Thursday, May 29, 2008


Effective Internet Marketing

The Internet is now a vital part of every business. Yet, many are unsure how to use the Internet to effectively market and grow their businesses. Learn the do's and don'ts of a sound Internet marketing strategy. Learn about costs, resource allocation, and return-on-investment when dealing with a business Web site, e-mail, and e-commerce in addition to the daily pressures of managing a business. See how to put it all together into an Internet marketing plan. This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs that want to expand their business with an effective internet presence.

Date: Wednesday June 18, 2008
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location: Orange County One-Stop Center, Coastline Community College
125 Technology Drive West
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-8000

$50 Pre-register at our website.

Presented by SCORE Volunteer Counselor Nader Nemati: Nader is a proven executive with more than 20 years of expanding Information Technology (IT), sales, operations, and change management roles in Fortune-50, mid-market and start-up companies with focus on growth, field enablement, and productivity. Nader was the co-founder and CEO of CompuNet eBusiness Group, Inc. later acquired by Epicor Software. Most recently, he was Global Director, Retail and Hospitality Practice and Strategic Programs for Epicor Software. Nader has also held management level positions at several Fortune 50 companies including Honeywell, Sears & Roebuck and AlliedSignal. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, as well as his Masters of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems. Nader currently sits on the advisory board of several successful companies including a leading global eCommerce provider, an electronic ad and portal company focused on hospitality industry, and an innovative biometrics identification company.

Seating is limited. Register by visiting our web site at

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Angels Baseball Wives Tee-up Against Child Abuse

Former Angel Wife Continues to Support Children’s Charity

ORANGE, CA, May 21, 2008 Angels Baseball wives will be joining the fight against child abuse on Tuesday, June 10th at the 5th Annual Jessica Erstad “Not So Serious” Women’s Golf Outing. Angels Baseball has been a steady supporter of this event since its inception and has played a key role in the tournament raising more than $240,000 for the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s parenting education, prevention, mental health and awareness programs.

The tournament’s chair, Jessica Erstad, whose husband Darin played a key role in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s success over the last decade and is currently playing with the Houston Astros, founded this event five years ago in support of the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

“Even though Darin doesn't play for the Angels, they are still in our hearts. We're very appreciative of the support Angels Baseball, along with the many fans, have continued to show to us. We call Orange County our off-season home and we are glad to be part of the Prevention Center's fundraising efforts,” comments Jessica Erstad.

“Jessica's tournament is a great experience every year. Not only do us girls get to have a great time golfing, we’re able to help a great cause. The Prevention Center is a wonderful organization. It feels great to help such a worthy charity," comments Patty Hatcher, wife of Angels batting coach, Mickey Hatcher.

This year’s roster of Angel wives include: Amanda Quinlan, Carly Moseley, Patty Hatcher, Jina Bootcheck, Jody Kendrick, Krista Clark and Jamie Bates. Many of these ladies have been involved in this tournament in the past and are looking forward to the fun and excitement they’ve grown to expect. “I'm very excited that so many Angel wives will be coming out to golf this year. It's great to have their support,” says Jessica Erstad.

This year’s Summer Olympics theme will offer a day of entertainment and good-natured sportsmanship for all. This nine-hole tournament appeals to avid golfers as well as those who are new to the game. Ladies may find themselves having to putt while wearing boxing gloves, tee off together as synchronized swimmers, or putt with a ping-pong ball instead of a golf ball. Laughter and fun will be enjoyed on the greens before heading into the clubhouse for cocktails, silent and live auctions, as well as an awards dinner.

"I'm the definition of a not so serious golfer and I loved every minute on the course. What a great way to spend the day; golfing with girlfriends, in the sun, having fun AND raising money for an amazing cause. I had such a good time last year that I've been recruiting other friends to join me this year. We can't wait," comments Amanda Quinlan, wife of Angel infielder, Robb Quinlan.

To join in the fun and make an important difference in the life of a child, please visit Foursomes are available at $800, and individual golfers are $200 each. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available starting at $1,500. Please call (714) 955-6587 for more information.

The Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to serving at-risk children and families with programs that break the generational cycle of child abuse and family violence. The Prevention Center’s early intervention programs have well-documented records of strengthening and improving parent-child relationships and working to prevent abuse before it occurs. Since 1983, the Prevention Center has served more than 184,000 Orange County residents – including nearly 16,500 children, 10,000 parents and 6,800 families in the last year alone. For additional information, please visit the Prevention Center’s web site at

Thursday, May 15, 2008


The End of Bigotry in California?

According to MSNBC, the California Supreme Court has just overturned the ban on gay marriage!

Have we finally evolved as a society to the point where we are willing to repudiate our discrimination and bigotry against gay men and women?

Everyone needs to stand together on this. There is a drive to change the California Constitution to renew the legalized discrimination against our gay brothers and sisters. Those of us who are straight need to stand up for what is right and moral, even though it does not affect us directly. We need to raise consciousness and prevent California from backsliding.

Read the Supreme Court Ruling here.

Please talk to everyone you know about this. Civil rights are hard-won. We must stand shoulder to shoulder to end bigotry, once and for all!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


A night of vibrant song, instrumental music & dance

Join The Tamburitzans of Duquesne University for a night of vibrant song, instrumental music and dance Eastern Europe & the Balkans!

When: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Where: The Servite Theatre,
1952 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
Time: 7:00PM
Tickets: $28 adult, reserved seats, $20 general admission
Group rates available
To Purchase: Call 714-832-7470
or visit and click on "events"
Tickets are on sale now ! Buy tickets early. They are selling fast!
Parking is free.

