Archives for August 13, 2018

Free Family Fun and Education this Weekend at Solar Discovery Day by Baker Electric Home Energy

As the heat in Southern California rises, along with residential energy bills, doesn’t it make sense to own, manage and control your electricity?

Baker Electric Home Energy invites family, friends and neighbors to Solar Discovery Day. Don’t buy a solar system until learning everything about products, design, installation and warranties. This is about solar education, catered food and fun for the kids.

When: August 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Baker Electric Home Energy, 2140 Enterprise Street, Escondido, CA

Cost: Free to the public, the event will feature a lineup of solar energy experts:

– LG Solar Panels

– Tesla Powerwall Home Batteries

– Quick Mount PV

– SolarEdge

– CURB Energy

And Dividend Solar and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union will be on hand to explain financing options and answer questions about return-on-investment.

Attendees will enjoy great food by Full Belly BBQ and Up in Smoke.

Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon art by Daniela & Co for the kids.

Bring along canned goods for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank or purchase a piece of art from TERI Inc., supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities, to be entered to win great prizes.

Guests are urged to register in advance at https://www.bakerhomeenergy.com/sdd.

Watch what happened at last year’s Solar Discovery Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyB4IOC_IQw&feature=youtu.be

Credit: Baker Electric Home Energy.

My Favorite Must-Have Skin & Hair Products this Summer! Sun Bum!

Summer is still here and that often means hair care is different and also Sunscreen is a must! It’s always a must for me living in sunny So Cal but here are my new favorite to-go-to products from Sun Bum!

The Original SPF 70 Sunscreen Lotion is my favorite! The moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and it works great on outings such as the beach and the waterpark! It is water resistant up to 80 minutes and I love the smell! It also leaves my skin soft and it isn’t greasy! I also like the SPF 15 Original Spray Sunscreen! It’s not a very high SPF so I don’t use it daily but this one works well and smells great!

I also love their Shampoo and Conditioner but my favorite is their Beach Formula 3 in 1 Leave in Conditioner because it works and it protects your hair from UV rays. It isn’t sticky and I love taking this one with me on travel. Sonny’s Original Surf Paste is a must and has great hold. It is also great for fine hair. It also smells good and doesn’t flake in your hair.

Find out more about all these products and more here.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and any opinions are my own. I only feature products I highly recommend. 

Inclusion & Diversity Begins with Children: Proud of My Family Event @ Museum

Adding a positive voice to the national narrative around inclusion, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose kicks off its fourth annual Proud of My Family weekend August 18 & 19. Children and adults will enjoy activities designed to celebrate all types of families, especially LGBTQ+ parents, relatives, and friends.

Recognizing that lasting change begins with children, the event supports the museum’s Inclusion and Cultural Competence strategic commitment to build awareness and understanding among people of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic situations, religions, abilities, and family configurations.

“Our goal is to always make every family feel welcome and celebrated at the museum,” said Marilee Jennings, executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. “This event helps foster understanding while recognizing that families come in all types of configurations and that what binds us are the shared hopes and dreams for our children and their futures.”

The jam-packed weekend includes festive rainbow art activities, moving and grooving in the Rainbow Dance Zone, getting creative with the temporary art installation around the colors of the Pride flag, and learning from partner organizations who will be onsite sharing resources about the LGBTQ+ community. Award-winning children’s recording artist Tim Cain performs Saturday and the Rainbow Women’s Chorus on Sunday.  They’ll be a Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and a Pride Parade at 4 p.m. each day, both sponsored and led by SV Pride.

Proud of My Family Activities

August 18 & 19, 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Special Performances

 

Saturday:

  • Musician Tim Cain will perform acoustic music at noon.
  • Storytime with Todd Parr’s “The Family Book” at 11:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m.

 

Sunday:

  • Rainbow Women’s Chorus will perform at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m
  • Special guest caricature artist Hortencia Martin will draw family caricatures
  • Storytime with Todd Parr’s “The Family Book” at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m.

Ongoing Weekend Activities:

  • Create family portraits.
  • Join in a Rainbow Dance Party. Stretch, jump, spin and move with colorful streamers, pom-poms, capes and accessories.
  • Make rainbow friendship bracelets. Learn to tie knots and enhance fine motor skills by creating colorful yarn bracelets for friends and family.
  • Rainbow Reflections. Learn the meaning behind each color of the Pride Flag and contribute to the installation by drawing an interpretation of each color.
  • Partners from the LGBTQ+ community will be on-site offering information, resources, and coloring pages.
  • Family photo op. Strike a pose and make lasting memories with the colorful backdrop.
  • Paint your face with rainbows.
  • Explore rainbows and light in the Art Studio.
  • Fashion a cornhusk doll with colorful fabrics.
  • Create a nature journal. Find all the colors of the rainbow in the museum’s backyard.

 

Cost of admission: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free. All activities are included in the price of museum admission.

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About Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, the museum has welcomed over 8.6 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children’s diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, hands-on exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations.  For more information about the Museum, visit www.cdm.org.

