Archives for September 2015

Amsana™ Hikers Runners Hydration Belt Fanny Pack with Two 7oz. Bottles - Extremely Lightweight Waist Pack- Waist Bag for Men & Women by AMSANA


I just love this product! I recently did a 5.3 Conquer the bridge walk/run and this really came in handy. It isn’t bulky and I love that there is a place for my phone and keys and also water bottles for two. it seems quite durable and I really recommend it! It is adjustable-fits 35″-50″ waist. I am closer to 35″ and it works perfectly for me. My son and I recently (in September) participated in Conquer The Bridge and it was a really hot day to do the 5.3 mile walk/run. This product was a real life saver!

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Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

LA Zoo Photo Day Offers 1-of-a-Kind Opptys for Photographers of All Ages, Skill Levels


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Sunday, November 8, 2015, 7:30 am to 4 pm

The 26th Annual L.A. Zoo Photo Day, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Paul’s Photo, features one-of-a-kind photo opportunities for film and digital photographers of all ages and skill levels on Sunday, November 8, 2015, 7:30 am to 4 pm.

Among activities for participants are hands-on workshops with instruction for novices on the basics of wildlife and nature photography as well as opportunities for accomplished shutterbugs to explore new horizons while focusing on the art and science of outdoor photography.  Sessions include spotlights on wildlife close-up and reptiles.  Also included in the admission price are use of loan equipment from major manufacturers, one-on-one time with manufacturers’ representatives, catered lunch, guest speakers, t-shirt, early admission to the Zoo, animal close-ups for photography, and a photo contest with prizes.  Experts from Paul’s Photos, based in Torrance, and representatives from the top brands in photography provide participants with a full day of photography and education.

L.A. Zoo Photo Day admission prices are $175 per photographer, with $70 per guest, until November 5, after which the prices are $200.00 per photographer, with $80.00 per guest.  GLAZA members, students with valid photo ID and Paul’s Photo Club members receive a $10 discount.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 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.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; 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; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; an Indian Rhino Encounter direct-contact opportunity; 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 Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  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 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.

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.  The Zoo remains open to the public with regular Zoo admission available for non-Photo Day participants.

For additional information about Photo Day, contact 323-644-4703, or email

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

GRAMMY Museum Presents A Conversation With Kelly Carlin Friday, October 2 Daughter of Comedian George Carlin to Visit the Clive Davis Theater in Conjunction with the Opening of a New Display Commemorating Her Father

Author/radio host Kelly Carlin, daughter of the GRAMMY-winning comedian George Carlin, will visit the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on Friday, October 2 for an intimate discussion about her father and her recently published memoir, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George. Carlin will visit the Museum for a special program in conjunction with the opening of George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff, which the GRAMMY Museum revealed today.


WHAT:      A Conversation With Kelly Carlin will be moderated by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, and will be followed by a reading with special guest actor/comedian Kevin Pollak.




A Conversation With Kelly Carlin will take place in the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater on the second floor. The evening begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

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.


George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff opens Sept. 30 and will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum through March 2016. Co-curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Kelly Carlin, the exhibit will feature personal artifacts from George Carlin’s estate, including:


  • Carlin’s GRAMMY Awards and other accolades
  • Childhood scrapbook and photos
  • The set list from his performances on The Tonight Show in 1962 and The Ed Sullivan Show in 1971
  • His public arrest records
  • Script from the 1999 cult film Dogma
  • And more




Kelly Carlin was born in Ohio in 1963. She began her showbiz career working in TV production for her mother and father, George Carlin, on various shows for HBO. While at UCLA, Kelly Carlin discovered her voice as a writer, which led her to a brief career in writing for film and TV with her writing partner and husband, Robert McCall. Carlin presently tours with her critically acclaimed solo show, “A Carlin Home Companion,” and hosts two radio shows — The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM and Waking from the American Dream on SModcast Network. On Sept. 15, 2015, she released her memoir, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George (St. Martin’s Press).




Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 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® Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits 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 For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, and like “The GRAMMY Museum” on Facebook.

Credit: The GRAMMY Museum.

Bowsa and Paco are the Pets of the Week! Such an adorable duo!

Odd Couple, Oct. 1 Pet of the Week

These two are known as the ACS Odd Couple! Bowsa, a quiet, loving 2-year-old Staffie/Cardigan Welsh corgi mix, and Paco, a playful, happy 3-year-old Chi/min-pin mix, came in together as owner surrenders. Paco, always the friendly nut, helped bring his sister out of her shell, and they’re now ready for a forever home. The shelter staff is hoping that someone will be glad to take them both. Meet Bowsa and Paco on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID# A554196 for Bowser and ID# A554197 for Paco.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Thank you to the Companion Animal Village.

Unique Baby Photo Sweepstakes: Win $5,000!

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We can all agree that “breast is best”, but for some parents unfortunately it is not an option. That is why formula brands do their best to provide a similar equivalent.

In case you didn’t know, the FDA mandates that all infant formula brands meet the same standards, so whether parents choose an expensive name brand formula or a store brand formula that costs significantly less, all parents are providing their babies the proper nutrition to grow and develop.

In order to bring awareness to this fact, store brand formula is asking parents across the country to share photos of their unique babies (even if their formula is not!)

