Caeser, June 7 Pet of the Week


Caeser (that’s how he spells his name) is only 2 years old and has spent nearly half his life in our shelter. He’s been here since September 2023. He’s affectionate toward people and particularly enjoys sitting on the shelter bench with his favorite volunteers, which include every one that he meets. Caeser takes treats gently—he’s a bit rougher on his stuffie toys—and walks well on a leash. He likes playtime but is medium energy. He’d be great in a calm home environment. Caeser deserves his salad days—can you serve them up? Speed the process to adopt or foster Caeser or any of our other pets by emailing or You can also call (562) 570-4925. Our shelter hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors. Ask for ID#A706758.

Spectacular Firework Show and Full Day of Entertainment at The Queen Mary in Long Beach for an All-American 4th of July Celebration  

Photo Credit: The Queen Mary

Let freedom ring and celebrate an all-American 4th of July aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, games, dancing, a WWII aircraft flyover and more on Thursday, July 4 from 3 – 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s top 4th of July fireworks displays above one of America’s “shining seas.”

“As we commemorate Independence Day, we are thrilled to invite families and friends aboard the Queen Mary for a day filled with joy, entertainment, and patriotism,” said Steve Caloca, Managing Director of the Queen Mary. “Our aim is to create unforgettable memories and a sense of community as we honor this important day in our nation’s history. I am particularly excited for the fireworks show, which will be synced to music for a truly special moment.”

Independence Day revelers will voyage throughout the Queen Mary’s many decks, ballrooms, and salons for a day of multiple celebrations with live music performances, DJs, line dancing, strolling performers, dancers, and more! In the Grand Salon, five-piece country band Kelly Rae will have everyone kick-ing up their boots for some country fun with live music and line dancing. Stroll into the Queen’s Salon for performances by Swing Cats Lil Big Band Ft. Swing Kittens, Hollywood Hotshots, and join in the fun with swing dance lessons. Put your singing skills to the test with Rock Heroes Video Karaoke in the Royal Salon, or head to the Observation Bar for some toe tapping good tunes by the Jazz Trio. 

Grab the kids and be greeted by a full afternoon of fun on the Promenade Deck with strolling performers and family-friendly fun with jugglers, magicians, balloon twisters, face painters and performances by the Barbershop Quartet. The Sports Deck will be jam-packed with kids activities and games like water balloon toss, limbo, corn hole, and more.

Above the Queen Mary, attendees will be treated to a spectacular air-show by the Flight Team of John Collver, professional pilot, and Brad Lang, professional pilot and airline captain. Together the two will demonstrate the sights and sounds of past generations in salute to Independence Day in the WWll era Marine Corps T-6 Texans.

As the sun sets, experience SoCal’s most spectacular fireworks show, lighting up the night sky for 15-minutes with vibrant colors and paired to themed music. Dubbed Southern California’s top 4th of July fireworks display, the breathtaking fireworks show will culminate the red, white, and blue festivities at 9 p.m. off the stern of the ship in sync to patriotic music.

VIP ticket holders will have access to premium firework viewing on the Vista Deck and two exclusive VIP-only parties in the Verandah Grill and Britannia Salon. Dance the night away while enjoying the funky sounds of Indie Rock band Miguel the Band in the Britannia Salon and the Verandah Grill will invite VIP guests to a shaded area with exclusive bar and lounge. 

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration runs from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets start at $35 online for children and $55 online per adult. The VIP admission is $125 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Verandah Grill, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available. Cabanas are available for reservation and will grant access to the Capstan Deck.

For more information on the Queen Mary visit, or connect with us on social @TheQueenMary.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Panda Bear, May 31 Pet of the Week


Panda Bear and his brother were found in an apartment after their owner was evicted and left them behind. They were shy and overwhelmed at first by the drastic change in their living conditions, but they came around. Panda Bear’s brother got adopted, but this beautiful, sweet guy is still waiting for his forever pad. He’s only 3 years old and should spend his life in a secure home. Meanwhile, he’s become content to hold sway in the Catio—one of the volunteers said that he thinks he owns the place—and stalks his toys like a mighty hunter on the savannah and then basks in the sunligiht and receives his due of gentle forehead and chin scritches. He’s the purrfect companion for humans and friendly cats! To adopt or foster Panda Bear, email to speed the process, or call (562) 570-7387. Better yet, meet him in person at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, at entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). Visiting hours are Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Ask for ID#A717991/

Check out the video!

