The Best Lightbulbs for Your Home

Buying lightbulbs used to be a cinch. When your 60-watt incandescents burnt out, you simply bought more 60-watt bulbs. But incandescents wasted a lot of energy to create that warm glow and were phased out. Energy-saving CFLs were meant to replace them, temporarily, and then LED lightbulbs arrived in stores.

LED bulbs are electronic devices and since lighting is the most important real estate in the home—it’s in every room and everybody uses it—manufacturers are adding sensors, cameras, or speakers to some LEDs. These bulbs are designed to provide home securitysafety, or music while casting light.

Your Lightbulb Lineup

LEDs (Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs)
LEDs instantly brighten and light color ranges from warm yellow to cool bluer white, and colors in between. Some are dimmable. LEDs use slightly less energy than CFLs, trimming your electric bill, and most are claimed to last 20,000 to 50,000 hours. That’s about 18 to 46 years when used three hours a day.

They cost more than other bulb types, although prices continue to drop. Some A-type bulbs, named for their bulbous shape and used in lamps and other general applications, do not evenly cast light in all directions, providing spotty light. And LEDs emit more blue light than other bulb types. Any light can suppress melatonin, the hormone that facilitates sleep, but research has shown that human eyes are especially sensitive to blue.

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs)
CFLs use about 75 percent less energy, last 7 to 10 times longer than the incandescents they replace, and cast light that’s warm yellow to cool blue, and colors in between.

They take time to fully brighten, especially when used outdoors in frigid temperatures. Most aren’t dimmable, and CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled to prevent mercury from being released into the environment if the bulbs break in the trash or a landfill. Follow the clean-up tips from the Environmental Protection Agency if you break a CFL at home. Several manufacturers offer bulbs with a plastic coating, which contain the mercury and shards if the bulb breaks.

Halogen Bulbs
Halogen, a type of incandescent bulb, uses about 25 to 30 percent less energy than standard incandescents. It instantly produces light, and can be used almost anywhere and with dimmers. The A-type bulbs, used as general purpose bulbs, cast light in all directions and accurately reveal the color of objects and furnishings.

They do not last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs yet cost more. Light color is typically a cooler white or blue, and while some bulbs have a color filter that improves the light, the filter reduces brightness.

Shopping Made Simple

Energy Star-qualified LEDs and CFLs meet high standards for brightness, color, and energy use and the mercury content in CFLs is capped. CFLs come with a warranty of at least two years and three years or longer for LEDs. Look for Energy Star rebates before you buy, and consider these tips:

Bring Your Old Bulb With You
It’s a sure way to know that the LED or CFL fits your fixture since some are bigger or heavier than the incandescents they replace.

Read the Label
A Lighting Facts label must appear on the packages of most lightbulbs. It indicates brightness, light color, energy use, estimated energy costs, and expected life.

Learn the Lingo
• Lumens
 tell you how bright the bulb—think luminous—and the more lumens the brighter the bulb. You’ll want around 800 lumens for light that’s as bright as a 60-watt incandescent.

• Color Temperature indicates light color. Warm yellow light is around 2700K (the K is for Kelvin temperature). White light is about 3000K or so. Bright white light is 3500K to 4100K and bluer white light is 5000K to 6500K.

• Color Rendering Index, or CRI, isn’t always on the box and tells you how accurately colors appear under the bulb’s light, ranging from 0 to 100 (incandescent bulbs are 100). A CRI of at least 80 is generally recommended for interior lights and differences of fewer than five points are insignificant. To compare bulbs look at the CRI of bulbs with the same Kelvin (K) temperature. We test the color accuracy of lightbulbs so you’ll see the scores in our Ratings.

Features You’ll Want

Bulbs must be dimmable if you’re using with dimmers. Most LEDs we tested are; most CFLs are not. Our Ratings indicate which bulbs are dimmable.

Works in Fully Enclosed Fixture
Some CFLs and LEDs we tested can be used in fully enclosed fixtures, according to the manufacturers, and is noted in the Ratings. This matters because if heat builds up inside the fixture it can change the bulb’s performance and shorten its life.

