Archives for April 2016

GET GLAM AT LOS CERRITOS CENTER’S MAKEOVER TAKEOVER oin Los Cerritos Center Mother’s Day Weekend to Experience the Center’s Extreme Makeover Revealed


In celebration of the completion of the center’s transformational makeover, Los Cerritos Center is pleased to welcome the community to Makeover Takeover on Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. The celebration will highlight the newest fashion and beauty retailers and unveil the new fabulous look of Los Cerritos Center.


Makeover Takeover will showcase all that’s new at Los Cerritos Center. Shoppers are invited to relax in lounges with beauty demonstrations and makeover stations. Experience fresh spring styles and celebrate mom with giveaways, shopping incentives and more.


Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Los Cerritos Center
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos CA 90703
(562) 402-7467
Credit: Los Cerritos Center.


Queen Mary guests attending the May 26 Maiden Voyage anniversary dinner will be served a modern version of the menu presented to First Class passengers on their first evening at sea. Ostensibly, the menu ranks as the maiden voyage of any multi-course meal served on the ship.


“While Queen Mary has previously re-created historic menus to mark important events, the creation of this particular menu was difficult as no records of the meal are present in our archives,” said Queen Mary Chef, Todd Henderson. The information was uncovered in one of many Queen Mary books recounting the ship’s illustrious history and its maiden voyage – eighty years ago.


Some 250,000 were on hand to wish ‘God Speed’ to the Queen Mary as she left Southampton for the first time. As evening approached, passengers dressed for dinner – perhaps sharing cocktails or sending telegrams to loved ones – or – like Mrs. C.N. Pillman, stopping in at the Purser’s office to pick-up her winnings for the ship’s first distance-traveled pool. Excitement must have been in the air as bellboys and stewards rang dinner gongs and well-groomed passengers – traveling in every class – made their way to the ship’s restaurant salons.


Cunard Lines Chef Martin Riccault welcomed his First Class guests with an elaborate table – now re-created by the ship’s present day Chef, Todd Henderson. “Our only direction was a short list of items served – my team had to imagine the preparation and ingredients by researching the gastronomy of the period, historic recipe books and our imagination. While the meal we have produced reflects the maiden voyage menu, we cannot say they are identical,” Henderson added.    


Chef Riccault’s menu included: Honeydew Melon Glacé

                    Croutes-au-pot au Perles (Potato soup in pastry)

                    Tranche de Turbotin Poche Normande (Turbot)

                    Poulard de Braisée Belle Mère (Flattened Chicken)

                    Haricots verts at beurre (Haricot Beans)

                    Pommes Garfield (French Fries)

                    Salad francaise 

                    Fraises Chantilly (Strawberries with Cream)





Some travelers complained that the opening night menu while elegant, promoted French cuisine over British fare. After all, the ship had been subsidized by the British Government and people – and was slated to obliterate the Blue Riband speed record recently captured by the French liner ‘Normandie.’ (The Queen Mary captain made the decision mid-voyage not to attempt breaking that record on the ship’s maiden run. While this disappointed some passengers and the world press, the Queen Mary subsequently shattered the Normandie’s time – winning the coveted Blue Riband speed title.)


“My interpretation of the style and content of Chef Riccault’s menu also needs to be served at modern day banquet speeds,” added Henderson. “Some adjustments to the historic menu were needed to accommodate contemporary ingredients, available products and dining window. We will serve several hundred guests in less than 15 minutes.”


Chef Henderson’s Menu will feature: 


Chanrentais Melon Gelee (Speck, Sea Salt, Basil Herb Crystals)


Croute-au-Pot au Pomme Perles (Puff Pastry, Fried Ramp & Potato Soup, Bacon Leek Oil)


Cotes Courtes Braisée Belle Mère (Wagyu Short Rib, Fava Bean Purée, Glacé di Viande)


Salad Francaise (Petit Greens, French Vinaigrette)


Chocolate Creme Brûlée with Strawberries and Chantilly Cream



The Maiden Voyage Anniversary Dinner will be held in the Grand Salon, formerly the First Class Dining Room. Guests will be treated to after dinner remarks by Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of the ship’s most illustrious passenger. Lord Alan Watson (MP), Baron of Richmond and noted Churchill scholar and author will discuss Churchill’s life-long connection to the Queen Mary; a relationship that began long before the maiden voyage and continued through Churchill’s retirement.


