Tuesday, December 30, 2008


An open letter from the Doulas Association of Southern California:

Dear friends,

By now many, if not all, of you have probably heard about the tragic Christmas Eve shooting in Covina, California. The child who was shot when she ran to see 'Santa' at the door is the daughter of a Doulas Association of Southern California member, Leticia, of Prima Doula.

DASC wants to do something for this family. If you are able to make a donation, DASC will match your donations up to a total of $1000 -- we hope there will be more donations than we can match. Donations can be made through PayPal to Treasurer@dascdoulas.org.

This is such an unbelievable tragedy. In addition to her daughter having been shot in the face, Leticia lost her parents and 3 siblings (and their spouses). We've also learned that 13 young people were orphaned in this tragedy -- there is no amount we can raise that would be too great.

Donations can also be made by check written to DASC and sent to:

DASC c/o
Margie Levy
6927 Rubio Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Checks should be made out to DASC, but PLEASE put "Leticia Fundraiser" in the memo section to be sure that it is directed to the family.

In the doula spirit,

tracy hartley, CD(DONA)
DASC President

Saturday, December 27, 2008

NYE family sleepover at the Aquarium!

December 31, 2008 - January 1, 2009
5pm - 7am

Cost: $70 per guest, $60 per Aquarium member
Ages: +5 years
RSVP: (562) 951-1630

Ring in 2009 with the fishes!

You will start a new tradition when you bring your family to the Aquarium for a very memorable New Year's experience.

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites families to ring in the New Year with the fish during the New Year's Eve Family Sleepover. Guests observe the animals' nocturnal behaviors, learn more about them, and even touch some. Participants get to feed fish, watch a 3D film, and sleep in front of one of the exhibits while counting down to 2009. Refreshments include a pizza dinner, as well as snack, breakfast, and sparkling cider. Everyone takes home an Aquarium T-shirt.

Friday, December 26, 2008

See the Floats before New Year's Day

December 28-31, 2008
Schedules vary by location - see below

Admission: $7 for any two visits, children 3 and under are free. Advance tickets are available through Sharp Seating Company at (626) 795-4171

Experience the magic of the Rose Parade floats before New Year's Day! To see some of these magnificent floral floats in their final stages of preparation for the Rose Parade, visit any of our four locations. You will see a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses and of course, breathtaking flowers being applied to the floats by hard working volunteers as well as experienced professionals.

Located at the Rose Bowl Stadium:

* Rosemont Pavilion
700 Seco St., Pasadena
* Brookside Pavilion (accessible to mobility-impaired viewers)
Lot I - South side of Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena

December 28 and 29: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
December 30: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
December 31: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Located in Pasadena:

* Rose Palace
835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

December 28, 29 and 30: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
December 31: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Located in Irwindale:

* Irwindale Pavillion
Exit from the 210 Freeway at Irwindale or travel north on Irwindale and follow event signs

December 28 and 29: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
December 30: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
December 31: Not open to the public .

Sunday, December 21, 2008


After the holidays, residents are urged to participate in the "Treecycling" tradition by dropping off their trees at several parks throughout the City of Long Beach from December 26 to January 9.

In addition, residents with City refuse service can leave their trees out where trash is normally collected by 7:00 am on Saturday, January 10, and those trees will be Treecycled automatically.

All decorations and stands must be removed, and trees over 12 feet tall must be cut in half.

The following Treecycling sites are open from December 26 to January 9, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm:

CSULB Recycling Center
5800 Atherton Blvd.
east of Bellflower Blvd.

North Police Substation
4891 N. Atlantic Ave.
at Del Amo Blvd.
(enter on 46th St.)

Fire Station No. 14
5200 Eliot St.
at Colorado Ave.

City Operations Center
Environmental Services Bureau
2929 E. Willow St.

Bixby Park
1st St. at Cherry Ave.

Cesar E. Chavez Park
Golden Shore at 4th St.

Houghton Park
Myrtle Ave. at Harding St.

Hudson Park
Hill St. at Webster Ave.

