Heading into fall and firmly back to school, it’s that time of year when we celebrate all that is Orange County. This year we mark a milestone with the issue given that it is our 20th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Most of this month is dedicated to all the places, venues, services, schools and more that our readers have chosen as the best of the best in and around Orange County. Our categories include everything from Family Fun, Food, Kids Play & Places to Education, Health, Lifestyle & Beauty, Camps and Classes — plus an Editor’s Choice category — totaling close to 130 winners.
If you’re looking for the Best Place to Satisfy A Sweet Tooth, the Best Family Beach, the Best Preschool or countless other reader suggestions, we’ve got you covered. Keep this guide on your coffee table ready for your next outing.
Even though it’s all about Readers’ Choice this month, it’s not all we have going on in this issue. Local Hero is buzzing with innovation with a group of Westminster High School teens who developed a unique product to help save declining bee populations.
Meanwhile Family Wellness concludes our three-part series about helping kids develop positive self-worth by offering some useful strategies to help children cultivate strong friendships while developing social-emotional learning. Ask the Expert addresses the timely topic of what parents would know about monkeypox. While Mindfulness discusses why you should consider parenting mindfully.
In our other features, we also have a fun getaway piece on visiting San Francisco as well as a profile on local director and cinematographer Greg MacGillivray about being a father, filmmaker and environmental activist.
It’s a month full of activity and fun as we look forward to a great fall.
By Jessica Peralta