Weekend Events: January 14-16

Add some fun to your weekend itinerary without a roundup of the best events around town! From L.A. to the Westside, Conejo Valley, and SFV, we have you covered!!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS


Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor

When: Until Jun 5, 2022

Where: MOCA | Little Tokyo

What: For a trippy and immersive art experience, head to MOCA in Little Tokyo. Artists Pipilotti Rist. The 360-degree installations are backed by a hypnotic soundtrack installation that’s bound to boost your day.

Wine & Succulent Event

Weekend Events: January 14-16

When: January 15, 2022

Where: San Antonio Winery | Los Angeles

What: What could be more fun than plant potting and sipping delicious wine? Join San Antonio Winery and Fenny’s Flowers for an afternoon of succulent planting & wine sipping.

Annual Carrol Shelby Breakfast Club Cruise-In

When: January 16, 2022

Where: Petersen Automotive Museum | Los Angeles 

What: The Petersen Museum is continuing its Cobra celebration in honor of Carroll Shelby. As a part of the celebration, the museum will hold the largest Shelby cruise-in in the U.S. Stroll through rows of Cobras and Mustangs and listen to influential Cobra owners on what makes a collectible.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS


Yoga in the Park

Weekend Events: January 14-16

When: January 15, 2022

Where: Ivy Station | Culver City

What: Take some time to find your inner om moment this Saturday. Join YogaSix for their fun and free yoga classes at Ivy Station in Culver City. The classes offer a sample of the available courses at the studio as a celebration of opening their newest location. 

Pico Grand Mural Unveiling

When: January 15, 2022

Where: Upper West | Santa Monica

What: Join Pico Improvement Organization for their mural new Pico mural unveiling. The event will feature a FREE rockin’ block party where Pico Blvd crosses Urban Ave in Santa Monica.

South Coast Botanic GLOW 

When: Until January 17, 2022

Where: South Coast Botanical Gardens | Palos Verdes 

What: It’s the final weekend of South Coast Botanic Garden’s illuminating light display. Walk through the Palos Verdes Peninsula garden, set to a genre-spanning mix of music for an evening like no other. For this year’s event, you’ll find additional lit areas like the lavender garden, koi pond, Fuschia garden, and lower meadow. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS

Saturday Afternoon Valley Tequila Tasting

When: January 15, 2022

Where: The Oaks Tavern | Sherman Oaks

What: A fun event for tequila fans, The Oaks Tavern will be serving up a tequila tasting event this Saturday. Choose a flight of new tequilas for your tasting experience and perhaps you’ll find a new favorite. 

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

Weekend Events: January 14-16

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view. 

All-Age Skate Night

When: January 15, 2022

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The

Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM with tickets required for entry.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS

Scenic Drive and Brunch with TeslaClubLA

When: January 15, 2022 

Where: Marmalade Cafe | Westlake Village

What: If you own a Tesla and are looking to meet fellow Tesla drivers, this will be the perfect outing for you. Join TeslaClubLA for a fun brunch and drive this Saturday. Meet in Malibu for brief cars and coffee gathering before your scenic drive along PCH to Westlake Village. 

MLK Day of Service: California Native Plant Garden Maintenance

When: January 15, 2022

Where: Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center – King Gillette Ranch | Calabasas

What: Give back this Saturday by helping to protect and preserve the California native garden at King Gillette Ranch. The day of service will be at the visitor center with volunteers helping to plant, prune and fertilize the various plants. 

Baby Goat Yoga

When: January 16, 2022

Where: The CABRA Farmhouse | Thousand Oaks

What: Yoga that is cute and healthy? Yes please! Don’t miss this outdoor yoga class for beginners and experienced yogi’s alike. Your yoga session will be alongside miniature goats for a playfully zen time. 

Staycation in Laguna Beach | Out & About

Known for its heavenly beaches, splendid coves, wonderful outdoor adventures, and fascinating art galleries, Laguna Beach is a fabulous place for a staycation. Even if you’ve lived in the area for decades, you can often still find plenty to do. With so much on your doorstep, why travel farther when you can enjoy a great staycation in Laguna Beach?

Stay Awhile

Montage Laguna Beach enjoys an amazing location atop a coastal bluff overlooking the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean. With a large spa that offers an extensive menu of treatments and therapies and two appealing outdoor pools, you won’t be short of ways to unwind. Younger members of the family can have fun in the kids’ clubs while you enjoy some pampering. Dine on sumptuous cuisine in the three signature restaurants and luxuriate in well-appointed rooms, suites, and villas.

