Archives for March 5, 2019

The Queen Mary’s Queensway 5K Returns to Support Long Beach Charities and Community Thursday, March 28, 2019

Race Along the Picturesque Events Park and Long Beach Harbor in Support of
Long Beach Rescue Mission and Assistance League of Long Beach

Registration Now Open Online

The 2nd annual Queen Mary’s Queensway 5K invites SoCal to walk, run, and jog for a cause through the Queen Mary’s Events Park and Long Beach Harbor on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The picturesque 5K course takes participants across the Queensway Bridge for breathtaking views of the Long Beach city skyline, along Shoreline Aquatic Park, passing in front of many popular businesses and attractions, and finishing at the Queen Mary Events Park for a post-race celebration. The family-friendly event provides an opportunity to support the Long Beach community, local businesses and charitable organizations. This year, a portion of the Queensway 5K proceeds will go to the Long Beach Rescue Mission and the Assistance League of Long Beach.

“Assistance League of Long Beach is so grateful to be a beneficiary in this year’s Queensway 5K” shared JoAnn McDonald, President of the Board of Directors for the Assistance League of Long Beach. “The proceeds from this event will go to support our community programs that we provide for children in need such as Operation School Bell® and our Orthodontic Program.”

Walk-up registration will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. the day of the event. The Queensway 5K officially kicks off at 4 p.m. with pre-race celebrations including live music and organized stretches. The 5K will begin at 5:30 p.m. Along the 3.1-mile course, participants will witness a year of events and attractions offered at the legendary Queen Mary, as they race alongside and interact with some of the Queen Mary’s signature festival characters.

The finish line celebrations will include music, celebratory medals, a speech by Queen Mary’s Commodore Everette, food, a beer garden and much more. Racers can refuel with culinary tastings from the Queen Mary restaurants like the popular Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the elegant Sir Winston’s. Craft beer from local favorite Ballast Point Brewery will be available in the beer garden for those 21+. One complimentary beverage and Queen Mary restaurant tasting is included with each race registration (while supplies last).

“We are very excited to participate in the upcoming Queensway 5K at the Queen Mary,” shared Theodore Hicks of the Long Beach Rescue Mission. “Our organization depends on contributions from fundraising events like this year’s 5K race, along with private donors and corporate sponsors, to help us provide the services needed to help individuals overcome challenges and live a life reconciled to God, self and society.”

Registration for the Queensway 5K is now available online at Queensway 5K race tickets are $40 per person. For race teams of (5) or more, use discount code “TEAM” at online checkout. For sponsorship opportunities and finish-line vendor space, available at no cost, please contact Michelle Ward at All registered race participants will receive a completion medal, race t-shirt, same-day access aboard the Queen Mary and free parking. For more information, please visit

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary, an Urban Commons property, features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include Sir Winston’s, Chelsea Chowder House, Promenade Café, Observation Bar, as well as, a weekly award-winning Royal Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum with various daily tours, and currently the ship is featuring their newest exhibition, Their Finest Hours: Winston Churchill and the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary features 35,000 square feet of event space in 13 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square- foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 347 staterooms including nine suites. For more information or for reservations, visit or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

About Urban Commons

Urban Commons is a Los Angeles-based real estate investment and development firm with a successful track record for developing, repositioning and rebranding assets throughout the United States. The company focuses on impacting under-managed and under-utilized assets by developing innovative and emerging properties to promote optimal economic, social and environmental returns. Since its founding in 2008, Urban Commons has owned and managed over 40 hotels and developed nearly one million square feet of commercial retail space. Website:

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Popcornopolis Unicorn Popcorn 10-Cone Snack Pack Available at Costco Stores Nationwide!

The experts in gourmet popcorn and all things delicious, Popcornopolis, is pleased to announce that the coveted Unicorn Popcorn 10-Cone Snack Pack is available exclusively on and at select Costco locations, rolling out nationwide throughout the month of February for just $9.99. Bursting with color, each bite of Unicorn Popcorn blends the sweetness of dreams with the tanginess of citrus. Popcornopolis Unicorn Popcorn is a magical treat beyond compare!

