From Fisher Price’s Phone for Adults to PayPal Purchasing Pinterest and More | Tech News

It’s time for the tech news of the week! We’re covering it all—from a dose of nostalgia from Fisher Price’s working Chatter phone to Paypal’s hopes of purchasing Pinterest. Read on and stay connected with our rundown of the top tech headlines from the week.

Fisher-Price Unveils Working Chatter Phone for the Best Nostalgia of the Year

“Your childhood is calling.” In the news we needed this week, Fisher-Price has unveiled a working Chatter phone. The Bluetooth-enabled device can place and receive calls when connected to your mobile device. Beginning Thursday, October 21, you can purchase the Special Edition Chatter Telephone for $60 from Bestbuy. The iconic childhood toy does not come with apps or your usual 21-century bells and whistles. The working Bluetooth-connected handset for grownups is chargeable and provides nine hours of talk-time. For those hoping to snag their own rainbow-colored rotary dial, you’ll have to order quickly. The phone’s first presale on Tuesday sold out, with the Thursday presale expected to sell out as well. 

New Focus Blocks From Google Calendar Lets You Auto-Decline Meetings

Following a series of new updates to Google Workspace, scheduling meetings just got easier. This week Google announced the addition of new dedicated focus time entries to Calendar. The option will appear as a headphone icon on your Google Calendar. The feature can set focus time entries that can automatically decline meetings that get scheduled. Likewise, the new addition helps users stay focused on a current task and uninterrupted. Additionally, focus entries will appear on the “Time Insights” panel of your tools bar so users can keep track of how much time is being spent in meetings and on work. 

PayPal Looks to Purchase Pinterest

With mergers becoming the norm, Paypal is reportedly in talks to purchase Pinterest. The news comes after multiple reports that the payments company recently approached Pinterest in regards to a deal. Likewise, the companies have begun discussions with talks of a possible price of $70 per share. According to Bloomberg, if the reports are accurate, the proposed price per share would put Pinterest’s valuation at $39 billion. Paypal’s push to grow its profile should come as no surprise to those familiar with the company. The payment company, which has been around for over 20 years, also owns companies like Venmo and Honey, the coupon code tool. Similarly, Pinterest has also made recent changes this year with the launch of its verified merchant program. 

MLB to Launch Streaming Service for Local Games without Requiring TV Subscription

Baseball fans that have been holding out on cutting the cord received good news this week. The MLB is currently considering launching its own web-based streaming service that viewers can use without a cable TV subscription. Likewise, the service will help increase viewership for local teams’ home games. Currently, the MLB offers MLB.TV for out-for-market games, whereas the additional service would provide viewing access for regional games. The potential launch of the service will not have any impact on MLB.TV, which will still be available if and when the new service launches. Additionally, according to the New York Post, subscriptions for the service would vary based on location and cost between $10-20 per month.

Tesla Cybertruck Will Include Removable Mirrors

For those eagerly awaiting the availability of Tesla’s Cybertruck, the company recently announced an update to the vehicle. The electric pick-up truck has added detachable side view mirrors to comply with California law. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the mirrors are “designed to be easy to remove by owners.”  Likewise, the company has other components still in the works as the vehicle remains in development. The update comes after the car was spotted on the road for a test drive, with many social media users inquiring about the design change. The IRL glimpse of the soon-to-be-launched Cybertruck also showcased staggered wheels and tires along with windshield wipers. Of course, the components are not yet finalized as what will be on the car upon its launch, but provide an update that the car is still in the works.

New Apple MacBooks Ditch TouchBar and Reintroduce MagSafe

At this week’s second big apple event of the year, the company announced some significant changes to its products. The most prominent announcement from the event is the unveiling of the new 2021 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Gone is the Touchbar, and returned is the MagSafe charger. Likewise, the function keys will replace the TouchBar for the new Macs. Additionally, the beloved MagSafe charger returns for those that found tripping over their charging cable and taking their Mac down with them a problem. Other announcements from the Apple event include a new HomePod Mini and the unveiling of the AirPods 3. 

