Droopy is Pet of the Week!

Droopy doesn’t just look like a marshmallow—he is a marshmallow! And at around 120 pounds, he’s easily the biggest marshmallow in the bag. Droopy is a 5-year-old pittie who’s a shelter volunteer favorite. He’s well trained, takes treats gently, and loves walks—and he’s so goofy! He’s an owner surrender and lived with young kids in the previous household, so he’s used to a lot of love and so deserves it. Give Marshmallow his just desserts—meet him on of the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A504961.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

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

National Hot Tea Day is today! Celebrate with the Tea Council of the USA! Special Giveaway Opportunity!

In honor of the beloved beverage and celebration of National Hot Tea Month (January!), the Tea Council of the USA has launched the second annual #IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes , to give tea lovers across the nation an opportunity to win $500 and a year’s supply of tea.

Now, how cool does that sound?

Entering is SO EASY: simply post a photo, video or explanation of the unique ways, times, and places you like to enjoy your favorite tea – specifically black, green, white or oolong – on Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil for a chance to win!

We have also teamed up with the Tea Council of the USA for a special Giveaway! I received an amazing beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea and I just love it! You can also win your own amazing beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea! I love the variety of teas and there are also some delicious cookies!

    

To enter leave a comment below telling us your favorite type of tea! Mine is flavored black tea! One winner will win! Deadline to enter is January 18th, 2018 at noon PST. U.S. Residents only, please. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free beauTEAful basket filled with goodies and tea to facilitate this post and giveaway. The Top photo was also provided. 

MONSTER JAM® Crushes Through Angel Stadium of Anaheim with Record-Setting Five Action-Packed SoCal Events 2018 Anaheim Event Schedule Includes Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th and Feb. 24th & 25th **Seven New Trucks Making Their Anaheim Debut Appearances**

     

Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans!  Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events between January 13 – February 25, 2018.

 

This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco®, Son Uva Digger®, Overkill Evolution, Avenger, Bounty Hunter and VP Racing Fuel’s® Mad Scientist.  The season is highlighted by seven trucks making their Anaheim debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Rammuntion, Hotsy and Black Pearl plus the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon.

 

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

 

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos. New for 2018, Monster Jam has introduced the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry into the Pit Party one hour before open to the general public (at Saturday events only).

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 13, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.                          **Truck line-up subject to change

 

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 27, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.

**Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 10, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; Max-D driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner; Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow; Scooby-Doo driven by Mike Thompson; Pirate’s Curse driven by Cory Rummell; Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer; Devastator driven by Mark Schroeder; Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson; Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner; and Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer.                              **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 24, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 1:00 PM)                                               Event Time – 3:00 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown; Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson; Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer; Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson; Scooby-Doo driven by Hayley Gauley; VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist driven by Lee O’Donnell; Xtreme Diesel driven by Dave Radzierez; Barbarian driven by Devin Jones; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II; Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters; Bounty Hunter driven by Austin Minton;  Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen; Hotsy driven by Kurt Kraehmer; and Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman.                                                                                                                                **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHERE:               Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

 

PIT PARTY:          Open from 2:30 PM–5:30 PM prior to each Saturday event; 11:30 AM–1:30 PM on Sunday Feb. 25

Exclusive Pit Party Early Access Pass entrance at 1:30 PM (Saturday events only)

**Event ticket and Pit Passes are required for entry; Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each

 

TICKETS:               Ticket prices start at just $25!

Pit Passes available for $10 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $50 each

 

Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000; tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Angel Stadium box office starting December 4, 2017.

                                **Ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For specific info on each Monster Jam Anaheim event, please visit these MonsterJam.com sites:

Jan. 13:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-0

Jan. 27:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-3

Feb. 10:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca

Feb. 24 & 25:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-4

 

To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to

www.facebook.com/MJOnline, www.twitter.com/MonsterJam & www.instagram.com/MonsterJamLive

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/MonsterJamLive

Credit: Monster Jam®

Tickets For DISNEY LIVE! Presents Mickey And Minnie’s Doorway To Magic Coming to the Southland January 18, 2018 – January 21, 2018! Tickets On-Sale Now!

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now.

