Archives for May 21, 2018

May is Celiac Awareness Month Garden Lites Offers Gluten-Free, Delicious Veggies In Every Bite

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and Garden Lites offers products that are always gluten-free and made with vegetables as first ingredients. Gluten- free food is especially vital for all sufferers of Celiac Disease, a genetic autoimmune disease which damages the small intestine. Celiac Disease impacts over 3 million Americans, and since the first Celiac Awareness Month in 1987 the number of gluten-free individuals in the US has skyrocketed to over 50 million.Garden Lites is proud to provide great gluten-free options for both Celiac disease sufferers and those who are gluten-free for other reasons such as a gluten allergy or another intolerance. Garden Lites offers portable, nutritionally dense gluten free foods such as Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, muffins, Chocolate and Blueberry Oat muffins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power Muffins.

The line of gluten free products include:

  • Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes:

 Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you. Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes Superfood Blend are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower.  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes with Kale & Quinoa are also packed with nutrient-rich superfoods like kale and quinoa.  The line packs only 100 calories!  Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes come in a package of 6 veggie cakes for an SRP of $4.99. They are available in both frozen and refrigerated sections.

  • Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins and Blueberry Oat  Muffins:

 You’ll never believe the first two ingredients in Garden Lites® Chocolate Muffins are zucchini and carrots.  Heat in the microwave to enjoy a chocolatey, decadent experience for only 120 calories.

The first ingredient in Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins is zucchini. Every bite of Garden Lites Blueberry Oat muffins is bursting with plump blueberries.  Heat them in a microwave to enjoy a delightful blueberry packed muffin with only 120 calories.

All Garden Lites Muffins are Non-GMO and deliciously moist and a great source of fiber.  Garden Lites muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99.

  • Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins

Perfect for breakfast, lunchtime or a snack, your child will love the fun characters and you’ll love the fact that zucchini is the first ingredient. Only 80 calories each, Garden Lites Ninja Power Muffins are Allergy-friendly; Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free! Perfect for lunchboxes.

Garden Lites has a variety of new products and increased distribution in the freezer section across the country. Some of the best selection can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers and online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.comThe line also has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.


About Garden Lites:

Garden Lites® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Cooking Light – The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast; 2016 Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award; 2016 Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families; 2016 – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; 2015 Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and 2017 Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Offers Late-Night Trains, Special Fares for Concerts at FivePoint Amphitheater Concertgoers can travel to and from Orange County's newest outdoor venue and enjoy discount train fares on select concert dates during the 2018 summer series in Irvine

The Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® will offer special train service for concertgoers traveling to and from the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine during the 2018 concert season between May 11 and September 30, 2018. Discounted Pacific Surfliner fares will be offered for travel to and from Irvine on select concert dates. In addition, concert goers who present a valid Pacific Surfliner ticket at the gate will receive complimentary Fast Lane access, which allows expedited entry to FivePoint Amphitheatre.

The Pacific Surfliner travels between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, connecting nearly 3 million passengers a year to many of Southern California’s top destinations. The Pacific Surfliner directly serves the new FivePoint Amphitheatre, which is located adjacent to the Irvine Station.

“The venue’s front gate is less than a five minute walk from the train station, which makes taking the Pacific Surfliner a safe and convenient option for fans travelling from Orange County as well as San Diego and Los Angeles,” said Matt Prieshoff, Live Nation Chief Operating Officer – California.

When the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre closed in 2016, land developer FivePoint Communities partnered with live events producer Live Nation Entertainment to construct a temporary 12,000-seat facility on the southwest perimeter of the Orange County Great Park. The venue opened in 2017 with a proposal to minimize impact on area traffic. The venue offers 4,000 on-site parking spots, as well as convenient access to the Irvine Station and ridesharing services.

“We are proud to support access to live music and are excited to provide a special concert train service in partnership with Live Nation and FivePoint Amphitheatre,” said Bryan MacDonald, chairman of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. “This service will enhance the experience for concert goers while also improving quality of life for local residents.”

