Have Some Family Fun at the Fiestas Patrias in Santa Ana

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! This September join the City of Santa Ana for the 38th Annual Fiestas Patrias in Downtown Santa Ana. The festival features music, food, informational booths, and arts & crafts booths. The Fiestas Patrias culminates with a wonderful parade on Sunday, Sept. 11 starting at 4PM on Main Street.

If you are looking for a great family event to kick off the final few days of summer, the 38th Annual Fiestas Patrias is the event to attend. Have fun and enjoy the weekend. Here is a bit more info about the Fiesta.

Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11

Street Festivities start at noon!

For more information, visit: http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/fiestas/documents/FIESTASPATRIAS2016.pdf

Celebrate Labor Day in Santa Ana

The year is going by fast, isn’t it? Labor Day is only a few weeks away and along with the holiday comes the end of summer and beginning of fall. But there is no need to concentrate on how fast the calendar year goes by, when we should be enjoying every moment. If you are looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend, the City of Santa Ana will be hosting its annual festival beginning on September 2nd and lasting until the 5th.

The Labor Day festival will feature food booths, games, and rides, various exhibits and live entertainment and be held at Madison Park. So gather your family and friends and enjoy the holiday weekend festival near your Santa Ana apartment.

Santa Ana Labor Day Festival
September 2 – 5, 2016
Madison Park – Santa Ana, CA 92707


Easiest Indoor Plants To Own

Are you horrible with plants? A green thumb, without the green or the thumb? If you’ve killed everyone plant you’ve ever owned, but still want to adorn your apartment with something green, here are three of the easiest indoor plants to have.


Pothos: I have no idea what this plant is, but it does have an air purifying qualify that absorbs toxins. The plant also does well in normal, apartment conditions, and prefers to go a few days between watering.

Aloe: is known to have medicinal properties (just ask your grandma) and prefers dry soil. So this is a plant that will stay alive with little care.

Spider plant. this plant has a fun and interesting look that could go great with your apartment’s décor. The plant also thrives in 60 to 75 degree temperatures.

Where To Watch the Rio Olympics In Santa Ana

The Rio Olympics are finally here. The event is scheduled to run throughout the month of August for 19 days and produce over 6000 hours of coverage across multiple networks. If you are looking forward to following the event coverage and immersing yourself into the festivities, a great way is to hit up a sports bar in your area. Here is a quick list of three bars and restaurants that will be showing the Rio Olympics over the next few weeks. So grab a friend, have a beer and root on America during your favorite events.


Sports Zone Cafe & Nhau

4702 W 1st St

Santa Ana, CA 92703

Phone number(714) 486-2609


Buffalo Wild Wings

3811 South Bristol Avenue

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Phone number(714) 540-1737


Spoons Grill & Bar

2601 Hotel Ter

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone number(714) 556-0700


Attend a Poetry Night in Santa Ana

If you are a lover of the spoken word, the city of Santa Ana hosts a Poetry Night in mid August for residents and people in the surrounding areas. The event features talented and passionate poets from the area as well as food and drinks for participants to enjoy. If you are interested in attending or actually want to share your poetry, this is the event to attend. Contact the Santa Ana parks and recreation department for more information. The city looks forward to having all the talented poets come out to this event.

“Calling all poets in the Orange County– Poetry night is back! Every Wednesday from 7:00pm-9:00pm”

Poetry Night

August 17 and @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4th Street Market

201 E 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

How To Plan A Weekend Getaway

Planning a vacation doesn’t have to be a week-long event. Sometimes a quick, weekend getaway can be enough to keep you charged and ready to finish off the summer. If you are planning a weekend trip, here are a few tips for planning something awesome.


Be flexible with your destination: being flexible and deciding on a last minute destination not only adds to the spontaneity of the trip. But it might also find you a deal as well. Sites like Priceline or Expedia off last minute deals. So jump and the site and find out which hotels are the most affordable and plan your trip around that.


Pack snacks: if you do not have kids, snacks are something that might not cross your mind. However, snacks can save you time and money on a weekend trips. Pack away waters, fruits, chips or anything else you can snap on.


Pack the night before: if you are not taking Friday off from work, you need to pack the night before. Chances are you won’t hit the road until the late afternoon, so have everything packed and ready.


Are You Ready For Civil War Days?

Summer is in full swing and if you are looking for family-friendly yet educational activities, the Heritage museum has an event for you. The Santa Ana museum will be hosting a “Civil War Days” exhibit on Saturday August, 6 at 10 am. The event will feature weapons, artillery, live demonstrations, music and much more. If you are a history buff, or just want to get your kids thinking about the past, this is a fun and educational event to attend during the summer.


Admission to the exhibit is an affordable $5 per person. Civil Wars Days will also take place on Sunday, August 7th and is suitable for ages three to 17. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.planadayout.com/Activity/Heritage-Museum-Of-Orange-County/Civil-War-Days-7723 . Parking is free of charge. Contact the museum at (714) 540-0404 to speak with a representative.

3 Great BBQ Tools To Have This Summer

Everyone has a favorite part about summer, but at the Artists Village Apartments, what we love most is the barbecues (yes, we love food). If you are planning to host a few cookouts over the next couple of months, here are three awesome BBQ tools to consider.


Himalayan Salt Plate: cut form the Himalayan salt mines and direct shipped to the US. This cutting board adds a wonderful flavor to any BBQ food. The blocks cost $34.99 on Amazon.


American Flag Spatula or Apron: show your guest how much you love ‘Merica with a cool apron or American flag spatula. The items can both be found online in the $20 range.


Grill Cleaning Robot: the worst part about a BBQ is the cleanup. So why not skip that hassle and get a grill cleaning robot instead. The robots are similar to the circular floor cleaning robots we’ve all seen and cost in the $100 range.

Keep Your Teens Busy This Summer In Santa Ana

Are you looking to keep your teens busy this summer? Then you are in luck because the city of Santa Ana has a host of free activities designed to keep your kids busy and safe over the next few months. Here is a quick look at a few of the best upcoming events, many of which will be hosted at the Santa Ana library.

Cooking And Baking

Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm

Santa Ana Public Library TeenSpace,

Santa Ana Ca, 92701

For more info, contact: jmendoza5@santa-ana.org



Youth Health Ambassadors

Thursdays 6pm – 8pm

A fun and educational healthy living course.


Homework Help and Math Tutoring

3pm – 8pm

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


If you are looking to stay active this summer, make the city of Santa Ana park and recreation department your one stop shop for fun. The city will also be showing movies and having concerts in the park. Have fun and enjoy the summer.

Celebrate Fourth of July In Santa Ana

The year is moving pretty fast. Its seems like spring just arrived yesterday and already we’ve blown past Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and the beginning of summer. The next big holiday is the Fourth of July, which is right around the corner, and if you are starting to plan your holiday weekend, why not just stay in Santa Ana and enjoy your community?

This Fourth of July the Santa Ana Parks and Rec Department will be hosting a FREE holiday event at Centennial Park beginning at 4:30pm and ending with a spectacular firework show at 9pm on Monday, July 4th 2016. The event will feature games, food, live entertainment, a kids zone and much more. The event will take place at a park, so be sure to bring your own chairs, blankets and anything else you might need to stay comfortable.