Senior seal celebrated 21st birthday this past Wednesday @the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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She turned 21, and she is a senior! The public was invited to join Shelby the harbor seal to celebrate her over-the-wave birthday this past Wednesday, March 22 at the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. Shelby may have limited eyesight, but you would never guess. She is confident in her habitat and determined to do things on her own. Shelby was born and raised on the West Coast and arrived at the Aquarium of the Pacific at the age of three in 1998.

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Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Shops at Montebello to Award Up to $12,000 in College Scholarships Students in Montebello Unified School District encouraged to apply by April 25

The Shops at Montebello is seeking applicants for up to $12,000 in college scholarships, as part of the center’s scholarship program, which recognizes outstanding graduating seniors from the Montebello Unified School District as they continue their education.

 

Applications are currently available starting today, March 20, in high school counselor’s offices at Montebello High School, Schurr High School and Bell Gardens High School. Completed applications are due on Tuesday, April 25, no later than 2 p.m. to each respective high school counselor.

 

Up to four students from each school will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship each.

 

“Higher education and the pursuit of career aspirations for today’s youth is an initiative that is important to The Shops at Montebello,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello. “We’re honored to be a part of these students’ lives and assist in making their dreams to attend college a reality.”

 

The Shops at Montebello’s Scholarship Awards recognize local seniors in their pursuit to continue their education at a four-year college. The scholarship program was created in 1985, when the center opened, as a way to assist local students in recognizing their educational goals and to provide initial monetary support to attain those goals.

 

Candidates applying for the scholarship program will be evaluated on criteria including a combination of outstanding academic accomplishments, participation in school activities and clubs and community volunteer work. They must also possess a financial need and demonstrate a commitment to continuing their education at a four-year college by submitting an essay detailing why it is important to continue their education past high school. In addition to the completed application form, applicants must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Be a graduating senior from Montebello High School, Schurr High School or Bell Gardens High School, continuing their education at a four-year college
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a copy of their current school transcript
  • Submit the completed application to their high school counselor

 

Scholarship funds will be awarded upon official verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational program. The verification should be brought to The Shops at Montebello Management Office, as they will handle the distribution of funds.  For questions about the program, call 323-722-1776.

 

For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, Macy’s Home, JCPenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess, H&M, Cotton On, Papaya and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

 

Disney’s ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’ Comes To The Queen Mary FREE ADMISSION AND FREE FILM SCREENING April 6

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Complimentary admission to the Queen Mary and complimentary screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ 2016 feature, The Jungle Book is slated for April 6. Advance reservations required.

 

Part of the ship’s ongoing Salon Series community services program, the complimentary Jungle Book screening will be presented in the beautiful art deco Britannia Salon. The film is a live-action remake of the original animated classic produced in 1967 – the same year the Queen Mary first arrived in Long Beach. Walt Disney himself frequently sailed on the Queen Mary when in trans-Atlantic service.

 

Admission to the Queen Mary, April 6 is complimentary after 3PM. The film begins at 6PM. Reservations are required for complimentary entry to the ship but does not guarantee seating for the film; seats will be released on a first come – first serve basis.

 

Ship historical tours and separate 4D theater tickets pricing will be reduced to $5 per person for this Salon Series event. Theater-style snacks and cocktails will be available for purchase at pop-up concession stands in the Britannia Salon.

 

Event Parking is reduced to $10 after 3PM.

 

For More Details, Visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/salon-series/

RSVP Here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salon-series-the-jungle-book-tickets-32518569918

 

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About the Queen Mary     

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.

 

Find The Queen Mary here:

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/thequeen.mary

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheQueenMary

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeenmary/

YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/TheQueenMaryinLB

Wildflower Season In Full Bloom at OC Parks Rain and Fires Bring Plentiful Wildflowers to Local Parks

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Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of wildflower season. Heavy blankets of colorful and rare blooms are beginning to appear across OC Parks’ regional, wilderness and historical park sites.

