Free Family Fun and Education this Weekend at Solar Discovery Day by Baker Electric Home Energy

As the heat in Southern California rises, along with residential energy bills, doesn’t it make sense to own, manage and control your electricity?

Baker Electric Home Energy invites family, friends and neighbors to Solar Discovery Day. Don’t buy a solar system until learning everything about products, design, installation and warranties. This is about solar education, catered food and fun for the kids.

When: August 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Baker Electric Home Energy, 2140 Enterprise Street, Escondido, CA

Cost: Free to the public, the event will feature a lineup of solar energy experts:

– LG Solar Panels

– Tesla Powerwall Home Batteries

– Quick Mount PV

– SolarEdge

– CURB Energy

And Dividend Solar and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union will be on hand to explain financing options and answer questions about return-on-investment.

Attendees will enjoy great food by Full Belly BBQ and Up in Smoke.

Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon art by Daniela & Co for the kids.

Bring along canned goods for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank or purchase a piece of art from TERI Inc., supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities, to be entered to win great prizes.

Guests are urged to register in advance at

Watch what happened at last year’s Solar Discovery Day:

Credit: Baker Electric Home Energy.

Inclusion & Diversity Begins with Children: Proud of My Family Event @ Museum

Adding a positive voice to the national narrative around inclusion, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose kicks off its fourth annual Proud of My Family weekend August 18 & 19. Children and adults will enjoy activities designed to celebrate all types of families, especially LGBTQ+ parents, relatives, and friends.

Recognizing that lasting change begins with children, the event supports the museum’s Inclusion and Cultural Competence strategic commitment to build awareness and understanding among people of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic situations, religions, abilities, and family configurations.

“Our goal is to always make every family feel welcome and celebrated at the museum,” said Marilee Jennings, executive director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. “This event helps foster understanding while recognizing that families come in all types of configurations and that what binds us are the shared hopes and dreams for our children and their futures.”

The jam-packed weekend includes festive rainbow art activities, moving and grooving in the Rainbow Dance Zone, getting creative with the temporary art installation around the colors of the Pride flag, and learning from partner organizations who will be onsite sharing resources about the LGBTQ+ community. Award-winning children’s recording artist Tim Cain performs Saturday and the Rainbow Women’s Chorus on Sunday.  They’ll be a Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m. with a “Meet and Greet” and a Pride Parade at 4 p.m. each day, both sponsored and led by SV Pride.

Proud of My Family Activities

August 18 & 19, 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Special Performances



  • Musician Tim Cain will perform acoustic music at noon.
  • Storytime with Todd Parr’s “The Family Book” at 11:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m.



  • Rainbow Women’s Chorus will perform at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m
  • Special guest caricature artist Hortencia Martin will draw family caricatures
  • Storytime with Todd Parr’s “The Family Book” at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Drag Queen Storytime at 3 p.m.

Ongoing Weekend Activities:

  • Create family portraits.
  • Join in a Rainbow Dance Party. Stretch, jump, spin and move with colorful streamers, pom-poms, capes and accessories.
  • Make rainbow friendship bracelets. Learn to tie knots and enhance fine motor skills by creating colorful yarn bracelets for friends and family.
  • Rainbow Reflections. Learn the meaning behind each color of the Pride Flag and contribute to the installation by drawing an interpretation of each color.
  • Partners from the LGBTQ+ community will be on-site offering information, resources, and coloring pages.
  • Family photo op. Strike a pose and make lasting memories with the colorful backdrop.
  • Paint your face with rainbows.
  • Explore rainbows and light in the Art Studio.
  • Fashion a cornhusk doll with colorful fabrics.
  • Create a nature journal. Find all the colors of the rainbow in the museum’s backyard.


Cost of admission: adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free. All activities are included in the price of museum admission.


About Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation. Since opening its doors in 1990, the museum has welcomed over 8.6 million visitors and has offered new exhibits each year that respond to children’s diverse educational needs. The striking 52,000 square foot purple building was designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta and is a beacon of discovery. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, hands-on exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations.  For more information about the Museum, visit

haleARTS GALLERY Officially Opens Contemporary Art Space at Santa Monica Place “Summer Art Series” Presents Local Works with Artist Reception Every Friday Evening Through August 19

haleARTS GALLERY celebrated an official grand opening at Santa Monica Place on Friday, June 29. The contemporary art incubator known for bringing local emerging artists together with emerging collectors, unveiled “Summer Art Series,” the first exhibition at the new gallery space. haleARTS GALLERY will host an artist reception every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. through August 17.

