Newport Dunes Celebrates 27th Annual Lighting of the Bay 11.24

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CELEBRATE THE 27th ANNUAL

LIGHTING OF THE BAY.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will kick off the holiday season with the 27th annual Lighting of the Bay celebration featuring a full schedule of seasonal festivities on Friday, November 24 from 3-8 p.m.

Families will enjoy live chorale performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by stand-up paddleboard and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay with more than 50 electric Christmas trees and holiday decorations. An outdoor screening of a holiday movie will wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and cider. Additional food and bar concessions will be available for purchase.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
3 p.m. – Live performances of holiday favorites by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High School Choirs

5:30 p.m. – Santa arrival and Lighting of the Bay

6 p.m. – Movie, “Arthur Christmas”

 

WHEN:

Friday, November 24, 3–8 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660

 

EVENT PRICE:

FREE

*On-site parking is $10

 CONTACT: 

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

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Pappy’s Seafood of San Pedro is the place to go for lunch or dinner!

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Historic Downtown San Pedro is now home to Pappy’s Seafood, a casual dining experience focused on classic seafood fare with high quality, fresh ingredients. This exciting addition to San Pedro’s dining scene is the creation of Santa Monica based Yunnie and Greg Morena, a couple with 30 years entrepreneurial ventures between them, including their wildly successful restaurant, The Albright, the longest-running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Pappy’s menu emphasizes sustainable and local seafood, sourced fresh from the Port of Los Angeles. Highlights include a clambake party, shrimp cake sliders, fish & chips, Brazilian Moqueca Stew, and a customizable, fresh fish grill. An extensive selection of starters, fresh salads, house made drinks, and offerings for kids, round out the menu with a collection of craft beers on tap and an assortment of local wines.
The comfortable yet upscale atmosphere is outfitted in a nautical color scheme and anchored by a reclaimed brass bar from the old Fisherman’s Market at The Ports o’ Call. The Morena’s worked closely with Undefeated founder, James Bond and architect David Alvarez, alongside the Papadakis family, to celebrate the motley heritage of the historic structure through the new design, creating a classic, seaside vibe. While preserving the original bones, the Morena’s raised the ceiling and exposed clerestory windows, antique brick, concrete, and the original entrance doors, all of which had been covered up for over 70 years.
I had the opportunity to check this place out for lunch and was really impressed with the casual atmosphere, friendly service, and the delicious food! The only thing was I had a difficult time deciding what to try! The menu has some really great selections! I started with the Crab Cakes (which is an appetizer) and they were delicious! Then I decided on a delicious Lobster Roll Sandwich!
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The Lobster Roll Sandwich was quite impressive and even the fries were delicious!
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I visited with a family member and she loved the Salmon plate!
So, if you are looking for a great Seafood place for lunch or dinner, I recommend Pappy’s Seafood! They are located at 301 West 6th Street in San Pedro. They are open 11:30 AM-9:30 PM Monday-Sunday.
Self Disclosure: I reviewed Pappy’s Seafood and had the opportunity to visit as Media. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Circus Vargas Unveils Original New Production- Steam Cirque! Returning to San Pedro! Family 4-Pack Giveaway Opportunity!

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Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Bringing their innovative new production to Arcadia from November 2nd – 13th and coming to San Pedro November 16th – 20th.

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!

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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:

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.

Thursday, November 2 – Monday, November 13 

Santa Anita Park (285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007)

Thursday, Nov 2 – 7:30pm

Friday, Nov 3 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 4 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 5 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
Monday, Nov 6 – 7:00pm

Thursday, Nov 9 – 7:00pm

Friday, Nov 10 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 11 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 12 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Monday, Nov 13 – 7:00pm

 

Thursday, November 16 – Monday, November 20 

By Battleship USS Iowa (250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles 90731)

Thursday, Nov 16 – 7:30pm

Friday, Nov 17 – 4:30, 7:30pm
Saturday, Nov 18 – 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov 19 – 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Monday, Nov 20 – 6:30pm.

Circus Vargas will be in the parking lot outside USS Iowa, and when you bring your Circus Vargas ticket stub to the museum you will get discounted entrance into the museum! Now, how cool is that?! It is a fun museum to visit!

Main Link: http://www.circusvargas.com/

Ticket Link: http://www.circusvargas.com/tickets.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CircusVargas/
I am excited that they are returning to San Pedro and we have teamed up for a Family 4-Pack for the San Pedro show! The winner can select one of the dates for San Pedro! To enter leave a comment below telling us why you would like to go! Deadline to enter is November 4th, 2017 at noon PST. 

Self Disclosure: I received free tickets to facilitate this post and giveaway. Images and information were also provided.

The Habit Burger Grill Fires Up New Bourbon Flavored Menu Items New Bourbon Bacon Charburger, Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich and Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries Added to Menu Lineup for Limited Time

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For a limited time this fall, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing three new Bourbon flavored menu items.

