Archives for December 27, 2018

Families Looking For New Year’s Eve Fun Need To Check Out Universal Studios Hollywood’s EVE Celebration!

 Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s celebration, including an all-new Ultimate EVE package, on Monday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m.

EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide party starting at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.

The all-new Ultimate EVE package is a featured addition to this year’s event, inviting guests to celebrate in style. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., access to private lounges, buffet dining, private cash bars, reserved VIP viewing areas for the dazzling fireworks display, a complimentary, midnight champagne toast, commemorative 2019 party favors and unlimited Universal Express access to all rides and attractions.

Starting at 9:00 p.m., Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located in Springfield™ and an area near “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed party hubs, featuring a variety of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to electronic dance music to Latin pop, and the celebration will continue with enhanced DJ shows and after-party entertainment until 2:00 a.m.

A selection of food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer, wine and specialty cocktails, as well as 2019 memorabilia will be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, click here.

With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood.

The highly-anticipated return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM  brings glistening snowfall for the first time ever to Hogsmeade village along with “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle,” a breathtaking digital light projection experience, which continues through January 6, 2019.

More information, including special EVE Preferred Hotel Packages, is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood onFacebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo credit: Mike Danenberg / Universal Studios Hollywood.

Newport Dunes Presents Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve, 12.31 Featuring Headlining Country Bands – A Thousand Horses and Lit, NYE Waterfront Dining at Back Bay Bistro, and More Monday, December 31, 5 PM–1:30 AM

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort welcomes a star-studded country music lineup for their second annual Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 5 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Kicking off the new year in country style, nationally touring headliners, A Thousand Horses will be joined by popular ‘90s rock-turned-country band, Lit, along with local country favorites, Redneck Rodeo and Temecula Road.

 

Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks and full bars, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. The event will take place in the 14,000-square foot Bayside Pavilion tent with David Bugenske from Go Country 105 as host and DJ for the evening. Before the show, Kristen Ann, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves.

 

Come just for the concert, or make the evening extra special and enjoy dinner before the show at Newport Dunes’ picturesque waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The Boots on the Beach VIP dinner package offers seatings from 5-7 p.m. and includes a mouthwatering four-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with VIP concert seating.

 

For a more intimate evening out, dinner reservations are also available without the purchase of concert tickets, with a first seating from 5-7 p.m. for $65. Also offered is a festive second seating starting at 8 p.m. featuring a 5-course dinner, party favors, live DJ, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year on the bay for $125. For reservations, please call 949.729.1144.

 

Make the weekend one to remember and rent one of Newport Dunes’ many beachfront cottages available onsite, just steps from the concert. RV and tent camping options are available as well.

 

Boots on the Beach NYE Schedule:

5pm: Dinner at Back Bay Bistro / Concert Doors / DJ David Bugenske

6:15pm: Dance Lessons

6:40pm: DJ David Bugenske

6:55pm: Dance lessons

7:20pm: Temecula Road

8:20pm: Redneck Rodeo

9:40pm: Lit  

11:00pm: A Thousand Horses

11:59am: Countdown to 2019 with a performance by A Thousand Horses, Lit, Redneck Rodeo, David Bugenske and Temecula Road

 

Back Bay Bistro NYE Dinner Menu (VIP Package Option):

For those choosing the VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner and Concert package, a three-course meal is included. Seating: 5-7pm.

 

FIRST COURSE

Baby Greens

wild berries, candied pistachios, shaved parmesan cheese dressed with champagne vinaigrette

SECOND COURSE

Roasted Tomato Soup

 

MAIN COURSE

Coffee Crusted Center Cut Filet

au-gratin potatoes, broccolini, green peppercorn sauce

or

Chilean Sea Bass

fennel risotto and saffron citrus sauce

*Vegetarian options available upon request

DESSERT

Chocolate Lava Cake

 

WHEN

Monday, December 31

TIME

Boots on the Beach NYE: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

 

Back Bay Bistro NYE Dinner (VIP Package Option): 5-7 p.m.

 

WHERE

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive

Newport Beach, California 92660

CONCERT PRICING

Early Bird General Admission: $49

Early Bird VIP Seating: $99

Early Bird VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating Package: $159

 

Children under 10 FREE

*All ages welcome. Children 10 years and under receive free admission.

 

TICKETS AND DINNER RESERVATIONS

To purchase tickets to Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve, please visit: TicketWeb.com.

