Summer Reading from Arbordale Publishing Summer Reading Takes You Outdoors!

Back by popular demand, Arbordale Publishing has a new summer reading program for families. For 2018, they handpicked 10 books that showcase animals found in your backyard and others that might require a trip to see. Either way, learning about nature is always fun. Go from the screen to outside for a scavenger hunt, start your own kids’ book club, or learn about seashells even if you can’t get to the beach!
Looking for book giveaways? Follow us on Facebook (Arbordale Kids), or Twitter (@ArbordaleKids), as we will be hosting giveaways throughout the summer for Summer Reading participants! #ArbordaleLovesSummer
Credit: Arbordale Publishing. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Continues to Spellbind Guests with Exciting Wand Magic Experiences, Wizarding Apparel and New Menu Options Plus, the Land Celebrates the Highly-Anticipated Return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” this Summer Beginning June 24

From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which this summer will introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

 With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.

 Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:

o   Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard

o   Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges

o   Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges

  Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase.  New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.

Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.

  Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.

 “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Sunday, June 24.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky. The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy® award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

  Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

   From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

  The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts. A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

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Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  Opening June 15, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome debut The DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)


The month-long Mainly Mozart Festival concludes for a final week of performances. The 30th Annual Mainly Mozart Festival, led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three – Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur. In his early 20s, and longer Europe’s “golden child”, financial need forced Mozart to become a musical entrepreneur, dedicating himself to the business of music. Some of Mozart’s greatest works of this period will be featured in Festival programming, along with boundary-breaking works by other composers.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA SERIES: Thursday, June 21 – 7:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. Overture presentation, free to ticket holders / Tickets $15-$88
THE BALBOA THEATRE 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Michael Francis, conductor; James Ehnes, violin; James Ollarsaba, baritone
Sibelius                                  Suite for Violin & Strings, Op. 117
Prokofiev                             Violin Concerto NO. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Mozart                                  Thamos, King of Egypt, Incidental Music, K. 345
Sibleius’s gem begins the concert deep in nature. Sibelius evokes spring and summer in this brief reverie for strings and violin.
Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, debuted Madrid, Spain, December, 1, 1935, and is one of his most conventional pieces of music. Prokofiev wrote it while touring Europe yet this violin concerto is full of melodies indicative of Russian folk tunes.
Mozart composed the incidental music to Thamos, King of Egyptbetween 1773 and 1780. It’s Kochel number is K345/336a. The play premiered in 1774 but it appears as if only two of the choruses were completed at that time. The plot of the play is somewhat intriguing but the conclusion is laughable. We can only theorize about the status of this music had the play been moderately successful. This performance represents the West Coast Premiere of Thamos.
SPOTLIGHT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: Friday, June 22 – 7:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. Wine Reception / Post-concert Talk-Back with artists / Tickets $58
AUDITORIUM AT TSRI 10620 John J. Hopkins Dr. San Diego, CA 92121
Members of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra:
Juliana Athayde, violin; Jun Iwasaki, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; Rainer Eudeikis, cello; JuFang Liu, bass; Boris Allakverdyan, clarinet; Whitney Crockett, bassoon; Andrew Bain, Horn.
Schubert Octet in F Major, D. 803
This is the largest of Schubert’s chamber music compositions. The instrumentation follows that of Beethoven’s Septet with the exception of an extra violin. The piece runs about 50 minutes.
CONCLUSION OF THE JOAN AND IRWIN JACOBS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA SERIES: Saturday, June 23 – 7:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. Overture presentation, free to ticket holders / Tickets $15-$88
THE BALBOA THEATRE 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Michael Francis, conductor; Dejan Lazić, piano
Mozart                                Symphony No. 32 in G Major, K. 318
Haydn                                 Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII: 11
Mozart arr. Lazić                ENCORE: Rondo Concertante, WORLD PREMIERE
Mendelssohn                      Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, Scottish
SPOTLIGHT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: Sunday, June 24 – 2:30 p.m. / Tickets $28
SCHULMAN AUDITORIUM, Carlsbad Dove Library
James Ehnes, violin; Orion Weiss, piano
Beethoven                          Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Opus 12
Poulenc                               Sonata for Violin & Piano
Beethoven                          Violin Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 18
SPOTLIGHT CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: Sunday, June 24 – 6:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. Wine Reception / Tickets $78
RANCHO SANTA FE GARDEN CLUB, 17025 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067
James Ehnes, violin; Orion Weiss, piano
Beethoven                          Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Opus 12
Poulenc                               Sonata for Violin & Piano
Beethoven                          Violin Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 18
Our Mission: Invigorating the cultural life of the San Diego/Tijuana community by connecting to the truth and beauty of Mozart via world-class music-making.
Credit: Mainly Mozart.
Funding for Mainly Mozart is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; the County of San Diego; the National Endowment for the Arts; and contributions from local individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Free Splash and Bubbles events coming up

John Tartaglia, creator of the hit PBS Kids TV show “Splash and Bubbles” will appear at two FREE Barnes and Noble events this summer. Perhaps you can share the good news with your readers soon? I am attaching a photo of the new album and a pic of John at a recent event. (Photos Courtesy of the Jim Henson Company).

