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The Nutcracker

December 6th, 2016

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Residents and visitors of San Gabriel, California and the surrounding area won’t want to miss this! Saturday, December 10 through Friday, December 23 only at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, you can experience Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker. Watch as the story of the Nutcracker Prince and the despicable Mouse King on their journey to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy comes to life through the brilliance of the Pasadena Dance Theater cast and artistic director Cynthia Young. This ballet is a Christmas tradition and performance like no other performed by an incredible cast unrivaled throughout the San Gabriel Valley area!

The Nutcracker is a traditional Russian Christmas ballet developed by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, and Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century. Since then, it has become one of the most famous Christmas performances in the world. It has received numerous different arrangements and adaptations throughout the years, but nothing compares to seeing one of the greatest ballets of all time up close and personal in the original way it was meant to be performed when written by Tchaikovsky in 1892. Furthermore, nothing compares to seeing this amazing production as performed by the cast of the Pasadena Dance Theater at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse just south of West Broadway and South Santa Anita Street.

The production of the Nutcracker is just one of the many exciting things you can do when visiting the historic city of San Gabriel, California. The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse has been putting on dazzling shows from local and international performing arts groups since 1927 and has become a staple in the community. In addition, San Gabriel boasts scenic gardens, endless hiking trails and parks, a vintage drive-in and diner experience, as well as numerous concerts, flea markets, museums, and shops that make this city one of the preferred destinations of tourists and locals alike. Plan on coming out to see The Nutcracker, but make a whole weekend out of the many things that you can do in this wonderfully exhilarating city!

For tickets and more information about the Pasadena Dance Theater’s performance of The Nutcracker, visit their site here: http://missionplayhouse.org/event/the-nutcracker-7

You can experience the wonder of San Gabriel every day when you own your own home at Arroyo Walk by Olson Homes, so be sure to check out all this community has to offer: http://www.arroyowalk.com/

Olive Walk Spotlight

December 1st, 2016

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At Olson Homes, we are exceedingly proud of some of the wonderful communities that we have to offer. One of the newest, but already on its way to being one of the best is Olive Walk, located in beautiful La Mirada, California! This modern community, set to open in Spring 2017, owes its roots to the rich history of La Mirada’s olive oil industry and expresses an exquisite Spanish style to celebrate that history!

Olive Walk is located near the center of La Mirada, California, perfectly situated in equal parts for easy access to both work and fun. The community resides near the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, the Regional Aquatics Center, Buccaneer Bay Water Park, and world-class performances at the La Mirada Theater for Performing Arts. Residents also enjoy the close proximity of local parks such as Creek Park, La Mirada Regional Park, and many more! If you’re looking for some fun to pass the time, you can find Adventure City, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Medieval Times all within a convenient distance of Olive Walk! Enjoying the best dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation that this city has to offer is easy when you live in historic Olive Walk! Quickly hop on I-5, I-91, Imperial Highway, or Beach Boulevard to take part in many of the best local attractions!

This historic inspired yet modern community isn’t even open yet and already the demand has reached a fever pitch! You won’t want to miss out on your opportunity to stake your claim as part of this classic, cultured community and world-class neighborhood. We offer floor plans that fit every need and walk of life. Each floor plan that we offer comes standard with three bedrooms, but lofts and an office or den highlight the benefits of the larger plans. Options range from a cozy 1,704 square feet to a spacious 2,200 square feet!

Become part of this forward-looking community built on the history of the region at Olive Walk today! Don’t wait until these beautiful homes are all off the market. Be sure to check out this community and send us a message for any questions you might have regarding Olive Walk or the local community! You can visit our recently launched website for more information at: http://www.olivewalk.com/

Breakfast with Santa

November 29th, 2016

You’d better watch out! This Saturday, December 3, a very special guest will be appearing at the Westminster Civic Center to have breakfast with all the good boys and girls and their families. That’s right, jolly ole Saint Nicholas himself, aka Santa Claus, will be in Westminster for the Breakfast with Santa event starting at 9:00 AM. Santa will be there in person to bring joy to children’s hearts and to entertain one and all at this event full of traditional charm.

