From A Cheaper iPhone Max to the Peacock app on Firestick and More! | This Week’s Tech News

Get up to date with the latest tech news. We’re talking about the iPhone Max and the Peacock app FINALLY on Firestick and more!

Tesla Model 3 Named as Most American Made Vehicle

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According to the annual American Made Index from cars.com, Tesla tops the list for most American-made cards. Cars.com considers a handful of factors to calculate just how American-made a particular car model is. The electric sedan is ranked first as the most American-made car, specifically the Tesla Model 3. The report takes into account assembly location, parts sourcing (logged through the American Automobile Labeling Act), US factory employment, and more. The news would mark the first time Tesla has topped the list at number one, and the first time an EV ranks in a top spot. 

 

Apple Expected to Unveil Lower Priced iPhone Max

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In a report this week, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has predicted that Apple will sell an iPhone with a 6.7-inch screen for less than $900 in 2022. Kuo states that Apple’s 2022 non-pro iPhone lineup includes phones with 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens. What will be absent from the predicted lineup is Apple’s iPhone Mini. Analysts, including Kuo, believe that the Mini will be phased out in 2022 due to reportedly low sales. If Apple unveils a low-priced Max options, this would come after seeing the research that many consumers want phones that are both bigger, and cheaper. This research came from a report commissioned during the Epic v. Apple trial. While typically Apple keeps the larger phones at a higher price, the move would be the next logical step for the tech giant. Reports have also said the 2022 iPhones will have under-display fingerprint readers, and that there will be a new iPhone SE with 5G.

 

Instagram Tests Placing Suggested Posts Ahead of Friends

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If you are already not a fan of missing your friend’s content on Instagram, you may not love this news story. Because reception to its “suggested posts” feature has been positive, Instagram will be launching a new test that will mix suggested posts throughout your primary feed. The test will do so by sometimes being placed ahead of photos and videos from people you follow. The company has also stated they are testing new controls that allow users to add specific topics as an interest for their suggested posts. The proposed feature will also include the ability to snooze recommended content for 30 days to hide them from the feed entirely. The initial test-launched last year by offering additional content only after you’ve seen all content from those you follow. The new test will start with a “small number” of users. The change will follow a bigger trend in which platforms attempt to give users a sliver of control over the algorithm. 

 

Peacock and Amazon Reach Deal to Add App to Fire Stick

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The Peacock app will finally land on Amazon’s Fire TV platform. The new comes with just a month before Peacock becomes the U.S. streaming home for the Olympics. Amazon gave eager users a dose of humor in announcing the news on Twitter. The platform’s announcement made reference to The Office, one of Peacock’s exclusive streaming titles. Along with adding Peacock to Fire TV and Fire tablets, the deal adds support for NBCUniversal’s network apps. NBCUniversal’s 15 network apps include NBC, Bravo, NBC News, NBC Sports, and Telemundo. Peacock is already available on TV devices, like Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast among others.

 

Scientists Publish Report on the New Complexities of Finding Life Beyond Earth

We may be somewhat alone in the universe. This is according to a new study published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Researchers studied 10 Earth-like planets in the “Goldilocks zone”. This is a region around a star where the conditions are just right for possible life. Looking at 10 Earth analogues, they found none to have the amount of oxygen-based photosynthesis or PAR like that of Earth. The team did however identify a slightly more promising target: Kepler-442b. The planet is just over 1,200 light-years from Earth, so a short trek. Kepler-442b is a little larger than Earth and twice as massive. Previously flagged as a potentially habitable exoplanet, it receives the largest amount of PAR in the studied planets and theoretically might be able to sustain the same amount of life as Earth can.

 

Peloton Working on New Heart-Rate Armband

According to a Bloomberg report, exercise bike giant Peloton is developing a digital heart-rate armband. This would be their first foray into the growing wearables and fitness-tracking market. The publication found the information by analyzing the code of Peloton’s iPhone and iPad app. The finding reveals that the device will come in different sizes. The band will also connect by Bluetooth to Peloton’s bikes, treadmills, and other devices running the company’s app. It will also include a small screen that displays battery level and pairing mode, the report said. Similar to other fitness wearable devices, the band will offer users data on heart rate, workout intensity, and performance. This new move will likely create a rival to the Fitbit and Apple Watch. Although Fitbit’s and Apple’s smartwatches track things like sleep, steps taken, and more. Peloton users will have to wait for an official product unveiling for confirmed details on the proposed device.

