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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.

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!

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Craft Fair in Costa Mesa

Here’s an event that’s a Costa Mesa favorite.  Mesa Verde’s Piecemakers Country Store is holding their Christmas “Under the Stars” Craft Fair on Dec. 4-5, 2009. Experience the holiday magic among the 100+ booths, the Christmas caroling, Santa and more!

Photo of entertainment

Former Craft Fair entertainment

Piecemakers is a wonderful country store in the same location as Torelli Realty.  This local business performs a special role in Costa Mesa by bringing the community together with fun events like this.

Picture of Former Craft Fair

Former Craft Fair

Christmas “Under the Stars” is sure to entertain the whole family with its old-fashioned Christmas fair lit by lights, booths full of handmade goods and antiques, activities for kids, demonstrations, food & music.

As a special treat, children can visit Santa’s Village for a $1 admission fee.  There’s going to be a bounce house, pedicab rides, fishing for gifts down Santa’s chimney, popcorn, pictures with Santa, and more!


December 4, Friday (5-9pm) – Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Knitting from A to Z, Bookbinding, Wire Wrapped Jewelry, Gourd Art,  and Creative Clothing,

December 5, Saturday (10am to 3pm) – Soldered Jewelry, Paper Arts & More, Woven Flowers, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Mixed Media Art, Bookbinding, Wire Wrapped Jewelry, and Knitted Bags

WHEN: Dec. 4, 5-9pm, Dec. 5, 9-4pm

WHERE: Piecemakers Country Store.  1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA

INFO: (714) 641-3112 fairs@piecemakers.com

Doing Good at Snow Land on Saturday, December 12

Torelli Realty is gearing up for Snow Land on Saturday, December 12 at Costa Mesa’s Balearic Park.  Here’s a couple of special things we’d like to highlight.

Toy/Food Donations

Picture of Toy Donation

Toy Drop Off - former event photo

This holiday season Torelli Realty is giving the community a chance to donate toys for children in need.  The toys that are collected will be donated to Spark of Love and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program.

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.

The Firefighters Association, fire prevention volunteer crew, Share Our Selves volunteers, and the Costa Mesa Fire Department will be present to collect the toys and food.

Estancia High Cheerleading Squad Support

Photos of Estancia Cheer Squad

Estancia High School Cheer Squad

Estancia High School’s Cheer Team supports their school, fights for pride, and bolsters spirit in the community.  Their dedication drives them to train for 3 hours a day, five days a week in order to prepare for upcoming competitions. Unfortunately the program’s high costs are limiting participation.  They need monetary support to make it a financially viable option for all students.

Torelli Realty has been sending a monthly check to help underwrite the squad but more sponsorship is necessary.  The Estancia Booster Club is hoping to raise enough money to subsidize the cost of cheerleading for those who can’t afford it.   Then ALL students will have the opportunity to be part of the team without suffering financial hardships.

Cheerleading coach Melyssa Cox explains that the funding provided by Torelli Realty has been a great help in covering the cost of uniforms, participation fees in competitions, and the salary for the coaches, which aren’t totally covered by the school district.  Cox is looking forward to Snow Land because the cheerleaders will be there to be part of the fun and to sell snack food items that will help contribute to their program.

Come witness the pep of Estancia High School’s co-ed cheer squad as they support the community at Snow Land.   Go team!