Venus, Aug. 1st Pet of the Week!

All cats consider themselves deities, but Venus insists on making sure you know she’s worthy of worship! Venus is a beautiful steel-gray goddess—so beautiful, in fact, that no matter what trouble she gets into—and she will—she’ll be forgiven. Venus is only 4 months old and, unlike the famous statue, has all her limbs. She’s very friendly and will greet you on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A629129.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Biggie Smalls, July 24th Pet of the Week!

One look at this big boy’s face, and you might think “Whadda sourpuss!” But looks are deceiving. Biggie Smalls is a cuddly sweetie-pie of a kitty. He’s only 4 years old and needs a home fast. Biggie’s got a medical issue in the form of an abscess that needs attention. If you’re one of the special people whose heart goes out to animals who can have a future and only need the means, Biggie’s for you. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A628686.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Chuck, July 18th Pet of the Week!

Who’d think that this big, strong guy is only 2 ½ years old! Chuck is a chunk of love—a big “people person”! He’s good on a leash and has a personality as winning as that smile on his face. Meet Chuck at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A620435.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

New Pacific Visions Wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific is a Must-Visit this Summer!

The Aquarium of the Pacific expansion Pacific Visions, opened up this past May with inaugural exhibitions and programming. Pacific Visions, a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD, has a state-of-the-art immersive theater, exhibition space, an art gallery, and several new live animal exhibits. As the new focal point of the Aquarium, Pacific Visions provides a platform to integrate the arts and sciences and will offer visitors innovative ways to explore their impact on planet Earth and the ocean and how to reduce it.

Visitors enter Pacific Visions through a 2,800-square-foot art gallery. The inaugural art installation designed by Germany-based design company Convivial Studio immerses the visitor in sea life through a multi-channel video installation, spatial soundscapes, and sculptural relief walls enhanced with lighting.

I had the opportunity to visit and was quite impressed! This really is something every family should see this Summer!

The gallery also includes a large-scale relief walls made of silicon and polymer materials that imitate the different textures found on coral reefs, overlain with video projections. Through touch combined with an oceanic soundscape recorded by Tim Gordon and Dr. Stephen Simpson in the Coral Triangle Region, visitors are virtually immersed in a variety of underwater environments.

After passing through the art gallery, visitors move into a 2,600-square-foot gallery, which showcases an 18-foot-wide virtual waterfall with interactive elements that respond to movement. A 26-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall media wall features a film that introduces visitors to the history of life on Earth, the effects of humans on the planet’s biodiversity, and opportunities to turn the tide as the world’s population approaches 10 billion people in 2050. These resources will be further explored when visitors enter the two-story, 300-seat Honda Pacific Visions Theater.  

The state-of-the-art theater houses a 130-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall screen that curves in a 180-degree arc. The theater also features a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc, which will further immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment in a space designed to host media-rich performances, panel discussions, community meetings, and educational seminars. The Honda Pacific Visions Theater content is being developed by the Aquarium and Cortina Productions in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, storytellers, and digital artists. The inaugural film will bring the ocean planet to life with stunning high-resolution imagery, and a variety of special effects. The film will investigate human production and use of food, energy, and water as resources that are essential to life and help viewers imagine what creative innovations will help manage these resources for the world’s growing population in the future. The film presents opportunities for positive change and invites viewers to design a sustainable future for both humans and nature through personal and collective choices.

I really enjoyed watching the short and very educational film! It is great for all ages!

In Pacific Vision’s final 5,000-square-foot culmination gallery designed by Bowman Change Inc. with Cortina Productions, visitors will have an opportunity to envision the steps we can take to create a better planet through interactive game tables, displays, and live animal exhibits. Three interactive tables exploring food, energy, and water will be set throughout the space. These large multiplayer interactive tables highlight California’s ongoing efforts to create resource sustainability. A fast-paced cooperative game challenges visitors through a series of personal consumer choices and civic choices to make the resources supply sustainable and provide enough food, water, and energy for California’s growing population. As time advances, players must work together to manage the resources to meet society’s needs while protecting the environment.

In addition to the tables, the gallery features a 50-foot interactive wall, where an array of ocean imagery transports visitors beneath the waves. Marine life swims through the current of the oceanscape. Visitors engage with the content of the wall by gesturing, activating content to learn about stewardship of the ocean, climate change, and sustainability. The culmination gallery will also feature a tall population tower that shows the projected growth of California’s population, records the global population in real time, and shows the projected population out to 2050. It also explores ways to stabilize and then reduce the global population.

Pacific Visions forms a natural extension of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s existing facilities. Visitors move from Pacific Visions to the second floor of the main Aquarium building to continue to the educational exhibits and experiences well-known to Aquarium visitors since 1998. A Pacific Visions app designed by Artifact Technologies will enable visitors to remain connected and share the experience with friends and family.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the New Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific this Summer!

