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“We believe that individually we can change the life of one Little, but together we will make a Big Impact in the lives of many Littles.”

Tim Andrews, Big Brother + Board Member

UPCOMING 2017 MATCH EVENTS

BEACH CLEAN UP
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Sunday, March 5 | 9 a.m. – Noon
2108 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach

Meet in front of Tower #22 by Dory Deli for a beach clean up! (Water, bags, hand sanitizer and sunscreen will be provided.)

OCC TOUR
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Friday, March 10 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.
2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa

Join a group of 30 matches for a guided tour of Orange Coast College! Explore the campus and learn what OCC offers students!

OCKMMA KICKBOXING
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Sunday, March 12 | 1-3 p.m.
18241 W McDurmott, Irvine

Attend this high-energy kickboxing class at OCKMMA. This workout will leave you and your Little feeling stronger than ever!

PARTNER YOGA SESSION WITH RA YOGA
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Saturday, March 18 | Time & Location TBD

Save the date for a private yoga class for BBBS matches! Details will be confirmed soon. RSVP to Andrea Burgos to save your spot!

WESTERN YOUTH SERVICES WORKSHOPS
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Sunday, March 19 | 10 a.m. – Noon
BBBSOC office, 1801 E. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana

Western Youth Services is holding two workshops for matches: Understanding College Options and Financial Aid 101

RANCHO WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
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Sunday, March 26 | 10 a.m. – Noon
19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado

Tour Rancho Las Lomas’ animal collection from around the world! Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch for you and your Little.

Match events are first come, first serve!
RSVP to Andrea Burgos at aburgos@ocbigs.org or 714-619-7025.

ACTIVITY IDEAS BY AGE

Ages 5-7
  • Bake and frost cut out cookies
  • Fly a kite on a windy day
  • Go on a walk and collect interesting rocks, leaves or other items
  • Feed the ducks at the park
  • Make a present for someone special
  • Play UNO, Crazy 8s or Old Maid
  • Go for a walk and find interesting places to practice “balancing”
  • Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic
  • Visit a pet store and decide which is the oddest pet
  • Go on a Big or Little hunt and collect all things with the words Big or Little in them.
  • Cloud watch on a bright summer day
Ages 8-10
  • Start a scrapbook with a page for pictures of favorite things
  • Go on a camera scavenger hunt to find odd objects to photograph
  • Make greeting, get well or holiday cards for special people
  • Visit the zoo at feeding time
  • Read a selected book out loud and tape record it
  • Play miniature golf or go bowling
  • Play Monopoly, Life, Sorry or hangman
  • Go on a field trip to the museum – focus on one exhibit and discuss it
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Make a lemonade or a hot cocoa stand – learn basic business principles
  • Go to the library together
  • Participate in seasonal activities
Ages 11-13
  • Watch a TV program and identify negative stereotypes
  • Look up your state on the Internet: what is the major industry?
  • Build and paint a bird house – watch for occupants
  • Rent rollerblades and learn to skate, safely
  • Make a list of people you admire – look them upon the Internet
  • Take a long ride on public transportation to the end of the line
  • Visit the SPCA and offer to walk the dogs
  • Mow the lawn or wash the car together
  • Play computer and video games together
  • Participate in a community service activity to show your Little the importance of giving back
  • Plan or plant a garden or visit a community garden and offer to help
Ages 14-16
  • Research what happened on the day and year each of you was born
  • Visit the fish market, meat market or other place where food is not prepackaged
  • Research jobs and discuss what each requires for education and experience
  • Go out for dinner at an ethnic restaurant
  • Explore a new radio station together – discuss ads and target audience
  • Plan and shop for ingredients to cook dinner together
  • Go to a concert featuring a favorite performer
  • Try mastering something difficult: juggling, cooking a soufflé, water color painting
  • Watch a professional or semi-professional sporting event
  • Talk about what’s in today’s newspaper

LOCAL EVENTS

March 2017

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  • Festival of Whales
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  • South County Pet Expo & Dog-a-Palooza
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  • Dachshund Races
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  • El Presidente Ball
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  • Cherry Blossum Festival
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  • Swallows Day Parade & Mercado
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  • (In office) after drop off
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Find More Events:

Kids Guide: Southern California’s best guide to kids’ services, family events and fun things to do!

