Archives for November 11, 2019

Experience 20 years at sea in one day with art by Danielle Eubank on display at the Aquarium of the Pacific starting 11/5/19

Photo credit: Danielle Eubank

The Aquarium will display art by painter Danielle Eubank resulting from her twenty-year quest to capture all the world’s oceans.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will display an exhibit of paintings by artist Danielle Eubank from November 5, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Eubank is exploring the relationship between abstraction and realism. For her One Artist Five Oceans project, she has sailed and painted all of the oceans on the planet. Her process of documenting the world’s oceans has included expeditions aboard replica historic ships. In the exhibit at the Aquarium, Eubank’s paintings will be paired with messages about what people can do to help the environment. On November 5 at 7:00 p.m., Eubank will present a lecture as part of the Aquarium’s Guest Speaker Series. She will discuss the process of documenting the world’s oceans and her travels.

Eubank holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and exhibits widely in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. She is a former director of the Women’s Caucus for Art, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant awardee, a member of The Explorer’s Club, a 2018 Creative Climate Awards nominee, and the awardee of the 2018 WCA/United Nations Program Honor Roll. Her paintings are on exhibit and available at C Gallery Fine Art in Long Beach.

WHEN:           November 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:            Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public

                       General admission: $34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), and $24.95 child (3-11)

INFO:              (562) 590-3100 or

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Meet on Beach Multi-City Event Announces Day-of Schedule and Activations Along Beach Boulevard Sunday, November 17th

Photo of Beach Boulevard provided courtesy of Meet on Beach

 Meet on Beach invites the community to experience Beach Boulevard in a whole new way during the all-new multi-city community festival set to connect and reimagine the historic corridor on Sunday, November 17. From La Habra to Huntington Beach, experience the route as a walkable and bike friendly street through a day-of curated programming at pop-up events from the seven-cities along the 21-mile corridor including food, live music and performances, interactive workshops, bike and pedestrian friendly activities, a party on the beach at the Huntington Pier, and 1.5 miles of open streets in Buena Park and Anaheim.
Meet on Beach is created by the Renew Beach Boulevard Coalition, the seven-city alliance between La Habra, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, Westminster, and Huntington Beach, and 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. The event is one of the collective efforts from the Coalition to transform Beach Boulevard into a lasting, lively, and active destination for the tens of thousands of Orange County residents and the region beyond.
When: Sunday, November 17, Times Vary.

Programming Details and Highlights:

  • City of La Habra
    Move more and eat healthy as the Meet on Beach event starts bright and early in La Habra. Cruise down one, five, or ten miles at the Coyote Creek Bikeway and stay for the food and fun with arts and crafts from the La Habra Children’s Museum, live BMX and CrossFit demonstrations as well as a Zumbathon! The La Habra Bike Patrol will be at the event and local bike shops will offer free bike safety checks.
    9 AM – 12 PM, 2000 W. Imperial Hwy, La Habra

  • City of Buena Park
    Bike, walk, or roll along 1.5 miles of car-free streets connecting the Cities of Buena Park and Anaheim along Beach Blvd! Stop first at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Independence Hall then stroll down to a second event hub at Beach Blvd. and Stanton Ave. for even more fun. Musicians, dancers, and artists will breathe new life into the first-ever Orange County open streets event connecting La Palma Ave. to Orange Ave. including hands-on activities like bike decorating and sidewalk art, family-friendly games and crafts, rock wall climbing, local food trucks, and live entertainment from dance to rock and roll with musical performances by The Satin Dollz, Redboy Productions and The Springsteen Experience.
    10 AM – 2 PM, Knott’s Berry Farm Independence Hall – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

  • City of Anaheim
    Continuing from Buena Park down into Anaheim, the first-ever 1.5 miles open streets event between these two cities allows the community to embrace the streets from La Palma Ave. to Orange Ave. as a more active and pedestrian-friendly public space. Enjoy a curated event route for pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters and families. The boulevard will be brought to life with performances from Project S.A.Y Ballet Folklorico and a local marching band, Western High School Dance Team, a pop-up hockey skating rink complete with a visit from the Anaheim Ducks Street Team and Wild Wing himself, a kids bike rodeo, skate course workshops and demonstrations from NextUp Skate Foundation, arts and crafts, Anaheim’s Mobile Library, giveaways, food trucks and more fun for the whole family.
    10 AM – 2 PM, Anaheim Youth Center – 320 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim

