Featured SoCal Events and Services

FESTIVAL OF ARTS WEEKLY EVENTS Saturday, August 17 – Friday, August 23

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1 Daily at 5:30pm Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission Saturday, August 17: Josie James featuring Marlon Martinez and The Marlonius Jazz OrchestraSunday, August 18: The Salty Suites Concerts on the Green Sponsored by Cambria Estates WineryThe Eric Marienthal All-StarsDate: Saturday, August 17Time: 1 – … [Read More...]

Angels Pitcher Andrew Heaney Visits the OC Zoo Aug. 17th

OC Parks and Angels Baseball have teamed up to provide kids and families with new activities and educational programs during the 2019 Angels Baseball season, including a visit from Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney to the OC Zoo on Saturday, August 17!  Enjoy a live animal presentation with Andrew Heaney in front of the OC Zoo. Following the presentation, Heaney will take photos with children … [Read More...]

Play, Pamper and Pose at the Queen Mary’s Doggie Paradise Saturday, September 14th!

Pooch Perks Include Entertainment, Photo-Ops, Arts, Crafts and More (Image Courtesy of @3aussienbrothers) The Queen Mary is pleased to debut an afternoon of doggie delight at the all-new Doggie Paradise on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doggie Paradise offers a day of fun for all four-legged friends of any size or breed.  Dogs can dive into doggie splash pools, make … [Read More...]

World Elephant Day at the L.A. Zoo

PHOTO CREDIT:Jamie Pham/GLAZA This Annual Event Brings Attention to the Plight of Elephants Through Educational Programs, Barn Tours, and Other Family-Friendly Activities World Elephant Day (Monday, August 12) is a full weekend of discovery and exploration to help raise awareness of the challenges that Asian and African elephants face and to highlight the Zoo’s efforts to help … [Read More...]

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SoCal City Kids News

Festival of Arts Calendar of Events and Workshops August 24 – August 31

Celebrity Benefit Concert & PageantDate: Saturday, August 24 Times: 5pm Red Carpet, 6pm Concert Cost: Tickets start at $50 This private event, presented by Southern California Acura Dealers and KOST 103.5FM, begins at 5pm with star-studded red carpet arrivals and fine art, followed by an exclusive live concert with Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester … [Read More...]

5 Amazing tips for parents of silicone dolls

Silicone baby dolls have existed for a long time.                 For decades, artists have done their best to bring these cute items to life. Today, the artistry has advanced to a high level allowing for more realistic silicone babies. … [Read More...]

Go Little Tokyo for Summer Festival Season and Foodie Adventures

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival (2018). Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo. Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of Los Angeles’ most lively neighborhoods, is home to unforgettable annual cultural festivals, a jam-packed foodie haven, unique Japanese goods stores, and so much more! Let Go Little Tokyo be your neighborhood guide to discovering the best eats … [Read More...]

Dive under the sea through a new art exhibit at the Aquarium, Aug. 19-Oct. 30

Image by: John Enright Journey to the tropical waters of Hawaii, teeming with marine life, as you explore ocean-themed art by painter John Enright. From playful dolphins to awe-inspiring sharks, a new art exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific will be filled with ocean-themed paintings by John Enright inspired by his animal encounters in Hawaiian waters. The art exhibit will be on view at … [Read More...]

Aquarium welcomes five fuzzy baby American avocet chicks

Photo: Robin Riggs Five American avocet chicks hatched at the Aquarium between June 23 and 25. The chicks and their parents are now on view in the lower enclosure in the Guam Kingfisher aviary near Shark Lagoon. The parents have lived at the Aquarium since August 2017. Both parents will take turns tending to the chicks. The chicks will fledge, or replace their downy juvenile feathers with … [Read More...]

Featured Products

Enjoy Nausea-Free Fun on the Water This Summer

UpSpring Stomach Settle Nausea Relief Drops, all-natural soothing solution for fast-acting relief from nausea and other digestive upset. Boat rides make your nervous? Enjoy the last days of Summer worry-free and avoid motion-sickness! I know I can depend on Dramamine but then it makes me so sleepy! So, I was happy to learn about this product! UpSpring Stomach Settle Nausea Relief Drops works … [Read More...]

