Archives for January 22, 2019

Hooch, Jan. 24th Pet of the Week!

Hooch is a 9-month-old male boxer. He’s a great playmate with other dogs in our shelter’s Dog Play Yard, and he’s silly as can be! But his kind eyes and lovable nature show his quiet side—his gentleness and affection toward people. Want a smooch from Hooch? You can meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A619653.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village. 

Miguel’s Jr. Kicks Off 2019 with $3.49 Burrito and Drink Combo for Limited Time

For a limited time, Miguel’s Jr. is offering guests their famous Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito combined with any regular fountain drink for just $3.49. Miguel’s Jr.’s infamous three-ingredient burrito is the one that started it all and is made with their homemade, slow cooked refried beans, Spanish rice, and premium cheddar cheese. Upgrade to a wet style burrito for just $0.50 more to enjoy a Bean, Rice & Cheese Burrito topped with creamy enchilada sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. Founder Mary Vasquez developed the recipes with inspiration from her childhood in Central Mexico.


January 16 – February 23


All Miguel’s Jr. Locations

Corona: 1039 W 6th St., Corona, CA 92882. (951) 270-3551

Corona (south): 2320 Compton Avenue, Corona, CA 92881. (951) 279-9393

Corona (west): 1570 West Sixth Street, Corona, CA 92882. (951) 279-7780

Costa Mesa: 141 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. (949) 646-2153

Eastvale: 13382 Limonite Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880. (951) 407-1385

Fontana: 7490 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336. (909) 357-3822

Grand Terrace: 22219 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. (909) 783-4271

Huntington Beach: 19620 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. (714) 888-2255

Menifee: 30362 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92584. (951) 679-5299

Moreno Valley: 12860 Day Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. (951) 697-0390

Murrieta: 39713 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta, CA 92563. (951) 698-5154

Norco: 1432 Hammer Avenue, Norco, CA 92860. (951) 273-2611

Norco Village: 2450 River Road, Norco, CA 92860. (951) 371-1014

Ontario: 2250 South Haven Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761. (909) 947-6761

Orange: 1325 Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. (714) 633-4000

Redlands: 27521 San Bernardino Avenue Redlands, CA, 92374. (909) 557-2220

Riverside: 1301 Galleria @Tyler, Riverside, CA, 92503. (951) 352-1895

Tustin: 2855 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782. (714) 202 4676

Woodcrest: 17815 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92508. (951) 339-5747


Credit: Miguel’s Jr.

Best Activities For Kids In Los Angeles

Los Angeles is renowned for the crazy nightlife, Hollywood and the numerous celebrities that you can see running around the streets. Many tourists visit simply because of the glamour but if you decide to travel with your kids, you should be aware of the fact that there are so many things that can be done. With this in mind, choose your preferred Los Angeles vacation home rentals, allow yourself enough time and check out the following wonderful activities that kids are going to just love in LA.

The Los Angeles Theme Parks

In Los Angeles, there are so many theme parks that can be considered. You most likely already know about Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. However, you can also consider Knott’s Berry Farm, which is completely family-friendly, and the beautiful Six Flags Magic Mountain testing ground. If your children love to have some fun in the water, be sure that you consider the Los Angeles Area Water Parks. There are actually more of them than what you think right now.

The Los Angeles Aquariums And Zoos

If children love fish and animals, you want to visit the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. You can also visit the Griffith Park’s Los Angeles Zoo. If you are looking for a smaller opportunity, try Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (you can find it in San Pedro) or the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Another option you can take into account is Prentice Park’s Santa Ana Zoo. All of these are simply stunning.

Los Angeles Museums Meant For Kids

What you should be aware of is the fact that most of LA’s museums have some programs that are highly accessible for the children. However, some are definitely much more natural than others. You need to research those that are close to other attractions you want to visit in order to make the most out of your trip. You can find options that are perfect for toddlers and even scientific discovery programs that are meant to help older kids.

Los Angeles Children’s Entertainment Options

Los Angeles is often regarded to as being the world’s entertainment capital. With this in mind, it should be no surprise to see that there are numerous live entertainment options that are meant to please people of absolutely all ages, including children. This does include comedy shows, puppet shows and plays. Kids that are ten or older can even attend TV show tapings.

