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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OC BBQ Bonanza

Hello Fountain Valley!  I hope you’re having a fabulous summer so far.  Those crazy planning folks have been tinkering away and came up with the brilliant idea of having another Barbecue this summer at Mile Square Park August 17th through the 19th.  Well, YEEHAW!  Time for some good ol’ fashioned smoked ribs slathered in that special BBQ sauce!  Take time to go to the OC BBQ Bonanza right here in Fountain Valley’s Mile Square Park.  Go to the Sports Complex and you can’t miss it.  You will be enveleoped in a pleasant aroma of BBQ goodness.  Enjoy the BBQ and the rest of your Summer!!!

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!

Summerfest 2012 Kicks Off

Summerfest 2012 Kicks Off

It’s been a whole year since the last Summerfest.  You didn’t think you could last until now could you?  Well, the wait is over.  We have rides, games and food galore!  Come out and enjoy time in the sun and ring in the summer with this trademark Fountain Valley event.  Brave the contraptions of death that pass themselves off as carnival rides.  (My favorite is the “Monkey Cages”).  Then wind down with some “Scooter” bumper cars and the merry-go-round.  Spend some time with friends, old and new. Visit the friendly folks over at the FYC booth.   Whatever you do, you’re bound to have a good time at Summerfest 2012!

Summerfest 2012 Kicks Off

Free Slurpee Time

Today there will be free slurpees at 7 Eleven stores.  Why today and not July 11th?  Why are you looking a gift horse in the mouth?  does it matter? It’s free! (until 7pm tonight) A few Fountain Valley locations are:

1. Slater and Ward (not very crowded)

2. Euclid and Warner (great customer service)

Enjoy!

Fountain Valley Fashion

Fountain Valley Fashion Show

Fountain Valley Fashion Show

The first weekend of June brings a pleasant event to the all who love fashion and food! There will be a Fashion Show held in Doyle Hall at Fountain Valley’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The official name of the event will be Let’s Go On Vacation Luncheon and Fashion Show.  The event is sponsored by Stein Mart and starts at 11:30and lasts until about 2:30 PM.  Come a little earlier for a better seat.  There are door prizes, so you may be one of your lucky winners! Tickets are $25.  We hope to see you there!

Update: This was a nice cozy event with plentiful food and friendly people. Although I arrived a *tad* bit late, I was still greeted like I was a regular. Actually I knew several people there. The beverages were modestly priced even though it was a fundraiser. A few buckaroos for a glass of vino is just fine by me! Cabernet sauvignon please! The event was decorated in a fun way. With a name like “Let’s Go on a Vacation!”, you can imagine how every table had images of destination travel spots. They even had picture holders made of wine corks! Good job to all those who put on this wonderful Fountain Valley event! Congratulations to all the raffle winners! We hope to see you all again next year!

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!