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Sabrina Lentini to Shine at Cypress Festival

A magnetic performer, Sabrina Lentini pulls her audience into her passionate and heartfelt music, plumbing depths greater than seem possible for a singer/songwriter too young to drive.

Sabrina has star power!

It takes many people a long time to find their path in life, or have the courage to embrace it, but it’s utterly apparent that young Sabrina is already being true to hers. As a singer and songwriter who plays the guitar, ukulele and keyboard, Sabrina expresses herself in a unique style that incorporates the raw heart of folk, the zest of rock and roll, and the charm of pop.

A guitar and her voice is really all Sabrina needs to inspire an intensely alive feeling in her listeners, yet her many channels of creativity reflect her numerous talents. Lentini is the lead singer in the band “Sabrina and the Minor After Shock,” the youngest act to have ever headlined at the Galaxy Theater.

Last fall, Sabrina appeared on The HUB Network series called “Majors and Minors,” a reality TV show chronicling the journeys of twelve talented young musicians chosen out of a pool of 40,000. Her music has attracted the endorsement of Daisy Rock guitars, and she recently released her first single on iTunes, “Case of the LaLa’s.” Having already written dozens of songs, she is now working on a full-length album.

This young woman shines with a brilliance beyond her age, and her authenticity will leave you wanting more. Sabrina will perform at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28th. Come experience her music on the Outpost Stage at 10:30 am, and find her online at:

Admission to the Cypress Community Festival is free to the public. The Festival grounds are at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA. The day begins at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast followed by the 5K 10K Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m. Vendor booths and rides open at 9:00 a.m. Complete information is available at

Photo Caption: Sabrina Lentini shines with a brilliance beyond her age and her authenticity will leave you wanting more. Experience her music at the Cypress Community Festival, Saturday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. at Oak Knoll Park.

Climb Aboard Peter Brandon’s Song-Filled Heartfelt Ride

Country entertainer and songwriter Peter Brandon will perform on the Cypress Community Festival Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. Brandon, a well-established musician and true showman, has so far produced three studio albums and many recordings. Brandon’s live shows are full of energy and surprises — his songs yank the audience along an emotional roller coaster that connects in a very genuine way.

The title track of Brandon’s second album, “Drive Real Fast,” was a career breakout. The single received national radio airplay and was nominated for many awards including an LA Music Award for Song of the Year. It was also featured in many NASCAR Sprint Cup race commercials and in partnerships with fourteen-time Funny Car Champion John Force.

Beyond his many concert appearances, Brandon cherishes chances to reach out to help those in need together with organizations that include Finally Home Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, OC Walk to Remember, GINA for Missing Persons and John Force’s ChiPS for Kids.

“There is nothing like the thrill of performing live and sharing my music with others,” says Brandon. “I have a great group of friends that have a blast making music together. The fun we have on stage really shines through to the audience, because it is sincere and genuine. We love what we do, and I think it shows.”

The Cypress Community Festival will open at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday, July 28, on the grounds of Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress.

For more information, visit the Cypress Community Festival website at or email To discover more about Peter Brandon visit:

Photo Caption #1: Country entertainer and songwriter Peter Brandon will perform on the Cypress Community Festival Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Photo Caption #2: Peter Brandon’s live shows are full of energy and surprises – his songs yank the audience along an emotional roller coaster that connects in a very genuine way.







Photo Caption #3: Country western artist Peter Brandon with fans at the Cypress Community Festival. “There is nothing like the thrill of performing live and sharing my music with others,” says Brandon.

Oral Artist Preshenda Hooked by Storytelling

As an eight-year-old, Preshenda listened in wide-eyed wonder to her grandfather’s tale of a fishing trip in deep waters, when his hook became tangled in a mermaid’s hair.

“I still wonder,” Preshenda says, “if that mermaid was real, or just good old-fashioned storytelling!”

Preshenda studied political science in college — but she changer her life’s direction when she decided that her family’s heritage of storytelling had to be carried on.

Her grandfather’s gift of tale-spinning was matched by fabulous stories from other family members that called out wide-eyed wonder and curiosity in generations of children.

