The L.A. Zoo World Chimpanzee Day & Docent Info Meeting

PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham.

The L.A. Zoo will celebrate the very first WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY with a schedule full of activities on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the celebration by learning from primate experts that care for one of the largest family groups of chimpanzees in North America. Learn about the threats facing this endangered species’ wild populations, how zoological science contributes to conservation, and about the remarkable behaviors of humans’ closest cousins in the animal kingdom at education and discovery stations, Q&As with primate experts, additional chimp talk presentations, and more.

All activities are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket or GLAZA membership.

Want to get involved with the L.A. Zoo? Check out the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM at an INFORMATION MEETING on Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 am to noon, at the Los Angeles Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium (zoo admission not necessary).  Docents serve as volunteer teachers, sharing their knowledge of the Zoo and its flora and fauna with adults and children through touring, educational activities, educational programs, classes and more.  The docent program, open to ages 18 and up, provides a comprehensive training course where individual opportunities are explored and developed.  GLAZA volunteers, numbering nearly 550 people, contributed more than 65,000 hours last year to the Zoo, with duties as varied as the men and women performing them.  Some GLAZA volunteers, who range in age from 16 to 95, have provided over 50 years of service.  No previous experience is necessary.

Docents complete a 23-week training program offered at the Zoo each fall in conjunction with UCLA Extension.  Classes, which run from October to April, meet once a week on Thursdays or Saturdays, from 9:30 am to 4 pm, and focus on taxonomy of both the plants and animals at the Zoo as well as ecology, conservation and the role of zoos in wildlife preservation.  Docents must be high school graduates or equivalent and 18 years or older when applying and be able to commit 100 hours per year for a minimum of two years.  Applications are accepted through August 18, 2018, and can be completed on-line at https://www.lazoo.org/volunteers/docent/
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,400 animals representing 270 different species, 58 which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.  For general information about the Zoo, call (323) 644-4200.

Credit: The L.A. Zoo.

Best Coast Announces First Children’s Album: Best Kids

Los Angeles, CA’s Best Coast − comprised of singer/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist Bobb Bruno − released their first-ever children’s record, entitled Best Kids, as an Amazon Original on June 22, 2018. A mix of original songs, covers by the likes of Lesley Gore and Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, and time-worn favorites like “If You’re Happy And You Know It” (feat. special guest Lili Hayes) and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” Best Kids takes all of the band’s signature sounds − fuzzy guitars, sun-kissed melodies, and sky-high harmonies − and makes them kid-sized for the whole family. The album’s first song, “Cats and Dogs,” a song about universal love, may be heard at www.amazon.com/bestcoast.

 

Says frontwoman Cosentino, “There is an innocence to my songwriting that fits perfectly with writing songs for kids, so when the idea was presented to me to do an original children’s album for Amazon Music, I of course said yes! I wanted to make a kid’s album not just for kids but also for the parents with cool music taste that might be tired of listening to the same songs off the Frozen soundtrack 200 times in a row.  Bobb and I wanted to make something with an edge while staying in a kid-friendly lane. We made the record with Lewis Pesacov, our producer for Crazy For You, who is also now the father of a 1-year-old daughter. The process of making this record was fun, creative, and a way for us to express ourselves musically without taking it all so ‘seriously.’”

In addition to songs old and new, the band re-recorded their song “When I’m With You” — from their acclaimed debut Crazy For You — as a child-friendly version for Best Kids.  “A few weeks prior to starting the album, we played that song at an event for the LA non-profit GIRLSCHOOL, a music festival whose mission is to celebrate, connect, and lift women-identified artists, leaders, and voices.  The girls who sang with us at the festival also came to the studio to record that song with us, which gave it a whole new direction,” Cosentino explains.

She continues, “The world is pretty wild these days and we just hope this record and these songs will bring joy and a smile to some faces that might need joy and smiles, no matter how old they are.”

Hundreds of exclusive songs and numerous albums have been released asAmazon Originals, featuring both emerging and established artists spanning diverse genres including pop, indie, country, Americana, roots, blues, alt-rock, family and more.

Best Kids will be available to stream and purchase exclusively on Amazon Music starting June 22, and is now available for digital and physical pre-order HERE.

 

Best Kids

Track Listing

1. When You Wish upon a Star

2. Cats & Dogs

3. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

4. Ice Cream Mountain

5. Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

6. Rock-a-Bye Baby

7. If You’re Happy and You Know It

8. Rainbow Connection

9. Favorite Colors

10. Peanuts

11. When I’m with You

An Amazon Original release:

http://amazon.com/bestkids

(a digital, CD and vinyl release, available exclusively from Amazon)

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

Looking for a place to visit this Summer? San Pedro is the place to take the Family! Fun and delicious food awaits you!

