Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

Do you have a child interested in learning how to play hockey?  Well, how does FREE sound?

The “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” offers first-time hockey players the chance to get on the rink in full hockey equipment for FREE during a four-week session.  Your child will receive instruction on the basics of hockey as well as learn how to skate properly.

Participants in the “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” will be provided with an equipment bag, helmet, shin guards, hockey pants, elbow pads, shoulder pads, gloves and a jersey to be fully protected on the rink.  The use of full hockey equipment not only gives participants the feel of what it’s like to be a hockey player, but also enables them to get use to skating, wearing all of the hockey gear.  Equipment sizes are recommended for players under ten years of age.

Register for the FREE Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Hockey Program!

The “Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program” is offered at the following Rinks locations.  Some rinks already have waiting lists.

  • Lakewood ICE (homeschool session available)
  • Westminster ICE
  • Yorba Linda ICE (homeschool session available)
  • Corona Inline
  • Huntington Beach Inline
  • Irvine Inline (homeschool session available)

The Anaheim Ducks are also offering sessions in:

  • San Clemente @ Shoot-2-Score
  • San Diego @ KROC Center
  • Carlsbad @ Icetown Carlsbad

For full details and to register your child, please visit http://ducks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=63987

Adults!  Are are you interested in learning how to play hockey too?  Register for the “Anaheim Ducks Adult Learn to Play” program at http://ducks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=85017.

Go Ducks!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.  Photos copyrighted by the Anaheim Ducks.

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

Are bats flying mice or rats?  Do bats live in graveyards?  To find out these answers and more, Cal State Fullerton’s Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary presents its sixth annual Bat Night on SaturdayOctober 17 from 4 pm – 8 pm.

At a Bat Night, a field ecologist whose research focuses on small mammals, will discuss why people should appreciate Southern California’s furry flyers and not fear them.  California is home to 25 bat species, 16 of which live in Orange County, including one of the most common, the Mexican free-tailed bat.

The Bat Interpretive Program will take place at 4:30 pm and 6 p.m. for families and 8:15 p.m. for an adult only program (ages 18+).

The family friendly program also features:

  • crafts and games
  • live animal encounters
  • pumpkin carving ($6)
  • wagon hayrides ($3)
  • face painting ($3)
  • barbecue ($3-$8)

The price to attend Bat Night is $5 adults / $3 for children / 5 and under are FREE.

 

Attend Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on October 17 in Orange County!

photo credit: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Proceeds from the event will benefit Tucker’s K-12 outdoor education program.  Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is 12-acre nonprofit nature preserve operated by the Cal State Fullerton’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  The facility serves as a research center for University students, faculty members and others, and is open to the public to enjoy and learn about the local wildlife and natural habitat.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 29322 Modjeska Canyon Road,
 Silverado, 92676.

Event visitors can park for FREE on the corner of Santiago Canyon and Modjeska Canyon roads and take the shuttle bus to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.

For your information about Bat Night, please visit here.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.

Target Field Trip Grants Available for Public, Private and Charter Schools!

Target Field Trip Grants Available for Public, Private and Charter Schools!

photo credit: Jay Reed

Looking for a great way to inspire your students, but can’t find the funds you need to make it happen? Check out the Target® Field Trip Grants program.

Target is working with non-profit organizations to spread the word about Field Trip Grants.  This year, each Target grant is valued up to $700 and can be used to help fund field trips to great educational destinations across the country.  You have until between noon CST Aug. 1 and noon CST Sept. 30.  Grants will be awarded in December 2015.  Use the grant for a field trip in the spring.

Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply.  Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals or classified staff of these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.  This applies to homeschool charter schools as well!

The Target Field Trip Grants program is managed and administered entirely by Scholarship America. Scholarship America will evaluate applications and award grants based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s description of the field trip and its objectives
  • Benefits to the students, including overall student learning experience, relevance to curriculum and number of students who may benefit from the grant
  • Proposed use of funds
  • Trip to be taken between January 1, 2016 and the end of the 2015-2016 academic year (May/June 2016)

If selected to receive a Target Field Trip Grant, the applicant must provide verification, by the school superintendent, principal or immediate supervisor of the proposed trip and other information listed in the application.

Want to learn more and apply for a Target Field Trip Grant?   Visit Target.com/grants for details.

Happy Field Tripping!
Jilleen
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.