“It is my hope that those attending the Anniversary dinner will imagine themselves as part of a living history that now enters its ninth decade. Perhaps they will toast Mr. Churchill or raise a glass to the memory of the 800,000 Allied troops Queen Mary safely ferried during WWII. Or, maybe they will simply enjoy a wonderful meal served aboard the greatest ocean liner of all time,” Henderson concluded.    


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Credit: The Queen Mary.


Life is Good® Inspires Optimism in Kids Through Nationwide T-Shirt Art Contest Kids are invited to draw what makes their life good for a chance to win a college scholarship and have their design join the new Kid’s Tee Collection all to support kids in need.

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Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good® announced today the launch of its first t-shirt art contest for kids, encouraging them to focus on the good and spread the power of optimism. Every time kids draw and share “why life is good” they’ll help make life better for kids in need.

“The world today can be an intense, complex and challenging place – but as humans we have a choice to focus on what’s right in our lives rather than what’s wrong,” said John Jacobs Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder. “The amazing thing about young kids is this comes naturally to them. Our goal with this contest is to celebrate and inspire that raw sense of optimism, to remind people of the simple things that make life good, while also raising money to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness.”

Beloved for over 20 years for its fun, positive message apparel, Life is Good is dedicated to inspiring people to choose optimism to positively impact their life and the lives of others.

Now through April 29th, 2016, kids from the ages of 3 through 12 are encouraged to hand draw what makes life good for them, then have their parent (or legal guardian) scan or snap a photo, share on Instagram using #LifeisGoodbecause or submit through For every entry received, Life is Good will donate $1 to help kids in need. Three grand prize winners will have their drawing featured on Life is Good t-shirts (with net profits donated to support kids in need) and be awarded a $2,000 scholarship as part of the prize package.

All original art submitted will be reviewed by the official Life is Good team, including Bert Jacobs (Chief Executive Optimist & Life is Good co-founder) and John Jacobs (Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder). Entrants’ art will be shared in an ever-growing gallery of inspiration at

The campaign comes on the heels of the release of Life is Good’s new 2016 Kids Collection. Featuring 24 unique styles in sizes ranging from toddler to Kids XL, the line includes original art and messages of empowerment and positivity to help build confidence in kids and spread optimism to all. The tees are made with 100% USA grown cotton, are garment washed for softness and feature double-needle stitching.


Credit: Life is Good®. No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

Chunky Monkey is Pet of the Week!

Chunky Monkey, April 28 Pet of the Week

Chunky Monkey was found as a stray and brought to the shelter. Chunk has a moderate heart murmur, but he’s still playful and super-social, and gets along well with other small dogs. You can meet Chunky Monkey both at CAT’s Long Beach Touch-a-Truck event on May 1 at the beachfront parking lot at 1 Granada Ave. in Long Beach and at Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A568199


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of Animal Care Services on the shelter side of the P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.


Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS! Buy your tickets now! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS, a new, high-energy extravaganza that illuminates the wonder and imagination of every child at heart.

Arrive 45 minutes early for the interactive pre-show where kids can join the circus! Stay for a post-show meet and greet with the stars.

Don’t miss the high-octane Yeromenko on the gymnastic bars, the brother-sister roller skating daredevils, and the Justin Bieber of the circus world – Patrick Marinelli flying high on the aerial straps.

See the luminous athletic bouncers on the trampoline wall, the girl power contortionists, musical funnymen, light jugglers, phosphorescent trapeze artists, beautiful dancers, glow-in-the-dark motorcycle stuntmen, and more!