Weekend Events: October 22-24

With Halloween almost upon us and fall in full swing, it’s time for the best events happening this weekend. Enjoy equal amounts of spooky and autumnal fun with our round-up of things to do near you this October 22-24!

LOS ANGELES

Classic Horror Films at the Roosevelt Theatre

When: October 17-31, 2021

Where: The Hollywood Roosevelt | Hollywood

What: Enjoy a frightening evening screening at one of LA’s most haunted hotels. The Hollywood Roosevelt invites you to a dinner theater screening of classic Halloween films. Select between Night of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th if you dare. For a spooky evening accompanied by popcorn and a libation, dress in costume to your film screening of choice.

Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos

When: October 22-November 2, 2021

Where: DTLA

What: Grand Park and Self-Help Graphics & Art invite you to their Day of the Dead celebration in DTLA. The nearly two-week display of 20 altars will be on view in the park with a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony. The celebration will also feature a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community.

Oddities Flea Market

When: Oct 23-Oct 24, 2021

Where: Downtown Historic Core

What: Head to Downtown’s Globe Theatre for a two-day shopping experience from Brooklyn’s Oddities Flea Market. The vintage market features a bevy of the odd and peculiar to purchase ahead of any haunting fete you have planned. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES

Taste of Camp Fundraiser

When: October 22, 2021 | 6:30 pm

Where: The Fairmont Miramar | Santa Monica

What: head back to summer camp for a good cause for the Taste of Camp Fundraiser this weekend. Mezcal El Silencio and Tequila Dahlia have teamed up with Happy Trails for Kids to host the 4th annual event. Proceeds from the fundraiser providing overnight summer camps and other year-round outdoor adventures for youth in the SoCal foster care system. The event will feature entertainment, an exciting live auction, and signature camp-inspired dishes.

Bill Burr

When: Oct 22, 2021 | 7:00PM

Where: Terrace Theater – Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center | Long Beach

What: Treat yourself to some well-deserved humor with a hilarious stand-up show from Grammy-nominated comedian, Bill Burr. Burr has led a prolific career in comedy and appeared in such recent films as Judd Apatow’s ‘King of Staten Island’.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: Edward Scissorhands

When: Oct 22, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Where: The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport | Santa Monica

What: Halloween is not complete without a Tim Burtin showing of some sort and Edward Scissorhands certainly serves as one of the best. Catch Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and Vincent Price in this haunting classic. 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

San Fernando Valley Halloween Spooky Market

When: October 23, 2021 

Where: 911 San Fernando Road | San Fernando

What: Join the masterminds behind SFV’s beloved drive-in theatre for a haunting street market that all can enjoy. With 50+ Vendors, 25 Storefronts, Music and a Classic Cars Display under the stars, there’s plenty of fun to be had at this Saturday’s ‘Spooky Market’.

A Faery Hunt and Faery Halloween Party

When: Oct 23, 2021 | 10:30 AM

Where: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center | Tarzana

What: If you have little ones in tow this Halloween, celebrate the season early with Tarzana’s A Faery Hunt. The interactive show will have a delightful Halloween party this weekend with costumes encouraged for all ages.

Spooktacular Makers Market

When: October 24, 2021| 11:00 AM

Where: Valley Relics Museum | Van Nuys

What: You can never have enough Maker Markets, especially when they are Halloween-themed! Head to the Valley Relics Museum this Sunday for a day of spooktacular family fun at Van Nuys favorite museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY

Harvest Night at the Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park

When: October 22, 2021 | 5:00 PM

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum | Newbury Park

What: For a truly haunting evening Stagecoach Inn Museum invites you to Harvest Night. Beginning at 5:00 PM, enjoy crafts, games, and food before an early showing of classic Casper cartoons. For the adults, the later evening will feature a showing of House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price. Just beware of what lurks in the shadows of the Inn as you are entertained alongside it.

Ventura County Greek Festival in Camarillo

When: October 22-24, 2021

Where: 515 Eubanks Street | Camarillo

What: The annual Ventura County Greek Festival returns a few months later than usual. The weekend-long event will feature music, folk dancing, food, vendors, and more. For a delicious and fun day, you certainly will not want to miss out!

