Keep Calm and Hop On!

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April 16, 2017

Baskets, candy, egg hunts, and bunnies must mean one thing… Easter is around the corner! This year, the Extracurricular Activities Department coordinated eggs-traordinary Easter festivities for participants and staff to enjoy throughout the week.  The Easter bunny came early and helped fill over 400 eggs for two fun filled Egg Hunts.  Friendly competition, laughter, and egg-citement filled the halls as



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Practice What You Preach – Using DBT in Real Life

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March 6, 2017

Storm of the Year was no joke.  A few week ago while I headed from Ventura County to Orange County for a networking event. A commute that would normally take an hour and a half took over 3 hours as the relentless rain kept beating down. Knowing that the weather was going to be this way, I went into this



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Spread The Love!

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February 15, 2017

Here at OPI, Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love and joy to others!  We believe February 14th is a day to emphasize how important friendships, happiness, and of course tasty candy is to all us.  This year the Extracurricular Activities Department created treats for both participants and staff to enjoy on this joyful day.  Participants received watermelon gummy treats



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MLK 2017 Day of Service

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January 17, 2017

Every year in January, Americans across the country join together to complete service projects in honor of Martin Luther King. Though OPI has regular monthly community service events, we decided to join in on the MLK Day of Service for 2017. This year we volunteered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and had a fantastic time. The Los Angeles



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How to Turn Paddle-Boarding into an Amazing Growth Experience  

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November 16, 2016

There is a good reason why paddle boarding is an activity that is often combined with yoga. This activity puts you in an environment where you have to focus on your physical endurance to achieve balance and stability. If you are looking for a form of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) which will help you grow as a human being, paddle



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Wardrobe Essentials for Work and School

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October 19, 2016

Dress for the job you want, NOT the job you have. ~Rachel Michael If ever there was truth in a quote , this would be it. Think about it: have you ever seen someone who dresses in sweatpants advance to CEO of a company? Even Mark Zuckerberg, who is a pretty casual dresser, doesn’t dress in sweats or shorts all



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Garage Sale Stress

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August 3, 2016

Several weekends ago, I had the opportunity to participate in my first garage sale. My best friend decided to clear her house of all its contents to make way for a new start after a long and stressful divorce. Not knowing exactly how this was going to play out, I had certain fantasies of smiling, happy shoppers wheeling and dealing.



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DIY Candy Jar

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August 2, 2016

Finding passion in life is one of the things we take very seriously at OPI. In order to live a balanced life you can’t simply go to school or work, come home and just watch tv. There has to be fun, there has to be joy and one of the ways we explore that at OPI is through our activities



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Holiday cheer for June

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June 10, 2016

By: Extracurricular Activities Director, Jenna Madeiros Since we’re 6 months away from Holiday season and we’re feeling the pains of not having those fun time right at our door step, we decided to bring some of that holiday cheer to the summer by recapping some of the fun things we do here at OPI during the holidays. At OPI holiday



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Crayon Art

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June 2, 2016

By: Jenna Madeiros, Director of Extracurricular Activities Department Scott Adams once said “creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” This week’s Crayon Art Project challenged participants to do just that.  Due to the mystery in how the project would turn out, some participants were hesitant at first as there is no guarantee in



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OPI Valentine’s Day Grams

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May 10, 2016

By: Jenna Madeiros, Director of Extracurricular Activities We’re a little late posting these photos but thought it was still fun to share…As usual, holidays definitely never go unnoticed at OPI!  This year the Extracurricular Activities Department created Valentine’s Day Grams for both participants and staff to enjoy on the holiday that reminds us just how important friendship, happiness, and sweets



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Easter Egg-cellence

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March 28, 2016

By: Jenna Madeiros With Easter around the corner, the Extracurricular Activities Department made sure that all participants and staff had an egg-cellent week full of Easter spirit. Although the hallways were filled with decorations throughout the week, the real fun began when the egg hunts started!  Both participants and staff ran through the office trying to track down over 250



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