Works Outdoors
Many of the tested CFLs and LEDs work outdoors but cannot get wet, and need to be protected from direct contact with rain or snow. The Ratings indicate which bulbs can be used in this way, according to their manufacturers.

Works With Motion Sensor
Also known as an occupancy sensor, it automatically turn on lights when activity is detected and shut them off after activity stops indoors or a short while later outdoors. The bulb and motion sensor must be compatible to work properly. Check the website of the motion sensor manufacturer and read the bulb package to be sure.

Works With Photocell
Another way to save energy, the photocell turns off lights when daylight appears and turns them back on when it’s dark. Check the photocell manufacturer’s website and read the bulb box for compatibility information.

Courtesy of: Consumer Reports

Out and About: Members Only Clubs

You’re probably thinking what good will it do for me to know about places I can’t go? With all the recent additions of members only clubs in LA, that red rope is a little looser. This round-up is here to provide you all the details to LA’s private retreats. Read our list of members clubs’ that for the most part don’t require as many recommendations as a job interview.

Spring Place

Location: Beverly Hills

Spring Place is a collaborative workspace and membership club connecting work, leisure, and entertainment for the community of global professionals and entrepreneurs in the business of shaping contemporary culture. Expanding to Los Angeles and looking towards centers of culture and commerce worldwide, Spring Place is more than just a space away from your home or office, it is an accessible community for international creative talent. Here, the distance between your next inspiration and its reality is simply an introduction. This is your meeting place.

Click here for Membership Info.

The Wing

Location: West Hollywood

This women’s only members club has just debuted in Weho. The Wing is 11,000 square feet and functions as gathering space, workspace, and clubhouse. Designed as “an ode to the historic glamour of Southern California,” the space was designed with Chiara de Rege and implemented by The Wing’s interior design team. Members of The Wing, will have access to a library curated by Skylight Books and New York’s The Strand Book Store, a cafe stocked with local products from women-owned or -run businesses, and a calendar of talks and hosted workshops.

Click here for Membership Info. 

The Jonathan Club

Location: DTLA and Santa Monica

For over a century, Jonathan Club continued to redefine itself. With historically significant leaders and entrepreneurs a part of the Jonathan heritage, being a member means being counted among those who have propelled southern California, (and some, the world) into the future, laying the foundation for generations to learn, grow, and succeed. Current members enjoy lifelong friendships and connections that run deep, and with their families’ help begin to cultivate a legacy of their own.

For membership inquiries please email Member Relations or call 213-312-5268

City Club

Location: DTLA

City Club LA is the premier private business club of downtown Los Angeles. City Club is the place where diverse community and business leaders come to connect, network and do business. Members have access to the industry-leading ClubCorp Network of more than 300 country clubs and business clubs nationwide. Plus, special offerings at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts and entertainment venues.

For Membership  information click here.

Los Angeles Athletic Club

Location: DTLA

Founded in 1880, the LAAC has adapted to the new influx of young, moneyed folk in Downtown, and, per a 2011 LA Times write-up, seems to be “gaining traction with up-and-comers attracted by the combination of gym facilities and ‘Mad Men’-style retro chic”. The club’s facilities include a pool; basketball, handball, and squash courts; and boutique hotel rooms. Famous members include Charlie Chaplin, Colonel James B. Lankershim, and Esther Williams.

For Membership information.

Your NBA Playoffs Guide 2019

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The NBA Playoffs are in full swing! As the bracket dwindles down to the final two we have a guide to get you through the season. Will the Golden State Warriors come out with another win? Who’s to say. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some NBA fun along the way. Read on for all the facts you need to know for NBA Finals 2019!

Where to Watch?

Lucky for you we’ve rounded up the best sports bars in town. Click here to view our pick of brews, bites and basketball viewing spots.

Opting to stay home? No worries our dear sports fans! All games will air on ESPN, ABC, TNT and BNA TV during the post season. TNT and NBA TV can also be streamed on fuboTV too!

