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Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for the “Fifth of May”, is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Mexican victory against French forces on May 5, 1862.  The holiday is widely celebrated in the United States of America, more so than in Mexico itself.  People should not confuse this holiday with Mexico’s Independence Day, which takes place on September 16th.  Cinco de Mayo is a fun and exciting holiday to celebrate with the family or at a public event.  If you choose not to celebrate at home, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, 4th Street in Santa Ana, and Virginia Park in Santa Monica all have public activities for this holiday.

Many families get together and make Mexican food and play Mexican music.  On the historic site, Olvera Street in Los Angeles, mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and other activities take place.  At Virginia Park in Santa Monica, mariachis, a salsa band, folklorico dancers, and children’s crafts will all be on-site with classic, vintage, muscle cars, low riders, trucks and specialty vehicles.  Santa Ana has the largest Mexican-American community in Orange County.  On the city’s 4th Street, a two-day festival is held with carnival rides, games, music, dance and lots of food.  With food, and entertainment for people of all ages, you can be sure that Cinco de Mayo will be enjoyed by the whole family!

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Taylor P.

Top Ten Prom Locations in Los Angeles

April 28, 2011

Prom night can mean a lot to people in high school.  It is a big part of your high school career, the one night many look forward to in their senior or junior year.  Finding the right tuxedo, dress, limo, corsage, boutonniere, and date is all up to you.  Finding a great location is up to the school.  With a little research, I found out the top ten prom locations near Los Angeles, California.  Here is a list of the top locations:

1. The Athenaeum in Pasadena (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

2. The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

3. Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

4. Autry National Center in Griffith Park (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

5. The Key Club in West Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

6. The Music Box in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

7. The Hollywood Palladium (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

8. The Bluebird Café in Culver City (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

9. The Castaway in Burbank (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

10. California Science Center in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

These ten places have gotten the best reviews in the Los Angeles area.  Most of these places also have concerts and shows so they are made to have fun parties for prom.  With decorations and music, these places become part of the prom night dream.

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Taylor P.

Staying sharp: Welders battle for supremacy

September 17, 2010

Please retweetWelding companies such as Valencia Welding in Santa Clarita, CA, compete with other companies in Southern California that provide similar services.  Not only can company president, Rick Montoya, and his team provide welding services in aluminum and copper but, as his “resume” shows, in more exotic materials like titanium, as well.  What can up-and-coming welders of today do to build a skill set and impressive clientele list as detailed as Mr. Montoya’s?

A good head start would be to take part in FABTECH 2010, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event, which takes place in Atlanta, GA, from November 2-4, 2010.  While around 22,000 attendees are expected to descend on Georgia World Congress Center and visit the 1,000 exhibiting companies during the three-day conference and trade show, the event that attendees should not miss is the American Welding Society-sponsored 2010 Weld-Off Competition.  Out of 24 student welders that competed in SkillsUSA Championships 2009 and 2010, six will face off in a series of contests and only three will advance to the WorldSkills Competition in 2011, in London.

Armed with contest drawings that conform with the latest editions of American Welding Society standards, student welders are tested on the following aspects of welding:

  • measuring weld replicas using weld measuring gauges
  • laying out a plate and using oxyacetylene equipment to cut several holes checked for accuracy and quality
  • gas metal arc welding on steel making welds in various positions using short circuiting transfers
  • flux cored arc welding using a shielding gas, making welds in various positions
  • using a combination machine capable of providing the correct welding current for shielded metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding.

Welding competitions and trade shows will make sure that North America remains competitive in the welding industry on a global scale, particularly by producing high-quality welders that can complement Valencia Welding.

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Francis M. Unson

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66th Annual OLPH Carnival

January 18, 2010
OLPH 66th Annual OLPH Carnival

OLPH 66th Annual OLPH Carnival

The 66th Annual OLPH Carnival is still eight months away in September, but the people of Santa Clarita deserve to know what is going on in their own community.

The carnival at the OLPH Campus in September 2010 highlights the multicultural population that is Santa Clarita with food booths serving Mexican, Italian, and American food.  Bands such as Mighty Cash Cats/Rhythm Rangers, The House Arrest Band, Sol y Arena Cumbia/Salsa Band, and Mariachi Loco del Valle Band will offer carnival attendees hours of entertainment.  The Battle of the Worship Bands will feature musical acts specializing in Christian-themed music.  For the teenagers, the Teen Zone includes “TechnoSpace”, a dance starting at 7PM (on 09/17 and 09/18 only) and features two mystery DJs.  The children will have hours of fun on an array of carnival rides, a merry-go-round, and a new and improved Kiddie Zone.  Entertainment is subject to change, so call Rick Montoya at 661.675.3140 or follow us on Twitter (@FlowerBlossoms) for more details.

Francis M. Unson

Luau Dinner/Dance & Business Expo/Job Fair

January 15, 2010
Community Event - Luau Dinner/Dance & Business Expo/Job Fair at OLPH

Community Event - Luau Dinner/Dance & Business Expo/Job Fair at OLPH

The downward spiral of the economy since the last quarter of 2007  has taken away jobs and shuttered businesses across the country.  However, the economic cycle of growth and retraction does not mean that the economy moves indefinitely towards the latter.

The Luau Dinner/Dance and Business Expo/Job Fair at the OLPH campus in June 2010 aims to jump-start economic growth in Santa Clarita.  Local business owners and corporations will get the opportunity to promote their businesses with the community.  Call Rick Montoya at 661.675.3140 or follow us on Twitter (@FlowerBlossoms) for more details.

Francis M. Unson

Cinco de Mayo Festival

January 15, 2010
Community Event - Cinco de Mayo Festival at OLPH in SCV, California

Community Event - Cinco de Mayo Festival at OLPH in SCV, California

Although Cinco de Mayo is just over a month away, that gives you plenty of time to get ready for the festivities and join in on some fun!

The Cinco de Mayo Festival, a community event, is taking place on Saturday evening, May 1, 2010, from 2-11:30PM, at the OLPH campus in Santa Clarita.  Come to the festival for an evening of arts and crafts, live music, and dancing.  No festival is complete without food and desserts and, for the older crowd, margaritas and beer.  Call Rick Montoya at 661.675.3140 or follow us on Twitter (@FlowerBlossoms) for more details.

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Francis M. Unson


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