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OC Holiday Party 2011

What's been happening in Orange County for the past six months or so?  In October we screened the documentary Talking With the Moon Princess followed by a discussion for girls ages 10+ with the filmmaker Priscilla Hefley.  Thank you Priscilla for joining us and to Christine Friend and all the volunteers who helped organize and run this new event.  In November we held our annual art workshop with teacher Melanie Vogel, where kids created works of art to turn into holiday gifts. Thanks Susan Tschabrun for organizing and to the group that helped out on site. December was Holiday Party time, with another great turnout for this OC tradition.  This event took a village - thank you Jenifer Weigand
for all the advance arrangements and to Michelle Sheehan, Tanya Turro-Vilander, Debbie Kistler, Sandy Draper, Maggie Davenport, Mary Wattenberg, Patty Uy, their families, and everyone else who pitched in on this event. In March we got together for our first Dim Sum Sunday of 2012 and were happy to have several families with babies in attendance. Thanks Christine Friend for organizing. 

If you have photos from any of these past events you'd like to share, please send them to and we'll get them posted.

What's still to come in 2012?  A number of OC parents participated in a March planning meeting to outline the calendar for the rest of the year - see attached.  Many of the dates and times are still to be determined, so check your email and for updates as the year progresses.  Up next is a kickoff gathering for the Blazing Paddles dragonboat team on April 29.  Contact Maggie Davenport at for details.

If you have any questions or want to get involved please email


Upcoming Events

2018 Chinese New Year Banquet - Registration is Now Open!

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 5:30pm

Dear FCC-SoCal Members,

Welcome to the "Year of the Dog!"  We warmly welcome all members and non-members to gather for our Annual FCC-SoCal festive signature event and partake in the golden traditions of multi-course menu of delicious Chinese delicacies, Lion Dancers and performing entertainment, magician, prizes, party-goers dancing and Chinatown's Queen and her Court, and of course, the famous bubble wrap stomp!  Be ready to celebrate this event with some fun surprises!

This year's annual Chinese New Year banquet will be held at a new location in Chinatown at Ocean Seafood Restaurant

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2018, at 5:30 PM.

For full banquet information, CLICK HERE

The deadline for making reservations is Monday, February 12, 2018.

To take advantage of member pricing, first renew your annual membership by visiting our membership page (if necessary). You may also renew as part of registration. When that is the case, simply indicate at the bottom of the registration form and include membership fee(s) in your PayPal payment. Remember that membership covers all immediate family members.

IMPORTANT - We are very appreciative of our CNY Banquet Planning Committee, especially the new members that have signed on this year.  We can always use more volunteer help.  If you can help in even a small way, please contact Albert using our dedicated email address - Together we can make the evening a success!

Hope to see all of you there!

- Your Enthusiastic CNY Committee -

Latest News & Information

Warmly Welcome Our New Leaders

New Leadership Group Picture

A message from Albert Olson:
Greetings FCC-SoCal Members,

I hope everyone is having a very productive and enjoyable spring season. It is amazing to consider that we are already 4 months into the new year, and three months past our delightful CNY Banquet, of which we have many fond memories.

Our FCC-SoCal Board of Directors held its Annual Meeting this past Sunday (April 30th), and I am pleased and happy to report to you that the future of our venerable organization is in very good hands. We elected to the Board four new Directors, and selected a new group of Officers to serve as our leadership team going forward. The new Officer team is:

  • Co-Presidents: Kathleen Hauck & Valerie Allen
  • Secretary: Karen Drew
  • Treasurer: Arlene Balkin

As you all know, especially the many of you who attended our meeting last October where we discussed the future of FCC-SoCal, the organization is at a crucial juncture in its existence. The demographic of our membership is gradually shifting to older families and older adopted children, and there are many paths that the organization can possibly take to fulfill the needs and desires of the membership. I would like to thank Kathy, Valerie, Arlene, and Karen, for stepping up and volunteering to take on leadership responsibilities for FCC-SoCal at this time. I am looking forward to seeing the directions they will take FCC-SoCal over the next few years. The outgoing team of Directors is committed to assisting in this transition period, and it is my hope that many of you will also come forward to assist our new leadership team in molding the organization into the vessel you all would like it to become.

And finally, I would like to personally recognize the outgoing Board members for all that they have done for FCC-SoCal over the past many years. I am indebted to all of you for donating so much of your time and talents to keeping 'the lights on' at FCC-SoCal. Your dedication to improving the lives of our families and children, and the friendships among us that have evolved over the years, has truly made this a wonderful experience for me. I'd like to ask all of our membership to join me in thanking Ben Luce, Judy Marasco, Ann Marie Rousseau, Sandy Draper, and D'Lee Mayberry for their years of dedication and service to FCC-SoCal. You are all wonderful.

I look forward to seeing many of our FCC members at future events, and especially at next year's annual CNY Banquet.

Best Wishes,

Albert Olson - Outgoing President

Chinese New Year Banquet 2017

FCC role models

An evening of fun and entertainment was had by all at our 2017 annual Chinese New Year Banquet held February 14 at the Empress Pavilion in Chinatown. This was the first year in recent memory that the banquet was held the same day as the Golden Dragon Parade. With expected crowds at the parade of over 110,000, there was concern that traffic and parking could be problematic for banquet attendees. Fortunately, the 5:30 start time was late enough so as to not pose a conflict.

Attendance at the banquet was lighter than previous years, but still we had a very sizable crowd. The evening started with the traditional Lion Dance followed by announcements and the invitation to contribute to the Anhui Healing Home charitable initiative. The Chinatown Queen and her Court attended for the evening. They had already attended three other events that day including riding in the parade, so we were very fortunate to have them. Many of our younger members took advantage of the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Queen and her Court.

Mihn Tran always brings joy to the children. He adds a few things each year, so it's fun to see what's been updated. And many of his stunts never get old, jumping rope on the balance board for example. He's been described as the hardest working performer in LA giving over 300 performances per year. Our trusted deejay also did a great job again this year keeping the energy high and the feet moving to the rhythms on the dance floor.

Overall the event was a great success. Check out a photo album from the event on our Facebook page HERE.

Kids Group Photo

Orange County 2014 Highlights

OC art workshop

The Orange County Regional Group had a busy end to the Year of the Horse, with three popular events.  

In September we introduced a new Chinese dance class in Irvine at DanceLova Dance Academy, taught by Artistic Director Ivy Chen. All eleven girls who participated enjoyed the lesson, and gave a short energetic performance for parents. We plan to offer another session like this in 2015.

Our annual Art Workshop moved to a new location in November, as it was held at Michael’s craft store in Tustin. Turnout was excellent for the two sessions of art instruction on the theme “sea life”. Parents were given the opportunity to order gifts, such as mugs, potholders, cards, etc., made from their children's artwork. Some moms sat down with the kids and created their own works of art!

Wrapping up the year as always was our potluck Holiday Party in December. The highlight of the evening was the second year of FCC’s Got Talent! The show incorporated stellar singing, dance and piano performances with impromptu group participation numbers. Also University High School China Care hosted a Craft Fair for China Care at the event and raised $77.50 from the sale of bracelets, bows, ornaments and other crafts hand made by the FCC kids.

A multitude of thanks are due to the small group of dedicated volunteers that made these special occasions possible and to everyone who contributed their time and talents. 

These events create lasting memories and friendships for our children and the families that participate. Consider becoming more involved in this New Year, to help create additional activities and ensure the continuation of these annual events. Contact

Happy Year of the Sheep!

OC dance class