 

Situated right on the beachfront, Surf & Sand Laguna Beach is a great option for anyone who loves to fall asleep to the sounds of the sea. Designed like a Mediterranean village, the pretty resort boasts an award-winning spa and an oceanfront restaurant. All of the gorgeous rooms have a balcony from where you can soak up the ocean vistas, and each features pale pastel decor to enhance the glorious views.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a prime choice for guests who love to combine active days in nature with blissful beach relaxation, with easy access to plentiful hiking trails and the sandy shores. You can perfect your swing at the nine-hole golf course, relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub and enjoy some TLC in the Sycamore Spa. Enjoy delectable dishes made from local produce in the on-site restaurant before retiring to the patio to sip craft cocktails to the sound of live music.

Dine and Sip

Right next to the sea, Driftwood Kitchen has a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. You won’t miss the incredible views if you sit inside, though, thanks to the large windows. Open all throughout the day, savor a laid-back brunch or come in the evening to enjoy delicious dishes like pan-seared king salmon, lobster spaghetti carbonara, and New Zealand sea bream. Round off with a sweet treat, like apple tart tatin and chocolate mousse, and sip craft cocktails, wine, Champagne, or a glass of refreshingly cool beer.

The Cliff also offers gorgeous 180-degree ocean views from its split-level patio. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s an especially cool spot for a romantic evening meal while watching the sun go down. Whet your appetite with starters like coconut shrimp or calamari steak before enjoying seafood, burgers, or pasta dishes. House specials include surf and turf, macadamia chicken, and ribeye steak. Enjoy a drink near the bar or fire pits to enjoy live music.

For a romantic escapade with a hip twist or a fun time with friends, check out the fine selection of California wines at McClain Cellars. The trendy tasting room features a shaded patio, eye-catching artworks, and a huge glass garage-style door.

Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room boast amazing views of both the coast and the mountains. There’s also a shimmering lake, lush vineyard, and a cozy tasting room with an open fire. And, that’s not to mention the tasty wines made using the best local grapes.

Shop and See

Browse a large collection of unique quality garments for men and women at the high-end Simple Laguna boutique. With a focus on luxury brands, it’s a great place to add to your wardrobe.

Crystal Cove State Park is one of the top places to visit around Laguna Beach. The area is home to sparkling tidal pools, spectacular stretches of sandy beaches, wooded canyons, and rolling hills. You can hike or bike through the tranquil backcountry. Or you can relax next to the sea, the state park ticks all boxes. There are many ways to enjoy the water too, with swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and surfing all possible.

Soak up the area’s arty vibe and admire the collection of fine arts in Laguna Art Museum. Home exclusively to works by Californian artists, it is the only such museum in the state. You’ll find works from various eras and in various styles.

Weekend Events: January 7-9, 2022

It’s a new year and another weekend full of local fun! Make the most of your first weekend in January with our list of fun events happening around town! Read on for the weekend round-up!!

 

LOS ANGELES JANUARY WEEKEND EVENTS

What is a Western Film Series Presents: The Outsiders

When: January 8, 2022

Where: Autry Museum of the American West

What: Giving rise to the brat-pack genre of the 1980s The Outsiders represents the adolescence angst the remains a cornerstone of teen dramas today. Catch this cult classic presented in 35mm at the Autry for their ongoing What is a Western Series.

Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

When: January 9, 2022

Where: SoFi Stadium | Inglewood

What: It’s NorCal versus SoCal in this weekend matchup of the LA Rams against the SanFran 49ers. No matter who you root for, it’s a great time to catch a game at LA’s SoFi stadium for some well-deserved weekend fun. 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

When: January 8, 2022

Where: Dolby Theatre | Los Angeles

What: Direct from sell-out tours of the UK & Europe The Simon & Garfunkel Story tells the fascinating tale of the beloved music duo, Simon & Garfunkel. The show features 1960s photographs and film footage accompanied by a full band performing all their hits. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES JANUARY WEEKEND EVENTS

Violins of Hope

When: January 8, 2022

Where: Terrace Theater – Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

What: Violins of Hope is a project of concerts based on a private collection of Violins, violas, and cellos all collected since the end of World War 2. This weekend’s musical act will feature a remarkable slate of performances you won’t want to miss.

South Coast Botanic GLOW 

When: Until January 17, 2022

Where: South Coast Botanical Gardens | Palos Verdes 

What: The illuminated wonder of South Coast Botanic Garden’s light display returns for the winter season. Walk through the Palos Verdes Peninsula garden, set to a genre-spanning mix of music for an evening like no other. For this year’s event, you’ll find additional lit areas like the lavender garden, koi pond, Fuschia garden, and lower meadow. 