Halloween Haunted Trail

When: October 23, 6:00 PM

Where: 2525 N. Moorpark Rd | Thousand Oaks

What: The fun and frightening continue with Halloween Haunted Trail hosted by the Conejo Recreation & Park District. This night full of Halloween fun will take place at the Thousand Oaks Community Center. 

LA Eats: The Best Pizza Places Near You

Treat yourself to a slice of cheesy goodness this weekend with our picks for the best pizza places near you. From the established and familiar to the new and in-demand, we’re naming the top pizza joints in town. 

LOS ANGELES

Prime Pizza

Location: 446 N Fairfax Ave. | Los Angeles

When it comes to pizza places in Los Angeles, Prime Pizza offers a prime selection. The Sicilian-style pizza joint offers an array of options like Sausage-Kale, BBQ Chicken, and traditional cheese.

Apollonia’s Pizzeria

Location: 5176 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles

Take your taste buds on a trip to Detroit with Apollonia’s Pizzeria. The miracle mile eatery offers Instagram-worthy pies that will have you coming back for more. With its expertly cheesy crust and crispy crust, this pizza place easily lands on the list of top options. 

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Location: 1534 N McCadden Pl | Los Angeles

True pizza fans will know that no list of the best pizza places in town can be complete without Neapolitan-style pizza. Look no further than L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, the Italian import serving up wood-fired pizzas in all their cheesy glory. Regarding which pizza to try, you genuinely can’t go wrong with any of their selections. 

WESTSIDE 

Pizzana

Location: 11712 San Vincente Blvd | Westwood

For more Neapolitan style pies on the Wetside, Pizzana awaits you in Westwood. The late Jonathan Gold-approved pizza joint has an excellent array of pizzas to choose from. From their fermented dough to the wood-fired oven taste chef Daniele Uditi does pizza right at Pizzana.

Full Proof Pizza at Lodge Bread

Location: 11918 Washington Blvd | Culver City

Along with their famed Neapolitan pies, Lodge Bread has added a phenomenal array of New York City-style pizzas to their menu. While the NYC pizza pies are only offered during select times during the week, it’s still worth a visit. We recommend enjoying one of their 18-inch pizza pies like potato and leek, classic pepperoni, or wild mushrooms.

Ospi

Location: 2025 Pacific Ave | Venice

What you’ll find at Ospi is more than just one of the best pizza places in Venice. The Italian restaurant offers delicious California plates and housemade pasta. When it comes to the pies, you’ll find options like nduja and scallions or pepperoni, jalapeno, pineapple, and more!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Hail Mary Pizza

Location: 3219 Glendale Blvd | Glendale

If you happen to be heading down Glendale Boulevard, Hail Mary Pizza is worth making a pitstop for. The pizza place has quickly become a community favorite with pies that are cooked to perfection. For a pizza that’s not as a routine, we recommend the Hugo or Savannah with toppings as unique as their names.

Pitfire Pizza

Location: 5211 Lankershim Blvd. | North Hollywood

Pizza-lovers in SoCal can thank Pitfire Pizza for paving the way for our current wood-fired trend. 

Pitfire Pizza helped to pave the way for LA’s current wood-fired fast-casual trend. The company’s flagship location in NoHo offers the perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner with delicious bites. Even if you are not in the mood for pizza, you’ll find an expansive menu of options to choose from!

Napoli’s Pizza Kitchen

Location: 14831 Burbank Blvd | Van Nuys

As far as goes when it comes to the best pizza places in SFV, Napoli’s is a no-brainer. With Speciality Pies and even Build-Your-Own options, it is easy to see why the pizza joint has stayed a local favorite. Of course, you can go for traditional or try something different like the  Basturma and thank us later!

 

CONEJO VALLEY

Pizza Nosh

Location: 30313 Canwood St #31, Agoura Hills

If there is one thing Conejo Valley knows about its food, and pizza is no different. Appearing on our list of favorites for the second time this year is Pizza Nosh and it’s easy to see why. With so many tasty pizza pie options to nosh on, this Agoura Hills eatery will never disappoint. 