 

To make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at Back Bay Bistro, after purchasing tickets online, please call (949) 729-1144, or email ggasperino@newportdunes.com.

PUBLIC CONTACT

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, please call 949-729-3863 or visit NewportDunes.com.

welcomes a star-studded country music lineup for their second annual Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, December 31, 2018 from 5 p.m.–1:30 a.m.

Kicking off the new year in country style, nationally touring headliners, A Thousand Horses will be joined by popular ‘90s rock-turned-country band, Lit, along with local country favorites, Redneck Rodeo and Temecula Road.

 Bring family and friends for an evening of celebration featuring live music, food trucks and full bars, plus country western merchandise available for purchase. The event will take place in the 14,000-square foot Bayside Pavilion tent with David Bugenske from Go Country 105 as host and DJ for the evening. Before the show, Kristen Ann, one of Southern California’s top line dance choreographers, will teach the crowd all the right country dance moves.

 Come just for the concert, or make the evening extra special and enjoy dinner before the show at Newport Dunes’ picturesque waterfront restaurant, Back Bay Bistro. The Boots on the Beach VIP dinner package offers seatings from 5-7 p.m. and includes a mouthwatering four-course New Year’s Eve dinner along with VIP concert seating.

 For a more intimate evening out, dinner reservations are also available without the purchase of concert tickets, with a first seating from 5-7 p.m. for $65. Also offered is a festive second seating starting at 8 p.m. featuring a 5-course dinner, party favors, live DJ, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year on the bay for $125. For reservations, please call 949.729.1144.

 Make the weekend one to remember and rent one of Newport Dunes’ many beachfront cottages available onsite, just steps from the concert. RV and tent camping options are available as well.

 Boots on the Beach NYE Schedule:

5pm: Dinner at Back Bay Bistro / Concert Doors / DJ David Bugenske

6:15pm: Dance Lessons

6:40pm: DJ David Bugenske

6:55pm: Dance lessons

7:20pm: Temecula Road

8:20pm: Redneck Rodeo

9:40pm: Lit  

11:00pm: A Thousand Horses

11:59am: Countdown to 2019 with a performance by A Thousand Horses, Lit, Redneck Rodeo, David Bugenske and Temecula Road

 Back Bay Bistro NYE Dinner Menu (VIP Package Option):

For those choosing the VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner and Concert package, a three-course meal is included. Seating: 5-7pm.

 FIRST COURSE

Baby Greens

wild berries, candied pistachios, shaved parmesan cheese dressed with champagne vinaigrette

SECOND COURSE

Roasted Tomato Soup

 MAIN COURSE

Coffee Crusted Center Cut Filet

au-gratin potatoes, broccolini, green peppercorn sauce

or

Chilean Sea Bass

fennel risotto and saffron citrus sauce

*Vegetarian options available upon request

DESSERT

Chocolate Lava Cake

Monday, December 31

Boots on the Beach NYE: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

 Back Bay Bistro NYE Dinner (VIP Package Option): 5-7 p.m.

 WHERE:

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

1131 Back Bay Drive

Newport Beach, California 92660

CONCERT PRICING

Early Bird General Admission: $49

Early Bird VIP Seating: $99

Early Bird VIP Back Bay Bistro Dinner & Concert Seating Package: $159

 Children under 10 FREE

*All ages welcome. Children 10 years and under receive free admission.

 TICKETS AND DINNER RESERVATIONS

To purchase tickets to Boots on the Beach New Year’s Eve, please visit: TicketWeb.com.

 To make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservation at Back Bay Bistro, after purchasing tickets online, please call (949) 729-1144, or email ggasperino@newportdunes.com.

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, please call 949-729-3863 or visit NewportDunes.com.

Ring in the New Year Little Tokyo Style January 1—3 Go Little Tokyo celebrates the New Year with cultural events and delectable eats

Photo courtesy of Go Little Tokyo

Celebrate 2019, the Year of the Pig, with Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of LA’s most lively neighborhoods. Known as Oshogatsu, the New Year is one of the most important holidays in Japanese culture. As an exceptional time of the year, the historic shopping district and neighborhood is highlighted with celebratory cultural events, including the free all-day Oshogatsu Festival on New Years Day! Usher in the first day of 2019 with Go Little Tokyo’s stimulating mix of sights, sounds and savory flavors with these five events:
  1. Oshogatsu Family-Festival Fun: With three different locations across Little Tokyo, experience all the magic of a traditional Japanese New Year. Enjoy an energetic day full of live entertainment, traditional food vendors, music and more! Presented by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, this can’t miss event will delight the whole family!
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 10:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m. various locations, free. Weller Court, Japanese Village, and Frances Hashimoto Plaza.

