Archives for August 2019

It’s time for Summer Baby Roundup!

NEW! Baby Skin Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50 and NEW! Baby Face™ Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Stick – SPF 50

We are definitely having the sunny summer weather Southern California is known for! This product is a must-buy for baby! Babo Botanicals New Baby Face and Baby Skin sunscreens are just perfect to use on your little ones! I like that it is 100% Non-Nano zinc oxide that does not stay white..it actually rubs in clear. Another big plus is that these products are fragrance-free and are perfect for sensitive skin. Another great fact is that they are 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant.

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Looking for a perfect birthday gift for a little one? I love this company and their products!

stuck on you name blocks make a great gift!

I love these name blocks! They are lightweight and do not chip and are made with eco-friendly wood and paint. They come in a personalized felt bag and retail for $19.95. Find them here.

Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys.  A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 15 countries.  Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life.  In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.

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Need a gift for a new baby? This is one of my favorites!

MAM Comfort pacifier

MAM, the leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products introduces the MAM Comfort™ pacifier, a 100% silicone, one-piece pacifier specially designed for newborns. 

The MAM Comfort™ is a result of 7 years of research and development with pediatricians, dentists and orthodontists. Designed to comfort baby and support proper oral development, the MAM Comfort™ is extra small and lightweight and is more than 50% lighter than the leading hospital pacifier. The pacifier features a Skinsoft™ symmetrical nipple that is easily accepted by baby and a shield that is perfectly sized and shaped allowing for minimal skin contact to protect baby’s sensitive skin. MAM’s orthodontic nipple ensures the pacifier is always positioned correctly in the baby’s mouth.

The one-piece design of the MAM Comfort™ adheres to the guidelines of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and makes it easy to clean. A silicone handle is featured for easy grip and attachment of a pacifier leash.

The MAM Comfort™ is sold as a set of two and come in a convenient sterilizing storage case. They will be available at retail beginning in June 2019 at buybuyBaby, Meijer, Amazon.com and shopmambaby.com.  Recommended retail is $8.09 for a 2-pack of pacifiers.  For more information on the MAM Comfort™ visit www.mambaby.com.

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If you’re looking for a great product for Diaper Rash then this next one is a must!

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with Natural Aloe

When tough diaper rash appears this summer, grab Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe – a solution with plant-based ingredients for kicking rash fast!

More information on how you can say “Aloe” to summer below!

·         Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe

o   Comprised of over 75% plant-based ingredients to help keep baby’s booty relieved of diaper rash

o   16% Zinc Oxide – helps treat diaper rash by creating a barrier to seal out wetness

o   Plant-Based Ingredients: Natural Aloe, Natural Carnauba Wax and Castor Seed Oil

o   Available in a 4 oz. tube

o   Suggested Retail: $7.99

         Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.com

If you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift this summer, I recommend the pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection! These are just adorable and comfy for baby too!

Pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection

The pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection is the coziest new line of layette footwear. Wrap your precious newborn’s sweet little toes in our new Swaddle Crib Shoe. Made to feel uber comfy against baby’s skin, so soft you can swaddle them in! Made with a high-quality suede sole so babies’ toes can stretch, spread and grip the floor without constriction.

Priced at $23.99. Offered in sizes 0 – 6 Months and 6 -12 Months. Available exclusively on www.pedipedoutlet.com.

Aren’t these just the cutest?

About pediped®
Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped®footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.

pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth).

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The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980s Series Volume 2. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80 s episodes! Featuring 49 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby s parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks.” Beatrice N. adds, “Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back!” See their full reviews below.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series Volume 2

By Nathalia J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks. Gumby and Pokey return for fun-filled adventure. Get ready! It’s going to get wild.

This DVD takes you alongside Gumby and his imaginative friends as they solve problems, have fun and help others. These episodes include a lot of audience interactions, which lets the audience contribute to Gumby’s adventures.  The characters include Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles and Gumby’s parents, Gumbo and Gumba. Also making an appearance are new characters – Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken.

My favorite part is the fact that each episode is fully re-mastered from the original. How iconic is this? I’d say pretty cool! The animation is extremely creative with loveable color episodes. There are a variety of songs on this DVD, with various tempos and music types.

My favorite character is absolutely Gumby, because he’s always positive and shares his positivity with others. I also love how he never gives up and works so well with his team. He’s dedicated to his friends and to the idea of friendship.

I watched The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980s Series, Volume 1 previously and I very much enjoyed Gumby’s many adventures with his friendly bud with yellow pricks on his tail, named Prickle.