The Tamburitzans perform the music and dance of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The troop is composed of dancers from across the globe, representing the best folk dancers performing today! This high energy show is a feast for the eyes and ears. This is truly a must see performance.

**Homemade kolachki and gift items will be sold!**
(Cash, or checks, for food and gifts, please.)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Water Festival Focuses on Education and Fun

· Santa Margarita Water District’s annual Fiesta de Agua Family Fun Day draws hundreds of local families to celebrate Water Awareness Month

· District partners with Boy Scouts of America to host event at Oso Reservoir in Rancho Santa Margarita

Text Box: Fiesta de Agua At-a-Glance Purpose: Water conservation and family festival Attendance: Approximately 1,000 local residents Location: Oso Reservoir, Rancho Santa Margarita Interesting Event Facts: • Oso Reservoir holds 1.3 billion gallons of recycled water • 1,200 hotdogs were served at the event • SMWD’s use of recycled water for irrigation conserves over a billion gallons of drinking water each yearRancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (May 6, 2008) – Many local residents don’t even know the Oso Reservoir exists, hidden in the hills of Rancho Santa Margarita. But they knew it on Saturday, when the reservoir and its surroundings came to life, with 1,000 residents and volunteers at Santa Margarita Water District’s annual Fiesta de Agua Family Fun Day water conservation festival.

Fiesta de Agua kicked off SMWD’s celebration of California Water Awareness Month and focused on teaching families the need for and benefits of water conservation. Visitors learned about practical ways to conserve water in and around the home through simple solutions like installing water-saving sprinkler systems and planting drought-tolerant landscaping.

This year’s event venue also provided an educational environment so families could learn the importance of vital water infrastructure facilities like Oso Reservoir. Guided nature hikes around the 125-acre man-made lake offered insights into how recycled water is used to conserve domestic (drinking) water supplies, while also highlighting the diverse natural environment of South Orange County.

This marked the first year the annual event was held at the Oso Lake Boy Scout Camp at Oso Reservoir, which is leased and maintained by the Boy Scouts.

“This year we decided to host the event here to showcase our beautiful reservoir, highlight its importance for regional supply reliability and celebrate our partnership with the Boy Scouts of America,” SMWD Board of Directors president Roger Faubel explained.

Kids at the event also kept busy, creating giant bubbles at the Girls Scouts’ bubble booth and planting California-native flower seeds in self-painted pots. At a live reptile display, children got up close and personal with all sorts of creepy-crawlers, holding and petting lizards, snakes and a tarantula from Prehistoric Pets. Participants also enjoyed hotdogs, popcorn, snow cones, and drinks provided by SMWD.

About Oso Reservoir

Oso Reservoir is one of the largest recycled water reservoirs in South Orange County and is located in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. The man-made lake is capable of storing more than 1.3 billion gallons of recycled water for the region’s irrigation supply needs and is a critical component to the region’s supply reliability infrastructure.

About SMWD

SMWD is Orange County’s second-largest water district, serving a customer base of more than 150,000 residents and businesses in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Las Flores and inland southern Orange County, including the communities of Ladera Ranch and Talega.


New Study Shows Odds High for Big California Quakes

According to FEMA, "California has more than a 99% chance of having a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according to scientists using a new model to determine the probability of big quakes."

Click here for a summary of the report

Click here for the full report

What to Do Before an Earthquake

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

Six Ways to Plan Ahead

  1. Check for Hazards in the Home
    • Fasten shelves securely to walls.
    • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
    • Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
    • Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.
    • Brace overhead light fixtures.
    • Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.
    • Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
    • Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
    • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.

  2. Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors
    • Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table.
    • Against an inside wall.
    • Away from where glass could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over.
    • In the open, away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, overpasses, or elevated expressways.

  3. Educate Yourself and Family Members
    • Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on earthquakes. Also read the "How-To Series" for information on how to protect your property from earthquakes.
    • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
    • Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

  4. Have Disaster Supplies on Hand
    • Flashlight and extra batteries.
    • Portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
    • First aid kit and manual.
    • Emergency food and water.
    • Nonelectric can opener.
    • Essential medicines.
    • Cash and credit cards.
    • Sturdy shoes.

  5. Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
    • In case family members are separated from one another during an earthquake (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), develop a plan for reuniting after the disaster.
    • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

  6. Help Your Community Get Ready
    • Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on earthquakes. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross, and hospitals.
    • Conduct a week-long series on locating hazards in the home.
    • Work with local emergency services and American Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments on what to do during an earthquake.
    • Provide tips on conducting earthquake drills in the home.
    • Interview representatives of the gas, electric, and water companies about shutting off utilities.
    • Work together in your community to apply your knowledge to building codes, retrofitting programs, hazard hunts, and neighborhood and family emergency plans.
Source: FEMA website

Monday, May 5, 2008


“Honor a Hero Hire a Vet” Job and Resource Fair

The Orange County Veterans Employment Committee and the Employment Development Department are proud to announce its Honor a Hero Hire a Vet” Job and Resource Fair. The fair will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Angels Stadium, 2000 East Gene Autry Way in Anaheim, CA.

The “Honor a Hero Hire a Vet” job fair will offer job seekers the opportunity to interview with approximately 80 employers and meet with educational and training providers representing a myriad of industries throughout Orange County. The job fair is free of charge for all job seekers and there is ample free parking available for all attendees. All Job seekers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For additional information, please call (714) 518-2345

The Orange County Veterans Employment Committee (OCVEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans obtain gainful employment. The OCVEC works in partnership with the Employment Development Department Veterans Employment Services and the Orange County Veterans Service Office (OCVSO) to help veterans overcome barriers to employment and achieve their educational and career goals.

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