Grasshopper is Pet of the Week!

Grasshopper, July 20 Pet of the Week

Long, lean, lanky and large of eye, Grasshopper certainly fits his name. This poor little 4-year-old male tabby was bitten on the head by a dog and was brought to our shelter. He’s recovered from his wounds and seems to know that we mean him well, as he’s extremely affectionate and gives “head kisses.” Even with that, though, he’s not happy at the shelter and is in need of a loving home with humans who keep him safe. And he will reward such a home with loyalty and affection. Please come meet Grasshopper at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A593116.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

George is Pet of the Week!

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George is a very loving, sweet boy who will paw at you at his kennel window, beggin for a playmate and the affection he misses from his former owners. George has unfortunately been diagnosed with FeLV, a feline viral disease that impairs a cat’s immune system and can cause other diseases like cancer. Humans and dogs can’t catch it, but it is contagious to other cats. Despite this, George has lived 7 years and has a chance at many other good years in a rescue, a sanctuary, or a home with either other FeLV cats or no other cats. He’s a lap sitter and a hand rubber, and wants nothing more than to relax by your side. Please consider saving an at-risk cat and giving him a home, as it is urgent that he find placement because of his FeLV status. Meet George at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A591115.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

The Habit Burger Grill Celebrates Summer with the Return of the Delicious Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Available for a limited time through August! You DON'T want to miss this one!

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The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT), an Irvine-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, has announced the return of its Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad, a delicious salad as satisfying as summer itself. The limited time special is available now through summer at participating Habit Burger Grill locations, and is priced at $7.75.

The Habit’s Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad features a refreshing blend of perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries, dried blueberries and feta cheese crumbles, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delightful option for any summers day.

“Last year, our guests loved this menu item that reflected the fun and refreshing feeling of summertime,” says chef Adam Baird, The Habit’s vice president of food & beverage and creator of this limited time special. “We decided to bring this salad back because when our guests think of summer foods, they think of delicious ripe strawberries. This salad is the perfect combination of summer’s favorite fruit, fresh greens and a tasty vinaigrette. We are certain that it will be a fan-favorite yet again.”

I had the opportunity to try this delicious salad and I highly recommend! I love the strawberries, feta cheese crumbles, and blueberries together! 

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.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 albacore 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 185 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try this salad courtesy of The Habit. Information and photo also provided.

Despicable Me 3 – Action-packed, laugh-out-loud funny, family movie!

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After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “I love this movie! It is a funny, fast-paced film about Gru and his family discovering his charming, long-lost twin brother Dru.” Madeline R. adds, “It is an action-packed film that is entertaining from beginning to end! It is an excellent sequel to the two other Despicable Me films and the Minions. But to love this film, seeing the others is not required. It is great all on its own!” See their full reviews below.

 

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By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I love this movie! It is a funny, fast-paced film about Gru and his family discovering his charming, long-lost twin brother Dru.  After Gru and Lucy lose their jobs and the Minions quit, the brothers team up against Balthezar Bratt, the new villain, while Lucy and the girls have some of their own adventures.

 

My favorite scene is when Gru and Dru attempt to break into Bratts’ headquarters. Dru, who isn’t used to the idea of a heist, continuously messes up the plan. Its laugh-out-loud funny!  The long lost twin brothers are two of my favorite characters, brilliantly voiced and acted by Steve Carrell. I also love Gru’s wife Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig.

 

Now of course we can’t forget Balthazr Bratt (Trey Parker), an old school villain determined to get revenge on Hollywood for canceling his hit TV show in the 80s. Gubble gum that blows up on impact is his choice of weapon. His purple pantsuit inspires him to break into an 80s song. You can imagine that he is a fun character and, I think he is very good addition to this movie. You want him defeated, but you enjoy thinking what he might do next.  Although the good guy/bad guy element of the movie is slightly predictable, I would definitely go see it again.

 

The music in this film is all around great. The villain Bratt is stuck in the 80s and constantly breaks out in dance whenever there is 80s music. I know adults will remember those songs. In addition there are Pharrell Williams’ awesome new songs. Illumination Studios nails it again with so much creativity, great animation and new characters to join the familiar ones. The Minions are adorable as always!

