Archives for March 14, 2018

The Queen Mary Announces the Inaugural Queensway 5K Walk, Run, or Jog Through the Queen Mary’s Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

 The Queen Mary’s inaugural Queensway 5K invites Long Beach to lace up their high-top sneakers and walk, run, or jog through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach harbor on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. The course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for the post-race celebrations. The first-year festival is a new, family-friendly event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the Long Beach community, local businesses and organizations, all at the iconic Queen Mary.

The Queensway 5K kicks off at 3 p.m. with on-site registration, music, and organized stretches. The 5K run will begin at 5:15 p.m.  All participants are expected to be finished by 6:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will see Queen Mary signature characters and icons as they walk, run, or jog through a year of events offered at the legendary Queen Mary.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden, vendors and much more. Racers can refuel with food trucks and food booths including food tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Refreshing, Long Beach-based craft beer will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tastings are included with each race registration.

A portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to Long Beach Unified School District to help fund transportation for educational field trips for Long Beach schools. To learn more about the Long Beach Unified School District please visit:

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at Queensway 5K race tickets are $35 per person. The 5K run is a timed race. Team discounts for groups of (5) or more are available. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michele Ward at All registered race participants will receive same-day access to the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Winter Must-Have Beauty Products from Olay!


I love the Olay Cleansing Infusion Body Wash! It is available in two choices: The Hydrating Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp and a Microscrubbing Cleansing Ginger Body Wash. My favorite is the Hydrating Body Wash with Deep Sea Kelp and I love that it leaves my skin clean and much softer! Both actually seem to improve my skin’s condition and they are quite affordable! I saw them at local stores retailing for around $5. each.

The Olay Daily Facials are one of my new favorites! They are so easy to use, great for travel and also quite affordable! I really like that these are water activated and they remove makeup really well. I also like that there is even one for sensitive skin! You can easily find them at places like Target. They also retail around $6.99.

Look for these Olay products at a store near you!


Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this Beauty post. 

Books of the Week!


Looking for books that your little Lego lovers will absolutely love? This children’s activity book series called Play to Learn… With Bricks will be a hit in your house! I really recommend all of them but I think that my favorite is the Zoo Animals!  To date, the authors have three versions of this step-by-step building block book series (Fruits + VegetablesZoo Animals and Farm Animals

I like that children can be creative with this book series and have a lot of fun!

Here is more info about the creators:

Mom and female founder Ann Kositchotitana moved to the U.S. from Singapore after she had a difficult time finding adequate care for her daughter Natalie, who was born with Down Syndrome in 2015. Natalie has absolutely flourished with her care in California, and Ann and her family are now fierce advocates for families facing similar challenges.

After noticing that Natalie was excelling at using Legos by using 2D step-by-step directions, Ann had an a-ha moment by realizing she could enable her child to do something on her own by building skills for school such as: problem solving, fine motor skills, understanding of colors, shapes, counting and more… and that’s how she created the concept of the Play-to-Learn series!

Natalie’s sister Sophie is credited as the cover art designer, and close friend and Lego art designer Paul Bacio, Jr. is the engineer for all of the builds. I think there are two wonderful stories here, of a woman recognizing an issue that she could fix and how it benefits children of all abilities. Play to Learn… With Bricks keeps children learning and playing.


Image: Paul and Sofie.


Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this featured book post. Images were also provided. 

GREAT Promotion Going on at Chuck E Cheese’s Right Now!

When you arrive at your local store, just say “I need a fun break!” and get 50 tickets with a food purchase. Enjoy some pizza while you are there!  The promotion goes from 3/12 – 5/6 and you get 50 Free Tix with any $5 purchase!


Credit: Chuck E Cheese.

Krazy Krafts Day for Kids at The Printing Museum, Carson Saturday March 24th from 10 am to 4 pm

For kids and the “kids-at-heart” in all of us…
All day activities for guests include unique crafts like letterpress printing,paper making, paper marbling, and foil stamping! You also can learn how to cartoon, fold origami, write in calligraphy, and rubber stamp to your hearts delight. Make sure to bring a blank t-shirt to screen print your very own shirt! History enthusiasts will enjoy tours of our working antique printing presses and will even get their name cast in hot metal type on our amazing Linotype machine.
This event is a lot of fun! I have taken my son when he was younger! ~SoCal City Kids.
Activities On-going All Day!
$10 Ticket for Everyone for tickets & information
The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745       
Credit: The International Printing Museum.