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:                 Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 19

  • Thursday, January 18 6:30 PM
  • Friday, January 19                 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

 

WHERE:             Long Beach Terrace Theatre – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                 Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.  *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 

O N T A R I O

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21

  • Saturday, January 20 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 21 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                Tickets available for purchase online at DisneyLive.com or Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.     *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

To learn more about Disney Live!, go to www.DisneyLive.com, visit us on Facebook and YouTube and follow us on Twitter @Disney Live!

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

Looking for a great place to catch a bite to eat this holiday season? Islands is the place to go!

     

Are you out and about still shopping for the holidays? I know I am but only for a few more days…I hope! But, one of my favorite places to go and grab a quick bite is Islands! I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite Islands locations last week and as usual…the service and the food was great! My husband loves their burgers and he says they really have the freshest hamburger buns around!

I love their tacos! One of my favorites is the Islands’ Yaki Tacos – Flour tortillas stuffed with grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce, cheddar & Jack Cheese, fresh pineapple salsa, lettuce and tomatoes with a side of ranchero beans. But, I opted to try something new! I STILL had tacos but I tried their Northshore Tacos, Limited this time. It’s from their Paradise’s Bikini Beach options which are fewer calories but then I had to get a side of their guacamole…lol..so not sure if it was fewer calories by then but it was delicious!

I always have a wonderful time when I visit Islands! The customer service is amazing and I like that they have a wide variety of food so I always can try something new when I go there! I also tried their Chicken Tortilla Soup and I highly recommend it! If you are looking for an appetizer…you have to try my all time favorite: The Spinach and Artichoke Dip! Honestly, I can not go there and not order it!

     

Islands also offers a Gremmie menu including Li’l Sliders, Half Sandcastle (grilled cheese), Jr. Wave Burger and more.

**Additionally, Islands is giving a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchase through December 31st**  Now, how cool is that?! So, don’t forget to go to Islands this holiday season! 

 

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to review Islands to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids. 

The Queen Mary’s All-New CHILL Unveils Calendar of International Holiday Celebrations Nightly Entertainment Honors Holidays from Around the Globe

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The world-famous Queen Mary invites guests to embark on an international holiday expedition this winter with the unveiling of the all-new CHILL, open December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more.

Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with one-of-a-kind entertainment and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Embark in traditional Chinese entertainment in CHILL’s version of the Forbidden City with nightly performances by Shaolin Monks and experience first-hand the beautiful rhythmic movements of the traditional Lion Dance. CHILL’s Kung Fu Forest will offer fireworks every Sunday night. Glide through the finish line of Shanghai Speedway nightly ($5 add on) on CHILL’s big wheel ice bikes. Saunter down Lantern Lane into the Lucky Bamboo and meet CHILL’s Panda Character for warm bear-hugs and unique selfie opportunities.

Take in the traditions of Germany with a stroll through CHILL’s Munich Market and raise a stein to the nightly live tunes from the authentic Alpine Band. Meet the ethereal Christkindle, the German gift bringer and bearer of lights, and shop traditional holiday trinkets and souvenirs at the nightly festive market. Cozy up in Switzerland’s Alpine Square by roasting marshmallows and building gooey s’mores at the toasty fire pit. Dine in the Alpine Lodge, open nightly, serving traditional Swiss bites overlooking the Matterhorn Mountain tubing slide and meet the gift bearer of the Alps, Sinterklaas, for photos and celebrations of the Twelfth Night.

Show off your best grooves as the DJ spins today’s top hits at the Russian Disco in CHILL’s Blizzard Boulevard. Experience the magic of the Northern Lights Show offered nightly at the Aurora Borealis Light show and meet the gift bringers of Russia, Father Frost and The Princess. Holland’s Windmill Way will offer nightly performances on the Illumination stage with hourly performances by Rockettes-style dancers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. Meet the magical Father Time, Holland’s gift bearer who will share interesting facts on stargazing and how the Dutch discovered the telescope. Skate over to America’s North Pole for a visit and photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Visit the Candy Bar to grab sweet treats for the little ones, and liquid candy sips for the adults.