About the Pacific Visions Building

The Pacific Visions building is designed as a biomorphic structure that evokes the size, depth, variability, luminosity, and biological diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Complementing the Aquarium’s existing building, also designed by EHDD, Pacific Visions has a façade with over 800 individually shaped panels that respond to changing light and weather conditions throughout the day with varying colors to mirror the effect of sunlight rippling on the ocean’s surface. Having recently earned the distinctive Two Green Globes certification from the Green Globes® building rating system for demonstrating leadership in best practices regarding environmental efficiency, Pacific Visions’ sustainable design priorities include water and energy conservation, use of environmentally friendly materials, and greenhouse gas minimization.

About the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific Board of Directors adopted the institution’s Campus Master Plan in 2005. In 2008 the Aquarium opened its watershed exhibit, Premier Watershed classroom, and native garden area, now known as Our Water Future. In 2011 the Aquarium opened the Ocean Science Center, featuring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere® (SOS)—a 6-foot-diameter sphere representing Earth that displays animated images of the atmosphere, ocean, and continents using satellite and real-time NOAA and NASA system datasets for storytelling.

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Tentacles and Ink and FROGS: Dazzling & Disappearing exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium has won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. To learn more about Pacific Visions, visit aquariumofpacific.org.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to tour the Aquarium of the Pacific to facilitate this feature. Information was also provided. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Vicki, July 4th Pet of the Week!

Fireworks? Who cares about fireworks? Vicki is a mellow girl, and she prefers lounging around to any sort of holiday whoop-ti-do. She loves to snuggle and can often be found curled up into a small ball in our catio. She’s 3 years old and will be a lovely companion. Meet Vicki on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A628162.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration

Queen Mary’s Mega Fireworks Display Paints the Night Sky at 9 p.m. culminating the Royal Rendezvous with Cunard sistership, the Queen Elizabeth

Celebrate Independence Day aboard the historic RMS Queen Mary with an action-packed day at the Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The red, white, and blue ship-wide event offers multiple stages of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, carnival games, patriotic-themed food, razzle-dazzle drinks from multiple bars, a vintage aircraft flyover, and culminates with one of SoCal’s top 4th of July fireworks displays above America’s “shining seas.”

Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks and salons for a day of celebrations with live music performances, DJs, dueling pianos, dancing, and more! On the Verandah Deck, DJ Rod Epic will bring the house down with original mixes to get the dance party going, then guests can rock out to rock-interpretations of Crowd Theory as they continue the festivities with a mix of alternative, classic rock and modern pop.

Stroll into the Royal Salon to sing along with the crowd as the Traveling Keys Dueling Pianos light up and dazzle the stage, while the Kids Imagine Nation is sure to impress even the youngest of guests with a high-energy, interactive musical dance party. Attendees can kick-up their boots with DJ Coral and Morgan Leigh Band in the Queen’s Salon for some country fun, or visit the decks and ballrooms to marvel in patriotic strolling performances by both Cirque Berzerk and Love in the Fire, including themed magicians, holiday-inspired baton twirlers, and unicyclists.

Grab the kids for a full day of fun with strolling jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. The Kid Zone on the Sports Deck will offer inflatables for tons of bouncy fun and the sounds of Dj Mikey O, while down at the wharf, guests can play carnival games and try their hand at the dunk tank.

VIP ticket holders will have access to premium firework viewing and two exclusive areas, the Verandah Grill (VIP Lounge) and Britannia Salon. In the Britannia Salon VIP guests can sing along to classic songs as the American Bombshells perform a modern day twist on an All-American tribute to troops, veterans, families and friends alike. The party never stops for VIPs—guests can then put on their dancing shoes and watch in amazement as the Straytones show off their powerhouse vocals, shredding violin and high-energy acoustic rhythm to everyone’s favorite Motown and Oldies dance hits.

Above the Queen Mary, attendees will be treated to a breathtaking air-show by the flight team of John Collver and Brad Lang, both professional pilots with over 35 years’ experience. Together the two will salute Independence Day and demonstrate the sights and sounds of past generations in the WWll-era Marine Corps T-6 Texans.

Dubbed Southern California’s top 4th of July fireworks display, the 15-minute long mega fireworks show will culminate the festivities at 9 p.m. in sync to patriotic music. This year’s ship-wide celebration promises to be spectacular as the Cunard Line’s namesake Queen Elizabeth will greet the Queen Mary in the harbor for a “Royal Rendezvous” before the fireworks show. This reunion will mark the third time the sister ships have crossed paths since 1967; when the original Queen Elizabeth was still in commission.

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration will run from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $29 online for children ($39 day-of) and $49 online per adult ($59 day-of). The VIP-patriot pass is $119 ($129 day-of) for ages 4+ and includes festive party favors and additional access to the VIP Lounge, the Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Returns To Staples Center With First-Ever SoCal Arena Truck Back Flip Stunt


**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams
Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions
Driving Three Different Vehicles: Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters & ATVs**
 

After packed-crowd season of Monster Jam stadium events at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ will be revving through Downtown Los Angeles with another action-packed weekend of indoor arena events at STAPLES Center that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family!  New this year as a special fan bonus during Freestyle driving segments, one Monster Jam truck/driver will be attempting SoCal’s FIRST-EVER Monster Jam indoor arena-based truck back flip stunt!

