Out and About: Spring Bloom in SoCal

If you din’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those from our visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year.  An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.

From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.

Death Valley National Park

Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to wildflower event, although this year scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.

Joshua Tree National Park

While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.

Channel Islands National Park

These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

In late March, the flanks of this summit(50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.

Pinnacles National Park

Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.

Weekend Events: March 15-17

We are midway through march and heading straight into a weekend of jam-packed fun. What fun do you ask? Well other then it being St. Patty’s Weekend, you live in LA! With a bounty of events and activities happening in and around the city, there is no shortage of things to do. So, set aside some time this weekend to explore your city and discover you inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 15

PaleyFest

Location: Dolby Theatre

PaleyFest returns this year for a 10-day festival featuring your favorite TV stars and creators. Don’t miss out on a week of screenings, panel discussions, Q&A’s and behind the scenes looks kicking off this Friday! For more information and ticket prices click below!

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A Cherry Blossom Festival

Location: Huntington Central Park

Enjoy a three-day celebration around these seasonal cherry blossoms. The festival is a perfect weekend activity for the entire family. Highlights of the event include a Sakura night market. Live entertainment, arts and crafts and more.

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Don’t Tell Comedy

Location: TBA

What is better than a top-secret event? One that includes a healthy dose of humor of course.Don’t Tell Comedy will be popping up in West LA this Friday at a secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. The who and where is kept under wraps until your tickets are purchased but we assure you it is quite worth it.

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Saturday, March 16

Dogs: A Science Tail

Location: California Science Center

Sniff out the science behind the bond of humans and dogs at the California Science Center this Saturday! Dogs: A Science Tale opens up this weekend with fun and engaging hands on exhibits. Learn about the social connection between us and our furry friends which allowed for dogs to nuzzle their way into our hearts. There will also be live demonstrations of work and rescue dogs in action!

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Peter Sagal

Location: Richard and Karen Carpenter Center

Celebrating 20 years if the NPR hit news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, host Peter Sagal takes the stage. Go behind the scenes to explore the show’s memorable moments alongside today’s top news stories. Sagal has quizzed everyone from Tom Hanks to Former President Obama. The show is sure to keep you guessing…Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

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La Kings vs. Florida Panthers

Location: Staples Center

Watch the LA Kings take on the Florida Panthers this Saturday at the Staples Center. Going into their 51st year, the LA Kings carry two Stanley Cup Championships under their belt. This weekends game features a prize giveaway by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Sunday, March 17

Los Angeles Master Chorale: The Durufle Requiem

Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall

A performance of Maurice Durufle’s beloved Requiem will be led by associate conductor Jenny Wong. A particular favorite of previous Master Chorale Music Directors, Requiem leaves listeners lingering with a mood of hope.

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On the Other Side A performance-In-Progress

Location: Skirball Cultural Center

On the Other Side is a documentary performance asking the question of what divides humans and the property, their territories? The Marike Splint directed exhibition challenges the notions of borders and bordering in our present era. The work also features performers whose lives have been directly and deeply impacted by different birders at different times.

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Celebrate St. Patricks Day!

Location: Throughout LA

Head over to our blogs LA Eats and Out and About: St. Patricks Day edition for a round-up thats sure to make your other Sunday Fundays green with envy. From bites and sips to events happening in DTLA to Manhattan Beach, you have no shortage of St. Patty’s options. Its the luck of the Irish this Sunday!!

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LA Eats of the Week: A St. Patricks Guide

It’s St. Patrick’s Weekend! Well the holiday isn’t quite a weekend long activity but whose to say you can make it one?With LA’s bounty of Irish pubs go ahead and fancy a neon beverage! Read our round-up below of LA’s best Irish sips and bites. Enjoy a round of Guinness with a side of Boxty and discover your inner Angeleno!!

Pub’s

The Auld Dubliner

Location: Long Beach

Here is what we love about the Auld Dubliner: The menu doesn’t dabble in Irish dishes, it full-on embraces them. Bangers and champ, a plate of sausage and mash; Irish ham and cabbage; shepherd’s pie; boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake; and an all-day full Irish breakfast are just a few of the plates that’ll have you breaking out in a jig. Their drink selection is nothing to scoff at, either: The Auld Dubliner is known for pouring the perfect pint of Guinness!

