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Egg-Citement Entertains Costa Mesa Residents

This past weekend Costa Mesa residents enjoyed Egg-Citement at Tanager Park in the Mesa Verde section of Costa Mesa.  Torelli Realty has hosted Egg-Citement for over 15 years and each year we get more and more people.  This year we had the largest crowd ever – over 500 children participated in the Easter egg hunt and families had a chance to enjoy the bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, and coloring contest.  The Estancia Booster Club was there helping the Estancia High School Cheer Squad as they cheered and sold concessions to raise money for their team.  Plus the Easter Bunny posed for photos with the happy children.  It was a fantastic morning!

Costa Mesa Real Estate Company Easter Egg Huny

Egg-Citement 2010

Every year Torelli Realty brings in attractions for the crowd and all the money raised at the event goes right back to the local schools.  This year the Estancia Cheer Team made over $500 for their squad and an extra $200 was raised for the schools through the pony rides and petting zoo.

We’re proud to announce the winners of the contests from the event:

Coloring contest winner: Bridget Schoenberger

Costa Mesa Real Estate Coloring Contest Winner

Bridget Schoenberger

Jellybean contest winner: Emily Schneider

Photo of Costa Mesa Real Estate Jellybean Winner

Emily Schneider

We’d also like to congratulate John Braun who also had a very close guess.

*There were 1525 jellybeans! 

Thanks to everyone who came to the event and all the contributors.  We know that Costa Mesa looks forward to Egg-Citement as part of their Easter celebration and we look forward to bringing it back to the community next year.  Next up we have the Mesa Verde Garage Sale on May 15.  Later this year we’ll have more events including The Pumpkin Patch and Snow Hill.  Feel free to check back for more events and news.

Egg-Citement is Back in Costa Mesa for Easter

Spring is here and that calls for some Egg-Citement! Our annual Easter celebration for Costa Mesa will take place on Saturday, April 3 over at Tanager Park. This is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy. The main activity is the Easter egg hunt that starts at 10am. There’s also going to be train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting. We’re also thrilled that the Estancia High School Cheer Squad will be in attendance to add spirit and sell refreshments. And don’t miss a special appearance from the guest of honor – the Easter Bunny!

Picture from Egg-Citement

Former Egg-Citement with the guest of honor - the Easter Bunny!

We love being a part of Costa Mesa and hosting fun events for the community is something Torelli Realty looks forward to presenting year after year. This is also a wonderful opportunity to support our local schools and Boosters. Come on out and join your neighbors in the fun – we hope to see you there!

Costa Mesa Has Spirit… A Post-Holiday Wrap-up

The holiday spirit is always a great force in Costa Mesa and 2009 was no exception. In a year that was especially hard for people financially and emotionally, it’s such a joy to see our community banding together to spread holiday cheer. Here are a few post-holiday endnotes:
Picture of firefighters giving gifts to kids

Costa Mesa Firefighters giving gifts to kids

-Our company successfully collected items for the Spark of Love toy drive and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program. Spark of Love is a toy campaign that collects toys for disadvantaged children in the community. The Operation Santa Letter Program, as reported by the OC Register, gave away toys and basic necessities on Christmas Eve to a women’s shelter and needy children and local residents who are staying in a local motel. The program was started by firefighter paramedic Todd Palombo eight years ago and involves children writing letters to Santa.

Picture of Someone Cares gifts

$40K in 40 Days Gift Table

The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen campaign called 40K in 40 Days provided over 1,200 holiday dinners at the Costa Mesa soup kitchen on December 23. Each person was given a backpack filled with over 25 items including clothing, toiletries and essentials. Plus, over 3,000 toys were distributed & Santa Claus paid the children a visit! (The campaign is still accepting donations. Those willing to donate can do so here.)

The OC Register wrote about a group called “Senior Smiles, Moms and Tots,” which caters to lonely seniors. Mothers and their young children met with local seniors to spread some holiday sunshine. The group was started by Costa Mesa resident Jennifer Fairchild.

Yes, the holiday spirit lives on in Costa Mesa and that makes our community a special place all year long.

Costa Mesa Students Do Good & Bring Holiday Cheer

Our community really comes to life during the holiday season and Costa Mesa students are making it even better.  Recent headlines boast of how students have been giving back this holiday season.  Their efforts not only send a positive message out to the community but more importantly they offer inspiration and hope to so many.  Some notable (and noble) examples that were newsworthy this past week were:

Picture of students

Adams Elementary School students at Target

The OC Register ran a piece about how 6th graders from Adams Elementary School went to Target to perform random acts of kindness.  They randomly distributed $25 gift cards and motivated people to pay it forward by doing nice things for 3 other people.

