Events

    • The 2nd Annual Festival of the Hearts, presented by Laura's House and Tilly's Life Center, happening on May 11th, will gather local youth, parents and teachers for a youth education and empowerment day at Saddleback College. This event will educate attendees with the themes of healthy relationships, cyber safety, positive thinking and affirmations, safe dating, social media and bullying, substance abuse, and warning signs.

      The event will offer live music, educational workshops, interactive social activities, vendor and resource booths, breakfast and lunch, as well as giveaways. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and all attendees will receive raffle tickets, a swag bag and a 'Festival Insider' booklet with promotions and coupons offered by our sponsors and vendors. Registrationopens at 8:00am, and program begins promptly at 9:00am. Event includes free parking.

      Registrants paying by check can make checks payable to: Laura's House and send it c/o Laura's House, 999 Corporate Drive, Ste 225, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694.

      Students and their parents can reserve their spot by clicking HERE or visiting our teen website.

      Download the flyer HERE and feel free to share this information with the young people and/or parents you work with!

    • Mental health conditions are underdiagnosed and undertreated in older veterans. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, high rates of suicide and substance misuse are some of the difficulties our veterans commonly face.

      Stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental health conditions and fear of discrimination are often barriers to access and treatment. Diagnosis has typically been delayed in older veterans, which means some have been struggling for decades. Take care of your body and your mind by proactively finding veteran-friendly health services in your area.

      Explore community resources, enjoy art exhibits, and join a panel of local experts as they discuss current behavioral health trends in the veteran older adult population.

      Visit the Council on Aging, Southern Califonia website.

      Schedule · Wednesday, May 8, 2019
      1:30 PM - 1:45 PM:  Welcome and Overview - COASC
      1:45 PM - 2:15 PM:  Veteran & Older Adult Mental Health Awareness & Access - OC4Vets
      2:15 PM - 2:45 PM:  SAVE: The VA's Suicide Prevention & Assessment Testing - Los Angeles Vet Center
      2:45 PM - 3:15 PM:  PTSD Treatment Options & Efficacy - OC Health Care Agency
      3:15 PM - 3:30 PM:  Q & A Panel - moderated by Tierney Center

      Event Speakers:

      Kevin Alexander, DBH, LPCC
      OC Health Care Agency

      Eleni Hailemarjam, MD
      OC Health Care Agency

      Dustin Halliwell, LCSW
      Veterans Administration

      Patrick Thomson
      Tierney Center for Veteran Services

      Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

      OASIS Senior Center
      801 Narcissus Ave, Corona del Mar, California 92625

      For more information please call (714) 352-8820.

    • Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) and Boys & Girls Club are having an event! "The Day of the Child" is being held to honor children in the community. You and your family are invited to join us for a fun-filled day with food, music, bounce-houses, face-painting, as well as games! Free adminission!  

      There will also be multiple agency resource/booth participants from the community present. Members of the community will be able to obtain a better understanding of how these agencies can assist families in need.

      Where: Boys & Girls Club, 950 W Highland Street, Santa Ana CA 92703

      Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

      Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Download the flyer here (English and Spanish).

      If your organization would like to participate in this event, please download the Participant Form here.

    • The Affordable Housing Clearinghouse invites you to the 2018 Orange County Comunity Reinvestment Act Discussion: “Housing & Healthcare: A Community Development Strategy”

      Join us for a discussion with experts on the impact of housing instability on healthcare. Speakers from the OCC, HUD, The Kennedy Commission and more.

      Ideal attendees include:

      • Financial Institution CRA Officers and CFOs
      • Non-Profits
      • Healthcare Service Providers
      • Funders
      • Affordable Housing Developers

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018
      9:00 AM – Noon
      Registration Begins at 8:30 AM

      Christ Cathedral
      13280 Chapman Avenue
      Garden Grove, CA 92840

      Access the flyer HERE. Register for this event HERE.