Francesco Clemente: Twenty Years of Painting: 2001–2021

When: Nov 5, 2021-Jan 16, 2022

Where: Santa Monica

What: View 30 paintings from the nomadic Neapolitan Neo-Expressionist assembled by the Vite Schnabel Gallery. The art will be displayed at Santa Monica’s old Art Deco post office. Visits will be by appointment only.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY JANUARY WEEKEND EVENTS

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view. 

Rise N Grind Fitness Bootcamp

When: January 9, 2022

Where: 14201 Huston Street | Sherman Oaks

What: If your 2022 goal is wellness, this Sunday’s yoga session with fitness trainer Danny Royce is the place to be. Find your inner zen well getting in a much-needed stretch for a stress-free weekend.

Moonlit Saturday

When: January 8, 2022

Where: The Nitecap | Burbank

What: Don’t miss the city’s best comedians from HBO, Netflix, Showtime, and more at this Saturday’s comedy show. The Nitecap is a fantastic lineup that is sure to add some well-deserved laughter and joy to your weekend plans. 

 

CONEJO VALLEY JANUARY WEEKEND EVENTS

Live Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration at Channel Islands Harbor

When: January 7, 2022

Where: 3900 Bluefin Circle | Oxnard

What: If you have ever wondered how a Coast Guard rescue mission is conducted, this weekend you’re in luck. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) will host a US Coast Guard Live Rescue Demonstration this Friday. The Coast Guard Demonstration will take place on the water in Channel Islands Harbor directly in front of the Maritime Museum.

County Line Cars & Coffee Meetup in Westlake Village

When: January 8, 2022

Where: 30770 Russell Ranch Rd, Westlake Village

What: Calling all classic are aficionados, make your way to this Saturday’s County Line Cars & Coffee. The classic car club will be hosting a meetup at The Shoppes at Westlake Village, from 8-10am on January 8th.

 

Malibu Coast Beach Wine Tasting and Food Pairing experience

When: January 9, 2022

Where: Paradise Cove Beach | Malibu

What: Learn and sip wine award-winning French & CA wines + chef-paired gourmet cheeses/picnic foods @ unforgettable Paradise Cove Beach. Indulge in a premium wine tasting of at least 6 French and Napa California luxury wines from a collection of 26 award-winning wineries.

Weekend Events: December 31-January 2

The countdown is on to 2022. Ring in the new year with these fun new years eve weekend events around town. From firework displays to neighborhood bar happenings, we have you covered on all the NYE fun!

LOS ANGELES NEW YEARS EVE WEEKEND EVENTS

NYEx10

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Big Bar | Los Feliz

What: For a countdown unlike any other, Big Bar in Los Feliz is celebrating with 10. That’s right, 10 countdowns. The trendy neighborhood bar will have 10 different playlists and 10 original cocktails for each hour leading up until midnight. The event will be held outdoors only with proof of vaccination required.

N.Y.E.L.A.

When: Dec 31, 2021

Where: Grand Park [Virtually]

What: While this year’s event will no longer be held in-person as planned, at-home revelers can still witness LA’s biggest countdown. The event will be headlined by Esty, DUCKWRTH and Kinky will headline the evening, with DJ sets in between from Peanut Butter Wolf and J.Rocc. The annual countdown will stream live with a 3-D recreation via Fuse and the Grand Parl Youtube pages.

Holiday Gingerbread Bar 

When: Until Dec 31, 2021

Where: Godfrey Hotel | Echo Park

What: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a gingerbread house, now is your chance. The Godfrey Hotel has turned its rooftop bar I|O into a life-size gingerbread house decked out with royal icing and candy canes. Enjoy an evening under the stars inside a literal sweet treat.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES NEW YEARS EVE WEEKEND EVENTS

Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Burton Chace Park

What: Ring in the new year with a stunning pyro-filled evening under the stars. Marina del Rey will be showcasing their fireworks celebration of the new year at both 9 pm and midnight. Those dining with a harbor view should be able to see the dazzling show once it begins

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Long Beach Waterfront

When: Dec 31, 2021

Where: Long Beach

What: For those spending their NYE in Long Beach, you’ll be treated to a stunning show of fireworks to kick off the new year. The midnight show will be viewable from most areas near the water with dinner specials and parties aplenty nearby. 