Griffith Park

A mountain range goes through Los Angeles. Some of the mountain peaks are right within the family-friendly Griffith Park. Inside this park, you can find so many interesting kid-friendly attractions, like the Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, Travel Town Train Museum, Autry Center for Western Heritage and Pony Rides. To top things up, you can enjoy many options for picnicking and hiking.

Outdoor Activities In Los Angeles

If you choose to vacation with your children in LA, basically everything that is outdoors can be a playground. This includes having fun at one of the numerous LA beaches and horseback riding in local mountains. So many activities are available for the entire family. This includes skating, biking, paddle boarding and surfing. Have fun with kids in kayaks and go on a stunning whale-watching tour. If you want your children to appreciate the environment, all of these LA outdoor activities can be taken into account.

Knights And Pirates

Most children love pirates and knights. Those in the city know it and various attractions were built to accommodate such wishes. This includes permanent venues that cover knights and pirates. You can easily enjoy the Buena Park Medieval Times, a dinner show that originally showed jousting matches. Then, consider Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, which has the exact same structure for a long time, with highly interactive pirate-themed shows. Every single year there are eleven weekends featuring renaissance fairs or/and pirate festivals. You may also want to consider Long Beach International Sea Festival.

Go To A Ball Game With Your Kids

Los Angeles does not have a pro football team but children can still be taken out to see the Angels or the Dodgers to play baseball. Also, the Clippers and the Lakers have wonderful basketball games. There is even a soccer team, Galaxy, or a hockey team, LA Kings. The regular cheap seats you get at the baseball game are really cheap. It is also possible that you find discounts available for the better LA seats.

American Girl Place

This is an experience that is recommended for girls. If you travel with one, you can easily watch her share tea with a loved doll at a café that can only be described as being precious. Shopping at American Girl Place is also a wonderful experience.


As you can so easily see, there are many interesting things that can be enjoyed with your children when you are visiting Los Angeles as an entire family. Every single recommendation made above is one you are going to appreciate. Have patience and learn all that you can about the deals that might be available for you based on when you travel. Los Angeles is filled with opportunities that are perfect for kids.

Make sure you learn as much as you can about all those that you consider. Also, plan extra trips and visits close to them. There are more than you expect. Remember that the best part of Los Angeles is to experience it by foot so make that a part of the vacation.

World Premiere by Juan Pablo Contreras Opens LA Chamber Orch’s IN FOCUS Series

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Burke




Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Moss Theater
Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington

In Focus Concerts Provide Insights Into Chamber Music Repertoire
Through Lens Of LACO Artists

Other Programs Include:
LACO Violinists/Husband and Wife Carrie Kennedy and Joel Pargman Showcased on Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins (March 28 & 29); and

Impressionistic Gems by Ravel, Debussy and Kodaly to Cap Series (April 12 & 18)


Each Program Takes Place at Both
Moss Theater in Santa Monica and The Huntington in San Marino


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) virtuosic musicians serve as musical tour guides for In Focus, the Orchestra’s compelling chamber music series curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, which provides insights into the quintessence of some of the great chamber music repertoire through the lens of LACO artists in an intimate setting. This spring LACO offers three In Focus programs, each presented at both the Moss Theater at New Roads School at The Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica and Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington in San Marino. Batjer leads a LACO-commissioned world premiere by Juan Pablo Contreras; LACO violinists, stand-mates and husband and wife Carrie Kennedy and Joel Pargman are showcased on Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins; and the series concludes with impressionistic gems by Ravel, Debussy and Kodaly.


In Focus opens with the LACO-commissioned world premiere of Juan Pablo Contreras’ piano quintet Musas Mexicanas (Mexican Muses) with back-to-back performances on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 7:30 pm, at Moss Theatre in Santa Monica, and Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington in San Marino. The program also features Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the sunny Italian city, and Dohnányi’s Serenade for String Trio, notable for its Hungarian folk music influences. With Musas Mexicanas, a collection of musical portraits, Contreras pays homage to several women who have made an indelible impact on Mexico, including artist and icon Frida Kahlo, 17th century poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and La Malinche, the Aztec woman who translated for Hernán Cortés during the Spanish Conquest. Batjer is joined by pianist Hye-Jin Kim and LACO artists Violins Susan Rishik and Maia Jasper White, Associate Principal Viola Victoria Miskolczy, Viola Robert Brophy, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and Cello Trevor Handy. Contreras, born in Guadalajara, Mexico and currently based in Los Angeles, is recognized as “one of the most prominent young composers of Latin America” (Milenio). His music has been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Salta and Cordoba symphonies in Argentina and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. The recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture Young Artist Fellowship, Contreras has served as composer-in-residence at the Turtle Bay Music School and the Concerts on the Slope chamber music series in New York.


