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Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival


There is no doubt that now is the time to support local independent businesses.

Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival happens twice yearly and its happening this Sunday.

You’ll find handmade goods from local vendors including: clothing, accessories, home goods, affordable art and more.  What festival would be complete with out good food and drink… and music!

So support your local vendors and give unique gifts this holiday season!

The festival will be held in Santa Anas Museum District near Bowers Museum.
2022 North Main Street
Santa Ana 92706
Sunday November 15 from 11-5 pm

Hurley Warehouse Sale


For those of you that haven’t already been out there.. the Hurley Warehouse sale is going on now!

Items are running from 50%-75% off!

Also, rumor has it that the sale will be running next Wed-Sat and perhaps the following weekend.

November 13th: 12 pm- 8 pm

November 14th:  9 am- 3 pm

2323 Main Street, Irvine 92614

Cash, Visa, Mastercard and American Express Accepted.

Get some of that holiday shopping done!

OC Auto Show in a snapshot and a quick snark


Camaro and a Transformer from the movie.

Love them cars and auto shows.  The OC Auto Show is one of my favs as it is small enough you can see it in one afternoon and still have seen it all.  The other nice thing about it is that it isn’t all concept cars so you have plenty of opps to kick tires, slam doors and sit in your favorite cars.  Well, mostly you can do that.  The exotics are still behind bars where you can only ogle them and lust deeply in your heart for a chance to place your rump in them and imagine the pure enjoyment of running one through the gears.

Probably the most popular showcase was the Transformer Camaro.  At that little spot people are qued up 20-30 deep waiting for their turn for a quick pick in front of the group.  On the sidelines were people equally deep trying to sneak in their own pic without the line.  What ever if you don’t mind other people in the pic with your loved one if it works for you it works for me. (more…)

Mickey’s Halloween Trick or Treat Party

My family and I were lucky enough to be invited guests to Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party being held on select nights this October at California Adventure.

We visited on October 2, and luckily, it wasn’t too crowded and the weather was just right.  My son, dressed in his “most intimidating knight costume we were able to find on the internet” was of course, extremely excited to be there.

When we entered the park, we were handed some trick-or-treat bags and right away, Disney gets you into the ahem, spirit of things.  The giant sun wheel above the fountain had cool light projections on it, and it presided over a fun, DJ’d dance party.  Also entertaining were the whirling projections being cast on the ground, which all the kids were either sort of freaked out by, or jumping on.  There wasn’t really a whole lot of in-between. 

Treat stations were set up all over the park, and the lines for some were quite long, but the staff tried their best to keep the times down.  And to be sure, the candy and treats were first-rate.  Normally my son would sort of scoff at raisins as a Halloween treat, but they were packaged in some very cool Cars-themed boxes, so that made up for it.

It was great to see all the families dressed up in their costumes, many of them going as a theme.  There was a family of Incredibles, a father and son who were Woody and Buzz respectively, and even some caveparents with their kids as dinosaurs.  I really enjoyed seeing everyone being so happy and enthusiastic, seeing as how Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday.

Even though the fireworks show is held in Disneyland, it’s still possible to see quite a bit of it from California Adventure if you’re in the right place.  Just as a heads up, some of the rides in the park are still being renovated.  But, the best one is of course operational, and that would be Toy Story Mania.

So, I recommend getting some advance tickets (save yourself some money!) and have a great time!

It’s the Kids Book Festival!


For the 6th year OCC will be hosting the Children’s Book Festival. I will totally be going to this festival. It doesn’t matter that I’m 30 years old and don’t have any kids of my own.

There will be authors, illustrators, exhibitors and entertainers. There will also be face painting, a petting zoo and train rides for those not so into books. This will be a book lovers dream… OK a kids book lovers dream.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

Disneyland’s Halloween Fireworks!

If you want some spooky spoilers, here’s a nice video of Disneyland’s Halloween Screams Fireworks!


This is Disney at its best people. If you haven’t gotten out to the park to see it, then you’re really missing out!

Greek Fest!


Tonight is the start of the 31st Annual Taste of Greece Festival at St. Pauls Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine.

There will be food, food and more food along with cooking demonstrations, carnival rides, games, music, boutiques, greek dancing lessons and a raffle. You could win 7 days in Athens or you could munch on a gyro and enjoy the entertainment.

Admission in $3, children under 10 for free
Located on 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine
Friday: 5-10 pm
Saturday: 12-10 pm
Sunday: 12-9 pm


It’s Oktoberfest Time Again!

Frankenrauber Band Oktoberfest

Actually, I’m waaay late with this, as the actual Oktoberfest began on Sept. 6, and will run through November 1.  But, there’s still plenty of time to get your beer on.

Head on down to Old World in Huntington Beach for some traditional Oktoberfest fun, including Beer Pong.  Wait, did I say traditional?

Forget traditional, go with whatever works, says I.  No worries, there are plenty of old skool Oktoberfest shenanigans, including the Chicken Dance.  Who can resist the Chicken Dance?  Or even if somehow you can possibly resist actually doing it, watching drunken people attempt the Chicken Dance is usually worth the price of admission, for which, by the way, there is a coupon on the site for five bucks off.  There is also a Kinderfest for the little ones held on Sundays, go to the site to print out a coupon for free admission to that.

So, go help out financially struggling Old World, a classic slice of Orange County schmaltz, and toss down a beer today!

Don’t Forget to Wear Red

Gay Days at Disneyland Anaheim is almost upon us! October 2 – October 4, 2009 is just around the corner! Have you got your tightest jeans and your reddest shirt all laid out and ready to wear? Got your rainbow belt on and pink shoelaces laced up? Good! I hope to see you there!

If you have never been to Gay Days, here’s a video that’s a pretty succinct representation of the event:


Alec Mapa will be at Wonderland (Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:30pm–1am, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney) and Bruce Vilanch and Stacey Q will be performing at Kingdom (Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9pm–1:30am, House of Blues Anaheim at Downtown Disney).

Saturday is the main event (wear a red shirt)! There are several lunches happening at noon: a Family Lunch at River Belle, a Ladies Lunch at Rancho Del Zocalo, a Youth Lunch at the Festival Arena and my personal favorite, lunch with the Bears at Hungry Bear Restaurant. If you don’t know what a bear gathering at Disneyland looks like, then take a gander at this. I shit you not, it’s pretty much the whole event in a nutshell.

Will I see any of you there? Would Metblog readers like to unofficially gather on Saturday or Sunday (10/3 or 10/4) at the happiest place on earth? If you’re interested, leave some ideas in the comments and we’ll make it happen.

Taste of Newport

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Taste of Newport starts tonight! Its in its 21st year with over 75,000 people in attendance.

At the event you can sample from over 30 restaurants and 15 wineries! You can also watch cooking demonstrations and live entertainment. On stage will be performers such as Sugar Ray, Train and David Cook.

The price is $25 per person with children under 8 for free.

Friday 6-11 pm
Saturday 4-11 pm
Sunday 12-8 pm

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