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8th Annual VidCon

June 22nd, 2017

It’s that time of year again:  time for the 8th annual VidCon in Anaheim, California! This four day event celebrates the virtual communities created via YouTube, bringing content creators and fans together for concerts, panels, and even a day at Disneyland! Whether you’re there for a crash course in online video production or a chance to meet your favorite creators, VidCon offers something for the whole family.

In 2010, VidCon was started by Hank Green of VlogBrothers, a channel co-run by Hank and his brother John Green, best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, as a place for vloggers, or video bloggers, to network and learn from one another, as well as for the communities that were starting to crop up around them to have a place to gather in person. In the past seven years, as YouTube has seen a boom in popularity, VidCon has grown from an event that attracted just under 1,500 people in the basement of a Hyatt hotel to a major conference in the Anaheim Convention Center, bringing in upwards of 25,500 people in 2016.

Major stars in attendance this year include Dan Howell and Phil Lester, Lilly Singh of IISuperwomanII, and Mark Fishbach of Markiplier. There are two main tracks for attendees: the community track and the creator track, both of which offer an opportunity to see these stars and others in person. The community track is for fans and casual convention goers looking to meet their favorite creators or attend concerts, shows, and fan meet-ups, while the latter is for those interested in the creation of online video and growing one’s social media presence, whether for business or for personal pursuit. VidCon culminates on Sunday in Disney Day, in which for a discounted price, guests can join the VidCon community for a day at Disneyland.

VidCon is a wonderful chance to expand your horizons, meet up and coming online celebrities, and, for families with children who have grown up with YouTube, a perfect opportunity for family bonding that everyone can enjoy. Read more about this year’s VidCon at: http://vidcon.com/.

Between the Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland, and everything that Orange County has to offer, there’s never a dull day living in Anaheim, California. Explore Anaheim today and you’ll understand why so many people are relocating to the area. If you’re in the market for an Anaheim home, look no farther than Tapestry Walk, a secure, gated community of spacious newly constructed townhomes in the heart of South Anaheim: http://www.tapestrywalk.com/.

Blossom Walk Community Spotlight

June 21st, 2017

In the heart of Temple City is the new community of Blossom Walk, a neighborhood optimized for comfort and serenity while being expertly placed for those looking to live an active modern lifestyle. If you’re looking for a new home to offer a fresh start, look no farther than Blossom Walk.

Temple City is a welcoming small town within an easy commuting distance of the busier San Gabriel area. Blossom Walk, being nestled conveniently between freeways 10, 605, and 210, is the perfect neighborhood for anyone looking to come home after a day of work to a secure and peaceful home without an unmanageable distance from fun and exciting entertainment venues.

Blossom Walk has been specifically designed with community in mind. One of the first things you’ll see when visiting the neighborhood is the main courtyard, surrounded with flowers and olive trees that make it hard to stay inside. Whether relaxing in the courtyard or sitting on their front porches, you’ll likely find neighbors who are catching up or making plans for the upcoming week.

In Blossom Walk, every home is different, with a variety of floorplans for you to choose from, as well as customizable options available to tailor your home to your lifestyle needs and aesthetic preferences. Traditional townhomes as well as single-family detached homes are available.

Buying a home in Blossom Walk is an experience like no other, offering you the best in elegant urban living with all the down home comforts you could wish for. When you walk into your new home, you’ll be welcomed by a sparkling family room with tiled floors, sliding doors, contemporary ceilings, and elegantly recessed, natural looking lighting. Homes in Blossom Walk feature contemporary kitchens with energy star rated appliances, spacious open floorplans, and low voc paint, making for the perfect, healthy home for the modern and active family.

If you’re interested in a Blossom Walk home, let us know today so we can help you to find your new dream home. More information on Blossom Walk floorplans and availability can be found at: http://blossomwalkhomes.com/

2017 Father’s Day 5K

June 15th, 2017

In 1977, Rick Hoyt, a young man with Cerebral Palsy, participated in a 5k race for the benefit of a lacrosse player recently paralysed in an accident. Though confined to a wheelchair, Rick was able to participate with the help of his father, Dick Hoyt, who pushed Rick for the length of the race. That night, Rick told his father that participating in the race made him feel free from his Cerebral Palsy, and the father-son team started off a lifetime of participating in marathons in this manner.