Curated by Chris Davies of Fabrik Projects Gallery, “Summer Art Series” at haleARTS GALLERY is a two-part exhibit featuring 8 contemporary artists, mostly local to Los Angeles. The work intrigues the senses through a variety of media including photography, collage and sculpture.

“haleARTS GALLERY makes art accessible to a broad audience of enthusiasts,” commented Stephanie Eglin, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place. “The gallery’s emerging art and retail exhibit is a wonderful compliment to the unique experiences that Santa Monica Place is offering to shoppers.”

Currently on display through July 22, “Summer Art Series” part 1 features works by Andy BurgessBetsy EnzensbergerBrandon Kusher, and Marilyn SandersAndy Burgess uses matchbook covers and geometric shapes to construct scenes of cities such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, transforming them into glittering mosaics of color that challenge the viewer’s perception of spatial depth. Betsy Enzensberger is known for creating larger-than-life resin sculptures of dripping, frozen treats and other sweet delights. Brandon Kusher’s photographic work conveys an understanding of each individual’s identity and communicates rare human moments of spontaneity, intimacy, and authenticity. Marilyn Sanders‘ Botanicals series showcases a selection of black and white and sepia-toned photographs, representing a culmination of decades of aesthetic and conceptual exploration.

“Summer Art Series” part 2 will feature new creations by artists Jessie ChaneyMaureen HaldemanSarah Hadley and Weldon Brewster and will be on display July 27 – August 19. In his architectural collages, Jessie Chaney’s photography draws on traditions of fine art, photojournalism, social documentary and anthropology. Maureen Haldeman‘s work focuses on the urban landscape and natural environment, primarily the ocean and coastline of Los Angeles.  Sarah Hadley‘s Lost Venice series explores the seemingly endless maze of the Italian passageways and canals. Los Angeles based photographer Weldon Brewster has created distinct images that capture the essence of a particular time and place.

haleARTS Gallery is open for limited hours on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Other times are available by appointment (email to schedule a private appointment). Artist receptions are every Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. through August 17.  For more information visit

August 17- Artist: Maureen Haldeman.

Credit:  haleARTS GALLERY.


Los Angeles Summer Bucket List for August!

Summer hasn’t ended yet! There’s still time to go out and have fun! Hit the beach! Go to all the fun places such as the beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, The California Science Center and I can go on! Here are a few more options:

  • Visit Adults Only Bar: Grab your friends and experience the best underground bars in downtown LA. Travel through time when you walk through the doors of this neighborhood hangout decorated with VHS tapes and popular movie posters. Just follow the pink neon sign.
  • Take an urban hike at Griffith Park: Home to Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park offers more than 50 miles of trails with amazing views of the Hollywood sign and access to Bronson Caves, a favorite filming location.
  • Get a fish taco (from the birthplace of fish tacos): Voted #1 Fish Tacos in California, enjoy the famous Original Fish Taco from Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

    Tip: Rubio’s is celebrating summer with TGIFF (Thank Goodness its Fish Friday!) deals – every Friday through August guests can get Rubio’s Original Fish Taco Two Taco Plate for $6 and any beer for $2.

I especially wouldn’t miss out on checking out Rubio’s! I love that place and their burritos are my favorite!

 Rubio’s® Restaurants, the brand known for its delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, is adding swordfish to its seasonal menu this summer. The grilled swordfish topped with Peruvian Aji Salsa will be available as a Two Taco Plate and a Bowl at participating locations beginning July 5, 2018. Guests can enjoy an endless summer of unique and delicious tacos because Rubio’s is also introducing the Baja Trio featuring two additional new tacos and an original favorite: Mango Shrimp Taco, Chicken and Fire-Roasted Corn Taco and Rubio’s famed Fish Taco Especial.

