Archives for May 15, 2019

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Celebrates 33 Years of Bug Fair

Please credit: Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Bug Fair, which began 33 years ago at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) as a humble tribute to the crawly creatures that surround us, has become the biggest bug festival on the West Coast. This two-day festival—and NHM’s most popular weekend—features a variety of programming for all ages celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. 

This year, Bug Fair is hosting variety of exhibitors. See everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch bug chefs hip up protein-filled snacks, and explore the Museum’s 3.5-acre Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, and experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures.

Other highlights include:

  • One-on-one time with NHM scientists
  • Performances by NHM performing artists
  • A chance to visit NHM’s seasonal Butterly Pavilion (additonal ticket necessary)
WHENSaturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:30 am–5 pm 
WHERENatural History Museum of Los Angeles County900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 
TICKETSAdmission to Bug Fair is included with General Admission. Learn more and purchase tickets here:NHM.ORG/bugfair

Additional tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion. Learn more and purchase tickets here:NHM.ORG/butterflies
Museum Members and children under 2 are free. There is also free General Admission, all the time, for California EBT cardholders with I.D., California teachers with I.D., and active or retired military with I.D. Groups of 10 or more people receive discounted rates on Museum admission. Group tickets available now by calling 213.763.3218 or by emailing for reservations and more.  

MEMBERS  Tickets to Bug Fair are free for NHM members. Members are also allowed early entrance (9 am) to Bug Fair on both days. To become a member, visit NHM.ORG/membership. 


How to Have a Fun Day Out with Kids

Spending time with kids is typically something most parents aspire to do. This may especially be true for parents who feel as though they’re being pulled at all sides and don’t spend as much time with their little ones as they would like. Having said that, it’s crucial that when you do spend time with your kids, you ensure that it’s fun and memorable. One way to do this is by taking the stress out of the days out that you have with them. On that note, here is how you can have a fun day out with the kids.

Plan Ahead

As you probably already know, if you want to have a successful day out with the kids, planning ahead is a must. Write down everything you’re going to need to have a successful day so that nothing is left out. When planning a day out, some things that you may want to include are what items you’re carrying out with you as well as what route you’re taking to get to your destination. If you have young kids, then things like toys to keep them distracted on the way there may be a necessity. You’ll also want to make sure the baby bag is loaded with essentials like diapers, wipes, liquids and extra changes of clothes.

Put Rules in Place

When you’re going out with kids, putting rules in place is so important. This is because when kids get a little too excited, they can also become unruly. The last thing you want is an accident to happen or for your child to go missing. Here are a few rules you may want to share with them.

Be Safe Near the Road: Road safety is really important when you’re out with kids. Remind them to avoid dashing across the road and to always wait for your go-ahead. You may also want to set rules such as them holding your hand before ever crossing as well as waiting for the green light for pedestrian crossing. If they’re riding scooters or bikes, you should especially enforce such rules.

No Talking to Strangers: Reminding your kids not to talk to strangers is also important when you’re out. Educate them on the dangers that are out there so that they take necessary precautions. They should also know your phone number and address by heart just in case they ever get lost.

No Running: Reminding your kids to walk and not run, especially in public places, is important too. This is because when they’re running, they put themselves at risk of having a slip and fall accident. If this does ever happen in a commercial place, visit and speak to a professional to see what your options are.

Take Enough Snacks

One of the essentials for a successful day out with kids is snacks. Without them, you may have moody and irritable kids on your hands. Ensure you pack a mixture of foods, and you include healthy ones too. Some great ones to try are popcorn that is low in salt, yogurt, carrot sticks, nuts, or a trail mix. You want snacks that will keep them energized and well nourished.

Abijah, May 16th Pet of the Week!

This beautiful, genteel man was found as a stray, but our staff thinks that he’s too regal of a dog to have been wandering the streets. He likely was forced to abdicate the throne through abandonment—at 10 years old! The staff dubbed him Abijah, the name of a Biblical king. Abijah appears to be a German shepherd and deserves to have his monarchy restored. Lower the drawbridge and pick him up at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A623007.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

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

San Pedro Fish Market Grille Supports Local Police

Portion of Shrimp Tray Sales Will Be Donated to Local Police Funds During National Police Week

In honor ofNational Police Week, San Pedro Fish Market Grille will donate 10% of all World Famous Shrimp Tray sales on Saturday, May 18 to the police forces who support San Pedro Fish Market Grille’s community: The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, The Lomita Sheriff Employee Fund and The Palos Verdes Police Officers Association. 

The most popular item on the menu, World Famous Shrimp Trays are mouthwatering platters of juicy shrimp, fresh fajita veggies, and potatoes sautéed in San Pedro Fish Market’s signature seasoning and served with garlic bread and freshly sliced lemons. San Pedro Fish Market Grille serves the freshest fish, delivered daily from the San Pedro Fish Market. World Famous Shrimp Trays are made with the highest quality ingredients and cooked to order.


Saturday, May 18, 2019


All San Pedro Fish Market Grille Locations

Harbor City: 1313 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Harbor City, CA 90501. (424) 263-5864

Rolling Hills Estates: 3 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. (310) 265-2260

Wilmington: 120 West G Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. (310) 835-6671

Credit: San Pedro Fish Market Grille

Battleship IOWA Museum Presents Movies Under the Guns Summer Film Series May 17 and June 21

Summer Film Series May 17 and June 21

(Image courtesy of Battleship IOWA Museum, Credit Jose Amaral Jr.)

