Duke and Petey–April 4 Pets of the Week!

Both of these guys would likely make Paris Hilton twinkle with joy, but 8-year-old Petey and 7-year-old Duke don’t want to ride around in anyone’s purse. These Yorkies were surrendered by their owner and need a lot of exercise, playtime and, of course, attention. If you want a couple of silly little companions and not a paired accessory, meet Duke and Petey at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A601021 for Duke and ID#A507150 for Petey.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

The Los Angeles Zoo Hosts Newly Expanded Spring Fling Seasonal Celebration

Weekend Activities Include Entertainment, Crafts, Animal Enrichments, Educational Demos and Demonstrations, Photo Ops, and More 
In celebration of springtime, the Los Angeles Zoo is hosting Spring Fling, a five-week-long “EGG-travaganza” that celebrates the season’s bounty of blooms, births, bees, butterflies, and birds. Once just one weekend long, this year’s Spring Fling will cover five full weekends featuring a wide range of activities, including live entertainment, crafts, special animal feedings, an Earth Expo, educational activities, photo ops, and more. Spring Fling is happening on weekends from Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, April 28, 2019, with the addition of Friday, April 19, 2019. Activities and entertainment are free with paid Zoo admission and GLAZA membership, except as noted.  This event highlights conservation and sustainable living in celebration of Earth Day, along with “EGG-citing” programs, inviting guests to partake in a host of fun, engaging, and educational activities. Spring-themed entertainment for kids includes a monarch butterfly-themed aerialist show, roaming bee and butterfly puppeteers, honey tasting (for an additional fee), a “planting for pollinators” station with a native wildflower seed giveaway (while supplies last), a bee-and-butterfly craft station, springtime photo ops, and more. The L.A. Zoo’s residents get in on the fun with daily up-close creature encounters during Animals & You, showcasing bunnies and other fuzzy critters; along with special animal feedings, featuring Earth Day-inspired treats on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. Spring Fling also includes two Big Bunny Weekends with Big Bunny photo ops (for an additional fee), and bunny-ear crafts on Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21. 
WHEN: Spring Fling is happening weekends from Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, April 28, 2019; with the addition of Friday, April 19, 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Bunny is happening on Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 and Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
INFO: Spring Fling activities are free, except where noted, with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. 

To learn more about Spring Fling and for a full schedule of activities and times, please visit www.lazoo.org/springfling
WHERE: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Inland Pacific Ballet Presents The Little Mermaid An Enchanted Underwater Adventure

Inland Pacific Ballet returns this spring with its spectacular landmark production of The Little Mermaid, the classic tale for all ages about the young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea for love. This colorful and engaging production combines classical ballet and creative puppetry to create a magical ocean world with a cast of delightful sea creatures, magnificent sets, and elaborate costumes. Aerial Technology and brilliant new lighting enhance the underwater illusion and bring The Little Mermaid to life in this enchanting undersea adventure at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, April 6-7Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, April 13-14; and April 27-18 at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont.

Based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen which was then brought into pop culture by Disney animation, The Little Mermaid is a story of young love from two very different worlds. The mermaid princess leaves her underwater paradise and meets a handsome prince on the surface. As the story unfolds, she must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for her new-found love. Unlike the dark ending of the original story, this original ballet from Inland Pacific Ballet has created a surprise ending that adds to the enjoyment of the traditional tale.

The Little Mermaid is a great example of IPB’s use of high-level classical ballet to tell adventurous stories which not only result in a profound and beautiful experience, but where audiences become immersed in an epic love story that is familial and celebrated,” exclaims IPB Associate Director, Jonathan Sharp (Idylllwild resident). “Familiarity with other versions of The Little Mermaid story, allows those who have never experienced classical ballet to become initiated with this type of storytelling and enjoy the splendor of classical dance. It’s like watching sculptures in motion.”

Inland Pacific Ballet brought together a creative dream-team to bring The Little Mermaid to the stage with Portland-based choreographers Daniel Kirk and Eric Skinnerutilizing innovative aerial technology to create the feeling of a real underwater environment. New lighting design by Nick Robinson adds to the illusion, along with internationally-acclaimed scenic designer Nancy Seruto’s creative set designs. Designers Craig Sheppard and Jeanne Nolden created a spectacular blend of ornate costumes and delightful puppet sea creatures that swirl and spin. New this year are additional puppet creatures created by Jesse Mooney-Bullock of MoonBull Studio(custom puppet works, fine art sculpture engineered for live performance), and Inland Pacific Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Koenig conceived a lush, sweeping sound collage of great composers, more like a cinematic score than a traditional ballet soundtrack, which includes the music of classical composers Ravel, Debussy, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Janacek, and Dvorak.

