From BeReal to ‘Netflix & Livestream’ and More! | Tech News

It’s time for another round-up of the latest tech headlines. We’re sharing bit-size versions of the leading news in the world of tech. From BeReal to Netflix & Livestream and more, we have you covered!

Robinhood Working on non-custodial Crypto Wallet

With the release of Robinhood’s first crypto wallet this year, the company has announced a second one. The company’s latest product will be a non-custodial. This gives users sole custody over the private keys necessary to control their money on the blockchain. In addition, Robinhood has also stated that the new wallet will be offered as a standalone app. Likewise, the company hopes that it will “feature the same simple and accessible design” as its main service. Robinhood’s new wallet will also offer the ability to store and trade cryptocurrencies. This will include many cryptocurrencies not available through the main Robinhood app with no network fees. In addition, the wallet will support NFTs and DeFi (decentralized finance) protocols.

Apple to Introduce New Accessibility Features like Live Caption

This week Apple announced the addition of several new accessibility features. The features are for its various computing platforms, debuting this year in software updates for iOS devices. One of the features, Live Captions, will be able to transcribe any audio content. This will include content for FaceTime calls video conferencing apps (with auto attribution to identify the speaker), streaming video, or in-person conversations. Apple is, of course, not the first tech giant to offer similar features on its devices. Google has been working on its Live Caption since the release of Android 10. Likewise, similar features are also available on a select number of other Android phones as well.

FDA Digital Health Leader Joins Google Team

Google has found its new senior director of global digital health strategy in Bakul Patel, the former FDA leader. The news comes as Google works to push further into its health and healthcare initiatives. Likewise, these ambitions have ranged from mining big data for algorithms to developing disease-detecting tools and more. Regarding the opportunity, Bakul Patel shared the following: “I am looking forward to learning from the teams in health across Google and Alphabet and helping build a unified digital health and regulatory strategy.”  

Netflix May Move Into the World of Livestreaming

As first reported by Deadline, Netflix is hoping to move into the world of live streaming. As far as what type of content, the company is looking to live stream for stand-up specials and various live events. Netflix seeking to expand on its featured content could, in turn, allow it to air live reunions, as noted by Deadline. Likewise, the live streaming feature would also be of use for competition shows and other types of content. The news comes after the streaming giant held its first-ever live and in-person comedy festival in Los Angeles, ‘Netflix is a Joke.’ While specials from the festival have not yet aired, the event proved to be a success. If the company is to move forward on the feature, they’ll join the likes of Disney + and more who have shown success in live streaming. 

BeReal, the Anti-Instagram App Grows In Popularity as Fun Alternative

An app that bills itself as the “anti-Instagram”, Beetle has become a popular favorite among Gen Zs and beyond. Although the app debuted in 2019, BeReal has seen a recent surge in users looking for something real. The app offers “a new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life,” according to the company. Users for the app receive a push notification, letting them know it’s time to “BeReal” during a two-minute window each day. Being that posting windows are at random, the app takes away the planned content option; in addition, users are required to take a photo simultaneously using both their front and back camera and post it to the feed. User’s that post late or takes multiple photos will be unable to see their friend’s feed. BeReal provides a gamification version of daily photo sharing without filters and content pillars. Those seeking to give the BeReal app a try can do so from their app store.

Weekend Events: May 20 – May 22

The weekend has almost arrived, and so has our weekly round-up of local fun. For all the best happenings this May 20 through May 22, read on!

Los Angeles Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Jazz @ LACMA

When: Until June 24

Where: LACMA | Mid-Wilshire

What: Music returns to the serene outdoor space of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. The mid-city museum is bringing back its annual summer series on Friday evenings underneath the stars. The best part? It’s free! 

90’s Skate Night

When: Until May 22 

Where: Wisdom | Arts District DTLA

What: If you dig 90’s aesthetic AND rollerskating, you’re in luck! Bucketlisters and Wisdome are taking it back a couple of decades to give you the 90’s roller night of your dreams. Glide over to their projection-filled dome and skate beneath the ultimate throwback.

