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The Kid's Pet Parade
RESCHEDULED due to rain: February 25, 2017
10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).

A special "Judges Choice" prize will be awarded and this winner will be given the opportunity to be in the Swallows' Day Parade.

Los Rios Park
31747 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA


BARKS OF LOVE Animal Rescue Shelter Festival and Gala
Sunday, February 26, 2017
1pm - 4pm

Support Barks of Love Animal Rescue at the "Bark Bash" of the year!

Barks of Love, in partnership with The Event Loft and Gray Matter Museum, will be hosting their largest fundraiser ever in an effort to raise money to open a facility to become the rescue's home. For a $10 minimum donation (Kids and Dogs are free) you and your family can join the fun at the daytime event which will feature Adoptable Dogs, a Doggie Kissing Booth, Pet Modeling & Photography, Pup Pampering, Agility Demonstrations, Food, Music, and more!

There will also be a "VIP Gala" from 6pm - 9pm including Fashion Show, Auction, Hors d'oeuvres and Bar! A minimum donation of $500 admits 2 guests.

Gray Matter Museum of Art
485 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Parenting OC's Annual Summer Opportunities Jamboree - Santa Ana
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10 AM to 2:00 PM

Parenting OC returns to the Discovery Cube for its 11th Anniversary Edition of the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. This is the second year the iconic Orange County family destination has partnered with Parenting OC to host the summer-fun planning extravaganza.

This is a free event. Some of the Exhibitors include: family camps, children's camps, family fun attractions, family travel destinations, sports leagues & special needs programs.

Discovery Cube Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA, 92705

Festival of Whales - Dana Point
March 4-5 & 11-12, 2017

The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. In addition to whale watching at the height of whale watching season, festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, Historic Walking Tours, Paddling Events, Sailing/Rowing/Kayak/SUP Demos, plus much more!

Dana Point Harbor

Festival Info:
949-472-7888 or 1-888-440-4309

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Cruises!

Dana Wharf Whale Watching is offering special cruises during this event! Buy tickets online at or call (949) 496-5794 for more information!

Dachshund Races - Huntington Beach
March 12, 2017
3 pm (doors open at 2 pm)

Great Family Fun! Come see these short legged but swift 'wiener dogs' race to the finish line once a month at Old Wold Village. Arrive early and stay for lunch on their dog friendly patio.

Upcoming dates:
April 30, June 11, July 9, August 20, September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Old World Village
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach

Annual Multicultural Fair at Sage Hill School
Saturday, March 18, 2017

This colorful, fun-filled event showcases and celebrates Sage Hill school's--and the community's--amazing cultural diversity. Taste home-cooked delicacies from virtually every nation represented at Sage Hill; enjoy non-stop musical and dance performances; bid on tantalizing baskets of themed goodies; browse the ethnic bazaar; and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Wilkins Town Square
Sage Hill School
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA

Cherry Blossum Festival
Sunday March 19, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30 year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister city of Anjo, Japan.

Central Park Bandstand
7111 Talbert
Huntington Beach

Swallows Day Parade & Mercado - San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Parade takes place in down-town San Juan Capistrano. This is the nation's largest non-motorized parade. It is totally organized and presented by the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association. Arrive early; most street closures are by 10.00 a.m. The parade begins promptly at 11 am.

The Mercado is a Street Fair and Market Place where you can eat, drink, and shop at over 100 booths. It is THE place to be after the parade! Listen and dance to the music of The Working Cowboy Band, a traditional country music band.

Dowtown San Juan Capistrano


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Parenting & Relationships

Creating a Successful Parenting Plan A Step-by-Step Guide for the Care of Children of Divorcing Parents

An "Editor's Top Choice" award-winner. Protect your child even if you are in a difficult custody battle. This award-winning book is a step-by-step guide to the care of children when families divide. This is excellent book will give you information on how to best handle the custody arrangement of your children. It also has a template for a detailed parenting plan.

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Children's Organizations


Missionettes is a ministry tool to help fulfill the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring young girls. Girls can begin in Missionettes at 3 years of age and continue through high school.

Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge is the oldest, largest and most successful program of its kind in the world. Established in 1958 by David Wilkerson, Teen Challenge has grown to more than 170 centers in the United States and 250 centers world-wide.

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