Tall Ships Festival Sails Into Dana Point Harbor September 7-9 Festivities include the Parade of Sail, mock cannon battles, craft beer tastings, mermaid encounters, historical reenactments and more

The County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history with the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba. Gather friends and family for a weekend full of seaside adventures Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 at Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor.

 Ocean Institute’s 34th Annual Tall Ships Festival offers multiple activities throughout the weekend. The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7 with the Parade of Sails and the Sails ‘n Ales kick-off party, followed by a weekend full of tall ship tours, pirate voyages, mermaid encounters and vendors on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.

On Friday, September 7 from 4 – 7:30 p.m., the Parade of Sail kicks off the historic weekend as visitors experience the sight of several iconic tall ships pass by as the sun sets behind the open sails. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture the remarkable views.

Festival-goers can continue the festivities during Sails ‘n Ales on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. with craft beer tastings from six different California breweries. Visitors will be able to sip craft beer and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks while listening to live music.

The young and young at heart can enjoy a Mermaid Breakfast on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. This one-of-a-kind breakfast experience will give visitors the chance to make crafts, enjoy pancakes and interact with mermaids as they swim underwater.

Experience the action of Cannon Battle Sails on board a historical tall ship! Guests ages 4 and older can end their Tall Ships Festival experience with a bang during an exciting mock cannon battle on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Tall Ships Festival Pass includes tours of the Brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point and all visiting vessels from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in addition to access to pirate encampments, exhibits, crafts, the craft beer garden and much more.

Prices vary per event and can be found at www.oceaninstitute.org. Free parking is available at the designated shuttle lots located at Strand Vista Park and Dana Hills High School with free shuttle rides to the festival. Shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from all lots.

OC Parks, Dana Point Harbor and the Ocean Institute encourage guests to embark on the ultimate seaside adventure during the Tall Ships Festival Presented by Toshiba September 7-9. For more information on activities, events, tickets, and parking visit https://www.oceaninstitute.org/tall-ships-festival.

Credit: OC Parks.

Surf’s Up! Pageant of the Masters Revisits Gary Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” in 2018 Production “Under the Sun” Pageant Tickets Still Available Through September 1

The creative team at the Pageant of the Masters –  Laguna Beach’s world-famous theatrical celebration of art in tableaux vivants– have always loved challenges. And nothing inspires them more than approaching an artwork they hope to transform into a “living picture” than the declaration, “It can’t be done!” Their philosophy has always been: big risk, big reward.

In 1992, when Glen Eytchison, director of the Pageant at the time, first approached Festival exhibitor Gary Prettyman about his vibrant acrylic portrait of surfing icon Kelly Slater executing an athletic maneuver riding a local wave, Gary’s first thought was, “There’s no way they could do this on the Pageant stage.” That summer, Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass” became one of those “how did they do it?” moments in the Pageant, as his acrylic painting became a living picture that seemed to defy gravity in recreating Slater’s dramatic feat onstage.

At that time, 26 years ago, Prettyman, who still lives in San Clemente, was busy establishing himself as a prominent proponent of surf art, a genre that has proven as evergreen and popular as plein air scenes of Laguna’s shoreline. With his painting on display in his booth on the Festival grounds and also recreated on the Pageant stage, Prettyman was enjoying his own “endless summer.”

Using photographs as sources for his surfing-inspired paintings, Prettyman was also perfecting his own unique style, creating acrylic scenes that seem to glow from within, as if the painting were floating on the surface of the canvas. In the case of “Cutting Glass,” he’d purchased a photo from a local newspaper photographer covering a surfing competition in 1990 held at Lower Trestles beach. Prettyman was drawn to that particular dramatic shot of Kelly Slater (who went on to win the competition) “cutting glass,” riding a wave. The photographer had rejected the shot because the light and color weren’t ideal. This, of course, was no problem for Prettyman, who was already envisioning the kinetic “pop” he could achieve through his experimental painting technique using transparent colors floating over a clear-coat.

Since its earliest years, the Pageant has sought occasional opportunities to showcase local artists. In 1935, Julia Bracken Wendt’s sculpture, “The Spirit of History, Science and Art” was featured as the finale of Roy and Marie Ropp’s 1935 Pageant. This summer’s Under the Sun goes out of its way to feature artworks by painters and sculptors associated with the Southland. But, in revisiting Prettyman’s “Cutting Glass”, there are new reasons to appreciate the artwork and artist.

