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Posts for October 2012

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No Stress Holiday Shopping at the Irvine Fine Arts Center Holiday Faire

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012

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If you're like me (someone who gets claustrophobic at the mall) this is the time of year when shopping stress kicks in full gear.  The holidays are approaching... ACK!  But do not fear, my friends, because help is on its way.  You CAN get your holiday shopping done before Christmas Eve and enjoy the holidays.  The Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual Holiday Faire is here to save the day.

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This year's event marks the 30th anniversary of the Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual Holiday Faire. Join the fine folks at IFAC for family fun and holiday shopping for fabulous arts and crafts on display from over 150 vendors. See hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, porcelain, dolls, clothing, holiday decorations and more!  Hint, hint...I love the scarves and my favorite color is green ;0)

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I love that proceeds from the Faire are put back into the arts community. The annual tradition includes a menu of delicious foods and desserts, including chili or baked potatoes with all the fixings in handmade ceramic bowls that you get to keep! The artists in the ceramics department are hard at work producing several hundred of these beautiful bowls just for the Holiday Faire.  I can't wait to see these bowls!

Bring your holiday shopping list and plan to spend either Friday evening or Saturday, or both days at the Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual Holiday Faire boutique! Don't miss this opportunity to purchase original artwork and to support the art programs at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

For more information, call 949-724-6880

Please note:  the center will be closed  Thursday, November 1st  and Friday, November 2nd  to prepare  for this event.  Doors open to public at 5 p.m. Friday evening November 2nd.  I'm so excited!!  See you there!

Terry Irvine Art Center

Harvest Time: Fall Gardening Classes at the OC Great Park

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

The Orange County Great Park is getting back to its roots. 

Long before the El Toro Marine Base hosted its squadron of fighter jets, this vast acreage was the most valuable growing field on the Irvine Ranch.

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At one time, James H. Irvine could boast that he had the "largest privately held bean field in the world," supplying the troops in World War I with the protein rich food.

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Today, thanks to the OC Park's Farm and Food Lab,  things are growing again on James Irvine's old bean field.

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Here the public can learn about sustainable farming and ways they can improve their own backyard gardens. Plus, vegetables grown in the Farm and Food Lab are donated to local food banks like Second Harvest and the Orange County Food Bank.

This Fall, The OC Great Park will host Gardening Workshops that are free to the public. 

Saturday, October 27th 10 - 11am

"Garden of Eatin'"

Kay Havens, UCCE Master Gardener of Orange County

One of the benefits of living in a Mediterranean climate is year-round produce grown in your own garden! Learn what to plant and how to incorporate edibles into your gardening repertoire. Discover roots, shoots and fruits to liven up your plate, plus bountiful berries, fresh herbs and healthy greens.

Saturday, November 3rd 10-11am

"Colorful Flower Baskets for the Cool Season"

Kathy Moine, Green Thumb Nursery, Advanced Certified Nursery Professional

Banish the winter blahs! Your garden landscape and home decor will thank you. Learn how to make your garden an oasis of color and your home  floral retreat. Discover which annuals and perennials to grow and how to incorporate them to create a beautiful, bountiful basket of cool season color.

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Of course, if you prefer to have other people do the gardening for you... 


The OC Great Park Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10am - 2pm.

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For more information, call (949) 724 - 7420.

OC Great Park Hours and Directions


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Enter to Win Tickets to the Pacific Symphony c/o Diamond Jamboree

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 11, 2012

Diamond Jamboree
and the Pacific Symphony have teamed up to present an amazing opportunity to WIN tickets to either CONRAD TAO Plays Grieg or HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.

 Let pianist prodigy Conrad Tao, serenade you with the music of SIBELIUS: Swan of Tuonela, GRIEG: Piano Concerto and TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 during Oct 18, 19, or 20. All entrants receive 20% off tickets to the performances*

Want to enjoy a music-filled morning with the family? Experience "fun and fascinating 45-minute orchestra concerts designed especially for children 5-11 but for the kid and music lover in all of us!" The next concert is Halloween Spooktacular, "A spooktacular treat of a concert, as you and your family are entranced by mysterious music perfect for good little ghouls and ghosts - including Mussorgsky's ‘Night on Bald Mountain' and selections from the ‘Harry Potter' movies. Make sure to wear your favorite costume". Read more details about this exciting concert series here*. Check out Destination Irvine's coupon pack for a Buy 2 Get 1 Free tix to any 'Family Musical Morning'

You have until October 14th to ENTER!