After visiting with Kris Kringle, a morning full of fun arts and crafts awaits for all participants. The cost for the event is $8.00 for both children and adults. This includes a delicious breakfast, craft materials, an individual visit with Santa Claus, and a stocking for each child in attendance. Don’t forget your camera; you won’t want to miss recording these wonderful holiday memories. All children need to be accompanied by an adult, and both the children and the adults must register for this event in order to participate.

Other holiday activities that are part of the City of Westminster’s season long celebration include the Tree Lighting Ceremony December 5 at 6:00 PM at the Civic Center Sunken Gardens, writing a letter to Santa and receiving a personal response, and the list of homes and businesses that are part of the Holiday Decorating Display in the Westminster area.

This Breakfast with Santa will take place at the City of Westminster Community Services Building in the East/West room. The Community Services Building is located at 8200 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster. For more information about this event, please call the Westminster Department of Community Services and Recreation at (714) 895-2860, or visit the City of Westminster web page here: http://www.ci.westminster.ca.us/depts/cs/events/default.asp.

What could be more fun than Breakfast with Santa? How about living at Pacific Walk in Westminster, where opportunities for family fun like these are available on a regular basis. Homes are available now, be sure to secure your spot before they are all gone. Contact us by phone at (562) 370-9503 or through our website http://pacificwalktownhomes.com/ to find out more about the incredible lifestyle you can be part of at Pacific Walk.

Pacific Walk Community Spotlight

November 22nd, 2016

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The Olson Company is pleased to provide new townhomes in the new community Pacific Walk in Westminster. Including the perfect mixture of classic allure and modern amenities, this beautiful community offers complete privacy, a relaxed vibe and everything in modern conveniences that today’s home buying market expects and demands. Located conveniently in Orange County, Pacific Walk is the ideal place to be able to take advantage of all that the area has to offer.
The best in upscale contemporary living describes the 3 story homes’ flexible floor plans, while the modern day designs create a unique feel and look. Pacific Walk’s close proximity to shopping, great schools, employment opportunities and other attractions in the area make it the perfect place to call home.

Every home at Pacific Walk allows you to personally select your own home appliances, backsplashes and counters, along with color and finish plans, among others. Being a home community near a major city, Pacific Walk offers all the conveniences of modern life with the added plus of having easy access to all that Orange County has to offer, with downtown LA being just a few more minutes away. Westminster is a popular community with LA commuters, as it’s close enough to employment opportunities yet far enough out of the city to be able to get away and relax after a busy day at the office.

Each one of the homes at Pacific Walk is truly stunning, from exterior as well as interior perspectives. Spanish architecture is the inspiration for these homes, and each home includes an exterior deck and 2-paneled entry way with aged bronze hardware.  Every fine detail is covered at Pacific Walk to give you assurance of the finest quality.

Being close to the 405, all the best in entertainment that the area has to offer is within just minutes of Pacific Walk. The wonders of Orange County are all available to you at a moment’s notice without sacrificing an easy commute to Los Angeles.  Many families locate to Westminster because of the excellent quality schools, and with Huntington Beach close by, it is easy to see why this is such a popular destination for new homeowners.

Stop by our sales office at 6302 Maple Avenue in Westminster to tour our model homes, call us at (562) 370-9503, or visit our website today for more information about this exquisite community. http://pacificwalktownhomes.com/.

Old World German Christmas Market

November 17th, 2016

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Come out and enjoy the German Christmas Market on Sunday, November 27 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Old World Festival Hall and Beer Garden in Huntington Beach. Admission is only $5.00 per person, and 40 percent of every entrance fee is donated to the organization Child Rights and You America (CRY).

Be ready to enjoy some Christmas shopping stress free. Up to forty vendors will sell their arts and crafts creations inside the Banquet Hall and Beer Garden of the restaurant. In addition to the shopping, there will be opportunities to have your face painted in the décor of the season, to make your own crafts for Christmas, and to take pictures with Santa Claus. The Rockin Neptunes from Huntington Beach will provide live music from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at this event.

