Featured SoCal Events and Services

Celebrate Long Summer Days with New Menu Items at Islands Restaurants Conquer post-surf hunger with a new burger and ice-cold drinks


          Islands Restaurants, known for its specialty burgers, ice-cold brews and laid back surf-inspired atmosphere, is welcoming summer with all-new seasonal menu items. Beginning June 15, guests can kick back, relax and celebrate long summer days with the new Hana Hou Burger, cooling Marga’veza and refreshing Mixed Berry Cooler. Burgers are quintessential summer fare, and Islands’ … [Read More...]

Awesome 80’s Run!! July 18, 2015

Runners participating at the Awesome 80s Run 5k in Pasadena, California on 8/17/14

Like, duh! It’s a totally tubular 5K / 10K run that celebrates the most righteous decade of all time! Travel back in time with us to the days of big hair, neon colors, leg warmers, headbands, and some of the best party music ever recorded! Dress up as your favorite celebrity or cartoon character from the 1980′s to run, walk, or skate to earn a wicked medal and other gnarly prizes! All finishers … [Read More...]

FAMILY JAM at the LA ZOO Live Music, Games, Food Trucks, Close-Up Animal Encounters


FAMILY JAM AT THE L.A. ZOO, featuring family entertainment for all ages, is set for Saturday, July 11, 2015, 6 pm, with live music, karaoke, crafts, games, popular food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo's smaller residents, keeper talks, a rare opportunity for after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more.  Headlining the entertainment is The BeatBuds duo, who enrich young … [Read More...]

Surf Rodeo Gears Up For Its 8th Festival On July 11-12

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Though the California coast is regularly covered with surfers all year-round, Surf Rodeo is the only event to bring together thousands of quirky and fun-loving surf cowboys, 25 world class bands, an outdoor street fair, beers gardens and more to the beach. Surf Rodeo, both a surfing contest and music festival, will take place on July 11 and 12 in Ventura. The festival will feature surf … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

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Free and Low Cost Events at Michaels in July

PASSPORT TO IMAGINATION Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Main Street Monday, July 6 | 10am – noon Wednesday, July 8| 10am – noon Friday, July 10 | 10am – noon Take a stroll down Main Street with us. Make a pinwheel, a travel memory game and pretty faux stained glass. $5 per session or 3 for $12, includes supplies.   Passport to Imagination Weekly Theme: Art … [Read More...]

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Local 13 year old rides 130 miles to help those in need

     This weekend, on June 27 and 28, Casey MacLean, an ambitious, altruistic 13 year old aspiring firefighter from Marina Del Rey, CA will ride his bike from Fire Station #62 located at 11970 Venice Blvd in Los Angeles to the Whole Foods Market in  La Jolla, San Diego. Last year, he did his first 100 mile ride from Culver City to Santa Barbara and raised $4,100. This year, he is riding 130 … [Read More...]

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Rev your engines…it’s more than a movie…it’s now a ride!

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Races onto the Scene at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Exhilarating New Thrill Ride Premieres as Grand Finale to the World Famous Studio Tour Inspired by Universal Pictures’ Global Blockbuster Franchise. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham attended Tuesday's red carpet premiere of Universal Studios Hollywood’sSM  all-new … [Read More...]

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Panera Bread Joins Beverly Hills Zip Code, Debuts Unique Design New bakery-cafe features rustic urban design and Rapid Pick-Up Ordering! The first 100 customers tomorrow (6/26) to register for a MyPanera account at the Beverly Hills bakery-cafe will receive a free Panera Bread coffee tumbler.

Panera Bread® debut its first location in Beverly Hills today, Thursday, June 25 at 239 South Beverly Drive, formerly the historic Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce building.   Early bird guests may be awarded bread for a year or coffee tumblers. The first 100 customers to visit the new location on opening day will be treated to a monthly free loaf of bread for a year. On Friday, June … [Read More...]


NEW ADHD Documentary Film Launches Kickstarter Campaign

The Lost Generation Movie is the first comprehensive film that paints a portrait of the ADHD epidemic in the US. The Lost Generation tells a story that has yet to be told and answers questions that haven't dared to be asked. Did you know that 11% of children ages 4 - 17 are diagnosed with ADHD and 8 million adults are living with ADHD. The very systems that should support our children … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Pizza Dough, Vanilla Cake and Pancakes by Simple Mills…Yum!


Chicago-based Simple Mills announced this past May that it is introducing three new products to its popular line of almond flour based baking mixes, including Pizza Dough Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, and Vanilla Cake Mix. In addition to its new product line-up Simple Mills is unveiling a brand new look. “We think spring is a particularly good time to launch our fresh, new products and bright … [Read More...]

The Original Brand Popsicle® Swoops in as the SuperHero of the Summer


This summer, the Original Brand Popsicle® – having saved families from heat and boredom with bold flavors, fun shapes and its icy-cool refreshing taste since 1905 – will become a true SuperHero with its first-ever comic book. To help spread the SuperHero news and excitement, the Popsicle Brand has teamed up with actress, entrepreneur, and supermom of two, Vanessa Lachey. "I am thrilled to … [Read More...]

Water Balloons are a Must-Have for Family Summer Fun! I love these ones from Uplifting Balloons!


Summer time is the best time for water balloons! I recently received a package of 500 large latex water balloons from Uplifting Balloons and really love them! First off, I love the colors! They are bright colors of blue, green, yellow, red, orange, pink (my favorite!) and purple. They also do not pop very easily and are super easy to fill. I also found out they blow up quite easily too! I … [Read More...]

MorphCostumes Unique and Fun for Halloween and other occasions!