*Contest Rules: All entrants will be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets (2 tickets) to Conrad Tao, Sept, 18, 19 or 20, 2012, or a set of (4 tickets) to the "Family Musical Mornings: Halloween Spooktacular" Oct. 20, 2012. In addition, all entrants will instantly receive a discount code for 20% off purchase of any Conrad Tao Plays Grieg performance. Limit one entry per person. Deadline to enter is based on the concert schedule below. No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years of age or older, and be a legal resident of the United States to win. Employees of Diamond Jamboree/Diamond Plaza, employees of the respective shopping centers' tenants and Pacific Symphony employees are not eligible to win. By entering, entrants agree to be subscribed to the Diamond Jamboree/Diamond Plaza email list and to the Pacific Symphony email list, with the option to unsubscribe at any time; however individuals who unsubscribe before 12:01 a.m. October 30, 2012, will not be eligible to win tickets. Prize is not transferable, and there is no cash substitution. Diamond Jamboree and Pacific Symphony are not responsible for incomplete entries, nor for winner's inability to claim prize. Winner(s) will be notified prior to the concert, as indicated below. All concert performances are in Costa Mesa, CA. Winning tickets will be held at the Pacific Symphony Box Office Will Call (winner may be asked to show ID to redeem tickets).

• Lang Lang - enter by 9/23/12, winner notified 9/24 This contest has ended; you may still enter to win the next 2 concert

• Conrad Tao - enter by 10/14/12, winner notified 10/15

• Family Musical Mornings: Halloween Spooktacular - enter by 10/14/12, winner notified 10/15

Pacific Symphony @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

615 Town Center Drive

Pumpkin Patches Around Irvine

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012

Have you heard? The fall season is here and pumpkin madness has officially invaded Irvine. Though Irvine may not feel the chill associated with traditional fall weather, we still know how to celebrate the season with the best of them! There are several spots around Irvine to enjoy the harvest season, but three pumpkin-themed events around town especially stand out.

 Pumpkin Patch Irvine

Orange County Great Park Pumpkin Harvest

Saturday, October 20

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


October 20th marks the fifth annual Pumpkin Harvest at Orange County Regional Park. This free event is geared towards families eager to celebrate the harvest season with games, a hay maze, a petting zoo, train rides, puppet show, and cooking demos. Kids under 12 will be thrilled to pick a free pumpkin from the Great Park pumpkin patch and then learn how to carve it from one of the master carvers on site. Attendees who show up in costume can enter to win a family four pack of tickets to the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Honda Center. Kids under 12 will be thrilled to pick a free pumpkin from the Great Park pumpkin patch and then learn how to carve it from one of the master carvers on site. Good to know: Parking is $10, so fill up all those seats in your car to get the most bang for your buck.

 Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

 Tanaka Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

Open daily, September 28- October 31

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


It wasn't so long ago that farms and ranchland dominated Irvine. These days, suburbia may dominate the landscape but Tanaka Farms, a 30-acre organic farm in the heart of Irvine, gives locals and visitors the opportunity to experience farm fun no matter the season. During October, the farm still features its popular wagon ride tour and u-pick vegetable fields along with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and petting zoo. I suggest avoiding weekday mornings when hoards of children from Orange County preschools take over the farm and instead visit on the weekends when game and craft booths are set up and food is available for purchase. Before you leave the farm, be sure to stop by their farm stand to pick up fresh produce and delicious baked goods.

 Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Open daily, September 22- October 31

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends


I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch.  This park has been making children smile for over 100 years. The oak-shaded location in the foothills sets an idyllic autumn scene, and it's no wonder a visit to this pumpkin patch has become a fall tradition for many families, including my own. This event seems to feature everything a child could desire- trains, horse rides, hay rides, bounce houses, face-painting, games, gold panning, a haunted house, and plenty of pumpkins.   After your kids have had their fill of pumpkin patch fun (if that is even possible), make time to visit the Orange County Zoo inside the park, play on the playground, and rent either a surrey bike or paddle boat.

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