It’s still Summer! Are the kids bored? These products from YULU are a must!

Oops Scoops - A sweet, new ice cream stacking game where players take turns stacking the colorful ice cream scoops on the shaking cone. Spin the spinner to see how many scoops you have to add to the cone and pass along once completed. If the ice cream topples over, then OOPS! You Lose!  I had the opportunity to try this one out and younger kids will really enjoy this one! It's so much fun … [Read More...]

WINKINE 20” Large Iridescent Acrylic Serving Tray with Handles is a must-buy!

Rainbow Acrylic Multipurpose Decorative Display Butler Tray for Coffee Table, Breakfast, Tea, Food, Countertop, Kitchen Looking for a really pretty Decorative Tray to serve someone breakfast or Tea? I love this tray by WINKINE because it is pretty, sturdy and just perfect for Tea! It really would make a great gift and you can use it in the kitchen, bathroom or even in the bedroom. I really like … [Read More...]

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases highly anticipated Digital and DVD release of The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music!

Self Disclosure: I received The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music on DVD and a plush doll of a randomly chosen Swan Princess character to participate in this #SwanPrincessAdventures campaign. The top image was provided by Sony Pictures. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated[1] animated classic THE SWAN PRINCESS, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment … [Read More...]

Make Grocery Shopping Easier!

I am a big believer in using reusable bags so I am quite excited to tell you about the Lotus Trolley Bag! This will make your life easier..it really will! These aren't your average reusable bags and I like that they are also really compact and don't take up as much room in my car! The Lotus Trolley Bag can be found on Amazon and it is a 4 bag system that spreads out in your cart at checkout for … [Read More...]

Tuscanini Introduces New Line Up of Gourmet Italian Products! The Pasta is a hit with my family!

From the Rolling Hills of Tuscany...to Your Table, Say “Ciao!” to the Taste of Italy With These Premium Favorites: Gourmet Balsamic Vinegar and Vinegar GlazePremium PastasAuthentic Italian Tomato Sauces and Tomato PasteCold-Pressed Sparkling Beverages and Mineral WaterVersatile Apple Cider Vinegar From the rolling hills of Italy, Tuscanini Foods has a new lineup of gourmet food products that … [Read More...]

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TCG Toys has you covered for fun Travel games!

Giveaway Opportunity! 3-D Snakes ‘N Ladders is so much fun! The whole family will love this one! A fun and sneaky game even great for the younger kids ages 5+. Naval Command is a great strategy game for ages 7+. I love that this is perfect for travel. This is such a fun guessing game and the whole family will enjoy this one! These compact, take-anywhere games are sure to provide … [Read More...]

Reintroducing Author Wally Runnels #Giveaway: $25 Amazon GC & Book, “Twisted Love”

You don't want to miss this amazing giveaway! Reintroducing Author Wally Runnels #Giveaway:  $25 Amazon GC & Book, "Twisted Love"  This giveaway is hosted by Reading Authors Network. Thank you to all of the bloggers who are helping to promote this giveaway. Reintroducing, author Wally Runnels.  Wally is the author of several published books. Each book  is … [Read More...]

CIRCUS VARGAS – THE BIG ONE IS BACK! Preserving an American Tradition Like No Other!

The Big One is Back with “The Greatest of Ease’ bringing acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze! Join us in celebrating, Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza, an homage to the golden era of circus in America in Torrance at the Del Amo Fashion Center July 25th through August 5th.  All aboard our spectacular circus steam engine as we ride the railways back in time, to relive … [Read More...]

Summer road trip music roundup! Great for families with young children!

2019 Summer Road Trip Music Giveaway -- 4 CDs! Stream the Summer 2019 Road Trip Playlist on Soundcloud Can You Feel It? by Jessa Campbell & the Saplings www.jessacampbellsaplings.com Available June 7th from CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/JessaCampbelltheSaplings This golden-voiced singer whose musical career spans from “Dragon Tales Live” to opera to theatrical pop, … [Read More...]

Media Reviews

The Art of Racing in the Rain * Happy, Sad, And Funny With Lovable Characters

Dog lovers believe their canine family members understand language, comprehend events, have opinions, exude loyalty. In "The Art of Racing In The Rain", wise old dog Enzo Swift shares thoughts about the life experiences which prepared him to protect his family in times of greatest need. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sahiba K. comments, “The Art of Racing in the Rain, brings the beloved novel to life but … [Read More...]