8 Shrubs That Thrive in Low Light Areas

8 Shrubs That Thrive in Low Light Areas

If you want to add some nature to the interior of your home, we have the perfect plants for you. Having shrubs within your home helps with airflow and serves as a great decor choice. We’re sharing 8 shrubs that can thrive in low light areas so you can be the best possible plant parent.

Creeping Fig

Contrary to the name, there’s nothing creepy about this plant. Aside from the necessary pun, the creeping fig, a member of the ficus family, loves low light. The fig plant is native to the tropics doesn’t mind a bit of humidity if you happen to live by the beach. 

 

ZZ Plant

We’re not catching ZZ’s on this plant because it is thriving and adorable. We love the ZZ plant ZZ plant as one of the most tolerant shrubs for low light areas. According to botanic designer Jarema Osofsky, the plant could potentially survive with no light at all. But we’d spare this plant from any dark corners of your home. 

 

Dieffenbachia

This plant stunner comes in green, yellow, variegated, and white varieties. The dieffenbachia will brighten any space while purifying your air. Talk about a goal-getter. For low-light shrubs, you can also basically put this plant anywhere. This plant can grow equally well in low light, medium light, and direct light. Wow, triple threat!

 

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake plants are a popular choice for starter plant parents. This plant not only survives with low light, but it’s also very drought-tolerant. So if by chance you forget to water your plant—which you shouldn’t—but if you do, it will be fine. The Snake plant gets its name thanks to the wavy, striped patterns on its leaves that are, as you guessed, similar to a snake.

 

Monstera

The name alone stands out, and it’s easy to see why. Also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant–the Monstera grows wild in Panama. While the plant may seem abnormal, it is for the best reason. Monstera’s leaves are perforated so they can grow up to two feet wide in a jungle environment. Obviously, your home is not a jungle, so you won’t have to worry about oversized growth.

 

Lucky Bamboo

You can never go wrong with Bamboo in your home. A low-maintenance plant, lucky bamboo has been used within feng shui to attract wealth, health, and abundance.

 

English Ivy

When it comes to thriving shrubs, English ivy does suberbly in low light. Another bonus? The air-purifying plant can filter toxins and mold out of the air.

 

Red Anthurium

We couldn’t end the list without throwing in a bit of color. The Anthurium plants flower throughout the entire year. Each bloom can last around six weeks. The flowers can come in shades of pink, white, or red. To help this plant do its best, it’s recommended to water it one to two times per week. The plant’s waxy leaves can also build up dust, so be sure to use a damp cloth to help your Anthurium shine.

City News: From LACMA’s Modern Art to a pair of Brothers Giving Back in Studio City

Stay current in your area with this week’s area news for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Newbury Park.

Los Angeles News

LACMA Puts It’s Modern Art Collection Back on Display

Fans of LACMA’s modern art collection can now rejoice. This week the museum reopened its beloved exhibition for public display in a temporary new home.  Back in 2019 (ages ago), the museum closed much of its permanent collections to begin preparation for its planned remodel. As we all know and can see, that remodel is still underway, with an opening date of 2024. Since most of the property is now a dirt pit, collections have slowly made their way to the western half of the property. This move now includes LACMA’s modern art collection, freshly arranged and re-curated. The new set-up will reside on the third floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum until LACMA’s remodel is complete.

Westside & Beach Community News

Santa Monica Extends Outdoor Dining for Continued Recovery

Ahead of this week’s statewide re-opening, restauranteurs in Santa Monica received additional helpful news. Following a city council vote on June 9, Santa Monica will continue to allow for outdoor dining accommodations through the rest of the year. The pandemic era extension is meant to support Santa Monica’s continued economic recovery. The one-year pilot – “Santa Monica Outdoors” – will allow continued use of parklets, streets, sidewalks, and public spaces. This includes the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade and private property for outdoor dining, retail, and fitness. Additionally, fees will be waived through the rest of 2021. “Santa Monica’s small, local businesses need continued support from all of us, and your City is here to expedite our economic recovery in all the ways we can,” said Mayor Sue Himmelrich.