  • City of Stanton
    Walk or ride to hands-on workshops at Stanton’s Walkable Streets Lab and experience traffic safety through a new entertaining lens. Jump into the action with a kid’s fun zone and enjoy local performances on the entertainment stage, all-new street furniture, and an inflatable obstacle course from America on Track as part of the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.
    10 AM – 2 PM, Stanton Park – 1111 Cedar St., Stanton

  • City of Garden Grove
    Enter to win a Lucky Prospect Pro Scooter (valued at $250), or a family stay at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, while indulging in local food trucks, playing oversized lawn games, and making your way around the “Safe Moves City” interactive exhibit.
    10 AM – 2 PM, Wakeham Elementary – 7772 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove

  • City of Westminster
    Bike over to Westminster’s Civic Center for a fun, active and healthy community event complete with interactive events and community resources for the whole family to enjoy! Enjoy music and games, free face painting, jump in the kid-friendly bounce house or try out the bike skills rodeo course.
    11 AM – 2 PM, Westminster Civic Center – 8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster

  • City of Huntington Beach
    Meet on Beach culminates in Huntington Beach for a family-friendly lively festival complete with local food, live music and entertainment by the Ramsey Brothers Band, BMX demonstrations, a bike rodeo by the Huntington Beach Police Department, an endurance course, photo ops with coastal views, and more!
    10 AM – 2 PM, Huntington Beach Municipal Parking Lot – Beach Blvd. & PCH, Huntington Beach.

Getting There: 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 provide a free OC Bus day pass on the OC Bus Mobile app to those who pledge to ride the bus on November 17. Riders can sign up online at

Credit: Meet on Beach.

42nd Annual Turkey Trot Sponsored by Dana Point Harbor Partners

Photo Courtesy of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

Dana Point Harbor Partners invites the community to experience the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Participate in races for all ages and then stay at the harbor to enjoy Thanksgiving offerings at select restaurants and shops.

“Dana Point Harbor Partners is proud to sponsor the annual Turkey Trot, now in its 42nd year here at the harbor,” commented Bryon Ward of Dana Point Harbor Partners and President of Burnham Ward Properties. “Each year the race brings the community together to celebrate family, give thanks and enjoy our seaside home that we are so fortunate to be a part of.”

The Dana Point Turkey Trot participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K scenic route through the picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 4-12 can also participate during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble one-mile race. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and be awarded a medal after crossing the finish line. 

As presenting sponsor of the Turkey Trot, Dana Point Harbor Partners is offering $5 off race registration through October 31, 2019, by using the code DPHARBOR19 at checkout. For more information and to register visit Online registration will remain open through November 28.

Dana Point Harbor features fine and casual dining, coffee shops, and niche eateries perfect for pre-race fuel, and post-race celebration. On Thanksgiving Day, Turk’s will be serving breakfast starting at 8 a.m. and will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings from 1 – 10 p.m. Gemmell’s Restaurant will be open from 12 – 7 p.m., offering a special three-course meal for just $38.95 per person. Wind & Sea will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will begin accepting reservations on October 28. The Brig Restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner. Stop by Jerky & Cali Gifts for a “Turkey Trot Special” of four bags of beef jerky for just $25. Mix it up this Thanksgiving and serve up some lobster from Jon’s Fish Market. Reserve your lobster for just $20 a pound through October 20 and pick it up the day before Thanksgiving. For those looking to join a fun and festive team for the Turkey Trot race, the staff at iHeartYoga will be making race tutus on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-3 p.m. and is welcoming all ages to join in on the fun. All of the materials for the tutus will be provided free of charge.

For more information on the race and Dana Point Harbor please visit

Credit: Dana Point Harbor Partners.