NBA playoffs second-round series schedule

*All times Eastern

Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Boston Celtics (4) (Series breakdown)

  • Game 1 (at MIL): Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m. — TV: ABC
  • Game 2 (at MIL): Tuesday, April 30, TBD  — TV: TBD
  • Game 3 (at DET): Friday, May 3, TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 4 (at DET): Monday, May 6, TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 5* (at MIL): Wednesday, May 8, TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 6* (at BOS): Friday, May 10, TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 7* (at MIL): Monday, May 13, TBD — TV: TBD

Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3) (Series breakdown)

  • Game 1 (at TOR): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 2 (at TOR): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 3 (at PHI): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 4 (at PHI): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 5* (at TOR): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 6* (at PHI): TBD — TV: TBD
  • Game 7* (at TOR): TBD — TV: TBD

NBA playoffs first-round series schedule

*All times Eastern

Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks (1) vs. Detroit Pistons (8) (Series breakdown)

Milwaukee wins series 4-0

  • Game 1 (at MIL): Bucks 121, Pistons 86 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at MIL): Bucks 120, Pistons 99 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at DET): Bucks 119, Pistons 103 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at DET): Bucks 127, Pistons 104 (Box Score)

Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Orlando Magic (7) (Series breakdown)

Toronto wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at TOR): Magic 104, Raptors 101 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at TOR): Raptors 111, Magic 82 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at ORL): Raptors 98, Magic 93 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at ORL): Raptors 107, Magic 85 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at TOR): Raptors 115, Magic 96 (Box Score)

Philadelphia 76ers (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6) (Series breakdown)

Philadelphia wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at PHI): Nets 111, 76ers 102 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at PHI): 76ers 145, Nets 123 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at BKN): 76ers 131, Nets 115 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at BKN): 76ers 112, Nets 108 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at PHI): 76ers 122, Nets 100 (Box Score)

Boston Celtics (4) vs. Indiana Pacers (5) (Series breakdown)

Boston wins series 4-0

  • Game 1 (at BOS): Celtics 84, Pacers 74 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at BOS): Celtics 99, Pacers 91 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at IND): Celtics 104, Pacers 96 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at IND): Celtics 110, Pacers 106 (Box Score)

Western Conference:

Golden State Warriors (1) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (8) (Series breakdown)

Golden State leads series 3-2

  • Game 1 (at GS): Warriors 121, Clippers 104 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at GS): Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at LAC): Warriors 132, Clippers 105 (Box Score)
  • Game 4  (at LAC): Warriors 113, Clippers 105 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at GS): Clippers 129, Warriors 121 (Box Score)
  • Game 6 (at LAC): Friday, April 26, 10:00 p.m. — TV: ESPN
  • Game 7* (at GS): Sunday, April 28, TBD — TV: TBD

*If necessary

Denver Nuggets (2) vs. San Antonio Spurs (7) (Series breakdown)

Nuggets lead series 3-2

  • Game 1 (at DEN): Spurs 101, Nuggets 96 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at DEN): Nuggets 114, Spurs 105 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at SA): Spurs 118, Nuggets 108 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at SA): Nuggets 117, Spurs 103 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at DEN): Nuggets 108, Spurs 90 (Box Score)
  • Game 6 (at SA): Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m. — TV: TNT
  • Game 7* (at DEN): Saturday, April 27, TBD — TV: TBD

*If necessary

Portland Trail Blazers (3) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (6) (Series breakdown)

Portland wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at POR): Trail Blazers 104, Thunder 99 (Box Score)
  • Game 2  (at POR): Trail Blazers 114, Thunder 94 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at OKC): Thunder 120, Trail Blazers 108 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at OKC): Trail Blazers 111, Thunder 98 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at POR): Trail Blazers 118, Thunder 115 (Box Score)

Houston Rockets (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) (Series breakdown)

Houston wins series 4-1

  • Game 1 (at HOU): Rockets 122, Jazz 90 (Box Score)
  • Game 2 (at HOU): Rockets 118, Jazz 98 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at UTA): Rockets 104, Jazz 101 (Box Score)
  • Game 4 (at UTA): Jazz 107, Rockets 91 (Box Score)
  • Game 5 (at HOU): Rockets 100, Jazz 93 (Box Score)
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Rodeo Realty Ranks High on Real Trends The 500 List for 2018

Pulling in top rankings for the year, Rodeo Realty continues to emerge as a top producer in real estate.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (April 24, 2019)- This week REAL Trends released their highly anticipated “The 500 Residential Real Estate” list for 2018. Rodeo Realty held it’s place in some of the top rankings with the #17 spot for Average Sales Price and the #27 spot in both the Billionaires’ Club and the largest brokerages by volume.