San Fernando Valley News

Studio City brothers Repair Unwanted Items to Donate to People in Need

When the pandemic slimmed back the community service opportunities for two Studio City brothers, their pair found another way to give back. Due to covid restrictions, Ben and Sam Volokh were unable to continue volunteering at their local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Instead of sitting idle, the brothers decided to continue collecting donations. Picking up any items that were being thrown away, the brothers took their activism one step further. Along with picking up items in the community, the Volokh brothers also cleaned and repaired the items before donating them to Habitat. They began their repurposing project in November of 2020 and have even created a website where neighbors can schedule a pick-up. In an interview with KTLA, Sam Volokh shared the following, “We just think it’s really important to give back to our community and do what we can to make life easier for some people.”

Conejo Valley News

Newbury Park Startup Joins with Biotech Firm on Treatment for ALS

A Newbury Park-based startup, Capsida Biotherapeutics, is partnering with a high-profile biotech company to develop a treatment for ALS. The announcement came after the startup was able to raise $140 million in Series A funding. Capisda will be working with Swiss firm CRISPR Therapeutics on therapies for the neurodegenerative disease. CRISPR, a publicly traded company, valued at $9 billion, will focus on Friedreich’s ataxia, with Capside leading the ALS program. Depending on the success of the projects, the companies would equally share the research, development, and commercialization costs and profits. This would be worldwide and related to the collaboration product, according to a joint press release statement.

From Clubhouse to Prime Day and More | This Week’s Tech News

From Prime Day to Spotify’s Greenroom taking on Clubhouse and Google’s first store, dive into this week’s tech news.

Autonomous Ship Sets Sail Across the Atlantic

On Tuesday, an autonomous ship fitted with software developed by OBM set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Deemed the ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’, the ship’s name is meant to commemorate the crossing of the original Mayflower 400 years ago. The ship is an artificial intelligence, solar-powered marine research vessel that will sail across the ocean to collect environmental data. The Mayflower or MAS spent several months prior to its September launch in sea trials and research missions to prepare. The ship will travel from Plymouth, England to Massachusetts in the U.S. Some of the issues that the ship will assist in gathering information for include global warming and marine mammal conservation. 

A New Bill Aims to Make it Easier to Cancel Your Trial Subscriptions

Signing up for a free trial 9 out of 10 turns into a surprise bill at the end of the month. Well, a new bi-partisan effort seeks to change this on behalf of consumers. On Wednesday, Senators proposed new legislation that would give consumers a more user-friendly trial period. The proposed bill would ensure that users are notified before payments kick in. According to a release from Sen. Brian Schatz, if passed, the Unsubscribe Act would require companies to make trial terms and conditions more transparent. “Free trials should benefit consumers, not trick them into endless payments for a product they don’t want,” said Sen. John Kennedy “This bill would give customers who enter subscription trials a clear, easy way to cancel those subscriptions”, he continues. 

Scientist Solve the Mystery of Betelgeuse

We’re not talking about the cult-classic film. In 2019, Betelgeuse went through a historically sudden and drastic period of dimming over several months. Scientists had begun to conclude that a Supernova was not too far off for the dim star. Now in a study published by the Observatoire de Paris, a new analysis of images taken in 2019 and 2020 shows Betelgeuse was actually being obscured by its own stellar exhalations. “We have directly witnessed the formation of so-called stardust,” says researcher Miguel Montargès in a statement. While the star has not yet reached its end, scientists believe a Supernova is to be expected in the next 10,000 years. So, something for your great-great-great-great-great-great…(this may take a while) grandchildren to look forward to.

How to Find the Best Deals for Prime Day

Besides Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have another upcoming shopping holiday to look forward to. It’s almost time for Prime Day and the best deals of the year thus far! Amazon Prime members can expect to see some major deals on popular tech products like video games, gaming peripherals, laptops, 4K TVs, phones, PC accessories, and more. As far as finding the best price for your budget, platforms like CamelCamelCamel and Honey are the perfect browser extension. The websites are able to track the price of products on Amazon and alert you when a product has dropped to its lowest price. Another fun fact is that because we live in the land of competition, you can expect to also find tech deals from Walmart and Target on the same day as Prime Day. Just make sure to mark your calendar for June 21st and 22nd so you don’t miss out!