Casey’s Irish Pub

Location: Downtown

Even if you’ve never been to Casey’s, you’re probably familiar with the sprawling, dark-wood-everything bar: It’s served as the set for just about every pub-focused scene on TV in the last 20 years. Given an Irish reboot from the brains at 213 Hospitality, Casey’s is still imbued with that faded-elegance vibe.

The Irish Times

Location: Culver City

Your eyes may need some adjusting once you enter the Irish Times, a divey, dimly-lit Irish pub, but give it some time and you’ll soon find yourself comfortably immersed in your surroundings. That’s because comfort is key at this Culver City bar, where regulars gather for trivia on Tuesdays and Thursdays while noshing on bangers and mash or beef-and-Guinness pie. Authentic Celtic music drifts throughout the pub, then there’s karaoke on Wednesdays, and live bands that perform on Fridays and Saturdays (no cover!)

Jameson’s Irish Pub

Location: Hollywood

An Irish pub in the middle of Hollywood may seem like a boozy tourist trap, but we’re not complaining because Jameson’s Irish Pub has one of the best happy hours on the Walk of Fame: two-for-one drinks, Monday through Friday, noon to 8pm. What’s more, their namesake liquor is featured in over half the drinks on the cocktail list, making this pub a whiskey-lover’s haven—and you know they’ve even got Jameson on tap.

Molly Malone’s

Location: Los Angeles

There are Irish pubs that feature music, and then there are music venues that happen to live in an Irish pub. Molly Malone’s has been brewing up its own little pint of Dublin in L.A. since 1969 and showcasing musical talent (and a great beer list) every step of the way. Rock, Irish folk, country: The lineup spans the genre gamut, and with Molly’s stellar acoustics, it’s one of L.A.’s better pubs for catching a show—dinner and a show, in fact. On nights with live music, the kitchen is open late.

Patrick Molloy’s

Location: Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo

Check out this Irish pub for some after-beach drinks and a football game, or start you morning here—either way, it’s got plenty to offer. Swing by on Saturday or Sunday for breakfast and get free, bottomless mimosas with any purchase. You won’t find traditional Irish fare on the food menu, but the drink menu is stacked with whiskeys, beer and cocktails, like the Irish Mule and Irish Ivy Gimlet. Check out their daily specials online, including build-your-own-burger Thursdays (with $5 beer pitchers) and $3 bar bites and beers on Fridays.

Green Sips

1886 Bar at the Raymond

Location: Pasadena

Known as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, this place takes the craft of mixology very seriously with delightful details such as hand-cut ice, freshly-squeezed juices, as well as house-made infusions and tinctures. This charming establishment is even housed in a historic craftsman cottage. On St. Paddy’s Day, head bartender Peter Lloyd-Jones will be pouring the Tipperary, a specialty mixed drink with Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey, Green Chartreuse and Carpano Antica. Sláinte!

The Pikey

Location: Hollywood

If something bubbly is more your style, the Pikey’s Denver Mint Fizz with Jameson Irish Whiskey, mint, lemon, orange, club soda is highly recommended. Also, Michelin Star-awarded chef Ralph Johnson will be serving traditional Irish black-and-white pudding and corned beef and cabbage with horseradish cream. Yum!

Harvard & Stone

Location: Los Feliz

For those looking for a humorous take on the holiday, the trendy cocktail lounge Harvard & Stone will be showcasing their Leprechaun Piss concoction made with Green Spot Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth. And for the true connoisseur, there’s the Pot of Gold, a shot of Redbreast Irish Whiskey, a pack of Skittles, and a can of Olympia beer. Bask in the opulence!

Tavern

Location: Brentwood

On St. Patrick’s Day, patrons of this elegant Westside eatery will get to enjoy Tavern on the Green. A cocktail with Brugal Añejo Rum, lime, muddled basil, cilantro and jalapeño. There will also be special menu featuring corned beef brisket with butter braised cabbage. Not your fave? They’ll also have beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips with Guinness-battered pollock.

Whiskey Hubs

Seven Grand

Location: Downtown

With taxidermy, plaid wallpaper, pool tables and an impressive, 700-plus collection of Scotch, bourbon, rye, single malt and whiskey—one of the largest selection on the West Coast—Downtown’s popular Seven Grand is a boozehound’s man cave. Take a trip to Japan, Scotland, Australia and even India with pours that will surprise even the most seasoned of whiskey enthusiasts. For those who want to geek out on the brown stuff, sign up for the Whiskey Society’s tastings, held weekly at 6:30pm.

Ten Pound

Location: Beverly Hills

L.A.’s classiest whiskey bar is, unsurprisingly, also one of the toughest to get into. This reservation-only spot within the Montage Beverly Hills is dedicated to one thing: scotch, namely Macallan. Browse the list of sherry oak, fine oak, Highland Park and “old & rare” bottles aged anywhere from 15 to 64 years. Then, there’s the ice: Your barman rolls out a cart of chilling options, which can include Kold-Draft cubes, soapstone rocks, a water ball made from Highland Springs water and, finally, the ice sphere with the house £10 logo. With top-notch selects and service, you can also expect some of the best cocktails around.

The Blind Donkey

Location: Old Town

The bar’s name pays homage to the bygone donkeys. Blindfolded, so as not to get spooked—they churned old mills that crushed grains for making whiskey. And that’s what you’ll find at the Blind Donkey: 100-plus whiskeys from America, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. The Pasadena gastropub is a spot whiskey lovers and beer geeks flock, where whiskey flights cross the globe from the Bourbon Trail to Ireland. And what whiskey cocktail is better than an old-fashioned?

Bar Jackalope

Location: Downtown

The entrance to this taxidermy-peppered saloon is tucked inside the converted back room of Seven Grand Downtown. Press the call button and an unmarked door inches open just wide enough for patrons to be signaled inside. What awaits is a whiskey lover’s dream like cult favorite Pappy Van Winkle 15-years! As well as cocktails stirred to perfection.

Rock and Reilly’s

Location: West Hollywood

Choose from more than 50 varieties of whiskey at this Irish pub. Pair your flights of whiskey or beer with comfort bar food. Enjoy their guilt-inducing Irish Nachos, made with crispy potato slices instead of tortilla chips. On weekends, expect to rub shoulders with local hipsters. Try your luck in their upstairs lounge or back patio, no matter your location. Rock And Reilly’s Locations: Downtown, USC, LAX and West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.

The Daily Pint
Owner of the Daily Pint Phil McGovern has a sip at his Pico Boulevard watering hole.

Location: Santa Monica

You’ll find here ever-changing line up of craft brews on tap and hundreds of bottles of whiskey. Browse the longstanding watering hole’s extensive selection of bourbon, scotch and whiskey from around the world. For those looking to shell out to get liquored up, ask the sassy-mouthed barkeep for a top-reach bottle. The floor-to-ceiling stocked vault holds bottles aged 65 years and beyond.

 

Out and About: St. Patricks Day Edition

If there is one thing to be said about St. Patrick’s Day, it is that here in the U.S. our celebration of the holiday is pure art. Well…maybe not art but we do know how to make some pretty cool green colored drinks. So if your out and about on St. Patty’s day discover your inner Angeleno with the luck of the Irish and LA’s best events to ring in the day of green and gold!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Redondo Beach

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival

Location: Casey’s Irish Pub, DTLA

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Hit up a slew of one-night-only Irish pubs as the Queen Mary transforms its salons into festive drinking dens. Fill up on Irish fare while listing to traditional tunes from a trio of bands.

Rock and Reilly’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Location: Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood

Stock your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an afternoon equal parts pretty faces and green beer at Rock and Reilly’s annual bash, held in the lot behind the Sunset Strip pub. The fest promises more booze and less morals with each installment thanks to eight full bars and more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness—sorry brew snobs, but let’s be real, you’re not coming here for the Celtic culture. Stay fed with the bar’s own delicious drinking fuel—corned beef sliders and Irish nachos—or from food trucks and a pizza, sandwich and salad station. This year, a portion of the proceeds from will benefit the Animal Rescue Mission.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market

Location: The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes in the afternoon, while other bands will park themselves on the east patio during lunch and the west patio during dinner.