Introducing Pixar in a Box! Khan Academy’s New Animation Resource For Students!

Did you hear the exciting news in the education world this week?  KhanAcademy.org just launched Pixar in a Box – a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process!

Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation.  Pixar in a Box gives students a new way to engage with key academic concepts and see how creative these concepts can be.

Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely FREE OF CHARGE!

Introducing Pixar in a Box!  Khan Academy's New Animation Resource For Students!

“For years, we’ve heard from teachers at every grade level interested in creating animation-based curricula,” said Elyse Klaidman, Director, Pixar University and Archives.  “We’ve wanted to provide free online resources for them, and Pixar in a Box makes that dream a reality.  We hope that it not only gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made but also gets them excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts.”

Together, Khan Academy and Pixar, officially unveiled Pixar in a Box at a special event on the Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA.  After an introduction about the program, local educators learned the story behind the project and then received a live demonstration of Pixar in a Box from two of its creators – Brit Cruise, Content Producer at Khan Academy, and Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead at Pixar.

Many students start to lose interest in academics in middle and high school, partly because they don’t see how academic concepts relate to things they care about.  Pixar in a Box aims to address this disconnect by showing how Pixar filmmakers use these concepts for creative benefit in their everyday work.

Students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

  • How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLŸE.
  • How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.
  • How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.
  • How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.
  • How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.
  • How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.

These math lessons are the first phase of the project.  In the future, Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.

All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at PixarInABox.org.  The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.

Happy Learning!

Jilleen

Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only.  All points of view and opinions are my own.

Experience Great Vehicle Financing In Line With Your Family Budget & Values with ECCU!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ECCU.  All points of view are my own.  #ECCUAuto

Experience Great Vehicle Financing In Line With Your Family Budget & Values with ECCU!

As a Christian family, my husband and I like to support local businesses that believe in the same values that we do.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Galatians 5:22-23 which states “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  

“Fruit of the Spirit” is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life.  Therefore, when my husband and I are choosing whom to do business with and where to invest our money, we like to partner with companies that emulate Biblical principles such as Galatians 5:22-23.

One such company that has been on our radar for sometime now is The Evangelical Christian Credit Union based in Orange County.  For most of its 50-year history, ECCU has been known for offering churches, Christian schools and other Evangelical nonprofits and ministries with specialized financial services.

Now, ECCU is proud to offer personal financial services to individuals and families.  ECCU offers such outstanding products as Personal Savings Accounts (only requires $25 to open) and Money Market Savings Accounts (earn a higher rate up to 0.95% APY).  Credit unions, such as ECCU, offer better service to their members.  You will definitely receive more personalized service than with other commercial banking experiences.

Plus with ECCU your money does more than earn a good interest rate!  It helps to fuel Christ-centered ministry worldwide by providing loans to churches and low-cost banking services to missionaries and Christian organizations.  Now that’s Galatians 5:22-23 in action!

Experience Great Vehicle Financing In Line With Your Family Budget & Values with ECCU!

But what if you need a new or used vehicle?  Good news!  ECCU now offers auto loans for vehicles purchased from Southern California dealerships with no payments for 90 days.

ECCU allows you to get vehicle financing that’s in line with your family budget and family values.  Not having financing in place before visiting a new or used car dealership could cost families hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.  ECCU’s pre-approved auto loan allows for easier, hassle-free shopping.  Patrons can get pre-approved anytime online.

On Saturday, September 5, ECCU invites you to experience their top-notch service and attend the Galpin Motors Event in North Hills!  

At the event you will be able to…

  • Shop over 5,000 new and used vehicles including Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, Honda, Subaru, Jaguar, and Volkswagon.
  • Take advantage of current factory incentives and great Labor Day offers.  
  • ECCU members (current and new) will receive FREE oil & filter changes for the life of their loans!  (Not a member yet?  Sign up before or at the event to receive all member offers.)
  • Loan Rates start at 1.99% APR.
  • Meet KKLA’s own Big Wave Dave from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Galpin Motors Event takes place on Saturday, September 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Galpin Ford located at 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, CA.

Even better, if you want to skip the crowds, come early and shop!  The Galpin Motors sale and FREE oil & filter change offer runs from Friday, August 28 – Monday, September 7.

Happy Car Shopping with ECCU!

Jilleen