Aptly titled “The 500”, the list is comprised of the leaders in residential real estate across the United States. The accolades are a true accomplishment during what was considered one of the tougher real estate quarters heading into the new year. With a total sales volume of $4,908,093,531 in 2018, Rodeo Realty showcased an impressive year-end average out of thousands of other competing brokerages.

“A record 1,757 firms qualified this year. The results-turned in by the firms on this year’s REAL Trends 500-showed that the nation’s leading realty firms outperformed the market, proving that size and leadership do matter.”

Rodeo Realty has received numerous awards through the years as a leader in residential real estate for Southern California. Being the largest single owned brokerage, company President and CEO Syd Leibovitch takes pride in each accolade received.

The REAL Trends 500, now in its 32nd year, remains the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate firms. Due to the requirement of independent verification, the REAL Trends 500 is the trusted source for information about the performance of these firms.

These transactions represent over one-third of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year. The 500-ranked brokers closed nearly 3.3 million home transactions with a value of nearly $1.2 trillion during 2018, up from $1.1 trillion in the calendar year 2017.

The 500 top firms by sides and volume will be published in REAL Trends’ acclaimed magazine. The magazine will also rank the Top Affiliated Firms, the Largest Independents, the Top Movers by Count and Percent, the Billionaires’ Club, the Up-and-Comers (firms that did not qualify for the 500 yet still closed 500 or more sides for the year), and other categories based on their analysis.

This year’s survey represents the most comprehensive collection of data assembled on the leaders of the residential brokerage industry. Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms and/or MLS reports.

“For several years, the REAL Trends 500 has gained market share,” says Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends. “In 2019, the REAL Trends 500 did it again—up 2.7 percent in 2018 against a national existing home sales factor which was down 3 to 4 percent. ”

About Real Trends:

REAL Trends has been The Trusted Source of news, analysis, and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987. We are a privately-held publishing, consulting and communications company based in Castle Rock, Colorado. Residential real estate leaders look to us for timely and trusted information and analysis through our monthly newsletter, news updates, conferences and publications. In addition to creating research studies, we are a leading provider of high-level business, technology and digital marketing consulting services to the residential real estate industry. We provide a wide range of advisory services to a clientele of local, regional, national and global real estate organizations. Our areas of expertise include operational analysis, valuations, mergers and acquisition advisory services, compensation analysis, consumer and business research, strategic planning and technology and digital marketing consulting services.

About Rodeo Realty:

Rodeo Realty is a residential real estate firm that has more than 1,200 licensed agents and brokers and 12 offices throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Rodeo Realty services various markets in Southern California, including luxury real estate markets. The company’s celebrity and other multi-million dollar listings are regularly featured in the news through several television networks, online sites and publications.

Operated under the direction and vision of a single owner, Rodeo Realty stands today as one of the largest independent real estate companies in the nation, while still maintaining the friendly approach of the neighborhood REALTOR®. As the largest independent real estate brokerage headquartered in Beverly Hills and operating throughout the Los Angeles area, with the highest sales volume, Rodeo Realty has the resources to provide the best tools in the industry to deliver the very best results.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Samira Murphy

Public Relations- Rodeo Realty

(310)471-2600 ext. 145

South Park creator repped by Oren Barkan nabs Adi Livyatan’s Brentwood listing

It has been an outstanding month for our agents! In what is a double feat for the company, as many outlets reported Rodeo Realty agents repped the seller and buyer for the $6.2 million purchase by South Park creator, Trey Parker.

Los Angeles Times was one of the first publications to report on the sale of the 4-bedroom and 4.5 bathroom estate.

The luxurious listing held by Adi Livyatan of Rodeo Realty Encino was picked up this month by Trey Parker.

