Archives for June 7, 2018

Star Wars Day Returns to the OC Zoo June 16th First 100 Kids in Costume Receive Free Gift and Train Ride

Join the County of Orange and OC Parks for Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and may the force be with you! Gather family and friends for a day of animals and activities at the OC Zoo.

Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo invites Stars Wars fans of all ages to celebrate a galaxy far, far away with a fun-filled day of activities including visits from Star Wars characters, kids’ crafts, games, and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet and greets throughout the day.

“Generations of Star Wars fans can visit another galaxy at the OC Zoo during Star Wars Day,” Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District, said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy their favorite characters while spending time with the animals of the OC Zoo.”

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in Star Wars costumes and attire, and the first 100 children (ages 12 & under) wearing a Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and free train ticket to ride the Irvine Park Railroad.

Activities are free with the purchase of a paid zoo ticket of $2 per person (ages 2 and under are free). Please note that zoo coupons/passes are not valid for this event. Reservations for Star Wars Day are not required and parking is $5 per vehicle.

Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo

Date: Saturday, June 16

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: OC Zoo

Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Public Contact: or 714-973-6847

Credit: OC Parks/OC ZOO.

First-Ever Summer Music Series Debuts at Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center invites the community to enjoy four concerts of mixed genres for the inaugural Summer Music Series at Torrance’s leading shopping and lifestyle destination.

The Summer Music Series showcases the new Village Park lawn area, just outside AMC Theaters, with a variety of musical genres on the second Saturday of the month in June, July, August and September from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Summer Music Series collection of performances is fine tuned to feature a diverse music styles by local artists from Greater Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy sounds from incredible artists such as Natalie Clark, selected as a Mercedes Benz KTLA “Artist to Watch,” also seen on the most recent season of the Voice. Other artists bring alternative, singer-songwriter and pop music to the Summer Music Series.

“Music is a meaningful way to form connections, and we love that the Summer Music Series encourages our community to linger and enjoy unique experiences with us,” said Del Amo Fashion Center Director of Marketing and Business Development Chris Yates. “Grab your friends and family, bring a blanket and pick-up some food from our selection of top-notch eateries for an afternoon of sunshine and music.”

The complete list of artists and performances includes:

  • Saturday, June 9 – Professional Folk
  • Saturday, July 14 – Natalie Clark
  • Saturday, August 11 – Michael Physick & Band
  • Saturday, September 8 – Lisa Ritchie

Del Amo Fashion Center embodies the upscale and outdoor lifestyle of the Torrance community with amenities and events such as the Summer Music Series, making it a leading lifestyle destination. Enjoy leisure time in the new and beautiful Village Park at Del Amo Fashion Center with a pristine lawn and gorgeous garden landscaping.


About Del Amo Fashion Center

Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Del Amo Fashion Center, the South Bay’s premier retail destination. Accented by an abundance of natural lighting, exquisite architecture, living green walls, gorgeous palm trees and a new Fashion Wing, Del Amo Fashion Center is a favorite in Southern California. Visit more than 200 stores including South Bay exclusives such as Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade New York, HUGO BOSS, Hanna Andersson and Z Gallerie. The center’s department stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men & Home, JCPenney and Sears. Experience the charm of the Outdoor Village with an array of retail and dining options. Other featured retailers include Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Arhaus, Brio Coastal Bar, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora, UNIQLO, Zara, and more. For more information, visit


About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

Miguel’s Restaurants Kicks Off 45th Anniversary Celebrations at Citrus Splash Zone on June 7th

Commissioned by and licensed to Miguel’s.

 Miguel’s and Miguel’s Jr. Restaurants invite the community to celebrate the brand’s 45th anniversary on Thursday, June 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m at Corona’s Citrus Splash Zone. The Splash Zone was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Miguel’s Restaurant owners Mike and Mary Vasquez in 2008. During the June 7 celebration, the Vasquez family will unveil recent renovations to the destination and present a rededication to the City of Corona.

“In celebrating this anniversary, we’ve embraced opportunities to revitalize our brand,” said Miguel’s CEO, Javier Vasquez, “It’s been a year for growth and improvement with, launching a new food truck, renovating our flagship restaurant, and now, re-dedicating the upgraded Splash Zone to the city we call home.”

The first 300 guests to arrive at Citrus Splash Zone on Thursday, June 7 will receive a complimentary famous Miguel’s Jr. BRC (beans, rice and cheese) burrito from the new Miguel’s Jr. food truck. The celebration event will include complimentary giveaways, raffle drawings,  and a special presentation from the City of Corona’s Chamber of Commerce.

