Monthly Archives: April 2012

West Anaheim Medical Center Leaps at Cypress Festival Sponsor Opportunity

“Sponsors” and “sponsorships” are two important words to the Cypress Community Festival. Each year, the Festival Association invites businesses, business leaders and civic groups to become sponsors of the largest single-day festival in Orange County.

Sponsorships undergird annual preparations for the city-wide Cypress Community Festival. Sponsors get credit for the sure-footing of the Festival by lending their names and financial support. Festival organizers take every opportunity to reach out and recognize festival sponsors.

This year, Bronze Sponsor West Anaheim Medical Center leaped at the opportunity to sponsor the Festival, becoming the first sponsor to sign up. The medical center is registered as the Festival’s official FIRST Sponsor.

Established in 1967, West Anaheim Medical Center is a 219-bed acute-care and general medical/surgical hospital with a complete range of services. The facility is located at 3033 West Orange Ave. in Anaheim.

Thomson Reuters, an internationally-recognized source of business information, listed West Anaheim Medical Center as one of its “Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation” in 2009.

Before that, Data Advantage, LLC, crowned West Anaheim Medical Center one of its “Top 100 Best in Value Hospital™ in the Nation.”

The Cypress Community Festival Association salutes West Anaheim Medical Center as this year’s “FIRST” sponsor and sincerely appreciates their sponsorship commitment.

All levels of sponsors are needed and appreciated.

For details on how you can become a sponsor of the 2012 Cypress Community Festival, or for any questions or concerns, please contact Business Development Chair Karyn Hofmann. You may email:  or call 714-886-9749.

A copy of the sponsorship application can be downloaded from Festival website located at (Click on the “Sponsors” tab).

The 2012 Cypress Community Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park. The public is invited and admission is free.

Photo Caption: The Cypress Community Festival Association salutes West Anaheim Medical Center as this year’s “FIRST” sponsor.

Bob Koehler Selected as Cypress Volunteer of the Year

Cypress resident Bob Koehler received the “Volunteer of the Year” Award from the Cypress Recreation and Community Services Commission in a ceremony held at the Community Center on April 17th. Grace Lee of Cypress High was also honored with the Youth Volunteer Award.

Koehler has lived in Cypress since 1996 and attends Cypress Church along with His wife Jean. He has been active in community outreach activities and also assists with public relations by writing press releases and managing social media accounts and blogs for Cypress Church. He is currently the local class coordinator for Financial Peace University.

Bob has also been an active volunteer with the Cypress Community Festival. He maintains the Festival website and their Facebook and Twitter pages. Bob’s news articles have appeared frequently in the News- Enterprise and Event newspapers. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy, a recipient of the Bronze Star and has been a harbor pilot in the Port of Long Beach for the past 31 years. He is known as “Captain Bob” to many of his fellow volunteers.

Grace Lee has been a volunteer with the Cypress Youth Action Committee. She is a junior at Cypress High where she is a journalist and has written articles for the Cypress Event News.

The awards were presented by Kelly Benson, the Chair of the Recreation and Community Services Commission. Commission members, community volunteers, friends and family were in attendance. In his acceptance remarks Koehler commented: “Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive and what we have here is a room full of givers.”  Information about Cypress Church is available online at: The Cypress Community Festival site is located at:

Photo Caption: Bob Koehler received the 2012 Cypress Volunteer of the Year Award from Recreation Commission Chair Kelly Benson.

Cypress Church Ecuador Team to Host Silent Auction April 20th

Each summer members of Cypress Church and other Orange County Christians travel to Ecuador to assist residents in the Waodani village of Zancudo. In 1956 five missionaries were killed by this tribe and their story made headlines in Life Magazine. Their story was recently made into a movie called “End of the Spear.”

The Ecuador Missions Team is holding a Silent Auction on Friday April 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be rare, unique and exotic items featured at this event including two (only two!), four foot-long blow guns (and darts) made by the indigenous, Waodani jungle tribe.


The public is invited to attend this free event to be held at Dragonfly Shops and Gardens, an established and classy Victorian shop in the heart of old-town Orange at 260 N. Glassell Street. All profits from the Silent Auction go toward the Ecuador mission trip. The 14 people in the Ecuador Team include high-school students, college students, and adults.

The Ecuador Team Silent Auction will feature live music by jazz musician Jeff Sisil and other artists. There will be hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and, of course, shopping. Some of the items to be auctioned include art work plus tickets to Magic Mountain, Medieval Times, Knott’s Berry Farm, Aquarium of the Pacific, a hotel stay, In-N-Out Burger, horseback riding, Wine Tasting and Making tours, exquisite jewelry, hand-crafted items and much more.

