Southwest’s Most Popular Vintage Market Returns to Southern California **Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market brings all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade to the Los Angeles area Feb. 24 -25

More than 100 vintage, antique and handmade vendors, creatively curated by Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, are returning to Los Angeles on Feb. 24 and 25, 2018.

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After successful Markets in Scottsdale, San Diego and L.A. in 2017, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market continues to be the most well-attended and popular event of its kind in the Southwest.  Known for its careful selection of quality exhibitors selling unique treasures and inspiring design, the Market will once again be a popular attraction for Los Angeles-area vintage and home décor enthusiasts.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market Los Angeles will be held February 24 and 25, 2018, at the Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona (91768). Ticket prices range from $8.00 to $25.00 (see below).

 

ImageAll things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade will be on display in inspiring booths. Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market will also feature live music, delicious food, drinks, photo ops and infinite amounts of design inspiration.

“Our vendors will be coming from all over the country with one-of-a-kind pieces you aren’t going to find anywhere else,” added Lindsey Holt, co-founder and owner of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. “Whether you are looking for big pieces of furniture or small items, there will be an array of options and price points so there really is something for everyone.”

Since 2011, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has welcomed well over 150,000 shoppers through its doors across Arizona and California. What started as a small backyard market and creative outlet for founders Holt and Arnold has supported more than 600 small businesses over the last five years. Reaching the local community has always been at the heart of the event. The market has long partnered with local Young Life chapters to send high school and junior high kids to camp, as well as other non-profits to bring forth the greater good.

For more information on Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, a detailed list of featured vendors, and additional information, visit junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com or follow us on these social media platforms – facebook.com/junkinthetrunkvintagemarket and @junkinthetrunkvintagemarket (Instagram) – or follow along via hashtag #junkinthetrunkvintagemarket or #partylikeajunker.

TICKET INFORMATION: 

  • Early Entry tickets are on sale at junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com 
  • Early Entry, 8:00-9:00am Saturday, February, 24: $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the gate.
    Includes first pick on Saturday morning before crowds, re-entry on Sunday starting at9am, and a Junk in the Trunk Reusable shopping bag (Pre-sale ONLY).
  • General Admission, 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday & Sunday February 24-25: $8.00 at gate only
  • Military discount, $1.00 off, at gate only 
  • Wear official Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market apparel for $1.00 discount, at gate only
  • Kids 12 and under are free. 
  • Venue charges for parking – $12.00 per vehicle. Please plan to carpool. 

Credit: Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 47th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES With Family-Friendly Ocean Activities March 3-4 & 10-11

The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to experience the 47th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales on March 3-4 and 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy exciting activities including whale watching, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, delicious harbor eats and educational hands-on activities.

“The Festival of Whales is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the majestic marine mammals we share our coast with,” said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “This event combines educational programs about the ocean and environment with fun activities for the entire family.”

The Dana Point Festival of Whales offers two weekends of outdoor fun in the “Whale Capital of the West.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the festival on land or by sea to celebrate the migration of California gray whales as they pass through the ocean waters of Dana Point.

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.

The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday, March 3 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.

Marine life enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy Ocean Awareness Day on March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baby Beach for free interactive displays, demonstrations, activities and more.

Festival-goers can take part in Westwind Sailing’s Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash & Expo at Baby Beach on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when teams of all ages will create cardboard dinghies and compete in a friendly race.

Wrap up the weekend with delicious barbeque and live music at Baby Beach during the Whale of a Concert BBQ on Sunday, March 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. Guests 21 years and older can also enjoy a Spirits Garden as they watch bands perform atop a floating stage.

Parking will be available in different lots throughout the Harbor. All lots are serviced by free shuttles, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the festival with extended service hours the morning of the parade on March 3 and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert on March 11.

The Ocean Institute will be a stop for the official 2018 Festival of Whales Water Taxi. Daily service will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 12 to 5 p.m. on the days of the event. Tickets are $5 per person, available on the taxi or at Dana Wharf.