Parma Pizzeria Napoletana

Location: 796 Thousand Oaks Blvd | Thousand Oaks

What we love about Parma Pizzeria Napoletana is not just the range of pizza toppings to choose from, they also have tons of pizza styles. With regional stylings that include New York, Detroit, Naples, Sicily, or even Ohio, there’s a pizza for every type of pizza lover. 

Spumoni Pizza

Location: 1714 Newbury Rd | Newbury Park

Open for lunch and dinner, Newbury Park’s Spumoni has plenty of delicious pizzas, pasta, and sandwiches to enjoy. As one of the best pizza places in town, you expect the best with pizza pies like the Della Casa or Diavola Pizza!

Out & About: The Best Corn Mazes Around Town

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and there’s a chill in the air. That can only mean one thing: it’s a corn maze and Halloween season. So, if you’re looking for a good scare this October, consider visiting one or all these corn mazes in L.A. to enjoy a family-friendly autumn delight.

So before you start planning your annual pilgrimage to find the best corn mazes in Los Angeles and its environs. Here is a list of three corn mazes that will tickle your fancy. Some are designed to create particular messages, while others have hidden surprises inside, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So which one should you choose?

Underwood Family Farms

If you’re looking for fall fun, consider going on a corn maze adventure. You can find one of the best in Southern California at Underwood Family Farms, where there is an event every weekend from now until October 31.

They have everything from Wild West Weekend to Antique Tractor Weekend. Importantly, their two-acre corn maze is open through Halloween. Please don’t worry about getting lost as there are plenty of checkpoints, so you always know how close you are to finding your way out again.

Tapia Brothers Farm

Tapia Brothers Farm is another great location that offers an incredible corn maze. A tour of the labyrinth comes with a map. So, if you get lost, you can always use the map to get your bearings. Additionally, you will be given trivia questions to spice up the experience. Another notable feature is the farm’s many pumpkins. For the little ones, they can enjoy pony rides and tractor-pulled trained rides. When you are famished and being on a farm, you will be treated to roasted corn that is fresh from the farm.

Forneris Farms

If you are looking for a good time this fall, then a 4-acre corn maze is the place to be. Forneris Farms has been a delight for a century now. In recognition of the trying moments that the world and the country have faced, this year’s annual theme is “God bless the USA.”

A visit to their corn maze is an enthralling experience, and to spice things up, there is a prize to be won if you find all 12 riddles; what a “CORNundrum.” Their fall festival is open daily through October 31. As a caution, they have an only cash policy, so ensure you carry enough money for all the activities.

Big Horse Corn Maze

This is heaven for corn maze fans, as Big Horse Corn Maze has over 11-acres of corn. This expansive corn maze has been exquisitely designed for visitors. You can visit the location from Tuesday to Sunday. The corn maze and harvest festival have been canceled for this year, so mark your calendars for 2022! However, you can still have fun exploring the vast property. If you visit the premises on the weekend, you will enjoy the day’s theme, ranging from celebrating veterans to celebrating music genres.

Takeaway

This Halloween season, if you’re looking for a scary maze to walk through with your kids on the way to trick-or-treating, there are plenty of options in Los Angeles and its environs. Halloween is a time for kids to dress up in costume and go door-to-door collecting candy. But it’s also a time when grownups get to enjoy the holiday, too.

Economic update for the week ending October 16, 2021

Stock markets rise again this week  – Stock markets, after dropping about 5% in September, have rebounded in October. Economic data points to the economy continuing its expansion. Early reporting of corporate earnings have shown strong corporate profits. Retail sales, which seemed to stall in July August, were up over 14% year-over-year in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 35,294.76, up 1.6% from 34,746.25 last week. It is up 15.4% year-to-date.  The S&P 500 closed the week at 4,471.37, up 1.8% from 4,391.34 last week. It is up 18.9% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 14,897.34, up 2.2% from 14,579.54 last week. It is up 15.5% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.59%, down from 1.61% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 2.05%, down from 2.16% last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – The October 14, 2021, Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.05%, up from 2,99% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.30%, up from 2.23% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.55% up slightly from 2.52% last week.

