Black in Mayberry’s 3rd Annual Free Juneteenth Celebration in El Segundo Saturday, June 15 to Feature Top R&B Emerging Artists including Lendrix from Los Angeles College of Music

The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) is thrilled to announce its partnership this year with Black in Mayberry, bringing three of its students — emerging R&B artists and future stars — to perform for its third annual Juneteenth celebration in El Segundo. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at El Segundo Recreation Park. This year marks the second year that Black in Mayberry will be hosting a Juneteenth festival in the park, promising a day filled with entertainment, fun, education, and community engagement.

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th and also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the United States. Black in Mayberry is dedicated to honoring this significant day by providing a platform for celebration and reflection for the entire community. This year, LACM and Black in Mayberry are joining forces to bring a day of music, arts, education and community to El Segundo, highlighting the Foundation’s mission to combat racism through the arts.

The festival will feature live music, captivating performances, interactive arts activities, an art exhibit, a kid’s zone, black-owned business vendors, food trucks, and much more. The event promises something for everyone, with activities and attractions that celebrate African American culture, history and contributions to America.

“After an astonishingly successful Juneteenth Festival in the Park in 2023, we are excited to once again host our 3rd annual Juneteenth celebration in El Segundo Recreation Park this year. This event is a celebration of freedom, unity, resilience, struggles and triumphs and we invite everyone regardless of ethnicity to join the African American community in celebrating our freedom from enslavement and the ideal of freedom and equality for all,” said Tanya Taylor, founder and Executive Director of Black in Mayberry and producer of the 2021 Black in Mayberry documentary. “We are excited to partner with LACM this year to feature their students and top emerging artists so that attendees will get a front row seat to see these future stars of Black culture and artistry.”

The Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their families and friends to enjoy this vibrant celebration of African American culture.

“We are honored to collaborate with Black in Mayberry for this significant celebration,” said Erin Workman, Executive Vice President and Head of the Songwriting and Music Business Departments at LACM. “This partnership aligns with LACM’s mission to foster creativity, diversity and community engagement. We look forward to giving our students and future stars an opportunity to perform at this celebration of freedom that educates, entertains and inspires.”

About the artists:

Hailing from Alabama and now based in Los Angeles, Lendryx is an independent R&B artist that brings inspiration and melodies from R&B’s roots and blends it with contemporary concepts, creating a unique soundscape of his own. As Vibe magazine writes, “Meet Lendryx—a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter with an affinity for traditional R&B and a falsetto that’d impress any R&B OG. On his new record, “Just My Turn,” he combines his romantic strife with his tenure in the military, emotionally conveying the fears of losing a love so crucial that it seems scarier than fighting in a war.” Lendryx has over 1 million global streams, 3 top 10 iTunes R&B singles and a top 15 iTunes R&B/Soul album, purification.

Kennedy Ray is a singer-songwriter from the great music city of Memphis, Tennessee. The city’s rich history of soul, gospel and blues have influenced her greatly as a musician, leading her to take on a modern-day Motown sound infused with heavy notes of R&B and pop. Kennedy was one of only twenty students in the first-ever Stax Music Academy Songwriting Lab. Sponsored by a collaboration between Levi’s Strauss & Co. and Justin Timberlake, the Songwriting Lab landed her big performance opportunity, showcasing her songwriting work along with her peers for the city and the nation.

Gray, a California native rapper/producer blending hip hop with elements of jazz, R&B, and alternative music, juggles the hardships of life and navigates adulthood through lyrics of self-reflection and raw honesty. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Tyler, the Creator, and Kanye West, Gray infuses his music with gritty narratives of struggle, resilience, and self-discovery, tackling the weight of societal expectations, the rollercoaster of love and loss, and the turbulent journey of self-acceptance.

For more information about Black in Mayberry and the Juneteenth Festival, please visit www.blackinmayberry.org or follow @blackinmayberry on social media.

About Black in Mayberry:

Black in Mayberry is a nonprofit organization with a mission to combat racism through the arts. The organization strives to create a society where diversity, inclusion, and equality thrive, fostering an environment of understanding, empathy, and appreciation for all. By leveraging artistic expression, Black in Mayberry aims to dismantle systemic racism and build a more equitable future.

