Kids Krazy Krafts Day @ The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA Saturday April 8th 2017

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“KIDS Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017

                         10:00 am-4:00 pm

All day on-going activities at
The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745
(310) 515-7166
Admission:   $10 (non-participating kids under 5 yrs “free”)

For Kids and the” Kid-at-Heart”….A fun event for the upcoming Holiday weekend!

Where budding ” Gutenbergs” and “Horace Greeleys” can observe and join in on demonstrations in Printing, Paper Making, Cartooning, Book Arts, Origami, Calligraphy, Screen Printing (bring a T-shirt), as well as mini-tours of the museum’s extraordinary collection of “operating” antique printing presses and the casting of type via the wonderfully noisy Linotype machine.

New This Year!  Paper Marbling with guest Artist Jack Conway…create wonderful marbled paper under the guidance of this magical expert!

Plus other surprises!!

Big Kids always welcome!


Ample Free Parking as usual!


“The Little Printer Dude” represents all the hands-on printing, cartooning, calligraphy, origami, paper making and screen printing activities among other surprises @ The International Printing Museum’s “Kids Krazy Krafts Day” Sat. April 8th 2017 in Carson, CA. Credit: The International Printing Museum. 

BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at LA Zoo is 3 Days of Family “EGG-citement” – April 14-16


Guests at the Los Angeles Zoo’s BIG BUNNY SPRING FLING

BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING at the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates the season with three bountiful days of “EGG-citing” adventure on Friday, April 14, Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Fun for youngsters includes opportunities to examine eggs of different animals, seed-planting crafts, face painting, musical entertainment by Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show, costumed unicorn princess and fairy characters, photos with a “Big Bunny” character for a nominal fee and a special Ranch Talk to learn about and interact with the Zoo’s sheep.  Adding to the excitement is Bubblemania, a “hands on” bubble-making experience for guests featuring bubble wands that look like flowers, butterflies, dinosaurs, dolphins and more.  For more family fun, a Dance Block Party features a live DJ (11 am to 4 pm) and breakdancing demonstrations.  Guests also discover the complexities of reptile egg laying and incubation during talks in The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) exhibit at 11 am and 2 pm.  Rounding out the activities are an “EGG-ucation Station” to give inquisitive guests a chance to see a bunny’s sensory and grooming habits, as well as the opportunity to learn about care for real bunnies, which are available for viewing at 10:45 am, 11:45 am and 12:45 pm.  All events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks its 50th anniversary with a yearlong “ZooLAbration” of its November 28, 1966, opening that spotlights not only its key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals. Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future. 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. The L.A. 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; 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.

Programming subject to change.

All Big Bunny’s Spring Fling events are free with paid Zoo admission, except “Big Bunny” photos, which are available for a nominal fee.  Zoo admission is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 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

Credit: Los Angeles Zoo.


Disney Princesses Create Their Own Happily Ever After When DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG Comes To Long Beach & Inland Empire, April 20-30, 2017


Believing is just the beginning when dreamers throughout the Southland witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.  Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true.  In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.  Disney On Ice presents Dream Big is playing in the L.A. area from April 20th – 30th at the Long Beach Arena and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.


Audiences will be transported to a world where imaginations soar and anything can happen. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales.  Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves.  Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic.  Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.  Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN:             Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23

  • Thursday, April 20 7:30 PM
  • Friday, April 21 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 23 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM


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


TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at $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, 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




WHEN:            Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30

  • Thursday, April 27        7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 28 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 30 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


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


TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at $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, 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


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 To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit

or follow us on these social media platforms:


Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #WorldsOfEnchantment


Instagram: @DisneyOnIce


About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, 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 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at


Fur to Feathers, Scales to Tails The America’s Family Pet Expo Returns to OC Fair & Event Center, April 28-30 Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet Animal education, family pet entertainment, four-legged competitions and adoptions all weekend long


The America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017. All creatures great and small, from four legged to flying, will all be on display at the annual family-friendly event.