It’s Summer and time to go out and have fun with the family! One of my local favorite places to visit is San Pedro.

The coastal town, with a population of almost 81,000, and former WW II home to the U.S Navy fleet will gain a $400 million dollar 21st-century waterfront complete with a hotel. Now is the key time to understand the harbor city’s transitioning charm and what drew writers Charles Bukowski and Louis L’Amour to the area to live.

During the mid-20th century, San Pedro drew more than a million visitors annually. Today, with the Port of Los Angeles, the largest in North America (“America’s Port”) and Worldship Cruise Center, the 12.5-mile area has almost three million teeming its streets. Over the last couple of years, new attractions have paved the way, starting with the U.S.S. Iowa which, in 2012 sailed into the LA from San Francisco, to become a maritime museum.

There are lots of things to do, things to see and they have some of the best restaurants!  You could easily spend the whole day there doing so many different things but here are a few of my favorites!

Have you been to the Pacific Battleship Center? The Battleship IOWA is a must-visit! I love the history of this amazing place and I love that they have an App especially for the kids! The Battleship IOWA Interactive Mobile Tour allows visitors a first-hand experience to live and serve on this historic ship. On my visit, I downloaded the App and found that this will be something great for the younger kids. The Tours is my favorite part of the App but it also has Maps, Augmented Reality which is really cool to check out when you are visiting the Battleship IOWA. There’s even a cute dog mascot named Victory (Vicky) that children can try to spot on the ship. There’s a matching game with a prize at the end of the tour in the gift shop so check it out!

     

   

U.S.S. Iowa: In the coming year, will put together a new virtual reality flight experience taking off from the ship and then landing wherever you want to go…maybe Paris? How about London? Singapore? And you don’t even have to leave the ship. Now, how cool does that sound?! https://www.pacificbattleship.com/

Download their FREE App by clicking here!
Some upcoming events are the following: 

FREE: July 13, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Justice League (2017). Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Snyder and Chris Terrio. Starring Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Jason Momoa. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 17, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.  Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 31 – September 3rd: Third Annual LA Fleet Week. LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video — Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kids’ STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a 100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day morning 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the LA Fleet Week 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Sailor, Marine & Coastguard teams. The family-fun event is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. More information at LAFleetWeek.com.

FREE: September 21, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Daisy Ridley,  Oscar Isaac, John Boyega. Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

 FREE: October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Hocus Pocus (1993). A Halloween Trick or Treat will also be available starting at 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.  Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler,  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: December 1, San Pedro 56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Sponsored by The Port of Los Angeles.  Watch the parade route, as it sails by the Battleship IOWA Museum and along the San Pedro waterfront. Iowa visitors will have unobstructed views of the elaborately decorated boats.

About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, U.S.S. IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the uncertain early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, U.S.S. IOWA concluded her active duty as the Berlin Wall crumbled.  Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with our last ticket sale. Please visit our website additional information on special events, group tours educational programs and Naval retirement flag service.

Another place you just have to visit is the Cabrillo Aquarium, one of Frank Gehry’s early commissioned architectural buildings and a conservation center. http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. I love seeing all the sea creatures at this Aquarium! I also love the Tide pools at Cabrillo Beach!

  

3720 Stephen M. White Drive 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-548-7562
Aquarium Hours
Tuesday through Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Photo Credit: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Now, after visiting these truly amazing places you have to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants for lunch or dinner! One of my favorites is San Pedro Fish Market: LA’s Most Instagrammed Restaurant: https://www.sanpedrofish.com/
I was amazed at how big this place is and how clean! There is a sit-down place that I really recommend and the outside eating area is really big!
    
   
I love all the seafood choices they offer and I had the best Shrimp enchiladas ever! But, you really have so many choices! You can pick your own choice of fish at the Fish Counter and tell them how you would like it and add toppings or you can sit down and enjoy a meal from their menu which like I mentioned…they have the best shrimp enchiladas! The Salmon plate is pretty good too! If you love seafood, this place is a must-visit!
    