Dog Days – One Very Funny Story About 12 People and 4 Dogs

Elizabeth is a charming anchorwoman who seeks advice from her dog’s therapist. Tara is a spunky barista who dreams of a life beyond the coffee shop. Daisy is a dog walker who’s enamored with a client. Garrett pines for a woman while trying to keep his adopt-a-dog business afloat. The beloved canines in their lives soon start to influence their careers, friendships and romantic relationships in funny and unexpected ways. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Zoe C. comments, “I love this film because it follows a bunch of intertwined relationships that all revolve around dogs. It’s one story about 12 people and four dogs.” See her full review below.

Dog Days
By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

This live action film is very entertaining and exciting. I love dogs, so seeing all the dogs on the big screen was very exciting for me. It is really cool. I love this film because it follows a bunch of intertwined relationships that all revolve around dogs. It’s one story about 12 people and four dogs. I also really love the comedy. There are some sad moments, but the jokes are very funny.

This film has several storylines. One is about a girl named Elizabeth (Nina Dobrev), who hosts a show called “Wake Up LA.” She has a new co-host who she does n’t get along with and she is heartbroken because recently she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her. Later, we meet Tara (Vanessa Hudgens) who works as a barista, thinks she’s looking for love, but instead finds a sweet adorable dog, a Chihuahua, outside the coffee shop that she adopts. Then, there’s Ruth and her husband Greg who are soon to become parents and give their dog to Ruth’s brother. Next are Walter and Tyler (Finn Wolfhard). Walter lost his pug and Tyler is helping him find it. Last are Gracie and Kurt who adopt a daughter who does n’t talk much until she finds an adorable pug.

Dog Days’ director, Ken Marino is a writer and actor as well. He combines all the stories so well and they all flow nicely. The performances are quite believable and the jokes are very funny. There is romance, but also other important relationships, friendship and love between brothers and family members. The actors are all quite wonderful. Their casual costumes make them very realistic. Los Angeles is the perfect location for this story, because it fits the storyline and the light and colors are perfect. I especially love all the scenes that the Chihuahua Gertrude appears in.

You don’t need to love dogs to like this film! The message is that we all need love and we can learn from dogs a lot about unconditional love. It does not have strong language, but some scenes may be not the most appropriate for kids under the age of 7, so please be cautious of that.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 as well as adults. It is touching, funny, and  very entertaining. It is a not spectacular, elaborated production, but the story flows nicely and the actors’ performances make this movie very enjoyable to watch. It opens in theaters August 8, 2018 so, put it on your radar screen.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!
Photo by Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment – © New Tricks LLC

 

 

The Meg – An Entertaining Homage to Shark Flicks with Vibrant Special Effects

Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt? KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “The Meg is a somewhat entertaining homage to old-era shark flicks. A frightful direction and vibrant special effects provide a serviceable summer-end movie. Fans of shark flicks may want to check it out.” See his full review below.

The Meg

By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Meg is a somewhat entertaining homage to old-era shark flicks. A frightful direction and vibrant special effects provide a serviceable summer-end movie. Fans of shark flicks may want to check it out.

The movie follows a Shanghai-based, deep-sea team as they seek to postulate new discoveries among the underwater trenches. However, their discoveries go awry when a previously thought extinct Megalodon attacks their submersibles and threatens to roam the Shanghai seas. With time on the run, team leader Dr. Zhao (Winston Chao) recruits former rescue diver Jonas (Jason Statham). Unbeknownst to everyone, Jonas has previously encountered the same Megalodon and must now confront his fears to save those aboard.

Jason Statham, as Jonas, is always a vibrant presence with his charm and smarm making gold of the cheesy script. He also excels in his underwater stunts, creating some nail-biting thrills. Bingbing Li, as Suyin, proves herself as a smart, yet impatient presence, who wants to prove herself. However, she does fall key to an unnecessary clichéd father-daughter subplot, but makes the best of what she is given. Winston Chao, as Dr. Zhang, greatly presents his fears and desperation for Suyin and the mission, in spite of the weak backing for the emotional stakes of the two. Rainn Wilson, as Jacks, heightens his stereotypical rich guy presence with well-timed remarks alike his in The Office. Shuya Sophia Cai, as Meiyang, is my favorite character in her banter with Statham and brave actions power her from just being a 8-year-old damsel in distress. She truly excels in her first, breakout role. Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, and Cliff Curtis complete the rest of the pack, each giving a unique performance, even if the characters can be viewed as expendable at times.

Jon Turteltaub’s direction allows for brisk thrills taking inspiration from Jaws, but allowing for his own unique takes on the genre. My favorite scene is the final act, as it goes all in with the illogic of the shark conflicts allowing for a fun conclusion. The other flaws are the inconsistency of the tone and writing of the movie, which goes from serious to knowingly funny at times and the placement of the scenes feels off at times. The movie also suffers by detracting from the shark conflict and focusing on poorly written character situations. In fact, it takes a long amount of occasionally grueling time and development for the Megalodon to even show up.

The movie’s message is that being a hero can come with its fair share of compromises. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, because of intense action, gore and some language. The movie releases in theaters on August 10, 2018 so check it out.

  Credit: KIDS FIRST!