Dylan, May 24 Pet of the Week


Dylan is a smart, goofy German shepherd/Shiba Inu mix. He’s only a year old, and already, his fate is blowin’ in the wind. Dylan has been at Long Beach Animal Care Services since February, when a Good Samaritan brought him to a shelter after taking him from someone in an alleyway. Dylan seemed to have had few caring humans around him—he avoided physical handling and disliked restraint. But LBACS volunteers came through as always, and Dylan made new human and canine buddies. He’s participated happily in doggy play groups and does well with experienced handlers. But he never got used to shelter life—his anxiety and stress have increased from being inside a kennel. Dylan needs an experienced adopter or foster to save his life and keep him from knockin’ on Heaven’s door. Speed the process to adopt or foster Dylan or any of our other pets by emailing or You can also call (562) 570-4925. Our shelter hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors. Ask for ID#A714723.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach Debuts First-Ever Summer Event Series, Starting May 3rd

I’m sooo excited to share this news!

 The Nation’s most historic maritime icon, The RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Event Series, set to kick-off May 3rd through June 2024. Packed with an exciting array of entertainment from captivating monthly Movie Nights to the Night Market, refreshing Margaritas on the Mary, and more, The Queen Mary’s Summer Event Series promises to be a highlight of the season in Southern California.

“We are thrilled to launch our Summer Event Series, featuring fun experiences such as the Night Market alongside some exciting new offerings designed for families of every generation,” expressed Steve Caloca, Managing Director of the Queen Mary. “With an action-packed lineup of activities and entertainment, we’re hoping everyone will come aboard and join us for an unforgettable summer at The Queen Mary.”

Kicking-off the Summer Series is Margaritas on the Mary on Friday, May 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Indulge in $3 tacos and sip on refreshing signature margaritas while soaking in the scenic views from The Ship’s historic decks. Plus, groove to the beats of a live music performance of steel drums by Banana Bunch. Complimentary ship admission included with reservation. Reservations are required and can be made here: Margaritas on the Mary

Each month starting on Thursday, May 9th, grab your favorite shopping buddy and head to The Queen Mary’s Night Market! Back by popular demand, indulge in dishes from local food trucks and various chefs, shop at pop-up small business boutiques, unwind at the beer garden, and groove to live music from local artists and bands. Perfect for a family night out, date night, or hangout destination with friends of all ages. Vendors interested in participating can email: Reservations are required and can be made here: Queen Mary’s Night Market

Enjoy family-friendly fun under the Long Beach starry night sky with The Queen Mary Movie Nights, featuring themed movie screenings all summer long. Pack up your loved ones, a lawn chair, blankets, and your favorite movie snacks for screenings once a month from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm with the historic ship as the movie back-drop. Want to make the night extra special? Upgrade to the Date Night Package for $79, which includes a bottle of champagne, assorted small snacks, and reserved couch seating.” The series begins on International Day of Families, May 15, with Disney’s Coco. Monthly screenings include Coco (May 15), Barbie (June 12), Little Giants (July 17), Wakanda Forever (August 21), and Wonka (September 18). Reservations are required and can be made here: Queen Mary’s Movie Nights

Starting May 1st, The Queen Mary will extend its hours for summer, with tours and exhibits open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Guests can enjoy classic tours like the Glory Days tour (offered in English and in Spanish), Royal VIP Tour and Afternoon Tea, Hollywood Tour, Haunted Encounters Tour, and more.

In addition to the Summer Series, visitors can experience a season fit for royalty with events like The Stargazer Supper Club on May 16th where guests can travel back in time to 1955 to tunes from Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra with dinner and a live performance from a 7-piece band. 

Come aboard for the Meet Me at the Mary Series in the Observation Bar for weekly Happy Hour on Tuesdays with live music and dance lessons and sing along during Karaoke Wednesdays. Every Thursday is KJAZZ Night at the OB, and guests can end their weekend with Sunday Night Live Music. Don’t miss the monthly Studio 534 Disco Party kicking-off on May 11th. 