El Segundo resident Tanya Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of Black in Mayberry and the producer of the 2021 Black in Mayberry documentary. In the film, inspired by Black Lives Matter protests in El Segundo following the murder of Geroge Floyd, the city’s residents share their experiences with racism with the aim to tell the stories that may not always be discussed between people of different races.  www.blackinmayberry.org.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF MUSIC

Los Angeles College of Music, LACM, prepares students to be leaders in music and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 12 majors across Music Performance, Music Production, Music Composition, and Music Industry. Since opening its doors in 1996, LACM has become home to music students from around the world who desire the professional edge that can only be attained by living and studying in the heart of the music industry. Small class sizes and private study with current, leading, musical professionals foster an intimate and supportive environment to learn to create, record, perform, and market in today’s competitive music industry. LACM has expanded its programming to ages 12+ through its Summer at LACM program, and recently introduced the Bridge to Success English as a second language program that allows students to attend college 1 term early and develop academic English skills through music coursework and cultural immersion. For more information, call 626.568.8850 or e-mail info@lacm.edu. LACM is located at 300 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Follow LACM at www.facebook.com/LACMOfficial or on Twitter: @LACMOfficial. www.lacm.edu.

Join us for an unforgettable celebration of youth empowerment and community unity at the Boyle Heights Youth Festival [For Youth, By Youth]

This event represents collaboration and community spirit, supported by esteemed organizations such as Alma Family Youth Services, Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, Casa 0101, and Healing Urban Barrios.

Additional support is provided by Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, Homeboy Industries, KQBH 101.5, Latino Equality Alliance, Pod Pals, and Soledad Enrichment Action, all contributing to the festival’s vibrancy and reach.

Sponsors: Converse, Councilman Kevin de León, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and SK8-BRD-BUS have generously sponsored this event, ensuring its success and impact.

The Boyle Heights Youth Festival returns with a free in-person event. It was established to address the rising violence impacting local families and youth during summer breaks. Over time, it has evolved into a source of positivity and creativity for the community.

Led by individuals aged 13-24, this festival is a testament to the power of young voices. Weekly meetings since February have led to the formation of entertainment, logistics, marketing, and volunteer committees, shaping every aspect of the festival.

Esteemed celebrity special guests Xolo Maridueña (Blue Beetle, Cobra Kai) and Xochitl Gómez (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Dancing with the Stars) will honor each youth contributor on stage.

Performances by local artists Adriana Padilla, Death To Maria, Ballet Folklorico Ramona Convent, Shaiel Arroyo, Amber Keys Band, Lauren Keys, Erika Stormm, Salsa Dance Team, Maximo Chavez, Isabella Alvarez Hosted by Sergio, Genji, & PodPals.

Saturday June 8, 2024

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2130 E. 1st. Street (Breed & St. Louis) / Recommended Public Transit: Soto Metro Station.

June 8 World Oceans Day Santa Monica Beach Cleanup

Photo Credit: LA Waterkeeper

After a rainy winter, there’s a lot of cleanup to be done along our coastline! Join us for our World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup and take a vital step towards preserving marine life and safeguarding the beauty of our coastal ecosystems. Your help is crucial in making our coastal habitats a healthier and more beautiful place for all to enjoy. Let’s work together to make a positive impact on World Oceans Day! Special thank you item for all registered participants thanks to our friends at California Fish Grill! This event is sponsored by Mara Beauty.

June 8th, 9a-11a

Contact Kelly Shannon McNeill at kelly@lawaterkeeper.org

World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup with LA Waterkeeper

Saturday June 8th, 9a-11a Free beach cleanup event

Santa Monica Beach, Tower 20, 2030 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Event link: https://www.lawaterkeeper.org/events/world-oceans-day-beach-cleanup

RSVP required. 

Learn more about Los Angeles Waterkeeper: https://www.lawaterkeeper.org/.

For more information about this event, contact Kelly Shannon McNeill at kelly@lawaterkeeper.org.  

The Beastly Ball Returns to the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is thrilled to announce the return of its annual fundraising event, the Beastly Ball, on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Actor, comedian, and television host Joel McHale is back for the fifth time as emcee, lending his celebrity and signature humor in support of wildlife care and conservation.

