A fiesta with the fishes for all ages with interactive Latin music, painting, dance & more AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC HOSTS 16TH ANNUAL BAJA SPLASH CULTURAL FESTIVAL THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 23 AND 24, 2017, AND ANNOUNCES HONOREES

 

AztecdancechildIn celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its sixteenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature bilingual environmental educational programs, including films and underwater presentations with divers; and traditional dance, crafts, music, interactive children’s programs, and an award ceremony honoring Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Armando M. Jaramillo Legorreta for their dedicated commitment to ocean conservation and championing the vaquita—the world’s most endangered marine mammal, which is only found in Baja California, Mexico.

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Baja Splash highlights Mexico’s Gulf of California, which is one of the most important wildlife havens in the world. Visitors can learn more about this important ecosystem, the threats it faces, and how people can help by exploring the Aquarium’s Gulf of California exhibit created with World Wildlife Fund Mexico. Through special bilingual programming during the festival, guests will receive an update about the vaquita, a porpoise found only in Baja’s upper Gulf of California. During the 1:40 p.m. award ceremony on Saturday, September 23, guests will hear directly from the honoree experts from Mexico who have been working directly to help the vaquita.

Latin American folk dance performances, Aztec dancers, mariachi musicians, and other entertainers will perform in front of the Aquarium’s tallest exhibit, the Honda Blue Cavern—home to giant sea bass, rays, and other inhabitants of local kelp forests. Guests can witness colorful dances from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and beyond. The Aquarium will feature interactive Central and South American music programs for all ages. There will also be children’s crafts and mural painting.

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The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium earned a four-star charity rating from Charity Navigator in 2016. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

 

 

Self Disclosure: Information provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Photo Credit:

Top Photo: Aquarium of the Pacific.

Vaquita photo taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08) from the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government.Credit: Paula Olson (NOAA Contractor)

Stewie is Pet of the Week!

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What begins with s? Well…shih tzu mix, soft, serious expression, super-sweet (that’s two s’s!)—and Stewie, who’s all those things. Stewie’s about 9 years old and has a mellow disposition. He’d make a lovely lapdog as well as a possible companion for another dog—he appears to get along quite well with other dogs. Meet Stewie on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A596221.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Nermal is Pet of the Week!

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Except for her lovely gray coat, Nermal is about as different as she can be from her Garfield namesake. For one, she’s not an annoying pest—she’s sweet, chatty and a little shy at first. She’s also a female and only 3 years old. Although the expression on her face is one as having been caught with a paw in the treat jar, she’s very mellow and would never pull anything like that! Meet Nermal at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A594880.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

The 2nd Annual Southern California Boat Show Docks at San Pedro’s Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor September 28th – October 1st, 2017

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The Southern California Boat Show made waves after its inaugural event last fall, and is returning to showcase the latest power and sailboat models, plus a variety of accessories, electronics, engines, gear and services. The 4-day event will feature some of L.A.’s best gourmet food trucks, a beer garden and daily interactive seminars on a variety of topics.
From trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, dockage, tenders, to paddleboards, The SoCal Boat Show has expanded its’ exhibitor base and educational roster by accommodating more than 60 exhibitors with specialties across the entire maritime gamut: from sailing lessons to marine finance to yacht brokerage—even custom mattresses for a sea-worthy night’s sleep.

“The SoCal Boat Show is an all-in-one event for any present or future boat owner,” said Duncan McIntosh, CEO of the SoCal Boat Show. “In addition to growing the number of boats and increased bulk dryland space to 32,000 square feet, we also added personalized concierge services including a guest dock and water taxis for this year’s show.”

Los Angeles Harbor is one of the busiest container ports in the world, serving more than 22 million local customers yearly and reaching an upwards of $300 billion in annual trade. “Along with the notoriety of Los Angeles Harbor, it also features a water depth of 53’, creating an in-water playground of the best yachts and biggest vessels showcased on the West Coast,” said McIntosh.

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute will feature an iconic vintage brigantine, and the USS Iowa battleship will offer guests $5 discounts off their tickets with their boat show receipt and/or wristband.

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Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy a myriad of gourmet food trucks, along with a beer garden hosted by the San Pedro Brewing Company. New this year is the In-Water Dock Lounge which will be serving up a variety of items off the grill.

For the latest in show features, seminar schedules and dealer information, visit www.SoCalBoatShow.com
Southern California Boat Show
Show Dates –
Thursday, September 28; Friday, September 29; Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
Show Hours
Thursday, noon – 7pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-7pm; and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Admission
$15, $5 off with military ID, and kids 12 and under get in free.
Address– Cabrillo Way Marina is located at 2500 Miner St., San Pedro CA 90731
Stay in the loop by visiting www.SoCalBoatShow.com

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Credit: SoCal Boat Show.