2022 housing forecast – The California Association of Realtors released its 2022 housing market forecast this week. They expect the number of homes sold in 2022 to be decline by about 5.2% to 416,800 units. They have projected 439,800 sales in 2021. 2022’s projection of 419,800 sales, while less than 2021, would be the second highest number of sales in the last five years. They expect the median price to rise 5.2% to $834,400 in 2022. While still a healthy increase it’s a ways off from the projected historic 20.3% increase in the median price in 2021. They forecast interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages to be at or above 3.5%. While about 1/2% higher than rates are today, that’s a very low interest rate and still near historic lows.

2022 CALIFORNIA HOUSING FORECAST

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021p 2022f
SFH Resales (000s) 409.4 417.7 424.9 402.6 398.0 411.9 439.8 416.8
% Change 7.00% 2.00% 1.70% -5.20% -1.20% 3.50% 6.80% -5.20%
Median Price ($000s) $476.3 $502.3 $537.9 $569.5 $592.4 $659.4 $793.1 $834.4
% Change 6.60% 5.40% 7.10% 5.90% 4.00% 11.30% 20.30% 5.20%
Housing Affordability Index* 31% 31% 29% 28% 31% 32% 26% 23%
30-Yr FRM 3.90% 3.60% 4.00% 4.50% 3.90% 3.10% 3.00% 3.50%

September California and U.S. home sales figures will be released by the California Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors next week.

Home Tips: Stylish Halloween Home Decor Ideas

Great stylish Halloween home decor can help spruce up the home but also make it a fun place for the whole family to enjoy. Decor helps to adorn different parts of the home to keep guests entertained and lift the entire overlook of living space.

Traditional pumpkin and jack-o’lantern decors may still be the cultural norm for Halloween but more stylish and creative ideas are more necessary each step of the way to bring a novel look to the home each Halloween season. There are multiple ways to approach the event without having to keep to the traditional spooky theme such as the use of florals to represent spring or the renewal of the season. Here are some great Halloween decor ideas that are easy to implement.

Floating Witch hat Luminaries

Lighting is one of the simplest ways to transform a dull place into a magnificent creation. No matter how cramped the space in a room is, it is possible and necessary to have luminaries or light sources for Halloween. Rather than having a traditional lampshade, it is a great idea to use Floating hat luminaries to increase the spooky Halloween feeling without necessarily scaring the kids at home. Many lamp-shaped hats can be bought from the store or even have a DIY transformation. You can hang the lampshades on the porch, in the living room, and in the hallways. Try to ensure the selected hat colors match the rest of the room decor whenever possible.

Colorful Spooky Porch Decor

Most neighbors and friends may not get into all the rooms to appreciate the work and Halloween home decor ideas in each room; they will surely see the porch. Colorful rugs at the entrance with colorful pumpkins and pillows are a great idea. Juxtapose the floor designs with some great flowers or gnarled plants on the side to create a more natural scenery.

Halloween Themed Crockery

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Switch up your cutlery and dishware for something spooky. Incorporate your own DIY Halloween-themed tumblers, mugs, cups, and plates with a customized feel. A webbing pattern with a few spiders and the addition of a glowing dye is going to fascinate guests and family for many years to come.

Wine Bottle Candlesticks

Sprucing up the Halloween home decor depends on how much of the decor is affected and is visible to everyone. Simply paint Halloween bottles in matte black spray paint and insert an orange taper candle once dry. The design will surely bring an eerie feeling irrespective of the place you place the candles in the room.

Horror Novel Door

Think of the chill that ran down your spine reading horror novels. Why not relive the moments by transforming your door into a faux library. We recommend using gold paint for the book titles on craft paper. Add some plant at the door entrance and you’ve created the illusion of library books. Halloween home decor ideas like this can stay long after Halloween.

From William Shatner in “Space” to ViacomCBS NFT’s and More! | Tech News

Stay connected with the latest in technology news. We’re breaking down the week’s leading headlines so you can keep up with all things tech. From William Shatner in “Space” to ViacomCBS NFT’s and more, let’s dive into the top stories below!