Popcornopolis’ new Unicorn Popcorn is formulated with premium ingredients that capture sweetness, fantasy, and fun in every bite. Each crunchy kernel is made using natural berry and lemon flavors with natural colors to match, and finished with creamy, sweet-tart icings. Unicorn Popcorn is not only magically scrumptious; it is also certified gluten-free and made with non-GMO American-grown corn — just like all of Popcornopolis’ gourmet popcorn goodies.

I had the opportunity to try out this delicious popcorn and its one of my favorite new flavors! The lemon and berry flavors together are simply delicious!

“Made the way it oughta be”, Popcornopolis offers over 20 mouthwatering recipes and is made from American-grown, non-GMO corn. Crafted with big flavor, the company’s gourmet popcorns are also certified gluten-free with no high fructose corn syrup, or added preservatives, and only the finest ingredients and cooking practices. For more information and a full list of Popcornopolis gourmet varieties visit

More about Popcornopolis:

Popcornopolis was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold in 2002 when the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. Today, the family-owned company’s iconic cone-shaped and bagged popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, sports arenas, movie theatres and at

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Twitter: @Popcornopolis

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Top image was provided.

Sparkling Ice® Debuts New Look in Support of Transition to Naturally Sourced Colors & Flavors

Sparkling Ice®, part of Talking Rain Beverage Company®, announced in January a brand refresh by introducing a new formula featuring naturally sourced colors and flavors, in addition to an updated logo and packaging design.

Over the course of two years, Sparkling Ice conducted extensive marketing research and sensory testing with over 8000 consumers. This consumer driven project resulted in Sparkling Ice updating their flavorful, zero sugar sparkling water to now include colors from natural sources. With this new formulation, Sparkling Ice is proud to be one of the first brands to successfully transition to natural colors while maintaining the vibrant look and long shelf life that Sparkling Ice is known for.

I had the opportunity to review their products and I love the design and the flavor of Sparkling Ice! I’m all for the natural colors and flavors!

In conjunction with the campaign, Sparkling Ice launched a new “Sparkling IceMaker” voice skill with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to provide consumers with Sparkling Ice cocktail and mocktail recipes to make in the comfort of their own home. Consumers can quickly engage with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant by sharing which Sparkling Ice flavor and spirit they currently have on hand to access a variety of different recipes on behalf of the brand. Now, how cool is that?!

Sparkling Ice’s new formula is now available in retail locations nationwide. For more information about Sparkling Ice products and flavors, please visit, and

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No compensation was received to post. Images and Information was also provided.

The Old Man and the Old Moon family show at The Wallis Giveaway!

Photo credit: T. Charles Erickson

 PigPen Theatre Co.’s THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON, a fantastical song-filled fable for all ages, directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co., opens at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, March 2 and continues through Sunday, March 17, 2019, in The Wallis’s Bram Goldsmith Theater. Featuring a spirited indie-folk score performed live by PigPen, this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is the touching tale of a man charged with the task of keeping the moon shining bright. A mysterious disappearance sends him on an epic adventure over land, sea and sky and ultimately reminds him — and us — of the unwavering power of love. The production, which had award-winning runs in New York, Chicago and Boston, combines PigPen Theatre Co.’s signature shadow puppetry, wonderfully melodic music, wildly imaginative staging and ever-changing characters. The Old Man and The Old Moon’shigh-energy ensemble is comprised of PigPen Theatre Co.’s Alex Falberg, Ben Ferguson, Curtis Gillen, Ryan Melia, Matt Nuernberger, Arya Shahi and Dan Weschler. Featuring a spirited indie-folk score performed live by PigPen, this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is the touching tale of a man charged with the task of keeping the moon shining bright. A mysterious disappearance sends him on an epic adventure over land, sea and sky and ultimately reminds him — and us — of the unwavering power of love. The production, which had award-winning runs in New York, Chicago and Boston, combines PigPen Theatre Co.’s signature shadow puppetry, wonderfully melodic music, wildly imaginative staging and ever-changing characters.

We are teaming up for a Giveaway! One winner will win
 four tickets to PigPen Theatre Co.’s THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The family-oriented show runs now through March 17.

Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 17, 2019

Weekdays, 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2 pm and 7 pm

No performance on Tuesday, March 12

To enter, leave us a comment below! One winner will randomly be selected! Deadline to enter is March 7th, 2019! So, enter today! SoCal City Kids will randomly choose the winner.

Cat Stevens, March 8th Pet of the Week

Morning has broken, and here comes Cat Stevens, demanding his breakfast, and rubbing your hand… This 13-year-old gentleman has considerable Siamese in him—he has white pawsies, which is not usual, but so what! Cat’s an affectionate cat who doesn’t take long to decide you’re his buddy, no matter who you are. Want to be followed by a moonshadow? Then meet Cat Stevens on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A621947.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Companion Animal Village.

Pageant of the Masters Offers St. Patrick’s Day Special

Save Some Green Before March 17 with $17 Pageant Tickets

Feel the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day with a limited time offer to the Pageant of the Masters2019 production of “The Time Machine,” running July 7 – August 31, 2019. Secure your seats today and experience the famous works of art come to life with $17 tickets available to the Director’s Tier Side Seating with promo code LUCKY19, valid now through March 17, 2019. Purchase tickets online at or dial 800-487-3378.
“The Pageant of the Masters is a jewel right next to the ocean, and we are excited to offer patrons a chance to save some green with early ticket purchases in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” said Festival of Arts Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. “It’s a fun night for the entire family. How many things can you do in the summer with your kids, where you’re having a good time and they’re having a good time? A show like this is unprecedented in more ways than one!”
Said to be unlike any Pageant seen before by Pageant Director Challis Davy, the 2019 Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine, will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present, and future in search of great art and amazing stories. Highlighting the ways in which art reveals and reflects the world in which it was created, The Time Machine will be a ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music, and extraordinary living art under the stars.
The Time Machine, runs July 7 – August 31, 2019. The $17 St. Patrick’s Day ticket offer is available for Director’s Tier Side Seating, applies to Sunday through Friday evening performances only, and ends March 17, 2019. A Pageant ticket is also a season pass to the 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, which will take place July 5 – August 31, 2019. Visit or dial 800-487-3378 to reserve your tickets today.


Presented by the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach
The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. A live narrator guides patrons through the story of each living picture accompanied by a full orchestra.

TICKET INFORMATION: Advance Tickets $15 – $230A Pageant Ticket also acts a season pass to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show
LOCATION: Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Students at Orange County Educational Arts Academy to ‘Color with the Community’ March 7

Santa Ana’s Well-Known Artist, Dino Perez, to Present at 4:30 pm

Orange County Educational Arts Academy (OCEAA), a TK-8th grade non-profit public charter school based in downtown Santa Ana, is partnering with well-known Santa Ana Artist, Dino Perez, to bring ‘Coloring with the Community’ to the young pupils and their families on Thursday, March 7 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bringing families, friends, students, and neighbors together through the magic of coloring, OCEAA’s Coloring with the Community will have coloring books specially designed by Dino Perez for OCEAA friends, families and community members. Families will be provided with coloring tools and parents are invited to color with their kids. Coloring books will be available for purchase at $5 each.
Dino Perez will be available the day of the event to sign coloring books and discuss his partnership with the charter school after a musical performance.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, March 7, 20194:00pm – 7:00pm4:30pm – Dino Perez’s Presentation

Orange County Educational Arts Academy (OCEAA)
The Garden Grill, (OCEAA’s Cafeteria)
825 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701


St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll Transforms the Queen Mary’s Historic Spaces into Irish Pubs 3.16

Stroll and Dance Through the Ship’s Iconic Salons and Rooms While Enjoying Authentic Irish Food, Drinks, Family Fun and More

For one night only, the legendary Queen Mary will transform its historic salons into Irish pubs to host the new St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll. Explore the ship to the sounds of traditional Irish music performances by artists including The Poxy Boggards, Sportive Tricks, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The entire family can experience authentic Irish food, drinks, dancing, and music on the eve of the Irish holiday.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

7 p.m. – 12 a.m.


The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA., 90802


Tickets are available now at

  • General Adult Admission: $22 online; $25 at door
  • Child’s Admission (ages 4-11): $12 online; $15 at door


$15 per vehicle on-site.

Credit: The Queen Mary.