Archives for February 8, 2021

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes Community for Valentine’s Day!

There is a lot to love at Dana Point Harbor this Valentine’s Day. Couples, friends and families can enjoy safe, physically-distanced activities including seaside stays and dining, takeout specials, shopping along the waterfront, a sunset sail and photo moments in front of Dana Point’s very own “Love Wall” mural.

Book a weekend getaway this Valentine’s Day at the Dana Point Marina Inn. Providing beautiful ocean views, the Marina Inn is perfect for those looking to soak up the laid-back Harbor scene with loved ones. For a full Harbor experience, book exclusive packages and special offers with your stay including whale watching, fishing, paddle boarding and a trip to Catalina Island. The Dana Point Marina Inn is taking all necessary steps outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) to provide guests with a safe hotel stay. For more information visit

Visitors can spend time with loved ones at the Harbor and embark on an island adventure to Catalina Island with Catalina Express, resuming daily trips just in time for Valentine’s weekend on February 12. More information can be found at   

Capture your love and take a photo with the “Love Wall” painted special for Dana Point Harbor by local Orange County mural artist Mikala Taylor. Located in the Harbor’s Clock Courtyard, the “Love Wall” is the perfect backdrop for Valentine’s Day memories. Use the hashtag #DPHLoveWall in your social media posts before Valentine’s Day to be entered to win a gift card to a Harbor restaurant of your choice.   

Valentine’s Day specials at the Harbor include: 

  • Aventura Sailing will host Valentine’s Cocktail Cruises on February 13 and 14. Start your day with a Mimosa Cruise from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or watch the sun set during the Cocktail Cruise from 3 – 6 p.m. Call 949-493-9493 to reserve your spot. 
  • Frisby Cellars will offer Valentine’s Day wine tasting kits for wine lovers interested in their own at-home wine tasting. Pre-orders taken through February 7. For more information and to pre-order visit  
  • Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari will host Dolphin & Whale Sweetheart Sunset Safaris on February 13 and 14 as well as romantic whale watching private charters with your loved ones. For more information visit
  • Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will offer Valentine’s Day cruises February 12-14. Enjoy whale watching at sunset with a complimentary drink and treats. For more information visit
  • Killer Dana Surf Shop will offer 25% off any one clothing or accessory item (excluding sale merchandise) and complimentary gift wrap while supplies last. Use promo code KDLOVE for 25% off any one clothing or accessory item at Offers valid February 8-14. 
  • Enjoy outdoor dining with waterfront views of the Harbor and soak in the stunning Dana Point sunsets or order takeout from a variety of restaurants for the perfect date night in. Make a reservation or order to-go from the diverse mix of Dana Point Harbor restaurants.       

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Dana Point Harbor and experience all of the adventure, fun, romance, and relaxation this seaside destination has to offer. For more information visit or connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

Credit: Dana Point Harbor. Images were also provided.

Lily, Feb. 10th Pet of the Week!

Roses may be the traditional flower for Valentine’s Day, but have you considered a Lily? Our beautiful tan-and-white blossom has been blooming for five years, and she has shown our staff and volunteers so much love! She’ll thrive in a loving home, garden or not! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through appointment, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Lily. Ask for ID#A653598.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Learn More About Your Home Drinking Water for Good Health in 2021!

Do you want to know if your water at home is safe to drink? Safe Home Drinking Water Test Kits can bring peace of mind to consumers at home sweet home. Chris Myers, President and CEO of Environmental Laboratories, Inc., is the Senior Scientist who developed Safe Home Test Kits, based on more than 40 years of experience studying and testing drinking water quality. The Safe Home Test Kits are designed so anyone can test their own tap water and we invite you to analyze yours and share your experience. And if you want to learn more about the state of drinking water in our country, why you should test,  how the science works, etc.

I had the opportunity to try out a kit for myself and was quite impressed with how simple it is to use. It’s also a great science experiment to do with the kids while they are doing school at home during the pandemic.
You may also be interested to know that:
• Safe Home Test Kits is the exclusive brand of water test kits that has received the Good Housekeeping Seal. 
• The Safe Home ULTIMATE Drinking Water Test Kit was also chosen as the Best Overall Test Kit in the USA for 2020, by “The Spruce.”
• Safe Home Water Quality Test Kits were named one of the “Top Ten New Products in the World” at the National Hardware Show. 
You will see there are a variety of kits available: DIY at Home “You Test It” for screening of your home drinking water and In-Lab Certified “We Test It” for detailed testing of your home drinking water. Consumers can purchase kits directly at: and they are also available on Amazon, Home Depot, Menards, Bed, Bath and Beyond stores/online, and Walmart online. 

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

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Date Night Outdoors or At-Home with Love from Little Tokyo

Tsurumaru Udon’s at-home DIY Udon Kit for two (left). Heart-shaped vegan doughnuts from Donatsu (center). Shojin’s vegan Valentine’s Day special package (right). 
Photos provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Celebrate love this Valentine’s Day in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles with a variety of al fresco dining options and take-out meals from Little Tokyo restaurants. Whether planning a romantic dinner, Galentine’s celebration or date night at home, Little Tokyo offers the perfect opportunity to share a special moment with loved ones.
Little Tokyo’s many eateries offer diverse outdoor dining options along the historic First Street, where guests can dine under the romantic overhead lighting, perfect for a date night out. Treat that special someone to a patio dinner under the stars at Rakkan Ramen for an authentic Japanese ramen experience. Ootoro LA’s al fresco dining will continue the tradition of serving their exquisite sushi and sashimi dishes that are almost too beautiful to eat.
Tsurumaru Udon will be celebrating love all weekend long with do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day meal kits perfect for those interested in making delicious, fresh homemade Japanese udon from the comfort of their own home. Udon kits for two are $7.75 and available to order Thursday, February 11 – Sunday, February 14 at Pair the udon with a delicious Valentine’s sushi box from Tamon Sushi featuring an arrangement of the restaurant’s signature dishes for two for $65 or Shojin’s vegan Valentine’s Day Special for a rosey night in with your loved one for $88 per person available Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14. Orders can be placed online at or at
Add some sweetness to your Valentine’s Day celebration with heart-shaped, hand-crafted vegan doughnuts from Donatsu available to order on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 or a box of manju from Little Tokyo’s beloved confectionery shop Fugetsu-Do. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, Popkiller’s B My Valentine collection offers stylish gifts everyone will love. For a limited time, buy two t-shirts and get a sale t-shirt free when you place an order online.
Restaurants and businesses in Little Tokyo remain committed to the health and wellness of the community and are open and implementing additional safety protocols. A number of convenient amenities including curbside, in-store pickup and takeaway dining options are being offered to make Valentine’s Day meals and shopping easier than ever. Visitors are encouraged to contact individual businesses for their guidelines. Face coverings are required when visiting Little Tokyo and all guests are encouraged to practice physical distancing. For more information, visit  

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.