Francesco Clemente: Twenty Years of Painting: 2001–2021

When: Nov 5, 2021-Jan 16, 2022

Where: Santa Monica

What: View 30 paintings from the nomadic Neapolitan Neo-Expressionist assembled by the Vite Schnabel Gallery. The art will be displayed at Santa Monica’s old Art Deco post office. Visits will be by appointment only.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY NEW YEARS EVE WEEKEND EVENTS

Keep it Local New Year’s Eve Karaoke Extravaganza

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Sherman Oaks

What: For a local Sherman Oaks affair, enjoy the Keep it Local karaoke party at the Oaks Tavern. General Admission is free, but tables can be reserved as well. Celebrate the new year locally with this fun event!  

Universal CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Universal Studios Hollywood

What: Universal Studios offers a special New Year’s Eve experience that you’ll never forget. Enjoy the park’s nighttime transformation and a midnight fireworks display.

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view. 

 

CONEJO VALLEY NEW YEARS EVE WEEKEND EVENTS

New Year’s Eve at the Reagan Library

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Simi Valley

Where: If you’d like to celebrate the New Year in stately style, then you need to do so at the Reagan Library. Ring in the New Year under the wings of Air Force One, with a gourmet dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Floatfest: A Rose Parade Showcase in Pasadena

When: January 1-2, 2021

Where: Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards | Pasadena

What: If you plan to venture over to Pasadena for this weekend’s annual parade, you’ll have plenty more to see afterward. Floatfest: A Rose Parade Showcase will have up-close views available of this year’s float from Saturday through Sunday. Presented by Avelo Airlines, the event serves as a delightful and relaxing way to cruise into the new year.

 

Broadway at the Seaside 2 NYE Dinner Show

When: December 31, 2021

Where: Poinsettia Pavilion | Ventura 

What: For those who’d like their evening to end a little earlier so they can enjoy midnight privately, the Poinsettia Pavilion offers a Broadway show and a lovely catered dinner.

NYE Dinner to Go | L.A. Eats

New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles is usually the best of times, but during the age of Covid, going out is problematic. For those planning at-home New Year’s Eve celebrations, dinner to go is an excellent option. Here are a few recommendations of places to get a great NYE dinner to go.

Angelini Osteria

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 7313 Beverly Boulevard | Los Angeles.

Chef Gino Angelini’s fine Italian restaurant knows how to do takeout dinner right. They offer an impressive menu of large pasta trays, salad trays, appetizer trays, antipasti trays, and main dish trays that will satisfy any craving. Angelini Osteria is in the Fairfax District.

République

Location: 624 S. La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles

Hollywood’s République offers the finest in French dining, known especially for their exquisite seafood first and second courses, fresh-baked baguettes, Liberty Farm Duck, and amazing pastries and desserts. They take pride in making sure your to-go meal loses nothing in the trip.

Bar Amá

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 118 W. 4th Street | Los Angeles

Maybe you’re in the mood for takeout nachos this New Year’s Eve, but you’d like them with a twist. How about caviar? Was that a yes? Then Bar Amá’s chef and owner, Josef Centeno, says, come on down. Respected throughout LA for their fantastic Tex-Mex fare, Bar Amá puts care into takeout order preparation and packaging. Bar Amá is in the Downtown Historic Core, in the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building.

Westside and Beach Communities NYE Dinner To-Go

Cassia

Location: 1314 7th Street-Santa Monica Boulevard | Santa Monica

If you have a taste for excellent South Asian cuisine on New Year’s Eve, Cassia has you covered. Cassia’s honey-lemongrass flattened half-chicken, Vietnamese black pepper cornbread, and Vietnamese Coffee Pudding are meant to be savored. 

Baltaire

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 11647 San Vicente Boulevard | Brentwood

One of the area’s top steak houses, Brentwood’s Baltaire, offers an exceptional takeout experience. With an extensive menu, Baltaire’s perfectly seared steaks, wonderful seafood selections, and creative and irresistible appetizers (Charred Spanish Octopus) will get your New Year’s Eve off to a fabulous start. 

Rustic Canyon

Location: 1119 Wilshire Blvd | Santa Monica

Ring in the New Year Michelin Style. Rustic Canyon will be offering a delicious array of dishes to choose from. The festive spread combines old-school steakhouse fare with an added fun twist. Patrons will have the option to choose between five to seven courses.

San Fernando Valley NYE Dinner To-Go

Bourbon Steak

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 237 South Brand Blvd | Glendale

Celebrate a new year with a culinary trip through centuries past. Bourbon Steak’s “Odes to Epicurean Eras” prix fixe menu will offer dishes that span the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Michael Mina’s modern steakhouse provides a perfect way to ring in 2022.

