Special Programs

Community Events

Santa Ana is a cultural center in Orange County.  The community events that take place are unique to the city’s population and greatly contribute to the quality of life of Santa Ana residents. 

CTV3 loves to be involved in community events.  The CTV3 team is there to capture events across the city as a means of informing residents on the latest in Santa Ana.  Past events include: the Free Day at the Santa Ana Zoo, the Adult Summer Reading Program, the Harbor Boulevard Corridor Fair, the Lowell-Pico Community Resource Fair, and the Santa Ana Public Library Día de los Niños/Children’s Day event.

2014 Summer Talent Show

2014 Summer Talent Show

The public was invited to join the City Council as the City of Santa Ana's youth program celebrated the end of summer with the City's 15th Annual Summer Talent Show. Close to 200 young people from the Citywide summer recreation program showcased their talents and performed on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salgado Recreation Center.

Participants in the free talent show included young people from the Memorial, Santa Anita, Logan, Garfield, El Salvador, Salgado, and the Jerome recreational facilities.

The talent show also celebrated the new expansion of City youth sports, after school programs, wellness services, youth civic engagement, and E-Library services that have been recently funded by the City Council.

2014 Southwest Senior Fashion and Talent Show

2014 Southwest Senior Fashion and Talent Show

A look at the 2014 Senior Fashion and Talent Show at the Southwest Senior Center in Santa Ana, CA.

July 4th 2014 at Centennial Park

The City of Santa Ana's Parks and Recreation Agency hosted their annual July 4th At Centennial Park

Santa Ana residents and visitors enjoyed family style fun and a spectacular fireworks show on July 4th at Centennial Park. The fireworks show began at 9pm. Visitors brought picnic baskets and enjoyed the various food vendors throughout the park. Admission was free and guests were encouraged to arrive early to find a spot in the park.

The Independence Day celebration featured live performances by the Rockabillys, Mango Band and Santa Ana High School. The celebration also featured a History Walk with costumed characters from our nation's history educating children, a kid's zone play area with three bounce houses and games, civil war cannons and recognition of our Armed Forces.

Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening

Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening at the Santa Ana Public Library

Recognizing the need to reach and serve the needs of our veterans and their families, the Santa Ana Public Library, with the support of the State Library and in coordination with CalVet, opened a Veterans Resource Center on June 20, 2014. The Center's mission is to respond to our veteran community's informational, educational, and personal needs by connecting them with the services and resources available for their use.

The Center provides veterans an area to engage in researching benefits, completing applications, and, on occasion, meeting with veteran service organization representatives. The Veterans Resource Center is made possible in collaboration with Veterans Upward Bound at Santa Ana College.

Veterans, their families, veteran support organizations, and the community were invited to attend the grand opening of this valuable resource center and show their support and gratitude to all veterans.

UCLA Community Health Fair

Senator Lou Correa Collaborates with Vietnamese Community Health Organization of UCLA to Host the Community Health Fair

A Community Health Fair, co-sponsored by State Senator Lou Correa, the UCLA Community Services Commission, and City of Santa Ana, was held at Salgado Community Center on May 18, 2014. The Health Fair provided doctor and pharmacist consultation, blood pressure and body mass measurement, dental and vision screening, bone density testing, Hep B/C screening, mammograms, and other free services.

Higher Education Center

Higher Education Center Ribbon Cutting

The City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Partnership---a collaboration of Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Unified School District, California State University, Fullerton; University of California, Irvine; Chapman University; and numerous community organizations---has launched the Higher Education Center at the Santa Ana Public Library. A ribbon cutting ceremony was performed at Center's grand opening on Saturday, May 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 26 Civic Center Plaza.

The One-Stop Higher Education Center, situated on the Main Library's second floor, will be a resource hub to help re-engage adults in the community with education with the goal of greater attainment of postsecondary certificates and degrees.

1st Annual Plaza Primavera

1st Annual Plaza Primavera

The City was excited about hosting its First Annual Plaza Primavera, a kickoff event to celebrate the start of the spring season. It was held at Plaza Santa Ana on the corner of Fourth and French Streets March 22, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. City Council Member Michele Martinez and City Manager David Cavazos were two of the VIP judges for the City's first contest to select the "Best Bakery (Panaderia) in Town" for 2014.

Madison Park Joint-use Community Garden Ribbon Cutting

Madison Park Joint-use Community Garden Ribbon Cutting

On January 21, 2014, Madison Elementary School students, teachers, neighborhood families, Santa Ana Unified School District leaders and City leaders joined together to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new joint-use community garden and basketball court renovation project. This is the first joint-use garden in the city, creating a unique venture that will provide fresh produce for the community and an experiential site for the school's science and health curriculum. It will add much needed open space for community members to convene, grow and access healthy food, and be active.

