Category Archives: Artists

Arts Alive Festival workshop combines art with wine, cheese

During this year’s two-day Arts Alive Festival, patrons will have the chance to tap their creative sides through a host of fun activities and workshops.

Celebrating the art and culture of the 1990s, the festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Oso Viejo Community Park on the Village Green at 24932 Veterans Way.

Workshops galore for all ages are planned for this special weekend including one specifically enticing for adults. Professional artist and art educator Renee Keady will lead a fun class that combines art with wine and cheese.  She will show folks how to make their own “mandala.”  The word mandala loosely translates to mean “circle” and can be created by using a series of concentric circles and patterns to produce a balance of visual elements symbolizing unity and harmony.

Along with great workshops, festival-goers will enjoy watching street painters transform the blacktop into magnificent works; arts and crafts; musical and dance performances as well as tasty fare, a beer-and-wine garden and first-time regional student art show.

Volunteers are also sought to help with workshops and in other roles during Arts Alive. To join our volunteer team, complete the online volunteer application here or email with your name, contact information and availability.

Air Festival takes flight in Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo, CA – Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16 when the Up in the Air Festival takes flight in Mission Viejo – featuring crafts, disc-dog shows, entertainment, exhibitors, food, remote-controlled planes and synchronized kites to music.

The free family event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park, 24932 Veterans Way.

Fueled by title sponsors PKSA Martial Arts and the City, the action-packed event includes live music, professional juggling, martial arts and Zumba Gold demonstrations, bubble stations, kids crafts, a trampoline ride and food booths serving up hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn and more. Clickhere for a schedule of events.

For more information, visit the Mission Viejo Activities Committee’s website at