Rick Hoyt and his parents worked hard during the boy’s youth to shatter stereotypes as well as legal restrictions placed on children with disabilities, with Rick’s participation in various marathons being one example of their efforts. The Hoyt Foundation was established in 1989 to provide educational opportunities to people living with disabilities and help them to take active roles in their communities.

In honor of Dick and Rick Hoyt, the Moon Joggers are holding the World’s Best Dad 5k, open for anyone to participate. As a virtual race, you chose your course, time, and speed, and for a registration fee of only $17 you will receive a medal and a bib for your efforts – for this race, you can even opt to receive a second medal in honor of your father. 15% of each entry will be donated to The Hoyt Foundation.

The World’s Best Dad 5k, without a set course, is a great opportunity to run through the city of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley explore all of the scenic views and cultural hotspots that Pasadena has to offer. If Father’s Day doesn’t work for you, the race is running all week, so you can chose anytime to explore the area. Grab a friend, a dad, or the whole family for a serene jog through the streets of Pasadena, or along the majestic San Gabriel mountain range.

Register now for the World’s Best Dad 5k at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-fathers-day-5k-pasadena-registration-33176262093.

The San Gabriel Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California, with Temple City, a short drive from Pasadena and a shorter drive to the San Gabriel Mountains, showing off a slice of everything that the valley has to offer, both in terms of urban conveniences and natural beauty. Blossom Walk is a quickly growing neighborhood of newly built homes in the heart of Temple City. Explore Blossom Walk today at: http://blossomwalkhomes.com/.

Monarch Community Spotlight

June 14th, 2017

If you’re looking to move to Huntington Beach, look no further than the blossoming community of newly constructed townhomes that is Monarch Walk! Homes in Monarch Walk are selling quickly for a reason – nowhere else will you find access to all of the amenities of Huntington Beach paired with such beautiful modern architecture.

Huntington Beach, otherwise known as Surf City USA, is much more than a tourist destination. Between the wonderful entertainment and shopping venues, the top-rated schools, and easy access to the beautiful coast, it’s easy to see why so many young families are choosing to relocate to the area. Huntington Beach offers a perfect bridge between urban life and the natural world, combining all of the cultural conveniences and social opportunities of the city with the serenity and majesty of miles of coastline.

Monarch Walk is positioned to give you access to all that Huntington Beach has to offer. Whether you want to take a midday stroll in the beautifully landscaped pocket garden in Monarch Walk, drive 5 miles to the nearest coast, or take a quick trip to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, the natural world is always at your fingertips living in Monarch Walk.

Homes in Monarch Walk are beautifully crafted in the Spanish Architectural style, blending into the natural and architectural aesthetic of Huntington Beach while retaining a distinctive modern flare that sets them apart from older homes. Every home in Monarch Walk is built to be both economically and environmentally sustainable, surpassing California’s strict Title 24 energy-saving requirements and coming fully equipped with energy star rated appliances. With automatic water sprinklers, pre-installed carbon monoxide detectors, auto-shut off motion sensors in the bathrooms and strictly low voc paint, every home at Monarch Walk is built with energy efficiency and your safety in mind. Owning a townhome at Monarch Walk is very low-maintenance, the best in modern comfort and convenience is incorporated into every aspect of an Olson Home!

Homes in Monarch Walk include three bedrooms and your choice between exterior decks or an additional multi-purpose loft area. Each home comes with a spacious private master suite complete with between one and two spacious walk-in closets. One of the benefits of buying a new home at Monarch Walk is your ability to customize the home to fit your tastes and preferences with your choice of paint packages, kitchen backsplash and cabinetry, and more.

There are currently a very limited number of homes available in Monarch Walk, and as more and more people flock to Huntington Beach, drawn to the city for its cultural and natural value, these homes are selling fast. If you’re looking to explore Huntington Beach and Monarch Walk, now is your chance. Visit us today and schedule a home tour, or just let us know you’re interested so we can send you more information on the beautiful and growing community of Monarch Walk: http://www.monarchwalk.com/.