The Pacific Surfliner will provide late-night service from Irvine to Los Angeles and San Diego with trains departing approximately 20 minutes after most concerts, including Slayer (May 11), Dirty Heads (June 30), Pentatonix (July 19), Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker (August 24), Jason Mraz (September 14), Rise Against (September 30) and more.

The special northbound return train (597) will depart Irvine promptly at 11:20 p.m. en route to Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton and Los Angeles. The final southbound train (796) will depart Irvine at 11:19 p.m. en route to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach and San Diego.  Concert attendees can take any Pacific Surfliner train to the FivePoint Amphitheatre with service from San Diego, Oceanside, Anaheim, Los Angeles and intermediate stops.

For more information, including a full list of concerts, promotional fares and detailed train schedules, please visit

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Jump Into Summer at Newport Dunes This Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28 Featuring the Grand Opening of the West’s Largest Inflatable Beachfront Waterpark, Live Music, Newport Beach Beerfest and More May 25 - 28, 2018

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present Memorial Day weekend filled with fun activities and special events, May 25 – 28, 2018. From kids to adults, ‘80s lovers to country music fans, craft beer aficionados and watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes.

On Friday, May 25, Newport Dunes will unveil the expansion of their Inflatable Waterpark, open to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Doubling in size, the fleet will include ten large inflatables featuring a new 17-foot slide, two trampolines, and a 14-foot and 7-foot climbable iceberg. Additions will also introduce monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter totters. One section of the park will be dedicated to smaller children.  This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities from Newport Dunes Watersports which includes kayaks, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards available for rent.

For those looking to relax, enjoy private beachside cabanas between dips in the calm waters of the gorgeous Upper Newport Bay. Experience the luxury of fully stocked RVs and beachside cottages available for rent for the ultimate summer glamping experience.

The evening of Friday, May 25, get amped for 80’s on the Bay with host and DJ for the night, Richard Blade from Sirius XM and Jack FM spinning favorite ‘80s hits from 7-10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy waterfront dining and cocktails at Back Bay Bistro before the music starts or choose from a variety of food trucks and full bar service available throughout the evening. Join the fun and dress in your ‘80s best to participate in the costume contest.

All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP admission which ensures seating near the stage, table bar service and exclusive after party access. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Newport Beach Beerfest returns to Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 26 from 7-10 p.m. With your toes in the sand, enjoy the picturesque sunset on the bay while sipping unlimited samples of over 150 craft beers, wines and spirits.  Listen to live bands and DJs and indulge in a food truck tasting village. Tickets for this all-inclusive event are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Purchase of VIP tickets grants early admission to the event at 6 p.m. and includes access to the exclusive VIP lounge with 12 additional breweries, separate entertainment and more. Funds support the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Nashville meets Newport on Sunday, May 27 with Boots on the Beach from 4-10 p.m. Dust off your cowboy boots and experience the best in country music with live performances by Gethen JenkinsShotgun JeffersonMorgan Leigh BandTina Michelle, plus Host and DJ for the evening David Bugenske from Go Country 105. Enjoy full bar service and country BBQ concessions available throughout the festival. No outside alcohol or food is permitted. All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $60 for VIP admission. Event proceeds support Save the Brave. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort visit

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Regional Acts Selected for Third Annual Heartbeat of Mexico Free Outdoor Festival Sunday, May 27 at 1pm

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University is pleased to announce that over 20 regional acts were selected to perform on three stages at the third annual Heartbeat of Mexico’s free Outdoor Festival on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 1pm to 7:30pm.

Featuring some of the top local and regional Mexican-American ensembles in Southern California, the festival will present traditional and contemporary music, dance, and folklórico performances to the community. Every region of Mexico has its own dance style, music, and costuming from a variety of cultural influences, including the indigenous tribes, Spanish, Africans, Germans, and the French. The performances selected for this year’s event reflect the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, music, and art.

Performance Schedule

Aitken Arts Plaza Stage:

 1pm – Opening Ceremony

1:15pm – El Sol Academy: Kindergarten through fifth grade students perform and delight in traditional costumes.