Plan A Day Out: A search site for finding things to do with kids in Orange County based on date and distance.

Fun Orange County Parks: An unofficial guide to the parks and playgrounds throughout Orange County.

DISCOUNTS

Our local community partners are offering a generous discount for our Bigs and Littles!

In order to receive a discount:
Bigs and Littles must visit the place of business together and the benefits of the discount are limited to the Big and Little only. You must present Big Brothers Big Sisters identification card to the staff at the establishment.  If you do not have a identification card, please call your Match Support Specialist at 714.544.7773.

Wheel Fun Rentals 

  • Multiple locations
  • 1-hour free rental for you and your Little to enjoy bike riding at any participating locations

Aquarium of the Pacific

  • 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, 562.590.3100
  • $4 off adult admission and $2 off child admission.
  • Click here to purchase discounted tickets and contact your MSS for “Store Name.”

Color Me Mine

  • 949 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa (Metro Pointe Center), CA 92626, 714.241.8072
  • 50% off studio fees

Discovery Science Center

  • 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705, 714.542.2823
  • Adult Admission:  $14 (save $3.95) and Child Admission: $10 (save $2.95)
  • Click here to purchase discounted tickets. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Muzeo

  • 241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805, 714.956.8936
  • Free admission for Big Brothers Big Sisters members
  • Must book as a group of 15 participants or more. Call Kathy Donnelly at 714.956.8936 to make reservations.

Oak Creek Golf Club

  • One Golf Club Drive, Irvine CA 92618, 949.653.5300
  • Oak Creek Practice Facility: Littles (under 15) gets a free small bag of balls with purchase of a bag of balls.
  • Oak Creek Café: Littles (under 15) eat free with purchase of an entrée (valid for breakfast or lunch).
  • Oak Creek Golf: Littles (under 15) play free at Super Twilight with paying adult.  Please contact Oak Creek Golf Shop for super twilight times.

Is your business interested in partnering with us?  Contact Andrea Burgos at aburgos@OCBigs.org to get involved!

ONLINE TRAININGS & RESOURCES

Online Trainings

Volunteer Enrollment Introduction

This training offers Potential Bigs an introduction to the enrollment process with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. It will take you through the enrollment steps, giving you a look at the process from the inside out. This module will also introduce you to what being a Big is about. The duration of this training is approximately 25 minutes.

Youth Protection & Child Safety

The purpose of this training is to teach the basics of child abuse, identify warning signs, learn reporting procedures and understand the long-term consequences related to child abuse. We also hope you will learn skills and gain the knowledge necessary to understand your Little and what to do should they be a victim of child abuse. The duration of this training is approximately 30 minutes.

Resources

Child Abuse Prevention Center: The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit directly serving at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse.

Orange County 211: Are you or is someone you know dealing with financial difficulties? Need help with rent or utilities? In need of child care or seeking help with an aging parent? Looking for affordable housing, medical care or after school programs? Check Orange County 211.

Stop Bullying: Help identify bullying and steps to take in preventing or stopping bullying.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

Knowledge2Career Academy: A workforce development program, K2C Academy provides certifications, high school diplomas and workforce preparation at no expense to you. Contact Joseph Lopez at 949.375.8581 or Rachel Campbell at 657.205.9701 to get started in the program.

Western Youth Services: The Outreach & Engagement program connects at-risk children, youth and families to much needed resources and services, including support groups, case management and referrals. Contact Dania at dania.lizalde@wysoc.org or 949.680.0962 for more information.