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. 

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!

EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE SOCAL’S COAST AT AQUARIUM’S URBAN OCEAN FESTIVAL, APRIL 28-APRIL 29, 2018.

 

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

 

SCHEDULE:   

The festival schedule will be posted at:

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

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

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/offer/fest9/

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

 

INFO:                         (562) 590-3100

Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/urban_ocean_festival/

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 West Coast’s Largest Pet Expo Returns to Orange County Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More! Tickets On Sale – Now through April 10

Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center, April 27-29!

A weekend full of animal education, family fun, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions

Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet.

***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.

“Entering our 29th year, America’s Family Pet Expo is THE destination for pet lovers, offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions.  We couldn’t be prouder of the pet loving community we have in Southern California, making America’s Family Pet Expo the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Jacinthe Moreau, President of the World Pet Association, producer of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “As we have grown over the years, the show has progressed to include the best in pet ownership and care.  America’s Family Pet Expo offers animal adoptions, a variety of educational presentations, family fun pet entertainment, and exhibitors offering show specials and while showcasing the latest and greatest in pet products.”

    

New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education.  Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America.  Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.

Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and to gain a little insight into “Catitude.”

America’s Family Pet Expo will include on-site cooking demonstrations. Hosted by JustFoodForDogs, the “Find Out What’s Cooking” talks will feature lessons on how to create homemade meals to promote optimal health, longevity and well-being for dogs.

Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest.  The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative.  Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.

Pet Adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

Standout Breeds and Breed-Specific Rescues On-Site Include:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bichon Frise
  • Spaniel Breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Leonberger
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Terrier Breeds including Biewer Terrier, Rat Terrier, and Russell Terrier
  • Shetland Sheep Dog
  • Shiba Inu

 General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $8.00 parking. Kindly leave all pets at home.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org .  America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

Credit: America’s Family Pet Expo.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Hosts Fundraiser Supporting April’s Autism Awareness Month

Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has teamed up with three autism organizations to raise awareness and funds during the month of April to support the autism community. The three organizations include Autism Speaks, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.

During the month of April, Lucille’s will donate to these three worthy causes through Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at all 23 Lucille’s locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada.

For donations of $5 or more made during the month of April, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit between May 1 and June 30, 2018 (one per table, please).

As another way to support these organizations, Lucille’s will be serving up a drink called the “Blue Bayou,” inspired by the color for autism awareness and is made from fresh blueberries & blackberries, 1800 Reposado and Coconut Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. For each Blue Bayou sold in April, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards the cause.

“We first started this fundraiser in our Las Vegas restaurants in 2016 because this condition hits close to home for many at Lucille’s, employees and guests alike” said Brad Hofman, President, Hofman Hospitality Group. “We have since taken the fundraiser across all of our locations. We have seen that the Lucille’s community can make a difference when we come together for a common cause, and we know that this year will only prove the same for these three organizations.”

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

I had the opportunity to visit Lucille’s in Torrance and had a great visit! They have the best food! My favorite is the Southern Fried chicken! It is delicious! The chicken actually seems to melt in your mouth! I am not kidding! 

My husband loved his meal too! Doesn’t it look tasty?

The food tastes great and I love how large the portions are! I also love their Sweet Tea, great choice of appetizers and they have the BEST Banana Pudding!

    

No photo of the Banana Pudding because I ate it too fast! But, you just have to try it!

Lucille’s is open for both lunch and dinner and I highly recommend the service at Lucille’s in Torrance! Our server Harriet was simply awesome!

 

Check out Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que this month!

Facebook – @lucillessmokehousebbq

Twitter – @Lucilles_BBQ

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About Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.

ABOUT GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION

Founded in 2009, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation grew out of the struggle of a mom whose son, Grant, was diagnosed with autism and other neuro-developmental conditions. Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helping children, youth and their families fight autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, social skills and vocational training, transition planning, and education.  For additional information, please visit www.GrantAGiftFoundation.org.

About SARRC
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. For more information on SARRC, visit www.autismcenter.org.

About Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 23 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit Lucille’s as Media. Images: SoCal City Kids.

L.A. Times Festival of Books Will Feature Black Eyed Peas, Dave Eggers, Vivica A. Fox, Patton Oswalt, Jorge Ramos, Maria Shriver and Hundreds of Authors, Experts and Storytellers The festival’s Newstory zone, in its inaugural year, will showcase creative storytelling including podcasts, virtual reality, music, film and television

The Los Angeles Times today announced the lineup for the Festival of Books, the nation’s largest literary festival, held the weekend of April 21-22 at the University of Southern California. More than 500 writers, musicians, artists and chefs, hundreds of exhibitors and an expected 150,000 attendees will transform the 226-acre campus into a vibrant cultural festival in the heart of the Downtown Arts and Education Corridor.

