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.


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


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.



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.

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


 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

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

Show Off Your “Egg-cellent” Foodtography Skills for a Chance to Win $5k!

Amateur food photographers rejoice! To celebrate 25 years of providing the only egg that provides better taste, better nutrition and better freshness, Eggland’s Best (EB) is searching for the most passionate EB fan, who also happens to have an eye for taking beautiful photos of their delicious & healthy Eggland’s Best dishes! For the first time ever, EB is tapping into the “foodtography” trend and inviting fans to submit their best original “egg-cellant” food photos in one of four categories by April 12, 2017 for a chance to win $5,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs!


To enter (and for official rules), visit and submit two mouthwatering photos of your favorite EB dishes.  All dishes must include at least two whole Eggland’s Best eggs and can be entered into one of four categories: breakfast/brunch, appetizer, main course, or dessert.


The five highest-scoring entries will be determined from each category for a chance to compete in the semi-finalist round where EB fans can vote to help select the finalist in each category.  The finalists will then be revealed on the EB website where EB fans will once again have the chance to vote for the ultimate EB Foodtographer!  Each finalist will be awarded $1,000 and a year supply of EB eggs, and the Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a year supply of EB eggs!

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About Eggland’s Best Eggs

Eggland’s Best (EB) is the No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent source of Vitamins D, B12, and E, and a good source of Vitamin B5 and Riboflavin. EB eggs have five times more Vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3, 10 times more Vitamin E and 25 percent less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. Independent testing has also confirmed that Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.

The distinctive “EB” stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service customers that the eggs meet the highest production and safety standards. Eggland’s Best was voted “America’s Most Trusted Egg Brand” by American shoppers in the 2016 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, “America’s Most Recommended™ Eggs” by women in the 2016 Women’s Choice Awards, and has received numerous awards from Prevention Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Taste of Home, Women’s Health, and many others.

In 2014, Eggland’s Best was also awarded “Product of the Year” in the egg category by Product of the Year USA. Eggland’s Best’s hens are fed a strictly controlled, proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results in a better tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are available in large, extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage free hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, and are certified Kosher. For more information, visit

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to facilitate this post. Information was provided.

The Habit Burger Grill Rewards CharClub Members with Free Charburger Not a member? Sign Up Today to Receive Your Free Charburger

The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:HABT) is giving all existing and new CharClub members a free Charburger with cheese during the month of March.

The Habit CharClub is a free program that offers members perks including exclusive updates from The Habit executive chef, a special treat on your birthday, invitations to grand openings and special events, first-hand information about new menu items and limited time offerings, and more.


For a limited time, March 1-31, 2017, The Habit will be rewarding existing CharClub members with an offer for a free Charburger with cheese.  Everyone is invited to participate, and if you are not a member, ‘make it a habit’ and sign up for the CharClub by visiting Once you have signed up for the CharClub, your free Charburger offer will be sent directly to your email, no strings attached.


Connect with The Habit on social media at  and



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

Kids Play Safe Announces Partnership with Chuck E. Cheese’s® Family dining and entertainment leader receives Kids Play Safe Certification; Awarded to Businesses that Ensure Safety and Health of Children

Today, Kids Play Safe, a research organization committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of children, and Chuck E. Cheese’s® announced their partnership. Kids Play Safe, and its founder Dr. Erin Carr-Jordan, approached Chuck E. Cheese’s in 2015 to discuss ways to collaborate on common goals to provide a safe, healthy play environment for kids. Working together, Kids Play Safe and Chuck E. Cheese’s identified ways to implement more effective, environmentally-conscious cleaning practices in its restaurants nationwide. This earned Chuck E. Cheese’s the Kids Play Safe Certification, making it the first major brand to be recognized for its commitment to providing a safe, clean and eco-friendly place for its guests.


“We’ve always strived to provide a fun and clean environment for kids and where parents can feel confident that their children will be safe to play and eat,” said Tom Leverton, CEO of CEC Entertainment, Inc. “That’s why the Kids Play Safe partnership and certification was a natural fit for us, and we are excited to be implementing these environmentally-safe practices in our stores nationwide.”


The Kids Play Safe Certification will help organizations across a broad spectrum of industries make truly green changes to positively impact the health and wellness of their consumers, employees, and the environment. Chuck E. Cheese’s has been converting all of its cleaning products to an all new eco-friendly cleaner. The new cleaning solution is non-toxic, environmentally safe and just as effective as standard cleaning products.