The Local Peasant

Location: 14058 Ventura Blvd | Sherman Oaks

For an NYE Dinner to-go, the is low-key, what could be better than delicious gastropub bites? The Local Peasant gastropub will have a range of tasty dishes to indulge in from their 1.5-pound lobster to their loaded baked potatoes and more.

Boneyard Bistro

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 13539 Ventura Blvd. | Sherman Oaks

What would The Dude do? He’d enjoy an NYE dinner to-go courtesy of Boneyard Bistro’s ‘Big Lebowski’ themed new year celebration. Treat your tastebuds to dishes inspired by the film for what is sure to be a very Hollywood holiday.

Conejo Valley NYE Dinner To-Go

Saddle Peak Lodge

Location: 419 Cold Canyon Road | Calabasas

Known for offering exquisite culinary dishes, it should come as no surprise that Saddle Peak Lodges NYE dinner would be just as delicious. The Malibu Canyon restaurant is offering a fantastic four-course menu that will surely bring joy to your New Year’s Eve fête.

Lure Fish House

NYE Dinner to Go

Location: 30970 Russell Ranch Road | Westlake Village

If you prefer from the sea cuisine this NYE, look no further than Lure Fish House. The Westlake Village restaurant will have all of their famed dishes available to you this New Year.

Pedalers Forks

Location: 23504 Calabasas Rd | Calabasas

A Calabasa’s favorite, Pedalers Fork will be offering a fantastic menu to ring in the new year. Enjoy a range of tasty dishes for an NYE dinner you will always remember.

Thanks to Los Angeles’s finest restaurants, there will be plenty of delicious NYE dinner to-go possibilities to choose from. Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2022.

The Quirkiest Museums Around Town | Out & About

From odd to interesting, we are sharing the top museums to visit for an untraditional experience. Check out our list of the quirkiest museums around town in this week’s blog!

Heritage Square Museum

You may have already ventured here before on Holiday occasions but Heritage Square Museum is worth a proper visit. Known for their Halloween and Christmas displays, visitors can expect spooks in October and caroling in December. The five home communities chronicle the development of the region from 1850 to 1950. All of the homes of Heritage Square were built before 1900 and visitors can receive tours from period costumed guides. 

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Try not to let the name deceive you, as this museum does not include any dinosaur or prehistoric displays. David Wilson’s Museum of Jurassic Technology presents itself as a repository of curiosities, scientific wonders, and artistic miracles. The museum seeks to challenge what a museum should be with far-out oddities that are sure to pique your curiosity.

Museum of Neon Art

Glendale is LIT…with vintage LA-based neon signs of course. The museum was originally located on the edge of Skid Row before relocating to the area and becoming one of Glendale’s quirkiest museums. MONA provides a glimpse into the brightly lit signage of LA’s past. For a more current trip down memory lane, they also offer a double-decker bus tour of LA’s most illuminated landmarks. 

Pasadena Bunny Museum

Here at the Pasadena Bunny Museum, you will find a plethora of hare-themed displays at one of Pasadena’s quirkiest museums. The bunny-centric private museum serves as a collection of gift-giving run amuck courtesy of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski. The Pasadena couple turned what was once a gift into a tradition that became well-deserving of a grand display. See more than 28,000 rabbit items for a truly odd but equally delightful museum. 

Hollywood Museum

When it comes to the quirkiest museums in town, what could be quirkier than Hollywood on display. Located in the OG glam factory, the Max Factor building, you can see relics of the golden era. Along with viewing where the transformations of Lucy and Marilyn occurred, you’ll also be able to view genuine artifacts of the time. Go back in time with items from Judy Garland’s ruby slippers to Pee-Wee Hermans red tricycle and more. 

8 Ways to Declutter for the New Year | Home Tips

Starting a new year is often a time for looking back, thinking forward, and deciding what to take with you, literally and metaphorically, into the next 12 months. Declutter your home for a fresh start to the new year with these eight tips.

1. Photograph Each Space

Taking photographs of all of your rooms and inside your cupboards help you to stay on track if your motivation starts to dip. You can look back at the photos and see how much you’ve achieved since you started decluttering your home.

2. Sort Your Clothes

Put all of your clothes in a big pile so that you can see exactly what you own. You can easily imagine what items go together and you can try on any garments you think may no longer fit. Unless they are for specific occasions, any items you haven’t work over the last year can probably go. There’s also no point keeping anything that doesn’t fit and anything that you don’t like. Be honest with yourself and you’ll cut down the amount of clutter in your wardrobe. Go through the same process with your shoes, bags, and accessories. You can donate your unwanted items to charity for a feel-good boost.