Additional information about the Ecuador Silent Auction is available from Susan Peterson at (562) 867-5223 or email: Cypress Church serves communities in northern Orange County. The main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road. Sunday worship is at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The church office phone is (714) 952-3001.
Photo Caption: The Cypress Church Ecuador Team is sponsoring a Silent Auction on Friday, April 20 to raise funds for their summer mission trip.

Financial Peace Classes Start at Cypress Church on April 15th

Are you concerned about your financial future? Do you have a plan to pay for “emergency” expenses? Are you saving money for retirement? Cypress Church will be offering money management classes that address these issues starting April 15th. The first session is free to prospective students.
The 13 week program, Financial Peace University (FPU), is taught by radio talk show host and best selling author Dave Ramsey. FPU has helped more than one million families nationwide learn how to save for unexpected expenses, pay off debt and invest for future needs like education and retirement.
According to volunteer class coordinator Bob Koehler: “These classes will help you gain control over your finances so that that the lack of money will not control you. The average family that completes the program pays off more than $5,000 in debt and saves more than $2,500 in the first 91 days. Many are completely out of debt except for their mortgage in just 18 to 24 months.”
Each class session begins with video teaching from Dave Ramsey. Then there is a time for interactive discussions, budget planning and progress reports. Topics covered include: saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationship and money issues, buying big bargains, getting out of debt, understanding investments, understanding insurance, retirement and college planning, buyer beware. real estate mortgages, careers and extra jobs.
Classes will be held at the Cypress Church main campus located at 6143 Ball Road in Cypress just east of Valley View and are open to the community. Each family or individual participating in the class needs a membership kit which costs $89.00. The kit includes a lifetime husband/wife membership, textbook, workbook, budgeting forms, envelope system, audio cds and access to online tools. The lifetime membership allows participants to attend any FPU class at any time for a refresher course.
Information about Financial Peace University is available from class coordinator Bob Koehler at (310) 508-7909 or email: Online registration is available at the following link:

Photo Caption: Bob Koehler will be coordinating the Financial Peace University classes at Cypress Church beginning on April 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Last Chance for Cypress Kid’s Swap Meet Spaces

Last Chance for Kid’s Swap Meet Spaces!

Now is the time…Want to make some money? There is still time to go through your kids’ old stuff that is just sitting around and not being used.

Here is your chance…Get ready for the Cypress Recreation and Community Services’ Kid’s Swap Meet on Saturday, April 14th from 8am – 12pm!

Does your family have clothes, toys, games, furniture, etc…that are still in good shape, but have been outgrown?  If so, this is the event for you!

The event is FREE for shoppers and will take place in the Cypress Community Center Parking Lot. Rental spaces are $15 per space.

Come sign up at the Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA 90630 or visit

Last day to sign up for a booth is Monday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call at Cypress Recreation 714 229-6780.

This information was released by Cypress Recreation & Community Services on April 3, 2012 – Photo from Google images.

Reserve Your Cypress Festival Booth Space Now!

Get ahead of the pack and reserve your space at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival, to be celebrated this year on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress. There are available openings for Craft/Artisan, Non-Profit Organization Game, Non-Profit Organization Information, Non-Profit Organization Food, and Independent Specialty Corner booths.

Each outdoors space is 10’x10′. Preferred location booths sold out early last year, and ALL booths were sold out even before the application deadline. Attendance for 2011 was estimated to be in excess of 30,000 people, making this Orange County’s largest one-day festival.

You can download and print an application form in under two minutes by visiting the festival’s website, Simply click on “Vendor Information” in the Main Menu to the left of the page, and then select “2012 Booth/Vendor Info & Application”.

Booth categories and fees are as follows:

 Craft/Artisan – ONLY hand-crafted or artistically altered by the vendor. NO FOOD. $60.00 for a Cypress resident, $55.00 for a Cypress Resident Senior (60 and over), and $65.00 for a non-resident.
 Game – Non-Profit Organization; $55.00 for a Cypress resident, $65.00 for a non-Cypress-based organization.
 Information – Non-Profit Organization; $30.00
 Food – Non-Profit Organization; $55.00. There is an additional $40.00 charge per outlet, for a total of 20 amps. The vendor must provide at least one 50′ heavy-duty extension cord. Generators are prohibited.
 Independent Specialty Corner – $75.00. A home-based business that does not have a storefront, retail location, kiosk, free-standing machine, vendor cart, etc. nor is affiliated with any commercialized or logoed entity.

Anything other falls under the category of Commercial and would need to contact the Cypress Chamber of Commerce Office regarding the Business Expo at 714-827-2430.

After June 26, only cash or money orders will be accepted. The application deadline is July 14. For further information, call 714-827-2430, or visit the Cypress Festival website.

Caption: The Marshmallow Blaster was a crowd favorite at last year’s Cypress Community Festival.