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.

Bubba, March 28th Pet of the Week!

Bubba is lubbable, huggable, and sometimes just plain silly and goofy! He likes to roll around on the grass and chase madly after a tennis ball. Bringing it back is quite another story—you’ll have to teach him that! It’s Pick a Pitty Week at the shelter, and you can pick your own adoption fee, but we think Bubba’s priceless! Meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A559488.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Pet Community Gathers at World’s Largest Pet Expo in Orange County, April 26-28, 2019! Update: Bring Your Dog!


A weekend full of animal education, innovation, pet entertainment, competitions and adoptions

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors. Animal entertainment, education, adoption, innovative products and nutrition all at the OC Fair & Event Center.

This year, the Pet Expo launches “The Lab” an interactive, hands-on “show within a show” where guests, exhibitors and pets can meet. “The Pet Expo is about connections, whether they be with fellow pet enthusiasts, or with the animals, says Courtney Harold, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development. “The Lab will be a central meet-up location for socializing, new product launches, demonstrations and pet education seminars.”  

The Pet Expo will also debut Kids’ Pet Care Course.Led by licensed dog trainers, Kid Camp isan immersive experience where kids age 6-12 can learn how to care for their pet and will Earn a responsible pet ownership certificate.  In 2018, there were more than 698 animal adoptions including dogs, cats – and even a few guinea pigs who found forever homes during the three-day event which drew approximately 50,000 attendees.

Coming this year to America’s Family Pet Expo is the Instagram sensation “Moshow the Cat Rapper” (@iAmMoshow), who boasts nearly 223K followers and more than 1M video views. Known for rapping about cat care and his passion for “cat ladies and cats,” he will be rapping on stage along with meet and greets at the TICA Cat Show twice daily, all weekend.

The “All-Star Stunt Dog Show” will be entertaining at the Pet Expo. Founded in 1999, the canine agility-show features high-flying, fearless and air-defying canines as they try to out-trick, flip and out jump one another.  Audiences will be mesmerized by their talent and boundless energy.

  The 2019 Expo will be the “Cat’s Meow” as the The Catit Playground and TICA, The International Cat Association, returns.  From rare breeds to household domestics, TICA will offer continuous opportunities for owners to showcase their prize-worthy felines for best in show categories. Alongside TICA, the Catit Playground will provide a
close-up view for guests to watch adorable adoptable cats and kittens and see how they interact with different toys and people. 


Returning favorites to the Pet Expo include Repticon, Reptile Show andSale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles in all shapes and sizes, such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest sponsored byTetra/Marineland.  Continuing this year is the America’s Family Pet Expo Hobbyist Aquascaping contest sponsored by FLUVAL.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs sponsored by CANIDAE will also be on hand offering a “splashing” good time as these dogs compete at dock jumping

There will also be the Butterfly Walk-Through, Police and Protection Dog Demonstrations, an Aquatic Touch Tank, Tortoise Petting Exjbit and The Free Flight Bird Show as added features.   

Doggie makeovers and pet adoptions will be handled onsite for those looking for that perfect animal addition to the family.  There will be hundreds of animals hoping to find their “fur-ever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

 “Our promise is to always be the at the forefront of trends, nutrition, and animal education,” said Harold.  “Looking ahead to the future, the America’s Family Pet Expo will continue to be the place for animal lovers of all ages to come together to connect and experience the best of pet ownership for generations to come.”

Exciting news from the America’s Family Pet Expo. Dogs are welcome (all weekend long!) with the purchase of a $10 admission ticket! Click https://www.petexpooc.org/bring-your-dog-to-pet-expo/  for more details!

More Information –


Dates & Ticket Prices
Friday, April 26-Sunday, Saturday, April 28

Advance online through April 25th – $16
April 26-28; box office sales only – $18
Seniors $14; Kids 6-12 $11; Kids 5 and under & Active & Retired Military (with valid ID)Free

Show hours & Location
Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $9.00 parking.

Please leave all pets at home!

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.PetExpoOC.org .  America’s Family Pet Expo is created, produced and managed by World Pet Association, Inc., a 69-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win a family 4 pack of tickets! To enter, simply leave a comment about why you would love to attend the event! It’s truly one of my favorite yearly events!  Deadline to enter is April 1st, 2019 at noon PST. 

One winner will randomly be selected. 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. SoCal City Kids received free tickets, images and information to facilitate this post.

From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond! DISNEY ON ICE presents WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT Coming to the Southland April 18–28, 2019

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 18th – 28th in Long Beach and Ontario.

Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice.  Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom.  The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room.  Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within.

Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best!  Then you’ll be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:           Thursday, April 18- Sunday, April 21

  • Thursday, April 18                      7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 19                              7:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 20                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 21                           11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:            Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $20 each!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.       

