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Cypress Kiwanis Flipping Flapjacks at Oak Knoll Park

Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks?

The annual Pancake Breakfast will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress. The last flapjack will be plated at 11 a.m.

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, this event has become a traditional  kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival, a bridge from the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk that ends in front of the Civic Center a short saunter west on Orange Ave.

Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause.

Net proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast are donated to Club-supported charities, including meals delivered to home-bound seniors and Red Ribbon Week anti-drug activities for school children.

The Cypress Kiwanis Club officers for 2012 are: George Hallak, President; Jay Sondhi, President Elect; Leon Kapczysnki, Treasurer; Lydia Sondhi, Secretary; and Mike Fields, Immediate Past President.

Information about Kiwanis of Cypress is available online at: http://www.kiwanisclubofcypress.org/ or you may call George Hallak at (714) 821-4542. Information about the Cypress Community Festival is available at http://www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Got a man-sized (or woman-sized) appetite and a hankering for flapjacks? Come to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The Kiwanis ask just five bucks for “all-you-can-eat” flapjacks along with a sausage, coffee and more, and all for a great cause. Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to serve you with a smile and get your Festival Day off to a great start.

Photo Caption: Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cypress, the annual Pancake Breakfast event has become a traditional kick-off for the Cypress Community Festival to be held on July 28th this year.

Dancers bring “A Touch of Polynesia” to Cypress Festival

Rose Cason, director and choreographer of “A Touch of Polynesia,” and her colorfully-costumed dancers bring the exotic dances of central and southern Pacific Ocean indigenous peoples to Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

The colorful costumes reflect the beautiful colors of nature found in Polynesia.

Polynesia embraces more than a thousand islands separated by hundreds of miles of open ocean but united by culture, including dance styles like the hula from Hawaii and Tahitian dance from French Polynesia. Dancers use their arms and hands as a way of communicating through dance.

Both Polynesian men and women dance as a social activity, but the choreography for males and females often differ strikingly.

Come and enjoy “A Touch of Polynesia” performing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand on the Cypress Festival main stage at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.

The Festival is held at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. (west of Valley View St.) in Cypress. For more information, visit the Festival website at www.cypressfestival.com.

Photo Caption: Enjoy exotic dances of the Pacific Islands performed by “A Touch of Polynesia” at the Cypress Community Festival on Saturday July 28.

Photo Caption: “A Touch of Polynesia” will demonstrate dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Photo Caption: The colorful costumes of Rose Carson’s “A Touch of Polynesia” dancers reflect the kaleidoscope of beautiful shades of nature found on faraway islands.

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: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSabrinaLentini

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com.

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com or email info@cypressfestival.com. To discover more about Peter Brandon visit: http://www.peterbrandon.net/.

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com.

To learn more about Preshenda, visit http://www.storytellingwithpreshenda.com.

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.

 

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.

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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: http://www.cypresschurch.net. The Cypress Church main campus is located at 6143 Ball Road in Cypress, CA just east of Valley View.

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com or email info@cypressfestival.com.

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.

UnitedHealthcare Sparkles as Platinum Sponsor for Cypress Festival

In keeping with its tradition of community involvement, UnitedHealthcare will be a platinum sponsor for the 2012 Cypress Festival.

UnitedHealthcare’s support serves as a shining example to other local businesses, organizations and individuals who are looking for a way to step up and become involved. Sponsorships are available at many levels, from Platinum ($1500) down to Silver ($750) and Patron ($300).

UnitedHealthcare, headquartered at 5701 Katella Ave. in Cypress, is an operating division of UnitedHealth Group, the largest single health carrier in the United States. The company’s commitment to its surrounding community can be seen not only in its platinum sponsorship of the Cypress Festival but also in such other activities as Easter baskets donated by its employees to the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress.

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 http://www.cypressfestival.com/. Click on “Sponsors” in the main menu, located in the lefthand sidebar.

Festival Sponsors are promoted throughout the year using social media and the Festival website. The deadline for print media Sponsor listings is May 18th. Interested parties may receive information by phone at (714) 886-9749.

Photo Caption: UnitedHealthcare will sponsor the annual Cypress Community Festival set for Saturday, July 28 at Oak Knoll Park.

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 http://www.cypressrec.com/

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.