3. Empty Your Pantry

It’s surprising how much-unused food can gather at the back of a cupboard. Check each item in your pantry and discard anything that you know you won’t use or that is past its use-by date. Do the same with your refrigerator and freezer.

4. Declutter by Throwing Away Papers

Many people keep a file, drawer, or cupboard of old papers that are essentially useless today. With most paperwork available online, there isn’t much sense in keeping bank statements, expired warranties, receipts, and similar.

5. Get Rid of Broken Items to Declutter

Lots of people are guilty of hanging onto things that no longer work or are damaged. Whether you just didn’t get around to throwing something away yet, or whether you’re saving it in the hope you’ll one day get around to repairing it, get rid of it. If an item has been useless for some period of time, you probably don’t need it in your life.

6. Keep Family Away While You Declutter

It’s easy to become distracted by people when trying to declutter. Plus, your family may be shocked at how much you are getting rid of and put doubts in your mind. Do your new year decluttering on your own.

7. Save Sentimental Items Until Last

Looking through sentimental items can quickly turn into an afternoon of nostalgia. Before you know it, you’ve run out of precious decluttering time. Leave sentimental items, such as old letters, photographs, gifts, and childhood toys, until last to sort through.

8. Hire an Expert

If your new year declutter isn’t going as smoothly as you hoped, or you’re finding it hard to actually part with anything, you could consider seeking the help of a professional. While they definitely won’t make you get rid of anything that you really don’t want to, they will help you gain a fresh perspective, highlight areas that can be improved, and keep you focused on the end goal.

Weekend Events: December 24-26

Christmas weekend has arrived so we are rounding up the best holiday happenings around town for you to celebrate with friends and family!

LOS ANGELES CHRISTMAS WEEKEND EVENTS

L.A. County Holiday Celebration

When: December 24, 2021

Where: Online

What: Get into the holiday spirit this Christmas weekend with L.A.’s biggest holiday show. Although this year’s event will now be streamed live, you can still enjoy all of the fun from the comfort of your home. The L.A. County Holiday Celebration will include more than 20 choirs, music ensembles, and dance troupes from all over the city.

Holiday Gingerbread Bar 

When: Until Dec 31, 2021

Where: Godfrey Hotel | Echo Park

What: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a gingerbread house, now is your chance. The Godfrey Hotel has turned its rooftop bar I|O into a life-size gingerbread house decked out with royal icing and candy canes. Enjoy an evening under the stars inside a literal sweet treat.

Yuletide Cinemaland

When: Dec 4-Dec 26, 2021

Where: Heritage Square | Montecito Heights

What: If you want old-fashioned vibes this holiday season, you’ll enjoy the outdoor screenings being offered at Heritage Square. Enjoy Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, and more while you sip hot cocoa and mulled wine. The month-long event will feature a range of screenings from Elf to Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, and more.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES CHRISTMAS WEEKEND EVENTS 

South Coast Botanic GLOW 

When: Until January 17, 2022

Where: South Coast Botanical Gardens | Palos Verdes 

What: The illuminated wonder of South Coast Botanic Garden’s holiday display returns to light up your festive season. Walkthrough the Palos Verdes Peninsula garden, set to a genre-spanning mix of music for an evening like no other. For this year’s event, you’ll find additional lit areas like the lavender garden, koi pond, Fuschia garden, and lower meadow. 

Seaside Cinema Holidays Presents: A Christmas Story

When: Dec 25, 2021

Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

What: What better way to spend Christmas weekend in SoCal than seaside with a cinema classic? The team at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has you covered with their screening of the beloved holiday film ‘A Christmas Story. Bundle up and bring a loved one for a fun evening of film, seasonal culinary treats, and more!

Skating by the Sea

When: December 4-December 31, 2021

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: This takes skating and sites to new heights. The rink at the RPV Civic Center offers you the chance to skate around atop a bluff overlooking the ocean at this Rancho Palos Verdes rink. Stop by on the weekend and plan for themed nights throughout the month.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CHRISTMAS WEEKEND EVENTS 

‘Christmas In Wizarding World Of Harry Potter’ & ‘Grinchmas’: Universal Studios Hollywood

When: Until January 2, 2022

Where: Universal Studios

What: The holidays have arrived at Universal Studios and you’re invited to partake in all the fun. From Grinchmas to Hogwarts, there is plenty of festive cheer to go around for everyone in your family this Christmas weekend. 

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view. 

Moonlight Rollerway Christmas Skate Night

When: December 25, 2021

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Roll your way into some holiday fun with a skate night at Moonlight Rollerway. The famed skating rink will be hosting a Christmas Skate Night for those seeking a less traditional way to celebrate the day!