Rubio’s grilled swordfish features wild, hand-line caught swordfish grilled to perfection and topped with Peruvian Aji Chile Salsa—a blend of Aji peppers, shallots, cilantro, garlic and lime juice. The Two Taco Plate includes fresh Hass avocado slices, crisp cabbage, cilantro and onion, and Rubio’s signature white sauce on a new blue corn tortilla made with organic blue corn. In the bowl, the grilled swordfish with Peruvian Aji Chile Salsa is placed atop citrus rice and romaine lettuce with black beans, creamy avocado slices, red chiles, and drizzled with chipotle sauce.

We continuously develop recipes with a variety of fish because we want to give our guests the opportunity to experience seafood in new, exciting ways,” said Ralph Rubio, co-founder of Rubio’s Coastal Grill. “Swordfish pairs well with our chef-crafted Aji Chile Salsa inspired by the flavors of Peru. The aji chile is a Peruvian staple, similar to what the jalapeno is to Mexico, and we are excited to offer this unique flavor for our guests to enjoy all summer long.”

In addition to the Peruvian Aji Swordfish and Baja Trio dishes, Rubio’s is celebrating its famed Original Fish Taco® all summer long. Every Friday through August, guests can enjoy Rubio’s Original Fish Taco Two Taco Plate for just $6 and any beer for $2. Talk about TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s Fish Friday)!

As part of the company’s “Made With a Mission”® commitment – to serve coastal food that not only tastes great, but that its guests can feel great about eating – Rubio’s is also introducing a new grilled veggies blend with cauliflower, poblano peppers, red bell peppers, fire-roasted corn and red onion marinated in garlic, lemon and sea salt. The new veggies blend will be available in Rubio’s Balsamic & Grilled Veggie Salad.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at, Twitter at and Instagram at

Self Disclosure: I received free meal vouchers to check out Rubio’s and I highly recommend! No other compensation was received. 


Don’t Miss Del Amo Fashion Center’s Second to Last Summer Concert of 2018!

Del Amo Fashion Center invites the community to enjoy four concerts of mixed genres for the inaugural Summer Music Series at Torrance’s leading shopping and lifestyle destination.

The Summer Music Series showcases the new Village Park lawn area, just outside AMC Theaters, with a variety of musical genres on the second Saturday of the month in June, July, August and September from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Summer Music Series collection of performances is fine tuned to feature a diverse music styles by local artists from Greater Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy sounds from incredible artists such as Natalie Clark,selected as a Mercedes Benz KTLA “Artist to Watch,” also seen on the most recent season of the Voice. Other artists bring alternative, singer-songwriter and pop music to the Summer Music Series.

“Music is a meaningful way to form connections, and we love that the Summer Music Series encourages our community to linger and enjoy unique experiences with us,” said Del Amo Fashion Center Director of Marketing and Business Development Chris Yates. “Grab your friends and family, bring a blanket and pick-up some food from our selection of top-notch eateries for an afternoon of sunshine and music.”

The complete list of artists and performances includes:

  • Saturday, June 9 – Professional Folk (past)
  • Saturday, July 14 – Natalie Clark (past)
  • Saturday, August 11 – Michael Physick & Band
  • Saturday, September 8 – Lisa Ritchie


Del Amo Fashion Center embodies the upscale and outdoor lifestyle of the Torrance community with amenities and events such as the Summer Music Series, making it a leading lifestyle destination. Enjoy leisure time in the new and beautiful Village Park at Del Amo Fashion Center with a pristine lawn and gorgeous garden landscaping.

About Del Amo Fashion Center

Embrace the coastal chic lifestyle at Del Amo Fashion Center, the South Bay’s premier retail destination. Accented by an abundance of natural lighting, exquisite architecture, living green walls, gorgeous palm trees and a new Fashion Wing, Del Amo Fashion Center is a favorite in Southern California. Visit more than 200 stores including South Bay exclusives such as Brooks Brothers, Kate Spade New York, HUGO BOSS, Hanna Andersson and Z Gallerie. The center’s department stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men & Home, JCPenney and Sears. Experience the charm of the Outdoor Village with an array of retail and dining options. Other featured retailers include Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Arhaus, Brio Coastal Bar, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora, UNIQLO, Zara, and more. For more information, visit


About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Junior Art Award Ceremony Sunday, August 12th

