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Autistic girl finds her voice through opera - Home - The Orange County Register

Autistic girl finds her voice through opera - Home - The Orange County Register

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Dear Friends!

Yvette Cabrera wrote a wonderful article about Stefanie Diaz that appeared in the Orange County Register. Please read and consider making a donation to the center.
Thank you for your help!

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OCCTAC Holiday Concert Sunday December 20th

Dear Friends!

We are celebrating with music!
Come and join us
Sunday, December 20th, at 3PM
for the Annual OCCTAC Holiday Concert!

The Ebell Society of Santa Ana
625 French Street, Santa Ana, CA

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For more information, please call OCCTAC: 714 547 5468.

Click Here to Hear Our Musical Wishes! Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad!

Dear Friends and OCCTAC Family!

As the holidays approach we are looking back at 2009.
We are so very thankful for your support and your friendship.
We would not be here without you.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Feliz Navidad y Un Buen Ano Nuevo!

Music: Alegra Hardulfi's OCCTAC Harp students. All Rights Reserved/ OCCTAC 2009

We Want To Say "Thank You - Gracias" To Our Friends In The Community

While we are all preparing for our private Thanksgiving Holiday, we wish to take the time to express our gratitude to our friends and supporters.
Here at OCCTAC we already celebrated on October 29, 2009 with our annual COMMUNITY PARTNERS CELEBRATION!
Many of our supporters came to the center to see the kids and teachers in action. We were very happy to show our appreciation with gifts of student art work and by saying "Thank You"!

We give thanks to the SPECIAL FOUNDATIONS that provided funds for our programs, operations and our new building fund!
Ahmanson Foundation, Lisa May
Fender Music Foundation, Morriah Harris
Fieldstone Foundation, Marco Ramirez
Merage Foundation, Alejandro Tovares
Singgod Family Foundation, Mrs. Singgod

We give thanks to our CORPORATE PARTNERS that provided funds for our programs, donated Musical Instruments and Computers!
Banco Popular, Barbara Ingram
Coastal International, Bob Hill
IBM, Todd Flora

We give Thanks to our COMMUNITY PARTNERS for supporting the missi…

Please VOTE for us: Chase Community Giving

Dear Friends!

You may have heard about Chase Community Giving. Chase Bank will give a total of 5 million dollars to small local charities such like us. The decision on who gets the funds is made by Facebook votes. Facebook users can sign up to be Chase Community Giving fans. You have 20 votes altogether. Please give us a vote! Thank you so much!

Noche de Altares 2009

"Creating the sugar skulls and art work is always a wonderful experience for our students" exclaims our visual art director Kathryn Forrest. Kathryn and Irene Arellano organized our annual contribution to the Noche de Altares at the Fiesta Plaza in Downtown Santa Ana. A chance for our students and families to celebrate loved ones who have passed. At the same time a wonderful way of celebrating the cultural heritage of Mexico.
Thank you Kathryn and Irene for your hard work!

Please remember us during the Holiday Gift Giving.
Click the link to make a donation.

Thank you so much! Muchisima Gracia!

Trick Or Treat?! Come Party at OCCTAC on October 30th.


Sept 8: Santa Ana Suzuki Strings To Open Irvine City Council Meeting

We are very happy and proud to announce that our Santa Ana Suzuki Strings students have been invited to open the Irvine City Council Meeting with music!
Date: Tuesday Sept. 8th
Time: 4:30-5:30
Location: Irvine City Hall

The students from this summer’s SASS program at OCCTAC have been invited to join their friends from the Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin program under their Director Cynthia Faisst.

They will be playing:
America the Beautiful
Humoresque by Dvorak
Lightly Row
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Ending with our grand finally: Up like a Rocket

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This Is OCCTAC Summer 2009

Dear Friends!

A picture says more than 1000 words. Please see our new slideshow on the left here.
Here some of our pictures. Thank you for your friendship and support!

OCCTAC Summer Camp

Check out the fun in this SlideShare Presentation: OCCTAC Summer CampView more documents from mrpotter07.

New: Summer Camp Fee Reduction

Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for your support of our summer camp. During these tough economic times.
we have lowered the prices to the following.

OCCTAC STUDENTS $100 per week
NON OCCTAC STUDENTS $150 per week.

Please contact Summer Camp Director Lisa Cohen with any questions:

Have a wonderful summer!

This Saturday: The Latin Dance Festival!

Dear Friends!

Just a reminder: this Saturday, June 13th at 7PM we will be fundraising and dancing at the Latin Dance Festival.

Thank you if you have already sent your payment. Your name is on the guest list!

If you have not RSVP'd yet, it is not too late!
Click PayPal on this blog and pay via internet. Tickets are $50 per person and they include tapas and dance lessons. Please identify your payment by adding "Latin Dance" so we have your name on the guest list by Saturday night.

Any questions, please email Martha Nelson at

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


We are really happy to announce that ORQUESTA CARIBE will play for us on June 13th!

Orquesta Caribe was founded in 1972 by Musical Director Armando Gomez. Originally comprised of Cuban exiles who settled in Orange County, Orquesta Caribe now consists of eleven musicians who perform traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican music such as Salsa, Son, Bolero, Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Cumbia.

Through its celebrated history, Orquesta Caribe has shared the stage with many of Latin Musics most famous musical stars including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Oscar De Leon, Eddie Santiago, Albita and many others.
The band is currently celebrating over thirty years as a mainstay in the Los Angeles and Orange County Latin music scene. They've been performing for countless Southern California audiences at many celebrated musical venues. Their performances include concerts, weddings, quinceaneras, night-clubs, parties and a wide variety of other special events.

Notable dates include performances f…

June 3rd: Enjoy A Meal At EL POLLO MEXICAN GRILL'S OCCTAC Fundraiser

OCCTAC Fundraiser for Parents at El Pollo Mexican Grill (Fairview and Warner) on June 3, 2009 from 9:30AM to 8:00 PM.

Famous for their authentic mesquite charbroiled chicken and homemade Mexican delicacies!
10% of sales will benefit OCCTAC so we can sponsor parents volunteers who cannot afford $50.00 for our June 13th Latin Dance Festival.

Please click the Fundraiser Flyer and print it out to take it to the restaurant.

Check out the amazing eater reviews on Yelp:

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Let's eat and dance and help at at once!
THANK YOU - GRACIAS for your friendship and support!

The fundraiser is a Parents in Action Event.

OCCTAC Summer Camp Enrolling Now!

Dear Friends!

Our week-long summer arts camps last year were such a success that we are offering them again for the summer of 2009, starting June 22nd until August 14th.

You can click and print the forms here in the blog post to enroll.

Lisa Cohen has created brand new classes, for student groups ages 3 - 7 and ages 8 - 14, and show themes ranging from "Peter Pan" to "Hi School Musical".

For more information, please call Lisa at (714) 547 5468 or email her at


Dear Friends!

We are excited to participate in the "Patchwork Show" Indie Arts and Crafts Festival by providing a free Community Arts Work Shop for kids of all ages.

Date: Sunday, May 17th
Time: 11Am to 5PM
Location: The Road Less Traveled Store, 2202 N. Main, Santa Ana.

For more information about Patchwork Show, please click the link: