Jump Into Summer at Newport Dunes This Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28 Featuring the Grand Opening of the West’s Largest Inflatable Beachfront Waterpark, Live Music, Newport Beach Beerfest and More May 25 - 28, 2018

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is pleased to present Memorial Day weekend filled with fun activities and special events, May 25 – 28, 2018. From kids to adults, ‘80s lovers to country music fans, craft beer aficionados and watersports enthusiasts, all will find the perfect way to kick off the summer at Newport Dunes.

On Friday, May 25, Newport Dunes will unveil the expansion of their Inflatable Waterpark, open to the public seasonally through Labor Day weekend. Doubling in size, the fleet will include ten large inflatables featuring a new 17-foot slide, two trampolines, and a 14-foot and 7-foot climbable iceberg. Additions will also introduce monkey bars, bouncers, and teeter totters. One section of the park will be dedicated to smaller children.  This is added to the lineup of favorite water activities from Newport Dunes Watersports which includes kayaks, pedal boats and stand up paddleboards available for rent.

For those looking to relax, enjoy private beachside cabanas between dips in the calm waters of the gorgeous Upper Newport Bay. Experience the luxury of fully stocked RVs and beachside cottages available for rent for the ultimate summer glamping experience.

The evening of Friday, May 25, get amped for 80’s on the Bay with host and DJ for the night, Richard Blade from Sirius XM and Jack FM spinning favorite ‘80s hits from 7-10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy waterfront dining and cocktails at Back Bay Bistro before the music starts or choose from a variety of food trucks and full bar service available throughout the evening. Join the fun and dress in your ‘80s best to participate in the costume contest.

All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $40 for VIP admission which ensures seating near the stage, table bar service and exclusive after party access. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.newportdunes.com/event/80s-on-the-bay/.

Newport Beach Beerfest returns to Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 26 from 7-10 p.m. With your toes in the sand, enjoy the picturesque sunset on the bay while sipping unlimited samples of over 150 craft beers, wines and spirits.  Listen to live bands and DJs and indulge in a food truck tasting village. Tickets for this all-inclusive event are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Purchase of VIP tickets grants early admission to the event at 6 p.m. and includes access to the exclusive VIP lounge with 12 additional breweries, separate entertainment and more. Funds support the 1/1 Marine Foundation of Newport Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.newportdunes.com/event/newport-beach-beerfest/.

Nashville meets Newport on Sunday, May 27 with Boots on the Beach from 4-10 p.m. Dust off your cowboy boots and experience the best in country music with live performances by Gethen JenkinsShotgun JeffersonMorgan Leigh BandTina Michelle, plus Host and DJ for the evening David Bugenske from Go Country 105. Enjoy full bar service and country BBQ concessions available throughout the festival. No outside alcohol or food is permitted. All ages are welcome and early bird tickets start at $20 for general admission and $60 for VIP admission. Event proceeds support Save the Brave. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.newportdunes.com/event/boots-on-the-beach/.

For more information on events and amenities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort visit NewportDunes.com.

Credit: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Memorial Day Event – Battleship IOWA – San Pedro

Please join us in remembering our service members whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. The day begins with a remembrance ceremony featuring local elected officials and Battleship Iowa staff.
*10:15AM- remembrance ceremony
*11AM- shrimp eating completion (fantail access only)(in partnership with the San Pedro Fish Market)
*AM 870 The Answer
*12:15, 1:15 & 2:15 San Pedro City Ballet will debut a new patriotic piece
*ALL DAY- DJ by X-RoVision
*ALL DAY- San Pedro Brewing Co. will have BBQ and beverages for sale
*Facepainting
*Military vehicles
*When you purchase a tour ticket to Battleship IOWA (day of), you have are invited to place an American Flag on the fence (dockside) in memory of our fallen service members.

ALL ACTIVE, RETIRED & RESERVE MILITARY (with valid ID) will receive complimentary admission to the Battleship.

Credit: Battleship Iowa.

