Archives for December 31, 2015

Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts Greatest Hits Recaps Storied Collaboration With Charles M. Schulz Twelve-song compilation contains hits from the Peanuts soundtracks, plus a rare vocal by Guaraldi, with new liner notes by Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang


If you are a Peanuts fan..this one is a must-buy!

While the Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi’s music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy Peanuts television and film soundtrack recordings. Charles M. Schulz created the world of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy from his outpost in the Midwestern city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Meanwhile, westward in California, pianist Vince Guaraldi was helping put San Francisco on the jazz map through a series of early recordings with the likes of Cal Tjader, Woody Herman and Conte Candoli.


In early 1964, when Lee Mendelson began work on a television documentary about the world ofPeanuts, he heard Guaraldi’s GRAMMY® Award-winning instrumental hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” on the radio, while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Mendelson knew he’d found precisely the right musical foil for Peanuts. Over the next decade, Guaraldi composed and performed scores for numerous Peanuts TV specials — including the evergreen A Charlie Brown Christmas — along with a feature film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown.


On July 31, 2015, Fantasy Records will release Peanuts Greatest Hits, a 12-song survey of some of the most popular music from the Guaraldi Peanuts soundtracks. It is also planned for a vinyl LP release in September 2015.


The compilation features “Linus and Lucy,” the song that most frequently comes to mind when one thinks of Peanuts soundtracks, as well as “Oh, Good Grief” and several seasonal pieces (“Great Pumpkin Waltz,” “Thanksgiving Theme,” “Christmas Is Coming” and more).


Most selections feature Guaraldi backed by one of his longtime trios: Monty Budwig, bass; and Colin Bailey, drums; or, in later years, Fred Marshall, bass; and Jerry Granelli, drums. You’ll also hear some notable additions to the core trio format: “Little Birdie” features Guaraldi’s own vocals, with the addition of horns as well. Two versions of “Christmas Time Is Here” appear: one by the trio, the other adding the young members of the St. Paul’s Church Choir from nearby San Rafael, California.


Television producer Mendelson, who orchestrated the conversion of Peanuts from comic strip to successful TV and movie franchise, thereby spawning a 37-year collaboration with Schulz, said of Guaraldi: “Vince’s music was so right, and so perfect, for Charlie Brown and the other characters. Something deep inside of me said, ‘This is gonna make the whole thing work.’ Vince’s music was the missing ingredient that would make everything happen.”


Guaraldi died unexpectedly at the young age of 47 in 1976, ending his 26-year musical career. He had just finished recording the soundtrack for It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown. His life is chronicled inVince Guaraldi at the Piano, authored by Derrick Bang, who wrote the liner notes for this and other Fantasy reissues.


Track Listing:

1.   Linus and Lucy

2.   Charlie Brown Theme

3.   Baseball Theme

4.   Oh, Good Grief

5.   Happiness Theme

6.   Little Birdie

7.   Great Pumpkin Waltz

8.   Thanksgiving Theme

9.   Christmas Is Coming

10.  Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)

11.  Skating

12.  Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

I received this CD and love it! I highly recommend!

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. 

The Krispy Kreme Calendar is a great way to start off the New Year!


If you love animals and love Krispy Kreme Donuts, then the Krispy Kreme Furry Friends 2016 Calendar is a real Must-Buy! Prices may vary at different locations but there are coupons each month which includes great freebies such as a Free Dozen Gazed Donuts! Great deals and the animals are too cute! This calendar is a great deal!


I mean…how cute is this little pup?!

You can find them at a Krispy Kreme location near you!

Self Disclosure: I received a free calendar to facilitate this post.

Whole Foods Market Rings in the New Year with Citrus, Greens and $3 Green Smoothies

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It is New Year’s resolution time, a time when many people pledge to eat healthier. This weekend stores in the Southern Pacific Region offer deals on citrus, greens and green smoothies to help shoppers start the year off right, plus recipe ideas and shopping tips.

Date of sale: Friday, January 1 – Sunday, January 3, 2016:  

What’s on Sale: 

  • Juice bars offering $3 Green smoothies (assortment varies by store; offer only valid in stores with juice bars.)*
  • Citrus: Clementine’s – 3 pound bags, 2 for $5, Navel oranges are 4 for $1
  • Organic green, rainbow and red chard, 3 bunches for $5

Promotion: Citrus, Greens and Green Smoothies!

Clementines and Navels are exceptionally sweet, with a juicy pulp, virtually seedless and easy to peel. Take them as a healthy snack on go, try them in a Clementine cocktail, or make them an integral part of a dish, like these recipe ideas:

  • Tangerine-Roasted Tuna Serve this one-pan dish over cooked brown rice for a quick and easy meal. Citrus and green olives give this dish bright Mediterranean flavors.
  • Citrus-Roasted Paiche in Collard Wraps  After a brief roast in a hot oven, the ingredients for this easy dinner are extra delicious, and wrapping them in blanched collard leaves makes the dish wonderfully healthy.
  • Spinach Salad with Adzuku Beans and Satsuma Vinaigrette To make ahead, simply prepare the vinaigrette and satsumas, pack everything separately and toss all together just before serving. For an main dish salad, add raw veggies and double the beans

Chard is a mild leafy green, much like spinach and packed with nutrition.Try it in this simple Get Your Greens Smoothie with just a few ingredients. Don’t feel like making it at home? Stop by your local store this weekend for a $3 green smoothie at the juice bar.

For more healthy recipes, click here.

Pantry Staples – One of the easiest ways to make healthier choices is to stock the pantry with key ingredients for making healthy meals. Here’s a list of items to have on hand. Plus a tip: From January 15 – 17 ALL 365 Everyday Value® products are 10 percent off.

Self Disclosure: Credit: Whole Foods Market. This is a sponsored/compensated post. SoCal City Kids can not wait to try a few of these recipes! 

*Fine print: Prices only valid at stores in Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada. Check your local store for specific pricing outside of these states. 


Aquarium Of The Pacific Introduces New Jelly Lab App Discover what it takes to raise a sea jelly through all of its life stages

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The Aquarium of the Pacific has released the new Jelly Lab app on the App Store and Google Play Store. Over the course of a week, players will be able to raise and care for a sea jelly of their own. This includes cleaning, feeding, and circulating water to ensure the development of the jelly. The app takes you through all the stages in the jelly’s life from the planula phase all the way to the full-grown medusa stage.


Along the way users will be able to learn about how the Aquarium takes care of its jellies, the importance of jellies in the ocean environment, and complex and unusual life cycle of a sea jelly. The app is filled with information and is geared to be fun for everyone. Through interactivity, photos, and videos, the Jelly Lab app is educational for all ages.

I just downloaded this app on my phone and really love it!  I recommend for both kids and adults!



WHEN:           Available now


WHERE:         App Store and Google Play Store


COST:            FREE




AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new Jellies exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific. Photos: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Roman, New Year’s Eve Pet of the Week

Roman, New Year's Eve Pet of the Week

Ring in the New Year with Roman! This little 3-year-old tan-and-white Chi is a snuggle-bug who loves to be held like a baby and wants to continuously cuddle in your lap. It seems as if he can’t get enough of you! He’d be a great New Year’s Eve date, and you can bet that he’s a keeper! Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A563024.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.