Set under and above the high seas, the resulting ballet production has been hailed as “… visually stunning…. an underwater Lion King,” where “puppetry and dancing combine to create a magical ocean world.” Audiences of all ages will enjoy The Little Mermaid where under-the-sea creatures are a feast for the eyes.

Inland Pacific Ballet
, is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Through creative marketing and an extensive educational outreach program, Inland Pacific Ballet strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers. Inland Pacific Ballet’s Founders/Directors Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers are southern California natives and bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of the Company.

Over the past 24 years they have built Inland Pacific Ballet into the premier ballet company in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. The Company’s repertoire includes such classics as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball and Swan Lake Act II. Full length classical masterpieces include Giselle, Coppélia and a lavish production of The Nutcracker. Contemporary classics include seminal works by the legendary George Balanchine including Serenade, Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? and a growing body of original work that includes creative adaptations of much-loved stories such asThe Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Dracula.

The Little Mermaid has performances on SaturdayApril 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside;Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga; and April 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, Claremont. Tickets start at $24 with senior/child/group rates available. For reservations and information, please visit  IPBALLET.org.

Inland Pacific Ballet.

6 Things to look for when buying Inexpensive Picnic Tables

A lot of people who love nature enjoy eating outside.  With this comes the need to have the right equipment to use since there are plenty of choices to choose from. From choosing a dining table, chairs or any type of outdoor furniture choose one that will give you a beautiful, casual outdoor experience.

When it comes to choosing the right furniture, you need to ensure that you choose furniture that is not only durable but one that gives your outdoors an authentic and beautiful look. You will find both the expensive types as well as picnic tables that are more affordable. Here are 6 things to look for when buying inexpensive picnic tables.

Measure your outdoor space

Before deciding on your preferred picnic table, carefully measure your outdoor space since picnic tables can take up a large amount of space. Consider the different shapes and dimensions of picnic tables that can perfectly meet your space and seating requirements. Next, determine where you will place your table. This will ensure that the table fits into the space available and also creates extra space for movement.

Determine the tables’ function

Picnic tables have different functions and if you want the seating to comprise of people sitting at one table then go for the traditional option. But, if you prefer people sitting separately, for example, if the kids and adults will sit separately, choose a picnic table with a separate seating arrangement. For children’s table, choose a slightly lower table that allows movement and easy access to items on the table.

Consider the style

Various styles of picnic tables are available from the traditional design to more modern styles configured to fit into your outdoor space. Choose a style that brings is not only functional but also decorative.

Consider the material

There are different materials like hardwood, softwood, metal, aluminum, concrete, and even plastic picnic tables. But, your choice is determined by several factors. These include the amount of use, your style choice, duration of exposure to outside elements like the weather, budget, comfort as well as weight.

Consider the shape

Picnic tables have different shapes, but before buying any, you need to take a look at the seating arrangement as well as the number of people you expect to be using the tables. For a larger number of people, the traditional, rectangular picnic table with bench seating is the best choice since it has a wide range of options like round, curved as well as octagonal.

Consider the size

The size of your picnic table has to match the number of people you will want to serve. If possible, choose one that can accommodate a slightly higher number of people just in case. If you want to use it for entertaining functions, it needs to be the focal point ideal for informal meals and gatherings.

Whichever style you choose, you need to also pick the right color. Select from the wide variety of stylish and cheap picnic tables available at the Patio pro.

Brooklyn Cloth, a Fast Fashion Line for Men(and Teens) that Won’t Break the Bank this Spring!

Looking for stylish clothes for the Men in your life? I love Brooklyn Cloth clothing line and it’s great for husbands and Teens too! The clothes are affordable too!

Brooklyn Cloth was co-founded by Daron Jacob when he joined Icer Brands. Icer Brands original founder is Lawrence Jemal. Daron’s background has been in apparel design and manufacturing throughout his 20+ years in the industry. 

Brooklyn Cloth was founded on October 17, 2011.

Here’s more info on their story:

When Daron was working with other companies and developing private label for retailers like Forever21, Urban Outfitters, Pac Sun etc, he saw that Fast Fashion, on trend items, were a growing focus in the women’s market but men’s was very limited. This is where he saw a gap and need, on trend of the moment men’s streetwear inspired fashion at a great price. 

We focus on the Gen Z customer, someone who isn’t defined by style but like to mix high and low. They are someone that will wear OFF WHITE Sneakers with Brooklyn Cloth joggers. 

In 2014, Brooklyn Cloth introduced the boys line focused on the same fashion trends as the men’s line but in “mini me sizes” 

We are known for the JOGGERS and perfected the FIT, style and comfort at a great price. It starts at $40. Lately, we’ve been increasing our focus on Outwear, Sherpa, Denim. What makes our product unique is that we design from the textile level. We work with mills to produce our textiles that are exclusive to Brooklyn Cloth. 