And, if you have a chance to meet the owner, Tommy Amalfitano, he has quite the sense of humor!
If you have even more time to spend in San Pedro, here are a few other places worth checking out!
The Maritime Museum: www.lamaritimemuseum.org
Crafted Los Angeles, home to nearly three dozen craftsmen and artisans crafting artisanal products such as candles, furniture, jewelry, clothes and art. http://craftedportla.com/
LA Waterfront Cruises: http://www.laharborsportfishing.com/
The Historic Downtown San Pedro First Thursday Artwalk is every first Thursday of the month 6-9 pm and the Farmers Market is every Friday 9 am-2 pm. And, Don’t forget to ride in the Red Trolley and see the Fanfare Fountains! LA Fleet Week is coming to San Pedro Labor Day weekend August 31st-September 3rd, 2018! https://www.lafleetweek.com/
Self Disclosure: I received media comps to visit all of the above. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids except for Cabrillo Aquarium. Photos were provided courtesy of the Cabrillo Aquarium. 

Upcoming week of wow! from zulily July 23rd-27th!

As you know, zulily is the only online retailer that launches 9,000 products, in 100 limited-time sales, to our 6.1M active customers each and every day, at incredible prices – so we know what it takes for someone to be a “savvy online shopper.” That’s why zulily uncovered in a recent poll which female celebrities Americans think are the “most-savvy” online shoppers and the results are in…

  • The ever-lovable Ocean’s 8 star Sandra Bullock topped the charts (24%), followed shortly after by the sexy screen stealer Jennifer Lawrence (18%), and then daytime TV phenom Kelly Ripa (16%).
  • She may be the “newest Royal” but Americans aren’t so sure Meghan Markle has what it takes to still be a “savvy online shopper.” The Duchess of Sussex ranked 6th from a list of female celebs, falling behind Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Kelly Ripa, Chrissy Teigen and Hoda Kotb.*

Want to dress like a celeb but stick to your budget? In honor of savvy-shoppers everywhere, zulily JUST unveiled the news about their first-ever zulily Thrill Week to bring a whole week of “wow!” with exclusive deals from boutique and beloved brands, all at unbelievable prices. From July 23-27, they will unveil:

  • A Daily Big Thrill (like a family vacation for the price of a beach umbrella, or a new wardrobe for the price of a scarf!)
  • Numerous time-limited Dashes for the Deal (like designer sunglasses for only $29.99)
  • Other surprises & delights throughout the entire customer experience from the zulily site, mobile app, social channels and more…

This is the place to go: https://www.zulily.com/jump/thrill

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Information and Images were also provided. Photo Credit: zulily.

The Habit Burger Grill Kicks Off Summer with the New Delicious Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad with Chicken This one is a Must-Try! Available only for a limited time through August!

 The Habit Burger Grill, an Irvine based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, introduces its new refreshing summer salad, the Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad with Chicken. The limited time special is available now through August 21 at participating Habit Burger Grill locations for $7.95.

The Habit’s new Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad serves up a perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries, topped with toasted almonds and feta cheese, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delicious summer treat.

I had the opportunity to check this one out for myself and I love it! My favorite thing about it are the berries! This is such a delicious tasting salad perfect for the Summer! 

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

 

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 220 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as three international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a Media comp to feature this amazing salad! Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

OC Parks Presents 2018 Sunset Cinema Film Series

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Sunset Cinema film series, featuring 14 free family-friendly movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema brings recent and classic films to your favorite regional parks on select Friday and Saturday evenings June 16 – September 14 around sunset.

The first free movie night of the series kicked off on Saturday, June 16 at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea with a screening of Disney’s new take on The Jungle Book.

On Friday, July 13, gather the family for the comedy Trolls at Mason Regional Park. The following week, join in on the ghost hunt with the comedy and action-packed original film Ghostbusters on Saturday, July 20 at Mason Regional Park.

Sunset Cinema then moves to Irvine Regional Park in Orange and invites families to experience a world of anthropomorphic animals in Disney’s Zootopia on Friday, July 27. Practice your best karate moves for the classic film, The Karate Kid screening on Friday, August 3 at Irvine Regional Park.

On Friday, August 10, gather friends and family for The Secret Life of Pets at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim and discover what pets may be doing while their owners are away. Friday, August 17 welcomes the ’90s classic A League of Their Own at Yorba Regional Park.

Head over to Laguna Niguel Regional Park for Disney and Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure with Coco on Friday, August 24. The following week, join archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones on his journey in The Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, August 31 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.

The Sunset Cinema series continues at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point where families can take a virtual trip across the ocean to ancient Polynesia with Moana on Friday, September 7. Wrap up the summer with a thrilling seaside movie at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach during Steven Spielberg’s Jaws on Friday, September 14.