“The Pet Expo is now in its 28th year and we couldn’t be more excited.  Offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment, and pet adoptions, The Pet Expo is the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Doug Poindexter, President of the World Pet Association, producers of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “Each year the show progresses to include the best in pet ownership and care.  We will continue to offer a variety of educational presentations, product launches, amazing pet acts and our popular animal adoptions, as well as showcasing the latest trends in the pet care industry.”


Last year, there were more than 500 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs – that were adopted from the Pet Expo’s Southern California animal rescue partner organizations.


The Pet Expo is excited to announce the return of the crowd pleasing “Cook’s Racing Hogs & Dogs,” a race that consists of four pigs, which run from one end of a 90-foot U-shaped track to the other. Four dogs then compete in a similar race. Waiting at the end of the track is a treat – vanilla ice cream and a golden Oreo cookie.

The 2017 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground Debuts. The interactive activity brings a close up view for guests to watch adorable adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and toys they like.

Lucy’s Wave Maker will return and also feature a cat surfer. The world’s one and only mobile wave machine makes an encore appearance America’s Family Pet Expo showcasing the best surfing dogs and cats too! The wave maker made international headlines from its appearance in the 2017 Rose Parade. America’s Family Pet Expo is the first stop on the 2017 National Tour that kicks off in Costa Mesa.


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Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species  of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping.

In advance of the Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kids Aquarium Contest.  There will also be Police Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank and The Great American Petting Zoo for the whole family to enjoy.

Added to the Expo line-up is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest. This new feature will consist of intermediate to advanced aquarists in a competition to create the most appealing natural aquarium.

The participants will use a variety of live plants and other natural decorations in order to create a miniature underwater jungle. Pet Expo attendees are encouraged to come watch the process of setting up a fully functional planted aquarium from 10am on Friday, April 28th to 12pm on Saturday, April 29th.  Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 aquascapers on Saturday, April 29th at 5:00pm.

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.

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 .  The America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 65-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.
***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Credit: The America’s Family Pet Expo.


The South Bay Business Women’s Association (SBBWA) Announces the Keynote Speakers for its Conference “Women of Impact & Influence”

SBBWA is proud to announce the two keynote speakers for its Conference: Jen Bricker and Tieko Nejon. This inspirational event centers on awarding scholarships to deserving South Bay women to pursue business degrees. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 5 at the Torrance Marriott. The day includes dynamic keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, an inspirational panel, a lovely lunch, plus a networking reception for guests to connect with other businesswomen.


Jen Bricker was born without legs and abandoned by her parents. Fortunately, her adoptive parents encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming a gymnast like her idol Dominique Moceanu. Later, in a twist of fate, Jen discovered that Dominque is her biological sister.


The second keynote speaker is the founder of Tieko Nejon, a boutique Brand Strategy Firm. Tieko believes she was born an entrepreneur even though her upbringing did not hint at this as even the slightest possibility. She grew up in a neighborhood laden with gun-violence and drugs. She had a single mother, and her estranged father was a drug addict. The odds were clearly stacked against her, but she knew that she had the choice to rewrite her story.


There will also be a fascinating panel titled “Trailblazers & Trendsetters,” featuring local millennial entrepreneurs. For the breakout sessions, Karen Logan of Renaissance Works will instruct on building an engaged and effective team. And, Keirsten Quest of Max Potentials will discuss Business Growth Secrets.



SBBWA President Janice Gallardo Walters notes: “It has been a unique pleasure watching the Conference empower local students in increasingly profound levels for the last three years. The highlight of our Conference—even more compelling than the inspiring speakers we engage—is the awarding of the scholarships to South Bay women, each of whom brings a range of skills and aspirations that capture our imagination. I invite you to be a part of an event that creates positive impact on an immediate and local level.”