We are affordable fashion focused on the latest trend, joggers start at $40, Outerwear at $50. You can get a complete outfit for $65 

Boys Joggers start at $35, Outerwear at $45. You can get a complete outfit for $50 

Where is the collection available/how can people purchase it? You can go to www.brooklyncloth.com

I love the styles and they even have a few things for Women! I love the
Women’s Sherpa Hoodie! My teenage son is also a fan of their clothing and loved the Black & White American Flag Tee and the Red, white and blue color block windbreaker! I really recommend their Americana styles and they have such great Spring Must Haves!

They have the best styles!

Women’s Sherpa Hoodie is so cozy!

Self Disclosure: I received samples to facilitate this post. Top image and Brooklyn Cloth story was provided to post.

Join the fun in the pediped Online Egg Hunt 4/1-4/5 and 4/8-4/12!

pediped has a fun online egg hunt planned they will do on pediped.com 4/1 – 4/5 & 4/8 – 4/12. They will be running a website “egg hunt” where they hide an Easter egg somewhere on the site and the first person to find the egg gets a penny pair of shoes in their choice of size and gender.

Here are the rules and steps.   


#pediped Sitewide Penny Egg Hunt! 🥚

Win a pair of shoes for ONE PENNY & FREE SHIPPING when you find an “Egg Hunt” egg on pediped.com! Each day we will hide three eggs on the site between 10AM and 2PM PST at random times Monday-Friday.

Step 1: Search pediped.com for a colorful “Egg Hunt” egg.

Step 2: Select your size/gender, add to cart.

Step 3: Place your order FAST!

Each Penny Egg will redeem a NEW Spring/ Summer style in your size and gender selection for ONE PENNY & FREE SHIPPING!

⭐Follow along on Facebook and Instagram stories, as we will be announcing when a new Mystery Egg has been hidden!⭐

#easteregghunt #egghunt #easter

pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit www.pediped.com.  LIKE on Facebook at/pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.


National Burrito Day: $5 Rubio’s Burrito Deal!

Don’t miss this great deal!

All Burritos $5 at Rubio’s on National Burrito Day

Head to Rubio’s Coastal Grill on Thursday, April 4, 2019, when every burrito is just $5, with the purchase of a beverage, in celebration of National Burrito Day. Simply bring the coupon https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-burrito-day-2019 to any of Rubio’s participating locations.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is encouraging eating seafood twice a week to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke, based on the American Heart Association’s recommendation. Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood, and features bold, unique flavors in dishes ranging from the Cilantro Lime Quinoa Bowl with Grilled Mahi Mahi to the Ancho Citrus Grilled Shrimp Burrito and Grilled Wild Alaska Salmon Tacos. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit https://www.rubios.com/.

I know where I will be on Thursday! I love the Ancho Citrus Grilled Shrimp burrito!

 Photo Credit: Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

Dumbo – One of the Most Beautiful Films I Have Ever Seen!

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Zoe C. comments, “This film is absolutely amazing – a bit dark, but beautiful and the visual effects are very good… This is the perfect tale for the imagination of the great director Tim Burton. Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer adds, “Director Tim Burton’s mind truly is a circus – a beautiful, colorful, vivid and artistic mind. While he adds his dark macabre to this classic Disney tale, it is done in such a way to engage the viewer and bring another dimension to the film. Dumbo is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen…” Arjun N. has another take, “Despite Tim Burton’s flair, Dumbo shows promise, but ultimately fails to take flight. Still, the movie does boast apt direction and talented cast.” See their full reviews below.


By Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

This film is absolutely amazing – a bit dark, but beautiful and the visual effects are very good. I was so excited to see this film because Dumbo is such a classic and I really wanted to see it not in animation form. It is a story about outsiders and the beauty in the strange. This is the perfect tale for the imagination of the great director Tim Burton.

The story is about a circus elephant who is a baby. His name is Jumbo but later he is renamed Dumbo. He was born with big ears and people around him think he is weird and worthless. In this environment with lots of extraordinary people, this peculiar elephant shouldn’t be so strange, but people make fun of him and are actually cruel. His protective mother who works in the circus gets really mad and is sent far away for misbehaving. Dumbo is sad because he is separated from his mom. The kids in the circus, Milly and Joe, don’t have a mother either. They are the sons of Holt (Collin Farrell) who returns from war to work at the circus. The kids feel empathy for the baby elephant and try to comfort him. They come up with a way to get Dumbo involved in the circus after they discover he can fly. They think if they make enough money they can buy her mom back and the elephants can be reunited. The flying baby elephant becomes the circus’ main attraction and the owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) receives a tempting offer. The family circus becomes part of a huge amusement park, but they are losing all that kept them united.

