Archives for July 14, 2021

Lilo, July 15th Pet of the Week!

It’s said that if you dream of an orange cat, you might be craving a new hobby or a new sweetie pie. We think it’s the latter. Lilo is a 1-year-old orange fellow whose family had to give him up, and he needs a new someone to love him. Lilo is likely the cat of your dreams, whether you dreamed of an orange cat or did not! By the way, if you adopt an adult cat any day in July, your fee will be waived—one more reason to take Lilo home! Shelter adoptions are conducted through appointment, so contact to meet Lilo. Ask for ID#A658751.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Rubio’s Coastal Grill brings Cauliflower Rice to the menu

Available in all Bowls, Burritos & Kids Meals

Photo Credit: Rubio’s.

Tomorrow, July 14, Rubio’s Coastal Grill will offer Cauliflower Rice in all California, Arizona and Nevada restaurants. Providing a healthy, plant-based option for guests, the new menu option aligns with Keto, Whole 30, Paleo, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian eating preferences.

With health benefits, fewer calories and carbs compared to rice, Cauli Rice, is available for an additional $2 as a substitute for rice in any of Rubio’s bowls and burritos. It can also be ordered as a side with any entrée or kids meal. 

“Rubio’s guests are incredibly food savvy and appreciate being able to order meals customized to their wellness goals,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “When Cauli Rice is substituted in place of rice in our California Bowl, the Cauli Rice is just 130 calories with 7 net carbs per serving. It’s an easy swap that tastes delicious with great health benefits.”

Made from riced cauliflower cooked with fresh cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass and sea salt, Rubio’s Cauli Rice is the perfect complement to Rubio’s signature Mexican flavors. Cauli rice is a functional and nutrient-dense food that contains antioxidants, such as Vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, and calcium.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983 in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all-natural chicken, raised without antibiotics, and all-natural USDA Choice steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer and hard seltzer beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 3,000 employees and currently operates over 150 restaurants in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Credit: Rubio’s. Some form of compensation was received to post.

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Partners with reDiscover Center and Starpoint Properties to Open “Cardboard City” on the Third Street Promenade

Photo provided courtesy of reDiscover Center

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Starpoint Properties and Los Angeles-based non-profit reDiscover Center presents “Cardboard City,” an innovative, pop-up community art center on the Third Street Promenade. 

Cardboard City is a 10,000 square foot pop-up art center with free museum-style exhibitions of large scale cardboard sculptures and architectural models constantly added to by artists-in-residence, free family art activities introducing youth and adults to cardboard crafting techniques, a schedule of fee-based classes for youth and adults, and a Cardboard City Shop selling tools and materials so families can make cardboard art at home. The space will highlight fun, unique, family-friendly cardboard sculptures including a “wow factor” installation facing onto the Promenade. 

This free public art gallery will present inspirational cardboard sculptures by local artists and sponsoring architecture and design firms, with a capacity for 102,000 visitors over two months. reDiscover will sponsor 8-25 artists’ residencies, supporting local and nationally prominent artists working in cardboard. Cardboard City’s fee-based art and maker classes, teaching youth advanced cardboard forming skills, has the capacity to serve 1,500 students ages 8+. Cardboard City is available for private daytime and evening events of up to 200 people.

In keeping with their triple-educational mission of promoting community, creativity, and sustainability, reDiscover is partnering with P.S. Arts, one of LA’s leading art education non-profits, to create a 10-week curriculum for 4th-5th graders on cardboard art and engineering, to distribute to LA County schools, based in part on the art created for Cardboard City and featuring reDiscover’s Tinkering Toolkit. reDiscover is also partnering with Makedo, an educational products company, to provide Makedo’s system of creative cardboard tools for free to Cardboard City participants and to partner schools throughout LA County.


Cardboard City opens July 8 and runs through August 29; open Thursday through Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm. There will be a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, July 8 at noon. 


1231 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 

Credit: reDiscover Center 

Wilderness Access Days Resume on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

Image courtesy of Irvine Ranch Conservancy

 Irvine Ranch Conservancy, along with its partners OC Parks and the City of Irvine, are thrilled to welcome nature lovers back to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks with the return of Wilderness Access Days. These free activities are the perfect opportunity for visitors of all levels to get out and explore native wildlands found in Orange County.

Explore OC Parks’ Black Star Canyon during Wilderness Access Day on Saturday, July 10. Black Star Canyon offers pleasant introductory trails for beginner hikers and families, as well as challenging experiences for seasoned trail users. A gateway to the backcountry of the Cleveland National Forest and the northern Santa Ana Mountains, visitors can take in views of the striking red rocks, views of Irvine Lake and the Pacific Coast, along with diverse coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats with a variety of rare plant and animal species.

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy self-guided access in the southern portion of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve during Wilderness Access Day in Bommer Canyon on Saturday, July 17. During this Wilderness Access Day, the entire southern Open Space Preserve trail network will be open for self-guided hiking and biking, including single-tracks in Shady Canyon and Bommer Canyon that are reserved for guided activities only. Visitors can stroll past ancient oak and sycamore groves, through rough rock outcrops and explore trails that were once used by cattle and ranchers in the historic Cattle Camp.

“Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff, volunteers and partners are excited to welcome visitors back to experience the beauty of the Landmarks,” said Dave Raetz, Irvine Ranch Conservancy Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the pandemic, IRC staff and land owners worked diligently to restore and preserve local trails and natural habitats, so they would be ready for nature lovers to enjoy once again.”

Free activities on the Landmarks were temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are gradually resuming in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged to ensure participation. For more information about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks and to register for an upcoming Wilderness Access Day, visit

Credit: Irvine Ranch Conservancy.