About The Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc.
The Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. is publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World and The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher, and produces the Southern California Boat Show (Sept. 28-Oct. 1), Los Angeles Boat Show (Jan. 18-21, 2018), the Fred Hall Shows (March 7-11, 2018 in Long Beach, and March 22-25, 2018 in Del Mar) and a Central Valley Fred Hall Show on March 2-4, 2018 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield ), Newport Boat Show (Spring 2018), and the San Diego International Boat Show (June 2018).

September 9th is California’s Birthday! Celebrate with Gaslamp Popcorn! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Celebrate with Gaslamp Popcorn by posting about how young the Golden State looks after 167 years (and more than a million Hollywood facelifts).

We have teamed up for a special Giveaway! One winner will win a Prize package of Gaslamp Popcorn! They have such delicious flavors, by the way! My favorite is the Malibu Mix! The Kettle Corn doesn’t last long in our house either! I love the recipe below and it is super easy to make!

To enter the giveaway…leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about California and your favorite flavor of Gaslamp Popcorn! Deadline to enter is September 16th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected. U.S. Residents only, please. 

 

Birthday Cake

gaslamp popcornPopcorn Recipe Ingredients:
6 cups Gaslamp Kettle Corn Popcorn
3/4 cup white chocolate, melted
1/8 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup white or yellow cake mix
1/4 cup sprinkles

Popcorn Recipe Directions:

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, using 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until it is fully melted. Add the vegetable shortening to the chocolate and stir until it is melted. Add the cake mix to the chocolate. Pour the coating onto the popcorn and coat evenly. Use 2 spoons and toss it almost like a salad. Pour the popcorn out onto cookie sheets to cool/harden. Sprinkle immediately with your choice of sprinkles. Wait until fully hardened and enjoy this festive popcorn recipe!

This sweet and colorful popcorn recipe has just the right amount of crunch that’s perfect for any party. And by using the best Kettle Corn Popcorn made in California, you’ll get a tasty gluten-free snack that’s just right for the whole family.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples of Gaslamp popcorn to facilitate this post/giveaway. Recipe and images were also provided.

The Best Place for Summer Travel! La Jolla’s Pantai Inn: The Ultimate Family Destination! Enchanting Seaside Inn Embodies the Perfect Combination of Luxury and Convenience to Create the Ideal Family Destination This Summer

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Long celebrated for its stunning oceanfront location and views, Pantai Inn is perfectly positioned to be the ideal family destination in the San Diego area, hot on the heels of an extensive renovation and redesign.

While the Inn boasts a wide range of accommodations, what makes it so advantageous to families is its selection of commodious three-bedroom and two-bedroom suites as well as cottages, all with kitchens, which are well equipped to house families. The suites range from casual to deluxe, with even the more casual options providing the welcoming attitude and tropical atmosphere that the Inn is known for.

Coastal views and beautiful décor is only part of the Inn’s charm. It is centrally located to many of the area’s family and kid-friendly attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo & Safari ParkBalboa Park (including a plethora of museums, performing arts venues, lovely gardens and more), and popular family attractions like Legoland are just a short drive away.  For entertainment of the natural variety, the Inn is a short walk from La Jolla’s coastal Children’s Pool, tide pools and beaches, and is situated across from the rocky outcropping that is a favorite sunbathing spot of sea lions and harbor seals. There is no shortage of oceanfront activities alongside La Jolla’s stunning coastline including kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkeling, sailing and biking.

My family had the opportunity to visit Pantai Inn for a couple of nights and we had an amazing time! We stayed in a 3 bedroom Suite and it was the best Summer vacation ever! I only wish we could have stayed longer! The view from our place was simply amazing and although I am not usually one to be up at sunrise…I was up at sunrise since the beach was so close by with an amazing view and tons of Sea Lions! I also have to point out that the Staff is the best! They made my family feel at home and I loved that Tea and Coffee are available all day and all the little touches such as chocolate on our pillows at the end of the day…well, I really could go on and on….

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The rooms were beautiful and my husband and I loved the whole Bali theme! The Original Balinese art and design really makes this place unique!

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I just loved the Kitchen! It truly was fully stocked!

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I have to admit spending time on the balcony was a favorite thing for me! I could see and hear the ocean from that spot and I loved having my breakfast there! By the way, breakfast is complimentary there and the food is quite impressive! I loved the Baked Egg Cups and there were two options to choose from! My favorite was the Mediterranean-Sun Dried Tomato with Feta! Yum! The Chef also makes a really delicious Strawberry Cobbler Muffin! But, honestly, the breakfast is something to write home about! 