Chili at the Beach

June 9th, 2017

On Saturday, June 17, Huntington Beach kicks off Father’s Day weekend with the annual Chili at the Beach festival, the proceeds of which go to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. Grab the kids and head down to Surf City for a daytrip to the beach, complete with samplings of the best chili the area has to offer!

This fun event runs from 11am to 5pm along Main Street and includes not only a chili cook off, but salsa samplings, vendors, live entertainment, and fun activities for all ages! In addition to all of this, there is also a silent Art Walk auction and fundraiser for anyone interested in exploring local artists’ works. Whether you’re there for the chili, the art, the family fun, or a chance to pick up a unique Father’s Day gift from a vendor, Chili at the Beach is one event you don’t want to miss.
Wondering who can cook up the best Chili in Huntington Beach? There are six award categories at the Chili at the Beach festival: both a judge’s and a people’s pick for “Best Chili” and “Best Salsa,” an award for “Most Enthusiastic Booth” and “Chillin’ Chili Booth.” Chili and Salsa sampling, as well as a say in who wins the people’s choice awards, is only $15 on the day of the event, or $10 if you reserve your spot in advance.

In addition to a day of good food and good fun, in attending the Chili at the Beach festival you can rest assured that you’re supporting a good cause. The festival is run in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, an organization which provides childcare and networks of support for school-aged children in the Huntington Valley area, helping them to achieve their full potential in life.

For more information on the Chili at the Beach festival and to reserve your discounted spot for chili tasting, visit: http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html.

Events like these are at the heart of what makes Huntington Beach a fun and interesting community, and why so many people are moving to the area. While you’re in Huntington Beach for the Chili at the Beach festival, why not stop by Monarch Walk, a serene collection of new townhomes with access to all of the best that Huntington Beach has to offer? Check out Monarch Walk at: http://www.monarchwalk.com/.

Fig & Fifty Walk Community Spotlight

June 9th, 2017

Fig & Fifty Walk, a delightful collection of sleek, modern townhomes in the Figueroa Corridor of Highland Park, is a vibrant, growing community built to bring together the traditional beauty of Southern California with modern urban comforts and conveniences. Only an eight minute commute to downtown LA and a quick drive from Pasadena, Fig & Fifty Walk allows you to live in the heart of the city while giving you the privacy and serenity of a warm-hearted, gated community.

The historic area of Highland Park, home to this brand new community, is highly sought after and is particularly attractive to artists, young families, and anyone looking to live a modern, innovative life with all the comforts of home. Highland Park is also known for attractions such as Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, York Park, The Lummis House, Highland Park Bowl and Highland Theatres.

Few places in the sprawling Los Angeles area have as much history and personality as Highland Park, a culture and tradition which has been infused into the architectural and landscape design of Fig & Fifty Walk. In many ways, Highland Park is like a small town with an urban twist, with local coffee shops, boutiques, and family-owned restaurants only a short walk from your front door.

A home in Fig & Fifty Walk is tailored to a modern lifestyle, with many features which can be personalized, allowing you to truly fit your home to your needs and preferences. A variety of floorplans are available, with each 3-story home including between two and three bedrooms and up to 2,110 square feet, making for spacious, open floor plans that are highly versatile, allowing the home to adapt with your changing lifestyle.

In addition to elegant design and customizable aspects, each and every Fig & Fifty Walk home is sustainably built and complete with features that are as kind to your health as they are to the natural environment. Every detail of a Fig & Fifty Walk home, from the wiring to the paint, the lighting to the plumbing, is built for efficiency.

At Fig & Fifty Walk, you are sure to find a house you’ll be proud to call home. This community provides a wide range of townhome options at affordable prices. Find your dream home, customized to reflect your lifestyle needs and backed by The Olson Company’s excellence at Fig & Fifty Walk today: http://figandfiftywalk.com/.

Lummis Day Festival

June 1st, 2017

Looking for a fun, free, and educational way to spend the weekend? Connect with the cultural, artistic, and musical heritage of Northeast Los Angeles this weekend at the Lummis Day Festival, a three-day, six venue event for the whole family!