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Appearing under the blue and yellow Big Top in:


ONTARIO: Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 9

Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Circle


BURBANK: Thursday, May 12 through Monday, May 23

777 N. Front Street


VENTURA: Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Bld., Ventura


SANTA ANA: Thursday, June 2 through Monday, June 6

Westfield Main Place, 2800 N. Main Street


IRVINE: Thursday, June 9 through Monday, June 13

Orange County Great Park, C Street


PROMO OFFER: Use special code MOM5 for $5 off each Child and Adult ticket in the Arena and Bleacher sections. Offer available online and can be used for any performance through June 13.

For more information visit


We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win Four (4) Tickets for the Opening Night performance in Burbank on Thursday, May 12!

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To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would love to see Circus Vargas! Deadline to enter is May 2nd, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Socal City Kids will select winner for the giveaway and winner will receive 4 tickets to the opening show in Burbank, CA.

6.5 Feet Beach Umbrella with Sand Anchor is a must-buy!


Looking for a big, beautiful Beach Umbrella that doesn’t fly away easily? I recently received a beautiful brightly colored Beach Umbrella by and I love how beautiful it is! The bright colors make this my favorite beach umbrella! But, I also love that it comes with a carrying case and that it has UPF 50! It is super easy to put up and like I said, it does not blow away easily like many other umbrellas! It also is the perfect size and I love that it is not see-through! This is THE beach umbrella to have every day at the beach!


More info:

Opens to 6.5Ft with 2 piece white powder coated poles

  • Features anchor system
    Tilt Feature, vented canopy with high quality 8 steel rib system
    Polyester with silver lining.

You can purchase on

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item in exchange for an unbiased review. No other compensation was received. This product actually exceeded my expectations.

Over 8,400 Children Participating in Kids Run the OC Saturday, April 30 Kids Run the OC is the Nation’s Largest Youth Training Program


On Saturday, April 30, over 8,400 kids from 115 local schools will participate in Kids Run the OC (KROC), the nation’s largest youth training program provided by the OC Marathon Foundation.  KROC was designed to help children in Orange County become more physically fit through the encouragement of healthy habits to combat the onset of childhood obesity.

KROC certified coaches lead children through dynamic games to improve speed, agility, flexibility, and hand/eye coordination. Over the course of 10 – 12 weeks, students at participating schools will accumulate about 25-miles of exercise through the training program and will be prepared to finish a “marathon” by completing their final mile at the Kids Run the OC on Saturday, April 30, 2016, held during the U.S. Bank OC Marathon event weekend.

The importance of KROC cannot be overstated as studies from the Orange County Department of Education show that only 38.7% of OC 5th graders passed the 2013 State Fitness Test, affirming that children need accessible options for physical fitness. The Kids Run the OC fitness program promotes active living through volunteer-based coaching that occurs before, during, or after school. The OC Marathon Foundation’s KROC program provides thorough training and materials for coaches as well as a mentoring program from existing coaches to ensure success at schools new to the program.

In 2015, Kids Run the OC attracted more than 6,000 participants from over 90 schools and agencies in Orange County school districts making it one of the largest youth events in the country. The 2016 KROC program trained over 175 coaches and has raised approximately $16,000 in scholarships for over 800 children. For more information visit

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Event: Kids Run the OC
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Start time: 8AM
End time: 12PM
Parking: Gate 4 off Arlington Ave.


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OC Zoo Celebrates Bear Awareness Day May 7th


Join the County of Orange and OC Parks at the OC Zoo in observance of Bear Awareness Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Visit OC Zoo on Bear Awareness Day and learn more about California black bears. In addition to visiting all of the animals at the OC Zoo, guests will enjoy activities including bear crafts for kids, special zookeeper talks about bears, and a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.


“Supporting the conservation of California Black Bears is an important service that the OC Zoo provides. The Bear Awareness Celebration is a fun experience for people to visit  and learn more about bears,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District.


Reservations for Bear Awareness Day at OC Zoo are not needed. All of the activities offered at the event are free with paid OC Zoo admission. Zoo admission is $2 per person with ages 2 and under free and parking is $5.


Come experience the animals of the OC Zoo and celebrate the Bear Awareness Day with the County of Orange and OC Parks.


Bear Awareness Day

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Location: OC Zoo

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869


Credit: OC Zoo.