Miguel’s Jr. Launches “Photo of the Week” Social Media Contest Put your food photography skills to the test for the chance to win a $25 Miguel’s Jr. gift card

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Miguel’s Jr. invites guests to photograph burritos, nachos, tacos and taquitos in all of their delicious glory for a chance to win a $25 Miguel’s Jr. gift card. Beginning November 14,  Miguel’s Jr. will launch a social media contest where a number of lucky customer’s fabulous food photos on Instagram will be selected and shared across all of Miguel’s Jr. social media channels. A winner will be selected on the 15th and 30th of each month, just simply add the hashtag #MyMiguelsJr to your photos for eligibility. A representative from Miguel’s Jr. will reach out to the winners via Instagram’s Direct Message with details.

 

WHEN:

Beginning November 15, all Miguel’s Jr. food photos posted to Instagram with hashtag #MyMiguelsJr will be eligible for the contest.

Winners will be selected on the 15th and 30th of each month, with the first round of winner(s) being selected on November 22.

 

WHERE:

All Miguel’s Jr. Locations

Corona: 1039 W 6th St., Corona, CA 92882. (951) 270-3551

Corona (south): 2320 Compton Avenue, Corona, CA 92881. (951) 279-9393

Corona (west): 1570 West Sixth Street, Corona, CA 92882. (951) 279-7780

Costa Mesa: 141 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. (949) 646-2153

Fontana: 7490 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336. (909) 357-3822

Grand Terrace: 22219 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. (909) 783-4271

Huntington Beach: 19620 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. (714) 888-2255

Menifee: 30362 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92584. (951) 679-5299

Moreno Valley: 12860 Day Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. (951) 697-0390

Murrieta: 39713 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta, CA 92563. (951) 698-5154

Norco: 1432 Hammer Avenue, Norco, CA 92860. (951) 273-2611

Ontario: 2250 South Haven Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761. (909) 947-6761

Orange: 1325 Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. (714) 633-4000

Redlands: 27521 San Bernardino Avenue Redlands, CA, 92374. (909) 557-2220

Riverside: 1301 Galleria @Tyler, Riverside, CA, 92503. (951) 352-1895

Tustin: 2855 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782. (714) 202 4676

Woodcrest: 17815 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92508. (951) 339-5747

 

CONTACT:

www.MiguelsJr.com

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LA Children’s Chorus Rings in Holidays at Disney Hall Dec. 3

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs, rings in the holidays with special guest, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Susan Graham, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert featuring the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Paul Gibson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells – based on Tennyson’s beloved poem and arranged for chorus, organ, strings and handbells – as well as a range of sublime classical works, joyful holiday carols and poignant readings on Sunday December 3, 2017, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as part of the LA Philharmonic’s prestigious “Sounds About Town” series.  LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson leads the program of musical selections interspersed with readings drawn from such universal themes as creation, hope and change by ee cummings, Kenneth Grahame, Theodore Roethke, Robert Louis Stevenson, St. Francis of Assisi and Fra Giovanni Giocondo.

 

“This evening of music and poetry was inspired by ‘A Festival of Lessons and Carols,’ a cherished annual Christmas Eve tradition introduced in 1918 by King’s College Choir in Cambridge, England, that touches on universal human experiences through thoughtful verse and moving song and has been broadcast around the globe by the BBC every holiday since 1930,” says Tomlinson.

In addition to Gibson’s work, LACC performs Kim André Arneson’s Even When He is Silent and This Christmastide by British Academy Award-winning composer Donald Fraser, and reprises Dale Trumbore’s Breathe in Hope, which was commissioned for and premiered by the Chorus in May.  Graham joins the Chorus for the holiday carols O Holy NightA Christmas Lullaby and Now Have Good Day by Derek Holman.  The eclectic program also includes Thompson’s Velvet Shoes and Choose Something Like a Star; “Bereite dich, Zion” from Bach’sChristmas Oratorio; Praetorius’s Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming; “Et exultavit” and “Esurientes” from Vivaldi’s Magnificat; “Hymn to Dawn” from Holst’s Rig Veda, a collection of hymns inspired by the composer’s interest in Sanskrit and Hindu religion and poetry; and Debussy’s Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons.

Five of LACC’s highly regarded ensembles perform separately and combined.  Tomlinson conducts the chorus’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir; Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir; and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble.