William Shatner Rockets to Space on Latest Blue Origin Launch

In a merge between sci-fi and science, actor William Shatner (a.k.a. The OG Captain Kirk), blasted to the edge of space this week. The Star Trek icon departed on his first-ever real trip to space aboard a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The launch took place from the company’s West Texas launch site for the suborbital space trip. Shatner was joined by Chris Boshuizen, former NASA engineer and co-founder of satellite imaging company Planet Labs, among others. Dubbed NS18, viewers were able to see the mission via Livestream.

DoorDash Launches $1 Million Disaster Relief Fund for Restaurants 

DoorDash is heading the call to restaurants in need as a result of the recent natural disasters. The food delivery company has launched a $1 million relief fund for restaurants impacted by natural disasters. Eligible restaurants can likewise receive funds dispersed in grants of $10, 000 to 100 restaurants from across the US. Eligible restaurants must also have three or fewer locations with 50 or fewer employees for consideration. Restaurants have “exhibited immense resiliency when disaster strikes, providing for their communities even when their resources on hand are limited,” Tasia Hawkins, social impact program lead at DoorDash, said in the post.

Astronomers Discover Strange Radio Signal from Center of the Milky Way

In fascinating galactic news, extraordinary radio signals coming from the center of the Milky Way are baffling Astronomers. The unusual signals were spotted inconsistently around 13 times between April 2019 and August 2020. According to Astronomers, the signal exhibits a range of characteristics that are highly unusual and unlike other radio sources from the depths of the Milky Way. “This object was unique in that it started out invisible, became bright, faded away, and then reappeared,” said Tara Murphy, an astrophysicist at the University of Sydney and co-author on the paper, in a press release. “This behavior was extraordinary.”

ViacomCBS to Join the Growing NFT Trend

This week the merchandising division of ViacomCBS announced the company will launch NFTs and a place to buy and sell them this spring. The entertainment giant joins a growing list of companies and individuals jumping onto the NFT bandwagon. ViacomCBS has said they will partner with Recur, an NFT-focused startup to create digital “experiences” based on the company’s assets. This range of NFT’s will include characters, programming, and franchises. Likewise, with ViacomCBS portfolio including networks like CBS, BET, Comedy Central, and MTV, among others, the range of NFT’s will be vast. 

Luna Display Lets Users Turn Their iPad into a Dual Screen with Windows Devices

For PC users who also happen to own an iPad, the latest tech from Astropad has arrived to make screen-mirroring simpler. With Luna Display, the updated wireless dongles now include support for Windows PC. The product update marks a major step forward for the company after Apple’s Sidecar made its functionality a built-in part of iPadOS. With Windows support, PC devices can work seamlessly with iPads in a variety of configurations. Likewise, this includes capabilities with the Apple Pencil along with the iPad as a drawing tablet for your Windows device. 

Aurora Autonomous Taxi’s and Trucks to Become available to Customers via Subscription

When it comes to autonomous vehicles, Aurora is the latest company to offer wider accessibility for its driverless vehicles this year. The company announced their vehicles will now be available to customers via subscription. Likewise, the company does not expects its roll-out of self-driving trucks and ride-hailing vehicles to begin until 2023 or 2024. Aurora’s ride-hailing service, called “Aurora Connect, will allow vehicles equipped with the company’s autonomous tech to integrate ride-hailing network software sot it can function as a taxi. Of course, the company has also not yet revealed the pricing for its subscription service. 

 

Weekend Events: October 15-17

Whether you’re seeking a spooky or fun, we have you covered this October with our round-up of weekend events. From the pumpkin-centric fall fests to outdoor screenings and more, check out this weekend’s fun!

LOS ANGELES

 

Book Club with Ron Howard and Clint Howard

When: Oct 15, 2021 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: LA Live | Los Angeles

What: See Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard for a book club discussion of their new memoir. Their book “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family” brings readers inside a childhood spent on TV and growing up in Tinsletown. The discussion will be moderated by Times columnist Mary McNamara. 

