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Posted April 20, 2015 by Charles Epting
The Anaheim Convention Center in 1967

Undoubtedly the most recognizable feature of the Anaheim Convention Center is the arena, opened to the public in 1967. And anyone driving to Disneyland® Park down Katella Avenue can attest the arena’s unique design calls to mind both the late 1960s Space Age, as well as Southern California’s endemic form of mid-century modern architecture affectionately known as “Googie.”

Posted April 16, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
At the Big A in Anaheim, Orange County

With baseball season in full swing, it’s is the perfect time to watch the Halos defend their AL West Division Championship. If you’re planning on making a stop “At the Big A” this season, make sure to leave room for their new stadium bites. OC Up Close takes you behind the scenes, on what’s new this year with Angel Stadium of Anaheim concessions.

Posted April 13, 2015 by Charles Epting
: Huntington Beach’s Carnegie Library, which served the city from 1913 to 1951.

On April 7, the Huntington Beach Public Library celebrated the 40th anniversary of the library’s location in Central Park, which was originally dedicated on April 5, 1975. To understand the importance of the current building, it is important to look to the past.

Posted April 09, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Surf City Comedy Club in Huntington Beach

There’s no better time to visit the comedy world’s funniest headlining acts, then during April’s National Humor Month in Orange County. If you’re making an April stop in the OC, add some humor to your vacation and check out these comedic happenings.

Posted April 03, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Tangerine Grill + Patio

Celebrate an unforgettable Easter in Anaheim this Sunday, where restaurants are offering a variety of brunch options sure to please everyone in your family. Select from classic Easter menus with seasonal ingredients to flavorful international fare with unexpected flavors, here is your guide to a delicious Easter. 

Posted April 02, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Panaroma group shot of Leaders Build

AOCVCB’s Jay Burress Joined the Crew for a Day of Service -
Local community and business leaders spent a day of service building homes in Cypress as part of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County’s seventh annual “Leaders Build” Day, including Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) President & CEO Jay Burress. Here is a glimpse of what it takes to make a future Habitat OC homeowner’s dream home come true. 

Posted March 31, 2015 by Charles Epting
Seal Beach’s Red Car Museum

Anyone who lived in Southern California before the 1950’s probably has fond memories of the Pacific Electric “Red Cars” that used to crisscross the southland for decades. And while the Red Cars themselves have been written about extensively over the years, what few people realize is there are still a number of remains of the Pacific Electric lines scattered throughout Orange County.

Posted March 26, 2015 by Charles Epting
All Quiet on the Western Front

In Part One of the Silver Screen in Orange County, Charles Epting explored Orange County’s film locations from the silent era of Hollywood. In Part Two, he looks at how Orange County was used as a backdrop during cinema’s classic period of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

Posted March 25, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Caterina’s Club’s local children, actress Mira Sorvino, OC reality star Vicki Gunvalson, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and volunteers gather around Chef Bruno Serato

An honorable milestone was reached yesterday in Anaheim/Orange County: Anaheim White House Chef Bruno Serato and his local Anaheim charity Caterina’s Club served its millionth meal to underprivileged children. Take a look at the celebration with one of Orange County’s most recognizable chefs and CNN Hero.

Posted March 20, 2015 by Janet Pacheco
Angel Stadium of Anaheim

While our weather allows us to wear flip-flops and shorts year-around in Anaheim/Orange County (even during our “chilly,” 70 degree winter seasons), spring is officially here! The change of seasons couldn’t be a better time to spring into Anaheim and explore what our sunny destination has to offer.


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