Tickets start at $20; children ages 6-17 are half price.  (Suitable for children ages 6 and up.)  For tickets and information, visit www.lachildrenschorus.org/sounds-about-town or call (626) 793-4231.  Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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 LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS.

The public can find out how NOAA can keep them informed of the changing environment around them and how they can get involved AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC HOSTS NOAA DAY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017

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On Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Aquarium of the Pacific will host the eleventh annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) interactive event. The public can talk with real-life marine biologists and oceanographers while they learn about ocean habitat conservation, weather warnings, safe and sustainable seafood, aquaculture, ocean exploration, marine mammal strandings, and endangered species.

                        Learn more about NOAA and its efforts to protect the ocean, predict changes in the atmosphere, provide information about climate change, and impact everyday lives of people through science, service, and stewardship at the Aquarium during NOAA Day. In addition, representatives from NOAA’s National Weather Service and the Office of Aquaculture will use the state-of-the-art technology NOAA Science on a Sphere®, located in the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center to visually highlight weather modeling, hurricanes, and seafood farming.

WHEN:            Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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

COST:             Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members.

WHO:               The West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network

  • NOAA Fisheries’ Protected Resources Division (marine mammals, endangered species)
  • NOAA Fisheries’ Sustainable Fisheries Division (salmon and steelhead, clean watersheds, coastal resiliency )
  • National Weather Service
  • NOAA Corps
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA Restoration Center
  • Southern California Ocean Observing System
  • Sea Grant
  • California Conservation Corps

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

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NOAA:            NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. For more about NOAA visit http://www.noaa.gov/ or facebook.com/NOAA.

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 more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the new FROGS: Dazzling and DisappearingOur Water Future, and archerfish exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. 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 benefits.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Aquarium of the Pacific.

The top 3 tips to teaching kids a new language

As parents, we all want what’s best for our kids and enroll them in anything especially if it contributes to their development. While we all want them to enjoy their childhood, we also want to get them ready for their growth into adulthood. In our modern age today, learning a new language has become an increasingly important skill. Not only does it provide you a great leverage when traveling, but it gives you education and social advantage. That is why a lot of parents are now trying to give their children a chance to learn a new language in preparation for their future.

 

Here are three tips for teaching kids a new language.

 

  1. Start them young.

 

One of the best ways for your kids to easily learn is to introduce the language as early as possible. Children tend to easily learn a foreign language when they are exposed to it at an early age. However, it does not mean that older children can’t learn a new language. Start now, no matter how old they are. It may not be as easy but the important thing is that children are usually more passionate and curious to try new things at their age. Starting them early will give them higher chances of mastering a new language as they get older. They will have plenty of time to practice the language and eventually get to that level of proficiency that will give them the education and social advantage.

 

  1. Make use of any foreign resources and expose them to different cultures.

 

The best way to learn a new language is when you actually get to live or experience the culture behind the language. Make use of any foreign resources that you can easily access such as language books and audio books, language programs, foreign-language games, and language apps. You can also enroll them in a foreign language class. For instance, there are a lot of spanish lessons for kids where you can enroll them to. You may also let them watch their favorite TV programs and cartoons in a foreign language. Try to expose them to different cultural backgrounds by letting them socialize with children from a different culture or by letting them join events and activities that will let them immerse in a new language.

 

  1. Find a way for them to practice.

 

It is one way to learn the basics of a new language and finally practicing it. Language classes and other resources are a great foundation for your kids learning but for them to actually master the language; they will need to find time to practice it. In order for them to practice a foreign language, it is not enough to just speak it; they will have to ‘think’ like that language. One way to do this is by traveling to a country where the language is spoken. You can also let them join social groups who are studying the same language or you can find them a friend from a foreign country whom they can write to so they can also practice the new language through writing.

Where to Celebrate National Happy Hour Day on Nov. 12

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This year, the celebration lands on a Sunday, and while most bars and restaurants limit happy hours to weekdays, Islands Restaurants will have specials all day in the bar area. Repeat: all day happy hour.

Specials include $5 mai tais, mojitos, margaritas, sliders and cheddar fries (everything on the menu is under $10), as well as two new cocktails: the Maui Mojito with Don Q coconut rum, Myers Rum, pineapple, lime and mint; and the Blue Hawaiian featuring blue Curacao, rum, piña colada and pineapple. Both were created by Islands employees and will be available for a limited time.