Stearns Park
Corner of 23rd St. and Roycroft Ave.

Veterans Park
28th St. at Pine Ave.

Wardlow Park
Monlaco Rd. at Rutgers Ave.

For more information, visit the City of Long Beach's Environmental Services Bureau website at www.longbeach-recycles.org or call 562.570.4695.

2009 State of the City

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Carpenter Center
California State University, Long Beach
6200 Atherton St. (near Palo Verde)

RSVP: Attendees can reserve their tickets by calling 562-570-5089 or through www.StateofLB.com.

The State of the City is an important part of the civic process. Public engagement is critical to a healthy and vibrant government and maybe even more so during these challenging times. And for the first time in several years, the State of the City will be open to the public for free.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

First Night - Fullerton

“First Night” is the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party, offering family-oriented, alcohol-free activities at numerous locations in the streets, sidewalks and buildings in Fullerton’s historic downtown.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008
7pm - midnight

Historic downtown Fullerton (near Wilshire and Harbor)
(714) 738-6545

New this Year: Ice Skating Rink - A new feature in this year’s festivities will be the addition of an ice skating rink for visitors to show off their fancy footwork on the frozen stuff.

While admission to all the “First Night” activities is free, a fee of $2 to $7 will be charged for the children’s rides.

A variety of food booths will be selling items throughout the evening, and most downtown restaurants will be open and are within walking distance of the “First Night” festivities.

One Dollar Books (Really!)

Downtown City Place
200 E. Fifth St. (across from Walmart)
Long Beach

Lakewood Mall
4661 Silva St

*All* books for $1.
Used books from donations, publishers, or libraries.

Piccolo Lewis is from Long Beach and has been a bookseller for 10 years.
Jesse Pelayo is a social studies teacher at Franklin High School in LA.

Other locations are in Los Angeles and Northridge.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Posada Family Festival - MOLAA

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Noon - 5pm
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone 562-437-1689

Target Free Sundays
Workshops, vendors, storytelling, performances, and piñata breaking.

From Wikipedia:
Las Posadas (Spanish for "The Inns") is an eight-day celebration with origins in Mexico beginning December 16th and ending December 24th. It is a yearly tradition for many Catholic Mexicans and some other Latin Americans and symbolizes the trials which Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born.

EquestFest - Burbank

Sunday, December 28, 2008
11am - 3pm
Rain or shine under the covered Equidome

Los Angeles Equestrian Center
480 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506
(Main & Riverside Drive)

$10.00 per person - Children 5 and under are free

Meet many of the Equestrians you will see New Year's Day riding down Colorado Boulevard in the 2008 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Stroll through the stables and talk to the riders, visit the vendors and do some shopping. Watch Celebrities on Horseback, Drill Teams, Calvary Units, Miniature Donkeys, Saddlebred Horses, Trick Ropers, the Firefighters Association Antique Horse drawn vehicles, Paso Fino Horses, Medieval Times, Shire Horses, Trick Riding, and Wild West Riders.

*A Parking Fee is charged
Purchase tickets prior to event at (626) 795-4171 or online at http://www.sharpseating.com

Tickets may also be purchased on the day of event at the L.A. Equestrian Center

Monday, December 15, 2008

Disneyland Annual Passports Monthly Payment Program

Disneyland Resort Makes Annual Passes More Accessible and Affordable for Southern California Residents
Just in time for the holidays, Southern California Residents Can Now Purchase Annual Passports through a New Monthly Payment Program

By selecting the payment option, Guests will pay for the cost of a 1-Day, 1-Park ticket upon purchase and will pay the remaining amount over the next 12 months, with no finance charges applied. For example, a Guest purchasing a Southern California Select Annual Passport for $134 would pay $69 at the time of purchase -- with the remaining balance of $65 spread out over the next 12 months.

"Annual Passports provide a great entertainment value and flexibility for our Guests who make frequent visits to our parks throughout the year," said Jill Estorino, senior vice president of Marketing for the Disneyland Resort. "Through this new program, Guests can literally turn a one-day ticket into an Annual Pass for less than $6 a month.