The new Bourbon lineup will include a perfectly flame-grilled Bourbon Bacon Charburger ($4.65) and a delicious Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich ($6.99).These new tasty options allow guests to choose from an award-winning Charburger with grilled onions or a hand-breaded, golden fried chicken breast, both topped with crispy smoky bacon and a tangy bourbon glaze on a toasted bun with fresh lettuce, mayo, tomatoes and pickles.

The new delicious Bourbon Charburger and sandwich would not be complete without the perfect side. For even more delicious, smoky Bourbon flavor, Habit fans can enjoy the new savory Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries ($2.50).

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where signature Charburgers are always made with 100% fresh ground beef, never frozen and chargrilled over an open flame. The Habit’s signature Charburgers, grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, delicious sides, and handmade shakes are always made-to-order.

I had the opportunity to try out these new food items and I loved the Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich! The Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries are really tasty too! I highly recommend both! 

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 190 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to check out these delicious new items. Information and image were also provided.

 

Ruby’s Diner Brings Back Pumpkin-Inspired Menu Items, Plus Kids in Costume Eat Free in October

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Fall is here and Ruby’s Diner is kicking off the season with a menu full of pumpkin-inspired treats.  Start the morning with fluffy Pumpkin Hot Cakes or hot-off-the-griddle Pumpkin Waffles! Sounds delicious! I actually had the chance to try the Pumpkin Waffles and they are quite delicious!  Curb a sweet craving with a rich Pumpkin Shake. During the month of October, this limited time offer gets even sweeter when kids will eat free at participating Ruby’s Diner locations when they come dressed in a Halloween Costume (purchase of one adult entrée required per eligible child). Participating locations may vary.

 

WHEN:

Pumpkin-inspired menu items available September 18-November 26, 2017

Pumpkin Hot Cakes and Pumpkin Waffles only available until 11:30 a.m. daily. 

Pumpkin Shake available all day. 

Kids Eat Free with Halloween Costume October 1-31, 2017

Offer available all day.

 

WHERE:

Participating Ruby’s Diner Locations

Cabazon – Morongo: 49000 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951.849.3850

Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza: 3333 Bear St. at South Coast Plaza – Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714.662.7829

Huntington Beach: #1 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714.969.7829

Irvine: 4602 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604949.552.7829

Irvine Spectrum: 505 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum. 949.753.7829

Laguna Hills: 24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949.588.7829

Long Beach: 6405 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562.596.1914

Oceanside: 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054. 760.433.7829

Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760.406.7829

San Diego – Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N., #360P, San Diego, CA 92108. 619.294.7829
Yorba Linda: 21450 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92887714.779.7829

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit a local Ruby’s Diner to check out the new Pumpkin inspired menu items. Image was provided. 

Kids to Form First Kid-Run Government in Carlsbad, Kidifornia!

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Visit Carlsbad announces the launch of their new tourism campaign, “Capital of Carlsbad, Kidifornia,” where the city will be the first destination in Kidifornia to officially establish their own government led, as expected, by kids!

Now, how cool is that?!

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“Capital of Carlsbad, Kidifornia” was designed by Visit Carlsbad, the city’s tourism authority, to jump start the conversation on why kids (and their parents) love Carlsbad. Through a series of online promotions, social media activations and special events, Carlsbad will be the first city to officially form a government in Visit California’s Kidifornia including a Mini-Mayor, City Architect, Head of R&D and City Planner. In Carlsbad, kids take charge of their vacations…and the government!

“There are four ways to WIN and five ways to PLAY & STAY in Carlsbad, Kidifornia!”

 

  • CARLSBAD, KIDIFORNIA CABINET: With the approval of their parents, kids are encouraged to form part of the city’s new administration and win fantastic prizes including a stay at West Inn & Suites, trips to LEGOLAND, dinners at Bistro West and Grubby’s, aquatic adventures at Carlsbad Lagoon, and more:

o   Mayor: To run for Mayor, kids will be asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag. The competition is going on until November 12th, 2017! (More details soon to be posted!)

o   Head of R&D: Kids will be invited to participate in the “Kids’ Check Out Survey” and share what they love most about the city; one winner will be selected at random to become the Head of Research & Development

o   City Planner: Kids can participate in a social media scavenger hunt and visit Carlsbad kid-friendly locations; one winner will be selected at random to become the City Planner from posts under the #HuntCarlsbad hashtag

o   Architect: Kids can attend the final event to be held at a Carlsbad beach and create their own “sand capitol”; the maker of the winning design will be awarded the title of City Architect.

  • PACKAGES & OFFERS: Travelers are invited to enjoy special Kidifornia promotions available from participating hotels and resorts including West Inn & Suites (recently designated Best Family Hotel in California by Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site), Sheraton Carlsbad, Omni La Costa, and Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort, as well as electric bike company Pedego.
  • CARLSBAD KID-FRIENDLY ROUTE: Travelers are invited to explore the many kid-friendly activities in the destination including seven miles of pristine beaches, theme parks like LEGOLAND® California Resort and SEA LIFE® aquarium, as well as the Leo Carrillo Ranch & Historic Park, Carlsbad Watersports, So Cal Surf Lessons, the Carlsbad Golf Center, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, the Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad Skate Park, and more.

