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Springtime is in Full Bloom at SOCO! Take Part in Another Kids Club Event in Celebration of Earth Day

Hooray – it’s Earth Day! Celebrate by joining SOCO for yet another virtual Kids Club event this week when we read The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler. This book shares the personal story of one little truck’s growth and courage while delivering a powerful message about the environment.

Stephanie Holdridge will lead this storytime and guests can choose to either read along on-screen, or, purchase their own hardcopy online here. After the reading, you can keep the fun going by following along to a guided art activity. Using supplies that you likely already have at home, kids can make their own special Earth Day Flower craft – just like the one they’ll read about in the story!

Click the link below to watch now and find out how Digger will discover something that changes him, and his city, forever:

Stay in-the-know on all future (virtual) Kids Club Events by following the blog for new posts each week, or you can follow us on Instagram at @socoandtheocmix!

Craft Activity: Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Crayola Paint
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Foam Paint Brush


Say Hello [Hello] to Earth Day at SOCO’s Virtual Kids Club!

In honor of Earth Day coming up on 4/22, join SOCO for another virtual Kids Club event that explores all aspects of seeing and appreciating nature. Named a “Best Children’s Book of the Year” by The Washington Post, our featured book is Hello, Hello! written by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Honor-winning author, Brendan Wenzel.

Starting with color and pattern and moving on to size, shape, sound, and more, this book is perfect for introducing young readers to important visual concepts. Hello, Hello! Features over 30 different animal species (many of them endangered) and dives into the unique traits that make every creature special – a celebration of diversity that’s also an ode to connection and curiosity.

Following storytime, kids will have a chance to get artsy when they create their very own Handprint Parrot during a guided arts & crafts portion of the event. Click the link below to get started!

To stay up to date on all future (virtual) Kids Club Events, check the blog for new posts or follow us on Instagram at @socoandtheocmix.

Craft Activity: Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eye

Try This At-Home Coloring Project for Kids – Brought to You by Milk & Honey Baby!

Milk & Honey Baby has a fun, interactive coloring project that you can try at home, courtesy of one of their vendors – Cuddle + Kind.

The brand has several downloadable coloring pages available here, which features printable images of all the different plush dolls that children love and adore. Kids can pick one that pictures their own doll they have at home, or maybe a new friend!

If you don’t already have a Cuddle + Kind doll, you can purchase one online through Milk & Honey Baby’s website (and enjoy free shipping) by clicking here:

Even better, Cuddle + Kind Dolls support a great cause! These ethically produced, hand-knit dolls help feed children in need. Each doll is hand knit in Peru by talented artisans with premium cotton, and for every 1 doll, 10 meals are provided to children in North America and around the world.

Hop Online and Enjoy this Meow-velously Virtual Kids Club Event!

Hippity-Hoppity-Hooray! The SOCO Kids Club events that you know and love will now take place online while our community continues to stay home in an effort to practice social distancing. Kids and families are invited to join SOCO + The OC Mix for an all-new, interactive story reading led by Stephanie Holdridge, which is available online here starting today, Wednesday, April 8. After the story, you’ll have an opportunity to take part in a fun, DIY activity simply by following along with the video. So, grab a friend or reading buddy, find a cozy place to sit, and click the link below to join us when you’re ready to listen!


This week, our story is Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood. Featuring a cat with spunk who decides to take over for an on-the-go Easter Bunny, this book is a real treat, complete with a bit of bite, a sweet center, and a satisfying finish – sure to inspire second helpings not just at Eastertime, but year-round!

Following storytime, kids will have a chance to make their very own marbled Easter egg craft. All you’ll need are the supplies below, and you’re ready to bring this story to life. Have fun!

Stay up to date on all future (virtual) Kids Club Events by checking the blog each week, or follow us on Instagram at @socoandtheocmix.

Craft Activity: Here’s What You’ll Need
Shaving Cream
Acrylic Paint
Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil
Paper (cut in the shape of an egg)
Hard surface such as a gift card/business card

SOCO + The OC Mix Blog, Kids Club News, and Business Updates

S O C O + T H E   O C   M I X   B L O G

Introducing… the SOCO + The OC Mix Blog!

Since we are unable to gather at the center, the SOCO + The OC Mix Blog was created as a way to stay united virtually. New posts will be published twice per week to keep the Orange County community and beyond up to date on all of the latest offerings, design trends, must-have items, food specials, and more from all of the businesses at SOCO + The OC Mix.  Be one of the first to check out the first two posts here and come back for more content later this week!

K I D S   C L U B   N E W S

SOCO + The OC Mix’s Kids Club Goes Viral

The Kids Club events you know and love will now take place online while the Safer at Home order is in place.  Kids and families will hear a live story reading followed by a fun craft that is easy to complete at home.

The first online Kids Club will be posted on the blog this Wednesday, April 8 and will feature a reading of Here Comes the Easter Cat along with a fun spring egg craft.

B U S I N E S S   U P D A T E S

Restaurant Updates:

Outlined below are a variety of SOCO + The OC Mix restaurant offerings available as teams work hard to serve the community. Additional updates will be shared as they are announced:

  • Birdie Bowl & Juicery – All of the shop’s menu items are available to go and are a great healthy option during this time; new business hours are 8a – 4p daily; delivery available via Doordash
  • Eggslice – Updated business hours are Wednesday through Sunday 7a – 1p and customers are welcome to order for take out OR order for delivery via Postmates, Grubhub, and Yelp; Check in on Eggslice’s Instagram and website for updated information and place orders online for takeout here.
  • Farmers’ Market – The SOCO market will remain open and continue to implement new guidelines provided by LA County’s Health Department, (suspending hot foods, removing our seating area, etc.). Signage has been added that reminds customers to wash their produce and their hands. The market manager has also been instructed to enforce social distancing in check-out lines.
  • Portola Coffee Roasters – The shop is open from 7a – 6p daily; Customers may place to go orders ahead online (delivery coming soon); gift cards also available for purchase and 20% of gift card sales go back to Portola staff to help them through this time.
  • Rich Elixirs – The team launched online delivery & curbside as of 3/17; also offering buy 3 get the 4th free immunity shots + 15% off if customers bring in their own cup.
  • Savory Spice Shop – Shipping and/or curbside pick-up is available for customers – simply email orders to (please include your phone number in the email) and the Savory Spice team will package the order and get it shipped via USPS ($5 flat rate domestic shipping) or customers may pick it up from the shop.  The team is at the shop 11a – 1p daily. Guests are also welcome to call the team during this time at 949-284-0576.
  • Sunright Tea Studio – Adjusted hours are 11a – 6p daily; The shop is open for to go orders that customers may call in at 949-232-3750 or order online
  • Temakira – Customers may place phone orders for pick up at 949-650-0305 in addition to order delivery on Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats
  • The Cheese Shop – The shop’s adjusted hours are Sunday – Thursday 9:30a – 6p and Friday – Saturday 9a – 6p; Take out and curbside pick up available (order online here) in addition to DoordashGrubhub, and Postmates delivery available.
  • See below for a list of temporary restaurant closures:

Retail/Service Business Updates:

All of the below non-essential businesses at SOCO + The OC Mix are closed, however a majority are offering ways for customers to shop, place orders, and meet with design experts virtually:

  • Bearfruit Jewelry – Available for online orders
  • Blue Skies – The store is offering free shipping and 20% off all orders; email to set up an appointment between 10a – 6p daily to try on hats and scarves (one person at a time)
  • BoConcept – The team remains ready to assist you in every way possible and can arrange for a Virtual Design Service, available by video apps (Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp etc.) or by phone; book your appointment by clicking here
  • Brown Jordan – The showroom team is available for virtual shopping experiences through platforms like Facebook Live, FaceTime, and video conferencing; the showroom’s Spring Sale promotion has been extended through May, which offers customers 10% off all collections, now including the award-winning Oscar collection and the Walter Lamb Aluminum dining series
  • Calligaris – The showroom is open online; Customers may place orders or send requests re: product information and pricing to
  • Chuck Jones – Guests wishing to drop off art for the Red Dot Auction may do so by visiting Jones Companies Tuesday through Saturday from 9a – 5p (ring doorbell for access)
  • Cilek Kids Room – The Cilek team is available to be reached at or 949-220-2503; shop online here
  • Cisco Home – The showroom team is happy to FaceTime, send photos, and answer general Cisco questions; get in touch with the team by calling 714-432-1630
  • Design Within Reach – Book your virtual appointment by clicking here or receive live video and text assistance with DWR Account Executives during business hours – more info here
  • Eva’s Trunk – Customers who purchase a gift card for $200 will receive 20% off (purchase by emailing or calling Eva at 714-319-2542). Gift card valid for 6 months.
  • HAY – Customers may connect with HAY team members for questions regarding products and to place orders here
  • Local Fare – Small businesses need your support now more than ever, and @corkcicle + @riflepaperco are giving you an easy way to help. Now when you purchase anything through Corkcicle’s website, you’ll have the option to support a small business of your choosing. We highly recommend choosing @local_fare located inside The OC Mix.⁣
  • Milk & Hones Baby – Shop online here and receive free shipping
  • Room & Board – Place online orders here
  • Roomscapes – Click here to schedule a virtual appointment
  • STARK – The showroom team is working remotely and is available to assist on all needs including orders, deliveries, etc. Please contact Lauren van Geem via email at
  • The Mixing Glass – The shop is open for phone (714-975-9952) and online orders only; curbside pick up is available and can be picked up 1 hour after order is placed; delivery is also available and is estimated to arrive within 24 hours after ordering; gift cards are also available for purchase
  • The Shade Store – Online showroom is open and 325+ design consultants are available to assist every step of the way
  • Timothy Oulton – The showroom is offering 50% off everything online, including new &, made to order pieces; Place orders or ask questions by calling William Escobar (Gallery Manager) at 657-218-7111 or email at

See What’s New at SOCO + The OC Mix!