Battleship IOWA Museum is pleased to announce the 2019 summer film series, Movies Under the Guns. Friends and family are invited to free movie screenings aboard the famed Battleship IOWA Museum, sponsored by the Pacific Battleship Center and the Port of Los Angeles, on select nights. The schedule of 2019 summer movies include Sgt. Stubby (2018), showing on Friday, May 17, and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) on Friday, June 21. Movies Under the Guns screenings are free to attend, open to all ages, and takes place outdoors under the summer sky on the ship’s fantail.


May 17, 2019: Sgt. Stubby (2018)

June 21, 2019: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

  • 7:30 – 10 p.m. Fantail opens at 7:30 p.m., movies begin at sundown.


Battleship IOWA Museum, 250 S. Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro, CA, 90731. Enter by the rear gangway next to the Security Booth.


Movie events are FREE to attend and open to the public.

  • Limited seating is available and guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to lay back and enjoy the summer season and the silver screen.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase. No other food or drink may be brought onboard.


Parking is available at the Cruise Terminal Parking Lot. Please enter at Swinford St and N. Harbor Boulevard. The first hour is free, and each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $18 per day.

Battleship IOWA

Del Amo Fashion Center Joins City of Torrance for Armed Forces Day Celebration

Community is invited to explore military exhibits and participate in a 5K Run celebrating the 60th Anniversary of
Torrance’s Armed Forces Day Parade

Del Amo Fashion Center will host some of the nation’s most advanced military vehicles in honor of The City of Torrance’s 60thArmed Forces Day celebrations and parade. This parade is the

longest-running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade in the country. This year’s celebration will feature the Navy.

Guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most advanced military tanks, humvees and black hawk helicopters. Guests will also be able to experience cutting

edge technology at the Armed Forces Interactive Exhibit.

The center will also serve as the race expo site for the 4th Annual Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Freedom Run/Walk.

WHEN:    Military Exhibition

Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 1 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Race Expo

Saturday, May 18, 6:30 – 8 a.m.

WHERE:   Del Amo Fashion Center Parking Lot, East of the Outdoor Village along Madrona Ave

3525 West Carson Street

Torrance, CA 90503

Del Amo Fashion Center

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Hosts The Beastly Ball On Saturday, May 18th!

Photo Credit: Steven Wood

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) will host the BEASTLY BALL on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m. just one day after national Endangered Species Day to underscore the Zoo’s commitment to protecting endangered species. This fundraiser is critical to the fulfillment of the Los Angeles Zoo’s mission, which advocates for animal conservation and habitat preservation for some of the world’s most rare and vulnerable species, including the California condor, mountain yellow-legged frogs, and peninsular pronghorn. This star-studded event—lauded as “one of the best parties in Los Angeles” (KCBS/KCAL TV News) and “one the most important fund-raisers” (Los Angeles Times)—brings together celebrities, industry executives, city officials, and zoo supporters for a wild night of food, fun, and fundraising.   

This year’s fundraiser honors legendary Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle,  who is known for her dedication to protecting the ocean and its wildlife; first-ever  Conservation Hero Award  recipient Glen  Curado, founder and CEO of the World Harvest Charities and Family Services; and recently retired GLAZA President Connie Morgan for her 16 years of dedication and service to the Los Angeles Zoo.  

Guests of the Beastly Ball are treated to rare after-hours access of the Zoo, where the tree-studded route will lead them past animal encounters, including animal feedings, keeper chats, and up-close interactions.  Among the iconic restaurants donating their services for dinner are 1933 Group’s Sassafras Saloon & Idle Hour, Bottlefish, Celestino Ristorante, Cocinas y Calaveras, Delicious Arts, El Cholo – Los Angeles, El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, La Casita Mexicana, Momed, Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs, Simmzy’s, Smoke House Restaurant, Taix French Restaurant, and Taste Of The Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo. A full bar will be available with intimate tastings provided by Nectar Of The Dogs Wine, Paquera Mezcal, Taste It Wines, and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey. TV food personality Duff Goldman  from Food Network reality television show  Ace of Cakes  will be the Ball’s first-ever  Curator of Desserts, overseeing a sweet ending to an epic night.   

The mobile-bidding silent auction—also open to those who can’t attend in person— is comprised of hundreds of remarkable items, and Auctioneer Billy Harris leads a live auction with one-of-a-kind opportunities. Among the silent and live auction items are: 

  • A private dinner where the winner along with ten friends will dine with NBC’s hit show This is Us Actors Chris Sullivan and Melanie Liburd on a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Walter Manzke of République; Chef Antonia Lofaso of Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots; and Chef Bruce Kalman of Misfits and The Churchill; this package also includes a “special experience” on the set of This is Us 
  • A Catalina Escape package which includes two-night stay for two at the Pavilion Hotel in Avalon, jeep ecotours of the Catalina interior, one-night stay for two at the Wrigley Marine Science Center  
  • A Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Field Mission where in the winner will accompany Los Angeles Zoo’s herpetology staff as they release endangered mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles into the wild 
  • Throwing out the first pitch at an L.A. Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium  
  • An Ultimate Sports package with curated experiences and premium tickets to the Los Angeles Rams, Chargers, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, and more 
  • A Four-Night Stay in a Queen EcoCasita at Playa Viva, a leading Yoga Retreat Resort, Eco Luxury Boutique Hotel, and Treehouse Resort in Mexico 
  • A Four-Night Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea 
  • One-Year Membership to The Private Suite and Round-Trip International Use 

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, of which more than 60 are endangered or critically endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats.  
The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more.  

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
COST: Beastly Ball tickets are $1,500 per person, with individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels also available. For tickets, information about mobile bidding and additional information, call (323) 644-9105.