For one, its subject, Kelly Slater, who was already making a name for himself in the surfing world in 1990, has gone on to become one of the acknowledged legends of the sport. Still competing, he’s also spent the past several years creating his “Surf Ranch” in Lemoore, California, where he’s developed technology to manufacture nearly ideal man-made waves in his high-tech “pool” far from the ocean.

On a far more personal front, however, this summer’s Pageant also provides another opportunity to be grateful that Gary Prettyman is still with us, and still excited about getting back to painting. In the 1990s, Gary was the victim of a freakish and near-fatal health emergency where he was informed that his survival was nothing short of a miracle. A prolonged and arduous recovery added to the challenge, and he often wondered if he’d ever paint again. Happily, Gary managed a full recovery and is more determined than ever to get back to the art he has always loved. With retirement after 20 years from his day job, he’s excited that a whole new Pageant audience will be introduced to his work this summer.

“My goal now is to paint, paint, paint!” he exclaimed. His love of surfing is undiminished by time or circumstance. “I still love the beauty of surfing, the uniqueness, the camaraderie, the tribe, the lifestyle,” he said of his nearly lifelong muse.  Among his first projects is a portrait of an old friend who’s a famous surf board shaper soon to be inducted into Huntington Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame. Prettyman would also love to believe he’ll one day have his art juried into the Festival of Arts again. In the meantime, he’s just excited to have “Cutting Glass” back on the Pageant stage, this time as a highlight of Under the Sun.

“Cutting Glass” will also be featured offstage in the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters gift shop. Prettyman’s image will be highlighted on the 2018 commemorative poster and program cover as well as additional merchandise including t-shirts and sweatshirts.

ABOUT THE PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS
Presented by the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

DATES & TIMES

July 7 – September 1, 2018

Performances Nightly at 8:30 pm

TICKET INFORMATION
Advance Tickets $15 – $260

SPONSORS

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by
Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,

Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

LOCATION

Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

(800) 487-3378

 

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Partners with Disneyland® Resort to Offer Summer Savings to Experience Pixar Fest Travel on the Pacific Surfliner for less and take advantage of limited-time savings on Disneyland® Resort theme park admission through September 3, 2018

This summer, travel for less on the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® and enjoy limited-time savings on Disneyland® Resort theme park admission to experience Pixar Fest through September 3, 2018. The Pacific Surfliner train travels to Southern California’s top destinations including Anaheim, the gateway to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Special offers on Pacific Surfliner travel and Disneyland® Resort theme park admission include:

  • Save 5% on Disneyland® Resort theme park admission: Use your Amtrak reservation number to unlock special savings at PacificSurfliner.com/Disney
  • Save 15% or more on train travel: Seniors, students, and passengers with disabilities save 15% on train travel with California Everyday Discounts. Kids (ages 2-12) ride half-price with a paid adult. Ages 2 and younger ride free.

“We are committed to enhancing connectivity in the communities we serve and are excited to offer savings not only on train travel, but also on a quintessential SoCal summer experience,” said Bryan MacDonald, chairman of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency, which oversees the Pacific Surfliner service. “Through this partnership, we hope to enhance the journey for those traveling to the Disneyland® Resort theme park, while also providing added value to our existing Pacific Surfliner customers.

Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) provides a convenient connection from the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) to the Disneyland® Resort, free when you present a valid Pacific Surfliner train ticket. Passengers can travel to ARTIC on the Pacific Surfliner from multiple points throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Program details:

  • Visit PacificSurfliner.com/Disney and use your train reservation number from a recent or upcoming trip to unlock 5% savings on Disneyland Resort theme park admission through September 3, 2018. The offer includes savings on one-day and two-day tickets.
  • The following discounts are available for Pacific Surfliner trips booked online, by phone, and at staffed Amtrak stations:
    • Kids Ride 50% Off: One child (ages 2-12) ride half-price with a paid adult. Ages 2 and younger ride free. No promo code is needed.
    • Seniors Save 15%: Travelers ages 62 and older receive a 15% discount on the regular adult fare with promo code V282.
    • Passengers with Disabilities save 15%: Adult passengers with a disability receive a 15% discount on the regular adult fare with promo code V577.
    • Students Save 15%: Students ages 13-25 with a valid student ID are eligible for 15% off the regular adult fare with promo code V353.

