Archives for February 14, 2017

Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes

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child’s lunch bag. If so, then the Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes was made for you! Enter to win awesome prizes simply by writing your note or submitting a photo to the Welch’s Fruit Snacks Lunchbox Notes Sweepstakes.

Prizes will be awarded, so show us how creative you can be!

  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive a check for $1,000 and a one-year supply of Welch’s Fruit Snacks consisting of 52 boxes.
  • 5 Runners-up will each receive a gift certificate/check to a restaurant of their choice and a one-month supply of Welch’s Fruit Snacks.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post this sweepstakes. Photo and info was provided and not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.

Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture During National Black History Month FEBRUARY 25-26, 2017 Giveaway Opportunity!

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Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium.


WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


HONOREE: The Aquarium is presenting the Heritage Award to Eric Cyrs. For more than twenty-five years Cyrs has been actively engaged in Southern California as a community volunteer, organizer, activist, and artist. He has partnered with community organizations to promote the “Stop the Violence” campaign. He was integral in helping to create several afterschool programs in Compton and Long Beach. For more than ten years, Cyrs volunteered with the African Cultural Center of Long Beach, leading a Rites of Passage Program that provided cultural enrichment and educational resources for inner city youth. He also worked as a volunteer in the City of Pacoima, mentoring teen fathers and helping them to attain employment. Employing music and the art of storytelling as Baba the Storyteller, Cyrs works with children all over the world as a cultural ambassador, teaching and spreading the importance of cultural identity and self-awareness. His book, Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa, chronicles the beginning of his transformation into an artist and cultural educator. He has been involved with the Aquarium’s African-American Festival since its inception, and through his firsthand experiences learning from teachers in Africa, he serves as a primary ambassador of cultural authenticity.



10:00 a.m. African-American Dance — Fantasia

10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition — Baba the Storyteller

11:45 a.m. African-American Song and Dance – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)

12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah

12:30 p.m. DJ Seven Seize

12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners

1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping — Homeland Crew

2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle — Ambianz Muzic Experienz

3:15 p.m. Music Performance by Per Se

3:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling –David Lewis

4:00 p.m. Music Performance by Per Se



10:00 a.m. Flute Performance – Abdul-Salaam Muhammad

10:30 a.m. Spoken Yoga – Deep Red

10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller

11:45 a.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah

12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Eric Cyrs, also known as Baba the Storyteller

12:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling – David Lewis

12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners

1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew

2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz

3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Dance Performance – LQ’s

4:15 p.m. Jazz Music Ensemble – Music in the Moment


All programs subject to change and weather dependent.


COST:           Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public

General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11)

Mobile-device and printable coupon is available at:

And a link to the coupon is on the web page at

With coupon adults receive $10 OFF admission on Feb 25 or 26. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!


INFO:             (562) 590-3100 or

We have teamed up for a Special Giveaway Opportunity! One winner will win a Family 4 Pack of tickets to attend either Saturday or Sunday! Leave a comment below telling us which day you would love to go! Deadline to enter is February 22nd, 2017 at noon PST. 


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 Vanishing Animals and Horses and Dragons exhibitions. 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 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: The Aquarium of the Pacific. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.