LA County Fair

When: May 5 – May 30

Where: Pomona

What: There are only a couple of weekends left for you to make your way to the LA County Fair! Visit the Pomona fairgrounds for what has been a local tradition since 1921. While there won’t be much livestock at the former agricultural fair, there will be plenty of fun, rides, performances, and more!

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Create to Distress Workshop

When: May 20

Where: Virginia Avenue Park | Santa Monica

What: Join this Friday’s Canvas Bag workshop ‘Create to Distress’ with Artist Carmela Morales. In this class, you’ll learn how to personalize a canvas bag while learning how to work on your mental well-being.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: through July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, catch a screening of ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Coco’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie

When: Until July 31 

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Over 100 topiary animals will be on view at the South Coast Botanic Garden now through July 31. The colorful installation, ‘Flamboyance’ includes 70 pink flamingos filled with begonias, as well as floral recreations of dogs, rabbits, monkeys, butterflies, and dolphins.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

7th Annual Subaru’s Great Big Family Play Day

When: May 22

Where: Griffith Park

What: LA’s most popular family festival returns this weekend for the 7th Annual Subaru Great Big Family Play Day. Head to Griffith Park this Sunday, May 22, for a day full of entertainment, special guests, giveaways, and of course, fun! 

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

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.

Sundays at The Gentle Barn

When: February 27

Where: 15825 Sierra Highway | Santa Clarita

What: Connect with nature this weekend at The Gentle Barn. Stop by on Sunday from 10 am-2 pm to hug the cows, cuddle the turkeys, and enjoy a beautiful day at the barn.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events for May 20 – May 22

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber 2022 Recognition Gala

When: May 20, 2022

Where: Hyatt Regency Westlake | Westlake Village

What: The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host their Recognition Gala, celebrating the Art of Excellence, on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, honoring a number of winners in different award categories. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate with your local community members!

43rd Annual Young Authors Fair & Family Literacy Celebration

When: May 21 

Where: kidSTREAM Children’s Museum | Camarillo

What: Support the young local writers in your community at the 43rd Annual Young Authors Fair & Family Literacy Celebration. Young authors will have a chance to participate in fun book-related STREAM activities while reading the works of other writers. In addition, there will be an engaging presentation by Kirsten Larson, author of Wood, Wire, Wings: Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane.

Children to Love Fundraiser 

When: May 22

Where: Prospector Ranch | Thousand Oaks

What: Enjoy live music, food, wine, and more at the Children to Love Fundraiser: Benefiting Children in Ukraine and Uganda. In addition, the event will also feature local artists selling their trades. All funds will benefit children at Future for Children in Ukraine and Mercy Childcare Village in Uganda.

Weekend Events: May 13 – May 15

The weekend is here, and so is our round-up of local fun. Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods. From film to art, food, and more, we have you covered this May 13 through May 15!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

RuPaul’s DragCon

When: May 13 – May 15 

Where: South Park

What: RuPaul’s DragCon returns for this annual intersection of culture, couture, and diversity. Make your way to south park for the colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul. Meet queens, pop culture personalities, and previous RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants—plus an appearance by RuPaul.

Getty 25 Festivals

When: May 14 – August 28 

Where: Inglewood

What: In celebration of the Getty Center’s 25th birthday, the city will be treated to a series of free festivals across L.A. On most weekends this summer, the Getty will collaborate with a different local community partner on a two-day art fair filled with music, workshops, and food. This weekend’s festivities kick off in Inglewood!