Preshenda has expanded that audience beyond her family, to embrace thousands of children across decades of storytelling.

And at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, Preshenda will delight children, parents and grandparents with her storytelling at the “Corral” Stage in the children’s ride area at this year’s Cypress Festival.

Families with young children — and anyone who’s young at heart and open to wonder — will want to take time to be captured by the spirit of story!

This year’s event is the 32nd annual Cypress Festival, the largest single-day community festival in Orange County. Held at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress, the day’s events start early with a City-sponsored 5k/10k run/walk that starts and ends just west of the park. The Kiwanis wield spatulas to serve a five-dollar pancake breakfast inside the Cypress Community Center on the grounds of the park.

Winners of a kid’s coloring contest will be announced during the Festival. Chili and salsa cooks will sweat over hot stoves to prove who has The Bestest Hottest Stuff. Proud car owners will show off classics, muscles, and roadsters. More booths that you can shake a stick at will allow vendors of all sizes and non-profits of all stripes to meet and greet Festival visitors.

The Festival grounds open at 9:00 a.m. Oak Knoll Park is located at 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress. For more information, visit

To learn more about Preshenda, visit

Photo Caption: Miss Preshenda will delight children, parents and grandparents with her storytelling at the “Corral” Stage in the children’s ride area at this year’s Cypress Festival.


17th Annual Cypress Car Show Plays on Heart Strings of Car Lovers

Car lovers will swoon over the 17th Annual Cypress Car Show, a big part of this year’s Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28.

Visitors will be able to walk right up to a wide variety of dreams-on-wheels such as street cars from eras gone by, muscle cars, Corvettes, classics, trucks, vintage vehicles and sports cars.

Owners are on site and usually available to answer questions.

Proud vehicle owners can display their pride and joy at this year’s Car Show for a mere $15 entry fee. Just download the application from the Cypress Community Festival website at Mail in your check for $15, payable to the Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc. (FOCRAP), to Car Show Chair Brian Sunley at 4266 Via Verde, Cypress, CA 90630. You may also email Brian at or contact him by phone at (714) 828-9551 for more details and questions.

Drivers and their vehicles may arrive at Oak Knoll Park anytime after 7 a.m. on Saturday July 28 and must be present by 9 a.m.

Visiting car lovers may be sorely tested — forced to choose among their heart’s desires — if they take part in the voting for a Best of Show or Sponsor’s award.

For the 2010 Car Show, both awards were given to 1941 Willys — one owned by Tim Avila, the other by Bob Caverley.

The community is invited to Oak Knoll Park in Cypress to enjoy not only the Car Show but many other family-oriented Festival activities that include rides, games, food, vendors, and much more.

The Show is organized by the Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc., a non-profit benefit corporation.

The Cypress Community Festival is the largest one day event of its kind in Orange County. The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park located at 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Photo Caption: Returning champion, Tim Avila, with his 1941 Tequila Sunrise Willys, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Festival.

Car Show Application link:

Register Now for Heroes Arise VBS at Cypress Church

Kids will have loads of fun during Vacation Bible School at Cypress Church to be held the week of July 16 – 20. The theme for 2012 is “Heroes: Arise.”

This year’s program includes Bible lessons, skits, games, crafts, snacks and music. Children will be keeping an eye out for ways that God works in their everyday lives.


They may even notice the daily demonstrations of His love that are often overlooked. Children will also discover how they can be “Heroes” by showing Christ’s love to others through their actions. The program is supervised by trained leaders.

“Early Bird” Registration is now open for “Heroes: Arise” Vacation Bible School at Cypress Church. The cost is $20 per child through July 1, 2012. The normal cost is $30 after July 1st. The program is designed for children from age 4 through 6th grade.

For information contact Mike Haugland at (714) 952-3001. Applications may be downloaded from the Cypress Church website at: The Cypress Church main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road in Cypress, CA just east of Valley View.

Community-Minded Southland Credit Union Sponsors Cypress Festival

Southland Credit Union strengthened its sterling reputation for community support by stepping out as a sponsor for the Cypress Community Festival at the gold level.

