estate business, you need to define the value of a potential customer.

You can do this by figuring out the percentage of online inquiries you convert into real customers and what the average commission would be. So if your average commission is $5,000 and you convert 10 percent of online inquiries into customers, then the value of each online conversion would be $500 (10 percent of $5,000).

3. Segment your online traffic based on channels you are actively marketing. The most effective way to do this is to create a spreadsheet and include all of your key channels. This would include segments such as newsletter, pay per click, direct advertising, display ads, social media, search engine optimization branded (branded organic traffic), and SEO non-branded.

4. Include marketing spend for each of the channels. Are you running a Google AdWords campaign? Spending money on newsletters? Working with an SEO agency? If so, you want to reflect these costs and associate them with the respective channels so you can analyze where your money is being spent most effectively.

5. Calculate cost per acquisition (CPA). Using conversion numbers and your cost data, you can now calculate cost per acquisition (and income per acquisition) for each of your channels. This is simply costs divided by conversions for a given channel. You will see significant variances between each of these segments, and that’s completely normal.

6. Analyze the results. Once you start collecting this data, you will then be able to understand how you’re spending your money, which channels are most effective, and areas to better optimize and improve. Most importantly, you want to compare month-over-month and year-over-year data and look for red flags (unusual variances in your channels) to have a strong handle to make smarter decisions in your online marketing spend.

Once you fully understand how to use Google analytics, you’ll be surprised at the power it lends to your management decisions. Good luck!

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Apr

7

Stop the noise!

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The effect of noise on humans

In humans, it’s been shown that exposure to moderately high levels of noise for an eight hour period can increase blood pressure and cause other cardiac issues – even if the person is not particularly consciously disturbed. Noise pollution can also cause gastric problems. Sometimes a person doesn’t even realize their body is stressed by noise until the noise is no longer present – they just feel a sudden sense of relief.

Exposure to excessively loud noise over long periods can also lead to partial deafness. Approximately 10 percent of people living in industrialized areas have substantial hearing loss and youngsters in the USA have an impaired hearing rate 250% higher than their parents and grandparents.

Noise also lies at the root of some violence – many assaults and murders can be attributed to a noise issue that spiralled out of control. Where noise is used to irritate or disrupt others, in my opinion it’s also a form of assault.

Do you know the effects noise has on the environment?

In nature, noise causes many adverse effects on animals and even plants – here are some examples i have gathered through the internet:

Birds in a city need to call longer and louder than their country counterparts
Birds that rely on hearing to help locate prey are seriously disadvantaged by industrial noise
Noise disturbs feeding and breeding patterns of some animals and has been identified as a contributing factor of the extinction of some species.
Aircraft noise and sonic booms have been implicated as a cause of lowered reproduction in a variety of animals.
Military sonar has been responsible for the deaths of possibly thousands of dolphins and whales.
Even outboard motor noise can confuse some whales and dolphins.
In dairy cows, excessive noise reduces feed consumption, milk yield, and rate of milk release
Noise causes increased incidence of miscarriages in caribou
Intense noise can affect growth of chickens and egg production
Canaries can suffer hearing damage at relatively low decibel levels if the noise is sustained
Noise has also been shown to have a detrimental effect on the reproduction of some plants through interfering with pollinator or seed spreading activity.
Traffic noise could be hampering the reproductive process of frogs in metropolitan areas by drowning out the mating calls of males.
When squid, octopus and cuttlefish are subjected to low frequency sound, sever lesions can develop in their auditory structures
Imagine a world without noise

Ever wondered how much quieter the world would be if every single combustion engine was switched off and all electrical equipment shut down for a few minutes simultaneously. After all, noise doesn’t really disappear, like all energy it just changes form or dissipates. Given this, even if you’re out in the middle of nowhere, does the sum total of all the human-generated noise in the world still affect that area? Finding easily accessible quiet places, really quiet places, where the only noises are those of nature, is becoming increasingly difficult.

Noise is very much underrated when it comes to environmental issues. We have our “turn out the lights” days, “don’t drive” days – I’d love to see a “no noise” hour initiative. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what quiet is and if we don’t teach our children, they will never appreciate the concept of a noise-free experience.

