Archives for January 11, 2020

Santa Monica Place Commemorates Lunar New Year with Annual Celebration on Jan. 25

Visitors and shoppers can ring in the Year of the Rat at Santa Monica Place’s free Lunar New Year Celebration! Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt-walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, family-friendly arts and crafts, and New Year’s Wishing Trees, which will be placed near the event for patrons to hang a wish on the branches. 


Saturday, January 25, 2020

2 – 5 p.m.


Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The performances will take place on level one in Center Plaza.


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Credit: Santa Monica Place.

Ben Franklin’s Electric Birthday Party @The International Printing Museum Jan. 18th 2020

Ben Franklin (P.D. Soinski) is about to perform some “shocking” electrical experiments
during “The Ben Franklin Electric Birthday Celebration”  Sat. Jan. 18th 2020 @ The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA


Ben Franklin’s Electric Birthday Celebration International Printing Museum  315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745Saturday Jan.18th 2020

11:00 am Franklin (“Kid-Friendly” Show) & 1:00 pm  (Adult version w/Symposium Q & A on Franklin with his Revolutionary Friends! @ 2:15 pm) All day printing & tour activities in his honor10 am-4:00 pm. Cake & refreshments included after each presentation! $12/Adults $10/Students & Seniors…Reservations advised thru pay-pal/other credit cards on web site: or by phone310-515-7166 Tues.-Sat. Come join the good Doctor’s 314th Birthday party where he will be hosting a family version of his life and inventions at 11:00 am and at a more adult level at 1:00 pm with a special Question & Answer period with his revolutionary friends (i.e.: Jefferson, Adams, Abigail Adams & Madame Brillon from the Versailles Court) after the latter presentation… Have refreshment & birthday cake with Dr.Franklin & these distinguished guests and print out some historical keepsakes on the museum’s antique presses as well as mini-tours of the unique “working “ collection! Come and wish him and his friends well and thank him for all of his inventions and help in creating our country! 

Credit: The International Printing Museum.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights Aboard the Queen Mary Saturday, January 25, 2020

Photo Courtesy of the Queen Mary  

Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the majestic Queen Mary on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights will honor the Year of the Rat with two evening seatings including traditional Chinese cuisine and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin Entertainment’s dragon and lion dancing, Chinese martial arts and acrobatics, face changer, Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble, and more. 

Located aboard the Queen Mary in the famous Grand Salon, each dinner seating will be a feast for the senses surrounded by stunning decor. A buffet-style dinner featuring classic Chinese cuisine will begin at 4pm for the first seating and 8pm for the second seating, both followed by live entertainment. The buffet dinner will feature a variety of traditional dishes such as honey glazed walnut shrimp, roasted duck, golden crispy fried chicken, fish with black bean sauce, lo mein, yang chow fried rice, braised mushrooms with bok choy, and desserts such as sweet red bean with tapioca. 

Wushu Shaolin Entertainment brings Chinese martial arts, acrobatic artistry, dance and music together to captivate audiences. Lighting and stage effects compliment feats of athleticism, grace, and gymnastic prowess. Throughout the evening, Wushu Shaolin will perform the dragon dance, Chinese face changer, lion dance with drums, Chinese ribbon dance, traditional fan dance, acrobatics, and more. 

Tickets to Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights aboard the Queen Mary are currently on sale and all tickets include dinner and entertainment. General Admission is $103 per person for the 4pm seating and $119 for the 8pm seating time. VIP tickets are $133 for the 4pm seating and $149 for the 8pm seating time, and include seating closest to entertainment, a beverage of choice, and a Chinese lantern. Date Night Packages are available for savings off of both seating times, and include two tickets to the buffet dinner and show. Date Night packages for the 4pm seating are $200 per couple for GA and $260 per couple for VIP, with the second (8pm) seating being $230 per couple for GA and $290 per couple for VIP. Children under the age of 4 do not require an admission ticket. To purchase tickets and for more information on pricing, events, and hotel packages visit

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Free Kids’ Fishing Derby at Irvine Regional Park

OC Parks is excited to present the Kids’ Fishing Derby at the lake at Irvine Regional Park on Saturday, January 18 from 7 – 11 a.m. Kids ages 15 and under should bring their own fishing pole and bait to Irvine Regional Park for this exciting free event.

The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout. Trophies will be awarded to the participants with the largest catch of the day and all participants will have a chance to win a prize. Registration for the derby will be available at the OC Parks’ check-in table upon arrival. Adults are invited to fish after the event concludes.

Join OC Parks as they kick off the fishing season with a fun-filled day of friendly competition at Irvine Regional Park.

Free Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, January 18

Time: 7 – 11 a.m. 

Derby Registration Opens: 7 a.m.

Location: Irvine Regional Park

Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869


Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600

Credit: OC Parks.