The company’s support of the local community can be seen not only in its gold sponsorship of the Cypress Festival but also in its holiday display of a monumental American flag on the boulevard-side of its landmark glass-walled headquarters building at 10701 Los Alamitos Blvd., opposite Ganahl Lumber in Los Alamitos. Southland recently completed a make-over of its ground floor branch office that included installation of a photo mosaic legacy wall featuring historical photos of local people and sights.

New customers of Southland who sign up at the Festival will get a turn in the credit union’s money booth, with a chance to grab at swirling dollars until time runs out.

Southland will also make a photo booth available to anyone wishing a whimsical souvenir.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for other businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in supporting the Cypress Festival. More information about becoming a sponsor, and a downloadable sponsorship application, are available on the Cypress Festival website at Click on “Sponsors” in the main menu, located in the left-hand sidebar.

The deadline for sponsors wishing to receive acknowledgement in printed materials for their support of this year’s Festival has already passed. There is no deadline for sponsors to receive online acknowledgement, which goes on throughout the year.

The Cypress Community Festival will be held at Oak Knoll Park located at 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress on Saturday, July 28th. This huge annual event is free to the public and includes a car show, chili and salsa contest and continuous entertainment on four stages. Festival grounds will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For Festival information email or phone (714) 886-9749.

Photo Caption: Southland Credit Union will bring their money booth to the Cypress Community Festival on July 28th where new customers will have a chance to grab dollars.

Gimme Some of that Hot Stuff

Calling all chili and salsa aficionados! Next month the Cypress Community Festival — the biggest one-day festival in Orange County! — will be holding its 32nd Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest. Hundreds of people come to taste the best homemade chili and salsa in town.

Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? An application packet with all the necessary information may be downloaded from the Cypress Community Festival website at Be sure to mail your entry by Wednesday, July 11. Make your check payable to the “Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc.”

All proceeds from entry fees for the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest benefit the many projects the Friends group supports. In the past, projects have included building baseball score booths, dugouts, and redesign of City parks to meet the needs of diverse users.

Do you represent a business or “for-profit entity?”

If so, the Orange County Health Department requires that you fill out and turn in a Craven Exemption along with your entry form. This written declaration stipulates that you will receive no monetary benefit other than that resulting from recognition of your participation in this event.

Everyone is invited to join the fun and vote for their favorite “hot stuff.”

Taster’s Choice Ballots go on sale at 12 noon on Festival day. For $4 you get a brown bag holding a plastic spoon, a ballot, and a pin-on judge’s ribbon.

Ballot packages sell out fast! Don’t wait to buy your ballot package or you could lose out on voting!

Once you’ve made your decision on the tastiest chili and snappiest salsa, turn your ballot in to be counted. Ballots will be tallied beginning about 3 p.m. Winners of the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest are scheduled to be announced from a nearby stage by 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Chili Chair Brian Sunley at (714) 828-9551. A copy of the application, along with more information and details are found on the Festival website at When you visit the Festival website, click on the “Primary Participants” tab in the left sidebar.

The Cypress Community Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.

Photo Caption: Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? Join in the fun at the annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Chili and Salsa Contest Appplication Link:

Cypress Concert Series Features Tom Nolan Band June 16

On Saturday, June 16, the Tom Nolan Band will be in Cypress! Tom Nolan Band is an institution on the southern California music scene. They have been playing together for over 15 years. The band’s musical mission is to spread positivism and to make people get up and dance. Tom says, “We’re all about fun and community. We play to help people forget their troubles, break a sweat, and get in the groove. Tom Noland band’s live shows include a mix of classic soul, blues, jazz, and their own original tunes. If you like to dance, this is the show for you!

The Cypress Concerts on the Green begin at 6:00pm and are free to all in attendance and are held at the Cypress Civic Center Green at 5275 Orange Avenue, two blocks west of Valley View Street.

Free parking is available at the Civic Center parking lot. Handicapped parking is provided behind the Cypress Branch Library near the concert site. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, picnic blankets and other outdoor accessories to help enjoy music under a canopy of shade trees. Please do not set up any chairs or blankets before Friday at 2:00pm. Refreshments are available from local community service organizations for a small charge. Patrons are reminded that no alcoholic beverages are allowed on City property. For more information contact the Cypress Recreation and Community Service at (714) 229-6780.

