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Celebrate Love in LA

February 10th, 2017

 

Whether you’re single or coupled up and on vacation in Anaheim, love is in the air. The Dollface Dames Monthly Magicopolis Burlesque Show features a special Valentine’s Day extravaganza on February 11th. Located in Santa Monica, the theater features stadium seating with incredible bartenders as attendees let fantasy take over.

Shows begin at 9:30 p.m., and magicians behind the bar will amuse you as the dollfaces prepare to entertain. VIP seating starts at 10:30 p.m., and the 80-minute show will amaze with singing, group numbers, and burlesque acts all designed around a red-and-pink, love-fueled holiday. The after party lets you meet and greet. VIP entrance is just $30, or you can upgrade to a party package with autographed swag and priority seating.

In the Mood …

True Pablove is an annual fundraiser designed to give you a night you’ll never forget. It’s another option for February 11th, with tickets for the gala starting at $75. Children are welcome at the Casa Vertigo venue as the Pablove Foundation kicks off the signature family event of the year.

Around 600 attendees of all ages come to the one-of-a-kind event for music, amazing food from local establishments, the silent auction, and the arts and crafts. Design Valentine’s Day cards and crafts, and spread the love knowing that in six years the Foundation has raised $600,000 to fight childhood cancer.

 

How Well Do You Know Space Mountain?

February 2nd, 2017

 

Perhaps the most famous of Disneyland rides, Space Mountain is both a landmark and a legacy. The roller coaster races through the dark, alongside the stars, and has been a major thrill ride for generations. It first opened in January of 1975 at the Magic Kingdom Park and stemmed from the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride. Due to the Matterhorn’s success, Disney thought thrill rides really did belong at his parks.

At first, Disney thought the thrill ride should be the epicenter of the new (at the time) Tomorrowland, thanks to the “space port” vibe. Before the moniker “Space Mountain” was picked, the Imagineers dubbed the coaster “Space Voyage.”

A Legend is Born

When Walt passed, Space Mountain was put on hold temporarily. However, it was soon clear that Magic Kingdom was seriously lacking in the thrill ride department. Young adults and teens were starting to flock to the area, and as land and technology become more available, Space Mountain was put back into motion. Originally, it was meant to nest on the south side of Tomorrowland but was soon moved to be situated on the perimeter berm.

The official opening of Space Mountain included a marching band playing the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover tracks. There was also a special appearance by the pilot of the Lunar Module on Apollo XV, Colonel James Irwin, and the rest is history.

 

 

Let it Flow Detroit to Los Angeles

January 24th, 2017

 

On January 27th, the L.A. Doubletree hosts the Let it Flow Detroit to Los Angeles event by Vanessa’s Positive Energy. Marking ten years of celebration in the Anaheim area, you’ll be treated to live bands, live DJs, and non-stop dance workshops. The all-access weekend pass is just $90 and includes three workshops and two black tie dinners. Contact the organizer directly at 213-760-8429 to register.

The Dance Fusion USA event features The Guru, Kevin Collins, DJ Rod and a number of top dance students. All are welcome to join, dance, or simply take in the performances. A fun-fueled weekend of dance, entertainment and fine dining is the perfect segue into February.

Let’s Dance!

The party starts at 6 p.m. on the 27th and goes until the wee hours on the 28th. Host Vanessa began as a line dance instructor in 1991 and founded the Nubian Bootscooters two years later. After 32 years as a teacher in public schools, she branched out to share her love of dance with students of all ages and abilities.

Dedicated to bringing awareness to social dancing, she’s partnered up with the best DJs and bands in the country to share a love of dance for all generations. Promoting equality, health, wellness and independence, this is one dance-filled weekend you won’t want to miss.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

January 16th, 2017

 

For many in the Anaheim area, the Lunar New Year on January 28th has to be celebrated at Disneyland. Much like recent holidays including New Year’s Eve and Christmas, Disney goes all out for this end-of-the-month celebration. Surprises are always in store, but you can also count on the gorgeous ornamental lanterns woven throughout the walls and pathways. Banners and signs that reach for the sky celebrate the holiday in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Entertainment for all ages is on grand display with authentic performers peppering the streets. Disney characters get in on the fun, too, dressed up in their own homage to the Lunar New Year. Swing by on January 28th, and get treated to some New Year fun Disney-style.

The Holidays Aren’t Over Yet

Unlike western NYE traditions, the Lunar calendar shifts each year. However, having the Lunar New Year fall on a Saturday is a real treat. You can also head to Los Angeles China Town for specials, celebrations and parades throughout late January and early February.

The LA Golden Dragon Parade is the biggest in southern California, a family-friendly event where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of China as a new year begins. Where will the Lunar New Year find you?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15th, 2017

 

Mark your calendar for January 16 to celebrate the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. “Our work is not yet done” is the motto of this parade, which is the biggest in the country. Committed to fighting for equality, a variety of participants show off massive floats. Celebrities are regular sightings at this popular event that travels along MLK Jr. Boulevard, Western Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard, and Vernon Avenue from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You can sign up to volunteer or even take part in the parade as an individual or organization. For those traveling to Anaheim for work, rallying together to take part in the parade is a fantastic team-building activity. Hosted by the Congress of Racial Equality of California, this televised event is a must during the holiday weekend.

Celebration Options

At Kiddie City in Leimert Park, the “I Have a Dream” Wall is a favorite activity for little ones. The weekend of MLK Jr. Day, visit the kingdom spilling over with activities for kids. Everyone is welcome to put handprints on the wall as a way to express their dream.

The festival includes songs, readings and stories about Martin Luther King Jr., all designed to inspire visitors of all ages.

