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Irvine, CA

The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Starts In Mid August

The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition starts in mid August. This is a chance for local Orange County boys and girls, ages 6-15, to get their game on at the PPK. It's a free event that will take place on the new Great Park North Lawn. Nationwide, over 3 million children compete in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program that offers boys and girls the opportunity to compete separately against their peers in punting, passing, and kicking contests with scores based on distance and accuracy. Five age groups can participate: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and are eligible to compete in separate boys’ and girls’ divisions. The top finishers from each age group at each local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. This is a exciting event for the children participating because the top finishers from each age group at each local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. The winners scores at the Sectional competition will be compared with other Sectional champions; the top four scorers from the pool of Sectional champions advance to the Team Championship. Age-group champions at this level will be declared NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick Team Champions. The top four finishers in the boys’ and girls’ divisions within each age bracket from the pool of all Team Champions will qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January. All participants receive a certificate from the NFL, signed by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Prizes for age-group winners include ribbons, medals, awards and trophies. To register NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition go to s to find the entry form. Participants must have a valid birth certificate and parental signature, and submit their registrations by 8 p.m. this Wednesday.  (Aug 14, 2011 | post #1)

Indianapolis, IN

Dining In Indianapolis

When it comes to dining, Indianapolis has a savory selection of choices. You can sample delicious Italian and Oriental foods to savory steaks and burgers. Or try a mix of Brazilian foods and Middle Eastern delights, and then there's the spicy and authentic favorites found at Adobe Grill. And, what makes Indianapolis a great place for business or pleasure is almost everything to see and do is close and within walking distance. This was the case on our recent visit with a group of friends. We took a leisurely stroll through the heart of town on Washington St. Indianapolis is very walkable, people are polite, and there so much to see; especially if you enjoy architecture. I enjoyed snapping photos of the historic buildings as we walked the few blocks to the Adobe Grill. We heard it was known for its guacamole, and were delighted to watch them make fresh it right there at our table. The Adobe Grill also serves chips and salsa as well; and if you enjoy hot foods then request a sample of one of their warmer salsa's, which is also great for adding extra spice to your food. Adobo's authentic Mexican cuisine originated in Chicago, and is now one of Indy's hot spots. Indulge in a margarita, or try a shot of tequila; there's over 90 varieties offered at Indy's only ceviche bar. Monday thru Friday you can enjoy Happy Hour Specials that begin at the Bar at 4:00 to 6:00. For great discounts and exciting things to do in Indy visit the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association at http://www.visitin  (Aug 14, 2011 | post #1)

Irvine, CA

Shop and Give Back This weekend At The Irvine Spectrum Ce...

Coming up this weekend you can shop and give back by joining the Irvine Spectrum Center and Active Ride Shop for The Give Event. This benefit concert and event on Saturday, August 13 from 1:00pm to 9:00pm in Giant Wheel Court. This free event gives back by benefiting the Costa mesa-based Krochet Kids International. This is a cause-centered accessories brand that is working to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development programs and unique, one-of-a-kind products. They are currently working in Northern Uganda and Peru to fulfill its mission statement, which is to empower people to rise above poverty. During The Give Event at the Irvine Spectrum Center Krochet Kids International will host a "tie-dye your tee or tank" tent and TOMS will host "Style Your Sole" tents where local artists will customize TOMS Shoes. A Kids Artist Village will be onsite where youngsters can create their own arts and crafts and Wahoo's Fish Taco will also be on hand with a Prize Wheel! The Give Event features a DJ followed by bands performing from 4:00pm - 9:00pm: - Levanter at 4-5pm - Los Coyotes at 5-6pm - The Allah-Las at 6-7pm - Kiven at 7-8pm - Pawnshop Kings at 8-9pm Come join the fun this weekend and help the Costa mesa-based Krochet Kids International and its Change for Change Campaign, as well as TOMS Shoes and its One for One initiative! To learn more about Krochet Kids International visit http://www.krochet  (Aug 10, 2011 | post #1)

Irvine, CA

Fun For Families At Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum is a unique museum that lets families play while learning about really life encounters. From working in a bank to managing a market; families can experience the world in which they live in a new way at the Pretend City Children’s Museum. Among the fun and interactive activities and events coming up at the Pretend City Children’s Museum are: In Early August you can join the Hour of Parenting Power with Dr. Selena Emond, which takes place in the morning. This is your opportunity to sit down, one-on-one, with behavior and parenting expert Dr. Selena Emond. Dr. Selena specializes in identifying, assessing, and solving child behavioral and developmental problems within children of all ages. On the 2nd Friday of every month is the Way to Play Day that lets you make the most out of playing with your child! During this event observe your child as they naturally play. Use the Pretend Museum Grown-Up Challenge as a guide to what developmental milestones your child is achieving, what they may need support with and what they’ve already mastered. For new parents the Developmental Checkup Tutorials and focuses on children ages 2 months-5 years. Bring your child and complete a free developmental checkup that includes an assessment of their motor, communication, social and thinking skills with the assistance of Irvine School Readiness Nurses. Baby Steps through Pretend City takes place in Mid August, and is a time for infants, age birth-12 months to enjoy the Museum. During this event Pretend City invites you and your infants to explore and play in the museum. infants are FREE, and there is a $11 per adult for this event. At the end of August is PBS SoCal Day with Martha Speaks that will be a fun-filled day with a special guest visit from Martha of Martha Speaks! Highlights of the day include story times and video clips from Martha Speaks, an alphabet soup game and photo opportunities. During this event you can learn the the power of speech as you discover new words and their meanings! This event is included with the price of museum admission. These are a few of the activities taking place at Pretend City Children’s Museum. To explore free classes, workshops, and more family events visit http://pretendcity .org/  (Aug 10, 2011 | post #1)


It's going to be a great year for music fans during the Y...

Sorry for the repeat! Meant to suggest heading over to the capital for some foot stomping fun at The Alley Bar, located at 166 Commerce Street on The ALLEY in Montgomery, where you'll enjoy the Jazzmatics later in the month. They also have specials on great southern food on their quirky menu and drinks, plus a very cooool Frozen Shot Room, where you can sample a variety of shots that are served in Ice Shot Glasses. They have over 50 different martinis to choose from as well as over 100 high gravity, imported and domestic beers! Learn more about events and more at The Alley bar by visiting http://www.alleyba in.html.  (Feb 23, 2011 | post #2)

Montgomery, AL

Join festive events and enjoy unique exhibits across the ...

When it comes to festive celebrations, Alabama has you covered with special events and exhibits across the state. In Montgomery through March you can catch several performances at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located at 1 Festival Dr. The Flag Maker of Market Street reveals the story of the Montgomery store owner, George Cowles, who walks a fine line catering to the Confederacy while holding secret Unionist meetings in his back room. Cautious of the increasingly incendiary climate and fearful for his family and business, George is careful not to take any risks. But when George is asked to create the first Confederate flag and enlists the help of his slave Mae, he unwittingly exposes her to danger – and has to make a choice between upholding his convictions and living a lie. Another performance is Blood Divided that tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Willie Baldwin, who is enchanted by the passionate rhetoric of the ardent secessionist William Lowndes Yancey, is increasingly disgusted by his father's more moderate views. As tension grows between Willie, his family and longtime friend freedman James Hale, Willie's rash behavior has unforeseen consequences resulting in tragedy and ultimately, redemption. To learn more about other performances visit . This is the Year of Alabama Music and what a better way to celebrate it than to head to Pell City for the Country Royalty: Hank & Pasty performances. These were two of the biggest legends of country music, and they'll be honored on stage by "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" star and 2008 Obie Award winner Jason Petty, who re-creates the role he has become famous for while Carolyn Martin gives a jaw-dropping performance as Patsy Cline. In Mid Feb Birmingham present its premier charity events for Athletes of all ages and running abilities; the Mercedes-Benz Marathon. This is the 10th anniversary of the event and there will be plenty of activities and events to enjoy over the weekend. In Troy, Alabama you can celebrate Black History Month with various local and national speakers, symposiums for students and adults, entertainment, and more at the African-American Leadership Conference in Early Feb. The Black Heritage Festival will take place in Anniston in Mid Feb, and is one of Alabama's oldest continuing Black History Month Festivals that centers around the Student Oratory Competition. Area children in various grade levels recite works of poetry and prose by famous African-American authors and compete for cash prizes. Also enjoy vocal performances by noted student choirs and shop for arts and crafts from the many vendors. Mobile is the place to be to celebrate Mardi Gras, especially since it is known for hosting the first American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703. Mardi Gras in Mobile is a family affair and offering plenty of fun and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. There will be marching bands, brilliantly colored floats, and opportunities to catch your share beads, moon pies, doubloons and candy. As you can see there's more than imagined to enjoy in Alabama! - To learn more about current events, attractions, and vacation packages and options in Alabama visit http://www.alabama .travel/.  (Feb 3, 2011 | post #1)