The Habit Burger Celebrates National Burger Month with Fundraiser for Military Programs For every Guacamole Crunch Charburger sold in May, The Habit will Donate 25-cents to Bob Hope USO and Wounded Warrior Project

America’s favorite food, the always fashionable, ever craveable burger, takes center stage in the month of May as The Habit Burger Grill celebrates National Burger Month and supports veterans. During the month of May, for every Guacamole Crunch Charburger sold, The Habit will donate 25-cents to be split between two important veterans charities, Bob Hope USO and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

The new Guacamole Crunch Charburger ($4.99) heightens the flavor of the already juicy, award-winning Charburger by topping it with a perfectly crisp tostada shell, fresh, house made guacamole pico de gallo, melted cheese, and a smokey ancho chile lime sauce made in house. The new, south-of-the-border inspired Charburger is served on a toasted sesame seed bun with crisp, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles. Like all Charburgers at The Habit, the Guacamole Crunch Charburger is always made-to-order and chargrilled over an open flame.

Bob Hope USO works to connect America’s military service members to family, home and country throughout their service with welcome centers at Southern California Airports and dozens of military installations. Each year, Bob Hope USO provides direct service to more than 250,000 members of the military and their families.

Since 2003, WWP has been a tireless advocate for our nation’s finest, improving the lives of over half a million warriors and their families with free programs and services. WWP serves warriors by connecting them with one another and their communities. Programs also focus on mental and physical health and wellness, financial wellness, independence, government relations, and community relations and partnerships.

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade chargrilled tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

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About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 220 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as three international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

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Rock Royalty Nancy Wilson, Liv Warfield, Slash in LA Zoo Beastly Ball Concert for Conservation NANCY WILSON, LIV WARFIELD, SLASH, ROBERT RANDOLPH AND MORE HEADLINE CONCERT FOR CONSERVATION AT GREATER LOS ANGELES ZOO ASSOCIATION BEASTLY BALL FUNDRAISER COMMEMORATING ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

 Photo: Animal expert Jack Hanna receives the prestigious Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award at the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Beastly Ball on May 19. (PHOTO CREDIT: courtesy of Jack Hanna)

Rock super group Roadcase Royale’s Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, and Liv Warfield, former Prince’s New Power Generation band member/R&B singer, join rock icon Slash, renowned pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, the L.A. All-Star Band led by Music Director Martin Guigui, and others to headline an extraordinary “Concert For Conservation” at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association BEASTLY BALL on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 5:30 pm, at the L.A. Zoo, a leader in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. Showcasing the enormous impact the Zoo has on animal conservation both locally and internationally, this year’s signature fundraiser takes place on the heels of national Endangered Species Day to underscore the Zoo’s commitment to saving animals from extinction. The Ball honors animal expert/conservationist Jack Hanna and features a rare after-hours stroll through the Zoo with special animal experiences, including animal feedings, keeper chats and up close interactions; the debut of a conservation mural by artist/Beautify Earth Co-Founder Ruben Rojas; bountiful fare from some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants; a mobile-bidding silent auction and more. Guests are invited to dress in “safari casual” attire. Honorary Chair Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, is joined by Honorary Committee members Slash, Lance Bass, Jackie Chan, Heather Mycoskie and Pauley Perrette. Beastly Ball Chair is GLAZA Trustee Tyler Kelley. Considered the “wildest” party in town, the Ball has been lauded as “one of the best parties in Los Angeles” (KCBS/KCAL TV News) and “one the most important fund-raisers” (Los Angeles Times).

“In a time of rapid global species loss and disappearing habitats, the leadership role that the L.A. Zoo takes to safeguard wildlife while educating people and connecting them with nature has never been more important,” says Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) President Connie Morgan. “With the Beastly Ball, our biggest fundraiser, GLAZA continues our more than 50 years of support for the Zoo’s local and global work in conservation and education.”

L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis adds, “As Connie says, connecting people with wildlife is one of the Zoo’s important obligations. And an effective way to do just that is through storytelling. That is why I am so glad we are recognizing Jack Hanna at this year’s Beastly Ball. Though his stories and shared experiences he has connected millions of people with the beauty and wonder of wildlife and the challenges they face.”

