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by Deb Shaw

The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach is having their Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening on
May 4, 2014; 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Come and join the fun at the 9th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening! View the Children’s Art Show, “Wildlife of the OC”.  Enjoy delicious food from local restaurants in the “Taste of OC”. Visit Orange County’s only butterfly house, purchase native plants and attract butterflies and birds to your own yard. Play nature games, or purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 — your “ticket” to make awesome crafts! Decorate your body with face paint or henna. Get a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!

Hang out at the Fire Circle Stage for a live performance by the Youth Singers of Orange County, “Story Time” presented by Community Roots Academy, see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center, and watch a presentation with real wolves from Wolf Totem Ambassadors.

by Jill Berry, posted by Deb Shaw

DSCN6512-685x240SpringTopia is at the Arboretum, Celebrating a World of Plants!
Saturday, May 3 & Sunday, May 4
10 am—3:30 pm

SpringTopia features guest speakers, walking tours with experts, music, children’s activities and entertainment, botanical art and mosaic demonstrations, Gift Shop specials, delicious food at the Peacock Café, free tram tickets for Arboretum members, and colorful blooms at Wildflowering L.A.

A full schedule of activities are on the Arboretum’s website.

BAGSC members Cristina Baltayian and Marilyn Parrino, along with Nancy Beckham will be demonstrating Botanical Art:

  • Saturday, May 3, 10am-1pm, demonstrations by Cristina Baltayian
  • Sunday, May 4, 11am-3pm, demonstrations by Cristina Baltayian, Nancy Beckham and Marilyn Parrino
  • Location:  Oak Room Patio near Peacock Fountain

by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

The Pastel Society of Southern California, Fifth Annual Members Show

The Pastel Society of Southern California, Fifth Annual Members Show

The Pastel Society of Southern California is exhibiting its Fifth Annual Members Show at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center, April 26th – May 16th, 2014.

BAGSC members Suzanne Kuuskmae and Rita Hopper both have works in the show; Sue has two pieces, and Rita one.

This year The Pastel Society has a new designation called “Miniatures” with smaller paintings no bigger than 80 square inches. The opening reception for the public is Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 6 – 9 pm. A pastel demonstration will be held on Saturday, May 17th, from 10 am – noon.

Gallery hours for the show are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 – 6 pm; Wednesdays, 4 – 8 pm; and Saturday, 1 – 5 pm. The gallery is closed Fridays and Sundays. The Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Be sure to come by and take a look.

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