Weekend Events: June 18-20

With CA fully reopening, there’s no shortage of fun to be found. Check out our guide for this weekend’s events in LA, the Westside, and the Valley. From Father’s Day to Pride and Juneteenth, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the weekend.

Los Angeles

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Bingo Under the Stars

When: June 18, 2021

Where: The Grove, Fairfax District

What: Do you love Bingo, *NYSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys? Well, you’re in luck! This Friday, The Grove is bringing together members of everyone’s favorite OG boy bands for a charity game of Bingo. Don’t miss out on this fun evening in support of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community. Advance ticket purchase required. Must be 21+ with a valid ID.

UNIFEST

When: June 19, 2021

Where: YMCA, Baldwin Hills

What: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Crenshaw Family YMCA. Peruse a BIPOC market, dive into a dance class and take part in yoga flow at this Baldwin Hills block party. This Juneteenth event features a 5k with Run Good LA and even a wellness-minded kids fair from Yoga Little. The event is free and open to the public. For more LA Juneteenth events, click here.

Andy Warhol Photo Factory

When: Until July 9, 2021

Where: NeueHouse, Hollywood

What: Travel back to 1960’s New York with this collection of Andy Warhol photographs. The exhibit pays homage to his famed studio, the Factory, with 120 images on display, including ultra-rare images. The photographs range in categories from Polaroid collages for magazines to 16mm tests. 

Westside and Beach Communities

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Marina Drive-In Presents Iron Man

When: June 19, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

Where: Parking Lot #2 Public Boat Launch, Marina Del Rey

What: Catch the fan-favorite Marvel flick, ‘Iron Man’ this Saturday in Marina Del Rey. Marina Drive-In movies provide old-school entertainment in the comfort of your own car. Each Saturday showing provides two film options with advance ticket purchase recommended. 

Cat-O-Rama: Adoption Event

When: June 19, 2021

Where: Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, Malibu

What: Don’t miss out on the purr-fect chance to adopt a new cat or kitten. This Saturday, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will have adoptable cats on a first-come, first-serve basis. All Cat-O-Rama adoptions include a Basepaws Cat Dental Health Test in each adoption kit. Free food and drinks will be provided.

Native Garden Maintenance: Spring and Summer Tasks

When: June 19, 2021

Where: King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

What: Calling ALL plant parents! et in touch with nature this weekend. Join the Santa Monica Mountain Fund at the beautiful King Gillette Ranch. This 3-hour hands-on class will cover the do’s and don’ts of late Spring and Summer native garden maintenance. 

SFV and Conejo Valley

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Movies in the Park Presents Moana

When: June 19, 2021@ 7:00 PM

Where: Arroyo Vista Park, Moorpark

What: Enjoy the Disney Favorite and Oscar-nominated film Moana at Arroyo Vista Park this Saturday! Advance ticket purchase will be required for attendees at $5 per family. Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets for a comfortable outdoor movie experience. Food vendors will be on-site for the weekend event. 

Children’s Garden Dedication

When: June 19, 2021 @ 11:00 Am

Where: Museum of Venture County, Ventura

Where: Join the Museum of Ventura County in the Boroughs Children’s Garden this Saturday. The Children’s Garden celebration will feature local artist MB Hanrahan’s new Chumash Village mural. There will be live music, hands-on activities for the entire family, and much more. Admission is free.

Father’s Day Car Show

When: June 20, 2021 @ 10:00am

Where: Harbor View Park, Oxnard

What: Dads can celebrate their special day at the Father’s Day Car Show waterside at Channel Islands Harbor. The event features an eclectic mix of custom cars, hot rods, and classics. In addition to the classic cars, guests can enjoy a vendor silent auction, musical entertainment, and a 50/50 prize raffle. Free admission.

City Cinemas Presents The Goonies

When: June 18-19, 2021 @ 8:30 PM

Where: East Walker Ranch, Santa Clarita

What: City Cinemas, a drive-in movie experience takes place in one of the City’s beautiful open spaces on the third weekend of each month. This weekend features the cult classic film ‘The Goonies’. A limited number of tickets are available and advance registration is recommended.

Body & Brain Yoga 25th Anniversary Wellness Fest

When: June 19-20, 2021

Where: Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, Burbank

What: Find your zen and celebrate 25 years of flow with Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi for their anniversary wellness fest. Join classes and get calm with yoga, tai chi, qi gong, meditation classes, and more!

LA Eats: June 14-20

Step outside your normal dining routine with our list of LA eatery options. From the new to the local classics, we’re simplifying the plethora of choices in town. Read this week’s blog for our favorite choices throughout LA, the Westside, and the Valley.