Hanna receives the prestigious Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, joining previous honorees the National Geographic Society (2017), actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. (2016), entertainer/philanthropist Lance Bass (2015), entertainment industry attorney Ken Ziffren (2014), actresses Pauley Perrette (2013) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (2012) and Slash, a GLAZA Trustee (2011). Hanna’s hands-on approach has won him widespread acclaim as Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds, conservationist, author, television personality, and lifelong adventurer. Recognized around the country as America’s favorite zookeeper, he is host of TV’s Emmy award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. The award he’ll receive was established in memory of former GLAZA Chairman Tom Mankiewicz, a beloved and highly regarded film and television writer and director. Mankiewicz, who passed away in 2010, was associated with such films as SupermanDiamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die, and the Hart to Hart television series, among many others. He championed the cause of saving and protecting wildlife and the environment through education and on-the-ground conservation. He also promoted the Zoo’s universal appeal and its accessibility as a gathering place for all in Los Angeles’ diverse communities.

“I am honored to be receiving the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award at the Beastly Ball this year,” says Hanna. “Over the last 40+ years, I’ve been lucky to spend my career working to inspire others to care about wildlife – but the work I’ve done is in large part due to the inspiration I gained early in my career from places like the L.A. Zoo. I’m looking forward to celebrating the amazing work being done in Los Angeles and beyond.”

Featured muralist Ruben Rojas, whose animal conservation mural will be debuted at the Beastly Ball, is an artist, social impact entrepreneur, and co-founder of Beautify Earth who is influenced by media and the urban landscape. A native Angeleno, Rojas has painted in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, France, and for many private clients. He has received commissions from brands such as Zappos, American Express, Heineken, Lululemon, Reebok, Westfield Malls and GT Kombucha as well as from the cities of Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Los Angeles.

The mobile-bidding silent auction – also open to those who can’t attend in person — is comprised of hundreds of remarkable items, and Auctioneer Billy Harris leads a live auction with one-of-a-kind opportunities. Among the silent and live auction items are an original painting created for the Zoo by Ruben Rojas, combined with an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Elephants of Asia; a fabulous vacation stay in the treehouse room at Playa Viva, a luxury environmentally-conscious resort, located near Zihuatanejo, Mexico; an LAPD Air Support ride-along; sports experiences in L.A. Clippers and L.A. Dodgers suites; VIP tickets to tapings of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Jeopardy!”; and much more.

Among the iconic restaurants donating their services for dinner are Antonio’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, Barrel & Ashes, Bottlefish, Celestino Ristorante, Delicious Arts, El Cholo – Los Angeles, El Coyote Mexican Café, The Federal Bar, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Malbec Argentinian Cuisine, Milk and Eggs, Momed, Red O, Simmzy’s, Smoke House Restaurant, Sugar Babies Cupcakery, Taix French Restaurant, Taste Of The Wild Catering at the Los Angeles Zoo and Thug Kitchen.

Photo: Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield (PHOTO CREDIT: Jeremy Danger)

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.  The band, which Rolling Stone says “…builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield’s soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson…” recently released their debut album, First Things First.    In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), Roadcase Royale features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

Photo: Rock icon Slash, a Trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, performs at the 2017 Beastly Ball benefitting the L.A. Zoo (PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham)

Slash, the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer, has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine recently named Slash #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. In addition to being a rock legend, Slash is also a long-time supporter and Trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.

Robert Randolph, pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, is leader of Robert Randolph and the Family Band and an inspiration to the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with him and studied his technique. When Randolph discovered rock, funk, soul, jazz and the jam band scene, he forged his own sound by fusing elements of those genres. The band’s first album, 2002’s Live at the Wetlands, was recorded at the now defunct jam band haven, and was followed by four studio albums and another live set, each widening the band’s audience. The Grammy-nominated Got Soul is the band’s label debut for Sony Masterworks, and Randolph is on the road this spring and summer with new music on the way.

