Shauna Bradley of Rising Strides is now providing Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) to children and adults who struggle with physical and emotional disabilities. Combined with traditional counseling, EAA aims to help adults and children with disabilities grow in confidence, coping techniques and independence. In addition to their social and emotional growth, participants will learn about horse behavior, grooming, care and basic techniques of riding. Programs provided are geared toward children diagnosed with ADHD, autism and learning disabilities, and on adults who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD. “Working with children and adults brightens my day,” Bradley said. “It is gratifying to share what I’ve learned with others to show them there is hope and a better way to live life.” She established Rising Strides in 2018, and the Lake Forest branch opened in late March.
25200 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest
The Bone Adventure Swim Club
With the new saline swimming pool from The Bone Adventure Club, your pup can now have fun in the sun without all the hassle of going to the beach. Many dogs are natural swimmers, but if you want your pup to be a bit more confident in the water, no worries. All Swim Club members must attend a 30-minute swim lesson so your dog is secure in the 50-foot pool, and they even provide life jackets for all sizes and breeds. Swimming isn’t the only fun your pets can have at this incredible location, Bone Adventure also provides 20,000 feet of canine grass, the new pool area designed exclusively for dogs, and The Bone Home offers a cozy experience for dogs who like to relax after a long day of play. The Bone Adventure also offers daycare, boarding, grooming, home pickup and dropoff, swim services for your pets and is now open for business.
2700 Bristol, Costa Mesa, CA
Great Wolf Lodge
Garden Grove’s Great Wolf Lodge is celebrating World Autism Month this April by teaming up with Autism Speaks and pledging to “go blue” in support of autism. Their special, month-long fundraising campaign is called Blue Wolf Ears. The lodge will offer blue versions of their signature wolf ears available to the public for a donation of $5 or more to Autism Speaks. Tom Frazier, chief science officer for Autism Speaks, said, “We are thrilled that Great Wolf Lodge chose us as its charity beneficiary for the Blue Wolf Ears campaign. … Sensory differences, uncertainty and social demands can make it challenging for some people with autism to participate in recreational activities, but autism-aware destinations enable the entire family to enjoy these experiences together and make memories.”
12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove
By Meagan Lockhart