CONEJO VALLEY CHRISTMAS WEEKEND EVENTS 

Snow N Glow Holiday Festival

When: Until January 2, 2022

Where: Surfers Point Live | Ventura

What: Stroll through the sparkling lights of this festive winter wonderland as Rudolph’s red nose leads the way. The Snow N Glow Festival has plenty of fun for the entire family to enjoy this Christmas Weekend. Play around in the snow and take part in a bevy of winter games and activities!

A Magical Cirque Christmas 

When: December 28, 2021 | 7 pm – 9 pm

Where: B of A Performing Arts Plaza | Thousand Oaks

What: The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spell-binding and incredible holiday production! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family. 

Holiday Road Holiday Experience

When: Until Dec 31, 2021

Where: King Gillette Ranch | Calabasas

What: Gather together with friends and family for a fun outdoor immersive experience. Holiday Road features a fun and festive walking trail, delicious bites to eat, a holiday bar, and a souvenir shop. For a fun and memorable Christmas weekend, we recommend you don’t miss out on this cheerful fun!

Home Tips: 10 Winter Decor Ideas for Your Home

While Southern California doesn’t have the winter temperatures and weather conditions that other places around the U.S. experience, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get into the winter mood at home. Whether you want to add the full wintry effect to your entire home or add seasonal splashes in smaller areas, these ten winter decor ideas are sure to give you plenty of inspiration.

Cozy Winter Nook

Bring winter to a cozy corner or reading nook with a vintage chair and neutral shades. Use a shabby chic wooden chair, a rocking chair, or a seat covered in black and white checkered fabric as your starting point. Add a cream chunky knit blanket and a black and white checked cushion, and fill a vintage basket with dark evergreens and rich red berries, wrapped in tiny twinkling lights. A small wooden side table with cream candles and a festive wreath on the wall really add the finishing touches.

Nature-Inspired Centerpiece

Combine elements from nature for a beautiful centerpiece for the dining table or winter decor for a shelf. Easy to put together, start with a deep wooden bowl, stone container, or dull silver urn and fill with snipping of festive foliage, berry sprigs, chestnuts, and pinecones. For a longer-lasting display, use faux greenery and plastic berries. You could also add small green and red baubles and thin strands of lametta.

Staircase Garlands Winter Decor 

Particularly for homes where staircases are in a prominent position, adding winter decor makes for a terrific highlight. Hang festive garlands along the rails, either matching the colors to your existing palettes or combining multi-colored hues for a vibrant holiday ambiance. Alternatively, use the traditional reds and greens of Christmas, the red-green and black of Kwanzaa, or the blues and white of Hanukkah. You could even delight little kids with garlands of mittens.

Paper Snowflakes Winter Decor

Create your own snowy effect at home with easy-to-make paper snowflakes. All you need is some white paper and a sharp pair of scissors, plus some fine string for hanging. There are plenty of templates online for crafting gorgeous snowflakes if you’re not feeling very imaginative. Hang the snowflakes from your ceiling for a gorgeous wintry scene. You could also include pale blue, silver, and glittery snowflakes for even more of a shimmer.

Plaid Table Settings

Use pretty plaid patterns and block colors for an attractive table. Combine various textures, such as ceramic plates and bowls of different sizes, fabric napkins, and tartan-edged wooden placemats, for a truly elegant effect.

Winter Cushions and Throws

One of the easiest winter decor ideas is to switch your regular throws, blankets, and cushion covers for those with a festive feel. Whether you choose items in seasonal colors or opt for those with patterns like snowflakes, baubles, reindeers, or stars, you can use textiles to bring winter to any room in your home.

Winter Lights and Candles Winter Decor

Twinkling lights after dark are often associated with winter and many major winter celebrations, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, involve candles. Adorn your rooms with strings of lights; think around wall pictures and mirrors, along the edges of shelves and around doors, and add a seasonal candle display on a window ledge to enjoy even more shimmering lights.

Christmas Tree Forest

If space allows, why stop at just one Christmas tree? Combine several trees in various sizes for a stunning wintry forest at your home’s entrance. For a true winter effect, opt for plain planters and simple decorations in silver and white to make your trees appear ice cool.

Scarf Wreath

Switch your traditional wreath for a quick-and-easy DIY project using a scarf. Wrap a scarf in your chosen color and pattern around a foam circle and use safety pins to hold the ends in place. Attach some small mittens or socks and a woolen bow to finish. You can then hang the novel decoration from your front door or anywhere else that you like.