All Star Band Music Director Martin Guigui is an award winning filmmaker, composer, executive producer and Grammy nominated music producer/engineer. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Daryl Hall, Lyle Lovett, Jose Feliciano, Smokey Robinson, David Byrne, Richie Sambora and many others. The L.A. All-Stars, one of the premiere back up bands, has a rotating cast of monster musicians including Kenny Aronoff, Carmine Rojas, Tal Bergman, Mike Merritt, Joe Sublett, Phil Lo Presti, John Burk, Scott Page, to name a few. The All-Stars have backed most top artists in every genre and performed at major events, network and cable shows. Among the band members for the Beastly Ball are stellar bassist Mike Merritt, who has been the backbone of the Conan O’Brien Show Band for 25 years, and has performed with major artists including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and others; legendary sax man Joe Sublett, anchor of the Texicali Horns, who has played with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Little Feat and The Rolling Stones and more; and Phil Lopresti, the versatile eclectic guitarist who has played with Billy Gibbons, Jose Feliciano, Allman Brothers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lyle Lovett and Richie Sambora, to name a few.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, of which more than 60 are endangered or critically endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats.

The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more.

The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 61,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Beastly Ball tickets are $1,500 per person, with individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities at higher levels also available. The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available. For tickets, information about mobile bidding and additional information, call (323) 644-9105.  www.lazoo.org/beastlyball
Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Go WILD FOR THE PLANET at LA Zoo from Earth Day to Endangered Species Day Daily, April 21 through May 18, 2018, with Special Programming on Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo’s annual WILD FOR THE PLANET celebration kicked off on Earth Day weekend, Saturday, April 21st and runs through Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 18, 2018. On weekends, the event features animal feedings, keeper talks and demonstrations; a conservation-themed aerialist show, puppet shows and other activities, fun and information focusing on the importance of protecting the environment and its creatures. In honor of international Year of the Bird, this year’s Wild for the Planet spotlights native plants and other plant species that support local birds and highlights the Zoo’s bird conservation achievements with five bird gardens throughout the grounds. Adults and youngsters can enjoy a day at the Zoo, home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, with special opportunities, entertainment, information and tips about everyday ways to sustain and preserve. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission. The full Wild for the Planet schedule is available at www.lazoo.org/wildfortheplanet

My son and I had the opportunity to check out the event on Earth Day weekend and loved it!

Our favorite part of the day was seeing all the amazing animals! But we loved checking out the fun booths for Earth Day too!

         

Among Wild for the Planet’s weekend activities are special animal feedings/ keeper talks and enrichment demonstrations at 1 and 2 pm featuring okapis and elephants (April 21), snow leopards and trumpeter swans (April 22); red river hogs and rattlesnakes (April 28), gorillas and cassowary (April 29); gorillas and pronghorn (May 5), Chacoan peccaries and Komodo dragons (May 6); bear and zebras (May 12) and tigers and condor (May 13). New this year is a spectacular aerialist show about bird conservation (11 am1 and 3 pm). Children and families can also learn how to make a positive impact on the environment during an interactive puppet show, presented by Swazzle, inspired by the L.A. Zoo’s own conservation efforts (11:30 am12:30 and 2:30 pm). An animal character makes guest appearances between 10 am and 3 pm, and “Meet-and-Greets” with the Zoo’s contact yard animals take place at 12 noon. Nature Journaling stations, open 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm, show guests the ins and outs of nature journaling and how to make new discoveries by looking closely at the plants and animals all around us, with focus on zebras (4/21), pronghorn (4/22), gorillas (4/28), orangutans (4/29), elephants (5/5), birds in the Zoo’s aviary (5/6), giant river otters (5/12) and markhor (5/13). Other activities include a “condor wings” photo op, a succulent station to learn about drought-tolerant plants and how to grow them, a bird-strike prevention station and an urban wildlife activity. Guests can find details about participating in the City Nature Challenge, a project organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences involving over 60 cities competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people.

On Saturday, May 12, when the Audubon network in the greater Los Angeles area holds “Bird L.A. Day” celebrating the biodiversity of the city’s birds, Wild for the Planet presents an education station introducing guests to birding as an important and tried-and-true form of citizen science. This activity emphasizes the Zoo’s mission to encourage people to care about the natural world around them by connecting them with animals in a personal and direct way.