Oren Barkan of Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills was the buying agent for Parker on his purchase of the Brentwood Estate.

The stunning pad is a modern masterpiece with 5,322 square feet of interior living space. Parker will have plenty of zen space as the home also boast a vast outdoor area with swimming pool, detached yoga studio and private courtyard.

The abode also comes equipped with a wine cellar, indoor-outdoor family room and designer kitchen.

Every detail was thoughtfully considered in this stunning contemporary style home.

Trey Parker is most notable for his hit satirical animated series South Park, co-created in 1997 with Matt Stone. The show has run for 22 seasons and remains a pop-culture fixture. Parker has also gone on to create other hits like the Tony Awarded Broadway comedy “The Book of Mormon.

Read the full LA Times Feature here

About Adi Livyatan:

A Luxury Home Specialist, Adi is a top producing real estate professional and is the Number One agent in Rodeo Realty’s Sherman Oaks office. Recognized by “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate”, she is one of the country’s top Realtors and one of the most accomplished and respected agents in Southern California. With sales over $100 million per year, Adi is in the top 1% of all agents nationwide. In 2018, she was recognized for her sales volume and ranked #184 in the nation by REAL Trends The Thousand as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. She has been a consistent award-winning associate for several years, winning the President’s Circle Elite award for a number of years, and is one of a very select group who won the Chairman’s Award, the highest award possible, for her production in 2017, with closed sales of over $100 million. In 2018, Rodeo Realty recognized Adi for her significant sales in 2017, as she had the most transactions recognized as ‘Significant Sales in San Fernando Valley’ by Rodeo Realty. Exceptionally well respected, Adi has represented hundreds of buyers and sellers in various price ranges, and is one of the very top agents specializing in development and new construction in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities. Known for her integrity, honesty, and knowledge, Adi is committed to providing the highest level of service to all of her clients.

About Oren Barakan:

Providing Fantastic Real Estate Service throughout the San Fernando Valley, I am “”Your Family’s Realtor.”” My Philosophy of one-on-one communication allows me the opportunity to find the perfect real estate match for my valued clients. I understand that exactly what a family needs is vital. Once they share their vision with me, the home buying and selling process is extremely successful and smooth. I offer the finest services, technology tools, marketing and concierge programs. My service has proven results!

Leslie Kavanaugh’s Pacific Palisades listing featured in Variety

Leslie Kavanaugh holds the listing for a stunning Nantucket inspired estate in the Pacific Palisades.

Beverly Hills, Calif. (April 22, 2019)– Leslie Kavanaugh received an array of press coverage over the last week for a stunning Palisades abode that she holds the listing for. Sitting on three-quarters of an acre of land, the 10,500 square foot mansion is a seaside dream.

With panoramic views, the $25 million dollar estate sits nestled in the mountains above Will Rogers State Park. The spacious pad features 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a 10-seat theater and 960-bottle wine cellar.

The master suite includes luxury elements like a boutique style dressing room lined in floor-to-ceiling glass fronted wardrobes. While the backyard includes a stunning infinity edge swimming pool and open-air loggia.

The current owner Ryan Kavanaugh, principal of film finance firm Proxima Media purchased the home in 2008 from football legend Joe Namath’s ex-wife Tatiana Namath. Kavanaugh is a longtime Hollywood heavyweight with a wide-ranging real estate portfolio.

So it should come as no surprise that property landed on the market with the expertise of his mother and highly awarded real estate agent-Leslie Kavanaugh.

About Leslie:

A native Californian, Leslie Kavanaugh began her real estate career in 1979. A top-producing agent, Leslie specializes in the Westside communities of Bel Air, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Beverly Hills.  She has received both the California 100 and the Circle of Distinction awards, President’s Elite Circle and National President’s Circle in recognition of her sales record and extensive experience, having served as a sales associate, estates director, marketing director and training director as well as in management for several major real estate firms.
Over the years, she has participated in a variety of charitable and community organizations. She is a past President of Friends of Robinson Gardens and this year will be Garden Tour Co-Chair. She was the first woman honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by JBBBS. Leslie also serves as COO for a multi-office medical corporation, which was then successfully sold. She is currently serving on the Boards of Jewish Big Brothers/Camp Max Straus, Virginia Robinson Gardens and AVIVA Family and Children Services. Additionally, she is involved with Los Angeles Ballet and Art of Elysium. Leslie has personally represented more than 200 estate sales in the Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Malibu area, and Rodeo Realty is very proud to welcome her to our Beverly Hills office.
Leslie Kavanaugh’s listings
View the full Variety Article here
listing information for 815 Paseo Miramar here