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I have to admit that my teenage son wasn’t excited about this trip before we arrived but he had a great time! The room accommodations, the view and the customer service truly made this a great vacation! What really impressed me was how we had all the comforts of home yet we felt like we were so far away from home. It truly was a unique experience without leaving Southern California! 

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And, the view was simply amazing! 

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And..walking distance to an amazing beach….I was absolutely thrilled! 

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Hands down visiting the Pantai Inn and La Jolla this Summer was the best time my family had together this Summer! 

There’s still time to visit! Summer isn’t over yet! 

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6.17.2017 Denise B.-111 Del

 

More About the Pantai Inn
The Pantai Inn’s distinct guest accommodations blend a unique Balinese-inspired décor with luxurious comforts and contemporary conveniences.  The relaxing oceanfront retreat offers a lush garden setting with soothing water features and an inviting courtyard to stimulate the senses.
Offering a variety of accommodations from ocean view studios and one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom cottages, the Inn is perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations.  Whatever the occasion, the Pantai experience is completed by the warmth and authenticity of the Inn’s extraordinary guest service.   Ranked as a top hotel in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, the 30 room Pantai Inn is located in the charming seaside village of La Jolla and is steps away from the finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries the area has to offer.  The Pantai Inn is located at 1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla CA, 92037. For information and reservations call toll free 855.287.2682 or visit www.pantai.com.               

Self Disclosure: My family was invited to visit Pantai Inn. No other compensation was received but our stay was comped. All opinions are my own.  I highly recommend Pantai Inn. Photo Credit: Top Photo: Pantai Inn. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.

Summer time fun at LEGOLAND!

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Looking for a fun place to take the whole family this Summer? LEGOLAND is the place to go! My husband, 13-year-old son and I recently visited there and had a blast! I love that there is so much creativity there and I really enjoy seeing so many things made out of legos! When my son was younger, legos were a big hit and even though he is now a teenager…legos are still a cool thing! Speaking of cool things…the LEGOLAND water parks are where we spent most of our day! My son and husband enjoyed the Build-A-Raft River and this was our first time at the CHIMA WATER PARK. The Lion Temple Wave Pool was a real big hit!

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They also have a great deal right now! You can add the Water Park and 2nd day for $5! The only thing is that you have to book +&days in advance. Sounds like a great deal to me!

We also had a visit thru the Sea Life Aquarium and recommend this one for all ages! It actually is one of my favorite Aquariums to visit! They have really cool Jelly Fish!

We didn’t visit the Legoland Hotel on this trip but you may remember that I once featured the fun time we had there four years ago for my son’s birthday. If you are wanting to celebrate a child’s birthday..this really is a fun place to stay!

We still have a few weeks of Summer left so check out Legoland this Summer! Find out more here! 

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Don’t forget to check out all the really cool buildings made out of Legos! 

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Penguin Chick to Debut on Exhibit at the Aquarium Of The Pacific The chick will leave its nursery to join its parents and siblings in the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat on August 8, 2017

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Photo Credit: Robin Riggs/Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Magellanic Penguin chick hatched in May will make its public debut and join its parents, siblings, and other birds in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on August 8. The public can see the chick starting when the Aquarium opens that morning at 9:00 a.m.

 

The chick was born to parents Roxy and Floyd. Roxy, the penguin chick’s mother, came to the Aquarium from Brazil. She was rescued and deemed non-releasable to the wild. She and Floyd are also parents to Skipper, Lily, Heidi, and Anderson. Magellanic Penguin chicks are hatched with a downy layer of plumage that is not watertight. The Aquarium’s penguin chick was taken after about twenty-one days to a behind-the-scenes nursery, where it will remain until its down is replaced by watertight juvenile feathers, a process called fledging. During its time in the nursery, the chick is learning to swim and to take hand-fed, whole fish.

 

In celebration of the baby bird, the Aquarium is offering the opportunity to adopt the chick through its Adopt an Animal program. Those adopting a penguin chick at the $100 level or higher before September 30, 2017, will have a chance to go behind the scenes for a feeding and training session with the penguins.

 

Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between thirty-eight to forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The parents take turns incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks after they hatch.

 

WHEN:            On exhibit starting Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Aquarium opens to public at 9:00 a.m. See all the coverage with the hashtag #AOPpenguins.

 

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

 

AQUARIUM:   The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the new FROGS: Dazzling and DisappearingOur Water Future, and archerfish exhibits. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other benefits.

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific.