Free Sight Screening this Saturday at Columbus Tustin Middle School Activity Center

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Free Sight Screening on Saturday, December 12, at Columbus Tustin Middle School Activity Center

The Tustin Host Lions Club is sponsoring a free sight screening from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, at the Columbus Tustin Middle School Activity Center, 17952 Beneta Way, Tustin.  Between 300 to 500 people are expected to receive free recycled eyeglasses.

The Lions Club wants families and students who are less fortunate to benefit from this program.  If you know of a family that cannot afford eye care and may need it, please tell them about this program.   A flyer is attached.

Please emphasize that there is no documentation required, but it is “first come, first served” so it is important to arrive on time.  At some similar clinics, those arriving by late morning have had to be turned away as the numbers of people who had already registered filled the capacity of the program for the entire day.

Screenings are conducted by California Lions Friends In Sight, which has a core of well-trained volunteers.  Additional volunteer eye care professionals are needed.  If an eye care professional is able to volunteer between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 12, they can contact Lions Club President Susie McIntosh at (714) 832-2635 or

This program is made possible by the many volunteers who work with Lions Clubs throughout Orange County and the Beightler Squires Charitable Trust.

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Tri-City Business Expo and Fall Festival 2015

Tustin Chamber along with the Santa Ana and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce hosted another successful Business Expo November 11th. It was held on Veteran’s Day at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge and we had over 350 in attendance. Contact Lisa Gross at for information on our upcoming Expos.


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Foothill High Dickens Carolers to Perform at our Holiday Breakfast

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Wednesday December 9 from 7:30 – 9:00am the Tustin Chamber of Commerce will be having our monthly membership breakfast at the beautiful Tustin Ranch Golf Club. $20 for members with RSVP $25 for non-members and at the door. Foothill High School Dickens Carolers will be performing and it is usually a packed house to register early. REGISTER HERE

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Old Town Year-Round Lights Ribbon Cutting

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Proceeds from Totally Tustin Helped Fund the Lights Year Round!

Celebrate with the Tustin City Council!

Old Town will be illuminated year-round!

Monday, November 30, 2015

6:00 PM

115 W. Main Street (Outside Mrs. B’s Consignments), 1115 W. Main Street, Tustin, CA, 92780

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Totally Tustin Food and Wine Festival, A Huge Success

Our email and phones have been flooding with rave reviews!  This couldn’t have been a success without our generous sponsors, food and beverage vendors the amazing City of Tustin and the many volunteers!

Denise from Newport Corp commented…”From the festive entry, to champagne (so classy), to venue placement, flowers, table cloths, lovely wine glasses and appetizer plates, heaters, candles and the awesome band, it was an event not to be forgotten and hopefully replicated sooner than later. Everyone I spoke with was taken by the gorgeous setting and all the night held in store.   The eateries put out their best dishes and Bradley Wines and Spirits kept the mood alive with generous pours and a great selection of wines and other libations.  Too numerous to detail, all the beverages and ‘food booths’ were varied and open to abundant servings and repeated visits by your guests. I truly hope the funding was accomplished and that following in the Chamber of Commerce footsteps, other Old Town Tustin patrons and organizations will continue in the spirit you have created, and host additional gala’s to better our city. Congratulations to all on an immense success! ”

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City of Tustin to Present Proclamation to Diane and Gerry Aust on November 17

The Tustin City Council is recognizing Diane and Gerry Aust for chairing the Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s 25th annual Dinosaur Dash at the city council meeting on Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. at Tustin City Hall, 300 Centennial Way.  Please join us that evening for the special presentation.

Background Information

After being in existence for one year, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation decided they needed a major fundraiser.  A committee was formed of board and community members, which included Diane and Gerry Aust – both educators in the Tustin Unified School District and residents in the Tustin community.  The committee designed the “Race of the Millennium” which was held on Sunday, December 1, 1991, and consisted of a 2K Brontosaurus Blitz and a 5K Dinosaur Dash.

At the inaugural Dinosaur Dash, there were almost 1,500 runners and 200 volunteers.   Diane and Gerry Aust were School Coordinators and Chairs of the Brontosaurus Blitz Fun Run.   The 2K was started by then Mayor Chuck Puckett.   The committee was thrilled when they realized they netted $10,000 to be donated back to the classrooms in the 15 schools in the Tustin Unified School District.

On Sunday, November 1, the Dinosaur Dash celebrated its 25th anniversary and hit a milestone!  There were almost 7,000 runners, walkers and bikers, and over 700 volunteers.  Nearly $200,000 was raised to be donated back to the 29 schools in TUSD.   Once again, Diane and Gerry chaired the entire event and Mayor Chuck Puckett started the 2K Race.  For the past 25 years the Austs have served on the Dinosaur Dash team and are known as two of the “dinosaurs” of this committee.   They also have co-chaired the event for the past several years.  They are proud of the dollars the Dinosaur Dash has raised over the years for students and schools in TUSD!

We hope you can attend the presentation at the Tustin City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m.

Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, Diane and Gerry!   You two are Dino-mite!

 Source: Mark Eliot

Director of Communications and Public Information

Tustin Unified School District

(714) 730-7339

Twitter: @TUSDschools

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One Million And Counting!


