Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby’s Diner for Breakfast with Santa December 17

Ruby’s Diner Laguna Hills


Shooby Dooby down to Ruby’s Diner on Sunday, December 17 for a very special breakfast with Santa. Guests ages 12 and under can enjoy a pancake breakfast special for $9.99 that includes a holiday photo with Santa afterwards.


Ruby’s Diner Laguna Hills
24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA


Sunday, December 17
10 a.m.-1 p.m.


Visit and contact (949) 588-7829.

Self Disclosure: Information was provided by Ruby’s Diner. No compensation was received.

Celebrate Christmas with the Animals of the OC Zoo December 16

The County of Orange and OC Parks invite the community to celebrate the holiday season with the animals of the OC Zoo on Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. during Christmas at the OC Zoo.
Christmas at the OC Zoo welcomes families to watch animals of all sizes open treat-filled gifts hidden inside Christmas trees and gift boxes. Children can delight in visits with Santa Claus and story time with Mrs. Claus. The jolly festivities continue with seasonally inspired crafts, games, and a festive photo station. Reservations are not required to enjoy Christmas at the OC Zoo. The holiday activities are free with paid zoo admission.
“This annual event is a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District, said. “Seeing the zoo’s animals getting their gifts is always a highlight of the season.”
Join the holiday festivities with OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo!

December 16 – Christmas at the Zoo
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: OC Zoo (inside Irvine Regional Park)
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under are free
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Contact: (714) 973-6847

Credit: OC Parks.

LA Travel Destination: Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

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Tonight (and every Wednesday) is Arabian Nights (5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)featuring Disney’s ALADDIN theme skate performance. And a few other fun events going on:

  • Silent Skate Party – Holiday Ice Rink presents its Silent Skate Party on Thursday, Nov. 30 and Wednesday, Dec. 13. Choose from three different channels of music and dance/skate the night away! Costumes are encouraged and skaters of all ages are welcome. Two sessions, 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Polar Bear Skate – One of the city’s most popular New Year’s Day traditions, the Polar Bear Skate is L.A.’s version of Canada’s “Polar Bear Plunge,” taking place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, Skaters are invited to dress in their chicest, wildest and most inventive beach attire. Prizes awarded for theme, originality and overall appearance. Spectators pick the winner!

Credit: Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square. Image and info were provided.



BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A CHRISTMAS ROSE marks Lythgoe Family Panto’s inaugural production at the venerable Pasadena Civic Auditorium and their sixth consecutive Panto presentation in Pasadena, five of which were presented at Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California. As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to develop theatre for young audiences, a portion of Lythgoe Family Panto’s proceeds from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be donated to Pasadena Playhouse’s outreach and education programs.
Previously Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions including A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas (the original of this production) starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.
Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairy tales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well-known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.
December 13 -24, 2017.
Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP)
in association with Pasadena Playhouse
Book by Kris Lythgoe
Choreographed by Mandy Moore (La La Land)
Music Direction and Arrangements by Michael Orland (American Idol)
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Kelli Berglund (Disney XD’s LAB RATS) as Belle
Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon) as Pierre
Jonah Platt (Broadway’s WICKED) as The Beast
James Snyder (Broadway’s IF/THEN) as Gus
John Tartaglia (Broadway’s Shrek The Musical) as Louis Vuitton
Gedde Watanabe (Broadway’s PACIFIC OVERTURES and John Hughes’ SIXTEEN CANDLES) as Marcel
Harrison White (Broadway’s The Lion King) as Dame Chanel
An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A CHRISTMAS ROSE features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), contemporary music and more.
The Ensemble for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – A CHRISTMAS ROSE features Jessica Richens (Top 3 “So You Think You Can Dance”/ “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star), Jennifer Bermeo, Alyse Rockett, Annie Gratton, Wally Pham, Branson Hudson, Darnell Joseph and Mason Trueblood. The Youth Ensemble features Emmanuel Martin Lewis, JD Bering, Caden Miller, Bryanna Fernandez, Madison Han, Yasmine Arya, Cameron Steen, Cody Copley, Joshua E. Guerrero, Layla Krugh, Brooklyn Bustamante, and Lexi Hernandez.

Bonnie Lythgoe serves as Executive Director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe.

Golden Ticket: Children ages 4-12 can enjoy a special on-stage experience for $60. (Note: One Golden Ticket requires an admission ticket.)