It wouldn’t be a festive German celebration without some great food, and this year’s event will not disappoint in that regard. At the German Christmas Market, you can enjoy many original specialties from Europe such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, stollen, original German cookies and pastries, German beer and wine, coffee and tea, hot chocolate, and the ever famous “Gluhwein” (red mulled wine). All of these and many other food specialties will be catered by the renowned kitchen of the Old World Restaurant.

Historic Christmas markets such as this one are traditionally held in cities and villages throughout all of Germany as well as Austria, and they always bring to mind an enchanting and festive atmosphere. Christmas markets like these have a historical background that goes all the way back to the 13th century.

In many villages in Germany and Austria, the Advent season is usually brought in with the Christkindelsmarket’s opening, literally meaning “Christ Child Market.’ These markets honor and celebrate the Christmas season during the 4 weeks of Advent. One of the very earliest known Christmas markets held in Germany was the Strietzelmarkt in Dresden, which was first held in the year 1434.

If you have grown weary of the commercialized things around Christmas which have become far too commonplace in our society, a visit to the German Christmas Market might help you to feel a restored sense of the magic that you may remember from your youth, in which Christmas gifts were not produced in mass quantities but instead were personal craft works of outstanding quality.

To find out more about this year’s German Christmas Market, visit their site here: http://www.oldworld.ws/german-christmas-market.html.

It’s things like this that bring the community together and make Huntington Beach a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Find your perfect dream home at Monarch Walk in Surf City. http://www.monarchwalk.com.

Monarch Walk Community Spotlight

November 15th, 2016

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New townhomes will be available soon in the most recent seaside community in Huntington Beach, Monarch Walk by Olson Homes. This community provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to live near the beach and also be close to all that modern urban living has to offer.

This dynamic city on the Pacific Coast, Huntington Beach, with its typical sunny climate and a setting that is idyllic, is located right along the SoCal coast in Orange County. Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, has been consistently ranked as one of the ten safest cities in its size range in the US for several years. The weather is nearly perfect here, as temperatures rarely get above 90 degrees or go below 32 degrees. The autumn months average around 71 degrees, and even the month of December can be shorts and t-shirt weather, as the average temps are around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of climate is the perfect setting for the homes of Monarch Walk.

Huntington Beach is a prime destination due to the ten miles of continuous golden sand beaches along the Pacific. The city has an expansive recreation system led by the beautiful and spacious beaches. In addition, Surf City also maintains facilities for many recreational activities for any who want to enjoy the outdoors. These include the Huntington Beach Pier, the Ocean Strand, Huntington Central Park, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, and the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, among many others.

The floor plans at Monarch Walk all include 3 bedrooms and as many as 3 bathrooms, and consist of anywhere from 1,514 to 1,914 square feet of available living space. All of the homes at Monarch Walk are built to meet the most stringent environmental standards, as these homes will each exceed California’s Title 24 requirements by at least fifteen percent. Among the many energy efficient and healthy home features in a Monarch Walk home are auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths, tankless water heaters, white dual glazed vinyl windows that have low e glass, a carbon monoxide detector, and energy star appliances.

Prices for these homes start above $600K, so contact us now before this opportunity is lost. Monarch Walk brings to you the best of the beach lifestyle without having to lose access to all of the perks of the big city. Check out our website today for more information about Monarch Walk, your dream beach destination: http://www.monarchwalk.com.

Pacific Walk is Hosting Kogi This Saturday November 12th!

November 11th, 2016

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Pacific Walk is hosting the Kogi Food Truck!

Stop by this Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to check out all of our progress at our community, tour the models and enjoy lunch catered by Kogi Food Truck.

Pacific Walk is a beautiful new townhome community close to everywhere you want to be. These homes offer 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths to 2 baths plus 2 powders and up to 1,798 square feet of living space.

Be sure to stop by this Saturday to tour the models and make Pacific Walk home!

 

Olive Walk Community Spotlight

November 8th, 2016

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Situated in the beautiful and historic town of La Mirada, California, The Olson Company is pleased to offer paired and single family townhomes at Olive Walk, one of our newest communities of townhomes which will be available this coming spring. The very best of the modern lifestyle is combined with a strong connection to the historical roots of this area. Once known worldwide for producing the finest olive oil in the United States, La Mirada has now been named by CNN Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in America. Thus Olive Walk takes its name from a tradition like no other, while offering the finest in contemporary amenities to the residents of this stylish community.

