Summer Pleasures

Summer always brings to mind my Mid-West upbringing and, as a child, catching lightning bugs in a jar, playing kick the can and enjoying family picnics. The only thing that would carry on in California would be the family picnics, and, here in Orange County, those picnics could be in a Duffy Boat!

If you’re a volleyball enthusiast, you’ll read in our Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) story that its 34th season kicked off in Surf City in May for an eight-city tour. The tour includes New York City, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, Hermosa Beach, and will be back in Manhatten Beach on August 17-20, with the championships in Chicago on August 31.

If zoo animals are to your liking, spend a day with your family at the Santa Ana Zoo, celebrating 65 years this year. The zoo, founded in 1952, came about thanks to the largesse of Joseph Prentice, who gave 12 acres of land to create a zoo–but only with the stipulation that 50 monkeys be kept on the grounds at all times. That has happened and so much more. Today, wildlife from Central and South American enthrall, and, with the addition of the Zoofari Express children’s train (adults can ride too), a Conservation Carrousel with a 33-animal lineup and a soon-to-be-opened “Fifty Monkey” Ferris Wheel with 15 full-enclosed thatched roofed gondolas featuring a distinctive endangered monkey, it is an enchanting, informative place. What fun!

Be sure and catch the Our Town feature on the new Balboa Peninsula Trolley, which runs through September 3. You won’t have to worry about finding a place to park for the beach, eating at a special restaurant or enjoying the Fun Zone. There are 18 stops on the route, and you can park your car at the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive on Pacific Coast Highway to catch the trolley.

This year’s Festival of Arts is celebrating 85 years, so plan on enjoying the wonderful juried art, jewelry, sculpture, etc, as well as the featured entertainment throughout the festival (it runs through August 31). And, don’t forget the Pageant of the Masters, the “living pictures” which are recreations of famous works of art using real people. This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour.”

Whatever your interests, enjoy. Luxuriate in this wonderful place we call home!

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

Cover Photo: Mpu Dinani