Winter Wonderland: Audience members can enjoy this FREE pre-show celebration featuring crafts, games, Santa Claus (on select days), photo opportunities, and more! Starts one hour prior to curtain time.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 626-449-7360. Group discounts (for groups of 8 or more) are available by
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Credit: Lythgoe Family Panto.

Ruby’s Diner Celebrates 35 Years of America’s Favorite Burgers, Fries and Shakes on December 7


 Thursday, December 7 Ruby’s Diner celebrates 35 years of America’s favorite burgers, fries and shakes. On the milestone date, all Ruby’s Diner locations** will offer the classic RubyBurger with French fries for just $2.99 while supplies last. Proceeds from each sale will directly benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation and Spark of Love.

Ruby’s Diner invites guests to enjoy a classic RubyBurger and French fries for just $2.99 twice a year – once in July commemorating the birthday of the Diner’s namesake, Ruby Cavanaugh – then again in December celebrating the company’s anniversary.

“We are thrilled to honor my mother Ruby’s legacy of service and compassion with a new partnership with Spark of Love for our 35-year milestone anniversary” commented Doug Cavanaugh, Founder and CEO of Ruby’s Diner. “The Ruby Dooby Foundation is a cause close to our hearts and allows us to give back to the community. Working with Spark of Love is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude for the past 35 years of service.”

The Ruby Dooby Foundation carries on the legacy of giving and compassion embodied by Ruby Cavanaugh, who adored children. The proceeds from the 35th Anniversary will directly benefit The Ruby Dooby Foundation, in addition to $5,000 of the proceeds donated to Spark of Love, a toy drive and distribution initiative that benefits foster youth and caregivers.

The flagship Ruby’s Diner opened in Newport Beach on the Balboa Pier in 1982. Over the last 35 years, Ruby’s Diner has become the family destination for memorable meals, and today has more than 34 locations across the country in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arizona.

On December 7, enjoy the RubyBurger with a side of crispy French fries for just $2.99. A guest favorite, the RubyBurger boasts a 1/3 lb patty grilled to perfection, topped with crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, signature RubySauce and American cheese, all piled high on a toasty brioche bun. The signature RubyBurger is an unrivaled American classic, celebrating the legacy of Ruby’s Diner and the next 35 years to come.

** Special price not available at Ruby’s Shake Shack, casino and airport locations.

Credit: Ruby’s Diner.

“Dickens Holiday Celebration” @ The International Printing Museum Sat. Dec.9th 2017 in Carson, CA


Dickens Holiday Celebration

@ The International Printing Museum

315 W. Torrance Blvd.

Carson, CA 90745

(310) 515-7166

 Sat. Dec. 9th 2017

10:00 am-4:00 pm

“Christmas Carol “performances 11:00 am1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Reservations req. for play Note: Advised for children 10 years & up w/ Adults

Admission includes activities, play w/ reservations & Holiday Lunch

Admission $25 per guest $80 Group rate up to 4

The Museum is transformed into Fezziwig’s warehouse replete with Victorian decorations and lamp posts.  Several Dickens characters are around to meet up with our guests like “Fagin” from Oliver Twist teaching how to pick pockets whiles he picks yer’s with the “Artful Dodger” in tow.   “Micawber” from David Copperfield is between jobs and demonstrates a health cure via an Electro-static Generator while “Miss Havisham” has Great Expectations for her ward “Estella” by instructing her in the art of insulting the gentlemen in attendance.

All the while mini tours of the fascinating collection of working antique printing presses are in full swing while other guests get to print their own Victorian Holiday Cards & Gift tags with type and cuts from that era on Victorian presses (Talk about a unique Christmas keepsake for a special loved one!)

Many will be serenaded while munching on a Holiday Lunch of Bangers, Gingerbread and Punch (part of the admission) by Capt. Jack & his 1895 Player-Organ cranking out old carols as well as “Steerforth” from David Copperfield with his Holiday Dulcimer.

Guests will be filing into our theatre to meet up with Charles Dickens himself as he changes his lecture into an “interactive “event using audience members as part of his cast for a fun rendition of his classic Christmas Carol !   All this and other surprises are in store for those attending and we do encourage our guests to dress Victorian!

Credit: The International Printing Museum.

