Archives for March 22, 2016

Mischief is Pet of the Week!

MIschief, March 24 Pet of the Week

If there’s any dog that doesn’t live up to its name, it’s Mischief. Mischief, a 4-year-old gray-and-white American Staffie, could have been named Miss Manners. She plays gently in the play area, sits quietly in the kennels, and is nonreactive to other dogs. Sadly, she has a chip, but no one ever came for her. Perhaps she’s waiting for you. Meet Mischief on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A565368.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Thank you to the Companion Animal Village.

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS COMING TO DEL AMO FASHION CENTER Landmark Retailer Part of Center’s South Mall Revitalization

The evolution of Del Amo Fashion Center continues this year, as Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, announces plans for new anchor DICK’S Sporting Goods and upgrades to the south portion of the center, all designed to enhance the experience for customers at the South Bay’s premier shopping destination.


The two-level, 83,000-square-foot DICK’S store will be its largest prototype featuring a robust merchandise assortment in a state-of-the-art shopping environment. DICK’S Sporting Goods is the largest authentic full-line sporting goods retailer in the U.S., offering a broad assortment of brand-name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment.


DICK’S Sporting Goods will be located in the south portion of the center on the second and third levels of the former Macy’s, which was consolidated from three stores to two last summer. They are scheduled to open in spring 2017. JO-ANN Fabric and Craft Stores will continue to occupy the first level of the space.


“We’re excited to welcome DICK’S Sporting Goods to Del Amo Fashion Center to expand the merchandise offerings for our consumers and enhance our center as a thriving retail and entertainment destination,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development for Del Amo Fashion Center.


In addition to the new anchor store, Del Amo Fashion Center is currently underway with a thorough remake of the south portion of the mall, from Carson Street to Sears. New dramatic mall entrances, tile flooring, painting, LED lighting and clear glass handrails as were incorporated in the work recently completed north of Carson Street, as well as more public restrooms and amenities will be unveiled in the southern portion of the center this summer. With the completion, the south portion of the mall will complement the ambience of Del Amo Fashion Center’s new Fashion Wing north of Carson Street. The new two-level wing debuted last October with the addition of Nordstrom, 100 new stores, and more dining options, including the upcoming Popbar this spring, and Lemonade and Luna Grill this summer.


Other recently opened stores include a 140,000 square-foot Nordstrom, Arhaus, Banana Republic, Ben Bridge, Express, Fossil, Godiva, Guess by Marciano, Kate Spade, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Kipling, a 25,000-square-foot H & M, Hugo Boss, LUSH, MAC Cosmetics, Melissa Shoes, Michael Kors, PacSun, Papyrus, Roberto Durville, SUMOSALAD, Tumi, Uniqlo Varga, Vera Bradley, a flagship Victoria’s Secret and a two-level Zara.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About Del Amo Fashion Center

Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Del Amo Fashion Center, the South Bay’s premier retail destination. Accented by an abundance of natural lighting, exquisite architecture, living green walls, gorgeous palm trees and a new Fashion Wing, Del Amo Fashion Center is a favorite in Southern California.

Visit more than 200 stores including Southbay exclusives such as Kate Spade New York, Hugo Boss, Brook’s Brothers, Z Gallerie and Vince Camuto. The center’s department stores include a brand new Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men & Home, JCPenney and Sears. Experience the charm of our Outdoor Village with an array of retail and dining options. Other featured retailers include Michael Kors, BOSS, Arhaus, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora, Zara, Uniqlo, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Great Maple, and more For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 310-542-8525.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


About DICK’S Sporting Goods

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 640 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at

Credit: Simon.

International Children’s Day Festival, April 9-10, 2016 at The Aquarium of The Pacific Giveaway Opportunity!

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The International Children’s Day Festival features dance and music performed by children, interactive programs for all ages, face painting, and educational programs.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eleventh annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 9-10, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, face painting, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make our planet a better place.

The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Day is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau, Aquarium of the Pacific festival organizer. People are encouraged to celebrate the children in their lives and children around the world with this special annual event.
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Included with admission: $29.95 for adults (12+), $26.95 for seniors (62+), $17.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members
INFO: (562) 590-3100 or

With Coupon Receive FREE Child Admission with Paid Adult Admission. Regular Child admission is $17.95.
NEW! Mobile-device and printable coupon with the same offer is available at
We have teamed up for a Giveaway!
One winner will win Family 4-pack to International Children’s Day Festival, April 9-10, 2016!
See the event schedule here and tell us what you would be most exited about seeing!
Deadline to enter is April 5th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

AQUARIUM: The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, and Molina Animal Care Center. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Self Disclosure: Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific. No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and tickets and will email the winner.

Groza Learning Center – Roots Booster: Strategic Vocabulary Building


As a homeschool parent, I am always looking for resources that are helpful and the Groza Learning Center – Roots Booster: Strategic Vocabulary Building workbook is a great resource! Students will find this helpful with all vocabulary-related academics. I highly recommend for middle-school and especially high school. I like that it has easy-to-use planning and tracking systems that students can use to help them boost their vocabulary skills. As a mom and teacher of a 7th grade student, I find this book helpful to use during language arts, It is easy to explain and work from the book. I highly recommend!

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RollerMaster Rolling Pin

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Looking for a new rolling pin? I just love the RollerMaster Rolling Pin! My favorite thing is that it is stainless steel and non-stick! It also feels so light and is super easy to use. This has quickly become my favorite rolling pin to use when baking cookies. This would make a great gift or you can keep for yourself. I like that it is easy to clean and also dishwasher safe. This one is a real must have for the kitchen! It also seems quite durable and doesn’t seem like it would break easily.

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