Taste of Holy Spirit Fall Fest in Fountain Valley 2012

Taste of Holy Spirit Fall Fest

The Taste of Holy Spirit Fall Fest in Fountain Valley 2012 event will begin on Friday September 14th at 5pm in the early evening and last all the way until Sunday September 16th at 9pm. There’s free admission but you pay for food and rides. There’s something for everyone! Enjoy different delicacies of delicious food. Relax in the a beer and wine garden. Grab a lightly used book from the book sale. You’ll be happy to know that the Annual Best Dressed Pooch Contest will be back for the 3rd time with the cutest little puppies you ever saw! Bring the family to the KIDZone. To top it all off. You’ll still have all the same carnival games and rides you have become accustomed to.

From Tom Leeman:

“Thanks, fvblogger. We are doing everything we can to make this year’s Taste of Holy Spirit the best ever! Don’t forget, in the KidZone! there will be a petting zoo and pony rides. The Best Dressed Pooch Contest will be judged by an illustrious group: Norbertine priest Father Damien, FV councilmember Michael Vo, and …. Miss Fountain Valley!”

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Artsy Fartsy

Artsy Craftsy.  Artsy Fartsy…The birthday for BT, my lady friend, is coming up and I had decided to do something more unique than roses and chocolates.  My lady likes art and has appreciated my previous attempts to create homemade gifts.  Hopefully she doesn’t check my blog, because I just have to share with everyone.  (She barely checks her own blog so I think I am safe) …I saw a Wine Bottle Lamp on Pinterest that I had to try to make.   BT and I enjoy wine on occasion and I saved a bottle as a souvenir of a Santa Barbara trip.  (Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out too well and I had to get a replacement bottle. Sigh…) It’s a pretty easy project that you can do with your family if you want.  Well, here is my finished product that I created last night!

Wine Bottle Lamp

All you will need are the following:

– wine bottle (cleaned)
– 1/2 inch diamond head drill bit
– power drill
– clay
– water
– string of lights (25-50 lights on a string will do nicely)
– cord switch
– screwdriver
– wire cutter
– wire hanger

Arts and Crafts Tools

Hopefully you will have all these lying around your house.  Most of the other items you can get at your local hardware  store.  Home Depot is my favorite store now.  Unfortunately, Christmas lights are scarce in June, so you may want to go to a craft store.  I found a string of lights in the wedding section of Joann’s, but only after going to 4 different stores! (By the way…there are 50% off coupons for Joann’s.  I’m just saying.)

So I think it is pretty straightforward:

Directions
1. Wear your safety goggles and gloves.
2. Drill a hole in the bottle.
Lay your bottle on your work table. secure it with wood, styrofoam, your hand. or whatever you have to prevent it from rolling.
You may want to drill in the back near the bottom of the lamp. Make a clay ring around where you are going to drill. Pour a tiny bit of water into the clay ring. This water will maintain your drill bit so that it doesn’t get too hot. It also captures flying glass dust.I also found it helps to fill the bottle with water and cap it before you drill.
3. Drill slowly until the bit goes all the way through the glass. The water and bit should go through the bottle. At that point try to stop the drill as soon as you can. I didn’t and I cracked the glass of the bottle.
4. Get rid of the glass dust and shards. Rinse out the bottle. Sand the hole you made in the bottle. Sweep the floor. Easy so far right?
5. Lights go in the hole. Thread the lights through the hole you just made in your bottle. use a wire hanger to help you pull it through the top spout on the bottle. Then you might want to try to use the hanger to position the lights in the bottle however you want.
6. You could stop right here, but I think the lamp would benefit from a light switch. Use the directions on the cord switch. It’s easy. Unscrew the switch to open it. Cut one of the wires in the cord. Place them into the switch making sure the prongs in the switch make contact with the metal in the wires. Then screw it back together.
7. Flip on your lamp and enjoy!

A few words of caution and advice here:
If you are unsure of scared of working with electricity, talk to your friendly neighborhood hardware store folks. They’ll steer you in the right direction. You may want to use 25-50 lights on a string.  I used 100 and the lamp was heating up quite a bit after 30 minutes.  Try to use a string of lights that go in parallel rather than in series.  It will be easier if one of the lights go out.  If you don’t know.  The parallel circuits have three cords going into each light.  =This makes it ahrder to thread but it is better int he long run.  Try and avoid the strings with an outlet at the end of your cord.  You’ll have to cut that off and seal it.  It’s another step that you can avoid.

