Archives for June 13, 2017

Amanda is Pet of the Week!

Amanda, June 15 Pet of the Week

Whether it’s the kiddie pool behind the house or Rosie’s Dog Beach in Belmont Shore, Amanda will be at her literal element. Amanda, a spayed female black Lab mix, loves water—not just to drink but also to splash around in. She’s 9 years old, which qualifies her for our shelter’s senior discount, and has lived with cats and kids. She’s an owner surrender and so deserves a loving home. Meet Amanda at the City of Long Beach 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#A517402.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: The P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

AJ Lambert, Granddaughter of Legendary Frank Sinatra, to Perform Aboard the Queen Mary at Local Band Hangout June 15


The Queen Mary welcomes back the popular monthly live music series, Local Band Hangout, on Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m. in The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge with a special performance by AJ Lambert, granddaughter of the legendary Frank Sinatra. Monthly, Local Band Hangout offers an authentic entertainment experience with food, drinks, and some of the best music Southern California has to offer.

Local Band Hangout continues with a special performance by AJ Lambert, granddaughter of the iconic Frank Sinatra and daughter of Nancy Sinatra. While influenced by her family’s musical mark on the world, AJ Lambert’s musical style and interpretations of both standards and modern music are truly her own. Her smooth and effortless vocals lure in audiences with a classic style that transports listeners into the past, yet still evokes a contemporary feel. AJ’s hour long set will feature her contemporary songs, as well as, some of her grandfather’s classic hits. The opening act for the evening is set to be Long Beach local Eddie Cole, great nephew of Nat King Cole.

Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Happy Hour 5  – 8 p.m.

The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Tickets to Local Band Hangout are $15; $5 of the admission value can be used in the Observation Bar during the concerts.

Free parking after 6pm with $20 purchase in the Observation Bar.


Credit: The Queen Mary.

The Mummy – Adventure, Action, Fantasy and Horror Combined


Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “The Mummy impressed me with its spooky horror, top level stunt work spectacular direction. “ KIDS FIRST! Juror Juanita L. adds, “The story is not a new – disturbing an ancient evil which comes back to wreak havoc on everyone. However, the visuals are very exciting and explosive with a hint of suspense.” See their full reviews below.
The Mummy

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15


The Mummy impressed me with its spooky horror, top level stunt work spectacular direction.

The storyline follows Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), who finds the crypt of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and flies her crypt via airplane when things go amuck. She is awakened and then controls Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) to crashes the plane. He crashes the plane to curse Nick who wakes up despite the plane crash.  Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) then hunts down Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) who is also looking for Princess Ahmanet and is the only who can cure Nick. However, when Ahmanet is fully formed, Nick needs to stop her from destroying London and goes to extreme levels to defeat Ahmanet and save Jenny (Annabelle Wallis).

Tom Cruise is versatile in his presentation of Nick Morton who cheats people because of his own selfishness. In the battle scenes, Cruise excels in his stunt work. Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet is creepy, especially as The Mummy. She really suits the character of a princess relentless seeking power. Jake Johnson as Chris Vail provides comedic relief. Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey clearly presents determination in tracking down Princess Ahmanet. However, she still falls to the trope of damsel in distress. Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll is my favorite character because he impressively presents the transition of his character.

The direction by Alex Kurtzman is splendid. The pace from scene to scene is superb and kept me at the edge of my seat. My favorite scene is when Ahmanet attacks London. The special effects are outrageously impactful. My only problem is that the movie’s finale is quite anti-climactic. Despite this flaw, Tom Cruise fans will rejoice at this movie.

The movie’s message is,  even if you cheat others, you can always change to be selfless. Nick, though a thief, finds himself in the ultimate selfless sacrifice to save mankind. I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 because of its intense horror. The movie releases in theaters on June 9, so check it out for one fast-paced thriller.

The Mummy

By Juanita Seon Leary, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

I enjoyed watching this updated version of the classic 1932 film, wearing 3D glasses and starring one of my favorite actors, Tom Cruise. The film combines adventure and action with a sprinkling of fantasy and horror.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), along with his partner Chris Vale (Jake Johnson) are soldiers of fortune who steal timeless artifacts from ancient sites and sell them to the highest bidders. While in the Middle East, the duo accidently uncovers Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), an ancient princess awakened from her crypt beneath the desert after thousands of years. She uses her powers which evolve throughout the film to bring her revenge and furious rampage to the streets of London.

The story is not a new – disturbing an ancient evil which comes back to wreak havoc on everyone. However, the visuals are very exciting and explosive with a hint of suspense. My favorite scene is when Ahmanet is held captive by chains, ropes and other devices to keep her from escaping. It shows her strength and power and, is the first time we’ve seen The Mummy as a woman.

You can expect strong, very loud fantasy action and violence with some blood spatters, guns and shooting, stabbings, fighting and punching, crashes and explosions, jump scares, zombies and a lab full of gross things. There are several mildly suggestive sexual references as well, including partly naked and somewhat obscured male and female bodies, kissing, a couple in bed together and other sensuality.

I recommend it for ages 13 to18 as well as some adults. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.  It opens nationwide June 9, 2017 so, be sure to go see it and enjoy the action!










Win a Chance to See Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes


We have teamed up for a Giveaway! Tell us your favorite Super Hero and why!


Winner will receive (2) vouchers (redeemable for two tickets)

VOUCHERS AVAILABLE ON OPENING NIGHT(S) ONLY No Weekends. Vouchers are valid for all three venues, ONE NIGHT ONLY at EACH VENUE.

o   Friday, July 7 – STAPLES Center, Downtown LA

o   Thursday, July 13 – Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario

o   Thursday, July 20 – Honda Center, Anaheim


  • Value $45 each
  • Once received, vouchers can be redeemed at the participating box office of winner’s choice – be sure to call ahead for hours of operation.
  • Vouchers cannot be sold for cash or placed for sale on ticketing sites, including Craig’s List, eBay, FB sell groups, etc.

Deadline to enter is June 20th, 2017 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

LA Zoo Celebrates “Despicable Me 3” with Photo Ops, Crafts for Kids, More, 6/16-18

From Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18, 2017, guests at the L.A. Zoo can take a photo in Gru’s Despicamobile from Despicable Me 3 from 10 am to 4 pm, plus kids can enjoy a personalized #DespicableMe3 license plate craft activity and experience complimentary augmented reality Minions temporary tattoos (while supplies last). Activities are included with admission or GLAZA membership. Zoo admission is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12). Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members and kids younger than 2 are free. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available. For additional information, call (323) 644-4200; tickets are available at


Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.