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 shining stars and I recommend it for ages 5 to 18 because of its laugh-out-loud, but not crude humor, creative plot twists, fabulous acting and great music.  Though it’s the 3rd sequel, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t see the previous films. It is great on its own!! Check it out when it opens June 20, 2017 in theaters nationwide.

 

Despicable Me 3

By Madeline R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I love this movie. It is an action-packed film that is entertaining from beginning to end! It is an excellent sequel to the two other Despicable Me films and the Minions. But to love this film, seeing the others is not required. It is great all on its own!

 

Despicable Me 3 picks up where Despicable Me 2 left off and takes us on an exciting new adventure. After Gru and Lucy get fired by the new boss of AVL (Anti-Villain League), the Minions want Gru to return to a life of crime. Instead, they are taken on an adventure to find Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru! Gru, Lucy and their three kids fly to his brother’s house in Freedonia. As soon as they walk in, they notice Dru has an extravagant lifestyle, very different to the one they’re used to, with lots of awesome vehicles.

 

My favorite scene is when the Minions are running from the police and end up on a television show called Sing. There are three judges waiting for them to start and, at first the Minions don’t want to sing. When one Minion gets pushed to the front, he starts singing and all the others join in. Shortly after, the crowd and the judges love them. It is hilarious!

 

Although, I love the Minions, my favorite character is Lucy, performed brilliantly by Kristen Wiig. She is such a fun, high-spirited person and she is always the one to come in and save the day. I also think Balthazar Bratt, the new villain, is a great addition to the film. He starts out as a child actor in Hollywood until he is kicked off the show as a teen. He then thinks and acts as if he is the evil character he played on TV and starts destroying and stealing things.  Gru and Dru decide to take down Balthazar Bratt and carry on their family tradition as special agents.

 

The animation in this film is fantastic. It allows for creativity that live action films just can’t achieve.  Balthazar Bratt’s bubble gum guns are a great example of that, especially when they blow up Hollywood. I  love how the hundreds of Minions change their expressions, their color or their clothes, especially when they change from their jail jumpsuits to their overalls.

 

The music is awesome. It’s a fun mix of Pharrell Williams’ new songs and 80s music that adults are sure to remember! this movie is very family friendly. I recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Many teens and adults will enjoy it as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  It’s a super fun summer film that opens nationwide in theaters June 30, 2017.  Go check it out. I hope you enjoy the movie.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with an All-New Summertime Enhancement, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” Inviting Guests to Experience the Immersive Land in a Whole New Light, Beginning June 23rd!

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“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I have to admit that I was in awe of this amazing light show! As night falls on the Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” will shine brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin (Which one is your favorite? I have to admit that Gryffindor is mine!) that culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection, designed to dance across the stunning Hogwarts castle, will be accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

"The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" at "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run. I had the opportunity to experience it earlier this week and was really impressed! It was also my first time seeing the whimsical world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. I truly felt like I was in the world of Harry Potter. It is a wonderful recreation and I loved seeing people of all ages dressed in theme clothes and running around with magical wands. You also have to try the Butterbeer! It is simply delicious!

More information is available at http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Also, Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook will host a Facebook Live event to stream the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” experience at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Friday, June 23 at 8:45 pm PST! Don’t miss it!

 

Self Disclosure: I had a Media invite to facilitate this post. Information was also provided and images were provided. Photo Credit: Universal Studios.

 

 

Celebrate the 4th at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to announce a 4th of July holiday day filled with fun activities fit for the whole family. Celebrate Independence Day on the Back Bay with live music, local food trucks and a dynamic fireworks display from one of the best viewing locations in SoCal. Back Bay Bistro will also host a special 4th of July Buffet dinner with two seatings and a variety of live food stations.

 

Arrive early and experience all that Newport Dunes has to offer including an inflatable water park in the Back Bay and rentable kayaks, pedal boats, windsurfing, sail boats, electric boats, stand up paddleboards and Surrey bikes courtesy of Moe B’s Watersports. Pirate Coast Paddle also offers on-site rentals including kayaks, stand up paddleboards and multi-person paddleboards for groups of 4-10. For those looking to relax, enjoy a beachside cabana between dips in the calm waters of the gorgeous Upper Newport Bay.