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

O N T A R I O

WHEN:           Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

  • Thursday, April 25                       7:00 PM
    • Friday, April 26                              7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 27                        11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 28                           1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE:            Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $20!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $15 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

                                Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000   or in-person at the venue Box Office.            

                                *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com

or follow us on these social media platforms:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce

Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #DareToDream

YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce

Instagram: @DisneyOnIce


Credit: Feld Entertainment. No compensation was received to post. 

      

Coffee, March 21st Pet of the Week!

Some people can’t start their day without coffee. Well, Coffee can’t start his day without people. This tan Chihuahua is only two years old and is mellow and loving. A perfect blend–you and Coffee. Meet him 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 Companion Animal Village.

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 48TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES

Gray whale calf breaching in front of Dana Point Harbor, seen during Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point, California

Whale watching, excursions, competitions, live music, educational programs, culinary offerings and family-friendly fun at Dana Point HarborMARCH 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2019 

Dana Point Harbor invites families to experience the 48th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 2-3 and 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy engaging activities including whale watching, first day Parade and street fair, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, Chowder Cook-Off, Ocean Awareness Day, delicious harbor eats, educational programs, and much more. Home to over 400,000 common dolphins and five species of whales, Dana Point is the “Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the near perfect conditions and enjoy exceptional whale watching year-round. Dana Point Harbor is the ideal location for whale watching with quick and easy accessibility to open ocean. Winter celebrates the Gray Whale and year-round regularly viewed whales include Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, and Minke Whales.Many believe Dana Point is a reference landmark for the whales and is famous as a gathering area. During their southern migration, they tend to hug the shore. This allows for visitors to approach the whales in a peaceful manner letting us make more intimate contact with them.
The Dana Point Festival of Whales, one of Southern California’s largest and longest running celebrations, offers two weekends of outdoor fun and will attract an estimated 50,000+ visitors. Festival highlights include an opening day parade, street fair, art and craft shows and sales, classic car exhibits, stand-up paddling and sailing opportunities, sand sculpting and chowder cook-off competitions, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, culinary delights, spirits/beer gardens, and whale watching excursions aboard a variety of vessels.The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. Attendees can view the parade from the side of Pacific Coast Highway between Selva Road and Street of the Golden Lantern, where onlookers can enjoy the parade featuring giant helium balloons, community organizations and more.
Whale watching excursions will depart every hour on the hour, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from the wharf during both festival weekends, offering views of majestic ocean life found off the coast of Dana Point. Prices and trip durations vary.Music has long been a highlight of the Festival and 2019 offers a new attraction, the Ocean Institute’s presentation of Whale Songs & Other Tails from the Opera: A Musical Event with Lyric Opera of Orange County on March 9 at 6 p.m. The performance is being hailed as an elegant evening of eclectic opera, featuring whale songs, cat calls, bird trills, and other operatic animal music, plus refreshments.
Additional family-friendly festivities happening throughout the Dana Point Festival of Whales include:
March 2, 3, 9, 10  Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale at the Harbor BoardwalkClassic Car & Boat Displays along the Harbor walkway Harbor Music Series in the Harbor CourtyardsMarine Mammal Lecture Series at Harpoon Henry’s
March 2    Festival of Whales Parade & Street FaireWhale of a Sand Sculpting Competition at Baby Beach 
March 3, 10  Kids Free Fishing Clinic & Free Fishing Trip at Dana Wharf Sportfishing 
March 3 Diamond Dig at Baby BeachOcean Awareness Day at Baby Beach
March 9  Cardboard Classic & Dinghy Dash at Baby BeachWhale of a Clam Chowder Cook-Off at Baby Beach Grassy area Captain Dave’s Under the Sea Eco Carnival
March 10   Concert on the Water at Baby Beach
Experience a variety of events and activities during the 48th Annual Festival of Whales. For more information and to view the full list of events visit www.FestivalofWhales.com and www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit:
Dana Point Harbor.

Pinners Conference & Expo California Comes to Ontario Convention Center The Pages of Pinterest Come to Life as the Largest Lifestyle Expo Connects Consumers, Retailers, Wholesalers, and Influencers Together

Friday, March 8 – Saturday, March 9, 2019
** Tickets On Sale Now **

For the first time in the Southland, the Ontario Convention Center will host Pinners Conference & Expo California, Friday and Saturday, March 8 – 9, 2019. Pinners Conference is a must-attend event where lifestyle experts connect with those who love to craft, cook, and create.  For two days, guests will have the opportunity to attend more than one hundred classes and presentations covering a variety of topics led by industry leaders.

 “Pinners Conference is the only DIY, cooking, crafting and style expo where the pages of Pinterest come to life,” said Roxanne Bennett, CEO.  “We connect consumers with the top influencers in their fields who offer the know-how needed to start (and finish!) any project.”

