Archives for October 23, 2020

OC Parks Presents “OC Parks Spooky Series”

A frightfully fun week of virtual Halloween offerings commencing October 26.

OC Parks presents “OC Parks Spooky Series,” a frightfully fun week of virtual Halloween offerings happening on social media October 26-31.

Tune in to OC Parks’ Facebook and Instagram for a daily series including Halloween-themed highlights from county parks and the OC Zoo, along with a bewitching Shakespearean scene filmed at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens. The week of virtual programming will culminate with a rock-and-ghoul performance from local cover band, Past Action Heroes on Saturday, October 31 at 4 p.m. PST.

Before the virtual week of frightful fun begins, OC Parks will host a drive-in movie series at Mile Square Regional Park October 23, 24 and 25 featuring “Hocus Pocus.” Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 13 at 10 a.m. and will be announced through OC Parks’ social channels and on OCParks.com. 

WHEN:

Starting Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31

“OC Parks Spooky Series” social media schedule:

  • Monday, October 26 – Halloween-inspired craft 
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Halloween-themed trivia
  • Wednesday, October 28 – Halloween at the OC Zoo video
  • Thursday, October 29 – Throwback: A post from OC Parks’ past
  • Friday, October 30 – Feature Friday: Scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth filmed at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens  
  • Saturday, October 31 – Halloween-themed virtual concert featuring Past Action Heroes

WHERE:

OC Parks’ Facebook (@OrangeCountyParks) and Instagram (@OCParks)

MORE INFORMATION:

Follow along on OC Parks’ Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming “OC Parks Spooky Series” announcements. #OCParksSpookySeries

Credit: OC Parks.

Fun Creative must-buys this Fall!

Halloween is almost here and it’s always fun to give out candy to the kids but here are a couple of fun creative gift ideas that they are sure to love!

Get in the spooky spirit with OwlCrate Jr.’s “Shivers Down Your Spine” themed subscription book box. Kids 8-12 will receive the scariest book OwlCrate Jr. has released to date, “The Girl and The Ghost” by Hanna Alkaf. This edition will have an exclusive cover and come with a signed bookplate and letter from the author. The September box is scheduled to ship mid-September, so subscribers receive it in time for the leadup to Halloween. In addition to the book, each box comes with a newly released card game from Funko, a second non-fiction book about scary things from around the globe, a tote bag and roll of washi tape designed exclusively for the box. Please note items in the box are not announced before the boxes are sent to surprise subscribers. Available for one-time box, three or six month subscriptions. I like that this is a really great idea for kids especially during this pandemic! It would make a great holiday gift idea too! More information: www.owlcratejr.com.

This next idea is really a lot of fun especially for the kids who love to paint!

Pottery Awesomeness– These super cute new kits from Pottery Awesomeness are the perfect project for kids and families to enjoy together. With themed-subscription boxes, like their fall and Halloween kits, kids will be excited to receive these boxes that come with everything they need to create their masterpiece! Each box includes three cute figurines, acrylic paint, paint brushes, a glossy sealer and an instruction card with QR codes that will direct painters to painting tutorials and instructions. These are fun, screen-free activities created by a mom who owns a “paint your own pottery” studio in the Northeast. Also, for every kit purchased, Pottery Awesomeness donates a painting kit to sick children in hospitals. They work directly with the lead art therapist at each hospital to determine what supplies are needed. Subscription boxes cost $30, or may be purchased individually for $32, skip or cancel at any time, www.potteryawesomeness.com. I love the Halloween themed box but this Gnome themed one (see photo above) also looks like a lot of fun!

Both of these ideas would also make great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Halloween Treats To Buy In Bulk on Amazon!

It’s almost Halloween and even though it is a different time right now with the pandemic, Halloween treats are a still a must! I won’t be passing out candy or treats this year but I will be making goodie bags for friends and neighbors. Welch’s Fruit Snacks are a must buy and can be purchased in bulk on Amazon.com. The 110-Count Box combines two popular mouthwatering flavors – Mixed Fruit and Berries ‘n Cherries – making it the perfect box to buy in bulk for any Halloween festivities. The best part? It’s easily available on Amazon.

I like that they are made with real fruit and are fat-free. They are also Gluten-free and have No preservatives! And, I don’t know about you but I have been shopping more on Amazon these past few months. Available on Amazon; 110-Count Box with 0.9oz. Pouches for $24.95.

Now, to put together that treadmill I just bought on Amazon.com. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

Books of the Week

STELLA DIAZ NEVER GIVES UP by Angela Dominguez: From award-winning author Angela Dominguez, comes the novel Stella Diaz Never Gives Up, a story about a shy Mexican-American girl who becomes an environmental activist and makes a difference in her community. This is a wonderful book for children ages 8-12. It’s a real inspiration!

ALREADY A BUTTERFLY: A MEDITATION STORY by Julia Alvarez; illustrated by Raul Colon: Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez extolls the importance of mindfulness, reflection, and self-care for young children in this gratifying picture book, stunningly illustrated by award-winning artist Raúl Colón. This is such a beautiful picture book for ages 5-8.

Another great book for middle school age kids is THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ by Adrianna Cuevas: A Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. I had a 11 year old boy review this one for me and he said that it’s really entertaining and he really liked the main character.

You can find all these books and many more at https://us.macmillan.com/mackids/

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books to facilitate this post. Cover images were also provided.

