The Orange County High School of the Arts presents a Ballet Folklorico Conservatory Concert, called Recuerdos de Mexico, on May 1, at 7:30 p.m., at Segerstrom High School, located at 2301 W. MacArthur Boulevard, in Santa Ana.
The Cougar Orchestra played this past Christmas on 4th & Spurgeon in Downtown
Spurgeon Intermediate presents The Cougar’s Orchestra & Choir, Performing at the Artist Village Promenade Between 2nd & Broadway, in Santa Ana, on April 24, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. FREE CONCERT!
For further Info call: Santa Ana Downtown at 714-547-6100 EXT. 203.
The Grain Project is hosting Urban Gardens II “Building Community” with Eugene Cooke Saturday April 24th 3pm-5pm. $16, $12 if you bring a friend.
Is a Food Revolution in Season? Where does your food come from?
Join us at the Jerome CommUnity Learning Center as Eugene Cooke discusses concepts of guerilla food growing and community building in order to see your urban city in a different light. Get inspired about using plants to reclaim space for the public good. We’ll provide you with ideas & materials to begin a food abundance network – a way to build community with friends & neighbors and share the work and rewards of growing food. Continue reading
Poster Winner: Monique Nguyen, 12th grade, Los Amigos High School, Garden Grove USD.
Orange County Imagination Celebration
OC Public Libraries joins in April 17 – May 23, 2010 for the 25th Anniversary of Imagination Celebration. Experience the power and colorful creativity of theatre, dance, music, film, literary and visual arts brought to you by an exciting collaboration of professional arts organizations, cities, schools, libraries, universities and community venues.
All branch libraries will display art by local children, and some branches will have art materials available so you can create art during your library visit. Be sure to stop by your favorite library during the festival, and check out the many other wonderful events all over Orange County. Find out more about Imagination Celebration here.
Building a Creative Community In Orange County – The Imagination Celebration has played a major role to spark imagination and creativity in an entire generation of Orange County children. Thanks to Arts OC and the Orange County Department of Education for sponsoring Imagination Celebration.
Here are the Featured Events: Continue reading
Enjoy a sneak peak of the Santa Ana Zoo’s new Tierra de las Pampas exhibit this Saturday!
Lots of fun coming up at the Santa Ana Zoo this month, including:
- April 10: Zoo-B-Que and Tierra de las Pampas Sneak Peek!: 11am – 2pm. Sneak Peek of new exhibit. Members get FREE train rides, music, crafts, BBQ hot dogs, opportunity drawing and extra discounts. Model Train Show at the Santa Ana Zoo this weekend. Train layouts by Del Oro Pacific Modular Railroad. Operation Lifesaver will have givaways for the kids to teach rail safety, on Saturday only. Ride the Zoofari Express train (did you know this is the old train from Santa’s Village?). Continue reading
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez dresses up for the Tet Festival but won’t co-sponsor the Dream Act
A new Facebook page is asking Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to co-sponsor the Dream Act. Here is what they are saying online:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is running for re-election this year and has refused to co-sponsor the DREAM Act once again. Every year that students have met with her, its the same story…that she will not co-sponsor. Ms. Sanchez has referred to a DREAM student as “selfish” for wanting to fulfill his professional DREAM. We are tired of Loretta NOT representing the community. It is time that our voices are heard once and for all! Enough is enough!! If you live in her district and demand that she support ALL students, please join this group.
Loretta Sanchez represents the 47th Congressional District, which encompasses the Southern California cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove and portions of Anaheim and Fullerton. Continue reading
Float your way to Discovery Science Center for Orange County’s most astounding spring break bubble spectacular! It’s good, clean fun for the entire family as Bubble Scientist Fan Yang brings his Gazillion Bubble Show to Southern California, from March 27 – April 11, 2010.
Orange County’s Most Astounding Spring Break Event!
Hands-on bubble activities demonstrate a bubble’s science and math principles (such as surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, molecular properties, and geometric properties), while Fan Yang’s Gazillion Bubble Show puts those theories to the ultimate test. Continue reading
Join SACReD for a Community Day of Action, where hundreds of Santa Ana residents and community members will come together to celebrate community pride, culture, history, and neighborhood roots.
Event: Community Day of Action in Santa Ana
Start Time: Sunday, March 28 at 11:00am
End Time: Sunday, March 28 at 5:00pm
Where: Garfield Elementary School
Santa Ana residents want a healthy community, a good future for children and families, where they are a part of building that future. Proposed plans about the neighborhood will be highlighted all day: cultural and historic preservation, open space, affordable housing, protection for small businesses and all workers, safety, but most importantly being at the table when important decisions are being made about their future. Continue reading
A reader asked us to compile a list of Santa Ana’s private schools. But let’s start with Santa Ana’s charter schools, which are publicly funded but are run independently.