Celebrate the pinnacle of summer aboard The Queen Mary with the All-American 4th of July extravaganza! The day promises delicious food, great entertainment, family games, activities, and a World War II aircraft flyover. As the sun sets, experience SoCal’s most spectacular fireworks show, lighting up the night sky for 15-minutes with vibrant colors and paired to themed music. More information to be announced soon.

The Queen Mary’s Summer Event Series is a testament to the ship’s ongoing commitment to providing unforgettable experiences for visitors from near and far. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a good time, the Queen Mary’s summer events, programming, and tours promise to deliver an unparalleled summer experience.

For a full calendar of What’s On Deck visit For more information on the Queen Mary visit, or connect with us on social @TheQueenMary.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Shade, April 5 Pet of the Week

soooooooo cute!

Sure, Easter was last Sunday, but we thought you’d like to see how tolerant a cat, of all people, can be of being dressed up. Shade, a handsome 10-year-old boy, came in as a stray in July and immediately captured the hearts of the staff and volunteers with his friendly demeanor and laid-back “cat-itude.” He scored a foster home for a few weeks and made himself comfortable in a home with young children! He wasn’t much into toys—he preferred lounging on the couch and supervising his foster mom’s work by lying on it. He also had perfect litterbox manners. You know, you never appreciate the sunshine as much as when you have a little Shade for contrast. Bring some warmth into both your lives by meeting Shade and taking him home. To adopt or foster Shade, email to speed the process, or call (562) 570-7387. Ask for ID#A702540. Better yet, come meet her and all the other cats in person at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Visitors are welcome Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

My New Favorite Place For Tea!

Racer Tea Bar in the South Bay (Redondo Beach)

I’ve always been a big fan of tea but thought I preferred coffee until I found out about the Racer Tea Bar. Someone I met on a dating app actually told me about the place. That definitely didn’t work out (the date) but I checked out the place a couple of months ago and have been hooked ever since! I’ve tried a few of the tea lattes and prefer The Rocker and The Greaser. My new favorite is the Peppermint Greaser! Oh my! It tastes like an Andes Mint in a cup! I don’t even know how that is possible but they also have a Bananrama that tastes like a banana nut muffin in a cup.

This is sooooo good!

I also found the story of how this place all started quite intriguing! It all started with a 1975 Dodge Van that the owner (Chad Webber) was serving tea from during the pandemic, the middle of 2020. He had a passion for making tea after a trip to Southeast Asia and wanted to share that experience with others! For 2 years he drove all over LA serving his creative tea lattes and on December 23, 2021 they opened their first brick-and-mortar! So far it’s going great and they have uncovered so many tea lovers and have even made those who thought they disliked tea, love it! It’s a tea revolution! Here is a video made prior to their opening of the store in Redondo Beach.

I also recently learned that they have live music there on Saturday evenings (which I will be checking out soon and will report back!)

The Racer Tea Bar will be having live Jazz this Saturday night and will be introducing Mock Tails!
These do sound delicious!

This is a place you will have to check out this holiday season! If you love Tea…’s a must-try! If you don’t love Tea….this place definitely could change your mind! They also have the best protein balls and scones and yes, I’ve tried them both. Actually, I can’t go in there without buying the protein balls. The crew there are super friendly and I have to give a shout-out to Drew & Leila!

Now, if I can only find a dating app that rocks like this place! 😉

Happy Holidays!


Immersive Light Experience Features Mesmerizing Installations
of More Than a Million Dazzling Lights 