Our usual reaction to dealing with noise is to add more noise – for example, turning up the TV or yelling. We simply don’t know what we’re blocking out, and what we don’t know, we don’t miss.

Playing your part in reducing noise

Noise is something we can all do something about; whether it’s fixing a faulty muffler on your car, turning down our music a little so our neighbors don’t have to listen to it or making the effort when out in the wild not to yell and shout unnecessarily. Here are some other tips for noise reduction:

Cell phones ringing annoy the hell out of many people – keeps yours to the lowest level practicable
If you have to raise your voice to have a conversation, something is wrong; so see what noise sources around in your immediate environment that you have control over.
Discourage your dogs from barking unnecessarily for extended periods. Barking dogs feature heavily in disputes between neighbors.
Institute a quiet time in your household’s routine
Make special efforts to keep noise to a minimum at night and early in the morning as these are times when people are trying to unwind or sleep
Believe me, very few people want to hear your music, no matter how cool you think it is. There’s other ways to make social statements that are likely more effective and will have a more positive response :)
If you do want to turn your stereo up; ensure the doors and windows are closed and reduce the bass levels as bass travels even through brick walls quite easily.
If your lifestyle is a particularly rowdy one, consider planting more shrubs and trees around your property. Not only will this reduce noise affecting your neighbors, you’ll provide shelter and food for animals and also play a part in greenhouse gas reduction.

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NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM
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BREA

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BUENA PARK

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 starting at 8:00am is the annual Spring Eggstravaganza! Breakfast starts at 8:00am & the Program begins at 9:00am. Come be a part of the “Egg-citement” this spring at Buena Park’s very special Spring Eggstravaganza! Activities include stage entertainment, children’s crafts, field games, a petting zoo, moon bounces, visits with the Spring Bunny, and of course, the candy scramble for children 12 years of age and younger. Come early for a special Pancake Breakfast starting at 8:00 am sponsored by the Buena Park Noon Lions.

CYPRESS

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 starting at 10:30am is the annual Spring Egg Hunt & Flash Light Egg Hunt! The egg hunt is for ages 11 and under ONLY, and that begins at 10:30am. There will be crafts, activities, food, egg hunt with toy and candy filled eggs, visits with the Easter Bunny (Please, don’t forget your camera!). Don’t be late, this event starts at 10:30 SHARP! The event takes place at Oak Knoll Park (5700 Orange Avenue). AND starting at 8:00pm is the Teen Egg Hunt for ages 13-18. Be sure to bring a flashlight and basket for an egg hunt in the dark! This event is held at Arnold/Cypress Park (8611 Watson Street (meet at Cypress Park bldg)). For more information you can call the City of Cypress – (714) 229-6780.

FULLERTON

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GARDEN GROVE

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LA HABRA

TOMORROW beginning at 6:30am is the annual Spring Family Eggstravaganza! This event includes a pancake Breakfast, games, bounce houses, crafts. Here is the schedule of events 6:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Game booths, inflatable jumpers, arts and crafts, a mini health fair, and visits with the Easter Bunny will begin. 10:00 a.m. Egg Hunt begins. The event takes place at El Centro-Lions Park. For more information you can call (562) 905-9700.

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

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STANTON
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WESTMINSTER

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YORBA LINDA

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CENTRAL COUNTY

COSTA MESA

TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm is the annual Easter Festival and Treasure Hunt! Bring your baskets for a free treasure hunt from 10 am – 2 pm. There will be a FREE gift to the first 500 kids in line! Face painting, photos with the Easter bunny, Easter crafts and puppet shows. The event takes place at The Orange County Market Place (88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds). AND on Saturday as well from 9:30 am – 12 pm is the Egg-Citement 2012 which is FREE and open to the community! Enjoy a morning in the park with your friends and neighbors. There will be Easter egg hunts done by age group, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce house, concessions sold by local school groups and much more! The event takes place at Tanager Park in the Mesa Verde neighborhood of Costa Mesa!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