The Santa Ana Unified School District’s website does include a list of the local charter schools, which include:
- Albor Charter School – This is a K-12 school that appears to offer instruction in a bilingual format. They don’t have a website and it is almost impossible to find out much about them online. I did find news articles that indicated that a former director allegedly misappropriated millions of public dollars back in 2007. Phone: 714-560-1568.
- The Orange County Educational Arts Academy – K-8. They offer English only and Two-way Language Immersion (Spanish/English).
- The Edward B. Cole Academy – K-5. They don’t have a website. I did find a letter they submitted to the City of Santa Ana where they indicated that they serve poor families with English fluency issues. Continue reading
The SAUSD is in denial about the persistently low performing public schools in Santa Ana
If you glance at the Santa Ana Unified School District’s website, you might come away thinking everything in the district is great. Headlines include: “Academic Achievement Abounds;” “Measure G Facility Improvements;” and “SAUSD Congratulates its Top Educators of the Year.”
There is no mention of the fact that four of the seven Santa Ana High Schools have been placed on the State of California’s “Persistently Low Performing” list, necessitating massive changes which might include transferring teachers, replacing administrators and even the possibility of becoming charter schools.
But check out what overmatched SAUSD Superintendent Jane Russo has to say on her website, under the headline, “Success is the Standard:”
We are dedicated to high academic achievement, in a scholarly and supportive environment, ensuring that all students are prepared to accomplish their goals in life. Failure is Unacceptable! Success is the Standard…It’s Up to Us All!
Is it just me or is Russo in complete denial? Continue reading
KABC T.V. news reported on Wednesday that a teenage girl was attacked in a parking lot at John Adams Park, which is next door to John Adams Elementary School, by a man who stabbed her in the chest and grabbed her, trying to force her to kiss him.
We have been warning for some time that our parks are full of perverts. Our blog reported that men were lurking at Santiago Park, and sure enough the SAPD arrested nine of them a few weeks ago, by using a decoy in a sting operation.
We also reported here the fact that there are over 200 registered sex offenders living in Santa Ana.
Now a teenage girl has been victimized and she might well have ended up murdered. And here is the weird part. The Santa Ana Police Department is NOT including this story on their online alert system, called Citizen Observer.
Why the cover-up? Continue reading
Board of Trustees Meeting (Rally 3P.M.– Board Meeting 4:30 P.M.)
The Santa Ana College Associated Student Government calls on all faculty, staff, and students to speak out against the cuts and layoffs. We urge all those who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut to come and speak out. All students who have lost classes should attend. Make this the most massive protest yet against the unnecessary cuts.
WHEN: Monday, March 22, 2010
WHERE: Santa Ana College fountain Continue reading
The YMCA of Orange County, Santa Ana unified School District and the Santa Ana YMCA Board Members will be hosting the ground breaking event to celebrate the start of construction for the Segerstrom High School Aquatic Center and the First Phase of development for the Santa Ana YMCA, today, March 16, from 5pm to 8 pm, at 2100 W. Alton St., in Santa Ana. Click here for directions and a map.
A special joint use agreement has been adopted by the YMCA of Orange County and the SAUSD. Click here to read it. The SAUSD School Board is going to be discussing it on Wednesday evening, March 17. Click here to read their meeting agenda. Continue reading
Ever wonder what the term Chicano means? Why does it have such a negative influence on society? Is it necessary to even use that term today? To whom does this term even refer to? Come Join us, M.E.Ch.A. de Chapman, as we discover the true meaning of what it means to be a Chicano versus Hispanic or Latino(a).
Since the arrival of the Europeans to the Americas, the descendents created from this historical contact have been struggling with the issue of identity for centuries. The mixing of European, Asian, Pacific Islander, and African with indigenous blood created a global citizen known as the Mestizo. Continue reading
The SAUSD is cutting their school budget again, and considering laying off 153 of their teachers
The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is considering laying off another 153 teachers, according to the O.C. Register. The district needs to cut $34 million from their budget.
At the same time the district is in the process of reassigning teachers due to the fallout from having six SAUSD schools placed on the state’s “persistently low performing” list.
How exactly are teachers at SAUSD supposed to be happy about working there under these conditions? And will voters react by tossing out the incumbent school board members in November? Two of them are up for reelection, including Audrey Noji and John Palacio. Continue reading