For media inquiries please contact:

Samira Murphy

Public Relations & Social Media

(310)471-2600 ext.145

Weekend Events: April 19-21

The holidays this weekend are underway, meaning the options of fun things to do in LA are endless. And with another Coachella ramping up, a traffic free weekend also approaches. From the Egg Bowl to Pawsapalooza we have you covered on the best places to spend you free time this Friday-Sunday. Read on and discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, April 19

For a Limited Time Only

Location: The Nomad, DTLA

The NoMad Los Angeles recently launched a new food series titled  A Limited Time Only. The foodie-centric event transforms the hotel’s coffee shop into a variety of themed pop-ups every Friday and Saturday evening. The first iteration, Mamma Guidara’s, takes inspiration from NoMad New York’s dinner series of the same name, which itself is inspired by old-school Italian-American red sauce restaurants.

Click here for more info.

Lebowski Fest

Location: The Wiltern

Lebowski Fest returns to Los Angeles with a live concert by the dude himself, Jeff Bridges at The Wiltern. A screening of the The Big Lebowski plus special guests will also be part of the night. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase.

Click here for more info.

Knotts Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

Location: Knotts Berry Farm Theme Park

The festival will expand to run everyday for a full month from March 29 to April 28, every day. The festival is going to have over 75 boysenberry inspired dishes with a mix of savory dishes that weave in some boysenberry flavors and special desserts and drinks. There will be lots of live entertainment, boysenberry products from local crafters, and various boysenberry foods to take home. All the details about this year’s food and entertainment can be found at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival website.

Click here for more info.

Saturday, April 20

PAWSAPALOOZA Festival & Marketplace

Location: West Hollywood, CA

This family-friendly event is FREE ADMISSION and will open from 10:00am to 3:00pm. It will include a myriad of exhibitors featuring dog-friendly products and services, and activities for kids including carnival games, face painting, balloon art and more. A selection of food trucks will serve up a delectable variety of food choices and drinks. Other fun activities include a Canine Easter Costume Contest and Raffle.  But please remember to always pick up after your pets.

Click here for more info.

32nd Annual Chinese Dance Festival

Location: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

The American Chinese Dance Association presents their 32nd Annual Chinese Dance Festival, Saturday evening, April 20th at 7:00pm. For over 30 years, the American Chinese Dance Association has beautifully brought to life the regions of China through their dazzling costumes and captivating music. The minimum age requirement for attending the performance is 5 years old.

Click here for more info.

Egg Bowl

Location: Rose Bowl

Celebrate spring by hopping your way through Pasadena’s 5th Annual Egg Bowl and Festival. Admission to the Egg Bowl and egg hunts is FREE. Come have an EGG-CELLENT time at the spring festival and enjoy fun for the whole family with fun games and activities. The Egg hunts and festival are scheduled to take place from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, April 21

Eggstravagent Easter Celebration

Location: The Queen Mary Long Beach

The Queen Mary Eggstravagant Easter Celebration returns on April 21 for a special afternoon that includes a Royal Easter Sunday Brunch, three egg hunts, a Bunny Bounce House, and much more. This is a family-friendly day with Easter Petting Zoo (with bunnies, ducks, guinea pigs, sheep and a mini pig!) as well as Easter Bunny Face Painting for kids. The champagne brunch takes place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m and tickets are $69 and $79 with sparkling wine for adults and $24 for children.

Click here for more info.