I know it's Summer but it's never too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes! I know that I always start thinking and planning before Fall arrives!  Also, costumes can be worn for a variety of other occasions from birthday celebrations to summer party celebrations! I recently received a Black Tutu Morphsuit and can't wait for Halloween to wear it! I did try it on and it's really … [Read More...]

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Lily The Unicorn shows it’s okay to be different! Giveaway Opportunity!

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The Jim Henson Company has been busy creating a new television project, Lily the Unicorn, based on the hit children’s book from acclaimed author/illustrator Dallas Clayton and featuring… an adventurous unicorn!  And now you can watch the pilot episode for FREE!   Dallas Clayton is the writer of the acclaimed and beloved The Awesome Book series, who began his writing and … [Read More...]

Shutterfly Photo Books are a Must-Have for Keeping Memories! Giveaway Opportunity!


      Looking for a great way to keep Summer memories? Summer is here and  there is a great way to keep all those Summer memories! I recently had the fun opportunity to make a Memory Photo Book on the Shutterfly website and I love how fun and easy it is! We actually did one with this past school year.  You simply upload your favorite photos on the pages and you can add text and even fun … [Read More...]

Exclusive Star Wars posters now available in your favorite General Mills cereal box! Giveaway Opportunity!


    General Mills and Star Wars are teaming up to offer exclusive vintage movie posters in every specially marked box of General Mills cereals! General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films. Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters … [Read More...]

Waist Pack, Aegend™ Running Belt A Must-Have for running, walking, hiking and more! Giveaway Opportunity!


I have to admit before receiving this product, I was slightly worried that it would remind me of the old school fanny packs. Nothing against those..they were cool back in the day. But, today? Not as cool! I was quite thrilled when I did receive this product though because it is..well, stylish and cool and it is also lightweight and comfortable to wear. I love the size too! It is not too big (like … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion, and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey


We are all born with the power to imagine what does not yet exist. What if we used this power to create the world we all dream of living in — for ourselves and for others? Enter Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion, and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey (Greenleaf Book Group, April 2015) developed by Talent for Humanity, an international non-profit organization conceived … [Read More...]

Get Set for an Action-Packed Summer of Reading With WordGirl!

WordGirl July 4th Word Search

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PBS KIDS now available on Xbox One


PBS KIDS to Provide On-Demand Access to WILD KRATTS, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ODD SQUAD and More   PBS KIDS announced today that full-length episodes and clips from favorite programs are now available for Xbox One users in the U.S. Families can now access their favorite PBS KIDS programs and personalize their experience by identifying their local PBS station on Xbox … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

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Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts are a Beauty Must-Buy!

I love this product! My two favorite things are how easily it dissolves in a bath and how soft my skin feels after soaking in the tub. I also love that it is great for my son's somewhat sensitive skin. He does not have Eczema but he does often get itchy dry skin. My husband also has many aches and pains due to an accident and he was surprised to find after using he had some relief. Seems so much … [Read More...]

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NYC New York Color eye pencils for the Summer! New City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof Eye Shadow and HD Automatic Liner

        If you are looking for waterproof eye pencils for the Summer, NYC New York Color has you covered! I received samples and love the City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof Eye Shadow. I love that it is waterproof and love the different shades that are available, It has quickly  become my go-to eye pencil this Summer! I love using it as a liner.  I like that it lasts through out the day even during … [Read More...]


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm is a Beauty Must-Have! This week's Summer Must-Have!

This is a Must-Have this Summer! After Winter taking a toll on my nails & cuticle, this is quickly making them look great for the Summer! I love how this product quickly removes and hydrates  cuticles. It is so easy to use and leaves my hands soft too! I have tried a variety of other cuticle products but this really is my favorite! It seems to moisturize and hydrate much better than the other … [Read More...]


StriVectin new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks is a Beauty Must-Have!

I'm almost 50 so yes, I am starting to worry about wrinkles! Actually, I have had a few wrinkles before now. I recently tried a new product called SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks by StriVectin. It is super easy to use for wrinkles. You simply apply all-over cleansed face,avoiding the eye area, in the AM and PM, gently massaging into wrinkle-prone areas. It can … [Read More...]

Pet Corner


Patriotic Pet Collar and Leash are a Must-Have for the 4th of July!

            I absolutely love this Dog Collar and matching leash sold by MSG Market Source! What a great way to show the American spirit this upcoming 4th of July!  It is absolutely perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. I love the look of the American flag in the collar and leash. We actually live on a Military base so plan to have our pup wear the collar more often than just on the 4th … [Read More...]

Tramp, July 2 Pet of the Week

Tramp, is Pet of the Week!

Do we have a lady for our Tramp? Or a fine gentleman? Tramp’s an owner surrender, and like his movie namesake, he’s a content, quiet guy and gets along with his canine mateys. He has a few skin issues, but at 13, he still has some very good years ahead. Meet Tramp at the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS, and meet Beth. Ask for ID# … [Read More...]

Manolo, June 25 Pet of the Week

Manolo is Pet of the Week!

Manolo is a 20- (yes, 20) pound neutered male Siamese cat, about 5 years old. His family had to relinquish him to the shelter because they lost their home. This is too common a tragedy for both humans and animals. If you can at least make it better for Manolo (and maybe provide enough exercise to shed what may not be muscle and bone), come meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal … [Read More...]

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Give Your Dog a Squeeze – No Pills or Powders to Mix San Francisco Based GOGO Pet Foods Introduces FetchFuel™

It's hard enough getting nutrition into kids these days but what about the family dog? San Francisco based GOGO Pet Foods introduces FetchFuel, a tasty squeeze-on sauce packed with a daily dose of Glucosamine, Omega 3 and over twenty high quality vitamins and minerals to support joints and mobility, healthy coat and overall health for dogs of all ages and sizes. Glucosamine is commonly … [Read More...]