Family Events at the Getty

Words and Vision: Custom Poetry Pop-up

Sunday, November 12, from 1 pm – 4 pm

The Getty Center

Turn an artwork into poetry. Local wordsmiths, armed with manual typewriters and poetic license, help transform your favorite Getty artwork into a memorable, take-home poem in this free, drop-in event for visitors of all ages. This event complements our exhibition William Blake: Visionary, open through January 14.

Papyrus Scroll Making Family Workshop

Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11 am

Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 11 am

Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 11 am

Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11 am

Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11 am

The Getty Villa

Become a scribe and create your own papyrus scene inspired by illustrations in the Book of the Dead. Learn about the making and use of the scrolls and ancient Egyptian art and belief. This free drop-in program complements our exhibition The Egyptian Book of the Dead, open through January 29.

Artist at Work: Papyrus Making

Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11 am

Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 11 am

Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11 am

The Getty Villa

Join local Egyptologist Marissa Stevens to discover how ancient papyrus paper was made and explore the many uses of the papyrus plant in ancient Egypt and in the exhibition The Egyptian Book of the Dead, open through January 29.

Light Catcher Family Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 11 am

Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 11 am

Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 11 am

Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 11 am

Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 11 am

Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 11 am

The Getty Center

Create your own light catcher inspired by Getty’s stained glass collection and discover how to make art using light and color with artist Stephanie Godoy in this free family workshop.

Credit: The Getty Center.

Meet the owner of Rock & Roll Jane!

Kathie Zaccaria

My journey to Rock & Roll Jane has been a long time coming. My love for music began when I was a little girl listening to my mom’s music  – everything from Tina Turner to Elvis Presley to Kenny Rogers.

Years of immersing myself in music, seeing live shows, following my favorite bands on tour, playing instruments, working music-related jobs, finding a love for photography and fashion, and numerous nights starring at the stars.

Right in front of me stood my calling.

Rock & Roll Jane is a fun destination for rock-n-roll women of all ages. I believe that you should wear what you want, regardless of age – and I’m here to help you do just that. Our collection of officially licensed band tees and merchandise, graphic tees, and jewelry will let you show off your unique style. 

Whether that be band tees and Dr. Martens, graphic tees and beanies, or unique statement jewelry. Be bold, be brave, and rock it like a rock star – on your own terms!

As female-owned and operated, I’m committed to supporting other female-owned businesses and brands. The jewelry I carry comes from talented and creative female designers across the United States. And the models who grace my website? True rock-n-roll mamas! (Except for my daughter, she’s not a mama yet!) 

As a woman in my 50’s, I believe we should all be our true authentic selves and celebrate our unique beauty… rock-n-roll style!

You can find Rock & Roll Jane online at

Or  @rockandrolljane on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Looking for a Pizza place that is more than just pizza? Piccini is the place to check out!

Piccini in Torrance located at 4642 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503-1939

I recently had the opportunity to check out the new pizza place in my neighborhood and to say I was impressed is really an understatement! I have to admit that Pizza would not normally be my first choice. Italian food in general has not been one of my top three choices. Piccini claims to be more than pizza and I completely believe their claim. Piccini is family-owned & operated by Vince Giuliano & family. Here’s a fun fact! Did you know that in Italian, PICCINI means “little ones”? The owners named their takeout spot after their two boys, Luca and Nico. Now, how sweet is that?!

Now, back to the review! I did order a pizza and chose a BBQ Chicken Pizza. It was delicious and I will definitely be buying it again!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

This really was one of the best pizzas I have ever had! I can honestly say that I would love to have this pizza again! I shared this one with family and there weren’t any leftovers! I will be trying other pizzas now that I have found a pizza place I do really like! But, as I said..this is much more than your average pizza place! I also tried one of their starters/appetizers, one of their sandwiches, and a dessert!

Fried Artichokes

I am a big fan of Artichokes but have to admit I don’t eat them as often as I would like. But, I would eat these Fried Artichokes every week! They taste sooo good! They aren’t over-fried and they taste really fresh! I may just go to Piccini once a week just for these tasty fried artichokes!

Meatball Sandwich

I love sandwiches! So, obviously, I had to try one from Piccini! The Meatball Sandwich literally was my ultimate favorite! I couldn’t eat the whole sandwich in one sitting and saved half for the next day. Can you believe it was still delicious the next day? This really is the best Meatball Sandwich that I have ever had!

Salted Caramel Tiramisu

Usually, I will not get dessert at a Pizza type of place! I have just never been that impressed, to be honest! But, oh my! You have to get dessert at Piccini! The Salted Caramel Tiramisu is delightful! I just loved it and I could see myself going to Piccini just for this tasty dessert!

So, what are you waiting for? Piccini is definitely the place to buy Pizza and so much more!

Rubio’s Serves Up Three New Dishes

Photo Credit: Rubio’s.