Courtesy of: Time Out LA

The Benefits of Solar Panels for your Home

Here in California, we lead the forefront in the nation for our clean energy initiatives and green living. It should come as no surprise then, that so many people are switching over to Solar Power for their homes. Sunny California is home to the top two solar installers(Telsa/SolarCity) as well as the world’s most efficient solar pane manufacturer(SunPower). Factor that in with the state’s high cost of electricity  and notably lower solar prices and its a no brainer. Read below for our tips on switching over to Solar Power and save your energy of searching the web on your own!

 

1. Compare all your options: get as many quotes as possible

If you are considering installing solar, research and consider every option that you can. Various resources such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratorythe California Solar Initiative and others can offer pricing data. Additionally, there is a long list of companies in the state that can provide free PV quotes.

2. The largest installers will not necessarily offer the best price

Although large companies will often bring out superlatives like ‘biggest installer’ in their sales pitches, this does not mean that they offer the best value. The premise is simple: massive installers already have market share and brand awareness and thus do not need to offer the best prices and value. When small installers compete in a price auction, on the other hand, the result is some of the lowest bids you can find in the U.S. for a PV installation. Make sure you price compare to ensure your getting the best value!

3. Different products for different people

Just as a Lamborghini might not be the right choice for everyone in the market for a car, the same concept applies with solar. Not everyone needs to shop for the most expensive solar PV equipment. There are many different types of solar panels and inverters for different needs and preferences. For the price-oriented, value-focused consumer, it is easy to save thousands simply by choosing standard solar panels instead of a premium top-of-the-line brand.

There is a hefty list of solar panel brands that offer a wide range of features and prices.

How much could I save?

Solar panels offer homeowners a wide range of financial benefits. This is largely based on the sizes of the rooftop solar systems, average electricity rates, and local incentives.

As an example, let’s assume that you live in Los Angeles and fit the average profile for an L.A. homeowner:

  • You are paying 20.3 cents per kWh (48.2% more than the national average)
  • You’ll purchase 7,200 kWh of electricity each year
  • You pay an average of $92 per month for your power bill (but that’s climbing)

If you were to install a 2.4 kW solar power system on your home, you could see the following savings over the course of the system’s 25- to 30-year lifetime:

  • Monthly Savings: $80-$145 (more over time depending on rate hikes)
  • Lifetime Savings: $25,000-$43,000 (more over time depending on rate hikes)

Investing in your home

Saving on power bills isn’t the only financial benefit to going solar. A commonly overlooked personal benefit is how it affects your property value.

While some expect rooftop solar to devalue a home, it actually increases your home’s value. Most homebuyers save on electric bills with a solar home and are willing to pay more for it.

The National Bureau of Economic Research found that solar panels add, on average, between 3% and 4% to a home’s value. In fact, it’s one of the smartest investments you can make on your home.

In the San Diego area, the price premium added from 3.1 kW of solar panels reached $22,554. This is roughly the cost of installing those panels. That means you could easily recoup your solar panel expenses if you needed to sell your house.

Josh Flagg sells Lily Collins Weho Condo for $2.8 Million!

As multiple media publications have reported , Josh Flagg of Rodeo Realty has sold Actress Lily Collins Sierra Towers West Hollywood abode.

Representing both the buyer and the seller, Flagg recently closed on the Jack A. Charney- designed condominium. The sale received coverage in the LA Times, Variety and Architectural Digest.  The listing came up for sale in 2018 and boast 1,700 square feet of living space.

It is a tenth-floor corner unit one-bedroom, two bathroom with a private terrace that spans the length of the unit. Additional features include floor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar and an updated kitchen with builtin seating. The master bedroom also includes a walk-in closet and office with the unit offering spectacular views of the DTLA cityscape.

Lily Collins is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and antique dealer Jill Tavellman. Collins is most known for her role on Amazons “The Las Tycoon” and can be seen in the upcoming Ted Bundy Biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” as well as BBC’s remake of “Les Mis”.

