Southern California Sensational Event Happenings!

igital images available upon requestI’d like to start this Newsletter Thanking The Huntington Beach Tree Society for their good work in planting more than 5,000 Trees around Town. Some of the members of the Group are: Jean Nagy, Shirley Knopf, Leslie Gilson and Chris MacDonald.

I’d like to wish The Follwing People a Happy Birthday. They are:
Heidi Mitchell, Frank LoGrasso, Susanne Draper, Vanessa Tintle, Lyndsay McDuffey, Kim Masoner and Paul Taylor.

The Huntington Beach Police Chief Ken Small asked me to mention this in here.
The Police Department encourages everyone to prepare their families and residences for disasters. Taking necessary precautions now could be invaluable if an emergency occurs. For further information go to:

if you have been wondering what has been going on at Springdale Street near Warner Avenue, The Orange County Sanitation District is doing some repairs to Their Facilities. Like deleting a manhole from The Street. The construction might be completed as early as this Afternoon if not then Monday. Thank you to Eric Charlonne from The City Of Huntington Beach Public Works Department for this information.

This week’s featured business is: The Orange County Marketplace at 88 Fair Drive near the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa. Click here for Your Coupon: It is good for one free admission to the event.

Now here are the events happening around Southern California.


The Redondo Beach Riviera Village (at The Corner of I Avenue and Catalina) has a Ceritified Farmers Market This Afternoon from 3PM to 7PM. The carefully selected vendors include organic, responsible, and traditional farmers from southern and central California presenting an array of seasonal offerings. Come taste the flavorful fruits and vegetables, meat and eggs, and honey and olive oil. Find beautiful flowers, plants, and fragrant herbs. Make an evening of it, and stop for dinner in one of the new restaurants in the Village. It’s a great way to start your weekend and enjoy all that Riviera Village has to offer! &l t;/ SPAN>

Saturday Only

Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the entrance of The Huntington Beach Central Library. The City of Huntington Beach would like to invite residents to the second annual Disaster Preparedness Expo on March 19th. The event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Fire Department Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office and will have representatives from the HB Police Department, HB Fire Department Urban Search & Rescue (USAR), Firemed, National Weather Service, American Red Cross, HB CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), HB RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service), Ready OC, and more.

The Expo is free of charge and will have fun and exciting demonstrations by experts in disaster preparedness. Learn about the hazards facing Huntington Beach and what you need to do to prepare such as, how to use a fire extinguisher, prepare a grab-n-go bag. If you have any questions please call: (714) 374-1555.

Saturday and Sunday

PET DAYS EXPERTS WILL TEACH HUMANS SOME NEW TRICKS — Third Annual Spring Pet Days at the Orange County Market Place

Costa Mesa, CA– Common messages about the importance of spaying and neutering, which many pet advocates say you can’t emphasize enough, will be presented during the Third Annual Spring Pet Days, slated for Saturday, March 19 and Sunday March 20, at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.

The event runs 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and will also feature several rescue groups with animals ready for adoption, pet related vendors, speakers and presentations on pet wellness, breed discrimination, the meaning and benefits of adopting a pet and training tips.

One of the more innovative training tips comes from Orange County based Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Cynde Van Vleet , who will present a session both days at noon on “Stop Whispering and Start Listening To Your Pet” Van Vleet, also a Certified TTouch Practitioner, will show a way to solve pet behavior problems in a positive way. It’s more about listening to their bodies and using touch methods vs fear induced communications.

Developed by internationally recognized animal expert, Linda Tellington-Jones, this method is based on cooperation and respect. This TTouch method reflects the belief that animals are intelligent and can easily understand what we want without threats, pain or anxiety. It is based on circular movements, slides and lifts to increase awareness and sensation, reduce stress and relax tension held in the body.

“I used my knowledge of medicine to work with animals as a veterinary technician. I knew my life needed to be serving the animals but not in the veterinary field. If only I could get people to work with their animals by approaching the problem from the animals perspective . . . in other words looking at the world through their eyes. I knew it would improve the human-animal bond and open up a whole new world to them, “Van Vleet said.

Other featured speakers include holistic veterinarian Dr. Paula Terifaj, of Brea on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a presentation titled “Roverlution -The War Against Breed Specific Legislation” and “How to Protect Your Dog from a Vaccine Junkie” and Kathy Thorsell from Furever Home Animal Rescue and The Ark of San Juan Capistrano talking aboutSave lives, spay & neuter” and “Finding the right vet or clinic for your
beloved pets “ both days at 11 a.m.

Local animal rescues and specialty breed organizations will have a variety of dogs and cats ready for adoption along with those providing information on available animals. They include the Orange County Pit Bull Rescue, Southern California Bulldog Rescue, Dalmatian Rescue, Southern California Dachshund Rescue, Pet Rescue Center, Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California, Orange County Ferret Rescue, Beagles & Buddies, No Stray Left Behind, The Ark of San Juan Capistrano, A Wish for Animals, City of Irvine Animal Care Center (Saturday only) and Surf City Animal Response Team(Saturday only).

Pet related vendors offering products and services will also be participating and include specialty pet food, accessories and clothing, identification tags, collars, leashes, beds, carriers, crates and boarding facilities. Doggie Walk Bags of Costa Mesa will have their giant inflatable dog and waste bags for the adoptive and presentation pets at the event.

All Pet Days activities are included in general admission to the swap meet, which is $2 or free for kids 12 and under. However, general admission is free with a donation of any one of these pet related items: dog or cat food (no expired or open food), toys, blankets, crates, carriers, food and water bowls, leashes, beds, healthy treats and towels or a gift card to a pet store. All donated items are given to the animal rescues and adoption organizations represented at the

The public may not bring their personal pets to this event.

The Orange County Market Place, located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, is held every Saturday and Sunday and features nearly 1,000 vendors offering a variety of goods and services. More information
on the swap meet is available at or by calling 949-723-6616.

Sunday Only:

Spaghetti Dinner for Japan Tsunami Relief.
The city of Huntington Beach is partnering with local businesses to raise money for the Japan Tsunami Relief Fund.

Cucina Alessa and Zack’s at the Beach will host a spaghetti meal from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Zack’s next to Pier Plaza, said Huntington Beach Mayor Joe Carchio.
All donations will go to help the victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake.
To volunteer or help with the fundraiser, call Mike Ali from Zack’s at (714) 717-2797.

Thank you so much for reading this newsletter. I appreciate your comments.

Chris M.

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