The campaign will conclude on October 21, 2017 with the celebration of a “sand capitol” building contest at a Carlsbad beach where the names of the official kid-cabinet of Carlsbad, Kidifornia will be revealed.  Guests visiting Carlsbad can browse the destination’s comprehensive listing of all hotels in the city on VisitCarlsbad.com, including luxury resorts, vacation rentals, budget-friendly hotels and more.

Don’t miss the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach party on October 21st, 2017!

More info:

Located just 25-minutes north of San Diego, Carlsbad is a quaint beach town that showcases an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Known as “The Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city. The town’s dramatic beauty is complemented by a distinct variety of year-round signature events, as well as boundless ocean experiences along seven miles of golden coast, beautiful flower gardens, a range of accommodations, world-class shopping experiences, local breweries, golf, and unique destinations, such as LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. With a perfectly mild climate year-round, this Southern California treasure provides guests an ideal environment to explore the outdoors by day and relax each evening at one of the many beautiful resorts and comfortable hotels in Carlsbad. Visit the official website visitcarlsbad.comfor complete destination information.

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation has been received. Images and Info were provided. 

Go Little Tokyo Presents the Inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo Spooktacular Nights in the Heart of LA October 1 - 31, 2017

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Go Little Tokyo proudly presents the inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo for “spook”-tacular events in the heart of LA on select nights October 1 – 31, 2017. Ghosts and Goblins of all ages are invited to experience Little Tokyo this October as the neighborhood transforms with pumpkin patches, ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, free Halloween movie screenings, Little Tokyo ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed drink specials, scrumptious food, and more culminating to the hair-raising fun block party and costume parade on Saturday, October 28.

DETAILS: 

Experience Little Tokyo like never-before as the heart of Downtown LA transforms for the month of October with spooky themed-activities and frightening fun. Pick your perfect pumpkin at the weekend pumpkin patches by Tanaka Farms at the Japanese Village Plaza and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Dress up your little monsters for ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, and FREE family-friendly movie screenings including Studio Ghibli’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”  Learn of the legendary Little Tokyo ghost tales and the city’s history in the Little Tokyo haunted walking tours, or test your fears watching classic Japanese horror flicks including the 2002 supernatural film “Ju-on: The Grudge.” Dress your best on October 28 as the month-long celebration culminates to a Little Tokyo block party with a costume parade, bar crawl, live entertainment, special food and drink discounts, and more.

 

WHEN:

Select nights October 1 – 31, 2017

Block Party is on October 28, 2017

For a full calendar of events visit: www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

WHERE:

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

Free, depending on the activity. For more information please visit www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

 

PARTICIPATING STORES AND RESTAURNATS:

Proudly presented in partnership by Little Tokyo Community Council, Go Little TokyoAnime for HumanityCafe DulceWolf & CraneEast West PlayersJapanese American Cultural & Community CenterKizunaLittle Tokyo VibesMonkey PantsSeoul SausageTanaka FarmsJapanese Village PlazaLittle Tokyo Business Association, The Koban, Baldoria, and Japangeles.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo. Photo: “Spirit of the Witch”, themed cocktail by Wolf & Crane.

 

LA Haunted Hayride 9/29 – 10/31

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (@LAHauntedHayride) returns with the most thrilling ride yet as guests become completely absorbed within the experience.  This year’s theme “Clown” will feature four zones guaranteed to make your skin crawl: Haunted HayrideHouse Of ShadowsTrick Or Treat, and Purgatory. Take a seat on our haunted Hayride as we slither through the genuinely haunted woods of Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. Meet a legion of vicious clowns waiting with more psychopathic fun than any wagon can handle. And if you think you know clowns…you don’t know our clowns. The evolution of demonic apparitions that live within these trees have created a darkness that will leave with you and infiltrate your dreams. Clown – will literally have you on the edge of your seat and then forced out of those seats as you become immersed within your darkest fears escaping on foot to experience the winding, weaving Corn Maze smack dab in the middle of the ride! This year’s hayride will be your favorite hayride to date. We are sure of it.
The terror of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, 2017 and will be open select nights until October 31st, 2017. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am. General Admission is $44 and VIP passes that surpass the line are $62. There are also a limited number of Hayride Only Passes $35, all expected to sell out during the pre-sale. Pre-sale for tickets are available NOW. Visitwww.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for exact nights of operation and other details.
“Hayride fans have been asking us to bring back the Clown Tent Finale for years.  We just couldn’t escape it. Once we started we got so sucked into this rabbit hole of incredible clown content that we couldn’t just do one finale scene.  So we decided to take the number one fan favorite experience of our entire history and make it the entire 30 acre attraction. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for the hayride since year one ” explains TTO CEO and Haunted Hayride Founder and author of the upcoming book “READY FIRE AIM: How I Turned a Hobby into an Empire”, Melissa Carbone (@MelCarbs).
Admission: Ticketed
Location: Griffith Park (Old Zoo) 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
For Kids: Ages 10+ Recommended
Special Offer: Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now!
2017 Dates: Select dates between September 29th – October 31st
Credit: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.