Cinespia Presents Jurassic Park

When: May 13 – June 4
Where: Chinatown

What: Don’t miss the giant blockbuster hit, Jurassic Park, as it takes over the big screen this weekend. Hosted by Cinespia’s beloved cemetery screening series, screen the film in L.A. State Historic Park.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

Sunshine and Noir: 1980s L.A. Horror Marathon

When: May 14 

Where: Santa Monica

What: An ’80s horror marathon with films set in L.A.? Say less and head to the Aero for this frightening series of creature features. Films to be screened include The Live, Society, Slumber Party Massacre, Chopping Mall, Blood Diner, and Angel. The day-long program is part of the LA Phil’s Gen X Festival. 

BeachLife Festival

When: May 13 – May 15 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: BeachLife Festival returns to take over the Redondo Beach coastline this weekend. The rock-focused lineup features Weezer, 311, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Steve Miller Band. In addition, there will also be performances by the Black Pumas, Cold War Kids, Vance Joy, Stone Temple Pilots, Sheryl Crow, and Lord Huron.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: through July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday, catch a screening of ‘Sing 2’, ‘The Goonies’ or ‘10 Things I hate About You’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

First Annual Brews Brothers Anniversary Beer Festival

When: May 14 

Where: Brews Brothers Brewpub | Burbank

What: The First Annual Brews Brothers Anniversary Beer Festival is coming to Burbank, California, this May 14th, 2022. Unlimited Pours All day!

All-Age Skate Night

When: Every Saturday

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.

Sundays at The Gentle Barn

When: February 27

Where: 15825 Sierra Highway | Santa Clarita

What: Connect with nature this weekend at The Gentle Barn. Stop by on Sunday from 10 am-2 pm to hug the cows, cuddle the turkeys, and enjoy a beautiful day at the barn.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS MAY 13 – MAY 15

An Afternoon with George Christie at the E.P. 

When: May 14 

Where: Foster Library in Ventura

What: Ex-Hells Angels president George Christie will visit Ventura’s E.P. Foster Library to deliver a lecture, slide show, and Q&A. For additional information, contact Karen Cruze, Librarian Specialist, at (805) 648-2716.

60th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

When: May 15 

Where: Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills

What: The Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival will be celebrating its 60th Festival, enjoying the distinction as one of the oldest music festivals in the USA. Headlining this year’s TBFCF will be a rare west coast performance of the Grammy-nominated Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, originally from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Music for Ukraine Benefit Concert in Ventura

When: May 15 

Where: 3290 Loma Vista Rd, Ventura  

What: Local music professionals, organized by flutist Caitlin Boruch, have joined together to channel their talent and passion for performing into Music for Ukraine: Benefit Concert Series for Humanitarian Aid, a fundraising concert series where 100% of donations benefit UNICEF’s coordinated response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Best Breakfast Spots to Check Out | L.A. Eats

Breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. Start your day in the best way possible with our list of the top breakfast spots you should check out. 

LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST SPOTS

The Griddle Café

Location: Hollywood, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave. L.A. CA 90068

This is the place to be if you are looking for the biggest pancakes in the city. Nothing shouts luxury like a pancake that doesn’t fit on your plate, right? It’s not all about size, the recipe is also top-shelf to the point the pancake mix also gets sold to the customers.

Tiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen

Location: 7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Thiago Coffee Bar + Kitchen has an amazing interior built for comfort. Besides the high tables and stools, the breakfast spot has booths and tables that embrace minimalism as a style. So you can relax as you enjoy the morning coffee drinks.

Clark Street Diner

Location: 6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This is the place for you if you want to give yourself a break from the usual breakfast meals that look like are factory-produced. The Clark Street Diner embraces a homey cooking approach. The keen eye for details has transformed the corned beef hash, patty melts, and blueberry pancakes into the best in the city.

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES BREAKFAST SPOTS

Swingers

Location: 8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Swingers is a breakfast spot offering classic diner dishes. Here you can enjoy exquisite pancakes, eggs, and chilaquiles. For a beverage, you might want to go for a coffee milkshake; the stronger, the better.

