Archives for September 30, 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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LA Zoo Photo Day Offers 1-of-a-Kind Opptys for Photographers of All Ages, Skill Levels


Los Angeles Zoo jaguar


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.