2012-2013 Intramural Sports Tournaments

The Intermediate School Intramural Sports Program is a series of athletic tournaments between schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). The program is a collaboration between SAUSD and the City of Santa Ana's Parks and Recreation Agency providing student athletes with the competitive structure and athletic venues for competing in championship tournaments in a variety of sports. The tournaments encourage and promote active living, team work, healthy lifestyles, personal growth and community involvement.

The 2012-2013 sports season consists of cross country, track and field, flag football, girls volleyball, girls basketball, boys soccer, street hockey, girls soccer, and boys basketball. The tournament schedule is as follows:

Cross CountryOctober 13, 2012
Flag FootballOctober 20, 2012
Girls VolleyballOctober 20, 2012
Girls BasketballDecember 8, 2012
Boys SoccerDecember 8, 2012
Street HockeyFebruary 23, 2013
Girls SoccerApril 20, 2013
Boys BasketballApril 20, 2013
District/City Track and Field MeetJune 1, 2013

2012 TeenSpace Annual Haunted House

Santa Ana In Motion

Art in the Park


Adult Summer Reading Program: Novel Destinations


2011 Día de los Niños/Children’s Day event


Harbor Boulevard Corridor Fair


Lowell-Pico Community Resource Fair


Free Day at the Santa Ana Zoo


TeenSpace Cooks

The teens at the TeenSpace at the Santa Ana Public Library are doing their part to learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  TeenSpace Cooks is a program that allows teens to learn how to cook healthy alternatives to everyday favorites such as soup, quesadillas, arroz con leche (rice pudding), sloppy joe's, shepherd’s pie, chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers), and various other dishes.  Through TeenSpace Cooks, the teens at the Santa Ana Library wish to instill a healthy living mentality into the minds and hearts of CTV3 viewers.  These videos are all made possible by a California State Library LSTA Grant awarded to the Santa Ana Public Library.

Episode 1 – Shepherd’s Pie

http://youtu.be/z1a3LKJNZMA Part 1

http://youtu.be/dQfHpEPTpa0 Part 2

http://youtu.be/NiS9Z013GP8 Part 3

Episode 2- Chicken Chile Verde

http://youtu.be/YDxlvMx4WvY Part 1

http://youtu.be/hms-QCoy7f0  Part 2

http://youtu.be/wjzneub5PUI  Part 3

Episode 3

http://youtu.be/KfyEMeydmDc  Part 1

http://youtu.be/T3rMCOknGgE  Part 2

Episode 4

http://youtu.be/7365R376RVE Part 1

http://youtu.be/0bcJsZOvYPg Part 2

Episode 5

http://youtu.be/B7wUo7ipMUs Part 1

http://youtu.be/nTt3CP5mA6Y Part 2

Episode 6


Episode 7


Episode 8

http://youtu.be/5r0qIZPZdo0 Part 1

http://youtu.be/A9-Z3vmqtRs Part 2


Youth Health Ambassadors

The TeenSpace Youth Health Ambassadors have created seven “Small Steps to Healthy Living” videos.  In these brief seven videos, the teens educate their local community about different actions the public can take to live a healthier life.  Whether by eating whole foods, drinking water, taking the stairs instead of riding an elevator, eating fruits, stretching, eating healthy meat choices, or learning how to read food nutrition labels, these teens want to make a difference.  In addition, the teens are working on a documentary to bring public awareness about the three most commonly fatal diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.  All of these videos have allowed the teens at the TeenSpace to learn about the processes involved in video production and screenwriting while informing their community about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Big 3 Documentary:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Healthy Meat Choices

http://youtu.be/m1Ylev2HL24 Carnes Saludables (Healthy Meat Choices)

The Ugly Truth About Drinking Soda

Reading the Food Label

Los Datos de Nutrición (Reading the Food Label)



http://youtu.be/juNicVx2CTo Taking the Stairs

http://youtu.be/paMEJid0kTo Tomando las Escaleras (Taking the Stairs)

http://youtu.be/XkZsMeCN4-M Sweets Versus Fruits

http://youtu.be/BBpJsNsv-TE Dulces Contra Frutas (Sweets Versus Fruits)

http://youtu.be/D6uR1uYIy_w Drinking Water

http://youtu.be/yzQZxAyFrB0 Beber Agua (Drinking Water)


http://youtu.be/1MOlV1RMCxY Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods

http://youtu.be/s2sx0S_GNrw Alimentos Enteros Contra Alimentos Procesados (Whole Foods vs. Processed Foods)

http://youtu.be/3xgN6IlTz3A A Day in the Life Part 1

http://youtu.be/8LcrUEIrSSM A Day in the Life Part 2