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  • Friday, June 30, 2006


    Metro TALK

    Villa Park Freedomfest
    Villa Park kicks off the Greater Orange Communities patriotic summer festivities this year on July 1st with its Red, White and Blue Freedomfest Picnic and Fireworks. To big for one venue, the Freedom Fest will take place both at Villa Park High School and Irvine Lake.

    Freedomfest starts on July 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Villa Pak High School and will include the annual Villa Park Independence Parade and the 2nd Annual Run/Walk Race. In addition, the Antique Auto Show and a variety of fun activities from a 5-Hole “Mini Golf” course to carnival type activities for the whole family. An 11:30 a.m. lunch will be prepared by the Villa Park Rotary.

    Freedomfest continues later that evening at Irvine Lake from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm ( Adults $10.00, Kids 6-17 $5.00 and Tots 5 and under free) with a picnic ( bring your own or buy it there) and more fun family activities including live music by White Lightning , country music, and dancing. All the fun ends with a spectacular fireworks show over Irvine Lake.

    Freedomfest is co-sponsored by the Villa Park Community Services Foundation and the City of Villa Park. For more information contact Terri Elmendorf at 714-997-9288. For an online vendor information and form:
    For online information and registration form for the 2nd Annual Run/Walk Race CLICK ON:

    Annual Orange 3rd of July Celebration

    This year Orange’s own All-American Independence Day celebration won’t compete with Villa Park because it is on Monday, July 3rd. The event will be held at the brand new Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring Street from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Festivities for Orange’s hometown event will include games, live music, pony rides, a petting and BMX stunt bike team exhibition. Local community non-profit organizations will be selling a variety of food and novelties.

    The Orange Community Master Chorale of Santiago Canyon College will perform a patriotic program at 8 p.m. and one of Orange County’s most spectacular hometown fireworks shows will begin at 8:50 p.m.
    Tickets are $5 for children and adults, kids two and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Orange Community Services Department, 230 E. Chapman Ave. until June 29. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the gate at El Modena High School on July 3 before 8 p.m.

    For more information about events, please call the Orange Special Event Hotline at (714) 744-7278.

    Summer Concerts in the Park Series Begins June 21
    The City of Orange Concerts in the Park series begins June 21 with a performance by the Hodads. All concerts in the 8-weekseries will be held at the Hart Park Band Shell, on Glassell Street . All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Orange will sell refreshments. Be sure to bring blankets or low lawn chairs. Pet owners are asked to please leave all pets at home. For more information, please call 714-744-7278. Here is the complete summer schedule:

    June 21 Hodads, Beach & Variety
    June 28 The Beatless, Rock n' Roll
    July 12 The Perfect Gentlemen, A Variety Show
    July 19 Nannette & Her Hotsy Totsy Boys, Music from the Roaring 20's
    July 26 Gregory Wolfe, Tribute to Rod Stewart
    Aug. 2 Film @ 11, Disco and Funk
    Aug. 9 Alley Cats, A Capella music from the 50's & 60's
    Aug. 16 Chico, Latin Beat Party Favorites

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