Los Angeles

All Season Brewing Company

LA eatery

Location: 800 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

After 4 years of renovations, the historic Firestone Tire shop on Miracle Mile has found a new purpose. Still completely intact of its historical features, patrons can now enjoy craft beer and cocktails and a tasty taco stand. All Season Brewing Company opened this year and the LA eatery has continued to be the buzziest spot on La Brea ever since.  Enjoy their selection of brews to quench your thirst. For bites, you have popular Mexican micro-chain Chicas Tacos.

Shiku

LA eatery

Location: 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

For the best banchan in LA, head to Shiku, the Korean food stall in Grand Central Market. Grand Central is already home to some of the best food in town. Likewise, it should come as no surprise to be an LA eatery of choice. Enjoy homestyle Korean food that makes for the perfect lunch or dinner.

Cha Cha Cha

LA eatery

Location: 812 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This year, a slice of Mexico city arrived in DTLA. Mexico City-born, LA-raised chef Alejandro Guzman opened the sister property of Mexico City’s Terraza Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District in March. The new LA eatery offers chic mid-century modern style and delicious food like the pipian mole and chicharos de sierra.

 

Westside/Beach Communities

Ubuntu Cafe

LA eatery

Location: 335 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

In Long Beach resides the culinary masterpiece that is Ubuntu Cafe. From the stunning and delicious Strawberry Fields Ricotta Toast to the uplifting Lavender Latte, the cafe’s food is absolute perfection. Stop by the Long Beach establishment for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

Heritage Barbecue – San Juan

Location: 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, Heritage Barbecue offers quality BBQ and great service. The food is prepared central Texas-style and one of the first to do so in the state with restrictions on operating a traditional texas outdoor offset. Overall, you can almost immediately taste the difference in dishes like the whole hot briskets and beef ribs. 

Nueva

Location: 822 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Marina Del Rey’s Nueva offers a relaxed Cantina with a modern twist to classic dishes from Mexico. Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llanez have perfectly encapsulated the flavors of Mexico in dishes like the Hamachi Tostadas and Chilaquiles.

SFV and Conejo Valley

Katsuya Glendale

Location: 702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

You can never go wrong with grabbing sushi at Katsuya. The LA eatery has an equally delicious spot in Glendale offering their inventive sushi options. Most importantly, enjoy sushi rolls like the Salmon Lemon. You will love the ambiance at this elegant, modern Japanese restaurant.

Love Ramen

Location: 18635 Soledad Canyon Rd #104, Canyon Country, CA 91351

At Santa Clarita’s Love Ramen, you’ll fall in love with practically everything on the menu. Above all, enjoy a range of options like the Tori Rich ramen using 8-hour slow boil whole chicken broth topped with green onion and spinach.

Vinh Loi Tofu

Location: 18625 Sherman Way #101, Reseda, CA 91335

At Reseda’s Vinh Loi Tofu, you’ll have an array of vegan Vietnamese dishes to choose from. Many of the dishes are made with housemade tofu, like the Iron Man Pho. The setting is bright and simple. Likewise, making Vinh Loi Tofu perfect for a casual outting.

Pasta|Bar

Location: 16101 Ventura Blvd #255, Encino, CA 91436

For fans of Sushi Bar and Scratch Bar, comes Pasta Bar. The restaurant offers a multi-course Italian tasting menu and sits adjacent to both Sushi Bar and Scratch Bar & Kitchen. Likewise, enjoy handmade pasta with ingredients like clams and black truffle and indulging desserts like the calamansi budinos.

Kobee Factory

Location: 14110 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

A Syrian restaurant offering classic Middle Eastern cuisine, Kobee Factory is a Van Nuys gem. As a result, the late Jonathan Gold referred to the restaurant’s mjadara as “a plate that could sustain a civilization. And it has.” In short, while the storefront may not be what you would expect, the food will be beyond what you could imagine. 

Out & About: Your Farmer’s Market Guide

There is no better destination than one of LA’s many, many Farmer’s Markets when it comes to getting fresh produce. From Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, Studio City, and beyond, there is a bounty of markets to choose from throughout the week. Check out our farmer’s market guide for this week’s Out & About.

Los Angeles Farmer’s Market Guide

Hollywood Farmers Market

Most people don’t come to Hollywood for the fresh produce, but you can if you happen to be local or near the area. Taking place every Sunday from 8am to 1pm, rain or shine, Hollywood’s farmer’s market has a lot to offer. The market includes over 70 farmers and artisans, with live music and other pop-up surprises on occasion. The Hollywood Farmer’s Market was also one of the first farmers’ markets to start up in California. 