Today the community of La Mirada is very much a family oriented city which is centrally located to be able to experience all of the best of Los Angeles County and Orange County which offer so many opportunities for employment and recreation. One of the many attractions in the area is the Splash Aquatics Center featuring swimming lessons available throughout the entire year along with the Buccaneer Bay Water Park. Broadway-quality shows are performed regularly at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and also the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. There are many local parks available where you can enjoy a nice picnic or refreshing jog, including Creek Park and La Mirada Regional Park along with many others. Fun and amusement is available all year long at Knott’s Berry Farm, Adventure City, Medieval Times, and Disneyland. Many varied shopping, dining, and entertainment venues are featured at the Los Cerritos Center, Brea Mall, and Buena Park Downtown. Families with children may choose from the many award winning schools that are available in the area. Access to the 5, 91, Imperial Highway, and Beach Boulevard is very convenient, making your commute a breeze and allowing for endless opportunities to find something fun and new to do every day.

Homes in Olive Walk range from 1,705 to 2,200 square feet of living space and include up to 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The available floor plans allow you to escape from the pressures of daily life in the stunning master suite with a huge walk-in closet, a soaking tub and a separate enclosed shower. Designer finishes and dual sinks are available along with office space for the person who needs to stay connected in the fast moving business world.

Call or visit our website today to find out more about this amazing community that you will grow to love: http://www.olivewalk.com.

Grand Opening Celebration at Arroyo Walk!

November 4th, 2016

The Arroyo Walk’s Model Grand Opening event is happening Saturday, November 5th! Come out to tour the beautiful new model homes and learn all about this exceptional new community in San Gabriel!

Stop by between 11:00 am & 2:00 pm to enjoy cupcakes and coffee from the Cappuccino Man.

Arroyo Walk will offer up to 4 bedrooms and 4 baths and up to approximately 1,886 square feet.

For more information on Arroyo Walk please call 562-370-9512 or visit the Welcome Center.

Jackalope Arts & Crafts Fair

November 3rd, 2016

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Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday November 12 and 13, Central Park in Old Pasadena will host the Jackalope Arts & Crafts Fair, an indie artisan market which will feature over 150 local artisans displaying high quality, locally handcrafted items. Local culture meets with the craft experience of this event, which is a unique shopping opportunity featuring the leading trendsetters and designers of goods in our local area. The fair begins at 10:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM.

Jackalope Arts’ mission is stated to be the creation of a curated shopping experience that makes available the highest quality goods which are handcrafted and sourced locally. This organization seeks to provide support for local artisans in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area who have devoted their entire lives to these creations. The experience of Jackalope Arts is more than simply an opportunity to shop for these goods, but also provides an excellent way for the local community to meet and talk with the makers of these wonderful artistic creations.

Shoppers at the Jackalope Arts & Crafts Fair may expect to discover many trendsetting indie items which include original unique fashion & jewelry, innovative home decor pieces and various housewares, paper goods and ceramics, art and photography, and much more. There is no admission cost, so make a day of it and bring the whole family!

Along with the over two hundred vendors that will be displaying their wares, many workshops will be offered including wreath making, canvas painting, jewelry demos, and many more. After enjoying the many vendor booths and exciting workshops, hammock lounges will be provided and will make the ideal hangout spot if you feel tired from all of the handmade shopping that is available.

Lots of great food options will be available at the fair to suit everyone’s taste. Food trucks and stands that will be available include the Ahimsa Caravan Cafe, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Hungry Nomad, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, Waffling Around, and Front Porch Pops, along with several others. There are so many things to taste and experience at the Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, but if you are planning to make a day of it, be sure to check out Old Pasadena. This area features a great many diverse restaurants, so there’s always something for everyone.

For more information about this great event, visit their website: http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/visitpasadena.

At Arroyo Walk, residents can experience wonderful community gatherings such as this on a regular basis. There is so much to do, and at Arroyo Walk you are truly in the heart of it all. Come see what all the excitement is about: http://www.arroyowalk.com/.