Enchanted Forest of Light Returns Nov. 17, 2019


Get ready for another year of sparkling lights and special surprises when everyone’s favorite light show, Enchanted Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens from November 17, 2019 to January 5, 2020. Tickets to Enchanted have timed entry and must be purchased in advance at

Enchanted is a gentle one-mile walk through Descanso highlighting some of the most beloved areas of the Gardens. There are a variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds. The popular “Celestial Shadows” by HYBYCOZO—spinning polyhedral installations that explore geometry through light, shadow, and perception—will have new shapes and designs to discover. And also new this year is contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin’s magical “stained glass” creation which will grace Descanso’s Mulberry Pond. The “Lightwave Lake” light show will return to Descanso’s lake, as will Jen Lewin’s popular flowing and glowing interactive landscape of meandering pathways, “Aqueous.”

Other new additions this year include special Enchanted with Entertainment nights. On December 6, 7, 13 & 14, visitors can enjoy performances by students from California School of the Arts in its Van de Kamp Hall, along with DJs playing ambient music on the Main Lawn. And in response to popular demand, Descanso has added special “Members Only” nights when only members can purchase tickets (totally worth joining!

Important Information at a Glance:

  • General admission (adults, seniors, children 2–18): $28 & up (depending on date and time selected)
  • Descanso Gardens members pay $23 & up (depending on date and time selected)
  • Children under 2 are free, but still require a ticket
  • Member-Only Nights: December 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28. $25
  • Enchanted with Entertainment Nights: December 6, 7, 13, 14. $27-32

Credit: Descanso Gardens

Founded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Descanso Gardens is open daily (closed Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or

Gift ideas for kids who love animals

Lots of kids love animals. They can be cute, feisty and terrifying – something that your kid can probably relate to! Whether it’s fluffy felines with whiskers or big creatures that fend for themselves in the wild, animals can be fascinating for kids for many reasons. For example, having pets helps them to form connections and understand loyalty, whereas wild animals seem so unknown and fuel their desire to understand the world. So, if you have a kid who loves animals, here are some great gift ideas.

Animal toys

All kids love toys and, depending on the age of your child, animal toys can be hugely appreciated. Why are the Toy Story films so popular? Because kids love animal toys. Younger children particularly enjoy cuddly, fluffy toys in the shape of their favorite animal so they can play games whilst also snuggling them at bedtime. Here are some suitable toys for a boy aged 8

Safari parks and zoos

You probably can’t satisfy your kid’s love for animals simply through toys, however. They will want to see real animals in the flesh. So, why not treat them to a day out at a zoo or safari park? Zoos can be really exciting for kids because they get to see all kinds of big, powerful animals up close. Differently, safari parks give a sense of how animals live in their natural habitats. Whichever your kid prefers, both are great ways of showing them what real animals look like and how they behave, and can be great gifts.

Adopting an animal

When your kid gets a bit older they might yearn for a sense of responsibility and a more personal connection to an animal. If your child loves wild animals you obviously can’t get one as a pet, but could get them the gift of an adopted animal. For example, if your kid loves penguins, adopt a penguin on their behalf. With most schemes, they will then receive a toy version of the animal, some information (often including fun things like stickers and drawings to color in) and regular updates about how the adopted animal is doing. Your kid will not only feel great for adopting an animal and helping its life, but also a new sense of connection to their adopted friend.

Small pets

If your kid has been desperate for a pet of their own, but you’re worried about the responsibility, you could get them a small pet as a gift. For example, sea monkeys are a popular gift for animal lovers, as they teach kids how to look after animals but they’re super small, don’t take up much space or make a mess. If you think your kid might want something more substantial, a fish or some stick insects could be a similarly good idea as a beginner pet. When they’ve got used to this responsibility, you could get them a hamster or Guinea pig for their next gift.

A big pet!

If your kid loves animals, a great gift would be a bigger pet that they can look after, such as a cat or dog. Most kids have a preference, so find out what they like and make sure you do your research. For example, many people like to get their pets as young as possible so they can train them well and grow up in a kid friendly environment. However, rescue pets can be equally lovely – but always make sure the animal is well behaved and good with kids before you dedicate to anything.