Gjusta

Location: 320 Sunset Ave, Los Angeles 90291

Besides coffee and tea, Gjusta offers you limeade, which gives you a refreshing feeling every morning. It’s a bit unorthodox to have fish or meat for breakfast, but who is to stop you? Plus, they are the top-shelf products, and you are certain you are getting the best.

Clementine

Location: 1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles

The breakfast spot has earned its fame from the buttermilk biscuits, which have become something of a signature treat. You can also enjoy a sandwich with melted cheddar, poached egg, and Tennessee country ham. Does it get better than this?

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BREAKFAST SPOTS

CiCi’s Café

Location: 18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana

Here you get to enjoy green tea tiramisu, piña coladas, and s’mores. And if you have a sweet tooth, you will find an array of pancake options to choose from. And what is a breakfast spot without French toast and waffles? To sum it up, it is your complete breakfast spot.

Sweet Butter Kitchen

Location: 13824 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

At this quaint breakfast spot, you’ll find an array of delicious breakfast options. Bonus, you can stay for lunch or check out the attached market.

Gasolina Café

Location: 21014 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

The spot serves Spanish-influenced dishes. So expect dishes like jamóns and tortilla españolas. The foods are mildly spicy, which adds to Gasolina Café’s identity.

CONEJO VALLEY BREAKFAST SPOTS

Dong Ting Spring

Location: 520 N Ventu Park Rd Ste. 150, Newbury Park, CA 91320

A great spot if you enjoy Chinese cuisine. The spot offers authenticity and variety. As for the menu choices, you should stick to the Hunanese section if you are unsure of what to start with.

Cafe Sapientia

Location: 706 Lindero Canyon Rd Ste 794, Oak Park, CA 91377

This is a breakfast spot specializing in coffee. So if you pay attention to flavor and texture, you will benefit from the rich exploration of ingredients.

Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant

Location: 1610 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant specializes in seafood stews. The restaurant uses clay pots and native ingredients such as tomatoes, cilantro, urucum, and onions to bring out the Brazilian influence.

The Best Plants for Your Summer Garden

Now is the perfect time to think about your summer garden and what to plant. A multitude of plants thrive in Southern California, including Mediterranean-type plants and Southwestern plants like succulents. Of course, it is important to choose plants that are ideal for your home’s specific growing conditions as well as plants that you’re able to care for. Some plants are higher maintenance than others. Here, we’ve gathered together a list of dazzling plants that prefer the Southern California climate and can enhance the visual appeal of your landscape and summer garden.

California Poppy

The California poppy is the state flower for a reason; it flourishes in California’s summer gardens with its bright orange tissue-papery petals and vibrant green leaves. California poppies are perennials, so once you plant and care for them, they’ll continue to bloom each year. Easy to care for, California poppies prefer full sun. They require very little water and actually prefer poor, well-draining soils. Rocky, coastal gardens are ideal conditions for these plants.

California Milkweed

If you’re searching for a distinctive plant to feature in a focal point area, consider the California milkweed with its thick, hairy stems and bold pink flower clusters. An added benefit is that these plants attract monarch butterflies as well as other butterfly species. California milkweed prefers a location with full sun, sandy soil, and sparse watering.

Chalk Liveforever

A perennial succulent, chalk liveforevers (chalk dudleya) are ideal for planting where they’re likely to be noticed. These showstoppers form large succulent rosettes that are a pale shade of blue. Once established, they are perfectly content in dry settings and require very little watering. They prefer full sunshine and sandy soils. They’re a popular addition to both coastal gardens and rock gardens.

California Lilac

Attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your summer garden by planting a California lilac shrub. A member of the buckthorn family, the California lilac blooms with fragrant blue, pink, or white flowers. Sometimes referred to as mountain lilacs, this evergreen prefers full sun and well-draining soil. To maintain its health and encourage blooming, light annual pruning is recommended.