The program is available only at the Resort's ticket booths. Next year, it will be offered for online purchases.

Friday, December 12, 2008

More holiday displays

Seaside Ranchos (Sleepy Hollow), Torrance
PCH & Robert Rd. (enter at Robert Rd.)
This is an entire neighborhood covered in lights.
Either drive very slowly through the streets or park and walk. Some of the kids sell hot chocolate and mistletoe.


Candy Cane Lane, El Segundo
Ongoing Daily 12/13/08 - 12/23/08

1200 Acacia
El Segundo CA 90245
The street is closed to cars during the event.

A popular El Segundo holiday tradition for over 50 years, Candy Cane Lane offers every Christmas decoration imaginable in one block of houses. Trains, reindeer, giant characters, music - it's all there. The street dead-ends with a sleigh that features a nightly appearance by Santa Claus sometime between 7pm and 9pm; photos are welcome.

The location is the eastern block of Acacia Avenue and is announced by a Candy Cane Lane sign.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Velveteen Rabbit

Saturdays and Sundays
12pm and 2pm
Beginning December 13, 2008

The All-American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall
429 Shoreline Village Drive, Suite E
Long Beach

All seats $10
Doors open 30 minutes before each performance
Parking for 2 hours - $1 with validation

Call for ticket info: 714-357-1149

Welcome to Story Time Entertainment where we bring "books to life". All of our performances are one hour in length and appropriate for preschool and up. Come visit Mr. Story Time and his cast of characters beginning this December 2008 as we present the beloved Margery Williams classic "The Velveteen Rabbit".

Refreshments available.

Hola Bebe/Hola Ninos

Spanish immersion, parent participation classes for preschoolers
Sign up at lbparks.org

For 6 months to 23 months (given by Santos-DeCure): Hola Bebe

(6 weeks) Class Number 48443 Fridays 01 -23-2009 - 02-27-2009 9:00AM - 9:50AM Activity Rm-Heartwell Park

For 2-4 year olds: Hola Niños

Note: Monserrate-Sanders is offering this class twice a week for 2-4 year olds (Mondays and Fridays). The same class will repeat each week, allowing for a “make up” day for this age group.

47633 Mon 01-26-2009 - 03-02-2009
9:45AM - 10:30AM Recreation Park

47635 Fri 01-30-2009 - 03-06-2009
10:00AM - 10:50AM Heartwell Park

47634 Mon 03-23-2009 - 04-27-2009
9:45AM - 10:30AM Recreation Park

47636 Fri 03-27-2009 - 05-01-2009
10:00AM - 10:50AM Heartwell Park

For 4-6 year olds: Hola Niños II Note: 4-6 year old class will continue the fun, but in a pre-K format, with longer stories, more involved games (like role playing or simon says), and the calendar, seasons, alphabet recognition and other pre-reading skills. Parents who are interested in immersion grade schools such as New City and Patrick Henry would particularly appreciate this class. No participation in Hola Niños 1 is necessary.

47637 Sat 01-24-2009 - 02-28-2009
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Heartwell Park

47638 Sat 03-21-2009 - 04-25-2009
9:15AM - 10:15 AM Heartwell Park

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

How to Mail Christmas Cookies

From Work At Home Mom Revolution:

One of my favorite gifts to receive during the Christmas holidays is something straight from the oven. The more goodies, the better, I say. But I've never received anything baked, through the mail. And I've never sent anything perishable by mail either. Not because I don't think it's a great idea, but because I always wondered if something baked would make it intact, and if it would taste good when it got to its destination.

Read the rest here.

Music Together at the Beach

Free Demonstration Classes

Tuesday, 12/16 at 10:15 am (newborn - 5 years)
Tuesday, 12/16 at 11:15 am (infants 0-8 mos)
Tuesday, 12/16 at 4:00 pm (newborn - 5 years)
Friday, 12/19 at 10:15 am (newborn - 5 years)

Join us for a Free Demonstration Class to experience why everyone you know LOVES Music Together! We'll sing, dance and play instruments, and introduce you to the wonderful ways we lead adults to support the musical growth of their children, regardless of their own musical ability.