June 23rd 11:00am-12: 30 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Grove. With an appearance, performance, and signing by John Tartaglia!

July 14th – 11:15am-12: 15 pm – Barnes & Noble Burbank Town Center and

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

Finance Advice for College Students

Norway is a Nordic country known for all sorts of great things, such as beautiful picturesque sceneries and great architecture. Another thing that puts this country on top of the list is its high-quality education. Therefore, if you want to take your education to a greater level, Norway is, undoubtedly, a way to go.

As you may have already heard, Norway’s cost of living is quite high. This fact shouldn’t be discouraging – it’s just a heads-up. So, you have to be prepared for this. Therefore, studying in Norway will be a challenging, but certainly a worthwhile experience that will lead to a better future. Just think about it. This remarkable experience will enrich your Curriculum Vitae. So, think of it as investing in better tomorrow – investing in the future.

It might seem hard and overwhelming at first glance, but there’s a way to do this successfully. In order to balance the economic difficulties and get the most out of academic days in Norway, here are a few tips to follow:

1. Know your necessities

First and foremost, it is extremely important to know your necessities. It’s extremely easy to get carried away with just thinking about the fun side of the college days. Consequently, it’s also easy to get stuck in economic problems that might even lead you to think about quitting the college. In order to prevent this possibility from happening, think about the whole picture. So, think about the accommodation costs, groceries, transportation, books and all the accessory necessities that are inevitable for the college days.

When it comes to all these things mentioned above, know your limits. As a student, you probably don’t need a luxury villa in the city center. So, you might want to opt for a more affordable, modest and cozy apartment. Also, you might want to limit your fine dining nights and stick to eating in. You might even learn to cook for yourself, which will be a great skill even after your college days. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself every now and then. Just stay within your limits. All in all, the point is that you don’t necessarily need to track every single dollar. Nevertheless, you must take this part seriously and have at least a basic idea of the money that is coming and going.

2. It’s all about good organization

For those who think of themselves as well-organized people, this part is going to be a piece of cake. For those who are struggling with staying organized – you’ll have to master it.

Let’s be honest – by organizing your budget and your expenses, you will never have to even think about financial issues. Try to make a system that you will stick to.

For example, you can try the envelope system or the jar system. The envelope system breaks down to picking a couple of empty envelopes and marking them with appropriate names. One of them can be destined for utilities, another for groceries and so on. The goal is to calculate how much money on a monthly basis you need for these things. When you establish the number, make sure to put this sum of money in the designated envelope at the beginning of the month. That way, you won’t find yourself short on cash to pay your landlord. The jar system is pretty much the same thing. The catch is that you won’t be using envelopes, but jars. Not that difficult, right?

 3. Know your aid options

As stated at the beginning of this article, Norway is a high-standard country. Thus, college days will, most likely, be very expensive. In case you need help money-wise, you have to know whom to turn to. Maybe you’ll find help from your parents, cousins or friends, but what if that’s not an option? Don’t even think about backing out immediately because there is another option.

Some of the quickest and less painful ways to fund yourself through college days are loans. Getting loans in Norway is a great way to get help in the shortest amount of time. It’s a fast and trustworthy system. So, in case you find it hard to finance everything by yourself, don’t worry – there’s always an alternative.

In conclusion, making the decision of studying in Norway might just be the best decision of investing in your future. Keep an eye on the necessities and essentials, stay organized, and most importantly, stay calm – you’re not alone. In case you can’t seem to finance everything all alone – do a little research on loans in Norway and keep calm.


  1. Organize your belongings

When you are planning to make a move, ensure that everything you need during your move is accounted for and well organized. Look for moving supplies from your friends and neighbors, or those being given out for free by retailers, like old newspapers, boxes and bubble wrap, in which to package your stuff. This will save you on cash that you could have spent on buying boxes. Additionally, donate or sell those materials that you will not be taking with you on the move to help you reduce the load. You can also opt to sell your old furniture instead of carrying it with you, and replace it when you get to your new location.


  1. Plan your move

Ensure that you have a budget set for the moving process, and aim to stick to it. Also, ensure that you have the address where you are moving to certain so that it will be easy to direct any professional movers on the new location in case you decide to use them. Ensure that you also change your address online on so that your new location can be recognized by the post office so that you can get your mail and any parcels you may decide to send via the post office to your new address. Also, ensure that you do not move during the peak season; during holidays or weekends, since it is usually more expensive to move during these times. Consider moving during a normal working day, within the week.


  1. Rent a moving truck

If you are willing to drive yourself across the country to your new location, then hire a moving truck from a reputable company. This will help you save money which you could have otherwise used to pay the driver, and a team to load and unload the truck for you. When you get the moving truck, the only expense will be for renting the truck, insurance and the fuel you will use.


  1. Use a trailer

When you are moving a large number of possessions from your current location to a new one, you should consider using a freight trailer. The trailer company will drop off the trailer at your home and give you time to load it, after which the trailer will be picked up and transported to your new location. This moving method is usually very considerably cheaper than hiring a moving company and is cheaper than hiring a moving truck and driving yourself when the distance is extremely long.


