Friday, October 31, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner & Events Orange County

Thanksgiving fun - Westwind Community Center
at Westwind Community Center, Ontario, CA
Tuesday, Nov 25 4:00p to 5:00p

The event, for all ages, will include games, crafts and a meal for the whole family.

Price: free
Phone: (909) 930-3346
Age Suitability: All Ages
Tags: community
The event, for all ages, will include games, crafts and a meal for the whole family.

540 N. Euclid Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
714-774-1832 | FAX 714-774-4050
Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10
Brunch Hours: Sun 9am-2pm

5711 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807
714-779-0600 | FAX 714-779-4187
Hours: M-Th 11-10, F & Sat 11-11, Sun 9-10
Brunch Hours: Sun 9am-2pm

1) Napa Rose at Disneyland.
2) Disneyland Hotel where they have Thanksgiving Day dinner…Thanksgiving.html
3) The White House in Anahaeim
4) The Queen Mary
5) 21 Oceanfront Restaurant in Newport Beach

Anaheim White House
887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA
Leave the cooking to someone else this Thanksgiving season and head to this converted historic home for a prix-fixe traditional meal.

Restaurant 162
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA
Spend your Thanksgiving within the Ritz Carlton and enjoy brunch-style food stations, traditional Turkey Day favorites and live piano music.

Maggiano's Little Italy
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
A special four-course meal for $32.95 includes seasonal fare and specialties from the Southern Italian menu.

Napa Rose at Grand Californian
1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA
The Disney Resort's award-winning restaurant will serve a sumptuous meal that features California cuisine and holiday classics.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas Gift- Charlie Brown's "Lonely Tree" $23.99

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Orange county Halloween event 2008

updated: Monday, Oct. 29


"Night of the Living Dead" Masquerade Party, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Nosh on themed heavy hors d'oeuvres, sip mummy martinis, dance to the music, enter the costume contest, and get spooked by images of the classic film, "The Mummy" projected onto a giant screen. $50. 714-550-0906.

4 th Annual Lalita XS Halloween Ball, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Sutra Lounge, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. Costume dance party with give-a-ways and music by DJ Melo-D of the Beat Junkies. Complimentary champagne from 7-9 p.m. $20-$40. 949-722-7103.

Haunted Houses

The Carnival of Screams, sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Tustin Haunt (residential street), 13151 Brittany Woods Dr., Tustin. Neighborhood haunted house filled with ghouls and ghosts waiting to scare. Free admission; $5 no-line "Ghost Pass."

Haunted Hotel and Graveyard Tour, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Haunted Hotel and Graveyard (residential street), 5905 Via Del Tecolote, Yorba Linda. A spooky, yet kid-friendly, self-guided hotel and graveyard tour. Free admission.

Nightmares and Beyond, 6-11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Nightmares and Beyond, 25272 Pacifica Ave., Mission Viejo. A haunted house featuring ghostly illusions, floating monsters and various rooms including the popular Alien Room which makes you feel like you're in outer space. $10 adults; $5 children. 949-643-9000.

Shipwreck 2007, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach. Get lost in the haunted mazes aboard the ship, raise the dead at one of the dance clubs and howl to live bands in Purgatory Park. $35. 562-435-3511.

Haunted Castle, at Medieval Times, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Medieval Times, 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Guests can explore the haunted castle filled with Medieval mayhem on a self-guided tour before entering the Grand Ceremonial Arena for the live joust performance. Call ahead for show times and reservations. $51.95 for adults; $34.95 for children 12 and under. 888-WE-JOUST (935-6878).

"Condemned – Haunted Attraction", through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Brea Plaza Center (Old Captains Blood's Theater), 453 S. Associated Road, Brea. A dark and gorey maze filled with screams and roaming zombies. $8.

The Haunted Cellar, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Block at Orange, Suite 112 (across from the Vans Skate Park), 20 City Blvd., Orange. Spooky maze with dozens of roaming ghosts and ghouls. $9 or 2 for $15 admission. 714-496-0744.

Dark Realms Haunted House, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Dark Realms (residential street), 537 S. Palm Drive, Brea. Neighborhood haunted house with dozens of monsters in full-costume and scary props. $3 admission, proceeds go to CHOC.

Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 9, at Fullerton Museum Center, 301 N. Pomona Ave, Fullerton. A guided walking-tour to some of Fullerton's paranormal "hot-spots." $12 admission. 714-738-6545.


"Night of the Living Dead", through Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut Ave., Fullerton. A stage adaptation of George Romero's zombie-horror classic. $18. 714-526-7070.

Family Fun

Halloween Carnival, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Cypress Community Center 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress. Game booths, prizes, food, live entertainment and a costume parade and contest. $2. 714-229-6780.
Irvine Park Railroads Annual Pumpkin Patch, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. Train, pony and hay rides, picture stands, face painting, pumpkin moon bounce and live entertainment. Free admission; some activities extra. 949-724-6000.

"Happy House" Halloween Event, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Hope International University, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., Fullerton. Student-led event with bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and trick-or-treating. Free admission; some activities extra. 714-879-3901.

"Spooky Science – Mummies!", through Sunday, Nov. 4, at Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. A hands-on, interactive exhibition featuring science experiments, trick-or-treat goodie bags, and a spooky maze. $12.95 adults; $9.95 children 3-17; free, children under 2. 714-542-2823.