For more information and for complete offer details visit PacificSurfliner.com/Disney.

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About the Pacific Surfliner
The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 29 stations. It is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of nearly 3 million. To learn more and plan a trip, visit PacificSurfliner.com, like Pacific Surfliner on Facebook, or @PacSurfliners on Twitter.

About the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency
The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency is a joint powers authority composed of rail owners, operators and planning agencies along the entire LOSSAN rail corridor. In addition to working to improve passenger rail ridership, revenue, on-time performance, operational flexibility, and safety, the LOSSAN Agency assumed management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California. For more information, visit lossan.org.

The 2018 LA Taco Festival

LA’s Taco Festival returns to Grand Park in support of ending youth homelessness in Los Angeles.
 The festival is organized by and benefits Jovenes, Inc., a non-profit organization in Boyle Heights that provides housing and supportive services to homeless youth between the ages of 18-25.
 Enjoy some of the most delicious tacos Los Angeles has to offer, including Kogi BBQ, Epic Gourmet Taco Catering, Thai-Mex Cocina and many more. Live music performances will be held all throughout the day, with interactive activities and vendor booths.
 The event is open to the public and all taco lovers! It is free to attend with a $5 suggested donation to support Jovenes’ work with homeless youth.

When: Saturday, August 18th from 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Directly in front of City Hall between Spring St and Broadway)

For more information visit: www.latacofestival.com and www.jovenesinc.org
Credit: L.A. Taco Festival/Jovenes, Inc.

Universal Studios is the place to go this Summer! Don't Miss What’s New at Universal Studios Hollywood and don't forget to check out some of my older favorites!

   

Looking for a fun place to take the family this Summer? Universal Studios Hollywood is the place to go! There are some really cool new things this Summer! DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” is now open at Universal Studios Hollywood as of June 15, 2018. With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” introduces the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. You can also see a few Characters at Universal Plaza such as Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda. A replica of Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, as featured in the film, is also set up, inviting guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages.

 

My favorite place to visit is “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and I could stay there all day! There are New Wand Magic Experiences and with a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout the land at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of the Incendio fire-making spell and the Alohomora unlocking spell ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. This really is a great addition for Harry Potter fans!

What else is really cool is the New Wizarding Apparel at Gladrags Wizardwear.

Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. New this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe and a replica of Hermione’s Yule Ball dress, now available in adult and children’s sizes.

Some really Exciting news is that Butterbeer Ice Cream & Three Broomsticks Expands its Menu!

Butterbeer ice cream is now available and Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including Ploughman’s Lunch, Cheese Toastie with Chicken and Sunday Roast Sandwich. I still prefer the Butterbeer and it’s one of my favorite things to drink when I’m there!

Other things you do not want to miss:

“Jurassic Park—The Ride”

The countdown to the extinction of “Jurassic Park—The Ride” begins as Universal Studios Hollywood excavates the site in preparation for the 2019 arrival of “Jurassic World Ride.” “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will officially become extinct on September 3, 2018. The Jurassic Cove restaurant and Jurassic Outfitters retail store also will close with the attraction and reopen with the new experience in 2019.

My son and I love this ride! It’s one of our favorites and a must on a hot Summer day! You will get wet!

Blue at the “Raptor Encounter”

Blue, one of the most popular dinosaurs from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, is now part of Universal Studios Hollywood exciting “Raptor Encounter” experience inviting guests to brave the dangerous predator in daring face-to-face standoffs.

And of course…you won’t want to miss some of the things that make Universal Studios Hollywood one of my all-time favorite places to go!

  

I love the Studio Tour and always have to say “Hi!” to one of my favorite storybook characters..Curious George!

And…Don’t forget to wave to Norman!

   

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios Hollywood to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a place to visit this Summer? San Pedro is the place to take the Family! Fun and delicious food awaits you!

It’s Summer and time to go out and have fun with the family! One of my local favorite places to visit is San Pedro.

The coastal town, with a population of almost 81,000, and former WW II home to the U.S Navy fleet will gain a $400 million dollar 21st-century waterfront complete with a hotel. Now is the key time to understand the harbor city’s transitioning charm and what drew writers Charles Bukowski and Louis L’Amour to the area to live.