A jury made up of Mark Porterfield, Steve Chadma, Emma Patton, Pat Sparkuhl and Stephanie Cunningham selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the more than 300 Orange County students’ work of art on display in the Festival’s Junior Art Exhibit.
Since its inception in 1947, the Junior Art Exhibit has come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the summer show. Selected by art authorities from thousands of submissions representing schools throughout Orange County, works by over 300 students (PK-12) are on display in the Junior Art Gallery. The exhibit has become not only a showcase for new generations of young Orange County student artists but also a vivid testimonial to the value and importance of continuing arts education in our school systems.
Sunday, August 12
11 am  – 12noon
Festival of Arts Fine Art Show
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Festival of Arts Fine Art Show tickets will grant free admission to the Junior Art Award Ceremony
    • Purchase tickets online at
    • General Admission: Weekends $15
    • Students & Seniors: Weekends $11
    • Children 6 – 12: Daily $5
    • Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents.


The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for 85 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.


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.

World Elephant Day Returns @ The Los Angeles Zoo August 11-12!

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

The L.A. Zoo is commemorating World Elephant Day (August 12) – an international spotlight on Asian and African elephants that spreads awareness of the urgent threat of their extinction – with a full weekend of opportunities for exploration, discovery, and fun on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Zoo’s World Elephant Day Celebration highlights the state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia habitat, with chances to learn about its four elephant residents and how they are cared for, through educational activities and exclusive behind-the-scenes barn tours, which are available to the public just once per year.

Activities Include:

Barn tours led by elephant care staff and volunteers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Education stations illustrating how elephants use their dexterous trunks; the differences between Asian and African elephants; and the art and science of elephant enrichment.
A “conservation craft” station, where youngsters can make a pocket-sized elephant of their own using recycled materials
The chance to meet young author and conservation advocate Erin Chang, author of children’s book Seven Toes
All activities are free with paid Zoo admission or membership.

Program subject to change without notice.

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 – 12, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barn tours conclude at 3 p.m.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The L.A. Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61); $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. Free parking is available.



The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.

Planning a Family Skiing Trip

Southern California has its very own world-class ski resorts including Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and Mountain High, all based in the San Bernadino Mountains. Further north the Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to the most popular resorts in the state, including Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, and Kirkwood slopes. That’s a fair old selection of snowy destinations all within state lines, but North America as a whole has another eight hundred resorts to choose from! If you’re thinking about going on a skiing trip, trying the sport out near where you live is a sensible plan, but don’t forget there is a whole continent full of opportunities out there for you to explore.

Family-friendly resorts

If you’re going on vacation with the kids, you want to make sure that your chosen location is suitable for children and has the facilities and experienced tuition they will need. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do as a storm batters your ski lodge is no fun for kids, so you want to be close to local amenities and have alternative forms of entertainment available in case the weather prevents you getting out on the slopes. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Deer Valley in Utah and Jackson’s Hole in Wyoming are all highly rated as being ideal for families and beginner skiers. For example, if you book a stay in one of the Whistler Village rentals, you’ll have a widescreen TV and Internet access, as well as being close to a range of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Getting started on the slopes

Even if you are an experienced skier or snowboarder yourself, it’s best to book some lessons for your kids to get them started. Trying to teach them yourself is like trying to teach your own kids to drive – you’re both likely to find the experience frustrating and unrewarding. If you book the kids in for some professional lessons, they will learn more quickly, and you can enjoy a few hours each day exploring the slopes for yourself while they’re being taught. Until you know how enthusiastic your kids are going to be about becoming regular skiers or snowboarders, it’s not worth investing in specialist equipment for them like skis, boards, and boots. You can hire all the items you need very easily at your resort, and as long as you get them expertly fitted, they should be comfortable enough to get going with. What you do need to get before you go is some good warm, waterproof clothes for the kids, as it’s no fun being cold and wet when you’re out in freezing temperatures.

Skiing and snowboarding are ideal pastimes for families, as you can all enjoy being together doing something you love and sharing an exhilarating experience. It’s also a lot of fun snuggling up in your lodge in the evenings, having hot cocoa and marshmallows in front of a roaring fire. With the number of resorts available across the country, a family skiing trip should be at the top of your vacation list.