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Ikebana Floral Arrangements Workshop


Centennial Farm at OC Fair & Event Center is hosting several weekend workshops through June on a variety of different topics, beyond the typical gardening class. Next up, on Saturday, Feb 17 at 9:30 a.m. learn the basics of Ikebana floral arrangement and design from instructors Miyako Arao, a Sogetsu Ikebana 1st degree grandmaster; Marilyn Drageset, a Sogetsu Ikebana 1st degree teacher; and Rie Miura Strong, a Sogetsu Ikebana 2nd degree teacher. Attendees will create their own arrangement to take home.

Cost: $35 includes materials and handouts; bring scissors/snippers. All classes are held on Saturdays and begin at 9:30 a.m.; pre-registration is required.

To register for any of the workshops offered at Centennial Farm, use the form at Class sizes are limited. Classes are intended for participants 16 years and older unless otherwise noted. Each class is generally about 2 hours and take place in the Silo Building at Centennial Farm at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. 

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Orange County Paws FUR Pink run/walk


Join us at the sixth annual Orange County Paws FUR Pink run/walk on Sunday, Feb. 18 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Irvine Regional Park in Orange.  Participants can register to run or walk with their dogs and raise funds for charity paw-tners, which include Susan G. Komen Orange County and The National Canine Cancer Foundation. Whether you are walking to celebrate your own survival, in honor of another survivor or in memory of someone who lost their battle, each runner/walker can expect a memorable, fun-filled morning. The event features:

Hearty Hound 5K Fun Run/Walk
Dawdling Doodle 1-Mile Walk
FURever Yours Expo w/Yoga in the Park and pet demonstrations
PAWsitively Pink Costume Contest
Each participant will receive a custom Paws FUR Pink branded participation t-shirt, wine glass, doggy frisbee and sunglasses.
Registration fees range from $15 to $48.

For more information and to register for Paws FUR Pink®, please visit or send an email to

Irvine Regional Park is at 1 Irvine Park Road in Orange.

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Ayurvedic Stress Management


Spend an afternoon learning the ancient secrets to manage and bust stress naturally at Buy Hand's next workshop on Sunday, Feb 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Join Dr. Vidya Reddy where she will teach you to use ancient Indian mindful breathing techniques to get a grip and calm your mind in times of stress.
Vidya will take the mystery out of handling stress in a fun interactive class that’s suited to your Ayurvedic constitution.

Due to limited space in Buy Hand’s back patio space, Pre-registering is recommended. Cost is $80. RSVP at

Buy Hand is at 1175 S Coast Highway in Laguna Beach

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Shredz Gym Opens in Ladera Ranch


Shredz Gym, a cutting-edge gym facility for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, just opened in the Terrace Shops shopping center in Ladera Ranch. Whether your goals involve losing weight, toning up, building muscle or improving athleticism, Shredz Gym caters to everyone. The staff and on-site trainers all come from experienced fitness backgrounds, including the owner of the gym, Brittany De Anda, who started her career as a National Physique Committee (NPC) bikini competitor out of San Diego.

Shredz Gym offers top-of-the-line weight training and cardio equipment on an open floor format and unique high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes. These classes were designed to be physically challenging, increase heart rate and metabolism, while being able to track progress using heart rate monitors and companion display and app technology. The gym also offers heated spray tans with an Evolve Tanning Airbrush System. This system is a safe, fast way to get a sun kissed-radiant glow in seconds while providing a warm airbrush tanning experience.  

Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The gym is located at the Terrace Shops shopping center in Ladera Ranch, near Lola’s Café & Jerry’s Dogs, at 1501 Corporate Drive, Suite B2-3 in Ladera Ranch. 949.354.0913

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