Try it yourself!  Make them as gifts.  I am making them for holiday giveaways this year.  I enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Good morning, USA!

Memorial Day weekend we remember those that have gone before us and protected our freedom.  This weekend as you’re enjoying your time off, pause and consider them. Thank you, brave souls.  This nation is a wonderful and blessed place.

Last night, a group of friends and I were at a bonfire at Huntington Beach. My dear friend TN played the mandolin as we sang campfire songs. After singing songs like “Let it Be” and “Morning has Broken”, it came upon us to start singing patriotic songs like “America the Beautiful” and “Proud to be an American”.

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Memorial Day Bonfire

I’m pretty sure I was offkey and my timing wasn’t great. However it felt good to express the love of this great country. With all its flaws, I’m still very proud to be an American.

TGIF’s

TGIF’s!

About a half an hour away from our good city of Fountain Valley is where I toil all day long.  What is awesome is that I am on a computer all day long so I am able to communicate with you fine people! However, on days like today I await semi-patiently for the 5 o’clock bell to sound so that I can go Yabba Dabba Doo home!

Today is a sad but special day.  It is the last day of my coworker, LC.  She is going off to wonderful new opportunities.  We will head to TGIF’s for some amazing Happy Hour festivities.  Adios, LC! We wish you well.  (Little does she know we got the office to sign a basketball in lieu of a Goodbye card.  It’s an LA Clippers basketball because she is the most ardent Clippers basketball fan that you will find in any of the 50 States.)

So I got to pondering as we were looking for the best areas to have a Happy Hour, where are the best places to celebrate after work with fellow coworkers?  TGIF’s is a solid choice with margarita specials.  Islands has free tortilla chips.  BJ’s Anaheim Grill has a pleasant atmosphere and an outdoor fireplace.  Some of the best times I have had was at wine establishments.

The Wine Club in Santa Ana is my favorite.  There are good wines, knowledgeable people, and helpful staff. My colleague also recommended The Cheese Cave.  The Cheese Cave in Claremont is a specialty store that focuses on cheese but has a wide selection of wines to pair with their “fromage”.  (I never was really good at French.)

Wherever you decide to go to start your weekend, I hope you enjoy.  Be safe and have fun!

‘57 fun things to do in FV

‘57 fun things to do in Fountain Valley

As a nod to our city’s birth in 1957, here’s a list of 57 ideas for your family activities on 5-7-2012.