During the mid-20th century, San Pedro drew more than a million visitors annually. Today, with the Port of Los Angeles, the largest in North America (“America’s Port”) and Worldship Cruise Center, the 12.5-mile area has almost three million teeming its streets. Over the last couple of years, new attractions have paved the way, starting with the U.S.S. Iowa which, in 2012 sailed into the LA from San Francisco, to become a maritime museum.

There are lots of things to do, things to see and they have some of the best restaurants!  You could easily spend the whole day there doing so many different things but here are a few of my favorites!

Have you been to the Pacific Battleship Center? The Battleship IOWA is a must-visit! I love the history of this amazing place and I love that they have an App especially for the kids! The Battleship IOWA Interactive Mobile Tour allows visitors a first-hand experience to live and serve on this historic ship. On my visit, I downloaded the App and found that this will be something great for the younger kids. The Tours is my favorite part of the App but it also has Maps, Augmented Reality which is really cool to check out when you are visiting the Battleship IOWA. There’s even a cute dog mascot named Victory (Vicky) that children can try to spot on the ship. There’s a matching game with a prize at the end of the tour in the gift shop so check it out!

     

   

U.S.S. Iowa: In the coming year, will put together a new virtual reality flight experience taking off from the ship and then landing wherever you want to go…maybe Paris? How about London? Singapore? And you don’t even have to leave the ship. Now, how cool does that sound?! https://www.pacificbattleship.com/

Download their FREE App by clicking here!
Some upcoming events are the following: 

FREE: July 13, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Justice League (2017). Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Snyder and Chris Terrio. Starring Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Jason Momoa. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 17, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun”: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). Directed by James Gunn. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Kurt Russell. Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter’s parentage is revealed.  Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: August 31 – September 3rd: Third Annual LA Fleet Week. LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video — Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kids’ STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a 100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day morning 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the LA Fleet Week 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Sailor, Marine & Coastguard teams. The family-fun event is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. More information at LAFleetWeek.com.

FREE: September 21, 8:00 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Directed by Rian Johnson. Starring Daisy Ridley,  Oscar Isaac, John Boyega. Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

 FREE: October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.: “Movies Under the Gun.” Hocus Pocus (1993). A Halloween Trick or Treat will also be available starting at 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.  Directed by Kenny Ortega. Starring Bette Midler,  Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under the Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The unique movie series is FREE and held outdoors on the ship’s fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. All movies will start at dusk. Subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

FREE: December 1, San Pedro 56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Sponsored by The Port of Los Angeles.  Watch the parade route, as it sails by the Battleship IOWA Museum and along the San Pedro waterfront. Iowa visitors will have unobstructed views of the elaborately decorated boats.

About Battleship IOWA

Entering service more than 70 years ago, U.S.S. IOWA deployed to the South Pacific in the uncertain early years of World War II.  The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, U.S.S. IOWA concluded her active duty as the Berlin Wall crumbled.  Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship museum.  Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with our last ticket sale. Please visit our website additional information on special events, group tours educational programs and Naval retirement flag service.

Another place you just have to visit is the Cabrillo Aquarium, one of Frank Gehry’s early commissioned architectural buildings and a conservation center. http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Since 1935, CMA has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. I love seeing all the sea creatures at this Aquarium! I also love the Tide pools at Cabrillo Beach!

  

3720 Stephen M. White Drive 
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-548-7562
Aquarium Hours
Tuesday through Friday – 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Photo Credit: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Now, after visiting these truly amazing places you have to check out one of the many fabulous restaurants for lunch or dinner! One of my favorites is San Pedro Fish Market: LA’s Most Instagrammed Restaurant: https://www.sanpedrofish.com/
I was amazed at how big this place is and how clean! There is a sit-down place that I really recommend and the outside eating area is really big!
    
   
I love all the seafood choices they offer and I had the best Shrimp enchiladas ever! But, you really have so many choices! You can pick your own choice of fish at the Fish Counter and tell them how you would like it and add toppings or you can sit down and enjoy a meal from their menu which like I mentioned…they have the best shrimp enchiladas! The Salmon plate is pretty good too! If you love seafood, this place is a must-visit!
    