Lemonade Blueberry Shrub

If you want to add an attractive shrub to your summer garden, opt for the beautiful lemonade berry shrub. This plant is another drought-tolerant plant like those mentioned above. It blooms with lovely pink and white flowers that produce decorative berries. These shrubs are likely to attract butterflies to your summer garden. Their berries are often used to flavor lemonade–hence, their name! This shrub prefers full to partial sun and clay or sandy soil. It may require some light watering during the summer; consider mulching around its base to lock in moisture for the soil. The soil should be well-draining.

Add these plants to your Southern California summer garden to add instant visual appeal to your landscape. Their vibrant hues or interesting growth habits promise to endow your garden with loads of attention-getting charm.

Weekend Events: May 6-8

Explore all that your local neighborhood has to offer this Friday through Sunday! We’re rounding up all the best fun to be had for a fun May weekend as we head into warmer days and hopefully less Zoom’s.

LOS ANGELES MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

LA County Fair

When: May 5 – May 30

Where: Pomona

What: The LA County Fair returns right in time for warm May weekend weather! Make your way to the Pomona fairgrounds for what has been a local tradition since 1921. While there won’t be much livestock at the former agricultural fair, there will be plenty of fun, rides, performances, and more!

L.A. Underwater

When: Until May 30 

Where: USC/Exposition Park

What: Once upon a time Los Angeles was underwater – 90 million years ago to be exact. Get a close-up look at 40 locally-discovered fossils from when LA was a prehistoric ocean.

Unique LA Market

When: May 7-May 8

Where: Downtown Fashion District

What: The annual Unique market returns to downtown’s Fashion District this May weekend only. Described as the largest made-in-America shopping event in the country, there are a number of unique finds at this one-of-a-kind event. Peruse through clothes, accessories, and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brands. In addition, there will be local products to browse and different designers and artists showcasing their work to meet.

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

David Sedaris

When: May 8

Where: Westwood

What: Prodigious satirist David Sedaris grew up believing that the whole world wanted to hear what he had to say. He was right. The rock star of writing is a master scribe and author of more than a dozen collections of essays, short stories, and diary entries. Join him for an evening of conversation and watch him work his self-deprecating comedy live in front of a throng of fans.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday catch a screening of ‘Sing 2’, ‘The Goonies’ or ‘10 Things I hate About You’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie

When: Until July 31 

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Over 100 topiary animals will be on view at the South Coast Botanic Garden now through July 31. The colorful installation, ‘Flamboyance’ includes 70 pink flamingos filled with begonias, as well as floral recreations of dogs, rabbits, monkeys, butterflies, and dolphins.

 

CONEJO VALLEY MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Kathleen Madigan 

When: May 6 

Where: B of A Performing Arts Plaza Thousand Oaks

What: Award-winning comic and TV personality Kathleen Madigan will bring her uproarious stand-up show to Thousand Oaks. Madigan’s comedy resume includes 25 appearances on the Tonight Show, along with other late-night shows. In addition, the comedian most recently appeared with JerrySeinfeld on his internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

CSU Channel Islands Arts Under the Stars Event

When: May 7 

Where: California State University Channel Islands | Camarillo

What: Enjoy CSUCI’s Arts Under the Stars this Friday! The event will have dancing, singing, acting, and a performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe for an evening to remember. “Inertia” is the theme for the 2022 CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s Arts Under the Stars (AUTS) extravaganza.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Reagan Library

When: May 8 

Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library  Simi Valley

What: Attend the 15th annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library this Sunday! The library’s champagne brunch will feature a gourmet meal and a tour of the museum. In addition,  a professional photographer will be available to take your picture to commemorate this Mother’s Day. For more information, please call 805-577-4057.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Dirty Dancing

When: May 7 

Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In | 236 n central ave | Glendale

What: Dance your way over to Electric Dusk Drive-In this weekend for a screening of the cult classic ‘Dirty Dancing. Enjoy a perfect May evening under the stars with a beloved film that all can enjoy.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Mimosas!