Google’s Will Open First Retail Store This Week

Good news to Google fans, as the tech giant will open its first brick-and-mortar shop this week. The bad news is that you will have to fly to New York to experience the store in person. The new physical retail store will be located underneath Google’s offices in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Patron’s can find Google’s own hardware products, including Pixel phones, Nest gadgets, and other devices. The store will also have a selection of third-party accessories for sale, along with Google-branded, because of course. There are currently no plans for Google to open stores nationwide, with executives staying hush on any possibility in the future. 

Clubhouse competitor Greenroom by Spotify Launched This Week

Another drop-in audio option is joining the growing field of competitors to Clubhouse. This week, Spotify launched Greenroom, formerly Locker Room, as their live audio app feature. Available on iOS and Android, Greenroom allows users to host live conversations about sports, music, and culture. One of the major features is the app’s native recording, which will allow users to save their shows and distribute them as podcasts. Users can sign up for Greenroom with their Spotify credentials, with a creator fund underway although details have yet to be shared. Spotify will now join Twitter’s Spaces, Facebook’s Live Rooms, and other companies as they try to compete with 2020’s hit app Clubhouse.

Home Decor Trends That are So Last Year

Home Decor Trends That are So Last Year

By now, you should probably know what decor trends are so last year. If you don’t, no worries because this week’s blog is here to help. We know that last year, you either had a design overhaul or nothing at all. That’s why we’re breaking down some of the top things you should be throwing away or storing until it’s considered vintage and chic, like a pair of 90’s jeans. Read below for several trends that should definitely go, not that we’re midway through 2021.

All-white Interiors

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Perhaps it’s from spending over a year inside, but this minimalistic decor trend is on its way out. This year color is making a comeback. That’s not to suggest that those with white-interior rooms should panic. Instead of a complete overhaul, try adding varying light-colored patterns or textures to mix things up. 

 

Gray Kitchens 

Decor Trends

Say it isn’t so, one of our favorite trends of years past may be passe these days. In 2021, indigo blue has become a decor trend of choice. Gray kitchens, simple, can also have a cold appeal that lacks distinction. Forest green is another color on the list of approved options for your kitchen if you happen to be less than enthused with blue.

 

Fast Furniture

Decor Trends

This should be obvious since the furniture itself was never meant for long-term usage. In place of the inexpensive furniture option, the multi-functional purpose is on the rise. Since our homes became our office, recreation area, and everything in between, people are seeking furniture with depth. Choosing pieces that can last and that become part of the memories being created in your home is the way forward. 

 

Accent Walls

Decor Trends

While accent walls are not too bad an option for studios, this trend has already begun its journey out when it comes to large spaces. While the original trend served as a great way to make a room more interesting, it now comes off as more distracting. Monochromatic walls that can blend seamlessly with the decor are the way to go.

 

Matching Furniture Sets

Decor Trends

This decor trend has faded when it comes to having your home office or bedroom furniture match its counterparts. These days it’s about finding the balance of personality with unique pieces and style. Rather than going for a set, consider selecting nonmatching pieces with complementary colors or designs. With so many great and unique furniture stores in L.A., your options are endless.

 

Faux Anything

Decor Trends

We’re not talking about fashion; we’re talking about the decor, from faux plants (especially faux plants) to synthetic fabrics. This year is all about natural products instead of artificial ones. Stones, wood, natural materials, and natural coloring methods have become staples for 2021. If the product has been made from reusable products, that’s even better. But if you don’t see yourself as a plant parent, that’s ok because dried flowers can save the day.  Preserved flora can last months and requires zero maintenance.

City News: A New Housing Proposal for LAUSD Teachers and More.

Keep current in your city with the latest news and city Updates for the LA, the Westside, and the Valley.

Los Angeles News

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LAUSD Looking to Provide Affordable Housing for Employees

The LAUSD announced a new initiative this week that seeks to offer housing for employees to reside near the schools they work. The plan would provide 2,000 units of affordable housing using underutilized LAUSD-owned properties. According to the L.A. Daily News, the goal is to attract and retain employees by allowing them to live in communities where they teach and work. The school board held a vote this week to explore a program that would survey employee interest and appraise properties. Superintendent Austin Beutner said that a starting salary for a teacher is around $50,000 a year with the initiative meant to relieve the cost burden and provide the option of shorter commutes. 