Because class size is limited, we ask that you please rsvp for the date and time of your choice by emailing director@musictogetheratthebeach.com. You will receive a confirmation including the location information.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rent a Christmas Tree!

The Living Christmas Company
Available to most areas of Long Beach and the South Bay
Drop off is only the first two weekends of December

and have a live tree delivered directly to your doorstep. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s great for your home and the environment. You tell us what type of tree you’d like and we will deliver it to you and pick it up after Christmas.

The Daisy Ave. Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 13, 2008 5pm
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach (between PCH and Willow)

A time-honored tradition of the Christmas Tree Lane Parade on Daisy Avenue continues, open all during the holiday season for carloads of cheery and peaceful holiday sightseeing.

The parade began in 1953 as the brainchild of Gertrude Whittle. Ms. Whittle was able to persuade the Long Beach City Council and Council of Churches to help decorate the grass median on Daisy Avenue, between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street, with a Christmas Village and nativity scene. Soon after, many area residents began decorating their homes and Daisy Lane as we now know it, was born! The event grew to include more displays, entertainment and a parade.

Naples Boat Parade

Naples Islands 62nd Annual Boat Parade
Theme: "The Naples Spirit--Joy of Giving"
Saturday, December 13, 2008
6pm - 8pm

Naples Canals

Small Boat Parade Start Time 6:00 pm
The boats start North of the 2nd street bridge by the Long Beach Yacht Club. The boats travel counter clock wise around the islands and enter the interior. Canal by the Colonnade. At that point they travel clockwise within the canal and then exit and travel back to the Long Beach Yacht Club.

Large Boat Parade Start Time 6:30 pm
The boats travel in the main body of Alamitos Bay in a clockwise circle

There are 3 groups of carolers walking around the islands by the bridges.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's Snowing in Long Beach!

Rainbow Harbor
December 13, 1-4pm Shoreline Village parking lot
December 20, 1-4pm The Esplanade

For ages 3-11

Friday, December 5, 2008

Annual La Virgen Art Exhibit

December 2, 2008 - January 3, 2009

PICTURE THIS Gallery & Custom Framing
4130 Norse Way
Long Beach, Ca 90808

Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri Noon-6pm,
Sat 10am-4pm
This annual December show allows artists to display their own interpretation of La Virgen. Whether it be traditional or not, visual or musical, it is bringing people together through art.

Artist Reception:Saturday, December 6th, 6pm-9pm

La Virgen de Guadalupe is one of the world's most important religious and cultural icons. This image of a maiden cloaked in stars and standing on a crescent moon has been revered, reinterpreted and reinvented over its 400 year history.

For more info, please call 562.425.4861 or email us @ picturethisgallery@gmail.com

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The season's hottest toys

The article by Marie Loggia-Kee lists the top 20 toys and is in the December issue of OC Family Magaine

I'm posting my favorites. Can you tell I have a girl? :-)

#3. Barbie & the Diamond Castle Dolls & Palace
Age: 3 years and up
Suggested retail: $24.99 and $79.99
Building on the popularity of previous films such as “Fairytopia” and “Mermaidia,” Barbie returns with her best friend, Teresa, in “Barbie & the Diamond Castle.” The dolls sing songs from the movie, and when they hold hands, they sing a duet. The Castle features furnishings and a light show, and comes with Liana and her dog, Sparkles.

#4. WowWee Alive Cubs
Age: 3 years and up
Suggested retail: $59
These snuggly, fuzzy cubs coo with baby animal sounds and move with animated facial expressions. A child will enjoy feeding a bottle to the baby while it purrs in her lap. Place the cub in a cushy spot, and it’ll start to snore and then go to sleep.