    • Now in its 17th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. The month-long, high-energy event features a host of free, family-fun entertainment including more than 100 activities and performances ranging from face painting and arts and crafts to karate demonstrations, live dance and singing performances, animal shows, and much more.

      Among the many featured activities at this year’s Festival are:

      • LEGO: Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free mini LEGO build activities.
      • Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me: Each Friday in September at 11:00 a.m. – Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery.
      • Dance: Each Saturday and Sunday, various times – Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.
      • Arts & Crafts: Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.
      • CanstructionOC: CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day.

      Admission if free, so is parking! This even is suitable for all ages. For questions or further information, please call (800) 782-8888.

      Please join us and over 70 other organizations every weekend in September from 12-4pm at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) to help us celebrate National Child Awareness Month and Festival of Children!

    • Join us in celebrating the power literacy and learning! The goal of the event is to raise awareness about literacy in Orange County, and to connect adults and families with literacy services and other resources. This year we will celebrating the power literacy and learning can have in changing and uplifting lives.This is a free event and all ages welcome!

      • guest speakers
      • community resources
      • fun reading programs
      • children’s performers
      • children’s crafts, face painting and more!

      June 8th, 2019
      11:00am- 4:00pm
      Tustin Library
      345 E. Main Street
      Tustin, CA 92780

      Special guest speaker, Michael Gaulden, author of My Way Home.  Book signing to follow. Free book to adult participants while supplies last!

      For more information contact OC READ at (714) 566-3070 or visit www.readoc.org. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

      OC READ/OC Public Libraries would like to invite your organization to take part in this Literacy Festival. Please CLICK HERE for the exhibitor information and registration packet. If you have any questions, please call us at 714-566-3070. We look forward to working with you!

    • Please accept this invitation to join the 2018 National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 7!
      National Night Out (NNO) is a designated evening where communities across America come together to take a stand against crime and drugs while building and maintaining a positive and supportive relationship between the community and its police department.

      Please join the men and women of the Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress Police Departments, in addition to the OC Sheriff’s Department, to reaffirm and develop the relationships we have created between our local police departments, county organizations, and fellow community members.

      This is a FREE MARKETING VENUE for you and your business. It is a positive way to promote yourself, and the services you provide, to our local community. Our NNO focuses primarily on safety and preparedness, therefore, only those organizations that blend into this category will be authorized to sell their various wares.

      All other organizations are welcome to promote their businesses with swag, handouts, games, flyers, certificates, etc., as long as no monetary transactions take place.

      To register for the event, please complete the on-line registration form, click HERE. Registration cut-off date is Tuesday, July 31. To download the flyer, please click HERE and FAQs HERE.

      To inspire visits to your booth, we will be utilizing a site map denoting vendor locations. Guests will be encouraged to have each booth place a mark by their respective location on the map before they enter a raffle. Please have a unique signature or small stamp available to mark the maps when presented. Additionally, we are seeking ‘prize’ donations to incentivize guest participation in the raffle.

      Also, the City of Westminster, along with their Police Department, will be holding an event at their Target located at the Westminster Mall on August 7. For additional information, please contact Ellen Lopez, of the Westminster Police Department, at 714 548-3211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational equity and excellence for the approximately 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness each year.

      Our 2018 national conference theme is All Together Now, a theme that reinforces our collective, unified strength in helping those children and youth among us stay on their educational path out of homelessness, will be held October 27-30 in Anaheim, California.

      The exceptional learning experiences at the NAEHCY Annual Conference are made possible by the innovative and unique sessions submitted by professionals like you. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide yourself and your peers education that supports your career and organization..

      Each year NAEHCY brings together those who, on a daily basis, work closely with homeless children and youth. Through a series of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, valued exhibitors, and networking opportunities, the NAEHCY conference is the only conference of its kind and boasts an attendance of more than 1,300 professionals

      For further information and to view 2018 NAEHCY conference participation opportunities click HERE.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King's Holiday, it's time to ask ourselves...
      Are we living out his dream?
      Are we working together towards the dream?
      How can we teach the next generation to pursue the dream?
      Come together with influential city and county leaders, law enforcement, educators, artists, local churches, non-profit organizers, entrepreneurs and community members and be a part of this crucial conversation.