Books of the Week- August 18th!

The first two are from Dover Crafts! The holidays aren't here yet but they will be approaching before you know it! These two books are a must-buy! Cut & Assemble Haunted House A deliciously creepy Victorian mansion is loaded with spooky fun, inside and out!Enter an eerie world with this cut-and-assemble model, which allows you to see both sides of a haunted house. One side features … [Read More...]

One Child Nation – Extraordinary Documentary Tackling The Controversial Chinese One-Child Policy

China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. From award-winning documentarian Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, I Am Another You) and Jialing Zhang, the sweeping One Child Nation explores the ripple effect … [Read More...]

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Beauty and Fashion Corner

Burke Williams Celebrates Moms with Luxurious Mother’s Day Gift Card Packages

Burke Williams offers gifts of love this Mother’s Day with three special Gift Card Packages. Celebrate mothers this season with the gift of a transformative Mother’s Day experience they will never forget. Each package includes a collection of Burke Williams signature treatments that are sure to make mothers feel valued and appreciated. Packages are available now at all ten spa locations. Standard … [Read More...]

Spring Fashion Essentials! Yes! Sunglasses!

Love this style and the color!! Spring time is here so that does mean sunny days here in Southern California! I love Spring fashions and colors are lighter and brighter and must-buy accessories are sunglasses! Discountglasses.com has some great styles for women this Spring! I love the Westend Brookside Woods in pink and the Westend glacier ridge in black. They are so stylish and affordable … [Read More...]

Beauty Experts Angelo David and Jacob Guttman Introduce The Flex Brush™: The Ultimate Detangling Brush for Wet and Dry Hair

The Ultimate Detangling Brush for Wet and Dry Hair World-renowned celebrity hair stylist Angelo David Pisacreta, owner of the elite Angelo David Salon in New York City, and hair-tool veteran Jacob Guttman, founder and CEO of Creative Pro Hair Tools, introduce The Flex Brush™—an all-purpose tool that safely detangles hair, massages the scalp and promotes health and hair growth. … [Read More...]

Indulge in Self-Care This Valentine’s Day with Colgate Optic White!

Looking for a brighter smile this Valentine's Day? Treat yourself to a sparkly white smile with Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste. This Colgate Optic White product delivers 4 shades, visibly whiter teeth in 6 weeks, starting in just 3 days*.   I actually tried this and was quite impressed with my brighter smile! Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste … [Read More...]

Pet Corner

4 Tips to getting rid of pet hair on furniture and carpet

Photo by Daniel Montalvo on Unsplash As a pet owner, owning a pet is fun, but when it comes to getting rid of pet hair on furniture and carpet, this can be a little bit daunting. This is because pet hair can stick onto your furniture, upholstery and carpet making your home uncomfortable to live in. To make your environment conducive both for you as well as your pet, you need to … [Read More...]

Billabong, Aug. 15th Pet of the Week!

Billabong is a 5-year-old orange bloke. Shelter staff say that he’s a real man cat! His owner died recently, and he needs a safe harbor. Even though Billabong’s delighted that we’re not quoting “Waltzing Matilda” at you, he’d be even happier if you take him home and throw another shrimp on the barbie for him! Meet Billabong on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East … [Read More...]

Dermott, Aug. 8th Pet of the Week!

A good many dogs shake in their booties when they visit the vet, but not Dermott! One of his best buddies is our shelter vet, Dr. Wood, and she’s his number-one fan! She’s taken wonderful care of him, and now this cute, cuddly 10-year-old Chihuahua is ready to come home and snuggle in with you. Meet Dermott at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask … [Read More...]

Venus, Aug. 1st Pet of the Week!

All cats consider themselves deities, but Venus insists on making sure you know she's worthy of worship! Venus is a beautiful steel-gray goddess—so beautiful, in fact, that no matter what trouble she gets into—and she will—she’ll be forgiven. Venus is only 4 months old and, unlike the famous statue, has all her limbs. She’s very friendly and will greet you on the shelter side of the … [Read More...]