Upcoming Events + Promotions

Visit SOCO + The OC Mix to learn more about exciting upcoming events, shop exclusive sales, and try delicious new flavors from one of the many unique dining options! 

For a full list of upcoming events + announcements, visit our website or follow us @socoandtheocmix!

SOCO’s Day of Design 2018 Celebration!
On Saturday, October 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. SOCO is hosting its first annual signature design event, which will bring together consumers, interior designers and industry tastemakers for a day of learning and experience! This event is free + open to the public. Select showrooms will be hosting various design-focused panels with the industry’s top professionals + interactive workshops, while others will be offerings special discounts and items to all attendees!

To reserve your spot and for more info visit:

Choose Your Chilton: Dining Table Sweepstakes
From September 14 to September 28,enter Room + Board’s sweepstakes to win a new Chilton dining table! The best part? You can choose the exact top you like best, ensuring your Chilton is one of a kind. The winner will also receive signed cookbooks from our favorite bloggers + partners. What better way to set the new table than with a freshly cooked meal?



Ligne Roset’s Annual Sale
Ligne Roset’s annual sale is here! FromSeptember 14 to September 30, enjoy20% OFF when you shop the entire collection at Ligne Roset. Don’t miss this chance to save on the piece you’ve had your eye on all year.

Shop the sale both in-store and online at


You’re Invited: Sign Up For SusieFavors
Join the party – download and sign-up for SusieFavors and start earning rewards today. You’ll receive two FREE cupcakes just for signing up + a free slice of cake on your birthday!

To sign-up or learn more visit:


Small Business Spotlight: milk and honey baby
For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we are featuring milk and honey baby, the baby boutique specializing in beach + bohemian-inspired accessories and apparel for your little one!

Shop the latest collections in-store or online!


CEU: Pro Kitchen Design
On September 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., designers are invited to join Pirch for refreshments + a continuing education program on professional kitchen design. For more information, visit in-store or call 949-429-0800.


Dear Artists and Friends of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity,
Preparations are underway for the Eighth Annual Red Dot Auction benefiting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018.
Today we’re writing to ask you to donate a work of art to this year’s Red Dot Auction.  We’re changing up the overall theme from the Life & Times of Chuck Jones to his Golden Age Decade, the 1950s. Any of the over 90 cartoons Chuck Jones directed during the years 1950 – 1959 are fodder for your imagination. A list of the cartoons is available by clicking here.
There will be five categories this year:
  1. Landscape – predominant theme in landscape, seascape, urban-scape; may include cartoon character(s)
  2. Portrait – may be a self-portrait or the portrait of another person or cartoon character
  3. Homage – to an art genre, specific artist, or live action film
  4. Assemblage – collage using unconventional materials-take something and make something new out of it or its parts
  5. 3D – we’ll provide an 8″ 3D “Cre8ive Peeple” (see below) to be painted and enhanced as you envision

There are only 30 spaces available in each of the five different sections, all requests for a specific section will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To submit your information and section request, click here.

The canvas provided for the first four sections will be a 12″ square and as last year, we ask that you sign the artwork on the reverse.  For the 3D object, please sign the bottom of the object. HOWEVER,  

new this year

 , you may choose to work inany size canvas or other substrate you’d like to provide yourself.

You may prefer to work on paper or another substrate and that’s fine, as long as we can mount it to the 12″ square canvas for presentation the night of the event. The artwork should be signed on the reverse so that bidders at this silent auction will not know who has created which work of art.
Won’t you share your gifts with us and with the Center’s suupporters and patrons?  If you will, please fill out the registration form found HERE.
Canvases are due back no later than Monday, March 27, 2018! Again this year we will bring the Red Dot Auction online for pre-bidding only. This online auction will go live mid-April 2018 and end the evening of Tuesday, May 8, 2018 In order to be included in it, your artwork must arrive no later than March 27, 2018.
And again this year a commemorative poster, similar to the one shown, will be printed; 30 canvases will be selected to represent this year’s Red Dot Auction. Two of the posters will be produced and sold the evening of the event. To be considered for inclusion in the commemorative poster, your artwork must arrive no later than March 15, 2018.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, time, and commitment to the vision of the Center.
Exercise Your Genius!
All the best, Robert