Food & Dining

Fondue Fright Night, 5-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Melting Pot, 375 Birch St., Brea (714-671-6000), 2646 Dupont Dr., Irvine (949-955-3242), and 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente (949-661-1966). The Melting Pot hosts this Halloween-themed event with a kids "Best Costume" contest, themed treats for kids and variety meat, cheese and fruit dipping platters for adults. Various dinner specials available.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar. Join a troupe of actors in solving the whodunit crime and enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu. $89 per person. 949-760-0331.

Event dates and times may vary and are subject to change.
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Annual Boo Bash Halloween Carnival
October 25, 2008
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Geared for children ages 12 and under, the Boo Bash culminates with an outdoor screening of "The Wizard of Oz" during a special Lounge Chair Theatre starting at dusk. Carnival admission is free. Individual activity/craft tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Healthy food options, provided by Sprouts Farmers Market will be available for purchase.

University Community Park
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Halloween Trick or Treat Orange County

Sunday, Oct 26 9:00a to 4:00p 

Annual Trick or Treat Festival and Halloween Hearse Procession 
at Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa, CA 
Annual Trick or Treat Festival features free daytime trick or treating for kids, and lots of entertainment and activities at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Diwali 2008 Orange County Celebration

Deepavali Mela & Cultural Program

October 25th - Saturday
3 pm -11 pm: Mela
4 pm - 7 pm : Cultural Program
7 pm - Arti
7:30 pm - DJ Music & Dance

16540 Aston Street (Irvine Business Center), 
Irvine, California 92606-4805
Phone: 949-222-2283

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday in October at LEGOLAND California!


Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
at LEGOLAND® California
October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2008

BOO-gie down to live music at Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Union Bank of California. Go bump in the night during extended hours in the creepy Castle Hill, not-so-haunted Land of Adventure, and many more silly-spooky attractions. The LEGOLAND Boo Crew and costume contests will be sure to have your family doing the Monster Mash every Saturday night in October!
Every Saturday in October beginning at 5pm, monstrously fun Park areas are open till 9pm, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster and BIONICLE™ Blaster.

In addition to rides, shows and attractions in the areas, your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy special activities including a nighttime costume contest with prizes for the best costumes and ghoulish entertainment with the Boo Crew, Hubble Bubble & Zany Zelda's cauldron, Count Brickula and Jester Funny Bones. Also, don't miss the Howler of the Hour contest held at the Courtyard Theater Stage!

Our much-anticipated costume contest gives your kids an opportunity to show off their imaginative and creative Halloween costumes each night of our Halloween Nighttime Celebration.  Children can enter one of five categories to show off their Boo-tiful costumes. The categories include Most LEGO-themed, Spookiest, Most Imaginative, Funniest and a BONUS category: ADVENTURER! 

A panel of judges selects six prize winners each evening during Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, one from each category and one "BEST-of-the-BEST Costume." Contest winners will receive a wonderful LEGOLAND gift pack including four one-day tickets to the Park. The Best-of-the-Best winner will win a family four-pack of LEGOLAND California Membership PLUS passes.

Both Brick-or-Treat Trail and Brick-or-Treat Party Night is included in the regular one-day admission price. Guests attending the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights event only can purchase a separate Party Nights event ticket for $35 at Park ticket booths.

Pass Members attending Brick-or-Treat Party Nights receive free admission to the event! Check your newsletter for details or download your Pass Member admission coupon (Pass Membership must be provided at entry with coupon).

Pass Members may also purchase full-day admission tickets for friends and family for just $25 at Park ticket booths, valid for one-day admission Saturdays in October, including both Brick-or-Treat Trail AND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Add one-day SEA LIFE Aquarium admission for just $10 more!

Exclusive Pass Member Offer
$5 Admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Only

Through December 31, 2008 LEGOLAND California Members can experience SEA LIFE Aquarium for just $5 per Member!

Simply stop by a ticket booth or Guest Services to purchase your ticket.

Junior Master Model Builder Competition
October 4 - 5, 2008

Become an official Junior Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND California by competing in the 2008 Junior Master Model Builder Competition. Our building contest will be held the first full weekend of each month at LEGOLAND California. Simply stop by the Imagination Zone and complete a model using the bricks and baseplate provided and enter a masterpiece in one of three age categories: 9 and under, 10 – 15 and 16+ (adults are welcome to participate). Read more

Participate in the October Monthly Competition for a chance to win a LEGO® City Coast Guard set. Winner will be contacted by email or phone and does not need to be present to win. 

LEGOLAND® California is a 128-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are three other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Deutschland near G├╝nzburg, Germany. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group. For the most current information, log on to or call (760) 918-LEGO.

THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP® is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years.   The world's No 2 visitor attraction operator, Merlin aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 30 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 13,000 employees.   Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Earth Explorer. 

Prices, times and schedules subject to change without notice.


Weekends in October

Celebrate Halloween at LEGOLAND® California with safe trick-or-treating on the
kid-sized Brick-or-Treat Trail.

On October 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 and 25/26 from 11am - 4:45pm trick-or-treaters 12 and under can gather goodies including candy and other surprises in a free LEGOLAND souvenir bag
on our exclusive
Brick-or-Treat Trail.

This kid-sized cul-de-sac features LEGO themed treat stations and offers a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience. Brick-or-Treat Trail is held from 11:00am - 4:45pm and is included in the regular admission price.




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