New Kids program at TOMATOMANIA gardening show and sale TOMATOMANIA - California’s largest (and most fun) tomato gardening event and sale – returns this March.

Veteran and amateur gardeners love Tomatomania where they’ll discover up to 250 varieties of tomato seedlings including the newest and hottest tomatoes – Madame Marmande, Atlas, India Stripe, Gladiator and more; attend informational classes offering tips on planting; garden maintenance; selecting the best plants for your site; irrigation + fertilizing; pest control; newest equipment and much more from gardening pros.

What’s NEW at 2018 Tomatomania:

  •  Introduction of Peppermania sales and displays                                                                 • Veggie plants to keep tomatoes company in the garden
  • For Kids:   Making Seed pods; A Ladybug Release, Junior Gardener certificates               • Meet The BUG man
  • Chef Demos– preparation and cooking tips/tastings                                                         • Save the Heirlooms campaign – rescue seeds from extinction!

Tomatomania will be popping up at Garden Destinations throughout the state starting in early March through April.  Admission to most events, classes, demos is FREE

Full schedule, hours, classes, demos at  (see attached)

Who’s Who at Tomatomania

Scott Daigre, owner and head Tomatomaniac, is the author of the best-selling book “Tomatomania: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden.”  His company Powerplant Garden Design based in Ojai focuses on installation of home and professional gardens with a concentration on food based gardens.

His BEST TIP:  It’s all about the soil!  With SoCal’s arid climate, it’s important to amend and build the soil that supports your plants.  Compost and other soil amendments, gypsum, and similar minerals and a good basic fertilizer will all add organic material and life to your garden soil…and result in better tomatoes.

Mark Donofrio, Director of Operations, is a true Tomatomaniac.  Donofrio was co-owner of the popular Larchmont Grill and grew produce for the restaurant at many of LA’s community gardens.  Today he operates a small farm and Tomatomania test garden in Santa Ynez.  He calls it The Starter Farm ( He is passionate about the value of growing your own foods and tomatoes are the easiest place to start.  His BEST TIP:  To insure a long growing season, he advises planting in succession.  Buy some plants at the pop up sales and plant them, then be sure to visit Tomatomania again and plant additional varieties in successive weeks.  He also suggests buying a nice mix of indeterminate* and determinate* varieties to ensure a full season.

Note: Determinate tomatoes are varieties that stop growing when the fruit sets on the top bud.  All tomatoes from the plant ripen at approximately the same time over a period of 1-2 weeks.  Indeterminate tomatoes will grow and produce fruit until killed by front.  Indeterminates will bloom, set new fruit and ripe all at the same time throughout the growing season.

General tomato facts:

  • Tomatoes are thought to have originated in Peru as the name comes from the Aztec “xitomati,” which means ‘plump thing with a navel’.
  • Fruit or Vegetable?  A tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it is used as a vegetable in cooking
  • The French called tomatoes “pommes d’amour” or love apples as it was originally thought to be an aphrodisiac
  • 95 million people in the US grow tomatoes in home gardens each year
  • California grows the most canning and paste tomatoes in the U.S. while Florida grows and sells the most grocery store (fresh) tomatoes.
  • There are more than 7000 tomato varieties available in the home garden seed market

Credit: Tomatomania.

Kids’ Fishing Derby Returns to Mile Square Park March 17th

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park Saturday, March 17. Register for the free event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“The Kids’ Fishing Derby has become an annual tradition at Mile Square Park and we are thrilled to bring the community together for this event,” Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do, First District, said. “We’re excited for youngsters to cast their lines and enjoy a morning of outdoor fun.”

Kids ages 6 to 15 can fish for free at the Fishing Derby and compete to win multiple prizes in different age groups. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout and catfish for the derby, and there will be a limited amount of fishing rods available for loan. Participants can learn fishing tips and tricks during fishing clinics, and food will be available for purchase.

Join OC Parks for a fun-filled day of friendly competition and fishing at Mile Square Regional Park.

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, March 17

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Derby Registration: 7:30 a.m.  – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park

Address: 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197

Credit: OC Parks.