“Movie lovers of all ages can enjoy gathering outside with friends and family to watch their favorite classic and contemporary films at these fun, free events,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Pack a picnic, blankets and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema to enjoy recent popular films and introduce the young ones in your life to timeless classics. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun begins to set. Movies will feature pre-show entertainment that varies per park including arts and crafts, activities, demonstrations and entertainers. Food trucks will be serving onsite and a beer and wine garden will be available to those 21 and over. For more information visit www.ocparks.com.

 

2018 OC Parks Sunset Cinema Schedule for the rest of this Summer:

Mason Regional Park

Location: 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Contact: (949) 923-2220, masonpark@ocparks.com 

Date: Friday, July 13

Movie: Trolls (2016, PG)

Date: Friday, July 20

Movie: Ghostbusters (1984, PG)

Irvine Regional Park

Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Contact: (714) 973-6835, irvinepark@ocparks.com

Date: Friday, July 27

Movie: Zootopia (2016, PG)

Date: Friday, August 3

Movie: The Karate Kid (1984, PG)

 Yorba Regional Park

Location: 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim, CA 92807

Contact: (714) 973-6838, yorbapark@ocparks.com

Date: Friday, August 10

Movie: The Secret Life of Pets (2016, PG)

Date: Friday, August 17

Movie: A League of Their Own (1992, PG)

 Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Location: 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Contact: (949) 923-2240, lagunapark@ocparks.com

Date: Friday, August 24

Movie: Coco (2017, PG)

Date: Friday, August 31

Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, PG)

Salt Creek Beach

Location: 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, CA 92629

Contact: (949) 923-2280, southcoastops@ocparks.com

Date: Friday, September 7

Movie: Moana (2016, PG)

Date: Friday, September 14

Movie: Jaws (1975, PG)

Credit: OC Parks.

Books of the week! July 11th, 2018!

Family Road Trip Travel in Arizona and New Mexico with New Travel Book is a Must-Read!  RoadTrip America’s Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, is a must if you are planning a road trip in Arizona and New Mexico!

Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was “the Wickedest Town in the West” or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an “energy vortex” in the red rocks of Sedona.

RoadTrip America Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips offers readers:

  • Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more
  • Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region
  • Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe
  • Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining
  • Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.

I love the full-color route maps and the insider tips! You can find this one at Amazon.com.

This next one is a must, especially for girls! WOMEN ATHLETES WHO RULE! (Sports Illustrated Kids Books / on sale June 5, 2018 / ages 8+)

I say this one is especially wonderful for girls because it is such an inspiration for girls! WOMEN ATHLETES WHO RULE! profiles 101 extraordinary female athletes, both past and present, who shaped the narratives of their sports. Content is divided into several easy-to-digest sections for young readers: Superstars (who reinvented what it means to be a sports celebrity), Wonder Women (who transcend sports and created seismic shifts in our culture), Trail Blazers (who broke barriers and paved the way for others to follow), Record Breakers (who set new standards for excellence), and the Champions (who showed heart and gumption as winners). This one is a must for Summer reading!

I really love this next one! It’s well…just perfect for today’s times.

MIXED: A COLORFUL STORY by Arree Chung.

In the beginning, there were three colors: Reds, Yellows, and Blues. All special in their own ways, until one day a Red proclaims that they are the best, starting a color kerfuffle. Is there anything that can bring the colors back together? A Yellow, a Blue, and a never-before-seen color might just save the day…

There’s a special message in this book about getting along and I highly recommend for all ages! It’s a delightful book that isn’t just your average picture book!

You can find it on Amazon.com.

Summer Tie-Dye Parties? This one is a must! 

Looking for a fun event idea this summer? Consider throwing a tie-dye party! Tie-dying is a wonderful way to create dramatic fashion statements without using too many materials or spending a lot of time. “No group is too large for tie-dying,” says author and expert crafter Suzanne McNeill. “It’s a great activity for family reunions, scouting events, parties, and fundraisers.”
Nicknamed “The Trendsetter of the arts and crafts industry,” McNeill is the author of the new book Totally Awesome Tie-Dye: Fun-to-Make Fabric Dyeing Projects for All Ages (Design Originals, May 2018). Filled with stylish projects, McNeill shows step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish ice dyeing, crumple dyeing, resist dyeing, and Shibori—shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. Everything you can imagine about the art of tie-dying is covered in Totally Awesome Tie-Dye, even tips for tie-dying with children.
McNeill also shares how to tie-dye several items of clothing in her tie-dye manifesto, including fashion designs for t-shirts, dresses, socks, caps, scarves, and even embellishments for home décor. The goal of McNeill’s book is to make this entertaining craft fun for all ages. “The joy of creating art is for everybody,” she says. “I hope to inspire people to discover their own creativity.”
I love this book! It has some really cool ideas and I love how easy it is to follow the instructions! This one is a must for any age! Of course, younger children will need supervision.
This next book from the Quarto Group is a great way to relax and unwind this Summer!