LACO violinists, stand-mates and real-life husband and wife Carrie Kennedy and Joel Pargman are showcased on Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins on Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica, and Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington in San Marino. Additional works on the program include Barber’s String Quartet in B major, for which the composer arranged the middle movement for string orchestra as the highly recognizable Adagio for Strings; Peter Knell’s tender and delicate string quartet Intimate Voices, premiered in 2016; and Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, a three-movement work infusing Hungarian and Romanian dance melodies commissioned by famed American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. Other featured LACO artists are Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and Violin Sarah Thornblade, Associate Principal Viola Victoria Miskolczy, Cello Giovanna Clayton and Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz. Pargman and Kennedy, who joined LACO in 2011 and 2012 respectively, also perform with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and are active in the television, motion pictures and recording industry.


The final In Focus program this season features Batjer leading impressionistic gems by Ravel, Debussy and Kodály on Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm, at Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington in San Marino, and Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm, at Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Ravel’s otherworldly Sonata for Violin and Cello, dedicated to Debussy, which concludes with driving gypsy rhythms, is paired with the work that directly influenced it – Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, noted for its dashing color, rhythmic freshness and Eastern European folk idioms, and Debussy’s beloved String Quartet, filled with textural depth and iridescent beauty. In addition to Batjer, LACO artists performing are Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Violins Josefina Vergara and Tamara Hatwan, Viola Robert Brophy, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and Assistant Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.


In Focus is generously sponsored by June & Simon Li, Faucett Catalyst and Allan & Muriel Kotin.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) ranks among the world’s top musical ensembles. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a champion of contemporary composers, with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, as well as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks. Headquartered in the heart of the country’s cultural capital, LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras”(KUSC Classical FM). Performing throughout greater Los Angeles, the Orchestra presents orchestral, Baroque and chamber concerts, as well as salon evenings in private spaces and unique experiences that explore classical music’s cutting-edge sounds. LACO’s long history of educational outreach encompasses programs integral to its mission of nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music. Jaime Martín, praised as “a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous” (Platea Magazine), is LACO’s Music Director Designate and takes the podium as Music Director in the 2019-20 season.

Tickets, starting at $49, are available online at, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students with valid student ID may purchase tickets for $8, subject to availability.
EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: calendar listings for all three In Focus programs

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – In Focus: “Homages & Souvenirs”
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater
Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 pm, Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington
Margaret Batjer, violin
Susan Rishik, violin

Maia Jasper White, violin
Victoria Miskolczy, viola

Rob Brophy, viola

Andrew Shulman, cello

Trevor Handy, cello

Hye-Jin Kim, piano

DOHNÁNYI                              Serenade for String Trio

JUAN PABLO CONTRERAS     Musas Mexicanas (LACO-Commissioned World Premiere)

TCHAIKOVSKY                                    Souvenir de Florence

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – In Focus: “Folk & Lyricism”
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater

Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30 pm, Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington
Carrie Kennedy, violin

Joel Pargman, violin

Tereza Stanislav, violin

Sarah Thornblade, violin

Victoria Miskolczy, viola

Giovanna Clayton, cello

Joshua Ranz, clarinet


PROKOFIEV                             Sonata for Two Violins

BARBER                                  String Quartet in B major

PETER KNELL                         Intimate Voices

BARTÓK                                  Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – In Focus: “The Spirit of Impressionism”
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30 pm, Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater
Margaret Batjer, violin

Tereza Stanislav, violin

Josefina Vergara, violin
Tamara Hatwan, violin
Robert Brophy, viola

Andrew Shulman, cello
Armen Ksajikian, cello


RAVEL                                                 Sonata for Violin and Cello

KODÁLY                                   Duo for Violin and Cello

DEBUSSY                                String Quartet in G minor`



Moss Theater
The Herb Albert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington 
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Tickets start at $49.  For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2017-18 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit

Credit: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO).