Archives for June 6, 2017

Urban Commons Presents $10,000 to Mayor’s Fund of Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach Aboard the Queen Mary

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From left to right: 2nd District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce; Mayor of Long Beach, Dr. Robert Garcia; and Urban Commons Chief Development Officer, Dan Zaharoni.

On Thursday, June 1, Urban Commons hosted a special celebration aboard the majestic Queen Mary to present $10,000 in contributions to the Mayor’s Fund of Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach.

At the event, the Mayor of Long Beach, Dr. Robert Garcia, and 2nd District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce, together presented a $5,000 check to each local Long Beach non-profit organization. The donations were made on behalf of Urban Commons.

“We are so grateful for Urban Commons’ continued dedication and commitment to the Long Beach community and this historical landmark,” praised Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Tonight’s contributions will have a tremendous impact on the city of Long Beach and its future. We appreciate the contributions made to the Mayor’s Fund for Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach to further their missions and goals.”

Urban Commons is currently working to restore the legendary Queen Mary to her glory days and is enhancing the historical ship to be a dynamic entertainment destination unlike any other.

“We are so honored to welcome Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce aboard the ship this evening as we toast to the future of the Queen Mary and recognize two charitable organizations that are near and dear to their hearts,” said Dan Zaharoni, Urban Commons Chief Development Officer. “Without the unwavering support and dedication of Mayor Garcia and Councilwoman Pearce to this beloved ocean liner and what she means to the city, none of this would be possible. We are excited to honor them and the missions of these organizations this evening.”

During the celebratory reception guests toasted to the legendary ocean liner and enjoyed a live performance by pianist Dwight Rivera.

 

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About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Chelsea Chowder House, Observatory Bar, as well as, a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood Bringing a Dazzling Light Projection Spectacular to Hogwarts Castle and Festive Holiday Décor to the Immersive Land

This holiday season, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” transforming HogwartsTM castle into a breathtaking light projection show that captures the spirt of the yuletide season.

Hogsmeade village will also shine brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed food and beverages including hot Butterbeer.

A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves. 

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM”.  Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with impressive dimensional animations that melodically dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from of the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the  captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

More details about “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be shared in the coming months.

Additional information on Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

 

Ladybug is Pet of the Week!

Ladybug, June 8 Pet of the Week

When a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck. Our Ladybug would love to land on your lap, and that would make both of you lucky! All this sweet, petite 2-year-old needs is a loving home. If you want to help Ladybug fly away home, come meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A589682.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.