There are multiple episodes on this DVD, which express multiple messages. If had to choose the main message, I would say it is that “teamwork makes the dream work.” That and “don’t be afraid to ask for help.” There is no bad language on this DVD or any unsafe actions that kids will try to imitate.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7, as well as adults. It’s a series that  certainly will bring back memories if you grew up watching Gumby when you were younger. It’s available now, so look for it. You’ll be glad you did.


The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2
By Beatrice Nail, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back! We rejoin Gumby along with Pokey, Prickle, Goo, The Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, Gumby’s mother Gumba and his Father Gumbo….plus a couple of hilarious newcomers.

Gumby was once just a slab of clay then one day he rose to life. He can walk into any book and once inside the book, he becomes part of it! Every time he gets knocked down he becomes flattened like a pancake. But he always gets back up and right back into shape again! Every episode is a new adventure and sometimes there is a lesson to go along with it. Gumby can have the best time with his friends, or the worst time with the Blockheads, depending on the storyline and characters in the episode. Speaking of characters, the new friends we meet include Gumby’s sister Minga, a mastodon named Denali and a chicken called Tilly!

The theme song is a fun tune sung by kids that will make you want to sing along with them. In every episode the music changes. In some episodes the music is creepy. In some it can be silly and bubbly. It all depends on the episode. Gumby originally debuted in 1956, was re-introduced in the 1970’s and came out again, for a third time in the 1980’s! The animation is unique because it is claymation. The creator and writer of the series, Mr. Art Clokey, also voices Pokey the horse, Gumby’s sidekick. Fun Fact, the bump on Gumby’s head is based on a picture of Mr. Clokey’s father from when he was a kid. In the picture, his hair is sticking up on one side creating a little bump. Mr. Clokey always thought this was funny, so he gave the same bump to his title character Gumby! Let’s talk about some of the other supporting characters, shall we? Prickle is a cheerful dinosaur who goes on Gumby’s adventures with him, the two mischievous Blockheads can’t ever seem to get themselves out of trouble and Goo is a hilarious clay person with a bubbly personality. 

The message of the story is to never grow up and that it’s okay to let your brain wander and to always be creative. I give this series 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 8. It is available on DVD now.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans

Animated series based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats – above and below the waves! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.” Katherine S. adds, “The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he really helps out other animals.” Selene W. wraps it up with, “The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series.  In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it.  As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other.” See their full reviews below.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set

By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.

The Octonauts are back for a third season, ready to dive in and learn about creatures in the world’s oceans. They also help protect the animals’ habitats and rescue sea creatures when they need help. All your favorite characters return, like Captain Barnacles and Peso Penguin. They head out from their home base, the Octopod, to carry out their missions all around the globe. At the end of each episode, they sing a “creature report” song to summarize what they’ve learned.

You’ll learn about some common animals in Season 3, such as pelicans and seals, but also some more unusual creatures like water bears, also known as tardigrades. The Octonauts stick to singing “water bear” though, maybe because it’s hard to find a good rhyme for tardigrade! The animation and voice acting is just right to appeal to the target age range and I could definitely see my little cousins watching this over and over.

The message of this series is that you should be curious and bring your own unique skills to work together as a team. Preschoolers will take away not only lots of positive messages but also tons of new information.

I rate this series 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 2 to 5. The Octonauts: Season 3 is available on DVD August 6, 2019. Reviewed by Will C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This DVD is so enjoyable! It has the cutest animation and best underwater adventures. If you’re a fan of the Octonauts, Season 3 will not disappoint you.  It has 23 awesome episodes.

The Octonauts are a group of animals that explore, rescue and protect.  They encounter a wide variety of animals, from sea pigs to barracudas.  They travel to different parts of the world including the Amazon River and the Mariana Trench.  Episodes include, The Water Bears, The Loggerhead Sea Turtles, The Duck-Billed Platypus, The Pelicans and many more.  The run time is almost 5 hours, so children will be entertained for a long time.

The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he really helps out other animals.

There are many positive messages throughout the episodes, including being kind to animals, always try to help and the importance of friendship. Octonauts: Season 3 has no bad language and it has no bad behavior. Everyone treats each other kindly. The only dangerous thing that kids might try to do is swim in the deepest part of the ocean.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Adults will also think the DVD is fun and probably learn as much about different animals as their kids will. This DVD is available now, so look for it.

The Octonauts: Season 3

By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

“Let’s Do This!” The Octonauts is an incredibly fun and engaging show which teaches us about the world’s oceans and aquatic life.  The Octonauts team rescues sea creatures and protects the ocean and the life within.  The marine life that the team encounters are based on real animals and habitats around the world.  The Octonauts Season 3 has 23 exciting adventures filled with interesting creatures and underwater fun. 

