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.

Amanda is Pet of the Week!

Amanda, June 15 Pet of the Week

Whether it’s the kiddie pool behind the house or Rosie’s Dog Beach in Belmont Shore, Amanda will be at her literal element. Amanda, a spayed female black Lab mix, loves water—not just to drink but also to splash around in. She’s 9 years old, which qualifies her for our shelter’s senior discount, and has lived with cats and kids. She’s an owner surrender and so deserves a loving home. Meet Amanda at the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A517402.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: The P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

Ladybug is Pet of the Week!

Ladybug, June 8 Pet of the Week

When a ladybug lands on you, it means good luck. Our Ladybug would love to land on your lap, and that would make both of you lucky! All this sweet, petite 2-year-old needs is a loving home. If you want to help Ladybug fly away home, come meet her at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A589682.

 

(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.

Epic Marvel Super Hero Experience Premieres in Los Angeles on July 7; Tickets on Sale Now All 2017 Shows MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW, AGE OF HEROES, FEATURING GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND MORE THAN 20 FAVORITE MARVEL SUPER HEROES AND VILLAINS

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Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.  The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.  The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on July 7, 2017.

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will be playing throughout Los Angeles from July 7–23, 2017 at STAPLES  Center/Los Angeles, Citizens Business Bank Arena/Ontario and Honda Center/Anaheim.

Tickets went on Sale to the public on  Tuesday, May 16th for all SoCal shows – tickets start at just $25!

 

 

Tour Launch Video:  https://vimeo.com/user35631740/review/211664218/f7efd815aa

 

“Our tremendously talented creative team and a nearly super human cast, have created a show that brings the grandeur of Marvel to life,” said Juliette Feld, producer of Marvel Universe LIVE!  “Age of Heroes creates an experience that immerses families in non-stop action, creating movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favorite Super Heroes right before your eyes.”

 

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin.  The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.

 

 

Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond.  Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.

 

“I’m extremely excited to work on Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes and bring the talents and powers of these amazing characters with such dimensionality to life,” said Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada.  “Audiences will be on the edge of their seat as they witness the outrageous stunts and fight sequences in truly a unique experience that puts fans at the center of the action.”

 

 

L O S   A N G E L E S

 

WHEN:                Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9

  • Friday, July 7 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 8 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 9 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

WHERE:             STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at $25 each

Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

 

O N T A R I O

 

WHEN:                Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16

  • Thursday, July 13 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 14 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 15                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 16 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

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

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at $25 each

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

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A N A H E I M

 

WHEN:                Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23

  • Thursday, July 20 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 21 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 23 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 

WHERE:             Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

 

TICKETS:           Tickets start at $25 each

                                Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*Ticket prices subject to change; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

 

 

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes will travel throughout North America on a multiyear tour, including stops in Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York.  After North America, the show will embark on an international tour starting in 2019.  For a complete list of North American tour dates, locations and to purchase tickets, please visit MarvelUniverseLIVE.com.

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About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. With 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE! and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

 

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit http://www.marvel.com/. © 2017 MARVEL

 

Self Disclosure: I am participating in a blogging campaign for MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! Age of Heroes.

Free Summer Reading Program from Arbordale Publishing Read around the world with free interactive ebooks

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Warmer weather and longer days say summer is near, and this year Arbordale introduces Summer Reading Around the World. This free program includes 25 interactive ebooks, a passport to reading, and the opportunity to earn hardcover books.

 

To prevent the summer slide, and give young readers the opportunity to learn about environments and habitats around the world, Arbordale has selected books that feature animals and places near and far. Learning about science and math is fun through stories, and Arbordale’s signature “For Creative Minds” section extends the themes within the story.

 

A downloadable passport magnifies the fun, and voracious readers are able to return their passport for their very own book and reading certificate. Additionally, educators and librarians can earn up to 25 free books and online access to the entire library on Arbordale’s Fun eReader® by sending in groups of passports.

 

The Fun eReader platform allows for easy access, and families on the go are able to download the books onto tablets via the Fun eReader app. Each interactive ebook includes English & Spanish text and audio with speed control, word highlighting, and some now have tappable animal sounds.

 

Perfect for a rainy day or community programs, Arbordale has included special bingo cards, crafts, and activities for download. New activities will be added throughout the summer via the publisher’s social media channels @ArbordaleKids.

 

The free ebook access is available through the Summer Reading site at Arbordale Publishing (www.arbordalepublishing.com/SummerReading.php). Parents, educators and librarians will find passport instructions and submission information with details to redeem the passports for free books. Questions about the program can be sent toinfo@arbordalepublishing.com.

 

More About Arbordale:

Arbordale is on a mission to improve child literacy with science and math through fun-to-read books. Using prose and pictures, children are delighted with stories of their favorite animals, planets, or even places. This leads to the exploration of facts and learning activities in each book’s “For Creative Minds” pages. Arbordale carefully designs each book to portray accurately the chosen subject. Vetted by experts in that field, and aligned to standards, and leveled for reading, each book is an asset to educational programs. Arbordale has grown to include a diverse group of authors and illustrators from across the country, and honored to have won more than 80 national and state book awards since its inception in 2005.

Universal Studios Hollywood Casts a Dazzling Spell on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with Its All-New “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” Beginning June 23

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Beginning June 23, guests are invited to see “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” in a whole new light when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces its all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts TM Castle,” featuring a dazzling light projection experience against the backdrop of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

As night falls on 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 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.

This new summertime feature will take place multiple times a night during its run.  Live rehearsals with annual pass previews and very limited guest access will begin in June in preparation for the June 23 grand opening.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the incredibly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Burbank and Woodland Hills, Circus Vargas will divide performances between the locations from April 20th to May 22nd.

 

The show:

Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque!  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

 

The storyline:

An eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician- part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new, imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts.

 

“SteamCirque is inspired by adventure, colored by imagination and brought to life by the amazing cast of Circus Vargas!

 

Join us for an amazing experience, under the big top as Circus Vargas celebrates its 48th year and create new and treasured memories for generations to come! This wonderful show has something for everyone! It’s 2 hours of amazing music, lights, magic, acrobats, aerialists, daredevils, comedians and more!

 

Ticket Information:

General admission tickets are $17-$32 for children and $27-$37 for adults. Reserved Ringside seating is $52-$67 for children and $57-$72 for adults. For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 20 – Monday, May 8

Burbank – Burbank Blvd at 1-5 Freeway (777 N. Front St, Burbank, CA 91502)

Thursday, April 20 – 7:30pm

Friday, April 21 – 7:30pm

Saturday, April 22 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, April 24 – 7:00pm

Thursday, April 27 – 7:00pm

Friday, April 28 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 29 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 30 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 1 – 7:00pm

Thursday, May 4 – 7:00pm

Friday, May 5 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7– 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 8 – 7:00pm

 

Thursday, May 11 – Monday, May 22

Westfield Promenade (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367)

Thursday, May 11 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 13 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 15 – 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 17 – 7:30pm

Thursday, May 18 – 7:30pm

Friday, May 19 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 20 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 21 – 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm

Monday, May 22 – 7:00pm

 

   We have exciting news!! We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a family 4-pack of tickets to attend a show of their choice! To enter, leave a comment below! Tell us your favorite thing about Circus Vargas! If you haven’t been before tell us why you would love to go! Deadline to enter is April 17th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

 

Credit: Photo Credit: Circus Vargas. No compensation was received although free tickets will be received.  SoCal City Kids will select the winner.