And, if you have a chance to meet the owner, Tommy Amalfitano, he has quite the sense of humor!
If you have even more time to spend in San Pedro, here are a few other places worth checking out!
The Maritime Museum: www.lamaritimemuseum.org
Crafted Los Angeles, home to nearly three dozen craftsmen and artisans crafting artisanal products such as candles, furniture, jewelry, clothes and art. http://craftedportla.com/
LA Waterfront Cruises: http://www.laharborsportfishing.com/
The Historic Downtown San Pedro First Thursday Artwalk is every first Thursday of the month 6-9 pm and the Farmers Market is every Friday 9 am-2 pm. And, Don’t forget to ride in the Red Trolley and see the Fanfare Fountains! LA Fleet Week is coming to San Pedro Labor Day weekend August 31st-September 3rd, 2018! https://www.lafleetweek.com/
Self Disclosure: I received media comps to visit all of the above. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids except for Cabrillo Aquarium. Photos were provided courtesy of the Cabrillo Aquarium. 

Monster Jam® Returns To SoCal with L.A.’s First-Ever Action-Packed Arena Event, Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ Tickets on Sale Now!

**Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams

Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions

Driving Three Different Vehicles: Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters & ATVs**

After five record-breaking stadium events playing to packed crowds at Angel Stadium earlier this year, Monster Jam® is revving it’s way up to Downtown Los Angeles with an all-new action-packed weekend of events for the first time ever at STAPLES Center, featuring the SoCal debut of the indoor arena-based Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ that will keep motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family!

     

Unlike any other Monster Jam event seen in SoCal before, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series features eight of the most intense Monster Jam athletes in a fierce battle for the championship that tests the versatility and endurance of the athletes as they go head-to-head in a points-based format with seven different competitions driving three customized high-powered vehicles:  the larger-than-life 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs.  These extreme athletes battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit – delivering what fans want to see the most… more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series world-class athletes vying to become champions will be:

  • Grave Digger® driven by Brandon Vinson
  • Max-D® driven by Jared Eichelberger
  • El Toro Loco® driven by Mark List
  • Megalodon driven by Travis Groth
  • Zombie™ driven by Tyler Groth
  • Wonder Woman driven by Collette Davis
  • Pirate’s Curse™* driven by 2017 “Rookie of the Year” Camden Murphy
  • Alien Invasion driven by Bernard Lyght

 

WHEN:           Friday, August 17, 2018                  

  • Event Time – 7:30 PM

 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Event Times – 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 

WHERE:         STAPLES Center – 1111 S. Figueroa Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011

 

 TICKETS:      Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $25 each*

 

Tickets are now available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the venue Box Office.                  *ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Photos were also provided.

Yogurtland Celebrates National Ice Cream Day On July 15, 2018 Five Handcrafted Ice Cream Flavors Will be Available and Special Buy-one, Get-one Free Offer from 1 – 6 pm

The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces plans to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at all US locations on July 15 with a buy one, get one free offer from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM local time. After introducing ice cream to its lineup last summer, Yogurtland has continued to swirl up delicious handcrafted ice cream flavors for its fans. For National Ice Cream Day, Yogurtland will serve five ice cream flavors as well as other frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors, giving fans a variety of options to create a celebratory treat as unique as they are.

Yogurtland’s celebration of ice cream includes five delicious scratchmade ice cream flavors – Rich Chocolate Ice Cream, Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream Made With WHOPPERS, Butter Pecan Light Ice Cream** and OREO® Cookies and Crème Ice Cream plus the usual lineup of craveable frozen yogurt flavors.

“Ice cream has become a huge part of Yogurtland’s attraction for those who desire to create their own treats. This is our first National Ice Cream Day celebration and we are bringing in these incredible flavors for this special day,” said John Wayne Carlson, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Development, and Operations at Yogurtland. “Normally we have three ice cream flavors on offer, but for this special event, we are bringing back two big favorites that feature OREO® cookie pieces and WHOPPERS.  Alongside these great flavors will be Yogurtland’s first Light Ice Cream**, our amazing Butter Pecan.  The WHOPPERS and OREO® flavors will be available again beginning on this day while supplies last, so we urge our fans to come early!”

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually creating craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the frozen yogurt and ice cream making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, United Arab Emirates, Guam, Myanmar, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

 

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