Summerfest 2015

Few things are as enjoyable as summer in Southern California. The fine folks in Fountain Valley want to make you feel nice and carefree with a little thing called Summerfest.

Summertime in the FV!

Summertime in the Fountain Valley!

Come on down to Mile Square Park at Brookhurst and Heil and take part in all the revelry! There are live bands, a car show, food & beverages, carnival rides, and games that challenge your skills!

Summerfest Car Show

These were the first ones to show up for the car show at Summerfest.

This year was an interesting Summerfest for me. As I was walking through the ‘Fest, I saw all the families going on rides. I conversed with several vendors in the booths. I saw familiar faces. Then I began to reminisce about all the fun times of the previous summers in Fountain Valley.  Fountain Valley truly is a nice place to live. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

It Isn’t Easy Being Green

It Isn’t Easy Being Green
At first glance you may think I’m talking about my garden. No, I am not today. However, I am talking about one of my favorite bands, Green Day. Their touring company of “American Idiots” has delighted audiences in the Southland for some time now. My friend KTN went to see their show in LA.  So when our mutual friend, VTran, scored tickets to opening night in OC, I had to see it.
Now there are some mature scenes that aren’t too safe for young eyes. Furthermore there are a few unpatriotic scenes like the one with the upside down American flags. I wasn’t too thrilled about that. The singing was good and the actors’ enthusiasm was contagious.  Other than that I could recommend it.
Costa Mesa off of the 405 and Bristol exit.

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Orange County's Theater

‘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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The Lucky Few

USS Kirk

USS Kirk The Lucky Few

To all Service members involved in the evacuation of South Vietnam in April 1975, thank you. Those involved in “Operation Frequent Wind” did their part in what was in low estimations as reportedly an evacuation of tens of thousands of people as the Republic of South Viet Nam fell.
Expanding an event last year, “Vietnamese Americans, The Lucky Few” will pay tribute to the US and Vietnamese Navy personnel who were a part of the fleet of Navy ships during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975. Of all the ships involved, the USS Kirk has been receiving a bit of attention for it’s leadership in the operation from stations like NPR. Come to the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove April 21, 2012. I hope to see you on Saturday.

OC Beer Festival

Update: Alright I’m going! I’ll see you wonderful people there later! Come out and Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a very American way. Come out to the Orange County Beer Festival near Irvine! This will be about a half hour north-east of Fountain Valley. Take the 55 North and exit Chapman. Go east til you hear all the revelers partying it up.

Saturday, May 5, 2012
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where:
Irvine Lake
4621 Santiago Canyon Rd.
Silverado CA 92676

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.

Music of the Night

“March Madness” Music

My friend Lily from my choir asked me to attend her school’s “March Madness” Music Program this March 7 @6pm and 8pm as well as on March 8 @7pm. “March Madness” will be held @ La Quinta’s Performing Arts Center. Check it out and support our young musicians. 

Continuing March Madness

La Quinta is Continuing March Madness with Music