Enjoy a variety of events and activities during the 47th Annual Festival of Whales including whale watching, classic car display, Rubber Ducky Derby, Diamond Dig, sand sculpting, the Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off and more. Activity and event dates vary. For more information visit www.FestivalofWhales.com and www.DanaPointHarbor.com.

Credit: OC Parks.

African-American Festival, February 24-25, 2018 @ The Aquarium of the Pacific Giveaway Opportunity!

Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

During National Black History Month.

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s sixteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium.

 

WHEN:          Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

HONOREE:

On Saturday, February 24 at 1:40 p.m. the Aquarium will honor Sharon and David  McLucas in recognition of their dedicated service to African-American communities.  Sharon and David and McLucas are the owners of Forgotten Images: A Traveling                                    Educational Exhibit and Museum. Their exhibit features thousands of lost and forgotten artifacts that span two centuries of the African-American experience in America. The exhibit has been featured at schools, churches, and community events throughout             Southern California, in many cases at no charge. The display highlights all phases of  African-American history, both positive and negative with the aim of instilling a sense of knowledge, awareness, and responsibility in everyone who comes in contact with the exhibit.

 

COST:

Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public

General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11)

 

African-American Festival: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest7

With the coupon, adults receive $10 OFF admission on Feb 24 or 25. Regular $29.95, just $19.95 with coupon!

You can also access the mobile-print coupon from the festival web page:

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/african_american_festival/

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

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a Family 4 Pack of tickets! To enter, simply leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is February 19th, 2018 at noon PST.

 

AQUARIUM: 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 people. Home to over 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, Our Water Future, and archerfish exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages. The Aquarium won a 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award for Aquariums, as awarded by TripAdvisor® travelers, and the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and other special benefits.

Photo Credit: Photo provided courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific. 

Rubio’s Introduces Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp and it is delicious!

       

 Rubio’s® Restaurants, the brand known for its delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, is adding Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp to its award-winning seafood menu. The grilled shrimp is available in a new Two Taco Plate and Bowl.

Sourced in South America off the coast of Argentina, the Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp was selected by the Rubio’s culinary team for its large size and sweet flavor. Rubio’s Wild-Caught Argentinian Red Shrimp is grilled to perfection and drizzled with a warm butter made from a blend of smoked paprika, sundried tomatoes, sea salt, garlic and oregano.

The new Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp Bowl features the mouth-watering shrimp with smoked paprika and tomato butter on a bed of crisp cabbage, citrus rice and black beans, and topped with Hass avocado slices, chipotle white sauce, salsa fresca and crispy tortilla strips. In the Two Taco Plate, this warm, buttery shrimp is topped with creamy Haas avocado slices, salsa fresca, crisp cabbage, chipotle white sauce, and is served on warm stone-ground tortillas with a side of “no-fried” pinto beans and chips.

I had the opportunity to try the new Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp Two Taco Plate and I love it! The seasoning on the shrimp tastes delicious and I will be trying the bowl on my next trip to Rubio’s. I would say the new tacos may be one of my favorite items at Rubio’s!

Rubio’s is one of few fast casual restaurants to offer a wide selection of grilled seafood, making it a popular choice for those looking for alternatives to red meat and poultry during the 40-day Lenten period. So, if you are looking for a place to go for lunch or dinner during Lent, Rubio’s is definitely the place to go!