To read the media articles that covered this sale click the links below:

LA Times

Architectural Digest

Variety

Weekend Events: March 8-10

We are almost midway through the March Madness and hopefully almost done with LA’s rainiest year. But don’t let few pre-spring showers rain on your weekend parade! There are a bounty of exciting things to do this weekend in Los Angeles. So grab your umbrella and venture out into the city of stars and possible rain clouds.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 8th

ArtNight Pasadena

 

Location: Pasadena, CA

Twenty Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music , and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year and estimated 16,000 guest cane through and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children Museum, The Gamble House and more, There will even be free shuttles to transport guest to their next destination.

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We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective

Location: Montalban Theater, Hollywood

March is Women’s History Month, so what better then to send this Friday amongst art in celebration of women. We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective will be showcases a portrait gallery, live performances and artist unveilings if works. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a cultural selection of feminist highlights at the historic Montalban Theatre.

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Star Party

Location: Hilltop Park, El Segundo

The city of EL Segundo Recreation & Parks Department along with the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday. Enjoy an evening of gazing at the night sky away from LA’s usual hustle and bustle.

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Saturday, March 9th

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk

Location: Dodger Stadium

Susan G. Komen will hold the newly rebranded More Than Pink Walk(formerly Race for Cure) at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. There is something for all in attendance to enjoy. The event will feature a Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the More Than Pink Walk. The event is expecting an attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors ad over 900 members on the largest corporate team. Through events like this the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invest 75 percent of funds raised to support local breast health services with the remaining 25 percent to national research to find cures.

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Los Angeles Ballet presents Serenade & La Sylphide

Location: Royce Hall

This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two “Mr. B’s”. August Bournonville’s  La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine’s Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine’s best-loved works.

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Connect with Rescued Wolves

Location: Wolf Connection Ranch

Wolf Connection is a youth empowerment program with rescued wolves and wolfdogs as the centerpiece. With the help of these animals, individuals lear about nature & conservation on a beautiful 165-acre ranch. At Walk with Wolves you will begin with a guided tour of the wolf and wolfdog sanctuary where you’ll learn the story of each pack-member and the species history.

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Sunday, March 10th

Disney’s “Silly Symphony”-Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra

Location: The Soraya-The Valley’s Center for the Performing Arts

Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Michael J Fox’s Trot 5k Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research

Location: Griffith Park

Join The Michael J. Fox foundation’s Fox Trot 5k Run/Walk  for their annual tradition of raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. The event is in effort to bring the community together in support of research being done with every step being closer to finding a cure. It is a family friendly event with runners and walkers of all experience and speeds welcome!

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45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite

Location: Redondo Beach Pier

45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite is presented by Miller Children’s and WOmen’s Hospital, Redondo Pier Association and Sunshine Kite Comapny. The Redondo Pier host one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. The event is free and suited for all ages with prizes going to the best hand-made kite. The event is scheduled to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, demonstrations, giveaways and more.

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10 Simple Curb Appeal Secrets

Boost your home’s curb appeal without draining your wallet. These simple, budget-friendly fixes—like adding a wreath, painting the front door, or tending to the landscape—will make your home look like a million bucks.

Refresh a Planter

Pay attention to your planters. Add character and interest to your home by planting flowers in salvaged or repurposed containers, like barrels, birdbaths, and wheelbarrows. Look for inspiration in items you already own and at flea markets.

Have a Seat

Seating can add major curb appeal without much cash. Look for something simple and eye-catching, like a pair of chairs found on Craigslist or a repurposed wooden bench. Add color with cushions and bright pillows—just be sure to use durable, weather-resistant fabrics.

Lantern Light

 

Flea market finds—like these majestic lanterns—add rustic beauty at little cost. Keep your eyes open at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for statement pieces that can flank a front porch.

Add a Wreath

Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. Dress up your front door year-round with wreaths in a variety of fun textures and designs. Snag decor at a discount by planning ahead and buying items well in advance. Fall wreaths, for example, go on sale in November and December, so buy at a reduced price, then store until September rolls around.