Back by popular demand, internationally acclaimed “LIGHTSCAPEpresented by U.S. Bank”returns to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden for its third year selected nights from November 17, 2023 through January 2, 2024.  Reimagined brighter and bolder for 2023, this after-dark, illuminated trail spans one mile and features spectacular sights with eye-catching artistic installations that come alive at night with color, imagination, and sound. Lightscape is a family-friendly walking event that celebrates the sparkle of the holiday season and helps commemorate the Arboretum’s 75th anniversary. Visit to purchase tickets. Lightscape’s magical pathways shimmer with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights used in various creations designed to highlight the natural grandeur of the Arboretum grounds. Installations include returning favorites Winter Cathedral’s heavenly arch tunnel and Fire Garden’s dynamic glowing blazes. New installations include Feast of Light’s glittering suspended beaded curtains, Dancing Palms’ rows of radiant swaying trees, Snowflake Avenue’s fanciful feathery ice crystals, Flower Lawn’s beautiful blooms towering over 10 feet in the air, along with twelve additional dazzling activations. Take a sneak peek HERE. In the days leading up to Christmas, Lightscape boasts visits from Santa Claus on designated Santa Nights: December 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 & 23. Mr. Claus will greet families and pose for photos where guests can use their own devices to capture cost-free memories with Santa. Visitors will revel nightly in holiday cheer as Michael Bublé classics “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Cold December Night” along with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s merry rock symphonies “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24” and “Wizards in Winter” among other spirited tunes will fill the air. Check out the music featured in Lightscape HERE.

“I’m so excited to welcome everyone to our signature holiday light show, Lightscape! We have pulled out all the stops this year to deliver an incredible multi-media experience unlike any other holiday event,” says Michael Desplaines, CEO of Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. “Lightscape is sure to entertain kids of all ages. We can’t wait to see you here!”

“At U.S. Bank, our North Star is powering the potential of our clients and communities, and a big piece of that is helping consumers and business owners get back to what matters most – creating lasting memories with friends and family,” said Sekou Kaalund, Head of Branch & Small Business Banking for U.S. Bank. “We are excited to partner with the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden to bring Lightscape back for a third consecutive year and hope it plays a small part in brightening your holiday season.”In addition to the acres of extraordinarily photogenic visually luminous backdrops, Lightscape will also quench your palate. Multiple food trucks offering a wide variety of delicious fare will be stationed around the Arboretum’s famous Bauer Fountain and three full-service bars featuring specialty Lightscape cocktails will pepper the property. Plus, Lightscape will have two pop-up shops selling child-friendly glow-in-the dark items, traditional holiday gifts and more. Lightscape was conceived and designed by a core team of 12 visionaries from around the world. A full-time team of 21 local electricians, carpenters, and artists with help from an auxiliary team of 40 vendors and specialists takes 20 days to install the illuminated trail. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens together with Sony Music and Culture Creative produce Lightscape in Los Angeles. Year after year, Lightscape has amazed millions of people with similar shows in multiple locations across the U.S., U.K., and Australia. 


About the L.A. Arboretum:This year marks the 75th anniversary for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Over seven decades of visitors have enjoyed the 127 acres of plants, natural landscapes and historic architecture along with its collection of 10,000 trees and plants from around the world. The grounds transport guests to exotic lands while Baldwin Lake and structures from the 1880s celebrate California history. The Arboretum has been a popular location site for Hollywood productions that have included the 1930s “Tarzan” movies, TV episodes of “Dallas,” “Wonder Woman,” “Six Million Dollar Man,” “Hart To Hart,” “The Fall Guy,” Dynasty,” the original “Fantasy Island” series and Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video. The Arboretum is also a resource for environmental stewardship and education for visiting schools from across L.A. County.  The Arboretum is located at 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

About Sony Music:Sony Music has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for ten years. Each trail is carefully designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location. There are currently 30 trails across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia within the My Christmas Trails and Lightscape portfolios. The chosen partners for national and international heritage brands such as The National Trust; Forestry England; and work with a number of prestigious venues, including Blenheim Palace; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Chicago Botanic Garden; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, San Antonio Botanical Garden; The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney; and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Learn more at

About Culture Creative:Culture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the UK. The company works across a wide range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals, and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013 Culture Creative has worked closely with Sony Music to create illuminated trails in various venues across the UK and overseas. Learn more at
About U.S. Bank:U.S. Bancorp, with approximately 77,000 employees and $681 billion in assets as of June 30, 2023, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. The Minneapolis-based company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses: Consumer and Business Banking; Payment Services; Corporate and Commercial Banking; and Wealth Management and Investment Services. Union Bank, consisting primarily of retail banking branches on the West Coast, joined U.S. Bancorp in 2022. The company has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, social responsibility, and customer service, including being named one of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies and Fortune’s most admired superregional bank. Learn more at