A Conservation Expo with vendors on the weekends of April 21 and 22, April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6 and May 12 and 13 emphasizes local conservation efforts for the planet and animals. Participant booths include organizations such as City of LA Stormwater Program, LA County Smart Gardening Program, Earthwatch, L.A. Conservation Corps, Catalina Island Conservancy, California Condor Recovery Program , Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles County Public Works, Farm Fresh To You, The Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area – Ranger Troca, Heal the Bay, National Wildlife Federation, Ventana Wildlife Society, Aquarium of the Pacific, Friends of the L.A. River (River Rover) and Friends of Griffith Park.

Among daily activities during Wild for the Planet are the Zoo’s close-up “Animals & You” encounters as well as special feedings, intriguing talks and guided experiences. Visitors receive a Wild for the Planet “Activity Guide” that includes a map to the bird gardens, bird-themed activities, and other conservation information. Guests can also participate in the L.A. Zoo’s electronic device recycling program by donating an unwanted cell phone, smartphone, iPod, iPad, tablet or MP3 player at the green ECO-CELL bin in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza. Each contribution directly benefits animal conservation programs and reduces the demand for mineral mining that threatens the natural habitats of endangered animals such as the western lowland gorilla.

Wild for the Planet is among many events and activities embodying the L.A. Zoo’s commitment to conservation and sustainability. This spring’s Sustainable Wine+Dinner series features four unforgettable evenings at which the Zoo partners with local, environmentally friendly wineries whose wines serve as the inspiration for custom four-course, farm-to-table dinners set in a different location within the Zoo. Along with spectacular views, guests look at sustainability – from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation – and enjoy conversations with a curator or keeper, up-close animal encounters, and wine introductions from winery representatives. The Zoo’s annual Beastly Ball showcases the enormous impact the Zoo has on animal conservation both locally and internationally. This year’s signature fundraiser on May 19 takes place on the heels of national Endangered Species Day to underscore the Zoo’s commitment to saving animals from extinction. Animal expert Jack Hanna receives the prestigious Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award, and the evening features an exclusive concert under the stars with top-name performers and special animal experiences, including animal feedings, keeper chats and up-close interactions. Beastly Ball guests enjoy a rare after-hours stroll through the Zoo while dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Also featured is a mobile-bidding silent auction comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Programming is subject to change.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Its responsibility toward wildlife conservation not only encompasses safeguarding the animals in its care but also actively participating in the preservation of some of the world’s most critically endangered species and their habitats. The Zoo’s many conservation successes include having led the charge in saving California condors from extinction and restoring populations of these critically endangered animals to their native habitats. The Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world. Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter and face-to-face Giraffe Feedings; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more. The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Zoo admission, which includes all Wild for the Planet activities, is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org/wildfortheplanet

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its Urban Ocean Festival on April 28th and 29th!

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its Urban Ocean Festival on April 28 and 29, featuring the Trashin’ Fashion show, a boat cruise, art, games, mural painting, poetry, live music, sustainable seafood tastings by Seafood for the Future and Premier, and other activities inspired by the bustling ocean. The Pacific waters off Southern California host a variety of industrial and recreational activities and also provide habitat for a diverse array of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and better appreciate the urban ocean. During the festival, the Aquarium will show its films about the urban ocean and aquaculture (fish/shellfish farming) daily in its Ocean Science Center. There will be a special boat program during the festival and the summer at an additional cost. The Urban Ocean: World Port and Sea Life Cruise occurs monthly, June through September (at 4:00 p.m. on June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8), aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises. The Urban Ocean Festival is included with admission—$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members. The combo prices for Aquarium admission and Urban Ocean Cruises aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises are: $39.95 adult (12+) and $15 childFor info: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org.

I had the opportunity to preview this fun event and really enjoyed it!

2018 Southern California Optimism Walk WALKING TO END PARKINSON’S DISEASE: AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION RALLIES SOUTHERN CA RESIDENTS TO RAISE CRITICAL FUNDS & AWARENESS

This Saturday, local participants will walk side by side in the 2nd Annual APDA Southern California Optimism Walk to raise critical funds and awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to further APDA’s mission to help every person impacted by PD live life to the fullest. The 2018 Southern California Optimism Walk is part of a series of Optimism Walks taking place from coast to coast and participants will include people living with PD, their friends and care partners, medical professionals who focus their work on PD, and more.  It is not too late to register to participate or to make a donation. 