Keep It Bright

 

Make a statement with a colorful front door. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders on any surface, and a bright hue ensures that your home will stand out in a sea of neutral colors. Simple materials you likely already have on hand—paint, primer, and brushes—keep costs low.

Light It Up

Warm lights and lanterns give off a homey vibe without much effort. You likely already have some sort of porch lighting, but consider adding a spotlight on a favorite tree or lanterns along a walkway.

Simple Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, but it can be difficult to obtain in home design—especially if your home wasn’t built with balance in mind. Capture the effect without a remodel by creating a symmetrical front porch or walkway. Matching potted plants flanking a set of stairs or identical rocking chairs on each side of your front door will do the trick.

Build Character

High-end curb appeal lets your home stand out—in a good way. The key is to play to your home’s strengths and architecture. If you’re on a budget, pick one feature to home in on—like shrubbery, lighting, or the front door—and make it the focal point of your exterior.

Courtesy of: Better Homes & Gardens

A Rodeo Guide to Moving and Packing

Moving can be stressful. From sorting through what stays and what goes to purchasing a heap of supplies, it’s a journey. Literally. But it does not always have to be. At Rodeo Realty we pride ourselves on making your home experience as seamless as possible. Thats why we’ve narrowed down your moving and packing essential tips! Read below for a helpful handful of moving tricks and click the link at the bottom for your moving checklist!

1. Don’t hesitate on ordering a-lot of boxes…because you never know

It is better safe then sorry! Rather then get the bare minimum and have to last minute track down more boxes, bulk up on extra boxes. It will save you that extra time you can use towards a well deserved glass of wine after all the packing is finished

2. Pack in all sizes

When picking out boxes, it is better to get a variety of sizes. You are likely to need more small and medium boxes rather then a heap of large ones. Grab a few wardrobe boxes, many medium and certainly a lot of small boxes.

3. Don’t forget the other moving supplies

Sure your all set on boxes but make sure you have enough tape to close them securely! More then what you think you will need is better then not enough. Make sure you grab packing paper and everything else you will need to . ensure your items are packed safely and securely.

4. Keep your fragile items safe

Group delicate items together and make sure they are labeled as fragile so your movers know which boxes need extra care and a secure space in the van

5. Paper packing

When packing you delicate items, avoid using newspaper as tit can stain and smear. Instead go for the real deal and pick up packing paper to save yourself the ink scrub down on your fine china.

6. Bundle Breakables

As you pack your dishes, put packing paper around each one, then wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides and never flat. Make sure to use plenty of bunched-up paper as padding above and below. Cups and bowls can be placed inside one another with paper between and rapped three or four in a bundle.

7. Consider other items that will need special treatment

Plasma TVs require special wooden crates for shipping if you don’t have the original box and can be ruined if you lay them flat. If packing yourself, double box tour tv, setting the box containing the tv into another box that you’ve padded with packing paper

8. Label your boxes

This is an easy but often overlooked step. Label each box so you know whats in it and in what room it goes. This will make the unpacking process a breeze

9. Ditch the heavy load!

The heavier the item, the smaller the  box should be! It is much easier to carry heavier items when they’re in smaller boxes. Save the larger boxes for things that are lighter but hard to carry on their own. And of course never over pack a box!

10. No packing on moving day!

Take on the busy day with ease by making sure all your boxes are packed already. It is less stress ! This includes removed pictures from the walls beforehand.

11. Put heaver items on the bottom of boxes add lighter items on top.

If you are loading the truck yourself, it is better to have your boxes properly proportioned. Another tip is the pack heavier boxes first and toward the front the truck for balance.

12. Don’t leave empty spaces

Fill in the gaps with clothing , towels, or packing paper. Movers often wont move boxes they feel are loosely packed

Packing with movers?

We have you covered here too!

1. Last in, First Out

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Tell your movers which boxes you need first at your new home and they will load the moving truck accordingly

2. Keep your most important things with you

Don’t pack  jewelry or medication–keep these with you. You might need to access them on moving day and its nice for the movers if they know they done need to worry about keeping track if these small items.

3. Sort out the details ahead of time

Make sure you know where you movers can park. This is LA and we know how parking is. Visit the parking enforcement page head of your move in case you need to obtain a permit

4. Prep your furniture

Remove all heavy and breakable items from dressers and desks so they are easier to lift.