Westside and Beach Community News

 

New Hotel and Apartment Complex Being Planned for Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip is continuing to bustle with new developments after the news of a new planned complex on Harper Ave. Developer A.J. Khair has submitted his plans for The Harper on Sunset. Likewise, the proposal includes a 172-room hotel, 46 mixed-income apartments above ground-floor retail. According to a notice of the proposal, The Harper on Sunset would be located at 8240 Sunset Boulevard on West Hollywood’s northeast city limits. Renderings for the project show a nine- and a seven-story building. One of the buildings features a curved façade and a digital billboard. In addition, the ground floor retail space would include courtyard space and outdoor dining space. In the same vein, there has not been any statement regarding when The Harper will break ground once approved. 

SFV and Conejo Valley News

Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic Providing Medical Services for Pet Owners in Need

For some good news, Free Animal Doctor, a non-profit veterinary clinic has been providing care to pets in need. Above all, the clinic offers medical services for pet owners free of charge. “Our mission is to raise money to pay the unexpected medical expenses for sick and injured animals whose owners can’t afford that,” said Sam Bernardo, President of Free Animal Doctor. The non-profit, which operates out of a donated bus, has also received its own helping hand recently. When seeking a permanent spot for the free clinic, staff found a home at Santa Anita Park, free of charge. A representative for the park Dan Cirimele said in a statement that Santa Anita Park is always looking for ways that they can help out the community.

From the Future of the Smartwatch to Folding Smartphones: This Weeks Tech News

Get your weekly dose of tech news in this week’s blog. This week we are talking all about the Facebook Smartwatch, folding smartphones, and more!

Tesla Launches First Underground Loop in Las Vegas

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company unveiled its first underground loop this week in Las Vegas. The Loop, which runs beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center, takes vehicles (Tesla’s only for now) underground to avoid above-ground traffic. The 1.7-mile Vegas Loop has three passenger stations, connected by stretches of 12-foot-wide tunnels. Once inside the Loop, you’ll find a fleet of 62 Teslas available for picking up and dropping off passengers. This is not the first underground tunnel from Musk’s Boring Company, but it is the first Loop that’s fully operational and open to the public. The company has plans to eventually extend the Loop from downtown Las Vegas, through the strip, and out to the city’s stadium and McCarran airport. 

New Robot That Can Kill Weeds by Zapping Them with Electricity

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Because why not, a trio of robots developed by Small Robot Company is ridding yards of weeds one electrical zap at a time. The robots — named Tom, Dick, and Harry — were developed to rid the land of unwanted weeds with minimal use of chemicals and heavy machinery. The startup began working on its autonomous weed killers in 2017. Currently, the other robots are still in the prototype stage, undergoing testing, and are targeted specifically for farmers. Small Robot Company, hopes that once the system becomes fully operational, it will help to reduce chemical use by 95%. The company’s overall goal along with reducing chemical usage is to improve soil quality and biodiversity. “If you treat a living environment like an industrial process, then you are ignoring the complexity of it,” Scott-Robinson says. “We have to change farming now, otherwise there won’t be anything to farm.”

Facebook Set to Release New Smartwatch Next Year

Facebook has plans to join the smartwatch game, according to new reports. In a recent report by The Verge, the social network smartwatch would include two cameras, as well as health features like a heart rate monitor. This report was released Wednesday and cites two people familiar with the project. The company’s first iteration of their smartwatch would be set for summer 2022 and cost around $400. While the company declined to comment on the news, they did point to two tweets from VP of AR and VR, Andrew Bosworth. “We’ve said we want AR glasses to be truly useful — we’re investing in technologies across the board that will make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive,” Bosworth said in a tweet Wednesday responding to the report. “This includes research like EMG, haptics, adaptive interfaces that could come together in a wrist-based form factor.”