Laila Ali, Reza AslanEd AsnerMayim BialikBlack Eyed Peas members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and TabooRoshani ChokshiJunot DíazKate DiCamilloDave EggersJenna Fischer,Vivica A. FoxDiana GabaldonJuan Felipe HerreraTayari JonesPatrisse Khan-Cullors, Dennis LehaneMoby, Janet MockNatalie MoralesWalter MosleyViet Thanh NguyenJoyce Carol OatesLeslie Odom Jr.Patton OswaltJorge RamosRick RiordanMaria ShriverJake, Jazz, Jurnee and Jussie SmollettNic Stone, Gabrielle Union and Lawrence Wright are scheduled to appear with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Newstory, a series of multimedia programs highlighting creative forms of storytelling, will debut at this year’s festival.

“Los Angeles is the world’s epicenter of storytelling,” said Suzy Jack, Times vice president of public affairs and events. “We’re excited to launch our 23rd annual celebration of books and literature, and go beyond the book with Newstory, which will showcase some of today’s creative storytellers through alternative forms and unique experiences.”

BigSTORY, Creative Visions, Grammy Museum, The Second City, SeriesFest, Spotify, Two Bit Circus, the Universal Hip Hop Museum and Vortex Immersion Media are among dozens of Newstory programming partners and musician Beatie Wolfe has curated a day of talks and performance across music, art and technology.

“It’s such an amazing and fun time for storytellers, as well as for readers, viewers and listeners,” said Clint Schaff, Times vice president of strategy and development and, with Kim Garner, co-producer of Newstory. “Humans have always found shared meaning through stories, and now we can do that through not only books, but also video, audio and emerging platforms that incorporate new media that allow for new voices to be heard. That’s what Newstory is all about.”

Additional festival highlights:

  • Nine outdoor stages and activity areas: L.A. Times Central Stage, L.A. Times en Español Mommy & Me Time / Mama y Yo Pavilion, L.A. Times Main Stage, Newstory Stage, Pacific Sales Cooking Stage, Poetry Stage, Reading by 9 Children’s Stage, USC Stage and YA Stage presented by HS Insider
  • Newstory zone: virtual reality and 360 experiences, variety shows, live improvisation, television and film screenings, conversations and other creative forms of expression
  • Dozens of expert panels on a variety of subjects ranging from politics to pop culture
  • Spanish-language programming and English to Spanish translation services available in select festival venues
  • Art installations: a series of original murals curated by Branded Arts and the community Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project from artist Lauren Halsey
  • More than 200 exhibitors with books and merchandise for sale, activities and giveaways
  • Musical performances, food trucks and more

On the eve of the festival, Friday, April 20, The Times’ 38th annual Book Prizes will honor novelist John Rechy with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, with the Innovator’s Award, and 11 outstanding literary works published last year.

The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is presented in association with USC and Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home. The festival and Book Prizes are sponsored by Medium. Admission to the festival is free. Pre-sale passes (which provide advance 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. Schedule, location, ticket and transportation information can be found on the festival websiteFacebook page, Twitter and Instagram feed (#bookfest).

Credit: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Images were also provided. 

 

Springtime in SoCal is about to get a little Chilly, when the #1 animated movie of all time returns to skate through Long Beach & Ontario this April Disney On Ice presents Frozen April 19 – 29, 2018

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen!  Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.  Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all!

       

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen – the show worth melting for!

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN:                Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Thursday, April 19 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 20 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

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

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at just $20!

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

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:                Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Thursday, April 26                 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 27                 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 28                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 29 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

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

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at just $20!

Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 

                                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.

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K Walk, Run, or Jog Through the Queen Mary’s Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

 The Queen Mary’s inaugural Queensway 5K invites Long Beach to lace up their high-top sneakers and walk, run, or jog through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. The course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for the post-race celebrations. The first-year festival is a new, family-friendly event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the Long Beach community, local businesses and organizations, all at the iconic Queen Mary.

The Queensway 5K kicks off at 3 p.m. with on-site registration, music, and organized stretches. The 5K run will begin at 5:15 p.m.  All participants are expected to be finished by 6:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will see Queen Mary signature characters and icons as they walk, run, or jog through a year of events offered at the legendary Queen Mary.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden, vendors and much more. Racers can refuel with food trucks and food booths including food tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Refreshing, Long Beach-based craft beer will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tastings are included with each race registration.

A portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to Long Beach Unified School District to help fund transportation for educational field trips for Long Beach schools. To learn more about the Long Beach Unified School District please visit: http://www.lbusd.k12.ca.us/.

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at runsignup.com/Race/CA/longbeach/TheQueensway5k. Queensway 5K race tickets are $35 per person. The 5K run is a timed race. Team discounts for groups of (5) or more are available. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michele Ward at mwardlb@gmail.com. All registered race participants will receive same-day access to the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit www.queenmary.com

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Krazy Krafts Day for Kids at The Printing Museum, Carson Saturday March 24th from 10 am to 4 pm

For kids and the “kids-at-heart” in all of us…
All day activities for guests include unique crafts like letterpress printing,paper making, paper marbling, and foil stamping! You also can learn how to cartoon, fold origami, write in calligraphy, and rubber stamp to your hearts delight. Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt to screen print your very own shirt! History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine.
This event is a lot of fun! I have taken my son when he was younger! ~SoCal City Kids.
Activities On-going All Day!
$10 Ticket for Everyone
www.printmuseum.org for tickets & information
310-515-7166    mail@printmuseum.org
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745       
Credit: The International Printing Museum.