To coincide with healthier dining in the New Year, Rubio’s has also partnered with Healthy Dining and MyMenu to make it easier for guests to find menu items that fit their dietary needs. From calorie counts to vegetarian and wheat- and dairy-free options, the MyMenu page offers on-demand personalized nutrition, and allergen information. Guests can find a full list of menu options by visiting www.rubios.com/MyMenu. The partnership aligns with Rubio’s “Made With a Mission”® commitment  – to serve coastal food that not only tastes great, but that its guests can feel great about eating.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit www.rubios.com. Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rubios, Twitter at www.twitter.com/rubiostweets and Instagram at www.instagram.com/rubioscoastalgrill.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Since then, Rubio’s has established a passionate fan base throughout the U.S., and has been credited with starting the fish taco phenomenon. In addition to the famed Original Fish Taco®, Rubio’s serves award-winning fish tacos made with grilled shrimp, grilled or blackened ono, Wild Alaska Coho Salmon, and other seafood. Rubio’s innovative recipes also include a variety of burritos, bowls and salads, and feature responsibly-sourced seafood, all-natural chicken and all-natural steak, along with fresh made guacamole and salsas made daily. Ranked as the “Number One Most Craveable Taco Chain” by Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics data, Rubio’s is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by sponsoring a variety of ocean-related events and organizations throughout the year. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and currently operates more than 200 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Florida. For more information, visit https://www.rubios.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free vouchers to visit Rubio’s. Images were provided.

The Not-Its! Rock Torrance’s Armstrong Theater Sunday!

The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents an all-ages rock show featuring Seattle-based The Not-Its! on Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm. The highly interactive dance party will be held at the James R. Armstrong Theater, and tickets ($10 to $20) are available now online
 
For more than eight years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their uptempo albums and live concerts. These high-jumping performers give children their first “rock show” experience. With six acclaimed and award-winning albums, this high-jumping quintet has risen to become one of the top touring bands in the nation’s “kindie rock” movement. They’re currently writing and recording new songs for their seventh album to be released later this year.
 
The Not-Its! are hailed by USA Today for their “smart, catchy children’s music.”  Time Out New York recommends their “90s power-punk sound with lush, four-part pop harmonies that will take parents back to their show-going days.”
 
The Not-Its! may be the nation’s best-dressed kids’ band, sporting skinny pink ties and fluffy pink tutus that appeal to kids’ discerning fashion sense. Their high-energy stage performances bring audiences on their feet and jumping around with delight. Lead singer Sarah Shannon is well known for her work with the ’90s rock group Velocity Girl. Drummer Michael Welke played with Harvey Danger, and band mates Danny Adamson, Tom Baisden, Jennie Helman can all boast of past lives as touring rock stars. The Not-Its! are part of a creative collaborative group known as the Seattle Kindiependent (along with Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey), making Puget Sound “Ground Zero for cool kids’ music” (MSN.com).  In addition to this rare So Cal show, the band will also perform in Washington, DC, and New York City this winter. 

Learn more about The Not-Its! at www.wearethenot-its.com
Check out hilarious Not-Its! music videos here:  http://www.wearethenot-its.com/videos/
Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

Santa Monica Place Rings In Lunar New Year 2.17 Katherine Ho of The Voice on NBC to Host Celebration Featuring Chinese Dragon Dance, Korean Fan Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Traditional Live Music, Arts & Crafts and Wishing Trees

The Lion Dancer interacts with guests at Santa Monica Place’s 2017 Lunar New Year celebration. (Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Place)

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica and adjacent to Third Street Promenade, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, DVF, Hugo Boss, BARNEYS NEW YORK, Nike, dozens more shops and an inspired collection of restaurants and entertainment experiences including True Food Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Sonoma Wine Garden, ArcLight Cinemas and more. Santa Monica Place also is home to a growing set of engaging, digitally native brands, such as b8ta, Ministry of Supply, Monica + Andy, Peloton and others.

 

For more information, visit SantaMonicaPlace.com or interact with us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Access our Concierge services anytime via text: (310) 499-2928.

“We are excited to integrate the cultural traditions of the Lunar New Year holiday into Santa Monica Place’s shopping and dining experience,” commented Stephanie Eglin, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place. “The holiday is important to locals as well as to our international visitors and this event will offer an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.”

Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year celebration features a variety of free cultural activities for the whole family to experience. Patrons are invited to hang a wish on the branches of the two New Year’s Wishing Trees for a two-dollar donation. The proceeds will benefit Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCLA. CSSA-UCLA is an officially registered on-campus organization devoted to organizing activities for Chinese student groups and promoting traditional Chinese culture on the UCLA campus.

