Nora, Ezra, and Koda, Dec. 9th Pets of the Week

These three little kittens have a lot more on their minds than mittens. They have been working hard on their initial bashfulness so that they’ll be friendly, cuddly, playful, and ready for their new home, or homes! And they are! Actually, boys Ezra (brown tabby scrunched up in back) and Koda (flame-point Siamese-type on right) and their sister, Nora (silver tabby on left), are 8 months old and are not so little anymore, but they’re still kittens and have a lot of years to spend playing with and purring for loving humans. Shelter adoptions are conducted through appointment, so contact to meet the three not-so-little kittens. Ask for ID#A662263 for Nora, ID#A662265 for Ezra and ID#A662264 for Koda.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Hunter, Dec. 2nd Pet of the Week

Here’s Hunter, all leashed up and ready to go! Not hunting, of course, as he isn’t a hunter at all, but for a walk, after which he’ll lie on his side and gladly suffer an extended belly rub. Hunter’s just 2 years old and loves to be with humans. He’s also doing great with dog reactivity, on which the volunteers work with him daily. If you think that a German shepherd is not lap-dog material, think again! Adoptions are now conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email to meet Hunter. Ask for ID#A665323.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Nina, Thanksgiving Day Pet of the Week

Nina looks as if she’s saying, “Thanksgiving weekend is no time for a kitten to be in a shelter kennel!” Nina’s looking for love, empathy and a loving, forever family, and she won’t say no to a plateful of healthy leftovers (no fruitcake, please, she emphasizes). Nina is under a year old and has been at Long Beach Animal Care Services since June. She’s one of the shelter’s adoptables who don’t fit the cuddly and friendly blueprint. She isn’t hostile—she’ll approach people gladly, but she’s afraid to be touched. She needs an adopter who’s willing to accept her for who she is now and work with her to attain her happy housecat state of mind. Do you have a forever place for this beauty? If so, adoptions and fosters are conducted through appointment, so contact to meet Nina. Ask for ID#A658641.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)


Cozy Collection Includes Fleece Blanket & $30 in Rubio’s Meal Cards

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is offering a limited-edition “Spreading Taco Cheer” holiday gift box, specially curated for the ultimate taco fan. Available beginning on Black Friday, November 26, boxes can be purchased at Each gift box is $49.99, plus tax & shipping, (valued at $120), and features a unique collection of hand-selected items, perfect for a tacos & chill night this holiday season. The box includes:

·      $30 in Rubio’s free entrée cards, redeemable at any Rubio’s location

·      A 50″ x 60″ fleece blanket

·      Beanie with custom-embroidered taco

·       Lined, 5″ x 7″ notebook  

·      18-oz mug, perfect for sipping cocoa

·      Exclusive dessert taco recipe card, created by Rubio’s culinary team

“Last year’s gift box sold out in 24 hours,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “This year,  we’ve created the ultimate box for taco fans and expect the boxes to go quickly. Our “Spreading Taco Cheer” box is filled with specially curated items to send holiday warmth and good vibes to family and friends this holiday season.”

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit RubiosFacebook and Instagram.

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Magic of Lights Illuminates Angel Stadium this Holiday Season

For the First Time, Angel Stadium to host a dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience

Nov. 19 through Dec. 26

Special “Affordable for All” Holiday Pricing – One Carload, One Price, Starting at $25.

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, October 22 –

This holiday season will be brighter, bolder and more colorful as the Angel Stadium parking lot is transformed into a vibrant drive-through, holiday themed light display starting Friday, November 19 through Sunday, December 26. Tickets for this event go on sale Friday, October 22 at 10am.

Produced by FunGuys Events, “Magic of Lights” will make its Southern California debut at the home of the Los Angeles Angels, featuring dozens of displays, illuminated canopies, and digital animation, all constructed with thousands of individual LED lights, which will take place in the Angel Stadium parking lot.

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy the tour’s brand-new displays including Prehistoric Christmas, Big Foot Monster Trucks and the Snow Flurry Tunnel, as well as Magic of Lights favorites including the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland and the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. Created with nearly one million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive experience for guests of all ages.

Magic of Lights shines daily from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 26. Tickets for this festive holiday event are on sale now and can be purchased for an assigned date starting at just $25 per vehicle. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets must be purchased online in advance and will not be available for purchase at the gate.  