The iconic Mexican Restaurant group includes three full-service restaurants in Corona, and 18 Miguel’s Jr. locations throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County. The company plans to announce  two more Miguel’s Jr. locations that are slated to open by the end of 2018.

Miguel’s California Mexican Cocina & Cantina and Miguel’s Jr. continues the family tradition of homestyle Mexican dishes made using only the freshest and best tasting ingredients including fresh Haas avocados, all natural and hormone free poultry, pasture raised, corn fed beef, 100% stone ground tortillas and tortilla chips, as well as their famous fresh-made daily hot sauce.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*First 300 guests will receive complimentary BRC burrito, or while supplies last.

Corona Splash Zone – Citrus Park

1250 Santana Way,

Corona, CA 92881



Founded in Corona, California in 1975 by Mike and Mary Vasquez, Miguel’s offers superb-quality family recipes using premium ingredients, inspired by the cuisine of Central Mexico. Miguel’s Restaurants are committed to spreading their unparalleled standard for customer service and reputation for delivering the freshest, best tasting California Mexican food daily.  For more information, including menu items and locations, visit


Instagram: @Miguels_Restaurant

Twitter: @MiguelsRest



Founded in Corona, California in 1975 by Mike and Mary Vasquez, Miguel’s Jr continues to offer superb-quality family recipes in a fast-food environment using premium ingredients, inspired by the cuisine of Central Mexico. With 18 locations in the Inland Empire and Orange County, Miguel’s Jr is expanding to key markets in Southern California, spreading their unparalleled standard for customer service and reputation for delivering the freshest, best tasting California Mexican food daily.  For more information, including menu items and locations, visit


Instagram: @Miguels_Jr

Twitter: @WeAreMiguelsJr

Perfect for Father’s Day! New Album from Like Father Like Son – “Sun is a Star”

In Time for Father’s Day!

the Debut Album Release from
Real-Life Father & Son 
Lou Gallo (Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band)
& Frank Gallo (Rolie Polie Guacamole)
plus Grammy winner Dean Jones
w/special guests Grammy nominee Brady Rymer & Katie Ha Ha Ha
Celebrating this Father’s Day with a father-and-son musical bonanza, Frank Gallo, of Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music, Rolie Polie Guacamole, and his dad, veteran children’s musician Lou Gallo of Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band, have teamed with GRAMMY-winning producer/performer Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas to create a bona fide kindie super-group: Like Father Like Son. Mix in splendid contributions from GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer and Katie Ha Ha Ha, and you have Sun is a Star, a stellar album for families that’s set for release on June 8, 2018.

Frank Gallo explains, “My dad and I are a father-and-son team who have each had a lot of experience in kindie music. In fact, Sun is a Staris the 7th family album for both of us. Adding Dean Jones to the mix actually bridges the generations. In our band, Like Father Like Son, we have Baby Boomer Lou Gallo, Generation X-er Dean Jones, and Millennial Frank Gallo!”

After years of talking about the possibility of working together on an album, in 2017 Frank persuaded his dad, Lou Gallo, that the time was right, proposing that each of them contribute five or six songs. Together they decided to take Dean Jones up on his invitation to record at Dean’s storied No Parking Studio in Rosendale, NY. Having worked with Dean quite a bit through the years, Frank knew this was an offer he could not refuse, for Dean’s production artistry came with the added bonus of his superb performing skills (bass, drums, marimba, guitar, trombone, vocals). Indeed, all indications were that the stars were in the right confluence for a solid record.

As one would expect, Sun is a Star includes several tracks that feature songs with a father-and-son theme.  Some are of a general nature (“Like My Dad,” “Like Father Like Son”) while others explore the Gallo family musical scrapbook, like “She’s a Dog,” which was father Lou’s very first collaboration with two-year-old Frank. Lou wrote “Tennis Racket Song” when he was right out of high school.  As one of the earliest of Lou’s songs that Frank remembers hearing, he encouraged his dad to include it in the Sun is a Star lineup.

Sun is a Star kicks off with the irrepressible, rhythmic energy of the album’s title track and moves right into “Halloween Night,” featuring a spooky use of the theremin throughout the song. The calypso-style “Day-O,” always popular at Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-alongs, is perfect for kids-and-family line dancing. The whimsical dance number “Shake Shake Shake” contrasts hilariously with the ultra-frenetic “Shake Your Shaker.”

Other highlights include the action song, “Sharks and Dinosaurs,” with its ear-catching percussion sounds, and a splendid cover of “Handle with Care,” written by George Harrison for the legendary Traveling Wilburys, in which Frank Gallo faithfully recreates Harrison’s signature solo guitar style.

Sun is a Star will be available at CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Amazon. Pre-orders may be placed now.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy to facilitate this post. Images and Information were also provided.