One Million And Counting!
Pinot’s Palette hits milestone in number of seats sold
On track for record year of franchise growth

HOUSTON (November 3, 2015) – Just six years after opening its doors for the first time, Pinot’s Palette, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, has booked its one-millionth reservation. The milestone guest was Kevin Cochran, who booked his reservation at the Pinot’s Palette studio at The District, 2479 Park Ave in Tustin, Calif., and received a basket filled with gifts and prizes. Kevin attended the studio with his girlfriend, Jessica Greenwood, for their anniversary.
“Pinot’s Palette was fantastic,” Cochran said. “I’ve never considered myself to be artistic, but the artist made the painting process easy. Our seats were already prepared when we got there, and the bar had some great beer and wine options. I knew the night was going to be fun, but the artist helped to make it easy, too.”
The one-millionth guest arrived as the company was well on its way to a record-breaking year. Through the first three quarters of 2015, Pinot’s Palette has already signed agreements for 49 new franchise locations and has opened 23 new studios, an increase of more than 30% in each category over last year at this time.
For Pinot’s Palette co-founder and CEO Craig Ceccanti, the dramatic growth coupled with the announcement of the chain’s one millionth guest has exceeded even the highest expectations he and co-founders Charles and Beth Willis had for the concept when they launched it in 2009.
“Reaching this milestone is a true masterpiece, all its own,” Ceccanti said. “When we opened the very first Pinot’s Palette studio, our dream was to grow this business and share our love for art and entertainment in a new way. Now every single day continues to surpass that dream as more people experience this journey with us!”
Today, with 149 studios awarded across the United States and Canada and a path of record growth ahead, Pinot’s Palette has expanded into the fastest-growing franchise in the paint and sip industry that it has helped establish. Thanks also to the proprietary technology designed by Ceccanti that helps manage the business, the reservation count across thousands of Pinot’s Palette events that blanket North America was a headline just waiting to happen.
“This is such a huge honor for our Tustin studio and for the entire Pinot’s Palette family from coast to coast,” said Scott Lockerd, the franchise owner that booked the landmark reservation. “When we joined Pinot’s Palette, we wanted to be part of something big. And now look at us. We have taken our motto to ‘Paint. Drink. Have Fun.’ at Pinot’s Palette to a whole new level, and what’s happening here is growing like gangbusters all over.”
To locate the nearest Pinot’s Palette or to book a reservation, visit
About Pinot’s Palette
Pinot’s Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. With 149 locations open or under development across 33 states and Canada, and new locations popping up monthly, Pinot’s Palette is the world’s fastest growing paint and sip franchise. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. By bringing fun, modern and creative ideas to their events, Pinot’s Palette curates a unique, rewarding experience while providing a worthwhile contribution to the community. For more information, visit

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Totally Tustin Food and Wine Festival

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Totally Tustin Press Release

1st Annual Totally Tustin Fall Food and Wine Festival.

The Event is sponsored by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tustin

Event will be held Sunday, November 8, 2015 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Proceeds of the event will be used to cover the cost of permanent installation and of the lighting traditionally done only at the holidays. The lighting of the Ficus trees along Main Street and El Camino Real in Old Town Tustin during the Holidays is always a welcoming feature drawing people to the Old Town Area.

A long time dream of Mayor Chuck Puckett has been to have this feature grace Old Town year round. The Dream is soon to become a reality.

Totally Tustin Fall Food and Wine Festival proceeds will be used to cover the cost of maintaining the lights and keeping them lit throughout the year.

This event has brought together businesses leaders and community supporters who jumped at the opportunity to make something possible that will impact every person who travels through Old Town Tustin.

Organizers were able to bring together the following : 23 Tustin Area Restaurants including: Zov’s Bistro, The Crab Cooker-Tustin, Coffee Grinder, Bronx Sandwich Company, The Lost Bean Coffee, Centro, El Camino Café, Morey’s Place, Roma D’Italia, The Black Marlin, Zama Tea, Tustin Ranch Golf Club, Mizu Sushi, Bonefish Grill, The Blue Water Grill, Bowl of Heaven, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Costco-El Camino Real, American Grub, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Smart and Final will be participating offering samples of their favorite dishes for attendees to taste.

8 Tustin Area Wine and Beverage Sponsors including: Bradley’s Wine and Spirits, Socal Wine and Spirits, The Swinging Door, Trader Joe’s, Blondies, and Tustin Brewery will be offering samples of wine, champagne, beer and mixed drinks.

Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 and go to $5,000, individual tickets are sold for $50 each. Tickets are available for sale at Mrs B’s Consignment and Tustin Chamber of Commerce or online at or 714-544-5341.

The event expects to have approximately 500 in attendance.

This will be the first of many annual events to bring the community together for a worthwhile cause – keeping the lights on and the spirit of the holidays year round.

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Military Veterans: Develop a Set of Skills Focused on Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition, Innovation, and Small Business Management


Attention military veterans! Develop a set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management by participating in Boots to Business: Reboot.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Sign up today by registering at and select ‘Tustin, CA’ from the drop-down menu.

Tentative class dates are November 4, November 18, November 25, December 2 and December 9 but are subject to change depending on student availability. Classes will be held at Tustin City Hall Council Chambers from 9a-12p.


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Thank You Tustin Ranch Golf Club for Sponsoring the Pancake Breakfast 2015


The Tustin Chamber of Commerce would like to publicly thank Tustin Ranch Golf Club for sponsoring all the food items necessary for our annual pancake breakfast. This year was the largest pancake breakfast the Chamber has hosted and we couldn’t have done it without the generous sponsorship of Tustin Ranch Golf Club. For only $5.00 patrons received coffee, orange juice, pancakes, eggs and sausage, volunteers woke early to cook and serve the community. Your generosity in all our events has not gone unnoticed. Please make sure to stop on by for a round of golf, a meal, book your special event or have Sunday Brunch at the lovely Tustin Ranch Golf Club.

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