4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo Presented by Go Little Tokyo

Spooktacular nights to enjoy in Little Tokyo and virtually at home beginning Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 31

Go Little Tokyo presents the 4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo featuring spooktacular nights for ghouls and goblins of all ages to enjoy in Little Tokyo and virtually at home beginning Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 31.

Haunted Little Tokyo will feature a week-long series of in-person and virtual frightful fun offerings from select neighborhood businesses including a socially-distanced scavenger hunt on Halloween night, a virtual mystery adventure and quest for candy, virtual ghost tours and campfire stories sharing ghost encounters, haunted tales, and paranormal experiences from the 136-year-old neighborhood, and a Halloween walking take-out event complete with appetizers and spooky spirits.
Little Tokyo is the largest of only three remaining Japantowns in the country and the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Some Haunted Little Tokyo virtual and in-person are free for all to enjoy and proceeds from paid experiences benefit Little Tokyo small and historical businesses and restaurants. The Little Tokyo Community Council has also organized a Small Business Relief Fund crowdfunding effort in partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) to provide financial support for local businesses during the on-going COVID-19 crisis.  For those wishing to make a donation, please visit littletokyola.org/gofundme.
Businesses in Little Tokyo remain committed to the health and wellness of the community and are open and implementing additional safety protocols. Face coverings are required when visiting Little Tokyo and all guests are encouraged to practice physical distancing.
For more information on Haunted Little Tokyo and to register for events visit hauntedlittletokyo.com or like Go Little Tokyo on Facebook and follow along on Instagram and Twitter. #golittletokyo #hauntedlittletokyo
WHEN: Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 31
WHERE:Haunted Little Tokyo offerings are in-person and virtual, depending on the activity. Please visit hauntedlittletokyo.com for details and the full schedule.HAUNTED LITTLE TOKYO SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • Quest for Candy, A Haunted Little Tokyo Virtual Mystery Adventure
    Children of all ages are invited to join Kizuna for a special one-night-only Haunted Little Tokyo virtual mystery adventure and work together to solve a special mystery, meet curious characters, and gather clues to save Haunted Little Tokyo! Every adventurer will receive Japanese candy for Halloween, a Kizuna magnifying glass, and a Kizuna Halloween sticker with registration. Space is limited and the price includes the cost of shipping.
    Friday, October 23 from 4 – 6 PM
    $13, register online at hauntedlittletokyo.com
  • Virtual Ghost Tour of Little Tokyo
    Journey through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo’s haunted past and present with an exclusive, virtual guided tour of historical buildings, ghostly tales, and paranormal experiences in this over 100-year-old historic and cultural neighborhood. Join Little Tokyo Historical Society ghost reporter, Bill Watanabe, will virtually walk guests through four unique spots with reported paranormal activity in the neighborhood and is joined by eyewitnesses of these eerie events.
    Saturday, October 24 from 5 – 6:30 PM
    $10, register online at hauntedlittletokyo.com
  • BOO-SEUM Presented by Virtual MOCA
    Over the course of seven days, MOCA will present a thematic selection of work from its collection that have inspired people to reflect on the history of Halloween and how the trajectory of the holiday—from a Celtic pagan festival to an American cultural hallmark—laid the groundwork for the various ways Halloween is celebrated today.
    Sunday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31, daily at 10 AM
    Free, tune into @MOCA on Instagram
  • Little Tokyo Cocktail Demo
    The Little Tokyo Cocktail Demonstration presented by Beam Suntory is a part of the Nisei Week Virtual Series. Event tickets include a cocktail kit featuring Suntory Toki Whisky that will allow participants to follow along with the demonstration in the comfort of their own home. Tickets are sold for the day and location to pick up your cocktail kit.
    Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 3 (cocktail kit pick-up)
    Friday, October 30 at 7 PM, cocktail demo launches online
    $50, tune into Nisei Week Youtube Channel to follow along with the demo
  • Haunted Little Tokyo Scavenger Hunt
    Pick up a map at Café Dulce in the Japanese Village Plaza to discover outdoor locations around Little Tokyo where guests can receive fun treats. Visit all locations and spin for a special prize. Costumes encouraged!
    Saturday, October 31 from 4 – 7 PM while supplies last
    Free, begins at Café Dulce at 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
  • Brew Ha Ha: A Walking Take-out Event
    Presented by Hollywood Buddhist Church, celebrate Halloween and support Little Tokyo small businesses! Participating restaurants include Azay, Café Dulce, Fugetsu-Do, Kouraku, Sake Dojo, and TaNoTa Takoyaki. Participants are welcome to pick up their orders from each restaurant or opt to pick up the entire order at one location.
    Saturday, October 31 from 2 – 4 PM
    $100, tickets include food and beverages for two people, register online at hauntedlittletokyo.com

ABOUT GO LITTLE TOKYO
Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: golittletokyo.com.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

Looking for a great gift for a child? Or even an adult? How about a personalized book?

Looking for a great gift for a young child? A personalized children’s book created by In The Book is a must-buy! They have such a wonderful variety from personalized Pet Books to Disney Books. I received a Disney PIXAR Cars Book and it was a hit with my young reviewer. He just loved that it had his name in the story and he always wants to read it at bedtime. They have an exclusive Disney license so you can find many titles including Frozen, Toy Story, and Cars. Look at all the titles here. There are many others and I was quite impressed with all the choices!

They even have books for grownups such as sports, celebrations and even personalized recipe books! Now, how cool is that?! The holidays are approaching and any of these would make great gift ideas! They are also a great bargain as they start at $19.99 and up.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. The image was also provided.