Archives for October 13, 2021

Aquarium celebrates 17th annual Southeast Asia Day with dance, music, cultural craft demos on October 17th!

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California is also home to communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific can experience dance, music, and cultural craft demonstrations during the its seventeenth annual Southeast Asia Day on Sunday, October 17. Through this annual festival, the Aquarium celebrates its long-running connection with local Southeast Asian communities.

Each year at Southeast Asia Day the Aquarium honors an individual or organization within the community for outstanding community service and furthering cultural awareness. In a ceremony in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater at 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, Chanwantha “Sam” Limon, last year’s festival honoree, will present the Heritage Award to Master Ho Chan and Sokhanarith Chan, who have participated in Southeast Asia Day at the Aquarium since it started seventeen years ago. Limon recently joined the Aquarium’s Board of Directors.

Advance reservations will be required for attendance, as capacity is limited and walk-ups will not be accommodated at this time. Masks are required for entry at the Aquarium of the Pacific for everyone age 2 and older.

WHEN: Sunday, October 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

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

COST: Included with general admission: $36.95 per adult (ages 12+), $26.95 per child (ages 3-11), $33.95 per senior (ages 62+), and free for Aquarium members and children under age three 

Advance reservations are required for everyone.

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/southeast_asia_day/ 

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Kitter, Oct. 13th Pet of the Week!

Legend has it that a black cat, long the symbol of Halloween, once toted the sun on her back, which left its pattern on the cat’s back. Yes—her back—most torties are female, and this one’s ready to live the rest of her sunny golden years with you. Kitter is 11 years old and has learned many myths and stories during her days on earth. She’ll share them with you as she sits purring on your lap. Kitter is losing weight because shelter life doesn’t agree with her—she needs a loving home to match her sweet personality. Sun or no sun, shelter volunteers and staff love her to the moon, and so will you. Shelter adoptions are conducted through appointment, so contact PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Kitter. Ask for ID#A657733.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby Comes to Mile Square Regional Park This Saturday

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Angler Chronicles announce the return of the much-anticipated annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 16. Register for the free event from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the derby from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to invite the community back to Mile Square Regional Park for another free Kids’ Fishing Derby,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “This long-standing tradition brings families together for some friendly competition and outdoor fun.”

The North Lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of catfish for kids ages 6 to 15 to try and catch. Prizes and trophies will be awarded for different age groups and the participant with the overall winning catch of the day will get their name inscribed on the legendary Mile Square Park Fishing Derby Trophy. There will be fishing clinics held on-site and a limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan.

Registration is required at the OC Parks check-in table on the day of the event. Space is limited and early arrival is suggested. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel the event.

Join OC Parks for a fun-filled day of fishing at Mile Square Regional Park.

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, October 16

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Derby Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Location: Mile Square Regional Park

Address: 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Website: www.ocparks.com/milesquare

Cost: Free

Parking: Free

Public Contact: (714) 973-6600 

Credit: OC Parks.

Justin Bieber: Our World * Takes You Backstage, Onstage And Into The Private World Of Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber: Our World takes viewers backstage, onstage, and into the private world of the musical icon as he prepares for his unprecedented concert, “T-Mobile Presents New Year’s Eve Live with Justin Bieber.” After a three-year hiatus from a full performance, and with concert venues shut down due to the pandemic, Bieber delivers an electrifying show to close out 2020 on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel for 240 invited guests–and millions of fans across the globe watching via livestream. The film follows Bieber and his close-knit team in the month leading up to the show, as they rehearse and construct a monumental stage while adhering to strict health and safety protocols. The film also captures personal, self-shot moments between Bieber and his wife Hailey.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Eshaan M. comments, “Justin Bieber: Our World is one of the most immersive Belieber experiences out there – the film takes you backstage, onstage and into the private world of Justin Bieber in a beautifully produced 96 minute documentary.” Dominic D., adds, “There are many positive thoughts worth sharing about this film. First, I have a great deal of respect for Justin Bieber and his journey. He entered the industry as a child and dug his heels in to get where he is today. He has overcome many obstacles in his life, including performing for a world overcome by COVID, which is evident in this film.” See his full review below.