#5. MatchBox Mega Rig Shuttle Mission
Age: 4 years and up
Suggested retail: $44.88
Boys will venture on an “out-of-this-world” journey with the MatchBox Mega Rig Shuttle Mission. The set starts as one big spaceship and can break down into 30 different combinations of space vehicles. Use the space arm to grab things, and take a spin on the ATV or take a ride with the UFO – complete with a space alien inside.

#17. Disney Fairies and Tinker Bell Easy Flyer
Age: 3 and up; 8 years and up
Suggested retail: $12.50 and $39.99, respectively
Hot on the heels of Tinker Bell’s first major motion picture comes a variety of Disney Fairies. Little girls will enjoy spending time with Tink and friends. Powered by a remote control, the Flyer takes Tink to new heights. Available exclusively at the Disney Store.

#18. Rescue Pets Swim to Me Puppy
Age: 3 and up
Suggested retail: $29.99
If you have little ones, you’ve probably seen these commercials. The Rescue Pets Swim to Me Puppy walks on land and swims in the water. The adorable canine comes with a pair of goggles and an adoption certificate.

Las Posadas - Bowers Museum

Sunday, December 14, 2008
5:00PM - 7:00PM

2002 North Main St.
Santa Ana

A Traditional Mexican Christmas Celebration
Reenacted in villages of Mexico, this is a celebration of the story of Mary and Joseph's search for a posada (inn). Join us for music, dance, tamales, Mexican hot chocolate, and pan dulce. Co-sponsored by the Stephanie Ortiz Family and Centro Cultural de Mexico.

Winter Village - Maple Village School

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Maple Village School
4017 E. 6th St.
Long Beach

$5 admission per person includes 3 craft/food tickets
Additional tickets only $1 each
2 and under free

Come wander through the Winter Village!

- Learn how to make natural crafts including candle dipping, wind chimes, ornaments, and snowflakes
- Enjoy homemade organic treats
- Storytelling at 12:30pm and 2pm
- Visit the school shop where you can find homemade beeswax candles, CDs, craft supplies, and more

Cash at the door and ticket booth. Checks accepted at the village shop with ID.
For more information, info@maplevillageschool.org

The Loft Winter Craft Fair - Torrance

Come check out Barefoot Books!

Friends of the Loft Winter Craft Fair
Saturday, December 6, 2008
10am - 2pm

23305 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA
(corner of Hawthorne and Lomita Blvds.)

Handmade jewelry, Hawaiian design items, portable chalkboards, and other unique handcrafted gifts.
Cash or check only

Monday, December 1, 2008

Artmaking Workshop - LB Museum of Art

Target Family Artmaking Workshops
December 14, 2008
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Ralston Family Learning Center

Come get your hands dirty and your brains engaged!

In these drop-in workshops, adults and children will work together to create artworks inspired by art on display in the Museum. Workshops are typically offered on the third Sunday of each month. (Due to the holidays, this month's session will be offered one week earlier.)

Modernist Boxes: This month, participants will create decorative boxes for the holidays inspired by the artworks seen during a personal tour of the Modernism and the Milton Wichner Collection exhibition.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Crafts Village - Knotts Berry Farm

November 27 - December 24

8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA

Knott's turns its historic Ghost Town into an enchanted 1880s Victorian shopping village brimming with strolling carolers, community choirs, brass bands, and dozens of artisans and craftsfolk selling their one-of-a-kind wares. Kids can visit and take photos with Santa Claus, too.

Cost: Mon-Fri: Adults $10; Children (3-11) $5, (under 3) free; park admission required Sat-Sun

The Cinnamon Bear

From around the web:

The Cinnamon Bear is an old time radio program. The series was specifically designed to be listened to six days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was first broadcast between Friday, November 26 and Saturday December 25, 1937.

The story focused on Judy and Jimmy Barton who go to the enchanted world of Maybeland to recover their missing Silver Star that belongs on their Christmas tree. Helping on the search is the Cinnamon Bear, a stuffed bear with shoe-button eyes and a green scarf. They meet other memorable characters during their quest, including the Crazy Quilt Dragon (who repeatedly tries to take the star for himself) , the Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant and Santa Claus.