Silver Lake Farmers Market

Most Angeleno’s know that Silver Lake has a bounty of artisan items from street corner to street corner. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood market is the place to be while you peruse produce. If you do venture to the Silver Lake farmers market, you’ll have no shortage of fantastic vintage clothing finds and jewelry stands. Highlights beyond the fashion digs include delicious mason-jarred goat cheese and amazing citrus vendors.

Westside Farmer’s Market Guide

Beverly Hills Farmers Market

If you’re looking for a quality community farmers market, the Beverly Hills market offers just that. From music performances from the local school band to food options that are quintessential 90210, stop by on any given Sunday. If you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with the French Crepe Kettle Corn stand. As far as produce goes, more than 60 vendors typically take up the stretch between Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. What’s even better? They have a Kids Zone that perfect for even the littlest shopper with pony rides and a petting zoo. While some activities were halted due to the pandemic, you can still expect some measure of fun at BH’s beloved farmers market.

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Shopping for produce by the sea? Yes, please. The Santa Monica Farmers Market is a go-to choice for local chefs, thanks to its bounty of fresh produce and items. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays; you’ll find plenty of options at this market located along Arizona Avenue. Enjoy your grocery stroll while taking in the nearby air and ambiance of the sea. Just don’t forget to take advantage of Santa Monica’s free parking for the first 90 minutes. Because who doesn’t love free or reduced-priced parking? 

Brentwood Farmers Market

One of the great things about this farmers market, besides being wide open and spacious, is the variety of items you’ll find. The Brentwood Farmers Market has no shortage of stunning fresh flowers and produce. Located south of San Vicente Boulevard, the market has become a staple for area locals as a Sunday activity. 

Valley Farmer’s Market Guide

Studio City Farmer’s Market

If you happen to be a foodie, the Studio City Farmer’s Market happens to be the place for you. Set up right along Ventura Place every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm, the market has become a must for food-lovers around town. From slices of Margherita pizza courtesy of Olive Wood Pizza to the gluten-free bakery, there’s something for everyone. Even if you are not hungry, you’ll have an easy time picking up groceries with their array of fresh options.

Altadena Farmer’s Market

If you can make your way to Loma Alta Park, you’ll find dozens of booths with plenty of local produce and finds from creative artisans. The Altadena Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday late afternoon and evening. Enjoy delicious finds like locally raised meats and handmade charcuterie at this valley staple. 

Burbank Certified Farmers market

While the Burbank Certified Farmers’ Market is smaller than those mentioned above, it makes up for its size in quality offerings. Literally, all of the produce they offer is certified California-grown. From delicious artichokes and avocados, fresh cheeses for fresh cheeses, they’ve got it all.

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

Decor Trends

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

good food

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.

good food

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

good food

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

good food

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

good food

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

good food

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.

Home Tips: How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

Is there anything more delightful than seeing a hummingbird in your garden? With so many lovely birds in California, any visit from just one can spark joy for even the most nuance enthusiast. Getting more of nature’s feathered visitors takes more than just birdseed. That’s why we are sharing how to attract more birds to your yard.

Tip #1: Location, Location, Location

Where you place your bird feeder matters when it comes to attracting more feathered friends to your yard. If you seek to attract more than one type of bird (i.e., hummingbirds and sparrows), setting up a feeding station is recommended. If you have space, you can also separate your feeders since different birds have different ways of spotting food. 

Tip #2: Choose the Right Bird Feed 

Once you have established where you are putting your feeders, you’ll need to choose what you are putting in them. An easy-to-make mistake for those starting out is choosing a bird feeder that’s low quality. While you may not think birds are particular, you would be wrong. If you want your bird guest to make return visits, invest in quality bird feed. Choose the type of feed that will meet the nutritional needs of the kinds of birds you want to attract. 

Tip #3: Install a Bird Bath

When it comes to attracting birds to your yard, there’s more to it than just the feeder and food assortment. Regardless of type, all birds need water; that’s why we recommend installing a birdbath as a way to attract even more birds to your yard. Just make sure you keep both the bath and the feeder clean for your safety and the birds.

Tip #4: Add Some Color

Surprisingly, birds love color, and the brighter, the better in this case. Similar to humans, they are some of the few animals that can also see in color. They rely on it for their day-to-day and way of living and existing. Colors like red can be great for hummingbirds, with yellow and orange being known to attract birds Orioles, and Goldfinches.

Tip #5: Get a Bird House

If you want to make a lifelong friend out of your backyard visitors, make them feel at home. We’re not saying leave your door open and set them up in the guest room. On the contrary, we’re talking about birdhouses. If you have young children, this can be a fun way for them to color their own birdhouse for the yard. Otherwise, we recommend choosing a size and type of birdhouse based on the size and type of the feathered friend you seek to attract.