 

The brilliance of each annual wildflower season depends on the intensity of winter rainfall and the natural aftermath of fire recovery. This spring marks a vibrant and early start to wildflower season that is anticipated to bud and bloom dramatically across several Orange County parks including Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is anticipated to bloom with intense wildflower coverage stemming from the June, 2016 fire that burned more than 50 acres of park land.

 

The public is encouraged to get out onto the land and experience the beautiful season. Expect to see hillsides covered orange with California Poppies and sightings of School Bells, Arroyo Lupine, Fiddleneck, California Bush Sunflower, Lemonade Berries, Flowering Gooseberries and more colorful blooms.

 

Every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Caspers Wilderness Park offers a ranger-led hike that will seek out wildflower blooms. On Monday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park will present the First Day of Spring Wildflower Hunt with a moderate 2-mile hike through wildflowers, enjoyable for ages 16 and over.

Whether you join a guided hike or explore the land on your own, OC parks invites you to experience the wildflowers as they bloom in abundance.

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OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources. http://www.ocparks.com

Families can visit the Easter Bunny and enjoy one-of-a-kind Easter celebrations

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The Shops at Montebello is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.

 

“We love hosting family-friendly experiences and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Marida Petitjean, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Montebello.

 

The Bunny Photo Experience begins Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. and runs through Saturday, April 15. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. Shoppers can save time and avoid the line by reserving their magical moment with the Easter Bunny online at http://simon.noerrbunny.com.

 

Furry family members also have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny at The Shops at Montebello’s Pet Photo Night on Sunday, April 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Appointments can be made at http://theshopsatmontebello.eventbrite.com/.

 

Following shortly after, children and families can hop into spring with the center’s Easter Celebration Event on Saturday, April 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Kids can take photos with Pokey the Puppy and receive a complimentary Pokey the Puppy book, while supplies last. Children ages 12 and under are also invited to make their own colorful Easter basket to take home and enjoy.

 

For ongoing updates and upcoming event information, follow The Shops at Montebello on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

 

Credit: The Shops at Montebello/Simon.

 

About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, Macy’s Home, JCPenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess, H&M, Cotton On, Papaya and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

Celebrate Pi Day at Home! Tomorrow is Pi Day!

Every year on March 14th, math lovers around the world celebrate Pi Day. The mathematical constant pi is most commonly known for its use in calculating the radius, diameter or circumference of a circle.

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Celebrations like Pi Day help keep math fun for kids of all ages.

In fact, the goal of the Kumon Math Program is to help children develop a true love for math by making the study of high school math easy. It instills in students the mindset and skills for self-learning and allows them to advance independently, ultimately resulting in many students studying above grade level.

Credit: Kumon. This is a courtesy posting to celebrate Pi Day. No compensation was received.

GRAMMY Museum Acquires DW Drums Played During Bruno Mars’ Prince Tribute At 59th GRAMMYs DW Drums Donates Five-Piece Collector's Series® Set To Museum's Permanent Collection; Fans Can Enter Contest To Win 5-Piece DW Design Series® Drumset Signed By Mars & Band

The GRAMMY Museum® has acquired the five-piece DW Drums Collector’s Series®drum kit played during GRAMMY® winner Bruno Mars‘ tribute to the late GRAMMY-winning icon Prince on the 59th GRAMMY Awards® on Feb. 12, 2017 at STAPLES Center. The five-piece set was donated to the Museum’s permanent collection by Oxnard, California-based, drum manufacturers, DW Drums, and is now on display in the Museum’s lobby.

 

Mars and his band, the Hooligans, paid tribute to Prince on the 59th GRAMMYs with a performance of Prince’s 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy.” While Mars played a white Schecter Cloud guitar, his brother and drummer, Eric Hernandez, played the gloss white, DW Drums Collector’s Series® kit complete with Prince’s iconic “symbol” hand-painted in gold leaf on the bass drum head which is currently on display at the Museum. The tribute also featured performances of Prince’s “Jungle Love” and “The Bird” by Morris Day and the Time.