Please visit, to submit your photo for a chance to win $5,000!

Credit: Unique Baby Sweepstakes.

LA Movie Theaters Launch 1st Ever In-Theater Kids Minecraft Leagues! America's Movie Theaters Transform Into Video Game  Arenas With Launch Of Super League Gaming


​Super League Gaming​, the world’s first in ­theater video game league that turns movie theaters across the country into competitive, multiplayer gaming arenas for players  of all ages, launched  its first official Super League National Championship. The six ­week league will be  live in over 30 major cities, and began with a special Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere hosted by YouTube  gaming celebrities Captain Sparklez and Parker Games on Sept. 16.

Super League’s future events are the Fall Leagues that start on October 6th in 9 theaters across LA.


Los Angeles Puente Hills AMC Puente Hills 20
Los Angeles Santa Monica AMC AMC Santa Monica 7
Los Angeles Universal City AMC Universal CityWalk 19
Los Angeles Huntington Beach Cinemark Huntington Beach Bella Terra 20 + XD
Los Angeles Lancaster Cinemark Cinemark 22 + IMAX
Los Angeles Oxnard Cinemark Century River Park 16
Los Angeles Playa Vista Cinemark Cinemark Playa Vista and XD
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 Parents can sign up their kids up for these leagues just like they would sign them up for any after school soccer or little leagues and the kids will come to the movie theaters to play Minecraft together on teams for 6 consecutive weeks. At the end of the first 6 weeks there will be a winner who will be crowned Super League Minecraft National Champion, receive a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship for college.
Parents can sign their kids up at
REGISTRATION: $80 for 6 weeks if purchased by Sept. 30th, $100 if bought after Sept. 30th.  It will go up to $100 after September 30th. So hurry! The deadline to register, which is October 1st!
Credit: ​Super League Gaming.




Family-Friendly Event This Weekend with Horses, Face Painting, and More October 1-4

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The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and showcase the thrill of Olympic-level show jumping, meet and greets with the world’s top-ranked riders, and of course a chance to see all the beautiful horses!


Specifically designed with families in mind, the Kid’s Village will include 2 mini ponies to pet, a ‘horse-less’ horse show where kids can test their skills as they jump over fences like in the arena, face painting, a caricature and balloon artist, arts & crafts, and autograph sessions with Masters riders (Fri 1pm; Sat 2:15pm; Sun 9:30am).


The hours are as follow for the Kid’s Village:

Friday, October 2nd, 10am-6pm

Saturday, October 3rd, 9am-6pm

Sunday, October 4th, 9am-1:30pm


All activities are included in the price of admission, and tickets can be purchased at

Credit: Longines Masters of Los Angeles



Toaster Music to Feature Nightmare Self-Portraits for First Friday Save the date: Opening Friday, October 2nd at Expo Art Center on 4321 Atlantic Ave Long Beach

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Toaster Music, an improvisational electronic music duo and curatorial team, has created an ambitious art exhibition for October’s First Fridays Long Beach art walk in Bixby Knolls. Nightmare Self-Portraits, opening on Friday, October 2nd, will fill the North and South galleries of the Expo Arts Center, showcasing the work of some of the best artists in Southern California.


In the North Gallery, some of Long Beach’s arts luminaries will be featured, including Jeff McMillan, who was the only local artist commissioned by the recent city-wide Pow! Wow! mural event. He also co-curated the Long Beach Museum of Art’s wildly successful Masterworks exhibition, and will soon be traveling to Australia to exhibit 65 works from his Prigus Sport series. New works by Gary Musgrave, Vince Mattina, Sheriann Ki Sun Burnham, Clinton Neuhaus, Dave Van Patten, Liz Steinworth, Daniel Barajas, Chris Wheeler, and Jan Edward Vogels will also be featured.


The South Gallery, curated by Connie Ericson, will include work by Brandon Singleton, Heather Proctor, Ericson, and others. Proctor has created a detailed illustration, using colored pencils, of herself as a zombie with her face torn open. She’ll also have a collection of framed zombie caricatures, and will be creating zombie caricatures for a nominal fee.


Singleton will be exhibiting a collection of monsters created in a pop surrealist style, rendered in a variety of media. Ericson will be showcasing large charcoal sketches, dark abstract drawings, and a subtle self-portrait with a faint ghostly form.


Toaster Music, for the first time, will be featuring two musical collaborators: Janis Tanaka and Gabriel ‘Slam’ Nobles. Tanaka, a Long Beach native, has a long and storied career as a bassist, recording and touring with artists including L7, Pink, Jackson Saints and, more recently, with Femme Fatale and Winterthrall.


Nobles, a percussionist and educator, specializes in drum set, mallets, and timpani. He plays all genres of music, and has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, and the Long Beach Symphony. He performs regularly as part of MajicBulletTheory, and Orange Peal Vibrations.


Also performing are members of Maha And Company, a local dance troupe led by Maha Afra, a highly rated professor of dance at Cerritos College.


The Expo Arts Center is located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, at 4321 Atlantic Avenue. The exhibition and performances are presented in partnership with the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Art viewings outside of First Fridays are available by appointment. Contact Sumako at for details.

To learn more about Maha & Company, visit
To learn more about Toaster Music, visit

Credit: Toaster Music.