Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 21 @8:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M

More than 350 employee NBCUniversal employee volunteers, friends and family as well as a community partner join together to make change happen in honor of Earth Day. The effort is part of the company’s 17th annual Comcast Cares Day, a global initiative designed to make change happen and spotlight the company’s year-round commitment to volunteerism. 


In partnership with Friends of the Los Angeles River, volunteers will roll up their sleeves to help restore the Los Angeles River near the Bette Davis Picnic area to its natural habitat and ecosystem by removing trash and debris.


This effort coincides with other Comcast Cares Day volunteer activities that have taken place within the community throughout the year. From mentoring youth to helping the homeless, employee volunteers have aided the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center, the 32nd Street / USC Arts Magnet School; and Meet Each Need with Dignity transitional living center (M.E.N.D.), to name a few. The global goal targets 100,000 employees to participate in approximately 1,000 volunteer projects. This year, Comcast Cares Day celebrates a significant milestone with 1 million volunteers contributing to 8,800+ community projects worldwide since its inception in 2001.


Comcast Cares Day is a project of the Comcast Foundation, which provides grants to local community partner organizations across the country.  To date, more than $22 million in grants have been awarded to local nonprofit partner organizations.


For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal volunteer and community investment initiatives, visit

Credit: Comcast Foundation.

Whole Foods Market will sell four of Humphry Slocombe’s most popular flavors

Southern California is about to get sweeter! Humphry Slocombe,the rebellious ice cream brand synonymous with unique, ultra-premium flavors is now available at all Whole Foods Markets in Southern California.

Whole Foods Market will sell four of Humphry Slocombe’s most popular flavors. Whole Foods exclusive Hong Kong Milk Tea, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Honey Graham, and Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple. Hong Kong Milk Tea is the brainchild of Humphry Slocombe’s chef Jake Godby and Top Chef alum and Whole Foods Chef Ambassador Melissa King.

I had the opportunity to try out a flavor and I love the Honey Graham flavor! It is simply delicious!



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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos: SoCal City Kids. 

The 44th Annual Green Scene Garden Expo Returns to the Fullerton Arboretum

Annual Celebration of Gardens and Gardening. Green Scene to Feature Plants, Art and Activities for All Ages.

The 44th Annual Green Scene & Garden Expo, the largest outdoor garden expo in Southern California, will take place April 21 and 22, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fullerton Arboretum.

In addition to providing a wide assortment of plant and gardening accessories for garden lovers to purchase, the Expo will offer fun gardening activities for the entire family.  Plein air painting demonstrations will take place on Sunday throughout the garden, while the Children’s Garden will feature exciting activities for kids of all ages, including a live Reptile Interaction, face painting, scavenger hunts and more. Attendees can enjoy a variety of food and cold drinks while listening to one of the many educational garden talks, or simply stroll around the property and enjoy the beautiful blooming California Native Meadow.

The Fullerton Arboretum is located at 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, Calif., on the campus of California State University Fullerton.  Admission to Green Scene & Garden Expo will be $8 per person, children under 12 receive free admission, but Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum receive free and early entry to Expo. Fullerton Arboretum members, known as Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum, will have access to an exclusive “FRIENDS Deck” overlooking the garden, giving them an oasis in which to relax and indulge in light refreshments during the garden-packed day of activities.

About Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum

Membership with the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum provides members with exclusive benefits, discounts and free admission to over 250 public gardens across the country and offers them various opportunities to stay proactive in the garden. Individual Memberships start at only $49 per year. For only $125 per year, Arboretum partners receive premiere benefits including a North American Reciprocal Museum Membership (NARM) which entitles the member to free admission to over 950 museums across the nation.

New members can use the code: “FRIENDS” at checkout or at the Expo to receive an additional 6-months on their Friends membership. This exclusive offer is valid until April 22, 2018.

For more information about the Fullerton Arboretum or the Green Scene & Garden Expo, please visit

Credit: The Fullerton Arboretum.

Mangiacotti will be featured on The View’s Feel Good Friday segment this Friday April 20, 2018 TUNE IN THIS FRIDAY AND "FEEL GOOD" WITH 50% IN SAVINGS

Mangiacotti and their line of home, personal care, bath, body products and soy candles made with essential oils and plant based ingredients will be featured on The View’s Feel Good Friday segment this Friday April 20, 2018.  And the dollar savings are just a part of why viewers will be Feeling The Good!   Mangiacotti was founded with really, really good intentions and products that are all made in America, never tested on animals and hand finished by citizens with disabilities. 


CEO Michele Mangiacotti has made it her mission to be an “agent of change”, by not only employing adults with disabilities, but in taking inspiration for all of Mangiacotti’s 2018 product packaging design directly from artwork created by disabled adults.  Mangiacotti funds an independent art program ensuring independence, empowerment, and inclusion of all in all aspects of society.  The brand is also involved in community outreach programs, food banks and direct to the people services in Massachusetts where their corporate offices are based.  Mangiacotti recently launched their See The Good Project and social media hashtag #seethegoodproject with a goal to coordinate worldwide community service events, fundraisers, goods deeds and inspiring events through social conversation on social media.


Visit to view the full Collection!

Credit: Mangiacotti.

Blacky, April 19th, 2018 Pet of the Week!

Little Blacky came in to the shelter a year ago and was adopted with his brother. However, Blacky managed to get out, and when the owner was found, he told the shelter staff that he’d be better off as a one-dog person. Which doesn’t help Blacky at all. He needs someone who’ll pay him attention, play with him, and never let him down. He’s only 5, so he has a lot of good years ahead with the right family. Meet Blacky on the shelter side of the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A602595.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village. 