NASA Has Its Eyes on Asteroid Psyche’s Metal Rich Surface

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Chances are that you have not heard of asteroid 16 Psyche. While relatively unknown the hefty price tag attached to the space rock is sure to pique your interest. The iron-rich asteroid has a current estimated value of $10,000 quadrillion. First discovered in 1852, 16 Psyche is believed to be 82.5% metal with a much lower density than thought according to a report published by The Planetary Science Journal. NASA has said Psyche “appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet, one of the building blocks of our solar system.” NASA will launch a mission in July 2022 with SpaceX signed on to launch the Psyche spacecraft for the targeted takeoff.

GM Expands OnStar Guardian Service to Anyone with a Smartphone

The exclusive Cadillac service OnStar will be coming to a smartphone near you as soon as you download the app. The OnStar app debuted last year, but it was this week that GM opened up to all smartphone users in the U.S. and Canada. The OnStar Guardian app is available for both Android and iPhone. For valuable services like a crash response and roadside assistance users can pay $14.99 per month for the basic plan. The services packages range from there with $49.99 per month for the Premium plan. You also have the option to pay a yearly fee for the Premium plan ($549.99) at a small discount.

Google’s First Folding Pixel Set for Release Later This Year

If you miss the joy that your flip phone brought you, Google has heard your calls. The company will be moving forward with the launch of its first folding Pixel phone later this year. Samsung will begin production of folding OLED panels this October. The panels will be for Google’s upcoming folding phone, which will reportedly be revealed late this year. The phone will have a single 7.6-inch panel that folds inward with other details not yet provided. 

Weekend Events: June 11-13

Enjoy a screening of fan-favorite films or take in the boys in blue at Dodger Stadium. Make the most of your weekend with our weekend events guide.

Los Angeles

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Pride Night at Dodger Stadium

When: June 11, 2021

Where: Dodger Stadium

What: This Friday, LA Pride and the Dodgers team up for Pride Night, featuring drink specials, a special recognition of frontline workers from Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community, and a few other surprise guests. After the game fans can stick around for the Friday night fireworks show Grab tickets and get info

‘Hacks’ Virtual Screening

When: June 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Where: Virtually

What: Join KCRW Virtual Cinema and Behind the Screens Event: ‘Hacks’. After the screening of the hit HBO Max series, there will be a special conversation with Madeleine Brand and the cast and crew from the show. You won’t want to miss out and since you can watch from home you don’t have to. 

Cinespia @ the Greek Presents: ‘Beauty and The Beast’

When: June 12, 2021

Where: Cinespia at The Greek Theater

What: Join Cinespia at The Greek Theatre for a picnic on the lawn with DJs, and a movie in the heart of Griffith Park. This tale as old as time is sure to bring joy to your Saturday evening, with Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Westside and Beach Communities

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Grand Opening of The Row on Harbor

When: Jun 12, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Where: The Row on Harbor

What: Join The Row on Harbor for its highly anticipated Grand Opening Extravaganza. Featuring food specials, live music, a beer garden (age 21+), kid activities, and more! Kick-off the Summer fun at this culinary family experience for all senses.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: The Sandlot

When: Jun 13, 2021 @ 8:30 PM

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

What: A PIECE OF PARADISE A HALF BLOCK WIDE AND A WHOLE SUMMER LONG. It’s the summer of 1962, and Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town. A budding ballplayer, Scotty is taken under the wing of baseball prodigy Rodriguez and joins a neighborhood gang of sandlot kids for a series of misadventures. Get your weekend movie fix at The Drive-In!

Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale

When: June 12, 2021, 10:00 am

Where: Montana Avenue

What: Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale is back on. Shop along Montana Ave from 6th to 17th Street. Don’t miss great deals on clothing, accessories, beauty, home goods, and gifts for up to 75% off!

 

SFV Valley and Conejo Valley

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Electric Dusk Drive-In presents Black Panther

When: Jun 12, 2021@ 8:30 PM

Where: Sears Glendale Parking Lot

What: Enjoy the Valley’s favorite drive-in this weekend Wakanda style with a screening of ‘Black Panther’. Tickets can be purchased early or same-day. Films are screened in the Glendale Sears Parking Lot. 

California Dance Academy presents Spring Showcase

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

What: Join the California Dance Academy for their Spring Showcase. Tickets are available through TicketMaster for their Saturday afternoon performances. The showcase will take place at the Fred Kavli BofA Performing Arts Center.