The all-new CHILL also offers an opportunity to experience international fare. Tempt your taste buds with beverages and bites from around the globe including Germany’s Twisted Pretzel and Tasting Tavern and the Brat Haus. Pay tribute to Swiss delicacies with a visit to the Zurich Deli, the Fondue Pot, and the Alpine Lodge’s restaurant: Chateau Bar. Sip on traditional teas in China’s Zen Teahouse and the Hot Pot. Then warm up in the Russian Pierogi Paradise or the Stroganoff and Stew Pot. Curb your sweet tooth with gourmet donuts, make-your-own Gingerbread house or visit the Fire Pit to make holiday s‘mores.

CHILL pricing starts at $29.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $19.00 for kids. VIP Ultimate Expedition tickets are also available starting at $79.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $69.00 for kids. CHILL will run Dec. 13, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, excluding Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, including an entertainment schedule, hours of operation and to purchase tickets online, visit http://queenmary.com/chill/

Credit: The Queen Mary. 

LA Zoo’s Reindeer Romp Features Live Reindeer, Holiday Crafts, Keeper Talks, Photo Ops

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The L.A. Zoo presents the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see a herd of live reindeer at its Reindeer Romp holiday celebration, which debuts Friday, November 17, 2017, and runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018 (except Christmas Day), 10 am to 4 pm. Guests are invited to make the most of the holiday season with a full day of fun and adventure at the Zoo, an especially beautiful and enriching place to spend quality time with kids and extended family during the holidays.

The season is highlighted by a rare chance to visit with reindeer in their charming “Reindeer Village” habitat also featuring fun reindeer facts and holiday photo ops daily. Weekend activities include make-your-own antler crafts, reindeer keeper talks at 11 am and 2 pm and a rotating schedule of animals unwrapping “gifts” of their own. Visits with Santa Claus in a whimsical North Pole setting (for a nominal fee) take place on weekend days, November 18 through December 17, 11 am to 3 pm, with a variety of photo packages available. For a great value, all Reindeer Romp activities, except Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission. Also included with paid Zoo admission are daily close-up “Animals & You” encounters, intriguing shows, talks and guided experiences, training demonstrations and more.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. Its many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Zoo admission, which includes all Reindeer Romp activities except Santa photos, 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 age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027. Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org/reindeerromp.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

Visit Santa, see him SCUBA dive, see the Penguin Walk, enjoy a snow play area, and a variety of festivities during the holiday season at the Aquarium of the Pacific Aquarium Holidays Ticket Giveaway, plus coupon for Free Child Admission with Paid Adult.

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Get into the holiday spirit each weekend from December 2 through 24, 2017 at the Aquarium with a snow play area and photo opportunities with Santa in his traditional attire. Every day from December 2 to 24, Aquarium guests can also see Santa Diver giving “fishmas” gifts to the animals, watch the 10:00 a.m. Penguin Walk, take photos with Aquarium costumed characters in their holiday outfits, witness snow fall in the Great Hall, see the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, view a gingerbread house display, enjoy a special holiday menu at Café Scuba, and explore the gift stores for unique holiday shopping. A toy drive runs daily December 2 through 24 and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel will also be presented weekends December 2 through 17.

 

The festivities include the annual Holiday Treats for the Animals event on the weekend of December 2-3. During this event, the sea otter exhibit will be decked out for the “sea”son with “fishmas” treats and a real snowman, and visitors can watch the otters savor candy cane-shaped lobster treats. Aquarium staff will also give special gift delicacies to penguins, sea lions, and other animals. Children can enjoy holiday crafts along with appearances by Santa Diver, photo opportunities with Santa and holiday characters, and all the Aquarium holiday festivities.

WHEN:           Aquarium Holidays: December 2-24, 2017

Holiday Treats for the Animals Festival: December 2-3, 2017

Hanukkah Storytelling and Dreidel Activity: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2017

 

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

 

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org

 

COST:            Included with 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.

 

 

With coupon receive FREE CHILD ADMISSION with paid adult admission. $17.95 savings!

Mobile-device and printable coupon valid Dec 2-24, 2017:

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/aquarium_holidays

Here is the Aquarium Holidays web page with the full event schedule

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/aquarium_holidays/

We have teamed up for a Family 4-pack for a day at Aquarium Holidays, December 2-24, 2017! Aquarium Holidays giveaway tickets can only be picked up by the winner between Dec 2 and 24. To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about the Aquarium or the holidays! Deadline to enter is December 1st, 2017 at noon PST. 

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo Credit: Otter (real otter) & Snowman Photo by Hugh Ryono.