Originating as a women’s expo, with a few retail vendors, the idea of a Pinterest-inspired Expo was born. “We were inspired to provide a space for the “everyday” woman to be inspired, try something new, re-discover herself and be educated, as well as shop,” said Bennett.  “Our first Pinners Conference was in Salt Lake City in 2013. We have since expanded to six locations throughout the country, adding Texas and Arizona in 2016, Georgia in 2017, California and Minneapolis in 2018 and moving to Ontario, California for the first time in 2019.”

Expecting an estimated 10,000-15,000 attendees at the Ontario Convention Center, Pinners Conference showcases the best and brightest influencers in one forum to share their knowledge by offering classes that aren’t easily found at local craft stores, community colleges, or boutiques.  Retailers include Michael’s Crafts, Bee Kissed Caramels, Clover Needlecraft, Inc., Discovery Toys, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Jada Rose Jewelry, Matilda Jane Clothing, PB Creates, Petal Salad, She Shed Living, The Cat’s Meow Shop, and Verse Your Hair.          

“Pinners Conference is continually adapting to what is trending now. Whether that is the hottest trends in fashion and beauty, in home decor, DIY, cooking, fitness or crafting.”  said Bennett. “Our classes and exhibitors change every year based on what people are excited about now.” Want to learn the intricoes of Macrame or chalk painting? Enroll in Macrame Plant Hanging or Chalk Painting 101. Looking for a twist on flower arranging? Try Wood Floral Arrangements.  Discover the secret to creating a Japanese Kokedama, at the Kokedama String Garden Workshop. Other specialty classes include Handlettering, styling a customized gallery wall, sewing and quilting classes, photography workshops, party planning, food arts, beauty secrets to even designing a DIY wedding centerpiece.  


“Pinners Conference is truly about the experience. When consumers come, they get to pick and choose which classes they take or if they just want to shop and who they shop from,” said Bennett. “Guests can customize their most fun and creative weekend, ever. Someone might stop by the Michaels Crafts booth and create a free make-and-take before taking a class by a local artist to learn how to watercolor, then find their new favorite outfit from a local boutique.”

Advance registration is recommended (as classes do sellout) however spots are available for walk-ins the day of the event. 

“Come with your friends as a girl’s weekend, or make it day for yourself,” said Bennett. “Our guests are always amazed after trying just one class or buying that something special, they’ve discovered a love for something new!”

Where

Ontario Convention Center

2000 East Convention Center Way

Ontario, CA 91764


Pinners Conference & Expo California
For the latest information, and to purchase tickets visit https://ca.pinnersconference.com  


Admission

  • General (exhibits and shopping) – $8
  • Class passes (includes admission) – $19 to $49
  • VIP Pass $129
  • BLOG50  – applies to general admission tickets and will give 50% off.
  • PINNERS10  – receive 10% off on VIP or class pass tickets.

Information

  • Many classes will have optional kits to purchase upon enrolling


Hours

  • Friday, March 8th, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win
4 general admission tickets (value $32). To enter leave a comment below telling us which class you are most excited about! Deadline to enter is February 22nd, 2019 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected.

Self Disclosure: I received free admission to attend the event and images and press information was provided for posting.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Pig” Starting February 2nd Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood ushers in the “Year of the Pig” as the movie-based theme park celebrates Lunar New Year with uniquely-themed programs featuring beloved global pop icon Hello KittyDreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress and a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON from Saturday, February 2 to Sunday, February 17, 2019.

This spectacularly-themed Lunar New Year tradition will take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park.  Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.

The centerpiece of the Lunar New Year festivities will feature DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The energetic experience is designed to engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature seasoned animators teaching guests techniques to draw Po and the Furious Five as keepsake mementos.

DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop is back by popular demand to serve up delicious culturally-themed food such as Po’s Dumplings, Dragon Warrior Bao, Oogway Eggrolls and Secret Ingredient Stir Fry Noodles. Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos.

Beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, created by the global lifestyle brand Sanrio, will further complement this year’s Lunar New Year celebration when she steps out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially-designed Lunar New Year attire.  Hello Kitty will be available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store.

Keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year tradition, a Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON will greet guests at the entry of the festivities. The imposing 12-foot-tall robot leader of the DECEPTICONS will interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real time conversation reflective of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme parks’ popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will also join the festivities, stepping out in style and dressed up in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

Uniquely themed experiences offered in Mandarin include the theme park’s signature Studio Tour and the exclusive VIP Experience, both of which provide two distinctive and revealing looks at an authentic movie and television studio.  Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides both opportunities provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world.  In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guests can continue their Lunar New Year celebration at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen, serving freshly prepared authentic Italian fare in a newly designed modern setting, also invites guests to toast the “Year of the Pig” offering its haute cuisine menu in several languages, including Mandarin.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun all year long for $139 when purchased online.  Details and restrictions available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Mandarin-speaking guests can learn more about the Lunar New Year event at www.ush.cn.  Information is also available on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Weibo @好莱坞环球影城.

Credit: Universal Studios.