‘The Nutcracker’ Inland Pacific Ballet’s Spectacular with over 80 dancers returns to Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside

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Inland Pacific Ballet Presents

The Nutcracker

A Holiday Tradition Returns to the Inland Empire 
Performances in three theaters between December 9 – December 23, 2017
Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside

 Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at Southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker from critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet. The Nutcracker comes to life in this magnificent ballet comprised of beautiful sets, dazzling costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage with a total of 10 performances from December 9-23 at three theatres – Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in ClaremontLewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, and the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. This annual holiday show tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Featuring toy soldiers, life-sized dancing dolls, falling snow, a fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, new Gingerbread characters in an updated choreographed Mother Ginger scene, Tchaikovsky’s classic score, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy that stirs the imagination. Young audience members can look forward to meeting and greeting the cast after the performance for photos and autographs.

Returning Principal Dancers include Allynne Noelle as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Thomas Garrett and Evan Swenson as the Cavalier, Cameron Schwanz as Arabian, Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, and Reece Taylor as Mouse King and Arabian. Principal Character Artist Brandon J will perform as Mouse King and Dragon Master. Soloists Michael Milligan will dance the roles of Dr. Stahlbaum and Dragon Master with Hannah Leah Oeding as Snow Queen and Spanish, and Chanel Tekin as Arabian and Spanish.

New Principal Dancers include Madison Morris, a southern California native recently returned from dancing with Houston Ballet, who with her warm and expansive performing style will grace the roles of Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Mrs. Stahlbaum. Gracie Holway, a tall, exquisite, dancer who hails from Michigan will dance the Sugar Plum Fairy, among other roles, and Jessica Gadzinski, whose elegance and inner passion make her a perfect interpreter for the Arabian Princess, and Dew Drop roles.

IPB’s two new soloists are Kelsey Dorr from Lake Forest in Orange County, who among other roles will dance a Rose in Waltz of the Flowers, and Lawrence Chen, a brilliant young artist from Chino Hills who is also currently pursuing his interest in mathematics at Pomona College. With his power, athleticism and grace, Lawrence will be dancing The Nutcracker Prince, the Spanish, Russian, and the Soldier Doll.

“We are always excited to share our beautiful production of the Nutcracker with loyal fans and new audiences,” states Artistic Director Victoria Koenig, “and this year we are thrilled to introduce five outstanding new dancers who have just joined the Company. You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles. Their enthusiasm is infectious!”

The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet of our times. It was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story by E. T. A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Nutcracker was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than ‘Sleeping Beauty’.” At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.

Children’s Tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41 with premium seats at $59. Performances take place from December 9/10 at 2pm and December 9 at 7:30 pm at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont; December 15/16 at 7:30 pm and December 16/17 at 2 pm at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22/23 at 7:30 pm and December 23 at 2 pm at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.

Inland Pacific Ballet’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season with five additional abbreviated performances of The Nutcracker for PreK-12 students from local area schools that include a talk and demonstration showing the magic of live theater and how dancers tell a story without words. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the lavish professional ballet performance, followed by a lively question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free Study Guide to continue the experience back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater, and learning about ballet. Information about outreach performances are available at

Inland Pacific Ballet, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers

Over the past 23 years Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors, Southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much loved stories such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.

Victoria Koenig
 – co-founder and Artistic Director – is a native of Los Angeles where she trained with Carmelita Maracci, Kenneth Kreel, Tania Riaboushinska Lichine and Stanley Holden.  After many years as a professional dancer in such notable companies as the Feld Ballet, New York and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher for cultural institutions such as Taiwan’s National Institute of the Arts and Artemis Dance Concentrum in Amsterdam, she returned to Southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community.  In Los Angeles she co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, a critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company known for its creativity and originality.  For eight years she was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center where she taught the professional level class attended by local pros as well as visiting artists from companies around the world.  She also served for six years on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach.  Now a resident of Claremont, Victoria has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of both the Inland Pacific Ballet and the Company’s official Academy, which provides unique training and performance opportunities for the region’s serious young dance artists.  She also serves the community as a grant review panelist for State and local arts agencies including the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department.  Victoria is also a member of the dance faculty at Pomona College.

Kevin Frank Myers
 – co-founder and Co-Director – is a native of Riverside, California.  He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including GiselleSwan LakeThe Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created on him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson.  Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels.  As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Kevin is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.