Free SD Zoo ticket with $75 gift card at Irvine Spectrum

November 28 - December 31

71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Purchase Irvine Spectrum Center gift cards totaling $75 or more at the Guest Services Kiosks between November 28 and December 31, 2008 and receive a FREE Adult Best Value Ticket to the San Diego Zoo. *For every $75 spent on Irvine Company Retail Properties gift cards, one (1) free ticket will be supplied. Offer good while ticket supplies last. Offer only available at the Irvine Spectrum Center Guest Services Kiosks and The Market Place Management Office on gift card purchases with a cumulative value of $75 or higher. San Diego Zoo tickets expire 2/28/09. Limit 4 tickets per person per transaction.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Holiday Open House at Rancho Los Alamitos


December 10 thru December 14, 2008
Admission is free
Parking reservations are required

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
(Enter through residential security gate at the intersection of Anaheim & Palo Verde)
(562) 431-3541

You are invited to experience holiday hospitality and family life at the Bixby ranch as it was in the 1920s featuring a cast of characters from the era.

Wednesday, December 10, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
(visits with Santa 1:00-4:00)
Sunday, December 14, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
(visits with Santa 1:00-4:00)

Performances by Excelsus Music Collaborators and
Pacific Bells Hand Bell Ensemble, light refreshments and
shopping opportunities will help make your visit sparkle.

For more information, please contact Hayley Allen at (562) 431-3541 ext 101

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Glory of Christmas

November 28 - January 4
2008 Prices: $35, $40, $45
Discount night - all seats: $20.00

12141 Lewis St.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714-54-GLORY (714-544-5679) or 1-877-544-5679

The performance runs one and one-half hours. Please dress warmly. Parking is complimentary on the cathedral grounds.

The Crystal Cathedral's Glory of Christmas is an old-fashioned Christmas pageant, but this production is anything but old-fashioned. Glory of Christmas angels fly through the air. Live adult camels, horses and other livestock appear on stage.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Disney Outlet in Rancho PV

There is a permanent Disney Outlet Store in Fullerton, but now AMS Character Warehouse has opened a temporary outlet in Rancho Palos Verdes!

AMS Character Warehouse
The Terraces Shopping Center
28901 South Western Ave. #137
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90257

DISNEY items are discounted up to 85% off the original retail.
Items include adult and children's clothing, toys, plush characters, collectibles, and much more.

The Rancho Palos Verdes event closes January 4th.

2nd Annual Tree Lighting

Good Neighbor Park
2800 Studebaker Rd.

Sunday, December 7, 2008
5pm: Tree Lighting followed by the movie "Prancer"

The first 400 guests can enjoy free popcorn and cookies.
Get in the spirit by donating an unwrapped toy to the Long Beach Firefighters and Long Beach Police Officers Toy Drive.

Special showing of the movie "Prancer" featured on a 29-foot inflatable screen. Please bring lawn chairs, and blankets.
There will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus and carols performed by the High Tide Quartet.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ice Skating on the Beach!

You can't get any more "holidays in SoCal" than that. :-)

Located at:
Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Parking at:
181 N. Harbor Drive

Seaside Ice will be open for general skating and private parties: November 18, 2008 through January 11, 2009.

Public skating sessions during the following hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Skating admission is $14 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under (including skate rental) and can be purchased at the Seaside Lagoon after November 18.

Group rates - 10% discount available for parties of 20 or more that book and pay in advance. E-mail azumi@seasideice.com or call 310-318-6300 for reservations.

Flat rate parking validation ($4.50) included with skating admission.

Food Drive

November 19 - December 31, 2008
Donation sites and list of suggestions.

All of the food donated during this food drive will benefit Long Beach residents. Long Beach-based Food Finders will collect from the 28 locations and then re-distribute the donated food to more than 100 organizations in Long Beach.