  1. Do it yourself

The easiest way to move belongings from one location to another is by transporting them yourself. This, however, will not work if you are transporting a large number of possessions. If you are just moving a few things, like a television, a few kitchen items and some books, then you can consider carrying them yourself in your car. This will help you save on money you would have spent on a moving company. You can also ship some materials through the mail if you have an established destination. You can also carry a few suitcases on a plane, or a train, helping you to move your goods cheaply.


San Pedro’s Brouwerij West Third Annual Family-Friendly Father’s Day for LA Beer Week: Bands Feature Young Bands from Kids with Famous “Rock God” Fathers

Popfuji began as a free showcase of independent music highlighted by Brouwerij West’s delicious summer beer, the namesake Popfuji pilsner, handcrafted by brewmaster and owner, Brian Mercer, a native of San Pedro. This year marks the brewery’s third summer highlighting music, beer and handcrafted food from trucks. It has become one of Los Angeles’ signature outdoor events, having featured the legendary Exene and John Doe as solo acts to performances with their band, the fabled X, to indie acts such as Caught a Ghost, Hearty Har, Sadgirl, Bombón, The Gloomies and more.

For this year’s first Popfuji event, the free outdoor family-friendly concert feature four “seriously emerging” bands, most ofwhose members are still just kids. Starting at 3:00 p.m. warming up the audience is brewery favorite DJ Paul E Wog who spins every week at the tasting room. DJ Paul E Wog is known for his soulful spins of the eighties and nineties music and has been a coastal mainstay performing in the South Bay and Long Beach.


3:30: XYZPDQ: Features the evolving talent of four kids ranging from 12 – 14 years of age. Already a fixture throughout the San Pedro and Torrance area playing live rock blues sets for folks of all ages, the quartet have created quite a name for themselves. Matter of fact, the female guitarist, has already had several million YouTube views for a Guns N’ Roses performance.

4:30: ALINEA: Based out of the South Bay, the youthful act with no one over the age of 18, is a blues-oriented classic and alternative rock band. Already, they have performed throughout Southern California at a variety of events and venues including Whiskey-A-Go-Go and Hermosa Beach’s “Surf Fest.”

5:30 PM: OTTO:  Featured in a documentary, the members of OTTO – while not even of drinking age  – have made an impact as prodigies.

6:30 PMClassless Act: Comprised of childhood friends London Hudson (drums), who’s the son of Slash, and Nico Tsangaris (lead guitar), the band’s lineup consists of Derek Day (23, lead vocals), Dane Pieper (20, rhythm guitar), and Franco Gravante (21, bass). The Southern California quintet made their live debut May 6, 2018, when they took the stage at the fourth annual “Ride For Ronnie” concert and motorcycle ride presented by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. They have already received raves for their sound from SoCal Music Today, HighWire Daze and

Brouwerij West’s Tasting Room and courtyard are now open seven days a week: Monday – Tuesday, 4:00pm – 9:00 pm, Wednesday – Thursday, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Friday – Saturday, noon – 10:00 pm and Sunday, noon – 9:00 pm, with food trucks in the courtyard providing food options each day. Follow Brouwerij West on social media for updates on beer releases, events and more:, @brouwerijwest on Instagram and Twitter.


About Brouwerij West:

Brouwerij West is a unique craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. Brouwerij West was founded in 2010 and opened its San Pedro brewery in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft. of the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles facility, including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, as well as a 17,000-sq. ft. outdoor courtyard / beer garden. Brouwerij West brews its beers using traditional ingredients and methods mixed with creative inspiration to produce its take on classic Belgian-style and farmhouse ales. Brouwerij West’s new facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and its mash filter-based brewhouse uses 30% less water than traditional breweries.

About San Pedro and the Los Angeles Waterfront:

The Los Angeles Waterfront district and the LA neighborhood of San Pedro are currently going through a major revitalization effort lead by the Port of Los Angeles and public and private developers.  Part of this plan includes the complex which Brouwerij West is a part of, CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, whose first phase is a large-scale permanent craft marketplace home to hundreds of individual craft-artists, designers, and artisanal food makers that is currently open Friday-Sunday (learn more at  The classic Ports O’ Call Village will also be transforming in the coming years to become the San Pedro Public Market (more info at, and the development of AltaSea, a 35-acre campus devoted to ocean-based education and businesses ( is underway.  For more information, visit

Make A Splash & Pick Up Some Trash With Morgan Taylor!

Join Morgan Taylor Lacquer and the Surfrider Foundation for a day of giving back and cleaning up at Huntington Beach! On June 16th, which happens to be International Surfing Day, we will be hosting a beach clean-up. Find out what environmental factors are negatively impacting California’s beautiful beaches and RSVP for the cleanup now!

Date: Saturday, June 16th

Time: 8 am to 11 am

Location: Huntington Beach Pier (North Side) – 6th Street & Pacific Coast Highway.

Credit: Morgan Taylor Lacquer and the Surfrider Foundation.