When: May 8

Where: Violet Cactus Studio | Burbank

What: Cheers to Mom! Enjoy a delightful brunch and mimosa soiree this Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. The event will feature live music, a photo booth, and delicious food.

Mother’s Day Meditation

When: May 8 

Where: Villa Bodhaya | Woodland Hills

What: Even mom deserves an ‘om’ moment! Treat the special lady in your life to a relaxed and rejuvenating meditation and sound healing experience in Woodland Hills. 

Best Local Ice Cream Shops | L.A. Eats

Whether it is the hottest day of the year or freezing cold, you can still go for that ice cream treat. Lucky for you, there are many spots for an ice-cold treat in Southern California that we’re spotlighting in this week’s blog!

Dear Bella Creamery

Let’s start with Hollywood. The Dear Creamery is a premium ice cream shop steering clear of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and even artificial colors. In the place of artificial ingredients, the Dear Bella Creamery embraces fresh produce from the farmers’ market. So if you prefer an all-natural experience of flavors such as the Taiwanese Pineapple or Sweet Red Bean, this is the place for you.

Fata Morgana Gelato

You can enjoy the famous Italian gelato from either the West Coast or Beverly Hills. The gelato shop pulls many customers for their iconic stracciatella, although you can swing by and enjoy an array of flavors from their seasonal menu. It is a fantastic choice if you enjoy Italian treats.

Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

This location is the definition of taking control of your ice cream. Here you get to choose what you want on top of your tasty dessert. You can choose toppings from cookie crumble, puppy chow, or seasonal fruit. There is your reason to come back. The Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery, with multiple locations in Southern California, serves ice cream both as dessert and you can have them as a full meal, your choice.

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

This shop focuses on providing a personalized experience. Flavors such as milk tea, pineapple mango, and matcha produced at the Bumsan Organic Milk Bar are unique flavors that set the shop apart from its competition. And if you fancy an accompaniment, the shop can serve croissants and waffles.

Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

Located in Westwood and Hollywood is an ice cream shop providing exotic flavors such as Rosewater, Orange Blossom, and Lavender. The flavors are Persian-inspired, using ingredients from other countries such as India and Lebanon. Here you can have fun with the presentations of your sweet treat. For instance, instead of the usual, you can enjoy your treat with waffles rolled in pistachios. Yum!!

Staycation in Long Beach | Out & About

As one of our nearby coastal cities, Long Beach, is known for its alluring beaches and beautiful attractions. From various water sports to being a short distance from Catalina Island, there’s much to do in LB. Read this guide to help you explore the best of Long Beach.

Where to stay:

The Westin Long Beach

Come to The Westin Long Beach for a staycation and enjoy 5-star comforts. The hotel has a gift shop, outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurants serving different cuisines. You can choose luxury accommodations with calming ocean views or bustling city views. With the Catalina Express just a few minutes away, it’ll be easier to explore Two Harbors for a rustic getaway.

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Experience luxury at Hyatt Regency Long Beach, the only 4 Diamond Award-winning CA hotel situated on the waterfront in the heart of the city. Amenities include a 6-mile beach, golf courses, whirlpool, fire pit, heated pool, fitness centers, and onsite restaurants. You have everything you need for a fun and memorable staycation.

Things to do:

Aquarium of the Pacific

Explore the beauty of the coral reefs or the intriguing world of sea jellies at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Several exhibits are available to ocean enthusiasts or those who want to learn more about marine life. They have virtual field trips for your little ones, live exhibits, boat adventures, animal encounters, and much more! There’s something for the entire family at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Long Beach Antique Market

Do you fancy antique items? Visit Long Beach Antique Market and explore over 20 acres of collectibles, antiques, jewelry, decor, and vintage clothing! The antique market is close to Hollywood, which is why it attracts film stars, directors, and producers. If you’re looking for quality pieces of interesting items guaranteed to wow guests, this is the place. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Long Beach Antique Market!