This information was provided by Cypress Recreation Supervisor Jenni Worsham (714) 229-6782

Snoopy to Visit Cypress Festival Again This Year

Kids (and their parents) who remember Snoopy visiting the Cypress Festival last year can eagerly look forward to 2012’s Festival — Knott’s Berry Farm will again provide a visit from Snoopy as part of their Bronze sponsorship. Snoopy will ride over from Camp Snoopy, opened in 1983 at Knott’s, an innovation in the amusement park industry — the first theme park area designed specifically for kids.

Knott’s Berry Farm, the original theme park, is a strong community supporter dating from its founding in 1920, when Walter Knott bought ten acres of farmland. One thing followed another, including the establishment of his wife’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and the development of the boysenberry as a basis for pies and jams, until Walter decided something had to be done to occupy the big crowds waiting for a seat at the restaurant.

So Walter built the Gold Trails Hotel in what would come to be Ghost Town, the first of six themed areas in the park. And admission was free!

The Knott family sold the business to Cedar Fair LP in 1997, sixteen years after Walter’s death. (His wife Cordelia had died in 1974 at the age of 84.)

Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, just south of the 91 and 5 Freeways. Its iconic structures, such as the Supreme Scream tower and Ghost Rider wooden roller coaster, are well known to those living and working nearby.

Knott’s Berry Farm has shown the way for other local businesses, organizations and individuals who are looking to step up and become involved with the Cypress Festival. Sponsorships are available at many levels including: Platinum ($1,500), Patron ($300) and more. Sponsors receive acknowledgement throughout the year.

The community is invited to enjoy this exciting annual event on Saturday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Oak Knoll Park located at 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress. Information about the Cypress Community Festival is available online at or email

Photo Caption Top: Look for the “SnoopyMobile” (and, of course, Snoopy himself) at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday, July 28 at Oak Knoll Park.

Photo Caption Bottom: Snoopy from Knott’s Berry Farm will entertain guests at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Park on Saturday, July 28th.

Register Now for the 31st Annual Cypress 5K and 10K Run/Walk

Whether you’re a runner or walker, come check out this amazing race and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned summertime fun!

Registration for the 31st Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run/Walk is underway! The Race will be held Saturday, July 28, start time 7:30am at the Cypress Civic Center, 5275 Orange Ave.

The City of Cypress Recreation and Community Services has again teamed up with the locally based Cancer Support Foundation. Participants can help cancer patients and their families right here in our community. Hundreds are helped every year through support groups, financial help, rides to treatment and many other vital services. To contribute, race participants can add a donation to their registration or call the Foundation at (562) 799-3131.

This All-American, small town certified race course includes electronic timing. Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in the 10K for both male and female, as well as age division medals for both the 5K & 10K races. Post Race Awards will take place at the Race Finish Line. Immediately following the awards, just one block away, visit the Cypress Community Festival, which features 200 vendors, live entertainment, and a beer garden.

Over 1400 participants are expected to run in this fast & flat certified course, an additional 300 are expected to take part in the 5K Walk, taking place on the same course at the same time as the Run. The walk is a recreational, non-competitive, untimed event offered to include involvement of those who do not wish to run.

Registration is available through and can be accessed through the City of Cypress website at In addition, registration forms can be downloaded on the website or can be picked up at the Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave. The cost for the 5K & 10K races are $25.00 from now until July 13th and $35.00 from July 14th through Race Day. The non-competitive 5K Walk is only $20 from now until race day. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered participants and runner goodie bags will be given to all.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors: Principal: Bandai Foundation & Runner’s High, Media: JACK FM; Gold: American Rentals, Inc., Golden Spoon – Cypress, Manhattan Beachwear Inc., Mitsubishi Motors, Southland Credit Union, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA; Silver: Crystal Geyser, Healthcare Partners / Jeffrey Roth D.O., Residence Inn Cypress/Los Alamitos. Bronze: Value Options.

If you are interested in volunteering for this great event, please visit to download an interest form or call Cypress Recreation & Community Services at (714) 229-6780 to get involved either prior to or on race day!