Vendor Booth #906: John Simons, pottery

John Simons with his blue-ribbon pottery at the Orange County Fair. Courtesy photo.
John Simons with his blue-ribbon pottery at the Orange County Fair. Courtesy photo.

At this year’s Orange County Fair local artisan, John Simons, took the blue ribbon – 1 st prize for his beautiful pottery. His entry was judged on originality, creativity, workmanship and technique, design, finishing and appearance.

Centuries old pottery from various world-wide cultures have been prized for beauty and workmanship. Today’s historians and archeologists using these artifacts can put together a detailed scope of daily living of the many diverse humankind societies.

Nowadays, pottery is generally considered to be containers made from clay. “Pot” is a term used for any number of container forms. Both words derive from the Old English potian, “to push”. Considering how the potter pushes as they throw the clay onto a wheel, it is easy to see how the process got its name.

Featured at the upcoming Cypress Community Festival will be a very colorful selection of Mr. Simons’ pottery. Each piece made by prize-winning hands is unique — stop by at booth #906. The Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

— Article and photo submitted by Eve Wheeler.

Cypress Soroptimist to collect socks on Festival Day

Soroptimist International of Cypress will be hosting a “SOCK DRIVE” at the 38th annual Cypress Community Festival, July 28, 2018, all day. A few years ago, the club hosted a pasta drive to help the White House Restaurant in Anaheim feed children after school with more than 1,000 pounds of pasta. This year the club is supporting Cypress Children’s Advocacy Council (CCAC) with SOCKS; plain white no-show SOCKS in all sizes.

CCAC provides New School Shoes to students through their participation at Club King, an afterschool program provided by Cypress Boys & Girls Club at King School. To enhance the New School Shoe experience SI Cypress wants to make sure the students have New SOCKS to go with those Shoes.

Members of SI Cypress will be collecting SOCKS and sharing information about the local club, Soroptimist International of the Americas and Soroptimist International the global service organization umbrella based on the principals of striving for the advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards, human rights for all; quality and development, and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

For each pair of SOCKS donated you will be entered in to a drawing for a Pair of Tickets to Transylvania Quartermania, SI Cypress’s Fall Fundraiser. Funds raised support Soroptimist signature educational programs “Live Your Dream” and “Dream It Be It”, as well Boys & Girls Club of Cypress “Smart Girls” and so much more.

(The information above was provided by Soroptimist International of Cypress.)

Everyone is invited to the Cypress Festival Mixer

As part of the build-up to Festival Day, Cypress Community College joins with the Cypress Area Chamber of Commerce to hold a Festival Mixer.

This year, the Festival Mixer will be held on July 26, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. just west of the pond in the center of campus. Food will be served. A no-host bar will be manned.

Members of the Cypress Community Festival Committee will personally thank Festival Sponsors. It’s a chance to meet and rub elbows with residents, business people, all levels of administrators from local school districts, Cypress City staff members, and local elected officials.

The cost is $5/person, payable on entry.

School construction to sideline parking for Cypress Community Festival

Construction activity for upgrades and modernization at Cypress High School will provide a streamlined parking flow and an all-new student quad design. (See below.)

Construction projects at Cypress High School. Graphic courtesy of Anaheim Union High School District.
Construction projects at Cypress High School. Graphic courtesy of Anaheim Union High School District.

But it will also prevent the use of the Cypress High School parking lot during the Cypress Community Festival.

The parking lots at the Cypress Community Center and Oak Knoll Park fill almost instantly on the morning of the Festival, not least with spaces reserved for entertainers and vendors. (Please be nice to Festival volunteers directing traffic!)

If you arrive to find the driveways to the parking lots at Oak Knoll Park blocked off, look for additional parking further west along Orange Ave., at the Cypress Civic Center, Oxford Academy, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

A shuttle bus will run between the Festival Grounds at Oak Knoll Park and the parking lots at the Civic Center, Oxford Academy, and the Church.

Construction is also taking place at Oxford Academy. The construction includes new band and choir classrooms, and modernization of STEAM labs, plus security fencing, cameras and locks. This should not interfere with parking.

Record-setting number of submissions to the Cypress Community Festival Coloring Contest!

Be sure to check out the 11 a.m. Coloring Contest awards presentation (at the children’s stage).

The winning art and student artists will be showcased.

The video below features a mere sampling of the record 648 entries received from the kindergarten through third graders of our community’s schools.

Anyone who wants their art returned, that was not displayed, may pick it up from the Information Booth during the Festival, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or via arrangement with the coloring contest coordinator (email

WAY TO GO, STUDENT ARTISTS ???? Thanks for sharing your talents!