Where to eat and drink:

The Ordinaire

Want a 17th-18th century tavern experience in Long Beach? Then head to The Ordinaire and order your favorite drinks! The El Guapo made with tequila, lime, mezcal, pineapple, honey, and firewater bitters is a must-try! If you’re having brunch, the Whiskey Sours is the perfect brunch cocktail. And guess what, they even have Scotch-based cocktails! The Ordinaire offers both indoor and outdoor heated seating. Don’t forget to make a reservation if you’re booking for 10 or more of your friends or family!

Parker’s Lighthouse

Whether it’s for a private event or a romantic dinner for two, Parker’s Lighthouse is the place to be! Indulge yourself in different types of wines at their two-story wine cellar. And you can never go wrong with their grilled fresh seafood. With the breathtaking views as a backdrop, you’d never want to leave.

Queensview Steakhouse

Try California’s seafood dishes and delectable wines at the Queensview Steakhouse. Fresh lobster, prime steaks, and grilled fish are a must-try. On top of that, you get to also enjoy romantic views. Queensview Steakhouse is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 5 pm to 9 pm. Live entertainment is also available on Thursdays to Sundays.

Visit Long Beach Today!

Whether you live in Long Beach or just visiting, there is something for everyone in the city! Beach activities, fine dining restaurants, 5-star hotels. You name it, Long Beach’s got it!

Our Earthquake Preparedness Tips | Home Tips

Earthquakes occur without notice, especially in the earthquake capital of the U.S., California. Since you cannot predict when and where the next major earthquake will hit, you can only prepare in advance to survive it and minimize its impact. Preparing for an earthquake is not a difficult task. Read on for tips on how to organize simple resources to create a safety plan for you and your family.

1. Get Your Earthquake Go-bag

It’s possible to have inadequate access to water, food, electricity, or other essentials after an earthquake. Stock up on disaster supplies that will help you get through for up to 3 days. Store enough water, food, and a first aid kit and manual. Other necessities that may help after an earthquake include a flashlight, portable, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, cash and credit cards, and a tow or rescue rope.

Keep the emergency kit in a convenient place where you spend most of your time so that it is readily accessible in the event of an earthquake. Also, do not forget to change the water and food items in the kit every six months.

2. Know Your Local Emergency Numbers

It is an excellent idea to develop an emergency communication plan. Teach your children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. Make sure everyone in the family knows the personal phone numbers of a contact person who can also send help.

3. Secure Items That Can Tip in Your Home During an Earthquake

Most deaths and injuries result from heavy objects and collapsing building materials, such as cabinets and heating units. Before an earthquake, take measures to decrease your risk of damage and injury from an earthquake by identifying and securing the following possible home hazards:

  • Breakable items such as bottled foods and glass should be stored in low, closed cabinets with latches.
  • Items such as bookcases should be securely fastened down or attached to the wall.
  • Hanging plants, paintings, or mirrors must be placed away from beds or sitting areas.

4. Educate Yourself and Your Family Members About Earthquakes

Inform yourself and your family about earthquakes through newspapers, television, radio, and the internet. You can also attend meetings and classes at fire stations to learn about safety precautions and lessons from past earthquakes. Learn skills for self-defense, rescue, first aid, emergency alerts, and evacuation. For more information on protecting your property from earthquakes, contact your local emergency management office or the American Red Cross chapter.

5. Practice Disaster Drills

To train yourself for emergencies, get the entire family to practice an earthquake drill. Teach all family members how and when to turn off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water at the main switches or valves. Planning and practicing an earthquake drill will help you and your loved ones understand what to do if you are not with them when an earthquake strikes.

6. Minimize financial hardship by strengthening your property and considering insurance

To fix potential structural defects in your home:

  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Eliminate potential fire risks by repairing defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
  • Reinforce the ceiling surrounding the chimney to protect yourself from falling chimney bricks that might penetrate the roof.