 

“This donation is a huge milestone in the development of the GRAMMY Museum’s permanent collection,” said Bob Santelli, Museum Executive Director. “This piece will help us continue to educate visitors on memorable moments in GRAMMY Awards history, while also placing a much-deserved spotlight on some of the great artists of yesterday and today. We thank DW Drums, and Bruno Mars and his band, for this generous gift.”

 

“It was an honor to create this very special drumset for Eric Hernandez to play as part of Bruno Mars’ incomparable tribute to Prince at the 59th GRAMMY Awards,” said Drum Workshop, Inc. Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good. “To have this set of DW drums included in the GRAMMY Museum’s permanent collection ensures they will continue to be seen and enjoyed by countless visitors to the Museum for years to come, and it is DW’s hope they will inspire the next Prince, Bruno Mars or Eric Hernandez.”

 

In conjunction with the display, beginning today through April 19, 2017, fans can enter for the chance to win a stunning, five-piece DW Design Series® drumset, and DW 5000 Series hardware complete with a bass drum head hand-signed by Bruno Mars and his entire band prior to their performance at the 59th GRAMMYs. Registrants may enter to win the DW Drum display in the lobby of the GRAMMY Museum or in the online sweepstakes at www.dwdrums.com/GRAMMYMuseumContest  No purchase necessary.

 

The DW Design Series® drumset in white lacquer features 10″, 12″ and 14″ toms, a 22″ bass drum and 7″x14″ snare drum finished in chrome hardware and also includes DW 3000 Series hardware, single pedal and a drum throne. MSRP: $3800.00.

 

About Drum Workshop, Inc.

Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned American manufacturer of professional drums, pedals and hardware. Many of the world’s top professionals, such as Sheila E., Mick Fleetwood, Neil Peart, Max Weinberg and Dave Grohl have made the DW brand “The Drummer’s Choice.” Drum Workshop is also home to Pacific Drums and Percussion, a full line of production drum and hardware products. For more information, visit www.dwdrums.com or follow @dwdrums on Twitter and Instagram and like DW on Facebook.

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 The GRAMMY Museum
The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership  between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, the 21st century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only the GRAMMY Museum can deliver. For more information, please call 213-765-6800 or visitwww.grammymuseum.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter andInstagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.

 

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE district, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdayand Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

The Habit Burger Grill Introduces ‘Golden Chicken Salad’ to Menu for a Limited Time -New Salad Inspired by Delicious ‘Golden Chicken Sandwich’-

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 For a limited time this spring, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing a Golden Chicken Salad nationwide.

The Golden Chicken Salad is inspired by the fan-favorite Golden Chicken Sandwich, which permanently joined The Habit menu in late 2016. The Golden Chicken Salad ($7.25) starts with a buttermilk battered, sliced chicken breast, served atop fresh garden greens, with feta cheese, diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, red onions, carrots and cilantro, and is then tossed in a house-made Southwest-inspired cilantro lime ranch dressing.

The Habit’s golden chicken is hand-dipped into house-made seasoned flour and buttermilk, not just once but twice, before being fried to perfection and custom made to order for both the salad and the sandwich.

“The response for our Golden Chicken by our fans has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are excited to extend the menu line for a limited time to include a delicious salad. The Golden Chicken Salad is The Habit’s tasty answer to the ever growing popularity of fried chicken,” said Adam Baird, executive chef at The Habit Burger Grill.

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 just love this new  Golden Chicken Salad! I had the opportunity to try it out this week and I love the chicken and the dressing! I highly recommend! This is definitely a salad I will want to eat again!~ SoCal City Kids. 

About The Habit Burger Grill

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 175 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations.

More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to review the New Golden Chicken Salad. Photo and information was also provided.