Scratch and create is the newest form of art therapy for adults! Reconnect with your creativity, reduce stress, and unwind form a long day by scratching your artistic itch with Folk Art Flowers and Enchanted Animals.

I love Enchanted Animals and it has such cool whimsical animals! I like that this one is for both kids and adults and it’s fun! This one is a must for families and is great for summer when the kids starting getting bored! The included stylus is easy to use and I love that you can be creative and also share your works of art! It’s also easy to remove the pages without tearing them!

Diverse and Timely Picture Book Empowers Kids to Break Down Barriers: Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman is a must! 

This summer, acclaimed children’s author Robb Pearlman delivers a timely message of acceptance and inclusion for kids ages 4-8 in Pink is for Boys (Running Press; 6/5/2018; ISBN: 978-0762462476; Ages 4-8).

With the help of a diverse cast of characters, Pearlman takes readers through the entire spectrum of the rainbow – from pink party dresses to blue baseball uniforms, green grass to brown teddy bears – demonstrating to young readers that gender does not dictate their favorite color or beloved hobby: boys can wear pink and girls can drive racecars. Pearlman’s message is delivered in cheerful and accessible prose, paired with Kaban’s vibrant and endearing illustrations. Each page becomes increasingly colorful, teaching little ones their colors and culminating in a beautiful rainbow on the final page. Every scene invites imagination, as well as imparting this valuable lesson to children and parents alike.

This is also a book that is perfect for today’s world! I highly recommend this uplifting and empowering book! I like that this one truly thinks outside the box and inspires readers to think and color outside the lines. This one is also perfect for both boys and girls and is a great family book!

This one is available at many retailers including Amazon.com.

About the Author: Robb Pearlman is the author of many books, including Groundhog’s Day Off, Raggedy Ann and Andy: Leaf Dance, and Passover is Here!. Today, his favorite color is blue, but it may purple tomorrow! He grew up in New York City and now lives in a white and green house in New Jersey with his husband and Oscar, the butterscotch-colored best puppy in the world.

About the Illustrator: Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey and has had a passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars since a young age. She is the illustrator on a number of books and when she’s not drawing, you can find her climbing rocks or biking the hills of the Bay area. She and her husband live in Oakland, California.

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Free Concert at Universal CityWalk’s “5 Towers” stage! See Rising Music Stars in the Can’t Miss Concert of the Summer Friday, July 13th, 2018

Singer-songwriter Shani Rose entertains as part of Universal CityWalk’s Street Performers Program.

 Universal CityWalk’s prolific Street Performers program will feature today’s brightest up-and-coming stars in a free concert performance at the “5 Towers” outdoor concert venue. Hailing from across the globe, an array of eclectic artists will take to the stage to perform original and cover songs as well as collaborated sets in front of an enthusiastic, standing-room-only CityWalk audience.

With its innovative platform for emerging artists, Universal CityWalk’s renowned Street Performers program has emerged as a beacon for aspiring talent who migrate to Los Angeles in the hopes of finding fame and fortune.

Today’s diverse roster of performers runs the gamut from singer-songwriter to Latin jazz, folk pop, steel drums, pop viola, country, blues and R&B soul, and will include the following.

                       Featured artists:

 

Brother Yusef (Bakersfield, CA)

Cass Miller (Pittsburgh, PA)

Daniel Morris (Pine Bluff, AK)

Drea Rose (Salinas, CA)

Beautiful Fragile (Chicago, IL)

Jackii Kennedy (Key Largo, FL)

John Russel (Savannah, GA)

Katie Ferrara (Los Angeles, CA)

Nico Franc (Portsmouth, RI)

Ricky England (Seattle, WA)

Riot Child (Stockholm, Sweden)

Sajama (Santiago, Chile)

Sarah Lightman (Highstown, NJ)

Shani Rose (Los Angeles, CA)

Shashaty (Miami, FL)

Steegs (Grand Bend, Ontario)

Streetlight Cadence (Honolulu, HI)

Zen Thomas (Fort Lee, NJ)

Brother Yusef brings his soul sounds to Universal CityWalk’s Street Performers Program.

For more information on Universal CityWalk, visit www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudiosFacebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

WHEN:           Friday, July 13 at 7:00 pm

 WHERE:         “5 Towers” concert stage at Universal CityWalk

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608.

 

Credit: Universal City Walk. Photos were also provided for posting.