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 43–9 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m.

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:

3–3:45 p.m.  Welcome and DJ music

4:30–5:15 p.m.  Southern Rocket Southern and Classic Rock Cover Band

6–7 p.m.  The PettyBreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band

7:45–9 p.m.  Hollywood U2 The World’s Greatest U2 Tribute Show

9 p.m.  Fireworks Extravaganza

 

WHERE:

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660

 

EVENT PRICE:

$50 per car entrance fee

+$40 per person for Beer and Wine Garden pass. Includes hosted bar from 3–8 p.m. and premier firework viewing.

 

BACK BAY BISTRO 4TH OF JULY BUFFET:

4:30 p.m.  1st seating, 7 p.m.  2nd seating

$45 for adults, $22.50 for children 10 years or younger

 

PUBLIC CONTACT: For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, please call 949-729-3863 or visit NewportDunes.com.

To make a reservation at Back Bay Bistro, please call 949-729-1144 or visit NewportDunes.com/Bistro.

 

 

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is an iconic recreational area featuring a 450-slip marina, private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958. The Dunes’ signature restaurant, Back Bay Bistro, is a critically acclaimed dining destination open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring award-winning French American cuisine and stunning water views. Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages available to the public and a state-of-the-art RV park.

Web: newportdunes.com

Phone: 949-729-3863

Facebook: https://facebook.com/NewportDunesResort

Instagram & Twitter: @NewportDunes

Sally is Pet of the Week!

Sally, June 22 Pet of the Week

Sweet, shy little Sally is a lovely female (as most calicos are) 2-year-old. At first, Sally’s bashful, but when she gets to know you, she’s affectionate and full of fun. Want to dilly-dally with Sally? Meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A590031.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Wave Your Napkin, Stomp Your Feet, & Let Your Soul Soar @ The Gospel Brunch! Don't miss the fun at The House of Blues in Anaheim!

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This one-of-a-king, electrifying, jump-out-of-your-seat, high- energy, decadent dining and uplifting gospel show is unlike any brunch you have been to before. Get ready to wave your napkin, tap your feet and sing along to contemporary and traditional favorites performed by the region’s best Gospel talent. This live interactive show will keep you energized from start to finish with every seat a part of the scene- you might even end up on stage!

Enjoy your favorite morning drink while you feed your hunger with made-from-scratch comfort food at our plentiful all-you- can-eat southern-style buffet featuring an abundance of breakfast and lunch specialties.

I had the opportunity to check this out this past weekend and had a blast! I highly recommend for the whole family! The food is great and the music is even better! Don’t miss it!

House of Blues Anaheim Gospel Brunch

 

The new House of Blues Anaheim is pleased to introduce a reimagined Gospel Brunch experience each Sunday of the month. A new Southern inspired soulful menu features signature brunch dishes and live action carving and omelet stations. The electrifying, uplifting and unprecedented gospel show is unlike any other brunch experience available. Gospel Brunch is perfect for families, visitors and special celebrations.

WHERE:

The new House of Blues Anaheim (at GardenWalk)
400 West Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, CA
Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour

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WHEN:  

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Check House of Blues calendar for dates.
Holidays welcome two shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Show runs 1.5-2 hours

TICKETS:

$45 per person

Available online via http://houseofblues.com/anaheim/gospelbrunch and Ticketmaster

CONTACT:

Visit http://houseofblues.com/anaheim/gospelbrunch and contact (714) 778-2583.

About House of Blues Anaheim:

The new House of Blues Anaheim at GardenWalk, marks the first new House of Blues to be built in the U.S. in a decade. The venue spans 44,000 square feet of space, with live music in four unique entertainment venues all under one roof including the main concert hall, the intimate Parish, the Foundation Room and House of Blues Restaurant and Bar. All four of the entertainment and food spaces offer the most advanced sound system of any House of Blues, and the location will feature live entertainment every night.

 

About House of Blues:
Founded in 1992, House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.

Self Disclosure: I received Media passes to attend and feature this fun event! Photo and Video Credit: SoCal City Kids.