Archives for December 11, 2018

Shadow, Dec. 13th Pet of the Week! Let's find Shadow a home!

“I have a little shadow who goes in and out with me…” Our Shadow is not little, but he’s as gentle and quiet as any shadow and just as faithful. This senior shepherd mix is 14 and knows his commands. He was abandoned twice at our shelter—and you just can’t do that to your shadow. He needs a better match, is all—someone who’ll gladly hum “Me and my shadow” and mean it. Meet Shadow on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A614577.


(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 


Mother and little girl baking Christmas pastry. Children bake gingerbread. Toddler child preparing cookie for family dinner on Xmas eve. Decorated kitchen or dining room with fireplace, tree, candles.


Holiday by the Bay, San Diego’s waterfront adventure park returns for it’s most immersive season yet on select nights starting Wednesday, November 21, 2018, through January 5, 2019. The reimagined Holiday by the Bay will transform Bayfront Park into the ultimate holiday destination and ice adventure park featuring San Diego’s only two-story, 100-foot ice tubing slide, ice bumpers cars, nightly snow flurries, an interactive light show featuring a 30-foot tall Christmas tree, festive fare, craft holiday cocktails, cozy fireside lounges, gingerbread decorating, stocking trimming, and much more. A portion of every ticket to the annual holiday tradition will benefit United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) San Diego, supporting America’s military service members.

November 21, 2018  – January 5, 2019, select nights.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


  • Reindeer Run (included in General Admission ticket): Barrel down an exhilarating two-story 100-foot ice tubing slide overlooking the bay! Sure to thrill adults and kids alike, this breath-taking attraction is included with admission to the event and can be enjoyed all evening long.
  • Ice Bumpers (2 activity tickets): Hop in for a wild spin on an ice-bound bumper boat! A surprising winter twist on an old family favorite – a smashing good time for everyone.
  • Bucking Reindeer (2 activity tickets): Head to Santa’s Stable to try your hand at taming one of his new reindeer-in-training. Hang on tight! The bucking brute is known to pack a punch and may not be fit to guide his sleigh just yet.
  • SHINE (included in General Admission ticket): Take in captivating hourly light shows featuring snow flurries around the 30’ Christmas tree.

  • Claus Kitchen (3 activity tickets): Settle into Mrs. C’s Kitchen, possibly the coziest place to enjoy a favorite holiday tradition. Decorate freshly baked gingerbread and sugar cookies and write a letter to Santa or our Troops.
  • Santa’s Workshop (3 activity tickets): Discover the magic inside Santa’s Workshop! Trim your very own stocking, slide into a giant present, squeeze through an elf door for a mini adventure, and travel like Santa, through the chimney of course!
  • Yule Lodge: Celebrate the season at the rustic signature bar. Imbibe specialty craft holiday cocktails or venture on a festive small batch whisky, craft beer or champagne flight.
  • Holiday Fare: Gather the family for casual festive fare at Elven Eatery, splurge on sweet treats from Kringle Bakery or stop by Nutcracker Suite for a savory snack and sip something warm at Dasher’s Coffee & Cocoa.


  • General Admission tickets start online at $15 for children and $20 for adults.
    • Includes General Admission with in and out privileges for the evening. Enjoy all-evening access to Reindeer Run Ice Tubing Slide, Yule Lodge, Santa’s Workshop, Claus Kitchen and more!
  • Military General Admission tickets start online at $10 for children and $15 for adults.
    • Must present valid military ID upon entry or be accompanied by parent who can present a valid military ID.
    • Includes Discounted General Admission with in and out privileges for the evening. Enjoy all-evening access to Reindeer Run Ice Tubing Slide, Yule Lodge, Santa’s Workshop, Claus Kitchen and more!
  • Ultimate Cheer tickets start online at $33 for children and $38 for adults
    • Includes General Admission with in and out privileges for the evening PLUS seven (7) Activity Tickets redeemable at Iceberg Bumpers, Bucking Reindeer, and Claus Kitchen Cookie Decorating. Enjoy all-evening access to Reindeer Run Ice Tubing Slide, Yule Lodge, Santa’s Workshop, Claus Kitchen and more!

Parking starts at $20 per vehicle.

Self Disclosure: Images and Information were provided for posting. 