Justin Bieber: Our World

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Justin Bieber: Our World is one of the most immersive Belieber experiences out there – the film takes you backstage, onstage and into the private world of Justin Bieber in a beautifully produced 96 minute documentary. It’s certainly not a film to miss!

Viewers step into the shoes of Bieber and his team as they prepare for a record-breaking New Year’s Eve 2020 concert after a three-year hiatus. Due to pandemic protocols, Bieber plans to deliver his performance on top of the Beverly Hilton Hotel for 240 invited guests and millions of fans watching via live stream. But setting the whole event up is certainly no easy task. Rehearsing, building a massive stage and light setup, and dealing with technology make the experience more than slightly stressful for the crew. The film also captures personal self-shot moments between Bieber and his wife Hailey through his own “vlog camera.” A good part of the film is composed of Bieber performing his songs.

The production quality of Justin Bieber: Our World is quite high, with candid perspectives captured in an organized fashion and organic cuts between songs and scenes. The genuine companionship and love Bieber’s crew has for him (and vice versa) shows on screen. It’s certainly heartwarming to see the small, sweet moments, like how Bieber’s choreographer is welcomed back on set after his quarantine.

Justin Bieber: Our World promotes teamwork, perseverance, patience and the importance of family.

I give Justin Bieber: Our World 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Justin Bieber: Our World premieres on Prime Video on October 6, 2021. Check it out!

Justin Bieber:  Our World (2021)

By Dominic DiGravio, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

Last year was a year like no other. Humans across the globe had to adapt while taking a pause due to the pandemic and its lockdowns. For many of us, that was a difficult task. Many events came to a screeching halt including family and friend get togethers, holiday gatherings, and any entertainment outside the home. Life was as abnormal as it gets!  We look forward to these events within our lives as they are what keep us laughing, smiling and connected to others. We had to get real creative in staying connected with love ones and that’s exactly what world superstar, Justin Bieber did in 2020 while ringing in the new year. Together with his dedicated team of music professionals, Bieber found a creative way to stay connected and share his talents with the world on a very special evening considering the strict guidelines of the pandemic. 

Justin Bieber:  Our World, is a new 90 minute documentary which highlights the recording of Bieber’s special evening and the days leading up to the New Year’s Eve concert.  The film takes us behind-the-scenes and gives fans a look at the many efforts put forth by the Bieber team to produce an amazing show while following strict COVID health and safety procedures. The film documents a 30 day overview of the hard work and obstacles involved in the production of an event during this uncertain time. With little public entertainment going on during the pandemic, Bieber’s creative team found the perfect way to deliver this artist’s talents to fans globally in celebration of the New Year. Approximately 200 fans were able to view Bieber’s return to the stage from their socially distant balconies, while others around the world were able to watch a live stream of the concert from their homes. Above the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, this music artist did not disappoint his fans with his gift of 21 hits shared with the world.

There are many positive thoughts worth sharing about this film. First, I have a great deal of respect for Justin Bieber and his journey. He entered the industry as a child and dug his heels in to get where he is today. He has overcome many obstacles in his life, including performing for a world overcome by COVID, which is evident in this film. The film highlights so many of the moving parts that are put into play to produce entertainment. I appreciated seeing how all the various teams of professionals came together in order to put create such an amazing show. Most notable in this documentary are the choreography and dancers. A big “thumbs up” for Nick DeMoura, the lead choreographer on the Bieber Team, who created masterpiece dance routines for this concert.  The dancers stole the show! As I’m more than a casual fan, I had hoped that this documentary would reflect more on the personal life of Bieber, rather than the film being almost entirely about this concert.  There’s no doubt that Justin Bieber was born with a true gift and he’s a very talented individual, so whatever he is able of sharing with his fans – we’ll take it!

The message in Justin Bieber:  Our World is the importance of teamwork and loyalty.  Bieber’s team has been together since he became a super star and it is obvious that they have formed connections that are much more than professional. They work together through challenges and hard times, but always find ways to laugh and to build on their friendships. The message is also about commitment and mutual respect. These are two qualities which are desperately needed within this industry. Justin Bieber makes it very well known through his words and actions in the film that he values his team.

I give Justin Bieber:  Our World 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Adults and all Bieber fans will especially enjoy this documentary. Justin Bieber:  Our World is streaming now on Amazon Prime.