TOMORROW from 8:30-11:30am is the annual Easter Egg Hunt! The event includes free crafts, carnival games, bounce houses, egg hunts, and more! Egg hunts will run continuously from 8:30-11:00am.Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $5 per person or get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny ($2 per picture). The event takes place at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park (16400 Brookhurst Street). For more information you can call 714-839-8611.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

TOMORROW April 07, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is the Annual Easter Hunt! The City of Huntington Beach, Community Services Department, and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club present the 22nd Annual Easter Hunt! This event will feature an Easter hunt, game booths, entertainment, exhibits, and refreshments. Come early and enjoy a day at the park with music and events for the whole family. Easter Bunny photos, snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. The Easter hunt is open to children up to age 8. Please have each child bring a container for their treats. The hunt will take place at Huntington Beach Central Park. For more information you can call 714-536-5486.

IRVINE

TOMORROW is the last day for the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. At Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza, children and adults can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad also offers Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Children can also meet and have their picture taken with the Easter bunny (visit web site for cost). Other activities include hay rides, Easter cookie decorating, face painting, carnival games and a lot more. Additional Irvine Regional Park activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals’ paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals® bikes (single surrey bikes, deuce coupes, choppers, beach cruises and more), the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Visit web site for costs and full details.

LOS ALAMITOS

TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9am to 11am is the annual Spring Carnival! This event includes egg hunt, family style carnival games, face painting, bounce house and more. This is a FREE event located at Laurel Park. For more information you can call (562) 430-1073.

NEWPORT BEACH

TOMORROW is the last day for EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS! Children are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny in the spring garden on Atrium Lawn from 11am to 6pm daily. Packages begin at $14, and families are permitted to use their own camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny at no charge (limit one shot per family). The Easter Bunny will be at Fashion Island Mall. For more information you can call 949-721-2000.

ORANGE

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SANTA ANA

TOMORROW, Saturday April 7, 2012 from 12:00-4:00pm is the annual Easter Displays, Cookie Decorating and Tea with Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society! Put on your best Easter bonnet and join us for a special spring Open House at the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle house. Included with your tour of this 1889 Victorian gem are delicious tea and Easter sweets, and displays of vintage clothing and Victorian Easter cards. Join in our Easter cookie decorating event; unleash your creativity as you embellish your own cookies to take home! Join in an old fashioned “guess the number of jelly beans” contest for a chance to win a special prize. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors & Members $4, Students K-12 $3. The event is located at 120 Civic Center Drive.
SEAL BEACH

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TUSTIN

TOMORROW from 8:30am – 11:30am is the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring a basket or a bag to collect all the treats! The hunt starts at 9am.There will also be a bounce house, petting zoo and pony rides. The event takes place at Tustin Sports Park (12850 Robinson Dr., Tustin). For more information you can call 714-573-3326.

VILLA PARK

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South County

ALISO VIEJO

TOMORROW , Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 7am-11:30am is the Community Spring Celebration & Pancake Breakfast. This annual celebration includes Egg Hunts, Visits with Peter Rabbit, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, DJ Entertainment & Arts & Crafts. Pancake breakfast 9-11 in Town Center. For more information you can call 949-243-7411.

DANA POINT

TMORROW, April 7, 2012 from 9-10am hop on down to Dana Point and enjoy a morning of fun spring time activities, which include: Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits and a Egg/Candy Hunt for ages up to 10 years. Don’t forget your cameras and empty basket to hunt for the goodies! The event is located at Pines Park & Sea Canyon Park (34941 Camino Capistrano & 33093 Santiago Drive). For more information you can call 949-248-3530

LAGUNA HILLS

TONIGHT, from 8-9pm is the Late Night Flashlight Egg Hunt! Bring your flashlight and prize bag for an eventful evening of annual egg hunting! The Laguna Hills Sports Complex will become a hidden adventure filled with hundreds of eggs. Each participant will be entered into an exciting raffle to conclude the evening! Ages: 7-14 two separate hunts for 7-10 & 11-14 yr olds Fee: Resident $5, Non-Resident $7. To register or for more information you can call (949) 707-2680. ALSO tomorrow, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 10-11am is a morning of fun and adventure! Join us for springtime crafts, an egg hunt, and pictures with Mr. Bunny. Children will have a ball with all the springtime egg-citement! This event is for ages 6 and under ONLY. For more information you can call (949) 707-2680.