Easter Fest 2019

Location: Grand Hope Park, DTLA

Head to DTLA for the  11th Annual EasterFest 2019 at Grand Hope Park.
They will have Easter Egg Hunts (several based on age groups and with 20,000 eggs ready to be found), multiple Bounce Houses, Face-painting, Arts and Crafts, Games, Food and drinks, Popcorn, Music and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to help ministries in Skid Row helping homeless families and children.

Click here for more info.

LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors

Location: Staple Center

Head to the Staples center for Round 1 of the Playoffs where the Clippers will take on the Golden State Warriors. This will be the Clippers forth Home Game as they attempt to dethrone the returning champions.

Click here for more info.


LA Eats: Plant Based Treats in LA

As Angeleno’s it’s safe to say we are health fanatics (for the most part). From the Celery Juice cleanse to a new vegan spot popping up every month, options are endless. Instead of sifting through your plant-based options, we’ve narrowed down the top choices throughout LA. Whether you reside in the 90210 or 91604, we’ve got you covered. Celebrate this earth day with 100% plant-based bites courtesy of Mother Earth (*suitable for herbivores and carnivores alike).

 Sun Cafe

Location: 10820 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Not only is the menu 100-percent plant-based and dairy-free, but nearly everything is made from scratch including the cheeses, chorizo, mayonnaise, and butter. Everyone raves about the nachos.

Orean’s The Health Express

Location: 817 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena

Located on Pasadena’s fast-food restaurant row, Orean’s The Health Express has been around since the late ‘80s. The 100-percent vegan menu boasts a shockingly good Philly cheese “steak” sandwich and chili cheeseburger. Wash it all down with a strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, chai, or peanut butter milkshake.

Au Lac

Location: 710 W. 1st St., Los Angeles

Head here for Vietnamese vegetarian fare by chef Mai Nguyen. Regulars sing high praises for the restaurant’s salt and pepper yam “shrimp” and garlic basil noodles. As a bonus, the restaurant is a short walk from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and perfect for a pre-show meal.

Doomie’s Home Cookin’

Location: 1253 Vine St. #9, Los Angeles

Vegan food doesn’t always have to be healthy. Consider Doomie’s menu of nachos, animal-style fries, bacon cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, and the Big D, the restaurant’s version of a Big Mac. Open since 2010, Doomie’s is a charming place to bring carnivores and herbivores alike.


Location: 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

At Crossroads on Melrose, chef Tal Ronnen is elevating vegan fare to an art form. The team has been turning out some of the most inventive and thoughtful meat-free food in Los Angeles since opening in 2013. Crossroads it not only a haven for vegetarian fine-diners, but for anyone curious about how delicious vegan food can be. Get the Artichoke Oysters and thank us later!


Location: 419 N. Canon Drive., Beverly Hills

The newest addition to the Café Gratitude family of restaurants is the upscale offshoot Gratitude Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant boats a breezy indoor/outdoor space and a crowd-pleasing menu. The best seat in the house is at the bar, where beverage director Jason Eisner makes cocktails using ingredients like turmeric and ginger.

Equelecua Cuban Cafe

Location: 1120 W. Florence Ave., Inglewood

Owner Caro Lafaurie and head chef Julito Ortega launched Equelecuá Cuban Cafe with the idea of bringing a plant-based approach to traditional Cuban food. For anyone that’s eaten Cuban food, this might seem impossible, but try the ropa viejaarroz con pollo, or Cubano sandwich for a pleasant surprise.

Sage Organic Vegan Bistro

Location: 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City

This size-able eatery in Culver City has a wide menu of vegan comfort fare, from bowls and wraps to salads and burgers. The chainlet boasts Echo Park and Pasadena outlets for anyone on the Eastside who needs their vegan fix.

Plant Food and Wine

Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles

Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant is a stunner with one hell of a back patio. Good looking diners flock to the Abbot Kinney address regularly whether they’re refraining from meat or not.

Seabirds Kitchen

Location: 975 E. 4th Str., Long Beach

Seabirds Kitchen in Long Beach — or the original Costa Mesa outpost — produces fresh and hearty dishes like purple potato taquitos, grilled mushroom tacos, and a Korean-inspired jackfruit bibimbap bowl. It’s all served in Seabirds’ beachy dining room, which is less than a mile away from the ocean.