  2. Delight in Delicacies: Stop by Tanota, one of Little Tokyo’s newest walk-up hotspots, for a popular New Years treat. As masters of takoyaki, a delectable snack traditionally filled with octopus, Tanota will be a featured vendor at the Oshogatsu Festival. Osechi ryori is a meaningful twist on the bento box – every dish within is imbued with meaning and meant to bring happiness and good fortune for the New Year.
    Murakai Market, open 9:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m. on New Years Day.

  3. Let Them Make Mochi: Japanese American Community Cultural Center’s (JACCC) annual day-long event for little ones inspires children’s creativity with the Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop. Lessons include modern calligraphy, gyoza-making, taiko drumming, t-shirt screen printing, and traditional mochitsuki-making! Reward a well-earned appetite with a bowl of buckwheat soba noodles at Suehiro Cafe, a classic dish to welcome in the New Year.
    Children’s Oshogatsu Workshop, Friday, December 28, 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Ages 7-13, (Tickets, Early Bird JCCC Members, $35, Early Bird Public, $40)

  4. Reflect and Remember: On New Years Day, participate in the time-honored ritual of Hatsu Goma (first fire rite) at the Koyasan Buddhist temple, and up until January 3 ceremonial charms and amulets are available for purchase to help usher in a fresh start. Remember hope and strength in the face of adversity at Gombatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. Fascinating photographs of Japanese Americans detained during World War II highlight the sacrifices made and the rich legacy left behind.
    Koyasan Buddhist Temple 341 E. 1st St, Jan. 1-3 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Gombatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, Nov. 17-April 28, 2019. General Admission: $12

  5. The Celebration Continues: The festivities don’t stop on New Years Day! Venture back to Little Tokyo on January 6 for a stunning display during Kotohajime. In its 36th year, Kotohajime is a feast for the eyes and ears with visionary dance performances and mesmerizing music.
    January 6, 1:00 p.m., Artani Theatre, JACCC. Tickets available for $18 for JACC members and $20 general admission.

 

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

5 Ways to Perfect Your Office Cleaning Routine

Working at home surely requires a huge amount of self-discipline. Aside from effectively balancing work and family time, a constant challenge among home-based workers is to keep their workplaces clean and organized. Staying consistent can be particularly difficult for those who are in the comfort of their own homes.

Now you have to remember that cleanliness usually promotes better productivity. If you want to increase your efficiency, ensuring that everything is orderly can be a huge help. You won’t experience difficulty locating a needed file, for example, anytime you need them.

Most importantly, having a tidy workplace project a professional image. This can be a great thing especially if you have to accommodate clients or other business contacts from time to time. Here are some effective tips for your office cleaners to establish a regular habit of cleaning your office:

Clean your desk often

Take a look at your desk and decide what needs to be kept and what needs to stay there. You are probably spending long hours on your desk and so it is crucial that you feel comfortable there. Place unnecessary accessories or documents somewhere else.

Also, resist the temptation of eating food on your table. Crumbs can attract insects while coffee stains can be difficult to remove. Do yourself a favor and go to the kitchen or dining area during short breaks.

Develop a filing system

Despite the widespread use of emails and electronic files, it is not surprising that many offices still find it useful to keep hard copies of important documents and contracts.

If the same is true for you, then make it a point to have an effective filing system. Use filing cabinets and folders for your advantage. You may arrange your files alphabetically, by date, or by client name depending on your preference.

Keep your electronics dust-free

Whether you are using a laptop or a desktop, you need to make sure that it is always free from dust and dirt. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the monitor and keyboard. The same can be used for wiping your printer, scanner, telephone, and everything else.

Set a place for everything

The trick for making your working environment more visually appealing is to create a place for everything. Therefore, dole out a place for each object and name it so that you may always recall where you have placed something.

Pay heed to the restrooms

It is exceptionally important to clean the bathrooms or washroom as they are the home to destructive microscopic organisms and germs. Utilize scrub and liquid solution to flush the sink area alongside taps. Refill the fluid cleanser routinely. Wipe the floor and bowls with the compelling cleaner. Install a room purifier or aromatic items.

By following these practical tips, having a tidy home office will be possible for you. Of course, these cleaning routine duties should be done often for you to experience the big difference. Doing major cleaning tasks also needs to be done at least once a month.