 

Spanish Restaurants Near Anaheim

January 7th, 2017

 

When you’re in the mood for tapas, sangria, fresh seafood, Barcelona-style, or another favorite Spanish dish, nothing else will do. Head to the Felix Continental Café, a homey getaway specializing in Spanish and Cuban fare. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try the Shrimp Louisianese, featuring shrimp beer battered and coated with coconut, served with a horseradish, orange and mustard sauce.

The roasted Chicken Cubano is a half chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon and garlic. Pierna de Puerco is a pork leg roasted in drippings with seasoning and a bitter orange for extra bite. With the Boliche Mechado, you’ll enjoy eye of round beef stuffed with chorizo imported from Spain and slow-cooked.

Flavor Fiestas

Try Olé! Spain Deli Shop where you can eat-in at the sandwich shop and grab some treats to go from the store. On the traditional menu, you’ll find Tortillas de Patatas with chorizo, potato and onion in an omelet, served with house bread.

Paella is now served daily at Ole! Saffron rice with mussels, shrimp, pork loin, chicken wings, chorizo and a red bell pepper is sure to satisfy. Get Carlota or Flan for dessert, or take it to go in case you over-indulge on the tapas options.

 

 

A Disney Winter Wonderland

December 19th, 2016

 

Disneyland doesn’t “just” have one way to celebrate the winter holidays—there’s a reindeer’s cart full of surprises! Of course, incredible decorations and special attractions are sprinkled around the park. The Christmas Fantasy Parade features Santa, his reindeer crew, and your beloved Disney characters dressed in their holiday best as they start the park’s winter season with a decked hall and salute.

Check out the Jingle Cruise, available only during the winter months, for a twinkle-filled twist on the classic cruise. This traditional voyage is wholly enveloped in the Christmas spirit, complete with special drinks and treats to keep your spirits bright. It’s a great add-on to any park visit.

Holly and Jolly

At the It’s a Small World celebration, you’ll enter a magical world full of happiness, goodwill and peace with an international twist. Of course, if you prefer a little spookiness to go with your Christmas spirit, the Haunted Mansion Holiday is right up your dark alley. Who knew a “takeover makeover” from Tim Burton could be so winter-fully delightful?

At each of the park’s restaurants, you’ll find holiday-themed treats, meals and more that are only available this time of year, and every year there are surprises. Start planning your Disney holiday itinerary today!

 

Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration

December 10th, 2016

 

Mark your calendars for December 12th when the annual Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration helps you kick off the season! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., you and the family can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a DJ spinning the latest hits with just a sprinkling of your seasonal favorites. Located at N. Euclid St. and the Santa Ana Freeway intersection, the Anaheim Plaza is your destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Shops and restaurants are teeming with December deals and specials. With 33 stores and restaurants, over 20 brand name stores and 7 on-site dining options, you can finish up your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Check out Fashion Q, Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Carter’s for last minute shopping.

‘Tis the Season

Dining options include treats like Baskin Robbins, Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory, and Marie Callender’s. Head to Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Subway or Wendy’s for more options, or slide into Happy Dragon to heat things up.

In between shopping and dining, explore the plaza’s holiday décor, or head to Party City to get everything you need for your own winter extravaganza. Avoid the big crowds and hectic seasonal shopping, and stick with where the locals shop for plenty of cheer and end-of-year specials.

 

Oak Tree Lanes Bowl-a-thon Christmas

December 7th, 2016

 

Start the season of goodwill towards men with the Cheerallyear.org Bowl-a-thon in collaboration with Anaheim’s Oak Tree Lanes. December 9th all day, from noon ‘til midnight, you can bring family and friends for an epic bowling session with all proceeds benefitting local children. With host Rick Lozano of KTTV Fox 11 News, your participation helps to bring cheer to those in need.

The “no tap” tournament features three games with first place for men and women. The ultimate prize is a cruise from Catalina to Mexico for four days and three nights. More prizes are to be determined, based on generous donations. Choose any time in the 12-hour window to bowl your three games, have a blast, and try your hand at winning a 2017 getaway.

Strike!

All games are donation-based, with a minimum of $100 per person to play. Your donation includes a two-night stay at a newly renovated Las Vegas hotel, and for those who donate $200, you get two nights and airfare for two to Las Vegas. Donors are able to give and receive their prize even without competing.

Squad teams can sign up for a noon, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 or 10:00pm time slot. If all slot times fill, alternates may be available. For questions, contact the Diamond Bar bowling alley directly at plee@oaktreelanes.net.

Rock City Climbing Gym

November 18th, 2016

 

Looking for a real rush? The Orange County Rock City Climbing Gym offers short-term and day passes to visitors looking to get in a workout—that doesn’t feel like one! Choose from a variety of pricing options, including the full-day bouldering pass with shoe rentals for just $15. Climbing and bouldering courses/routes are available for all levels from beginners to pros.

Enjoy great flow and learn new techniques from one of the many instructors on hand. Resilience and determination is needed, but the goal of Rock City Climbing is to help everyone become stronger and more assured climbers. Bouldering, or climbing without ropes, means steep overhangs and sometimes vertical climbs. The top-out bouldering space has room for all, although it’s recommended to have a buddy for bouldering.

Climb On

Try out top roping, where you can summit walls with a harness attached to a “belayer” (partner on the ground). You can sign up for belaying classes, or get a quickie lesson for under ten minutes. Climbing shoes are highly recommended, though not required. You can get a day pass with harness and shoe rentals for just $20.

For those ready for the next level, check out lead climbing. A special lead wall gives you the biggest challenges, and you’re required to have a skilled belayer with you (instructors are available!). Belayers will need to pass a fast skills test before being allowed to partner with you. Lead climbing classes are available throughout the week.