5. Moving fine art?

Ask your movers about special crating for you prized positions. Never wrap an oil painting in regular paper. For pictures that are framed behind glass., make an x with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and hold it together if it shatters.

 

Need a checklist to get you through the big day? Click here for Rodeo Realty’s Moving Checklist and check those moving jitters of your list!

 

 

 

Home Security Tips and Tricks

Your home is your sanctuary. It is a place where fond memories are made and relaxing evenings are spent after a busy day. Your home is a safe haven where you and your family most feel at ease. If your home is under-protected this may compromise the security you feel in your own home.

Using a few simple home security tips and tricks, you can protect your belongings, thwart would-be thieves and increase your feeling of security while home and away.

Prevention begins outside your home from the minute it comes into view. Take a walk around your property with a critical eye to see what changes it needs.

Consider these tips to help keep you and your family, and your possessions, safe and secure:

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  • Landscape with safety in mind. As you walk around your property, look for areas that could be potential hiding spots for thieves, who prize the privacy they provide. Try and clear away any overgrown areas.

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  • Talk with your local police department. It can offer insight on past break-in trends in your area.

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  • Get to know your neighbors. Take the time to meet and engage with people on your street and encourage them to watch out for any suspicious activity when you’re not home.

  • Lighting matters. Lighting can set the right ambiance inside your home, but outdoor lighting can be the difference between your home being targeted – or not – by thieves. Motion-sensitive fixtures can help add security and provide light when needed.Also consider using automatic timers or smart lightbulbs that can be controlled remotely to turn lights on and off in various parts of the house to help make it seem like you are home.

  • Avoid advertising that shopping spree. Thieves look for and steal newly delivered boxes on your front porch, a method called porch pirating, so consider having them delivered elsewhere or requiring a signature for delivery. Thieves may also look at clues provided by your trash or recycling, which may indicate the new computer or flat-screen television inside.

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  • Set a safety routine. Make sure you establish a routine where you regularly lock all doors, shut windows and turn on your alarm system every time you leave your home. Avoid leaving spare keys outside, under a planter or under a welcome mat, as thieves know most of the potential hiding places.

  • Manage visibility. Make sure you can see who is at your front door without opening it. Avoid placing valuables where they will be visible from the street, and do not place your home alarm panel in a place where people can see you arming it from the outside.

  • Protect your outdoor valuables. Burglars also target sheds, garages and other outdoor buildings. Secure your grill, lawn mower, bicycles and other outdoor gear.

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  • Create a plan for when you are away. Hold your mail, stop your papers and ask a friend or neighbor to remove flyers from your property. Arrange for snow removal and lawn mowing so you do not advertise when you are away from home.

  • Install a home alarm system: While an alarm may not keep burglars from getting inside your home, it will deter some and bring the police to your home quickly, limiting what a thief is able to take. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged while you are away or while you are at home as many thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another. Also, some insurance companies may lower your home insurance premiums for having a home alarm system installed.

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  • Take precautions to protect windows: If you are purchasing new windows for your home, it might be worth the upgrade to buy shatterproof glass. This would prevent anyone from breaking a window to gain access to your home. If new windows aren’t in the budget, consider adding a security film to windows. This will prevent the glass from shattering upon breaking and may deter thieves from continuing their attempt to break in.

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  •  Secure sliding glass doors: Sliding glass doors have incredibly flimsy locks. A thief can easily pop them in an instant, giving quick access to your home. Installing a security bar for sliding doors would make gaining access to your home more difficult. This measure of protection is a must-have for all sliding doors and windows.

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  • Change the locks as necessary: If you’ve just purchased a home from someone, your first order of business should be to meet the locksmith at your new home. You have no idea who is out there with a key just waiting for the moment to use it. In addition, if you’ve had a breakup recently, it is time to change the locks. The person may give you the key back, but you have no idea how many copies are out there. Having the locks changed is good for the peace of mind.

Keeping your family, your belongings and your home safe and secure does not involve a lot of money. A few simple changes such as the home security tips mentioned above can protect everyone and everything for years to come.