The story develops a little bit slowly at the beginning. I definitively love the scenes with Dumbo flying and the scenarios and costumes are gorgeous, but overall it is not as emotional as I expected. The cast is amazing, but the kids don’t deliver as much sentiment as the story requires and they play a key role. Eva Green is charming and believable. Her character Collette Marchant, the girl that “flies” is many the most intriguing one. Danny Elfman’s music creates an ideal atmosphere. 

This film has a very positive and powerful message – even if we are different, it doesn’t mean we should be treated differently, because that’s what makes us beautiful and makes us stand out from the ordinary. We have to accept people the way they are. I give this film 4.5 out of five stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12 and adults as well. Dumbo opens in theaters March 29, 2019.


By Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

Director Tim Burton’s mind truly is a circus – a beautiful, colorful, vivid and artistic mind. While he adds his dark macabre to this classic Disney tale, it is done in such a way to engage the viewer and bring another dimension to the film. Dumbo is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen thousands of films. What’s impossible is possible when you believe. I believe in Dumbo.

When I heard Disney was creating a live-action version of their classic animated film Dumbo, I was skeptical as Dumbo is one of my childhood favorites. The live-action film I screened brought joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. It is so BEAUTIFUL –  the colors come alive in every frame, from the costumes to the imagery. Dumbo is so loveable, believable and beautiful. His eyes captivate you from the first time you see the baby to his final frame. For the only character in the film who doesn’t speak, you hear his journey of love and pain purely.

Dumbo plays homage to a Mother’s love and a quest of survival for motherless children – human and animal. It is so beautifully cast from our hero Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), to his amazing, innocent children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), to the nefarious V. A. Vandevere (evilly played by Michael Keaton) and the con-man we come to love, Max Medici (Danny DeVito). In my eyes, the children and Dumbo are the stars of the show. V.A. Vandevere teaches the audience a lesson in greed and Max Medici showcases his desire to make a buck with true transparency! This traveling circus offers many journeys for the cast and audience.

As a true Disney fan, I see the essence of many iconic Disney places and films. The balloons remind me of UP. The pink elephants remind me of Fantasia. Dreamland, a fictionist theme park made me think of Disneyland (I mean, DL…) – and all the theme parks at Walt Disney World and the merch! Plenty of merch to sell at Dumbo’s circus tent. The sublime imagery is seen throughout the film.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. Warning: there are some scary parts (Nightmare Island in Vandevere’s Dreamland theme park, hallucinogenic pink elephants and a SNAKE – not my favorite creature). The casting is great. The costumes are authentic and the music will move you. Danny Elfman is the master of music in film! Could this be another Oscar nomination? Pay attention to a new twist on the classic song “Baby Mine.” You won’t believe who sings this classic song!

Bring your tissues! This film opens in theaters nationwide March 29, 2019.


By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Despite Tim Burton’s flair, Dumbo shows promise, but ultimately fails to take flight. Still, the movie does boast apt direction and talented cast. Any Disney fan may want to check this out, but proceed with low expectations.

The story expands upon the beloved classic story as Dumbo, a newborn elephant with oversized ears, becomes a star. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) to caretake the young one. Dumbo quickly becomes the laughing stock. But, once Holt’s kids discover he can fly using his ears, Dumbo soon becomes the superstar of the circus and gains the attention of beguiling tycoon V.A. Vandevere with his Dreamworld amusement park. Vandevere’s schemes are not what they seem as he wants to monopolize Dumbo and threaten the circus’s goodwill.

First off, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins, as Milly and Joe Farrier, are absolutely fantastic in their first-ever roles. Nico shines with her scientific interests and discovering Dumbo’s flying capability. Whereas Finley nails his jockey attitude. Colin Farrell, as Holt Farrier, shines as their father who always means well for his kids and the safety of all. Sure, his Southern accent is quite jarring at first, but he grows into it. Danny DeVito, as Max Medici, is my favorite character as he has many scenes in the first half and is truly funny in every scene. It’s a shame that a lot of his screen time is axed by a meandering second half. Michael Keaton, as V.A. Vandevere, unfortunately falters with a comically over-the-top performance. While Keaton’s work is normally strong, here it just doesn’t mesh with the movie’s scenarios. Sure, at times, he sells the role of a tycoon well, but really his character always appears out of place.

Tim Burton aptly directs the movie, but the writing doesn’t do this visually spectacular experience any wonders. Every scene is well produced, but the movie’s pacing is all over the place. The special effects are also quite underwhelming at times. Some moments are impressive, but at times it comes across as artificial and unreal. The movie’s second half also meanders into some bizarre territory, primarily due to its unimpressive villain. In spite of this, Dumbo’s first flight scene is awe-inspiring, and is definitely my favorite scene.

The message of this film is that being different isn’t always bad. It can come to be a true talent. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 due to some intense scenes and mild language. The movie releases in theaters on March 29, 2019 so check it out.

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