Scarium of the Pacific: Spooktacular Halloween fun for the whole family! Giveaway Opportunity!

Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and underwater pumpkin carving at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright.

Dive into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the twentieth annual Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can look for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean.

The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, and otherworldly animals in the Great Hall.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 26-27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

COST:  Included with general admission$34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), $24.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

INFO:   (562) 590-3100 or http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/scarium_of_the_pacific /

Mobile-print coupon for FREE Admission for Child in Costume with coupon! Up to 11 years old. Regular $24.95!

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest4

We have teamed up for a fantastic Giveaway! One lucky winner will win a Family 4 Pack of tickets good for either Saturday or Sunday of the event. But, they will also win a $25 gift card to Islands Restaurants!  The gift cards are provided by Islands Restaurants at The Pike Outlets located just across the street from the Aquarium, but can be redeemed at any Islands Restaurant. See https://www.islandsrestaurants.com for locations. To enter, leave a comment below telling us whay you would love to attend this event! The deadline to enter is October 23rd, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected!

Self Disclosure: Information and images provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific. Gift card courtesy of Islands Restaurants. SoCal City Kids will randomly select the winner.

The Shnoze, Oct. 10th Pet of the Week!

They call ’im The Schnoze. He’s a cool character—he told us that he was the understudy for Sparky in Frankenweenie, but that’s nonsense—the movie came out in 2012 and the little guy’s only 3! The real mystery is how such an easygoing, people-lovin’ bull terrier wound up as a stray! With a face and a personality like that, you’d better come quick to get him! Meet The Schnoze at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A634164.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

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

“BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO” Begins October 5th with New Shows, Animal Activities and VIP Experiences, every weekend in October!

Photo Credit: Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association
Jamie Pham, Photographer
Halloween Month Brings New Interactive Activities, Animal Feedings, Kids Shows, Festive Fall Photo Ops, Trick-or-Treating and Other Fang-tastic Fun at the L.A. Zoo, Weekends in October

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” kicks off October 5 with frightfully fun – and free! – celebrations involving some of the Zoo’s creepiest and most fearsome residents. Every weekend in October, Zoo guests will enjoy Halloween animal encounters and pumpkin feedings, along with spine-tingling interactive kids shows, a spirited pumpkin patch and hay maze, spooky crafts for kids, plenty of fall photo ops, and more.  Costumes are encouraged all month long.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” is free with paid admission and runs weekends-only in October.
Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27.  Halloween activities, shows and animal feedings take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the last two weekends in October, additional trick-or-treat candy stations will be added throughout the grounds. Trick-or-Treating Dates: October 19 and 20 and October 26 and 27.  Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, “Boo at the L.A. Zoo” trick-or-treating is free with paid Zoo admission.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $22 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $19 for seniors (ages 62+), and $17 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) members is free.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” 2019 Event Details
Weekend-Only Dates: Oct 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

  • Spooky Stroll – Enter, if you dare, and discover Halloween games, a mini pumpkin patch, frightfully Boo-tiful photo ops, and more. Visit the Endangered Animal Graveyard to honor dearly departed species and learn how you can help save at-risk wildlife today.
  • Mystery Maze – Find your way through this cool hay-bale labyrinth and try to avoid “dead” ends.
  • Boo Bird Show – Witness fascinating behaviors of some of nature’s most mysterious and misunderstood flying fauna – owls and vultures – at a special Halloween edition of our popular World of Birds Show at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Schedule subject to change due to weather.
  • Animals & Boo – Get up close to creepy critters – so close, in fact, you may even get to touch them at 10: 45, 11:45 a.m., with an additional show at 12:45 p.m. on weekend days.
  • The LAIR – Come face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards. No decorations required for this goose bump-inducing excursion! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour – Explore the Zoo to find wacky, creepy, or funny facts about some of your favorite animals and those that might be new to you.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” Shows, Activities and Animal Feeding Schedule

  • 11:30am and 1:30pm – Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie Puppet Show – Help a lonely mad scientist create the ultimate trick-or-treating buddy by combining animal “superpowers.” Performances in Adventure Theater at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • 3pm – “Spooktacular Science” Show – Discover bubbling potions, a hovercraft-powered ghost, and more fun surprises in a mad scientist’s bustling lab. Performances in Adventure Theater at 3 p.m.
  • Green-Screen Photo Booth – Get a snap of yourself among some of our most Halloween-y critters.
  • Creature Craft – Bring a toilet paper roll from home to create your own cute-and-creepy bat. (Toilet paper roll suggested, not required, for participation.)
  • Fearsome Feedings & Creature Treats – Watch as our animal residents enjoy seasonal treats all their own. See animal feeding schedule here, details subject to change. Warning: Includes carcass feedings; parental discretion is advised.

“Boo at the L.A. Zoo” VIP Experiences

  • Trick-or-Treating Weekends are October 19-20 and 26-27 Only – Free with admission. Costumes are encouraged. Families will find treat stations throughout the Zoo, with candy, treats and bags courtesy of 99 Cents Only Stores. Available while supplies last.
  • “Boo” Creature Camp Out, Oct 26 – 27 – Back by popular demand, this spine-tingling overnight adventure includes Griffith Park ghost stories, meals, themed activities, and animal fun; plus Sunday daytime admission to the Zoo, so families can enjoy trick-or-treating on October 28. Additional fee and advance registration required. Space is limited. Click here to buy tickets here.
  • Boo at the L.A. Zoo Upper-Level Members Preview, Oct 26 (Saturday), 8:30 – 10 a.m. – Zoo members at the Family Deluxe level and above have the opportunity to experience Boo at the L.A. Zoo before the Zoo opens to the public, with exclusive shows and animal experiences. To RSVP for this exclusive morning event or upgrade your support in order to attend, please phone 323-644-4770.

Learn more at LAZoo.org/Boo

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.



Charger, Oct. 3rd Pet of the Week!

Charger, a beautiful 5-year-old glossy, black fellow is a good way to start the scary season off with. His human passed away and left him to haunt the shelter. He’d be a great cat for Halloween—he doesn’t even need a costume, and he can help you pass out candy mainly by knocking it on the floor. Charger does want to remind you, though, that he’s a flesh-and-blood cat and not just a symbol—he needs security, love and a forever home, haunted or not. You can meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A629137.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Ruby, Sept. 26th Pet of the Week!

Ruby, you’re like a dreeeeeaaam…actually, Ruby has dreams, too. Her most vivid one is a home with people to play with and faces and hands to lick. Ruby’s 9 years old, but she runs and plays like a girl half her age. She’s a happy family-type dog who’d love to meet you at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A521562.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: The P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Del Amo Fashion Center: Fun September Events that you don’t want to miss!

Looking for a couple of things to do this month? Here are two events at the local Del Amo Fashion Center that are sure to be fun for the family!

Summer Music Series

Outdoor Village

Saturday, Sept. 14

2 to 4 p.m.

Del Amo Fashion Center’s Summer Music Series is back for the third time this summer. Visit the Outdoor Village for a free concert, lawn games, food sampling, giveaways and more. This month’s featured artist is Amy May.

Panana Night Market

Parking lot across from AMC

Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15

4 to 11 p.m.

Sample Asian street foods at Panana Night Market. This will be the first Night Market held in Torrance. In addition to a wide variety (over 100 to be exact) of food vendors, attendees will be able to enjoy live performances, games and more. A $5 entry fee is required for this event.

Credit: Del Amo Fashion Center.

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.

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.