This party under the stars promises an unforgettable night of adventure and meaningful impact, as celebrities, tastemakers, business leaders, city officials, philanthropists, and zoo-lovers gather in support of the Los Angeles Zoo’s and GLAZA’s shared mission: saving wildlife, enriching our communities, and creating connections to nature.

“Each year, this fundraising event serves as a way to honor the Zoo’s achievements in conservation and to acknowledge outstanding individuals and organizations dedicated to conservation and supporting the Zoo’s ongoing role as an educational destination,” said Dawn Petersen-Amend, Interim President of GLAZA. “This event is vital in furthering our mission, allowing GLAZA to sustain its support for the Zoo’s initiatives in wildlife conservation, community outreach programs, and advancements in animal care and veterinary medicine.”

Guests of the Beastly Ball will enjoy an exceptional after-hours stroll through the Zoo, complete with special animal experiences, gourmet food and drinks, an exclusive silent auction, and captivating entertainment, with delightful surprises throughout the event. The evening will culminate with McHale leading a rousing paddle raise to inspire donations in support of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. GRACE is a conservation partner of the Los Angeles Zoo and the evening’s philanthropic focus whose mission is to provide excellent care for rescued Grauer’s gorillas and work alongside Congolese communities to promote the conservation of wild gorillas and their habitat.

This year’s Ball will honor the Angela D. Collier Foundation, which focuses on funding animal welfare charities and developing park space for zoos, and its president, Mohammad Virani. The foundation has made significant contributions to the Los Angeles Zoo, including funding the Angela Collier World of Birds Theater, home of the spectacular World of Birds Show. In celebration of the birth of a female western lowland gorilla in 2020, the newest troop member was named “Angela” in honor of the late Angela Collier, a devoted animal advocate. Additionally, GLAZA Trustee Esther S. M. Chui-Chao will be honored for her passionate support of wildlife conservation and commitment to furthering GLAZA’s mission. Chui-Chao’s association with the Zoo dates back to 1984, yet her affection for wildlife originated in her early years on her grandfather’s farm near Hong Kong. This childhood passion translated into a lifelong devotion that has played a pivotal role in helping shape the direction of GLAZA’s initiatives, ensuring that its efforts are impactful and sustainable.

“We thank Mohammad Virani and the Angela D. Collier Foundation for the contributions that have provided countless opportunities for the communities we serve to connect with wildlife and nature,” said Denise M Verret, Los Angeles Zoo CEO and Zoo Director. “Esther S. M. Chui-Chao’s support for the Zoo and her life-long commitment to wildlife continue to have a positive impact on Angelenos through the Zoo and its programs. On behalf of the entire Los Angeles Zoo family, we thank both honorees for their unwavering commitment to the Zoo and support of our mission.”

Since the Ball’s inception in 1971, GLAZA has had a long history of successful fundraising for the Los Angeles Zoo. In 2022, the event raised more than $1.4 million, making it one of the top-grossing events in its history. The following year, in 2023, the Ball raised over $1.6 million, with McHale leading a lively paddle raise to help fund a scholarship program for under resourced schools, providing free admission and transportation to the Zoo. At the event, the scholarship program was renamed Betty White’s Zoo Pals in honor of the late actress, who served as a GLAZA trustee for more than 50 years.

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, visit www.lazoo.org/beastlyball or call 323-486-4253.

Corporate Partners supporting the Beastly Ball include California Credit Union and U.S. Bank.

Credit: LA Zoo.

COMIC CON REVOLUTION 2024 – Returns May 18-19 at the Ontario Convention Center

May 18-19, 2024

Comic Con Revolution is The Inland Empire’s largest comic & pop culture event. Blazing a trail, the CCR Team has built an unforgettable experience. With first-ever guest appearances and cast reunions, legendary comic book creators, iconic voice actors, world class photo ops, fast and safe security, multiple options for food, a curated mix of vendors & exhibitors there is just nothing quite like Comic Con Revolution.

PREVIEW THE 2024 GUEST & ARTIST LINEUP HERE

WHAT’S AT COMIC CON REVOLUTION –

·       Full exhibit hall with over 350 exhibitors

·       160+ comic book creators, new comic book dealers, vintage comic book dealers, comic book publishers

·       toy & collectibles vendors, crafts, costumes, clothing,

·       cosplayers, fan groups, media stars

·       Panels, Q&As, How-to session, screenings, comics, cosplay included in our weekend programming schedule.