      Please join us.Monday, January 21, 2019 

      7:30 am - 9:30 am
      Phillips Hall Theatre
      1454-1592 North Bristol Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92706

      Click HERE to register for this event. 

    • Orange County’s Imagination Celebration, a gargantuan annual spring festival that celebrates the arts throughout Orange County and emphasizes the creativity of kids, is celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2019 – a remarkable testament to the vision and passion of people who believe that art makes a crucial difference in the lives of the county’s children and teens.

      This year’s Imagination Celebration will last well over a month and features more than 100 events, most of them free, in 29 Orange County communities.

      While it’s hard to fault the organizers of Imagination Celebration and other community-level arts programs for children and teens, such huge endeavors could be seen as an indication of the shrinking role of K-12 education in the arts. How much do we value arts education if we leave it to well-meaning but often cash-strapped volunteers to provide it?

      To read the full article and get further information about the event, please click HERE.

      1,000 Pieces of Art Exhibition
      WHEN: May 1 – May 19
      WHERE: South Coast Plaza, Crate & Barrel Wing, Costa Mesa
      TICKETS: Free

    • Are you new to using computers? Don’t know where to start? Join us for an 8 week basic introductory computer class for adults!

      Throughout the course you will learn how:

      • to power a computer on and off
      • to identify basic computer components
      • proper keyboard placement
      • introductory typing skills
      • basic internet navigation

      This class is designed for adults ages 50+.

      When: Tuesday’s
      Dates: May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, May 28th, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th, and June 25th.
      Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living
      307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663
      FREE
      *Space is limited*
      Please call to register at (949) 764-6551.  Download the flyer in English HERE... descarga el folleto en español AQUÍ.

    • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is hosting a three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Behavioral Health Care to the Streets. This series will discuss how to provide behavioral health care in unsheltered environments. The first webinar in the series is coming up soon – register today!

      HHRN is the SAMHSA training and technical assistance center that shares knowledge and best practices for preventing and ending homelessness.

      Thursday, April 25, 2019
      3:30 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Register Today

      In this webinar, participants will learn about the need for behavioral health-focused outreach and engagement, as well as how to implement outreach and engagement strategies and build relationships with clients. The following panelists will share their expertise in behavioral health and homelessness:

      • Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Health Care for the Homeless of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
      • Brian Bickford, MA, LMHC, Central Massachusetts PATH Team Leader, Eliot Community Human Services, Worcester, Massachusetts
      • Amanda Buccina, RN, Street Outreach RN, Sacramento, California
      • Tracey Knickerbocker, BA, Mobile Crisis Support Team Peer Navigator, TLCS/Hope Cooperative, Sacramento, California

      Participants will learn how to:

      • Provide person-centered, behavioral health-focused outreach in encampments with an emphasis on building trust and meaningful relationships
      • Engage unsheltered people with serious mental illness through multi-disciplinary teams, peer specialists, and trauma-informed care
      • Incorporate behavioral health considerations into organized efforts to support individuals in encampments

      Please save the dates for future webinars in this series:

      • Webinar 2: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT - Building a Foundation on the Streets—Assessing Behavioral Health Needs in Encampments
      • Webinar 3: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT - Behavioral Health Care Outside of the Box—Providing Services and Treatment to Unsheltered Persons

      Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

    • Moving from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Helping Youth, Families and Providers Prepare for Transition

      Guest Speaker: Erika Jewell, LCSW, ACM, CHOC Children's

      This workshop is focused on transition readiness for adolescents and young adults, addressing the needs of youth, families and providers in the transition from pediatric to adult health care services. In California, transition efforts begin at age 14 and continue through age 21.