Unlike other Monster Jam events seen in SoCal/Anaheim before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles:  the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs.  These extreme athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit – delivering what fans want to see the most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series world-class athletes vying to become champions will be:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Tyler Menninga  (2017 Triple Threat East Series champ)
  • Max-D® driven by Colton Eichelberger
  • El Toro Loco® driven by Armando Castro  (local Whittier hometown driver)
  • Soldier Fortune Black Ops driven by Tony Ochs
  • Scooby-Doo driven by Myranda Cozad
  • Megalodon® driven by Austin Minton
  • Zombie™ driven by Bari Musawwir
  • Monster Mutt® driven by Tanner Root (2019 season rookie)

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. 

WHEN:           Friday, July 12, 2019            

  • Event Time – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 13, 2019

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 14, 2019

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:         STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

TICKETS:      Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $25 each*

Tickets are now available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the venue Box Office.                  *ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

For more information on Monster Jam, please visit MonsterJam.com

Specific Staples Center event info can be found at

https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/los-angeles-ca/jul-12-2019-jul-14-2019 or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

Local Non-Profit A Window Between Worlds Celebrates the Healing Power of Art at 20th Annual ART IN THE AFTERNOON

Community arts festival packed with performances, hands-on art
experiences, games, activities, food and fun for all ages
Saturday, June 8 at EXPO Center Los Angeles *Tickets on Sale Now*

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), a Los Angeles based non-profit dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of trauma through hands-on healing arts programming, is proud to announce their 20th annual arts festival, Art in the Afternoon, taking place on Saturday, June 8 at the EXPO Center in Los Angeles from 12pm-4pm. Pre-sale tickets for this event are on sale now at awbw.org/aia and is open to all ages. Pre-sale prices range from $20-$55 with all proceeds benefiting the thousands of trauma survivors served each year by AWBW’s arts program. After May 1st, prices will range from $30-$85. Seven out of ten people experience trauma and creating art in a safe atmosphere is a powerful way to process these experiences,”says AWBW founder Cathy Salser. “Our program gives that opportunity to people across the country who wouldn’t otherwise have it, including over 11,000 in Los Angeles last year alone. Art in the Afternoon is a fun way to celebrate the power of creativity hands-on, while raising vital funds to support survivors in their healing journeys.” This year’s festival will be emceed by Wendy Burch, Emmy-winning journalist currently reporting for award-winning KTLA Morning News on Channel 5and her four-year old son Brady Burch. The viral tap group Syncopated Ladies will also appear on stage, along with popular interactive performances by Hoop It Up Kids and LA Dancefit. Admission includes multiple opportunities for festival goers to make their own art, including creating personalized tool kits, modeled after AWBW’s dynamic arts curriculum, to promote creativity and wellness in their daily lives and a special felt workshop hosted by Billy Kheel of NBC’s “Making It.” There will be fun-filled activities for all ages: face painting; flower crown making; a beer and wine garden; carnival games with prizes; a bounce slide; and an incredible silent auction. Tickets include delicious food from Panda Express, Corner Bakery and more. Additional sponsors include Books and Cookies, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Color Me Mine, Cristina Warfield Group, Imperfect Produce, Inner Flower Child Books, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Manly Handz Mobile Spa, ONEHOPE, PathWater, Power Crunch, Universal Studios Hollywood, Zooga Yoga and more. 
Art in the Afternoon, which is now attended by over 600 people, was launched in 1999 as a small gathering to fundraise for 58 programs then providing AWBW healing art workshops across the country. With the community’s continued support, AWBW has grown into a network of over 350 programs, more than 130 of which are here in Los Angeles.
“Art in the Afternoon is near and dear to my heart, as it was the first event I attended at AWBW many years ago,” says Jamie Escoto, Honorary Event Chair and AWBW Board Emeritus. “It’s amazing to reflect on how this event began in the courtyard of AWBW’s Venice Studios with a few art workshops and home-cooked food by volunteers, and now twenty years later, the whole community is coming together to create our most impactful day!”Art in the afternoon Saturday JUNE 8| 12P-4P @ EXPO CENTER3980 Bill Robertson Ln Los Angeles, CA 90037On Site Parking: Exposition Park- Lot 5S Park Dr, South Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90037Metro Stop: Expo Park/Vermont.

Art in the Afternoon. awbw.org. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com


For more information, sponsorship and tickets sales: awbw.org/aia | #ArtInTheAfternoonAbout A Window Between Worlds.A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Venice, CA. They collaborate with shelters, outreach centers, schools and other human service agencies across the country to incorporate art-making into existing services in an affordable and accessible way. AWBW trains and supports the staff at these partner organizations in facilitating a healing arts curriculum with those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma. Since 1991, over a quarter million adults and children have participated in AWBW art workshops. To learn more visit awbw.org and follow @awbworg

Credit:
AWBW. Images were also provided to post.