The Lummis Day Festival kicks off tomorrow, June 2nd, at noon with an exhibition detailing the history of LA’s mural tradition at Security Trust and Savings Bank on Figueroa Street. This will include a new work painted on-site by local artist Wayne Alaniz Healy. Tomorrow night, be sure to stop by Occidental College for the Highland Park Independent Film Festival, which will be showing various films on LA’s rich culture and heritage.

The event carries on into the weekend with various exhibitions, as well as local music acts you won’t want to miss. Saturday night features the likes of Bird & Thorn and Lucy & La Mer at the Café Stage, and Sunday night there will be four different stages, each with an outstanding lineup of performers. Sunday will also feature short, 20-minute soccer matches and a family fun area. There will also be informative seminars throughout the weekend in which you can dive into the fascinating history of Los Angeles and poetry workshops to let your creativity fly!

The Lummis Day Festival is truly a celebration of the multiculturalism of Los Angeles, as well as a chance to explore the area’s art scene. Named after Charles Fletcher Lummis, founder of the Southwest Museum and first editor of the Los Angeles Times, a man who fought to save Los Angeles’s cultural history, advocated for the rights of Native Americans, and was a strong proponent of Hispanic communities, the festival continues his legacy by highlighting the interconnectedness of Northeastern LA’s many vibrant communities.

Whether you’re looking for a chance to get familiar with local history, a fun family weekend, or an engaging way to explore local talent, the Lummis Day Festival is truly an opportunity you don’t want to miss. More information on this free event at: http://www.lummisday.org/.

With such a diverse and rich cultural history built on top of one of the country’s strongest networks of urban life, it’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to move to LA. Historic Highland Park, on the northeastern edge of LA, is a beautiful, distinctive neighborhood with a very diverse and integrated population. Fig & Fifty Walk is a tight-knit community of 3-story townhomes within Highland Park, the perfect balance of history and modernity, urban life and community values. Read more about Fig & Fifty Walk at: http://figandfiftywalk.com/.

Tapestry Walk Community Spotlight

May 30th, 2017

If you’re looking for the perfect place to call home that offers a small town lifestyle feel yet has easy access to major attractions and business centers, look no further than Tapestry Walk by Olson Homes. Located in the bustling area of South Anaheim, California, Tapestry Walk is perfect for growing families as well as career-oriented individuals.

With top attractions very close by such as the Outlets at Orange and Disneyland, Tapestry Walk residents will have endless opportunities to discover the very best that the area has to offer. This delightful community of 3-story homes is perfectly designed with a genuine combination of modern and traditional styles including sleek silhouettes with tiled roofs and classic doorways. New homeowners at Tapestry Walk will also enjoy the benefits of a community pool and the tranquility of streets lined with beautiful landscaping. Tapestry Walk has immediate access to an entrance on the Santa Ana Freeway/I-5 and is also close to many public transit options.

Many new townhomes are available at Tapestry Walk with a wide array of floor plans ranging from 1,296 to 1,741 square feet of living space. This welcoming community with a peaceful atmosphere will allow you and your family to feel right at home from the moment you arrive.

A large bedroom is part of the master suite, which also features a bathroom and a walking closet. A marble topped dual vanity, as well as a tiled shower, are also part of the master suite. The living space is designed to meet the needs of the modern-day homebuyer who needs to stay connected throughout the day and night. These homes are pre-wired for cable television in various rooms, with a universal network in the family room, and CAT5e Voice in the kitchen as well as the master suite.

The kitchen is the heart of the modern home. The kitchens at Tapestry Walk include under mount sinks with double compartments, black and white countertops, removable faucets, and adjustable shelves, among many other modern amenities.

Tapestry Walk townhomes in this exclusive community are constructed by the award-winning builders The Olson Company. Master planned and expertly developed, Tapestry Walk is so much more than simply a place to live. Tapestry Walk offers the ultimate in access to employment opportunities and recreation, while providing the very best in comfort and modern amenities. It is a great place to live, work, play and call home, quite possibly for the rest of your life. For those looking to enjoy the good life in Orange County, the homes at Tapestry Walk are a must see. http://www.tapestrywalk.com.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

May 25th, 2017

The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is one of the leading festivals in the area with many food booths, rides, contests and attractions. Also, visitors to the Strawberry Festival will be able to enjoy hundreds of arts and crafts, celebrity demos, and so many fun activities for the whole family! This year’s Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is the ideal summer kickoff.

