Event Review:  Holiday Candy Houses

On the evening of Saturday, December 18, 2021 the Mission Viejo Library Teen Advisory Board, which is overseen Mr. Allen Kesinger, the Teen Services Librarian at the Mission Viejo Library, put on an amazing  and fun, family event. The Annual Candy Holiday House Event invited “children and families to build their own cozy cottages of confectionery!”

As we arrived, we were greeted by Mr. Kesinger who showed us the way to the fun!  There were so many different varieties of candies to choose from and to decorate your house with that it was difficult to decide.  Everyone started at one end of the table to collect their supplies for building their Candy Holiday Houses. For the structure of the house we used graham crackers and had the choice of using vanilla or chocolate frosting to construct the walls and roof. There were many candies to choose from to decorate the Holiday Candy Houses including chocolate or peppermint Hershey’s Kisses, multi colored gummy bears, peppermint colored marshmallows, mini candy canes, peach rings, M&M’s, and my favorite of all mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

While the construction of the houses is always fun, another obviously fun part of making Holiday Candy Houses is getting to eat them, which we all did gladly! We are lucky to live in a city that cares enough about our citizens to put on such fun events.  Thank you to our amazing librarian Mr. Kesinger and his Teen Advisory Board for making our Holidays a little bit brighter!

-Brandon G.

Event Review: The Magical Yule Ball

On the evening of Saturday, December 4, 2021 the Mission Viejo Library put on an amazing family friendly event called “The Magical Yule Ball.” The invitation was geared towards families inviting all “wizards and witches…for a delightful evening of crafts, live music, and refreshments.” This event was based on Harry Potter, so I had to check it out!

The event did not disappoint! It started when you checked in and got to pick a house for your group from the sorting hat. My group got Griffindor.  Many of the attendees were dressed up as a wizard or wore festive holiday attire.

As you moved through the stations at the event you were given a ticket after your participation in a craft,  that you would bring to a special table and deposit in your House’s jar to help your House win points.

There were crafts where you could make your very own wand out of sticks and crystals, craft a broomstick from a pencil, paper and string, and a prophecy orb to hang on your holiday tree.

After making all of these great things, our group was hungry so we headed over to the snack tables where we found Hagrid’s Rock Cakes (Nature Valley Granola Bars), Cloud Cakes (Rice Crispy Bars), Edible Flue Powder (Pop Rocks Candy), Licorice Wands (Twizzlers), Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans (Jelly Belly Beans), and Golden Snitches made from Ferrero Rocher candies with little paper wings stuck to them. Of course, there were also bottles of Felix Felici’s Liquid Luck (apple juice) to quench your thirst!

The live string quartet was great and even included a harpist.  They played a variety of instrumentals including lots of holiday favorites.

We are lucky to live in a city that does so much to bring our community together. I highly suggest you check out other events put on in the future by the Mission Viejo Library and other city groups because you will not be disappointed!

Oh, you ask which House won?  Perhaps you should check out this event next year and find out for yourself! 

-Brandon G.