Jonathan Sharp – Associate Director – was trained at the National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. While on full scholarship at SAB, he was trained by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Farrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. After finishing his training there, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was also a member of Stars of America Ballet (a touring group headlined by Robert La Fosse and Darci Kistler). He returned to NYC and appeared in the original casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel (1994 Tony winner for Best Revival), The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player in the daytime drama Another World, as well as guest-starring on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls. Jonathan is a faculty member of Idyllwild Arts Academy and also teaches and directs all over Southern California. He is an ABT Certified Teacher for Primary to Level 5.

Credit: Inland Pacific Ballet.

Kids Rule In Carlsbad! 8 yr old Anthony J. elected Mini Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia

Eight-year-old Carlsbad resident Anthony J. has taken Mayor Matt Hall’s declaration “Kids rule in Carlsbad” to heart and was voted the first Mini Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia. The destination’s tourism entity, Visit Carlsbad, announced today the names of the four members of the city’s first Kid-Cabinet, part of their family-friendly campaign to promote the city as the top travel destination for kids. By forming the first kid-run government, Visit Carlsbad paves the way for the city to become the capital of Kidifornia and raises awareness of the destination as ideal for families.

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“The team was incredibly impressed with the many #MiniMayorCarlsbad contributions on social media, but Anthony’s submission stood out for its creativity, deep understanding of the city, and evident love for Carlsbad,” says Visit Carlsbad Executive Director Sam Ross. “Anthony showed the fun stuff, as well as places to learn, and the hidden jewels of the city, such as our very own volcano. He also supported an educational and environmental platform—which befits a true civic-minded politician.”

Carlsbad’s search for the Kid-Cabinet stems from Visit California’s own tourism campaign announced earlier this year, which renames the state Kidifornia and highlights a selection of family-friendly experiences to enjoy. “Kidifornia is all about family experiences,” says Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO. “Kids rule here in The Golden State, and we’re thrilled to see Visit Carlsbad create the first kid-led government in Kidifornia.”

The first item on the agenda of Carlsbad’s Mini Mayor will be to deepen his appreciation of the city and connect with the residents, which Anthony and his family will do while enjoying the campaign prize including two nights at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch at Grubby’s, and park passes to LEGOLAND. Over the coming year, Visit Carlsbad will work with the Mini Mayor to experience new kid-friendly tourism initiatives and keep the dialogue going with the kids of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Mini Mayor Anthony J. begins his term in office aside his very own Kid-Cabinet, which includes Head of R&D Josh K., selected at random from participants in the campaign’s Kid’s Check Out Survey. The city’s first research project, an online survey on what kids love most about Carlsbad, revealed the following data:

  • When asked what they liked most about Carlsbad’s hotels, kids appreciate the well-appointed rooms (52%), followed by the food (32%) and the caring staff (16%)
  • Kids most love exploring Carlsbad’s beaches (62%), followed by outside sports (24%) and dining (14%)
  • 83% of the kids want to return to LEGOLAND on their next trip to the destination, while only 8% would prefer doing outdoor sports as their top activity
  • 71% of the kids interviewed said the ocean was their favorite water experience, followed by resort pools (16%) and the lagoons (13%)
  • 71% of kids voted for pizza as their favorite food in Carlsbad, followed by tacos (22%) and smoothies (7%)
  • 53% of all kids who had visited in summer said they would most like to come back during the winter holidays, followed by visits in spring (33%) and fall (14%)

Dual City Architects Sidney F. and Jack S. were awarded their titles after successfully creating their own versions of the city’s capital building in sand at the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party held at the Beach Terrace Inn on October 21, 2017. The Kid-Cabinet members are currently working hard enjoying the city’s attractions, including a day at Carlsbad Watersports and the SEA LIFE Aquarium.

In accepting his new post, Mini Mayor Anthony J. graciously agreed to offer the 14 other #MiniMayorCarlsbad competition participants a family-sized pizza at the Intergalactic Headquarters of the Pizza Port Empire in Carlsbad Village. “Our research shows kids are crazy about Carlsbad’s pizza and we thought this gift would be a great way to recognize their efforts in the search for the Mini Mayor” said Anthony. “It’s easy to share the love in Carlsbad!” he added.

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 for complete destination information.

Guests visiting Carlsbad can browse the destination’s comprehensive listing of all hotels in the city on, including luxury resorts, vacation rentals, budget-friendly hotels and more.

 Credit: Visit Carlsbad.