Musco Center Presents A Southern California Christmas, 12/16 An Annual Holiday Favorite that Unites

Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents the second annual edition of A Southern California Christmas on December 16 at 4pm. The show brings together more than 150 performers with special appearances by Daniel Emmet (America’s Got Talent Finalist), Orange Community Master Chorale, Anaheim Ballet, Southern California Children’s Chorus, and Southern California Brass Consortium.

Chapman University Alumnus and America’s Got Talent Finalist, Daniel Emmet lends his range of musical expression to the holiday celebration. The powerhouse multi-lingual vocalist wowed on-air audiences with a particularly special duet joined by advisor and friend of the Musco Center Plácido Domingo. Emmet is eager to spend this holiday season reconnecting with members of the community who supported him throughout his televised journey.

An accessible family favorite that is fun for all ages, A Southern California Christmas is already becoming an annual holiday tradition.

Tickets for December 16 are on sale now for $25-55 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

 Credit: Musco Center. Images were also provided.

Reindeer Romp Happening Through Jan. 6 at the Los Angeles Zoo Weekend Holiday Activities Include Photo Ops with Santa, Reindeer Keeper Talks, Animal Enrichment, Crafts, and More

Reindeer Romp, the Los Angeles Zoo’s beloved daytime holiday celebration, is happening daily until Sunday, January 6, 2019, giving Angelenos the rare opportunity to see real reindeer this season at its “Reindeer Village” habitat. While visiting the “Reindeer Village” on weekends, guests can learn more about the herd from expert reindeer keepers at 11am and 2pm, as well as get crafty at the craft station designing custom antlers. Stop by Santa Claus’s charming North Pole outpost for photos on December 15-16 and 22-23, from 11 am to 3 pm, with a variety of photo packages available for an additional fee. The weekend festivities continue with the animals receiving “presents” of their own at 11 am. While festive, these treats serve an important role, promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of the animals by encouraging natural behaviors. The schedule is as follows:

December 15: Bornean orangutans
December 16: Red river hogs
December 22: Giant river otters at Rainforest of the Americas

December 23: Snow leopards                                             
December 29: Lions
December 30: Giant river otters at Rainforest of the Americas
January 5: Sumatran tigers
January 6: Sichuan takins

Guests can also enjoy a special holiday edition of its World of Birds Show daily (except Tuesdays) at 12:00 and 2:30 pm through January 6. Among the species spotlighted in this dazzling free-flight display of natural behaviors are Cape vultures, crowned cranes, and blue-throated macaws. *Schedule subject to change.

All Reindeer Romp activities, except Santa photos, are free with paid Zoo admission. Also included with paid Zoo admission are daily close-up animal encounters, intriguing shows, holiday crafts, talks and guided experiences, training demonstrations, and more. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Daily through January 6, 2019
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For more information on Reindeer Romp, visit
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi is a Holiday Must-Buy! Nostalgia Giveaway! A Charlie Brown Christmas [Green Vinyl LP!]

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time. This remastered recording on green vinyl includes 3 bonus tracks not on the original 1965 LP plus a 20-page booklet filled with images from the program and liner notes by Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang.


Artist:                   Vince Guaraldi

Title:                     A Charlie Brown Christmas

Config:                 Green Vinyl LP

Item No:             F-8431

UPC:                     025218843119

MSLP:                  21.98

Release Date:    8/24/2009

Record Label:    Fantasy Records

Genres:                Holiday, Jazz, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia


Track Listing

  1. O Tannenbaum
  2. What Child Is This
  3. My Little Drum
  4. Linus And Lucy
  5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
  6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
  7. Skating
  8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  9. Christmas Is Coming
  10. Für Elise
  11. The Christmas Song
  12. Greensleeves
  13. Great Pumpkin Waltz
  14. Thanksgiving Theme


 Find the LP on Amazon  –   and the Charlie Brown LP can also be found at just about every store that sells vinyl!

We have teamed up for a fabulous Giveaway! One winner will win the Charlie Brown LP! Leave a comment below telling us your favorite song from the list above! Deadline to enter is December 16th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected.  U.S. Residents only.  You can enter once a day! 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Image and information were provided by Concord Music. SoCal City Kids will randomly select the winner and the prize will be sent out by Concord Music.