2:15pm – Calle 4 Cumbia Electric: This high-energy Santa Ana band plays songs that highlight the pride and strengths of the Mexican-American community.

3:15pm – Ballet Folklórico Estrellas de OCSA: Dancers from Orange County School of the Arts paint the vibrant history of Mexico through folk and traditional dance.

4:15pm  Primero Sueño Ensemble: This visionary band sings original songs inspired by resilience and nature that KCRW calls “beautiful and wonderful.”

5:15pm  El Santo Golpe: Experience the world of Afro-Latin music, with infusions of cumbia, son jarocho, garifuna, African drum beats, poetry, and folkloric dance.

Performers Court Stage:

2pm  Los Sanchez Mariachi Quartet: The Sanchez family – Lino, Esbeyde, Erandi, and Eraydelin – bring beautiful mariachi music from their Anaheim home to the entire region.

3pm – Mariachi Los Santos of Santa Ana High School: Founded in 2000, this stunning ensemble from one of Orange County’s oldest high schools preserves the rich traditions of Mexico’s musical culture.

4pm – Felipe Orozco & his Mariachi Tierra Azteca: This band has delighted all ages across Southern California with popular mariachi songs, Latin pop and banda hits.

5pm – Ruby Clouds: Dream along to the original songs of this R&B/Rock duo of siblings who grew up on both sides of the border and sing in both English and Spanish.

6pm – Daniela y Fito: This father-daughter duo spreads the beauty of Mexican folk songs with a sound that will melt your heart.

Wells Fargo Stage:

 2:45pm – Relámpago Del Cielo: For more than 40 years, this non-profit dance community has ignited the joy of Latin culture in Orange County.

3:45pm – The Dream Act: Students, alumni, and faculty from Middle College High School and Santa Ana College blend pop, rock en Español, and cumbia.

4:45pm – MEXIKA (Music & Dance of Ancient Mexico): With brightly colored traditional feather garments and ancient instruments, this high-powered ensemble reflects the ancient culture they celebrate.

5:45pm – Grupo Folklórico Fusion Mexicana: Based in Ventura County, these dancers are more than just great performers; they also have a deep passion for education and community activism.

6:45pm – Cambalache: Close out the night in the spirit of the fandango with the East LA-based group playing high-energy son jarocho music from Veracruz.

In addition to the performances, the festival will feature a variety of family fun activities, a food fair, and many more events outside on Aitken Arts Plaza. Family activity highlights include: creating a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera-inspired zine, shouting ¡Loteria! during a hilariously popular group game with similarities to bingo, making paper flowers and papel picado, and exploring the regional cultures with the Consulate of Mexico during a fun Passport Adventure Game.

Mariachi Los Camperos headlines Musco Center’s third annual Heartbeat of Mexico festival on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30pm. Generally regarded as Southern California’s top mariachi ensemble, this band was founded by the legendary Nati Cano. They performed at the first Heartbeat of Mexico festival in 2016 and return by popular demand. Mariachi Mestizo from California’s Central Valley will open the evening. This group is among the state’s top youth mariachi and features both boys and girls across all instruments. Venerated across Mexico, Natalia Lafourcade will perform Sunday, May 27 at 6pm. She is a rapidly emerging voice of the people, lilting across the borders of folk and pop into pure rock superstardom.

Heartbeat of Mexico is a Musco Center World CAFE Event presented in association with Chapman University’s Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum. The community is invited to participate in the free and ticketed events throughout the third annual Heartbeat of Mexico festival. Tickets for May 26 are on sale now and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.



Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit


The Chapman Latinx Staff & Faculty Forum was developed in Fall 2015 to provide support to Latinx students, staff, and faculty by developing connections and building a bridge between students, parents, alumni, community organizations, and the Chapman community.


Musco Center offers its World CAFE (Cultural Arts Festivals and Events) series as an opportunity to engage in meaningful community collaboration with partners across Southern California. Each World CAFE salutes a different country or part of the world that connects back to the Southland, to showcase both the traditional and contemporary art forms and how those forms have evolved here in California.