Cinespia Presents: Blade

When: October 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Los Angeles

What: Enjoy a film screening under the stars at Hollywood’s favorite outdoor theater. Catch this weekends showing of Blade for a fun fright that is equal parts nostalgia and terror.

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch

When: October 16, 2021 | 11:00 AM

Where: Japanese Village Plaza | Los Angeles

What: If you are in search of a bone-chilling good time in DTLA, look no further than the Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch. A favorite Halloween tradition in Little Toyko, the event will have pumpkins for purchase along with plenty of family fun! 

 

WESTSIDE

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: ‘Hocus Pocus’

When: Oct 15, 2021 |  7:45 PM

Where: Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo

What: “It’s just a bit of Hocus Pocus”…and a whole lot of quintessential Halloween viewing. It’s been 300 years, and the Sanderson Sisters are back for a screening of the cult classic hit “Hocus Pocus.” Make your way to El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema for an evening under the stars; with the three spookiest witches around!

Open Main Street

When: October 16-17, 2021

Where: Along Main Street | Santa Monica

What: Head to Main Street Santa Monica for a family fun day as the buzzy street turns into a fall festive pedestrian plaza. This month’s weekend-long event will feature a pumpkin patch, beer booth, live music, and more!

Family Fun Halloween Festival

When: October 17, 2021

Where: 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy. | Long Beach

What: Break out your costumes this weekend and head to Long Beach for the Family Fun Halloween Festival. Hosted by Creative Communal, a makers market pop-up, the event will feature an array of local vendors, Halloween activities, and more!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

LA “Rocks” Super Sunday

When: October 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Where: Hilton Woodland Hills | Los Angeles

What: Get your fitness on this weekend for LA “Rocks” Super Sunday. This ‘welcome back’ event will feature a LIVE workout with super trainer Jennifer Jacobs. The LA MArket Council will also have fantastic raffle baskets on hand that participants can win by purchasing a raffle ticket. Just be sure to wear your best 80’s gear for the rockin’ workout with the ultimate throwback.

BCR: “A Place to Scare” presents CURSED CREEK!

When: October 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM 

Where: A Place to sCARE | Burbank

What: We’re diving into the haunting season with more spooky fun. Enjoy ‘Cursed Creek,’ an outdoor haunted walk-thru attraction. Make your way through scare after scare if you dare.

San Fernando Valley Halloween Drive-In Presents: The Nightmare Before Christmas & Gremlins

Location: Lake Balboa Complex, Lake Balboa, CA

Date(s): until Oct 30, 2021

It’s a DOUBLE CREATURE FEATURE! Get your spook on at the Halloween edition of San Fernando Valley’s beloved drive-in. Catch Gremlins or the Nightmare Before Christmas for a nostalgic and joyful cinema-going experience.

CONEJO VALLEY

Annual Ojai Day Street Fair Event

When: October 16 | 10am – 5pm

Where: Downtown Ojai

What: Hosted by the Ojai recreation Department, Ojai Day is not your ordinary street fair. Enjoy a cultural explosion of fun, with art food, and more at this multi-ethnic celebration. There is something for everyone at Ojai Day!

Centennial Guild’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch in Westlake Village

When: October 16 | 12pm – 4pm

Where: Westlake Village

What: Pumpkins, Candy and Music…Oh My! Make your way to the Centennial Guild’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This charitable community event will feature a pumpkin patch, live DJ, photo booth, raffles, and of course, candy for all little ghosts and goblins in attendance. 

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival at De Anza Park

When: October 17, 2021 | 10:00AM-5:00PM

Where: De Anza Park | Calabasas

What: The annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival returns this Sunday at Juan Bautista de Anza Park. The family-friendly event will feature a pumpkin patch and professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting, live music, and more! Admission to the event includes access to inflatable rides and games.

LA EATS: The Best Vegan Restaurants Near You

Whether you are 100% plant-based or just in need of some healthy options, SoCal has no shortage of vegan spots. In this week’s blog, we are rounding up the best vegan restaurants near you, from casual to fine dining.