The Octonauts team is made up of eight diverse characters led by Captain Barnacles whose motto is explore, rescue and protect.  My favorite episode is The Immortal Jellyfish because I love how he is able to transform from an old jellyfish to a new jellyfish over and over.  Who wouldn’t want an immortal life or the chance to relive an adventure?  Octonauts: Season 3 includes fun episodes such as The Artificial Reef, The Sea Skaters and The Urchin Invasion so come aboard with The Octonauts this season and explore.  

The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series.  In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it.  As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other. 

I rate this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7.  The DVD releases August 6, 2019 soon so look for it.

Putting Together The Perfect Birthday Gift For Your Kid

Your kids are the most important people in your life, and it’s important to make them happy and show them just how much you love them. This means, when it comes to their birthday, you want to get it just right and watch their faces light up with joy, and getting the right present can make or break their birthday. We’ve collected ideas for you to make the best birthday gift possible – read on to find out more.

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First Things First – The Card

Before you even think about the gift, it’s important to get the card as this is one of the first things they’ll open. Getting something heartfelt but colorful is important, and making it funny as well as personal can really grab their attention and make them appreciate it even more – there are lots where you can get their name on the front, and this is definitely something worth investing in – after all, kids love to feel special! There are plenty of templates out there to help you get the right look, so you can be sure your card is bound to get your child excited for their big day. To make it extra special, add some money for the older ones, or some chocolate coins for the younger ones! Our top tip: something which kids can never get enough of is balloons! So, to make them feel excited when they come down in the morning, fill a room with balloons for them to really get them in the birthday mood – the more colors, the better!

Gift #1 – The Toy Option

Toys are a solid favorite with kids of all ages, and are incredibly versatile, meaning you can find something to suit anyone. A popular choice, particularly with the younger ones, are dress-up costumes – whether it’s dinosaurs or ballerinas, getting your child a costume to dress up and play in is perfect for them to live a dream and let their imagination run wild! A more expensive but certainly worthwhile investment is a tablet – with the variety of different functions most come with nowadays, it means your kid can play, learn, watch, and interact with many different things, all from one device – brilliant! And with many coming with lots of safety features, there’s no need to worry about your child coming across something they shouldn’t.

Gift #2 – The Experience Option

Another option for a birthday gift is getting your kid an experience rather than a gift – this can allow your kids to learn something new as well as make precious memories they’re sure to never forget. Plus, as this is an ever-growing market, there are plenty to choose from, whether that’s paintballing, tree top adventures or chocolate making. You can really personalize it and help your kid experience new things which are bound to make their birthday the best one yet.

There are tons of options for your gift, and knowing what your kid’s favorites is the best way to make sure you know the best way to go. Whatever you choose, your kid is sure to love it – after all, the most special thing to them is spending time with you.

How to Create the Best Home Environment for Your Kids

When you have children, a top priority tends to be creating a safe and healthy space for them. Every parent would create this in a somewhat different way, and that’s often because all children’s needs are different. It’s important that you think about what will make your kids feel comfortable and make your job as a parent easier as well. It will likely require a combination of both physical and sentimental things. Continue reading to see how you can create the best home environment for your kids in case you need a couple of tips.

  1. Communicate Often

To create a loving environment of your kids, start with one of the basics, which is communication. When you talk often, you make your kids feel free around you, which is key. Take every opportunity to talk, whether it’s on the drive to school or during dinner time.

It isn’t just about communicating, but how you communicate is important as well. Always respond with real emotion by doing things like nodding your head and responding like an actual person. Show your kids that you’re fully engaged while they’re talking by avoiding multitasking if you can and using non-verbal cues.

2. Make it Comfortable

Comfort is part of creating a good home environment for kids. You can do this by making sure that the temperatures at home are always moderate compared to the weather outside. During hotter times, check that your air conditioning works properly, and it isn’t clogged up. Do this by cleaning out your filters on a regular basis.

Also, think about getting a professional to take a look at all of the air conditioners in your house. In case you need a professional, look online for an air conditioning service ‘near me’ and shortlist service providers with a good reputation and affordable prices.

Aside from making sure your house is the right temperature, you can create comfort by replacing your mattresses when they become worn, so everyone gets a good night’s sleep.

3. Have Fun

Growing kids need a fun and light-hearted environment to be in. This can make them look forward to being at home, which is something that would make you and your kids feel good. Creating a fun environment is about getting to know your kids and understanding their interests. It’s also about making exploration a regular occurrence in your home.

Cook Together: Seeing as everyone has to eat, cooking together can be a fun activity to do with the kids. It’s also a chance to teach them about maintaining a healthy diet, which is knowledge they’ll need for healthy living. Some meals that are family-friendly are Italian potato wedge nachos and sloppy joes with pickled okra slaw.