Angel’s Envy Personalized Bottle “Father’s Day” Event

When: June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Where: Oak & Iron, Thousand Oaks

What: Join Oak & Iron for a special afternoon celebrating Angel’s Envy – handcrafted, small-batch whiskey produced by Louisville Distilling Company. A “Bourbon” ticket includes access to the event, one personalized engraved bottle of Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon, one Angel’s Envy cocktail, and smoked eats from Bludso’s Bar & Que. Tickets are available to purchase through Eventbrite.

LA Eats: June 7-13, 2021

Finding a quality meal in LA is not just about the setting or the trendiness of the restaurant. When you dine it comes down to one thing. Good food. That’s why in this week’s blog, we’re focusing on quality, from trendy spots in 90210 to hidden gems inside of a Chevron. Read on for the best options of the week.

Los Angeles

La Morra Pizzeria

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Location: 8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Last year, pop-up and frozen pizza purveyor La Morra Pizzeria opened up their brick and mortar location to high anticipation from its pizza fans. Since then, the pizzeria has continued to serve good food in a now permanent location. At La Morra Pizzeria you’ll enjoy blistered to perfection Neapolitan-style pizza like their classic Margherita or TMNT.

Mirame

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Location: 419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Mirame brings contemporary Mexican cuisine with a California twist to 90210. The restaurant was founded by Michelin Star chef Joshua Gil and Matthew Egan and has become a destination for good food and a relaxing ambiance. Enjoy rustic, seasonal menu selections like the Colorado lamb belly barbacoa or a 32 ounce Wagyu cote de boeuf.

Sant’olina

Location: 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

When it’s h.Wood group, you can expect good food, great service, and incomparable ambiance. The newest venture for the successful restauranteurs is Sant’olina, a breezy Mediterranean rooftop restaurant located at the iconic Beverly Hills Hilton. At Santolina, your taste buds will be on a tour through delicious dishes like the roasted chicken with harissa potatoes and merguez lamb burger.

Westside/Beach Communities

Bull & Butterfly

Location: 12775 Millennium Dr, Playa Vista, CA 90094

When it comes to great steak and good food, look no further than Bull & Butterfly. The Playa Vista restaurant offers a modern California steakhouse format, with plenty of chops and grilled vegetables. If you’re not in the mood for steak, the local Baja Striped Bass makes for an excellent choice.

Malibu Farm Cafe

Location: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

What we love about Malibu Farm Cafe besides the location are the options. Whether you’re stopping by for something quick to grab at the cafe or seeking a full experience, Malibu Farm has you covered. The cafe is open until the late afternoon for to-go and outdoor dining with options for breakfast and lunch. If you prefer to sit down for lunch or dinner, Malibu Farm restaurant has a variety of choices. What’s our favorite? Well, that would be the Cauliflower Steak made with chimichurri green beans, cucumber, vegan sour cream, and mushrooms.

Maple Block Meat Co.

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Location: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

LA’s burgeoning BBQ scene continues to provide next-level good food options and we are not complaining. Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City provides tasty BBQ that will have you coming back for more. The Housemade Pimento Cheese sandwich upgrades whatever you thought you knew about grilled cheese sandwiches. And the meats? We recommend the Trifecta Plate, where the name truly speaks for itself.

SFV and Conejo Valley

Glendale Pho Co.

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Location: 102 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

You’ll find large portions and good food at this family-owned Vietnamese restaurant. Glendale Pho Co. provides a plethora of pho options and delicious rice dishes. Entrees like the Com Ga Chien offer marinated and deep-fried Cornish Hen and a bed of rice for a meal that always delivers.

Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita

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Location: 5938 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

For those seeking good Tortas, you’ll some of the best at Tortas Ahogadas La Ramadita. Their featured dishes include shredded beef and potato tacos, pig’s foot tostadas, and tortas ahogadas. Finish off your meal with a jericallas (a custard-like dessert) at this destination for the taste buds.

Egg Plantation

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Location: 24415 Walnut St, Santa Clarita, CA 91321

Egg Plantation has been consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Newhall since 2015 and it’s easy to see why. Specializing in breakfast with over 101 omelets to choose from, the restaurant offers something for everyone. Stop by for breakfast or brunch and see why Egg Plantation has been serving up good food since 1973.