LOS ANGELES

Crossroads Kitchen

Location: 8284 Melrose Ave | Los Angeles 

When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in L.A., it’s hard to top Crossroads Kitchen. Open since 2013, the plant-based menu offers stunning creations you would genuinely be surprised are vegan. We recommend the Artichoke Oysters as a starter with the Spaghetti Carbonera for a main dish worth remembering.

Honeybee Burger

Location: 1820 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles

Bite into a burger that’s grilled to perfection and 100% meat-free. That’s what you can expect at Honeybee Burger, the vegan fast food stop in Los Feliz. Enjoy your burger with a side of sweet potato fries and a shake for a classic off-the-grill lunch with a healthy twist.

Shojin

Location: 333 S Alameda St Suite310 | Los Angeles

If you are in the mood for sushi or ramen, Shojin in Little Tokyo is one of the best vegan restaurants for Japanese food. Get your serving of their baked “crab” hand roll, or enjoy a hearty kabocha squash ramen. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES


De Buena Planta

Location: 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

If you happen to be a fan of Butcher’s Daughter in Venice, the popular spot has a great vegan option for you! De Buena Planta opened in the past year and has quickly risen to be one of the best vegan restaurants on the West Side. From gorgeous cocktails to delicious cauliflower and mushroom tacos, what more do you need? Go ahead and indulge; it’s healthy!

 

Plant Power Fast Food

Location: 5095 Pacific Coast Hwy | Long Beach

With a California coastal menu that’s equal parts pretty and delicious, Plant Power Fast Food in Long Beach has been fast to reach a top spot on our list. Along with the convenience of a drive-through for those on the go, Plant Power offers breakfast and lunch options to help you power through the day. Enjoy house-made burger patties and a horchata milkshake that will have you coming back for more!

 

Plant Food + Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd | Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy dining options, vegan and otherwise. At the top of that list is Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good, you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, P.F.W.’s’ menu brings together a rich array of tasty options. 


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY



H.O.P.E.

Location: 11943 Ventura Blvd. | Studio City

Healthy Organix Positive Eating is what you will find at H.O.P.E. and also what their acronym means. It’s both eclectic and enchanting with a delicious and vast menu offering Asian specialties and even a few Mexican dishes. Enjoy burgers, wraps, and more for a vegan dining spot to suit any appetite.

O’cado Restaurant

Location: 14568 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks
Offering plant-based fusion with sustainable Wine, craft beer, and cocktails, O’cado serves as a perfect choice for an enjoyable evening out. The food offering ranges between Latin, Mediterranean, and American for culture-infused bites to delight your taste buds.

Veggie Grill

Location: 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino

Open from the early afternoon through evening, Veggie Grill makes for the perfect stop if you search for a casual lunch or dinner option. When it comes to the best vegan restaurants in the Valley, Veggie Grill has plenty to offer that lads it on our list. While it may be a chain restaurant, the quality remains consistent in everything from the Far East Bowl to the Meatball Sandwich.


CONEJO VALLEY

Natural Cafe

Location: Westlake Village

Fresh, quirky, and tasty are just a few of the ways we would describe Natural Cafe. The Westlake Village vegan spot has an almost endless list of plant-based options to enjoy. We recommend the Buddha Burrito or Portobella Mushroom sandwich for a mealing that’s both filling and delicious!

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Location: Topanga Canyon

When searching for a spot that offers both zen and quality food, Inn of the Seventh Ray is just as it sounds. A picture of tranquility in Topanga Canyon, the restaurant is tucked away from the street hustle and bustle and nestled in the canyon alongside a flowing creek. Stop by for lunch, brunch, or dinner for a day at one of Conejo Valley’s best vegan restaurants. And for those seeking a healthy kombucha boost, they have no shortage of in-house specialties to boost the mind, body, and soul.

Sage Plant-Based Bistro

Location: Agoura Hills

A casual plant-based neighborhood eatery, Sage Plant-Based Bistro offers its best to Conejo Valley and indeed delivers. You’ll find plenty to enjoy at this delicious vegan gem, from the tasty Buffalo Cauliflower Wings to the Jackfruit Stuffed Avocado.