Do Activities: It can be tough to find the time to do activities when you’re busy. However, it is these little things that will make their environment all the more exciting. Perhaps try creating rituals like painting on the weekends or orchestrating your own science projects. Other activities to try are making a DIY jellyfish, DIY pool noodle obstacle course or a thumbprint family tree.

4. Add Sentiment

Sentimental items are a way of adding sentiment to your home. What it can do is give your kids something to connect with that makes their space feel like it belongs to them. Some common ways to do this would be by adding family photos in high-traffic areas. If your kids make art at school, try framing them and hanging them on walls too.

If you do decide to create a family tree as suggested above, that’s a great addition to put in your home. This will remind your kids of their roots and also give them a sense of home.

5. Get Rid of Clutter

When there is clutter in your home, it can make it feel uncomfortable for everyone. When you have small kids, clutter could also create hazards for them. As a family, come together and declutter so you can get rid of unnecessary items. Be honest about what is still useful and get rid of anything that isn’t.

6. Be a Good Role Model

Your kids are always watching what you do. As you probably know, you should always try your best to be consistent in your words and actions. Be a good role model so that they learn positive habits from you. It can create a healthy environment for your kids to grow up in.

Creating a good environment for your kids could help enhance the quality of their upbringing. Although you won’t always be able to do everything perfectly, it could help the good out weight the bad.

Meet on Beach Multi-City Event Transforms Communities Along the Iconic Beach Boulevard Route

The first-ever Meet on Beach multi-city community festival is set to reimagine Beach Boulevard on Sunday, November 17 with a full day of live musical performances, local food activations, hands-on workshops, and more free activities for all to enjoy. Created by the Renew Beach Boulevard Coalition, the alliance behind the economic revitalization and transformation of the 21-mile historic corridor, seven Orange County cities have joined together to produce a day of active and healthy fun for the surrounding communities.

Beach Boulevard, originally named Highway 39, was established in 1933 to serve as the primary connector between seven Orange County cities including La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster, and Huntington Beach. The boulevard stitches together Orange County and has the opportunity to become an even more iconic and lively destination for the region.
Meet on Beach, presented by the Southern California Association of Governments’ Go Human campaign and produced by Community Arts Resources, connects seven Orange County cities via Beach Boulevard, beginning from the hills of La Habra and continuing all the way down to the ocean at Huntington Beach. The event is one of the efforts behind collectively renewing this shared corridor to position the boulevard for lasting and future economic development opportunities while enriching the social, civic, and economic well-being of the surrounding neighbors and residents. Each boulevard city will host an event to amplify the future vision of Beach Boulevard as a more active, walkable, and bikeable street.

Start your day bright and early in La Habra and take a ride down the Coyote Creek Bikeway and stay for fun with the La Habra Children’s Museum or watch live BMX and cross fit demonstrations. Next, head south to Buena Park and Anaheim’s joint open streets event.

“We are excited to co-host Meet on Beach with the other six cities celebrating Beach Boulevard,” said Dr. Swati Meshram, senior planner for the City of Buena Park. “The City of Buena Park is excited to present an open streets event in collaboration with the City of Anaheim, allowing participants to walk, bike, and play on 1.5 miles of Beach Boulevard from La Palma Avenue to Orange Avenue for the first time ever.”
Musicians, dancers, and artists will breathe new life into the historical corridor at activations along the open streets route. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Independence Hall in Buena Park will be bustling with activities and entertainment from dance to rock and roll with musical performances by The Satin DollzRedboy Productions and The Springsteen Experience. Enjoy the open road and stroll on down to the West Anaheim Youth Center and enjoy musical performances, games, local food trucks and more.

Walk or ride to hands-on workshops at Stanton’s Walkable Streets Lab and experience traffic safety through a new entertaining lens with “Safe Moves City,” an interactive exhibit in Garden Grove allowing children to experience realistic traffic situations promoting safety while biking or walking. Westminster’s Civic Center will host an active and healthy fun fair for the whole family.

The celebration will continue in Huntington Beach, where Meet on Beach culminates with a party on the beach including a bicycle rodeo by the Huntington Beach Police Department, a live performance by the Ramsey Brothers Band, local food trucks, BMX and bike demonstrations, and more.