Angel Stadium has been home to the Los Angeles Angels for 56 seasons. As baseball’s fourth-oldest ballpark, trailing only Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, it has hosted seven American League Division Series (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014), six American League Championship Series (1979, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2005 and 2009) and the 2002 World Series, as well as the 1967, 1989 and 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. In addition, Angel Stadium has hosted various events including AMA Supercross and Monster Jam, as well as the concerts for U2, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Chance the Rapper.


A division of FunGuys LLC, based in Ohio, whose principals include Ken Hudgens, Tim Murray, Eric Cole, and Grant Reeves. Hudgens, Murray and Cole each have decades of experience at Live Nation® and Feld Entertainment® as top executives in the Motor Sports divisions, with Reeves as the owner, producer and promoter of DockDogs®, Upbeat K9® and other internationally touring entertainment properties for more than 20 years.

Trick-or-Treating at Boo at the L.A. Zoo

Presenting Sponsor 99 Cents Only Stores is Providing Wildlife-Friendly Candy and Free Treat Bags for Trick-or-Treating Weekends at the Zoo.

The Los Angeles Zoo is dialing up the fun for the last two weekends of its monthlong Halloween celebration, with trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo Oct. 23–24 and 30–31 (while supplies last). All event activities are FREE with paid admission.  

Halloween decor, a spooky stroll, boo-tiful pumpkin patch photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and weird and wacky animal facts await guests daily. The final two weekends include special animal feedings, live shows in Adventure Theater – “AbracaZoo! Magic” at 11:30 a.m. and “Spooktacular Science” at 2:30 p.m. – creepy spider web kits at its Craft Station (while supplies last), and more hair-raising fun.

Animal Pumpkin Feedings

Oct. 23
Hippos 11:30 a.m.
Aldabra tortoise in the South America section at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 24
Howler monkeys in Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Red River hogs at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 30
Peccaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 31
Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Elephants at 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about this spooktacular event, please visit

WHEN:  Daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with trick-or-treating and other special entertainment and activities on Oct. 23-24 and 30-31

WHERE:  Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca. 90027 

COST:  Activities are included with the purchase of admission

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Looking for wholesome healthy food options? Urban Plates is the place to go!

I recently had the opportunity to review a place I had never been to before and I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the food was! (The customer service was also wonderful and I have to give kudos to the General Manager, Dean!) Have you been to Urban Plates, yet? I had heard of it but had never been so I was very happy to check out the location in Torrance. They have a great variety of choices to choose from. It was actually tough to make a choice. But, I tried the Grilled Sustainable Salmon plate with Cauliflower & Vegetable Rice and the Roasted Brussels Sprouts. They are both delicious!

Salmon Plate

My friend who went with me even tried the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with turkey bacon and she does not like Brussels Sprouts but she liked them! If you aren’t into seafood, no worries because they have so many other choices. One of the steak plates was a hit with my friend.

The mission of Urban Plates is to have a profoundly positive impact on the way the world eats by making craveable, wholesome, and clean food accessible to all. I think that is a pretty good mission! But, back to the food…we also tried the Moroccan Chicken Braise which is only $10 and it was soooo good, especially with Mashed Potatoes. Urban Plates has $10 everyday meals which really is a great bargain.

This was delicious!

Another great thing is that they do have Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan choices. And, you have to save room for dessert because they have the best desserts! My favorite is the Hummingbird Cake! So, if you are looking for a great place to meet up with a friend or even buy take-out for the family, I suggest Urban Plates. I had a great time there and even went back later in the week. Don’t forget that right now Urban Plates is giving away free Plate Pass subscriptions in honor of their 10 year anniversary. (See the details in my other post!) It’s a great deal and is free for the first month. Hurry though! The offer ends on October 31st, 2021.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to review Urban Plates to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Rubio’s Giving Free Chips & Guac on National Guacamole Day, Sept. 16th

On Thursday, September 16, Rubio’s is celebrating National Guacamole Day by giving out free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and natural sea salt. Tortilla chips are also prepared fresh daily with a light sprinkling of all-natural sea salt. Guests can use the coupon in restaurants across California, Arizona, and Nevada. When ordering online at or through the app, use coupon code GUAC.

Self Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Some form of compensation was received to post. Images were also provided.