More information about Santa Monica Place and the annual Lunar New Year event is available here.

Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The event will be held on level one in Center Plaza.

Lunar New Year Schedule of Events:

2 – 6 p.m.                              Chinese Music Duo

                                                Stilt Walkers

                                                Traditional Dough Artist

                                                Balloon Twister

                                                Arts & Crafts

                                                Wishing Trees

2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.     Korean Fan Dance

3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.     Chinese Dragon Dance

 Credit: SantaMonicaPlace.com.

Celebrate LOVE with Go Little Tokyo This Valentine’s Day!

Roses are red, grab some soft serve from Bae, it’s time to celebrate LOVE this Valentine’s Day! This February 14, treat your loved one to a romantic night exploring the wonders of Little Tokyo, one of Los Angeles’ most culturally rich and energetic urban neighborhoods. Offering an array of delicious dining experiences, electrifying nightly entertainment and decadent desserts, Go Little Tokyo offers endless sensational opportunities to enjoy a romantic night and celebrate love with Little Tokyo, LA’s ultimate Valentine’s Day destination.
Let your taste buds fall in love with one of the many delightful dining experiences offered in Little Tokyo. Guilty of stealing hearts, Izakaya & Bar Fu-ga offers an urban atmosphere with tapas-style Japanese fusion food and drinks with delicious bites like their famous rib eye steaks and aonori garlic fries. Share a scrumptious entrée or two with your significant other at Kinjiro, where guests choose their choice of drink first, then couple it to their entrée. Spoil your loved one with fresh sashimi at Sushi Gen, or fall in love with the mouthwatering variety of freshly made udon offered at Marugame Monzo.
Create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime with one of the many unique and exciting nightly entertainment options offered throughout Little Tokyo. Grab your loved one and put your problem-solving skills to the ultimate test at Little Tokyo’s unique Real Escape Game. Or, serenade your partner and sing your hearts out at one of Little Tokyo’s hottest karaoke spots, Tokyo Beat and Max Karaoke Studio offering private karaoke, dancing and drinks. Round out your night with an electrifying LED-lit bowling experience, at X-Lanes featuring exclusive VIP lounges, a lavish sports bar and a full-service American-Italian restaurant.
Finish your night off on a sweet-note with your bae at Bae Little Tokyo. New to Little Tokyo, Bae is a sweet spot for carefully made craft coffee, fluffy donuts, and an array of soft-serve ice cream offered in Instagram-able black cones and black-colored ice cream. Or, delight your honey at HoneyMee with ultra-creamy “true milk” ice cream with classic flavors like ‘Darling’ or ‘Sweetie’, a true milk ice cream with 100% natural liquid honey swirl.
Go Little Tokyo offers an array of opportunities to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day and experience the romance of Little Tokyo. To uncover more delicious dining destinations, exciting entertainment and world-class cocktails and desserts offered in Little Tokyo visit golittletokyo.com.
Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

The Habit Burger Grill Introduces New Sesame Ginger Salad and it’s delicious!

For a limited time that began on January 31, The Habit Restaraunts, Inc, is introducing a new Asian-inspired Sesame Ginger Salad.

The new Sesame Ginger Salad ($7.99) combines crisp, fresh garden greens tossed in a flavorful sesame ginger dressing with carrots, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, tender edamame beans, and crunchy wonton strips. Tangy teriyaki sauce is then drizzled over the guest’s choice of perfectly chargrilled chicken or sushi-grade ahi tuna to top their salad. Like all menu items at The Habit, the Sesame Ginger Salad is made-to-order.

I just had to go and try it! It’s delicious! I love the sesame ginger dressing and the chicken is so tasty! I don’t usually like to order salads when I go out to eat but I definitely will be ordering this one again! They also have really tasty burgers and I love to get them wrapped in lettuce!

One reason I love to go eat at The Habit is because they have delicious sides too! One of my favorites is the Tempura Green Beans!

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.

 

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 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 205 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.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try the new salad at The Habit Restaurant near me. An image was also provided.