Contact your city or county government office for information on structural safety standards and qualified contractors in your area. Additionally, to protect your home investment, consider high-quality earthquake insurance.

WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

The weekend is here and so is our round-up of local fun! This April 29 through May 1, enjoy a range of activities and events from around town. From comedy festivals to chili cook-offs and more, we have you covered!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival

When: April 29 – May 8

Where: Various Locations

What: If you are a fan of Netflix’s stand-up specials, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s comedy festival! Netflix is a Joke: The Festival takes to the stage (25 stages to be exact) this weekend through next weekend only. Catch over 13 comedians IRL at this hilarious comedy event.

Hadestown

When: Until May 29 

Where: The Ahmanson

What: The Broadway Tony + Grammy award-winning show ‘Hadestown’ heads to The Ahmanson’ for a limited run. See Anaïs Mitchell’s transporting musical in DTLA for most of May. 

PATH’s Taste of Home

When: April 30

Where: Hollywood

What: Give back this weekend at PATH’s first-ever food fundraising event. Taste of Home kicks off this Saturday as an event to combat homelessness. Held at the Sunset Las Palmas Studios, the event will feature unlimited bites from Broad Street Oyster Co., DTLA Brazilian spot Caboco, Hotville Chicken, and more!

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Bergamot Station Arts Center Spring Fling

When: April 30 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Celebrate the joy of spring at this Saturday’s open house event at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. Check out artwork at over 20 galleries, and hear directly from artists and curators, and participate in workshops.

Ever Present

When: April 30 

Where: The Getty Center | Westside

What: During the month of April you have a chance to see a range of experimental and ephemeral performances and listening sessions. Roam the grounds as you find sonic and movement-based performances from eight varying artists.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

When: April 28 – May 1 

Where: The Broad Stage| Santa Monica

What: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz? Say less. The sharp-witted and hilarious New York writer and comic will be gracing The Broad Stage with her presence this week only, so don’t miss out.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Family Paint Party

When: May 1 

Where: El Torito | Woodland Hills

What: What could be more fun than a family paint night? Enjoy the Original Paint Nite with local artists Elizabeth Grebler as she walks you step by step to create your own masterpiece. Likewise, experience is not necessary. 

Hart Park BioBlitz for the City Nature Challenge

When: May 1

Where: 24151 Newhall Ave | Santa Clarita

What: Join the City Nature Challenge at Hart Regional Park! Learn how to share your photos on iNaturalist and contribute to biodiversity research.

Thrift Affair LA

When: April 30 

Where: 16350 Mandalay Dr | Sherman Oaks

What: Thrifting fun for the whole family! With 15-20 private sellers, this weekend’s Thrift Affair LA is a must-go and likewise, a must-buy. In addition to a trove of fashion finds, there will also be food, drinks, music, and a children’s play area.

 

CONEJO VALLEY | April 29 – May 1

Simi Valley Street Fair

When: April 30

Where: Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley

What: This one-day community event will offer over 350 vendor booths. Likewise, this will be made up of artists, crafters, businesses, commercial vendors, Simi Valley City services booths, and food vendors. In addition, there will be non-stop entertainment, a beer and wine garden, and a kids’ activity zone (free to kids 12 and under).

Santa Monica Mountains Fund “Picnic for the Park” Fundraiser

When: May 1 

Where: King Gillette Ranch | Calabasas

What: Santa Monica Mountains Fund will host Picnic for the Park – the organization’s first in-person general fundraiser in three years. This celebration of our beautiful local mountains will feature live music, a picnic dinner, a short film screening, a live Q&A, and a silent auction.

45th Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off, Car Show & Craft Brew Fest

When: May 1 

Where: Conejo Creek North Park | Thousand Oaks

What: Enjoy this weekend’s 45th Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off, Car Show & Craft Brew Festival! This Sunday, May 1st – is your time to taste and vote for your favorite chili. In addition, this all-day, family-friendly extravaganza will certainly be a memorable event for the entire community.