Rubio’s is serving up new bowls and salads for summer. From grilled, sustainable shrimp to a mouthwatering al pastor sauce, the Rubio’s menu items offer a variety of bold flavors that guests can feel good about eating. Available beginning June 29 for a limited time, Rubio’s guests can enjoy the Al Pastor Shrimp Bowl, Baja Caesar Salad and Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp Bowl.

 “Every flavor-packed, bold ingredient offers the perfect balance of feel-good and flavor,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder, Ralph Rubio. “We created each of these dishes to be both cravable and full of protein, powering up summer meals without the tortilla.”

 The dishes include:

•  Al Pastor Shrimp Bowl: Marinated and grilled sustainable shrimp, citrus rice, crisp romaine, black beans, roasted pineapple, handmade guacamole and pickled red onion topped with an al pastor sauce made with the perfect combination of chilies and spices.

Very tasty! Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids

• Baja Caesar Salad: Crisp romaine, sliced Hass avocado, pickled red onion, cotija and tortilla strips topped with a roasted Poblano Caesar dressing. Served with choice of protein. This one is really delicious!

• Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp Bowl: Wild caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp, crisp romaine, citrus rice and black beans topped with handmade guacamole, cilantro/onion mix, creamy chipotle sauce, a signature chipotle honey sauce and pickled red onion.
Rubio’s has locations across California, Arizona and Nevada. Guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app or For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’s, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Self Disclosure: Information provided and top image by Rubio’s. I also had the opportunity to try the new bowls and they are delicious!

Get Halloween Booritos at Rubio’s Coastal Grill – October 31

It’s all about the Halloween treats at Rubio’s, when every Boorito on the menu is just $6.99 all day on October 31. Simply bring the coupon: to any of Rubio’s participating locations, or use code BOORITO when placing an order online at or on the Rubio’s App. 

Guests in California, Arizona and Nevada can get any burrito for $6.99, from responsibly sourced seafood to USDA choice steak and all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics, to vegetarian options. Favorites include the Ancho Citrus Shrimp Burrito, Wild Alaska Salmon Burrito, Burrito Especial with all natural chicken, California Burrito with USDA choice steak or the Bean & Cheese Burrito, just to name a few.

Langostino Lobster fans won’t want to miss special fall entrees, including the Puerto Nuevo Burrito made with Langostino Lobster, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and the Langostino Lobster two taco plate. 

Rubio’s locations are open for dine-in, and guests may also order online, or through the app, for contact-free curbside or express pickup, or delivery. For more information and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook, and Instagram.

Credit: Rubio’s. Some form of compensation was received to post.

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 Adds Impossible Meat for 2021

Unique Mexican Spice Blend Creates New Experience for Rubio’s Customers

The new year brings a new addition to the menu at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Beginning January 6, the home of The Original Fish Taco® will offer Impossible seasoned meat, made from plants. Rubio’s guests seeking to eat less meat as part of their new year’s resolutions can enjoy it in a new Impossible Taco Salad, or as a protein substitute on all chicken and steak entrées. Impossible meat is more sustainable, using a small fraction of land, water and energy, when compared to 80/20 ground beef.

 “We are using a signature blend of Mexican spices unique to Rubio’s in our Impossible Foods menu items,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “It pairs perfectly with our coastal-inspired flavors and expands our protein options that guests can feel great about eating.”

The Impossible seasoned meat has all the protein of 80/20 ground beef, does not contain animal hormones or antibiotics, is kosher, halal and gluten-free certified. Rubio’s is featuring the innovative Impossible meat in a new taco salad and two signature dishes:

·                Impossible™ Taco Salad: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plants, romaine lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, salsa fresca, tortilla strips, sliced Haas avocado and signature pickled jalapeno ranch dressing.

·                Impossible Burrito Especial: Impossibleseasoned ground meat made from plants, handmade guacamole, chipotle white sauce, roasted chipotle salsa, citrus rice, black beans and salsa fresca in a warm flour tortilla. Served with tortilla chips.

·                Impossible California Bowl: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plantscitrus rice, handmade guacamole, black beans, crisp romaine lettuce, salsa fresca, chipotle white sauce with your choice of salsa verde or roasted chipotle salsa.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all-natural chicken, raised without antibiotics, and all-natural USDA Choice steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and currently operates restaurants in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo credit: Rubio’s.

Rubio’s Gives Free Chips & Guac on National Avocado Day

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order, in celebration of National Avocado Day on Friday, July 31, 2020. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Simply redeem the coupon ( at any of Rubio’s participating locations.

Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness have always been a top priority at Rubio’s, new initiatives include tamper-proof seals on all delivery orders, daily health checks for all team members, protective face coverings and gloves, extensive sanitizing and disinfecting of restaurants and patios, strict social distancing protocols inside and outside, and contact-free curbside or express pickup and free delivery, on all orders of $20 or more.

Guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app and For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Credit for information and image: Rubio’s.