Credit: Comic Con Revolution. Information and images were provided.

National Fish Taco Day

Fish Tacos!

Rubio’s Offers 99¢ Tacos on National Fish Taco Day!

On Thursday, January 25, celebrate National Fish Taco Day at Rubio’s with Baja-inspired, Original Fish Tacos® for just 99¢ with purchase (limit four per order, one offer per person, must order an additional menu item, side, or drink.) Order online at Rubios.com, or through the app, enter coupon code ­­­­­­FISHTACO at checkout, or scan the QR code on the coupon in restaurants.

January 25 also marks the 41st Anniversary of Rubio’s founder, Ralph Rubio, opening the very first Rubio’s in Mission Bay, San Diego. The tiny, walk-up stand started the fish taco phenomenon that has spread from coast to coast. Today, Rubio’s menu includes a variety of grilled seafood including responsibly sourced shrimp and salmon, wild-caught Alaska pollack and wild-caught mahi mahi. Perfect for guests eating healthy in the New Year, the menu also features flavorful options under 600 calories, including the California Bowl with Cauliflower Rice and Grilled Chicken (32 grams protein), the Wild-Caught Mahi Mahi Two Taco Plate with Cauliflower Rice and Black Beans (35 grams protein, 4 grams sugar), the Avocado Corn Taco Salad with Grilled Shrimp (20 grams protein) and the Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken (28 grams protein).

Guests are encouraged to order ahead through the Rubio’s app or Rubios.com. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’s, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Credit: Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

Shop from 20+ Small Businesses, Enjoy Live Music, Kids Crafts and More at STC GardenWalk’s Christmas Market, Dec 1-3 and Dec 8-10

Heading to The GardenWalk in Anaheim off of Disney Way?  You don’t want to miss this!

You can check out over 20 small businesses, visits with Santa, live music performances, dancers, food, crafts, and more.  What a fun way to spend the weekend this holiday season!

Credit: Primrose Marjet.

The Fred Hall Show is California’s Ultimate Outdoor Experience

The World’s Largest Sportfishing Show, One of the Nation’s Premiere Boat Shows and an Internationally Acclaimed Hunting and Fishing Travel Show enters Its 75th Year                         

 **March 2-6, 2022, at the Long Beach Convention Center**

What started in 1946 as a Sportsman’s show at the Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, has now become the world’s largest consumer fishing show, California’s Largest Trailer Boat Show, and Southern California’s finest hunting and fishing travel show.  The Fred Hall Show returns to the Long Beach Convention Center (300 East Ocean, Long Beach 90802) from Wednesday, March 2 through Sunday, March 6, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at www.FredHall.com , or available at the box office week of the show.

The Fred Hall Show—The Ultimate Outdoor Experience — will feature booths and boats inside the convention center, plus products on display from the world’s leading outdoor recreation manufacturers.  seminars will take place during the five days of the show.

“For 75 years, the Fred Hall Show has been an angler and boaters’ ultimate destination for gear, products, vessels and anything else needed for a day out on the water or the great outdoors,” said Duncan McIntosh promoter of the Fred Hall Show, “After a nearly two year ‘pandemic pause’ we are excited to valiantly return to Southern California’s marine and boating community. We will see you at the show!”

The 75th Annual Fred Hall Show 2022 Highlights

  • Fishing tackle manufactures displays and fishing tackle retail booths
  • Fishing and hunting travel booths
  • Kids Fishing Free Trout Pond
  • Fishing Apparel for Men and Women
  • Great American Duck Races, Burgers and Brew, Ultimate Air Dogs, and Live Music sponsored by Anheuser-Busch

Show Details:   

Adults – $20

Kids 15 and younger accompanied by paid adult FREE 

Seniors 62 and older – $18
Military with Valid ID $15  (military discount tickets available at Box Office only)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.FredHall.com or day-of-event at the box office.

Show Hours:     

Wednesday, March 2; Thursday, March 3; & Friday, March 4 1:00PM – 9:00PMSaturday, March 5 10:00AM – 8:30PMSunday, March 6 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Information:      https://www.fredhall.com/long-beach/

Credit: The Fred Hall Show.