"Our phones have been ringing off the hook," said Arlene Mercer, Food Finders executive director. "Some people who are calling have lost their jobs, but many are still working in low paying jobs and can't afford to feed their families. People simply can’t keep up with the high cost of food, housing, healthcare and gas. Our organizations have seen a 45% increase of people requesting help compared to last year."

About Food Finders
Food Finders, Inc. is a multi-regional food bank that serves as a conduit between the donors, service agencies and people in need. The non-profit provides food to feed the impoverished and hungry people, and referral services in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. For more information, visit http://www.foodfinders.org.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Nutcracker

Long Beach Ballet

The Terrace Theatre
Long Beach Performing Arts Center
4 Performances Only

Saturday, December 20 2pm
Saturday, December 20 8pm
Sunday, December 21 2pm
Sunday, December 21 8pm

Tickets 562-426-4622
Tickets also available through Ticketmaster

Holiday Cards To Our Troops

Send a card to a member of the armed services through the Red Cross.

Holiday Mail For Heroes
Please include the following:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

• All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
• Participants are encouraged to limit the number of cards they submit to 25 from any one person or 50 from any one class or group. If you are mailing a larger quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope or postage.
• Please ensure that all cards are signed.
• Please use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
• Please send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process.
• Please do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
• Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

For further information and to send phone cards, gift cards, and CARE packages:

Monday, November 17, 2008

Petite Montessori Preschool

Petite Montessori of Long Beach
An in-home preschool in Lakewood Village

Children 2.9 years+
Hours: M-F 7am-5:30pm
Tuition: $750 full-time -- music, yoga, and meals are included
Part-time spaces are limited

Petite Montessori is dedicated to providing a preschool program in a relaxed, warm and loving home atmosphere that allows children age 2.9 years and up to develop at their own pace. It is our belief that it is important to encourage children to adopt a hands on approach in exploring their world using their senses. This is why our program, which is based on the Montessori philosophy, encourages the growth of intellectual, social and physical skills by offering a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and enrichment activities. We are committed to integrity, honesty and communication with parents and feel that those qualities are of utmost importance in any childcare setting.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

DWP Holiday Light Festival

Griffith Park
November 24 - December 30
5-10 p.m.
The DWP's annual Light Festival starts off with a bicycle-only preview night, Monday Nov 24, followed by a "vehicle-free" period Nov. 25-Dec. 7.
Starting December 8, everyone can enjoy the holiday lights spectacular. Parking is
available at the L.A. Zoo.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Felt Club

Craft fair featuring 150 booths displaying a variety of handmade goods.

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cost: Adults $5 (suggested donation); Children (under 14) free
Shrine Auditorium
700 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles

That's right-our Holiday 2008 event is here at last! Hosted by three-time Martha Stewart guest, LA's beloved histotainer Charles Phoenix, this family-friendly event features nearly twice as many crafters as last year-over 125!-a full snack bar offering salads, sandwiches, pastries, coffee( plus beer, wine & MARGARITAS!) great music from DJs Lance Rock (Yo Gabba Gabba), Dirty Robot and Mr. Cocoon. We'll also be treated to a few ditties from Mother Gem herself, Leslie Hall (who will also be vending!). You can even wrap up your new finds in the DIY Recycled Giftwrap booth, hosted by ReForm School. It's all going down at our brand new location: the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center in downtown LA. The first 250 visitors get a swag bag full of outstanding treats from our sponsors & vendors, plus we'll be giving away awesome door prizes all day long.

Low priced movies

Four Star Cinema
12111 Valley View Street
(between Chapman & Lampson)
Garden Grove, CA 92845
Phone: (714) 934-6377

First run films on a budget
4 screens with one family film

$4 before noon
$5 12pm-6pm
Tuesdays $3 all day

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wings Over Long Beach

Wings Over Long Beach is an aerospace exhibition and job fair in conjunction with Air Force Week and the 85th anniversary of Long Beach airport.

Aviation and space technology will be on public display. Tours of aircraft, interaction with pilots, space professionals, flight schools, airlines, and more will be available. There is also a kids zone.

Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, 2008
General Admission: $5
Children under 5: free
Parking: free