Cocoa Bar

Take inspiration from rustic log cabins and create a charming hot cocoa bar in your home. It’s perfect for in the dining room, living room, large kitchen, spacious entrance, or even on a covered porch. Cover a table or bench with a wintry cover and add a mug tree with enamel mugs. In addition, add a pitcher to fill with hot water, a tub of spoons, and glass jars with cocoa powder. Don’t forget to include toppings such as mini marshmallows, cinnamon powder, and chocolate chips. A lantern, a bowl of pine cones or fern sprigs, and a chalkboard cocoa bar sign add the ideal finishing touches.

Weekend Events: December 17-19

We are halfway through the holiday season but right on time for some festive fun! Check out our round-up of the weekend’s top holiday and local events happening near you!

LOS ANGELES 

Vienna in Hollywood

When: Until January 31, 2022

Where: The Academy Museum | Miracle Mile

What: The Academy Museum invites you to take part in this six-week USC symposium and screening series. The exhibit dives into the impact of Jewish, Austrian-born film artists and professionals and the ways in which they shaped Hollywood.

CHVRCHES Live in Concert

When: December 17, 2021

Where: The Hollywood Palladium.

What: Don’t miss CHVRCHES with special guest Donna Missal live in concert at the Hollywood Palladium! Experience the “hurricane of kinetic pop energy” in a truly brilliant show and snag your tickets today!

 

Cinespia Presents Bridget Jones Diary

When: December 17, 2021

Where: Palace Theater | Los Angeles

What: The ultimate cult classic rom-com of the early 2000’s heads to the big screen in a beautiful 1911 movie palace. Join Cinespia for a holiday party with DJs, a themed photo booth, and bars!

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES


And to All a Good Night

When: December 17, 2021

Where: Santa Monica Playhouse | Santa Monica

What: Bring the entire family along for the final showing of this delightful holiday play. This brand-new multi-media Holiday Musical for theatre lovers of all ages invites you to partake in the joy of the season. See ‘And to All a Good Night’ this Friday for a fun family evening!

 

Long Beach Ballet: The Nutcracker Preview Performance

When: December 17-19, 2021

Where: Terrace Theater | Long Beach

What: Enjoy this timeless classic brought to life on stage at the Terrace Theatre. The Long Beach Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker will surely dazzle you in this enchanting performance.

 

Skating by the Sea

holiday events

When: December 4-December 31, 2021

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: This takes skating and sites to new heights. The rink at the RPV Civic Center offers you the chance to skate around atop a bluff overlooking the ocean at this Rancho Palos Verdes rink. Stop by on the weekend and plan for themed nights throughout the month. 


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
Movies on the Roof

When: December 3-18, 2021 

Where: Sherman Oaks

What: More holiday film series? Yes, please. Enjoy a series of holiday screenings alfresco at Westfield Fashion Malls’’ holiday film event. Every Friday and Saturday of December, you can catch flicks as Bad Santa and Batman Returns, with ticket sales going towards a good cause.

Gelson’s Toy Drive For Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

holiday events

When: December 1-19,2021

Where: Encino, Sherman Oaks, and Tarzana Gelson’s Locations

What: Give back this holiday season by participating in the annual Gelson’s Community toy drive. Drop off a toy at one of the Gelson’s locations listed and bring a smile to a child’s face this December! 

 

Holiday Pop-up Market

When: Dec 18, 2021

Where: Tujunga Village | Studio City

What: For those still in need of a holiday gift, you are in luck! Get everyone on your list checked off at Tujunga Village’s Indoor and Outdoor Holiday pop-up mart. Support over 20+ small businesses while finding a unique gift for that special someone. 

CONEJO VALLEY

Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights

holiday events

When: December 17, 2021

Where: 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura

What: For the 45th year in a row, the Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights returns to celebrate the season! Enjoy this two-day event, which will include a carnival, seaside shopping, and dining followed by the lighted boat parade at 6:30 pm!

Holiday Movie Marathon 

holiday events

When: December 18, 2021

Where: High Street Arts Center | Moorpark

What: Are you ready for a Holiday Movie Marathon?! The City of Moorpark and the High Streets Arts Center are bringing you a slew of delightful holiday films and fun activities this Saturday, plus it’s FREE!

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K

When: December 19, 2021

Where: Pleasant Valley Fields | Camarillo

What: Get into the spirit with a Holly Jolly run! Take part in the 10th annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon this Sunday. The 5k and 10k will take place at the Pleasant Valley Fields Park at the Village At The Park Sports Complex.