LADERA RANCH

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LAGUNA BEACH

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LAGUNA NIGUEL

TOMORROW 4/7/2012 from 9am-12pm is the annual Bunny Blast! Make crafts, get your face painted, play games, jump in the bounce house, visit the animals at the petting zoo and watch a fun show! You can also saddle up for a pony ride and visit the Easter Bunny who will be strolling around (bring your camera). There will be food available for purchase. There WILL NOT be an egg hunt at this event. Cost is $7 for children (ages 3-12), and $1 for adults (13 and older). Pay admission at the event. Parents should determine if this is an age appropriate activity for their children. All activities may be canceled if it rains on event day. Recreation Hotline for event updates – 949-362-4351. AND – OPEN HOUSE on Saturday at 15 Emerald Glen, Laguna Niguel from 1:00-5:00pm. Stunning Ocean Views from the 1st & 2nd floors, Private Spa, Ocean View deck, & a chance to ask Michael Caruso all your Real Estate Questions! For more information you can call 949-753-7900 or visit www.15EmeraldGlen.com

LAKE FOREST

TOMORROW Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm enjoy a fun filled event for the whole family with a day of activities including game booths, crafts, face painting, giant Ferris wheel, petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artist and egg scrambles. There will be entertainment for everyone with a strolling magician, DJ, live music, Alice and her Wonderland friends will be there too. Be ready for surprises, and bring your camera to take pictures with Nectar the Mad Hatter and Hoppy the spring bunny. So hop on down early to partake in all the fun! For more information you can call 949-461-3450. AND Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM for the Spring Skate Egg Hunt at the Park. Come and visit the Skateboarding Bunny, play in the jump houses, and participate in fun crafts. This is a family friendly event and great for the young ones! The Park will be closed to riding during this event so it will be safe for all to enjoy. Eggs will be hidden throughout the Skate Park and will have small prizes inside each one. Please bring your own basket. The Egg Hunt starts at 11:15 am sharp, so please don’t be late or you will miss it! Depending on overall turnout, participants may be limited in the amount of eggs they will be allowed to collect. Fee: $5 donation per person. For more information you can call 949-461-3450.

MISSION VIEJO

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. is the annual Easter Garden Party! This FREE event is open to the public and will have something for everyone. The celebration will include an “Eggstravaganza Hunt”, bunny farm; face painting, photos with the Easter bunny, and a “Basket Bonanza” for all ages. The bunny petting zoo area will include a large spring garden party display featuring the Easter bunny and fun photo cutouts for the whole family. One complimentary photo will be provided to each family. The “Basket Bonanza” giveaway, for all ages, will include a chance to win one of five different baskets and one lucky bunny will win a brand new iPad. The event will take place at ‘Kaleidoscope’ (27741 Crown Valley Parkway).
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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SAN CLEMENTE

TOMORROW Saturday, April 7, 2012 is the annual Easter Eggstravaganza!
It’s the great big FREE event that you have been waiting for and you don’t want to miss! Start the morning with a delicious plate of pancakes, prepared by the San Clemente’s Kiwanis Club (for a nominal fee). Oddly shaped activities, enormous entertainers and one great BIG egg hunt! Visit with the huggable bunny, wander through the Path of Random Facts, play games and enjoy the day eating scrumptious snacks (for a nominal fee)! Arrive on time for the BIG hunt, from newborns up to 10 years! The event will take place at Vista Hermosa Park (987 Avenida Vista Hermosa). For more information you can call 949-361-8264. AND on Saturday at 10am is the Community Easter Brunch sponsored by the Family Assistance Ministries, in partnership with the City of San Clemente. The brunch is open to needy individuals and families. If you are in need or know someone that is, stop by the Family Assistance Ministries at 929 Calle Negocio to pick up an invitation for this event. Walk-ups with no invitations also accepted. If you would like to volunteer for the event or would like to donate food, filled Easter Baskets and filled plastic eggs please call 492-8477.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

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*As seen in orangecounty.net & ocregister.com

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