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  • Sunday, November 30, 2008


    Chritsmas arrives in the Greater Orange Communities

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    Villa Park Santa Tour-December 6th, 2008
    Few people outside Villa Park may know that Santa and Mrs. Claus keep their Southern California vacation residence right here in Greater Orange at the Claus Villa in Villa Park. Each year before making the final push towards getting ready for that Christmas Eve world tour, the Claus family spends a weekend at their Villa Park get-a-way. Traditionally, Santa has thanked his home-away-from home neighbors with the Annual Villa Park Santa Tour winding his way through the Greater Orange “Hidden Jewel” in a bright red fire truck This year’s tour is Saturday December 6, 2008 (in case of rain, December 13th is a back-up date) from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. Maps of the Santa Tour are available at the Villa Park City Hall or CLICK ON the following link: SANTA TOUR .

    Santa has been known to drop by or stop along the route where ever there is a gathering of believers. For more information contact the Villa Park City Hall at 714-998-1500. The Annual Santa Tour is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

    Orange Tree Lighting Ceremony-December 7, 2008
    The traditional holiday season opener in Greater Orange is the annual Tree Lighting and Candlelight Choir Procession on Sunday, December 7th, 2008 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Plaza Park in the center of the famous Orange Circle. The 350 strong Orange Community Master Chorale of Santiago Canyon lead by Orange High School’s own Choir Director Michael Short and the 60 piece orchestra will perform at 5:15 pm. A sing-along to traditional carols, a story narration by retired Orange Library Services Director Nora Jacob and food booths benefiting Greater Orange non-profit groups will all be part of the Tis-the-Season opening festivities. For more information contact the Orange Special Events Hotline at 714-744-7278.

    11th Annual Great Inland Boat Parade-December 14th,2008
    Being land-locked never bothered many in Greater Orange, especially in Villa Park where the 11th Annual Great Inland Boat Parade takes place on Sunday December 14th, 2008. This year’s 11th Anniversary theme is Yachts and Yachts of Lights. Winding through the backwaters of Villa Park, from Villa Park High School starting at 4:45, the mighty Villa Park Fleet sails to the Villa Park Towne and Community Centre arriving around 6:00 pm. for more hometown festivities. The Annual Great Inland Boat Parade is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.
    To view the route CLICK ON: BOAT PARADE

    Ron Jon’s Last Day- December 15th, 2008
    The store that put land-locked Orange on the World Surf Map- Ron Jon Surf at The Block at Orange will be closing its doors forever on December 15th. As one of the original retail tenets from the 2001 re-opening of the revamped City Shopping Center’s youthful remake called The Block at Orange. The retail coup of getting the Ron Jon’s first and only west coast store reverberated across Southern California retail and surf communities. Likewise, the loss of Ron Jon has also caused a retail and public relations tsunami. First opened in 1959 in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, the legendary east coat surf store operates stores from Canada to Mexico, including the iconic Coco Beach store that is the largest surf store in the world. The company also operates the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort in Florida.

    How did Orange lose the internationally known super retailer? According to Ron Jon:

    “The lease for this store has come up for renewal. Unfortunately, we have been unable to negotiate a lease agreement that is economically acceptable to Ron Jon.”

    Shop early for the best deals on your Christmas surf needs.

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