And, because National Happy Hour Day lands on a Sunday, football fans can catch all the games with NFL Redzone, Sunday Ticket and plenty of big screen TVs at every location.

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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Celebrates Military Family Month Teams Up With Round It Up America To Raise Funds for Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military

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Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is celebrating Military Family Month by teaming up with Round It up America to raise funds for Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military program.

During November, Lucille’s will donate to Operation Homefront the Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at 23 participating locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada. Team members at Lucille’s restaurants will wear buttons to show their support.

Throughout November, for each donation of $5 or more, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit. (One per table, please.) Lucille’s will also be serving up a ‘Louisiana Lemonade,’ a refreshing drink that combines Bacardi Raz, Chambord, fresh blueberries, lemonade, Lucille’s fresh house sour and topped with a light beer, all served in a 22oz mug. For each drink sold, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 benefitting military families.

In honor of all those who have served in the military, Lucille’s will be providing 20% off the bill for active duty or veteran military personnel.

“At Lucille’s we value the men and women who have dedicated themselves to our country,” said Brad Hofman, president of Hofman Hospitality Group, parent company of Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. “This Veterans Day, we are honoring them throughout the month of November and providing support for those who may need an extra hand this holiday season. Together with our guests we can make a difference in the lives of those who do so much for our country.”

Lucille’s, as well as the other Hofman Hospitality Group restaurants, have set a donation goal of $25,000 to Operation Homefront. For more information, visit lucillesbbq.com.

“We are very grateful to Lucille’s and the Hofman Hospitality Group team for helping to raise funds to support our mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families,” said Jack Chirrick, senior director with Operation Homefront.  “Through our Holiday Meals for Military program we have an opportunity to thank military families for their service to all of us and help them to truly thrive in the communities they work so hard to protect.  Key partnerships like those with Lucille’s and the Hofman Hospitality Group make a huge difference in our ability to do that.”

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, a platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change.  Over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 23 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.

For more information, visit lucillesbbq.comfacebook.com/LucillesSmokehouseBBQ or twitter.com/Lucilles_BBQ.

About Operation Homefront

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

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Yogurtland Offers $5 Ultimate Creation Cup on November 14 Featuring Two Limited Time Flavors Made With Ghirardelli® And Limited Edition Collectable Spoon

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On Tuesday, November 14, Yogurtland fans will have an even greater reason to celebrate with Yogurtland’s $5 Ultimate Creation. From 4PM-9PM local time, for just $5 dessert lovers can visit their local Yogurtland and swirl up their own 16oz ultimate creation with any of the 16 available frozen yogurt and ice cream flavors, including two new limited-time flavors Made With Ghirardelli.The two flavors are:

            Frozen Hot Chocolate- Combining the perfect blend of rich Ghirardelli cocoa, cream, and marshmallow, this flavor takes winter’s favorite hot drink and perfects it in frozen form.

            Dark Chocolate Blueberry Sorbet- Inspired by Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Blueberry square, this sorbet provides delicious dark chocolate flavor from Ghirardelli cocoa, followed by notes of sweet blueberry.

Yogurtland guests can pick up their ‘I Heart Ghirardelli’ cup and swirl up their choice between two flavors Made With Ghirardelli or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious creation with even more Ghirardelli goodness with Ghirardelli toppings and sauces. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize their ultimate creation experience with all their favorite additions.

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

 All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as 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, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, 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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Brentwood Home celebrates Veterans Day with 15% off ALL mattresses through November 13

 Brentwood Home, California-based designer of healthy, luxurious, affordable home essentials is offering 15% off all mattresses from November 2-13 using code THANKYOU15.

All Brentwood Home mattresses are handcrafted in Los Angeles and come with a zero-risk guarantee, including: 120-night trial, free shipping and returns, 0% financing and a 25-year warranty.

Click here for details on the highest quality mattresses available online including the eco-friendly Cedar,  top-selling Oceano and premium but affordable Ojai.

Brentwood Home – designs and manufacturers mattresses, yoga and meditation pillows, sheets, pet beds and more. Brentwood Home’s mattresses are 100 percent handcrafted in Los Angeles and they are the most eco-friendly mattress available for purchase online.

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