Cilantro Mexican Grill

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Location: 7214 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

If you were to make a stop at Cilantro’s Mexican Grill, you would be surprised by its location. Located inside of Chevron, is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Cilantro has been rated ‘Best North Hollywood Burrito’ and received the #3 spot on CBS’s L.A’s BEST Tasting Cheap Meals List. With that being said, your go-to choice should obviously be a burrito. Choose from a range of meat options from Carne Asada to Grilled Shrimp, paired perfectly with all of the traditional toppings.

Chiba

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Location: 7515 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

For Traditional Japanese fare, make your way to Chiba in North Hollywood. The restaurant offers freshly prepared meals from sushi to noodles, in a simple, minimalist space with a sushi bar. 

Staycation in Oak Glen

If you are looking for a staycation that’s slightly outside the regular go-to retreats, look no further than Oak Glen. This picturesque town in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains serves as a quaint agricultural destination. So what makes Oak Glen so unique? The town has been growing apples for over 100 years, making it the perfect place for picking, eating, and enjoying all that this delicious fruit has to offer. Oak Glen offers activities and fun throughout the year, with foliage in the spring and fall and snow in the winter. Read this week’s blog for our advice on where to stay, what to eat and what to do on your visit to Oak Glen, California.

Where to Stay

If you prefer to make your trip to Oak Glen an overnight one, the town has a wonderful selection of lodging that will make you feel right at home.

Stone Oak Manor

Have you always wondered what it would be like to have an entire manor to yourself? Well, at Stone Oak Manor, you’re invited to do so. The almost 100 years old estate has not yet reopened its bed and breakfast for multiple bookings because of the pandemic. Instead, visitors can now rent out the manor entirely via AirBnB. Rates for the five-bedroom estate start at $1000 per night with accommodations for up to 16 people. 

Fun Fact: The estate was designated as a Historic Point of Interest in California. Formerly, The Baumann Manor was built in 1926 by Murle & Samuel Baumann and architect Reginald Inwood. The house was made from local stones gathered from all over Oak Glen. 

Rileys Farm

While you can only stay overnight at Riley’s Farm for specific overnight events, it’s still worth the visit. The working apple orchard and living history farm feature a bounty of activities. From masquerade balls in their barn to pick-your-own fruit and dinner theater, you’ll have a blast. Their offered stays are historically themed, so be ready to get into character for this particular choice in lodging. 

Oak Glen Retreat

For those seeking to rough it out a bit more, the Oak Glen Retreat makes for a great option. Their campground features everything from luxury cabins to simple tent sites. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend with plenty of amenities and activities to entertain you. The camping site offers two large pools, a spa, a miniature golf course, horseshoes, hiking, and much more. Call (909) 790-1801 for more information.

What To Do & Eat

One of the obvious activities will be picking apples when visiting an apple orchard community, but there is so much more in Oak Glen. 

For apple picking…

Los Rios Rancho

The Los Rios Rancho orchard has over 300 acres, with over 10,000 apples to choose from on this family-owned farm. Not a fan of apples? The farm also produces raspberries, corn, strawberries, and pumpkins for picking.

Willowbrook Apple Farm

Make a planned visit to the 100-year-old Stayman-Winesap apple farm. Willowbrook Farms offers over 300 acres of apples for you to pick. What’s even more fun is the chance to participate in activities like pressing your own apple cider.

Oak Tree Village

At this local community hub, there is no shortage of activities. Pursue through multiple artisan shops and food stands for tasty treats to eat or take home. Enjoy live music, a petting zoo, and even ax throwing for a perfect Oak Glen day.

Wilshire’s Apple Shed

Who doesn’t love complimentary cider? Visit the tasting room at Wilshire Apple Shed and try their hard cider samples for free from Oak Glen Cider Company. Once you feel hungry, you’ll definitely want to enjoy a pizza from their wood-burning pizza oven for a truly delicious day.

Apple Annie’s Bakery And Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants in the area, Apple Annie’s bakery and restaurant, makes for a perfect spot to grab a bit. They are best known for their 1/4 mile-high apple pie, among other delicious baked goods. Since it’s popular, you should know you will need to book in advance.