Irvine, CA

Chinese New Year Festivities In California

This is the year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac, and it's suppose to calm and peaceful year. And to celebrate the Chinese New Year you'll find many exciting destinations to explore in California, and here are a couple ideas: Enjoy 15 days of food, festivals and fun that kicks off on the 3rd of February. One festival not to miss is the Tet Festival in Irvine which is hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California. This year's festival takes place over the first weekend in February. Festivities will include entertainment, food, cultural activities, and much more at the Tet Festival, which has a small admission fee. Visit the University of California, Irvine, and you'll find several academic programs as well as local student clubs hold Asian celebrations; including festive events for Chinese New Year. In addition to these festivities, the University's Departments of Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Literatures also host special events. These events include guests speakers, which also take place at the Cross Cultural Center. The Irvine Chinese School will also host several events which are open to the public, and is a great place to enroll if you're interested in learning Chinese. Those seeking serenity can visit the Pao Fa Buddhist Temple in Irvine where you can meditate and study Buddhism. Classes are also offered at the temple on Buddhism, and in the summer they have a summer camp for children. While in California you might want to take a cruise up the coast to San Francisco, which boast the largest Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown. It was here many Chinese who had crossed the Pacific to the USA during the mid-19th century landed, and eventually carved their own path to freedom. Today, San Francisco´s Chinatown is famous for the signature red gate on Grant Avenue where many festivities will take place. Have A Safe & Festive Chinese New Year! To plan your trip to Irvine, California visit the Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau at or for more destinations throughout the state visit the California Travel and Tourism Commission at http://www.visitca  (Feb 3, 2011 | post #1)

Irvine, CA

6ix Park Grill In Irvine Joins Irvine Restaurant Week

The Irvine Restaurant Week takes place January 14-20, and this seven-day celebration features special two or three-course, prix fixe lunch or dinner menus starting at $10 per person or other special menu offers at a dozen participating restaurants. Among the current restaurants participating in Irvine Restaurant Week is the 6ix Park Grill, located at 17900 Jamboree Rd at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, which is Irvine´s only AAA Four-Diamond rated Southern California luxury hotel. Dine indoors or enjoy the savory menu selection on the 6ix Park Grill's lush patio. It's easy to find the 6ix Park Grill as well as other participating restaurant in Irvine because there is easy access to the Freeway and PCH, the Pacific Coast Highway is a short distance away. Restaurant Week is you do not need a pass, ticket, or coupon to enjoy the delicious selections available at participating restaurants. Whether dining for lunch or dinner there are an abundance of choices to sample. While reservations are not needed, it may be wise to check with your favorite restaurant in Irvine or at other locations across the state that are participating in California Restaurant Month. It's going to be a wonderful chance to sample menu items from your favorite Chefs, and experience new selections as well! Also participating in Restaurant Week is: The Waterfalls at the The Atrium Hotel, Orange County Airport, located at 18700 Mac Arthur Boulevard, Meritage Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel Irvine-Spectrum, located at 90 Pacifica, Elements 102, at the Irvine Marriott, located at 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Kimera, located at 19530 Jamboree Rd, Andrei´s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, located at 2607 Main Street in Irvine, CA, Il Fornaio, located at 18051 Von Karman Avenue, The Melting Pot, located at 2646 Dupont Dr., and Zov´s Neighborhood Cafe, located at 3915 Portola Parkway. Learn More about all the Restaurants participating in Irvine Restaurant Weekand by visiting http://www.irvinec eek/ or to plan your trip to Irvine, California call the Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau at 1-877-478-4637 or  (Jan 8, 2011 | post #1)


UCI Keeps Fans On The Edge Of Their Seats

To plan your trip to Irvine, California visit the Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau at For more California destinations visit the California Travel and Tourism Commission at http://www.visitca  (Dec 30, 2010 | post #2)


Get Out And Enjoy Irvine's Arts and Entertainment

To find more Arts and entertainment in Irvine, California visit the Irvine Chamber Visitors Bureau at   To explore more California destinations visit the California Travel and Tourism Commission at http://www.visitca  (Dec 30, 2010 | post #2)


Get Out And Enjoy Irvine's Arts and Entertainment

In Arts and Entertainment, the Claire Trevor Theatre at UCI Arts will presents The Crucible, and other upcoming events include Dance Visions and Jazz Performances. Taking place in January is a tribute to Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor at the Claire Trevor Film Festival. This Film Festival takes place January 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Winifred Smith Hall. One of the featured films will be The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, the 1938 film starring Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor and Humphrey Bogart, and is about a doctor (Robinson) who is fascinated with the workings of the criminal mind and decides the best way to observe criminals in action is become one himself. Admission is FREE, although you should arrive early because seating will be limited for this exciting event! An unique and intriguing cultural event that takes place at the Irvine Barclay Theatre is the performance of the Bellydance Superstars - Bombay Bellywood. The internationally acclaimed troupe will incorporate an array of exciting Indian dance styles including Bollywood and Bhangra into their already varied mix of Bellydance styles, including Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal styles. The Bellydance Superstars have performed over 700 shows in 22 countries, and continue to amaze crowds everywhere they go! In addition to great performances and culture events held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, it is also known for its contribution to the community through its own education outreach programs, including school performances, lecture-demonstrat ions and, in partnership with the Orange County Public Library, the bi-annual Adventures in Writing Short Story Contest for young authors.  (Dec 30, 2010 | post #1)

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