57 Things to Do in Fountain Valley1. Shop in Fountain Valley. I hear you can get tons of great deals at Costco on Newhope.
2. Get healthy, stay fit and visit the local fitness clubs where plenty of classes and activities are
offered. I prefer LA Fitness.
3. Enjoy the beauty of Mile Square Park: Catch a
fish, rent a surrey or roam the Nature Center.
Walk, jog, or bike around the park.
4. Dine out! Fountain Valley boasts more than
100 restaurants.
5. Take your children to the Easter Egg Hunt in April.
6. Go to breakfast for $2 at the Mayor’s Breakfast on the third Thursdays in the Saltzer Conference Room at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.
7. Enjoy your FV library. Borrow not just books, but DVD’s, CD’s or magazines. Join the Friends and
buy at their used bookstore where proceeds support the library.
8. Visit Prehistoric Pets and see amazing reptiles.
9. Check out the Veteran’s Memorial next to the library. Special services are held on Veterans and Memorial Days at 10 a.m.
10. Learn about the city on its Web site at www.fountainvalley.org
11. It’s our city’s birthday in June! Attend the annual Summerfest, the city’s birthday event,
at the Fountain Valley Sports Park.
12. Attend the FV Classic Car Show, whichi is part of Summerfest.
13. Jog, walk or cycle along the Santa Ana River
trail.
14. Enjoy a neighborhood park.
15. Host a neighborhood block party.
16. Read great people stories in the Fountain Valley Living Magazine.
17. Attend the Fountain Valley Live Summer Concerts in the Park on Thursday evenings in
July at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center’s great lawn.
18. Go to the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo during a Summer Concert in the Park.
19. Go to a health seminar or screening at one of the medical centers.
20. Join a volunteer club in Fountain Valley.
21. Get to know businesses via the Chamber of Commerce Web site, http://www.fvchamber.com
22. Check out Boomers! for lots of family fun.
23. Enjoy sports, plays and musical performances at one of Fountain Valley’s high schools.
24. Get involved with the Neighborhood Watch Program and National Night Out, the first Tuesday in August.
25. See a movie on a big screen in one of the city’s parks (Fridays in August).
26. Join your local civic clubs in recognizing the Students of the Month and Teacher of the Year.
27. Meet friends at The Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center.
28. Enjoy the Heritage Park Historical Society Summer Ice Cream Social.
29. Attend the Fire Station open house in October.
30. Visit Heritage Park and the FV Historical Society. The Open House is usually the first Saturday of the month.
31. Put on your gowns and tuxedos for the Mayor’s Ball in the fall.
32. Get your tickets for the O.C. Chocolate Festival, in November. www.OCchocolatefestival.com
33. Join us at a pancake breakfast hosted by a local service club.
34. Take a class through the city’s Recreation & Community Services Department. See the Fountain Pen and sign up for a class.
35. Rollerskate at Fountain Valley Skate Center.
36. Taste local fare at the “Taste of Fountain Valley” in November.
37. See your city at work. Attend a City Council or a commission meeting.
38. Check activities at local churches and temple.
39. Plant a tree. Join community groups at designated tree-planting events. Live
40. Welcome Santa to Fountain Valley at the Annual City Tree lighting at the Recreation Center on the first Saturday night in December.
41. Gather in Heritage Park for Christmas caroling with the Historical Society at “Christmas in the Gazebo” in December.
42. Golf, anyone? Miniature golf at Boomers!, or 18 holes at Mile Square and David L. Baker golf courses.
43. Attend the Fountain Valley Living Magazine Party in February.
44. Attend luncheons and activities at the Senior Center.
45. Take your family through the “Christmas tract” open from dusk to 10 p.m. during the weeks
leading up to Christmas. The tract is northwest of Brookhurst Street and Heil Avenue.
46. Meet local legislators at the annual Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception.
47. Sign up for the Fit to be Square 5K Walk & Run in February.
48. Go bouncing at Frogg’s Bounce House.
49. Enroll your children in a dance, gymnastics, or martial arts class at Fountain Valley academies.
50. Join an adult sports league through the Recreation Center.
51. Participate in the “Relay for Life” in May or June at Fountain Valley High School to support the American Cancer Society.
52. Attend a high school drama at FVHS or LAHS.
53. Donate toys at the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive with the Fire Department before Christmas
54. Play poker at the FV Community Foundation Poker Tournament and support a local charity or sports group.
55. Shop and get great deals at the Holiday Faire at the Library in December or at their Spring Faire.
56. Go bowling at Fountain Bowl.
57. Enjoy a game of basketball, pickleball, badminton, tennis or handball with friends at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center.

So these are 57 things to do in Fountain Valley, just to name a few! I hope you enjoy!  Let me know if you’ve done ALL 57!

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Fountain Valley Easter Egg Hunt 2012

One of the many things to do in Fountain Valley CA is the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will take place on Saturday April 4th beginning at 8:30 and lasting until 11:30 AM. Come out with your family and enjoy some a fun time with your kids at the Easter Egg Hunt at Mile Square Park.

Good Eating This Weekend

There will be good eating this weekend at the Lobsterfest! Just southeast of Fountain Valley in the pleasant city of Tustin, the Rotary Club is putting on a huge All-You-Can-Eat event where the food of choice will be Lobster and Tri-Tip Steak! Get there by 4 PM Saturday March 24th. Come on down in the afternoon to Peppertree Park. Dinner will be served to you from 5-7:30 and you will be kicked out at 8:30 (probably for eating all the profits). Extra for Beer and Wine ($5). Soda and Water is just $1. There will, however, be FREE entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person.