“It is absolutely possible to adopt a green mindset without compromises, and Chuck E. Cheese’s is a great example. They have shown a deep commitment to their employees, customers and the planet. Their focus on health and safety is to be commended,” said Dr. Annissa Furr, chief operating officer of Kids Play Safe.


The Kids Play Safe Certification is awarded to business locations that are cleaned without the use of harsh chemicals that can negatively impact the health of consumers and have equipment regularly checked for safety. With this certification, parents can trust that their children will play and eat in a safe environment that will not present future health risks. As a visible reminder of Chuck E. Cheese’s commitment to health of its patrons and cleanliness of its stores, the Kids Play Safe initiative is highlighted through in-store signage.


The partnership furthers the brands commitment to making Chuck E. Cheese’s a fun and safe place and Where a Kid Can Be a Kid.



About Kids Play Safe

Kids Play Safe is a research organization committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of children. Originally formed in 2010, their national study spanned across the United States and is the largest of its kind in existence. Since inception the KPS team has maintained strong connections with consumers, legislators, educators, health departments, and the media. In 2015, Kids Play Safe followed up their original study with a national survey intended to help understand perceptions, spending patterns, and gaps that needed to be filled to continue to keep kids safe. The results of that survey led to the development of KPS Eco-Consulting Group. The KPS Group is a full-service team of corporate social responsibility experts who help businesses identify green options that positively impact the planet and their bottom line.


About CEC Entertainment, Inc.

For nearly 40 years, CEC Entertainment has served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment and the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid®. Chuck E. Cheese’s goal is to create positive, lifelong memories for families through fun, food, and play. It is also the place where more than a million happy birthdays are celebrated every year. Each Chuck E. Cheese’s features musical entertainment, games, rides, and play areas for kids of all ages, as well as a variety of freshly prepared dining options. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese’s helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®. As a strong advocate for its local communities and childhood education, Chuck E. Cheese’s has donated more than $14 million to schools through its fundraising programs. Additionally, Chuck E. Cheese’s supports its national charity partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters, through nationwide fundraisers and donation drives. The Company and its franchisees operate a system of 603 Chuck E. Cheese’s and 144 Peter Piper Pizza stores, with locations in 47 states and 11 foreign countries and territories. For more information, visit and or connect with us on social media.


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The Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) is celebrating the Grand Opening of the second day of its East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market. The Market has been bringing fresh produce to the community on Thursday evenings since 2012. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Thai CDC is now able to offer another farmers’ market day on Saturdays for the next three years, starting Saturday, March 4, 2017.


The ceremony will open with a procession lead by Wat Thai’s musicians ensemble playing the traditional long drum. They will be accompanied by Thai dancers and a special appearance by Bpi Mai, the mascot for the EHCFM. Speakers at the ceremony include Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Royal Thai Consulate General Tanee Sangrat, and Thai CDC Executive Director, Chancee Martorell.


The family-friendly fun will continue with a cooking demonstration by world-renowned Thai restaurant, Jitlada with food sampling for the crowds. Music will be provided by Asian hip-hop artist, Jason Chu and singer-songwriter, Rich Sheldon. Kids will enjoy balloon art with The Inflators and face painting with Rainbow Painted Smiles. The market’s famous “Smoothie Bike” will allow guests to pick their own fresh Farmers’ Market ingredients and combine into a smoothie by pedaling a specially-equipped stationary bicycle.



Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10AM – 2PM



5448 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, at the Hollywood/Western Metro Redline Station at the western gateway of Thai Town





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Thai Community Development Center was founded in April 1994 on the idea that all peoples have a basic right to a decent standard of living and quality of life. Its mission is “to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income Thais and other ethnic communities in the greater Los Angeles area through a broad-based comprehensive community development strategy including human rights advocacy, affordable housing, access to healthcare, promotion of small businesses, neighborhood empowerment, and social enterprises.” For more info, visit

Credit: Thai Community Development Center.


Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes

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child’s lunch bag. If so, then the Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes was made for you! Enter to win awesome prizes simply by writing your note or submitting a photo to the Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes.

Prizes will be awarded, so show us how creative you can be!

  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive a check for $1,000 and a one-year supply of Welch’s Fruit Snacks consisting of 52 boxes.
  • 5 Runners-up will each receive a gift certificate/check to a restaurant of their choice and a one-month supply of Welch’s Fruit Snacks.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post this sweepstakes. Photo and info was provided and not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.