      At the end of the program, participants should be able to:

      • Define the difference between transition efforts and discharge planning.
      • Learn barriers to a successful transition and how to effectively address them.
      • Discuss health and psychosocial concerns facing adolescent and young adults during the transition period.
      • Identify tools and resources to work effectively with adolescents and young adults to address developmental and cultural needs.
      • Discuss strategies for working jointly with youth, family and providers to ensure a successful transition.

      Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Registration Required, NO FEE

      Tuesday, March 26, 2019
      12:30–2 p.m.
      CalOptima, 505 City Parkway West, Room 109-N, Orange, CA 92868

      1.5 CE Credits Offered

      Space is limited! Please RSVP by Thursday, March 21, 2019. Download the flyer HERE.

      For questions, special accommodations or to file a complaint, please call Miriam Sanchez De Lorenzo at 657-900-1038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
      CE certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

    • This is a unique opportunity for families and caregivers to learn more about resources available to the special needs community. We will have several representatives providing a wealth of information and tips to benefit our special needs friends. There will be fun for the entire family, including refreshments, games, activities, demonstratoins and special guests. Admission is free, no RSVP is necessary. 

      Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
      Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

      Lake Forest Sports Park
      28000 Rancho Parkway
      Lake Forest, CA 92630

      Download the flyer HERE

    • Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

      March 20, 2019
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
      Starbucks
      301 W 4th Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92701

      For further information, please email PSO Melissa Ortega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HEREfor the flyer.

    • Your voice matters! Join other members of your community at Community Action Partnership's public hearing to discuss their 2020-2021 Community Action Plan. Your input is greatly appreciated. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

      Wednesday, May 15, 2019  |  4pm-6pm

      CAP OC

      11870 Monarch Street

      Garden Grove, CA 92841

      Download the flyer in English HERESpanish HERE and Vietnamese HERE..

      Questions? Contact Alexander Caro at acaro@capoc,org, or call 714-897-6670 ext. 3405

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    • Learn more about our OC Community! Join the conversation and let's discuss important community issues such as health, housing and employment affecting our commnunity.

      LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

      Light refreshments from Porto's Bakery will be available.  Descarga el folleto en español AQUÍ. Download the flyer in English HERE.

      Monday, April 15, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

      22481 Aspan St, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1630

      If you have any questions please contact:
      Alexander Caro
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      714-897-6670 ext: 3405

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      CAPOC changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Orange County a better place to live.

    • Learn more about our OC Community! Join the conversation and let's discuss important community issues such as health, housing and employment affecting our commnunity. Hosted by Community Action Partnership of Orange County.

      LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

      Light refreshments will be available. Descarga el folleto en español AQUÍ. Download the flyer in English HERE.

      Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM

      Southwest Community Center
      1601 W 2nd St
      Santa Ana, California

      If you have any questions please contact:
      Alexander Caro
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      714-897-6670 ext: 3405

      Community Action logo

      CAPOC changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Orange County a better place to live.

    • Learn more about our OC Community! Join the conversation and let's discuss important community issues such as health, housing and employment affecting our commnunity. Hosted by Community Action Partnership of Orange County.

      LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

      Light refreshments from Porto's Bakery will be available.  Childcare will be available.

      Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM

      El Modena Family Resource Center
      18672 E. Center Avenue
      Orange, California

      If you have any questions please contact:
      Alexander Caro
      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      714-897-6670 ext: 3405

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      CAPOC changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes Orange County a better place to live.

    • Please join us and hundreds of housing, human services and policy leaders from all over the country in Los Angeles this June 5 - 7 for CSH Summit 2018, the only national forum devoted to affordable, supportive housing. Experts on topics important to housing will be on hand to share their experiences, insights and guidance. This is an extraordinary opportunity for peer networking with other stakeholders and professionals across many sectors including healthcare, philanthropy, finance, justice, workforce development, child welfare and more! Visit the site/register at www.csh.org/summit18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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