Event: 2017 South Bay Women’s Conference: “Women of Impact & Influence”


Date: Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:30am – 4:00pm


Location: The Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503
Tickets/Info:  $135 at


Photo above: from the 2016 event. Credit: SBBWA.



SBBWA is a local nonprofit organization comprised of businesswomen who share a desire to give back to the community. Its main focus is to raise money for the purpose of awarding educational scholarships to deserving women pursuing degrees in order to better their lives. The organization is always welcoming new, purpose-driven and service-minded female members. Monthly dinner meetings are the first Wednesday of every month, and mixers are the fourth Tuesday of every month. To learn more about this organization, visit

Meet the new penguin—Admiral Fancy Pants—starting March 15 at the Aquarium of the Pacific


Photo credit: Robin Riggs
Pictures: Admiral Fancy Pants, the newest Magellanic Penguin at the 
Aquarium of the Pacific.

Admiral Fancy Pants, a two-year-old male Magellanic Penguin, will make his public debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday, March 15.


The public will be able to view the Admiral’s debut on its live webcam and can visit when the Aquarium opens starting at 9:00 a.m. that day. The Penguin Cam is courtesy of, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.


Admiral Fancy Pants arrived at the Aquarium as part of a national conservation effort by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA administers a Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Magellanic Penguins that includes breeding efforts. It is hoped that the Admiral finds a mate in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. As the Aquarium welcomes the Admiral, they said goodbye to Newsome the penguin, who went on to find a potential mate at another AZA-accredited home. As the Aquarium’s colony continues to grow, staff members anticipate more such sharing to occur in the future in support of SSP conservation efforts. Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Live Webcam:8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. webcam (available at

Public:9:00 a.m. Aquarium opens


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


Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.


Whole Foods Market Celebrates March 14 with Pi(e) Day Deals


Whole Foods Market is celebrating Pi Day with $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizzas.

This Pi Day deal is only valid on March 14 and available while supplies last. Varieties of pies and pizzas vary from store to store, but may include pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, vegan pizza and more.

All pies and pizzas contain absolutely no hydrogenated fats, no bleached or bromated flours, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Selection varies by store and excludes frozen.


Happy Pi Day!


Credit: Whole Foods Market.

Lent Friendly Dining: New Sustainable Shrimp Dishes at Rubio’s Coastal Grill


Along with their famous Original Fish taco, Rubio’s is one of few fast casual restaurants to offer a wide selection of grilled seafood tacos, burritos and bowls for readers who are looking for alternatives to red meat and poultry during the 40-day Lenten period.

In addition to tried-and-true favorites, Rubio’s has also two brand new shrimp dishes to the menu. Featuring sustainable shrimp and a chef-crafted spicy chili aioli sauce, the brand new Panko Crusted Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito!

I had the opportunity to try the Burrito and it is one of my new favorites from Rubio’s! 

Rubio’s Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp dishes feature sustainable shrimp crusted with panko-bread crumbs complemented by Rubio’s chef-crafted chile aioli sauce, creating the most satisfying combination of sweet and spicy flavors and crispy texture in every bite. The Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Two Taco Plate features crispy shrimp placed atop warm stone-ground corn tortillas topped with chile aioli sauce, salsa verde, crunchy fresh cabbage, and cilantro and onion mix, and is served with no-fried™ pinto beans and sea-salted tortilla chips. The Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Burrito wraps the crispy shrimp, chile aioli sauce, salsa verde, citrus rice, cabbage, and cilantro and onion mix in a toasted flour tortilla.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, please visit Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, counting the ocean as a source of inspiration, Rubio’s uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood dishes, and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all natural grilled marinated chicken and steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer, wine and sangria beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s ‘Top 50 Movers and Shakers’ as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s participates in a variety of community partnership efforts throughout the year including being a member of the Blue Business Council and hosting Rubio’s annual CoastFest celebration and beach cleanup. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and currently operates more than 200 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Florida. For more information, visit

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try one of the new menu items for free to facilitate this post. Information and image was also provided.