This fundraising event offers a short one-mile non-competitive walk through beautiful gardens (individuals can walk as much or as little as they choose) and other family-friendly activities including live music, sponsor activities, educational opportunities and more. Most importantly, it offers the chance to bond with and support others who are similarly connected.

WHEN:       Saturday, April 28, 2018
                  Walk: 9:30 am
                  Check-in: 8:30 am

WHERE:    South Coast Botanic Garden
126300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

OTHER FACTS:   
–   Every 9 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with PD
–   Funds raised enable APDA to continue providing local information, education, and support to those impacted by PD and fund scientific research into the causes, prevention,
treatments and ultimately the cure.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information, please contact Janell Pomeroy at 310-486-0153 or CAwalk@apdaparkinson.org or visit us online.

Credit: The 2018 Southern California Optimism Walk.

About the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
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The West Coast’s Largest Pet Expo Returns to Orange County Featuring Cats and Dogs, plus Fish, Birds and Frogs…and More! This weekend!!!

Thousands of Animals and the People Who Love them to Gather at the OC Fair & Event Center, April 27-29!

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

Showcasing everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet.

***Please Do Not Bring Your Pets***

America’s Family Pet Expo returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa (88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626) Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2018.  The annual family-friendly event features all creatures cute and cuddly, furry, feathered and scaled of all sizes, shapes and colors.

“Entering our 29th year, America’s Family Pet Expo is THE destination for pet lovers, offering education on responsible pet care, entertainment and pet adoptions.  We couldn’t be prouder of the pet loving community we have in Southern California, making America’s Family Pet Expo the ultimate destination for all pet lovers,” said Jacinthe Moreau, President of the World Pet Association, producer of the America’s Family Pet Expo.  “As we have grown over the years, the show has progressed to include the best in pet ownership and care.  America’s Family Pet Expo offers animal adoptions, a variety of educational presentations, family fun pet entertainment, and exhibitors offering show specials and while showcasing the latest and greatest in pet products.”

    

New to America’s Family Pet Expo for 2018 is the Sea Lion Splash Show; a unique mobile aquatic experience combining both marine fun and environmental education.  Sea Lion Splash Show features rescued sea lions from both California and South America.  Ready to thrill and excite an audience of all ages, the sea lions balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, shake their flippers, and even do a handstand or two.

Returning to the 2018 America’s Family Pet Expo will be The Catit Playground. This popular interactive activity brings a close-up view for guests to watch charming adoptable cats and kittens to see how they interact with different toys and people.  This is a great atmosphere for guests to learn all about cats and to gain a little insight into “Catitude.”

America’s Family Pet Expo will include on-site cooking demonstrations. Hosted by JustFoodForDogs, the “Find Out What’s Cooking” talks will feature lessons on how to create homemade meals to promote optimal health, longevity and well-being for dogs.

Returning favorites to America’s Family Pet Expo include Repticon, reptile show and sale, offering hundreds of common and rare species of reptiles such as lizards, snakes, and spiders.  Plus, the ever-popular Splash Dogs and The Great American Petting Zoo, family fun the whole family will enjoy.

In advance of America’s Family Pet Expo, kids can design and create a 10-gallon aquarium in the Kid’s Aquarium Contest.  The aquariums will be on display throughout America’s Family Pet Expo and are judged according to age group and two categories – Natural and Creative.  Also, for the aquatic enthusiast is the Aquascaping Contest, where contestants will compete to make the most beautiful, and natural underwater environment in a small aquarium.

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 “furever home” from local community partner organizations at the Pet Expo.

Standout Breeds and Breed-Specific Rescues On-Site Include:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bichon Frise
  • Spaniel Breeds including Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel, and Cocker Spaniel
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Leonberger
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Terrier Breeds including Biewer Terrier, Rat Terrier, and Russell Terrier
  • Shetland Sheep Dog
  • Shiba Inu

 General Admission, $15.00; seniors 60 and over, $13.00. Children 6-12, $10.00. 5 yrs and under, free. Active and retired military free with ID. Show hours:  Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa 92626. Facility charges $8.00 parking. Kindly 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 68-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care.

Credit: America’s Family Pet Expo.