-The Daily Pilot reported that Christ Lutheran School’s 4th-grade girl scout Troop 1461 gathered 117 winter coats to warm up those in need.  The donations went to local nonprofit Share Our Selves, which does so much to provide necessities to people in the area.  Also, the chapel took up a collection from students that will purchase for grocery store gift cards, which will be a blessing to local families.

-The same Daily Pilot article also noted that students at Mariners Christian School made shoe boxes with gifts for children all around the world as part of a program called Operation Christmas Child, which is run by nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.  This holiday season approximately 300 children will receive gifts!

Our children are representing the town in such a great way and are a source of pride for Costa Mesa.  Thank you students & happy holidays!

Snow Land Canceled Due to Inclement Weather But Spirit Not Broken

Yes it was disappointing to wake up to rain on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, the day we had set for Snow Land…  But a little rain can’t wipe away our holiday spirit!  First off, we are still holding the toy and food collection and asking people to drop off items at our office at 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East in Costa Mesa. The toys that are collected will be donated to Spark of Love and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program.

Picture of former toy drive

Former Toy Drive

Food donations of non-perishable canned food are also welcome. These items will be given to the organization Share Our Selves, a Costa Mesa based organization that provides free assistance to those in need.

And for the kids (and adults too!) who were looking forward to some playtime, we are offering people a chance to come by Torelli Realty to decorate cookies from 12/14-12/23 during business hours.

Holiday cheer is still alive and well in Costa Mesa and we look forward to making next year’s Snow Land better than ever!

LOCATION: Torelli Realty, 2845 Mesa Verde Dr. East, Costa Mesa, CA, (714) 540-7355

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Festival A Success

Costa Mesa is very fortunate to have many local events – a person should never be bored here, that’s for sure!  Crowds were out in full force at the Christmas “Under the Stars” Festival that The Piecemakers Country Store hosted last weekend.

Costa Mesa Piecemakers Festival

Costa Mesa Piecemakers Festival

The vendors are grateful for all the business and their crafts were sensational.  Piecemakers carolers, a band and Swing Shaft provided entertainment, which kept the mood festive.


Carolers performed holiday classics

Even the children had their own area dubbed Elfville.  “The look on the kid’s faces as they received the present that they fished for down Santa’s chimney was priceless,” said Joanna and Deborah, owners of the store.

Picture of Elfville

Elfville provided entertainment for children who attended the festival

Add to that some great food (especially the chicken) and it’s clear that fun was had by all who attended.

Since our business is located in the same complex as The Piecemakers Country Store we get to witness firsthand all of their efforts in the community. Don’t worry, Piecemakers isn’t planning on slowing down this holiday season.  Costa Mesa residents still have a chance to experience the joy of these events. There’s a list of several more attractions coming up this month on their website.

One that’s worth highlighting is the Horse Drawn Hayride and Christmas Caroling events they are sponsoring on Dec. 18 and Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Participants will have the chance to ride on a horse drawn wagon and go caroling around the Mesa Verde neighborhood.  It costs $10 per person and they recommend signing up early because seating is very limited.

Between Piecemakers’ events and our annual Snow Land, Costa Mesa residents are sure to be in the holiday spirit!

Someone Cares $40K in 40 Days Fundraiser

Costa Mesa is full of people with big hearts.  Take a look at Corey Donaldson with $40K in 40 Days.

Picture of Corey Donaldson

Corey Donaldson

Donaldson is helping to raise money for the the Costa Mesa-based Someone Cares Soup Kitchen.  Due to lack of funding, the organization is facing some tough times providing for its holiday programs.  The goal of $40K in 40 Days is to make enough money for:
-400 backpacks for the homeless
-800 backpacks filled with holiday gifts for kids
-The holiday dinner that serves about 1,200 people in need
-Other programs that Someone Cares Soup Kitchen runs throughout the year

Banner for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Banner for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

There will be a $40K in 40 Days Happy Hour Fundraiser at Woody’s in Newport Beach on Wed., December 9.  Attendees can participate in a silent auction.  A $20 entrance donation is kindly suggested.

Donations received by December 10 will be matched up to $10,000 by an anonymous donor.  However, donations will be accepted until Dec. 20, which is the last of the 40 days.  This is not an impossible feat by any means; last year Donaldson raised $30K in 30 days for the soup kitchen.  According to Donaldson’s blog, the fundraiser was up to $19,200 as of December 4 and donations were rolling in… So keep them coming!  Donations can be made through paypal or check on Donaldson’s website.

Donaldson’s goal was featured in The Daily Pilot, which serves Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.  Someone Cares Soup Kitchen doesn’t only help people in need from Costa Mesa; those from Newport Beach, Irvine, and Laguna Beach also benefit from their services.  The soup kitchen also provides tutoring for at-risk kids.

The current state of the economy has led more people than ever to the doors of Someone Cares and Donaldson is determined to make sure that the funding is there to meet those needs.  Costa Mesa truly prospers as a community from such kind hearts.