Festival of Books Returns with All-Star Lineup for 2018

The Los Angeles Times is proud to present the inaugural Newstory, a celebration of storytelling beyond the book, during the 23rd annual Festival of Books. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to discover new forms of storytelling, experience creative technologies and join conversations about what inspires the leading creators of our time.


“Los Angeles is the storytelling epicenter of the world –  TV & film, music, and now VR, podcasts and a lot more,” said Clint Schaff, Times vice president of strategy and development and producer of Newstory. “Newstory is a celebration of that, and an opportunity to discover and experience a variety of storytelling forms and emerging storytelling voices.”


Newstory includes conversations and live performances across five stages, immersive experiences with a 360 VR dome, interactive games and over 50 creative storytellers, including Beatie Wolfe, Mayim Bialik, Two Bit Circus, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), The Second City, Lucinda Williams, March For Our Lives students and Moby.


“We are excited to bring new forms of storytelling to the Festival of Books and we hope to inspire Los Angeles by sharing activation experiences and emerging storytellers that are typically only available to industry insiders or in expensive entertainment arenas,” said Kim Garner, co-producer of Newstory and founder of Garner Talent.


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the nation’s largest literary and cultural festival.  This year, the festival will also shine a light on alternative forms of storytelling including podcasts, gaming, virtual reality, music, film, dance and television. For the first time, the festival will unveil unique experiences showcasing the storytelling industries that are right here in Los Angeles.


WHEN: Saturday, April 21st (10AM – 6PM) & Sunday, April 22nd (10AM – 5PM)


EVENTS: Distinctive Newstory experiences will include:

·         Beatie Wolfe’s “The Art of Music”: Interviews, Performances, Screenings and Experiences

·         Vortex Immersion 360 Media Dome

·         Dear World Personal Narrative Portrait Booth

·         Community Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project

·         “The Journey is the Destination”: Dan Eldon Photography Exhibit

·         Two Bit Circus Interactive Carnival Games

·         Immerson’s VR Haptic “Touch Technology”

  For the complete Newstory schedule, see below, or go to
WHERE: University of Southern California (USC)

The USC campus is located approximately 2 miles southwest from Downtown L.A. and 1 mile from the intersection of the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and the Harbor Freeway (I-110). Numerous paid parking lots ($12-$25) on and around the USC campus will be available for FOB attendees and can be viewed on this map. Limited street parking is also available.

TICKETS: Admission to the festival is free. Pre-sale passes (which provide advanced reservations for up to 20 indoor conversations) and all-access passes (access to all indoor conversations, plus valet parking) are available for purchase now. Individual conversation tickets will be available Sunday, April 15. For more information, visit:



Credit: L.A. Times Book Festival.

Urban Ocean Festival April 28-29, 2018 at The Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway Opportunity! Urban Ocean Festival TICKET GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack valid April 28 or April 29!



The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and Contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer.


WHEN:          Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802



The festival schedule will be posted at:

The schedule is subject to change.

COST:    The festival is free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public. General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. Additional cost for cruises. Poetry Cruise and Urban Ocean Cruises are additional and can be purchased in combination with Aquarium admission or à la carte.

Mobile-device and printable coupon

With coupon, adults receive $10 OFF admission on April 28 or April 29Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!


INFO:                         (562) 590-3100


Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. Photos provided courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific. 

We have teamed up with The Aquarium of the Pacific for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4 Pack of tickets for either the 28th or the 29th! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium of the Pacific! I love the Sea Lions, Seals and the jellyfish! Deadline to enter is April 25th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. 


The YES Bar is the perfect on-the-go Snack!

Have you heard of the YES Bar? They are quite tasty!

The YES Bar, featured on the Today Show and on Yahoo, takes the best ingredients like macadamias from Hawaii, sea salt harvested in France, artisanal German dark chocolate, and tangy California sun-dried strawberries and apricots, to create four mouth watering (nearly vegan minus the honey) flavors:
  • Macadamia Chocolate
  • Black Sesame Sea Salt
  • Mocha Cayenne
  • Strawberry Coconut

The YES Bar is committed to a completely anti-inflammatory profile of nuts, seeds, and clean carbohydrates. There are no grains, fillers, preservatives, soy or refined sweeteners like agave or brown rice syrup. The YES Bar uses just the highest quality ingredients that anyone can say YES to! The bars are individually wrapped making them easy to store in a purse, backpack, lunch box or even a carry-on, and the round shape gives you a cookie feel without any guilt.

The YES Bar was created by Abigail Wald after giving birth to her son who had so many food sensitivities. She was tired of always having to say “no” to the foods he wanted to try and in frustration and out of love, created a bar she could say YES to.

I had the opportunity to receive a few samples and I love the taste and love that they are a great snack to take on the go. I also feel that it is a healthier option than many other snacks out there! 

The YES Bar has an 8-month shelf life and is made of high protein nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices bound together with maple syrup, honey and tahini. The composition of the bar is distinctive. The bars are hand crafted in small batches and pressed into circles. Each bite in The Yes Bar is a little bit different and complex versus the same taste you might get with every other bar.

In addition to a commitment to a healthy body, The YES Bar is committed to the earth, the packaging is made from craft paper and the 6-pack display boxes are 100% compostable and recyclable and come from responsibly managed forests.

Find out more here!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. I also received additional information and images.