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. 

Shogun Santa is Coming to Little Tokyo This Holiday Season Go Little Tokyo Presents the Top Five Reasons to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in the Heart of DTLA from November 23 – January 1

Photo Provided Courtesy of Go Little Tokyo

Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of LA’s most lively neighborhoods, will once again deck the streets of Little Tokyo with holiday cheer! Treat yourself and loved ones to the culturally-rich neighborhood with delectable bites, memory-making fun, and more, while finding the perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your life. If trading the long lines and crowds at the mall for a unique and special shopping experience isn’t enough of a reason to go to Little Tokyo this season, here are five more festive reasons to Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays.

  1. Snap a Selfie with Shogun Santa: The Holidays will be in full swing in Little Tokyo this December as Shogun Santa’s sleigh is making a stop in Downtown LA! Make sure to pack the camera to take a picture-perfect photo for your annual holiday card with a selfie or family photo, while supporting the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). To see when Shogun Santa’s sleigh will visit Little Tokyo, visit
  2. Bring in the Year of the Pig: Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with one of Little Tokyo’s largest and most important holidays of the year, the annual Japanese New Year’s Oshogatsu Festival! Taste traditional New Year’s treats, enjoy live performances and games, while reflecting on the new year ahead. Watch the streets of Little Tokyo come alive with mochi pounding, taiko drumming, traditional dances, a kimono fashion show, and delicious Japanese street food at the Weller Court Shopping Center, Japanese Village Plaza, and Frances Hashimoto Plaza.
  3. Ugly Christmas Sweaters Galore: Look no further and skip the replicas! Popkiller is your go-to for the most beautiful, ugly Christmas sweaters for your next holiday affair. From unique vintage turtlenecks to light-up Christmas characters, you are guaranteed to win best Ugly Christmas Sweater from their selection of festive finds.
  4. Find the Perfect Stocking Stuffer: In typical LA fashion, sunglasses are a year-round trend. Offering a selection of prescription and non-prescription frames, Kurata Eyecare Center in Little Tokyo carries independent eyewear companies and alternative fit frames that provide comfort with every pair. Handcrafted with quality and care in Japan, protect your eyes with SALT Optics, the perfect stocking stuffer for the chic to masculine looks with a timeless design.
  5. Give the Gift You Can Taste: Give a “pizza” (piece of) your heart to the foodie lover in your life with Baldoria’s hands-on pizza-making experience. Try your hand at a deliciously fun time making your own authentic and tasty pizza under the direction of Baldoria’s Head Chef, Duke Gervais. Each class includes pizza and a complimentary glass of beer or wine.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.


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.

Here Comes Santa HQ to Los Cerritos Center! Don't miss Santa HQ!


Santa is all about the experience and this year Los Cerritos Center is again partnering with HGTV to present the incomparable, immersive “Santa HQ.” Families are invited to explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age. Exciting interactive technology transforms and customizes the experience.

HGTV Santa HQ guests can customize their individual experience by using augmented reality to view Santa’s Workshop and Observatory in magical ways. New this year, visitors can use the workshop’s Magic Mirror to transform into one of Santa’s elves. Guests can virtually change their elf’s outfits, create customized Elf Academy ID collector cards at the Elf ID station, explore Santa’s Observatory using ELF-RAY Vision and test out the Naughty O’ Nice Meter. Families can continue their adventure with a custom photo opportunity and an in-person visit with Santa inside his modernized sleigh.
To make it easy, guests can make reservations starting now with the man of the hour to spend less time in line. Visit: for more information. Photo packages are available starting at $39.99
Shoppers also are invited to bring an unwrapped toy and participate in Help Through Holiday Giving. Los Cerritos Center hopes to gather over 1,000 toys to be donated to YMCA of Greater Long Beach for their 10th Annual Toy Giveaway on December 15.
Additional Dates: 
  • Ugly Sweater Day:  December 13
November 10 – December 24
Santa HQ will be open 7 days a week.
Los Cerritos Center
Main Court in front of Forever 21
Best parking can be found in the parking lot on the west side of the shopping center, adjacent to Forever 21.
For more information, call Los Cerritos Center at 562-860-0341 or Text to Concierge at 562-383-2333 and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and like us on Facebook @ShopLosCerritos.
Credit: Los Cerritos Center and HGTV. Images were 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.