“Huntington Beach is stoked to participate in Meet on Beach! It is a great opportunity to showcase individual cities that border one of the most iconic boulevards in all of California,” said Julie Toledo, City of Huntington Beach, Public Information Officer. “Surf City plans a family-friendly event at Beach and PCH that will encourage all to come out and explore awesome booths, great food, and lively entertainment.”
Go car-fee for the whole day and ride to Meet on Beach events by OC Bus! To encourage public transportation on Beach Boulevard and throughout Orange County, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will give free OC Bus day passes to those who pledge to ride the bus on November 17.Meet on Beach is presented by the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human campaign in partnership with the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee; and produced by Community Arts Resources; in association with the cities of La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster, and Huntington Beach. For more information, visit meetonbeach.com or like us on Facebook. #MeetonBeach

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Sparkle, Aug. 28th Pet of the Week!

Some things sparkle more when they’re not “perfect.” This kitty is such a fine example of this that we named her Sparkle. Sparkle, a 3-month-old orange tabby, was found as a stray with a mangled ear. The shelter’s vets went to work on her immediately, and she’s healing beautifully. She’s also purring, loving on people, and crawling all over them! Bring some Sparkle into your life! Meet her on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#632380.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

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LA Fleet Week 2019 Kicks Off With Welcome Party August 29th!

There’s no better way to start the Labor Day Weekend than with a party and some fun! The San Pedro Business Improvement District (PBID) will help kick off LA Fleet Week® 2019 over Labor Day Weekend with a Welcome Party Thursday night, Aug. 29. The entire community is invited to help celebrate the arrival of visiting active military from the U.S Sea Services converging on the LA Waterfront for the annual Fleet Week event Aug. 30-Sept. 2. 

The Welcome Party will be held on 398 W. 6th Street  in the heart of downtown San Pedro starting at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, the game-themed party will feature group-based activities, trivia contests and organized lawn games. There will be live music throughout the evening from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., including performances by Navy Band, as well as local favorite and 80’s cover band Identity Theft.

“The Welcome Party has become a time-honored tradition to get LA Fleet Week rocking,” said Jonathan Williams, President of the PBID and LA Fleet Week Foundation. “We’d also like to especially invite all our local men and women in uniform to come down and give a warm welcome to their fellow service members, many who will be visiting the LA Waterfront and Southern California for the first time.” 

In addition to a wide variety of gastro fare from food trucks, the party will feature a beer garden for guests aged 21 and older. Local downtown San Pedro restaurants and bars will also be open, with many offering special deals in honor of LA Fleet Week and visiting military personnel. Visitors can also enjoy a complimentary public screening Thursday night of the fighter pilot blockbuster classic Top Gun, made possible through Paramount Studios and FilmLA. The film will be shown from 9:00 -11:00 p.m. at the Historic Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro.

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About LA Fleet Week®

LA Fleet Week® is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services that takes place on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles. Now in its fourth year, the event has become a Southern California end-of-summer tradition over Labor Day Weekend that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

LA Fleet Week is organized by the LA Fleet Week Foundation, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles. Other LA Fleet Week 2019 sponsors include The Ahmanson Foundation, Ambassador Frank Baxter / Alliance Alice Baxter Ready School, Anchor Brewing Company, Annenberg Foundation, AT&T, Black Knight Patrol, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel, Collier Walsh Nakazawa LLP, Comcast, Dante Valve, Delta Airlines, Fast Line Transportation, Humana, KRLA, LA County Veteran Peer Access Network, LA Department of Water and Power, Marathon Petroleum, Outfront Media, Paramount Pictures, Phillips 66, Princess Cruises, Providence Little Company of Mary, Qualcomm, Rancho LPG, Sailor Jerry Rum, San Pedro Property Owner’s Alliance, San Pedro Public Market, UPS, USAA, Valero, Verizon, Vistaprint, Wells Fargo, and Westrec Marinas. For sponsorship information and opportunities, email sponsorship@lafleetweek.org or call 310-971-4461.

For the latest updates on LA Fleet Week 2019, sign up for news announcements at LAFleetWeek.com, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @LAFleetWeek, or locate us using the official hashtag: #LAFleetWeek.

About Downtown San Pedro

Formed in 2008, PBID is a property-based business improvement district. Property owners, including both public and private sectors within the PBID boundaries are assessed annually for services provided by the PBID. Because of its prime location on the Los Angeles Waterfront and the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro has always attracted various cultures with prominent fishing traditions.  San Pedro is an up-and-coming waterfront city and one of Los Angeles’s hidden secrets with a great art scene. The San Pedro PBID is managed by the San Pedro Property Owner’s Alliance. 

To learn more about attractions and upcoming events, please visit www.discoversanpedro.org and follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/downtownsanpedro (You can also locate us using the official hashtag #discoversanpedro). For information on the San Pedro Property Owners Alliance please visit www.sanpedrobid.com