Now in its 59th year, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is held every Memorial Day weekend. At this annual festival, you can enjoy a wide range of activities, including live entertainment, and the finest strawberries California has to offer. Due to its growing popularity, the festival will take place on three consecutive days. So get ready for loads of uninterrupted fun!

Friday hours start at 1 pm and end at 10 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, events take place from 10 am to 10 pm, while Monday’s opening is at 10 am and the gates close at 9 pm. So whether you are attending alone or with friends and loved ones, get ready for three days of great fun. Veterans will also be honored at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, which will take place at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in Garden Grove.

This highly popular berry-tasty festival promises a lot of family entertainment set against the magnificent scenery in Garden Grove. Attendees to this festival can expect plenty of sweet surprises, ranging from live music and a beer tent to gourmet grub, popular sports, country markets, short entertainment shows, a bike race and a kids’ play park. And of course, there will definitely be plenty of activities based on the juicy red fruit. These include strawberry eating contests, educational tours and talks, and berry, beer and wine pairing, among many others. Visitors to the festival will be able to take part in the popular strawberry hedge maze, with the opportunity to get lost in this amazing fruit!

Those who come to the Strawberry Festival can also go out to the field and pick their own fabulous red gems to eat at home later on. Pre-picked strawberries are also available for sale. This family-friendly festival also includes a spacious outdoor children’s park with paddle boats, exciting inflatables, bubble ball, go-carts, a soft play zone for toddlers, a wooden playground, train rides, and free ice cream and strawberry eating competitions. Your little ones will keep asking for more! For more information about the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, click here: http://strawberryfestival.org/.

While in Garden Grove for the Strawberry Festival, be sure to drop by the recently opened Tapestry Walk welcome center in nearby Anaheim. Tapestry Walk is a new community of modern upscale townhomes by The Olson Company which is generating a lot of buzz in the area, stop out to see why! The Welcome Center is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily and is located at 2337 South Manchester Avenue in bustling South Anaheim. http://www.tapestrywalk.com

Blossom Walk Community Spotlight

May 23rd, 2017

Blossom Walk by Olson Homes is a new community of upscale modern townhomes located in Temple City, California, in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles. The homes at Blossom Walk combine both traditional architecture and modern design to create a welcoming effect. Archways and spacious front patios characterize this magnificent neighborhood, while statuesque olive trees and beautiful flowers make Blossom Walk the perfect gathering place for people from all walks of life. With homes ranging from carriage units to townhomes and single family homes, this community’s unique diversity and spacious units are designed to suit your personal tastes and preferences.

Blossom Walk offers an appealing selection of spacious townhomes in this highly sought-after community. The floor plans for these homes vary from 1,169 to 1,644 square feet and up to three bedrooms and three baths.

With a vibrant community located in the heart of a thriving urban area, this elegant new home development will appeal to a broad array of homebuyers. The homes at Blossom Walk feature off-street parking in attached garages with steel sectional garage doors. Two transmitters are included with all of the garage doors.

Temple City is also known for its wide range of cultural activities with historical, culinary and musical varieties among them. Shoppers have many options, including nearby venues Westfield Santa Anita Mall and Paseo Colorado.

Centrally located for singles, couples, and growing families, Blossom Walk offers easy and convenient access to several highly rated learning institutions. Blossom Walk residents are served by the highly-performing Temple City United School District. Many excellent private schools are also within close proximity. This ensures that growing families will have access to quality education for their children.

Prospective home buyers can choose homes with spacious floor plans and bright contemporary designs. As you come through the home’s entrance, you will be welcomed by a beautiful living room with modern ceilings, tiled floors, recessed lighting, sliding doors, and much more. These townhomes also feature a modern kitchen with upgraded appliances, spacious dining areas and breakfast bars which overlook the family room, making them perfect for family recreation and entertainment.

Blossom Walk is a highly sought-after destination that today’s savvy homeowner would be proud to call home. Visit our site today for more info, and check out the gallery link to take a visual tour of the community lifestyle of a representative model at Blossom Walk. http://blossomwalkhomes.com/.